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1. Beale Street Music Festival Offers Diverse Lineup -

The lineup for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival features a new night of late-night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

2. Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced -

The bill for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music this year features a new night of late night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.

3. State Lags for Women in Corporate Positions -

Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.

Expert opinions vary on how strongly the statistics reflect corporate vitality in Tennessee on a broader scale.

4. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

5. Events -

Duncan-Williams Inc. Investment Bankers will hold a small-business succession planning luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Duncan-Williams, 6750 Poplar Ave., suite 300. Topics include federal estate tax laws, choosing a successor, calculating the fair market value of your business, and more. Cost is free; space is limited. RSVP to roland.cole@duncanwilliams.com or 435-4277.

6. Events -

BlackGirlsCODE will host a mobile-app development workshop for girls ages 13 to 17 Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The event will also feature tech chats with women mobile developers. Cost is $35. Visit blackgirlscode.com.

7. August 16-22, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. unveiled a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that included a 6 percent pay cut for nonunion employees. The airline had filed for bankruptcy reorganization the previous August with a plan that did not anticipate Delta Air Lines dropping its 50-seat jets as fast as Delta did after reaching a contract agreement with union pilots that June. Pinnacle moved its headquarters from One Commerce Square to Minneapolis this past May.

8. Moving the Pack -

RedRover Sales & Marketing is a few months away from starting a new chapter in the firm’s more-than-seven-year existence because of having arrived at what’s arguably a good problem to have.

9. Barnhart Buys Industrial Property for Expansion -

2085 W. E. Freeman Drive
Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $2.6 million

Sale Date: June 27, 2013

Buyer: Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co.

10. Holmes Road Church Trades Hands for $1.8 Million -

The LaBelle Haven Baptist church at 6825 E. Holmes Road in Hickory Hill has been sold for $1.8 million.

11. Keller Finds Right Culture at RedRover -

Catherine “Kitty” Keller is one of the newest members of the team at RedRover Sales & Marketing, and her addition comes at a time of a steady swelling of the ranks, a recent batch of awards and consistent business growth for the firm.

12. Thomas & Betts Donates $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corp. executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both. The contributions, totaling $1 million, went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

13. RedRover Picks Up Four Communicator Awards -

RedRover Sales & Marketing took home four international awards as part of the 2013 Communicator Awards.

The firm got three Awards of Distinction for creative work completed for clients Thomas & Betts Corp., DreamCatcher Hotels and The MED Foundation. The firm also earned an Award of Excellence for its own newly designed website.

14. RedRover Picks Up Four Communicator Awards -

RedRover Sales & Marketing took home four international awards as part of the 2013 Communicator Awards.

The firm got three Awards of Distinction for creative work completed for clients Thomas & Betts Corp., DreamCatcher Hotels and The MED Foundation. The firm also earned an Award of Excellence for its own newly designed website.

15. Thomas & Betts Donates $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corp. executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both. The contributions, totaling $1 million, went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

16. Thomas & Betts CEO Sees Growth Post-Acquisition -

Dominic Pileggi, the retired CEO of Thomas & Betts Corp., remembers being concerned more than a year ago when the Memphis-based maker of low voltage electrical and utility hardware was in talks with ABB Group of Zurich to buy Thomas & Betts.

17. Thomas & Betts - ABB Donate $1 Million -

Thomas & Betts Corporation executives marked one year since the acquisition of the Memphis-based power and electric utility devices company by ABB Group of Zurich Thursday, May 9, with three contributions from both totaling $1 million to St. Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis Development Foundation.

18. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

19. RedRover Uses Numbers, Strategy for Growing Client Roster -

When it comes to a traditional agency model, RedRover Sales & Marketing is anything but traditional.

Founded seven years ago this month, the firm has added four new hires and three new service lines since last summer, notched impressive year-over-year revenue increases and is almost at capacity with its client roster.

20. EmergeMemphis Names New Board Officers -

EmergeMemphis has announced its new board of directors officers for 2013.

The officers include chairman Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; immediate past chairman Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC; secretary Joey Dudek Jr., attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; and treasurer Joe Lyons, chief financial officer with True Temper Sports.

21. EmergeMemphis Names New Board Officers -

EmergeMemphis has announced its new board of directors officers for 2013.

The officers include chairman Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; immediate past chairman Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC; secretary Joey Dudek Jr., attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; and treasurer Joe Lyons, chief financial officer with True Temper Sports.

22. Expert: Investors Confound Housing -

The role of investor-driven neighborhoods in Memphis is growing, and the impact on different kinds of neighborhoods is largely unstudied and unknown.

For instance, what does it mean that going into 2012, 54 percent of residential property sales were accounted for by investor purchases from the Real Estate Owned (REO) inventory of foreclosing lenders?

23. Rise of House Flipping Focus Of Seminar -

The impact of the foreclosure crisis on Shelby County home values is intricate and far-reaching.

Recent estimates by real estate information company Chandler Reports suggest that nearly a quarter of Memphis’ total housing stock are non-owner occupied.

24. JA Turns Students Into Entrepreneurs -

A group of Germantown High School students recently harnessed the power of entrepreneurship to make a positive impact on the lives of children thousands of miles away.

The students, participants of Junior Achievement’s Company program, teamed up with Nations Member Church’s Project 101, a program dedicated to saving the lives of young children in Africa who are suffering from acute malnutrition.

25. Thomas & Betts Merger with ABB Ltd. Official -

The merger of Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. with ABB Ltd. becomes official on the New York Stock Exchange at the opening of trading May 29.

26. Market Value -

Investor Warren Buffett admitted in his annual letter to shareholders recently that he was “dead wrong” in his early 2011 prediction that the housing market would have begun recovery by now.

27. Performance Of Memphis Public Cos. Varies Widely -

Memphis is home to several publicly traded companies that have made an indelible mark on industries ranging from transportation to finance and manufacturing.

Here’s a snapshot of how those companies are faring at the moment. (For a detailed look at AutoZone, see related story, "The Fast Lane.")

28. Orpheum Theatre Names New Board Members -

The Orpheum Theatre and its parent organization, the Memphis Development Foundation, has announced 10 members joining the Orpheum board of directors. The new members are: Chuck Treadway, Thomas & Betts president and chief operating officer; Don Young, Smith and Nephew senior vice president, corporate sustainability; Andy Taylor, Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors Inc. partner; Gary Smith, Apperson Crump PLC attorney; Alan Mullen, Crew Training International president; Scott Hennessy, True Temper Sports Inc. president; Keri Gage, SunTrust private wealth management/senior vice president; Robert Cox, Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC attorney; Bo Allen, First Tennessee executive vice president; and Sara Adams, community volunteer.

29. ABB CEO: T&B Acquisition Expands Reach -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. will become a new global business unit based in Memphis as part of the ABB Group of Zurich.

30. ABB Acquires Thomas & Betts in $3.9B Deal -

The Swiss-based ABB group of companies is acquiring Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. in a $3.9 billion deal, according to a joint announcement from both companies late Sunday, Jan. 29.

31. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

32. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

33. Kreuger Expansion Wins $5 Million State Grant -

The State Funding Board has approved $20 million worth of infrastructure and jobs training grants for seven projects around Tennessee.

The panel unanimously approved the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s request on Wednesday, Dec. 14, without debate.

34. Thomas & Betts Q3 Earnings Up 32 Pct. -

Memphis-based electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 20, reported 32 percent growth in net earnings for the third quarter and raised its earnings outlook for 2011.

35. Thomas & Betts Q3 Earnings Up 32 Percent -

Memphis-based electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 20, reported 32 percent growth in net earnings for the third quarter and raised its earnings outlook for 2011.

36. T&B Earnings Improve 19 Percent -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday, July 21, reported a 19 percent increase in its second quarter net earnings and a 13 percent increase in consolidated sales over last year.

37. Thomas & Betts’ Q2 Earnings Jump 19 Pct. -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. reported Thursday, July 21, a 19 percent increase in its second-quarter net earnings and a 13 percent increase in consolidated sales over the same period last year.

38. Hansen Promoted to Store Manager at Macy’s -

Greg Hansen has been promoted to vice president/store manager at Macy’s Oak Court.

Hometown: Lynbrook, N.Y.

39. Housing Gap -

The push for home ownership has been a fundamental element of the American Dream since the 1960s.

And because a home is typically a person’s most valuable asset, research indicates home ownership stabilizes neighborhoods while also contributing positively to the overall economy. Leading this promotional effort is the National Association of Realtors, which regularly links a healthy housing market to job creation.

40. Ewing Named Partner at Tactical Magic -

Susan Akil Ewing has been named partner at Tactical Magic. Ewing joined the firm as a marketing strategist in 2010 after 18 years in the field, where she held executive positions at local advertising agencies, including Thompson & Co. and inferno.

41. Sales Improve at Thomas & Betts -

One day after Thomas & Betts Corp. announced layoffs at its Clinton, Iowa, plant, the manufacturer Thursday reported an increase in consolidated sales and net earnings per share during the first quarter of 2011.

42. Black Equip. Supply Grows Memphis Presence -

Black Equipment Supply is relocating its Memphis presence to a space that nearly doubles the size of the firm’s former location.

The company will vacate its 14,000-square-foot space off Cherry Road and has signed a 25,372-square-foot lease at Shelby Air Park, 4570 Shelby Air Drive, suite 8.

43. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday its board has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.

44. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright Medical President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday that its board of directors has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

45. Thomas & Betts Reports Q4 Sales Increase -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has reported an 11.5 percent increase in net sales during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

46. Thomas & Betts Posts Q4 Increases in Net Sales & Net Earnings -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. reported an 11.5 percent increase in net sales during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

47. Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis Far From Over -

The foreclosure crisis will get worse before it gets better – with 1 million homes foreclosed in 2010 and even more projected for default in 2011.

That was the message a room full of real estate professionals received this week when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosted its quarterly seminar on Shelby County Market trends, “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review.”

48. Chandler Reports to Hold Seminar Today -

Chandler Reports is hosting its second annual “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review” today, where topics of discussion include sales, mortgages and foreclosures in the residential and commercial sectors.

49. Seminar Helps Attendees Master Real Estate Market -

As real estate professionals gather this week to take a look at the latest numbers, they’ll not only learn about current economic trends but also preview the road ahead.

Realtors, appraisers, builders, investors, bankers and mortgage brokers will get a glimpse of Shelby County market trends Thursday when real estate information company Chandler Reports hosts “Master Your Market: Year-in-Review.”

50. Thomas & Betts Sells Unit for $78M -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday it sold its communications products business to Belden Inc. for $78 million in cash.

51. Belden Buys Thomas & Betts Unit for $78M -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday it sold its communications products business to Belden Inc. for $78 million in cash.

52. Belden Buys Thomas & Betts Unit for $78M -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday it sold its communications products business to Belden Inc. for $78 million in cash.

53. B.I.G. Idea -

With crime on a downward spiral in Memphis, a new initiative seeks to amplify this trend by forging partnerships between business leaders and police precincts.

Business Interest Group (B.I.G.) Uniting for a Better Memphis is asking people to step outside their office walls to learn what’s really happening in nearby neighborhoods. Likewise, precinct commanders are coming into conference rooms to present crime statistics and answer questions.

54. Analyst Upgrades Thomas & Betts -

Shares of Thomas & Betts Corp. rose on Thursday after an analyst upgraded the maker of electrical power components, saying the market for its products is improving. Oppenheimer analyst Christopher Glynn upgraded Thomas & Betts to “Outperform” from “Perform” in a note to investors on Thursday. He also raised the company’s price target to $50 from $46.

55. Thomas & Betts Buys Cable Management Group -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp., which makes electrical power components, said Monday it has acquired Cable Management Group Ltd. for approximately $110 million in cash.

56. Thomas & Betts Sales Increase 11.6 Percent -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday reported second quarter 2010 net sales of $514.6 million, up 11.6 percent compared to 2009, including $26.2 million in sales from acquisitions.

57. Thomas & Betts Sales Increase 11.6 Percent -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday reported second quarter 2010 net sales of $514.6 million, up 11.6 percent compared to 2009, including $26.2 million in sales from acquisitions.

58. U.S. Judiciary Cmte. to Hold Field Briefing in Memphis -

A U.S. House Judiciary Committee subcommittee is holding a field briefing in Memphis Monday on “Home Foreclosures in Memphis” at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Downtown.

59. Hallowell to Speak At Strategic Huddle -

Tactical Magic founder and managing partner Trace Hallowell will speak on strategic branding at the In-Synk Strategic Huddle that is scheduled for Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Independent Bank, 6209 Poplar Ave.

60. Glankler Brown Names Bradley Chief Manager -

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.

61. Thomas & Betts To Acquire PMA AG -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has agreed to acquire PMA AG for about $120 million.

PMA AG is a privately held European manufacturer of technologically advanced cable protection systems.

62. Thomas & Betts Acquires JT Packard -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has completed its acquisition of the net assets of JT Packard & Associates Inc. The purchase price was $22 million.

63. Mental Health Experts Offer Advice for Holidays -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State mental health officials say this holiday season will be especially taxing on the emotional needs of Tennesseans because of the decline in the economy.

Virginia Trotter Betts, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, urged Tennesseans to set a budget and choose only gifts within one's means.

64. Thomas & Betts Reports 27.1% Earnings Decline -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. on Thursday reported net sales of $485.1 million for the third quarter of 2009, down 27.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago when the company reported record sales of $665.7 million.

65. Thomas & Betts Shares Jump after Upgrade -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Thomas & Betts Corp. rose Tuesday after an analyst upgraded the maker of electrical components, saying the stock is attractively priced.

66. Thomas & Betts Q2 Profit Plunges 85 Percent -

Memphis-based electrical-components maker Thomas & Betts Corp. reported decreased home construction hurt its sales in the second quarter, while its profit plunged in the absence of hefty one-time gains that boosted its year-ago results.

67. Treadway Joins Thomas & Betts as Senior VP for Electrical Business -

Charles L. Treadway has joined Thomas & Betts Corporation in the newly created position of senior vice president, group president – electrical. Treadway will provide strategic and operational leadership to the company’s electrical products businesses on a global basis. The electrical segment of Thomas & Betts has approximately 60 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 11 countries and employs approximately 8,000 associates worldwide. The electrical segment reported $2.1 billion in revenues in 2008. Treadway previously served as president and chief executive officer for the Custom Sensors and Technology unit of Schneider Electric.

68. Tougher Stance Toward Trespassers Makes Dent in Crime -

The Ridgeway Station of the Memphis Police Department recently was considered the most violent and crime-plagued precinct in Memphis. And as the police department began to look at crime by statistical standards, the area also stood out for the number of apartment complexes it had.

69. Thomas & Betts Reports Increase in Sales -

Thomas & Betts Corp. on Wednesday announced the company reported net sales of $2.5 billion for 2008, up 15.8 percent compared to 2007’s net sales.

70. Thomas & Betts Q3 Profit up 21 Percent -

Memphis-based electrical-component maker Thomas & Betts Corp. reported Thursday third-quarter profit rose 21 percent on a sales bump due to acquisitions, price increases and currency benefits.

71. Experts Explain Movement of Crime -

The crescent has moved, according to maps and charts the Memphis City Council examined this week.

The crescent symbolizes the city’s highest crime areas, according to police statistics that coincide with maps showing the parts of the city where foreclosures are frequent, poverty is prevalent and dense low-income apartment complexes as well as lots of poorly maintained rental housing are situated.

72. Thomas & Betts Reports Q2 Earnings -

Thomas & Betts Corp. has reported net earnings of $147.8 million or $2.54 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2008, up from $46.6 million and $1.74 per diluted share a year ago.

Second quarter net sales were $641.3 million, up 26.4 percent compared to last year. Acquisitions contributed to 22.5 percent of the increase and foreign currency benefited sales by about $18 million.

73. Raines Recognized for Real Estate Practice -

Richard C. Raines is a member of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP and a part of its Real Estate and Construction Service Team.

Raines recently was named among the best attorneys in his field by the Chambers USA 2008 Directory of America’s Leading Lawyers. He was named for his work in real estate.

74. Financial Executives Chapter Names Board Members -

The Memphis Chapter of Financial Executives International has named the new members of its board of directors for the 2008-2009 year.

Beverly Robertson, controller at National Safety Associates LLC, was named president of the organization, which serves as a professional networking avenue for CFOs and other senior finance executives.

75. Thomas & Betts Sells Stake in Leviton for $300M -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp., which makes electrical components, said late Tuesday it sold its stake in Leviton Manufacturing Co. back to Leviton for roughly $300 million.

Thomas & Betts said it expects an after-tax gain from the sale of $200 million, or $1.70 per share, in the second quarter.

76. Thomas & Betts Appoints Rivers to Board of Directors -

Thomas & Betts Corp. has appointed Rufus H. Rivers as a member of its board of directors. Rivers is filling a vacancy left by the retirement of Ernest Drew.

The board now has 10 members, including nine independent directors.

77. Foreclosures Up 40.1% Since Last Year -

All the prevention programs, housing counseling and lender outreach aimed toward at-risk homeowners haven’t kept the local foreclosure problem from worsening.

In April, residential foreclosures rose 40.1 percent in Shelby County from the same month a year ago, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

78. Thomas & Betts SeesHigher Q1 Profits -      Memphis-based electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp.'s first-quarter earnings fell below Wall Street expectations, the company announced Wednesday.
     Net income rose 3.2 percent t

79. Morgan Keegan AnalystDrops Thomas & Betts Forecast -      A variety of economic factors have led a Morgan Keegan & Co. analyst to lower his profit forecast for Memphis-based electrical components maker Thomas & Betts Corp.
     Analyst Brent Rakers

80. Economists, Officials Come to GripsWith Stark Realities -

It was fitting that a panel discussion at the University of Memphis about Shelby County's eroding tax base was held in a conference center building on a street called Innovation Drive.

Because as economists, real estate officials and officeholders in local government continue coming to grips with the bleak financial picture facing the county, a consensus is emerging that bold new ideas will have to be put on the table.

81. Wharton, Others to Discuss Finances Today -

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has invited some of the top financial minds both in and out of county government to a roundtable discussion that will be held this morning at the University of Memphis.

82. Moody's Considers Thomas & Betts Upgrade -

NEW YORK (AP) - Moody's Investor Service said Thursday it is considering a possible upgrade of its long-term rating on electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp.

The company is currently on a Baa3 lower medium grade rating.

83. Moody's ConsidersThomas & Betts Upgrade -      Moody's Investor Service said Thursday it is considering a possible upgrade of its long-term rating on electrical component maker Thomas & Betts Corp.
     The company is currently on a Baa3

84. Thomas & BettsQ4 Earnings Fall -      Memphis-based electrical components maker Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday its fourth-quarter earnings fell 5 percent, hurt by charges related to recent acquisitions.
     The company earned

85. Thomas & Betts 4Q Earnings Fall, Predicts Lower ’08 Earnings -

MEMPHIS (AP) - Electrical components maker Thomas & Betts Corp. said Monday its fourth-quarter earnings fell 5 percent, hurt by charges related to recent acquisitions. The company also issued a 2008 earning prediction under Wall Street's expectations, citing continued weakness in residential construction.

86. Thomas & BettsTo Sell Product Lines -      Thomas & Betts Corp. on Tuesday said it decided to sell its portfolio of polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene conduit, duct and pressure pipe products after a review of its recently acquired plastic pipe busi

87. Thomas & Betts to Sell Product Lines -

MEMPHIS (AP) - Thomas & Betts Corp. on Tuesday said it decided to sell its portfolio of polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene conduit, duct and pressure pipe products after a review of its recently acquired plastic pipe business.

88. Interest Rate Freeze Could Have Minimal Impact in Memphis -

U.S. homeowners facing a spike in the interest rates of their adjustable-rate mortgages could benefit from a plan outlined last week by the Bush administration, but how much aid it brings to Memphis and the Mid-South remains to be seen.

89. Lamson & Sessions MergerWith Thomas & Betts Approved -      Lamson & Sessions shareholders have approved the company's $450 million merger agreement with Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp.
     The merger agreement was announced Aug. 15 and has been a

90. Thomas & Betts Q3 EarningsIncrease by 17 Percent -      Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. saw a 17 percent increase in third quarter 2007 earnings. The company reported Q3 earnings of $51.3 million, compared to $44.5 million reported in Q3 '06.
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91. Black Women Bear Worst Brunt of Subprime Fallout, CDC Director Says -

Minorities are feeling the brunt of the subprime lending fallout more than whites, a study by the nonprofit organization ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) revealed earlier this week.

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

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

93. Thomas & Betts To Acquire Lamson & Sessions for $450M -      Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. announced Thursday it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lamson & Sessions in a $450 million all-cash transaction. The company has sought debt financing to fund the acquisitio

94. Thomas & Betts AcquiresTwo Businesses For $300M -      Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has completed its acquisition of the Joslyn Hi-Voltage and Power Solutions businesses from Danaher Corp. for $280 million in cash.
     In a separate trans

95. Dixon Gallery and Gardens Appoints Sharp as Director -

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Board of Trustees has appointed Kevin Sharp as the museum's new director. Sharp received a bachelor's degree in art history from Central Missouri State University and completed graduate studies at the University of Illinois in art history and architecture. He previously served as the research curator for The Art Institute of Chicago and as the curator of American art at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla.

96. Buckeye TechnologiesPromotes CFO -      Buckeye Technologies Inc. has promoted Steven G. Dean to senior vice president and chief financial officer effective Sunday. Dean currently serves as vice president and CFO for the company.
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97. Thomas & Betts ReportsQ1 Earnings of $37.1 Million -      Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. reported first quarter 2007 earnings of $37.1 million, which included the negative impact of $7 million of pre-tax expenses related to a legal settlement.
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98. Cordova Leadership CouncilHosts Discussion on Housing Market -      Stakeholders involved with a community organization in Cordova are gearing up for an educational presentation to be held Thursday on the community's much-maligned housing market.
     The Cor

99. Barrow Named Chef de Cuisine At Capriccio Grill -

The Peabody Hotel has named Brian Barrow chef de cuisine for Capriccio Grill, an Italian steakhouse. Barrow began his culinary career at 27. He attended Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts in Miami. He previously was a chef at the Ambassador Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and with Do & Co International Catering.

100. Prominent Baker Donelson Attorney Dies at 59 -      The Memphis legal community lost one of its own this week with the death of William P. "Ken" Kenworthy, a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
     Kenworthy, a l