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1. Young Volunteers Face Long Odds at Oklahoma -

Two games into the 2014 season, and it’s time for the University of Tennessee to play some big-boy football.

The Vols (2-0) took care of business at Neyland Stadium in the first two games against Utah State and Arkansas State.

2. In Rare Move, Police Confirm ‘Blue Flu’ -

In the storied history of labor relations between City Hall and the rank and file of the Memphis Police Department, there is a standing rule about work slowdowns, sometimes referred to as “blue flu.”

3. 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.

4. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

5. Forest Hill Technology Center Sells for $5.2 Million -

3860 Forest Hill-Irene Road
Germantown, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $5.2 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2014
Buyer: 3860 Forest Hills Irene LLC
Seller: BACM 2007-1 Irene Road LLC
Loan Amount: $5.6 million
Loan Date: April 17, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA

6. 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.

7. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

8. McCusker Aims for Criminal Court Clerk -

Michael McCusker is used to the assumptions when the assistant district attorney general tells voters he is running for office this year.

“A lot of people keep saying to me, ‘Wouldn’t judge be a natural progression for you?’ In some respects it would be,” admitted McCusker, who is instead running in the May Democratic primary for Criminal Court clerk.

9. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

10. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

11. Judicial Candidates Move to August Ballot -

In the first week to pick up petitions for the August judicial elections in Shelby County, judicial candidates have accounted for most of the activity at the Shelby County Election Commission.

Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael has pulled a petition to run for Juvenile Court judge in the nonpartisan race. Michael has been campaigning for several months in his bid to succeed outgoing Judge Curtis Person Jr.

12. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

13. Brimhall Named Bartlett Entrepreneur of Year -

Terry Brimhall, founder and president of Brimhall Foods Co. Inc., has been named entrepreneur of the year by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

14. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

15. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

16. Police Corruption Sparks Familiar Political Debate -

When he was Shelby County mayor, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. used to refer to civil service employees he encountered as “we be’s”

“We be here before you got here and we be here after you are gone,” was his explanation for the term, a line that got a good laugh as he explained some of the limitations on changes he wanted to make in local government.

17. Armstrong Disagrees With Wharton’s Department Assessment -

The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy by an off-duty Memphis police officer who claims he was being robbed has become the backdrop for a politically saturated controversy over what it says about the way the Memphis Police Department is run.

18. Police Union Slams Wharton in Armstrong Dispute -

A fatal police shooting Monday evening in Wooddale is turning into a question about whether Toney Armstrong will remain as Memphis Police Director.

Michael Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association, said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that Armstrong – director of police for a year and a half – “hasn’t really been given the opportunity to be the police director” by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

19. Rainey Kizer Attorneys to Present at Seminar -

Two attorneys with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC will speak at the 3rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Law & Practice Seminar Friday, Sept. 14, in Memphis.

James Thompson will address issues including workers’ compensation settlements, offsets/adjustments and third-party claims, and return to work issues. Michael Burnett Joiner’s topics include general principles of workers compensation, risk and elements of a workers compensation case, disabilities, vocational rehabilitation benefits, medical care and choice of health care providers.

20. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

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

21. Source: Yahoo, Facebook Have Settled Patent Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a dispute over patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The deal would end lawsuits the companies filed against each other without any money exchanged, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

22. Evans Joins MERI As Finance Director -

Devonya Evans has joined the Medical Education & Research Institute as director of finance. Evans, a licensed certified public accountant, will be responsible for heading MERI’s finance and information technology departments.

23. Revolving Door: Yahoo Ushers Out Another CEO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo still has credibility issues, even after casting aside CEO Scott Thompson because his official biography included a college degree that he never received.

24. Kiser Joins Volunteer Mid-South As Community Services Director -

Amanda Kiser has joined Volunteer Mid-South as community services director. Kiser’s responsibilities include mobilizing and maximizing volunteer resources, coordinating training for partner agencies, creating and leading community projects, and marketing VMS’ benefits to agencies and the public.

25. Burton Promoted to PR Manager at inferno -

Ashley Burton has been promoted to public relations manager at inferno. Burton joined the agency in 2005 and most recently served as a public relations account executive.

26. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host an executive lunch with Doug McGowen Tuesday, March 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. McGowen will discuss starting new businesses, growing existing businesses and how to use commercial blight as an opportunity. Email Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com for reservations.

27. Events -

The Tennessee Solar Institute will offer a free course in the basics of solar installation and photovoltaic technology Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The 40-hour course will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the course, an entry-level certificate of knowledge exam will be given. For more information, contact Patricia Wells at patricia.wells@tennessee.edu or 615-253-6371.

28. Teens Awaken in Broadway Musical -

Love and flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in spring, at least according to an award-winning Broadway musical premiering at Circuit Playhouse in March.

In “Spring Awakening,” teenagers’ natural urges and unanswered questions combine in a rush of rock music to spell out the drama of becoming an adult.

29. Sullivan Inks Lease For Toyota Ctr. -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

30. Sullivan Branding Inks Toyota Center Deal -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

31. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

32. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

33. 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.

34. 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

35. cs2 Finalizes Acquisition Of Thompson -

Two Memphis advertising agencies are combining forces to become one of the largest full-service firms in the Mid-South.

Cs2 advertising has acquired Thompson & Co. and its subsidiaries – Thompson Advertising, Thompson | Berry Public Relations, BottleRocket | Sponsorship Consulting and Due North Group | Barter Marketing in Memphis, and White | Thompson in Nashville in partnership with Evette White.

36. Changing Industry -

Society’s fascination with the advertising and public relations industry is far-reaching and well documented.

Television programs have long been interested in ad agencies as a setting, as evidenced by “Bewitched,” “Thirtysomething” and “Mad Men,” to name a few.

37. Architecture Inc.’s Schuermann Receives Chairman Appointment -

David M. Schuermann, AIA, NCARB, principal at Architecture Inc., has been named chairman of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.

38. Arlington Mayoral Hopefuls Sound Off -

The town of Arlington has seen substantial growth in the last eight years. But the four contenders for Arlington mayor told several hundred people last week that the town isn’t yet at the point where it can or should make investments in a police force, a beefed-up fire department or a new library.

39. Arlington Gears Up for Mayor’s Race -

Before Memphis voters go to the polls this October to decide a mayor’s race, voters in Arlington will decide a four-way race for mayor in the Sept. 15 elections there.

The Memphis field of 10 includes candidates like incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger James Harvey, who are relying on sophisticated computer software and lots of volunteers to turn out tens of thousands of people in early voting and on Election Day.

40. Council to Appoint 13th Member -

Memphis City Council members should be back up to full strength by the end of the day Friday, July 22.

The council meets for the second time in a week Friday at 8 a.m. with one item on the agenda – appointing a citizen to the vacant District 7 council seat.

41. 14 Apply For Council Appointment -

Fourteen citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, July 14, deadline for the District 7 vacancy on the Memphis City Council.

The council will fill the vacancy created by the June resignation of council member Barbara Swearengen Ware at a special July 22 council meeting.

42. 14 Apply For Council Appointment -

Fourteen citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, July 14, deadline for the District 7 vacancy on the Memphis City Council.

The council will fill the vacancy created by the June resignation of council member Barbara Swearengen Ware at a special July 22 council meeting.

43. Econ Development Tops List For Arlington Candidates -

The town of Arlington has a four-way race for mayor. The pack is running in a wide open race as incumbent Mayor Russell Wiseman has decided not to seek a third term after eight years in office.

44. Municipal Unions Rally Against Conrad Proposal -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, June 2, he is not “seeking privatization of any of the positions” held by members of the union that represents the city’s sanitation workers.

Wharton’s written statement came the day after Memphis City Council member Kemp Conrad presented a plan for balancing the city’s operating budget in the new fiscal year and beyond with several measures including privatizing or outsourcing the city’s garbage collection.

45. ‘Innovation Conference’ Comes to U of M -

The University of Memphis Saturday will host some of the city’s most dynamic, innovative dreamers, thinkers and doers during TEDx Memphis 2011.

The day-long event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology’s Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Deloach St.

46. U of M’s Ranta Named AdFed’s Silver Medal Winner -

Each year, members of the advertising profession select one of their own for the highest recognition the American Advertising Federation Memphis can give.

Richard F. Ranta, founding dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, has been named the 2011 Silver Medal winner – awarded to those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering industry standards.

47. U of M's Ranta Named AdFed's Silver Medal Winner -

Each year, members of the advertising profession select one of their own for the highest recognition the American Advertising Federation Memphis can give.

Richard F. Ranta, founding dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, has been named the 2011 Silver Medal winner – awarded to those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering industry standards.

48. U of M's Ranta Named AdFed's Silver Medal Winner -

Each year, members of the advertising profession select one of their own for the highest recognition the American Advertising Federation Memphis can give.

Richard F. Ranta, founding dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, has been named the 2011 Silver Medal winner – awarded to those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering industry standards.

49. Tennessee Native Earl Keister Joins Thompson & Co. -

Earl Keister has joined Thompson & Co. as creative director.

Hometown: Knoxville

Education: University of Tennessee, Portfolio Center

Work Experience: Fifteen years in the advertising field. I’m like Johnny Cash: I’ve been everywhere.

50. Drake, masterIT Recognized for Innovation -

Michael Drake is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of masterIT. masterIT has been named one of North America’s Most Innovative MSPs by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine. The list recognizes the IT industry’s top 40 managed service providers for their ingenuity, leadership and success.

51. Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union Appoints Weickenand CEO -

Daniel Weickenand has been appointed chief executive officer of Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union. Weickenand’s appointment follows a year-long, nationwide executive search.

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education:
BBA in Accounting and an MBA at the University of Texas San Antonio
Work Experience:
CEO of MATCU; chief financial officer, FedEx Credit Association; chief financial officer, HEB FCU; Public Accounting
Family:
Wife, Diane; Children, Leah, 18, Michael ,16, and Cole 13
Favorite quote:
“We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal
Last book read:
“The Mother Tongue – English and How It Got That Way” by Bill Bryson
Favorite music:
Americana
Favorite movie:
“The Godfather”
Sports team:
Houston Astros
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Playing guitar, reading, live music and spending time with my family
What talent do you wish you had?
I would like to play guitar as well as Joe Restivo.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
The greatest influence comes from the members who have entrusted their financial resources with the institutions where I have worked.
What attracted you to Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union?
The appeal is the opportunity to do great things for the entire community by providing low-cost financial products and services.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Turning around troubled institutions and making them successful
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I really get pleasure from working to improve the financial lives of everyday individuals.

52. Wharton Orders 90 Day Reform of General Services Division -

After a critical audit of the city’s fleet services bureau, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has ordered a report on the entire city division it is part of to include recommendations for new policies within the next three months.

53. Wharton Orders 90 Day Reform of General Services Division -

After a critical audit of the city’s fleet services bureau, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has ordered a report on the entire city division it is part of to include recommendations for new policies within the next three months.

54. Report: Employers to See 2011 Medical Costs Jump -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

55. Corner Rebirth -

Thompson & Co. is about five months away from moving into new digs at the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue.

56. Thompson & Co. to Fill Vacant Smooth Moves Space -

A Center City Commission-affiliated board on Wednesday approved almost $270,000 in financial incentives to support developing new businesses, jobs and service providers Downtown.

That money will finance a wide range of activity, from South Main Street to the Downtown core. The new business activity includes the renovation of a long-vacant storefront at the intersection of Main Street and Union Avenue as well as the move of a new tenant into that space.

57. Thompson & Co. Plans to Fill Vacant Smooth Moves Space -

A Center City Commission-affiliated board on Wednesday approved almost $270,000 in financial incentives to support developing new businesses, jobs and service providers Downtown.

That money will finance a wide range of activity, from South Main Street to the Downtown core. The new business activity includes the renovation of a long-vacant storefront at the intersection of Main Street and Union Avenue as well as the move of a new tenant into that space.

58. Life After Recession -

When George Baldwin married his wife, Ann, 30 years ago, he promised her “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.”

59. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

60. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.

Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.

The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.

The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.

Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.

Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.

All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.

Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.

And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.

Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.

D-Democrat

R- Republican

I- Independent

Shelby County Mayor:

Deidre Malone (D)

Joe Ford (D)

Otis Jackson (D)

Mark Luttrell (R)

Ernest Lunati (R)

Leo Awgowhat (I)

Shelby County Sheriff:

James Coleman (R)

Bobby Simmons (R)

Bill Oldham (R)

Dale Lane (R)

Larry Hill (D)

Bennie Cobb (D)

Randy Wade (D)

James Bolden (D)

Elton Hymon (D)

Reginald French (D)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1

Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2

Albert Maduska (R)

Heidi Shafer (R)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3

Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)

Joe Baire (R)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1

Walter Bailey (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2

Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)

David Vinciarelli (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3

Eric Dunn (D)

Norma Lester (D)

Tina Dickerson (D)

Melvin Burgess (D)

Reginald Milton (D)

Freddie Thomas (D)

County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1

James Harvey (D) (incumbent)

James Catchings (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2

Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)

Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3

Edith Moore  (D) (incumbent)

Justin Ford (D)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1

Chris Thomas (R)

John Pellicciotti (R)

Jim Bomprezzi (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2

Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)

John Wilkerson (R)

Ron Fittes (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3

Terry Roland (R)

George Chism (R)

Edgar Babian (R)

County Commission Dist 5

Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)

Jennings Bernard (D)

Rolando Toyos (R)

Shelby County Clerk

Charlotte Draper (D)

Corey Maclin (D)

LaKeith Miller (D)

Wayne Mashburn (R)

Steve Moore (R)

Criminal Court Clerk

Vernon Johnson (D)

Minerva Johnican (D)

Ralph White (D)

Michael Porter (R)

Kevin Key (R)

Jerry Stamson (I)

Circuit Court Clerk

Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)

Steven Webster (D)

Carmichael Johnson (D)

Ricky W. Dixon (D)

Juvenile Court Clerk

Joy Touliatos (R)

Charles Marshall (D)

Sylvester Bradley (D)

Shep Wilbun (D)

Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)

Probate Court Clerk

Paul Boyd (R)

Sondra Becton (D)

Danny Kail (D)

Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)

Peggy Dobbins (D)

Clay Perry (D)

Karen Tyler (D)

Shelby County Register

Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)

Coleman Thompson (D)

Lady J. Swift (D)

Carlton Orange (D)

Shelby County Trustee

Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)

M. LaTroy Williams (D)

John Willingham (R)

Jeff Jacobs (R)

David Lenoir (R)

...

61. Gov't Increases Pressure on Mortgage Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with sluggish progress in its foreclosure-prevention effort, the Obama administration will spend the coming weeks cracking down on mortgage companies that aren't doing enough to help borrowers at risk of losing their homes.

62. U of M Names Murrell Assistant Dean of Distance Education -

Dr. Vicki Murrell has been named assistant dean of distance education for the University of Memphis.

63. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Memphis Flyer senior editor Michael Finger will speak. Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

64. Bass Berry Completes Litigation Training Program -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC recently completed its first associate litigation training program.

The six-month program was designed to provide associates with direct litigation, trial advocacy and jury persuasion experience. The program ended with full-scale mock jury trials at Vanderbilt University Law School.

65. Report: Health Care Costs to Rise 9 Pct in 2010 -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Employers who offer health insurance coverage could see a 9 percent cost increase next year, and their workers may face an even bigger hit, according to a report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

66. At Citi's Annual Meeting, Shareholders Get Angry -

NEW YORK (AP) - The anger was evident at Citigroup Inc.'s annual meeting, where all nominated directors were elected but shareholders took turns at the microphone to vociferously object to the bank's performance over the past year.

67. Citigroup Nominates New Independent Directors - Citigroup has nominated four new independent directors – including two former bank chief executives and two other financial experts – to stand for election at its annual meeting in April.

The announcement Monday comes as part of a continuing shuffling of the troubled bank’s board. Its shares climbed more than 30 percent.

Investors have long criticized Citigroup’s board for allowing the bank to make so many investments in the risky housing market – actions that have led to the bank reporting five straight quarterly losses.

Richard Parsons, who took over as chairman last month, has said he planned to look for people with proven business judgment and experience in the financial sector to replace retiring directors overseeing the company.

The board currently has 15 directors, three of whom previously announced they will not stand for re-election and two of whom will be of retirement age by the time of the shareholder meeting.

The candidates are Jerry A. Grundhofer, Michael E. O’Neill, Anthony M. Santomero and William S. Thompson Jr.

Grundhofer, 64, is chairman emeritus and former chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp; O’Neill, 62, is former chairman and CEO of Bank of Hawaii; Santomero, 62, most recently served as a senior adviser at McKinsey & Co. and is the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; and Thompson, 63, is the former CEO of bond investment manager Pimco.

With the election of the four candidates, Citigroup would have 14 board members. The bank says the board also will consider future additions.

Parsons, the former head of Time Warner Inc., is one of the few Citigroup directors with experience in banking and leading a large company. Before joining Time Warner in 1995, Parsons served as chairman and CEO of Dime Bancorp Inc., one of the largest U.S. thrift institutions. Parsons also was an economic adviser on President Barack Obama’s transition team.

The three directors who have already announced they will depart from the board are Roberto Hernandez Ramirez, the chairman of Citi’s Mexican banking operations; Robert Rubin, a former U.S. Treasury secretary who was a longtime Citigroup board member; and Win Bischoff, most recently chairman at Citigroup. Ramirez said he will not stay on the board beyond his current term, while both Rubin and Bischoff have announced their retirement from the bank.

After suffering a loss of $8.29 billion in the fourth quarter, Citigroup announced it would reorganize into two units, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. The first will focus on traditional banking, while the second will hold the company’s riskier assets and tougher-to-manage ventures. In addition to receiving billions in government support, plus federal guarantees to cover losses on risky investments, the New York-based bank has agreed with the Treasury Department on a deal giving the government up to a 36 percent stake.

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68. Report: Citi May Nominate Ex-Bank CEOs to Board -

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup Inc. will likely nominate two former bank chief executives and two other financial experts to be directors as part of a shuffling of the embattled bank's board, according to a media report.

69. Thompson Case Points To Shady Culture -

Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Bruce Thompson told a federal judge this week his behavior was “anomaly.”

70. Warren Named Bursar At University of Memphis -

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

71. Gatewood’s Ballot Fate May Be Decided Today -

What if there was an election and no one was on the ballot?

That is the prospect the Shelby County Election Commission will address at a special meeting this afternoon.

Local election officials disqualified Memphis City Schools board member Stephanie Gatewood from running for re-election on the Nov. 4 ballot because she failed to file a campaign finance report by the Aug. 21 qualifying deadline for school board candidates. Gatewood had no challengers.

72. Memphis School Board Race In Limbo -

It looked like Memphis school board member Stephanie Gatewood was on her way to re-election without opposition on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That was until Wednesday (Aug. 27) – the day before the Shelby County Election Commission certified the local portion of the ballot.

73. Memphis School Board Race In Limbo -

It looked like Memphis school board member Stephanie Gatewood was on her way to re-election without opposition on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That was until Wednesday (Aug. 27) – the day before the Shelby County Election Commission certified the local portion of the ballot.

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

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

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

75. Events -

JobLINC will host a Career and Education Fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Thirty-nine companies will attend. For more information, call 415-2700.

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

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

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

77. Kustoff Resigns District Atty. Post -

U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is leaving his job as chief federal prosecutor for West Tennesseee.

Kustoff announced his resignation Tuesday effective May 16, just over two years after he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

78. Events -

The Memphis Investors Group will host a panel of local real estate investors at its meeting today at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Germantown Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. The event is free to first-time visitors and members. Repeat visitors pay $20. Early-bird sessions will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Tammy Green at 414-2729 or mig@memphisinvestors.com.

79. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The topic is "Real Estate Property Management: What You Need to Know When You Need to Know It" with Hulet Gregory of Clothier & Gregory Real Estate. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.

80. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis will host its Network Luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., ninth floor. The topic will be "How to Build a 'Good Ole Girl' Network as Good as the 'Good Ole Boys!'" The cost is $25 for NAWBO members and $30 for nonmembers. To make a reservation, call 844-3738 or visit www.nawbomemphis.org.

81. Tennessee Super Tuesday Voting Could Reach 1 Million -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Elections officials say turnout for Tennessee's presidential primary could reach a record of one million voters by Super Tuesday.

Final numbers of early voting showed more than 320,000 Tennesseans voted early, more than tripling early turnout in the last two presidential primaries held later in the campaign calendar.

82. Potential Pyramid Investor A Global Player -

His financial partners are in Europe. His investment fund is based in Asia and Michael F. Burgess has managed the construction of 13 hotel projects on nine Carribean islands in a four-decade career that defines the term "far flung."

83. Thompson's One-Time Promises Implode With Indictments -

He ran for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners five years ago on the slogan "It's time for government to mean business." And Bruce Thompson's campaign literature pledged, "I believe public officials should use their position to save money for the taxpayers, not make money for themselves."

84. With Substance Lacking - For Now - Thompson's Strength is His Style -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fred Thompson's easygoing, no-nonsense style is clearly his strength and undoubtedly has helped him soar in presidential polls. But it may only get him so far.

Sooner or later, the all-but-declared candidate will have to answer the question: What else do you offer?

85. Thompson YouTube SpotCould be Sign of Candidacy -      Supporters are kicking the Thompson watch up a notch.
     Former Tennessee Republican senator and University of Memphis graduate Fred Thompson has famously stayed mum on whether he intends t

86. Rowland Rises to Vice Chancellor Post at UTHSC -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has appointed Steve Rowland as assistant vice chancellor for business. He is responsible for overseeing and administering the Business Services Unit and auxiliary services such as printing, mail services and student housing. Rowland holds a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute for Supply Management.

87. Events -

The David Lusk Gallery presents "John Torina: Path Into the Wilderness" through Feb. 24 at 4540 Poplar Ave. For more information, call the gallery at 767-3800.

The Eclectic Eye in Midtown presents "Life As I See It," an exhibit by Tom Clifton, through March 1 at 242 South Cooper St. For more information, call 276-EYES (3937).

88. McMillan NamedTo Fred's Board of Directors -      Michael T. McMillan has been named to Fred's Inc.'s board of directors. The appointment becomes effective today.
     He is replacing Gerald E. Thompson, who assumed the role of executive vi

89. Carmony Named Newcomer of the Year -

Brad Carmony has been named Newcomer of the Year in the 2006 MPACT Maker Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have lived in Memphis for a short time, but who have made significant contributions to the community. Carmony is the public relations manager at inferno. He also serves on the regional advisory board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Tennessee, the Exchange Club Family Center's Gala Committee and as a member of the Shelby County Humane Society's Pet Set organization.

90. Joyner Joins Germantown M&F Bank -

Todd C. Joyner has joined M&F Bank in Germantown as vice president/mortgage loan originator. In his new position, Joyner will be the regional production officer of North Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a member of the Memphis Mortgage Bankers Association, Memphis Homebuilders Association and the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

91. Joyner Joins Germantown M&F Bank -

Todd C. Joyner has joined M&F Bank in Germantown as vice president/mortgage loan originator. In his new position, Joyner will be the regional production officer of North Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a member of the Memphis Mortgage Bankers Association, Memphis Homebuilders Association and the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

92. Fred's Inc. Announces Key Leadership Changes -      Fred's Inc. has named Gerald E. Thompson, a registered pharmacist, as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, company officials announced Tuesday.
     The company also

93. Wassmer Captures Account Exec Spot at Thompson & Berry -

Katie Wassmer has been promoted to account executive at Thompson & Berry Public Relations, a division of Thompson & Co. Wassmer has been with Thompson & Berry for two years. She joined the company as an intern. Wassmer graduated from the University of Memphis in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations.

94. Ad Agencies Mine Nonprofit Community -

The work of a nonprofit agency can seem daunting in the face of limited money and manpower. And it's doubly distressing when you realize the work nonprofit organizations do is necessary to feed, clothe or house people who really need it.

95. Baker Donelson Hires New IT Professional -

Cheryl Proctor just joined Baker Donelson's information technology management team as client services manager. Proctor currently serves as Southeast regional vice president of the International Legal Technology Association. She will direct Baker Donelson's client support services group. The group provides firm-wide electronic services, offering Baker Donelson's clients and attorneys sophisticated document sharing capabilities and technologically advanced litigation support systems. Proctor previously served as manager of application services at Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis PLLC in Nashville.

96. U of M Moot Court Team Earns Spot in National Finals -

H. McCall Wilson Jr., president and CEO of The Bank of Fayette County, recently attended a meeting of the American Bankers Association's Community Bankers Council in Washington, D.C. Wilson represents Tennessee's community banks on the council.

97. BottleRocket Experiences Rapid Climb -

A mention of the words "bottle rocket" brings to mind children celebrating Independence Day with empty soda bottles, matches and a bag full of fireworks. The bottle rocket is placed in the bottle and lit, and the children stand back to watch in awe as the rocket takes off with great force and soars upward until it erupts with a bang.

98. Archived Article: Newsmakers - TMA Elects Surgeon to Board of Trustees

Local Surgeon Elected to Medical Association Board

The Tennessee Medical Association elected vascular surgeon Dr. Hugh Francis III to serve a three-year term on its Board of Trustees. Francis previously ...

99. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Armstrong Allen attorney re-elected to ABAs House of Delegates

Noel Re-Elected to ABA House of Delegates

Randall D. Noel was elected to a third two-year term as a member of the American Bar Associations policy-making House of Delegates. Noel i...

100. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Young Lawyers Division Announces New Board Members

MSO Names New General Manager

Alberto Gutierrez joined Memphis Symphony Orchestra as general manager. Gutierrez previously served as operations manager for the San Antonio Symphony. After grad...