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1. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.
2. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan
- Thursday, March 17, 2016
Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.
The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.
3. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor
- Friday, March 04, 2016
Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.
4. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.
5. Mix It Up
- Saturday, October 31, 2015
Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.
Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.
6. Outbid on Your Dream House? Just Wait for Deal to Fall Through
- Saturday, August 08, 2015
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.
7. New Closing Regulations Create Title Company Anxiety
- Saturday, August 01, 2015
Real estate is still hot in the Nashville area, with July expected to be another record month. Even so, showings seem to be slowing, and listings mounting.
With a little luck, buyers may soon have options.
8. Beware of Potential Buyers at Your Door
- Saturday, July 18, 2015
It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.
But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.
9. Sliding Into Home Easier Without Balks, Walks, Brushbacks
- Saturday, July 11, 2015
Real estate is a bit like baseball. It seems easy enough until a person takes a shot at explaining the intricacies of the respective fields.
Training a new agent how to use the various contracts such as the Purchase and Sale Agreement, Confirmation of Agency Status, Disclaimer, Lead Based Paint Disclosure, the various releases, disclosures are as confusing as why a foul ball is a strike unless it isn’t on the would-be third strike.
10. Nashville's Next Mayor Must Solve Traffic, Education Woes
- Saturday, May 16, 2015
“Traffic is getting worse by the day.” I must have heard that complaint six times last week. Those exact words.
Perhaps some road construction coupled with Vanderbilt’s graduation complicated the situation, but that seems to be the feeling here.
11. Do We Have a Deal? Yes, Until We Don’t
- Saturday, May 09, 2015
People are angry now. Angrier than ever. In the past, there may have been a slight skirmish or two, but now there are battles that often escalate into full-scale wars.
Buyers feel they have paid too much, and sellers feel they are being waterboarded during the inspection process.
12. Nashville Zoning Issue a Big Threat to Tiny Houses
- Saturday, May 02, 2015
As the price per square foot for Nashville properties continues its climb, buyers are paying more for less.
Some find the price points for the small condominiums to be outrageous, yet many, especially millennials, are flocking to the spaces, and developers are making it easier for them to customize in ways that complement their lifestyles.
13. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors
- Saturday, April 25, 2015
For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.
The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!
14. Affordability? It’s All in the Eye of the Buyer
- Saturday, March 21, 2015
The new construction at 2314 Castleman sold last week for $1,365,000 after Brent Morris of Parks listed the home for $1,395,000. Morris has developed a niche in locating infill lots and teardowns – to use the plural of the now-popular noun created by adding verb to adverb – in the Green Hills area.
15. 1212 Makes Statement With January Sales
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
What a difference a boom makes. In 2008, when the Icon condos in the Gulch were beginning to close, the developer was under scrutiny. Some doubted the veracity of his reported sales figures.
One group even went as far as to photograph the tower under the cover of darkness in order to prove no one lived there. If the lights are out, they argued, units had not been sold.
16. Millennial Challenge: Do I Rent or Do I Own?
- Saturday, January 17, 2015
Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.
17. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.
18. Insurance Costs Might Leave Your Deal All Wet
- Saturday, November 08, 2014
If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, is there sound? That’s a question for the ages.
If a tree falls onto a neighbor’s house, whose insurance pays? That one is not debatable. It’s the insurer of the damaged home.
19. Surging Sales, Prices Reset Reality for Buyers
- Saturday, October 18, 2014
Last week The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) released the sales information for the area for September, and the numbers were staggering, with sales up 19 percent.
That’s staggering in the sense that this is the third consecutive year of similar growth, and the inventory when all of this began was at 19,622. Now there are only 15,182 properties available.
20. Probate Court Trio Returns for New Terms
- Saturday, October 04, 2014
The two judges and clerk whose court is at the center of the practice of estate law in Shelby County were returned to their offices by Shelby County voters in the August county general elections.
Probate Court Judges Karen D. Webster and Kathleen N. Gomes as well as Probate Court Clerk Paul Boyd each faced challengers in the election that drew a 27 percent voter turnout overall.
21. Asking for Moon Might Leave You Grounded
- Saturday, September 13, 2014
There were 3,226 closings in August, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors numbers show, up 4.6 percent from last August. It could have increased 24.6 percent if there were more listings.
“Inventory is continuing to decrease,” GNAR president Hagan Stone notes. “There is demand from buyers.”
22. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.
23. Former US Senator Howard Baker Jr. Dies
- Thursday, June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, has died. He was 88.
24. Medical Makeover
- Saturday, May 24, 2014
After suffering from years of benign neglect, a new, more invigorated Memphis Medical Center is finally beginning to take shape.
A drive or walk around the area these days shows the hallmarks of a changing landscape – bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and construction crews working feverishly to forge the new urban environment.
25. Kyocera Inks ProLogis Park Lease Renewal
- Friday, May 23, 2014
ProLogis has landed a major renewal at one of its industrial parks.
Kyocera Document Solutions America Inc., which manufactures and markets network-ready digital copiers and printers, laser printers, color copiers and printers, digital laser facsimiles and multifunctional, wide-format imaging products, has renewed its lease for 300,000 square feet at 5510 Getwell Road in Memphis.
26. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.
27. Senate Moves Forward on Transportation Spending
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – A $108 billion measure that would boost funding for infrastructure projects and housing subsidies for the poor is moving ahead in the Senate.
The measure cleared a procedural hurdle by a bipartisan 73-26 vote Tuesday, and that sets up days of debate with the goal of passing the measure next week.
28. Norfolk, CB Richard Ellis Memphis Executives Tout Intermodal Yard
- Friday, November 09, 2012
Norfolk Southern Corp.’s most ambitious intermodal terminal to date, the $105 million, 380-acre Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, is making steady progress toward becoming a driving force for industrial development in Tennessee and Mississippi.
29. Farm Subsidies, FBI, Air Controllers Face Big Cuts
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Come January, be prepared for fewer air traffic controllers, FBI agents, border patrol officers and park rangers, as well as lower farm and winter heating subsidies. Less meat might get inspected. Furloughs will likely sweep across the government. Even the weather service could be affected.
30. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist
- Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.
31. Ambulance Co. Signs New Lease, Ups Space
- Friday, May 20, 2011
A Nashville-based health care company is expanding its Memphis presence. First Call Ambulance Services LLC has signed a three-year, 13,500-square-foot lease at 5155 Wilfong Road, more than doubling its existing space on Federal Avenue.
32. Dodging the Deluge
- Friday, May 06, 2011
The last time the Memphis river gauge was this high, Memphis was a much different place. In 1937 when the Mississippi River at Memphis topped 48.7 feet, Mud Island was really an island with no levee connecting it to the city and the Wolf River flowing between it and the city proper. Parts of the city were still rural as was the county outside Memphis. Today’s suburban development was a long way off, and Millington was still a few years away from getting the Naval Air Station.
33. Business Park Slated for Auction Block
- Tuesday, February 15, 2011
In the past five years, real estate foreclosures have run the gamut from hospitality to retail to multifamily to high-end residential to industrial.
As the commercial market in particular continues to be plagued with record-high vacancies and downward pressure on rental rates, investors are feeling the brunt of the crisis.
34. Fee Increase Afoot at Arkansas State Parks Lodging
- Wednesday, July 28, 2010
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Officials plan to raise fees for lodging and camp sites at Arkansas State Parks by 10 percent.
The Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission has tentatively approved the hike to make up for revenue that fell because fewer people have been using those services. A second vote is scheduled for Aug. 19, when the panel will listen to public comment.
35. A Sense of Place
- Monday, July 26, 2010
June West was born with a proverbial thick skin. She said her parents blessed her with an uncanny ability to take criticism in stride, an important trait for anyone who faces the verbal abuse that West routinely absorbs as executive director of the nonprofit Memphis Heritage Inc.
36. Charter Commission Takes Message to the People
- Monday, July 12, 2010
The Metro Charter Commission drew a crowd of 200 last week at the first of three public hearings on the consolidation proposal still taking shape.
The two-and-half-hour session at the Memphis Botanic Garden even included something the group hasn’t encountered much in public forums held by other groups – applause for the idea of consolidation.
37. Arbors Of River Oaks Sells for $16.3 Million
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010
An out-of-town company has pulled the trigger on the largest multifamily deal of 2010 with the $16.3 million purchase of the Arbors of River Oaks.
Trade Street Capital LLC of Miami bought the 191-unit Class B complex at 6369 Humphreys Blvd. in River Oaks from The Shoptaw Group of Atlanta.
38. How to Build a Government in 71 days
- Monday, May 24, 2010
The idea of consolidation is a political perennial in Memphis, but the details of merging Memphis and Shelby County governments are much more elusive.
The Metro Charter Commission’s formation last year represented the most meaningful move toward consolidation in almost 40 years.
39. Tenn. House Panel Rejects Local Gun Bans for Bars
- Thursday, April 08, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A House panel on Wednesday rejected an effort to allow local governments in Tennessee to decide whether they want to ban guns from being carried in bars.
Democratic Rep. Jimmy Naifeh of Covington tried to attach the local option provision to a bill that would allow people with handgun carry permits to bring their guns into any establishment that serves alcohol.
40. Consolidated Gov’t to Include New Divisions
- Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The list of new departments for a consolidated Memphis-Shelby County government continues to grow as the Metro Charter Commission moves a step closer to writing a consolidation charter.
But much debate is to come on the size of the proposed merger government.
41. County Commission to Consider Strip Club Restrictions
- Monday, March 29, 2010
Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to take a final vote today on an ordinance that would better define restrictions on where strip clubs and other adult entertainment businesses can locate in the county.
42. Wharton Ditches Three Division Directors, Retains Others
- Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. firmed up most of his division directors Tuesday.
He moved to reappoint seven division directors and notified three others they will not be reappointed in a possible realignment of their divisions.
43. A River Runs Through Us: Memphis’ once and future connection with the Wolf
- Monday, September 07, 2009
A cottonmouth slithers through the marsh. A wolf spider clings to a cypress tree. A white heron soars above the bottomland forest.
Paddle a canoe down the Ghost River section of the Wolf River in Fayette County and you’ll travel through multiple, distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife. But while animal sightings convey the true spirit of the Wolf, only one creature – the elusive “river rat” – can verbalize why this river and its wetland corridor are so important.
44. Tenn. Struggles to Maintain Parks
- Thursday, April 09, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While more Tennesseans are vacationing in affordable state parks, many are disappointed to find the aging facilities with broken plumbing, rusty equipment and chipping paint.
45. Jones Receives Welcome Home Memphis Designation
- Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Crye-Leike affiliate broker C. Lauren Jones was the first Realtor in the Memphis market to receive the Welcome Home Memphis designation when she recently earned the honor.
The designation recently was created by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and is designed to increase affordable housing expertise.
46. Trammell Crow Buys PropertiesOn Air Trans, Brooks Roads
- Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Trammell Crow Co., a subsidiary of CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. (CBRE), has bought the Bellbrook and Space Center industrial parks and the Baker building - all on Brooks Road - and the Air Trans building on Air Trans Road
47. Family Ties: Bartlett subdivision brings together four building companies under the Grant family umbrella
- Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Elpine Gray Estates
Loan Amount: $2.6 million
Loan Date: Jan. 9, 2007
Maturity Date: Jan. 9, 2008
48. Green Light?
- Wednesday, January 03, 2007
You don't have to look far to find examples of U.S. cities that are going green.
St. Louis, for example, has paved the way for an intricate greenway system that stretches some 400 miles throughout the city. Nashville has poured $250 million - roughly what the city of Memphis spent on the FedExForum arena - into a first-class parks and greenways system.
49. Different Incentives Drive Different Results in DeSoto, Shelby Counties
- Tuesday, October 10, 2006
When large companies such as ServiceMaster and Nucor Steel start looking for possible sites to open facilities or relocate their headquarters, the first thing they often consider is available incentives.
50. Archived Article: Real
- Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Bill Morris Extension Means More Collierville Commercial
Commercial Developers Eye Bill Morris Extension
The Daily News
When the extension of state Highway 385 through Collierville to state Highway 57 is completed later this ...
51. Archived Article: Gov
- Friday, June 17, 2005
Report Spells Progress for Shelby Farms Plan
The Daily News
In the ancient world, as history tells it, all roads led to Rome. In Memphis, long-range road plans call for more than 30 new lanes of traffic all leadin...
52. Archived Article: Gov
- Friday, April 08, 2005
By Andy Meek
Plans Progress for Shelby Farms Roadway
The Daily News
When it comes to building a practical roadway, wider and straighter isnt necessarily best.
A 17-member panel has a different concept in mind for a new road ...
53. Archived Article: Law Talk
- Thursday, April 22, 2004
Dear Mr Morris Brings Love of Outdoors to Law Practice
LANE GARDNER CAMP
The Daily News
William Sherman Morris has joined the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate in commercial transactions and real estate.
54. Archived Article: Kajima (lead)
- Monday, September 08, 2003
Work Starts on New Chickasaw Building
Last big building in industrial park underway
The Daily News
Kajima Construction Services started work last week on a 437,000-square-foot new shell warehouse in southeast Memphis ...
55. Archived Article: Sholom (lead)
- Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Beth Sholom cemetery pavilion on tap
Beth Sholom cemetery pavilion on tap By MARY DANDO
The Daily News
At todays 3:30 p.m. Memphis City Council meeting, Beth Sholom Synagogue officials seek permission to erect structures to remember their d...
56. Archived Article: Real Review
- Tuesday, June 19, 2001
CB Richard Ellis reports CB Richard Ellis reports slow quarter for industry Although the Memphis market experienced a slow first quarter compared to first quarter 2000, the outlook for the industrial market remains positive for 2001, real estate ser...