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1. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

2. Nineteenth Century Club Owner Files Building Permit -

The owner of the Nineteenth Century Club is prepared to launch a renovation of the historic building on Union Avenue.

Union Group LLC has applied for a $2.17 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to proceed with renovations to turn the home at 1433 Union Ave. into a restaurant. Archer Custom Builders is listed as the contractor on the permit.

3. Panera Bread Opens New Bartlett Store -

Panera Bread has opened its newest bakery-cafe at 8340 U.S. 64, suite 101, in Bartlett. The new location, which opened Wednesday, July 15, features a drive-thru, free Wi-Fi for dine-in customers, and a children’s reading room – only the second among the chain’s stores.

4. Owner Files Building Permit For Nineteenth Century Club -

The owner of the Nineteenth Century Club is prepared to launch a renovation of the historic building on Union Avenue.

Union Group LLC has applied for a $2.17 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to proceed with renovations to turn the home at 1433 Union Ave. into a restaurant. Archer Custom Builders is listed as the contractor on the permit.

5. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

6. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

7. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

8. Memphis Medical Device Plan Wins Federal Designation -

A Memphis regional alliance aimed at increasing manufacturing in the Mid-South area is one of 12 manufacturing economic development plans across the country that will get support from 11 federal agencies and the $1 billion in economic development funds those agencies control.

9. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

10. Memphis Native, Redbirds Player Tapped for Pan Am Games -

Three Memphis Redbirds are being honored for their play this season, with two pitchers making the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team and Bartlett native and former University of Memphis player Jacob Wilson being selected to play for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games.

11. Nineteenth Century Club Owners Secure Loan -

The owners of the Nineteenth Century Club in Midtown have secured a $2.35 million construction loan to begin transforming the historic home at 1433 Union Ave. in Midtown into a restaurant.

12. Nineteenth Century Club Owners Secure Loan -

The owners of the Nineteenth Century Club in Midtown have secured a $2.35 million construction loan to begin transforming the historic home at 1433 Union Ave. in Midtown into a restaurant.

13. Mark Mosteller Joins Evolve Bank & Trust -

Mark E. Mosteller Sr. recently joined Evolve Bank & Trust as executive vice president, accounting and finance.
The new role includes a variety of responsibilities, including management of the accounting and finance department team, accounting internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, taxes and treasury management. Mosteller also works with senior and executive management and the board on accounting, finance and operational issues.

14. Study Finds Merit In Youth Villages' Transitional Program -

Youth Villages’ 17-year-old transition program for children aging out of the foster care system at age 18 improved participants’ outcomes in housing stability, economic well-being, and employment and earnings, according to a new clinical study by nonprofit research organization MDRC.

15. Brim’s Snacks Expands Production in Bartlett -

Brimhall Foods formally opened a $6 million expansion Wednesday, June 24, of its Bartlett production lines.

Construction on the project at 3045 Bartlett Corporate Drive began last fall with financing from Renasant Bank.

16. Brim’s Snacks Expands Production in Bartlett -

Brimhall Foods formally opened a $6 million expansion Wednesday, June 24, of its Bartlett production lines.

Construction on the project at 3045 Bartlett Corporate Drive began last fall with financing from Renasant Bank.

17. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

18. Greening the Region -

A result of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and two years of planning, the pre-implementation phase of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan is gaining momentum.

19. New CEO Tapped for Saint Francis-Bartlett -

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has a new CEO.

Chris Locke started in the role effective June 1, and as CEO he’ll oversee all strategic, operational and clinical activities for the 196-bed acute care hospital in Bartlett.

20. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 16 Percent in May -

Lending has ticked up at Memphis-area banks, mortgage rates are still low and the supply of new homes remains limited.

Those are some of the reasons lenders cite when explaining why mortgage lending in Memphis continues to hum along above last year’s totals. Last month continued that trend, new figures show, with mortgage volume countywide getting a 16 percent boost in May compared to May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

21. Small Changes for Shelby County Housing Market -

For years Dick Leike has maintained that Memphis is not a boom or bust housing market. Instead of large increases or dips in sales numbers or prices, Leike said Memphis and Shelby County typically experience smaller swings.

22. Lakeland Explores Plan to Build Middle School -

The Lakeland School System is considering a plan to build a $20 million middle school on the 94 acres it looked at earlier this year for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

The new plan was recommended to the Lakeland school board Monday, June 1, by Southern Educational Strategies LLC.

23. New CEO Tapped For Saint Francis-Bartlett -

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has a new CEO.

Chris Locke started in the role effective June 1, and as CEO he’ll oversee all strategic, operational and clinical activities for the 196-bed acute care hospital in Bartlett.

24. Buster's Boom: Popular Liquor and Wine Store Expanding -

Buster’s Liquors & Wines is expanding its footprint. The popular wine and liquor store near the University of Memphis is taking over the space occupied by La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the University Center retail development at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

25. Development Proposals Surface in Memphis' Pinch District -

A month after Bass Pro Shops opened at The Pyramid, development plans are surfacing in the Pinch District, including one for a new Front Street hotel.

Front Street Group LLC has applied for a special use permit for a 108-room, extended-stay hotel. It would be located directly across Front from The Pyramid’s east side on what is now a surface parking lot. It would include a 160-space parking structure on the rear of the property next to an existing alley.

26. Lakeland Explores Plan to Build Middle School -

The Lakeland School System is considering a plan to build a $20 million middle school on the 94 acres it looked at earlier this year for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

The new plan was recommended to the Lakeland school board Monday, June 1, by Southern Educational Strategies LLC.

27. Lakeland School Idea Resurfaces -

The Lakeland Schools system is considering a plan to build a new $20 million middle school on the 94 acres of land the school system had looked at earlier this year as the site for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

28. Lakeland School Idea Resurfaces -

The Lakeland Schools system is considering a plan to build a new $20 million middle school on the 94 acres of land the school system had looked at earlier this year as the site for a $50 million grades 6-12 school.

29. Germantown Schools To Look At New Elementary School -

The Germantown Municipal School District is going to explore building a new elementary school and several options for adding onto an existing middle schools.

Germantown schools superintendent Jason Manuel talked publicly for the first time about the possibility Thursday, May 28, at a special meeting of the city’s school board.

30. Jacob Wilson Climbs the Ladder From Bartlett High to Redbirds -

He used to be one of them, another kid with pen in hand, leaning forward at the fence line at AutoZone Park and hoping against hope one of the Memphis Redbirds would come over and sign an autograph.

31. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

32. State Education Commissioner Visits Memphis-Area Schools -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visited several local schools Monday, May 18, and talked with leaders of the various school systems in Shelby County.

33. Tennessee Appeals Court Reverses Another Shelby County Conviction -

As two high profile Memphis murder cases moved toward retrial this week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed another murder conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court earlier this month.

34. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

35. Mortgage Market Up 9 Percent in April -

Triumph Bank found itself at the end of April with a second straight record-breaking month for its mortgage division, with Triumph Mortgage having funded more units and loan volume in the month than during any other in the bank’s history.

36. Real Estate Market Shows Signs of Strengthening -

Memphis and Shelby County home sales in April were slightly off last year’s pace, though pricing improved and foreclosure sales continued to plummet, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

37. Jewell Joins Orpheum's Development Foundation -

Ron Jewell is joining the staff of the Memphis Development Foundation, which operates the Orpheum Theatre, as vice president of operations at the forthcoming Centre for Performing Arts Education.

38. Jewell Joins Staff of Memphis Development Foundation -

Ron Jewell is joining the staff of the Memphis Development Foundation, which operates the Orpheum Theatre, as vice president of operations at the forthcoming Centre for Performing Arts Education.

39. Six Criminal Court Convictions Reversed Since August -

Since August, Tennessee appeals courts have overturned the convictions of six Shelby County Criminal Court defendants on charges that ranged from murder to bad checks.

The latest reversal and new trial involved jurors in the 2012 first-degree murder trial of Eric Williams being passed a shotgun to examine after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent testified about how double-barrel shotguns operate.

40. School Dialogue Won’t End With Lakeland Voting ‘No’ -

Lakeland city leaders likely will continue looking for ways to expand the Lakeland Schools system beyond its single elementary school.

They just won’t be talking about a grades 6-12 school after Lakeland voters last week rejected a $50 million school bond issue key to building the proposed Lakeland Prep.

41. Lakeland Prep School Bond Issue Rejected By Voters -

Voters in Lakeland rejected a $50 million school bond issue Thursday, April 16, in the first election of 2015 in Shelby County.

The unofficial vote count from the Shelby County Election Commission with all precincts reporting was:

42. Lakeland Election Decides New School’s Fate -

If every voter in Lakeland votes in the Thursday, April 16, school bond issue referendum, it will be fewer than 9,000 citizens.

More people voted in some of the one-candidate state House district primaries last August in Shelby County.

43. Shafer Seeking County Property Tax Rate Reduction -

The chairwoman of the Shelby County Commission’s budget committee is hoping to reduce the county’s property tax rate by the time the commission approves a budget for its new fiscal year that begins July 1.

44. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

45. Commission Approves Millington Farms TIF -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $3.3 million tax increment financing zone Monday, April 13 for the $20-million Shops of Millington Farms development on the east side of Highway 51 between Veterans Parkway and Glencoe Road.

46. REIT Acquires Three Hotels for $39.6 Million -

7905 Giacosa Place, 5320 Poplar Ave. and 7855 Wolf River Boulevard
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $39.6 million

47. Regency Homebuilders Buys Lakeland Property -

Regency Homebuilders LLC has paid $1.3 million for 64 acres in Lakeland.

The Germantown-based homebuilder bought the vacant land from Bank of Bartlett in a March 25 warranty deed. In conjunction with the purchase, Regency filed a two-year, $1.3 million deed of trust, also through Bank of Bartlett.

48. Regency Homebuilders Buys Lakeland Property -

Regency Homebuilders LLC has paid $1.3 million for 64 acres in Lakeland.

The Germantown-based homebuilder bought the vacant land from Bank of Bartlett in a March 25 warranty deed. In conjunction with the purchase, Regency filed a two-year, $1.3 million deed of trust, also through Bank of Bartlett.

49. Shelby County Mortgage Market Grows 23 Percent in March -

The last month of the first quarter showcased a Shelby County mortgage market with abundant vitality, including evidence that plenty of demand exists among buyers eager to sign on the dotted line.

Mortgage volume countywide grew 23 percent in March compared to the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Year over year, volume last month rose to a little more than $126 million, up from $103.1 million in March 2014, and lenders say continued low rates are one reason why.

50. Steady as She Goes: New Home Market Stays Stable -

New home construction in Shelby County, as tracked by permits, jumped in February when compared to February 2014 while the number of new home sales remained flat.

Builders filed 88 permits in February, up 22 percent from 72 permits filed in February 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The permits filed in February averaged 2,840 square feet and $188,729, compared to 3,252 square feet and $241,788 in February 2014.

51. Wagner and Spears Head Local Political Parties -

In weekend conventions, local Democrats and Republican elected new leaders for their parties.

Mary Wagner is the new Shelby County Republican Party chairwoman, chosen by delegates to the local GOP convention held Sunday, March 29, at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center.

52. What Better Place for an NRA Convention? -

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

53. Lakeland Early Voting Count Tops 800 -

More than 800 citizens have voted early in the Lakeland referendum on a $50 million school bond issue.

The 822 early voters cast ballots over the first three days of the early voting period that began March 27.

54. Wagner and Spears Head Local Political Parties -

In weekend conventions, local Democrats and Republican elected new leaders for their parties.

Mary Wagner is the new Shelby County Republican Party chairwoman, chosen by delegates to the local GOP convention held Sunday, March 29, at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center.

55. Wagner is New GOP Chairwoman -

Mary Wagner, an attorney and leader of the local Republican party’s Young Republicans group, is the new chairwoman of the Shelby County Republican Party.

56. Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair -

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

Spears was selected by the new 29-member party executive committee elected at the convention.

57. Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair -

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

Spears was selected by the new 29-member party executive committee elected at the convention.

58. New Trial Ordered for Fifth Memphis Case -

For the fifth time since August a state appellate court has reversed a conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court and ordered a new trial for the defendant.

The latest reversal came Thursday, March 26, from the Tennessee Supreme Court in the case of Frederick Herron, who was convicted by a jury in 2012 of raping a child. Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

59. Early Voting Underway in Lakeland On Bond Issue -

The first election of 2015 began Friday, March 27, as the early voting period opens in the Lakeland referendum on a $50 million school bond issue.

Early voting at Lakeland Elementary School, 10050 Oakseed Lane, is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through April 11.

60. Lakeland Opens Early Voting On $50M School Bond Issue -

The first election of 2015 begins Friday, March 27, as the early voting period opens in the Lakeland referendum on a $50 million school bond issue.

Early voting at Lakeland Elementary School, 10050 Oakseed Lane, is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through April 11.

61. Sweet Potato Baby Cooks Up Awards -

Aryen Moore-Alston, executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby, recently received two honors for the boutique catering and baked-goods company she opened in Memphis last year.

Sweet Potato Baby was named a winner of the American Small Business Championship by SCORE, a national organization that mentors entrepreneurs and small-business owners. It was also named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 to Watch” in 2015 list, which recognized companies and organizations that stood out in 2014 for their leadership in the community.

62. Marco’s Pizza Eyes More Memphis Locations -

With one Germantown location under his belt, Marco’s Pizza owner Peter Morgan is eyeing at least three more locations in the Memphis area.

63. Love Song to a City -

As the story goes, Al Green wrote the lyrics to “Let’s Stay Together” in about five minutes. In 1972, the song – which spans just three minutes and 13 seconds – reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

64. Marco’s Pizza Franchisee Eyes More Memphis-Area Stores -

With one Germantown location under his belt, Marco’s Pizza owner Peter Morgan is eyeing at least three more locations in the Memphis area.

65. Tennessee Cemetery Owner Agrees to Probation in Plea Deal -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee cemetery owner accused of burying up to 200 bodies on land not owned by the business pleaded guilty Friday in exchange for 10 years' probation.

Jemar Lambert, the owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, entered an Alford plea in Shelby County Criminal Court. Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.

66. Home Sales Cool But Prices Heat Up -

Fueled by bank sales declines and the onset of chilly winter weather, home sales slid 6 percent in Shelby County in February when compared to 2014, but prices continued to heat up, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

67. Lawyers Negotiating Plea Deal for Bartlett Cemetery Owner -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a Tennessee cemetery owner accused of mishandling burials says a plea deal with prosecutors could be reached as early as Friday.

Coleman Garrett told a judge Thursday that he is negotiating with prosecutors on a plea agreement for his client, Jemar Lambert. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee set a Friday hearing to discuss their progress.

68. Bid to End Tennessee Carry Permit Requirement Fails in House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to eliminate Tennessee's requirement to obtain a state-issued permit to openly carry handguns was defeated in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss Jonesborough said he introduced the measure because he believes that "current laws here in Tennessee infringe on the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution."

69. Youth Advance Moving to Raleigh Springs Mall -

Youth Advance Inc. has a new location in the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The new space needs a little TLC, so Home Depot will provide help on Wednesday, March 11th, at noon. Its new facility is located near the main entrance of the mall and was formerly used as a recording studio; it currently has black walls throughout and is in slight disrepair.

70. MRG Enjoys Flurry of Leasing Activity -

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is reporting leasing activity at its retail, office and industrial properties.

71. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

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

72. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

73. Seven Memphis-Area RadioShacks to Close -

Seven RadioShack stores in the Memphis area are among the 1,784 retail sites the company plans to close, according to court documents related to its bankruptcy filing in early February.

The Shelby County stores to close between Feb. 17 and March 31, according to the list, are in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway; Trinity Commons, 714 Germantown Parkway; the Collierville store, 694 W. Poplar Ave.; Whitehaven Plaza, 4082 Elvis Presley Blvd.; Bartlett Towne Center, 6045 Stage Road; and Polo Shops, 7464 Winchester Road. The store in Holiday Plaza Mall in West Memphis is also slated to close.

74. Seven Memphis-Area RadioShacks to Close -

Seven RadioShack stores in the Memphis area are among the 1,784 retail sites the company plans to close, according to court documents related to its bankruptcy filing last week.

The Shelby County stores to close between Feb. 17 and March 31, according to the list, are in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway; Trinity Commons, 714 Germantown Parkway; the Collierville store, 694 W. Poplar Ave.; Whitehaven Plaza, 4082 Elvis Presley Blvd.; Bartlett Towne Center, 6045 Stage Road; and Polo Shops, 7464 Winchester Road. The store in Holiday Plaza Mall in West Memphis is also slated to close.

75. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips Slightly in January -

Even though total mortgage volume in Shelby County dipped slightly in January, Magna Bank – among the top lenders for the month – actually grew its volume in during the month.

76. Seven Memphis-Area RadioShack Stores to Close -

Seven RadioShack stores in the Memphis area are among the 1,784 retail sites the company plans to close, according to court documents related to its bankruptcy filing last week.

The Shelby County stores to close between Feb. 17 and March 31, according to the list, are in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway; Trinity Commons, 714 Germantown Parkway; the Collierville store, 694 W. Poplar Ave.; Whitehaven Plaza, 4082 Elvis Presley Blvd.; Bartlett Towne Center, 6045 Stage Road; and Polo Shops, 7464 Winchester Road. The store in Holiday Plaza Mall in West Memphis is also slated to close.

77. More Tax Incentive Changes Likely -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made the argument last week in his State of the County speech that local economic development and economic recovery is not the singular pursuit of jobs.

78. Tigers’ Season: Inconsistent Play, Lukewarm Support -

It has become a nightly ritual at University of Memphis home games. When a member of the stats crew walks down press row holding a sheet of paper displaying the “announced attendance,” members of the Fourth Estate roll their eyes and shake their heads.

79. Lakeland Prep Contracts Go Before School Board -

Lakeland school board members meet Monday, Feb. 2, to vote on a contract for an architect and engineer to plan construction of the new Lakeland Prep School.

The board for the Lakeland Schools System also votes on a contingency contract to buy the 94 acres of land for the planned school north of U.S. 70 and east of Canada Road.

80. Business Licenses Drop 6 Percent In Fourth Quarter -

The Shelby County Clerk’s Office issued 1,083 business licenses in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

This represented a 5.9 percent decline from the 1,151 licenses issued in 2013.

81. Business Licenses Rise 9.1 Percent In 2014 -

The Shelby County Clerk’s Office was busier in 2014, with 5,847 business licenses issued – a 9.1 percent increase from 2013 when there were 5,361 licenses issued.

The licenses include both new and renewals. The 5,847 total included 5,618 licenses originating in Tennessee, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

82. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

83. Home Construction Flat in December -

New home construction in Shelby County, as tracked by permits, was flat in December when compared to December 2013, but new home sales increased.

Builders filed 55 permits in December, the same amount they filed in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

84. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Improvement -

The mortgage market in Shelby County ended 2014 in a slighter better position than where it stood in 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,471 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2014, up 2 percent from the 8,301 mortgages during 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

85. Lawyer Working to Resolve Bartlett Cemetery Owner's Case -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a West Tennessee cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials said Friday he is working to resolve the case.

Jemar Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett, made a brief appearance in Shelby County Criminal Court on a 2013 theft of property charge accusing him of selling burial plots on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery.

86. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $34.7 Million -

9300 U.S. 64
Lakeland, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $34.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2015
Buyer: Lakeland Apartments TN Associates LLC
Seller: MRB Stonebridge LP
Loan Amount: $27.7 million
Loan Date: Dec. 15, 2014
Maturity Date: Feb. 1, 2025
Lender: Walker & Dunlop LLC
Details: An affiliate of a New York-based real estate investment firm has bought the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Lakeland for $34.7 million.

87. Phoenix REIT Purchases 2 Walgreens for $11.3 Million -

A Phoenix-based real estate investment trust has acquired two Walgreens stores from the retailer’s parent company.

ARCP WG Memphis TN LLC and ARCP WG Bartlett 5950 Stage Road LLC, both affiliates of Phoenix-based American Realty Capital Properties, acquired the Walgreens stores at 3670 Riverdale Road and 5950 Stage Road in Bartlett from the Walgreen Co. for $11.3 million, according to two Nov. 24 special warranty deeds.

88. Plans Emerge for Universal Life Building -

In major Downtown news, the on-again, off-again redevelopment of the Universal Life Insurance Co. building Downtown appears to be on.

89. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

90. Bartlett Walgreens Sells for $4.8 Million -

An affiliate of a California-based real estate investment firm has acquired a Walgreens site in Bartlett for $4.8 million.

Realty Income Properties 5 LLC, an affiliate of California-based Realty Income Corp., bought the Walgreens store at 8097 U.S. 70 in Bartlett from Cole WG Bartlett TN DST, according to a Jan. 5 warranty deed. Realty Income Corp. acquires and manages freestanding, single-tenant properties leased to retail chains.

91. Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.

92. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

1870 Kirby Parkway
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Buyer: Bank of Bartlett
Seller: Spence Ray
Details: Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

93. Phoenix REIT Purchases 2 Walgreens for $11.3 Million -

A Phoenix-based real estate investment trust has acquired two Walgreens stores from the retailer’s parent company.

ARCP WG Memphis TN LLC and ARCP WG Bartlett 5950 Stage Road LLC, both affiliates of Phoenix-based American Realty Capital Properties, acquired the Walgreens stores at 3670 Riverdale Road and 5950 Stage Road in Bartlett from the Walgreen Co. for $11.3 million, according to two Nov. 24 special warranty deeds.

94. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

Bank of Bartlett bought the branch location at 1870 Kirby Parkway, located just south of Poplar Avenue, from developer M. Spence Ray, according to a Dec. 29 warranty deed. According to marketing materials for the property, Bank of Bartlett had almost five years left on its lease at the location. Bank of Bartlett sold the property to Ray, vice president of McNeill Commercial Real Estate, for almost $3.2 million in 2007.

95. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

96. Shelby County's School Systems Prepare to Build -

Shelby County government will have $110 million in bonds over the next two years to finance school construction projects across the seven public school systems.

And just from the early plans on the drawing board, there is no shortage of projects. Some of them are also to be funded by property tax revenue from the suburban municipalities that formed their own six separate school districts that opened for classes this past August.

97. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

Bank of Bartlett bought the branch location at 1870 Kirby Parkway, located just south of Poplar Avenue, from developer M. Spence Ray, according to a Dec. 29 warranty deed. According to marketing materials for the property, Bank of Bartlett had almost five years left on its lease at the location. Bank of Bartlett sold the property to Ray, vice president of McNeill Commercial Real Estate, for almost $3.2 million in 2007.

98. Proposed Lakeland Prep Site Considered -

The proposed site for the new Lakeland Prep school is 94 acres of land north of U.S. 70, east of Canada Road.

Members of the Lakeland School System board got their first look at the details Monday, Jan. 5, during a school board work session in which the site was recommended by Southern Educational Strategies LLC, a consultant to the school system on the matter.

99. Lakeland Group Delivers Bond Referendum Petition -

A group of Lakeland citizens calling for a referendum on a $50 million school construction bond issue were to deliver a petition Tuesday, Dec. 30, to town leaders to put the item on the ballot for voters to decide.

100. November Mortgage Volume Drops 14 Percent -

Looking at results from last month might suggest mortgage industry professionals are in the midst of a yearend slowdown, with phones not ringing quite as much as a result of interested buyers at the moment.