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1. Duncan to Retire from Botanic Garden -

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, will retire at the end of the year. Duncan announced his retirement Monday, Sept. 15, after 10 years leading the nonprofit.

2. Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis -

A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.

3. Duncan to Retire From Botanic Garden -

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden, will retire at the end of the year.

Duncan announced his retirement Monday, Sept. 15, after 10 years leading the nonprofit.

4. Green Mountain Consulting Finds Home Along Poplar -

Logistics vendor Green Mountain Consulting wasn’t necessarily looking to buy an office building when it began its search for more office space for expansion.

“We’re not getting into the commercial real estate business because we wanted to be in it; we got into it because we have a company to operate and needed the space,” said Jim Jacobs, one of Green Mountain’s co-founders.

5. Botanic Garden Delays Venue Dedication -

The rainy weather that has hovered over the area in May and June has thrown a wet blanket on the Memphis Botanic Garden’s plan for a donor appreciation party for supporters of its new performing arts venue.

6. Memphis Botanic Garden Delays Venue Dedication -

The rainy weather that has hovered over the area in May and June has thrown a wet blanket on the Memphis Botanic Garden’s plan for a donor appreciation party for supporters of its new performing arts venue.

7. Obama Moves to Extend Student Loan Payment Relief -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to alleviate the burden of student loan debt, President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their income every month, and threw his support behind more sweeping Senate legislation targeting the issue.

8. Council Hears Tentative Plans for Office Building -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration would move the Memphis Police Department, information technology services and six city agencies renting offices on Union Avenue Extended into the Donnelley J. Hill office building if the city goes through with a plan to swap the office building with state government in exchange for parking spaces in the Peabody Place garage.

9. City Council Hears Tentative Plans for Office Building -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration would move the Memphis Police Department, information technology services and six city agencies renting offices on Union Avenue Extended into the Donnelley J. Hill office building if the city goes through with a plan to swap the office building with state government in exchange for parking spaces in the Peabody Place garage.

10. Council Begins Decisions on City Financial Changes -

Memphis City Council members took the first steps Tuesday, June 3, toward major changes in pension benefits for city employees and began delving into the details of even broader changes in health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

11. City Council Approves Shady Grove Development -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, May 20, a 22-lot residential planned development at the southeast corner of Shady Grove Road and Interstate 240 by Greenbrier Partners LLC.

12. City Council Approves Shady Grove Development -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, May 20, a 22-lot residential planned development at the southeast corner of Shady Grove Road and Interstate 240 by Greenbrier Partners LLC.

13. Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions -

Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

But council members voted down a plan to come up with the $1.7 million for the class of 100 fire recruits from a $3 million cut in the line item for fire department sick leave, proposed by council member Kemp Conrad.

14. City Council Reviews Fire Budget -

Memphis City Council members resume budget deliberations Tuesday, May 20, in committee sessions that take up half of the council day at City Hall.

Most of the time spent in the budget committee, chaired by council member Lee Harris, will be devoted to a review of the Memphis Fire Department budget proposal.

15. Staging Success -

When the Live at the Garden summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden launches its 14th season in June, it will feature a new permanent stage and several other amenities.

Besides the new stage, the $6.1 million project now under construction includes a food court, box offices and a below-grade “pit” in front of the stage that can hold around 125 people.

16. Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators.

17. Botanic Garden Stage to Honor Duncan -

The permanent stage being built at the Memphis Botanic Garden will be named in honor of executive director Jim Duncan.

18. Botanic Garden Stage To Honor Duncan -

The permanent stage being built at the Memphis Botanic Garden will be named in honor of executive director Jim Duncan.

19. Community Oasis -

A visitor walking the winding, sun-dappled paths of Memphis Botanic Garden past stands of maple trees and beds of hydrangeas might never guess that there was a time when a black cloud hung low over the East Memphis attraction.

20. Fertile Ground -

In 1947, two parcels of land on the eastern boundaries of Memphis were purchased for $400,000 to be used as a new city park.

At the suggestion of political boss E.H. Crump, an avid bird enthusiast, the park was nearly named Bluebird, yet would come to be known as Audubon Park, home to a shooting range and golf course among other amenities.

21. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will host a conversation with Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and author of “Making the Impossible, Possible,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Strickland’s topic is “The Art of Leadership & The Business of Social Change.” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or call 543-3571.

22. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

23. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

24. 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.

25. Failed Education Bills on Radar for Next Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – In the last few years, Tennessee hasn't shied away from contentious education initiatives as it seeks to remain at the forefront of education reform in the nation.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has even characterized the state's efforts as "courageous leadership."

26. Garden Party -

Tony Bennett, Robert Plant and Foreigner are among the top-drawing acts performing at Memphis Botanic Garden during the Live at the Garden 2013 concert season, which kicks off June 1.

27. Tony Bennett Kicks Off New Live at the Garden Season -

Tony Bennett, Robert Plant and Foreigner are among the top-drawing acts scheduled to perform at Memphis Botanic Garden during the Live at the Garden 2013 concert season, which kicks off June 1.

Rounding out the list of performers for the annual outdoor music series this year is R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire as well as the up-and-coming country group The Band Perry.

28. Record Crop Insurance Payout Stirs Subsidy Debate -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.

29. Duncan-Williams Gets New Chief Compliance Officer -

Duncan-Williams Inc. has tapped Jim Cherry, a 15-year veteran of the financial services industry, to be the firm’s new chief compliance officer.

30. Duncan-Williams Gets New Chief Compliance Officer -

Duncan-Williams Inc. has tapped Jim Cherry, a 15-year veteran of the financial services industry, to be the firm’s new chief compliance officer.

31. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber and Duncan-Williams Inc. will host Job Fuel: 2013 Conference on Job Creation Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Dr. Gene Huang, chief economist and vice president at FedEx, will discuss what leaders need to know about the future of job creation. Cost is $50 per person or $450 per table of 10. Visit memphischamber.com.

32. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Roland Gray, medical director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation, will discuss prescription drug abuse. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

33. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

34. Conference Brings Jobs Creation Into Focus -

Jim Clifton, CEO of the Gallup organization since 1998, believes the stakes are extraordinarily high in the global arms race for jobs.

He made the point in stark terms in a recent interview he gave to Forbes.

35. Good News -

There’s something newly electric in the air. That’s how the editors of National Geographic Traveler describe Memphis, putting the city in the category of 20 must-see places in 2013.

It’s a description that came at the end of November in the form of something Memphians aren’t altogether used to – the editors of national publications nodding approvingly from afar at a city long relegated to one arbitrary ranking after another.

36. Heritage Garden Showcases Delta’s Ag History -

Memphis Botanic Garden has unveiled a new garden to honor the heritage of the Mississippi River Delta.

The newly planted Delta Heritage Garden, which showcases the South’s rich agricultural history, is the first of its kind at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road.

37. Memphian Cobb Joins MIFA As Meals on Wheels Director -

Trentwood Cobb has joined Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association as director of MIFA Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to senior citizens in the greater Memphis area.

Hometown: Memphis

38. Seeing Success -

On the surface, they don’t have much in common other than their home turf. They include everything from a venerable law firm, prominent regional investment companies, tech firms and even a business that manufactures food products like hot dogs and sandwich meats.

39. Commission To Pick School Board Members -

Shelby County Commissioners take the final step Monday, Sept. 12, to the creation of a new countywide school board that will take office in three weeks.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

40. County Commission Interviews School Board Applicants -

It took Shelby County Commissioners nearly 10 hours Wednesday, Sept. 7, to interview nearly 100 contenders for seven appointments to the countywide school board that takes office Oct. 1.

The general government committee session with the applicants is a good indicator of what is likely to happen Monday when the full commission makes the appointments. The seven non-binding straw polls of the commission included selections by most of the 13-member body. But they selected either three or four finalists each which means there will probably a lot of shifts in votes Monday when commissioners are limited to one vote each.

41. Sekisui CEO Raises Funds For Japan Relief -

It’s no surprise that the people of Memphis, ranked among the most generous cities in the nation according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, have joined people across the world in raising money for relief efforts to help tackle the devastation wreaked by this month's earthquakes and the tsunami in Japan, and the nuclear crisis that followed.

42. 2010 Year of Changes for Financial Services Industry -

From the high finance of Wall Street to the Main Street banks in Memphis that make loans and collect deposits, no corner of the financial services industry was spared from dramatic changes in 2010.

43. Vanick Group Offers Businesses Custom Tech Solutions -

Jim Van de Vuurst always wanted to start his own company.

He moved to Memphis from Detroit in his teens, then attended the University of Memphis, where he took one computer course and “fell in love with it,” eventually graduating with a management information systems degree before going to work for International Paper Co.

44. Fulbright-Dent Joins First Tennessee Team -

Moya Fulbright-Dent has been named to the First Tennessee Bank private client team.

Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark.
Education: B.S. in finance, University of Memphis; MBA, Union University
Work Experience: Eight years at American Express Financial Advisors; six and a half years in banking, five at First Tennessee
Family: Husband and college sweetheart, Daniel; and two-year-old son, Colin.
Favorite quote: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
Who has had the greatest influence on you? The two people who have influenced me most are my mother and my first boss, Harish Vishria. By example, my mom instilled a work ethic, mental toughness and positive attitude that has gotten me through every experience in my life. (Vishria) taught me the difference between a dream and a goal and gave me the ability to teach others how to achieve their dreams by setting goals.
Why did you pursue a career in financial services? As a child, I saw firsthand the difference asset management can make in not only one person’s life but that of a whole multigenerational family. When I was about 10 years old, two older family members passed away. I learned at that early age how difficult it can be to struggle with the emotional and financial challenges that can come with a loss in a family. I saw then how important it is to be prepared for life’s uncertainties so that one can make the right choices.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I consider the everyday difference I am able to make in my clients’ lives my greatest accomplishment.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Each person’s financial situation is different. When I chose to major in business instead of art or literature, I thought I was giving up the chance to use my creativity. I have found that developing a plan for an individual, a family, or a business takes just as much creativity as writing a novel or painting a picture.

45. 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:

46. Obama Speech to Students Sparks New Controversy -

DALLAS (AP), - When kids all across the country return to school Tuesday, some will see a welcoming message from President Barack Obama and some won't.

Obama's planned address to students has touched off yet another confrontation with Republican critics, who have battered the White House over health care and now accuse the president of foisting a political agenda on children.

47. Stimulus Dollars to be Released for Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first round of school dollars from the economic stimulus law is going to states this week.

To mark the occasion, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday visited first- and fifth-grade classes at Doswell Brooks Elementary School in Capitol Heights in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

48. Attorney General To Defend Strip Club Ordinance -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper will help defend the Shelby County ordinance governing Memphis strip clubs in U.S. District Court.

Cooper's office filed a motion Monday to intervene on the side of the city and county in the case filed by seven strip club owners. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the ordinance as well as the state law on which the ordinance is based.

49. Duncan's Coaching, Sales Background Prove to Be Perfect Fit at Botanic Garden -

Before Jim Duncan started work as executive director at the Memphis Botanic Garden three years ago, he admits he knew very little about plants, or anything that grows outdoors, for that matter.

"I didn't know a grapefruit from a gladiola," said Duncan, a one-time Memphis high school football and basketball coach. "But I have had good teachers here at the garden. They have been very patient with me in bringing me along very slowly."

50. Ad Agencies Mine Nonprofit Community -

The work of a nonprofit agency can seem daunting in the face of limited money and manpower. And it's doubly distressing when you realize the work nonprofit organizations do is necessary to feed, clothe or house people who really need it.

51. Botanic Garden to Start Major Expansion -

LeAnn Munford isn't wild on asking the staff of Memphis Botanic Garden to let her see the garden's collection of orchids.

"The building is cramped," said Munford, 74. "It seems like a lot of trouble."

52. MAAR Commercial Council Names Board Members -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council elected the following individuals to its board of directors: Bayard Snowden, president-elect; Michael Greenberg, 2005 director/2006 vice president; Andy Cates, two-year director; Kelly Truitt, two-year director; and Jim Rainer, two-year director. Returning board members include Jon Albright, president; Steve Guinn, vice president; Joel Fulmer, immediate past president; Frank Dyer, Irvin Skopp and Russ Westlake, directors; Richard Groff, Memphis Metro CCIM chapter president; John Bartlett, IREM chapter 20 president; Philip Erstine, Realtors Land Institute Tennessee chapter president; and Joe Steffner, SIOR chapter president.

53. Archived Article: Standout - By JENNIFER MURLEY

Soul woman

By JENNIFER MURLEY

The Daily News

Back in the early 60s, Hamilton High School junior Deanie Parker was rehearsing for a talent show competition that would change her life.

She and the other four members o...

54. Archived Article: Calendar - March 15 March 15 East Memphis Business and Professional Women will meet at the Park Palace Luxury Apartments, 5400 Park Ave. Networking begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 6:15 p.m. The program will feature a panel discussion on i...

55. Archived Article: Legal Focus - law focus State commission examining Uniform Probate Code Hearings reflect need for prudent change, adaptation to current conditions By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News A joint state senate and congressional commission is investigating possible changes t...

56. Archived Article: Milestones - Memphis Advertising Federation recently elected officers for 1996-1997 Memphis Advertising Federation recently elected officers for 1996-1997. New officers include Calvin Miller, owner of Videotography, president; Craig Harper, president of the Grif...