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1. EDGE Approves Creation of Graceland TIF District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of Graceland came one step closer to reality Tuesday.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland Tuesday, Nov. 25.

2. New Alliance Focuses on Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

3. Program Launched to Grow State’s Small Businesses -

Because many small businesses might still find access to credit tight, and because putting new capital to work in small businesses can give the economy a jolt through the creation of jobs, a pair of organizations has launched a new lending program with those factors in mind.

4. Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October -

Shelby County home building activity cooled in October, with builders pulling 5.9 percent fewer permits than in October 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 63 permits in October, down 5.9 percent from 67 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. The 63 permits filed in October is down 18 percent from the 77 permits builders filed in Shelby County in September.

5. New Alliance Prioritizes Workforce Development -

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

The goal is to align educational offerings with the current and future needs of employers.

6. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

7. Germantown Mayor-Elect Discusses Revenue, Schools -

The incoming mayor of Germantown wants to grow the city’s sales tax base to make its government a bit less reliant on property tax revenue.

Property taxes fund about 60 percent of Germantown city services, said mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo, who takes office Dec. 16. Sales tax revenue funds another 16 percent, with the rest coming from fees and state and federal funding.

8. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

9. Collierville Daycares Sell for $4.4 Million -

Two Collierville daycare centers have sold for a combined $4.4 million.

SDK Properties LLC sold the center at 105 Crescent Drive to Store Master Funding VII LLC for $2.5 million and the center at 1649 S. Shea Road to the same entity for $1.8 million, according to warranty deeds filed Nov. 14. The buyer, Store Master Funding VII LLC, is an affiliate of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based real estate investment trust STORE Capital. The centers operate as Kid Tech #1 and Kid Tech #2.

10. Nike Inc. Applies For $2M Building Permit -

Nike Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

11. Editorial: Midterm Election Sends Elected to New Work -

There will be a lot of talk in future election years about whether the 2014 midterm elections were a “wave” election and if so how big the wave was.

It’s a national perspective about the decisions voters in all 50 states made about who goes to Congress as their representatives in the election year that is in between presidential election years.

12. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

13. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies For Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall lurched back to life Thursday, Nov. 20, after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

14. Collierville Daycares Sell for $4.4 Million -

Two Collierville daycare centers have sold for a combined $4.4 million.

SDK Properties LLC sold the center at 105 Crescent Drive to Store Master Funding VII LLC for $2.5 million and the center at 1649 S. Shea Road to the same entity for $1.8 million, according to warranty deeds filed Nov. 14. The buyer, Store Master Funding VII LLC, is an affiliate of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based real estate investment trust STORE Capital. The centers operate as Kid Tech #1 and Kid Tech #2.

15. Nike Applies for $2 Million Building Permit -

Nike Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

16. Fairgrounds Project Linked to Schools Lawsuits -

Attorneys for the city of Memphis and for Shelby County Schools are trying another round of court-ordered mediation before the Thanksgiving holiday in the six-year-old lawsuit over school funding.

And if the mediation doesn’t resolve the legal stalemate on claim and counterclaim, the Shelby County Commission might make a settlement of the lawsuit a condition for endorsing the city’s plans for financing a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

17. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit -

Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday.

18. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $70 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $70 million

19. Loeb Buys Office Complex in Heart of East Memphis -

Loeb Properties has acquired an office complex in the heart of East Memphis, the company’s first major acquisition since it bought Overton Square in July 2012.

Memphis-based Loeb Properties purchased Executive Square, a 40-suite professional office complex at Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis, from F. William Hackmeyer for $3.85 million.

20. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

21. Whitehaven Apartments Sell for $1.9 Million -

RML Development Inc. has sold two Whitehaven apartment complexes totaling 196 units to SPCP Group III CNI 1 LLC for $1.9 million as part of bankruptcy, according to a Nov. 9 special warranty deed. The company bought both Class D complexes in 2005 for a combined $1.9 million.

22. Target Eyeing Memphis Area for Distribution Center -

Target is eyeing the Memphis area for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant is considering sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and could soon seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County, the sources said.

23. Whitehaven Apartments Sell for $1.9 Million -

RML Development Inc. has sold two Whitehaven apartment complexes totaling 196 units to SPCP Group III CNI 1 LLC for $1.9 million as part of bankruptcy, according to a Nov. 9 special warranty deed. The company bought both Class D complexes in 2005 for a combined $1.9 million.

24. Southaven Rises on Memphis’ Tide -

While our country's economy seems to be making a turn in the right direction, cost of living remains one of the top reasons that individuals and families choose to live where they do.

Recently, data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and other resources, pulled from the first quarter in 2014, showed that the Mid-South ranked as the most affordable place to live, with Mississippi at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2.

25. Historic Brewery Sold and Ready for Development -

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown has been sold for $825,000 and could soon see new life.

The Tennessee Brewery LLC, a trust of the family that owns Memphis general contractor BHN Corp., sold the shuttered brewery at 495 Tennessee St. to 495 Tennessee LLC, according to a Nov. 5 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds office.

26. Highland Row Developer Applies for $6.7 Million Permit -

387 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $6.7 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Application Date: November 2014
Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers
Details: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

27. Palazzolo Prepares to Lead Germantown -

Germantown Mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo was surprised that the mayor’s race became as hard-fought as it was.

But after beating former city division director George Brogdon last week, Palazzolo prepares to take the oath of office Dec. 15, assemble his administration and start work on a new economic development plan.

28. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

29. Nike Applies for Building Permits -

Nike Inc. has applied for two building permits totaling $691,600 through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

30. Nike Applies for Building Permits -

Nike Inc. has applied for two building permits totaling $691,600 through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

31. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

32. Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection -

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

33. Turner Looks to Increase Professional Advancement in Commercial Real Estate -

Bob Turner has a diverse background in real estate, including long stints in both residential and commercial development.

34. Battle Rages On Between Regional Foes -

In October, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened the door, or 267 doors to be more precise, on its new $30 million service center in Memphis.

35. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

36. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

37. Mixed-Use Project Looms for Former Lakeland Mall -

Get used to the name Lake District. You’ll probably be hearing more about it in the near future. Lake District is the new name for the revamped project being planned at the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site.

38. Bigger LIFT -

The former Cadence Bank branch on Court Avenue Downtown is the new and bigger home for Community LIFT, the local intermediary with community development corporations founded by a coalition of nonprofits and the city of Memphis four years ago.

39. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Once” Tuesday, Oct. 28, through Nov. 2 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

40. CWCapital Sheds Willow Lake Buildings -

3900, 4100 Willow Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.9 million

41. Schools, Development Dominate Germantown Races -

Germantown will have a new mayor once all of the votes are counted Nov. 4 in the city’s municipal elections on the ballot.

But the race between former Germantown Community Services director George Brogdon and alderman Mike Palazzolo likely won’t completely settle the community’s discussion and debate about development and the future of the Germantown Municipal Schools district.

42. Porter-Leath Extends Reach of Books From Birth -

Each month, the Shelby County Books from Birth program distributes more than 39,000 books via the mail to homes with children age 5 and younger. It’s an impressive effort.

But since the program started here in 2005, there has always been a major challenge: How to get books to kids whose addresses are always changing?

43. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

44. Palazzolo, Brogdon Talk 3 Gs in Germantown Debate -

The two candidates for mayor of Germantown offered different views about where the city is and future goals Tuesday, Oct. 21, before an overflow crowd at the Germantown Municipal Center.

Mike Palazzolo and George Brogdon, who retired as the city’s community services director to run for mayor, are running on the Nov. 4 ballot to succeed five-term mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, who is not seeking re-election.

45. Nike Inc. Applies For $1.9 million Building Permit -

Nike Inc. has applied for a $1.9 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

46. Incentive Applications Lag Previous Years -

Until a spate of activity this month, Memphis and Shelby County were on pace to tie a record-low for the number of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements granted to companies in a year.

Through September, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, the primary business incentive body in Memphis and Shelby County, had awarded just four PILOTs, tied with 2006 for the lowest amount of PILOTs issued in a year since 2002.

47. Editorial: Questions and Candidates for November -

The last election of 2014 is underway with early voting across the state and in Shelby County.

And the questions for voters continue to be not only whom but what to vote for.

The ballot includes a dozen referendums, from a city charter amendment to wine in grocery stores to liquor by the drink to the four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution.

48. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Thursday, Oct. 16, to Oct. 25 at the playhouse in Germantown High School, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.

49. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

50. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

51. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

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

52. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Projects -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – are considering investing more than $25 million in Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

“It's always good to see FedEx expanding and the other two projects appear to be new to Memphis,” said Kemp Conrad, principal of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. “This balanced growth is encouraging and we expect more good news later in the fourth quarter."

53. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Distribution Projects -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

54. Three Companies Seek PILOTs to Create 272 Jobs -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

55. 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.

56. Woods to Head Workforce Investment Network -

Shelby County Schools board member Kevin Woods is the new director of the Workforce Investment Network for the Memphis area.

57. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants -

A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.

Southeast Restaurant Group bought the restaurants at 8325 U.S. 64, 7733 Winchester Road and 176 Goodman Road in Southaven, part of a broader 20-restaurant deal.

58. 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.

59. Council Reopens Seismic Standards Debate -

Memphis City Council members repealed new seismic provisions for homes in the city-county Unified Development Code Tuesday, Oct. 7, about a year after approving them.

The action by the council included passage on the first of three readings of new seismic provisions that would take effect in 2015 if approved by the council and through a companion ordinance by the Shelby County Commission.

60. Woods to Head Workforce Investment Network -

Shelby County Schools board member Kevin Woods is the new director of the Workforce Investment Network for the Memphis area.

61. McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Medical Offices -

1432 Kimbrough Road and 1468 Kimbrough Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Project Cost: $2.6 million

62. Memphis Area Sees Drop in Unemployment Rate -

The unemployment rate for the metro Memphis area dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent in August 2013 and 8.8 percent in July, according to preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

63. McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Office Park -

A developer planning a mixed use development in Germantown has applied for two building permits for a medical office center.

McNeill Commercial Real Estate, operating as Wolf River Kimbrough Partnership, applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for two building permits totaling $2.4 million.

64. Parting Thoughts -

Wade Bolton had a lot on his mind when he drafted his will in 1868.

Most of it had to do with a violent feud between his family and the Dickins family in which he was ultimately one of the victims of the violence – shot and fatally wounded in Court Square, less than a year after writing the will.

65. McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Office Park -

A developer planning a mixed use development in Germantown has applied for two building permits for a medical office center.

McNeill Commercial Real Estate, operating as Wolf River Kimbrough Partnership, applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for two building permits totaling $2.4 million.

66. Williams-Sonoma Growth Highlights DeSoto Push -

In 1999, Williams-Sonoma Inc. opened its first DeSoto County distribution center on Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

67. Whitehaven Flood Response Complicated -

When the Memphis area got seven inches of rain on Sept. 11, a group of Whitehaven homeowners at the state line watched once the rain stopped as their neighbors on the other side of the border got a prompter response in terms of a federal disaster declaration.

68. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $29.8 Million -

9135 Morning Ridge Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $29.8 million

Sale Date: Sept. 11, 2014
Buyer: IRT Stonebridge Crossing Apartments Owner LLC
Seller: AB Merion Stonebridge LLC
Details: The 500-unit Stonebridge Crossing apartment complex in Cordova has traded hands.

69. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi -

Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.

70. Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Dips in August -

The unemployment rate for the metro Memphis area dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent in August 2013 and 8.8 percent in July, according to preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

71. I Choose Memphis: Gregory Love -

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

Name: Gregory Love

72. Century Center Land Sold for $1.5 Million -

A group affiliated with Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. has sold a large chunk of vacant land on Whitten Road near Interstate 40.

73. Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Dips in August -

The unemployment rate for the metro Memphis area dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent in August 2013 and 8.8 percent in July, according to preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

74. Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion -

Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.

75. Century Center Land Sells for $1.5 Million -

A group affiliated with Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. has sold a large chunk of vacant land on Whitten Road near Interstate 40.

76. County Commission Starts School Bond Process -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.

77. TSA Expands PreCheck at Memphis Airport -

Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages hotels in multiple states, is accustomed to flying and the hassles that sometimes accompany air travel.

78. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders -

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.

79. Teacher Surplus Count Drops to Only Four -

Every school year the first estimates come in high in the count of how many school teachers will be surplused – declared excess because of the number of students that are counted at the start of the school year and then reassigned based on the final student head count.

80. Old School, New Day -

Vasco Smith remembers working the polls at Fairview Junior High School in the 1960s as a child. His job was simple – to hand out campaign literature and not stray within the 100-foot limit by law between poll workers and the polling place in the gymnasium.

81. Airport Authority Approves RedRover Contract -

Memphis International Airport should have a new team of storytellers on board.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board voted Thursday, Sept. 18, to engage Memphis-based RedRover Co. LLC to help craft a multi-platform communications and image campaign for Memphis International, which is transitioning from a Delta Airlines hub to an origin-and-destination airport.

82. Officials Vow to Help Cargill Workers Find Jobs -

The Greater Memphis Chamber says it will work with its partners to help displaced Cargill Inc. employees find new jobs.

83. Cargill to Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January, a move that will impact 440 employees.

The company said the closure of the facility resulted from the underutilization of the Memphis plant on Presidents Island and its location far away from the Corn Belt. The nearby corn oil refinery that employs 28 people will remain open and operate as a standalone facility, Cargill said.

84. Tennessee Steps Up the Fight Against Blight -

While the national economy is still rebounding from the 2008 housing crisis, foreclosures, vacant homes and blighted properties are a lingering issue many markets throughout the country have to address.

85. Haslam Names Memphians to Education Boards -

A FedEx Express senior vice president and the former president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are among the newest members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

86. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise -

When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.

87. Commission Confirms Luttrell Appointees -

In the first voting meeting of the new four-year term of office, the Shelby County Commission approved Monday, Sept. 8, County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s reappointment of Harvey Kennedy as chief administrative officer, Mike Swift as finance director, Yvonne Matlock as health services director, John Halbert as chief information officer, Tom Needham as public works director and Richard Copeland as director of the city-county Office of Planning and Development. The commission also approved William Gupton as the new director of the county’s corrections division.

88. County Commission Confirms Luttrell Appointees -

In the first voting meeting of the new four-year term of office, the Shelby County Commission approved Monday, Sept. 8, County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s reappointment of Harvey Kennedy as chief administrative officer, Mike Swift as finance director, Yvonne Matlock as health services director, John Halbert as chief information officer, Tom Needham as public works director and Richard Copeland as director of the city-county Office of Planning and Development. The commission also approved William Gupton as the new director of the county’s corrections division.

89. Ford Is New County Commission Chairman In Latest Crossover Trend -

Shelby County Commissioners elected a Democratic chairman Monday, Sept. 8, but for a second consecutive year, that chairman was elected with the support of a majority of the Republicans on the body.

90. Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values -

The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter.

91. County Commission Begins New Term -

Shelby County Commissioners elect a new chairman Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year at the first voting meeting of their four-year term of office.

And their agenda includes votes on appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to his second-term team of division directors and administrators.

92. Competition Calls -

Economic development and the quality of jobs coming to Shelby County are the dominant issues as county elected leaders begin a new four-year term of office this month.

And there are plenty of indications the local strategy is about to change, or at least shift, in response to the resurgence in manufacturing and distribution in North Mississippi.

93. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

94. New Commission Holds First Committee Sessions -

Shelby County Commissioners hold their first committee sessions Wednesday, Sept. 4, in advance of their first voting meeting Sept. 8.

In addition to committee recommendations on tax delinquent property sales, the commissioners will get briefings on the Downtown Memphis Commission, Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Growth Engine. The committee sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. also include a discussion about who will be chairman of the commission, which includes six new members, and second-term division director appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

95. Council to Review Alternative Health Plan -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Sept. 2, talk over a proposed high-deductible health insurance plan that would restore health benefits for city employees and retirees.

The 1:30 p.m. executive session discussion by the full council is the first since the leaders of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association pitched the plan at a health insurance oversight committee session in July.

96. Unemployment Rate Up in Memphis Area -

The unemployment rate in the Memphis area increased in July, mirroring a statewide rise in unemployment.

The unemployment rate for the Memphis area in July was 8.9 percent, up from 8.7 percent in June and 7.5 percent in May, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. While the unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in July, it is still down from 9.6 percent in July 2013.

97. United Housing Receives High State Rankings -

United Housing Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing agency that serves families in Memphis, Shelby County and West Tennessee, has received recognition for high state rankings.

98. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

99. Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis -

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based Yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Hot Yoga Plus, founded by Memphian Susannah Herring, has signed a 2,015-square-foot lease at 9037 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The new store is expected to open this fall and follows the original Memphis location in Laurelwood.

100. McDonald’s Wins Approval for Highland Location -

McDonald’s will begin construction next year of a new restaurant at Highland Street and Southern Avenue near the University of Memphis.

The fast food giant won unanimous approval Wednesday from the Memphis-Shelby County Board of Adjustment for several zoning variances, the only regulatory approval the company needed to move forward with the project.