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1. Could This Be the Year the Crimson Tide Rolls Out With a Loss at Tennessee? -

Tennessee defensive end LaTroy Lewis was raised in Akron, Ohio, and recalls a special Saturday of football each fall when he was a youth: Ohio State vs. Michigan.

“That’s what I was taught my whole life,” Lewis says, “and then I got down here in the South, and it was kind of like: ‘Is there any other game beside Tennessee and Alabama?’”

2. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Crosstown Arts story booth will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler for a discussion and signing of “Perfume River” Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit crosstownarts.org.

3. 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.

4. Green Renaissance -

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

5. A Greener Memphis Requires More Connectivity -

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

6. Belz Preparing Peabody Place for ServiceMaster HQ -

150 Peabody Place

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $9.5 million

Project Cost: $27 million overall

7. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host its “Siptember Sip & Shop” themed Vine to Wine tasting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines, beers or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

8. Belz Pulls $9M Permit to Prepare Peabody Place for ServiceMaster -

Belz Enterprises has taken a major step in the renovation of the shuttered Peabody Place mall into ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ future headquarters.

Contractor Belz Construction Services LLC is seeking a $9.5 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for “core & shell improvement” to the 360,000-square-foot former mall, which has stood empty since it closed to the public in 2012.

9. Events -

160th annual Mid-South Fair & Rodeo will be held Friday, Sept. 23, through Oct. 2 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. Enjoy midway rides and games, fair food, demonstrations, concerts on two stages, and special fair days with discounted admission and other deals. Visit midsouthfair.com for ticket packets and event schedule.

10. Events -

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, Sept. 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Kevin Bye, senior manager, tax services at EY, will discuss tax and politics. AFP is waiving guest fees for this meeting. Register at midsouthafp.org.

11. Last Word: RVC Drops Mud Island Proposal, Fizdale on Kaepernick and Carroll Cloar -

The Riverfront Development Corporation got a one-line email Thursday from Andy Cates, the RVC Outdoor Destinations CEO.

12. No Quick Fix in State Health Insurance Issue -

State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed.

On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.

13. Last Word: After The Fire, Hard Changes at Fred's and Durham Doesn't Go Quietly -

The immediate questions have simple answers. It was a short in an air conditioner cord that caused the fire that killed 9 people – three adults and six children – before dawn Monday morning in South Memphis.

14. Samsung's Quick Fix for Galaxy Note 7 is No Full Recharge -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to 60 percent.

15. Strickland Used Polls to Hone Campaign Strategy -

Political strategist Steven Reid calls Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s campaign “the perfect example” of using polling to win an election.

16. Mularkey Might Find Elusive Success in Third Shot -

Is the third time the charm for Mike Mularkey? The Tennessee Titans certainly hope so.

Mularkey’s first two NFL head coaching gigs – Buffalo 2004-05, Jacksonville 2012 – resulted in a combined 16-32 record. Add his 2-7 run as interim head coach for the Titans last season and that makes him 18-39.

17. Bike Share Attractive for Developers, Tenants -

On both sides of the spectrum, real estate developers and tenants are attracted to bike share because proximity to the rental bikes makes areas attractive.

Developer Billy Orgel said he’s interested in securing a bike station to serve the four residential buildings, office users and 358-space parking garage at his planned Brewery District Downtown.

18. US Wants to Force Lower Speeds on Truck and Bus Drivers -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but regulators are still considering it.

19. MATA Route Proposals Straighter, Include Airport, Shelby Farms Shuttles -

A set of 49 proposed route and service changes to the city’s bus system are focused primarily on bus schedules in southwest Memphis and the Memphis International Airport area.

There are also eight new proposed routes and shuttle services.

20. Last Word: $60 Million, Frozen Graceland and Wreck It Ralph's Return -

The federal government’s problem with a law the Tennessee Legislature passed earlier this year is serious -- $60-million serious.

And Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, in Hickory Hill Thursday, said he’s working on a compromise that would have the Legislature undo what it did this year when the new legislative session begins in January.

21. US New-Home Sales Climb to Best Level Since Late 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

22. Thrill-Ride Accidents Spark New Demands for Regulation -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over.

23. Downtown Office Market Picking Up, Industrial Market Could Get Hotter -

Memphis’ office and industrial markets saw strong second quarters, with increased absorption and positive outlooks for the rest of the year.

The quarter was dominated by ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ announcement that it was moving its headquarters from East Memphis to the shuttered Peabody Place mall. The home services and tech company will transform the former mall into a $27 million, Class A office building.

24. US Home Construction Climbed to a 6-Month High in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Apartment construction in the Northeast fueled a jump in home building in July as the pace of housing starts nationwide reached the strongest pace in six months.

The rate of overall construction rose 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million from 1.19 million in June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was the highest level since February. Most of the gain came from an 8.3 percent acceleration in the construction of multi-family buildings. Construction of single-family houses edged up just 0.3 percent.

25. US Homebuilder Sentiment Rises in August as Sales Improve -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose two points to 60 following a downwardly revised reading of 58 in July.

26. Summertime Decisions -

“Yeah, I’m going to miss it,” said LaJereka Hunt, 15, on the last day of her internship with Memphis United, a grassroots group housed at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Over the summer, Hunt attended Memphis City Council meetings, advocated for an overhaul of the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board and led more than 60 workshops focused on teaching students, many older than she, how to effectively communicate if stopped by the police.

27. Events -

Playhouse on the Square opens its 2016-17 season with the regional premiere of “Mamma Mia!” Friday, Aug. 12, through Sept. 4 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

28. Center’s Youth-Police Workshops Hit the Core of Juvenile Justice -

At the Mitchell Community Center, a group of children get handcuffed. The rest of the summer camp students in the room giggle.

"Now, what went wrong this time?" asks LaJereka Hunt, who is dressed as a police officer.

29. Last Word: Spec In East Memphis, Bike Share Test and Gannett Earnings -

Pinnacle Financial is the anchor for the first Class A spec office space in Memphis in just about a decade.

Madeline Faber breaking the Boyle lease news for the $20-million office tower at 949 S. Shady Grove Road. This is what office-space developers have been talking about for quite some time and as more time passed there was apprehension about the window for spec office space running out.

30. Demonstrations Raise Interest in Pending Bike Share Program -

A demonstration bike share station set outside of High Cotton Brewery signaled what Memphis could expect early next year when 60 bike share stations are up and running.

The three B-Cycle bikes, developed by Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle, were available for impromptu rides in the Edge District. At the event hosted by nonprofit Explore Bike Share, the public was invited to click through the station’s touch screen to sign up for a temporary membership, then swipe an identification card to release a bike from the station and take it for a spin.

31. Last Word: Return of the Balloon Note, SCS and Migrant Teens & Greensward Doubts -

One of the prime culprits in the housing bubble burst that played a role in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is back – the adjustable rate mortgage.

Numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc, show the number of such loans has spiked in the first half of this year and are the highest they’ve been since 2008, the year after the bubble burst nationally.

32. The Week Ahead: July 18-24 -

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

33. AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership -

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

34. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice -

Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

35. Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity -

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.

Nonprofit upstart Explore Bike Share expects to launch its bike share system in Memphis in 2017, with approximately 600 bikes at 60 stations planned within the Interstate 240 loop.

36. Cox to Lead Asset Management at Lehman-Roberts -

Matt Cox has been promoted to director of asset management at Lehman-Roberts Co. Cox most recently served as total process reliability coordinator for three years. In his new role, he is responsible for the full lifecycle of all construction equipment supplied to Lehman-Roberts’ operations divisions, including acquiring equipment, maintaining nearly 600 pieces of rolling stock and disposing of equipment as necessary.

37. Carver High Closing Likely Not Last -

Over the last 30 years, there have been proposals to close Carver High School. The nearly 60-year-old South Memphis high school survived them all until last week when Shelby County Schools board members voted to close it effective immediately.

38. Manning, Spurrier Debut on College Hall of Fame Ballot -

Peyton Manning and his old college football nemesis, Steve Spurrier, could enter the Hall of Fame at the same time.

Manning, who lost to Spurrier's Florida teams three times as starting quarterback for Tennessee, along with the retired Head Ball Coach are both making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

39. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

40. Pugh Takes Politically Volatile Shelter Position -

The new director of the Memphis Animal Shelter says a shelter that doesn’t euthanize animals because of time or space is a goal.

But Alexis Pugh, who starts the job next month, is quick to add that public safety is the immediate priority.

41. 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.

42. Station to Station -

Even now, Explore Bike Share founder Doug Carpenter does not try to pretend that the initiative will cure all that ails Memphis. 

It won’t wipe out poverty. It can’t cure cancer. It won’t eliminate diabetes and obesity, solve all of the city’s transportation problems or totally bridge cultural and racial gaps that predate the bicycle’s invention.

43. Memphis Roller Derby Knocks Its Way to New Horizons -

In the 1970s Memphians could watch back-to-back broadcasts of professional wrestling and roller derby taking place at the Mid-South Coliseum.

The popularity of both full-contact sports eventually tapered off. While World Wrestling Entertainment has since developed a national audience, the latter has reemerged as a women-only sport with a grassroots following of computer geeks and soccer moms, said Brooke Gettys, co-captain with Memphis Roller Derby.

44. Bring It Food Hub Rebrands, Expands -

The Mid-South multi-farm community-supported agriculture nonprofit Bring It Food Hub is reaping a harvest of growth and new offerings.

An affiliate of Memphis Tilth, Bring It Food Hub distributes local produce and farm products in the Memphis area. In addition to weekly produce shares, the venture will offer add-on shares during the summer 2016 season that include locally grown and sourced bread, eggs, cheese and fresh-cut flowers.

45. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

46. Bring It Food Hub Rebrands, Expands -

The Mid-South multi-farm community-supported agriculture nonprofit Bring It Food Hub is reaping a harvest of growth and new offerings.

An affiliate of Memphis Tilth, Bring It Food Hub distributes local produce and farm products in the Memphis area. In addition to weekly produce shares, the venture will offer add-on shares during the summer 2016 season that include locally grown and sourced bread, eggs, cheese and fresh-cut flowers.

47. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

48. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

49. Two City Entities Thriving in MWBE Participation -

Recently released disparity studies say that minority- and women-owned businesses are only getting a sliver of contracts in the local business world.

Of all $128.6 billion in revenue flowing through Memphis in 2012, black-owned firms garnered 0.83 percent of those receipts. In Shelby County, 88.3 percent, or $168.2 million, of county contracts went to white-owned businesses between 2012 and 2014.

50. Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry -

The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices.

51. One-Day Food Truck Fest Returns To Tiger Lane -

Midsouth Food Truck Fest organizer Stanley Perrin’s inaugural one-day event last year brought almost two dozen food trucks and some 10,000 foodies to Tiger Lane.

52. Pricey Tea a Growing Niche Crop in US, Even Canada -

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful storms.

53. 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.

54. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

55. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. The topic is “Travel Industry Jeopardy: How to Win in 2016,” featuring Will Tate of Goldspring Consulting. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

56. Mueller Buys Interest In South Korean Manufacturer -

Memphis-based Mueller Industries Inc. has bought a 60 percent equity interest in a South Korean manufacturer of copper-based pipe joining products.

57. Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp. -

Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.

58. Mueller Buys Majority Interest in South Korean Manufacturer -

Memphis-based Mueller Industries Inc. has bought a 60 percent equity interest in a South Korean manufacturer of copper-based pipe joining products.

59. Mueller Buys Majority Interest in South Korean Manufacturer -

Memphis-based Mueller Industries Inc. has bought a 60 percent equity interest in a South Korean manufacturer of copper-based pipe joining products.

60. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Places,” a mixed-repertory show of three new works, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19-21, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit balletmemphis.org for details and tickets.

61. The Week Ahead: Feb. 12, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from circus clowns to Republican senators…

Both U.S. Senators representing Tennessee will be in Memphis Saturday for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, historically the local party’s largest annual fundraising event.
Sen. Bob Corker is the keynote speaker with Sen. Lamar Alexander as a special guest.
The Lincoln Day gatherings are county-by-county events across the state that can extend far beyond the shadow of Presidents Day: A few of the Lincoln Day dinners have been known to find a place on the calendar in April.
This is the 41st Lincoln Day event in Shelby County, which puts the local event’s origins squarely in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, a low-point for Republican fortunes nationally after the state’s modern Republican party was formed and prospered in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The event always comes with a large helping of local candidates testing the political waters among the dinner tables between podium speeches.
This year, the Shelby County event is sure to feature partisans from the various Republican presidential campaigns because of its place on the February calendar during the early voting period before the March 1 election day.

62. The Tipping Point -

Going to Harvard is a big deal no matter who you are. But going to Harvard when you’re a poor kid from Cameroon? That’s a home run. That’s what Gabriel Fotsing did. He grew up in Douala, moved to Houston and taught himself how to apply to college.

63. Events -

Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and signing with Ed Tarkington, author of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

64. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

65. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

66. The Week Ahead: Feb. 1, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? The good news is you officially made it through January. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week, from a frigid swim to a FedExForum double-header…

67. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

68. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

69. Events -

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center will host Time for Three, dubbed “the world’s first classically trained garage band,” in concert Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

70. US Homebuilder Confidence Held Steady in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confidence among U.S. home builders held steady in January even though builders' expectations about future sales dipped slightly.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index stood at 60 in January, matching the December reading, the association reported Tuesday.

71. Haslam Dismissive of 'Cherry-Picked' UAW Victory -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While the United Auto Workers is celebrating the end of its losing streak at foreign automakers in the South, Tennessee's Republican Gov. Bill Haslam was dismissive Monday of the significance of what he calls the union's "cherry-picked" win at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

72. The Week Ahead: Nov. 23, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from The Peabody’s 36-foot dessert table to your potential (fingers-crossed, maybe not) last chance to see Paxton Lynch at the Liberty Bowl…

73. SRVS Program Helps People With Disabilities and Employers Who Hire Them -

Mike Harris is production manager at American Stairways Inc. on Lamar Avenue. He has a warehouse full of employees and, just saying it like it is, some are happier to be there than others.

74. Events -

Chick-fil-A will host its fourth annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. The evening will include dinner, ice skating, a Zoo Lights sneak peek and more. Chick-fil-A will donate $5,000 from ticket sales to Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Buy tickets at chickfilamemphis.com.

75. Events -

MasterIT will host a cybersecurity event titled “The Checklist Every CEO Needs to Protect Their Clients, Employees and Business” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, 2670 Union Ave., first floor conference room. Register at master-IT.com.

76. Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline Not in US Interests -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama killed a Canadian energy giant's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The decision capped a seven-year saga that spiraled into one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama's presidency.

77. Zambezi Hippo Exhibit Caps Generation of Zoo Plans, Launches Another -

Sandblasting, painting rondavels and plotting a FedEx flight out of Durban, South Africa, for a quartet of 850-pound crocodiles is the order of the day at the Memphis Zoo.

But just beyond the March 1 opening of the $22 million Zambezi River Hippo Camp, zoo director Chuck Brady already is looking ahead to what the organization’s next master plan will tackle. The aquarium and the aviary are at the top of his list.

78. Overton Park Moves Toward Traffic Plan -

All sides in the parking dispute at Overton Park have agreed to hire a planner to coordinate a traffic plan as well as mediate talks among them.

And for the first time there will be a set of public hearings on the matter.

79. Conference Aims to Spark Positive Change, One ZIP Code at a Time -

The world can be a big place, even within one city or a single ZIP code. But the world also can be made smaller when the right kinds of lines are crossed.

Steve Nash founded nonprofit Advance Memphis in 1999, beginning an ambitious project without end. His goal: bring economic sustainability to the people living in and around the Cleaborn/Foote Homes public housing developments in South Memphis’ 38126 ZIP code, the poorest urban ZIP in Tennessee.

80. Artspace Lands Grant, Seeks Design Approval -

Developers of the South Main Artspace Lofts are clearing major hurdles this week with final approval for the building design, a crucial tax incentive decision and a grant from a new-to-Memphis donor.

81. Memphis Literacy Leaders Tout Efforts -

The leaders of three Memphis literacy efforts are working to encourage those with newfound reading skills to write their own stories and build a local literary culture.

Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South, says the literary arts should have a place with music, dance and the visual arts.

82. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

83. WEVL Celebrates Independence, Good Music in Memphis -

Downloadable podcasts, iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora – digital services like these and others have played a big part in replacing what a younger generation thinks of radio.

Which is one of many reasons why the story of WEVL 89.9 FM – an independent radio station that’s operated out of digs in the South Main Historic Arts District since 1990 – is an improbable one.

84. Titans Staff Must Alter Offense to Protect Mariota -

As of Sunday, Oct. 18, the Tennessee Titans’ mission has changed going forward – or least it should.

After their miserable showing in a 38-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, let’s not pretend this team is anywhere close to contending, even in the bad AFC South.

85. Here’s How Vols Grade Going Into Second Half -

Order has been restored in Vol Nation, at least for now.

Tennessee’s football team restored it with a 38-31 victory over then-No. 19 Georgia last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

UT’s rally from a 24-3 deficit has much of the fan base back on board with Vols coach Butch Jones and his staff after a precarious week leading up to the game.

86. DMC Eyes More PILOTs for ‘High-Impact’ Development -

The proposed Midtown mixed-use development at McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue has turned a corner with newly approved tax breaks.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp., an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to support the residential, retail and grocery project.

87. Events -

AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova branch library, 8457 Trinity Road. Walgreens representatives will speak about immunizations, Medicare, other pharmacy-related topics and services for seniors. Guests are welcome. Email fmyers912@yahoo.com for details.

88. Downtown Memphis Artspace Project Wins $200K Grant -

The South Main Artspace Lofts got a big boost from the Downtown Memphis Commission in an “extraordinary” grant that went beyond the parameters of its established financial incentive programs.

89. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

90. Senate Approves Temporary Spending Bill; House to Follow -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A temporary funding measure aiming to keep the government open past a midnight deadline sailed through the Senate on Wednesday and was expected to make its way shortly through a divided House and on to President Barack Obama.

91. Conference Brings Creative Best to Memphis -

Josh Horton loves Memphis, but in 2004 he thought he needed to leave the city to advance his career.

Enjoying his work as a graphic designer was fine, in theory. But he didn’t believe his work stood up to peers across the country.

92. Events -

The Mid-South Fair will be held through Oct. 4 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The 159th annual event will feature rides and games, livestock competitions, youth talent show and more. Visit midsouthfair.com for schedule and tickets.

93. Farmers First -

After all these years – 27 weeks of Saturdays for a decade – Jill Forrester calls it a “nice routine.” And by that she means she and husband Keith getting up at 3 a.m., loading their produce, herbs and flowers, and driving to the Memphis Farmers Market downtown.

94. Business Lending in Recovery Mode -

The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that small businesses provide more than half of all American jobs.

But since the Great Recession changed the economic landscape in 2008, how those small businesses go about gaining funding to operate or upgrade has changed. In fact, while the economic downturn hit big business, it also had a major hand in reshaping the nation’s small businesses.

95. Mallory Marks 90 Years With China Expansion -

Mallory Alexander International Logistics is preparing to expand and operate directly in China later this year with a highly coveted freight license from the Chinese government and the opening of the Mallory Asia Pacific division in Shanghai.

96. Smartphones, Facebook are King in Memphis -

This year – for the first time in any of the Mid-South Digital Engagement Surveys conducted each year by Obsidian Public Relations in partnership with Research Dynamics Inc. – more respondents reported owning a smartphone than a computer.

97. Warehouse At Perimeter Point Sells for $775,000 -

A Perimeter Point industrial building has been sold for $775,000.

Missouri-based Martabra Real Estate LLC acquired the flex warehouse building at 5055 Covington Way, just off Covington Pike south of Elmore Road, from CP Perimeter Point LLC, an affiliate of California-based Coastal Partners LLC.

98. Smartphones, Facebook Are King in Memphis, Survey Says -

This year – for the first time in any of the Mid-South Digital Engagement Surveys conducted each year by Obsidian Public Relations in partnership with Research Dynamics Inc. – more respondents reported owning a smartphone than a computer.

99. Apartment Construction Drives US Homebuilding Surge in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

100. SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It -

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

He started his record-setting 23rd appearance as a coach at the 2015 SEC Media Days by zinging the Vols for their 7-6 season, saying they were “celebrating big” while casting South Carolina’s 7-6 season as a disaster averted.