Back when he was in his mid-teens, John Fry would make frequent trips to the music store in front of Stax, the Satellite Record Shop, where Stax co-founder Estelle Axton would sell the future Ardent Studios founder 45s from behind the counter.
7. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks - Saturday, November 29, 2014
If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.8. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.
Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.9. This week in Memphis history: October 24-30 - Saturday, October 25, 2014
2009: Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said he had received a “target” letter from federal prosecutors indicating he was the target of a federal investigation into an option he had on the land where the Greyhound bus terminal then stood. Ultimately the investigation went nowhere.10. Ford Is New County Commission Chairman In Latest Crossover Trend - Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners elected a Democratic chairman Monday, Sept. 8, but for a second consecutive year, that chairman was elected with the support of a majority of the Republicans on the body.11. County Commission Begins New Term - Monday, September 08, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners elect a new chairman Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year at the first voting meeting of their four-year term of office.
And their agenda includes votes on appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to his second-term team of division directors and administrators.12. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association - Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.13. Democratic Chairman Apologizes as Party Parses Defeats - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Democrats don’t consider it a successful campaign season unless there is some kind of intra-party dust up, the political axiom goes.
That conventional political wisdom loses its validity the more Republicans win, and it suggests that when the differences within the party aren’t mended by a Democratic victory, a bigger skirmish is likely on the horizon.14. Fundraising Help for Orchestra Continues - Friday, April 11, 2014
The Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $25,000 for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra has beaten its goal, pulling in a little more than $28,500.
That’s one example among many of how, once the orchestra’s dire straits became known earlier this year, supporters have been lining up to come to the rescue. And more chances for the public to help are still to come.15. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.16. Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.17. Criminal Justice Issues Likely to Dominate Races - Monday, February 24, 2014
Expect to hear a lot between now and August about how the local criminal justice system does or does not work.
With Thursday’s filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries, two races for offices that are part of the system advanced to the August ballot.18. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August - Friday, February 21, 2014
One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.19. Brown Petition Circulating For District Attorney General - Monday, February 10, 2014
Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown has a qualifying petition out to run in the May Democratic primary for District Attorney General.20. Rimmer Murder Case Takes New Path - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office will not prosecute the second murder trial of Michael Rimmer, opting for a special prosecutor from outside the county.21. Henderson Censure Latest Chapter in Death Penalty Case - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A veteran Shelby County prosecutor has been censured by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility for his conduct in a high-profile death penalty case from the 1990s that is scheduled to be retried later this year in Shelby County Criminal Court.22. ‘Hungry’ Johnson Making Most of Latest NBA Chance - Friday, January 03, 2014
You can’t really call this forward James Johnson’s second chance because the Memphis Grizzlies are his fifth NBA team, if you count his four preseason games with the Atlanta Hawks before being released last October.23. Mississippi Children Learn With Blues Curriculum - Friday, December 27, 2013
TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.24. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines? - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?
Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not be worth the backlash from fliers who view overly chatty neighbors as another inconvenience to go along with smaller seats and stuffed overhead bins.25. Suburban Voters Decide School Board Races - Friday, November 08, 2013
Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities elected their respective municipal schools boards Thursday, Nov. 7 with low voter turnouts that reflected that most of the school board positions on the ballots were one-candidate uncontested races.26. Suburban School Board Early Vote In - Friday, November 08, 2013
The early vote is in for the Thursday, Nov. 7, suburban school board races in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities which are forming their own municipal school districts.
Only six of the school board races are contested with Lakeland voters choosing from a single list of seven contenders for five positions on the Lakeland school board.27. Election Day Arrives for Municipal School Boards - Thursday, November 07, 2013
Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 7, for the second time in a year to elect school boards for their respective municipal school districts.28. Chasing Growth - Saturday, October 26, 2013
The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.
And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.29. Class-Action Status OK'd in Marlboro Lights Suit - Thursday, October 24, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge in Arkansas has granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claims Philip Morris USA deliberately exaggerated the safety of its Marlboro Lights cigarettes.30. College Football Notebook: October 18, 2013 - Friday, October 18, 2013
History. That’s what the latest Associated Press Top 25 college football poll represents after eight SEC teams made the rankings. According to the AP’s Ralph D. Russo, no conference has ever placed that many teams in the regular-season poll.31. Blume Named to Tennessee Real Estate Commission - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Gary Blume, a veteran agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Experts, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to a five-year term on the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Blume is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and has served twice as president of the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation.32. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary - Friday, September 27, 2013
Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.33. Memphis Suit Project Aims to Dress the Needy - Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Three Memphis businessmen have started a nonprofit venture to help young men literally suit up for opportunities they encounter – the kind of opportunities that make it possible to advance in life and that require the participant to dress for the occasion.34. Events - Saturday, August 03, 2013
The Daily News will host its HR Rules and Ramifications Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will include an overview of changing employment laws and advice on dealing with real-life workplace issues. Paul Pattenof Jackson Lewis LLP will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.35. This week in Memphis history: June 21-27 - Saturday, June 22, 2013
2008: On the cover of The Memphis News, a story on the pasts of and connections between City Council member Rickey Peete and former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper that ended with Peete pleading guilty to federal corruption charges and Cooper wearing a wire and recording conversations in which he paid Peete for his council vote on a billboard project. The story quoted from prosecution documents outlining the crime. “During this conversation, Peete said, ‘I’m going to do what’s right for the community. ... It looks OK to me,’ and then Peete showed Cooper a note written on a piece of paper. The note instructed Cooper to place the ‘paperwork’ (money) in the bathroom.”36. BankTennessee Breaks Ground In Middle Tennessee - Friday, June 21, 2013
Collierville-based BankTennessee is breaking ground on a new site in Lebanon, Tenn., later this month that will serve as the bank’s Middle Tennessee headquarters.
The groundbreaking on the 7,200-square-foot headquarters will happen June 25 at the property, a 1.85-acre site across from Lebanon High School. The bank’s announcement of its new presence in the town comes on the heels of a period of growth for BankTennessee, which enjoyed one of the best years in its history in 2012 and is looking to its future by focusing on the secret sauce it’s employed for almost 80 years – a commitment to local service.37. Blank Joins WKNO-FM As News Director - Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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.”38. Restored Video Shows James Earl Ray in Memphis - Thursday, April 04, 2013
MEMPHIS (AP) – Newly-restored videotapes showing James Earl Ray's return to Memphis to face trial for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have been released on the 45th anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.39. Wonderstone Worth Wait - Thursday, March 28, 2013
Since writing about magician David Kwong last November, I’ve been waiting for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” to come out. David’s listed as one of the film’s two magic consultants at IMDB, though I saw three names in the film’s credits. I enjoyed the film on the day it was released, and now I’m watching the reviews roll in on Rotten Tomatoes.40. Tom James Moves Office to Lynnfield Building - Saturday, February 09, 2013
Franklin, Tenn.-based Tom James Co. recently relocated to a 2,858-square-foot office in Lynnfield Office Park Building A, 1255 Lynnfield Road, suite 150 – a result of an expansion in sales force in the custom clothier’s Memphis office.41. Tom James Moves Office to Lynnfield Building - Monday, February 04, 2013
Franklin, Tenn.-based Tom James Co. recently relocated to a 2,858-square-foot office in Lynnfield Office Park Building A, 1255 Lynnfield Road, suite 150 – a result of an expansion in sales force in the custom clothier’s Memphis office.42. Filling the Voids - Saturday, February 02, 2013
Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.
Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.43. Medicare Premiums Could Rise for Many Retirees - Friday, December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – They may not agree on much else, but there's a change to Medicare that President Barack Obama and Republicans both support: Expand a little-known law so more retirees that the government considers well-off are required to pay higher monthly premiums.44. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.
Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.45. Magna Bank Taps Stewart To Lead SBA Division - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tom Stewart has been named senior vice president and manager of the small business administration division at Magna Bank. Since joining Magna in March, Stewart has led the bank in obtaining national preferred lending provider status. In his new role, Stewart will oversee all business development activities for the Mid-South along with portfolio management and loan servicing.46. Report: Countrywide Won Influence With Discounts - Friday, July 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation's foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.47. Strike up the Band - Monday, May 21, 2012
For anyone who finds themselves in conversation with Mei-Ann Chen about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, its big plans for the year and major guest performers who’ve been lined up, be prepared to get an earful on a topic about which Chen will evangelize, her smile broad and voice brimming with cheer.48. Facebook Investors to Cash Out More Shares - Thursday, May 17, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Insiders and early Facebook investors are taking advantage of increasing investor demand and selling more of their stock in the company's initial public offering, the company said Wednesday.49. Dimon Survives Votes on Pay, Chairmanship - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The CEO of JPMorgan Chase survived a shareholder push Tuesday to strip him of the title of chairman of the board, five days after he disclosed a $2 billion trading loss by the bank.50. Morgan Keegan Future Finally Taking Shape - Wednesday, April 04, 2012
A Raymond James Financial Inc. spokesman said as the week began the company has no comment about what additional personnel shifting or cuts might still be to come in the days and weeks ahead, with longtime Memphis financial firm Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. now officially owned by St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Raymond James.51. Events - Thursday, February 23, 2012
CSI Memphis Chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Agricenter International Banquet Hall, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The social will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m. Greg Maxted, executive director of the Harahan Bridge Project, will speak. Cost is $25. For reservations, contact Charlotte Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 377-8063.52. Events - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.53. More than 550 Morgan Keegan Employees Visit Raymond James HQ - Monday, February 20, 2012
Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. executives and financial advisers have wrapped up their trips down to Florida to the headquarters of Morgan Keegan’s soon-to-be new parent company, Raymond James Financial Inc.54. 2008 Model Predicts Effects of Airline Mergers - Friday, February 03, 2012
Two years ago, a trio of economics professors at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, checked in on a model they built in 2008 to measure and predict the long-term effects of U.S. airline mergers on specific markets, including Memphis.55. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.
Hometown: Connersville, Ind.
Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.56. Morgan Keegan Deal Coming Into Focus - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The $930 million deal reached earlier this month in which Raymond James Financial Inc. is buying Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. isn’t scheduled to close for several more weeks. Regulatory approvals are needed, plus there’s a lot of work ahead to integrate the two investment firms.57. Raymond James Welcomes Morgan Keegan to Fla. HQ - Thursday, January 19, 2012
The integration of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. and Raymond James Financial Inc. isn’t officially under way yet, since the $930 million deal in which Raymond James is buying Morgan Keegan won’t close for several more weeks.58. City’s Story Recounted in ‘Memphis 101’ - Thursday, November 10, 2011
A cross-section of native Memphians and Memphians by choice spent the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 9, exploring the stories that shaped the city during “Memphis 101,” a free, public event held biannually at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.59. Opposites Attract in Exhibition - Monday, September 12, 2011
Opposites attract in art as well as in love. A local art gallery hopes to attract audiences as well by exhibiting two artists from opposite ends of the country with diametrically opposing styles.
However, “Haute Chroma” opening Friday, Sept. 16, at T. Clifton Art, makes a singular statement about the use of bold color.60. County Commission Reviews City Buyout of Convention Center - Thursday, August 18, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners reviewed Wednesday, Aug. 17, the city of Memphis’ plan to buy out the county’s share of the Memphis Cook Convention Center for $75 million.
The 6-1 vote in committee is a recommendation of the resolution that goes to the full commission Monday, Aug. 22, for a vote.61. Living on the Edge - Thursday, August 18, 2011
In 2008, something was brewing in the area near Cleveland and Watkins streets south of Poplar Avenue in Midtown.
A developer, Tom Marsh, working with Florida-based WSG Development, had unveiled plans for a mixed-use development to include small and large retail, including a Target store, condominiums, apartments and medical offices, along with all-around improvements to the neighborhood known as Crosstown.62. Senate Dems Give Way to GOP to End FAA Shutdown - Monday, August 08, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate approved legislation Friday ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and President Barack Obama signed it into law, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport construction projects to resume.63. Auto Industry, Seeing New Life, is on Hiring Spree - Thursday, July 07, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.64. ‘Ready for It’ - Thursday, May 05, 2011
As a third-generation riverboat pilot, William Lozier understands constancy as intrinsically as he does the wild channels of the Mississippi River.
His grandfather built the majority of the Memphis riverboat fleet. His uncle, stepfather and mother ran it at one point.65. A Bridge to Cross - Monday, March 28, 2011
Martyrs Park sits atop the Chickasaw Bluff and overlooks the Mississippi River, its lone modern sculpture a memorial to victims of the 19th century Yellow Fever epidemics that devastated Memphis from the 1850s through the 1870s.66. Takeuchi Joins Memphis Veterinary Specialists - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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.67. Dollar Signs - Monday, February 21, 2011
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.
From wealth management to accounting to investment firms, plenty of financial services companies in Memphis are enjoying a robust level of growth that might seem surprising to an outsider.
Yet it’s clear the economic recovery is well under way, and companies with strong fundamentals are reaping rewards.68. UP Exec, Local Group to Meet About Harahan Wagonway - Friday, February 04, 2011
Union Pacific Railroad CEO James Young meets at the company’s headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Friday with a group from Memphis and West Memphis to talk about biking and hiking.69. Decision Places Elected Officials on EDGE Board - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A new Memphis-Shelby County economic development entity will have elected officials on its board. The decision by county commissioners sends the resolution back to the Memphis City Council next month for final approval.70. Obama Goal: 'Putting the Economy Into Overdrive' - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – More than half the nation disapproves of President Barack Obama's policies to reduce stubbornly high unemployment, a new Associated Press-GfK poll said Friday as Obama refocused his job-creation efforts on a business-friendly vision emphasizing innovation and exports to other countries.71. Commisson to Consider Electrolux Incentives - Monday, January 24, 2011
Shelby County commissioners vote Monday on delivering $22 million in county incentives for the Electrolux plant and on a new economic development entity to improve on the system for luring companies like Electrolux to the city.72. Electrolux Incentives and EDGE Framework Clear Committee - Thursday, January 20, 2011
A vice president of Electrolux Home Products Inc. on a two-day tour of city and county governments got a few questions from Shelby County commissioners Wednesday but mostly glowing comments during a committee session.73. Electrolux Incentives and EDGE Framework Clear Committee - Wednesday, January 19, 2011
A vice president of Electrolux Home Products Inc. on a two-day tour of city and county governments got a few questions from Shelby County commissioners Wednesday but mostly glowing comments during a committee session.74. Humana to Purchase Health Care Company Concentra - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Health insurer Humana Inc. plans its first broad foray into health care delivery in nearly two decades with its intended purchase of Concentra Inc. in an approximately $790 million cash deal announced Monday.75. Girl Scouts Heart of the South Buys White Station Property - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
717 S. White Station Road, Units A, B and C76. Tennessee Native Earl Keister Joins Thompson & Co. - Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $1.8 Million
Earl Keister has joined Thompson & Co. as creative director.
Education: University of Tennessee, Portfolio Center
Work Experience: Fifteen years in the advertising field. I’m like Johnny Cash: I’ve been everywhere.77. UTHSC Names Outstanding Alumni - Friday, October 08, 2010
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine will recognize recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards during a noon luncheon at the Peabody Oct. 15.
The honorees this year are Dr. James C. Fleming, Dr. Ann McGuire Grooms, Dr. Phyllis E. Miller and Dr. Jesse C. Woodall Jr.78. Holiday Hiring Picture Gets a Bit Merrier - Monday, October 04, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday hiring picture looks a bit merrier this year.
Macy's, Toys R Us, Pier 1, American Eagle Outfitters and Borders all plan to hire more temporary holiday workers this year than last, emboldened by several months of sales gains and a slowly improving economy.79. FedEx CIO Carter to Highlight Leadership Academy Luncheon - Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In May, longtime FedEx CIO and executive vice president of information services Rob Carter joined the likes of pop star Lady Gaga, fashion designer Tom Ford and Oscar-winning director James Cameron on Fast Company’s 2010 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.80. Healthcare Reform Focus of HR Hour - Monday, August 23, 2010
Keith James, principal of The James Group LLC, will speak on “Healthcare Reform: Where Are We Now?” at noon Wednesday during The HR Hour.81. Feds Accuse Podiatrists of Defrauding Medicare - Friday, August 06, 2010
American Home Podiatry LTD Inc. and two physicians associated with the business are accused of defrauding Medicare in a civil complaint filed this week by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Memphis.82. Edge Now Accepting Texts for Coffee Orders - Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The Edge CoffeeHouse in Memphis is now offering text message orders.
“Edgext” is the curbside coffee service that implements text message ordering. When customers text their orders, the orders are printed at the counter. The purchase of pre-paid cards can speed up the process more.83. United Way Chooses Committee Chairman - Thursday, May 20, 2010
The United Way of the Mid-South has announced a new chairman for its volunteer board of directors.
William J. Logue, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight Corp., is the chairman of the board, while Martha Perine Beard of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Memphis Branch is chairman-elect.84. Elena Kagan Chosen by Obama for Supreme Court - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.85. Ford Wins Democratic Mayoral Primary - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Interim County Mayor Joe Ford became the Democratic nominee for mayor in the August county general elections Tuesday night.
And the August sheriff’s race will be a contest between Democrat Randy Wade and Republican Randy Wade.
All three were among the winners in Tuesday’s low turnout county primaries.
Approximately ten percent of Shelby County’s nearly 600,000 voters cast ballots in early voting and election day polling.
Ford, who was appointed interim mayor in December, beat County Commissioner Deidre Malone and General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson in the Democratic primary. He will face Republican Mark Luttrell who had only token opposition in the Republican primary from perennial contender Ernie Lunati.
Luttrell has raised more money than all three of the Democratic primary contenders combined and began running television ads in the last week runup to election day.
The final unofficial totals in the Democratic mayoral primary are:
Ford 20,360 57%
Malone 12,916 37%
Jackson 2,168 6%
The pair of primaries for Sheriff featured eight candidates, seven of whom either currently work for the sheriff’s department or are past employees. Only Reginald French, in the Democratic primary was not a former or current department official.
Wade was the 2002 Democratic nominee, losing to Luttrell who is leaving as Sheriff after serving two terms. French was the Democratic nominee in the 2006 elections.
Oldham is Luttrell’s chief deputy, the number two position in the department. He is also a former director of the Memphis Police Department.
The final unofficials totals in the Republican primary are:
Bill Oldham 13,821 48%
Dale Lane 7,981 28%
Bobby Simmons 5,886 21%
James Coleman 943 3%
In the Democratic primary:
Randy Wade 22,643 67%
Reginald French 6,777 20%
Larry Hill 2,738 8%
Bennie Cobb 1,814 5%
Voters in the primary elections decided to return six Shelby County commissioners to new four year terms with Tuesday’s results. They also elected six new commissioners. The winner of the thirteenth commission seat will be decided on the August general election ballot in a contest between district 5 Democratic incumbent Steve Mulroy and Republican challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos. The winner of the match up will determine whether the commission remains majority Democrat or goes majority Republican.
Mulroy easily defeated Jennings Bernard in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
Republican incumbent Mike Ritz ran unopposed as did new Democratic commissioner Walter Bailey.
In the remaining ten contests, the primaries decided who gets the seats since no one ran in the opposing party’s primary.
The most hotly contested contest among the commission races was for District 4 Position 1. Outgoing Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas beat John Pellicciotti, appointed to a commission seat last year but running for a different position in the same district. Jim Bomprezzi, the former mayor of Lakeland, was the third contender in the contest.
The final unofficial totals in the Republican primary:
Thomas 7,631 52%
Pellicciotti 4,871 33%
Bomprezzi 2,298 15%
In position 2 of the same district incumbent Republican Wyatt Bunker easily overcame two challengers with former Lakeland alderman John Wilkerson finishing second and Ron Fittes finishing third.
Millington businessman Terry Roland claimed the third position in the district that takes in all six of Shelby County’s suburban towns and cities.
Roland beat George Chism to take the seat Pellicciotti was appointed to but opted not to run for in deference to Roland.
Heidi Shafer, an aide to outgoing County Commissioner George Flinn, claimed Flinn’s District 1 Position 2 seat over Albert Maduska.in the GOP primary.
District 1 incumbent Republican Mike Carpenter easily beat businessman Joe Baier.
In the Democratic commission primaries, Melvin Burgess claimed Malone’s District 2 Position 3 seat in a field of six contenders. His closest contender was Reginald Milton. Burgess, a city school system audit manager, had run for the seat before. He brought in 54 percent of the vote.
The other hard fought Democratic commission primary saw Justin Ford, son of the interim mayor, claim his father’s District 3 Position 3 seat.
Ford beat Edith Moore, a retired IBM executive, whom the commission appointed to the seat after the elder Ford became mayor.
The final unofficial vote totals are:
Ford 7,342 66%
Moore 3,822 34%
Democratic incumbent commissioners Henri Brooks, Sidney Chism and James Harvey were all re-elected over primary challengers.
The county-wide primaries for seven clerk’s positions saw the return of former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican 16 years after Republican challenger Bill Key took her job. Johnican decisively beat Ralph White and Vernon Johnson in her first bid for office since the 1994 defeat. She will face Republican Kevin Key, the son of Bill Key in the August general election.
The final unofficial vote totals are:
Johnican 16,381 51%
White 10,170 31%
Johnson 5,954 18%
Former Juvenile Court Clerk Shep Wilbun easily won the Democratic primary with 76 percent of the vote to face Republican Joy Touliatos in August for the office being vacated by Republican Steve Stamson. Touliatos was unopposed in the primary.
Democrat Coleman Thompson is back for another go at incumbent Republican Register Tom Leatherwood.
Aside from Leatherwood, Jimmy Moore is the only other of the seven clerks seeking re-election. Moore ran unopposed in the GOP primary. He will face Democrat Ricky Dixon in August.
Trustee Regina Newman was appointed to her office following the death last year of Paul Mattila. Newman easily overcame M LaTroy Williams in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. She will face David Lenoir, who beat former Shelby County Commissioner John Willingham in the Republican contest.
The final unofficial vote totals are:
Lenoir 15,922 58%
Willingham 11,569 42%
The other six candidate field on the ballot was in the Democratic primary for Probate Court Clerk. Sondra Becton posted impressive vote totals over her rivals, bringing in 35 percent of the vote with Peggy Dobbins her closest rival. Becton, who is making her fourth bid for the office, will face Republican Paul Boyd, who ran unopposed in his primary.
The final unofficial vote totals are:
Becton 10,929 36%
Dobbins 5,366 18%
Annita Hamilton 4,848 16%
Clay Perry 3,549 12%
Danny Kail 3,120 11%
Karen Tyler 2,782 9%
The closest contest of the evening was in the Democratic primary for County Clerk. Wrestling promoter and television personality Corey Maclin won his political debut by less than 1,400 votes over Charlotte Draper and LaKeith Miller. He will face Republican Wayne Mashburn who beat Steve Moore in the companion primary.
Early voting in advance of the Aug. 5 election day begins July 16. The August ballot will also feature state and federal primary elections including the statewide primaries for governor and the primaries for all nine of the state’s Congressional districts.
86. Toyota Apologizes for Handling of Safety Issues - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Toyota's U.S. operations insisted Tuesday that electronic problems did not contribute to sudden acceleration of its cars, drawing sharp criticism from lawmakers who said such a possibility should not be ruled out and from a tearful woman driver who could not stop her runaway Lexus.87. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version - Friday, February 19, 2010
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.88. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.
Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.
Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.
Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.
The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.
The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.
Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.
Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.
All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.
Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.
And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.
Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.
Shelby County Mayor:
Deidre Malone (D)
Joe Ford (D)
Otis Jackson (D)
Mark Luttrell (R)
Ernest Lunati (R)
Leo Awgowhat (I)
Shelby County Sheriff:
James Coleman (R)
Bobby Simmons (R)
Bill Oldham (R)
Dale Lane (R)
Larry Hill (D)
Bennie Cobb (D)
Randy Wade (D)
James Bolden (D)
Elton Hymon (D)
Reginald French (D)
County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1
Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)
County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2
Albert Maduska (R)
Heidi Shafer (R)
County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3
Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)
Joe Baire (R)
County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1
Walter Bailey (D)
County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2
Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)
David Vinciarelli (D)
County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3
Eric Dunn (D)
Norma Lester (D)
Tina Dickerson (D)
Melvin Burgess (D)
Reginald Milton (D)
Freddie Thomas (D)
County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1
James Harvey (D) (incumbent)
James Catchings (D)
County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2
Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)
Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)
County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3
Edith Moore (D) (incumbent)
Justin Ford (D)
County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1
Chris Thomas (R)
John Pellicciotti (R)
Jim Bomprezzi (R)
County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2
Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)
John Wilkerson (R)
Ron Fittes (R)
County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3
Terry Roland (R)
George Chism (R)
Edgar Babian (R)
County Commission Dist 5
Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)
Jennings Bernard (D)
Rolando Toyos (R)
Shelby County Clerk
Charlotte Draper (D)
Corey Maclin (D)
LaKeith Miller (D)
Wayne Mashburn (R)
Steve Moore (R)
Criminal Court Clerk
Vernon Johnson (D)
Minerva Johnican (D)
Ralph White (D)
Michael Porter (R)
Kevin Key (R)
Jerry Stamson (I)
Circuit Court Clerk
Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)
Steven Webster (D)
Carmichael Johnson (D)
Ricky W. Dixon (D)
Juvenile Court Clerk
Joy Touliatos (R)
Charles Marshall (D)
Sylvester Bradley (D)
Shep Wilbun (D)
Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)
Probate Court Clerk
Paul Boyd (R)
Sondra Becton (D)
Danny Kail (D)
Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)
Peggy Dobbins (D)
Clay Perry (D)
Karen Tyler (D)
Shelby County Register
Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)
Coleman Thompson (D)
Lady J. Swift (D)
Carlton Orange (D)
Shelby County Trustee
Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)
M. LaTroy Williams (D)
John Willingham (R)
Jeff Jacobs (R)
David Lenoir (R)
89. Opening Date Set For New Stewart Brothers - Monday, February 08, 2010
The new Stewart Brothers Hardware at 1470 N. Germantown Parkway will have its official opening Feb. 12.90. Nurse Wage Ruling Appealed in Federal Court - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Lawyers suing Memphis area hospitals alleging they conspired to suppress nurse wages are appealing the ruling of U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. to deny class-action status for the suit.
They have filed a notice of appeal in Memphis federal court on behalf of Anna Bachelder. She sought to be added to the suit as a substitute plaintiff after two other nurses were found not to represent nurses working in the Memphis area. Mays ruled that the lawyers suing the hospitals failed to meet deadlines for adding another plaintiff.91. Howard Named Prez-Elect Of Collegiate Registrars And Admissions Officers - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Kate Howard has been named president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.92. Square Deal Undone - Monday, January 18, 2010
A facelift has been in the works for about a year for a Midtown landmark that long ago succumbed to the real estate equivalent of jowls and wrinkled skin. But after months of planning, it now appears the proposed nips and tucks for Overton Square, a roughly 10-acre hodgepodge of shops, restaurants and a movie theater, won't be happening after all.93. Visible School Names Ellis To Modern Music Ministry Faculty - Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Bill Ellis has been hired to the Visible School faculty in the Modern Music Ministry program.
Ellis will teach guitar, the history of pop music and hands-on courses in world music and ethnomusicology.94. 2009 Year In Review - Monday, December 28, 2009
2009 was a year without a script – and plenty of improvising on the political stage.
It was supposed to be an off-election year except in Arlington and Lakeland.
2008 ended with voters in the city and county approving a series of changes to the charters of Memphis and Shelby County governments. Those changes were supposed to set a new direction for both entities, kicking into high gear in 2010 and ultimately culminating two years later. 95. Pfizer Inc. Receives Award For Worker Safety - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Pfizer Inc. Memphis Logistics Center has received the Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety from Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley.
The facility, which employs 200 people, qualified for the award by logging more than 512,000 hours without any lost time or injuries.
The award honors Tennessee employers and their workers who reach a required number of work hours without experiencing a lost workday case, and have maintained total injury and illness incident rates below the national average.
– Tom Wilemon
96. Overton Square Developers Ready for Next Step - Friday, December 11, 2009
It’s crunch time for the future of Overton Square, the 10-acre Midtown landmark where a new retail development anchored by a big-box grocery store has been proposed.
The square’s owners have agreed to delay for 60 days their official request to begin knocking down several old buildings along Madison Avenue. That demolition would pave the way for a roughly 53,000-square-foot grocery store and several smaller retail buildings.97. Bioworks Luncheon To Focus on Supply Chain - Thursday, October 29, 2009
“Enabling Bioscience through Supply Chain Management” is the topic for the next Memphis Bioworks luncheon meeting set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis campus.98. Earnings Reports to Give Picture of Job Market - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street may be roaring again and manufacturers see a bright future selling their wares in Asia. But for many Americans, it's still a downturn until the jobs come back.
This week, earnings from several companies with deep ties to corporate payrolls, consumer demand and the labor market will show whether employers are hiring, firing or holding off on filling vacancies.99. UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.100. A River Runs Through Us: Memphis’ once and future connection with the Wolf - Monday, September 07, 2009
A cottonmouth slithers through the marsh. A wolf spider clings to a cypress tree. A white heron soars above the bottomland forest.
Paddle a canoe down the Ghost River section of the Wolf River in Fayette County and you’ll travel through multiple, distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife. But while animal sightings convey the true spirit of the Wolf, only one creature – the elusive “river rat” – can verbalize why this river and its wetland corridor are so important.