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1. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

2. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3. Wright Medical, Tornier Merge in $3.3 Billion Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. of Memphis announced Monday, Oct. 27, a merger of the specialty orthopedic company with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices.

4. Wright Medical, Tornier Merge in $3.3 Billion Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. of Memphis announced Monday, Oct. 27, a merger of the specialty orthopedic company with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices.

5. Wright Medical Merges With Tornier In $3.3 Billion Deal -

Wright Medical Group Inc. of Memphis announced Monday, Oct. 27, a merger of the specialty orthopedic company with Tornier N.V., a global medical device company headquartered in Amsterdam that makes and markets joint replacement and soft tissue repair devices.

6. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Thursday, Oct. 16, to Oct. 25 at the playhouse in Germantown High School, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Buy tickets at ppp.org.

7. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

8. Bartlett Mayor McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.

9. Wine Referendums Down to Final Day -

The deadline for signatures to be gathered on the still-forming proposed referendums to allow wine in grocery stores is Thursday, Aug. 21.

The deadline for candidates to file in the set of Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal elections on the November ballot is at noon the same day.

10. Real Estate Veteran Jan Phillips Rejoins Crye-Leike -

Jan O’Kelly Phillips has joined Crye-Leike Realtors’ Germantown-Poplar branch office, marking her return to real estate sales.

11. Suburban Candidates File First Petitions -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has made it official, filing his qualifying petition to run for another four-year term.

12. Training Ground -

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

13. First Suburban Candidates File Petitions -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has made it official, filing his qualifying petition to run for another four-year term.

14. 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.

15. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

16. Suburban School Boards Set, Other Issues Remain -

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities completed the process Thursday, Nov. 7, of establishing the basics of their municipal school districts, with elections for their respective school boards.

17. Suburban Voters Decide School Board Races -

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities elected their respective municipal schools boards Thursday, Nov. 7 with low voter turnouts that reflected that most of the school board positions on the ballots were one-candidate uncontested races.

18. Suburban School Board Early Vote In -

The early vote is in for the Thursday, Nov. 7, suburban school board races in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities which are forming their own municipal school districts.

Only six of the school board races are contested with Lakeland voters choosing from a single list of seven contenders for five positions on the Lakeland school board.

19. Election Day Arrives for Municipal School Boards -

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 7, for the second time in a year to elect school boards for their respective municipal school districts.

20. East Memphis Office Market Continues To Tighten -

Class A office space in East Memphis continues to be a strong performer thanks to the convenience and quality of buildings radiating from the Poplar/Interstate 240 intersection.

“East Memphis is a real bright spot regionally because if you look at the overall Memphis market it is a bit flat,” said Kemp Conrad, president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services. “The East submarket, especially with Class A space, is very strong and dynamic, with strong tenants and strong institutional ownership.”

21. East Memphis Office Market Continues to Tighten -

Class A office space in East Memphis continues to be a strong performer thanks to the convenience and quality of buildings radiating from the Poplar/Interstate 240 intersection.

“East Memphis is a real bright spot regionally because if you look at the overall Memphis market it is a bit flat,” said Kemp Conrad, president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services. “The East submarket, especially with Class A space, is very strong and dynamic, with strong tenants and strong institutional ownership.”

22. Performance Ranges Widely at Local Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of the recent performance of some of Memphis’ publicly traded companies – businesses that cast a shadow far beyond the Memphis city limits in industries including finance, package delivery and bioscience.

23. Hanging Around -

The Pickering Firm Inc. is the architect and engineer of record for Nike’s massive, 1.7 million-square-foot facility expansion in Frayser.

24. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary -

Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.

25. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

26. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host The 19th Hole Wine Tasting at the Garden, part of the Tuesdays on the Terrace wine-tasting series, Tuesday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations are required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

27. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management -

Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.

28. Prather Parlays Experience Into Job as ALSAC Counsel -

After 12 years with Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC, attorney Lauri Prather has made the move to in-house counsel with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

29. Towns Named to Southern College of Optometry Board -

Leticia “Tish” Towns, senior vice president of external relations for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has been named to the Southern College of Optometry board of trustees. Among her duties at The MED, Towns oversees the development of the hospital’s strategic plan and manages marketing and communications, community engagement, the Traumatic Brain Injury program, government relations and pastoral care.

30. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

31. Palmer Joins Cannon Wright Blount As Director of Assurance -

David Palmer has joined Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm as director of assurance and accounting services. Palmer’s specialties include audit and profit-sharing plans in the nonprofit, health care, government and construction industries.

32. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set -

Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.

The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.

33. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

34. Four-Year Graduates Make Higher Salaries -

A report by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research has found students who earn their bachelor’s degrees within four years make higher salaries.

The study was done in cooperation with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and it found timely completion of an undergraduate degree translates into a stronger income.

35. Hancock Fabrics at a Crossroads -

BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) – Hancock Fabrics faces many challenges, according to analysts and the company.

The Baldwyn-based company last month reported it lost nearly $11.3 million in the most recent fiscal year. The fabric and craft retailer additionally had to cope with falling sales and self-admitted merchandise problems.

36. Events -

The Better Business Bureau breakfast series will continue with a seminar on fraud risks facing small businesses Tuesday, May 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Cost is free for BBB members and $10 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@bbbmidsouth.org or 757-8603.

37. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Duane McCrory of Top Quality Service will present “Energy Savings on Heating & Air: How to Save on Upcoming Government Changes.” Call Jo Garner at 482-0354 for details.

38. Southwest Says It Won't Make a Profit in 1st Qtr. -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines doesn't expect to earn a profit in the first quarter because of higher fuel costs.

Chief Financial Officer Laura Wright said Tuesday that jet fuel prices have been higher than the airline expected – about $3.50 per gallon instead of the $3.35 it had been forecasting.

39. Tony Allen Lifts Grizzlies Past Warriors, 104-103 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – For the second straight night, Rudy Gay misfired on a go-ahead attempt in the closing seconds – and the Memphis Grizzlies crashed the offensive boards for a winning tip-in.

40. Poetry Collection Worth a Look -

Unlike a day, a year, a month or a season,/ A week hasn’t a name; what is the reason? No quotation marks. The couplet is mine. Almost deep, but not quite. Consider the work that inspired the above (warning: it’s deeper):

41. Wright’s Q3 Net Sales Drop 3 Pct. -

Arlington-based medical device maker Wright Medical Group Inc. has reported a 3 percent decrease in net sales for the third quarter, citing distributor changes and challenges connected to implementing enhancements to the company’s compliance processes.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. Wright Medical Names New CEO -

Just days after Wright Medical Group Inc. announced it would cut its workforce by 6 percent, the Arlington-based maker of orthopedic medical devices on Monday, Sept. 19, announced Robert J. Palmisano will serve as its new president and CEO.

45. Wright Medical Names New CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. on Monday announced Robert J. Palmisano will serve as the new president and CEO of the Arlington, Tenn.-based maker of orthopedic medical devices. The appointment by the company’s board went into effect Saturday, Sept. 17.

46. Wright Medical Cutting About 80 Employees -

Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. plans to cut its workforce by 6 percent, or about 80 employees.

47. Wright Medical Cutting About 80 Employees -

Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. plans to cut its workforce by 6 percent, or about 80 employees.

48. Allie Prescott to Head U of M Alumni Association -

Allie Prescott has been elected president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association national executive board of directors.

Prescott holds his bachelor’s and law degrees from the U of M, and he is a life member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association. As a former adviser to the executive director and former vice president for membership, Prescott is serving his fifth year on the national board.

49. Wright’s Compliance Officer Resigns -

Another top executive has resigned from Wright Medical Group Inc. Vice president and chief compliance officer Lisa L. Michels resigned from the company Tuesday, Aug. 16, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing signed Friday, Aug. 19, by Wright Medical Interim CEO David Stevens.

50. Wright Medical’s Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent -

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28, reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

51. Wright Medical's Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent -

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28 reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

52. DeVivo Departure Signals Shift at Smith & Nephew -

Smith & Nephew Inc. said its Memphis-based president of Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Trauma will soon leave the company as part of an organizational restructuring that will combine the company’s Memphis and Andover, Mass., divisions.

53. 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.

54. Retailers Post Strong June Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Colossal discounts enticed consumers to shop like it was 1999 last month. But higher prices ahead could cause the party to end soon.

Warm weather and discounts of up to 80 percent on summer merchandise helped retailers deliver the best revenue gains since June 1999 in what's typically the second-biggest shopping month of the year. But pressure on stores to pass along higher costs for everything from clothing and handbags to food has raised concerns that the momentum may not continue heading into the busy back-to-school shopping season.

55. Consumer Confidence Falls Unexpectedly in May -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are losing faith that the economy will keep improving, according to a monthly survey.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to a six-month low of 60.8 from a revised 66 in April, a sign of the toll that high gas prices, a choppy job outlook and a moribund housing market are taking on people's psyches. Economists had expected an increase to 67.

56. Wright Medical Receives Justice Dept. Notice -

Wright Medical Group Inc. on Thursday announced that it received a letter from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey pursuant to Paragraph 50 of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement stating that the USAO believes Wright Medical Group knowingly and willfully breached material provisions of the DPA.

57. Wright Medical Reports Earnings, Resignation of 3 Execs -

As Wright Medical Group Inc. Wednesday reported its net sales had increased 3 percent to $135.4 million in the first quarter of 2011 up from $131.2 million for the same period last year, the company also announced three of its executives have resigned effective immediately.

58. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday its board has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.

59. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright Medical President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday that its board of directors has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

60. Shelby GOP Names Joy New Chair -

Attorney Justin Joy is the new chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Joy, an associate at the law firm Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, ran unopposed for the chairmanship at Sunday’s county party convention.

61. Joy Is New Local GOP Chairman -

Attorney Justin Joy is the new chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Joy, an associate at the law firm Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, ran unopposed for the chairmanship at Sunday’s county party convention.

62. Smith & Nephew Rumors Continue to Swirl -

Despite Smith & Nephew’s attempts to quash rampant rumors that it’s being targeted for takeover, Wall Street seems to be sticking with the maxim that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

63. Wal-Mart Q2 Profit Rises 3.6 Pct on Cost-Cutting -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 3.6 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its earnings guidance for the full year as it benefits from cost-cutting and robust global growth in China, Brazil and Mexico.

64. GOP Carries Countywide Offices -

The only thing Republican candidates in Shelby County were denied in the Aug. 5 elections was a majority on the Shelby County Commission. The local GOP slate swept every countywide partisan race on the ballot with Thursday’s election results.

Voter turnout – early and Election Day – was almost 30 percent of Shelby County’s 600,000 voters. All election returns will be audited and must be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Republican Bill Oldham, the former chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department under outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell, beat Democrat Randy Wade in the race for sheriff.

The unofficial returns with all precincts reporting were:

Oldham: 89,613 (52%)

Wade: 82,981 (48%)

Wade, who was the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2002, linked his 2010 campaign to the re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. Wade, a former sheriff’s deputy, is Cohen’s district director.

Oldham campaigned on continuing the policies of Luttrell. But his campaign faltered when Oldham was forced to resign his job as chief deputy – the No. 2 position in the department – following a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department that his candidacy violated the Federal Hatch Act.

The civil complaint investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel left Oldham with the choice of either quitting the job or quitting the race. To keep both could have jeopardized federal funding the department receives.

The complaint was unique because deputies and high-ranking officers running for sheriff has been a regular feature of the sheriff’s race for decades. It wasn’t until 2002 that those in the department were required to take a leave of absence if they ran.

In other general election races, challenger Ken Hoover lost to Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler in the race for the District 5 seat on the seven-member board.

Pickler has been chairman for 11 of the 12 years the school board has been an elected body. Pickler ran on his record as chairman. Hoover also ran on Pickler’s record, saying his leadership style was too autocratic and not transparent enough.

The unofficial results were:

Pickler: 5,123 (51%)

Hoover: 4,956 (49%)

In the two other contested school board races, former Bolton High School principal Snowden “Butch” Carruthers beat Millington parent Charlene White in District 1. And political newcomer David Reaves beat fellow newcomer Lara A. McIntyre, both of Bartlett, for the District 3 seat.

White and McIntyre both called for change in school board methods during their campaigns.

District 7 school board member Ernest Chism ran unopposed.

The even-numbered district school board seats are on the 2012 county ballot.

After running for Probate Court clerk three other times, Democratic nominee Sondra Becton could not claim the office on her fourth try – even with the incumbent she campaigned against the three other times out of the race. Republican contender Paul Boyd easily beat Becton in the race for the office Chris Thomas gave up to run for and win a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

Becton lost to Thomas by 604 votes four years ago and was among the four Democratic challengers who unsuccessfully challenged the results in Chancery Court. This time she lost by more than 6,500 votes.

The vote totals were:

Boyd: 82,259 (52%)

Becton: 75,702 (48%)

Republican Tom Leatherwood easily defeated Democratic challenger Coleman Thompson to remain Shelby County register. The two faced each other in 2006, with Leatherwood winning.

The results Thursday were:

Leatherwood: 96,531 (58%)

Thompson: 68,784 (42%)

As early voting began, Thompson’s Pyramid Recovery Center was evicted from its longtime South Memphis space that was also an early voting site and an election day polling place. The landlord agreed to leave the voting sites up and running. But the possibility of a change in polling places served to highlight Thompson’s financial problems.

Late publicity about financial problems took a toll on another Democratic contender.

Newcomer Corey Maclin began campaigning early for Shelby County clerk, with incumbent Republican Debbie Stamson not seeking re-election. Maclin lost to Republican nominee Wayne Mashburn, the son of late county clerk Sonny Mashburn.

The unofficial returns were:

Mashburn: 88,619 (55%)

Maclin: 72,651 (45%)

Stamson’s husband, Steve Stamson, retired as Juvenile Court clerk, setting up the race that was won by Republican nominee Joy Touliatos, the chief administrative officer of the clerk’s office. She beat Democratic nominee Shep Wilbun, who won appointment to the clerk’s office in 2000 but lost to Stamson in the 2002 election and was beaten by Stamson again in 2006.

With all precincts reporting, the numbers were:

Touliatos: 85,849 (51%)

Wilbun: 73,345 (44%)

The remaining votes went to independent candidate Julia R. Wiseman.

Also seeking a return to countywide office was Minerva Johnican. Johnican, the Democratic nominee for Criminal Court clerk, lost to Republican nominee Kevin Key, the son of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk Bill Key and an administrator with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

The results were:

Key: 79,755 (49%)

Johnican: 74,831 (46%)

Independent candidate Jerry Stamson: 8,581 (5%)

Johnican, also a former Memphis City Council member and Shelby County Commissioner lost the clerk’s job in 1994 when she was upset by the elder Key.

Incumbent Republican Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore easily defeated Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon. Although Dixon was part of the effort by Democratic party leaders to get voters to vote the entire party slate, Moore continued to show up at Democratic functions and make his case for crossover votes.

Regina Morrison Newman, the third Shelby County tustee in four years, lost her bid for a full term in the office to Republican challenger David Lenoir. It was an impressive political debut for Lenoir, who had heavy backing from the local GOP.

The results were:

Lenoir: 77,166 (49%)

Newman: 72,618 (46%)

Independent candidate Derrick Bennett: 6,353 (4%)

Newman was appointed to the office by the Shelby County Commission following the 2009 death of Trustee Paul Mattila. Mattila was appointed to the office and won a special election for the position following the 2008 death of Bob Patterson. Patterson was re-elected to a four-year term in 2006.

In the judicial races:

Attorney Bill Anderson Jr. emerged atop a field of 20 candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7 with 15 percent of the vote. Assistant County Attorney Janet Lansky Shipman was second and the only other contender to go into double digit percentages. The 20 candidates were the largest field in any race – primary or general – on the Shelby County ballot.

Prosecutor Bobby Carter, who had the backing of District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and former District Attorney General John Pierotti, was elected judge of Criminal Court Div. 3 in a close race with attorneys Glenn Wright and Latonya Sue Burrow.

Carter got 26 percent of the vote to Wright’s 25 percent and Burrow’s 24.7 percent.

The results in the three other special judicial races saw the three appointed judges rejected by voters.

  • Lee Wilson, the appointee to General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10, lost to former General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner by more than 64,000 votes. Turner’s victory was the strongest proof of the strong Republican turnout for races across the general election ballot. Turner had been the General Sessions Court clerk until 2006, when he was upset by Democratic challenger Otis Jackson. He is also a former Republican state legislator.
  • Lorrie Ridder, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 4, lost to attorney Gina Higgins by about 5,000 votes.
  • Rhynette Northcross Hurd, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 8, lost to attorney Bob Weiss by more than 12,000 votes.

Ridder and Hurd had been appointed to the Circuit Court vacancies by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who picked them each from a list of three finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Bredesen even taped a robo-call on behalf of Hurd, his first robo-call for any candidate in the state.

Wilson was appointed to the General Sessions vacancy by the Shelby County Commission and adopted a domestic violence case docket for the court.

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65. Credentials Often Mean Little in Today’s Job Search -

Most job candidates emerge from universities and graduate schools with a sense of insulation from unemployment, but the current recession has affected blue and white collars alike.

Now degreed professionals with decades of job experience have found themselves firing off resumes into the vacuum of cyberspace with few ideas of how to make themselves stand out.

66. Colvett Named Greenscape President -

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

Colvett previously was executive vice president and corporate treasurer. He has been at GreenScape since 1992 and has served in various capacities including project manager, estimator and vice president of marketing.

67. Noel Becomes ABA Delegate From Tennessee -

Randall D. Noel has been elected as the Tennessee delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Noel is a member of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC’s Commercial Litigation Group. Noel is a Fellow of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Foundations and has served as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

68. The Vote Count -

A total of 109,339 Memphians voted in the Memphis mayor’s race, a 25 percent turnout of the city’s 423,049 voters.

Here is the unofficial final vote tally for the 25 candidate field for Memphis Mayor:

69. The Vote Count -

A total of 109,339 Memphians voted in the Memphis mayor’s race, a 25 percent turnout of the city’s 423,049 voters.

Here is the unofficial final vote tally for the 25 candidate field for Memphis Mayor:

70. Mayor's Race Set at 25 Candidates -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

71. 25 In Final Field For City Mayor -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

72. Field of 28 For Mayor Meets Filing Deadline With Enough Signatures -  

A field of 28 candidates had filed petitions with enough valid signatures to run in the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor by today’s noon deadline.

Shelby County Election Commission administrator Richard Holden told The Daily News several contenders had their petitions rejected once election commission staff checked the signatures.

Each person signing must be a registered voter in the city of Memphis and list the address that is on their voter registration record.

A total of 33 petitions were filed by the noon deadline. But several candidates were disqualified for not having enough signatures. And then three were returned to the list of candidates after a second check of their petitions. Those who returned to candidate status included Memphis school board member Sharon Webb.

Those who made today's cut have until noon Sept. 10 to withdraw from the race. The field will then become final.

The candidates include: 

  • Leo Awghowhat
  • Kenneth Baroff
  • Joe Brown, Memphis City Council member
  • Randy L. Cagle
  • Charles Carpenter, attorney
  • Carol Chumney, former City Council member
  • Dewey Clark, former aide to and witness against jailed Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell
  • James M. Clingan
  • Menelik Fombi, a candidate for Memphis City Schools Board in past elections
  • Wanda Halbert, chairwoman, City Council budget committee
  • Johnny Hatcher
  • Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges  
  • Constance Houston
  • Dewayne Jones
  • E.C. Jones, former City Council member
  • Jerry Lawler, entertainer and former professional wrestler
  • Myron Lowery, Memphis mayor pro tem
  • Ernie Lunati
  • Harrel C. Moore  
  • Mary T. Shelby-Wright, perennial candidate for numerous offices
  • Detric W. Stigall
  • Silky Sullivan, restaurant owner and entrepreneur
  • David Vinciarelli
  • Vuong Vaughn Vo
  • Sharon Webb, Memphis school board member
  • Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church and Memphis school board member
  • A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County mayor
  • John Willingham, former Shelby County commissioner

Sullivan showed up at the Election Commission in a white Rolls Royce wearing a white suit.

“When you see this white suit, you know I’m coming at you,” he told reporters as he outlined a plan to turn The Pyramid over to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital instead of the proposed lease to Bass Pro Shops.

“It’s going to be a dogfight,” Sullivan said of the mayor’s race.

When someone asked if he would still be in the race after next week’s withdrawal deadline, Sullivan said he was in “to the violent end.”

“You know you can’t win,” political blogger and radio talk show host Thaddeus Matthews said to Sullivan.

“Why not?” Sullivan replied.

Anthony Willoughby, the last candidate to file before noon, told reporters he was a Realtor-broker who played a role in the development of Banneker Estates in southwest Memphis, the subdivision developed by former Mayor Willie Herenton.

“I’m not a politician,” Willoughby said. “I’m going to run on that statement.”

Willoughby didn't have enough qualified signatures, though. So he won't be running.

Daniko Flowers, a construction worker still wearing his safety vest, showed up at five minutes before noon and checked out a petition. He returned at three minutes past noon and was not allowed to file. Flowers only had 18 signatures on the petition anyway.

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73. Consumer Strain: Pens and Notebooks Put on Layaway -

NEW YORK (AP) - To gauge consumers' strain, look no further than the rows and rows of plastic bags awaiting layaway payments at Kmart. They are filled with back-to-school basics – not just T-shirts and jeans but notebooks, magic markers and pencils.

74. Raynor Named VP of Marketing For Two Hilton Brands -

Carla Raynor has been appointed vice president of marketing for Homewood Suites by Hilton and newly launched Home2 Suites by Hilton.

75. 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.

76. Memphis Orthopedics Competitor Opens New Training Center -

Warsaw, Ind., which competes with Memphis for orthopedics manufacturing jobs, recently opened a state-of-the-art training center with new equipment and machinery.

The 20,000-square-foot Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at the Warsaw campus of Ivy Tech Community College replaces a 5,600-square-foot facility that opened two and a half years ago.

77. Events -

The Musculoskeletal Quarterly Lecture Series will be today at 5 p.m. at the University of Memphis’ FedEx Institute of Technology. Timothy M. Wright will speak on “Improving the Performance of Elbow Arthroplasty – An Effort in Translational Research.” For reservations, call 271-0000.

78. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Recognizes Marx & Bensdorf’s Cherny -

Eileen Cherny, relocation director for Marx & Bensdorf, has received the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President’s Service Recognition Award. The award acknowledges committee and board involvement, presentations at network conferences and service in various capacities.

79. Budget Woes Scramble Lottery Funding Plans -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislators facing lower-than-expected lottery revenue must now decide how to fund initiatives such as providing more scholarships for students and making structural improvements to state school buildings.

80. Peeples Promoted to Administrator At Methodist Alliance Health Services -

Trip Peeples has been promoted to administrator for Methodist Alliance Health Services' Home Medical Equipment and Infusion division.

Peeples has been with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for seven years, most recently serving as corporate director of finance and reimbursement and interim chief financial officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital.

81. Lawmakers Nearing Agreement on Key Piece Of Lottery Legislation -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle say they're nearing agreement on a key piece of lottery scholarship legislation that would allow more students to graduate in Tennessee.

82. New Report Says What Pets Can't -

Local entrepreneur Jim McPeak has gone to the dogs.

Over the last two decades, McPeak has been an enthusiastic promoter of prevention and wellness programs, educating Americans about staying healthy. The creation of his new company, Pet Health Systems LLC, is meant to accomplish the same, but with a twist: His product is for dogs.

83. Bush Urges Speedy Action on Economic Rescue Package: 'Crank This Sucker Up' -

WASHINGTON (AP) - It didn't take long for President Bush to find a symbol for his desire to prime the sagging economy.

At a factory in Frederick, Md., Bush eyed a huge, yellow standup lawnmower and declared: "Crank this sucker up."

84. Lawmakers Have Up to $27M to Put Toward Lottery Scholarships -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The chief economist for the Legislature's Fiscal Review Committee told lawmakers on Wednesday they can put as much as $27 million toward lottery scholarships next year.

Rob Currey told the Senate Education Committee about $17 to $27 million in excess lottery money will be available to them. The committee will decide on the exact amount before making a proposal to the General Assembly.

85. Holistic Law Takes Practice Back to Civil Ways -

The word "holistic" is often linked to the medical field as a way to describe an alternative form of healing, but there's a movement afoot among lawyers to bring that same concept to the legal community.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. Baker Donelson Names New President, COO -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC announced that Jerry Stauffer was selected to serve as the firm's president and chief operating officer. Stauffer formerly served as chairman of the firm's litigation department, as a director of the firm and most recently as managing shareholder. Baker Donelson also announced that Mark Glover was named to a second term as managing shareholder. Ben Adams will continue to serve as board chairman and CEO.

89. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Rotary Club Presents Public Servant Awards

Rotary Club Names Public Servant Award Winners

The Rotary Club of Memphis East selected Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons and chief administrative officer of the Shelby County Registers Off...

90. Archived Article: Lead - By Andy Meek

Building Permits Maintain Steady Climb

Downtown construction booms in 04, remains strong

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Downtown was at the center of a construction blitz in 2004, but other areas of the local market also experi...

91. Archived Article: Lead - By Andy Meek

Kroger Marks Retail Growth in Arlington

New rooftops lead to increased commercial development

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Construction will begin soon on a 50,000-square-foot Kroger store in Arlington, part of an area expans...

92. Archived Article: Arlington (lead) - Goodwin notes:

Arlington Set for Commercial Expansion

Developer interest builds in growing residential community

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

When its finished, Memphis developer David Goodwin Jr. hopes his 16,800-square-foot shopping cen...

93. Archived Article: Newsmakers - The Daily News has hired Don Fancher as the Advertising Sales Director

Baptist-DeSoto Names New Administrator

Randy King was named administrator and chief executive officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He was previously vice president ...

94. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Public Relations Group Honors Soulsville Director

Public Relations Group Honors Soulsville Director Deanie Parker, president and executive director of Soulsville, was named 2003 Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relati...

95. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Chez Philippe Earns

Wright Medical

Expands Board

Wright Medical Group Inc. has expanded its board of directors from six to eight members, adding Laurence Y. Fairey and David D. Stevens. Fairey worked at Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc. before r...

96. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Peace & Justice Center Awards Local Peacemakers

Peace & Justice Center Presents Annual Honors The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center will present the following Peacemaker 2003 awards Thursday at its annual banquet: Diamond Printing, soc...

97. Archived Article: Memos - <ephoto> Rear Adm

Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler was named commander of Navy recruiting following the retirement of Rear Adm. George E. Voelker. Fowler completed a military fellowship in 2002-2003 and is a life member at the Council of Foreign...

98. Archived Article: Memos - Memphis memos 07-02-03

Lisa Wright was given the Presidential Honors Award in BellSouths service leader program for exemplary service to business, residential or wholesale customers. The award is the highest given for customer service within the ...

99. Archived Article: Law Briefs - Incoming American Bar Association

Incoming American Bar Association president Dennis Archer addresses the Tennessee Bar Associations 122nd annual convention at a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave.

Archer, a fo...

100. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Concert for New York with a Memphis touch

Concert for New York has a Memphis touch

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

Memphis mercantile maestro Paul Tudor Jones is about to pull off one of his greatest feats.

Saturday, some of the greatest...