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1. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

2. Leases Push Renaissance Center Near Capacity -

The Renaissance Center office building in East Memphis should be near capacity early next year, following a series of recent lease signings.

Financial Federal signed a lease on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to occupy 27,000 square feet on the first and second floors of the Renaissance Center, 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive. In addition to the new location, the growing financial firm will have signage atop the East Memphis office building along Poplar Avenue east of Interstate 240.

3. Kirby Finds Home With Harris Shelton -

When he was in the second grade, Matthew Kirby’s mother was told he needed to either be a lawyer or a preacher.

4. Rheumatology Clinic Buys Germantown Office Building -

7660 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $986,850

Sale Date: Nov. 14, 2012

5. PLC International Files $1.4 Million Loan on Building -

Memphis-based PLC International Inc. has filed a $1.4 million loan through BrightBridge Inc. on the 67,538-square-foot strip center at 1150 N. Germantown Parkway (also known as 1140 Cordova Road) in Cordova.

6. Signature’s Marshall Leads Renovation Effort -

When Charles Marshall co-founded Signature Advertising & Marketing Solutions with Mark Henry in 1994, the two were the firm’s only employees.

7. Jeter Joins Accounting Firm Cannon Wright Blount -

Andrew Jeter has joined Cannon Wright Blount as director of assurance and accounting services.

8. Crye-Leike Inks Car Dealership, Industrial Deals -

Bill Caller with Crye-Leike Commercial has brokered a pair of sales in recent weeks that enable the new users to occupy second-generation space.

Nihal Khwaja with Best Deal Motors purchased the 2-acre former car lot at 5648 Summer Ave. for $150,000.

9. Court Limits Banks’ Immunity -

A recent ruling from the Tennessee Court of Appeals has limited the immunity banks in the state once had when it comes to liability for withdrawals of money under powers of attorney.

The July 26 ruling comes in the Memphis case of the estate of Robert Stokes West, which sued Regions Bank in 2008 over the issue.

10. Inaugural Seminar to Focus on CRE Issues -

Despite commercial real estate’s doldrums, local brokers are seeing signs of resurgence.

Commercial real estate investments – such as malls, office buildings and industrial properties – reached $316 billion nationwide in 2010, according to Thomas Reuters. That represented a 50 percent jump from an eight-year low in 2009 of $209 billion.

11. Girl Scouts Heart of the South Buys White Station Property -

717 S. White Station Road, Units A, B and C
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $1.8 Million

12. Starts With Food -

The arrival of Winchester Farmer’s Market at 6616 Winchester Road a number of years ago all but removed the memory of Seessel’s, the grocery stalwart that once occupied the space.

13. Three Memphis Firms Honored In 2010 Best Lawyers -

Three Memphis law firms have attorneys who have been honored in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC had four attorneys from its Memphis office honored: Donna K. Fisher, Thomas L. Henderson, Charles V. Holmes and Frederick J. Lewis were named to the list as top lawyers in labor and employment law. All four previously have been recognized by Best Lawyers.

14. Barboro Flats Developer To Begin Second Phase -

100 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $8 Million
Project Cost: $18.2 million
Permit Date: Applied July 2009
Completion: Summer 2010
Owner: 100 South Main Partners
Tenant: TBA
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

15. City of Memphis Files Permit For Liberty Bowl Renovation -

335 S. Hollywood St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Amount: $1.2 Million

Project Cost: $1.2 million
Permit Date: Applied June 2009
Owner: City of Memphis
Tenant: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Architect: Bounds & Gillespie Architects PLLC

16. Newspaper Moves to Open Priest Abuse Records -

The Daily News has filed a motion to intervene in a Circuit Court lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse by a Memphis Catholic priest.

The newspaper is seeking to open records in the recently settled John Doe lawsuit filed against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, The Dominican religious order and Father Juan Carlos Duran.

17. Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Facility Near Completion in Schilling Farms -

15 Schilling Bend Commons
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $4 Million

Loan Date: Jan. 7, 2009
Maturity Date: Jan. 7, 2009
Borrower: Southridge Nursing LLC
Lender: Financial Federal Savings Bank

18. Thompson Case Points To Shady Culture -

Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Bruce Thompson told a federal judge this week his behavior was “anomaly.”

19. Thompson Gets Six Month Jail Sentence -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson was sentenced this evening to six months in prison and fined $10,000 for telling executive of a Jackson, Tn. construction company that he could influence votes on the Memphis school board.

Thompson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla on one count of mail fraud.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could have been sentenced to 21-27 months in prison.

But the plea deal from Thompson's February guilty plea would have allowed Thompson to withdraw his guilty plea if he was sentenced to more than a year and a day in jail. McCalla could have rejected it and the case would have moved toward trial. But McCalla accepted the recommendation of the prosecution and defense to depart from the guidelines.

"I'm here to accept responsibilities for my actions," Thompson told McCalla before the sentence was imposed. "I never expected to be here. ... My reputation has certainly taken a beating. I've spent 25 years building a reputation that's certainly been trashed."

Thompson termed his criminal behavior an "anomaly." His attorney, Leslie Ballin, argued for probation.

McCalla agreed Thompson's behavior in the case was "aberrant." But he also said a prison sentence was called for as a deterrent.

"This is a difficult concept. It only works if people know what happens," McCalla said, referring to the certainty of jail time.

Leaders of H&M Construction Company, who hired Thompson in 2004 to win a contract to build three Memphis city schools had some vocal misgivings about what Thompson was doing.

The reservations are detailed in an excerpt from an FBI report in what became a federal corruption case.

The FBI report excerpt, also known as a “302,” was filed as part of Ballin’s argument that Thompson should avoid prison time and instead be sentenced to probation.

Back and forth

Thompson admitted taking $7,000 in 2004 from two construction firms, H&M Construction and Salton-Fox Construction of Memphis. The payment was made to Thompson after he told the companies’ executives he could control votes on the Memphis City Schools board because of his position as a county commissioner. The companies, working in partnership, were seeking the construction contract.

Thompson quibbled about his precise role, according to the FBI report on its interview with James E. Campbell of H&M.

“I’m not lobbying, I’m consulting,” Campbell quoted Thompson as saying.

Campbell drew up a consulting contract, but Thompson never signed it.

Campbell had five meetings with Thompson when he spotted Thompson on H&M’s parking lot in Jackson talking with another company official, Dewitt Day. Thompson asked Campbell what he thought about making campaign contributions to four school board members.

“It looks like this for that,” Campbell remembered replying.

He said Thompson’s response was, “It’s legal to do.”

Campbell planned to write the campaign contribution checks and “it was agreed Thompson would deliver the checks to the recipients.”

“While writing the first check, Campbell decided it didn’t look good for H&M to give campaign contributions to these individuals,” the FBI report reads. “Campbell then thought about using H&M subcontractors to give the contributions but ultimately decided Day could give the $7,000 to his relatives in Memphis and have them deliver the contributions in their name.”

Day “grabbed” $7,000 and drove to Memphis, according to the FBI. His brother-in-law also didn’t like the looks of the money exchange and consulted attorney and former Memphis City Council member John Bobango.

“Bobango advised Day not to give these campaign contributions because H&M already had the (school board) votes to win approval,” the FBI 302 reads. Campbell told Thompson and others, including construction executive Kirby Salton, that the deal was off.

“Thompson and Salton went on to say that the four individuals would be disappointed and Campbell got the impression the ‘votes could go the other way,’” according to the report. It was Thompson’s conduct during the conference call that broke the law, Ballin conceded.

Campbell then wrote Salton a check for $7,000 and “never questioned Salton on whether he delivered the campaign contribution to the four individuals.”

Money differences

Ballin argued in his position paper that Thompson’s sentence should be determined based on the $7,000 instead of the more than $250,000 Thompson was paid by the two construction firms. He also contended Thompson wasn’t using his office as a county commissioner to influence the school board.

“H&M suffered no loss and Thompson only received the fair market value of services rendered by way of his arms-length consulting contract,” Ballin wrote.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim DiScenza disagreed on the harm done even if Thompson didn’t influence the outcome.

“Whether or not campaign contributions were required to be given in order for H&M Construction Company to win contract approval is irrelevant, as it is uncontested that the defendant conveyed to H&M .... managers that said contributions would in fact be needed to influence the awarding of the contract,” DiScenza wrote in the government’s position paper submitted last week.

McCalla sided with DiScenza in his ruling and the higher dollar amount was a factor in the prison sentence.

Salton and school board members Wanda Halbert, Sara Lewis, Willie Brooks and Hubon Sandridge all testified before the federal grand jury that indicted Thompson. Salton said publicly that he paid several thousand dollars to a campaign worker for Halbert, who has since been elected to the Memphis City Council. Halbert denied any knowledge of getting the cash but listed on an amended campaign finance report $2,000 that was lost.

DiScenza said in February that the four school board members mentioned by Thompson but never identified in court were not aware of the deal, and none has ever been charged with taking the money.

Thompson had no comment as he left the Federal Building this evening. The federal Bureau of Prisons will determine where and when he reports to prison.

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20. UT Medical Group Names Martin VP of Corporate Compliance -

Linda Martin has joined UT Medical Group Inc. as vice president of corporate compliance.

21. Nail Shop Owner Targets Upscale Clientele -

Local construction contractor Ken Thorp has built many commercial structures since 1985, and that includes nail shops, but one opening Friday is "one of the nicest he's ever seen," he said.

With Greek columns supporting the entryway arches, a granite-topped bar where free beverages will be served and brown suede massage chairs where customers can relax while getting a pedicure - Elite Nail Spa at 6300 Poplar Ave., Suite 105, really appears to be like no other nail shop in the area.

22. Wharton Agrees With Herenton on Consolidation -

The mayors of Memphis and Shelby County are now both on record as favoring a single Metro form of government albeit under different terms.

Five days after Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton launched a renewed bid for consolidation keyed on changing state law to permit a single county-wide referendum on a consolidation proposal, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners Monday he also favors one government for Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.

23. Thompson Trial Set for March 31 -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson's pending corruption trial appears to be on a fast track. U.S. District Jon P. McCalla this week set a March 31 trial date on the charges of extortion and mail fraud.

24. While U of M-Area TIF Passes, It's Still a Bone of Contention -

Shelby County Commissioners this week put in place the final piece of the structure for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan for the University of Memphis area.

The ordinance creating a Redevelopment Trust Fund passed on a 9-2-1 vote on third and final reading. The same ordinance was expected to win final approval Tuesday from the Memphis City Council.

25. Frey Named Alpha Eta Society National President -

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

26. Commission Distances Itself From Salton Cos. -

Shelby County Commissioners have taken at least a temporary step back from a construction contractor whose name has surfaced in the most recent federal corruption investigation.

The two-week delay this week in approving a $274,422 contract with Salton Cos. LLC came less than a week after former County Commissioner Bruce Thompson was indicted on federal extortion and mail fraud charges.

27. Thompson Proclaims Innocence While Prosecution Proceeds -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson's defense against public corruption charges could touch on some fundamental questions about the private business dealings of public officials.

Thompson turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service Wednesday, the day after a federal grand jury indicted him on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

28. Taco Del MarExpands Into Region -      Mexican food fanatics in the Mid-South will have several dozen more restaurant options within seven years as Seattle-based Taco Del Mar expands into the region.
     Locals Terri Turner and R

29. Gerard Appointed Administrator at Methodist Cancer Center -

Dr. Dava F. Gerard has been appointed administrator for the Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center. She previously was the founding vice president and chief operating officer of the Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas.

30. Archived Article -

One lot in
I-40 Business Center
Loan Amount: $4.5 million

Loan Date: Sept. 28, 2006

Maturity Date: March 28, 2008

31. First Mercantile Taps Maness to Handle National Accounts -

Philip E. Maness has been appointed director of national accounts and executive vice president of First Mercantile in Cordova. He began his career with First Mercantile in 1984, serving most recently as strategic planning officer.

32. Archived Article -

Parcels in four
shopping centers
Loan Amount: $11.4 million

Loan Date: May 25, 2006

Maturity Date: June 1, 2021

33. Archived Article -

Two loans for
Kirby Gate center
Loan Amounts: $5 million; $1 million

Loan Date (for both): March 28, 2006

34. Marketing Agency Hires New Art Director -

Lyle Wardlaw has joined full-service advertising, marketing, design and public relations firm inferno as art director. Prior to that she spent three years providing design support for clients at Imre Communications and Babcock Advertising in the Washington, D.C., area. She graduated from Millsaps College in 1996 with a double major in studio art and elementary education, and has completed advertising and graphics programs from Memphis College of Art and Southwest Community College. In her position as art director, Wardlaw will serve clients and help with new creative projects.

35. ABWA Chapter Names Woman of the Year -

Cheryl D. Fleming of Crye-Leike, Realtors, was named 2005 Woman of the Year by the local chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Fleming currently serves as president of the association.

36. Archived Article -

9314 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138
Cost: $5 million

Buyer: Summit Hotel Properties LLC
Seller: ER Johnson Road Hotel Investors LLC
Property: Residence Inn by Marriott at 9314 Poplar Pike.

37. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Tennessee Press Association elects vice president

Pitts Named Principal Owner at Pickering

Robert J. Pitts was named principal owner of Pickering Inc. Pitts is the companys civil engineering team leader. He received a bachelors degree from the...

38. Archived Article: Real Recap - 3100 Bellbrook Drive

St. Clair Foods Plans to Expand

3100 Bellbrook Drive

Memphis, TN 38116

Cost: $3.4 million

Buyer: York Properties LLC

Seller: APF Bellbrook Industrial Inc.

Property: A 108,000-square-foot building and 11 acre...

39. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Edmiston, Lollar Named Master School Board Members

Edmiston, Lollar Named Master School Board Members Shelby County Board of Education members Anne Edmiston and Ron Lollar earned the designation Master School Board Member, the highest title confe...

40. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Yvonne Matlock, director of the Memphis Shelby County Health Department will be the guest speaker at Tuesdays meeting of the Yvonne Matlock, city-county Health Department director, is speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Downtown Memphis Rotary Clu...

41. Archived Article: Memos - Judge Judy Broffit, Kenneth May, William C

Judge Judy Broffit, Kenneth May, William C. Menkel and William S. Reeser were appointed board members of Youth Villages. Broffit is a judge of General Sessions, Division 9 and the Frayser Community Court...

42. Archived Article: Real Review - Allen & OHara, Fremont Realty Allen & OHara, Fremont Realty team up for national acquisitions Allen & OHara Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with Fremont Realty Capital LP to capitalize Education Properties Trust LLC, an acq...

43. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: March 5-March 11 March 9 Union University will host political activist Kay Coles James as the first featured speaker for the 2001 Union Forum Series this spring. James will speak at noon in the unive...

44. Archived Article: Real Review - Fogelman Management adds Fogelman Management adds three properties to portfolio Fogelman Management Group announced it was awarded new property management assignments on three different apartment communities located in three different states. The ad...

45. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - The 2000-2001 edition of the Retail Trade Guide is available at the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, 2475 Memphis S The 2000-2001 edition of the Retail Trade Guide is available at the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, 2475 Memph...

46. Archived Article: Memos - The YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South has announced four new positions within the organization: Memphis Memos Assistant District Attorney James A. Robinson Jr., has been appointed by Gov. Don Sundquist to the 30th Judicial District General Sessions ...

47. Archived Article: Calendar - Aug Aug. 31 The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants will offer a seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. titled "An Engagement Approach to Researching, Evaluating and Understanding the Company" at the Fogelman Executive Center at...

48. Archived Article: Calendar - Aug Aug. 24 Memphis Area Radio Stations Association will present a seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ridgeway Inn at Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240. Consultant Irwin Pollack will discuss radio ad selling from 8:30 a.m. to noon and radio stat...

49. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis Bar Association will present a seminar on appellate practice on Friday from 9 a The Memphis Bar Association will present a seminar on appellate practice on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at One Commerce Square. The speakers will includ...

50. Archived Article: Cornerstone Chg - By CAMILLE H Dallas company buys apartment properties By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Cameron at Kirby, a 324-unit apartment complex at 3094 Autumnwood Ave. in Southeast Memphis, and Stonegate, a 208-unit apartment complex at 4500 Stonegate Driv...

51. Archived Article: G&g Mini Storage Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON New mini-storage to open at Kirby and Winchester Area growing into popular hub for development By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction is almost complete on a self-storage facility that will provide more than 62,000 square fe...

52. Archived Article: Noncon Multi-use Lj - lj 10/5 cates Multi-use development planned for Nonconnah-Ridgeway interchange By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Development along one of Memphis newest commercial corridors continues to pick up speed with the selection of the Nonconnah Parkway-Ridge...

53. Archived Article: Schools Chg - By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE Bids open for projects at Shelby County Schools Shelby County Schools looking to buy 34 more portable classrooms By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Shelby County Schools is advertising for bids for several projects, including t...

54. Archived Article: Lenox Park Lj - lj 10/5 cates Lease negotiations hot at Lenox Park By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News As construction progresses on one of the first office buildings in Memphis next commercial "hot zone," leasing activity for the project has developers anti...

55. Archived Article: Benchmark - 04-04 Benchmark Jay Baker and Susan Baker vs. Equipment Engineering Co. A local engineering company is being sued by a Memphis couple in Circuit Court. According to the suit, Jay Baker was employed as a warehouse worker for Frito-Lay Inc. when the d...

56. Archived Article: Benchmark - 03-28 Benchmark Ritta Owens, Lesia G. Johnson, Cheryl L. Mitchell, Clara M. Sharp, William A. Smith and Jobe L. Taylor vs. the University Club of Memphis. Several former and current employees of the University Club of Memphis have filed a class acti...

57. Archived Article: Commission Jts - 11/8 jts Commission County commission considers multi-million dollar contracts Action to come next month By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News The Shelby County Commission heard first readings on two major construction projects Monday and appropriated mone...

58. Archived Article: Nonconnah Jts - 11/1 jts Nonconnah Nonconnah Parkway to open another mile and a quarter By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News Another stretch of the Nonconnah Parkway will open next month, extending access along the route another 1.25 miles, according to a state official....