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1. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

2. Volkswagen to Build New SUV in Tennessee, Add 2,000 Jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.

3. Union Official: Local Coming for VW Plant -

An official with the United Auto Workers, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, said Thursday that it is forming a new local at the plant.

4. UAW: 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen on Union -

NASHVILLE (AP) – United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.

5. Boyle Starts New Phase at Spring Creek Ranch -

Activity at Boyle Investment Co.’s Spring Creek Ranch has continued this year with multiple phases of construction as it develops a total of 340 lots over the next decade.

6. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. George Cogswell, publisher of the Commercial Appeal, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

7. Events -

Methodist North Hospital will hold a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in day room one at HealthSouth Rehabilitation, 4100 Austin Peay Highway. Physical therapist Melody Clayton will present “Moving Forward.” Visit methodisthealth.org.

8. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

9. Tennessee GOP Settles Lawsuit With Top Aide -

The Tennessee Republican Party and former chief of staff Mark Winslow have settled a lawsuit over the public disclosure of his severance pay after he left the state GOP.

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and political operative Chip Saltsman remain defendants in the case headed for trial on Feb. 24.

10. Tennessee GOP Settles Lawsuit With Top Aide -

The Tennessee Republican Party and former chief of staff Mark Winslow have settled a lawsuit over the public disclosure of his severance pay after he left the state GOP.

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and political operative Chip Saltsman remain defendants in the case headed for trial on Feb. 24.

11. Contested Judicial Elections Spark Debate -

Memphis attorneys John Ryder and Gary Smith both think it is a bad idea to have contested elections for state appeals court judges.

12. Industry Spotlight -

An audience of a few hundred people, including investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, clinicians and musculoskeletal industry leaders, is gathering in Memphis this week to network, learn about new business opportunities and hear about companies like Restore Medical Solutions, a Memphis-based medical device startup.

13. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

14. Building Permit Filed for Volvo of Memphis -

7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Cost: $2.3 million

Project Cost: $3.5 million
Permit Date: Applied August 2013
Completion: Summer 2014
Owner: Wenco Properties LLC
Tenant: Volvo of Memphis
Architect: Fleming Associates Architects PC
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

15. Printer’s Alley Owner Files Building Permit -

The developers bringing a $3.2 million loft-style apartment development called Printer’s Alley Lofts to 347 S. Front St. Downtown have filed a permit for the project.

16. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss corporate philanthropy and community building. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

17. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss corporate philanthropy and community building. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

18. 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.

19. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

20. Memphis in May Touts 68-Act Music Fest Lineup -

The 37th edition of the Memphis In May International Festival’s Beale Street Music Festival features a 68-act lineup from Alice in Chains to ZZ Top.

The lineup of musical performers playing over three days from May 3 to May 5 was formally announced Thursday, Feb. 28, although much of the lineup had already been confirmed.

21. Boyle Sells Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

Boyle Investment Co. sold 10 lots at Spring Creek Ranch to a newly formed builder group and construction soon will commence on the next phase of development at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch, an upscale, master-planned community off Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

22. Boyle Sells Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

Boyle Investment Co. has sold 10 lots at Spring Creek Ranch to a newly formed builder group.

Construction soon will commence on the next phase of development at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch, an upscale, master-planned community off Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

23. Changeover -

It was almost 40 years ago, but Nancy Smith remembers the one year the men’s pro tennis tournament was held at the Mid-South Coliseum; her father had box seats. But even more memorable is that not long after the tournament moved to The Racquet Club of Memphis, a young and unknown Czech player came to town and, in that far simpler time, stayed at her parents’ house.

24. Tennessee Judicial System Awaits Changes -

Tennessee’s judicial system is in the midst of a makeover. This week, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey announced the launch of the state’s first judicial redistricting process in nearly 30 years. It follows the state’s recent legislative redistricting process that occurred a little more than a year ago and was led by the General Assembly’s Republican majority.

25. Endocrinologist Detti Joins UT Medical Group -

Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Laura Detti has joined the Germantown office of UT Medical Group Inc., where she specializes in male and female infertility. Detti provides genetic diagnosis and counseling; management of conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages and premature menopause; and pre- and post-cancer care for fertility issues.

26. Commercial Advisors Hires Ewen as Controller -

Erika Ewen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC as controller. Ewen will direct the accounting department in all accounting functions and financial reporting of Commercial Advisors Asset Services as well as all property management clients.

27. Events -

Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation, 515 Erin Drive. Visit memphistm.com.

28. Events -

Cargo Business News and Memphis World Trade Club will host the third Southeast Freight Conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The 61st annual New Orleans Port Night will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. For registration and a schedule, visit memphisworldtradeclub.com.

29. Starting Up -

Shawn Flynn and Ryan Ramkhelawan have, both literally and figuratively, come a long way in a few months.

They moved to Memphis recently to bring their medical industry-focused startup here and take it through the inaugural round of a new startup accelerator program, ZeroTo510. Since the end of that program – a boot camp-style mix of mentorship, networking and related instruction that came with an infusion of cash – their startup Restore Medical Solutions got a term sheet and an invitation to negotiate for a Series A round of venture capital funding.

30. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

31. City Opens Employee Wellness Clinic -

The city of Memphis Wednesday, Aug. 15, will open an Employee Wellness Clinic at 2714 Union Ave. Extended for employees, dependents and retirees covered by the city’s health care plan.

32. Developers Buy Warehouse for Printer’s Alley Lofts -

A team of local developers planning a $3.2 million loft-style apartment development Downtown have closed on the property at 347 S. Front St.

33. Oklahoma, Arkansas Fear Repeat of 2011 Drought -

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops.

34. Poplar Transformation -

Two big retail deals have recently been inked on the Poplar Avenue corridor, soon filling empty spaces on the city’s busiest street.

A new Family Dollar is going in the old Stringer’s Garden Center site at 2974 Poplar, while Office Depot and Hollywood Feed are going in the former Samuel’s Furniture space at 5502-5510 Poplar, near South Yates Road.

35. Celebrating Law -

The Memphis legal community is poised to kick off its annual weeklong celebration of the profession that will include a party in Downtown’s Court Square, a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a remembrance of the dozens of lawyers and judges who died over the past 12 months.

36. Goldman Manifesto Echoes Past Questions About Bank -

The young banker whose dramatic public resignation stung Goldman Sachs this week joins officials from every corner of the government in questioning whether the august investment house deals honestly with all its clients.

37. 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.

38. White House Initiative Aims to Unite Asian Community -

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will stop in Memphis for a two-day forum aimed at drawing out the community’s local leadership.

The initiative, which is making its way across southern states, hopes to help diverse Asian populations coalesce into one community capable of utilizing their own strengths in business development and other areas.

39. Logan New Director Of AHA Heart Ball -

Sarah Logan has joined the American Heart Association as director of the Heart Ball.

Hometown: Hernando, Miss.

40. MBA To Spend Year Educating Public on Law -

The Memphis Bar Association is gearing up for a major public outreach program in the form of an educational campaign.

Gary Smith, the 2012 president of the attorneys’ group, along with secretary Tommy Parker and member Porter Feild, have developed a program they’re calling “Law Rules: The Importance of the American Legal System.”

41. Smith Has Full Plate as 2012 MBA Prez -

The new president of the Memphis Bar Association said a hot topic in the coming year will be how appellate judges are selected.

Some of the debate about changing the process from one of appointment by the governor followed by the next scheduled retention election will come from Nashville, where the Tennessee Legislature will consider bills to change that.

42. Inconclusive Prognosis -

It was a mixed year of highs and lows for the Memphis area health care industry – which employs one out of seven workers locally – as the nation’s uncertain economy and changing health care system prompted hospital networks and biotech companies to realign, restructure and rethink the way they operate.

43. Touch and Go -

In the aviation industry, Memphis International Airport is considered a fortress hub, an airport where a single airline – in Memphis’ case, Delta Air Lines Inc. – handles 70 percent or more of the passenger flights.

44. Capitoline Moves To SE Memphis Center -

A Rome, Ga.-based surface components manufacturer is relocating its distribution facility to the Southeast Memphis industrial submarket.

Capitoline Products has signed a 23,500-square-foot lease at 5805 Advantage Cove, confirmed the firm’s co-owner, L.G. Smith. The company is currently located off Lamar Avenue.

45. Wifflestock Hits New Level for Ronald McDonald House -

For 14 consecutive years, the parking lot of Midtown bar and restaurant Zinnie’s East played host to Wifflestock, an annual event organized by a league of Wiffle ball enthusiasts to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

46. DeVivo Departure Signals Shift at Smith & Nephew -

Smith & Nephew Inc. said its Memphis-based president of Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Trauma will soon leave the company as part of an organizational restructuring that will combine the company’s Memphis and Andover, Mass., divisions.

47. CrescoAg Inks Lease for New Downtown HQ -

Downtown Memphis has landed another corporate headquarters. CrescoAg LLC, an independent information management company, has signed a new lease on 4,594 square feet at 88 Union Ave.

48. TVA Plan Calls for More Nuclear Power, Less Coal -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – A Tennessee Valley Authority plan designed to guide decision making recommends greater use of nuclear power, natural gas and renewable resources and less reliance on coal in the next two decades.

49. Luncheon to Address Union of Biosciences, Small Business -

Members of the city’s growing bioscience community will come together Thursday for a luncheon hosted by the Memphis Bioworks Business Association, a group dedicated to promoting and advancing the bioscience business community in the Memphis region through programs, events and strategic communications.

50. Family Dollar Signs 2 Leases for Stores -

Family Dollar has signed a 12,000-square-foot lease at 2754 Lamar Ave. Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC, represented the tenant. Harold Blockman with Keller Williams Realty Inc. represented the landlord, Chong K and Dul S. Pae.

51. Benfield Pulls From Naval Experience -

Mark Benfield says his training with the Judge Advocate General corps while in the U.S. Navy helped ready him for a civilian career as a plaintiff’s lawyer in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and nursing home neglect cases with Apperson Crump PLC. Founded in 1865, it is the oldest continuously operating law firm in Memphis.

52. Apperson Crump Continues Legacy With Growth -

These days, there’s a lot that’s new at the city’s oldest continuously operating law firm.

Developments within the past few weeks at Apperson Crump, a venerable firm founded the same year the U.S. Civil War ended, include new attorney hires, the acquisition of another law firm and the development of an affiliation for referral work with yet another firm.

53. Stimulus Spending Looms Large in Midterm Contests -

DENVER (AP) — A photo of President Barack Obama hangs on the wall in CoraFaye's Cafe, a short walk from the Denver museum where Obama signed into law the most sweeping U.S. economic package in decades in an attempt to put people back to work and end the worst downturn since the Great Depression.

54. Wright Latest Orthopedic Firm Hit by Probe -

The agreement between Wright Medical Group Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department that allowed the company to avoid prosecution for allegedly violating the federal kickback statute is the latest run in a series of scandals that has touched all three of the city’s big orthopedic firms.

55. Business Leaders Back Consolidation Charter -

Several dozen of the best known corporate leaders in the city turned out Friday afternoon to go public with their support of the consolidation charter.

The “Charter Means Business” campaign includes Gary Shorb, CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, philanthropist and AutoZone founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde, Leigh Shockey, chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical and Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones as well as 65 others.

56. Kennedy Gives Back to U of M School of Law -

When it comes to his inspiration for entering the legal profession, David S. Kennedy, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, gives a nod to his father and to Atticus Finch, Harper Lee’s stalwart symbol of fairness for a generation in her novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

57. Spirit Fest Attracts Wide Array of Vendors, Speakers -

Energy healers, tarot readers and crystal dealers from as far away as Illinois and Florida are preparing to set up shop this weekend at Spirit Fest 2010, which organizers and vendors expect to be the Mid-South’s most eclectic and expansive mind-body-spirit event.

58. Vanick Group Offers Businesses Custom Tech Solutions -

Jim Van de Vuurst always wanted to start his own company.

He moved to Memphis from Detroit in his teens, then attended the University of Memphis, where he took one computer course and “fell in love with it,” eventually graduating with a management information systems degree before going to work for International Paper Co.

59. Carlisle Corp. Continues Work on New Headquarters -

263 Wagner Place
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $2.1 million

Loan Date: June 15, 2010
Maturity Date: June 15, 2014
Borrower: Carlisle Landing LLC
Lender: Regions Bank

60. Man Seeks Appeal on Sex Abuse Case -

Attorneys for a man who claims he was sexually abused more than 30 years ago by a Memphis priest will seek an appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Word of the appeal comes the week after the Tennessee Court of Appeals dismissed the claim by Norman Redwing.

61. Inside The Priest Files: Documents reveal 50 years of abuse, cover-ups in Memphis diocese -

John Doe and his family watched 1999 change to the year 2000 in Memphis.

They were visitors to the city, here for a family medical emergency.

Looking back on it seven years later, Doe would remember “mentally trying to see if the world was going to end because everybody was scared something was going to happen.”

62. 2004 Accusation Not Beginning of Local Abuse Claims -

When an 18-year-old man filed a John Doe lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court in 2004 accusing the Rev. Juan Carlos Duran of sexually abusing him four years earlier, it was a milestone.

63. Diocese Struggled With Approach, Court Docs Show -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis had, by the mid-1990s, adopted a policy of suspending priests accused of child sexual abuse and sending them for counseling, as well as providing counseling for their victims.

64. 50 Years of Secrets -

Catholic priests accused of child sexual abuse in Memphis moved to different parishes and cities without parishioners or authorities being alerted, according to recently opened Circuit Court records.

65. Odyssey Sees Market In Dry-Eye Devices -

Odyssey Medical may not be as big as Medtronic Inc. or Smith & Nephew, but it ships its products all over the world just like the bigger players in the Memphis medical device industry.

66. Three Attorneys Break Away From Apperson Crump -

A managing partner of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC has left the law firm to start his own firm.

Robert L. Dinkelspiel opened Dinkelspiel, Rasmussen & Mink Monday at 1669 Kirby Parkway. His partners are Robin H. Rasmussen and M. Wayne Mink Jr., both of whom worked at Apperson Crump.

67. Byrnes to Take MAHBA Reins -

Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner Investments Inc. will serve as 2010 president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, the group’s executive director, Don Glays, said this week.

68. 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.”

69. Memphis Bar Association Names New Board Members -

The Memphis Bar Association has appointed new officers and new members to the board of directors for 2010.

Ricky E. Wilkins of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins will serve as president. John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC will serve as vice president and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump Maxwell PLC will serve as treasurer. Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. will serve as secretary.

70. Memphis Bar Assn. Elects New Officers, Board Members -

At the Memphis Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Thursday at The Peabody hotel, the MBA announced its 2010 officers and new members of its board of directors.

Immediate past president Art Quinn passed the gavel to incoming president Ricky E. Wilkins of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins. John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC automatically move to the positions of vice president/president-elect and treasurer, respectively. Linda Warren Seely, director of pro bono projects at Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., was chosen as secretary.

71. Lien-Inspired Court Fights Continue -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis contends it’s entitled to a chunk of the settlements many of its patients receive from automobile accidents and other injury-causing events, but some of those patients are challenging that assertion.

72. Great Time for US Consumers: America is on Sale -

NEW YORK (AP) - There has never been a better time to be a consumer. America is on sale.

The Great Recession has caused massive job losses and hardship for millions, but it has also fostered a shoppers' paradise. Anyone who still has the means to spend can find unheard of deals.

73. Carter Takes Helm of U of M’s Law Alumni Board -

Richard Carter, director and shareholder of the Memphis law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC, in July took office as president of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s Alumni board of directors, which works with its members and area clubs to support and advance the mission of the law school.

74. Priest Abuse Case Goes to Higher Court -

Attorneys for a man who claims he was abused by a Catholic priest more than 30 years ago are expected to file their answer this week to an appeal by the local diocese to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

75. Court Rules for Tenn. Death Row Inmate -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court granted a new hearing in federal court for a Tennessee death row inmate who was deprived of key evidence at his trial.

The justices on Tuesday ordered a review of the death sentence given to Gary Bradford Cone, who was convicted of beating an elderly couple to death in 1980.

76. Priest Sex Suit Hangs on With Latest Ruling -

The last pending civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse by a Memphis priest remained alive this week.

Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey denied a motion Monday by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it by Norman Redwing. Redwing alleges, in the lawsuit filed last October, that he was abused by the Rev. Milton Guthrie in the 1970s.

77. Judge to Weigh Priest Abuse Revelations -

Circuit Court Judge Charles McPherson will determine what details should be made public in court records from a civil lawsuit involving the sexual abuse of a teenager by a Memphis priest.

78. UPDATE: McPherson To Review Priest Court Records For Public Release -

Circuit Court Judge Charles McPherson will determine what details should be made public in court records from a civil lawsuit involving the sexual abuse of a teenager by a Memphis priest.

79. Court Dismisses Priest Abuse Case -

One of several civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by a Memphis Catholic priest has been dismissed the same week the Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in a similar case from Memphis.

80. 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.

81. $2 Million Paid To Priest Sex Abuse Victim -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis and the Dominican religious order have settled a lawsuit claiming a Memphis priest sexually abused a teenager, with a $2 million payment to the victim.

The dollar figure is the largest publicly disclosed in any of the lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by Memphis Catholic priests.

82. Memphis Catholic Diocese and Dominicans Settle Priest Abuse Case For $2 Million -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis and the Dominican religious order have settled a lawsuit claiming a Memphis Priest sexually abused a teenager with a $2 million payment to the victim.

The dollar figure is the largest publicly disclosed in any of the lawsuits filed alleging child sexual abuse by Memphis Catholic priest.

83. Diocese Settles With Man Abused as Teen -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis has come to a legal settlement with a man sexually abused as a teenager nine years ago by a Dominican priest.

The settlement was announced Monday in Circuit Court at the start of the last hearing on motions before the John Doe lawsuit goes to trial.

84. Memphis Catholic Diocese Settles Priest Sexual Abuse Civil Case -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis has reached a legal settlement with a teenager sexually abused by a Dominican priest nine years ago.

The settlement was announced Monday in Circuit Court at the start of the last hearing on motions before the John Doe lawsuit goes to trial.

85. Group to Interview Priest in Sex Abuse Case -

This morning, a group of attorneys and a court reporter are to meet at the Nashville home of a retired and suspended Catholic priest to talk about his time in Memphis.

The Rev. Paul St. Charles, who served in Memphis from the 1960s to the 1980s, is accused in six civil lawsuits of sexually abusing teenagers.

86. New Info Surfaces in Priest Sex Cases -

Fifteen priests in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis have been accused of sexually abusing children since the diocese was formed in 1971.

That was among the disclosures made in a Circuit Court hearing late last week to set the ground rules for the pending civil trial of a lawsuit against the diocese and the Dominican religious order. The hearing continues Thursday.

87. 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.

88. House Picks Repub Speaker But Not One GOP Wanted -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee House has its first Republican speaker in 40 years, but the lawmaker who won did it without the support of the GOP.

Rep. Kent Williams of Elizabethton upset Rep. Jason Mumpower of Bristol on Tuesday on a vote of 50-49 after Democrats banded together to nominate and support him.

89. Wright Medical Poised for Growth -

Wright Medical Group Inc. will introduce new products in the year ahead as it continues to expand its manufacturing operations, said Gary D. Henley, the company’s president and chief executive officer.

90. US Justices Weigh Concealed Evidence in Death Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A convicted killer on death row since 1984 could be spared execution following arguments Tuesday at the Supreme Court.

The justices showed rare bursts of anger in discussing a local prosecutor's failure to turn over key evidence to lawyers defending Gary Bradford Cone.

91. Conference to Promote Orthopedics Industry -

The Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference keeps Memphis at the forefront of the orthopedics industry by showcasing the city’s competitive advantages and connecting investors to companies, its organizers say.

92. Simple Strokes Therapy Uses Latest Tools to Bring Out Optimal Abilities -

On a recent Wednesday morning at Simple Strokes Therapy in Southaven, 8-year-old Matthew Gary worked with an occupational therapist. Matthew, who has an undiagnosed developmental disorder, is learning to walk and communicate better.

93. Appeals Court Dismisses Priest Sex Abuse Case -

A 2006 lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis alleging sexual abuse by a Memphis priest was dismissed Tuesday by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The court ruled in the case of a man who claimed that Father Daniel DuPree sexually abused him while the man was a teenager in Memphis during the mid-1980s.

94. Another Suit Filed Against Diocese -

A Catholic priest who led youth groups in the 1970s has been accused in another civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

Father Paul W. St. Charles is accused in the latest John Doe lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

95. 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.

96. Apperson Crump, Gary K. Smith to Merge -

Two Memphis law firms are planning to merge their practices effective Friday.

Apperson, Crump & Maxwell PLC and Gary K. Smith & Associates PLLC announced last week their plans to merge their practices and relocate the Smith firm from Peabody Place to Apperson Crump offices at 6000 Poplar Ave.

97. York Elected President Of Memphis Tri-State Fence Association -

Bill York, vice president of sales and marketing for Dillard Door and Entrance Central, has been elected president of the Memphis Tri-State Fence Association, a chapter of the American Fence Association (AFA).

98. Superior of Ex-Priest Claims He Lied to Pope -

A Dominican priest has claimed he lied to now-deceased Pope John Paul II when he told the pontiff in a letter that he had tried to get other church assignments for a Memphis priest who sexually abused a 14-year-old boy in 2000.

99. Wright Medical Q4 Revenue Outpaces Projections -

Wright Medical Group Inc. has reported revenue in fourth quarter 2007 was up 19 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, but earnings were down 75 percent due to ongoing restructuring costs and arbitration expenses.

100. Bares' New Role Heralds Longer Days, Stronger Partnerships -

The point man for building the Memphis biotechnology industry is now taking the top position of the academic program that feeds that industry with fresh engineers and new ideas.

Steve Bares, president of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, has been named interim director of the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging, a joint program between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the University of Memphis.