Editorial Results (free)
1. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.
2. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.
3. Song and Dance
- Thursday, October 18, 2012
Collectively, Sue Stinson Turner, Lisa Reid and Amy Linthicum have more than a century’s worth of experience in the real estate and banking industries.
4. MAAR Members Honored at State Association Convention
- Thursday, October 11, 2012
Several members of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors received recognition at the recent Tennessee Association of Realtors 93rd annual convention in Kingsport, Tenn.
Current MAAR vice president Steve Brown received TAR’s 2012 Presidential Award, which is given in honor of outstanding service to the leadership of the real estate industry.
5. Crye-Leike's Brown Receives State Association Award
- Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Steve Brown, executive vice president of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc., recently received the 2012 Presidential Award presented by the Tennessee Association of Realtors at the 93rd annual convention in Kingsport, Tenn.
6. Consolidation to Impact Housing Market
- Monday, November 07, 2011
Rather than speculate, it’s imperative that residents of Memphis and Shelby County research for themselves the impact of the pending schools consolidation on their families.
That was the message a room full of real estate agents, appraisers and financial professionals received Thursday, Nov. 3, when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosted its “Master Your Market: 3rd Quarter 2011 Update.”
7. Trends, Schools Impact Topics for Chandler Q3 Update
- Friday, October 28, 2011
As real estate professionals gather next week to take a look at the latest numbers, they’ll not only learn about local residential and commercial trends, but also be brought up to speed about the potential effect that the schools consolidation could have on real estate.
8. Crye-Leike Brokers Receive Statewide Honors
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. vice president Fontaine Taylor received the Tennessee Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year award at the recent TAR convention in Savannah, Ga. Taylor is vice president at the Quail Hollow headquarters, 6525 N. Quail Hollow Road.
9. Housing Market Shows Signs of Life
- Monday, August 08, 2011
Shelby County closed its July books with 1,266 home sales, the most since June 2010 and 9 percent higher than July 2010’s 1,157 sales.
Year to date, the county has tallied 7,378 home sales, down 12 percent from 8,351 for the same period in 2010, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
10. Tiger Gift Shop Moves To Larger Space
- Friday, August 05, 2011
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.
11. October Home Sales Dip 29 Percent
- Monday, December 06, 2010
While Memphis-area home sales took yet another hit in October, falling 29 percent from the same month a year ago, the average sales price indicates the market is starting to recover.
Home sales in the metropolitan area totaled 958 in October, down from 1,349 in October 2009, according to the most recent data from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.
12. GOP Carries Countywide Offices
- Friday, August 06, 2010
The only thing Republican candidates in Shelby County were denied in the Aug. 5 elections was a majority on the Shelby County Commission. The local GOP slate swept every countywide partisan race on the ballot with Thursday’s election results.
Voter turnout – early and Election Day – was almost 30 percent of Shelby County’s 600,000 voters. All election returns will be audited and must be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.
Republican Bill Oldham, the former chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department under outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell, beat Democrat Randy Wade in the race for sheriff.
The unofficial returns with all precincts reporting were:
Oldham: 89,613 (52%)
Wade: 82,981 (48%)
Wade, who was the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2002, linked his 2010 campaign to the re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. Wade, a former sheriff’s deputy, is Cohen’s district director.
Oldham campaigned on continuing the policies of Luttrell. But his campaign faltered when Oldham was forced to resign his job as chief deputy – the No. 2 position in the department – following a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department that his candidacy violated the Federal Hatch Act.
The civil complaint investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel left Oldham with the choice of either quitting the job or quitting the race. To keep both could have jeopardized federal funding the department receives.
The complaint was unique because deputies and high-ranking officers running for sheriff has been a regular feature of the sheriff’s race for decades. It wasn’t until 2002 that those in the department were required to take a leave of absence if they ran.
In other general election races, challenger Ken Hoover lost to Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler in the race for the District 5 seat on the seven-member board.
Pickler has been chairman for 11 of the 12 years the school board has been an elected body. Pickler ran on his record as chairman. Hoover also ran on Pickler’s record, saying his leadership style was too autocratic and not transparent enough.
The unofficial results were:
Pickler: 5,123 (51%)
Hoover: 4,956 (49%)
In the two other contested school board races, former Bolton High School principal Snowden “Butch” Carruthers beat Millington parent Charlene White in District 1. And political newcomer David Reaves beat fellow newcomer Lara A. McIntyre, both of Bartlett, for the District 3 seat.
White and McIntyre both called for change in school board methods during their campaigns.
District 7 school board member Ernest Chism ran unopposed.
The even-numbered district school board seats are on the 2012 county ballot.
After running for Probate Court clerk three other times, Democratic nominee Sondra Becton could not claim the office on her fourth try – even with the incumbent she campaigned against the three other times out of the race. Republican contender Paul Boyd easily beat Becton in the race for the office Chris Thomas gave up to run for and win a seat on the Shelby County Commission.
Becton lost to Thomas by 604 votes four years ago and was among the four Democratic challengers who unsuccessfully challenged the results in Chancery Court. This time she lost by more than 6,500 votes.
The vote totals were:
Boyd: 82,259 (52%)
Becton: 75,702 (48%)
Republican Tom Leatherwood easily defeated Democratic challenger Coleman Thompson to remain Shelby County register. The two faced each other in 2006, with Leatherwood winning.
The results Thursday were:
Leatherwood: 96,531 (58%)
Thompson: 68,784 (42%)
As early voting began, Thompson’s Pyramid Recovery Center was evicted from its longtime South Memphis space that was also an early voting site and an election day polling place. The landlord agreed to leave the voting sites up and running. But the possibility of a change in polling places served to highlight Thompson’s financial problems.
Late publicity about financial problems took a toll on another Democratic contender.
Newcomer Corey Maclin began campaigning early for Shelby County clerk, with incumbent Republican Debbie Stamson not seeking re-election. Maclin lost to Republican nominee Wayne Mashburn, the son of late county clerk Sonny Mashburn.
The unofficial returns were:
Mashburn: 88,619 (55%)
Maclin: 72,651 (45%)
Stamson’s husband, Steve Stamson, retired as Juvenile Court clerk, setting up the race that was won by Republican nominee Joy Touliatos, the chief administrative officer of the clerk’s office. She beat Democratic nominee Shep Wilbun, who won appointment to the clerk’s office in 2000 but lost to Stamson in the 2002 election and was beaten by Stamson again in 2006.
With all precincts reporting, the numbers were:
Touliatos: 85,849 (51%)
Wilbun: 73,345 (44%)
The remaining votes went to independent candidate Julia R. Wiseman.
Also seeking a return to countywide office was Minerva Johnican. Johnican, the Democratic nominee for Criminal Court clerk, lost to Republican nominee Kevin Key, the son of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk Bill Key and an administrator with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
The results were:
Key: 79,755 (49%)
Johnican: 74,831 (46%)
Independent candidate Jerry Stamson: 8,581 (5%)
Johnican, also a former Memphis City Council member and Shelby County Commissioner lost the clerk’s job in 1994 when she was upset by the elder Key.
Incumbent Republican Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore easily defeated Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon. Although Dixon was part of the effort by Democratic party leaders to get voters to vote the entire party slate, Moore continued to show up at Democratic functions and make his case for crossover votes.
Regina Morrison Newman, the third Shelby County tustee in four years, lost her bid for a full term in the office to Republican challenger David Lenoir. It was an impressive political debut for Lenoir, who had heavy backing from the local GOP.
The results were:
Lenoir: 77,166 (49%)
Newman: 72,618 (46%)
Independent candidate Derrick Bennett: 6,353 (4%)
Newman was appointed to the office by the Shelby County Commission following the 2009 death of Trustee Paul Mattila. Mattila was appointed to the office and won a special election for the position following the 2008 death of Bob Patterson. Patterson was re-elected to a four-year term in 2006.
In the judicial races:
Attorney Bill Anderson Jr. emerged atop a field of 20 candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7 with 15 percent of the vote. Assistant County Attorney Janet Lansky Shipman was second and the only other contender to go into double digit percentages. The 20 candidates were the largest field in any race – primary or general – on the Shelby County ballot.
Prosecutor Bobby Carter, who had the backing of District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and former District Attorney General John Pierotti, was elected judge of Criminal Court Div. 3 in a close race with attorneys Glenn Wright and Latonya Sue Burrow.
Carter got 26 percent of the vote to Wright’s 25 percent and Burrow’s 24.7 percent.
The results in the three other special judicial races saw the three appointed judges rejected by voters.
- Lee Wilson, the appointee to General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10, lost to former General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner by more than 64,000 votes. Turner’s victory was the strongest proof of the strong Republican turnout for races across the general election ballot. Turner had been the General Sessions Court clerk until 2006, when he was upset by Democratic challenger Otis Jackson. He is also a former Republican state legislator.
- Lorrie Ridder, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 4, lost to attorney Gina Higgins by about 5,000 votes.
- Rhynette Northcross Hurd, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 8, lost to attorney Bob Weiss by more than 12,000 votes.
Ridder and Hurd had been appointed to the Circuit Court vacancies by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who picked them each from a list of three finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Bredesen even taped a robo-call on behalf of Hurd, his first robo-call for any candidate in the state.
Wilson was appointed to the General Sessions vacancy by the Shelby County Commission and adopted a domestic violence case docket for the court. ...
13. Bloodworth Named Chair of Urban Land Institute’s District Council
- Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Russell Bloodworth has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute’s District Council representing Memphis and the Mid-South. He most recently served as assistant chairman to the previous chair, Frank Ricks of Looney Ricks Kiss.
14. Politicians Out in Full Force
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009
With back-to-school supplies to hand out and a new crop of brightly colored campaign signs, the October special election race for Memphis mayor and several other races on the 2010 ballot came alive this past weekend.
15. Industry Takes Toll on MAAR Membership
- Monday, January 05, 2009
The housing slump continued to take a toll on the real estate profession as membership in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) reached a three-and-a-half year low in December with just 4,599 members.
16. Plenty Beneath Surface of MCS Funding Dispute
- Friday, August 08, 2008
The Memphis City Schools funding dispute has played out in full view of the public and a lawsuit over the issue remains pending in Shelby County Chancery Court.
But that doesn’t mean things have always been what they seem.
17. Kiesewetter Wise’s Thompson Named Among Top 100 Labor Attorneys
- Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tanja L. Thompson has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Labor Attorneys by the Labor Relations Institute for the second consecutive year.
Thompson is a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC and is the only labor attorney in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to receive this professional honor, which puts her in the top 1 percent of labor attorneys throughout the U.S.
18. MCS’ Wallet Not the Only Thing On the Line
- Thursday, June 19, 2008
Memphis City Council member Harold Collins addressed his colleagues at Tuesday’s meeting with what seemed like good news.
“Attorneys for the city and Memphis City Schools have met today to determine if there was any common ground to compromise on the funding issues,” said Collins, referring to the standoff between the city and the school district over the district’s budget.
19. Crye-Leike Inc. MovesInto New G-Town Office
- Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Crye-Leike Inc. has moved its Exeter office location, one of two branches in Germantown, to a larger commercial office space at 3030 Forest Hill-Irene Road.
The office will be led by man
20. People Still Choose Real Estate Careers During Housing Crunch
- Friday, September 14, 2007
Amid the turbulence of the housing market, Debby Harris of Collierville decided to take the plunge and become a real estate professional.
Harris, who had spent 20 years in the airline industry and six years in public relations, figured it was time for a job change when she and her husband moved here from Florida in 2006.
21. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School
- Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.
22. Home Sales Hold Strong in Shelby County
- Tuesday, November 08, 2005
The hot Memphis residential real estate market continues to sizzle, if third quarter activity is any evidence.
A total of 7,178 homes were sold in Shelby County in third quarter 2005, a 9.4 percent increase from 6,562 sold in the same period last year, according to Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
23. New MAAR Leadership Looks to Build on Strengths
- Tuesday, October 18, 2005
When William Mitchell takes over as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors in January, it's fitting that his term will follow that of current board president Sue Stinson-Turner.
The two have worked off and on for the same real estate firms since beginning their respective careers nearly 30 years ago.
24. Professionals Offer Post-Storm Assistance
- Monday, September 19, 2005
When Mary Walpole took the phone call, it was typical in most ways of the calls she normally receives. Walpole, president of Memphis Legal Placement, regularly works with legal professionals looking for jobs.
25. Housing Industry Feels Katrina's Impact
- Friday, September 16, 2005
It's too early to predict the impact Hurricane Katrina will have on the nation's real estate market, but obviously it will be far-reaching along the devastated Gulf Coast and in surrounding areas.
Memphis didn't receive much damage when Katrina passed through, but the work of area real estate professionals, builders and housing-related businesses will be affected by the storm for the foreseeable future.
26. Katrina Victims Seek Short-Term Housing Options
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Shelters for Hurricane Katrina evacuees are scattered throughout the Memphis area, but for some who were displaced by the storm, the reality is that they will find themselves in this region for months, not weeks.
27. Baptist Names College of Health Sciences President
- Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Baptist Memorial Health Care named Betty Sue McGarvey president of the Baptist College of Health Sciences. McGarvey recently served the college as provost and is a graduate of the Baptist School of Nursing. She was a nursing instructor for two years and was among the 10 founders of the Baptist College of Health Sciences.
28. Archived Article: Real
- Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Home Sales See Pickup as Inventory Increases
Home Sales Pick Up as Inventory Increases
The Daily News
A drive through Cordova, with its abundance of For Sale signs, is strong evidence that the Memphis market has its fair shar...
29. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Smith & Nephew Announces New Division and Promotions
Smith & Nephew Announces New Division, Promotions
Steve Hirsch was named president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, a new division of the company opening in Europe. The following ...
30. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, February 02, 2005
MAAR Inducts Officers, Names Realtor Award Winners
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors announced the following 2004 award winners: Lee McWaters of McWaters & Associates, Realtor of the Year; Sally Isom of Prudential Collins-M...
31. Archived Article: Real
- Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Existing Home Sales Set National Record
Existing Home Market Sees Banner Year
The Daily News
With mortgage interest rates still low, residential real estate is still rapidly changing hands.
A big part of that activity is i...
32. Archived Article: Real
- Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Home Prices Moving Up
Memphis Home Prices Holding Steady
The Daily News
The Federal Housing Finance Board recently reported that the October average U.S. house price jumped 8.5 percent from a year ago, to $264,540 from $243,7...
33. Archived Article: Lead-special Report
- Tuesday, November 23, 2004
First-time Homebuyers Flood Market
More Newcomers Choose City Locations
Hickory Hill, U of M areas among buyer, renter top spots
The Daily News
As the year draws to a close, home sales continue to occur at a strong pace. P...
34. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, October 13, 2004
MAAR Elects 2005 Officers
Womens Foundation Appoints Board Members
Rosie Phillips Bingham was appointed to chair the board of the Womens Foundation for a Greater Memphis for a two-year term. Newly appointed to the board were: Martha L. Perine ...
35. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, April 14, 2004
The Daily News has hired Don Fancher as the Advertising Sales Director
Baptist-DeSoto Names New Administrator
Randy King was named administrator and chief executive officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He was previously vice president ...
36. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Goldsmith Honored Posthumously with Lion Heart Award
Goldsmith Honored Posthumously by Youth Villages The late Elias J. E.J. Goldsmith was honored with Youth Villages 5K Lion Heart Award. Goldsmith, who served Goldsmiths stores, his family busine...
37. Archived Article: Real Focus
- Tuesday, January 13, 2004
MAAR President Focuses on Affordable Housing
The Daily News
With home sales numbers setting records virtually every month in 2003, the Memphis residential real estate market has experienced a nice run thats not expected ...
38. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Realtors Association Announces President, Board
MAAR Confirms Officers, Board Members The Memphis Area Association of Realtors confirmed president-elect Bob Turner as 2004 president and elected Sue Stinson-Turner as 2004 president-elect. Neil Hub...
39. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, March 27, 2003
Amended lemon law less sour for consumers
Amended lemon law less sour for consumers
By BRYAN MASSEY
The Daily News
For three to four years, Memphis attorney Kevin Snider has heard new-car owners from Mississippi and Arkansas wonder aloud...
40. Archived Article: Real Review
- Tuesday, January 14, 2003
MAAR hands out
MAAR installs officers,
hands out Realtor awards
At its annual inauguration ceremony Thursday, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors installed its 2003 officers and board of directors.
Officers are Isaac Northern Jr. of...
41. Archived Article: Market Briefs
- Monday, January 14, 2002
Consumer Credit Counseling Service is offering free workshops on how to develop and maintain a personal budget and how to use Consumer Credit Counseling Service is offering free workshops on how to develop and maintain a personal budget and how to u...
42. Archived Article: Real Focus
- Tuesday, August 14, 2001
By: JENNIFER MURLEY WCR sets standard for real estate agents then and now By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News When real estate agent Nell Wade Martin began her career in the real estate market in 1976, it was a lopsided scene. "When I got my lice...
43. Archived Article: Real Briefs
- Tuesday, May 29, 2001
New officers of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Club are Patty Rainey, president; Nancy Robinson New officers of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Club are Patty Rainey, president; Nancy Robi...
44. Archived Article: Ccdc (lead)
- Tuesday, April 24, 2001
CCDC approves development loan for child care project CCDC approves loan for childcare center By SUE PEASE The Daily News The Center City Development Corp. approved a loan application Monday opening the door to renovate a Downtown building into a ch...
45. Archived Article: Standout (schedler)
- Friday, September 15, 2000
Sherry Schedler has always known what kind of career she wanted to follow A voice for children By Sue Pease The Daily News Sherry Schedler has always known what kind of career she wanted to follow. Her work at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelb...
46. Archived Article: Real Briefs
- Tuesday, June 15, 1999
Equity Inns Inc Equity Inns Inc. announced quarterly dividends of 31 cents per share of common stock and about 59 cents per share of preferred stock for the quarter ending June 30. The common stock dividend is payable on Aug. 2, and the preferred st...
47. Archived Article: Law Briefs
- Thursday, February 18, 1999
Mid-South Terminal Co Mid-South Terminal Co., a Memphis-based partnership owned in part by Belz Enterprises, pleaded guilty last week in federal district court to illegally discharging scrap metal into the Mississippi River during January and Februa...
48. Archived Article: Real Fcs Home Sales Lj
- Tuesday, July 09, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Housing boom Sales of existing homes at an all-time high in 1996 Home buyers taking advantage of low interest rates By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News While U.S. home resales achieved record levels in May, sales of existing homes in Memp...