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1. Council Delays Financial Votes, Approves Beale Street Authority -

Memphis City Council members approved a $4.5 million advance Tuesday, March 3, for the Memphis Area Transit Authority to get past a cash flow problem.

But the council delayed for two weeks a vote on a larger mid-fiscal year budget adjustment for city government in general.

2. Auto Industry Slows for Bad Weather, But Stays on Course -

DETROIT (AP) – February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

3. Bill Would Restrict Where CCA Inmates Could File Lawsuits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill has been filed in the legislature that would prevent Corrections Corporation of America from being sued anywhere in the state except for the county where the private prison is operated.

4. US Construction Spending Down 1.1 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity.

Construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

5. Costco Strikes Credit Card Deal With Citi, Visa -

NEW YORK (AP) – Costco says it struck a deal for Citi to be the exclusive issuer of its co-branded credit cards, with Visa replacing American Express as the card network.

The deal is subject to Citi buying the company's co-branded credit card portfolio, Costco said.

6. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $86.3 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $86.3 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

7. Memphis Industrial Portfolio Sells for $82.6 Million -

A Minnesota-based real estate investment trust has acquired a large Memphis industrial portfolio for $82.6 million, one of the largest transactions ever recorded in the Memphis market.

Welsh Property Trust acquired the six-building, 2.3 million-square-foot portfolio from DCT Industrial Trust in a sale that was finalized last week. Built between 1998 and 2001, the six buildings are located in the Eastpark, Chickasaw and Southpoint Industrial Parks. The purchase price breaks down to about $37 per square foot.

8. Wright Medical Reports Strong Sales, Declining Loss -

Memphis-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. reported strong sales during the fourth quarter and a declining net loss compared to fourth quarter 2013, with the company’s president and CEO Robert Palmisano saying the results were helped in part by the company’s fast-accelerating U.S. foot and ankle business.

9. Vendor Seeks Permit for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor on the application, which says the work is for “new tenant space renovations.”

10. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately.

In that capacity, Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s Councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics.

11. Commercial Advisors Asset Services Sees Strong Growth -

Kemp Conrad joined the asset services team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors in 2007 after CB Richard Ellis acquired his former employer, Trammel Crow Co.

12. Wright Medical Reports Strong Sales, Declining Loss -

Memphis-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. reported strong sales during the fourth quarter and a declining net loss compared to fourth quarter 2013, with the company’s president and CEO Robert Palmisano saying the results were helped in part by the company’s fast-accelerating U.S. foot and ankle business.

13. Vendor Seeks $1.2 Million Permit For Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $1.2 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. Memphis-based construction contractor Dan Walker Associates Inc. is listed as the contractor on the application, which says the work is for “new tenant space renovations.”

14. Tax-Smart Investment Strategies -

RAY’S TAKE: I’ve heard it said that it’s not what you make, it’s what you keep that counts. Taxes matter, and over time they matter a lot. Using tax smart investments can reduce the amount of taxes you pay while you are in your accumulation years and also impact taxes you pay after you retire.

15. Memphis Among Highest-Suspending School Districts -

A recent report on student suspensions shows Memphis is among the highest-suspending large school districts in the nation.

The analysis was conducted by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA.

16. Saving for Retirement: Obama Proposal Sets Up Wall Street Fight -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street.

17. Wal-Mart Raises Could Help Lift Pay in Lower-Wage Industries -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.

Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel compelled to follow suit to retain their workers and attract others to fill openings, economists said.

18. FedEx Breaks Ground on Little Rock Distribution Center -

FedEx is breaking ground on a 300,000 square-foot ground distribution facility in southwest Little Rock that will employ about 160 people.

Arkansas Business reports the center is scheduled to open in 2016.

19. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately. Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics.

20. ‘Blue Stream’ Task Force to Focus on Water Sources -

A 45-member task force on the city’s water assets – the Mississippi River as a transportation corridor and the Memphis Sands aquifer as the source of the city’s drinking water as well as a source of water for commerce and industry – will begin working in March.

21. Global Ministries Buys Riverdale Site for $1.3M -

Cordova-based Global Ministries Foundation has bought an 18-acre property at 3999 Riverdale Road from Union University Foundation LLC for $1.3 million, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

22. Medtronic Earnings Top Wall Street Forecasts -

Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $977 million.

The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 98 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.01 per share.

23. Ryan Acquires Strategic Midtown Property -

Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

Ryan purchased the lot at 765 Tanglewood St., which is located just southwest of the intersection of Central Avenue and Cooper Street, from Cowles Development Company LLC for $27,000, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

24. Car Built With 3-D Printer Stirs Industry -

At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, innovative carmaker Local Motors offered an up close look at the future of automobile manufacturing.

In a microfactory set up on the auto show floor, Local Motors built the latest version of its Strati, a lightweight, two-seat electric car. It took about 40 hours using the latest 3-D printing technology, all while thousands of auto show visitors watched.

25. Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland -

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately.

In that capacity, Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s Councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics. 

26. City Debt Restructure Meets Council Resistance -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

27. Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

28. Medtronic Tops Wall Street Forecasts for Third Quarter -

Medtronic Inc. reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $977 million.

The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 98 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.01 per share.

29. ‘Blue Stream’ Task Force to Focus on Water Sources -

A 45-member task force on the city’s water assets -- the Mississippi River as a transportation corridor and the Memphis Sands aquifer as the source of the city’s drinking water as well as a source of water for commerce and industry -- will begin working in March.

30. Global Ministries Acquires Riverdale Site For $1.3 Million -

Cordova-based Global Ministries Foundation has bought an 18-acre property at 3999 Riverdale Road from Union University Foundation LLC for $1.3 million, according to a Feb. 9 warranty deed.

31. Hopson Parses Charter School Strategy and Agenda -

There is the strategy of charter schools and there is the agenda of charter schools. And Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson talked about the difference last week as he spoke to a group of about 100 in a part of the city where charter schools and schools run directly by the state compete heavily with conventional Shelby County Schools.

32. Americans Striving to Find Their Place in a Global Sport -

He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.

33. City Talking Debt Restructure Two Years After State Warning -

The Memphis City Council approved changes to city health insurance coverage in June and pension coverage in December.

But later amendments to both sets of benefits, the city’s debt service payments, a 2010 restructuring of city debt, and the city’s annual required pension contribution are all factors that will influence city finances for years, said city finance director Brian Collins.

34. Smith Enters Race for Council District 7 -

Thurston Smith, a manager at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Center, announced Thursday, Feb. 5, that he will be running for the District 7 Memphis City Council seat in the October city elections.

Smith told supporters at a gathering on Mud Island after setting the stage for the bid over several months with an exploratory campaign.

35. Volunteers Needed for Book Distribution -

Billed as the largest book distribution in Shelby County’s history, Literacy Mid-South and First Book are seeking volunteers to distribute 500,000 children’s books in the Mid-South this March.

36. US to Destroy Its Largest Remaining Chemical Weapons Cache -

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.

37. Wharton, Strickland Close In Campaign Balances So Far -

Close isn’t enough when it comes to winning elections. But it works when it comes to financing the campaigns leading to the elections.

And Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and his most vocal challenger so far, City Council member Jim Strickland, posted campaign dollar amounts this week that suggest a lively campaign later in this election year.

38. Wharton Administration Willing to Explore Coliseum Renovation -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is willing to explore a renovation of the Mid-South Coliseum, but he doesn’t want to delay getting state approval for a Tourism Development Zone to finance an amateur sports tournament complex at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

39. Volunteers Needed For Book Distribution -

Billed as the largest book distribution in Shelby County’s history, Literacy Mid-South and First Book are seeking volunteers to distribute 500,000 children’s books in the Mid-South this March.

40. Achievement School District Wants to Recruit Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Achievement School District, the agency charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest performing schools, wants to start recruiting students.

It would be a big change for the district, which was formed in 2010 with grant money from the federal Race to the Top program and charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest performing schools without bringing in new students.

41. Integrate Employee Benefits to Streamline HR -

Human resource departments are oftentimes consumed with managing multiple benefit programs, unable to dedicate the time necessary to developing a truly strategic benefits package that attracts a strong workforce.

42. Council Gives Third Look at Beale Street Authority -

For a third consecutive session, Memphis City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, Feb. 3, on establishing a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

The resolution establishing the authority to oversee and further develop the entertainment district was delayed two weeks ago as some council members, led by Harold Collins and Wanda Halbert, talked about the council approving actions of the development authority.

43. Consumers Fuel Steady US Economy as Rest of World Struggles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident.

44. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

45. Obama Administration on Track to Surpass Health Care Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

46. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

47. Home Construction Flat in December -

New home construction in Shelby County, as tracked by permits, was flat in December when compared to December 2013, but new home sales increased.

Builders filed 55 permits in December, the same amount they filed in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

48. Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Folks' -

NEW YORK (AP) – The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.

49. Fourth-Quarter Mortgage Activity Shows Strength -

All things considered, the fourth quarter of 2014 was a better month for the mortgage market than the final quarter of 2013.

The county saw a 6 percent increase in the number of mortgages in the fourth quarter – 2,037, up from 1,922 during the year-ago period.

50. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

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52. Multiple Factors Create Strong Fourth-Quarter Home Sales -

Shelby County recorded a jump in homes sales in the fourth quarter when compared to the same period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,944 home sales in the three-month period, up 9.6 percent from 3,600 sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

53. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

54. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

55. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

56. Trucking Industry in ‘Desperate’ Need of Drivers -

With demand on the upswing thanks to improving economic growth and lower fuel prices, a scarcity of truck drivers could put the brakes on the trucking industry and cripple a critical piece of global supply chains.

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58. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

59. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

60. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

61. $42 Million Permit Sought for Target Distribution Center -

A third-party vendor has applied for a $42 million building permit to build out Target’s planned Memphis online fulfillment center.

Innotrac, which will manage the Southeast Memphis facility for Target, applied for the permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

62. Hopson Proposes Expanding I-Zone, Restructuring Other Schools -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson proposed Tuesday, Jan. 20, two sets of school consolidations and reconfigurations for the school year to come across 14 schools, affecting more than 2,000 students.

63. New Steps to Boost Private Investment on Infrastructure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration on Friday announced new steps federal agencies are taking to attract private money for projects upgrading roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

64. ServiceMaster Signals Desire to Strengthen Tennis Tournament -

After it was announced at a press conference at The Racquet Club of Memphis that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. had entered into a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Memphis Open, the company’s chief financial officer, Alan Haughie, couldn’t help himself.

65. Tentative Deal Limits Role of Beale Street Development Corp. -

In the beginning of the redevelopment of Beale Street, city leaders of the late 1970s put in place the Beale Street Development Corp. in a role they saw as a cultural guardian of the district between Fourth and Second streets.

66. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

67. Strickland To Announce Political Plans For October Ballot -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland has called a Thursday, Jan. 15, press conference Downtown to announce his political plans in this city election year.

68. Strings Come With Fairgrounds Zone -

Shelby County Commissioners could take up an endorsement Monday, Jan. 12, of the city’s proposed Tourism Development Zone for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

But at this point, the backing has a lot of strings attached. And those strings involve two issues related to local schools funding.

69. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

70. Shedding Stress, Pounds on the Dance Floor -

Learning how to ballroom dance may be a check mark off of someone’s to-do list, but the benefits of dancing, considered a sport by some, are far reaching.

Morgan Gist, a student at Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Studio in Maryville, says she’s lost 15 pounds in the three months that she’s been taking lessons.

71. Blair Durham Embraces Firm Strategy, Planning No Changes -

Don’t look for change up on the 17th floor of Parkway Towers, where Blair Durham is determined to keep his pop’s legacy thriving long into the future.

While his dad, founder of Bart Durham Injury Law, does sometimes mull changing the name of his firm to simply “Durham Injury Law” to allow for Blair to become the face of the firm – “I‘m 80, or at least I will be in March. I’m only going to live five more years, maybe, so it’s time to get Blair and his name out there,” says the elder Durham – the son says “no way.”

72. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

73. Creative Destruction -

For about three years Veronica Skinner called the two-story, 24-unit apartment building at 480 Tillman St. in the Binghampton neighborhood home.

74. Carmakers Finish Strong in 2014; Are Even Better Days Ahead? -

DETROIT (AP) – Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.

75. Deborah Tate Named Director of Tennessee Administrative Office of Courts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed former Federal Communications Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

76. Council to Vote on Beale Street Tourism Authority -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the creation of a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future of the entertainment district.

The proposal by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sets up a nine-member body appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to issue bonds for construction projects in the district, levy fees to pay off the debt and to make lease agreements with tenants.

77. Piano Stores Closing as Fewer Children Taking Up Instrument -

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) – When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.

78. US Construction Spending Slips 0.3 Percent in November -

A sharp slowdown in government-built schools and infrastructure caused U.S. construction spending to fall slightly in November.

The Commerce Department said Friday that construction spending slipped 0.3 percent in November, after having climbed an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in October and 0.6 percent in September.

79. Memphis Industrial Market Rebounds in 2014 -

The upswing in the industrial real estate sector that started in 2012 and gained momentum in 2013 continued in 2014 and the Memphis market, fueled by several large transactions late in the year, should top 2013's level of around 3.2 million square feet of absorption.

80. Anixter Seeks Permit for Distribution Center -

Anixter International Inc. is poised to make improvements to its new Memphis distribution center.

81. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

82. Rental Showdown -

Tiffany H., 43, has found the perfect way to make money. It’s close to home, easy-to-manage and gives her the flexibility she needs as a busy mom shuttling two children back and forth to two different schools each day.

83. Craft Soda Factory Planned for Broad District -

A craft soda factory in the works is headed to warehouse space on Broad Avenue. That’s the plan Memphis restaurateur Taylor Berger announced on New Year’s Day, when he unveiled the vision for “Bottoms Up Soda.”

84. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

85. Anixter Seeks Permit For Distribution Center -

Anixter International Inc. is poised to make improvements to its new Memphis distribution center.

86. Losing Streak Ends Impressive Stretch by Grizzlies -

After the Grizzlies lost to the Chicago Bulls, their second six-game winning streak of the season coming to an end, Mike Conley made a fair point.

87. Achievement School District Grant Running Out -

Tennessee's Achievement School District will have to make do with less money next year unless it finds a new source of funding.

WPLN-FM reports the agency charged with turning around Tennessee's lowest-performing schools was formed in 2010 with grant money from the federal Race to the Top program.

88. TBI Suspends Involvement in 24th Judicial District -

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director has suspended the agency's investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile homicide of a 20-year-old nursing student is being prosecuted, saying the decision comes from an argument with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

89. FedEx Considering Baltimore Site for Distribution Hub -

BALTIMORE (AP) – FedEx is considering whether to build a distribution facility at Sparrows Point, showing interest in the steel mill property.

Baltimore County's economic development department says FedEx filed an application with the county's Development Review Committee. But no formal agreements have been signed.

90. Grizzlies Halt Golden State’s Streak -

For the starters, the best part of Tuesday night’s statement win at FedExForum came while they were on the bench.

A 20-0 run to start the second quarter – all the points coming from the Grizzlies’ reserves – turned this showdown between the two best teams in the NBA into a 105-98 victory as Memphis (20-4) stopped the Golden State Warriors’ franchise-record 16-game winning streak.

91. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape -

A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp.

92. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement Schools District superintendent Chris Barbic will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to talk about the coming transition of five schools out of the county district and into the state-run ASD.

93. Tourism Commissioner Leaving Haslam Administration -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says his tourism commissioner, Susan Whitaker, is leaving his administration after serving in that position for 12 years.

94. Achievement School District to Add Six Memphis Schools -

Five Memphis schools that are now part of Shelby County Schools will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting in August with the new school year.

And KIPP Memphis Public Schools will begin a new-start elementary school for kindergarten and first-graders.

95. Collierville Adds Signs to Historic District -

The town of Collierville has added new signs directing motorists on Tenn. 385 and U.S. 72 to the Downtown Historic District.

The new signs are a recognition that with last year’s completion of Tenn. 385, traffic volume is increasing along Collierville’s southern corridor.

96. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure -

The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.

97. Blackie’s Body Shop Endures Changing Industry -

Cars are a lot different, and the business of an auto body shop is too, since Delmus “Blackie” Moore opened a body shop on Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis in 1951.

The business of body work is much faster, with less time for the custom work that once was much of Blackie Moore’s stock in trade.

98. New Industrial Market Takes Hold in Marshall, Fayette Counties -

In November, Volvo began operations at its new parts distribution center in Marshall County, Miss.

The 1 million-square-foot distribution center inside Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center is the centerpiece of the company’s streamlined North American parts distribution network and helped solidify the Marshall County and Fayette County, Tenn., region as a major player in local industrial real estate.

99. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure -

The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.

100. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.