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1. ‘State of Black Memphis’ Forum Urges Action -

Each year, the Urban League releases a national report that puts the “state of Black America” in the form of statistics on health care, education, economic power and similar factors.

This year, the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals used the report’s release to start a discussion billed as the “state of Black Memphis.”

2. State of Black Memphis Symposium Monday -

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals release their findings Monday, Oct. 27, in a State of Black Memphis report and symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The group releases an annual report that is a compilation of data.

3. State of Black Memphis Symposium Monday -

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals release their findings Monday, Oct. 27, in a State of Black Memphis report and symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The group releases an annual report that is a complation of data.

4. Standing Out in The Crowd -

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”

5. NULYP President to Speak in Memphis This Weekend -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

6. National Urban League Young Professionals President to Speak in Memphis -

National Urban League Young Professionals president Brandi Richard will speak this weekend during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ second annual Empowerment Conference.

7. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, July 30, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will present the State of the County. Visit phelpssecurity.com.

8. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Shots Fired” author C.J. Box for a discussion and signing Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

9. Youth Movement -

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

From the Greater Memphis Chamber to the New Memphis Institute, plus groups like the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and Leadership Memphis, among others, the tent of movers, shakers and impact makers has expanded considerably in Memphis of late.

10. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

11. Tommy John Surgery Growing More Common -

Envision a baseball board game with dice and a spinner in which players try to go from Little League to pitching and winning Game 7 of the World Series.

Let’s call our fictional game “Bringing the Heat.” One can imagine positive squares where players learn “you just struck out 12 in a game, move ahead two spaces” or “you just had your fastball clocked at 94 MPH as a junior in high school, move ahead three spaces.”

12. 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.

13. Breaking Through -

If it was just an abstraction or a mere theory, it wouldn’t have a definition in the dictionary or a website. It would simply be another urban myth.

But with a few keystrokes you can go right to www.glassceiling.com. And the dictionary definition of “glass ceiling” is tangible – “an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs.” In fact, you can almost see a woman stuck in middle management, briefcase in hand, staring up at that glass ceiling and wondering: Where do I find the ladder that gets me from here to there?

14. 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.

15. Sources: AutoZone Park Price ‘South of $24 Million’ -

The price tag for the city of Memphis to acquire AutoZone Park would be “south of $24 million,” according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

The city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, which opened in 2000 and helped invigorate the resurgence of Downtown Memphis, will be on the City Council’s Dec. 3 agenda.

16. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

17. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

18. ‘Process’ Keeps Alabama, Saban on Top -

The best coach in college football admitted that he – and everyone else at Alabama – was proud of the team’s recent accomplishments. You know, two straight national titles and, if you want to deal in ancient history, three in the last four years.

19. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. A pre-performance reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through MCAC, 888-4342.

20. Jones Keeps Peer Power’s Financial Foundation Solid -

Kela Jones has carved out a niche building the fundraising arms of Memphis-based nonprofit organizations.

“I like to go places you can start with a clean slate,” said Jones, who was recently hired as director of development at Memphis-based Peer Power.

21. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Speakers include Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC, and representatives from Washington think tank Excelencia in Education. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

22. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will host Vin-A-Que, part of the 2013 Memphis Wine + Food Series, Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. The event will include snout-to-tail barbecue, other dishes prepared by local chefs, specialty cocktails and wines, and live music. Tickets are $100 at the door. Visit memphiswineandfoodseries.org.

23. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

24. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Ron Reid, senior agency manager of Memphis Public Library LINC, will speak. Lunch is Dutch treat. Call Bob Gray at 494-8639.

25. Events -

VA Medical Center Women’s Veterans Program and Cardiology Clinic will hold its Red Dress Fashion Show and heart health program Monday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at the medical center theater, 1030 Jefferson Ave. Constance Adcock, coordinator of WomenHeart Memphis, will speak. Visit memphis.va.gov.

26. Events -

LaunchMemphis will host Risk City: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 programs and networking events Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16, at multiple Memphis locations. The global event connects entrepreneurs with potential resources and collaborators. Visit launchmemphis.com for a schedule.

27. Grassroots Effort -

Approaching the second anniversary of “New Face for an Old Broad” and the Historic Broad Avenue Business Association’s painting of its own bike lanes, the Binghampton district has seen activity increase exponentially on several fronts.

28. Local Entrepreneurs Will Soon Have ‘Urban Workspace’ -

A shared open work space, modeled after incubators in Los Angeles and New York City, is on the brink of being launched in Downtown Memphis.

Urban Workspace Powered by Cricket Wireless, located in the City House Memphis Condos at 6 W. G.E. Patterson Ave., will provide an affordable, shared working environment for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups eager to collaborate and share resources. The co-working facility opens Oct. 1.

29. Cohen, Hart in Final Preparations for Primary -

Steve Cohen and Tomeka Hart agree that serving in Congress is about relationships, something they each said in separate interviews with The Daily News editorial board.

30. Bigfish Announces Two New Employees -

Local creative company Bigfish has added two employees to its creative staff.

New hires include Jonathan Seal, brand and graphic designer, and Chandra Towler, client communications specialist.

31. Hart Brings Different Perspective of System -

There was a time when Tomeka Hart vowed never to return to her hometown, Memphis.

Hart, who is a countywide school board member running for U.S. Congress in the Aug. 2 Democratic primary, is not the first elected official in Memphis to make such an admission.

32. St. George’s to Host Symposium -

The public is invited to learn about the importance of entrepreneurial citizenship during St. George’s Independent School’s 2012 Educational Symposium, slated for April 14 at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 S. Dudley St.

33. Memphis Urban League Awarded $20K Grant -

The Memphis Urban League received a $20,000 grant from Comcast in support of its Project Ready initiative.

Project Ready provides college and career preparatory and youth leadership development services to students at Cypress Middle and Northside High schools. The program aims to increase the students’ interests in going to college and preparing for high-demand careers, and their knowledge of what they must do to realize their potential.

34. Hart Opens Campaign HQ for Congressional Run -

Countywide school board member Tomeka Hart has opened her campaign for the 9th Congressional District seat now held by Democratic incumbent Steve Cohen.

35. MULYP Awards Honor ‘Agents of Change’ -

Memphis Urban League Young Professionals celebrates its second annual Agents of Change Awards Saturday, Dec. 3, honoring individuals and organizations that have made contributions to the community.

36. Events -

Gallery Ten Ninety One will host an opening reception for the Bartlett Art Association Exhibit Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. The exhibition will run through Dec. 30. The exhibit will feature approximately 90 pieces of art from 26 members of the association. For more information call 458-2521.

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

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

38. Urban League Report Paints Bleak Picture For Blacks -

Tennessee nonprofit and government leaders are looking at ways to increase employment rates in the state’s most underserved communities.

The economic downturn has proven especially devastating for the African-American community, which makes up the majority of Memphis’ citizenry.

39. Schools Get Fresh Start With New Board -

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

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

40. Get Out the Vote -

The overall numbers through the first two weeks of early voting seem to indicate a low overall turnout including Election Day in the set of city elections to be decided Oct. 6.

But within the early vote numbers are some indications of voter hotspots.

41. 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.

42. 'Girl Power' Conference Planned for Saturday -

The Memphis Urban League and Women. Identity. Purpose. will host the Girl Power: Follow Your Dreams conference Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. The conference will encourage young women ages 12 to 21 years old and their mothers to pursue their dreams by introducing them to other successful women in various careers. The conference will focus on providing resources and motivation by providing workshops on self awareness, career choices, social media and entrepreneurship.

43. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Darrin Mullis will speak about the Holy Rosary Angel Program, an autism educational support service. Cost is $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

44. Picnic Kicks Off Political ‘Offseason’ -

There is no campaign literature in Pleasantville. The family spread in Arlington of former state Rep. Bubba Pleasant drew several hundred people – most politicians or the politically minded – over the weekend for the annual “Pleasantville” picnic hosted by Pleasant and state Rep. Ron Lollar.

45. Urban Debate League Receives $71K Grant -

The Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board has been awarded a renewable grant by the Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc.

46. Hart to Run for Congress -

Put Memphis City Schools board member Tomeka Hart down as a candidate for the 9th Congressional District’s Democratic primary in 2012.

In a Facebook message Tuesday, May 31, Hart said she intends to run for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.

47. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber Golf Invitational will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Spring Creek Ranch, 149 Chinquapin Drive. Registration and a clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com or 543-3571.

48. Urban Debate League to Hold Summer Program -

The Memphis Urban Debate League will hold a summer policy debate institute at the University of Memphis July 18 to 22.

The program is free to any student who will be attending a Memphis City Schools high school in the fall. Non-MCS students may attend for a fee.

49. Weatherington Pens New Chapter at Summerall Electric -

Holli Weatherington has joined Summerall Electric Co. Inc. as president and chief executive officer.

50. Events -

The 2011 NanoDays Celebration at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation by Dr. Kattesh V. Katti titled “Green Nanotechnology in Medicine and Engineering” at the UT Hamilton Eye Institute, Freeman Auditorium, 930 Madison Ave. The NanoMedicine Symposium will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UTHSC Cancer Research Building, 19 S. Manassas St.

51. Events -

The Memphis Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday at noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

52. FedEx’s Jackson Named Top 100 Thought Leader -

Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp., has been named one of 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.

53. Takeuchi Joins Memphis Veterinary Specialists -

Dr. Ai Takeuchi has joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists and PetMed Emergency Center as the facility’s first hospitalist.

Hometown: Kugenuma, Japan, but I grew up in Trinidad, U.S., Indonesia and Singapore as well.
Education: University of Pennsylvania, VMD; Mount Holyoke College, BA
Family: I am in Memphis with my husband, Chris, and my son, Aiden, who is almost 4 months old. We have a dog named Bovie and three cats: Rex, Mika and Lailee.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Eating good food; I’m a foodie and love trying new restaurants. I also love to cook, horseback ride, read books and go on hikes or long walks with the family and our dog, Bovie.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mom had the most influence over me. She was a “Tiger Mom” and raising me in different countries while upholding cultural traditions must have been a challenge. She always pushed me to excel and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support.
Why did you pursue a career as a veterinarian? At the age of 4, I went from wanting to be a bus driver to a veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals, and taking care of them is my dream job. They have no voice of their own and need someone to champion for them and take their interests at heart. They are all innocent little souls that need someone to watch over them.
What drew you to Memphis Veterinary Specialists? I wanted to work with boarded specialists who offered the highest level of medicine available. I enjoy emergency work as well as the challenges of complicated cases. It is imperative that I can give my clients a variety of medical options, including seeing a premier specialist.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Whenever I can say I helped a family cope with their pet’s illness and was able to ease both their pain and help their pet. That is a great accomplishment for me.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Making a difference in an animal’s life and their family’s life. Being able to bring comfort to both the pet and the family makes my job fabulous. Even if the diagnosis is not a good one, at least I can answer their questions and help them make the right decision for their family.

54. Young Professionals Host Small Beginnings Fund Event -

The MED Foundation’s Young Leadership Council and Memphis Urban League Young Professionals will hold a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 Thursday evening at Bar None, 119 S. Main St. in Downtown Memphis, to support The Small Beginnings Fund.

55. Events -

The Policy Review Committee will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.

56. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a mixer Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Memphis East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is free for the first four employees of a member company, $10 for each employee after four and $20 for prospective members. The registration deadline is Friday. To register, contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

57. Events -

The Memphis Gavel Club will meet Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. For more information, call Bob Gray 494-8639.

58. Gibson Honored as Part of ‘30 Under 30’ List -

Andre Gibson, chair of the Memphis City Beautiful Commission and vice president of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals, has been named among Rosewood Hotels’ national 30 Under 30 campaign.

59. Hart Selected For Aspen Institute Fellowship -

Tomeka Hart, president and chief executive officer of the Memphis Urban League and Memphis City Schools board member, has been selected as a member of The Aspen Institute’s new class of political leaders for the Rodel Fellowship program.

60. Urban League Honors ‘Agents of Change’ -

With a panoramic view of city lights from the 33rd floor of the Clark Tower, 300 Memphians gathered Friday night to honor outstanding young minority professionals during the inaugural Agents of Change Awards Gala.

61. Gala Celebrates Young Minority Professionals -

Memphis Urban League Young Professionals will host its inaugural Agents of Change Awards gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Tower Room, 5100 Poplar Ave.

62. 'Right Direction' -

Paul Rubin has a little more company these days when he rides his bicycle with the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club. He’s been a member for more than 20 years, but right now about half of the club is just getting started.

63. Urban League CEO Hart Projects ‘Real Change in Coming Years’ -

Tomeka Hart is president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League, whose annual report has documented the economic gap between black and white for years, both nationally and locally.

The Memphis News recently spoke with Hart about local efforts to address the gap and its causes.

64. MPACT, MULYP Host MeetUP with MED CEO -

MPACT Memphis and Memphis Urban League Young Professionals will host Thursday a “YP MeetUP” with Dr. Reginald Coopwood, president and chief executive officer of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

65. Summer Debate Institute Announced for Students -

The Memphis Urban Debate League is offering free of charge a summer institute for students of Memphis City Schools to improve their speaking skills.

The program will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19-23 at the Theatre and Communications Building on the campus of the University of Memphis.

66. Community Leaders Work on Plan To Boost ‘Talent Dividend’ -

The dropout rate for college students nationally, locally and statewide is far higher than for high school students.

The difference in the two problems is students leaving college before earning degrees isn’t viewed as being as urgent of a problem.

67. County Commission to Consider Strip Club Restrictions -

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to take a final vote today on an ordinance that would better define restrictions on where strip clubs and other adult entertainment businesses can locate in the county.

68. Local Mock Trial Coaches Prep for State Championship -

A small group of local attorneys is hard at work preparing high school students for trial.

Mock trial, that is.

Two Memphis high schools, St. Mary’s Episcopal School and White Station High School, placed first and second, respectively, in the regional competition Feb. 24 and are moving forward to compete in the state championships Friday and Saturday.

69. 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.

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70. 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.

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71. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a breakfast forum today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash will give a speech titled “Update on the State of the District.” Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For reservations, contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

72. Events -

The Shelby County Commission will hold committee meetings today at 8:30 a.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

73. Memphis Urban League To Honor Four Leaders -

The 2009 honorees for the Memphis Urban League’s Annual Empowerment Luncheon are Jocelyn D. Wurzburg, Happy Jones, Ruby Bright and Kathy Buckman Gibson. The four honorees have worked to remove barriers to women and minorities.

74. MBA Seeks More Applicants For Leadership Forum -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum, which began in 2004, offers attorneys in their third to eighth year of practice opportunities to network, meet nationally known legal icons and create projects to serve the community.

75. Highland Hip -

The Highland strip is growing a skyline. The Stratum on Highland Street, a five-story apartment complex, was the first new structure west of the University of Memphis to sprout last August on the storied commercial strip itself.

76. Events -

Christian Brothers University will present the third session of its Family Business Enrichment Series today from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall. The topic of the lecture is “Survival of the Fittest – How to Make Your Family Business Thrive.” For reservations, call 321-3999 or e-mail rsvp@cbu.edu.

77. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Bruce Watts, president and CEO of Fred’s Inc., will speak. Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

78. AT&T Foundation Awards Education Grant -

The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropy arm of AT&T Inc., has awarded a $52,000 grant to the Memphis Urban League to support “Project Ready” for at-risk ninth and 10th grade students, including teen mothers, to improve academic results, enable social development skills and expose students to the culture of college life and future employment opportunities.

79. Race and Education Panel To Hold Discussion -

New Path and The Memphis Urban League will bring their 2008 “Race Relations & Memphis” panel series to a close today at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave.

80. Events -

The Memphis Urban League Inc. will host its 2008 Annual Empowerment Luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The featured speaker will be political strategist Donna Brazile. For reservations, call 272-2491, Ext. 23 or e-mail tbaymon@mphsurbanleague.org.

81. Events -

The University of Memphis Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute will hold the seminar “Disaster Recovery in Freight Transportation – Moving Beyond First Response” today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Zone at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Conference speakers will include U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis; Robert D. Jamison, undersecretary for National Protection and Programs for the Department of Homeland Security; and Joe Waldo, senior consultant for Global Insight Inc. Seating is limited to 180 people. Register online at http://cifts.memphis.edu.

82. Urban League Conference Kicks Off in Memphis -

The Memphis Urban League will host the 2008 Whitney M. Young Leadership Conference today through Friday at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

The conference is expected to bring about 300 Urban League executives and professionals from across the nation to Memphis for staff development in the areas of workforce development, entrepreneurship, housing, education and health. Additionally, the affiliate presidents and CEOs will participate in executive leadership training, conducted by Duke Corporate Education.

83. Census: Nashville Becomes 25th Largest U.S. City, Memphis Population Drops -

Music City has made the big time.

Nashville-Davidson County, a single metropolitan unit since 1963, has broken into the ranks of the Top 25 most populous cities in America, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

84. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission (CCC) conference room at 114 N. Main St. For more information, contact Dawn Vinson at 575-0555 or vinson@downtownmemphis.com.

85. Race Relations PanelTo be Held Today -      The second New Path/Memphis Urban League 2008 "Race Relations in Memphis" panel series takes place today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
    

86. Events -

Rhodes College will host Charlie Cook, political analyst and publisher of the nonpartisan newsletter "The Cook Political Report," today at 7:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall on the Rhodes campus. Cook will discuss the 2008 primaries and presidential election. For more information, call Meg Carne at 843-3840.

87. Events -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors will hold a seminar titled "Start Your Home Value Research with Starting Point," a tool for appraising homes, today from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the MAAR office, 6393 Poplar Ave. Register online at www.maar.org or e-mail techsupport@maar.org.

88. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education course today from 8:50 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The course is the annual John Dice Seminar and is worth six hours of CLE credit. For more information, call the MBA at 527-3573.

89. Ministerial Group Criticizes Cohen's Hate Crime Vote -      A group of black pastors are criticizing U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen for his support of a hate crimes bill in Congress. The Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association issued a statement Tuesday that called the bill "a subtle atte

90. Opening of Universal Commercial LLC Fulfills Professional Dream for Cobbins -

Two months ago, Darrell Cobbins opened the doors to Universal Commercial LLC, marking the realization of a longtime professional dream.

"It's always been my ultimate goal to have my own real-estate company," said Cobbins, 34.

91. Bowers Pleads Guilty to Bribery -

Former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers, D-Memphis, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of bribery. In the plea deal, federal prosecutors agreed to drop five extortion counts after sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 24 before U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen.

92. MHA Cranks Up Redevelopment Efforts Citywide -

The Chicago neighborhood of Marty Boscaccy's youth was a vibrant place, where commercial and residential developments were interwoven.

"You'd go to a busy street and you'd have Rocky's drugstore on the corner, but there would be flats above it where people lived," he said. "They call that 'New Urbanism,' but it's actually the way cities all over the country were developed."

93. Rich With History -

In 1906, Edward Boyle, a member of the well-known Memphis family of developers, helped fashion a grand boulevard through the Central Gardens neighborhood.

Scores of influential Memphians have lived in the Midtown community's bungalows, foursquares and Tudor estate homes, including former Memphis City Council member Florence Leffler and federal judge Julia Gibbons.

94. Beard Channels Leadership Skills Into Helping Kids -

Cheryl Beard has many children - not biological, but "ministry children and grandchildren."

That is how Beard views all the kids she helps in her position as executive director of the Urban Youth Initiative (UYI) and as co-chair of the Youth Development Collaborative (YDC).

95. LeMoyne-Owen HostsBEEP Executives -      Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will greet visiting black executives from across the nation as they arrive to take part in Career Week at LeMoyne-Owen College.
     Career Week, which run

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TDN: Tell me a bit about your new facility - location, size, how many classes it will facilitate, etc.

KST: The location is on York Avenue between Meda and Young just north of the Urban Arts Commission/Cooper-Young trestle bridge. We think of it as a gateway into Cooper-Young. It is currently 11,000 square feet, but will have 14,000 square feet of useable space once complete. We will be able to triple our capacity for classes, operate a core program for students on a professional track, add community and adult classes and host other local dance groups that require a space with quality floors for safety and more room than they currently have access to. Pilates Central will operate a full service Pilates studio upstairs. NBE is a stakeholder in Heart of the Arts in partnership with Playhouse on the Square. We are two minutes down the street from the new theater location, where we will be able to rent performance space.

97. Effort to Overhaul Unified Development Code Continues -

When Lee Einsweiler's children were growing up, he was often the parent who made the dinner runs to fast food joints like Wendy's, Burger King and McDonald's. With three kids, that usually meant orders from three different restaurants, which meant three trips and - most important - three parking lots to navigate.

98. Preservation Series Almost Here -

Today, Memphis neighborhoods like Annesdale-Snowden, the charming, tree-lined community surrounding Lamar Avenue and Bellevue Boulevard, are symbols of another time.

In the 1850s, Dr. Samuel Mansfield built a 200-acre estate there on the outskirts of Memphis, which he later sold to a Col. Robert Brinkley. Brinkley gave the property's Italianate mansion to his daughter as a wedding present, and her son, Robert Brinkley Snowden, later built a home of his own in the area.

99. Public Administrator Named for Probate Court -

The Shelby County Commission appointed Scott Peatross to the position of public administrator in Shelby County Probate Court. Peatross is a partner in the law firm of Bateman Gibson LLC. He graduated from Rhodes College and Tulane Law School.

100. Archived Article: This Week - Urban League Hosts Mental Health Conference

Urban League Hosts Mental Health Conference

June 13

The Memphis Urban League and local leaders meet to discuss mental health issues from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Stude...