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1. Midtown Cash Saver Property Sells for $5.3 Million -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown has sold for $5.3 million.

Super Market Developers Inc., an affiliate of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., sold the grocery store at 1620 Madison Ave. to LAG Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Ladder Capital Finance LLC, according to an Oct. 24 special warranty deed.

2. US Home Price Gains Slow for Fourth Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices grew more slowly in August amid modest sales, a trend that could help make homes more affordable in the months ahead.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 5.6 percent in August from 12 months earlier. That's down from 6.7 percent in July and the smallest gain since November 2012. Home prices were rising at a double-digit pace as recently as March.

3. FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers Over Unlimited Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company – slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video.

4. Southwind Animal Hospital Sells for $1.1 Million -

Southwind Animal Hospital, a veterinary clinic on Winchester Road in the Southwind area, has been sold for $1.1 million.

Southwind Veterinary Partners GP, which includes G. Noell Moseley, Barden A. Greenfield and Genie Hooker, sold the property at 7910 Winchester Road to Southwind Veterinary Holdings LLC, according to an Oct. 24 special warranty deed.

5. China’s Growth Gut Check -

The global economy is a symphony of regional and local economies interconnected by trade, interest rates and currency movements. We can generalize the influence of our leading instrumentalists in the following ways.

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7. Fed Will Likely Signal No Rate Hike Anytime Soon -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy.

Yet when the Federal Reserve meets this week, few foresee any major policy changes. The Fed is expected to complete a bond-buying program, which was intended to keep long-term interest rates low. And, to support the economy, it will likely reiterate it's in no rush to raise its key short-term rate.

8. Farrell-Calhoun Applies for $2 Million Building Permit -

Farrell-Calhoun Paint Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit for its Downtown Memphis warehouse.

9. Redbirds Family Loses Former Player -

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a top prospect who played for the Memphis Redbirds the past two seasons, was killed in a car accident on Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Dominican Republic. He was 22.

10. Ford Profit Falls in Third Quarter on Truck Costs -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.

Net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is 700 pounds lighter due to its aluminum construction, is scheduled to go on sale by the end of this year.

11. Sears Secures $7.3 Million Loan on East Memphis Store -

The parent company of Sears has taken out a $7.3 million loan on the store at 4570 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, part of a broader effort to pump hundreds of millions into the struggling retailer.

12. Hard Rock Priority -

When Hard Rock Café opened in the late 1990s at Beale and Hernando streets it was a late realization of a brand-specific goal city leaders had pursued while The Pyramid was being built in the late 1980s.

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14. This week in Memphis history: October 24-30 -

2009: Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said he had received a “target” letter from federal prosecutors indicating he was the target of a federal investigation into an option he had on the land where the Greyhound bus terminal then stood. Ultimately the investigation went nowhere.

15. Hard Rock CEO Shows Interest In Memphis Hotel -

The president and chief executive officer of Hard Rock Café International Inc. said Thursday, Oct. 23, with the new Beale Street location for Hard Rock, he is interested in a Hard Rock hotel as an extension of the business in Memphis.

16. Fuel Costs Ease, US Airline Profits Soar -

DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too.

Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June.

17. Group to Promote Afterschool Programs in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group is being formed to promote afterschool programs in Tennessee.

United Ways of Tennessee, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and others held a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol in Nashville to launch the Tennessee Afterschool Network.

18. First Horizon Acquires Company -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The parent company of First Tennessee bank has acquired a Raleigh, North Carolina financial company.

First Horizon National Corp. purchased TrustAtlantic Financial Corp. for $80 million on Wednesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1scdaEt ) the deal is subject to approval by regulators and TrustAtlantic's shareholders.

19. Downtown TGI Fridays Getting Renovations -

The TGI Fridays at 185 Union Ave. Downtown is about to get some interior renovations.

The restaurant applied Oct. 21 for a $280,000 building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

20. Hilton Data Center, Land Sold For $3.7 million -

The Hilton Data Center building in Memphis and 4.3 acres of vacant land have been sold for $3.7 million.

HLT Memphis Data LLC, which is affiliated with Hilton Hotels Corp., sold the 35,000-square-foot mixed-use office building and vacant land to F9 Memphis LLC, according to an Oct. 22 warranty deed. The buyer, F9 Memphis LLC, is affiliated with Charlotte, N.C.-based Niagra Ventures, according to public records. Niagra Ventures’ website said the company broadened its portfolio of industrial and manufacturing products into the data center asset sector in 2008.

21. Grizzlies Find Respect Hard to Come By -

Perhaps it was a just coincidence. On the day that the results of the annual NBA General Managers’ survey were announced, ESPN was in Memphis for its only scheduled visit of the season.

Or perhaps this was no coincidence at all.

22. Willow Lake Sales Positive News For The Market -

The sale this week of five properties inside Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park for $4.2 million was welcome news for several reasons.

For one, true owners tend to take much better care of properties and market them more aggressively than special servicers like Bethesda, Md.-based CWCapital Asset Management.

23. Gordon Ball Launches Bus Tour in Tennessee Senate Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Wednesday kicked off a bus tour around Tennessee that he hopes will draw attention to incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander's refusal to engage in a series of statewide debates.

24. Willow Lake Building Sold for $1.9 million -

Another building inside Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park in Hickory Hill has been sold for $1.9 million.

Willow Lake Business Park LLC acquired 3592 Willow Lake Blvd. from 198-6 Memphis Industrial Portfolio Holdings LLC, which is affiliated with Bethesda, Md.-based special servicer CWCapital Asset Management, according to an Oct. 13 warranty deed.

25. China Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in 5 Years -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.

26. Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.

27. BancorpSouth Earnings Rise to $28.8 Million -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — BancorpSouth Inc. saw its net income rise more than 15 percent to $28.8 million in the third quarter, as loans and insurance commission revenue increased.

28. Mississippi Renews Water-Rights Battle With Memphis -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to file a new lawsuit alleging Memphis is stealing water from the state.

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30. Nike Inc. Applies For $1.9 million Building Permit -

Nike Inc. has applied for a $1.9 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

31. GOP Governors Don't See 'Obamacare' Going Away -

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away.

32. Two Willow Lake Buildings Sold for $1.9 Million -

Two buildings inside Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park in Hickory Hill have been sold for $1.9 million.

Eagle Capital LLC acquired 3900 Willow Lake Blvd. and 4100 Willow Lake Blvd. from 198-6 Memphis Industrial Portfolio Holdings LLC, which is affiliated with Bethesda, Md.-based special servicer CWCapital Asset Management LLC, according to an Oct. 13 warranty deed.

33. Las Vegas Without Gambling -

Who in his right mind spends four days in Las Vegas, without kids to slow down things, and doesn’t sit at a table game even once to play a hand?

Who visits Sin City and doesn’t buy in at a morning poker game? And who travels to Las Vegas with a group of friends, almost all of whom played at least one table game, and doesn’t sit with them?

34. SEC Finds Dominance at Top of Associated Press Poll -

Another week, another first in the Associated Press college football poll. For the first time, one conference – yes, the SEC – has placed four teams in the top five. Mississippi State remained No. 1 after its bye week. Florida State of the ACC stayed No. 2 after defeating Notre Dame. Ole Miss held at No. 3 after beating Tennessee, Alabama moved up three spots to No. 4 after blasting Texas A&M 59-0, and Auburn moved up a spot to fifth after its bye week.

35. Turner, Chism Survey New County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners Van Turner and George Chism belong to different political parties. Turner is a Democrat and Chism is a Republican.

36. Waterford Place Apartments Sells for $28.3 Million -

The 320-unit Waterford Place Apartments in Southeast Shelby County has sold to an entity affiliated with Chicago-based Trilogy Real Estate Group for $28.3 million, or about $88,438 per unit.

TMF III Waterford Place Partnership purchased the complex in an Oct. 16 special warranty deed from WRF-Waterford Place LLC, an entity related to Boston-based real estate investment trust Winthrop Realty Trust. Winthrop bought the property in April 2012 for $21.5 million.

37. Experts to Provide Commercial Real Estate Outlook at Seminar -

Yes, Overton Square is booming, but that may not have been the case without Memphis-based Loeb Properties Inc.

38. Business Licenses Up 13.2 Percent Year to Date -

Year to date, business licenses are ahead of 2013’s pace but there were fewer licenses issued through the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the third quarter of 2014 than from the same period in 2013.

39. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

40. This week in Memphis history: October 17-23 -

2013: Standing at the corner of Farrington Street and Hollowell Avenue in Riverside, District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced the city’s first no gang zone aimed at the Riverside Rolling 90s Crips gang.

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42. Tennesseeans Urged to Fight 'Voter Suppression' -

Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper and community leaders are urging people to vote this election cycle following a recent report that shows states that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not.

43. Cox Media Acquires WHBQ Transmitter Site -

The FOX-13 WHBQ radio and television transmitter site has been sold for $1.1 million.

Fox Television Stations Inc. sold the 3,200-square-foot building built in 1954 and 27.5 acres of land to KTVU LLC, which is affiliated with Cox Media Group, according to an Oct. 8 warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $231,200.

44. Slive’s Influence Stretches Beyond SEC -

What would the NFL be today if Pete Rozelle had never been the league’s commissioner? We might still just be watching pro football on Sunday afternoons.

Rozelle’s name belongs in the same conversation with retiring Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive. Because what Rozelle did for the pro game – pushing the idea of Monday football for but one example – Slive has done for the SEC and college football overall.

45. Tigers Look to Johnson to be Floor Maestro -

Most of them, the ones that become their college basketball team’s leading scorer or the guy that runs the show from the point, were always obvious talents.

You know the type, best player on the court at age 6 when all the other kids are carrying the basketball like a football or dribbling the ball off their knees.

46. Developer Focuses on Midtown Corner -

Developer Charles S. Ryan is looking to expand his Midtown real estate holdings. For several years Ryan has held discussions with property owners around the intersection of Cooper Street and Central Avenue.

47. Bankruptcies Top 3,000 After Second-Quarter Dip -

After a second quarter in which bankruptcy filings dipped below 3,000 for the first time since 2011, the total number of filings for the Memphis area rose slightly above 3,000.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, there were 3,135 filings by individuals or businesses with a Shelby County address in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

48. Budget Deficit Drops to $483 Billion, Lowest Since 2008 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office, the government reported Wednesday.

It's the lowest since 2008 and, when measured against the size of the economy, is below the average deficits of the past 40 years. The deficit equaled 2.8 percent of gross domestic product, which is the economy's total output of goods and services.

49. Tennesseeans Urged to Fight 'Voter Suppression' -

Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper and community leaders are urging people to vote this election cycle following a recent report that shows states that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not.

50. Sprouts Moving Ahead With Germantown Store -

Sprouts Farmers Market is moving ahead with developing its new Germantown grocery store.

Sprouts, one of the fastest growing grocery chains in the country, has filed $1.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

51. Less Heat, More Light -

In a 1912 poem, Ezra Pound wrote, “Winter is icumen in.” Pound’s “Ancient Music” parodies a 13th century Anglo-Saxon poem that begins “Sumer is icumen in” (sic). Hardly a novel idea: “Here comes winter.” Happens every year, no? We want to prepare.

52. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

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54. Nielsen Says ABC News Didn’t Win in Ratings -

The Nielsen company says ABC’s evening newscast did not break a 263-week winning streak by its rivals at NBC, which had been reported last week.

News ratings for the week beginning Sept. 29 were affected by a software error that created miscalculations of television viewership dating back to last March. Industry officials said the error meant ABC’s viewership was consistently overestimated.

55. Tin Roof Launching Beale Street Renovations -

A Nashville-based bar and restaurant chain is preparing to renovate the former Hard Rock Café location on Beale Street.

Tin Roof has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin a makeover of the 11,500-square-foot building Hard Rock occupied at 315 Beale St. Founded in 2002, Tin Roof now has 13 locations, and the Beale Street one is the company’s first in Memphis.

56. Building Permits Jump 35 Percent in September -

Shelby County homebuilding activity experienced significant gains in September when compared to the same month last year.

Builders pulled 77 permits in Shelby County in September, up 35 percent from 57 permits pulled in September 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

57. Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

58. New Daily Deals Service Expands Into Memphis -

A new daily deals service that has longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak as its spokesman is preparing to expand into Memphis.

The service is Great American Deals, a hyper-local daily deals venture similar to Groupon. Sajak’s friend and business partner, Michael Silber, is the company’s CEO who first came to Sajak a few years ago as he looked for a way to get into the daily deals space around the time Groupon was starting to take off.

59. Poll: Many Insured Struggle With Medical Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury.

60. Cox Media Acquires WHBQ Building -

The FOX-13 WHBQ television station on Highland Street has been sold for $2.6 million.

Fox Television Stations Inc. sold the 25,923-square-foot building at 483 S. Highland St. to KTVU LLC, which is affiliated with Cox Media Group, according to an Oct. 8 warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $1.2 million.

61. Garrison Charts New Course for MATA -

The new president of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants more collaboration with groups that have ideas about where the city’s bus system can gain passengers while keeping those riders who depend on the bus system.

62. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Projects -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – are considering investing more than $25 million in Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

“It's always good to see FedEx expanding and the other two projects appear to be new to Memphis,” said Kemp Conrad, principal of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. “This balanced growth is encouraging and we expect more good news later in the fourth quarter."

63. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Flat in Third Quarter -

The third quarter was a pretty quiet period for mortgage brokers, based on activity during the period and a comparison to what was happening at this time last year.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 2,513 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during the third quarter, statistically flat compared to the 2,522 mortgages during the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

64. Highland Row Developer Applies for Building Permit -

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures is preparing to move forward with the long-stalled Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

The company has applied for a $20 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. Wakefield Beasley & Associates is the architect and Jordan & Skala Engineers is listed as the engineering firm.

65. Silver Lining -

Fueled by a steep drop in bank sales, Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in the third quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

There were a total of 486 bank sales in the quarter, as opposed to 752 in the same period last year, a decrease of 35 percent, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

66. Federal Budget Deficit Falls to $486 Billion -

The federal government's budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama's six-year span in office, a new report said Wednesday.

The Congressional Budget Office's latest estimate shows better results than earlier projections by both CBO and the White House budget office.

67. Mississippi Renews Claims Memphis is Stealing Water -

Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2010 to consider a similar claim.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Mississippi is seeking at least $615 million in damages. That's less than half the previous claim of $1.3 billion.

68. Does Maryville Have Tennessee’s Best Schools? -

Three school systems, Maryville City Schools, Kingsport City School and Williamson County Schools are vying to earn SCORE’s top prize as Tennessee’s No. 1 district for 2014.

The winning district receives a $25,000 prize.

69. Nashville School News Briefs -

Montgomery Bell Student, Faculty Films Air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

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71. October 10-16: This Week in Memphis History -

2004: The Memphis Grizzlies played their first home game at FedExForum, an exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

1954: President Dwight Eisenhower campaigned in Memphis during the mid-term congressional elections. Republicans had won narrow majorities in the House and Senate two years earlier. But they lost both to Democrats in the midterm elections two years later.

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73. Developers Seek Permit for The Annex Lofts -

Developers are preparing to move forward with The Annex Lofts project Downtown.

Vince Smith Jr., who is teaming up with Robert Mallory, applied for a $1.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin converting the 38,776-square-foot space at 345 S. Front St. into 23 apartments. The Annex Lofts will also include an interior courtyard and basement parking.

74. Joining the Team -

As football and basketball seasons start up again, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

75. Once High-Flying Vince Carter in Different Role With Grizz -

At this stage of his NBA career, there are a lot of euphemisms for Vince Carter.

Veteran. Elder statesman. Old guy. Those were Carter’s own words when describing his exit in Dallas this summer, after owner Mark Cuban put a three-year, $46.1 million offer sheet in front of 25-year-old Chandler Parsons. The Benefactor indeed.

76. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants -

A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.

Southeast Restaurant Group bought the restaurants at 8325 U.S. 64, 7733 Winchester Road and 176 Goodman Road in Southaven, part of a broader 20-restaurant deal.

77. EW Scripps Buys Weather App Maker Weathersphere -

NEW YORK (AP) – The E.W. Scripps Co., the media company that is spinning off its newspaper business, said Wednesday that it bought weather app maker WeatherSphere. The companies did not give financial details of the deal.

78. Federal Budget Deficit Falls to $486 Billion -

The federal government’s budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama’s six-year span in office, a new report said Wednesday.

The Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate shows better results than earlier projections by both CBO and the White House budget office.

79. Hickory Hill Warehouse Sells for $1.6 Million -

ARCP Acquisitions LLC has paid $1.6 million for the 14,650-square-foot warehouse at 4517 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill, marking the second time the property has sold in three months.

80. Paragon Launches Small-Business Group -

Memphis-based Paragon Bank is expanding beyond the city, thanks to its launch of a new division focused on small-business lending.

81. Health Law Waivers: Too Complicated to Claim? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

82. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

83. Calbee North America Locates in Mississippi -

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia.

Officials say company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make more than $40,000 a year, on average.

84. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land -

The owner of Acura of Memphis has paid $12.4 million for the East Memphis dealership and 25 acres of land.

Umansky Properties AOM LLC – led by Danny Umansky of Umansky Auto Group, which includes Acura of Memphis, Acura of Jackson, Tenn., and Wolfchase Hyundai – bought the properties in an Oct. 1 warranty deed from Tameron Properties Memphis LLC.

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86. Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN -

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

And, like last year, Memphis companies again represent almost half of the statewide batch of companies taking part in the program.

87. Home Sales Spike Surprises Realtors -

In welcome – if not slightly surprising – news for the local housing market, home sales jumped in September as housing values continued to rise, providing a measure of relief for a market that has endured slower-than-expected activity.

88. NBA Extends Television Deals With ESPN and TNT -

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.

The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay generously to secure the rights long term.

89. Wealthy Giving Less to Charity; Utah Tops States -

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

90. Mississippi Renews Claims Memphis is Stealing Water -

Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2010 to consider a similar claim.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Mississippi is seeking at least $615 million in damages. That's less than half the previous claim of $1.3 billion.

91. Brook Chase Apartments Sells for $31.1 million -

The 280-unit Brook Chase Apartments community in Germantown has been sold for $31.1 million.

Brook Chase Apartments Partnership LLC, an affiliate of Germantown-based Sentinel Real Estate Corp., sold the complex to G & I VIII Brook Chase LLC, an affiliate of New York City-based DRA Advisors LLC, according to an Oct. 3 special warranty deed. G & I VIII Brook Chase LLC also filed a $22.1 million loan with CBRE Capital Markets Inc., according to an Oct. 3 multifamily deed of trust.

92. Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City -

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.

If that’s what you think, think again. In fact, if you’re looking for a year-round destination that features all of these activities and more, you can find it in and around Traverse City, Mich.

93. Orgel Hints at Tennessee Brewery Plans -

The owner of the Tennessee Brewery said the historic property could be transformed into a mixed-use project featuring apartments and some ground-floor commercial space, according to a news report.

Billy Orgel, president of cell phone tower development firm Tower Ventures, said the “likely” use of the massive property overlooking the Mississippi River at 495 Tennessee St. would be a combination of residential and commercial space, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

94. McNeill Files Loans for Medical Office Park -

McNeill Commercial Real Estate, operating as Wolf River Kimbrough Partners, has filed two loans totaling $4 million for a planned medical office park.

McNeill filed for the loans with Financial Federal, according to two Oct. 1 commercial deeds of trust. Spence Ray of McNeill signed both deeds of trust.

95. Keystone Educator Named Teacher of the Year -

A fourth-grade teacher at Keystone Elementary School was recognized Thursday, Oct. 2, as Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year.

Karen Vogelsang was recognized by state leaders, including Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

96. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

97. This week in Memphis history: October 3-9 -

2013: Wyatt Bunker took office as the new mayor of Lakeland. Bunker, a Shelby County Commissioner and former county school board member, upset incumbent Scott Carmichael in the September Lakeland city elections.

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99. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

100. Obama Touts Economic Gains Under His Watch -

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – President Barack Obama laid claim to an economic recovery Thursday that he said has made steady progress even as he blamed Republicans for rejecting steps he argued would help families with little to show for an upturn that has lowered unemployment, beefed up corporate accounts and fueled the stock market.