Editorial Results (free)
1. Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015
First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.
Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.
2. Evolving Identity
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
Some of the most telling views of Memphis are the ones many of us see for only seconds at a time as we drive on viaducts that take us and our cars just above the treetops and rooftops of older neighborhoods interrupted by the roadways.
3. City Council Could Close Pension Debate
- Tuesday, December 02, 2014
At their next-to-last meeting of the year Tuesday, Dec. 2, Memphis City Council members could put to rest the dominant issue they have faced in 2014 – changing the unsustainable trajectory and liability of city employee benefits.
4. Room for Growth
- Saturday, October 04, 2014
Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.
Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.
5. Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions
- Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.
But council members voted down a plan to come up with the $1.7 million for the class of 100 fire recruits from a $3 million cut in the line item for fire department sick leave, proposed by council member Kemp Conrad.
6. Shelby County Home Sales on the Rise
- Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Shelby County experienced a modest increase in home sales in April compared to the same month last year, but sales rose sharply from March and prices continued their upward surge.
Shelby County recorded 1,356 home sales in April, up 2 percent from the 1,335 homes sold in April 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. However, the 1,356 homes sold in April is up 14 percent from the 1,192 homes sold in March, giving Realtors hope that the market is heating up along with the weather.
7. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Question City’s Plans
- Monday, May 05, 2014
The owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall had been talking with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration until late last year about the city’s desire to see a revitalized mall possibly with city government offices.
8. CubeSmart Sells Storage Facility for $7.9 Million
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013
2700 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $7.9 million
Sale Date: Nov. 4, 2013
Buyer: WCP/DSSH Holdings 16 LLC
Seller: CubeSmart LP
Details: Wayne, Va.-based self-storage real estate investment trust CubeSmart LP has sold the U-Store-It facility at 2700 Poplar Ave. in the 38112 ZIP code for $7.9 million.
9. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt
- Thursday, October 17, 2013
The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.
10. Council Approves Beale Deal, Delays Highland McDonald's
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Memphis City Council members sent a plan Tuesday, Oct. 15, to settle the last barrier to direct day to day city control of the Beale Street entertainment district to a federal bankruptcy judge.
The council approved a resolution that would use $400,000 from a dormant city fund related to the abandoned Midtown interstate corridor and $100,000 in revenues it has collected from the Beale Street district to pay off a loan Beale Street developer John Elkington took out for improvements he made to Handy Park.
11. Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee
- Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.
And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to fund.
12. Armstrong: No Precincts Closing This Year
- Friday, August 02, 2013
Three police precincts Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said earlier might have to close if his department continues to take budget cuts will not close in the current fiscal year or the next.
13. Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director'
- Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to hire a city “revenue officer” as a next step in efforts to change financial practices at City Hall.
Wharton also set a schedule of monthly goals through the end of 2013 to discuss with the council such major financial issues as pension plan obligations and employee benefits.
14. MED Buys East Memphis Land for $3.4 Million
- Tuesday, December 04, 2012
6525 Quince Road Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $3.4 million
Sale Date: Nov. 16, 2012
15. Office Condo Owner Files $1.3 Million Loan
- Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Collins Corner LLC, the owner of a 10,000-square-foot office condominium at 968 Civic Center Drive in Collierville, has filed a $1.3 million loan on the property.
16. Proposed Gas Tax Advances to November Memphis Ballot
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 7, to a second ballot question for the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis.
On an 8-3 vote, the council approved on third and final reading the referendum ordinance that puts a one-cent-a-gallon local gas tax to Memphis voters. The same ballot will also include a referendum on a proposed half percent local sales tax hike the council approved in July.
17. Council Rejects 18 Cent Property Tax Hike
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, March 20, to reject a one-time, 18-cent property tax hike to mop up an estimated $13 million in red ink for the current fiscal year.
Instead the council voted to use $10 million from the city’s reserve fund and cut $3.2 million in the existing budget including money for a voluntary buyout program of some sanitation workers that the Wharton administration has yet to activate.
18. Back into the Fold
- Monday, October 03, 2011
Before there was South Bluffs, there was French Fort.
Before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built and city zoning regulations placed more distance between commercial, industrial and residential areas, this neighborhood by the trio of older Mississippi River bridges south of Downtown survived in one of the most historic and isolated parts of the city.
19. Home Sales Show Stability, Fall 3 Pct.
- Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Now that the holidays are over and spring is around the corner, local real estate agents hope low interest rates and attractive sales prices will heat up the lukewarm housing market.
Shelby County saw 851 home sales in January, down just 3 percent from 881 the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
20. City Council Kills Nondiscrimination Ordinance
- Monday, November 29, 2010
With no debate or discussion, a nondiscrimination ordinance for city government died on the second of three readings.
The Memphis City Council voted down the proposal, which would have banned city government from discriminating in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It got six votes, one short of the seven necessary to pass, on second reading.
21. Council Wants Mediation of MCS Funding Dispute
- Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Mediation is the latest direction in a complex school funding morass that is getting more complex by the day.
Memphis City Council members Tuesday voted to have their attorney file a motion in Chancery Court seeking non-binding mediation on how and how much the city should pay the Memphis City Schools (MCS) system in a two-year funding dispute.
22. Midtown CVS Approved By Council
- Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Memphis City Council member approved a CVS drug store at Union Ave and Cooper St. on a 10-2 vote that followed a two hour debate.
The council also approved an amendment calling on the developers of the store to get as close as they can in their plans to requirements of the advisory Midtown overlay. The two exceptions to that are restrictions on a drive through window for the pharmacy and how far from the street the building can be.
23. Gaining Speed
- Monday, August 16, 2010
For years the Whitehaven community has been fighting against urban decay, crime and economic decline, including the effects of the recent recession.
But with ambitious plans for Graceland in the offing, committed political leadership in place and cooperation from the major players in the area, Whitehaven seems poised to turn an important corner.
24. Renaissance Avenue
- Monday, June 28, 2010
When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.
25. Hyneman Sells 3-acre Outparcel Of Lakeland’s Corner Shops
- Tuesday, April 06, 2010
2957 Canada Road
Lakeland, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $550,000
Sale Date: March 22, 2010
Buyer: A. Douglas Collins
Seller: Corner Shops LLC
26. Collins Buys Parcel In Lakeland’s Corner Shops
- Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Doug Collins has paid $550,000 for a roughly three-acre outparcel of the Corner Shops in Lakeland. The seller was Corner Shops LLC and the sale closed March 22.
27. Wharton Gives Council Hints of Budget to Come
- Thursday, March 25, 2010
Before he gives the Memphis City Council the budget numbers next month, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. decided to give the council members a look at his philosophy for governing.
But in his comments Tuesday, Wharton offered a few clues about what the numbers might look like.
28. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis
- Monday, August 24, 2009
The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.
29. New Mayor Lowery Braces for First Council Battle
- Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Memphis Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery goes to the City Council today with a new nominee for city attorney, former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman Davis, and lots of questions from some of his former council colleagues about his dismissal Friday of the old city attorney.
30. There Goes the Neighborhood: New hope emerges in one of Memphis’ roughest areas
- Monday, July 06, 2009
Hope and despair have co-existed for a long time along the stretch of Poplar Avenue between Danny Thomas Boulevard and Decatur Street. And for the past two years, the area has seen more change than just about any other inner-city avenue in Memphis.
31. Regional Web Video Shows More Than Just Bubba’s Tricks
- Monday, September 15, 2008
Online TV is becoming more and more popular, with one of the most popular online destinations being Youtube.com.
About 20 percent of American households watch TV over the Internet, according to The Conference Board Consumer Research Center and market research firm TNS, which is twice the number from 2006.
32. Jackson Avenue Properties Transformed Into Flea Market
- Tuesday, June 17, 2008
3972 Jackson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $1 Million
Sale Date: May 30, 2008
Buyer: Anthony Joseph Campos Sy, trustee for Anthony Joseph Campos Sy Trust Dated June 26, 2007
Seller: MIP Properties, Craig S. Mednikow and Stacy P. Mednikow
Loan Amount: $380,000
Loan Date: May 30, 2008
Maturity Date: June 1, 2010
Lender: Craig S. Mednikow and Stacy P. Mednikow
Details: Joseph Sy has added the final piece of the puzzle for his forthcoming open-air flea market on Jackson Avenue. Sy, a developer who spends time in Nevada and Memphis, has bought a 17,686-square-foot retail center at 3792 Jackson Ave., south of the Jackson–Interstate 40 interchange.
33. M.J. Edwards Expands With New Funeral Home
- Monday, June 09, 2008
M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Inc. has bought a vacant funeral home at 4445 Stage Road in North Memphis for $772,000 from Houston-based Service Corporation International. Operating as M.J. Edwards Hillside Chapel Inc., the company on June 1 held a grand opening for the new locale, called Stage Road Chapel.
- Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Talk Shoppe will meet today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Julia Barreda Willhite of GoBilingual.com will present "How to do Business in the Latino Market." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.
35. Archived Article
- Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Airport Business Park
North of Democrat Road
Sale Amount: $13.8 million
Sale Date: Feb. 21, 2007
36. Cooper-Young Enclave Embraces New Mini Police Precinct
- Friday, June 16, 2006
The hustle and bustle that's visible inside 937 Cooper St. - where former Overton Square tenant Square Foods will be re-launched later this month - is one example of how popular the Cooper-Young neighborhood continues to be among businesses, as well as residents, shoppers and casual visitors.
37. Ground-Breaking HeraldsMore Growth in Cooper-Young
- Friday, May 12, 2006
The Cooper-Young Development Corp. will break ground on an eight-home project at noon Monday at the corner of Seattle Street and Felix Avenue, just west of McLean Boulevard.
The CYDC will be building the eight houses along Seattle Street in the
38. Archived Article: Real Focus
- Tuesday, September 24, 2002
By Stacey Wiedower
Home, business owners give new Sam Cooper mixed reviews
By STACEY WIEDOWER
The Daily News
With businesses experiencing a downturn and traffic patterns changing since the Sam Cooper Boulevard extension opened several we...
39. Archived Article: Broad (lead)
- Tuesday, April 17, 2001
New Sam Cooper Parkway plan comes before city council Council to hear new Sam Cooper plan By MARY DANDO The Daily News The final draft of the Midtown Corridor East Redevelopment Plan will be considered by the Memphis City Council at a public hearing...
40. Archived Article: Properties
- Tuesday, December 10, 1996
Oakley-Keesee Building Oakley-Keesee Building 2700 Poplar Ave. For sale The Oakley-Keesee building at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Collins Street is for sale for $2.8 million. The building has 77,650 square feet and is on 9.24 acres of land. The ...