The Week Ahead: Dec. 7, 2015

Daily News staff

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from gift shopping at the Memphis Indie Holiday Market to the latest Beale Street developments ...

For those of you not finished with your Christmas shopping yet, you could always head out to the Memphis Indie Holiday Market this Saturday.
The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of Muddy's Grind House in Cooper-Young, will feature a collection of artists, makers and handcrafted gift sellers, as well as snacks from food trucks and live music.

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland will probably have some more details this week about what his administration will look like – its structure, in particular, and how it differs from that of outgoing mayor A C Wharton.
Over the weekend, rumors surfaced that Doug McGowen will be tapped for the newly created position of chief operating officer in Strickland's inner circle. No confirmation of that as the week begins. But McGowen wore several hats toward the end of outgong Mayor A C Wharton's administraton. His first job was head of the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team – a Bloomberg Foundation-created position. Later, McGowen was called on to head the city's sexual assault kit task force, responsible for working through the city's backlog of more than 12,000 untested and unprocessed rape kits.

The six new Memphis City Council members who begin their terms next month have two days’ worth of briefings at City Hall Wednesday and Thursday with Wharton’s division directors, as well as a three-hour session with council attorney Allan Wade. There almost certainly will be some questions about how Strickland’s administration will differ from Wharton’s in the sessions if Strickland hasn’t made some kind of announcement by then.
Incoming council chairman Kemp Conrad, who begins his stint as chairman in January, sent out an email last week polling new and returning council members on what committee assignments they would prefer.

The state-run Achievement School District announces Friday which Memphis schools will become part of the ASD. Schools in the bottom 5 percent statewide in terms of student achievement are eligible for takeover. The Friday announcement includes which charter school operator will be paired with each selected school for the 2016-2017 academic year.

In retail news, this week marks the first after the grand opening celebrations for a pair of businesses.
Buster's has remodeled its store and in addition to the selection of wine, spirits and craft beers it offers, it now features food that pairs with its hand-selected bourbons and private-label wines.
Customers now can choose from an assortment of meats and cheeses from Galler foods, smoked boneless holiday hams from The Good Ham Co., Shotwell Candies and more. Craft beers are also available, among other new products, including brews from Wiseacre, Ghost River, and Memphis Made Brewery.
The Bikesmith bike shop at 509 N. Hollywood St., meanwhile, held its grand opening Sunday. It started as a full-service mobile bike repair shop, but over the last year owner Jim Steffen says his business has grown so much he decided he needed a brick-and-mortar location.
His new shop opened in a converted automotive garage. It also will sell beer and has a custom bar in front of the mechanics workbenches.
On top of that, the bike shop has an expansive patio and greenspace in the back.

Buster's (top) and The Bikesmith (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Shelby County commissioners hold their last meeting of the year Monday at 3 p.m. You can follow the meeting with our live Twitter coverage at Commission chairman Terry Roland, who began his one-year term as leader of the body in September, is among the guests on the latest edition of WKNO-TV’s “Behind the Headlines.” The show will be on The Daily News video page,, late Monday or early Tuesday.

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Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and the future of inner-city transit will be questioned at a pair of conferences hosted by the University of Memphis on Thursday. The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute will host its annual conference, “The State of Freight,” in the morning. After a survey of multimodal transit trends, the Workforce to Work Transportation Summit will take place that afternoon. This is the first conference hosted by the University of Memphis Design Collaborative and will look at alternative ways to get people where they need to go without having to get behind the wheel of a personal vehicle.
Both events are free and will be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology.

Other tidbits:

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority meets Thursday afternoon and should approve its lease agreement with the city of Memphis that puts the tourism authority in charge of the entertainment district. Memphis City Council members approved the lease at their meeting last week.

Beale Street (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

AutoZone on Tuesday will release its latest quarterly results. If recent history is any guide, AutoZone is likely to rack up another strong performance. The car parts retailer has grown earnings per share on a percentage basis by double digits for 36 straight quarters.

• Thursday at noon is the deadline for General Sessions Court Clerk candidates to file their qualifying petitions. The clerk’s position is the only countywide race on the March 1 ballot topped by the Tennessee presidential primaries. Democratic incumbent clerk Ed Stanton faces a challenge from Richard Morton, an accountant in the Probate Court Clerk’s office who has filed to run in the March 1 Republican primary. This election cycle used to feature a race for Shelby County Assessor, but it was moved to the busier, even-year county election cycle in 2014 with a county charter change.

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