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1. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

2. Events -

Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Vaneese Thomas for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Monday, June 23, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The series continues each day through Friday, June 27. Visit staxmuseum.com for a lineup.

3. LeMoyne-Owen President to Retire -

LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will retire a year from now, following nine years at the helm of the city’s only historically black college.

4. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

5. AutoZone Quarterly Profit Rises 7.4 Percent -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has enjoyed double-digit earnings per share growth every quarter since the latter part of the administration of President George W. Bush – 31 straight quarters, to be precise.

6. AutoZone Grows Sales, Net Income in 2nd Quarter -

Whenever AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes presents the company’s quarterly earnings to analysts, it’s never long before he starts talking about the weather.

7. Zipcar Adds Service to Memphis Airport -

Zipcar, the car share division of Avis Rent a Car, has expanded to Memphis International Airport.

The two cars at the airport join a fleet that also includes four in Downtown Memphis and one at Rhodes College.

8. AutoZone Posts 7.2 Percent Gain in Profit -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. saw its profit rise 7.2 percent during the company’s just-ended fiscal first quarter, a strong start to the company’s new year that equated to a $14.6 million increase in net income over the same period in 2012.

9. AutoZone Caps Milestone 2013 With Record Results -

Not only is AutoZone Inc. an earnings machine, but the company continues to generate results other public companies might have reason to envy.

10. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

11. AutoZone Reports Mixed Quarterly Results -

AutoZone Inc. arguably has shifted temporarily into the slow lane, but the Memphis-based auto parts retailer is confident its engine still has enough horsepower to outrace the competition.

12. AIA Memphis Celebrates Architecture Month -

September is Architecture Month in Memphis, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is spearheading a series of tours, lectures, exhibits and special events that explore historic and contemporary architecture and design in Memphis.

13. AutoZone Beats Forecast in Third Quarter -

AutoZone Inc.’s just-ended fiscal third quarter results show why it’s a rarity among public companies.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer – the nation’s largest in the sector – is an earnings machine. Net sales were $2.2 billion for the quarter, and profit was up 6.8 percent to $265.6 million. The quarter also included AutoZone’s 27th straight period of double-digit earnings-per-share quarterly growth.

14. Parks Controversy Back to City Council -

The committee recommendations are in for new names for three Confederate-themed city parks. And the long-running controversy about the parks is now back to the Memphis City Council.

The ad hoc committee of nine, which included several historians and two City Council members, held its final meeting Monday, April 29, and voted with little discussion on several ideas for what used to be known as Confederate, Forrest and Jefferson Davis parks.

15. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

16. Rhodes Video Spotlights Memories of King’s Death -

Rhodes College has uploaded its short docudrama “Exactly Where We Were” to YouTube. The 11-minute video spotlights selected memories from what was going on at Rhodes – then known as Southwestern College – the night the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

17. AutoZone Announces Marketing Vice President -

Albert Saltiel has joined AutoZone Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and customer satisfaction.

Saltiel comes to the Memphis-based auto parts giant from Navistar International Corp., where he was chief marketing officer.

18. AutoZone Names VP of Marketing -

Albert Saltiel has joined AutoZone Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and customer satisfaction.

Saltiel comes to AutoZone from Navistar International Corp., where he was chief marketing officer. He also has worked with Sony Electronics as general manager for marketing and with Ford Motor Co., where he held multiple marketing roles.

19. Soul Celebration -

John Fry, the venerable founder of the Memphis-based Ardent record label and accompanying studio facility, still remembers wandering into the Satellite Record Shop, the music store that once operated in front of Stax Records.

20. Events -

HopeWorks will hold its fifth annual A Morning of Hope fundraiser Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center, 1000 Woodland Hills Drive. Bill Courtney, entrepreneur and the former coach featured in “Undefeated,” will present the keynote. Tickets are $50. Visit whyhopeworks.org or call 272-3700.

21. Downshift -

No company is completely immune to the effects of political squabbling in Washington, the stakes of which have intensified lately for the average taxpayer.

That includes even a company as seemingly unrelated to the political world as Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the leading car parts retailer in the U.S.

22. Turley: ‘You Can Be Somebody in Memphis’ -

Years after Henry Turley experienced the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, took advantage of the Community Reinvestment Act and persuaded banks to reinvest in the Downtown core, not to mention spearheaded revitalization in the Harbor Town and Uptown areas, he’s making a “micro bet” on building nice neighborhoods around excellent schools.

23. AutoZone Blames Slower Sales on Tax Refund Delay, Winter Weather -

No company is completely immune to the effects of political squabbling in Washington, the stakes of which have intensified lately for the average taxpayer.

That includes even a company as seemingly unrelated to the political world as Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the leading car parts retailer in the U.S.

24. Patent Law Seminar to be Held at Rhodes -

Bill Parks, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and the founder and chairman of the Memphis Bar Association’s intellectual property and entertainment law section, will present a seminar to the Memphis business community Feb. 19 explaining the nation’s new patent law requirements that go into effect on March 16.

25. Patent Law Seminar to be Held at Rhodes -

Bill Parks, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and the founder and chairman of the Memphis Bar Association’s intellectual property and entertainment law section, will present a seminar to the Memphis business community Feb. 19 explaining the nation’s new patent law requirements that go into effect on March 16.

26. Forrest Fire -

When the Memphis City Council got around to the discussion that counted this week on the future of Forrest Park and, as it turns out, two other Civil War-themed parks, council member Myron Lowery was adamant.

27. Events -

Luna Nova presents the Robert Patterson Memorial Concert Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The program includes a new work titled “Mountain Paths” as well as works by several well-known composers. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu/music for details.

28. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with PeopleCap Advisors principal Meg Thomas Crosby titled “The Growth and Maturity of an Organization” Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 4530 Poplar Ave., suite 101. Cost in advance is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

29. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Unified Shelby County School Board Chairman Billy Orgel will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

30. Degrees of Difficulty -

Leaders of the city’s five higher education institutions say they are all grappling with the issue of relevance in a changing world and economy as they compete for students with missions that make them different from one another.

31. Local Students Give Back With Literacy Program -

A lot of people have good ideas that could change the world, or at a little piece of it. But often those ideas never quite turn into action.

Two Memphis University School seniors – basketball player Jonathan Wilfong and football player and wrestler Andrew Renshaw – had just such a good idea. Inspired by “Caddy for a Cure,” in which an individual makes a donation to a charity and in turn gets to caddy for a PGA golfer, they created “Coaching for Literacy – The Assistant Coach Program for Promoting Literacy.”

32. AutoZone Continues Earnings Streak -

AutoZone Inc. reported lower-than-expected sales during its fiscal first quarter ended Nov. 17, partly the result of a warmer-than-expected winter that resulted in less of a need to replace car components because of parts wearing out.

33. Events -

Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation, 515 Erin Drive. Visit memphistm.com.

34. AutoZone's Olsen Set to Retire This Year -

AutoZone Inc. corporate development officer Robert Olsen is retiring later this year, the Memphis-based auto parts retailer announced Tuesday, Oct. 2.

35. AutoZone Income Rises 7.4 Percent -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. is in a rare club among publicly traded retail companies: It’s in a position to rack up strong same-store sales and earnings per share growth regardless of the economic cycle.

36. AutoZone Fourth Quarter Net Income Rises 7.4 Percent -

AutoZone Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 7.4 percent, helped by sales contributions from new stores.

37. Executive Coach Burtch Earns Int’l Designation -

Bill Burtch, founder and president of full-service management consultancy firm Harmony Coaching & Consulting, has received the Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation, becoming the second PCC in Memphis. Burtch, who also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation, focuses his consulting work in executive/team coaching, professional development training and human resources consulting.

38. Scott Joins Methodist South as Chief Medical Officer -

Dr. Howard Scott has been named chief medical officer at Methodist South Hospital. Before joining Methodist South, which is part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, Scott served as chief medical officer for West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami. He has also maintained an active private practice for 29 years.

39. AutoZone’s Q3 Earnings Grow 18 Pct. -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, opened 33 new U.S. stores during the company’s third quarter that ended earlier this month.

40. AutoZone’s Q3 Earnings Grow 18 Pct. -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, opened 33 new U.S. stores during the company’s third quarter that ended earlier this month.

41. Rhodes Thankful for Hometown -

On May 12, Rhodes College graduated 409 seniors, most of whom come from someplace other than Memphis. They successfully completed the rigorous academic demands in our classrooms, yet it is our city that has provided each of them access to a truly unique educational experience. Simply stated, Memphis, and the college’s connections to it, are now as much a part of the Rhodes education as any lab or lecture hall.

42. Called to Serve -

It’s hard to spot changes on the Midtown campus of Rhodes College.

The campus’ landscape is thick with old and massive trees in a part of town known for its impressive canopy of trees. And the difference between new and older buildings on the campus is intentionally hard to tell because the Gothic stone structures are built with rocks from the same quarry in the same style.

43. The Fast Lane -

Forbes magazine recently published an article ranking the best CEOs in the country over the past year. Bill Rhodes, CEO at AutoZone Inc. since 1995, was one of the men who made that list of “best bosses.”

44. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

45. Events -

The Better Business Bureau will host a breakfast seminar Tuesday, March 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Robert Sutton of Mass Mutual Financial Group will discuss government benefits and special needs planning. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $10 for guests. For reservations, call Susan Harris at 757-8617.

46. Worldly View -

Ron Paul would feel right at home in the Economic Club of Memphis audience next week.

Duke University professor Bruce Caldwell will speak to the club Thursday, March 15, to make a presentation titled “Some (mostly) Austrian insights for these trying times.” That’s Austrian, as in the Austrian school of economic thought represented by a particular brand of deficit hawkishness, bailout-ballyhooing and bristling against big government that Paul the perennial Republican presidential candidate loudly champions.

47. AutoZone Reports Profit Up 12.7 Percent -

Whenever Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. has reported quarterly results in recent memory, the headline hasn’t really changed much. Just the numbers do.

48. Events -

The City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development will host a public meeting Monday, Jan. 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. The meeting will discuss the Triangle Noir Redevelopment Project.

49. Events -

LaunchMemphis will present Business BOOSTcamp Saturday, Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee St. Entrepreneurs who are starting a company are encouraged to attend. Industry experts will lead presentations on entrepreneurial problem-solving processes and will offer advice in one-on-one sessions in the afternoon. For more information or to register, visit www.launchmemphis.com.

50. The Merger Effect -

When the merger of Memphis City and Shelby County schools occurs, many private school administrators are hoping refugee students don’t show up at their doors.

It’s not that they wouldn’t be welcomed, said Bill Taylor, president of the Memphis Association of Independent Schools. But as some people wonder if the upcoming transition will spur parents to remove their children from the public school system, Taylor said the majority of the Mid-South’s independent and private school officials aren’t expecting a resulting boost in enrollment.

51. Events -

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Mid-South Roundtable will meet for its annual networking event Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 2100 N. Germantown Parkway, Parish Life Center, room 108. Ted Townsend, Greater Memphis regional director of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, will speak about Gov. Bill Haslam’s jobs initiative. Cost is free. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited. To register, visit www.cscmp.org or email midsouthcscmp@gmail.com.

52. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount accounting firm will continue its series of seminars on how to use QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. The two-hour class costs $75, and seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources. For more information about the QuickBooks seminar series, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

53. AutoZone Q1 Profit Improves 11 Pct. -

Memphis-based auto-parts retailer AutoZone Inc. keeps riding its business model to ever-higher growth, posting an 11 percent jump in its fiscal first-quarter profit and beating Wall Street’s earnings-per-share expectation.

54. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Bill Gibbons, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. For reservations, email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

55. Events -

Kyle Durrie will bring her Moveable Type Truck to Memphis for a print workshop and presentation with Crosstown Arts Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sears Crosstown building, at Cleveland Avenue and North Watkins Street. Visitors can tour the truck and print their own letterpress art to take away. For more information, visit www.powerandlightpress.com or www.type-truck.com.

56. Expectations Higher for AutoZone -

Analysts are forecasting a nearly 18 percent jump in earnings per share when AutoZone Inc., the leading auto parts retailer in the nation, reports quarterly earnings next week.

57. Events -

WKNO-FM will premiere a series by news director Candice Ludlow that will address the issue of gangs in Memphis Wednesday, Nov. 2. The series will air in the morning during “Morning Edition” over the next several weeks. The series examines the Street Crimes Unit program through the eyes of Shelby County Sheriff Sergeant Charles Eldridge, who leads the unit. The program is working to eliminate the presence of gangs and drugs on Memphis’ streets. Morning Edition airs from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekday mornings.

58. Stone Joins Metropolitan Bank As Mortgage Specialist -

Kent Stone has joined Metropolitan Bank as a mortgage specialist.

59. AutoZone Breaks Sales, Profit Records -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the largest auto parts retail chain in the U.S., delivered fiscal fourth quarter results Tuesday, Sept. 20, that included some record-breaking milestones and exceeded Wall Street analyst expectations.

60. AutoZone Sales, Profits Break Records -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the largest auto parts retail chain in the U.S., delivered fiscal fourth quarter results Tuesday, Sept. 20, that included some record-breaking milestones and exceeded Wall Street analyst expectations.

61. AutoZone Caps a ‘Record-Breaking Year’ -

AutoZone Tuesday, Sept. 20, reported quarterly results that cap what the company said is a “record-breaking” year, the same week the auto parts retailer is holding its 2012 national sales meeting here.

62. Driving the Economy -

It doesn’t take much to figure out why a stock like AutoZone’s remains a favorite among investors.

There are about 240 million cars on the road in the U.S. right now, according to Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. specialty retail analyst John R. Lawrence. Meanwhile, the average age of those cars has pushed past the decade mark.

63. Methodist Foundation Honors Health Care Leaders -

The Methodist Healthcare Foundation will honor five recipients during its 2011 Living Awards Benefit, Thursday, Aug. 11. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave.

64. Consortium Promotes Minority Health Equity -

The Consortium for Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research is wrapping up a three-day regional conference held at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St., focused on promoting health equity among minority communities.

65. Q3 Profit, Sales Up for AutoZone -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. turned in a strong fiscal third quarter, despite concerns about whether higher gas prices and bad weather in parts of the country would lead customers to drive their cars less – and thus need to swap out parts less often.

66. AutoZone Profit, Same Store Sales up in Q3 -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. surged past analyst expectations and reported 12.1 percent growth in profit for the third quarter compared to the same period last year, the company reported Tuesday morning.

67. AutoZone Recognizes Top Suppliers -

AutoZone Inc. recognized Great Neck Saw as Extra Miler: Supplier of the Year during the annual AutoZone Vendor Summit held in Memphis.

68. Business Community Supports Teacher Tenure Changes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to make teacher tenure more difficult has the support of key members of the state's business community.

The proposal scheduled for its first vote in the House Education Subcommittee on Wednesday has been endorsed by the chambers of commerce in the state's four largest cities.

69. Rhodes and Foote Family to Make Announcement -

Rhodes College officials and the family of the late Memphis author and historian Shelby Foote will make an announcement about his works Friday on the Midtown college campus at 2000 North Parkway.

70. ‘Clear Leader’ -

AutoZone Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Bill Rhodes told analysts during a presentation of the company’s second quarter results Tuesday morning that the Memphis-based auto parts retailer had its best quarterly performance since the end of 2003 for the period ending Feb. 12.

71. 'Clear Leader': AutoZone sets industry tone with another scorching quarter -

AutoZone Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Bill Rhodes told analysts during a presentation of the company’s second quarter results Tuesday morning that the Memphis-based auto parts retailer had its best quarterly performance since the end of 2003 for the period ending Feb. 12.

72. Bradley Named Mid-South Super Lawyer -

J. Anthony Bradley has been named for the third consecutive year to the Mid-South Super Lawyers for estate planning and probate practice areas.

73. Leadership Academy Luncheon Will Focus on Urban Education -

The Leadership Academy on Thursday hosts the latest installment in its Celebrate What’s Right Luncheon series from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

74. Anthony Siracusa Joins Rhodes College -

Anthony C. Siracusa has been hired as Community Service Coordinator in the Bonner Center for Faith and Service at Rhodes College.

Hometown: Memphis
Education:
Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in history, Rhodes College, 2009.
What was attractive about working at Rhodes?
I was compelled by the Rhodes Vision of graduating students with the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. In the words of former Bonner Foundation President Wayne Meisel, I’m passionate about Rhodes’ interest in moving from a world where we work to feed the poor to a world where soup kitchens are not necessary because we’ve defeated hunger.
What do you hope to accomplish as community service coordinator?
Through the Kinney Program (the college’s campus-wide service-based learning umbrella), I hope to unite students working on a similar issue (e.g., hunger and homelessness or hospitals and health care) for regular meetings and the development of an issue-based action plan to guide current and future community engagement efforts. My hope is that Rhodes students graduate with a deep connection to the Memphis community.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
When I founded Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop in June of 2002, I never thought there would be a day when I worked in the shop and people would introduce themselves and say, “Hi, I’m so and so. Who are you?” To me, Revolutions now stands as a Memphis institution outside of any direct connection to me.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy wrangling with the issues. I enjoy debating the merits of particular courses of action or root causes for the problems that surround us, and I feel fortunate to have the chance to listen to brilliant insight from the people I meet every day. I love building community with people through meaningful work, and I enjoy being with people who hope to move our city and this world from potential to reality.

75. Nevels Takes Reins of BMHC Foundation -

Jenny Nevels has been promoted to executive director of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation.

76. AutoZone Profit Increases 20 Percent -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc.’s net income increased 20 percent and diluted earnings per share increased nearly 34 percent during the first quarter of the company’s 2011 fiscal year, which ended Nov. 20.

77. Auto Parts Chain AutoZone Profit Jumps 20 Percent -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Net income at AutoZone rose 20 percent during the first quarter, the company said Tuesday, as many people continued to sink money into repairing older cars rather than buying new ones.

78. Money Keeps Rolling for AutoZone -

An improved inventory supply system allowed AutoZone Inc. to meet increased demand from cost-conscious consumers during an “extremely hot summer.”

79. FedEx CIO Carter to Highlight Leadership Academy Luncheon -

In May, longtime FedEx CIO and executive vice president of information services Rob Carter joined the likes of pop star Lady Gaga, fashion designer Tom Ford and Oscar-winning director James Cameron on Fast Company’s 2010 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

80. AutoZone 3Q Net Income Climbs on Brisk Parts Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – AutoZone Inc. reported Tuesday that strong sales of automotive replacement parts and several new store openings helped drive net income up 17 percent in its fiscal third quarter.

81. Ritchey, Med Foundation Get Gritty for Hospital -

When Memphians and those in the surrounding areas are faced with the trauma of a gunshot wound, life-threatening burn or car crash, chances are good that they’ll end up at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

82. Cody Named Co-Chair Of Society Of Attorneys General Emeritus -

Attorney Michael Cody of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC was recently named co-chairman of the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE).

83. St. George’s to Host Education Symposium -

St. George’s Independent School has commemorated its 50th anniversary in traditional ways, such as publishing a book on the school’s history and printing posters with the slogan “Celebrating Our Stories, Inspiring Our Tomorrows.”

84. Rove Talks About Bush Years, Memoir -

Karl Rove is a former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to former President George W. Bush. He is also a controversial and influential force in American politics.

Rove talked earlier this month with The Daily News, sister publication of The Memphis News, in advance of a speech he gave at Rhodes College.

85. School Consolidation Nixed in Charter Talks -

Consolidating the Memphis and Shelby County public school systems is off the table as far as the Metro Charter Commission is concerned.

In its first vote on a charter issue since forming in October, the body voted unanimously last week to exclude the school systems from the charter or any charter discussions. The exclusion does not apply to the charter commission’s coming talks about how both school systems would be funded by one local government.

86. AutoZone Q1 Profit Climbs 9 Percent as Sales Grow -

AutoZone Inc. reported Tuesday its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 9 percent, as strapped consumers spent more on repairs for their old cars rather than buying new ones.
The company also said it continued opening new stores during the quarter, while performance at established stores improved.
AutoZone earned $143.3 million, or $2.82 per share, in the three months ended Nov. 21. That’s up from $131.4 million, or $2.23 per share, in the same period last year.
Revenue climbed almost 8 percent to $1.59 billion.
The results beat Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected profit of $2.66 per share on $1.59 billion in revenue.
Sales at stores open at least a year rose almost 6 percent. The metric is considered a key performance indicator for retailers because it measures growth from existing stores rather than newly opened ones.
AutoZone said it repurchased 1.4 million shares of stock during the quarter at a cost of $204 million, which helped boost per-share earnings.
“There is no doubt the financial challenges facing our customers have driven a general sales improvement for our industry,” CEO Bill Rhodes said during a conference call.
That is reflected in the quarter’s sales breakdown, Rhodes added. Sales of products in AutoZone’s maintenance and failure segments grew at a faster rate than sales of discretionary parts, he said.
“Discretionary purchases were at the lowest percentage of our sales mix this quarter versus any of the previous three quarters,” he said.
Memphis-based AutoZone opened 38 new stores in the U.S. and five in Mexico during the quarter. It had 4,265 stores in the U.S. and 193 stores in Mexico at the end of the period.

87. Ashby Brings Immigration Knowledge To Donati Firm -

Bryce W. Ashby recently rejoined the Donati Law Firm LLP after clerking for Judge Bernice Donald in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Ashby, who is fluent in Spanish and has worked extensively as an advocate and organizer in Latino and immigrant communities, practices in labor and employment law and civil rights law.

88. Tenn. Congressional Candidates File Fundraising Records -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he doesn't plan to begin fundraising for the 9th Congressional District race until early next year and he's not concerned about the advantage that might give his opponent.

89. Higgins Named President, CEO At Barge Waggoner -

Robert B. Higgins Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer of engineering, architecture and planning for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.

90. AutoZone Q3 Profit Climbs on Brisk Parts Sales -

Automotive parts retailer AutoZone Inc. on Wednesday reported its fiscal third-quarter profit climbed 9.5 percent, helped by an increase in replacement-part sales as consumers held onto their cars longer.

91. GOP Governor Contenders Line Up Campaign Teams -

Three of the four Republican contenders for Tennessee governor in 2010 have announced key members of their campaign teams in the past week.

The campaign positions aren’t high-profile, but those who fill the jobs are important because their influence and knowledge of how to run a statewide campaign will play a large role in how the candidates are able to get their respective messages to voters.

92. Memphis Benefits From Omnibus Bill -

The $410 billion omnibus spending bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, which had already made its way through the House, contains earmarks for Memphis.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., requested several of the earmarks. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, R-Tenn, requested others.

93. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Will Moore of Atkins Capital Management LLC will present “Positive Things in Memphis.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

94. AutoZone’s Q2 Profit Up 9 Percent -

AutoZone Inc. on Tuesday reported its second-quarter profit jumped 9 percent, boosted by strong demand for its parts and supplies as more customers chose to fix and maintain the vehicles they have rather than buy new ones.

95. Events -

The University of Memphis will host Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams today at 4 p.m. in the Rose Theatre on campus. Williams was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in clearing landmine fields and banning landmines in the future. The lecture is free and open to the public.

96. Events -

The Shelby County Beer Board will meet today at 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

97. Events -

The Freedom Award Dinner and Ceremony will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The annual award ceremony will pay tribute to the people whose accomplishments depict the spirit of the civil rights movement. Faith Hill and Oleta Adams will perform. Cost is $200. For more information, call 521-9699, Ext. 237.

98. Events -

The University of Memphis will host an invitation-only economic forum today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Zone at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. The forum, titled “A National Perspective on Economic Issues: The Intersection of Wall Street, Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue,” will feature U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Greg Gonzales, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions; and Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis.

99. Rhodes College’s Stuart Receives Distinguished Service Award -

Forrest Stuart, director of financial aid at Rhodes College, recently received the Distinguished Service Award at the spring conference of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA).

100. UrbanArt Commission Looks to Color Downtown -

Passersby stroll past the intersection of Main Street and Peabody Place in Downtown and a pulsating beam of green light appears under their feet. Caught off guard but amused, the pedestrians hold out their arms and move a little to see what the beam of light will do.