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1. Apartment Construction Drives US Homebuilding Surge in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

2. SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It -

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

He started his record-setting 23rd appearance as a coach at the 2015 SEC Media Days by zinging the Vols for their 7-6 season, saying they were “celebrating big” while casting South Carolina’s 7-6 season as a disaster averted.

3. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

4. Portion of Farms at Bailey Station Sells -

Retirement Cos. of America LLC has taken a new step in its plan to bring a retirement development called The Farms at Bailey Station to South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.

5. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours -

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.

There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.

6. MPLOYment Opportunities -

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

7. Portion of Future Collierville Retirement Community Sells -

Retirement Cos. of America LLC has taken a new step in its plan to bring a retirement development called The Farms at Bailey Station to South Houston Levee Road in Collierville.

8. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

9. Memphian Will Hogue Finding Success on Long Drive Tour -

Will Hogue won last weekend’s Bluff City Shootout long drive competition by defeating 2014 world champion Jeff Flagg. And that would seem to bode well for Hogue’s chances at this year’s world championships, except that right now there isn’t going to be one.

10. Local Wealth Managers Put Service Above Self -

Service over self is the Rotarian creed, and one that local wealth manager William (Bill) Pickens, has embraced in his life.

As founder of Gift of Life International’s local chapter, Gift of Life Mid-South – an organization that brings children with congenital heart defects from developing countries to Memphis to undergo lifesaving surgery – Pickens has put his mantra to work in tangible ways.

11. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

12. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

13. Harold Ford Sr. Returns to Memphis Funeral Business With New Concept -

In his years as a political force in Memphis, Harold Ford Sr. was known for his attention to detail.

The former Congressman would brush past campaign workers and climb a ladder to level a campaign banner or change the layout of “the Ford ballot,” sought by everyone from presidential candidates to court clerks.

14. Long-Delayed Nuclear Plant in Tennessee Nears Completion -

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Tom Wallace started working at the Watts Bar nuclear plant as a young man in 1979, hoping he could eventually become a reactor operator.

15. 90 Years On -

Somewhere in the University of Memphis Libraries’ Special Collections section is a cassette – a relic itself – that holds the voice of Harry Wiersema recalling his time living by the Mississippi River in Memphis.

16. Events -

The Daily News will host the 2015 Money & Markets Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, May 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Tickets are $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

17. Donelson Honored With Carnival’s Highest Award -

Nearly 500 law industry leaders filled the Hilton Memphis ballroom for Carnival Memphis’ annual Business & Industry Salute luncheon as part of its 84th anniversary celebration.

King of Carnival John Bobango, chief manager of Farris Bobango PLC, gave honors to four individuals, five locally headquartered law firms, the largest corporate law department in Tennessee and two nonprofit organizations that are vital to the legal industry.

18. Students Raise Funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief -

Bishwas Shrestha, a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, got a call from a friend late last Saturday night bearing bad news.

The friend, a fellow citizen of Nepal, was calling to tell the third-year Ph.D. student in the UTHSC Deptartment of Pediatrics about the earthquake that struck the South Asia country – a magnitude-7.8 quake that included more than 60 intense aftershocks and has killed and injured thousands.

19. Project on South Front Moves Closer to Launch -

Developers are inching closer to launching a mixed-use project on a strategic corner of South Front Street Downtown.

The development team of Robert E. Mallory, John H. Dicken Jr. and Vince Smith Jr. hope to raze an aging, low-density one-story office building at 266 S. Front Street and erect a mixed-use project featuring multi-story apartment buildings and commercial space.

20. Events -

Rock for Water, a concert hosted by Rachel’s Salon & Day Spa to benefit the Tennessee Clean Water Network, will be held Friday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Court Square pavilion Downtown. The Memphis School of Rock house band will perform, and donations will go toward installing a drinking fountain in Court Square. Visit memphissalonspa.com.

21. Full-Time Job -

For years, Judge Larry E. Potter has had to juggle a challenging court docket that included thousands of traffic citations and animal abuse cases along with the blight and neglect cases typically associated with the court.

22. REIT Acquires Three Hotels for $39.6 Million -

7905 Giacosa Place, 5320 Poplar Ave. and 7855 Wolf River Boulevard
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $39.6 million

23. Crestwyn Pays $3M for Germantown Hospital Site -

Crestwyn Behavioral Health has acquired property for a psychiatric hospital in Germantown.

Crestwyn Health Group LLC acquired a 52-acre site with an address of 0 Crestwyn Hills Drive from Baptist Memorial Health Services Inc. for $3 million, according to a March 31 warranty deed.

24. Workforce Group Elects Downtown for Office -

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce has found a headquarters location Downtown, leasing 2,967 square feet at the One Commerce Square office tower.

The alliance aims to produce a united regional workforce development system by generating extensive workforce data, creating a pipeline of ready-to-work employees, crafting career roadmaps for workers and students and helping meet the near-term employment needs of local employers.

25. Crestwyn Pays $3 Million for Germantown Hospital Site -

Crestwyn Behavioral Health has acquired property for a psychiatric hospital in Germantown.

Crestwyn Health Group LLC acquired a 52-acre site with an address of 0 Crestwyn Hills Drive from Baptist Memorial Health Services Inc. for $3 million, according to a March 31 warranty deed.

26. Home Sales Cool But Prices Heat Up -

Fueled by bank sales declines and the onset of chilly winter weather, home sales slid 6 percent in Shelby County in February when compared to 2014, but prices continued to heat up, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

27. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

28. Council OKs Beale Street Tourism Authority -

The Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, March 3, an ordinance to create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development in the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day manager of the district between Second and Fourth Streets.

29. Events -

Memphis Music Commission will present the sixth annual Emissaries of Memphis Music gala Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. The event will honor the musical contributions of seven Memphis women, ranging from musical artists to industry professionals. Tickets are $50. Visit memphismusic.org.

30. Events -

The 2015 Mid-South Home Expressions Show, presented by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and Home Builders Association of North Mississippi, will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The show will feature home improvement seminars and exhibitors showcasing home trends and products. Buy tickets at midsouthhomeexpressions.com.

31. Council OKs Beale Authority, Votes Down Cemetery -

The Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, March 3, an ordinance to create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development in the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day manager of the district between Second and Fourth Streets.

32. Memphis Equipment's Roots Go Back to World War II -

To most Memphians driving past the Memphis Equipment Co. front lot on South Third Street near E.H. Crump Boulevard, the company appears to be a small lot of vintage U.S. Army vehicles.

33. Events -

The Daily News will host the 2015 Women & Business Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

34. Events -

City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools AmeriCorps VISTA programs and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership will host the Tennessee Community Solutions Summit Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. The summit will focus on mentoring as a solution to challenges faces faced by Memphis youth. Email maria.furhmann@memphistn.gov.

35. Raleigh Springs Mall Tests Town Center Concept -

The idea that a declining shopping mall can be redeveloped and reinvigorated as a “town center” with local government offices as a catalyst for private developers appears to be on its way to a meeting with reality.

36. 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.

37. Beyond Gaming -

Nearly 60 years ago – even before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built across the Mississippi River – Southland Park opened with greyhound dog racing in West Memphis.

Since then it has become Southland Park Gaming and Racing with gambling on horse races simulcast from Oaklawn as well as slot machines and table games.

38. New Zoo Parking Plan Proposed -

The latest proposal to solve the parking tension within Overton Park has none of the major elements of what appeared to be a compromise in the works this past spring when overflow Memphis Zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward prompted protests.

39. Fogelman Company Launching Retail Center in East Memphis -

6544 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $3.2 million

Permit Application Date: February, 2015

40. Developer Seeks Permit to Renovate The Horizon -

The new owner of The Horizon condominium tower on Riverside Drive Downtown is moving forward with renovating the tower.

Dawn Properties Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit to begin construction on the first three floors of the 155-unit tower.

41. Students Earn More Than $260,000 in Art Scholarships -

Technology changes just about everything, even art. But the 50th Annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards didn’t lack for entries – 2,185 individual submissions and another 80 senior portfolios.

“The same technology that has shortened the way we communicate – 140 characters – has opened up other ways of visually communicating,” said Elesha Newberry, associate director of education at the Brooks Museum of Art. “In the past five years, the number of photography entries has risen greatly.

42. Developer Seeks Permit to Renovate The Horizon -

The new owner of The Horizon condominium tower on Riverside Drive Downtown is moving forward with renovating the tower.

Dawn Properties Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit to begin construction on the first three floors of the 155-unit tower.

43. Events -

Mid-South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Courtyard Memphis-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. Phil Hammer, director of travel services for Runzheimer International, will present “Key Trends in Business Travel Costs.” Tickets are $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

44. Events -

Memphis Library Foundation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the teen learning lab Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at its future site in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The name for the lab will be announced at the ceremony. Visit memphislibraryfoundation.org.

45. 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.

46. Events -

On Location: Memphis will host screenings of Oscar-nominated animated short films Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. and Oscar-nominated live-action short films Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Tickets are $10 per night and are available at onlocationmemphis.org.

47. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment while bidding on 100 original, anonymous works of art by Mid-South artists. Art and ticket sales benefit MBG’s outreach and education programs. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4131.

48. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

49. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

50. 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.

51. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

52. Doctors Face Steep Medicaid Cuts as Fee Boost Ends -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's health care law expires. That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage.

53. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in November -

After an unusually strong October for home sales, activity in Shelby County cooled in November.

Memphis and Shelby County home sales were down 7.8 percent in November, with 1,034 sales recorded for the month, compared with 1,115 recorded in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

54. Council Confirms Putt as New Fire Director -

Memphis City Council members on Tuesday, Dec. 2, approved veteran firefighter Michael Putt as the city’s new fire director.

55. Council Embraces New Pension 'Concept' -

Memphis City Council members are still weighing their options on pension plan changes after another alternative emerged Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the “concept” got eight votes on the council.

56. Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees -

Florida or bust?

Not necessarily, not anymore.

Retirees coming from the Midwest and Northeast are realizing they have other options, and increasingly they are acting on them. Several Mid-South states have developed formal recruitment programs with the hope of luring out-of-state retirees – new money, in economic development parlance.

57. Germantown Mayor-Elect Discusses Revenue, Schools -

The incoming mayor of Germantown wants to grow the city’s sales tax base to make its government a bit less reliant on property tax revenue.

Property taxes fund about 60 percent of Germantown city services, said mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo, who takes office Dec. 16. Sales tax revenue funds another 16 percent, with the rest coming from fees and state and federal funding.

58. Airport Remodel Reflects Diminished Reality -

Major demolition work is underway at Memphis International Airport as construction crews raze the south end of the A Concourse, an initial step in a $114 million, multi-year modernization plan that reflects the new reality at the airport.

59. US Homebuilder Sentiment Rallies in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders' confidence rebounded in November as both sales expectations and buyer traffic improved.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index rose to 58 this month, up from 54 in October. That puts the index just short of September's reading of 59, which was the highest level since November 2005, shortly before the housing bubble burst.

60. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.

UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.

61. College Prices Continue to Creep Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday.

The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943. Out-of-state students at those schools paid, on average, $32,762. At two-year public schools, in-state students paid an average $11,052.

62. Harahan Boardwalk Construction Begins -

It was about four years ago that a group of Memphians flew to Omaha, Neb., to talk with Union Pacific railroad executives about building a bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Railroad Bridge across the Mississippi River.

63. Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day.

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.

64. UT Who? Vols-Ole Miss Game a Mirror Image of ’69 -

KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.

Not on this day, though. It was Nov. 15, 1969.

65. Exploring Possibilities -

Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.

66. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

67. Haslam Touts State Constitutional Amendments -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam intends to vote for all four of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot, he said during a stop in Memphis Monday, Oct. 6.

Haslam was in Memphis to campaign specifically for the amendment that would require approval from the Tennessee Legislature of appellate court judges nominated by the governor. Amendment 2 would also leave in place judicial retention elections.

68. Haslam Favors Abortion Amendment -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday, Oct. 6, he intends to vote for all four of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Haslam commented during a stop in Memphis to campaign for the amendment that would require approval from the Tennessee Legislature of appellate court judges nominated by the governor. It would leave in place judicial retention elections.

69. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

70. Commitment to Fitness Looks to Reverse Childhood Obesity -

If American children and teenagers are fat, then those in the Mid-South are fatter. And you don’t have to rely on some “Fattest Cities in America” list aimed at generating clicks and views to reach this conclusion.

71. Road Show -

In about a week the Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter will deliver the ceremonial first pitch before a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

If his throw is bad enough, the Grizzlies actually might get more exposure because it’ll make ESPN’s SportsCenter and get shown again and again.

72. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

73. Lower Cost Moves Bridge Project Closer to Reality -

The Big River Initiative, the nonprofit group raising private funding for a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River, has $2.5 million to raise to get the project started.

74. Dohmen Life Science Adds Space in SE Memphis -

Dohmen Life Science Services is expanding its footprint in Southeast Memphis.

The operator of the pharmaceutical logistics company DDN recently inked lease renewals and an expansion that pushed its occupancy to 628,000 square feet.

75. Varying Health Premium Subsidies Worry Consumers -

MIAMI (AP) – Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

76. Rehab on the River -

The next front in the “previtalization” of Memphis is a three-story, neoclassical brick building from the Depression era that was once a hospital for those who worked on the Mississippi River.

77. Levee District Lends Support to Big River Crossing -

Proponents of the Harahan Bridge bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk have announced a new milestone for the project.

The project – recently rebranded as the Big River Crossing – now has a memorandum of understanding with the St. Francis Levee District of Arkansas for a set of crushed limestone trails atop levees covering more than 60 miles and two counties in Arkansas, including Crittenden County and the city of West Memphis.

78. West Cancer Center Sponsoring Conference -

West Cancer Center is sponsoring the second annual Cancer Awareness Conference: Heads Up Conquer Cancer, put on by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The event will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60 South Parkway E.

79. West Cancer Center Sponsoring Conference -

West Cancer Center is sponsoring the second annual Cancer Awareness Conference: Heads Up Conquer Cancer, put on by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The event will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60 South Parkway E.

80. Hospitals Reach Out to Attract Affluent Immigrants -

HOUSTON (AP) – The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It's an enviable repast that diners take in bed – hospital beds.

81. Events -

Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, featuring more than 60 national and local artists, will be held Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4, at Tom Lee Park. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on site at the north and south gates. Visit memphisinmay.org for a schedule and map.

82. Eastgate Set for Possible Makeover -

A venerable shopping center in East Memphis could be getting a significant makeover, according to a recent retail market report from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

Eastgate Center LLC, the owner of Eastgate Shopping Center at Park Avenue and White Station Road in East Memphis, could make significant aesthetic improvements to the retail center beginning this year.

83. No Annexation Declaration Directs New Path -

In seven words last week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got the attention of hundreds of planners who gathered in the city for the “Memphis Boot Camp,” a summit of sorts toward the idea of changing the city’s philosophy and approach to community development and economic development.

84. Building It for the Long Haul -

Minus the cornfield backdrop, the owners of big-box gyms know that if they build it, the line from “Field of Dreams” will hold up and people will come. They most definitely will come.

Unfortunately, the average gym-goer is something of a dream-chaser, too, imagining she will be losing weight like it is merely an extra layer of unwanted clothing or believing he will undergo a Herculean-style transformation in 30 days.

85. Shelby County CRE Sales Up 14 Percent in February -

Shelby County recorded 49 commercial real estate sales in February, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

86. Events -

Network of Memphis will meet Monday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The topic is “Women Entrepreneurs.” RSVP at networkmemphis.org or rsvp@networkmemphis.org by Friday, Feb. 28.

87. Pilot Program Provides Meals to Westwood Seniors -

The housebound elderly woman had maybe a half-dozen boxes of cereal. She had been on a waiting list for Meals on Wheels for five years.

Now, she is one of 25 senior adults in a pilot project in Westwood’s 38109 ZIP code receiving enough food for two daily meals and snacks.

88. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The sale will feature house plants, custom potting, terrariums and garden gift items. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

89. FedExForum Area Targeted for Apartments -

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Partners apparently likes the apartment market in Downtown Memphis.

An Elmington-affiliated company plans on building a 64-unit apartment complex at 362 S. Second St., south of FedExForum.

90. Events -

Christian Brothers University will host a panel discussion titled “Let’s Talk About Race” Thursday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. in Spain Auditorium at CBU, 650 East Parkway S. A diverse panel of CBU students will discuss their lives and dispel myths. Cost is free. Visit cbu.edu.

91. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success -

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”

92. 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.

93. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Friday, Jan. 24, through Feb. 16 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

94. Smucker to Upgrade Peanut Butter Production -

The J.M. Smucker Co. plans to increase investment at its Southeast Memphis facility but will hire fewer new employees than the company promised last year.

95. Events -

Graceland will host an Elvis birthday proclamation and cake-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the Graceland front lawn, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. Cost is free; cake and coffee will be served at the Chrome Grille after the ceremony. Visit elvis.com for other birthday events held through Saturday, Jan. 11.

96. Building Capacities -

Major road and highway projects like the Interstate 269 loop, I-40/240 and the Mallory Road interchange near Frank Pigeon Industrial Park made substantial progress during 2013, with several phases of important transportation corridors wrapping up and new projects planned for 2014 and beyond.

97. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold the Downtown Howl-iday pet and family parade Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. from Court Square to AutoZone Park. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Court Square. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

98. Memphis Receives Grant To Increase College Grads -

Memphis is among 20 U.S. communities chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at increasing the ranks of college graduates.

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation on Wednesday promised as much as $200,000 to the communities over three years. The foundation’s goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

99. Memphis Receives Grant to Increase College Grads -

Memphis is among 20 U.S. communities chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at increasing the ranks of college graduates.

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation on Wednesday promised as much as $200,000 to the communities over three years. The foundation's goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

100. Health Care Impact -

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