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1. Apartments Near Graceland Sell for $1.2 Million -

Hunter Oaks apartments sold on July 10 for $1.2 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 23.

Crane Properties LLC, a California limited liability company doing business in Tennessee as Crane Manor LLC, purchased the 76-unit complex from Jerry Razer. The property is located at 3775 Graves Road in Whitehaven, adjacent to the Elvis Presley Boulevard corridor.

2. New Steakhouse Landing In Germantown -

Germantown is in line to get an upscale steakhouse.

Nashville-based J. Alexander’s Holdings has filed a $1.6 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill at 7515 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The location, just west of West Street and West Farmington Road, is near the Shops of Saddle Creek.

3. Strickland's Memphis Mayoral Bid Heats Up -

Just hours after he dropped out of the race for Memphis Mayor, James Harvey endorsed mayoral contender Jim Strickland at the opening of Strickland’s Poplar Plaza campaign headquarters.

4. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

5. Ben’s Beginnings in Philly -

Two weeks ago we left the 17-year-old Ben Franklin in the process of fleeing Boston. That was where he and his employer/brother, James, had literally come to blows. At issue were the stated and unstated job requirements of assistant publisher of the New England Courant.

6. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

7. New Steakhouse Landing In Germantown -

Germantown is in line to get an upscale steakhouse.

Nashville-based J. Alexander’s Holdings has filed a $1.6 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill at 7515 Poplar Ave. in Germantown. The location, just west of West Street and West Farmington Road, is in the Shops of Saddle Creek.

8. Council to Vote on East Memphis Storage Facility -

The Memphis City Council is poised to take key votes Tuesday, July 21, on multiple real estate development projects, including an indoor storage facility planned in a prime East Memphis neighborhood.

9. Germantown Eyes Area South of Poplar for Elementary School -

Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.

“South of Poplar we want to have a community school, an elementary school,” Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said on the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

10. Ikea Acquires Land for New Cordova Store -

Ikea continues to take steps toward construction of its massive Cordova store.

According to documents filed July 10, IKEA Property Inc. purchased about 41 acres of land from Music City Investments LLC for $5.7 million.

11. US Homebuilder Sentiment Hits Highest Level Since 2005 -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the housing boom a decade ago.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday rose this month to 60, the highest level since November 2005.

12. Ikea Acquires Land for New Cordova Store -

Ikea continues to take steps toward construction of its massive Cordova store.

According to documents filed July 10, IKEA Property Inc. purchased about 41 acres of land from Music City Investments LLC for $5.7 million.

13. One Beale Nabs 20-Year Tax Freeze -

The developers behind One Beale have earned key pieces of the public-private partnership they say is necessary to pursue the twin tower project overlooking the Mississippi River.

Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. on Tuesday, July 14, received a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive and a $10 million contribution toward a public parking garage from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

14. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

15. Last Flight for US Airways Expected in October -

DALLAS (AP) – The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

The farewell flight for US Airways will be a red-eye – Flight 434 is scheduled to leave San Francisco around 10 p.m. and land in Philadelphia after 6 a.m. on Oct. 17. The US Airways website will be turned off. Airport kiosks and signs will change to American Airlines.

16. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

17. Televised Memphis Mayoral Forum Set for September -

There could be a lot of candidates for Memphis Mayor in the Oct. 8 city elections. And much of the attention in the run up to active campaigning has focused on the field’s size.

But as campaigning begins the focus will shift to issues at play in the mayor’s race, from the city’s path to economic growth and the efficiency and fiscal health of city government to the perennial issues of crime and blight.

18. Details Emerge on Planned Binghampton Retail Center -

The Binghampton neighborhood is inching closer to landing a grocery store as plans for a neighborhood retail center there come into clearer focus.

The Binghampton Development Corp. has signed a “letter of intent” with an unidentified national supermarket chain to build a store at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street. It also is pursuing other retailers for the planned development that will bring more goods and jobs to the community.

19. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

20. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

21. Strickland Files for Mayor One Week From Deadline -

A week before the filing deadline for candidates on Memphis’ October ballot, city councilman Jim Strickland filed his qualifying petition for mayor and said he has a campaign war chest of approximately $400,000.

22. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

23. Carlisle Corp. Alters One Beale Plan -

Carlisle Corp. has revised plans for its ambitious, $160 million One Beale development at the foot of Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.

The south tower, which will include a four-star hotel, will now stand 18 stories tall, down from 22 stories as previously planned.

24. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

25. Tigers Running Back Doroland Dorceus Gets Medical Hardship -

Doroland Dorceus, who suffered a year-ending injury in the fourth game of the 2014 season, has received a medical hardship from the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference, which affords him three seasons of competition eligibility beginning with the 2015 season.

26. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

27. Timberlake Buys Property in Williamson County -

A newspaper reports that pop music star and actor Justin Timberlake has purchased about 126 acres of land in Williamson County.

According to The Tennessean, Timberlake paid $4 million for the land on Old Highway 96 in the Leiper's Fork community through an entity with his Los Angeles-based certified public accountant as the trustee.

28. Timberlake Buys Property in Williamson County -

A newspaper reports that pop music star and actor Justin Timberlake has purchased about 126 acres of land in Williamson County.

According to The Tennessean, Timberlake paid $4 million for the land on Old Highway 96 in the Leiper's Fork community through an entity with his Los Angeles-based certified public accountant as the trustee.

29. Building Ballet -

Ask Ballet Memphis CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh about her dance company's newly announced move to Midtown, and the conversation doesn't immediately turn to obvious things like the when and the why.

30. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

31. Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path -

Mayors come and go at City Hall and what was a priority for one administration can change with the next. But one constant is finance.

It defines a city’s overall health, no matter who is in office, and thus its ability to borrow money to fund those priorities and then pay off that debt.

32. Yolanda Kight is Newest Judicial Commissioner -

Attorney Yolanda Kight is the newest Shelby County Judicial Commissioner.

The Shelby County Commission chose Kight Monday, June 21, on the 12th round of voting to fill the vacancy.

33. Commercial Advisors Lands Crosstown Concourse Duties -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has been tapped to handle property management and office leasing at the Crosstown Concourse development.

Under redevelopment now, the 1 million-square-foot Crosstown Concourse building will include 65,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 620,000 square feet of commercial/office space on floors two through six, and 270 apartments on floors seven through 10.

34. Developers Still Interested In Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

35. Knoxville’s Amazing Network of Trails, Parks and Waterways -

With the Great Smoky Mountains looming in the distance, and no shortage of ball fields and other outdoor recreation sites closer at hand, Knoxville and its surrounding communities don’t lack for recreational opportunities.

36. Memphis Mayoral Election Heating Up As Strickland, Wharton Take Turns -

Here come the yard signs.

The first indication that candidates in the Oct. 8 Memphis elections are taking their appeals to the public will begin sprouting on lawns across the city in the next week.

37. Sea Isle Principal Prepares ‘The Island’ for New School Year -

Cardboard letters on the cinderblock wall just inside the entrance to Sea Isle Elementary School in East Memphis welcome students to “the island” – a much quieter place in these summer days but not a deserted island.

38. Developers Still Interested in Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

39. Nike Formally Opens $301 Million Frayser Expansion -

Executives of Nike Inc. are in Memphis Friday, June 26, to formally open the $301 million expansion of the sports shoe and apparel giant’s Northridge distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Boulevard.

40. State Gives Environmental Award To Agricenter’s Wilson -

Agricenter International president John Charles Wilson has received a lifetime achievement award from the state of Tennessee.

41. Yolanda Kight is Newest Judicial Commissioner -

Attorney Yolanda Kight is the newest Shelby County Judicial Commissioner.

The Shelby County Commission chose Kight Monday, June 21, on the 12th round of voting to fill the vacancy.

42. Commercial Advisors Lands Crosstown Concourse Duties -

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has been tapped to handle property management and office leasing at the Crosstown Concourse development.

Under redevelopment now, the 1 million-square-foot Crosstown Concourse building will include 65,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, 620,000 square feet of commercial/office space on floors two through six, and 270 apartments on floors seven through 10.

43. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

44. Elvis' Concert-Worn Jumpsuit to Be Auctioned at Graceland -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A light blue jumpsuit worn by Elvis Presley during concerts in 1973 is one of more than 170 items being auctioned at Graceland in August.

Graceland officials say the auction scheduled for Aug. 13 also will feature a jacket Presley wore in the film "Viva Las Vegas" and a diamond and gold necklace given to performer Sammy Davis Jr. by Presley.

45. Ballet Memphis Turns to Overton Square -

Scratch those plans for a new Hotel Overton where the French Quarter Inn now sits in Overton Square.

Ballet Memphis has a sales contract on the property at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street and plans to build a new two-story structure fronting on Madison with parking in the rear and on the eastern end.

46. OneJet Lands in Memphis, Thanks in Part to FedEx -

Mid-South business travelers now have an easy, efficient way to reach several large Midwestern markets.

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, launched its inaugural Memphis to Indianapolis flight on Monday, June 22.

47. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

The developers behind a massive hotel near Graceland are ready to shake, rattle and roll on the project.

Guest House at Graceland LLC, formed to develop the hotel, has filed an $84 million construction loan for the 450-room resort-style hotel at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.

48. Collierville Aldermen Approve 25-Cent Property Tax Hike for New School -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved Monday, June 22, a 25-cent property tax hike to partially finance construction of a new, $99 million Collierville High School.

The approval on third reading came two weeks after the board tentatively approved a 20-cent property tax hike. At the time, they believed local sales tax revenue dedicated to the suburban school district could get the project the rest of the way to financing or at least close to the $99 million amount at a rate of $6 million in debt a year for 20 years.

49. I Survived Disneyland -

I must’ve been out of my mind. How else to explain an anti-Disney person deciding to travel two time zones to visit Disneyland, just days after the official kickoff of the madness of the 60th anniversary celebration?

50. Sales Gauging Techniques that Move the Needle -

Unless you have more sales from ideal customers than you know what to do with, your organization can benefit from sales measurement strategies. They allow you to not only forecast future sales but also to dissect your team’s success through each step of the sales cycle in order to fine-tune your approach and improve results.

51. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

52. Ex-University of Tennessee President Ed Boling Dies at 93 -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Edward J. Boling, who served as president of the University of Tennessee system for 18 years, has died at 93, the university said.

Boling's tenure from 1970 to 1988 is the longest in recent history at UT, and he will be remembered for the relationships he formed with staff and students, the university said in a news release Thursday evening. His tenure also is notable because of his dedication to private fundraising and to supporting the growth of women's sports. Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville carries his name.

53. Nike Vendor Files Two Permits Totaling $8.5M -

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. applied for two building permits – one for $7.2 million and another for $1.3 million – through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on Nike’s $301 million expansion at 3100 New Frayser Blvd. The permit description said the scope of work included “engineering material and installation.”

54. Memphis Startup ‘Pickle’ Lands $135,000 in Funding -

A local entrepreneur has secured $135,000 in funding for her startup company, Pickle.

Morgan Steffy, an entrepreneurship fellow at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, has secured the funds for the competitive “selfie” and photo sharing application. Users can upload photos to challenge in categories such as “best dog selfie” or “most disheveled morning face” and other users vote for a winner.

55. Houston Levee Convenience Store Sells for $3.8 Million -

4301 Bee Ridge Associates Ltd., a Texas limited partnership, purchased the gas station and convenience store located at 101 South Houston Levee Road in Cordova for $3.8 million, according to a special warranty deed filed on June 17.

56. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese -

For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.

At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.

57. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell -

It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.

58. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

59. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

60. Memphis Startup 'Pickle' Lands $135,000 in Funding -

A local entrepreneur has secured $135,000 in funding for her startup company, Pickle.

Morgan Steffy, an entrepreneurship fellow at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, has secured the funds for the competitive “selfie” and photo sharing application. Users can upload photos to challenge in categories such as “best dog selfie” or “most disheveled morning face” and other users vote for a winner.

61. Houston Levee Convenience Store Sells for $3.8 Million -

4301 Bee Ridge Associates Ltd., a Texas limited partnership, purchased the gas station and convenience store located at 101 South Houston Levee Road in Cordova for $3.8 million, according to a special warranty deed filed on June 17.

62. Dayco Wins Tax Break For Distribution Operations -

Michigan-based manufacturer Dayco Products Ltd. will consolidate its distribution operations in the Memphis area, but exactly where remains undecided.

“Due to the continued growth in demand for our products and increased product complexity over the past several years, we have committed to this significant capital investment in order to deliver increased value to our customers,” said Ed Rammel, president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket for Dayco, in a company statement.

63. Nike Vendor Files Two Permits Totaling $8.5 Million -

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. applied for two building permits – one for $7.2 million and another for $1.3 million – for work on Nike’s $301 million expansion at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

64. Senior Stature -

Sprawling across 37 acres of Collierville land, posh retirement community The Farms at Bailey Station will serve more than 500 senior residents when the final phase of construction is completed in 2016.

65. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

66. Tennessee, Kentucky Getting Funds for Civil War Battlefields -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee and Kentucky are among seven states that will receive a portion of $3.1 million in grants to help preserve Civil War battlefields.

The National Park Service says the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants will preserve more than 270 acres of battlefields that are threatened with damage or destruction by development.

67. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

68. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

69. Urban Land Institute Panel Recommends $184 Million Memphis Fairgrounds Plan -

The Urban Land Institute panel that’s been in Memphis this week studying the future of the Mid-South Fairgrounds has recommended a $184 million plan that would overhaul the area.

The eight out-of-town urban planners released the results of their study Friday morning at a conference attended by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and most of his administration.

70. OneJet Landing At Memphis International Airport -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

71. Del-Nat Sells Warehouse, Newby’s Makes A Comeback -

Del-Nat Tire Co. has unloaded a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in Southwest Memphis.

Sunhill Holdings LLC acquired the warehouse at 2365 Texas Drive for $6 million from Del-Nat Realty.

72. Carlisle Corp. Gets Tentative OK on One Beale Plan -

Developers got a tentative green light to move forward with the ambitious One Beale project, convincing regulators that the twin skyscraper development would be a game-changer for the Memphis skyline.

73. OneJet Landing At Memphis International Airport -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

74. One Beale Faces Questions About Riverside Impact -

When the One Beale luxury high-rise project goes to the Land Use Control Board Thursday, June 11, there will be opposition, concerns and questions about its impact on surrounding properties at Memphis’ riverside.

75. OneJet Landing In Memphis -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

76. Collierville Schools Proposal Goes To Aldermen -

A proposed comprehensive new high school for the Collierville School system moves to the Collierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, June 8, three days after the Collierville Schools board recommended a $99 million project to build the school on land south of Shelby Drive and east of Sycamore Road.

77. Arlington and Lakeland Ballots Take Shape -

With less than two weeks to the June 18 filing deadline for candidates, the Sept. 17 ballots for Arlington and Lakeland elections are taking shape.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman is seeking a second, four-year term and as of Thursday, June 4, was unopposed with no potential challenger pulling a qualifying petition.

78. Lakeland Explores Plan to Build Middle School -

The Lakeland School System is considering a plan to build a $20 million middle school on the 94 acres it looked at earlier this year for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

The new plan was recommended to the Lakeland school board Monday, June 1, by Southern Educational Strategies LLC.

79. County Commission Refuses Payday Loan Exception -

Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday, June 1, to take no vote on an application that would have allowed a payday loan business to remain open in the Cordova shopping center where it has been for a year and a half.

80. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule -

A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.

81. Involvement in Honor Flights an Honor for Mannis -

By creating HonorAir Knoxville, Eddie Mannis has brought joy to thousands of American war veterans and learned more than a little about his own character.

For the last eight years, the organization has honored veterans with free flights to the nation’s capital.

82. Downtown Business Owners Love CMA Fest -

It’s the business she’s chosen, and being a multi-bar owner gives Brenda Sanderson a unique perspective on what used to be called Fan Fair, a blue-collar celebration that has gradually been transformed into Nashville’s main culture festival and all-inclusive calling card.

83. Buster's Boom: Popular Liquor and Wine Store Expanding -

Buster’s Liquors & Wines is expanding its footprint. The popular wine and liquor store near the University of Memphis is taking over the space occupied by La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the University Center retail development at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

84. Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis -

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

85. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

86. Arlington and Lakeland Ballots Take Shape -

With less than two weeks to the June 18 filing deadline for candidates, the Sept. 17 ballots for Arlington and Lakeland elections are taking shape.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman is seeking a second, four-year term and as of Thursday, June 4, was unopposed with no potential challenger pulling a qualifying petition.

87. Development Proposals Surface in Memphis' Pinch District -

A month after Bass Pro Shops opened at The Pyramid, development plans are surfacing in the Pinch District, including one for a new Front Street hotel.

Front Street Group LLC has applied for a special use permit for a 108-room, extended-stay hotel. It would be located directly across Front from The Pyramid’s east side on what is now a surface parking lot. It would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

88. New Front Street Hotel Proposed By Pyramid -

Plans for a 108-room extended stay hotel on Front Street at the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue have been submitted to local planning officials for approval.

The special use permit application by Front Street Group LLC would be directly across Front Street from the eastern side of the Pyramid on what is now a surface parking lot and would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

89. Wolf River Greenway Planning Pushes Route Further North -

Now that you know the Greenline, here comes the Greenway.

After almost a year of behind-the-scenes planning, coordination and fundraising, the Wolf River Conservancy is about to go public with plans to add another 18 miles to the existing 2.6 miles of the Wolf River Greenway in Shelby County.

90. Gift It or Will It? -

Ray’s take: Is it better to give now or leave items in your will to beneficiaries? This depends on your own plans, but here are some things to consider.

You can currently make annual tax-free gifts of up to $14,000 per recipient. If you are married, you and your spouse together can give $28,000 per recipient per year. You can either give $14,000 each, or one spouse can make a $28,000 gift with the consent of the other spouse on a timely filed gift tax return. You can also give an unlimited amount for tuition and medical expenses, if you make the gifts directly to the educational organization or health care provider.

91. Germantown Rising -

In 2005, the city of Germantown approved its “Vision 2020” plan, which laid out the suburb’s goals for future development and growth. In 2007, Germantown adopted its Smart Growth development plan and zoning regulations.

92. Lakeland Explores Plan to Build Middle School -

The Lakeland School System is considering a plan to build a $20 million middle school on the 94 acres it looked at earlier this year for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

The new plan was recommended to the Lakeland school board Monday, June 1, by Southern Educational Strategies LLC.

93. County Commission Refuses Payday Loan Exception -

Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday, June 1, to take no vote on an application that would have allowed a payday loan business to remain open in the Cordova shopping center where it has been for a year and a half.

94. Lakeland School Idea Resurfaces -

The Lakeland Schools system is considering a plan to build a new $20 million middle school on the 94 acres of land the school system had looked at earlier this year as the site for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

95. Lakeland School Idea Resurfaces -

The Lakeland Schools system is considering a plan to build a new $20 million middle school on the 94 acres of land the school system had looked at earlier this year as the site for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

96. Second Set of Fairgrounds Meetings Tuesday -

A second set of public meetings on the future of the Mid-South Fairgrounds is set for Tuesday at two locations.

The 5:30 pm. sessions by the National Charrette Institute are at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at the Fairgrounds and Cunningham Community Center, 3773 Old Allen Road.

97. Prepare for Takeoff -

At Southern Airways Express’ hub in a Memphis International Airport executive terminal, movement is at a peaceful lull.

There are no loudspeaker announcements or TSA check-in points. Patrons sip complimentary coffee. The lobby opens right onto the tarmac where a fleet of 9-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan jets land about 12 times daily.

98. Graceland Nursing Center in Whitehaven Sells for $1.1M -

1250 Farrow Road LLC filed a $1.1 million special warranty deed for the Graceland Nursing Center located at 1250 Farrow Road in Whitehaven on May 21.

99. Grizzlies Will Participate in Orlando Summer League -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be one of 10 teams playing in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, hosted by the Orlando Magic, at the Amway Center from July 4-10.

The 25-game, seven-day event will feature the Grizzlies, two teams from the Orlando Magic, and the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

100. Commission Begins to Wind Down Budget Season -

Shelby County Commissioners take the first of three votes Monday, June 1, on a county property tax rate for the new fiscal year, and the discussion could begin to tie up the loose ends remaining in the county’s budget season.