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1. Road to Better Mass Transit -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

2. Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

3. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

4. Many Seek New Homes Near Cities But are Priced Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.

5. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Question City’s Plans -

The owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall had been talking with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration until late last year about the city’s desire to see a revitalized mall possibly with city government offices.

6. Slim’s New Place -

For years, the house at 1130 College St., just north of McLemore Avenue and directly across College from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, has been one of the city’s many musical ruins.

7. How to Keep a Fundraising Job -

Part two in a two-part series. We have seen nonprofit executive directors and college presidents pull their hair out over their relationship – or lack of a relationship – with their development staff. There are magic words development professionals say that pour gasoline on a slow smoldering fire. Here are a few.

8. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

9. Meghan McMahon Joins Glankler Brown as Associate -

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate, concentrating her practice in business and commercial litigation and intellectual property. McMahon previously worked in academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, and has experience with issues relating to NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property.

10. Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights -

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.

11. Gates to Share Creative Vision at Crosstown -

Internationally acclaimed installation and social practice artist Theaster Gates will be in Memphis this week to share some of the beliefs and perspectives that fuel his creative vision.

Gates’ free, public lecture, “A Way of Working,” will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sears Crosstown, 495 N. Watkins St.

12. 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.

13. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO -

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

14. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

15. Complaint Alleges Bank of America Discrimination -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

16. Turley Shows Interest in Developing Central Station -

A partnership consisting of Henry Turley and Community Capital is the only entity so far to express interest in the management and development of Central Station.

17. Waiting for Takeoff -

A never-before-used economic incentive program designed to lure new air service to Memphis International Airport may have its first customer.

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority officials moved swiftly to approve a measure that will bolster financial incentives offered to commercial airlines offering flights at least four days a week to new cities not served today by the airlines.

18. Meadows Named Director of Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab -

Bobby Meadows has joined Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab as executive director. Meadows, a licensed nursing home administrator, has 13 years of nursing home experience, including 11 as an executive director. Most recently, he served for six years at Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.

19. The Panama Effect -

The expansion of the Panama Canal will affect the supply chain of businesses across the country, including those involved in Memphis industrial real estate.

The 48-mile Panama Canal connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean through the Caribbean Sea. The $5.2 billion expansion will allow bigger container ships through the canal, providing a more efficient way of moving a large number of containers.

20. Pilot Program Helps Seniors Maintain Independence -

The MetLife Foundation and Partners for Livable Communities recently selected the Plough Foundation and Memphis to participate in the City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place, a national pilot project striving to help people aged 65 years and older to live independently in their homes.

21. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

22. Brothers to Open Brewery on Broad -

A new craft brewery is coming to one of Memphis’ up-and-coming areas – the Broad Avenue Historic District.

Wiseacre Brewing Co., a concept from brothers Kellan Bartosch and Davin Bartosch, has leased 13,000 square feet at 2783 Broad Ave. and is planning to open by late 2013. They chose the old warehouse for its “big open space” and the Binghampton neighborhood for its community appeal.

23. Imre Named Assistant Controller at Makowsky Ringel Greenberg -

Nancy Imre has joined Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC as assistant controller. Imre is responsible for the real estate management company’s accounting department, overseeing investor reporting and preparation of corporate financial statements.

24. Levenger Leases Up EastPark IV -

A Delray Beach, Fla.-based specialty retail company is relocating its Memphis distribution warehouse within the Southeast submarket.

Levenger has inked 96,400 square feet in EastPark Distribution Center IV, 5265 Hickory Hill Road, bringing the 372,800-square-foot building to full occupancy. Levenger also has an operation at 3530 E. Raines Road.

25. Blu Logistics Rebrands, Grows Memphis Presence -

Blu Logistics has made its move into Memphis and hopes to fill a niche in the local logistics market.

The company opened a Downtown office in early September and adopted a new brand image in mid-November.

26. Expert: Investors Confound Housing -

The role of investor-driven neighborhoods in Memphis is growing, and the impact on different kinds of neighborhoods is largely unstudied and unknown.

For instance, what does it mean that going into 2012, 54 percent of residential property sales were accounted for by investor purchases from the Real Estate Owned (REO) inventory of foreclosing lenders?

27. Another Round -

The revitalization of Overton Square can perhaps be best summed up with a famous quote often attributed to Mark Twain: “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

The history of the Midtown entertainment district dates back to late 1970, when T.G.I. Friday’s opened its first franchised location on Madison Avenue near Cooper Street following the passage of a referendum vote allowing liquor by the drink citywide a year prior.

28. Green Building, Design Slowly Take Hold in Memphis Area -

When residential and commercial construction hit new boom times – whenever that might be – the rebirth will take place in a new era with new rules.

“People are becoming more environmentally aware, and that’s going to change the market,” said Don Glays, executive director of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. “There are a lot of advantages to buying green, and people are starting to understand that.”

29. ArtPlace Grant Awarded to Soulsville Neighborhood -

A $678,195 grant from a Chicago group called ArtPlace will give a plan to revitalize the Soulsville neighborhood in Memphis a major lift.

Community LIFT, an economic and community development organization, is driving the first phase of the revitalization in partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

30. Tupelo to Study Entertainment District -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Five Tupelo groups have partnered to pay for a market analysis that will target the possibility of building an entertainment venue in the Fairpark District.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo Redevelopment Agency on Monday said it has joined with the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Coliseum Commission, the Community Development Foundation and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association for the study.

31. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist -

Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.

32. Homes Part of North Memphis Revitalization -

Usually Self + Tucker Architects do the design work and planning for someone else who is the developer.

But in an open lot on the north side of Chelsea Avenue at Leath Street, seven single- family homes to come in the next year will be the architecture firm’s first steps into developing.

33. Pratt Joins Counterpart As Account Manager -

Lisa Pratt has been named senior account manager at Counterpart Communication Design, where she will manage campaigns for several clients from concept to execution. She previously worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

34. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

35. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

36. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

37. Scrapping Plans -

Covered in vines and behind a chain-link fence on the corner of Plum Avenue and North Thomas Street are several white posts that are the last remnant of what was once the Lazarov junkyard in North Memphis.

38. Bluff City Coffee Inks New Space -

Bluff City Coffee, the coffee and snack shop in Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District, has recently unveiled some aggressive expansion plans.

The local eatery has leased a 3,000-square-foot kitchen in the Pembroke Building, 119 S. Main St., in the space behind the Center for Southern Folklore.

39. Former C’ville Fitness Center Sells For $2.7M -

Memphis-based Hackmeyer Properties has bought the former Prairie Life Fitness Center at 3690 S. Houston Levee Road in Collierville from Prairie Life Fitness LLC for $2.7 million and is leasing the 57,264-square-foot facility to a new fitness company.

40. Five Hot Job Categories for Retirees, Older Workers -

CHICAGO (AP) – Looking for a job isn't just a concern for those under 65. Retirees and those past the traditional age for calling it quits increasingly need or want to work.

The challenge, of course, is finding suitable work in an economy with chronically high unemployment.

41. On the Right Path -

Greenlines, greenbelts and greenways are already under way and are expected to grow and converge across the city in the years to come.

And while property owners should see increasing values as the Shelby Farms Greenline and other green assets become community fixtures and expand throughout the area, so far the depressed housing market is keeping all property values – no matter their location – in check.

42. Market Seeing Ups and Downs -

The housing market’s recovery could be another year out, commercial sales are at record highs and Memphis is back in the game of economic development.

That was the message a room full of real estate agents, appraisers and financial professionals received Wednesday, July 25, when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosted its “Master Your Market: 2nd Quarter 2011 Update,” in conjunction with the Appraisal Institute of Memphis’ 2nd Quarter membership luncheon at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive.

43. EnSafe Awarded Contracts for Assessments -

EnSafe, a Memphis-based environmental consulting company, was awarded a contract by the Shelby County government Wednesday, July 13, to begin Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments in the Wolf River Brownsfields Assessment Project Area. EnSafe will also perform Clean-Up Planning for possible hazardous substance and petroleum within the 25-mile-long and two-mile-wide corridor along the Wolf River as well as the west side of Downtown south of Crump Boulevard.

44. New Air Traffic Control System at Crossroads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.

45. 'Skills Gap' Leaves Firms Without Worker Pipeline -

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – John Russo's chemical lab in North Kingstown has been growing in recent years, even despite a deflated economy, and he expects to add another 15 to 20 positions to his 49 employees over the next year.

46. Proposed Federal Aid Cuts Threaten Rural Airports -

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) – A couple of times a month, Dr. Walter Beusse drives from his suburban Chicago home to Milwaukee, where he catches a flight north to Ironwood in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula to work in a hospital emergency room.

47. Memphis Vies for ‘Talent Dividend’ Prize -

Representatives from the Bluff City are joining their peers from cities across the country in Chicago Monday and Tuesday for the kickoff of the Talent Dividend Prize Competition.

Sponsored by CEOs for Cities, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Kresge Foundation, the initiative will ultimately award $1 million to the U.S. city that demonstrates the greatest increase in college attainment over a four-year period.

48. Open Dialogue -

Ask a group of teenagers whether they feel their ideas are taken seriously by adults and it’s pretty much guaranteed the response will be a unanimous, resounding “No.”

But if those teens participate in Imagine Memphis, a citywide initiative designed to connect youth and adults to imagine and create a better Memphis, the response to that question is likely to be an overwhelmingly positive one.

49. City to Host Exhibition To Encourage Civic Participation -

Memphis has been chosen, along with four other U.S. cities, to host “Choosing to Participate,” a nationally acclaimed exhibition and civic initiative designed to encourage people to consider the importance of participating in a democratic society.

50. Haslam Stresses Transparency in Cabinet Meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam stressed the themes of transparency, responsiveness and humility at his first full Cabinet meeting Wednesday even as he defended a decision to scrap financial disclosure rules for himself and other top officials.

51. Talent Dividend Promotes Increasing Graduate Rate -

The Memphis Talent Dividend (MTD) College Attainment Initiative is a more than 100-member mission to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis Metropolitan area by 1 percent over the next five years.

52. Memphis Booster Perl Joins Glankler Brown -

It surely says something about labor attorney and Memphis booster Arnold Perl when his move to a new law firm in the city prompts what almost could be viewed as a sigh of relief from no less than Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

53. O’Conner Vying for ‘Feeding Dreams’ Honor -

Donald O’Conner may not be running for office, but he wants your vote. In fact, he would like your vote every day now through Halloween.

O’Conner, director of Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy, is the Memphis nominee for Feeding Dreams, a contest put on by General Mills Corp. to recognize black community leaders who work to create better neighborhoods.

54. Gaining Speed -

For years the Whitehaven community has been fighting against urban decay, crime and economic decline, including the effects of the recent recession.

But with ambitious plans for Graceland in the offing, committed political leadership in place and cooperation from the major players in the area, Whitehaven seems poised to turn an important corner.

55. Mallory Alexander Opens NY Office -

Memphis-based Mallory Alexander International Logistics has opened an office in New York state, its 23rd worldwide branch, the company announced Thursday.

The privately held, longtime third-party logistics firm (3PL) teamed with Charles Kendall Freight of London to open a branch in Inwood, N.Y., a small town in Nassau County just outside New York City.

56. Levitt Shell Adds Development Director -

Debra Czestochowski has joined Levitt Shell as the organization’s first development director.

Hometown: Macomb, Ill.
Education: B.A. in English, University of Illinois
Work experience:
More than 30 years advancing nonprofit organizations in higher education and the performing arts, including a decade with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before joining the Levitt Shell staff.
Family:
My husband, Joseph, heads International Arts Inc., based in Chicago and Memphis. Our son, Stefan, is a professional musician preparing for medical school. He lives in Chicago.
Favorite quote:
“A good idea doesn’t care where it came from.” From Jeff Sanford, wise Memphian and fellow Midwesterner.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My Grandpa Kindred, who raised his siblings and built a farm for his family and was the kindest man I have known. No one could have had a more perfect surname.
What drew you to the Levitt Shell?
The irresistible opportunity to join those who have regenerated a Memphis treasure in order to build community and diversity through free music and education.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Reaching fundraising goals is deeply satisfying, but it is most significant to me to achieve those goals via servant leadership, which focuses on facilitating the progress of others. I thank Leadership Memphis for acquainting me with the literature in this field.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy the creativity and commitment of those around me – staff, board and volunteers. I enjoy the expressions on the faces of those who gather for each concert. I enjoy seeing families together, children dancing and musicians absorbing the energy of the experience as they perform. An evening at the Levitt Shell is joyful. It is what this world should be.

57. Skypeck Elected to Brewers Association Board -

Chuck Skypeck, founder of Bosco’s Brewing Co. and Ghost River Brewing, has been elected to the board of directors for the Brewers Association, a Boulder, Colo.-based nonprofit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent brewers. Skypeck previously served on the board from 2001 to 2006.

58. Shelby County Receives EPA Brownfields Grant -

Shelby County has received a $400,000 Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant to establish the Wolf River Brownfields Assessment Program.

The program and funding will help landowners and potential land purchasers and developers in assessing and redeveloping brownfield sites, which are abandoned or underused industrial or commercial facilities.

59. Project Greenway -

There’s no doubt 2010 will go down as a watershed year for the Wolf River Greenway, the $28 million, 22-mile nature corridor that traces the Wolf River from Memphis’ eastern border to Downtown.

The team responsible for giving life to the Greenway – the city parks department, the Wolf River Conservancy and the Hyde Family Foundations – has achieved a pair of key milestones, both of which are being celebrated as the jumpstart this project sorely needed.

60. Back to Life -

A new chapter is about to be written in the story of a historic Memphis neighborhood once populated by statesmen, land barons and wealthy cotton merchants.

Area stakeholders have several projects in the works to breathe new life into Victorian Village.

61. Frequent Flier -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is quickly evolving into a virtual one-man chamber of commerce.

In between putting out political brushfires, mapping out an ambitious city agenda and holding town halls with voters, the mayor also has spent much of his first three months glad-handing national businesses and political leaders.

62. Freight Central -

When Bruce Lambert was looking for a place to host a regional freight conference, he set his sights on a city about six hours upriver from his hometown of New Orleans.

63. Local ULI Leads Green Charge -

Memphis might lag behind other cities when it comes to developing and connecting green spaces, but a collaboration of organizations is working to improve this community’s “greenprint,” or its collection of parks, trails and other natural areas, and then link them to regional and national green spaces.

64. City’s Revitalization Plans Proceed -

The city of Memphis has signed a $1.1 million capital improvement agreement with the Memphis Housing Authority for the demolition and cleanup of property at Firestone Avenue and Morehead Street.

The agreement is part of an effort to revitalize what once was a hub of the now-forlorn New Chicago neighborhood around the site of the old Firestone tire and rubber manufacturing plant. With a combination of government-funded investment and private sector involvement, the rough outlines of that plan are taking shape and foreshadow what the community could one day look like.

65. Public-Private Partnerships at Center of Freight Conference -

Memphis’ intermodal and freight capabilities are legendary. The city has boasted the world’s busiest cargo airport for 17 straight years thanks to hometown shipping giant FedEx Corp.

66. Scrap Metal Rules Spit-Shined -

Once Memphis City Council members thought they had solved the problem of scrap metal looting, they faced another problem – ending a legal stalemate with scrap metal dealers who sued the city of Memphis two years ago over the ordinance.

67. Bank Closings Top 100 for Year; Most Since 1992 -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank closings for the year surpassed 100 on Friday when regulators shut down small banks in Florida and Georgia. Financial institutions nationwide have collapsed under the weight of soured real estate loans and the Great Recession.

68. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

69. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

70. CN’s Harrison Yard Elevates Railroad, Memphis -

E. Hunter Harrison’s railroad legacy was cemented last week when Canadian National Railway Co. renamed its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility after him.

71. CN’s $100M Renovation Draws to a Close -

Canadian National Railway Co. next week will unveil the three-year, $100 million renovation to its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility in South Memphis. The railroad will commemorate its massive investment of time and money on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the yard, 297 Rivergate Road, off Horn Lake Road.

72. Logistics Study: While in Good Shape, Memphis Must Stay on Toes -

Preliminary findings of the “Memphis Regional Intermodal Infrastructure Assessment” reveal that Memphis is positioned well for the future thanks to a healthy network of transportation assets, but the city also needs to be wary of changing global supply trends that could leave it lagging behind peer cities.

73. Commercial Real Estate Pocked by Financial Ruins -

Commercial real estate deals used to be hammered out in boardrooms, but with the rise of foreclosures in that sector, many of them are now being negotiated at the courthouse.

The steps of the Shelby County Courthouse proved to be a hot spot for high-dollar, high-profile commercial deals in June, a month that saw the most lucrative transaction and two of the top three sales occur following foreclosures.

74. Nuisance Actions Keep Piling Up -

When Memphis police arrived to close Hughes Uptown this past weekend, the North Memphis nightspot’s security guards bailed out of their golf cart and left behind two handguns – a .45 caliber and a .40 caliber semi automatic pistol.

75. Here Comes the Sun: Memphis’ cut of the state’s solar energy plan -

The Sharp Manufacturing plant in Hickory Hill has always been a symbol as much as a working part of the city’s economic infrastructure.

The plant on South Mendenhall Road represents the city’s first truly international big business presence. It opened in 1978 after Japanese executives came to Memphis to negotiate directly with city leaders. And once the deal closed, a now-legendary picket line was thrown up by local union leaders. The picketing symbolized organized labor’s determination to have a voice in local economic development.

76. City to Seek Neighborhood Improvement Funding -

The city of Memphis is planning to apply for $64 million from the federal government’s second round of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development got a little less than $2 billion of the so-called stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year to divvy up among states, local governments and nonprofit groups. Memphis city officials by July 17 will have applied for a chunk of that funding.

77. City Launches Effort To Reopen Historic Homes -

Two of the most historic structures in the city shuttered several years ago because of budget cuts are one step closer to reopening.

The city of Memphis is looking for a private management entity to operate and market the Mallory-Neely House, a 25-room mansion at 625 Adams Ave. built in 1852, and the Magevney House, a small clapboard cottage at 198 Adams Ave. built in the 1830s.

78. Dodd's Wife Serves on Health Care Company Boards -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a senator playing a lead role on a national health care overhaul sits on the boards of four health care companies, one of several examples of lawmakers with ties to the medical industry.

79. Why the Struggle to Control Beale Street Continues -

Eight blocks lie between the Shelby County Courthouse and Beale Street.

The courthouse’s seated representations of wisdom, justice, liberty and authority look southward toward the entertainment district. Sometimes, if the wind is blowing in the right direction, you can hear the band in Handy Park from the courthouse steps.

80. City Seeks Grant To Raze Libertyland -

The city of Memphis is angling for a chunk of the federal government’s stimulus money to pay for a trio of projects, one of which is a small piece of the Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment.

The city wants to use $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) funds to tear down the shuttered Libertyland amusement park. The city’s vision for Libertyland’s sliver of the fairgrounds calls for putting soccer and baseball fields around that plot of the 170-acre property.

81. Scrap-Metal Dealers to Make Case in City Court -

Another round in the battle against scrap-metal theft is set for today, when the Memphis City Court hears protests from companies that haven’t complied with an ordinance requiring them to obtain a permit to recycle scrap metals such as copper and also to “tag and hold” purchased metals before processing them.

82. Despite Distance, Memphis, Halifax Become Close Allies -

Memphis is separated from Halifax, Nova Scotia, by thousands of miles and an international border, but the distant cities are now closely aligned in a shared mission.

Political and business leaders from Memphis and Halifax, including the Memphis Regional Logistics Council and the Halifax Gateway Council, have signed an agreement to pursue mutually beneficial cargo connections and promote each other’s transportation assets when it comes to global trade.

83. Commission to Discuss Lender Suit -

Tennessee attorney general Bob Cooper came to Memphis last month, and in an afternoon meeting Nov. 19 with Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. the topic of discussion was a major piece of litigation the county is close to filing.

84. Salvaggio Group Plans Brownstone Building in G’town -

If success breeds success, as the old saying goes, then The Salvaggio Group LLC’s next project in Old Germantown could be destined for a bright future.

Fresh off the heels of its three-building office complex off Poplar Pike – which sold in one day earlier this year – the Germantown-based development, construction and management firm is planning an equally ambitious structure across the street.

85. THM to Build Nursing Facility Near Downtown -

1513 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38107
Permit Amount: $12.5 Million

Project Cost: $12.5 million
Permit Date: Applied September 2008
Completion: Winter 2009
Owner: Harbor View Properties Inc.
Tenant: Harbor View Properties Inc.
Contractor: Inman Construction Co.
Architect: Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects Inc.

86. Playhouse on the Square To Build New Theater -

60 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Cost: $8.3 million

Project Cost: $12 million
Project Date: Aug. 12, 2008
Completion: Fall 2009
Owner: Playhouse on the Square
Tenant: Playhouse on the Square
Architect: Morris Architects Planners Inc.
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC

87. Homeowner Aid Act Raises Worries on Scope, Delays -

CHICAGO (AP) - Help is on the way for some debt-plagued homeowners. It just may not be fast enough or broad enough to keep many from losing their residences.

The mortgage relief plan that President Bush is poised to sign as soon as Wednesday is designed to rescue about 400,000 homeowners by allowing them to get more affordable mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

88. Fairgrounds Planning to Begin For Turley’s Group -

Improvements to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium probably will be the first indication of a Mid-South Fairgrounds makeover. The improvements have been on the drawing board for some time.

The rest of the fairgrounds redevelopment project, however, still is taking shape with the naming this week of Henry Turley’s Fair Ground LLC as the developer of the site.

89. BofA to Expand Efforts to Help Countrywide Borrowers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bank of America Corp. will expand efforts to help Countrywide Financial Corp. borrowers avoid foreclosure on trouble mortgages, a top bank executive said Monday.

The announcement came as members of the Federal Reserve Board convened two days of public hearings on Bank of America's proposed $4.1 billion stock deal for Calabasas, Calif.-based Countrywide.

90. Fairgrounds Developer Still Not Chosen -

The city of Memphis had hoped to have a developer for the Mid-South Fairgrounds chosen this month. But the project has had a habit of being overshadowed by other ideas on the political horizon.

The timeline called for a developer to be picked by April 18.

91. Turley Looks East But Keeps an Eye Downtown -

Downtown developer Henry Turley is going east these days. The developer of Harbor Town, South Bluffs, parts of South Main and other Downtown projects is touting the Mid-South Fairgrounds these days.

92. Progress on Firestone Course Proceeds at Snail's Pace -

When the old Firestone tire plant in the New Chicago neighborhood of North Memphis closed in 1982, the facility that once employed thousands of area residents was left vacant and eventually became an eyesore. Economic development in the inner-city community around it screeched to a halt.

93. Wal-Mart Nixes Mall of Memphis Plans -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has nixed its plan to develop a Supercenter on a chunk of the 95-acre property formerly home to the Mall of Memphis.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based discount retail chain had been under contract to buy about 20 acres of the sprawling property at Perkins Road and Interstate 240 for at least a year. This spring, Wal-Mart submitted tentative architectural plans and filed a $7.1 million building permit to build a store at the Mall of Memphis site.

94. UT Medical Group Names Truitt VP of Information Systems -

Jill Truitt has been appointed vice president of information systems and chief information officer at UT Medical Group.

Truitt formerly was information services director and program director for Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. She has more than 25 years of experience in health care information technology and management.

95. Lenders Raise Bar for Commercial Real Estate After Worries About Loose Underwriting Conditions -

NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Commercial real-estate lenders, spooked by the collapse in residential housing, are reining in riskier loans on fears that underwriting standards were too loose.

During the last few months, lenders have been requiring significantly more equity to get projects rolling, while the cost of obtaining debt continues to shoot higher. Meanwhile, banks are avoiding making loans to commercial real estate on concerns about the quality of construction and development loans.

96. SIMposium Expected to Draw Hundreds of Top IT Professionals -

As the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and home of the blues, Memphis is world-renowned for producing innovative musicians such as Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes and Al Green.

For a few days next month, the city will play host to a different kind of innovator - the nation's leading information technology (IT) professionals.

97. PharMEDium Expected to Create Up to 250 Jobs In First Five Years -

Illinois-based pharmacy compounding company PharMEDium Healthcare Corp. has closed on nine acres of property in the Distriplex Farms industrial park south of Holmes Road and is moving ahead with plans to create a compounding facility in Memphis.

98. Sitting Pretty -

For anyone who can't see how important FedEx is to Memphis' economy, Wyatt Aiken, senior vice president of Commercial Advisors LLC, paints the following picture:

"If Memphis wasn't a great distribution hub, FedEx wouldn't be here," he said, "and if FedEx wasn't here, we'd be Little Rock."

99. Events -

The Engineers' Club of Memphis hosts its weekly meeting and lunch today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Darren Sanders, deputy Shelby County engineer, is the guest speaker. Cost is $12 and no reservations are required.

100. BNSF Railway Poised to Make Memphis Integral Part of System -

BNSF Railway Co. has taken another step toward expanding its local footprint.

Last week the company filed a $2.1 million building permit to convert a vacant building into office space and locker rooms for employees, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com