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1. Take a Right at Candyland, Cruise Down Memory Lane -

Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.

2. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards? -

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.

3. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present the dark comedy “The Lyons” Friday, May 30, through June 22, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

4. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present the dark comedy “The Lyons” Friday, May 30, through June 22, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

5. Tackling the ‘Taboo’ -

Bill Courtney is adamant – which, if you know him, is a redundancy – that he has not written a political book.

6. Republicans to Back Obama's Student Loan Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are willing to give President Barack Obama a rare win, the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee said Thursday in outlining a deal that would let college students avoid a costly hike on their student loans.

7. 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.

8. I’m Lucky to Know Bea -

REMARKABLE CONNECTIONS. After last week’s column, Bea dropped me a thoughtful email note as she often does about whatever I’m writing about. My story about Linda Courtney and her son Bill struck a common chord, and Bea wanted to share.

9. Single-Handed Success Story -

SINGULAR PERFORMANCE. The White Station Class of 1966, the year ahead of mine, had two Academy Award winners – one you’ve heard of and one you haven’t.

That was some class. Physicist, gray matter repository and best-selling author Alan Lightman was in it. Federal judge and arbiter of public education’s future in Shelby County Hardy Mays was in it. John Vergos, former courageous city council maverick and scion to Rendezvous rib royalty, was in it. Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates was in it.

10. Events -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will host the 2013 Residential Real Estate Summit Tuesday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors chief economist, will discuss the current state of the local and national real estate market. Cost is free. Visit maar.org/residentialsummit to register.

11. Events -

University of Memphis Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and Students Advocating Service will kick off Act! Speak! Build! Week Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St. Guests include Sen. Reginald Tate and Jessica Hord of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Cost is free. Visit memphishabitat.com.

12. Courtney to Speak at HopeWorks Event -

Memphis-based HopeWorks Inc. is hosting its fifth annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraising event next month at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova.

13. 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.

14. Events -

Memphis City Beautiful and Memphis Botanic Garden will plant an Arizona Cypress as part of an Arbor Day ceremony Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at the garden’s horticulture center, 750 Cherry Road. Cost is free and will include a tree-seedling giveaway. Cherry tree seedlings will be available for sale. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

15. Courtney to Speak at HopeWorks Event -

Memphis-based HopeWorks Inc. is hosting its fifth annual Morning of Hope breakfast and fundraising event next month at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova.

16. Events -

The Blues Foundation will host the 29th annual International Blues Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 2, in Beale Street venues and other Downtown locations. Visit blues.org for a schedule and tickets.

17. 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.

18. Events -

The Blues Foundation will host the 29th annual International Blues Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 2, in Beale Street venues and other Downtown locations. Visit blues.org for a full schedule and tickets.

19. HOPE Scholarship Funding Running Out for Some -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A legislative bill passed two sessions ago is catching up with students who have lottery scholarships, and many find their funding severely cut.

A 2011 statute limits HOPE Scholarship funding to the minimum hours required for a degree program. The change affected students who were already in college as well as those entering higher education.

20. Local Attorneys Celebrate Pro Bono Month -

The Memphis legal community will continue a tradition next month that began a few years ago, in which the pro bono efforts of legal professionals are celebrated, encouraged and promoted for the entire month of October.

21. Evans Joins American Esoteric as Vice President -

Dr. Jess Evans has joined American Esoteric Laboratories as vice president of technical operations. In his new role, Evans is responsible for instrumentation, personnel, operational performance and quality assurance for the Memphis laboratory.

22. Bill and Karyn Frist End Marriage -

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and his wife of 31 years, Karyn, have divorced.

Family spokeswoman Beth Seigenthaler Courtney said in a statement that the Frists “ask for prayers, understanding and privacy at this time.”

23. US Homes Cracking Due to Drought-Parched Soil -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carol DeVaughan assumed her suburban St. Louis home was simply settling when cracks appeared in the walls. When she noticed huge gaps between her fireplace and ceiling, and that her family room was starting to tilt, she knew she had bigger problems.

24. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners – Memphis will meet Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. Author and trainer Jodi Santangel will present “Cracking the Code to Connecting Powerfully With People.” Cost is $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

25. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will address the Collierville board of aldermen Monday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at Collierville Town Hall, 500 Poplar View Parkway. The open forum will include an update on property tax revenue and future economic trends affecting the community. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

26. Crowder Joins MCCA To Manage New Product Line -

Mack Crowder has joined Memphis Consumer Credit Association as director of business continuity and risk. In his new role, Crowder will manage the start-up and growth of a new product line of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for MCCA.

27. 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.

28. Luncheon To Honor’s City’s Cinematic Stars -

Film director Craig Brewer, “Undefeated” star Bill Courtney, and Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler are among those who’ll be honored Wednesday, May 9, as Carnival Memphis salutes the Mid-South’s movie and film industry during its annual Business & Industry Salute Luncheon.

29. Pair of Guests Coming Up at Chamber Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has some big newsmakers scheduled to be featured at some of its upcoming “A Conversation With” series.

First up, Classic American Hardwoods president Bill Courtney – who’s also the coach featured in the recent Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated” – will speak to a chamber audience Friday, April 20, at The Peabody hotel. Trust One Bank is the title sponsor of the lunchtime presentation, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it will include highlights from Courtney’s involvement in turning around the football program at Manassas High School.

30. Events -

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

31. 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.

32. Manassas High’s Story Part of Memphis’ Story -

Alocal white businessman volunteers to lead a struggling inner-city football team to an undefeated season, yielding an Oscar-winning documentary film.

It sounds like a story right out of the pages of the old Manassas High School that stood for decades in the center of a North Memphis that no longer exists – racially segregated by law, a place where factories stood along side modest neighborhoods.

33. Revealing Character -

Not long after the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Undefeated” during the 84th annual Academy Awards, the film’s big-name executive producer excitedly sent out a flurry of tweets.

34. 'Undefeated' Doc Picks Up Oscar Win -

A documentary about one season in the football program at Manassas High School in North Memphis – and Bill Courtney, the volunteer, tough-love coach who led them through the year – won an Academy Award Sunday night for best documentary feature.

35. "Undefeated" Wins Oscar for Best Documentary -

A documentary about one season in the football program at Manassas High School in North Memphis won an Academy Award Sunday night for best documentary feature.

“Undefeated” chronicles the highs and lows of what had been a struggling team at an inner-city school that at one point was so hard up for money it resorted to what from the outside might seem like a desperate move: The Manassas team was charging far better teams to beat it by wide margins so it could raise money for the season.

36. The Coach’s Calling -

Earlier this week, Manassas High School principal James Griffin was shopping at a Sam’s Club store and was stopped by several people raving about “Undefeated,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about one season in a hard-fought turnaround of the Manassas football program that could earn an Academy Award this weekend.

37. ‘Undefeated’ Puts City in Limelight -

It’s been seven years since the made-in-Memphis movie “Walk the Line” won an Oscar for Best Actress and had four other nominations, but at this year’s Academy Awards – set for Feb. 26 – Memphis will be back in the spotlight.

38. Congress Pushes Back on Healthier School Lunches -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?

In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.

39. ‘Undefeated’ Highlights Indie Festival -

Two true but very different stories of triumph and trials in Memphis will lead the schedule at the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, Nov. 3-6.

Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said the festival wasn’t intended to have such a hometown focus but the timing was right for a pair of award-winning films set locally.

40. Obsidian PR Preps For South Main Move -

Obsidian Public Relations is relocating less than a mile from its current office, in efforts to establish a presence in the South Main Historic Arts District by having its own creative space that will allow plenty of room for growth.

41. Callan Joins Methodist as Perioperative Director -

Thomas E. Callan has joined Methodist University Hospital as administrative director of perioperative services.

Hometown: New York City
Education: I earned a master of arts in health care administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I also received my bachelor of science degree with majors in nursing, biology and psychology from The George Washington University.
Work Experience: More than 39 years of progressive responsible experience in hospital, health system management and managed care from both a provider and a third-party reimbursement perspective. For the past 31 years, I have served as a program director, senior consultant, senior health system administrator and patient care administrator.
Favorite quote: “One is not defined by their abilities, but rather by their choices.”
Last book read: “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein
Favorite music: Blues and jazz
Favorite movie: “The Lion in Winter”
Sports team: New York Yankees
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy traveling and playing amateur softball.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? The person who has had the greatest influence on me is a former supervisor who taught me that it is all about taking risks in order to succeed.
Why did you pursue a career in health care administration? I chose a career in health care administration because I felt it was the most logical step to provide the maximum effect in health care.
What drew you to Methodist University Hospital? What attracted me to Methodist is the organization’s approach to patient- and family-centered care.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I consider some of my greatest accomplishments to include managing major managed care contracts that exceeded revenues of $250 million; designing and implementing a specialty care transplant contract inclusive of pre-operative, operative and post-operative care; and performing as the corporate clinical resource for contract negotiations for other specialty care areas including HIV and thoracic surgery.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy having the opportunity to mentor other people.

42. City Prepares for Mississippi River Crest -

As the week began the coalition of emergency responders across Shelby County had already gone from planning to action.

The groups got highly detailed marching orders Friday morning from Shelby County preparedness director Bob Nations, who coordinated with dozens of agencies across local, state and federal government boundaries in putting together the master plan.

43. Dodging the Deluge -

The last time the Memphis river gauge was this high, Memphis was a much different place. In 1937 when the Mississippi River at Memphis topped 48.7 feet, Mud Island was really an island with no levee connecting it to the city and the Wolf River flowing between it and the city proper. Parts of the city were still rural as was the county outside Memphis. Today’s suburban development was a long way off, and Millington was still a few years away from getting the Naval Air Station.

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

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

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

45. Obama's Health Care Pitch to Democrats: Trust Me -

WASHINGTON (AP) - In private pitches to Democrats, President Barack Obama says he will persuade Congress to pass his health care overhaul even if it kills him and even if he has to ask deeply distrustful lawmakers to trust him on a promise the White House doesn't have the power to keep.

46. International Growth Gives Classic American Hardwoods Advantage -

Classic American Hardwoods Inc. President Bill Courtney said he runs his business according to an old adage: “When they’re yelling, be selling. When they’re crying, be buying.”

47. Hardwood Business Files Loan on Property -

Memphis Land Development LLC has filed a $6.9 million deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents, and security agreement through First Tennessee Bank NA on its North Memphis property. The loan was filed Nov. 25.

48. O'Connor Uses Sales Techniques to Collect On Delinquent Accounts -

Typically, the mention of a bill collector brings to mind an image of a debtor huddling over a telephone in the shadows checking a caller ID screen or just trying to avoid the ever-vigilant caller altogether.

49. Young Realtor Finds Quick Success Owning Her Own Franchise -

Amy S. Chapman began selling real estate when she was a sophomore at Christian Brothers University. She can recall having her classes interrupted by phone calls from clients.

"It was kind of interesting because at that time we had pagers, and of course cell phones too, but minutes were so expensive," she said.

50. Ad Agency Owner Took the Road Less Traveled -

With a swig from a drink called Courage, the careful stockpiling of notes culled from informal chats and the selection of business books he would wake up each morning at 4:30 to study, Sheperd Simmons was ready to get started.

51. Events -

The Association for Women in Communications meets today at 11:45 a.m. in the sunroom of the Junior League of Memphis, 3475 Central Ave. Lillian F. Johnson, Memphis Public Library & Information Center public relations supervisor, is the guest speaker. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Contact Dianne Calhoun at calhoun@memphis.edu.

52. Archived Article: Newsmakers - HEADLINE

AdFed Names Pyramid Award Winners

The Memphis Advertising Federation named Robert Vornbrock and Glenna Rogers-Ward ad man and ad woman of the year at its 2005 Pyramid Awards ceremony. Vornbrock, president of diversified communications...

53. Archived Article: Memos - Shelby County Deputy Kevin Helms was chosen by the National Rifle Association as Officer of the Year for 2002

Shelby County Deputy Kevin Helms was chosen by the National Rifle Association as Officer of the Year for 2002. Helms, currently assigned...

54. Archived Article: Daily Digest - House passes

House approves

bankruptcy bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus bankruptcy reform measure Wednesday, the seventh time such a measure has passed in recent years. The bipartisan vote was 315-113, with 90 Democr...

55. Archived Article: Memos - Mark Askew, principal-in-charge of Memphis engineering firm Askew, Hargraves, Harcourt & Associates, was installed as presiden

Mark Askew, principal-in-charge of Memphis engineering firm Askew, Hargraves, Harcourt & Associates, was instal...