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1. Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis -

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

2. The Week Ahead: January 24-30 -

Good morning, Memphis! With the big inauguration done, some political decisions are on the horizon closer to home, including the election of a state Democratic Party chairman. Plus, discussions resume on the Memphis Zoo parking reconfiguration. We won’t say size matters, but the dimensions of those spaces is still on the table. Check out details on those plus what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

3. Harris Visits With Park Employees on State Outsourcing Plan -

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, met with Fall Creek Falls State Park employees Friday, Jan. 20, for a town hall discussion on the governor’s proposal to outsource state assets to private companies and potentially eliminate state jobs.

4. Youth Sports Boost Players’ Skills, Benefit Memphis’ Bottom Line -

The baseball fields in January are relatively quiet, at least compared to March. That’s when 60 to 65 teams begin to make their way every weekend to the Gameday Baseball complex in Cordova, where tournaments are in high gear from March through October.

5. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

6. Land Use Board Makes Decision on Trio of Controversial Cases -

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.

Of the 18 cases approved on its consent agenda, the most pertinent project was the proposed Ice House entertainment center at 2166 Central Ave.

7. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

8. Last Word: Humes Next, Top ZIPs in Residential and Payback in the Legislature -

Add Dave & Buster’s to the list of "it" retail hot spots. The restaurant-arcade has inked a lease in Cordova by Wolfchase Galeria with plans to open later this year, probably fourth quarter.

9. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

10. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

11. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

12. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

13. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

14. Events -

The 2017 Memphis Bike Swap will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Bikers will be able to buy, sell or swap parts with other cyclists around the city. Admission is free for buyers; food and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Visit peddlerbikeshop.com/events for details.

15. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

16. Last Word: Convention Center Hotel, The Crime Discussion and A Gas Tax Hike Plan -

Grizzlies fall to the Clippers 115-106 in Los Angeles. They play Golden State Friday in another West Coast road game.

During the California sojourn, Chandler Parsons turned up on the tabloid TV show TMZ clubbing in the general vicinity of Kendall Jenner after New Year’s Eve with Kate Beckinsale.

17. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

18. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

19. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $50 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

20. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $48 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

21. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

22. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host a “Frozen” sing-along Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through Jan. 29. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

23. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

24. Last Word: Ceasefire, Art and Memphis 3.0 and Giving Jazz Its Due In Memphis -

Grizz on the road the day after Christmas in Orlando where they got beat by the Magic 112– 102. They are in Boston Tuesday for the Celtics.

The Tigers are at the Forum Tuesday against SMU

25. Nonprofits Raised Value In 2016 In Many Ways -

In any given year, charitable giving might rise or fall. But when the Chronical of Philanthropy analyzed the giving of the country’s 50 largest cities via Internal Revenue Service data, it captured a larger sample size: 2006 through 2012.

26. Events -

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Week kicks off with a team welcome party Monday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Join the teams as they enjoy dinner and entertainment while exploring Memphis' biggest destination experience. Tickets available only in select action packs. Visit libertybowl.org for ticket information and a schedule of bowl week events.

27. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly through Tuesday, Dec. 27. Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, make s’mores around the campfire, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

28. Events -

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

29. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host live music by Marcella Simien of Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, Santa’s elves will make visits each day through Saturday, Dec. 24. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through January. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

30. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

31. New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile -

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

32. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host live music by Marcella Simien of Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, Santa’s elves will make visits each day through Saturday, Dec. 24. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through January. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

33. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group will screen “It’s A Wonderful Life” to benefit Mid-South Food Bank Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Tickets are free with a non-perishable food donation or $5 cash contribution for the Food Bank. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details on where to drop off donations.

34. Last Word: Electoral College Day, North Cordova Comes Back and Roy Harrover -

What was that? Someone left the door to spring ajar Saturday just to blow things around some. Put a little tropical hint in your Christmas season.

Most of us had that moment Saturday when you might have bundled up to go out and discovered you didn’t need a coat … at that point in a very windy day. Maybe you even went Christmas shopping in the spring-like weather just to watch the trappings of Christmas blowing in the wind.

35. Events -

PizzaRev will hold a job fair Monday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery, which is set to open the first of three Memphis locations in early 2017, are looking to hire roughly 50 crewmembers, including shift leads and supervisors. Another job fair will be held Dec. 28 at the same time and location. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.

36. American Car Care Signs 9-Year Lease at Lenox Park -

American Car Care has signed a lease with Lenox Park C-F Owner LLC for 17,427 square feet in Lenox Park Building E, located at 6775 Lenox Center Court.

37. Frayser Store Closed As Nuisance Will Reopen -

A Frayser convenience store closed last week as a public nuisance because of ongoing drug trafficking and other criminal activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

38. The Week Ahead: December 19-25 -

Good morning, Memphis! With only a few days left until Christmas, sparkling lights and holiday happenings are taking place citywide – and that’s not all that’s taking place this week, as the Memphis Tigers go bowling and the Electoral College makes the presidential election official. Check out what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…

39. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

40. Wolf River Greenway’s Epping Way Segment Moves Toward May Opening -

The only trace of Berry Brooks’ Epping Way clubhouse and recreation area is a pair of wooden gabled stone posts across the curb cut and gravel entrance at the end of a Raleigh cul de sac.

The clubhouse and its parking lot just beyond the entrance on a hilltop that is still a verdant green days away from winter is long gone. A slim border, perhaps of a swimming pool, appears intermittently. The nine tennis courts are now a duck pond near the 20-acre lake that remains the centerpiece of the property.

41. Last Word: ASD Changes & TNReady Scores, Fred's For Sale? and Cinnabon & Ikea -

The day after the TNReady reports cards for school districts were released, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was in Douglass Wednesday with word of some changes in how the Achievement School District operates.

42. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

43. Frayser Store Closed As Nuisance Will Reopen -

A Frayser convenience store closed last week as a public nuisance because of ongoing drug trafficking and other criminal activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

44. Last Word: New Rhodes President, Billy Hyman and the Fast Track -

The biggest political betting pool of the post-election season ends Tuesday as President elect Donald Trump said Monday by Twitter that he would name his nominee for Secretary of State Tuesday morning.

45. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

46. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink will open Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mississippi River Park (Riverside Drive next to the Tennessee Welcome Center) and will remain open through January. Hours on Sundays are noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink is closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. For details, visit memphisriverfront.com.

47. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

48. December 9-15, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

1986: Foreclosure proceedings are underway for the Downtown Radisson on the southeast corner of Third Street and Union Avenue. The $25 million, 284-room hotel had just opened the previous June after a renovation that incorporated the old eight-story Tennessee Hotel facing Third into a new 11-story tower east of that. The Radisson is the second Downtown hotel to have financial difficulties since the start of 1986. Chattanooga developer Franklin Haney had defaulted on interest payments for the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, the hotel connected to the Memphis Cook Convention Center, prompting a refinancing of the deal.

49. Evolving PILOT Programs in Memphis Look to Restore Competitive Balance -

When the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved its Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program earlier this year, it was with the hopes of bringing back a competitive balance between Memphis and North Mississippi.

50. Editorial: Despite Inherent Tension, We Need to Keep Talking -

You don’t see a lot of construction cranes in Memphis. It’s not the symbol of our emergence from the national recession that it is in other cities.

But make no mistake, development and the money to finance it is back in Memphis. It just has a different face.

51. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

52. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules -

Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.

Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.

53. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Ashton Lee, author of “Queen of the Cookbooks,” for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

54. Last Word: The Return of Stubby Clapp, Poplar & Ridgeway for Pedestrians and Mice -

The death toll in the Sevier County-Gatlinburg wildfires is at seven. Authorities believe a fire at The Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was what started the disaster and had consumed 15,563 acres as of Wednesday evening. At that point, the fire was 10 percent contained.

55. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.

56. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Blight Authority of Memphis executive director Sheila Jordan Cunningham and Neighborhood Preservation Inc. president Steve Barlow will present “Fighting Blight in Memphis.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

60. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Arkansas State University Mid-South will hold a process technology career fair Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Nabors Auditorium on STCC’s Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Employers including Hershey, Valero, Blues City Brewery and Lucite will be on hand. Visit southwest.tn.edu.

61. 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…

62. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at different locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and the full schedule of rallies.

63. Events -

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. Last Word: The Curses, Early Voting's Last Day and Midtown Kroger's First Day -

The goat, the curse, whatever you choose to call it – it’s over for the Cubs who are baseball’s world champions. And even in this basketball town, there is something about the tradition of baseball that commands attention. But alas October belongs to the political surprise in Presidential races exclusively as once again the World Series is decided in November.

73. 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.

74. The Week Ahead: Oct. 31–Nov. 6 -

Good morning, Memphis – and happy Halloween! From the Indie Memphis Film Fest to the long-awaited opening of the Midtown Kroger, there’s plenty of exciting happenings to keep you busy in the coming days. Peruse what’s going on in The Week Ahead while you munch on the candy you’re supposed to be saving for the trick-or-treaters. (We won’t tell.)

75. 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.

76. Editorial: Memphis Prospering, But Not Yet for All -

TraVure in Germantown, Big River Crossing, Guest House at Graceland, Crosstown Concourse. That’s not to mention Graceland West, the larger plans for Germantown’s Western Gateway, and references to the Big River Park in West Memphis as “Shelby Farms West.”

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 25-30, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

82. 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.

83. The Week Ahead: October 24-30 -

The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

84. October 21-27, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2010: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton marks one year in office with the city filing more than 130 lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court against owners of blighted properties. “I’m a lawyer and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m just saying, ‘Hey, I gotta sue somebody,” he says. Wharton says he feels “right at home” in the mayor’s office. “You never see me arguing with council members,” he adds. “Wonder why that is?” The remark is the closest Wharton comes to comparing his governing style to former Mayor Willie Herenton, whose July 2009 resignation set the stage for the October 2009 special election that Wharton won while serving as Shelby County mayor. The contrast in governing styles is one factor in Wharton’s move to City Hall. But Wharton’s relationship with the council is already becoming more complex as he marks one year as mayor.

85. Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin -

The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.

86. Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round -

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Launched in 1989 as Arts in the Park in Overton Park before relocating to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 1992, the fest was revitalized in 2007 as RiverArtsFest and moved to its present location.

87. Big River Crossing, St. Jude Ride and RiverArtsFest to Draw Crowds -

The Oct. 22 opening of the much anticipated Big River Crossing is joining the St. Jude Ride and the 10th annual RiverArtsFest for a big weekend of festivities on the banks of the Mississippi in Downtown Memphis.

88. Events -

Zoo Boo 2016 will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 27-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, a not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, Dracula’s Disco and more at this all-ages event. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers; day-of-event tickets are $2 more. Visit memphiszoo.org for details and tickets.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. The Week Ahead: October 17-23 -

This will be a historic week for Memphis, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22, when a boardwalk across the Harahan Bridge opens to the public that will give Memphians and visitors alike an intimate experience with the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing also will link Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas, and provide bicycle enthusiasts miles of trails along the river levee that will be unique in the world. There’s only one Mississippi River, the world’s second-largest inland waterway, and there’s only one Memphis! This crossing will be an unmatched amenity for the city for years to come.   

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. ‘Purple Night’ Showcases Pancreatic Cancer Fight -

With a disease as deadly as pancreatic cancer, it’s important to call attention to and support research advances, in addition to giving stakeholders and patients an opportunity to network, learn from and lean on each other.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. The Week Ahead: October 10-16 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get ready for an eclectic mix of fairs, food and festivals to keep you entertained this week. Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

100. Editorial: Memphis Moving Beyond the Parks -

The word “parks” doesn’t begin to adequately describe what is currently happening in Memphis.

Overton Park and Shelby Farms Park are thriving. The transition of Kennedy Park in Raleigh at the northernmost point of the Wolf River is underway. And smaller parks remain a desired amenity in neighborhoods across the city.