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1. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

2. School Board Approves 10 School Closings -

The Shelby County Schools board voted Tuesday, Feb. 25, to close 10 Memphis schools with the new school year.

But the final plan approved by the board on a split vote and recommended by superintendent Dorsey Hopson gave a one-year reprieve on closing Northside High School, removed Alcy Elementary School from the list completely and keeps Riverview Middle School open but closes neighboring Riverview Elementary School to make Riverview Middle a k-8 school starting next August.

3. FedExForum Area Targeted for Apartments -

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Partners apparently likes the apartment market in Downtown Memphis.

An Elmington-affiliated company plans on building a 64-unit apartment complex at 362 S. Second St., south of FedExForum.

4. Business Leaders Optimistic About Local Economy -

As they have for a few quarters now, Memphis-area business leaders continue to acknowledge an incremental sense of optimism about specific aspects of their companies and the economy, according to the results of the third Memphis Economic Indicator.

5. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

6. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

7. Commission Accepts Grant to Replace Ward Bridge -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage Monday, Dec. 16, for a new Ward Road Bridge in north Shelby County.

The commission accepted a $982,485 state transportation grant for construction and engineering of the replacement of the bridge over Big Creek. The acceptance includes a $1.3 million subcontract with Dement Construction Co. LLC. In addition to the state grant, funding for the project includes $407,160 in state gas tax funds.

8. Commission Accepts Grant to Replace Ward Road Bridge -

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage Monday, Dec. 16, for a new Ward Road Bridge in north Shelby County.

The commission accepted a $982,485 state transportation grant for construction and engineering of the replacement of the bridge over Big Creek. The acceptance includes a $1.3 million subcontract with Dement Construction Co. LLC. In addition to the state grant, funding for the project includes $407,160 in state gas tax funds.

9. Commission Rejects School Board Pay Raises, Keeps Other Pay Levels Same -

In six hours, Shelby County Commissioners voted down the first of three readings on a proposed $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools board members and kept the pay of the county Mayor, Sheriff, Trustee, Register, County Clerk and Assessor at the same level they are now.

10. Memphis Designer Puts Personal Touch on Denim Line -

If you’re wondering where Memphis fashion designer Derrick Gooden gets his talent, you could say it’s in his jeans.

11. Team Players -

The key players, from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., grabbed the microphone at an invitation-only rally held on the club level of AutoZone Park and made their best pitches.

12. Tire-Maker Hankook to Build Tennessee Plant -

South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

13. New Model Brings Ford Back to Funeral Business -

Memphis political icon Harold Ford Sr. is changing careers again. In this case, it is a return to the Ford family business for the 11-term U.S. representative, who has been a Washington consultant and lobbyist since he opted not to seek re-election in 1996.

14. County Commission to Fill School Board Vacancy -

Shelby County Commissioners bring the countywide school board up to its full strength of seven members Monday, Sept. 9, by appointing someone to the open District 6 seat.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

15. Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing Moderately -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economic growth held steady across the United States from July through late August, as Americans bought more cars and homes and auto factories added workers.

A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed's regional banking districts reported modest to moderate growth. That's roughly in line with the Fed's previous survey of those districts from late May through early July.

16. Malone Begins Campaign for County Mayor -

Four years after she left elected office, Deidre Malone says she has learned a lot.

And as a result, her second campaign to become Shelby County mayor will be different than the first one four years ago.

17. Solid US Job Gains Could Bolster Second-Half Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Robust hiring in July would mark a fourth straight month of solid gains, an encouraging sign for a U.S. economy that is still struggling with high unemployment.

Economists predict that employers added 183,000 jobs – a figure that would show that businesses are growing more confident despite weak economic growth. More jobs would boost consumers' ability to spend, allowing for stronger growth in the second half of the year.

18. US Factories Rebound With Best Growth in 2 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories revved up production, hired more workers and received a surge of new orders in July, helping them expand at the fastest pace in two years. The gains suggest manufacturing is rebounding and could provide a spark to economic growth.

19. Issues of County Budget Season Remain -

The Shelby County property tax rate of $4.38 is ready for the tax bills that are to go out starting later this month.

But with the county budget season now over, some of the major themes of the Shelby County Commission’s debate over taxes are likely to remain in play.

20. Commission Approves $4.38 Property Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $4.38 county property tax rate Monday, July 22, ending a budget season that spilled into the first 22 days of the new fiscal year.

The key to the 7-5 vote on third and final reading of the ordinance was Commissioner Justin Ford changing his “no” vote earlier this month back to a “yes” vote and Commissioner Sidney Chism announcing he would no longer abstain from voting on the matter because of a day care center his family operates.

21. Commission OKs Sale for Penny Hardaway Courts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, June 3, the transfer of nearly 10 acres of land in Cordova on the west side of Herbert Road at Fischer Steel Road to Gameday Health Kids Foundation as the location of “Penny’s Fast Break Courts Sports Facility” – the children’s basketball site named for NBA and University of Memphis basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

22. Commission OKs Land Sale for ‘Penny’ Hardaway Courts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, June 3, the transfer of nearly 10 acres of land in Cordova on the west side of Herbert Road at Fischer Steel Road to Gameday Health Kids Foundation as the location of “Penny’s Fast Break Courts Sports Facility” – the children’s basketball site named for NBA and University of Memphis basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

23. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.

24. Commission Approves Budget and 1st Reading of Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners approved an operating budget for Shelby County government Monday and approved on the first of three reading a $4.38 property tax rate to fund that budget.

The votes that signal the end of the county’s budget season came after a prolonged commission debate about the basic role of county government.

25. US Auto Sales See Big Gains in May -

DETROIT (AP) – Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped U.S. auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April.

General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co. notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models early in the month. Only Volkswagen said sales fell compared with May of last year.

26. Former Ike’s on Summer Sells for $2.7 Million -

4569 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: May 17, 2013

27. Automakers Report Growing US Sales in February -

DETROIT (AP) – Americans want new cars and trucks, and they're not going to let higher gas prices or political dysfunction in Washington stand in their way.

General Motors, Toyota, Ford and most other automakers posted at least modest sales gains for February. Industry analysts estimate last month's sales rose about 7 percent from a year earlier as pent-up demand and cheap financing kept the U.S. auto sales recovery powering along.

28. Turley: ‘You Can Be Somebody in Memphis’ -

Years after Henry Turley experienced the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, took advantage of the Community Reinvestment Act and persuaded banks to reinvest in the Downtown core, not to mention spearheaded revitalization in the Harbor Town and Uptown areas, he’s making a “micro bet” on building nice neighborhoods around excellent schools.

29. Council to Discuss Pyramid Development -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 22, on the “Memphis Pyramid Planned Development” – the formal name for the conversion of The Pyramid to a Bass Pro Shops store with other attractions including a hotel.

30. Consumers Give US Economy a Lift Before Election -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election.

31. Medical Office Sector Enters Transitional Period -

As the trend for health care mergers intensifies, the city’s medical office market evolves, with some private practices consolidating into hospital systems and others relocating to better serve their patients.

32. Pickups Drive US Auto Sales in August -

DETROIT (AP) – Strong pickup demand fueled a big jump in U.S. auto sales last month.

GM's August U.S. sales rose 10 percent compared with a year earlier, while Ford's rose 13 percent and Chrysler's 14 percent.

33. Commission Tries Again At Electing Chairman -

Shelby County Commissioners will try again Monday, July 30, to elect a new chairman after 21 rounds of voting two weeks ago failed to produce someone who could get seven votes.

The four contenders through the balloting were current chairman Sidney Chism, current chairman pro tempore Wyatt Bunker, and commissioners Mike Ritz and Henri Brooks.

34. Grading of Union City Section of I-69 Nearly Done -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The first construction phase of a section of Interstate 69 in northwest Tennessee is ahead of schedule, but funds for the second phase are being held up.

The local section of I-69 begins on the Kentucky border at South Fulton and mostly follows U.S. 51 through the Reelfoot Lake region on toward Dyersburg.

35. Council Begins Bed Tax Discussion -

The first meeting of the Memphis City Council for 2012 offers some familiar issues and some new moves that point toward a break with the past in city operations.

The council meets Tuesday, Jan. 3, starting at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

36. US Service Firms Expanded in Nov. at Slower Pace -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Service companies, which employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force, expanded at a slower pace in November and a measure of employment at those firms fell.

Separately, the government said orders to U.S. factories dropped for the second straight month.

37. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since March 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Small businesses and startups that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.

38. Takeovers, Anticipated European Deal Lift Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained steadily Monday on a round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 130 points in the late afternoon. The Nasdaq composite index turned positive for the year.

39. Unions Continue Budget Battle in Thursday’s Election -

No ballot questions are to be decided in the Thursday, Oct. 6, Memphis elections. But at least one of the City Council races will be viewed as a referendum on the clout of the city’s municipal labor unions.

40. Early Voting Off to Modest Start -

The first full week of early voting in advance of the Oct. 6 Memphis elections got a push with 1,684 citizens casting ballots on Friday, Sept. 16’s first day of the early voting period.

Another 411 filed absentee votes before Friday’s opening.

41. Low Rates Squeeze Savers and May Hold Back Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Super-low interest rates haven't done what they usually do after a recession. They haven't ignited economic growth or revived the home market or persuaded consumers to spend freely again.

42. US Auto Industry Uneasy After Weak July Sales -

DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales were expected to rise only slightly in July, adding to concerns in the industry that Americans are pulling back on car buying.

Analysts predicted a small increase in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks. A lack of discounts and lingering shortages of Japanese cars kept many buyers away. Americans also worried about the economy.

43. Haslam Summer Tour Taps Voter Interests, Concerns -

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) – Bill Haslam has ramped up his travel schedule now that the legislative session is over, attending ribbon-cutting events, delivering grant checks and discussing education policy over pizza.

44. Auto Industry, Seeing New Life, is on Hiring Spree -

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.

45. US Auto Sales Cooled in May Due to Shortages -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales cooled off in May as dealers started running short on some popular, fuel-efficient models and buyers were turned off by sharply lower incentives.

Deals aren't likely to come back until the end of this summer. Some experts are advising people to delay their purchases if they can.

46. Big Verdict Winners Say It's Not About the Money -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A mother who won $1.5 million in court for the death of her only child says the March verdict brought her some closure, but she was too emotional a week later to testify to state lawmakers about why she thinks their idea of limiting jury awards is wrong.

47. McWherter Had Local Reach -

As Tennessee governor, Ned McWherter always did well politically in Memphis, the largest base of Democratic voters in a single county in the state when they turn out.

His death this week from cancer ends the story of one of the state’s most powerful and influential Democrats. The power and influence was forged during 20 years in the Tennessee Legislature.

48. Helping Homes -

In a market plagued by a dearth of new home construction, one Memphis-based development team is tackling affordable housing and giving back in one fell swoop.

The 2011 Memphis Home Showcase is slated for May 20 to June 5 at the Bocage community in East Memphis, an infill development just north of the intersection of White Station and Walnut Grove roads.

49. Employee Benefits Issue Plays Out Locally -

The debate the Wisconsin Legislature is having about public employee benefits is an issue familiar to local elected leaders.

As Wisconsin’s stormy and emotional debate, which includes a generous helping of collective bargaining controversy not present in any of the local discussions, has played out nationally, the local efforts are moving ahead again.

50. GM, Chrysler, Kia Report Big Jan. US Sales Gains -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. sales of cars and trucks rose in January, a strong start to what the auto industry hopes will be an extension of last year's recovery.

In another good sign, sales to individuals were better than sales to fleet buyers such as rental-car companies, which are far less profitable for automakers

51. US Auto Sales Rise in 2010, But Remain Below Highs -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales sputtered back to life in 2010 and car companies expect them to keep climbing this year as the economy recovers and buyers grow more confident.

With sales of around 11.5 million new cars and trucks, 2010 was still the second-worst year in almost three decades, after 2009. And car companies are starting to wonder if they will ever reach the heights they saw in the early 2000s, when credit was cheap, incentives were rampant and sales topped 17 million.

52. Luttrell Sets Priorities as Budget Season Approaches -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has been content in his first three months in office to leave a lot of the out-of-town traveling to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

53. Commission Debates Charter Stand, Approves Terms For New Morgue -

Shelby County Commissioners talked Monday about consolidation, education funding and minority business contracts during a session that also included a debate about building a new morgue.

A resolution approving the agreements between Shelby County and the state for the construction of a new Regional Forensic Center passed on an 11-0 vote. Commissioner Heidi Shafer abstained and Commissioner Justin Ford, who is a funeral director, recused himself from the vote.

54. Ford Veto Stands At Last County Commission Meeting of Term -

The last meeting for six Shelby County Commissioners came with proclamations, plaques and an agenda full of controversy.

The Monday meeting was the last of the four year term for two commissioners who reached their two term limit, two others who opted not to seek re-election ahead of term limits and two others who were appointed to the body in the last year but were defeated in the Aug. 5 elections.

55. County’s Top Cop Eyes Top Spot -

Outgoing Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell arrives this week at the pinnacle of a political rise that began eight years ago.

56. YouthBuild to Hold Groundbreaking Event -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford and officials with the Shelby County Division of Community Services and the Division of Corrections will break ground on a new one-room vocational training facility constructed by incarcerated participants of YouthBuild.

57. Ford Jr. Takes Readers Behind the Scenes With New Book -

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. made it clear last week that he’s a former Memphian.

But his new book, “More Davids Than Goliaths,” to be released next month, has plenty of Memphis – Memphis politics, at least – on its pages.

58. Commission Considers Prevailing Wage Nominees -

Shelby County Commissioners take up the issue this afternoon of who to appoint to a Prevailing Wage Commission. The five-member commission is the next step in enforcing a prevailing wage ordinance passed a year ago by the commission.

The ordinance sets an hourly pay scale above minimum wage for workers on county funded construction projects.

But the picks by interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford have drawn some resistance from members of the commission, who vote the nominees up or down.

The commission meeting will begin Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

Ford has already replaced two of his five choices after Commissioner Deidre Malone complained that women weren’t represented.

Two of the five appointees are women.

“The debate about the prevailing wage was about a year ago,” said Commissioner Steve Mulroy in committee sessions last week. “If it’s on the books, we ought to enforce it.”

Mulroy, who was a vocal supporter of the 2009 ordinance, is Ford’s choice for the slot to be held by a representative of the County Commission.

Commissioner Sidney Chism, a retired Teamsters union leader, chafed at the choice of Paul Shaffer, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 474, as the building trades representative.

“Look, I don’t want to throw a monkey wrench into the mayor’s proposal to have a committee set up,” Chism said. “I understand the philosophy behind what he’s trying to do. But there’s more than one organization.”

Mulroy noted that the union representation must come specifically from the building trades council of union under terms of the ordinance.

Ultimately, the committee vote on the appointments was a tie meaning it will have a negative recommendation at Monday’s meeting of the full commission.

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59. Community Gift -

The floats told the story of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Tuesday as it celebrated its 58th birthday with the opening celebration for a new $340 million pediatric medical center.

A giant heart with stitches symbolized the giving spirit of the Le Bonheur Club, the ladies sewing club that led the effort to build the old hospital. Another float featured huge hard hats in tribute to the construction workers who built the new one.

60. Pickup Sales Picking Up and Economy Hitches a Ride -

NEW YORK (AP) - If you want a hint about the economic recovery, follow that truck.

Pickups are a kind of rugged indicator of the nation's financial health. When times are good, contractors buy more of them to carry tools around for landscaping and lumber to build homes. Weekend haulers also gravitate to them even though cars get better mileage.

61. AP Analysis: More Factory Jobs Ease Economic Pain -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing job gains in the Midwest helped lower the nation's economic stress in April to its lowest point in five months, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions around the country.

62. Task Force Recommends Maintenance Code, Land Bank -

A planning and development task force convened by interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford is recommending the creation of a property maintenance code and a land bank authority.

63. Economy Adds 431K Jobs But Few in Private Sector -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Job creation by private companies grew at the slowest pace of the year in May, even while the hiring of temporary census workers drove overall payrolls up 431,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent as many people gave up searching for work.

64. Auto Industry on Road to Recovery But Pace Slows -

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. auto industry stayed on the road to recovery in April, but it eased up on the gas pedal a bit.

Ford Motor Co. saw last month's sales rise 25 percent from a year earlier, while General Motors Co. climbed 6.4 percent. Hyundai, Subaru and others also continued to see gains from last year.

65. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 4 Weeks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped for a second consecutive week, further evidence that the job market is slowly improving.

The Labor Department said Thursday that initial applications for jobless benefits dropped by 11,000 to 448,000, the lowest level in four weeks. The new total was slightly higher than economists had expected.

66. Rosy Earnings Show Corporate America is Back -

CHICAGO (AP) — Corporate America is back.

Companies that do everything from making appliances to selling cruises are reporting strong first-quarter profits — not because of the layoffs many of them used to dress up last year's earnings reports but because people are spending more.

67. Largely Misunderstood, Probate Work Still Sought After -

It is the smallest office of the clerk’s positions on the May 5 primary ballot.

But because the Probate Court Clerk’s Office and the court's two divisions deal primarily with wills and estates, it might be the one office that begins with the simplest mission.

68. Candidates Battle it Out in Democratic Primary -

Before voters get to the slimmer, trimmer Aug. 5 race for Shelby County mayor, some of them must decide the three-candidate Democratic primary on the May 4 ballot.

As political races go, this one has enough drama to make it interesting.

69. AP Analysis: Economic Pain Eases in Hard-Hit Areas -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economic stress declined in the nation's most troubled areas in February as unemployment stabilized and the pace of foreclosures eased, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions in more than 3,100 U.S. counties.

70. GreenScape Promotes Colvett to President -

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

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

71. Commission To Consider Gov’t Appointments -

Shelby County Commissioners will take up a slate of appointments to county and joint city-county boards at today’s full commission meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. An agenda can be found at www.memphisdailynews.com.

72. Jackson Brings ‘Balanced Leadership’ to Mayor’s Race -

The surprise candidate in the race for Shelby County mayor said Monday he had been considering a bid for the job for the past 10 years.

General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson checked out his qualifying petition for the May 4 Democratic primary Thursday morning and filed before the noon deadline.

73. MED MCS Funding Swap Proposal Emerges -

Some Memphis City Council members are working with Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford on a deal in which county government would become the single source of local funding for the Memphis school system. In exchange for that the city would contribute some amount of funding to the Regional Medical Center.

74. UPDATE: MED MCS Funding Swap Proposal Surfaces -

Some Memphis City Council members are working with Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford on a deal in which county government would become the single source of local funding for the Memphis school system. In exchange for that the city would contribute some amount of funding to the Regional Medical Center.

75. 2009 Cargo Numbers Up at Memphis Int’l -

Officials at Memphis International Airport spent Thursday preparing for the harsh winter weather possibly headed this way, but they also discussed ways in which the airport has been dealing with a brutal economic climate.

76. School Funding Debate Marches On -

The city of Memphis is pursuing a last appeal in the Memphis school funding court case, and the City Council this week came up with a plan to provide $50 million in court-ordered funding to the school system.

77. Visible School Names Ellis To Modern Music Ministry Faculty -

Bill Ellis has been hired to the Visible School faculty in the Modern Music Ministry program.

Ellis will teach guitar, the history of pop music and hands-on courses in world music and ethnomusicology.

78. Conwood Buys Hickory Hill Facility For Planned $133 Million Expansion -

5106 Tradeport Drive
Memphis, TN 38141
Sale Amount: $19.3 Million

Sale Date: Nov. 5, 2009
Buyer: Conwood Co. LLC
Seller: Chickasaw and Goodman Realty Holding Co.
Details: Conwood Co. LLC on Nov. 5 formally acquired the 787,500-square-foot facility at 5106 Tradeport Drive in Hickory Hill South for $19.3 million. Conwood earlier this year announced plans to buy the building, where it will expand its manufacturing operation of the smokeless tobacco products Kodiak and Grizzly.

79. Teen Moment Leads Wharton To Mayor’s Office -

If a pivotal moment in his life had unfolded differently – or hadn’t happened at all – Memphians today might be taking their pets for checkups to Dr. A C Wharton Jr.’s veterinary practice.

Instead, the incoming Memphis mayor will reach the high water mark of his legal and political career Monday when he takes the mayor’s oath and moves into the penthouse office on the seventh floor of City Hall. And for that, Memphians can at least partly thank Avon Williams, with whom Wharton briefly crossed paths in small-town Tennessee in the 1960s.

80. Commission to Appeal Second Juvenile Court Judgeship -

The battle over more than one Juvenile Court judge is on its way to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Shelby County Commissioners voted this week to appeal an earlier ruling by the Tennessee Appeals Court to the high court. The Supreme Court could choose to hear the case or deny the request for an appeal, which would leave the appeals court ruling in place.

81. Pera Appointed Special Adviser For ABA Strategic Communications Committee -

Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese LLP has been appointed as a special adviser of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Strategic Communications for a one-year term.

82. Mayoral Field Stands At 28 -- For Now -  

It is the largest field of candidates for Memphis mayor in the 41 year history of the mayor-council form of government – possibly in the history of the city.

But before the 28 candidate field in the Oct. 15 special election goes into the record book, there is the next week to consider.

Thursday’s noon deadline to file a qualifying petition is the last word on candidates who will enter the race. But next Thursday – Sept. 10 – at noon is the deadline for any of those candidates to withdraw if they wish. And the talks to get some of those who made this week’s deadline to drop out are already underway.

The standing record is 15 candidates who filed to run in the 1999 race for mayor in which incumbent Willie Herenton won a third term.

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. began meeting with several rivals in the upcoming election last month. He said he never asked candidates to get out of the race, but instead told them the issues he planned to run on.

So far, Wharton’s campaign has drawn the endorsements of would be candidates Jim Strickland and Edmund Ford Jr., both city council members, as well as Ford’s father – former council member Edmund Ford Sr. Strickland is a Wharton campaign co chairman as is Memphis school board member Tomeka Hart, who briefly considered the race.

The field that emerged from Thursday’s filing deadline includes a county mayor – Wharton, the city’s Mayor Pro Tempore, two city council members, two former city council members, four former candidates for Memphis mayor, two Memphis school board members and a former Shelby County Commissioner. In some cases, a single candidate fits into several of those categories.

Carol Chumney, for instance, is a former city council member who finished second in the 2007 race for mayor.

Chumney is just starting a full campaign schedule that has included a turn at a church fashion show as well as shaking hands with workers this week on the night shift at the Diesel Recon plant in North Memphis.

One of the final entrants in the race was restaurant and bar owner Silky Sullivan. He arrived at the Election Commission Thursday in a white Rolls Royce wearing a white suit.

“When you see this white suit, you know I’m coming at you,” Sullivan said.

He got into the race after attorney Charles Carpenter said The Pyramid should be demolished and the site cleared for future uses if the city can’t reach a deal for Bass Pro Shops to develop the structure. Sullivan believes The Pyramid should be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of its campus.

There was the normal confusion in the immediate aftermath of the filing deadline. There were varying candidate totals for the field as election commission staff went through the qualifying petitions line by line to match those signing with voter registration rolls including the address voters used on the petition and the address listed on their voter registration. As usual, several candidates came up short.

And one got back with his petition three minutes after the deadline. Daniko Flowers, a construction worker, was not allowed to file his petition. He only had 18 signatures on the petition anyway.

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83. Industrial Production Up for 1st Time in 9 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Production from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities rose more than expected in July, with the first gain in nine months driven by increased output from auto companies.

84. Factory Orders Unexpectedly Increase in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Factory orders rose in June for the fourth time in five months, an unexpected gain and the latest sign of recovery in the ailing manufacturing sector.

The U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday that factory orders rose 0.4 percent, after a 1.1 percent increase in May. Economists expected a 1 percent drop, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

85. Collier Lincoln Mercury Dealership Sold Back to Bank -

2177 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $2.5 Million

Sale Date: May 22, 2009
Buyer: First Tennessee Bank NA
Seller: LaToya L. Williams, substitute trustee

86. New Study Shows Airport’s Impact -

As far as economic engines go, it’s long been known that Memphis International Airport has the power of a 747.

A new study released this week confirmed the airport’s muscle, estimating that Memphis International pumps $28.6 billion into the region’s economy and provides, directly or indirectly, 34.3 percent – or one in three – local jobs.

87. March Passenger, Cargo Numbers Down at Airport -

Traffic at Memphis International Airport continued to slide in March with passenger and cargo categories each registering declines, according to figures revealed at Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

88. The Flintco Cos. Names Musson Business Development Director -

Troy Musson has been hired by The Flintco Cos. Inc. as its director of business development for Flintco’s Memphis and Springdale, Ark., offices.

89. Low Bidders Win First 10 Tenn. Stimulus Contracts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation on Friday identified the lowest bids for Tennessee's first round of bridge projects to be paid for with federal stimulus money.

90. Factory Orders Fall for Record Sixth Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Orders to U.S. factories fell for a record sixth straight month in January as demand declined across a wide cross-section of industries.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that demand for manufactured products dropped by 1.9 percent in January. That was smaller than the 3.5 percent drop that economists had been forecasting but it was still the sixth consecutive monthly fall, a record number of declines for a data series that goes back to 1992.

91. Riviana Foods Files $3M Building Permit -

2372 Prospect St.
Memphis, TN 38106
Permit Cost: $3 million

Project Cost: n/a
Permit Date: Applied February 2009
Owner: Riviana Foods
Tenant: Riviana Foods
Contractor: Linkous Construction Co. Inc.

92. 598K Job Cuts: Most Since ‘74 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. The grim figures were further proof that the nation’s job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.

93. US Economy Shrinks at 3.8 Percent Pace -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy shrank at a 3.8 percent pace at the end of 2008, the worst showing in a quarter-century, as the deepening recession forced consumers and businesses to throttle back spending.

94. Lillard Prepares for Treasurer Post, Would-Be Replacements Line Up -

David Lillard attended his last Shelby County Board of Commissioners meeting this week.

The competition to win the appointment to his seat has been under way since earlier this month when Lillard won the balloting in the Tennessee Legislature for state treasurer.

95. Meltdown 101: Foreign Automakers Struggle Too -

U.S. automakers landed a $17.4 billion bailout package from President Bush last week, but carmakers around the world also could use a dose of holiday cheer as 2008 winds down.

Slow sales and tight credit markets are not the sole domain of General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Ford Motor Co., as carmakers from Stockholm to Tokyo report problems of their own in a slumping global economy.

96. Falling Energy Prices Yet to Show Economic Return -

PHOENIX (AP) - Economists believe that American consumers as a whole pocket a billion dollars every time the price for a gallon of gas drops by a penny. Given that retail gas prices have dropped by $2.44 per gallon since July, there should be a lot of money flowing back into the economy.

97. Employers Cut 533K Jobs in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Skittish employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.

98. Lee’s Legal Fees Suit Could Surface Again -

It was one year ago this week that nine new members were elected to the Memphis City Council.

It was the largest turnover of seats on the 13-member body in its 40-year history.

This week, the council had its most serious difference of opinion to date over a controversy that began onthe watch of the previous council. And it was one of the previous council members that made the difference in the outcome.

99. THM to Build Nursing Facility Near Downtown -

1513 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38107
Permit Amount: $12.5 Million

Project Cost: $12.5 million
Permit Date: Applied September 2008
Completion: Winter 2009
Owner: Harbor View Properties Inc.
Tenant: Harbor View Properties Inc.
Contractor: Inman Construction Co.
Architect: Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects Inc.

100. City Schools, Council Sign Off on Funding -

Memphis City Schools leaders formally did this week what they already informally had done last week. They accepted the funding compromise offered by the Memphis City Council for the current fiscal year. But they threw in a surprise that council members made sure was not overlooked before both sides made it official.