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1. Trust Fund Mentioned as Possible $1.1B Solution on School Benefits Liability -

A trust fund is one possibility that has surfaced early in the formal discussions of the Shelby County School system’s $1.1 billion benefits liability.

The first meeting of the ad hoc committee on the matter last week drew nine of the 13 Shelby County Commissioners, the administration of Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and two of nine Shelby County Schools board members.

2. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

3. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

4. 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.

5. Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.

6. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

7. 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.

8. Gastro One Sells Five Shelby County Properties -

A health care real estate investment trust has acquired five of Gastro One’s Shelby County property holdings in transactions totaling $15 million, according to deeds filed with the Shelby County Register’s Office.

9. EdR Selling 5.5M Shares In Public Offering -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust EdR plans to sell 5.5 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

EdR, which is one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing, priced the stock at $35.50 per share to the public, with the offering expected to close on or about Jan. 15. The company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock.

10. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

11. Outside the Box -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.

12. School Guide Helps Parents Navigate Choices -

After five years of historic change in Shelby County public education, the traditional labels of “public” and “private” schools don’t adequately describe the range of options available to parents.

13. Gastro One Sells Five Shelby County Properties -

A health care real estate investment trust has acquired five of Gastro One’s Shelby County property holdings in transactions totaling $15 million, according to deeds filed with the Shelby County Register’s Office.

14. Volkswagen CEO Understands 'Impatience' On Emissions Fix -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller told workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee that recovering from a diesel emissions cheating scandal "won't be a walk in the park," but that the company is committed to turning around its prospects in what he called a core market.

15. EdR Selling 5.5M Shares In Public Offering -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust EdR plans to sell 5.5 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering, the company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

EdR, which is one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing, priced the stock at $35.50 per share to the public, with the offering expected to close on or about Jan. 15. The company also plans to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 825,000 additional shares of common stock.

16. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

17. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

18. Fed's Bullard to Address Economic Club of Memphis -

Only a few weeks after the Federal Reserve decided to raise interest rates after keeping them near zero for years, a key Fed official will be in Memphis later this month to talk about the economy and what lies ahead.

19. Diverse Learning -

The black kid across the hall came from Pearl in Nashville and had a full-ride scholarship.

All I knew about Pearl was that they’d bounced Memphis Treadwell out of the gym the year before to go 31 and 0 and win the state basketball championship. So the kid must be a baller, right?

20. 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.

21. Legislature Not Playing Santa With Insure Tennessee -

It’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Insure Tennessee to make it into anyone’s stocking this year.

As the 2016 session of the General Assembly approaches in early January, Republicans are showing no support for the plan Gov. Bill Haslam offered for a special session in early 2015.

22. Q&A With Seth Godin -

Seth Godin is the author of 18 books. His blog is one of the most popular in the world. After a keynote about the Connection Economy, Godin made time for a Q&A for 50 people.

At the foundation of the Connection Economy lies weirdness and art, an authentic humanness.

23. Walking On in Memphis Is A Big Part of Tigers Turnaround -

They come from near and far, from Christian Brothers, Millington and Whitehaven high schools. From Atco, N.J., League City, Texas, and Newnan, Ga.

24. Corker Says Visa Waivers a Bigger Risk Than Refugees -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he believes the nation needs to stop admitting Syrian refugees until security problems are solved, but the nation’s “bigger risk” in letting terrorists slip into the country lies with the nation’s Visa Waiver Program.

25. Planning the Perfect Wedding -

Weddings begin with the venue. “A venue holds everything,” says Kristin King, who is opening a new event facility, The Sloane, in Nashville’s Gulch area in 2016.

26. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

27. Memphis Opens DNA Storage Facility for Rape Kits -

The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.

28. Five Ways To Improve Donor Relations -

We trust your year-end fundraising is going well. Perhaps you gained new donors during Giving Tuesday. Maybe your fundraising appeal letter is generating increased gifts from current donors. Perhaps your long-term donors are thinking of you as they complete their charitable giving for the year. In all cases there are people to thank and a “donor relations” program to launch or improve. There is much a small- to mid-sized nonprofit can do to engage and retain its donors. Here are five suggestions.

29. Obama Signs 5-Year Infrastructure Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation's aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama, who said it will put Americans to work and provide states with the federal help they need to commit to long-term projects.

30. Accelerate Growth By Integrating Research -

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead – Specialty Division, The Clorox Co.; Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke Inc.

31. How to Keep Workplace Lions at Bay -

A lion used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them.

32. Ball to Lead New Division at Evolve Bank -

Thomas Ball has joined Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust as president of the newly formed Equipment Finance Division. In this role, Ball will create and grow a product line focused on equipment loans and leases to businesses across the U.S.

33. Paris Remains Open for Travel -

Paris is open for travel.

What once was an obvious statement now comes with a question mark for some travelers. After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that saw 129 killed and hundreds more wounded at several locations throughout Paris, canceling travel plans to the City of Light might seem prudent.

34. 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.

35. Playoff Committee Knows 2 Losses Don’t Define Memphis Season -

Two straight losses knocked the University of Memphis football team from the national polls.

Not a surprise and not unfair.

But after the Tigers lost at home to Navy and its diabolical triple-option offense, and by a single point at Houston – yes, they blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead – they remained at No. 21 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

36. 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.

37. Business-Nonprofit Partnerships Crucial to Transforming Communities -

Whether in Memphis, Nashville or metro Denver, there are success stories. Businesses and nonprofits coming together not just to create jobs, but to forge life-changing opportunities that turn out to be positive for everyone involved.

38. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 10 Percent in October -

Shelby County’s mortgage market is now mid-way through the final quarter of the year, but, judging from the market’s performance in October, the typical year-end slowdown hasn’t materialized yet.

39. Burst of Hiring: US Employers Added 271,000 Jobs in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

40. Consolidation of Tennessee’s Newspapers Bad for Taxpayers -

The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.

Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.

41. Shadyac Gives More Clues on St. Jude Expansion Plans -

Rick Shadyac, president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s fundraising arm, has revealed further details about the hospital’s expansion plan.

Shadyac addressed the Memphis chapter of Lambda Alpha International on Tuesday, Nov. 3, saying St. Jude/ALSAC is committed to the city and that “significant” and “transformational” plans are on the way that would grow the hospital’s reach and uplift the Pinch District and Memphis Medical Center.

42. EdR to Build Apartments At Boise State University -

A Memphis apartment developer has finalized a $39.7 million deal to build new apartments at Boise State University.

EdR will build and manage Honors College and freshman housing on the university’s Boise, Idaho, campus. The project will include a four-story building with a 305-bed Honors College, and 351 additional beds devoted to a freshman living-learning community.

43. EdR to Build Apartments At Boise State University -

A Memphis apartment developer has finalized a $39.7 million deal to build new apartments at Boise State University.

EdR will build and manage Honors College and freshman housing on the university’s Boise, Idaho, campus. The project will include a four-story building with a 305-bed Honors College, and 351 additional beds devoted to a freshman living-learning community.

44. State Systems Inc. Buys New HQ -

One of the Economic Development Growth Engine’s latest payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients is expanding its market footprint and real estate holdings with the recent purchase of seven Memphis properties.

45. Bash for Adults Planned At Teen CLOUD901 Lab -

For one night only, adults are taking over the teen lab space in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

The Memphis Library Foundation is hosting a party inside CLOUD901, the new lab that opened last month at 3030 Poplar Ave., on Nov. 7 starting at 7 p.m.

46. Bash for Adults Planned At Teen CLOUD901 Lab -

For one night only, adults are taking over the teen lab space in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

The Memphis Library Foundation is hosting a party inside CLOUD901, the new lab that opened last month at 3030 Poplar Ave., on Nov. 7 starting at 7 p.m.

47. City Council Approves Hotel-Retail Development Near Shelby Show Place Arena -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 20, plans to develop one of the few open parcels of land along Germantown Parkway as either a hotel with retail or two retail strips.

The Germantown Market planned development by the Debra Loskovitz Spousal Trust is on the east side of Germantown Parkway, south of Timber Creek Drive next to the Shelby Show Place Arena.

48. Let Your Team Lead -

Have you empowered your sales and marketing pros to lead?

Leadership isn’t a title or a salary range. And I bet every one of your employees is capable of leading.

The trick is to allow their different leadership tendencies to benefit your business. There are seven tendencies, which you can read about more in the Harvard Business Review’s piece on the Seven Transformations of Leadership.

49. Memphis City Council to Vote On Agricenter Hotel -

The Memphis City Council votes Tuesday, Oct. 20, on a planned development that could add a hotel to the area surrounding Agricenter International.

Developers for the Debra Loskovitz Spousal Trust have two possible plans for the four-acre development, which will be located east of Germantown Parkway and south of the Shelby Farms Show Place Arena.

50. Editorial: Election Night Marred By Recurring Incompetence -

The next 10 weeks will go by quickly for Jim Strickland.

The mayor-elect has decisions to make about who to trust and how far to trust them with his still-forming plan to govern for the next four years.

51. New Mayor in Town -

Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.

At the top of the list: make sure the toilets are flushing, the lights are coming on at night and the stoplights are flashing red, yellow and green.

52. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

53. Just Another Predictable SEC Football Season? Not Quite -

The Ol’ Ball Coach resigned at South Carolina. No more Steve Spurrier fun and frivolity at SEC Media Days, no more jabs at opposing coaches, no more quips that make sports writers tingle.

And yes, Justin Fuente is one of the names being floated for the South Carolina job.

54. Belz Sells Champion Hills Office Building for $7.8M -

3725 Champion Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $7.8 million

Sale Date: Oct. 8, 2015
Buyer: Champion Hills Realty Holdings LLC
Seller: Belz Investco GP
Loan Amount: $5.5 million
Loan Date: Oct. 5, 2015
Lender: C-III Commercial Mortgage LLC
Details: Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

55. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is the guest speaker. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

56. Memphis Mayoral Transition Begins -

The transition at City Hall begins this week from Mayor A C Wharton to Mayor-elect Jim Strickland.

Strickland won’t take office until January.

57. Grand Island Owners File $22.5 Million Loan -

The owners of Grand Island Apartment Homes, a high-end apartment community on Mud Island, have filed a $22.5 million mortgage on the property with backing from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

58. Memphis Health Care Staffing Company Tweaks Brand -

A female-owned, Memphis-based health care business is tweaking its brand to reflect the full scope of its footprint and convey its national ambitions.

Source One Healthcare Professionals Inc., the corporate umbrella for health care organizations in two states, is altering its OR Nurses brand in Memphis and rebranding two Texas acquisitions under its new OR Nurses Nationwide brand.

59. Mortgage Market Slips 3 Percent in September -

Though it’s been on a tear this year as rates have stayed low and supply remained somewhat thin, the Memphis-area mortgage market cooled a bit as the third quarter drew to a close.

But that’s generally to be expected, real estate professionals say, as the weather also cools and the end of the year draws near.

60. Memphis College Prep Renovating Former Dunn Avenue Elementary -

1500 Dunn Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $1.4 million

Application Date: Sept. 30

61. Grand Island Owners File $22.5 Million Loan -

The owners of Grand Island Apartment Homes, a high-end apartment community on Mud Island, have filed a $22.5 million mortgage on the property with backing from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

62. Young Energy Could Boost Veteran Grizzlies -

Of the 15 Grizzlies players on guaranteed contracts, four are entering their second season in the NBA and one is a rookie.

While all of those players currently reside outside the team’s regular rotation, the four second-year players have a chance to carve out a niche for themselves; rookie forward Jarell Martin fractured his foot in a summer workout and his development figures to be delayed.

63. Former Highwoods COO Retires, Then Promptly Starts New Career in Memphis -

Mike Harris’ idea of retirement doesn’t involve the golf course, free time or carefree travel.

64. Taser Contract Controversy Endures As Election Day Nears -

As the city of Memphis closed in on buying body cameras and other associated technology for its police department, the inner circle around Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was concerned.

They were concerned that Taser International, the camera supplier the city had picked, wasn’t getting close to the goal the city had set of at least 10 percent participation by minority- and women-owned business enterprises – MWBEs – in the total project spend.

65. Shelby County Commission Agrees to Budget Summit -

Shelby County commissioners will meet with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in October to hold a budget summit.

66. Health Care Rx -

The debate, hand-wringing, expert studies and frustrations over what to do about fixing the nation’s health care system are certainly a testament to the scale of the problem and the elusiveness, so far, of solutions.

67. Mercedes-Benz Hires Heath Elliott as Sales Manager -

Heath Elliott has joined Mercedes-Benz of Collierville as general sales manager. In his new role, Elliott will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership, which opened in 2014.

68. Study Shows Employers Shifting More Medical Costs to Workers -

Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing.

Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in the past decade, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust.

69. The Field -

The most competitive race for Memphis mayor in 24 years is in the hands of Memphis voters who will determine whether it will be as close as recent polls suggest it could be.

Early voting in advance of the Oct. 8 election day opened Friday, Sept. 18, with all 13 Memphis City Council seats on the ballot as well as the race for the City Court Clerk’s office.

70. Final Memphis Mayoral Debate Begins at 8 pm on WKNO -

On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.

They each know the speeches of their rivals, as well as their own, and the ability to catch the other guy off guard becomes more difficult as a result.

71. Memphis Mayoral Candidates to Face Off Thursday in Last Televised Debate -

On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.

They each know the speeches of their rivals, as well as their own, and the ability to catch the other guy off guard becomes more difficult as a result.

72. Memphis Tigers Face Formidable Foe in Bowling Green -

When the University of Memphis plays at Bowling Green Saturday, Sept. 18, the game will feature something that any number of SEC games could not: two well-established quarterbacks.

Not since the Tigers had running back DeAngelo Williams lining up in their backfield have they had an offensive player that demands as much as attention as redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch.

73. Lipscomb’s Exit Prompts Delay in EDGE Merger -

A move to merge two Memphis economic development agencies has intersected with the exit of Robert Lipscomb as the city’s Housing and Community Development director.

74. Memphis Financial Advisers Talk the Psychology of Money -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. financial adviser Jason Fair got a call in recent days from a client spooked over the volatility in financial markets.

75. 100 North Main Sells for $5 Million -

After months of threats to turn off power to the tallest skyscraper in Memphis, the 37-story office building has sold.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based IMH Memphis LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the skyscraper for $5 million on Aug. 25.

76. UTHSC Pulls $20 Million Permit to Build Simulation Center -

26 S. Dunlap St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $20 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015
Owner/Tenant: The University of Tennessee
Contractor: Flintco Inc.
Details: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is preparing for more construction as part of its campus overhaul.

77. 100 North Main Sells for $5 Million -

After months of threats to turn off power to the tallest skyscraper in Memphis, the 37-story office building has sold.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based IMH Memphis LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the skyscraper for $5 million on Aug. 25.

78. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs to Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

79. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings -

The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.

80. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs To Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

81. Sales of Senior Living Facilities Up in 2015 -

Mirroring national trends that show an increase in interest by investors in senior living facilities, the number of nursing home/elderly housing facilities that have changed hands is on the rise in Shelby County.

82. Mayoral Debate Clash Focuses on City Finances -

Memphis city government’s financial problems and how those problems happened was the flashpoint for the latest meeting of the top mayoral contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot.

The Wednesday, Aug. 19, forum sponsored by The Commercial Appeal at the University of Memphis saw incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. clash with challengers and city council members Jim Strickland and Harold Collins. The fourth debate contender, Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams, argued for different city priorities and a slower move toward economic development goals.

83. Equity Firms Should Leverage Innovation -

On the strategy side of our business, we work with many private equity-backed companies. We get called in when the growth trajectory and investment thesis aren’t being realized as projected.

We complete a diagnosis, based on a holistic evaluation of the market, competition, culture, marketing and operations of the firm. Applying a variety of in-depth primary and secondary forms of research and analysis, we develop a roadmap of real, organic growth.

84. Hooker Fights for Right to Die on His Terms -

John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.

85. Wolf River Conservancy Earns Accreditation -

The Wolf River Conservancy has “earned a mark of distinction” from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

The commission accredited the organization after a two-year, three-month evaluation process. It ensured that the conservation work is permanent, upholds the public trust and meets efficiency standards.

86. Memphis Firm HigherVisibility Nabs Spot on Inc. 5000 -

Search marketing firm HigherVisibility LLC was the highest-ranked Memphis company on the annual Inc. 5000 list, which ranks the nation’s fastest growing companies.

87. Wolf River Conservancy Earns Accreditation -

The Wolf River Conservancy has “earned a mark of distinction” from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

The commission accredited the organization after a two-year, three-month evaluation process. It ensured that the conservation work is permanent, upholds the public trust and meets efficiency standards.

88. Regions Wealth Executive Talks Expansion, Growth Opportunities -

Travis LeMonte has been on the job for a little more than two months, but the executive leading Regions Private Wealth Management in West Tennessee already is talking expansion and adding to his team’s wealth management firepower.

89. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

4750 Pleasant Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

90. Congress Passes 3-Month Highway, Transit Aid Patch -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.

91. Speakers Set For Inaugural TEDxMemphis Event -

A few weeks from now, Memphians will have a chance to hear from Kimbal Musk, the brother of billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk, about his plans for the restaurant and garden concepts he’s bringing to Memphis.

92. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

93. Beware of Potential Buyers at Your Door -

It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.

But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.

94. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make their retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

95. Life Events and Your Financial Plan -

Ray’s take: The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Nothing endures but change.”

When it comes to creating a financial plan, there’s always room for change. There are major events that occur in life that will require a review of, and revision to, your existing financial plan.

96. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback Transaction -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make its retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

97. Justice Department: Food Companies Risk Prosecution for Outbreaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they poison their customers.

98. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

99. Building Blocks of Estate Planning -

Ray’s take: Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to ensure their final property and health care wishes are honored when the time comes. You may not be able to take it with you, but you can have a say about where it goes.

100. Civilian Review Board Debate Flares Before Council Delay -

After years of give and take, negotiations over legal terms and the rise of police misconduct as a national issue, it appeared the Memphis City Council was ready Tuesday, July 7, to take a final vote on new rules for the long-dormant Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board.