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1. Latino Political Profile Continues Rise -

When Latino Memphis held its first annual Leadership Luncheon last week in East Memphis, the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis included political and business leaders among the group of 800 people.

2. Events -

Latino Memphis will host its 2014 leadership luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Keynote speaker George P. Bush will share his thoughts on the positive role Latinos play in the U.S. Tickets are $100. Visit latinomemphis.org.

3. Events -

Rhodes College will host its annual Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky, an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, will explore great dissents and dissenters in the history of the court. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

4. Events -

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

5. Push for Broader Minority Business Participation Grows -

A larger share of business for minority- and women-owned local businesses should begin with an inventory that matches existing businesses with existing opportunities.

And three leaders of the recently revived effort to build that share of business say from there the local Memphis economy overall can grow.

6. Latino Memphis Features Bush at Luncheon -

George P. Bush, grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9.

Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.

7. Latino Memphis Features Bush at Leadership Luncheon -

George P. Bush, grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9.

Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.

8. Early Voting Draws 673 in First Weekend -

Democratic political leaders and candidates put a lot of emphasis this past weekend on a strong start to the early voting period in advance of the Aug. 7 elections.

The early voting period opened Friday, July 18, with three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in town as well to campaign for retention in their nonpartisan races at the bottom of the ballot.

9. Memphis Immigration Reform Discussion Quiet But Complex -

As much of the national attention in the immigration reform debate was focused last week on Washington and protests in Southern California and Texas, a group of local leaders made the case for immigration reform in Memphis with much less attention.

10. After the Flood -

When the flood water and debris from Nonconnah Creek receded last week from the Wheel Estate Mobile Home Park on East Brooks Road, it exposed a set of familiar issues for such properties in Memphis.

11. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Latino Memphis director Mauricio Calvo will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

12. Events -

Methodist University Hospital heart disease support group Heart to Heart will discuss diabetes and heart disease Tuesday, July 1, at 1 p.m. in the hospital’s Center of Excellence in Faith and Health, 1265 Union Ave. Call 516-7435.

13. Events -

Church Health Center and MIFA will hold a farmers market Tuesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

14. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

15. Arrests Mark Turbulent Season for Democrats -

At week’s end, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks and Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson had been arrested within 24 hours of each other on separate charges.

16. Coalition Vows Push for Minority Business Gains -

For decades, goals and percentages have been set for minority business participation in city and county governments.

Both governments have compliance offices. Elected officials look at percentages and ask questions about participation on particular projects.

17. Brooks Reaction Seeks Way Back to Minority Business Issues -

At the end of a turbulent week, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks offered several alternate explanations for her remarks about Hispanics and their experience as minorities in Memphis.

In one explanation, Brooks said she didn’t remember saying some of the most controversial of her comments during the Monday, May 12, commission meeting. In others, she said she meant every word and didn’t consider it disparaging or insulting.

18. Civil Rights Leaders Comment on Brooks’ Remarks -

The executive director of the civil rights organization Latino Memphis says comments this week by Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks about the struggles of Latinos as minorities in Memphis were regrettable.

19. Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground -

WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

20. Interpreting Health -

Probably, you’ve seen this scene on a television show or in a movie. Some English-speaking authority figure – say, a doctor – can’t communicate with a middle-aged or older person from Mexico.

21. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

22. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s office will hold a Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) Financial Literacy workshop Tuesday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Drive. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

23. Complaint Alleges Deutsche Bank Discrimination -

Deutsche Bank allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods in the Memphis area in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to a complaint filed with the federal government.

24. United Housing Receives $10,000 Education Grant -

United Housing Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

25. United Housing Receives $10,000 Education Grant -

United Housing Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

26. Events -

An immigration reform roundtable will be held Monday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Streets Ministries, 1304 N. Graham St. Panelists, including Shawn Roberson, policy director for Latino Memphis, and Steve Moses, recruitment director for World Relief Memphis, will share updates from meetings with area U.S. representatives about immigration reform. Cost is free. Call 525-7380.

27. Early Voting Opens in Four Suburbs -

Early voting opens Friday, Oct. 18, in four of the six sets of suburban school board elections at the Downtown offices of the Shelby County Election Commission, 157 Poplar Ave.

28. Events -

New Memphis Institute will host “Whatever It Takes: Creating World Class Public Education” on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The discussion will feature Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic, and will be moderated by University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin. Tickets are $30. Visit newmemphis.org.

29. Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month Luncheon Thursday -

Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in Memphis begins Thursday, Sept. 12, with a luncheon at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

30. Chamber Holds Twitter Chat on Immigration Reform -

The Greater Memphis Chamber hosts its first Twitter chat Monday, Aug. 26, from 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The topic is immigration reform, and people can send tweets to @JohnMoore2.

The chamber has hosted several roundtables recently on the topic, including a meeting between Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., business leaders and Latino and Hispanic community groups.

31. Rhodes Program Spotlights Community Service -

Rhodes College’s efforts to make community involvement an important part of student life was recently on display with its second annual REACH (Research, Engagement, and Community History) Symposium held in the Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

32. Community Forums Help Parents Navigate School Changes -

As students and their parents gear up for going back to the school, a local campaign is holding a series of forums throughout the city to educate families on what to expect for the inaugural school year of the consolidated countywide school system.

33. Literacy Mid-South Joins ‘Our Children. Our Success.’ -

Editor’s Note: Part of a series about the “Our Children. Our Success.” campaign. The effort to prepare parents for what promises to be a milestone school year in Shelby County now involves the community’s recently retooled literacy organization.

34. New Campaign Urges Support of Students in Merger -

A new campaign launched Monday, June 24, to prepare for the opening of the consolidated school district in August is urging citizens to support students of the new school system.

“Our Children. Our Success.” is privately funded by SchoolSeed, which was formerly the Memphis City Schools Foundation. The campaign began Monday with new billboards across the county.

35. James Lee House Owner Files Construction Loan -

690 Adams Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Loan Amount: $1 million

Loan Date: June 4, 2013

Maturity Date: June 4, 2019

36. James Lee House Owner Files Construction Loan -

The new ownership group of the historic James Lee House at 690 Adams Ave. in Victorian Village has filed a $1 million construction loan for renovations of the property.

37. Lee House Renovation ‘Ready to Go’ -

The group that wanted to convert the historic James Lee House in Victorian Village has purchased the home and construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

38. Leadership Memphis Hosts Education Experts -

Marjorie Cohen, senior associate for education with the National League of Cities, will be the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of Memphis Talent Dividend this week.

39. Leadership Memphis Hosts Education Experts -

Marjorie Cohen, senior associate for education with the National League of Cities, will be the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of Memphis Talent Dividend this week.

40. Tribute Symposium Honors Six Local Women -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis paid tribute to six local women at a sold-out luncheon of more than 1,600 attendees on Friday, April 26.

The Legends Awards honor women whose work embodies the mission of the foundation – to support women and children throughout Shelby County.

41. Immigration Reform on Horizon -

November’s presidential election clarified a need for bipartisan immigration reform; Republican intransigence on this issue melted away as they watched about 71 percent of Latinos vote in favor of the Democratic candidate.

42. James Lee House Bed & Breakfast Granted 10-Year Tax Freeze -

The James Lee House redevelopment is moving along in Victorian Village. 

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., a board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, approved a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement for The James Lee House Bed & Breakfast at 690 Adams Ave. at its Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting. The PILOT benefit over the 10-year term is $309,778.

43. James Lee House B&B Granted 10-Year Tax Freeze -

The James Lee House redevelopment is moving along in Victorian Village.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp., a board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, approved a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement for The James Lee House Bed & Breakfast at 690 Adams Ave. at its Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting. The PILOT benefit over the 10-year term is $309,778.

44. Six Groups Back Countywide Sales Tax Hike -

A coalition of six political and nonprofit groups has come out in support of the countywide sales tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The groups who announced their support are the Shelby County Democratic Party, Stand for Children, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Latino Memphis, Our Kids Our Future, and Fight Crime, Invest in Kids.

45. Events -

The Memphis/Mid-South chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present the 2012 annual federal practice seminar Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Contact Mary Morris at mmorris@bpjlaw.com or 524-5144.

46. Lee House Development Could Propel District -

In the 19th century, Victorian Village was home to Memphis’ elite.

Nowadays, the 10-square-block area in Downtown Memphis has one of the highest concentrations of historic structures in the city, with 24 properties on the National Register of Historic Places within four blocks.

47. PR Firm Helps Companies Tap Into Hispanic Business -

The Memphis metropolitan area has no shortage of public relations and marketing firms, but Dominique Anderson Public Relations helps companies, organizations and government entities tap into the region’s growing but underserved Latino market.

48. Events -

Christian Brothers University’s Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery will host an opening reception for the Memphis Camera Club’s “A Walk Through History (Floor to Ceiling)” Friday, Aug. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Plough Memorial Library on CBU’s campus, 650 East Parkway S. Call 321-3243.

49. City Council Committee Approves Lee House Transfer -

The Economic Development, Tourism and Technology Committee of the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 7, the $1 transfer of the James Lee house in Downtown Memphis’ Victorian Village from the city of Memphis to The James Lee House LLC, a corporation led by local developer Jose Velazquez.

50. B&B Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

51. B&B Development Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

52. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Xanadu” Friday, June 29, through July 22 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

53. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will meet Thursday, June 28, at noon in the DMC office, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphis.org.

54. Leadership Memphis Provided Heros Community Awareness -

Businesswoman Lucia Heros, who co-owns her family’s coffee business Café Las Flores with her two brothers, has lived in Memphis for about 20 years and is well-known for fundraising and gala endeavors.

55. Mid-South Food Bank Appoints Board Members -

Mid-South Food Bank has appointed Rafael Durand from International Paper Co. and James Gibbs from Riviana Foods Inc. to its board of directors.

56. AAPI Leaders Meet White House Officials -

Memphis community and business leaders of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani heritage gathered with White House officials Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss economic, educational, health and civil rights issues.

57. LeMoyne-Owen Events Highlight Black History -

LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson grew up in a housing project across the street from the historically black liberal arts college he now leads at 807 Walker Ave. in South Memphis.

58. Latino Center Showcase Slated for Saturday -

The Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis, also known as Latino Cultural Center of Memphis, will showcase theater, drawing, poetry, dance and song Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave., in Binghampton.

59. UTHSC Seeking Minorities for Study -

MEMPHIS – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis is seeking 200 minority participants for a study of aspirin.

The research will assess whether aspirin can not only prolong life but also promote a life free of physical disability and/or dementia for healthy, older people.

60. Catholic Charities Promotes Sophia’s House -

Incidents of domestic violence historically have increased around the holiday season – thought to be the result of family and monetary pressures and increased alcohol consumption that can serve as catalysts in already volatile domestic situations.

61. Saddle Up -

When preparing to embark on a guided trail ride, staff members of The Kessler Stables at Shelby Farms line the horses up according to equine relationships; buddies Bullet and Blackjack dislike being separated, and Copper prefers to be near either his best friend, Prints, or girlfriend Rose.

62. Wells Fargo Donates $8K to Memphis Groups -

Wells Fargo has chosen eight local nonprofits for $1,000 donations, which the bank presented Wednesday, Sept. 28.

In the Memphis area, the groups are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis; DeSoto County School District, Friends for Life; Latino Memphis Inc.; Living Legacy Inc.; Memphis Child Advocacy Center; Metamorphosis Inc.; and Old West Special Trails.

63. Memphis Latino Awards Gala to Honor Latino Leaders -

The Memphis chapter of the National Hispanic Professionals Organization will host its annual Memphis Latino Leadership Awards Sept. 17 at the Hilton Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

64. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a power lunch titled “Doing Business with the Memphis Latino Community” Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Baker Brenner at 748-8889.

65. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a power lunch titled “Doing Business with the Memphis Latino Community” Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Baker Brenner at 748-8889.

66. Events -

The Daily News’ offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, and will remain open during normal business hours.

The Greater Memphis Chamber will present “HobNob: Politics in the Park” Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the AutoZone Park courtyard, 200 Union Ave. Attendees can mingle with elected officials and political candidates and enjoy barbecue and beer. The event is free but space is limited. Registration is due Monday, Sept. 5. To register, contact Beverly Davis at 543-3547 or bdavis@memphischamber.com.

67. Open Door -

By 2050, it’s projected all minorities combined will represent more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, and as the United States moves closer to becoming a minority-majority nation, the growing Hispanic population is increasingly becoming a major power player in the new economy.

68. Wells Fargo Grant Awarded to YMCA Youth Program -

After receiving a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo, the Mason YMCA Multicultural Achievers program is continuing to use that money to encourage young people to pursue academic and career success. The YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South and Wells Fargo are helping facilitate the development and skills of youth in the Memphis area.

69. Friends Launch Joy Magazine Memphis -

Much of the friendship forged between Anthony Milan and Henry Nelson stems from a continual exchange of ideas.

70. Latino Memphis Hosts Shelby Farms Race, Festival -

Latino Memphis Saturday will host a CincoKMayo 5K Race and Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shelby Farms Park.

71. MGLCC Struggles To Stay Afloat, Funded -

After 22 years of providing a wealth of free services and a safe haven for youths turned away by their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is now in danger of closing its doors because of a shrinking pool of donations and a scarcity of grant opportunities.

72. Bredesen Blasts GOP Lawmaker for 'Rats' Comment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bredesen on Friday said it was a "very poor choice of words" for a Republican state lawmaker to liken pregnant illegal immigrants to rats multiplying.

73. Exchange Club Receives Latino Leadership Award -

The Exchange Club Family Center has received the 2010 Public Service Partner Award during a presentation of the Memphis Latino Leadership Awards.

The center was selected for its work within the Latino community, including providing suicide prevention programming for Hispanic youth.

74. Cafe Las Flores Growing ‘One Coffee Bean at a Time’ -

Lucia Heros walks down the hall of her home each morning to her office with its windows overlooking a garden. She carries a steaming cup of black coffee.

On an office shelf is a glass award with blue stars. In September the coffee business she owns with her two brothers, Cafe Las Flores, won the Memphis Latino Leadership Award, small business category, given by the Memphis chapter of the National Hispanic Professional Organization.

75. 'A New Day' -

Marvell Mitchell has had it with numbers.

“I’ve read the numbers and I hear people talking about the recession but frankly, there’s an opportunity here,” said Mitchell, who owns Mitchell Technology Group LLC with his wife, Ledelle.

76. Nominees Sought for Hispanic Honorees -

Nominations are being sought for Memphis Latino Leadership Awards.

Awards will be given in the categories of community executive, civic leader, young luminary, public service partner and outstanding business partner.

77. HUD Official Talks About Transition From Housing -

With $22 million in federal funding, the city of Memphis has its sixth HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Wharton administration also has the first installment of money for the ambitious Triangle Noir plan – a 10-year $1 billion plan to use public money to leverage private investment in the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

78. Mock Trial Brings Rhodes Alum Chastain Full Circle -

When attorney Autumn Chastain helped coordinate the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament at Rhodes College last month, it was a moment of realization, knowing she had come full circle.

79. Hispanic Biz Group Hosts NHPO Speaker -

Zulma X. Barrios, co-founder of the Latino leadership organization La Sangre Llama, will speak on “Becoming a Community Executive: A Simple, Effective Approach to Reaching America’s Multicultural Market” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tower Room, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 3300.

80. Ashby Brings Immigration Knowledge To Donati Firm -

Bryce W. Ashby recently rejoined the Donati Law Firm LLP after clerking for Judge Bernice Donald in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Ashby, who is fluent in Spanish and has worked extensively as an advocate and organizer in Latino and immigrant communities, practices in labor and employment law and civil rights law.

81. City Mayoral Transition Yields Crowded To-Do List -  

Memphis Mayor-elect A C Wharton Jr. will be appointing a new city attorney once he takes office next week.

Elbert Jefferson, the city attorney Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery tried to fire just minutes after taking the oath of office on July 31, Friday sent a second resignation letter to Lowery. The two met for an hour Sunday evening at City Hall and Lowery accepted Jefferson’s resignation.

Jefferson’s attorney, Ted Hansom, and city Chief Administrative Officer Jack Sammons were also present. Jefferson turned in his key card, the keys to his city car and his laptop.

“The drama is over,” Lowery said Monday. “For my part, I wish it had never happened.”

Dramatis personae

In a resignation letter last week to Wharton, Jefferson had expressed hope that he would be hired for some position in the new administration. Over the weekend, he used the same text in the new letter but addressed it to Lowery instead. He requested the city pay his legal fees as well.

The resignation letter to Lowery made moot an ouster suit filed by Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons. Criminal Court Judge James Lammey, who was to hear the case, reset a final report to Oct. 27, citing Jefferson’s departure.

“A hearing on the issue of suspension would be an inefficient use of judicial resources, of the state of Tennessee and of the resources of the city of Memphis, and considering (Jefferson’s) current health status, would be an unnecessary tax on (Jefferson’s) well-being and a possible threat to his health,” Lammey wrote in the court order.

Jefferson was scheduled to return to City Hall from sick leave Monday. He apparently believed the new mayor would be in office by the time he returned.

An audit of city financial affairs is standard procedure in a change of administrations. Wharton is naming team members to review the offices of the city attorney, human resources and finance and administration. He was also to name members of his transition team Monday.

Time-, battle-tested

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter and Methodist Healthcare executive Cato Johnson will head the team.

The other members are:

- Herman Morris, attorney and 2007 candidate for Memphis Mayor.

- Tomeka Hart, Memphis Urban League CEO and Memphis school board member.

- Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis City Council member.

- Rev. Dwight Montgomery, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Memphis chapter President.

- Jose Velasquez, Latino Memphis former executive director.

- Nisha Powers, Powers Hill Design Inc. President.

- Paul Morris, attorney and former chairman Center City Commission.

- Douglas Scarboro, The Leadership Academy vice president.

- Steve Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. CEO.

- Diane Rudner, Plough Foundation chairman.

- Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial CEO.

Johnson has more experience serving on such task forces and ad hoc committees than any other leader in the city’s corporate community. Most recently, Johnson was one of two business leaders on the ad hoc committee exploring single-source local funding for education. He also served as a leader of the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation committee and has been involved in similar capacities with every major construction project for a civic use in the past 15 years.

Carpenter’s appointment is certain to fuel speculation that he might be tapped for some role in the new administration. However, Carpenter has already been holding fundraisers in anticipation of a bid for re-election to his commission seat in the 2010 county elections.

Wharton is tentatively scheduled to take the oath of office Oct. 26.

The Shelby County Commission also meets that same day and could receive Wharton’s resignation and declare a vacancy in the county mayor’s office with a vote to appoint Wharton’s successor-to-come in November. Until that vote, County Commission Chairwoman Joyce Avery will serve as interim mayor.

“It will be a day in which I come to work at one place and leave work from another place,” Wharton told The Daily News.

But the Shelby County Election Commission will meet earlier than expected -- Thursday afternoon -- to certify the Oct. 15 election results. Once the results are certified, Wharton is free to resign as Shelby County mayor and take the oath as Memphis mayor.

Cooperative efforts

Meanwhile, Wharton has asked City Council Chairman Harold Collins to consider delaying a council vote today on the five appointees the city mayor is to make to a metro charter commission. The council set today’s vote with the intention of having whomever won the Oct. 15 special election appoint members of the panel.

“I won’t be there on the 20th. … I’m seeing if they are in a position to put it off until I’m actually over there,” Wharton told The Daily News, as he has had attorneys researching if a council vote in November would meet timelines for such an effort set out in state law.

“I believe that they may be able to meet on Nov. 3,” Wharton said.

Wharton has already named the 10 appointees to be made by the Shelby County mayor to the panel. The County Commission approved all 10 earlier this month.

While it appears he will make the other five, Wharton said he will ask the council, through Collins, to effectively pick the five nominees, whom Wharton would then send to the council as his appointees.

“I chose all 10 over here, which I had to do by law. If I could find some way around it that passed legal muster, then I would do that,” he said. “But we’ve researched it and I know of no way in which the city mayor can say … ‘I’m not going to do that.’ You can’t transfer it.”

Wharton and Lowery were to discuss the matter at a meeting Monday afternoon. Lowery told The Daily News he had received no suggested appointees from council members, but would be willing to submit names the council wants on the charter commission.


82. Update: Wharton Names Transition Team -  

Memphis Mayor-elect A C Wharton Jr. has named eleven more people to his transition team.

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter and Methodist Healthcare executive Cato Johnson will chair the group. The others include:

- Herman Morris, attorney, former president of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and 2007 Memphis mayoral candidate;

- The Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference;

- Nisha Powers, president of Powers Hill Design Inc.;

- Tomeka Hart, Memphis school board member and Memphis Urban League president and CEO;

- Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial President and CEO;

- Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis City Councilmember;

- Jose Velasquez, Latino Memphis’ former executive director.

- Paul Morris, attorney and former chairman Center City Commission.

- Diane Rudner, Poplar Foundation chairman.

- Steve Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care President & CEO.

- Douglas Scarboro, The Leadership Academy vice president.

In other transition developments, the Shelby County Election Commission will meet Thursday afternoon to certify the results of the Oct. 15 special mayoral election.

The meeting is earlier than Wharton had expected. Once the results are certified, Wharton can resign his post as Shelby County mayor at any point and take the oath of office at City Hall. The Shelby County Commission will then declare a vacancy in the county mayor’s office and commission chairwoman Joyce Avery will become acting mayor until the commission appoints someone to serve the year remaining in Wharton’s county term of office.


83. Latino Rights Leader To Speak at CBU -

Jose A. Velazquez, a former Memphian who now leads the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, will speak tonight at Christian Brothers University to kick off a community discussion on Hispanic issues.

84. New Health Official Wants To ‘Talk About Sex’ -

Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, the newly appointed Shelby County health officer, has challenged bioscence leaders to think of innovative ways to address what he termed the “tough stuff,” the city’s high rates for sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy and infant mortality.

85. Ebbo Does Business in Spiritual Realm -

The display windows at Ebbo Products Inc. showcase an exotic mixture of ethnographic art and religious icons.

86. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department will observe National Latino AIDS Awareness Day today. Free HIV counseling and testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department’s Packer Clinic, 814 Jefferson Ave., Room 221. For more information, call 544-7552.

87. Events -

The International Business Council will hold its first Breakfast Series session today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Memphis Regional Chamber, 22 N. Front St. The session is titled “International Protocol: How to Approach the Relationship Side of Global Commerce.” Cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3541.

88. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a pre-application workshop today at 9 a.m. at the Assisi Foundation, 515 Erin Drive. The workshop is for nonprofit program executives who want to participate in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence, which takes three years and is designed to strengthen nonprofit organizations. R.S.V.P. to adeberry@npexcellence.org. Final applications are due Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.npexcellence.com or call 684-6605.

89. Events -

The Center City Commission will hold a Safety and Security meeting today at 9 a.m. in the CCC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will meet today at 1 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room at 160 N. Main St. Bass Pro Shops will have a presentation for the board.

90. Events -

The Memphis Tri-State Defender will host Pancakes & Politics today at 7:30 a.m. at the Memphis Marriot East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Dr. Kriner Cash, Harold B. Collins, Tomeka R. Hart and Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. will be there. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.tristatedefender.com or call General Manger Phyllis Fickling at 523-1818.

91. Organization Keeps Kids Out of Courts -

Mothers of the NILE has a mission to “reduce the number of children who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.”

Founded in Memphis in 2003, MOTN is a program within the National Institute for Law and Equity (NILE). It acts as the advocacy and programmatic component of NILE, which conducts research on inequities in the legal system.

92. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Julia Barreda Willhite of GoBilingual.com will present "How to do Business in the Latino Market." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.

93. Latino Market ExaminedAt Talk Shoppe -      Julia Barreda Willhite, owner of GoBilingual.com, will give business owners a glimpse of what it takes to do business in the Latino market.
     She is the guest speaker at today's Talk Shop

94. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Dr. Pat Wall, chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the featured speaker. The cost is $18 per person and reservations can be made by contacting Taylor Hughes at 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.org.

95. Events -

The Engineers' Club of Memphis Inc. will meet today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The cost is $12 and no reservations are required. Mike Glasgow, regional engineer at Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association, will speak about "Deep Burial of PVC Gravity Sewer."

96. Ethics Ordinance Continues At Commission Forefront -

They never received their free tickets to University of Memphis football games and the university doesn't offer freebies for basketball games.

So, it would appear members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners are hoping for a quiet off-season after a controversial tweaking of the four-month-old ethics ordinance covering county government.

97. Task Force to Discuss Needs of Hispanic Community -

Maureen Olivarez, a bilingual homebuyer and education coordinator for United Housing Inc., can sympathize with Hispanic immigrants who've pursued a new life in Memphis.

Olivarez, who moved to Memphis from Chile almost eight years ago, knows firsthand the language barrier, the culture shock and the struggle to assimilate. She's worked for seven months at UHI, the not-for-profit affordable housing provider, and her job keeps her connected to people in similar straits - Hispanic homebuyers trying to grab a piece of The American Dream.

98. Putting Your Heart Where Your Money Is -

The last thing an adult sitting in a kiddie pool wants to do is look down and see the pool shrinking around him. Depending on how badly he feels he needs to take a dip, he may struggle to come up with a way to stretch the pool back out.

99. The Free and the Brave: Local Hispanics Make Their Voices Heard -

There were stirring speeches, appeals to patriotism, roars of approval and a massive call to arms. But last week's large-scale, well-coordinated immigration rally Downtown was just as noteworthy for the things that weren't said during the afternoon spectacle.

100. Need Increases for Bilingual Workers -

With an ever-growing number of Hispanic and Latino people making their homes in the Memphis area, the need for Spanish-speaking or bilingual staff to offer products and services to those newly arrived residents is rapidly increasing.