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1. County Budget Done – Mostly -

Shelby County commissioners put most of their budget season to rest Wednesday, June 29, with $5 million from the county’s reserve fund after they added $13 million in amendments to the $1.1 billion county operating budget during a seven-hour session.

2. US Home Prices Rise in March as Spring Buying Season Begins -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven't thwarted sales.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 5.4 percent in March compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday. That is the same annual gain as in February.

3. Adler Named Principal of Lakeland Middle -

The Lakeland School System has tapped a Shelby County Schools vice principal to be leader of the new Lakeland Middle Preparatory School.

Bolton High vice principal Matt Adler will be principal of the new Lakeland school, whose construction begins next week north of U.S. 70 and east of Canada Road.

4. Adler Named Principal Of Lakeland Middle -

The Lakeland School System has tapped a Shelby County Schools vice principal to be leader of the new Lakeland Middle Preparatory School.

Bolton High vice principal Matt Adler will be principal of the new Lakeland school, whose construction begins next week north of U.S. 70 and east of Canada Road.

5. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand -

When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.

6. Last Word: Cubits Anyone, The G-Word and The TV News Crime Block -

How long is a cubit? After a day in which many of you got about four to five inches of rain and more to come Thursday, it seems an appropriate and timely question.
And yes, there is a cubit conversion chart on line for converting that and other really old units of measurement no longer in use like the mina, drachma or the synodic month.
So the average cubit, which is supposed to be the length of a forearm, is 18 inches or a foot and a half. That’s 0.4572 of a meter, which might as well be an ancient unit of measurement.
Someone had to say it.
According to biblehub.com – I’m not making up websites – the book of Genesis sets God’s instructions to Noah as an arc with the dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits tall. And it was to be made out of gopher wood and covered inside and out with pitch.
The New Living Translation and Holman Christian Standard Bibles convert that to an arc 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

7. Strong US Job Growth in February Helps Dispel Recession Fears -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A robust February jobs report showcased a resilient U.S. economy just as fears of a new recession had begun to surface.

Economic reports in recent weeks had fueled anxieties about a looming downturn: Manufacturers were slumping. Stocks had plummeted. China was slowing sharply along with other emerging markets. The rising dollar had crushed exports.

8. Last Word: Laurelwood Changes, Greensward Aftermath and Broadband Problems -

East Memphis Proper is about to look a lot different. Nordstrom Rack is opening a Memphis store and it will be built where the Sears store stands now in the Laurelwood shopping center.
Sears closes in mid-April and the 1958 structure will be demolished for a new retail center to be called Poplar Commons.
Nordstrom Rack is 33,000 square feet of a 135,000 square foot shopping center.
Out parcels tend to be the changing face of commercial development on Poplar Avenue.
There are some notable exceptions like the nearby Oak Court Mall which was a significant change of scenery from what was once the Siena College campus.
Further west on Poplar, the Poplar Plaza shopping center – the city’s first suburban shopping center – is still recognizable in its original form if you know what used to be there.

9. US Home Market: Sales, Prices Up But Not Enough Supply -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales are climbing. Prices are rising, too. So the outlook for the housing market is golden, right?

Not entirely.

A series of reports released Tuesday pointed to potential cracks in the foundations of America's residential real estate market.

10. TraVure Development Wins Hard-Fought Approval -

After months of dispute and compromise, the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the 10-acre TraVure planned development.

Opponents and supporters of the project agreed that it was precedent-setting, but they agreed on little else during a two-hour debate on Feb. 22 at Germantown City Hall.

11. RKA Construction Building A Reputation for High-End Work -

Ryan Anderson sums up the homebuilding profession as taking one of two approaches.

The first is the old-school craftsman who builds a high-quality product. It’s a nice house with a lot of details. As a one-person business, that craftsman might have a strong focus on the finished product but isn’t able to juggle all the tasks necessary to operate a business, from tracking budgets, ordering materials and handling schedules, to communicating with clients and chasing new work.

12. RKA Construction Building a Reputation for High-End Work -

Ryan Anderson sums up the homebuilding profession as taking one of two approaches.

The first is the old-school craftsman who builds a high-quality product. It’s a nice house with a lot of details. As a one-person business, that craftsman might have a strong focus on the finished product but isn’t able to juggle all the tasks necessary to operate a business, from tracking budgets, ordering materials and handling schedules, to communicating with clients and chasing new work.

13. Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center -

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper
Boulevard and Tillman Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Save-A-Lot

Size: 16,300 square feet

Tenant’s Agent: Frank Dyer, Loeb Realty Group

14. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

15. 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.

16. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

17. Ikea Brings Sustainability Practices to Memphis -

Sustainability at large businesses sometimes might seem to only focus on buzzwords such as solar panels, carbon footprints and LEED certification.

Those practices are good steps in today’s sustainable world. Sometimes, though, the little things go a long way.

18. The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

19. US Home Values and Rents Defying Global Slowdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing appears to be insulated so far from the cooling global economy.

Home values and rental prices are steadily rising, fueled by strong demand and a tight supply of available properties, a pair of reports Tuesday showed. The solid demand drove sales growth early this year and spurred additional construction.

20. Tanger Southaven Expected To Drive More DeSoto County Retail -

At its grand opening Nov. 20, Tanger Outlets Southaven mall will finally see light after years of development.

The project, which initially was developed by Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers and shelved during the recession, was revived thanks to a relationship with national group Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. and several public partnerships with DeSoto County and the state of Mississippi.

21. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts -

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.

22. US Homebuilding Slows in August After Hot Streak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year.

23. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now -

First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.

Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.

24. Proposal Prompts Closer Look at Tax Breaks -

In recent years, the tax incentives used to bring economic development and jobs to Memphis have been a lightning rod.

The debate’s volume grew as it became apparent that Memphis was emerging from the national recession at a slower pace than other major cities as well as some parts of rural west Tennessee and north Mississippi.

25. Legal Heat -

A utility vehicle loaded with gear, ladders and lift buckets just isn’t complete without a large water cooler strapped to the rear, especially in the hot Memphis summer.

But the coolers, and other every day sights like wet towels draped under a worker’s hardhat or a crew taking a mandatory break in the shade, are the best evidence of workplace planning that meets a legal standard.

26. UTHSC Prepares for Construction on New Drug Facility -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has big plans for the facility it's planning at 208 S. Dudley St.

27. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

28. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

The developers behind a massive hotel near Graceland are ready to shake, rattle and roll on the project.

Guest House at Graceland LLC, formed to develop the hotel, has filed an $84 million construction loan for the 450-room resort-style hotel at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.

29. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

30. Beautiful Minds -

Someday, a famous innovator’s biography may include the story of the first time she used a hammer – at age 4 or 5, at a private Memphis girls school, to pound on a strip of copper.

And how she then took that strip of copper and molded it into the shape of a heart, a tiara or a cool design that meant something to her evolving mind but that adults couldn’t identify.

31. US Home Prices Accelerated in February as Sales Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices climbed at a faster pace in February than the previous month, driven by higher sales and a limited supply of available houses.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5 percent in February from 12 months earlier, S&P said Tuesday. That is up from a 4.5 percent pace in January.

32. Battle of the Band(width) -

Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.

33. Fewer Homes for Sale Pushes Up US House Prices in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in December at a faster pace than the previous month, likely because of a much smaller number of homes for sale.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.5 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier. That is up from 4.3 percent in November and the same as October's annual increase. The small gain comes after price increases had slowed for 12 straight months.

34. Imminent Danger -

The risk is real. And the evidence is in the charges of second-degree murder against the owner of New England Compounding Center Inc., and pharmacists and others employed by the company.

35. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

36. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

37. Market Square, Old City Vie for Knoxville Revelers -

Christmas wrapping packed away? Check. 2014 all but in the books? Check. Resolutions for 2015 made? Maybe. Check. Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check. Check.

New Year’s Eve revelers have choices of how they want to ring in 2015 while celebrating a successful – or at least completed – 2014. There’s no time yet for making resolutions when two of the year’s biggest parties are about to blast Knoxville with noisemakers and fireworks.

38. EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District -

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved Tuesday, Nov. 25, the creation of a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district around Graceland, one of the city's most visited attractions and powerful economic engines.

39. TVA ‘Robo Houses’ a Success, On the Market -

For the past five years, several residents of the Campbell Creek subdivision have had the quietest neighbors they could have ever wanted. Now they’re going to have to adjust to having people instead.

40. Turner Looks to Increase Professional Advancement in Commercial Real Estate -

Bob Turner has a diverse background in real estate, including long stints in both residential and commercial development.

41. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

42. Supreme Court Weighs Generic Drug Dispute -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seems divided as it considers a high-stakes patent dispute between rival pharmaceutical companies over the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis treatment.

43. Council Delays Pension Action, Broods Over 'Key Members' Designation -

Memphis City Council members debated who is a “key member” of the body Tuesday, Oct. 7, as they delayed action on changes to city employee pensions into November.

The delay on third and final reading of several pension ordinances was expected. The items are now on the Oct. 21 council agenda. But council members expect there will not be a vote then either and city Chief Administrative Officer George Little said the administration can live with a further delay.

44. Whitehaven Flood Response Complicated -

When the Memphis area got seven inches of rain on Sept. 11, a group of Whitehaven homeowners at the state line watched once the rain stopped as their neighbors on the other side of the border got a prompter response in terms of a federal disaster declaration.

45. US Existing Home Sales Fall in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

Sales of existing homes fell 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. That snaps a four-month streak of gains. August sales are down from a July rate of 5.14 million, a figure that was revised slightly downward.

46. US Home Price Gains Slow in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June – a cooldown that could continue for several more months.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 8.1 percent in June from 12 months earlier, according to a Tuesday report. That's down from 9.4 percent a month earlier and the smallest annual gain since December 2012.

47. Commission Reopens Anti-Discrimination Debate -

Six of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners attend their last meeting Monday, Aug. 18.

The finale of the four-year term of office will feature renewed discussion about a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance and attempts to make the residency requirement for county commissioners more specific.

48. US Home Price Gains Slow for Sixth Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous month and the smallest annual gain since February 2013.

49. Chamber: More People Working in Green Sector -

The Greater Memphis Chamber counts approximately 15,380 Memphians working in the green economy, with the largest group being 4,800 who work in clean energy.

The numbers are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and in the headcounts by business, there are some corporate and brand names that might not be on the tip of your tongue when you hear the term green economy or green business.

50. Commission To Hold Brooks Hearing, Sets Standardized Property Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners agreed Monday, to make their own determination about the residency of commissioner Henri Brooks probably toward the end of July in a proceeding that one commissioner described as a “question and answer session.”

51. US Home Prices Rise at Slower Rate in March -

U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.4 percent in March compared with 12 months earlier. While healthy, that rate of growth has slowed from both February and January.

52. US Home Prices Rise at Slower Rate in March -

U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.4 percent in March compared with 12 months earlier. While healthy, that rate of growth has slowed from both February and January.

53. Senate Nears Passage of Jobless-Benefits Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year.

54. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

55. US Home Prices Dip in January for 3rd Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices dipped in January for a third straight month, likely because of slower sales in recent months caused by cold weather, a limited supply of homes and higher mortgage rates.

56. Commission Delays Fire Promotion Review -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, March 10, delayed for two weeks a resolution that would have urged County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to delay Shelby County Fire Department promotions in order to open talks about a better promotion system.

57. Commission Delays Fire Promotion Review -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, March 10, delayed for two weeks a resolution that would have urged County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to delay Shelby County Fire Department promotions in order to open talks about a better promotion system.

58. County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

The 11-1 vote came after it appeared twice that commissioners, including those supporting the funding, were ready to delay the decision for two weeks.

59. US Home Prices Dip for Second Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index declined 0.1 percent from November to December, matching the previous month's decline. The index is not adjusted for seasonal variations, so the dip partly reflects slower buying as winter weather set in.

60. New Housing Option Comes to Victorian Village -

Florence Hervery had been thinking about the next phase of her life for some time.

The 55-year-old Whitehaven resident had been mulling over a move Downtown, but she wanted a home, not a condominium or apartment, and was hesitant to move into the bustling Downtown core.

61. Debt and Liability -

There is rarely a good answer to the question “How much?” in politics.

With issues including the unfunded pension liability, overall debt, and revenue estimates and their validity, City Hall’s overall money problem begins but hardly ends with the question. It won’t be that simple.

62. Wenco Files Construction Loan for Volvo of Memphis -

7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Loan Amount: $4.2 million

Loan Date: Nov. 7, 2013
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Wenco Properties LLC
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA
Details: Wenco Properties LLC has filed a $4.2 million construction loan through Wells Fargo Bank for the Volvo of Memphis dealership it is building at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

63. Wenco Files $4.2 Million Loan to Build Cordova Volvo -

Wenco Properties LLC has filed a $4.2 million construction loan through Wells Fargo Bank for the Volvo of Memphis dealership it is building at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

64. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider. “I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

65. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider.

“I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

66. Flagship Facility -

NexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the country, recently debuted a new advanced welding and cutting demonstration lab at its renovated Downtown headquarters on Walnut Street.

67. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future -

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.

68. Pending Sales of US Homes Slip but Remain Solid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in July, but the level stayed close to a 6.5-year high. The modest decline suggests higher mortgage rates have yet to sharply slow sales.

69. Mississippi Jobless Rate Falls as Labor Force Dips -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's unemployment rate fell by a half percentage point to 8.5 percent in July, hitting lowest level in more than four years, but only because the state's labor force shrank.

70. Building Permit Filed for Volvo of Memphis -

7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Cost: $2.3 million

Project Cost: $3.5 million
Permit Date: Applied August 2013
Completion: Summer 2014
Owner: Wenco Properties LLC
Tenant: Volvo of Memphis
Architect: Fleming Associates Architects PC
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

71. Volvo of Memphis Files Building Permit -

The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

72. Reports Reflect Fed's Message of Stronger Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans' confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 5.5 years.

That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

73. US Home Prices Rise 12.1 Percent in April -

U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, the most since March 2006. More buyers and a limited supply of available homes have lifted prices in most cities across the country, a sign of a broad-based housing recovery.

74. AP Survey: Economists See No Stock Market Bubble -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A debate is raging among investors and analysts: Has the Federal Reserve inflated a stock market bubble by driving interest rates to record lows?

The answer, according to economists surveyed by The Associated Press: No.

75. Signed Contracts to Buy US Homes at 3-Year High -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.

76. Applications for US Unemployment Aid Rises -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. Still, the level of applications is consistent with steady hiring and remains near a five-year low.

77. Rising Home, Stock Prices Boost US Confidence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident in the U.S. economy than at any point in the past five years, thanks to surging home values, a brighter job market and record-setting stock prices.

78. Nuclear Protester Trial Gets Underway This Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) – An octogenarian nun and two codefendants used bolt cutters to cut through fences and spent about two hours inside a Tennessee national security plant that has had a hand in making, maintaining or dismantling parts of every nuclear weapon in the country's arsenal, federal authorities allege.

79. May 3-9: This Week in Memphis History -

1993: J. Terry Steib became the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

The Harrah’s casino division of Memphis-based Promus Cos. announced plans to build a casino in Tunica on 150 acres of land five miles west of U.S. 61 with an opening date of late 1994.

80. US Home Prices Up Most in Nearly 7 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose 9.3 percent in February compared with a year ago, the most in nearly seven years. The gains were driven by a growing number of buyers who bid on a limited supply of homes.

81. MAA’s Net Income Rises in Fourth Quarter -

MAA reported a fourth quarter net income of $22.3 million, as compared to $18.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net income results for the quarter ended Dec. 31 for the Memphis-based, apartment-only Real Estate Investment Trust included $3.2 million related to gains on the sale of one apartment community, while net income results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, included $7.9 million related to gains on the sale of one apartment community.

82. Memphis Law Firm Now Part of Regional Practice -

Rebecca Adelman’s new law firm launched Jan. 1 after a group of attorneys left one firm to start a new practice with her.

83. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

84. US Home Prices Accelerate in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices accelerated in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in November compared with the same month a year ago. That's the largest year-over-year gain in six years.

85. Shelby County Commission Finalizes Trustee Contract -

Shelby County Commissioners approved at their Monday, Jan. 14, meeting the agreement between the Shelby County Trustee’s office and the city of Memphis for Trustee David Lenoir to collect city property taxes for the city.

86. Shelby County Commission Finalizes Trustee Contract -

Shelby County Commissioners approved at their Monday, Jan. 14, meeting the agreement between the Shelby County Trustee’s office and the city of Memphis for Trustee David Lenoir to collect city property taxes for the city.

87. County Wage Theft Ordinance Defeated -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a “wage theft” ordinance Monday, Jan. 14, on third and final reading.

The proposal failed on a 5-7 vote with very little debate among commissioners but a just about even split among 23 citizens who spoke on the issue before the commission voted.

88. County Wage Theft Ordinance Defeated -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a “wage theft” ordinance Monday, Jan. 14, on third and final reading.

The proposal failed on a 5-7 vote with very little debate among commissioners but a just about even split among 23 citizens who spoke on the issue before the commission voted.

89. US New Home Sales Jump to Fastest Rate Since April 2010 -

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery.

Sales of new homes rose 4.4 percent in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s the fastest pace since April 2010, when a federal tax credit boosted sales.

90. US New Home Sales Jump at Fastest Rate Since April 2010 -

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery.

Sales of new homes rose 4.4 percent in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s the fastest pace since April 2010, when a federal tax credit boosted sales.

91. Midtown Momentum -

The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.

“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”

92. Measure of US Home Prices Rises Most in 6 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery.

93. Storm's Cost May Hit $50 Billion; Rebuilding to Ease Blow -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Superstorm Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.

94. Homebuilder Confidence High -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remains at its highest level in six years, reflecting improved optimism over the strengthening housing market this year and a pickup in visits by prospective buyers to builders’ communities.

95. City Council to Vote on Discrimination Ordinance -

With a legal opinion from City Attorney Herman Morris in hand, Memphis City Council members on Tuesday, Oct. 16, again take up an ordinance that would ban the city from discriminating in hiring and promotions based on sexual orientation.

96. Contracts to Buy US Homes Fell Slightly in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in August from a two-year high in July.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its index of sales agreements dropped 2.6 percent last month to 99.2. In July, the index rose to 101.9. That was the highest level since April 2010, when the market benefited from a federal home-buying tax credit.

97. New US Home Sales Edged Down 0.3 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount.

New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 percent from July's revised rate of 374,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That had been the fastest pace since April 2010 when government tax credits were boosting sales.

98. Leader Five Star Homes Partners With Energy Star -

Leader Five Star Homes has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star for New Homes Program, which provides homebuyers with energy efficient new homes that save money on utility bills, offer greater comfort and better performance, and help to protect the environment.

99. Construction Spending up in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another strong gain in homebuilding pushed U.S. construction spending up for a third straight month in June.

The construction industry has been flashing signs of improvement while other sectors of the economy have slowed.

100. Residential Greening -

There was a time not so long ago when potential homebuyers had to demand energy efficiency in new homes.

Nowadays, green features are more of an expectation than an extra.

“I would venture to say that just about everybody asks about energy efficiency,” said Martha Fondren, director of sales and marketing for Grant & Co. “They may not say it in those words, but they ask us about what kind of furnaces we are using, what kind of faucets, what kind of insulation. What are the standard things that people can expect when they walk in the home in order to save them money on the utility bills because that’s a huge expense.”