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1. American, US Airways Name Post-Merger Leadership
- Tuesday, June 11, 2013
DALLAS (AP) – The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller but more successful US Airways than from the current American.
Five US Airways executives will follow their current CEO, Doug Parker, when he takes control after the airlines complete their proposed merger. Three executives from American parent AMR Corp. were named to the new company's leadership team.
2. Answering Memphis’ Hot Sports Topics
- Friday, June 07, 2013
In a week with too many worthy column topics and too many valid questions deserving answers, let’s spend a few moments with each one.
First up, “The Lionel Hollins Situation.” The very name tells you what a mess it has become. There are many questions here, but let’s focus on these three:
3. Commercial Advisors Adds Jensen to Capital Markets Group
- Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Luke Jensen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ Capital Markets Group. In his new role with the commercial real estate firm, Jensen focuses on investment sales, debt and equity, development, and principal deal sourcing and structuring.
4. Kramer Given Crystal Award by Carwash Association
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bruce Kramer, an attorney with Apperson Crump PLC, has been given the Crystal Award by the International Carwash Association for his 20 years of service as the association’s general counsel. The association, which was started in Memphis in 1955, is comprised of 15,000 professional car wash operators, retailers and suppliers in 25 nations.
5. Raising the Roof
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
If all goes well, The Blues Foundation will be raising the roof on a new Blues Hall of Fame at 421 S. Main St. in six months.
6. Lovette Heads Career Services at Remington College
- Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Demetrius “Dee” Lovette has been named director of career services at Remington College’s Memphis campus. In the role, Lovette provides job placement services to students and graduates, and works with local employers to assess their workforce needs and provide qualified applicants.
7. Businesses, Schools to Participate in Citywide Weight Loss Challenge
- Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Memphis businesses, school systems and individuals are gearing up to participate in the HealthyWage $10,000 Team Weight Loss Challenge, a citywide three-month weight-loss contest beginning Feb. 22 that will reward three top-performing Memphis teams with a total of $18,000.
8. Baptist to Highlight RN to BSN Program
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Baptist College of Health Sciences is gearing up for a series of open houses over the next several months, with the first set for this Saturday and open to all prospective students. The following three open houses on Feb. 7, April 4 and June 6 will be designed specifically for people interested in the college’s RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program, which is tailored for working adults. Students can complete their baccalaureate degree in 12 months.
9. Saint Blues Guitar Workshop Launches Line
- Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Saint Blues Guitar Workshop is launching a new line of affordable, made-in-Memphis guitars.
The guitar maker’s Juke Joint Series is meant to offer guitar players and enthusiasts an affordable gateway into the Saint Blues product line. The new guitars are unbound and include a crystal satin finish, as well as the original Saint Blues logo from the 1980s.
10. Leading in New Times
- Friday, January 25, 2013
Keith Norman has heard the discussions about the generation gap and the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP.
11. Atlantic Track Grows Local Operations
- Friday, January 11, 2013
Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. is expanding its Memphis operations with a 12,900-square-foot pre-engineered metal building addition with a bridge crane at 363 E. Bodley Ave.
12. Federal Regulators Charge Eight Directors of Morgan Keegan Funds
- Saturday, December 15, 2012
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges Monday, Dec. 10, against eight former members of the boards of five Morgan Keegan mutual funds for “violating their asset pricing responsibilities under the federal securities laws.”
13. Musical Heritage
- Friday, December 14, 2012
There was a moment at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the large crowd at The Peabody hotel got a sense for how much depth the city’s musical heritage has and what a complex story it can be.
14. SEC Charges Eight Directors of Morgan Keegan Funds
- Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges Monday, Dec. 10, against eight former members of the boards of five Morgan Keegan mutual funds for “violating their asset pricing responsibilities under the federal securities laws.”
15. Obama's Health Care Overhaul Turns Into a Sprint
- Friday, November 09, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.
16. Time for Memphians to Rejoice Yet Again
- Monday, October 29, 2012
Each year, a Chicago firm called Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. publishes a tongue-in-cheek report on the nation’s lost productivity during March Madness.
17. Commission To Put Pera On FedExForum Lease, Appoint Election Reform Panel
- Monday, September 24, 2012
Shelby County Commissioners take up a new name on the lease for FedExForum at their Monday, Sept. 24, meeting.
On the agenda is a resolution replacing Hoops LP, the Memphis Grizzlies ownership group headed by Michael Heisley, with RJP Group LLC, the ownership group headed by Robert Pera.
18. Advocates: 39 States' Obesity Rates to Pass 50 Percent
- Wednesday, September 19, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese – not merely overweight, but obese.
Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state's adults will be obese by 2030; that would be an astounding increase from Mississippi's current 35 percent obesity rate.
19. New Coupons Aim to Keep People Off Generic Drugs
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – If brand-name prescription medicines cost you as little as generic pills, which would you choose? A few drugmakers are betting Americans will stick with the name they know.
20. Biz Owners Weighing Health Care Law Impact
- Monday, August 13, 2012
So far, it’s not easy to get a clear picture of how President Barack Obama’s health care law will affect Memphis-area small businesses.
That’s mainly because there are lots of business owners – including both supporters and even strident critics of the Affordable Care Act – who themselves don’t know what impact the law will have.
21. Election Eve Prep And A Surprise
- Thursday, August 02, 2012
When the polls open across Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 2, election officials will be watching closely in several areas for continuing election problems.
The problems began during the early voting period that ended Saturday with more than 1,000 getting ballots that had the wrong district races for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House.
22. History for Sale
- Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Three historic properties in the Midtown and Downtown areas are on the market, all listed with major Memphis commercial real estate firms.
The most recent listing is the Hunt-Phelan house at 533 Beale St., priced at $2.9 million with Henry Stratton and Andy Cates of Colliers International Memphis. The mansion has hosted guests including Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson.
23. US Poverty on Track to Rise to Highest Since 1960s
- Tuesday, July 24, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.
24. Report: Countrywide Won Influence With Discounts
- Friday, July 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation's foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.
25. Crowder Joins MCCA To Manage New Product Line
- Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Mack Crowder has joined Memphis Consumer Credit Association as director of business continuity and risk. In his new role, Crowder will manage the start-up and growth of a new product line of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for MCCA.
26. HMCT Makes Strides In Improving Community Health
- Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Over the last three years, Healthy Memphis Common Table has made a number of strides toward its mission of improving the health of Memphians.
Although founded in 2003 as a nonprofit by a group of volunteers concerned with the declining health of Memphians, Healthy Memphis Common Table really began to flourish in 2009 after hiring its first employee, CEO Renee Frazier, who began hiring additional employees and implementing new programs.
27. Jones Has Memphis Homecoming At GPAC
- Thursday, April 26, 2012
Rising star Caroline Jones’ performance Saturday, April 28, at Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s 2012 Gala will be a homecoming of sorts for the New York-based singer-songwriter.
28. (Daily) Deal or No Deal?
- Monday, April 09, 2012
The anatomy of a deal has become a fascinating study these days among businesspeople, grappling as many of them do with coupons, daily deals, special offers – whatever magic ingredient will bring customers through the door.
29. Hernando's Mayor Cited as National Good Example
- Wednesday, April 04, 2012
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Hernando, Miss., Mayor Chip Johnson says listening to voters is a big part of the reason he's now being held up as a national model for creating healthier cities and counties.
30. Liddon Solves Problems for Relocating Companies
- Thursday, March 29, 2012
When Robert Liddon began as a clerk at Heiskell Donelson after his second year in law school in 1974, there were about 25 attorneys.
Now the firm known as Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is made up of about 600.
31. 6 Months Later, What has Occupy Protest Achieved?
- Monday, March 19, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – As spring approaches, Occupy Wall Street protesters who mostly hibernated all winter are beginning to stir with plans for renewed demonstrations six months after the movement was born.
32. Former Cleo Site Sells For $2.6M
- Friday, March 16, 2012
A Memphis-based buyer has bought more than 1 million square feet formerly occupied by Cleo Inc. gift-wrapping company in Airport Industrial Park Section A for less than two-thirds of the listing price.
33. Diversified Trust Promotes Smithwick
- Monday, March 12, 2012
Diversified Trust, a Memphis-based comprehensive wealth management firm, has a new managing principal of its Memphis office.
Robert “Robin” Smithwick III assumed the role effective Jan. 1. He’s taking the role previously held by Samuel Graham, who became the firm’s CEO in 2011.
34. Data Present Big Picture For LSON Students
- Monday, March 05, 2012
To University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing student Joni Gossett, 38108 is more than just a ZIP code. It’s also a diagnostic tool.
35. St. Blues Guitar Takes Pride in High-Quality Product
- Monday, February 06, 2012
A front page story in The New York Times last month did a deep dive into the manufacturing cycle of Apple’s ubiquitous iPhones, walking through in detail why the company makes its signature product overseas in a way that can’t be done here.
36. Law Institute Will Examine Scandals Involving Children
- Friday, January 27, 2012
The 25th annual Rhodes Institute on the Profession of Law this year will discuss “Beyond the Church and Penn State Scandals: Protecting our clients while protecting our children.”
The program will provide an overview of the civil liability faced by organizations when child sexual abuse accusations surface. It will examine recent cases involving religious groups, educational institutions and businesses. The program will also look at when allegations rise to the level requiring attention from law enforcement, among other issues.
37. Obama's Health Overhaul Lags in Many States
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.
38. Census: Population Slowing in Large Portions of US
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Many states that posted big population gains in the 2010 census are now seeing their decade-long growth fizzle, hurt by a prolonged economic slump that is stretching into larger portions of the South and West.
39. Titans Place S Anthony Smith on IR Due to Injury
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have placed safety Anthony Smith on injured reserve with an injured groin and promoted safety Robert Johnson from the practice squad.
40. St. Louis Blues
- Friday, December 02, 2011
HEY, ST. LOUIS, YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME? If you don’t think we’re in a fight, you probably don’t realize you’re bleeding.
The first blow came more than 20 years ago – a big, upriver uppercut after a series of negative articles in The Commercial Appeal on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital hollered, another big river town heard them, and we were one feint away from losing St. Jude to St. Louis. We didn’t go down, rallied as a city and won the hospital’s decision to stay.
41. Grant to Help UTHSC Broaden Nursing Reach
- Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has received $100,000 to support the education of disadvantaged, minority and male students, who are underrepresented in the nursing field.
42. Project Better Care Aims to Improve Primary Care
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Healthy Memphis Common Table has launched a program to help support primary care practices in delivering the best patient care possible.
Project Better Care is an initiative engaging primary care practices, health plans, physician-hospital organizations and their patients in improving the care they provide in ambulatory settings.
43. Healthy Memphis Event will Telecast Dr. Oz
- Monday, September 12, 2011
Healthy Memphis Common Table will host an event Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center to celebrate Care About Your Care, an initiative to help increase awareness about what consumers can do to identify and receive better health care.
44. Allie Prescott to Head U of M Alumni Association
- Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Allie Prescott has been elected president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association national executive board of directors.
Prescott holds his bachelor’s and law degrees from the U of M, and he is a life member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association. As a former adviser to the executive director and former vice president for membership, Prescott is serving his fifth year on the national board.
45. Grow Your Business Tour Takes Message Across State
- Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Mid-South small-business coach Robert Staub is preparing to embark on a monthlong, statewide tour to bring his growth strategies to small-business owners in 13 Tennessee communities.
46. Cmty. Considers Health Improvements
- Friday, July 29, 2011
More than 100 community leaders from various sectors gathered at the University of Memphis earlier this week for the 2011 Let’s CHANGE Summit, a daylong event with the purpose of identifying strategies as part of a community agenda to help generate policies and harnessing stakeholder collaboration to move those plans into action.
47. U of M Event Honors City’s Legal Pillars
- Thursday, July 28, 2011
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.
48. Dem Luckett Touts Economic Record in Miss Gov's Race
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Bill Luckett still vividly remembers his first work in helping renovate buildings. He was a ninth grader, and he sanded walls for house painters in his hometown of Clarksdale.
49. Community Service Paramount for Collins
- Thursday, July 21, 2011
Elizabeth Collins is a partner at Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson and Mitchell PLLC, and her interest in community involvement combined with professional knowledge of the law has kept her with the firm for more than 20 years.
50. Int’l Folk Alliance Conference Announces Keynote Speaker
- Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Folk Alliance International has announced that Bob Lefsetz will be the featured keynote speaker at the 24th annual International Folk Alliance Conference at the Downtown Marriott, 250 N. Main St., Feb. 22-26.
51. McKinley Park Opening to be Held Saturday
- Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A grand opening of the McKinley Park subdivision and the homeownership phase of the 30-home Hope VI development will be held Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown subdivision, 679 E. Georgia Ave.
52. Hyde Named President at Alco Management
- Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Alco Management Inc. has named Robert D. Hyde president of the Memphis-based development and property management firm.
53. Tenn.’s Duncan Among Congressmen Suing Obama Over Libya Strikes
- Thursday, June 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers is suing President Barack Obama for taking military action against Libya without war authorization from Congress.
Among the lawmakers is U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, R-Tenn., who represents Tennessee’s Second District: Knox, Blount, Loudon, Monroe and McMinn counties, as well as a potion of Sevier County.
54. New Members Bring Change to Election Commission
- Monday, May 23, 2011
When the Shelby County Election Commission met last week, it signaled a change, with three new members for the five-member body, as well as possibly a calm period for a group that has overseen a lot of elections in the last decade.
55. Keeping People at the Core
- Friday, May 06, 2011
Part two in a two-part series We recently spoke with Robert S. Poole, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at Meharry Medical College. Since completing a historic $125 million campaign, the college’s endowment has reached $100 million, and it recently received grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. In part one of this series, we shared Poole’s advice for engaging your organization’s president, board and other key players in fundraising efforts. Here, he provides additional recommendations.
56. Election Commission to Change
- Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The five-member Shelby County Election Commission will have three new faces by May or June as well as a new chairman.
The state election commission meets next week to vote on the two Democratic commissioners on the body that conducts and regulates elections in Shelby County. But the selection is governed by the choices of the state legislators from the county who caucus on the nominees.
57. Cohen to Address the State of Housing Monday
- Friday, April 22, 2011
The Memphis Chapter of National Association of Real Estate Brokers will present a panel discussion on the “State of Housing” Monday.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, will kick off the discussion, followed by an panel covering an array of subjects from legislative acts to mortgages to state-funded programs that stop foreclosure proceedings.
- Friday, April 08, 2011
Health Memphis Common Table will present a Community Partners Forum Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Dr. Calvin Johnson, president of Altre Strategies Solutions Group LLC, will speak on the topic “Eliminating Health Disparities by Focusing on Quality.” For more information, contact Patti Tosti at 273-2665 or email@example.com.
- Thursday, April 07, 2011
The Mid-South Area Business Travelers Association will meet Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 6120 Poplar Ave. Laurie Rusin will present “Road Warrior Packing and Travel Secrets Revealed.” To register, visit www.msabta.org.
60. Retail Sector Adding Jobs, But Not Always Careers
- Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Erin Abell left a job in finance to volunteer for John McCain's presidential campaign in early 2008. She had hoped to return to the industry after the election, but by then Wall Street was on life support, and Abell had to live off credit cards until joining a friend's startup.
61. Still Singing the Blues
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Local filmmaker Lee Gordon has a simple goal in mind for “This is Why We Still Sing the Blues,” a documentary he hopes to wrap up by the end of the year.
62. NHOM Brings Housing Opportunities to Working Poor
- Friday, February 25, 2011
For more than two decades, Neighborhood Housing Opportunities Management Executive Director Howard Eddings and his team have worked to rebuild Memphis neighborhoods most plagued by urban decay, whose broken windows and overgrown lots have become familiar eyesores in the wake of the Great Recession.
63. Miss. Economic Head: No Politics in Site Selection
- Wednesday, February 16, 2011
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Lawmakers are asking the head of Mississippi's economic development agency why the Delta and the southwestern part of the state are often overlooked for major industrial projects.
64. New Members Appointed to MED Board
- Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Three new board members were recently appointed to the board of the Shelby County Health Care Corp. by Mayor Mark Luttrell.
65. Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
- Monday, January 31, 2011
If art is about risk-taking, the joint production of Michael Ching’s opera a capella “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and Delta Capella/RIVA risks about as much as one show possible can.
66. Tennessee Native Earl Keister Joins Thompson & Co.
- Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Earl Keister has joined Thompson & Co. as creative director.
Education: University of Tennessee, Portfolio Center
Work Experience: Fifteen years in the advertising field. I’m like Johnny Cash: I’ve been everywhere.
67. Businesses Seek Health Payment Reform
- Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Regardless of whether court challenges to health care reform are successful, businesses are likely to continue pushing for a key component of the new legislation – payment reform.
Businesses are looking for ways to control costs, improve quality and reward successful treatments instead of paying more for readmissions and longer hospital stays.
68. Analyst Downgrades Wright Medical to 'Neutral'
- Monday, October 04, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — A Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst said Friday orthopedic product makers will face sales and reimbursement pressure over the next several quarters.
69. Health Care Leaders Seek Cost-Control Strategies
- Wednesday, September 22, 2010
With cost and quality becoming more transparent in health care, location is not always the primary factor for deciding which hospital gets a patient’s business.
Lowe’s Companies Inc. this year began encouraging its employees to travel to the Cleveland Clinic for heart surgeries.
70. Election Results Saga Not Over Yet
- Monday, August 23, 2010
The Aug. 5 election results are certified. But the events of the coming week will determine whether that’s the final word on who won and who lost.
With the results approved by the Shelby County Election Commission, the local Democratic Party and several Democratic candidates who lost must decide if they want to go back to Chancery Court. They have five days to make a decision to file.
71. Aug. 5 Election Results Certified
- Friday, August 20, 2010
The Shelby County Election Commission has certified the results of the Aug. 5 election.
The certification Thursday sets the stage for a formal legal challenge of the results by several Democratic contenders.
72. Overhaul Fails to Boost ‘Health Care Confidence’
- Thursday, August 19, 2010
A new survey says Americans aren’t feeling any more secure about their medical care after enactment of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says consumer confidence spiked in April after Obama signed landmark legislation to expand coverage and try to control costs. But confidence levels have since fallen back to what they were last year at the start of an epic congressional debate.
73. Ground Broken on Green Tiger Lane
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010
With green rakes and hard hats, city leaders broke ground Wednesday for the $15 million Tiger Lane project at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.
As a group of 22 elected officials, planners and representatives of the tenants of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium did the honors in a pile of dirt, bulldozers continued to level the site that will be the seven-acre strip of grass.
74. Payne-Johnson Joins Arlington’s Baptist Memorial Medical
- Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Dr. Ann Payne-Johnson, a family medicine physician at Baptist Memorial Medical Group, recently began practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Medical Group Arlington Family Medicine.
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Education: Residency, University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine, Jackson, Tenn.; Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine; master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southern Mississippi
Work Experience: Family medicine physician at BMMG, clinician at Saint Francis Hospital, aerobics instructor/fitness instructor (stopped when I was 5 months pregnant with my son)
Family: Married. Five-year-old son, Donovan, in kindergarten at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School; daughter, Ashley, 2.
Last book read: “Llama Llama Mad at Mama”
Music: Disco. Favorite song: “I Will Survive.”
Favorite movie: “Scarface” (“Avatar” is a close second)
Sports team: New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!!!)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Farmville on Facebook, gadgets, spending time with the kids
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, who was a musician and scientist.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? I have always wanted to practice medicine.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Becoming board certified.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The people I work with every day are phenomenal. Baptist is growing to continue to meet the community’s needs for primary care.
75. Fairgrounds Jump Start on Council's Agenda
- Tuesday, March 09, 2010
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....
76. UPDATE: Council To Be Asked To Jump Start Fairgrounds Project
- Monday, March 08, 2010
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.
77. Glankler Brown Names Bradley Chief Manager
- Wednesday, March 03, 2010
William R. Bradley Jr. has been named chief manager of Glankler Brown PLLC.
Bradley’s primary practice areas include intellectual property, maintenance and litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, business litigation, and construction litigation.
78. New Initiatives Seek to Make Memphis Healthier
- Tuesday, January 26, 2010
William Ross of City Wide Taxi Cab Co. waits in a Kroger parking lot for a call from a grocery shopper on a Sunday afternoon.
79. Three Attorneys Break Away From Apperson Crump
- Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A managing partner of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC has left the law firm to start his own firm.
Robert L. Dinkelspiel opened Dinkelspiel, Rasmussen & Mink Monday at 1669 Kirby Parkway. His partners are Robin H. Rasmussen and M. Wayne Mink Jr., both of whom worked at Apperson Crump.
80. Stephens Named Executive Director Of Exceptional Foundation of West Tenn.
- Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Jeni Stephens has been named the executive director of the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee.
Stephens was appointed following a national search conducted by the EFWT.
She joins the EFWT with a 14-year background in nonprofit administration. She most recently served as deputy director of development for the Pink Palace Family of Museums. She also has served as director of marketing and development for the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Memphis Academy of Science in Engineering.
81. Local Artists Set Up Seasonal Cooperative
- Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Several local artists are kicking off a Winter Arts cooperative this week at 5475 Poplar Ave., just east of Bud Davis Cadillac.
82. AP Poll: Tax the Rich to Pay for Health Bill
- Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – When it comes to paying for a health care overhaul, Americans see just one way to go: Tax the rich.
That finding from a new Associated Press poll will be welcome news for House Democrats, who proposed doing just that in their sweeping remake of the U.S. medical system, which passed earlier this month and would extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.
83. AP Poll: Americans Fret Over Health Overhaul Costs
- Tuesday, November 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the cost, Mr. President.
Americans are worried about hidden costs in the fine print of health care overhaul legislation, an Associated Press poll says. That's creating new challenges for President Barack Obama as he tries to close the deal with a handful of Democratic doubters in the Senate.
84. Building Permit Brings Wally Joe Restaurant Closer to Reality
- Tuesday, November 03, 2009
690 S. Perkins Road
Memphis, TN 38117
Permit Amount: $800,000
Project Cost: $800,000
Permit Date: Applied October 2009
Completion: Summer 2010
Owner: Wally Joe Realty LLC
Contractor: Day Construction LLC
Architect: Doug Enoch
85. Dress Newest Pathologist At Pathology Group of the MidSouth
- Wednesday, September 02, 2009
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.
86. Finch Appointed to Dean Position At UofM School of Nursing
- Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Dr. Linda Finch has been appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs for the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis. Finch was previously an associate professor on the nursing faculty. She has been named an American Nurses Foundation Scholar by the American Nurses Association and is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. She also has served on the editorial board of “The Tennessee Nurse.”
87. Think Tank Event Returning to Memphis
- Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Professors with academic expertise and community organizers with street knowledge will combine forces to find solutions for the problems faced by young black men when The Think Tank for African American Progress returns to Memphis this fall.
88. Nursing Scholarships Available at UTHSC
- Monday, August 17, 2009
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided funding for 20 scholarships in the Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
89. Legal Battle Over Tennessee Plan Continues
- Thursday, August 06, 2009
A statewide debate continues after the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Tennessee Plan, the state system for appointing judges to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court.
- Tuesday, August 04, 2009
JMS Strategies will hold a business education and development series titled “The Compass Series” beginning today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 2700. Classes will be on the first Tuesday of each month through July. Tuition for the 12-class series is $2,080 per person. To register, call 786-3400 or visit www.jmsstrategies.com.
- Monday, August 03, 2009
JMS Strategies will hold a business education and development series titled “The Compass Series” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 2700. Classes will be on the first Tuesday of each month through July. Tuition for the 12-class series is $2,080 per person. To register, call 786-3400 or visit www.jmsstrategies.com.
92. Democrat Resists Subpoenaing VIP Mortgage Records
- Monday, August 03, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have declined to subpoena available records that might reveal whether other members of Congress got discounted VIP mortgages from subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. similar to the sweetheart deals given Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad.
93. Fogerty Joins Jackson Lewis In Of Counsel Role
- Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Whitney King Fogerty has joined Jackson Lewis LLP as of counsel.
Fogerty was previously a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, where she specialized in labor and employment litigation. She has practiced law for 10 years and has been named among Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers for Business the past two years.
94. Herenton-Lowery Transition Under Way in Choppy Waters
- Monday, July 13, 2009
He is serving his fifth term in office, having come to political power in the historic 1991 city elections. He became a politician after a career in which he was already in the public eye. He is outspoken and intense and he is not Willie Herenton.
95. Appeals Loom in GM Plan to Sell Assets
- Wednesday, July 08, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Groups representing plaintiffs in car accidents said Monday they would oppose General Motors' attempt to quickly exit bankruptcy protection, arguing that hundreds of victims could be hurt by the government-led plan.
96. Mississippi's Still Fattest; Tenn.'s Obesity Rate Rises
- Thursday, July 02, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mississippi's still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby boomers.
It's time for the nation's annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there's little good news. Obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year and didn't decline anywhere, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
97. Speculation Rampant About Jobs’ Transplant
- Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The state of Tennessee has sold the $1.3 million Midtown home once used to house the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
The state transferred ownership of the two-story, nearly 6,000-square-foot home near Overton Park to a limited liability company at the end of March for $850,000. That price is about 65 percent of the home’s appraisal.
98. UT’s Hathaway Named To Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair
- Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Dr. Donna Hathaway has been named to the Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing.
99. GM All But Certain to File for Chapter 11
- Friday, May 29, 2009
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors, the company that put tail fins on a Cadillac and was once the nation's largest employer, moved to the edge of bankruptcy protection Wednesday as debtholders refused a last-ditch deal. Crosstown rival Chrysler hoped to pull off a quick exit from Chapter 11 and prove there is hope yet for a leaner Detroit.
100. GMAC Receives $7.5B in New Treasury Aid
- Tuesday, May 26, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. government could eventually own a majority stake in GMAC Financial Services following its latest $7.5 billion aid package to the ailing auto financing company.
To keep loans flowing to would-be buyers of GM and Chrysler vehicles and shore up its capital position, the Treasury Department agreed Thursday to provide GMAC with $7.5 billion in loans. The new aid marks the second time the government has stepped in to prop up the former lending unit of General Motors Corp.