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1. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

2. McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.

3. Bartlett Mayor McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline -

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.

4. Wine Referendums Down to Final Day -

The deadline for signatures to be gathered on the still-forming proposed referendums to allow wine in grocery stores is Thursday, Aug. 21.

The deadline for candidates to file in the set of Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal elections on the November ballot is at noon the same day.

5. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

6. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

7. 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.

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. This week in Memphis history: January 10-16 -

1950: On the front page of The Daily News, the city had a second Crosley automobile dealership. John Charles Wright opened Wright Motor Co. at 395 Union Ave. with another Crosley dealership named Fly & Harwood at 333 Madison Ave. Crosley Motors Inc. was headquartered in Cincinnati and started production on the line of subcompact cars in 1939, stopping in 1942 when World War II production restrictions put a temporary end to civilian automobile manufacturing. Production resumed in 1946, but Crosley stopped making cars by 1953.

10. Gonitzke Named CEO of National Foundation for Transplants -

Connie Gonitzke has been appointed president and CEO of the National Foundation for Transplants. Gonitzke joined the Memphis-based organization in 2002 as a patient advocate. In 2006, she was named director of resource development, and in 2008, she became the senior vice president of development.

11. State Lags for Women in Corporate Positions -

Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.

Expert opinions vary on how strongly the statistics reflect corporate vitality in Tennessee on a broader scale.

12. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

13. Arlington Early Voting is Saturday -

Early voting in Arlington municipal elections is Saturday, Sept. 7, at Arlington United Methodist Church, 6145 Quintard St.

14. 11 File for State House District 91 Special Election -

The race for the state House seat held by the late Lois DeBerry since 1973 includes 10 Democrats, one Libertarian and no Republicans or independents, as of the Thursday, Aug. 29, noon filing deadline for candidates.

15. Wright Joins Magna Bank as Senior Vice President -

Andy Wright has joined Memphis-based Magna Bank as senior vice president and manager of commercial banking. Wright, who previously held senior vice president positions at Iberiabank and First Tennessee Bank, has experience working with a variety of industries, with in-depth expertise in the transportation and logistics industries.

16. Local GOP Convention Continues Tea Party Effort -

When Shelby County Republicans got together for the biannual party convention Sunday, March 24, in Bartlett, local party chairman Justin Joy counseled patience.

“There will probably be some moments when this will not appear to be a well-rehearsed wedding,” Joy said.

17. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management -

Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.

18. Towns Named to Southern College of Optometry Board -

Leticia “Tish” Towns, senior vice president of external relations for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has been named to the Southern College of Optometry board of trustees. Among her duties at The MED, Towns oversees the development of the hospital’s strategic plan and manages marketing and communications, community engagement, the Traumatic Brain Injury program, government relations and pastoral care.

19. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

20. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

21. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees -

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

22. Red Door Hosting Economic Seminar -

Red Door Wealth Management, a sister company to Cannon Wright Blount, is hosting a free economic seminar next week.

Titled, “What in the world is going on? Income opportunities in today’s low interest rate environment,” it will be held Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Red Door’s chief investment officer John Phillips will provide attendees with historical trends of the market as well as background into the current debt crisis the U.S. and other nations face.

23. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its office 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Visit cannonwrightblount.com or email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com.

24. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set -

Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.

The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.

25. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

26. US Consumers More Confident in the Economy in July -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans breathed a bit easier about the economy in July, as a better outlook on short-term hiring and lower gas prices offset lingering worries about poor income growth.

27. Events -

The Better Business Bureau breakfast series will continue with a seminar on fraud risks facing small businesses Tuesday, May 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Cost is free for BBB members and $10 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@bbbmidsouth.org or 757-8603.

28. Events -

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. at the board’s office, 114 N. Main St. Call Andy Kitsinger at 575-0540 for details.

29. Defense Cuts Test Lawmakers' Resolve on Deficits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's call to shrink the military, shut bases and cancel weapons to meet the demand for budget cuts tests the resolve of lawmakers who came to Washington determined to slash the deficit.

30. Wright Medical Hires New SVP -

Less than a month after Wright Medical Group Inc.’s former Senior Vice President Frank Bono filed a complaint in Shelby County Chancery Court against his former employer, the Arlington-based orthopedic medical device company has named Daniel Garen its new senior vice president and chief compliance officer.

31. Threadgill Steers BACC Toward Life Sciences -

The life sciences sector is getting a heavy push from John Threadgill, president of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

32. 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.

33. Election Commission Website Causes Confusion -

The information was there somewhere on the www.shelbyvote.com website, Shelby County Election Commission staffers insist.

It was just somewhere that most politicos interested in basic information about the four countywide races on the March 6 primary ballot couldn’t find.

34. County Primary Ballot Set With 3 Exits and 2 DQs - One of the four sets of Shelby County primaries on the March 6 ballot was decided at the Thursday, Dec. 15, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot.

The Shelby County Election Commission Thursday certified 16 candidates in the two sets of primaries for four county offices and one independent candidate who advances automatically to the Aug. 2 county general elections.

35. Jeter Joins Accounting Firm Cannon Wright Blount -

Andrew Jeter has joined Cannon Wright Blount as director of assurance and accounting services.

36. Weirich and Ross Unopposed At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich appeared to have no opposition in the March GOP primary for the job as the county’s top prosecutor.

37. Weirich and Ross Unopposed At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich appeared to have no opposition in the March GOP primary for the job as the county’s top prosecutor.

38. Deadline Looms For Candidates In March Primaries -

There is the paperwork and there are the deadlines in politics. And then there are the campaigns that begin long before the paperwork or deadlines.

One group of candidates in the 2012 election cycle is approaching its first deadline Thursday, Dec. 8, at noon – the filing deadline for the March 6 county primaries.

39. Chism Vying With Jackson for Court Clerk -

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

40. Chism Vying With Jackson for GS Court Clerk -

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

41. After Outbreak, Egg Mogul is Leaving the Industry -

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

42. State Aeronautics Division has New Director -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The aeronautics division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation has a new director.

William B. Orellana will oversee the licensing of Tennessee's general aviation airports and grants for them.

43. Settle Resigns As Chancery Court Questions Get Broader -

Chancery Court Clerk Dewun Settle resigned Tuesday, Sept. 27, the day after a Shelby County Commissioner called for a broader investigation of embezzlement allegations in the clerk’s office and a week after an internal county report raised questions about why he didn’t report the problem sooner.

44. Have ‘Mondegreens’ Had Their Day? -

The word “Mondegreen” made it into the dictionary in 2000, 46 years after it was coined. I guess I haven’t written about it since before that time.

The word was come up with by American writer Sylvia Wright, in a 1954 essay in Harper’s. As a youth, Wright heard her mother read from “The Bonny Earl o’ Moray”: “They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray/ And laid him on the green.”

45. Allie Prescott to Head U of M Alumni Association -

Allie Prescott has been elected president of the University of Memphis Alumni Association national executive board of directors.

Prescott holds his bachelor’s and law degrees from the U of M, and he is a life member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association. As a former adviser to the executive director and former vice president for membership, Prescott is serving his fifth year on the national board.

46. Wright’s Compliance Officer Resigns -

Another top executive has resigned from Wright Medical Group Inc. Vice president and chief compliance officer Lisa L. Michels resigned from the company Tuesday, Aug. 16, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing signed Friday, Aug. 19, by Wright Medical Interim CEO David Stevens.

47. ‘Business Friendly’ -

Growth is the buzzword in Bartlett and Northeast Shelby County, where the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce is in the midst of the second phase of a comprehensive economic development strategy zeroing in on four growth industries.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. APNewsBreak: FBI Probes Never Entangled McWherter -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ned McWherter, one of the most powerful Tennessee Democrats during his quarter century in public life, never got caught up in any of the FBI undercover investigations that pushed another governor out of office early and led to several prison sentences and suicides for others in his party.

51. Consumer Confidence Falls Unexpectedly in May -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are losing faith that the economy will keep improving, according to a monthly survey.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to a six-month low of 60.8 from a revised 66 in April, a sign of the toll that high gas prices, a choppy job outlook and a moribund housing market are taking on people's psyches. Economists had expected an increase to 67.

52. Gaining Altitude -

April should be a busy month for officials with Memphis International Airport and the logistics industry as they promote the city’s transportation assets as a vital part of the local economy.

53. Red Door Hits First Year by Exceeding Goals -

Red Door Wealth Management, a financial advisory business that has an alliance with local accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount PLLC, just wrapped up its first year in existence this month.

54. A New Era -

As the Grizzlies mark their 10th season in Memphis, whispers of “contender” and “dark horse” can be heard in the halls of FedExForum.

The positive outlook is an encouraging sign for a team that sat at the bottom of the league just two seasons ago and has endured a bumpy ride during its decade-long tenure in Memphis.

55. Despite Poor Economy, Business Startups on Rise -

A down economy doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a bad time to start a business.

In fact, according to business counselor G.E. “Russ” Russell, many Fortune 500 companies got their start during the Great Depression.

56. Wal-Mart Names New CFO as Schoewe Plans to Leave -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Financial Officer Tom Schoewe is retiring, the retailer announced Wednesday, and it has promoted Charles Holley to be his replacement.

57. Youth Isn’t a Hurdle for Red Door Founder Phillips -

The scant number of years John Phillips V has under his belt relative to others in his chosen industry is not lost on him.

58. Mercer Capital Promotes Heinz to Senior VP -

Nicholas J. Heinz has been promoted to senior vice president at Mercer Capital. Heinz joined Mercer Capital in 2000 and is a senior member of the Mercer’s investment banking corporate valuation division.

59. Wal-Mart Q2 Profit Rises 3.6 Pct on Cost-Cutting -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 3.6 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its earnings guidance for the full year as it benefits from cost-cutting and robust global growth in China, Brazil and Mexico.

60. GOP Carries Countywide Offices -

The only thing Republican candidates in Shelby County were denied in the Aug. 5 elections was a majority on the Shelby County Commission. The local GOP slate swept every countywide partisan race on the ballot with Thursday’s election results.

Voter turnout – early and Election Day – was almost 30 percent of Shelby County’s 600,000 voters. All election returns will be audited and must be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Republican Bill Oldham, the former chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department under outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell, beat Democrat Randy Wade in the race for sheriff.

The unofficial returns with all precincts reporting were:

Oldham: 89,613 (52%)

Wade: 82,981 (48%)

Wade, who was the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2002, linked his 2010 campaign to the re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. Wade, a former sheriff’s deputy, is Cohen’s district director.

Oldham campaigned on continuing the policies of Luttrell. But his campaign faltered when Oldham was forced to resign his job as chief deputy – the No. 2 position in the department – following a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department that his candidacy violated the Federal Hatch Act.

The civil complaint investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel left Oldham with the choice of either quitting the job or quitting the race. To keep both could have jeopardized federal funding the department receives.

The complaint was unique because deputies and high-ranking officers running for sheriff has been a regular feature of the sheriff’s race for decades. It wasn’t until 2002 that those in the department were required to take a leave of absence if they ran.

In other general election races, challenger Ken Hoover lost to Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler in the race for the District 5 seat on the seven-member board.

Pickler has been chairman for 11 of the 12 years the school board has been an elected body. Pickler ran on his record as chairman. Hoover also ran on Pickler’s record, saying his leadership style was too autocratic and not transparent enough.

The unofficial results were:

Pickler: 5,123 (51%)

Hoover: 4,956 (49%)

In the two other contested school board races, former Bolton High School principal Snowden “Butch” Carruthers beat Millington parent Charlene White in District 1. And political newcomer David Reaves beat fellow newcomer Lara A. McIntyre, both of Bartlett, for the District 3 seat.

White and McIntyre both called for change in school board methods during their campaigns.

District 7 school board member Ernest Chism ran unopposed.

The even-numbered district school board seats are on the 2012 county ballot.

After running for Probate Court clerk three other times, Democratic nominee Sondra Becton could not claim the office on her fourth try – even with the incumbent she campaigned against the three other times out of the race. Republican contender Paul Boyd easily beat Becton in the race for the office Chris Thomas gave up to run for and win a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

Becton lost to Thomas by 604 votes four years ago and was among the four Democratic challengers who unsuccessfully challenged the results in Chancery Court. This time she lost by more than 6,500 votes.

The vote totals were:

Boyd: 82,259 (52%)

Becton: 75,702 (48%)

Republican Tom Leatherwood easily defeated Democratic challenger Coleman Thompson to remain Shelby County register. The two faced each other in 2006, with Leatherwood winning.

The results Thursday were:

Leatherwood: 96,531 (58%)

Thompson: 68,784 (42%)

As early voting began, Thompson’s Pyramid Recovery Center was evicted from its longtime South Memphis space that was also an early voting site and an election day polling place. The landlord agreed to leave the voting sites up and running. But the possibility of a change in polling places served to highlight Thompson’s financial problems.

Late publicity about financial problems took a toll on another Democratic contender.

Newcomer Corey Maclin began campaigning early for Shelby County clerk, with incumbent Republican Debbie Stamson not seeking re-election. Maclin lost to Republican nominee Wayne Mashburn, the son of late county clerk Sonny Mashburn.

The unofficial returns were:

Mashburn: 88,619 (55%)

Maclin: 72,651 (45%)

Stamson’s husband, Steve Stamson, retired as Juvenile Court clerk, setting up the race that was won by Republican nominee Joy Touliatos, the chief administrative officer of the clerk’s office. She beat Democratic nominee Shep Wilbun, who won appointment to the clerk’s office in 2000 but lost to Stamson in the 2002 election and was beaten by Stamson again in 2006.

With all precincts reporting, the numbers were:

Touliatos: 85,849 (51%)

Wilbun: 73,345 (44%)

The remaining votes went to independent candidate Julia R. Wiseman.

Also seeking a return to countywide office was Minerva Johnican. Johnican, the Democratic nominee for Criminal Court clerk, lost to Republican nominee Kevin Key, the son of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk Bill Key and an administrator with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

The results were:

Key: 79,755 (49%)

Johnican: 74,831 (46%)

Independent candidate Jerry Stamson: 8,581 (5%)

Johnican, also a former Memphis City Council member and Shelby County Commissioner lost the clerk’s job in 1994 when she was upset by the elder Key.

Incumbent Republican Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore easily defeated Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon. Although Dixon was part of the effort by Democratic party leaders to get voters to vote the entire party slate, Moore continued to show up at Democratic functions and make his case for crossover votes.

Regina Morrison Newman, the third Shelby County tustee in four years, lost her bid for a full term in the office to Republican challenger David Lenoir. It was an impressive political debut for Lenoir, who had heavy backing from the local GOP.

The results were:

Lenoir: 77,166 (49%)

Newman: 72,618 (46%)

Independent candidate Derrick Bennett: 6,353 (4%)

Newman was appointed to the office by the Shelby County Commission following the 2009 death of Trustee Paul Mattila. Mattila was appointed to the office and won a special election for the position following the 2008 death of Bob Patterson. Patterson was re-elected to a four-year term in 2006.

In the judicial races:

Attorney Bill Anderson Jr. emerged atop a field of 20 candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7 with 15 percent of the vote. Assistant County Attorney Janet Lansky Shipman was second and the only other contender to go into double digit percentages. The 20 candidates were the largest field in any race – primary or general – on the Shelby County ballot.

Prosecutor Bobby Carter, who had the backing of District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and former District Attorney General John Pierotti, was elected judge of Criminal Court Div. 3 in a close race with attorneys Glenn Wright and Latonya Sue Burrow.

Carter got 26 percent of the vote to Wright’s 25 percent and Burrow’s 24.7 percent.

The results in the three other special judicial races saw the three appointed judges rejected by voters.

  • Lee Wilson, the appointee to General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10, lost to former General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner by more than 64,000 votes. Turner’s victory was the strongest proof of the strong Republican turnout for races across the general election ballot. Turner had been the General Sessions Court clerk until 2006, when he was upset by Democratic challenger Otis Jackson. He is also a former Republican state legislator.
  • Lorrie Ridder, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 4, lost to attorney Gina Higgins by about 5,000 votes.
  • Rhynette Northcross Hurd, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 8, lost to attorney Bob Weiss by more than 12,000 votes.

Ridder and Hurd had been appointed to the Circuit Court vacancies by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who picked them each from a list of three finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Bredesen even taped a robo-call on behalf of Hurd, his first robo-call for any candidate in the state.

Wilson was appointed to the General Sessions vacancy by the Shelby County Commission and adopted a domestic violence case docket for the court.

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61. Colvett Named Greenscape President -

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

Colvett previously was executive vice president and corporate treasurer. He has been at GreenScape since 1992 and has served in various capacities including project manager, estimator and vice president of marketing.

62. Health Care Legislation Could Affect Local Medical Industry -

Medical device makers will pick up a $20 billion tab to help cover the cost of insuring more Americans under legislation pending in Congress to overhaul the health care system.

That’s half of what was originally proposed in the bill put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Even so, industry executives are keeping a close watch on the legislation. It could have an impact on the Memphis economy where thousands of people work for Medtronic Inc., Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group Inc. and several smaller companies that manufacture orthopedic products and other medical devices.

63. Wright Medical Names New CFO -

Lance A. Berry will replace John K. Bakewell as chief financial officer of Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. Dec. 11 when Bakewell will leave to take a position with another company.

64. Wright Medical Buys Arlington Bldg. For Distribution Needs -

11481 Gulf Stream Ave.
Arlington, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $1.6 Million

Sale Date: Oct. 29, 2009
Buyer: Wright Medical Technology Inc.
Seller: Covington Furniture Manufacturing Co.
Details:  Wright Medical Group Inc. has bought a 56,340-square-foot building at 11481 Gulf Stream Ave. near its Arlington campus to increase distribution capacity. Operating in the transaction as Wright Medical Technology Inc., the company paid $1.6 million for the building, which was completed in 1973 and sits on 4.29 acres near the intersection of Tenn. 385 and U.S. 70.

65. Wright Buys Warehouse For Distribution Needs -

Wright Medical Group Inc. has bought a 56,340-square-foot building at 11481 Gulf Stream Ave. near its Arlington campus to increase distribution capacity. Operating in the transaction as Wright Medical Technology Inc., the company paid $1.6 million for the building, which was completed in 1973 and sits on 4.29 acres at near the intersection of Tenn. 385 and U.S. 70.

66. The Vote Count -

A total of 109,339 Memphians voted in the Memphis mayor’s race, a 25 percent turnout of the city’s 423,049 voters.

Here is the unofficial final vote tally for the 25 candidate field for Memphis Mayor:

67. The Vote Count -

A total of 109,339 Memphians voted in the Memphis mayor’s race, a 25 percent turnout of the city’s 423,049 voters.

Here is the unofficial final vote tally for the 25 candidate field for Memphis Mayor:

68. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

69. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

70. Wright Gains FDA Nod for Trials of Bone Graft Product -

Wright Medical Group Inc. is a step closer to full market launch of a new biologics product to promote bone growth.

71. Mayor's Race Set at 25 Candidates -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

72. 25 In Final Field For City Mayor -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

73. 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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74. Wright Medical Settles Lawsuits -

Wright Medical Group Inc. reported Thursday that it had settled 29 of 33 lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Putnam County, W.Va., that were pending against the Arlington-based company related to the use of its biologic products by Dr. John King.

75. Foreclosure Crisis Hits All Sectors Of Community -

Not even the rich and famous are immune to foreclosure, as evidenced by a handful of mortgage defaults by high-profile figures during the past year.

Six months after Isaac Hayes’ death, his Cordova home at 9280 Riveredge Drive was foreclosed and sold back to Regions Bank for $712,000, half of what the soul singer paid for the property in 2002.

76. Lorenzen Wright’s Home Sold Back to Bank -

The Eads home of former University of Memphis and Grizzlies basketball player Lorenzen Wright has been sold back to the bank following a foreclosure.

BankTennessee on Friday bought the custom-built, 12,475-square-foot house, near Raleigh-LaGrange and Reid Hooker roads, for $1.3 million on the Shelby County Courthouse steps.

77. Orthopedic Cos. Unveil Rival Products -

It’s no coincidence that Wright Medical Group of Arlington and the Memphis division of Smith & Nephew announced new products for total knee replacements on the same day this week.

The companies planned the announcements for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas, which began Wednesday, and are unveiling the products in exhibitions at the Venetian/Sands EXPO.

78. 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.

79. Wright Medical Leaders Give Optimistic Outlook -

Top executives at Arlington-based Wright Medical Group expect the company to stay on track with double-digit revenue growth for the next two years despite a national recession and global economic downturn.

80. Wright Medical Group Earnings Surge -

The stock of Wright Medical Group was up almost 10 percent Tuesday morning, the day after the Arlington-based medical device company announced a big increase in operating income for the third quarter.

81. Auto Industry Girds for Another Weak Sales Month -

NEW YORK (AP) - The auto industry is preparing to report yet another month of rapidly slowing sales – possibly the worst in decades – as the same toxic combination of the credit crunch and the careening economy continue to keep consumers away from dealerships.

82. Childers, Davis Say They'll End Negative Ads -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Democrat Travis Childers and Republican Greg Davis are pledging to end negative campaign ads in the waning days of the race for U.S. Representative.

83. Warren Named Bursar At University of Memphis -

Carol Warren has accepted the position of bursar in the Division of Business & Finance at the University of Memphis. Warren is a graduate of the University of Memphis and has experience in student financial service operations working for the U of M previously as the assistant bursar. Before joining the university, Warren spent several years in the Loan Division at First Tennessee Bank.

84. Kiesewetter Wise’s Thompson Named Among Top 100 Labor Attorneys -

Tanja L. Thompson has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Labor Attorneys by the Labor Relations Institute for the second consecutive year.

Thompson is a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC and is the only labor attorney in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to receive this professional honor, which puts her in the top 1 percent of labor attorneys throughout the U.S.

85. Fannie, Freddie Spent Millions On Lobbying -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tenaciously worked to nurture, and then protect, their financial empires by invoking the political sacred cow of homeownership and fielding an army of lobbyists, power brokers and political contributors.

86. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Recognizes Marx & Bensdorf’s Cherny -

Eileen Cherny, relocation director for Marx & Bensdorf, has received the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President’s Service Recognition Award. The award acknowledges committee and board involvement, presentations at network conferences and service in various capacities.

87. Few Surprises At Filing Deadline -

About half of Shelby County's delegation to the Tennessee Legislature won re-election at Thursday's filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 7 ballot.

Eight of the 16 state House seats had only one candidate - the incumbent. And all three of the state Senate seats on the ballot were incumbent-only affairs.

88. Peeples Promoted to Administrator At Methodist Alliance Health Services -

Trip Peeples has been promoted to administrator for Methodist Alliance Health Services' Home Medical Equipment and Infusion division.

Peeples has been with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for seven years, most recently serving as corporate director of finance and reimbursement and interim chief financial officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital.

89. Insulated Industry -

In a sluggish economy replete with residential housing woes, it's easy to see how real estate and its peripheral industries can suffer.

If consumers have fears about buying a home, they merely wait it out and stay in their rental for another six months while builders, Realtors and mortgage bankers - among others - feel the ripple effects of the delay.

90. Exec Pay Comes Under SEC Review -

At least one prominent Memphis company was among the more than 300 across the country that have received letters recently from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeking more details on the pay of top executives.

91. Supreme Court Decision Could Shed Different Light on Patents -

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could change the way Memphis businesses look at patents.

One thing is for sure, it will definitely change the way attorneys look at them.

In a unanimous ruling on a patent case in late April, the court used a new, more flexible standard that favors competition and ultimately will make it more difficult to get - and keep - patents on new and existing products.

92. Wright Medical DevelopsNew Knee Implant Device -      Arlington-based orthopedic company Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Thursday the launch of its newest knee implant system. The Advance Stature Femoral Components features a tapered design to address the implant sizing

93. Barrow Named Chef de Cuisine At Capriccio Grill -

The Peabody Hotel has named Brian Barrow chef de cuisine for Capriccio Grill, an Italian steakhouse. Barrow began his culinary career at 27. He attended Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts in Miami. He previously was a chef at the Ambassador Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and with Do & Co International Catering.

94. Arlington's Growing Medical Community Might Get New Hospital -

The small towns that surround Memphis are no longer the new frontiers they once were. Unbridled growth occurring in places like Arlington - the northeast Shelby County municipality of more than 7,500 residents - resembles one of those department store contests in which shoppers cram as many goods into their carts as they can.

95. Melick Tapped to Manage Fixed Income Banking Group at Morgan Keegan & Co. -

Jordan Melick has joined Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. as a managing director for the firm's Fixed Income Banking Group. Melick previously was managing director of the health care finance team of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Piper Jaffray & Co. He began his career in health financing in 1991 at Detroit-based Comerica Bank.

96. Kennedy Takes Reins as Comcast's Memphis VP, General Manager -

Terry Kennedy has been named vice president and general manager for the Comcast Mid-South systems location in Memphis. Kennedy previously served as the company's area vice president in Alabama and Mississippi. Before joining Comcast, Kennedy was group vice president of operations for Charter Communications in Texas.

97. Marketing Agency Hires New Art Director -

Lyle Wardlaw has joined full-service advertising, marketing, design and public relations firm inferno as art director. Prior to that she spent three years providing design support for clients at Imre Communications and Babcock Advertising in the Washington, D.C., area. She graduated from Millsaps College in 1996 with a double major in studio art and elementary education, and has completed advertising and graphics programs from Memphis College of Art and Southwest Community College. In her position as art director, Wardlaw will serve clients and help with new creative projects.

98. Baker Donelson Names New President, COO -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC announced that Jerry Stauffer was selected to serve as the firm's president and chief operating officer. Stauffer formerly served as chairman of the firm's litigation department, as a director of the firm and most recently as managing shareholder. Baker Donelson also announced that Mark Glover was named to a second term as managing shareholder. Ben Adams will continue to serve as board chairman and CEO.

99. Archived Article: Newsmakers - VA Medical Center Physician Recognized

Memphis Attorneys Complete Leadership Program

The Tennessee Bar Association announced that the following Memphis attorneys have completed the TBA Leadership Law program: Karen Campbell, Gary K. Smith &...

100. Archived Article: Newsmakers - The Daily News has hired Don Fancher as the Advertising Sales Director

Baptist-DeSoto Names New Administrator

Randy King was named administrator and chief executive officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He was previously vice president ...