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1. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

2. Last Word: Before the Rain on Beale, No More Laser Quest and School's End -

Just before the rain moved in and local TV just got all silly about it, David Fizdale was taking a look around Beale Street. And he got recognized and even posed for a few selfies.

If that’s not enough for you, here’s the Associated Press confirmation and a bit about the mechanics of how this all came about. Fizdale met with majority owner Robert Pera Wednesday in California and then came to town Thursday for more meetings.

3. Bartlett Native Wright Makes MLB Debut at Dodger Stadium -

When Daniel Wright stepped up on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium to make his major-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds the other night, a crowd of thousands was watching. And more than a dozen family members and friends from Memphis and Jonesboro, Ark., were there to root for him.

4. Big Memphis Banks Getting Bigger -

The biggest banks based in Memphis keep getting bigger. New figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through the first quarter show broad-based improvement among banks in the Memphis-area market, from growth in net income to loans to total asset size.

5. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

6. Sports Notebook: If He’s Available, Should Grizzlies Take Labissiere In First Round? -

While it’s difficult to imagine the NBA matching the NFL for draft night drama this year – hopefully there are no Twitter bong photos seconds before tipoff – the mock drafts don’t seem to agree a lot beyond LSU forward Ben Simmons going to Philadelphia first overall and Duke forward Brandon Ingram going second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

7. 1917 Lynching Recalled, Marker Planned at Site -

In a year, a group of religious leaders hopes to draw at least 5,000 Memphians to an area off Summer Avenue by the Wolf River where 3,000 gathered nearly a century ago as a man was burned alive.

The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis gathered Sunday, May 22, in a field by a Wolf River oxbow, 99 years to the day that Ell Persons was lynched at an event that was covered by local newspapers in advance.

8. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

9. New Schools Giving Memphis Suburbs More Autonomy -

Some of the trees along East Shelby Drive on the 158 acres at Sycamore Road are in rows. It’s the unmistakable sign of a tree nursery. And before that it was considered a prime dove hunting location.

10. Sometimes, Adviser Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

11. The Week Ahead: May 16-22 -

With a barbecue-filled weekend behind us, it’s time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the Memphis in May Triathlon (where you can work off that pork belly) to the city’s first Palestine Festival (where, yes, there will be even more food).

12. Sometimes, Financial Planner Mike Cooper Just Saves Clients From Themselves -

Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.

13. Rallings May Seek Permanent Director Post -

When law enforcement brass talk about putting “drugs and guns on the table” – it’s a literal expression of a police department touting its ability.

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings did just that last week with the results of a 2 1/2 month operation by the police Organized Crime Unit that began Feb. 1, his first day on the job as police director.

14. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

15. Four Judicial Races on Aug. 4 Ballot -

Two years after the big ballot of judicial positions that are up for election once every eight years, there are four judicial races on the Aug. 4, 2016 ballot.

The two races for Bartlett Municipal Court Judge and races for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge and Shelby County Chancery Court reflect a last-minute ballot switch by the Shelby County Election Commission as well as continued turnover in countywide courts.

16. Lawmakers Fail To Conclude Tennessee Legislative Session -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A lengthy debate over a proposed veto override, partisan squabbling and a disagreement over a tax cut have delayed the planned conclusion of the legislative session.

17. 5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders -

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

18. Proofreading Potholes: Fundraising Miscommunications -

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about our recent column on fundraising and proofreading. We heard from donors, volunteers, an executive director and a foundation program officer. We received feedback from you our Memphis readers, as well as readers in New York and California. Each had a story to tell about a nonprofit and proofreading.

19. Lot Availability, Prices Putting Home Construction Behind Demand -

The recent uptick in the residential real estate market is devouring what’s left of lot development that lagged during the recession, and tight supply is raising home prices in the Memphis area.

20. Walmart Hiring 300 for Bartlett Supercenter -

Walmart is looking to hire 300 local residents for its upcoming store at 6790 Raleigh LaGrange Road.

21. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

22. Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent In March -

Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out the first quarter by posting March numbers that headed in the direction bankers and real estate professionals like to see.

Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume was a little more than $131 million, up by $3.4 million over March 2015’s total of almost $128 million, for a gain of about 3 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

23. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

24. Wolfchase Adds Three Tenants -

Simon Property Group, the parent company of Wolfchase Galleria, has added three new stores to the Bartlett-area mall.

Kids Foot Locker will open at Wolfchase over the summer. The 4,497-square-foot store will be located on the lower level next to Francesca’s.

25. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

26. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

27. Aug. 4 Candidate Filing Deadline is Thursday -

The filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 4 election ballot in Shelby County is Thursday, April 7, at noon.

The ballot’s main attraction is the set of state and federal primary elections for Congress and the Tennessee Legislature. But the ballot also includes a countywide general election contest for General Sessions Court clerk, plus nonpartisan races for five of the nine seats on the Shelby County Schools board, Chancery Court judge and Circuit Court judge as well as both Bartlett municipal judge positions.

28. Three Entities Pay $2.6M For Bartlett Apartments -

A Bartlett apartment community has sold for $2.6 million. In a March 30 warranty deed, Summereast, an affiliate of the Robert and Martha Fogelman Living Trust, sold the property at 776 Bartlett Road. Three entities – TN Summereast LLC, Garden View LLC and WI Memphis LLC – jointly purchased the property.

29. Memphis Baseball Trusting Young Pitchers -

University of Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock looks at his freshmen pitchers and sees talent and promise, even if at times this season “the moments have been a little big for them.”

30. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

31. House OKs Increasing Penalties for Texting While Driving -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House has narrowly passed a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving in Tennessee.

Texting behind the wheel is currently considered a non-moving violation, punishable by a $50 fine. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett would make it a moving violation that could require driver education course and four points issued against the driver's license.

32. Saint Francis-Memphis CEO David Archer to Retire -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis CEO David Archer is preparing to leave the hospital in May after 19 years, a departure that will also cap a 30-year career with Saint Francis’ owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp.

33. Transgender Restroom Bill Advancing in Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate is advancing a bill to require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth, while House members are seeking to revive the measure that was defeated earlier in the week.

34. Time On The Porch -

ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time.

35. Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel -

When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.

36. Bartlett Judicial Races Shifted To August Ballot -

The two municipal judges in Bartlett learned this week that they have races to run on the August ballot, not the November ballot they were scheduled to run on.

The addition of two races to the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot comes two weeks before the April 7 filing deadline for the nonpartisan local races as well as the state and federal primary contests.

37. Saint Francis-Memphis CEO Prepares to Step Down -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis CEO David Archer is preparing to leave the hospital in May after 19 years, a departure that will also cap a 30-year career with Saint Francis’ owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp.

38. Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry -

The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices.

39. Cordova Apartments Sell for $31.1 Million -

555 Wood Arbor Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $31.1 million

Sale Date: March 2, 2016
Buyer: CEAI Grove LLC
Seller: Trinity 464 LLC
Loan Amount: $4.2 million
Borrower: CEAI Grove LLC
Lender: CBRE Multifamily Capital Inc.
Details: The Grove at Trinity Point apartments have sold for $31.1 million.

40. Life Church of Memphis Moves on $15M Project -

The Life Church is improving its Collierville campus. A $15 million building permit application recently filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists a new sanctuary facility with associated site work and paving for 650 Houston Hill Road.

41. Three Post Offices to Host Passport Fairs Saturday -

Three Memphis-area post offices will host passport fairs this weekend for anyone looking to renew their passport or apply for their first one.

The fairs will be held Saturday, March 12, at these times and locations:

42. Life Church of Memphis Plans $15M in New Construction -

The Life Church is improving its Collierville campus. A $15 million building permit application recently filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists a new sanctuary facility with associated site work and paving for 650 Houston Hill Road.

43. Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story -

When Ikea opens its 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis later this year, it will bring a retail experience unlike any ever seen in the region.

The typical American retail setup is a big-box outlet with aisle after aisle of organized items displayed on neat shelves, usually with a row of check-out counters near the front.

44. PNA Conference Covers Gamut of Issues to Improve Seniors' Lives -

Most of the topics you would expect. The 2016 overview on Medicare, coordinating services for seniors, and dealing with grief in the workplace.

They are all anticipated – and needed topics – for the Feb. 23 Professional Network on Aging (PNA) Conference at Bartlett Municipal Center.

45. Chef Shuttle Expands Into Midtown and Downtown -

Restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle will now serve Midtown and Downtown.

Dunkin Donuts, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Hard Rock Cafe, Kooky Kanuck and Pita Pit are the initial participating restaurants. That list is expected to grow if Chef Shuttle’s 75 restaurant partners across Collierville, Cordova, Bartlett, East Memphis and Germantown are any indication.

46. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in January -

After closing out 2015 on a high note, Shelby County home sales are off to a slow start this year.

The 971 home sales recorded in January marked a 28.9 percent drop from the 1,366 sales in December, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

47. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

48. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT -

Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.

Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.

49. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

50. Events -

Greater Memphis IT Council will host a Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Mark Stephens of First Horizon Corp. will present “Dashboards & Data Analytics.” Register at memphisitcouncil.com.

51. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

52. 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.

53. Olympus to Invest $12M in New Bartlett Distribution Center -

A Tokyo-based maker of medical and surgical products plans to invest $12 million in a service and distribution center in Bartlett.

Olympus Corp. is building an East Coast national service and distribution center in Bartlett Corporate Park, a facility that will serve as a distribution point for Olympus medical equipment and devices like endoscopes, surgical devices and generators.

54. Events -

Staxtacular 2016, the Soulsville Foundation’s largest fundraiser, will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Hosted by Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies, “The Baller’s Ball” brings together the world of sports, music and philanthropy to benefit the Soulsville Foundation’s youth programs. Tickets are $175. Visit staxtacular.com.

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

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

56. Atlanta Architecture Firm Lands in Bartlett -

GreenbergFarrow, an Atlanta-based architectural, engineering, planning and development-consulting firm, has landed in Memphis.

Its 14th U.S. office recently opened at 6520 Stage Road in Bartlett.

57. Atlanta Architecture Firm Lands in Bartlett -

GreenbergFarrow, an Atlanta-based architectural, engineering, planning and development-consulting firm, has landed in Memphis.

Its 14th U.S. office recently opened at 6520 Stage Road in Bartlett.

58. 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.

59. 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

60. 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.

61. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed -

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.

62. Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton -

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

63. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

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

601 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $17 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015

65. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17M -

Culpepper Place of Collierville, an assisted living facility at 601 Wolf River Blvd., has a new owner and a new name following its $17 million sale.

66. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17M -

Culpepper Place of Collierville, an assisted living facility at 601 Wolf River Blvd., has a new owner and a new name following its $17 million sale.

67. East Memphis Retail Strip Sells for $5.3 Million -

An East Memphis retail center has sold for $5.3 million to an out-of-town group.

Orleans Place Retail Center LLC purchased the property at 1779 Kirby Parkway and 1789 Kirby Parkway from Cohen Orleans Place LLC in a Dec. 28 warranty deed.

68. East Memphis Retail Strip Sells for $5.3 Million -

An East Memphis retail center has sold for $5.3 million to an out-of-town group.

Orleans Place Retail Center LLC purchased the property at 1779 Kirby Parkway and 1789 Kirby Parkway from Cohen Orleans Place LLC in a Dec. 28 warranty deed.

69. Last Word: The Force Reawakens, Methodist Expands and Setting Up 2016 -

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

70. Events -

Stax Music Academy will perform its holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays,” Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cadre Building, 149 Monroe Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; children under 16 are free. Call 901-946-2535, ext. 250, to buy tickets.

71. Grizzlies’ Footprint Growing Across Region; Redbirds, RiverKings Try to Hit Their Niches -

Decades ago, the St. Louis Cardinals used their vast radio network to extend their brand across the middle of America. Even today, they have more than 130 affiliated stations in eight states.

“The Cardinals did a great job through their radio outreach,” said John Pugliese, Memphis Grizzlies vice president of marketing, communications and broadcast.

72. Bass Berry & Sims Plans $2.1 Million Renovation -

100 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $2.1 million

Application Date: December 2015

73. Tampa Developer Buys in Bartlett -

Part of a Bartlett commercial center has sold for $1.5 million, according to a Nov. 30 warranty deed.

Senter C. Crook, a trustee of The Crook Trusts, sold the property at 2955 Kate Bond Road to Florida-based HP Sherrill IV LLLP.

74. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal' -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

75. Tampa Developer Buys in Bartlett -

Part of a Bartlett commercial center has sold for $1.5 million, according to a Nov. 30 warranty deed.

Senter C. Crook, a trustee of The Crook Trusts, sold the property at 2955 Kate Bond Road to Florida-based HP Sherrill IV LLLP.

76. Clinton Declaration Signals Attempt to Upset Tennessee’s Presidential Rhythm -

By the time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton walked on a stage at LeMoyne-Owen College a week ago, her campaign was already emphasizing what it viewed as the central message of the stop.

77. Study: Medical Device Industry Has $2.6B Local Impact -

Companies like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic and Wright Medical don’t just help augment the human body as a result of the products and medical devices they manufacture.

Their products also represent something of a support structure for the Memphis economy, which is braced thanks in part to the reinforcement of the medical device industry.

78. U of M Sets Up Relief Fund For 6 Tigers Athletes -

On Sept. 30, the apartment of University of Memphis basketball players Trahson Burrell and Markel Crawford caught fire. Not only was that apartment destroyed, another two apartments housing four Tiger football players – Taylor Fallin, Tevin Jones, Ryan Mack and Greg McKillion – sustained substantial water damage.

79. U of M Sets Up Relief Fund For 6 Tigers Athletes -

On Sept. 30, the apartment of University of Memphis basketball players Trahson Burrell and Markel Crawford caught fire. Not only was that apartment destroyed, another two apartments housing four Tiger football players – Taylor Fallin, Tevin Jones, Ryan Mack and Greg McKillion – sustained substantial water damage.

80. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

81. Summit Distribution Center Sells for $21.6 Million -

5155 U.S. 78
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $21.6 million

Sale Date: Oct. 21, 2015

Buyer: Summit I Distribution Center LLC

82. Lakeland Buys 94 Acres For New Middle School -

The Lakeland School System paid $1 million to purchase 94 acres, where it will build a new middle school expected to open in August 2018.

The school system’s leaders purchased the land Friday, Oct. 23. The site is north of U.S. 70, east of Canada Road and south of Old Brownsville Road.

83. 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.

84. Lakeland Buys 94 Acres For New Middle School -

The Lakeland School System paid $1 million to purchase 94 acres, where it will build a new middle school expected to open in August 2018.

The school system’s leaders purchased the land Friday, Oct. 23. The site is north of U.S. 70, east of Canada Road and south of Old Brownsville Road.

85. Collierville Sites Being Groomed to Attract Industrial Development -

Cartwright Farms in the Collierville Commerce Center is a 165-acre lot well positioned for new industrial activity.

It has the infrastructure and utilities capability. It is served by U.S. 72, which just underwent a $20 million five-lane expansion. It’s shovel-ready. It’s one of the largest pieces of Collierville’s 500 acres zoned industrial. All it needs is a little statewide attention.

86. 2016 Elections Already Taking Shape -

Back in September, when the Memphis mayor’s race was still a race, Shelby County General Sessions Court clerk Ed Stanton walked out of his office at the Shelby County Courthouse, crossed both cratered and potholed lanes of Washington Avenue, entered the Shelby County Election Commission offices and kicked off the 2016 campaign season.

87. Election Day Beckons In Hard-Fought Memphis Mayor’s Race -

The most competitive Memphis mayor’s race in 24 years goes to the city’s 403,227 voters Thursday, Oct. 8, along with races for all 13 seats on the Memphis City Council and the race for City Court clerk.

88. Methodist Files Permit for Campus Near Bartlett -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has filed a $2.6 million building permit application for changes to a 64,294-square-foot Class B office building it recently acquired.

Methodist plans to turn the building into a campus for the health care provider’s information systems and biomedical and clinical engineering departments.

89. Methodist Files Permit for Campus Near Bartlett -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has filed a $2.6 million building permit application for changes to a 64,294-square-foot Class B office building it recently acquired.

Methodist plans to turn the building into a campus for the health care provider’s information systems and biomedical and clinical engineering departments.

90. Lakeland Prepares to Close on School Bonds -

The city of Lakeland expects to close Wednesday, Sept. 16, on the $20 million bond issue to build a new middle school in the Memphis suburb.

The capital outlay notes a finalized 2.82 percent interest rate and the debt is backed primarily with the 55-cent property tax increase approved by the Lakeland Board of Commissioners this summer.

91. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

92. Learning in Action -

For the past three years, the Carpenter Art Garden has worked to unite and uplift a Binghampton neighborhood and keep kids engaged with the community.

But with a new expansion into job training, the Binghampton Development Corp. and the leaders of the Carpenter Art Garden aim to send the kids on local apprenticeships to compete in a national job market.

93. Redbirds Players Try For One Last Impression on Cardinals -

In a Triple-A baseball clubhouse, Aug. 31 doesn’t just fade into Sept. 1 and a meaningless flip of the calendar. The first of September marks the expansion of big-league rosters, so if you’re a Memphis Redbird on the parent St. Louis Cardinals’ 40-man roster, you’re hopeful of getting called up.

94. First South Financial Enhances Mobile Offerings -

Bartlett-based First South Financial Credit Union has enhanced its mobile banking app with a package of services that includes the mobile bill payment solution Picture Pay.

With it, members can pay a bill by taking a photo of it with their mobile device. First South handles the back-end work of confirming the biller’s information and processing the payment.

95. First South Financial Enhances Mobile Offerings -

Bartlett-based First South Financial Credit Union has enhanced its mobile banking app with a package of services that includes the mobile bill payment solution Picture Pay.

With it, members can pay a bill by taking a photo of it with their mobile device. First South handles the back-end work of confirming the biller’s information and processing the payment.

96. Renshaw Rehabs Spiffs Up Houses To Fetch Bigger Price Tags -

With a recent market uptick, Memphis-area Realtors are having to bring in outside help to get properties ready for sale.

Renshaw Property Management has launched a new division, Renshaw Rehabs, for the purpose of aiding distressed properties.

97. University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades -

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

98. Welcome Back -

When Shelby County’s public schools open for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, it will mark the first time in three years that there will be no historic, structural changes to the systems themselves.

99. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

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

100. Regional Forensic Center Hosts Investigators -

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center hosted an information and training session with investigators from three local law enforcement agencies Wednesday, July 29 as part of a new effort to strengthen relationships with area agencies that handle death cases.