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1. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $86.3 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $86.3 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

2. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $82.6 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $82.6 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

3. Morris to Leave Downtown Memphis Commission -

Paul Morris will leave his post as president of the Downtown Memphis Commission late this year to become president of his family’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

4. Goldman Sachs ‘Confident’ in Memphis -

In April, Rachel Diller, managing director of the urban investment group at Goldman Sachs, received a phone call in her New York office from officials at Phoenix-based Dudley Ventures.

The executives at Dudley Ventures, which specializes in large tax-credit supported projects, were arranging financing for the $200 million effort to transform the old Sears Crosstown property and wanted to know if the New York-based investment bank was interested.

5. Loaded For Bear Wins Best of Show at American Advertising Awards -

Creative directors from Boston, Las Vegas and New York were charged with judging 675 entries in the AAF Memphis 48th annual American Advertising Awards for creative excellence. The judges were so impressed by the quality of work that they created four additional “Best Of” awards, which recognize the top work of the year.

6. Co-Branded Hilton to Rise in Germantown -

The first major mixed-use development in Germantown’s western gateway zone is moving forward and will include the first co-branded hotel in the Memphis area.

Developer Ray Gill of Gill Properties is moving forward with plans to build a development that includes office, retail and hotel space on the 10-acre site in Germantown that formerly housed the Nelson-Kirby Farm House.

7. Morris Explains Why He’s Leaving Downtown Memphis Commission -

Paul Morris will leave his post as president of the Downtown Memphis Commission late this year to become president of his family’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

8. UT Board of Trustees Endorses Plan for Big Changes at School -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Faced with a projected $377 million funding gap over 10 years, the University of Tennessee has put together a plan that could mean some tough choices ahead for the school and its students.

9. Events -

The University of Memphis Career Services Office and Academic Internship Office will hold the spring Career and Internship Expo Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Uni-versity Center ballroom, 499 University St. Attendees should dress professionally and bring cop-ies of their resume. Cost is free and open to U of M students and alumni. Visit mem-phis.edu/careerservices or call 901-678-2239.

10. Fogelman Partners With City on Summer Camp -

Memphis businessman and philanthropist Avron Fogelman is partnering with the city of Memphis to send more than 1,000 children to summer camps free of charge.

The summer camp program is part of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s initiative through the city’s Parks and Neighborhoods division.

11. Adams Keegan Launches New Recruiting Division -

Memphis human resources and employer services firm Adams Keegan has launched a recruiting and executive search service, AK Recruiting Solutions.

AK Recruiting will provide a full suite of recruiting services, including job description development, telephone screening and reference checks. It will use advertising and job posting as well as a proprietary database and professional organizations to gather candidates.

12. Rice, Amundsen & Caperton Establishes Scholarship -

The law firm of Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC has established an annual family law scholarship at the Cecil C. Humphreys University of Memphis Law School.

13. Local Health Care Firm to Merge With Indianapolis Firm -

Qsource, a Memphis-based nonprofit regional health care consultancy, is planning to merge with Indianapolis-based Network Strategies & Innovations Inc.

14. Jindal in Memphis for March Republican Event -

Louisiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will speak to Shelby County Republicans next month as part of a “leadership series” of events for the Tennessee Republican Party.

15. Arizona Real Estate Firm Buys Storage Facility for $3.8 Million -

An Arizona-based real estate firm has acquired a Memphis mini-storage facility for $3.8 million.

Phoenix-based AMERCO Real Estate Co. bought the American Mini Storage facility at 7399 U.S. 64 from 7399 US Highway 64 Holdings LLC, which is affiliated with Florida-based LNR Partners Inc., for $3.8 million, according to a Feb. 24 warranty deed.

16. The Big, Red Heart of Memphis -

Whether intentional or the result of a collection of individual decisions, a skyline defines the unique characteristics of a city and the people who live there.

It is made up of landmarks that tell an ever changing story of a city, and its vision for the future. Memphis is easily identified by its Pyramid and lighted bridge, but it is the big, red heart in the sky, hovering above Memphis, that speaks to me about the Memphis I know. That landmark heart captures the essence of what we are really all about. Regardless of politics or problems, it says, “Memphis cares.”

17. Memphis Equipment's Roots Go Back to World War II -

To most Memphians driving past the Memphis Equipment Co. front lot on South Third Street near E.H. Crump Boulevard, the company appears to be a small lot of vintage U.S. Army vehicles.

18. New Pancake-Focused Restaurant Coming to East Memphis -

It’s a tradition in Tressa Ogles’ house for the family to sit down together on Saturday mornings and enjoy a pancake breakfast.

Often, she’ll go out for a run, and by the time she’s back, her husband and children have the pancakes ready. It was no surprise, then, that when she and husband Bill Ogles – both lifelong Memphians – decided to go into business for themselves and open a restaurant, it would be a breakfast joint.

19. Highland Row Developer Approved for $11 Million Permit -

The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

Highland Row LLC, an affiliate of Indianapolis-based Milhaus Ventures, received the permit to construct a four-story, wood-framed building at 395 S. Highland St. The permit lists Milhaus Construction LLC as the general contractor.

20. Haslam Says Common Core a Standard, Not Ideology -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the Tennessee legislature’s discussion and coming vote about the state’s public education standards is “critically important.”

And while Haslam has said several times that the term for those existing standards – Common Core – has become too politically charged to continue to be used, he added last week in Memphis that the standards under review are “very specific academic oriented standards.”

21. Women Say Barriers Overcome With Perseverance, Mentors -

Kim Grant Brown calls it the “crazy look” she sometimes gets when she meets a client who wants her to build him a home.

22. 10th Annual Nonprofit Conference to be April 30 -

Registration is open for the 10th Annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Conference, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.

The event will be held at Temple Israel, 1375 E. Massey Road. Early Bird registration is $99 by April 1 for members. After April 1, members pay $120; non-members and walk-up registrants, $160; college students with valid ID, $50.

23. Belly Acres Marching for MIFA’s Meals -

Belly Acres owner Ben McLean is getting ready to step it up for MIFA’s March for Meals campaign, a month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. During March, McLean is soliciting pledges to MIFA for every step he takes in his FitBen Challenge step-a-thon.

24. Tigers’ Nichols Named AAC Player of the Week -

Austin Nichols is recovering well enough from his ankle injury that his performance has earned recognition from the American Athletic Conference.

25. U of M Football to Host Ole Miss Rebels in October -

The University of Memphis football team’s 2015 schedule includes an early road game at Big 12 member Kansas and an Oct. 17 home game vs. the University of Mississippi.

It will mark the Rebels’ first visit to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium since 2009.

26. Wright Medical Reports Strong Sales, Declining Loss -

Memphis-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. reported strong sales during the fourth quarter and a declining net loss compared to fourth quarter 2013, with the company’s president and CEO Robert Palmisano saying the results were helped in part by the company’s fast-accelerating U.S. foot and ankle business.

27. Georgia Investors Buys Southeast Memphis Hotel -

A Georgia-based investor has purchased a Southeast Memphis hotel for $1 million.

The Inn at American Way LLC, operating in care of Atlanta-based businessman Amish Patel, bought the Home One hotel at 4300 American Way from Motel 6 Operating LP, according to a Feb. 10 warranty deed.

28. Emily Ballew Neff Named Brooks Museum Director -

The Board of Trustees of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has voted unanimously to name Emily Ballew Neff as the museum’s executive director.

Neff currently serves as the President of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and served nearly two decades as the first Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She established a significant presence for the museum in the field of American art, growing the museum’s collections by more than 30 percent, organizing more than 20 exhibitions at the museum and coordinating 14 traveling exhibitions from other institutions.

29. Vendor Seeks Permit for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor on the application, which says the work is for “new tenant space renovations.”

30. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately.

In that capacity, Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s Councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics.

31. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

32. City Makes First Schools Case Payment -

The city of Memphis has made the first installment of its payment plan with Shelby County Schools to settle the lawsuit over the Memphis City Council’s 2008 decision to cut city funding to what was then Memphis City Schools.

33. FedEx Supply Chain Seeks $5.2M Permit -

FedEx Supply Chain Services is preparing to make improvements to a large southeast Memphis warehouse.

FedEx Supply Chain Services has applied for a $5.2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to make improvements to an employee entrance at 6005 Freeport Road, a 547,216-square-foot industrial building. Metro Construction LLC is listed as the contractor on the application.

34. Drop in Robberies Prompts Major Violent Crimes Drop -

A double-digit percentage drop in robberies in Memphis and Shelby County in the first month of 2015 led to a 2 percent drop in major violent crimes for January in Shelby County and a 1.7 percent drop in Memphis compared to January of 2014.

35. UT Initials Added to Methodist University -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

36. Gestalt Renews Plans for Hickory Hill School -

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

37. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

38. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.

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40. This week in Memphis history: February 27-March 5 -

1985: The Center City Commission declared 1984 a “record year” for Downtown, with seven residential projects totaling 500 units underway, bringing the total number of Downtown apartments and condominiums to 1,113 with almost 2,000 people living Downtown. In office development, 13 projects were underway in 1984, adding 1.3 million square feet of office space. The projects included the renovations of Brinkley Plaza and the Falls Building as well as construction of Morgan Keegan Tower and One Memphis Place.

41. Housing Crash Sends Beeson Into Commercial Real Estate -

Jacque Beeson entered the world of real estate when she was 19-years-old, working as an assistant to a homebuilder developing subdivisions. She stayed in the residential sector for 17 years, until the local housing market bottomed out in 2010.

42. Commercial Advisors Asset Services Sees Strong Growth -

Kemp Conrad joined the asset services team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors in 2007 after CB Richard Ellis acquired his former employer, Trammel Crow Co.

43. Real Estate Pros Upbeat -

After finally latching on to the broader national economic recovery in 2013, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market shook of the last vestiges of the Great Recession and roared back to life in 2014 with the office, retail, industrial and apartment sectors all producing solid gains.

44. Editorial: Blossoming Food Scene Helping Revitalize Local Places, Tastes -

On the other side of a stubborn winter is a spring and summer when many of us will venture out more for food and drink and friends in a city that in recent years has come alive with a food scene that is breaking stereotypes about the Memphis identity.

45. Fresh Selection -

It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.

46. Nashville Mayor’s Race Exposes Unpleasant Problems -

In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.

With a quarter of the month frozen, it was hard for buyers to let it go and embark upon a house hunt. March closings, reflecting February sales, will be released in early April and might slow the freight train that the residential real estate has been riding for almost three years.

47. Graceland Brings Elvis Back to His Las Vegas Home -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.

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49. Wright Medical Reports Strong Sales, Declining Loss -

Memphis-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. reported strong sales during the fourth quarter and a declining net loss compared to fourth quarter 2013, with the company’s president and CEO Robert Palmisano saying the results were helped in part by the company’s fast-accelerating U.S. foot and ankle business.

50. First Alliance Bank Adds To Board of Directors -

First Alliance Bank has added Thomas Shipmon to its board of directors.

Shipmon is the president of WingFinance, a Memphis-based private finance company providing interim construction financing to franchisees. It was launched in January 2004 and started by providing interim construction financing to franchisees as a bridge for Small Business Administration Loans.

51. Brewery Developers Buy Key Property on Butler -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

52. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

53. Let’s See -

EYE OPENERS. I learned recently that Leadership Memphis is raising $50,000 to start something called Expanding Horizons College & Career Tours, taking 400 promising students from their SUCCESS High School program in eight Memphis schools on college tours in June.

54. Flip-Flops Can Wait As Grizz Keep Putting in Work -

The Memphis Grizzlies won 39 games before the All-Star break. How significant is that? Five times since they’ve been in Memphis, the Grizzlies failed to win 29 games all season.

Not so long ago, fans would have judged a 39-win Grizzlies team to be playing with house money. But not now.

55. Mike Shildt: From College Walk-On To Memphis Redbirds Manager -

Any professional baseball player can tell you about the stigmas he has to fight. For one guy, it might be that he doesn’t hit with enough power. And for another it might be that he doesn’t make consistent enough contact.

56. Paragon Bank Closes the Book on Busy 2014 -

Paragon Bank has closed the book on 2014, an active year for the bank with milestones that included, among other things adding a wealth solutions team, executing new leases for two banking centers and forming a small business capital group.

57. Kelsey’s New Private School Voucher Plan Looks More Like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

58. Brooks Plea Coda to Political Whirlwind -

It could have gone either way for Henri Brooks at just about this time a year ago. The Shelby County Commissioner had plans to continue a nearly 20-year political arc beyond a political track record that included seven terms in the state House and the two-term limit on the Shelby County Commission.

59. Flexing Its Muscles, LA Fitness Eyes Third Store -

LA Fitness is eyeing a property in the heart of East Memphis for its third Memphis-area location.

The California-based fitness center chain is considering opening its third store in the Memphis market at 1285 Ridgeway Road, according to sources.

60. Point in Time -

About three years ago, what amounts to a very informal census of the city’s homeless – those without shelter – counted 259 people, with 135 of them being deemed the most vulnerable for harm if they remained homeless.

61. County Home Sales Dip in January -

Fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in January when compared to last year, but pricing remained strong.

There were 1,018 homes sold in Shelby County in January, down 7.5 percent from 1,100 sales in January 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

62. ServiceMaster Posts 2014 and Fourth-Quarter Revenue Gains -

Sales of new services at Terminix, the acquisition of Home Security of America Inc. and organic growth at American Home Shield prompted Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. to post increases in revenues Thursday, Feb. 26, for the year 2014 and the fourth quarter of the year.

63. Brewery Developers Acquire Butler Avenue Land -

The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Brewery Revival series of events there move forward.

64. Drop in Robberies Prompts Falling Violent Crime Rate -

A double-digit percentage drop in robberies in Memphis and Shelby County in the first month of 2015 led to a 2 percent drop in major violent crimes for January in Shelby County and a 1.7 percent drop in Shelby County compared to January of 2014.

65. Methodist University Hospital Sports Orange UT Initials -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

66. Tigers’ Bobby McCain Impresses at NFL Combine -

Bobby McCain, who recently concluded his playing career at the University of Memphis, clocked a time of 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and had the best 20-yard shuttle performance with a 3.82 time as defensive backs went through a series of physical tests at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

67. Nonprofit Conference to Be Held April 30 at Temple Israel -

Registration is open for the 10th Annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Conference, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.

The event will be held at Temple Israel, 1375 E. Massey Road. Early Bird registration is $99 by April 1 for members. After April 1, members pay $120; non-members and walk-up registrants, $160; college students with valid ID, $50.

68. Vendor Seeks $1.2 Million Permit For Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor on the application, which says the work is for “new tenant space renovations.”

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70. Events -

The Daily News will host the 2015 Women & Business Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

71. Harris’ Bill Faces Opposition From Memphis City Council Members -

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.

72. Shelby County Schools Board Moves Closer to State Funding Lawsuit -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to hire an attorney to work with Tennessee’s other major urban school systems in weighing a possible lawsuit against the state that would force full state funding of the Basic Education Program.

73. Deadline Nears for Dunavant Awards Nominations -

With less than a week for nominations, the Rotary Club of Memphis East is preparing to select the recipients of the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

And the process is more than just recognizable names submitted to the committee of Rotarians and members of the family of the late Probate Court Clerk.

74. European Cruise Giant Viking Plans Mississippi River Tours -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.

75. Neff Named Executive Director of Brooks Museum -

The board of trustees of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has voted unanimously to name Emily Ballew Neff as the museum’s executive director.

Neff currently serves as the president of the Association of Art Museum Curators and served nearly two decades as the first curator of American painting and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She established a significant presence for the museum in the field of American art, growing the museum’s collections by more than 30 percent, organizing more than 20 exhibitions at the museum and coordinating 14 traveling exhibitions from other institutions.

76. Coming Up Roses -

Back in the 1970s, Scott McCormick was taking pictures of the Memphis Botanic Garden for the White Station High School yearbook.

77. Memphis in May Unveils Music Festival Lineup -

Memphis in May International Festival has unveiled the lineup for the Beale Street Music Festival that will unfold over three days in May at Tom Lee Park. The event is expected to bring a crowd of more than 100,000.

78. Memphis Among Highest-Suspending School Districts -

A recent report on student suspensions shows Memphis is among the highest-suspending large school districts in the nation.

The analysis was conducted by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA.

79. Tigers’ Nichols named AAC Player of the Week -

Austin Nichols is recovering well enough from his ankle injury that his performance has earned recognition from the American Athletic Conference.

80. FedEx Cargo Plane Makes Emergency Landing -

A FedEx cargo plane has safely landed in St. Louis after smoke was reported inside the aircraft.

The plane made an emergency landing at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday at Lambert Airport. Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea says four crew members evacuated by emergency slide. One of them was taken to a hospital for evaluation for an undisclosed injury. Lea did not have any details about how the injury occurred or the extent of it.

81. Tigers Football to Host Ole Miss Rebels in October -

The University of Memphis football team’s 2015 schedule includes an early road game at Big 12 member Kansas and an Oct. 17 home game vs. the University of Mississippi.

It will mark the Rebels’ first visit to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium since 2009.

82. Gestalt Renews Plans for Hickory Hill School -

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

83. Events -

Rhodes College will host writer and translator Sarah Ruden for its annual Batey Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Ruden will present “Divine Comedy, Earlier Than You Think: Vergil, Augustine, the Bible.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

84. Crye-Leike Opens New Midtown Office -

Crye-Leike leadership, Realtors and representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber braved frigid temperatures Monday to commemorate the opening of a new Midtown office on Union Avenue. Led by managing broker Carol Lott, the new office is located at 1715 Union Ave.

85. PR That Gets Media Results -

The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.

86. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

87. University of Memphis Engineering Alumni Plan Busy 2015 -

The alumni chapter of the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering is ramping up efforts to help develop a strong engineering community in the city.

New president Jason Pendergrass said his goals include building alumni membership as well as helping the group act as a liaison between the university, local businesses and Shelby County at large.

88. Attorneys Recall Role of Law in Events of 1968 -

David Caywood still remembers the memorandum of understanding that almost settled the 1968 sanitation workers strike before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

89. Blues Birthplace -

Every day, Tunica, Miss., was missing an opportunity. Worst of all, that opportunity was passing by on the Blues Highway, also known as U.S. 61.

“You come out of Memphis and Beale and Graceland, and those interested in the genre of the blues were coming south and going to Clarksdale,” said Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Before the museum, people would just drive right by. Now, those folks will make the museum their first stop in Mississippi.”

90. Gestalt Renews Hickory Hill School Plans -

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

91. Allegiant Air to Take Off in Memphis -

Allegiant Air will bring its ultra-low-cost service to Memphis International Airport beginning May 22 with nonstop flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and its hometown of Las Vegas, the company announced Wednesday.

92. SmartWay Traffic App Benefiting Motorists -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.

According to The Tennessean, the department debuted the improved SmartWay traffic Web app in December. With the recent harsh winter weather, it has helped provide motorists with fast information about icy highways, crashes and even recent interstate closures.

93. Visitors’ Center in Tunica Offers Intro to Blues Heritage -

Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage.

Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica.

94. Southaven Plans to Become Regional Shopping Destination -

Local officials are expecting the outlet mall under construction by Tanger and Poag Shopping Centers to make Southaven a regional business destination.

“We are 250 miles from six states and we will probably draw from all of them,” Carmen Kyle, executive director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, told The Commercial Appeal. “This isn’t your local mall.”

95. City Makes First Schools Case Payment -

The city of Memphis has made the first installment of its payment plan with Shelby County Schools to settle the lawsuit over the Memphis City Council’s 2008 decision to cut city funding to what was then Memphis City Schools.

96. Belly Acres Marching for MIFA’s Meals -

Belly Acres owner Ben McLean is getting ready to step it up for MIFA’s March for Meals campaign, a month-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. During March, McLean is soliciting pledges to MIFA for every step he takes in his FitBen Challenge step-a-thon.

97. Georgia Investor Buys Southeast Memphis Hotel -

A Georgia-based investor has purchased a Southeast Memphis hotel for $1 million.

The Inn at American Way LLC, operating in care of Atlanta-based businessman Amish Patel, bought the Home One hotel at 4300 American Way from Motel 6 Operating LP, according to a Feb. 10 warranty deed.

98. Events -

Greater Memphis National College Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Students and parents can meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, learn about financial aid and more. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit nacacnet.org.

99. ‘Lion King’ Actor Gives Back to Memphis -

You’re trying to raise money. You know who could provide funding. You set personal appointments, talk with people in person. You know you have a good project that will make an impact. Yet all you hear is “no.” When do you give up? Russell Joel Brown heard “no” 75 times before he got to “yes.”

100. Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection -

765 Tanglewood St.
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Sale Amount: $27,000

Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Buyer: Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan
Seller: Cowles Development Company LLC
Details: Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.