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1. Construction Begins On Millington Retail Center -

Construction has begun on the Shops at Millington Farms.

Developed by Ryan Commercial Properties, the retail strip will bring 136,000 square feet of new commercial space to Millington at 8540 U.S. Highway 51 North.

2. Construction Begins On Millington Retail Center -

Construction has begun on the Shops at Millington Farms.

Developed by Ryan Commercial Properties, the retail strip will bring 136,000 square feet of new commercial space to Millington at 8540 U.S. Highway 51 North.

3. Fight Over Confederate Flag Taught Robertson How to Change Minds -

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this series, we profile innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

Jenny Robertson is no stranger to controversy – far from it. As an undergraduate at Ole Miss, she was one of the leaders of the movement to ban the Confederate flag from campus.

4. Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause -

There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

In less than a week you will be able to make a left turn onto McLean Boulevard from Union Avenue eastbound and westbound. And the traffic signal that lets you do that will flash a yellow arrow that indicates you can turn left if there are no pedestrians and no cars coming the other way.

5. Parkside Developer Seeks TIF Designation -

The developer of the Parkside mixed-use project at Shelby Farms hopes to add a traffic light at Kirby-Whitten and Mullins Station roads and fund a portion of the Shelby Farms Parkway.

6. Last Word: The Sound of Dominoes, Brexit Anxiety and Schilling Farms Backstory -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild makes it official – filing grievances against Gannett, the new owner of The Commercial Appeal, over the first significant changes in how the paper is put out. Those changes involve abolishing copy editing positions and making them part of the new job of digital producers.

7. Madison Hotel Sells to Chicago-Based Hotel Group -

79 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Date: June 21 

Buyer: 79 Madison Avenue LLC

8. Millington Groundbreaking Held for New Retail Center -

Millington leaders broke ground Tuesday, July 12, on the $36.8 million Shops at Millington Farms development at 8570 North U.S. Highway 51.

The 125,000 square feet of retail space south of Veterans Parkway is being developed by Ryan Commercial Properties LLC.

9. Last Word: The Day After The Bridge, Big River Plans and the U of M Train Tracks -

The lure of the bridge was tempting some of the organizers of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on the day after the protest that drew thousands.

10. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 -

Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…

11. Tuesday is Last Day to Register to Vote -

The final day to register to vote in the Aug. 4 elections is Tuesday, July 5.

The Shelby County Election Commission’s two offices, 150 Washington Ave. Downtown and 980 Nixon Drive near Shelby Farms Park, are taking applications in person up to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The offices open at 8:30 a.m.

12. Events -

Shelby County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will hold a juvenile justice summit Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The summit aims to bring awareness to Shelby County juvenile reform efforts and encourage citizens to participate in them. James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equality, will present the keynote. Cost is free. For details, email kimbrell.owens@shelbycountytn.gov or call 901-222-0902.

13. Events -

Rochelle Stevens, Olympic gold medalist and author of “Travel the World by Foot,” will visit two Memphis library branches this week. Adult library customers can meet Stevens on Monday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hollywood library, 1530 N. Hollywood St. Children can meet her Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the East Shelby library, 7200 E. Shelby Drive. Visit memphislibrary.org.

14. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Beyond the Basics and the Golden Greek -

The future of the Pinch District looks to be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first venture beyond being “brilliant at the basics.”

15. The Kitchen Restaurant at Shelby Farms Hiring -

The Kitchen Restaurant is hiring full and part-time staff for its upcoming restaurant at Shelby Farms Park.

16. Deadline to Register to Vote is July 5 -

The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 4 election is Tuesday, July 5.

Voter registration applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. that day, and mail-in applications must be postmarked by that date.

17. Greenprint ‘Movement’ Taking Hold Regionally -

It wasn’t that long ago that the land which is now Shelby Farms Park was up for grabs.

There was some sentiment to make it a park. There was probably more sentiment to develop it as residential, office or retail space, or all three.

18. The Kitchen Restaurant at Shelby Farms Hiring -

The Kitchen Restaurant is hiring full- and part-time staff for its upcoming restaurant at Shelby Farms Park.

19. Deadline to Register to Vote is July 5 -

The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 4 election is Tuesday, July 5.

Voter registration applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. that day, and mail-in applications must be postmarked by that date.

20. Greenprint Summit Gauges Community Support -

It’s not easy being green. That is, until people begin to see projects like the Shelby Farms Greenline and Wolf River Greenway taking shape.

21. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Bradley Harris will present “‘Me Talk Real Good’: Confessions of a Toastmaster.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

22. Events -

HireLive will host a sales and management career fair Tuesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 12028-21-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com for details.

23. Events -

Soulsville Record Swap will take place Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Shop rare 45s, 78s and LPs, Memphis music and more. Dealers from throughout the South are planning to attend. The Stax Museum will be selling deeply discounted CDs, books, apparel, and souvenirs. Regular admission is $5 or free with museum ticket; early bird admission (10 a.m.) is $10. Visit staxmuseum.com.

24. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

25. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

26. Greenline Extension Has Formal Opening Thursday -

The 4.15-mile eastward extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline is already being used even before the work pushes across Germantown Parkway to the old Cordova train depot.

County government and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy leaders cut the ribbon on the extension Thursday, June 16, at Mullins Station and Farm roads.

27. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

28. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

29. Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $34.3 million

Buyer: Spyglass-Collierville LLC

30. Collierville Apartments Sell for $34.3 Million -

Collierville’s 324-unit Madison at Schilling Farms apartment community has changed hands in the largest multifamily sale in Shelby County over the past year.

New Jersey-based private equity firm Spyglass Capital Partners LLC, working as Spyglass-Collierville LLC, paid $34.3 million, or $105,864 per unit, for the Class A property. The seller, Arenda Capital Management affiliate Madison 324 LLC, had purchased the community four years ago for $32 million.

31. Greenprint Summit To Be Held June 23 -

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold its second Greenprint Summit this month.

On June 23, regional speakers and local leaders will speak on their efforts in improving green infrastructure in the Mid-South.

32. Madison at Schilling Farms Sells for $34.3 Million -

Collierville’s 324-unit Madison at Schilling Farms apartment community has changed hands in the largest multifamily sale in Shelby County over the past year.

New Jersey-based private equity firm Spyglass Capital Partners LLC, working as Spyglass-Collierville LLC, paid $34.3 million, or $105,864 per unit, for the Class A property. The seller, Arenda Capital Management affiliate Madison 324 LLC, had purchased the community four years ago for $32 million.

33. Greenprint Summit To Be Held June 23 -

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold its second Greenprint Summit this month. On June 23, regional speakers and local leaders will speak on their efforts in improving green infrastructure in the Mid-South.

34. Events -

Seventh annual Memphis Black Expo will be held Thursday through Monday, June 2-6, with a variety of events across Shelby County. Highlights include the June 2 conscious cinema & panel discussion; June 3 “Welcome to Memphis” reception; June 4 cultural festival & black business showcase, neo-soul food festival and youth empowerment conference; June 5 “Art of Fashion” party; and June 6 closing dinner. Visit memphisblackexpo.com.

35. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 24, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

36. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

37. Events -

Memphis Public Library will hold its mobile vet center, which provides weekly readjustment counseling services to combat veterans, on Monday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Visit memphislibrary.org.

38. Events -

Memphis Blues Society and Overton Square will open its 2016 Bluesday Tuesday concert series with Earl "The Pearl" Banks on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard, 2101 Madison Ave. Cost is free. Visit overtonsquare.com for a series schedule.

39. Shelby Farms Park Kids Camps Start in June -

Shelby Farms Park will off its nature camp (grades K-2) and adventure camp (grades 3-6) to connect kids to the park through high-adventure fun and hands-on learning. Activities include canoeing, archery lessons, environmental education and more.

40. Editorial: The New Map of Memphis -

It’s time for a map of Memphis that includes more than highways and vehicular roads.

The Memphis area has reached enough critical mass with bike lanes, greenways, greenlines and similar features that it is time to put that network on a map and put the streets in the background.

41. Shelby Farms Park Kids Camps Start in June -

Shelby Farms Park will off its nature camp (grades K-2) and adventure camp (grades 3-6) to connect kids to the park through high-adventure fun and hands-on learning. Activities include canoeing, archery lessons, environmental education and more.

42. Last Word: TNReady Termination, NFL Draft Day and What Drove The Bible Bill -

When students in public schools take tests these days, it is about more than how they are doing and whether they know what is being taught them.

The scores play a significant role in how teachers are evaluated and rated. And both play a role in their careers and how much they will be paid. They play a role in whether the state decides to take over a school or the school system they remain in decides to essentially start over with an Innovation School model.

43. Farm-To-Table Restaurant For Shelby Farms -

415 E. Patriot Lake Road
Memphis, TN 38134

Permit Amount: $1 million

Owner: Shelby Farms Conservancy 

44. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

45. $1 Million Building Permit For Shelby Farms Restaurant -

Construction is soon to start on The Kitchen restaurant in Shelby Farms.

Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $1 million construction permit for The Kitchen’s build-out as part of “the new core and shell building restaurant & retreat center at Shelby Farms.”

46. Shelby Farms Park Transformation Started With Plan -

Two years ago this summer, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy had raised $52 million to start its “Heart of the Park” work that is scheduled to open in the late summer and early fall.

47. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

48. Last Word: Prince, Violent Crime Numbers, and a Parkside Post Script -

Prince. It’s hard to think of a musician with a more complete knowledge of music as a social and cultural force and the ability to let that force inhabit his music and what he wanted to accomplish.
It is that knowledge and its use from obscurity to the pinnacle of fame and acclaim to his own journey for personal fulfillment that, to me, defines what has been lost.
Music mattered to Prince unlike it had ever mattered before. All of the influences analyzed and synthesized by someone born in rock and roll’s first wave pushed forward in a sound that combined rock and roll and rhythm and blues and funk with purpose and confidence.
It wasn’t a denial or downplaying of any of those music categories – all were present sonically and culturally. No juggling or quick changes.
That was his talent and it’s hard to think of anyone who has been as knowledgeable, intentional and successful -- commercially and artistically – in that combination.
Prince is remembered here for not only playing the city’s largest arenas but for his legendary after shows on Beale Street that brought an entertainment insider cachet the district has rarely seen since its early 1980s reopening.
His was an intensity and sense of purpose rarely seen and possessed in such a way in the 60 years since rock and roll started in this very city, kicked off by both Rocket 88 and That’s Alright Mama.
So why couldn’t the city’s rock radio stations do more than talk about Prince into commercial breaks after another Nickelback rock block and actually play some of his music to acknowledge such a huge genre crossing artist?
Not cool.

49. City Council Approves Parkside Development -

The Memphis City Council has approved the concept of Parkside at Shelby Farms Park, a $200 million mixed-use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park.

50. Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon -

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

51. Parkside Development Gets Green Light -

Parkside at Shelby Farms Park, a $200 million mixed-use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms featuring three six-story apartment buildings, won the approval Tuesday, April 19, of the Memphis City Council.

52. West Cancer Teams Up With Ovarian Cancer Foundation -

West Cancer Center and the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation have announced a fundraising partnership to include the annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K Teal Run and Walk with the West Fight On Cycle, Run, Walk event on Sept. 17 at Shelby Farms Park.

53. Last Word: When To Heal, Budget Day at City Hall and Cheese Steak Pondering -

After Sunday’s thrashing of the Grizzlies by the Spurs in their 2016 NBA playoff debut, there is a school of thought among Grizz watchers that the sooner this is over the better.
But there are others who would have a more content off season if the Grizz could win just one game in the series as they go down and then proceed back to the cave for some summer healing.
Either way, Game 2 is Tuesday in San Antonio and then FedExForum Friday for Game 3.

54. Strickland’s First Budget Includes Police Raise -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presents his first budget proposal Tuesday, April 19, to the Memphis City Council just four months after taking office as mayor.

55. Roland Starts 2018 Bid for County Mayor -

The 2018 Shelby County general elections are more than two years away. The 2016 county elections that decide races for General Sessions Court Clerk, five of the nine seats on the Shelby County Schools board and two judicial positions are still to come in August.

56. City Council Debates Idea of De-Annexation Compromises -

A proposal to form a joint city-county group to explore voluntary de-annexation and the city’s footprint goes to the Memphis City Council for a vote in two weeks.

But there is vocal sentiment on the council against the city giving up any of its turf, including the most recently annexed areas of south Cordova and Southwind-Windyke.

57. City Council Sets Stage for Budget Season -

Two weeks before Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presents his first budget proposal to the Memphis City Council, the council and administration are setting the stage for the budget season to come.

58. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

59. Editorial: The Ponderosa Box -

Maybe we’ve got this all wrong. Some people have suggested bringing recalcitrant, Memphis-hating legislators from other parts of the state here to our city to show them what’s right about this place. Instead, maybe we should go to them.

60. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

61. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable -

The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.

62. New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms in September -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

63. Greenline Work to Affect Germantown Pkwy. Traffic -

On the first day of spring, Sunday, March 20, construction will begin on the Shelby Farms Greenline crossing of Germantown Parkway.

Work crews will begin northbound and southbound lane shifts, which are necessary to build the median shelter that will allow those using the greenline to cross the busy parkway with a wait in the middle.

64. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its annual Spring Hike on the Discovery Trail Saturday, March 19, at 9:45 a.m. starting at the Visitors Center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. The moderate, 4.5-mile hike will be followed by a birds of prey program. Cost is free; all ages welcome. For more information, call the park office at 901-543-7581.

65. City Council Approves Columbarium Permit -

The Memphis City Council approved a special permit Tuesday, March 15, for a memorial garden with mausoleums, crypts and a columbarium at the Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Garden at 1622 Sycamore View Road northwest of Shelby Oaks Drive.

66. Greenline Construction to Affect Germantown Parkway Traffic -

On the first day of spring, Sunday, March 20, construction will begin on the Shelby Farms Greenline crossing of Germantown Parkway.

Work crews will begin northbound and southbound lane shifts, which are necessary to build the median shelter that will allow those using the greenline to cross the busy parkway with a wait in the middle.

67. Events -

Memphis Irish Society will host a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cooper-Young on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The route starts at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., and travels north to Memphis Made Brewing, 768 S. Cooper St. Visit memphisirish.com.

68. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News' -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.

69. Events -

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center will host contemporary dance ensemble Hubbard Street 2 Dance Chicago on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

70. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” Tuesday, March 15, through March 20 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Wednesday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova branch library, 8457 Trinity Road. The topic is colon cancer awareness. Email fmyers912@yahoo.com for details.

71. Finances Will Be in Focus at City Council -

The list of financial surprises that Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented to Memphis City Council members two weeks ago tops council discussions Tuesday, March 15.

72. The Week Ahead: March 14-20, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first look at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s proposed diversity program to a truly Irish celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.

73. Commission Approves Millington TIF Amendments -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, March 7, a resolution that increases the amount of tax increment financing for the Shoppes of Millington Farms project on U.S. 51.

The total property tax increment going to the project increases from $3.3 million to $3.8 million. The funding is used for public infrastructure including water and sewer lines and public parking.

74. Shelby Farms Conservancy Makes 2 Executive Hires -

Jen Andrews, the longtime development and communications director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the new executive director of the conservancy.

75. Events -

A community job fair hosted by Agape Child & Family Services, New Direction Christian Church, Maximus and Right Resource Management will be held Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Direction, 5777 Winchester Road. Resume assistance will be provided from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call Jerrod Gunter at 901-333-6821 or Twana Whitlock at 901-323-3600, ext. 22.

76. County Commission Approves Millington TIF Amendments -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, March 7, a resolution that increases the amount of tax increment financing for the Shoppes of Millington Farms project on U.S. 51.

The total property tax increment going to the project increases from $3.3 million to $3.8 million. The funding is used for public infrastructure including water and sewer lines and public parking.

77. Events -

HireLive will host a sales and marketing career fair Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 11056-36-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com.

78. Last Word: Redbirds Sold, Memphis Burning and When Old Dominick Was Young -

Grizzlies over the Cavaliers 106-103 Monday evening in Cleveland despite the pre-game injury story dominating up to tip-off.

79. Commission Votes Down Term Limits Referendum On First Reading -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a referendum ordinance Monday, March 7, to eliminate term limits in county government.

But the ordinance moves on to second and third readings despite the vote on first reading under the commission’s rules of procedure.

80. Shelby Farms Conservancy Makes 2 Executive Hires -

Jen Andrews, the longtime development and communications director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the new executive director of the conservancy.

81. Green Sword -

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

It would come quickly and just before the start of the third spring of protests against the Memphis Zoo's use of the northern part of the Greensward for overflow parking.

82. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor -

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.

83. Agricenter President Looks Back on 15-Year Tenure -

Try putting yourself in John Charles Wilson’s dusty work boots for a moment. You’ve served as president of Agricenter International for more than 15 years. In less than six months, you will retire.

84. Events -

Company d Dancers will perform “LOCAL, Dancing through time … places in Memphis” on Thursday and Friday, March 3-4, at 7 p.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Road. This collaboration unites some of Memphis’ most talented artists with Company d’s dancers, all of whom are young adults with Down syndrome. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit facebook.com/companyddancers for details and tickets.

85. Last Word: The Moving Election Comes to Town and Missing Early Voters Are Found -

We probably haven’t had this much action with so many presidential candidates in the Memphis area since the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Four of the contenders – three Republicans and one Democrat – in Memphis over the weekend looking for votes in advance of Tuesday’s Tennessee primary elections.

86. Shelby Farms Zip Line Returns March 5 -

Five zip lines, two “Tarzan” swings and 41 treetop obstacles are set to open March 5 in Shelby Farms Park for the second season of the Treetop Adventure Course.

87. This week in Memphis history: February 26-March 3 -

1986: Formal opening of Shelby Farms Showplace Arena, the $5.5 million equestrian center and restaurant.

The neighboring Agricenter International had opened a year earlier. Shelby Farms Park was still an iffy proposition, and its past as a prison farm was not far enough removed to banish the idea of developing the land as a residential subdivision.

88. Last Word: Timing and Numbers, Old Dominick Takes Shape and Zip Lines To Spring -

Political opportunity is defined by timing.
Witness a look at the early voting turnout numbers in advance of Tuesday’s election day.

More than half of the more than 43,000 Shelby County voters who cast early ballots voted Monday and Tuesday – the last two days of an early voting period that began Feb. 10 – way back there when Martin O’Malley was the third Democratic presidential contender and Jeb Bush was considered a force to be reckoned with in the Republican primaries.

89. Shelby Farms Zip Lines, Treetop Course Return March 5 -

A set of five zip lines, two “Tarzan” swings and 41 treetop obstacles are set to open March 5 in Shelby Farms Park for the second season of the Treetop Adventure Course.

90. Last Word: Drum Circles and Voting, Lincoln Day and Carolyn Hardy's Clients -

I think I may have stumbled upon a way to increase voter turnout in Memphis.
I would say nationally, but we all know what works in Memphis does not always work elsewhere and what works elsewhere does not always work in Memphis.
It came to me as I was at Overton Park ever so briefly Saturday. It’s part of my weekend run whenever the weather is spring-like or actually spring to see what will happen in the nearly three-year Greensward controversy.
Lots of people having fun and a few kite-flyers coexisting on the greensward with zoo overflow parking but no protest with brass band.
As I filed that away I wondered what happened to that park institution -- the drum circle.
Audubon Park had one too along with the Society for Creative Ananchronism – the folks who dress up like Game of Thrones only they were doing it before the television show.
Anyway, I started hearing the drums in my head as I imagined drum circles outside the early voting places because that's how my mind works in a career spent covering politicians since before I was old enough to vote.
Of course the drums would be outside the 100-foot limits for physical campaigning that state law requires.
But imagine you are in the area of let’s say Agricenter, maybe in Shelby Farms Park, and in the distance you hear drums. Wouldn’t you be curious? If you had the time would you try to find the source? And if you discovered it was outside an early voting place and you were of voting age and registered and if you had not already voted (for you may vote early but not often) would you not vote, once your curiosity had been satisfied?
I thought your answer to all of the above would be a resounding yes.

91. Last Word: Love and Glory and Guitars, New Frost and Scalia's Passing -

To each his or her own on Valentine’s Day observances Sunday that become Valentine’s Day memories with the arrival of Monday.

The Majestic Grille, for instance, had the movies Roman Holiday and Casablanca back to back on the screen of the movie theater turned restaurant.
No sound, but you really don’t need sound for the scene where Audrey Hepburn takes the throne with Gregory Peck and a beatnik Eddie Albert among the press corps at the rope line.
And The Majestic saved The Second Line in Overton Square with a loaner of some champagne after Second Line ran a bit short.
Chef Kelly English thanked the Majestic via Twitter for “saving our sweet Valentine’s Day asses.”

92. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

93. Editorial: A Call for More Conservancies -

When you look at the physical changes currently underway at Shelby Farms Park, it can be easy to miss the rise of conservancies as forces that are changing the landscape of our city.

94. Urban Treasure -

They were at the 2007 National Recreation and Park Association conference in Indianapolis and they had been dutifully attending the seminars and taking notes. But one day this two-woman contingent from Memphis and the newly formed Shelby Farms Park Conservancy skipped out of the afternoon workshops.

95. Last Word: Clinton in Whitehaven, Changes to Parkside and The Replacements Book -

The Presidential primary caravan has arrived.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Whitehaven Thursday evening to campaign for his wife, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.
And it was a reminder of his political potency as well as his popularity in a city that went for Barack Obama over his wife in the 2008 Tennessee Presidential primary but which was solidly behind him in both of his successful bids for the White House in the 1990s.
Clinton spoke in a packed Whitehaven High gymnasium to more than 700 people for almost an hour and then worked the crowd that gathered near the podium for another 25 minutes before sprinting out a door to a waiting car.
We’ll be busy this weekend with the opening of the local Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters and we’re still waiting on that promised Donald Trump Memphis appearance.
And we expect to encounter lots of Republican presidential partisans at the local GOP's annual Lincoln Day Gala on the 20th.

96. Mixed-Use Development at Shelby Farms Moves Forward -

The Land Use Control Board has approved initial outlines for a 57-acre planned development north of Shelby Farms Park.

97. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

98. Parkside at Shelby Farms Proposal Goes to LUCB -

A plan to build three mixed-use apartment towers and garden apartments on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park goes to the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Feb. 11.

99. Commission OKs Contract For Greenline Extension Design -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $163,400 contract Monday, Feb. 8, for the design of a part of the Shelby Farms Greenline extension.

100. Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018 -

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.