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1. Across US Job Market, Layoffs are Becoming Rare -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 – nearly two years before the Great Recession began – the government said Thursday.

2. France Investigating Package Delivery Companies -

PARIS (AP) – Three of the world's leading package delivery businesses are being investigated by France's competition watchdog, and may face fines.

U.S.-based FedEx Corp., TNT Express NV from the Netherlands and Britain's Royal Mail PLC are all under investigation for unidentified malpractices.

3. Owens Named MERI Executive Director -

Jason K. Owens has been named executive director of the Medical Education & Research Institute. Owens previously served as education/research planning manager of the nonprofit medical teaching and training bioskills laboratory, and has led cross-functional initiatives specific to the MERI’s strategic education and research planning, mobile education development and operational management.

4. Wharton: City Ready If British Royals Visit -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says the city is ready to host members of the British royal family should they come for a wedding of a friend.

While not officially confirming Thursday whether Princes William and Harry will come to Memphis for a Saturday wedding, Wharton did say that the affair is a private event.

5. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee -

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.

“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”

6. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million -

2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: March 27, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.

7. Oak Court Mall Transferred To Simon Property Spinoff -

Simon Property Group has transferred ownership of the Oak Court Mall to Washington Prime Group Inc. as part of a planned spinoff of some of its shopping centers and smaller malls.

8. Post Office Hiring in Memphis, Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it plans on filling more than 70 skilled maintenance positions in both Nashville and Memphis.

Anyone interested can attend one of the local jobs fairs the postal service is offering this week in either Memphis or Nashville.

9. FDIC Sues 16 Big Banks That Set Key Rate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has sued 16 big banks that set a key global interest rate, accusing them of fraud and conspiring to keep the rate low to enrich themselves.

10. Latest Airline Perk: Safe Distance From the Masses -

NEW YORK (AP) – On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime beef tenderloin, stretch out in a 3-foot-wide seat that converts to a bed and wash it all down with a pre-slumber Krug "Grande Cuvee" Brut Champagne.

11. ‘Nigerian’ Inheritance Scam Leads to Lawyer’s Suspension -

Early last month an attorney whose name I’ll spare you was suspended from practice for 12 months by his state’s lawyer disciplinary panel. Someone the lawyer had represented in a criminal case presented documentation indicating that he (the client) was the beneficiary of a large bequest. From a long-lost cousin. In Nigeria.

12. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

13. Small Retailers Plan to Party Till They Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) – The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They're part of a strategy to get shoppers into small stores.

14. Justice Department Official Admonishes Nation's Bankers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Admonishing the nation's bankers, the Justice Department's No. 2 official says too many financial institutions have failed in their duty to ensure that their businesses are run cleanly.

15. Chandler Takes Center Stage as GPAC Executive Director -

For Paul Chandler, all of Memphis is a stage. The executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Center has made a career of bringing talent to the city and helping to showcase the homegrown sort, as well.

16. Events -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will present “And the Grammy Goes to Memphis,” a yearlong tribute to Memphis music, Saturday, Oct. 26, through October 2014. Visit staxmuseum.com.

17. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

18. 3 US Economists Win Nobel for Work on Asset Prices -

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Three American professors won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for shedding light on how stock, bond and house prices move over time– work that's changed how people around the world invest.

19. Keystone Landing Complex Sells for $4.6 Million -

4266 Ridgestone Road
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $4.6 million

Sale Date: Sept. 12, 2013
Buyer: Keystone Landing Apartments LLC
Seller: Ridgemont Investors LLC
Loan Amount: $3.5 million
Loan Date: Sept. 12, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The 150-unit Keystone Landing apartment complex at 4266 Ridgestone Road in Raleigh has sold for $4.6 million.

20. Keystone Landing Complex Sells for $4.6 Million -

The 150-unit Keystone Landing apartment complex at 4266 Ridgestone Road in Raleigh has sold for $4.6 million.

21. Cyber Crime Growing Priority for FBI -

Glankler Brown PLLC attorneys on Wednesday, Sept. 11, welcomed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott E. Augenbaum as the guest speaker for a cyber crime seminar for staff and clients at its East Memphis office.

22. Events -

The Center for Southern Folklore will present the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Cost is free. Visit southernfolklore.org for a list of performers.

23. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. A pre-performance reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through MCAC, 888-4342.

24. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Aug. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. Female business leaders will discuss various topics, including ways to cultivate programs for women in business. Lunch is Dutch treat. Email rsvp.lpbc@lpinsurance.com.

25. Nashville-Based Oreck Sold at Auction to Royal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The parent company of Hoover has purchased Nashville-based vacuum maker Oreck Corporation at a bankruptcy auction.

26. Carnival Returns to Profit; Travelers Fear Mishaps -

MIAMI (AP) – The world's largest cruise line has suffered through a number of high-profile mishaps. Yet passengers continue to book vacations thanks to discounts, albeit at a slower pace.

27. New Technologies Help Travelers Lower Hotel Prices -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Amy Eisen originally booked a weeklong vacation to celebrate her 30th anniversary, she was looking at a $3,749 hotel bill.

But Eisen reserved her room at the all-inclusive Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic through a new travel site, Tingo.com. Each day, the booking site automatically checked to see if the hotel lowered its price for the nights Eisen was staying there. Eventually, the price fell. Tingo canceled Eisen's original reservation and rebooked her at the new, lower rate. Her savings: $1,874.

28. A Higher Order of Sausage -

GOD’S SAUSAGE. (When you see this column, it’s the 40 Days of Waffle Shop again, so strike while the iron is hot.)

“You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been there for nine months.

29. Reardon Cautions Downtowners About Heritage Trail -

The University of Memphis professor spearheading the opposition of demolishing the city’s last remaining public housing project in the Vance Avenue neighborhood says that while the Heritage Trail Community Redevelopment Plan appears to be on “indefinite hold,” it is not dead, and Downtowners should beware.

30. Exxon: US Energy Revival has Staying Power -

NEW YORK (AP) – Exxon says the energy renaissance in the U.S. will continue and predicts that North America will become a net exporter of oil and natural gas by the middle of the next decade.

31. Congress Looks at Doing Away With the $1 Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what's best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.

32. US may Soon Become World's Top Oil Producer -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951.

33. Soul Map -

The Soulsville arrows beneath the Bellevue Boulevard railroad overpasses near Walker Avenue point north and south. It is the first indication that you are in an area where several possibilities can coexist.

34. Stories of Hope -

Sometimes words are not enough to tell the story of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient Ethan Washburn’s nearly three-year battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

When this happens, Ethan, 10, of Memphis, uses a string of brightly colored glass beads to illustrate it. Each of the distinctive beads marks a treatment milestone. There are fluted purple beads that represent learning to take medicine, blue triangles for clinic visits, red beads with white polka dots for birthdays.

35. Three More From the Record -

After printing those letters last week, how can I not come back this week with more stuff from the Record? How can I not?!

The writers of those letters don’t care that I want to review books I’ve read, share the latest in haiku theory and fuel the debate on the Oxford comma. They want funny stuff that really happened. In court.

36. High Court Begins New Term With Human Rights Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities.

The justices appeared ready to impose new limits on lawsuits brought in U.S. courts over human rights violations abroad.

37. Crossword Contrasting Continues -

Dear Judge Vic, “So, in last week’s column, you’re saying that those vintage ’50s & ’90s xword answers are no longer tolerated? Geesh! What will I do now to make fun of you? Vocab Larry”

38. Shelby Crossing Retail Center Sells for $2M in Foreclosure -

6100 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $2 million

Sale Date: July 13, 2012

39. Royal Oaks Houses Trade Hands for $1.1M -

New York-based SpringView Investments LLC has acquired 19 houses in Raleigh’s Royal Oaks Planned Development for $1.1 million.

40. CCRFC Approves Chisca Hotel Tax Break -

Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. at its Tuesday, June 12, board meeting approved a 20-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program for the restoration of the Chisca Hotel led by Main Street Apartment Partners LLC.

41. CCRFC Approves Chisca Hotel Tax Break -

Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. at its Tuesday, June 12, board meeting approved a 20-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program for the restoration of the Chisca Hotel led by Main Street Apartment Partners LLC.

42. Loeb Makes Progress on Square Plan -

The blue banner that hung until recently at the curved building at Cooper Street and Madison Avenue and read “Returning in 2012” will soon ring true for Overton Square and its developer, Loeb Properties Inc.

43. JPMorgan Loss Sets Off Call for Heavier Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A surprise $2 billion trading loss by a division of JPMorgan Chase triggered calls Friday for tougher regulation of banks three years after their near-death experience in the financial crisis.

44. New Moon Tackles Madness of ‘Lear’ -

Familial deception, failing political power and one man’s disintegrating psyche combine to form one royal mess in an upcoming New Moon Theatre Co. production. William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which has been called an “unstageable” play, will open at TheatreWorks on Friday, April 6.

45. Morris: It’s Time to Redevelop Chisca Hotel -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is working with developers interested in converting the Chisca Hotel into a set of smaller studio apartments.

DMC president Paul Morris on Tuesday, March 13, talked in general terms about working with the developers, noting the commission has signed a confidentiality agreement with them.

46. Memphis-Made Video Stars ‘Two Kings’ -

A new music video recently filmed in Memphis features the unlikely duo of veteran country artist Pam Tillis and Memphis native and rising rhythm and blues star Kris Thomas.

47. Honors Continue For Architect Of Memphis Sound -

Memphis music icon Willie Mitchell was honored on what would have been his 84th birthday last week with a Tennessee state historical marker at his Royal Studios.

48. Celebration of Creativity -

The gold-plated columns and crystal chandeliers of The Cadre Building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2012 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed “Hustle + Workflow.”

All “pimps, players and winners” that produced the best in local advertising and all of the disciplines associated with it were recognized Saturday, Feb. 25, in the historic Downtown building at 149 Monroe Ave., with the tagline, “Damn, it feels good to be a winner.”

49. ADDY Awards Highlight Ad Industry's Top Work -

The gold-plated columns and crystal chandeliers of The Cadre Building were right in line with the American Advertising Federation Memphis’ 2012 ADDY Awards ceremony, themed “Hustle + Workflow.”

50. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

51. Waffle Shop Again Answers Prayers -

GOD’S SAUSAGE. “You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been there for nine months.

52. CBRE Memphis Brokers Florida Investment Sale -

CB Richard Ellis Memphis has brokered the sale of the Grand Panama Office Building in Panama City Beach, Fla., from Grand Panama Office LLC to Corr Properties I LLC for $3.7 million, or $137.80 per square foot.

53. Council to Delve Into Electrolux Incentives -

Memphis City Council members will talk Tuesday, Jan. 17, about getting more information from the mayor’s office about financial incentives used to bring companies to the city.

A resolution asking the administration to give the council a summary sheet of any executed contracts requiring a city investment of more than $250,000 is the topic of the first chairman’s meeting at 10 a.m.

54. Council Delays Scrap Yard Vote -

Plans for a 68-acre scrap and junk facility at Thomas Street and Royal Avenue in North Memphis took a step back this week at City Hall.

55. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

56. Sounds of the Season -

The blues and folk duo Deering & Down turned their new Christmas single into a Christmas present for a Memphis-area nonprofit organization.

Lahna Deering, the Canadian-born singer backed by Rev Neil Down on guitar, sings about some of the sights, sounds and feelings of Christmas in Memphis on “Wonder What Elvis or Rufus Might Say.” And throughout the month of December, the proceeds from every download of the song on iTunes will go to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

57. Feds Crack Down on Homeopathic Weight Loss Remedy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are ordering several companies to stop selling an unproven weight loss remedy that uses protein from the human placenta.

The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to seven companies that sell the protein as drops, pellets or sprays. Human chorionic gonadotropin is produced by the placenta and found in the urine of pregnant women. While it is approved for certain infertility treatments, the FDA says there is no evidence it helps reduce weight.

58. Glankler’s Hutton Adds Coat of Arms to Resume -

Robert Hutton has argued some remarkable cases as an attorney at Glankler Brown PLLC, including one before the U.S. Supreme Court.

59. Defense Depot Property Sells for $1.1 Million -

2085 W.E. Freeman Drive
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 14, 2011

Buyer: Varma Family LP

60. Third St. Warehouse Sells for $415K in Foreclosure -

Renasant Bank has bought an industrial property at 1700 S. Third St. at a foreclosure sale for $415,000.

61. First Horizon, Fitch Say Risk Manageable -

Bryan Jordan, the president and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company, told his audience at an industry conference a few days ago in New York City that his company has been out of the mortgage business for three years now.

62. Feds Sue 17 Major U.S. Banks, Including First Tenn. Parent -

The federal agency that oversees the government-sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has filed lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in compensation from several major U.S. banks, including the parent company of First Tennessee Bank.

63. Feds Sue 17 Major U.S. Banks, including First Tenn. Parent -

The federal agency that oversees the government-sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has filed suit seeking billions of dollars in compensation from several major U.S. banks, including the parent company of First Tennessee Bank.

64. Regulator Sues Goldman Sachs Over Risky Mortgages -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The U.S. regulator of credit unions is suing Goldman Sachs & Co. for more than $491 million in damages over losses incurred by five failed wholesale credit unions that bought mortgage-backed securities from the investment bank.

65. Clayborn-Ball Temple Plays Role In Area’s Future -

A historic Downtown church is for sale after decades of attempts by the AME church leadership to bring it back.

What happens to Clayborn Ball Temple could be a bellwether for redevelopment efforts for the area just south of FedExForum. It’s an area developers and planners refer to as SoFo.

66. A Memphis Marvel -

The Real-Life Adventure Serial. “I’m going to see Halliburton Tower,” I told the Rhodes College guard. “Why?” Why indeed. On what appear to be the tower’s main doors a sign says, ironically, “Please use main door.” The tribute to Richard Halliburton that I’m told used to grace the space behind those locked doors has been covered in carpet, now the office of a college vice president. Not only is it difficult to find much evidence of Halliburton in Memphis, you can’t find much of him in his own memorial bell tower.

67. Eroica Wraps Season With Pair of Shows -

The Eroica Ensemble’s concert season is winding to a close, but its director hopes that audiences have seen that they are just getting started.

As with their last five concerts, Eroica will feature an internationally known soloist on May 21 at Germantown Performing Arts Centre and May 22 at First Congregational Church.

68. Fayette Norfolk Southern Work Begins -

Tennessee state Sen. Delores Gresham compared it to Friday’s royal wedding. “This beats any royal wedding,” the Fayette County legislator said from beneath a white tent on a leveled dirt field where the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville is being built.

69. Artists Seek Breakout Hit at Marathon Session -

Spending two days in a room with strangers may sound like existential drama to some people.

But more than 20 Memphis musicians will do just that as they participate this weekend in the Memphis Music Launch, a 48-hour marathon production session hosted by the Memphis Music Foundation.

70. Cheverny 2009 Light, Delicate Spring Choice -

Ivisited, briefly, the village of Cheverny, oh, 21 years ago, in fact, 21 years ago this month. It lies south of the “royal city” of Blois, headquarters of Joan of Arc in 1429, and is therefore south of the Loire River, a sort of gateway to the Loire chateau country. The village is tiny and charming, and there’s a magnificent chateau, famous for its hunting dogs and a whole, startling room filled with stag antlers.

71. Licensing Keeps Musicians’ Pockets Lined -

As record sales have declined over the past decade, musicians and composers are seeking new forms of income.

The hordes of record-buying teenagers have gone home to stare at their smart phones while producers of film, television and commercials still pay for music.

72. Smith & Nephew Rumors Continue to Swirl -

Despite Smith & Nephew’s attempts to quash rampant rumors that it’s being targeted for takeover, Wall Street seems to be sticking with the maxim that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

73. Grocery Chain Kroger Pumps Up Gas Biz -

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Kroger Co. will open gas station No. 1,000 on Wednesday, a milestone that underscores the growing link between groceries and gas in the drive to build customer loyalty.

74. Cleaborn Homes Tops Council’s Agenda -

The first Memphis City Council meeting of 2011 features a light agenda.

Among the items is approval of a $3 million appropriation of federal funding for the redevelopment of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development.

75. IDB Approves Dalphis Move to Airport Area -

The same day local leaders celebrated the coming move of Electrolux to the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, members of the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board were reminded that there remains intense competition for jobs already in Memphis.

76. IDB Approves Dalphis Move To Airport Area -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board (IDB) has approved a three-year, $2.4 million PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for a Memphis window coverings company to move from the Sycamore View-Interstate 40 area to the Airport Industrial Park area.

77. Projects Seeking IDB OK Need More Time -

All of the items on the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board’s special meeting Friday were lacking one major detail: time.

The board granted U.S. Foodservice Inc. more time for the presentation of its seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes request for expanding a distribution warehouse it now leases a portion of at 5900 E. Holmes Road.

78. More Time Needed for Projects Seeking IDB Approval -

All of the items on the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board’s special meeting Friday were lacking one major detail: time.

The board granted U.S. Foodservice Inc. more time for the presentation of its seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) request for expanding a distribution warehouse it now leases a portion of at 5900 E. Holmes Road.

79. US Foodservice Seeks $14.3M PILOT for Expansion -

U.S. Foodservice Inc. is considering buying and expanding its Hickory Hill distribution facility.

The company that markets and distributes more than 30,000 brand items from its warehouse at 5900 East Holmes Road is applying for a seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program that would save the company $2.1 million in real and personal city and county taxes.

80. Council Moves To Set Up School System Summit -

Memphis city council members are setting up a summit meeting to talk about the political standoff between the county’s two public school systems.

Council members approved a resolution Tuesday calling for a meeting of the two school boards, the council, the Shelby County Commission, both mayors and Shelby County legislators to Nashville.

81. Council to Hear Latest MCS Payment Pitch -

At the next-to-last meeting of the year, Memphis City Council members take up some complex financial and political matters.

For now they are discussing matters during committee sessions Tuesday that precede the main council session at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. An agenda is on page 10.

82. Fed ID's Companies That Used Crisis Loan Programs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve revealed details Wednesday of more than $3 trillion in emergency aid it provided to U.S. and foreign banks during the financial crisis.

It also named the companies that used its emergency loan programs and revealed how much they borrowed. Newly released documents show the companies included Goldman Sachs & Co., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. They also show that foreign banks such as Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutche Bank borrowed hundreds of billions of dollars.

83. Memphis Groups Celebrate Service of Arts Access Leader -

When Karen Zissoff moved to Memphis from Canada, she saw a need for an affordable dance studio.

“When I first moved here, I said, ‘Where are the arts?’ The arts are very important to me, and it’s very important for everyone to be exposed to the arts, no matter what income level,” said the professional dancer.

84. City Council Kills Nondiscrimination Ordinance -

With no debate or discussion, a nondiscrimination ordinance for city government died on the second of three readings.

The Memphis City Council voted down the proposal, which would have banned city government from discriminating in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It got six votes, one short of the seven necessary to pass, on second reading.

85. Council Wants Mediation of MCS Funding Dispute -

Mediation is the latest direction in a complex school funding morass that is getting more complex by the day.

Memphis City Council members Tuesday voted to have their attorney file a motion in Chancery Court seeking non-binding mediation on how and how much the city should pay the Memphis City Schools (MCS) system in a two-year funding dispute.

86. IDB Gives Riviana Green Light -

Riviana Foods Inc. told the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board Wednesday it plans to expand its rice product line, add 22 jobs and invest more than $10 million in its South Memphis manufacturing facility.

87. Riviana Gets IDB Green Light -

Riviana Foods announced a shift in investment for its business model to the Memphis- Shelby County Industrial Development Board Wednesday.

The board approved both Riviana’s additional one-year ramp-up request and the seven-year tax abatement period for its recently consolidated manufacturing and processing facility at 2314 S. Lauderdale St.

88. Girl Scouts Heart of the South Buys White Station Property -

717 S. White Station Road, Units A, B and C
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $1.8 Million

89. Renasant Reclaims Lots in Eads Subdivision -

Renasant Bank has bought back 14 parcels totaling 42 acres in Eads’ Wynestone Estates Subdivision following a foreclosure.

90. Cargill $72M PILOT Gets IDB Green Light -

The Industrial Development Board of Memphis and Shelby County unanimously granted Cargill Inc. a $72 million retention payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) to renovate and expand its Presidents Island corn-milling facility.

91. Cargill $72 M PILOT Gets IDB Green Light -

The Industrial Development Board of Memphis and Shelby County has unanimously granted Cargill Inc. a $72 million retention payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) to renovate and expand its Presidents Island corn-milling facility.

92. Wharton Seeks Attorneys’ Help in Creating ‘City of Choice’ -

From representing creditors and debtors, advising business leaders and fighting for the less fortunate, the city’s legal professionals each day facilitate commerce and enrich the civic life of Memphians all around them.

93. Cleaborn Conversion Keeps Eye On Residents, Developer Says -

Every brick is still in place at Cleaborn Homes. But the preparation for the coming demolition of one of the city’s last two large public housing projects is already under way.

The project manager for the federally funded conversion of Cleaborn to mixed-use, mixed-income development said he and the other developers are working on preparing the residents for the day they leave the development but hopefully not the neighborhood.

94. 3 Local Projects OK’d for Recovery Zone Bonds -

Three Memphis projects have the green light from the state of Tennessee to get $17 million in federal recovery zone facility bonds. And the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board is watching closely as the projects close in on financing to secure the bonds before a Dec. 31 federal deadline.

95. IDB Approves Kirby Parkway PILOT -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board has approved an eight-year, $3 million tax break for the Nashville developers of a long-term acute-care hospital and outpatient center on Kirby Parkway north of Bill Morris Parkway.

96. Residents, Biz Owners to Discuss Cleaborn Redevelopment -

Residents and business owners in the Vance Avenue area meet Tuesday evening to review plans for the revitalization of the area, including a progress report on the redevelopment of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development.

97. Williams Joins Ronald McDonald House Charities -

Keaton Williams has joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis as special events coordinator.

98. Youth, Enthusiasm Drive Vietnamese Bistro Owners -

Tommy Bui and Annie Tran grew up in towns only half an hour away from each other in Vietnam, two hours south of Saigon, but they didn’t meet until they were in high school in Memphis. And even then they attended different schools, Overton for Annie and Kingsbury for Tommy. Their families came to Memphis in 1995.

99. Tupelo Furniture Market’s Reach Felt in Memphis -

Richard “Butch” Baber will spend this weekend on a huge shopping trip. He and some of his associates at Royal Furniture Co., where Baber serves as president, will make a daily 200-mile round trip to the Tupelo Furniture Market.

100. IDB Approves $45 Million For Downtown Hilton -

A luxury hotel planned for the corner of Linden Avenue and Fourth Street got a big boost this week with the approval of $45 million in taxable revenue bonds from the Industrial Development Board.

The hotel, which will be branded a Hilton, is a key part of the Triangle Noir development plan for the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.