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1. Wharton Defends, Touts Record at State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. defended and touted Thursday, Jan. 29, his administration’s pursuit of the economic development projects that his challengers in the October city elections will likely use to make their case.

2. Grizz Atop Southwest Division Despite Challenges -

Playing without starting point guard Mike Conley (left wrist sprain) and swingman Tony Allen (left ankle sprain), the Grizzlies pounded the Mavericks 109-90 Tuesday night, Jan. 27, in Dallas and perhaps delivered a message to the rest of the Western Conference:

3. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, Jan. 28, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Dr. James R. Downing, president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP at Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

4. Airport Business Park Sells for $4.7 Million -

A group affiliated with a Dallas-based commercial real estate financing company has acquired Airport Business Park at a significant discount.

CRE ABP Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Gearing Capital Partners Inc., bought Airport Business Park from Allegiance Realty Corp. for $4.7 million, according to a Jan. 21 warranty deed.

5. Events -

Networking in Memphis will host its 2015 kickoff Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 300 Art Gallery, 300 S. Main St. Edward Jones financial adviser Stephen Stamps will talk about investing in 2015, and the group will also discuss community involvement. Cost is $10; proceeds support the Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy. Visit networkinginmem.com or email networkinginmem@gmail.com.

6. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

7. Dixie Pickers to Open East Memphis Store -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

8. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

9. 2 Hospitality Companies Buy Union Ave. Sites -

A hospitality company has acquired a key piece of Downtown property for $440,000.

Suna Hospitality LLC purchased the office building at 400 Union Ave. Downtown from Judy Sossaman Brantley, according to a Jan. 12 warranty deed. The property, formerly home to Sullivan Branding after cs2 and Thompson & Co. merged, is strategically located on the north side of Union between South Lauderdale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

10. Events -

Youth Villages Soup Sunday will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. The event will feature soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 Memphis-area restaurants and caterers, plus live entertainment and Kids Zone. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-10. Visit soupsunday.org.

11. Events -

Rhodes College will host the Tournees French Film Festival Tuesday, Jan. 27, through Feb. 11 in the Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall at Rhodes, 2000 North Parkway. All screenings start at 7 p.m. Films will be subtitled in English. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu for a schedule.

12. Commissioners Watching What’s Next for Fairgrounds Plan -

It’s not on the Monday, Jan. 26, agenda of the Shelby County Commission, but commissioners are watching the political dominoes that are lining up en route to some kind of move by the city of Memphis toward a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone.

13. Dixie Pickers to Open in Former Tommy Bronson Space -

Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.

14. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Sharon Draper, author of “Stella by Starlight,” for a discussion and signing Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

15. Raymond James Tower Fetches $20 Million -

How much is a 21-story skyscraper overlooking the Mississippi River worth? About $1 million a floor.

New York-based investor Jacob Sofer will pay Parkway Properties around $20 million for the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. Downtown, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal for the 340,000-square-foot building is $24 million.

16. Ford Jr. to Headline Dunavant Award Event -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the March 25 Dunavant Public Servants Awards luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honor one elected official and one non-elected public official within Shelby County who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of longtime Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

17. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

18. Hotel Owner Buys Union Avenue Property -

A business affiliated with a local hotel operator has purchased a key piece of Downtown real estate.

GCG Hospitality Inc. has purchased the property at 310 Union Ave., located at Union and Danny Thomas Boulevard, from Sandy and Sage LLC for $1.2 million, according to a Jan. 13 warranty deed.

19. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $34.7 Million -

9300 U.S. 64
Lakeland, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $34.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2015
Buyer: Lakeland Apartments TN Associates LLC
Seller: MRB Stonebridge LP
Loan Amount: $27.7 million
Loan Date: Dec. 15, 2014
Maturity Date: Feb. 1, 2025
Lender: Walker & Dunlop LLC
Details: An affiliate of a New York-based real estate investment firm has bought the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Lakeland for $34.7 million.

20. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

21. Townhome Community Sells for $7.2 Million -

An East Memphis townhome community has been sold for $7.2 million.

1704 Farmington LLC, an affiliate of New York-based CLK Properties, sold the 127-unit Class B townhome community at 6003 Bangalore Court, located on the north side of Quince Road near Lichterman Nature Center, to Ridgeway Holdings LLC, Waypoint LLC and Main Drive Properties LLC, according to a Jan. 13 special warranty deed. The sales price breaks down to $56,692 per unit.

22. Women’s Physician Group Merges With MOGA -

The largest private provider of women’s health care in the region is growing. Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association PC has announced the merger of practices with Women’s Physician Group, with WPG becoming a division of MOGA.

23. Lakeland Apartments Sell for $34.7 Million -

An affiliate of a New York-based real estate investment firm has bought the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Lakeland for $34.7 million.

Lakeland Apartments TN Associates LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Somerset Partners LLC, bought the 432-unit apartment community at 9300 U.S. 64 from MRB Stonebridge LP, according to a Jan. 5 special warranty deed. The purchase price breaks down to around $80,324 per unit. The seller, MRB Stonebridge LP, lists the same address as Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC.

24. Townhome Community Sells for $7.2 Million -

An East Memphis townhome community has been sold for $7.2 million.

1704 Farmington LLC, an affiliate of New York-based CLK Properties, sold the 127-unit Class B townhome community at 6003 Bangalore Court, located on the north side of Quince Road near Lichterman Nature Center, to Ridgeway Holdings LLC, Waypoint LLC and Main Drive Properties LLC, according to a Jan. 13 special warranty deed. The sales price breaks down to $56,692 per unit.

25. Plans Emerge for Universal Life Building -

In major Downtown news, the on-again, off-again redevelopment of the Universal Life Insurance Co. building Downtown appears to be on.

26. Plans for UT/West Institute for Cancer Research Unveiled -

With an initial $2.5 million donation from the Plough Foundation, the West Cancer Center formally announced Thursday, Jan. 15, the creation of the nonprofit University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research at the center’s Germantown location on Wolf River Boulevard.

27. Events -

SRVS will host a job fair Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters, 3971 Knight Arnold Road. Openings are available for direct support professionals responsible for providing direct care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Contact Metrio Robinson at metrio.robinson@srvs.org or 901-604-0291 for details.

28. Lakeland Apartments Sell for $34.7 Million -

An affiliate of a New York-based real estate investment firm has bought the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Lakeland for $34.7 million.

Lakeland Apartments TN Associates LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Somerset Partners LLC, bought the 432-unit apartment community at 9300 U.S. 64 from MRB Stonebridge LP, according to a Jan. 5 special warranty deed. The purchase price breaks down to around $80,324 per unit. The seller, MRB Stonebridge LP, lists the same address as Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC.

29. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

30. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

1870 Kirby Parkway
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Buyer: Bank of Bartlett
Seller: Spence Ray
Details: Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

31. Executive Inn Demolition Long Time Coming -

The old Executive Inn hotel on Airways Boulevard where Brooks Road dead ends is the latest problem vacant property to be demolished and touted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as another step in his administration’s anti-blight effort.

32. New Coffee Shop Opening Downtown -

The Memphis coffee scene keeps expanding, thanks to additions like Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea Emporium.

That’s a new coffee shop a few months away from opening Downtown at 72 Madison Ave., across from The Madison Hotel. The venture is a partnership between Dr. Albert Bean and Charles Billings who plan to take a three-story building previously used for office space and which is now vacant, renovating the ground floor and basement for use as a retail coffee house and roastery.

33. City Officials Ponder Macy’s Whitehaven Exit -

Memphis officials say they were blindsided by the announcement from Macy’s that it was closing its store at Southland Mall in Whitehaven and hope they can prevent more retailers from closing inner city locations.

34. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $34.7 Million -

An affiliate of a New York-based real estate investment firm has bought the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Lakeland for $34.7 million.

Lakeland Apartments TN Associates LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Somerset Partners LLC, bought the 432-unit apartment community at 9300 U.S. 64 from MRB Stonebridge LP, according to a Jan. 5 special warranty deed. The purchase price breaks down to around $80,324 per unit. The seller, MRB Stonebridge LP, lists the same address as Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC.

35. Women’s Physician Group Merges With MOGA -

The largest private provider of women’s health care in the region is growing. Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association PC has announced the merger of practices with Women’s Physician Group, with WPG becoming a division of MOGA.

36. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

37. Memphis Football Seniors Chosen for All-Star Games -

The University of Memphis football team’s historic season is over, but several seniors are playing on.

Linebacker Tank Jakes was scheduled to play in the Medal of Honor Bowl this past weekend and cornerback Bobby McCain, safety Fritz Etienne and defensive end Martin Ifedi are all scheduled to play in the Saturday, Jan. 17, East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Also, offensive lineman Al Bond will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 17 on the California State University Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, Calif.

38. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

39. Tigers Guard Hearn Makes AAC Weekly Honor Roll -

University of Memphis junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll for her performance in the Tigers’ overtime win over East Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 4. It is Hearn’s first weekly honor roll appearance this season.

40. Events -

Italian Winterfest, benefiting Ave Maria Home and the Catholic Education Scholarship Fund, will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. The event will feature Italian cuisine and signature dishes from 15 Memphis restaurants, plus traditional Italian tableside music and a deejay. Tickets are $45. Visit avemariahome.org.

41. Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement -

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

42. Proposed Lakeland Prep Site Considered -

The proposed site for the new Lakeland Prep school is 94 acres of land north of U.S. 70, east of Canada Road.

Members of the Lakeland School System board got their first look at the details Monday, Jan. 5, during a school board work session in which the site was recommended by Southern Educational Strategies LLC, a consultant to the school system on the matter.

43. Dunavant Award Nominations Open -

With Memphis elections on the horizon in another election year, Rotarians are about to begin the process of selecting new winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

The 12th annual awards that go to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official are a way of not only honoring the late Shelby County Probate Court clerk but also fostering a broader discussion about the nature of public service and specifically local public service.

44. Tigers Guard Hearn Makes AAC Weekly Honor Roll -

University of Memphis junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll for her performance in the Tigers’ overtime win over East Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 4. It is Hearn’s first weekly honor roll appearance this season.

45. Wharton Indicates Greensward Parking Possible -

A New Year’s eve letter from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. indicates that when spring crowds begin to reach parking capacity in Overton Park, the park’s greensward will be used for overflow automobile parking at the Memphis Zoo.

46. Memphis Industrial Market Rebounds in 2014 -

The upswing in the industrial real estate sector that started in 2012 and gained momentum in 2013 continued in 2014 and the Memphis market, fueled by several large transactions late in the year, should top 2013's level of around 3.2 million square feet of absorption.

47. NCAA Contenders Include the 'Little Guys' -

Every March they become the nation's darlings.

This year, a host of stalwarts aren't waiting nearly that long to establish themselves as contenders – either for their own, non-power conferences or possibly the Final Four after another round of realignment.

48. Big Deals Highlight 2014 Real Estate -

In Inked, we like to highlight local real estate transactions and the often-interesting companies leasing or buying commercial real estate space in the Memphis market. We also like to keep you informed about major deals before they happen and track companies that are critical to the local economy. Here are some important items that appeared in Inked in 2014.

49. Command and Control -

On the fourth floor of Module F at a non-descript but sprawling FedEx campus nestled between Winchester Road and Shelby Drive on Airways Boulevard, a massive video wall featuring 36 40-inch LED screens displays real-time information on global weather patterns and the locations of hundreds of FedEx Express jets.

50. Fogelman Affiliate Files Loan on Former Cozymel’s Site -

6450 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

Loan Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Maturity Date: Jan. 1, 2023
Borrower: Crown Centre LLC
Lender: Financial Federal Bank
Details: A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis land.

51. Square Moves -

This year saw the continuation of Overton Square’s comeback, with another flurry of openings and moves to the square as the site of crowds and the sound of music continues to increasingly fill the restaurant and entertainment district.

52. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

53. CBHS Applies for Permit to Build Athletic Facility -

Christian Brothers High School is getting ready to beef up its athletic facilities.

Christian Brothers, located at 5900 Walnut Grove Road near Interstate 240 in East Memphis, has applied for a $9.1 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a “new athletic building containing locker rooms, gymnasium and weight rooms.”

54. Owner Files $6.1M Loan on Former Cozymel’s Site -

A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis property.

Crown Centre LLC filed a $6.1 million loan with Financial Federal Bank for the old Cozymel’s Mexican Grill location at 6450 Poplar Ave. near International Paper’s campus in East Memphis, according to a Dec. 17 deed of trust.

55. Love Pop Soda Shop Brings Something New to South Main -

The newly opened soda shop with the memorable name on South Main Street is a place where customers can satisfy their taste for a sweet drink and where the owners work to stimulate a love of the city the shop calls home.

56. 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.

57. Owner Files $6.1 Million Loan on Former Cozymel's Site -

A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis property.

Crown Centre LLC filed a $6.1 million loan with Financial Federal Bank for the old Cozymel’s Mexican Grill location at 6450 Poplar Ave. near International Paper’s campus in East Memphis, according to a Dec. 17 deed of trust.

58. Big League Movers is on the Move -

Big League Movers is on the move and yes, they’ll be doing the moving themselves.

The Memphis-based company, which can handle virtually every type of moving need from residential moves to corporate relocations, is moving its office headquarters to a 4,000-square-foot space at the Minglewood Hall complex at 1559 Madison Ave. to accommodate more growth.

59. Two In-Rel Properties Fetch $16.8 Million -

6263 Poplar Ave. and
2670 Union Ave. Extended
Memphis, TN

60. E-Commerce Shift Could Benefit Region -

The Target online distribution center slated to open in Memphis next year is not only a major jobs generator in an area desperate for them, it could signal the region’s arrival as an e-commerce-based distribution hub, according to real estate experts.

61. CBHS Applies for $9.1 Million Permit to Build Athletic Facility -

Christian Brothers High School is getting ready to beef up its athletic facilities.

Christian Brothers, located at 5900 Walnut Grove Road near Interstate 240 in East Memphis, has applied for a $9.1 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a “new athletic building containing locker rooms, gymnasium and weight rooms.”

62. Memphis Ties Abound in Jack Jones Classic -

This time a year ago, a Southeast Missouri State basketball team with a strong Memphis flavor came into FedExForum and played a competitive game with a University of Memphis squad that would later win a game in the NCAA Tournament.

63. Expanding East -

Tamp & Tap, the name of the popular Downtown coffee shop and restaurant, is an allusion to both espresso – which is tamped for compression before going into the machine – and also kegs of beer, which are tapped.

64. Raleigh Apartments Sell for $2.5 Million -

The Creekwood Village Apartments in Raleigh have been sold for $2.5 million.

Creekwood Village Apartments of Memphis LP sold the 96-unit apartment complex at 5101 Raleigh Lagrange Road to Creekwood Village Partners, according to a Dec. 16 special warranty deed.

65. Raleigh Apartments Sell for $2.5 Million -

The Creekwood Village Apartments in Raleigh have been sold for $2.5 million.

Creekwood Village Apartments of Memphis LP sold the 96-unit apartment complex at 5101 Raleigh Lagrange Road to Creekwood Village Partners, according to a Dec. 16 special warranty deed.

66. Ole Miss, Southeast Missouri in First Jack Jones Classic -

Division I college basketball returns to Southaven as Ole Miss plays Southeast Missouri State in the inaugural Jack Jones Classic on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Landers Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

67. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

68. Tanger Outlets Involved in Southaven Project -

A major player in the development of outlet malls has jumped on board the long-planned effort to build a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

Tanger Outlets, which has a portfolio of 44 outlet centers in 26 markets in the U.S. and Canada, is now involved in the effort to build The Outlet Shops of the Mid-South at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.

69. Elvis Presley Enterprises Applies for Hotel Building Permit -

3066 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $57 million

70. This week in Memphis history: December 12-18 -

2013: The city of Memphis was preparing to take day-to-day control of the Beale Street Entertainment District with the court settlement marking the formal exit of Performa Entertainment, the developer and manager of the district since its reopening in 1983. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the Downtown Memphis Commission would run the district until a new developer and manager could be selected by the city and a future direction agreed on. The DMC continues to run the district a year later.

71. Riverdale Retail Center Fetches $1.4 Million -

A southeast Memphis retail center has been sold for $1.4 million.

City Storage East West Connector LLC sold the retail center at 5144 Riverdale Road to 5144 Realty LLC, according to a Nov. 26 warranty deed. The buyer, 5144 Realty LLC, is affiliated with New York-based Jaran Realty Corp. The seller, City Storage East West Connector, is affiliated with the Kevin Hyneman Cos.

72. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

73. Tamp & Tap Preparing East Memphis Location -

Tamp & Tap, the popular Downtown restaurant and coffee shop, has applied for a building permit for its East Memphis location.

Tamp & Tap applied for a $244,494 building permit through the Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its location at 6070 Poplar Ave. inside Highwoods Properties Inc.’s Triad Centre III office building in East Memphis.

74. Dixon Preparing for Renovations -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens is preparing to make some significant renovations.

The museum and event venue applied for a $600,000 building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for “renovation of interior spaces, millwork, galleries, museum store, exterior renovations, new roof and new service entrance” to the property at 4339 Park Ave. in East Memphis.

75. Community Hospitals Becoming Endangered Species -

The state of Mississippi has 110 hospitals and three-fourths of them are, as you might expect, in rural areas.

“And 56 of them have fewer than 50 beds,” said Mendal Kemp, director of the Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association.

76. Making a Statement -

One of the regional banking players in Memphis is Jackson, Miss.-based Trustmark Bank, which took a big step that made a statement in Memphis this year.

77. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

78. Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang -

Fourteen years ago, a group of eight teenagers who lived on Burnham Street in Frayser tried to join the Vice Lords street gang and were rejected.

They became the FAM Mob street gang.

And according to a petition filed in Shelby County Environmental Court this week by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit to secure the city’s two latest no-gang zones, the rejection fueled violence that gang unit officers say have been a large part of the gang since its founding.

79. Shelby County Commercial Sales Dip in October -

Shelby County recorded 90 commercial sales in October, down 4 percent from 94 commercial sales recorded in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

80. Fuente, Players Win Conference Honors -

University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente was named the American Athletic Conference’s 2014 Coach of the Year and senior linebacker Tank Jakes and sophomore place-kicker Jake Elliott earned post-season honors.

81. Holiday Festivities on Tap at Regalia -

Boyle Investment Co. in getting in the holiday spirit with a weekend event at the Regalia Shopping Center in East Memphis.

82. Dixon Preparing for Renovations -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens is preparing to make some significant renovations.

The museum and event venue applied for a $600,000 building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for “renovation of interior spaces, millwork, galleries, museum store, exterior renovations, new roof and new service entrance” to the property at 4339 Park Ave. in East Memphis.

83. Saint Francis Hospital Marks 40th Anniversary -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week with a series of events for employees and the public.

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Saint Francis will host a private reception for its founders and 40-year employees. And on Friday, Dec. 12, the public is invited to share anniversary cake and memories of the past 40 years in the cafeteria of the East Memphis hospital, 5959 Poplar Ave.

84. Tamp & Tap Preparing East Memphis Location -

Tamp & Tap, the popular Downtown restaurant and coffee shop, has applied for a building permit for its East Memphis location.

Tamp & Tap applied for a $244,494 building permit through the Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its location at 6070 Poplar Ave. inside Highwoods Properties Inc.’s Triad Centre III office building in East Memphis.

85. Riverdale Retail Center Fetches $1.4 Million -

A southeast Memphis retail center has been sold for $1.4 million.

City Storage East West Connector LLC sold the retail center at 5144 Riverdale Road to 5144 Realty LLC, according to a Nov. 26 warranty deed. The buyer, 5144 Realty LLC, is affiliated with New York-based Jaran Realty Corp. The seller, City Storage East West Connector, is affiliated with the Kevin Hyneman Cos.

86. Three Tigers Selected for East-West Shrine Game -

University of Memphis safety Fritz Etienne, cornerback Bobby McCain and defensive end Martin Ifedi have accepted invitations to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised by the NFL Network.

87. From Baghdad to Memphis, Mack Provides Dental Aid -

A toothache doesn’t stop just because a soldier has been deployed to Iraq. And a brigade dentist in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad sometimes has to moonlight as a field medic.

88. Batch Gets Bigger With Storefront, Fourth City -

Batch is gonna need a bigger box.

The Nashville-based foodie subscription service, which curates amazing mini-collections of locally-made edibles and packs them up and ships them all over the U.S. and Canada, has added a fourth city – Austin – and a permanent storefront at the Nashville Farmers Market.

89. West Coast Strife Persists and Local Impact Remains Elusive -

Labor strife on West Coast docks isn't going to steal Christmas in Memphis, but it is having an impact locally, according to industry officials. But just how deep that impact cuts remains to be seen.

90. Three Tigers Selected for East-West Shrine Game -

University of Memphis safety Fritz Etienne, cornerback Bobby McCain and defensive end Martin Ifedi have accepted invitations to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised by the NFL Network.

91. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, will present “The Memphis Botanic Garden Experience: From Red to Black.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

92. Deck the Halls -

It was early Tuesday, a little more than 48 hours before Overton Square was set to throw a major holiday celebration complete with a tree-lighting ceremony, school choirs and dozens of participating tenants.

93. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

94. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff -

Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.

95. Greenline Part of Larger Changes to Shelby Farms -

The visitors center at Shelby Farms Park is about to come down, the latest sign of the transformation of the park.

96. Lauten Resigns as Fincher Aide -

The communications director for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher resigned Monday, Dec. 1, following controversy over a Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama’s daughters.

Elizabeth Lauten, who worked in Fincher’s Washington office, criticized Sasha and Malia Obama for their appearance at the president’s annual turkey pardoning, urging them to “show more class.”

97. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host the Freedom Award public forum Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave. The Freedom Award ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St., followed by a gala from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the adjacent Cook Convention Center. Admission to the forum is free; tickets to the ceremony and gala are $200. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org for details on this year’s honorees.

98. Bargain Travel Hotspots for 2015 -

December is here and with it comes holiday decorations, busy party schedules and trips to Grandma’s house. And with Christmas presents being a drain on the wallet, future travel probably isn’t top of mind.

99. Bass Pro Shops Preparing to Build Bowling Alley -

1 A.W. Willis Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $600,000

Application Date: November 2014
Completion: May 2015
Owner: Bass Pro Shops
Tenant: Bass Pro Shops
Architect: OT Marshall Architects
Details: Bass Pro Shops is preparing to install a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.

100. Grizz Holding Food Drive for Mid-South Food Bank -

In their annual tradition, the Memphis Grizzlies and ACH Food Cos. Inc. are teaming up for a canned food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank on Friday, Dec. 5, when the Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum.