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1. ServiceMaster Sells Common Stock -

Shareholders of Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. have sold an aggregate of nearly 29 million shares of common stock.

2. Times Are Good. Try To Enjoy it, Memphis. -

Someday, Vince Carter is going to be in basketball’s Hall of Fame. But recently, he was all about that college football.

Carter was at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to see the University of Memphis win a wild shootout over Cincinnati in an ESPN Thursday night game. Last season, he went to Oxford and saw Ole Miss upset Alabama.

3. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

4. Buying a House? Here’s 12 Things You Must Do -

Anyone buying any home anywhere should have a checklist of things to do. In this area, there are several.

• Get a home inspection. Old or new, things may not be what they seem. As attorney Jean Harrison says of new homes, “Passing codes means they got at least a D-.” A home that has been pre-inspected could have serious flaws undiscovered by the seller’s inspector.

5. A Zoo With a View Toward Conservation -

Two western lowland gorilla babies were born at the Knoxville Zoo in June. Around the same time, a rare snake and an equally rare piglike little thing made their debuts, as well.

Few things are cuter than baby animals, and they can be quite a draw when the public can view them.

6. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

7. Finding Dream House Becomes a Nightmare -

As has been documented, there are more buyers than sellers these days, hence more demand than supply.

While the sales figures are well-reported and month after month seem to report the same news of sales going skyward along with prices, the humanity side of the equation is often lost.

8. Festival Spotlights Student Artists, Artwork -

Regardless of whether East Tennessee secondary students decide to pursue art as a career, the Dogwood Arts Festival gives them the opportunity to feel the excitement of having their work professionally framed and publicly displayed as part of Synergy, the annual art exhibit.

9. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players -

Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.

10. That Old Fireplace? No, It’s Strictly Decorative -

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.

In the mid-1930s and up to World War II, then in the period immediately after the War, there was a housing boom in Nashville, especially in Green Hills, Belmont, Hillsboro Village and Historic Richland.

11. ServiceMaster Announces Post Secondary Stock Offering -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. filed notice Friday, March 20, of its proposed secondary offering of common stock.

12. First Horizon to Host Shareholders -

Shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company will have an opportunity next month to share their input on the direction of the company when they gather for its annual meeting in Memphis.

13. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

14. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’ -

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.

15. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

16. $1 Million-Plus Sales Reach New Heights in 2014 -

As 2014 comes to a close, the “Where does it end?” question is becoming more and more a part of the conversation.

And based on the past, it is a logical concern as buyers are being forced to pay more and more for houses with demand high and inventory low.

17. Stars Flock to Music City’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop -

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

18. Celebrating the Holiday Season in East Tennessee -

Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.

Area residents have a wide selection of holiday activities including a Clarence Brown Theatre rendition of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve’s nocturnal visitors. Many of the activities are free, but others range in price. Visit the websites for more detailed information, including time, ticket price and availability.

19. Mixed-Use Project Looms for Former Lakeland Mall -

Get used to the name Lake District. You’ll probably be hearing more about it in the near future. Lake District is the new name for the revamped project being planned at the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site.

20. Cardinals Finding Way Back to Playoffs -

Everyone always says the expectations are highest in their clubhouse. But when the St. Louis Cardinals say it, well, it has a certain depth. The past decade has seen seven playoff trips and two World Series championships. And this season, the Cardinals are hunting their fourth straight Red October.

21. Busy Street -

Evidence for the attractiveness of Downtown’s South Main neighborhood can be found in any of several corners.

One example is at 314 S. Main St., where Café Pontotoc opened its doors about two weeks ago. Owners Milton and Cherie Lamb wanted to establish a comfortable neighborhood bar that serves wine, local beers and small plates in a setting where patrons get used to coming in to unwind.

22. ServiceMaster Begins Trading on NYSE -

The parent company of Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. LLC began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, June 26, in an initial public offering of its common stock.

The move to the market comes a day after ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. announced it was pricing the offering of 35.9 million shares at $17 per share. The pricing was below analysts’ estimates of $18 to $21 per share.

23. Necessary Disruptions -

Last week, the New Yorker published an article about how Disruptive Innovations have failed and how the theory is bogus. The long piece went into great depth about the emerging Disruption industry of consultants, the Disruption ethos prevalent in Silicon Valley and the many Disruption discussions in boardrooms across the globe. As a local practitioner of innovation methodologies, several people asked me my take on the piece.

24. Game Changer -

One educator’s reform is another educator’s wrong move.

Dorsey Hopson doesn’t use the word “reform” as often as he uses the term “game changer.”

But the superintendent of Shelby County Schools has himself become a game changer as the school board that signed him to a three-year contract last September weighs a further extension of his three-year contract that for now runs through September 2016.

25. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013 -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're the $10 million men and women.

Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.

26. Poetry in Motion -

Darius Clayton was one of the few people at a recent NAACP political forum who wasn’t running for Shelby County office this year or working for a candidate.

Clayton came to the event at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church as part of his immersion into the city’s political environment.

27. No Candidates Withdraw by Deadline -

It appeared no candidates who made the April 3 filing deadline for the August state and federal primary elections and nonpartisan county elections withdrew by the Thursday, April 10, withdrawal deadline.

28. Distinctive Design Touches Will Dominate Belly Acres -

From a visual standpoint, there will be no mistaking Belly Acres, the farm-to-table burger restaurant coming to Overton Square at 2102 Trimble Place, once it opens in the next couple of months.

29. Events -

Methodist North Hospital will hold a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in day room one at HealthSouth Rehabilitation, 4100 Austin Peay Highway. Physical therapist Melody Clayton will present “Moving Forward.” Visit methodisthealth.org.

30. Events -

SRVS will host the Wesberry Golf Classic Monday, April 7, at Spring Creek Ranch, 140 Chinquapin Drive. The four-person scramble includes lunch, contests, awards and more. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Visit srvs.org or call 312-6853.

31. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

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.

32. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

33. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

34. Love of South Main Led to Bookstore Launch -

The idea of spending their retirement years taking it easy doesn’t seem to have sat well with Jean and Clayton Andrus.

Because while Jean Andrus actually retired about 10 years ago and had been working part-time as a bookkeeper for a few Downtown businesses, and her husband likewise retired a few years ago, they decided to open a bookstore carrying new and used titles in the South Main neighborhood that they also call home.

35. Stewart Joins Metal Museum as Collections Manager -

Grace Stewart has joined the Metal Museum as collections manager/registrar. Stewart, who previously served as registrar for the National Civil Rights Museum for a year and a half, says her goals are to help grow and define the Museum’s permanent collection and facilitate greater access to the collection through exhibits and education opportunities.

36. Dish, Disney Deal Envisions Internet-Delivered TV -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

37. Net Leases – Explained -

Many retail and industrial leases are structured as net leases, but what does “net lease” mean?

A “net lease” is a lease transaction in which the landlord receives a monthly payment composed of two items: first and foremost is the rent, net of the property operating expenses and secondarily a portion of real estate taxes upon the property, casualty/liability insurance upon the property and common area expenses for the property.

38. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

39. Sysco to Buy US Foods for About $3.5 Billion -

One of the largest food supply companies is buying one of its key rivals, creating an even larger, global distribution company.

Sysco is buying privately held US Foods for about $3.5 billion in cash and stock. When the deal closes, Sysco expects the addition of US Foods to boost its annual sales by about 46 percent to around $65 billion.

40. Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence -

Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.

41. Dish to Close Rest of its Blockbuster Stores in US -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.

42. Enterprise Holdings to Hire 11,000 -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Enterprise Holdings told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it plans to hire 11,000 new workers by the middle of next year, thanks to the success of its trio of car rental companies.

43. Shelby County to Play Key Role in 2014 State Election -

As prospective candidates weigh special election races in the next three months for a state House seat and suburban school boards, there are also signs of life in Shelby County in the statewide races on the 2014 election ballot.

44. Old Boundaries Fade as Schools Merger Nears -

There is still some power left in the line that separates Memphis City Schools from Shelby County Schools with about two weeks left until the two public school systems formally become one.

That was evident Tuesday, June 11, as the countywide school board approved a slate of 35 policy decisions for the merged school system whose fiscal year begins July 1.

45. Reaction Mixed to School Closings Plan -

There is a joke going around among school administrators across the country in the wake of the decision by Chicago school leaders to close more than 50 schools there.

“What do you call a superintendent who closes schools?” countywide school board member Kevin Woods began in telling the joke at the Tuesday, April 23, board meeting. “You call him a past superintendent.”

46. Mullany Resigns as ServiceMaster CEO -

Hank Mullany has resigned as CEO of The ServiceMaster Co. effective Friday, April 12.

Mullany’s resignation was announced Friday along with the appointment of John Krenicki Jr. as the Memphis-based company’s interim CEO.

47. Hopson Goes ‘All In’ on Schools Post -

Dorsey Hopson’s answer was quick and concise when he was asked Wednesday, March 27, if he wanted the job of being superintendent of the consolidated school system on a permanent basis.

“No,” Hopson said, as he stood with a “cabinet” of 10 school systems administrators from both school systems who will help him take city and county schools into the merger in the next four months.

48. Panera Trying New Pay-What-You-Want Experiment -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it'll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.

Three years after launching the first of five pay-what-you-want cafes, the suburban St. Louis-based chain on Wednesday quietly began its latest charitable venture that takes the concept on a trial run to all 48 cafes in the St. Louis region.

49. School Board Asks For $145 Million Extra -

The countywide school board is asking the Shelby County Commission for $145 million in extra funding for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

The “ask” is a preliminary number that goes to a county commission budget retreat scheduled for Feb. 23. It is extra funding beyond the $361 million county government currently provides both school systems.

50. School Board Meets as Budget Debate Grows -

Countywide school board members meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, in special session to send a still-forming budget for the first fiscal year of the consolidated school system to the Shelby County Commission.

51. Hopson Calls for Unity in Schools -

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

52. Hopson Is Interim MCS Supt. As School Board Sets Merger Calendar -

Countywide school board members appointed Memphis City Schools attorney Dorsey Hopson as the interim superintendent of the Memphis City Schools system at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting.

The meeting was the last for Kriner Cash who becomes an advisor to the school system through the end of July under terms of his resignation after four and a half years heading the school system.

53. Schools Merger Begins Move Into Parental Reality -

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

54. Willow Oaks Apartments Sell for $1.5 Million -

2429 Ketchum Road Memphis, TN 38114

Sale Amount: $1.5 million

Sale Date: Nov. 2, 2012

55. Owner of Mixed-Use Property Files $1.4 Million Loan -

The owner of the mixed-used property at 300 Poplar Ave. Downtown has filed a $1.4 million loan through Clayton Bank and Trust.

56. Election Follows Script in County -

In Shelby County and Tennessee the presidential race stuck to the script both national campaigns expected.

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state and its 11 electoral votes.

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

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

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

58. Shelby Early Vote Shows Cohen Winning - Two Tax Questions Losing -

Early vote totals from Shelby County were released just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, after the vote count was delayed in part by long lines of voters waiting to vote at the 7 p.m. closing of polls.

59. Buffett Says US Economy Still Inching Ahead -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Wednesday that the global economy is definitely slowing because of continued problems in Europe and the decline in Asia.

But he said that the U.S. economy is still improving modestly and business will improve regardless of who wins the presidential election.

60. Race to the Finish -

Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey walked into the storefront at the Carrefour shopping center earlier this month and liked what he saw of the local effort for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

61. McBroom Joins Indie Memphis as Director of Operations -

Mandy McBroom has been named director of operations for Indie Memphis, the first full-time staff member to hold the position. In her new role, she will oversee festival operations, shorts programming, volunteer opportunities and membership growth.

62. Growth Streak -

Andrew Holliday and Daniel Brown, the founding partners of Memphis-based branding and marketing firm Harvest Creative, used to joke about one day making the Inc. 500|5000, the list published each year by Inc. Magazine that honors the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

63. Judge Won't Void Senate Democratic Primary -

A federal judge has refused to void the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.

District Judge Kevin Sharp ruled that the lawsuit filed by losing candidate Larry Crim was improper because it was not filed against an individual.

64. Election Chief: No Time for New Dem. Primary -

There isn’t enough time to hold another primary following the state Democratic Party’s disavowal of its U.S. Senate nominee, State Election Coordinator Mark Goins said Tuesday, Aug. 7.

65. Disavowed Senate Nominee Preparing for November -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Senate candidate disavowed by the Tennessee Democratic Party said Monday that he's determined to show he's a viable challenger to Republican incumbent Bob Corker in November.

66. Alliance Helps Businesses Implement Green Practices -

A public-private partnership called Team Green Zone, spearheaded by the Bartlett Area Chamber, is helping Mid-South businesses implement long-term sustainable practices to protect the environment while helping businesses boost their bottom lines.

67. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and education program Monday, June 25, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Call Jennifer Thompson at 324-5184.

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

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

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

69. Health Commissioner: Fight Obesity Like Addiction -

Tennessee’s health commissioner says obesity is a relapsing disease that should be fought like a drug addiction.

According to The Tennessean, Dr. John Dreyzehner spoke at a joint health summit in Nashville on Tuesday and said businesses need to step up for the benefit of their employees. Dreyzehner noted that most of those attending the meeting were representatives of health organizations.

70. Aging Transit Systems Grapple With Repair Backlog -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Driven by high gas prices and an uncertain economy, Americans are turning to trains and buses to get around in greater numbers than ever before. But the aging transit systems they're riding face an $80 billion maintenance backlog that jeopardizes service just when it's most in demand.

71. Central BBQ Files Permit For Downtown -

A popular barbecue restaurant is expanding its local footprint to Downtown Memphis.

Central BBQ has filed a $150,000 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the renovation of a commercial kitchen to a restaurant at 147 E. Butler Ave. in the South Main Historic Arts District.

72. Central BBQ Files Permit for Downtown -

A popular barbecue restaurant is expanding its local footprint to Downtown Memphis.

Central BBQ has filed a $150,000 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the renovation of a commercial kitchen to a restaurant at 147 E. Butler Ave. in the South Main Historic Arts District.

73. Cushing’s Day Gig for ‘Betterment of Humanity’ -

In February, senior research assistant Richard Cushing began working with the Pathology Department of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in the Tissue Services Core and Repository.

The repository is a warehouse of more than 3 million pieces of human tissue from hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers, as well as biopsies of various types of tumors. The samples are available to doctors, researchers and students to conduct studies on and compare to those of a patient’s.

74. Bioworks Biz Association to Host Panel Discussion -

The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 resulted in a more personalized approach to health care, with science moving away from a one-size-fits-all model and toward customized care based on individual genotypes.

75. School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward -

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

76. Schools Get Fresh Start With New Board -

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

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

77. Dish Takes Blockbuster Shot at Reeling Netflix -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Blockbuster video store chain is seeking some revenge against old nemesis Netflix by offering a less expensive way to watch videos online and rent DVDs through the mail.

78. Ellis Joins Kelman-Lazarov As Client Services Rep -

Kristen Mattingly Ellis has seen a whirlwind of personal and professional change over the past few months.

79. School Board Elections Next Step in Process -

All eight of the entities involved in the schools consolidation case in Memphis federal court agree that the Shelby County Commission should draw the district lines for a new countywide school board.

80. Countywide School Board Plans Make Different Recommendations to Court - Recommendations for the creation of a new countywide school board began coming in late Friday, Aug. 12, to the Federal Court clerk's office.

The Memphis City School board recommends a seven district countywide school board with an election of that board to be held no later than March 2012.

81. EDR Sees Q2 Net Income Rise -

Education Realty Trust Inc. on Thursday, July 21, announced net income of $0.6 million, or $0.1 per diluted share, in the second quarter.

82. Education Realty Trust Sells Morrow, Ga., Apartments -

Education Realty Trust Inc. – a Memphis-based developer, owner and manager of collegiate housing – has completed the sale of a Morrow, Ga., apartment community for $20.5 million.

83. Mays To Hold Schools Consolidation Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County Schools board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

84. County School Board Seeks Injunction From Thursday Schools Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County school board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

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

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

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

86. Hopson Provides MCS Legal Counsel -

Being legal counsel for a school system is not for the faint of heart.

That’s true not just in Memphis and it was true in Memphis long before a charter surrender resolution ever showed up on the board’s agenda.

87. Smart Works Out Cemetery Plea Deal -

One-time Forest Hill cemetery and funeral home owner Clayton Smart has reached an agreement with prosecutors in Memphis, Oklahoma and Michigan to plead guilty to tax and theft charges – federal and state.

88. Smart Works Out Deal on Cemetery Charges -

One-time Forest Hill cemetery and funeral home owner Clayton Smart has reached an agreement with prosecutors in Memphis, Oklahoma and Michigan to plead guilty to tax and theft charges – federal and state.

89. Riley Poised to Lead MAAR Commercial Council in 2011 -

Ron Riley launched his sales career by selling copiers and printers at Xerox Corp. shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Memphis.

90. Olin Moving East Alton Plant to Mississippi -

EAST ALTON, Ill. (AP) – Despite the urging of two federal lawmakers, Olin Corp. says it is moving an ammunition plant and 1,000 jobs from Illinois to Mississippi.

91. Stores Push Summertime 'Christmas' Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa in the summer?

Retailers are pumping still more energy this year into trying to get shoppers to loosen their purse strings early for Christmas with sparkly ornaments, holiday music and special prices. In July.

92. Memphis Researchers Enter World of High Speed -

A scientist researching new antibiotic therapies brought 10-gigabit-per-second technology to life with a “little movie of a molecule” Tuesday for the inauguration of the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking (MCAN).

93. Cotton Leads April’s Slow CRE Numbers -

Cotton was king of commercial real estate in April as transactions involving three merchants – a pair of longtime Memphis companies and one area newcomer – represented two of the month’s top sales.

94. Global Cotton Firm Moves Into Memphis -

As two local cotton companies work through their lengthy merger, another player has arrived on the scene with the purchase of a 300,000-square-foot warehouse it will use as a major distribution center.

95. Bioworks Luncheon Set for Thursday -

The next Memphis Bioworks Business Association Luncheon will feature three panelists who will offer “Insightful Discussion on Bioscience Technology.”

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis campus. The $25 online registration includes parking.

96. School Board, Congressional Race To Take Center Stage -

As voters focus on the May 4 county primaries, the field for the Aug. 5 election is almost set. The filing deadline for candidates was last week. Thursday at noon is the deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

97. Ex-Klansman Convicted in '64 Slayings Sues FBI -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers has sued the FBI, claiming the government used a mafia hit man to pistol-whip and intimidate witnesses for information in the case.

98. Officials Establish High-Speed Link For Research Data -

Russell Ingram is mapping out a way for information to zoom between research institutions.

Ingram, the president of the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking (MCAN), said this proprietary, high-speed link will enable data to travel 3,000 times faster than typical broadbands.

99. Help for Haiti -

Cedric “Small Change” Walton lights up during a performance by Billy “Soul” Bond at a Helping Hands fundraising concert to benefit Haiti on Thursday at the Whitehaven Celebration Complex.

Below: Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery videotapes bluesman Bobby Rush’s performance. Entertainers at the benefit also included Willie Clayton, Sheba Potts Wright, Falisa Janaye, Preston Shannon, Toni Green and Sweet Angel. Lowery helped publicize the event, which was co-sponsored by the Afro Police Association. Organizer Tyrone Currie said more than $3,000 was raised at the event.


100. Steady Clip for Court Cases in ’09 -

Civil court filings for 2009 were higher than the previous two years, according to data from The Daily News Online.

The year-end data for Circuit, Chancery and Probate courts showed 10,794 cases were filed in 2009 compared to 9,766 in 2008 and 10,045 in 2007.