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1. Year on The Bridge -

In a tiny chapel at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, a group of three people listened intently last week as traffic whizzed by an open door onto Poplar Avenue on the other side of a wrought iron fence.

2. Southbrook Mall Plans Simmer -

If the city is going to spend money on a renovation of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven, it should be part of a larger plan for Whitehaven and tie in to the aerotropolis concept.

That’s what city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday, April 15, as he outlined a $6.5 million plan for turning the mall into a “town center” that includes some city government offices and private retail.

3. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

4. Winter Drags Down Q1 Building Permits -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry, plagued by poor weather early in 2014, got off to a slow start in the first quarter, with builders filing 14.2 percent fewer permits than in the same three-month period a year ago.

5. Mortgage Market Sees Small First-Quarter Gains -

Shelby County’s mortgage market started off 2014 a bit tame, not as chilly as the weather but not exactly bursting with energy either.

Local banks and mortgage lenders made 1,617 purchase mortgages during the first quarter, flat compared with the 1,624 mortgages during first quarter 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

6. Housing Market Stumbles in First Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed in the first quarter when compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,270 home sales in the quarter that ended March 31, down 3 percent from the 3,383 homes sold in the first quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

7. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

8. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

9. Reversing Sprawl Through Connectivity -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

Last week, Smart Growth America released “Measuring Sprawl 2014,” a report examining development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and evaluating development on a national index. With a score of 71, the greater Memphis region ranks near the bottom of the list at number 196 out of 221. Furthermore, Memphis ranks as the sixth most sprawled large metropolitan area.

10. Events -

SRVS will host the Wesberry Golf Classic Monday, April 7, at Spring Creek Ranch, 140 Chinquapin Drive. The four-person scramble includes lunch, contests, awards and more. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Visit srvs.org or call 312-6853.

11. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

12. Mosaic in the Making -

A group of artists soon will be chosen to add something new to the canvas of Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District.

They’ll be part of a public art program called South Main Mosaic, for which the Downtown Memphis Commission has put out a call for artists based within 250 miles of Memphis to submit everything from sculptures to murals, videos, artistic lighting and more. Up to 10 pieces will be chosen, and a budget of $47,000 has been allocated for artist fees and production of the works.

13. Heritage Trail Likely to Continue Despite Rejection -

The plan to demolish the last large public housing development in Memphis and use the demolition as a catalyst for a larger redevelopment of the surrounding area did not make the final cut with federal housing officials in Washington.

14. Homelessness Drops in Shelby County -

Officials say homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County has dropped because of a campaign aimed at reducing the number of people who live on the streets.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell and members of the Community Alliance for the Homeless said late last week homelessness is down 21 percent overall since 2012.

15. Federal Reserve Report On Memphis Area Issued -

A Federal Reserve report shows economic conditions in the housing sector in the Memphis area are healthy, but the employment market can do better.

The Federal Reserve in St. Louis released its quarterly Burgundy Books last week, examining economic conditions St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis. The Memphis zone includes northern Mississippi, eastern Arkansas, and western Tennessee, with a population of about 3.1 million people

16. Shelby County Building Permits Down Slightly in February -

With bitterly cold temperatures lingering over the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly fewer housing permits in February when compared to the same month last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 67 permits in February, down from 73 permits in February 2013 but up slightly from 64 permits filed in January, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

17. University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews -

David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.

18. Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million -

6555 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $10.4 million
Sale Date: March 7, 2014

19. Federal Reserve Report On Memphis Area Issued -

A Federal Reserve report shows economic conditions in the housing sector in the Memphis area are healthy, but the employment market can do better.

The Federal Reserve in St. Louis released its quarterly Burgundy Books last week, examining economic conditions St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.

20. What’s Your Retirement Status? -

Ray’s Take: What are your thoughts about contributions to a 401(k), an IRA or any other tax-qualified investment vehicle? Are you thinking about the “right now” advantage of a tax break or are you thinking long term about what kind of life you would like to live in retirement?

21. 2014 Home Sales Off to Slow Start -

Shelby County home sales were up in February when compared to the same month last year but not enough to overcome January’s sluggish start, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

22. Global Ministries Pays $12 Million for Serenity Towers -

An affiliate of Cordova-based Global Ministries Fellowship has paid $12 million for the Serenity Towers retirement center at 400 S. Highland St.

23. City Mid-Year Budget Clean Up Totals $48 Million -

With lots of questions, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, March 4, a “mid-year clean-up” budget resolution that includes shifting $48 million in city funds.

While many of the transfers are revenue-neutral transactions for accounting purposes, the shift also includes moving $1 million to pay for continued testing of the Memphis Police Department’s rape kit backlog.

24. Lot Dearth Problematic for Builders -

A dwindling supply of developed lots could threaten the nascent local homebuilding rebound, according to homebuilders.

“It’s going to eventually sidetrack the recovery because there’s not enough lots being developed to replace the supply,” said Charles Morgan of Vintage Homes LLC.

25. City Mid-Year Budget Clean-Up Totals $48 Million -

With lots of questions, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, March 4, a “mid-year clean-up” budget resolution that includes shifting $48 million in city funds.

While many of the transfers are revenue-neutral transactions for accounting purposes, the shift also includes moving $1 million to pay for continued testing of the Memphis Police Department’s rape kit backlog.

26. Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

27. Council Weighs Conflicting L:iability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

28. Renovation on Tap for 100 N. Main Tower -

The owner of 100 N. Main St., the city’s tallest building, has plans to turn the Downtown skyscraper into a development featuring a hotel and apartments.

29. Complaint Alleges Deutsche Bank Discrimination -

Deutsche Bank allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods in the Memphis area in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to a complaint filed with the federal government.

30. Visible Appeal -

At one point a few days ago, the performance space at Visible Music College near the front entrance to the school was booming with raucous applause and with the strains of musicians performing, cutting loose and using the stage to explore the range of their musical talents.

31. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

32. Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid -

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

But it appears to now be in December depending on who you talked with this week as the outdoors retailer offered a look inside The Pyramid.

33. Walker Avenue Remake -

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

34. Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape -

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

35. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

36. CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities -

Community development corporations are designed to help create more housing in areas where investors and banks might not normally invest without incentives.

But the CDCs, as they are known, are increasingly in the business of adding business development to the housing in a combination of community building.

37. Reedy Thriving As Housing Investments Skyrocket -

Jim Reedy began selling real estate in 1976 while he was a student at the University of Memphis, and within three years, he moved into selling investment properties.

38. New Home Permits See Slight Bump -

Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 64 permits in January, up from 57 permits filed in January 2013 and 53 permits in December 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

39. January Home Sales Mirror Temperature -

Shelby County home sales plummeted with the temperatures in January, as sales declined 18 percent compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

40. MCA Design Contest Winners Announced -

After hours of design and construction time, two open houses and more than 8,000 votes cast, a contest that allowed Memphis College of Art students to redesign real apartments has come to a close.

41. City Delays Fairgrounds Zone Application Vote -

The city of Memphis won’t be going to the Tennessee Building Commission in Nashville this week for approval of a Tourism Development Zone for the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. decided to delay the proposal last week as it reviewed the fairgrounds renovation financing plan with Memphis City Council members.

42. Memphis College of Art Design Contest Winners Announced -

After hours of design and construction time, two open houses and more than 8,000 votes cast, a contest that allowed Memphis College of Art students to redesign real apartments has come to a close.

43. City Council Reviews Raleigh Springs Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members get their first public detailed look Tuesday, Feb. 4, of an “urban renewal” plan for the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

44. Hunter Fan’s Casablanca Brand Emphasizes Design -

James C. Hunter’s first ceiling fan, which he invented in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1886, was water-driven.

Sometime after that, Hunter moved the company to Memphis and in 1896 changed its name to Hunter Fan & Motor Co.

45. Heritage Trail Financing Plans Change -

The city of Memphis is making changes in its plans to finance two housing developments that are part of the broader Heritage Trail plan for redevelopment of the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

46. Finding ‘Delicate Balance’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We have the responsibility of balancing the expectations of our citizens versus the bottom line of our budget,” Wharton told an audience of several hundred, including city division directors and those in agencies working with the city. “We must strike the delicate balance of our affairs that is based in realism and pragmatism. This is important because ultimately the numbers that define our budget are real. The decisions that have the most positive impact are practical, and the work we have to do cannot wait.”

47. What to Expect When You’re Expecting -

S&P 500 corporate earnings in 2013 likely grew about 6 percent. The S&P 500 price index, however, grew 29.6 percent. The difference between the growth in earnings and the growth in the price index amounts to P/E expansion.

48. Shelby County Foreclosures Fall 15 Percent in 2013 -

Foreclosures in Shelby County continued to head south in 2013, as they have for most of the past few years.

Over the past 12 months, residential foreclosures in the county fell 15 percent to 3,563 from the 4,189 in 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

49. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

50. City, County Differ on Fairgrounds Zone -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County governments have a difference of opinion about tax revenue and education funding.

It is over where the sales tax revenue would go within a tourism development zone the city wants to use to finance the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

51. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

52. United Housing Raises Funds for United Way -

United Housing Inc., the nonprofit affordable housing agency that serves families in Memphis, Shelby County and West Tennessee, raised more than $4,300 for the United Way of the Mid-South during a recent internal campaign.

53. Shelby County Posts Most Home Sales in 5 Years -

Shelby County posted a five-year high in home sales and average sales prices in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

The uptick in sales activity and strong pricing increases point to a slow, steady rebound for the industry, which slogged through a five-year slump following the onset of the recession, real estate agents said.

54. Visible Music College Introduces Music Week -

This summer, Visible Music College is introducing Visible Music Week – a weeklong program for students in middle school and above that will be held at Visible’s Memphis and Chicago campuses.

55. Visible Music College Introduces Music Week -

This summer, Visible Music College is introducing Visible Music Week – a weeklong program for students in middle school and above that will be held at Visible’s Memphis and Chicago campuses.

56. Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods -

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

Before a packed house, the Germantown Planning Commission voted to approve a revamped plan for a new Whole Foods store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road, on the eastern edge of Germantown’s Central Business District.

57. United Housing Receives $10,000 Education Grant -

United Housing Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

58. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

59. Debt and Liability -

There is rarely a good answer to the question “How much?” in politics.

With issues including the unfunded pension liability, overall debt, and revenue estimates and their validity, City Hall’s overall money problem begins but hardly ends with the question. It won’t be that simple.

60. United Housing Receives $10,000 Education Grant -

United Housing Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

61. MAA Chairman Joins Board of Miss. Real Estate Trust -

Eric Bolton, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based MAA, has been elected to the board of directors for a Mississippi-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties.

62. Pioneering Woman -

It was 2004 and Kim Grant Brown had just finished her junior year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

During the break from her studies, Grant Brown, then 20 years old, acquired a loan and built her first house in Arlington.

63. Council Opens Unfunded Liability Plan Talks With Questions -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

64. MAA Chairman Joins Board of Mississippi Real Estate Investment Trust -

Eric Bolton, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based MAA, has been elected to the board of directors for a Mississippi-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties.

65. This week in Memphis history: December 13-19 -

2010: In The Memphis News cover story on new leadership at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, MED president and CEO Reginald Coopwood said, “It was somewhat daunting in that, ‘Am I the closer, the guy who’s coming in to close the organization down, or is there an opportunity?’”

66. Srivastava Shapes Area’s Transportation Future as MPO Administrator -

Pragati Srivastava, administrator for the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, is passionate about transportation and travel.

She joined the MPO six years ago with the goal of helping to create and shape transportation corridors for a region that includes all of Shelby County, the western four miles of Fayette County and the northern 10 miles of DeSoto County.

67. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

68. Pay Raises, Germantown Schools Deal Top Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners won’t be voting on anything having to do with the proposed sale of AutoZone Park when they meet Monday, Dec. 16.

The resolution involving their piece of the original terms of financing for the ballpark in 1998 was pulled from the agenda of the last meeting of 2013 at the request of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. last week.

69. Veterans’ Aid -

Cordell Walker wanted to join the military in the 1960s as his older friends were enlisting or being drafted for the Vietnam War.

“I really wanted to join the military but could not because I was the only son in my family and I was too young,” said Walker, who for the last 26 years has been executive director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services Inc.

70. Shelby County Home Sales Decline in November -

Shelby County home sales appear to be in seasonal slowdown mode, with agents selling fewer homes compared to the same month last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

71. Methodist Pays $22.5 Million for Germantown Facility -

7945 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $22.5 million

72. Crosstown Effort Shines as Development Example -

Construction documents for the $180 million revitalization of the Crosstown building were scheduled to be finished Friday, Dec. 6, with the project moving toward closing and construction in the next months.

73. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

74. Countryside Apartments Owner Files $5 Million Loan -

The owner of the 152-unit Countryside North Apartments at 6920 Reese Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $5 million loan on the property.

75. Council’s Ire at Wharton Timing Grows -

It is a political constant in life at City Hall for Memphis City Council members to complain that they get critical information much too late in the decision-making process and then are pressured by the mayor to make a decision then and there.

76. Crosstown Funding Mix of Local, State and Federal -

The $15 million in funding Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration put together as the last piece of financing for the Sears Crosstown building redevelopment is not just a combination of state and federal grant money.

77. Traffic Concerns Delay Germantown Whole Foods -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown is going back to the drawing board after some neighbors expressed concerns about the project, particularly over traffic.

The development team withdrew its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month. After that, the development team would need approval from Germantown’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

78. ‘Tremendous Success’ -

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

In between studying for her classes, she works at the university bookstore. She has a support system for help with important decisions and any obstacles she encounters. And in conversation, she’s upbeat and enthusiastic about her future.

79. Mid-South Food Bank Buys Oakhaven Warehouse -

3834 Knight Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $3.6 million

Sale Date: Nov. 18, 2013
Buyer: The Mid-South Food Bank
Seller: 198-6 Memphis Industrial Portfolio Holdings LLC
Details: Mid-South Food Bank has paid $3.6 million for the 122,496-square-foot warehouse at 3834 Knight Road in Oakhaven.

80. Health Care Impact -

Local fitness organizations like the Kroc Center have seen increased membership numbers this year as more people in the Mid-South are working to get fit and taking an active role in their overall health.

81. U of M Faces Challenging End of Year -

It is proving to be a restless fall at the University of Memphis as interim President Brad Martin pulls into focus several short-term goals that will have a long-term impact on the future of the city’s largest institution of higher learning.

82. Gift of Happiness -

Rebecca Gamble came to become a client of SRVS when she was just 9 years old. Gamble was born with a developmental disability and her parents could no longer care for her so they turned to SRVS, which has housed and nurtured Gamble since 1997.

83. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and the Delta Sigma Theta Memphis Alumnae Chapter will hold “Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative” Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The event will include a small-business resource center, legal clinic, Homebuyer’s Corner, H.O.M.E. financial literacy and budgeting workshop, and more. Visit memphisalumnaedst.org.

84. Events -

The 2013 Memphis International Jazz Festival will be held through Sunday, Nov. 24, in Downtown Memphis and the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit memphisinternationaljazzfestival.com for a lineup.

85. Flipping the Switch -

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., had become increasingly interested over the years in energy efficiency, sustainability and alternate energy sources when he saw homes in New Orleans being rebuilt with solar panels.

86. Childcare Options -

When most people hear the word “nanny,” they probably think of Mary Poppins or Fran Fine or some other fictional character employed by incredibly wealthy people.

The reality is that nannies are used often by incredibly busy families.

87. Crosstown Team Wins Grant for Greenline Link -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team garnered a $50,000 grant from Shelby County to help link the property with a nearby greenline.

The grant, which was given to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used on design work to extend the nearby Vollintine & Evergreen Greenline, located across North Parkway, through the Crosstown site.

88. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present Neil Simon’s “Fools” Thursday, Nov. 14, through Nov. 23 at the theater, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.

89. Agape Helps Families Out of Homelessness -

Agape Child & Family Services continues to grow its Families In Transition program, which provides housing to homeless women who have children or are pregnant.

This year, the program will simultaneously serve 63 families, with an impact to more than 150 families.

90. Shelby County Home Sales Decline in October -

Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in October, with Realtors selling fewer homes compared to the same month last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

However, while overall home sales in Shelby County slowed, pricing remained strong, and 16 out of 33 ZIP codes in the county had an increase in overall sales activity for the month. In addition, year-to-date sales information point to a steady rebound for the industry.

91. Crosstown Team Wins Grant for Greenline Link -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team garnered a $50,000 grant from Shelby County to help link the property with a nearby greenline.

The grant, which was given to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used on design work to extend the nearby Vollintine & Evergreen Greenline, located across North Parkway, through the Crosstown site.

92. Suburban Prospects -

Walker Taylor’s business philosophy is a simple one, and it’s helping keep his Germantown-based restaurant a must-visit for diners from around the world.

93. Campus Revival -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center hosted a public information session on the development of its new campus plan last week at the Student-Alumni Center Dining Hall on its Midtown campus at 800 Madison Ave.

94. Council Keeps Southbrook Mall Renovation Alive -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start over again in plans to find a legal use for city funds in renovating the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

And the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave a qualified endorsement through what amounts to a new feasibility study on the mall due before the council in a month.

95. $2.1 Million Loan Filed for Bent Tree Apartments -

An affiliate of the locally owned, faith-based nonprofit Global Ministries Fellowship has filed a $2.1 million loan for the 379-unit Bent Tree Apartments in Whitehaven.

GMF-Bent Tree LLC filed the leasehold deed of trust, security agreement and assignment of leases and fixture filing Oct. 30 through Merchants Bank of Indiana.

96. Women’s Foundation Awards Grants to 29 Organizations -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is awarding $625,000 in grant money to 29 of the city’s organizations that are making a strong impact in the lives of area women.

The Tuesday, Nov. 5, Annual Grants Showcase and Volunteer Recognition event, which is free and open to the public, allows for individuals to speak with representatives from each organization and witness the positive impact in the education, housing and career objectives that each organization has helped to influence.

97. EdR Reports Quarterly Revenue Increase -

Memphis-based EdR, one of the nation’s largest developers, owners and managers of collegiate housing, reported increased revenues in the third quarter.

The student housing real estate investment trust posted revenue of $44.2 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, a 34.4 percent increase from $32.9 million in the third quarter of 2012.

98. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

99. Sickle Cell Foundation Looking to Buy Hunt-Phelan House -

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee is trying to raise $2 million to buy the 175-year old Hunt-Phelan house, 533 Beale St., in what could be the latest change for the antebellum home that is the last mansion on a street once lined with them.

100. Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council -

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.