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1. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

2. Nike Inc. Applies For $2M Building Permit -

Nike Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

3. Nike Applies for $2 Million Building Permit -

Nike Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

4. Building Innovation Networks -

This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech.

“Get out of your work building and go into the world,” says the speaker. The team she is working with at Roche have started a program called “Get Out of the Building” as a way to not only get exposed to new ideas but also to build new relationships. It’s great advice.

5. Highland Row Developer Applies for $6.7 Million Permit -

387 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $6.7 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Application Date: November 2014
Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers
Details: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

6. Nike Applies for Building Permits -

Nike Inc. has applied for two building permits totaling $691,600 through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

7. Nike Applies for Building Permits -

Nike Inc. has applied for two building permits totaling $691,600 through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

8. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

9. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

10. CWCapital Sheds Willow Lake Buildings -

3900, 4100 Willow Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.9 million

11. 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.

12. Cycle for Life -

She’s young, physically active, and the family history did not suggest she was at risk. Yet Kate Horton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

13. Allow Innovation to Expand Business Model -

As your innovation efforts begin to move from the ideation to the testing phase, or the co-creation with consumers or customers, outlandish and disruptive concepts present themselves. As messy as children arriving, they show up, saying, "Feed me, let me scream at the top of my lungs, I’m uncivilized,” all without speaking.

14. Lipscomb Expands Offerings to Fill Workplace Needs -

Lipscomb University is gearing toward the future this fall with three new programs designed to give students an advantage in a rapidly changing job market.

With a recent vote aimed directly at employment trends, the university’s board of trustees approved a School of Public Policy and Civic Leadership, a separate competency-based program and a physician assistant degree.

15. Brand Lessons from Apple -

The essence of a brand isn’t so much about rationale arguments; instead, it’s how it makes the market feel emotionally. So believed the late Steve Jobs.

“Nike sells a commodity; they sell shoes. And yet when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don’t ever talk about the product... What’s Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes and… great athletics. That is what they are about.”

16. Creative Works Conference Launching in October -

A three-day conference for Memphis’ creative community is launching in the city later this year that includes a speaking roster of design, illustration, typography and other creative heavy-hitters from around the country.

17. Retailers Launch Cybercrime Info Sharing Center -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some of the country's largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers' personal and financial information from hackers and thieves.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several top retailers ranging from Gap Inc. to Walgreen Co., on Wednesday launched an intelligence sharing center focused on the prevention of cybercrimes against retailers.

18. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis -

It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.

The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”

19. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 -

2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.

20. Hard Rock, Nike File Building Permits -

Hard Rock Café International has filed a $2.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its coming renovation of the Lansky building at 126 Beale St.

21. Hard Rock, Nike File Building Permits -

Hard Rock Café International has filed a $2.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its coming renovation of the Lansky building at 126 Beale St.

22. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

23. Jobs Explosion -

Conduit Global will hire 1,000 people over the next three to five years to staff a large call center in Shelby County, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Conduit Global president Bryce Hayes said the New York-based company will start hiring 300 immediately for the $8 million call center serving Verizon.

24. Telecom Company to Open Call Center in Shelby County -

A telecommunications-related company will locate a major call center in Shelby County, a project that will create hundreds of new jobs.

The company, which has been operating under the code name Project Moscow, will announce the deal that will employ over 500 people on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to sources with knowledge of the project. The unidentified company would operate the call center for one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers, Verizon.

25. Collierville Fred’s Sells for $1.5 Million -

450 U.S. 72
Collierville, TN 38017
Sale Amount: $1.5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 20, 2013
Buyer: Collierville Realty Holdings LLC
Seller: Washington Square Properties (a Tennessee general partnership composed of Thomas W. Taylor, trustee of the Thomas W. Taylor Revocable Living Trust dated April 27, 2000, and Thomas W. Hart)
Loan Amount: $793,000
Loan Date: Dec. 20, 2013
Maturity Date: Dec. 20, 2016
Lender: First Capital Bank
Details: The 19,152-square-foot fred’s retail store at 450 U.S. 72 in Collierville has sold for $1.5 million.

26. Nike Files $1.4 Million Permit for Frayser Facility -

Nike Inc. has filed a $1.4 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

27. Define Your Core Business -

Most successful new businesses begin by taking advantage of a new, untapped opportunity that develops in the marketplace. These businesses can grow organically for many years by continuing to take advantage of their formula for success.

28. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will host its October Lunch in the Know on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis Medical Plaza B, 6027 Walnut Grove Road. Lisa Leach and Tanja Thompson, shareholders at Littler Mendelson PC, will present “Managing the Toxic Employee.” Cost is free for chamber members; lunch is provided. Email tlee@memphischamber.com.

29. Events -

Middle Tennessee State University will hold a “True Blue Tour” stop for 2014-2015 prospective students Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Cost is free. Visit tinyurl.com/truebluetour to preregister.

30. Hanging Around -

The Pickering Firm Inc. is the architect and engineer of record for Nike’s massive, 1.7 million-square-foot facility expansion in Frayser.

31. Nike Files $4.3 Million Permit for Frayser Facility -

3100 New Frayser Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38128
Permit Cost: $4.3 million

Project Cost: $301 million
Permit Date: Applied September 2013
Completion: TBA
Owner: Nike Inc.
Tenant: Nike Inc.
Architect: N/A
Contractor: Wynright Corp.
Details: Nike Inc. has filed a $4.3 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

32. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

33. Nike Files $4.3 Million Permit for Frayser Facility -

Nike Inc. has filed a $4.3 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

34. Dow Average Adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa -

The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.

35. Council Delays Referendums and OKs Alarm Fee Hike -

Memphis City Council members delayed Tuesday, July 16, several items that would have called for special referendum elections in this off-election year for Memphis voters.

The council delayed final votes to set referendums on civil service changes as well as on a proposed half-percent sales tax hike.

36. Council Delays Referendums, Approves Hike in Alarm Fees -

Memphis City Council members delayed Tuesday, July 16, several items that would have called for special referendum elections in this off-election year for Memphis voters.

The council delayed final votes to set referendums on civil service changes as well as on a proposed half-percent sales tax hike.

37. Council Ponders Use of Reserve To Keep Fire Station Open -

Memphis City Council member considered briefly Tuesday, July 16, using $1.1 million from the $48 million city reserve fund to keep a North Memphis fire station open.

But they dropped the idea after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. agreed to keep Fire Station #6, on Danny Thomas Boulevard north of Chelsea Avenue open at least until Labor Day.

38. Pitching Memphis -

Staunching a brain drain of college-age creative talent is a task cities around the country are undertaking with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

In Memphis, that sales job begins in earnest each summer. And it results in a big push to introduce college-educated interns to top executives and local cultural attractions – basically, the best the city has to offer – in the hope those young people will put down roots here.

39. Former Ike’s on Summer Sells for $2.7 Million -

4569 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: May 17, 2013

40. Cresthaven Medical Building Sells for $2.5 Million -

1068 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2013

41. Nike Distribution Center Issued $4.4 Million Permit -

The city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement has issued a $4.4 million mechanical permit for work on Nike Inc.’s North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

42. Oakhaven Warehouse Sells After Foreclosure -

4120 Air Trans Road, Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 7, 2013

43. Nike Files $3 Million Permit for Distribution Center -

Nike Inc. has filed a $3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

44. Companies Need to Think Like Venture Capitalists -

Last week we discussed the concept of the intrapreneur and our conviction that companies must add the pressures of failure and constrained resources to get ingenuity. Real entrepreneurs have vision, resilience and fortitude. Their natural drive, focus on survival and ability to pivot with the market is what generates market winners. It is the natural selection process at work. This is why VCs think the team is most critical, and companies looking to innovate should too.

45. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

46. Council to Hear Fairgrounds Update -

Memphis City Council members get a look Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the latest plan for renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The city administration presents its plan at the 1:45 p.m. council executive session.

47. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. The topic covers building meaningful relationships. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

48. Nike Buys Frayser Land From Belz for Expansion -

200 acres in Frayser Sale Amount: $2.2 million

Sale Date: Jan. 24, 2013

Buyer: Nike TN Inc.

49. Events -

Nike Inc. will host construction symposiums for locally owned small, women-owned and minority businesses Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Attendees will learn about construction opportunities at Nike’s Memphis expansion. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3500.

50. Nike Buys Frayser Land From Belz for Expansion -

Nike Inc. has paid $2.2 million for about 200 acres of vacant land in Frayser from Belz Investco GP for an expansion of its North Memphis distribution center.

51. Nike Inc. to Hold Construction Symposiums -

Nike Inc. will hold two construction symposiums Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St., to inform locally-owned, small, women-owned and minority businesses of the construction opportunities that will come from its $301 million distribution campus expansion in North Memphis. Businesses will hear from Nike officials on the scale and timing of the project and how local companies can take advantage of chances to submit bids.

52. Nike Inc. to Hold Construction Symposiums -

Nike Inc. will hold two construction symposiums Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St., to inform locally-owned, small, women-owned and minority businesses of the construction opportunities that will come from its $301 million distribution campus expansion in North Memphis.

53. Sales Tax Referendum Shifts to Late Summer -

A referendum on a half-percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre-kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

54. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

55. Council Delays Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance -

At their first meeting of 2013, Memphis City Council members delayed until Feb. 5 a vote on third and final reading of a “wage theft” ordinance.

Council member Myron Lowery called for the delay at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting saying he wanted to wait until the Shelby County Commission takes its final vote later this month on the same ordinance.

56. Council Delays Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance -

At their first meeting of 2013, Memphis City Council members delayed until Feb. 5 a vote on third and final reading of a “wage theft” ordinance.

Council member Myron Lowery called for the delay at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting saying he wanted to wait until the Shelby County Commission takes its final vote later this month on the same ordinance.

57. City Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the architect working on that project as well as the overall Fairgrounds renovation for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told council members Tuesday, Jan. 8, plans for the Mid-South Coliseum are still to come.

58. Council Tackles Blue CRUSH, Wage Theft -

Memphis City Council members take up third and final reading Tuesday, Jan. 8, of an ordinance that sets up a local General Sessions Court-based process for settling “wage theft” complaints.

59. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

60. Council Drops Resolution Advancing Vance Plan -

The Memphis City Council dropped a resolution Tuesday, Dec. 4, that would have advanced a Vance Avenue renovation plan by the Vance Avenue Collaborative to protect Foote Homes against future demolition.

61. City Council Drops Resolution Advancing Vance Avenue Plan -

The Memphis City Council dropped a resolution Tuesday, Dec. 4, that would have advanced a Vance Avenue renovation plan by the Vance Avenue Collaborative to protect Foote Homes against future demolition.

62. Council Debates Golf Courses Fate -

Four golf courses owned and run by the city of Memphis are closed for the winter season as the Memphis City Council continues to debate the fate of the Whitehaven golf course, one of the four, which was to be closed permanently starting this month.

63. Nike Green Lights Frayser Expansion -

Less than a week after winning a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, Nike Inc. executives have apparently ended their deliberations about where to build a larger supply chain distribution center.

64. Jobs Push Made for State’s Veterans -

Hundreds of thousands of veterans will be coming home in the near future, as the U.S. downsizes its presence in the Middle East.

Many of those veterans will need jobs. And employers across Tennessee, with help from state government, are going on a major hiring push to put them to work.

65. Athletes as Frauds: The Fall From Grace -

A cycling wreck leaves scars, layers of flesh skinned by rough pavement, a broken bone or two, maybe a concussion.

So maybe that explains why Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace seems so much farther – and the landing so much harder – than the decline and fall of the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.

66. Nike Wins $57.8 Million Tax Break -

Project Victory isn’t in the bag just yet. There is competition. Project Victory is what local economic development officials were calling the proposed $301 million expansion of the Nike Inc. plant in Frayser.

67. Nike Gets 15 Year $57.8 Million PILOT For Tentative Frayser Expansion -

The board of the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved Wednesday, Oct. 17, a 15-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Nike Tn. Inc. for a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser.

68. Armstrong Steps Down as Livestrong Chairman -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity and Nike severed ties with him as fallout from the doping scandal swirling around the famed cyclist escalated Wednesday.

69. Freedom Awards Winners Talk Important Decisions -

An audience of several thousand children from several local schools got a glimpse Tuesday, Oct. 16, of just how tentative the decisions that make history and change can be.

Each of the four winners of the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards talked of different courses they might have taken during the annual forum at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ.

70. Nike Plans Expansion, Seeks Tax Freeze -

Nike has a plan on the drawing board to expand its presence in Memphis in a big way, spending millions to grow its local operation – and add 250 new jobs.

The world’s largest seller of athletic footwear and apparel is seeking a 15-year tax freeze to help it expand its facility at 3100 New Frayser Blvd. and upgrade its facility at 5151 Shelby Drive.

71. Nike seeks tax break for Memphis expansion -

Nike has a plan on the drawing board to expand its presence in Memphis in a big way, spending millions to grow its local operation – and add 250 new jobs.

The world’s largest seller of athletic footwear and athletic appear is seeking a 15-year tax freeze to help the company expand its facility at 3100 New Frayser Blvd. and upgrade its facility at 5151 Shelby Drive.

72. Finding Inspiration In an Ad -

ADVERTISING. YOU GOTTA LOVE IT. From time to time, I’ve been invited to lecture on advertising, copywriting and the creative process in college classrooms – as opposed to the uninvited lectures I’ve given in all kinds of rooms. I tell students that advertising is a terrible business made up of itty-bitty margins, great big egos, volcanic eruptions and Richter 8 earthquakes – and those are just the staff meetings. I tell them it’s a constant emotional roller coaster of soaring ups and crushing downs, of inspired thought and amazing idiocy – and that’s all before lunch.

73. City Gear Announces Deveroes Acquisition -

Memphis-based urban fashion retailer City Gear will acquire another urban fashion retailer, Deveroes.

City Gear targets urban customers between 16 and 30 with footwear and apparel from major brands. Cincinnati-based Deveroes carries urban and street inspired shoes and clothes from Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Levi and other brands.

74. Does Your Brand Have Personality? -

Ever wonder why some small businesses become powerful brands and others stagnate? Often, it comes down to brand personality, or lack thereof.

Take ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, whose owners founded the company on the principle of “If it’s not fun, why do it?” That brand personality resonates both inside and outside the company. Employees have fun at work and that sense of enjoyment permeates to the outside world as well. Known for fun flavors like Cherry Garcia, named for the Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia, the brand now promotes a controversial flavor of the month, such as Imagine Whirled Peace, What a Cluster, and Karmel Sutra.

75. Pera, Lightman, Rainer V Take Top Pinnacle Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honored the top performers in commercial real estate for 2011 at the 11th annual Pinnacle Awards gala, held Tuesday, April 24, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

76. McKesson VP: Slowness Cost Memphis -

When McKesson Pharmaceutical Co. went looking for another redistribution center, it wanted 70 acres of land for what wound up being a $135 million investment, the largest capital investment made in the history of the health care software, automation and services company.

77. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a breakfast forum Thursday, March 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Mike Brewer, vice president of Nike’s North America supply chain, will speak. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com to register.

78. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

79. Events -

The RISE Foundation’s Responsible Lending Collaborative will meet Monday, March 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1548 Poplar Ave.

80. The Right Place -

When people think of Memphis, they might picture an aerial shot of Downtown – skyscrapers, The Pyramid and all.

But Andy Cates’ view of Memphis is different. He sees the city’s “dirty, industrial real estate.”

81. CRE Outlook Remains Mixed -

A sophomore at the University of Memphis could open up an economics book and explain how the United States got to its current state through the laws of demand, diminishing returns and comparative advantage.

82. CRE Outlook Remains Mixed -

A sophomore at the University of Memphis could open up an economics book and explain how the United States got to its current state through the laws of demand, diminishing returns and comparative advantage.

83. Women's Foundation Names Board Members -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has named new members to its 2011-2012 board of directors.

They are Meri Armour, president and CEO, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; Toni L. Boland, sustainable business and innovation specialist, Nike Inc.; Carolyn Hardy, president and CEO, Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC; Gretchen W. McLennon, program officer, Hyde Family Foundations; Nisha Powers, majority owner and president, Powers Hill Design LLC; and Stacie Waddell, philanthropist.

84. Memphian Brings Big Experience to ‘Nut ReMix’ -

Years ago, Charles Riley needed access to dance teachers, technique and facilities. Now international stars are clamoring for access to him.

85. Shelby Farms Playground Seeks Green Certification -

Shelby Farms Park’s Woodland Discovery Playground is in the running to be the first certified Sustainable Sites Initiative project in the world.

86. Green Shoots -

As the local commercial real estate market approaches the end of 2011, experts say it appears to be in line with national fundamentals for secondary and tertiary markets.

Shelby County commercial sales in the third quarter were the highest sales volume since Q3 2007, with $259 million, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

87. Skateboard Community Stoked About New Park -

The city’s first skatepark is more than a location in Tobey Park near the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

To those who pushed for its development, the park is new life for a culture that had faded a bit from its popularity of the 1980s but never really went away.

88. A Summer Many Investors Would Rather Forget -

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

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

89. Feds Seize Flea Market -

After they shut it down in June, law enforcement agents seized 153,634 counterfeit items from the now-defunct flea market that operated at 4233 S. Third St.

90. The World Is Your Billboard -

Mere minutes after stepping off the plane in Vegas, I was reminded how well Sin City leverages every piece of potential marketing real estate imaginable.

Billboard advertising, also called “outdoor” or “out of home,” isn’t simply relegated to traditional roadside boards. It’s in some of the most unexpected of locations. And much of it is grand in scale, design and message. Would you expect anything less of Vegas?

91. Nike Adds 400K Square Feet To Local Portfolio -

The world’s largest maker of athletic gear has signed a lease in Memphis’ Southeast industrial submarket to handle its newly acquired NFL contract.

Nike Inc. inked a 400,000-square-foot warehouse lease in Centerpointe Distribution Center No. 1, 3461 E. Raines Road. Built in 1994, the property, owned by San Francisco-based Prologis Inc., features 38 dock doors and an 11,687-square-foot office space component.

92. The Power of Positive News -

Last week, we explored Knowledge Quest, which is working as a community change agent for youth and families in the 38126 and 38106 ZIP codes. This week, let us discuss a broad topic that could have powerful implications for our businesses, nonprofits and community pride: the Power of Positive News.

93. Dollar General Building Store On Jackson In N. Memphis -

Plans for a new Dollar General store in the city’s North submarket are under way. Ware Properties LLC purchased 9,100 square feet of vacant land at 3433 Jackson Ave. from Hector Tejeda in May for $140,000, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal of the parcel was $109,200.

94. Latino Memphis Hosts Shelby Farms Race, Festival -

Latino Memphis Saturday will host a CincoKMayo 5K Race and Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shelby Farms Park.

95. Shelby Farms Unveils New Playground -

Wild songbirds provided the music for a springtime scene straight out of a fairy tale, as Snow White – illuminated in sunshine and surrounded by blossoming trees – read a story to a wide-eyed little girl seated at her side.

96. Why Inflation Hurts More Than It Did 30 Years Ago -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Inflation spooked the nation in the early 1980s. It surged and kept rising until it topped 13 percent.

These days, inflation is much lower. Yet to many Americans, it feels worse now. And for a good reason: Their income has been even flatter than inflation.

97. New Plants Bode Well for Industrial Sector -

Although the overall commercial real estate market is soft, Memphis’ industrial sector appears to be gathering more steam than any other category.

With the arrival of such large projects like the Electrolux and Mitsubishi plants and Norfolk Southern Corp.’s new Fayette County intermodal yard, industry professionals hope ancillary business will bolster the industrial market by sparking new development, attracting new investors and enhancing the area’s economy.

98. Warren Buffett Says Economy Keeps Improving Slowly -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett said Wednesday the U.S. economy continues to improve and doesn't need as much government help as it is currently getting.

Buffett appeared Wednesday on CNBC four days after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders and discussing his insatiable appetite for big acquisitions like last year's purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

99. Clothing Prices to Rise 10 Pct Starting in Spring -

NEW YORK (AP) — The era of falling clothing prices is ending.

Clothing prices have dropped for a decade as tame inflation and cheap overseas labor helped hold down costs. Retailers and clothing makers cut frills and experimented with fabric blends to cut prices during the recession.

100. Memphis Aces -

The Racquet Club of Memphis is in full swing this week as it hosts the 2011 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & Cellular South Cup through Feb. 20.

Big improvements to The Racquet Club, like new video boards for the fans and new locker rooms for players and trainers, are helping to elevate the tournament experience for everyone.