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1. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

2. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

3. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

4. City Pension Change Outlined for 2015 -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made its formal proposal of a “long-term solution” and change in the city’s pension plan to a 401(k) style plan this week with specific terms Wharton has long said would be included.

5. The Sweet Spot -

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

6. January 24-30: This week in Memphis history -

1985: Prince played two of three sold-out shows that winter at the Mid-South Coliseum on the Purple Rain tour. He returned in February for the third show.

1974: The real estate firm Poplar Pike Inc installed a Mark VI computer at its offices in the Eastwood Building at 6209 Poplar Ave., reported Joe Wade III, president of Poplar Pike Inc.

7. Damn This Traffic Jam! -

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

“Got it.”

So read an Aug. 13, 2013, email exchange between a couple of New Jersey pols. Why Fort Lee?

Earlier efforts to pluck Democratic endorsements in the Garden State for Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign had failed as to Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich. Moreover, the day before, the Democratic state senator who represents Fort Lee had effectively blocked Christie’s reappointment of a Republican state supreme court justice. On Aug. 12, Christie referred to Jersey’s Democratic state senators as “animals.”

8. Tennessee Supreme Court Rules on Defamation Claims -

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that cabinet-level state commissioners have absolute immunity from defamation claims for what they say when they are performing their official duties.

The court ruled Monday, Dec. 23, in the case of Zoyle Jones, a state Department of Corrections employee demoted for allegedly double-billing the state and a private organization for travel expenses.

9. Tenn. Supreme Court Rules on Defamation Claims -

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that cabinet-level state commissioners have absolute immunity from defamation claims for what they say when they are performing their official duties.

The court ruled Monday, Dec. 23, in the case of Zoyle Jones, a state Department of Corrections employee demoted for allegedly double-billing the state and a private organization for travel expenses.

10. City Council Questions Pension Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to ask the Memphis City Council sometime in February or March to close the city’s defined benefits pension plan to new hires and those city employees with less than 10 years of service.

11. Council Opens Unfunded Liability Plan Talks With Questions -

Memphis City Council members again rejected Tuesday, Dec. 17, an increase in the city’s monthly solid waste fee and affirmed a 2.1 percent hike in the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division water rate hike.

12. Ballpark Deal Back on Council’s Agenda -

After getting a rough reception last week, the deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds baseball team returns to the Memphis City Council Monday, Dec. 9, for a vote.

13. French Quarter Deal Collapses -

A Texas-based group had inked a deal to purchase the long-vacant French Quarter Suites Hotel near Overton Square, but the proposed sale fell through the cracks.

Austin, Texas-based ASC Management had until Oct. 31 to close on the purchase of the 105-room inn at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street but did not complete the sale.

14. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

15. Events -

Memphis Crisis Center will kick off Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week with community leaders on Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Health Sciences Park pavilion, 799 Madison Ave. The week aims to raise awareness, funds and volunteers for the center’s 24-hour hotline. Visit memphiscrisiscenter.org.

16. Trash Talk Headlines Council Meeting -

Memphis City Council members talk trash – specifically, the proposed changes to decades of established policies for garbage collection in the city – during their Tuesday, Sept. 3, executive session.

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

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

18. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

19. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

20. Wharton Calls for 'Revenue Director' -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to hire a city “revenue officer” as a next step in efforts to change financial practices at City Hall.

Wharton also set a schedule of monthly goals through the end of 2013 to discuss with the council such major financial issues as pension plan obligations and employee benefits.

21. Events -

The Rebel on Beale summer country music concert series will kick off with Emerson Drive Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in W.C. Handy Park at Beale and South Third streets. Cost is free. Visit rebel953.com.

22. Events -

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, RedRover Sales & Marketing and Angela Copeland will hold Memphis to Moore, a fundraiser for rebuilding efforts in Moore, Okla., Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Westin, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Funds will go to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit memphistomoore.org.

23. Events -

The Daily News will present Literatini, benefiting Literacy Mid-South, Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will include martinis and food, an auction, live music and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

24. Wharton Proposes 15-Cent Tax Hike, Council Delays Budget Votes -

Memphis City Council members delayed a series of seven budget and tax rate-related votes Tuesday, June 4, at the end of a busy day at City Hall.

The day featured a new tax rate proposal from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. that includes a 15-cent city property tax hike above the recertified rate proposed by Wharton.

25. Obama Nominates 3 to Appeals Court, Testing GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Opening a summer showdown with Congress, a combative President Barack Obama nominated three judges to a powerful appellate court Tuesday and challenged Republicans to stop the "political obstruction" holding up his nominees.

26. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.

27. Kramer Given Crystal Award by Carwash Association -

Bruce Kramer, an attorney with Apperson Crump PLC, has been given the Crystal Award by the International Carwash Association for his 20 years of service as the association’s general counsel. The association, which was started in Memphis in 1955, is comprised of 15,000 professional car wash operators, retailers and suppliers in 25 nations.

28. Events -

ArtsMemphis will present the Stax to the Max music festival Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore St. Admission to the festival is free; discounted museum tickets are $2 between noon and 5 p.m. Visit staxmuseum.com.

29. Events -

The 14th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest will be held Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. Films will be screened Friday through Sunday at Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave., and the Music Showcase will take place Saturday and Sunday at Purple Haze Nightclub, 140 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for a schedule.

30. Events -

Friends for Life will host the fifth annual Dining Out for Life, part of a national fundraiser for AIDS support organizations, Thursday, April 25. Visit diningoutforlife.com/memphis for a list of restaurants donating a portion of proceeds from Thursday sales.

31. The New Beale -

Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.

Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”

32. CRG2 CEO Singer Named Women’s Biz Enterprise Star -

Mary Singer, CEO of CRG2 SustainableSolutions, has been named a 2013 Women’s Business Enterprise Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She was chosen by Women’s Business Council South, one of the national organization’s 14 regional partner organizations.

33. Berclair Dollar General Sells for Almost $1 Million -

3443 Jackson Ave., Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $971,000
Sale Date: March 14, 2013
Buyer: VM Property Investments LLC
Seller: Ware Properties LLC
Loan Amount: $679,700
Loan Date: March 14, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: US Bank NA
Details: The 9,160-square-foot Dollar General store at 3433 Jackson Ave. in Berclair has sold for $971,000.

34. Cordova Warehouse Sells for $1.1 Million -

The 31,500-square-foot warehouse at 1211 Midas Cove in unincorporated Shelby County near Cordova has sold for $1.1 million.

An entity called EG Partners LLC bought the industrial property March 15 from Midas Cove Partners, which had acquired it in a 2001 quitclaim deed from Su Tsu Fon Lee and Peter Lee.

35. State Delays Auto Inspection Takeover -

The state of Tennessee has told the city of Memphis it will probably take two years for it to take over auto inspection duties in Shelby County.

But city funding for the auto inspection stations and employees runs out when the current fiscal year does, at the end of June.

36. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission will unveil Memphis’ first marker on the Highway 61 Blues Trail Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at Third Street and Gayoso Avenue. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

40. Sports Connection -

Between Jon Albright and Don Wade, hosts of the newly launched the “Jon & Don Show” on WHBQ Sports 56 AM 560/87.7 FM, any topic a sports fan could want to talk about is conceivable.

41. 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.

42. Harris’ Legal Career Leans On Desire to Help Community -

It seems like with so many people, Lee Harris’ eventual career interest was sparked by television.

“All I knew was what I saw on TV, and lawyers seemed very, very powerful and able to get things done,” he said.

43. Events -

The Church Health Center Komen Club will host a women’s health conference Monday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. The event will include health screenings, consultations with a registered dietician, stress relief techniques and more. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

44. 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.

45. Gay, Transgender City Workers Protected From Discrimination -

At the end of a long night at City Hall with a relatively short agenda, Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism told Memphis City Council members that their meetings looked like more “fun” than the commission’s meetings.

46. 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.

47. Events -

The Memphis Association of Law and Business will host a lecture by Christine Richards, executive vice president of general counsel at FedEx, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon in the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Wade Auditorium, 1 N. Front St. Visit memphis.edu/law for details.

48. RedRover Names Thomson Account Manager -

Melissa Thomson has been promoted to account manager from account executive at RedRover Sales & Marketing. In her expanded role, Thomson serves as a fractional chief marketing officer for growing Mid-South companies by conducting critical market research then creating and executing marketing strategies.

49. Events -

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

50. Diversified Trust Promotes Smithwick -

Diversified Trust, a Memphis-based comprehensive wealth management firm, has a new managing principal of its Memphis office.

Robert “Robin” Smithwick III assumed the role effective Jan. 1. He’s taking the role previously held by Samuel Graham, who became the firm’s CEO in 2011.

51. Tax Hike Thorny Issue for Council -

To some at City Hall, the plan at the end of the 2011 budget season for city government is unfolding as it should. To others, nothing in the plan approved by the Memphis City Council has happened.

Still others aren’t sure whether a one-time, 18-cent city property tax hike is really one time or if it’s the second tax hike of its kind since last year.

52. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

53. Gibson Selling First Guitars With Substitute Wood -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With federal seizures of large quantities of rosewood and ebony, Nashville-based Gibson Guitar has been forced to get creative.

Gibson operates a plant at 145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. in Memphis.

54. Glankler Brown Attorneys Named SuperLawyers -

Fourteen attorneys from Glankler Brown PLLC have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.

55. City’s Story Recounted in ‘Memphis 101’ -

A cross-section of native Memphians and Memphians by choice spent the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 9, exploring the stories that shaped the city during “Memphis 101,” a free, public event held biannually at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

56. 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

57. 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.

58. Jackson Joins Devcon Security as GM -

Eric Jackson has joined Devcon Security as general manager of the company’s Memphis branch. Jackson’s primary focus will be hiring and training sales people and technicians, as well as building daily branch operations and acting as the brand ambassador to building partnerships in the community.

59. U.S. Court of Appeals Hears Health Care Law Challenge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A conservative-leaning panel of federal appellate judges raised concerns about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul Friday, Sept. 23, but suggested the challenge to it may be premature.

60. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management will present its 24th edition of the Strategy Series for Executives, titled “Unleashing the Power of IT for Innovation and Growth,” Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. The event is free for qualified corporate executives. To register, visit www.hmgstrategy.com.

61. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.

62. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will continue its Building Better Business Breakfast Series with John Churchill speaking on the topic “Essential Components of a Leader” Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Nancy Crawford at 757-8627.

63. TSC Brews Up Magical New Season -

By the pricking of Dan McCleary’s thumbs, something wicked this way comes. The artistic director of Tennessee Shakespeare Co. announced that the upcoming 2011-2012 season will feature two Shakespearian blockbusters themed on the magic.

64. AP-GfK Poll: Views on Economy, Obama Role Sour -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' views on the economy have dimmed this summer. But so far, the growing pessimism doesn't seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.

65. 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.

66. The MED Approves $20 Million in Upgrades -

The board governing The Regional Medical Center at Memphis approved its fiscal year 2012 budget, including roughly $20 million in capital improvements, during a Thursday, June 16, meeting at the Adams Pavilion, 842 Jefferson Ave.

67. CCRFC to Act On Financing Amendments -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors takes up two items at its Tuesday meeting involving a Mud Island apartment complex and the Gibson Guitar plant located south of Beale Street.

68. A Bridge to Cross -

Martyrs Park sits atop the Chickasaw Bluff and overlooks the Mississippi River, its lone modern sculpture a memorial to victims of the 19th century Yellow Fever epidemics that devastated Memphis from the 1850s through the 1870s.

69. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will become familiar with the basic principles of grant writing and the tools needed for a successful proposal. 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.

70. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Tips on Tennessee Landlord-Tenant Laws” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

71. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Stephen Zack, American Bar Association president, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

72. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Stephen Zack, American Bar Association president, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

73. Council Finishes Year with Look Ahead -

Memphis City Council members took their first detailed look at the terms of the move by Electrolux to the Frank Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

City Chief Administrative Officer George Little walked council members through the paperwork of the 2012 move by the Swedish home appliance manufacturer from Montreal to Memphis. The move will bring over 1,200 jobs to Memphis.

74. TSC Launches Season with ‘Othello’ -

Most theater companies open their seasons with large-production musicals or plays with a lot of laughs, but this season Tennessee Shakespeare Co. chose to start off with a thinker.

75. Events -

Small Biz Memphis will host the Cordova/Bartlett and East Memphis/Midtown Business Builders Circle meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, suite 400. The Germantown/Collierville meeting will be held Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at 2176 West St. For more information, call 205-9303.

76. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will present “How the New National Labor Relations Board Will Impact Your Business” Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at its office, 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. The event is free and breakfast will be provided. To register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or nthomas@bakerdonelson.com.

77. Events -

Center City Development Corp. Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the CCC conference room, 114 N. Main St. For more information, call 575-0574.

78. 20 Glankler Brown Attorneys in Best Lawyers in America ‘11 -

Twenty attorneys from Glankler Brown PLLC have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011.

79. Exchange Club Announces Board -

The Exchange Club Family Center has announced new board members and officers for 2010-2011.

The new board members are Grant Adams, Holly Walters Craft, Adrienne Daily-Evans, Dr. Sheryl Davis, Handel Durham, Joe Fracchia, Dr. Patrick Randolph, Mike Fay, Dr. John Holmes, Shelly Rice and Rick Holland.

80. DNA Announces Summer Speaker Lineup -

Memphis City Council Chairman Harold Collins and representatives of Friends for Our Riverfront will speak at the July 27 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA).

81. Marketing Workshop to Use Hypothetical Scenario -

Thompson & Co. and the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club will use a unique technique to give attendees ideas about marketing and communications at a workshop to be held Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.

82. Aide to Ark. Governor to Head Delta Authority -

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A top aide to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe was nominated Thursday by President Barack Obama to head the Delta Regional Authority, a federal agency that works to enhance the economy of the impoverished Mississippi Delta region in eight states.

83. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries -

The stage is set for the county’s most anticipated political showdown in the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.

Noon today is the deadline for candidates in the primaries, as well as those vying for nonpartisan seats on the Shelby County school board and the three judicial positions, to file their qualifying petitions for the ballot.

84. Obama's Health Care Pitch to Democrats: Trust Me -

WASHINGTON (AP) - In private pitches to Democrats, President Barack Obama says he will persuade Congress to pass his health care overhaul even if it kills him and even if he has to ask deeply distrustful lawmakers to trust him on a promise the White House doesn't have the power to keep.

85. Ford Jr. Makes Tough Bid for Liberal NYers' Affections -

NEW YORK (AP) - The last time Harold Ford Jr. ran for the U.S. Senate, he spoke proudly about his pickup truck, his "friend" President George W. Bush, his support for Chief Justice John Roberts and a voting record that "doesn't describe a liberal."

86. US Ups Ante On Haitian Assistance; Memphians Chip In -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that “one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history” is moving toward Haiti as he continued to mobilize the U.S. response to the island’s devastating earthquake.

87. 12 Glankler Brown Attorneys Included in SuperLawyers -

Twelve attorneys from Glankler Brown PLLC have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Mid-South SuperLawyers.

88. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold a seminar today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UTHSC, 800 Madison Ave. The seminar will discuss HIV/AIDS in the Mid-South. For more information, call 218-5511.

89. UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean -

J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.

90. Dishmon Joins UT Medical Group -

Dr. Dwight “Dan” Dishmon has joined the Department of Medicine at UT Medical Group.
Dishmon is an interventional cardiologist and cares for adults with ischemic heart disease and peripheral arterial disease.
He earned his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He later completed additional fellowship training at Michigan State University’s Borgess Medical Center. 

91. Tennessee Shakespeare Co. Returns With Performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ -

A young professional theater company that burst onto the Memphis arts scene last year returns to open its second season with dreams and blessings.

“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a play about blessing,” said Dan McCleary, founder and artistic director of the Tennessee Shakespeare Co., referring to the company’s latest show that will kick off Wednesday. “Shakespeare wrote it as a blessing for a marriage in Queen Elizabeth’s court. So we’re finding all the blessings inside the text. There is a lot of incantation and magic in it.”

92. Ground Zero Pushes To Increase Daytime Business -

You don’t have to wait until darkness falls to walk into a juke joint, especially when the fragrance of green tomatoes frying can be smelled around lunch time at the Ground Zero Blues Club.

Natosha Huffstickler, the managing partner at the Memphis restaurant founded by actor Morgan Freeman, believes everybody needs a daily blues blast and soul food nourishing. So why wait for the weekend?

93. Red Rooster Joins List of Shuttered Restaurants - The Red Rooster flew the coop.

The Downtown corner where the giant bird once stood in front of his restaurant and bar is now a vacant space. A sign posted on the door states an announcement is coming soon about a new location.

Several Downtown restaurants have closed during the prolonged recession, but the departure of this one involves the bankruptcy issues of its landlord. The Red Rooster closed after a judge dismissed the bankruptcy case of Lee’s Landing Commercial LLC.

The Red Rooster closed the same week the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Lee’s Landing Commercial was officially closed and dismissed.

Three entities have Lee’s Landing in their names, according to the court documents. Lee’s Landing Garage LLC is the ownership entity for the block-long development near Beale Street. Lee’s Landing Commercial, which filed for bankruptcy, had control over a portion of that space. A third entity called 140 Lee’s Landing LLC operated the Red Rooster restaurant through a sublease.

Nothing to crow about

Judge Jennie D. Latta dismissed the bankruptcy case because Lee’s Landing Commercial “failed to file monthly operating reports and pay quarterly fees as required by the bankruptcy law and rules.”

The court earlier had granted a motion allowing Seedco Financial, which had loaned $1.46 million to Lee’s Landing Commercial LLC, to start collecting rent on the property. The same order allowed Lee’s Landing Garage LLC to retain ownership.

There are plans to reopen Red Rooster at another location, according to a sign on the door as well as postings on the restaurants’ Facebook and MySpace pages.

“The Red Rooster is crowing about his new and better barnyard!” the sign reads on the door at the corner of Second Street and Lt. George W. Lee Avenue. “Watch for updates next week about our expansion and new locations!”

Attempts to reach Red Rooster representatives were not successful.

Andy Kitsinger, vice president of planning and development for the Center City Commission, said the owners of Red Rooster could not reach an agreement on renegotiated lease payments.

“Red Rooster, I understand, was financially viable and making it work under their previous terms, but couldn’t make it work with the new offers,” Kitsinger said.

Beaten path

The Red Rooster follows other restaurants that have closed or left Downtown.

Encore, a bistro in Peabody Place, served its last meal the same week the Red Rooster closed. Other Downtown restaurants and bars that have closed recently include LoLo’s Table, Pat O’Brien’s and a Starbucks.

Restaurants have also closed in other parts of the city. Bruno’s now has a for lease sign in the window at its Midtown location on Madison Avenue.

“Restaurants have actually been feeling it for a while,” Kitsinger said. “The economy has hit restaurants hard nationally. You know, a lot of people have been eating at home … and going out less to restaurants.”

Mike Miller, the president of the Memphis Restaurant Association, said he thinks the worst might be over for restaurants, as new ones open to replace those that have closed. For instance, South of Beale just opened Downtown. Existing ones, such as the Happy Mexican, are branching out with new locations.

“My general sense of it is that earlier in the year was definitely when we saw a lot of closings,” Miller said. “This comes from talking to liquor representatives who sell to people as well as other vendors, and personal knowledge. It seems to me that, even though there are restaurants continuing to close, it has slowed down.”

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94. Dalai Lama Calls For "Inner Peace" In Accepting NCRM Award -

The Dalai Lama toured the National Civil Rights Museum Wednesday and stood and prayed on the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

95. Dalai Lama Calls For "Inner Peace" In Accepting NCRM Award -  

The Dalai Lama toured the National Civil Rights Museum Wednesday and stood and prayed on the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

But the Tibetan spiritual leader declined to compare himself to King or other advocates of non violence as he talked with reporters later in the museum.

“I investigate myself. My motivations should be honest, truthful,” he said. “If I were to put my name with others who are famous, it is wrong.”

The Dalai Lama was in Memphis to accept the NCRM’s International Freedom Award before a crowd of 500 at The Peabody.

He spoke with an interpreter who didn’t so much translate his words into English as provide the religious leader with the correct word in English for what he wanted to say.

His Memphis stop was part of an international tour with stops in the U.S. as well as a controversial visit to Taiwan at the end of August that angered the Chinese government.

The Buddhist holy figure fled Tibet at a young age 50 years ago following the Chinese’s government’s invasion of Tibet and an uprising crushed by the Chinese army. The Tibet government that was overthrown in the invasion exists as a government in exile in India and a growing community of 150,000 people with democratically elected officials. The Chinese government does not recognize the government in exile and portrayed the Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan as an attempt to promote independence of the island nation which the Communist government also considers to be part of China. The Lama said his visit was not political but a visit to pray for victims of a recent typhoon.

In Memphis, he said totalitarian regimes are out of step.

“Totaliarian regimes themselves are always changing. The free world has a moral responsibility to remind them that totalitarian is not a practical way – is outdated,” he said.

The spiritual leader has also criticized the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that began during the administration of President George W. Bush.

“It is no secret, I love President Bush. He is very straight forward. But some of his policies I had great reservations about,” the Dalai Lama said. “I told him friendly the U.S. motivation is good to spread democracy. But its methods are wrong.”

The Dalai Lama said nothing about the fist bump he got Wednesday in Tom Lee Park from Memphis Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery. No one asked during a press conference although the greeting made national news. But he displayed a sense of humor about other things. At one point, he told the crowd at The Peabody that he recently had surgery to remove his gall bladder. “It scientifically proved that I had no healing powers,” he joked.

“We all have the same potential to create inner peace,” he said after accepting the award from philanthropist and award sponsor J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and civil rights veteran Rev. Benjamin Hooks. The award comes with an honorarium from the Hyde Foundation. But he donated the money back to the museum.

He called for “more effort for the promotion of human compassion.” And the Dalai Lama called for women to take a more active role citing the feminist movement.

“Women have more potential to alter the biological pattern,” he said.

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96. Westin Beale Street Receives Four Diamond Rating -

The Westin Memphis Beale Street hotel has earned a Four Diamond rating from AAA.

The award was presented for “exceptional accommodations offering upscale facilities, attentive service and a high standard of hospitality.”

97. 16 Glankler Brown Attorneys Chosen for Best Lawyers -

Sixteen attorneys from the Memphis law firm Glankler Brown PLLC recently were selected by their colleagues for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

The attorneys selected were Louis F. Allen, Saul C. Belz, John David Blaylock, William L. Bomar, R. Grattan Brown Jr., Oscar C. Carr III, Lee J. Chase III, B. Douglas Earthman, Charles W. Hill, R. Hunter Humphreys, Robert L. Hutton, William T. Mays Jr., George T. Nassar Jr., J. William Pierce Jr., Douglas P. Quay and C. Barry Ward. All of these lawyers were selected within their specific areas of practice.

98. Baldwin Joins Visible School As Department Chair, Professor -

George Baldwin has been hired by Visible School as department chair and assistant professor of music business ministry and audio production.

99. Events -

The University of Memphis will host the “We Are One!” library conference, expo and concert today. The circulation conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in McWherter Library. The expo will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Theatre lobby and the concert will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rose Theatre. For more information, contact Sonji Wright at 678-2203 or slwright@memphis.edu.

100. Events -

The Downtown Parking Authority will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.