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1. Baptist CEO Reynolds Announces Retirement -

Stephen Reynolds announced Wed., Dec. 11, that he will retire as president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., effective in May.

2. Taxing Decision -

Local medical device manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic Inc. and Wright Medical Group Inc. are crossing their fingers that Congress will follow through on a repeal of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax enacted in January.

3. They Really Did Write That! -

Re: The column in which I quoted lawyers’ courtroom and deposition questions and statements. Ron Curlin of Memphis writes, “Without question, this is the most hilarious column you’ve ever done. It has brightened my day tremendously! As far as I’m concerned, you have set a precedent with this one, and I fully expect to see more ‘Did They Really Say That?’ columns chosen from the attorney’s side of the proceedings. Thank you for making my day. Keep up the excellent work.”

4. McBroom Joins Indie Memphis as Director of Operations -

Mandy McBroom has been named director of operations for Indie Memphis, the first full-time staff member to hold the position. In her new role, she will oversee festival operations, shorts programming, volunteer opportunities and membership growth.

5. Miss. House OKs Redistricting Plan Favoring GOP -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan Thursday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body.

House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it.

6. Governor Awaits Outcome of Nurse Licenses' Probe -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he's awaiting the outcome of an investigation into whether lawmakers improperly intervened with a state board to help three nurse practitioners whose licenses were suspended, but acknowledged he doesn't like it "when people use their leverage to accomplish a personal agenda."

7. Haslam Says $10M Research Funding an ‘Investment’ -

University of Memphis president Dr. Shirley Raines couldn’t have picked a more ironic time to lose her voice last week.

8. Providers Elevate Need for Improved IT -

The pressure continues for health care providers to complete the transition from paper charts to electronic health records technology.

The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), otherwise known as the stimulus bill, allocated just under $25 billion for health information technology investment and incentives.

9. Haslam Appoints Ex-Publisher Griscom to Transition Team -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has named former Chattanooga Times Free Press publisher Tom Griscom to his transition team.

Haslam said in a release Monday that Griscom will become the fourth member of his transition team on a part-time basis, with a focus on developing a communications plan for the new administration.

10. Luttrell Appoints CAO, Transition Team -

Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell has begun preparing to take office in just a few weeks.

Luttrell, who won last week’s election for Shelby County mayor, takes office Sept. 1.

11. Cohen Joins Fight Against Mega-Banks -

Limit risk-taking.

Create a new super-regulator. Use a sale of bank assets to pay for cleaning up the next mammoth meltdown.

As lawmakers consider those and other ideas in putting the final touches on financial overhaul legislation, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, wants another proposal placed on the table: putting a ceiling on how large banks can grow.

12. Both Sides Take Tobacco Fight to Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to allow the government to seek nearly $300 billion from the tobacco industry for a half-century of deception that "has cost the lives and damaged the health of untold millions of Americans."

13. 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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14. Environmentalists Seek to Bar TVA Nuclear Reactor -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Five environmental groups petitioned federal regulators Wednesday to block the only commercial nuclear reactor now under construction in the United States – an unfinished 1970s-era reactor the Tennessee Valley Authority is working to complete after three decades in mothballs.

15. 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.

16. Ranking of Hospital ExecsIncludes Memphians -      Business Tennessee magazine's September issue features hospital executives from across the state who were named "The Top 35 Hospital Leaders in Tennessee."
     The chosen Memphis executives

17. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School -

Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.

18. Mayor Herenton's Executive Assistant Moves to MLGW -

Gale Jones Carson has been named director of corporate communications for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. In her new executive-level position, she will report directly to MLGW president and CEO Joseph Lee III. She previously was executive assistant to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

19. Startup Triumph Bank Works To Fill Desired Market Niches -

If Memphis is a pond, and mega-banks such as SunTrust Banks, Wachovia Corp. and Regions Financial Corp. are whales, then local startup Triumph Bank is a goldfish.

Sometimes, a little fish can make its gargantuan counterparts look like fish out of water.

20. Private Involvement in Public Schools Offers Hope -

In a speech to the nation's governors at an education summit last year, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates called the nation's high schools obsolete - and his ideas about how to fix that problem are having a profound effect on the way Memphis schools operate.

21. Mathews Named to New Post at FedEx Institute -

Eric Mathews was named associate director of corporate research and development at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Mathews previously served FIT in temporary roles directing research and business development and was part of the institute's founding executive management. He earned a bachelor's degree from Rhodes College and a master's degree from the University of Memphis.

22. DeBerry Named 2005 Legislator of the Year -

The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police presented U.S. Rep. John DeBerry the Legislator of the Year award. DeBerry, who represents District 90 in Memphis, is chairman of the House Children and Family Affairs committee.

23. Archived Article: Calendar - July 10

Calendar of Events Aug. 11-17 Aug. 12

The Bartlett Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn-Sycamore View, 6101 Shelby Oaks Drive. A presentation will be given by Lifeblood of Memphis. Cos...

24. Archived Article: Tech Briefs - Kevin Rushing, senior technology consultant for Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC No change in your pocket? You can still get a Pepsi from a vending machine as long as you have a credit card. Last week, Pepsi-Cola North America implemented a wirele...

25. Archived Article: Marketplace (profit) - By STACEY PETSCHAUER Finding the obvious Profit Enhancement Process teaches companies how to improve profit and overall performance By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News When workers for a trash hauling company go to a landfill, they drive onto the sc...

26. Archived Article: Baptist - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Baptist to file certificates of need for expansions By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. plans to file certificates of need for a new health care campus in the Medical Center and an expansion of B...

27. Archived Article: Calendar - March 10 March 10 Professional Secretaries International will meet at 6 p.m. at the Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The speaker will be Shirley Jones, past president of the state division of PSI. The cost is $13. For more information, call Nathal...

28. Archived Article: Lj - lj 10/5 cates Housing assistance agency raises price limits By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Prompted by rising housing costs, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency has broadened its purchase price limits for new and existing homes in most areas ...

29. Archived Article: Memos - Dr. Magdi Wassef has joined the Methodist Primary Care Center in Southaven. Wassef practiced family medicine for two years at the Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston, Miss. He received his medical degree from the University of Alexandria in ...

30. Archived Article: Calendar - Sept Sept. 9 Professional Secretaries International will meet at 6 p.m. at the Marriott hotel, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The guest speaker will be Julie Terry, a certified public accountant and financial advisor with American Express. The cost is $12...