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1. Raiders File Papers to Move From Oakland to Las Vegas -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas.

The NFL and officials in Nevada confirmed Thursday that the team is asking league owners to approve the move, although the team made no immediate comment and a group that wants to keep the team in Oakland vowed it was still in the game and "playing to win."

2. Federal Lawsuit Filed Over August Graceland Protest -

Five citizens denied entry to the annual candlelight vigil outside Graceland this past August are suing the city and Elvis Presley Enterprises for racial discrimination and civil rights violations.

3. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location -

7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133 

Landlord: Brixmor Property Group 

Tenant: Dave & Buster’s 

4. TDN Seminar to Focus on Popularity of Memphis Sports -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from 24 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime on national television, the accomplishment echoed. For days, it had Memphians asking one another, “Did you see that? Did you stay up for that? Could you believe it?”

5. Former Collierville Church Sells for $500,000 -

The building that formerly housed Orchard Fellowship Church, located at 140 S. Main St. in Collierville, has been purchased by Chris Dickens and Associates LLC for $500,000.

6. Land Use Board Makes Decision on Trio of Controversial Cases -

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.

Of the 18 cases approved on its consent agenda, the most pertinent project was the proposed Ice House entertainment center at 2166 Central Ave.

7. Graceland to Renovate Racquetball Court -

Graceland plans to restore what is now the “trophy room” at Elvis Presley’s estate to a racquetball court on the way to the March 2 opening of a $45 million entertainment complex that will include the world’s largest Elvis museum.

8. Hyde Foundations to Match $2M for Ballet Memphis -

The Memphis-based Hyde Family Foundations announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that it will grant up to $2 million in matching funds to Ballet Memphis for money raised as part of the organization’s current campaign.

9. Alexander Proposes Expansion of Shiloh -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has proposed an expansion of Shiloh National Military Park to include three other Civil War battlefields in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Alexander’s bill would also designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. That Civil War site between Nashville and Memphis, in Henderson County, is a state-owned park.

10. Ernest Strickland Promoted At Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced that Ernest Strickland has been promoted to senior vice president of workforce development.

Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously held the position of vice president of international and business partnerships.

11. Alexander Proposes Expansion of Shiloh -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has proposed an expansion of Shiloh National Military Park to include three other Civil War battlefields in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Alexander’s bill would also designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. That Civil War site between Nashville and Memphis, in Henderson County, is a state-owned park.

12. Strickland: Core Services Strategy Sustaining Momentum -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his core services or “brilliant at the basics” strategy is working a year into his four-year term of office. But he told the Memphis Kiwanis Club Wednesday, Jan. 11, that the strategy will take some time and patience toward what he termed a “renaissance.”

13. CBU’s Mike Nienaber Enjoys the Wins, Survives the Losses -

Mike Nienaber has won a lot of college basketball games. Recently, he bagged No. 300 as the coach at Christian Brothers University. Before that, he won 242 games for Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.

14. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

15. Fitness Chain Buys Former Collierville Car Dealership -

Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International, has purchased the site of the former Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC in Collierville for $3.7 million.

16. Hyde Foundations Will Match Up to $2M for Ballet Memphis -

The Memphis-based Hyde Family Foundations announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, that it will grant up to $2 million in matching funds to Ballet Memphis for money raised as part of the organization’s current campaign.

17. Making Friends As An Adult -

The title of this column sounds a little strange at first glance. But if you’ve ever tried to make friends as an adult, you know this is a big deal. And it’s not just because it’s important to have friends. The friends you have as an adult can have a major impact on your career.

18. Opponents of Dairy Expansion To Host Community Meeting -

A group of Midtown citizens who are opposed to the expansion of Turner Dairy’s Madison Avenue location will hold a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hattiloo Theatre lobby, 37 S. Cooper St.

19. Graceland to Renovate Racquetball Court -

Graceland plans to restore what is now the “trophy room” at Elvis Presley’s estate to a racquetball court on the way to the March 2 opening of a $45 million entertainment complex that will include the world’s largest Elvis museum.

20. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

21. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

22. More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal -

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

23. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

24. Mortgage Rates, Home Sales and Prices Seen Rising in 2017 -

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year.

His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

25. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

26. Strickland, Herenton Seek Larger, More Focused Volunteerism Efforts -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to a better coordinated form of volunteerism in 2017 at Strickland’s first annual New Year’s Prayer Breakfast.

27. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

28. Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies -

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

29. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

30. Arrests, Metal Barriers, Lawsuits All Played Role in Greensward Parking Compromise -

Spring at City Hall is budget season and it can be stormy for a new mayor, not to mention a city council with six new members. But that wasn’t the case in 2016.

The real spring political storm was the Overton Park Greensward – specifically overflow parking from the Memphis Zoo on the greenspace south of the zoo.

31. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

32. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016 -

By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.

Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.

33. Last Word: Beale's Status Quo, The ASD and Change and Tri-State Bank's Big Year -

Here comes the AutoZone Liberty Bowl … specifically the pre-game festivities. The day after Christmas will find both teams – Georgia and TCU – at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid for some food and some entertainment and probably some shopping. The game itself is Friday at 11 a.m.

34. Cordova’s Future LA Fitness Site Sells for $2.4M -

LA Fitness is one step closer to opening a Cordova location.

Insomnia Inc., the company owned by former topless-club operator Steve Cooper, sold two parcels near its former restaurant/nightclub on Fischer Steel Road to Orlando, Florida-based National Retail Properties Inc. for $2.4 million, according to a Dec. 20 warranty deed. The same day as the sale, Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International LLC, signed a lease with National Retail Properties for the property.

35. Holiday Inn Wolfchase Sells for $11.5 Million -

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Memphis-Wolfchase Galleria has sold for $11.5 million.

RLM II Investors LLC and Texas-based Royal Living Inc. bought the hotel from Wolfchase Hotel Associates LLC. According to a Dec. 15 warranty deed, RLM II Investors purchased a 33 percent interest in the property, with Royal Living Inc. buying the remaining 67 percent interest.

36. UrbanArt Commission and Planning Division Team Up for Memphis 3.0 -

The UrbanArt Commission’s partnership with the city-county Division of Planning and Development to hire three artists to join the Memphis 3.0 team is the commission’s “most exciting development” in its relationship with the city in more than a decade.

37. Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill Market In Collierville, Piperton -

A father-son home builder duo of Doug and Chris Dickens has taken advantage of a strengthening housing market recently by specializing in infill development, primarily in the Collieville and Piperton areas.

38. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

39. Lawsons Equip Educators with Tools for Success -

Kenda and Dominic Lawson were enemies before they were friends. Today they’re married and they run a company together. “We’re not about telling people what to do,” Kenda observes. “Our job is to find opportunities for children and empower teachers to create their own content.”

40. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

41. What 2017 May Mean for Your Personal Finances -

It's been a tumultuous 2016 – both financially and politically. The year may have left some people wondering, what's next? And, how will it affect me?

Lacking a crystal ball, we asked a few economic experts what they think 2017 may hold in store for Americans' personal finances. Here's their take on what to expect in the year ahead:

42. US Energy Secretary to Attend Tennessee Land Transfer -

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will be on hand for a land transfer deal in Tennessee.

The U.S. Department of Energy says Moniz will attend the Dec. 30 ceremony in Oak Ridge.

43. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

3670 S. Perkins Road

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: December 2016

Buyer: Farnsworth Investment Co.

44. New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile -

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

45. Holiday Inn Wolfchase Sells for $11.5 Million -

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Memphis-Wolfchase Galleria has sold for $11.5 million.

RLM II Investors LLC and Texas-based Royal Living Inc. bought the hotel from Wolfchase Hotel Associates LLC. According to a Dec. 15 warranty deed, RLM II Investors purchased a 33 percent interest in the property, with Royal Living Inc. buying the remaining 67 percent interest.

46. New Year, New You -

No matter what your personal religious, political or social views are, it seems fair to say we can all agree on one thing: 2016 has been a tough year for everyone. Friends and families were pulled apart by different political leanings. Workers went through difficult corporate layoffs and restructurings. Violence and death were reported daily in the news. It’s been rough – very rough.

47. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

48. Council Ends 2016 With Committee Changes -

The last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016 marks the end of the first year of a four-year term of office for the 13-member body.

It also marks a change from council chairman Kemp Conrad to incoming chairman Berlin Boyd.

49. Chairman’s Circle Celebrates Successes While Keeping an Eye on the Future -

Since the Greater Memphis Chamber launched the Chairman’s Circle in 2012, long-term goals have always been the driving force behind their ambitions.

And now that the Circle is about to enter its fifth year, some of those goals are already being met, while others are just beginning.

50. SWTCC Pulls $1.3M Permit for Repairs -

Southwest Tennessee Community College has applied for a $1.3 million building permit to make repairs on its Macon Cove campus.

The application filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement calls for reroofing the Fulton Building and making repairs at the Bert Bornblum Library.

51. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sells for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown recently was purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

52. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

53. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

54. Local Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

55. Time to Expand College Football Playoffs to 8 Teams -

When it comes to college football, I tend to be a traditionalist. That doesn’t mean I yearn for the days of leather helmets and quick kicks. I try to adjust to the times. But I must admit it’s hard to swallow a 76-61 final score, as was the case in the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game this season.

56. Long Offseason Ahead for Jones -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has plenty of winning to do next year. For starters, UT (8-4, 4-4 SEC) needs to win the Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville against Nebraska (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten).

57. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

58. Avison Young Names Director Of Property Management -

Avison Young has named Tim Norwood the new director of property management for its Memphis office, the Toronto, Canada-based commercial real estate services firm announced Monday, Dec. 12.

59. Tigers Hand Out Awards At Highland Hundred Banquet -

The University of Memphis football team still has one game left to play – the Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl vs. Western Kentucky – but the Tigers got together on Sunday, Dec. 11, to honor some of the award winners from this season at the annual Highland Hundred Banquet at the Hilton Memphis East.

60. Medical District Using Tactical Urbanism to Increase Walkability -

Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.

61. Last Word: Turner Dairy Plans, Fred's HQ and Fred Smith's Remarks About Trump -

Lots of traffic at FedExForum this weekend with two graduation ceremonies for the University of Memphis – morning and afternoon shifts. Another double-header at the Forum Saturday. The Grizz beat the Warriors 110-89 and the Tigers beat UAB 62-55.

62. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.

63. College Students Collaborate to Bring New Green Space to Edge District -

Despite frigid temperatures, a crowd of people gathered Thursday evening on a small, green triangle of land in the medical district to witness the unveiling of the area’s newest public space, the Edge Triangle.

64. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

65. Evolving PILOT Programs in Memphis Look to Restore Competitive Balance -

When the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved its Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program earlier this year, it was with the hopes of bringing back a competitive balance between Memphis and North Mississippi.

66. Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America -

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.

67. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

68. Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America -

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.

69. Redbirds Redux: Stubby Clapp To Wear No. 10 Once Again -

He didn’t see this coming. This backflip, if you will, that has Stubby Clapp returning to Memphis and AutoZone Park as manager of the Redbirds next season.

“Out of the blue,” Clapp told me.

70. Council Approves Two Downtown Hotels, Sets Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings into hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

71. Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 • Permit Amount: $2.5 million 

Future Tenant: Trader Joe’s 

Developer: CAP Germantown LLC

72. Shelby County Schools Board Sets Stage for School Right-Sizing Decision -

Parents and teachers of three schools that would be closed under the latest right-sizing plan for Shelby County Schools made a vocal show of force Tuesday, Dec. 6, as the SCS board voted to begin the process of public hearings in areas affected by the plan.

73. SCS Board Hears From Parents and Teachers of Schools Considered for Closing -

Parents and teachers of three schools that would be closed under the latest rightsizing plan for Shelby County Schools made a vocal show of force Tuesday, Dec. 6, as the SCS board voted to begin the process of public hearings in the areas affected by the plan.

74. Council Approves Pair of Downtown Hotels, Sets January Vote on Dairy Expansion -

Memphis City Council members approved two conversions of Downtown buildings as hotels Tuesday, Dec. 6, and set a Jan. 17 date for a public hearing and vote on expansion plans for the Turner Dairy in Overton Square.

75. Developer Withdraws Plan For Collierville Shopping Mall -

On Nov. 28, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved on first reading a request to rezone approximately 95 acres near South Houston Levee Road and Bill Morris Parkway for a new mall, but just a week later, the potential developer has withdrawn its application.

76. Trump Not Saying What He'll Do About Dakota Access Pipeline -

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Protesters who celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline vowed to remain camped on federal land as they wait to find out whether President-elect Donald Trump might seek to overturn a decision that delayed the $3.8 billion project.

77. Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda -

Two Downtown hotels top a planning and development-heavy agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 2, session of the Memphis City Council.

The council votes on a special use permit for a 68-room luxury hotel at 477 S. Main St., in a building that until recently had been a graduate school for the Memphis College of Art.

78. FedEx Expanded Its Network For Busiest Holiday Season on Record -

FedEx and retail businesses across the Mid-South are gearing up for a merry holiday season, with FedEx projecting a 10 percent increase in shipping volume over last year during the peak season from Black Friday to Christmas.

79. Be Social Media Vigilant During Holidays -

As you plan to spend the holidays with your loved ones and document these memories for social media, it’s important to be aware of the potential cybersecurity risks you might face. 

80. SEC Grades: ‘A’ for Alabama; UT, Ole Miss Should Be Grounded -

Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.

81. Gatlinburg Mayor Talks of Re-Opening City After Wildfires -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Buddy McLean watched from a deserted Gatlinburg street as flames surrounded his 26-acre hotel nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee.

There was nothing he could do.

82. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.

83. SCS Board Mulls Details of Right-Sizing Plan -

Shelby County Schools board members may push a vote on a proposal to close seven schools and build three new ones to February instead of January. A review of the proposal by the SCS board Tuesday, Nov. 29, still keeps in place a vote at the Dec. 6 school board meeting that would start a process of public meetings to gauge the reaction of parents affected by changes.

84. School Board Gets More Specifics on Right-Sizing Proposal -

Shelby County Schools board members think the holiday season may push a vote on a proposal to close seven schools and build three new ones to February instead of January.

A review of the proposal by the SCS board Tuesday, Nov. 29, still keeps in place a vote at the Dec. 6 school board meeting that would start a process of public meetings to gauge the reaction of parents affected by the change.

85. Cargill, Calysta Partner to Build New Facility on Presidents Island -

Cargill’s 69-acre property on Presidents Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 jobs.

The new joint venture between Cargill, Calysta Inc. and third-party investors plans to convert the former corn mill into the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Tuesday, Nov. 29.

86. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Fusion On Wheels and The Grizz Main Two -

If surface parking lots had a capitol in Memphis, it would probably be the Pinch. That’s why the general ideas and plans the city is currently exploring for the nine-blocks of the Pinch between the Pyramid and St. Jude can be a bit disorienting.

87. Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Director -

Michael D. Allen is the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, the nonprofit institution’s board of directors announced Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Allen comes to MBG after six years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and nearly 25 years with International Paper before that. Allen also serves as director of the Memphis Land Bank.

88. Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Director -

Michael D. Allen is the new executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, the nonprofit institution’s board of directors announced Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Allen comes to MBG after six years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and nearly 25 years with International Paper before that. Allen also serves as director of the Memphis Land Bank.

89. This Land is High Land -

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Was Old Edwards Golf Course dropped from heaven to its resting place on this marvelous crest of the Continental Divide? Or was it etched into the sides of this mountain thousands of years ago by divine beings in need of a place to practice their short game?

90. The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

91. Pinch "Vision" Plan Moves to Funding Reality -

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County Commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area. It also included some general ideas about and renderings of Overton Avenue becoming a walkable well-lit and more heavily developed east-west corridor between the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

92. County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian -

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 
When asked about his longevity in the field, Johnson says the libraries where he’s worked – which include public, school and law libraries – have been different enough to keep him challenged and interested. 

93. Graceland Announces March 2 Opening of 'Elvis Presley's Memphis' Complex -

Graceland will open its $45 million 200,000 square foot Whitehaven entertainment complex March 2-5, the second opening in five months of an expansion of Graceland’s presence in Memphis.

The opening date for the complex of restaurants, museums, shops and performance venues was announced Monday, Nov. 21, by Elvis Presley Enterprises about a month after the opening of the $92-million 450-room Guest House at Graceland hotel and resort.

94. 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.

95. Orange Mound Designated By Michelle Obama -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

96. Orange Mound Gets Rare Designation From First Lady -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

97. Data: Better Payoff for Public College Career Program Grads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Graduates of career training programs at public colleges tend to land better paying jobs than those who attended for-profit schools, according to government data released Thursday.

98. US Homebuilder Confidence Holds Steady in November -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence held steady this month, though their expectations for sales into next year dimmed slightly.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday was unchanged at 63. That's two points below September's reading, which was the highest in nearly a year, and up one point from a year ago.

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

350 N. Third St.

Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $3.5 million

Application Date: November 2016

100. 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.