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1. Last Word: Spec In East Memphis, Bike Share Test and Gannett Earnings -

Pinnacle Financial is the anchor for the first Class A spec office space in Memphis in just about a decade.

Madeline Faber breaking the Boyle lease news for the $20-million office tower at 949 S. Shady Grove Road. This is what office-space developers have been talking about for quite some time and as more time passed there was apprehension about the window for spec office space running out.

2. Last Word: Behind Grit N Grind, Brooks at 100 and Massacre -

This is a 12-month-a-year basketball town. There’s the season, possibly a post season, which by NBA standards is a second season. (Yep, they are still playing.) And then there is the rest of the year when whatever has been about to boil over behind the façade of sports clichés finally begins to spill out into the open.

3. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure -

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden
was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.

4. Lenoir: ‘Is It Time for a Tax Decrease?’ -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says the $22 million extra in property tax revenue his office collected during the past fiscal year appears to be a trend of improving health in the local economy.

5. Editorial: Ballet Memphis a Perfect Partner for Overton Square -

When news surfaced of Ballet Memphis’ impending move to Overton Square, it was met with mixed emotions.

Some groans, for sure. Midtown certainly could use a hotel, especially in the newly bustling district. And an independent, boutique hotel – which was the previous possibility for the primo real estate at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street – would have been a nice addition to the nightlife hotspot.

6. Crosstown Crossroads -

Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.

7. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

8. Midtown Success Highlights Commercial Real Estate Growth -

Loeb Properties Inc. plans to build on the momentum it has created at Overton Square while turning its attention to other parts of Midtown.

9. Building a Reputation -

This week, Lafayette’s Music Room reopened in its old location at Overton Square, bringing live music back to the rejuvenated district.

The famed club, which hosted a wide range of local and nation acts in its original incarnation, was named after the late Lafayette Draper, a Memphis bartender who earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. Draper died in September at the age of 77.

10. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

11. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space -

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

12. Memphis Economic Indicator Shows Business Optimism -

The results of the second Memphis Economic Indicator, a new survey measuring general business sentiment jointly produced by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, reflect a modest overall improvement in optimism among business leaders compared to last quarter’s survey results.

13. This week in Memphis history: July 19-25 -

2012: Loeb Properties Inc. of Memphis closed on its $7 million acquisition of eight acres of the Overton Square entertainment district from Denver-based Overton Square Investors LLC.

14. Hope Emerges for Filling Empty Spaces -

When The Pyramid reopens as a Bass Pro Shops later this year or early next year, it will be the only adaptive reuse of an arena in the country that is not a church.

That and Sears Crosstown are probably the city’s biggest empty spaces in terms of square footage, but the smaller ones highlighted in our cover story have a similar impact.

15. Loeb: City Should Increase Investment in Urban Core -

The relevance of Overton Square is that it’s one of many initiatives the city has in place to make Memphis a better place and a city of choice for the millennial generation.

Seventy-seven percent of those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s want to live in the urban core and to drive less.

16. Midtown Utopia -

Of Memphis’ tales of humble beginnings, of which there are many, the fluctuating renaissance of the Cooper-Young neighborhood is certainly compelling throughout.

The area has cycled from its 19th century roots to 1970s crime and neglect to its present-day status as one of the largest historic districts in the Southeast, a magnet of all ages and walks of life. All thanks to individuals and organizations that wouldn’t settle for sub-par quality in their tiny town within the bustling Bluff City.

17. The State of Green -

There are many shades of green.

And the use of the term “green” to describe public policies, business practices and other decisions designed to improve or sustain natural surroundings and our connection with them touches on so many other considerations.

18. Loeb Closes On $7M Purchase Of Overton Square -

Loeb Properties Inc. has closed its $7 million acquisition of Overton Square, after many months of negotiations with former owner, Denver Colo.-based Overton Square Investors LLC.

19. Loeb Closes on $7M Purchase of Overton Square -

Loeb Properties Inc. has closed its $7 million acquisition of Overton Square, after many months of negotiations with former owner, Denver Colo.-based Overton Square Investors LLC.

20. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

21. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The discussion will focus on topics of the audience’s choice. For more information or to register, call Nita Black at 413-1315.

22. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

23. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

24. Midtown Site in Flux as Neil’s Plans Move -

After nearly 20 years, prominent Midtown restaurant and entertainment venue Neil’s Bar is on the hunt for a new home.

The property on which Neil’s previously stood at 1835 Madison Ave. is owned by Don McCormack and Ceylon Blackwell.

25. Rum Boogie At Heart of Beale’s Growth, Future -

The oldest bar and restaurant on Beale Street marks its 25th anniversary in June with more of the same – live music.

The stage at Rum Boogie Café has featured live music seven nights a week since it opened on the northwestern corner of Third and Beale streets in 1985.

26. Memphis College of Art Files Permit for South Main Building Renovation -

477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $2.2 Million

Project Cost: $3 million
Permit Date: Applied April 2010
Completion: Fall 2010 (Phase I)
Owner: Memphis College of Art
Tenant: Memphis College of Art
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects

27. Decaying Heritage: Historic preservation reaches ‘tipping point’ -

Historic Memphis is rotting faster than the deteriorating economy.

Tight credit markets, long foreclosure lists, frequent mortgage flipping and financially struggling property owners have proven to be bigger threats to the city’s landmark structures than bulldozers. Demolition by neglect is rampant, and preservation leaders don’t yet know what to do about it.

28. Grocery Chain Signs Contract for Overton Square Development -

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., a Kansas-based grocery wholesaler, has signed a contract to acquire and develop a portion of Overton Square.

29. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous -

For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.

30. Events -

The Mid-South Real Estate Investors Association Inc. will meet today from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Al Chymia Shrine Temple, 5770 Shelby Oaks Drive. Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will be the featured speaker. For registration, call 458-2600 or e-mail info@midsouthreia.org.

31. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in Ballroom B of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Lunch is $18 per person, and reservations are required. Karanja Ajanaku, editor of the Tri-State Defender, will be the guest speaker. Contact Taylor Hughes at 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.com.

32. Events -

The InMotion Musculoskeletal Institute will hold its Quarterly Conference Series today with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. R.S.V.P. by calling 271-0000 or e-mailing gmishler@inmotionmemphis.org.

33. Garcia Wells' Owners File Complaint Against Landlords -

Garcia Wells Inc., the ownership group behind Garcia Wells Southwestern Grill, has filed a complaint for damages of $750,000 against its landlord, Overton Square Investors LLC, for allegedly breaching a 2005 lease agreement.

34. Laughing All the Way to the Bank -

Comedian John Marks has never called in sick while working in comedy clubs over the years, and hopes his new business venture will stay healthy as well.

"There's nothing like being in a sea of people who are laughing," he said. "Being around all that laughter, I think there is something about it that is very healing."

35. Overton Square Rises Again with New Developments -

Once the entertainment epicenter of Memphis, Overton Square is using several new developments to further its increasing upswing. The latest involves restaurateur Earl Farrell trying to inject some new energy into an old hotspot.

36. Archived Article: Real Review - By LAURIE JOHNSON Real estate review UT Medical Group Inc., a Tennessee nonprofit corporation, financed $23.7 million through National Bank of Commerce, securing the loan with 1.3 acres on Ridgeway Loop Road in the Ridgeway Center Planned Unit Devel...

37. Archived Article: Market Briefs - New Overton Square has signed a lease with The Loony Bin, a new comedy and dance club slated to open at 2125 Madison Ave New Overton Square has signed a lease with The Loony Bin, a new comedy and dance club slated to open at 2125 Madison Ave. in thi...

38. Archived Article: Taco Rock Lj - lj 10/5 cates Taco Rock to open Downtown By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Taco Rock, a Mexican restaurant formerly located in Overton Square, has been purchased by a new ownership group and is moving to new quarters Downtown in Court Square. The res...

39. Archived Article: Briefs - RFS Hotel Investors Inc RFS Hotel Investors Inc. has announced that it has completed a $75 million commercial mortgage bond financing through a special purpose financing subsidiary. The proceeds from the financing will be used to pay down outstandin...