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1. The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20 -

Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...

2. MIM Posts Surplus in ‘Electrifying’ 2017 Festival -

At the end of her year-long tenure as chairwoman of the board of the Memphis In May International Festival, Bobbi Gillis summed up the 2017 festival as “a fast moving roller coaster ride.” Rain wasn’t a problem for the month-long set of events. But lightning and straight-line winds were. MIM president and CEO Jim Holt could joke Thursday, Aug. 10, at the organization’s annual meeting that the festival was “electrifying.”

3. August 11-17, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1937: A privilege license for The Oasis, a restaurant serving beer and owned by Nick Demapolis at 2128 Central Ave. on the corner of Central and Cooper.

4. New Local Democratic Party Council Features Lots of New Faces -

Shelby County Democrats selected 102 citizens Saturday, July 22, to the local party’s new Democratic Grass Roots Council and 26 of those 102 to the local party’s executive committee in a local party convention at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

5. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.

6. Last Word: Halfway Point, The Cancer-Influenza Connection and Wade Baldwin's Way -

Monday was the day that Memphis Light Gas and Water Division reached the halfway point in restoring power. There were 90,384 customers without power Monday evening, compared to 188,000 without power at the outset Saturday evening at 11 p.m. There were 126 utility crews working by Monday evening.

7. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

8. Last Word: The Day After, $21.9M More for SCS and First Tennessee Overdrafts -

Take That For Data, Indeed. The Grizz crack the century mark over the Spurs 105-94 in a motivated Game 3 of the playoff series before a loud and proud Forum. Game 4 is Saturday on Beale. Meanwhile, Markel Crawford chooses. He will be leaving the Tigers basketball program for Ole Miss.

9. Events -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute African-American Male Initiative Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. The symposium will feature national and local efforts to increase positive educational and social outcomes for African-American males. Free and open to the public. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

10. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

11. Memphis Museums and Attractions Broaden Reach With Host of Upgrades -

Elvis Presley Enterprises made a splash in recent weeks with the grand opening of the 200,000-square-foot museum, restaurant and retail complex known as Elvis Presley’s Memphis. But the Graceland operator isn’t the only local institution upgrading what it offers visitors.

12. Events -

The Southern Women’s Show will be held Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The show will feature shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, and an appearance by Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit southernshows.com for details and advance discount tickets.

13. Events -

PRSA Memphis will meet Thursday, March 9, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Thomas Carrier, director of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional, will be the guest speaker.  Cost is free for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at eventbrite.com by Wednesday, March 8. 

14. The Week Ahead: February 28-March 6 -

It's Monday, Memphis – time to peek at this week's (very busy) dance card, from the opening of Graceland's $45 million entertainment complex to a showcase of the latest high-tech ag innovations to a celebration of some local "hidden figures." Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...  

15. Smaller Friday March Draws 200 -

A group of 200 people marched Friday, Jan. 20, from Robert Church Park near Beale Street to the Civic Center Plaza in what some organizers called an “anti-racist, pro-immigration, pro-tolerance” demonstration.

16. New Details of St. Jude Expansion Look to Medical Corridors To The East -

The city’s plans for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are only half of the plan the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district for.

17. Memphis Bridge Protest Underscores 2016 National Narrative on Race, Police -

It was a year to the month since Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill. Stewart’s death in July 2015 and a subsequent decision by a Shelby County grand jury that Schilling would face no state criminal charges was still an issue in Memphis. This past July, it became the local face of a resumed national narrative.

18. 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.

19. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. Themed “And Justice for All,” the award ceremony will honor six individuals for their contributions to civil and human rights in the U.S. and worldwide, and will be followed by the gala celebration. Individual tickets start at $200. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org or call 901-525-3214.

20. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Glen Fenter of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce will present “Our Newest Workforce Development Tool – Memphis Works.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

21. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Operation Hope will host a “Take Your Life Back” credit and money-management workshop Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Road. Topics include saving money, understanding your credit score, settling accounts, consumer rights and disputing inaccurate information. Free and open to the public. RSVP to nlashford@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4287.

22. Bursting the Bubble -

Graceland is in Memphis. But the two have tended to coexist, rather than being part of each other, since Elvis Presley’s home opened as a commercial enterprise in 1982.

That is starting to change as a $137 million expansion of Graceland – a $92 million hotel resort opening in October and a $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex west of the mansion to open in the spring of 2017 – begins to overlap with a renewed emphasis on Whitehaven as the home of many of the city’s middle class.

23. Events -

Working Writers’ Cocktail Hour will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Memphis writers of all types are invited to mingle, have a drink, and connect with each other. Cost is free. For details, visit crosstownarts.org.

24. Events -

Working Writers’ Cocktail Hour will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Memphis writers of all types (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, art/music writing, etc.) are invited to mingle, have a drink, and connect with other working writers. Cost is free. For details, visit crosstownarts.org.

25. Ikea Begins Recruiting For Memphis Store -

Ikea is seeking 200 employees for its future Memphis store, set to open late this fall.

Positions are available in home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment and child play area supervision. In addition, 40 food service jobs are available across Ikea Memphis’ four eateries.

26. The Week Ahead: August 22-28 -

This week, Habitat for Humanity gets a hand from some famous friends, the City Council talks marijuana, and TEDxMemphis returns with more "ideas worth sharing." And that's just a taste of what's in store in the week ahead...

27. Events -

Sparkling Nights, the 18th annual Spirit of SRVS auction and wine tasting, will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The fundraiser will feature vintage wines, silent and live auctions, and more. Tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door; tickets for the new VIP area are $125. Visit srvs.org.

28. Events -

Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden will present “Conservation of the Monarch Butterfly” on Monday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Cora Lund Preston of the Monarch Joint Venture will provide the latest updates on monarch butterflies and discuss what citizens can do to help. Admission is free for WRC and MBG members, and $4 for nonmembers. Visit wolfriver.org or call 901-219-7323 for details.

29. Ikea Begins Recruitment For Memphis Store -

Ikea is seeking 200 employees for its future Memphis store, set to open late this fall.

Positions are available in home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment and child play area supervision. In addition, 40 food service jobs are available across Ikea Memphis’ four eateries.

30. Whitehaven’s Big Week Moves Needle on Long-Held Development Plans -

The land has been cleared for quite a while where apartment complexes once stood and a big back parking lot was. You can see parts of it from the steps of Graceland.

On Monday, Aug. 15, the day that Elvis fans mark the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil, leaders of Elvis Presley Enterprises will announce more details of the $45 million, 200,000-square-foot Graceland West project.

31. Events -

Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present “An Introduction to Starting a Successful Online Business” Thursday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The seminar will introduce business owners to a four-step process for website building. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

32. Events -

Regional One Health will start a free smoking-cessation program Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. at 842 Jefferson Ave., 2nd floor, Classroom 1. The Freedom From Smoking program consists of eight 90-minute sessions over seven weeks. For details or to schedule participation, call 901-545-6257.

33. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

34. Uber, Lyft Battle Governments Over Driver Fingerprint Checks -

DETROIT (AP) – Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.

Following incidents where Uber drivers were found to have criminal records, a number of state and local officials have proposed fingerprint background checks for ride-hailing drivers – often with the support of local taxi companies.

35. Last Word: The Friendly Church on the Parkway and Paxton Lynch's Mom -

He came to Memphis in the late 1950s from Chicago as the first pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, the “friendly church on the parkway” in a city that was anything but friendly to the causes of Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles.

36. Bridging a Divide -

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Mississippi River flood, damage stretched from Millington’s naval base to Memphis’ Beale Street. Leaders of the affected municipalities had to come together to apply for FEMA grants and plot their way out of devastation.

37. Events -

Teach901 will hold a job fair Thursday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

38. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from New Memphis Institute's popular “Memphis 101” crash course to the music- and culture-filled Africa in April festival.

39. The Week Ahead: March 28-April 3 -

Alright, Memphis, are you sure you found all your Easter eggs? Before you make one more sweep of the yard, check out this week’s roundup of local happenings – from the sweet sounds of “Zelda” to what’s being dubbed a “Mini-MEMFix” in East Memphis…

40. Events -

Memphis Jewish Community Center will kick off the third annual Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival with a screening of “Dough” Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. Tickets are $7 for the community; $5 for MJCC and Indie Memphis members. Other screenings continue through Feb. 28. Visit jccmemphis.org/film for a schedule.

41. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

42. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

43. New Daisy Padlocked by Tennessee Revenue Department -

Less than a week after its grand reopening, the New Daisy Theatre is currently padlocked with a notice on the front door announcing that it’s been seized for nonpayment of state taxes.

A Tennessee Department of Revenue spokeswoman said state law prohibits her from commenting on the situations of individual taxpayers. The notice on the front door of the venue reads:

44. Events -

ArtBash on Flicker Street will be held Friday, Sept. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Flicker Street Studio, 74 Flicker St., will display “The Work Room Exhibition,” while David Lusk Gallery-Temp, 64 Flicker, will present “200 Miles Away” and a book release and signing for Audrey Taylor Gonzalez’s “South of Everything.” Visit flickerstreetstudio.com and davidluskgallery.com.

45. Events -

2015 Cooper Young Festival Art Invitational will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S. Cooper St. The free event allows Cooper-Young artists to showcase their work in a gallery environment. Visit cooperyoungfestival.com.

46. Chisca Rising -

Sitting vacant for more than 20 years didn’t do any favors for the Chisca Hotel property along South Main Street. But this week marks a major milestone in the historic structure’s story as residents begin moving into the Plaza, the newer of The Chisca on Main’s two buildings.

47. South Junction Expansion Plans Go Public -

A second phase of the South Junction apartments goes before the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The set of seven three-story apartment building was added to the agenda of the review board Monday afternoon.

48. New Daisy Renovation Signals New Era for Historic Building -

With a national partner found in Live Nation Entertainment, the New Daisy Theater is getting all dolled up to host nearly 200 musical acts annually.

The job doesn't just call for a new coat of paint to cover the decades of graffiti: the historic theater at 330 Beale is getting a complete overhaul.

49. Memphis Tourism Officials: Limit Hotel Tax Breaks -

A wave of Downtown hotel plans has officials pumping the brakes on using public incentives for smaller, limited-service hotels.

With up to a dozen Downtown hotel projects in the development pipeline, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked the Downtown Memphis Commission to explore limiting incentives to large, full-service hotels.

50. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

51. One Beale Faces Questions About Riverside Impact -

When the One Beale luxury high-rise project goes to the Land Use Control Board Thursday, June 11, there will be opposition, concerns and questions about its impact on surrounding properties at Memphis’ riverside.

52. City Council to Hear Plan for New Police Strategy -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, April 7, at a new strategy for the Memphis Police Department as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s choices for the new Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

53. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

54. Deck the Halls -

It was early Tuesday, a little more than 48 hours before Overton Square was set to throw a major holiday celebration complete with a tree-lighting ceremony, school choirs and dozens of participating tenants.

55. Hard Rock Priority -

When Hard Rock Café opened in the late 1990s at Beale and Hernando streets it was a late realization of a brand-specific goal city leaders had pursued while The Pyramid was being built in the late 1980s.

56. Events -

Remington College Memphis campus will hold the 3 Lives blood drive, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Remington, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Visit 3lives.com.

57. Events -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital will hold an educational seminar on surgical weight loss options with Dr. George Woodman and staff Monday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 4250 Bethel Road. Call 516-0611.

58. Westin Memphis Honored for Community Service -

When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.

59. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water board will meet Thursday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW administration building 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

60. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

61. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Scott Lawyer, director of the Master of Business Administration program at Christian Brothers University, Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “Continuing Education and the Sales Professional: Why is This Important?” Cost is $20 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

62. Helping Hands -

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel is hosting a bash this week organizers are calling “Memphis to Moore,” an event that will raise money for the rebuilding effort in an Oklahoma community devastated last month by a mile-wide tornado.

63. Riverfront Report Highlights Quick Fixes -

With a set of 20 Memphis riverfront plans and reports spanning several decades, urban planner and designer Jeff Speck’s mission wasn’t to add to the stack of documents, maps and renderings.

64. Speck Suggests Riverfront Remedies -

Urban planner and designer Jeff Speck has told city government leaders that the recently renamed Jefferson Davis Park is the “obvious next opportunity” for riverfront development plans and represents a “big bang in an important place.”

65. Rediscovering the Past -

High-rise office buildings surround it on two sides and even the multistoried rectory at St. Peter Catholic Church offers a downward view of the Magevney House on Adams Avenue, east of Third Street.

66. Tunes for Tots -

Just as Jim Jaggers, meteorologist for WREG News Channel 3, uses the power of his bike pedals to raise money and awareness for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital through Go Jim Go, his son Justin is using guitar pedals to do the same.

67. Breaking the Mold -

When Rosemarie Fair was named Broker of the Year in investment sales at last year’s Pinnacle Awards, she became the first woman ever to do so.

Before Fair founded One Source Commercial Inc. in 1993, she worked with Carlisle Corp. in the early 1980s on Beale Street Landing Downtown. She remembers often what her mentor Gene Carlisle taught her – “Somebody will take care of the big stuff, it’s the nickels and dimes that make the difference.”

68. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

69. Events -

The University of Memphis will host the Freedom Ball and Mahogany Awards Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the University Center ballroom, 499 University St. Visit memphis.edu/multiculturalaffairs or call 678-2054.

70. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its Works of Heart valentine auction, featuring works by more than 100 local artists, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. Visit memphiscac.org.

71. Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association Elects 2013 Officers -

The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association recently elected its slate of officers to serve in 2013, and the group now ramps up for a busy year, including the 14th annual MMHLA Lodging Industry Update on Feb. 22 at the Hilton Memphis.

72. Slam Dunk -

Historically, December isn’t the kindest month to Downtown Memphis’ economy. That’s compared to the summer months, when Beale Street and its surrounding areas are bustling with people visiting attractions, dining at restaurants and spending money on retail items.

73. Heritage Trail Plan Raises Concerns -

While the focus of the Heritage Trail Community Redevelopment Plan is on public housing projects Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing and Foote Homes, the 20-year plan has far reaching implications for Downtown stakeholders, especially real estate developers.

74. International Exposure -

The Memphis hotel industry can thank at least 200,000 of its room nights last year to European visitors booked by tour operators.

European stays in Memphis averaged three nights, with each person spending more than $200 per day.

75. Events -

Memphis Bioworks Business Association, the U.S. Small Business Administration and The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service will host Memphis Bioworks SBA Fast Conference: Growing Your Bioscience Business Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20, at the MBBA conference center, 20 S. Dudley St., first floor. Visit bioworksbusiness.com.

76. Resource Entertainment Group Plans Growth, New Offerings -

Resource Entertainment Group is continuing a steady growth path and looks to expand thanks to a new website as well as management of a new Downtown event space called The Columns.

The entertainment services company specializes in live entertainment, production services, entertainment consulting and event programming expertise. The company manages some of the Mid-South’s most popular entertainers and provides bands, DJs, speakers, audio systems, concert lighting, staging and tech crews.

77. New Beale St. Banquet Space Boon for City -

The recent news that the old Pat O’Brien’s space at 310 Beale St. will soon be filled by three private banquet halls and a corner bar has many event planners keyed up for future venue options.

78. Joyful Noise -

Memphis has a major new advocate of live, original music.

It’s Madison Line Records, a locally based full-service nonprofit record label launched by Visible Music College, which itself offers a variety of music industry programs and classes.

79. Dancing Jimmy’s to Open on Beale -

Beale Street’s former Pat O’Brien’s space is being replaced with a new concept from some of the street’s prime stakeholders.

Bud Chittom and Preston Lamm, operating as Beale Holdings LLC, are renovating the 15,000-square-foot property at 310 Beale St. to prepare it for three banquet halls and a 1,200-square-foot corner bar called Dancing Jimmy’s by May 1.

80. Dancing Jimmy’s to Replace Former Pat O’s Space -

The former Pat O’Brien’s space on Beale Street is being replaced with a new concept from some of the street’s prime stakeholders.

Bud Chittom and Preston Lamm, operating as Beale Holdings LLC, are in the midst of renovating the 15,000-square-foot property at 310 Beale St. to prepare it for three banquet halls and a 1,200-square-foot corner bar called Dancing Jimmy’s by May 1.

81. Participants Sought For e200 Biz Program -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and the Small Business Administration are urging local small-business owners and executives to enroll in The Emerging 200.

82. Events -

FAcademics will hold an opening celebration Friday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. at its location, 2182 West St. FAcademics is a tutoring and learning company specializing in academic services for all ages, grades and subjects. For more information, visit www.facademics.com or call 755-7797.

83. Events -

CSI Memphis Chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Agricenter International Banquet Hall, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The social will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m. Greg Maxted, executive director of the Harahan Bridge Project, will speak. Cost is $25. For reservations, contact Charlotte Cooper at charlotte.c@comcast.net or 377-8063.

84. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

85. Lease on Former Three Alarm Studio in Foreclosure Again -

The leasehold on a former Downtown Memphis fire station with a checkered 25-year history and a strategic location – 200 Linden Ave. – is facing foreclosure again.

86. DRB to Discuss Signage Items -

The Center City Commission Design Review Board will discuss a few signage items at its upcoming meeting Wednesday, June 1.

There is a signage application for digital, off-premise signage for 200 Beale St. The DRB also will discuss design guidelines and get a sign code committee report at the meeting.

87. Barbecue Decision Next for MIM; Cordova Shelter Goes to Capacity -

The Beale Street Music Festival came to a close Sunday evening before the rains resumed. Now organizers of the month-long festival have a decision to make about whether to go forward with the barbecue-cooking contest that opens to the public May 12, two days after the river at Memphis is forecast to crest at 45 feet.

88. Playmakers -

During the day it houses some of the city’s best and brightest bankers and lawyers. But at night, its illumination continues, bearing the message “Go Grizz.” The First Tennessee Bank Building at 165 Madison Ave. is taking advantage of being the city’s sixth-tallest skyscraper to support the Memphis Grizzlies and their playoff run.

89. Conference Pits MEM At Center of Aviation World -

For five years Memphis International Airport executives and other civic leaders have worked on developing the city’s aerotropolis – the concept of an airport serving as a region’s economic engine.

The idea will be as public as ever – at least here – Tuesday, the second day of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition at The Peabody hotel. That’s when FedEx Corp. founder Frederick W. Smith and Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson share the stage with University of North Carolina professor John Kasarda, the originator of the aerotropolis concept.

90. Blues Central -

Memphis has long been known as the “home of the blues,” a moniker that’s on display this week at the annual International Blues Challenge.

The event, which draws participants from around the world, kicked off Tuesday with the opening FedEx International Showcase at the New Daisy Theatre and continues through Saturday.

91. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Stephen Zack, American Bar Association president, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

92. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Stephen Zack, American Bar Association president, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

93. Back on the Air -

After being silent and nearly forgotten for more than 50 years, the radio station that helped launch the careers of such music pioneers as B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Albert King – and even Elvis Presley – is back.

94. Cajun Crawfish Fest Plans Under Way -

The 18th annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival will be held April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at Wagner Place between Union Ave. and Beale Street.

The festival will include a gumbo cook-off, crawfish boil, eating contests and live entertainment.

95. Guru Tells Entrepreneurs to Put Themselves First -

George Cloutier, the author of a best-selling business advice book, told Memphis entrepreneurs to think selfishly as they try to make it through a tough economy.

“Pay yourself first,” he told business owners who attended a Wednesday night dinner held by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to honor Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

96. Events -

The Memphis Gavel Club will hold a luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Yvonne Madlock, director of the Shelby County Health Department, will speak. For more information, call 754-3569.

97. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will host a continuing legal education seminar today from 1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. Kathy Story of Story Consulting will speak on “Managing Change and Transforming Your Legal Career.” To register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

98. Housing Divided -

A couple of years ago, when Clay Thompson of Memphis decided it was time to stop renting, he set his sights on the Downtown condominium market. He was especially interested in the old warehouses in the South Main Historic Arts District that had been converted to condos.

99. Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Beale Street Hip-Hop Club -

A federal bankruptcy court judge has scrapped plans to reopen the old Pat O’Brien’s on Beale Street as a two-day-a-week nightspot with a dress code.

The plan by Cato Walker and Curtis Givens to open “Liquid On Beale” drew opposition from Beale Street developer John Elkington and his Performa Entertainment Real Estate Inc., as well as the Beale Street Merchants Association.

100. A New Day for King Cotton: Biotech and agribusiness redefine themselves -

If you’re in the right place at the right time during May, you might glimpse a motorcade cutting through mid-day traffic, followed by a green bus with a big papier-mache boll weevil on top. Nothing hints at Memphis’ agribusiness roots like that longtime foe of the cotton plant.