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1. March 14-March 20: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Executives of Bass Pro Shops went back to the drawing board for their signage on The Pyramid after renderings of the signage and details prompted concern from citizens and the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board. The new proposal that would surface later was approved by the review board.

2. Lakecrest II Sells for $4.6 Million -

The Lakecrest II office building in East Memphis has changed hands again.

Southland Primacy LLC acquired the 129,104-square-foot office building at 6055 Primacy Parkway from Jefferson-Pilot Investments Inc. Feb. 28 for $4.6 million.

3. Sector Capital Management Independent Again -

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Sector CEO Reed Walters led the negotiations to buy back the wealth management firm in the wake of Louisiana-based Argent going on something of an acquisition spree in recent years. Sector also has relocated from Argent’s office at The Crescent Center to the Atrium I building at 6800 Poplar Ave.

4. FedExForum Area Targeted for Apartments -

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Partners apparently likes the apartment market in Downtown Memphis.

An Elmington-affiliated company plans on building a 64-unit apartment complex at 362 S. Second St., south of FedExForum.

5. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

6. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

7. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

8. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

9. East Memphis Restaurants Set Opening Dates -

The two new restaurants being built at the Crescent Center office building in East Memphis will open during the next 30 days.

Seasons 52 will open at 6085 Poplar Ave. on Jan. 30, while The Capital Grille will open at 6065 Poplar Ave. on Feb. 3.

10. East Memphis Restaurants Set Opening Dates -

The two new restaurants being built at the Crescent Center office building in East Memphis will open during the next 30 days.

Seasons 52 will open at 6085 Poplar Ave. on Jan. 30, while The Capital Grille will open at 6065 Poplar Ave. on Feb. 3.

11. Banner Year for East Memphis Office Space -

The Memphis office real estate market began showing signs of life in 2013, with the market for Class A office space in the East Memphis submarket fueling the resurgence.

While the city’s overall office market numbers may not appear very strong, the city’s most desired office submarket – East Memphis around Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240 – began showing strong signs of improvement in the second half of the year.

12. Orangetheory Fitness Signs New Lease In Stonecreek -

Orangetheory Fitness has signed a lease at Stonecreek Centre at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown.

Orangetheory Fitness will occupy 3,167 square feet at the location. Orangetheory Fitness is a workout method that is broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training while using heart rate monitors to keep heart rates in a targeted zone to stimulate metabolism and increases energy.

13. Restaurant Row -

If you blink, you might miss a new restaurant opening along the Poplar Avenue corridor in East Memphis.

Over the last few months, several new restaurants have opened or are on the way around the heavily traveled Poplar corridor between Perkins Road and Kirby Parkway.

14. East Memphis Office Market Continues To Tighten -

Class A office space in East Memphis continues to be a strong performer thanks to the convenience and quality of buildings radiating from the Poplar/Interstate 240 intersection.

“East Memphis is a real bright spot regionally because if you look at the overall Memphis market it is a bit flat,” said Kemp Conrad, president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services. “The East submarket, especially with Class A space, is very strong and dynamic, with strong tenants and strong institutional ownership.”

15. East Memphis Office Market Continues to Tighten -

Class A office space in East Memphis continues to be a strong performer thanks to the convenience and quality of buildings radiating from the Poplar/Interstate 240 intersection.

“East Memphis is a real bright spot regionally because if you look at the overall Memphis market it is a bit flat,” said Kemp Conrad, president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services. “The East submarket, especially with Class A space, is very strong and dynamic, with strong tenants and strong institutional ownership.”

16. Current Elections Merge With Future Campaigns -

The campaigns for elections in 2013 are beginning to overlap with campaigns on the ballot in 2014.

The set of 11 elections in three months ends with the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 and a citywide referendum on a half percent sales tax hike.

17. Panattoni’s Speculative Warehouse Underway -

In industrial development news, construction on Panattoni Development Co.’s speculative industrial building in Marshall County, Miss., is progressing.

18. Mary Carter Decorating Center to Grow, Relocate -

A venerable Memphis cake decorating and supply store is moving to a new location on Summer Avenue.

Mary Carter Decorating Center signed a 4,800-square-foot lease in Cloverleaf Shopping Center at 733 N. White Station Road.

19. Handful of Projects on Horizon, but Construction Still Struggling -

Commercial real estate construction activity in the Mid-South perked up modestly this year following a sluggish 2011 and 2012, and industry execs are cautiously optimistic that the positive trajectory will continue through next year.

20. Business Coach Michael Synk Hosts Book Signings, Readings -

Business educator, coach and consultant Michael Synk is hosting a few book signings and readings in the coming days in support of his new title, “Rock and Sand: A Practical Insight into Business Growth.”

21. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

22. Start Co. Adds Women’s, Logistics Accelerators -

Two new startup accelerators are joining the Memphis entrepreneurial scene, both targeting different kinds of company founders.

One is focused on women-led tech startups. The other will focus on company founders who want to build startups focused on the logistics industry.

23. Speculating About Modern Workplace -

Anthropology is the study of humankind. Among other things, anthropologists try to figure out how groups of people have worked together throughout history in ways to increase the odds the group will survive and prosper.

24. Argent Hire Underscores Firm’s Growth -

The hiring of Phil Buchanan by Argent Financial Group as the company’s new president underscores what’s been a continual growth story at Argent.

Even before the Ruston, La.-based financial services firm established a Memphis presence in 2010, but especially since then, Argent has opened new offices, added staff, solidified its presence here and still managed to prepare for growth to come.

25. Apostrophe Yes or No? -

Henry Chu of the Los Angeles Times reported in late March that “To grammarians’ delight, officials in southwest England who had considered expunging apostrophes from street signs threw out the idea … and vowed to follow the rules of proper English.” Ha! Good luck with that!

26. Riding the Rails -

By some estimates, America’s railroad companies are in the midst of the largest investment boom since the Gilded Age – when America’s railroad track mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880.

This year, North American’s freight railroads plan to invest $24.5 billion in intermodal terminals, new track, bridges and tunnels, safety equipment and rail cars, according to the Association of American Railroads.

27. Reappraisal to Impact Office Market -

For the first time in history, the property value of the once-every-four-year reappraisal is going down, and it has some commercial real estate property owners concerned.

Although how much the value decreases won’t be official until April 20, the first formal notices of 2013 Shelby County property values for taxation purposes were mailed at the beginning of this month to owners of commercial and industrial cost properties.

28. Argent Financial Sees Growth in Memphis, Beyond -

Argent Financial Group hasn’t let its foot off the gas since arriving in Memphis.

The Louisiana-based wealth management firm, which is now responsible for more than $5.5 billion in client assets, has continued to expand both in Memphis and beyond.

29. Kiesewetter Law Firm Inks Lease at Forum III -

Jenny Kiesewetter is getting ready to move her boutique law firm into what will be its third home in three years, a product of the workload for employee benefits attorneys like her swelling with each passing month as new regulations come down from the federal government.

30. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber and Duncan-Williams Inc. will host Job Fuel: 2013 Conference on Job Creation Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Dr. Gene Huang, chief economist and vice president at FedEx, will discuss what leaders need to know about the future of job creation. Cost is $50 per person or $450 per table of 10. Visit memphischamber.com.

31. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Roland Gray, medical director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation, will discuss prescription drug abuse. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

32. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

33. Argent Financial, Highland Capital Merging -

Memphis-based Highland Capital Management LLC and Louisiana-based Argent Financial Group, which entered the Memphis market a few years ago, are merging.

34. Norfolk Southern Increases Activity -

Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Corp. expects to continue increasing operations this year at its new Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal in Rossville, just east of Collierville.

35. Changing Market -

Much of 2012’s commercial real estate deals could be summed up in one of three phrases: speculative construction, institutional buyers and unusual transactions.

The first quarter was kicked off when Industrial Developments International Inc. revealed plans to add one build-to-suit and two speculative buildings in its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch – marking the area’s first spec construction since 2008.

36. Southwind Homewood Suites Sells for $6.5 Million -

3583 Hacks Cross Road Memphis, TN 38125

Sale Amount: $6.5 million

Sale Date: Nov. 2, 2012

37. $1.3 Million Permit Filed for The Capital Grille -

Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Concepts Inc. has filed a $1.3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build The Capital Grille on an outparcel of the Crescent Center in East Memphis.

38. CashSaver Trades Hands for $3.2 Million -

The CashSaver in Midtown has traded hands. 

Kansas City, Kan.-based Super Market Developers Inc. bought the 69,017-square-foot building at 1620 Madison Ave. at Avalon Street from 1620 Madison LLC for $3.2 million. Fred Monks III, president/chief manager of 1620 Madison LLC, signed the special warranty deed.

39. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

40. Fayette, Marshall Prep for Ambitious Industrial -

With Norfolk Southern Corp.’s Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal now operational in Rossville and a pair of large-scale industrial manufacturing buildings under way in the area, stakeholders say the future is bright for the region.

41. Crescent Center to Host Human Resources Seminar -

Lisa Horn, of the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., will be the keynote speaker at a seminar Thursday, Dec. 6, for HR professionals.

42. Permit Filed for Seasons 52 at Crescent Center -

Preparations have been made for Seasons 52’s first Memphis location at the Crescent Center, according to a recent permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

43. I-Bank Grows in Namesake East Memphis Office Tower -

Independent Bank has expanded its headquarters at I-Bank Tower to primarily accommodate its Mortgage Lending Division.

44. Rhodes, University of Memphis Students Organize Syria Benefit -

A group of students from Rhodes College and the University of Memphis have organized a music fundraiser to benefit Syrian refugees.

“Sound Out for Syria” is happening Saturday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Hi-Tone Café, 1913 Poplar Ave. The suggested donation is $10 at the door.

45. Norfolk, CB Richard Ellis Memphis Executives Tout Intermodal Yard -

Norfolk Southern Corp.’s most ambitious intermodal terminal to date, the $105 million, 380-acre Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, is making steady progress toward becoming a driving force for industrial development in Tennessee and Mississippi.

46. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 23, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Bill Seely of Varsity Brands will discuss cheering as an NCAA sport. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

47. Human Resource Executive Seminar Set for Oct. 11 -

HR Professionals Magazine, in partnership with the Memphis chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, will present a seminar on strategic leadership for HR executives Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave.

48. Local Attorneys Celebrate Pro Bono Month -

The Memphis legal community will continue a tradition next month that began a few years ago, in which the pro bono efforts of legal professionals are celebrated, encouraged and promoted for the entire month of October.

49. Amtrak Trips to New Orleans Resume After Isaac -

Amtrak says the City of New Orleans passenger train, which travel through Memphis, will pull into its namesake city on Monday, Sept. 10, after trips were suspended because of Hurricane Isaac.

Amtrak says trains will start and end in New Orleans on Monday, when service on the route in Mississippi also will resume. The City of New Orleans train was halted Aug. 27.

50. Rail Yard Opens In Rossville -

Those in the logistics industry have known since the end of June, but Norfolk Southern Corp.’s Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility at Rossville had its soft opening earlier this month.

51. National Capital Management Expands -

National Capital Management LLC has expanded by 3,900 square feet on the third floor at Southwind Office Center A, bringing the company’s total lease to 12,253 square feet.

52. FDIC Signs Lease In Lakecrest -

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has inked a substantial lease in Lakecrest III, marking the market’s largest office lease signing this year.

53. Council OKs Soup Kitchen, Delays Adult District Talks -

The Memphis City Council delayed Tuesday, May 15, a discussion of a proposal by council member Shea Flinn to look into a red light district for strip clubs and adult bookstores.

Flinn delayed a discussion of his resolution to appoint an ad hoc committee that would explore the idea as committee sessions on other unrelated topics ran long Tuesday.

54. Council Votes Down Bed Tax Increase -

Memphis City Council members voted down a proposed increase in the hotel-motel bed tax Tuesday, May 15, in a debate with local tourism industry leaders that focused just as much on high air fares into and out of Memphis International Airport.

55. Second Budget Vote Tops Agenda -

Memphis City Council members take the second of three votes Tuesday, May 15, on a city budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 as well as a property tax rate for the fiscal year to come.

But the council is still weighing its options and gathering information through a budget committee that continues meeting Tuesday morning at City Hall.

56. Highwoods Properties' Q1 Net Income Rises -

Highwoods Properties Inc.’s first-quarter net income was $16.7 million – up from $10.1 million during the same period last year – the Raleigh, N.C.-based real estate investment trust announced Wednesday, May 2, in its Q1 earnings conference call.

57. Restaurants Make Market Entrée at Crescent Center -

The Poplar/240 corridor soon will add a pair of national restaurant tenants to its already booming portfolio of dining options.

The Land Use Control Board unanimously approved in April a planned development to add two upscale freestanding restaurants to the Crescent Center office building site at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road.

58. Gripping Tales Of True Crime -

During the past 16 months, NPR has featured a couple of creative police-blotter writers in stories filed by Don Gorenstein and Alexandria Gutierrez.

In January 2011, Gorenstein reported on John Nolan, editor of the Rochester (N.H.) Times, who writes up the local police’s doings, and is known to inject puns and rhyme into his work. For example:

59. Events -

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force will host a meeting Tuesday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 160 Union Ave. Federal and state officials will discuss strategies to address water quality in the river basin and gulf. For details, contact Reginald Jackson at 501-352-7761 or reginald.jackson@ar.usda.gov, or Jeannine May at 601-260-0298 or jeannine.may@ms.usda.gov.

60. Hampton Named Exec. Director of SRVS -

Tyler W. Hampton has been named executive director of SRVS. He previously served as director of operations and director of finance for the agency.

Hometown: Dyer, Ind., but raised in Houston, Texas.

61. Argent Opens Trust Office in Nashville -

It’s been a few years now since Louisiana-based Argent Financial Group, a diversified financial services company responsible for more than $3 billion in client assets, arrived in Memphis.

Since then, Argent has solidified its ties to the city. Now, it’s grown beyond Memphis deeper into the state.

62. McKesson VP: ‘Slow Walk’ Cost City $135M Plant -

Doug Pace, vice president of operations for McKesson Corp., came to East Memphis to talk about the quality of employees at the company’s Memphis redistribution center and how its new plant is coming along in Olive Branch.

63. Monroe Ave. Bldg. Sells For $3.3M -

A fully leased Downtown office building has traded hands for more than twice its assessed value.

309 Monroe Property LLC purchased the 22,792-square-foot property at 309 Monroe Ave. for $3.3 million. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal was $1.5 million.

64. 100 Years of Design -

Evans Taylor Foster Childress, which celebrates its centennial in March, can trace its origins to two distinguished Memphis architectural firms.

65. Events -

Remington College Memphis will hold a blood drive Tuesday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on its campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The blood drive is part of Remington College’s 3 Lives campaign, an effort to increase the number of minority blood donors. For more information, call 800-448-6405.

66. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Lenny Johnson, an independent consultant, will discuss public speaking. Cost is $22. For reservations, contact Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

67. Diversified Trust Promotes Smithwick -

Diversified Trust, a Memphis-based comprehensive wealth management firm, has a new managing principal of its Memphis office.

Robert “Robin” Smithwick III assumed the role effective Jan. 1. He’s taking the role previously held by Samuel Graham, who became the firm’s CEO in 2011.

68. Events -

The HIV/AIDS Network 2012 Conference will be held Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. The topic is “Responding to Challenges in the Mid-South.” Pre-registration is $25 and onsite registration is $35. Visit www.hivmemphis.org for more information or to register.

69. Financier Stanford Convicted in $7 Billion Fraud -

HOUSTON (AP) – Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was convicted Tuesday on all but one of the 14 counts he faced for allegedly bilking investors out of more than $7 billion in massive Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years.

70. Try Looking at Our City This Way -

A NEW WAY OF SEEING THINGS. New Orleans is the city that throws the country’s biggest party about this time of year, putting on the biggest show in return for a few colorful beads and trinkets since the Indians gave away Manhattan. It is also the city so much larger than life that Katrina couldn’t drown it, the subsequent loss of virtually every support system couldn’t kill it, and a slow and painful recovery can’t keep it from partying harder and smiling wider.

71. NAWBO to Talk Funding for Women-Owned Biz -

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host Pamela Marshall, executive director of Memphis Area Association of Governments, at its March 13 networking event, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Avenue, suite 909.

72. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

73. HR Professionals Present Seminar at Crescent Club -

HR Professionals of Greater Memphis, in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management-Memphis, will present a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Crescent Club on “Strategic Leadership for HR Executives.”

74. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

75. Events -

eighty3 will offer a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner menu Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the restaurant, 83 Madison Ave. The four-course menu will include many items from the restaurant’s new small plates menu, as well as several special dishes. The cost is $80 per person. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at 333-1224 or www.eighty3memphis.com.

76. Buckman International Invests in Community -

It would be easy for students on their way to Springdale Elementary School on North Hollywood Street to not think much about the adults working inside Buckman offices and research centers on McLean Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

77. Workshop to Teach Dynamics of Growth -

As part of Mid-South business coach and strategy expert Michael Synk’s 2012 agenda for The Business Growth Series, In-Synk is offering a new all-day workshop Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

78. Synk Looks to Help Businesses Grow -

Mid-South author, business coach and strategy expert Michael Synk is kicking off 2012 with a renewed emphasis on helping business owners and leaders achieve consistent and sustainable growth.

Synk is the founder of In-Synk, a company that provides business education and coaching services. He’s one of only 35 business coaches worldwide certified to teach and coach the Four Decisions Rockefeller Habits Model, a popular model by Gazelles International.

79. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The discussion will focus on topics of the audience’s choice. For more information or to register, call Nita Black at 413-1315.

80. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold an opening reception for “Time, Talent and Tempera: ArtsMemphis’ Volunteer Art Show” Monday, Jan. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the organization’s East Memphis office, 575 S. Mendenhall Road. The show will run through March 31. For more information, visit www.artsmemphis.org.

81. 'In the Middle' -

Memphis executives and business owners moving their goods around the world this year kept a close eye on international developments like the Arab spring and the Greek government’s fiscal crisis.

82. Valero Plans to Invest $298M in Memphis -

Two Memphis companies will ask for tax breaks at next week’s board meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine – better known as EDGE – to help them keep and make new investments in their local operations.

83. Valero Planning $298M Investment in Memphis -

Two Memphis companies will ask for tax breaks at next week’s meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County EDGE Board to help them keep and make new investments in their local operations.

The board meets Wed., Dec. 21, at the Crescent Center, 6075 Poplar, at 3:00 p.m.

84. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors will meet Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

85. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will hold its holiday party Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Entertainment will be provided by ballerinas from Collage Dance. Cost is $25. For reservations, contact Sharon Gardner at 752-6213 or sharon.gardner@asentinel.com.

86. Welcome Addition -

The four-story office building at Court Avenue and Second Street in Downtown Memphis was built in 1903 as the home of The Commercial Appeal and later became the longtime headquarters of the Welcome Wagon Corp.

87. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Joan Ferguson, Rotary District 6800 governor, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. For reservations, email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

88. Events -

The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome author Randall Kenan for two events Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8. Kenan will read from his work Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. in the University Center River Room, room 300, and conduct an interview Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, room 456. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 678-4692 or email creativewriting@memphis.edu.

89. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. Seating is limited. Cost is $25. Lenny’s franchise owner Edith Kelly-Green is speaking on “The Secret of My Success.” For more information or to register, visit nawbomemphis1011.eventbrite.com.

90. Events -

The Third Annual Coach Pastner Golf Classic will be held Monday, Oct. 10, at Ridgeway Country Club, 9800 Poplar Ave. The morning start is 8 a.m. and the afternoon start is 1:30 p.m. Foursomes are $1,000 and individual players are $250. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisrebounders.com.

91. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will present a continuing legal education seminar titled “Protecting the Vulnerable: Demystifying Probate” Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

92. Forever Fit, stiQRd Team Up for Rewards Program -

Customers at Forever Fit’s three Memphis locations can start collecting virtual points this week using the smartphone app of stiQRd, a Memphis startup that aims to replace traditional paper-based loyalty cards with a phone-based system.

93. Museum’s Metalsmiths Ready to Repair -

The Metal Museum’s largest annual fundraiser invites Memphians to have their trash turned back into treasures.

Paired with this year’s Master Metalsmith exhibition, “Repair Days,” running Friday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 2, makes broken items whole amid a jamboree of art teachers, students and metal enthusiasts.

94. New York Co. Buys Medical Office Buildings -

1333 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $2.9 million

Sale Date: Aug. 26, 2011

95. Crescent Place Condos Financed for $1.7M -

Cordova-based White Station Partners GP has financed 17 condominiums in Crescent Place at Central Gardens on South McLean Street through First Capital Bank for $1.7 million. The loan matures in August 2014.

96. Sickle Cell Foundation Hosts Awareness Event -

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee will host a 5K Run to increase awareness of sickle cell disease and raise funds to provide educational and social services for individuals affected by the disease.

97. Region Sees Logistics Assets Grow -

Change is afoot with the area’s transportation and logistics industries. New developments in the region – from a proposed third bridge spanning the Mississippi River to a new multimillion-dollar intermodal facility – should keep transportation and logistics as the area’s bread-and-butter businesses.

98. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. A networking session will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Local businessman Jon Thompson will speak on “Passion, Persistence and Patience.” Registration cost is $28. To register, visit nawbomemphis0809.eventbrite.com.

99. Events -

Methodist South Hospital Stroke Support Group will meet Monday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the hospital, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, call Patricia Morgan at 516-3726 or visit www.methodisthealth.org.

100. Highwoods Properties’ Q2 Funds Down to $45.8 Million -

Highwoods Properties Inc.’s second-quarter funds from operations was $45.8 million – down from $48.7 million during the same period last year – the company announced Thursday, July 28, in its second-quarter earnings conference call.