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1. Collierville Police Training On Translator Devices -

Collierville Police officers are training on new devices that will assist in translating when officers and those they come into contact with don’t speak the same language.

The Enabling Language Service Anywhere – or ELSA – device is a wireless device that connects officers to a network of people who can translate 180 different languages and dialects. The translators, available at the push of a button with the device, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2. Collierville Reopens Burch Library -

Collierville leaders cut the ribbon Tuesday, July 21, on a reopened Collierville Burch Library.

The ceremony marks town of Collierville control of the library at 501 Poplar View Parkway.

3. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

4. New Shoe Store Headed To Carriage Crossing -

A shoe store new to the Memphis market is planning to open a location in the Carriage Crossing retail development.

Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse is expected to open in Collierville later this year.

5. H&M Announces Opening Date for New Collierville Store -

Memphis-area residents excited about cheap-chic retail giant H&M landing in their area have an official opening date.

H&M announced this week that it would open its 19,000-square-foot Collierville store on Thursday, August 13, at noon.

6. Germantown Eyes Area South of Poplar for Elementary School -

Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.

“South of Poplar we want to have a community school, an elementary school,” Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said on the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

7. Academy Sports to Open First Olive Branch Store -

Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to open its first Olive Branch store, along with a store in D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this fall. The Olive Branch store will be located at the corner of Pleasant Hill and Goodman roads.

8. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host an opening reception for “Stax: Visions of Soul” Friday, July 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stax, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Gallery talk begins at 6:45 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31, features contemporary works of art inspired by Stax Records songs. Visit staxmuseum.com.

9. Grizzlies Believe Big Man Backup Brandan Wright A Seamless Choice -

It won’t always be as easy for Mike Conley in the NBA as it was for Scott Reall in high school. But when Reall talks about being Brandan Wright’s teammate at Brentwood Academy in the mid-2000s, you do get the idea that Wright brings some much-needed athleticism to the Grizzlies’ front court.

10. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis -

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

11. Academy Sports to Open First Olive Branch Store -

Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to open its first Olive Branch store, along with a store in D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this fall.

The Olive Branch store will be located at the corner of Pleasant Hill and Goodman roads.

12. Events -

The Pink Palace will host Young Professionals Beer/Wine and a Movie Night on Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. Tickets are $15 and include food, drinks and a screening of “Groundhog Day.” Visit memphismuseums.org or call 901-636-2362.

13. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

14. Collierville Self-Storage Facility Sells for $3.7 Million -

The Simply Self Storage located at 651 South Rowlett Street in Collierville has sold for $3.7 million.

15. New Restaurant to Open at Carriage Crossing This Fall -

A casual American restaurant brand is opening its first Tennessee location at Collierville’s Carriage Crossing this fall.

Hickory Tavern currently operates 20 restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. In addition to traditional American fare, it offers a full bar, 40 wine selections and 100 beer selections. It also shows a variety of sporting events.

16. Portion of Farms at Bailey Station Sells -

Retirement Cos. of America LLC has taken a new step in its plan to bring a retirement development called The Farms at Bailey Station to South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.

17. Shelby County Home Sales Jump 13 Percent in June -

Fueled by an apparent surge in consumer confidence, home sales in Memphis and Shelby County jumped significantly in June.

There were 1,792 home sales recorded in Shelby County last month, a 13 percent increase from the 1,586 sales recorded in June 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

18. New Hotel Planned for Downtown Memphis -

Two Ohio-based development firms plan to build a new hotel on a vacant site in Downtown Memphis.

The Orlean Co. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Ceres Development LLC of Westlake, Ohio, plan on building a Cambria Suites on a 3.3-acre lot on the south side of Union across from Fourth Street, just west of Danny Thomas Boulevard.

19. Collierville Self-Storage Facility Sells for $3.7 Million -

The Simply Self Storage located at 651 South Rowlett Street in Collierville has sold for $3.7 million.

20. New Restaurant to Open at Carriage Crossing This Fall -

A casual American restaurant brand is opening its first Tennessee location at Collierville’s Carriage Crossing this fall.

Hickory Tavern currently operates 20 restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. In addition to traditional American fare, it offers a full bar, 40 wine selections and 100 beer selections. It also shows a variety of sporting events.

21. Portion of Future Collierville Retirement Community Sells -

Retirement Cos. of America LLC has taken a new step in its plan to bring a retirement development called The Farms at Bailey Station to South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.

22. Collierville Pharmacy Boasts Long List of Accreditations -

Collierville-based Benevere Pharmacy is a privately owned specialty pharmacy that now boasts an uncommonly extensive set of independent accreditations most chain drug stores can’t match.

The pharmacy, which serves patients, prescribers, health care organizations, payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, has recently been approved for specialty pharmacy accreditation by URAC. That’s a leading nonprofit that accredits health care organizations in addition to focusing on education and measurement programs.

23. 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.

24. Chef Shuttle Adds Restaurants To Memphis Delivery Network -

A restaurant take-out delivery company has added 22 Memphis-area restaurants to its roster, including Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, El Toro Loco and Exlines.

25. Chef Shuttle Adds Restaurants To Memphis Delivery Network -

A restaurant take-out delivery company has added 22 Memphis-area restaurants to its roster, including Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, El Toro Loco and Exlines.

26. Collierville Aldermen Approve 25-Cent Property Tax Hike for New School -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved Monday, June 22, a 25-cent property tax hike to partially finance construction of a new, $99 million Collierville High School.

The approval on third reading came two weeks after the board tentatively approved a 20-cent property tax hike. At the time, they believed local sales tax revenue dedicated to the suburban school district could get the project the rest of the way to financing or at least close to the $99 million amount at a rate of $6 million in debt a year for 20 years.

27. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

28. 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.

29. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

30. Local Investment Group Files $11.4 Million Loan -

Radiant Group of Properties LLC filed an $11.4 million loan with BancorpSouth Bank on June 14 for 14 of its retail properties around Memphis and Shelby County.

31. Hickory Hill Retirement Home Sells for $1.2 Million -

FLH Assisted Living Residences LP, a Tennessee limited partnership based in Collierville, purchased the Franklin Park retirement home located at 3393 Kirby Road in Hickory Hill on June 11 for $1.2 million.

32. Chism Opens Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise's Memphis Office -

Jeremy Chism has joined Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise as vice president to open the company’s Memphis commercial real estate loan production office. The firm provides financing solutions through a vast network of insurance companies, CMBS lenders and commercial lenders for commercial real estate.

33. Senior Stature -

Sprawling across 37 acres of Collierville land, posh retirement community The Farms at Bailey Station will serve more than 500 senior residents when the final phase of construction is completed in 2016.

34. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

35. Collierville Town Meeting Tuesday on Proposed High School -

A community meeting on the proposed new Collierville High School is Tuesday, June 16, at Collierville United Methodist Church, 454 W. Poplar Ave.

36. Retailer H&M to Join Tanger Outlets Lineup -

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, has signed a lease for 26,000 square feet at the Tanger Outlets development in Southaven.

The apparel retailer expects to open at Tanger Outlets Memphis in spring 2016. Its Mississippi presence will include a store-within-a-store section for accessories and sports apparel. The store also will feature H&M’s collection for children from newborns to 14-year-olds.

37. Memphis City Council Adds Health Benefits Extension to Budget To-Do List -

Memphis City Council members have another decision to make on their list of votes before the fiscal year ends June 30.

The council is weighing extending health insurance benefits through 2016 for city retirees younger than 65.

38. H&M to Join Tanger Outlets Lineup -

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, has signed a lease for 26,000 square feet at the Tanger Outlets development in Southaven.

The apparel retailer expects to open at Tanger Outlets Memphis in spring 2016. Its Mississippi presence will include a store-within-a-store section for accessories and sports apparel. The store also will feature H&M’s collection for children from newborns to 14-year-olds.

39. Collierville Attorney Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot -

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Collierville attorney accused of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI Special Agents began investigating Fred Auston Wortman III on June 4. Several days earlier, a concerned citizen contacted law enforcement and reported that Wortman contacted him to find someone to kill his estranged wife. On Friday, Wortman met with a TBI agent, who posed as a potential hit-man, and supplied him personal information about his wife and a down payment for the murder.

40. Collierville Commits -

Right after the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday, June 8, to raise the town’s property tax rate by 20 cents, a flash of lightning flared outside the town hall chamber’s windows.

41. Collierville Board Tentatively Approves Tax Hike to Finance New School -

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday, June 8, to raise the city’s property tax rate by 20 cents to $1.73 in the new fiscal year to finance construction of a comprehensive high school.

42. Collierville Repaints Traffic Masts -

The town of Collierville has completed a $37,786 project to refurbish and repaint a set of traffic signal masts. The city has switched to the masts as older traffic hardware is replaced and signals are upgraded. The masts align the signals with road lanes and reduce overhead wires along roadways.

43. Solana Senior Living Facility Sells for $65.5 Million -

8199 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $65.5 million

Sale Date: May 27, 2015

44. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year -

Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.

45. 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.

46. Collierville Schools Proposal Goes To Aldermen -

A proposed comprehensive new high school for the Collierville School system moves to the Collierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, June 8, three days after the Collierville Schools board recommended a $99 million project to build the school on land south of Shelby Drive and east of Sycamore Road.

47. Local Investors Purchase Collierville Shopping Center -

The Winchester Commercial Center, at 2085 E. Winchester Road in Collierville, sold on May 22 for $1.3 million.

48. 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.

49. Collierville School Board To Meet Friday on School Plan -

The Collierville school board meets Friday, June 5, in special session to hear a report on the need for a new comprehensive high school for the suburban school system and consider moving toward the purchase of a site for the school.

50. Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg -

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.
Salomon focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust implementation and probate administration. He also addresses issues regarding disability planning, elder law, nonprofits and small-business succession.

51. 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.

52. Local Investors Purchase Collierville Shopping Center -

The Winchester Commercial Center, at 2085 E. Winchester Road in Collierville, sold on May 22 for $1.3 million.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. Astronaut from Tennessee Inducted into Hall of Fame -

An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

56. Germantown Leaders Exploring Elementary School Possibilities -

When Germantown Municipal School District leaders began talking openly last week about new school construction, they did so cautiously, keeping in mind similar recent discussions in Lakeland and Collierville.

57. 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.

58. Homebuilders Enjoying Steady Start to 2015 -

The Shelby County homebuilding industry surged ahead in April with builders pulling more permits and selling more new homes at higher prices, a positive start to the peak building season.

Builders filed 84 permits in April, a 10.5 jump over the 76 permits filed in April 2014 and a 47.3 percent jump from the 57 permits filed in March of this year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

59. Astronaut From Tennessee Inducted Into Hall of Fame -

An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a co-owner of a Memphis-area business is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA’s first female astronauts.

60. Harris Pushes For Insure Tennessee Comeback -

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis will be on the campaign trail this summer.

Harris and other Democratic leaders in the majority Republican Tennessee legislature will campaign across the state this summer for the comeback of the Insure Tennessee proposal in the 2016 legislative session.

61. School’s End -

When Catholic Bishop Terry Steib put on a hardhat a week ago to break ground on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s new $4.2 million Cathedral Center, he had the attention of the school’s youngest students.

62. Push For New Collierville High School Begins -

This is not an election year in Collierville.

But at a Collierville Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken kicked off a summer campaign about schools and taxes.

63. BankTennessee Cuts Ribbon on Munford Branch -

Collierville-based BankTennessee will host a ribbon cutting at its new branch in Munford, at the corner of Munford Avenue and Highway 51 South, on May 21.

Located on a 1.12-acre site at 26 Munford Ave., the new branch has 4,860 square feet of space and mirrors the design of the BankTennessee branch in Ripley.

64. Tigers’ Tubbs Makes Capital One Academic Squad -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America have announced.

The Tigers leading power hitter, Tubbs has a .328 batting average with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. Earlier this season, the Collierville High School product hit a home run in six consecutive games; that’s just two games shy of the NCAA record. He was named one of six Louisville Slugger national players of the week after the streak of consecutive games with a home run.

65. BankTennessee Cuts Ribbon on Munford Branch -

Collierville-based BankTennessee will host a ribbon cutting at its new branch in Munford, at the corner of Munford Avenue and Highway 51 South, on May 21.

Located on a 1.12-acre site at 26 Munford Ave., the new branch has 4,860 square feet of space and mirrors the design of the BankTennessee branch in Ripley.

66. Tigers’ Tucker Tubbs Makes Capital One Academic Squad -

University of Memphis senior first baseman Tucker Tubbs has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America have announced.

The Tigers leading power hitter, Tubbs has a .328 batting average with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. Earlier this season, the Collierville High School product hit a home run in six consecutive games; that’s just two games shy of the NCAA record. He was named one of six Louisville Slugger national players of the week after the streak of consecutive games with a home run.

67. Beautiful Minds -

Someday, a famous innovator’s biography may include the story of the first time she used a hammer – at age 4 or 5, at a private Memphis girls school, to pound on a strip of copper.

And how she then took that strip of copper and molded it into the shape of a heart, a tiara or a cool design that meant something to her evolving mind but that adults couldn’t identify.

68. 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.

69. 'Symphony in Rose Garden' May 17 in Collierville -

The Collierville Arts Council is once again staging the annual fundraiser, “Symphony in the Rose Garden,” Sunday, May 17.

The annual event will be held on the three-acre estate home of Bob and Mary Jean Smith. The historic home is located at 156 West Poplar Ave., just off the historic town square, and features a garden filled with more than 1,000 roses.

70. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

71. Germantown Parkway Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

789 and 725 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $3.4 million

72. Real Estate Industry Emerges From Frigid Winter With High Hopes -

Overall home sales in Shelby County were essentially flat in the first quarter while homebuilding activity increased, despite arctic temperatures in February and March that could have put the residential real estate sector in the deep freeze.

73. Collierville Warehouse Sells for $400,000 -

A Jacksonville, Fla.-based investment company has acquired a Collierville warehouse.

CC Acquisition Co. LLC purchased the warehouse at 636 Chaney Drive in Collierville from Browning Construction Co. Inc. for $400,000, according to an April warranty deed.

74. Norris Says TennCare Review ‘Essential’ -

The majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate says the legislature is not done with a proposed expansion of Medicaid.

But Republican Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville is quick to add that the expansion proposed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam should be part of a larger re-examination of the existing TennCare program.

75. Collierville Warehouse Sells for $400,000 -

A Jacksonville, Fla.-based investment company has acquired a Collierville warehouse.

CC Acquisition Co. LLC purchased the warehouse at 636 Chaney Drive in Collierville from Browning Construction Co. Inc. for $400,000, according to an April warranty deed.

76. Rieger Begins Work at Memphis Chamber -

Tom Rieger recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as senior vice president of member development, a role in which he will oversee major fundraising activities, conduct membership drive campaigns and implement revenue enhancement opportunities.

77. Tenn. Lawmakers Can't Agree on Mechanism to Reject Judges -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State lawmakers concluded the legislative session without an agreement on how they would go about exerting their newfound power to reject gubernatorial nominations to fill judicial vacancies.

78. MUS Students Win Regional Hunger Challenge -

A Memphis University School group took first place in a regional competition of community service, charitable giving, and hunger-relief awareness activities called the Hunger Challenge. The club’s activities resulted in about 60,500 meals provided to Memphians in crisis.

79. MUS Students Win Regional Hunger Challenge -

A Memphis University School group took first place in a regional competition of community service, charitable giving, and hunger-relief awareness activities called the Hunger Challenge. The club’s activities resulted in about 60,500 meals provided to Memphians in crisis.

80. 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.

81. Junior Achievement Raises $300K With Bowl-A-Thon -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South held its 30th Annual Bowlin’ on the River Bowl-A-Thon in February and March at bowling centers across the Mid-South, and it turned into a successful endeavor of bowling for dollars.

82. 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:

83. Junior Achievement Raises $300,000 With Bowl-A-Thon -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South held its 30th Annual Bowlin’ on the River Bowl-A-Thon in February and March at bowling centers across the Mid-South, and it turned into a successful endeavor of bowling for dollars.

84. 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.

85. Tennessee House Bogs Down Over Making Bible Official Book -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A small-town Republican's proposal to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee ran into opposition from top members of his own party as the House delayed a scheduled vote on the measure Tuesday.

86. Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm -

Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. Bill Would Make Bible Official State Book of Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book – something at least two other states have failed to do.

90. 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.

91. House Votes to Take Tennessee Capitol Complex Off Guns Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House voted Monday to remove the Tennessee Capitol from a bill to expand the areas where people with handgun carry permits can be armed, a move supported by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

92. Shelby County Home Sales Surge In March -

Shelby County home sales activity surged in March when compared to last year, with the number of sales and the average sales price showing gains.

There were 1,293 homes sold in March, up 8.4 percent from 1,193 homes sold in March 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. March home sales were up 32 percent from the 980 homes sold in February.

93. Race For the Cure Moving to Downtown Memphis -

The annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race For the Cure is moving Downtown in October.

The race – which was held in Collierville last year – will start and end at AutoZone Park October 31 and take in Riverside Drive as well as the Beale Street entertainment district. Sponsorships from Raymond James, AutoZone and the Memphis Redbirds are behind the move.

94. Susan G. Komen Race Moving To Downtown Memphis -

The annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race For the Cure is moving Downtown in October.

The race – which was held in Collierville last year – will start and end at AutoZone Park October 31 and take in Riverside Drive as well as the Beale Street entertainment district. Sponsorships from Raymond James, AutoZone and the Memphis Redbirds are behind the move.

95. Komen Race Moves Downtown -

The annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race For the Cure is moving Downtown in October.

The race – which was held in Collierville last year – will start and end at AutoZone Park October 31 and take in Riverside Drive as well as the Beale Street entertainment district. Sponsorships from Raymond James, AutoZone and the Memphis Redbirds are behind the move.

96. 'The Wizard of Oz' Coming to Collierville’s Harrell Theatre -

From April 17-27, The Harrell Theatre in Collierville will be home to a stage production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Join Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man as they travel to the Land of Oz and meet the munchkins, witches and the Wizard himself.

97. Brown Joins Michael Hatcher & Associates -

Lana L. Brown has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as controller. In her new role, Brown is responsible for the accounting operations of the company, which includes financial reporting, cash management, risk management and maintaining a good system of accounting policies.

98. Understanding Obamacare -

Talk to almost any business owner, whether theirs is a boutique retail operation or sprawling corporate office, and a two-pronged refrain quickly begins to repeat itself: Health care costs are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, slices of our budget.

99. Legislators Find Reasons to Deny In-State Tuition -

La Vergne High School graduate Cesar Bautista, who has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old, is among a group of students who’ve been here most of their lives but are still forced to pay out-of-state college tuition because they don’t have legal status.

100. Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Guns-In-Parking-Lots Update -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Legislature on Monday passed a bill allowing workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots.

The Senate passed the measure on a 28-5 vote, and the House later followed suit on a 78-14 vote.