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1. No Bluffing -

Each season the last home game at FedExForum is Fan Appreciation Night and a Grizzlies’ player is charged with grabbing the microphone and walking to center court to say a few words before tip-off.

2. This week in Memphis history: February 28-March 3 -

2013: A group of 61 Ku Klux Klan members along with neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations members rallied at the Shelby County Courthouse to protest the plan by the City Council to rename three Confederate-themed parks. The massive police response included 400 law enforcement officers in riot gear, a chain link fence around the Klan protestors and another chain link fence two blocks away around a group of 1,200 counter protestors and curious onlookers. One counter protestor was arrested.

3. Rested Grizz Prep for Playoff Push -

Historians, not to mention members of the 1985-86 Boston Celtics bench, will note that in the Grizzlies’ recent victory over the Utah Jazz the Memphis bench shot 42.9 percent: significant because it ended a stretch of 14 straight games of the bench shooting 50 percent or better, the longest such streak in the NBA since those Celtics did so in 15 consecutive games.

4. Memphis Bioworks Leads New Entrepreneurship Venture -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been tapped to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in Memphis called The EPIcenter, the product of one of several so-called moon mission strategies of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

5. ‘It’s Natural’ -

He goes to bed at 10 p.m. and gets up at 6 a.m.

“We’re designed for early to bed and early to rise,” Dr. Bill Sears said.

6. Buzz Around Spec Office Space Starts to Swirl -

International Paper Co.’s new office tower in East Memphis is under construction now, but it’s been four years since the last speculative office building opened its doors in Memphis.

7. Raymond James Looks to Sublease Space -

Raymond James Financial Inc. is marketing space it has vacated at its 21-story Downtown office tower for subleasing opportunities as the company continues to evaluate its real estate needs.

8. Walgreen Sales Reading Climbed in December -

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Walgreen said Monday that a key sales measurement improved in December as customers filled more prescriptions during trips to the company's drugstores.

The company said sales at stores open at least a year grew 6.1 percent for the month, mostly because revenue from pharmacy departments improved. At stores open at least one year, pharmacy revenue rose 9 percent and sales of non-pharmacy items sold at the front of its stores increased 2.5 percent.

9. Holiday Shopping Season: A Disappointment So Far -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

This is shaping up to be the most discount-driven holiday season since the country was in a deep recession. It's also one of the most disappointing for stores.

10. Fast-Food Protests Return Amid Push for Wage Hikes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.

Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it's not clear what the actual turnout has been or how many of the participants are workers. By afternoon, disruptions seemed minimal or temporary at the targeted restaurants.

11. Guards, Balance Key Tigers’ Tuneup -

An Austin Nichols dunk off a turnover and a Shaq Goodwin assist; a Joe Jackson driving layup; a Geron Johnson “wow” backwards dunk on a fastbreak off a Jackson steal and assist; and a Michael Dixon jumper off another Jackson steal and assist.

12. Family Roots Keep Lipscomb & Pitts on Path -

Lipscomb & Pitts was founded on Oct. 1, 1954, by Mathew Lipscomb Jr. and John Pitts, both veterans of World War II who had come home to become the top two sales leaders in the southeast for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

13. Guards, Balance Key Tigers’ Tuneup -

An Austin Nichols dunk off a turnover and a Shaq Goodwin assist; a Joe Jackson driving layup; a Geron Johnson “wow” backwards dunk on a fastbreak off a Jackson steal and assist; and a Michael Dixon jumper off another Jackson steal and assist.

14. Tigers Find Different Rhythm This Season -

A year ago in this exhibition matchup, the University of Memphis trailed at the half and beat Christian Brothers University by 11 points.

But Friday night, Nov. 8, at FedExForum, the Tigers defeated CBU 92-63 and nobody had to play more than 22 minutes as Memphis coach Josh Pastner mixed and matched his lineups throughout the game.

15. Overcoming Adversity Key to Tigers Season -

The coach might have picked rebounding, defense or his favorite pet peeve – getting those “50-50 balls.” Any one of these might have been singled out by Josh Pastner as the key to the Tigers’ success.

16. A Few Words Before Takeoff -

PRE-FLIGHT MESSAGES

To: our airport

That logo on the front of garage gargantua could be a touch larger. While it can be seen from the surface of the moon, I don’t think the Mars rover is picking it up yet.

17. For Jobless Over 50, A Challenging Search for Work -

EDITOR'S NOTE: Aging America is a joint AP-APME project examining the aging of the baby boomers and the effect this so-called silver tsunami is having on society.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — When Charlie Worboys lost his job, he feared searching for a new one at his age might be tough. Six years later, at 65, he's still looking.

18. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “River Project 2,” the world premiere of three works inspired by the Mississippi River, from Saturday, Oct. 19, to Oct. 27 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

19. Obamacare Trade Off: Low Premium, High Deductible -

WASHINGTON (AP) – You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama's overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet.

20. Mock Development Pitches Presented to Investors -

At first glance, the four sharks seemed pretty intimidating.

They sat in a row and watched the men in front of them with interest, weighing their options, considering their plans of action.

Then one of them cracked a joke and took a long pull out of a bottle of Bud Light and the mood lightened considerably.

21. Other Shoe Drops in Troubled City Hall Finances -

Concerns about the long-term financial health of Memphis city government that subsided in June go back to the front political burner at City Hall this week.

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has a report on the city’s pension plan from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of Atlanta that concludes the city’s pension plan for city employees is unsustainable and “has continued to deteriorate.”

22. Cutting Edge -

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital opened its doors late last month, and hospital officials can expect to see dramatically reduced energy costs thanks to innovative, environmentally friendly design features like photoelectric glass and a geothermal heat pump system – one of the first of its type in a hospital in the U.S.

23. Reunion Brings Back Tigers’ Great Unbeaten Team of ’63 -

It’s ironic, really. When they were young and strong they were literally protected by body armor – helmet and pads. When they had all the time in the world, they were always measuring it in 15-minute quarters.

24. Affordable Aging -

The cost of caring for family members and loved ones as they age can become overwhelming if not planned for properly.

Stellar Home Care and Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center are offering families less-expensive alternatives that allow them to keep their loved ones in their homes longer.

25. Ford Road Elementary School Charts Progress -

The school year before Ford Road Elementary School became part of the seven-school Innovation Zone within Memphis City Schools, no more than 17 percent of its students were proficient or advanced in reading, math or science.

26. August 16-22, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. unveiled a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that included a 6 percent pay cut for nonunion employees. The airline had filed for bankruptcy reorganization the previous August with a plan that did not anticipate Delta Air Lines dropping its 50-seat jets as fast as Delta did after reaching a contract agreement with union pilots that June. Pinnacle moved its headquarters from One Commerce Square to Minneapolis this past May.

27. Another Helping -

Raymond Williams, who co-owns Soul Fish Café with Tiger Bryant, repeatedly stresses that his 7-year-old restaurant has been blessed with both a loyal crew of hard-working employees and a run of great luck.

28. I Say Again, Grow Up -

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THEY’RE IN CHARGE. I should thank the city council for this opportunity to repeat a column instead of come up with something new. With these folks, it’s the same old stuff. I wrote the gist of this two years ago when we were three years in arrears paying our school children the $57.4 million we owe them.

29. I Say Again, Grow Up -

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THEY’RE IN CHARGE.

I should thank the city council for this opportunity to repeat a column instead of come up with something new. With these folks, it’s the same old stuff. I wrote the gist of this two years ago when we were three years in arrears paying our school children the $57.4 million we owe them. Now it’s five years and seven new school systems in the works later, and we still haven’t paid our kids back. After the court – and the appeals court – said we had to, what’s it going to take to make us stop acting like snot-nosed little brats and behave?

30. I Say Again, Grow Up -

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THEY’RE IN CHARGE.

I should thank the city council for this opportunity to repeat a column instead of come up with something new. With these folks, it’s the same old stuff. I wrote the gist of this two years ago when we were three years in arrears paying our school children the $57.4 million we owe them. Now it’s five years and seven new school systems in the works later, and we still haven’t paid our kids back. After the court – and the appeals court – said we had to, what’s it going to take to make us stop acting like snot-nosed little brats and behave?

31. Bigfish Agency Plans Event for Record Books -

Memphis-based creative agency Bigfish has scheduled a fun event to land itself in the record books.

The late night talk show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” recently set a world record for the largest toothbrush circle with eight people. Bigfish scheduled its own after that, beating Fallon’s with 11 people.

32. Bigfish Agency Plans Event for Record Books -

Memphis-based creative agency Bigfish has scheduled a fun event to land itself in the record books.

The late night talk show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” recently set a world record for the largest toothbrush circle with eight people. Bigfish scheduled its own after that, beating Fallon’s with 11 people. Not long after that, a group from Kansas broke the Bigfish record.

33. Energy, Diversity Highlight Memphis NewME PopUp -

Brit Fitzpatrick stood in front of a small crowd of aspiring entrepreneurs as she rapidly clicked through slides that outlined the business model for Mentor Me, a technology program that helps match mentees with mentors.

34. This week in Memphis history: May 17-23 -

2012: Construction began on Greenbrier Apartments at South Front Street and East Nettleton Avenue, a $2.5 million, three-story development with 25 apartment units and underground parking.

1993: Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter signed legislation creating TennCare as Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

35. Profitable Year Has Paragon Upbeat -

Executives with Paragon National Bank laid out for shareholders this week a set of strategic objectives for 2013 that included making continued progress toward wringing problem assets out of the bank and improving the bank’s earnings power.

36. April 26-May 2: This Week in Memphis History -

1993: On the front page of The Daily News is a story looking at the formal opening on the Main Street Trolley, a project eight years in the making that remade what had been the Mid-America Mall. The Memphis Area Transit Authority offered free trolley rides the first two days of operation.

37. Then and Now -

Jay Bailey pictured marching bands and floats when his mother told him he was going on a march.

“We thought of it as a parade,” said Bailey, who was 6 years old in March 1968. “We thought of it as something fun.”

38. Lessons Learned -

What happened 15 years ago outside the Shelby County Courthouse between the seated figures of justice and wisdom informed much of what happened Saturday, March 30, when a different Ku Klux Klan group, the American Knights, came to Memphis and rallied at the other southern entrance to the courthouse – between the seated figures of authority and liberty.

39. Crosstown Leaders Discuss Ambitious Project -

Leaders of the Crosstown Development Project talked this month with The Memphis News editorial board about their plans for the adaptive reuse of the 1.5 million-square-foot, circa-1927 Sears Crosstown building.

40. FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down -

NEW YORK (AP) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, on Friday announced that he's stepping down in the "coming weeks," after a four-year tenure that's garnered mixed reviews for him and tangible progress in the industries he oversees.

41. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

42. Events -

The University of Memphis Law Review will hold its annual symposium Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. This year’s theme is “Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Visit memphis.edu/law for a list of speakers.

43. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Accion CEO Janie Barrera will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

44. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

45. LaunchYourCity Moving to Playhouse on the Square -

The LaunchYourCity entrepreneurial platform, which includes elements like Upstart Memphis and the Seed Hatchery startup accelerator, is getting set to relocate out of the EmergeMemphis building Downtown.

46. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

47. Delta Posts Hugely Profitable 2012 -

Delta Air Lines Inc. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, reported a profitable quarter despite taking a substantial hit from Superstorm Sandy in October.

48. A Murphy’s Law Birthday -

“Turn right in four-tenths of a mile,” Susan said. “I’m looking forward to some light, warmth, TV and Internet access.”

It was Dec. 26, 2012, my 61st birthday. Mother Nature had doused us with a wet, yucky snowfall the night before. The familiar pop of transformers had punctuated the cold winter evening as we watched blue bursts of energy in the distance.

49. Judge Deciding if Stores Must Post Tobacco Apology -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal judge will soon decide whether your next tank of gas or bottle of soda comes with a free apology from the Marlboro man and Joe Camel.

A recent ruling ordering a multimedia blitz stating that the nation's largest tobacco companies lied about the dangers of smoking left open the possibility that retailers could be required to post large displays with the mea culpas.

50. Events -

LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at grobertson@lightwavesolar.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.

51. Events -

The DeSoto County Economic Development Council will hold its annual membership luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11:45 a.m. at Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will present the keynote. Cost is $25. R.S.V.P. to dmorgan@desotocounty.com by Friday, Dec. 7.

52. Road Project Will Enhance Local Logistics Assets -

Construction is barreling forward on the Paul Lowry Road project, which will provide better access to the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park south of Downtown.

The six-month project began in June, and a completion date is on target for the second week of December.

53. Electrolux Employees Report for Work in Memphis -

A group of 50 Electrolux employees began moving Monday, Nov. 26, into the company’s Memphis manufacturing plant in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

The plant will make stoves and ranges starting in 2013 in a phased-in opening that will add product lines as it goes.

54. Expert: Retail’s Future is Industrial -

While there’s a ton of vacancy in Memphis shopping centers that should never have been built, there’s very little vacancy in quality product.

And as retailers shrink footprints in response to the way consumers spend money, owners of local inferior retail real estate are in trouble.

55. Expert: Retail’s Future is in Industrial -

While there’s a ton of vacancy in Memphis shopping centers that should never have been built, there’s very little vacancy in quality product.

And as retailers shrink footprints in response to the way consumers spend money, owners of local inferior retail real estate are in trouble.

56. Seminar Underscores Commercial Sectors’ Highs, Lows -

Memphis’ commercial real estate market for the most part appears to mirror national trends, with all four sectors boasting challenges and bright spots so far this year.

That was a message a room full of real estate professionals received when The Daily News hosted its second annual Commercial Real Estate seminar Thursday, Nov.1, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, sponsored by Magna Bank and Evans Petree PC.

57. Full Docket -

Here’s a look at what’s going on at the moment in the city’s legal community and some things that are on the horizon.

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. On Oct. 27, the school held its 50th anniversary celebration for the Downtown facility, which opened in 2010 and marked a new chapter for a building that once was the Front Street post office for nearly 40 years and a federal courthouse before that.

58. Delta Looks Ahead to December Refleeting -

Delta Air Lines executives are about to refleet. Leaders of the Atlanta-based airline with a hub in Memphis will roll out details at a December investors day conference in Atlanta.

But during Delta’s third-quarter earnings conference call this week, they talked in broad terms of a domestic fleet restructuring. It involves removing 50-seat aircraft and replacing them with “mainline” aircraft that are 76 seats and larger with the first arrivals in the refleeting next summer.

59. Sullivan Branding Celebrates Year of Integration -

In Sullivan Branding’s new digs in the Toyota Center, matted images depicting what inspires each employee adorn the walls.

Principal and CEO Brian Sullivan’s contribution is a picture of Mount Everest. But he’s not actually inspired by the daunting mountain itself or the 2,000 people who have climbed it.

60. Tame US Prices, More Confident Builders Aid Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Tuesday after reports that consumer prices stayed tame and homebuilder confidence rose to the highest level in six years.

61. Homes Sales Jump 17 Percent -

Shelby County home sales in the third quarter increased 17 percent compared to the third quarter last year, and local professionals say there’s a feeling of optimism among buyers and those in the business.

62. Law School Celebrates 50 Years -

At the end of this month, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will celebrate half a century of preparing young legal minds for the future challenges they’ll face in the field of law.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. Luttrell Dumps Garbage Collection Proposal -

A proposal by the county administration to start a single system of garbage collection for all of unincorporated Shelby County for a $25 monthly fee is off the table, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told a town hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 20, at Bolton High School.

66. Financial Industry Continues to Evolve -

Here’s a roundup of what some of the city’s banks and bankers, investment professionals, and other financial services shops have been up to in recent weeks.

On the personnel front, Financial Federal recently appointed bank president William Tayloe to the board. Tayloe will be responsible for repositioning and expanding the company’s presence locally and elsewhere.

67. Lee House Development Could Propel District -

In the 19th century, Victorian Village was home to Memphis’ elite.

Nowadays, the 10-square-block area in Downtown Memphis has one of the highest concentrations of historic structures in the city, with 24 properties on the National Register of Historic Places within four blocks.

68. Senior Sector -

The 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 were said to have remodeled society as they moved through it.

It was the baby boomer generation that drove the cultural shift to consumerism with SUVs and mini-vans. That demographic just turned 65 and real estate developers have taken notice.

69. Duncan-Williams Adds Young Talent -

It’s a Friday afternoon, and a group of two dozen young professionals and recent college graduates has a room to themselves at the end of one hall in the headquarters of investment firm Duncan-Williams Inc.

70. Musicians Remember Elvis' Talent, Character -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley left behind hit songs, epic performances, some so-so movies and an image as a handsome, rebellious, talented and sometimes-troubled artist that remains indelibly marked in America's pop culture psyche 35 years after his death.

71. Airfare Campaigns Continue Through Turbulence -

More than 12,000 citizens have sent email appeals to the CEOs of numerous airlines to consider increasing air service at Memphis International Airport, according to “Come Fly Memphis,” the Facebook group that has become the daily gauge of the civic effort.

72. Former Principal Charged in Exam Scandal -

For 15 years Clarence Mumford, a one-time assistant principal in the Memphis City Schools system and later a teacher in Tunica County schools, allegedly helped unqualified teachers pass the PRAXIS teacher exams required to teach in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi by getting others to take the test in their names.

73. Mall Makeover -

Over the years, it has become harder and harder to tell that Whitehaven has two shopping malls.

Southbrook Mall was built across East Shelby Drive from Southland Mall, the city’s first shopping mall, which preceded Southbrook by five years.

74. Stories of Hope -

Inside Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at 50 N. Dunlap St. is a corridor known as the Wishing Wall, where patients and their friends and family are invited to write down their wishes and prayer requests and leave them on the wall for the hospital’s chaplains.

75. Room to Grow -

Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, the largest comprehensive service provider for West Tennessee residents with disabilities, has unveiled its new state-of-the-art facility, expanded its capacity and launched several innovative programs.

76. May: A Month of Decelerating -

May came to a merciful end last week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its biggest monthly decline in two years, retreating by 6 percent. While those returns are discomforting, the real pain was felt outside of our borders.

77. CRE Lending Sees Slight Improvement -

The commercial lending landscape in the Memphis area continues to grind its way through an extended period of gradual improvement that began roughly two years ago after a dismal 2009.

“Loans for A- and B-class commercial properties are back. The owners have plenty of choices now,” said Frank Stallworth, president of Magna Bank’s commercial and multifamily division. “There’s no question that values have declined compared to 2007, but for the most part those values have stabilized. 2011 was better than 2010, 2012 is shaping up better than last year, and we expect 2013 to better than 2012 as it relates to occupancies as well as stabilizing and possibly increasing rents in the various sectors of commercial real estate.”

78. UTHSC Receives $1.5M National Eye Institute Grant -

Dr. Mitchell Watsky, professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling nearly $1.5 million from the National Eye Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research agency

79. Marohn: Cultivate, Don’t Hunt Growth -

It clearly wasn’t something done professionally. Chuck Marohn called the pavement markings in the Broad Avenue Arts District “guerilla art.”

“They went out with a bucket of paint,” he said as he showed a slide last week of the bicycle lane markings and parking space markings. “It looks like maybe my daughter did it. I love it. You have this labor of love out there by people who live there. … And all of a sudden you have businesses starting to open. Commerce is starting to take place.”

80. New HR Firm Shifts Focus to ‘People Capital’ -

Human resources professionals no doubt groan at the stereotypes of them portrayed in popular culture such as on TV shows like “The Office.”

On that show, the character of Toby Flenderson is an HR representative played with the sleepy-eyed, lifeless personality of a wet blanket.

81. Justices Ready to Move to Heart of Health Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration's overhaul of the nation's health care system, and the justices gave every indication they will not allow an obscure tax law to derail the case.

82. ‘People Like Me’ -

Robert Littlepage still thinks about it.

At times, he thinks about nothing else.

“It’s not like people think it is. It’s not like sand and in the Sahara,” he said as he sat crouched at a table, his forearms resting on his legs, one leg moving up and down. “It’s like cracked mud, like you are down in the Delta, in Clarksdale or something.”

83. CRE Outlook Remains Mixed -

A sophomore at the University of Memphis could open up an economics book and explain how the United States got to its current state through the laws of demand, diminishing returns and comparative advantage.

84. CRE Outlook Remains Mixed -

A sophomore at the University of Memphis could open up an economics book and explain how the United States got to its current state through the laws of demand, diminishing returns and comparative advantage.

85. Real Estate Pros Figuring Out New Reality -

The real estate market isn’t projected to get back to the pre-bubble bursting days of 2007 anytime soon.

It’s part of the new reality that agents across the board are coping with, and it was the heart of the discussion Thursday, Jan. 26, when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosted its “Master Your Market: 4th Quarter 2011 Update.”

86. Clippers Hold Off Grizzlies for Bounce-Back Win -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Just 16 games into their new partnership, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are already capable of grinding out victories for the Los Angeles Clippers on nights when nothing seems to work properly.

87. Obama Takes on Big Government: 'It Has to Change' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues.

88. City Files $12M Permit Application For Mitsubishi Plant Infrastructure -

2865 Riverport Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Permit Cost: $12.1 million

Permit Date: Applied January 2012

89. Holtz Joins Fulmer Cos. Marketing Department -

Wendy Holtz has joined Fulmer Cos. as its marketing communications manager.

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas

Education: B.S. in communications from the University of Texas, Austin; M.B.A. in international business from San Diego State University

90. Council Weighs In on Electrolux Incentives -

Some Memphis City Council members want to at least slow the appropriation of local government funding to Electrolux North America Cooking Products if the company isn’t more responsive to hiring local for the construction of its Memphis manufacturing plant.

91. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

92. Harbor Town Apts. Sell For $31.5M -

Dallas-based Behringer Harvard has acquired the Arbors Harbor Town Apartments – a 345-unit multifamily community in Harbor Town on Mud Island – for $31.5 million, or $91,304 per unit.

93. Vintage Homes Helps Buyers Build Credit -

Vintage Homes LLC created its Home Buyers Connection program two years ago, and the company is forecasting 2012 to be its most successful year yet.

94. Saab Declares Bankruptcy as GM Blocks Chinese Deal -

STOCKHOLM (AP) – After six decades of building cars renowned for their teardrop designs and quirky features, cash-strapped Saab Automobile gave up its desperate struggle for a lifeline Monday and filed for bankruptcy.

95. NTSB Recommends Banning Drivers’ Use of Elec. Devices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.

96. ASD Head, MCS Discuss Reforms -

The head of the state run Achievement School District that will run a set of low-performing schools across the state is beginning specific discussions with Memphis City Schools officials about decisions to come after the new year.

97. American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection -

DALLAS (AP) – The parent company of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking relief from crushing debt caused by high fuel prices and expensive labor contracts that its competitors shed years ago.

98. New Formula Would Reduce Social Security Increases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as 55 million Social Security recipients are about to get their first benefit increase in three years, Congress is looking at reducing future raises by adopting a new measure of inflation that also would increase taxes for most families – the biggest impact falling on those with low incomes.

99. Capitoline Moves To SE Memphis Center -

A Rome, Ga.-based surface components manufacturer is relocating its distribution facility to the Southeast Memphis industrial submarket.

Capitoline Products has signed a 23,500-square-foot lease at 5805 Advantage Cove, confirmed the firm’s co-owner, L.G. Smith. The company is currently located off Lamar Avenue.

100. Community Driven -

The long anticipated opening of bleu restaurant & lounge in Downtown’s The Westin Memphis Beale Street was shaped from the ground up, starting with community input.

The new eatery replaces the former Sole Restaurant & Raw Bar across from FedExForum at 221 S. Third St.