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1. View From the Hill: ‘Moral Mondays’ Draw Crowds, But Are Lawmakers Listening?
- Thursday, February 23, 2017
Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.
2. GOP Pushes 2 Top Cabinet Picks Through to Full Senate
- Thursday, February 02, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy.
3. GOP Governors Who Turned Down Medicaid Money Have Hands Out
- Friday, January 20, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.
4. New Year, New Resolutions for Legislators
- Thursday, December 29, 2016
Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into 3 1/2 months, it might be worth a try.
5. Yahoo's Big Breach Helps Usher In an Age of Hacker Anxiety
- Friday, December 16, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo has become the worst-case example of an unnerving but increasingly common phenomenon – massive hacks that steal secrets and other potentially revealing information from our personal digital accounts, or from big organizations that hold sensitive data on our behalf.
6. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation
- Monday, December 12, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.
7. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant
- Saturday, October 08, 2016
They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.
In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.
8. Red State, Blue Mayors
- Thursday, July 28, 2016
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.
9. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy
- Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.
10. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation
- Thursday, June 16, 2016
3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million
Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.
11. Lawmakers Lure Us In With Momentary Sanity, And Then...
- Thursday, April 07, 2016
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.
12. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority
- Thursday, February 04, 2016
Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.
13. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks
- Friday, January 22, 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.
Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.
14. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds
- Monday, January 18, 2016
Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.
15. Gasol, Barnes Lead Grizzlies Past Pacers 96-84
- Monday, December 21, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Even as the Memphis Grizzlies transition into a small-ball style team, they realize defense is still the key to their success.
Memphis forced Indiana into 17 turnovers and 39 percent shooting in a 96-84 victory over the Pacers on Saturday night.
16. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland
- Tuesday, December 15, 2015
3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $4.8 million
17. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right?
- Saturday, November 14, 2015
No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.
Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
18. Vanderbilt Received $10 Million in Grants for Fetal Tissue Research
- Monday, August 17, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Vanderbilt University is one of nearly 100 research institutions to receive federal funding for fetal tissue research between 2011 and 2014 – a practice that has unleashed a furor on Capitol Hill after anti-abortion activists recently released undercover videos pertaining to such research.
19. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.
20. Will Tennessee Republicans Ever Be Truly Happy?
- Thursday, April 30, 2015
Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier?
With the GOP so dominate in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.
21. Biblical Lessons Lost in Lack of Health Care Debate
- Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.
In fact, the Bible bill took two days of debate in the House, where it passed, and thorough discussion in the Senate, before it died – at least until next year.
22. Anti-Abortion Legislation Finds Little Resistance
- Thursday, April 02, 2015
Buoyed by passage of Amendment 1 last fall, legislation restricting abortions is starting to roll – with relative ease – through the General Assembly.
Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, and Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, began the push recently with measures backed by Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and the Republican ranks. Their bills couldn’t even draw enough resistance to require a roll-call vote.
23. Game On
- Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Almost as soon as Casey Hill and his father Wilton “Chick” Hill began redeveloping the old Toof building adjacent to AutoZone Park, the younger Hill began contemplating what the reinvented building would be called.
24. Facing Militant Threat, Corker Shoulders Matters of War
- Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.
Now the combination of Republicans' political fortunes in last November's elections and brutal terrorism overseas have put the two-term Tennessee lawmaker in the limelight. He heads the Foreign Relations Committee and is in charge of the weightiest question to ever face members of Congress: whether to authorize war.
25. 100 North Main Seeks Historic Designation
- Friday, January 30, 2015
An effort to redevelop a Downtown skyscraper may have received a boost this week. A state board is recommending that the tower at 100 N. Main St. be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.
26. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.
27. SEC’s New Quarterbacks Ready to Prove Themselves
- Friday, August 22, 2014
They are the SEC quarterbacks left behind. The quarterbacking gods, with names like Manziel, McCarron, Mettenberger and Murray – what is it about M’s? – have ascended to a higher place: playing on Sundays in the NFL.
28. Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push
- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.
Sharon Lee, one of three justices seeking re-election in the yes-no retention races on the August ballot, campaigned Saturday, July 19, in Hickory Hill.
29. FedEx Wants to Explore ‘Final Frontier’
- Monday, May 26, 2014
FedEx announced one of its newest – and more unusual sounding ventures – with a cheeky tweet.
“Meet the FedEx Space Solutions team,” the company declared on Twitter in recent days, formally unveiling a new venture focused on the commercial space industry. Perhaps recognizing the implications, the company concluded the tweet by promising, “Yep, you read it right!”
30. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board
- Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.
31. Hardy Pushes Intermodal Sites for New Jobs
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Carolyn Hardy admits she pushed hard to get the intermodal container yard that opened this week in Hickory Hill completed faster than the two years many contractors told her it would take.
32. Obama Nominates Justice Official to Top Labor Slot
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Thomas Perez, President Barack Obama's choice for Labor secretary, has used his perch as the nation's chief civil rights enforcer to crack down on voter suppression, discrimination and police brutality.
33. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit
- Monday, March 18, 2013
Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.
34. Q2 Foreclosures Up 5 Percent
- Thursday, July 19, 2012
Shelby County’s real estate market is still feeling the effects of foreclosure activity, with a second quarter increase in activity following an even larger one in the first quarter.
35. StyleCraft Signs Lease At Airways Building E
- Friday, July 13, 2012
Home decor company StyleCraft Home Collection Inc. has signed a 167,600-square-foot lease at Industrial Developments International’s Airways Distribution Center Building E.
36. Market Value
- Monday, May 14, 2012
Investor Warren Buffett admitted in his annual letter to shareholders recently that he was “dead wrong” in his early 2011 prediction that the housing market would have begun recovery by now.
37. Gather at the River
- Monday, April 30, 2012
About a year ago Memphians were drawn to one spot in particular on the city’s riverfront.
At the foot of Beale Street, the Mississippi River had risen last May to a level where the muddy water covered the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale, offering a view of an uninterrupted river stretching three miles from the intersection to the levees in West Memphis.
38. Crye-Leike Sells Properties, Land At Feb. Auction
- Friday, March 30, 2012
Multiple properties in the Memphis area have traded hands as a result of an auction held by Crye-Leike Auction Services in February.
Kays Nawaf Employee Pension Plan sold three flex warehouse buildings at 4652 Damascus Road, 4660 Damascus Road and 4668 Damascus Road, ranging from 7,450 square feet to 10,160 square feet. There was a published minimum bid of $83,000 each.
39. All 2011 Unemployment Insurance Benefits Taxable
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The jobless rate is dipping, but millions of people are still out of work. And that could have implications when they file their income tax returns.
Collecting unemployment insurance benefits? All that you received in 2011 is taxed as income. Unless you requested that federal taxes be withheld, you could be in for a big surprise when you calculate taxes owed.
40. With Lockout Nearing End, Basketball Back in Focus
- Friday, December 02, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – These are the kinds of negotiations NBA fans have been waiting for.
Teams began talking to agents Wednesday as the lockout inched closer to its end, and basketball moved back into focus. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were linked to trade speculation, while free agents such as Tyson Chandler and Nene were in the news after months of attorneys getting all the ink.
41. Congress Sputters on Deficit Cuts, Spending Bills
- Wednesday, November 09, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.
42. Wunderlich Equity Announces New Hires
- Thursday, August 25, 2011
Trace Urdan and Jeff Lee have joined Wunderlich Equity Capital Markets as a senior vice president and vice president respectively. Both will cover the education services sphere.
Urdan has twice been cited as an all-star analyst by The Wall Street Journal. He is widely cited as a global expert on for-profit education and e-learning trends.
43. Pet Hospital Signs Lease at Corner Shops
- Friday, November 05, 2010
A new pet hospital is among the most recent tenants at The Corner Shops of Canada Road.
The Lakeland Pet Hospital signed a new 3,850-square-foot lease in the 32,500-square-foot center, at the northwest corner of U.S. 64 and Canada Road in Lakeland.
44. Judiciary Chairman: Kagan Hearings Start in June
- Thursday, May 20, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman moved quickly Wednesday to advance U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan down a so-far smooth road to confirmation, setting hearings for June 28.
45. Elena Kagan Chosen by Obama for Supreme Court
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.
46. Biz Licenses Down From Year Ago
- Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Business licenses issued during the first quarter of this year plunged 31 percent from a year ago – a steep drop that could be an anomaly.
An unusually high number of permits was issued during the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2010.
Desperation and misrepresentation could be factors, according to local experts.
Jeff Jacobs, manager of the business tax division of the Shelby County Clerk’s Office, said he thought several individuals may have obtained permits in the first quarter of 2009 just to claim federal income tax deductions.
However, Mark Taylor, an adviser at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Memphis, said many more people were looking to start their own businesses during that period.
“I’m sure for the first quarter of last year there was a big surge in business licenses,” Taylor said. “Everybody was desperate. I think people were just scrambling.”
A total of 1,590 business licenses were issued during the first quarter of this year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.
That compares to 2,316 in Q1 2009.
Taylor said fewer people are inquiring about opening businesses now because of the tight credit market.
Banks are reluctant to loan money for startups.
“Money is still tight,” Taylor said. “We’re not seeing any real big shift on that yet.”
That trend could be changing, said an official from the research division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
David C. Wheelock, a vice president at the Federal Reserve who is an adviser on financial markets, in a recently published essay said, “Business lending may be poised for a rebound.”
His essay was based on quarterly surveys of banks by the Fed concerning lending activity.
“The percentage of respondents reporting tighter standards has declined in recent surveys,” Wheelock wrote. “In the January 2010 survey, no banks reported tighter standards on loans to large- and medium-sized firms,
while 5.5 percent reported that they had eased terms somewhat.
“This was the first survey by the Fed that reported a net percentage of banks easing terms for loans to large- and medium-sized firms since 2007:Q2.”
However, he also noted that 3.7 percent of banks had tightened standards.
Wheelock found a silver living to this number, pointing out that it was the lowest percentage of bank tightening since the second quarter of 2007.
During the prolonged credit crunch, many people have financed startup endeavors mostly from their own pockets.
Keith and Jill Forrester, the owners of Whitton Farms in Arkansas, are about to expand their operation into Downtown Memphis with the Trolley Stop Market at 704 Madison Ave. Keith Foster said they’ve borrowed only $10,000 and drawn on savings for the rest.
“It’s been a hurdle,” he said. “We’ve just been able to piece it together here and there.”
The couple had hoped to have the farm-fresh market and restaurant open by now. The opening depends on how quickly some interior renovations can be completed, such as the installation of a kitchen venting system.
The business will hire 10 to 12 people initially, he said. It could open by the end of April or in May.
In Memphis, lending by banks to small businesses remains tight, Taylor said.
“Here recently, the biggest surge of interest I’ve had in small businesses has been due to the Hickory Ridge Mall reopening,” he said.
“It sounds like the mall may make a goal of it. At least one client quoted a low rental per square foot. They obviously are making some deals.”
The Hickory Hill North ZIP code of 38115 was where the most business permits were issued during the first quarter. A total of 93 permits were issued.
The Oakhaven/Parkway Village ZIP code of 38118 had the second most with 92, followed by the Bartlett ZIP code of 38134 with 85....
47. CRE Market Sweats Tight Times
- Tuesday, March 16, 2010
From Downtown to the eastern suburbs, from the airport to Millington, the landscape is bleak for commercial real estate brokers.
Everywhere they look, they see signs that the local market has endured and continues to endure its share of black eyes. In the past 12 months, for example, two of the area’s four biggest sales occurred on the Shelby County Courthouse steps.
48. Noel Becomes ABA Delegate From Tennessee
- Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Randall D. Noel has been elected as the Tennessee delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Noel is a member of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC’s Commercial Litigation Group. Noel is a Fellow of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Foundations and has served as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.
49. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version
- Friday, February 19, 2010
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.
50. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline
- Thursday, February 18, 2010
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.
Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.
Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.
Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.
The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.
The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.
Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.
Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.
All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.
Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.
And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.
Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.
Shelby County Mayor:
Deidre Malone (D)
Joe Ford (D)
Otis Jackson (D)
Mark Luttrell (R)
Ernest Lunati (R)
Leo Awgowhat (I)
Shelby County Sheriff:
James Coleman (R)
Bobby Simmons (R)
Bill Oldham (R)
Dale Lane (R)
Larry Hill (D)
Bennie Cobb (D)
Randy Wade (D)
James Bolden (D)
Elton Hymon (D)
Reginald French (D)
County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1
Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)
County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2
Albert Maduska (R)
Heidi Shafer (R)
County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3
Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)
Joe Baire (R)
County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1
Walter Bailey (D)
County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2
Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)
David Vinciarelli (D)
County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3
Eric Dunn (D)
Norma Lester (D)
Tina Dickerson (D)
Melvin Burgess (D)
Reginald Milton (D)
Freddie Thomas (D)
County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1
James Harvey (D) (incumbent)
James Catchings (D)
County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2
Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)
Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)
County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3
Edith Moore (D) (incumbent)
Justin Ford (D)
County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1
Chris Thomas (R)
John Pellicciotti (R)
Jim Bomprezzi (R)
County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2
Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)
John Wilkerson (R)
Ron Fittes (R)
County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3
Terry Roland (R)
George Chism (R)
Edgar Babian (R)
County Commission Dist 5
Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)
Jennings Bernard (D)
Rolando Toyos (R)
Shelby County Clerk
Charlotte Draper (D)
Corey Maclin (D)
LaKeith Miller (D)
Wayne Mashburn (R)
Steve Moore (R)
Criminal Court Clerk
Vernon Johnson (D)
Minerva Johnican (D)
Ralph White (D)
Michael Porter (R)
Kevin Key (R)
Jerry Stamson (I)
Circuit Court Clerk
Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)
Steven Webster (D)
Carmichael Johnson (D)
Ricky W. Dixon (D)
Juvenile Court Clerk
Joy Touliatos (R)
Charles Marshall (D)
Sylvester Bradley (D)
Shep Wilbun (D)
Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)
Probate Court Clerk
Paul Boyd (R)
Sondra Becton (D)
Danny Kail (D)
Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)
Peggy Dobbins (D)
Clay Perry (D)
Karen Tyler (D)
Shelby County Register
Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)
Coleman Thompson (D)
Lady J. Swift (D)
Carlton Orange (D)
Shelby County Trustee
Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)
M. LaTroy Williams (D)
John Willingham (R)
Jeff Jacobs (R)
David Lenoir (R) ...
51. CBO: Federal Deficit Projected at $1.35T
- Wednesday, January 27, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year, despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.
52. Sale Could Bring Improvements To Bella Vista
- Friday, January 15, 2010
Like many projects companies launched before the recession hit, the plan for rejuvenating the 432-unit Bella Vista Apartment Homes in Hickory Hill began with such promise.
In March 2007, a newly formed company, Maple Creek Advisors LLC of Dallas, made its first multifamily acquisition with plans to invest $4 million of renovations in the property.
53. Q3 Biz Permit Dip Not as Steep
- Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Recession casualties in the business sector could be easing, according to the most recent numbers for privilege licenses in the greater Memphis area.
The number of business permits issued during the third quarter slipped by 2.8 percent from the same period a year ago, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. That compares to an 8.8 percent drop in the second quarter.
54. Dishmon Joins UT Medical Group
- Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Dr. Dwight “Dan” Dishmon has joined the Department of Medicine at UT Medical Group.
Dishmon is an interventional cardiologist and cares for adults with ischemic heart disease and peripheral arterial disease.
He earned his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He later completed additional fellowship training at Michigan State University’s Borgess Medical Center.
55. Senate's 10-Year Health Fix Would Cost $856B
- Thursday, September 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday brought out the much-awaited Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake – a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible Republican backing.
56. ‘I’m Not Some Idiot,’ Says Whalum Jr.
- Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr. is aware that some people regard him as a vocal lightweight with zero political skills and no chance of winning the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.
“I’m not some idiot,” Whalum told a group of more than 100 supporters this week at the Hickory Hill opening of his campaign. Whalum, the pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church, has a law degree and is a graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary. “I’m not some fly-by-night, jack-legged preacher. I am well prepared. … They’re scared of this kind of candidate because I don’t owe anybody anything at all.”
57. Compromise 101: Who’s going to fund the schools?
- Monday, August 03, 2009
In the year he’s been head of the Memphis school system, Superintendent Kriner Cash has been virtually unflappable.
Since the Memphis school board hired him in July 2008, Cash has doggedly pitched a detailed plan for the school system’s renewal with dozens of specific goals in a well-traveled PowerPoint presentation.
58. Is Twitter the News Outlet for the 21st Century?
- Thursday, July 02, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Cassy Hayes and Jasmine Coleman were among the first fans to arrive outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where Michael Jackson was brought and later pronounced dead.
59. Sales, Prices Slide Again in South
- Wednesday, June 24, 2009
MIAMI (AP) - First-time homebuyers took advantage of sinking prices and low mortgage rates in the South in May, but problems with appraisals delayed transactions and became an obstacle for both buyers and sellers.
60. 10 Months Later, Cash Still Grapples With School District’s Scope
- Monday, June 01, 2009
The Memphis school system owns nearly 200 buildings with more than 20 million square feet of space on almost 3,000 acres.
But the school system doesn’t own all of the land, according to a new inventory of city school property. And in schools that house other agencies, there sometimes isn’t a formal lease or written agreement.
61. Permit Filed For Owens Corning Alteration
- Tuesday, April 07, 2009
693 Corrine Ave.
Memphis, TN 38107
Permit Cost: $600,000
Permit Date: Applied March 2009
Owner: Belz Union Realty Co. GP
Tenant: Owens Corning Corp.
Contractor: Southern Integrated Services Inc.
62. Bank Reclaims Two Homes, 55 Lots for $1.6 Million
- Monday, March 30, 2009
First Tennessee Bank NA has bought back two homes and 55 lots owned by J. Sweeney Homes LLC after foreclosing on the properties earlier this year. First Tennessee acquired the homes and lots March 23 in a $1.6 million substitute trustee’s sale on the courthouse steps.
63. Rosa Becomes GM at Holiday Inn-Wolfchase
- Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Chris Rosa has been named general manger of the Holiday Inn and Suites Memphis-Wolfchase. Rosa will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the property. He previously served as vice president of operations for Equity Estates, general manger at the Sheraton Meadowlands and area manger of the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. Rosa also has been named General Manager of the Year by Patriot American Hotels and Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Hospitality Association.
64. Courtyard Hotel Construction Picks Up for ’09 Opening
- Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The area surrounding North Main Street and Jefferson Avenue just got busier as construction finally started on the eight-story, 131-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the intersection’s southwest corner, on the edge of historic Court Square.
65. 62-Bed Alzheimer’s Facility Coming to Germantown
- Tuesday, November 04, 2008
3179 Professional Plaza
Germantown, TN 38138
Permit Amount: $5.6 Million
Project Cost: $5.6 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2008
Completion: October or November of 2009
Owner: Alexander Enterprises
Tenant: Alexander Enterprises
Contractor: Patton and Taylor Enterprises
Architect: O.T. Marshall Architects
Details: An Alzheimer’s facility called the Gardens of Germantown soon will rise at 3179 Professional Plaza, which runs between Poplar Avenue and Poplar Pike near the Germantown/Collierville border.
Developer Alexander Enterprises has filed a permit application with the city-county Department of Construction Code Enforcement to build the 30,500-square-foot, single-story facility. The Gardens of Germantown will be a 48-unit, 62-bed facility that sits on roughly half of a 4.36 acre-parcel backing up to the Village Shops of Forest Hill retail center. Beacon Communities Inc. of Cumming, Ga., will manage the facility.
Construction on the building, set to begin in December, should take 10 months, said Michael Alexander of Alexander Enterprises, with an opening projected for October or November 2009. The property has been divided into two lots, with the Gardens of Germantown slated for the northwest corner of the property.
1.46 Acres in Commons at Dexter Lake
Cordova, TN 38018
Loan Amount: $1.2 Million
Loan Date: Oct. 2, 2008
Maturity Date: April 22, 2009
Borrower: Commons at Dexter Lake LLC
Lender: First Citizens National Bank
Details: A $1.6 million retail center with a French Quarter motif is being built in Cordova. The Commons at Dexter Lake LLC has filed a $1.2 million construction loan to build a 10,400-square-foot retail center, dubbed Vieux Carré, south of Dexter Road and west of Chickering Lane. Construction started last week. The development team bought the land from John B. Maxwell Jr., trustee for the sellers, for $334,541 and filed the construction loan through First Citizens National Bank. Commons at Dexter Lake LLC principal Nancy Waddell signed the trust deed. The center will sit on a 1.46-acre parcel near the Commons at Dexter Lake retail center and the Reserve at Dexter Lake apartments. A spokesman for the developer said the seven-bay center already has five leases signed. Tenants include a Belle Meade salon, financial planner Martin Hearn, a Crown Trophy store and a florist/gift shop. Jeff Blackledge is architect for Vieux Carré. KT Construction LLC, whose partners are Scott Turnage and Riley Kail, will be the general contractor. Turnage said the company is “stripping the lot off right now and pushing hard for the first of the year” to complete the center. “We’re going to go for kind of a hybrid French Quarter style – we’re going to be doing more of a Bourbon Street look,” Turnage said. “It’s going to be a strip center, but we’re going to try to give each space individuality, using depth and height offsets to try to give each space somewhat of a unique appearance.” More retail space will be coming to the site soon.
6075 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.4 Million
Sale Date: Oct. 23, 2008
Buyer: World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church Inc.
Seller: Carlyle Rock Ridge LLC
Loan Amount: $1.2 million
Loan Date: Oct. 24, 2008
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Tri-State Bank of Memphis
Details: World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church Inc. has bought the Hickory Ridge Mall for $1.4 million from Carlyle Rock Ridge LLC. The roughly 500,000-square-foot Hickory Ridge Mall sits on 44 acres at 6075 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill. It was damaged by a tornado during the Feb. 5 storms that ripped through the southern and southeastern areas of town. World Overcomers will retain its congregational home at the former Central Church at 6655 Winchester Road, down the road from the mall. The church bought that property in 2001 for $10 million. Church pastor Alton Williams has announced plans to turn the mall into a Christian community center, replete with a restaurant, banquet hall, theater and other services for the neighborhood. The Hickory Ridge Mall opened in 1981 to much fanfare, but it steadily declined over the years as newer malls opened in other parts of town and tenants departed. The February storm proved to be a death knell for the mall. Although the city of Memphis considered buying it and turning it into a satellite office for city services, the renovation proved too costly.
66. Pentagon Budget Hits New Record in Spending Bill
- Thursday, September 25, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday took up a $630 billion-plus spending bill awarding the Pentagon a record budget while giving generous help to U.S. automakers and victims of hurricanes and floods.
67. Race for the Cure Organizers Seek Participants, Sponsors
- Wednesday, September 03, 2008
One Saturday each October, tens of thousands of people can be seen – some in groups laughing and talking, some running alone – along Farmington Boulevard.
Last year, 14,600 people showed up to raise $936,000 for breast cancer research. This year, race organizers hope to have more than 15,000 participate in the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which will be held Oct. 25 at Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown.
68. Community Bank Buys C’ville Parcel for $1.6M
- Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Community Bank NA has bought 1.5 acres in Collierville for $1.6 million with plans to build a full-service branch on the site, albeit at a later date. The parcel, on the northeast corner of Houston Levee Road and Crooked Creek Drive, is part of the 55-acre Ballard Property Planned Development.
69. Project to Bring Art to Madison Ave.
- Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The vacant, six-story office building at 195 Madison
Ave. ought to have a "Your masterpiece here" sign hanging on one side.
The eastern and southern faces of that building, which stands next to leftfield of AutoZone Park, soon will be decorated with murals several stories tall that depict an artist's interpretation of life in Memphis, the city's history and its culture.
70. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing
- Monday, July 23, 2007
It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.
With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.
71. Texas Group Readies Hickory HillApartments for Major Renovation
- Monday, April 09, 2007
After scouring the Southeast - from Texas to the Carolinas - Jeff Burk and his partners at Dallas-based Maple Creek Advisors LLC have chosen a 32-year-old property in Hickory Hill as their company's first acquisition.
72. For Bella Vista Buyers, Hickory Hill Is a Beautiful Site Indeed
- Tuesday, April 03, 2007
3316 Hickory Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $10.9 million
Sale Date: March 22, 2007
Buyer: Maple Creek Properties I LP
73. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School
- Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.
74. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Crye-Leike CEO Named Secretary of International Organization
New Assistant District Attorneys Appointed
Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced the reappointment of former assistant district attorney Ray Lepone and the appointme...
75. Archived Article: Apple (lead)
- Thursday, October 16, 2003
Terry Ramsey, Vice President of RidAll Pest Control
Apple Tree Center Sees Renewed Interest
Developers hope improvements will drive retail growth
The Daily News
Exterior changes and other improvements are under way at a So...
76. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, August 20, 2003
I purposely left this a little short because we have so many photos
Leigh Ann Johnson was promoted to audit manager at Bean & Ison CPAs and Consultants. She has been with the firm since 2000. She earned a degree from the University of Tenness...
77. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Susan C. Te Paske
Susan C. Te Paske was appointed director of student disability services for the University of Memphis. She has served as the departments assistant director since 1993. She received the 2002 Dona Sparger Professional Service Awar...
78. Archived Article: Real Review
- Tuesday, February 15, 2000
Real Review 02-15-00 Management company once again locally owned LEDIC Management Group is again under Memphis ownership. A group of local real estate veterans, led by David L. Shores, has repurchased LEDIC from Residential Co. of America, the New Y...
79. Archived Article: Farr Co
- Tuesday, May 12, 1998
By SUZANNE THOMPSON Farr Co. to build first local office facility By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Construction is scheduled to begin next month on a 5,000-square-foot building at 4749 Pleasant Hill Road for the Farr Co. The facility will mark the...
80. Archived Article: Marketplace
- Monday, December 01, 1997
By SUZANNE THOMPSON Smile and say "Santa" No matter how its framed, photographing children with Santa at shopping centers is big business By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Now that Santas have made their grand appearances and are settled ...
81. Archived Article: Page 3
- Tuesday, October 08, 1996
Southern Living plan featured at Cordova The Town home show Southern Living plan featured at Cordova The Town home show A home built from a Southern Living magazine plan of the month will be the centerpiece of a month-long home show starting Oct. 18...
82. Archived Article: Cordova Sidebar Lj
- Tuesday, July 02, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Construction underway on Les Passees show homes in Cordova-The Town The Les Passees Southern Living Home Show, a month-long home show to benefit Memphis oldest volunteer womens organization, will feature three upscale houses currently ...