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1. MIFA Debuts Resource for Long-Term Care Needs -

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has operated a Long-Term Care Ombudsman program since 1996.

But now it has another tool: a one-stop Web-based resource that aims to fill the information void as families make important decisions about long-term care.

2. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

3. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis -

It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.

The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”

4. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire -

State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.

5. County Commission Delays Schools Redistricting -

With candidates in the August Shelby County Schools board elections already a month into their filing period, the Shelby County Commission delayed Wednesday, Feb. 5, any vote on changes in the number of seats on the school board as well as the district lines until its Feb. 24 meeting.

6. Library Foundation Honors Longtime Board Members -

Memphis philanthropist Honey Scheidt likes to describe the library as “the most democratic institution we have.”

That feeling informs her longstanding service on the board of the Memphis Library Foundation, the organization created in 1994 to organize and raise funds for what’s now known as the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

7. Southeastern Freight Lines Gives Back -

Despite a busy year greatly expanding its facilities in Memphis, Southeastern Freight Lines has found time to give back to the local community through its Southeastern Serves program, donating 39 hours locally and 1,323 total hours nationally to a variety of worthy causes.

8. College Football Season Brought Many Surprises -

It seems like just yesterday that temperatures were stifling and everyone who really mattered in the college football world – the SEC’s coaches and top players – had met in Hoover, Ala., for that little party known as SEC Media Days.

9. Schools Deals Get Pushback From Some Commissioners -

The first dissent from the idea that the suburban schools agreements are a good deal in which no side got everything it wanted began when the six sets of talks, which began in June, went public.

It came during the Shelby County Commission’s votes Friday, Nov. 22, to approve the tentative agreements with Lakeland and Arlington.

10. LRK Turns 30 With Eye Toward Growth -

LRK Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firm is involved with a diverse range of high-profile projects, both locally and nationally, with the intent of creating special places for clients and users.

11. This week in Memphis history: September 20-26 -

1993: Elvis Presley Enterprises joined the ownership group for the proposed Memphis NFL franchise that city leaders were seeking. William B. Dunavant Jr., the leader of the effort, announced Graceland’s role in the ownership group during a reception at Graceland. Others in the ownership group included Fred Smith, Mike Starnes, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and Paul Tudor Jones.

12. Handful of Projects on Horizon, but Construction Still Struggling -

Commercial real estate construction activity in the Mid-South perked up modestly this year following a sluggish 2011 and 2012, and industry execs are cautiously optimistic that the positive trajectory will continue through next year.

13. American Athletic Conference Ready for High-Exposure Start to Season -

The new American Athletic Conference kicks off Thursday night and nine of the league’s 10 teams play this weekend. ESPN will televise two of the games, other ESPN networks will carry another six games, and NBC will televise Temple at Notre Dame. It’s a high-exposure start for the league formerly known as the Big East.

14. Organic Education -

Bethel Grove Elementary School of Memphis marked the opening of its American Heart Association Teaching Garden recently with a Plant Day Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony that included garden crafts, music and physical activity education.

15. SEC Seeks to Prolong Football Dominance -

HOOVER, Ala. – There is no effort at denial. Nor should there be or could there be. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive began his annual address at football media days by mentioning his “annual brag bag” and then spilled the entire contents while barely taking a breath:

16. Rhodes Honors Gray for Outstanding Research -

Dr. Patrick Gray, an associate professor in Rhodes College’s department of religious studies, has received the college’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research. Gray’s research centers on biblical studies, specifically the history and literature of early Christianity and the Greco-Roman context.

17. School Board Restructuring Plan Goes to Mays -

On the way to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is a plan by the Shelby County Commission to convert the countywide school board to a 13-member single-district body effective Sept. 1.

18. Jack Jones Shootout Returns to Memphis -

Four of the five players in the 2013 recruiting class of the University of Memphis basketball team will be featured in the annual Jack Jones Basketball Shootout that begins Thursday, March 21, and continues through Saturday, March 23.

19. County Commission Weighs School Merger Changes -

Shelby County Commissioners might discuss Monday, March 18, the idea of restructuring the countywide school board for a third time in the last year and a half.

But they are likely to delay action on a resolution that would create a 13-member school board effective Sept. 1 by appointing six new members to go with the seven existing members.

20. Purifoy’s Police Aspirations Evolve Into Legal Career -

Shayla Purifoy majored in urban studies – a mixture of history, political science and sociology – at Rhodes College. Her senior seminar was on community policing.

“It was so much fun, it was so exciting,” she said about her time spent shadowing police officers on the job. “They were helping people and they really were impacting that area, which was the Madison Heights area.”

21. School Board Expansion Advanced -

Shelby County Commissioners advanced in Wednesday, March 13, committee sessions a general plan to restructure the countywide school board.

But the plan to turn the 23-member board into a 13-member board on Sept. 1, instead of the seven-member board it is now scheduled to become on that date, is far from complete. And lots of legal questions remain about the details.

22. Ravens’ Cox Long Snaps Way Into Anonymity -

There’s more than one way to reach the big game.

For Briarcrest Christian School graduate Michael Oher, his journey was storybook and he’ll start on the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, when they play the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.

23. Hopson Calls for Unity in Schools -

Once countywide school board members finished Tuesday, Jan. 29, posing for a picture with outgoing Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash, the board quickly got back to the emerging details of the coming schools merger.

24. Schools Merger Begins Move Into Parental Reality -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel noticed lots of parents of school children from the county outside of Memphis at the annual camp-out for optional school enrollment over the long weekend.

25. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

26. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

27. School Board Divisions Resurface -

Countywide school board members already had a lot on their agenda Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they were surprised by an internal ethics investigation.

Near the beginning of this week’s meeting, school board member Martavius Jones offered a resolution calling on board member David Pickler to resign over money put aside by school districts under the Tennessee School Boards Association to cover the liability of other post-employment benefits (OPEB).

28. Conflict Charge Roils Busy School Board Meeting -

One countywide school board member called Tuesday, Dec. 18, for the resignation of another board member over an alleged conflict of interest.

School board member Martavius Jones offered a resolution calling on board member David Pickler to resign over money put aside by school districts under the Tennessee School Boards Association to cover the liability of OPEB amounts – other post-employment benefits.

29. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

30. High-Stakes Game -

At week’s end, International Paper Co. appeared ready to move forward with officially applying for a package of tax incentives as part of a plan to expand the company’s headquarters in the city.

31. US Economy Could Withstand Brief Fall Off ‘Cliff' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy:

Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day. Their stalemate triggers sharp tax increases and spending cuts. Those measures shrink consumer spending, stifle job growth, topple stock prices and push the economy off a "fiscal cliff" and into recession.

32. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

33. Events -

The Federal Bar Association Memphis Mid-South Chapter will hold its Memphis Trial Practice Summer Seminar Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the federal courthouse, 167 N. Main St. Speakers include jury strategist Jason Bloom; U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo; and attorneys Mike McLaren and Les Jones. Email michael.mclaren@butlersnow.com.

34. Events -

Memphis Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Glen Vanderford, regional Rotary Foundation director, will speak. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@bankofbartlett.com.

35. Three Generations of Judge’s Family Practice Law -

Three generations of a family in one profession is not the most common of sights. Rarer still is when those three generations find themselves working in the same field at the same time.

Such is the reality in the family of Diane Vescovo, a U.S. magistrate judge in Memphis for the Western District of Tennessee.

36. County Sees 21.6 Pct. Voter Turnout -

Slightly less than 127,000 Shelby County residents – or 21.6 percent of 584,443 registered voters – cast ballots in the Aug. 2 elections.

The turnout in early voting and election day combined was a higher percentage than the 15 percent turnout four years ago in the same election cycle, but it was well below the 44-year high of 39.4 percent set in the August 1992 elections.

37. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

38. Muni Schools, Cohen, Weirich, Johnson, Stanton, Kyle Take Early Vote -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County were overwhelmingly approving the establishment of municipal school districts and a half cent sales tax hike to fund them in the first vote totals released Thursday, Aug. 2 by the Shelby County Election Commission.

39. Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Execution Law -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law Friday, calling it unconstitutional.

In a split decision, the high court sided with 10 death row inmates who argued that, under Arkansas' constitution, only the Legislature can set execution policy. Legislators in 2009 voted to give that authority to the Department of Correction.

40. School Board Votes Not To Renew Cash's Contract -

The countywide school board voted Tuesday, June 19, not to renew the contract of Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash past August 2013 when it is scheduled to run out.

The 14-8 vote came during two back-to-back school board meetings covering five hours in which the board also agreed to talk more about a process for selecting the superintendent of the consolidated school system to come at a meeting next week.

41. Bell Ringer -

Bricks are not normally seen as a sign of age. But walk past Downtown’s Calvary Episcopal Church and the weathered bricks on the church’s north side begin to tell the story of the oldest public building in Memphis still in continuous use.

42. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

43. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

44. Millington Candidates File for August Election -

The field for Millington mayor in that city’s Aug. 2 nonpartisan general election is three candidates following last week’s filing deadline.

It includes former Mayor Terry Jones, who lost a re-election bid four years ago to Richard Hodges; Kenneth Uselton and Debra Sigee.

45. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

46. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

47. Luttrell Looks to Advance School Bldg. Talks -

The idea of a consolidated Shelby County public school system as a platform of sorts for various school models is beginning to emerge in what may be the most contentious part of the yearlong schools reformation discussion.

48. Tenn. House Approves GOP Redistricting Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has approved a plan to redraw the chamber's 99 districts, overriding Democrats' objections that it placed five African-American incumbents into three seats.

49. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

50. Packers' Run Inspiring Titans in Playoff Chase -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Titans are getting inspiration from the Green Bay Packers of a season ago in their improbable bid for the AFC's final wild-card spot.

Just as Green Bay did a year ago, the Titans (8-7) are trying to win their final two games to reach the playoffs while needing plenty help from other teams.

51. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present “Legal Ethics in the Movies” with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC and special guest U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

52. Jaguars Try to Spoil Titans' Must-Win Situation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With all the AFC's playoff scenarios, the math is simple for the Tennessee Titans.

Win Saturday or nothing else matters.

Tennessee ruined the chance to control its playoff fate with two straight losses, and none more painful than the last to the previously winless Colts. Now the Titans (7-7) are looking up at the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals needing lots of help to earn a playoff berth under first-year coach Mike Munchak.

53. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present “Legal Ethics in the Movies” with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC and special guest U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo Dec. 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

54. Events -

Chez Philippe will host a Christmas Eve dinner Saturday, Dec. 24, at the restaurant in The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $80 per person and includes a four-course meal. For reservations, call 529-4188. Christmas Day Brunch will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, on The Peabody’s mezzanine from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $20 for children. For reservations, call 529-3668. The Capriccio Grill will have a Christmas Day dinner Sunday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children. For reservations, call 529-4199.

55. Events -

Chez Philippe will host a Christmas Eve dinner Saturday, Dec. 24, at the restaurant in The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $80 per person and includes a four-course meal. For reservations, call 529-4188. Christmas Day Brunch will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, on The Peabody’s mezzanine from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $20 for children. For reservations, call 529-3668. The Capriccio Grill will have a Christmas Day dinner Sunday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children. For reservations, call 529-4199.

56. CJ Sits With Sore Ankle, Expects to Play Vs Jags -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Chris Johnson says he originally feared he had hurt his right ankle badly, but says he expects to be able to play Saturday as Tennessee tries to keep its faint playoff hopes alive against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

57. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will present a continuing legal education seminar titled “Insurance Errors & Omissions” Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave., Tower III, ponderosa pine room. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

58. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will continue its breakfast series with its Holiday Open House & Networking Party Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The party will include breakfast and informal networking. For reservations, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

59. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will continue its breakfast series with its Holiday Open House & Networking Party Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The party will include breakfast and informal networking. For reservations, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

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

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

61. Battier to Join Heat, Chalmers Waiting to Decide -

MIAMI (AP) – Shane Battier will be with the Miami Heat this season. Mario Chalmers is deciding if he'll be there with him.

62. Battier to Join Heat, Chalmers Waiting to Decide -

MIAMI (AP) – Shane Battier will be with the Miami Heat this season. Mario Chalmers is deciding if he'll be there with him.

63. Countywide Schools Board Fighting Old Cultures -

Aside from its looming battle with the state over charter schools, the countywide schools board is fighting conflicting meeting cultures of the old Memphis City Schools board and the old Shelby County Schools board.

64. Millington Board to Pick New Mayor -

The Millington Board of Aldermen will select the next mayor of the city in February or March following the retirement of Mayor Richard Hodges on Jan. 13.

65. School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward -

The two public school systems in Shelby County used the same team to evaluate charter school applications this week in the first joint proposal the Memphis City and Shelby County School systems have brought to the board for approval.

66. Brucker Joins McManus Reilly As Investment, Insurance Adviser -

Edward Brucker III has joined McManus Reilly Financial Foresight as investment and insurance adviser.

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Education: Master of business administration from University of Phoenix

67. Schools Get Fresh Start With New Board -

The separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools boards are no more when the end of September rolls over into October.

And the 23 members of the countywide Shelby County Schools board take the oath of office Monday, Oct. 3 at the MCS auditorium.

68. County Commission Completes New School Board -

Shelby County Commissioners made seven appointments Monday, Sept. 12, to the new countywide school board that takes office Oct. 1.

The appointment process completes a 23-member board that is to take office Oct. 1 with the seven appointees joining the nine current Memphis City Schools board members and the seven current Shelby County Schools board members.

69. Dallas Co. Pays $35M for Depot -

The Memphis Depot Business Park has sold for $35.8 million after being on the market for less than six months.

Memphis Depot Associates LLC, an affiliated entity of Dallas-based Mayfield Properties LP, on Friday, Aug. 5, bought 260 acres of property containing 4.2 million square feet in buildings in the industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport from Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County.

70. Dallas Co. Pays $35M for Depot -

The Memphis Depot Business Park has sold for $35.8 million after being on the market for less than six months.

Memphis Depot Associates LLC, an affiliated entity of Dallas-based Mayfield Properties LP, on Friday, Aug. 5, bought 260 acres of property containing 4.2 million square feet in buildings in the industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport from Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County.

71. Tiger Gift Shop Moves To Larger Space -

Tiger Gift Shop is relocating a few doors down from its current location on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

The university retailer, now at 549 S. Highland St., has signed a new 5,000-square-foot lease at 531 S. Highland, in the space formerly occupied by From One Greek to Another.

72. U of M Event Honors City’s Legal Pillars -

They’ve argued landmark cases in Memphis courtrooms in addition to representing everyday clients. They’ve grown into lions of the local legal profession. And they’ve helped tilt the course of history in the city.

73. Events -

The GOTV Club will present a seminar titled “Healthcare Reform for Business Owners” Tuesday, July 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Philip Johnson of Argyle Benefits Consultants will speak. Cost is $25. To register, visit thegotvclubjuly.eventbrite.com.

74. Events -

The Memphis Library and Information Center board of trustees will meet Monday, July 25, at noon at the Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne St. For more information, call 415-2846.

75. Events -

The Memphis Library and Information Center board of trustees will meet Monday, July 25, at noon at the Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne St. For more information, call 415-2846.

76. Pinched by Gas, Shoppers Pull Back Elsewhere -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are showing signs of pulling back on spending on discretionary items like clothing and home goods as gasoline and groceries eat up more of their paychecks.

Those pressures led many retailers on Thursday to report only modest revenue increases in May, the latest sign of the economy hitting a soft patch.

77. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a technology lunch and learn with State Systems Inc. Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Venice Pizza Co., 368 Perkins Road Extended. The topic is “Impact of Emerging Technology on Cabling Systems.” For reservations, contact Debbie Jones at 531-6564 or djones@statesystemsinc.com.

78. Crye-Leike Honors Top Performers, Longevity -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. honored its brokers working in the residential and commercial sectors Tuesday at its annual awards gala.

79. Pinnacle Awards Honor City’s Best Brokers -

As emcee Dan Conaway noted in his opening address Thursday night at the 10th annual Pinnacle Awards, “OK is the new great.”

80. Pinnacle Awards Honor City's Best Brokers -

As emcee Dan Conaway noted in his opening address Thursday night at the 10th annual Pinnacle Awards, “OK is the new great.”

81. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Mike Ross-Spang, owner and head trainer at Elite Personal Fitness, will speak. Cost is free for members and first-time guests and $25 for returning guests. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

82. MySpace Slashes Nearly Half its Global Staff -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Struggling entertainment site MySpace said Tuesday that it is cutting nearly half of its staff worldwide, or about 500 people, after an extensive revamp in October overhauled its look and allowed it to be run with fewer people. The cuts, part of a two-stage layoff plan, better position the site for a possible sale or spin-off by parent News Corp.

83. Dear Santa -

Dear Santa, Please consider my gift list for our local elected officials. After all, they’ve been giving it to us all year.

To all: Common Sense – a simple grid for MATA routes, consolidated city and county services, cutting the grass, sidewalk maintenance, paying attention to review board and appointed commission recommendations.

84. Lokion Celebrates 10 Years With ‘10x10’ Music Gift -

From offices at 88 Union Ave., high atop Downtown Memphis and overlooking the Mississippi River, Megan Jones feels on top of the world.

85. Federal Lawsuit Seeks One Count Of Consolidation Votes -

Eight Shelby County voters have filed suit in Memphis federal court against Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to throw out the requirement that a consolidation charter must pass in two separate votes on the Nov. 2 ballot.

86. County Commission Off To Partisan, Lively Start -

Shelby County Commissioners found plenty to debate during their first meeting as a body since six new commissioners took office Sept. 1.

Monday’s session saw the election of Democrat Sidney Chism as the chairman of the 13 member body for the next year.

87. MSARC Move Up for New Commissioners -

Shelby County Commissioners elected in the Aug. 5 elections hold their first meeting Monday of their four-year term of office.

Topping the agenda is confirmation of six top officials and division directors of County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration as well as a resolution to move control of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) from the health department to the county division of Community Services.

88. New County Commission, Mayor Go to Work -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell took his first batch of appointees to the Shelby County Commission Wednesday in the first committee sessions of the commission’s new term of office.

89. LRK Works to Rise From Bankruptcy Ashes -

Many architecture and engineering firms spent the past two years adapting to the changing economic times, but the most prominent example occurred last winter when Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

90. Homebuilder Confidence Sinks for 3rd Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homebuilder confidence dropped for the third straight month in August as the struggling economy and a flood of cheap foreclosed properties kept people from buying new homes.

91. US Home Sales Tumble as Tax Credit Expires -

Sales of new homes plummeted in May, falling 31 percent locally and 33 percent nationally as potential homebuyers scurried from the market once the homebuyers tax credit expired.

The nosedive created concerns that the housing market will endure a “double dip,” with sales numbers showing significant declines for the second time since the recession first hit.

92. US Home Sales Plummet in May as Tax Credit Expires -

Sales of new homes plummeted in May, falling 31 percent locally and 33 percent nationally as potential homebuyers scurried from the market once the homebuyers tax credit expired.

The nosedive created concerns that the housing market will endure a “double dip,” with sales numbers showing significant declines for the second time since the recession first hit.

93. 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.

94. Schoolhouse Shuffle -

On a cold February morning, a group of excited parents clustered in a tent in back of Kate Bond Elementary School.

95. GreenScape Promotes Colvett to President -

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

Colvett previously was executive vice president and corporate treasurer. He has been with GreenScape since 1992 and also has served the company in various capacities including project manager, estimator and vice president of marketing. His civic and community activities include serving as treasurer of the Tennessee Republican Party, and as a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and the University Club of Memphis.

96. Hoop Dreams -

The name “John Paul Jones” is etched on the newsroom office door of The Daily News building in Downtown Memphis and also on the main entrance of a 16,000-seat arena at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

97. Tenn., US Child Support Collections Down -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Natalie Conway came to court with a Bible in her purse and a manila folder under her arm.

98. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award -

Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.

99. Commission Appointments Not Without Rancor -

John Pellicciotti is pursuing his master’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He’s writing his thesis. And this week, after trying several times for several years, the small-business owner and consultant got some real-world experience in his degree area.

100. Trash to Gas: Landfill Energy Projects Increasing -

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of trash trucks across California are rumbling down city streets using clean fuel made from a dirty source: garbage.

The fuel is derived from rotting refuse that San Francisco and Oakland residents and businesses have been discarding in the Altamont landfill since 1980. Since November, the methane gas created from decaying detritus at the 240-acre (96-hectare) landfill has been sucked into tubes and sent into an innovative facility that purifies and transforms it into liquefied natural gas.