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1. Prescription for Tragedy -

He has his own GPS, an internal shield that keeps him from driving anywhere near 637 Poplar Ave. Home to the Memphis morgue. That’s where they showed Jerry Davidson his 22-year-old son, Oliver, his eyes closed and his lips purple.

2. Woodruff Settles into Dream Job With Vols -

Knoxville native Chris Woodruff was at a crossroads in life when he retired from professional tennis in 2002.

3. Around Memphis | January 22, 2018 -

Here’s a look at recent Memphis-related news from around the web…

Doubting MLK During a Strike in Memphis
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

4. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

5. Memphis Players See Football Program Continuing to Excel -

(Editor’s note: This story was published before the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30).

It was three days before the University of Memphis was to play Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Much of the talk was about going for what would be a program-record 11th win, and finishing with an undefeated record on the home turf this season.

6. Worth the Wait -

A true college football fan’s pain is personal because losing extracts a cost. Food doesn’t taste as good. Sleep doesn’t come as easily. The hurt goes to depths that not everyone can understand.

7. TAG Truck Center Prepares to Open On Former Mall of Memphis Site -

Just a few weeks before Tommy Earl’s and Gary Dodson’s new $30 million TAG Truck Center is to open at the old Mall of Memphis site on the 4400 block of American Way, Earl allows himself a moment of nostalgia.

8. Interim Coach Can Get Vols Into Bowl Game -

Brady Hoke makes his debut as Tennessee’s interim football coach Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN) against LSU in Neyland Stadium.

Perhaps it’s an audition for the head coaching vacancy left when Butch Jones was fired on Sunday morning, hours after the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) returned to Knoxville from a 50-17 loss at Missouri.

9. Jason Motte Still Making His Pitch Against Cancer -

The backward K on those T-shirts that have become synonymous with the Jason Motte Foundation “Let’s Strike Out Cancer” campaign are beyond cool.

But so is that other logo, the image of Motte wearing No. 30 on his back as he was when he got the last out in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

10. Pinch District Redevelopment Discussion On Tap -

The nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital known as the Pinch District is set to be remade in transformative fashion as part of the city moving closer to its bicentennial in 2019.

11. ‘Catching Up’ -

Memphis’ desire to land Amazon’s multibillion-dollar second headquarters faces several headwinds. While many critics have pointed to the city’s insufficient labor pool and lack of direct flights to the West Coast as the most likely deal breakers, Memphis lags behind many of the consensus top contenders in another area: connectivity.

12. Senate Confirms Dunavant As U.S. Attorney -

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tipton County prosecutor Mike Dunavant as the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, based in Memphis with offices in Jackson, Tennessee.

13. Dunavant Confirmed As U.S. Attorney -

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tipton County prosecutor Mike Dunavant as the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, based in Memphis with offices in Jackson, Tennessee.

14. Raising The Ceiling -

Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.

There is no middle ground. Not when the statistical mid-point – a .500 season – would be an undisputed failure.

15. Seeing the Light -

Four years ago, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell was in Knoxville for a college football game. But with several hours before kickoff, he took a side trip to view the green initiatives at the Knox County Jail.

16. TSWA Tabs Norvell as College Football Coach of the Year -

University of Memphis head coach Mike Norvell has been voted the College Football Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Norvell will be honored during the annual TSWA Hall of Fame dinner and awards banquet set for July 13 at Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University campus.

17. New AD Fires Shot Easily Heard at Nelson Stadium -

Tennessee coaches of all sports were alerted last Thursday when Sam Winterbotham was fired after 11 seasons as the Vols’ men’s tennis coach.

No doubt UT baseball coach Dave Serrano got the alert. He could be next in line.

18. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone -

Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.

Jones is coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons capped by bowl wins, but has fallen short of the SEC East Division title both years. He was the preseason favorite to win the East in 2016, and the previous year had a team with potential to win the division.

19. Memphis a ‘Football School’ In Fuente-Norvell Era -

The first time Darrell Dickey was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, way back in 1986, current head coach Mike Norvell was 5 years old.

So it is not an exaggeration to say that it has taken a lifetime for Tiger football to get where it is today. 

20. Expanded Uptown TIF May Offer Needed Relief for Blighted Areas -

The announcement of last week’s blockbuster proposal to expand the Uptown Tax Increment Financing area and extend the applications of Downtown’s Tourism Development Zone may have been headlined by the reimagined convention center and multibillion-dollar improvements to the area’s medical facilities, but some of the most significant changes may end up occurring at the neighborhood level.

21. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

22. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

23. Medical District Collaborative Offers Financial Carrot for Residents -

Employees of five major medical and academic institutions of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) now have a financial incentive to live in the Medical District thanks to a new Live Local 901 initiative.

24. Street Near Methodist To Be Renamed After Shorb -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb is retiring from the hospital system at year’s end. In addition to a legacy that’s included 15 years as Methodist’s CEO, plus other leadership roles at Methodist and at Regional One Health, Shorb is also leaving something behind in the city’s medical district – his name.

25. Last Word: Talking Terms on Beale, Bolton High's Past and DeAngelo Williams -

There will be a funeral in south Memphis Friday at Metropolitan Baptist Church for seven of the 10 people – three adults and seven children -- who died not quite two weeks ago in a house fire on Severson Street. The remaining three funerals follow into the weekend.

26. DeAngelo Made in Memphis, Outlasting Them All in NFL -

He has belonged to the NFL for a long time now, if you want to think of DeAngelo Williams that way, and truth is you’re probably divided on that. For he’ll always belong to the University of Memphis first, on that much we can agree.

27. Sports Notebook: Norvell and Tigers Making Mark in Recruiting -

One spot behind Wisconsin and just ahead of Kentucky, 44th nationally. That’s where scout.com has the University of Memphis in its recruiting rankings for the class of 2017. Maybe even more telling is that first-year Tigers coach Mike Norvell and his staff aren’t that far behind Texas (40th) or Oregon (35th) or Ole Miss (31st).

28. Pat Summitt, Winningest Coach in D1 History, Has Died at 64 -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women's game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64.

29. A Swing – and a Miss – is More Common in Baseball All the Time -

It’s obvious when there are a lot children at AutoZone Park. Even the most harmless infield popup prompts a collective shriek and the hope of a home run.

The long ball may not be what it was at the peak of baseball’s steroid era when Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were cartoon characters, but the game has not turned away from the notion of driving the ball.

30. Medical District Stakeholders: Neighborhood Full of Potential -

Some 2,500 new employees start jobs each year at employers in the Memphis Medical District, and about 1,300 new students each year start hitting the books at educational institutions there, too.

That’s according to Medical District Collaborative president Tommy Pacello, who says the 2.5-square-mile area between Midtown and Downtown that’s home to eight anchor institutions is full of untapped potential. So much so that his organization, which launched earlier this year, is leading a revitalization of the district that leans heavily on anchors like Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help in a buy local, live local and hire local push for the neighborhood.

31. Fertile Ground -

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.

32. Buckman Performing Arts Center Becomes Community Gem -

It was 25 years ago that singer-songwriter Marc Cohn released his debut album that included the song for which he’s most known, “Walking in Memphis.”

33. Medical Area Ready For Residential Development -

Every week day, 16,000 people go to work in the two-and-a-half square mile area that is the Memphis Medical Center District.

Add the 8,000 students to the workers at the eight major institutions in the district and you have more than a sell-out crowd for an event at FedExForum in that area every working day.

34. After 40 Years of Pro Tennis, Will Memphis See Another? -

You can’t tell the players – or the owners – without a scorecard.

That’s the recent history of what is presently called the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster.

It is, specifically speaking, an ATP World Tour 250 event.

35. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

36. 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.

37. This week in Memphis history: December 11-17 -

2014: Gov. Bill Haslam announces Tennessee will expand its Medicaid program under a proposal similar to one used by the state of Arkansas. Haslam dubs it Insure Tennessee and calls a special session of the Tennessee Legislature in January 2015 for what he anticipates will be quick passage of the program. Instead, legislators defeat the program and quickly adjourn the special session.

38. Editorial: Tommy West’s Prophecy and Tigers Football -

As the University of Memphis football team’s Oct. 17 upset of Ole Miss became apparent with time still on the clock, there was a moment from the prophetic past in the ESPN television broadcast.

The producers of the telecast chose that moment to replay an excerpt from Tommy West’s November 2009 farewell to Tigers football after he was fired as head coach.

39. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

40. CFB Notebook: Memphis Still Ranked, Alabama Still Tops in SEC -

In one tumultuous weekend of college football, we learned the following: The University of Memphis could not keep winning forever; the 15-game winning streak and undefeated season ended in a 45-20 loss to Navy.

41. Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

42. Memphis Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

43. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

44. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now -

First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.

Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.

45. Editorial: The Triumphant Return of Tigers Football -

Fifty years after the University of Memphis’ first season at the Liberty Bowl, and 52 years since the 1963 undefeated season, the annual return of Tigers football feels triumphant.

Maybe you don’t completely trust the tide from last year’s winning season – the first since 2007, the first conference championship since 1971 and the first bowl appearance since 2008. Your head tells you to assert your confidence in Tigers football. But in your heart, it feels like this may be at the expense of Tigers basketball.

46. What’s Better for Commuters? More I-24 Lanes or Monorail? -

With growing population comes increasingly congested commuter traffic, and the Rutherford County corridor between Nashville and Murfreesboro along I-24 is considered the most congested in Middle Tennessee.

47. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

48. A Better Sports Village Than We Knew -

When the historic 2014 University of Memphis football season was just getting started, hope and doubt were still equally matched opponents.

The athletic department, as we all know now, had gone with a risky slogan: “Wait Til This Year.”

49. Tigers Moving Quickly on Fuente Contract -

The slogan before the University of Memphis football season started was “Wait Til This Year.”

Now, after third-year coach Justin Fuente has led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title, the school’s administration is taking a similar attitude toward Fuente’s contract. They’re not waiting.

50. Former Tigers Head Man Finds Simpler Life at MTSU -

In nine years as the head coach, Tommy West provided the University of Memphis with much of its football lore: five bowls – there have only been seven – and 49 wins (third-most all time).

51. Tigers Players, Coaches Say Time is Now for Football Success -

Two years ago, the University of Memphis football season began with the unthinkable: a 20-17 home loss to UT Martin.

Amid all the buzz about new head coach Justin Fuente, the floor dropped from beneath the Tigers after they had won just three games total in the previous two seasons under Larry Porter.

52. CBRE Memphis Sells $8.7 Million in Apartment Properties -

Tommy Bronson III and Blake Pera with CB Richard Ellis Memphis’ Multifamily Division have sold six apartment communities totaling 693 units and $8.7 million in the past two weeks.

53. CBRE Memphis Sells $8.7 Million in Apartment Properties -

Tommy Bronson III and Blake Pera with CB Richard Ellis Memphis’ Multifamily Division have sold six apartment communities totaling 693 units and $8.7 million in the past two weeks.

54. Rekindling Crosstown -

Video artist Chris Miner says one way to explain the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building is likening it to the process of creating art.

“You get into it with a general idea of what you want to do, but then you kind of let it take you wherever you are going to go or wherever the piece wants to go,” he said.

55. Drought-Stricken States Welcome Rain From Isaac -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The remnants of Hurricane Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it's unlikely to break the drought gripping the Midwest.

56. Conn.-Based XSE Group Inks Deal -

A Middletown, Conn.-based office supply printing company has entered the local industrial scene, taking advantage of Memphis’ centralized logistical capabilities.

XSE Group Inc. has leased 40,214 square feet in Building 14 of Airport Distribution Center, 4006 Airpark St., owned by San Francisco-based ProLogis Inc.

57. CK’s Moves Into Jackson as Part of Expansion -

A longtime Memphis diner chain is expanding its presence into the Jackson, Tenn., market.

CK’s Coffee Shop has signed a five-year lease for 1,390 square feet of the existing 4,900-square-foot Old Medina Market Gas Station at 2800 Old Medina Road.

58. Drexel Buys Presidents Is. Warehouse -

A longtime Memphis-based agricultural chemical provider has snatched up a warehouse on Presidents Island, where it already has a strong presence.

Drexel Chemical Co. purchased the 137,526-square-foot former manufacturing and distribution facility on 12 acres at 2070 and 2071 Channel Ave. on Presidents Island from HPD Properties LLC for $810,000, or $5.89 per square foot.

59. CBRE Brokers Sale of 2 Apt. Complexes -

CB Richard Ellis Memphis closed two multifamily properties in early January – Oakshire and Summer Trace Apartments.

Tommy Bronson III and Blake Pera with CBRE Memphis’ multifamily division represented LILO LLC in the sale of Oakshire to Memphis Bell LLC.

60. Fuente Looks to Build Program the ‘Right Way’ -

The coaching clock ticks ever faster, often with little or no regard for extenuating circumstances. Used to be, college football coaches could just about count on five years to build a program up, to prove what they could do with a team full of players that they had recruited and taught.

61. Lamar Crossing Apts. Changes Owners Again -

2881 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
Loan Amount: $3.5 million

Loan Date: Oct. 7, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Lamar Apartments LP
Lender: Nessko TN LLC

62. U of M Seeks Football Coach, AD -

The University of Memphis finds itself searching for not only a new football coach but a new athletic director as well now that the Tigers football season is over.

University president Dr. Shirley Raines said the school’s goal is to hire a replacement for fired Tigers football coach Larry Porter “as soon as possible” and begin the process of picking a replacement for retiring athletic director R.C. Johnson by the spring semester.

63. Tigers’ Dreadful Season Finally Coming to End -

The Memphis fan walked up the tunnel and into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, looked at the scoreboard, saw 13:43 remaining in the first quarter and a “7” under “Herd,” and he cussed.

“They scored already?” the man complained to a bystander, then added with a sigh, “That’s Tiger football.”

64. CBRE Closes On Two Distressed Apt. Complexes -

CB Richard Ellis Memphis has recently closed two distressed multifamily properties in the West Winchester apartment submarket.

Tommy Bronson III and Blake Pera with CBRE’s multifamily division represented MPI Coventry Village LLC in the $1.25 million sale of Highland Creek Apartments, 1305 Turkey Run Lane, to Highland Creek Acquisitions LLC.

65. Defense Depot Property Sells for $1.1 Million -

2085 W.E. Freeman Drive
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: Sept. 14, 2011

Buyer: Varma Family LP

66. 14-Acre Defense Depot Site Sells for $1.1 Million -

Varma Family LP has bought a 14.4-acre site with an existing building at 2085 W.E. Freeman Drive in Memphis Defense Depot from The Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, for $1.1 million.

67. Events -

The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a general membership luncheon Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Germantown Country Club, 1780 Kimbrough Road. Andrew Clarksenior of News Radio 600 WREC will speak. For reservations, call 755-1200.

68. Cabot Affiliate Buys Airport Industrial Warehouse -

3924 Crowfarn Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.2 million
Sale Date: March 28, 2011
Buyer: Cabot III-TN1M01 LLC
Seller: MM Industrial Memphis LLC

69. Clearbrook Village Apts. Sells for $2.7 Million -

Clearbrook Village Apartments LLC, a limited liability corporation associated with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Besyata Corp., has bought Clearbrook Village apartments at 3516 Tall Oaks Circle from Alliance ES Clearbrook Village LLC for $2.7 million.

70. New Guidelines Have Trucking Industry Cautious -

Memphis’ location and infrastructure – its gateway to the west and within a day’s drive to a huge segment of the population – make it a critical distribution center and focal point for trucking.

But those assets could also make the city susceptible to product shortages. If fewer trucks are trying to serve more loads of freight than what the existing trucks can handle, then it will eventually prevent businesses from being able to move goods.

71. Monthly Building Dips, But 2010 Numbers Up -

While the holidays typically slow down the pace of building new homes, November’s permits took a bigger hit than usual as the industry continues to work through the recession.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 38 permits last month, a 34.5 percent decrease from 58 permits the same month a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

72. Construction On Rise in West Memphis -

One of only two retail developments on tap this year in West Memphis is on the verge of breaking ground.

Marketplace Development LLC closed last week on 3.11 acres in the shadow of Wal-Mart Super Center in West Memphis, where the group plans to build a 29,340-square-foot retail center.

73. Winbranch Apartments Sell for $2.4 Million -

3595 Millbranch Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $2.4 million

Sale Date: Sept. 7, 2010
Buyer: Winbranch Realty Partners LLC
Seller: LBUBS 2004-C4 Millbranch Road LLC
Loan Amount: $975,000
Loan Date: Sept. 7, 2010
Maturity Date: Sept. 1, 2011
Lender: The Leshum Group LLC

74. ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ Production Hits Target -

They say in theater that there are no small parts, just small actors. But Theatre Memphis’s season opener shows strength and professionalism in large and small roles alike.

Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” running through Sept.12, hits several bull’s-eyes on the theater’s Lohrey Stage.

75. Builders Look to Vesta for Business Boost -

The Memphis Area Home Builders Association gets some much-needed publicity this month with the Vesta Designer Home Showcase, which began over the weekend and runs through July 5.

The home show is being held at Neshoba Grove Subdivision in Germantown, an infill development at the northeast corner of Cordova and Neshoba roads, just west of Germantown Road near the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.

76. Philadelphia-Based Investor Buys Waterstone Landing Apartments -

The Memphis multifamily market remains attractive to Resource Real Estate Inc., which has bought its second apartment complex here.

77. Democratic State Rep. Ben West Says He's Retiring -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Rep. Ben West Jr. announced Friday that he won't run for re-election this year because he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other goals.

The Nashville Democrat said his retirement is "effective with the election in November 2010."

78. Events -

The InMotion Orthopaedic Research Center will present another lecture as part of its Quarterly Musculoskeletal Lecture Series today at 5 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Richard Coutts will speak on “National Total Joint Replacement Registries.” To register, call 271-0021.

79. 2009 Bankruptcy Filings Up 2 Percent -

While he was at a free legal clinic last week, Memphis bankruptcy attorney Bruce Ralston struck up a conversation with a woman whose background would have made her a hot commodity once upon a time.

80. In-Rel Buys Former Comcast Building, Renames it “Quince Centre” -

6555 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $5 million
Sale Date: Dec. 7, 2009

Buyer: 6555 Quince Building Owner LLC
Seller: BACM 2000-2 Quince Road LLC
Loan Amount: $3.1 million
Loan Date: Dec 7, 2009
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Insbank

81. Y5 LLC Files Loan, Permit For Vesta Home -

Y5 LLC has filed a $600,000 construction loan and a $500,000 permit to build a home in Neshoba Grove, the site of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association’s spring home show. The company, whose principal is Tommy Young, filed the loan through Magna Bank and its permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement this week.

82. Spring Home Show To Feature G’Town’s Neshoba Grove -

The Memphis Area Home Builders Association’s spring home show will be held at Neshoba Grove Subdivision in Germantown, the organization’s executive director, Don Glays, has confirmed.
Dubbed the “The Vesta Designer Showcase of Homes,” the month-long event is set for May 29-June 20. It will showcase five custom-built homes in a new infill development at the northeast corner of Cordova and Neshoba roads, just west of Germantown Road near the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.
Glays said this will be the first spring home show in the past few years, and its format will be slightly different than past events, such as the recent fall show that highlighted eco-friendly and more affordable homes at the Villages at White Oak in Arlington.
The homes at this year’s spring show will be larger and pricier, focusing on each of the five homes’ unique designs. Or, as Glays put it, the spring show will be about “lifestyle and living” rather than “energy and green living.”
“We try not to repeat ourselves if we can help it,” he said. “We’re doing that because what the group of builders has done is each has selected a top-notch, experienced, well-known architect, and are selecting great interior designers. The architects are working well together to keep, not a theme, per se, but make sure the houses complement each other.”

83. West Not Shy About Giving His Side of Story -

University of Memphis football coach Tommy West was fired this month after nine years on the job. The former head coach will stay with the team through the end of the season.

84. Folks Like West Set Up for Failure When They Don’t ‘Get’ Memphis -

Soon-to-be former Tigers football coach Tommy West started something with what amounted to his exit interview last Monday.

85. For Hopeful Sports Fans, Memphis Still Home of the Blues -

It’s often difficult being a sports fan around here, but the past two weeks have been especially brutal for Memphians.

The University of Memphis fired football coach Tommy West Monday after back-to-back outings in which the Tigers drew 4,117 fans for a nationally televised home game and then were shellacked on the road by Tennessee.

86. West’s Parting Shot: Fix UofM Football Or End Program -

University of Memphis football coach Tommy West is staying at the helm through the end of the football season later this month.

87. UPDATE: West Goes Out With A Bang -


University of Memphis football coach Tommy West is staying to the end of the football season.

But the final act of his nine year tenure was Monday’s press conference in which West urged fans and the community to support the program more or do away with it.

West spoke after Tiger Athletic Director R.C. Johnson said he told West the football program needed a “different direction.” It came the day after West and his team lost to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

“It’s certainly not easy when you get fired,” West began. “That’s not a good day at the office.”

After saying he had good memories of his time in Memphis, West then went on a five minute tirade in which he invoked the names of his predecessors in the head coach’s job.

“Now is the time to stand up for your university and your football program. I’m the seventh straight coach that’s standing here saying the same thing to you. This is the seventh straight time this has happened. History will continue to repeat itself folks, if they don’t do anything about it,” West said to a room full of reporters at the Athletic Offices.

“Whoever they hire – they’ll hire a good guy and I’ll pull for him. But our fans have got to demand – you have to demand that you give him an equal stick to fight with within our conference. You’ve got to give him a level playing field. Give him that.”

Some boosters of the football program had been calling for West’s firing as the season got off to a bad start and didn’t improve.

Johnson said the school has improved its facilities with a turf practice field about to open and state approval still pending for the funding of a weight room. An on campus arena is something boosters have long called for. But Johnson said the money is not there. The university was a backer of the short-lived Herenton administration plan to build a new Liberty Bowl at The Fairgrounds. The school administration’s support of the idea and abandonment of an on campus arena was criticized by some boosters.

Facilities like the stadium and practice fields are considered critical to recruiting football players.

“(Former Tiger Coach Chuck) Stobart stood here the same way. Stobart became a bad coach. He wasn’t recruiting. He was a bad coach. But he was good enough to beat Southern Cal. And (former coach) Rip (Scherer) became a bad coach that wasn’t recruiting. But he could beat Peyton Manning and Tennessee. … At some point in time you’ve got to say, we’ve got to help this football program,” West said. “We’ve got to do the things necessary to make this what we want or do away with it. I couldn’t say that as a coach … It’s too painful.”

West also complained of “negativity” as well.

“Put something in it or do away with it. … I don’t say that in a negative way. I’ve been here nine years. I’ve got nine years of my life invested here – hard years – hard years – fighting years, everyday a fist fight to move this program,” he said before walking out of the press conference without taking questions.

“I don’t know how you do it. … There is a negativity like nowhere else I’ve coached. I’ve coached a lot of places. … There’s a negativity here that in the end eats you up. It’s hard to win.”

“You’ve got to fight battles around your own program, your own campus and around your own city. It’s hard.”

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88. Events -

JMS Strategies will hold a business education and development series titled “The Compass Series” beginning today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 2700. Classes will be on the first Tuesday of each month through July. Tuition for the 12-class series is $2,080 per person. To register, call 786-3400 or visit www.jmsstrategies.com.

89. Events -

JMS Strategies will hold a business education and development series titled “The Compass Series” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 2700. Classes will be on the first Tuesday of each month through July. Tuition for the 12-class series is $2,080 per person. To register, call 786-3400 or visit www.jmsstrategies.com.

90. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tommy Wells, president of the American Bar Association, will speak. Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

91. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn–University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Vic Young of Fisher & Arnold Inc. will present “View All West Tennessee as – Builds, Contours, Utilities, and High Resolution Aerials on Your Laptop or PC. Made So Easy an Engineer Can Do It.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

92. Events -

Ladies Who Launch will host a launch party today and Saturday at the Memphis Hilton hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Today’s party will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and feature live music, games, a dance contest and giveaways. Saturday will feature speakers Lisa Wade and Shali Atkinson. For reservations, e-mail Tammy Gunnels at tgunnels@ladieswholaunch.com.

93. Aldi Inc. Buys Land For Collierville Store -

523 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017
Sale Amount: $1 Million

Sale Date: Nov. 25, 2008
Buyer: Aldi Collierville LLC
Seller: Martin and Mildred Tippit

94. Tennessee Voters Must Be in Line By Closing Time -

Polls in Tennessee opened Tuesday to bright, sunny skies and long lines of voters waiting to cast ballots in what election officials expect to be a record turnout.

The advice to voters was this: Get in line before the polls close or you won't get in the door.

95. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “How to Buy Bank-Owned Real Estate Property” with Rob Stone today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.

96. Events -

The National Black MBA Association will host the “Entrepreneur Edge Workshop” today from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. The event is free for members and nonmembers. For more information, visit www.nbmbaamemphis.org.

97. Events -

The Downtown Parking Authority will meet today at noon in the Large Conference Room of the Center City Commission, 114 N. Main St. For more information, call Eric Robertson at 575-0542.

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will meet today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Wade Towles will give a speech titled “City of Bartlett – Now and Future.” Cost is $12. No reservations are required.

98. Maple Ridge Apartments Sells for $1.1 Million -      Avalon Holdings LLC has bought the Maple Ridge Apartments at 3373 Regal Plaza Drive for $1.1 million. The seller was ENB Realty Co. Inc. Avalon Holdings took out a loan from Regal Plaza Funding LLC for $1.4 million at th

99. Collins to ServeAs 2008 MAHBA President -      Doug Collins of Sovereign Homes LLC and Prudential Collins-Maury Realtors will serve as president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association for 2008.
     He has been a member of the asso

100. California-Based Investor Bullish On Memphis Multifamily -

It didn't take long for California-based Better Buildings & Apartments LLC to make its second investment in Memphis' multifamily market.

Fewer than three months after the company's first acquisition, The Birches Townhouses in Whitehaven, Better Buildings & Apartments (BBA) president Bill Sparano bought another apartment complex here, beefing up his local portfolio and further entrenching himself in the city he and his company plan to call home as early as the spring.