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1. Lewis Funeral Home Honored With Marker -

The R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home at 374 Vance Ave. has a historical marker to note the 100th anniversary of one of the city’s longest-running African-American owned businesses.

2. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

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

3. Appellate Judge Appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

4. 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.

5. ‘History Has Changed’ -

The headquarters for Freedom Summer is still being set up and nearby the stage is almost ready for the March on Washington.

The almost-finished exhibit on the black power movement includes an interactive media table that is as bold as the moments and cultural history it offers.

6. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

7. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

8. Petties Case Reveals Dark Details -

One of the last loose ends in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court was rounded up last week, with a 15-year prison sentence for a childhood friend of drug kingpin Craig Petties.

9. Petties Associate Draws 15-Year Prison Term -

Chris Hamlet didn’t have to spend five years in a Mexican prison.

Federal drug agents in Memphis were interested in a prisoner swap with Mexican authorities to get the childhood friend of Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties to and across the border.

10. Lewis Gets Life Sentence in Petties Drug Case -

Martin Lewis, convicted last year of killing a man in 2007 for the Craig Petties drug organization in a busy restaurant, was sentenced Friday, June 14, to life in prison.

11. Lewis Gets Life in Petties Case -

Clinton Lewis was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, May 14, for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

12. Then and Now -

Jay Bailey pictured marching bands and floats when his mother told him he was going on a march.

“We thought of it as a parade,” said Bailey, who was 6 years old in March 1968. “We thought of it as something fun.”

13. Defendant Gets 12 Years in Petties Drug Case -

A contract killer for the Craig Petties drug organization who never carried out his job got a 12-year, five-month prison sentence Thursday, March 21, from U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays.

14. Prosecutors Weigh Cooperation Against Murder -

For a second time, prosecutors in the largest drug case ever brought into Memphis federal court have decided not to recommend a reduction in the sentence of a high-ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization who cooperated to some extent.

15. Petties Case: Vaughn Gets 36.5 Year Prison Sentence -

Vacha Vaughn, a high ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization, was sentenced Friday, Feb. 8, to 36 years and six months in prison on a federal drug conspiracy conviction.

16. Fields Gets 37-Year Sentence in Petties Case -

Demetrius Fields, a high-ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization, drew the longest jail term yet as those convicted in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court continue to be sentenced.

17. Fields Gets 37-Year Sentence In Petties Case -

Demetrius Fields, a high ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization, drew the longest jail term yet as those convicted in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court continue to be sentenced.

18. Mays Hears of Cell Phones and Drug Delivery Planned Behind Bars At Mason -

Two leaders of the Craig Petties drug organization were caught with cell phones while they were prisoners at the federal prison in Mason, Tennessee last year and a third was suspected of trying to have a kilogram of cocaine delivered to him in prison.

19. Broady Gets 31 Year Sentence In Petties Case -

Clarence Broady, who at one time robbed drug dealers, was sentenced to 31 years in prison Thursday, Jan. 3, for being a hit man for the Craig Petties drug organization.

20. More Sentences Expected for Petties Drug Case in 2013 -

Five years after Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties was captured in Mexico, the federal court drug case that bears his name is still moving through the courts of the Western District of Tennessee.

21. Petties Drug Runner Draws Eight-Year Sentence -

Bobby Cole was a professional drag racer and race promoter known as a kind of arbiter of differences among drivers and someone who helped those in financial straits with loans of cash or one of his trailers.

22. Petties Drug Runner Draws Eight-Year Sentence -

A professional drag racer and mechanic who used his racing trailers to run money and cocaine for the Craig Petties drug organization was sentenced Monday, Oct. 29, to eight years and one month in prison.

23. International Exposure -

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.

24. Law School Celebrates 50 Years -

At the end of this month, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will celebrate half a century of preparing young legal minds for the future challenges they’ll face in the field of law.

25. Drug Kingpin Petties Moved to New York -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has been moved from the federal prison in Atlanta to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.

26. ‘A Different View’ -

When the Memphis City Council got involved in the 1968 sanitation workers strike it forever changed the relationship between the council and the mayor.

Lewis Donelson, a member of that council and founder and shareholder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, writes in his new autobiography, “Lewie,” that the council’s actions have affected every council and mayor since then.

27. Drug Trial Moves Into Sentencing Phase -

The verdicts are in, and the jurors have been polled and dismissed after more than a month of trial.

The long-awaited and just-completed Craig Petties drug organization trial now gives way to sentencing hearings to come for Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis and some of those who once belonged to the organization and testified against them.

28. Petties Jury Convicts on All but One Count -

The jury in the Petties drug organization trial has convicted the two defendants on all but one of the drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire counts they faced.

Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis were found guilty of 10 of the 11 federal charges they faced. The verdict came after less than a day of deliberation and five weeks of testimony.

29. Fed. Drug Trial Moves to Conclusion -

It may have been one of the more unusual PowerPoint presentations. Closing arguments in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court began Tuesday, March 20, with the presentations most associated with corporate workshops and seminars adapted to summarize what has been a complex set of events covering seven years.

30. Deliberations to Begin in Petties Org Case -

Seven weeks ago jury selection began in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court.

More than 350 exhibits, 70 witnesses and 130 sidebars or bench conferences later, the jury is about to begin deliberations in the trial of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, two members of the drug organization headed and built by Craig Petties.

31. Testimony Ends in Fed Drug Trial -

After five weeks of testimony, the last witness testified Wednesday, March 14, in the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court.

He was Vacha Vaughn, a high-level member of the organization who was shot in a 2004 robbery by men dressed as police officers. Three years later, he was a target of the organization itself because he was believed to be cooperating with authorities.

32. Drug Jury Must Choose ‘Whose Truth’ -

Someone has been lying during the trial of two alleged hit men in the Craig Petties drug organization – a trial now ending its sixth week in Memphis federal court.

33. Mistrial Motion Denied In Petties Drug Org Trial -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays has denied a motion by defense attorneys for a mistrial in the Petties drug organization trial.

The decision by Mays in a 15-page written ruling, clears the way for the defense in the drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder for hire case to begin telling its side of the story Wednesday, March 14.

34. UPDATE: Mays Weighs Mistrial in Petties Case -

A .45 caliber gun was used to kill Marcus Turner by the side of an Olive Branch road.

And the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis Federal Court is now focused on two .45 caliber guns and an alleged swap of one of the guns after the 2006 murder

35. Petties Case Court Documents Suggest Post Conviction Plans -

Toward the end of the prosecution’s case last week in the Craig Petties drug organization trial, jurors heard a corrections officers say that Clinton Lewis, one of the two defendants, told Carlos Whitelow, another member of the organization, to keep quiet and not tell prosecutors anything about the organization.

36. Defense Moves for Mistrial in Petties Case -

The defense in the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court won’t start presenting its case at least until Tuesday, March 13.

The delay came as the defense moved for a mistrial because a witness the prosecution planned to call but didn’t has recanted his testimony.

37. Petties Org Trial Defense Opens Case Monday -

Defense attorneys in the Petties drug organization trial begin presenting their case Monday, March 12, in Memphis federal court.

Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis are charged with drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder for hire.

38. Prosecution Rests in Fed Drug Trial -

The prosecution in the Craig Petties drug organization trial rested in case in chief Thursday, March 8, after four weeks of testimony.

39. Petties Jury Hears of 2007 Arrests of Defendants and Plea Talks -

When they were arrested separately within months of each in 2007, neither Clinton Lewis nor Martin Lewis went quietly.

40. Violent Acts Take Stage in Fed Drug Trial -

When Mario McNeil allegedly threatened the mother of drug kingpin Craig Petties in 2007, the Memphis drug organization Petties ran from exile in Mexico took it seriously.

41. Fed Drug Case Zeroes in on Defendants -

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.

42. Petties Drug Trial Testimony Focuses on Defendants -

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.

43. Petties Trial Focuses on Turner Killing -

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.

44. Petties Trial Focuses on 2006 Murder -

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.

45. Fed Drug Trial Testimony Ends Fourth Week -

Martin Lewis jumped Marcus Brandon as soon as Brandon came on the line in May 2007 during a jailhouse phone call three-wayed by Lewis’ girlfriend using another prisoner’s ID number.

46. Witness Recalls Drug Money Accounting Duties -

Dana Bradley remembers the day he went to work for the Craig Petties drug organization.

47. Petties Org Drug Trial Hits Fourth Week -

The Craig Petties drug organization trial has settled into some predictable rhythms as it begins its fourth week Monday, Feb. 27, in Memphis Federal Court.

48. Petties Org Drug Trial Ends Third Week -

The Craig Petties drug organization trial has settled into some predictable rhythms as it begins its fourth week Monday, Feb. 27, in Memphis Federal Court.

49. Questions Raised About Plea Deals -

Shortly after Clarence Broady shot Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin to death in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

50. Defense Critical of Plea Deal for Fields in Petties Case -

Shortly after Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin were shot to death by Clarence Broady in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

51. Georgia Drug Dealer Turns Up in Fed Case -

When Torrance Hill testified in Memphis Federal Court this week about his role as a major drug dealer from Columbus, Ga., and the Atlanta area, it was new to the jury in the Petties drug organization trial.

52. Miss. Drug Kingpin Talks of Life on Run in Mexico With Petties -

When Dave Warner learned police and federal agents were searching his house in Mississippi in 2004, he ran. And while he was on the run, he got a phone call from Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties who said Warner could come live in Mexico where Petties had fled two years earlier.

53. Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Tobias Pride said the drug kingpin who hired him to kill Antonio Allen in 2002 had proof “in black and white” that Allen had been cooperating with law enforcement.

54. Court Hears Details Of Drug Org -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays has been balancing other cases on his schedule with the Craig Petties drug organization trial that began Feb. 6 with jury selection.

55. UPDATE: Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Big drug dealers don’t count the money as soon as they make a drug deal. They wait until they leave the exchange to count it.

That was among the details offered Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the full-day of testimony by Orlando Pride, a long time member of the violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

56. Petties Associate Testifies On Drug Ring's Origins and Growth -

The violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties began with a group of eight and nine-year-old boys in the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis selling rocks of crack cocaine to those in cars who would drive down their street, West Dison Avenue, in the neighborhood.

57. Testimony to Begin in Fed Drug Case -

The first witnesses could testify Monday, Feb. 13, in the federal drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire trial of Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis.

58. Jury Selection Progresses in Major Drug Case -

Jury selection in the Memphis federal court trial of two alleged hit men for the biggest drug organization ever prosecuted in the court took longer than expected.

The selection process, which began Monday, Feb. 6, and stretched into Wednesday, also provided a window into the dividing line between the privacy of prospective jurors and the need of attorneys and the judge to explore the jury pool’s lives in some depth to pick a fair and impartial group.

59. Petties Trial Jury Selection Underway -

Jury selection in the trial of two men accused of being hit men for a powerful Memphis-based drug organization began Monday, Feb. 6, with a long line of jurors seeking to be disqualified from jury duty for emergency reasons.

60. Major Federal Drug Trial Gets Under Way Monday -

One of the cameras in the courtroom of Federal Judge Hardy Mays was moved just a bit last month.

It was adjusted so the camera’s view could not take in the jury box and those to be seated in it.

61. Court Docket Sees 2 Notable Drug Cases -

For now, Federal Judge Hardy Mays has decided that the last two defendants in the biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court will not be shackled when the jury begins hearing the case.

62. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development -

Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.

Hometown: Connersville, Ind.

Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

63. Recordings Could be Played in Major Drug Trial -

Tobias Pride told Mario Stewart that leaders of the drug organization Pride worked for wanted Stewart dead because they believed he was cooperating with police.

64. Petties Trial Date Delayed -

The upcoming trial of the last two defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court has been delayed until Feb. 6.

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays postponed the scheduled Jan. 17 start of the trial of Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis an additional three weeks to Friday, Feb. 6.

65. AP Interview: US Atty. Stanton Targets Gangs -

MEMPHIS (AP) – In his 17 months as U.S. attorney for West Tennessee, lifelong Memphian Edward Stanton has taken a tough stance against sex traffickers and drug rings, while also showing a willingness to get personally involved in the region’s most serious cases.

66. Fed Drug Case Defendant Wants New Atty. -

Just two and a half weeks before he goes on trial for racketeering, drug conspiracy and murder-for-hire charges, Clinton Lewis wants a new attorney.

67. Rules for Federal Drug Case Still Being Formed -

The words “inordinate” and “extraordinary” keep coming up in the court documents for the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court, even though the case is now down to two defendants who are scheduled to go to trial next month.

68. Avery Named State’s Dentist of the Year -

Dr. Jim Avery of the practice Avery & Meadows DDS has been named the 2011 Dentist of the Year for the state by the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry.

69. Broady Pleads In Petties Drug Case -

One of the three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court has pleaded guilty to multiple conspiracy charges including racketeering, murder for hire and drug distribution.

70. Broady Pleads In Petties Drug Case -

One of the three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court has pleaded guilty to multiple conspiracy charges including racketeering, murder for hire and drug distribution.

71. Petties Drug Case Moves Toward Jan. Trial -

The three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 17 before U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

The trial of Martin Lewis, Clinton Lewis and Clarence Broady is expected to take four to five weeks.

72. Drug Cartel Case Moves Closer To January Trial -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays will talk Wednesday, Nov. 16, with attorneys for the three defendants left in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court.

Federal prosecutors and attorneys for defendants Clarence Broady, Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis come to court for an attorney conference on their way to a scheduled January trial date on drug conspiracy and racketeering charges that also include murder for hire.

73. 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.

74. Defendant in Petties Case Pleads Guilty -

The biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court is down to three defendants who have a tentative trial date in January on racketeering and murder-for-hire charges.

Demetrious Fields pleaded guilty last week to three of the counts he faced for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties from 1995 to 2008.

75. Fields Pleads In Drug Case -

One of the four remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 20, to drug conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering charges.

Demetrious Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday, Oct. 19, before Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays with his sentencing scheduled for March 2.

76. Feds Seek Anonymous Jury in Drug Case -

Federal prosecutors want an “anonymous jury” for the trial next year of four men accused of being contract killers for the largest drug ring ever tried in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis.

77. Parker Joins Leadership Memphis -

Latoria “Tori” Parker has joined Leadership Memphis as operations manager.

Hometown: Memphis

Education: B.S. Business Administration – University of Phoenix

78. Motions Offer New Details in Petties Drug Case -

Three of the four remaining defendants in the largest and most violent drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court want more information about the cases against them and a separate trial for two of them.

79. Civil Rights Icon Lewis Honored by Tenn. Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Members of the Tennessee General Assembly took time to honor civil rights icon John Lewis.

80. Four Petties Codefendants May be Tried in January -

Four codefendants in the largest and most violent drug-trafficking case ever brought in Memphis federal court may go to trial in January 2012.

Report dates for Demetrius Fields, Clarence Broady and Clinton Lewis in the last week have focused on what happens next in the case. That follows the revelation last month that the alleged leader of the drug organization, Craig Petties, pleaded guilty to 19 counts including murder-for-hire in December 2009. The guilty plea was unsealed and made public just last month.

81. Drug Case Gets Stranger With Plea Revelation -

It is not unusual in Memphis federal court for a grand jury indictment to be sealed by a judge. And there are times when a guilty plea may be sealed.

But the revelation this week that alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties pleaded guilty over a year ago to 19 counts including murder for hire charges in Memphis federal court is unusual.

82. Mays: Petties Codefendants to Keep Capital Counsel -

Extra legal counsel appointed for four defendants in the largest and most violent drug case ever tried in Memphis federal court will remain on the job, but they will take a pay cut.

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays issued the ruling this week after federal prosecutors sought to have the extra attorneys dismissed because the government will not seek the federal death penalty against Demetrious Fields, Clinton Lewis, Martin Lewis and Clarence Broady.

83. Menlo Bolsters Local Presence With New Lease -

Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC is expanding its Memphis-area operations with a new 181,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto in Olive Branch.

84. Marlo Thomas Book Looks at Laughter -

A lesson learned with laughter, it is said, is a lesson learned well.

In learning about comedy, Marlo Thomas had some of the best teachers in the world in her father Danny Thomas and the other legendary entertainers who were fixtures in the Thomas household, where they would swap stories and entertain each other.

85. Askew to Lead FedExFamilyHouse -

Bridgette Askew has been named general manager of the FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

86. Andrasik Named Chair of UM Psychology Dept. -

Frank Andrasik has been named chairman of the University of Memphis Department of Psychology.

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Education:
Received Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University in 1979 after completing an internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (Department of Psychiatry) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Family:
My wife, Candy; three daughters, Meghan, Kelly and Holly; one son, Dodge; and two young granddaughters, Harper and Rhiley.
Favorite quote:
From my now deceased father: “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Several. Dining out and going to movies, plays, or concerts. We’ve already been to see Sheryl Crow at Mud Island. Anything outside and exercising. Before hip surgery I enjoyed running, but now I am confined to walking.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
I need to mention two. First would be my father, from whom I received my strong work ethic. Second would be professor Kay Deaux, who helped me find my way in psychology.
Why did you pursue a career in psychology?
Like many undergraduates, I struggled to find my niche. I took a class with professor Kay Deaux, a well-known social psychologist, and afterwards she invited me to work in her laboratory.
In seconds, I was hooked on psychology. I needed only to find the right area of specialization, which for me was clinical psychology.
What attracted you to the University of Memphis?
Many things. The quality of the faculty, students and staff. The exciting projects being pursued. The many possibilities to collaborate with folks on and off campus. The opportunity to help make a very strong program even more so.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Contributing to the knowledge base of psychology and the professional development of students and more junior colleagues.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
Working with students and seeing their eyes light up when they get excited by psychology.

87. Petties Drug Case Begins Moving to Next Phase -

After several years of report dates that take less than five minutes, the largest drug case ever prosecuted in Memphis federal court is beginning to move into questions about what comes next.

Sometime this month, U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays will meet with defense and prosecution attorneys for a status conference. It will be the first conference of its kind since the U.S. Justice Department decided not to seek the death penalty against four of the defendants: Demetrius Fields, Clinton Lewis, Martin Lewis and Clarence Broady.

88. Harris Joins Transnetyx as VP of Sales -

Michael Harris has joined Transnetyx, a genetic diagnostics company, as vice president of sales for the company’s pharmacogenomics division.

89. Feds Appear Likely to Seek Death Penalty Against Petties -

The federal government will apparently seek the federal death penalty against alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties.

90. Judicial Nominating Commission Seeks Leader -

The state commission that recommends finalists for judicial vacancies has a vacancy of its own.

Bill Young of Chattanooga is acting chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission following the resignation of former JNC Chairman David Bautista of Johnson City.

91. Martin Tate Attorneys Honored by Law & Politics -

Eleven attorneys from Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC have been selected as 2009 Super Lawyers and 2009 Mid-South Rising Stars by Law & Politics.

92. Petties Drug Case Reaches Pivotal Juncture -

The largest drug case ever presented in Memphis federal court reaches a critical phase today when U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi begins a series of meetings with attorneys for five of the nine defendants.

93. Dems, Republicans at Odds over BofA, Merrill Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior House Democrat says the government didn't force Bank of America to take over Merrill Lynch, but a bank board member said much pressure was applied and Republicans charged that a committee inquiry was covering up the role of an Obama administration official.

94. Dress Newest Pathologist At Pathology Group of the MidSouth -

Dr. Matthew A. Dress has joined Pathology Group of the MidSouth PC as its newest pathologist.

Before joining Pathology Group of the MidSouth, Dress served as the chief resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He then completed a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center-Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. 

95. Gardens of Germantown Secures Funding to Build Alzheimer’s Facility -

3179 Professional Plaza
Germantown, TN 38138
Loan Amount: $8 Million
Loan Date: July 16, 2009


Maturity Date: Aug. 1, 2050
Borrower: Gardens of Germantown LLC
Lender: Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage Inc.
Details: The developer of an Alzheimer’s facility called the Gardens of Germantown has filed an $8 million construction loan through Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage Inc.

96. Legal Community Preps For ‘4All’ Blowout -

In a month, the Tennessee Bar Association will launch what promises to be the state’s largest pro bono effort.

The “4 All” statewide service day is April 4, the 41st anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.

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

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

98. Midtown Neighborhood Spared ‘Large Apartment Complex’ -

It was a question of zoning versus a covenant.

This past week at City Hall, the Memphis City Council sided with restricted covenants in a Midtown neighborhood.

Evergreen Living Center LLC, a church-related nonprofit organization, wanted to build a multistory, 117-unit apartment development for people 55 and older.

99. Bank of America Wins Approval To Buy Countrywide -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Federal Reserve has approved Bank of America Corp.’s purchase of distressed mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.

In a statement Thursday, the federal regulator said it considered many comments for and against the company buyout and “has considered carefully the financial factors of the proposal.”

100. Law School For Journalists to Focus On King, Civil Rights -

It is one of the last pictures taken of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The day before his 1968 assassination on the balcony of Downtown's Lorraine Motel, King is shown in the courtyard there being served legal papers by a U.S. Marshal.