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1. Clean-Air Rules Assailed as Too Much, Too Little -

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

2. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

3. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

4. Events -

Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. & the MGs, for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Friday, June 27, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Visit staxmuseum.com.

5. Shelby County Home Sales Down, Prices Up in May -

Shelby County experienced a drop in home sales in May compared to the same month last year and also from April.

However, prices continued their upward surge last month as the supply of available homes continued to dwindle.

6. Crye-Leike Removes Some Listings From Websites -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. is pulling its Little Rock and Hot Springs, Ark., listings from Zillow.com and Trulia.com, two of the Web’s biggest third-party listing services.

7. County Primaries Reflect Different Political Fortunes -

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.

8. 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.

9. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

10. August’s ‘Big Ballot’ Awaits County’s Voters -

With the unofficial results in the Shelby County primary elections in, get ready for the “big ballot.”

The candidates who won the Democratic and Republican primaries in Tuesday’s elections advance to the August ballot where they will join a much larger group of candidates and races that once every eight years produce the largest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

11. Primary Choices -

Shelby County voters will begin the process Tuesday, May 6, of electing a majority of new members to a Shelby County Commission that will also change to a set of 13 single-member districts when the winners take office on Sept. 1.

12. Early Voting Opens in County Primaries -

Shelby County voters begin deciding Wednesday, April 16, who holds 11 countywide offices, including Shelby County mayor and district attorney general, as well as 13 seats on the Shelby County Commission drawn with new single-member district lines.

13. 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.

14. Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans -

In a city with lots of markers and monuments showing where historic events happened, there is an increasing amount of attention to a different kind of Memphis historic event.

And it involves something that did not happen – the interstate that was supposed to go through Overton Park 50 years ago but was first delayed and then stopped for good in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 43 years ago this coming Sunday.

15. 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.

16. County Primary Filing Deadline Arrives -

A couple of days before the filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries, it looked like a political season with lots of action at the deadline itself.

The deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 20, with another week for any candidates who meet that deadline to withdraw if they wish.

17. Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears -

The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy brought the Democratic primary race for county mayor to four as he filed his qualifying petition Monday afternoon.

18. Harris Questions Ford’s Guns-in-Parks Vote -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris started raising funds and gauging support for a challenge of state Sen. Ophelia Ford last week by bringing up Ford’s vote earlier in the week in favor of the bill allowing guns to be carried in parks regardless of whether a local government bans the practice.

19. Democrats Still Pondering Unity After 2010 Defeats -

After hearing from the four contenders in the Democratic primary for county mayor outline the boundaries of what could be a lively campaign for the right to challenge Mark Luttrell in the August general election, Democrats last week got another look at an intraparty discussion that still hasn’t been settled.

20. Crye-Leike Drops 2 Third-Party Listing Services -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. has yanked its Memphis-area listings from Zillow and Trulia, two of the Web’s biggest third-party listing services.

21. Tennessee Democrats Struggle With New, Old Factions -

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron realizes the party faithful in Memphis see some challenges in keeping the faith these days.

22. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

The committee session interviews come before the full commission is to vote Monday, Jan. 13, on a replacement for Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

23. 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.

24. Nineteenth Century Club Case Shifts to Fundraising -

Opponents of the still-pending demolition of the Midtown mansion known as the Nineteenth Century Club are in the fundraising mode.

They have until Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. to raise $50,000, the additional court bond Shelby County Chancellor Walter Evans ordered Wednesday, Oct. 16, to stay demolition as his September ruling that demolition can proceed is appealed.

25. Democrats ‘Roast’ Herenton, Look Ahead to 2014 -

Divisions within the local Democratic party took a backseat over the weekend as the Shelby County Democratic Party held the first of two large fundraisers for the 2014 election year.

But the look back for the party came with some advice for the future.

26. Director Says He Wants to Grow Mississippi Film Industry -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Director Tate Taylor says he wants to make his native Mississippi a place where people can build careers with steady work in the movie business.

He filmed "The Help" in the state in 2010 and announced Aug. 26 that he will make a feature film about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, with the intention of shooting "every frame" in Mississippi.

27. Carson Takes Charge of Shelby Democrats -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the 2014 big ballot of county elections will require more than a conclusion that there are more Democrats than Republicans in Shelby County.

28. Changing Times -

After a four-decade existence, the Morgan Keegan name has been retired.

The announcement Raymond James Financial Inc. is dropping the Morgan Keegan name was made during Raymond James’ first quarter earnings conference call last month. Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly was giving analysts listening to the call an update on the firm’s acquisition of the Memphis investment firm last year and its integration since then.

29. Legislation Propels Parks Controversy to New Level -

As Shelby County suburban leaders were meeting in Nashville Tuesday, Feb. 5, with Tennessee legislators about possible moves toward some version of suburban school districts, the Memphis City Council was reacting to a pending bill in the state Legislature.

30. Pettes Finds Every Day a ‘Learning Experience’ -

With just more than a month under his belt as a practicing attorney, Brandon Pettes believes he is in the best place possible to begin his career and learn on the job with Glankler Brown PLLC.

31. It’s Magic -

Nine-year-old Joel Brown, a fourth-grader at Moody Elementary in White Hall, Ark., and his dad, Chris, a Jefferson County deputy clerk, arrived at Sturgis Hall at 4:20 last Friday (Oct. 26). Busy with her nursing school studies, mom Stacy couldn’t come.

32. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

33. Commission Approves Bartlett Senior Facility -

If an expansion of an assisted-living facility at Baylor and Brunswick roads stays on schedule with votes next month by the Memphis City Council, the planned development should win final approval less than a month before the area it is in is annexed by the city of Bartlett.

34. Bar Launches Health Care Law Section -

The Memphis Bar Association has a new section of attorneys dedicated specifically to health care law.

The bar’s newly formed Health Law Section held its organizational meeting Oct. 17 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Officers were chosen at that time, including Robyn Diaz, deputy general counsel at St. Jude, who led the effort to form the section and who was nominated as the first chair.

35. MAAR Members Honored at State Association Convention -

Several members of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors received recognition at the recent Tennessee Association of Realtors 93rd annual convention in Kingsport, Tenn.

Current MAAR vice president Steve Brown received TAR’s 2012 Presidential Award, which is given in honor of outstanding service to the leadership of the real estate industry.

36. Crye-Leike's Brown Receives State Association Award -

Steve Brown, executive vice president of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc., recently received the 2012 Presidential Award presented by the Tennessee Association of Realtors at the 93rd annual convention in Kingsport, Tenn.

37. August Home Sales up 21 Percent -

Home sales in August were up 21 percent year over year, representing the eighth consecutive monthly increase from 2011.

Shelby County saw 1,487 home sales last month compared to the 1,228 homes sold in August 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

38. Feds: For-Profits Could Lose Federal Student Aid -

Former students in career-training programs at dozens of for-profit institutions have had so much trouble paying off their loans that the schools could lose access to federal student aid if they don't improve, new data from the U.S. Department of Education finds.

39. WLOK Celebrates 35 Years With Dinner -

WLOK 1340 AM, the first black-owned radio station in Memphis, is hosting an anniversary dinner this week to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The dinner, which will be held May 18 at the Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., will bring together gospel celebrities, dignitaries and listeners to pay tribute to the radio station, which today is a leading source of gospel music and news.

40. Conspiracy Theory -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee joined 14 other states along with the U.S. Justice Department in suing Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books they said cost consumers more than $100 million in the past two years by adding $2 to $5 to the price of each e-book.

41. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

42. Humane Soc. Names Walker Development, Marketing Mgr. -

Leah Walker has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as development and marketing manager. Walker represented her home state as Miss Georgia in 2008 before joining the Greater Memphis Chamber as a development consultant.

43. Bynum, Bryant Help Lakers Beat Grizzlies in 2 OTs -

MEMPHIS (AP) – It took two overtime periods, but the Los Angeles Lakers eventually made sure the Memphis Grizzlies stayed behind them in the Western Conference standings.

Andrew Bynum had a season-high 37 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 34 points after halftime, and the Lakers beat Memphis 116-111 in double overtime on Tuesday night.

44. Lakers Beat Grizzlies for 6th Straight Home Win -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kobe Bryant says the Los Angeles Lakers' early-season schedule has been every bit as brutal as they expected, forcing them to learn coach Mike Brown's system on the job rather than in practice.

45. Peppers Joins Lifeblood To Grow Donor Base -

Jeanie Peppers has joined Lifeblood as senior donor relations account manager.

Hometown: Drummonds, Tenn.

46. Home Sales Up 2 Percent For October -

October home sales in Shelby County inched 2 percent higher compared to the same month a year ago, marking the fourth consecutive month with year-over-year improvement.

Shelby County registered 1,073 home sales last month, compared to 1,011 in October 2010, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

47. Two Tenants Join Ridgeway Center -

Boyle Investment Co. has inked a pair of new office leases at 999 S. Shady Grove Road in Ridgeway Center, building on its longevity with two local companies.

48. Boyle Adds 2 Tenants to Ridgeway Center -

Boyle Investment Co. has inked a pair of new office leases at 999 S. Shady Grove Road in Ridgeway Center, building on its longevity with two local companies.

49. Three-in-One -

Highwoods Properties Inc. is about two weeks away from completing more than $1 million in parking lot renovations and building improvements at the East Memphis office complex Triad Centre, bringing its three developments into a cohesive, campus-style environment.

50. Hubbard Selected to Serve as MAAR President-Elect -

Regina Hubbard of Lester Hubbard Realtors has been selected as the 2012 president-elect of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors after a vote by the 2011 and 2012 board of directors Wednesday, Sept. 21.

51. MAAR Elects Five Realtors to 2012-13 Board of Directors -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors members elected five individuals to the 2012-2013 board of directors at MAAR’s annual meeting and election Thursday, Sept. 8.

They are: 2012 director/2013 vice president John Linthicum of Crye-Leike Inc. Realtors; 2012-2013 associate director Claire Owen of Crye-Leike; and 2012-2013 directors Sam Zalowitz of Zalowitz Commercial Realty; Jo Walker-Payton of BenchMark Bartlett Realtors; and Tom Murphree of Hackmeyer Realty.

52. City Council Still Debating Budget Decision -

In some ways, the city budget season isn’t over just yet.

Memphis City Council member Joe Brown moved Tuesday, July 5, to reverse an effective 4.6 percent pay cut for city employees through 12 unpaid furlough days.

53. SCOTUS Wal-Mart Decision a ‘Watershed’ Case -

The dust is still settling from this week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

54. Crye-Leike To Close Midtown Branch -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. will close its Midtown office by mid-July in efforts to cope with depressed market conditions and improve operating efficiencies, the firm announced Monday, June 20.

55. Crye-Leike to Close Midtown Branch -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. has announced it will close its Midtown office by mid-July in efforts to cope with depressed market conditions and improve operating efficiencies.

56. Jobs Emerges From Leave, Unveils New Products -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Steve Jobs has briefly emerged from a medical leave as the company unveiled a new music and storage service and new software for Mac computers and mobile devices.

57. Day of Reckoning -

Memphis and Shelby County governments are in the process of taking a hard look at the benefits they’ve promised to start paying their several thousand employees once they retire – payments the employees will then get for the rest of their lives.

58. Crye-Leike Honors Top Performers, Longevity -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. honored its brokers working in the residential and commercial sectors Tuesday at its annual awards gala.

59. First Horizon Reports Profitable Q1 -

Bryan Jordan, president and CEO of Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp., told his audience at Tuesday’s annual meeting that the parent of First Tennessee Bank is becoming “more efficient and nimble.”

60. First Horizon Reports Profitable Q1 -

Bryan Jordan, president and CEO of Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp., told his audience at Tuesday’s annual meeting that the parent of First Tennessee Bank is becoming “more efficient and nimble.”

61. First Horizon National Corp. Unloads Investment Unit -

First Horizon National Corp., the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank, is selling an investment advisory unit.

62. Growing Biz in Region’s Biosciences Topic of Panel -

Scientists, academics, business professionals, politicians and others gathered Thursday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., to listen to entrepreneurial panelists voice their perspectives on the business of bioscience.

63. Growing Biz in Region’s Biosciences Topic of Panel -

Scientists, academics, business professionals, politicians and others gathered Thursday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., to listen to entrepreneurial panelists voice their perspectives on the business of bioscience.

64. Interstate Brands Renews, Expands Lease -

Interstate Brands Corp. has renewed and expanded its lease in the Germantown Park - Kimbrough Building in Cordova, more than doubling its footprint.

65. Highwoods Stands Tall Among Competition -

As a prominent investment and leasing firm and one of the most active real estate investment trusts in the Memphis market, Highwoods Properties Inc. routinely made commercial real estate headlines in 2010.

66. Broad Ambitions -

Its title may sound like a Woody Allen movie, but an innovative, two-day street festival in a resurging Midtown neighborhood may draw in new businesses via bike traffic.

“A New Face for an Old Broad,” to be held from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, will temporarily exhibit Broad Avenue as a connector between the terminus of the Shelby Farms Greenline and Overton Park.

67. Split Vote Takes Down Metro Charter Proposal -

The metro consolidation charter won a narrow victory with Memphis voters Tuesday but was crushed by Shelby County voters outside Memphis.

The first consolidation charter to go to voters in 39 years had to win both in Memphis and outside Memphis in order to consolidate the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments.

68. Retry: Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in Council Committee -

A proposed city anti-discrimination ordinance surfaces again Tuesday at an 8:30 a.m. Memphis City Council committee session.

The ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in the city government’s hiring practices.

69. A New Era -

As the Grizzlies mark their 10th season in Memphis, whispers of “contender” and “dark horse” can be heard in the halls of FedExForum.

The positive outlook is an encouraging sign for a team that sat at the bottom of the league just two seasons ago and has endured a bumpy ride during its decade-long tenure in Memphis.

70. Downtown Touchdown -

Many of the dominoes that fell into place in advance of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. deciding to move its Memphis corporate headquarters to the landmark Downtown tower One Commerce Square happened in the public eye.

71. Home Sales Fall 14 Percent -

While September’s numbers were not where the real estate industry would like – as new and existing home sales dipped 14 percent from September 2009 – local agents said there are clear signs the market has potential to improve.

72. Pinnacle Chooses One Commerce -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. has decided to shift its Memphis headquarters from Memphis International Airport to a landmark Downtown tower, capping months of study by Pinnacle and intense lobbying of the regional air carrier by state and local governments.

73. Pinnacle Chooses One Commerce Square -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. has decided to shift its Memphis headquarters from Memphis International Airport to a landmark Downtown tower, capping months of study by Pinnacle and intense lobbying of the regional air carrier by state and local governments.

74. MAAR Elects 2011-2012 Board of Directors -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors elected its board of directors for 2011-2012 at its annual meeting and election last week.

MAAR members elected six real estate agents to serve on the board during the next two years.

75. BP: No Oil Leaking Into Gulf From Busted Well -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory — long awaited by weary residents along the coast — is the most significant milestone yet in BP's effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

76. Lookin’ for Rain -

At this time of year Tommy Harrison puts in a lot of windshield time behind the wheel of his extended-cab pickup.

77. Sheriff's Race Attracts Hard-Boiled Veterans -

Most of the Democratic and Republican candidates for Shelby County sheriff gathered last month in the office of outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell.

78. Study Sees Jobs if Tennessee Cuts Energy Demand -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - An energy efficiency study shows that reducing Tennessee's projected 15 percent increase in residential, commercial and industrial power demand in the next two decades can create 21,500 jobs.

79. Study Sees Jobs if Tennessee Cuts Energy Demand -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - An energy efficiency study shows that reducing Tennessee's projected 15 percent increase in residential, commercial and industrial power demand in the next two decades can create more than 20,000 jobs.

80. Herenton Takes Aim at August Primary -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said he and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, may agree on some issues as they campaign in the August Democratic primary for the 9th District congressional seat.

81. Crye-Leike Considers Options for Midtown -

When Harold Crye and Dick Leike bought the former Anderton’s seafood restaurant at 1895 Madison Ave. in 2007, the founders of the state’s largest realty firm had big plans for the property.

82. What’s Coming Up This Election Season -

After a year of turbulence, the Memphis political scene continues to remake itself.

The May 4 and Aug. 5 elections don’t have the focused drama of last October’s special election for Memphis mayor, but they represent new chapters in a story that could end with a new generation of political leaders and at least a passing of the political baton.

83. 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.

84. Events -

The InMotion Orthopaedic Research Center will present another lecture as part of its Quarterly Musculoskeletal Lecture Series today at 5 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Richard Coutts will speak on “National Total Joint Replacement Registries.” To register, call 271-0021.

85. Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.

86. Black Farmers Leader Stumps for Equitable Treatment – and Money -

A week from a planned political rally in Washington, the founder of the National Black Farmers Association was in Memphis Monday to rally farmers for the political cause.

The Presidents Day rally is the latest chapter in John W. Boyd Jr.’s eight-year fight to make good on a 1999 legal settlement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for denying loans and credit to black farmers.

87. Rhea Receives WKNO’s Distinguished Service Award -

Stephen H. Rhea has received the Julian Bondurant Distinguished Service Award from WKNO Public Broadcasting.

Rhea is the WKNO Capital Campaign chair and led the campaign for the digital transition that brought in $16.9 million. The campaign enabled the station to build the Digital Media Center.

88. Hubbard Named MAAR Realtor of the Year -

Regina Hubbard, a broker with Lester Hubbard Realtors, was named 2009 Realtor of the Year at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ honors luncheon, held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

89. Memphis Bar Assn. Elects New Officers, Board Members -

At the Memphis Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Thursday at The Peabody hotel, the MBA announced its 2010 officers and new members of its board of directors.

Immediate past president Art Quinn passed the gavel to incoming president Ricky E. Wilkins of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins. John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC automatically move to the positions of vice president/president-elect and treasurer, respectively. Linda Warren Seely, director of pro bono projects at Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., was chosen as secretary.

90. City’s Dilemma: Fight Crime or Bust Blight? -

Some Memphis City Council members question whether the city’s crackdown on crime is coming at the expense of efforts to eliminate or prevent blight in neighborhoods.

That sentiment surfaced in a council committee session this week. It came the same week that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. talked of an emerging anti-crime strategy at his first town hall meeting.

91. A City in Transition -

Just before sunrise on a rainy Tuesday morning, the armed officers raided the city office. They didn’t make any arrests, but they took files, interviewed employees and served search warrants. And they temporarily closed the Memphis Animal Shelter.

92. Chaotic Council Welcomes Wharton To ‘Land of Fire’ -

Memphis Mayor-elect A C Wharton Jr. got an early welcome to the ways of City Hall in the week before he took the oath of office.

It came from the City Council he will serve with for the next two years.

93. Morris Confirmed As City Atty. -

Memphis Mayor elect A C Wharton Jr. was put to the test by Memphis City Council members before he even takes office.

The council approved his indirect nomination of Herman Morris as the new city attorney.

And it approved his five indirect nominees to the Metro Charter Commission.

But there was a lot of discussion among council members this afternoon and evening about:

-Morris being paid $140,000 a year as city attorney, $15 thousand more than his predecessor, Elbert Jefferson.

-Whether Morris was the choice of outgoing Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery or Wharton. The answer was Wharton with Lowery making the appointment since he is still mayor.

In another rapid move, Wharton and Lowery teamed up to appoint the five city of Memphis representatives to the Metro Charter Commission. All five nominees were recommended by members of the City Council. Normally, the council votes on such groups of nominees to one body with a single vote on the slate. The council voted separately on all five.

The original five nominees were:

-Damon Griffin, an assistant District Attorney General.

-Carmen Sandoval, an administrative director at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

-Steve Ross, a freelance video and technical director who also has a popular political blog.

-Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis city council member.

-Rev. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church and candidate for Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk in past elections as well as in the 2010 elections.

Strickland was named just this week to Wharton’s transition team. But he is giving up the transition team spot to serve on the charter group. Council members Bill Boyd and Joe Brown voted against Strickland’s appointment saying they considered it to be a conflict of interest for an elected official to serve on the commission. Brown didn’t vote on the other nominations. Council member Wanda Halbert passed on Strickland.

Ross encountered vocal resistance during committee sessions from council members upset with critical comments he has made on his blog about council members. Council member Shea Flinn, who recommended Ross, came to his defense during an emotional committee discussion – clashing with Brown as Lowery and Wharton watched from the end of the council committee table.

“I’m a real man,” Brown told Flinn at the end of the exchange. “I’m a real black man. I hope you are a real white man.”

By the time the council voted, Wharton and Lowery decided to pull his nomination and instead nominated Richard Smith, a FedEx executive and son of FedEx founder Fred Smith. Council member Janis Fullilove was the only no vote. Halbert recused herself because she works at FedEx. Brown and Boyd did not vote.

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94. Wharton Picks Morris for City Attorney Post -  

Memphis Mayor elect A C Wharton Jr. was put to the test by Memphis City Council members before he even takes office.

The council Tuesday approved his indirect nomination of Herman Morris as the new city attorney. And it approved his five indirect nominees to the Metro Charter Commission.

But there was a lot of discussion among council members this afternoon and evening about:

  • Morris being paid $140,000 a year as city attorney, $15 thousand more than his predecessor, Elbert Jefferson.
  • Whether Morris was the choice of outgoing Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery or Wharton. The answer was Wharton with Lowery making the appointment since he is still mayor.

In another rapid move, Wharton and Lowery teamed up to appoint the five city of Memphis representatives to the Metro Charter Commission. All five nominees were recommended by members of the City Council. Normally, the council votes on such groups of nominees to one body with a single vote on the slate. The council voted separately on all five.

The original five nominees were:

  • Damon Griffin, an assistant District Attorney General.
  • Carmen Sandoval, an administrative director at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Steve Ross, a freelance video and technical director who also has a popular political blog.
  • Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis city council member.
  • Rev. Ralph White, pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church and candidate for Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk in past elections as well as in the 2010 elections.

Strickland was named just this week to Wharton’s transition team. But he is giving up the transition team spot to serve on the charter group. Council members Bill Boyd and Joe Brown voted against Strickland’s appointment saying they considered it to be a conflict of interest for an elected official to serve on the commission. Brown didn’t vote on the other nominations. Council member Wanda Halbert passed on Strickland.

Ross encountered vocal resistance during committee sessions from council members upset with critical comments he has made on his blog about council members. Council member Shea Flinn, who recommended Ross, came to his defense during an emotional committee discussion – clashing with Brown as Lowery and Wharton watched from the end of the council committee table.

“I’m a real man,” Brown told Flinn at the end of the exchange. “I’m a real black man. I hope you are a real white man.”

By the time the council voted, Wharton and Lowery decided to pull his nomination and instead nominated Richard Smith, a FedEx executive and son of FedEx founder Fred Smith. Council member Janis Fullilove was the only no vote. Halbert recused herself because she works at FedEx. Brown and Boyd did not vote.

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95. Dishmon Joins UT Medical Group -

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

96. McCleskey Discusses Role On County Ethics Commission Board -

Steve McCleskey, an attorney at Glankler Brown PLLC, in July was appointed by Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to the board of directors for the Shelby County Ethics Commission. The Ethics Commission is a 13-member body the Shelby County Commission oversees.

97. Study: Local Agbio Sector Could Create 50,000 Jobs -

The fertile lands that surround Memphis could generate as much as $8 billion a year in the emerging bioeconomy as petroleum-based products are replaced with plant-based ones, according to a study released this week by the Memphis Bioworks Foundation.

98. 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.

99. Big Demand Drives Ghost River Brewing To Expand -

Less than a year after handcrafting its first batch of beer, Memphis-based Ghost River Brewing is expanding.

The company today takes delivery of a new 900-gallon fermenter, increasing the company’s brewing capacity 33 percent from 2,500 kegs per year to more than 3,300, said Ghost River co-owner Chuck Skypeck.

100. Events -

Christian Brothers University will present the first session of its “Family Business Enrichment Series” today from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall. The topic of the lecture is “What Does the New Credit Environment Mean for Your Family Business?” For reservations, call 321-3999 or e-mail rsvp@cbu.edu.