Google already has mapped cities like Memphis extensively via the company’s now familiar, camera-equipped Street View cars, which produce interactive images that can be explored by a curious user. The search company, though, has also taken that technology a step farther, with the result available in Memphis starting today.
8. Starry Nights Unveils New ‘Memphis in Lights’ Display - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Fans of Orion Starry Nights, the annual holiday light show at Shelby Farms Park, have been treated to small additions and surprises with recent versions of the event, all intended to delight them, to keep them coming back and to stick around.9. On Stage - Friday, October 24, 2014
With a box of old ticket stubs, some photographs he took at the concerts he went to and newspaper ads for concerts he came across on microfilm searches for other things, Ron Hall set out to document as many of the major rock and roll and rock concerts in Memphis he could over a fertile 30-year period.10. Music Lounge to Open in Edge District - Friday, July 25, 2014
The Edge District near Downtown lost a theater but is gaining a new live music lounge in August.
The Dizzy Bird, named after legendary Jazz greats John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, is slated to open Aug. 2 at 652 Marshall Ave.11. Shelby Farms Adds Summer Water Activities - Saturday, June 07, 2014
Shelby Farms Park soon will be a water park – at least, a temporary one.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting this weekend, Shelby Farms will be transformed into a “water play festival,” featuring six 50-foot-long slippery slides, a splash pond, sand volleyball court, sandcastle sculpting, a food truck rodeo and a shaded stage with a place to get out of the sun and dance with help from local DJs.12. Shelby Farms Adds Summer Water Activities - Thursday, June 05, 2014
Shelby Farms Park soon will be a water park – at least, a temporary one.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting this weekend, Shelby Farms will be transformed into a “water play festival,” featuring six 50-foot-long slippery slides, a splash pond, sand volleyball court, sandcastle sculpting, a food truck rodeo and a shaded stage with a place to get out of the sun and dance with help from local DJs.13. I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker - Monday, May 12, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Kesha Whitaker
Job title and company: Communications and Development Manager, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis14. County Commission Ready for Budget Analysis - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners begin their detailed look at the county’s consolidated budget proposal Wednesday, April 16, for the coming fiscal year.
The budget committee, chaired by commissioner Heidi Shafer, begins its hearings with a look at the budgets for the offices of Sheriff, Trustee, Register and the Juvenile Court and its Clerk’s office.15. Dallas Company Buys Macon Road Center - Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6100 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.2 million
Sale Date: March 26, 201416. Dallas Company Buys Macon Road Center - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Buyer: PNL Cumberland LLC
Seller: Flagstar Bank FSB
Loan Amount: $862,500
Loan Date: April 1, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Pinnacle Bank
Details: An affiliate of Dallas-based The PNL Cos. has paid $1.2 million for the 30,000-square-foot shopping center at 6100 Macon Road in Northeast Memphis.
An affiliate of Dallas-based The PNL Cos. has paid $1.2 million for the 30,000-square-foot shopping center at 6100 Macon Road in Northeast Memphis.17. Ceiling Reflections - Friday, February 28, 2014
FAMILY TIME. “You’re no happier than your most unhappy child,” a wise friend said.
I remembered those words as I stared at the breadbox on the ceiling. I’ll explain. Back when we were living in the Georgian Woods with about 27¢, we didn’t buy anything we didn’t need and couldn’t justify. Nora needed a breadbox, so she used the occasion of my birthday to give me … a breadbox.18. I Choose Memphis: Mickell Lowery - Monday, February 03, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Mickell Lowery
Job Title and Company: District Sales Manager, FedEx Services19. Editorial: Memphis Moves Way Beyond BBQ - Saturday, October 12, 2013
Memphis food is more than barbecue. Much more.
There – we’ve said it.
And moderation is not only possible but advisable because the burgeoning food scene in Memphis shows no signs of fading. It is growing as the dish crawl series of events demonstrate.20. Memphis in the Meantime - Saturday, May 25, 2013
The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.21. Four-Way Self Storage Facility Sells for $1.3 Million - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6780 Country Park Drive Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.3 million
Sale Date: April 9, 201322. Select-O-Hits Files Loan on Property - Monday, April 22, 2013
Select-O-Hits Inc. has filed a $2.6 million loan on its 17,050-square-foot industrial property at 1981 Fletcher Creek Drive in Northeast Memphis.23. Landings Apartment Owner Files $8.7 Million Loan - Friday, April 19, 2013
The owner of the 292-unit Landings apartments at 3550 Brownbark Drive in Hickory Hill has filed an $8.7 million loan on the property.24. Hazlett Touts City’s Positives to World - Friday, April 19, 2013
Bob Hazlett, director of online marketing at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a proudly converted Memphian who promotes the city as a travel destination.
“I feel that if we can get someone to come to Memphis, they fall in love with the city,” Hazlett said. “I’ve lived in a couple of different places, and I think that for all of the bad things that are said about Memphis, there are so many positive things that are going on. It’s not a rhinestone, but it is a diamond in the rough. If you seek things out, the city will reveal itself to you.”25. Shakin’ Up Beale - Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.26. Marking History - Wednesday, August 22, 2012
For years, business owners in a row of four Quonset huts on the north side of Chelsea Avenue near McLean Boulevard have become accustomed to visitors from across the country and around the world stopping by for a look.27. Shelby Crossing Retail Center Sells for $2M in Foreclosure - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
6100 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $2 million
Sale Date: July 13, 201228. The State of Green - Monday, July 30, 2012
There are many shades of green.
And the use of the term “green” to describe public policies, business practices and other decisions designed to improve or sustain natural surroundings and our connection with them touches on so many other considerations.29. Bank Buys Shelby Crossing at $2M Foreclosure Sale - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Flagstar Bank FSB has bought back a shopping center near Bass Pro Shops on Macon Road at a $2 million foreclosure sale after owners Sun Shelby LLC defaulted on a 2007 loan through the bank.30. Shelby Crossing Center in Foreclosure - Thursday, April 19, 2012
Shelby Crossing phase II, a 30,000-square-foot shopping center on Macon Road near Bass Pro Shops, is in foreclosure after its owners defaulted on a $2.4 million loan, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Wednesday, April 18, Daily News.31. Events - Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will hold a roundtable breakfast meeting with Nathan P. Walters of Marsh USA Inc. Thursday, March 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread in Laurelwood Shopping Center, 4530 Poplar Ave., suite 101. He will speak on “A Plan to Define, Design and Implement a Prospecting Strategy.” Visit www.sms-midsouth.org to register.32. Menu Stash Chronicles City’s Dining History - Monday, January 30, 2012
Here it is, January 2012, marking 24 years that I have been reviewing restaurants and writing about the dining business in Memphis. Forgive me if I wax nostalgic.
I began saving menus from the restaurants I reviewed for The Commercial Appeal sometime in 1988; it took me a few months for me to understand that saving menus would provide reference points for restaurants that I might review in the future and, perhaps more vaguely then, that such a collection would amount to a history of my experiences, if not a narrative of the dining community and its transformations over time, not to put it too grandiosely.33. Rock 'n' Soul to Honor Singer Rufus Thomas - Monday, December 12, 2011
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is offering free admission to any resident of Shelby County or Cayce, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 15.
That’s the 10th anniversary of the death of legendary Memphis musician Rufus Thomas, who was born in Cayce.34. Memphians Observe World AIDS Day - Monday, December 05, 2011
A procession of red rice paper sky lanterns delicately floated into an orange sky over Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis Thursday, Dec. 1, as the sun descended on the Mississippi River. 35. Journal Inc. Acquires Local Weekly Papers - Monday, November 28, 2011
Tupelo, Miss.-based Journal Inc. has announced the purchase of seven weekly community newspapers in the suburban Memphis area. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.36. Willow Lake Apartments Fetch $7.8M - Thursday, November 24, 2011
A North Hickory Hill apartment complex has traded hands for the second time in 18 months.
Bloomington, Minn.-based New Life Core Willow Lake LLC has bought Willow Lake Apartments at 2774 Mendenhall Road from NW-Willow Lake LLC for $7.8 million. The purchase was financed with a $7 million loan through KeyBank NA.37. Loeb Unveils Ambitious Plan For Renewed Overton Square - Friday, October 14, 2011
Loeb Properties Inc. hopes to capitalize on Midtown’s recent successes with a $31 million revitalization plan for Overton Square.38. Loeb Properties Reveals Theater Arts District for Overton Square - Thursday, October 13, 2011
Loeb Properties Inc. is hoping to capitalize on Midtown’s recent successes with a $31 million revitalization plan for Overton Square.39. Seeing Success - Monday, October 10, 2011
On the surface, they don’t have much in common other than their home turf. They include everything from a venerable law firm, prominent regional investment companies, tech firms and even a business that manufactures food products like hot dogs and sandwich meats.40. Lease on Former Three Alarm Studio in Foreclosure Again - Friday, September 16, 2011
The leasehold on a former Downtown Memphis fire station with a checkered 25-year history and a strategic location – 200 Linden Ave. – is facing foreclosure again.41. Class of ‘66 Stands Out At White Station - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There was clearly something special about the 1966 graduating glass of White Station High School.
The graduates that year include an Oscar-winning actress, world-famous physicist and author, owner of a nationally known restaurant, federal judge, attorneys, artists and many others who attained a lot of success at local and national levels.42. Downtown Sunshade to be Used at U of M - Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Pieces of the aluminum sun shading that made a Downtown building look like a prison to many longtime Memphians will have a second life in several locations around the city.
The brise-soleil that surrounded the upper floors of the Shelby County office building at 157 Poplar Ave. was dismantled as the first step toward a renovation of the four-story structure.43. Dallas Co. Pays $35M for Depot - Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The Memphis Depot Business Park has sold for $35.8 million after being on the market for less than six months.
Memphis Depot Associates LLC, an affiliated entity of Dallas-based Mayfield Properties LP, on Friday, Aug. 5, bought 260 acres of property containing 4.2 million square feet in buildings in the industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport from Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County.44. Dallas Co. Pays $35M for Depot - Monday, August 08, 2011
The Memphis Depot Business Park has sold for $35.8 million after being on the market for less than six months.
Memphis Depot Associates LLC, an affiliated entity of Dallas-based Mayfield Properties LP, on Friday, Aug. 5, bought 260 acres of property containing 4.2 million square feet in buildings in the industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport from Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County.45. Recycled Thinking - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
The four-story Shelby County government office building at 157 Poplar Ave. has been confused for a jail. It’s come close to demolition to create more parking for county employees.46. Ga.-Based Coastal Logistics Signs Lease - Friday, June 24, 2011
A budding Savannah, Ga.-based third-party logistics firm is expanding into the Southeast Memphis industrial market. Coastal Logistics Group Inc. has signed a new 50,000-square-foot lease at 5715 Distribution Drive.47. Coast Guard Closes Stretch of Mississippi - Monday, May 09, 2011
MEMPHIS (AP) – The Coast Guard closed a section of the swollen Mississippi to barge traffic to protect a Missouri town from floodwaters Friday as police in Memphis went door to door urging residents to leave nearly 1,000 homes that could be swamped by the mighty river.48. Housing Market Desperately Seeks Turnaround - Monday, May 09, 2011
With residential sales down and the majority of commercial sectors flat, it’s hard to say if 2011 will provide any traction in the local real estate market.
That was the message a room full of real estate professionals received last week when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosted “Master Your Market,” its quarterly seminar on Shelby County market trends.49. No Place Like It - Monday, April 18, 2011
After tucking her two young children in for the night, Rinu Agarwal, founder and principal of technology group e2global, works from the comfort of her Germantown home, remotely managing a team of employees in her native India, where the sun has risen and the workday has begun.50. Weatherington Pens New Chapter at Summerall Electric - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Holli Weatherington has joined Summerall Electric Co. Inc. as president and chief executive officer.51. 10 Years of Jabberblabber - Monday, March 28, 2011
The Bluff City’s favorite giant, green, googly-eyed monster this month celebrates 10 years of fostering childhood creativity and encouraging fun, educational family interaction.
Over the past decade, the Jabberblabber has become synonymous with family life in Memphis. Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you’ve spotted the enormous costumed character (played by a very tall man named Jim Lord) and his trusty cowgirl sidekick, Quick Draw Drew, making the rounds at family-friendly festivals or child-focused events in the Memphis metropolitan area.52. Angel Capital Group Launches Memphis Branch - Monday, January 31, 2011
Nashville-based Angel Capital Group launched its Memphis chapter with last week’s first of a series of monthly meetings to establish an Angel investor network and feature presentations from Angel investor members seeking funding.53. Business Sense - Monday, November 01, 2010
Mark Luttrell has a little more than eight weeks under his belt as Shelby County mayor, and he’s spent much of that time on things that shouldn’t come as a surprise.54. Memphis Means Music Week Promotes Indie Vibe - Friday, October 22, 2010
Memphis is one of the most widely named cities in American song lyrics, but Memphis musicians still need a little help.
This year’s Memphis Means Music Week, beginning this weekend, promotes the community that keeps independent musicians working.55. Q2 Foreclosures Hold Steady - Thursday, July 15, 2010
Shelby County foreclosures increased slightly in the second quarter (April through June) compared to Q2 2009 but declined from the first quarter of 2010.
There were 1,384 properties seized in Q2, up 2 percent from 1,353 in Q2 2009 and down 4.3 percent from 1,446 in Q1, according to quarterly figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.56. American Snuff Files Permit for Improvements to Hickory Hill Property - Tuesday, May 04, 2010
5106 Tradeport Drive
Memphis, TN 38115
Permit Amount: $3.2 Million
Project Cost: $3.2 million57. Willow Lake Sold to Lender Following Foreclosure - Thursday, April 29, 2010
Permit Date: Applied April 2010
Owner: American Snuff Co. LLC
Tenant: American Snuff Co. LLC
The Willow Lake Apartment complex at 2774 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill has been sold back to the lender following a foreclosure.58. More Than Shopping - Friday, April 23, 2010
Resource Entertainment Group is a Memphis-based entertainment services company with a resume full of big names and corporate clients.
The company has booked concerts for acts like Harry Connick Jr., Ludacris and Elton John. It produced Sun Studio’s 50th anniversary reunion festival, among a long list of other shows through the years.
Which is one reason REG managing partner Howard Stovall gets some funny looks when he tells people about the new entertainment series his company is presenting – in a suburban shopping center.
REG was tapped to put together two evenings of entertainment each month from April through October at Collierville’s The Avenue Carriage Crossing, the 60-acre “lifestyle center” at Tenn. 385 and Houston Levee Road.
The events are part of “Fridays at the Avenue,” a venture the shopping center is launching next week.
The mall has lined up a seven-month slate of outdoor movies, live music and other entertainment that will be presented in Carriage Crossing’s central park. The series kicks off April 30 with a magician, juggling lessons, a display of fire eating and more.
Later events will include free outdoor movies including “E.T.,” “Hoosiers” and “Peter Pan.” Local bands such as The Venus Mission and The Soul Shockers will perform.
A full list of events can be found at the shopping center’s website, http://http://carriagecrossing.shoptheavenue.com/event/fridays-avenue.
The series’ goal is to draw in families by creating something not usually associated with the clothing stores and food courts of traditional malls: a community-building experience.
“We started talking about this last summer,” said Carriage Crossing spokeswoman Elizabeth Allen. “But we didn’t have the talent and staff on hand to get the level of entertainment that we wanted.”
Enter REG, which is programming a similar Music in the Park concert series for Carriage Crossing’s sister shopping center in Murfreesboro.
The company turned out to be the perfect partner for what Allen said the Collierville center wanted to provide.
As the economic slump continues to batter retailers, the traditional shopping mall – something of a relic in an age of Amazon.com, Netflix and other shop-by-mail outlets – is taking its own beating.
Shelby County malls are working harder than ever to attract and keep tenants, not to mention shoppers.
“There’s a renewed focus on the importance of family, friends and community,” Allen said of what’s driving consumers to hoard more of their money and seek out different experiences. “And we embrace those values.”
Stovall said an event like Fridays at the Avenue is a shrewd, perfectly timed move for the Collierville center, which opened in 2005.
“If your competition is online marketing, and you create an experience that requires you to be there, that does a good thing for your tenants,” Stovall said.
In an unexpected way, his company’s new partner has seemed to fit seamlessly into REG’s operation despite the setting. The core need was similar to that of many other REG clients: entertainment as part of a broader strategy.
It’s not the Memphis Botanic Garden, where REG booked the venue’s “Live at the Garden” concert series in the summers of 2002, 2003 and 2004. And it’s not the rooftop of The Peabody hotel, where REG is the entertainment producer for the Peabody Rooftop parties.
But Fridays at the Avenue is a unique, lower-key entertainment production whose draws will include everything from a meet-and-greet with former American Idol contestant Alexis Grace to the giveaway of a Wii video game system.
“We’re trying to be part of peoples’ lives and part of the community,” Allen said.
59. Local Care-Giving Market Growing Quickly - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Dr. Daron Merryman, a physician from Jonesboro, is the latest entrant into an expanding pool of personal care service providers in Memphis.
Merryman has bought the franchise rights to BrightStar in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties. Chicago-based BrightStar is a full-service health care staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical home care, as well as staffing for hospitals and nursing homes.60. Downtown Anticipates Residential Uptick - Friday, April 02, 2010
For Downtowner Josh Thomas, it’s about the simple things.
Like how, at the end of a long day at the office, he can unwind with a cigar and watch the sun set over the Mississippi River from the roof of his condo building. 61. Willow Lake Foreclosed, To Be Sold Next Month - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Willow Lake Apartment complex at 2774 S. Mendenhall Road in Hickory Hill has been foreclosed and will be sold in a substitute trustee’s deed, according to a first-run notice starts on Page 40 of today’s print edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.62. Events - Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Memphis Bar Association will host a continuing legal education seminar today from 1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. Kathy Story of Story Consulting will speak on “Managing Change and Transforming Your Legal Career.” To register, visit www.memphisbar.org. 63. Events - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Talk Shoppe will present “The Master Mind Principle – A Proven Success Formula” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.64. Mega Bucks - Monday, December 14, 2009
Ten years ago, Jim Ewing and Jim Bruce wrote a piece for Site Selection, a trade magazine for people in the business of consulting on the best locations to build industrial plants. It was called “The Approaching Industrial Land Shortfall.”65. One Claim Dismissed For Lee, Others Linger - Thursday, December 03, 2009
A judge has dismissed claims filed this summer by a private citizen against the former president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and two of his attorneys.
That ruling sets the stage for one more unusual turn of events in what’s been a sometimes bitter court fight over a legal settlement the city of Memphis paid this summer to former MLGW head Joseph Lee.66. Out of Bounds - Monday, November 16, 2009
The August report from the NCAA calls him “student-athlete 1.” Everyone but the NCAA and the University of Memphis calls him Derrick Rose.67. More Evidence Surfaces in Shelter Crisis - Thursday, November 05, 2009
Disgusted with what in hindsight appears to have been widespread mistreatment of animals at the Memphis Animal Shelter, a shelter employee turned to an out-of-town specialist for help.
In September, the employee asked an expert from Florida who regularly is consulted in animal abuse cases to examine three dogs that had died at the shelter. That set in motion a chain of events leading to last week’s temporary closure of the facility, which was raided and battened down by sheriff’s deputies investigating the employee’s allegations of animal abuse and cruelty.68. Shelter Crisis Tests Wharton’s Mettle Immediately - Thursday, October 29, 2009
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s first full day on the job began with a major crisis before the sun came up.
It started with a 5:15 a.m. raid of the Memphis Animal Shelter by Shelby County sheriff’s deputies. By the end of the day, the facility was closed to the public. And some shelter employees had been put on leave with pay while an investigation into alleged animal abuse and cruelty continued.69. Memphest Offers Fair Alternative Back at Old Fairgrounds Home - Monday, September 28, 2009
Fans of pronto pups and funnel cakes have double the opportunity to fill up this week, though the hogs, chickens and cattle are optional. The first-ever Memphest opened Friday at the Mid-South Fairgrounds just as the Mid-South Fair opened at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.70. After the Fall: The messy cleanup of Stanford Financial - Monday, September 28, 2009
R. Allen Stanford, the Texas billionaire now passing time in a Texas jail for his role in what U.S. regulators have called a “massive Ponzi scheme,” once told a roomful of his employees they ought to have three priorities in life.71. Mattila’s Visitation, Memorial Service Today - Wednesday, September 09, 2009
About five months ago, Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila stood in his backyard in Millington and told several dozen people he would be running in the 2010 county elections.
In the barn just a few yards away were signs for the coming campaign and from past ones Mattila had worked over the years.72. Stimulus Money To Return Foreclosures To Marketplace - Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Part of the latest dose of federal stimulus money to arrive in Shelby County predates the Obama administration.
This week at the Frayser Community Development Corp., office, home and mortgage lenders as well as leaders of the various CDCs across the county gathered to mark the awarding of almost $27 million in federal funding. The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development comes from Washington through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and other state agencies.73. Raines Recognized for Real Estate Practice - Thursday, July 23, 2009
Richard C. Raines, a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and a member of the firm’s real estate and construction service team, has been named by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading attorney in real estate practice. 74. Police Push For Motel Demolition - Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The owner of a vacant airport area motel described as resembling war-torn Baghdad is due in Memphis Environmental Court this morning.
The Shelby Inn at 1970 East Shelby Drive and Interstate 55 was secured by authorities a week ago as a nuisance under state law.75. Trio of Apartments Sold to NY Investors - Friday, May 29, 2009
A pair of New York-based investors has bought three apartment complexes with a history of financial troubles for a combined $4.3 million. Local entities related to buyers from Queens, N.Y., bought Graceland Manor, Winchester Oaks and McCorkle Apartments, all in Whitehaven, in separate trustees’ deeds dated May 21.76. Summit to Promote Music Opportunities in Memphis - Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Memphis is reasserting itself as a “perfect hub” for the music industry and a breeding ground for talent with homegrown artists such as the cast of MTV’s “$5 cover” and American Idol contestants Lil Rounds and Alexis Grace.77. Q1 Court Filings Remain Steady - Monday, April 20, 2009
The first three months of 2009 saw some changes at the Shelby County Courthouse.
Circuit Court Judge Rita Stotts died two days into the year and her appointed successor, Lorrie Ritter, is preparing to take the oath of office and the bench in Division 4 this month.78. Apartment Variances Raise Concerns In Medical District - Friday, April 17, 2009
The approval of variances to build a four-story apartment complex that will tower over neighboring buildings on Monroe Avenue has raised concerns that the Memphis & Shelby County Board of Adjustments will not enforce new guidelines for the Downtown medical district.79. Home Sales Freefall Continues in Q1 - Monday, April 13, 2009
Shelby County home sales continued their downward spiral during the first quarter of 2009, proof that consumer confidence has yet to be restored and that credit issues have yet to be resolved.
Just 3,078 homes were sold in the first three months of 2009, down 25 percent from 4,101 in Q1 2008, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The period’s total marked the lowest first quarter since Q1 2001, which saw 3,107 home sales.80. Cancer Society Proceeds With Hope Lodge - Friday, April 10, 2009
Out-of-town cancer patients traveling to Memphis for chemotherapy or radiation treatments will soon have a free place to stay, giving them one less thing to worry about during their visits.
The Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society on April 22 will break ground on the $8.5 million Harrah’s Hope Lodge, a 30,480-square-foot facility providing 40 private suites for adult cancer patients.81. Beale Street Lawsuits Multiply While Sources Stay Quiet - Thursday, April 09, 2009
The tangle of lawsuits surrounding the Beale Street Entertainment District has grown in the past month. The litigation frenzy has also extended to the Lee’s Landing development on the south side of the Beale Street block between Second and Third streets.82. Lee’s Landing Dodges Foreclosure Sale - Monday, February 09, 2009
Between the seated figures of authority and liberty last week the latest chapter in the saga of Beale Street’s complex business affairs amounted to a waiting game on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.83. Lee’s Landing Avoids Foreclosure, But Lee's Commercial Files for Bankruptcy Protection - Friday, February 06, 2009
The owners of Lee’s Landing Garage, one block south of Beale Street, managed to block the foreclosure sale Thursday of the parking garage and strip of nightspots.
The auction on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse at noon was delayed five times until 2 p.m.
Rowlett Scott, the attorney representing Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada in the foreclosure, was reading the foreclosure notice on the steps when word came by cell phone that Sun Life and Lee’s Landing Garage LLC had reached a settlement.
One of those in contact with Scott by cell was Michael Marshall, the attorney for Lee’s Landing Garage LLC.
“I really can’t say what the sum of money is other than to say we have brought Sun Life current on their debt and are working to reorganize the company and make it a profitable going concern,” Marshall told The Daily News. “We have brought Sun Life current.”
Meanwhile, just before the noon deadline, Lee’s Landing Commercial LLC filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. The company, whose president is Beale Street developer John Elkington, leases the spaces on the ground floor of the parking garage now occupied by several nightspots. The chapter 11 filing allows reorganization efforts that permit the businesses to remain open.
Marshall said the bankruptcy filing affects the owners’ plans “only to the extent that instead of going through Circuit Court to get at the assets that we believe belong to us, that we go through the bankruptcy court.”
The bankruptcy filing estimates the assets of Lee’s Landing Commercial LLC at between $1 million and $10 million. Liabilities are estimated in the same dollar range.
The list of creditors includes Elkington, who is claiming a $20,000 loan. His Performa Entertainment Real Estate LLC is another creditor with two loans totaling $422,611.98.
Lee’s Landing Garage LLC is claiming $900,000 is owed in trade debt.
Elkington and Lee’s Landing Garage President Michael Dumas and Vice President Steve Sallion have been at odds over the management of the southward expansion of the Beale Street entertainment district. Elkington left in a reorganization of the company’s leadership.
Sun Life filed the foreclosure notice and still has a motion pending in Chancery Court for appointment of a receiver after it claimed Lee’s Landing Garage defaulted on a $5.9 million promissory note.
Read more about the Lee’s Landing proceedings in Monday’s edition of The Daily News.
84. Beale, Lee’s Landing Battles Continue - Monday, February 02, 2009
Once upon a time there was talk of a change in the management of the Beale Street entertainment district. And for a rare moment in November, it seemed that all of the many sides that have some role in the running of Beale Street were about to agree to it.85. Soul Legend’s Childhood Home Awaits Preservation - Thursday, January 22, 2009
Aretha Franklin made history again this week with her performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but the childhood home of the “Queen of Soul” remains vacant and boarded up without even a marker.86. Public Comment Period Open for Constitutional Offices - Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Now that Republican lawmakers have grilled several applicants for Tennessee’s state constitutional offices of treasurer, comptroller and secretary of state, legislators are encouraging the public to provide feedback about the candidates and the process.87. Q3 Bankruptcies Up 11 Percent - Friday, October 17, 2008
At first glance, it might seem like Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing this month does not fall in line with the intent of a major revision to the country’s bankruptcy code in 2005.88. Chick-fil-A Closes Purchase Of Midtown Church - Tuesday, August 05, 2008
1978 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $1.3 Million
Sale Date: July 24, 200889. KIK Sells South Third Property for $2.3M - Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Buyer: Chick-fil-A Inc.
Seller: Board of Stewardship, Foundation and Benefits of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, formerly known as Board of Finance of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
KIK Custom Products Inc. has sold its Memphis manufacturing plant at 1725 S. Third St. to AGNL KIK LLC, the local operating entity of a New York-based company. The $2.3 million transaction closed July 16.90. MCS Hires Cash, Fires Mercuro - Friday, June 13, 2008
It might have been the more attention-grabbing bit of employee news, but the selection this week of a new Memphis City Schools superintendent is not the only recent management change inside the school district.91. Sun Studio, Label Counterpart Agree to Settle - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Both sides in a legal dispute between Sun Studio in Memphis and the companion Sun record label in Nashville have shaken hands and agreed to set aside their differences.
Representatives of each entity shared a handshake and had what was described as a friendly conversation about their joint future at a meeting in Nashville a few days ago, and a settlement agreement also has been signed. That recent encounter comes more than a year after both the Memphis studio and Nashville record label filed lawsuits against each other in what had become a contentious rift between the two companies.92. Term Limits, Fullilove Outburst Highlight Charter Commission - Monday, February 11, 2008
It's not unusual for politics to involve emotions. But Thursday's meeting of the Memphis Charter Commission tested the limits of both. It also tested the state's open meetings law as city Attorney Elbert Jefferson sought for the second consecutive meeting to talk privately with the seven-member commission about legal issues.93. Government Gets Involved in Storm Recovery Effort - Monday, February 11, 2008
Two days before a swarm of tornadoes descended on Memphis and the region, emergency responders in Memphis and Shelby County began making plans in case Tuesday's approaching storm spawned tornadoes.94. Archived Article - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Laurels condos at
Highland Street and Central Avenue
Loan Amount: $10.5 million
Loan Date: Nov. 13, 2007
95. Events - Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The American Payroll Association will hold a Preparing for Year-End and 2008 class today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For registration details, call 210-224-6406 or visit www.americanpayroll.org. 96. Events - Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The Memphis Investors Group will hold its monthly meeting today at 7 p.m. at Germantown Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. Author and speaker Pete Youngs will be the featured guest. The event is free to members and first-time guests, and repeat visitors pay $20.97. Events - Monday, November 05, 2007
The Engineers' Club of Memphis will hold its weekly meeting today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $12 and no reservations are required. Laura Adams, director of development and new engagement for the Shelby Farms Conservancy Group, will speak on "New Structure of Shelby Farms." 98. Arizona Company BlockedFrom Selling Sun Recordings - Monday, August 20, 2007
A federal judge has permanently blocked an Arizona company from selling master recordings by former Sun Records artists including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Sun Entertainment officials said Thursday.<99. The Greatest Generation Speaks - Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The Civil War," seen by some 40 million viewers during its 1990 broadcast, made a celebrity out of Shelby Foote.
The Memphis scribe and historian, who lived in a Tudor-style house in Midtown before he died in 2005, was one of the commentators interviewed for the series. It helped that he looked the part, with his closely cropped gray beard and dignified drawl. 100. One Beale Sales Center Opens Today At Site of Former Crab Shack - Thursday, June 28, 2007
The Memphis City Council gave its stamp of approval at a public vote in October. By January, businessman Gene Carlisle had locked his sales, design and marketing teams in place.
Then, at a press conference in April, Carlisle - wearing a dark suit, blue tie and a big smile - stood in front of a series of high-quality renderings mounted on easels to make his next big announcement. One Beale, his $175 million, skyline-redefining Downtown project being developed at the foot of Beale Street, would be anchored by the 240-room Hyatt Regency Memphis Hotel and Spa.