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1. Enhanced Athletic Facilities Significant Part of Independent School Draw -

Over the last decade or so, Memphis-area independent schools have made major improvements in their athletic facilities – to the point it sometimes looks like an athletics arms race mimicking what is happening across college campuses.

2. Cordova Assisted Living Facility Sells for $6 Million -

Brookdale Cordova, a 44,000-square-foot assisted living facility at 1535 Appling Care Lane, has sold for $6 million.

3. Last Word: Football In The Rain, Shakespeare in Cordova and The Grizz Roster -

There are moments in the history of sports amateur and professional that involve turn outs like the one Thursday at the Liberty Bowl for the Tigers football season opener. There were the people who ran the St. Jude marathon in the ice several years back even after the race was cancelled. Going back to the 1980s, there were those who came out in below freezing temps for Alabama Coach Bear Bryant’s last game that came at the annual Liberty Bowl.

4. Tennessee Shakespeare Company Buys Ballet Memphis' Cordova Facility -

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company has its first permanent home, announcing Thursday, Aug. 31, that it has bought the Ballet Memphis facility at 7950 Trinity Road in Cordova for $1.9 million.

5. Cordova Assisted Living Facility Sells for $6M -

Brookdale Cordova, a 44,000-square-foot assisted living facility at 1535 Appling Care Lane, has sold for $6 million.

6. Blue Moon Estate Sales Enters Memphis Market -

A national franchise with niche in real estate sales has opened an operation in the greater Memphis area.

Rick and Lori Blanton are operators of the new Blue Moon Estate Sales business that is the first in the Tennessee and Mississippi markets. They opened for business out of their home on July 24 and are serving Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, Eads, Cordova, Millington, and Bartlett in Shelby County; Oakland and Rossville in Fayette County; and Southaven, Nesbit, Olive Branch and Hernando in Mississippi.

7. Professionalism & Charm -

Entering the upscale offices of Doug Carpenter + Associates on South Main, veteran residential real estate agent Meredith McDonald radiates Southern charm and professionalism.

8. Blue Moon Estate Sales Enters Memphis Market -

A national franchise with niche in real estate sales has opened an operation in the greater Memphis area.

Rick and Lori Blanton are operators of the new Blue Moon Estate Sales business that is the first in the Tennessee and Mississippi markets. They opened for business out of their home on July 24 and are serving Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, Eads, Cordova, Millington, and Bartlett in Shelby County; Oakland and Rossville in Fayette County; and Southaven, Nesbit, Olive Branch and Hernando in Mississippi.

9. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

10. Peak Capital Closes On Memphis Apt. Purchase -

Peak Capital Partners, a Utah-based apartment investment and management firm, has closed on The Charleston apartments in Memphis, the company has announced. Peak bought the property from Tennessee-based Wesscorp Investments.

11. Memphis Lands National Cyclocross Race -

USA Cycling has chosen Memphis to be a part of its national Cyclocross racing series for the 2017-18 season.

On Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, Shelby Farms Park will host the Tri-Star CX race, part of the American Cyclocross Calendar, where competitive cyclists from across the nation will take their wheels to a new pro-level course.

12. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

13. Home Sales Up, Price Slips in July -

As the housing market begins to head into a slower time of year with school restarting, home sales still continue to outpace last year’s figures despite a slight dip in average sales price.

The number of units sold in Shelby County was up 14 percent in July, with 1,808 sales recorded compared with 1,584 last July, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

14. Ballet Memphis Begins Move Into Midtown Facility -

The new $21 million Ballet Memphis studio in Overton Square has room for Peter Pan to fly and a two-way view of a ballet company making revolutionary turns in dance.

But all of the choreography during a Thursday, Aug. 3, tour of the 38,000-square-foot set of five studios, offices, a costume shop, meeting and classroom space and a Mama Gaia corner café at Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street was among construction workers.

15. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

16. Last Word: St. Jude School, More Gannett Moves and Maida Pearson Smith -

For most, the school year starts next week. But classes are already underway at St. Jude’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, an idea 15 years in the making, according to the physician who had that idea. The school is a big step in higher education in Memphis and its road to research center status.

17. Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M -

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold in a $27.9 million deal.

In the transaction, Peak Capital Partners, doing business as PC Charleston LLC, purchased the 24-acre parcel from local developer Wesscorp Communities, doing business as Charleston HL Apartment Community LLC. Charles W. Misenhelter, signed the deed on behalf of the sellers.

18. Once Upon A Child Franchisee Expands Footprint -

East Memphis residents now have a new option for getting rid of unneeded kids’ clothing, toys and other equipment as retailer Once Upon A Child recently opened its doors at 6100 Primacy Parkway near St. Francis Hospital-Memphis.

19. Fully Loaded -

It’s almost like the first half of 2017 was a decade in the making, at least when it comes to commercial real estate. Throughout all four major sectors of the Memphis-area commercial real estate market – industrial, office, retail and multifamily – figures are consistently reaching or exceeding pre-recession marks.

20. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

21. New Homes Constructed for Rental Properties -

Shelby County’s new housing market has drastically declined since the housing crisis of 2008. At the end of the first quarter, there were 932 homes in new housing inventory compared to 3,327 homes at the end of the first quarter in 2007.

22. Commission Locks In $4.11 Tax Rate With 10-0 Vote -

Shelby County Commissioners closed the books Wednesday, July 19, on another budget season with approval on third and final reading of a county property tax rate of $4.11.

The fourth commission meeting in a week and a half ran about 20 minutes, ending with the 10-0 vote. Several commissioners were absent from the special meeting.

23. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

Malco Theatres’ Downtown movie theater continues to take shape, with the Memphis-based cinema chain seeking its second multimillion-dollar building permit for the project in recent months.


45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5 million

24. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $5 million

Project Cost: $55 million

Application Date: July 2017

Owner: Henry Turley Co. and Community Capital

25. PetVax Opening Midtown Location -

Local veterinary clinic PetVax has signed a lease in Midtown’s Belvedere Collection, located at the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Belvedere Boulevard, with plans to open its sixth location there.

26. Last Word: Marathon County Budget Session, New Chandler Numbers and Confluence -

As we post this edition of Last Word, there is still some confusion about the KC-130 Marine cargo plane that crashed near the Leflore-Sunflower County line in Mississippi Monday evening.

All 16 people on board were killed in the crash.

27. Cordova Shopping Center Sells for $2.3 Million -

The Woodchase Center, located at 2075 N. Germantown Parkway, has a new owner.

Dr. Alan Werner purchased the 28,484-square-foot retail building from MAM Realty Holdings of Memphis LLC for $2.3 million. Brian Califf, executive vice president of NAI Saig, represented Werner, while Melanie Myers with the Gary Myers Co. represented MAM Realty Holdings.

28. Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Still Rising -

Though last month saw the first dip in average home sales prices in nine months, the number of home sales in June continued to increase.

The average sales price dropped slightly to $178,572, a 1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. However, the total number of home sales reached 1,852 for the month, up 9 percent from 1,692 a year ago. Additionally, the volume of home sales rose to $331 million, up 8 percent from $305 million last year.

29. Five Local Attorneys Seek Open Judge Seat -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday, June 30.

30. $18.5 Million Permit Filed for Central Station Project -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, developers pull an $18 million permit for the Central Station overhaul, another new Downtown hotel is in the works and the new Laurelwood bookstore gets a restaurant...

31. Five Local Attorneys Seek Open Judge Seat -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday, June 30.

32. Five Apply for Circuit Court Judge Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday, June 30.

The deadline to apply to the Trial Court Vacancy Commission was Monday, June 26, at noon.

33. Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

34. Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy -

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

35. Last Word: Cooper-Young Complications, The Mackin Investigation and Tuition Hike -

Landmarks status for Cooper-Young is on hold because part of the process for the status isn’t an official part of the application process. That would be the part that requires a certain number of signatures to get the status. And it has put on hold a similar process in Vollintine-Evergreen.

36. Cordova Shopping Center Inks Tenant Wing King -

The Wolf River Commons Shopping Center, located at 420 S. Germantown Parkway, is now fully leased as a three-year, $69,459 deal will bring a Wing King into the last 1,335-square-foot bay.

37. Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens Cordova Office -

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, one of the leading independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., has opened a Memphis-area branch in Cordova.

Castle & Cooke Mortgage regional manager Glenn Hodge said it marks a step in building market share in Tennessee. The Cordova branch is led by 24-year mortgage industry veteran John Brawner. The branch is located at 46 Timber Creek Drive.

38. Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens Cordova Office -

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, one of the leading independent mortgage lenders in the U.S., has opened a Memphis-area branch in Cordova.

Castle & Cooke Mortgage regional manager Glenn Hodge said it marks a step in building market share in Tennessee.

39. Shelby County Home Sales Heating Up Before Summer -

A solid spring has sown the seeds for an even better summer as the red-hot Memphis area real estate market enters its busiest time of the year.

The average home sales price in May was $169,549, a 10 percent increase from $154,171 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

40. Jerry’s Sno Cones Files Permit for Cordova Shop -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, one of the most iconic dessert spots in Memphis gets ready to expand, Crosstown Concourse is getting ready for its official grand opening and FedEx Ground upgrades its diesel facility...

41. Jerry’s Sno Cones Files Permit for Cordova Shop -

Longtime Memphis summertime staple Jerry’s Sno Cones has filed a $543,163 building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to break ground on its new Cordova location.

42. Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis -

Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon.

43. Full Restoration After Smaller 'Hurricane Elvis' To Take More Than a Week -

The storm that raked Memphis with 80 mile-an-hour winds Saturday evening was similar to the 2003 storm nicknamed “Hurricane Elvis” but not quite as widespread.

“It did have some similar characteristics to Hurricane Elvis,” said Gary Woodall, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Memphis. “Fortunately, this go around it was not quite physically as large as it was.”

44. Full Restoration After Smaller 'Hurricane Elvis' To Take More Than a Week -

The storm that raked Memphis with 80 mile-an-hour winds Saturday evening was similar to the 2003 storm nicknamed “Hurricane Elvis” but not quite as widespread.

“It did have some similar characteristics to Hurricane Elvis,” said Gary Woodall, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Memphis. “Fortunately, this go around it was not quite physically as large as it was.”

45. Full Restoration After Smaller 'Hurricane Elvis' To Take More Than a Week -

The storm that raked Memphis with 80 mile-an-hour winds Saturday evening was similar to the 2003 storm nicknamed “Hurricane Elvis” but not quite as widespread.

“It did have some similar characteristics to Hurricane Elvis,” said Gary Woodall, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Memphis. “Fortunately, this go around it was not quite physically as large as it was.”

46. Full Restoration After Smaller 'Hurricane Elvis' To Take More Than a Week -

UPDATE: As of 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, 125,000 Memphis Light Gas and Water Division customers were without power. And 32 people were staying at the Red Cross shelter at the Orange Mound Community Center. City Public Works has hired more contractors to help clear downed trees and other debris from roads.

47. Last Word: Sessions Visit, Election Day and Beale Street's Journey -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Memphis Thursday to talk about crime in a city whose record homicide count in 2016 Sessions has recently mentioned. Sessions is in town to talk with local, state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement. When the Attorney General comes to town, he or she is usually coming with policy talking points from the White House.

48. Memphis Jewish Home Turns 90, Plans Expansion -

Eugenia Levitch and Martha Mitchell have only known each other for about a year, yet they've got their comedy routine down pat.

49. Alabama Barbecue Team Wins Fifth MIM Championship -

The 2017 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest wrapped up Saturday, May 20, with an Alabama team taking home a record fifth World Championship.

Chris Lilly and the Big Bob Gibson team from Decatur, Alabama, had been tied for the most World Championships with Myron Mixon’s Jack’s Old South team, which won its fourth championship last year.

50. Last Word: Centennial, Hackett Retires -- Sort Of and Baseball Dreams -

Monday marks 100 years since a mob took Ell Persons off a train and to the Macon Road Bridge across the Wolf River and burned him alive. It was the lynching that gave birth to the Memphis Branch NAACP one month later. The national NAACP field office investigator who came to Memphis at great personal peril to investigate Person’s death was none other than James Weldon Johnson, the man who also composed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

51. Airport Parking Program Reaches 1,000 Participants -

Memphis International Airport has enrolled its 1,000th member in MEMPERKS, the frequent parking program it launched in December.

The program, which is free to join, allows participants to earn one point for every dollar spent on parking in any of the airport’s parking facilities. Points can be exchanged later for free parking. All new enrollees receive a bonus of 60 points, which is redeemable for one free day of parking in the economy parking lot.

52. Corky’s Targets Millennials With Store Upgrades, UberEATS -

Corky’s BBQ is chasing a new generation of customers it wants to turn into barbecue fans.

To do that, the company is making what co-owner Barry Pelts estimates is a six-figure investment in renovations for its Memphis-area eateries. That update is already basically finished at the flagship Corky’s restaurant at 5259 Poplar Ave., which features an open floor plan, three widescreen TVs, brighter interior lighting, new booths and more.

53. Memphis Retail Market ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Through First Quarter -

Despite some notable big-box bankruptcies, positive growth is still in the forecast for the rest of 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ first quarter Retail Marketbeat Report.

54. Former Banker Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft -

A former lead bank teller pleaded guilty Thursday, May 4, to systematically walking out of the bank with concealed cash that eventually totaled some $266,000 over a three-month period in 2009, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

55. Clark Tower Wraps Up $8 Million Renovation -

Commercial real estate firm Colliers International has announced the owner of Clark Tower, In-Rel Properties, has finished an $8 million renovation of the iconic East Memphis office building. Details on that and other top deals in this week's Real Estate Recap...

56. Last Word: Council Day Issues, 'A Man Of Color' and East Memphis 'Novel' -

A busy day at City Hall Tuesday by the City Council agenda and by at least one completely unplanned moment during council budget committee sessions. It was so busy that at the start of Tuesday’s council session, chairman Berlin Boyd couldn’t find his gavel and technical glitches prompted him to ask for a can of WD-40. Throw in a visit to City Hall by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson and you have our comprehensive same night rundown of how it went and for whom it went.

57. Memphis-Area Home Sales Drop, Prices Rise in April -

The Memphis-area housing market was a mixed bag in April as the lack of inventory caused the number of home sales to drop for the first time in eight months but also kept average sales prices on the rise.

58. Former Banker Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft -

A former lead bank teller pleaded guilty Thursday, May 4, to systematically walking out of the bank with concealed cash that eventually totaled some $266,000 over a three-month period in 2009, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

59. Ballet Memphis Partners With MJCC to Open Dance School -

Ballet Memphis is planning to open a second Ballet Memphis School location this summer.

The organization has formalized an agreement with the Memphis Jewish Community Center, located at 6560 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, to operate the school in the MJCC space currently staffed by the Markell School of Dance.

60. Pinnacle Grows Memphis Staff With Client Service Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added two professionals in Memphis in client service roles.

Melanie Gibson, who has 10 years of experience, joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist. She comes most recently from Bank of Bartlett, where she was a sales and services supervisor, and is based at Pinnacle’s Forest Hill office.

61. Last Word: Season's End, 100 N. Main Delays and Voting With Popsicle Sticks -

The last Grizz game of the regular season is a loss to the Mavericks Wednesday evening at the Forum 100 – 93. Look for further word Thursday on Tony Allen's right leg injury. Here comes the “second season” starting with the Spurs. Inbetween is a trip down memory lane as the two-hour "30 for 30" documentary on John Calipari debuts Thursday on ESPN. There was a screening Monday in Kentucky that Calipari attended. The Lexington Herald-Leader has more.

62. Baptist, American Esoteric Laboratories Partner on New Automated Microbiology Lab -

As Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. president and CEO Jason Little was arriving at American Esoteric Laboratories Wednesday, April 12, he caught sight of his cousin who works at AEL.

63. Shelby County Housing Market Caps Off Strong First Quarter -

The final month of the quarter capped off a strong start to 2017 as the number of homes sold in Shelby County were up 20 percent in March and 13 percent for the first quarter.

The average home sales price in March was $151,688, a 5 percent increase from $144,949 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

64. Huey’s Cordova Launches Tuesday Tunes on the Terrace -

Huey’s Cordova is preparing to celebrate its first live music series on its large, updated patio.

The restaurant will present “Tuesday Tunes on the Terrace” every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The series begins April 18, and Huey’s will host happy hour specials in addition to live music on the patio. Admission is free.

65. Rental Homes Encroaching on Housing Market -

Based on an analysis of all home sales recorded in Memphis and Shelby County last year, 25 percent of purchases were made by investors. Of these sales, 42 percent were purchased by out-of-town owners, where the tax bill is mailed to an address outside of Shelby County.

66. Task Force Backs 3 De-Annexations, 3 Referendums -

A task force on de-annexation is recommending referendums in three recently annexed areas of Memphis, an automatic de-annexation of three other sparsely populated areas on the city’s borders and keeping a part of Raleigh proposed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for de-annexation.

67. De-Annexation Task Force Recommends 3 Referendums, 3 Automatic De-Annexations -

A task force on de-annexation is recommending de-annexation of three recently annexed areas of Memphis, an automatic de-annexation of three other sparsely populated areas on the city’s borders and keep a part of Raleigh proposed by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for de-annexation in the city of Memphis.

68. MATA Route Changes, Additions Start Sunday -

A total of 28 changes in Memphis Area Transit Authority routes and service levels, including three new routes, take effect Sunday, April 2.

The transit authority approved the changes and additions earlier this year. They represent an estimated $500,000 worth of added service, according to MATA’s figures.

69. MATA Route Changes, Additions Start Sunday -

A total of 28 changes in Memphis Area Transit Authority routes and service levels, including three new routes, take effect Sunday, April 2.

The transit authority approved the changes and additions earlier this year. They represent an estimated $500,000 worth of added service, according to MATA’s figures.

70. Bill That Helps Nonviolent Offenders Passes in Legislature -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that helps nonviolent offenders find employment has passed in the Legislature with bipartisan support.

The primary sponsors of the bill were Shelby County-area lawmakers.

71. Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan -

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

Dubbed the Overton Gateway, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg’s plans for a proposed multifamily development at the confluence of Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway received a cold reception from residents of the surrounding Lea’s Woods neighborhood Tuesday evening, March 21.

72. Events -

An Islamic art and calligraphy presentation and workshop will take place Wednesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cordova Library, 8457 Trinity Road. Attendees will be able to try their hand at Islamic calligraphy. Cost is free. Visit muslimsinmemphis.org/events for more information.

73. Last Word: James Cotton, A Quiet Jackson Day in Memphis and 'A Football School' -

When you think of the blues and harmonica – James Cotton probably comes to mind – Sonny Boy Williamson too, who taught Cotton how to play.

74. Hickory Hill Home Depot Site Sells for $15 Million -

3469 Riverdale Road
Memphis, TN 38115 

Sale Amount: $15.7 million

Sale Date: March 3, 2017

Buyer: Spirit Realty Capital

75. Cordova Bed, Bath & Beyond Property Sells for $5 Million -

A Michigan-based real estate investment trust has purchased Bed, Bath & Beyond’s Germantown Parkway site for $5 million.

Agree Realty Corp., acting as Agree 1031 LLC, bought the Cordova property from Kimco Income REIT, doing business as KIR Memphis BBB, according to a March 9 warranty deed.

76. 4 Republicans File to Run For State House District 95 Seat -

Four contenders in the April 27 Republican primary for state House District 95 had filed with the Shelby County Election Commission by the start of the week. And five others had pulled qualifying petitions but had not yet filed.

77. Gun Shop, Shooting Range Aims for Cordova -

Point Blank Range and Gunshop, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based shooting range and firearm retail store, soon will begin construction of a new location in Cordova.

A $1.5 million permit application for new construction has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. The application lists Point Blank Range as the tenant and owner of the 1740 Century Center Cove location; Glen P. Oxford is listed as the architect.

78. Shelby County Home Sales Prices Rise in February -

Warm weather in February correlated with a real estate market that is heating up as home sales prices in Memphis and Shelby County continue to climb in 2017.

The average home sales price in February was $145,421, a 7 percent increase from $135,330 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

79. Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit -

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

80. Gun Shop, Shooting Range Aims for Cordova -

Point Blank Range and Gunshop, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based shooting range and firearm retail store, soon will begin construction of a new location in Cordova.

A $1.5 million permit application for new construction has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. The application lists Point Blank Range as the tenant and owner of the 1740 Century Center Cove location; Glen P. Oxford is listed as the architect.

81. Time for a Divorce -

IT’S OVER. LET’S MAKE IT FINAL. I said divorce might be best in a column two years ago, so let’s get on with it already. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

82. State Democrats Introduce Bill of Rights, Looking For Every Win They Can Get -

NASHVILLE – House Democrats introduced a People’s Bill of Rights in the State Capitol Monday, Feb. 27, a comprehensive legislative package to ensure rights of Tennesseans affecting everything from jobs to criminal justice to education.

83. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

84. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

85. Local Democrats and Republicans Prepare for 2018 Governor's Race -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Tennessee governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

86. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

87. Thompson Proposes State Certificate of Employability -

The first bill proposed in the Tennessee Legislature by Democratic state Rep. Dwayne Thompson of Cordova would create an alternative to the $450 expungement fee now required by state law to clear the record of those convicted of nonviolent felonies who have not been in trouble for five years after serving their sentences.

88. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

89. New Housing Market in Recovery -

Memphis and Shelby County saw a much stronger new housing market in 2016 than it’s seen in the last several years.

Builder confidence continues to grow, with 961 new-home starts in 2016 compared to 898 new-home starts in 2015, amounting to a 7 percent increase for the year. This is the most new-home starts Shelby County has seen since the crash of the housing market in 2007.

90. Events -

Clayborn Temple and IRIS Orchestra will co-present a concert titled “Celebrating the Past: Creating a Future” in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St. The intergenerational, community-building concert celebrates the music and memories of the civil rights movement. Cost is free. Visit irisorchestra.org or claybornreborn.org.

91. Thompson Proposes State Certificate of Employability -

The first bill proposed in the Tennessee Legislature by Democratic state Rep. Dwayne Thompson of Cordova would create an alternative to the $450 expungement fee now required by state law to clear the record of those convicted of nonviolent felonies who have not been in trouble for five years after serving their sentences.

92. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present its winter mixed-repertory show, “Places Beyond,” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The show includes two new original works and a reprise of “Angels in the Architecture.” Visit balletmemphis.org for show times and tickets.

93. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

94. Events -

Opera Memphis will perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s family classic “The Pirates of Penzance” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. In conjunction with the show, Opera Memphis and the Mid-South Buccaneers are hosting Pirate Fest – an afternoon of pirate games, art activities, stories and live music from the Bluff City Barnacles – Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at GPAC. Pirate Fest is free for everyone (no tickets needed); tickets to the performance can be purchased at operamemphis.org.

95. Memphis Baseball Academy Bets on HitTrax Technology -

It wasn’t that long ago that Ryan Huber, 26, was still a small-college baseball player and stepping in the batter’s box for one-on-one showdowns with pitchers.

96. Events -

Fisher Phillips Memphis attorney Rob Ratton will present a seminar titled “When Employees Walk Out With More Than Memories” Thursday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Greater Memphis Chamber, 22 N. Front St., suite 200. Ratton will present strategies and legal tools needed to protect your business when the star employee decides to play for the other team. Cost is $25. Email atasman@fisherphillips.com for details.

97. The Week Ahead: February 13-19 -

Music is a common theme this week, which is nice to know, isn’t it, Memphis? And the sounds of other balls – not the dribbling kind – will take the stage again as the Memphis Open gets into swing and the University of Memphis throws its first real pitch of the 2017 season. Check out this week's list of need-to-know happenings...

98. Pearl’s Oyster House to Open Location in Cordova -

South Main seafood mainstay Pearl’s Oyster House will soon have a second location in Cordova.

A $717,931 building permit application was filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to remodel an existing building at 8106 Cordova Center Drive for a restaurant.

99. Last Word: Little Chairs in Longview, Police Pay Raise and Tiger Football Schedule -

The toys are in their cubbyholes. No stray Legos yet. The little chairs tucked neatly under little tables. The tall trees with their bare branches are much in need of little eyes inspecting their twisted branches and the shadows they make on the winter ground.

100. Pearl’s Oyster House to Open Second Location in Cordova -

South Main seafood mainstay Pearl’s Oyster House will soon have a second location in Cordova.

A $717,931 building permit application was filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to remodel an existing building at 8106 Cordova Center Drive for a restaurant.