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1. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

2. Construction Underway on Mid-South’s First Freddy’s in Cordova -

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Crews have broken ground on the 825 N. Germantown Pkwy. location, which is strategically located near the Gameday Baseball Park in Cordova. The new restaurant will be the third Freddy’s in Tennessee, joining the Kingsport and Johnson City locations in East Tennessee.

3. Last Word: The Return of Stubby Clapp, Poplar & Ridgeway for Pedestrians and Mice -

The death toll in the Sevier County-Gatlinburg wildfires is at seven. Authorities believe a fire at The Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was what started the disaster and had consumed 15,563 acres as of Wednesday evening. At that point, the fire was 10 percent contained.

4. Transnetyx Thriving in Testing World for ‘the Smart People’ -

Bob Bean was an unlikely co-founder of the world’s first fully automated mouse genotyping firm. He earned an undergraduate degree in music at the University of South Carolina and then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

5. Last Word: Fires In the East, Corker at Trump Tower and The Toll of the Cure -

As our week here began very windy and very rainy with clouds all day Monday, there was a different kind of overcast day unfolding in East Tennessee. And by the time of this post the National Guard was patrolling parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where wildfires had forced evacuations of both towns – all of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, according to the city manager of Pigeon Forge.

6. Distracted To Death -

When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.

7. Veterinarian Dr. Barden Greenfield Finds Calling as Pet Dentist -

Dr. Barden Greenfield was rolling along with his private veterinary practice, happy enough in his work, but also wondering what the rest of his career might hold.

“A veterinarian, or anybody, can hit a mid-journey slump,” Greenfield said. “I didn’t want that to happen. So when I learned that seven of 10 dogs and cats over age 3 have periodontal disease, I realized that pets need dentists, too.”

8. New Olivet Church Buys Woodland Hills for $2M -

Cordova’s Woodland Hills event center has been purchased by a local church.

New Olivet Baptist Church, working as Olivet Baptist Church, paid $2 million for the 31,672-square-foot clubhouse, or $61.57 per square foot. The sellers, Edward and Cindy Dodd, had purchased Woodland Hills in 2010 for $1.6 million.

9. Ballet Memphis’ New Facility Beginning to Take Shape -

Ballet Memphis gave an early tour of its new $21 million facility in Overton Square Wednesday, Nov. 16, to highlight some of the features that will be part of the 38,000-square-foot building now under construction.

10. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

11. St. Jude Planning Renovation Of Tri Delta Place -

350 N. Third St.

Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $3.5 million

Application Date: November 2016

12. New Olivet Baptist Church Buys Woodland Hills for $2M -

Cordova’s Woodland Hills event center has been purchased by a local church.

New Olivet Baptist Church, working as Olivet Baptist Church, paid $2 million for the 31,672-square-foot clubhouse, or $61.57 per square foot. The sellers, Edward and Cindy Dodd, had purchased Woodland Hills in 2010 for $1.6 million.

13. Last Word: Underperforming At the Polls, Tenoke Plans and Poverty in Cordova -

Still parsing election numbers, although 24 hours after the polls closed in Shelby County, the Election Commission was still counting absentee ballots.

Here is a statewide perspective from Associated Press.

14. New Houston Levee Community Center Sees the Real-Life Needs in Cordova -

When Tonya Bradley was an executive with the Mid-South Food Bank she saw time and again that hunger didn’t respect people’s stereotypes or ZIP codes, that families anywhere in the Memphis area could find themselves in a tough position.

15. County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years -

Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.

16. Shelby County Vote Count Stalls For Third Presidential Contest -

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump won Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, in unofficial statewide election returns while Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County in the popular vote.

17. Daniels Rejoins Mahaffey Tent As Director of Operations -

John “Jack” Daniels has rejoined Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals as director of operations, a role he has previously held. Daniels brings more than 20 years of experience in event planning and operations. He most recently was a service manager at NES Rentals’ Cordova and Memphis branches. He also currently owns EventOps, an event company that specializes in corporate events and managing event budgets.

18. Cordova Flex Development Sells for $6.3 Million -

The Horizon Business Center, a flex warehouse development on the north side of Interstate 40 near Wolfchase Galleria, has sold for $6.3 million.

Three limited liability companies affiliated with Louisville, Colorado-based Real Capital Solutions bought the 23,750-square-foot building at 2525 Horizon Lake Drive and the 41,300-square-foot building at 2565 Horizon Lake Drive from MM Industrial Memphis LLC in an Oct. 25 warranty deed.

19. Last Word: An Early Voting Challenge, Raleigh Settlement and Rocky Top Tumult -

Early voting in Shelby County ended with some lines Thursday at several of the 21 sites. We should have the final turnout numbers Friday morning and you can get the totals first @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

20. Ikea Prepares To Join Retail Landscape In Cordova -

The marketplace section of the Ikea Memphis store is still a work in progress six weeks from its Dec. 14 opening.

Shelves are awaiting items in the home organization and storage area. The same is true in the home decoration area. LED fixtures are in place in the lighting area.

21. Last Word: Timing The Recovery, The Problem With Car Lots and UT Bricks -

The recovery from the worst national economic downturn since the Great Depression has been slow and long. Any optimism about the growth we are seeing, particularly in commercial real estate, is tempered by thoughts about when the recovery might take another inevitable dip – even if it’s not as bad as what we saw starting in 2008 and 2009.

22. Crye-Leike Marks 40th Year in Business -

A Memphis original is celebrating its 40th year in business.

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc., which was started by principals Harold Crye and Dick Leike in 1977, now has 87 company-owned and 27 franchise offices in nine states with 3,200 sales associates.

23. Cordova Flex Development Sells for $6.3 Million -

The Horizon Business Center, a flex warehouse development on the north side of Interstate 40 near Wolfchase Galleria, has sold for $6.3 million.

Three limited liability companies affiliated with Louisville, Colorado-based Real Capital Solutions bought the 23,750-square-foot building at 2525 Horizon Lake Drive and the 41,300-square-foot building at 2565 Horizon Lake Drive from MM Industrial Memphis LLC in an Oct. 25 warranty deed. The seller had owned the properties since 2005.

24. Ikea’s Memphis Store Set to Open on Dec. 14 -

The Ikea store in Cordova opens Dec. 14, and managers of the home furnishings retailer are making preparations for a line outside the store to start two days beforehand.

The 271,000-square-foot store, which was built on 35 acres along Interstate 40 near the Germantown Parkway exit, is Ikea’s first store in Tennessee and its 43rd in the U.S.

25. Last Word: DOJ Reviews MPD, Big River Crossing Light Shows and Election Notes -

By the spring, we should have the first report from the U.S. Justice Department review of the Memphis Police Department. And we got a better idea Wednesday of what this study involves.

26. Ikea’s Memphis Store Sets Opening Date -

The Ikea store in Cordova opens Dec. 14, and managers of the home furnishings retailer are making preparations for a line outside the store to start two days beforehand.

The 271,000-square-foot store, which was built on 35 acres along Interstate 40 near the Germantown Parkway exit, is Ikea’s first store in Tennessee and its 43rd in the U.S.

27. Last Word: MAA and TraVure, JT Votes Early and Minority Biz Momentum -

Big news overnight for one of several corporate headquarters moves we’ve been watching in the last year. Mid-America Apartments LP is poised to become the anchor of the TraVure mixed-use development on the western side of Germantown.

28. Campbell Clinic Spine Center Reflects Changing Health Care Landscape -

Campbell Clinic’s Cordova-area spine center is a manifestation of some of the big themes driving the evolution of health care today.

The industry is seeing more of a shift toward outcome-based medicine and is preaching the watchwords of consolidation and convenience for patients. Consolidation referring to pulling multiple facilities into one space, making it convenient for patients to do a lot with as little disruption to their day as possible.

29. Cirque Italia Performing Outside of Wolfchase -

What is billed as “the first traveling water circus in the U.S. – Cirque Italia – opened a four-day stand Thursday, Oct. 13, at Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova.

Cirque Italia features a 35,000-gallon water tank with performers executing dives and high-wire acts as well as a jet ski act.

30. Verizon Closing Call Centers in 5 States -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Verizon plans to close call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, where the impending loss of hundreds of jobs prompted the governor's office to label the company's move as "corporate abuse."

31. ‘Purple Night’ Showcases Pancreatic Cancer Fight -

With a disease as deadly as pancreatic cancer, it’s important to call attention to and support research advances, in addition to giving stakeholders and patients an opportunity to network, learn from and lean on each other.

32. Southeast Memphis Portfolio Sells for $23.6 Million -

Multiple Properties

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $23.6 million

Sale Date: Sept. 27, 2016

33. Last Word: The Politics of Animal Welfare, SCS On Gestalt and Chandler Numbers -

It’s not that the Memphis Animal Shelter would change as much as services outside the shelter would change and their relationship to the shelter would change. That’s what two consultants from the national nonprofit Target Zero told about 80 Memphians at the Central Library this week.

34. Litigator Kimberly Hodges Joins Ogletree Deakins -

Kimberly Hodges has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, as a shareholder in the Memphis office. Hodges has 16 years’ experience as an attorney focused on employment law counseling and litigation. She comes to Ogletree Deakins from Federal Express Corp., where she served as lead counsel – litigation and employment.

35. Home Sales and Prices Continue to Rise in Shelby County -

Home prices and sales continued to rise in September across Shelby County’s municipalities. Out of the county’s 33 ZIP codes, 20 had an increase in overall sales activity for the month and 19 ZIP codes saw increases in average sales prices.

36. Target Zero Outlines Shelter Philosophy -

A leader of a national nonprofit group working with the city of Memphis to reform the Memphis Animal Shelter said animal welfare organizations often get in their own way in pursuing a common goal of reducing deaths by euthanasia.

37. Fast-Casual Restaurant Chain Expanding Into Memphis -

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain, is coming to the Memphis market. Franchise owner Tim Heeren recently applied for an $850,000 building permit at 825 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova. He plans to raze an existing Pizza Hut and build up a 3,000-square-foot Freddy’s restaurant, the first in the Memphis market.

38. Trampoline Park Coming To Trinity Commons -

A new retail tenant in Trinity Commons shopping center in Cordova could have some Memphians jumping for joy.

Loeb Properties Inc. announced it has leased 30,000 square feet at the center, 700 N. Germantown Parkway, to national trampoline park chain Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park.

39. Last Word: Trezevant Football and The Past, Change by Trial and Instagram -

Almost a year ago Trezevant High School was the state football champion in their division – the Frayser school’s first ever football championship. And for those with long memories of the city’s colorful history of high school athletics, there was some vindication in that.

40. Trampoline Park Coming To Trinity Commons in Cordova -

A new retail tenant in Trinity Commons shopping center in Cordova could have some Memphians jumping for joy.

Loeb Properties Inc. announced it has leased 30,000 square feet at the center, 700 N. Germantown Parkway, to national trampoline park chain Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park.

41. Knowledge Tree’s Branches Grow With Larger Online Presence -

It is not an exaggeration to say that the formation of Knowledge Tree in 1994 was a case of the Gattas family, well, branching out.

Bad puns aside, Knowledge Tree’s roots – oops, there’s another one – dates back to late 1957 when the Fred. P. Gattas Co. was founded. The business then? Catalog showroom stores.

42. Quality Suites Hotel Sells for $2 Million -

A Quality Suites hotel in Cordova has sold for $2 million.

Akshar Macon LLC purchased the hotel from Minesh Patel in an Aug. 25 warranty deed. Built in 1996, the property at 8166 Varnavas Drive bears 66,050 square feet. It sits on 2.2 acres on the north side of Varnavas east of North Germantown Parkway, and the Shelby County Assessor’s 2016 appraisal was $2 million.

43. Last Word: Heart of the Park, Tigers Opener Preview and Memphis In May Numbers -

“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow.”

It would appear this is that kind of September you would otherwise be remembering.

44. Cordova’s Parkway Place Sells in Foreclosure -

1250 N. Germantown Parkway

Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $19.6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 24, 2016

45. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies -

Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”

46. Parkway Place in Cordova Sells for $19.6 Million in Foreclosure -

Cordova’s Parkway Place shopping center and three adjacent properties have sold in foreclosure for $19.6 million.

The properties entered into foreclosure after its owners – 19 North Carolina limited liability companies – defaulted on a $22.5 million loan, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Aug. 5, edition of The Daily News.

47. Tim Jackson Wins Tennessee Senior Amateur Championship -

Germantown’s Tim Jackson won the 2016 Tennessee Senior Amateur Championship by two strokes. Jackson shot a pair of 3-under par 69s in rounds 1 and 3.

The thick rough and quick greens of Spring Creek Ranch made for a tough test as Jackson was the only player to finish the week under par. The division is for golfers 55 and older.

48. Cordova Hotel Sells for $2M -

A Quality Suites hotel in Cordova has sold for $2 million.

Akshar Macon LLC purchased the hotel from Minesh Patel in an Aug. 25 warranty deed. Built in 1996, the property at 8166 Varnavas Drive bears 66,050 square feet. It sits on 2.2 acres on the north side of Varnavas east of North Germantown Parkway, and the Shelby County Assessor’s 2016 appraisal was $2 million.

49. Downtown Kooky Canuck Preparing to Move -

Kooky Canuck is moving next door. Montgomery Martin Contractors recently filed a $689,000 building permit to convert the ground floor of 87 S. Second St. By October, Kooky Canuck will vacate its home of 11 years at 97 S. Second St.

50. Third Chipotle Restaurant Coming to Memphis Area -

Cordova is getting a Chipotle Mexican Grill. A $300,000 building permit was filed to turn a property at 695 N. Germantown Parkway into a fast-casual restaurant. Chipotle is listed as owner and tenant.

51. Downtown Animal Hospital Moving to Victorian Village -

Downtown Animal Hospital will relocate from its current facility at 347 N. Third St. in the Pinch District to 660 Jefferson Ave. in Victorian Village.

52. Downtown Animal Hospital Moving to Victorian Village -

Downtown Animal Hospital will relocate from its current facility at 347 N. Third St. in the Pinch District to 660 Jefferson Ave. in Victorian Village.

53. Third Chipotle Restaurant To Start Construction -

Cordova is getting a Chipotle Mexican Grill. A $300,000 building permit was recently filed to turn a property at 695 N. Germantown Parkway into a fast-casual restaurant.

54. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

55. Shelby County Foreclosures Remain at Historic Lows -

Over the last several years foreclosure activity in Memphis and Shelby County has reached historic lows. Year to date, foreclosures are down 23 percent from the same period of 2015.

The number of homes in foreclosure inventory, properties that have been foreclosed but not yet resold by the bank, has fallen drastically. At the end of 2008, there were 3,925 homes in foreclosure inventory; at the end of July, there were 2,070, a decrease of 47 percent.

56. Campbell Clinic Launches Five Walk-In Clinics -

Campbell Clinic has launched walk-in clinics at each of its five locations in Germantown, Collierville, Cordova, Southaven and in the Medical District.

Patients with acute orthopedic injuries can access services without needing an appointment, and services include care and assistance for everything from suspected sprains to strains, breaks and other injuries.

57. SEC Investigation of Global Ministries Adds More Complexity -

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Global Ministries Foundation, according to the court-appointed receiver for the Tulane and Warren Apartment, two complexes owned by GMF.

Word of the SEC probe follows search warrants served at Global Ministries Cordova offices Aug. 3 in a separate investigation by the Inspector General’s office of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

58. SEC Investigation of Global Ministries Foundation Surfaces -

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Global Ministries Foundation, according to the court-appointed receiver for the Tulane and Warren Apartment, two complexes owned by GMF.

Word of the SEC probe follows search warrants served at Global Ministries Cordova offices Aug. 3 in a separate investigation by the Inspector General’s office of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Search warrants in that investigation were also served that same day at the Dexter, Missouri offices of the Gill Group, which appraised GMF property in Memphis and Florida.

59. Campbell Clinic Launches Walk-In Clinics -

Campbell Clinic has launched walk-in clinics at each of its five locations in Germantown, Collierville, Cordova, Southaven and in the Medical District.

Patients with acute orthopedic injuries can access services on a walk-in basis without needing an appointment, and services include care and assistance for everything from suspected sprains to strains, breaks and other injuries.

60. Flying Saucer Honored By National Magazine -

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, which has locations in Downtown Memphis and Cordova, has been named one of the top six chain beer bars in the country by Draft Magazine.

The national publication, which specializes in beer-related news, lauded Flying Saucer for its pioneering efforts as one of the first craft beer bars and its high quality, among other things.

61. Four Cordova Properties Facing Foreclosure -

Cordova’s Parkway Place shopping center and three adjacent properties have entered into foreclosure after its owners – 19 North Carolina limited liability companies – defaulted on a $22.5 million loan, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Aug. 5, edition of The Daily News.

62. Last Word: Election Wrap Up, Crosstown's Momentum and GMF's Court Report -

For an election that only 14 percent of us turned out for, the Thursday elections in Shelby County delivered in terms of political drama.

David Kustoff, whose bid for Congress in the old 7th Congressional District 14 years ago ended in frustration amidst too many primary candidates from Shelby County, claimed the Republican primary in the 8th amidst an even larger field with even more Shelby County rivals.

63. Four Cordova Properties Facing Foreclosure -

Cordova’s Parkway Place shopping center and three adjacent properties have entered into foreclosure after its owners – 19 North Carolina limited liability companies – defaulted on a $22.5 million loan, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Aug. 5, edition of The Daily News.

64. Flying Saucer Honored By National Magazine -

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, which has locations in Downtown Memphis and Cordova, has been named one of the top six chain beer bars in the country by Draft Magazine.

The national publication, which specializes in beer-related news, lauded Flying Saucer for its pioneering efforts as one of the first craft beer bars and its high quality, among other things.

65. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

66. June Home Sales Slip, Prices Still Rising -

Shelby County home sales are moving slower through the mid-point of 2016 with prices higher than last year.

The number of home sales recorded for June came in at 1,688, down 5 percent compared to 1,784 sales recorded in June 2015, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

67. Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing -

Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.

68. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

69. Scramble in the 8th District -

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

70. Hogue Aiming for $125K Payday At World Long Drive Championship -

He is in a crisp shirt and pants, nice golf shoes, and of course there’s that cool Callaway golf bag sitting nearby. The guy looks serious. And at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Will Hogue is more than just a picture of fitness. He’s cut.

71. Cordova Students to Benefit From Backpack Giveaway -

Deserving young students in Cordova will soon benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

TCC, the largest authorized retailer for Verizon Communications Inc. in the U.S., announced that A Wireless is partnering with the company and its Culture of Good to donate 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

72. Cordova Retail Center Sells for $3 Million -

A two-tenant retail center on Germantown Parkway has traded hands for $3 million.

Kim Investment Partners IV LLC, a California limited liability company, purchased the 6,480-square-foot Class A building at 2288 N. Germantown Parkway from GT Plaza LLC, according to a June 29 warranty deed.

73. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

74. AT&T Brings Faster Speeds To Tennessee Businesses -

AT&T says it’s bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 22 Tennessee communities, including Collierville, Cordova, Germantown and Memphis.

With AT&T Business Fiber, according to the telecom giant, more businesses can download and upload up to 1 gigabit per second. With speeds that fast, a business could download a two-hour high-definition video in less than a minute and download 8,000 word processing documents in one second.

75. Kosten Foundation Funding Pancreatic Cancer Research -

The Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer support has announced a $200,000 grant to establish the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

76. Kosten Foundation Funding Pancreatic Cancer Research -

The Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer support has announced a $200,000 grant to establish the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

77. Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing -

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

78. AT&T Bringing Faster Speeds To Tennessee Businesses -

AT&T says it’s bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 22 Tennessee communities, including Collierville, Cordova, Germantown and Memphis.

With AT&T Business Fiber, according to the telecom giant, more businesses can download and upload up to 1 gigabit per second. With speeds that fast, a business could download a two-hour high-definition video in less than a minute and download 8,000 word processing documents in one second.

79. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

80. Greenprint Summit Gauges Community Support -

It’s not easy being green. That is, until people begin to see projects like the Shelby Farms Greenline and Wolf River Greenway taking shape.

81. Last Word: Budget No Go, Largest Home Sale of 2016 and Crosstown Moves -

The Shelby County Commission probably has enough votes to approve the funding in the county budget the Shelby County Schools system wants, which includes $24.7 million on new funding.

Yet after about four hours of discussion, the commission didn’t take votes on any budget resolutions or the county property tax rate resolution Monday.

82. Shelby County New Housing Market Improves in May -

New home sales in Memphis and Shelby County were up 53 percent in May, with 69 recorded for the month compared with 45 recorded in May 2015. It marks the first increase in new housing activity since January.

83. Events -

HireLive will host a sales and management career fair Tuesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 12028-21-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com for details.

84. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

85. Kroger Enters New Tech-Focused Era in Memphis -

All of a sudden, it seems, Kroger has transformed itself from a traditional grocery retailer to a tech-savvy brand that’s comfortable on the cutting edge.

At the chain’s corporate office in Memphis on a recent afternoon, Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager for the Kroger Delta Division, was showing one shopper some of the bells and whistles Kroger put inside its mobile shopping app. One hassle, the shopper mused aloud, is that she makes her grocery list but then has to run back and forth across the store once she get there, since the list never seems to line up in order with the store layout.

86. Greenline Extension Has Formal Opening Thursday -

The 4.15-mile eastward extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline is already being used even before the work pushes across Germantown Parkway to the old Cordova train depot.

County government and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy leaders cut the ribbon on the extension Thursday, June 16, at Mullins Station and Farm roads.

87. Last Word: Verdell Smith and Lifeline, Strickland's First 5 Months and Tennessine -

Lots of blue lights in Cordova Thursday evening as the Memphis Police Department remembers Officer Verdell Smith, who died in Saturday’s Downtown rampage in the line of duty. His funeral is Friday.

88. May Home Sales Rise, Low Inventory Hiking Prices -

After a strong April, home sales in Shelby County continued to perform well in May.

Total home sales increased 29 percent, from 1,266 recorded in May 2015 to 1,630 sales in May this year. Total home sales volume soared to $251 million, which is up 27 percent from last year, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

89. Last Word: A Distinct Reaction, City Hall's Budget Season and BreakFest On Broad -

Funeral services for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith are set for Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova.

The day before that Downtown leaders will gather in Handy Park on Beale Street to talk about new measures to make the district safer.

90. Strickland Adds Forces to Combat Rising Crime in Memphis -

There is violent crime in Memphis and then there are the homicides – the murders.

Homicide is a violent crime.

But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland made a distinction between it and other violent crimes Monday, June 6, in what looked to be the start of a more visible anti-crime strategy that will include the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

91. Pinnacle Financial Partners Makes Memphis Hires -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new talent in Memphis.

Leigh Brown joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist for the firm’s Cordova office. She brings a seven-year career from Wells Fargo Bank, where roles included serving as lead teller, customer sales and service representative, service manager and personal banker.

92. Pugh Takes Politically Volatile Shelter Position -

The new director of the Memphis Animal Shelter says a shelter that doesn’t euthanize animals because of time or space is a goal.

But Alexis Pugh, who starts the job next month, is quick to add that public safety is the immediate priority.

93. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

94. Crye-Leike Grows Franchise Team -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors has expanded its franchise sales team. Hank Hogue has been named director of franchise sales for Crye-Leike. He previously served as principal and managing broker of Crye-Leike’s Cordova branch.

95. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

96. Events -

Job Fair and Educational Summit for U.S. Veterans and People Living With Disabilities will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Meet with more than 50 local employers along with 30 community services and training providers. Breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will cover interviewing tips, job preparedness skills and lifestyle issues. Cost is free. For more information, call 901-636-7940, 901-438-0412 or 901-726-6521.

97. PFM Group Promotes Lowe To Managing Director -

Lauren Lowe has been promoted to managing director of The PFM Group, a leading provider of independent financial and investment advisory services to state and local governments and not-for-profit institutions. Based in PFM’s Memphis office, Lowe serves the firm’s municipal advisory clients. Her areas of expertise include debt transactions and structuring, strategic planning, pricing and cash flow analysis as well as advising many of her local government clients on policy development.

98. Crye-Leike Grows Franchise Team -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors has expanded its franchise sales team. Hank Hogue has been named director of franchise sales for Crye-Leike. He previously served as principal and managing broker of Crye-Leike’s Cordova branch.

99. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

100. Cordova Wingate Sells for $6 Million -

A Cordova hotel has sold for $6 million.

Amber Hospitality LLC purchased the Wingate by Wyndham hotel from Tirupati LP in a May 5 warranty deed. The three-story hotel, built in 1998 at 2270 North Germantown Parkway, bears 55,932 square feet, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property. It most recently was appraised at $2.6 million.