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1. Politics Continues After County Primaries -

A lot of the candidates from the Shelby County primary ballot were in the same room the day after the Tuesday, May 6, election.

The occasion was County Commission committee sessions.

It was mostly winners.

2. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at in-synksellhuman.eventbrite.com.

3. Avery Named State’s Dentist of the Year -

Dr. Jim Avery of the practice Avery & Meadows DDS has been named the 2011 Dentist of the Year for the state by the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry.

4. Schools Planning Commission Begins Work -

The 21-member schools consolidation planning commission goes to work Thursday, Sept. 29, in a conference room at the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in Shelby Farms.

5. Tobey Transformation -

Nicole Heverly, a Midtowner, didn’t have a reason to visit Tobey Park until a couple months ago when it became the site of the city’s first dog park.

“I heard about it, but I would walk my dog and take him to Overton (Park),” said Heverly. “The first time here I was in love with it. Jay has other dogs to play with.”

6. Feds Match County Money 3-to-1 for The MED -

Federal, state, county and city officials – both Democrats and Republicans – celebrated Thursday a larger-then-expected $30 million payment to The MED from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

7. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

8. Candidates Battle it Out in Democratic Primary -

Before voters get to the slimmer, trimmer Aug. 5 race for Shelby County mayor, some of them must decide the three-candidate Democratic primary on the May 4 ballot.

As political races go, this one has enough drama to make it interesting.

9. Temporary MED Fix Just That: Temporary -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis will get $10 million from Shelby County government to keep its emergency room open through June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

The Shelby County Commission’s 9-3 vote this week takes the money from the county’s $73 million reserve fund.

10. 2009 Year In Review -

2009 was a year without a script – and plenty of improvising on the political stage.

It was supposed to be an off-election year except in Arlington and Lakeland.

2008 ended with voters in the city and county approving a series of changes to the charters of Memphis and Shelby County governments. Those changes were supposed to set a new direction for both entities, kicking into high gear in 2010 and ultimately culminating two years later.

11. First MED Task Force Meeting Focuses On State Funding -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz identified Tennessee as the primary deadbeat for failing to pay its share to The Regional Medical Center at Memphis during the first meeting today of a special task force looking for ways to help the financially struggling hospital.

12. MED Task Force Members Appointed -

Shelby County Interim Mayor Joyce Avery and County Commissioner Joe Ford, who will become county mayor Dec. 10, have appointed a task force to brainstorm short- and long-term solutions to the revenue crisis at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

13. Commission to Make Another Run At Choosing County Mayor -

The votes for an interim Shelby County mayor haven’t been along party or racial lines, but there’s still time. Shelby County Commissioners will try again today to appoint someone to the county’s top job.

14. County Mayor Deadlock Moves to Next Week -

The pressure of 24 roll call votes didn’t change any minds. Attempts at persuasion between the votes didn’t change any votes on the Shelby County Commission.

So now commissioners on both sides of the body’s deadlock over an interim county mayor are counting on another tactic to break the draw between Commissioners Joe Ford and J.W. Gibson – time.

15. Commission Deadlocked On Next County Mayor -

Joyce Avery will serve as Shelby County Mayor until Dec. 10.

Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday that she will serve the full 45 day period in the county charter. But they weren’t able to decide who will be mayor after Dec. 10.

16. UPDATE: County Commission Deadlocks On Mayoral Choice -

Joyce Avery will serve as Shelby County Mayor until Dec. 10.

Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday that she will serve the full 45 day period in the county charter. But they weren’t able to decide who will be mayor after Dec. 10.

17. A City in Transition -

Just before sunrise on a rainy Tuesday morning, the armed officers raided the city office. They didn’t make any arrests, but they took files, interviewed employees and served search warrants. And they temporarily closed the Memphis Animal Shelter.

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. Health Department Talks To Continue Next Week -

No deal on continued partial city funding of the local Health Department in exchange for turning over Shelby County government’s share of The Pyramid to the city.

Members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners this week rejected a vote on the proposal by the Herenton administration to buy the county’s share of The Pyramid and partially fund the local health department in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

21. No Commission Vote On City's Pyramid Health Dept. Offer -

Members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners considered and, at least for now, rejected a vote on a proposal by the Herenton administration to buy the county’s share of The Pyramid and partially fund the local health department in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

22. No Commission Vote On City's Pyramid Health Dept. Offer -

Members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners considered and, at least for now, rejected a vote on a proposal by the Herenton administration to buy the county’s share of The Pyramid and partially fund the local health department in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

23. Probate Clerk to Run For Commission Seat -

Shelby County Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas won’t be running for re-election next year. Instead, he’ll run for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

24. County Commission To Fill Vacancy -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners should return to its full complement of 13 members today.

The commission is scheduled to select a replacement for David Lillard, a Republican who resigned from the commission this month following his appointment in January as state treasurer. Whoever wins the appointment will serve the year and a half remaining in Lillard’s four-year term of office.

25. Bass Pro Deal Trundles On -

The same team that negotiated the development agreement with Bass Pro Shops will do the talking for city and county governments on a lease of The Pyramid to the fishing and hunting retailer.

Earlier this week, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners approved the yearlong development agreement on a 9-3 vote. It’s the same agreement approved in October by the Memphis City Council.

26. Avery Joins Southwest As Information Systems Director -

Jim Avery has joined Southwest Tennessee Community College as executive director of information systems.

27. Commission to Weigh Pyramid Role – Again – Next Week -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners added to the anxiety Herenton administration negotiators are already experiencing over talks to bring Bass Pro Shops to The Pyramid.

The commission this week voted to delay a proposed selloff of the county’s share of The Pyramid, the Mid-South Coliseum

28. Herenton Sticks To Singing School Reform Refrain -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton tried to talk the City Council down from cutting $93 million in city funding to Memphis City Schools as he talked this week of reinventing and blowing up parts of a school system he said is ripe for change.

29. Deadlock Leads To State Legislation -

One of the two Memphis legislators sponsoring a bill that would keep the Shelby County charter much the same as it is now said he put the legislation in the hopper in Nashville because of fears the Shelby County Board of Commissioners would become deadlocked.

30. Officials Want Would-Be Pyramid Developers To Put Up or Shut Up -

Shelby County Board of Commissioners members and their counterparts on the Memphis City Council don't seem to be interested in seeing anymore artist renderings or PowerPoint presentations of what might be in The Pyramid.

31. 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.

32. Flood Zone? -

When Willie and Rena Jeffries bought their home in 1995, the property directly behind theirs was being used as a horse pasture.

In the years since, a major developer has turned the pasture into a subdivision - and turned their 2,600-square-foot, two-story home into a major disaster area, they allege in a lawsuit filed last week in Shelby County Chancery Court.

33. Archived Article: Opd (lead) - Residential corridor zoning under fire

Council weighs homes-to-offices redevelopment

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

Memphis City Council members will consider a request to delete a portion of a residential corridor designation so developer...

34. Archived Article: Dental (lead) - Dental practice goes it alone

Dentists seek use variance for existing practice

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

When Dan Meadows and Jim Avery decided to open a dental practice in 1978 upon graduating from school, they found a cozy spot at t...

35. Archived Article: Ema (lead) - Area preparedness almost there says EMA chief

County preparedness almost there, EMA says

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

Monday marked a day of emergency preparedness briefings starting with Clinton Buchanan, Memphis/Shelby County Emergency...

36. Archived Article: Real Focus Box Lj - Schedule for Workshops and Demonstrations Schedule for workshops and demonstrations 1999 Old Home Expo     Saturday (Workshops will be held at the Snowden School and last about 45 minutes unless otherwise specified.) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ...

37. Archived Article: $2.5 Mil Law Grant - 1-23-97 notes $2.5 mil law.gs Public input sought in spending $2.5 million law enforcement grant By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News How do you John and Jane Q. Public want to spend a $2.5 million law enforcement grant? Public officials want to k...

38. Archived Article: Calendar - Oct Oct. 14 The Sales Forum of Memphis will meet at noon at Andertons restaurant, 1901 Madison Ave. For reservations, call Lucy Formby at 323-4304. Professional Secretaries International will meet at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oak...

39. Archived Article: Govt Briefs - The League of Women Voters of Memphis/Shelby County and the Memphis section of the National Council of Jewish Women will sponsor two state legislative candidates forum on Tuesday at 7 p The League of Women Voters of Memphis/Shelby County and the Mem...

40. Archived Article: Calendar - June 17 June 17 East Memphis Business and Professional Women will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Lulu Grille. Virginia W. Griffee, publisher of Business Law Focus, will be the speaker. Cost is $15. To make reservations, contact Mary Baird at 767-64...