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Happy Memorial Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

National Moment of Remembrance

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

101 Things To Do In Memphis #67: Hattiloo Theatre

by Melissa Thompson

Since 2006, Hattiloo has honored playwright August Wilson's contribution to America's literary canon by producing one of his plays each season. They stage celebrated musicals such as The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin', and Dreamgirls, along with traditional plays like For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Colored Museum.

At Hattiloo, they value and celebrate the cultural diversity and rich history of Memphis and the Mid-South region. As a Black repertory, they focus on works written by and/or about African-Americans. They frequently partner with other arts organizations and nonprofits in collaborative projects that expand and diversify audiences. In the recent past they have collaborated with Ballet Memphis and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Hattiloo maintains a robust slate of free community education and outreach programs as part of our “ArtReach” initiative, including live theatre staged in neighborhoods across the city, symposiums, panel discussions, and festivals. They also offer free, year-round youth programming, including Hattiloo Children's Theatre and Camp Awareness. Their productions and outreach programs are designed to complement each other in pursuit of their mission, serving as a lens into African-American culture for thousands of citizens, and as a gateway to the arts for thousands more.

This season, they open with In the Heights, a musical that presents the ‘inner-soul’ of Caribbean immigrants and their children. The Brother/Sister Plays will show us the ‘inner soul’ a black community and its African origins. Free Man of Color teaches us about the ‘inner-soul’ of the abolitionist movement. Radio Golf and my own play If Scrooge was a Brother will illustrate the ‘inner-soul’ of successful Blacks. And they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Wiz, which epitomizes the ‘inner-soul’ of the creative Black community.

Click here for tickets and more info!

Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

901-525-0009 - Box Office
901-502-3486 - Administration

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130 Tate Drive - Enjoy low Fayette County Taxes!

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 130 Tate Drive, an amazing home in Fayette County that you will have to see to believe! Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include gleaming hardwood floors throughout, fresh paint, 3 bedrooms plus a huge bonus room, 2 bathrooms, updated fixtures, gracious entry, romantic fireplace, laundry room with cabinets, fenced backyard, nice hot tub, 2 car garage, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting a romantic, cozy gas log fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, breakfast bar, pantry, full complement of appliances including a microwave, dishwasher, double sinks, stainless steel oven, and smooth cook-top. In addition, this kitchen offers a sunny breakfast area, which is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee! Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. You will rest easy in your romantic master retreat enhanced with a coffered ceiling, walk-in closet, and a spa-inspired updated luxury master bathroom boasting an elongated dual sink vanity, durable tile floor, relaxing whirlpool tub and a divine walk-in shower. This home offers two additional bedrooms downstairs. Upstairs you will find the fabulous bonus room offering a great space for a home office and recreational fun. Relax outside in the fenced backyard with a nice storage shed, lush landscaping, great hot tub and a delightful extended patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! Enjoy low Fayette County Taxes!

How Much Do Schools Matter When Buying Your Home?

by Melissa Thompson

When choosing a new home, there are usually several items on the buyer’s list of priorities, but when kids are involved, school systems often top that list.  People are often willing to pay more and sacrifice other desires to make sure they are in the best school district for their children.  Private schools may be a feasible alternative for some, but that is not the case for many. Even if buyers don’t have children (or plan to have them), they may want to buy in where the schools have the best reputation because it will have a positive effect on resale value down the road. However, it’s important to remember that a poorly ranked school district does not automatically mean that the overall quality of local education in an area is poor.  You have to do your research. Consider the age of the schools, their physical condition, the student-to-teacher ratios and standardized test scores. Understanding how the school system works in Tennessee will be helpful in your search as well. In Tennessee, your child can attend any school in your district (called “intradistrict choice”), and students at low-performing schools, as designated by the state, can attend a different school in their district.  Some districts allow student to transfer to schools either in or outside their district (“interdistrict choice”).  There are also charter schools available.  Low-income students are eligible for scholarship funding to attend private schools.  Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students attending a Title I school designated as “in need of improvement” have the right to attend a higher performing in the district.  So, as you can see, there are a lot of options!

Finding the best place to live near Memphis for you and your family is something the real estate professionals at Your Key To Memphis can help you do. Contact Melissa Thompson and begin your search today!

Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State?

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • In a recent Harris Poll, Americans listed "change in climate/weather" as their top reason for wanting to relocate.
  • 41% would move for a “better job opportunity.”
  • Being closer to loved ones filled out 3 of the top 6 reasons why Americans move.

If this is your year to make a move - contact The Melissa Thompson Team at YourKeyToMemphis.com901.729.9526 or



101 Things To Do In Memphis: #66: 901 Fest

by Melissa Thompson

Serving as a celebratory cap to the city’s most festive month, 901Fest will exalt everything that makes Memphis wonderful - food, music, merchandise, people. 

901Fest will showcase many of our city’s most positive elements in one day at one festival: live 901-based entertainment on multiple stages, local area artists, local food & beverages, an airshow, and a 901-themed Fireworks Finale!

901Fest promises to be a bigger and better celebration for the great city of Memphis in 2017!

Additional Elements
Air Show
 - Set up a blanket and prepared to be wowed with an air show over the Mississippi River beginning at 6:00 pm.

Fireworks - Stick around for the close of 901Fest for a spectacular Memphis-themed fireworks show.

Knockerball - Free for all ages and available from 4-8 pm. In addition, Zorb ball will be available for children.

Memphis-themed mural - A 45’ bus will be parked in Tom Lee Park and we're letting you help us paint a Memphis-themed mural on it!

Art to Grow - Dixon Gallery & Gardens will have their Art to Grow van onsite with hands-on art activities for children from 3-6 pm.

Water on Wheels from the UofM - Walk inside the WOW and learn more about our watery world that looks like a blue marble from space. The exhibits are colorful and interactive, designed to enlighten and motivate visitors AND learn more about the important Memphis Aquifer. Check out more here.

Cornhole - Grab a beer and some friends to toss the bags around next to the river.

Contact Info: website
Phone: 901.525.4611


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Join us for Collierville TN Open Houses, Sunday May 21!

by Melissa Thompson

Join us for our Open Houses on Sunday, May 21 from 2:00-4:00!

441 Shambala Drive, Collierville, TN 38017

440 Shambala Drive, Collierville, TN 38017

447 Ethan Cove, Collierville, TN 38017

Celebrating Mom in Memphis!

by Melissa Thompson

The best way to show your Mom how much you appreciate her this Mother’s Day is to spend time with her!  Here are some activities happening in and around Memphis to celebrate this special day:

Mother's Day Brunch at Memphis Botanic Garden

Sunday, May 14, 2017
10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Treat Mom to an unforgettable experience in the Japanese Garden, featuring a gourmet buffet by Fuel, live music by Objekt 12, children's crafts, and outdoor family fun.

Kendra Scott will be on hand with a special 10% discount so you can pamper mom just a little more!

Two seating times available:
Early seating: 10:30 a.m.-click here for tickets
Late seating: 12:30 p.m.-click here for tickets.

This event sells out every year...early ticket purchase is recommended!

Mother's Day Memorial Butterfly Release

Sun, May 14, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

Forest Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery East
2440 Whitten Road 
Memphis, TN 38133

The loss of a mother, child, or loved one can make Mother's Day a very sad time of year. In remembrance of those who have touched our hearts and shaped our lives, we invite all members of our community to our Mother's Day Memorial Butterfly Release.

Iconic and uplifting, the butterfly release symbolizes beauty, serenity, peace, and hope. The hour-long program is designed to comfort and inspire. Each guest will receive a live butterfly for release. We encourage participants to register their attendance in advance. 

For more details, visit our website, 

You may also contact our community outreach coordinator, Ashley Parker, (901) 382-1000. 

The Hudson Dining Experience: Mother's Day Brunch

Sun, May 14, 2017
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

1245 North Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38016

Come experience great food as we celebrate Mother's Day. This will be small intimate event with live jazz and some our favorites such as Mimosas, Omelet Bar, Coffee Beverages, Chicken and Waffles, Mac and Cheese, Carving Station, Collard Greens and Cornbread.

Mother's Day at AutoZone Park

AutoZone Park is the place for family fun on Mother's Day!

The Redbirds are including all mothers in the regular Sunday promotions, which means moms also get an ice cream treat upon entering on Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday (normally reserved for kids 12 and under), and moms can run the bases with their kids after the game as part of Kids Run the Bases.

In addition, the first 1,000 women 18 and older receive a carnation, compliments of Holliday Flowers.

Fans may also purchase a specialty ticket package that includes brunch on the Club Level and a Dugout ticket to see the Redbirds take on El Paso, plus the opportunity to play catch on the field before the game. The brunch and on-field catch will take place from noon-1:30 p.m. Specialty tickets for the Mother's Day brunch, catch, and game package are $35 per person. Space is limited.

The menu for brunch includes:

- Shrimp and Grits
- Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
- Fresh Made Waffles
- Roasted Garlic Breakfast Potatoes
- Country Sausage
- Bacon
- Tortellini
- Tortellini with Grilled Chicken
- Salad Bar
- Seasonal Fresh Fruits
- Danishes and Croissants
- Cornbread Muffins
- Champagne and Mimosa Bar
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

In addition, Gildan will be at the ballpark for a "Pampering at the Park" Mother's Day event. Representatives will be handing out t-shirts, including kids t-shirts reading "I love my mom because ___," and there will be a team on site to do mini-massages and mini-manicures.


These are just a few of many exciting and fun things to do in Memphis to celebrate Mothers this weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Romantic Brand New Collierville TN Home!

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 1617 Preakness Run Lane, a spectacular, brand new Celtic Manor built home situated in The Stables Subdivision in the sought after Wolf River Corridor of Collierville! Built for entertaining this home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include 5 bedrooms with 2 down, 4.5 baths, large game room upstairs, granite galore, gleaming white oak hardwood floors, incredible covered porch with fireplace, GE Profile stainless steel appliances, GE Monogram Professional Series 36" gas range with 6 burners, butler’s pantry, laundry room with sink and cabinets, tons of built-ins, soaring smooth ceilings, soft close drawers and doors, incognito custom closets, spacious great room with a cozy romantic gas log fireplace, 3 car garage, crown molding, 2 A.O. Smith gas water heaters, Tamko Heritage architectural 30 year asphalt roof, 1 gas line to the porch for a grill, Trane XR14 Seer HVAC units, and so much more!

After several years of an intense focus on process improvement, Germantown now has the highest possible rating when it comes to the Germantown Fire Department’s capacity to respond to and fight fires.

Germantown Fire Department has been awarded a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), an organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities through the United States.  ISO analyzes the data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and then assigns a rating number between 1 and 10 with 1 being the best. 

Germantown’s Class 1 rating is the highest rating possible. It means Germantown homeowners could see a reduction in their insurance premiums. It means businesses looking to locate in Germantown have an even greater incentive to invest. It also proves the Germantown Fire Department, Water Department and dispatch services have demonstrated they are at the top of their game when it comes to reliability.

Currently, only three other fire departments in Tennessee and only 241 fire departments across the country have achieved this top rating, representing the top 0.5% of the over 46,000 evaluated agencies nationwide.  The department had previously received a Class 3 rating.

“The Germantown Fire Department works hard to continuously improve our services to the community,” said Fire Chief John Selberg “We are proud of achieving the Class 1 rating as it reflects the hard work and dedication of all of our personnel, including efforts to reduce loss through fire fighting and fire prevention.  This wouldn’t be possible without the support and commitment to public safety from Mayor Palazzolo, the Aldermen and City Administrator Lawton,” he added.

The ISO evaluation includes an analysis of all fire department operations, including fire suppression capabilities, community risk reduction and fire prevention efforts, available personnel and equipment, and distribution of emergency response resources to provide optimal protection for the community.  The evaluation also includes analysis of key supporting elements, such as those from the Germantown Police Dispatch Center for 911 services and available water supply and hydrant system provided by the Germantown Public Works Department.  The high scores reflect efforts by the Germantown Information Technology Department to support dispatch systems as well as grant funding from the Shelby County 911 Commission to upgrade our dispatch and fire station alerting systems.

The Fire Department’s Class 1 rating is a reflection of Germantown’s commitment to provide the best possible public safety services to the community.  “This is truly a team effort.  Our fire fighters did a great job helping us meet all the requirements for a Class 1 rating.  Our Public Works Department provides us with one of the best water supply systems in our area, our Dispatch Center and Information Technology Department work hard to provide fast and effective dispatch services for Fire and Police, and our Fire Marshal’s Office provides targeted fire prevention education and thorough inspection programs,” said Chief Selberg.

This improved rating will be published in August 2017.  The ISO Class 1 rating is a confirmation of the City’s dedication to the best services for the community and City employees’ motto of “Excellence, Every Day!”

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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
Fax: (901) 435-0620