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1. Justices to Announce New Attorney General on Monday -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Supreme Court justices plan to announce their choice for the next state attorney general on Monday.

According to a news release issued Thursday, the announcement will take place at 11 a.m. in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville.

2. With Health Law, Workers Ponder the I-Quit Option -

CHICAGO (AP) – For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

3. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections -

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.

4. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play” Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Dec. 8 in the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

5. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will host a debate between Shea Flinn and Kenneth Whalum Jr. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The topic is “Memphis Sales Tax Increase: Yea or Nay?” Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

6. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s Office will host a “Home Sweet Home” workshop for seniors Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Goodwill Senior Center, 163 W. Raines Road. Trustee staff will provide information on senior property taxes and how to effectively pass property to heirs. Cost is free. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

7. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

8. Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO -

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

9. Former Theater Site Heads to Auction Block -

The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning a Midtown building with an interesting history.

On Friday, Aug. 9, at the Shelby County Courthouse, the IRS will auction the building and a vacant lot at 319 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive and 323 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive. The minimum bid the IRS is seeking is $12,356. The IRS seized the building for nonpayment of IRS taxes due from Faith Village.

10. 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

11. Pratt Joins Counterpart As Account Manager -

Lisa Pratt has been named senior account manager at Counterpart Communication Design, where she will manage campaigns for several clients from concept to execution. She previously worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

12. 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.

13. ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital Makes Memphis Stop -

After a week in Memphis, the second generation of the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital and its crew of 22 goes back to work for one more year of flights around the world.

Memphis was the final stop in the goodwill tour of the DC-10 donated and outfitted by FedEx Corp. and maintained by the Memphis-based company since 1992.

14. 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

15. Rich Spend, Others Scrimp, Retail Reports Show -

NEW YORK (AP) – High gas prices are driving a wider wedge between the wealthy and everybody else.

The rich are back to pre-recession-style splurging: Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom customers are treating themselves to luxury items like $5,000 Hermes handbags and $700 Jimmy Choo shoes, and they're paying full price.

16. Record Gains for US Poverty With Elections Looming -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.

17. 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.

18. 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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19. 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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20. Finch Appointed to Dean Position At UofM School of Nursing -

Dr. Linda Finch has been appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs for the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis. Finch was previously an associate professor on the nursing faculty. She has been named an American Nurses Foundation Scholar by the American Nurses Association and is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. She also has served on the editorial board of “The Tennessee Nurse.”

21. Gov't Insurance Would Allow Coverage for Abortion -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue.

22. Burch Porter Touts Usefulness Of Legal Network -

Burch Porter & Johnson PLLC has a solid reputation in the Memphis area, but as a member of the ALFA International Global Legal Network, the law firm is able to expand its influence throughout the U.S. and internationally.

23. GMAC Receives $7.5B in New Treasury Aid -

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. government could eventually own a majority stake in GMAC Financial Services following its latest $7.5 billion aid package to the ailing auto financing company.

To keep loans flowing to would-be buyers of GM and Chrysler vehicles and shore up its capital position, the Treasury Department agreed Thursday to provide GMAC with $7.5 billion in loans. The new aid marks the second time the government has stepped in to prop up the former lending unit of General Motors Corp.

24. Being a Real Pro Is a State Of Mind, Johnson Says -

University of Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson admits the attention Tigers athletics gets is out of proportion to what it probably deserves given other nonsports accomplishments at the university.

25. 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.

26. Law Job Interview Begins With Summer Programs -

Farris DeBoard is a rising third-year law student at Tulane University in New Orleans. But what he learns during his eight weeks as a summer associate at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC might make the biggest impact on what practice area he pursues and where he'll be doing it.

27. Halijan Receives Top Honor From Community Legal Center -

Douglas F. Halijan, a partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, recently received the 2005 Elmore Holmes Award from the Community Legal Center, which is housed inside the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association at 910 Vance Ave.

28. Ward Named Judge of the Year by Bar Association -

The Criminal Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association recently presented Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward its judge of the year award. Ward presides over Division 9 of Shelby County's 30th Judicial District. Ward was appointed to the bench in 2004. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant public defender and in private practice. Ward's bachelor's degree in law enforcement and his law degree are both from the University of Memphis.

29. Local Businessman to Head State Insurance Group -

Brad V. Smith, president of Cecil Smith Insurance Agency in Germantown, was elected president of Insurors of Tennessee. Smith has served on the association's board of directors and executive committee for 12 years. He won the group's Chairman of the Year award in 2004 and Insuror of the Year award in 1992.

30. Archived Article: Law - Rhodes Law Institute Discusses Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Headlines Rhodes Law Institute

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

Memphis will soon play host to one of the nations premier thinkers on the subject of intellectual pr...

31. Archived Article: Benchmark - Felons might soon regain

Felons might soon regain

voting rights in Florida

A group of former law enforcement and senior U.S. Department of Justice officials have filed an amicus brief urging a U.S. Circuit Court to restore voting rights to ...

32. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Oct

Calendar of events Oct. 14-Oct. 20

Oct. 14

The Jewish Community Center Theatre, 6560 Poplar Ave., hosts a lottery referendum debate at 7 p.m. Speaking for the lottery referendum is state Sen. Steve Cohen, Student Scho...

33. Archived Article: Real Focus - By Stacey Wiedower

Builders lend support to Fayette County schools

By STACEY WIEDOWER

The Daily News

As more houses are built in Fayette County and more Mid-Southerners consider calling the area home, all eyes are focused on improving th...

34. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: April 30-May 6 May 1 Headway Technology Resources is hosting a Technology Boot Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Joe Harris of HTR will provide an over...

35. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the U The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee are sponsoring the annual Federal Practice Seminar ...

36. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: April 23-April 29 April 23 The International Association of Administrative Professionals second annual luncheon saluting colleagues in the administrative field for their dedication to the profession ...

37. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis Bar Association presents a seminar on developments in health care law including Stark II, physician compliance pro The Memphis Bar Association presents a seminar on developments in health care law including Stark II, physician compliance...

38. Archived Article: Memos - Davie L Davie L. Lloyd has been named as an associate at Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. Lloyd has 36 years experience in the mechanical engineering systems design of commercial, industrial and health care projects. He is the manager ...

39. Archived Article: Marketplace (seminar) - Womens potential for business success will be the focus of on upcoming seminar sponsored by the Memphis Arthur Andersen office and LEAD, the Women in Leadership program at the University of Memphis Seminar to show women the benefit of networking By ...

40. Archived Article: Memos - Buckeye Board Elects New Officer Jeffery T. Cook has been elected vice president, product development-new fibers for Buckeye Technologies Inc. Cook is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Melissa Smith has joined Chandler, Ehrlich & Co. as media...

41. Archived Article: Memos - Leonard I Randall H. Brown has been appointed chief financial officer for Allen & OHara Inc. He formerly was director of corporate finance for Promus Hotel Corp. A certified public accountant, Brown has bachelors degrees from the University of M...

42. Archived Article: Real Fcs (arlington) L - By LAURIE JOHNSON Arlington: A final frontier Attention from builders and home buyers is turning yesterdays sleepy railroad outpost into todays rapidly expanding suburban community By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Builders and homebuyers all agree: ...

43. Archived Article: Real Focus Box Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON The Department of Housing and Urban Developments $696 million in grants will benefit non-profit groups in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Of these funds, $563 million will go to Section 202 projects for elderly...

44. Archived Article: Memos - FDX Corporation Makes FDX has announced management changes in several subsidiaries: Rodger G. Marticke has been promoted to executive vice president at RPS. Marticke formerly was president of Caliber Logistics and also served as vice president and g...

45. Archived Article: Melting Pot Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON New restaurant aims to make Memphians fond of fondue By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction started Monday on Memphis first Melting Pot fondue restaurant at 2828 Wolf Creek Parkway in East Memphis near Cordova. The restauran...

46. Archived Article: Real Fcs (homestps) Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON Reluctant Realtors Freddie Mac launches new program to market homes it acquires through foreclosure By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Freddie Mac does not want to be in the business of selling homes. But, since home buyers occasiona...

47. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Rosemarie Fair Stack was confirmed as the 1998 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Rosemarie Fair Stack was confirmed as the 1998 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Robin Hyde and Doug Collins were chosen secret...

48. Archived Article: Memos - Lisa Sanford has been named assistant vice president of executive banking for Enterprise National Bank at its Poplar/Ridgeway location Lisa Sanford has been named assistant vice president of executive banking for Enterprise National Bank at its Popl...

49. Archived Article: Real Fcs (vesta) Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON Vesta 97 This years edition of the Memphis Area Home Builders Associations fundraiser will showcase living "just off the greens of Southwind" By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The focus will be on "living the golf lif...

50. Archived Article: New Pool Lj - lj 10/5 cates Memphis first indoor pool to open in 1997 By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Starting next year, Memphians will be able to enjoy the opportunity to go for a swim whether the sun is shining or the snow clouds are threatening. Construction...

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52. Archived Article: Cameras Lj - lj 10/5 cates Enlightenment or intrusion? Rule 30 brings cameras to Tennessee courtrooms By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Will a recent Tennessee high court order allowing media coverage in the states courtrooms help or hinder the judicial process? ...

53. Archived Article: Standout (uhlhorn) Lj - lj 10/5 cates Ready, fire, aim! Local business innovator ensures future of entrepreneurial spirit By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News A local business and community leader firmly believes in a small yet crucial twist of an age-old battle cry. "Rea...

54. Archived Article: Neighborhd Assoc Lj - lj 10/5 cates Neighborhood associations protect residents, build community spirit By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News When Elbert Rich Jr. and his neighbors discovered that gang members were using their quiet streets as a delivery zone for stolen cars,...

55. Archived Article: Workers Comp Lj - lj 10/5 cates Surveillance expert shows how to tag "Red Flags" By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News An expert in the field of video surveillance will explain the latest techniques that insurance companies can use to separate "the needy fr...

56. Archived Article: Workers Comp Conf - lj 10/5 cates Compensation is topic of conference By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The second annual Tri-State Workers Compensation Education Conference, which offers a full program on the latest developments in workers compensation issues in Tennes...

57. Archived Article: Velsicol Lj - lj 10/5 cates Environmental groups will up pressure on chemical company if ignored By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Advising a chemical company's bank that it's the environmental equivalent of a "war criminal" may be the next tactic a Memphis enviro...