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1. Shouldering the Load -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.

2. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 14 -

Editor’s note: Reporter Don Wade is in Hoover, Ala., for SEC Football Media Days. Check The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com, each afternoon this week for the latest news and notes.

3. Events -

Healthy Memphis Common Table will hold its fourth annual meeting and recognition luncheon, “Cracking the Code to Real Health Equity,” Thursday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Health care quality and disparities expert Dr. Marshall H. Chin will present the keynote. Visit healthymemphis.org.

4. Events -

Sales & Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Church Health Center CEO G. Scott Morris will present “Selling the Church Health Center.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

5. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings!” Thursday, March 20, to April 6 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

6. Race to Enroll Young and Healthy for New Insurance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a rapidly approaching deadline, the White House and its allies are racing to enroll young people in new insurance plans offered under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a sweeping effort that underscores how crucial the so-called "young invincibles" are to the measure's success.

7. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The sale will feature house plants, custom potting, terrariums and garden gift items. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

8. Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm -

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.

9. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Thursday, Jan. 9, to Jan. 26 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

10. Events -

Graceland will host an Elvis birthday proclamation and cake-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the Graceland front lawn, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. Cost is free; cake and coffee will be served at the Chrome Grille after the ceremony. Visit elvis.com for other birthday events held through Saturday, Jan. 11.

11. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host “Mapping Moments,” an art exhibit by Cat Normoyle, Tuesday, Jan. 7, through March 2 in the Memphis College of Art Gallery at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for hours.

12. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Thursday, Jan. 9, to Jan. 26 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

13. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

14. Box’s Law Career Spurred by Helping Community -

Brad Box, a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named the 2013-2014 president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. The association is the state arm of the national Defense Research Institute, an organization committed to the exchange of ideas, technique and information.

15. Northside School for Detained Juveniles Opens -

The charter school that opened for class Thursday, Aug. 15, in North Memphis is unique for several reasons.

A total of 130 children, all of them in the custody of Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court, are assigned to Thurgood Marshall High School of Career Development. Of that number, 86 had registered on the first day of classes at the school within a school at Northside High School.

16. Best Honored for Exchange Club Family Center Work -

Dr. Jara Best has received Volunteer Mid-South’s Spirit of Giving award for Adult Volunteer of the Year for her work with The Exchange Club Family Center. Best, a pediatrician, is a member of the center’s board and has served as a volunteer with the facility’s domestic violence programs for children and women, as well as the First STEPS (Skills to Ensure Parenting Success) program.

17. Government Largesse -

These days, it seems like office real estate brokers are fighting tooth and nail to find office space for government tenants.

While office brokers are typically chasing new business to town or urging existing firms to grow, they’re now looking for office space for government agencies, which have emerged as prominent players in the local office real estate sector.

18. Brimhall Named Bartlett Entrepreneur of Year -

Terry Brimhall, founder and president of Brimhall Foods Co. Inc., has been named entrepreneur of the year by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

19. Obama Nominates Pritzker, Froman for Economic Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

20. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

21. Phillips Joins Spirco as Manager, Vice President -

Mike Phillips has joined Spirco Manufacturing as general manager and vice president of operations. In his new role, Phillips will oversee all divisions of the metal-building manufacturer and direct its organizational needs.

22. Bailey Finds Ideal Job With Community Legal Center -

At the beginning of January, Johnna Bailey began work as immigration attorney for the Community Legal Center, a resource for the working poor.

“It’s defined as those who are just above the poverty line, meaning that legal aid would not serve them, but it’s still too expensive for them to hire a private attorney,” Bailey said.

23. Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association Elects 2013 Officers -

The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association recently elected its slate of officers to serve in 2013, and the group now ramps up for a busy year, including the 14th annual MMHLA Lodging Industry Update on Feb. 22 at the Hilton Memphis.

24. Urban Land Institute: Memphis Recovering Slowly, Behind Nashville -

Memphis’ economy and commercial real estate industry is recovering, but not as fast as other places – like Nashville.

That was the message local professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Urban Land Institute Memphis’ 2013 Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South.

25. ‘Character on Line’ as Season Draws to Close for Tigers -

The University of Memphis football team had lost its third straight game and its seventh in eight tries. But that wasn’t what inspired a team meeting that, by all accounts, was much closer to a lecture from first-year head coach Justin Fuente.

26. Events Showcase Soulsville’s ‘Blank Canvas’ -

A group of organizations working to bring to life the Soulsville community ended a busy weekend that is an indication of the area’s promise at about where the produce section was supposed to be in the Soulsville Towne Center supermarket.

27. 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

28. Herenton’s Hands to be ‘All Over’ Charter School Project -

A memorandum of understanding is still to come. And there are the details of curriculum not to mention funding and a budget.

But former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will open the first of what he plans to be several charter schools in August, probably at Northside High School, for children in grades 6-12 who are in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court custody.

29. Herenton Charter School for Juvenile Court To Open 2013 -

Memphis City Schools leaders and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced Wednesday, Sept. 12, the opening of a new charter school for children in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court custody.

30. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

31. Events -

Tennessee PTA will conduct summer leadership training as part of its 2012 Tour de Tennessee Monday, July 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Southwind High School, 7900 E. Shelby Drive. Anyone interested in increasing parental involvement in school is invited. Cost is $5. Visit tnpta.org.

32. Evans Joins MERI As Finance Director -

Devonya Evans has joined the Medical Education & Research Institute as director of finance. Evans, a licensed certified public accountant, will be responsible for heading MERI’s finance and information technology departments.

33. Bryant Signs Laws Affecting Students and Veterans -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Wednesday that requires kindergarteners or first-graders to be tested for dyslexia, a reading disorder that can sometimes go undiagnosed for years and leave children struggling to learn.

34. Events -

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. at the board’s office, 114 N. Main St. Call Andy Kitsinger at 575-0540 for details.

35. Events -

In-Synk will host a business book review Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. The book is “What Got You There Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith. Visit in-synk.com for details.

36. Council Takes First Votes on City Budget -

Memphis City Council members take the first formal votes Tuesday, May 1, on a city budget and tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the ordinances on the agenda come with no dollar amounts or tax rate at this point.

37. Opus One Turns Up Latin Heat -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Opus One concert series mixes local singers with classically trained musicians in unusual venues for a mixture of sounds.

Next to perform is the South American flavor of Colombian jazz singer Marcela Pinilla.

38. Hedgepeth’s Work Intersects With Council Role -

A Memphian born and raised, Reid Hedgepeth takes great pride in his city’s institutions, whether they be the tangible of medicine and education, or the more intangible of sports and politics.

39. Buckman International Invests in Community -

It would be easy for students on their way to Springdale Elementary School on North Hollywood Street to not think much about the adults working inside Buckman offices and research centers on McLean Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

40. It’s Alex Grisanti’s Turn to Be the Boss -

Ronnie Grisanti. Judd Grisanti. Alex Grisanti.

41. Teacher Ratings Vary Widely by District -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Under the state's new teacher evaluation system, observations by principals make up half of their scores, but a first glimpse at those observation scores shows they are all over the map.

42. Binkley Promoted to VP at Boyle -

Les Binkley has been promoted to vice president at Boyle Investment Co.

Hometown: Memphis

43. Stone Joins Metropolitan Bank As Mortgage Specialist -

Kent Stone has joined Metropolitan Bank as a mortgage specialist.

44. Baker Donelson Announces Scholarship Recipients -

Memphis-based law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced the 2011 recipients of the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship.

They are law students Sharonda Childs, Jervonne Newsome and Bobbi Roquemore.

45. Macon Attributes Success To Civil Rights Struggle -

Born in the early 1970s, Danita Macon, director of data administration at the University of Memphis, is a product of the civil rights movement.

Her grandmother, Lorece Gatewood, and her parents, John and Pamela Macon, are a living reminder to Macon of the rights for which they fought. Macon’s recollection of the challenges her family faced during the 1960s continue to inspire her to succeed.

46. CCHS to Open Family Medicine Center -

Christ Community Health Services on Thursday, Aug. 11, will unveil the new University Family Medicine Center, a clinic in the heart of the Memphis Medical District that will serve medically underserved members of the community.

47. Borrowers Sue Over Apparent Loan Mod Mishaps -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It seemed Maria Campusano's financial problems were behind her when the mortgage on her Victorian home in a Massachusetts mill town was chopped by hundreds of dollars a month.

48. Stores Find Success by Focusing on the Hunt -

Trader Joe's, the specialty grocery chain, might not have the cheapest toilet paper or the most varieties of ketchup, but it hooks customers with mango butter, chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds and cilantro-and-jalapeno hummus.

49. Mays Hears Arguments in Consolidation Suit -

There were plenty of railroad analogies when Memphis federal court Judge Hardy Mays held the first hearing in the schools consolidation lawsuit last week.

One of the consolidation scenarios he will rule on has been referred to for months as a “second track” to merging the county’s two public school systems.

50. Shopping Soundtrack -

With the general consumer mood stuck somewhere between grim and cost-conscious, mall owners can’t always rely on window displays and signs that herald bargains to drive traffic to their tenants.

So the owners of Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis are experimenting with something a little unconventional: a live music concert series.

51. Collective Bargaining Bill Headed to Full State Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to replace Tennessee teachers' collective bargaining rights with a policy manual is "insulting to teachers" and could create chaos, said the lobbyist for the Tennessee Education Association.

52. TVA Drafts 20-Year Plan for Natural Resources -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has drafted a natural resources plan to help guide management and use of public land for the next two decades.

The draft plan will help guide management and use of about 293,000 acres of federally owned lands and 11,000 miles of shoreline on 46 reservoirs in the utility's seven-state service area.

53. U of M Mock Trial Team Wins National Competition -

A mock trial team from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has won a national mock trial competition.

The University of Memphis won the recent Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial tournament in Houston and was sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association.

54. Mays Sets Monday Hearing in Schools Suit -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a tentative Monday hearing in the schools consolidation lawsuit, hours before the Shelby County Commission was scheduled to appoint citizens to a 25-member countywide school board.

55. Mays Sets Monday Hearing in Schools Suit -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a tentative Monday hearing in the schools consolidation lawsuit, hours before the Shelby County Commission is scheduled to appoint citizens to a 25-member countywide school board.

56. County School Board Members Seek Court Halt to Countywide School Board -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a Thursday status conference on the schools consolidation lawsuit and legal motions pending in his court.

And five of the seven Shelby County school board members want him to stop the Shelby County Commission from appointing a new countywide school board on March 28.

57. MCS Seeks New Court Order For $57 Million -

City leaders responded to a new filing by Memphis City Schools in the ongoing funding dispute between the two by saying the city intends to pay the $57 million two courts have ordered it to pay MCS.

58. U of M Mock Trial Team Advances to Finals -

The mock trial team from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has advanced to the national finals of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial tournament.

The U of M team defeated teams from the University of North Carolina, Samford University, the University of Miami and Faulkner University to reach the finals.

59. School Election to be Held in 45 to 60 Days -

The lawsuit is over and the election is on in the fast-moving, ever-changing schools standoff.

A day after a citizens group filed suit seeking a court order to put the Memphis City Schools (MCS) system charter surrender on the ballot, all sides in the lawsuit agreed there would be a referendum election sometime in March.

60. No Schools Lawsuit Yet, State Elections Coordinator Asks For Clarification -

The Tennessee elections coordinator has asked for clarification about why the Memphis City Schools (MCS) board wants to hold a special election.

The attorney for MCS Tuesday sent a letter to elections coordinator Mark Goins that might lead to another Shelby County Election Commission look at putting the MCS charter surrender referendum to Memphis voters possibly in February or March.

61. Bardos Named Dean at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School -

Denny Bardos has joined St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School as dean of enrollment management and financial aid.

Hometown: Germantown
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Christian Brothers University
Work Experience: Prior to joining SAA-SDS, I spent 16 years in college admissions.
Family: My wife, Amanda, and I have three children:Daniel, 14; Breana, 11; and Brandon, 2.
Favorite quote: “Many a truth is said in jest.” William Shakespeare
Last book read: “The Little Big Things” by Tom Peters
Favorite music: I like anything from Beethoven to Blink 182, but alternative is my favorite.
Favorite movie: The original “Batman” with Jack Nicholson
Sports team: Chicago Cubs
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and biking.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother. She was an incredibly generous, loving, spiritual, and caring woman.
What drew you to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School? I wanted to be able to utilize my background in admissions and financial aid at an excellent independent school.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Seeing students whom I recruited go on to become very successful in their lives.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with families to show them all the outstanding benefits of a SAA-SDS education!

62. Germantown’s ‘Godspell’ Steeped With Everyday Life -

It’s not uncommon for theater directors to couch old standards in new, quirky settings, but when quirks are a play’s hallmark, sometimes simplicity makes for a welcome change.

Such may be the case for Germantown Community Theatre’s 39th season opener, “Godspell,” the extremely versatile retelling of the Gospel of St. Matthew, written by John-Michael Tebeleak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

63. Barbour Adds Synthetic Pot Ban to Special Session -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is asking legislators to outlaw the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana across the state.

Barbour on Wednesday added the issue to the agenda of a special session that begins at 10 a.m. Friday.

64. Bass Pro and Beyond -

"Adaptive reuse” is the term for what city leaders hope will happen at The Pyramid.

Throw in the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Beale Street Landing projects, though, and “adaptive reuse” seems inadequate to define what is happening among the three concepts.

65. Elena Kagan Chosen by Obama for Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.

66. Social Media Icons -

It’s been 46 years since Marshall McLuhan declared, “The medium is the message.”

In that time, the visionary media critic’s five-word analysis has been debated and interpreted in ways even he likely couldn’t imagine.

67. Events -

Palladio Antiques and Market Central will host the annual Spring Fayre today and Saturday at Palladio, 2169 Central Ave. The event will include more than 30 guest vendors. Jackie Glisson will answer questions about interior decoration today at 1 p.m. For more information, call 276-3808.

68. Guru Tells Entrepreneurs to Put Themselves First -

George Cloutier, the author of a best-selling business advice book, told Memphis entrepreneurs to think selfishly as they try to make it through a tough economy.

“Pay yourself first,” he told business owners who attended a Wednesday night dinner held by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to honor Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

69. Fairgrounds Jump Start on Council's Agenda -  

Memphis City Council members will be called on today to jump start the stalled renovation of The Fairgrounds.

The push by the Liberty Bowl's three tenants is to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.

An ad hoc committee including council members and representatives of the three tenants met Monday evening to talk about current demolition underway at the Fairgrounds.

The demolition of the old Libertyland amusement park caused some concern when it went into a parking area outside the park.

Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones immediately began expressing concerns that the new activity as well as the digging of a temporary siltation pond would cut the number of parking spaces available for his annual Jackson State-Tennessee State football matchup.

The work was stopped several weeks ago as the council tried to sort out where the demolition ended and the creation of a “great lawn” during the brief tenure of Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery began.

“There’s a whole lot of work still being done,” Jones told the committee Monday evening of what he had seen earlier that day.

City Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said it was only a “clean up” of the area.

At Monday’s meeting, the three tenants of the football stadium said they back going ahead with the great lawn project as long as the lawn, in some form, and a plan to demolish the seven buildings, most of which are livestock barns, can all be done by the time football resumes at the Liberty Bowl with the Sept. 11 Southern Heritage Classic.

Some of the demolition contracts run out next week.

Jones said he supports the concept of a great lawn from East Parkway to the stadium. But he questioned whether the plans would increase the number of parking spaces from the current 5,372 within the Fairgrounds property to 7,568.

“We need to know exactly what we have. I don’t mean conceptually,” Jones said. “You’re not creating new spaces.”

Architect Tom Marshall, the city’s consultant on the project, insisted new and more parking will be created with the demolition of the buildings and Libertyland.

Marshall offered to come up with a detailed map showing individual parking spaces for today’s council discussion expected to begin during executive session at 1pm.

“I’ll even put in big cars,” he told Jones at one point.

Jones was the only no vote in the seven member committee vote to ask the city council for immediate approval of the project.

“I’m not really satisfied with what I’ve seen,” he said after he and others said the work by some divisions of the city including the Park Services division didn’t mesh with what other parts of city government were saying. “It’s just too convenient that the park services people weren’t here. Every time we say there is additional parking, I have not seen it.”

Council member Reid Hedgepeth moderated the session, trying to keep all of those involved from discussing past mis-steps.

“From now on people are going to know what’s happening,” he said. “If we’re going to do it, let’s do it. If not … let’s send them home,” he said referring to demolition crews.

Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said pre bowl game events should have some kind of building on the grounds to host them. Lipscomb said a tent will serve the purpose even though Ehrhart would prefer one of the surviving Fairgrounds buildings.

“A tent would be better than those buildings,” Lipscomb said.

Marshall estimated what is known as phase one of The Fairgrounds overhaul could cost $6-million to $9-million. There are no plans for a second phase or anything else beyond the great lawn and the building demolition.

The phase one cost could vary depending on bids and design work still to be done. Construction would start in June. But the council could vote on a specific design in April or May.

“We’re supportive of it,” University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said near the end of the two hour session. “I’m more and more concerned about the land. But we want to move on it.”

The construction of the Salvation Army Kroc Center on a Fairgrounds lot along East Parkway next to Fairview Junior High School is independent of the city’s on again-off again plans for the rest of the Fairgrounds property including phase one.

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70. UPDATE: Council To Be Asked To Jump Start Fairgrounds Project -

Memphis City Council members will be on the deciding end Tuesday of a push to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.

71. Ledbetter Joins UT Medical Group’s Dept. of Urology -

Dr. Christopher K. Ledbetter has joined the Department of Urology at UT Medical Group Inc.

Ledbetter will care for patients at UTMG’s urology clinic at Methodist South Hospital and at Methodist University Hospital, where he focuses on minimally invasive robotic urological surgery.

72. Customer Always Right Doesn't Necessarily Apply Here -

At the bottom of the menu at Bari Ristorante e Enoteca is printed this sentence: “Every ingredient in every dish makes the dish complete, so we will not make substitutions or exclusions to any dish.”

73. Rhea Receives WKNO’s Distinguished Service Award -

Stephen H. Rhea has received the Julian Bondurant Distinguished Service Award from WKNO Public Broadcasting.

Rhea is the WKNO Capital Campaign chair and led the campaign for the digital transition that brought in $16.9 million. The campaign enabled the station to build the Digital Media Center.

74. Sunken Economy Boosts Public Construction Projects -

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - Public construction projects, usually an exercise in cost overruns, are getting cheaper as material prices fall and builders compete for contracts just to stay afloat, a silver lining for cash-strapped governments but a worry to some contractors who risk lowballing themselves out of business.

75. Retailers Report Sales Declines For August -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions.

76. Dress Newest Pathologist At Pathology Group of the MidSouth -

Dr. Matthew A. Dress has joined Pathology Group of the MidSouth PC as its newest pathologist.

Before joining Pathology Group of the MidSouth, Dress served as the chief resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He then completed a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center-Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. 

77. New Midtown Boutique Offers Total Fashion Package To All Women -

Arshula Lynn recently put up the open sign at her new business, Main Event Boutique, and then put music from the Black Eyed Peas on the stereo.

The upbeat music streaming onto the sidewalk from 1859 Madison Ave. matched her attitude. She’s ready to help cure people of the economic doldrums.

78. Marshall’s Latest Effort Combines Memphis, London Sounds -

Memphis soul singer Susan Marshall said she “really gets off on harmonizing and singing backup” for other artists, and to that end, she has a list of credits with various touring artists the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Lucinda Williams.

79. Next Stop: Norfolk Southern’s intermodal plans take shape -

The freight trains that rumble through Memphis are hard to ignore, especially the ones that parallel or bisect main thoroughfares and disrupt traffic. But even people who don’t cross railroad tracks during their commutes are likely to hear the distant blare of horns at some point during the day as locomotives make their way into and out of the city.

80. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous -

For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.

81. Johnson’s Work Dovetails With Reappraisal Process -

Pamela Johnson, a partner at Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, practices in tax collection.

82. City Gets Reprieve on Paying $57M to Schools -

The city of Memphis doesn’t have to pay the Memphis City Schools system $57 million – for now.

Shelby County Chancellor Kenny Armstrong stayed the part of his February ruling against the city that said the Memphis City Council was wrong to have cut its funding to MCS for the 2008-2009 school year. In that ruling, Armstrong ordered $57 million to be restored to MCS.

83. UPDATE: City Gets Reprieve on Paying $57M to Schools -

The City of Memphis doesn’t have to pay the Memphis City School system $57 million – for now.

Shelby County Chancellor Kenny Armstrong stayed the part of his February ruling against the city that said the Memphis City Council was wrong to have cut its funding to MCS for the 2008-2009 school year. In that earlier ruling, Armstrong ordered $57 million to be restored to MCS.

“Where’s the harm? I’ve yet to see the harm,” Armstrong said in describing why he chose to let the appeal continue to play out without forcing the city to pay immediately.

He appeared to be referring to the fact that the door is still open for the city’s appeal to not only be denied, but for a reversal of the stay.

Since Armstrong’s decision is now on appeal, city council attorney Allan Wade argued in a roughly hour-long hearing Wednesday morning that following through on the order to pay the $57 million would mean levying a special tax on “hundreds of thousands of taxpayers.” If the city were to win on appeal, the tax would be illegal, Wade said.

Attorney Michael Marshall, arguing on behalf of MCS, said MCS needs the money Armstrong already ruled it is due. And it needs that money sooner than later, Marshall said, because MCS dipped into its reserves for the ’08-’09 school year and claims it can’t do so again.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s print edition of The Daily News.

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84. Renasant Names Wiegert VP, Mortgage Production Manager -

Michael Wiegert has been named vice president and mortgage production manager for Renasant Bank in Memphis.

85. Simple Strokes Therapy Uses Latest Tools to Bring Out Optimal Abilities -

On a recent Wednesday morning at Simple Strokes Therapy in Southaven, 8-year-old Matthew Gary worked with an occupational therapist. Matthew, who has an undiagnosed developmental disorder, is learning to walk and communicate better.

86. School Funding War Wages in Court -

The term “whale” is used in the world of casino gaming to describe the kind of gambler able to bet millions of dollars.

In the Memphis City Schools funding debate, the Memphis City Council is the whale, and its members are betting $423 million they will come out on the winning side in a potentially precedent-setting court action. A lawsuit that was filed last month by Memphis City Schools over the council’s decision to cut the city’s subsidy to MCS by almost $70 million went before Shelby County Chancery Court Chancellor Kenny Armstrong in a non-jury trial that began Thursday.

87. Too Much 'Rancor' Creeps in to Bass Pro Deliberations -

Day two of the Bass Pro Pyramid road show came with political overtones, a quick exodus from a meeting room and agreement that the retailer probably won't pay any rent to the city and county.

Pyramid project director Robert Lipscomb Wednesday presented terms of the tentative development agreement to Shelby County Board of Commissioners. Memphis City Council members were briefed Tuesday.

88. Workshops Abound For Would-Be Real Estate Investors -

In this era of foreclosures, one person's loss appears to be another person's gain.

The evidence lies in the rash of workshops on how to invest in real estate coupled with the increasing number of foreclosed homes for sale either by lenders or at auctions.

89. Herenton To Take Oath Tuesday -

Mayor Willie Herenton will kick off his fifth term in office Tuesday.

Herenton and all 13 Memphis City Council members elected this year will begin new four-year terms by taking their respective oaths of office at noon at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will be the featured speaker.

90. Whitehaven Redevelopment Inches Closer -

A major item has been checked off billionaire entertainment mogul Robert Sillerman's to-do list as he presses forward with a massive redevelopment of Graceland and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Memphis City Council last week passed a resolution putting current council members on record as supporting the multi-million- dollar project, which ultimately will bring a renovated Graceland and improved public spaces to the Whitehaven neighborhood. Sillerman is chief executive of Graceland's parent company, CKX Inc.

91. Fairgrounds Redevelopment Now In Three Flavors -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton this week unveiled to the City Council three options for redeveloping the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Herenton told council members the fate of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will depend on a pending decision from the U.S. Department of Justice about what improvements the city must make to the stadium to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

92. Thompson's One-Time Promises Implode With Indictments -

He ran for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners five years ago on the slogan "It's time for government to mean business." And Bruce Thompson's campaign literature pledged, "I believe public officials should use their position to save money for the taxpayers, not make money for themselves."

93. Thompson Indicted for Extortion and Mail Fraud -

A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

The public corruption charges that name no other defendants came with just as many questions as answers – questions about possible involvement by others. U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said the grand jury probe is continuing but he wouldn’t be more specific.

94. Thompson Indicted for Extortion and Mail Fraud -

A federal grand jury today indicted former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

The public corruption charges that name no other defendants came with just as many questions as answers – questions about possible involvement by others. U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said the grand jury probe is continuing but he wouldn’t be more specific.

95. Wharton Chimes In On School System's Woes With Takeover Idea -

A federal grand jury is investigating several of Memphis City Schools' construction contracts.

Three former board members and one outgoing member just elected to the City Council were called to testify in recent days.

96. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold its "Alliance Member Orientation" workshop today from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at its offices, 606 S. Mendenhall Road, Suite 108. The workshop will give an overview of the Alliance's programs and services. The event is free. For additional information, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or adeberry@npexcellence.org.

97. Events -

The Engineers' Club of Memphis will hold its weekly lunch and meeting today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Attendance is $12 and no reservations are required.

98. Marshall Plows Ahead Despite Impending Retirement From Council -

Only six more public meetings stand between now and the end of this year, when the Memphis City Council faces its biggest member turnover in 40 years.

Voters go to the polls Oct. 4 in the city's municipal election and will choose replacements for a majority of the council body. One of the incumbents who won't be coming back to City Hall next year is Tom Marshall, who's stepping aside after 20 years in office.

99. William Parks JoinsWyatt, Tarrant & Combs - William "Bill" Parks has joined the Memphis office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP. He concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property.

Parks is a former patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Division Patent Counsel for Milliken & Co.

100. Methodist's Marshall to Serve On American Heart Association Board -

Barry S. Marshall, administrator of Clinical Business Development and Cardiovascular Service Line at Methodist University Hospital, has been named to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Shelby County Division of the American Heart Association. Marshall joined Methodist in 2004 as the director of the Transplant Institute at Methodist University Hospital.