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1. McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed -

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.
McKinney works to develop field leaders and help financial advisers leverage their strengths and experiences to build successful practices. He serves as mentor to both new and seasoned financial advisers and says he’s committed to building an office that demonstrates the collective passion shared for clients and the community.

2. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

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

3. 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.

4. Airfares Continue to Rise, Up 12 Percent Since 2009 -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of flying continues to climb, with the average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reaching $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year.

The 2 percent increase outpaced inflation, which stood at 1.5 percent for the year, and represents the fourth consecutive year fliers have faced price hikes.

5. The Year That Was -

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Much of it was covered in these pages, including in recent days a U.S. Supreme Court justice eliciting chuckles from and sharing his constitutional philosophy with an audience of Memphis lawyers.

6. At 11th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

7. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?

Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not be worth the backlash from fliers who view overly chatty neighbors as another inconvenience to go along with smaller seats and stuffed overhead bins.

8. Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital -

Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

9. Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, For a Fee -

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

10. Cyber Crime Growing Priority for FBI -

Glankler Brown PLLC attorneys on Wednesday, Sept. 11, welcomed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott E. Augenbaum as the guest speaker for a cyber crime seminar for staff and clients at its East Memphis office.

11. Government, States Try to Block Proposed Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is trying to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

12. FBI Promotes McCall to Special Agent in Charge -

A. Todd McCall has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, one of the bureau’s 56 field offices nationwide. McCall, who most recently served as chief of the digital forensics and analysis section in the Operational Technology Division, is now responsible for the management and oversight of more than 200 personnel and all investigative matters under the FBI’s jurisdiction spanning from Memphis to Cookeville, Tenn.

13. 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.

14. US Airways Shareholders Approve American Merger -

NEW YORK (AP) – US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.

The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

15. Green Shoots -

The busiest time of the year along the Shelby Farms Greenline is also the busiest time of the year for Cheffie’s, an example of a business that is a direct beneficiary of being near the Tillman Street end of the greenline that extends east to Shelby Farms Park.

16. American, US Airways Name Post-Merger Leadership -

DALLAS (AP) – The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller but more successful US Airways than from the current American.

Five US Airways executives will follow their current CEO, Doug Parker, when he takes control after the airlines complete their proposed merger. Three executives from American parent AMR Corp. were named to the new company's leadership team.

17. Commercial Advisors Adds Jensen to Capital Markets Group -

Luke Jensen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ Capital Markets Group. In his new role with the commercial real estate firm, Jensen focuses on investment sales, debt and equity, development, and principal deal sourcing and structuring.

18. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

19. Banks Showcase Artwork, Local Artists -

Since December, Paragon National Bank has been showcasing art pieces from Dogwood Elementary School students at its Saddle Creek bank branch at 7600 Poplar Ave.

20. Obama's Health Care Overhaul Turns Into a Sprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.

21. Easy Money -

When the Federal Reserve announced a few weeks ago its newest – i.e., third – round of quantitative easing intended to once again try to juice a sluggish economy, an employee of FTN Financial couldn’t resist a metaphor for the Fed’s open-ended commitment.

22. Study: Chinese Imports Cost 96,300 Jobs in Mid-South Since 2001 -

A new report from a liberal think tank says Chinese imports caused the loss of 2.7 million jobs in the United States, including 96,300 in the Mid-South, since the industrializing nation joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

23. Planning Continues for Broad, Binghampton -

As after-school traffic made its way north and south on Tillman Street last week, a crossing guard whistled children across one of the narrow streets by Lester Community Center.

The traffic was mostly cars, but the occasional bicycle from the nearby western terminus of the Shelby Farms Greenline whizzed by as well.

24. 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.

25. Scott Joins Methodist South as Chief Medical Officer -

Dr. Howard Scott has been named chief medical officer at Methodist South Hospital. Before joining Methodist South, which is part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, Scott served as chief medical officer for West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami. He has also maintained an active private practice for 29 years.

26. Regulators Probe Bank's Role in Facebook IPO -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company before the stock started trading.

27. MED Forms Committee to Examine Minority-Owned Biz Dealings -

The board governing The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has formed an ad hoc committee to review and make recommendations regarding the amount of business the hospital conducts with minority-owned companies.

28. American Makes its Case Against Union Contracts -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts need to be changed to make the company financially stable.

The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy in November. During that same period most of its major rivals used the bankruptcy process to cut wages and benefits, which American says has left it saddled with higher labor costs.

29. Orpheum Theatre Names New Board Members -

The Orpheum Theatre and its parent organization, the Memphis Development Foundation, has announced 10 members joining the Orpheum board of directors. The new members are: Chuck Treadway, Thomas & Betts president and chief operating officer; Don Young, Smith and Nephew senior vice president, corporate sustainability; Andy Taylor, Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors Inc. partner; Gary Smith, Apperson Crump PLC attorney; Alan Mullen, Crew Training International president; Scott Hennessy, True Temper Sports Inc. president; Keri Gage, SunTrust private wealth management/senior vice president; Robert Cox, Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC attorney; Bo Allen, First Tennessee executive vice president; and Sara Adams, community volunteer.

30. Uplifting Project -

One-fourth of The Pyramid’s deconstruction is complete, and the project to transform the arena into a Bass Pro Shops superstore by August 2013 is even slightly ahead of schedule.

The city in October filed a $2.5 million building permit to begin new construction work on The Pyramid. By mid-November, the first phase – the demolition – was kicked off by general contractor Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC.

31. Obama's Health Overhaul Lags in Many States -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.

32. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

33. Morgan Keegan Loses Financial Advisers -

Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. is continuing to lose financial advisers as a sale of the firm that’s been in the works for months drags on.

34. GOP Blocks Obama Nominee to Head Financial Agency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The battle over the future of a new financial watchdog office escalated Thursday with Senate Republicans blocking confirmation of the man President Barack Obama named to head the office and Obama countering by holding out the possibility of appointing the nominee when Congress is on recess.

35. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.

And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

36. JLS Enterprises Buys SE Market Warehouse -

A 51,000-square-foot industrial building in the Southeast submarket has traded hands. JLS Enterprises LLC purchased 4021 Delp St. in Airport Industrial Park for $850,000. The warehouse currently houses Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and is 100 percent occupied.

37. 4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections -

Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.

38. Barbour Apologizes to Activists Arrested in Miss. -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has apologized to dozens of civil rights activists who were carted off to the state's notorious Parchman prison in the 1960s for attempting to desegregate interstate travel.

39. Hickory Hill Apartments Sell for $10M -

Three apartment communities in the Hickory Hill Road/Knight Arnold Road area have sold for a combined price of $10 million.

Tommy Bronson III and Blake Pera with CB Richard Ellis Memphis’ multifamily division represented Hallmark Capital in the sale to Bellevue, Wash.-based Emerald Apartment Group. Wilson Management Inc., the managing entity behind Emerald Apartment Group, will retain and manage the properties.

40. Family Dollar Signs 2 Leases for Stores -

Family Dollar has signed a 12,000-square-foot lease at 2754 Lamar Ave. Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC, represented the tenant. Harold Blockman with Keller Williams Realty Inc. represented the landlord, Chong K and Dul S. Pae.

41. New Members Appointed to MED Board -

Three new board members were recently appointed to the board of the Shelby County Health Care Corp. by Mayor Mark Luttrell.

42. Despite China's Might, US Factories Maintain Edge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China's industrial might is growing each year.

And it might seem as if the United States doesn't make world-class goods as well as some other nations.

43. Obama Orders Review of Rules to Boost Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, in another move to smooth frayed ties with corporate America, ordered a far-reaching review of federal regulations Tuesday with the goal of weeding out rules that hurt job growth and creation. Republicans and business groups welcomed the step but suggested he do even more.

44. Where Are the Jobs? For Many Companies, Overseas -

Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring?

Actually, many American companies are – just maybe not in your town. They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.

45. Retail Rebound? -

Retail sales are looking bright this year, a sign that the pendulum of consumer confidence is swinging back in the right direction.

Holiday sales are anticipated to increase a modest 3.3 percent this year – adjusted from 2.3 percent in November – according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). This year’s uptick follows 2008’s 3.9 percent decline and also tops the 10-year average holiday sales increase of 2.5 percent.

46. 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.

47. Regulators Defend Actions on Lehman, Wachovia -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal bank regulators on Wednesday defended their actions leading up to the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the purchase of Wachovia at the height of the financial crisis before members of an inquiry panel who criticized government oversight of the banks.

48. Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers Publication -

Sixty-one attorneys from Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC – including 14 from the company’s Memphis office – have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2011. Company-wide, Butler Snow has 16 lawyers who have been listed in Best Lawyers for at least 10 years.

49. Major Banking Bill Faces Final Vote This Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured the 60 votes he needs in the Senate to pass a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, all but ensuring that he soon will sign into law one of the top initiatives of his presidency.

50. Brown Says He Will Vote for Regulation Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts helped move sweeping financial legislation closer to passage Monday, announcing that after some misgivings he will support the regulatory overhaul after all.

51. Allen: Relief Well Timing Depends on Oil's Spread -

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — A relief well being drilled deep into the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico to shut down the gushing well could be completed ahead of a long-set deadline of mid-August only if conditions are ideal, government and BP officials said Thursday.

52. Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bank Bill's Fee -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate negotiators who worked out a deal last week on overhauling financial regulations scrambled Tuesday to change a bank fee that has drawn opposition from key Republicans and endangered its passage.

53. Shelby Farms Park Conservancy To Build New Playground and Bridge -

500 Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
Permit Amounts: $3.5 Million and $1.8 Million

Project Cost: $100 million (Phase I)
Permit Dates: Applied February 2010
Completion: October 2010
Owner: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Tenant: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC

54. Outsider Image So Hot Even Ex-Insiders Want It -

NEW YORK (AP) - Ask national Republicans to name a model 2010 congressional candidate, and they're likely to mention Stephen Fincher. A 37-year-old farmer and gospel singer from Frog Jump, Tenn., Fincher has raised more than $675,000 in his bid to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. John Tanner.

55. Not So Easy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trimming back the 2,000-page, trillion-dollar Democratic health care bills to the parts that average Americans understand and like may not be as simple as it sounds.

A complete ban on insurance companies denying coverage to people with medical problems would be out of the question. Forget about guaranteed health insurance for all Americans – it costs too much.

56. AP Source: Obama Considers Levy for Rescued Firms -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Targeting an industry whose political deafness has vexed his administration, President Barack Obama is weighing a levy aimed at recovering tax dollars from government-rescued financial institutions.

57. Docs Deflect Increasing Malpractice Claims -

Tennessee doctors continue to fend off the vast majority of malpractice suits filed, but the five-year trend is unmistakable: The price of success grows higher every year.

Physicians and their insurance companies traditionally close up to 85 percent of malpractice cases without paying a penny to plaintiffs. But in the latest year of data available, 2007, the cost of those wins was up 17.5 percent, following an 8.4 percent rise a year earlier.

58. Federal Judge Postpones School Unitary Hearings -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the dates for court hearings on whether the North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts have met their desegregation obligations.

59. CVS Ventures Into Local, Walgreens-Dominated Market -

CVS is already bringing one pharmacy to U.S. 64 and Houston Levee Road in Cordova, and the company last week secured the land where it will build its second Memphis store.

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS, the retail division of CVS Caremark, paid $1.4 million for the 7,344-square-foot retail store at 5055 Stage Road, on the southwest corner of Stage and Covington Pike in Raleigh. The building, which formerly housed a Hollywood Video store, sits on 1.1 acres near the Memphis-Bartlett border.

60. Events -

The Memphis Botanic Garden will host “Career Class: Finding a Job in a Challenging Economy” with Dr. Fred Dorn today from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Cost is $159 for members and $179 for nonmembers. Call 636-4128 to register.

61. 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.

62. FCC Chairman Says 'Open Internet' Rules are Vital -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission chairman said Monday in a speech that drew a cool response from the industry.

63. Mass. Senate Delays Debate on Kennedy Interim Bill -

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Republicans temporarily blocked Senate debate Friday on a bill allowing Gov. Deval Patrick to name an interim appointment to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward Kennedy.

64. Events -

Methodist University Hospital will sponsor a pre-hospital-care stroke symposium today at 8:15 a.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 3720 Alumni Ave. The symposium for EMTs, paramedics, emergency responders and hospital staff is free, but preregistration is required. For more information, call 1-888-777-5959.

65. 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. 

66. BofA Pays $33M SEC Fine Over Merrill Bonuses -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay a $33 million penalty to settle government charges that it misled investors about Merrill Lynch's plans to pay bonuses to its executives, regulators said Monday.

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

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

68. Fogerty Joins Jackson Lewis In Of Counsel Role -

Whitney King Fogerty has joined Jackson Lewis LLP as of counsel.

Fogerty was previously a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, where she specialized in labor and employment litigation. She has practiced law for 10 years and has been named among Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers for Business the past two years.

69. Herenton-Lowery Transition Under Way in Choppy Waters -

He is serving his fifth term in office, having come to political power in the historic 1991 city elections. He became a politician after a career in which he was already in the public eye. He is outspoken and intense and he is not Willie Herenton.

70. There Goes the Neighborhood: New hope emerges in one of Memphis’ roughest areas -

Hope and despair have co-existed for a long time along the stretch of Poplar Avenue between Danny Thomas Boulevard and Decatur Street. And for the past two years, the area has seen more change than just about any other inner-city avenue in Memphis.

71. Higgins Named President, CEO At Barge Waggoner -

Robert B. Higgins Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer of engineering, architecture and planning for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.

72. Events -

The Salvation Army’s Annual Dinner will be today at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Willard Scott, NBC’s “The Today Show” centenarian birthday announcer, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $125 per person or $1,250 to reserve a table for 10. For more information, contact Elizabeth Duncan at 260-9130 or elizabeth_duncan@uss.salvationarmy.org.

73. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Writing for Government Grants” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Cathy Marcinko will lead the workshop. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. Reservations are due today. For reservations, call 684-6605 or e-mail adeberry@npexcellence.org.

74. Judge OKs Chrysler's Steps Toward Sale to Fiat -

NEW YORK (AP) - The judge overseeing Chrysler LLC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection proceedings has ruled that the automaker can start taking steps toward selling the vast majority of its assets to Italy's Fiat Group SpA. The judge also said lawyers for a dissident group of lenders have until noon (1600 GMT) Wednesday to file a list of members with the court, ruling that their identities do not need to be sealed despite reported death threats.

75. Rosa Becomes GM at Holiday Inn-Wolfchase -

Chris Rosa has been named general manger of the Holiday Inn and Suites Memphis-Wolfchase. Rosa will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the property. He previously served as vice president of operations for Equity Estates, general manger at the Sheraton Meadowlands and area manger of the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. Rosa also has been named General Manager of the Year by Patriot American Hotels and Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Hospitality Association.

76. Ark. Bombing Investigation Draws Leads, Reward -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - For days, lunchtime talk in West Memphis always came back to the well-known doctor, the bomb that injured him and the rumors about who planted the homemade explosive.

77. BofA's CEO Lewis Subpoenaed by Cuomo -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Ken Lewis has received a subpoena from the New York state attorney general's office in connection with Merrill Lynch's payment of employee bonuses before the companies combined on Jan. 1.

78. Broadband Funding in Stimulus Plan Sparks Debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Among the economic stimulus proposals moving through Congress is one that fulfills an old dream of broadband boosters. It would offer substantial funding for high-speed Internet networks in corners of the country that still rely on dial-up connections or have only one broadband option.

79. Official: Police at 'Dead End' in Ark. Car Bombing -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Detectives are "at a dead end" in their investigation of a bombing that injured the chairman of the state's medical board, a police chief said Friday.

No witnesses have come forward with information about who entered Dr. Trent Pierce's driveway to plant the homemade bomb, West Memphis Police Chief Robert Paudert told The Associated Press.

80. Taube Named Partner At Adams and Reese -

Emily Campbell Taube has been named a partner at Adams and Reese LLP. Taube is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and focuses on the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation, product liability and estate and trust litigation.

81. Americans Saving More, Spending Less -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are hunkering down and saving more. For a recession-battered economy, it couldn't be happening at a worse time.

Economists call it the "paradox of thrift." What's good for individuals – spending less, saving more – is bad for the economy when everyone does it.

82. Thain Resigns from Bank of America -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street bonuses, a sore point as the government gives billions of dollars in bailout money to the financial industry, have apparently cost former Merrill Lynch & Co. CEO John Thain his new job at Bank of America Corp.

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

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

84. More Americans Resume Using Old-Fashioned Cash -

NEW YORK (AP) - Cash or credit? For more Americans, who have already maxed out their credit cards or are just trying to manage their spending better in the tough economy, the answer is increasingly the old-fashioned one.

85. Lee’s Legal Fees Suit Could Surface Again -

It was one year ago this week that nine new members were elected to the Memphis City Council.

It was the largest turnover of seats on the 13-member body in its 40-year history.

This week, the council had its most serious difference of opinion to date over a controversy that began onthe watch of the previous council. And it was one of the previous council members that made the difference in the outcome.

86. RISE Foundation Names Board Members -

The RISE Foundation has named its 2008-2009 board of directors.

The members are Jay Healy, board chair; Beverly Robertson, vice chair; Marianne Parrs, treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee; Chuck Schadt, secretary; Tomeka Hart, community initiatives chair; Scott Cromie, new markets chair; and David Waddell, board development chair.

87. City Council to Pick Interim Member -

Memphis City Council members will pick an interim council member today to fill their ranks until the Nov. 4 election.

The November ballot includes a special election for the Super District 9 Position 1 council seat given up by Scott McCormick last month. McCormick stepped down to become executive director of the Plough Foundation.

88. Gatewood Stays On School Board Ballot -

Memphis City Schools board member Stephanie Gatewood kept her place on the Nov. 4 ballot, and her only potential challenger lost a last-minute attempt Tuesday to get on the ballot.

Also, the Shelby County Election Commission wants to hear from one of the four candidates in the special City Council race on the same ballot.

89. Bass Pro Moves Closer to Memphis Reality -

Bass Pro Shops officials say they are ready to sign on the dotted line to start the planning process for the return of The Pyramid to public use.

But Shelby County government is looking again at getting out of The Pyramid as the city government’s partner.

90. Bush Calls on Congress to Pass Housing, Energy -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said Tuesday the nation's troubled financial system is "basically sound" and urged lawmakers to quickly enact legislation to prop up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

91. York Elected President Of Memphis Tri-State Fence Association -

Bill York, vice president of sales and marketing for Dillard Door and Entrance Central, has been elected president of the Memphis Tri-State Fence Association, a chapter of the American Fence Association (AFA).

92. Pyramid Future Remains Unknown Despite Bass Pro Exec Visit -

The head of Bass Pro Shops picked an interesting day to visit Memphis.

Bass Pro President and CEO Jim Hagale held a series of private meetings Downtown Thursday with city and county government leaders. The meetings came within an hour of a private luncheon a few blocks away in which Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced he is resigning effective at the end of July.

93. Bass Pro Shops CEOVisits Memphis -      Bass Pro Shops president and CEO Jim Hagale visited Memphis Thursday for a series of private meetings with local elected leaders. It is Hagale's first direct involvement in the negotiations with the city and county to bu

94. Attorney General To Defend Strip Club Ordinance -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper will help defend the Shelby County ordinance governing Memphis strip clubs in U.S. District Court.

Cooper's office filed a motion Monday to intervene on the side of the city and county in the case filed by seven strip club owners. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the ordinance as well as the state law on which the ordinance is based.

95. Bass Pro CEO to Meet With Local Officials in Memphis Thursday -

The president and chief executive officer of Bass Pro Shops is coming to Memphis this week to meet with local elected leaders. It is the first meeting Jim Hagale has had with the leaders who will ultimately decide whether the hunting and fishing retailer builds a store and other attractions in The Pyramid.

96. Pyramid Working GroupCould be Back in Mix -      The Memphis City Council-Shelby County Board of Commissioners working group on The Pyramid appears to be back on despite earlier word that Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's administration had nixed the idea.
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97. All's Fair in Love and Pyramid Negotiations -

The early reviews are in. And nothing appears certain in plans to let Bass Pro Shops develop The Pyramid.

Even the stability of The Pyramid was in doubt as Memphis City Council members and members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners got their first look this week at a tentative development agreement between Bass Pro and the local governments.

98. Seismic Concerns Leave Pyramid-Bass Pro Terms Still Shaky -

The city of Memphis approached Bass Pro Shops in 2005 about developing a store and other attractions in The Pyramid. That was one of the disclosures made Tuesday by Robert Lipscomb, the Herenton administration’s point man on the Pyramid development plan.

99. Seismic Concerns Leave Pyramid-Bass Pro Terms Still Shaky -

The city of Memphis approached Bass Pro Shops in 2005 about developing a store and other attractions in The Pyramid. That was one of the disclosures made today by Robert Lipscomb, the Herenton administration’s point man on the Pyramid development plan.

100. Herenton To Take Oath Tuesday -

Mayor Willie Herenton will kick off his fifth term in office Tuesday.

Herenton and all 13 Memphis City Council members elected this year will begin new four-year terms by taking their respective oaths of office at noon at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will be the featured speaker.