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1. 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.

2. Obama, Clinton Families Pay Tribute to JFK -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to former President John F. Kennedy's legacy, joining former President Bill Clinton to lay a wreath at Kennedy's grave and presenting a freedom medal that Kennedy conceived before his assassination 50 years ago this week.

3. Mean Streets -

Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.

His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.

4. Community Health Systems Plans $3.9 Billion Acquisition -

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. plans to spend $3.9 billion to acquire Health Management Associates Inc. in a deal that would create a giant U.S. hospital chain just as the health care overhaul starts funneling millions of newly insured people into the health care system.

5. Neal Joins Madison Line Records as Chief Operating Officer -

Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.

6. Supporters Gather Signatures for Ark. Casino Plans -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Two competing ballot proposals would bring casinos to Arkansas, primarily in counties along the border and in the state's largest cities – but only one of the measures can become law.

7. Road Projects to Up Megasite’s Presence -

When state and local leaders formally opened the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County earlier this month, Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer had one of the biggest applause lines of the day.

8. Tradition of Secret Budget Meetings Alive in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers' long tradition of meeting secretly to hash out budget plans is alive and well.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick confirmed to The Associated Press that key legislators met for several hours at a Nashville restaurant on Sunday to work through budget amendments.

9. Defining Memphis: The Wrap-Up -

Last week we spotlighted more heartfelt responses to the question: “What does Memphis mean to you?” It has been amazing, over the last few weeks, to have Memphians share their personal thoughts and how they define our great city. This week let us offer one last set of colorful responses – but I encourage you to keep the conversation alive as we work together to create our Memphis narrative and spread it worldwide.

10. Smith & Nephew Cuts Part of Tough Year for Industry -

Smith & Nephew is the latest medical device maker to cut Memphis jobs in what’s proven to be a formidable year for the industry.

The London-based company Tuesday, Dec. 16, reduced its workforce by about 80 at its Memphis-based orthopedics unit, where it employs roughly 2,000 people.

11. Former C’ville Fitness Center Sells For $2.7M -

Memphis-based Hackmeyer Properties has bought the former Prairie Life Fitness Center at 3690 S. Houston Levee Road in Collierville from Prairie Life Fitness LLC for $2.7 million and is leasing the 57,264-square-foot facility to a new fitness company.

12. Hackmeyer Buys Fitness Center, Leases to New User -

Memphis-based Hackmeyer Properties has bought the former Prairie Life Fitness Center at 3690 S. Houston Levee Road in Collierville from Prairie Life Fitness LLC for $2.7 million and is leasing the facility to a new fitness company.

13. March of Dimes Cooks Up Annual Chefs Auction -

The Memphis chapter of the March of Dimes is gearing up for its 22nd Annual Signature Chefs Auction, a gourmet fundraiser to support the organization’s mission of improving the health of babies through the prevention of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

14. Mission Accomplished -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, as the week began, was still reading the fine print of some of the last bills passed over the weekend by the Tennessee Legislature.

Both chambers adjourned for the year on Saturday with Haslam having accomplished the major legislative goals he set shortly after taking office in January.

15. Foreclosure Notice Bill Heads to State Senate -

The Tennessee General Assembly is moving closer toward reducing the number of newspaper notices lenders are required to run before foreclosing on a home.

State Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, and State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir, filed companion bills that originally sought to reduce the required number of newspaper notices from three to one. Along with that reduction would come less of a description of the property.

16. Former Interim Chef Kramer Back in Charge -

“Interim” – a pause or interval in a succession of events

When the restaurant Wally Joe closed in January 2007, owner Fred Carl Jr., founder, president and CEO of Viking Range Corp., decided to keep a restaurant going while looking for a buyer for the space in the shopping center at South Mendenhall Road and Sanderlin Avenue. Appropriately, the temporary restaurant would be called Interim.

17. Lighting the Fuse -

Memphis voters have 22 words to weigh as they decide what is to become of Shelby County’s two public school systems.
“Shall the administration of the Memphis City School System, a special school district, be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education?”
The words seem inadequate to cover what a “yes” or a “no” vote means after a state law and other factors changed the terms of a vote already scheduled for March 8.
Voters for schools consolidation may be against special schools district status but for letting some of the six suburban towns and cities try to go with their own municipal school system.
Voters may be against school consolidation and against special school district status if it includes taxing authority for the county school board, albeit with tax approval required by the Tennessee Legislature.
Some voters may see it as a way of ending reforms driven by MCS superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. Others may see it as a way of ending Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler’s dominance of that school system.
School consolidation advocates are still urging citizens to vote “yes” and school consolidation opponents are still urging citizens to vote “no.”
“The lay of the land has changed, so will people consider the lay of the land or what? That statement stands. It’s on the ballot and everyone knows what it’s designed to do,” said Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery. “This occurred after the question was put on the ballot. If someone wants to make that stretch, they’re jumping over a lot of hurdles. This was not in place when this was put on the ballot.”
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., along with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, sought a transition period even as political positions began to harden. He doesn’t see what’s in the law as a transition period.
“The way it’s structured, there’s every incentive not to reach an agreement. It looks to me like it falls off the face of the earth,” Wharton said. “There was nothing in there that states where do you go if at the end of this (the planning process) there is nothing resolved.”
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, disagrees.
“The state has a compelling interest in assuring that the administration of schools is properly discharged,” Norris wrote in an op-ed piece for The Memphis News last week. “To do otherwise defies common sense and common decency.”
Pickler said if voters approve the question, he will quickly move to assemble a team to work on the transition. It’s a transition that Pickler has always emphasized will be controlled by the county school system. That is one point on which the attorneys seem to agree.
“Clearly we understand that this issue is not about educational outcomes,” he said during a WKNO forum last week. “We still do not believe that creating a mega district … doesn’t do anything to improve education.”
MCS board member Tomeka Hart, at the same forum, countered “We do here as an economic issue,” a reference to the University of Memphis study showing special schools district status could cost MCS half of the county property tax base it relies on for funding. “It’s time to rewrite all of this,” Hart concluded.
Here is the timeline – to date – of the ongoing schools showdown:

18. Gov. Haslam Enters Local Schools Fray -

After studiously trying to stay out of the local schools standoff for a week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday got involved in a carefully chosen way.

Haslam’s involvement came the day before two state Senate committees are scheduled to vote on legislation that would lengthen the process for consolidating the city and county school systems and require that county voters outside Memphis be involved in any referendum.

19. HTL Advantage Markets West Tenn. Industrial Sites -

If there is strength in numbers, the HTL Advantage is operating at a definite advantage. Economic development efforts in Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale counties have been consolidated under the organization formed in early 2008.

20. Haslam Pick for Top Cabinet Post Serves 3 Boards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Bridgestone Americas CEO Mark Emkes, Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam's choice as finance commissioner, serves on the corporate boards of three companies – including two based in Tennessee – and it's unclear whether he will relinquish those posts when the new administration takes office.

21. Community Health to Nominate Tenet Board Directors -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Community Health Systems Inc. said Monday it plans to nominate directors to Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s board at the hospital operator's 2011 annual meeting, as part of a push to take over its smaller rival.

22. Community Health Offers to Buy Tenet for $3B -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – After being rejected by Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s board, hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc. is taking its $3 billion cash and stock offer for its smaller rival public in a move to rally shareholder support for the deal.

23. Kroger to Build Store In Poplar Plaza -

3444 Plaza Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $10 Million

Project Cost: n/a
Permit Date: Applied September 2010
Completion: n/a
Owner: Kroger, Delta Division
Tenant: Kroger
Contractor: n/a
Architect: n/a

24. Wolf River Conservancy Buys 90 Acres Along Ghost -

The Wolf River Conservancy has bought 90 acres along the Ghost River section of the Wolf River, the organization announced this week.

Known as the Hall-Franklin tract, the property was the “last parcel remaining in private ownership along the south side of a nine-mile stretch of river between LaGrange and the Bateman Road bridge,” according to a WRC release.

25. Warehouse Sold to Bank Following Foreclosure -

The 40,050-square-foot warehouse at 3694 New Getwell Road in the Oakhaven/Parkway Village area has been sold back to the lender for $480,000 following a foreclosure.

26. Poor January Home Starts Blamed on Inclement Weather -

January’s foul weather wreaked havoc on homebuilders, as the barrage of snow, ice and cold temperatures severely limited the ability to start homes.

Shelby County builders filed just 36 new home permits last month, half of December’s 72, but a slight increase from the January 2009 total of 31, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

27. Wamp Announces Musical Headliners for Fundraisers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp is lining up a series of upcoming fundraisers hosted by country and Christian music stars.

The congressman from Chattanooga announced Wednesday that six events in March and April will feature Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, John Rich, T. G. Sheppard, Paul Overstreet, Larry Gatlin and the Oak Ridge Boys.

28. Cohen Readies for Primary With $1M on Hand -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, has more than $1 million on hand as he gears up for a primary challenge by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

29. Renal Co. Completes Second Sale-Leaseback -

RAI II LLC, a local affiliate of Nashville-based Renal Advantage Inc., has sold its renal clinic at 1333-1341 Poplar Ave. in Midtown for $2.6 million to IPX Development 124 LLC, a company related to the St. Louis-based 1031 tax-deferred exchange qualified intermediary IPX Exchange Services Inc. The deal closed Dec. 30.

30. Whitehaven Clinic Sold, Leased Back by Renal Co. -

RAI II LLC, a local affiliate of Nashville-based Renal Advantage Inc., has sold its recently completed renal clinic at 4185 Pace Road in Whitehaven for $1.5 million to a St. Louis company called BanBan South Memphis LLC. The sale closed Dec. 17.

31. Haywood Mayor Sounds Off on All Things Megasite -

For the past five years, the Haywood County megasite has been the daily job of Franklin Smith.

Smith, the county mayor, talked with The Memphis News about the site, its development and what it could mean to the economic future of the rural county.

32. Industrial Megasites Fraught With Unknowns, Political Maneuvering -

When cities and states compete for economic plums, the advantages seem to be weighted heavily in favor of businesses looking to build new plants.

Nothing bolsters a local or even regional economy like a new manufacturing plant or factory. That remains true even in this age of bioindustry, intellectual property and tech corridors. At least for now, the jobs created by those sectors don’t pay as many people or as well as good old-fashioned manufacturing jobs.

33. Mega Bucks -

Ten years ago, Jim Ewing and Jim Bruce wrote a piece for Site Selection, a trade magazine for people in the business of consulting on the best locations to build industrial plants. It was called “The Approaching Industrial Land Shortfall.”

34. Rural Areas Targets of Seat Belt Crackdown -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Law enforcement officers in Tennessee are targeting rural areas for motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts.

Of the 776 people killed in Tennessee car crashes in 2008, 62 percent were in rural areas. More than half of all traffic fatalities were people not wearing seat belts.

35. U of M Law School Appoints Kritchevsky to Director of Advocacy -

Barbara Kritchevsky has been appointed to the newly created position of director of advocacy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law.

Kritchevsky has been a law professor at the university since 1983, and for the past 20 years has served as a faculty adviser to the school’s Moot Court Board and also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs.

36. Dental Building Sold In Cordova -

850 Willow Tree Circle, Suite 101
Cordova, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $800,000

Sale Date: March 11, 2009
Buyer: Jason Collier
Seller: William and Jeanne Locante
Loan Amounts: $633,200; $160,000
Loan Dates: March 11, 2009 (both)
Maturity Date: N/A
Lenders: The Huntington National Bank; William and Jeanne Locante

37. Tenn. House Speaker Welcomed Back to GOP Caucus -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - House Republicans are welcoming back Speaker Kent Williams as a member of their caucus, marking the latest twist in the fallout from his surprise election to the chamber's top post earlier this year.

38. McDowell Named Radiology Director At Methodist University Hospital -

Tina McDowell has been promoted to director of radiology at Methodist University Hospital. She served as the manager of diagnostic radiology at MUH for the past six years.

39. Consumers Cut Back Sharply on Spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers, taking a beating from the worst financial crisis in seven decades, cut back sharply on their spending in October, pushing retail sales down by a record amount.

As President George W. Bush and other world leaders gathered for a weekend summit to search for ways out of the mess, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted at another interest rate cut.

40. Overnight Freight Icon Puts Weight Behind McCain -

Every day, the company he moved to Memphis 35 years ago accomplishes a staggering feat: It delivers a package to someone more than 7.5 million times.

Keeping everything running on time and in order at the $36 billion transportation giant that is FedEx Corp. might seem like such a daunting task that it would generate a never-ending to-do list for Fred Smith, the company’s chairman, president and CEO. Yet the Memphis businessman, who turns 64 in August, is deeply involved in yet another start-up venture that has worldwide significance.

41. Prosecutor Nears End Of Herenton Sex Plot Investigation -

Back in July, the special prosecutor investigating an alleged blackmail plot against Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton insisted in an interview with The Daily News that he'd get to the bottom of things.

42. Hampton Hotels Names Smith Senior Director of Product Service -

Kurt Smith has been named senior director of product service and development at Hampton Hotels. Previously, Smith served Hampton as director of global brand integration. Prior to that position, he was the director of hotel performance support.

43. Middle Tennessee DA In Thick of Memphis Mayoral Controversy -

His law office is part of the picturesque town square of Franklin, Tenn. A lifelong resident there, he's a member of the vestry at the local St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and his family has lived in the town for more than 175 years.

44. Special Prosecutor Appointed To Investigate Mayor Sex Plot -      Officials have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate a nightclub waitress' claim that a prominent attorney paid her to entangle the Memphis mayor in a sex scandal.
     The Tennessee

45. Events -

The Memphis Leadership Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary through Saturday. The Leaders for All Gala Banquet Dinner will be held today at 7 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. For tickets, call 729-2931.

46. Events -

The Memphis Leadership Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary through Saturday. The Leaders for All Gala Banquet Dinner will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel. For tickets, call 729-2931.

47. Crye-Leike's Truong Receives Broker's License -

The Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC) has announced that David N. Truong from Crye-Leike's Quail Hollow office, 6525 Quail Hollow Road, has successfully passed the real estate broker licensure exam and has received his broker's license. Truong completed strict experience and education requirements, including 120 classroom hours of real estate education. He has been a real estate agent for four years in and around Shelby and DeSoto counties, where he specializes in all areas of real estate sales.

48. Events -

The Memphis office of the American Cancer Society (ACS) hosts its 30th annual Great American Smokeout today at 11 a.m. at 1378 Union Ave. The event, which was created to encourage people to stop smoking, also will be the kickoff of a grassroots campaign to support a statewide smoke-free law in Tennessee. For more information, call 725-8621 or visit www.cancer.org/smokeout.

49. Businesses Gain Hope From Higher Calling -

When people go to church on Sunday, they usually don't expect to hear about the business world. However, some pastors have brought economics into their ministry.

One of the ministries affecting local businesses is Bust a Move Monday (BAMM), a program of New Olivet Baptist Church at 3084 Southern Ave.

50. Archived Article: Newsmakers - MLGW EXEC PRESENTED BEST COMMUNICATIONS AWARD

FedEx's Fred Smith Named CEO of the Year
FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer Frederick W. Smith was named Chief Executive of the Year for 2004 by Chief Executive magazine....

51. Archived Article: Newsmakers - City Schools Teachers Earn Board Certification

MCS Teachers Earn Board Certification Memphis City Schools announced the following teachers earned board certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Michele Alma Wright...

52. Archived Article: Tva P2 - TVA income up for quarter

TVA income up in third quarter

As a result of higher energy sales, TVAs net income increased by $84 million and operating revenues were up by $51 million for the third quarter, compared with the same period last year,...

53. Archived Article: Memos - Dr Dr. James Porterfield was elected president of the non-profit Memphis Electrophysiology Society, which begins operations Jan. 1. Dr. Eric Johnson was elected vice president and Dr. James Litzow was elected membership director. Lee C. Miller joine...

54. Archived Article: Real Focus (smith) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Memphis Realtor elected chairman of TREC By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News A Memphis real estate agent has been tapped to head the states governing body for real estate licensing. Betty L. Smith, principal broker of East Memphis...

55. Archived Article: Real Briefs - On Thursday, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, economic development officials and Depot tenants will celebrate the Rebirth of the Memphis Depot with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the facilitys new $5 On Thursday, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, economic ...

56. Archived Article: Hotels Chg - Hotel construction up in third quarter Hotel construction keeps pace with 96   By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Going into the fourth quarter, hotel construction is down slightly in Shelby County from the same period a year ago. However, two...

57. Archived Article: Govt Briefs - The first Outstanding Republican Women Awards Banquet will be held at 11:30 a The first Outstanding Republican Women Awards Banquet will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the University Club of Memphis. The winners Ellida Sadler Fri, Betty L. Smith,...

58. Archived Article: Govt Briefs - Tennessee Valley Authoritys business plan for fiscal year 1997 will support a work force of 15,500, with about 700 other employees being assigned to the Services organization, TVA chief administrative officer Norman Zigrossi announced last week Tenn...

59. Archived Article: Schilling Lj - lj 10/5 cates Construction on Colliervilles Schilling Farms set to begin By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News In addition to daffodil blooms and the sighting of the first robin, Colliervilles rites of spring this year will include the birth of Schilling...