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1. Lakeland Prep Contracts Go Before School Board -

Lakeland school board members meet Monday, Feb. 2, to vote on a contract for an architect and engineer to plan construction of the new Lakeland Prep School.

The board for the Lakeland Schools System also votes on a contingency contract to buy the 94 acres of land for the planned school north of U.S. 70 and east of Canada Road.

2. Cohen Pushes for Student Loan Bankruptcy Protection -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen sponsored legislation in the Tennessee Senate that led to creation of the HOPE Scholarship, which provides four-year college students with $4,000 a year for their studies.

3. Student Debt, Rising Rents Take Bite Out of Real Estate Market -

Hefty student loans are a major stumbling block for young Americans as they try to buy their first home, a National Association of Realtors’ annual survey shows.

In spite of an improved job market and low interest rates in 2014, the number of first-time homebuyers dipped to 33 percent, down 5 percent from the previous year and the lowest since the National Association of Realtors began tracking the rate in 1981.

4. Drowning in Student Loan Debt -

Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

5. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

6. Settlement Could Fund I-Zone Schools -

With federal money about to run out for the Shelby County Schools Innovation Zone schools, the $8 million in cash due from the city of Memphis next month is most likely to land in the bank account for that effort.

7. Hyneman Sells Lakeland Retail Center for $5.6 Million -

A company affiliated with Kevin Hyneman has transferred a Lakeland shopping center for $5.6 million.

8. Commission Approves Center Point Terminal Lease -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 26, a new five-year lease between Center Point Terminal Co. LLC and the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission for a dock, wharf and other facilities on Presidents Island in the barge business.

9. Lawyer Working to Resolve Bartlett Cemetery Owner's Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a West Tennessee cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials said Friday he is working to resolve the case.

Jemar Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett, made a brief appearance in Shelby County Criminal Court on a 2013 theft of property charge accusing him of selling burial plots on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery.

10. Lakeland Fires City Manager -

On a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lakeland Mayor and Board of Commissioners voted to fire city manager Chris Thomas.

11. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

12. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

13. Lakeland Fires City Manager -

On a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lakeland Mayor and Board of Commissioners voted to fire city manager Chris Thomas.

14. Community Building -

Almost three years ago, former elementary school art teacher Erin Harris saw a video about children in Memphis who were working with an artist to start a sculpture garden. She still recalls the happy sight of a few boys in the video throwing balloons filled with paint at an old fence, as well as the reaction the footage generated from her.

15. 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.

16. Millennial Challenge: Do I Rent or Do I Own? -

Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.

17. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

18. Ohio State Alters SEC-Dominated Landscape -

A year ago, Florida State put the chanting – “S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C! – on pause. Auburn, after all, came oh so close to winning the last BCS national championship game.

But now Urban Meyer and Ohio State have silenced SEC Country.

19. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

20. Strickland To Announce Political Plans For October Ballot -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland has called a Thursday, Jan. 15, press conference Downtown to announce his political plans in this city election year.

21. BSDC to Exit as Beale Landlord, Keep Old Daisy -

The Beale Street Development Corp. would no longer be the landlord of the Beale Street Entertainment District under terms of a tentative agreement with the city of Memphis.

But the nonprofit corporation that has been part of the three-headed arrangement for running and controlling Beale Street since the late 1970s would get up to $120,000 a year out of the net income the city makes from the street.

22. Morris: Public Transit Tops Downtown Goals -

A stronger and more vital public transportation presence in Downtown and a plan for development of land south of Central Station are two priorities of the Downtown Memphis Commission for the coming year.

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. 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.

25. Friday Night Parties a Good Start for Beginners -

Ballroom dancing, or social dancing as it’s also called these days, teaches people many different skills, and area studios also provide outlets so student dancers can use what they’ve learned.

Studios offer Friday night parties to give students a chance to practice and to have fun. Rhonda Becker, who owns Champion Ballroom Center of Knoxville with her husband, Mark, and son, J.W., says that people make friendships over time and look forward to getting together on Friday nights.

26. Macy’s to Close Southland Mall Store -

Macy's is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, affecting 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.

27. Andrew Jackson Home Pushes 7th President's Rock Star Image -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Andrew Jackson: President. Hero. Rockstar.

So reads a billboard welcoming arrivals at the Nashville International Airport, attempting to lure them from the honky-tonks of downtown Broadway to Jackson's historic home called The Hermitage a few miles to the east.

28. 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.

29. Creative Destruction -

For about three years Veronica Skinner called the two-story, 24-unit apartment building at 480 Tillman St. in the Binghampton neighborhood home.

30. The Preserve at Southwind Sells for $28 Million -

7991 Capilano Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $28 million

Sale Date: Dec. 22, 2014
Buyer: Southwind Apartments LP
Seller: G&I VII Preserve at Southwind Apartments LP
Loan Amount: $18 million
Loan Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Maturity Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Lender: Jackson National Life Insurance Co.
Details: A team that includes Memphis-based Foegelman Venture Partners has sold The Preserve at Southwind apartment community for $28 million.

31. Council to Vote on Beale Street Tourism Authority -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the creation of a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future of the entertainment district.

The proposal by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sets up a nine-member body appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to issue bonds for construction projects in the district, levy fees to pay off the debt and to make lease agreements with tenants.

32. REIT Sells Three Memphis Properties for $7.2 Million -

A Texas-based real estate investment trust has sold three Memphis properties for $7.2 million.

Cobalt Industrial REIT II, an affiliate of Cobalt Capital Partners, has sold the properties at 4366, 4406 and 4436 Malone Road to Colfin Cobalt I-II Owner LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Colony Financial Inc., according to a Dec. 18 special warranty deed.

33. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

34. Graceland Jets on Auction Block -

Two jets once owned by Elvis Presley that have been part of tours of Graceland since the mid-1980s are going on the auction block, the auction company authorized by Graceland announced Friday, Jan. 2.

35. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

36. How Wealth Gap Complicates Sibling Relationships -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Jayson Seaver thinks about why he makes so much money while some Americans can't catch a break, he thinks of the sacrifices he's made, the jobs he worked to pay for college, the 12-hour days he spends at the office now.

37. Lakeland Group Delivers Bond Referendum Petition -

A group of Lakeland citizens calling for a referendum on a $50 million school construction bond issue were to deliver a petition Tuesday, Dec. 30, to town leaders to put the item on the ballot for voters to decide.

38. REIT Sells Three Memphis Properties for $7.2 Million -

A Texas-based real estate investment trust has sold three Memphis properties for $7.2 million.

Cobalt Industrial REIT II, an affiliate of Cobalt Capital Partners, has sold the properties at 4366, 4406 and 4436 Malone Road to Colfin Cobalt I-II Owner LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Colony Financial Inc., according to a Dec. 18 special warranty deed.

39. Four Transformational Sales Resolutions -

Change is hard for most people, but only through change can we grow. The New Year is the perfect time to take a hard look at what worked in your sales approach and what didn’t deliver for you in 2014, to break ineffective sales habits, and to resolve to adjust your approach. 

40. Shelby County Homebuilding Activity Continues to Slow -

Homebuilding in Shelby County was off last year’s pace again in November, with builders pulling fewer permits and selling fewer homes than in November 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 43 permits last month, down 29.5 percent from 61 permits in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 43 permits filed in November is down 31.7 percent from the 63 permits filed in October.

41. New TVA Board Members Sworn In -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility has sworn in two new board members.

The Tennessee Valley Authority recently swore in Virginia Lodge of Nashville and Ronald Walter of Memphis. They are filling the seats of board members Barbara Haskew and Bill Sansom, whose terms expired in May.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

46. 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.

47. Grassroots Growth -

In 2007, Greg Spillyards was part of a team at CB Richard Ellis Memphis tasked with reviving the dog-eared Bellbrook Industrial Park.

The project struck close to Spillyards’ heart.

Born in Pine Bluff Ark., and raised in Memphis, Spillyards originally entered the world of commercial real estate to help transform communities from the ground up, the kind of effort that restoring Bellbrook would take.

48. Short stay? Travel Site Also Lauds Knoxville Area -

People with an eye for inexpensive yet great vacation or short getaway destinations are likely to land in Knoxville.

Knoxville ranks ninth in the nation on hotel search trivago.com for Best Value City with a ranking of 91.59, coming in between Springfield, Mo., and Little Rock, Ark.

49. Immigrants Find Room to Grow in Nashville's Public Gardens -

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

50. More Veterans Calling Middle Tennessee Home -

When Scott Ledermann, a military health care recruiter in Nashville, retired from the Army in October, it didn’t take him long to land a job with a local company.

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, a company that has made hiring veterans a priority, scooped him up in no time. Now, he’s working in human relations at the company’s operations center in Donelson.

51. This week in Memphis history: December 19-25 -

2009: On the front page of The Daily News, the Metro Charter Commission, drafting a proposed charter for a consolidated Memphis-Shelby County government made an early decision in its draft that their proposal would not include a consolidation of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools.
It was the first decision on a charter issue by the group since it was formed that October. The reasoning was to sidestep what was judged to be the most controversial part of any consolidation. Nevertheless, the proposed charter was still crushed in the referendum that followed in the county outside Memphis and it only narrowly passed in the city of Memphis. The charter had to win approval in both to consolidate.

52. Ikea Memphis Will Seek PILOT Incentives -

The new Ikea Memphis store to open in the fall of 2016 will seek tax incentives from the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine, according to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Wharton didn’t disclose details of the request for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes – or a PILOT agreement – but said it would be filed shortly with EDGE.

53. Ikea to Open Memphis Store in Fall 2016 -

The new Ikea Memphis store to open in the fall of 2016 will seek tax incentives from the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine, according to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Wharton didn’t disclose details of the request for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes – or a PILOT agreement – but said it would be filed shortly with EDGE.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. Editorial: Graceland Plan Ultimately Worth the Price -

The Graceland economic impact plan is a mixed bag.

But we think ultimately and clearly it is worth the investment.

The impact of just the 450-room Guest House at Graceland hotel and resort on the larger Whitehaven area is, to use an overused phrase, a game changer.

57. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

58. New Industrial Market Takes Hold in Marshall, Fayette Counties -

In November, Volvo began operations at its new parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center is the centerpiece of the company’s streamlined North American parts distribution network and helped solidify the Marshall County and Fayette County, Tenn., region as a major player in local industrial real estate.

59. Competition, Cooperation Part of Regionalism Mix -

When a group of mayors with common borders get together, it is usually a sympathetic gathering of chief executives where there is much comparing of notes.

The items range from sewer projects and common problems to relationships with legislative bodies from aldermen to council members.

60. Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale -

A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.

61. 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.

62. Target Bringing 400-Job Project to Memphis -

Memphis is poised to land hundreds of new jobs and retain several hundred more. Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an online fulfillment center that will create over 400 new jobs.

63. Graceland Plan Clears Main Local Hurdles -

Elvis Presley Enterprises attempted to secure private financing of its plan for a 450-room resort hotel and a remake of its plaza area, but those attempts failed, said Graceland’s bond counsel, because it is difficult for borrowers to get conventional financing for a hotel project.

64. Commission Approves Graceland Plan, Delays Fairgrounds TDZ -

Shelby County Commissioners approved the Graceland economic impact plan Monday, Dec. 8, the last local hurdle for a plan that includes the construction of a 450-room hotel and a later phase transforming the Graceland Plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the Graceland mansion.

65. Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property -

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

66. Collierville Land Sells for $1.5 Million -

Commercial property at Winchester and Byhalia roads in Collierville has sold for $1.5 million.

CGL Investments LLC sold two parcels of vacant land to Innovative Investments LLC. The address given on the Nov. 18 warranty deed was 484 Winchester Road, located on the northeast corner of Winchester and Byhalia.

67. Highland Row Developer Acquires 13 Acres -

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has acquired several vacant parcels for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis for $4.3 million.

Milhaus, operating as Highland Row LLC, acquired the properties at 443 S. Highland St. and 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St. from Worthington Hyde Partners, operating as Highland Row Land Partners LLC, according to a Nov. 26 warranty deed.

68. Ramsey an Important, Unfamiliar Pioneer -

In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.

69. Yard Work Waiting? Hit Mowz App and Take a Nap -

It’s hard to decide what’s less fun, mowing the lawn or raking leaves. If you loathe both in equal measure, however, help may be just a few clicks away.

Mowz, an app-based service offering a mobile way to book multiple landscaping services, has made its way to Nashville. It’s the latest offshoot from Plowz, which began as a snowplowing-assistance app in upstate New York last winter and has since migrated to more than 20 cities.

70. Graceland Plan Highlights Blurred Lines in Financing -

There are private funds and public funds. And when a private project has the potential to up the tax revenue taken in by local and state governments, that money enters a middle ground between the two.

71. Council Embraces New Pension 'Concept' -

Memphis City Council members are still weighing their options on pension plan changes after another alternative emerged Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the “concept” got eight votes on the council.

72. Highland Row Developer Acquires 13 Acres -

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has acquired several vacant parcels for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis for $4.3 million.

Milhaus, operating as Highland Row LLC, acquired the properties at 443 S. Highland St. and 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St. from Worthington Hyde Partners, operating as Highland Row Land Partners LLC, according to a Nov. 26 warranty deed.

73. 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.

74. Highland Row Developer Acquires 13 Acres -

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has acquired several vacant parcels for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis for $4.3 million.

Milhaus, operating as Highland Row LLC, acquired the properties at 443 S. Highland St. and 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St. from Worthington Hyde Partners, operating as Highland Row Land Partners LLC, according to a Nov. 26 warranty deed.

75. Labor, Land Shortage Means Rising Middle Tennessee Home Prices -

A shortage of ready-to-build lots and skilled tradespersons – plus caution among builders – mean fewer homes will be built and home prices will rise, those in the industry are saying.

“Although we’re not back to the same permit level we once were, we’re seeing a lack of skilled labor in the workplace,” says Nashville homebuilder David Luecke.

76. Blight of the Living Dead -

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

77. Collierville Land Sells for $1.5 Million -

Commercial property at Winchester and Byhalia roads in Collierville has sold for $1.5 million.

CGL Investments LLC sold two parcels of vacant land to Innovative Investments LLC. The address given on the Nov. 18 warranty deed was 484 Winchester Road, located on the northeast corner of Winchester and Byhalia.

78. EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved Tuesday, Nov. 25, the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland, one of the city's most visited attractions and powerful economic engines.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. Thanksgiving Travel Woes? There's an App for That -

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. More at Moore -

The large old trees on its campus and the large paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

86. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

87. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

88. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

89. Hillsboro High Land Sale: New School, Big Profit -

Merritt Rowe knows her children will never personally benefit from any changes to Hillsboro High School in Green Hills, but as the parent of two current students and another starting next year, it is something she is willing to fight for and encourages other parents – especially those of future students – to do the same.

90. 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.

91. $70M Building Permit Filed for Graceland Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises is ready to shake, rattle and roll on its planned hotel near Graceland.

EPE has applied for a $70 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the resort-style Guest House at Graceland, which will be located north of Presley’s Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.

92. Moore Tech Awakens -

The large old trees on its campus and the paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.

It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909.

93. November 21-27: This week in Memphis history -

2013: The last in a series of 11 elections in Shelby County in three months. Memphis voters defeated a sales tax hike for prekindergarten and Democrat Raumesh Akbari was elected to the District 91 state House seat.

94. Adelman, Gibson Lease New Daisy Theater -

The California nightclub developer taking on the old Club Crave on Beale Street and the Memphis businessman who was a driving force behind the new Hattiloo Theater location in Overton Square are the new owners of Beale Street’s longest-running showcase music venue, The New Daisy Theater.

95. 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.

96. $70 Million Building Permit Filed for Graceland Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises is ready to shake, rattle and roll on its planned hotel near Graceland.

EPE has applied for a $70 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the resort-style Guest House at Graceland, which will be located north of Presley’s Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.

97. Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Still Going Strong -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC acquired land inside the Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new high-end apartment development.

98. Milhaus Seeks Building Permit for Highland Row -

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

The company has applied for a $6.75 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for construction of a four-story apartment building at 387 S. Highland St., the first piece in the $61 million Highland Row project. In October, Milhous applied for a $20 million permit for the project.

99. Enjoy Low Interest Rates While They Last -

In what has become expected in this post-Recession boom, home sales continue to set records each month with no end in sight, based on October sales figures from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

100. Fewer Freshmen No Worry for Greeks at Four-Year Schools -

MTSU and UT-Knoxville officials see limited impact, if any, from Tennessee Promise on the schools’ fraternities and sororities.

New sorority houses that opened this fall on UT-Knoxville’s campus were funded through donations and each chapter’s semester rental agreements with members. UT-Knoxville invested about $2 million to partially fund land improvements and village infrastructure, according to university officials.