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1. Walk in the Park -

They hike the trails, ride their bikes on the Greenline, maybe even go horseback riding or play disc golf.

“We see that age group out here all day long,” said Coral O’Connor, program assistant at Shelby Farms Park.

2. Patriotic Ceremony Honors Veterans -

Crossroads Hospice recognized 15 Memphis veterans today during a patriotic pinning ceremony at Highlands of Memphis. The Christian Brothers High School band and dozens of audience members saluted the men and women who have served our country during the Veterans Day event.


3. Shelby County Mortgage Volume Up 2 Percent -

When Patriot Bank executive vice president Keith Barger surveys the local mortgage lending landscape, he sees demand improving and homebuyers increasingly flocking – successfully – to bargains in the housing market.

4. 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.

5. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in July -

Kathee Villar, a loan officer with Community Mortgage Corp., has worked for the lender for 23 years, and when you’re in that kind of place for that length of time, certain patterns start to repeat themselves.

6. June Mortgage Total Improves 17 Percent -

June 2014 was a better month for mortgage activity than the same month in 2013.

Total volume rose 17 percent to almost $175 million last month, up from almost $149 million a year ago, according to Chandler Reports.

7. Changing Landscape -

It’s been confusing from a distance.

The formal groundbreaking for Shelby Farms Park’s $70 million “Heart of the Park” improvements, including an expansion of Patriot Lake, came the same week last month the Memphis City Council voted to delay for one year the city’s portion of funding for the Shelby Farms Parkway.

8. Park Progress -

Shelby Farms Park has always seemed, in a way, like Memphis’ 4,500-acre backyard.

Venture to the park on any given day, and what’s liable to greet you is a cross section of Memphis that presents itself amid the park’s rolling hills, pastures, trails and lakes.

9. Heart of Park Advances as Shelby Farms Parkway Stalls -

Within the space of a few days this month, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy formally broke ground on the park’s $70 million Heart of the Park project and then its leaders watched as the Memphis City Council delayed the Shelby Farms Parkway project for a year.

10. Shelby Farms Breaks Ground on Expansion -

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy leaders formally break ground Friday, June 13, on the $70 million project that includes an expansion of the park’s Patriot Lake, the addition of 10,000 new trees and other improvements.

11. Shelby Farms Conservancy Breaks Ground on Expansion -

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy leaders formally break ground Friday, June 13, on the $70 million project that includes an expansion of the park’s Patriot Lake, the addition of 10,000 new trees and other improvements.

12. Bailey Continues Call for Shelby Farms Development -

Walter Bailey is the only serving Shelby County Commissioner who was part of the 1970s debate on the commission about what to do with the farmland that was the old Shelby County Penal Farm.

13. Commission Approves Budgets and Dueling Tax Rates Without PreK Amendment -

Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

14. Commission to Vote on Budget, Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take final votes Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion operating budget and a $75 million capital budget for Shelby County government, and the first of three votes on a new property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

15. Shelby Farms Files $25 Million Permit for Lake Expansion -

500 Pine Lake
Memphis, TN 38134
Permit Cost: $25 million

Project Cost: $52 million
Permit Date: Applied May 2014
Completion: June 2016
Owner: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Tenant: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Architect: james corner field operations
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Details: The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has filed a $25 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand Patriot Lake.

16. Shelby Farms Files $25 Million Permit for Lake Expansion -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has filed a $25 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand Patriot Lake.

17. Mortgage Market Up 8 Percent in April -

Sam Goff, a senior loan originator at Independent Bank, announced in a post to his Facebook followers last month that mortgage rates were at one point about as low as they’d been in 2014 so far.

18. Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years to Find -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach.

19. Shelby County Mortgages Jump 12 Percent in February -

The latest monthly totals for Shelby County’s mortgage market show homebuying improved somewhat last month, with total mortgage volume up 12 percent compared to February 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

20. Mortgage Market Grows 3 Percent in 2013 -

The mortgage market in Shelby County ended 2013 with a modest improvement over 2012, with signs pointing to more advances in 2014.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,298 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2013, a 3 percent improvement from the 8,027 mortgages during 2012, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

21. Federal Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance Legal -

NEW YORK (AP) – The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

22. Big Tech Companies Lash Out at Government Snooping -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry's financial livelihood.

23. Lockheed Martin Cutting 4,000 Jobs, Closing Plants -

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.

24. Shelby Farms Road Reflects New Realities -

Eight years ago, environmental groups reached a consensus that a single north-south road through Shelby Farms Park was unavoidable and should be pushed as far west in the park as possible.

25. IRS Watchdog 'Disturbed' Agency Withheld Documents -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is "disturbed" the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out for additional scrutiny.

26. State Environmental Official Demoted After Terrorism Remark -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A state environmental official who said unfounded water quality complaints could be considered acts of terrorism has been demoted.

Sherwin Smith, who was formerly deputy director of the Division of Water Resources, has been returned to a lower-ranking position with a program that helps fund water projects in the state, said Meg Lockhart, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Smith had been deputy director of the Division of Water Resources.

27. Christian Brothers Names Doyle Vice President of Student Life -

Tim Doyle has joined Christian Brothers University as associate vice president of student life. In the role, Doyle supervises multiple aspects of campus operations – including housing, student government, health services and Greek organizations – working to address non-academic student needs and help students develop into active, engaged alumni.

28. Cohen Expresses Doubts Over NSA Claims -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen doesn’t remember the National Security Agency and intelligence officials briefing Congress on their gathering of telephone and email records and the tracking of the communications of millions of American citizens. But he has his doubts because he says the agencies involved routinely lie.

29. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

30. Arthritis Foundation Walk Raises Funds for Org. -

The Arthritis Foundation will hold the 2013 Arthritis Walk Memphis at Shelby Farms’ Patriot Lake on June 1.

31. Arthritis Foundation Walk to be Held June 1 -

The Arthritis Foundation will hold the 2013 Arthritis Walk Memphis at Shelby Farms’ Patriot Lake on June 1.

32. Former IRS Chief: Can't Say How Targeting Happened -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner.

33. Obama Says He Won't Tolerate Political Bias at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When members of Congress repeatedly raised concerns with the Internal Revenue Service about complaints that Tea Party groups were being harassed last year, a deputy IRS commissioner took the lead in assuring lawmakers that the additional scrutiny was a legitimate part of the screening process.

34. IRS Apologizes for Targeting Tea Party Groups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

35. March Mortgages Drop 8 Percent -

From March 2012 to March 2013, the number of mortgages made in Shelby County dropped 8 percent – from 649 to 597.

March 2013 mortgage volume totaled a little more than $100 million, though, up from a little more than $97 million in March 2012.

36. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 2 Percent -

Someone let out a cheer earlier this month at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors 2013 Residential Real Estate Summit as MAAR President Regina Hubbard gave her optimistic forecast for the local housing market.

37. December Mortgages Up 34 Percent -

Much like the fourth quarter, December was also an especially strong period for local mortgage activity.

From December 2011 to December 2012, total mortgage volume climbed 34 percent. December 2012 mortgages totaled a little more than $94 million, up from the nearly $70 million in December 2011.

38. Fourth-Quarter Mortgages Rise 21 Percent -

The fourth quarter of 2012 in Shelby County essentially followed the same upward swing in mortgage activity as was seen throughout the year as a whole.

There were 1,925 mortgages during the fourth quarter of 2012, up 21 percent from the 1,592 during the same period the previous year.

39. Mortgage Gains Point to Solid 2013 -

Shelby County’s mortgage market made decent strides during the past 12 months, posting gains over 2011 and foreshadowing a healthy 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,028 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2012, a 17 percent improvement from the 6,862 mortgages during 2011, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

40. Events -

The 25th Rhodes Institute on the Profession of Law, Volume III will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on the Rhodes campus. The title is “Legal Lynx: The Evolution of the Practice of Law.” Contact Tracy Vezina Patterson at pattersont@rhodes.edu or 843-3856 for registration details.

41. Mortgage Market Sees Gains in Third Quarter -

With the Federal Reserve taking steps to keep financing costs at extreme lows across the economy, it’s probably not surprising to hear an economist say he’s getting an earful from community banks and credit unions around the country.

42. Shelby Farms Parkway Still Unresolved -

The political road to a Shelby Farms Parkway that extends Kirby Parkway through the northwestern edge of Shelby Farms Park to link up with Whitten Road has a few turns and lots of mileage left in it.

43. Q2 Mortgages up 14 Percent -

Shelby County’s mortgage market is continuing to turn a corner, with more buyers during the second quarter signing on the dotted line and bankers handing over a shiny new set of keys.

During the second three months of 2012, banks and mortgage lenders in Shelby County made 2,149 purchase mortgages, up 14 percent from the 1,878 mortgages during Q2 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

44. County’s Mortgage Lending Up in May -

When bank customers are seen doing something seemingly as simple as making plans for the future – plans, of course, that involve spending money – that conveys a lot to someone like Mike Edwards, Paragon Bank’s president and chief operating officer.

45. Trial, Error Led Local Writer to Gray Man Series -

In the modern American thriller, the good guys don’t come much tougher than Court Gentry.

He is an ex-CIA super spy forced to elude waves of hit teams, survive a shoot-on-sight sanction from the CIA and tussle with crime bosses, drug lords and plenty of other baddies thanks to the hyper-kinetic imagination of Memphis writer Mark Greaney.

46. Pickering Projects Show Activity on Upswing -

If an uptick in engineering services is an economic indicator of recovery and stability, Memphis is progressing fairly well.

That’s the message Bob Pitts, principal at Pickering Firm Inc., shared to the Appraisal Institute of Memphis Wednesday, May 16, at Chickasaw Country Club. Pickering employs 150 engineers, scientists, architects and surveyors across six offices from its Memphis headquarters to the Gulf Coast.

47. Mortgages Up 10 Pct. in April -

T.S. Eliot described April as “the cruelest month” in his classic poem “The Waste Land” – but for Shelby County’s mortgage market, April turned out to be a bit more positive than that.

48. Q1 Mortgages Up 12 Percent -

As the new year got under way, it didn’t look like Shelby County’s mortgage market was going to be ringing in 2012 with a bang.

By the end of January, the market was in pretty much the same place as it was one year earlier, with total mortgage volume barely budging (to $67 million, barely up from January 2011’s mortgage volume of $65.3 million).

49. Jan. Mortgage Volume Up 2 Percent -

As the first page was torn off the 2012 calendar, Shelby County’s mortgage market found itself pretty much in the same place as it did during the same period in 2011.

Mortgage volume was almost $67 million during January, not much higher than January 2011’s mortgage volume of $65.3 million, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

50. Shelby Co. Mortgages Fall 8 Pct. -

It’s still very much a buyer’s market for prospective homebuyers in Shelby County – there’s just not enough of those buyers.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 6,866 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2011. That total for the year was down 8 percent from the 7,491 mortgages during 2010, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. (Data for this report included purchase mortgages only, not refinances.)

51. MAAR Honors Members at Awards Luncheon -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors named the recipients of its 2011 awards at a luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Shorty Watkins of Century 21 Maselle & Associates was named 2011 Realtor of the Year. Mindy Creech of RE/MAX on Track was named 2011 Realtor-Associate of the Year.

52. Mortgages Up 15 Percent in November -

As families across Shelby County last month made turkey dinners and took note of things they’re thankful for, the area’s mortgage bankers no doubt found reason to be grateful for some positive industry news.

53. Land South of Shelby Forest Sells for $2.3 Million -

Vacant Land
Near Shelby Forest Park
Sale Amount: $2.3 million

Sale Date: Nov. 17, 2011
Buyer: Warren Nickolas Nunn
Seller: Estate of William S. Howard Sr.
Loan Amount: $2.5 million
Loan Date: Nov. 18, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Patriot Bank
Details: Warren Nickolas Nunn has bought several large parcels of vacant land from the estate of William S. Howard Sr. for $2.3 million, financing it with a $2.5 million loan through Patriot Bank.

54. 'Babe' Howard's Estate Sells Vacant Land -

Warren Nickolas Nunn has bought several large parcels of vacant land from the estate of William S. Howard Sr. for $2.3 million, financing it with a $2.5 million loan through Patriot Bank.

55. Cordova Self-Storage Facility Financed for $2.8 Million -

Salt Lake City-based Extra Space Properties Thirty LLC, an affiliate of Extra Space Storage Inc., has filed a $2.8 million loan through Bank of America NA for a storage facility at 7954 Patriot Cove in Cordova. The transaction is part of an amended $75 million revolving line of credit Extra Space Properties has through Bank of America, filed in 2009.

56. Events -

The Patriot Bank/Patriot Mortgage Golf Classic benefiting the Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Windyke Country Club, 8535 Winchester Road. Golfers can choose between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times. For more information or to register, call 854-1200 or visit www.pagerobbins.org.

57. Events -

The University of Memphis will showcase green transportation at its annual Tiger Blue Goes Green Day Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Student Plaza. The event will encourage environmental awareness, inquiry and activism among students, faculty and staff. In a related event, Stephanie Cox, Tennessee area manager for ECOtality, will discuss electric vehicles and charging stations Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Fountain Room, room 350. For more information, contact Marian Levy at 678-4514 or mlevy@memphis.edu.

58. Memphian Collaborates with Tom Clancy on New Book -

Memphian Mark Greaney, the author of a series of thrillers about a superspy known as the Gray Man, has collaborated with bestselling author Tom Clancy on Clancy’s new book “Locked On,” which will be released Dec. 13.

59. EDGE Board Holds Inaugural Meeting -

The new Economic Development Growth Engine approved its existence Wednesday, Aug. 17, while also addressing some confusing technicalities.

“The president is selected by both mayors – this seems cumbersome,” former Shelby County Commissioner and EDGE director Deidre Malone said at the organization’s inaugural meeting at City Hall. “Having worked in the private sector and for an organization with a similar structure, I think it’s very interesting.”

60. New Economic Development Board Gets Started -

The new Economic Development Growth Engine approved its existence Wednesday, Aug. 17, while also addressing some confusing technicalities.

“The president is selected by both mayors – this seems cumbersome,” former Shelby County Commissioner and EDGE director Deidre Malone said at the organization’s inaugural meeting at City Hall. “Having worked in the private sector and for an organization with a similar structure, I think it’s very interesting.”

61. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Tracy Chism will speak about the Gift of Life program, which provides heart surgeries to children in 3rd world countries. $20 non-members. RSVP to Karen Shea, 683-9099.

62. 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.

63. Smith & Nephew Files Permit For Goodlett Farms Building -

7135 Goodlett Farms Parkway
Cordova, TN 38016
Permit Amount: $8 million

64. Tri State Restaurants Files $1.4M Construction Loan -

Collierville-based Tri State Restaurants LLC has filed a leasehold construction loan for 7938 Winchester Road through Patriot Bank for $1.4 million. The loan matures in September 2016.

65. Events -

The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a general membership luncheon Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Germantown Country Club, 1780 Kimbrough Road. Andrew Clarksenior of News Radio 600 WREC will speak. For reservations, call 755-1200.

66. Nominees Selected for EDGE Board -

Several nominees have emerged for Economic Development Growth Engine, the new economic development board created to guide the city and county’s efforts.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. will seek approval to appoint the following:

67. Shelby Farms Plans Earth Week 2011 Festivities -

Shelby Farms Park is gearing up to celebrate Earth Week 2011 in a big way, starting with Sunday’s Down to Earth Festival, expected to draw as many as 20,000 visitors over the course of the day if the weather cooperates.

68. ULI Event Highlights NYC Firm’s Park Plan -

Liza Tziona Switken, associate partner/managing director of New York-based james corner field operations, presented the group’s ambitious planning and designing of Shelby Farms Park to a room of architects, designers and environmentalists at the Urban Land Institute’s “People, Places & Landscapes: Designing the 21st Century Urban Fabric” Thursday event.

69. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will increase understanding of key ethical issues faced by nonprofit leaders and learn approaches to practice and model ethical leadership. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

70. Events -

Jackson Lewis LP will present a continuing legal education program titled “Best Practices and legal Tips in Conducting Workplace Investigations” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m. To register, contact Jill Edwards at 462-2605 or edwardsj@jacksonlewis.com.

71. Mayors to Kick Off Walking Day at Shelby Farms -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will kick off National Start! Walking Day with an April 6 at Shelby Farms Park.

72. For Real Estate, a Giant Spring Clearance Sale -

In suburban Chicago, it's paradise to be a homebuyer.

At the Millbrook Pointe development in quaint and pristine Wheeling, a $269,000, brick-and-stone townhouse comes with $25,000 in free upgrades, including wood-burning fireplaces, all-stainless steel kitchens and marbled bathrooms tricked out with double-bowl vanities and whirlpool soaker tubs.

73. Infinity Real Estate Buys Office Building for $1.2 Million -

5100 Sanderlin Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: Feb. 16, 2011
Buyer: Infinity Real Estate LLC
Seller: Blanchard E. Tual, successor trustee of the Don Wallace Morgan Family Trust created under the last will and testament of Don Wallace Morgan dated Dec. 8, 2003, and Mary Katherine Fouts and Douglas A. Garner, co-trustees of the Fouts Estate Family Trust created under the last will and testament of Jimmie Darrell Fouts dated June 15, 2005
Loan Amount: $1.3 million
Loan Date: Feb. 16, 2011
Maturity Date: Feb. 16, 2026
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA

74. Patriot Bank Buys Arlington Site -

Patriot Bank has bought a 1.24-acre vacant parcel on Airline Road in Arlington from John Hyneman for $867,552.

75. Congress Extends Patriot Act Measures for 90 Days -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress on Thursday gave itself three more months to consider changing provisions of anti-terrorism law that have been valuable in tracking security threats but have drawn fire from defenders of privacy rights.

76. Conservative Radio Launches in Memphis -

Two years before the next national election and with fervor for conservative activism, Memphis-based MPS Broadcasting Monday announced the launch of WMPS “The Point” simulcast on 87.7 FM and 1210 AM.

77. MAAR Installs 2011 Officers -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors announced its 2011 officers and board of directors at its annual inaugural gala Friday.

The officers are: Leon Dickson of BenchMark at Southwind, president; John Stamps of Prudential Collins-Maury Inc., vice president; Walter Allen of Integra Realty Resources, secretary-treasurer; Carol Lott of Prudential Collins-Maury Inc., president-elect.

78. Mortgages Drop 11 Percent in 2010 -

Banks and mortgage lenders made 7,493 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2010, a year in which the housing market saw the expiration of a homebuyer tax credit but was helped by continued record-low rates.

79. Engelhardt to Step Down From Valero Board -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Fuel refiner Valero Energy Corp. said Tuesday that Irl Engelhardt has decided to step down from its board at the end of this year.

80. Mortgages Plummet 24 Percent -

If the quarterly period between July and September had been a normal one for the local housing market – or even one characterized by recovery – homebuyers should have been lining up to take advantage of plummeting mortgage rates.

81. Greenline Galas -

For trail lovers across Memphis, it is time to rejoice.

The highly anticipated Shelby Farms Greenline will get its official christening with two big events this week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place Tuesday followed by an all-day community celebration up and down the greenline’s corridor Saturday.

82. Park Progression -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is gearing up to debut two new major park enhancements by the end of the year, with more on tap for early 2011 and beyond.

83. Low Rates Spark Mortgage Activity -

Mortgage rates that have fallen to the lowest levels on record are bringing with them a sound loan officers in Memphis no doubt like to hear – the incessant ring of the telephone.

A robust jump in second quarter local mortgage activity coincided with a dramatic plunge in mortgage rates, as rates on 30-year fixed mortgages that already were at historic lows dropped even further during the past several weeks.

84. Shelby Farms Celebrates Nature With Earth Week -

The annual Earth Day turns 40 on April 22, so the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy wanted to have a “birthday blowout” for the event created in 1970 to raise environmental awareness and promote eco-friendly practices.

85. Mortgage Numbers Stronger in Q1 -

The mortgage industry’s first quarter was the picture of progress compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Although this year’s first quarter fell a little short of Q1 2009, each month of the new year showed a slight improvement and March showed a rare year-over-year improvement, giving the industry hope that recovery is near.

86. Mortgage Numbers Drop In February -

Like anyone in the real estate business, mortgage bankers have April 30 circled on their calendars.

That’s when the federal homebuyers tax credit is set to expire, bringing an end to the program that gives cash for a home purchase.

87. Senate Dems Ax Bipartisan Jobs Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work, and they're all but daring Republicans to vote against it.

88. Senate Report: 'Dirty Money' Still Entering US -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Foreign leaders and their families are still able to channel hundreds of millions of dollars in potentially corrupt money into the United States despite post-Sept. 11 laws cracking down on money laundering, according to a report released at a Senate hearing Thursday.

89. Crichton College Sale Closes To California Entrepreneur -

255 N. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $5.3 Million

Sale Date: Dec. 1, 2009
Buyer: SignificantPsychology LLC
Seller: Crichton College
Loan Amounts: $4.3 million and $1.1 million
Loan Dates: Dec. 1, 2009
Maturity Dates: N/A
Lenders: SunTrust Bank and Crichton College

90. McAlister Sells Warehouse To Subway Restaurants -

McAlister Enterprises Inc. has sold a 6,000-square-foot warehouse at 384 Distribution Pkwy. in Collierville to Mid-South Subway Restaurants LLC for $385,000. The sale closed Dec. 16 and was recorded by the Shelby County Register of Deeds last week.

91. Wrap-Up Bill Clears Senate Hurdle -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A pre-holiday package that wraps up Pentagon spending, extended unemployment benefits and other must-pass measures awaits one final vote in the Senate before it reaches President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.

92. Hubbard Named MAAR Realtor of the Year -

Regina Hubbard, a broker with Lester Hubbard Realtors, was named 2009 Realtor of the Year at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ honors luncheon, held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

93. Mortgage Activity Looks Up in November -

It stands to reason that whenever home sales have a good month, the mortgage industry will also. Not surprisingly, the latest loan data held up their end of the bargain and for the first time all year outpaced the same month of 2008.

94. Exchange Club Family Center Names Ratcliff Marketing, Special Events Director -

Karen Ratcliff has joined the Exchange Club Family Center as director of marketing and special events.

95. Mortgage Numbers Down But Rising -

Keith Barger, an executive vice president at Patriot Bank, said the Millington-based community bank has considered itself blessed throughout 2009.

96. US Senate Committee Approves Patriot Act Changes -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a revised version of the major U.S.counterterrorism law, after intelligence and law enforcement officials assured lawmakers that counterterrorism operations would not be harmed.

97. Mortgage Numbers Up Since June -

One year ago, Tupelo, Miss.-based Renasant Bank had two employees working in its local mortgage division. Today, it has nine. And that 450 percent boost in staffing yielded one of Shelby County’s most impressive increases in lending activity last month.

98. Tenn. Ag Department Honored for Military Support -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has been honored for supporting employees deployed as citizen soldiers.

The department received the "Patriot Award" from the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve organization.

99. Chrysler Exec Says Sales OK Despite Bankruptcy -

DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler LLC's Chapter 11 filing so far doesn't appear to be affecting May sales, a top executive said Wednesday.

100. Rosa Becomes GM at Holiday Inn-Wolfchase -

Chris Rosa has been named general manger of the Holiday Inn and Suites Memphis-Wolfchase. Rosa will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the property. He previously served as vice president of operations for Equity Estates, general manger at the Sheraton Meadowlands and area manger of the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. Rosa also has been named General Manager of the Year by Patriot American Hotels and Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Hospitality Association.