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1. US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

2. West Memphis Hospital Reopens -

A West Memphis hospital says it has opened its doors after it closed down a month ago from a fire.

WMC-TV reports that Crittenden County Regional Hospital opened on Friday morning. The hospital says it expects to reopen its labor and delivery and surgery wards this week.

3. Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility -

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.

4. Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent in Second Quarter -

United Housing Inc. has teamed up with Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to create the first Grace-St. Luke’s GraceBuilders House, which will involve fixing up a foreclosed home for a family in United Housing’s Homebuyer Education program.

5. Uphill Climb -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Builders filed 245 permits in Shelby County in the second quarter, compared with 294 permits in the second quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Builders filed 191 permits in the first quarter.

6. City Council Turns Again to Benefits Discussions -

Memphis City Council members won’t take any major votes Tuesday, July 15, on city employee benefits.

But the controversial topic will likely dominate much of another council day at City Hall. The council is in the gap between its approval of health insurance changes in June and an October vote on the companion proposal to change city employee pension plans for new hires and those with less than 10 years of service.

7. UTHSC to Operate Forensic Center -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office.

8. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

9. University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Operate Forensic Center -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to operate the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center and the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office.

10. Addison at Collierville Owner Files $17 Million Loan -

400 Orchard Circle
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $16.8 million

Loan Date: July 1, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: G&I VII Addison at Collierville LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 226-unit Addison at Collierville apartments at 400 Orchard Circle W. has filed a $16.8 million loan on the property.

11. Charlotte Firm Buys Mendenhall Warehouse -

4517 S. Mendenhall Road
Memphis, TN 38141
Sale Amount: $1.4 million

Sale Date: June 24, 2014
Buyer: TKC CLXXIX LLC
Seller: Tenn Thom Realty LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: June 24, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of Charlotte, N.C.-based real estate development firm The Keith Corp. has paid $1.4 million for the 14,650-square-foot warehouse at 4517 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill.

12. Veterans Town Hall Mirrors Washington Frustration -

Depending on how you look at it, a group of 300 frustrated local veterans last week either got a look at the “corrosive” culture of the Department of Veterans Affairs or a look at change in progress.

13. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

14. CSC Sugar to Open Plant in Covington -

CSC Sugar LLC will open a sugar processing plant Monday, June 30, in the Rialto Industrial Park in Covington, Tenn., that will hire 50 people and prompt the hiring of more drivers at Larry Bowman Trucking in nearby Ripley.

15. Charlotte Firm Buys Mendenhall Warehouse -

An affiliate of Charlotte, N.C.-based real estate development firm The Keith Corp. has paid $1.4 million for the 14,650-square-foot warehouse at 4517 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill.

16. Events -

Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. & the MGs, for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Friday, June 27, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Visit staxmuseum.com.

17. Legacy Farm Owner Files $29.8 Million Loan -

1120 Winchester Road
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $29.8 million

Loan Date: June 18, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: Legacy Farm LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 368-unit Legacy Farm apartment complex at 1120 Winchester Road in Collierville has filed a $29.8 million loan on the property.

18. Tin Roof Lease Makes Full House on Beale -

The three-block Beale Street Entertainment District is fully leased with the addition of three leases this spring on the block between Hernando and Fourth streets.

The most recent lease, announced Thursday, June 19, was a long-term lease for Tin Roof bar and restaurant at 315 Beale St., the space the Hard Rock Cafe will leave in July to move west to the Lansky Building at 126 Beale, just outside the formal borders of the district.

19. Roland Challenges Brooks’ Votes -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland began taking steps last week to make a formal challenge of commission matters that have included votes by Commissioner Henri Brooks.

20. Events -

Healthy Shelby will hold the 140/90: Living Life Under Pressure men’s health kickoff Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. The event will include healthy food samples, blood pressure screenings, 3-on-3 basketball, Lionel Hollins and more. Cost is free. Visit commontablehealth.org.

21. Parking Wars -

It’s been a hot, humid and restless spring at Overton Park.

The park has been crowded, but not as crowded as expected given the political tempest over parking on Overton’s greensward.

22. Tin Roof to Open on Beale -

The street where the blues was born is getting a tin roof – Tin Roof bar and restaurant that is.

The Nashville-based chain announced Thursday, June 19, that it will open next month in what is currently the location of the Hard Rock Café at 315 Beale St. at Hernando.

23. Battle Lines -

The city’s operating and capital budgets are just about set for the new fiscal year next month. Hard decisions made about health insurance for city employees and retirees Tuesday, June 17, are unlikely to be revisited by the Memphis City Council.

24. Tunica Reels as Competition, Recession Hit Casinos -

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss. (AP) – It was 3:30 p.m. on a Monday in May at Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino in northwestern Mississippi.

Gamblers were few in number, and dealers stood ready at idle card tables.

25. US Home Building Declined 6.5 Percent in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The pace of U.S home construction slipped in May with many Americans still struggling to afford new houses.

Builders started work at a seasonally adjusted annual rate on 1.01 million homes last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was down 6.5 percent from 1.07 million in April.

26. County Budget Season Not Over Yet -

The Shelby County Commission defeated two competing versions of the county property tax rate for the new fiscal year on the second of three readings Monday, June 16.

But they both advance to third and final readings when the commission meets in July.

27. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

6870 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 2, 2014
Buyer: Aren Investments LLC
Seller: Kirsch Associates LP
Loan Amount: $850,000
Loan Date: June 2, 2014
Maturity Date: Nov. 15, 2015
Lender: BancorpSouth Bank
Details: Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

28. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

29. Arrests Mark Turbulent Season for Democrats -

At week’s end, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks and Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson had been arrested within 24 hours of each other on separate charges.

30. County Commission to Weigh New Disparity Study -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a start Monday, June 16, toward a new disparity study as a way to changing the county’s efforts in increasing minority business participation in government contracts.

31. Special Prosecutor Named in Brooks Parking Incident -

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks was charged Thursday, June 12, with assault after a Memphis police investigation of a parking lot argument over a parking space involving Brooks.

Before Brooks was charged Thursday, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office requested that police forward any report they make to a special prosecutor appointed by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

32. Company Files Loan on Germantown Location -

The owner of the 26,640-square-foot Germantown Fresh Market and attached strip retail center at 9375 Poplar Ave has filed a $4.2 million loan on the property.

33. Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Flagged in Audit -

The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center is one of four federal VA hospitals in Tennessee that the Veterans Health Administration – in a national audit announced Monday, June 9 – flagged for further review and investigation.

34. Events -

West Memphis will dedicate its Fallen Officers Memorial, honoring Crittenden County police and fire personnel killed in the line of duty, Thursday, June 5, at 10 a.m. in Worthington Park, at the corner of Worthington Drive and Missouri Street. Email hhammett@wmcoc.com.

35. Obama: Power Plant Rule Will Shrink Power Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

36. Perkins Hotel Sells After Foreclosure -

2700 S. Perkins Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.2 million

Sale Date: May 23, 2014
Buyer: HC Memphis LLC
Seller: Douglas M. Alrutz, successor trustee
Details: The Inn at Thousand Oaks hotel at 2700 S. Perkins Road in Parkway Village has sold for $2.2 million following a first-run foreclosure notice filed earlier this year.

37. Council to Discuss Retirement Plan Changes -

Memphis City Council members begin moving Tuesday, June 3, toward the first of three votes on a quartet of ordinances that would fundamentally change health care and pension benefits for city employees.

38. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present the dark comedy “The Lyons” Friday, May 30, through June 22, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

39. West Memphis Hospital Faces $30 Million Debt -

A hospital in West Memphis facing $30 million in debt is asking voters to approve a 1 percent sales tax to prevent the facility from closing.

According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, an increase in uninsured patients, cutbacks in federal programs such as Medicaid and doctors relocating or retiring have left Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis facing $30 million in debt.

40. Nonprofit Grant Info Sessions to be Held -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will host five pre-application sessions to explain guidelines for its upcoming Nonprofit Capacity Building grant funding round.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are allocated to strong, established nonprofit organizations that are working to become more effective by improving operations and increasing efficiency. In 2013-2014, 15 nonprofit groups were awarded a total of $188,500 in the Nonprofit Capacity Building grant round.

41. West Memphis Hospital Faces $30 Million Debt -

A hospital in West Memphis facing $30 million in debt is asking voters to approve a 1 percent sales tax to prevent the facility from closing.

According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, an increase in uninsured patients, cutbacks in federal programs such as Medicaid and doctors relocating or retiring have left Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis facing $30 million in debt.

42. Community Foundation to Hold Grant Information Sessions -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will host five pre-application sessions to explain guidelines for its upcoming Nonprofit Capacity Building grant funding round.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are allocated to strong, established nonprofit organizations that are working to become more effective by improving operations and increasing efficiency. In 2013-2014, 15 nonprofit groups were awarded a total of $188,500 in the Nonprofit Capacity Building grant round.

43. US Home Building Climbed 13.2 Percent in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S home construction surged in April to its highest pace in five months. Almost all that increase came from the volatile apartment sector, a sign that Americans are still struggling to buy single-family homes.

44. ‘Higher Level’ -

Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden described his job last week as conveying the excitement he feels about the coming of a 450-room hotel next door to Graceland, while tempering that with the reality that while he wants to get it done as quickly as possible, it might be done in phases.

45. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Farmers Market at the Garden Wednesday, May 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and every Wednesday through Oct. 29 at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

46. Life Church Buys Victory Campus for $4.4 Million -

255 N. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.4 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2014
Buyer: The Life Church of Memphis Inc.
Seller: SignificantPsychology LLC
Loan Amount: $3.8 million
Loan Date: May 2, 2014
Maturity Date: May 5, 2019
Lender: Triumph Bank
Details: The Life Church of Memphis has paid $4.4 million for the former Victory University campus at 255 N. Highland St.

47. Germantown Plaza Sells Following Foreclosure -

The 14,400-square-foot Germantown Plaza strip retail center at 3695 Riverdale Road in Hickory Hill has sold for $1.1 million following a foreclosure.

48. Thawing Out: Warmer Temperatures Lift US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too.

A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter's deep freeze.

Economists had expected the growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation.

49. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, crafts and music showcasing Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

50. I Choose Memphis: Ragan Washburn -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Ragan Washburn

Job Title and Company: Manager of Community Engagement and Events at Duncan-Williams Inc.

51. US New-Home Sales Drop in February -

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell in February to a five-month low, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Sales fell 3.3 percent nationally to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units, the lowest level since September. New-home sales fell 1.1 percent compared with February 2013. The median price of a new home last month fell 1.2 percent from February 2013, the biggest drop since June 2012.

52. US New-Home Sales Drop in February -

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell in February to a five-month low, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Sales fell 3.3 percent nationally to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units, the lowest level since September. New-home sales fell 1.1 percent compared with February 2013. The median price of a new home last month fell 1.2 percent from February 2013, the biggest drop since June 2012.

53. Public Invited to Weigh in on Sustainability Plan -

Planners from the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability are inviting members of the public to review the vision plan and concept map for connecting local green space that’s a result of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

54. Public Invited to Weigh In on Sustainability Plan -

Planners from the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability are inviting members of the public to review the vision plan and concept map for connecting local green space that’s a result of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

55. Complaint Alleges Deutsche Bank Discrimination -

Deutsche Bank allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods in the Memphis area in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to a complaint filed with the federal government.

56. US Housing Construction Down 16 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

57. Former Motel 6 Sells for $1.4 Million -

1321 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.4 million

Sale Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Buyer: P & S Hospitality LLC
Seller: G6 Hospitality Property LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Argent Bank
Details: The former Motel 6 at 1321 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has traded hands for $1.4 million.

58. Property Struggle -

Discussions are underway about the particulars of an imminent demolition contract for the Tennessee Brewery, and the owners of the castle-like structure Downtown could decide the property’s fate by sometime in February or March.

59. Cameraman’s Collection -

Don Newman was a photographer whose pursuit of the perfect shot once took him to the middle of one of the busiest streets in Memphis.

60. Out-of-Town Banks Target Memphis for Growth -

More than 40 percent of the customer deposit share in the Memphis-area banking market belongs to institutions that have a presence here but are based outside the area, the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp show.

61. Southwest to Drop Flights to 3 Smaller Cities -

Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it will end service in June to Key West, Fla.; Jackson, Miss.; and Branson, Mo., because it can’t make money serving the smaller markets.

62. US Home Prices Rose at Slower Pace in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose more slowly in September than in August, a sign that weaker sales are preventing the kinds of sharp price gains that occurred earlier this year.

63. Embassy Suites Memphis Sells for $24.8 Million -

1022 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $24.8 million

Sale Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Buyer: 1022 South Shady Grove LLC
Seller: 1022 Shady Grove LLC
Loan Amount: $22.6 million
Loan Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Great American Life Insurance Co.
Details: An affiliate of Chicago-based hotel asset manager Lodging Capital Partners LLC has paid $24.8 million for the Embassy Suites Memphis hotel at 1022 S. Shady Grove Road in East Memphis.

64. US Existing Home Sales Fall 3.2 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans bought existing homes in October, as higher mortgage rates, the 16-day partial government shutdown and a limited supply of houses on the market reduced sales.

65. Banks Tweak Checking, Online Options -

As the two banks with the biggest customer deposit shares in Memphis, First Tennessee Bank and Regions Bank must stay closely in touch with their clients’ checking and online banking needs.

66. Overton Square Momentum Connects With History -

If you think Midtown’s recent momentum, particularly in and around Overton Square, is real growth, you are right.

But it is growth in development that Overton Square developer Bob Loeb believes will bring along a denser population in the area.

67. Helping the Homeless -

Genesis House, a shelter for homeless men and women run by Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, is doubling its capacity for veterans suffering from mental illness and addiction. The home is expanding from five to 10 the number of beds reserved for veterans – good news for the organization following the closure of two of its other programs for the homeless earlier this year because of a lack of new funding.

68. New Jersey Firm Buys Pendleton Place Apartments -

1780 Pendleton St.
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $3.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 11, 2013
Buyer: Pendleton Apartments LLC
Seller: Pendleton Investors LLC
Details: An affiliate of Teaneck, N.J.-based The Aspen Cos. has paid $3.1 million for the Pendleton Place Apartments at 1780 Pendleton St. in the Defense Depot area.

69. US New-Home Sales Jump 7.9 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.

Sales of new homes increased 7.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That comes after sales plunged 14.1 percent in July to a 390,000 annual rate.

70. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

727 E. Mann Circle; 726. E. Mann Circle; 725 W. Mann Circle; 35 W. Georgia Ave.; 649 Florida St.; 18 W. Carolina Ave.; 9 E. Carolina Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Costs: $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.4 million

71. United Housing Places 3,000th Homeowner -

Lisa Brice was living in a Memphis-area townhouse with her two teenage daughters when the water was turned off in the community back in January.

72. Handy Park Lease Latest Stage in Beale Endgame -

The city of Memphis has a tentative lease of Handy Park with a group that includes some current tenants of the Beale Street entertainment district.

And the pending agreement would resolve one of the final issues in the city’s relationship with John Elkington, the developer of the district and founder of Performa Entertainment.

73. Unemployment Rates Rise in Most US States -

Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum.

The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states – the fewest to show a decline since January.

74. US Homebuilder Confidence Nears 8-Year High -

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year.

The brighter sales outlook is the latest sign pointing to a sustained pickup in construction in coming months and comes as applications for permits to build single-family houses are at a five-year high.

75. California Investor Buys Airways Villas Complex -

An affiliate of Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based West Egg Enterprises has paid $1.8 million for the 182-unit Airways Villas Apartments at 2305 Pendleton St. in the Defense Depot area.

76. Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

77. Better Economic Growth Likely to Follow Weak Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is expected to have grown at a dismal pace in the April-June quarter, weighed down by large tax increases and steep government spending cuts.

But the second quarter should be the low point for the year, economists say. The fiscal drag is expected to fade. At the same time, steady hiring, more business spending and a solid recovery in housing should push growth higher in the second half of the year.

78. Pending Sales of US Homes Slip From 6-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dipped in June from a six-year high in May, a sign that sales could stabilize over the next few months.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales ticked down 0.4 percent to 110.9 in June. The May reading was revised lower by a percentage point to 111.3, but it was still the highest since December 2006.

79. Second-Quarter Bankruptcies Up 2.3 Percent -

The second quarter of 2013 showed a slight boost in West Tennessee bankruptcy filings as consumers who couldn’t pay off debt accumulated in late 2012 filed for bankruptcy.

All chapters combined – Chapters 7, 11 and 13 – climbed to 3,164 Shelby County bankruptcies for the three-month period ended June 30, up 2.3 percent from 3,093 bankruptcies filed during the same three-month period in 2012, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

80. Bass Pro Shops To Begin Pyramid Work End of August -

Bass Pro Shops will begin installing its store and other attractions in The Pyramid at the end of August.

That is the date the city’s part of the work on the renovation of The Pyramid is expected to be completed according to a project update Tuesday, July 16, for the Memphis City Council and the Downtown Memphis Commission.

81. Market of Riverdale Bend Sells for $6.2 Million -

7114-7186 Winchester Road Memphis, TN 38125

Sale Amount: $6.2 million

Sale Date: July 2, 2013

82. No Bass Pro Signage On Pyramid's Northern Face -

A revised plan for signage at The Pyramid by Bass Pro Shops shows the outdoor retailer has dropped plans for a large logo on the north face of the pyramid that faces the residential communities on Mud Island’s north end.

83. Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.

84. Barnhart Buys Industrial Property for Expansion -

2085 W. E. Freeman Drive
Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $2.6 million

Sale Date: June 27, 2013

Buyer: Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co.

85. Barnhart Buys Industrial Property for Expansion -

Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co. has paid $2.6 million for the industrial property at 2085 W.E. Freeman Drive in the Defense Depot area as part of its local expansion.

86. Sycamore View Starbucks Sells for $1.1 Million -

The Starbucks coffee shop at 1615 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has sold for $1.1 million.

87. Kroger-Anchored Center Sells for $14.6 Million -

4270 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $14.6 million

Sale Date: June 18, 2013

88. Events -

The Cooper-Young Business Association will feature Standby for Mars as part of the Red Hot Summer concert series Wednesday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Cost is free. Visit cooperyoung.biz.

89. Jim 'N Nick's Owner Files Loan on Cordova Property -

The owner of the Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q restaurant at 2359 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova has filed a $1.4 million loan on the property.

90. Commission Pushes Back Seismic Standards Date -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, June 17, a set of three ordinances on third and final reading Monday that push back the effective date for new seismic measures for new home construction and renovations of existing buildings until the end of 2013.

91. Congressional Delegation Tours Presidents Island -

The International Port of Memphis played host to a handful of influential guests Friday, June 21, just as the city and its partners are seeking a large federal grant to help expand the industrial area.

92. US Home Re-Sales Surpass 5 Million in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that's happened in 3 ½ years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening.

93. Summer of Cloar -

Stanton Thomas remembers his first encounter with Carroll Cloar’s art. It was eight years ago as Thomas, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s curator, was about to interview for the job he now has.

94. Council Begins Action On End Of Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

95. Commission Pushes Back Seismic Standards Date -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, June 17, a set of three ordinances on third and final reading Monday that push back the effective date for new seismic measures for new home construction and renovations of existing buildings until the end of 2013.

96. Schools Payroll Changed Back As Commission Okays Schools Budget -

A week after announcing a change in when Shelby County Schools teachers get paid in the schools merger that begins July 1, interim schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson changed course. The change keeps teachers from the two systems on different pay schedules for the first year of the merger.

97. State Pulls Riverfront Trail Funds -

The state of Tennessee has withdrawn $316,680 from the city for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system due to inactivity, according to state officials.

“Sorry for the bad news but this project is very old and there was no movement and I could not get any information out of any one on why there was such a delay in getting the project constructed that Federal Highway Administration said they were pulling the funding,” Lisa Dunn, transportation planner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, wrote in an email to Jim Reeder, project development coordinator for the Riverfront Development Corp.

98. Home Builders Groups Form West Tennessee Association -

The Memphis Area Home Builders Association is joining with two West Tennessee associations to form the new West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

The Jackson Area HBA, the Dyersburg Area HBA and the Memphis Area HBA are combining to form the new group.

99. Home Builders Groups Form West Tennessee Association -

The Memphis Area Home Builders Association is joining with two West Tennessee associations to form the new West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

The Jackson Area HBA, the Dyersburg Area HBA and the Memphis Area HBA are combining to form the new group.

100. MRG Breaks Ground on Schilling Farms Apartment Complex -

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is launching a new apartment community at Schilling Farms.