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1. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

2. Golf Tourney Welcoming Deep Field -

A year ago, former University Georgia standout Harris English tamed TPC Southwind for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, holding off Phil Mickelson and three others in the final round.

“I have a lot of good thoughts for this place,” English said Wednesday, on the eve of the 57th FedEx St. Jude Classic that tees off the morning of Thursday, June 5.

3. Cannon Works for Golf Tournament's Success -

The putter and a few white golf balls sit next to a wall in Phil Cannon’s office at TPC Southwind. It seems logical, the long-time director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic having golf equipment within easy reach.

4. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

5. 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.

6. Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries -

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

7. Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls -

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

8. Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears -

The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy brought the Democratic primary race for county mayor to four as he filed his qualifying petition Monday afternoon.

9. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The sale will feature house plants, custom potting, terrariums and garden gift items. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

10. Fields Begin to Gel for May and August Ballots -

With two weeks to the filing deadline for candidates in the May Shelby County primary elections and two months to the deadline for those in the August state and federal primaries and county nonpartisan elections, the fields have solidified enough that some political players are weighing their prospects for a late entry before the filing deadlines.

11. 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.

12. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and the Delta Sigma Theta Memphis Alumnae Chapter will hold “Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative” Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The event will include a small-business resource center, legal clinic, Homebuyer’s Corner, H.O.M.E. financial literacy and budgeting workshop, and more. Visit memphisalumnaedst.org.

13. Tax Dead Dilemma -

The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”

14. Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital -

Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

15. Kroger CEO Dillon to Retire in January -

Kroger CEO David Dillon will retire from that post when the new year begins but will stay on for another year as chairman. President and Chief Operating Officer W. Rodney McMullen will step into the CEO role as part of its long-term succession plan.

16. Kroger to Buy Harris Teeter for About $2.44 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kroger, the country’s largest traditional supermarket operator, said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash, boosting its presence in key Southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets.

17. California Company Buys Former Quebecor Facility -

828 E. Holmes Road Memphis, TN 38116

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: Feb. 15, 2013

18. Technicolor Warehouse Sells for $25.2 Million -

The 922,500-square-foot Technicolor warehouse at 4155 E. Holmes Road in Oakhaven has sold for $25.2 million following a foreclosure.

19. Memphis Bar Association Announces New Positions -

The Memphis Bar Association has its new officers for 2013.

Linda Warren Seely, director of private attorney involvement with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., is the 2013 president. Kirk Caraway, an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC, is the new vice president. Tommy Parker, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is the new secretary/treasurer.

20. Memphis Bar Association Announces New Positions -

The Memphis Bar Association has its new officers for 2013.

Linda Warren Seely, director of private attorney involvement with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., is the 2013 president. Kirk Caraway, an attorney with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC, is the new vice president. Tommy Parker, an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is the new secretary/treasurer.

21. Ciaramitaro Joins Grace-St. Luke’s as School Counselor -

Licensed clinical social worker Courtney Ciaramitaro has joined Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as school counselor. She will work primarily with middle school students.

Hometown: Memphis

22. Council Delays Anti-Discrimination Vote For Legal Opinions -

The Memphis City Council amended an anti-discrimination ordinance covering city government to include banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the council then delayed a vote on the ordinance for a month after the city attorney and the council’s attorney raised questions about whether the addition amounts to a change in the city charter.

23. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

24. In the Balance -

Memphis City Council members hope to wrap up budget committee hearings Tuesday, May 22, including a public comment period Tuesday evening at City Hall.

But with a third and final reading on budget and tax rate ordinances scheduled for the group’s first meeting in June, the council lacks a master plan for reworking the Wharton administration’s $628.3 million budget proposal.

25. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist -

Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.

26. Events -

The HIV/AIDS Network 2012 Conference will be held Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. The topic is “Responding to Challenges in the Mid-South.” Pre-registration is $25 and onsite registration is $35. Visit www.hivmemphis.org for more information or to register.

27. Just Keep Reading -

Last July I wrote of Robert Harris’ “Imperium” and “Conspirata,” novels about the life of Cicero. The third of Harris’ trilogy on the Roman lawyer and consul is slated for release this year.

28. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will continue its breakfast series with its Holiday Open House & Networking Party Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The party will include breakfast and informal networking. For reservations, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

29. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will continue its breakfast series with its Holiday Open House & Networking Party Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The party will include breakfast and informal networking. For reservations, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

30. Events -

Literacy Mid-South will host a holiday open house and book drive Friday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at its office, 902 S. Cooper St. Guests can bring new children’s books to donate to the book drive, which will serve children across the city. For more information, call 327-6000 or visit www.literacymidsouth.org.

31. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “Social Media Update” Thursday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Memphis – Southaven, 280 Marathon Way in Southaven. Registration for the free event begins at 7:30 a.m. The briefing will address issues related to the National Labor Relations Act, including whether a company’s social media policy violates the act. To register, visit www.bakerdonelson.com/events or email rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

32. Burch Porter Attorneys Named Super Lawyers -

Fourteen Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC attorneys have been included in the 2011 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.

33. Council Candidate Harris Announces Endorsements -

District 7 City Council candidate Lee Harris opened the early voting period in advance of the Nov. 10 runoff by announcing the endorsements of six rivals from the Oct. 6 council race.

34. Brucker Joins McManus Reilly As Investment, Insurance Adviser -

Edward Brucker III has joined McManus Reilly Financial Foresight as investment and insurance adviser.

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Education: Master of business administration from University of Phoenix

35. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.

And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

36. Sneed Promoted At Humane Society -

Kerry Sneed has been promoted to community outreach and humane education coordinator at the Humane Society of Memphis.

37. Sanon Joins Agape As Director of Operations -

Julie Sanon has joined Agape Child & Family Services as director of operations.

Hometown: Leesburg, Fla.

Education: Psychology major from Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts

38. Cifuentes New HR Manager At ServiceMaster -

Viviana Cifuentes has joined ServiceMaster by Stratos as human resources manager. Hometown: I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in New York City.

Education: I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College in New York City.

39. 4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections -

Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.

40. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors will meet Tuesday, July 12, at 9 a.m. in the CCC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

41. Bloom Joins Good Advertising -

Audra Bloom has joined Good Advertising as senior account manager.

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio

42. Understanding Chinese Law Key to Biz There, Panel Says -

Memphis companies and entrepreneurs hungry to enter new markets have a vast opportunity waiting for them in China, a land of more than one billion people who increasingly have money to burn.

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s International Business Council hosted a panel discussion this week with local and international experts to help Memphis businesspeople figure out how to grab a piece of that pie. Success in doing so, they said, includes familiarity with Chinese and international law, something that might sound like a no-brainer but might easily trip up the unaware.

43. Burch Porter & Johnson Attorneys Recognized -

Fifteen Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC attorneys have been included in the 2010 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.

44. Shoppes at Misty Meadows Sells to Hariom Enterprise -

3810 Hacks Cross Road
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $1.9 Million

Sale Date:Sept. 22, 2010
Buyer:Hariom Enterprise Inc.
Seller:The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. NA, as trustee for Morgan Stanley Capital I Inc. commercial mortgage pass-through certificates, series 2007-IQ14
Loan Amounts:$950,000; $760,000
Loan Dates:Oct. 8, 2010
Maturity Dates:Oct. 8, 2020; April 8, 2011
Lender:Landmark Community Bank

45. Indie Memphis Gets Boost with ‘Savage County’ Premiere -

Indie filmmaker David Harris of Los Angeles is new to the world of feature-length films, but he fell in love with Memphis while shooting his first long piece on a shoestring budget here.

46. Memphis Film Premieres at Studio on the Square -

The MTV New Media horror film “Savage County” will premiere Sept. 30 at Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave.

47. White Station Principal, Former School Administrator Indicted -

The principal and former assistant principal of White Station High School have been indicted by the Shelby County grand jury for their failure to report to police an assault on a student during the 2009-2010 school year.

48. Burch Porter Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers -

Seventeen attorneys from Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been named to the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

49. Judicial Nominating Commission Seeks Leader -

The state commission that recommends finalists for judicial vacancies has a vacancy of its own.

Bill Young of Chattanooga is acting chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission following the resignation of former JNC Chairman David Bautista of Johnson City.

50. Judge Derails Class-Action Status For Nurse Wage Suit -

A last-ditch attempt to gain class-action status for a lawsuit alleging that Memphis hospitals conspired to suppress nurse wages has failed.

U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. has denied a motion to allow a substitute plaintiff. He issued the order last week after ruling in September that the two originally named plaintiffs did not adequately represent nurses in the Memphis area.

51. French Quarter Suites Hotel Bought Back by Original Owner -

2144 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amounts: $1 Million; $300,000; $200,000

Sale Dates:Nov. 20, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, 2009
Buyer:FQI LLC
Sellers:Lodgian Memphis Property Owner LLC, Horace and Ann Proctor, and Martha D. Sutton
Loan Amount:$1.3 million
Loan Date:Nov. 30, 2009
Maturity Date:Nov. 20, 2010
Lender:Triumph Bank

52. BancorpSouth Reclaims Three Vacant Properties -

BancorpSouth Bank has bought back three parcels totaling 51.7 acres of land in a substitute trustee’s deed following a foreclosure. The Tupelo, Miss.-based bank paid $1.2 million for two pieces of farmland and one vacant residential lot – all in unincorporated Southeast Shelby County – on the courthouse steps Nov. 10 from substitute trustee David J. Harris of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC.

53. Commission To Interview Ford Replacement Applicants -

For the second time in a year, Shelby County Commission members are about to change the makeup of the 13-member body.

Commissioners today will interview applicants for the District 3, Position 3 seat Joe Ford is giving up to become interim Shelby County mayor. The meeting is set for 10 a.m.

54. Burch Porter Attys Honored By Mid-South Super Lawyers -

Fourteen attorneys at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been included in the 2009 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.

55. Hope Foundation Sees Significant Donation Boost -

The Hope Christian Community Foundation is celebrating Thanksgiving early with prayers of gratitude for the spirit of giving in Memphis, which has not faltered despite a prolonged recession.

The largest Christian community foundation in the United States, it has assets of about $55 million, but its strategy is to share that wealth rather than build endowments. It is on track to break records in 2009. For the first nine months of this year, the foundation has received $24 million, an increase of 18 percent from the same period a year ago.

56. Charges Against White Station Principals Deeply Rooted -

When the school year began about two months ago, city school teachers and administrators across the city watched a video featuring Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons.

57. Principals Charged with Failure to Report Assault -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis high school principal and assistant principal have been charged with failure to report an assault against a student.

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced the charges on Monday against principal David Mansfield and assistant principal Eric Harris. They are charged with violation of duty to report, a misdemeanor.

58. White Station Principal and Asst. Principal Charged With Misdemeanor -

The principal and assistant principal of White Station High School have been charged with failing to report an assault on a student at the East Memphis school.

District Attorney General Bill Gibbons announced the criminal charges Monday afternoon against Principal David Mansfield and Assistant Principal Eric Harris.

59. Baker Donelson’s Williams Appointed To Volunteer Leadership Role at ILTA -

Merideth L. Williams has been appointed to the volunteer leadership role of conference vice president in the International Legal Technology Association. She will work with other volunteers in the delivery of educational programming to members of ILTA.

60. U of M Names Murrell Assistant Dean of Distance Education -

Dr. Vicki Murrell has been named assistant dean of distance education for the University of Memphis.

61. Enclave Partnership Files Loan For 19 Lots of Enclave at Sparkle Creek -

Enclave at Sparkle Creek Planned Development
Unincorporated Shelby County
Loan Amount: $1.5 Million

Loan Date: Aug. 13, 2009
Maturity Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Borrower: The Enclave Partnership
Lender: Merchants & Planters Bank

62. Welch Investments’ Retail Center Foreclosed -

The strip center at 2564 Appling Road near Bartlett has been foreclosed and will be sold on the courthouse steps in a substitute trustee’s sale, according to a notice that appears beginning on Page 39 of today’s print edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

63. Head of Tenn. Gun Advocacy Group Not Registered to Lobby -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Firearms Association head John Harris, a driving force behind a slew of gun bills in the Legislature this year, is not registered as a lobbyist.

64. Beale Street Case Transferred To Different Judge -

One of three separate Chancery Court cases involving control of the Beale Street Entertainment District has been transferred to the special judge handling the largest and oldest case.

Chancellor Arnold Goldin Thursday ordered the transfer of the case in which Performa Entertainment sued the city of Memphis over the city’s attempt to declare Performa in default of its lease on Handy Park. The city sent notice in December it was canceling the 10-year lease as Performa tried to renew it for another 10 years.

65. Lorenzen Wright’s Home Sold Back to Bank -

The Eads home of former University of Memphis and Grizzlies basketball player Lorenzen Wright has been sold back to the bank following a foreclosure.

BankTennessee on Friday bought the custom-built, 12,475-square-foot house, near Raleigh-LaGrange and Reid Hooker roads, for $1.3 million on the Shelby County Courthouse steps.

66. Married Attorneys: Working Together A Bonus for Clients -

In the Memphis legal community, it’s not hard to find two attorneys who are married to each other. Constantly meeting new people is one of the most basic components of their jobs.

But finding married couples who practice law at the same firm is not as common. As the Memphis Bar Association reports, “very few” attorney spouses work together. The association doesn’t keep specific numbers on that.

67. Church-Based Initiative Planned For Minority Businesses -

The Black Business Association of Memphis is launching “Propel,” a church-based initiative to teach people with entrepreneurial dreams how to turn them into realities.

Experts will provide workshops on topics such as customer service, business planning, marketing, accounting and preparing bid packages.

68. Fentress Joins Harris Shelton -

Susan Fentress has joined the Downtown offices of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC. Fentress concentrates her practice in the areas of intellectual property and biosciences.

69. Goddard School Planned For Winchester Road in Collierville -

2.5 Acres
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $1.3 Million

Loan Date: Feb. 13, 2009
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: R.S. Harris LLC
Lender: First Citizens National Bank

70. Influence 1 Foundation Names Hartsfield COO -

Felicia Hartsfield has been named chief operating officer of Influence 1 Foundation.

Hartsfield will oversee the continued stability and growth of the foundation’s fiscal, strategic, organizational and operational functions. Her duties also will include building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, as well as creating collaborations, which will enhance the foundation’s strategic model.

71. Leonard Joins Madison Hotel As Director of Sales -

Liese Leonard recently joined the Madison Hotel as director of sales.

Leonard is responsible for overseeing all internal and external sales efforts for the hotel including developing new accounts, maintaining existing accounts and supervising all sales and catering associates.

72. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop titled “Mastering the Art of Public Speaking” today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. The facilitator will be Bradley Harris. Cost is $89 for Program for Nonprofit Excellence participants, $99 for members and $150 for nonmembers. For reservations, e-mail adeberry@npexcellence.org, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

73. 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. Thomas P. Smith, District Commander, Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will present arms. Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

74. Renasant Names Wiegert VP, Mortgage Production Manager -

Michael Wiegert has been named vice president and mortgage production manager for Renasant Bank in Memphis.

75. Head Selected as Director Of SWTCC Library -

Carolyn Head has been selected to serve as executive director of Library Services for Southwest Tennessee Community College.

76. Events -

The University of Memphis will host a five-part series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature–Identity and Imagination,” in Room 226 of the University of Memphis McWherter Library. The next session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The final session will be held Dec. 4. The series, which discusses Jewish literature, is free and will be led by Dr. David Patterson. For more information or reservations, contact Ross Johnson at 678-8211 or rmjohnsn@memphis.edu.

77. Steel Maker Nucor's Profit Soars on Acquisitions -

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steel maker Nucor Corp. said Thursday third-quarter earnings nearly doubled, helped by higher sales from recently acquired steel and scrap-metal companies.

78. U of M’s Bingham Elected To Board Of American Psychological Association -

Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for student affairs and a professor in counseling, education psychology and research at the University of Memphis, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Psychological Association.

79. Fidelity: Downturn Doesn't Stop Retirement Savings -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Most workers are not reducing their retirement contributions even though higher fuel and food prices have prompted them to cut spending in many areas, a leading retirement investment firm said Wednesday.

80. Ranta Elected Treasurer Of Southern Arts Federation -

Frederick W. Smith, founder of FedEx, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Memphis. Smith is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. He oversees the company’s branches, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office. Smith has served on the boards of several companies, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Mayo Foundation. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council.

81. Srinivasan Joins UT Medical Group -

Dr. Saumini Srinivasan has joined the University of Tennessee Medical Group as a pediatric pulmonologist with a special interest in exercise stress testing.

Srinivasan is on the medical staff at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and also teaches at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and sub-board for Pediatric Pulmonology.

82. Kustoff Resigns District Atty. Post -

U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is leaving his job as chief federal prosecutor for West Tennesseee.

Kustoff announced his resignation Tuesday effective May 16, just over two years after he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

83. Kustoff Resigns as US Attorney, Plans Return to Private Practice -

U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is leaving his job as chief federal prosecutor for West Tennesseee.

Kustoff this morning announced his resignation effective May 16, just more than two years after he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

84. Events -

The Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will hold its monthly luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select at Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240. David Yawn, assistant publisher and executive editor for The Daily News, will present "Better Prospecting through Localized Data Mining." The event is free for members and $25 for nonmembers, including lunch. Reservations can be made online at www.sms-midsouth.org, or by calling 937-5532.

85. Frey Named Alpha Eta Society National President -

Dr. William R. Frey recently was selected as the national president of the Alpha Eta Society, the largest scholastic honor for allied health professionals. The organization has more than 60 chapters throughout the U.S.

86. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Names Byrd Executive Director -

Caron Byrd has been hired as executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Previously, Byrd served as deputy manager of the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was employed for more than 11 years.

87. UTHSC's Netland Honored by American Academy of Ophthalmology -

Dr. Peter A. Netland will receive the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at its annual conference this fall.

Netland, a Siegal Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the director of the Glaucoma Service and vice chair for academic affairs for the UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the site leader in Memphis for the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus.

88. Baker Donelson Names Roberts Pro Bono Attorney of the Year -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has named Kristine L. Roberts its Memphis Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Roberts was honored for her work as a volunteer with the Attorney of the Day Courthouse Advice Clinic at the Shelby County Courthouse. She also is handling a case for Memphis Area Legal Services. Roberts serves on the Access to Justice Committee of the Memphis Bar Association and volunteers as a judge for educational mock trial events.

89. Memphis Bar AssociationTo Host Mediation Seminar -      The legal community can learn about recent and proposed changes to mediation law Friday at the Memphis Bar Association's seminar "Mediation Rules Update."
     The seminar will be held from n

90. MBA Board MembersAnnounced, Ready to Roll -      The Memphis Bar Association announced its 2007 officers during an event at The Peabody Hotel Thursday.
     David M. Cook of The Hardison Law Firm PC officially became the 2007 MBA president,

91. Joyner Joins Germantown M&F Bank -

Todd C. Joyner has joined M&F Bank in Germantown as vice president/mortgage loan originator. In his new position, Joyner will be the regional production officer of North Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a member of the Memphis Mortgage Bankers Association, Memphis Homebuilders Association and the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

92. Joyner Joins Germantown M&F Bank -

Todd C. Joyner has joined M&F Bank in Germantown as vice president/mortgage loan originator. In his new position, Joyner will be the regional production officer of North Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a member of the Memphis Mortgage Bankers Association, Memphis Homebuilders Association and the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

93. Crone Named Fellow of Memphis Bar Foundation -

Alan Crone, attorney and co-founder of Crone & Mason PLC, has been named a fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. The appointment was made at the annual joint meeting of the Memphis Bar Association and its charitable arm, the Memphis Bar Foundation, Sept. 11. Read more about Crone in tomorrow's Law Talk feature.

94. Reynolds Named Head Baseball Coach at STCC -

Alan "Bo" Reynolds has been named the new head baseball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He previously worked at Olive Branch High School, where he was head baseball coach in 2005-2006 after serving as assistant coach from 2003 to 2005. He also coached at Rhodes College from 1990 to 2003, where he was both an assistant coach and head coach and the University of Memphis from 1987 to 1990. There, he was an assistant under head coach Bobby Kilpatrick.

95. Church-State Expert to Speak in Memphis -

Separation of church and state has been a hot topic throughout human history. Civilizations across the world have fought - and still are fighting - over that very issue, and the United States is no exception.

96. Flood Zone? -

When Willie and Rena Jeffries bought their home in 1995, the property directly behind theirs was being used as a horse pasture.

In the years since, a major developer has turned the pasture into a subdivision - and turned their 2,600-square-foot, two-story home into a major disaster area, they allege in a lawsuit filed last week in Shelby County Chancery Court.

97. Third-Year Law Student Honored for Work with Low-Income Clients -

Betsy Prendergast, a third-year law student at the University of Memphis, recently received the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award at the Tennessee Bar Association's annual public service luncheon in Nashville.

98. Commercial Advisors' Jensen Voted Commercial Broker of the Year -

Larry Jensen has received the 2005 Pinnacle Award for Commercial Broker of the Year from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors' Commercial Council. Jensen is president and CEO of Commercial Advisors LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in real estate.

99. Kustoff Puts Leadership Skills to the Test As Lead Prosecutor for West Tennessee -

David F. Kustoff, the recently appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, is settling in after almost a week on the job. President George W. Bush nominated Kustoff in February and the U.S. Senate confirmed him in mid-March to replace Terry Harris, who recently accepted a position as vice president for security for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. As such, Harris is responsible for security operations throughout the company's global network.

100. Lewis Becomes Vice President of State Bar Association -

George T. "Buck" Lewis, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Ellers, Oakley, Chester & Rike Inc. has hired Alan Otts as director of its plumbing and fire protection division. He previously served as head of the plumbing and fire protection department for Barham/Cain/Mynatt Inc. in Cordova. He is a member of the Memphis Joint Engineers Society, serving as its chairman from 2002-2004 and student contest chairman from 2004-2005. Otts also is on the technical advisory board for Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.