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1. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses -

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

2. Bourland Heflin to Expand, Renovate Poplar Home -

A Memphis law firm is expanding its East Memphis office and improving public areas for clients and visitors.

Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews PLC renewed and expanded its lease in the 5400 Poplar Ave. office building.

3. Aghabeg Joins Gateway Group as Controller -

Angela Aghabeg has joined temporary staffing and executive search firm Gateway Group Personnel as controller. In her new role, Aghabeg is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the general ledger and compliance with governmental reporting requirements and tax filings. She also is accountable for compiling historical and current data and financial records and preparing monthly financial statements for analysis and projections.

4. New Horizons -

When The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis-based certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, held an open house in recent weeks at its new digs, the evening portion of the event lasted from 7 till later in the night, with the last person leaving around 10.

5. 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.

6. Gold Strike Promotes Slade to PR Manager -

Elizabeth Slade has been promoted to public relations manager at Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role at the MGM Resorts International property, Slade will lead in developing and executing integrated marketing communication plans with components such as media relations, social media strategy, community partnerships and brand management.

7. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

8. Justice Department Official Admonishes Nation's Bankers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Admonishing the nation's bankers, the Justice Department's No. 2 official says too many financial institutions have failed in their duty to ensure that their businesses are run cleanly.

9. Marston Group Moves to East Memphis -

The Marston Group PLC accounting firm has relocated to 1661 International Drive in East Memphis from 6055 Primacy Parkway.

10. Mechatronics -

“Mechatronics.” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the word so fast that it got lost in the echo of the large aircraft hangar at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology near Memphis International Airport.

11. Marston Group Relocates to East Memphis -

The Marston Group PLC accounting firm has relocated to 1661 International Drive in East Memphis from 6055 Primacy Parkway.

12. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO -

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

13. Yoakum Helps Businesses ‘Move On With Their Lives’ -

Though the jump Brian Yoakum made at the beginning of August from The Biller Law Firm to Evans Petree PC was only a floor away, he saw a greater opportunity to broaden his practice areas and expand the services he could offer clients.

14. Ady Joins Ballet Memphis as Ballet Master -

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as ballet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances.

15. LeSaint Logistics Leases Space Near Airport -

LeSaint Logistics LLC is entering the Memphis market, having recently leased 57,285 square feet at 3300 Jet Cove.

16. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, AutoZone Inc. and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC will hold the fifth annual pro bono legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The free clinic offers seniors legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely at 523-8822.

17. Events -

The Cooper-Young Business Association will feature Standby for Mars as part of the Red Hot Summer concert series Wednesday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Cost is free. Visit cooperyoung.biz.

18. Christian Brothers Names Doyle Vice President of Student Life -

Tim Doyle has joined Christian Brothers University as associate vice president of student life. In the role, Doyle supervises multiple aspects of campus operations – including housing, student government, health services and Greek organizations – working to address non-academic student needs and help students develop into active, engaged alumni.

19. Blank Joins WKNO-FM As News Director -

Christopher Blank has joined WKNO-FM, the Mid-South affiliate of National Public Radio, as news director. Blank, who has produced feature stories for the station since 2011, will oversee local news production for “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

20. Commercial Advisors Adds Jensen to Capital Markets Group -

Luke Jensen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ Capital Markets Group. In his new role with the commercial real estate firm, Jensen focuses on investment sales, debt and equity, development, and principal deal sourcing and structuring.

21. Kramer Given Crystal Award by Carwash Association -

Bruce Kramer, an attorney with Apperson Crump PLC, has been given the Crystal Award by the International Carwash Association for his 20 years of service as the association’s general counsel. The association, which was started in Memphis in 1955, is comprised of 15,000 professional car wash operators, retailers and suppliers in 25 nations.

22. Wright Joins Magna Bank as Senior Vice President -

Andy Wright has joined Memphis-based Magna Bank as senior vice president and manager of commercial banking. Wright, who previously held senior vice president positions at Iberiabank and First Tennessee Bank, has experience working with a variety of industries, with in-depth expertise in the transportation and logistics industries.

23. Apperson Crump Expands in Triad III -

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

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

24. Events -

Black Business Association of Memphis will meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Ricky Tucker of Rix International will speak, and a light breakfast will be served. Visit bbamemphis.com.

25. Events -

Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

26. Rheumatology Clinic Buys Germantown Office Building -

7660 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN 38138

Sale Amount: $986,850

Sale Date: Nov. 14, 2012

27. PLC International Files $1.4 Million Loan on Building -

Memphis-based PLC International Inc. has filed a $1.4 million loan through BrightBridge Inc. on the 67,538-square-foot strip center at 1150 N. Germantown Parkway (also known as 1140 Cordova Road) in Cordova.

28. Brown Joins REACH As Vice President -

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

29. Events -

TnAchieves will hold a reception for prospective mentors for the 2012-2013 school year Monday, July 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Leadership Memphis, 365 S. Main St. Current mentors and tnAchieves staff will talk about opportunities to mentor high school seniors planning to attend community college. Visit tnachieves.org or email Kaci Murley at kaci@tnachieves.org.

30. Literacy Mid-South’s Dean Appointed to State Coalition -

Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South, has been appointed to the Tennessee Literacy Coalition’s board of directors. The board unanimously approved Dean’s nomination, and he will serve as a representative from West Tennessee for three years.

31. Executive Coach Burtch Earns Int’l Designation -

Bill Burtch, founder and president of full-service management consultancy firm Harmony Coaching & Consulting, has received the Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation, becoming the second PCC in Memphis. Burtch, who also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation, focuses his consulting work in executive/team coaching, professional development training and human resources consulting.

32. Orpheum Theatre Names New Board Members -

The Orpheum Theatre and its parent organization, the Memphis Development Foundation, has announced 10 members joining the Orpheum board of directors. The new members are: Chuck Treadway, Thomas & Betts president and chief operating officer; Don Young, Smith and Nephew senior vice president, corporate sustainability; Andy Taylor, Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors Inc. partner; Gary Smith, Apperson Crump PLC attorney; Alan Mullen, Crew Training International president; Scott Hennessy, True Temper Sports Inc. president; Keri Gage, SunTrust private wealth management/senior vice president; Robert Cox, Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC attorney; Bo Allen, First Tennessee executive vice president; and Sara Adams, community volunteer.

33. In the Bag -

Last September Kroger Co. purchased nine Memphis-area Schnucks grocery stores.

Eight of the stores reopened as Kroger and the ninth remained vacant.

34. 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

35. Tennessee St. Office Bldg. Again in Foreclosure -

460 Tennessee St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $3 million

Sale Date: Dec. 1, 2011

36. Former Cordova Schnucks Sells for $3.1 Million -

Memphis-based PLC International Inc. has bought a vacant 68,000-square-foot Schnucks supermarket at 1150 N. Germantown Parkway (also known as 1140 Cordova Road) from SM Properties Memphis LLC for $3.1 million.

37. Verizon Wireless Nixes Google Wallet in New Phone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is blocking Google's new flagship phone from supporting Google's attempt to make the smartphone the credit card of the future.

In blocking the Google Wallet software from running on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it was waiting to provide a wallet application until it can offer "the best security and user experience." Verizon and rivals AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA are part of a consortium called ISIS that is planning its own payment system.

38. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Revocable Living Trust – Death to Probate” Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

39. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Joan Ferguson, Rotary District 6800 governor, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. For reservations, email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

40. Events -

The River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome author Randall Kenan for two events Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8. Kenan will read from his work Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. in the University Center River Room, room 300, and conduct an interview Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, room 456. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 678-4692 or email creativewriting@memphis.edu.

41. TDN Seminar to Examine State of Health Care -

The health care industry is an economic driver in Memphis, where hospitals, health care providers and biotechnology companies employ one out of every seven workers.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, a panel of local experts will discuss the health care sector’s current state and future forecast at The Daily News Business of Health Care Seminar, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

42. Events -

Vance Avenue Choice Neighborhoods’ neighborhood team, a joint community engagement effort by the University of Memphis’ graduate program in city and regional planning, the department of anthropology and The Vance Avenue Collaborative, will meet Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Emmanuel Center, 604 St. Paul Ave. The meeting will discuss how to integrate resident and community stakeholder interests, perceptions and visions into resident-led redevelopment and revitalization plans for the neighborhood.

43. Sokolov Joins Bass Berry In Securities Practice -

One of the newest additions to the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is an associate specializing in securities work who’s also fluent in Spanish and Serbian and is an avid traveler and runner.

44. Haykal Recognized For Work in Psychiatry -

Dr. Radwan Faysal Haykal, director of the Bipolar Spectrum Program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

45. Thompson Dunavant Official Earns Special Certification -

William Spilman, payment card industry (PCI) compliance practice leader with Thompson Dunavant PLC, has earned a specialized certification.

Spilman recently completed the education security training requirements necessary to perform a PCI compliance audit and consulting related to the protection of credit card data. He’s also received the Quality Service Assessor (QSA) designation.

46. Thompson Dunavant’s Lauer Co-Authors CPA Book -

When Linda Lauer was an accounting major at the University of Memphis, her goals were pretty straightforward: major in accounting, get a bachelor’s degree and become a certified public accountant.

47. Beutelschies Guides IDB Through Wide Range of Issues -

The rules of economic development are as specific as the terms of any business agreement. That’s because the incentives used to bring new businesses to Memphis and expand existing businesses here are contractual agreements.

48. Kiesewetter Wise’s Rudnick Brings Dedication to Work -

Since becoming a member at Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC in January, Elizabeth Rudnick has taken to maintaining her daily practice, while also contributing to the administrative side, quite well – even with two children, an attorney husband and dedication that extends past business hours.

49. Pinnacle Awards Honor City’s Best Brokers -

As emcee Dan Conaway noted in his opening address Thursday night at the 10th annual Pinnacle Awards, “OK is the new great.”

50. Pinnacle Awards Honor City's Best Brokers -

As emcee Dan Conaway noted in his opening address Thursday night at the 10th annual Pinnacle Awards, “OK is the new great.”

51. Destination King’s Tagg Honored as ‘Rising Star’ -

Mary Catherine Tagg, director of operations for Destination King, has received the “Rising Star” award at the fifth annual Association of Destination Management Executives Achievement Awards.

52. Pacific Logistics Picks Olive Branch for Hub -

Pacific Logistics Corp. has signed a lease for its first Memphis-area location, which will serve as a regional hub for the company’s growing shoe and retail business.

53. Thompson Dunavant Promotes Lauer to Member -

Thompson Dunavant PLC has promoted Linda Lauer to member – the firm’s first female member – “after years of valuable service and dedication,” said managing member Steve Dunavant.

54. Bardos Named Dean at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School -

Denny Bardos has joined St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School as dean of enrollment management and financial aid.

Hometown: Germantown
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Christian Brothers University
Work Experience: Prior to joining SAA-SDS, I spent 16 years in college admissions.
Family: My wife, Amanda, and I have three children:Daniel, 14; Breana, 11; and Brandon, 2.
Favorite quote: “Many a truth is said in jest.” William Shakespeare
Last book read: “The Little Big Things” by Tom Peters
Favorite music: I like anything from Beethoven to Blink 182, but alternative is my favorite.
Favorite movie: The original “Batman” with Jack Nicholson
Sports team: Chicago Cubs
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and biking.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother. She was an incredibly generous, loving, spiritual, and caring woman.
What drew you to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School? I wanted to be able to utilize my background in admissions and financial aid at an excellent independent school.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Seeing students whom I recruited go on to become very successful in their lives.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with families to show them all the outstanding benefits of a SAA-SDS education!

55. Senate Democrats Abandon Comprehensive Energy Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday abandoned plans to pass an energy bill that caps emissions of carbon dioxide, saying Republicans refuse to support the measure.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said no Republican was willing to back a comprehensive energy bill, a development he called "terribly disappointing."

56. Yeates Joins A2H As Project Manager -

Arthur Yeates has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. (A2H) as an architectural project manager.

57. Big Oil Strikes Back, Slams Obama's Drilling Ban -

LONDON (AP) — Oil executives sent a strong challenge to Barack Obama on Tuesday, warning at a major oil conference that the American president's ban on risky deepwater drilling would cripple world energy supplies.

58. Oliphant Ready to Expand Dixon Hughes -

The folks who run the Memphis office of accounting firm Dixon Hughes PLLC aren’t crossing their fingers and waiting around on new clients to walk through the door.

59. Prudential Gives Up on $35.5 Billion AIA Deal -

LONDON (AP) - Prudential PLC has accepted defeat in its ambitious $35.5-billion plan to acquire Asian insurance company AIA from U.S. insurance company AIG.

Prudential said Wednesday that it is negotiating with AIG about terminating the deal, which faltered because of resistance of Prudential shareholders to the high price, and AIG's refusal to accept less money.

60. AIG Won't Accept Lower Prudential Offer for AIA -

LONDON (AP) - Bailed-out U.S. insurer AIG reported Tuesday it won't accept a lower offer for its Asian insurance business from Prudential, which proposed a $5 billion cut to calm rebellious shareholders who thought the price was too high.

61. Kiesewetter Selected As Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jay W. Kiesewetter of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC has been selected as a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

He is one of just 35 attorneys throughout the state honored this year with the invitation.

62. AIG Sells Alico Unit to MetLife for $15.5 Billion -

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) - American International Group Inc. said Monday it will sell its American Life Insurance Co. division for $15.5 billion to MetLife Inc. The government-approved deal, AIG's second big asset sale in two weeks, will give the insurer more cash to repay the billions of bailout dollars it still owes the government.

63. The Business of Law -

As many sectors of the economy slowly sputter back to life, the state of the legal industry is often overlooked in economic reports. This trend can be surprising because law firms and corporate legal departments provide the advice and representation necessary for many different kinds of businesses to move forward with their recovery.

64. Judge Derails Class-Action Status For Nurse Wage Suit -

A last-ditch attempt to gain class-action status for a lawsuit alleging that Memphis hospitals conspired to suppress nurse wages has failed.

U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. has denied a motion to allow a substitute plaintiff. He issued the order last week after ruling in September that the two originally named plaintiffs did not adequately represent nurses in the Memphis area.

65. U of M’s McClurg Honored With Legal Education Award -

Andrew McClurg has received the Excellence in Legal Education Award from the University of Memphis’ Law Alumni Board. McClurg is a professor of law and the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He also is associate dean for faculty development.

66. Nurse Wage Suit Still Alive, Kicking -

An attempt to gain class-action status in a lawsuit alleging that Memphis hospitals conspired to suppress nurse wages isn’t dead yet.

After issuing an order in October to deny class-action certification because the two plaintiffs did not adequately represent nurses in the Memphis area, U.S. District Judge Samuel H. “Hardy” Mays Sr. is now allowing lawyers for the nurses to make the case for introducing a substitute plaintiff.

67. YLD President Wiggins Joins Baker Donelson as Associate -

Kyle M. Wiggins has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as an associate in the Health Services & Products group. He will concentrate his practice on litigation surrounding medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense and general civil litigation.

68. Pro Bono Crusade Marches on in Legal Community -

The Tennessee Bar Association is continuing the access to justice fight by decreeing October “Celebrate Pro Bono Month.”

More than a million Tennesseans are unable to afford legal services and about 700,000 of them face legal problems each year, according to Gov. Phil Bredesen’s office. Legal aid providers such as Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. often have to turn away as many as 80 clients at any given pro bono clinic because of a lack of resources to care for them all.

69. Baker Donelson’s Williams Appointed To Volunteer Leadership Role at ILTA -

Merideth L. Williams has been appointed to the volunteer leadership role of conference vice president in the International Legal Technology Association. She will work with other volunteers in the delivery of educational programming to members of ILTA.

70. American in Joint Bid To Help Japan Airlines -

American Airlines Inc., British Airways Plc and Qantas Airways Ltd. have offered broad financial and business support to struggling alliance partner Japan Airlines Corp., including a possible investment of several hundred million dollars from American, a Japanese newspaper reported Friday.

71. Events -

MPACT Memphis will hold a Lunch Bunch today at noon at MPACT’s office, 506 S. Main St. To R.S.V.P., contact Joy Turner at jturner@mpactmemphis.org or 528-8340.

72. Finch Appointed to Dean Position At UofM School of Nursing -

Dr. Linda Finch has been appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs for the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis. Finch was previously an associate professor on the nursing faculty. She has been named an American Nurses Foundation Scholar by the American Nurses Association and is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. She also has served on the editorial board of “The Tennessee Nurse.”

73. Law Firm Alliances on the Rise -

Law firms locally and nationally are more frequently forming partnerships with other firms or joining networks to help better serve their clients and use every attorney’s base of knowledge to improve overall performance.

74. Memphis Music Foundation Elects Bell Chairman -

Al Bell has been elected the new chairman of the Memphis Music Foundation.
Under Bell’s direction, the foundation will continue to provide education, strategic planning and promotional opportunities to the Memphis music industry.
Bell is the former chairman and owner of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records. Bell has worked with artists such as Booker T and the MG’s, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Richard Pryor.

75. Higgins Named President, CEO At Barge Waggoner -

Robert B. Higgins Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer of engineering, architecture and planning for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.

76. Swine Flu Casts Shadow Over Economy -

LONDON (AP) - Uncertainty over the swine flu outbreak cast a shadow over the struggling global economy Monday, raising fears that that the spread of the virus could harm trade and tourism and undermine businesses just as they begin to rally.

77. Report: Pharma Deals in Q1 Exceed All 2008 Deals -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The burst of drugmaker mergers announced in the first quarter is worth nearly 50 percent more than all the industry deals announced in 2008, according to a new report.

Deals in the quarter had a combined value of $166 billion, more than 10 times the value of deals announced in last year's first quarter and well over the $114 billion in deals announced in all of 2008.

78. 3 More Carriers to Pay Fines in Cargo Probe -

ATLANTA (AP) - Three more foreign carriers have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices in the air cargo industry, and they will pay a total of $214 million in fines, U.S. prosecutors said Thursday.

79. Obama: AIG Can't Justify 'Outrage' of Bonuses -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday issued a blistering attack on American International Group and pledged to stop the struggling insurance and investment giant from paying out millions in executive bonuses.

80. AIG Says Emergency Aid Used to Pay Other Banks -

NEW YORK (AP) - American International Group Inc. used more than $90 billion in federal aid to pay out foreign and domestic banks, some of whom had received their own multibillion-dollar U.S. government bailouts.

81. Saint Francis Weight Loss Center Appoints Weaver Medical Director -

Virginia Weaver has been appointed medical director of the Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss.

82. Influence 1 Foundation Names Hartsfield COO -

Felicia Hartsfield has been named chief operating officer of Influence 1 Foundation.

Hartsfield will oversee the continued stability and growth of the foundation’s fiscal, strategic, organizational and operational functions. Her duties also will include building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, as well as creating collaborations, which will enhance the foundation’s strategic model.

83. Southern, National Law Firm Mergers Up in ’08 -

Nationwide, law firm mergers and acquisitions jumped to 70 in 2008, according to a study by Altman Weil Inc., an independently owned law firm consulting agency. Nationally, Altman Weil recorded 60 mergers and acquisitions in 2007 – meaning 2008 saw a 17 percent increase.

84. Vanishing Jobs, Stressed Consumers Feed Downturn -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate is at a 14-year high, General Motors reported a massive third-quarter loss and says it may run out of cash next year, and Ford is planning more job cuts after burning through billions of its own.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. US Moves To Jump Start Bank Rescue Effort -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration announced Monday it is moving quickly to implement a $700 billion rescue program, including consulting with private law firms on how to buy ownership shares in banks to help thaw frozen lending and get the economy moving again.

89. A Look at Financial Developments Around the World -

A look at what happened in some stock markets around the world Monday:

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EUROPE (AP) – European governments overcame their differences to put 1.7 trillion euros ($2.3 trillion) on the line in guarantees and other emergency measures to save the banking system, in their most unified response yet to the global financial crisis. The pledges by six countries that use the euro and Britain helped soothe stock markets, along with a promise by top central banks to provide unlimited short term dollar credits.

90. Landmark Community Bank Names Newell Chairman of Board -

Chuck Newell has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Landmark Community Bank and will be based in Landmark’s Collierville branch.

Newell brings more than 28 years of banking experience to the board and currently serves as the president and CEO of Merchants and Planters Bancshares.

91. Japan's Nomura Buys Lehman's Europe, Mideast Units -

TOKYO (AP) - Nomura, Japan's largest brokerage, said Tuesday it would buy the European and Middle Eastern operations of Lehman Brothers - just a day after disclosing it had acquired the Asian units of the failed U.S. investment bank.

92. SEC Bans Short-Selling of Financial Stocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government, trying to boost investor confidence in the face of a market crisis, took the dramatic step Friday of temporarily banning a practice of betting against financial stocks.

93. Simpson Joins FirstBank As Local President -

Ted Simpson has been hired by FirstBank as its Memphis city president.

Simpson previously served as executive vice president and chief lending officer for Magna Bank and has experience with National Bank of Commerce and Central Park Capital. He also is currently on the board of Lambda Alpha, a real estate professional organization.

94. Pogue to Lead Public Affairs For Local Corps of Engineers -

Jim Pogue has been selected chief of the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

Pogue has worked for the Corps of Engineers for more than 19 years in public affairs positions. Pogue will be responsible for managing the Memphis District’s public information, internal communications and community relations programs.

95. UTHSC’s Baselski Receives Professional Recognition Award -

Vickie S. Baselski, professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been presented the 2008 American Society for Microbiology TREK Diagnostic ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award.

96. Rainey Kizer Firm, Reviere Ready for Downtown Move -

Russell “Rusty” Reviere is moving Downtown. Well, sort of.

His firm, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, where he is a member, has offices in Jackson, Tenn., and East Memphis. But over the next couple of weeks, the firm will open a new office in the Morgan Keegan Tower Downtown, which will replace its East Memphis location.

97. Crye Named Finalist For Entrepreneur of Year -

Harold Crye, Crye-Leike Realtors’ chief executive officer and co-founder, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Regional award winners will be eligible for consideration in the Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 national program.

98. Morris Promoted to VP At Harrah's Mid-South -

Valerie Morris has been promoted to regional vice president of communications and community affairs for Harrah's Mid-South Region.

The region includes Harrah's Memphis corporate office and Grand, Horseshoe and Sheraton casinos in Tunica County.

99. Herrington Named Field Director at Shoemaker Financial -

Jason Herrington, a financial adviser at Shoemaker Financial, has been named a field director for the firm. He will have the responsibility of advising and mentoring new advisers during their two-year training period.

100. Cullison Moves Up At Methodist LeBonheur in Germantown -

Methodist LeBonheur Germantown Hospital has named Rebecca Cullison assistant administrator of clinical support services.

Cullison has been with Methodist for three years, first as an administrative resident and most recently as the manager of system operations.