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1. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

2. Welcome Back -

When Shelby County’s public schools open for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, it will mark the first time in three years that there will be no historic, structural changes to the systems themselves.

3. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

4. Grizzlies Rookies Jarell Martin, Andrew Harrison Have Much to Prove -

The bottom-line question about Memphis Grizzlies rookies Jarell Martin and Andrew Harrison is the same as after every other NBA Draft: What does the team really have in these guys?

5. Grizzlies Draft LSU’s Jarell Martin, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison -

The Memphis Grizzlies needed more shooting and may have found at least some of it in two off-Broadway draft day trades. But with the 25th overall pick in the first round Thursday night, June 25, the Grizzlies went a different direction and chose 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Jarell Martin from LSU.

6. New Coach, Fans Will Keep Eye on Rocky Top League -

KNOXVILLE – Hoops fans, rejoice. Your summer basketball fix is almost here.

The Pilot Rocky Top League returns for its eighth year starting June 15 and should feature 11 players who will be on the University of Tennessee’s roster in 2015-16.

7. Total Concept Launching Fully Online Enterprise -

If you’ve learned about an in-store sale while shopping for groceries, this Memphis-based printing company could have been the one to help you save those extra pennies.

For nearly 20 years, Total Concept has worked as a full-service printing company for large manufacturers and retail chains in the Memphis area. This year, it will launch a fully online enterprise, Eco Signs and Banners Memphis, within the parent company.

8. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

9. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

10. Building Boom -

With the greater Memphis area slower to recover from the recession and economic downturn than other parts of the country, frustrated local general contractors watched in 2012 and 2013 as firms across the country participated in what appeared to be a robust national economic rebound.

11. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

12. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

13. Wade to Lead Southern College of Optometry's Hayes Center -

Dr. Lisa Wade has been named director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry, which focuses on teaching business principles to help optometrists succeed in independent practice.

14. Dream Season -

The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.

15. Obama's Record Budget: Tax the Rich, Help Middle Class -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Promising to help America's middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor.

16. Presumptive All-Star Starter Marc Gasol Concerned With One Thing: Winning -

His night’s work done, center Marc Gasol put on a gray suit and stood in front of his locker and waited for the inevitable questions about the NBA All-Star Game.

The Grizzlies’ center had scored a game-high 26 points and handed out a team-best five assists in a 92-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Gasol also had grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots, but it was an eyesore of a game even if at the end the Grizzlies had improved their record to 30-12.

17. Fear of Trying -

The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.

Television shows like, “Dancing with the Stars’’ and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ are wildly popular and have contributed to a renewed interest in the glamourous art (skill? sport?) of ballroom dancing, but those high-energy, competitive programs or a movie like “Dirty Dancing’’ can also intimidate people and keep them glued to the couch.

18. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

19. UT’s Tyndall Winning Fans Despite NCAA Investigation -

KNOXVILLE – Donnie Tyndall has hardly slowed down since the former Southern Miss head coach took over Tennessee’s basketball program in April.

Of course, Tyndall had little choice.

20. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants -

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

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

21. US Economy Forecast to Grow By 1.5 Percent in 2014 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

22. National TV Shuns Grizzlies in 2014-2015 -

At home or on the road, it hasn’t mattered where the Grizzlies opened the NBA season since moving from Vancouver to Memphis. For 13 straight years, they have started the season with a loss.

If that is to change in the 2014-15 season, it will happen at FedExForum on Oct. 29 when the Grizzlies play the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will be minus Kevin Love but will have 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins, assuming the much-anticipated Minnesota-Cleveland trade becomes official.

23. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

24. Conn’s Plans Home Store in Memphis -

Texas-based retailer Conn’s will be opening a store in Southeast Memphis, one of possibly three stores the home appliances and furnishings chain plans to open in Tennessee.

The retailer will open a Conn’s HomePlus in May in 42,296 square feet at the Cross Creek Shopping Center at Riverdale and Tenn. 385 that Babies “R” Us vacated.

25. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

26. Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease -

Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.

27. Vince Vaughn Brings Comedy Festival to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Actor Vince Vaughn is bringing a new comedy festival to Nashville this spring with live tapings and stand-up acts to be held at the city's music venues.

Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Festival on May 15-18 will include comedians Aziz Ansari, Rodney Carrington and Dennis Miller among others.

28. Actions Should Speaker Louder Than Words -

The Sports Morality Police have pinned on their badges and are cracking down on athlete-on-athlete crime.

You know, those vicious moments where one millionaire calls another millionaire a name across the line of scrimmage in what amount to little more than a grunt.

29. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

30. Events -

The Marston Group Certified Public Accountants & Advisors will hold an open house Thursday, Jan. 23, at its new location, 1661 International Drive, suite 250. Breakfast will be held 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and evening events from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Email anne@themarstongroup.com or call 761-3003.

31. Achievement School District Prepares for Third Year -

It was already official before Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic made the formal announcement last week.

Months ago, Barbic had confirmed that former Westside Middle School principal Bobby White would be leading the state-run school district’s effort at Frayser High School in the 2014-2015 school year.

32. Covington Biomass Gasification Plant Online -

Covington, Tenn., Mayor David Gordon describes himself as a “confirmed nerd” who enjoys reading scientific papers.

33. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Barbara Prescott, executive director of PeopleFirst, will speak. Cost is $20 for nonmembers. RSVP to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

34. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a lunch and learn titled “Breast cancer awareness: prevention, symptoms and treatment options” Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B of the hospital, 1300 Wesley Drive. Cost is free. RSVP to 888-777-5959.

35. Obama Says Talks OK – After Default Threat Averted -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law.

36. Labor Department: No Plans to Issue Jobs Data During Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Labor Department has no plans to release the closely watched U.S. monthly jobs report on Friday in case of a partial government shutdown that lasts through the week.

37. White to Oversee Frayser High School -

Former Westside Middle School principal Bobby White will lead Frayser High School into the Achievement School District.

38. White Ready to Take on Frayser High -

Bobby White is so close that he sometimes has to remember that the decision about who will run Frayser High School won’t be made until December.

39. Education Reform Leaders -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic say the education reformation underway locally in Shelby County can lead and influence the national discussion about education reform.

40. Events -

New Memphis Institute will host “Whatever It Takes: Creating World Class Public Education” on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The discussion will feature Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic, and will be moderated by University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin. Tickets are $30. Visit newmemphis.org.

41. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

42. Muddled US Jobs Picture to Weigh on Fed Decision -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers are sketching a hazy picture of the U.S. job market for the Federal Reserve to weigh in deciding this month whether to reduce its stimulus for the economy – and, if so, by how much.

43. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will screen the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary “Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador” Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

44. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

45. Petties Case Reveals Dark Details -

One of the last loose ends in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court was rounded up last week, with a 15-year prison sentence for a childhood friend of drug kingpin Craig Petties.

46. Petties Associate Draws 15-Year Prison Term -

Chris Hamlet didn’t have to spend five years in a Mexican prison.

Federal drug agents in Memphis were interested in a prisoner swap with Mexican authorities to get the childhood friend of Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties to and across the border.

47. Henneberger Joins First State Bank Small-Business Lending Division -

Sean Henneberger has joined First State Bank’s small-business lending division as vice president/business development officer in the Memphis market. In his new role, Henneberger will help small businesses pursue loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.

48. Sticking to Niche -

Chris Clark got into the contracting and construction business in 1975, learning the trades as he worked on them. Ryan Anderson graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a building science degree.

49. Achievement District Plans Include Two High Schools -

The state-run Achievement School District has identified nine charter school operators that will run failing Memphis schools in the 2014-2015 school year including, for the first time, two high schools.

50. Achievement District Plans Include Two High Schools -

The state-run Achievement School District has identified nine charter school operators that will run failing Memphis schools in the 2014-2015 school year including, for the first time, two high schools.

51. Achievement District Plans Include Two High Schools -

The state-run Achievement School District has identified nine charter school operators that will run failing Memphis schools in the 2014-2015 school year including, for the first time, two high schools.

52. Under the Microscope -

A little-known federal program widely used in Memphis to provide hospitals and health centers that treat the nation’s most vulnerable patients with hefty discounts on outpatient drugs is under scrutiny from Congress, regulators and the pharmaceutical industry.

53. Grizzlies Proving Their Brand is Winning Games -

The long-term benefits of the Grizzlies’ 90-89 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, if there are any, won’t be known for a while. The Western Conference playoff standings are ever-changeable.

54. Alternative Spring Break on Docket for Law Students -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and its Public Action Law Society are sponsoring the fourth annual alternative spring break next week.

It’s a series of events that will involve 48 law students from seven law schools, some of whom will come here from out of state to participate alongside Memphis law students.

55. Streaking Tigers Keeping Fans on Their Toes -

In this era of University of Memphis basketball the home crowd is easily made restless. So when a 7-point halftime lead over Houston went away early in the second half as the Cougars tied the score 39-39, a community grumble rolled through FedExForum.

56. Lovette Heads Career Services at Remington College -

Demetrius “Dee” Lovette has been named director of career services at Remington College’s Memphis campus. In the role, Lovette provides job placement services to students and graduates, and works with local employers to assess their workforce needs and provide qualified applicants.

57. More Sentences Expected for Petties Drug Case in 2013 -

Five years after Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties was captured in Mexico, the federal court drug case that bears his name is still moving through the courts of the Western District of Tennessee.

58. CashSaver Trades Hands for $3.2 Million -

The CashSaver in Midtown has traded hands. 

Kansas City, Kan.-based Super Market Developers Inc. bought the 69,017-square-foot building at 1620 Madison Ave. at Avalon Street from 1620 Madison LLC for $3.2 million. Fred Monks III, president/chief manager of 1620 Madison LLC, signed the special warranty deed.

59. Airports and Stock Exchange Reopen After Superstorm Sandy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major airports reopened and the New York Stock Exchange got back to business Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to feed and rescue flood victims two days after Superstorm Sandy struck.

60. Red Deluxe Subleases Sullivan Space -

Two well-known Memphis advertising agencies have inked a unique Downtown office deal.

Red Deluxe Brand Development has subleased 10,400 square feet of office space from Sullivan Branding in the old Smooth Moves building at 85 Union Ave.

61. Red Deluxe Subleases Sullivan Space -

Two well-known Memphis advertising agencies have inked a unique Downtown office deal.

Red Deluxe Brand Development has subleased 10,400 square feet of office space from Sullivan Branding in the old Smooth Moves building at 85 Union Ave.

62. First and Ten, First Ever -

MOVING THE CHAINS. Georgia scored again while I was throwing up. Georgia and I had already done these things several times in the preceding three hours. Like Tennessee, I didn’t think I had anything left. Very late in the fourth quarter, our offense had gone ice cold and we were down by eight – and my temperature was red hot, up by two. Millions were watching on TV and even ABC’s super-saccharine Chris Schenkel thought Uga had this one all wrapped up.

63. Dot-Com Moves Distribution To Memphis -

Wilsonville, Ore.-based LinenTablecloth.com has entered the Memphis industrial market, leasing 82,500 square feet at 3046 Datsun Drive for its new distribution center.

64. Hunter Brings Unique Teaching Methods To The Martin Institute Conference -

John Hunter teaches only two days a week. That’s because the fourth-grade teacher from Charlottesville, Va., is now on the road a lot. He and his World Peace Game that teaches critical thinking skills and collaboration are the subject of a 2010 movie documentary that has garnered a lot of attention.

65. Bookend Disasters Plague Grizzlies in Playoff Series -

The pain flashed in the redness of Marc Gasol’s eyes. The hurt was evident in the pauses and head shaking of Zach Randolph.

And the reality was clear in the few words on the dry erase board in the Grizzlies’ locker room: “Exit Physicals 1 p.m.”

66. Bookend Disasters Plague Grizzlies in Playoffs -

The pain flashed in the redness of Marc Gasol’s eyes. The hurt was evident in the pauses and head shaking of Zach Randolph.

And the reality was clear in the few words on the dry erase board in the Grizzlies’ locker room: “Exit Physicals 1 p.m.”

67. Uplifting Project -

One-fourth of The Pyramid’s deconstruction is complete, and the project to transform the arena into a Bass Pro Shops superstore by August 2013 is even slightly ahead of schedule.

The city in October filed a $2.5 million building permit to begin new construction work on The Pyramid. By mid-November, the first phase – the demolition – was kicked off by general contractor Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC.

68. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development -

Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.

Hometown: Connersville, Ind.

Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

69. Prison Stories Lends Ear to Women Behind Bars -

Elaine Blanchard has a reputation in the Memphis community as a gifted storyteller, but her greatest gift seems to lie in her willingness to listen, particularly to those who are listened to least.

70. Social Security Benefits to Go Up 3.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent next year, the first increase since 2009 for the one in five Americans who rely on government retirement and disability programs.

71. Staying Afloat -

Compared to the overall U.S. construction landscape, Memphis’ position appears to be managing fairly well.

Within the last 10 months, the city has landed several heavy manufacturing projects – Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. and Kruger Inc., to name a few – in a time when, nationally, the manufacturing sector is stagnant.

72. Commission To Pick School Board Members -

Shelby County Commissioners take the final step Monday, Sept. 12, to the creation of a new countywide school board that will take office in three weeks.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

73. County Commission Interviews School Board Applicants -

It took Shelby County Commissioners nearly 10 hours Wednesday, Sept. 7, to interview nearly 100 contenders for seven appointments to the countywide school board that takes office Oct. 1.

The general government committee session with the applicants is a good indicator of what is likely to happen Monday when the full commission makes the appointments. The seven non-binding straw polls of the commission included selections by most of the 13-member body. But they selected either three or four finalists each which means there will probably a lot of shifts in votes Monday when commissioners are limited to one vote each.

74. LensRentals.com Moves Into Trinity Ridge -

A local camera- and lens-rental company is expanding into a significant amount of space in the already tight Northeast submarket.

LensRentals.com has signed a 16,800-square-foot lease in Cordova’s Trinity Ridge Business Center, 7730 A Trinity Road, suite 110.

75. Paper Moon Prepares To Shoot in Memphis -

Production gets under way this week on “The Romance of Loneliness,” the third feature film from Memphis-based production company Paper Moon Films.

It’s about a young woman from a traditional Southern family, her journey of self-discovery and the misfits and memorable characters she encounters along the way.

76. Davison Joins Bailey & Greer Law Firm -

Nicole Gibson Davison has joined the law firm Bailey & Greer PLLC, where she will provide expertise in personal injury, malpractice and liability cases.

77. WPG Americas Signs Lease in Southaven -

A San Jose, Calif.-based worldwide electronics distributor is entering the Memphis area with full force.

WPG Americas Inc. has signed a 54,000-square-foot lease at Airways Distribution Center, 481 Industrial Drive, in Southaven. The project – a relocation of the WPG America’s New York facility – represents a $1.5 million investment by the company and will create 60 jobs over the next three years.

78. Family Dollar Signs 2 Leases for Stores -

Family Dollar has signed a 12,000-square-foot lease at 2754 Lamar Ave. Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC, represented the tenant. Harold Blockman with Keller Williams Realty Inc. represented the landlord, Chong K and Dul S. Pae.

79. Yogurt Craze Continues with TCBY Store -

A TCBY franchise has signed a 1,225-square-foot lease in University Center, 3445 Poplar Ave., at the southwest corner of Poplar and Highland Street.

80. Pacific Logistics Picks Olive Branch for Hub -

Pacific Logistics Corp. has signed a lease for its first Memphis-area location, which will serve as a regional hub for the company’s growing shoe and retail business.

81. Menlo Bolsters Local Presence With New Lease -

Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC is expanding its Memphis-area operations with a new 181,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto in Olive Branch.

82. Marlo Thomas Book Looks at Laughter -

A lesson learned with laughter, it is said, is a lesson learned well.

In learning about comedy, Marlo Thomas had some of the best teachers in the world in her father Danny Thomas and the other legendary entertainers who were fixtures in the Thomas household, where they would swap stories and entertain each other.

83. Lasting Legacies -

Consider the continent as it was when Memphis was founded in 1819. No railroads crisscrossed the land and Tennessee roads would not be paved until after World War I.

For a city to thrive and prosper, transportation would be paramount. For Memphis, the Mississippi River, an integral artery of commerce and communication in America, would be its gateway to greatness.

84. The Rise of Redbox -

Redbox, which is reshaping the U.S. video market with its massive horde of DVD kiosks and $1-per-day price strategy, is going on a tear in Memphis.

The company has filed 34 business licenses since Jan. 1, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. And that signals at least two things about the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based division of Coinstar Inc.

85. Events -

United Way of the Mid-South will host a discussion about the media’s role in times of crisis and disaster Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the University Center on the University of Memphis campus. Carel Pedre, general manager of Radio One from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will speak at 11 a.m. For reservations, e-mail loretta.hurt@uwmidsouth.org or call 433-4335.

86. Candidates Set For Local Judicial Elections -

The three special judicial nonpartisan elections on the Aug. 5 ballot are topped by a race in General Sessions Criminal Court between incumbent Lee Wilson, appointed last year by the Shelby County Commission, and Chris Turner, an attorney and former state legislator as well as the former General Sessions Court clerk.

87. Races Open For Two County School Board Seats -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

88. UPDATE: Two Open County School Board Seats At Filing Deadline -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

89. Shelby Farms Park Conservancy To Build New Playground and Bridge -

500 Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
Permit Amounts: $3.5 Million and $1.8 Million

Project Cost: $100 million (Phase I)
Permit Dates: Applied February 2010
Completion: October 2010
Owner: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Tenant: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC

90. Job Data to Show Stimulus Aided Teachers, Laborers -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's stimulus plan spared tens of thousands of teachers from losing their jobs, state officials said Monday amid a nationwide effort to calculate the effect of Washington's $787 billion recovery package.

91. MBA Seeks More Applicants For Leadership Forum -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum, which began in 2004, offers attorneys in their third to eighth year of practice opportunities to network, meet nationally known legal icons and create projects to serve the community.

92. GM Employees May Get Shutdown Details This Week -

DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of GM workers could learn as early as Thursday that they will be idle for up to nine weeks this summer as the automaker's plants stop making all but its most popular cars and trucks.

93. Senate Passes Stimulus; Treasury Unveils Bank Help -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate approved President Barack Obama's giant economic stimulus measure on Tuesday, part of a string of powerful government steps that could marshal close to $3 trillion in taxpayer and private money to revive the collapsing national economy.

94. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Building 10,000-Square-Foot Facility -

2424 Appling Road
Memphis, TN 38133
Permit Amount: $2.3 Million

Project Cost: TBA
Permit Date: Applied November 2008
Completion: Summer 2009
Owner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Tenant: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Contractor: Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc.
Architect: Renaissance Group

95. GOP Open Seats Boost Democrats House Chances -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A rush of Republican retirements has positioned Democrats to pick up 20 or more seats in the House and transform what might otherwise be a march to modest gains on Election Day into a wave to a lopsided majority.

96. Pera to Serve on Advisory Board Of Miller-Becker Institute -

Lucian T. Pera, a partner at the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility.

The Institute provides programs and activities to enhance ethical awareness among those who practice, adjudicate, teach and study law.

97. Oak Hall Renovation Begins Monday - After lengthy financing delays from a shaky real estate market, the group planning to renovate the old Oak Hall building at 555 S. Perkins Road Extended is finally ready to move forward.

Glen Bascom Jr., Glen Bascom Sr. and Chris Montesi – the trio who comprise the entity 555 Perkins LLC – have secured a $5.2 million construction loan with U.S. Bank NA to overhaul the 54,265-square-foot office building just south of the intersection at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Road Extended.

The renovation financing was orchestrated by Rick Wood, senior vice president for Financial Federal Savings Bank.

Construction on the 1966 property begins Monday, more than four months after the initial building permit was filed, although the partners’ interest in the property goes back much further. The group bought the ground lease of the building for $1.2 million from LaSalle Bank NA in December 2006, and Bascom Sr. had owned the land since the late 1980s.

Bascom Jr. has been champing at the bit to get the project under way, but he understood the hesitance of lenders, in these tight credit times, to front money for a building that’s only 15 percent preleased.

“I think a lot of big players are like that,” Bascom Jr. said. “Nobody wants to finance a spec building – either an apartment building, condo building or office building. They want to have tenants in place, and that was the hard part with us – we want to build it first and then get tenants.”

Looking for warm bodies

Getting tenants is the company’s goal over the next six months during redevelopment of the building, which will be renamed First Capital Center after the anchor tenant.

Germantown-based First Capital Bank will occupy 6,000 square feet on the ground floor with a branch that includes a drive-thru. The bank joins two existing tenants that are remaining in the four-story building, leaving about 45,000 square feet available for lease.

That task is being handled by Joe Steffner, president of the Memphis office of Grubb & Ellis Co. Steffner said he believes the renovated space of a well-known building along Poplar will make it a desirable locale for office users.

“When you compare the price with the amenities and the brand-new space in the building, it will be a relatively easy sell,” he said. “The Poplar corridor is where everyone has wanted to be. Over the past 15 years the market has grown and people have gone to the 385 corridor as kind of the second choice. Over the past several years, the tenants that either couldn’t find space on Poplar or didn’t want to be on Poplar for whatever reason have tended to come back to Poplar.”

Bascom Jr. agreed that the location along the high-density Poplar Avenue corridor should keep the First Capital Center insulated from what has been a generally soft market.

“Of all the deals that we have out there now, it’s a no-brainer,” Bascom Jr. said. “This one’s going to be successful. It’s a lot of money and time involved over the year or two, but it’s the one I feel most comfortable with of all the projects we’ve got going on.”

New and improved

Renaissance Group is architect and Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is contractor for the project. Chris Ybos of Montgomery Martin said the expected completion date is about six months away.

Once the building is finished by the end of the year, it won’t look anything like the structure that formerly housed an Oak Hall clothing store. Upgrades include new HVAC, new roof, new shell, new windows, plus plenty of parking for tenants.

Steffner said pricing will be lower than other office space nearby because it’s an older building, but it will recapture the feel of a new product.

“It’s hard to take an older building and make it Class A, and yet they’re doing everything possible to make it A,” Steffner said. “It’s hard to argue with the amenities in the building, plus the bank on site. We think it will be an A-minus building with B prices. That will make it competitive.

“It’s exciting because it’s like having a brand-new building to lease on a speculative basis at below-market rates. We’ve never had an opportunity like this before. It will have a new name, but it’s a location everyone knows.”

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