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1. Chancery Court Vacancy Down to 3 Finalists -

Three Memphis attorneys, including two who ran for other divisions of Shelby County Chancery Court in the August general elections, have been recommended for the Chancery Court judge vacancy.

Oscar Carr, Jim Newsom and Mike Richards are the finalists recommended Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam by the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments. They were among the 15 attorneys who applied for the vacancy and were interviewed by the state commission.

2. Chancery Court Vacancy Down to 3 Finalists -

Three Memphis attorneys, including two who ran for other divisions of Shelby County Chancery Court in the August general elections, have been recommended for the Chancery Court judge vacancy.

Oscar Carr, Jim Newsom and Mike Richards are the finalists recommended Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam by the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments. They were among the 15 attorneys who applied for the vacancy and were interviewed by the state commission.

3. Carr, Newsom and Richards Finalists for Chancery Court Judge -

Three Memphis attorneys including two who ran for other divisions of Chancery Court on the August county general election ballot have been recommended for the Chancery Court Judge vacancy.

Oscar Carr, Jim Newsom and Mike Richards are the finalists recommended Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam by the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments. There were among the 15 attorneys who applied for the vacancy and were interviewed by the state commission.

4. Nine Losing Candidates Challenge August Vote -

Nine losing candidates from the August elections are contesting the results in a Shelby County Chancery Court lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 2 by Democratic candidates Joe Brown, Henri Brooks and Wanda Halbert; judicial candidates Mozella Ross, Kim Sims, Kenya Brooks, J. Nathan Toney and Alicia Howard; and Doris Deberry-Bradshaw, who ran in a state House Democratic primary.

5. Fuchs Joins Vaco Logistics as Recruiter -

Eddie Fuchs has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, where he’ll consult with distribution, transportation and manufacturing companies to help identify candidates for leadership and specialized skill positions. Fuchs, who previously worked in the business development department of Intermodal Cartage Co., was recently named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 Young Memphians list.

6. Election Commission Certifies August Vote -

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the August election results Monday, Aug. 25, at the beginning of a week that includes an early oath of office for those elected to county offices on the ballot.

7. Field of 15 Apply for Chancery Court Judge -

A field of 15 Memphis attorneys applied to become the newest Chancery Court Judge as Chancellor Kenny Armstrong moves to a seat on the state appeals court in a week.

8. Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results -

Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.

That and the re-election victory of Democratic incumbent Cheyenne Johnson in the race for Shelby County Assessor of Property were the only bright spots for a divided local Democratic Party that lost every other countywide partisan elected position to Republicans in the Aug. 7 county general election, just as they lost every countywide position to Republicans four years earlier.

9. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

10. Clean-Air Rules Assailed as Too Much, Too Little -

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

11. Memphis Bar Reveals Judicial Candidate Poll -

All but three of the 24 local judicial incumbents on the Aug. 7 ballot came out on top in the Memphis Bar Association poll of judicial candidates released Monday, June 30.

Attorneys were asked by the bar to select candidates based on who they felt was best qualified to hold the office.

12. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

13. Battle Lines -

The city’s operating and capital budgets are just about set for the new fiscal year next month. Hard decisions made about health insurance for city employees and retirees Tuesday, June 17, are unlikely to be revisited by the Memphis City Council.

14. Council Takes First Steps on Pension, Insurance -

The first votes by the Memphis City Council this week on righting the city’s financial affairs were tentative steps, making it hard to predict whether there will be seven votes to pass dramatic changes in city pensions and health care insurance.

15. Council Begins Decisions on City Financial Changes -

Memphis City Council members took the first steps Tuesday, June 3, toward major changes in pension benefits for city employees and began delving into the details of even broader changes in health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

16. Teeing Off -

Everyone was in a good mood. Not just normally affable Grizzlies players Mike Conley and Mike Miller, but former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown, a couple of hard-nosed throwback types.

17. Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions -

Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

But council members voted down a plan to come up with the $1.7 million for the class of 100 fire recruits from a $3 million cut in the line item for fire department sick leave, proposed by council member Kemp Conrad.

18. 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.

19. Council Hears More on Police and Fire Budget Decisions -

Memphis City Council member got deeper Tuesday, Feb. 4, into the specifics of Memphis Police and Fire Department budget decisions.

But they didn’t get a clearer picture of what the direction forward will be as they and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. prepare to make some hard decisions about public safety in dealing with the city’s unfunded pension liability.

20. Meghan McMahon Joins Glankler Brown as Associate -

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate, concentrating her practice in business and commercial litigation and intellectual property. McMahon previously worked in academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, and has experience with issues relating to NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property.

21. Council Rules Could Change in 2014 -

Memphis City Council members are already starting to adapt some items in a set of proposed changes in how they conduct business.

The proposal took a bit longer to formulate than originally anticipated.

22. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

23. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will continue its Weave Your Own Web social media training series on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

24. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance -

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.

25. Affordable Care Act -

On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.

Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.

26. 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.

27. Council Debates Restoring MATA Service -

A day before the board of the Memphis Area Transit Authority votes on significant cuts in bus and trolley service, the Memphis City Council will review $2.1 million in capital spending for the authority.

28. Federation of Independent Business Honors Norris -

The National Federation of Independent Business has recognized Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, with its Guardian of Small Business award for his leadership on a variety of legislative reform efforts.

29. National Federation of Independent Business Honors Norris -

The National Federation of Independent Business has recognized Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, with its Guardian of Small Business award for his leadership on a variety of legislative reform efforts.

30. Next Goal for City Budget: Consensus -

For now, Memphis City Council members have more questions than consensus about which end is up on the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that is three weeks away.

Beyond the questions awaits a significant difference of opinion among council members about the general direction city finances should take with the new fiscal year and beyond.

31. Two Plead Guilty in Probe of Truck Stop Chain -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal probe of the company's business practices.

32. Police Budget Passes Early Council Test -

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee approved the largest budget for any single city division Tuesday, May 7.

But the committee debate before the vote set the stage for what is expected to be more discussion about how much the Memphis Police Department needs to protect and serve.

33. Congressman, Former Lobbyist Get Housing, FCC Nods -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday tapped a veteran Democratic congressman to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency and a top fundraiser and former lobbyist to head up the Federal Communications Commission.

34. Questions Kick Off City Budget Hearings -

Memphis City Council members opened budget committee hearings Tuesday, April 23, on the clock and with lots of questions about what seemed to some like different budget numbers from last year at this time by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

35. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

36. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

37. Council Votes on Sales Tax Referendum -

Memphis City Council members take the first step toward a fall referendum on a citywide half percent sales tax hike Tuesday, Feb. 4, as they vote on the first of three readings of the referendum ordinance.

38. McLain Joins Counterpart in Copywriting Role -

Rebekah McLain has joined Counterpart Communication Design as copywriter. In her new role, McLain will write copy for print and websites, with areas of expertise including higher education, security and disability law, neuropsychology and hospitality.

39. Council Reconsiders Golf Course Closings -

Four city golf courses were scheduled to close for the winter season on Dec. 1, with one of the four – Whitehaven – to close permanently.

That was the decision the Memphis City Council made last spring as it set the city budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

40. Easy Money -

When the Federal Reserve announced a few weeks ago its newest – i.e., third – round of quantitative easing intended to once again try to juice a sluggish economy, an employee of FTN Financial couldn’t resist a metaphor for the Fed’s open-ended commitment.

41. Business Making an Anti-Regulation Pitch to Voters -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign.

42. Council Approves Cut of City Funding For Vehicle Inspections -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Aug. 21, to end city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of June 2013.

The 10-2 council vote followed months of discussion among council members about Shelby County government or the state of Tennessee assuming responsibility for the car and truck inspections.

43. Biz Owners Weighing Health Care Law Impact -

So far, it’s not easy to get a clear picture of how President Barack Obama’s health care law will affect Memphis-area small businesses.

That’s mainly because there are lots of business owners – including both supporters and even strident critics of the Affordable Care Act – who themselves don’t know what impact the law will have.

44. Sales Tax Weekend Boost for Biz, Consumers -

Mignonne Wright is looking forward to this weekend. Friday, Aug. 3, kicks off the state’s yearly three-day sales tax holiday that can fuel a boost in business for retailers that carry certain clothing, school supplies and computers.

45. Democrats Hoping to Win Some Seats in Primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Democrats are looking at Thursday's primary as a critical step in the rebuilding urged by an internal analysis last year.

Since 2006, Democrats have lost 19 seats in the House and three seats in the Senate, placing them firmly in the minority of the two chambers. Another nine Democratic incumbents announced earlier this year they weren't running again.

46. NFIB Endorses State Sen. Norris -

The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Mark Norris, R-Collierville, in the 32nd Senate District, which has a primary scheduled for Aug. 2 and the general election to be held Nov. 6.

47. Heritage Garden Showcases Delta’s Ag History -

Memphis Botanic Garden has unveiled a new garden to honor the heritage of the Mississippi River Delta.

The newly planted Delta Heritage Garden, which showcases the South’s rich agricultural history, is the first of its kind at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road.

48. Country Songwriters Event Benefits St. Jude, Le Bonheur -

The Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Event featuring country music songwriters Darryl Worley, Mark D. Sanders, Rob Crosby and Jim “Moose” Brown will take place Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at Bumpus Harley-Davidson, 325 S. Byhalia Road in Collierville.

49. Arthurs Find Success With Dad-Daughter Law Practice -

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2000, Megan Arthur took some time off to think about whether law school was truly the right fit for her.

50. White Finds Calling In Family Law Practice -

Leigh-Taylor White, an attorney with Shea Moskovitz & McGhee, didn’t always know she wanted to be a lawyer.

51. Tax Hike At Center Of Budget Debate -

Even as he made his case for a 47-cent property tax hike Tuesday, April 17, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. outlined alternatives to the full tax hike.

“This is a product in progress,” he said after his annual budget address.

52. Wharton Budget Plan Includes Alternatives To 47 Cent Tax Hike -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took a $628.3 million city operating budget proposal Tuesday, April 17 to the Memphis City Council with a 47-cent property tax hike proposed to meet the city’s obligation to fund Memphis City Schools.

53. Millington Candidates File for August Election -

The field for Millington mayor in that city’s Aug. 2 nonpartisan general election is three candidates following last week’s filing deadline.

It includes former Mayor Terry Jones, who lost a re-election bid four years ago to Richard Hodges; Kenneth Uselton and Debra Sigee.

54. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

55. Council Rejects 18 Cent Property Tax Hike -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, March 20, to reject a one-time, 18-cent property tax hike to mop up an estimated $13 million in red ink for the current fiscal year.

Instead the council voted to use $10 million from the city’s reserve fund and cut $3.2 million in the existing budget including money for a voluntary buyout program of some sanitation workers that the Wharton administration has yet to activate.

56. Brown Makes Leap To Family Law Firm -

Family law attorney Aubrey Brown will celebrate his 18th year in practice at the Memphis firm he recently joined, Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC.

57. Council Weighs In on Electrolux Incentives -

Some Memphis City Council members want to at least slow the appropriation of local government funding to Electrolux North America Cooking Products if the company isn’t more responsive to hiring local for the construction of its Memphis manufacturing plant.

58. Perl Re-Elected As MSCAA Chair -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority re-elected its chairman and awarded two contracts Thursday, Nov. 17, at its monthly board of commissioners meeting.

Arnold Perl was unanimously voted by his peers for a five-year term as head of the MSCAA board, effective Jan. 1. The nominating committee included board vice chairman Jim Keras and commissioners Herb Hilliard, John Stokes, Jack Sammons, Ruby Wharton and Jon Thompson.

59. Perl Re-Elected as MSCAA Chair -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority re-elected its chairman and awarded two contracts Thursday, Nov. 17, at its monthly board of commissioners meeting.

Arnold Perl was unanimously voted by his peers for a five-year term as head of the MSCAA board, effective Jan. 1. The nominating committee included board vice chairman Jim Keras and commissioners Herb Hilliard, John Stokes, Jack Sammons, Ruby Wharton and Jon Thompson.

60. Millington Board to Pick New Mayor -

The Millington Board of Aldermen will select the next mayor of the city in February or March following the retirement of Mayor Richard Hodges on Jan. 13.

61. Memphian Cobb Joins MIFA As Meals on Wheels Director -

Trentwood Cobb has joined Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association as director of MIFA Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to senior citizens in the greater Memphis area.

Hometown: Memphis

62. CMOM Names Roberts Marketing, Fundraising Coord. -

Carrie Callaway Roberts has been named marketing and fundraising coordinator at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

63. Road Trip -

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is going on a road trip.

The speaker of the state Senate wants to host a series of discussions with business owners from every corner of the state about red tape and any unnecessary obstacles that make life difficult for them.

64. Seeing Success -

On the surface, they don’t have much in common other than their home turf. They include everything from a venerable law firm, prominent regional investment companies, tech firms and even a business that manufactures food products like hot dogs and sandwich meats.

65. 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.

66. Plotting a Course -

State and federal officials are developing new programs and legislation to bolster small businesses.Many companies are facing a variety of hurdles in a lackluster economy in which millions remain jobless and the outlook for consumer confidence and companies’ confidence in hiring and investing remain bleak. But what shape those hurdles have taken depends on who you ask.

67. Vote for Me -

Four years after the biggest turnover on the Memphis City Council, the Oct. 6 city elections could see the biggest return of incumbents ever on the council. Early voting begins Friday, Sept. 16.

Twelve of the 13 incumbents are seeking re-election. It would have been 13 had Barbara Swearengen Ware not taken a plea deal on an official misconduct charge.

68. Investors Group Meeting Features Asset Protection -

The Memphis Investors Group will host a meeting Thursday, Sept. 8, featuring real estate investor Dyches Boddiford, a renowned author and speaker on the subject of asset protection.

Slated topics include structuring entities to protect assets and minimize taxes. Boddiford will provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of various entities, such as “C” & “S” corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and land trusts, while explaining how these entities can benefit business and real estate-investment portfolios.

69. 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.

70. City Council Still Debating Budget Decision -

In some ways, the city budget season isn’t over just yet.

Memphis City Council member Joe Brown moved Tuesday, July 5, to reverse an effective 4.6 percent pay cut for city employees through 12 unpaid furlough days.

71. Pieces of the Puzzle -

Memphis City Council members left the city property tax rate at $3.19 Tuesday, June 21, as they ended their budget season.

But they added 18 cents to the tax rate on a one time basis with a separate resolution.

72. Conrad’s City Budget Plan Offers Balance -

At week’s end, Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners were each moving toward final votes next week on budgets for both local governments.

And each body is debating whether to do what’s necessary to balance their respective budgets before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year or to dig deeper for long-term shifts in the scope of their governments.

73. Grubb & Ellis Survives, Prospers in Economy -

Like everybody else in the real estate business, the last 36 months or so have been trying times for Grubb & Ellis Co. Memphis, a commercial realty firm that splits its business between leasing/management and sales.

74. Tenn. Senate Requires Insurance Cover Hearing Aids -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would require Tennessee insurance companies to include hearing aids for individuals up to 18 years of age in their policies despite opponents who say the mandate could drive up health care costs.

75. Bryant Joins RedRover -

Sarah Bryant has joined RedRover Sales & Marketing as a marketing account executive. She previously worked for the Atlanta Falcons.

76. Council to Consider Sewer Fee, Postponing Layoffs -

A voting majority of Memphis City Council members seem to have reached an early agreement on lowering the city sewer fee.

At a 10 a.m. council committee session Tuesday, council members will discuss the proposed ordinance sponsored by eight of the 12 council members to cut the maximum monthly residential sanitary sewer fee from $50 to $25.

77. Analysts: First Horizon Could Report Small Q1 Profit -

The consensus estimate of more than two-dozen analysts is that First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based parent company will report a 4-cent profit for the first quarter when First Horizon National Corp. announces earnings this week.

78. Serving Education -

The last time Memphis Catholic High School had a kitchen that served hot meals, the school’s mascot was a terrier and it was an all boys school.

Since the 1970-1971 school year, it’s been reheated food, vending machines and brown bags.

79. Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance -

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.

80. Colleges: Freshmen Looking for Career Advice Now -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – As college freshmen nationwide continue exploring their campuses – finding dining halls, laundry rooms, bookstores and gyms – officials at many schools say the newbies are increasingly finding their way to career centers.

81. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

82. Pension Bomb -

For years, government pension liabilities – the lifetime retirement benefits paid to everyone from local cops to garbage collectors – have been the equivalent of ticking time bombs.

They were assembled when governments like Memphis and Shelby County, among many others, mixed together some explosive materials.

83. Renaissance Avenue -

When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.

84. New Oil Numbers May Mean More Environmental Damage -

HOUSTON (AP) — New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home, scientists said Friday.

85. BP Oil Collection Ramps Up; So Do Claims Questions -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP plans to bring in an oil-burning device and a tanker from the North Sea as it tries to contain the crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, a disaster creating headaches for people who make money off the sea and those processing their claims of financial loss.

86. US Senate Nears Vote on Four TVA Board Nominees -

US Senate Nears Vote on Four TVA Board Nominees

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The U.S. Senate is nearing confirmation votes on four new directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The votes, expected this week or next, would restore the nine-member board to full strength.

87. What’s Coming Up This Election Season -

After a year of turbulence, the Memphis political scene continues to remake itself.

The May 4 and Aug. 5 elections don’t have the focused drama of last October’s special election for Memphis mayor, but they represent new chapters in a story that could end with a new generation of political leaders and at least a passing of the political baton.

88. Noel Becomes ABA Delegate From Tennessee -

Randall D. Noel has been elected as the Tennessee delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Noel is a member of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC’s Commercial Litigation Group. Noel is a Fellow of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Foundations and has served as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

89. Debate Over City Elections Continues -

For the second time in three years, Memphis voters may be changing the timing of city elections.

The new proposed change would undo those made in 2008 by the Memphis Charter Commission.

Memphis voters approved the move to stagger City Council members’ terms in November that year, along with seven other changes to the charter.

90. Council Battles Funding Issues -

As Memphis political leaders made another trip to Nashville this week seeking money for The MED, others questioned the hospital’s life expectancy.

Memphis City Council members this week delayed a vote on $2 million in emergency funding for The MED until April.

91. MED Funding a State Issue, Leaders Say -

The issue of double taxation reared its head this week as a plan to provide $12 million in local emergency funding for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis scored $10 million.

The county funding cleared the Shelby County Commission on a 9-3 vote after lots of debate Monday.

92. School Funding Debate Marches On -

The city of Memphis is pursuing a last appeal in the Memphis school funding court case, and the City Council this week came up with a plan to provide $50 million in court-ordered funding to the school system.

93. Gut-Check for Obama and Dems on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Abandoning the health care overhaul is not an option, a senior White House official said Wednesday, after President Barack Obama's top domestic initiative took a devastating hit with the Democratic loss of the Massachusetts Senate seat.

94. Angst Lingers Behind Uptick In Biz Permits -

Permits issued for businesses to operate in Shelby County during 2009 indicate a rebound in entrepreneurship, but tight credit and economic angst continue to be a drag on activity.

The number of permits issued for new businesses or renewed for established ones increased 5.7 percent compared to 2008. That’s an easy benchmark for measuring success because that year business permits plunged 11 percent from 2007.

95. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Jim Kovarik, professional writer and director of the Grant Editing Center at the University of Memphis, will speak. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

96. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Karen Kitchens, program officer of The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., will speak. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

97. Dixon to Feature National Ornamental Metal Museum Work -

he National Ornamental Metal Museum isn’t moving from its haven above the Mississippi River, but East Memphis arts patrons soon will have a chance to view metal art from local artists without trekking Downtown.

98. Events -

The Memphis Orthopaedic Research Lecture will be held today from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Wunderlich Auditorium on the Memphis University School campus, 6191 Park Ave. The program is free. To R.S.V.P., call 866-1452.

99. Glankler Brown’s Thornton Receives Annual Pro Bono Award -

Laurie M. Thornton, an attorney at Glankler Brown PLLC, has received the firm’s third annual Frank J. Glankler Jr. Pro Bono Award. This is the second consecutive year Thornton has received the honor. She provided more than 40 hours of free legal services during 2009.

100. Holiday Stragglers Find Shortages of Hot Items -

NEW YORK (AP) - Looking for UGG boots? Or what about the last string of holiday lights or inflatable Santas to spruce up the lawn? You might be out of luck.

Some last-minute holiday shoppers are facing disappointment. Stores are running out of key holiday items – and not just Zhu Zhu pets, those robotic hamsters that have been hard to find since before Thanksgiving.