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1. Regional One Names New Chief Legal Officer -

Regional One Health has named Imad Abdullah its chief legal officer.

Abdullah joined Regional One Health in 2014. As the principal attorney and general counsel for the health system, he is responsible for managing all aspects of legal affairs and risk management.

2. Airport Designates New Area for Uber, Lyft Services -

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective March 1.

3. City Issues RFQ For Fairgrounds Project -

The city of Memphis has issued a request for qualifications for a master developer of commercial and retail space in the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The RFQ covers 19 acres on the northern end of the Fairgrounds along Central Avenue, between Maxine Smith STEAM Academy to the west and the Children’s Museum of Memphis to the east, with a goal of mixed-use private development. Part of the 19 acres includes the gymnasium of the school, which would be demolished.

4. RKA Construction Buys Building for New Office -

RKA Construction has purchased a 4,000-square-foot building just off the Poplar corridor on Tillman Street, allowing the Memphis-based firm to quadruple its office space.

RKA, which specializes in custom residential work ranging from small additions and renovations to large, new construction projects, bought the building at 81 Tillman from Bauray LLC in January for $260,000.

5. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

6. Judge Orders Trump Administration to Implement Energy Limits -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to implement energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products that were adopted during the last days of the Obama presidency.

7. Memphis Airport Designates Area for Uber, Lyft Services -

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective March 1.

8. City Issues RFQ For Fairgrounds Project -

The city of Memphis has issued a request for qualifications for a master developer of commercial and retail space in the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The RFQ covers 19 acres on the northern end of the Fairgrounds along Central Avenue, between Maxine Smith STEAM Academy to the west and the Children’s Museum of Memphis to the east, with a goal of mixed-use private development. Part of the 19 acres includes the gymnasium of the school, which would be demolished.

9. RKA Construction Quadruples Space With New Office -

RKA Construction has purchased a 4,000-square-foot building just off the Poplar corridor on Tillman Street, allowing the Memphis-based firm to quadruple its office space.

RKA, which specializes in custom residential work ranging from small additions and renovations to large, new construction projects, bought the building at 81 Tillman from Bauray LLC in January for $260,000.

10. First User Moving Into Innovation Lab at UTHSC -

Dr. Monica Jablonski, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has been moving into a new office in recent days, just down the street.

11. Memphis International Airport Adding New Pick Up Areas for Ride Sharing Services -

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside each of the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective Mar. 1.

12. Regional One Names New Chief Legal Officer -

Regional One Health has named Imad Abdullah its chief legal officer.

Abdullah joined Regional One Health in 2014. As the principal attorney and general counsel for the health system, he is responsible for managing all aspects of legal affairs and risk management.

13. State Democrats Targeting Domestic Abuse With Bills -

Tennessee House Democrats are sponsoring legislation designed to bolster support for domestic violence victims amid a dismissive attitude toward abuse by President Donald Trump.

“We’re all familiar with the situation with Rob Porter and his former spouses showing pictures and reports about domestic violence, and the White House response has not been one that condemns the abuser but instead says we have to be careful with how we ruin someone’s reputation,” said state Rep. Raumesh Akbari during a Tuesday, Feb. 13, press conference. “So I think that shows a complete disregard for taking the complaints and the legitimate concerns of these abused women seriously.”

14. Two Residential Infill Projects Get Green Light -

Two residential infill projects in South Main and Midtown that will add density to the city’s core were approved for financial incentives Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13.

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

15. Long-Time Blue Monkey Employee Opening Deli Downtown -

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

Michael Johnson of Blue Monkey Enterprises told the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, that 18-year employee Brandon Moss will be running a deli on the bottom floor of a new three-story, 7,500-square-foot building that will be located at 529 S. Front St.

16. Group Wants Probe of TVA's Jets, Luxury Helicopter -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group called for an investigation Tuesday after finding that the Tennessee Valley Authority bought two corporate jets, a Mercedes-Benz luxury helicopter and another plane in recent years.

17. Memphis College of Art Taps CW/CA for Sale -

Memphis College of Art has tapped real estate brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to handle the sale of its Midtown portfolio, including Rust Hall and a dozen other properties.

18. ATA Expands Memphis Presence With Cannon & Co. Acquisition -

Regional accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC kicked off the new year with the acquisition of Memphis-based Cannon & Co., strengthening its footprint in the market with an eye on future growth and expansion.

19. Through Community Service, Gorman Makes Memphis Home -

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when Teddy Gorman, director of sales and marketing for Gorham/Schaffler Inc., became a born-again Memphian.

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21. Nasdaq Vice President Talks Up Blockchain in Memphis -

The guest speaker at this month’s Economic Club of Memphis luncheon discussed blockchain technology, a subject that has filtered into the mainstream conversation. Presenting the topic to a roomful of bankers and business leaders also gave it additional prominence at a time when blockchain-related news has been multiplying.

22. Council Debate on MLGW Rates Reveals Trust Issues -

It began after the Tom Lee storm last Memorial Day weekend – a burst of sudden, intense winds that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses as well as toppling the circa-1950s obelisk memorial to Tom Lee Downtown.

23. City Council Approves 2 Percent Gas and Electric Rate Hikes -

Memphis City Council members approved gas and electric rate hikes Tuesday, Feb. 6, for Memphis Light Gas and Water Division effective in July.

The two percent rate hikes for each of the sectors came after a prolonged council debate and a council vote that initially voted down the 2 percent rate hike for gas.

24. Tennessee Officials Announce $400K in Agriculture Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials have announced more than $400,000 in grants to help new and expanding agriculture and food businesses, particularly in rural counties.

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe released award information Monday for the first round of grants through the $1 million Agriculture Enterprise Fund.

25. Wiuff Installed As 2018 MAAR President -

Marx-Bensdorf Realtor Lauren Harkins Wiuff has been installed as the new president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors.

Wiuff, a third-generation real estate professional, will serve a one-year term as president and says she plans to work alongside the 2018 directors to continue enhancing services and support available to MAAR members.

26. Ram Truck Ad Using MLK Speech Draws Backlash -

NEW YORK (AP) – A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash.

27. Trump to Nominate Memphis Attorney to Federal Utility Board -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump plans to nominate Memphis attorney John L. Ryder to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority's board.

A news release from the White House says Ryder would serve a term expiring in May of 2020 if he's confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

28. Council Takes Up MLGW Rate Hikes Again, Votes On Third Ballot Question -

With the 1 percent hike in the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division water rates taking effect this month, the Memphis City Council again takes up proposed hikes in the gas and electric rates on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

29. Cushman & Wakefield Tapped to Handle MCA Sale -

Memphis College of Art has tapped real estate brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to handle the sale of its Midtown portfolio.

The 80-plus-year-old institution announced in October it would be shuttering its doors for good in May 2020. Proceeds from the sale of MCA's real estate will create a reserve fund for the teach-out of the current students and retire the college’s real estate debt, according to MCA president Laura Hine.

30. Impact America Offering Free Tax Prep Services -

Impact America - Tennessee is again providing free tax preparation services for working families in the Memphis area in partnership with Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the Junior League of Memphis, Graduate Memphis, the South Memphis Alliance and JUICE Orange Mound.

31. Pizza, Donuts and Pinnacle Planned For Midtown -

1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104: Two local restaurateurs are looking to carve out their own slice of the Crosstown Concourse with the opening of Elemento’s Neapolitan Pizza.

32. Memphis Toys R Us To Remain Open -

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

33. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

34. Memphis Toys R Us To Remain Open -

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

35. Memphis Toys R Us to Remain Open -

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to the Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. will now remain open.

36. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

37. Study: Federal Utility Shifts Costs to Residential Customers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility has given large businesses breaks on electric rates over six years while residential customers' rates increased, according to a study released this week.

38. Child Experts: Just Say 'No' To Facebook's Kids App -

BOSTON (AP) – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.

A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children – the app is intended for those under 13 – aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.

39. Campbell Clinic Wins PILOT for $30 Million Germantown Expansion -

Campbell Clinic has been awarded an eight-year retention PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) from the Germantown Industrial Development Board to help pave the way for its campus expansion plans, which include a $30 million, 120,000-square-foot new facility.

40. Last Word: Credit Hours & Tn Promise, Opioid Differences and Nikki's Hot Rebrand -

A very busy Monday and I feel like some of this is may be fueled by some of us just now getting completely over the flu or someone close who has the flu for the first time in the New Year. Whatever the case, Monday came with a curtain call of sorts by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a court order on the Confederate monuments, year-end stats on crime in Memphis and countywide… a PILOT here, a building permit or three there.

41. Campbell Clinic Wins PILOT for $30M Germantown Expansion -

Campbell Clinic has been awarded an eight-year retention PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) from the Germantown Industrial Development Board to help pave the way for its expansion plans, which include a $30 million, 120,000-square-foot new facility.

42. Campbell Clinic Approved for 8-Year Retention PILOT -

Campbell Clinic has been awarded an eight-year retention PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-tax) from the Germantown Industrial Board to help pave the way for its expansion plans, which include a new $30 million, 120,000-square-foot facility.

43. Free Tax Preparation Services Offered by Impact America -

Impact America - Tennessee is again providing free tax preparation services for working families in the Memphis area in partnership with Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, the Junior League of Memphis, Graduate Memphis, the South Memphis Alliance and JUICE Orange Mound.

44. Toys R Us Closing Store in Memphis -

New Jersey-based Toys R Us will be closing 182 stores nationwide, including its 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. location in Memphis, as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 23.

45. TVA CEO Talks Water, Economic Development, Solar and Fixed Costs -

During his visit to Memphis last week, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson left the door open to a change in TVA’s plans to use its own water wells when the new TVA natural gas-fired plant in southwest Memphis goes online later this year.

46. Southwest Gets Boost From Tax Law; Beats Street Q4 Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines said Thursday that fourth-quarter profit jumped to $1.89 billion as the recent tax law reduced the company's deferred tax liability and should boost 2018 earnings too.

47. Atlanta Development Proposal Just Happens to be Amazon-Sized -

ATLANTA (AP) – As Atlanta vies for Amazon's second headquarters, a developer just happens to be proposing a $5 billion downtown project with 9.3 million square feet (87 million square meters) of office space – more than three times the amount in the Empire State Building.

48. Dunavant Awards Will Feature Hardy As Keynote -

As a lifelong Memphian and successful entrepreneur, Carolyn Hardy is all about finding new ways to grow the city.

49. Latest Economic Overview Shows Growth Across Sectors -

The Daily News has charted big moves in these pages from some of the Memphis public companies like FedEx and First Horizon that have paid employee bonuses and hinted at major investment as a result of the recent federal tax legislation.

50. Toys R Us Closing Store in Memphis -

New Jersey-based Toys R Us will be closing 182 stores nationwide, including its 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. location in Memphis, as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 23.

51. Nashville City Council Votes to Phase Out Some Short-Term Rentals -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The city council of Tennessee's capital has voted to phase out non-owner-occupied short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods.

The Tennessean reports the Nashville Metro Council's Tuesday vote will roll back those permits over the next three years, to be completed by June 28, 2020.

52. Toys R Us Closing Memphis Store -

New Jersey-based Toys R Us will be closing 180 stores nationwide including its 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. location in Memphis as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 23.

53. Humane Society Names Davis 2018 Board President -

Ted Davis has been named 2018 president of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Davis, who is a wealth adviser for Regions Bank, joined the humane society board in December 2015. His first priority was a campaign inspiring adopters to become donors, which led him to being the Paw Prints Gala committee chair in 2017.

54. Downtown Office Tower Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette's to Expand -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

55. Downtown Office Tower Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette's to Expand -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

56. 100 North Main Building Reclaimed at Auction; Lafayette’s Expanding -

100 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1 million

Sale Date: Jan. 11, 2018

Buyer: THM Memphis Acquisitions

57. Lender Reclaims City’s Tallest Building, Lafayette’s Expanding -

100 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103 - THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC effectively bought the 100 North Main Building, a 37-story office tower, at a foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps after the property failed to receive any bids. A substitute trustee’s deed for the $1 million transaction was recorded with the Register’s Office Thursday, Jan. 11.

58. Last Word: The Snow Split, Amazon Post-Mortem and Intermodal Comeback -

A split verdict on Snow Day 4. Some school systems and colleges and universities are out again Friday, others are not and still others are opening later in the day. Shelby County Schools, which is out, says it has 13 extra days built into its schedule for just such an event or events – that is 13 days extra beyond the 180 days the state requires as the bare minimum for a school year.

59. This week in Memphis history: Jan. 19-25 -

2008: Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee exits the Republican primary for president after a string of poor finishes in primary and caucus states, ending with the South Carolina primary, where he finishes third. Thompson had left his recurring role on “Law and Order” the previous spring to explore a possible run, then officially announced his candidacy on “The Tonight Show” in June.
The presidential bid marks Thompson’s return to politics following his 1990s prime, in which he had walked away from what looked to be a slam-dunk bid for governor. But his fundraising never hits the level it’s supposed to and he has early turnover on his staff. He is out of the race before the Tennessee primary, in which former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carries Shelby County.
The same week Thompson leaves the race, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign opens its local office in East Memphis, not far from fellow Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign headquarters.

60. Lender Reclaims 100 North Main at Auction -

More than a year after Memphis’ tallest building went into foreclosure, 100 North Main has been reclaimed by the lender. THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC effectively bought the 37-story office tower at a foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps after the property failed to receive any bids.

61. Lender Reclaims 100 North Main at Auction -

More than a year after Memphis’ tallest building went into foreclosure, 100 North Main has been reclaimed by the lender.

THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC effectively bought the 37-story office tower at a foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps after the property failed to receive any bids. A substitute trustee’s deed for the $1 million transaction was recorded with the Register’s Office Thursday, Jan. 11.

62. Crosstown Concourse Earns LEED Platinum Designation -

Crosstown Concourse has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, with Crosstown believed to be the largest such historic adaptive reuse project anywhere to win this certification.

63. TruGreen to Hire 15,000 Before Spring Season -

Memphis-based TruGreen, the nation's leading lawn care company, is actively searching for qualified candidates to fill 15,000 positions nationwide.

In preparation for its busy spring season, TruGreen is accepting applications for a variety of seasonal and full-time positions, including sales, lawn specialists, management, finance, IT, customer service and call center representatives, the company announced.

64. TruGreen Seeking to Hire Workers Before Spring -

Memphis-based TruGreen, the nation’s leading lawn care company, is actively searching for qualified candidates to fill 15,000 positions nationwide.

In preparation for its busy spring season, TruGreen is accepting applications for a variety of seasonal and full-time positions, including sales, lawn specialists, management, finance, IT, customer service and call center representatives, the company announced.

65. MLK50 Weekend, Martin’s Mindset, NFL Mock Draft -

The MLK50 events around Monday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts touring the National Civil Rights Museum and joining players Mike Conley and Brooks Lopez and retired WNBA star Swin Cash in a discussion: “MLK50: Where do we go from here?”

66. ULI Brings ‘Neighborhood Playbook’ Team To Memphis -

A trio of community developers and planners hope to bring their “playbook” on grassroots urban design and revitalization to Memphis in the next installment of Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative.

67. Last Word: Mural Madness, Madison Plans and New Judges -

Maybe this discussion was bound to happen in a city where murals have been going up at a pretty good clip for several years now. At first, it was a rather startling form of civic witness in a new kind of Memphis boosterism that was a reaction to years of downing Memphis as the dominant civic monologue. And it rapidly became about how much the murals could speak to the real Memphis – in other words pro-Memphis but with an edge and more than a nod to the city’s reality. That’s a lot for a mural to pull off.

68. Orion, LEO Buy Slice of Wonder Bread -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved a trio of sales on Tuesday, Jan. 9, including two involving the $73 million Bakery Development in the Medical District and the Beale Street Hampton Inn.

69. Madison Hotel Owners Seeking Grant to Renovate Ground Floor Commercial Space -

Aparium Hotel Group, the owners of the Madison Hotel, are requesting an improvement grant from the Downtown Memphis Commission to overhaul an adjacent commercial building it owns at the corner of Main Street and Madison Avenue.

70. Last Word: Rate Hike No Go, No Abortion Vote Recount and Infill -

A foggy night, rising temperatures and the prospect of snow by Friday evening. This sounds like a familiar setting for something unexpected in Memphis while the old year is still a recent memory and the new year is still new. Tigers on a tear Tuesday evening at FedExForum, beating Tulane 96 – 89.

71. Crosstown Concourse Earns LEED Platinum Designation -

Crosstown Concourse has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, with Crosstown believed to be the largest such historic adaptive reuse project anywhere to win this certification.

72. Younger Candidates Weighing New Political Moves -

George Monger listened to his critics and his backers late last year as he contemplated another run for office 11 years after his first try.

73. CW/CA Adds Fenton As Marketing, Research Director -

Laura Fenton has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as director of marketing and research. CW/CA’s Marketing & Research department serves as the commercial real estate firm’s in-house agency for brokers and clients, and in her role, Fenton leads strategic communication, marketing and research for business development initiatives, marketing on behalf of clients, public relations, advertising, internal communications, social media and community involvement. 

74. Crosstown Concourse Earns Prestigious LEED Design Award -

Crosstown Concourse has won a significant design award – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, with Crosstown believed to be the largest such historic adaptive reuse project anywhere to win this certification.

75. Retail Workers Feel Disruption From Shifting Shopper Habits -

NEW YORK (AP) – With new options and conveniences, there's never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers ... well, not always.

The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology, and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than 16 million American shelf stockers, salespeople, cashiers and others. The shifts are driven, like much in retail, by the Amazon effect – the explosion of online shopping and the related changes in consumer behavior and preferences.

76. Two New Distribution Facilities, Southaven ‘Town Square’ In the Works -

2481 Appling Road, Memphis, TN 38133: Salt Lake City, Utah-based aftermarket auto body parts distributer Certifit Inc. is planning to construct a 604,800-square-foot distribution facility at the southwest corner of Appling and Reese roads.

77. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

78. 228-Acre Development Planned For Southaven -

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

79. Last Word: The Stay Away Plan, Kroger and the Lamar Gateway and Silo Square -

City Hall says ignore and avoid the two parks that used to have Confederate monuments and the Tennessee Welcome Center Saturday. All could be the scene of gatherings Saturday by groups opposed to the removal of the monuments including white nationalist groups. If this sounds familiar it’s because this was the city’s strategy in 1998 when a Klan group from Indiana rallied on the courthouse steps and there was a marked departure from that in 2013 when another Klan group – also from Indiana also rallied at the courthouse – different set of steps though. More on the history behind all of this when next we meet.

80. Developer Planning 228-Acre Town Square in Southaven -

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

Hill’s company, Lifestyle Communities LLC, submitted the request to rezone the acreage on the west side of Getwell Road between Goodman and Nail roads from agricultural to mixed use at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting.

81. US Auto Sales Likely Dropped in 2017, But Remain Strong -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. auto industry's historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new vehicles – especially SUVs – remains healthy as the new year begins.

U.S. auto sales are expected to fall 2 percent to 17.1 million in 2017, according to Kelley Blue Book. That would be the first year-over-year decline since 2009, ending an unprecedented seven-year expansion.

82. Moore Named Executive Director of Explore Bike Share -

Trey Moore has been named executive director of Explore Bike Share, the Memphis nonprofit that is preparing to launch a local bike-share system with 600 bicycles and 60 stations. Moore, who is returning to Memphis from Atlanta, Georgia, will lead Explore Bike Share’s staff in operations, fund development and community engagement activities in partnership with the organization’s board of directors.
As executive director, he also is committed to bicycling as a sustainable transportation option with access to as many Memphians as possible, and will help promote a bike-friendly culture in Memphis while encouraging exercise and healthy lifestyles.

83. Gibson Guitar Factory Property Fetches $14.4M, New Midtown Tiki Bar Opening Soon -

145 Lt. George W Lee Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 27, 2017

Buyer: Somera Road Inc., Tricera Capital

84. Ewing Moving Honored For Commercial Bookings -

Ewing Moving & Storage Inc. has received the 2017 Stevens Worldwide Vanlines International Commercial Booking Award, which is given to the Stevens agent that has booked the most international commercial moves within the past year.

85. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

86. Ewing Moving Honored for Commercial Bookings -

Ewing Moving & Storage Inc. has received the 2017 Stevens Worldwide Vanlines International Commercial Booking Award, which is given to the Stevens agent that has booked the most international commercial moves within the past year.

87. Summer Ave. Retail Building Gets New Owner -

A 10,000-square-foot retail building on Summer Avenue has sold for $500,000.

Commercial Capital Group LLC purchased the property at 4798 Summer Ave., which currently houses Plasma Biological Services, from Irvin D. Califf, the Sue Ballin Family Trust and M.N. Silverman. NAI Saig Co. executive vice president Brian Califf and executive sales associate Daniel McPhail represented the sellers in the deal.

88. Last Word: Falling Through Cracks, Germantown's Moratorium and Iowa's Defense -

The dean of the college of medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center talks about the death of his son a decade ago. That, he tells Michael Waddell in this powerful story, has been a driving force in his search for a way to bridge the gaps between treating substance abuse and treating the mental illness that can also be at play along with addiction. Dr. David Stern is proposing a new pilot program whose goal is to bridge the gaps and save lives.

89. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

90. Palazzolo Says Germantown Multifamily Moratorium Result of Pent-Up Demand -

When Germantown began exploring mixed-use development by opening up some commercial areas to residential development with commercial, the market responded quickly.

It revealed a pent-up demand in the larger market, said Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

91. US Durable Goods Orders Rise 1.3 Percent in November -

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose last month by 1.3 percent, boosted by orders for both commercial and defense aircraft. A category that measures business investment slipped for the first time since June.

92. 2017 a Year of Expansions, New Beginnings in Memphis Arts -

After years of planning, design and construction, Crosstown Arts finally in mid-October moved into its new space on the second floor of Crosstown Concourse.

The move was one of a long string of highlights in 2017, which has been one of the more consequential years in recent memory for arts in the city.

93. Monuments Moment Spans Generational Lines -

Van Turner Sr. celebrated his 73rd birthday Wednesday, Dec. 20, as his son, county commissioner Van Turner Jr., was somewhere near the epicenter of the most significant chapter of the city’s long-running controversy over Confederate monuments.

94. BankTennessee Makes Promotion, New Hire -

Corey Porta has been hired as assistant vice president and commercial loan officer at BankTennessee, working out of the Downtown Memphis office.

Porta has been in the financial services industry for several years and most recently served as business relationship manager at Iberiabank in Memphis and First Advantage Bank in Franklin, Tennessee.

95. Navy Marketing Campaign To Make Memphis Debut -

The United States Navy’s new national marketing campaign has been developed in Memphis by the Navy Partnership, a special division of Young & Rubicam, and the campaign and tagline will make its Memphis debut Dec. 30 at the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

96. Lukassen Takes Treasury Management Role at FHN -

First Tennessee Bank has tapped a financial services industry veteran to head up its treasury management sales team.

97. Memphis Sound at 60 -

As Stax Records and Royal Studios both wrap up a year of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Memphis News looks back at the creators and purveyors of the Memphis sound and its significance, both in its heyday and today.

98. Mississippi Jury Finds Man, Woman Guilty in Trafficking Case -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A federal jury in Mississippi has convicted two people for transporting a woman across state lines to engage in prostitution.

U.S. Attorney William C. Lamar and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze said Wednesday that after a two-day trial, jurors convicted Mario D. Collins, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Paulette M. Clayton, of Atlanta, of trafficking the victim from Georgia to Tennessee and ultimately to Oxford, Mississippi, for commercial sex purposes.

99. Lukassen Joins First Tennessee In Treasury Management Role -

First Tennessee Bank has tapped a financial services industry veteran to head up its treasury management sales team.

100. Analysis: AutoZone May Be Set Up for Stronger 2018 -

Analysts who cover the stock of AutoZone Inc. are split into two sizable camps at the moment. Some 44 percent think the stock is worth rating a “buy,” while more than 50 percent think investors that already own shares should hold on to them and do nothing for now.