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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Graffiti Green Light -

Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.

9. 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.

10. Video to Dominate in 2016 -

This column is the seventh in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

A shocking 80 percent of the world’s Internet traffic will be video by 2019. Think about the sheer magnitude of that for a moment.

11. Tennessee Manufacturing Employment Increases -

Tennessee’s manufacturing employment grew for a fourth consecutive year, according to the 2016 Tennessee Manufacturers Register.

The industrial database and registry shows the state gained 1,994 industrial jobs from September 2014 to September 2015.

12. Tenn. Manufacturing Employment Increases -

Tennessee’s manufacturing employment grew for a fourth consecutive year, according to the 2016 Tennessee Manufacturers Register.

The industrial database and registry shows the state gained 1,994 industrial jobs from September 2014 to September 2015.

13. 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.

14. Salinger Lawsuit Dismissed By Publishers -

The Memphis independent book publishers who sued the trust of the late author J.D. Salinger last March over three Salinger short stories published in 2014 have dismissed the federal lawsuit.

The decision by the Devault-Graves Agency came after U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson transferred the case in October to a federal court in New Hampshire.

15. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 18 Pct. in November -

When Sam Goff gets phone calls these days from prospective homebuyers wanting to start the mortgage loan process, the conversations tend to start the same way.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. New Eggleston Book Gets Magazine’s Kudos -

Memphis photographer William Eggleston is getting some love from the Southern-focused national magazine Garden & Gun.

19. 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

20. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 10 Percent in October -

Shelby County’s mortgage market is now mid-way through the final quarter of the year, but, judging from the market’s performance in October, the typical year-end slowdown hasn’t materialized yet.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Google is Latest Tech Giant to Claim Space in Mobile News -

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology giants including Apple, Facebook, Snapchat and now Google want to take charge of how we get and see news on our phones.

Google on Wednesday was the latest company to announce a news-focused tool. It is designed to speed up how fast stories appear on a phone's screen after a Google search. It's not widely available yet, but could emerge as a key source of traffic and ad revenue for publishers, and not just news providers, as people increasingly rely on their handheld gadgets.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. Memphis in May Names New Marketing Director -

Memphis in May International Festival has a new director of marketing.

Penelope Huston has come to the organization from Contemporary Media and will oversee the organization’s marketing strategy and serve as the festival’s spokesperson.

28. 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.

29. From University Labs to the Marketplace -

The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to Middle Tennessee’s economy in 2014, according to a study released by the Nashville Health Care Council, which is a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. Elvis Auction Bids Total $950,000 -

Collectors and Elvis Presley fans bought 160 lots of Elvis-related artifacts from private collectors last week during what was billed as the largest-ever Graceland auction.

The winning bids for the auction, which was part of Graceland’s Elvis Week events, totaled more than $950,000, according to Graceland Auctions.

36. Memphis Army Vet Lands Major Publishing Deal -

For Joshua Hood, everything changed after graduating from the University of Memphis in 2003.

The following year, he enlisted in the Army. His stint in the military, which included service in Iraq and Afghanistan, stretched to 2008. When that was done, he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in 2009.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. Charles Hughes to Head Rhodes’ Memphis Center -

Dr. Charles L. Hughes has been named director of Rhodes College’s Memphis Center, an academic hub focused on the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South region. He will be teaching classes on Memphis history and culture, coordinating student projects and developing programs, and also will be continuing his own research on the area.

40. Shelby County Mortgage Market Rises 14 Percent -

On a normal day, Independent Bank vice president of mortgage Sam Goff will get maybe one or two calls from buyers asking about rates and looking to buy a home.

41. Disney Merges Consumer Product, Interactive Divisions -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Disney is merging its consumer product and interactive divisions, a move that acknowledges the shared goals of important product lines like the Disney Infinity video game franchise and the upcoming line of wearable toys called Playmation.

42. Gannett Completes Split of Print, Broadcasting Divisions -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Gannett has completed the split of its print and broadcasting divisions into separate companies.

The broadcasting and digital arm, which will be called Tegna Inc., will run the company's television stations and websites such as CareerBuilder. It will also include Cars.com. Tegna will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday under the "TGNA" ticker symbol.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. Editorial: Music Comes First at Ardent -

Few industries can match the music business for uncertainty, volatility and instability.

It helps if a city has a music industry infrastructure ruled by music corporations and recording studios, both independent and controlled by the corporate giants.

46. Keeping the Beat -

Jody Stephens may best be known as a rock 'n' roll timekeeper, the guy whose drum kit kept the beat and provided the rhythmic foundation for the pioneering power pop group Big Star.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host the Boldly Bookish YA Tour Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Meet four of Bloomsbury Publishing’s breakout YA authors Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

50. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, June 9, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. Events -

Lifeblood will hold its 2015 Donor Fest Monday through Saturday, June 8-13, as it seeks to collect more than 1,963 units of blood. Donation centers will be open extended hours. Donors will receive a limited-edition shirt and are invited to a celebration Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Saint Benedict at Auburndale soccer field, 8250 Varnavas Drive. Visit donorfest.org.

54. Homebuilders Enjoying Steady Start to 2015 -

The Shelby County homebuilding industry surged ahead in April with builders pulling more permits and selling more new homes at higher prices, a positive start to the peak building season.

Builders filed 84 permits in April, a 10.5 jump over the 76 permits filed in April 2014 and a 47.3 percent jump from the 57 permits filed in March of this year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

55. Total Concept Launching Fully Online Enterprise -

If you’ve learned about an in-store sale while shopping for groceries, this Memphis-based printing company could have been the one to help you save those extra pennies.

For nearly 20 years, Total Concept has worked as a full-service printing company for large manufacturers and retail chains in the Memphis area. This year, it will launch a fully online enterprise, Eco Signs and Banners Memphis, within the parent company.

56. TCAT’s 27 Campuses Offer ‘A Different Life’ -

Ready for a new career? If you’re looking for a fresh start, Tennessee may be one of the best places in the world to find it.

Through May 15, residents who want to retrain in a new career field can apply for a full scholarship to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, a unique and highly effective system of technical colleges with 27 main campuses around the state.

57. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

58. 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.

59. High Court to Consider Lawsuits Over Personal Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether Web sites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don't cause any actual harm.

60. Salinger Lawsuit Reflects Larger Issues of Literature -

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher in the Rye.”

61. Music Hall of Fame Expands Nominating Committee -

Heading into its fourth year of honoring some of the country’s greatest music icons, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame has added some big names to its nominating committee – stacking it with both local and national music executives who will help pick this year’s inductees.

62. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Expands Nominating Committee -

Heading into its fourth year of honoring some of the country’s greatest music icons, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame has added some big names to its nominating committee – stacking it with both local and national music executives who will help pick this year’s inductees.

63. Shelby County Mortgage Market Grows 23 Percent in March -

The last month of the first quarter showcased a Shelby County mortgage market with abundant vitality, including evidence that plenty of demand exists among buyers eager to sign on the dotted line.

Mortgage volume countywide grew 23 percent in March compared to the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Year over year, volume last month rose to a little more than $126 million, up from $103.1 million in March 2014, and lenders say continued low rates are one reason why.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. Salinger Court Fight Involves Law, Literature Business -

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher In The Rye.”

68. Special Delivery -

The crowd should begin gathering on the Overton Park greensward around 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

And those who don’t bring books with them will find free ones at a Literacy Mid-South tent as well as a pop-up children’s book shop.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. Time to Get Creative -

By far, the biggest frustration job seekers report is the experience applying online. They spend hours scouring the Internet for the perfect job. When they find it, they spend the time crafting a cover letter introduction and tailoring their resume to look perfect. Sometimes, the online system will only allow them to paste in a messy looking resume, or won’t allow a cover letter to be submitted.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. Memphis Book Startup Rebrands With New Name -

Memphis-based e-book publishing startup Screwpulp is, like the book lovers it serves, turning a page.

The company has rebranded, changing its name to “Leafless,” a change that partly reflects a desire to move past the edginess the venture’s initial moniker tended to imply.

77. Memphis Startup Screwpulp Changes Name to Leafless -

Memphis e-book publishing startup Screwpulp has changed its name.

It’s now known as “Leafless.”

Via founder and CEO Richard Billings, the name change was partly a result of moving past the edginess the venture initially wanted to impart, a wish to show the company in a less negative light than its original name might have suggested and just being responsive to customers. The company adds that its mission has not changed.

78. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips Slightly in January -

Even though total mortgage volume in Shelby County dipped slightly in January, Magna Bank – among the top lenders for the month – actually grew its volume in during the month.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. Home Construction Flat in December -

New home construction in Shelby County, as tracked by permits, was flat in December when compared to December 2013, but new home sales increased.

Builders filed 55 permits in December, the same amount they filed in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

83. Fourth-Quarter New Housing Activity Drops -

Shelby County recorded a 12.5 percent drop in new home permits during the fourth quarter, compared to the same three-month period in 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 161 permits in the fourth quarter, compared to 184 permits over the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

84. 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.

85. Fourth-Quarter Mortgage Activity Shows Strength -

All things considered, the fourth quarter of 2014 was a better month for the mortgage market than the final quarter of 2013.

The county saw a 6 percent increase in the number of mortgages in the fourth quarter – 2,037, up from 1,922 during the year-ago period.

86. 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.

87. December Home Sales Increase Sharply -

Shelby County home sales jumped significantly in December when compared to December 2013.

Shelby County recorded 1,843 home sales in December, up 26.1 percent from 1,142 homes sold in December 2013. The average sales price of a home in December was $133,075, down 3.1 percent from $137,314 in December 2013.

88. Multiple Factors Create Strong Fourth-Quarter Home Sales -

Shelby County recorded a jump in homes sales in the fourth quarter when compared to the same period in 2013.

Shelby County recorded 3,944 home sales in the three-month period, up 9.6 percent from 3,600 sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. Make These LinkedIn Resolutions for 2015 -

Much like the old adage that we only use 10 percent of our brains, you may fall into the camp of LinkedIn users leveraging less than a tenth of what this robust business-networking platform has to offer.

93. Clarksville, Fort Campbell Still Big Draw for Veterans -

Clarksville has become one of the nation’s boom towns, thanks largely to retirees from military service.

Veterans have flocked to the area in recent years for the shopping and health care benefits available at Ft. Campbell.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October -

Shelby County home building activity cooled in October, with builders pulling 5.9 percent fewer permits than in October 2013.

Shelby County homebuilders pulled 63 permits in October, down 5.9 percent from 67 in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. The 63 permits filed in October is down 18 percent from the 77 permits builders filed in Shelby County in September.

99. One Stop Grows From Changing Church Base -

In a city known for its churches and the culture of those churches, Betty Hobson has found a business model that shows just how broad and deep the influence of those churches can be.

100. Amazon, Hachette End Monthslong Dispute -

NEW YORK (AP) – One of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending.