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1. Editorial: Not Even One Percent -

The new figure is 0.83 percent.

That is the percentage of Memphis’ total business revenue that is earned by African-American establishments – a sad fact in a city where 63 percent of residents are African-American and 56 percent of businesses are black-owned.

2. Shelby County Tax Property Sale Features Two Firsts -

When the Shelby County Trustee’s office puts a set of tax delinquent properties up for auction Jan. 19-21, it will be a first in several ways.

The auction will be the first such sale in Tennessee online and it will be the first tax sale with shorter redemption periods for some of the property, depending on how far behind the original owner is on their property taxes.

3. Last Word: Watching The River, The Clerk's Inner Circle and Universal Bankers -

The Mississippi River is on the rise here and elsewhere which means for many of us the New Year will include a look at the river and memories of 2011 when the river at Memphis was the highest it had been since the record 1937 flooding.

4. Plastic Products Maker Investing $115M in Knox Co. Facility -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A leader in blow-molded plastic products will locate its new manufacturing and distribution operations in Knox County, a move expected to create 500 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd made the announcement about Lifetime Products Inc. on Friday.

5. Trust in Tigers Hoops? For Now, Yes -

What food and water are to the human condition, hope is to a new University of Memphis basketball season.

There is no surviving without it.

So that 84-78 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma at FedExForum was much more than a close, well-played basketball game on a November Tuesday afternoon as part of ESPN’s annual 24-hour marathon.

6. The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…

7. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

8. Dunavant Touts Direct Sales -

Woodson Dunavant and Don Lake are used to the question now that Dunavant Enterprises is through its non-compete with Dreyfus Commodities, the company that bought its global cotton operation in 2010.

9. Memphis Cab Company Holds On Against Newer Upstarts -

Competition and the presence of new upstarts shaking up the status quo are par for the course when it comes to running a business over the long term.

Then there’s the situation that faces Ham Smythe IV, president of Premier Transportation Services, Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and Ride the Roo in Memphis.

10. Editorial: Questioning Motives in Crime Coverage -

It’s hard to tell where to draw the line when it comes to who does what in media these days. And it’s reasonable to ask if there even is a line anymore.

Not only is media different, you, dear reader, are different.

11. Tigers-Oklahoma Game Part Of ESPN Hoops Marathon -

For the sixth time since the event’s inception in November 2008, the University of Memphis will be a part of the annual ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, the network announced.

Memphis will host Oklahoma, a 2015-16 preseason top-10 team, in a 4 p.m. contest Nov. 17 at FedExForum. The Sooners, a 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen participant, returns four starters from last season’s 24-11 squad, including a 2015-16 preseason National Player of the Year candidate in Buddy Hield. ESPN will air the game.

12. Memphis Divorce Attorneys Prepare for Same-Sex Separations -

Memphis attorneys Miles Mason Sr. and Larry Rice have written the book on divorces.

Each is the author of authoritative guides to divorce law.

13. New Coach, Fans Will Keep Eye on Rocky Top League -

KNOXVILLE – Hoops fans, rejoice. Your summer basketball fix is almost here.

The Pilot Rocky Top League returns for its eighth year starting June 15 and should feature 11 players who will be on the University of Tennessee’s roster in 2015-16.

14. FCC Takes Aim at Annoying Telemarketing Calls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating – and the government is taking note.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission circulated a new proposal Wednesday designed to close loopholes, strengthen current rules, and encourage wireless and wireline carriers to do more to fight against unwanted telemarketing calls and spam text messages to consumers.

15. U of M Hoops Looking Less Than Stable -

So Josh Pastner is transferring to Arizona State, Tom Bowen to Cal, and Nick King and Pookie Powell to points unknown.

16. MATA Head Draws Heat on Trolley Delays -

The president and CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority told a group of South Main residents and business owners this week the trolley system is “starting all over from scratch” and won’t be operational any time soon.

17. MORE Helps Small Businesses Avoid Maze -

For a small business owned by a women or a minority already encountering formidable barriers because of that, the bureaucratic hoops any small business has to deal with can be lethal.

For three years, Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise, operated by city government, has been helping all small businesses specifically to navigate those hoops.

18. Memphis Women in Business Face Low Receipts -

With a new political and civic push to improve minority business growth in Memphis’ public and private sectors, businesses owned by women are a specific part of the minority business community challenged in unique ways.

19. Sick Irony -

A SPECK OF CEREAL. Insure Tennessee reminds me of Lorne Greene, David Letterman and a can of Alpo.

You remember Lorne, don’t you? Dad on “Bonanza”? In an old commercial for Alpo, he made his ancient dog fetch a stick to get fed. As she struggled back with the stick in her gray jaws, Lorne suggested that her longevity was due to Alpo – dog food, he said, “without a speck of cereal.”

20. Tigers’ Season Starts as a Hoops Nightmare -

The comments on Twitter during the Memphis Tigers’ dreadful season debut against No. 11 Wichita State were shallow, cynical and, yes, spot-on.

“So when Cal coined the term, ‘The Miserables,’ he meant this year’s guards?” tweeted one wiseguy.

21. Grizzlies Part of Crowded Western Conference Race -

Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore.

The NBA's Western Conference is brutal. It's loaded with talent. And the eight teams that make it through a gruelingly competitive regular season to reach the playoffs will only find slugging their way to the NBA Finals even more daunting.

22. Memphis Grizzlies to Host Tip-Off Luncheon Oct. 27 -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ 13th Annual Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by First Tennessee Bank, will be Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FedExForum.

23. Cardinals’ Influence Brings Change to Redbirds -

You don’t have to be in uniform to get cut from the team. Several folks working for the Memphis Redbirds found that out a few days ago.

Multiple sources said several people lost their jobs, just as the Redbirds’ contract with management company Global Spectrum is expiring at the end of September. The Redbirds, of course, were purchased by their parent St. Louis Cardinals as part of the deal that had the city buying AutoZone Park and leasing it back to the Cardinals on a 17-year term.

24. Memphis Grizzlies to Host Tip-Off Luncheon Oct. 27 -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ 13th Annual Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by First Tennessee Bank, will be Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FedExForum.

25. ‘Love Mob’ Responds to Poplar Plaza Attack -

The amount of traffic that comes through the intersection of Highland Street and Poplar Avenue has made it a favorite of causes through the years – from war protestors and advocates to those on both sides of the death penalty, and, more recently, city employees upset over benefit changes.

26. Editorial: Seeking Creative Solutions for Economic Development -

Among the critical issues facing FedEx outside of the courts is the company’s continued expansion and where its Memphis hub figures into that.

Few in the current arc of the ongoing debate and discussion about payments-in-lieu-of-taxes quarrel with the use of the tax incentives when it comes to FedEx.

27. Oklahoma State Highlights Tigers’ Schedule -

The University of Memphis has released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season and it includes a home game against Oklahoma State and opening the season in South Dakota on Nov. 18 against Wichita State, which spent much of last season undefeated.

28. Wade: Never Too Early for Tiger Basketball Fans to Fret -

Oh, Josh Pastner, you Canada-bound court jester, you. Telling Tiger Nation that it makes no difference whether the University of Memphis wins exhibition games or loses them against college basketball giants Carleton University, McGill University and the University of Ottawa.

29. Grizz Renew Commitment to Raise $2.5M for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

30. Grizzlies Renew Commitment to Raise $2.5 Million for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

31. Grizz Renew Commitment to St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

32. House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

33. MAAR’s New MLS System Designed for Mobile Users -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors had a system that allowed members to access its Multiple Listing Service on mobile devices, but users sometimes had to jump through sizable hoops to connect with the system while in the field.

34. Memphis Team Part of New Pro Hoops League -

Attention basketball fans: A new professional basketball league is making its debut this year.

The Central Basketball Association is scheduled to play its first games on March 1.

The CBA will include seven teams, with additional teams to join in 2015.

35. Memphis Team Part Of New Pro Hoops League -

Attention basketball fans: A new professional basketball league is making its debut this year.

The Central Basketball Association is scheduled to play its first games on March 1.

The CBA will include seven teams, with additional teams to join in 2015.

36. High School Hoops Tourney Coming to FedExForum -

Some of the best high school basketball teams from Shelby County will compete at FedExForum for bragging rights in the SCIAA Fever Basketball Tournament Sunday, Feb. 9.

Formerly known as the MIAA City Championships, 2014 will mark the inaugural SCIAA Fever tournament, a winner-take-all style tournament dating back to the 1960s. Past stars of the MIAA City Championships include Memphis’ own Larry Finch, Larry Spicer, John Gunn, James Bradley, Andre Turner, Todd Day, Cedric Henderson, Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry.

37. High School Hoops Tourney Coming to FedExForum -

Some of the best high school basketball teams from Shelby County will compete at FedExForum for bragging rights in the SCIAA Fever Basketball Tournament Sunday, Feb. 9.

Formerly known as the MIAA City Championships, 2014 will mark the inaugural SCIAA Fever tournament, a winner-take-all style tournament dating back to the 1960s.

38. Gasol’s Return Has Hoop City Joyful Again -

Kevin Durant is a nice guy. He’s also a cold-blooded competitor.

“I usually don’t talk to the opposing team at all,” Durant said after he dropped 37 points on the Grizzlies. “But I saw him flagging me down. I told him, ‘Welcome back.’ He is one of those players. I don’t ever want to see a guy get injured.”

39. State Rep. Charles Curtiss Resigns From Seat -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democratic State Rep. Charles Curtiss has stepped down after serving as a Tennessee lawmaker for 19 years.

40. Wading In With a Few Thoughts to Begin 2014 -

1) A shout-out to Tennessee State Parks’ First Hikes of 2014 program. My wife and 15-year-old son and I spent part of our New Year’s Day hiking 5.8 miles at Fort Pillow State Park in Henning. Great way to step into the New Year. Even if we did order pizza after returning home.

41. All Signs Point to Breakthrough for ‘Josh’ -


Say only that, and everyone in Memphis knows you’re talking about the University of Memphis basketball coach.

A first name. Like Michael, LeBron or Kobe. OK, not exactly like that, but sort of like that because it captures who he is. To say “Pastner” sounds too formal, doesn’t do justice to the gentle, but enthusiastic and optimistic soul – Josh! – that at 19 applied for the Los Angeles Clippers’ head coaching position.

42. Anthony Praises Progress of City, Hoops Teams -

As a point guard at UNLV and in the NBA, Greg Anthony understood that job No. 1 was pleasing those around him.

43. Groups Race to Hire, Train 'Obamacare' Guides -

CHICAGO (AP) – With the program known as "Obamacare" only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who've never had it.

44. Mean Streets -

Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.

His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.

45. Countdown Begins for Grizzlies Tip-Off -

Are you ready for some basketball?

What’s that you say, the word is FOOTBALL? Meaning it’s time to talk about walking through The Grove, running in space and snapping cell phone pictures of Johnny Manziel?

46. Editorial: Memphis Can Learn From Marshall County -

There is something wrong with what passes for an economic development strategy in Memphis and Shelby County.

We argue about PILOTs and whether the highest property tax rate in the state contributes to an exodus from Memphis or whether it is the inability of city and county government to provide more government jobs with benefits that last a lifetime.

47. Spurs Provide Right Role Model for Grizzlies -

Every time Tony Parker made another impossible shot, he was easy to hate. Every time Tim Duncan turned back the clock by sprinting down the court, he was easy to hate. Every time coach Gregg Popovich made an adjustment and put the Grizzlies’ offense deeper into the mud, he was easy to hate.

48. I’m Lucky to Know Bea -

REMARKABLE CONNECTIONS. After last week’s column, Bea dropped me a thoughtful email note as she often does about whatever I’m writing about. My story about Linda Courtney and her son Bill struck a common chord, and Bea wanted to share.

49. Beale Nightspot Continues to Defy Easy Answers -

After a relatively quiet New Year’s Eve on Beale Street, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told a prayer breakfast on New Year’s Day, “Beale Street will soon be behind us. … It’s going to be a safe Beale Street.”

50. Incentive Missteps Stymie Our Economic Prosperity -

We are in the midst of one of those tough and necessary civic debates – no, not the one about schools in our community.

We are asking some complex and proper questions about what should be offered and what should not be offered to attract business growth and jobs to the local economy.

51. Grizzlies CEO Levien Longtime Fan of Memphis -

The first time Jason Levien visited Memphis, it was the summer of 1996. He was here to help his friend and law school classmate Harold Ford Jr. run for Congress, so Levien helped him campaign – and slept on Ford’s sofa.

52. Helping Clients ‘Sleep at Night’ Drives Estate Attorney -

There are only seven attorneys in Memphis certified with the state of Tennessee as specialists in estate planning.

Five of them work for the firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, and Mike Adams is one of those lawyers.

53. City Welcomes New Grizzlies Owner Pera -

Before founding the company he runs today, Ubiquiti Networks Inc., 34-year-old Robert Pera worked at Apple Inc., where he was a hardware engineer.

54. We All Have a Right to Rights -

BENDING EVERYBODY STRAIGHT. I know a guy who’s into shoes. And into colors, theater and rearranging furniture. He majored in art, and can spend hours hanging one piece in the only two square feet of wall space he has left– robin’s egg blue and Chinese red walls, I might add. He wrote and directed musical satire in college. Johnny Mathis is all over his iPhone, iPad and iPod along with Judy Collins singing “Danny Boy” and way too many original Broadway casts singing their showstoppers, all of which he incessantly hums. He makes tomato aspic. He wears a lot of purple and pink, liberally sprinkles words like fabulous and spectacular in general conversation, has a couple of precious matching dogs, and has the legs for cross dressing. He’s a lifelong Memphian, but he doesn’t hunt or fish.

55. Election Reform Advisory Board Approved -

A new Election Reform Advisory Board approved Monday, Sept. 24, by the Shelby County Commission is to report its recommendations by the end of March to the Shelby County Election Commission.

And the Election Commission is under no obligation to act or even accept the recommendations, although election commissioners Steve Stamson and Norma Lester are also on the committee of 12.

56. Commission Approves Pera Group on Forum Lease -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Sept. 24, a change in the lease for FedExForum to the new Grizzlies ownership group headed by Robert J. Pera.

But the 9-4 vote came after commissioners criticized Pera’s representatives for not providing basic financial statements about Pera or his ownership group.

57. Commission To Put Pera On FedExForum Lease, Appoint Election Reform Panel -

Shelby County Commissioners take up a new name on the lease for FedExForum at their Monday, Sept. 24, meeting.

On the agenda is a resolution replacing Hoops LP, the Memphis Grizzlies ownership group headed by Michael Heisley, with RJP Group LLC, the ownership group headed by Robert Pera.

58. Pera's Name Placed on Forum Lease -

The Memphis City Council Tuesday, Sept. 18, approved adding the name of the new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball franchise to the lease on FedExForum.

The city and county own FedExForum and the NBA franchise leases the forum from both local governments.

59. Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Over Grizzlies -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Russell Westbrook couldn't hit a shot last time he faced the Memphis Grizzlies.

60. Clean Gene: Never Forgotten -

In Memphis, the Gene Bartow story is easily told: He’s the only coach to take the Tigers to an untainted Final Four.

“Clean Gene,” indeed.

Bartow, who coached four seasons at Memphis and guided the Tigers to the 1973 NCAA title game, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, in Birmingham, Ala., after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was 81.

61. University of Memphis Statement on Bartow’s Death -

Gene Bartow, the legendary college basketball coach and a native of Browning, Missouri, who led the 1973 Tiger basketball team to the NCAA National Championship Game against UCLA, has lost his long battle against cancer. Bartow, age 81, died on January 3rd at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

62. Former Tigers Coach Bartow Dies at 81 -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Gene Bartow, the former Memphis Tigers coach who succeeded John Wooden at UCLA and later began UAB's athletic program, has died, UAB officials said. He was 81.

63. Waiting For The Tip -

Great seasons end.

Great cities endure.

That’s not just one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ new marketing slogans. Capitalizing on last season’s success and building an enduring franchise are aspirations for the organization as it copes with the reality of the NBA lockout and the ongoing dry spell of professional hometown hoops.

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. Richardson Keeps Memphis Port Moving -

Almost a year ago, Randy Richardson was named the executive director of the International Port of Memphis.

66. Mississippi Muscle -

Since the 1950s, Memphis has been building industrial space for users to benefit from the city’s transportation amenities, which now includes five Class 1 railroads, several interstate highways, the nation’s fourth-busiest inland waterway port and the world’s second-largest cargo airport.

67. Authority Nixes Pyramid From Non-Compete -

With a quick voice vote, the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority agreed Tuesday afternoon to tweak the strict non-compete clause of an operating agreement with Memphis Grizzlies owner Hoops LP.

68. Federal Grants in Changing Times (Part 1) -

Part one of a four-part series Many organizations and institutions have been fortunate to receive federal funding for one or more projects. Some are small, one-year grants, others are large in relation to the size of the organization’s overall budget. Many have been multi-year grants.

69. Schools Consolidation: Mays Issues Ruling -

The Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems will be consolidated starting with the 2013-2014 school year.

“Here the controversy between the parties is a legal dispute, not a factual dispute,” Federal Judge Hardy Mays wrote in the detailed and lengthy ruling released Aug. 8.

70. Rock for Love: A Benefit With Edge -

Five years ago, Marvin Stockwell and Jeff Hulett, the Church Health Center’s guitar-swinging public relations duo, decided to throw a benefit concert featuring local and regional bands.

71. Schools Consolidation Case Far From Over -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays met with all sides in the Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools consolidation case the day after he ruled in the case that will change the face of local public education.

72. Workout Surge -

As the Memphis summertime heat intensifies, fitness clubs across the area are seeing membership numbers rise thanks to a developing trend for healthier living and more active lifestyles.

It’s no secret that the Mid-South has ranked as one of the most unfit regions in the country. According to the 2010 “F as in Fat” report, Mississippi ranks No. 1 in overall obesity rate and Tennessee is tied for second with Alabama.

73. Electrolux Incentives and EDGE Framework Clear Committee -

A vice president of Electrolux Home Products Inc. on a two-day tour of city and county governments got a few questions from Shelby County commissioners Wednesday but mostly glowing comments during a committee session.

74. Electrolux Incentives and EDGE Framework Clear Committee -

A vice president of Electrolux Home Products Inc. on a two-day tour of city and county governments got a few questions from Shelby County commissioners Wednesday but mostly glowing comments during a committee session.

75. Book Outlines Morris’ Ideals for Health, Well-Being -

Back when Dr. Scott Morris, CEO of the Church Health Center, was a fourth-year medical student on a summer research project in Zimbabwe, he met with a nyanga, or witch doctor, to better understand the relationship between faith and healing.

76. St. Louis Provides Model for Convention Center Future -

On a rainy day when The Rendezvous was closed yet still offered stragglers a menu of ribs only, a group of leaders from the Memphis Cook Convention Center board met in a subterranean corner of the Downtown restaurant.

77. Convention Center Committee Begins CVB Negotiation Work -

The clock is ticking on a contract to run the Memphis Cook Convention Center that would be a sea change in local tourism efforts.

An ad hoc committee of the convention center board met Tuesday to begin planning their side of the negotiations to come with the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

78. SportsBall Highlights Glassman’s Ongoing Work as Big Brother -

Attorney Richard Glassman has filed plenty of complaints in his career, but an offhand complaint he once made changed his life and that of another person forever.

79. ESPN’s Bilas Motivates Memphis Business Leaders -

Best known for his savvy basketball commentary, Jay Bilas spoke Friday morning about the parallels between a successful sports team and a successful business.

Bilas, a hoops analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports, delivered the keynote address at the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club, held at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

80. Hoop Dreams -

The name “John Paul Jones” is etched on the newsroom office door of The Daily News building in Downtown Memphis and also on the main entrance of a 16,000-seat arena at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

81. Liquor License a Sticking Point For New Restaurants -

So, you want to open a restaurant. Great food, fine wine, original cocktails.

Well, a fool, his money and his time are soon parted, and one of the ways in this venture is in acquiring the necessary license, without which a restaurant cannot ply its customers with alcoholic blandishments.

82. State Health Groups Assess Senate Bill -

Like a ship that survived a storm by tossing cargo overboard, a scaled-down health care reform bill emerged from the U.S. Senate early Monday with no new public option insurance or expanded Medicare provision.

83. Tunica's New Cash Crop? -

When Xiaolin “Charles” Wang was introduced at an October press conference announcing plans to build a $1 billion hybrid automotive plant in Tunica County, he was described by the emcee as a man who “dreams big and drives fast.”

84. For Hopeful Sports Fans, Memphis Still Home of the Blues -

It’s often difficult being a sports fan around here, but the past two weeks have been especially brutal for Memphians.

The University of Memphis fired football coach Tommy West Monday after back-to-back outings in which the Tigers drew 4,117 fans for a nationally televised home game and then were shellacked on the road by Tennessee.

85. FedExForum Financing Could See City Collecting -

An internal city audit suggests Memphis and Shelby County might be due more than half a million dollars because of a gray area in the $250 million FedExForum’s complex financing scheme.

The Memphis City Council will discuss the audit today during a committee meeting. The full council will meet at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. (See Page 10 for full meeting agenda.)

86. Ike’s Plans Expansion to Collierville -

A 10,000-square-foot Ike’s drugstore is coming to West Poplar Avenue in Collierville now that the Arkansas-based company that owns and operates the chain has bought the land and announced plans to begin building after the start of the new year.

87. ‘Hoops of Fire’ Squelch Commercial Real Estate Activity -

The economy hasn’t extinguished commercial real estate deals, but it certainly has changed the way they get done.

Shane McElveen learned about the tedious process of property acquisition when he looked into buying the High Point Funeral Chapel at 3788 Summer Ave. in the Berclair area. McElveen, who had worked at the chapel as senior vice president, was trying to buy the business from owner G. David Keller.

88. Funding Floodgates Burst Open for Schools -

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash had a very good week last week.

The Shelby County Commission approved $41 million in school construction funding for MCS as well as $29 million for county schools. The tax-free federal funding is a non-interest loan, in effect, to be used within three years and repaid within 15 to renovate existing city schools and build new ones.

89. Netmakers Carry on Family Tradition -

The descendents of Bill Miller continue the craft of making nets that the Irish immigrant brought from Dublin to the shores of the St. Francis River in Arkansas four generations ago.

90. Stimulus Money To Return Foreclosures To Marketplace -

Part of the latest dose of federal stimulus money to arrive in Shelby County predates the Obama administration.

This week at the Frayser Community Development Corp., office, home and mortgage lenders as well as leaders of the various CDCs across the county gathered to mark the awarding of almost $27 million in federal funding. The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development comes from Washington through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and other state agencies.

91. Permit Filed for U of M’s ‘Penny’ Hall of Fame -

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway was an electrifying, playmaking guard for the University of Memphis in the early 1990s. In his two seasons at the school, he became a fan favorite and one of the best players to ever don a Tiger basketball uniform.

92. Law Enforcement Officials to Push Anti-Crime Legislation -

Burglar A breaks into five homes in Tennessee in one day. All five burglaries are reported to police. Burglar A is charged with aggravated burglary. Sometime later, he commits another burglary, is caught and convicted. At his sentencing hearing on that conviction, how many prior offenses has Burglar A committed for purposes of determining how much jail time he will receive?

93. Homeowners' Rallying Cry: Produce the Note -

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - Kathy Lovelace lost her job and was about to lose her house, too. But then she made a seemingly simple request of the bank: Show me the original mortgage paperwork.

94. Liquor Stores, Groceries at Odds Over Wine Sales -

Memphis liquor stores are asking customers to sign a petition against a bill in the Tennessee Legislature that would permit wine sales at supermarkets and convenience stores.

“There’s going to be lots of stores close and there will be lots of people lose their jobs,” said Brad Larson, the owner of Joe’s Wine & Liquors. “When you lose half your business, you’re going to have to let people go.”

95. Calipari Tapped to Rally Real Estate Community -

For many local sports fans, the lasting image of 2008 was the University of Memphis men’s basketball team suffering a heartbreaking loss to Kansas in the national championship game.

For many local Realtors, the lasting image of 2008 was the housing market suffering a continued slump.

96. Albright Draws on Career Highlights To Help Realtors Through Uncertain Times -

Jon Albright is a household name to many basketball fans, and not just those who live here and remember his days as a sharpshooting guard for then-Memphis State University.

97. Thompson Case Points To Shady Culture -

Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Bruce Thompson told a federal judge this week his behavior was “anomaly.”

98. Roulhac Mansion Makes Visitors Feel at Home -

Every room at the Roulhac Mansion was booked over the weekend with marathon runners who wanted to experience the real Memphis instead of stay in a hotel room.

Even when there’s not an event such as the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend going on, the bed-and-breakfast has guests, said manager Margie Watkins.

99. Regardless of Own Role, Mayor Wants Consolidation -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s latest consolidation call goes to a special joint meeting of the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Board of Commissioners today.

100. Lewis Honored in Chambers For Labor and Employment Work -

Frederick J. Lewis, a shareholder with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, recently was ranked as a top attorney in the labor and employment field in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA.

Chambers is published annually and is compiled from more than 10,000 interviews conducted with both clients and lawyers.