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1. Longtime Tennessee Civil Rights Lawyer Dies at 86 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

2. Curb Appeal’s Greg Black Has Roots in Landscaping -

Greg Black sits down on some outdoor furniture on the patio of a client in South Bluffs. He is wearing a short-sleeve, green, polo-style shirt that bears his business’s name – Curb Appeal – and blue jeans and boots.

3. MAAR’s New MLS System Designed for Mobile Users -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors had a system that allowed members to access its Multiple Listing Service on mobile devices, but users sometimes had to jump through sizable hoops to connect with the system while in the field.

4. Striking Back Against Court's Voting Rights Ruling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts to come after last month's Supreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act.

5. Supreme Court Halts Use of Key Part of Voting Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

6. Tigers Prepare for Life After Black, Thomas -

Wading in with some thoughts on several topics, starting with Adonis Thomas and Tarik Black leaving the University of Memphis basketball program:

• First off, the Tigers will be fine without them. The No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country is on the way and while the Tigers still want another big man to replace Black, the truth is that both Thomas and Black were disappointments this past season. This is also why I wish Adonis and Tarik were staying; odds are it would be better for them if they stayed.

7. Construction Nears for Crews Ventures Lab -

Construction is about to get under way on the University of Memphis’ Crews Ventures Lab, a business startup facilitator and incubator that will expand the possibilities available to the school’s entrepreneurially minded students.

8. Payne Joins Fulton CPAs as Senior Accountant -

Tarasha Payne has joined Fulton CPAs PLLC as a senior accountant in the areas of taxation, compilation and reviews, and client services. Payne has more than 15 years’ experience in the field and is working toward CPA certification. The announcement comes on the heels of big changes at the accounting firm, including new ownership and a name change from Polsgrove & Fulton. (See The Daily News’ Monday, Dec. 17, edition for more information.)

9. Wage Theft Ordinance Causes Concern -

Shelby County Commissioners take what is expected to be their next-to-last vote Monday, Dec. 17, on a “wage theft” ordinance that will probably be amended as it faces organized resistance from the local restaurant and hospitality industries.

10. Venson Center Work Kicks Off Heritage Trail -

The ambitious $1 billion, 10-year redevelopment project called Triangle Noir during former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s administration is now called Heritage Trail.

And the first move beyond the demolition of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development is the exterior renovation of the R.Q. Venson Center high rise at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

11. Events -

Women Against MS will hold its sixth annual luncheon benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Thursday, July 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cookbook author Ronda Giangreco will speak. Cost is $50. Contact Sherry Bramucci at sherry.bramucci@nmss.org or 755-0994.

12. Events -

BIG for Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 25, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. BIG brings together Memphis Police Department colonels and business leaders to curb crime and impact the community. Cost is free. R.S.V.P. to billy.garrett@phelpssecurity.com or 365-9728.

13. Goldman Manifesto Echoes Past Questions About Bank -

The young banker whose dramatic public resignation stung Goldman Sachs this week joins officials from every corner of the government in questioning whether the august investment house deals honestly with all its clients.

14. Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Tobias Pride said the drug kingpin who hired him to kill Antonio Allen in 2002 had proof “in black and white” that Allen had been cooperating with law enforcement.

15. UPDATE: Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Big drug dealers don’t count the money as soon as they make a drug deal. They wait until they leave the exchange to count it.

That was among the details offered Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the full-day of testimony by Orlando Pride, a long time member of the violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

16. Colliers Signs Baker to First Site in Tenn. -

Colliers International’s industrial team of Andy Cates, Preston Thomas and Mike Driscoll has inked 63 transactions this year. Here’s a rundown on a flurry of recent deals the trio has brokered.

17. See Main Street Finds Success In Downtown Locale -

See Main Street this year is celebrating its five-year anniversary Downtown at 103 S. Main St.

The optometry clinic opened in July 2006 and has flourished recently despite its humble beginning in what was then a fairly sparse section of Main Street.

18. Davis Leads Southaven During Population, Business Growth -

Greg Davis became mayor of Southaven in 1997, when its population was far less than 29,000.

The population today is nearly 49,000 and businesses are popping up – and Davis has gotten much of the credit for the city’s explosive growth.

19. Liberty Media Execs Discuss Barnes & Noble Offer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Executives with online company Liberty Media say the "interesting interplay" between Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader and its retail stores is one reason they have bid for the book seller, but Barnes & Noble executives launching the device's latest version Tuesday were mum on the $1 billion offer.

20. Shoppers Crowd the Malls in Christmas Countdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – Packed malls? Healthy gains in holiday spending? It's beginning to look at least a little like a pre-recession Christmas.

Americans spent more on clothing, luxury goods and even furniture, delivering healthy gains across the board, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all transactions including cash. The online category continued to be a bright spot. The big exception was consumer electronics, dragged down by deep discounting of TVs amid a glut. That area was virtually unchanged from a year ago.

21. State, National Economies Take Different Paths to Healing -

Poet Robert Frost could appreciate one of the themes emerging as the U.S. economy shakes off the effects of a painful recession.

22. Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.

23. Beale Street Report Overshadowed by Wilkins Flap - The handing over of the case files is still being worked out. So is a motion for a change of counsel. And the final invoice from attorney Ricky E. Wilkins for his work on the Chancery Court case involving the Beale Street Entertainment District is yet to come.

The decision by Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery to replace Wilkins comes at a crucial time in the long-running case.

Special Chancellor Don Harris is about to unseal a report on the entertainment district that has already been partially leaked. The report from Philadelphia accounting firm Parente Randolph was being prepared for release late last week as Wilkins and Lowery began a testy e-mail exchange that ended with Lowery firing Wilkins earlier this week.

For the past year or so of former Mayor Willie Herenton’s tenure, the city, represented by Wilkins, was zealously pursuing an accounting of money from Beale Street since 2002.

Money pit

The money is supposed to flow from the nightclubs on Beale Street to management company Performa Entertainment to the Beale Street Development Corp. and finally to the city. The money hasn’t flowed to the city at all, even though the city owns the district. On that, all sides agree.

The BSDC is the nonprofit board that holds the lease from the city, and Performa has a contract to run, manage and develop Beale Street with the BSDC.

Performa CEO John Elkington contends the district wasn’t profitable for a long time after its dedication in late 1983. Elkington said he and Performa put their own money into it. Under his contract, Elkington said he can and should recoup the money when the district turns a profit.

Wilkins contended in court that Performa mingled the Beale Street money with Performa ventures in other cities. It’s an allegation Elkington has adamantly denied.

“That’s nowhere in the report,” Elkington said in his only positive reference to the Parente Randolph findings.

Advocacy wars

The report by Paul Pocalyko, a principal of the accounting and consulting firm, concluded Performa owed the city of Memphis more than $6 million in profits from the district.

Press reports of Pocalyko’s multimillion-dollar bottom line had the political effect of stalling plans by Lowery to settle the lawsuit and fire City Attorney Elbert Jefferson.

“My overall goal is to save the taxpayers money,” Lowery said this week, denying that he is trying to “squash” the accounting of profits from the district. “If this case can be settled, I want it settled. If it must go to court, then it will go to court. But the overall goal is to improve the efficiency of this city.”

Elkington has been Beale Street’s developer since the district between Second and Fourth streets reopened 25 years ago.

“They spent $500,000 on an audit that is not an audit,” he said.

Elkington recently hired attorney John C. Speer, a member of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, to represent Performa.

Speer wouldn’t comment on the content of the Pocalyko report.

But he said, in general, the report mistakenly counted revenue, to the tune of millions of dollars, as due the city.

“That document is not an audit. It’s an opinion,” Speer said. “We are disappointed that it wasn’t an audit because we think an audit would have a credibility that would have supported the conclusion we have that there’s not any money owed to the city.”

Earlier this week, Speer was awaiting his own full copy of the report and both sides were still arguing about what would be redacted from it.

“The conclusions and opinions in there are not supported by fact,” Speer said. “They are opinions that are designed to support the position taken by the city’s attorney.”

That included approximately $2 million merchants made from selling wristbands over the seven-year period starting in 2002. The wristband sales allow patrons to get in several clubs for one cover charge.

“That money never goes to us. That’s $2.1 million,” Elkington told The Daily News. “So a third of what they are alleging went to the merchants.”

Another $900,000 was disallowed because it was a credit some tenants were given on their rent after they made property improvements. But Performa claims it has a 1991 letter with then-city chief administrative officer Greg Duckett approving the credit arrangement.

“What they’re trying to do is rewrite the lease,” Elkington said. “We’ve always said, ‘If we owe some money, we’ll pay it.’ … Right now, this is stuff that is conjecture.”

‘Black hole’

Lowery has said one of his first actions on taking office was to direct city Chief Administrative Officer Jack Sammons to find a way to settle the Beale Street lawsuit.

A settlement had been one of three priorities – along with a Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment contract and an agreement for Bass Pro Shops to develop The Pyramid – Herenton had set for his final weeks in office but never achieved.

Lowery had the same goal for his tenure, which lasts until the special election on Oct. 15 if he doesn’t win the right to fill out Herenton’s term.

Lowery’s immediate concern was millions of dollars the city was paying outside attorneys to pursue litigation. That concern was why Lowery tried to fire Jefferson within minutes of taking the oath of office on July 31. He held Jefferson responsible for what he termed a “black hole” of legal expenses approved on Jefferson’s watch as city attorney.

Lowery mentioned prominently the $35,000 a month to Wilkins and his law firm for work on the Beale Street case.

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24. Justin's Empire: Timberlake drives business interests where it all began -

Justin Timberlake might be best known for hit records, dance moves and sold-out concerts, but the 28-year-old entertainer extraordinaire is much more than a singer/dancer/performer. The award-winning, chart-topping Timberlake – or, simply, JT – has become an institution, a brand name that transcends his showbiz persona and carries as much cachet as any living celebrity.

25. Trying to Sell? Clean Up Any Neighborhood Eyesores -

When Vicky Black's one-story home in Port Richey, Fla., was on the market, prospective buyers told her they liked it. Unfortunately, they made negative comments about her neighbor's home, which has a stone lawn and little curb appeal.

26. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will present the first breakfast meeting in its Human Health Series today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. Phil Smeltzer will speak on “Wellness Programs, Where’s the Money?” The meeting is free to members and prospective members. For reservations, contact Ericka Milford at emilford@memphischamber.com or 543-3518.

27. Treadway Joins Thomas & Betts as Senior VP for Electrical Business -

Charles L. Treadway has joined Thomas & Betts Corporation in the newly created position of senior vice president, group president – electrical. Treadway will provide strategic and operational leadership to the company’s electrical products businesses on a global basis. The electrical segment of Thomas & Betts has approximately 60 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 11 countries and employs approximately 8,000 associates worldwide. The electrical segment reported $2.1 billion in revenues in 2008. Treadway previously served as president and chief executive officer for the Custom Sensors and Technology unit of Schneider Electric.

28. Events -

Memphis Area Women Business Owners will hold a breakfast mixer today from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Perkins, 1340 S. Germantown Parkway. For reservations, e-mail Tess Bear at nawbotreas@yahoo.com, Nita Black nitab@memphisoriginals.com or Alandas Dobbins at alandas@nsightmemphis.com.

29. 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. Mike Baker, assistant air traffic manager at the Memphis International Tower, will present “How We Do What We Do.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

30. Events -

The Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association will hold its first Memphis Area Regional Meeting today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove. The session is a networking and information meeting. To register, contact Carol Risher at 377-5646, Ext. 2, or risherlpc@comcast.net, or Sharlene Williams at 333-4563 or swilliams@southwest.tn.edu.

31. Young Building Company Coasting Along, Owners Say -

In the summer of 2006, Greg Bridgers and Kevin White left their respective homebuilding companies to form Southern Serenity Homes LLC. The longtime friends – “almost like brothers,” Bridgers said – saw the partnership as a chance to forge something new: to build homes the way they wanted at the pace they wanted, about 100 to 125 homes per year.

32. Countrywood Crossing Owner Adds Trio of TICs -

Countrywood 1031 LLC, the entity that bought Countrywood Crossing shopping center in Cordova earlier this year, has sold three more tenant-in-common (TIC) shares totaling $6.5 million, giving the company a total of 14 TICs worth $34.1 million. All were classified as “special” warranty deeds, closing the last week of August.

33. State Supreme Court Appointment Process Up for Debate -

The Tennessee Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling any day that could clear the way for the appointment of a fifth justice to the state's highest court. The seat has been vacant since the fall.

34. Events -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts "Marti Gras," a tribute to Creole culture, art and food, today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1934 Poplar Ave. The event includes a tour of Maritza Davila's exhibit "Cityscapes and Country Views: America through Prints 1900-1955" at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $6 for non-members. Call 544-6209 for more information.

35. Events -

The David Lusk Gallery presents "John Torina: Path Into the Wilderness" through Feb. 24 at 4540 Poplar Ave. For more information, call the gallery at 767-3800.

The Eclectic Eye in Midtown presents "Life As I See It," an exhibit by Tom Clifton, through March 1 at 242 South Cooper St. For more information, call 276-EYES (3937).

36. Events -

The Juvenile Court Ad Hoc Committee holds a public hearing today from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hickory Hill Community Center, 3910 Ridgeway St. For more information, call 545-4301.

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) meets Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Parmasters Memphis, 888 S. White Station Road. Anita Black, CEO and founder of MO's Music and Art Café, is the guest speaker. She will discuss "Growing Your Business." Leslie Shankman Cohen also will discuss "Feng Shui for the Office." Admission is free for members and $45 for non-members. Call 844-3738 or visit www.nawbomemphis.org for more information.

37. How Does Our Garden Grow? -

When the Memphis City Council moved to annex the 14-square-mile suburb of Hickory Hill in 1987, it sparked what became the longest fight against annexation in Memphis history.

The fight ended in 1998 after those annexation opponents who hadn't yet moved away decided to throw in the towel and sign an agreement officially ending the dispute. In return, they were assured the newly annexed community would get $150 million in capital improvements, including four city schools and two fire stations.

38. Grinder Haizlip Aims for Steady Growth -

For the two men who run Grinder Haizlip Construction Co. Inc., the job of building their company's future is done brick by brick, one employee at a time.

The low-key construction business has been around since 1992, and co-owners Greg Grinder and Henry Haizlip - perhaps now more than ever - are thinking big. Not just in the size of their business, but also in the imagination with which they and their next generation of project managers tackle new jobs.

39. Estate Planning Council Elects Officers -

The Memphis Estate Planning Council announced the following officers for 2005-2006: David B. Jones, president; Frank E. Davis, vice president; Jeffrey E. Thompson, secretary; James L. Ferguson Jr., treasurer; and Mike Wood, immediate past president. Other executive committee members are Kermit B. Kaiser, Leanne W. McCullough, Samuel N. Graham and Teresa R. Hurst.

40. Archived Article: Law Focus - Law

Young Law Firm Strives to be Different

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

Its not about the money. Well, the money is nice but its also about helping people in court who really need it.

Theres the man beaten up by a security guard after b...

41. Archived Article: Tech Briefs - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital unveiled a new look for its Web site, www.stjude.org. The redesign is part of an effort to better serve patients, medical staff, donors and volunteers.

The changes incl...

42. Archived Article: Real Review - The presence of mold can make a house sick

The presence of mold can make a house sick

By GREG SUBICK

Special to The Daily News

Inside anyones home, something might be growing that has potential of making the residents sick, and they dont...

43. Archived Article: Habitat (lead) - By Stacey Wiedower Top hat, steel toes required for Habitat gala By Stacey Wiedower The Daily News Grab a hard hat and a bow tie and head over to the event with the most unique dress code in MemphisHabitat for Humanitys second annual Housewarming Ga...