Editorial Results (free)
1. Hopson Pushes Realignment, New Goals in Budget
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
After hearing from more than a dozen citizens Tuesday, April 22, including some who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their arguments against specific Shelby County Schools budget cuts, superintendent Dorsey Hopson had his own quote from the civil rights leader.
2. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 2014
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. Timid Play Knocks Tigers Out of Tourney
- Friday, March 14, 2014
Memphis coach Josh Pastner admitted the loss was “embarrassing.”
Senior guard Geron Johnson said, “I’m disgusted with myself,” and vowed not to watch the rest of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum that continues with the semifinals Friday, March 14, without the Tigers.
4. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August
- Friday, February 21, 2014
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.
5. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success
- Monday, January 27, 2014
It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.
“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”
6. That’s Entertainment
- Saturday, January 25, 2014
It was late in Game 6 of the Grizzlies’ 2013 playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Already, FedExForum was abuzz with anticipation. The hated Clippers were about to go down. Grizz, the team’s chest-thumping mascot, scaled a ladder inside the arena and unfurled a banner:
7. Achievement School District Prepares for Third Year
- Monday, December 16, 2013
It was already official before Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic made the formal announcement last week.
Months ago, Barbic had confirmed that former Westside Middle School principal Bobby White would be leading the state-run school district’s effort at Frayser High School in the 2014-2015 school year.
8. Time for Tigers to Back Up Words
- Friday, November 22, 2013
Looking back at a few quotes from the once 11th-ranked Tigers at their preseason media day, in light of the embarrassment that was their recent 101-80 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma State:
Senior guard Geron Johnson: “One (free-throw) attempt a game last year, I mean that’s terrible if I’m supposed to be some tough guy.” He shot one free throw – and missed it – in 24 minutes in Stillwater.
9. Papa Murphy’s Considers 25 New Local Stores
- Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Papa Murphy’s, one of the largest pizza companies in the U.S., is looking to grow its Memphis presence exponentially.
The Vancouver, Wash.-based chain is looking to add as many as 25 stores in Memphis, where there are currently two existing Papa Murphy’s locations. That’s according to the company’s chief development officer Kevin King, who said the company already has a similarly strong presence in Nashville, with 20 stores there.
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The University of Memphis School of Public Health will host Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Commissioner of Health, for “Public Health is Everybody’s Business” Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the FedEx Institute of Technology fishbowl room 203, 365 Innovation Drive. Visit memphis.edu/sph for details.
11. LEO Events Brings on Two to Open Nashville Office
- Saturday, December 08, 2012
Event management company LEO Events has hired David Kenyon and Kevin Underwood as senior vice president-production and senior vice president, respectively. They will operate out of LEO’s new Nashville office.
12. LEO Events Brings on Two to Open Nashville Office
- Thursday, December 06, 2012
Event management company LEO Events has hired David Kenyon and Kevin Underwood as senior vice president-production and senior vice president, respectively. They will operate out of LEO’s new Nashville office.
13. Gammon Joins Methodist in Business Development
- Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Myra Gammon has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as a business development account manager for Community Care Associates. In her new role, Gammon is responsible for the development and management of the Occupational Health and Wellness Services program.
14. International Exposure
- Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Memphis hotel industry can thank at least 200,000 of its room nights last year to European visitors booked by tour operators.
European stays in Memphis averaged three nights, with each person spending more than $200 per day.
15. Fit for a King
- Monday, August 13, 2012
Each August, thousands of Elvis Presley fans make their annual pilgrimage to Graceland to pay homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
But this year – being the 35th anniversary of Presley’s death and the 30th anniversary of Graceland being open to the public – will be one for the record books.
16. Destination King Merges With Chattanooga Firm
- Thursday, August 09, 2012
Destination King has merged with Quiddity Entertainment of Chattanooga, Tenn., and subsequently formed LEO – an events management group based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
17. Destination King Merges With Chattanooga Firm
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Destination King has merged with Quiddity Entertainment of Chattanooga, Tenn., and the subsequent formation of LEO – an events management group based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
18. Calif. Firm Finds Niche With ‘Premium Properties’
- Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Investment firms nationwide are snatching up single-family real estate-owned (REO) properties, renovating and renting them, and then selling them to other investors.
This “house flipping” is seen as especially opportunistic in Memphis, where median asking prices are dwarfed by national averages and vacancies are widespread.
19. Rooftop Revelry
- Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Peabody hotel is poised to join the Madison Hotel in launching its newest round of rooftop revelry this week, and the mission for this year’s shindigs is the same as always.
Both hotels hope to bring a crowd-pleasing mix of song, dance and drink to the tops of two prime Downtown landmarks.
20. New Beale St. Banquet Space Boon for City
- Thursday, April 05, 2012
The recent news that the old Pat O’Brien’s space at 310 Beale St. will soon be filled by three private banquet halls and a corner bar has many event planners keyed up for future venue options.
21. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections
- Thursday, March 29, 2012
The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.
22. Peabody Hotel Announces 2012 Rooftop Party Season
- Friday, March 23, 2012
The Peabody hotel’s 2012 Rooftop Party season kicks off April 19.
Memphis’ own FreeSol will headline the season opener that will be part musical showcase and part meet-and-greet with “The X Factor USA” finalist Chris Rene.
23. Fed Drug Case Zeroes in on Defendants
- Wednesday, March 07, 2012
For three weeks, federal prosecutors in the Craig Petties drug organization trial have told a jury the wide-ranging story of the organization and dozens of the leaders and other players in it.
24. Petties Drug Trial Testimony Focuses on Defendants
- Tuesday, March 06, 2012
After three weeks of detailing a broad conspiracy to sell drugs in the Memphis region and silence those who cooperated with authorities, prosecutors in the Petties drug organization trial began the trial’s fifth week with more specific testimony about the two defendants.
25. Petties Trial Focuses on Turner Killing
- Monday, March 05, 2012
The point at which the prosecution ends and the defense begins in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis Federal Court should be when the 2006 murder of Marcus Turner becomes the center of attention again.
26. Petties Trial Focuses on 2006 Murder
- Friday, March 02, 2012
The second witness to testify in the Petties organization drug trial that begins its fifth week Monday, March 5, was Lucy Turner, a police dispatcher from West Memphis, Ark. and the mother of Marcus Turner.
27. Destination King Wins Two Awards
- Friday, February 24, 2012
The Association of Destination Management Executives International honored Memphis-based Destination King during the annual ADMEI Achievement.
The ADMEI honored Destination King for Best Innovative Event (Under $50,000) for the Siemens Distribution Center grand opening and Destination Management Professional of the Year for Kevin Brewer, co-founder and chief operating officer of Destination King.
28. Grizz Struggling Without Z-Bo As MLK Game Approaches
- Friday, January 13, 2012
It’s almost cruel. At a time when the Grizzlies are playing without their best player, power forward Zach Randolph, NBA legends George Gervin and Clyde Drexler are coming to FedExForum.
Drexler and Gervin are being honored on Monday, Jan. 16, for their contributions to civil rights as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. There’s also the matter of the Grizzlies’ nationally televised noon tip-off with the Bulls, the team that handed them a 40-point loss in Chicago earlier this season. So imagine if the Grizzlies could sneak “Clyde the Glide” and Gervin, aka “The Iceman,” into uniform and find a way to make the years magically melt away for a couple of hours.
29. Year of Elvis
- Thursday, January 05, 2012
When describing the upcoming 35th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kevin Kern of Elvis Presley Enterprises said 2012 could bring more fans to town than ever before.
30. Tenn. Ed Commissioner Appoints Two Officials
- Friday, December 02, 2011
Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman has appointed two state education officials, effective Jan. 1.
31. With Lockout Nearing End, Basketball Back in Focus
- Friday, December 02, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – These are the kinds of negotiations NBA fans have been waiting for.
Teams began talking to agents Wednesday as the lockout inched closer to its end, and basketball moved back into focus. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were linked to trade speculation, while free agents such as Tyson Chandler and Nene were in the news after months of attorneys getting all the ink.
32. Game Nice Diversion From NBA Labor Woes
- Thursday, November 10, 2011
If NBA labor negotiations could mirror the action on the court during Rudy Gay’s Charity All-Star Game Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the DeSoto Civic Center, solving the league’s lockout would be an uncontested slam dunk.
33. DFA Asks for Funds for 2 Mississippi Planes
- Tuesday, October 25, 2011
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state Department of Finance and Administration has asked legislative budget writers for $250,000 in the next fiscal year to maintain two jets used by state officials.
34. Keeping Pace
- Monday, August 15, 2011
The Tennessee chapter of the American Institute of Architects selected Memphis for its recent annual convention, not only because of the city’s history and entertainment but for its charming design.
35. Destination King Expands to Myrtle Beach
- Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Memphis-based destination management company Destination King is branching out.
The company has expanded its offerings into Myrtle Beach, S.C., which recently was named by TripAdvisor.com as the top vacation destination in the U.S. The city attracts more than 14 million visitors annually.
36. MED Foundation Unveils Elvis Souvenir Plate
- Monday, November 22, 2010
The MED Foundation received phone calls and e-mails from Elvis fans around the world in 2005 when it began offering the first authentic license plate bearing the image of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
37. Rainey Kizer Names Waddell Partner
- Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Amanda C. Waddell has been named a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC. Waddell’s practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, auto liability and insurance coverage.
38. Evolve Bank & Trust Names Holland to Board
- Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Evolve Bank & Trust has named Lewis E. Holland to its board of directors.
Holland served six years as president of the regional investment banking firm UMIC Inc., and after its sale in 1988 became a partner at the Memphis office of Ernst & Young LLP.
39. Pendergest-Holt Sues Former Stanford Atty.
- Thursday, April 02, 2009
Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of Stanford Financial Group, has filed a lawsuit against Stanford’s former attorney and his firm that claims they “hung her out to dry” and seeks damages of more than $20 million.
40. Holt Sues Attorney In Stanford Financial Fallout
- Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of Stanford Financial Group, has filed a lawsuit against Stanford’s former attorney and his firm that claims they “hung her out to dry” and which seeks damages of more than $20 million.
41. Stanford Attorney Quits Following CIO’s Testimony
- Monday, February 23, 2009
Facing five representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, the chief investment officer of the Stanford Financial Group family of companies – a woman with close ties to Memphis – raised her right hand.
It was a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 10, in the SEC’s office in Fort Worth, Texas. After being put under oath, SEC branch chief Michael King asked Stanford’s chief investment officer Laura Pendergest-Holt to spell her name for the record.
Exactly one week later – the following Tuesday – the SEC raided Stanford offices in multiple cities, including the company’s plush East Memphis digs in The Crescent Center. The agency charged Pendergest-Holt, along with chief financial officer James Davis and Chairman R. Allen Stanford with “a fraud of shocking magnitude” that involved defrauding and luring investors with inflated claims about the company’s products including its certificates of deposit.
Eyes on Texas
The timing of the SEC’s movement against Stanford is related to what happened in that Fort Worth office Feb. 10 – possibly in more ways than one.
For almost four hours, the SEC officials quizzed Pendergest-Holt, who in 2006 was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40, a ranking that honors the area’s local business leaders. In the room with her was Thomas Sjoblom, an attorney with the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP who represented the Stanford company.
Whether the testimony he heard Pendergest-Holt give that day influenced an action he took the next day is unclear. But with little explanation, Sjoblom officially quit representing Stanford Financial’s affiliated companies the day after Pendergest-Holt’s testimony, according to court records the SEC filed last week along with its complaint against Stanford.
Before entering private practice, Sjoblom had worked for the SEC for 20 years. From 1987 to 1999, he was an assistant chief litigation counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement – the same division of the agency whose representatives were peppering Pendergest-Holt with questions Feb. 10.
After she was put under oath, Sjoblom immediately got down to business.
Pre-empting the SEC officials, according to a transcript of the day’s testimony, he asked: “First of all, has there been a criminal referral in this matter?”
King told him that he and his client had been provided with an SEC Form 1662. Among other things, that form reads, “The commission often makes its files available to other governmental agencies, particularly United States Attorneys and state prosecutors. There is a likelihood that information supplied by you will be made available to such agencies where appropriate.”
At press time, criminal charges had not yet been filed against the three executives who were the subject of SEC civil charges last week.
Sjoblom followed that up with another question about whether the SEC is currently working with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Texas or elsewhere.
“Mr. Sjoblom, I just referred you to SEC Form 1662,” King replied.
Sjoblom pressed on. Before Pendergest-Holt began her testimony, he brought up a question of whether the SEC had authority to probe matters related to Stanford’s banking arm, which operates on the Caribbean island of Antigua.
The SEC complaint alleges that most of the bank’s investment portfolio was purportedly monitored from Memphis.
“OK,” Sjoblom said. “Next, before you start asking questions ... there’s certainly an issue here whether or not the certificates of deposit are securities. So I have an objection to the purported jurisdiction of the SEC over this instrument.
“Secondly, it’s my view that the bank is located – that’s Stanford International Bank – is located outside the jurisdiction of the United States and there is no jurisdiction by the SEC over that bank and its product lines and, hence, over the information that, I’m sure, you’re going to seek to elicit today.”
Nevertheless, the testimony proceeded. The line of questioning from the SEC officials focused on filling in both personal and professional details about Pendergest-Holt.
They learned, for example, that she was about 23 years old when she joined Stanford in June 1997. They also learned enough to allege in their complaint that she trained employees below her to mislead investors.
The SEC’s complaint says Pendergest-Holt supervised “a group of analysts in Memphis, Tupelo and St. Croix, (U.S. Virgin Islands).”
The Stanford lawyer in the room while Pendergest-Holt gave her testimony, however, soon removed himself from the picture. He gave notice to the SEC Feb. 11, the day after her testimony, that his firm was no longer Stanford’s counsel.
He followed that up with a Feb. 12 fax to Kevin Edmundson, the assistant regional director in the SEC’s Forth Worth office, and left a voice mail message for him the next evening.
Finally, Sjoblom typed a note on his BlackBerry to Edmundson a little after 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. It read: “Kevin, this will advise the SEC, and confirm my voice message last evening, that I disaffirm all prior oral and written representations made by me and my associates ... to the SEC staff regarding Stanford Financial Group and its affiliates.”
Three days later, the SEC swung into action, charging the Stanford officials with what Rose Romero, regional director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Regional Office, called a “fraud of shocking magnitude that has spread its tentacles throughout the world.”...
42. White Supremacists to Hold Conference in Memphis
- Thursday, September 11, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - White supremacists are scheduled to hold a conference this fall in Memphis.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's Web site states he will hold his Euro International conference Nov. 7-9 in Memphis where he will talk about the presidential election and other issues.
43. Addington Joins Memphis Heart Clinic
- Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Dr. M. Brent Addington has joined Memphis Heart Clinic. Addington is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. A native of Memphis, he has been in private practice for more than 20 years in the Memphis community.
44. City Hall EventTo Honor Sanitation Strikers
- Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The Memphis Tourism Foundation is sponsoring an event Thursday at City Hall as part of this week's series of events in remembrance of the 40th anniversary Friday of the assassination of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luthe
45. Homegrown Law Firm Goes Big Time Thanks to Merger
- Thursday, June 28, 2007
One of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country now has a presence in Memphis thanks to a homegrown firm with ties to the Bluff City that goes back 20 years. Effective Sunday, the Memphis firm of Lewis Fisher Henderson & Claxton LLP will join with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, the nation's third-largest labor and employment law firm.
46. United Network of Organ Sharing Taps Memphian To Serve as Region 11 Councilor
- Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) has chosen Santiago R. Vera, director of the Liver Transplant Program at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, to serve as the Region 11 Councilor on the UNOS board of directors. He will serve as the representative for UNOS members in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Vera has been with the Transplant Institute since 1982.
47. 'Catching the Wave'
- Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Like many Memphians, Kevin Warr is very familiar with all the residential development going on in Downtown Memphis. And also like many small-business owners, he decided in 2006 to open his business there to take advantage of all the growth.
48. Johnson Appointed to Vacant County Board of Education Seat
- Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Dr. Fred Johnson has been appointed to the Shelby County Board of Education. Johnson also is a Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union (MATCU) board member. Johnson will fill the vacancy left by Wyatt Bunker, who left the board to serve on the County Commission. Johnson has served as a MATCU board member since 1996.
49. If Lennon Could See 'Em Now ...
- Thursday, October 19, 2006
It's one of the great what-ifs in Memphis music lore.
What if The Beatles - the Fab Foursome who famously revered the Memphis sound - had gotten to record some of their precocious pop magic at Stax, the famed studio they admittedly always wanted to visit?
50. Feibelman Honored by American College of Trial Lawyers
- Wednesday, April 19, 2006
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.
51. Health Care Options Increase in DeSoto
- Friday, December 09, 2005
Take a quick drive down the southbound leg of Interstate 55, and it's hard to miss the signs of expansion under way at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.
Take a not-so-quick drive down one of Southaven's most congested thoroughfares - Airways Boulevard - and growth is also evident along what is now DeSoto County's medical district.
52. Archived Article: Events
- Wednesday, August 11, 2004
The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in Grand Salon C at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave
The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in Grand Salon C at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Judy Martin, chief of nursing for Shelby County Health ...
53. Archived Article: Events
- Tuesday, August 10, 2004
The Memphis Area Home Builders Association meets from 4:30 p
The Memphis Area Home Builders Association meets from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at its headquarters, 776 N. Germantown Parkway. Call 756-4500. The Memphis Area Association of Realtors p...
54. Archived Article: This Week
- Monday, August 09, 2004
Department of Commerce Hosts Public Forum
State Department of Commerce Hosts Public Forum
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. meets at 9 a.m. at the Center City Commission offices, 114 N. Main St. Call 575-0540. Tennessee Departme...
55. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, April 14, 2004
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 ...
56. Archived Article: Comm Focus
- Friday, August 15, 2003
New visitors center could revitalize Whitehaven
By LANCE ALLAN
The Daily News
A community landmark planned to increase awareness of Memphis tourism industry might also provide an important kick-start for the Whitehaven...
57. Archived Article: Marketplace
- Monday, December 23, 2002
Liberty Bowl impacts Memphis
Liberty Bowl visitors score big for city, businesses
By ANDREW BELL
The Daily News
Predicting exactly how many banner-waving football fans will travel from Texas and Colorado is about as tricky as forecasting...
58. Archived Article: Calvary Pg. 2
- Friday, September 27, 2002
By Stacey Wiedower
Calvary series feeds body, soul
By STACEY WIEDOWER
The Daily News
Calvary Episcopal Church kicks off its 18th annual Calvary and the Arts concert and luncheon series at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, with the Memphis choral ens...
59. Archived Article: Real Fcs (rent Ins) Lj
- Tuesday, May 05, 1998
By LAURIE JOHNSON Renters relief A renters insurance policy could mean the difference between starting fresh and starting from scratch By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News In the residential rental industry, landlords and tenants share a common goal: Th...
60. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, April 22, 1998
Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell has announced two attorneys have joined the firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell has announced two attorneys have joined the firm. Frank L. Watson Jr. has joined the firm as a shareholder and will conc...
61. Archived Article: Beale St Chg
- Monday, August 19, 1996
Beale Street surpasses Beale Street surpasses Graceland for tourism Elvis is no longer the king of the tourism industry in Memphis, according to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. The U.S. Travel Data Center study ...
62. Archived Article: Welcome Wagon Jts
- Monday, July 29, 1996
7/29 jts welcome wagon! State, city set to inaugurate Welcome Center By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News The new Tennessee Welcome Center at the base of the Hernando-DeSoto bridge will get its grand opening Thursday with a host of local and state officia...
63. Archived Article: Real Focus-c'ville Hb Lj
- Tuesday, June 11, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Collierville builders form new association Town group to give voice in rapidly growing area By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Collierville home builders have formed their own local association in an effort to establish a more effective ...
64. Archived Article: Law Briefs
- Thursday, November 09, 1995
11/9 Law briefs Terry L. McVay has been disbarred from the practice of law in Tennessee by order of the Supreme Court of Tennessee entered Oct. 23. The disbarment order is effective from Jan. 13, 1994, when McVay was first temporarily suspended by t...