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

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

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

2. Roth Conversion, Should You Do It? -

Ray’s Take There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about Roth accounts, specifically the Roth IRA and the Roth 401(k). Maybe you’re wondering if you should convert your own accounts but aren’t sure.

3. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

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

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

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

5. Elvis Presley Enterprises Applies for Hotel Building Permit -

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

6. Commission Approves Greenline Contracts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a contract Monday, Dec. 8, buying the section of the old CSX rail line from Mullins Station Road to the old Cordova train station for $2.5 million and a companion contract to build a 4.1-mile-long extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline on it for $2.2 million.

7. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $57 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has applied for a $57 million building permit for its planned 450-room hotel near Graceland.

The application for the permit filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists Flintco Inc. as the contractor and Chad Stewart and Associates as the engineer.

8. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $57 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has applied for a $57 million building permit for its planned 450-room hotel near Graceland.

The application for the permit filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists Flintco Inc. as the contractor and Chad Stewart and Associates as the engineer.

9. Reinventing Retirement -

Ray’s take: At the turn of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was 47 years. Today, the average American can look forward to about 78 years of life. The average life expectancy for today's 65-year-old has increased to 84, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. I currently have twelve clients over 90.

10. Commission Approves Greenline Contracts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a contract Monday, Dec. 8, buying the section of the old CSX rail line from Mullins Station Road to the old Cordova train station for $2.5 million and a companion contract to build a 4.1-mile-long extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline on it for $2.2 million.

11. Graceland Plan Clears Main Local Hurdles -

Elvis Presley Enterprises attempted to secure private financing of its plan for a 450-room resort hotel and a remake of its plaza area, but those attempts failed, said Graceland’s bond counsel, because it is difficult for borrowers to get conventional financing for a hotel project.

12. Commission Approves Graceland Plan, Delays Fairgrounds TDZ -

Shelby County Commissioners approved the Graceland economic impact plan Monday, Dec. 8, the last local hurdle for a plan that includes the construction of a 450-room hotel and a later phase transforming the Graceland Plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the Graceland mansion.

13. Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property -

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

14. Firestone Center Sells for $2 Million -

A large operator of auto care and tire stores has acquired a Firestone Complete Auto Care location for $2 million.

Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which counts four retail brands and 2,200 stores across the U.S. in its portfolio, acquired the Firestone location at 1921 Whitten Road from SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc., according to a Dec. 1 warranty deed.

15. Wunderlich Investment Taps New Finance Chief -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has a new chief financial officer at its holding company, Wunderlich Investment Co.

16. Fairgrounds Plan Could Be Tied to Schools -

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

17. Basar: Fairgrounds Likely to Be Tied to Schools Funding -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar says the commission likely will consider linking an endorsement of the city’s plans for Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation to school funding when it takes up the measure at the Monday, Dec. 8, commission meeting.

18. Firestone Center Sells for $2 Million -

A large operator of auto care and tire stores has acquired a Firestone Complete Auto Care location for $2 million.

Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which counts four retail brands and 2,200 stores across the U.S. in its portfolio, acquired the Firestone location at 1921 Whitten Road from SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc., according to a Dec. 1 warranty deed.

19. Required Minimum Distributions -

Ray's take: Once you reach age 70 1/2, you are required by law to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMD) from your tax-advantaged retirement account, or accounts, each year.

This is a time when you need to take advantage of all the tools available to make this as simple as possible as well as to allow the volatility of the markets to work for you.

20. Graceland Plan Highlights Blurred Lines in Financing -

There are private funds and public funds. And when a private project has the potential to up the tax revenue taken in by local and state governments, that money enters a middle ground between the two.

21. Council Embraces New Pension 'Concept' -

Memphis City Council members are still weighing their options on pension plan changes after another alternative emerged Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the “concept” got eight votes on the council.

22. RadioShack Clashes Again With Lenders -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Trading in shares of RadioShack was halted Tuesday after the company disclosed a dispute with one of its lenders.

Salus Capital Partners is claiming that the struggling electronics retailer had breached covenants on a $250 million term loan, the company said.

23. Wunderlich Investment Taps New Finance Chief -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has a new chief financial officer at its holding company, Wunderlich Investment Co.

24. Wunderlich Taps New Chief Financial Officer -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has a new chief financial officer at its holding company, Wunderlich Investment Co.

The Memphis-based investment firm has tapped Stacy Hodges as its new CFO. She brings two decades of financial services experience to the role, mostly with Dallas-based Southwest Securities. She also has a background in public accounting.

25. Haslam to Hold 4 Days of Budget Hearings This Week -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is holding four days of budget hearings this week as his administration prepares its annual spending proposal to be delivered to Tennessee lawmakers in January.

26. City Council Could Close Pension Debate -

At their next-to-last meeting of the year Tuesday, Dec. 2, Memphis City Council members could put to rest the dominant issue they have faced in 2014 – changing the unsustainable trajectory and liability of city employee benefits.

27. Hackers and the Holidays -

Ray’s Take: Cybersecurity is a big topic of conversation in the financial world these days. Securing personal data in addition to bank accounts is a growing concern. As we approach the holiday buying season, debit and credit card information hacking is on a lot of people’s minds.

28. 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.

29. Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October -

Shelby County home building activity cooled in October, with builders pulling 5.9 percent fewer permits than in October 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 63 permits in October, down 5.9 percent from 67 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. The 63 permits filed in October is down 18 percent from the 77 permits builders filed in Shelby County in September.

30. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

31. Southwest Memphis Apts. Sell for $1.9 Million -

A southwest Memphis apartment complex has sold for $1.9 million.

An entity named AML 1003 LLC purchased the 64-unit Class D complex at 1952 Philsar St. from Longview Heights Partners, according to a Nov. 13 warranty deed. The seller is affiliated with The 1987 William Epstein Irrevocable Trust.

32. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

33. Study: Banking Industry Culture Fosters Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.

A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked about their home life, they were about as honest as the general public. But employees who had just been asked about work at the bank cheated 16 percent more.

34. Estate Planning and State Taxes -

Ray’s take: A lesser-discussed aspect of estate planning is state inheritance taxes. Some states have tax separate and in addition to federal estate taxes. And to make it even more confusing, some states collect estate taxes and some states collect inheritance taxes, while two states collect both.

35. Southwest Memphis Apartments Sell for $1.9 Million -

A southwest Memphis apartment complex has sold for $1.9 million.

An entity named AML 1003 LLC purchased the 64-unit Class D complex at 1952 Philsar St. from Longview Heights Partners, according to a Nov. 13 warranty deed. The seller is affiliated with The 1987 William Epstein Irrevocable Trust.

36. Fairgrounds Project Linked to Schools Lawsuits -

Attorneys for the city of Memphis and for Shelby County Schools are trying another round of court-ordered mediation before the Thanksgiving holiday in the six-year-old lawsuit over school funding.

And if the mediation doesn’t resolve the legal stalemate on claim and counterclaim, the Shelby County Commission might make a settlement of the lawsuit a condition for endorsing the city’s plans for financing a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

37. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit -

Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday.

38. City Council to Consider Police Funding -

Memphis City Council members will consider Tuesday, Nov. 18, taking $1 million from city reserves to fully fund an additional Memphis police recruit class in the current fiscal year.

The $1 million from reserves would go with $2 million the council approved at the start of the fiscal year for a new recruit class.

39. Tenn. Revenue Collections See Increase in October -

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.

40. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

41. Estates at River Pointe Owner Files $31.2M Loan -

The owner of the Estates at River Pointe apartment complex on Mud Island has taken out a $31.2 million loan on the property.

Knickerbocker Properties XXXIX, an affiliate of New York-based Sentinel Real Estate Corp., filed the multifamily deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents, security agreement and fixture filing Oct. 30 through Berkeley Point Capital LLC.

42. Trustmark’s Neal Finds Plenty to Like in CRE -

Trustmark National Bank senior vice president Rick Neal, who manages the bank’s commercial real estate efforts for the Memphis region, came to the bank in 2012 for a couple of reasons.

43. Ask Your Parent the Difficult Questions -

Ray’s take: The whole idea of talking to your elderly parent about their finances and estate planning may make you feel slightly ill.

You may worry that they’ll think you’re invading their privacy, don’t trust their judgment or are trying to make a grab for their money, all of which seem like good reasons to put off that conversation. The more financially successful many parents are may make them more patriarchal.

44. Estates at River Pointe Owner Files $31.2 Million Loan -

The owner of the Estates at River Pointe apartment complex on Mud Island has taken out a $31.2 million loan on the property.

Knickerbocker Properties XXXIX, an affiliate of New York-based Sentinel Real Estate Corp., filed the multifamily deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents, security agreement and fixture filing Oct. 30 through Berkeley Point Capital LLC.

45. Highland Row Developer Applies for $6.7 Million Permit -

387 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $6.7 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Application Date: November 2014
Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers
Details: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

46. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

47. Courtyard Memphis East Sells for $11.7 Million -

Another East Memphis hotel has been sold, this one fetching $11.7 million.

The sale was part of a larger $1.1 billion deal New York City-based NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. announced in September to acquire 52 hotels across the country.

48. CCRFC Considers Bonds for Crosstown Conservation -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., the financial arm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, is considering issuing $14.5 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds on Tuesday, Nov.. 11, and the $180 million Crosstown project could claim some of those funds.

49. Fannie, Freddie Post Profits in Third Quarter; Pay Dividends -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the July-September period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. Gains in recent years have enabled them to fully repay their government aid after being rescued during the financial crisis in 2008.

50. CCRFC Considers Bonds for Crosstown Conservation -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., the financial arm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, is considering issuing $14.5 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds on Tuesday, Nov.. 11, and the $180 million Crosstown project could claim some of those funds.

51. US Services Firms Grow More Slowly, But Hiring Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dropped to 57.1 in October, down from 58.6 in September. That was the second straight drop after the index had risen steadily since February to 59.6 in August, the highest in eight years. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

52. CCRFC Considers Conservation Bonds for Crosstown -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., the financial arm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, is considering issuing $14.5 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds for the $180 million Crosstown project for energy conservation efforts.

53. Courtyard Memphis East Sells for $11.7 Million -

Another East Memphis hotel has been sold, this one fetching $11.7 million.

The sale was part of a larger $1.1 billion deal New York City-based NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. announced in September to acquire 52 hotels across the country.

54. Financial Literacy Is a Must -

Ray's take: I occasionally am asked to teach a short financial literacy course in the Shelby County Schools system. I am amazed how many 11th and 12th graders already have credit cards. When I ask if they pay off their cards each month, they usually respond, “Oh yes, I pay the minimum balance every month!”

55. Courtyard Memphis East Fetches $11.7 Million -

The Courtyard Memphis East/Park Avenue has sold for $11.7 million as part of New York-based NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.'s $1.1 billion acquisition of 52 hotels nationwide.

56. Midtown Cash Saver Property Sells for $5.3 Million -

1620 Madison Ave.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $5.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Buyer: LAG Memphis LLC
Seller: Super Market Developers Inc.
Loan Amount: $3.9 million
Loan Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Lender: Ladder Capital Finance LLC
Details: The Cash Saver property on Madison Avenue in Midtown has been sold for $5.3 million.

57. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

58. Midtown Cash Saver Property Sells for $5.3 Million -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown has sold for $5.3 million.

Super Market Developers Inc., an affiliate of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., sold the grocery store at 1620 Madison Ave. to LAG Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Ladder Capital Finance LLC, according to an Oct. 24 special warranty deed.

59. Midtown Cash Saver Property Sells for $5.3 Million -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown has sold for $5.3 million.

Super Market Developers Inc., an affiliate of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., sold the grocery store at 1620 Madison Ave. to LAG Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Ladder Capital Finance LLC, according to an Oct. 24 special warranty deed.

60. Charitable Giving a Win-Win -

Ray’s take: The UBS Investor Watch “Doing Well at Doing Good” report released recently says, “In spite of the recent economic uncertainty, America's ‘giving gene’ remains intact, and donations of money have actually increased.”

61. Midtown Cash Saver Store Sells for $5.3 Million -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown has sold for $5.3 million.

Super Market Developers Inc., an affiliate of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., sold the grocery store at 1620 Madison Ave. to LAG Memphis LLC, which is affiliated with New York-based Ladder Capital Finance LLC, according to an Oct. 24 special warranty deed.

62. RISE Foundation Adds New Board Members -

The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that uses financial literacy to help improve the lives of low-income Memphis residents, has added five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are Crystal Oliver, managing director in human resources at FedEx; Jerry Corless, managing partner at MidSouth Financial Group/MassMutual; Brian Woods, finance director at Nike; Paul Blanchard, vice president, supply chain, industrial packaging at International Paper; and Teresa Morris, Memphis district manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

63. I Choose Memphis: Edward C-W Harper IV -

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

Name: Edward C-W Harper IV

64. $2.4 Million Spent on TV Ads For Ballot Measures -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

65. A Gift That Can Give For A Lifetime -

Ray’s Take Every so often, a client calls and asks if I would spend some time with their son or daughter to help them get off on the right foot financially. When they look back on their own early choices, they can see how much a few right decisions, and the avoidance of a few poor ones, would have been worth.

66. Pension Reform Decision Back At Square One -

It happened in the shadow of a change in the pension reform proposal Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had backed all through the summer and two of three council votes.

As the Memphis City Council got its first formal presentation Tuesday, Oct. 21, of Wharton’s new hybrid pension plan, it settled City Hall’s tumultuous discussion about changes to health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

67. Sprouts Farmers Market Applies for Building Permit -

3150 Village Shops Drive
Germantown, TN 38138

Project Cost: $1.5 million

Applied: Oct. 14, 2014

68. Collierville Storage Facility Sells for $3.9 Million -

A California-based owner and operator of self-storage facilities has purchased a Collierville storage facility for $3.9 million.

LifeStorage, through an entity operating as SSTN 651 S. Rowlett Street LLC, acquired the 62,170-square-foot facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. from LottaStorage LLC, according to an Oct. 6 special warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $2.2 million.

69. Choosing Your Own 401(k) Mix -

Ray’s take: Recently, we talked about Target Date Mutual Funds and how these preset funds could be an effective tool for your retirement. These funds have a particular mix that changes as you approach your projected retirement date. These can be good as long as you have researched the funds and determined if the “mix” meets your unique retirement goals.

70. Plans for Lakeland Prep Start to Move -

Some of the six suburban school systems were already looking ahead to building new schools before they opened for their inaugural year this past August.

This week, the Lakeland Board of Commissioners became the first of the suburban governments to move toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep.

71. Collierville Storage Facility Sells for $3.9 Million -

A California-based owner and operator of self-storage facilities has purchased a Collierville storage facility for $3.9 million.

LifeStorage, through an entity operating as SSTN 651 S. Rowlett Street LLC, acquired the 62,170-square-foot facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. from LottaStorage LLC, according to an Oct. 6 special warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $2.2 million.

72. Abortion Rights Proponents Give Big to Campaign -

Abortion rights supporters contributed big sums last quarter to a campaign to defeat Amendment 1. The proposed constitutional amendment would give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee.

73. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association presents the 2014 VESTA Home Show daily except Mondays through Oct. 26 at Shaw’s Creek Reserve, on Raleigh Lagrange Road east of Tenn. 196 in Piperton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youths 7 to 14. Visit vestashow.com.

74. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants -

A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.

Southeast Restaurant Group bought the restaurants at 8325 U.S. 64, 7733 Winchester Road and 176 Goodman Road in Southaven, part of a broader 20-restaurant deal.

75. Consumer Borrowing up $13.5 Billion in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in August in the category that covers auto loans and student loans but cut back on their credit card borrowing.

Overall borrowing rose $13.5 billion in August following a revised $21.6 billion increase in July, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday. The gains have pushed total consumer debt to a record level of $3.25 trillion.

76. Paulson: AIG Bailout Designed to be Punishment -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

77. Retirement: Savings-to-Income Ratio -

Ray’s take: If you've at least started planning for your retirement, congratulations. It's often a hard first step. Follow-up steps are just as important.

When you are looking to buy a home, the mortgage company uses something called the “debt-to-income ratio” to determine if you qualify for the loan you are seeking. When determining the savings required to reach a retirement income goal, you can use a similar process to determine if you are targeting the correct ratio.

78. Haslam Tells Tennessee Agencies to Plan for Cuts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the move comes following a spending year in which revenues fell more than $300 million short of projections, leading the governor to cancel planned raises for state workers and teachers.

79. Pentagon Wants Tighter Soldier Loan Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

80. I Choose Memphis: Gregory Love -

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

Name: Gregory Love

81. Certified Financial Planner – One Big Thing -

Ray's take: In today’s world of financial specialists, each one has their own view of what you should do – because each one is focused on their own focused area of the big picture: the CPA, the insurance agent, the attorney, etc.

82. Limits on Overseas Mergers Prompt Renewed Debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's decision to curb the ability of U.S. corporations to skirt taxes by merging with foreign companies kicked off an immediate election-season debate over when and how to tackle the nation's complex corporate tax code.

83. County Commission Starts School Bond Process -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.

84. Target Date Mutual Funds – Should You Go With the Flow? -

Ray's take: Target date funds take their name from the year in which an investor plans to retire or stop contributing to savings and is increasingly the default choice for 401K plan contributions.

85. Olive Garden Investor: Back Off on the Breadsticks -

NEW YORK (AP) – Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.

In a nearly 300-page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. The hedge fund notes the chain's official policy is to bring out one breadstick per customer at a time, plus an extra for the table.

86. Vaco Memphis Expands, Emphasizes Risk Solutions -

Somebody else’s problem provides your business an opportunity. That’s just the way things work and for much of Vaco Memphis’ 10 years, their focus was on offering recruiting and consulting services in areas that included technology, accounting, finance, logistics and administration.

87. Commission Confirms Luttrell Appointees -

In the first voting meeting of the new four-year term of office, the Shelby County Commission approved Monday, Sept. 8, County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s reappointment of Harvey Kennedy as chief administrative officer, Mike Swift as finance director, Yvonne Matlock as health services director, John Halbert as chief information officer, Tom Needham as public works director and Richard Copeland as director of the city-county Office of Planning and Development. The commission also approved William Gupton as the new director of the county’s corrections division.

88. Council Bogs Down in Health Insurance Numbers -

When Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, they will still be considering alternatives to the health care insurance plan changes they approved in June.

And they probably still will be trying to make sense of a mind-numbing array of conflicting numbers.

89. Seniors and Student Loan Co-Signatures – Should You? -

Ray’s take: Your grandchild has been accepted to his or her college of choice. Great news! But now that the celebration of acceptance is over, it’s time to do a realistic budget and figure out where the money will come from to pay for tuition and all the other expenses associated with attending college.

90. County Commission Confirms Luttrell Appointees -

In the first voting meeting of the new four-year term of office, the Shelby County Commission approved Monday, Sept. 8, County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s reappointment of Harvey Kennedy as chief administrative officer, Mike Swift as finance director, Yvonne Matlock as health services director, John Halbert as chief information officer, Tom Needham as public works director and Richard Copeland as director of the city-county Office of Planning and Development. The commission also approved William Gupton as the new director of the county’s corrections division.

91. Ford Is New County Commission Chairman In Latest Crossover Trend -

Shelby County Commissioners elected a Democratic chairman Monday, Sept. 8, but for a second consecutive year, that chairman was elected with the support of a majority of the Republicans on the body.

92. IRS Says It Has Lost Emails From 5 More Employees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday.

93. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

94. County Commission Begins New Term -

Shelby County Commissioners elect a new chairman Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year at the first voting meeting of their four-year term of office.

And their agenda includes votes on appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to his second-term team of division directors and administrators.

95. Report: Cost to Raise Child in Memphis Tops $208,000 -

Memphis is one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child.

That’s according to the personal finance website NerdWallet, which looked at the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 in 288 major cities. In Memphis, the site found, it costs a little more than $208,000 on average – compared to, on the high end of the scale, $540,514 to raise a child in New York City.

96. Behind Big Macs, a Drama Over Corporate Control -

NEW YORK (AP) – Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control.

The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when scarfing down burgers.

97. US Savings Bond – A Golden Oldie -

Ray’s take: U.S. savings bonds are debt instruments issued and fully backed by the federal government and were once touted as a great way to be patriotic. Their attraction historically has been safety (yes), deferred taxes (yes) and convenience (maybe). Traditionally, they were a staple gift for graduates, newlyweds and newborns.

98. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits -

DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

99. Report: Cost to Raise Child in Memphis Tops $208,000 -

Memphis is one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child.

That’s according to the personal finance website NerdWallet, which looked at the average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 in 288 major cities. In Memphis, the site found, it costs a little more than $208,000 on average – compared to, on the high end of the scale, $540,514 to raise a child in New York City.

100. Beneficiary Forms Trump Your Will -

Ray’s take: Few people like to think about death – particularly their own. But a sound estate plan includes dealing with that possibility to be certain your wishes are honored after you “make the switch.”