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1. 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.

2. County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy -

The Shelby County Commission starts with a dozen members at the first meeting of 2014. But it should be back up to the full 13 members by the end of the Monday, Jan. 13, session.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

3. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

The committee session interviews come before the full commission is to vote Monday, Jan. 13, on a replacement for Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

4. Army Gives ROTC Programs in Tennessee 2-Year Reprieve -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The U.S. Army has agreed to put off the planned closure of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at three Tennessee universities.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker said Wednesday the delay will provide time to show the programs can meet the Army's needs.

5. Medical Supply Program Facing Delays, Scrutiny -

Less than a week before an effort to rein in billions of dollars in Medicare spending on home medical equipment is set to kick in, members of Congress and medical supply programs are pushing to delay the plan, saying some of the process has been mishandled and that the process lacks transparency.

6. Commercial Advisors Adds Jensen to Capital Markets Group -

Luke Jensen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ Capital Markets Group. In his new role with the commercial real estate firm, Jensen focuses on investment sales, debt and equity, development, and principal deal sourcing and structuring.

7. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

8. Events -

Memphis Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Glen Vanderford, regional Rotary Foundation director, will speak. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@bankofbartlett.com.

9. School Board Looks for Consensus -

After effectively ruling out Kriner Cash last week as the leader of the consolidated Shelby County school system, school board members now turn to a decision about how to select that superintendent.

10. 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.

11. Hansen Promoted to Store Manager at Macy’s -

Greg Hansen has been promoted to vice president/store manager at Macy’s Oak Court.

Hometown: Lynbrook, N.Y.

12. Adrienne Johnson Promoted at the Greater Memphis Chamber -

Adrienne Johnson has been promoted to director of research for the Greater Memphis Chamber.

13. Congress: Connections With Toyota -

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing Wednesday on the Toyota recalls, have Toyota factories and offices in their states or even their districts. A look at some of the automaker's ties:

14. Wiggins Ready To Grab YLD Baton -

Kyle M. Wiggins is ready to get behind the wheel.

Today at the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting and Elections, current YLD president Freeman Foster, an attorney for the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, will pass the gavel to Wiggins.

15. YLD President Wiggins Joins Baker Donelson as Associate -

Kyle M. Wiggins has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as an associate in the Health Services & Products group. He will concentrate his practice on litigation surrounding medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense and general civil litigation.

16. City Mayoral Transition Yields Crowded To-Do List -  

Memphis Mayor-elect A C Wharton Jr. will be appointing a new city attorney once he takes office next week.

Elbert Jefferson, the city attorney Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery tried to fire just minutes after taking the oath of office on July 31, Friday sent a second resignation letter to Lowery. The two met for an hour Sunday evening at City Hall and Lowery accepted Jefferson’s resignation.

Jefferson’s attorney, Ted Hansom, and city Chief Administrative Officer Jack Sammons were also present. Jefferson turned in his key card, the keys to his city car and his laptop.

“The drama is over,” Lowery said Monday. “For my part, I wish it had never happened.”

Dramatis personae

In a resignation letter last week to Wharton, Jefferson had expressed hope that he would be hired for some position in the new administration. Over the weekend, he used the same text in the new letter but addressed it to Lowery instead. He requested the city pay his legal fees as well.

The resignation letter to Lowery made moot an ouster suit filed by Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons. Criminal Court Judge James Lammey, who was to hear the case, reset a final report to Oct. 27, citing Jefferson’s departure.

“A hearing on the issue of suspension would be an inefficient use of judicial resources, of the state of Tennessee and of the resources of the city of Memphis, and considering (Jefferson’s) current health status, would be an unnecessary tax on (Jefferson’s) well-being and a possible threat to his health,” Lammey wrote in the court order.

Jefferson was scheduled to return to City Hall from sick leave Monday. He apparently believed the new mayor would be in office by the time he returned.

An audit of city financial affairs is standard procedure in a change of administrations. Wharton is naming team members to review the offices of the city attorney, human resources and finance and administration. He was also to name members of his transition team Monday.

Time-, battle-tested

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter and Methodist Healthcare executive Cato Johnson will head the team.

The other members are:

- Herman Morris, attorney and 2007 candidate for Memphis Mayor.

- Tomeka Hart, Memphis Urban League CEO and Memphis school board member.

- Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis City Council member.

- Rev. Dwight Montgomery, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Memphis chapter President.

- Jose Velasquez, Latino Memphis former executive director.

- Nisha Powers, Powers Hill Design Inc. President.

- Paul Morris, attorney and former chairman Center City Commission.

- Douglas Scarboro, The Leadership Academy vice president.

- Steve Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. CEO.

- Diane Rudner, Plough Foundation chairman.

- Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial CEO.

Johnson has more experience serving on such task forces and ad hoc committees than any other leader in the city’s corporate community. Most recently, Johnson was one of two business leaders on the ad hoc committee exploring single-source local funding for education. He also served as a leader of the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation committee and has been involved in similar capacities with every major construction project for a civic use in the past 15 years.

Carpenter’s appointment is certain to fuel speculation that he might be tapped for some role in the new administration. However, Carpenter has already been holding fundraisers in anticipation of a bid for re-election to his commission seat in the 2010 county elections.

Wharton is tentatively scheduled to take the oath of office Oct. 26.

The Shelby County Commission also meets that same day and could receive Wharton’s resignation and declare a vacancy in the county mayor’s office with a vote to appoint Wharton’s successor-to-come in November. Until that vote, County Commission Chairwoman Joyce Avery will serve as interim mayor.

“It will be a day in which I come to work at one place and leave work from another place,” Wharton told The Daily News.

But the Shelby County Election Commission will meet earlier than expected -- Thursday afternoon -- to certify the Oct. 15 election results. Once the results are certified, Wharton is free to resign as Shelby County mayor and take the oath as Memphis mayor.

Cooperative efforts

Meanwhile, Wharton has asked City Council Chairman Harold Collins to consider delaying a council vote today on the five appointees the city mayor is to make to a metro charter commission. The council set today’s vote with the intention of having whomever won the Oct. 15 special election appoint members of the panel.

“I won’t be there on the 20th. … I’m seeing if they are in a position to put it off until I’m actually over there,” Wharton told The Daily News, as he has had attorneys researching if a council vote in November would meet timelines for such an effort set out in state law.

“I believe that they may be able to meet on Nov. 3,” Wharton said.

Wharton has already named the 10 appointees to be made by the Shelby County mayor to the panel. The County Commission approved all 10 earlier this month.

While it appears he will make the other five, Wharton said he will ask the council, through Collins, to effectively pick the five nominees, whom Wharton would then send to the council as his appointees.

“I chose all 10 over here, which I had to do by law. If I could find some way around it that passed legal muster, then I would do that,” he said. “But we’ve researched it and I know of no way in which the city mayor can say … ‘I’m not going to do that.’ You can’t transfer it.”

Wharton and Lowery were to discuss the matter at a meeting Monday afternoon. Lowery told The Daily News he had received no suggested appointees from council members, but would be willing to submit names the council wants on the charter commission.

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17. Update: Wharton Names Transition Team -  

Memphis Mayor-elect A C Wharton Jr. has named eleven more people to his transition team.

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter and Methodist Healthcare executive Cato Johnson will chair the group. The others include:

- Herman Morris, attorney, former president of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and 2007 Memphis mayoral candidate;

- The Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference;

- Nisha Powers, president of Powers Hill Design Inc.;

- Tomeka Hart, Memphis school board member and Memphis Urban League president and CEO;

- Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial President and CEO;

- Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis City Councilmember;

- Jose Velasquez, Latino Memphis’ former executive director.

- Paul Morris, attorney and former chairman Center City Commission.

- Diane Rudner, Poplar Foundation chairman.

- Steve Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care President & CEO.

- Douglas Scarboro, The Leadership Academy vice president.

In other transition developments, the Shelby County Election Commission will meet Thursday afternoon to certify the results of the Oct. 15 special mayoral election.

The meeting is earlier than Wharton had expected. Once the results are certified, Wharton can resign his post as Shelby County mayor at any point and take the oath of office at City Hall. The Shelby County Commission will then declare a vacancy in the county mayor’s office and commission chairwoman Joyce Avery will become acting mayor until the commission appoints someone to serve the year remaining in Wharton’s county term of office.

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18. Aitken Brings Local Experience to County Schools Post -

Few were surprised last week when John Aitken became the next superintendent of the Shelby County Schools system.

The only surprise was the vote wasn’t unanimous.

School board member Diane George was the lone vote for Collierville High School principal Tim Setterlund in the second round of voting by the seven-member board.

19. Shoemaker Financial's Allen Earns Circle of Excellence -

Frank Allen, a certified financial planner and financial adviser with Shoemaker Financial, has achieved the Circle of Excellence award from Securian Financial Services for his performance in 2007.

20. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School -

Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.

21. Archived Article: Newsmakers - ABWA Presents Business and Community Involvement Awards

Orchestral Society Names New Board Members

The Memphis Orchestral Society Inc. named Jeff Sanford chairman of its board of directors, effective July 1. Sanford, president of the Center Ci...

22. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Rhodes Psychology Professor to Serve as Diversity Delegate at Leadership Conference

First Horizon Exec Named to Fed Advisory Council

J. Kenneth Glass was appointed to a one-year term on the Federal Reserve Boards Federal Advisory Council. Glas...

23. Archived Article: Lead - ANDY MEEK

Memphis Sees Steady Business Growth

Downtown, Midtown, Hickory Hill continue resurgence

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

From her office at the corner of Hickory Hill and Winchester roads, Sandy Morgan has seen the best and worst of...

24. Archived Article: Newsmakers - BOMA Inducts 2005 Officers

Gibbons Named to Chair National Committee

Judge Julia Gibbons of Memphis was named by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist as chair of the Budget Committee of the Judicial Conference. Gibbons has bee...

25. Archived Article: Newsmakers - The Memphis Area Association of Realtors honored Martin Edwards Jr

MAAR Dedicates Center in Honor of Past President

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors honored Martin Edwards Jr. with the dedication of the Martin Edwards Jr. Education Cen...

26. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Chancellor Arnold Goldin and General Sessions Judges Phyllis Gardner and Gwen Rooks completed a Judicial Academy conducted by

Local Judges Complete State Judicial Academy Chancellor Arnold Goldin and General Sessions Judges Phyllis Gardner and Gw...

27. Archived Article: Newsmakers - (ephoto) Dr

WMC Forecaster Wins Speech Communicator Award Dave Brown, senior weather forecaster for WMC-TV 5, was named Tennessee Speech Communicator of the Year by the Tennessee Communicator Association. Brown, who has worked for WMC for 26 year...

28. Archived Article: Market Focus - When the Memphis City School Board implemented a policy two years ago that all of its 118,000 students in 165 schools must wea

School uniform policy drives sales for area retailers

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

When the Memphis City Scho...

29. Archived Article: Daily Digest - KENILWORTH, N

Downtown hotel

slated for auction

The former Howard Johnson Express hotel on the corner of Third and Court streets is scheduled for auction Aug. 28.

The top three floors of the 10-story building contain 117 hotel rooms in 5...

30. Archived Article: Real Briefs - The Millington-Tipton County Realty Group meets at 8:30 a

The Millington-Tipton County Realty Group meets at 8:30 a.m. today at Old Timers Restaurant, 7918 C St. in Millington.

The group provides networking opportunities for real estate agents...

31. Archived Article: Memos - Veronica F

Veronica F. Coleman-Davis was appointed to Bank of Bartletts board of directors. She is a former U.S. Attorney in Memphis. She is president and chief executive officer of the National Institute for Law and Equity. Molly Okeon was promo...

32. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events: May 13-19 May 13 Network of Memphis, an organization of progressive, professional and entrepreneurial women, meets the second Monday of the month at Napa Cafe in Sanderlin Centre at 5:30 p.m. The May meetin...

33. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: March 19-March 25 March 19 Consumer Credit Counseling Service offers a free seminar on establishing or re-establishing credit, credit reports and cutting the cost of using credit from 6 p.m. to 7:30 ...

34. Archived Article: Market Briefs - New officers and directors for Executive Women International, Memphis Chapter, are: Peggy Quinn, president; Miriam Leffler, vi New officers and directors for Executive Women International, Memphis Chapter, are: Peggy Quinn, president; Miriam Leffler...

35. Archived Article: Mim (lead) - City to go "Dutch" City to go "Dutch" for MIM 2001 fest By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Memphis in May officials have chosen The Netherlands as the country of honor for the 2001 version of the city's largest annual music and arts festival. Next spr...

36. Archived Article: Greenbelt (lead) - By LAURIE JOHNSON Planners push for greenbelt development By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News expand If the county wants to secure greenbelt land in the Grays Creek area, the time to begin planning is now, local planners told the Shelby County Conserva...

37. Archived Article: Memos - Matt King has been named director of the Tennessee chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business Matt King has been named director of the Tennessee chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. He previously was a research...

38. Archived Article: Memos - Cherie Ganesh and Nithan Ganesh have joined Crye-Leike Commercial Cherie Ganesh and Nithan Ganesh have joined Crye-Leike Commercial. Mary Whitaker has been promoted to vice president of legal affairs for the Regional Medical Center. She previously w...

39. Archived Article: Memos - Rick Ruffin has joined Morgan Keegan & Co Rick Ruffin has joined Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. as a first vice president in institutional fixed income sales. Ruffin formerly was manager of J.C. Bradfords client services group. He has a bachelors ...

40. Archived Article: Law Focus - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Reimbursing pro bono New plan reimburses lawyers practicing in federal court for out-of-pocket expenses on pro bono cases By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The recommendations of a federal committee, organized to review the way ...

41. Archived Article: Dixon Gallery Add - By LAURIE JOHNSON Construction starts on Dixon Gallery expansion By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction has started on an expansion to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens which is valued at $2 million and will focus on the Dixons garden area Montgo...

42. Archived Article: Community Bank Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON DeSoto Countians to launch local bank By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Three members of the DeSoto County business community, along with two bankers from other parts of Mississippi, have filed an application with the state to organ...

43. Archived Article: Real Fcs (rain) Lj - lj 10/5 cates Rain, rain go away Second-wettest year in Memphis history has local builders wringing their hands By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News For Memphis contractors, the childhood chant, "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day," h...

44. Archived Article: Memos - Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has announced the election of 16 new managing directors: Joseph K. Ayres, investment banker, Cumberland Securities Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Morgan Keegan; Thomas P. Brown, director, Fixed Income Research; Paul Stephens...

45. Archived Article: Real Fcs (xmas) Lj - lj 10/5 cates The Christmas spirit Local real estate professionals help others share holiday joy By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Christmas is the time of year for giving, and Memphis real estate professionals have been busy donning their Santa caps...

46. Archived Article: Cordova Coll Exp Lj - lj 10/5 cates Roadway improvements spur Cordova property purchase By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News In anticipation of upcoming roadway improvements to a major artery in Cordova, a Memphis real estate partnership has purchased property for future dev...

47. Archived Article: Memos - Victory Bank has announced several promotions: Joel T. Johnson has joined the Pickering Firm Inc. as a structural engineer. He was formerly with Burr & Cole Engineers. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Memphis. Victory Bank has an...

48. Archived Article: Law Focus Nvs - Judicial seats up for grabs Judicial seats up for grabs Vacated state supreme court, new criminal appeals positions in selection process By NATALIE VANTREASE STRODE The Daily News The state Judicial Selection Commission will have its hands full this...

49. Archived Article: Real Briefs - 04-09 Real briefs AIA Memphis and the Dixon Gallery will present a lecture by Donald Kaufman on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the gallery. He will discuss solutions for problems in choosing color palettes for interiors. He and his wife and partner, Taffy Da...

50. Archived Article: 75 Mph Lj - lj 10/5 cates Insurance rates wont accelerate with 75 mph By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News If Tennessees General Assembly approved a 75-mile-an-hour speed limit for the states rural interstate highways, automobile insurance rates wouldnt necessarily...