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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Strickland Backs No-Gang Zones in Legal Challenge -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says court-ordered zones that forbid alleged gang members from gathering or associating in public within the zone are working as a crime-fighting tactic.

4. Liquor Giants a Threat to Dominate Memphis Sales -

In less than four months, Memphians will be able to purchase wine in grocery stores.

Since the Tennessee Legislature passed the resolution in 2014, Memphis liquor stores have been prepping for the July 1 bombshell by adding growler stations, padding shelves with packaged cheese and meat and undergoing hefty store expansions.

5. Downtown Hotel Pipeline May Deter Larger Developer -

The proliferation of limited-size Downtown hotels could make the area less attractive for the 500-room, full-service hotel Downtown desperately needs.

That was board member Rob Norcross’ warning at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Land Use Control Board. And the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau agrees that small hotels pose a risk.

6. Real Estate Vet: Kroger Looking to Spread its Wings -

Jimmy Lewis isn’t surprised by word that emerged in recent days about Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, eyeing an acquisition of specialty grocer Fresh Market.

7. Events -

Crosstown Arts and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and signing with Ed Tarkington, author of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Crosstown Arts’ Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

8. New Brass -

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

9. ‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis -

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

The 46 N. Third St. structure, which was built in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its art deco and Renaissance-styled architecture. Real estate and bail bonding firms have occupied the lower levels, but the 10-story building has sat completely vacant for a few years and substantially vacant for well over 10 years.

10. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

11. Conrad: Mike Williams ‘Should Be Fired’ -

Incoming Memphis City Council chairman Kemp Conrad thinks the city should consider firing Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association, for helping recruiters from other police forces set up job fairs in Memphis.

12. The Week Ahead: Nov. 23, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from The Peabody’s 36-foot dessert table to your potential (fingers-crossed, maybe not) last chance to see Paxton Lynch at the Liberty Bowl…

13. Empty Bowls Project Uses Art to Feed City -

Hunger and homelessness are problems plaguing the Mid-South, and the Memphis Empty Bowls Project hopes to play its small part in addressing the larger issue.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, art in the form of handcrafted bowls and a sampling of soups from several Memphis restaurants will be the centerpiece of an effort to raise money to feed area children in need. The event is slated for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

14. Boyle Buys Vining Sparks HQ For $16.3M -

776 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $16.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 15

15. MIFA Takes Over Memphis’ Homeless Hotline, Will Staff 24/7 -

If there was any doubt that the city’s homeless hotline for families with children needed to be manned 24/7, that question was erased in the first two weeks the hotline was operated by the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

16. Peabody Tops List of Historic Hotels -

The Peabody Memphis has been named Best Historic Hotel in the more than 400 guestrooms category by Historic Hotels of America.

The 2015 Awards of Excellence were announced at a ceremony at the West Baden Springs Hotel at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Ind.

17. Peabody Tops List Of Historic Hotels -

The Peabody Memphis has been named Best Historic Hotel in the more than 400 guestrooms category by Historic Hotels of America.

The 2015 Awards of Excellence were announced at a ceremony at the West Baden Springs Hotel at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Ind.

18. Memphis Theological Seminary Launches $25M Campaign -

A new fundraising campaign publicly launched Friday, Oct. 2, marks the first of its kind in Memphis Theological Seminary’s 50 years in the city.

The comprehensive $25 million Ministry for the Real World Campaign includes $10 million to add a new chapel and classroom building, $5 million to increase endowments and scholarships, and $10 million to support operations and deferred maintenance on the current campus.

19. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

20. This Week in Memphis History: April 24-30 -

2014: The Memphis Grizzlies lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder 92-89 in overtime at FedExForum before a sold-out crowd. The loss evened the NBA Playoffs series to 2-2. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Michael Heisley, the team’s former owner who moved the franchise from Vancouver to Memphis, dies.

21. Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm -

Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

22. Chicago-Based LivCor Snaps Up Memphis Apartment Community -

9230 Thornbury Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $51.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Buyer: BRE Piper MF Forest Creek TN LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based LivCor LLC,
Seller: Forest Creek Apartment Associate LLC and Forest Creek Land Associates LLC, affiliates of Carter Hastin Real Estate Services Inc.
Loan Amount: $44.2 million
Loan Date: Feb. 27, 2015
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank
Details: The Preserve at Forest Creek Apartments in Southeast Memphis has been sold for $51.3 million.

23. Fogelman-Affiliated Company Buys Arlington Retail Center -

A company affiliated with Robert Fogelman III has purchased a retail center on U.S. 64 in Arlington for $1.4 million.

24. Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection -

765 Tanglewood St.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $27,000

Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Buyer: Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan
Seller: Cowles Development Company LLC
Details: Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

25. Dr. Phil Delivers Hockey Therapy to the Masses -

Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.

Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…

26. $42 Million Permit Filed For Target Fulfillment Center -

5461 Davidson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $42 million

27. 2 Hospitality Companies Buy Union Ave. Sites -

A hospitality company has acquired a key piece of Downtown property for $440,000.

Suna Hospitality LLC purchased the office building at 400 Union Ave. Downtown from Judy Sossaman Brantley, according to a Jan. 12 warranty deed. The property, formerly home to Sullivan Branding after cs2 and Thompson & Co. merged, is strategically located on the north side of Union between South Lauderdale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

28. Hospitality Company Buys 400 Union -

A hospitality company has acquired a key piece of Downtown property for $440,000.

Suna Hospitality LLC purchased the office building at 400 Union Ave. Downtown from Judy Sossaman Brantley, according to a Jan. 12 warranty deed. The property, formerly home to Sullivan Branding after cs2 and Thompson & Co. merged, is strategically located on the north side of Union between South Lauderdale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

29. Ramsey an Important, Unfamiliar Pioneer -

In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.

30. Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has confirmed it will open two Memphis-area stores in 2015, one in Germantown and another in Lakeland.

Sprouts will turn the 30,000-square-foot former Schnucks location at The Shops of Forest Hill at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown into one of its stores, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, organic and healthy food.

31. Events -

The fourth annual Downtown Museum Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, with free or half-price admission at 15 local museums and attractions. For more information on participating attractions, visit facebook.com/downtownmuseumday.

32. Events -

ANF Architects will host an opening night reception for the Memphis Camera Club’s “Places We Worship” Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ANF, 1500 Union Ave. Visit anfa.com.

33. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

34. Events -

The Daily News will present the 2014 HR Challenges seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooks Museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Meg Crosby, founding principal of PeopleCap Advisors and a former Google HR executive, will discuss five steps for creating a strong corporate culture. Tickets are $25. Visit bit.ly/MEMhr for more information.

35. Changing Landscape -

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

36. Fresh Market Debuts Midtown Store -

For a while now Central Gardens resident Tom Clifton has been driving to East Memphis to get his groceries.

37. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

38. In Rare Move, Police Confirm ‘Blue Flu’ -

In the storied history of labor relations between City Hall and the rank and file of the Memphis Police Department, there is a standing rule about work slowdowns, sometimes referred to as “blue flu.”

39. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The guest speakers are Jessica Jackson and Amanda Yuen, administrators at Corning Elementary School, Kiwanis Club of Memphis’ Adopt-a-School. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

40. 'Pink Slime' Makers Say Sales are Rebounding -

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.

Spokesmen for Cargill and Beef Products Inc. confirmed that sales of the product, which the industry refers to as "lean, finely textured beef," have risen. But Cargill told the Lincoln Journal Star that sales haven't rebounded to the level they were before a 2012 controversy about the meat.

41. Georgian Woods Apartments Sell for $3.9 Million -

118 St. Agnes Drive
Memphis, TN 38112

Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: March 14, 2014

Buyer: Georgian Woods Property Owner LLC

42. Strickland: Shorten Pension Ramp-Up -

The Memphis City Council chairman thinks the city shouldn’t take five or six years to ramp up to an annual pension fund contribution of $100 million but instead do it in two fiscal years.

“I think everyone is in uniform support of fully funding our annual contribution,” council chairman Jim Strickland said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “In fact, I don’t think we ought to take six years. I think we ought to take two years. Get it fully funded, whether its $60 million or $100 million.”

43. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

44. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor -

Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.

Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.

45. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

46. Music Outreach -

In a nontraditional move for the orchestra industry, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has formed a dedicated community engagement department, with the goals of educating and enriching the Memphis community with innovative projects and services while at the same time attracting new audience members for the concert hall.

47. Council Approves $24.2 Million In Budget Cuts -

Memphis City Council members tallied $24.2 million in city operating budget cuts Tuesday, June 18, in a marathon seven-hour session before an overflow crowd of angry city employees.

But the council adjourned before taking a final vote on the operating budget as amended or setting a city property tax rate.

48. City Council Again Tackles Budget, Tax Rate -

Some Memphis City Council members say they are prepared for a long day Tuesday, June 18, at City Hall as they continue down the arduous path to a tax rate and budget for the coming fiscal year.

“Let’s just be ready to spend the night,” said council member Harold Collins last week. He commented as council-mediated discussions between the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and municipal union leaders on possible cuts in employee benefits got nowhere quickly and ended after less than an hour.

49. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.

50. School Security Bill Advancing in Legislature -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Proponents of a measure that allows school districts to hire individuals with prior law enforcement experience say it's a needed option for financially strapped schools.

51. Bill to Allow Schools to Choose Security -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow school districts to hire retired law enforcement officers for security advanced in the Legislature on Wednesday after being approved by the governor.

52. Crowne Plaza Hotel Sells Out of Foreclosure -

300 N. Second St. Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $9.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 28, 2012

53. Owner of Winchester Lit Files $1.1 Million Loan -

The partnership related to the Lit Refrigeration Co. restaurant supply stores has filed a $1.1 million loan on the Lit Jr. store at 1665 Winchester Road in Whitehaven.

54. Madison Automotive Wants to Brighten Holidays for Car Owners -

Cars are indispensable necessities for many Memphians who don’t live close to their jobs. When they break down, the repairs often are costly and can force some tough choices to be made.

Many drivers are delaying those repairs. That’s according to Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., which says the average car on the road today is a little past the decade mark.

55. Events -

Mistletoe Merchants will be held Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Visit themarketshows.com.

56. Red Deluxe Subleases Sullivan Space -

Two well-known Memphis advertising agencies have inked a unique Downtown office deal.

Red Deluxe Brand Development has subleased 10,400 square feet of office space from Sullivan Branding in the old Smooth Moves building at 85 Union Ave.

57. Red Deluxe Subleases Sullivan Space -

Two well-known Memphis advertising agencies have inked a unique Downtown office deal.

Red Deluxe Brand Development has subleased 10,400 square feet of office space from Sullivan Branding in the old Smooth Moves building at 85 Union Ave.

58. Snyder’s-Lance Signs Deal In Southaven -

A well-known snack food company has boosted its distribution presence in the Memphis area.

Snyder’s-Lance Inc. signed a 26,757-square-foot lease at Airways Distribution Center Building F, 8425 Airways Blvd., in Southaven.

59. Rail Yard Opens In Rossville -

Those in the logistics industry have known since the end of June, but Norfolk Southern Corp.’s Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility at Rossville had its soft opening earlier this month.

60. American Offers to Drop Plans to Lay Off Pilots -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is offering to drop plans to furlough pilots as it seeks union approval for a long-term cost-cutting deal that would help American rebuild while under bankruptcy protection.

61. Enjoy Crawfish And Help Kids -

Last week we wrapped up our four-part series on a Memphis narrative, featuring numerous heartfelt responses to the question: “What does Memphis mean to you?” Even though we are switching back to a nonprofit spotlight, continue to email us your thoughts and testimonials so we can weave them into our ongoing community efforts. This week let us highlight an organization that is empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle: Porter-Leath.

62. Tragedy Rediscovered -

When the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank north of Memphis on the Mississippi River in April 1865, it went down near the Arkansas side of the river.

Because the river was at a high level and because the river has changed course several times in the intervening 143 years, what’s left of the boat is believed to be beneath a bean field near Marion, Ark.

63. Sullivan Donates Furniture to Boys & Girls Clubs -

As Sullivan Branding moves to its new Downtown location in Toyota Center, it will be donating the remaining furniture to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.

The donation will allow the nonprofit to save on furniture costs and put the allocated funds back into scholarships, including its First Chance Scholarship program.

64. Sullivan Inks Lease For Toyota Ctr. -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

65. Sullivan Branding Inks Toyota Center Deal -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

66. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

67. American Airlines Aims to Cut 13,000 Jobs -

DALLAS (AP) – The parent of American Airlines wants to eliminate about 13,000 jobs – 15 percent of its workforce – as the nation's third-biggest airline remakes itself under bankruptcy protection.

68. STCC Takes Next Step In Nursing Bldg. Plans -

693 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $14.6 million

Project Cost: $18.2 million

69. 100 Days of Improvement -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. promised in his state of the city address Monday, Jan. 23, to push the traditional parameters of city government and address long-term problems like the number of Memphians living in poverty.

70. Crossing Boundaries -

Philanthropy takes a lot of planning and a lot of caution – so much so that young adults might give it a wide berth when it comes to ongoing involvement in the fundraising that is a central function of philanthropy.

71. Methodist, CBU Alliance Addresses Underserved -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has enlisted nursing students at Christian Brothers University to extend community health outreach in underserved Memphis neighborhoods through Methodist’s Congregational Health Network.

72. Land South of Shelby Forest Sells for $2.3 Million -

Vacant Land
Near Shelby Forest Park
Sale Amount: $2.3 million

Sale Date: Nov. 17, 2011
Buyer: Warren Nickolas Nunn
Seller: Estate of William S. Howard Sr.
Loan Amount: $2.5 million
Loan Date: Nov. 18, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Patriot Bank
Details: Warren Nickolas Nunn has bought several large parcels of vacant land from the estate of William S. Howard Sr. for $2.3 million, financing it with a $2.5 million loan through Patriot Bank.

73. Cross Creek Shopping Ctr. Sells for $12.7 Million -

3469 Riverdale Road, 3505 Riverdale Road and 3587 Riverdale Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $12.7 million

74. Cross Creek Shopping Center Sells for $12.7 Million -

Commack, N.Y.-based Allied Development of Memphis LLC has bought Cross Creek Shopping Center for $12.7 million.

75. Nissan North America Renews Lease In SE Shelby -

Nissan North America Inc. has renewed its 413,000-square-foot lease in Southeast Shelby County.

76. A Summer Many Investors Would Rather Forget -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a stomach-churning summer that most investors would like to forget.

The United States lost its top-of-the-line credit rating for the first time. The financial system of Europe seemed ready to collapse. Money managers sifted through data for signs that the economy was about to slide into a new recession.

77. Staub Brings Small-Business Message Home -

Small-business coach Robert Staub couldn’t have chosen a more ideal day and setting than Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Shelby Farms Park to complete his month-long, statewide “Grow Your Business Tour,” bringing strategy, support and camaraderie to Tennessee’s small-business owners.

78. cs2 Finalizes Acquisition Of Thompson -

Two Memphis advertising agencies are combining forces to become one of the largest full-service firms in the Mid-South.

Cs2 advertising has acquired Thompson & Co. and its subsidiaries – Thompson Advertising, Thompson | Berry Public Relations, BottleRocket | Sponsorship Consulting and Due North Group | Barter Marketing in Memphis, and White | Thompson in Nashville in partnership with Evette White.

79. Methodist Group Takes Message to D.C. -

A group representing Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Faith and Health – an interfaith collaborative center of research, innovation and training – has been asked to travel to the White House this month to share ideas with a group of health system and health policy leaders about crafting successful community partnerships and programs.

80. Memphis Goodwill Finances U.S. 64, Austin Peay Stores -

6899 U.S. 64
Memphis, TN 38134
Loan Amount: $3.2 million

Loan Date: Aug. 1, 2011

Maturity Date: n/a

Borrower: Memphis Goodwill Inc.

81. MBIN Signs New Lease At Bellbrook Park -

A Memphis-based wholesaler of collectable items has signed a new industrial lease in the Southwest submarket.

MBIN Global Inc. has signed a new lease for 26,250 square feet at Bellbrook Industrial Park, 1004 Brooks Road.

82. Cooper-Young Latest Locale for Vegan Eatery -

Comfort food meets compassionate living at Imagine Vegan Café, set to open later this month at 2156 Young Ave. in Midtown’s eclectic Cooper-Young Neighborhood.

83. WPG Americas Signs Lease in Southaven -

A San Jose, Calif.-based worldwide electronics distributor is entering the Memphis area with full force.

WPG Americas Inc. has signed a 54,000-square-foot lease at Airways Distribution Center, 481 Industrial Drive, in Southaven. The project – a relocation of the WPG America’s New York facility – represents a $1.5 million investment by the company and will create 60 jobs over the next three years.

84. Krispy Kreme Finances Two Memphis Locations -

6255 Wincester Road
And 4244 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Loan Amount: $8.4 million

85. Bridge Deal Could Bring 600-Mile River Bike Trail -

If plans materialize for a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the north side of the Harahan rail bridge, the access areas on both sides of the Mississippi River near the bridge would change rapidly.

86. UP Exec, Local Group to Meet About Harahan Wagonway -

Union Pacific Railroad CEO James Young meets at the company’s headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Friday with a group from Memphis and West Memphis to talk about biking and hiking.

87. STCC's Early Childhood Center Gets Accreditation -

The Early Childhood Education Center at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Union Avenue campus has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

88. Bright Future -

The Memphis Sharp Manufacturing plant is maxing out its production capabilities as it rides the growth wave of the solar power industry over the last several years. Sharp Manufacturing Co. of America, one of the nation’s leaders in solar panel production, is seeing increased demand for residential, commercial, governmental and utility-scale applications.

89. Baptist Wage Suit Loses Class Action Status -

The suit alleging Baptist hospitals in Memphis engaged in unfair pay practices by making automatic meal deductions from employee paychecks and 30-minute payroll deductions for lunch breaks has lost its class action status.

90. New Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest in 2 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week to its lowest level in two months, a sign that employers are cutting fewer jobs.

91. GM to Recall 400 Workers to Spring Hill Plant -

An official says General Motors is recalling about 400 idled union workers to its Spring Hill plant in Tennessee to build a four-cylinder engine.

An official briefed about the new jobs who declined to be identified because an announcement is pending provided the count to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

92. Events -

Small Biz Memphis will host the Cordova/Bartlett and East Memphis/Midtown Business Builders Circle meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, suite 400. The Germantown/Collierville meeting will be held Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at 2176 West St. For more information, call 205-9303.

93. Galloway Gardens Apartments Sells for $1.1 Million -

1565 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $1.1 Million

Sale Date: Aug. 27, 2010
Buyer: Galloway Gardens LLC
Seller: Steve Benetti and Virginia Benetti
Loan Amounts: $200,000; $200,000; $916,937 (assumption)
Loan Date: Aug. 27, 2010
Maturity Dates: Aug. 27, 2011 ($200,000); Sept. 15, 2015 ($200,000); Sept. 10, 2013 ($916,937)
Lender: Regions Bank

94. Events -

Small Biz Memphis will host the Cordova/Bartlett and East Memphis/Midtown Business Builders Circle meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, suite 400. The Germantown/Collierville meeting will be Aug. 12 at 7:45 a.m. at 2176 West St., suite 110. For more information, call 205-9303.

95. Southwest Raises $10M For Nursing and Science Building -

Help is on the way for the nursing shortage in Shelby County.

Having raised $10 million toward a $16.75 million goal, Southwest Tennessee Community College can start construction on the first phase of a new nursing, natural sciences and biotechnology building.

96. Events -

Small Biz Memphis will meet Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, suite 400. For more information, call 205-9303.

97. Sharp Reaches Solar Panel Milestone -

With a thumbs up from a factory line worker, the 2 millionth solar panel rolled off the assembly line this week at the Memphis Sharp Manufacturing Plant.

Instead of going immediately into a cardboard box, the panel was lifted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Hiroshi Sato, Japan’s Consul General from Nashville, and Paul Shaffer, head of local 474 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, off the assembly line as workers applauded.

98. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host the workshop “Advocacy 101: The Rules for Nonprofits” Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Cost is $40 for members and $75 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit www.npexcellence.org or call 684-6605, extension 21.

99. ‘Everybody’s Down Here’ -

Despite its name, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is more than a celebration of all things pork. The Memphis in May fixture is also big business.

Nowhere is that more evident than during the Thursday and Friday lunch hours, when many of the booths run by local and out-of-town companies invite clients and colleagues for some ribs or a sandwich – and a chance to say thanks or perhaps make a sale.

100. No Room at the Inn -

The bed came with a view of a sparkling Mississippi River on a winter day that was about 10 degrees on the warm side of crisp. The trees were bare and no one appeared to be at home near the concrete floodwall that ends just south of The Pyramid.