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1. Apple's Tech Jobs Held Mostly By White, Asian Men -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

2. Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround -

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

But a real estate agent representing the owner of the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union and McLean says both properties are under contract to be sold.

3. Johnson to Lead Pink Palace Fundraising Efforts -

Cathi Johnson has joined the Pink Palace Family of Museums as director of development. In her new role, she’ll design, implement and manage the museum system’s fundraising efforts, including individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, grant writing, capital funds and planned giving.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Events -

Talk Shoppe will host Speed Networking: Scoring Business Leads With Fast Pitches & Race Around the Bases Wednesday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Baseball attire optional. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

8. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, April 30, at 9:45 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Bob Nations of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness will present “Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security in the Mid-South.” Visit phelpssecurity.com.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

12. Fairgrounds TDZ Should be Rejected -

The proposed Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) needs to be rejected. While most of the recent debate has been confined to the impact on education funding, there are several more serious issues with the TDZ.

13. City, County Differ on Fairgrounds Zone -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County governments have a difference of opinion about tax revenue and education funding.

It is over where the sales tax revenue would go within a tourism development zone the city wants to use to finance the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

14. Restaurant Row -

If you blink, you might miss a new restaurant opening along the Poplar Avenue corridor in East Memphis.

Over the last few months, several new restaurants have opened or are on the way around the heavily traveled Poplar corridor between Perkins Road and Kirby Parkway.

15. Events -

An immigration reform roundtable will be held Monday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Streets Ministries, 1304 N. Graham St. Panelists, including Shawn Roberson, policy director for Latino Memphis, and Steve Moses, recruitment director for World Relief Memphis, will share updates from meetings with area U.S. representatives about immigration reform. Cost is free. Call 525-7380.

16. Kennedy’s Memphis Presence Felt 50 Years Later -

There once was a monument in a Memphis park that marked the spot where President John F. Kennedy had stood during a visit to the city in 1960 as he campaigned for the presidency.

By the marker were two distinct shoeprints that Memphians took their children to for them to stand in the slain president’s footsteps on Memphis soil.

17. Basar Looks to 2014 County Commission Election -

It may be the first time that a Shelby County Commissioner has given public notice of a barbecue.

Commissioner Steve Basar has held four at his house in the year that he’s been on the elected body. And he told political supporters at a fundraiser last week that he has “sunshined” all of them, a shorthand term to describe the public notice required by Tennessee’s open meetings law – or Sunshine Law – for any deliberative gathering of two or more commissioners.

18. County Leaders Blast Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone Financing Plan -

Shelby County government leaders say a city plan to use incremental sales tax revenue within a tourism development zone to revitalize the Fairgrounds will take the share of that revenue that goes to Shelby County Schools.

19. Lipscomb: Fairgrounds Retail to be ‘Market Driven’ -

Robert Lipscomb, director of the city of Memphis’ Division of Housing & Community Development, says the retail to be part of the city’s Fairgrounds overhaul will not be in competition with businesses in the nearby Cooper-Young Historic District or Overton Square.

20. Attorney General Reopens Nineteenth Century Club Review -

The state attorney general has reopened a review of the sale of the Nineteenth Century Club property on Union Avenue just as efforts by current and former club members to challenge the sale face a critical Monday fundraising deadline.

21. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

22. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a free lunch and learn on stroke warning signs Wednesday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B, basement floor level, 1300 Wesley Drive. R.S.V.P. at 888-777-5959.

23. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm’s office, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com or call 685-7500.

24. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Nancy Coffee, president and CEO of the New Memphis Institute, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

25. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission design review board will meet Wednesday, July 3, at 4 p.m. in the commission’s conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

26. Medical Supply Program Facing Delays, Scrutiny -

Less than a week before an effort to rein in billions of dollars in Medicare spending on home medical equipment is set to kick in, members of Congress and medical supply programs are pushing to delay the plan, saying some of the process has been mishandled and that the process lacks transparency.

27. Filling the Voids -

Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.

Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

28. Local Politicians Split on Fiscal Cliff Bill -

There was only one vote for the American Taxpayer Relief bill Tuesday, Jan. 1, among the nine Tennesseans who represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, said he wasn’t happy with all of the agreement but voted for it because of the tax cuts it maintained.

29. Events -

LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at grobertson@lightwavesolar.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.

30. Donelson: Tennessee Republicans See Changes in Past 60 Years -

As Memphis voters were going to the polls on Election Day last week, attorney Lewis Donelson was talking about the modern day Tennessee Republican Party he was instrumental in forming 60 years ago.

31. 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.

32. Shelby Early Vote Shows Cohen Winning - Two Tax Questions Losing -

Early vote totals from Shelby County were released just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, after the vote count was delayed in part by long lines of voters waiting to vote at the 7 p.m. closing of polls.

33. 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.

34. Midtown Utopia -

Of Memphis’ tales of humble beginnings, of which there are many, the fluctuating renaissance of the Cooper-Young neighborhood is certainly compelling throughout.

The area has cycled from its 19th century roots to 1970s crime and neglect to its present-day status as one of the largest historic districts in the Southeast, a magnet of all ages and walks of life. All thanks to individuals and organizations that wouldn’t settle for sub-par quality in their tiny town within the bustling Bluff City.

35. Kelsey, McManus Seek Opinion On South Cordova -

Two state legislators from Shelby County have requested a legal opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper on the recent annexation of South Cordova by the city of Memphis.

36. Hard Work, Sincerity Keep Albertine Thriving -

When Gary Albertine Sr. got into the real estate business in 1948, an average 1,500-square-foot house sold for about $15,000.

Contracts were one-page long, men dominated the industry and the eastern boundary of Memphis city limits was Goodlett Street. It was a simpler time, when business was based on trust and word of mouth.

37. Election Eve Prep And A Surprise -

When the polls open across Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 2, election officials will be watching closely in several areas for continuing election problems.

The problems began during the early voting period that ended Saturday with more than 1,000 getting ballots that had the wrong district races for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House.

38. The State of Green -

There are many shades of green.

And the use of the term “green” to describe public policies, business practices and other decisions designed to improve or sustain natural surroundings and our connection with them touches on so many other considerations.

39. Events -

The Church Health Center/MIFA Farmers Market will be open Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Visit churchhealthcenter.org or call Esther Wills at 250-4673, ext. 1604.

40. Events -

Operation Feed, the annual workplace food drive to benefit Mid-South Food Bank, continues through June 29. Register at midsouthfoodbank.org or contact David Stephens at dstephens@midsouthfoodbank.org or 497-1153.

41. 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.

42. New District Lines Lead to New Races -

“This time I waited to be sure,” Ian Randolph said just before the Thursday, April 5, deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 2 elections.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. Trustmark Bank Promotes Memphis-Area Employees -

Trustmark Bank has announced a round of promotions in its Memphis region.

Steve Childress, the branch manager at the Poplar-Ridgeway branch and who joined Trustmark in May 2010, has been promoted to assistant vice president.

46. Grisanti Closes Poplar Locale -

Cordova’s culinary gain means a loss for the Chickasaw Gardens area after the longtime Grisanti’s restaurant location at 2855 Poplar Ave. quietly closed its doors.

47. 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.

48. Cordova's Stella Marris Issued Dance Permit -

The city of Memphis has issued a compensated dance permit for Stella Marris, the Cordova restaurant owned by topless-club businessman Steve Cooper.

49. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Nov. 11, from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dr. Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, will speak. Cost is $15 for nonmembers. To reserve a seat, call Dick Wieland at 270-3778.

50. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a power lunch forum featuring Jay Myers of Interactive Solutions speaking on the topic “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Baker Brenner at 748-8889 or visit www.smallbusinesschamber.com.

51. Events -

Vance Avenue Choice Neighborhoods’ neighborhood team, a joint community engagement effort by the University of Memphis’ graduate program in city and regional planning, the department of anthropology and The Vance Avenue Collaborative, will meet Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Emmanuel Center, 604 St. Paul Ave. The meeting will discuss how to integrate resident and community stakeholder interests, perceptions and visions into resident-led redevelopment and revitalization plans for the neighborhood.

52. Events -

Leadership Memphis and Michael Synk will present the Leadership Memphis Book Club by In-Synk, a monthly, one-hour book club focusing on business, leadership and management titles, beginning Friday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at South of Beale, 361 S. Main St. Cost is $20 for Leadership Memphis alumni and current class members and $25 for the general public. For more information or to register, visit lmdriving.eventbrite.com.

53. Indie Memphis Festival Announces Headliner Films -

Indie Memphis has announced “Undefeated” and “Losers Take All” will headline the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival next month.

The two films will be shown at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St., with “Undefeated” screening Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and “Losers Take All” screening Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

54. Next Move - To say the now-closed restaurant at 7955 Fischer Steel Road has had an unusual history is probably an understatement.

55. Bike Lane Decision Expected by July 30 -

Four lanes or three lanes – the shared use of a lane in each direction of Madison Avenue by cars and bicycles or a separate lane for bicycles.

That is the general choice a group of architects and planners must now make for the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper streets.

56. Final Madison Bike Lane Hearing Weighs Options -

Now the decisions begin about how to redraw the markings on Madison Avenue in Midtown.

More than 100 people attended the third and final in a series of public hearings Wednesday, July 13, at Minglewood Hall.

57. Advocates Push Overton-Greenline Link -

When the group of architects and planners working on a bicycle-pedestrian path connecting the Shelby Farms Greenline with Overton Park went beyond the end of the Greenline onto Tillman Street recently, they had a Memphis Police bicycle escort.

58. Beer Pairing Events Brewing in Memphis -

Local chefs and restaurateurs are hoping to show more people that beer pairs up just as well, and in many cases better, with fine food as wine has traditionally been known for in the past.

Steve Barzizza, sales manager at Southwestern Distributing Co., has helped to arrange many of the beer pairing nights at various restaurants around town.

59. Second Madison Meeting Maps Out Bike Lanes -

A group of more than 100 citizens got a chance to do more than just look at maps of Madison Avenue on Wednesday, July 6.

In the second of three public hearings on proposed bicycle lanes for the two-mile stretch of Madison between Cleveland Avenue and Cooper Street, those at the Minglewood Hall meeting got a chance to mark up the maps with what they would like to see.

60. Maps Marked Up At Second Madison Bike Lane Meeting -

A group of more than 100 citizens got a chance to do more than just look at maps of Madison Avenue Wednesday evening.

In the second of three public hearings on proposed bicycle lanes for the two mile stretch of Madison between Cleveland Ave. and Cooper St., those at the Minglewood Hall meeting got a chance to mark up the maps with what they would like to see.

61. Public Hearings Next Step for Madison Bike Lanes -

The tentative plan for bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper streets is broadening to look at larger changes or adjustments in the Midtown street environment.

And a decision on how to do that and restripe the street is due by the end of July.

62. Topless-Club Owner Sues Over Cordova Restaurant -

A little more than a month after a Shelby County Chancery Court judge dismissed a previous lawsuit on the matter, topless-club owner Steve Cooper has filed a new suit over his attempt to open a Cordova restaurant that he says will have Coyote Ugly-style entertainment.

63. Topless-Club Owner Cooper Files Federal Suit Over Cordova Restaurant -

A little more than a month after a Shelby County Chancery Court judge dismissed a previous lawsuit on the matter, topless-club owner Steve Cooper has filed a new suit over his attempt to open a Cordova restaurant that he says will have Coyote Ugly-style entertainment.

64. Council to Consider Budget, Schools Tax -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a $687.4 million city operating budget Tuesday to the Memphis City Council.

And the council will talk over a special school tax rate of 39 cents Tuesday.

The budget proposal is $22.7 million in the red.

65. Bill to Require Photo ID From Voters Passes House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would require Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots passed the House on Thursday despite a legal opinion from the state's attorney general that the Republican-led effort would violate the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

66. Cooper Files Lawsuit Related to Cordova Restaurant -

The strip club owner who opened – then abruptly closed – a restaurant in Cordova, which he’s insisted he’s not turning into a strip club, has filed a lawsuit related to his application for a compensated dance permit for the business.

67. Cooper Files Lawsuit Related to Cordova Restaurant -

The strip club owner who opened – then abruptly closed – a restaurant in Cordova, which he’s insisted he’s not turning into a strip club, has filed a lawsuit related to his application for a compensated dance permit for the business.

68. Council Passes Dance Permit Moratorium -

Memphis City Council members Tuesday approved a moratorium to May 1 on the city issuing any new compensated dance permits.

The moratorium was in response to a filing for a permit last month by Stella Marris restaurant in Cordova, the restaurant owned by strip club kingpin Steve Cooper and opened in late 2009.

69. Cohen Forecasts "Difficult" Year In Congress -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said earmarks have turned into “phonemarks” in the new Congressional reality. And that new reality will be “difficult” for the city.

70. Menlo Deal Tops Noteworthy Leases -

The Daily News in September launched a new weekly column called “Inked” to spotlight Memphis’ commercial leasing landscape.

Despite tough times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past four months. Here’s a rundown of some of the most noteworthy commercial leases since Inked’s debut:

71. Polly Installed as President of Downtown Kiwanis Club -

Dianne Polly, vice president of compliance and community relations for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, has been installed as president of the Downtown Memphis Kiwanis Club. Also, she has been appointed chairman of the American Dietetic Association’s Ethics Committee.

72. Menlo Bolsters Local Presence With New Lease -

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

73. 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.

74. Federal Lawsuit Seeks One Count Of Consolidation Votes -

Eight Shelby County voters have filed suit in Memphis federal court against Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to throw out the requirement that a consolidation charter must pass in two separate votes on the Nov. 2 ballot.

75. Cohen: Love Of Government Started Early -

With fervor for politics at a young age, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, explained his lifelong journey into Congress at the Society of Industrial Office Realtors (SIOR) luncheon Monday.

76. Memphis Heritage Lawyers Research 1912 Church Deed -

Attorneys representing Memphis Heritage believe they have found wording in a 1912 deed for Union Avenue Methodist Church that might preserve the church.

The site of the church was approved by the Memphis City Council last month for development as a new CVS pharmacy, one of several the national chain is building across the city at key intersections.

77. Memphis Heritage Cites 1912 Church Lease In CVS Dispute -

Attorneys representing Memphis Heritage believe they have found wording in a 1912 deed for Union Avenue Methodist Church that might preserve the church.

The site of the church was approved by the Memphis City Council last month for development as a new CVS pharmacy, one of several the national chain is building across the city at key intersections.

78. Galloway Gardens Apartments Sells for $1.1 Million -

1565 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112
Sale Amount: $1.1 Million

Sale Date: Aug. 27, 2010
Buyer: Galloway Gardens LLC
Seller: Steve Benetti and Virginia Benetti
Loan Amounts: $200,000; $200,000; $916,937 (assumption)
Loan Date: Aug. 27, 2010
Maturity Dates: Aug. 27, 2011 ($200,000); Sept. 15, 2015 ($200,000); Sept. 10, 2013 ($916,937)
Lender: Regions Bank

79. New Parking Lot Slated for Cordova’s Stella Marris -

A $25,000 building permit has been filed to add an additional parking lot at 7955 Fischer Steel Road, the address of a controversial Cordova restaurant that opened eight months ago amid fears its owner might furtively transform it into a strip club.

80. LaVere Adds Playhouse Series to Busy Summer -

Amy LaVere is sandwiching a special gift for her Memphis fans into a jam-packed fall schedule that includes a movie role, touring and recording a new album.

Resource Entertainment Group and Playhouse on the Square have teamed up with the bass-slapping chanteuse to produce Amy LaVere & Friends, a concert series that kicks off June 30 on the Midtown theater’s main stage.

81. Events -

The University Libraries of the University of Memphis will present the fifth annual conference titled “The Delta: Everything Southern!” Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fogelman Executive Conference Center. For more information or to register, visit www.memphis.edu/deltaconference.

82. Another Kind of Drug War -

Walgreens’ buyout of 17 local drug stores is the first salvo in a brewing battle for the Memphis market between the nation’s largest retail pharmacy and its closet competitor, CVS.

With the purchase of the prescription files of area Super D and Ike’s drug stores, Walgreens will increase its market share just as CVS is making inroads into Memphis. Walgreens will also lock up two prime locations by obtaining the two Ike’s stores at 2145 Union Ave. and 5040 Park Ave.

83. Kroc Center Officially Under Way -

A five-year dream has become a reality for those who worked tirelessly to raise money and garner support for the multimillion-dollar Kroc Center of Memphis.

The local chapter of the Salvation Army on Monday morning held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the 100,000-square-foot center that will anchor the northwest corner of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

84. Kroc Center Officially Under Way -

A five-year dream has become a reality for those who worked tirelessly to raise money and garner support for the multimillion-dollar Kroc Center of Memphis.

The local chapter of the Salvation Army on Monday morning held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the 100,000-square-foot center that will anchor the northwest corner of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

85. Local Reaction Mixed on Health Care Vote -

Doctors and business groups have divided viewpoints about the health care reform bill that passed a major hurdle Sunday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Three Democratic congressmen from Tennessee – Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper and Bart Gordon – voted with the majority. The bill passed 219-212.

The American Medical Association praised the vote, but the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) opposed the bill.

Before the vote, Dr. Richard J. DePersio, president of TMA, sent a letter to the Tennessee representatives asking them to reconsider.

“We, the physicians of Tennessee, believe this legislation is not in the ultimate best interest of Tennesseans,” DePersio wrote. “It will increase health care costs for most Tennesseans, increase bureaucracy and administrative hassles for patients and practices and be detrimental to health care access and personal choice in health care.”

However, not all doctors were in line with the stance of the state organization.

Dr. Barbara Geater, a primary care physician at Rentrop and Geater PLLC in Memphis, wrote a letter supporting the legislation.

“As a working person with insurance, I am for everyone being covered, because the more people that are covered, the cheaper my health care costs are,” Geater wrote. “Those of us with health care coverage and the ability to pay do pay for those without insurance. Our health care costs and insurance costs go up to pay for those uninsured and underinsured patients.”

Dr. J. James Rohack, president of the AMA, called the vote “an important first step toward providing coverage to all Americans.”

Tony Garr, executive director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, said he was “thrilled” by the votes of Cohen, Cooper and Gordon.

“THCC has been working toward this moment for 21 years. … Why it took so long is the real question,” Garr said.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses in Tennessee posted a statement on its Web site proclaiming Congress had voted yes for higher costs and no for small businesses.

“Those who chose to vote yes for this bill have chosen to ignore the protests of their job-creating constituents,” said Susan Eckerly, the national senior vice president of the NFIB. “We couldn’t have been clearer how damaging this bill will be to America’s small businesses and the economic recovery of this country.”

Another organization, the Small Business Majority, issued a statement with a different viewpoint.

“Small businesses have been waiting for health care reform for decades,” said John Arensmeyer, the chief executive officer of the Small Business Majority. “Their wait is over. The House of Representatives’ passage today of this long-needed legislation means they will finally be able to get some relief from a system that has stifled their growth and ability to innovate for too long.”

The TMA pointed out the bill did not provide a fix for the sustainable growth rate formula, which will cause doctors to take a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements.

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86. State’s Blue Dogs Hold Crucial Votes In Health Care Bill -

Tennessee is a pivotal state for the passage or failure of national health care reform because its Blue Dog Democrat members of Congress may hold potential swing votes.

U.S. Reps. John Tanner, Bart Gordon and Lincoln Davis all voted against the more expensive House bill for health care reform, but may support the Senate’s bill, said Kathleen Stoll, the deputy director of Families USA.

87. Congress: Connections With Toyota -

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing Wednesday on the Toyota recalls, have Toyota factories and offices in their states or even their districts. A look at some of the automaker's ties:

88. Commission to Limit Adult Businesses -

The Shelby County Commission today will take the first of three votes on a city-county ordinance designed to further restrict adult entertainment businesses.

The commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building at 160 N. Main St.

89. UofM-Area Residents Work to Salvage 38111 -

For Tk Buchanan, community development specialist for the University of Memphis Center for Community Building and Neighborhood Action (CBANA), the 587 foreclosures last year in the 38111 ZIP code are more than a statistic.

90. Adversarial -

Both sides in the federal lawsuit Memphis and Shelby County have filed against Wells Fargo are beginning to strap on their armor.

The San Francisco-based financial services giant – one of the largest U.S. banks by assets – has hired Memphis attorney Jef Feibelman of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC.

91. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award -

Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.

92. ARTjamN Makes Painting Fun for All -

Maria and Steve Parham, the owners of ARTjamN, want people to enjoy a night out on the easel.

Their new business supplies the easel, the canvas, the paint and the place for people to depict landscapes, daub abstract creations or simply splash out their frustrations.

93. Grousing Abounds as Strip Club Renovations Proceed -

Makeshift signs posted around the building at 777 N. White Station Road encourage potential visitors to ignore the construction in progress.

94. Events -

Burke’s Book Store will host a reading and book signing with Jill McCorkle today from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Burke’s, 936 S. Cooper St. McCorkle will read from her new book, “Going Away Shoes.” For more information, call 278-7484.

95. Attention Shifts From Health Care To Consumer Protection -

Tennessee’s Robert Cooper Jr., along with 24 other state attorneys general, signed a letter a few days ago to U.S. congressional leaders supporting the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

96. Courtroom, Gov’t Meetings Latest Stop for Cooper -

Despite the exposed steel joists, wooden support beams and plastic covering on parts of the building at 777 N. White Station Road, signs with large red letters posted around the building read “We Are Open!”

97. Closely Watched Cordova Restaurant To Open Soon -

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Construction Code Enforcement has issued a certificate of occupancy for an upscale restaurant developed in Cordova by a topless-nightclub businessman.

That approval granted Aug. 7 means city and county officials are satisfied the building is suitable for occupancy, said Assistant County Attorney Carter Gray. And it means Stella Marris, strip club mogul Steve Cooper’s restaurant at 7955 Fischer Steel Road, can open whenever its owner is ready.

98. Stimulus Money To Return Foreclosures To Marketplace -

Part of the latest dose of federal stimulus money to arrive in Shelby County predates the Obama administration.

This week at the Frayser Community Development Corp., office, home and mortgage lenders as well as leaders of the various CDCs across the county gathered to mark the awarding of almost $27 million in federal funding. The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development comes from Washington through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and other state agencies.

99. Speculation Rampant About Jobs’ Transplant -

The state of Tennessee has sold the $1.3 million Midtown home once used to house the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The state transferred ownership of the two-story, nearly 6,000-square-foot home near Overton Park to a limited liability company at the end of March for $850,000. That price is about 65 percent of the home’s appraisal.

100. Kroc Center’s Backers Want It to Be a Gathering Spot for Diverse Groups -

From its days as a horseracing track in the latter half of the 19th century, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has a long and captivating history, including a fair share of disputes over the best uses for the sprawling property that sits in the middle of Memphis.