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1. Record-Setting Freshman Class Settles in at UT Knoxville -

Murfreesboro’s Madison Underwood, 18, admits the University of Tennessee-Knoxville was not her first choice after graduating Siegel High School this spring.

But it soon became a serious contender – and ultimate winner – thanks to a combination of value, community and programming.

2. US New-Home Sales Rebound in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July, with sales surging in the Northeast.

The Commerce Department says new-home sales rose 5.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000, recovering from a slide in purchases in June.

3. Sales of Senior Living Facilities Up in 2015 -

Mirroring national trends that show an increase in interest by investors in senior living facilities, the number of nursing home/elderly housing facilities that have changed hands is on the rise in Shelby County.

4. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

5. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 25 Percent in July -

As David May sees it, the Memphis-area real estate market is in the fortunate position of dealing with a bounty of positive surprises lately.

One example the West Tennessee area president for Regions Bank points to deals with home values. Four or five years ago, he explains, if Regions was in the midst of setting up a home equity loan or a refinance for a borrower and ordered an appraisal, the figure that came back was often a negative surprise.

6. Regions Wealth Executive Talks Expansion, Growth Opportunities -

Travis LeMonte has been on the job for a little more than two months, but the executive leading Regions Private Wealth Management in West Tennessee already is talking expansion and adding to his team’s wealth management firepower.

7. US Trade Gap Widens 7 Percent in June as Imports Jump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit increased in June as solid consumer spending pulled in more imports, while the strong dollar restrained exports.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday the trade gap jumped 7 percent to $43.8 billion in June, up from $40.9 billion in May. Imports increased 1.2 percent to $232.4 billion, while exports edged lower to $188.6 billion from $188.7 billion.

8. Coliseum Group Mobilizes With Eye on Memphis Elections -

Leaders of the effort to reopen the Mid-South Coliseum are planning another “revival” outside the Fairgrounds arena with political timing and a political purpose.

The “Roundhouse Revival” – being planned for Oct. 4 – comes between the end of early voting in Memphis elections and the Oct. 8 election day.

9. Short History of the Nation's Most-Visited National Park -

In 1899, the Appalachian National Park Association began discussing the concept for a 12,000-square-mile park in parts of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee.

During the next century, many individuals, organizations, politicians and nature advocates worked to establish what is now the country’s most visited national park – the Great Smoky Mountains.

10. US Economy Posts Solid 2.3 Percent Growth Rate in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.

11. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

12. Lot Shortage Looms Over Shelby County -

A shortage of developed lots in Shelby County is dragging down the new housing market, according to homebuilding officials.

Homebuilding activity in Memphis and Shelby County slowed in the second quarter, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes than in the same three-month period last year.

13. Houston Levee Apartments In Cordova Fetch $17.5M -

9940 Paddle Wheel Drive
Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $17.5 million

Sale Date: July 9, 2015

14. Midtown’s Hermitage Apartments Sell for $1.3M -

According to a warranty deed filed July 15, the Hermitage Apartments located at 1103 South Cooper St. in Midtown sold for $1.3 million.

15. US Home Sales Surged in June to Fastest Pace in 8-Plus Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

16. Unemployment Fell in 21 US States in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell last month in 21 U.S. states and were unchanged in 17, as widespread job growth and a shrinking workforce reduce the ranks of those out of work.

17. Midtown’s Hermitage Apartments Sell for $1.3M -

According to a warranty deed filed July 15, the Hermitage Apartments located at 1103 South Cooper St. in Midtown sold for $1.3 million.

18. 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

19. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

20. Cardwell a Link to Metro’s Past, Present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

21. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

22. US Unemployment Falls to 7-Year Low, But Wages are Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

23. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

24. Senior Living Community in Frayser Files $6.5M Permit -

Wesley Highland Meadows senior housing community located at 3517 Andy Way in Frayser filed a $6.5 million building permit on June 24.

25. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

26. Senior Living Community in Frayser Files $6.5 Million Permit -

Wesley Highland Meadows senior housing community located at 3517 Andy Way in Frayser filed a $6.5 million building permit on June 24.

27. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

28. Senior Living Community In Hickory Hill Sells for $10 Million -

Legacy IL Property Co. LLC purchased two properties comprising the Residences at Lenox Park senior living community in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $10 million.

29. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator Is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

30. Nashville’s Long, Hot, Delicious Summer -

Summertime brings us wedges of juicy watermelon and drippy ice cream cones. It yields pies piled with blackberries and peaches so fresh they can fill a room with their aroma.

It offers jewel-toned tomatoes for slicing and piling onto BLTs.

31. West Memphis Kitchen Incubator is Cooking -

A West Memphis kitchen incubator has found its first user.

Bluff City Barbecue Supply is the first group to use Delta Cuisine: A Southern Kitchen, the community kitchen housed at the new Jeremy Jacobs Hospitality Management Center at Mid-South Community College.

32. US Economy Not As Bad in First Quarter, Paving Way for Rebound -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.

33. Senior Living Community in Hickory Hill Sells for $10M -

Legacy IL Property Co. LLC purchased two properties comprising the Residences at Lenox Park senior living community in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $10 million.

34. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

35. Drug Trafficking Indictment Targets Gang Members -

One of the leaders of a street gang banned last year from the Legends Park area has violated the “no-gang zone” court order and is now charged with drug trafficking.

Steve Nelson, an alleged leader of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, directed the gang’s drug dealing activities from the Shelby County Jail. When he wasn’t in jail, he was arrested twice in the Legends Park area for violating the court order that bans gang activity as well as gang members from congregating in the area.

36. Yogis Converge on St. Jude, Raise $40,000 for Hospital -

A national program for yoga enthusiasts struck a pose in Memphis last weekend and raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The hospital hosted Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids on its campus Saturday, June 13. Yogis of all ages and experience levels participated in the fundraiser, held in the St. Jude pavilion.

37. The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments Sell For $7.5M -

RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

38. ‘If It’s on His Mind, You’re Going to Know It’ -

The state legislature’s vote this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee raised eyebrows among believers and nonbelievers statewide.

Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was tabled by the Senate following questions about its constitutionality and opposition from the governor, other elected officials and community leaders statewide.

39. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell -

It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.

40. Local Investment Group Files $11.4 Million Loan -

Radiant Group of Properties LLC filed an $11.4 million loan with BancorpSouth Bank on June 14 for 14 of its retail properties around Memphis and Shelby County.

41. Hickory Hill Retirement Home Sells for $1.2 Million -

FLH Assisted Living Residences LP, a Tennessee limited partnership based in Collierville, purchased the Franklin Park retirement home located at 3393 Kirby Road in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $1.2 million.

42. Fed Likely to Signal Coming Rate Hike If Economy Strengthens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from a winter slump, the Federal Reserve will likely signal this week that an interest rate increase is coming – just not quite yet.

43. Yogis Converge on St. Jude, Raise $40,000 for Hospital -

A national program for yoga enthusiasts struck a pose in Memphis last weekend and raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The hospital hosted Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids on its campus Saturday, June 13. Yogis of all ages and experience levels participated in the fundraiser, held in the St. Jude pavilion.

44. The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments Sell for $7.5 Million -

RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

45. Hillwood Pays $17.7 Million for FedEx SupplyChain Facility -

5050 E. Holmes Road and 0 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $17.7 million

46. Blight Fight -

Somer Smith and three colleagues were busy Thursday, June 11, cruising around the South End portion of Downtown on the lookout for neglected properties.

Smith, an associate at Brewer & Barlow PLC and a second-year student in the City and Regional Planning graduate program at the University of Memphis, was canvassing the area around Crump Boulevard and West Virginia Street as part of a volunteer force organized by the Downtown Memphis Commission to conduct a sweeping survey of property conditions.

47. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

48. Germantown Dental Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary -

Germantown Dental Group holds its 40th anniversary celebration next week.

The business – founded in 1975 by Dr. Mickey Bernstein which has grown into a major cosmetic and restorative care practice – will hold its event June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2165 West Street. The party will include food, inflatables and face painting for children, as well as live music and door prizes.

49. Carlisle Corp. Gets Tentative OK on One Beale Plan -

Developers got a tentative green light to move forward with the ambitious One Beale project, convincing regulators that the twin skyscraper development would be a game-changer for the Memphis skyline.

50. Germantown Dental Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary -

Germantown Dental Group holds its 40th anniversary celebration next week.

The business – founded in 1975 by Dr. Mickey Bernstein which has grown into a major cosmetic and restorative care practice – will hold its event June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2165 West Street. The party will include food, inflatables and face painting for children, as well as live music and door prizes.

51. Building the Bank of the Future -

When Triumph Bank holds the grand opening ceremony June 16 for its sleek, ultramodern-looking branch in Germantown, at 7550 West Farmington Blvd., it will be the culmination of a wholesale shift in the banking industry that Triumph CEO Will Chase has been thinking about for years.

52. Wolf River Greenway Planning Pushes Route Further North -

Now that you know the Greenline, here comes the Greenway.

After almost a year of behind-the-scenes planning, coordination and fundraising, the Wolf River Conservancy is about to go public with plans to add another 18 miles to the existing 2.6 miles of the Wolf River Greenway in Shelby County.

53. St. Jude Launches National Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a new, national event to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

The city of Memphis – and the campus of St. Jude – will be the epicenter of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on Sept. 26. The event also will take place in 57 other communities nationwide on either Sept. 26 or Sept. 19. (Click here for list of cities.)

54. Fuel and Potential Fires for the US Economy Ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It's complicated.

Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.

55. TDOT Slates Meetings on I-55 Roundabout -

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will hold two public information sessions June 1 and June 4 on plans to build a new Interstate 55 interchange at E.H. Crump Boulevard, changing it to a roundabout design.

56. Backsplash -

In the beginning, there was Splash – the first legal casino in Tunica County following the Mississippi Legislature’s passage of the 1990 law legalizing “dockside” casinos in the state.

57. Why a Shrinking Economy Last Quarter Isn't Cause for Fear -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another first quarter of the year. Another reversal for the U.S. economy. Another expectation of a rebound to come.

On Friday, the government will likely estimate that the economy shrank in the January-March quarter for a second straight year, depressed by brutal weather, a reeling energy sector and an export slump caused by a higher-valued dollar.

58. TDOT Slates Meetings on I-55 Roundabout -

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will hold two public information sessions June 1 and June 4 on plans to build a new Interstate 55 interchange at E.H. Crump Boulevard, changing it to a roundabout design.

59. Coliseum Fans Push for Roundhouse Reconsideration -

The city’s effort to either restart or reconfigure its plan for the Mid-South Fairgrounds began Saturday, May 23, on the steps of the south entrance to the Mid-South Coliseum.

And it continues Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2, with a set of four town hall meetings – two each evening.

60. Foreclosure Notice Issued to Sunrise Terrace Apartments -

On May 21, Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC filed a foreclosure notice for the 112-unit Sunrise Terrace Apartments, at 2080 Winchester Road in Whitehaven.

61. Fed Minutes Indicate June Rate Hike Unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that June would be too early to start raising interest rates, as they debated whether the economy's winter weakness would fade or persist.

62. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

63. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

64. US Trade Deficit Jumps to 6-Year High of $51.4 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter.

65. Applications for US Unemployment Aid Plunge to 15-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

66. Pending US Home Sales Increase in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, the third straight month of gains as housing heats up with the start of the spring buying season.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 1.1 percent to 108.6 last month. The index has climbed 11.1 percent over the past 12 months after having dipped in 2014. The number of signed contracts are at their highest level since June 2013.

67. With Economy Uncertain, No Fed Rate Hike is Seen Before Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For 6½ years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero, and for nearly that long the financial world has speculated about when the Fed will start raising it.

68. New Oak Ridge Airport Awaits Review by DOE -

For years, area business leaders and aviation enthusiasts have advocated the need for a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge to complement commercial air service provided by McGhee Tyson Airport, the largest commercial airport in East Tennessee.

69. Baker Book Traces Conciliatory Political Philosophy -

Long before his death last June, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

70. Employers Cut Jobs in 31 US States as Growth Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers in 31 U.S. states cut jobs last month as weak economic growth weighed on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.

71. Survey: US Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.

72. Density Key to Central Station Timing -

The redevelopment plan for Downtown’s Central Station is the expansion of the South Bluffs development of the 1990s. Or it is a bridge connecting the transformation of the old Cleaborn Homes public housing development to the east and maybe Foote Homes to come.

73. US Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow To Hire -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

On a brighter note, the Labor Department also said Tuesday that layoffs fell sharply. Taken together, the figures suggest that signs of a stumbling economy prompted U.S. businesses to pull back on hiring. But they weren't spooked enough to cut more jobs.

74. End of Robust Hiring Streak Raises Doubts About Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging.

Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet month after month, employers kept on hiring vigorously.

75. Lowery, Boyd Urge Wharton to Change Riverside Drive -

Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery and council member Berlin Boyd are urging Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to “compromise” on the current layout of Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue.

76. Central Station Project Relies on Local Institutions -

At $55 million, the proposed redevelopment plan for Central Station that debuted last week isn’t quite the “vertical village” that Crosstown Concourse is. The price tag, all except $3 million of which is private financing, is about a quarter of the $200 million cost of Crosstown.

77. Commercial Real Estate Bounces Back -

After slowing to a crawl in the years following the Great Recession, commercial real estate activity in Metropolitan Knoxville is showing signs of sustained growth.

Last year marked a solid increase in sales and leasing in the Knoxville region, and 2015 is off to a good start, according to several area real estate executives.

78. As Fed Weighs a Rate Hike, US Economy is Looking a Bit Paler -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the Federal Reserve seems to be inching toward an interest rate hike because of the strengthening U.S. job market, its task is getting more complicated:

Several key sectors of the economy are flashing some signs of weakness.

79. The Wine That Saved a Knoxville Landmark -

Linn Slocum started making wine from kits because she enjoyed it, later surprising herself by parlaying her hobby into a winery business that has enlivened downtown Knoxville, led to the renovation of a historic site and showcased East Tennessee’s farm-to-table food movement.

80. Grizzlies Dominate Inside in Win Over Atlanta -

Guess which NBA team this player is talking about: “It’s a playoff team. It’s a team that’s going to play hard on every possession. Offensively and defensively they pay attention to executing.” That sounds a lot like what many opposing players passing through FedExForum this season have said about the Grizzlies. But it was Tony Allen talking about the Atlanta Hawks – after the Grizzlies defeated the Eastern Conference’s top team 94-88 here last Sunday night.

81. Growth is Great, But Where Will Workers Live? -

For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.

82. Dream Season -

The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.

83. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in December, Down for 2014 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994.

The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total fell 3.2 percent to $2.07 billion for all of 2014, down about $70 million from 2013.

84. Justices Debate Judicial Candidates' Campaign Appeals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative and liberal justices clashed Tuesday over campaign finance restrictions in a dispute involving candidates for elected state and local judgeships.

85. US Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 6 Months -

U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Yet growth was still healthy, a sign manufacturing may help drive the economy's expansion in 2015 as it did last year.

86. US Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 6 Months -

U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Yet growth was still healthy, a sign manufacturing may help drive the economy’s expansion in 2015 as it did last year.

87. School Transitions -

In the uniquely timed world of education, a year can be defined several ways, and while one of those years is underway, planning for the next one has already begun.

By the calendar year, 2014 has been a dizzying array of historic moments and transitions.

88. Justices Weigh Bias Claim of Pregnant UPS Driver -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company's refusal to give lighter duty to a pregnant worker, a closely watched case with potentially broad impact for female workers and their employers.

89. US New Home Sales Up 0.7 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

New home sales advanced 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. That October increase a smaller 0.4 percent gain in September and put sales at the highest point since May.

90. US Home Sales Rise in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around.

Sales of existing homes rose 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million last month, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. That's up from a revised pace of 5.18 million in September. October marked the first month in 2014 when sales increased compared to a year ago, registering a 2.5 percent gain.

91. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.

92. Keeping Promises -

With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.

93. Council to Vote on New Pension Proposal -

Memphis City Council members start all over Tuesday, Nov. 4, in their votes on pension reforms.

A pair of ordinances representing a revised pension proposal by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. are on Tuesday’s agenda for the first of three readings. They replace another set of ordinances that had been set for final votes at the last council meeting in October.

94. WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses Ready in 2015 -

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.

95. US New-Home Sales Close to Flat in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.

New-home sales edged up 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The report also revised down the August sales rate to 466,000 from 504,000.

96. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

97. BancorpSouth Earnings Rise to $28.8 Million -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — BancorpSouth Inc. saw its net income rise more than 15 percent to $28.8 million in the third quarter, as loans and insurance commission revenue increased.

98. Confidence Among US Homebuilders Slips in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders' confidence fell in October after four months of gains which had pushed the indicator to the highest point in nine years.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo said Thursday that its index dropped to a reading of 54 after climbing to 59 in September, the highest level since November 2005, right before the housing bubble burst.

99. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

2611 Ridgeway Road, 6055-6085 Acura Cove
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $12.4 million

100. Hickory Hill Warehouse Sells for $1.6 Million -

ARCP Acquisitions LLC has paid $1.6 million for the 14,650-square-foot warehouse at 4517 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill, marking the second time the property has sold in three months.