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1. Neely’s Receives Loan With Conditions -

The original Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback if owners can pay off back property taxes.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, April 16, approved a $67,500 development loan to bring Neely’s back to 670 Jefferson Ave. if owners pay back taxes on two closed restaurants.

2. No Bluffing -

Each season the last home game at FedExForum is Fan Appreciation Night and a Grizzlies’ player is charged with grabbing the microphone and walking to center court to say a few words before tip-off.

3. Neely’s Receives Loan With Conditions -

The original Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback if owners can pay off back property taxes.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, April 16, approved a $67,500 development loan to bring Neely’s back to 670 Jefferson Ave. if owners pay back taxes on two closed restaurants.

4. Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer -

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

That’s what city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday, April 15, as he outlined a $6.5 million plan for turning the mall into a “town center” that includes some city government offices and private retail.

5. Council Questions Five-Year Wharton Plan -

It’s usually a quick bottom line for any local government budget proposal – does it mean a property tax hike?

The $596 million operating budget submitted to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. does not include a property tax hike.

6. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

7. Neely’s Eyeing Memphis Comeback -

After leaving the local restaurant scene nearly two years ago, Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback to Memphis.

Tony Neely has applied for a development loan to help revive the original Neely’s restaurant at 670 Jefferson Ave. in the Victorian Village area just west of the Medical Center.

8. Neely’s Bar-B-Que Considering Memphis Return -

After leaving the local restaurant scene nearly two years ago, Neely’s Bar-B-Que could be making a comeback to Memphis.

Tony Neely has applied for a development loan to help revive the original Neely’s restaurant at 670 Jefferson Ave. in the Victorian Village area just west of the Medical Center.

9. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 15, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. James Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. Advance RSVP is required to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

10. Enjoy the Brewery While It's Still Here -

I’ve been looking at the Tennessee Brewery for years. I used to have an office next door, and now from my agency’s current location, I can see its majestic, Romanesque arched windows towering over the South Main Arts District.

11. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

12. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

13. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness -

“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.

14. Reversing Sprawl Through Connectivity -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

Last week, Smart Growth America released “Measuring Sprawl 2014,” a report examining development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and evaluating development on a national index. With a score of 71, the greater Memphis region ranks near the bottom of the list at number 196 out of 221. Furthermore, Memphis ranks as the sixth most sprawled large metropolitan area.

15. Events -

SRVS will host the Wesberry Golf Classic Monday, April 7, at Spring Creek Ranch, 140 Chinquapin Drive. The four-person scramble includes lunch, contests, awards and more. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Visit srvs.org or call 312-6853.

16. Past, Present, Future -

The weekend before the formal reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard in the museum plaza.

17. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

18. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

19. Georgian Woods Apartments Sell for $3.9 Million -

118 St. Agnes Drive
Memphis, TN 38112

Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: March 14, 2014

Buyer: Georgian Woods Property Owner LLC

20. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

21. ‘Memphis Message’ -

During the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime conference in Long Beach, Calif., Memphis business leaders like Neely Mallory and Buzz Fly extolled the virtues of doing business in the Bluff City.

When FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith addressed the crowd, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s logo was featured prominently on the large screen to his left.

22. Greenbrier Files Loan on Cabinet Shop Lofts -

The owner of the recently completed Cabinet Shop lofts at 436 S. Front St. has filed a $2.9 million loan on the property.

23. City Pension Change Outlined for 2015 -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made its formal proposal of a “long-term solution” and change in the city’s pension plan to a 401(k) style plan this week with specific terms Wharton has long said would be included.

24. City Council Continues Pension Talks -

Memphis City Council members continue their discussions Tuesday, March 18, about the city’s unfunded pension liability as well as possible changes in city employee heath care benefits.

But there is still no action on any part of the issues on the council agenda for a vote.

25. City Sprouts -

The vacant homes and lots on Jennette Place near Walker Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard in South Memphis began germinating like an urban form of kudzu. They appeared like an invasive species in this proud neighborhood, spreading quickly, choking the life from viable properties and growing into a scourge that at one point seemed impossible to eradicate.

26. Next Step: Innovate Open Young Minds -

Our last Let’s Grow column focused on an outgrowth of our efforts with some sharp peers, the Memphis Innovation Bootcamp.

One objective of the Bootcamp is to build a community of innovators. The more we socialize these methods and tools, the larger the social and business problems can be met with creativity, empathy and the widest range of possible solutions.

27. This week in Memphis history: Feb. 28-March 6 -

1974: On the front page of The Daily News, J.C. Penney Co. announced it would lease a new 508,700-square-foot hardware/automotive national distribution center in Southaven’s Freeport Industrial Park at State Line and Rostin roads. The center was being built by Boston-based Cabot, Cabot and Forbes Co. Southaven was still an unincorporated suburb at the time, governed by the DeSoto County government and growing in terms of economic development as growth in Whitehaven began to spill over across the state line. Southaven would be incorporated in 1981.

28. Seeking Collaboration -

The debate over which development projects should be public or public-private efforts could intensify in the coming months as the city of Memphis explores multiple redevelopment plans.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said if the city, which is facing strong financial headwinds, hopes to attract investment, it must sometimes help jump-start developments in areas that the private sector may otherwise be hesitant to enter.

29. Renovation on Tap for 100 N. Main Tower -

The owner of 100 N. Main St., the city’s tallest building, has plans to turn the Downtown skyscraper into a development featuring a hotel and apartments.

30. MalmoMemphis Completes Three Law Firm Leases -

Three Memphis law firms represented by MalmoMemphis Real Estate Inc. have renewed their office leases or leased new spaces.

31. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

32. Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid -

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

But it appears to now be in December depending on who you talked with this week as the outdoors retailer offered a look inside The Pyramid.

33. Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape -

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

34. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

35. Improving Disparities -

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

But that is but one of many challenges that lie ahead of a husband-and-wife team of doctors who nine months ago moved from Nashville to Memphis to set up the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome.

36. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host Zumba demonstration classes Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Feb. 25 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the hospital’s cafe, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

37. Orpheum Files Permit For Performing Arts Center -

225 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $10.2 million

Project Cost: $14.5 million

38. Council to Review Mall Conversions -

Memphis City Council members get a look at plans for the redevelopment of two shopping malls Tuesday, Feb. 18.

But the council’s last meeting for February apparently won’t include any presentation of a proposal to change the benefits of new city hires and city employees with less than 10 years on the job, as promised earlier by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

39. Events -

SHRM-Memphis will host a networking and Q&A session with Kari Strobel, director of HR competency for the Society of Human Resources Management, Monday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive.

40. Report: City Should Stay on at Beale -

The city of Memphis should maintain ownership of its properties on Beale Street and create an autonomous board or hire a new development and management company to guide its future, according to a detailed report on the iconic street.

41. Developers Amend Highland Row Plan -

Developers of the Highland Row mixed-use development by the University of Memphis are taking an amended plan for the project to the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Feb. 13.

The new plan calls for less retail and commercial uses and more residential development.

42. MAAR to Hold Commercial Forecast Summit Feb. 12 -

Commercial real estate experts will share their insights this week on what to expect nationally and locally in 2014.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will host the 2014 Commercial Property Forecast Summit Wednesday, Feb. 12.

43. Southbrook Mall Plan Headed to City Council -

What began as a plan last year for $1.5 million in city funding to fix the roof and make other repairs at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall has now become a larger and probably more expensive plan for development in a broad area of Whitehaven.

44. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

45. Council Hears More on Police and Fire Budget Decisions -

Memphis City Council member got deeper Tuesday, Feb. 4, into the specifics of Memphis Police and Fire Department budget decisions.

But they didn’t get a clearer picture of what the direction forward will be as they and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. prepare to make some hard decisions about public safety in dealing with the city’s unfunded pension liability.

46. Playoffs Implications -

The calendar says the Dallas Mavericks will be at FedExForum to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Just one game of 82 in the coast-to-coast marathon that is the NBA season.

But it’s a game that has the potential to weigh heavily on the Grizzlies’ ultimate playoff fate. The Mavericks come in sitting in the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with a record of 28-21.

47. Smucker Files $16 Million Permit for Plant Expansion -

4789 Cromwell Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Cost: $16 million

Project Cost: $41 million
Permit Date: Applied January 2014
Completion: TBA
Owner: The J.M. Smucker Co.
Tenant: The J.M. Smucker Co.
Architect: N/A
Contractor: N/A
Details: The J.M. Smucker Co. has filed a $16 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement as part of its planned plant expansion at 4789 Cromwell Ave. in Oakhaven.

48. Finding ‘Delicate Balance’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We have the responsibility of balancing the expectations of our citizens versus the bottom line of our budget,” Wharton told an audience of several hundred, including city division directors and those in agencies working with the city. “We must strike the delicate balance of our affairs that is based in realism and pragmatism. This is important because ultimately the numbers that define our budget are real. The decisions that have the most positive impact are practical, and the work we have to do cannot wait.”

49. Germantown Board OKs Whole Foods Zoning -

Two major retail projects in Germantown have received a green light to move forward.

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, Jan. 27, approved several zoning exemptions for a proposed Whole Foods store – important votes that moved the project closer to completion – as well as a redevelopment plan for the Shops at Saddle Creek.

50. Wharton Faces Challenges in State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. may face the most challenging year of his tenure as he delivers his State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The speech will be delivered at 10 a.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

51. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

The item was added onto the commission’s agenda by chairman James Harvey who said he could because it was “time sensitive.”

52. Developers Show Interest in Germantown’s Arthur Property -

A 33-acre site near Saddle Creek in Germantown is seeing increased interest from developers and could change hands as early as this year, according to a real estate agent marketing the property.

Murray Foster, a broker with Taliesyn Realty, said interest in the property owned by the heirs of Boyd Arthur Sr. picked up last year and remains strong in 2014.

53. Belz Launches Hotel Management Venture -

The night before Conduit Global announced this week it will hire 1,000 people to staff a large call center in Shelby County, representatives of the company stayed at The Peabody hotel.

Not only did they let it be known they were impressed by the South’s Grand Hotel, they said they’d love to stay at the Peabody again when they come back to Memphis. Other groups also use the hotel for similar purposes – the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, for example, might bring recruits there, as might St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when they bring a doctor to town they want to woo to the city.

54. Fairgrounds TDZ Should be Rejected -

The proposed Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) needs to be rejected. While most of the recent debate has been confined to the impact on education funding, there are several more serious issues with the TDZ.

55. Jobs Explosion -

Conduit Global will hire 1,000 people over the next three to five years to staff a large call center in Shelby County, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Conduit Global president Bryce Hayes said the New York-based company will start hiring 300 immediately for the $8 million call center serving Verizon.

56. Telecom Company to Open Call Center in Shelby County -

A telecommunications-related company will locate a major call center in Shelby County, a project that will create hundreds of new jobs.

The company, which has been operating under the code name Project Moscow, will announce the deal that will employ over 500 people on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to sources with knowledge of the project. The unidentified company would operate the call center for one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers, Verizon.

57. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

58. Great Expectations -

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau forecasts 2014 to be a banner year, thanks to increased consumer confidence with leisure travelers and a booking pace for conventions, meetings and sporting events that is easily outpacing last year.

59. New Housing Option Comes to Victorian Village -

Florence Hervery had been thinking about the next phase of her life for some time.

The 55-year-old Whitehaven resident had been mulling over a move Downtown, but she wanted a home, not a condominium or apartment, and was hesitant to move into the bustling Downtown core.

60. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

61. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

62. ‘Tax Dead’ Program Clears First Hurdle -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy scrambled Monday, Jan. 13, to overcome some of the nagging questions about an anti-blight initiative aimed at “tax dead” properties and overcame most of them for now.

63. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

64. Collierville Fred’s Sells for $1.5 Million -

450 U.S. 72
Collierville, TN 38017
Sale Amount: $1.5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 20, 2013
Buyer: Collierville Realty Holdings LLC
Seller: Washington Square Properties (a Tennessee general partnership composed of Thomas W. Taylor, trustee of the Thomas W. Taylor Revocable Living Trust dated April 27, 2000, and Thomas W. Hart)
Loan Amount: $793,000
Loan Date: Dec. 20, 2013
Maturity Date: Dec. 20, 2016
Lender: First Capital Bank
Details: The 19,152-square-foot fred’s retail store at 450 U.S. 72 in Collierville has sold for $1.5 million.

65. Events -

The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold a strategic planning public meeting and panel discussion Monday, Jan. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stax Museum for American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The panel will discuss how the arts can impact economic development and educational success in Tennessee communities. Visit tn.com/arts for more information.

66. Nike Files $1.4 Million Permit for Frayser Facility -

Nike Inc. has filed a $1.4 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

67. Events -

The Whitehaven Partnership will meet Friday, Jan. 10, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Whitehaven branch library, 4120 Millbranch Road. Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir, and representatives from the Memphis Police Department and other city agencies will discuss improving Whitehaven neighborhoods. Email cburton615@hotmail.com or call 345-3695.

68. Raymond James Looks to Sublease Space -

Raymond James Financial Inc. is marketing space it has vacated at its 21-story Downtown office tower for subleasing opportunities as the company continues to evaluate its real estate needs.

69. PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.

70. Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods -

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

Before a packed house, the Germantown Planning Commission voted to approve a revamped plan for a new Whole Foods store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road, on the eastern edge of Germantown’s Central Business District.

71. Grocery Growth -

By the end of this year, Kroger will have spent between $150 million and $200 million on upgrades, fixes and renovations at its Memphis-area stores.

That investment is one example among many in the Memphis area of how the stiff competition among grocers and similar retailers is playing out as they make grabs for bigger slices of the customer pie.

72. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

73. Harkavy Happy Mixing Business With Law -

Lee Harkavy, partner with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, had a dream to work in the world of business and finance, so the native Memphian pursued and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in financing and accounting at the University of Michigan.

74. Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group -

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

75. Cordova Creek Apartments Sell for $12.5 Million -

1175 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $12.5 million

76. Shooting for the Moon -

The Commerical Appeal ran a story last week about the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its “Moon Missions.” While the details remain nebulous, the Chairman’s Circle consists of private sector leaders that contribute funding and business perspective to identify, analyze and define solutions for some of Memphis’ greatest challenges.

77. Lakeland Seeks Outlet Mall Revival -

Officials in Lakeland are hopeful that a long-planned redevelopment of the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site could finally become a reality.

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution expressing support for the project, including asking city staff to explore possible incentives that could get the project off the drawing board and into development.

78. Pike Indulges ‘Museum Bug’ as Director of Pink Palace -

Steve Pike, director of museums for the Pink Palace Family of Museums, calls himself a generalist, happy to have his hands in all things theoretical and material. It’s a label that envelopes his interests, his career choices, and going back to his liberal arts education at Marian University in Indianapolis.

79. Crosstown Construction Bidding Process Underway -

Construction documents for the ambitious Sears Crosstown redevelopment project have hit the street.

Memphis-based Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is serving as the general contractor for the $180 million project, and bids for subcontracting work on everything from electrical systems to plumbing went out this week.

80. City Council Keeps Water Rate Hike -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

81. Memphis Core Center Sells for $14.3 Million -

The Memphis Core Center warehouse at 4250 E. Shelby Drive in Oakhaven has traded hands for $14.3 million.

82. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

83. FedEx Income Rises But Misses Estimates -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted net income of $500 million, or $1.57 per share, in its fiscal second quarter, which ended Nov. 30.

84. Council Opens Unfunded Liability Plan Talks With Questions -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

85. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold a citywide networking party Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

86. Ruby Tuesday Sells Bartlett Lots for $1.1 Million -

8348 U.S. 64
Bartlett, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 5, 2013

Buyer: 64 Kate Hyde Partners

87. Brown Launches County Commission Campaign -

In a Midtown apartment last week, Jake Brown gathered his friends and friends of those friends to launch his campaign for a seat on the Shelby County Commission in the 2014 county elections.

88. Hot-Button Issue -

When the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County was formed in 2011, president and CEO Reid Dulberger knew it would take the organization a little time to gain its footing.

At first, EDGE did not have its own staff or its own office, and it lacked financial and operational control of several key component parts, such as the Port of Memphis and Shelby County and the Depot Area Development Corp.

89. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

90. Globus Files $8.7 Million Loan to Build Cordova Hilton -

Globus Partnership, the developer building a Hilton Garden Inn at 7955 Market Plaza Drive in Cordova, has filed an $8.7 million construction loan for the project.

91. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold a citywide networking party Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

92. Pay Raises, Germantown Schools Deal Top Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners won’t be voting on anything having to do with the proposed sale of AutoZone Park when they meet Monday, Dec. 16.

The resolution involving their piece of the original terms of financing for the ballpark in 1998 was pulled from the agenda of the last meeting of 2013 at the request of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. last week.

93. MRG Sees Flurry of Activity at Marion Center -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC developed The Shops of Angelos Grove retail center in Marion, Ark.

94. Veterans’ Aid -

Cordell Walker wanted to join the military in the 1960s as his older friends were enlisting or being drafted for the Vietnam War.

“I really wanted to join the military but could not because I was the only son in my family and I was too young,” said Walker, who for the last 26 years has been executive director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services Inc.

95. Union Mission Heightens Outreach During Holidays -

Memphis Union Mission is ramping up its efforts to help the homeless during the holiday season.

The nonprofit group just completed its annual Thanksgiving event late last month to feed the homeless, and preparations are underway for meals and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

96. Volunteer Odyssey Expands Program for Employers -

For Sarah Petschonek, what started as a childhood interest in volunteerism has evolved from a habit to an inventive blogging project to what today is her social entrepreneurship venture dedicated to promoting volunteer activities around the city.

97. Moody's Gives Ballpark Bond "Aa3" Rating "Negative" Outlook -

On the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it.

98. Whole Foods Delays Germantown Store Request -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown has withdrawn its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month.

99. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

100. Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights -

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.