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1. TCAP Scores: Math and Science Gains, Reading Scores Down in Memphis -

They aren’t out of the state’s bottom 5 percent. But three Memphis schools where parents and teachers last year vocalized their opposition to Achievement School District control are off the potential takeover list.

2. 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.

3. Berger and partners launching East Memphis cryotherapy business -

Taylor Berger’s new business venture is a bit cooler than the rest of the other concepts he’s helped launched in the city – cool, as in, sub-zero.

The Memphis restaurateur and businessman is one of a few partners behind Flow Cryotherapy, a new business opening Monday at 5101 Sanderlin Ave.

4. On Edge -

In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.

5. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

6. Circuit Court Judge D'Army Bailey Dies At Age 73 -

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey died Sunday, July 12.

Word of the 73-year old jurist’s death comes less than a year after Bailey returned to the bench, winning election to Circuit Court after retiring as a Circuit Court Judge in 2009.

7. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

8. Strickland Files for Mayor One Week From Deadline -

A week before the filing deadline for candidates on Memphis’ October ballot, city councilman Jim Strickland filed his qualifying petition for mayor and said he has a campaign war chest of approximately $400,000.

9. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

10. Editorial: Ballet Memphis a Perfect Partner for Overton Square -

When news surfaced of Ballet Memphis’ impending move to Overton Square, it was met with mixed emotions.

Some groans, for sure. Midtown certainly could use a hotel, especially in the newly bustling district. And an independent, boutique hotel – which was the previous possibility for the primo real estate at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street – would have been a nice addition to the nightlife hotspot.

11. Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path -

Mayors come and go at City Hall and what was a priority for one administration can change with the next. But one constant is finance.

It defines a city’s overall health, no matter who is in office, and thus its ability to borrow money to fund those priorities and then pay off that debt.

12. Developers Still Interested In Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

13. Sea Isle Principal Prepares ‘The Island’ for New School Year -

Cardboard letters on the cinderblock wall just inside the entrance to Sea Isle Elementary School in East Memphis welcome students to “the island” – a much quieter place in these summer days but not a deserted island.

14. Developers Still Interested in Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

15. Worthington Capital Launches New Mutual Funds -

Memphis-based asset management firm Worthington Capital Management has launched the Worthington Funds, a series of mutual funds that the firm says will seek to “capture market inefficiencies or take advantage of secular trends.”

16. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

17. What Would Janet Do? -

We have now entered the Fed’s target time zone to raise rates. Clearly, the Fed wants to hike rates as a way to signal that the economy no longer requires “emergency assistance.”

Since the markets are obsessed with the pace and slope of rate hikes, and have not moved at all for months because of it, let’s try and climb inside the mind of the Fed to answer, “What will Janet do?”

18. Global Ministries Appeals Failing HUD Scores at Memphis Properties -

A month after 40 units at the Goodwill Village and Warren Apartments were declared unfit by federal housing officials, the units have been repaired and the residents moved back in.

19. Budding Business -

When you enter the freshly opened Sprouts Farmers Market store in Lakeland, look up.

What you won’t see in the airy, openly designed grocery store are the aisle signs with numbers and product listings found in most grocery stores and retail outlets.

20. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

21. This Grizzlies Era Will Stand the Test of Time -

Tony Allen, you’ll be happy to know, plans to be in town for much of the summer. Which means there’s always the chance you might run into him at the Zoo, a Redbirds game, on Beale Street, at the mall, and at any of those places he might suddenly stop, make that first down signal, and repeat what is now legend:

22. Memphis Financial Startup Secures Seed Funding -

Consumers are increasingly turning to technology and the convenience of smartphones to pay for goods and services or perform banking-related tasks.

That explains everything from the launch of Apple’s new ApplePay service to the formation of Memphis startup SynapsePay, a self-described early-stage financial network that has just completed a seed funding round.

23. Should Investors 'Sell in May and Go Away'? -

Prior to the summer of 2011, if you were a follower of the Memphis Grizzlies, you could forget about the team by the end of April. When the April calendar turned to May, the Grizz faithful moved on to vacations, baseball and fireworks. Once November came around, the interest returned for the next 6 months, only for the cycle to begin again the next April.

24. Tennis Memphis Summer Camps to Reach 1,500 Kids -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

25. Nonprofit to Introduce 1,500 Memphis Children to Tennis -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

26. Creative Class Boosting Downtown Memphis Office Market -

With the clock on its Downtown office sublease running, officials at Sullivan Branding began looking for a new home.

The Memphis-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm needed a dynamic environment, one that would appeal not just to clients but to existing and prospective employees.

27. 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.

28. Can We Still Be Friends? -

DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

He grew up in an old neighborhood under the shade of old oaks – a big city boy with more ambition than brains, a dreamer always looking past the weeds in his own yard to greener grass. He was fun alright – into good times and great restaurants, live music and funky joints, nights that start with sunsets on the river and end at dawn next to somebody. He spent big, too big. Lived large, too large. And, truth be told, he could be a bit scary and more than a bit grabby.

29. Metropolitan Bank Tops $1 Billion in Assets -

Metropolitan Bank, which is co-headquartered in Memphis, is now a $1 billion bank.

The bank reported strong first-quarter numbers this week, including profit up 58 percent from the same quarter in 2014 and passing the $1 billion asset mark for the first time. According to Metropolitan president and CEO Curt Gabardi, the bank’s performance during the quarter was fueled by loan, core deposit and non-interest income growth.

30. TNT Express Posts First-Quarter Loss -

The Dutch logistics company FedEx Corp. has targeted for a takeover reported a first-quarter loss Tuesday, April 28, and indicated it is expecting a tough year leading up to the FedEx takeover.

31. Metropolitan Bank Tops $1 Billion in Assets -

Metropolitan Bank, which is co-headquartered in Memphis, is now a $1 billion bank.

The bank reported strong first-quarter numbers this week, including profit up 58 percent from the same quarter in 2014 and passing the $1 billion asset mark for the first time. According to Metropolitan president and CEO Curt Gabardi, the bank’s performance during the quarter was fueled by loan, core deposit and non-interest income growth.

32. Will Tennessee Republicans Ever Be Truly Happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier?

With the GOP so dominate in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

33. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

34. Project on South Front Moves Closer to Launch -

Developers are inching closer to launching a mixed-use project on a strategic corner of South Front Street Downtown.

The development team of Robert E. Mallory, John H. Dicken Jr. and Vince Smith Jr. hope to raze an aging, low-density one-story office building at 266 S. Front Street and erect a mixed-use project featuring multi-story apartment buildings and commercial space.

35. Flinn Resigns Council Seat To Join Chamber -

Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn has resigned effective immediately from the council seat he has held since 2007 to take a job with the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Flinn, whose resignation from the council had been rumored earlier this year, becomes senior vice president of the Chairman’s Circle at the chamber effective Monday.

36. TNT Express Posts First-Quarter Loss -

The Dutch logistics company FedEx Corp. has targeted for a takeover reported a first-quarter loss Tuesday, April 28, and indicated it is expecting a tough year leading up to the FedEx takeover.

37. Mayoral Contenders Define Campaign Differences -

The first campaign forum in the city election season for the still-forming field of mayoral contenders showed a theme that looks set in stone at this early stage: very different views of Memphis’ present and how that influences its future.

38. Five Mayoral Contenders Draw Contrasts in First Forum of Season -

Five contenders in the mayor’s race offered contrasting views of the city’s direction Monday, April 27, in a forum at the Tennessee Brewery sponsored by The Commercial Appeal.

Incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr., city council members Harold Collins and Jim Strickland, Shelby County Commission chairman Justin Ford and Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams drew a crowd of about 150 with supporters of each candidate making up a good portion of the crowd.

39. Going Green -

On a recent Friday afternoon, Hnedak Bobo Group team members were huddled in the company’s basement at 104 S. Front St.

40. First Horizon National Reports $76.7 Million Loss in First Quarter -

Driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement announced in recent days, First Tennessee Bank’s parent company swung to a loss for the first quarter of 2015.

41. First Horizon Reports Q1 Loss -

Driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement announced in recent days, First Tennessee Bank’s parent company swung to a loss for the first quarter of 2015.

42. No Place Like Home -

The 33rd annual Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend is again a little closer to truth in advertising.

After several years of holding the triathlon in Tunica, Miss., the event returns this May to Edmund Orgill Park in Millington.

43. Green Mountain Adds Technology to Name -

Memphis-based Green Mountain Consulting, a leading parcel spend management company, is changing its name to Green Mountain Technology.

Company officials said the name change demonstrates a commitment to Green Mountain Technology’s core competency and continued innovation of technology in leveraging big data for improved outcomes and execution in the supply chain industry.

44. Wharton's Way -

City elections in Memphis begin unadorned.

Yard signs don’t bloom until mid- to late summer, when the strategic use of television ads and the much higher cycle of radio advertising kick in.

45. Green Mountain Drops Consulting From Name, Adds Technology -

Memphis-based Green Mountain Consulting, a leading parcel spend management company, is changing its name to Green Mountain Technology.

Company officials said the name change demonstrates a commitment to Green Mountain Technology’s core competency and continued innovation of technology in leveraging big data for improved outcomes and execution in the supply chain industry.

46. Scarboro Takes Reins at Regional Fed -

Douglas Scarboro has been named regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In that role, Scarboro is responsible for working with business leaders and local communities in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas to inform the setting of monetary policies.

47. Start Co. Graduates Raise $1 Million in New Capital -

Some of the startup teams newly graduated from Start Co. accelerator programs are raking in the investment cash.

48. Highland Capital Management Merges With Florida Firm -

Memphis-based investment firm Highland Capital Management has merged with a Florida-based financial firm.

Highland Capital has acquired the assets of ICC Capital Management, a combination that increases client assets under management at Highland to $2.8 billion. As a result, Highland’s parent company, Louisiana-based wealth management firm Argent Financial Group, is now responsible for client assets of more than $11 billion.

49. Ford Talks Then And Now Of Politics -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. still talks about his early political schedule as a first-time candidate in 1996 speaking to Memphis kindergarten students.

Now he is 45 and has been out of elected office for nearly nine years. Ford is at a point where he can talk about “kids” in the public policy class he teaches at the University of Michigan.

50. Big Day Lived Up to the Hype -

We have asserted since late 2014 that March 18th would mark the biggest day of 2015 as the Fed mapped out its medium-term interest rate policy.

A hawkish (restrictive) statement on March 18th would boost the dollar, increase market interest rates and decrease stock market values. A dovish statement (stimulative) on March 18th would weaken the dollar, lower interest rates and increase stock market values. With so much riding on the decision, debate and pre-positioning became fierce!

51. First Horizon to Host Shareholders -

Shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company will have an opportunity next month to share their input on the direction of the company when they gather for its annual meeting in Memphis.

52. Building a Brand -

Six years ago, Jennifer McCullough was an entrepreneurial Memphis chef with a passion for food, preparing soups in her kitchen and selling them to friends.

53. Restore to Design Systems for Grace Medical -

Restore Medical Solutions Inc. and Grace Medical Inc. have entered into an OEM and distribution agreement to develop specialized modular instrument trays that Grace will commercialize.

54. Haslam Says Common Core a Standard, Not Ideology -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the Tennessee legislature’s discussion and coming vote about the state’s public education standards is “critically important.”

And while Haslam has said several times that the term for those existing standards – Common Core – has become too politically charged to continue to be used, he added last week in Memphis that the standards under review are “very specific academic oriented standards.”

55. UT Initials Added to Methodist University -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

56. Methodist University Hospital Sports Orange UT Initials -

Starting this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004.

A bright orange “UT” will be added to new exterior signage at Methodist University Hospital, and the hospital will be referred to as Methodist UT Hospital in recognition of the partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. The new signage above the hospital’s main entrance and its new emergency department entrance were set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

57. Shelby County Schools Board Moves Closer to State Funding Lawsuit -

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to hire an attorney to work with Tennessee’s other major urban school systems in weighing a possible lawsuit against the state that would force full state funding of the Basic Education Program.

58. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

59. New Group Spending Money to Support Common Core -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records show a new group with ties to Gov. Bill Haslam has spent more than $100,000 defending his position on maintaining Tennessee's current education standards.

60. Memphis Book Startup Rebrands With New Name -

Memphis-based e-book publishing startup Screwpulp is, like the book lovers it serves, turning a page.

The company has rebranded, changing its name to “Leafless,” a change that partly reflects a desire to move past the edginess the venture’s initial moniker tended to imply.

61. Deep Freeze -

The Memphis area remained in winter’s tight grip Wednesday with schools closed for a third straight day as the region struggled to return to business as usual.

The first winter storm of the year dumped a dangerous mix of sleet and freezing rain on the Memphis area Monday, causing schools and businesses to close and generally making life miserable for motorists brave enough to venture onto the roadways.

62. Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space -

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

63. Hopson Parses Charter School Strategy and Agenda -

There is the strategy of charter schools and there is the agenda of charter schools. And Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson talked about the difference last week as he spoke to a group of about 100 in a part of the city where charter schools and schools run directly by the state compete heavily with conventional Shelby County Schools.

64. Crosstown Crossroads -

Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.

65. Another Downtown Hotel Could Be On the Way -

A Memphis businessman is proposing a suburban-style hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis while Swedish furniture retailer Ikea moves forward with plans for its first Memphis-area store.

Gopal Govan is seeking a special use permit from the city-county Land Use Control Board to build the four-story, 104-room LaQuinta Inn & Suites hotel on the site of the former New York Suit Exchange at 310 Union Ave., located at Union and Danny Thomas Boulevard. The Land Use Control Board meets Thursday, Feb. 12.

66. I Choose Memphis: Thomas Williams -

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

Name: Thomas Williams

67. Lack of Innovation at Nonprofits -

Through the Southern Growth Studio, I have the great honor to work with nonprofits. Big ones. Growing ones. And ones on the verge of collapse.

There is an odd tendency for almost all of these organizations to respond to innovations in the same way; they desire them deeply but are wildly timid. It’s a dizzying and paralyzing fear-based response. “What if it doesn’t work? I don’t know. …” They yearn to roll out a new program or re-create an experience that gets better results, but something nagging in the culture keeps them from enacting the very thing that may set them apart and catalyze their potential.

68. Loeb Properties Bullish on Center City Development -

When Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the warehouse at 2542 Broad Ave. in 1995, Aaron Petree, the company’s current vice president of brokerage, was just starting high school.

69. Loeb Properties Targets Broad Avenue -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties will help revitalize another core city neighborhood. Fresh off redeveloping Overton Square and currently involved in the Highland Strip, Loeb has set its sights on Broad Avenue.

70. Local Business Executives Upbeat as 2015 Gets Underway -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment, presented something of an upbeat trend in sentiment to kick off 2015.

The survey, which includes a set of six questions, asks participants to consider via a number scale, from positive to negative, how optimistic they are about the coming quarter.

71. Super Bowl Ad Winners and Losers -

Think there was only one big game on Super Bowl Sunday? A typical NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual “game action” compared to 63 minutes of commercials, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 30 seconds of commercial airtime going for $4.5 million this year, it is clear that Super Bowl advertising is serious business, making for an equally interesting off-the-field game unfolding when the clock stops.

72. Cheesecake Factory Scouting First Memphis Location -

The Cheesecake Factory, a wildly popular restaurant chain known for its expansive menu and generous portions, is eyeing the Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova for its first Memphis-area location, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.

73. Staxtacular to Feature Grizzlies Players -

The Soulsville Foundation and the Memphis Grizzlies are bringing the worlds of basketball, music and mentoring together at the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2015.

Presented by SunTrust, Staxtacular will be held Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

74. Editorial: Family Businesses Essential to Memphis' Destiny -

Locally owned businesses that endure over generations are a way of building the wealth that can transform Memphis.

It’s not a wealth that lives on Easy Street necessarily.

It is the kind of wealth that can, at times, make business owners wonder why they are pursuing the business that they, as children, watched their parents struggle with.

75. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

76. Staxtacular to Feature Grizzlies Players -

The Soulsville Foundation and the Memphis Grizzlies are bringing the worlds of basketball, music and mentoring together at the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2015.

Presented by SunTrust, Staxtacular will be held Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

77. 2 Hospitality Companies Buy Union Ave. Sites -

A hospitality company has acquired a key piece of Downtown property for $440,000.

Suna Hospitality LLC purchased the office building at 400 Union Ave. Downtown from Judy Sossaman Brantley, according to a Jan. 12 warranty deed. The property, formerly home to Sullivan Branding after cs2 and Thompson & Co. merged, is strategically located on the north side of Union between South Lauderdale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

78. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

79. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

80. The Journey -

May Branden Canepa will touch down on Spanish soil in late May, realizing a decade-long dream to walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

81. Hotel Owner Buys Union Avenue Property -

A business affiliated with a local hotel operator has purchased a key piece of Downtown real estate.

GCG Hospitality Inc. has purchased the property at 310 Union Ave., located at Union and Danny Thomas Boulevard, from Sandy and Sage LLC for $1.2 million, according to a Jan. 13 warranty deed.

82. Brewery Developer Calls for ‘Leap of Faith’ -

Crews could begin transforming the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery property Downtown later this year and the first residents could move in during the fall of 2016, a veteran developer told a Downtown development board Tuesday, Jan. 13.

83. Rudd Defends Relay Partnership For Teachers -

The University of Memphis’ College of Education produced 19 teachers last year who are teaching in the 59 lowest performing schools in the Shelby County Schools system.

University of Memphis president David Rudd wants the number to be around 600 a year and he wants the school’s College of Education to partner with the nonprofit Relay Graduate School of Education to meet that goal.

84. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

85. European Job Hunt -

When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It was a European city that in some ways reminded me of home. People were incredibly friendly. The culture was built around music, food and socializing. The city’s core is a similar size to Downtown Memphis, and it’s built around a river.

86. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis -

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.

Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.

87. Editorial: Pursuit of Authentic Memphis is a Winding Road -

Last year at this time, we talked about city finances and our pursuit of economic development. The year before, it was federal government shutdown.

This year, we will offer a change of pace from that and follow the lead of our cover story, which features suggestions about the city’s promise and its challenges in the year ahead and the year now in the books.

88. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

89. Grassroots Growth -

In 2007, Greg Spillyards was part of a team at CB Richard Ellis Memphis tasked with reviving the dog-eared Bellbrook Industrial Park.

The project struck close to Spillyards’ heart.

Born in Pine Bluff Ark., and raised in Memphis, Spillyards originally entered the world of commercial real estate to help transform communities from the ground up, the kind of effort that restoring Bellbrook would take.

90. Conn’s Inc. to Open Second Store in Memphis -

Specialty retailer Conn’s Inc. will open a second store in Memphis, the second of possibly three stores the Texas-based home appliances and furnishings chain plans to open in Tennessee.

91. Wharton Whirlwind -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will ask the Memphis City Council to approve the approximately $30 million in city funding at the core of the settlement of the six-year-old schools funding controversy and lawsuit.

92. Collins, Harris Discuss Tax Incentive Concerns -

Memphis City Council members Harold Collins and Lee Harris agree for the most part on the value of the Graceland expansion plan the council approved two weeks ago.

93. DeSoto Sears Distribution Center Up For Lease -

Struggling retailer Sears says it remains committed to the Memphis market despite that its 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch is being marketed for lease.

Exeter Property Group recently began marketing the once-powerful retailer’s massive distribution center at 10425 Ridgewood Drive in Olive Branch for lease, a signal to some local real estate officials that Sears – which is facing significant financial and market headwinds – could be closing the center.

94. Pickard Joins Explorations on Tentative 2015 Ballot -

The contingency plans and other political maneuvering for the city of Memphis elections are well underway.

And a key part of the calculation is making plans for a change in plans.

Architect and planner Charles “Chooch” Pickard is one of several citizens running “exploratory” campaigns at this point.

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. Recruiting Wars -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is in his eighth year in the NBA. But he’s just 27 years old and his 10-year class reunion at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis is still an event in the future.

97. Victorian Village Homes See Demand -

A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.

Five of the eights lots inside Planters Row II, a unique master planned community on Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village between the Medical Center and Downtown core, are already optioned or under contract after the first day of sales, according to Scott Blake, president of Design 500 Inc.

98. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

99. ‘Creative Collisions’ and Memphis Startups -

“We just closed a lead investor for our $1.5 million angel round,” said the entrepreneur, sipping a latte. “And we’d love to have you on board to help us round out the fundraise.”

100. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.