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1. Political Differences Endure After $4.11 Shelby County Tax Rate Compromise -

Shelby County commissioners were still calculating Monday, July 17, after they passed a compromised, $4.11 county property tax rate that appears will stay put long enough for the commission to take a final vote Wednesday at a special meeting.

2. Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Still Rising -

Though last month saw the first dip in average home sales prices in nine months, the number of home sales in June continued to increase.

The average sales price dropped slightly to $178,572, a 1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. However, the total number of home sales reached 1,852 for the month, up 9 percent from 1,692 a year ago. Additionally, the volume of home sales rose to $331 million, up 8 percent from $305 million last year.

3. Spike in Home Sales Could be the Spark Frayser Needs -

By almost all accounts the Memphis housing market is firing on all cylinders almost everywhere, but for some neighborhoods hit hardest during the housing crisis like Frayser, the rebuilding process has been slow.

4. Last Word: Centennial, Rental in Arlington and Monterey 50 Years Later -

The county leaders whose entities signed onto the 2012 memo with the Justice Department that launched concentrated change at Juvenile Court want U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the memorandum agreement. Word of the June 9 request came this weekend along with the disclosure in the letter that the Justice Department had dropped 17 items in the memo two months ago at the request of county leaders. The three areas left are the most debated of the problems the Justice Department found at Juvenile Court in a study and examination over several years that resulted in the scathing 2012 report and the memorandum that followed, avoiding a Justice Department move to federal court.

5. Last Word: Surveillance Suit Settled, New Homes Sales Numbers and No Wind -

One of the two federal court lawsuits alleging illegal police surveillance of protesters by Memphis Police has been dropped. It is the lawsuit filed by “Fight for $15” activists and that campaign’s Mid-South Organizing Committee. It comes with something for both sides. The city still denies illegal surveillance of protesters. And the activists get a settlement letter that states police will not conduct surveillance on three of the activists by name, without probable cause. The lawsuit was dismissed this week by federal judge Sheryl Lipman without prejudice meaning it could be refiled.

6. Shelby County Home Sales Heating Up Before Summer -

A solid spring has sown the seeds for an even better summer as the red-hot Memphis area real estate market enters its busiest time of the year.

The average home sales price in May was $169,549, a 10 percent increase from $154,171 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

7. Last Word: Sessions Notes, Lakeland Elects and Golf Classic Turns 60 -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t stick with the script he has when he makes a speech, like the one he gave Thursday at the federal building to a room full of federal prosecutors and local and state law enforcement. Some of that comes from his background as a former U.S. Attorney and Alabama’s Attorney General, not to mention his tenure as a U.S. senator.

8. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

9. Binghampton’s Diverse Culture On Display at Kaleidoscope Festival -

With nearly 20 nationalities calling Binghampton home, the neighborhood possibly is the most culturally diverse in Memphis.

That diversity will be celebrated Saturday, April 15, at Wiseacre Brewing Co. with Kaleidoscope, a multicultural food festival that will present a variety of food entrepreneurs serving up unique goodness from their homes. The food festival is the culmination of work over the past year to support refugee and immigrant food entrepreneurs in the Binghampton community.

10. Trump's Budget Priorities Set Small Businesses Strategizing -

NEW YORK (AP) – The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

11. Porter-Leath Connects Generations Through Foster Grandparents Program -

They had done their part, put their work in for decades. George Watson had been a mechanic, worked right on past age 65 and into his early 70s. Ada McNeal had given 26 years to the Aeolian Piano Corp., first as a machine operator and then sorting parts after the rheumatoid arthritis came along, until the company closed its Memphis plant.

12. Lehman-Roberts’ Moore Lauded By Asphalt Industry Group -

Rick Moore, who is retiring as chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co. March 31 after 46 years with the company, has been named the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year. 

13. Tennessee Hiring Wildfire Victims With $5.8M Federal Grant -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials are using a federal grant to provide cleanup work to people who lost their jobs after deadly wildfires.

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development and Walters State Community College have begun distributing the $5.8 million for jobs addressing wildfire destruction around Gatlinburg.

14. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

15. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

16. View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field -

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

17. Dunbar Elementary Gets Reprieve, But Carnes Closing -

Dunbar Elementary School will remain open next August, while Carnes Elementary will close its doors forever at the end of the current school year.

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Jan. 31, to close Carnes after SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson withdrew his recommendation to close Dunbar.

18. Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope' -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Hopson expressed concern Tuesday, Jan. 31, about violent crime in the city after a spike in January in which there were five homicides in one weekend across the city. Two of the five people who died were each 15-years old and both Shelby County Schools students.

19. View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void -

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

20. Thirteen Local Nonprofits Awarded $2,500 Grants -

Thirteen Memphis-area nonprofit organizations have been chosen to receive $2,500 grants from FirstBank.

FirstBank Memphis president Jeff Hudson invited several organizations to make grant requests and hosted a pre-holiday reception at FirstBank’s financial center at 6482 Poplar Ave. An independent three-person selection panel made the decisions on which organizations would receive a share of the grants.

21. Thirteen Memphis Nonprofits Awarded $2,500 Grants -

Thirteen Memphis nonprofit organizations have been chosen to receive $2,500 grants from FirstBank.

FirstBank Memphis president Jeff Hudson invited several organizations to make grant requests and hosted a pre-holiday reception at FirstBank’s financial center at 6482 Poplar Ave. An independent three-person selection panel made the decisions on which organizations would receive a share of the grants.

22. Women’s Foundation Has 2-Generation Approach to Reduce Poverty in 38126 -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has a big goal to reduce poverty by 5 percent over the next five years in the 38126 ZIP code in South Memphis.

Its Vision 2020 Strategic Plan is how it will tackle that challenge head on. And on Thursday, Oct. 27, the foundation will hold Power of the Purse, a combination silent and live auction event benefitting the Vision 2020 effort. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis.

23. Last Word: Big 12 Meets, Calling an Ambulance and Home Sales in Central Gardens -

In Texas Monday, 10 university presidents whose institutions make up the Big 12 athletic conference will meet and most likely put an end to any thought that the University of Memphis will join their group. And there is a lot of speculation that Big 12 expansion is most likely not going to happen for anyone.

24. Grant & Co. Gets Into Luxury Home Market -

Grant & Co., a family-owned homebuilder in the Memphis area, has expanded into the luxury home market with new homes being built in Collierville’s Hearthstone neighborhood.

25. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

26. Grant Homes Planning Germantown Subdivision -

A new subdivision is planned for Germantown.

Grant Homes, acting as Wilsons Crossing Partners LLC, has purchased a 23.5 acres of vacant land at 9450 Poplar Ave. from Germantown Baptist Church Inc. in an Oct. 3 warranty deed.

27. Last Word: Z Bo and the Second Unit, Gannettized and the Electoral College -

Zach Randolph will not be starting for the Grizz this season as the post-Grit & Grind era enters the “Second Unit” chapter.

It will be interesting to see fan reaction Thursday at the Forum when the Grizz play Atlanta in another pre-season game. Randolph did not start Monday night’s pre-season opener against Orlando either.

28. Grant Homes Buys Land for Germantown Subdivision -

A new subdivision is planned for Germantown.

Grant Homes, acting as Wilsons Crossing Partners LLC, has purchased a 23.5 acres of vacant land at 9450 Poplar Ave. from Germantown Baptist Church Inc. in an Oct. 3 warranty deed.

29. Last Word: Festival Season, The Unbanked and Artspace Lofts Gets Started -

It was one of those weekends. In thinking back on it you will probably add rich fall colors on the trees that will come just a bit later. And since you are adding things you might give the Tigers another touchdown or two – or not, depending on where your allegiances are.

30. Last Word: RVC Drops Mud Island Proposal, Fizdale on Kaepernick and Carroll Cloar -

The Riverfront Development Corporation got a one-line email Thursday from Andy Cates, the RVC Outdoor Destinations CEO.

31. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

32. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway -

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

33. New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes -

Memphis’ last traditional public housing complex is coming down and a new kind of subdivision will rise in its place.

The Land Use Control Board formally accepted the site plan for the South City development at its Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting. With the help of a $30 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, the Memphis Housing Authority plans to raze the 420 units of Foote Homes that date back to the 1940s to make way for Memphis’ first sustainable subdivision.

34. Meritan Getting Smarter With Homes -

The Memphis-based health and social services nonprofit Meritan is preparing to take something of a novel approach to the care it provides residents placed in some of its Memphis-area homes.

Thanks to a grant from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, some of that care will soon be coming, in a way, from the homes themselves.

35. Meritan Awarded $41K For Smart Home Program -

Memphis-based Meritan Inc. has been awarded a $41,000 grant from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation in support of Meritan’s Smart Home program, created to enhance the lives of disabled citizens in Memphis and the Mid-South.

36. Meritan Awarded $41K Grant For Smart Home Program -

Memphis-based Meritan Inc. has been awarded a $41,000 grant from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation in support of Meritan’s Smart Home program, created to enhance the lives of disabled citizens in Memphis and the Mid-South.

37. Medtronic Awards $125K To 2 Local Health Organizations -

The Medtronic Foundation has announced it’s awarding two, two-year Health Access Grants of $125,000 each to Christ Community Health Services and the Church Health Center.

The grants, according to the foundation, will support the two health care organizations in their continued commitment to improve health care access to underserved residents in the Mid-South, with an emphasis on chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

38. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

39. Council Likely to Vote On Pinch Plan in 90 Days -

A plan for the redevelopment of the Pinch area is essentially complete and Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration is rounding up grant funds and other financing for elements of the plan, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

40. Greensward Partisans Turn Out Two Weeks Ahead of Council Votes on Settlement -

The Overton Park Greensward wasn’t on the Memphis City Council’s agenda Tuesday, July 5. But there were plenty of partisan from the controversy in council chambers in what was a rehearsal for a council vote in two weeks on a settlement of the park’s parking problem.

41. Tennessee Lagging On Alternative Energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

42. Memphis Misses Promise Zone List -

Memphis wasn’t on the list announced Monday, June 6, of nine communities – including Nashville – that will receive federal Promise Zone assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

43. Mid-South Home Tour To Highlight Building Trends -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will showcase the latest trends in homebuilding and design as part of its Mid-South Parade of Homes. Twenty-two homes, reaching from Olive Branch to Collierville, are part of the Mid-South tour. Prices for the new homes range from $188,000 to $765,000.

44. Women's Foundation Honors 3 Influential Memphians -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is entering its 21st year as a nonprofit set on transforming the lives of underprivileged women and their families.

The Women’s Foundation hosted its annual Legends Awards Tribute Luncheon on April 29 to honor women in Memphis leadership. Honey Scheidt received the Philanthropy and Leadership Award. Beverly Robertson, the recently retired president of the National Civil Rights Museum, received the Catalyst Award, and Linn Sitler, commissioner with the Memphis-Shelby County Film & Television Commission, was recognized with the Innovation Award.

45. Women's Foundation to Honor 3 Influential Memphians -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is entering its 21st year as a nonprofit set on transforming the lives of underprivileged women and their families.

This week, the Women’s Foundation will host its annual Legends Awards event to honor women in Memphis leadership. At the Annual Tribute Luncheon on April 29, Honey Scheidt will receive the Philanthropy and Leadership Award. Beverly Robertson, the recently retired president of the National Civil Rights Museum, will receive the Catalyst Award and Linn Sitler, commissioner with the Memphis-Shelby County Film & Television Commission, will be recognized with the Innovation Award.

46. Lot Availability, Prices Putting Home Construction Behind Demand -

The recent uptick in the residential real estate market is devouring what’s left of lot development that lagged during the recession, and tight supply is raising home prices in the Memphis area.

47. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith -

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?

If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.

48. Young Cherishes Role of Rebuilding Memphis Neighborhoods -

“I don’t want to be viewed as the most powerful person in Memphis,” said Paul Young, a Memphis native who became director of Housing and Community Development for the city of Memphis in January.

49. Subaru Raises Nearly $17K for MIFA Meals on Wheels -

A partnership between MIFA and Jim Keras Subaru has resulted in a $5,000 grant to MIFA from Meals on Wheels America and an $11,880 donation from Jim Keras Subaru for participation in Subaru’s “Share the Love” event.

50. Subaru Raises Nearly $17K for MIFA Meals on Wheels -

A partnership between MIFA and Jim Keras Subaru has resulted in a $5,000 grant to MIFA from Meals on Wheels America and an $11,880 donation from Jim Keras Subaru for participation in Subaru’s “Share the Love” event.

51. United Housing Gets $1.1M Boost From Banks -

United Housing Inc. has gotten a boost from area financial institutions in recent days to the tune of $1.1 million.

52. Consultant: Rapid Transit Route Would Be a Boon for MATA -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is throwing its weight behind a new route that would connect Downtown to the University of Memphis area with a bus every 10 minutes.

Over the past two years, an outside consulting group has been working with MATA on the Midtown Area Connector plan. The aim is to improve connecting service from the inside out by focusing on a main artery in the urban core.

53. Memphis Habitat Receives Statewide Grant Funds -

Memphis Habitat has received a $13,500 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency through Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee to support the construction of a new home in Uptown.

The funds were part of a $500,000 grant Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee received from the THDA Housing Trust Fund to distribute among the 50 Habitat affiliates across Tennessee to aid in the construction of 20 homes statewide.

54. Memphis Habitat Receives Statewide Grant Funds -

Memphis Habitat has received a $13,500 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency through Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee to support the construction of a new home in Uptown.

The funds were part of a $500,000 grant Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee received from the THDA Housing Trust Fund to distribute among the 50 Habitat affiliates across Tennessee to aid in the construction of 20 homes statewide.

55. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News' -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.

56. Finances Will Be in Focus at City Council -

The list of financial surprises that Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented to Memphis City Council members two weeks ago tops council discussions Tuesday, March 15.

57. Strickland Outlines $136.1M In Capital Expense Surprises -

The city has to put up $30 million over five years to match a $30 million federal grant the city got in 2015 for the South City development, including demolition and redevelopment of the Foote Homes public housing development.

58. Strickland Outlines $136.1M in Capital Surprises -

The city has to put up $30 million over five years to match a $30 million federal grant the city got in 2015 for the South City development, including demolition and redevelopment of the Foote Homes public housing development.

59. Last Word: Trump, Clinton and Stanton, The Greensward Vote and Cover Letters -

This will be a relatively short edition of Last Word given the crush of an exceptional Tuesday in which a day at City Hall was more exciting than the state’s presidential primaries.

60. Strickland Says $136.1 Million In Capital Surprises 'Kick in the Shin' -

The city has to put up $30 million over five years to match a $30 million federal grant the city got in 2015 for the South City development, including demolition and redevelopment of the Foote Homes public housing development.

61. IBM Team Gathers Data on Memphians’ 911 Use -

Six IBM professionals arrived in Memphis on Feb. 22 to gather data and propose solutions to better streamline Memphis’ emergency services in the face of the city’s “health care crisis.”

For many Memphians, 911 is the lifeline to any medical care. In response to rising call volume and costs, the Memphis Fire Department is expanding its role to include preventative care for Memphis’ poor, elderly and mentally ill, which will in turn decrease the frequency of their 911 calls.

62. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

63. Highland Heights CDC Rehabs Five More Homes -

On his desk at Treadwell Middle School, Jared Myers keeps a colorful map marked by green, red and blue shapes.

64. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High -

Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.

65. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

66. HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant -

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced Thursday, Jan. 21, the $60 million grant to fund the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

67. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

68. Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton -

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

69. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

70. Grant Program Proving Beneficial To Neighborhood Watch Groups -

With backing from the City of Memphis, local neighborhood associations can receive up to $2,500 to make their neighborhoods safer.

“Responding to criminal offenses and making arrests are part of the efforts to combat crime,” said Lia Roemer, program manager with the Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch department. “The Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund gives our neighborhoods the opportunity to grow and create crime prevention efforts.”

71. The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015 -

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

72. Sullivan Leaves MHA for Chattanooga Post -

Maura Black Sullivan is leaving as interim director of the Memphis Housing Authority at the end of December to become the chief operating officer of Chattanooga city government.

Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke announced her appointment Thursday, Dec. 17.

73. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

74. Sullivan Leaves MHA for Chattanooga Post -

Maura Black Sullivan is leaving as interim director of the Memphis Housing Authority at the end of December to become the chief operating officer of Chattanooga city government.

Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke announced her appointment Thursday, Dec. 17.

75. Proposed Used Car Lot In South City Draws Ire -

An applicant seeking to operate a used car lot at 704 Vance Ave. will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 16, in what seemingly would be a cut-and-dry affair with the BOA staff recommending conditional approval.

76. Habitat for Humanity to Build 21-Home Community in Uptown -

The open field between Third and Seventh streets, south of Cedar Avenue in north Memphis, is surrounded by homes – some that have seen better days and others that are newly built.

Now after more than a decade of building homes on scattered sites one or two at a time, the local Habitat for Humanity chapter this summer will build its first Uptown subdivision. And the community will take the name of a section of North Memphis remembered by long-time residents.

77. Agape Child & Family Services Receives $25,000 Grant -

Memphis-based Agape Child & Family Services has been given $25,000 to assist with its Families in Transition (FIT) program.

The grant, which was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help Agape serve homeless women and their children by providing housing, food and other support services.

78. THDA Makes $1 Million Habitat Challenge Grant -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency will contribute $1 million in matching funds to Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising drive for the 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in North Memphis.

79. Agape Child & Family Services Receives $25,000 Grant -

Memphis-based Agape Child & Family Services has been given $25,000 to assist with its Families in Transition (FIT) program.

The grant, which was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help Agape serve homeless women and their children by providing housing, food and other support services.

80. THDA Makes $1 Million Habitat Challenge Grant -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency will contribute $1 million in matching funds to Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising drive for the 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in North Memphis.

81. Memphis City Council Heads For Rocky End Of Term -

With only two meetings left, Memphis City Council members are on their way toward what looks to be a rocky end of their four-year term of office together.

And the council’s annual election of a new chairman Tuesday, Nov. 17, for the coming calendar year didn’t help matters.

82. Council Delays Central Station and Graceland West Votes -

Memphis City Council members delayed approval Tuesday, Nov. 17, of the lease agreement and financing of the Central Station redevelopment project for two weeks. And it also delayed a vote on the Graceland West renovation and expansion.

83. Wharton’s Transition Reveals Lighter Mood -

The incumbent’s advantage in Memphis politics often keeps playing out after all of the votes are counted – even if the winner isn’t the incumbent.

A version of that is happening now as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton serves out the rest of his term after losing a re-election bid to challenger Jim Strickland in the Oct. 8 city elections.

84. Memphis Mayoral Transition Begins -

The transition at City Hall begins this week from Mayor A C Wharton to Mayor-elect Jim Strickland.

Strickland won’t take office until January.

85. Grand Island Owners File $22.5 Million Loan -

The owners of Grand Island Apartment Homes, a high-end apartment community on Mud Island, have filed a $22.5 million mortgage on the property with backing from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

86. Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored -

Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar project to return the church to religious, educational and community uses.

87. Memphis College Prep Renovating Former Dunn Avenue Elementary -

1500 Dunn Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $1.4 million

Application Date: Sept. 30

88. Grand Island Owners File $22.5 Million Loan -

The owners of Grand Island Apartment Homes, a high-end apartment community on Mud Island, have filed a $22.5 million mortgage on the property with backing from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

89. Earlier Conversions Leave Lessons for Foote Homes Project -

The coming redevelopment of Foote Homes will be different from previous public housing conversions, incorporating lessons learned from relocating residents.

The last phase of neighboring Cleaborn Homes’ conversion to a mixed-use, mixed-income development is under construction on the other side of Lauderdale Street. It will create 67 multifamily units and should be completed by the end of the year.

90. Hopson Calls Off Hillcrest-Whitehaven Merger For Now -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is calling off a plan to merge Hillcrest High School into Whitehaven High School and turn Hillcrest into a ninth grade academy.

Hopson told school board members Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the school system will wait to see if the state-run Achievement School District matches Hillcrest with a charter school operator and takes it into the ASD next school year.

91. Wharton’s Accomplishments Weighted With Controversy -

It’s a set of events just about any incumbent would envy during a re-election bid.

Overnight riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River picked up just as Beale Street Landing opened in mid-2014. In late April, the long-dormant Pyramid reopened as a Bass Pro Shops megastore with a hotel and other attractions.

92. Last-Minute Negotiations Secure $30 Million Foote Homes Grant -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

93. Memphis Nabs $30 Million South City Grant After Last-Minute Negotiations -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

94. Tennessee Housing Agency Adopts Green-Building Standards -

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency wants to build healthy communities from the ground up.

Under new guidelines to be incorporated later this year, affordable housing developers seeking Low-Income Housing Tax Credits will have to qualify for full certification from Enterprise Green Communities. The certification was first introduced nationally in 2004, and the THDA board recently approved incorporation of the revamped 2015 criteria.

95. Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate -

Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.

96. Lipscomb Resigns As HCD Director Following More Allegations -

Less than 24 hours after word of his suspension following an allegation of sexual misconduct, city of Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb resigned the post Monday, Aug. 31.

97. Problem Properties -

Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots.

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded in 2012 as a court-appointed receiver of properties taken away from neglectful owners. Over the years, it has evolved to become a robust advocate for stronger legislation and development tools to deal with problem properties.

98. Outbid on Your Dream House? Just Wait for Deal to Fall Through -

The real estate market remains frenzied with every passing week, with multiple-offer scenarios on numerous listings. As has been noted in this column, these spontaneous sales have often led to buyer’s remorse and, as a result, more terminated contracts than ever before.

99. Family Room -

Family homelessness may be an extraordinarily difficult problem to solve, but in Sister Maureen Griner’s experience many homeless families are just regular folks.

“Ordinary families with ordinary problems,” she said.

100. Memphis Finalist for Choice Neighborhoods Grant -

Memphis is among the finalists for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would fund the demolition and redevelopment of Foote Homes, the city’s last large public housing development.

The city got word Tuesday, July 14, from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen that it is one of nine cities competing for the Choice Neighborhoods grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.