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1. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

2. Southaven Ex-Mayor Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years -

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison for felony convictions of embezzlement and fraud.

3. Southaven Ex-Mayor Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years -

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison for felony convictions of embezzlement and fraud.

4. Tigers’ Woodson Involved in Fight -

Dominic Woodson’s troubles continue.

The sophomore forward on the University of Memphis basketball team was involved in an altercation with a Tigers football player on Monday; the two players were arguing over a female, a source told The Daily News.

5. Tigers’ Woodson Involved in Fight -

Dominic Woodson’s troubles continue.

The sophomore forward on the University of Memphis basketball team was involved in an altercation with a Tigers football player on Monday; the two players were arguing over a female, a source told The Daily News.

6. Tigers’ Woodson Involved in Fight With Football Player -

Dominic Woodson’s troubles continue.

The sophomore forward on the University of Memphis basketball team was involved in an altercation with a Tigers football player on Monday; the two players were arguing over a female, a source told The Daily News.

7. 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.

8. Teeing Off -

Everyone was in a good mood. Not just normally affable Grizzlies players Mike Conley and Mike Miller, but former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown, a couple of hard-nosed throwback types.

9. Pera’s Just Following Sports Owner Formula -

Until recently, I figured if I ever won a huge lottery and became a gazillionaire, I would indulge my sports fantasy of owning a horse in the Kentucky Derby.

But everyone draws a line somewhere, and I don’t want to pay for the nasal strips on general principle. (California Chrome is just the frontrunner of this movement.)

10. Grizz Looking Forward to Next Season’s Grind -

Tony Allen, still believing, had “packed for a three-day trip to L.A.” and another playoff confrontation with the Clippers.

11. 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.

12. Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm -

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.

13. UTHSC Taps Davis to Lead Biomedical Informatics -

Dr. Robert L. Davis has been appointed as the founding director of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Center in Biomedical Informatics and the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Biomedical Informatics.

14. Grizz Hope to Extend Honeymoon Period -

Marc Gasol got married during the offseason so, naturally, he was asked how he was enjoying married life.

“It’s not that different,” Gasol said. “We’re still in the honeymoon phase.”

What’s true for the Grizzlies’ All-Star center is true for the entire organization as the team prepares for its first season after the best season in franchise history.

15. Learning Curve -

When the first day of the first school year of the unified county school system opened Monday, Aug. 5, a group of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson stopped at Millington Middle School.

16. Ady Joins Ballet Memphis as Ballet Master -

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as ballet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances.

17. Horseshoe Celebrates Newly Minted Millionaires -

Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica recently hosted a Millionaire Maker dinner for eight of its weekly $1 million winners in the Millionaire Maker promotion dubbed “One Winner. One Million Dollars. Every Saturday.”

18. Wright Medical Sells OrthoRecon Unit -

Wright Medical Group. Inc. said Wednesday, June 19, it will sell its hip and knee implants business, OrthoRecon, to a unit of Shanghai-based MicroPort Scientific Corp. for $290 million in cash.

19. Committee Split on Park Renaming Options -

The nine-member ad hoc committee that is supposed to come up with recommendations for the Memphis City Council on what to call three Confederate-themed city parks displayed a clear rift Monday, April 22.

20. Business Executives Discuss Grizzlies' Impact -

For years, FedEx Corp. has brought in 50 of the nation’s leading MBA students to try and recruit them to Memphis.

21. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

22. Grizzlies Must Reset Season’s Shot Clock -

In the NBA, everyone’s used to living with the tight deadline that is the 24-second shot clock. Players and coaches are always turning the page from last possession to next possession.

And so it must be for this Grizzlies’ season.

23. Events -

Luna Nova presents the Robert Patterson Memorial Concert Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The program includes a new work titled “Mountain Paths” as well as works by several well-known composers. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu/music for details.

24. AP IMPACT: Deficient Levees Found Across America -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states.

25. Atlantic Track Grows Local Operations -

Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. is expanding its Memphis operations with a 12,900-square-foot pre-engineered metal building addition with a bridge crane at 363 E. Bodley Ave.

26. US Economic Recovery is Weakest Since World War II -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

27. History for Sale -

Three historic properties in the Midtown and Downtown areas are on the market, all listed with major Memphis commercial real estate firms.

The most recent listing is the Hunt-Phelan house at 533 Beale St., priced at $2.9 million with Henry Stratton and Andy Cates of Colliers International Memphis. The mansion has hosted guests including Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson.

28. ASD Makes Debut at Three Frayser Schools -

Summer school for teachers is under way this week at three Frayser schools that are critical to the state’s Achievement School District

Teachers selected by the state to teach at Corning and Frayser elementary schools as well as Westside Middle School report Wednesday, July 11, for the coming school year and the new methods they will be using under state control.

29. Crowder Joins MCCA To Manage New Product Line -

Mack Crowder has joined Memphis Consumer Credit Association as director of business continuity and risk. In his new role, Crowder will manage the start-up and growth of a new product line of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for MCCA.

30. $7.5 Million Permit App Filed for Fieldstone Apts. -

7986 Tournament Drive
Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Cost: $7.5 million

Permit Date: Applied May 2012

Owner: Fieldstone Apartments III Co.

Contractor: Patton & Taylor Construction Co.

31. Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull -

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.

Hometown: Nashville

32. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Dec. 2, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Mark Horrocks, founder of Habitat for Hope, will speak. Cost is $15 for nonmembers. To register, call Dick Wieland at 270-3778.

33. Events -

Gallery Ten Ninety One will host an opening reception for the Bartlett Art Association Exhibit Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. The exhibition will run through Dec. 30. The exhibit will feature approximately 90 pieces of art from 26 members of the association. For more information call 458-2521.

34. Grant to Help UTHSC Broaden Nursing Reach -

The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has received $100,000 to support the education of disadvantaged, minority and male students, who are underrepresented in the nursing field.

35. Childhood in Kitchen Inspires Apothecary Fairy -

Elia Singer, known by natural skin care enthusiasts as the “Apothecary Fairy,” grew up watching her Norwegian mother and grandmother whip up their own unique beauty preparations using fruits, oils and homegrown herbs in the family’s kitchen.

36. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Mud Island River Park Closed Indefinitely

Mud Island River Park closed Friday for safety reasons as the waters of the real Mississippi River flooded the park’s scale model of the Mississippi River.

37. ‘Homage’ to Musical Greats on Display -

After the echoes of this weekend’s Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival fade away, the images of some of its top 2011 performers will remain in a Downtown gallery.

“Homage,” a photographic exhibition by Leon Morris, reveals the passion of musicians like Betty Lavette, Jerry Lee Lewis and Magic Slim in the process of creating their art.

38. Angel Investor Group Launches Local Chapter -

With small business lending still challenging despite signs of economic recovery and loosening credit, a Nashville-based group that connects angel investors with entrepreneurs will launch its new Memphis chapter Thursday.

39. MMBC Honors Minority Business Achievements -

The new chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber told attendees at the annual Mid-South Minority Business Council awards luncheon that minority business is about more than “the spend.”

The term came up frequently at last week’s luncheon where the organization presented the 25th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards.

40. MMBC Honors Minority Biz Achievements -

The new chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber told those at the annual Mid-South Minority Business Council awards luncheon that minority business is about more than “the spend.”

The term came up frequently at Friday’s luncheon where the organization presented the 25th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards.

41. Baker Donelson Attorneys Named Super Lawyers -

Twenty-two attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been named to the 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers.

The attorneys are Ben C. Adams, Mary L. Aronov, Leo M. Bearman Jr., Sam B. Blair Jr., Michael B. Chance, E. Franklin Childress Jr., Angie C. Davis, Robert J. DelPriore, Gregory G. Fletcher, William H.D. Fones Jr., Grady M. Garrison, Stephen D. Goodwin, James R. “Josh” Hall Jr., Matthew S. Heiter, George T. “Buck” Lewis III, Robert C. Liddon Jr., Eugene J. Podesta Jr., Jackie G. Prester, Jill M. Steinberg, Buckner Wellford, Maurice Wexler and Edward R. Young.

42. Elmwood Cemetery: Where History Never Dies -

Memphis. Forever and ever.

Turns out Boss Crump and Ben Hooks were closer to each other than you might have thought – about 25 feet.

43. More Employees Jump Ship as Economy Improves -

One sign of better economic times is when more people start finding jobs. Another is when they feel confident enough to quit them.

More people quit their jobs in the past three months than were laid off — a sharp reversal after 15 straight months in which layoffs exceeded voluntary departures. The trend suggests the job market is finally thawing.

44. Anti-Incumbency Takes Down Another Congressman -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The political shooting-star otherwise known as anti-incumbency fell on Alabama, taking down a first-term congressman who switched from Democrat to Republican just last December.

45. Baptist Health Care’s Pounds Elected to Novation Board -

Don Pounds, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has been elected to serve on the board of Novation LLC, the health care supply contracting company for VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista LLC.
Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. 

46. Local Artists Set Up Seasonal Cooperative -

Several local artists are kicking off a Winter Arts cooperative this week at 5475 Poplar Ave., just east of Bud Davis Cadillac.

47. Ruling Allows City To Switch Sides In Lee Suit -

The city of Memphis can switch sides in a lawsuit against the former head of the city-owned utility company in an attempt to recoup money the city paid this summer to that official, a judge decided Tuesday morning.

48. 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.

49. Halbert Files Ethics Complaint Against Deputy City Atty. -

Memphis City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert has filed complaints with the state disciplinary board for lawyers against Deputy City Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis and a private attorney working for the city.

50. After the Fall: The messy cleanup of Stanford Financial -

R. Allen Stanford, the Texas billionaire now passing time in a Texas jail for his role in what U.S. regulators have called a “massive Ponzi scheme,” once told a roomful of his employees they ought to have three priorities in life.

51. Different Twain Perspective Featured In Germantown Community Theatre’s ‘Is He Dead?’ -

Many great artists had one or more works that never saw the light of day until after the artist’s own death. Germantown Community Theatre (GCT) hopes to use one such unsung masterpiece to show a very different side of a legendary American author.

52. Legal Fee Controversy Involves More Than Just Jefferson -

A political war is erupting in city government over the fees billed by outside attorneys and law firms that do contract work for the city.

Representatives of those firms during the past several days have been called in for private meetings with the administration of Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery.

53. Lowery Says Jefferson Ouster Up To City Council -

Memphis Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery said Saturday that it will be up to the City Council to resurrect the issue of firing City Attorney Elbert Jefferson.

54. Accused Financier Stanford Hospitalized -

HOUSTON (AP) – Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, jailed on charges of bilking investors out of $7 billion, has been hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and high pulse, the judge in his case said Thursday.

55. Tempers Flare As Goldin Dissolves Order in Lee Case -

Shelby County Chancellor Arnold Goldin has dissolved an order requiring the former president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and his attorneys not to spend money they got from a legal settlement with the city of Memphis.

56. UPDATE: Tempers Flare As Goldin Dissolves Order In Lee Case -

Shelby County Chancellor Arnold Goldin has dissolved an order that would have required former MLGW president and CEO Joseph Lee and his attorneys not to spend money they got from a legal settlement with the city of Memphis.

57. City Attorney Standoff Changes Little With Court Ruling -

Chancellor Walter Evans has ruled Memphis Mayor Myron Lowery did nothing wrong in his move to fire City Attorney Elbert Jefferson.

But at the end of a hearing that took up most of Wednesday afternoon, Evans also ruled that Lowery needs a majority vote from the City Council to replace Jefferson with former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis in the city post.

58. UPDATE: Evans Rules Lowery Needs Majority Council Vote To Oust Jefferson -

Chancellor Walter Evans has ruled Memphis Mayor Myron Lowery did nothing wrong in his move to fire City Attorney Elbert Jefferson.

But at the end of a hearing that took up most of Wednesday afternoon, Evans also ruled that Lowery needs a majority vote from the City Council to replace Jefferson with former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis in the city post.

59. New Mayor Lowery Braces for First Council Battle -

Memphis Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery goes to the City Council today with a new nominee for city attorney, former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman Davis, and lots of questions from some of his former council colleagues about his dismissal Friday of the old city attorney.

60. Drompp Named Faculty Dean, VP for Academic Affairs at Rhodes -

Michael R. Drompp has been appointed dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Rhodes College. Drompp will provide leadership for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in curricular, personnel and budgetary matters.

61. 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.

62. Tenn. Democrats' Fundraising Ails Under New Leader -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal election disclosures show the Tennessee Democratic Party is struggling to raise money in the aftermath of a leadership struggle.

The Federal Election Commission report filed on Friday shows the party under new Chairman Chip Forrester only managed to raise about $31,000 in February. That compares with about $211,000 raised in the same month of his predecessor Gray Sasser's stint in charge of the party.

63. AIG Bonuses Won't Stand, Dem Senators Declare -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talking tougher by the hour, livid Democrats confronted beleaguered insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation.

64. Jobless Hit with Bank Fees on Benefits -

For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there's a new twist to their financial pain: Even as they're collecting unemployment benefits, they're paying bank fees just to get access to their money.

65. Beale, Lee’s Landing Battles Continue -

Once upon a time there was talk of a change in the management of the Beale Street entertainment district. And for a rare moment in November, it seemed that all of the many sides that have some role in the running of Beale Street were about to agree to it.

66. Bios of GOP Choices For 3 State Constitutional Offices -

Legislative Republicans on Monday elected their three nominees for Tennessee’s constitutional offices.

The comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state were scheduled to be elected today by a joint assembly of the House and Senate, where Republicans have a 69-63 advantage.

67. Minority Business Leaders Recognized -

The Mid-South Minority Business Council on Friday honored leading businesses and individuals at its 23rd Robert R. Church Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

68. Grizzlies’ Mayo Buys Southwind Home -

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ovinton J’Anthony “O.J.” Mayo has bought a home on East Golf Walk Circle in Southwind, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. Mayo paid $755,000 for the 5,242-square-foot home, which sits on 0.47 acres and was built in 2000. He financed it with a $566,250 loan from First Republic Bank.

69. Art Students Try To Beautify South Main District - University of Memphis art student Ben Moss and his friend, Charlie Davis, recently completed a project they hope will be the first step in encouraging other artists to help “beautify” that part of Downtown.

Moss and Davis recently spent about a week working on a mural for the wall of Robert Johnson Furniture Conservation and Reproductions at the corner of South Main and Talbot streets.

Moss and Davis have been friends for six years and have maintained their friendship by collaborating on art projects, though this is the first public art project they’ve done.

The furniture store at 372 S. Main St. looks like an abandoned warehouse, but it’s not. Johnson uses the space to design and build furniture.

In the week since Moss and Davis completed the mural, Johnson said people have really been drawn to the colorful centerpiece – stopping to have their photographs taken with it or asking questions about its symbols.

“It just makes sense to have art – free art – in the arts district,” Johnson said. “Someone even asked who was going to sit in the chair.”

Having some fun

The design for the mural is inspired by the 1980s arcade game Q*bert, in which the player maneuvers around an isometric pyramid-like structure of tri-colored cubes.

The mural’s centerpiece is a pyramid of cubical shapes in light blue and purple with gold coins cascading from faucet handles on either side. On top of the pyramid, a chair, which has a stack of gold coins sitting on it, has been glued to the wall. It’s not clear what the message is supposed to be.

Asked what he hopes people will take from it, Moss said it will be different for each person depending on how they view it.

“I just was interested in the colors and I’ve been real interested in hand-drawn geometric shapes,” Moss said. “I’ve got a book on optical illusions and there are some optical illusions in the mural and we’re interested in just the irony of optical illusions hand drawn and seeing how those would look just really crudely done.

“It’s kind of ironic and humorous to me and a lot of my work is definitely humorous. And if it doesn’t have humor in it, I’ve definitely failed.”

Moss, who previously was a student at Columbia Performing and Visual Arts College in Chicago, recently transferred to the University of Memphis. He will graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in sculpture.

And it was one of his U of M professors, Greely Myatt, who suggested he contact Johnson about making the mural. Then he and Davis approached Johnson with a design, which Johnson approved.

“It’s good for business owners and residents to promote that (work by local artists),” Johnson said.

When Moss graduates from the U of M, he said he’d like to be able to make a living as an artist. Already, he’s generated some interest in the community from having his work on display in the South Main Arts District.

While he was working on the mural, he was approached by at least one business owner who discussed the possibility of doing something similar outside his business.

Moss declined to reveal the business owner because the details have not been worked out.

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70. Washington, Wall St. Weigh Fannie, Freddie Help -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wall Street and Washington wrestled Friday with how to shore up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two troubled pillars of the economy whose failure would deal a devastating blow to the already crippled housing market.

71. Smith Hired as Regional Clinical Director Of Ageless Men's Health -

Jeff Smith has been hired as regional clinical director for Memphis-based Ageless Men's Health, which provides treatment for men with low testosterone levels.

Smith has 24 years of experience in the medical field, and is a registered nurse specializing in intensive care, neuro-trauma ICU and emergency-room disciplines. He is the founder and owner of ICU Jet International Inc., a fixed-wing, air-ambulance service.

72. Survey: Community Banks Optimistic on Mortgages -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smaller banks nationwide were "mildly optimistic" a few months ago about increasing mortgage lending this year because they have largely avoided the high-risk loan business, a survey released last week shows.

73. First Horizon National Shares Tumble After Analysts Downgrade Estimates -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of First Horizon National Corp. slid Friday after several analysts cut their estimates and price target on the stock, noting that continued pressure on earnings is likely over the next few quarters.

74. Clear Channel Sues Property Owner to Keep Billboard -

Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. has filed suit in Shelby County Chancery Court against a property owner stuck with a dilapidated brick industrial building near Downtown Memphis that dates back to 1901.

Much of the value of the property - and the reason for the lawsuit - can be found on the building's roof. That's where a billboard towers high above the landscape and greets drivers on nearby Interstate 240.

75. Events -

The American Society for Training and Development will host a one-day conference for learning and networking today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Cost to attend is $30. Visit www.astdmemphis.org for more information.

76. Loans to Banks by Federal Home Loan Bank System Jumped 16.6 Percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Low-cost lending to financial institutions by the Federal Home Loan Bank system jumped 16.6 percent in August, the system's finance arm said Tuesday.

As the upheaval in the mortgage market worsened last month and the Federal Reserve injected billions of dollars of temporary reserves into the banking system, the 12 regional banks that make up the Federal Home Loan Bank system made $769 billion available to banks and thrifts that make mortgage loans.

77. Some Banks may be Poised to Gain Mortgage Business Amid Housing Industry's Troubles -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Where other lending executives see misfortune, Ronald Hermance sees a chance to grab business from the competition.

Hermance's bank, Hudson City Bancorp Inc., a regional savings and loan in Paramus, N.J., with $50 billion in assets, is handling a 25 percent increase in mortgage applications this year, even as investors stay away from nearly all types of home loans.

78. Perrin to Oversee Orpheum's Fundraising Efforts, Special Events -

The Orpheum Theatre announced Jim Perrin has been named vice president of development. Perrin previously served as the president of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. In his new position, he will oversee the Orpheum's fundraising efforts, special events and other projects.

79. Memphis Man Crafts Local Puzzle Book For Fellow Enthusiasts -

Quick, what's a nine-letter word for "Local crossword-puzzle author"?

The answer is B-L-A-K-E-B-U-R-N, as in Mark Blakeburn, a longtime Memphian and crossword fanatic who decided to share his passion with others.

80. Shrinking Ocularist Field Has Foothold in Memphis -

Matt Singer was keeping an eye out for the ABC television news crew scheduled to visit his eighth floor office suite in Morgan Keegan Tower Thursday.

That is to say, it was a literal eye being kept and which attracted the ABC cameras to the immaculate office and lab space of Singer Prosthetics overseen by Singer, an upbeat, fast-talking former makeup artist and special effects whiz from Hollywood. While it's not immediately obvious from his booming voice and movie-star charisma, Singer and company operate in a shrinking and little-publicized corner of the world of prosthetics - that of crafting artificial eyes.

81. National News Correspondent Lends Celebrity to YWCA Fund-Raiser -

The YWCA of Greater Memphis bills itself as one of the greatest advocates for women and girls in the Memphis and Mid-South. And YWCA officials say they hope getting a little celebrity support will help shed the light on all the organization does.

82. The Belle of the (Wrecking) Ball -

The legacy of the genteel yet powerful landowner known alternately as "Miss Ellen" and "The General" is such that it is still influencing real estate development in Shelby County 12 years after her death.

83. YMCA Board of Directors Names New CEO -

The YMCA metropolitan board of directors named Keith G. Johnson CEO of YMCA of the Memphis & the Mid-South. Johnson is a 27-year YMCA veteran who has served in various positions in Atlanta, Fort Worth and New Orleans. His earliest position with YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South was as vice president and executive director of the Fogelman Downtown YMCA. He graduated from Georgia State University.

84.       CBU Business School to Honor Buckman -

Christian Brothers University's School of Business honors Memphis businessman/entrepreneur Robert Buckman at the school's annual Founders Dinner Saturday. Buckman is president and chairman of the board of The Applied Knowledge Group Inc. He also serves as chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors of Bulab Holdings Inc., parent company of Buckman Laboratories.

85. Public Administrator Named for Probate Court -

The Shelby County Commission appointed Scott Peatross to the position of public administrator in Shelby County Probate Court. Peatross is a partner in the law firm of Bateman Gibson LLC. He graduated from Rhodes College and Tulane Law School.

86. Archived Article: This Week - Councilman Jones Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Womens Foundation Hosts Lunch-and-Learn

June 6

Memphis City Council member E.C. Jones holds a town hall meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Frayser Community Center, 2555 St. Elmo Ave. The ...

87. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Armstrong Allen attorneys chosen for Best Lawyers

Memphis Estate Planning Council Elects Officers

The Memphis Estate Planning Council announced the following 2004-2005 officers: Mike Wood, president; David B. Jones, vice president; Frank E. Da...

88. Archived Article: Newsmakers - MAAR Elects Board of Directors

MPD Names Public Information Officer

Larry Godwin, interim director of the Memphis Police Department, selected Sgt. Vince Higgins to serve as the departments new public information officer. Higgins, a 14-year vet...

89. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Goldsmith Honored Posthumously with Lion Heart Award

Goldsmith Honored Posthumously by Youth Villages The late Elias J. E.J. Goldsmith was honored with Youth Villages 5K Lion Heart Award. Goldsmith, who served Goldsmiths stores, his family busine...

90. Archived Article: This Week - Child Advocacy Center Hosts Valentines Auction

Child Advocacy Center Hosts Valentine Auction February 10

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. meets at 9 a.m. at the Center City Commission offices, 114 N. Main St. Call Nicole Hernandez at 575-...

91. Archived Article: Memos - <rphoto> Judge Earnestine Hunt Dorse has been sworn in as the 33rd chairperson of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Ass

Judge Earnestine Hunt Dorse was sworn in as the 33rd chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Associatio...

92. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Sept

Calendar of events Sept. 23-Sept. 29

Sept. 23

Consumer Credit Counseling Service is offering free budget and credit workshops on developing and maintaining a personal budget and using credit cards wisely. Using credi...

93. Archived Article: Briefs W. Correx - The Memphis Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators hosts its monthly membership meeting at noon today at the Unive

The Memphis Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators hosts its monthly membership meeting at noon today at th...

94. Archived Article: Real Focus - A new residential development planned for the former site of the old main library at Peabody and McLean has drawn praise from

New guidelines will likely govern Peabody Green

By DAVID LYONS

The Daily News

The Peabody Green Planned Develop...

95. Archived Article: Memos - Anita Huggins joined the art Museum at the University of Memphis staff as administrative secretary Anita Huggins joined the Art Museum at the University of Memphis staff as administrative secretary. She earned a bachelors degree from Mississippi Sta...

96. Archived Article: Memos - David C David C. Bradford joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as a mechanical project engineer. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Mississippi State University. Christopher M. Kolehmainen has joined Archer/Malmo as chief f...

97. Archived Article: Cville Sq (lead) - New Collierville store keeps square solid Stores add to Collierville Town Square charm By Sue PEASE The Daily News Two new stores opened in the past three months in Colliervilles historic Town Square, are keeping what many people call a "charmi...

98. Archived Article: Baker (lead) - Law firm major player expands game Major player in law arena expands game By SUE PEASE The Daily News The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell has expanded its intellectual property group by merging with the law offices of Kennedy, Da...

99. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: Nov. 13-Nov. 19 Nov. 13 The Federalist Society Memphis Lawyers Chapter presents an afternoon debate focusing on the constitutionality of a Tennessee income tax. The debate pits Lewis R. Donelson of B...

100. Archived Article: Memos - AutoZone Names Senior Vice James M. Evans Jr. has joined PSI as a staff consultant. He has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Memphis and previously worked as a structural engineer. Emily Forman has joined CB Richard Ellis as resea...