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1. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

5400 Old Millington Road
Unincorporated Shelby County
Permit Cost: $2 million

2. Fannie, Freddie Post Profits in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the April-June period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. Gains in recent years have enabled them to fully repay their government aid after being rescued during the financial crisis in 2008.

3. Fed Weighs Key Issues But May Reveal Little -

WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is clear: The Federal Reserve will make another cut this week in its monthly bond purchases, which have been aimed at keeping long-term loan rates low.

This much is not: When will the Fed start tightening its interest-rate policy to thwart any runaway inflation? How will it do so? And when will the Fed start paring its enormous $4 trillion-plus investment portfolio — a step that will put upward pressure on interest rates?

4. Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.

5. Fed Split on Signals for First Rate Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials had differing views in June on the best way to signal to financial markets when they might raise a key short-term interest rate. They were in broad agreement, however, that they will likely announce an end to their monthly bond buying program in October.

6. Minutes: Fed Began Weighing Options for Rate Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has begun to discuss the tools it could use to finally pull back the extraordinary stimulus it's provided the U.S. economy since 2008. But Fed officials plan further discussions and have set no timetable for any increase in interest rates.

7. Life Church Buys Victory Campus for $4.4 Million -

255 N. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.4 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2014
Buyer: The Life Church of Memphis Inc.
Seller: SignificantPsychology LLC
Loan Amount: $3.8 million
Loan Date: May 2, 2014
Maturity Date: May 5, 2019
Lender: Triumph Bank
Details: The Life Church of Memphis has paid $4.4 million for the former Victory University campus at 255 N. Highland St.

8. Yellen Foresees Continued Low Borrowing Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is improving but noted that the job market remains "far from satisfactory" and inflation is still below the Fed's target rate.

9. Hedgemoor Square Sells for $3.6 Million -

375 N. Graham St.
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $3.6 million

Sale Date: April 30, 2014
Buyer: Summit Hedgemoor Square Apartments LLC
Seller: Hedgemoor Square Apartments GP
Loan Amount: $2.7 million
Loan Date: April 30, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Pulaski Bank

10. Eastgate Set for Possible Makeover -

A venerable shopping center in East Memphis could be getting a significant makeover, according to a recent retail market report from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

Eastgate Center LLC, the owner of Eastgate Shopping Center at Park Avenue and White Station Road in East Memphis, could make significant aesthetic improvements to the retail center beginning this year.

11. US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly -

DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier.

12. Is Hot Market for IPOs Cooling? -

NEW YORK (AP) – A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

13. Flight Cancelations Take a Toll on Airline Revenue -

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter's storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape.

Reports from some of the airlines point to higher average prices, and executives say spring bookings look strong.

14. Jos. A. Bank Buying Eddie Bauer in $825 Million Deal -

After months of flirting with the idea of combining with a rival, Jos. A. Bank has decided it is better suited for another men's clothing brand.

15. Yellen to Investors: Expect Continuity at the Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.

16. Council Gets Overview of Public Safety Spending -

Memphis City Council members got a first and at times conflicting look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the hard decisions they could make about city spending on public safety.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. walked the council through some ideas for cuts in city spending beyond larger changes in city retirement and health benefits. Those obligations are the “cornerstone” of the efforts to get the city’s financial house in order, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Senate Panel Advances Yellen's Bid to Lead Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

20. Leases Push Renaissance Center Near Capacity -

The Renaissance Center office building in East Memphis should be near capacity early next year, following a series of recent lease signings.

Financial Federal signed a lease on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to occupy 27,000 square feet on the first and second floors of the Renaissance Center, 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive. In addition to the new location, the growing financial firm will have signage atop the East Memphis office building along Poplar Avenue east of Interstate 240.

21. ServiceMaster to Spin Off Struggling TruGreen -

The ServiceMaster Co. plans to spin off its TruGreen lawn care business at the end of 2013 after several years in which the Memphis-based collection of residential- and commercial-services companies has struggled with the right business model for the TruGreen brand.

22. Twitter Just One Symptom of IPO Fever's Return -

IPO fever is back.

Five years after the financial crisis dampened enthusiasm for initial public offerings, investors are again eager to buy shares when companies start trading. Twitter is the star this week, but the number of offerings shows that it's not just social-media darlings that are seeking and attracting investors.

23. Buying Yellen -

President Obama recently made it official that Janet Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke as the head of the Federal Reserve. Janet has spent much of her career as a dedicated and vocal advocate for the unemployed. With participation rates low, and the unemployment rate high, the markets anticipate that Janet will continue, if not augment, Ben Bernanke’s expansionary monetary policies. A renewed enthusiasm for monetary stimulus has had observable market impact.

24. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Life is good for America's super wealthy.

Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.

25. Hospital Operator HCA's Second-Quarter Profit Rises 8.2 Percent -

NASHVILLE (AP) – HCA Holdings Inc.'s second-quarter earnings climbed more than 8 percent, as the largest U.S. hospital chain saw admissions climb at its established locations and reaped more revenue out of each admission.

26. Virginia Company Buys Poplar Avenue Retail Property -

7665 Poplar Ave. Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $2.9 million

Sale Date: April 19, 2013

27. Haslams Try to Halt Fallout From FBI Raid on Pilot -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Haslam family is furiously trying to control the damage following a federal investigation into the family business that could threaten to unravel decades of growing wealth and influence that spans business, sports and politics in the state and beyond.

28. Report: Richest 7 Percent Got Richer During Recovery -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of U.S. households, says a report released Tuesday.

29. Wills Stewarding Growth of East Memphis Land -

For Walter Wills III, taking care of his neighborhood and the surrounding area is one of his life tasks.

Wills & Wills LP has owned much of the land in the Kirby-Quince corridor for more than 40 years. The area is seeing an influx of medical office and retail users in the past few years, and more are expected with a new Regional Medical Center at Memphis outpatient center in the area.

30. Federal Reserve Pays Government $88.9 Billion -

The Federal Reserve paid the federal government a record $88.9 billion in 2012. The central bank earned the money from the Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities it has purchased to drive interest rates lower and boost the economy.

31. Federal Reserve Pays Government $88.9 Billion -

The Federal Reserve paid the federal government a record $88.9 billion in 2012.

The central bank earned the money from the Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities it has purchased to drive interest rates lower and boost the economy.

32. Foreign Holdings of US Debt Hit Record $5.48 Trillion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Foreign ownership of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in October, a sign that overseas investors remain confident in U.S. debt despite a potential budget crisis.

33. Hickory Hill Warehouse Sells for $15.7 Million -

6380 Holmes Road Memphis, TN 38141

Sale Amount: $15.7 million

Sale Date: Dec. 5, 2012

34. ConAgra Gobbles Up Store Brands With Ralcorp Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – ConAgra Foods is set to become the nation's biggest maker of store brand foods, with its $5 billion purchase of Ralcorp expanding its stake in the fast-growing market for cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under private labels.

35. Storm Leads Companies to Postpone Earnings Reports -

NEW YORK (AP) – A number of major U.S. companies postponed quarterly earnings reports scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy barreled into the East Coast and caused the first unplanned shutdown of financial markets since 2001.

36. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent in 2012 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

37. Panda to Build Restaurant On Winchester Outparcel -

7525 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Cost: $791,345

Project Cost: N/A

38. Cordova Ridge Shops Sells for $2 Million -

An affiliate of Dallas-based CWCapital Asset Management LLC has paid $2 million for Cordova Ridge Shops, a retail shopping center at 1204 Houston Levee Road in unincorporated Cordova.

39. Freddie Mac Posts $1.2B Net Income for Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $1.2 billion for the second quarter and isn't requesting any additional federal aid for the period.

40. American CEO Bashes US Airways; Calls it Desperate -

BOSTON (AP) – American Airlines CEO Tom Horton wants to set the record straight: It was he who approached US Airways CEO Doug Parker about the possibility of combining the two airlines, not the other way around.

41. Sears Execs Say Retailer Financially Strong -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Sears executives tried Wednesday to ease concerns about the troubled retailer's long-term outlook amid ever-sinking sales, emphasizing the company's financial strength, increased liquidity and prospects to boost operational results.

42. American Makes its Case Against Union Contracts -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts need to be changed to make the company financially stable.

The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy in November. During that same period most of its major rivals used the bankruptcy process to cut wages and benefits, which American says has left it saddled with higher labor costs.

43. Govt Loses About $49M on Sale of Small-Bank Stocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government has lost roughly $50 million on its sale of stock in six small banks bailed out in the 2008 financial crisis. But the Treasury Department says the three-year investment was profitable after counting dividends and investments.

44. Privatization Thoughts Highlight Changes -

Here’s a roundup of what some of the city’s banks and bankers, investment professionals, mortgage brokers, asset management firms and other financial services shops have been up to in recent weeks.

45. Sears Adds Ex-Brookstone CEO to Head Merchandising -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s CEO says he's looking to former Brookstone head Ron Boire as its new chief merchandising officer to help meld the store experience with online and mobile shopping.

46. To be on Safe Side, Diversify -

Ray’s Take The old adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” very much applies to saving and investing. You may think of investment diversification as simply having a variety of mutual funds, but it’s important to consider other factors, too.

47. Fed Says Economy is Healthier; Takes No New Steps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost the economy.

Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its latest policy statement.

48. Fed Nearing a Plan to Clarify Direction of Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke has gone further than ever to explain its policies to the public. It's ready to go further still.

A Fed policy meeting Tuesday will likely focus, in part, on an evolving plan to reveal the direction of interest rates more explicitly. The Fed may decide, for example, to regularly update the public on how long it plans to keep short-term rates at record lows.

49. Airlines Hike Fares for 1st Time Since Summer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Holiday travelers may want to lock in airfares now, because they're going up.

Major airlines are joining in the first widespread airfare increase since early August. The hike was initiated by Delta Air Lines Inc. late Tuesday when it raised fares by $4 to $10 on roundtrip flights across most of its U.S. routes, according to Rick Seaney of Farecompare.com. Soon after, United Continental Holdings Inc. matched the increases.

50. FTN’s Low Says US Economy ‘On the Brink’ -

Chris Low, chief economist for FTN Financial in New York, compressed several years’ worth of recent economic data and trends into the three-word title of his hour-long presentation Monday at the Racquet Club of Memphis.

51. A Summer Many Investors Would Rather Forget -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a stomach-churning summer that most investors would like to forget.

The United States lost its top-of-the-line credit rating for the first time. The financial system of Europe seemed ready to collapse. Money managers sifted through data for signs that the economy was about to slide into a new recession.

52. Mortgage Fraud Reports Spike as Lawsuits Pile Up -

VIENNA, Va. (AP) – The wave of lawsuits and other demands from investors in mortgage-backed securities contributed to a big spike in reports of likely mortgage fraud during the second quarter, according to a Treasury Department report.

53. Stock Buybacks Rise for 8th Consecutive Quarter -

BOSTON (AP) – America's biggest corporations rewarded shareholders by spending more money on stock repurchases for the eighth consecutive quarter.

Standard & Poor's Indices on Tuesday said stock repurchases by companies in the S&P 500 index rose 41 percent in the April-June period, growing to more than $109 billion from nearly $78 billion in last year's second quarter. Buybacks rose 22 percent compared with this year's first quarter, when the total was nearly $90 billion.

54. First Horizon, Fitch Say Risk Manageable -

Bryan Jordan, the president and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company, told his audience at an industry conference a few days ago in New York City that his company has been out of the mortgage business for three years now.

55. Bernanke Offers No Hints of Further Aid to Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that he's surprised by how cautious consumers remain more than two years since the recession officially ended. But he offered no hints of further steps the Fed might take to try to boost the weak economy.

56. Fed Says 12 Regions Grew Modestly This Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite the turmoil that shook the financial markets last month, the Federal Reserve says its 12 bank regions grew modestly this summer because consumers spent more in most parts of the country.

57. Feds Sue 17 Major U.S. Banks, Including First Tenn. Parent -

The federal agency that oversees the government-sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has filed lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in compensation from several major U.S. banks, including the parent company of First Tennessee Bank.

58. Feds Sue 17 Major U.S. Banks, including First Tenn. Parent -

The federal agency that oversees the government-sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has filed suit seeking billions of dollars in compensation from several major U.S. banks, including the parent company of First Tennessee Bank.

59. Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites, Minorities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.

60. End of the Road -

Not long after the Federal Reserve announced a controversial program in November 2010 to buy $600 billion in U.S. government securities, Tennessee’s junior senator found himself besieged by incredulous voters at a town hall meeting in Memphis.

61. End of the Road -

ot long after the Federal Reserve announced a controversial program in November 2010 to buy $600 billion in U.S. government securities, Tennessee’s junior senator found himself besieged by incredulous voters at a town hall meeting in Memphis.

62. Fed Acknowledges Economy is Growing More Slowly -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve acknowledged Wednesday that the economy is growing more slowly than it expected. But it said it will complete its $600 billion Treasury bond buying program by June 30 as planned and announced no further efforts to boost the economy.

63. Bernanke Offers Clues About Steps to Raise Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – At a historic news conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered clues Wednesday about when and how the Fed would begin raising interest rates.

Bernanke said that as long as the Fed continues to say rates will remain at historic lows for "an extended period," rates won't rise until the Fed has met at least twice more. The Fed, which ended a two-day meeting Wednesday, gathers about every six weeks.

64. Spike in Fuel Prices Erasing Airline Profits -

Soaring jet fuel prices are wiping out profits at the nation's biggest airlines.

The world's biggest airline company, United Continental Holdings Inc., said Thursday that it lost $213 million in the first three months of the year after it paid nearly $600 million more for fuel than in the year-ago quarter.

65. ServiceMaster Revenues Increase -

Hank Mullany’s tenure as CEO of The ServiceMaster Co. begins Friday at the Memphis headquarters of the company that includes Terminix, TruGreen, Merry Maids and other residential and commercial services.

66. SRVS Files Construction Loan for New Headquarters -

3971 Knight Arnold Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Loan Amount: $3.3 million

Loan Date: March 22, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Shelby Residential and Vocational Services Inc.
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA

67. Treasury: Will Begin Selling Mortgage Securities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Treasury Department announced Monday that it will begin selling its remaining $142 billion in holdings of mortgage-backed securities purchased during the financial crisis.

68. ‘Big 3’ Reflect Local Banking Scene -

One of the most famous aphorisms about politics is that all of it is local. Bankers and other inhabitants of the finance world know the same often goes for them too.

In the run-up to the recession, financial services firms like Citigroup and Bank of America raced to gobble each other up and built sprawling financial supermarkets.

69. Treasury Announces Bank Warrant Auction -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Treasury Department says this week it will auction off warrants it received from Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc., the latest effort to recoup the costs of the $700 billion financial bailout.

70. Haslam Stresses Transparency in Cabinet Meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam stressed the themes of transparency, responsiveness and humility at his first full Cabinet meeting Wednesday even as he defended a decision to scrap financial disclosure rules for himself and other top officials.

71. Cypress Realty Holdings Buys Millington Perkins Site -

8472 New Wilkinsville Road
Millington, TN 38053
Sale Amount: $1.3 Million

72. Sears Q3 Loss Widens on Poor Appliance, Clothing Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter loss nearly doubled, dragged down by weak revenue at its long-suffering Sears chain, hurt by poor sales of appliances and clothing.

73. RxBio, ED Labs Use Federal Funds for Drug Development -

Sister companies RxBio Inc. and ED Laboratories have been awarded federal funding to support their bioscience research, which includes the development of drugs to protect against the effects of typically lethal radiation following unintended exposure, as in the case of a nuclear attack.

74. Pinnacle Reports $9.4M Profit in Q3 -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. on Tuesday reported a net income of $9.4 million during the third quarter excluding special items, a 29 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago.

75. Citi Selling $1.6B Consumer Finance Assets to GE -

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup is selling $1.6 billion in retail sales finance assets to GE Capital as the bank continues to restructure its business to focus on core consumer banking operations.

76. Williams Joins Ronald McDonald House Charities -

Keaton Williams has joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis as special events coordinator.

77. MedVet Memphis Builds New Cordova Facility -

555 Trinity Creek Cove
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Amount: $3 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2010
Completion: May 2011 (open Summer 2011)
Owner: MedVet Memphis LLC
Tenant: MedVet Memphis LLC
Architect: archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.

78. Gill Enterprises Sells Land to CVS for Cordova Pharmacy -

786 N. Germantown Parkway
Cordova, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $2.2 Million

Sale Date: July 28, 2010
Buyer: CVS 6628 TN LLC
Seller: Gill Enterprises GP

79. Ohio-Based Company Buys Land Slated for Strayer University Campus -

7275 Appling Farms Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $603,788

Sale Date: July 6, 2010
Buyer: Se Testa Memphis LLC
Seller: Belz Investment Co. LP

80. Solar Financing on Tap For Baker Donelson Seminar -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will host a breakfast briefing titled “Private Financing for the Solar Industry” July 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The briefing will originate from Baker Donelson’s Nashville office at 211 Commerce St., suite 800. Simultaneous video will be broadcast to Baker Donelson’s offices in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City.

81. Americans' Wealth Rises for 4th Straight Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans saw their wealth increase at the start of this year as the economic recovery boosted stock portfolios.

The Federal Reserve reported Thursday that household net worth rose by 2.1 percent in the first three months of this year to $54.6 trillion. It marked the fourth consecutive quarter that Americans' wealth grew.

82. Schwab Settles Mortgage-Backed Securities Suit -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Charles Schwab will pay $200 million to resolve a federal class action lawsuit filed by investors who say the financial holding company misled them over the safety of mortgage-backed securities.

83. Memphis Loans Part of Bear Stearns Rescue -

The Federal Reserve bought a piece of commercial loans that financed a handful of properties in Memphis when the central bank swallowed billions of dollars’ worth of new assets during its 2008 rescue of Bear Stearns.

84. Midtown Big-Box Site Not Dead – Yet -

Friday’s foreclosure notice announcing a sale on the courthouse steps of dozens of Midtown properties where a long-awaited mixed-use project has been planned for years is not an automatic death knell for the development.

85. Midtown Big-Box Site Foreclosed -

Dozens of Midtown properties slated for a major mixed-use redevelopment have been foreclosed and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

WSG Memphis LLC, the Miami-based firm whose ambitious plans might have landed a Target store at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street, defaulted on a $14 million loan through Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. dated April 30, 2007.

86. Slowly, Americans Are Regaining Their Lost Wealth -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are recovering their shrunken wealth – gradually.

Household net worth rose last quarter, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios. But the gain was slight. And it was less than in the previous two quarters.

87. McWherter to Use Blind Trust if Elected Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Democrat Mike McWherter said this week he will place all of his investments in a blind trust if he is elected governor in contrast with Republican Bill Haslam’s decision on his holdings in a family-owned chain of truck stops.

88. String of Investment Bubbles Marked 2000-09 -

NEW YORK (AP) - A string of exploding investment bubbles that started with the dot-coms and ended with mortgages and oil dominated the years from 2000 to 2009. And it looks like the next decade will be no different.

89. Tunica's New Cash Crop? -

When Xiaolin “Charles” Wang was introduced at an October press conference announcing plans to build a $1 billion hybrid automotive plant in Tunica County, he was described by the emcee as a man who “dreams big and drives fast.”

90. New Owner Hopes to Improve Apartment Complex -

Philadelphia-based Resource Real Estate Inc. has pulled the trigger on Shelby County’s third-largest commercial real estate deal of the year, paying $9.5 million for the Wyndridge Apartments in a special warranty deed.

91. Banks Trim Use Of Emergency Fed Programs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Banks reduced their borrowing from the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending facility over the past week, and cut back on their use of other programs designed to ease the financial crisis.

92. After the Fall: The messy cleanup of Stanford Financial -

R. Allen Stanford, the Texas billionaire now passing time in a Texas jail for his role in what U.S. regulators have called a “massive Ponzi scheme,” once told a roomful of his employees they ought to have three priorities in life.

93. Risk-taking is Back for Banks One Year after Crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) - A year after the financial system nearly collapsed, the nation's biggest banks are bigger and regaining their appetite for risk.

Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and others – which have received tens of billions of dollars in federal aid – are once more betting big on bonds, commodities and exotic financial products, trading that nearly stopped during the financial crisis.

94. Owners Serious About Kick-Starting Troubled Subdivision -

The Vinings at Germantown, a 63-lot development off Winchester Road, appears poised to close the book on a checkered past that includes several ownership groups and a litany of financial woes.

The 32-acre subdivision seemed doomed from its earliest stages when developer Levitt and Sons filed for bankruptcy in 2007. Then its second owner, The Hyneman Cos. LLC – led by developer William “Rusty” Hyneman – sold the property soon after buying it in December 2007 for a little less than $10 million.

95. Morgan Stanley CEO to Inherit Bank in Transition -

NEW YORK (AP) - Morgan Stanley's incoming CEO will be facing a drastically different landscape on Wall Street from when John Mack took over in 2005.

96. Federal Deficit Hits $1.38 Trillion Through August -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal deficit surged higher into record territory in August, hitting $1.38 trillion with one month left in the budget year.

The soaring deficits have raised worries about the willingness of foreigners to keep purchasing Treasury debt. The Chinese, now the largest foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities, have expressed concerns about runaway deficits. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other administration officials have sought to address those concerns by insisting that once the recession is over and the financial system is stabilized, the administration will move forcefully to get the deficits under control.

97. First Horizon CEO Rises Above Market Turbulence -

The logo of First Horizon National Corp. is a small piece of the Tennessee state flag.

It reflects the Volunteer State roots of the financial services giant. And it’s where First Horizon had begun to refocus itself before Bryan Jordan moved into a corner office of the company’s Downtown Memphis headquarters one year ago this week.

98. Banks Trim Borrowing From Emergency Fed Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Banks reduced their borrowing from a Federal Reserve emergency lending program for the third straight week, a sign the institutions are having an easier time getting credit from private markets.

99. Bernanke's Tough Task: Withdrawing Emergency Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the financial system was teetering, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke flooded it with trillions of dollars to save the banks and free up credit for consumers and businesses.

100. Finch Appointed to Dean Position At UofM School of Nursing -

Dr. Linda Finch has been appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs for the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis. Finch was previously an associate professor on the nursing faculty. She has been named an American Nurses Foundation Scholar by the American Nurses Association and is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. She also has served on the editorial board of “The Tennessee Nurse.”