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1. USA Today Owner Gannett Bids for LA Times Publisher Tribune -

NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper publisher Gannett said Monday that it wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.

2. Last Word: Tubby Fever, School Closings and March Real Estate Numbers -

The Tigers basketball grapevine is nothing but Tubby Smith as of Wednesday when the speculation was joined by torrent of rumors about contact between the Texas Tech coach and the University of Memphis.
Smith has now acknowledged he’s talking with the U of M.
More background on Smith from The Sporting News and Mike DeCourcy, a former sports reporter at The Commercial Appeal, that came out before everything went Tubby here.

3. Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent In March -

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

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

4. Last Word: The Zoo's Proposal, Health and Ed In Limbo and Annexation's Effect -

A busy weekend on several fronts not the least of which was Overton Park and the Greensward controversy.
The Greensward itself was pretty subdued on a chilly Saturday.
The action was to be found in an email the zoo sent out Saturday making some proposals and offering some thoughts on the traffic and parking study the Overton Park Conservancy released last week.
Here is our summary
of what the zoo is offering in what may be a new effort in the public discussion.
Of course, the private discussion which is the mediation effort continues. But it sounds like some of the mediation discussions may be finding their way into the public discussion.
The public discussion has been sporadically active but very muted so far. For instance there has been talk before of zoo parking on the eastern side of the park in what until recently was a city maintenance yard.
The proposal by the zoo was shot down pretty quickly because it included running a tram through the Old Forest.
But there are some scenarios that wouldn’t take such a tram through the Old Forest.
The zoo email from Saturday isn’t specific on how the folks who would park at the maintenance yard would get from there to the zoo.
Presumably that is grounds for some type of discussion.

5. Southwind Home Values Up 5 Percent in 2015 -

Southwind-Windyke B, one of the areas most recently annexed by the city of Memphis, figured prominently in the Tennessee Legislature’s recent consideration of a bill to allow de-annexation by referendum.

6. Lawmakers Lure Us In With Momentary Sanity, And Then... -

Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.

7. Events -

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Union Avenue campus on Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 737 Union Ave. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 90,000 jobs are available.

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

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

9. The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers -

Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.

10. Last Word: Cubits Anyone, The G-Word and The TV News Crime Block -

How long is a cubit? After a day in which many of you got about four to five inches of rain and more to come Thursday, it seems an appropriate and timely question.
And yes, there is a cubit conversion chart on line for converting that and other really old units of measurement no longer in use like the mina, drachma or the synodic month.
So the average cubit, which is supposed to be the length of a forearm, is 18 inches or a foot and a half. That’s 0.4572 of a meter, which might as well be an ancient unit of measurement.
Someone had to say it.
According to biblehub.com – I’m not making up websites – the book of Genesis sets God’s instructions to Noah as an arc with the dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits tall. And it was to be made out of gopher wood and covered inside and out with pitch.
The New Living Translation and Holman Christian Standard Bibles convert that to an arc 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

11. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories -

Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.

The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.

12. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in January -

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

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

13. Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing -

Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

14. Wade: Shelby County’s New-Home Inventory Not Meeting Demand -

Jules Wade, principal broker with Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury, is happy with residential real estate prices in 2015.

Last year the average sales price of a Shelby County home rose 6 percent over 2014, and the average residential sales price matched the previous high of 2006.

15. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value -

In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.

There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.

16. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

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

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

17. Shelby County Housing Market 'Back to Normal' in 2015 -

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market moved closer to prerecession levels in 2015 as the year closed with the highest home sales revenue recorded since 2007.

There were 16,176 sales recorded last year, up 3 percent from 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

18. Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti -

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.
The weekend rain added about two-tenths of an inch by Saturday to Friday’s crest.
But by Sunday, the river had dropped to 39.12 feet, which is still more than five feet above flood stage.

19. Shelby County Tax Property Sale Features Two Firsts -

When the Shelby County Trustee’s office puts a set of tax delinquent properties up for auction Jan. 19-21, it will be a first in several ways.

The auction will be the first such sale in Tennessee online and it will be the first tax sale with shorter redemption periods for some of the property, depending on how far behind the original owner is on their property taxes.

20. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact -

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.

21. Shelby County Homebuilders Hoping for Busier 2016 -

For Memphis-area homebuilders, the market is far from pre-recession levels, but 2016 could bring more building activity.

“We’re about 30 percent back to where we were before the recession,” said Keith Allen, principal of Keith Allen Homes and 2016 president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association.

22. Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Rise in November -

Memphis is closing out 2015 on a high note, with 1,099 total home sales recorded for November.

Sales in Memphis and Shelby County are up 6 percent compared to November 2014, which saw 1,033 home sales, according to data provided by real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

23. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

24. Shelby County Home Sales Edge Down in October -

Memphis and Shelby County home sales decreased 9 percent this October compared to the same month last year, but the decline could be related more to a lack of inventory than a lack of interest.

There were 1,344 sales recorded for October, compared with 1,472 recorded for the same time last year, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com

25. Memphis Literacy Leaders Tout Efforts -

The leaders of three Memphis literacy efforts are working to encourage those with newfound reading skills to write their own stories and build a local literary culture.

Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South, says the literary arts should have a place with music, dance and the visual arts.

26. Curb Market Set to Open In Midtown -

A new market for locally sourced meat and produce, which brings a sense of heritage to its name and operation, is set to arrive in Midtown before the end of the year.

The Midtown Easy-Way location at 596 S. Cooper St. will soon reopen as The Curb Market, part of Memphis businessman Peter Schutt’s plan to add to the area’s growing nexus of locally produced, healthy food businesses.

27. Craving Cooper-Young -

If a neighborhood can be said to possess whatever the real estate equivalent is of that new car smell – a sense that there’s something new here to enjoy, of possibilities, of happy things to come – Cooper-Young would seem to have that, in spades.

28. Mortgage Market Slips 3 Percent in September -

Though it’s been on a tear this year as rates have stayed low and supply remained somewhat thin, the Memphis-area mortgage market cooled a bit as the third quarter drew to a close.

But that’s generally to be expected, real estate professionals say, as the weather also cools and the end of the year draws near.

29. Shelby County Home Sales Slip, Construction Sees Boost -

September real estate slumped in Shelby County, but according to real estate professionals, it’s nothing they haven’t seen before.

“Good times and bad, people still want to own homes,” said Felix Bishop, broker and vice president with Crye-Leike Real Estate Services.

30. Overstreet to Receive University of Memphis Journalism Award -

The Daily News Publishing Co. executive editor James Overstreet will receive the Charles E. Thornton award from the University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club.

31. Small-Business Tips: Research, Network and Have Cash -

Small business ideas – dreams, if you will – take time. To create, to develop, to implement and to sustain.

Until recently, Jennifer McCullough’s entrepreneurial dream was just starting to heat up. She had not yet become the successful seafood brand now known as Chef Jenn that spans 18 products in about 1,200 mostly Kroger and Wal-Mart stores.

32. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 27 Percent in August -

Lenders don’t just look forward to the summer months for the arrival of warmer weather.

At institutions like Evolve Bank & Trust, the local office of which president and CEO Scott Stafford said currently has the largest mortgage pipeline in its history, mortgage lending is heating up, too.

33. Books from Birth Surpasses 4 Million-Book Mark -

For adults, mail isn’t very exciting. It’s typically a bill or insurance statement. Maybe it’s a catalog or coupon booklet. But for kids, mail has a different connotation.

Maybe it’s a birthday invitation or a postcard from a well-traveled relative. And for 100,000 children so far in Shelby County, it comes every month in the form of a new book.

34. Overstreet to Receive University of Memphis Journalism Award -

The Daily News Publishing Co. executive editor James Overstreet will receive the Charles E. Thornton award from the University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club.

35. Single-Family Home Rentals Strong in Memphis -

When New York-based Cerberus Capital Management closed Aug. 31 on its $440 million acquisition of 4,200 rental homes in five states – including 1,032 in Shelby County – it demonstrated a trend in local real estate.

36. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 25 Percent in July -

As David May sees it, the Memphis-area real estate market is in the fortunate position of dealing with a bounty of positive surprises lately.

One example the West Tennessee area president for Regions Bank points to deals with home values. Four or five years ago, he explains, if Regions was in the midst of setting up a home equity loan or a refinance for a borrower and ordered an appraisal, the figure that came back was often a negative surprise.

37. Midtown Easy-Way Could Become Locally Sourced Market -

The Midtown Easy-Way location at 596 S. Cooper St., a retail fixture in Cooper-Young for decades, could see new ownership and new life as a market for locally sourced meat and produce.

38. Builders Start, Sell Fewer Memphis-Area Homes in May -

Hampered by a severe lot shortage, homebuilding activity in Memphis and Shelby County slowed considerably in May, with builders starting and selling fewer new homes than last year.

Builders filed 67 permits in May, down 17.3 percent from 81 permits filed in May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports. Builders sold 58 new homes in May, down 23.6 percent from 76 new homes sold last year.

39. Wunderlich’s Hogan Offers Latest Read on Economy -

A little more than a year ago, Wunderlich Securities Inc. chief market strategist Art Hogan stood before an audience of business leaders assembled by The Daily News – part of the paper’s regular seminar series – and offered his take on an economic recovery that looked different depending on where a person stood.

40. Dayco Wins Tax Break For Distribution Operations -

Michigan-based manufacturer Dayco Products Ltd. will consolidate its distribution operations in the Memphis area, but exactly where remains undecided.

“Due to the continued growth in demand for our products and increased product complexity over the past several years, we have committed to this significant capital investment in order to deliver increased value to our customers,” said Ed Rammel, president of the North American and Australian Aftermarket for Dayco, in a company statement.

41. Memphis Economic Indicator Taking Third-Quarter Responses -

Investors in some of Memphis’ largest publicly traded companies are likely to feel somewhat encouraged about the current state of the economy – at least, when looking at their portfolios.

42. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 16 Percent in May -

Lending has ticked up at Memphis-area banks, mortgage rates are still low and the supply of new homes remains limited.

Those are some of the reasons lenders cite when explaining why mortgage lending in Memphis continues to hum along above last year’s totals. Last month continued that trend, new figures show, with mortgage volume countywide getting a 16 percent boost in May compared to May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

43. Small Changes for Shelby County Housing Market -

For years Dick Leike has maintained that Memphis is not a boom or bust housing market. Instead of large increases or dips in sales numbers or prices, Leike said Memphis and Shelby County typically experience smaller swings.

44. Mortgage Market Up 9 Percent in April -

Triumph Bank found itself at the end of April with a second straight record-breaking month for its mortgage division, with Triumph Mortgage having funded more units and loan volume in the month than during any other in the bank’s history.

45. Shelby County Home Sales Surge In March -

Shelby County home sales activity surged in March when compared to last year, with the number of sales and the average sales price showing gains.

There were 1,293 homes sold in March, up 8.4 percent from 1,193 homes sold in March 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. March home sales were up 32 percent from the 980 homes sold in February.

46. Chandler Reports Real Estate Seminar to be Held Thursday -

You still have time to register for an important event about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

47. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Real Estate Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

48. Daily News Names Managing Editor -

Jane A. Donahoe has joined The Daily News Publishing Co. as managing editor. In her new role, she oversees award-winning coverage of business and government news for both The Daily News and The Memphis News.

49. Mortgage Market Up 8 Percent in February -

Regions Bank saw a 14 percent gain in its mortgage volume year-over-year last month, a fact that Regions’ Memphis-area mortgage production manager Dean Puryear attributes to resurgent confidence in market conditions among consumers, as well as optimism in their own circumstances.

50. Home Sales Cool But Prices Heat Up -

Fueled by bank sales declines and the onset of chilly winter weather, home sales slid 6 percent in Shelby County in February when compared to 2014, but prices continued to heat up, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

51. Women Say Barriers Overcome With Perseverance, Mentors -

Kim Grant Brown calls it the “crazy look” she sometimes gets when she meets a client who wants her to build him a home.

52. County Home Sales Dip in January -

Fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in January when compared to last year, but pricing remained strong.

There were 1,018 homes sold in Shelby County in January, down 7.5 percent from 1,100 sales in January 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

53. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

54. Real Estate Community Readies for Pinnacle Awards -

Planning is well underway for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 14th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, an evening dedicated to bringing commercial real estate industry professionals together and honoring them for their accomplishments in the previous year.

55. Local Business Executives Upbeat as 2015 Gets Underway -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment, presented something of an upbeat trend in sentiment to kick off 2015.

The survey, which includes a set of six questions, asks participants to consider via a number scale, from positive to negative, how optimistic they are about the coming quarter.

56. Shelby County Foreclosures Dip 22 Percent in 2014 -

Foreclosures took an even sharper dive in 2014 than they did in 2013. Compared to a 15 percent slide from 2012 to 2013, over the past year residential foreclosures in the county slipped 22 percent, from 3,555 in 2013 to 2,787 in 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

57. Lot Shortage Leads to Fewer New Homes -

Shelby County homebuilding activity slowed in 2014 as builders filed fewer permits and sold fewer homes than in 2013.

Homebuilders filed 850 permits in 2014, down 8.6 percent from 930 permits filed in 2013 and down 7 percent from 914 permits filed in 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

58. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Improvement -

The mortgage market in Shelby County ended 2014 in a slighter better position than where it stood in 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,471 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2014, up 2 percent from the 8,301 mortgages during 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

59. Foreclosure Sales Drop 26 Percent in Shelby County -

Fueled by a steep drop in foreclosure sales, fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in 2014 when compared to 2013.

There were 15,702 homes sold in Shelby County in 2014, down 1.2 percent from 15,896 homes sold in 2013, when Shelby County hit a five-year high in sales, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

60. This week in Memphis history: January 16-22 -

2005: Chandler Reports, the real estate data provider owned by The Daily News Publishing Co., launched its consumer website, providing real estate data to the public as well as companies.

61. Shelby County Homebuilding Activity Continues to Slow -

Homebuilding in Shelby County was off last year’s pace again in November, with builders pulling fewer permits and selling fewer homes than in November 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 43 permits last month, down 29.5 percent from 61 permits in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 43 permits filed in November is down 31.7 percent from the 63 permits filed in October.

62. November Mortgage Volume Drops 14 Percent -

Looking at results from last month might suggest mortgage industry professionals are in the midst of a yearend slowdown, with phones not ringing quite as much as a result of interested buyers at the moment.

63. Shelby County Home Sales Slow in November -

After an unusually strong October for home sales, activity in Shelby County cooled in November.

Memphis and Shelby County home sales were down 7.8 percent in November, with 1,034 sales recorded for the month, compared with 1,115 recorded in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

64. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

65. MassMutual Sponsors New JA BizTown Shop -

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. has announced MassMutual Life Insurance Co. as its newest shop sponsor for JA BizTown.

66. Commercial Sales Rise in Third Quarter -

Commercial sales were up in the third quarter when compared to the same period last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

67. Shelby County Home Sales Rise 10 Percent in October -

Home sales activity in Memphis and Shelby County certainly wasn’t spooky in October, with sales up 10 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

Memphis and Shelby County recorded 1,479 homes sales, up 10 percent from 1,343 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 1,479 homes sold in October is down 4 percent from 1,543 in September.

68. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

69. Silver Lining -

Fueled by a steep drop in bank sales, Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in the third quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

There were a total of 486 bank sales in the quarter, as opposed to 752 in the same period last year, a decrease of 35 percent, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

70. Home Sales Spike Surprises Realtors -

In welcome – if not slightly surprising – news for the local housing market, home sales jumped in September as housing values continued to rise, providing a measure of relief for a market that has endured slower-than-expected activity.

71. Shelby County Mortgage Market Down 19 Percent in August -

BankTennessee president and CEO Jim Rout sees new home sales and resales “fairly steady” at the moment.

But, in a common refrain among many local bankers looking at their recent numbers, the activity is not at the level that might be expected, considering still-historic low interest rates.

72. Shelby County Home Sales Down 28 Percent in August -

Shelby County home sales plummeted in August when compared to the same month last year. Realtors sold 1,235 homes in Shelby County in August, down a staggering 28 percent from 1,705 home sales in August 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

73. Home Market Still Facing Obstacles -

After suffering through a brutal slump in the wake of the worst economic downturn in decades, the local real estate industry has slowly merged onto the road to recovery, though a few speed bumps that could slow progress remain.

74. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

75. Uphill Climb -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Builders filed 245 permits in Shelby County in the second quarter, compared with 294 permits in the second quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Builders filed 191 permits in the first quarter.

76. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Modest Gain -

Shelby County mortgage lenders share a few common trends at the moment, as the area’s mortgage market begins to shake off the wintry chill of the first quarter.

Many of them report robust purchase mortgage activity, as refinances plummet to small fractions of their business. As a result of the demand, many of those lenders also have been adding mortgage officers to their ranks and plan to continue doing so.

77. Shelby County Home Sales Dip 1 Percent in Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in the second quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2013, but rising prices have real estate professionals hopeful for a strong end to the year.

78. Shelby County Home Sales Down, Prices Up in May -

Shelby County experienced a drop in home sales in May compared to the same month last year and also from April.

However, prices continued their upward surge last month as the supply of available homes continued to dwindle.

79. Mortgage Market Up 8 Percent in April -

Sam Goff, a senior loan originator at Independent Bank, announced in a post to his Facebook followers last month that mortgage rates were at one point about as low as they’d been in 2014 so far.

80. Imagination Library Celebrates 20 Million Books to Kids -

The Books From Birth program, originated in Tennessee, marked its 10th anniversary Monday, April 28, in Memphis with its 20 millionth book going to a 3-year-old girl.

Tamera Tynes received an oversized, hardback copy of “The Little Engine That Could,” which was almost as big as she was, from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam.

81. Winter Drags Down Q1 Building Permits -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry, plagued by poor weather early in 2014, got off to a slow start in the first quarter, with builders filing 14.2 percent fewer permits than in the same three-month period a year ago.

82. Mortgage Market Sees Small First-Quarter Gains -

Shelby County’s mortgage market started off 2014 a bit tame, not as chilly as the weather but not exactly bursting with energy either.

Local banks and mortgage lenders made 1,617 purchase mortgages during the first quarter, flat compared with the 1,624 mortgages during first quarter 2013, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

83. Housing Market Stumbles in First Quarter -

Shelby County home sales slowed in the first quarter when compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,270 home sales in the quarter that ended March 31, down 3 percent from the 3,383 homes sold in the first quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

84. Experts Highlight Health Care Game-Changers -

Both before the Affordable Care Act became law and after, consumers viewed health care costs differently than they do other costs.

So said Dr. Scott Morris during a panel discussion at The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.’s Health Care Reform seminar Thursday, April 3, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

85. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

86. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

87. Seminar Explores Complicated Details of Health Care Law -

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, became law in 2010.

But the law has grown and changed so much since then that its pages number more than 25,000, and if you stack them one on top of another they are more than 10 feet high, says Tim Finnell, founder and president of Group Benefits LLC.

88. Shelby County Mortgages Jump 12 Percent in February -

The latest monthly totals for Shelby County’s mortgage market show homebuying improved somewhat last month, with total mortgage volume up 12 percent compared to February 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

89. 2014 Home Sales Off to Slow Start -

Shelby County home sales were up in February when compared to the same month last year but not enough to overcome January’s sluggish start, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

90. Real Estate Road Show Set for March 18 -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has announced the next Shelby County Real Estate Road Show to promote Shelby County’s tax sale and Land Bank will be March 18.

91. Real Estate Road Show Set for March 18 -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has announced the next Shelby County Real Estate Road Show to promote Shelby County’s tax sale and Land Bank will be March 18.

92. Women Progress, But Still Seek Change -

Amy Howell understands the assumptions. Co-author a book with the title “Women in High Gear” and it is easy, she says, to imagine a book that is “anti-male.”

93. Telling Her Own Story -

Long before she was running her own business and co-writing a book, “Women in High Gear,” Amy Howell was a little girl in overdrive.

94. Seminar to Focus on Importance of Women in Business -

When Amy Howell delivers the keynote address at the Women & Business Seminar Feb. 27 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, she will, rather appropriately, be speaking about the art of appreciating what women can bring to any business setting.

95. Deadline Nears for Pinnacle Awards -

The deadline for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony is fast approaching.

The deadline for Commercial Council members to enter the Pinnacle Awards, an event that brings commercial real estate industry professionals together and honors them for their accomplishments in the previous year, is Friday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. Winners will be honored at an April 3 ceremony at Memphis Botanic Garden.

96. 13th Annual Pinnacle Awards On the Horizon -

Planning is well underway for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, an evening dedicated to bringing commercial real estate industry professionals together and honoring them for their accomplishments in the previous year.

97. New Home Permits See Slight Bump -

Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 64 permits in January, up from 57 permits filed in January 2013 and 53 permits in December 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

98. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in January -

Shelby County’s mortgage market entered 2014 in less of a turbo-charged fashion than it did at the same point last year.

New figures show total mortgage volume in the county was down 5 percent in January compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Data for this report did not include refinances.

99. January Home Sales Mirror Temperature -

Shelby County home sales plummeted with the temperatures in January, as sales declined 18 percent compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

100. Women & Business Seminar to Highlight Achievements -

Leslie Johnson will be one of the panelists at the Women & Business Seminar Feb. 27 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, but she is not nearly as focused on what she might say during the panel discussion as she is what she might hear.