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1. Wade: Shelby County’s New-Home Inventory Not Meeting Demand -

Jules Wade, principal broker with Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury, is happy with residential real estate prices in 2015.

Last year the average sales price of a Shelby County home rose 6 percent over 2014, and the average residential sales price matched the previous high of 2006.

2. Baptist Adds Medical Offices To North Mississippi Plans -

Baptist Memorial Health Care is growing in Oxford, Miss., with a 78,000-square-foot Oxford Medical Office Building to be completed in August 2017.

Indianapolis-based commercial real estate developer Duke Realty soon will begin work on the three-story building, to be located on the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Scheduled to be completed in fall 2017, the 600,000-square-foot hospital is replacing a former branch, but the office building will be a new offering.

3. Helping Hand -

Cindy MacAulay started collecting a flurry of news articles last year about restaurants opening in Memphis, new businesses setting up shop here and on ways the city is improving and growing.

It was research about the city she’s in the process of making her new home.

4. Orders to US Factories Fell Sharply in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell sharply in December, closing out a year in which demand for American manufactured goods retreated for the first time in six years.

Factory orders dropped 2.9 percent in December, the fourth decline in the past five months, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Orders were down 6.6 percent for the full year, marking the first annual fall since 2009, a year when the country was struggling to emerge from the Great Recession.

5. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

6. Baptist Adds Medical Offices To North Mississippi Plans -

Baptist Memorial Health Care is growing in Oxford, Miss., with a 78,000-square-foot Oxford Medical Office Building to be completed in August 2017.

Indianapolis-based commercial real estate developer Duke Realty soon will begin work on the three-story building, to be located on the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Scheduled to be completed in fall 2017, the 600,000-square-foot hospital is replacing a former branch, but the office building will be a new offering.

7. Spirited Courtrooms -

Nine or 10 years ago, in a court I know well, something along the following lines was said between a judge and a somewhat aggrieved defendant in traffic court:

Defendant: Judge, the police in this city have harassed me and my family for three years. They stop us three-four times a month, just to check our driver’s licenses. They know about the suspensions from Florida and Georgia. And that this state’s bureaucrats will not issue a license to us.

8. Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District -

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

9. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

10. Sutton Reid Finalist for Reed Awards -

The Memphis ad agency that worked on the 2015 mayoral campaign of Jim Strickland is a finalist for three Reed Awards, given nationally by the political trade publication Campaigns & Elections.

11. Wheel Distributor WSD Comes to Memphis -

Wheel and tire distributor WSD Inc. has signed a 25,386-square-foot lease in the Outland Business Park. The lease at 4995 Outland Center Drive, suite 107, commenced on Jan. 1.

12. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

13. 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.

14. Black-Owned Business Revenue Drops in Memphis -

Bad has turned to worse, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners.

Memphis’ population is majority African-American, but black-owned establishments earn only 0.83 percent of business revenue citywide.

15. A Coffee Named 'Death Wish' Wins a Super Bowl Commercial -

NEW YORK (AP) — A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50.

Death Wish Coffee Co. won a competition held by software maker Intuit for a 30-second spot during the third quarter of the big game on Feb. 7. The Round Lake, New York, company beat more than 15,000 other small businesses in voting by the public and Intuit employees.

16. Few US Neighborhoods Affordable, Walkable With Good Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. — a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.

Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise studios and shopping, just steps from their row houses and condo buildings. Home values are reasonable relative to neighborhood incomes. And in general, the area schools rate as better than average nationally.

17. Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts -

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. Come Friday, folks in Coal Hill, Arkansas, will need to drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries.

18. Sutton Reid Finalist For Reed Awards -

The Memphis ad agency that worked on the 2015 mayoral campaign of Jim Strickland is a finalist for three Reed Awards, given nationally by the political trade publication Campaigns & Elections.

19. Harvey Joins Family Safety Center -

Mia Harvey has joined the Family Safety Center as community outreach specialist, a newly created position. In that role, she recruits and trains volunteers, and organizes outreach and other special events that create greater visibility for the center. She also develops presentations on domestic violence, showcasing the many Family Safety Center programs that serve victims and their families.

20. County Commission Forms OPEB Committee -

Shelby County Commissioners have created an ad hoc committee to talk over the health insurance benefits liability of the former Memphis City Schools system and who is responsible for it.

Commission chairman Terry Roland announced Monday, Jan. 25, he had formed the committee, which includes leaders of the Shelby County Schools system and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration.

21. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4 Million -

256 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 6, 2015

22. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

23. Wheel Distributor WSD Comes to Memphis -

Wheel and tire distributor WSD Inc. has signed a 25,386-square-foot lease in the Outland Business Park. The lease at 4995 Outland Center Drive, suite 107, commenced on Jan. 1.

24. ARS Buys San Jose HVAC Company -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has bought the assets of another HVAC services provider.

The acquisition of Atlas Trillo of San Jose, California, is the third acquisition in less than a week announced by ARS, a privately held company that provides heating, air conditioning and plumbing services.

25. Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board -

Kristine Roberts, a shareholder in the Memphis office of the Baker Donelson law firm, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors.

26. Triumph Bank Names Chief Banking Officer -

Triumph Bank has tapped Britin “Brit” Boatright as executive vice president and chief banking officer.

27. Patrick Accounting Moving HQ to East Memphis -

Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC and Patrick Payroll LLC have purchased an East Memphis office building for their new headquarters.

28. Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships -

In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.

29. Olymbec Compiling Airport-Area Office Park -

Olymbec USA LLC is gaining critical mass near Memphis International Airport with the planned purchase of a 133,600-square-foot office building at 2600 Nonconnah Blvd.

30. Triumph Bank Names Chief Banking Officer -

Triumph Bank has tapped Britin “Brit” Boatright as executive vice president and chief banking officer.

31. Patrick Accounting Moving HQ to East Memphis -

Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC and Patrick Payroll LLC have purchased an East Memphis office building for their new headquarters.

32. Last Word: No Bern, Say No More and The Daily Mail Comes For A Visit -

Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make it the city after all following the weekend’s debate among the Democratic presidential contenders.

33. NBA Fines Grizzlies' Barnes $35K for Inappropriate Comments -

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes $35,000 for making "inappropriate public comments" condoning violence.

The fine was announced Sunday, a day after Memphis beat the Knicks 103-95 in the teams' first meeting since the league suspended Barnes for two games for fighting with New York coach Derek Fisher in October.

34. ARS Buys San Jose HVAC Company -

Memphis-based American Residential Services has bought the assets of another HVAC services provider.

The acquisition of Atlas Trillo of San Jose, California, is the third acquisition in less than a week announced by ARS, a privately held company that provides heating, air conditioning and plumbing services.

35. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds -

Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

36. Pinnacle Financial Partners Expands Memphis Team -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is continuing to expand its ranks in Memphis.

The latest addition is a team from Cadence Bank that will accelerate Pinnacle’s commercial and industrial lending in the city and is based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

37. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Acquires Local Real Estate Firm -

Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its parent company BGC Partners Inc. have acquired local company Steffner Commercial Real Estate.

38. SunTrust to Air First Super Bowl Ad Next Month -

SunTrust Banks Inc. will air its first Super Bowl ad next month during Super Bowl 50.

The bank’s ad – to air during the game on Feb. 7 – will spotlight how financial stress is affecting the nation’s health and happiness. Its goal is to encourage Americans to talk openly about money and take steps to reclaim their financial confidence.

39. Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board -

Kristine Roberts, a shareholder in the Memphis office of the Baker Donelson law firm, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors.

40. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

41. This week in Memphis history: January 15-21 -

1996: Alanis Morissette plays the Auditorium. Her 1995 album, “Jagged Little Pill,” was peaking at the time, including heavy rotation on MTV of the video of the single “You Oughta Know.”

42. 4 Applicants Up for Beale Street Gig -

A Fortune 500 corporation, the Memphis-based company behind the Delta Fair, a Memphis real estate management firm with office experience, and a newly formed group of Memphians with experience in real estate, entertainment and restaurants as well as commercial development and financing. Those are the four companies that have applied to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

43. Pinnacle Financial Partners Expands Memphis Team -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is continuing to expand its ranks in Memphis.

The latest addition is a team from Cadence Bank that will accelerate Pinnacle’s commercial and industrial lending in the city and is based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

44. Chancellor Pulls Community Colleges From Privatization Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirteen community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology have been removed from Gov. Bill Haslam's plan for the massive privatization of the management and operation of nearly all state-owned buildings, including college campuses.

45. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Acquires Local Real Estate Firm -

Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its parent company BGC Partners Inc. have acquired local company Steffner Commercial Real Estate.

46. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million -

601 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $17 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015

47. SunTrust to Air First Super Bowl Ad Next Month -

SunTrust Banks Inc. will air its first Super Bowl ad next month during Super Bowl 50.

The bank’s ad – to air during the game on Feb. 7 – will spotlight how financial stress is affecting the nation’s health and happiness. Its goal is to encourage Americans to talk openly about money and take steps to reclaim their financial confidence.

48. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

49. 7-Building Century Center Sells For $48.3 Million -

A light industrial business park in Northeast Memphis has sold for $48.3 million.

Boston-based Taurus Investment Holdings LLC acquired the seven-building Century Center Business Park on Dec. 30 from GID Investment Advisers, which had owned it for a decade. Miami-based Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP marketed the park on behalf of GID.

50. 7-Building Century Center Sells For $48.3 Million -

A light industrial business park in Northeast Memphis has sold for $48.3 million.

Boston-based Taurus Investment Holdings LLC acquired the seven-building Century Center Business Park on Dec. 30 from GID Investment Advisers, which had owned it for a decade. Miami-based Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP marketed the park on behalf of GID.

51. Survey: US Businesses Add 257,000 Jobs, Most in a Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by solid gains in construction and retail, a private survey found.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 257,000 jobs in December, the most in a year. Construction companies added 24,000 jobs, while retailers and shipping firms added 38,000.

52. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

53. Meteoric Rise of Digital Leaves TV in Dust -

Editor’s Note: This column is the eighth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

54. Sanders Vowing to Break Up Banks During First Year in Office -

NEW YORK (AP) — Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up the country's biggest financial firms within a year, should he become president, in a major policy address on Tuesday.

55. Milton Kuykendall Ends 12-Year Run as DeSoto School Head -

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — Milton Kuykendall has retired as superintendent of the DeSoto County School System.

56. What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises -

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent, gas, food and health.

WILL YOU GET A RAISE NEXT YEAR?

57. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

58. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

59. New Tenn. Driver Licenses will be Good for 8 Years -

Tennessee drivers who renew their licenses next year won't have to go through the process again for eight years.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says the change from five years includes all classifications of driver licenses and identification licenses, including commercial driver licenses and motorcycle licenses.

60. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ -

Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.

61. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

62. iBank Tower Sells for $19.2 Million -

The iBank Tower, located at 5050 Poplar Ave., has sold for $19.2 million, and for the first time, the same owner controls both the iBank Tower and the nearby Clark Tower at 5100 Poplar Ave.

63. New Laws in 2016 Show States are Diverging on Guns, Voting -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

Restrictions on carrying guns will ease in Texas, for example, but will get tighter in California. It will be easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there will be another step to take at the polls in North Carolina.

64. New Tenn. Driver Licenses Will be Good for 8 Years -

Tennessee drivers who renew their licenses next year won’t have to go through the process again for eight years.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says the change from five years includes all classifications of driver licenses and identification licenses, including commercial driver licenses and motorcycle licenses.

65. Highland Row Set to Land Steakhouse -

The restaurateurs behind long-standing Italian restaurant Amerigo are bringing a new concept to a high-profile project.

Char, a steakhouse restaurant, is headed for a July opening in Highland Row.

66. Earthman Promoted at Geotechnology -

Doug Earthman Jr. has been promoted to business development associate at Geotechnology Inc., a geotechnical engineering and environmental services firm. In his new role, he’ll develop and maintain relationships with clients throughout Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas in markets that include transportation, manufacturing, energy, institutional and commercial developments.

67. University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

68. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

69. Journal Media Sets March Shareholders Vote On Gannett Deal -

Journal Media Group has called a March 1 special meeting of its shareholders to vote on the $280 million deal that would sell its newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal, to Gannett Co. Inc.

70. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ -

Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.

71. 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.

72. Memphis' Mow-to-Own Program Scheduled to Launch in 2016 -

MEMPHIS (AP) — One of the city of Memphis' newest initiatives to aid in fighting blight is scheduled to launch in 2016.

The mow-to-own ordinance is an avenue for property owners to mow an adjoining city- or county-owned vacant lot to earn credits toward buying it, The Commercial Appeal reported. Property owners can register, pay a $175 fee and maintain the vacant lot adjacent to their own property over a period of up to three years.

73. To Combat Lot Shortage, Developers Take on Small Subdivisions -

With landlocked urban areas and a dwindling supply of vacant lots, developers are looking to increase Memphis’ density one house at a time with single-family residential infill projects.

“The problem in Memphis is that the cost of lots with a house on it, in the most desirable areas of Memphis are extremely high,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

74. What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises -

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent, gas, food and health.

WILL YOU GET A RAISE NEXT YEAR?

75. Downtown Agency Looks to Tighten Up Hotel Tax Breaks -

To keep tourists flowing to Downtown, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. grants tax breaks, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentives, for hotel developers. Such readily available incentives have helped create a market with 15 hotels and 3,000 rooms in Downtown Memphis.

76. This Week in Memphis History: December 18-24 -

2014: The University of Memphis Tigers play Brigham Young University in the first Miami Beach Bowl, marking the first bowl appearance by a Tigers football team in 10 years. The Tigers win 55-48. The game ends with a brawl between the two teams following the Memphis interception that ended it.
At the start of the current season, one Tigers player was suspended by the school for a game and a half, another for the first game. Four other players were suspended for the first half of the season opener. Those six players and a seventh also performed more than 300 hours of community service between seasons.

77. Redemption Unreachable as Pete Rose Keeps Screwing Up -

In the TV commercial, banished Hit King Pete Rose is walking down a hallway lined with trophies and baseball memorabilia. His stated purpose: to promote Skechers Relaxed Fit shoes.

Anything for a buck, right, Charlie Hustle?

78. Board Denies Plans for Used-Car Lot in South City -

Plans for a used-car lot on Vance Avenue have been shot down by the Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

The half-acre lot at 704 Vance was the center of controversy at the board’s Wednesday, Dec. 16, meeting, drawing opposition from residents, stakeholders, developers and the Memphis Housing Authority.

79. Evaporcool Solutions Cools Off the Hot Air -

Evaporcool Solutions is doing its part for the environment from its home base in Memphis.

Founded in 2004, Evaporcool manufactures and sells energy efficient technology that is targeted for the commercial HVAC market across the U.S., with applicability around the world. Imagine a custom-built frame that is installed on the exterior of an air conditioning system.

80. Collison Joins Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Eric Collison has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as insurance sales manager. In his new role, Collison’s duties will include development and mentoring of the current and new sales force, marketing campaigns and initiatives, developing and fostering carrier relationships, and identifying new profitable areas for growth within the agency.

81. 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.

82. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

83. Memphis Tech Firm Changing Real Estate Site Selection Process -

Considering how spread out Memphis is, most residents have to get behind the wheel to get to their destination. In reflecting the flux of a vibrant city, homegrown tech company Meridian Econometrics has developed a new commercial real estate site selection program that capitalizes on mobility.

84. Strickland Taps Memphis' First Female Fire Director -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland made another significant staff announcement to start the week.

85. ‘Entertainment Destination’ Planned for Downtown’s South End -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ South End into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.

86. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

87. Orion Federal Credit Union Files $1.5M Building Permit -

Orion Federal Credit Union has filed a $1.5 million building permit for work at 821 Poplar Ave., where the institution is building a new branch.

88. Collierville Hotel Sells for $2.6M -

A Collierville Days Inn & Suites has sold for $2.6 million.

Kapil Lodging LLC, which lists an address in Oxford, Miss., purchased the hotel at 1230 W. Poplar Ave. from HIM Inc., according to a Dec. 4 warranty deed. HIM had purchased the property in 2000 for $2.3 million.

89. Avison Young to Open Memphis Office -

A new commercial real estate services firm has come to town.

Toronto, Canada-based Avison Young has hired principals Shane Soefker, who previously was an executive vice president and principal at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, and Jacob Biddle, who served as vice president at C&W/CA.

90. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

91. Oxford Feels Stress from Development Boom -

Kent Wunderlich travels to Oxford, Miss., often, in part because his grandson is the kicker on the University of Mississippi football team.

92. Bar, Event Space, Bocce Court Planned for South Main Block -

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ south end into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Brad Barnett wants to turn the former Loflin Safe & Lock Co. building at 7 W. Carolina Ave. into a bar/restaurant with private residence on top. He also plans to redevelop a carriage house at 721 Florida St. into a 5,000-square-foot rentable event space.

93. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

94. It’s a Balancing Act -

Ray’s Take Work-life balance is something we’ve talked a lot about in recent years. It feels as if we all have to work harder and longer to get what we want in life. It’s hard to say if whether we’re earning less or wanting more. So how do you balance the work part with the life part?

95. Collierville Hotel Sells for $2.6M -

A Collierville Days Inn & Suites has sold for $2.6 million.

Kapil Lodging LLC, which lists an address in Oxford, Miss., purchased the hotel at 1230 W. Poplar Ave. from HIM Inc., according to a Dec. 4 warranty deed. HIM had purchased the property in 2000 for $2.3 million.

96. Curry Named President of Evaporcool -

Chris Curry has been named president of Evaporcool Solutions LLC, a Memphis-based company whose proprietary Evaporcool System improves the energy efficiency of air conditioning and refrigeration units. In his new role, Curry will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company as it looks to aggressively expand its business.

97. AutoZone Profit, Sales Up in Latest Quarter -

Ahead of its annual meeting in Memphis next week, AutoZone’s fiscal first-quarter results for the period ended Nov. 21 showed the car parts retailer working to deliver on its 2016 operating mantra: “Yes, we’ve got it.”

98. Strickland Names 6 Chiefs to Report Directly To Mayor -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland rounded out his team of top advisers and division directors with six appointees who will report directly to him – a structural change to how previous mayoral administrations have worked.

99. GPS Collars to be Used to Track Wild Hogs in National Parks -

GAITLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — With wild hogs plaguing two national parks in Tennessee and neighboring states, officials are using GPS technology to keep an eye on where they roam.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area have been approved to share 20 GPS collars that would allow biologists to track some of the hogs.

100. Avison Young to Open Memphis Office -

A new commercial real estate services firm has come to town.

Toronto, Canada-based Avison Young has hired principals Shane Soefker, who previously was an executive vice president and principal at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, and Jacob Biddle, who served as vice president at C&W/CA.