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1. Regional One Health Expands Footprint -

In the last year, Regional One Health has added about 100 employees and its new name.

Of course, for about three decades it was known as The Regional Medical Center at Memphis – or simply The MED. That officially changed back on Feb. 26 when Regional One Health became the new name for the Shelby County Health Care Corp. and the “umbrella” name for the hospital.

2. Sick Calls Drop, But Benefits Debate Still Volatile -

The Memphis Police Department returned to normal operations Sunday, July 13, for the first time in more than a week with fewer than 350 officers calling in sick.

And the number of sick calls among Memphis firefighters dropped to 60 Sunday, the lowest total for the department since sick calls among firefighters spiked Wednesday, July 9.

3. City Official: No Blue Flu Threshold for National Guard -

The state of Tennessee has offered to direct Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers to Memphis to help fill manpower gaps as a result of the hundreds of Memphis Police officers who’ve called in sick over the last week.

4. Economic Development Growth Engine Looks to Make PILOTs More Effective -

For years, the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive used to recruit or retain jobs in Memphis and Shelby County has been a lightning rod for criticism, particularly from municipal labor unions who view the incentives as corporate welfare that erodes the tax base.

5. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

6. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with executive coach and HR consultant Judy Bell titled “Emotional Intelligence, the Predictor of Success” Thursday, June 26, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. Cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

7. 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.

8. ‘A Step Closer’ -

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

9. Training Ground -

You can’t perfectly simulate a real-life disaster. Dr. Joe Holley knows this better than most.

10. Memphis Health Center Gets $3.3 Million Grant -

The Memphis Health Center Inc., which provides high-quality, affordable health care services to Shelby County citizens, has received $3.3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

11. Memphis Health Center Gets $3.3 Million Grant -

The Memphis Health Center Inc., which provides high-quality, affordable health care services to Shelby County citizens, has received $3.3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

12. Council Begins Decisions on City Financial Changes -

Memphis City Council members took the first steps Tuesday, June 3, toward major changes in pension benefits for city employees and began delving into the details of even broader changes in health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

13. Events -

The Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 7, at 7745 Poplar Pike. Visit gchs.org for a schedule.

14. U.S. Senate Primaries Feature Different Realities -

The statewide primary races for U.S. Senate on the August ballot feature the longest and best-known political back story in Tennessee politics and competing realities about what it takes for Democrats to end their shutout in statewide offices.

15. Council to Discuss Retirement Plan Changes -

Memphis City Council members begin moving Tuesday, June 3, toward the first of three votes on a quartet of ordinances that would fundamentally change health care and pension benefits for city employees.

16. Dykes Joins Family Safety Center as Controller -

Janet Dykes has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as controller. In her new role, she is responsible for all finance, accounting and human resources functions, in addition to providing leadership and coordination in the organization’s administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts.

17. West Clinic’s Midtown Locale Sells for $5.3 Million -

West Clinic’s cancer center at 1580 Union Ave. in Midtown has sold for $5.3 million, one of three centers in the area that sold recently.

18. Grants Prove Bioworks is Delivering Good Results -

One grant is good. Two grants are better.

In 2012, Memphis Bioworks received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Developmental and Job Training Program (EWDJT). The $300,000 grant issued provided training for 110 persons, 65 of whom already have been placed in full-time jobs.

19. Culture of Health -

Twenty-five years ago, Carol Harshman was an aerobics instructor working for a Springfield, Mo., health club.

As someone with a job that allowed her to live out a lifestyle of health and wellness at work, she was in the minority.

20. Parenting Pilot Project Aims To Break Cycle -

The statistics from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study are overwhelming, even sobering.

But most important for leaders in Memphis committed to trying to break a destructive cycle, those same statistics provided the evidence for Greater Memphis to serve as the future site of two pilot “parenting places” that will offer pre-emptive and professional support to parents and caregivers.

21. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold a public meeting about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 6, at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. Drop by for 10 minutes during the open house, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or attend the presentation and Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

22. Events -

Tennessee Genealogical Society will hold its annual spring seminar, featuring certified genealogist Diane Giannini, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; RSVP required. Visit tngs.org.

23. Events -

ArtsMemphis will host the Audiences Everywhere Workshop Tuesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sedgwick CMS training offices, 1100 Ridgeway Loop. Attendees will learn strategic ideas about how to grow their audiences, develop new donors and raise public awareness. Cost is free. Register at artsmemphis.org/events or email lboyer@artsmemphis.org.

24. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “The Taming of the Shrew” Wednesday, April 23, through May 4 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

25. Council to Weigh Pension, School Funding -

Memphis City Council members take a closer look Tuesday, April 1, at recommendations to cut city spending and use the savings to devote to the city’s unfunded pension liability.

Meanwhile, the council votes on a resolution that would set aside $4.8 million a year for the next 12 years to pay the $57 million city government owes Shelby County Schools for cutting city funding to the legacy Memphis City Schools system in 2008.

26. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

27. Memphis Bioworks Leads New Entrepreneurship Venture -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been tapped to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in Memphis called The EPIcenter, the product of one of several so-called moon mission strategies of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

28. Events -

Sales & Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Scott Lackey, founder and president of Meridian Performance Group LLC, will present “Your Strategy Earned You the Opportunity; Don’t Let Your Personality Kill It.” Cost is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

29. Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million -

6555 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $10.4 million
Sale Date: March 7, 2014

30. City Council Continues Pension Talks -

Memphis City Council members continue their discussions Tuesday, March 18, about the city’s unfunded pension liability as well as possible changes in city employee heath care benefits.

But there is still no action on any part of the issues on the council agenda for a vote.

31. Interpreting Health -

Probably, you’ve seen this scene on a television show or in a movie. Some English-speaking authority figure – say, a doctor – can’t communicate with a middle-aged or older person from Mexico.

32. Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million -

An affiliate of Roswell, Ga.-based health care real estate company Richmond Honan Development & Acquisitions LLC has paid $10.4 million for Quince Centre at 6555 Quince Road in East Memphis.

33. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

34. Wharton: City Must Target ‘Black Boy Crime’ -

As President Barack Obama talked from the East Room of the White House last week about violence and young African-American men and boys, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was among a group of mayors meeting in New Orleans who say they are ready to back a new approach to the problem.

35. Events -

Network of Memphis will meet Monday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The topic is “Women Entrepreneurs.” RSVP at networkmemphis.org or rsvp@networkmemphis.org by Friday, Feb. 28.

36. The MED Adopts Umbrella Name -

Two names are better than one, although the new name will get most of the headline treatment.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis – popularly known as The MED for the last three decades – will have a new “umbrella” name: Regional One Health.

37. Improving Disparities -

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

But that is but one of many challenges that lie ahead of a husband-and-wife team of doctors who nine months ago moved from Nashville to Memphis to set up the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome.

38. LeSaint Logistics Expands Memphis Footprint -

Less than a year after arriving in Memphis, LeSaint Logistics is already expanding its operations here.

LeSaint entered the market in July when it leased an initial 57,285 square feet at 3300 Jet Cove inside Memphis International Airport Center. LeSaint is expanding its footprint by 34,015 square feet, a 60 percent increase.

39. Haslam: Medicaid Expansion ‘A Clunker’ -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands critics of his decision so far not to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee. But Haslam said the terms of the increased funding wouldn’t provide better outcomes for users or providers.

40. Business Leaders Optimistic About Local Economy -

As they have for a few quarters now, Memphis-area business leaders continue to acknowledge an incremental sense of optimism about specific aspects of their companies and the economy, according to the results of the third Memphis Economic Indicator.

41. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

42. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

43. NBA Greats Honored on MLK Celebration Day -

Dikembe Mutombo, Bernard King and JoJo White will be part of the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day on Monday, Jan. 20, when the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Pelicans at 4 p.m.

44. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

45. Debt and Liability -

There is rarely a good answer to the question “How much?” in politics.

With issues including the unfunded pension liability, overall debt, and revenue estimates and their validity, City Hall’s overall money problem begins but hardly ends with the question. It won’t be that simple.

46. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

47. Christ Community Opens Women’s Health Center -

The two health care providers that competed two years ago for Shelby County government’s family planning services contract now have facilities in the same block of Poplar Avenue east of East Parkway.

48. Crosstown Team Wins Grant for Greenline Link -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team garnered a $50,000 grant from Shelby County to help link the property with a nearby greenline.

The grant, which was given to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used on design work to extend the nearby Vollintine & Evergreen Greenline, located across North Parkway, through the Crosstown site.

49. Crosstown Team Wins Grant for Greenline Link -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team garnered a $50,000 grant from Shelby County to help link the property with a nearby greenline.

The grant, which was given to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used on design work to extend the nearby Vollintine & Evergreen Greenline, located across North Parkway, through the Crosstown site.

50. Events -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.

51. Commission Approves Employee Conversion Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners at first defeated and then approved a plan Monday, Oct. 28, that would convert some temporary county government positions to full-time jobs and eliminate more temporary positions across county government and within the offices of countywide elected officials.

52. Commission Approves Employee Conversion Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners at first defeated and then approved a plan Monday, Oct. 28, that would convert some temporary county government positions to full-time jobs and eliminate more temporary positions across county government and within the offices of countywide elected officials.

53. Commission Delays EDGE Appointment Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners put off a vote Monday, Oct. 28, on a “resolution of intent” in which the commission would withhold approval of city government nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – until the city pays its full share of the cost of the economic development organization.

54. Healthy Memphis Common Table Marks 10 Years of Promoting Health -

With a motto of “eat healthy, eat less and move more,” Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT) has made its mark in the local community during the past decade, encouraging the public to lead healthier lifestyles and to “get activated” with their health and health care options.

55. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider. “I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

56. Yuletide Office Solutions Adapts to Changing Industry -

Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider.

“I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”

57. Memphis Economic Indicator Shows Business Optimism -

The results of the second Memphis Economic Indicator, a new survey measuring general business sentiment jointly produced by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, reflect a modest overall improvement in optimism among business leaders compared to last quarter’s survey results.

58. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

59. Committee Explores Government Health Insurance Costs -

When those who know the details of health insurance plans used in city and county government, and those used at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and Shelby County Schools, sat down around a table last week, they quickly came to the conclusion that their workforces are essentially the same demographic.

60. Cohen Pushes Medicaid Expansion in Wake of Shutdown -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, got a lift back to his district from Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., at the end of a long week in Washington in which Congress ended the government shutdown just as it was hours from intersecting with the debt ceiling.

61. Commission Approves Prison Medical Contract -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, Oct. 14, an $18.2 million annual contract with Correct Care Solutions LLC to provide medical services to prisoners at the Shelby County jail and inmates at the county corrections center. The contract includes four one-year renewal periods and is the highest-dollar contract on which the commission votes.

62. Meyers Returns to Roots at Glankler Brown -

Robert Meyers has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as a member, and it isn’t his first time around this block. He worked for the firm as a newly licensed attorney right out of law school.

63. Brokers Capitalize on Health Marketplace Problems -

Group Benefits LLC is growing its business by helping local businesses evaluate group health options on and off the new health insurance exchange and comply with the Affordable Care Act.

64. Commission Approves Prison Medical Contract -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, Oct. 14, an $18.2 million annual contract with Correct Care Solutions LLC to provide medical services to prisoners at the Shelby County jail and inmates at the county corrections center. The contract includes four one-year renewal periods and is the highest-dollar contract on which the commission votes.

65. Shelby County Schools To Apply For Head Start Funding -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Monday, Oct. 14, the school system will apply for $23 million in federal Head Start funding that now goes to Shelby County government.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said Monday, Oct. 14, Porter-Leath children’s service will also make a bid for the Head Start contract county government now operates.

66. County Leaders Blast Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone Financing Plan -

Shelby County government leaders say a city plan to use incremental sales tax revenue within a tourism development zone to revitalize the Fairgrounds will take the share of that revenue that goes to Shelby County Schools.

67. Head Start Funding Deadline Looms for County -

Shelby County Commissioners will probably talk again Monday, Oct. 14, about who should apply for $23 million in federal funding for the Head Start program.

Last month the commission approved a resolution urging Shelby County Schools to apply for the early childhood development program now administered by Shelby County government.

68. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will continue its Weave Your Own Web social media training series on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

69. Cohen, Fincher Embody Washington Divide -

The two congressmen who represent Shelby County in Washington couldn’t disagree more on the cause of the government shutdown and its coming intersection with the national debt ceiling.

“It’s the Republicans that are the problem,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said Monday, Oct. 7, before leaving Memphis to catch a flight for Washington. “It’s folly what they are talking about, and they know that now. … They wanted a government shutdown – yippee-ki-yay.”

70. Coston-Holloway Finds Myriad Ways to Give Back -

Joann Coston-Holloway, an associate with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, is Shelby County’s district representative for the Tennessee Bar Association.

One of her roles is helping plan the Young Lawyers Division’s upcoming Wills for Heroes event, where attorneys will provide basic wills, living wills, and health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or partners.

71. Events -

Healthy Memphis Common Table, Healthy Shelby and Qsource will host Care About Your Care on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The event focuses on how health care professionals can work together to improve care transitions to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Cost is free. Register at healthymemphis.org.

72. County Commission to Vote on Head Start Push to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a resolution Monday, Sept. 23, that encourages the countywide school system to apply to take over the $23 million federal government grant county government now gets to operate a Head Start program.

73. Coffield Finds Home to Contribute to Memphis -

When Ashley Coffield accepted the position as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region last spring, it was a sort of homecoming for the Rhodes College graduate.

Only, she didn’t have to move at all.

74. Carr Brings US Senate Bid to Memphis -

Republican state Rep. Joe Carr brought his challenge of incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to Memphis Saturday, Sept. 7, in the latest of a series of closed meetings with tea party partisans that amount to a tea party primary.

75. Webb Builds on Reputation of Integrity, Efficiency -

Long before the county and city would cleave their school systems, Shelby County Schools saw unprecedented growth as more and more residents filled the neighborhoods that seemed to appear overnight like springtime daffodils.

76. Influence1 Files $2.6 Million Loan for Former Bishop Byrne -

1475 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Maturity Date: Aug. 23, 2024
Borrower: The Influence1 Foundation
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Influence1 Foundation, the Memphis-based organization that bought the former Bishop Byrne High School in June, has filed a $2.6 million loan on the property, at 1475 E. Shelby Drive in Whitehaven.

77. School Board Recognizes Labor, Gets Security Update -

Interim countywide schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson told the school board Tuesday, Aug. 27, that “jurisdiction issues” between the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were the primary cause of security problems at schools this month.

78. School Board Recognizes Labor Groups, Moves Toward Smaller Size -

The last meeting of the 23-member countywide school board ended Tuesday, Aug. 27, with gift bags for the 16 school board members whose positions are abolished Friday, as the month ends.

The board becomes a seven-member body starting Sept. 1, dropping the nine legacy Memphis City Schools board positions and the seven legacy Shelby County Schools board positions that were part of the board starting in October 2011.

79. 23-Member School Board Holds Final Meeting -

The countywide school board holds its last meeting as a 23-member body Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Effective Sept. 1, the transitional board slims down to seven members elected in 2012 from seven districts that cover all of Shelby County, including the city of Memphis.

80. Commission, Attorney Meet in Closed Session -

Shelby County Commissioners met Monday, Aug. 19, in a closed-door executive session with attorney Lori Patterson, who, along with attorney Leo Bearman, represents the commission in the federal court lawsuit over the schools merger and the formation of suburban school districts.

81. Neighborhood Vitality -

The history at the Four-Way Restaurant is as rich and soulful as the food.

The walls of the South Memphis institution are decorated with photographs of politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders and civil rights icons – including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who made the famous restaurant at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue a “home away from home.”

82. Commission, Attorney Meet in Closed Session -

Shelby County Commissioners met Monday, Aug. 19, in a closed-door executive session with attorney Lori Patterson, who, along with attorney Leo Bearman, represents the commission in the federal court lawsuit over the schools merger and the formation of suburban school districts.

83. Commission Drops Fire/Ambulance Utility District For Now -

The idea of a utility district for fire and ambulance services in unincorporated Shelby County and several of the smaller suburban towns and cities was voted down Monday, Aug. 19, by the Shelby County Commission.

84. Commission Weighs Fire and Ambulance District Legislation -

Shelby County Commissioners may go to Nashville with the new year, seeking state legislation to create a utility board and district for fire and ambulance service in unincorporated Shelby County, Lakeland, Arlington and Millington.

85. Insurers Limit Providers to Drive Down Costs -

In a bid to halt rising health care costs, local insurance carriers are pushing lower-cost plans with fewer choices of physicians and hospitals.

The tradeoff: In exchange for lower overall health care costs, some Americans may have to switch physicians or end up paying higher out-of-network rates to keep their longtime family doctor.

86. Cohen Moves On From Week of Controversy -

With a two-year term of office, members of Congress are never far from re-election mode.

The odd-numbered years are off-election years but not years with time off from politics or the incumbent’s advantage of a record in Washington to tout.

87. Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career -

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.

88. Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career -

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.

89. Collierville Mental Health Contractor Sentenced -

MEMPHIS (AP) – A federal judge in Memphis has sentenced a state contract mental health counselor to three years in prison for fraud.

The Department of Justice announced 44-year-old Dr. Mechelle D. Toles of Collierville was sentenced Tuesday on her guilty plea to one count of health care fraud.

90. Salomon Helps Clients Navigate Estate Planning -

For Jason Salomon, an attorney with the trusts estate and personal planning service team of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, the kinetic needs of his clients and the challenges turned into opportunities keep him involved and excited on a daily basis.

91. Team Effort -

A decade ago, about 15 out of every 1,000 infants born in Shelby County were dying before the age of 1 – one of the worst rates in the U.S., and worse than in many developing countries.

In Shelby County, many infants die because they are born too early or too small, said Dr. Giancarlo Mari, chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a leading specialist in maternal and fetal medicine. Birth defects, prematurity and maternal complications from pregnancy also are leading causes of infant deaths in the first year of life, he said.

92. Culture of Health -

Local businesses are encouraging employees to get up, get out and get moving by offering wellness programs and financial incentives.

Companies including Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz PC and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South have signed on for new initiatives like the Memphis Business Group on Health’s (MBGH) CEO Culture of Health program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthy Worksite Program, with an end goal of helping employees become more active and ultimately lowering health insurance costs.

93. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

94. Advisory Board to Examine Community Health Needs -

Dr. David Stern, executive dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has launched a unique effort to address community health needs in Memphis.

“It’s my belief that a medical school has a very unique opportunity to interact with the community,” Stern said. “I consider our community to be a very important laboratory – it is an underserved, minority community that is in ill health. The biggest contribution we can make is to move the needle on overall community health and to develop new methods that we can apply to other communities like Memphis.”

95. Methodist University Hospital Begins Emergency Department Expansion -

Methodist University Hospital has begun construction on a $33.5 million expansion and renovation of its emergency department.

Jamie Carter, interim CEO for Methodist University Hospital, said the aging facility isn’t large enough to accommodate the hospital’s growing number of emergency department visitors.

96. Advisory Board Formed For UTHSC College of Medicine -

City leaders gathered earlier last week at the Hamilton Eye Institute boardroom at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine over concerns about health care and higher education in Memphis.

The 18 meeting attendees, including Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, and local CEOs and civic leaders, formed an ongoing advisory board for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. The advisory group will provide evidence and value-based approaches to delivering health care to physicians-in-training as well as finding new ways to reach out to the community.

97. Commission to Vote on $4.38 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, July 8, on a new county property tax rate of $4.38.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

98. Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director' -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to hire a city “revenue officer” as a next step in efforts to change financial practices at City Hall.

Wharton also set a schedule of monthly goals through the end of 2013 to discuss with the council such major financial issues as pension plan obligations and employee benefits.

99. Cox: Airport Could See More Competition -

Airports that once served as major hubs won’t likely regain their previous level of flight service, and if they do, it could take decades, Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority told members of the board and airport officials.

100. Fresh Start -

Years ago, after leaving the 9-to-5 of the corporate world, Cathy McKee decided she wanted to get more serious about cooking.