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1. US New Home Sales Jump 11.6 Percent in December -

Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat home-buying over the course of 2014. Just 435,000 new homes were bought last year, a modest 1.2 percent improvement from 2013.

2. Airport Business Park Sells for $4.7 Million -

A group affiliated with a Dallas-based commercial real estate financing company has acquired Airport Business Park at a significant discount.

CRE ABP Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Gearing Capital Partners Inc., bought Airport Business Park from Allegiance Realty Corp. for $4.7 million, according to a Jan. 21 warranty deed.

3. Shelby Farms Applies for $7.2M in Building Permits -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.

4. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

5. Wharton Defends, Touts Record at State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. defended and touted Thursday, Jan. 29, his administration’s pursuit of the economic development projects that his challengers in the October city elections will likely use to make their case.

6. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Plunge to 15-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also the biggest decline in two years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 8,250 to 298,500.

7. Almost Half of US Households Exhaust Their Salaries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth "solid." But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating.

8. Fed Stays 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

9. Settlement Could Fund I-Zone Schools -

With federal money about to run out for the Shelby County Schools Innovation Zone schools, the $8 million in cash due from the city of Memphis next month is most likely to land in the bank account for that effort.

10. School Board Approves Settlement Over 2008 Funding Cut -

Nearly six years after it began, the Shelby County Schools system and the city of Memphis have settled their differences over the city council’s 2008 decision to cut funding to what was then the Memphis City Schools system.

11. US New Home Sales Jump 11.6 Percent in December -

Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat home-buying over the course of 2014. Just 435,000 new homes were bought last year, a modest 1.2 percent improvement from 2013.

12. Shelby Farms Applies for $7.2 Million in Building Permits -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.

13. Shelby Farms Applies for Permits Totaling $7.2 Million -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.

14. Airport Business Park Sells for $4.7 Million -

A group affiliated with a Dallas-based commercial real estate financing company has acquired Airport Business Park at a significant discount.

CRE ABP Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with Dallas-based Gearing Capital Partners Inc., bought Airport Business Park from Allegiance Realty Corp. for $4.7 million, according to a Jan. 21 warranty deed.

15. Fairgrounds Plan Draws Different Opinions -

The first renderings of a recast Mid-South Fairgrounds offered years ago are just one misstep early on that continues to plague the project still in search of specific private partners.

The conceptual drawings were heavy on baseball diamonds when the idea of two mayoral administrations at City Hall was and remains more soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports facility along with baseball diamonds.

16. Consumer Prices Drop 0.4 Percent in December -

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent last month, the biggest one-month drop since December 2008. It was also the second straight monthly decline in prices with both months reflecting big decreases in gas prices, which have been tumbling in recent months because of the global plunge in oil prices.

17. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

18. Shelby Farms Campaign Closes In on Last $100,000 -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Sunday, Feb. 1, for the “Heart of the Park” improvements already underway.

19. First Horizon Ends 2014 on Upswing -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank wrapped up its 150th anniversary year by delivering $213 million in net income to shareholders, up from $24 million for 2013.

20. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

21. Haslam on Statewide Tour to Tout Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he isn’t counting votes in the Tennessee legislature just yet for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

At least he’s not counting hard votes for the upcoming Feb. 2 special legislative session as he holds a series of nine public forums across the state.

22. Cohen Calls Tennessee Promise ‘A Fraud’ -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis calls the Tennessee Promise last dollar scholarship program for community college and state technical centers “a fraud.”

23. New Steps to Boost Private Investment on Infrastructure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration on Friday announced new steps federal agencies are taking to attract private money for projects upgrading roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

24. Consumer Prices Drop 0.4 Percent in December -

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent last month, the biggest one-month drop since December 2008. It was also the second straight monthly decline in prices with both months reflecting big decreases in gas prices, which have been tumbling in recent months because of the global plunge in oil prices.

25. End of Holidays Boosts Jobless Aid Applications -

The end of the holiday shopping season led to more Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week, raising the number of applications to an 18-week high. Still, the number remains near historically low levels.

26. 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.

27. $3 Million Permit Filed to Expand Berclair Elementary -

Shelby County Schools officials have applied for a $3 million building permit for an expansion of Berclair Elementary School, 810 N. Perkins St.

28. End of Holidays Boosts Jobless Aid Applications -

The end of the holiday shopping season led to more Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week, raising the number of applications to an 18-week high. Still, the number remains near historically low levels.

29. Start Co. Teams With Innova Memphis -

Start Co. has a new partner that’s bringing new funding with them to bolster the venture development organization’s efforts.

30. The Other Fellow -

Long before his death last year, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

31. $3 Million Permit Filed for Berclair Elementary Expansion -

Shelby County Schools officials have applied for a $3 million building permit for an expansion of Berclair Elementary School, 810 N. Perkins St.

32. Financial Terms You Should Know -

Ray’s take: Do you know the RMD for your IRA? How about your AGI for the IRS? Or does the alphabet soup of financial terms leaving you scratching your head?

Some people watch interviews with investment professionals and look for subtitles, as if the conversation is in another language. It often is. Investment and tax news is typically delivered in cryptic acronyms which seem to be designed to confuse rather than inform.

33. 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.

34. Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by lenders to check potential borrowers' financial health.

35. 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.

36. I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Gene Baker

37. Wunderlich Adds to Fixed-Income Team -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has made several recent additions to its fixed

income capital markets division.

38. Blair Durham Embraces Firm Strategy, Planning No Changes -

Don’t look for change up on the 17th floor of Parkway Towers, where Blair Durham is determined to keep his pop’s legacy thriving long into the future.

While his dad, founder of Bart Durham Injury Law, does sometimes mull changing the name of his firm to simply “Durham Injury Law” to allow for Blair to become the face of the firm – “I‘m 80, or at least I will be in March. I’m only going to live five more years, maybe, so it’s time to get Blair and his name out there,” says the elder Durham – the son says “no way.”

39. Southwest Tennessee Grows With Demand -

For Nathan Essex, the president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, his tenure has been a series of changes.

It was Essex who presided over the merger of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute in the late 1990s, before he was appointed president of the resulting Southwest Tennessee Community College in 2000.

40. Wunderlich Adds to Fixed-Income Team -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has made several recent additions to its fixed

income capital markets division.

41. New Record Label Launches in Memphis -

The team behind a new record label that’s launched in Memphis has big ambitions for what it describes as the “musical venture capital” the label wants to share with musicians.

Blue Barrel Records had a quiet launch of sorts in 2014, but it’s making moves this year to establish itself and plant its flag on the scene. Funding for the label comes from founder John Buford, who’s leading its A&R efforts alongside Memphis musician John Kilzer as well as Archer Records collaborators Ward Archer and Brian Dixon.

42. Obama to Reduce FHA Mortgage Premium Rate to Spur Buying -

WASHINGTON (AP) – First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums.

43. Corporate Tax Take Boosts Arkansas' Revenue in December -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A boost in corporate tax collections last month helped push Arkansas' revenue $44.1 million higher than predicted for the first half of the fiscal year, the state Department of Finance and Administration said Monday.

44. The Preserve at Southwind Sells for $28 Million -

7991 Capilano Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $28 million

Sale Date: Dec. 22, 2014
Buyer: Southwind Apartments LP
Seller: G&I VII Preserve at Southwind Apartments LP
Loan Amount: $18 million
Loan Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Maturity Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Lender: Jackson National Life Insurance Co.
Details: A team that includes Memphis-based Foegelman Venture Partners has sold The Preserve at Southwind apartment community for $28 million.

45. REIT Sells Three Memphis Properties for $7.2 Million -

A Texas-based real estate investment trust has sold three Memphis properties for $7.2 million.

Cobalt Industrial REIT II, an affiliate of Cobalt Capital Partners, has sold the properties at 4366, 4406 and 4436 Malone Road to Colfin Cobalt I-II Owner LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Colony Financial Inc., according to a Dec. 18 special warranty deed.

46. Building the Base -

It was late September, and local officials were deeply engaged with retail giant Target as the company explored investing in an online fulfillment center in Memphis when the discussions turned toward a familiar subject.

47. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

48. Big Deals Highlight 2014 Real Estate -

In Inked, we like to highlight local real estate transactions and the often-interesting companies leasing or buying commercial real estate space in the Memphis market. We also like to keep you informed about major deals before they happen and track companies that are critical to the local economy. Here are some important items that appeared in Inked in 2014.

49. REIT Sells Three Memphis Properties for $7.2 Million -

A Texas-based real estate investment trust has sold three Memphis properties for $7.2 million.

Cobalt Industrial REIT II, an affiliate of Cobalt Capital Partners, has sold the properties at 4366, 4406 and 4436 Malone Road to Colfin Cobalt I-II Owner LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Colony Financial Inc., according to a Dec. 18 special warranty deed.

50. Political Back Pages -

Even in the best of times, the relationship between any Memphis mayor and any group of 13 on the Memphis City Council is adversarial. That has been the intent of the structure of city government since the mayor-council form of government took effect in 1968.

51. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

52. Fogelman Affiliate Files Loan on Former Cozymel’s Site -

6450 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

Loan Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Maturity Date: Jan. 1, 2023
Borrower: Crown Centre LLC
Lender: Financial Federal Bank
Details: A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis land.

53. Volcker Critical of Delays in Bank Rule -

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks' risky investments.

The Fed said Thursday that it would delay until July 2017 the deadline by which U.S. banks will have to sell off potentially volatile holdings in private equity, venture capital and hedge funds.

54. Two Storage Facilities Sell for $4.9 Million -

Affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management have acquired two Memphis area mini-storage properties for $4.9 million.

SSSP Kirby Raines LLC, an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital, acquired the mini-storage property at 6504 E. Raines Road from TSRE III Kirby Raines LLC for $2.5 million, according to a Dec. 2 warranty deed. The 50,910-square-foot storage development was built in 1995, and the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $1.3 million.

55. This week in Memphis history: December 26-January 1 -

2009: FedEx Corp. took the first step toward a major expansion of its Memphis hub, filing a $28 million building permit for a new two-story sort facility at the existing hub on the north side of Memphis International Airport. At the time, the hub employed 15,000 people and had five sorts of 1.5 million packages per day.

56. $200,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has approved grants in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category that total more than $200,000.

The Nonprofit Capacity Building grants help established organizations improve operations and increase efficiency. The Foundation’s Board of Governors approved grants totaling $212,471 to 15 nonprofit organizations on Dec. 18. This year’s grant awards range from $4,900 to $23,390; each organization must raise a dollar-for-dollar match.

57. End of The Year To-Do List -

Ray’s Take In an ideal world, we would always stay on top of all of the intricacies of our financial lives. The real world seems to work a little differently. If it weren’t for the April 15 deadline, I doubt we would ever get around to filing our taxes. Deadlines are good for us, actually. So as we roll quickly toward the end of the year, let’s review a few.

58. US Economy Accelerates, Helps Lift Dow Above 18,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.

59. City, County Catch Late-Year Economic Development Surge -

Through September, things were looking somewhat bleak for Memphis and Shelby County on the economic development front.

At that point in the year the city and county were on pace to tie a record low for the number of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agreements granted to companies in a year. While granting fewer tax incentives could be viewed as good news because companies were more fiscally sound or confident about operating in Memphis and Shelby County, the lower level of activity represented a dip in the level of economic investment in the area.

60. Two Storage Facilities Sell for $4.9 Million -

Affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management have acquired two Memphis area mini-storage properties for $4.9 million.

SSSP Kirby Raines LLC, an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital, acquired the mini-storage property at 6504 E. Raines Road from TSRE III Kirby Raines LLC for $2.5 million, according to a Dec. 2 warranty deed. The 50,910-square-foot storage development was built in 1995, and the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $1.3 million.

61. Two In-Rel Properties Fetch $16.8 Million -

6263 Poplar Ave. and
2670 Union Ave. Extended
Memphis, TN

62. Sponsors Pay Big Bucks to Join College Bowl Games -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games features a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.

63. Volcker Critical of Delays in Namesake Rule -

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks’ risky investments.

The Fed said Thursday that it would delay until July 2017 the deadline by which U.S. banks will have to sell off potentially volatile holdings in private equity, venture capital and hedge funds.

64. Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High -

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.

65. ITT Files $5.8M Loan on Cordova Building -

ITT Technical Institute has filed a $5.8 million loan on its Cordova campus.

ITT Educational Services Inc. filed the loan on the property at 7260 Goodlett Farms Parkway in Cordova through Cerberus Business Finance LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Cerberus Capital Management, according to a Nov. 25 deed of trust.

66. Evaporcool Partners With Kemmons Wilson Cos. -

Evaporcool Solutions, a Memphis-based manufacturer of commercial aftermarket HVAC efficiency systems, has announced a new partnership with Kemmons Wilson Cos.

Evaporcool’s product makes air-conditioning and refrigeration systems more energy-efficient and helps reduce the clients’ carbon footprint, saving the client money and lowering maintenance costs. Evaporcool’s management determined that the company was at the right stage for a strategic partner, and after a national search, Evaporcool decided to work locally with Kemmons Wilson Cos.

67. In-Rel Sells 2 Office Buildings for $16.8M -

Affiliates of Clark Tower owner In-Rel Properties Inc. have sold two of the company’s other Memphis office buildings to a private equity firm for $16.8 million as part of a larger portfolio.

68. US Regulators Label Metlife as Potential Financial Threat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Major insurer MetLife Inc. says U.S. regulators have labeled it as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight.

69. Discussion Remains in Schools Settlement -

The Memphis City Council still has a pretty strong case that its approval of a settlement between the city and Shelby County Schools over a six-year-old funding dispute will be necessary at some point.

70. FedEx Reports 23 Percent Earnings Boost -

FedEx on Wednesday, Dec. 17, reported net income of $616 million for the September-November quarter, a 23 percent increase from $500 million in the same period last year but slightly below Wall Street estimates.

71. Wharton and Schools Settle Six-Year Funding Dispute Without Council -

It appears Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Shelby County Schools board have settled the six-year dispute over city funding for schools without the Memphis City Council.

But the fast-moving compromise will likely require a council vote to fund it.

72. Evaporcool Partners with Kemmons Wilson Cos. -

Evaporcool Solutions, a Memphis-based manufacturer of commercial aftermarket HVAC efficiency systems, has announced a new partnership with Kemmons Wilson Cos.

Evaporcool’s product makes air-conditioning and refrigeration systems more energy-efficient and helps reduce the clients’ carbon footprint, saving the client money and lowering maintenance costs. Evaporcool’s management determined that the company was at the right stage for a strategic partner, and after a national search, Evaporcool decided to work locally with Kemmons Wilson Cos.

73. In-Rel Sells Two Memphis Office Buildings for $16.8 Million -

Affiliates of Clark Tower owner In-Rel Properties Inc. have sold two of the company’s other Memphis office buildings to a private equity firm for $16.8 million as part of a larger portfolio.

74. Fear Drives US Stocks Higher -

In 2014, more than 600 hedge funds have disbanded. Even accounting for the carnage of 2009, this amounts to a record pace of “smart money” failures. In the more pedestrian mutual fund realm, active money managers are having their worst year of relative performance ever.

75. Paragon Turns In Positive Third Quarter -

Partly driven by an uptick in loans, Memphis-based Paragon Bank turned in another positive showing during the third quarter, with year-to-date pre-tax earnings 35 percent higher than in the first three quarters of 2013, the bank said.

76. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape -

A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp.

77. Fed Likely to Note Gains But Signal No Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.

78. Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High -

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.

79. ITT Files $5.8 Million Loan on Cordova Building -

ITT Technical Institute has filed a $5.8 million loan on its Cordova campus.

ITT Educational Services Inc. filed the loan on the property at 7260 Goodlett Farms Parkway in Cordova through Cerberus Business Finance LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Cerberus Capital Management, according to a Nov. 25 deed of trust.

80. Elvis Presley Enterprises Applies for Hotel Building Permit -

3066 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $57 million

81. Ikea to Open First Tennessee Store in Memphis -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea will open its first Tennessee store in Memphis next year, according to several people familiar with the effort and confirmed by Ikea representatives Monday.

The company and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will announce the store Tuesday, Dec. 16, according to several sources. A statement to the media Monday night read: "Ikea, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, will announce plans on Tuesday morning for a proposed Memphis store. The proposed Ikea Memphis would be the first Ikea store in either Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi and would increase the Swedish retailer's presence in the Southeastern U.S."

82. Collierville Station Sells for $600,000 -

The 8,900-square-foot Collierville Station retail center along West Poplar Avenue has sold for $600,000.

An entity named MD 695 Poplar LLC purchased the neighborhood shopping center at 695 W. Poplar in a Dec. 4 warranty deed from JW-Collierville LLC, PC-Collierville LLC, DB-Collierville LLC and SG-Collierville LLC, which collectively had owned it since 2008.

83. Market Understanding Leads to Wins -

Unlocking Value. Why do innovations end up in a “black hole?”

Jeff Pierce states that the hubris of Market Leaders keeps them from innovating. Pierce serves as the innovation architect of Pitney Bowes’ Corporate Innovation Program. He’s on a mission to change how the company sees itself.

84. Making a Statement -

One of the regional banking players in Memphis is Jackson, Miss.-based Trustmark Bank, which took a big step that made a statement in Memphis this year.

85. Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.

At the same time, the president acknowledged to executives on his advisory export council that a tough sales job will be necessary on a commerce issue certain to put him at odds with fellow Democrats during the last two years of his presidency.

86. Shelby County Commercial Sales Dip in October -

Shelby County recorded 90 commercial sales in October, down 4 percent from 94 commercial sales recorded in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

87. Collierville Station Sells for $600,000 -

The 8,900-square-foot Collierville Station retail center along West Poplar Avenue has sold for $600,000.

An entity named MD 695 Poplar LLC purchased the neighborhood shopping center at 695 W. Poplar in a Dec. 4 warranty deed from JW-Collierville LLC, PC-Collierville LLC, DB-Collierville LLC and SG-Collierville LLC, which collectively had owned it since 2008.

88. Sources: Target to Seek Incentives for Memphis Project -

Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an industrial project that could create up to 600 jobs, according to multiple sources.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant has explored sites in DeSoto County and Memphis for a distribution center and is in the process of finalizing a lease for the 900,000-square-foot building at 5461 Davidson Road in Southeast Memphis. In addition to the 600 jobs, Target is expected to make significant capital improvements to the property, which was formerly occupied by Hamilton Beach.

89. Fed Proposing Big US Banks Boost Capital Buffers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses.

90. Burger King, Hortons to Become Restaurant Brands -

NEW YORK (AP) – Tim Hortons and Burger King said Tuesday that they will become Restaurant Brands International when their tie-up closes, which is expected to happen this week.

In August Burger King agreed to pay $11 billion to buy Tim Hortons, a Canadian chain known for its coffee and doughnuts. Tim Hortons Inc. shareholders approved the combination on Tuesday. U.S. regulators have cleared the deal and the companies expect Canadian regulators to sign off on Friday, making the sale official.

91. Memphis Features Prominently in 'Nashville' Finale -

Tennessee’s capital is a centerpiece of the hit ABC series “Nashville,” but its winter finale episode airing tomorrow will also highlight Memphis and a few iconic locations here in addition to featuring a Memphis-focused storyline.

92. AutoZone Net Income Up 9.3 Percent -

AutoZone kicked off its new fiscal year with another quarter of growth, posting increases in same-store sales and earnings per share that are typical of earning announcements from the Memphis-based auto parts retailer.

93. US Decoupling -

The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses, and low demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. keeps posting surprisingly strong economic numbers.

94. Basar Says Commission Past 'Storming' Phase -

Shelby County Commissioners haven’t resolved all of their differences from the start of their term of office in September, but county commissioner Steve Basar says they are on their way.

“If you look at group dynamics, there’s usually a little bit of a phase up front where people are kind of feeling each other out,” Basar said on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines. “You have the forming and then you have the storming and then you have norming and performing. I think right now we are starting to move into that performing phase.”

95. How to Gain Immunity From Funding Cuts -

Martin Elliott, senior director of Mattel Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.

96. Memphis Protests Channel Outrage, History -

The mantra was steady in the courtyard of the National Civil Rights Museum last week as a group of 70 people lay on the cold bricks near the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

97. Fairgrounds Plan Could Be Tied to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday, Dec. 8, on a contract with city government that is critical to the city advancing its long-held plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

98. Dow Chemical Selling 2 Businesses for $225 Million -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dow Chemical said Friday that it is selling two businesses for a total of $225 million.

Dow said Vertellus Specialty Materials will buy its sodium borohydride business and Valfilm North America will buy a polyolefin films plant in Findlay, Ohio. It expects both sales to close during the first quarter of 2015.

99. US Trade Deficit Drops to $43.4 Billion in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.

The deficit edged down 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion, a drop from a revised $43.6 billion in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

100. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.