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1. US Labor Official Attempts to Untangle Port Dispute -

West Coast seaports that were all but shut over the holiday weekend because of a contract dispute are reopening as the nation’s top labor official begins his efforts to solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that already has disrupted billions of dollars in trade.

2. Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

3. Retailers Fret as Products Sit in West Coast Ports -

It’s early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won’t have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

4. IRS Apologizes for Seizing Bank Accounts of Small Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

5. Tenn. Safety Dept. Creates Chief of Staff Position -

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons has named David McGriff to the newly created position of chief of staff to the agency that oversees the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

6. Burchett’s Mother, Father Helped Shape His Career -

Homegrown Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett espouses the values of many East Tennessee residents: strong family connections, honoring military service and remembering where he comes from.

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

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

8. Tennessee Safety Department Creates Chief of Staff Position -

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons has named David McGriff to the newly created position of chief of staff to the agency that oversees the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

9. Bass Pro Hosting Pyramid Job Fair -

Bass Pro Shops is hosting a job fair Monday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 4, to fill 600 full-time and part-time jobs for its destination attraction at The Pyramid.

Those interested in employment with Bass Pro may apply in person at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, south exhibit hall, 255 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Applicants must be 18 years old.

10. Bass Pro Hosting Pyramid Job Fair -

Bass Pro Shops is hosting a job fair Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 to fill 600 full-time and part-time jobs for its destination attraction at The Pyramid.

Those interested in employment with Bass Pro may apply in person at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, south exhibit hall, 255 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Applicants must be 18 years old.

11. Germantown’s Trainers Studio Aims to Keep Clients Close -

Susan Ritter had been a Marine and a competitive athlete. Mike Farah had been a successful corporate executive who almost worked himself into an early grave, lost 50 pounds, retired, and began competing in body building competitions.

12. Pink Palace Secret -

The Memphis Pink Palace Museum’s 3-D digital theater opened this past March and its upgraded planetarium is to open in June.

And planning is already underway for a $4 million publicly and privately funded renovation and new exhibits in the pink marble mansion itself on Central Avenue that has been the heart of the museum since it was donated to the city in 1930.

13. Blair Durham Embraces Firm Strategy, Planning No Changes -

Don’t look for change up on the 17th floor of Parkway Towers, where Blair Durham is determined to keep his pop’s legacy thriving long into the future.

While his dad, founder of Bart Durham Injury Law, does sometimes mull changing the name of his firm to simply “Durham Injury Law” to allow for Blair to become the face of the firm – “I‘m 80, or at least I will be in March. I’m only going to live five more years, maybe, so it’s time to get Blair and his name out there,” says the elder Durham – the son says “no way.”

14. Commercial Success -

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

15. Corps of Engineers Begins River Work South of Memphis -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work Monday, Jan. 5, on widening the navigation channel of the Mississippi River south of Memphis.

The work in six bendways on weirs extending from the west bank will close the river to commercial barge tows each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between river mile 637 and 630. The work, which will be in the middle of the river, approximately 600 feet from the banks, is expected to take three months.

16. Knoxville Area a Magnet for Retirees -

Retired air traffic controller Sterling King moved to Knoxville when his brother needed him. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer.

Moderate weather, without the bone-chilling Northern winters or the searing heat of Florida summers, is a big draw, along with its location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, says King, 58, who migrated from Dayton, Ohio, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then to Knoxville.

17. Just for Pun -

SUFFERING FOOLISH. Just when you think your cold is getting better, it snot. If you think that’s bad, I’m just getting started.

As I write this, Thanksgiving weekend is winding down and my cold, a gift from my grandchildren, is just getting warmed up. Nora’s gone to church, the dogs have fled to another room, I’m out of Kleenex, and the last sneezing exhibition numbered 18. Not feeling much like writing a column, I opened my email and saw these from my friend, Gene:

18. West Coast Port Slowdown Won't Halt Holiday Goods -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Labor strife on the West Coast waterfront isn't going to steal Christmas.

With few exceptions, gifts and other holiday products made in Asia and shipped through U.S. sea ports already have made it to shelves – or are at distribution centers and ready to roll. Still, cargo is struggling to get through the nation's largest ports, which handle billions of dollars of goods on an average day.

19. Marine Hospital, I-55 Roundabout Draw Interest -

The public’s first opportunity to get a look at the old U.S. Marine Hospital by Chickasaw Heritage Park earlier this year included a chance to walk around the old set of buildings and the grounds overlooking the Mississippi River.

20. Automotive Parts Maker Expanding Smyrna Facility -

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) – An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its distribution facility in Smyrna and is expected to create more than 130 additional jobs in Rutherford County.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty say Federal-Mogul is investing more than $6 million to expand.

21. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

5400 Old Millington Road
Unincorporated Shelby County
Permit Cost: $2 million

22. Atlas Men’s Health Celebrates One Year -

At Atlas Men’s Health in Midtown, you can get some basic primary care services, such as a physical, testosterone replacement therapy, wellness injections and routine vaccinations.

And after a night of too much drinking they can take care of that awful next-day feeling with their IV Hangover Therapy.

23. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

An affiliate of Indmar Marine Engines has filed a $2 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand its 5400 Old Millington Road facility.

24. French Fort Plan Calls for $150 Million Development -

What would begin as 67 apartments in the former U.S. Marine Hospital and nurses’ quarters on the northern edge of the French Fort neighborhood would grow in phases to a $150 million development south of E.H. Crump Boulevard, according to a plan unveiled over the weekend.

25. Rehab on the River -

The next front in the “previtalization” of Memphis is a three-story, neoclassical brick building from the Depression era that was once a hospital for those who worked on the Mississippi River.

26. Oil Company Approved for Former International Paper Site -

A portion of the former International Paper property in Natchez, Miss., is now under option to a company involved in the extraction of oil from the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.

Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ told The Natchez Democrat the transaction comes with the promise of 20 jobs. Russ said local officials are under a confidentiality agreement.

27. First Lady Announces One-Stop Job Site for Veterans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.

28. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

29. One and One for the Morrisseys -

Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.

30. IMC Cos. Expands Mid-Atlantic Footprint -

Memphis-based IMC Cos. has acquired the marine drayage division of Norfolk, Va.-based D.D. Jones Transfer and Warehouse Co.

31. IMC Cos. Expands Mid-Atlantic Footprint -

Memphis-based IMC Cos. has acquired the marine drayage division of Norfolk, Va.-based D.D. Jones Transfer and Warehouse Co.

32. Gresham Tackles Hot Issues on Senate Education Committee -

As chair of the Tennessee Senate Education Committee, Sen. Dolores Gresham has plenty of hot-button issues crossing her desk these days.

33. Samuelson Turns Passion Into Race-Management Company -

Retired Navy Cmdr. Michael Samuelson of Lakeland has one simple philosophy that sums up his approach to life: “Enjoy yourself.”

For Samuelson, that enjoyment often comes in the form of running, usually on trails and frequently for more than 26 miles during one run. Oh, and he also likes to run across the country, as in from Washington to Delaware in 80 days.

34. Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm -

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.

35. Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill -

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

36. MRG Sees Flurry of Activity at Marion Center -

In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC developed The Shops of Angelos Grove retail center in Marion, Ark.

37. Marine Deployments to Iraq Lead Baker to Law Career -

At the end of his first semester of college, Josh Baker of Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC traded in the bright orange of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for the desert khaki of the United States Marine Corps.

38. Scartozzi Named Sales Director at Hilton Memphis -

Heidi Scartozzi has joined the Hilton Memphis, managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, as director of sales. Scartozzi is a 15-year hospitality veteran, most recently serving as a regional director of sales for JQH Hotels and Resorts, servicing 13 hotels on the West Coast.

39. Ludlow’s Boot Camp Takes Fitness to Higher Level -

While there are those people who jump headlong into exercise, pulled in by the rush of endorphins and an eagerness to look and feel better, others need a push.

That’s where Tony Ludlow comes in. The former staff sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corps leads participants five days a week in push-ups, crunches, weight training and jumping jacks through his USMC Fitness Boot Camp in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church in East Memphis.

40. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will kick off its 2013-2014 family series with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

41. Events -

The 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 3, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St., the Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St., and Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Visit indiememphis.com.

42. Events -

The University of Memphis and Lambda Chi Alpha will host a Lifeblood blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit lifeblood.org.

43. Thieves Pose as Truckers to Steal Huge Cargo Loads -

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — To steal huge shipments of valuable cargo, thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it.

44. Study: Pentagon Could Cuts Thousands of Employees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Defense Department could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 civilian employees without hurting U.S. fighting power, four former members of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a new report on military strategy and spending.

45. Sci-Fi Moment Sparked Career Ambition for Bell -

For many children coming of age in the 1970s and 1980s, a viewing of the “Star Wars” trilogy led to afternoons of battling make-believe Stormtroopers with homemade light sabers in a backyard re-imagined as the Death Star.

46. Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band to Play Memphis Benefit -

Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will be in Memphis in November.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation are teaming up to host a benefit concert Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in honor of Marine Cpl. Christian “CB” Brown. The concert featuring Gary Sinise, well-known for his role in “Forrest Gump” as Lt. Dan, and his band will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and will launch “Operation CB,” an effort to raise money to build Brown a “smart home” in Munford.

47. Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band to Play Memphis Benefit -

Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will be in Memphis in November.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation are teaming up to host a benefit concert Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in honor of Marine Cpl. Christian “CB” Brown. The concert featuring Gary Sinise, well-known for his role in “Forrest Gump” as Lt. Dan, and his band will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and will launch “Operation CB,” an effort to raise money to build Brown a “smart home” in Munford.

48. Hardy Pushes Intermodal Sites for New Jobs -

Carolyn Hardy admits she pushed hard to get the intermodal container yard that opened this week in Hickory Hill completed faster than the two years many contractors told her it would take.

49. Obama Says He'd Save Money by Refinancing Mortgage -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he'd save money if he refinanced the mortgage on his Chicago home, but he hasn't jumped on current low interest rates because "when you're president you have to be a little careful about these transactions."

50. Agriculture Grants to Aid Mid-South Farming, Veterans -

Jimmy Hargett, a 69-year-old farmer in Crockett County, regularly parasails over his cotton, corn, soybean and wheat crops to make critical, time-sensitive observations.

51. Grants to Boost Local ‘Precision Agriculture’ -

The local precision agriculture industry is poised to get a boost from Uncle Sam.

A top federal official will be in Memphis and Covington Wednesday, July 31, to announce funding for three regional grants that will impact counties in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

52. Kronos Aims to Bring Green Energy to All -

Kronos Energy Solutions is hard at work on a new hybrid charging system for electric cars, which it hopes to debut in the next six to nine months, and the company is also making plans for possible expansion of its headquarters in Cordova by early next year.

53. Lasting Impression -

Matthew Snape was working for a blacksmith in his native United Kingdom when he got the opportunity to do a demonstration at the Metal Museum.

“I fancied coming back,” said Snape, 34. “I felt like it was time for a change, and I was fortunate enough to get it, and here I am.”

54. Eureka Encourages Girls to Explore STEM Fields -

A small group of girls huddled around a car-like robot with long sensors as they worked on making sure the car will be able to complete a programmed route at an exhibition next week.

“Try this in front Dennisha,” said Ashley Jones, as she handed Dennisha Williams a small gray wheel.

55. River Infrastructure Fee Tough Sell in DC -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher told a group of business owners and others who work on the Mississippi River that the political environment in Washington is changing.

Fincher is a member of the Congressional Mississippi River Caucus that is pushing for continuing funding for infrastructure along the river.

56. House Adds Exceptions to Bill to Banning Drones -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has passed a bill to ban most warrantless surveillance by unmanned drones in Tennessee, but added a last-minute exemption for events featuring large crowds.

The chamber voted 91-0 on Thursday in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. James "Micah" Van Huss of Jonesborough, himself a former Marine with experience piloting drones.

57. Coast Guard has No Vessel for Emergencies -

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – After a two-barge tow carrying 1.5 million gallons of oil hit the U.S. Highway 80 bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, Coast Guard officials had to rely on a Vicksburg industry to respond.

58. Restricted Vessel Traffic Permitted on Mississippi River -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Coast Guard is permitting restricted commercial vessel traffic on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss., as crews work to remove oil from a leaking barge, a Guard spokesman said Thursday.

59. Guard Lets Vessels Pass Leaking Mississippi River Barge -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Coast Guard is letting southbound vessels pass through a closed section of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg as it evaluates how traffic would affect efforts to remove and clean up oil from a leaking barge, a Guard officer said Wednesday.

60. Ships Idle for Mississippi River Oil Cleanup After Crash -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Freight barges were idled among some 50 vessels stacked up Tuesday along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River that was closed as crews worked to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident.

61. Barge Hits Mississippi River Bridge; Oil Cleanup Ongoing -

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

62. Corps: Ridding Miss. River of Rock Pinnacles Close -

The Army Corps of Engineers says it’s close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River.

63. McGhee’s Career of Service Stretches From Police to Bar -

Charles McGhee of Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC grew up in a family dedicated to service.

Born in Japan to a U.S. Marine father and Japanese mother, McGhee moved with his parents to San Diego when he was not quite a year old. Upon his father’s duty coming to an end, they moved to Memphis to be near family.

64. 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.

65. Voices of the Past -

A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.

Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.

66. Events -

The 23rd Annual International Goat Days will be held Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at USA Stadium, 4351 Babe Howard Blvd. Cost is free. Visit millingtontn.gov or call 873-5770.

67. Events -

Rock for Love 6, the sixth annual Church Health Center benefit concert festival, will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/rockforlove for a list of venues and performers.

68. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Jason Sullivan of LaunchMemphis will present “Is Your Business Hitting Your Target Market.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

69. Millington Winery Hosts Concert for Cause -

It started last year out of a desire to do something positive on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The result was a concert that raised a few thousand dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project.

70. Greene Turbine Works to Harness River’s Energy -

Geoff Greene, CEO of Memphis-based Greene Turbine LLC, has dedicated the past 17 years to finding a clean, low-maintenance, economically efficient method of harnessing the power of the mighty Mississippi River to deliver energy into the Tennessee electrical grid.

71. Nucor Completes Acquisition of Skyline Steel -

Nucor Corp. has completed its acquisition of Skyline Steel LLC of Parsippany, N.J., at a purchase price of $605 million.

72. Metal Museum Kicks Into Busy Season -

The start of summer is a busy time of year for the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, which has bragging rights to some of the Bluff City’s most magnificent views of the Mississippi River.

73. Scott Joins Methodist South as Chief Medical Officer -

Dr. Howard Scott has been named chief medical officer at Methodist South Hospital. Before joining Methodist South, which is part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, Scott served as chief medical officer for West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami. He has also maintained an active private practice for 29 years.

74. Moore Tech Trustees Promote Director to First College Pres. -

Don Smith, director and chief administrative officer of Moore Tech for the past 13 years, has been named by the college board of trustees to be the first president of the vocational college in its 92-year history.

75. Montoya Speech Highlights Biotech Trade Opportunities -

With an emerging economy and expanding middle class, the Philippines – the honored nation of this year’s Memphis in May International Festival – is experiencing a growing demand for biotechnology products. That demand is creating business opportunities for Mid-South life science companies seeking a market presence in the Southeast Asian country known as the “Pearl of the Orient.”

76. Riverfront Rehab -

As the American Queen steamboat docked Tuesday, May 15, at Beale Street Landing and left the same day for a trip to New Orleans, plans were under way for the restoration of another part of the riverfront just to the north – the cobblestones as well as a plaza and fountain at the foot of Union Avenue.

77. Cordova Presbyterian Plans to Build on Fay Road -

8707 Fay Road
Cordova, TN 38018

Permit Cost: $2 million

Permit Date: Applied March 2012

78. Boyle Insurance adds Jeff Puckett -

Jeff Puckett has joined Boyle Insurance Agency Inc. as an account executive in the Nashville area.

79. SCF Marine Entity Buys Pres. Island Land -

SCF Real Estate LLC, an entity affiliated with St. Louis-based SCF Marine Inc., has bought Presidents Island acreage from Lone Star Industries Inc. d/b/a Buzzi Unicem USA for $1.2 million.

80. Military Deserves Thanks, Prayers -

Last week we discussed The First Tee of Memphis, which is impacting the lives of youth by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. This week, as my younger brother, who is a Marine, heads off to Afghanistan for another seven-month tour, let us offer a prayer of support and a personal “thank you” to everyone who places their life on the line each day to protect our freedoms.

81. Statues Give City Glimpse Of History -

STANDING FOR HISTORY. She’s tall and proud, sole representative of an all-but-forgotten people, standing alone where hundreds once lived in a village, where thousands once thrived in a nation. She nobly bears the weight of the loss of all of that, wrapped in skins against the lonely chill of that, and in images of all that has come to pass since her time. Silently and beautifully, she tells her story.

82. 6 Months Later, What has Occupy Protest Achieved? -

NEW YORK (AP) – As spring approaches, Occupy Wall Street protesters who mostly hibernated all winter are beginning to stir with plans for renewed demonstrations six months after the movement was born.

83. Hope House Awarded International Grant -

For the third time in four years, Hope House, the only program in Tennessee addressing the specific needs of children impacted by HIV and poverty, has received an international grant for its work in Memphis.

84. Great American Steamboat to Hire More Than 300 -

Memphis-based Great American Steamboat Co. will hire more than 300 employees to work on The American Queen steamboat scheduled to call Memphis its home port starting in April.

85. Former FedEx Exec to Head New PR Office -

Global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marstellar is opening a new division, Burson Campaigns, which will be based in Memphis.

It’s the firm’s new corporate issues management unit that will help corporations manage issues around corporate reputation, business operations and development.

86. Former FedEx Exec to Head New PR Office -

Global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marstellar is opening a new division, Burson Campaigns, that will be based in Memphis.

It’s a new corporate issues management unit of the firm that will help corporations manage issues around corporate reputation, business operations and development. And the firm has tapped former FedEx PR exec Maury Lane to run it.

87. It’s Alex Grisanti’s Turn to Be the Boss -

Ronnie Grisanti. Judd Grisanti. Alex Grisanti.

88. Holtz Joins Fulmer Cos. Marketing Department -

Wendy Holtz has joined Fulmer Cos. as its marketing communications manager.

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas

Education: B.S. in communications from the University of Texas, Austin; M.B.A. in international business from San Diego State University

89. NTSB Recommends Banning Drivers’ Use of Elec. Devices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.

90. Belz Partnership Finances Shelby Oaks Warehouse -

A general partnership affiliated with Belz Enterprises has financed a warehouse on Shelby Oaks Drive.

BICO Associates GP filed a $1.7 million trust deed through First Tennessee Bank NA for a multi-tenant flex warehouse at 1650 N. Shelby Oaks Drive as well as three easements totaling 1.3 acres.

91. Colliers Signs Baker to First Site in Tenn. -

Colliers International’s industrial team of Andy Cates, Preston Thomas and Mike Driscoll has inked 63 transactions this year. Here’s a rundown on a flurry of recent deals the trio has brokered.

92. Don’t Let Progress Harm Historic Neighborhood -

French Fort has seen it all. And by “all” we mean an amazing arc of history that began long before there was a Memphis or even a United States of America.

The neighborhood has Indian mounds used later as fortifications by Confederate soldiers. It was home to Union soldiers stationed at Fort Pickering. And it includes an old hospital that began as a place to care for those whose working lives were spent on the Mississippi River.

93. Back into the Fold -

Before there was South Bluffs, there was French Fort.

Before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built and city zoning regulations placed more distance between commercial, industrial and residential areas, this neighborhood by the trio of older Mississippi River bridges south of Downtown survived in one of the most historic and isolated parts of the city.

94. Brentwood Place Apartments Sells for $8.5 Million -

1835 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38135
Sale Amount: $8.5 million

95. $7.3M Permit Filed for Waxler Barge Property -

SCF Development has filed a $7.3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for new construction at 486 Jack Carley Causeway on Presidents Island. The permit doesn’t elaborate on the type of construction planned for the property.

96. Local Investors Buy SE Memphis Office Condos -

A portfolio of office condominiums in Southeast Memphis have sold to a group of local investors.

Winchester Office Plaza at 5501, 5507 and 5489 Winchester Road has sold to QSM Holdings LLC for $273,333.

97. ‘We’re OK’ -

For decades, a residential area called French Fort, near the Metal Museum and Interstate 55, has thrived in isolation and anonymity.

The larger area is now poised to return to its one-time role as a gateway. But the owner of two key pieces of property told homeowners not to expect much movement for several years.

98. River Test Bolsters Tenn. Inventor's Turbine Idea -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The metallic, wheel-shaped object looks like something taken off a spaceship from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," a futuristic creation born from a 15-year labor of science and love.

99. Lesser-Known Miss. Gov Candidates Offer Platforms -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic and Republican primaries this coming Tuesday will narrow the field of candidates for Mississippi governor.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon and commercial building contractor Dave Dennis of Pass Christian are spending the most in the five-person race for the Republican nomination, while Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett are grabbing the most attention on the Democratic side.

100. Miller Elected VP Of Commercial Bank and Trust -

Commercial Bank and Trust Co. has announced Ted Miller as its new vice president in the bank’s Memphis operation.