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1. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, an 18-acre shopping center in the heart of Bartlett sells for $28.8 million, Ulta Beauty prepares to build out its space in Poplar Commons, and Dave & Buster’s continues work on its first Memphis location...

2. Bartlett Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $30M -

An Atlanta-based real estate investment firm has made its first purchase in the Memphis market with the acquisition of a 198,103-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Bartlett.

The Bartlett Towne Centre, located at 6005 Stage Road, was acquired by Branch Properties LLC from Houston-based real estate investment trust Weingarten Realty for $28.8 million.

3. Bartlett Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $30M -

A 198,103-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Bartlett has sold for $28.8 million.

In the deal, The Bartlett Towne Centre, located at 6005 Stage Road, was acquired by Atlanta-based private real estate investment firm Branch Properties LLC from Houston, Texas-based real estate investment trust, Weingarten Realty.

4. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members -

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.

5. The Week Ahead: July 10-16 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, a supercentenarian World War II veteran visits the Bluff City, a classic film flies into the Orpheum, and a piece of the Downtown skyline hits the auction block again. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

6. View From the Hill: GOP Points True North on State’s Moral Compass -

It was billed as the start of the 2018 governor’s race, but the GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner in Murfreesboro last week often sounded more like a tent revival.

Vote for one of these candidates and you’re guaranteed a place in heaven, ran the subtext of the evening, because, after all, everyone knows only Republicans know the road to salvation.

7. Faropoint Acquires Massive Industrial Portfolio for $33.1M -

Looking to continue its recent trend of bullish activity in the Memphis market, Faropoint Ventures has acquired a 1.1-million-square-foot industrial portfolio for $33.1 million. Details on that and more commercial real estate news in this week's Real Estate Recap...

8. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

9. Philadelphia Investor Buys Memphis Portfolio for $6M -

Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm Odin Properties, doing business as Medley Apartments, has purchased four multifamily properties from Asia Capital Real Estate for a combined $6 million, according to paperwork filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

10. Germantown Village Square Sells for $27.3 Million -

7694 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $27.3 million

Sale Date: April 24, 2017 

Buyer: PEBB Enterprises

11. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

12. County Commission Passes on State House Appointment -

Shelby County Commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

The commission voted down on a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications on a 5-6 vote.

13. County Commission Passes on State House Appointment -

Shelby County Commissioners will not to appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

The commission voted down on a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications on a 5-6 vote.

14. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

15. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

16. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

17. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President -

Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales. 

18. Last Word: State of the State React, Reverse Logistics and Speed Limiters -

As the work week began, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis joining House Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would bar the use of any federal funds to carry out President Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority Muslim countries.

19. Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices -

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

20. American Car Care Signs 9-Year Lease at Lenox Park -

American Car Care has signed a lease with Lenox Park C-F Owner LLC for 17,427 square feet in Lenox Park Building E, located at 6775 Lenox Center Court.

21. Village Shops of Forest Hill Sold for $37.1 Million -

9155 U.S. Highway 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $37.1 million 

Sale Date: December 2016

22. GCT Promotes Asher To Artistic Director -

Justin Asher has been promoted to artistic director of Germantown Community Theatre. Asher joined GCT in January 2015 as technical director. He was promoted to associate producer in July 2016 and has assisted in the productions of the titles in GCT’s 45th season.

23. Transcript: CBU to Transform Campus, Transition to Project-Based Learning -

Christian Brothers University is not only changing the look of its campus at Central Avenue and East Parkway. Leaders of the institution are embarking on the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign that includes plans to “blow up” the university’s department of education to include Crosstown High School and the neighboring Middle College High School, extend internships to all students and to create a new library that is more than “air conditioning for books.”

24. Editorial: CBU’s Vision Extends Beyond Physical Changes -

From East Parkway, the Christian Brothers University campus has looked the same for quite some time, but recent construction and a new master plan are changing that. At the same time, less-visible changes hold great promise for energizing students as well as the community.

25. CBU Campus Expanding in Several Ways -

Christian Brothers University’s campus overhaul includes a new college of education that aims to make the university a major player in the training and development of teachers.

The impact goes beyond the bricks-and-mortar changes coming to the campus starting in 2020 in the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign.

26. Last Word: Early Vote Numbers, Crime Q&A and School Suspensions in Memphis -

The last weekend of early voting is done and now we get the early vote surge through Thursday, which is the last day for early voting at the 21 polling places across Shelby County.

Through this past Friday, 161,239 early votes had been cast in Shelby County. That compares to 156,645 to the same point in 2008 and 151,809 in 2012.

27. More Black Students, and Memphis Students, Suspended in Tennessee Schools -

Half of suspensions across Tennessee in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.

Statewide, 20 percent of black male students were suspended at least once that year. Black students were also more than five times as likely as white students to be suspended.

28. Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round -

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Launched in 1989 as Arts in the Park in Overton Park before relocating to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 1992, the fest was revitalized in 2007 as RiverArtsFest and moved to its present location.

29. Germantown Retail Strip Sells for $1.8 Million -

A Germantown shopping strip has sold for $1.8 million in a Sept. 30 warranty deed.

Kneeland Downs Properties LLC, which lists an address in Fort Myers, Florida, purchased the property at 9435 Poplar Ave. from Patton & Taylor Properties, a Memphis-based general partnership,

30. Germantown Retail Strip Sells for $1.8 Million -

A Germantown shopping strip has sold for $1.8 million in a Sept. 30 warranty deed.

Kneeland Downs Properties LLC, which lists an address in Fort Myers, Florida, purchased the property at 9435 Poplar Ave. from Patton & Taylor Properties, a Memphis-based general partnership,

31. Trust Marketing Mantra: It Takes Villagers to Reach the People -

Even if you have not heard of Trust Marketing & Communications Inc., you’ve seen their work.

32. Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award -

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

33. Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co. -

Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012. 

34. New Voting Machines on Shelby County's Political Horizon -

The end is near for the touch-screen voting machines Shelby County voters have been using for 18 years.

This November could be the last presidential general election for the Diebold machines.

35. Kustoff Victory Caps TV, Outsider Heavy Congressional Campaign -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

36. Kustoff Claims 8th GOP Primary, Todd Upset by Lovell, Jenkins Over Newsom -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

37. Crowded Race in 8th District GOP Primary Tops Thursday's Ballot -

Two days before the Thursday, Aug. 4, election day, state Rep. Curry Todd was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies for removing a rival’s campaign signs in Collierville.

The arrest Tuesday on a warrant sworn out against Todd for theft is an indication of just how hard fought some of the races are in what is considered a minor election cycle in the shadow of the November presidential general election.

38. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

39. Chism Readying 2018 Bid for County Mayor -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism wants to be the Democratic nominee for Shelby County mayor in 2018, and he plans to begin his campaign after the November presidential election.

40. Strickland Reviews 6 Finalists for Police Director Position -

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is one of six finalists Mayor Jim Strickland is considering for appointment to the job on a permanent basis.

41. Early Voting Opens For The Aug. 4 Election -

Early voting opens Friday, July 15, in advance of the Aug. 4 election day in Shelby County and across Tennessee.

The first day of early voting will be at a single location, the Shelby County Office Building, 157 Poplar Ave., but expands to 21 satellite locations across Shelby County on Monday.

42. The Rest of the August Ballot -

If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.

43. Memphis Bar Poll Ranks Judicial Candidates -

More than 800 local attorneys have weighed in on the judicial races on the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot.

The Memphis Bar Association Judicial Qualification Poll asks attorneys which candidate is best qualified for a judicial post. The participation ranged between 818 and 873 votes per question.

44. Memphis Bar Poll Ranks Judicial Candidates -

More than 800 local attorneys have weighed in on the judicial races on the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot. The Memphis Bar Association Judicial Qualification Poll asks attorneys which candidate is best qualified for a judicial post.

45. Yellen Says Uncertainties Justify Cautious Approach -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a number of uncertainties that require the Fed to proceed cautiously in raising interest rates.

46. MSCAA Reorganizes, Makes Staff Promotion -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has promoted Angela Washington to director of Properties.

47. MSCAA Reorganizes, Makes Staff Promotion -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has promoted Angela Washington to director of properties.

48. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

49. May 20-26: This Week in Memphis History -

2006: Shelby County’s reliance on manufacturing jobs is dropping, according to state labor figures, which show that 14 manufacturing companies have closed or cut back their workforces in Shelby County since January 2003. The closings and cutbacks account for the loss of 1,240 jobs.
The losses include 98 jobs at Coors Brewing Co., 5151 East Raines Road; 112 workers at Memphis Hardwood Flooring Co., 1551 Thomas St.; and 327 employees at Great Dane LP at 1095 Harbor Ave.

50. One Family -

An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.

51. Last Word: Behind Brown, Selling 128 Adams and Preparing for School's Out -

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, dark but not really stormy – a little rain which is more than enough to activate all kinds of television mayhem and warnings that make your iPhone rattle and hum.

52. Gibbons to Lead New U of M Institute -

The day after announcing his resignation as Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, the University of Memphis and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission announced Bill Gibbons will become president of the crime commission and lead a new Public Safety Institute.

53. Last Word: GMF Aftermath, Cop Counts and Budgets and Richardson Towers' Fall -

More on the move by Bank of New York to have a receiver appointed for the Warren and Tulane Apartments currently owned by Global Ministries Foundation.

GMF CEO Rev. Richard Hamlet responded Wednesday to the filing in Memphis federal court saying he agrees that a receiver for the property is a good idea. But he doesn’t agree – and in fact, strongly disagrees with the claims and reasoning behind the bank’s call for the receiver.

54. Adults Not Helping Childhood Obesity Turn Corner Very Quickly -

Richard Hamburg does not pretend that there is a cure-all for childhood obesity, that just a little exercise will make things all better, that just a few policy changes or improvements in school lunch programs (which is happening), or a reduction of “food deserts” will solve the whole problem.

55. Health Alliance Prepares for Annual Meeting May 12 -

The Common Table Health Alliance’s annual meeting will take place on Thursday, May 12, honoring three health impact leaders from the community and addressing the topic “Childhood Obesity: Have We Finally Turned the Corner?”

56. Common Table Health Alliance Prepping for Annual Meeting -

The Common Table Health Alliance’s annual meeting will take place on Thursday, May 12, honoring three health impact leaders from the community and addressing the topic “Childhood Obesity: Have We Finally Turned the Corner?”

57. Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon -

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

58. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue -

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

59. Election Commission Hires New Elections Coordinator -

Shelby County Election Commissioners voted Friday, April 8, to hire Linda Phillips, a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Ind., to be the next Shelby County elections coordinator.

60. Phillips New County Elections Administrator -

Shelby County Election Commissioners voted Friday, April 8, to hire Linda Phillips, a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Indiana to be the next Shelby County Elections Coordinator.

61. Shelby County Election Commission Hires New Coordinator -

Shelby County Election Commissioners voted Friday, April 8, to hire Linda Phillips, a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Ind., to be the next Shelby County elections coordinator.

62. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

63. Shelby County Election Commission Hires New Coordinator -

The Shelby County Election Commission voted Friday, April 8, to hire Linda Phillips, a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Ind., to be the next Shelby County elections coordinator.

64. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

65. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.

66. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

67. Last Word: Pro Day, Hardwood Patios in C-Y and Memphis' Contested Convention -

It was a windy Pro Day Wednesday at the University of Memphis for Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. And if the wind wasn’t for you, you could watch Lynch work out for NFL teams and their representatives on the NFL network.
Don Wade was there to watch in person.

68. Election Commission Certifies March Results -

Shelby County Election commissioners certified Monday, March 21, the results of the March 1 presidential primaries and the countywide primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk in Shelby County.

In the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump carried Shelby County with rival Ted Cruz a close second, followed by Marco Rubio. Trump carried the state by a wider margin.

69. Bartlett Judicial Races Shifted To August Ballot -

The two municipal judges in Bartlett learned this week that they have races to run on the August ballot, not the November ballot they were scheduled to run on.

The addition of two races to the Aug. 4 Shelby County ballot comes two weeks before the April 7 filing deadline for the nonpartisan local races as well as the state and federal primary contests.

70. Election Commission Certifies March Election Results -

Shelby County Election commissioners certified Monday, March 21, the results of the March 1 presidential primaries and the countywide primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk in Shelby County.

In the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump carried Shelby County with rival Ted Cruz a close second, followed by Marco Rubio. Trump carried the state by a wider margin.

71. Elections Chief Finalists Have Political Histories -

The two finalists for the job of Shelby County Elections Administrator each told the Election Commission last week that if they get the job they will have some rebuilding work to do in how local elections are conducted.

72. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

73. August Election Ballot Filling Out Ahead of April 7 Deadline -

The presidential contenders have moved on to other states and closed up their Memphis storefronts.

And the excitement of the national campaigns that burst into town all in one weekend just before the March 1 Tennessee primaries has shifted to the same frenetic political activity in other states.

74. Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO -

Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

75. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor -

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.

76. Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation -

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

77. Trump And Clinton Take Tennessee, Shelby County -

He drew 10,000 people to a Millington aircraft hangar last weekend. And Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump got about twice as many votes in Shelby County in Tuesday’s Tennessee primaries.

78. Last Word: Trump, Clinton and Stanton, The Greensward Vote and Cover Letters -

This will be a relatively short edition of Last Word given the crush of an exceptional Tuesday in which a day at City Hall was more exciting than the state’s presidential primaries.

79. Trump, Clinton Carry Shelby in Tennessee Primaries -

A lot of walk-up business at the polls Tuesday, March 1, meant some late election results for Shelby County in the Tennessee presidential primaries.

But there was little doubt about the outcome statewide even though the Republican primary was close in Shelby County.

80. Tennessee Primaries Go To Voters -

After a flurry of weekend campaigning in which four of the presidential contenders, three Republicans and one Democrat, came through Shelby County looking for votes, the Tennessee presidential primaries will be decided Tuesday, March 1, at the polls.

81. Last Word: The Moving Election Comes to Town and Missing Early Voters Are Found -

We probably haven’t had this much action with so many presidential candidates in the Memphis area since the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Four of the contenders – three Republicans and one Democrat – in Memphis over the weekend looking for votes in advance of Tuesday’s Tennessee primary elections.

82. The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.

83. This week in Memphis history: February 26-March 3 -

1986: Formal opening of Shelby Farms Showplace Arena, the $5.5 million equestrian center and restaurant.

The neighboring Agricenter International had opened a year earlier. Shelby Farms Park was still an iffy proposition, and its past as a prison farm was not far enough removed to banish the idea of developing the land as a residential subdivision.

84. Tuesday is Final Day Of Early Voting -

Early voting in advance of the March 1 presidential primaries election day could get close to or top 30,000 ballots on Tuesday, Feb. 23, the last day of the early voting period.

Through Saturday, 19,587 citizens had cast early ballots in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Election Commission.

85. Warren, Tulane Move-Out Leads to Larger Issues -

The end of federal rent subsidies at two Memphis apartment complexes with a recent history of code violations will create some larger issues for the surrounding communities.

Those larger changes begin to unfold next week as federal officials meet with residents at each of the apartment complexes to talk about their move out of the aging complexes.

86. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

87. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 -

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

88. Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire -

Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.

The efforts are a new front in the recent city movement to tackle Memphis’ blight problem. And it’s a front that invites skepticism.

89. Candidates Already Gearing Up For August Elections -

The ballot for the March 1 Tennessee presidential primaries and county primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk was set while many voters were focused on the holidays and preparations for the new city leaders taking office in January.

90. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

91. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

92. Election Commission Sets Clerk’s Race Friday -

Shelby County election commissioners meet in special session Friday, Dec. 18, at noon to certify the ballot for the March 1 primaries for General Sessions Court clerk.

At press time, incumbent clerk Ed Stanton had two challengers in the Democratic primary, Del Gill and William Stovall, both former appointed employees of the office. And Richard Morton was the lone candidate to file in the companion Republican primary by the Dec. 10 filing deadline.

93. Shelby County Election Commission Seeks New Administrator -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Shelby County Election Commission says it is accepting applications for administrator.

The commission oversees elections in Shelby County, which includes Memphis.

94. Stanton Draws Challengers at Clerk’s Race Deadline -

General Sessions Court clerk Ed Stanton has opposition in the March 1 Democratic and Republican primaries for clerk.

At the Thursday, Dec. 10, filing deadline for the only local race on the ballot with the Tennessee Presidential primary, Richard Morton was the only candidate to file in the Republican primary.

95. Stanton Has Potential Challenger for Clerk -

General Sessions Court Clerk Ed Stanton has a possible challenger in the March 1 Democratic primary for clerk.

William M. Stovall pulled a qualifying petition Dec. 4 in the Democratic primary. But he had not filed the petition as of late Tuesday, Dec. 8, with the Shelby County Election Commission, according to the election commission’s website.

96. Stanton Has Potential Challenger for Clerk -

General Sessions Court Clerk Ed Stanton has a possible challenger in the March 1 Democratic primary for clerk.

William M. Stovall pulled a qualifying petition Dec. 4 in the Democratic primary. But he had not filed the petition as of late Tuesday, Dec. 8, with the Shelby County Election Commission, according to the election commission’s website.

97. Holden Calls It Quits As Shelby County Election Administrator -

Shelby County Election Commission administrator Richard Holden is resigning his post at the end of December.

98. Holden Calls It Quits As Shelby County Election Administrator -

Shelby County Election Commission administrator Richard Holden is resigning his post at the end of December.

99. The Week Ahead: Dec. 7, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from gift shopping at the Memphis Indie Holiday Market to the latest Beale Street developments ...

100. This Week in Memphis History: December 4-10 -

1985: Playhouse on the Square has made the move to the Memphian movie theater at 51 S. Cooper St. and is preparing for a Dec. 15 opening, with “Gypsy” as its first show. The theater company has received more than $100,000 in donations to help with the renovation project.