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1. Last Word: Boca, Poe Killed by Politics and Embedding In The Real Memphis -

BOCA BOWL – As expected, the University of Memphis Tigers football team is going south for the post season. They got and accepted Sunday the formal invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20 against Western Kentucky. Ticket information should be forthcoming Monday for those of you who didn’t get enough during the Emerald Coast Classic with the basketball Tigers not too long ago.

2. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

3. County Explores Legal Options to Fix Courts' Computer 'Ordeal' -

Shelby County Commissioners talked about possible legal action Wednesday, Nov. 30, against Tyler Technologies, the company supplying a new computer system for the local criminal justice system.

The prolonged discussion in committee sessions Wednesday is the latest development in a disastrous rollout of the new record keeping system for the local court system.

4. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves -

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

5. Cargill, Calysta To Build New Facility in Memphis -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on President’s Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 new jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, according to an announcement by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

6. Cargill, Calysta Partner to Build New Facility on Presidents Island -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on Presidents Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Tuesday, Nov. 29.

7. The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

8. Gill Seeks $25 Million Permit For New MAA Headquarters -

6815 U.S. 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Permit Amount: $25 million

Future Tenant: MAA

9. Griffin Helps Memphis Students Beat the Odds -

Closing the educational achievement gap is one of the hardest and most important challenges Memphians face. For Dr. Sharon Griffin, it starts with creating a supportive environment that allows teachers to innovate and experiment with different strategies.

10. The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

11. Pinch "Vision" Plan Moves to Funding Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County Commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area. It also included some general ideas about and renderings of Overton Avenue becoming a walkable well-lit and more heavily developed east-west corridor between the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

12. County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian -

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 
When asked about his longevity in the field, Johnson says the libraries where he’s worked – which include public, school and law libraries – have been different enough to keep him challenged and interested. 

13. Last Word: Chattanooga's Tragedy, Elvis Presley's Memphis and Chandler Parsons -

A grim Monday in Chattanooga where, as we post this, six school children were killed in a school bus crash and the driver of the bus was charged late Monday with reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

14. Construction to Begin On New Greenline Access Point -

For the past six years, residents in the Avon neighborhood of East Memphis have been green with envy over their lack of access to the Shelby Farms Greenline, but that’s about to change thanks to the studious efforts of a group of neighbors.

15. Third Greenprint Summit Nov. 30 at Shelby Farms -

The third biannual Greenprint Summit will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Shelby Farms Park’s FedEx Event Center.

16. Third Greenprint Summit Nov. 30 at Shelby Farms Park -

The third biannual Greenprint Summit will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Shelby Farms Park’s FedEx Event Center.

The free summit is being held in conjunction with the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, Hyde Family Foundations and Shelby County government.

17. EDGE Board Approves Fast Track PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County approved an incentives request from International Distributors USA to relocate from Olive Branch and expand in Memphis.

The Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) clears the way for International Distributors to move from its current 165,000-square-foot location in Olive Branch to a 510,310-square-foot facility at 4770 Hickory Hill Road in South Memphis.

18. St. Jude Planning Renovation Of Tri Delta Place -

350 N. Third St.

Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $3.5 million

Application Date: November 2016

19. Construction to Begin On New Greenline Access Point -

For the past six years, residents in the Avon neighborhood of East Memphis have been green with envy over their lack of access to the Shelby Farms Greenline, but that’s about to change thanks to the studious efforts of a group of neighbors.

20. CBU Campus Expanding in Several Ways -

Christian Brothers University’s campus overhaul includes a new college of education that aims to make the university a major player in the training and development of teachers.

The impact goes beyond the bricks-and-mortar changes coming to the campus starting in 2020 in the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign.

21. EPA, Local Groups Testing Air Pollution Sensors -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing out new, lower-cost air pollution monitors in Memphis, with help from the Shelby County Health Department and Memphis Area Transit Authority.

As part of the EPA’s CitySpace research project, air sensor pods have been installed at 16 locations, including three MATA transit facilities and seven active or historical air-monitoring sites operated by the health department. Two more sensor pods will be installed at separate locations during November, according to the organizations.

22. New Home Sales in Shelby County Setting Price Records -

Memphis and Shelby County’s new home sales prices continue to climb. The average sales price of $319,357 in the third quarter marked the highest on record, amounting to a 6 percent price increase from the average new home sales price of $300,635 in Q3 2015.

23. Last Word: The Long Count, Bigger Than Boutiques and God's View of the NBA -

It's Veterans Day with the annual Downtown parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday and a wreath-laying ceremony an hour later at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park.

The long local vote count since Tuesday is still underway as Thursday becomes Friday. It should wrap up Friday with the provisional ballot count completed.

24. Developer Wins Approval For Downtown Aloft Hotel -

Mississippi-based Vibrant Hotels Inc. is one step closer to developing a new full-scale hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis after its special use permit was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 10.

25. New Houston Levee Community Center Sees the Real-Life Needs in Cordova -

When Tonya Bradley was an executive with the Mid-South Food Bank she saw time and again that hunger didn’t respect people’s stereotypes or ZIP codes, that families anywhere in the Memphis area could find themselves in a tough position.

26. Last Word: About Last Night, The Long Vote Count and New Homeowner Numbers -

If you followed John Podesta’s lead and called it a day sometime around midnight expecting this whole Presidential thing would get wrapped up later in the day Wednesday, you have some catching up to do.

27. EPA, Local Groups Partner To Test Air Pollution Sensors -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing out new, lower-cost air pollution monitors in Memphis, with help from the Shelby County Health Department and Memphis Area Transit Authority.

As part of the EPA’s CitySpace research project, air sensor pods have been installed at 16 locations, including three MATA transit facilities and seven active or historical air-monitoring sites operated by the health department. Two more sensor pods will be installed at separate locations during November, according to the organizations.

28. Shelby County Home Sales Continue Momentum in October -

Memphis Realtors gathered at Minglewood Hall recently for a Residential Housing Summit, at which they heard from local community and economic development leaders as well as chief economist at Realtor.com Jonathan Smoke.

29. Last Word: Election Day Arrives, Compass Changes Course and Downtown Dining -

…Some notes and observations on Election Eve from someone who does this for a living…

Most of you – around 60 percent of the total number of people who will cast ballots in Shelby County in this election cycle – have already voted if past Presidential election cycles in Shelby County are any indication. You voted early.

30. Last Word: Pants Suits On the River, Early Vote Numbers & Chandler Parsons' Debut -

A busy last weekend for the Presidential campaigns in Shelby County where we have seen neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump in the flesh since the primary campaign season and haven’t even seen their surrogates in the general election campaign.

31. Events -

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will host a volunteer orientation on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at HSMSC, 935 Farm Road. The orientation is the first step to becoming a volunteer for the organization. Visit memphishumane.org or call 901-937-3900 for details.

32. Cordova Flex Development Sells for $6.3 Million -

The Horizon Business Center, a flex warehouse development on the north side of Interstate 40 near Wolfchase Galleria, has sold for $6.3 million.

Three limited liability companies affiliated with Louisville, Colorado-based Real Capital Solutions bought the 23,750-square-foot building at 2525 Horizon Lake Drive and the 41,300-square-foot building at 2565 Horizon Lake Drive from MM Industrial Memphis LLC in an Oct. 25 warranty deed.

33. Experts: Memphis Competitive on Commercial Real Estate Front -

Incentives are an indispensable tool for attracting major corporate tenants to Memphis. Memphis industrial real estate activity is hot, there’s something of a war for office sector talent and there’s been good absorption of multifamily space in Memphis this year.

34. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present the “Sales & Use Tax” workshop Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Learn how to prepare a sales and use tax return, report exempt sales and more. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

35. Commissioners Clash on Pot and PILOT -

A pot ordinance for unincorporated areas of Shelby County got only four votes Monday, Oct. 31, from the county commission but still advanced to second reading, and commissioners could not agree on a resolution opposing a Nov. 8 ballot question that would shift MLGW funds to the city of Memphis.

36. Last Word: Election Impact, Fun with Election Cross Tabs and DeSoto vs. Marshall -

Now, about the idea being discussed starting late last week that when the Feds are looking at someone running for office or holding office they have to take into consideration how close the next election is for that person.

37. County Commission Split on MLGW PILOT Referendum -

Shelby County Commissioners couldn’t come up with seven votes, much less a unanimous vote, Monday. Oct. 31, on a resolution opposing the November ballot question that would change the balance of in lieu of tax payments by Memphis Light Gas and Water Division in favor of the city of Memphis.

38. Cordova Flex Development Sells for $6.3 Million -

The Horizon Business Center, a flex warehouse development on the north side of Interstate 40 near Wolfchase Galleria, has sold for $6.3 million.

Three limited liability companies affiliated with Louisville, Colorado-based Real Capital Solutions bought the 23,750-square-foot building at 2525 Horizon Lake Drive and the 41,300-square-foot building at 2565 Horizon Lake Drive from MM Industrial Memphis LLC in an Oct. 25 warranty deed. The seller had owned the properties since 2005.

39. Wolf River Greenway Prepares to Move as River Causes Changes To Plan -

Before Thanksgiving, the Wolf River Conservancy should have a contract awarded to begin work on the trail and trail head at Kennedy Park and start work on the privately funded part of the 21-mile Wolf River Greenway.

40. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

41. $92M Graceland Hotel Expected to Be a Catalyst for Whitehaven -

The Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Boulevard was full Wednesday, Oct. 26 – its final night as a hotel.

By the time the $92 million, 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort opened across the boulevard Thursday morning, many of the doors at the Heartbreak Hotel were missing their room numbers – taken as souvenirs by guests who filled the circa-1980s hotel in its final days.

42. Last Word: DOJ Reviews MPD, Big River Crossing Light Shows and Election Notes -

By the spring, we should have the first report from the U.S. Justice Department review of the Memphis Police Department. And we got a better idea Wednesday of what this study involves.

43. Teen Ambassador Program Seeking Students to Promote the Arts -

Ballet on Wheels, a traveling dance program that has taken dance training into Shelby County Schools and other community organizations, has always had a mission to serve young people of diverse backgrounds, but now the organization is expanding beyond just dance training and mentoring local students who want to become leaders for the next generation in its new Teen Ambassador Program.

44. Last Word: Beale Street Blues, Feds Review MPD and Midtown Kroger -

It’s the Grizz season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum Wednesday. But there was plenty of drama in the Grizzlies office Tuesday afternoon of the non-Grizz variety but nevertheless a shade of Beale Street blue.

45. Wolf River Access and Federal Grant Highlight Preservation Efforts -

The road in Piperton near Albert Spillers Bridge on state Highway 196 is gravel and it is steep. But it is the way to a new boat access point onto the Wolf River that is formally dedicated Wednesday, Oct. 26.

46. With MAA, TraVure Is Gateway To Germantown -

The developer of Germantown’s mixed-use TraVure project is anxious to start work on the development’s centerpiece, a five-story Class A office building that now has an anchor tenant for most of the space – the headquarters of Memphis-based MAA, or Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.

47. Last Word: MAA and TraVure, JT Votes Early and Minority Biz Momentum -

Big news overnight for one of several corporate headquarters moves we’ve been watching in the last year. Mid-America Apartments LP is poised to become the anchor of the TraVure mixed-use development on the western side of Germantown.

48. Germantown PILOT for MAA Headquarters Move to TraVure Approved -

Memphis-based Mid-America Apartments LP has won approval from Germantown leaders of financial incentives for a new headquarters in the TraVure development in Germantown.

49. Germantown PILOT for MAA Headquarters Move to TraVure Approved -

Memphis-based Mid-America Apartments LP has won approval from Germantown leaders of financial incentives for a new headquarters in the TraVure development in Germantown.

50. Increasing Firms Eligible for Contracts Could Propel More Minority Businesses -

City Hall’s effort to improve the level of business Memphis does with minority-owned firms has to meet up with the broader local effort to improve the growth of minority businesses in private, business-to-business contracts, says one of the leaders of the 2-year-old renewed push on both fronts.

51. Memphis Nonprofits Get Comcast Grants -

Several Memphis organizations are splitting more than $17,000 in grants from the Comcast Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Creative Life Inc., Ducks Unlimited, Historic First Baptist Church Beale Street, Latino Memphis, March of Dimes Foundation, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, New Hope Elvis Presley Blvd. Community Development Corp., Overton Park Conservancy and Shelby County Schools are all beneficiaries.

52. United Way Mid-South is Building a Network of Agencies to Fight Poverty -

Memphis has a poverty problem, a problem that exists despite thousands of human service agencies at work in the region, and United Way Mid-South having interaction with some 650,000 people last year.

53. Memphis Nonprofits Benefit From Comcast Grants -

Several Memphis organizations are splitting more than $17,000 in grants from the Comcast Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Creative Life Inc., Ducks Unlimited, Historic First Baptist Church Beale Street, Latino Memphis, March of Dimes Foundation, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, New Hope Elvis Presley Blvd. Community Development Corp., Overton Park Conservancy and Shelby County Schools are all beneficiaries.

54. Last Word: Stop & Frisk, Council Day and The Big 12 Holds What It's Got -

We had quite the conversation with the two leaders of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission about “stop and frisk” and what will be in the upcoming draft of a new Operation: Safe Community plan for Memphis.

55. Grant & Co. Gets Into Luxury Home Market -

Grant & Co., a family-owned homebuilder in the Memphis area, has expanded into the luxury home market with new homes being built in Collierville’s Hearthstone neighborhood.

56. 600 Memphis Students Take Manufacturing Tours -

Six-hundred students from Shelby County Schools toured local manufacturing companies on Friday, Oct. 7, to explore advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis.

Students from 12 high schools participated in the National Manufacturing Day event, with each school touring a different facility.

57. Editorial: Big River Crossing Will Revitalize Both Sides -

When Big River Crossing, the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge, has its grand opening Oct. 22, it will be a busy day.

The RiverArts Festival will be underway in South Main. St. Jude will be holding a bicycling event on the riverfront. And that evening, local officialdom will gather again to throw the switch on the LED lighting that will illuminate the Harahan, in addition to the regular lighting at a lower level on the boardwalk.

58. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

59. Last Word: T-STEM At East High, Casinos Off the Ballot and Dylan Gets A Nobel -

About six years ago, the current cycle of change in public education within Shelby County starting moving. And the changes have been nothing short of historic. Since then at least one piece of a very complex mechanism driving the change has been whirring away. The hope in the last year or so has been that all of this is at a place where some long term plans can start to emerge that are more than reaction to what another cog in the system is doing.

60. Shorb's Next Steps -

Jill Crocker, board chair of The Urban Child Institute, remembers the conversation well. She and interim executive director Meri Armour were discussing the future and the person they would need to find to lead the nonprofit forward.

61. SCS May Still Pursue East High T-STEM After Missing Out on Grant -

Although Shelby County Schools didn’t get a federal grant for a new optional school program at East High, the school system is still likely to continue with the ambitious plan.

The SCS grant application to the U.S Department of Education for the Magnet Schools Assistant Program calls for a T-STEM – transportation, science, technology, engineering and math – optional or magnet school at East to replace the engineering optional program that has been in place since 1984.

62. Last Word: Mud Island Round 3, Newsmakers Notes and North Midtown -

Cue the organ. You know, the one from those old soap operas or radio dramas. And prepare for the latest episode of Island of Mud. When last we looked in on Mud Island River Park, the city had two finalists to redevelop all or a part of the southern half of the island that is really a peninsula.

63. Green Spaces Valuable Assets for Memphis, Citizens -

Shelby Farms Park’s biggest project – Heart of the Park – is open. The Wolf River Greenway is on track for completion no later than 2020. Overton Park has come through the greensward controversy and is moving ahead with park enhancements.

64. Litigator Kimberly Hodges Joins Ogletree Deakins -

Kimberly Hodges has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, as a shareholder in the Memphis office. Hodges has 16 years’ experience as an attorney focused on employment law counseling and litigation. She comes to Ogletree Deakins from Federal Express Corp., where she served as lead counsel – litigation and employment.

65. Last Word: In Defense of The Cossitt, Joe Royer and 3 Months Since The Bridge -

Citizens of Memphis, I rise in defense of the city’s first public library. Not in its original much-loved state but in defense of its much-ridiculed modernization.

No, I will not follow that with a defense of John Calipari or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s location in Cleveland instead of Memphis or the late Mo’ Money Taxes and the company’s commercials. But I reserve the right to, at some future date, defend the big silver sculpture thing on the northeast corner of Front and Poplar at the Cannon Center.

66. Last Word: Haslam on Trump, Midtown Apartment Blitz and Beyond Parks -

Trump vs. Clinton or Giants vs. Packers? America Chooses.

While there is so much discussion – and rightfully so – about the unprecedented direction this Presidential campaign as a whole has taken in so many ways, the speed of the conduct of the campaign and news cycle reaction has also become a factor. Many of you are probably reading this at a point in which the reaction to what happened over 90 minutes before 10 p.m. on a Sunday night has already made parts of the debate irrelevant or old news.

67. 600 Memphis Students Take Manufacturing Day Tours -

Six-hundred students from Shelby County Schools toured local manufacturing companies on Friday, Oct. 7, to explore advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis.

Students from 12 high schools participated in the National Manufacturing Day event, with each school touring a different facility, including Steel Warehouse, Gibson Guitar, Flextronics, Barnhart Crane, Competition Cams, Jordan Aluminum, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Smith & Nephew, National Guard Products, SFI of Tennessee, Coca-Cola and Medtronic. On the tours, students received information on possible careers within the industry and the education needed to get there.

68. Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis -

Gestalt Community Schools will not be running Humes Preparatory Academy Middle and Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary schools after the end of the current school year, the charter school announced Friday, Oct. 7.

69. Green Renaissance -

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

70. Last Word: Z Bo and the Second Unit, Gannettized and the Electoral College -

Zach Randolph will not be starting for the Grizz this season as the post-Grit & Grind era enters the “Second Unit” chapter.

It will be interesting to see fan reaction Thursday at the Forum when the Grizz play Atlanta in another pre-season game. Randolph did not start Monday night’s pre-season opener against Orlando either.

71. A Greener Memphis Requires More Connectivity -

It sounds simple enough, the idea that, as Wolf River Conservancy executive director Keith Cole puts it, “One of the basic premises of connectivity is you never want to build a bridge to nowhere.”

72. Gauging the Feasibility of Historic Museum -

As I watched the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on television, I was filled with excitement and emotion. I was excited about this historic moment and what it means for the African-American community and the nation.

73. Kane Discusses Bass Pro Changes, Mud Island, Convention Center -

Bass Pro Shops may be rethinking its mix of retail and attractions at the Pyramid, says the head of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In its first year of operation, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid drew 3 million visitors.

74. Last Word: Festival Season, The Unbanked and Artspace Lofts Gets Started -

It was one of those weekends. In thinking back on it you will probably add rich fall colors on the trees that will come just a bit later. And since you are adding things you might give the Tigers another touchdown or two – or not, depending on where your allegiances are.

75. August Unemployment Rate Dips in Shelby County -

Shelby County’s preliminary unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in August, down from 6.7 percent in August 2015 but up slightly from July’s revised rate of 5.6 percent, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

76. Logistical Nightmare -

Lamar Avenue is a $300 million problem. Rush hour on Lamar turns into several hours, and for the hundreds of distribution centers located near the corridor, just-in-time delivery is nearly impossible in the face of miles of congested traffic.

77. Shorb New Executive Director Of Urban Child Institute -

Gary Shorb, retiring CEO of Methodist Healthcare, has been named executive director of The Urban Child Institute (TUCI).

“I don’t know many people that have a better reputation,” TUCI board chair Jill Crocker told The Daily News on Thursday, Sept. 29. “He can be a bridge-builder.”

78. Last Word: The Law & Darrius Stewart, MEMShop's Return and The Pot Debate -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Law School for Journalists is where reporters and attorneys and a few judges meet annually to talk over the issues they have with each other. And it is usually about a specific topic. This year that topic was the July 2015 police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

79. Belz Preparing Peabody Place for ServiceMaster HQ -

150 Peabody Place

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $9.5 million

Project Cost: $27 million overall

80. New Routes, CEO Contract Approved By MATA -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority board of commissioners approved more than $500,000 in new bus service Tuesday, Sept. 27, including three new bus routes, and it extended the contract of MATA president and general manager Ron Garrison through 2022.

81. MATA Approves New Routes, Extends Garrison’s Term Through 2022 -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority board of commissioners approved more than $500,000 in new bus service Tuesday, Sept. 27, including three new bus routes, and it extended the contract of MATA president and general manager Ronald Garrison through 2022.

82. Oyler Named City of Memphis’ Bike/Ped Program Manager -

Nicholas Oyler has been named bikeway and pedestrian program manager for the city of Memphis, tasked with establishing walking and biking as safe, convenient and realistic forms of transportation in the city. The wide scope of the position includes tasks such as expanding Memphis’ network of bike lanes, implementing new pedestrian safety projects and educating individuals on the role of walking and biking.

83. Shelby County Unemployment Rate Dips in August -

Shelby County’s preliminary unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in August, down a point from the 6.7 percent rate in August 2015 but up slightly from July’s revised rate of 5.6 percent, according to new figures from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

84. Events -

Memphis Reads and its partners will host “Salvage the Bones” author Jesmyn Ward for events Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29. On Wednesday, Ward will give the Memphis Reads public lecture and sign books at 7 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University theater, 650 East Parkway S. On Thursday, she will participate in an open Q&A  at 6 p.m. in Rhodes College’s McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway. Visit facebook.com/MemphisReads for details.

85. Last Word: Talking Terms on Beale, Bolton High's Past and DeAngelo Williams -

There will be a funeral in south Memphis Friday at Metropolitan Baptist Church for seven of the 10 people – three adults and seven children -- who died not quite two weeks ago in a house fire on Severson Street. The remaining three funerals follow into the weekend.

86. U of M Gets Economic Boost, W.M. Barr PILOT Approved -

The University of Memphis will get a development incentive boost around its campus, a longstanding Memphis-based manufacturer has been granted tax incentives to expand on Presidents Island and a gift-wrap company has received an amendment to its tax incentive that will allow it to add staff.

87. W.M. Barr Looking to Grow Memphis Operations -

Memphis-based W.M. Barr & Co., a manufacturer of household cleaning products, is planning a $12 million expansion of its Presidents Island facility.

88. Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center -

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.

On Christmas Day they discovered their parents had hidden the most cherished present in plain sight.

89. The Week Ahead: September 19-25 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! September is rolling right along, and you can get rolling too with a pair of scenic bike rides (and you might learn something too). Details on those, plus Repair Days, Mid-South Pride Festival, and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

90. Events -

2016 Cooper-Young Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cooper-Young Historic District. The festival will feature more than 435 artisan vendors, 20 musical acts on three stages, and more. Music starts at 11:15 a.m. Admission is free. Visit cooperyoungfestival.com.

91. Several Whitehaven Subdivisions Making a Comeback -

David Walker, founder of Vision to Reality LLC, has relaunched the development of several Whitehaven subdivisions, including Emerald Estates, Diamond Estates and Ruby Estates situated between Horn Lake and Weaver roads just south of West Holmes Road.

92. Crosstown High Misses Out on XQ Grant -

Crosstown High School, which was a finalist for one of several $10 million high school grants awarded by the XQ Super School Project, was not among the 10 schools to receive a grant from the national school-reform group Wednesday, Sept. 14.

93. Kirkpatrick Named CFO At Commercial Advisors -

Lori Kirkpatrick has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as chief financial officer. In this role, Kirkpatrick oversees all finance and accounting functions at the commercial real estate services firm, including lease administration services provided to clients. 
She focuses on driving projects and innovations and ensuring quality and commitment to our clients. 

94. EDGE Approves Trio of Inner-City Development Loans -

The Finance Committee of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved three grants for inner-city businesses.

April House Premier, at 5650 Mt. Moriah Road, will receive an $8,255 Inner City Economic Development loan. The funds will go toward facade improvements and plumbing and electrical upgrades at the 3,400-square-foot restaurant. Through the Workforce Investment Network, April House Premier will also launch an apprenticeship program for young adults interested in the culinary arts.

95. City Council Pot Ordinance Passes Its First Reading -

The Memphis City Council is one step closer to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, passing an ordinance on its first of three readings at the body’s Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting.

Councilman Berlin Boyd is the sponsor of the ordinance, which would allow Memphis police the option of writing a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Boyd has amended the ruling to increase fines for multiple offenders and exempt juveniles from its provisions.

96. Trust Marketing Mantra: It Takes Villagers to Reach the People -

Even if you have not heard of Trust Marketing & Communications Inc., you’ve seen their work.

97. New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes -

Memphis’ last traditional public housing complex is coming down and a new kind of subdivision will rise in its place.

The Land Use Control Board formally accepted the site plan for the South City development at its Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting. With the help of a $30 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, the Memphis Housing Authority plans to raze the 420 units of Foote Homes that date back to the 1940s to make way for Memphis’ first sustainable subdivision.

98. City Council Pot Ordinance Passes Its First Reading -

The Memphis City Council is one step closer to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, passing an ordinance on its first of three readings at the body’s Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting.

Councilman Berlin Boyd is the sponsor of the ordinance, which would allow Memphis police the option of writing a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Boyd has amended the ruling to increase fines for multiple offenders and exempt juveniles from its provisions.

99. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award -

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

100. Towers Apartments Sell for $13.5 Million -

An apartment high-rise in the Memphis Medical District has sold for $13.5 million.

Memphis 2192 TN LLC, a company of Millennia Housing Development, purchased the eight-story, 306-unit Memphis Towers apartments from Memphis II LP in an Aug. 19 warranty deed.