June 14-20: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, June 15, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 25

2012: The project to build a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan rail bridge across the Mississippi River won a $15 million grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. The key to winning the TIGER grant – Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery – from the Obama administration was to combine the boardwalk with a separate application for funding to upgrade Main Street from Uptown to the South Main district including the Main Street Mall.

2008: Debut of The Memphis News. The first cover story of the weekly, published by The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc., was on the Shelby County suburbs.

1993: The managers of Hickory Ridge Mall, Mall of Memphis and Oak Court Mall announced the malls would become no smoking areas as of July 1. The ban did not apply to full-service restaurants, which could set their own policies.

Jerry Lee Lewis Spot at Beale and Second Streets filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after one performance by the legendary rocker who soon after moved to Ireland for a brief exile from U.S. tax troubles.

1990: Opening of the Children’s Museum of Memphis in what had been the National Guard Armory at Hollywood and Central Avenues on Fairgrounds property.