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1. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 -

2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.

2. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

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.

3. Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries -

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

4. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

5. May Primary Ballot Almost Complete -

The ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections isn’t quite set, although the Shelby County Election Commission has certified 81 candidates.

Still awaiting a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, are three would-be candidates whose residency is being formally challenged.

6. Election Commission Approves All But Three Names For May Primaries -

Shelby County Election Commissioners certified all but three names Thursday, Feb. 27, for the May county primary ballot and will meet March 5 to consider challenges to the residency of candidates Edith Ann Moore, M. Latroy Williams and E. Jefferson Jones.

7. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

8. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

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.

9. Commission Approves Ballpark Deal -

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

Shelby County Commission approval of the county’s part of the deal Monday, Jan. 27, came with a lot of reluctance and some of the same complaints Memphis City Council members had last month – primarily that they were being rushed.

10. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

The item was added onto the commission’s agenda by chairman James Harvey who said he could because it was “time sensitive.”

11. AutoZone Park Terms Move Into Focus -

The St. Louis Cardinals would pay the city of Memphis $300,000 a year for 17 years to use AutoZone Park, and the major league franchise’s front office would operate AutoZone Park for the city through a limited liability corporation owned by the St. Louis Cardinals during that time.

12. Builders Showcase -

The Vesta Home Show kicked off over the weekend, with large crowds turning out to explore six new homes in a gated Germantown community.

Don Glays, executive director of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, said attendance during the opening weekend of the show was strong.

13. VESTA Home Show Begins Saturday -

This West Tennessee Home Builders Association is launching the VESTA Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9.

This year’s home show, which runs through Dec. 1, features six homes, built by Bryce Homes, Ruch Builders, The Dave Moore Cos., D&D Custom Homes, David Clark Construction LLC and Darin K. Halford.

14. VESTA Home Show Begins Saturday -

This West Tennessee Home Builders Association is launching the VESTA Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9.

This year’s home show, which runs through Dec. 1, features six homes, built by Bryce Homes, Ruch Builders, The Dave Moore Cos., D&D Custom Homes, David Clark Construction LLC and Darin K. Halford.

15. Akbari Takes District 91 Democratic Primary -

As fewer than 2,000 voters participated in the latest of 11 elections in Shelby County in a three-month span, the independent candidate in the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 filed suit against state election officials in U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

16. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary -

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.

17. Memphis Suit Project Aims to Dress the Needy -

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.

18. Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO -

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

19. Memphis March Honors Slain Civil Rights Leader King -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Hundreds of union members and their supporters marched in Memphis on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, calling for a new commitment to the human rights causes he died for.

20. Decades After King’s Death, Memphis Jobs in Spotlight -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death here, some of the striking sanitation workers who marched with him are again fighting for their jobs.

21. Fairgrounds Events Grow as Klan Protest Nears -

As Memphis Police have been planning in preparation for the Saturday, March 30, Ku Klux Klan demonstration at the Shelby County Courthouse, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a busy place for organizers of several alternatives to the Klan protest including a “Heart of Memphis” gathering there.

22. Early Results: Vesta Exceeds Expectations -

Don Glays, executive director of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, has three words to describe how the past few days of the Vesta Home Show have performed:

“Beyond our expectations.”

23. Invacare Inks Lease in SE Memphis -

Invacare Continuing Care Inc. has inked a 3,500-square-foot lease at 4187 Senator St. in Southeast Memphis.

24. Humane Soc. Names Walker Development, Marketing Mgr. -

Leah Walker has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as development and marketing manager. Walker represented her home state as Miss Georgia in 2008 before joining the Greater Memphis Chamber as a development consultant.

25. Sumlin: Remembering a Memphis Musical Great -

Recent headlines shouted “Chicago Blues Great Hubert Sumlin Dies at 80.” The stories released about the death of Hubert Sumlin were almost correct, but the headlines should have read “Memphis Guitar Great Hubert Sumlin Dies.”

26. Chickasaw Council to Honor Two at Awards Luncheon -

Charles C. Gerber and R. Andrew Taylor of Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors will be honored Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Luncheon held by the Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Scoutreach Division.

27. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.

And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

28. Theatre Memphis Delves Into Real Estate -

David Mamet’s profane and powerful “Glengarry Glen Ross” gets a sharply edged treatment at Theatre Memphis’ Next Stage.

29. Commission To Pick School Board Members -

Shelby County Commissioners take the final step Monday, Sept. 12, to the creation of a new countywide school board that will take office in three weeks.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

30. Political Hobnobbing -

The group of around 100 people in the plaza of AutoZone Park Wednesday, Sept. 7, led a few passersby to think a ballgame was under way.

But politics was the only sport in the plaza during the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual HobNob In The Park gathering.

31. County Commission Interviews School Board Applicants -

It took Shelby County Commissioners nearly 10 hours Wednesday, Sept. 7, to interview nearly 100 contenders for seven appointments to the countywide school board that takes office Oct. 1.

The general government committee session with the applicants is a good indicator of what is likely to happen Monday when the full commission makes the appointments. The seven non-binding straw polls of the commission included selections by most of the 13-member body. But they selected either three or four finalists each which means there will probably a lot of shifts in votes Monday when commissioners are limited to one vote each.

32. 4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections -

Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.

33. Last-Minute Filers Make Election Deadline -

A flurry of last-minute filings came at the noon Thursday, July 21, deadline for candidates in the Oct. 6 Memphis elections to turn in their qualifying petitions.

Shelby County Election Commission staffers were still checking the signatures on the petitions filed Thursday to make sure those signing were voters and lived in the districts they signed for or the city in the case of the citywide races.

34. More Than 180 Apply For Countywide School Board -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy day Wednesday as they interview 182 candidates for appointment to a 25 member countywide school board.

The deadline for the applications to the school board being contested in Memphis federal court was the end of the business day Tuesday. And there was a deadline rush with 32 applications on Tuesday alone.

35. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will hold a breakfast forum Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The topic is “The Five Things You Absolutely Must Do to Manage Employees Well.” For reservations, contact Nancy Crawford at 757-8627 or ncrawford@bbbmidsouth.org.

36. Events -

Café Bonne Terre will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bonne Terre Country Inn and Café, 4715 Church Road W., Nesbit, Miss. For more information or reservations, call 662-781-5100 or visit www.bonneterreinn.com.

37. Oldham Fills Top Sheriff's Positions -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham has named William S. Cash as his chief deputy and Robert L. Moore as interim director of the Shelby County Jail.

38. Ford Name Plays Into Election Victory -

It didn’t work for Myron Lowery in last year’s special election for Memphis mayor.

But Joe Ford won the Democratic nomination for Shelby County mayor this week by running from the office.

39. Ford Wins Democratic Mayoral Primary -  

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.

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40. Moore Fights to Keep Commission Seat -

Edith Moore has never run for public office.

But that doesn’t mean she’s never been involved in politics.

41. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version -

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.

42. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline -

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.

D-Democrat

R- Republican

I- Independent

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)

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43. Surprises Possible as Primary Filing Deadline Nears -

Although today marks the filing deadline for the May 4 Shelby County primaries and independent candidates on the Aug. 5 county general election ballot, plenty of political drama remains.

In fact, the filing deadline is often just as important – and surprising – as election day.

44. Commission to Carry MED Baton Again Today -

Shelby County commissioners approved $10 million for The Regional Medical Center two weeks ago.

Today the body will still be talking about The MED.

On the agenda for today’s meeting is a resolution asking all candidates for governor to sign a pledge to provide The MED with “all federal funds received by the state for uncompensated care.”

45. Temporary MED Fix Just That: Temporary -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis will get $10 million from Shelby County government to keep its emergency room open through June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

The Shelby County Commission’s 9-3 vote this week takes the money from the county’s $73 million reserve fund.

46. Commissioners to Fill Commission, Legislature Vacancies -

Shelby County Commissioners will begin the new year with some familiar chores.

Today’s meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building.

It includes the appointment of a new commissioner for District 4 Position 3. And the commission will appoint an interim state representative for District 85.

47. 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.

48. Surprise Commission Appointee Lays Out Plans, Goals -

Edith C. Moore is the newest member of the Shelby County Commission, which appointed her during its last meeting of the year on Dec. 21.

Moore represents District 3 Position 3, the seat vacated by Joe Ford earlier in December when he was appointed interim Shelby County mayor.

49. 2009 Year In Review -

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.

50. An Upset Choice For The County Commission -

A retired IBM executive who decided to take a political leap at the last minute is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Edith C. Moore got seven votes from eleven members of the Shelby County Commission in the sixth round of voting to fill the vacancy created by Commissioner Joe Ford’s appointment as interim Shelby County Mayor.

51. UPDATE: Moore Is Upset Choice For County Commission -

A retired IBM executive who decided to take a political leap at the last minute is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Edith C. Moore got seven votes from eleven members of the Shelby County Commission in the sixth round of voting to fill the vacancy created by Commissioner Joe Ford’s appointment as interim Shelby County Mayor.

52. County Commission To Fill Vacancy -

Shelby County Commissioners will fill one vacancy today and make plans to fill another one.

On today’s agenda is the appointment of a new commissioner to fill the eight months left in the term of office of County Commissioner Joe Ford.

53. Commission To Interview Ford Replacement Applicants -

For the second time in a year, Shelby County Commission members are about to change the makeup of the 13-member body.

Commissioners today will interview applicants for the District 3, Position 3 seat Joe Ford is giving up to become interim Shelby County mayor. The meeting is set for 10 a.m.

54. FBI Wants Public’s Help in Civil Rights Killings -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Over the past three years, the FBI scoured faded documents, interviewed aging lawmen and tracked down witnesses from killings that occurred decades ago, many of them involving white police officers who shot black men or teenagers.

55. Field of 28 For Mayor Meets Filing Deadline With Enough Signatures -  

A field of 28 candidates had filed petitions with enough valid signatures to run in the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor by today’s noon deadline.

Shelby County Election Commission administrator Richard Holden told The Daily News several contenders had their petitions rejected once election commission staff checked the signatures.

Each person signing must be a registered voter in the city of Memphis and list the address that is on their voter registration record.

A total of 33 petitions were filed by the noon deadline. But several candidates were disqualified for not having enough signatures. And then three were returned to the list of candidates after a second check of their petitions. Those who returned to candidate status included Memphis school board member Sharon Webb.

Those who made today's cut have until noon Sept. 10 to withdraw from the race. The field will then become final.

The candidates include: 

  • Leo Awghowhat
  • Kenneth Baroff
  • Joe Brown, Memphis City Council member
  • Randy L. Cagle
  • Charles Carpenter, attorney
  • Carol Chumney, former City Council member
  • Dewey Clark, former aide to and witness against jailed Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell
  • James M. Clingan
  • Menelik Fombi, a candidate for Memphis City Schools Board in past elections
  • Wanda Halbert, chairwoman, City Council budget committee
  • Johnny Hatcher
  • Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges  
  • Constance Houston
  • Dewayne Jones
  • E.C. Jones, former City Council member
  • Jerry Lawler, entertainer and former professional wrestler
  • Myron Lowery, Memphis mayor pro tem
  • Ernie Lunati
  • Harrel C. Moore  
  • Mary T. Shelby-Wright, perennial candidate for numerous offices
  • Detric W. Stigall
  • Silky Sullivan, restaurant owner and entrepreneur
  • David Vinciarelli
  • Vuong Vaughn Vo
  • Sharon Webb, Memphis school board member
  • Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church and Memphis school board member
  • A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County mayor
  • John Willingham, former Shelby County commissioner

Sullivan showed up at the Election Commission in a white Rolls Royce wearing a white suit.

“When you see this white suit, you know I’m coming at you,” he told reporters as he outlined a plan to turn The Pyramid over to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital instead of the proposed lease to Bass Pro Shops.

“It’s going to be a dogfight,” Sullivan said of the mayor’s race.

When someone asked if he would still be in the race after next week’s withdrawal deadline, Sullivan said he was in “to the violent end.”

“You know you can’t win,” political blogger and radio talk show host Thaddeus Matthews said to Sullivan.

“Why not?” Sullivan replied.

Anthony Willoughby, the last candidate to file before noon, told reporters he was a Realtor-broker who played a role in the development of Banneker Estates in southwest Memphis, the subdivision developed by former Mayor Willie Herenton.

“I’m not a politician,” Willoughby said. “I’m going to run on that statement.”

Willoughby didn't have enough qualified signatures, though. So he won't be running.

Daniko Flowers, a construction worker still wearing his safety vest, showed up at five minutes before noon and checked out a petition. He returned at three minutes past noon and was not allowed to file. Flowers only had 18 signatures on the petition anyway.

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56. 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.

57. Newspapers to Sell Buildings, But Who's Buying? -

NEW YORK (AP) - With revenue plunging as readers and advertisers flee to the Web, many newspaper companies have turned to selling off their buildings to raise money or save on costs. But now that option may be drying up too, as frozen credit markets make commercial real estate deals scarce.

58. UTHSC Professors Receive Patents -

Sixteen professors at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center who turned laboratory experiments into practical applications have received patents for innovations in medicine.

Besides the potential for better ways to diagnose the sick and injured, these innovations could provide a revenue stream for UTHSC.

59. UT Medical Group Names Martin VP of Corporate Compliance -

Linda Martin has joined UT Medical Group Inc. as vice president of corporate compliance.

60. Events -

The Memphis Area Legal Services will hold its first MALS Fundraiser today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bardog Tavern, 73 Monroe Ave. Give a suggested donation of $10 at the door to MALS and get complimentary cocktails.

61. Gibbons’ Pressure Tactics Outed G’town Pols -

The controversy over the Germantown ballot endorsing Gary Pruitt, Frank Uhlhorn and Mike Palazzolo in the town’s three alderman races underscores the power the local GOP ballot has in Shelby County outside the Memphis city limits.

62. Pay Suit Against Baptist Grows To 30 Plaintiffs -

A lawsuit alleging Baptist Memorial hospitals engage in unfair pay practices has grown from two plaintiffs who filed the suit late last year to now include nearly 30 plaintiffs.

Those plaintiffs include former and current employees of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

63. Former Employees Sue Baptist for Unfair Pay -

Two recently terminated Baptist Memorial Hospital employees have filed a lawsuit against the hospital for unpaid overtime compensation and "related penalties and damages and for failure to pay ... employees for all hours worked."

64. Cullison Moves Up At Methodist LeBonheur in Germantown -

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

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

65. Changing Landscape: Scripps adapts to shifting media market -

Speaking to an audience of journalists in August at an evening session of the two-day "Journalism That Matters" seminar held at George Washington University, Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck issued a warning to his colleagues.

66. Barrett Opens Design and Marketing Firm -

Stefanie Barrett has opened Barrett Creative, a full-service graphic design and marketing firm. Barrett has more than 15 years of experience. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and Women on the Move, and serves as the marketing sponsor for the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) and the Small Business Chamber.

67. Advo Inc.'s AtkinsonNamed Prez of AdFed -      James Atkinson of Advo Inc. has been named the president of the Memphis Advertising Federation board of directors.
     Maury Tower of WREG-TV is first-vice president, Susan Ewing of inferno

68. Methodist's Marshall to Serve On American Heart Association Board -

Barry S. Marshall, administrator of Clinical Business Development and Cardiovascular Service Line at Methodist University Hospital, has been named to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Shelby County Division of the American Heart Association. Marshall joined Methodist in 2004 as the director of the Transplant Institute at Methodist University Hospital.

69. 'Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning's End' -

Each time a modern historical figure dies - Pope John Paul II a couple of Aprils ago, for instance, or Princess Diana of Wales in August 1997 - I can't help thinking of a variety of snippets from popular culture, flickering strobe-light style across my mind's eye or my inner ear.

70. Women's Foundation Director Shines as Woman of Character -

Ruby Bright has been recognized as a 2006 Woman of Character by the Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South. Bright, who is the executive director of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, was recognized for her courage, confidence and leadership.

71. Biofuels Industry Revs Up With Milagro Opening -

Milagro Biofuels of Memphis LLC is officially open for business.

The alternative fuel company at 61 Keel Ave. is slated to start selling biodiesel once it receives the necessary approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in coming days.

72. Prestidge Chosen to Head Kroger Delta Division -

Mark Prestidge has been promoted to president of The Kroger Co.'s Delta Division. The Delta Division is based in Memphis and includes 111 Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Prestidge succeeds Richard Tillman, who recently announced his retirement after a 42-year career with Kroger. Prestidge previously served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Southwest Division.

73. Feibelman Honored by American College of Trial Lawyers -

Jef Feibelman has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Feibelman is an attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.

74. Adams and Reese Absorbs 15 Armstrong Allen Attorneys - New Orleans-based Adams and Reese LLP has announced 15 lawyers with Memphis-based Armstrong Allen PLLC will join the law firm effective May 1. Adams and Reese has more than 300 lawyers in 10 offices across the United States. Attorneys joining Adams a

75. Blount Rises to Vice President at Wachovia -

Michelle Blount has been named vice president and senior community banker for Wachovia Bank in Memphis. She has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry and most recently served as vice president in commercial banking for First Tennessee Bank.

76. Attorney Webb Brewer Named Public Service Attorney of the Year -

The Tennessee Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee have named attorney Webb Brewer 2005 Public Service Attorney of the Year. Brewer has been director of advocacy and general counsel for Memphis Area Legal Services for 26 years.

77. Local Resident Named Land Realtor of America -

Keith Morris of 4M Land Co. in Somerville was honored with the 2005 Land Realtor of America award by the Realtors Land Institute. Morris, current president of the Tennesseen RLI chapter, is the first Tennessean to receive the award. He graduated from the University of Memphis.

78. Local Attorneys Get Turn as Judge, Jury -

Starting over is the theme that fills every corner of David S. Kennedy's courtroom.

He is chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, which each year hears more than 20,000 pleas from debtors looking for a financial fresh start.

79. Armstrong Allen Names New Litigation Practice Chair -

Armstrong Allen attorney James F. Arthur III was named litigation practice group chairman for the firm. Arthur replaces Lucian Pera, who has served as litigation practice chairman for the past several years.

80. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Armstrong Allen attorney re-elected to ABAs House of Delegates

Noel Re-Elected to ABA House of Delegates

Randall D. Noel was elected to a third two-year term as a member of the American Bar Associations policy-making House of Delegates. Noel i...

81. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Local Attorney Named Chairperson of ABA Business Law Section

SCO President Earns Distinguished Service Award

The Tennessee Optometric Association presented Dr. William E. Cochran with its 2004 Distinguished Service Award. Cochran is president ...

82. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Sheriffs Office Graduates Reserve Deputies

Sheriffs Office Graduates Reserve Deputies The Shelby County Sheriffs Office graduated the following reserve deputies, who received training through the Memphis Police Department Training Academy between...

83. Archived Article: Memos - Memphis memos 07-02-03

Lisa Wright was given the Presidential Honors Award in BellSouths service leader program for exemplary service to business, residential or wholesale customers. The award is the highest given for customer service within the ...

84. Archived Article: Benchmark - Oracle boosts PeopleSoft takeover bid

Oracle boosts PeopleSoft takeover bid

Oracle Corp., the No. 2 U.S.-based global software maker, Wednesday sweetened its hostile cash bid for PeopleSoft Inc. by 22 percent to about $6.3 billion, the latest ...

85. Archived Article: Memos - James Pascover was appointed Better Business of the Mid-South director of marketing and communications

James Pascover was appointed Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South director of marketing and communications. Pascover brings more than 20 yea...

86. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events Feb. 11-Feb. 17 Feb. 11 The Shelby County Republican Womens Club host Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy and Shelby County School board chairman David Pickler at 11 a.m. at the Adams Mark, 939 Ridge Lake Bl...

87. Archived Article: Market Briefs - The annual Collierville Chamber Membership Dinner meeting is at 6 p Union Planters Corp. will make a presentation at the Salomon Smith Barney Financial Services Conference at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of Union Planters will be Jackson W....

88. Archived Article: Memos - William H William H. Masters joined the electrical department of Askew Hargraves Harcourt and Associates as an electrical project manager. He earned his bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University and masters degree from the University of Memphis. M...

89. Archived Article: Memos - Russell Gwatney, Gwatney Cos Russell Gwatney, Gwatney Cos. president, was named chairman of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. Gwatney has served on the board since 1995. Other officers elected to serve in 2000 are: Larry Jensen, chairman-elect; ...

90. Archived Article: Memos - RFS Hotel Investors Inc RFS Hotel Investors Inc. has announced several management changes. Randy Churchey has been named president and chief operating officer of RFS Hotel Investors Inc. He formerly was senior vice president and chief financial offi...

91. Archived Article: Memos - AutoZone Inc AutoZone Inc. has announced the following promotions: Bill Rhodes, previously vice president of finance, was promoted to senior vice president of finance. Mike Broderick, previously regional manager, was promoted to vice president-store...

92. Archived Article: Adjust (bott) - By LAURIE JOHNSON Pizza/entertainment company seeks zoning variance for expansion By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Business has been so good at the Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlor and family entertainment complex on Hickory Hill Road that the franchise...

93. Archived Article: Gov't (ccdc) - Two development loans that will assist with complete renovations of two Downtown buildings were approved by the Center City Development Corp Loans will help renovate two Downtown buildings By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News Two development loans that w...

94. Archived Article: R'birds (bott) - Approval was given by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp $75 million bond issue will spark park construction By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News The issuance of $75 million in bonds to finance construction of AutoZone Park has been approved by the Cen...

95. Archived Article: Calendar - Aug Aug. 18 The American Business Womens Association, Cotton Belles chapter, will meet at the Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Networking begins at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6:15. The speaker will be Paula Sedgwick, who was part of an ABW...

96. Archived Article: Calendar - Aug Aug. 18 The American Business Womens Association, Cotton Belles chapter, will meet at the Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Networking begins at 5:45 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:15. The speaker will be Paula Sedgwick, who was part of an ABWA...

97. Archived Article: Memos - Joseph Kyles, an assistant professor of education at Shelby State Community College, has been elected to serve as president of the Tennessee Young Democrats Joseph Kyles, an assistant professor of education at Shelby State Community College, has bee...

98. Archived Article: New Judge.st - At noon on Friday Gov. Don Sundquist announced the name of the new Circuit Court judge appointed by Gov. Don Sundquist to fill the vacancy left when Judge Janice Holder was appointed to the Supreme Court. Third timeís a charm for new circuit ...

99. Archived Article: New Judge - At noon on Friday Gov. Don Sundquist announced the name of the new Circuit Court judge appointed by Gov. Don Sundquist to fill the vacancy left when Judge Janice Holder was appointed to the Supreme Court. Third times a charm for new circuit court ju...

100. Archived Article: Satelliteclerksofc - Notes satellite circuit court Satellite Circuit Court office opens today By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News A new Circuit Court Clerk satellite office opening today is designed to save time for attorneys practicing in East Memphis and ease the w...