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1. Last Word: The Sound of Dominoes, Brexit Anxiety and Schilling Farms Backstory -

The Memphis Newspaper Guild makes it official – filing grievances against Gannett, the new owner of The Commercial Appeal, over the first significant changes in how the paper is put out. Those changes involve abolishing copy editing positions and making them part of the new job of digital producers.

2. Last Word: Being Veep, Greensward Still Active and Tuition Goes Up -

On one of the most eventful days yet in the 2016 Presidential general election campaign, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. First there was a private meeting in New York where he was reportedly being vetted for the vice president’s position including a look at his financials – and then a Trump rally in Raleigh, N.C., where he was being road tested.

3. Last Word: Graduation Day and Our Outrage, An ASD Offer In Raleigh and Fashion -

According to Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson, 15,000 people have watched the several dozen high school graduation ceremonies the school system has streamed live on its website including the 14 graduations held Saturday.

4. 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.

5. Raleigh Mall Demolition Signals Change After Delays -

The crowd of several hundred people on the south end of the Raleigh Springs Mall Saturday, May 7, was larger than the crowd inside the mall to shop.

They came to watch the beginning of the end.

6. Demolition Begins On Raleigh Springs Mall Property -

With the business end of a Volvo crawler excavator, Memphis City Council member Bill Morrison kicked off the start of demolition Saturday, May 7, at the Raleigh Springs Mall.

7. Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path -

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

City facilities like libraries and police precincts would be the anchors and encourage private retail development in them.

8. Raleigh Mall Demolition Begins Saturday -

The city begins demolition of the Sears Auto Center Saturday, May 7, at the Raleigh Springs Mall even though the city is still in court with the owners of the main mall building itself in eminent domain proceedings.

9. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

10. Omni Prep Academy Buys New Location -

Omni Prep Academy has purchased the Raleigh Presbyterian Church across from the Raleigh Springs Mall.

In a February 26 warranty deed, JTP Ventures LLC and SLS Ventures LLC sold the property to Omni Schools, Inc. The 39,312-square-foot building at 3385 Austin Peay Highway went for $1.3 million.

11. Omni Prep Academy Buys New Location -

Omni Prep Academy has purchased the Raleigh Presbyterian Church across from the Raleigh Springs Mall.

In a February 26 warranty deed, JTP Ventures LLC and SLS Ventures LLC sold the property to Omni Schools, Inc. The 39,312-square-foot building at 3385 Austin Peay Highway went for $1.3 million.

12. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

13. Council OKs Raleigh Springs Mall Conversion, Again -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 17, approved – for the second time in a year and a half – the plan to turn the Raleigh Springs Mall into a “town center” with a city library branch, new police precinct and the Memphis Police Department’s traffic precinct.

14. Council OKs Raleigh Springs Mall Conversion, Again -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 17, approved – for the second time in a year and a half – the plan to turn the Raleigh Springs Mall into a “town center” with a city library branch, new police precinct and the Memphis Police Department’s traffic precinct.

15. Council Delays Central Station and Graceland West Votes -

Memphis City Council members delayed approval Tuesday, Nov. 17, of the lease agreement and financing of the Central Station redevelopment project for two weeks. And it also delayed a vote on the Graceland West renovation and expansion.

16. Council Stirs Raleigh Springs Mall Project -

The city’s Raleigh Springs Mall project moved just a bit at the last Memphis City Council meeting before Thursday’s city elections.

At its Tuesday, Oct. 6, meeting, the council approved a resolution that sets the stage for a public hearing on the Memphis Housing Authority’s plan to convert the mall into a “town center.”

17. Memphis’ Town Center Trio Concept Takes Double Hit -

Two of the three town centers envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are going in different directions with a recent court ruling and an auction.

The city of Memphis lost its bid to acquire the Raleigh Springs Mall by eminent domain as The New Towne Center at Soulsville was sold at auction Thursday, Aug. 27.

18. Sweet Family Recipe Propels Makeda’s Cookies Expansion -

In its past 16 years of business, Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies has learned to add a pinch of grit to the classic butter, sugar and flour recipe.

Husband-and-wife team Maurice and Pamela Hill, along with a host of other family members, bake nearly 20 kinds of cookies and cookie-crust pies in the longstanding store at 2370 Airways Blvd.

19. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

20. Southbrook Tests Wharton Administration Shake-Up -

It didn’t take very long for the city of Memphis’ new chief administrative officer to make a tough call.

And when Jack Sammons came down on the side of pulling back city funding for Southbrook Mall, political allies and foes of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. watched to see if he would go along with the decision.

21. Southbrook Mall Funding Put On Hold By Wharton -

City funding for renovations at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall is off at least for now, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, May 14, signaling more time in limbo for the controversial project.

22. Incumbent’s Advantage Faces Test in Mayor’s Race -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. rolls out a new plan for emergency medical services Tuesday, May 10, that is expected to involve some private, nongovernment involvement.

No further details of the announcement were forthcoming from his administration, but it returns the still-forming 2015 race for mayor to an issue that is basic to virtually every mayoral election: public safety.

23. New Questions About Southbrook Mall Renovation -

Late last year, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was pushing a town center-type conversion of Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall.

But Memphis City Council members questioned Tuesday, May 5, whether the Wharton administration’s plan for a town center at the Southbrook Mall site in Whitehaven was set up to fail once the funding reached the mall’s nonprofit board.

24. Germantown Parkway Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

789 and 725 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $3.4 million

25. Memphis Budget Proposal Includes More Street Paving, Health Insurance ‘Overhang’ -

Street paving is the centerpiece of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s capital improvements budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wharton is proposing a $656.5 million operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The administration is taking a $55 million capital improvements budget to the Memphis City Council that will include the most street paving the city has done since the federal stimulus fund of 2008, according to Wharton.

26. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

27. Youth Advance Moving to Raleigh Springs Mall -

Youth Advance Inc. has a new location in the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The new space needs a little TLC, so Home Depot will provide help on Wednesday, March 11th, at noon. Its new facility is located near the main entrance of the mall and was formerly used as a recording studio; it currently has black walls throughout and is in slight disrepair.

28. Southbrook Project Resurfaces Again -

The owners of Southbrook Mall got $1.5 million in improvements from City Hall this week. But it wasn’t the $1.5 million the owners of the Whitehaven mall wanted in 2012, when the city contemplated giving them that sum to fix the roof and make repairs to the mall’s heating and air conditioning system.

29. Council Delays Financial Votes, Approves Beale Street Authority -

Memphis City Council members approved a $4.5 million advance Tuesday, March 3, for the Memphis Area Transit Authority to get past a cash flow problem.

But the council delayed for two weeks a vote on a larger mid-fiscal year budget adjustment for city government in general.

30. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Possible Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

31. Economic Development Secrets Hard to Keep -

The most difficult secrets to keep at City Hall are those dealing with economic development – the clandestine discussions between city and business leaders and companies considering moving to or expanding in Memphis.

32. Sweetie Pie’s Could be Tenant at Raleigh Springs Mall -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

33. Raleigh Springs Mall Tests Town Center Concept -

The idea that a declining shopping mall can be redeveloped and reinvigorated as a “town center” with local government offices as a catalyst for private developers appears to be on its way to a meeting with reality.

34. Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

35. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

36. Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities -

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

37. Wharton Calls for Outside Fairgrounds Review -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the ambitious recasting of the Mid-South Fairgrounds – a project that is solely a City Hall creation at this point -- is going to get a second look from outside consultants.

38. Memphis Begins Eminent Domain Process on Raleigh Springs -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the city has initiated eminent domain legal proceedings on the Raleigh Springs Mall to possibly demolish parts of it.

39. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

40. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday, Nov. 20, that a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

41. Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies For Federal Bonds -

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall lurched back to life Thursday, Nov. 20, after months off the political radar screen.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Thursday a renovation of the mall could be financed with up to $2.1 million in federal bonds through the Memphis Green Communities Program.

42. Rain Brings Flash Flooding, Evacuations and Damage -

Shelby County emergency responders began totaling up the damage from flooding Thursday, Sept. 11, across the county following a morning of rain.

The torrent left some standing water, buckling or crumbled pavement and creeks and tributaries near flood stage by Thursday evening.

43. Goodwill Center Helps Job Seekers Reclaim Dreams -

The event was held in the shadow of the shuttered Raleigh Springs Mall, in the expanded section of the Goodwill store at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. It was the grand opening of the Goodwill Job Center.

44. Civic Celebration -

Shep Wilbun describes “Frayser Day” as “MEMfix on steroids,” referring to the efforts by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team to reanimate business districts or blocks in several parts of the city.

45. July 4-10: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Construction was poised to begin on the $33.5 million expansion and renovation of Methodist University Hospital’s new emergency department.

1984: On the front page of The Daily News, the name change of Southwestern at Memphis to Rhodes College became official with the college renamed for Dr. Peyton Nalle Rhodes, the college president from 1949 to 1965. Rhodes leaders were also preparing for construction to begin on a residence hall to be completed in 1985.

46. Southbrook Mall Concept Goes to Public Hearings -

As city Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb began talking in the gym of the Whitehaven Community Center last week, he could see the Pepper Tree Apartments on the other side of Graceland Drive.

47. Mall Owners Concerned About City Plans -

Leaders of the holding company that owns Raleigh Springs Mall expressed concern Thursday, May 1, about Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plans to turn the mall into a town center.

Michael Aschenbrener, attorney for Raleigh Springs Mall LLC, says the group has been working diligently to renovate and revitalize the mall since it bought the property a year ago.

48. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Question City’s Plans -

The owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall had been talking with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration until late last year about the city’s desire to see a revitalized mall possibly with city government offices.

49. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Concerned About City Plans -

Leaders of the holding company that owns Raleigh Springs Mall expressed concern Thursday, May 1, about Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plans to turn the mall into a town center.

Michael Aschenbrener, attorney for Raleigh Springs Mall LLC, says the group has been working diligently to renovate and revitalize the mall since it bought the property a year ago.

50. Graceland Files Notice for 450-Room Whitehaven Hotel -

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed paperwork with the Land Use Control Board to move ahead with the first part of a long planned expansion of Graceland.

The filing with the LUCB Wednesday, April 30, is for construction of a 450-room hotel on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the mansion on a parcel of land EPE has owned since the mid 1990s.

51. Wharton Outlines $596 Million Budget Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. warned Tuesday, April 15, that “half measures” in converting city employees to a defined contributions benefits plan would not restore the city’s financial health and resolve an unfunded pension liability of hundreds of millions of dollars.

52. Council Approves Plan for Raleigh Springs Mall -

Memphis City Council members approved an urban renewal plan Tuesday, March 4, for the Raleigh Springs Mall that will start the process of locating city government offices at the mall, starting with the Memphis Police Department traffic precinct. The resolution, sponsored by council member Bill Morrison and approved without debate, also sets the stage for a public hearing on the larger plan.

53. Council Approves Plan for Raleigh Springs Mall -

Memphis City Council members approved an urban renewal plan Tuesday, March 4, for the Raleigh Springs Mall that will start the process of locating city government offices at the mall, starting with the Memphis Police Department traffic precinct. The resolution, sponsored by council member Bill Morrison and approved without debate, also sets the stage for a public hearing on the larger plan.

54. Council Weighs Conflicting Liability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

55. Council Weighs Conflicting L:iability Numbers, Approves Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members cleared much of their committee calendar Tuesday, Feb. 4, to talk for four hours about specifics of the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

The discussion with Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson, Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard and consultants from four actuarial firms was aimed at trying to define the specifics of the problem, see if there is agreement on some of the numbers and better explain the differences.

56. Election Commission Hears Ballot Challenges -

Shelby County Election Commissioners could complete the ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections Wednesday, March 5, by deciding on challenges to the residency of three candidates in the Democratic primaries.

57. Council Takes Up Streetlight Fee -

Memphis City Council members return Tuesday, March 4, to the issue of monthly streetlight fees charged by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division since the council voted last year to shift the responsibility for streetlights to the utility and out of the city operating budget.

58. Seeking Collaboration -

The debate over which development projects should be public or public-private efforts could intensify in the coming months as the city of Memphis explores multiple redevelopment plans.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said if the city, which is facing strong financial headwinds, hopes to attract investment, it must sometimes help jump-start developments in areas that the private sector may otherwise be hesitant to enter.

59. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

60. Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape -

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

61. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

62. Council to Review Mall Conversions -

Memphis City Council members get a look at plans for the redevelopment of two shopping malls Tuesday, Feb. 18.

But the council’s last meeting for February apparently won’t include any presentation of a proposal to change the benefits of new city hires and city employees with less than 10 years on the job, as promised earlier by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

63. Southbrook Mall Plan Headed to City Council -

What began as a plan last year for $1.5 million in city funding to fix the roof and make other repairs at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall has now become a larger and probably more expensive plan for development in a broad area of Whitehaven.

64. City Council Reviews Raleigh Springs Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members get their first public detailed look Tuesday, Feb. 4, of an “urban renewal” plan for the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

65. 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.

66. Council Shares Criticism of Mayor in Mall Debate -

Memphis City Council members profoundly disagree with one another on how far the city should go to fund a renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

But both sides of the council discussion were of one mind Tuesday, Nov. 5, about their dissatisfaction with the qualified support the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has gradually given to the project.

67. Council Keeps Southbrook Mall Renovation Alive -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start over again in plans to find a legal use for city funds in renovating the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

And the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave a qualified endorsement through what amounts to a new feasibility study on the mall due before the council in a month.

68. Council to Talk Over Convention Center Study -

Memphis City Council members talk Tuesday, Nov. 5, about setting up a study committee with county leaders on expanding the Memphis Cook Convention Center. And the council will vote on $7.5 million in capital funding to kick off city plans to redevelop the Raleigh Springs Mall property.

69. Business Licenses Increase 4.9 Percent in Third Quarter -

Business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the third quarter rose nearly 5 percent over third quarter 2012, and increased even more compared to the second quarter this year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

70. Shelby County Bankruptcies Rise 3.4 Percent in Third Quarter -

Bankruptcies in Shelby County were up by about 100, or 3.4 percent, in the third quarter of 2013 from the third quarter of 2012, with a continuing consistency among the top three ZIP codes.

A total of 3,280 filings – encompassing Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies – were filed in the three-month period ended Sept. 30, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. That compares to 3,171 for the same quarter in 2012.

71. City Council to Vote on Bonds, Review Land Swap -

Memphis City Council members this week take up $375 million in refunding bonds and general obligation bonds, and discuss a land swap with Church of the River for access to a boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

72. City Explores Crucial Crosstown Funding -

City officials are exploring multiple options for financing $15 million in infrastructure improvements at the Sears Crosstown site, key funding that could make or break the ambitious $175 million project.

73. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

74. Memphis Considers Options for Raleigh Springs Mall -

The city of Memphis is considering acquiring the Raleigh Springs Mall site as part of a civic-driven effort to revive the former retail hub.

“We’re going to explore every option we have, but yes, that is certainly an option,” said City Council member Bill Morrison, whose district includes the area.

75. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

76. Commission OKs Sale for Penny Hardaway Courts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, June 3, the transfer of nearly 10 acres of land in Cordova on the west side of Herbert Road at Fischer Steel Road to Gameday Health Kids Foundation as the location of “Penny’s Fast Break Courts Sports Facility” – the children’s basketball site named for NBA and University of Memphis basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

77. Bankruptcy Filings Drop 4 Percent -

Bankruptcies filed across all categories in Shelby County in the third quarter of 2012 dropped 4 percent from the third quarter of 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

78. Events -

The Daily News will hold a sustainable energy seminar and panel discussion as part of its 2012 seminar series Thursday, Aug. 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave. Cost is $25. Register at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

79. Uplifting Spaces -

Two Memphis-area churches are under way, both designed by Hord Architects, a local firm that specializes exclusively in maximizing the budgets of nonprofit clients.

The first is Cordova Presbyterian Church, 8707 Fay Road, on the south side of Fay and west of Sanga Road.

80. Occupy Protests: Shop Mom-and-Pop on Black Friday -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday.

Some don't want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don't appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.

81. Villages at Harrison Creek Apts. Sell out of Foreclosure -

3855 Jackson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $3.9 Million

Sale Date: Aug. 26, 2011

82. CRE Shows Q2 Improvement -

Memphis’ commercial real estate landscape may be inching closer to recovery, as evidenced by the latest CB Richard Ellis MarketView report.

In the second quarter of 2011, Memphis’ office market saw continued signs of growth from existing tenants, and improved investment sale activity.

83. Hacks Cross Center Sells For $1 Million -

A shopping center in the Southeast submarket has traded hands. AAK Ventures LLC acquired the 10,500-square-foot Players Crossing Retail Center, 3285 Hacks Cross Road, from BancorpSouth for $1 million.

84. Disaster Recovery Center Will Open Tuesday -

Federal disaster officials Tuesday will open a disaster recovery center at the county code enforcement building, 6465 Mullins Station Road, to begin processing the paperwork for those homeowners who have filed a claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and received a claims number.

85. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

MIM Triathlon Still Planned

Despite rising floodwaters, next weekend’s Memphis in May Triathlon event is still on, the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced.

86. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

Scientists to Determine Exact River Crest Height

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested Tuesday. But at what level?

The river level that goes into the history books will take a few days to determine, according to Memphis National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Okulski.

87. Nonprofits Step Up Flood Assistance -

Flooding has shifted the Mid-South Food Bank into disaster mode, placing additional strain on an agency that already feeds not only Memphis, ranked as the nation’s hungriest city, but a total of 325 feeding programs in 31 counties.

88. City Prepares for Mississippi River Crest -

As the week began the coalition of emergency responders across Shelby County had already gone from planning to action.

The groups got highly detailed marching orders Friday morning from Shelby County preparedness director Bob Nations, who coordinated with dozens of agencies across local, state and federal government boundaries in putting together the master plan.

89. Bank On Memphis Aims to Aid Unbanked, Underbanked -

The everyday financial transactions of 45,000 Memphis households are done in cash, car title loans, money orders, third-party check cashing and payday loans.

And those “unbanked” transactions mean lost savings opportunities estimated by Federal Reserve Bank officials at $45 million locally.

90. Sears Closing Store in Raleigh Springs Mall -

Sears Holding Corp. is closing the last remaining anchor store in the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The company announced this week an April 3 closing of the store, which will result in the loss of 91 jobs. Employees at the mall store will be offered opportunities to apply for jobs at other local Sears stores.

91. Election Day Promises Big Turnout -

The final election of 2010 on Tuesday could draw nearly half of Shelby County’s 603,000 voters.

That estimate is based on a healthy early voter turnout of 109,673 voters, or 18.2 percent of the county’s voters.

92. In Search of an Oasis -

Part of the path to inner-city recovery appears to run through a garden, or at least through the produce section of a supermarket. Nine farmers markets operate in various parts of Shelby County this summer, from Downtown to Collierville and places such as Germantown, Agricenter International and Cooper-Young in between.

93. Big Tobacco Cutting Contracts with US Farmers -

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) - After years of faithfully supplying leaf to tobacco giant Philip Morris International, farmer Jess Burrier received a postcard, thanking him for his contributions and telling him his service wasn't needed this year.

94. Simon Properties Offers General Growth $10B Buyout -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The nation’s largest shopping mall owner, Simon Property Group, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire its ailing rival, General Growth Properties.

Simon has a large footprint in Memphis, where the company owns 94.5 percent of Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova and 100 percent of Oak Court Mall in East Memphis, two of the most successful area malls.

95. Shelby County’s Malls Fight Tax Appraisals -

In a sign of the rattled state of commercial property owners amid the lingering downturn, the owners of most of Shelby County’s major shopping malls are contesting their 2009 property appraisals.

The new values, which will determine the properties’ tax bills, were sent out earlier this year as part of the 2009 countywide reappraisal of property. The area’s five most prominent shopping centers – Wolfchase Galleria, The Avenue Carriage Crossing, Oak Court, Raleigh Springs Mall and Southland Mall – all saw their appraisals rise this year.

96. H1N1 Vaccine Now Available for People 24 and Younger -

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department announced Monday afternoon that it will begin giving free vaccines to older children and young adults.

Target groups that can now receive the vaccine include pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months, health care workers, emergency personnel, children older than 6 months and youths up to age 24.

97. H1N1 Vaccine Now Available for People 24 and Younger -  

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department announced Monday afternoon that it will begin giving free vaccines to older children and young adults.

Target groups that can now receive the vaccine include pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months, health care workers, emergency personnel, children older than 6 months and youths up to age 24.

These target groups are within the vaccine recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Department said.

“It is essential that our population is protected against the risk of infection and complications,” said Yvonne Madlock, director of the health department.

The vaccine is available at:

• Collierville Clinic at 167 Washington St. from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Galloway Clinic at 477 N. Mansassas St. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Hickory Hill Clinic at 5690 Kirby Center Cove from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Immunization Clinic at 814 Jefferson Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Millington Clinic at 8225 U.S. 51 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Raleigh Clinic at 3040 Covington Pike from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Shelby Crossing Clinic at 6170 Macon Road from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Southland Mall Clinic at 1278 Southland Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month; and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

• Department of Human Services at 3230 Jackson Ave. from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays only.

For more information, call the Health Department’s flu hotline at 379-4161 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Information is also available at www.shelbycountytn.gov.

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98. Hamilton’s Fireplace Shop Keeps Winter at Bay -

Except for the chimney, Hamilton’s Fireplace Shop has just about anything required to turn an empty hearth into the heart of a home.

Gas-burning logs, glass screens, decorative covers, hand-carved mantles, distinctive dog-irons and decorative bric-a-brac all adorn the shop. The display areas stretch back far enough to get lost in, but the people running the place can help shoppers find their way through. Jim Hamilton knows the answers to shoppers’ questions because he’s been running the business for 35 years.

99. Raleigh Springs Mall Sells for $650K -

The Raleigh Springs Mall has a new owner. Whether that owner can breathe new life into the beleaguered shopping center remains to be seen.

Angela Whichard Inc., a company related to Raleigh, N.C.-based Whichard Real Estate, has bought the mall at 3390 Austin Peay Highway for $650,000 and the JCPenney department store plus an outparcel on the north side of the mall for $100,000.

100. Health Department Starts Vaccinating Young Children -

Beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department will begin administering H1N1 vaccinations to children from six months of age to 4 years old.

The health department has received 4,000 doses of the injectable form of the vaccine.