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1. Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees -

Florida or bust?

Not necessarily, not anymore.

Retirees coming from the Midwest and Northeast are realizing they have other options, and increasingly they are acting on them. Several Mid-South states have developed formal recruitment programs with the hope of luring out-of-state retirees – new money, in economic development parlance.

2. Harold Ford Funeral Home Files Construction Loan -

1670 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Sept. 4, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: Harold Ford Sycamore View LLC and Serenity Columbarium and Memorial Gardens LLC
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Harold Ford Funeral Chapel at 1670 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has filed a $2.6 million construction loan on the property.

3. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits -

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

4. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

5. 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.

6. Take Proper Steps Before Investing -

So you want to buy or sell an investment property?

I hear these words more often than you would think; sometimes from a client I know, sometimes a referral or other “new voice on the phone.”

7. Conference to Present Power of Networks -

The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.

But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.

8. Building Capacities -

Major road and highway projects like the Interstate 269 loop, I-40/240 and the Mallory Road interchange near Frank Pigeon Industrial Park made substantial progress during 2013, with several phases of important transportation corridors wrapping up and new projects planned for 2014 and beyond.

9. Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis -

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

10. Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis -

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

11. Select Health Alliance Names Sullivant Chief Medical Officer -

Baptist Memorial Health Care’s Select Health Alliance has named Dr. Henry Sullivant as its first chief medical officer. Sullivant will lead the physician-led clinical integration project, with the mission to deliver a better insurance care model that will then go to the marketplace as a collaborative effort between a physician group and a hospital.

12. Memphis in May Seeks Local Swedes for Festival -

The 37th annual Memphis in May International Festival is a salute to Sweden, a country whose climate differs greatly from the host town but perhaps has some parallels in its rich history.

“The joke about Sweden is that nobody’s really from Sweden except for the Vikings and they’re long gone,” said Diane Hampton, executive vice president of Memphis in May. “But they all came there from other places. It’s kind of a melting pot of cultures as well – and a cold melting pot.”

13. Butler Snow’s Hudson to Lead Federal Bar Association -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC attorney Eric Hudson has been tapped as the new president of the board of directors of the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

14. Butler Snow’s Hudson to Lead Federal Bar Chapter -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC attorney Eric Hudson has been tapped as the new president of the board of directors of the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

15. 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.

16. Atlantic Track Grows Local Operations -

Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. is expanding its Memphis operations with a 12,900-square-foot pre-engineered metal building addition with a bridge crane at 363 E. Bodley Ave.

17. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

18. Soccer Effect -

Like so many good ideas, the one for the Mike Rose Soccer Complex had buy-in from several quarters.

The late John C. Talley developed the business plan. Then Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout supported the concept.

19. 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.

20. Benevere Fills Pharmacy Niche By Compounding Medicines -

After his father was diagnosed with diabetes, Brett Wright – wanting to better understand treatment for the disease and a way to help patients like his father – decided to enroll at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy in Memphis.

21. Response to Heat Wave Still Building -

Memphis drivers may have passed by Clear Channel Outdoor’s digital billboards in recent days and noticed the warnings.

The advertising giant, because of excessive heat around the country, began issuing heat advisory warnings on its billboards in Memphis; Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Milwaukee; and Indianapolis. The warnings in those areas, with cities like Memphis occasionally seeing temperatures rise into the triple digits, remind people to stay hydrated, keep pets indoors and to be mindful of elderly neighbors.

22. Commission Approves Redistricting on First Reading -

Shelby County Commissioners had little trouble Monday approving the first of three readings of a redistricting plan.

There were a few questions about procedure as the commission makes its fourth try at setting new district lines for itself. But commissioners didn’t get into any of the specifics of a plan. That should change on second reading in two weeks.

23. MIFA Unites Volunteers In Service -

Last week we reflected on Herschel Walker’s recent visit to Memphis, sharing examples of how giving back has opened doors and led to opportunities that have yielded great success in his business and personal life. This week let us spotlight an organization engaging our community to sustain the independence of seniors, transform the lives of families in crisis, and equip teens for success: Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA).

24. Redistrict Fight About More Than Map -

Shelby County Commissioners begin a fourth effort Monday, May 7, at a redistricting plan that is five months overdue and counting.

But the new effort is more about the Shelby County charter than it is about drawing the district lines for their own districts.

25. CK’s Moves Into Jackson as Part of Expansion -

A longtime Memphis diner chain is expanding its presence into the Jackson, Tenn., market.

CK’s Coffee Shop has signed a five-year lease for 1,390 square feet of the existing 4,900-square-foot Old Medina Market Gas Station at 2800 Old Medina Road.

26. Negative Hits Keep Coming in 2011 -

While some of the Mid-South’s more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations received major gifts and successfully engaged new donor bases, the anemic economic recovery required others to hold a magnifying glass to their bottom lines in 2011.

27. Study: Recession Changing Orgs’ Approach to Service -

Less funding, increased operational costs and a growing demand for services continue to beleaguer the Mid-South’s nonprofit sector, according to a new report from the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence.

28. Memphis Talent Dividend Receives $20K Donation -

The United Way of the Mid-South has approved a $10,000 donation to the Memphis Talent Dividend initiative that will be matched by the Kresge Foundation.

Administered through CEOs for Cities, the Kresge match will mean a total gift of $20,000 to the Leadership Memphis-led Memphis Talent Dividend.

29. Methodist Selects OB Hospital Build Team -

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has announced it has selected the design and construction team to build its new $137 million hospital in Olive Branch, and that the team is expected to break ground on the project Oct. 19.

30. Expanded Coverage -

Along with new housing developments, restaurants, and retail and entertainment establishments, recent population increases have brought expanded health care services to outlying counties.

DeSoto County in Mississippi is a prime example. Its population grew 50.4 percent between 2000 and 2010, from 107,199 to 161,252, and is expected to reach 172,226 by 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

31. Unemployment Rises in More Than Half of US Metros -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose last month in more than half of the nation's largest metro areas, driven higher by weak private-sector hiring and natural disasters.

The unemployment rate increased in 210 metro areas in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It fell in 131 cities and remained unchanged in 37. That's a sharp reversal from April, when unemployment rates dropped in more than 90 percent of metro areas.

32. Regal Group Joins First National Realty -

Yet another set of local real estate firms are joining forces, further proof that reposition is vital amid current economic times.

Memphis-based The Regal Group LLC has announced its office will become First National Realty East – a division of Memphis-based First National Realty Inc., which also has offices in Jackson, Tenn., Jackson, Miss., Nashville and Little Rock with about 300 agents collectively.

33. Soft Surge -

Self-serve frozen yogurt shops have popped up en masse across the Mid-South in recent months, with the latest batch coming online soon.

The newest addition to the market, Gracie Bleu, opened its doors last week.

34. Census: Fast-Growing US Areas Show Big Income Drop -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Call it the migration bust: Many of the fast-growing U.S. areas during the housing boom are now yielding some of the biggest income drops in the economic downturn.

That could have broad impact on the political map in the coming weeks. Voter discontent over the economy and related issues such as immigration head to the polls on Nov. 2 to decide whether to keep Democrats in Congress.

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

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

36. Events -

MPACT Memphis will hold a community service meeting today at 6 p.m. at Café Eclectic, 603 N. McLean Blvd. For reservations or more information, e-mail Kurt Schoeffler at communityservice@mpactmemphis.org.

37. Charter Comm. Considers Two New Divisions -

The first proposal to reach the Metro Charter Commission for a new consolidated government would create two new divisions – “parks and community enhancement” and “civilian enhancement.”

A three-member task force considering how to handle park services and amenities including public libraries brought its recommendations to the full body Thursday afternoon.

38. Consolidation Group Weighs New Parks and Libraries Divisions -

The first proposal to reach the Metro Charter Commission for a new consolidated government would create two new divisions -- “parks and community enhancement” and “civilian enhancement.”

A three member task force considering how to handle park services and amenities including public libraries brought its recommendations to the full body Thursday afternoon.

39. UPDATE: Metro Charter Commission Weighs Parks and Libraries Divisions -

The first proposal to reach the Metro Charter Commission for a new consolidated government would create two new divisions -- “parks and community enhancement” and “civilian enhancement.”

A three member task force considering how to handle park services and amenities including public libraries brought its recommendations to the full body Thursday afternoon.

40. What’s Coming Up This Election Season -

After a year of turbulence, the Memphis political scene continues to remake itself.

The May 4 and Aug. 5 elections don’t have the focused drama of last October’s special election for Memphis mayor, but they represent new chapters in a story that could end with a new generation of political leaders and at least a passing of the political baton.

41. Events -

The Apartment Association of Greater Memphis will host its quarterly Breakfast of Champions with the featured topic “Personal Property Security” today at 8:30 a.m. at Metro 67, 67 Madison Ave. Reservations are required. For reservations, call 685-9108.

42. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold orientation today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber, 22 N. Front St. It is free. For reservations, contact Alexis Rutland at 543-3511 or arutland@memphischamber.com.

43. Wiseman Bray’s Patterson a ‘Rising Star’ in Construction Law -

Chris Patterson, an attorney at Wiseman Bray PLLC, recently was selected by the industry journal Law and Politics as a 2009 Mid-South Rising Star in the field of construction litigation. Patterson was the only Tennessee lawyer listed as a rising star in this area of the law.

44. Events -

Wheeler Homes with Larry Ohrberg of Signature Realty will host an open house today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Park subdivision, 8551 N. Trinity Park Drive in Olive Branch. The event will feature model homes, food catered by Natural Born Grillers and giveaways. For more information, visit www.wheelerhomes.net or call 496-9863.

45. Events -

The InMotion Musculoskeletal Quarterly Lecture Series will be held today at 5 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. Dr. Harry McKellop will present “Cross-Linked Polyethylene in Hip Joint Arthroplasty: Clinical Performance at Ten Years.” The forum is free and open to the public. To register, call 271-0000.

46. Housing Divided -

A couple of years ago, when Clay Thompson of Memphis decided it was time to stop renting, he set his sights on the Downtown condominium market. He was especially interested in the old warehouses in the South Main Historic Arts District that had been converted to condos.

47. A City in Transition -

Just before sunrise on a rainy Tuesday morning, the armed officers raided the city office. They didn’t make any arrests, but they took files, interviewed employees and served search warrants. And they temporarily closed the Memphis Animal Shelter.

48. 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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49. Events -

The First Tee of Memphis/Mid-South Junior Golf Association will hold the Bennie Minor Golf Tournament today at 1 p.m. at Galloway Golf Course, 3815 Walnut Grove Road. The proceeds will benefit First Tee of Memphis. Cost is $750 for a three-person team. For more information, call 744-0333.

50. AP Analysis: Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Signs of a slow and fitful recovery emerged in August in some communities across the country where unemployment dropped and foreclosures stabilized, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties.

51. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Master Mind Principle Success Formula” 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 Jo Garner at 482-0354.

52. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.

53. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber Humana Health Series will be today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Crescent Club, Poplar Ave., Suite 909. The speaker panel will include Craig Becker of the Tennessee Hospital Association, Bob Gordon of Baptist Memorial Health Care and Dave Archer of Saint Francis Hospital. For reservations, contact Angela Michaels at 543-3546 or amichaels@memphischamber.com.

54. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a metro mixer Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Deadline for registration is today. To register, contact Tunga Lee at 543-3571 or tlee@memphischamber.com.

55. Next Stop: Norfolk Southern’s intermodal plans take shape -

The freight trains that rumble through Memphis are hard to ignore, especially the ones that parallel or bisect main thoroughfares and disrupt traffic. But even people who don’t cross railroad tracks during their commutes are likely to hear the distant blare of horns at some point during the day as locomotives make their way into and out of the city.

56. Lifeblood Might Seek New Building -

Memphians may want to consider building a new Mid-South Regional Blood Center that can withstand earthquakes as Lifeblood begins a strategic planning process to set priorities for the next three to five years.

57. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Mark Lindstrom of ETI Corp. will present “Greenways and Trails.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

58. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will meet today at 1:30 p.m. in the commission chambers, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

59. Norfolk Southern Rules Out Pidgeon Park -

Norfolk Southern Corp. has officially ruled out Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park south of Downtown Memphis for its planned intermodal yard because of logistical reasons, the company confirmed Tuesday.

60. 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.

61. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Arnold Perl, chairman of the board for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. Cost is $25 each or $235 for a table of 10. Reservations are required. For reservations, contact David Sparkes at david.sparkes@kimley-horn.com or 374-9109.

62. Events -

Memphis Invest will host a Valentine’s Day Special Seminar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its in-house training center, 130 Timber Creek Drive. The seminar will include a one-day bus tour and buying seminar. For more information, call 751-7191.

63. Norfolk Southern Wrangles With Detractors Over Expansion -

Economic investment during a recession typically receives a wave of support, but Norfolk Southern Corp.’s tentative plan to develop a massive intermodal yard in Fayette County has been met with a groundswell of resistance.

64. Senior-Living ‘Dream’ Moves Forward In Millington -

Barret Oaks, an ambitious $40 million mixed-use senior living development, will soon be under way on a 47-acre cotton field in Millington more than a year after its creators envisioned the concept.

65. ‘Beige Book’ Bleak On Memphis Construction -

Construction faces a challenging environment in this region, according to the Federal Reserve Bank’s “Beige Book” released this week.

66. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in Ballroom B of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, will speak. Lunch is $18 per person, payable at the door. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

67. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn–University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Leighann Gipson, biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, will present “The Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

68. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop titled “Mastering the Art of Public Speaking” today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. The facilitator will be Bradley Harris. Cost is $89 for Program for Nonprofit Excellence participants, $99 for members and $150 for nonmembers. For reservations, e-mail adeberry@npexcellence.org, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

69. Home Sales, Prices Down Again in South -

MIAMI (AP) - Existing home sales in Southern states fell more than 10 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago, while the median sales price dropped nearly 6 percent to $161,000, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday.

70. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will hold committee meetings today beginning 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.

71. Events -

The Freedom Award Dinner and Ceremony will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The annual award ceremony will pay tribute to the people whose accomplishments depict the spirit of the civil rights movement. Faith Hill and Oleta Adams will perform. Cost is $200. For more information, call 521-9699, Ext. 237.

72. Events -

Metro Business Council will host a live webcast of Tom Peter’s presentation “Achieving Excellence in a Disruptive Age” today from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The presentation will come from the Gazelles Growth Conference in Atlanta and will focus on what entrepreneurs and business leaders need to thrive and survive in a rapidly changing business environment. Cost is $75 per attendee and seating is limited. For reservations, contact Michael Synk at msynk@in-synk.com or 276-0200.

73. Events -

The Center City Commission and the Memphis Division of Public Works today will host a second public meeting to discuss the proposed trash collection pilot program that could replace dumpsters in Downtown. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the Center City Commission office, 114 N. Main St. Dwan Gilliom will give a detailed presentation of the pilot program. For more information, call Eric Robertson at 575-0542.

74. Events -

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

75. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber’s Metro Business Council will hold the annual Fall Sales & Marketing Summit today at 11:30 a.m. at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The theme will be “Winning Strategies for Winning Clients” and will feature a panel of sales and marketing specialists. For more information, contact Angela Michaels at amichaels@memphischamber.com or 543-3546.

76. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Terry Hughes of Hnedak Bobo Group will speak on the topic “We Cannot Afford to Gamble with Life Safety.” Cost is $14 to attend.

77. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “How to Buy and Sell 108 Investment Properties in 180 Days” 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 Jo Garner at 759-7808.

78. Events -

The Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union will sponsor the Spirit of Kindness Award celebration luncheon with The Kindness Revolution today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will deliver the keynote address. For more information, call 385-5200 or visit www.matcu.com.

79. Events -

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

80. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Navigating Employment and Labor Issues” today from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the firm’s Downtown office in the First Tennessee Building, 165 Madison Ave. Cost is $50. For more information and to register for the event, contact Esther Stone at 577-8125 or estone@bakerdonelson.com.

81. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber will hold its Metro Business Council Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The topic is “Leveraging Your Business with Technology.” Cost is $20 for members and $30 for prospective members. For reservations, contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

82. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly luncheon today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Paul Gavin of Contech Construction Products will speak on “Giogrid” Geotextiles. Cost is $12.

83. Events -

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Music City Walk and Festival will be held today from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Shelby Farms Park & Conservancy. Take Steps is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding a cure for digestive diseases. For more information, call Nicole or Drew at 615-356-0444 or visit www.cctakesteps.org.

84. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “How to Buy Bank-Owned Real Estate Property” with Rob Stone 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 Jo Garner at 759-7808.

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The Performance Excellence Association of the Mid-South (PerfX) will host its Lunch and Learn Series today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shelby County Training Auditorium of the Peggy Edmiston Building, 1075 Mullins Station Road. The cost is $7 for PerfX members and $10 for nonmembers. For reservations, e-mail Harriet Browning at hjbrowning@comcast.net or leave a voice mail at 831-0230. The deadline for reservations is today at noon.

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The Memphis Regional Chamber will host its Metro Business Council Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., ninth floor. The meeting will cover new laws and legal issues that can affect small-business owners. Jeff Weintraub of Weintraub, Stock & Grisham PC will be the speaker. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. To R.S.V.P, contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

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The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The speaker is U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Timothy Dremann, who will speak on Iraq. The cost is $18, including a lunch buffet. R.S.V.P. by contacting Taylor Hughes at 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly lunch meeting today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Matt Thompson, curator of mammals for the Memphis Zoo, will speak on “Becoming a World-Class Zoo.” The cost is $12 and no reservations are required.

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Talk Shoppe will meet today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The topic will be "How to Find the Best Mortgage in this Topsy-Turvy Market" with Jo Garner, a loan officer with First Tennessee Bank. The event is free. For more information, call Garner at 759-7808.

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The Collierville Chamber of Commerce will host its Small Business Development Counseling today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Mark Taylor, business counselor, at 485 Halle Park Drive. Appointments, which are free, must be made in advance by calling 853-1949.

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will present Dr. Howard Brody from the University of Texas, who will present "Using Race to Sell Drugs: Pharmaceutical Marketing and Challenges to Medical Professionals" today at 8 a.m. in the North Auditorium of the Coleman Building, 956 Court Ave.

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The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The speaker will be the Rev. Jim Lawson. Cost is $18 at the door. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes, 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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The Engineers' Club of Memphis Inc. will meet today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The cost is $12 and no reservations are required. Joseph M. Spain, Tennessee regional manager at Contech Bridge Solutions, will speak about "Prefabricated Bridge Solutions."

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The Memphis Regional Chamber will host its Metro Business Council Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., ninth floor. The topic is "Economic Outlook for 2008." A panel of experts will be present to address the topic. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. To R.S.V.P. contact Ericka Milford at emilford@memphischamber.com or 543-3518.

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The Memphis Public Library and Information Center will host photographer, author and historian Willy Bearden, who will present a photo archive of the historic Victorian Village district, today at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 415-2700.

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Team in Training will host the first Wedding Crashers fundraiser event to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Mid-South Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Jay Etkin Gallery, 409 S. Main St. Guests will get to eat wedding cake and dance to wedding songs. Door prizes and a silent auction will be available. Tickets are $50 and can be bought by calling Chris Albonetti at 825-1159.

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The economic development corporations of four Northwest Mississippi counties - DeSoto, Tunica, Tate and Panola - have joined together with hopes of presenting a unified regional front to any company looking to relocate to the area.

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The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold an Alliance Member Orientation today from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the alliance, 606 S. Mendenhall Road, Suite 108. Admission is free. For additional information, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or adeberry@npexcellence.org.

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The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in Ballroom B of the Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. This week's topic is the Liberty Bowl program. Contact Taylor Hughes at 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.com.

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The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a "Researching Grant Funding" workshop today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the alliance offices, 606 S. Mendenhall Road, Suite 108. The event is $65 for alliance members, $55 for participants in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence and $99 for nonmembers. For additional information, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or adeberry@npexcellence.org.