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1. The Press Box: For Tigers Basketball, No Easy Way Forward -

Questions – and to the extent possible – answers about the reeling University of Memphis basketball program.

Q: Is this as simple as athletic director Tom Bowen and President M. David Rudd making a more than $15 million five-year mistake in hiring Tubby Smith?

2. Last Word: Lawsons Exit, LaRose Lessons and No Medicaid Expansion This Year -

The Lawson Brothers exit Tigers basketball seeking a release from the University of Memphis. The statement from Dedric and K.J. Lawson was all sweetness and light and apparently about as sincere as one of those interviews where players and coaches declare that if they will just play hard and put more points on the board than the other team then they should win.

3. Senate Votes to Undo Privacy Rules That Protect User Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

4. Last Word: Arnold's in the Alley, Haslam's Gas Tax Bill Wins A Round and Hershey -

A busy day in the City Hall list saga. The list is a lot shorter, but there is a second lawsuit over this in Memphis Federal Court. And the list itself seems to be giving way to a controversy that is all about whether police were unlawfully following and tracking protesters who broke no laws.

5. Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump -

Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

6. Liz Weston: 6 Money Resolutions You Can Actually Keep -

Let's face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year's resolutions next year, too.

If you really want a sense of accomplishment, take care of money tasks that don't require ongoing discipline and that you typically don't have to repeat every year. Some of these are "one and done," while others you may have to revisit as your life changes, but all will give you a sense of progress toward your financial goals.

7. The FUNdraising Doctor is In, Part 1 -

Editor’s note: This is part one in a two-part series. The board of directors of an organization is responsible for its financial health. What does this mean? How do you measure the fundraising health of the board? We at Saad&Shaw suggest a visit to the FUNdraising doctor. A check-up may be in order.

8. Faison’s Folly? Pushing Pot as a Conservative -

By just about any measure, state Rep. Jeremy Faison is a hardcore conservative. But when it comes to the cannabis plant, the East Tennessee legislator is ready to fire up the General Assembly with a move to liberalize the state’s pot law.

9. Last Word: MemphisWorks App, Tyler Talks and Millington Home Sales -

A busy annual Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle luncheon Wednesday topped by the debut of a jobs app that is more than ye olde classified ads reformatted on a digital device.

MemphisWorks is several parts of the jobs search and filling jobs all put together.

10. Last Word: Underperforming At the Polls, Tenoke Plans and Poverty in Cordova -

Still parsing election numbers, although 24 hours after the polls closed in Shelby County, the Election Commission was still counting absentee ballots.

Here is a statewide perspective from Associated Press.

11. Who Gets Credit for the Gift? -

November and December are times of increased giving. So many of us are relationship- and philanthropy-focused. We open our homes to friends and family, and we open our wallets to nonprofits. 

12. Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin -

The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.

13. Financial Accounts and College Fees -

Ray’s Take We are now seeing total undergraduate degree costs well in excess of the cost of a new home. We could talk about whether it’s worth it, but that’s another column. Today we want to discuss ways to save for it. First thing–start immediately. You should get going the moment you have a social security number for your child. Second–run the numbers honestly. It’s not realistic to assume scholarships before potty training. A multi-faceted plan will probably work best.

14. Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon -

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.

15. Costly Financial Fees You May Not Know You're Paying -

At the supermarket, shoppers receive detailed receipts of their scanned and bagged items. After restaurant meals, wait staff hand diners itemized bills. But call out "Check, please!" to a financial services provider and the result might be a rundown of cryptic line items – 12b-1? Expense ratio? Or a passing reference to Part 2 of Form ADV.

16. Last Word: Malco in South Main, Suburban Deadline and Chiwawa -

The Malco movie theater in South Main is to begin construction in September, the latest piece of the Central Station development where construction of apartment units on the Front Street side of the property has been underway for some time.

17. Malco Theatres Project Lands $125K Grant -

Malco Theatres hopes to start construction next month on its boutique movie theater Downtown thanks to a hefty grant from the CCDC.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Center City Development Corp. approved a $125,000 grant for the “high-impact” project. The grant amount soars past what the CCDC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has awarded in the past. Most of the storefront improvement grants over the past few years have come in below $30,000.

18. Last Word: Convention Bounces, Changing Schools and Blue Collar Changes -

Before the balloons dropped Thursday and a Katy Perry soundtrack brought the Democratic National Convention to an end, state Representative Raumesh Akbari of Memphis spoke at the convention on its final day.

19. Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause -

There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

In less than a week you will be able to make a left turn onto McLean Boulevard from Union Avenue eastbound and westbound. And the traffic signal that lets you do that will flash a yellow arrow that indicates you can turn left if there are no pedestrians and no cars coming the other way.

20. Last Word: The Bloody Shirt of Deannexation, More Boats and The Rise of ioby -

“Waving the bloody shirt” – get ready to hear that phrase a lot as a deannexation bill continues to be debated in Nashville – the one that the state House approved Monday evening.
There was a palpable frustration at City Hall during Tuesday’s council day that featured a light agenda but lots of attention to several challenges – many of them financial and hidden until recently – that the new mayor and council are facing.
As we mentioned in our Monday evening coverage of this, the skirmish lines over the deannexation bill and the larger issue are very close in Shelby County. Our legislative delegation is split between Memphis Democrats vocal in their outrage over the bill and Republicans in the county outside Memphis who are just as vehement in their support of the bill, especially the parts that apply to Memphis.

21. Last Word: Timing and Numbers, Old Dominick Takes Shape and Zip Lines To Spring -

Political opportunity is defined by timing.
Witness a look at the early voting turnout numbers in advance of Tuesday’s election day.

More than half of the more than 43,000 Shelby County voters who cast early ballots voted Monday and Tuesday – the last two days of an early voting period that began Feb. 10 – way back there when Martin O’Malley was the third Democratic presidential contender and Jeb Bush was considered a force to be reckoned with in the Republican primaries.

22. Last Word: 901Fest, First Tennessee Sues Pinnacle and EDGE Responds -

U of M Tigers 73 – UCF Knights 56 at FedExForum and on ESPN Wednesday evening.

As that was underway, Vice President Joe Biden was on his way out of the Memphis area after a visit to the Norfolk Southern intermodal facility in Rossville.
Here’s the basic web story account from Wednesday evening of Biden’s visit which comes on the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the federal stimulus act.
More on the larger themes in the visit and three-city tour by Biden in the print version that hits online Thursday afternoon.

23. Tigers Win Game, Larger Story Remains the Same -

After a much-needed victory, the embattled Tigers head coach opened the door and walked into the media room for his post-game press conference. Seated in the first row and sporting a blue University of Memphis cap was U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who offered up a grin and polite applause.

24. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone -

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:

25. Last Word: Tennessee Brewery Changes, Taylor Berger Emerges and Food Hall Mania -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

26. How Would You Rate Yourself As A Fundraiser? -

As the year comes to an end, we have the opportunity to reflect on our lives, give thanks and plan for the coming year. We reflect on family, our relationships with friends and community, and often our work life. With this column we offer 10 questions you can use to reflect on your role as a professional or volunteer fundraiser.

27. Can We Talk? -

WE’RE SIMPLY NOT COMMUNICATING. I’ve been saying for years that our city, as a city, does not understand or value the role of marketing and branding in the city’s game plan.

28. The Power Of Money -

Ray’s Take We talk a lot in this column about how to handle your money. Your choices really do matter. We didn’t make the rules. But sometimes it’s important to remember limitations as well.

29. More Things To Know Before Proposal Writing -

Last week’s column focused on six basic things you should know before writing a proposal. Here, we address three more nuanced things to consider.

Some nonprofits create a “boiler plate” proposal and send it out to as many foundations and corporations as possible, hoping to “get a hit.” That is one strategy, and sometimes it is appropriate. Making small modifications to a standard proposal is efficient, particularly when seeking to secure sponsorships and smaller grants. In general, we suggest a more targeted approach.

30. Timing the Market -

Ray’s take: I once had a client tell me that all she wanted me to do was have her in the market while it went up, and get her out of it before it went down. Sounds great! The only problem is that an honest person can’t do that on a consistent basis.

31. One Team, Two Coaches: Grizzlies A Product of Hollins-Joerger -

Lionel Hollins’ departure from the Grizzlies was awkward, messy, ill-timed and could have been the start of a very disheartening chapter in franchise history.

“It could have been a train wreck, honestly,” point guard Mike Conley said.

32. The ‘Carnegie Hall or Bust’ Fundraiser, Part 1 -

We were recently caught off guard when Dr. Todd Robinson, a reader of FUNdraising Good Times, shared with us that he raises over $75,000 using information from this column.

33. Year-End Reflections – Part One -

As 2014 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on our work and this column. They are both intertwined: FUNdraising Good Times is one way we help nonprofit organizations and institutions position themselves for fundraising success.

34. Slive’s Influence Stretches Beyond SEC -

What would the NFL be today if Pete Rozelle had never been the league’s commissioner? We might still just be watching pro football on Sunday afternoons.

Rozelle’s name belongs in the same conversation with retiring Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive. Because what Rozelle did for the pro game – pushing the idea of Monday football for but one example – Slive has done for the SEC and college football overall.

35. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

5400 Old Millington Road
Unincorporated Shelby County
Permit Cost: $2 million

36. Germantown Plaza Sells for $925,000 -

The 14,400-square-foot Germantown Plaza strip retail center at 3695 Riverdale Road in Hickory Hill has sold for the second time in about five months.

37. Yellen to Give Her Outlook as Fed Honeymoon Fades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

38. LeBron’s Contract: Best Bargain in Sports -

The money can drive you crazy, if you let it. Each day in Memphis we’re reading about “blue flu” and the city’s ongoing financial crisis.

With that as our local backdrop, it’s easy to become disgusted with the LeBron James sweepstakes that sort of looks like a steel cage (no, make that bank vault) death match between glitzy Miami/slick Pat Riley and hardscrabble Cleveland/thin-skinned Dan Gilbert.

39. Life Church Buys Victory Campus for $4.4 Million -

255 N. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.4 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2014
Buyer: The Life Church of Memphis Inc.
Seller: SignificantPsychology LLC
Loan Amount: $3.8 million
Loan Date: May 2, 2014
Maturity Date: May 5, 2019
Lender: Triumph Bank
Details: The Life Church of Memphis has paid $4.4 million for the former Victory University campus at 255 N. Highland St.

40. Germantown Plaza Sells Following Foreclosure -

The 14,400-square-foot Germantown Plaza strip retail center at 3695 Riverdale Road in Hickory Hill has sold for $1.1 million following a foreclosure.

41. For Love of the Game, Indeed -

“I’ve never been humbled by anything like baseball. And I’ve been humbled more coaching than playing.”  – Jonathan Lyons, former college and minor-league pitcher and now a coach of a 12-and-under competitive team

42. How to Succeed in Fundraising -

Happy New Year! Are you beginning 2014 with your hopes pinned on a bountiful new year? Does your vision of December 2014 include smiling faces as you toast members of your fundraising team, celebrating a year that broke fundraising records? Are you dreaming of fundraising success, or are you planting seeds that can bear fruit this year and for years to come?

43. What Does the Fed Say? -

Ben Bernanke announced a tapering of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase program from $85 billion to $75 billion at his final FOMC meeting last week, and contrary to pundit fears, the Dow Jones Industrial Average threw him a going away celebration by rallying to new highs. What he said:

44. Developer Buys Land for Somerset Subdivision -

26.3 Acres near Neshoba
And Germantown Roads
Sale Amount: $1.5 million

Sale Date: Oct. 28, 2013
Buyer: Somerset-Exeter GP
Seller: Owen Investments LP
Loan Amount: $2.8 million
Loan Date: Oct. 28, 2013
Maturity Date: Oct. 28, 2016
Lender: Kent Wunderlich
Details: An entity related to Germantown-based developer McNeill Investment Co. has paid $1.5 million for 26.3 acres near the intersection of Germantown and Neshoba roads.

45. Lamar Avenue Storage Facility Sells for $1 Million -

An affiliate of Austin, Texas-based real estate investment firm World Class Capital Group has paid $1 million for the 63,740-square-foot A-AAA Key Mini Storage facility at 3951 Lamar Ave. in Oakhaven.

46. Memphis Financial Experts ‘Not Worried’ About Shutdown -

David Waddell, president and CEO of Memphis-based Waddell & Associates, had a two-word response when asked what financial and economic impact there might be from the current dysfunction in the nation’s capital.

47. Hollins Move Latest In New Grizz Plan -

Lionel Hollins repeatedly said more than he should have. So it is only fitting that the end of Hollins’ tenure as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies was marked by deafening silence from franchise CEO Jason Levien and then, finally, a press release saying the franchise was going to “move in a different direction.”

48. More Tips on Selling the Business -

I’d like to offer a counterpoint to a recent Daily News column that I presented a slanted view of the process used by investors to acquire the business of an entrepreneur (April 19, Selling the Business: Games Buyers Play).

49. Engaging Employees in the Community -

This week, let us extend the Giving Back conversation by exploring ways that a company can provide incentives to encourage employees to volunteer with nonprofits and get more engaged in the community.

50. Wonderstone Worth Wait -

Since writing about magician David Kwong last November, I’ve been waiting for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” to come out. David’s listed as one of the film’s two magic consultants at IMDB, though I saw three names in the film’s credits. I enjoyed the film on the day it was released, and now I’m watching the reviews roll in on Rotten Tomatoes.

51. Nothing Too Absurd With These Grizz -

Trade 40 percent of your bench to Cleveland, play the Lakers the next night, and everything will be just fine. The Fakers are so bad they might not beat El Segundo Middle School at their gym.

But so what? Teams that make trades to avoid the luxury tax – small-market beggars – can’t be choosers. So the Grizzlies graciously accept the 106-93 victory, marvel at the 27-14 record and No. 4 spot in the Western Conference standings, and do all they can do to keep it going.

52. Gay Must be Traded Either Now or Later -

The time will come – after this season, if not before the Feb. 21 trade deadline – when moving Rudy Gay will be the only sensible thing for the Grizzlies’ new ownership to do.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave – or The Pyramid – you know that Rudy rumors are rampant. Pick a media outlet – from ESPN to Grantland to USA Today – and you can find any number of possible trade scenarios.

53. Local Students Give Back With Literacy Program -

A lot of people have good ideas that could change the world, or at a little piece of it. But often those ideas never quite turn into action.

Two Memphis University School seniors – basketball player Jonathan Wilfong and football player and wrestler Andrew Renshaw – had just such a good idea. Inspired by “Caddy for a Cure,” in which an individual makes a donation to a charity and in turn gets to caddy for a PGA golfer, they created “Coaching for Literacy – The Assistant Coach Program for Promoting Literacy.”

54. Commercial Advisors Hires Ewen as Controller -

Erika Ewen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC as controller. Ewen will direct the accounting department in all accounting functions and financial reporting of Commercial Advisors Asset Services as well as all property management clients.

55. Lender Buys MIAC for $14.3 Million -

Memphis International Airport Center sold back to the lender for $14.3 million Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the Shelby County Courthouse steps following a foreclosure.

CSMC 2007-C1 Air Center LLC bought the nine-building, 1.1 million-square-foot industrial portfolio from substitute trustee Harris P. Quinn, shareholder with Prochaska Thompson Quinn & Ferraro P.C. The lender was the only bidder at the sale.

56. Lender Buys MIAC for $14.3M -

Memphis International Airport Center sold back to the lender for $14.3 million Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the Shelby County Courthouse steps following a foreclosure.

CSMC 2007-C1 Air Center LLC bought the nine-building, 1.1 million-square-foot industrial portfolio from substitute trustee Harris P. Quinn, shareholder with Prochaska Thompson Quinn & Ferraro P.C. The lender was the only bidder at the sale.

57. Lender Buys MIAC for $14.3M -

Memphis International Airport Center sold back to the lender for $14.3 million Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the Shelby County Courthouse steps following a foreclosure.

CSMC 2007-C1 Air Center LLC bought the nine-building, 1.1 million-square-foot industrial portfolio from substitute trustee Harris P. Quinn, shareholder with Prochaska Thompson Quinn & Ferraro P.C. The lender was the only bidder at the sale.

58. Be Realistic in Fundraising Forecast -

Part two of a two-part series. How do you report that your nonprofit has not met its fundraising goal? Do you extend your campaign? Lay off employees? Close programs? Do more with less? Do you simply stop talking about the campaign and hope no one will ask about it?

59. Readers Have Their Say -

Viewer mail continues at a record pace. I love it! Phil Newman wrote, “Enjoyed your ‘Check please’ column in the Nashville Ledger, but would submit that you left out one of the most famous usages of the phrase. In “Dumb & Dumber,” after Harry and Lloyd kill the bad guy accidentally by slipping peppers into his burger, Jim Carrey raises his head from the chest of the bad guy and says, ‘Check, please!’ Perfect line and timing.”

60. TDN Seminar to Address Range of Economic Topics -

In Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir’s opinion, too many people have been “ingrained” with the notion that government is always the solution to community problems.

61. Lamar Crossing Apts. Changes Owners Again -

2881 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
Loan Amount: $3.5 million

Loan Date: Oct. 7, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Lamar Apartments LP
Lender: Nessko TN LLC

62. NYT Editor: Financial Crisis is Human Failure -

The only applause line Gretchen Morgenson got during her presentation to the Economic Club of Memphis came during a question-and-answer session at the end.

Morgenson, a columnist and assistant business editor for The New York Times, spoke to the club Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Tower Room atop Clark Tower. She’s recently published a book on the financial crisis, “Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.”

63. Somerset Park Apartments Sell for $1.1 Million -

3425 Winchester Park Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.1 Million

64. Financial Health for Nonprofits – Part 3 -

Part three of a four-part series. Fundraising and budgeting have people and money at their core. In this series we have been talking with Carol Cantwell, founder of Fun with Financials about budgeting and nonprofit organizations. Carol has a degree in economics and has worked with nonprofit organizations in the area of financial management for 19 years. She also has a sense of humor – a must in these times!

65. Florida Company Buys Oakhaven Apartments -

A Hollywood, Fla.-based entity called Investments Australia LLC has bought the 496-unit Somerset Park Apartment Homes in Oakhaven for $1.1 million.

66. Financial Health For Nonprofits – Part 2 -

Part two of a four-part series Financial health is a must for nonprofit organizations. If your organization wants to build toward financial health, this series is for you. In part one, we talked with Carol Cantwell, founder of Fun with Financials, about the challenges facing nonprofits and suggestions on addressing these.

67. Corporations Critical To Community Success -

Last week we showcased three University of Memphis programs that offer your business tremendous partnership and growth opportunities. This week, as we officially mark our one-year anniversary with this column, let us examine the growing desire from consumers for companies to be engaged and committed to the success of our community.

68. NYC Investor Jones Recalls Memphis Roots -

Decades before he worked his way to the top of the financial world as a billionaire hedge fund manager and influential market guru, Paul Tudor Jones had an early affinity for the newspaper business.

69. Preparing for New ‘Bottom Line’ on Leases -

Part two of a two-part column. In part one of this two-part column, I shared with you that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is in the processing of revising guidelines related to the accounting of leases, effectively eliminating the concept of an off-balance sheet operating lease. While the new guidelines aren’t yet finalized, these changes are likely to impact – in some way – almost any business that currently has operating leases. In this second part of the column, I’ll talk more about the potential impact and how to prepare for it.

70. Nonprofit Sector has Economic Impact -

This column is written for people who work in fundraising for nonprofit organizations or institutions. That means hospitals, colleges, the opera, job training programs, after-school programs, food banks, sports teams, charter schools, museums, senior centers, research institutes and more.

71. Intellectual Property: All in Your Head -

There is good news, and bad news, for businesses seeking revenue from intellectual property assets.

The good news is that intellectual property typically originates and resides in the minds of your people. This means that it often requires little capital investment to create.

72. New “Bottom Line” on Lease Accounting -

Part one of a two-part series. Does your company lease space or equipment for its operations? If so, and you aren’t already familiar with planned changes in the accounting treatment of leases, then you should take the time to read this column.

73. Daily News Garners Eight TPA Awards -

The Daily News and sister publication The Memphis News won eight honors in the University of Tennessee-Tennessee Press Association awards announced Friday, July 15, at the annual TPA convention in Nashville.

74. Commercial Appeal Plans Move to Paid Model -

The E.W. Scripps Co. told shareholders in its most recent annual report that “we are undergoing a significant restructuring in our newspaper business.”

75. Daily News Collects Five Reporting Awards -

The Daily News won five awards during the 2011 Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors contest, including three first-place finishes and a sweep of the business news category.

The ceremony, a combined presentation with the Tennessee AP Broadcasters, was held Saturday at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville. The Daily News competed in Division IV for daily newspapers with a circulation of under 10,000.

76. Interim Directors Need Skills -

This is third in a three-part series. In part one of this series, we discussed when an organization might need to hire an interim executive director. Part two continued with a discussion of how an interim director can serve as a caretaker for an organization and at other times as a change agent. This column completes the series with a discussion of the experience an interim director should bring to an organization in the midst of change.

77. Time for a Call to Action -

Part two of a two-part series
Part one of this series introduced “friendraisers” and fundraisers. This column focuses on how to close these events and the critically important “call to action.” When closing a friendraiser the call should be delivered by the host, a major donor or someone who has been impacted by your organization. She should inform guests of upcoming events and ways they can become involved. For example: “Thank you for joining me this evening. I look forward to seeing you at future events and ask that you call on your elected representatives to let them know where you stand on this important issue. Be sure to sign our mailing list and we will keep you posted as we move through this process.”

78. Adding Joy To Your World While in The Workplace -

For several days I’ve been working on a column that was absolutely weighty with important scientific business information. The more I worked on it, the heavier it got – and the more mind-numbing.

79. Structuring Integral Items In Proposals -

Part two of a two-part series

Part one of this series discussed types of grants that are available and how to identify a prospective funder. This column guides you through the process of structuring your proposal. The following are key elements to include.

80. Elementary, My Dear -

I started this column as yet another “Who am I?” But ulterior motive did me in. I’ve a story to tell. Be assured I’ve not told this here before. First, let me acknowledge “The Straight Dope,” by Cecil Adams, the source of some of the material herein. I love its tagline: “Fighting Ignorance Since 1973 (It’s taking longer than we thought).”

81. How to Prepare for a Change at the Top -

Part Two of a Two-Part Series

Change is a part of all of our lives, and that’s true for organizations as well. In this column we share part two of our conversation with Byron Johnson, senior project director at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services on the topic of succession planning. Part one discussed the need for an emergency succession plan. This column discusses departure-defined succession planning, that is, when an organization knows in advance that the executive director or CEO intends to leave.

82. Shed Fear and Shine -

It’s interesting that the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” pops us just when trust in the workplace may be at low ebb. In 1987, Michael Douglas introduced us to the inimitable villain Gordon Gekko, whose greed and unethical actions mirror some true story lowlifes. He’s back.

83. Chamber Breakfast to Help Businesses ‘Revive and Thrive’ -

Jane Applegate, the leading speaker for Bloomberg Television’s “Financial Forum” speaker series, will discuss growth strategies for small businesses at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s first Small Business Council Breakfast of 2011.

84. Let Diverse Opinions Rule -

The recent column “Becoming the Transparent Leader” sparked a number of comments from like-minded individuals who believe businesses benefit from employees understanding their company’s financial ins and outs.

85. As Calendar Turns to New Year, Recipe for Success Unchanged -

It takes a particular poverty of the imagination to quote the opening of “A Tale of Two Cities” every time one writes a story summing up a year, and yet 2010 truly does seem as if it were “the best of times and the worst of times” in the local restaurant business.

86. Introducing FUNdraising Good Times -

Welcome to FUNdraising Good Times. This is your place for how-to information on the often mysterious topic of fundraising.

FUNdraising Good Times is written for those who manage, work for or provide volunteer leadership for nonprofit organizations and institutions. The column is designed to help you and the organizations and institutions you believe in attract and retain resources and leadership needed for success.

87. Boomers – Rebels With a Cause -

How are you marketing to the generation that represents nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population and a whopping 80 percent of personal financial assets?

In this final column in a three-part series on generational marketing, we look at our nation’s largest generation – baby boomers – named for the post-WWII boom in births.

88. X Marks the Spot -

As a member of Generation X, I can appreciate why our generation is characterized as having a survivor mentality. In this second column in a three-part series on generational marketing, we look at the collective experiences that shape the way Gen Xers think, believe, buy, and ultimately, how to market most effectively to them.

89. Gardenwood Apartments Fetch $2.9M From NY Buyer -

New York-based Besyata Corp. has paid $2.9 million for the 152-unit Gardenwood Apartments at 4795 Hoover Drive in Raleigh.

90. More Advice Coming Soon -

Welcome to the first in a series of my Worldly Investor columns. Those of you who know me may know that I have a lighter side (I hope it surfaces from time to time in the column), but when it comes to asset management and macroeconomics, I am all business.

91. UPDATE: Harold Ford Jr.'s New York Times Op-Ed -

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. will not run for the U.S. Senate from New York.

He explained his reasons in an op-ed piece in today's New York Times.

Here is the column in its entirety from the New York Times:

92. Buena Vista Apartments in Frayser Foreclosed, Sold to Atlanta Company -

3431 N. Trezevant St.
Memphis, TN 38127
Sale Amount: $1.3 Million

Sale Date: Jan. 12, 2010
Buyer: Tritex Real Estate Advisors Inc.
Seller: Emily Bowman, successor trustee

93. Somerset Park Sells For $2.1M After Foreclosure -

The 496-unit Somerset Park Apartment Homes on Winchester Road in the Oakhaven/Parkway Village area sold on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse last month for $2.1 million following a foreclosure. The sprawling multifamily complex is comprised of four parcels – 3443 and 3474 Winchester Road, 3649 Lake Park Drive and 6431 Arrowbrook.

94. New York Company Buys 158-Unit Greenview Estates in Raleigh -

4650 Hedges Drive
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $3 Million

Sale Date: Dec. 17, 2009
Buyer: Greenview Estates LLC
Seller: Greenview Townhomes LLC
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: Dec. 17, 2009
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Bloomfield Institutional Opportunity Fund LLC

95. Gramercy Park Townhomes Sell for $3.3M -

Gramercy Apartments LLC has purchased for $3.3 million the Gramercy Park Townhomes at 6405 Gillespie Road in Memphis. The seller was Gramercy Ventures LLC, an apparently related entity. Gramercy Apartments LLC was formed Dec. 17, just three days before the sale closed.

96. Louisiana Investor Buys Arlington Retail Center -

6050 Air Line Road
Arlington, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $1.8 Million

Sale Date: Sept. 2, 2009
Buyer: Southeast Investments LLC
Seller: Pleasant Place LLC, Waymon H. Welch, Danya Welch, Dawn Welch, Jon E. McCreery, Phillip Chamberlain

97. Foreclosed Gardenwood Sells for $2.4 Million -

The Gardenwood apartment complex at 4795 Hoover Drive in Raleigh was sold in a successor trustees’ sale Sept. 2 for $2.4 million following a foreclosure. The buyer was the lender, Bank of America NA, which bought the 139,096-square-foot property on the Shelby County Courthouse steps out of foreclosure.

98. US Thrifts Earn $4M in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. thrifts eked out a $4 million profit in the second quarter, but the number of troubled institutions continued to rise, the government reported Wednesday.

The Office of Thrift Supervision said the small profit in the April-June period marked the industry's first positive earnings since the third quarter of 2007. It compared to a loss of $5.4 billion in the year-ago period, and $1.62 billion in the first quarter of this year.

99. Raleigh Apartments For Sale After Foreclosure -

The Gardenwood Apartments at 4795 Hoover Drive in Raleigh will be sold in a substitute trustees’ sale following a foreclosure of the property, according to a notice on Page 40 of today’s edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

100. Decaying Heritage: Historic preservation reaches ‘tipping point’ -

Historic Memphis is rotting faster than the deteriorating economy.

Tight credit markets, long foreclosure lists, frequent mortgage flipping and financially struggling property owners have proven to be bigger threats to the city’s landmark structures than bulldozers. Demolition by neglect is rampant, and preservation leaders don’t yet know what to do about it.