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1. Pain Treatment Center to Open Second Locale -

Comprehensive Pain Specialists, a national player in the field of medical pain treatment centers from Nashville, has signed a lease for 4,713 square feet in Healthcare Realty Trust’s building at 8000 Wolf River Blvd.

2. Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts -

Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

3. Dohmen Life Science Adds Space in SE Memphis -

Dohmen Life Science Services is expanding its footprint in Southeast Memphis.

The operator of the pharmaceutical logistics company DDN recently inked lease renewals and an expansion that pushed its occupancy to 628,000 square feet.

4. Gastro One Forms New Practice -

Gastro One and Memphis Gastroenterology Group have merged, creating the largest gastroenterology practice in the Memphis Metro area.

The merged practice, which will operate under the Gastro One brand name, features 35 doctors covering the spectrum of gastroenterology – the study, treatment and health of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder). Each gastroenterologist is a medical specialist trained in internal medicine and in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the digestive system.

5. Campbell Clinic to Open in Cordova -

Campbell Clinic will open its fifth Memphis-area clinic in Cordova later this year, focused on a yet-to-be-determined orthopedics subspecialty.

“That’s a new concept for us, but certainly not in the industry,” said George Hernandez, Campbell Clinic chief executive officer.

6. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization – Memphis will meet Thursday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. On-site registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email info@nhpomemphis.us.

7. Campbell Clinic to Open in Cordova -

Campbell Clinic will open its fifth Memphis-area clinic in Cordova later this year, focused on a yet-to-be-determined orthopedics subspecialty.

“That’s a new concept for us, but certainly not in the industry,” said George Hernandez, Campbell Clinic chief executive officer.

8. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

9. Bell Joins First State Bank as Commercial Loan Officer -

Jonathan Bell has joined First State Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer. Bell, who has more than 13 years of experience in the banking industry, will provide banking services for businesses in Collierville and the surrounding area.

10. Council Hears More on Police and Fire Budget Decisions -

Memphis City Council member got deeper Tuesday, Feb. 4, into the specifics of Memphis Police and Fire Department budget decisions.

But they didn’t get a clearer picture of what the direction forward will be as they and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. prepare to make some hard decisions about public safety in dealing with the city’s unfunded pension liability.

11. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

12. Commercial Real Estate Market Reawakens -

After suffering through a prolonged slump, the Memphis commercial real estate market this year began to shake off the rust that gathered during the “Great Recession,” and brighter days could be ahead for the prime markets in the apartment, retail, office and industrial sectors, according to local experts.

13. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager -

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

14. Race for the Cure Ready at New Home -

Participants in Saturday’s Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure will see some significant changes this year.

One of them will be a change of scenery. After 20 years at The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown, the race is moving to Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

15. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

16. Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital -

Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

17. Woeppel Named CEO of UT Medical Group -

Charles “Chuck” Woeppel has been named chief executive officer of UT Medical Group Inc. Woeppel, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2012, will also continue in that role.

18. Commission Weighs Fire and Ambulance District Legislation -

Shelby County Commissioners may go to Nashville with the new year, seeking state legislation to create a utility board and district for fire and ambulance service in unincorporated Shelby County, Lakeland, Arlington and Millington.

19. Second-Quarter Bankruptcies Up 2.3 Percent -

The second quarter of 2013 showed a slight boost in West Tennessee bankruptcy filings as consumers who couldn’t pay off debt accumulated in late 2012 filed for bankruptcy.

All chapters combined – Chapters 7, 11 and 13 – climbed to 3,164 Shelby County bankruptcies for the three-month period ended June 30, up 2.3 percent from 3,093 bankruptcies filed during the same three-month period in 2012, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

20. Propelling City Forward Bloodworth’s Design Goal -

As he grew up in Memphis, Russell E. “Rusty” Bloodworth was fascinated by art, design and the use of space.

As a young boy his appetite for creation – through art and using household materials to build little communities – grew.

21. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

22. Baptist Medical Group Buys Collierville Center -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group Inc. has paid $4.4 million for the 39,635-square-foot medical office building at 400 E. Market Blvd. in Collierville.

23. Kelsey: State Confirms Six-Year Auto Inspection Timeframe -

Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown says he is confident Shelby County vehicle owners outside Memphis won’t have to go through auto inspections for another six years.

24. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

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

25. Apperson Crump Expands in Triad III -

Memphis’ oldest continuously practicing law firm is expanding its presence in Triad III.

Apperson Crump PLC added 2,037 square feet to its seventh floor space in a vacant adjacent area between Silverleafe Capital Partners LLC.

26. Masson Named Senior Director at Caissa -

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy as senior director. Masson, former chief administrative office for the city of Memphis, was also recently named special master to oversee the city-county schools merger. (For details, see the Monday, March 11, edition of The Daily News.) In his new role at Caissa, Masson will provide consultation and leadership on business development and project management.

27. Events -

The University of Memphis will screen “Duty of the Hour,” a documentary about Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Monday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus, 470 University St. Cost is free. Visit memphis.edu.

28. Events -

Nike Inc. will host construction symposiums for locally owned small, women-owned and minority businesses Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Attendees will learn about construction opportunities at Nike’s Memphis expansion. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3500.

29. Health Care Alignment Trend Accelerates -

The trend for alignment between hospital systems and private physicians hit the Mid-South in mid-2010 and has gained momentum since.

The area’s three major hospital systems – Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Saint Francis Healthcare – are padding their physician rosters with primary care doctors and specialists by acquiring practices in strategic locations throughout the Memphis market.

30. Midtown Momentum -

The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.

“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”

31. Gammon Joins Methodist in Business Development -

Myra Gammon has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as a business development account manager for Community Care Associates. In her new role, Gammon is responsible for the development and management of the Occupational Health and Wellness Services program.

32. MED Buys East Memphis Land for $3.4 Million -

6525 Quince Road Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $3.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 16, 2012

33. $3.5 Million McVay Station Begins -

Three Class A speculative office buildings have broken ground in Germantown at McVay Road and Poplar Pike.

The $3.5 million development, named McVay Station Professional Center, is by Jason Speed, local developer and contractor whose claim to fame was Corporate Gardens, a $24 million, 148,000-square-foot retail and office park delivered in 2001 on 14 acres at Forest Hill Irene Road and Poplar Pike.

34. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

35. I-Bank Tower on Poplar Sells for $14.4 Million -

5050 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38117

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Sept. 14, 2012

36. Integrity Oncology Adapts to Rapidly Changing Industry -

Integrity Oncology PLLC continues to evolve within an ever-changing health care landscape.

Last month the practice, which operates four area locations, moved its West Memphis office to a new 2,500-square-foot, freestanding location, and it anticipates a future move of its East Memphis office into the new Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s $65 million comprehensive cancer treatment center that will be built by 2015.

37. Improved Flight Path -

Air medical transport service Hospital Wing has consolidated its operations under one roof with a $1.2 million renovation and expansion of its headquarters near Downtown Memphis.

“The Wing” – as the company is usually called – celebrated the completion of renovations at its Memphis base with an open house event, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

38. Tapley Ranks 13th on National List of Most Successful Realtors -

Jimmie Tapley of Crye-Leike Realtors has been named the country’s 13th most successful residential Realtor by REAL Trends Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. The ranking is based on the number of real estate agents’ closed transactions in 2011. Tapley’s sales volume for the year totaled 437 transaction sides.

39. Brown Joins REACH As Vice President -

Stephen Brown has joined REACH Human Capital as vice president of business development. In his new role, Brown will assist companies in selecting and training employees.

40. Senior Sector -

The 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 were said to have remodeled society as they moved through it.

It was the baby boomer generation that drove the cultural shift to consumerism with SUVs and mini-vans. That demographic just turned 65 and real estate developers have taken notice.

41. Raines Road Warehouse Sells for $2.3 Million -

4049 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $2.3 million

Sale Date: Aug. 3, 2012

42. C’ville Medical Office Financed for $2.2M -

O&W Properties LLC has financed a Class A medical office located in a historic Collierville residence for $2.2 million through First Tennessee Bank NA.

43. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

44. Gill Presses on Despite Enduring 4th Recession -

Ray Gill, president of Gill Properties, got into commercial real estate because of his interest in land but now wishes he’d spent some time reading palms and tarot cards.

45. Fla. Company Buys Cordova Retail Center -

Coral Springs, Fla.-based Swiss Capital Group LLC has acquired The Shops of Woodland Hills in Cordova for $3.1 million.

46. Hitting the Road -

Before Kate Hendrix of the Metropolitan Planning Organization could get started at Baker Community Center in Millington this week, a woman in the front row wanted to know where Interstate 69 would be built.

47. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist -

Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.

48. Boling Center Focuses On Autism Awareness, Help -

Since April was first designated Autism Awareness Month back in the 1970s to educate the public about autism, the numbers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has continued to grow.

49. Thorpe Products Inks New Deal On Democrat -

Thorpe Products Co. is relocating its Memphis branch location to a site with higher ceiling heights and better proximity to its clients.

50. Site Work for St. Jude Tower Part of Permit Application -

315 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Cost: $5 million

Project Cost: $190 million

51. Gastro Group Opens Office In Senatobia -

Utley Properties has closed on a flurry of deals in its Northwest Plaza Shopping Center in Senatobia in recent weeks.

Dr. Ulric Duncan of Delta Gastroenterology PC has leased 1,200 square feet of space at 113 Northwest Drive for two years.

52. Methodist Adds Another Private Practice -

In alignment with the local and national trend of health care systems partnering with physicians groups, Eastmoreland Internal Medicine is the latest practice to join the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare family.

53. Methodist, West Clinic Form Alliance -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The West Clinic have joined forces to create a comprehensive, fully integrated cancer service.

As part of the partnership – which was announced Friday, Oct. 28, and will take effect Jan. 1 – about 110 direct patient-care employees at The West Clinic will become Methodist Healthcare associates. Doctors and administrative staff will remain with The West Clinic.

54. Methodist, West Clinic Form Alliance -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The West Clinic have joined forces to create a comprehensive, fully integrated cancer service.

As part of the partnership – which was announced Friday, Oct. 28, and will take effect Jan. 1 – about 110 direct patient-care employees at The West Clinic will become Methodist Healthcare associates. Doctors and administrative staff will remain with The West Clinic. 

55. Baptist Affiliate Acquires Integrity Oncology -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group announced Wednesday the formation of Integrity Oncology Foundation, the result of the recent acquisition of Integrity Oncology, a comprehensive oncology physician practice.

56. Staying Afloat -

Compared to the overall U.S. construction landscape, Memphis’ position appears to be managing fairly well.

Within the last 10 months, the city has landed several heavy manufacturing projects – Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. and Kruger Inc., to name a few – in a time when, nationally, the manufacturing sector is stagnant.

57. Multifamily Comeback -

With signs of resurgence in the commercial real estate industry, the multifamily sector looks to bounce back at an impressive clip.

So far this year, Memphis has seen a handful of big-ticket multifamily sales, including Preserve at Forest Creek ($45.5 million), Lynnfield Place ($22.4 million), Legends at Wolfchase ($27.8 million) and Orchards at Collierville ($15.7 million).

58. Baptist Medical Group Acquires Lung Physicians -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group (BMMG) has announced the formation of Memphis Lung Physicians Foundation, the result of the recent acquisition of Memphis Lung Physicians.

Founded in 1978, Memphis Lung Physicians has locations in Memphis, DeSoto County and Collierville.

59. Campbell Clinic Rolls Out New Identity -

An established brand in Memphis health care has undergone a makeover. Campbell Clinic, a household name in orthopedic care for more than 100 years, is introducing its new brand identity to patients and the health care industry through its website, signage and billboards.

60. Bloodworth’s Sustainability Ideal Formed at Early Age -

At a young age, Rusty Bloodworth knew he wanted to be an architect. As he matured, that passion morphed to an interest in handling more than the arrangement of buildings, but rather the design of the environment.

61. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance: What You Need to Know,” Thursday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the law firm’s office, 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

62. $39 Million Permit Filed For UTHSC Research Lab -

71 S. Manassas St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $39 million

Permit Date: Applied April 2011
Owner: University of Tennessee
Tenant: University of Tennessee

63. St. Francis Opens Primary Care Clinic -

St. Francis Medical Partners unveiled its new location at 452 Perkins Extended Thursday during a ribbon-cutting event.

64. Ripples From Stanford Scheme Still Felt in Memphis -

The court-appointed receiver who’s unwinding the now-defunct operations of Stanford Financial Group – once fueled by money from a giant Ponzi scheme – is preparing to sell off Stanford property in Collierville.

65. Mt. Zion Upgrades to Larger Church in Frayser -

Two Memphis area churches have closed on a deal that’s been in the pipeline for about a year and a half.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1280 Stonewall St., bought the 36,000-square-foot church at 1621 Dellwood Ave. in Frayser from Schoolfield United Methodist Church Inc. for $500,000.

66. Forbes: Memphis Near Top for Retirement Bargains -

In the past Memphis has been named in top 10 lists for murder, obesity, lack of education and lower standards of women’s health.

But the latest top 10 ranking has the city smiling all the way to grandma’s house.

67. Medical Impact -

The Medical Education & Research Institute has evolved into one of the elite medical training facilities in the country. The center’s list of faculty and students reads like a “Who’s Who” of medicine from all over the world.

68. Baptist Forms Partnership With Stern Cardiovascular -

Consistent with a national trend of health care systems partnering with physicians groups – cardiology groups in particular – Baptist Memorial Medical Group has announced its partnership with Stern Cardiovascular Center, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

69. Baptist Group Partners With Stern Cardiovascular -

Baptist Memorial Medical Group has announced a partnership with Stern Cardiovascular Center, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

“We are very excited and honored to partner with a prestigious group like Stern,” said Jason Little, vice president of Baptist Memorial Health Care. “This represents the logical next step in the long rich history between our two organizations.”

70. Luke’s Tree Brings Holiday Smiles to Le Bonheur Families -

A Collierville mother who lost her child to a congenital heart defect is channeling her heartbreak into a holiday mission to bring comfort to families of children in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

71. Omni Visions Deal Headlines Leasing Activity -

Omni Visions Inc. recently signed a new lease at Kirby Gate Business Campus, 2725 Kirby Parkway, for 3,523 square feet.

72. Argo Joins Crews & Associates as Vice President -

Hayden C. Argo Jr. has joined Crews & Associates Inc. as vice president for the investment-banking firm in the Memphis market. Argo will conduct fixed income securities sales.

73. Events -

LaunchMemphis will present a seminar with author Larry Farrell Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee St. Farrell will speak on the topic “Iteration Trumps Perfection.” Cost is $25. To register, visit www.larryfarrellbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

74. Campbell Clinic Expands Medical Center Location -

Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics is beefing up its presence in the Memphis Medical Center.

The practice plans to start renovations in September as it expands its footprint within The Memphis Professional Building at 1211 Union Ave.

75. Charter 411 -

The metro government charter, to be voted on Nov. 2, would combine the Memphis and Shelby County governments into one new local government.

The 49-page charter is the work of the 15-member Metro Charter Commission, which began in November and completed its work just weeks ago.

76. Infection Offensive -

Tennessee has lifted a curtain of secrecy, exposing the successes and failures of Memphis hospitals in preventing bloodstream infections.

The likelihood of getting a central line-associated bloodstream infection at some area hospitals is double what it should be. Data compiled by the Tennessee Department of Health in a recent report show some hospitals have a standardized infection ratio (SIR) of 2.0 or more when the national guideline is 1.0.

77. In Search of an Oasis -

Part of the path to inner-city recovery appears to run through a garden, or at least through the produce section of a supermarket. Nine farmers markets operate in various parts of Shelby County this summer, from Downtown to Collierville and places such as Germantown, Agricenter International and Cooper-Young in between.

78. New Germantown Building Will Have Retro Look -

Officials broke ground on a new development in Germantown Tuesday that will combine turn-of-the-century architecture with state-of-art medical imaging technology.

The Salvaggio Group LLC held a ceremonial ground-breaking in a lot on Poplar Pike next to Germantown High School, the future site of the Brownstone building, which will house the corporate and clinical offices of Memphis Radiological PC.

79. U of M School of Music Appoints Rushing Director -

Dr. Randal Rushing, professor of voice and soloist of the concert and opera stage, has been appointed director for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Rushing has been a faculty member at the school for 20 years.

80. Annexation Reserves Raise Concerns for Metro Charter -  

The Metro Charter Commission now has a lot of work for its drafting committee, as the group’s task forces continue to report at the body’s weekly meetings.

Still to come are the recommendations about how the services will be divided into urban and general services districts, each with their own tax rates. Those recommendations will be critical to the proposed consolidation charter.

“We’re not there yet,” commission chairwoman Julie Ellis told Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner last week as Joyner looked for some indication. “These are all of great concern to all of us.”

An urban services district would be funded by a property tax rate for people who live in Memphis.

A general services district would be funded by a property tax rate for the entire county, including Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington.

Joyner is among those most concerned about where the money will come from to pay for those services.

“Two-percent of our population uses any service that is offered by the health department – 2 percent,” Joyner said as charter commissioners brought up county services used by Collierville residents. “(Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division) – but we pay handsomely for that.”

Afterward, Joyner questioned how to prevent a metro council from taxing Collierville residents beyond what they actually use.

“They can do it now, though,” argued Charter commissioner Chris Patterson, who said Collierville residents now pay for more than the services they use from county government. “It’s the same animal.”

Joyner and other suburban leaders argue they should be taxed depending on how much their residents use facilities like The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

Consolidation proponents, however, argue The MED and the health department are countywide services that should be funded by all county taxpayers because the services are available to all county residents.

Meanwhile, the commission has tentatively approved seven recommendations from a task force on central support services.

The recommendations would establish departments within a metro government for building security, fleet management, printing and local government property maintenance.

All recommendations go to a drafting committee that will craft charter language and then take the written provisions back to the charter commission for votes on the language as well as the general idea.

Charter Commissioner Damon Griffin, who headed the support services task force, said the departments would not be full-fledged city divisions with directors appointed by the metro mayor and a tier of deputy directors. Each might have two or three employees and then outsource some work.

The task force recommendations approved by the Charter Commission also call for:

  • A chief information officer, appointed by the metro mayor, to oversee all IT operations.
  • A metro public information office to be part of the executive powers of the metro mayor. The office would serve as the spokesman for all parts of a consolidated local government and not just individual offices or departments.
  • Consolidated purchasing services as part of the department of finance and administration.

The charter proposal is due to be completed by mid-August with a vote on the November ballot.

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81. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

82. American Esoteric Laboratories Buys Land for New Headquarters -

1701 Century Center Parkway
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $2 Million

Sale Date: March 18, 2010
Buyer: Memphis Pathology Laboratory/American Esoteric Laboratories
Seller: Whitten Partnership Ltd.

83. Events -

Methodist Hospice will host the Hospice Foundation of America’s 17th annual “Living with Grief” teleconference today from noon to 3 p.m. at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital-Medical Auditorium, 50 N. Dunlap St. The conference will focus on cancer and end-of-life care. For more information or to register, call Lettie Blundon at 516-1744.

84. Collierville Medical Files $3.1 Million Loan -

Collierville Medical Center LLC has filed a $3.1 million loan through IBERIABANK on its 39,635-square-foot office medical building at 400 E. Market Blvd. in Collierville.

85. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Dollars and Sense of Building Green” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

86. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Judge Janice Holder will speak. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

87. Ford Remains Coy as Candidate Field Forms -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford continued to weigh his political options over the weekend as other contenders on the May and August ballots prepared to take their campaigns to the streets.

88. Ford Considers County Mayoral Run -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford is moving closer to a run for the office in the 2010 elections. Ford told The Daily News citizens have urged him to run since he took the job on an interim basis in December.

89. 2010 -

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.

90. Let Us Peer Into Our Crystal Ball For What’s Ahead This Year -

2009 was the first full calendar year for The Memphis News. Looking back at the covers of those 51 issues, it’s easy to see that Memphis is at an important point in its history once again.

We began the year exploring the role of megachurches in our community. Near the end of the year, we covered the industrial megasite in nearby Haywood County.

91. Renal Company Sells Clinic, Leases It Back From New Owner -

4185 Pace Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $2 Million

Sale Date: Dec. 17, 2009
Buyer: BanBan South Memphis LLC
Seller: RAI II LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: Dec. 15, 2009
Maturity Date: March 7, 2011
Lender: First Security Bank

92. Wright Medical Buys Arlington Bldg. For Distribution Needs -

11481 Gulf Stream Ave.
Arlington, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $1.6 Million

Sale Date: Oct. 29, 2009
Buyer: Wright Medical Technology Inc.
Seller: Covington Furniture Manufacturing Co.
Details:  Wright Medical Group Inc. has bought a 56,340-square-foot building at 11481 Gulf Stream Ave. near its Arlington campus to increase distribution capacity. Operating in the transaction as Wright Medical Technology Inc., the company paid $1.6 million for the building, which was completed in 1973 and sits on 4.29 acres near the intersection of Tenn. 385 and U.S. 70.

93. Commission Expected to Choose County Mayor -  

This could take awhile.

Among the items on today’s Shelby County Commission agenda is the appointment of a mayor to serve the remaining 10 months left in the term of A C Wharton Jr. Wharton became Memphis mayor in the Oct. 15 special election to replace Willie Herenton, who retired in July.

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

Three Shelby County commissioners and a former suburban mayor are vying for the appointment to serve as the next Shelby County mayor.

They are County Commissioners J.W. Gibson, Joe Ford and George Flinn and former Collierville Mayor Linda Kerley.

The Daily News will tweet the outcome this afternoon and a full account will be posted later today at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

Commission Chairwoman Joyce Avery is serving as mayor for up to 45 days. She is not among the four contenders who filed an application and underwent a background check.

Issues to consider

Each of the four contenders identified the financial crisis at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis as a top priority if they are selected. All said they would not be a candidate in the 2010 county elections. Flinn qualified that slightly by saying he would not run in 2010 if he wins the appointment.

“The biggest challenge facing this interim mayor will be The MED,” said Flinn, who is a physician and radiologist. “Closure or scaling back of The MED will be devastating to the community as a whole.

“Yet, we know our severe limitations financially in the county. This is a serious challenge and I’m the only one here with 35 years of medical experience … to meet this.”

Gibson also accented his business acumen as CEO of Gibson Cos., which includes a commercial printing operation, land development services and a wholesale medical supply company.

“I would like to deal with trying to stabilize the Regional Medical Center,” Gibson said as he also talked of improving the access locally owned small businesses have to government contracts and to economic growth in general.

Gibson was appointed to the Metro Charter Commission, and reaffirmed last week what he said in October when his appointment was confirmed by the County Commission. He will resign the charter commission position if he wins the appointment as county mayor.

Ford, who is the longest-serving member of the current commission, talked of his reluctance to seek elected office despite being part of the city’s best-known political family. He retired in 2008 from the family business, N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home, and started his own funeral home that same year.

“I had no desire to be in politics,” the 11th of 12 Ford children said as he outlined his bid for the Memphis City Council seat his late brother James Ford gave up when elected to the County Commission. “The citizens in the district came to me … and said, ‘You’ve got to run.’”

Kerley opted not to seek re-election as mayor of Collierville in 2008, saying she needed to devote more time to her real estate company during the recession.

Like Ford, Kerley said she was approached about seeking the appointment and initially said no.

“But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I might be an alternate choice to have as a temporary solution,” she said.

Partisan politics

There are a few parliamentary wrinkles going into today’s decision.

It will take seven votes for someone to claim the county mayor’s office. But the three commissioners seeking the job won’t be able to vote even if they are eliminated over several rounds of voting. The ruling by Assistant County Attorney and parliamentarian Christy Kinard means the winner will have to get seven of nine available votes on the commission if all three commissioners stay in the running.

Picking one of the three commissioners also would mean the commission would then have to fill a vacant seat on the body as well.

Kerley touted her experience running the thriving suburb.

Kerley’s name was among those considered by the commission earlier this year for a vacancy on the County Commission that ultimately went to Democrat Matt Kuhn.

Democratic backers of Kerley identified her as a Republican, but that didn’t draw enough Republican support for her to claim the seat in predominantly Republican commission District 4.

“I do miss it. I didn’t think I would,” Kerley said of the practice of politics as she talked of her partisan political identity. “I’ve been called a Democrat by Republicans and a Republican by Democrats. I’m not a card-carrying anything. … I never thought it was fair for me to join any party since I could not give my total support to that party. I wanted to be very clear about that.”

Kerley estimated she has voted for Republican candidates approximately 95 percent of the time.

The distinction is important because unlike Memphis and Collierville municipal elections, county elections for non-judicial offices feature partisan primaries before general elections. The primaries apply to commission races as well. Flinn is a Republican. Gibson and Ford are Democrats.

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