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1. Thomas Relishes Homecoming in NBA Uniform -

With less than eight minutes left in a game his team was clearly going to lose, No. 7 came onto the court to audible cheers and applause.

Welcome back, Adonis Thomas, Philadelphia 76er (at least for now).

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. Federal Court Ruling Ends Consolidation Quest -

The last unresolved issue of the 2010 attempt to consolidate city of Memphis and Shelby County governments ended quietly last week in Memphis federal court.

The 2010 federal court lawsuit over the failed consolidation attempt – the most serious attempt in 39 years – ended with an order Wednesday, March 19, from U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson granting a motion for summary judgment by defendants in the case.

4. Tennessee Workers Seek Higher Minimum Wage -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A coalition of close to 200 workers rallied on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday to speak out on issues ranging from increasing Tennessee's minimum wage to supporting public schools.

5. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

6. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Susan S. Stephenson, co-founder, co-chairman and president of Independent Bank, will present “Make it Work Marketing: Sending a Message That Matters.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

7. Tigers Sign 12 Defensive Players -

The Seattle Seahawks proved that the old maxim that “defense wins championships” can still apply in the modern-day NFL.

But for the University of Memphis, which will start its second season in the American Athletic Conference, defense is more basic than that: It’s what kept the Tigers in games last season, and with a lot of seniors on that team, coach Justin Fuente needed to restock.

8. 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.

9. Consolidation Voting Case Still Complex in 3rd Year -

Three years after all the votes were counted in dual votes on an attempt to consolidate city and county governments, the federal lawsuit over the dual-vote requirement in state law continues.

And a look at the depositions and other written statements in the case file from the experts for each side shows the issues in the federal court case remain complex.

10. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will hold its annual holiday celebration, featuring the Swing Time Explosion: Big Band Holiday Show, Wednesday, Dec. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

11. Commission Votes Down School Board Pay Raise -

The issue of how much to pay elected officials was settled Monday, Dec. 16, by the Shelby County Commission on one front.

But the debate will still be around in another form in the new year.

12. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

13. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

14. Arlington, Lakeland Schools Deals Show Complexity -

The Arlington and Lakeland school boards aren’t even in office yet and there is already a tentative agreement with Shelby County Schools on buildings and attendance zones for the two suburban districts.

15. Lakeland and Arlington Schools Agreements Near -

Agreements on school buildings and school attendance zones for the Arlington and Lakeland school systems go to the Shelby County Schools board for consideration at a Tuesday, Nov. 18, special meeting of the school board.

16. Commission Considers County Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners take up proposed pay raises Monday, Nov. 18, for the offices of Shelby County mayor, Shelby County sheriff and four other countywide elected officials.

The commission votes on the first of three readings, which also includes an ordinance to keep the pay of Shelby County Commissioners at $29,100 a year.

17. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

18. Cormier Brings Asthma Research to UTHSC -

More than $2.5 million in research grant money has been transferred to The University of Tennessee Health Science Center following associate professor Dr. Stephania Cormier’s move to the college earlier this year.

19. Students In Unincorporated County Move Into Focus -

It was the issue that didn’t get a lot of public discussion in the initial move to form suburban school districts in Shelby County.

Suburban leaders envisioned that their six school systems would retain attendance zones and incorporate agreements that allowed all children attending the schools in their cities and towns to continue attending those same schools. That included thousands of children who live in unincorporated Shelby County including the Memphis annexation reserve area as well as their own reserve areas. And it included children in one suburban city who attended school in another suburban city.

20. Blume Named to Tennessee Real Estate Commission -

Gary Blume, a veteran agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Experts, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to a five-year term on the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Blume is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and has served twice as president of the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation.

21. Pronoun Showdown -

Make no mistake about it: When it comes to words, I’m a huge fan!

I’m pro-noun, and I love verbs. I’m all over prepositions. I’m bonkers for adjectives and dig adverbs deeply. There’s no question I think interrogatives are great, … is there? As for interjections, … Bam!

22. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

23. Prescription for Success -

It’s been nearly a decade since the Memphis medical community and city leaders teamed up to create a master plan for what they called the Memphis Medical Center.

The district – which follows the main corridors of Union and Madison avenues and extends from Danny Thomas Boulevard to Cleveland Street and from Peabody Avenue to the Interstate 240 loop – already was home to more than 40 organizations that specialized in everything from clinical care to research. But the Memphis Medical Center organizers wanted to improve safety and promote overall economic development, including commercial, retail and residential real estate.

24. Arlington, Lakeland Early Voting Ends Saturday -

Early voting comes to an end Saturday, Sept. 14, in the first two of 11 elections between now and Thanksgiving.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the last chance for voters in Arlington and Lakeland to vote in municipal elections at the Shelby County Election Commission offices at 157 Poplar Ave. Lakeland voters can also vote Saturday only at theRefuge church, 9817 Huff ‘n’ Puff Road.

25. County Commission’s Partisan, Personal Divide Resurfaces -

As Shelby County Commissioners were asking some pretty pointed questions Monday, Sept. 9, of those vying for an appointment to the countywide school board, Commissioner Heidi Shafer told Shante Avant, one of the contenders, “We’re not as scary as we seem.”

26. Commission Appoints Avant To School Board, Keeps Shafer As Budget Chair -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Shante Avant, a mother who has worked for the Women’s Foundation and other local nonprofits for 17 years, as the newest members of the countywide school board.

27. Commission Appoints Avant To School Board, Keeps Shafer As Budget Chair -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Shante Avant, a mother who has worked for the Women’s Foundation and other local nonprofits for 17 years, as the newest members of the countywide school board.

28. Carr Brings US Senate Bid to Memphis -

Republican state Rep. Joe Carr brought his challenge of incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to Memphis Saturday, Sept. 7, in the latest of a series of closed meetings with tea party partisans that amount to a tea party primary.

29. Grandparenting 101 -

Susan and I had a crash course in grandparent training a couple of weeks ago, keeping 6-month-old Anna Clary for a weekend. This was an independent-study course, and we gave ourselves passing marks. However, I’m always in search of materials to study for the next phase of grandparenthood.

30. Christ Community Health Services Names Hollabaugh Development Director -

Bonnie Hollabaugh has joined nonprofit Christ Community Health Services, the largest primary care provider in Memphis, as director of development. Hollabaugh’s nonprofit development experience includes extensive work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Girls Inc. of Memphis and Hutchison School.

31. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. A pre-performance reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through MCAC, 888-4342.

32. Cousins Join Forces as Rosenblum & Reisman Law Firm -

As the law firm of Rosenblum & Reisman celebrates its 15th year in business, it is with the knowledge and a sense of accomplishment that clients have been treated with the utmost respect, and that fellow lawyers and staff are treated as family. Indeed, the principals, Jeff Rosenblum and Marc Reisman, are first cousins.

33. Council Debates Restoring MATA Service -

A day before the board of the Memphis Area Transit Authority votes on significant cuts in bus and trolley service, the Memphis City Council will review $2.1 million in capital spending for the authority.

34. Faulkner Loses ‘Past’ Quote Case -

“The court has viewed Woody Allen’s movie, ‘Midnight in Paris,’ read the book, ‘Requiem for a Nun,’ and is thankful that the parties did not ask the court to compare ‘The Sound and the Fury’ with ‘Sharknado.’” Thus begins a seven-page opinion entered July 18, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. See Faulkner Literary Rights LLC v. Sony Pictures Classics Inc., 2013 WL 3762270.

35. Commission Tries Again to Set County Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, July 22, to set a county property tax rate for the fiscal year that began July 1.

And they will start consideration of the issue with a proposed $4.38 tax rate backed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on the second of three readings.

36. Glankler Brown Job Too Good to Pass Up for Jobe -

Attorney Mark Jobe has recently started working as an associate with Glankler Brown PLLC.

37. Best Honored for Exchange Club Family Center Work -

Dr. Jara Best has received Volunteer Mid-South’s Spirit of Giving award for Adult Volunteer of the Year for her work with The Exchange Club Family Center. Best, a pediatrician, is a member of the center’s board and has served as a volunteer with the facility’s domestic violence programs for children and women, as well as the First STEPS (Skills to Ensure Parenting Success) program.

38. Supreme Court Makes it Harder to Sue Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday decided to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court's actions.

39. Commission Approves Schools Budget -

Two weeks out from the formal start of the merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems, critics of the merger on the Shelby County Commission portrayed it as about the Memphis City Schools’ or the Shelby County Schools’ way of doing things.

40. Cates Wears Multiple Hats as Litigator, Prosecutor -

Taylor Cates, attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, describes himself as “an adequate rhythm guitar player.”

41. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

42. Funding Conundrum -

There were times this week at the Shelby County Commission when the debate over school funding and the schools merger made the superintendent of the consolidated school system more spectator than presenter.

43. Rhodes Honors Gray for Outstanding Research -

Dr. Patrick Gray, an associate professor in Rhodes College’s department of religious studies, has received the college’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research. Gray’s research centers on biblical studies, specifically the history and literature of early Christianity and the Greco-Roman context.

44. Signs of Life -

Home sales activity picked up in the first quarter of this year across the Mid-South, and brokers believe the market recovery is gaining traction.

Shelby County home sales rose 6 percent during the first quarter, with 3,382 sales from January to March compared to 3,179 during the first quarter of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

45. Tigers Prepare for Life After Black, Thomas -

Wading in with some thoughts on several topics, starting with Adonis Thomas and Tarik Black leaving the University of Memphis basketball program:

• First off, the Tigers will be fine without them. The No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country is on the way and while the Tigers still want another big man to replace Black, the truth is that both Thomas and Black were disappointments this past season. This is also why I wish Adonis and Tarik were staying; odds are it would be better for them if they stayed.

46. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Meri Armour, CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

47. Decades After King’s Death, Memphis Jobs in Spotlight -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death here, some of the striking sanitation workers who marched with him are again fighting for their jobs.

48. High Court Takes on a New Affirmative Action Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's decision to hear a new case from Michigan on the politically charged issue of affirmative action offers an intriguing hint that the justices will not use a separate challenge already pending from Texas for a broad ruling bringing an end to the consideration of race in college admissions.

49. Funding From Suburbs Suggested -

Countywide school board members are not the only players in the schools merger feeling pressure, although they may be feeling more pressure than others.

Shelby County Commissioners whose districts include suburban towns and cities have also been hearing a lot from parents in the suburbs who not too long ago had made peace with the idea that they would be part of the consolidated school district for at least the first school year.

50. Wonder Bread Sale Nearing Completion -

Wonder bread could start appearing in school lunchboxes again soon.

A person familiar with the situation says a bid by Flowers Foods to buy Wonder and several other bread brands from bankrupt Hostess was met with no competing offers. The individual requested anonymity because the auction process is private.

51. Wonder Bread Sale Nears Completion -

Wonder bread could start appearing in school lunchboxes again soon.

A person familiar with the situation says a bid by Flowers Foods to buy Wonder and several other bread brands from bankrupt Hostess was met with no competing offers. The individual requested anonymity because the auction process is private.

52. Schools Questions Dominate County Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners approved on the second of three readings Monday, Feb. 25, an ordinance that gives Memphis City Schools teachers living outside Shelby County five years to move within Shelby County.

53. Several Paths for School Funding Possible -

The most important number at a weekend Shelby County Commission budget retreat was not the $145 million in new funding the countywide school board has asked for.

It was a percentage – the projection by Shelby County Assessor Cheyenne Johnson that the 2013 property reappraisal by her office will likely reflect a 4.63 percent loss of value on property for taxation purposes.

54. Commission Mixes Residency With Schools Issues -

It isn’t hard to get a debate going on the Shelby County Commission about the coming Shelby County schools merger and separate suburban school districts.

A majority of the 13-member body voted to file the second part of the Memphis federal court lawsuit over the connected issues. But there remains a vocal minority of four to five commissioners on both issues as well.

55. Avast! -

If it looks like a boat and floats, it might not be a boat. So held the Supreme Court in mid-January. Fane Lozman was the owner of a house-like plywood structure with French doors on three sides. It consisted of a sitting room, bedroom, closet, bathroom, kitchen, stairway, and some office space upstairs. An “empty bilge space” below its main floor kept it afloat.

56. Brothers to Open Brewery on Broad -

A new craft brewery is coming to one of Memphis’ up-and-coming areas – the Broad Avenue Historic District.

Wiseacre Brewing Co., a concept from brothers Kellan Bartosch and Davin Bartosch, has leased 13,000 square feet at 2783 Broad Ave. and is planning to open by late 2013. They chose the old warehouse for its “big open space” and the Binghampton neighborhood for its community appeal.

57. County Commission Debates Schools Merger -

Shelby County Commissioners marked the two-year anniversary Monday, Feb. 11, of the federal lawsuit over schools consolidation and municipal school districts with a running debate across several items about the upcoming schools merger.

58. County Commission Debates Schools Changes on Several Fronts -

Shelby County Commissioners who just last week seemed to agree on giving Memphis City Schools teachers living outside Shelby County five years to move within the county had some second thoughts Monday, Feb. 11, as they debated the schools merger issue.

59. Commission to Vote on Teacher Residency -

Shelby County Commissioners agree on an issue having to do with the coming merger of schools in Shelby County.

At least nine of the 13 commissioners favor giving Memphis City Schools teachers and other system staff who live outside Shelby County five years to move within the county and keep their jobs with the new consolidated school system that takes effect July 1.

60. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. The topic covers building meaningful relationships. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

61. Austin Takes Reins Of Wolf River Conservancy -

Commercial real estate lawyer Stewart Austin of Glankler Brown, PLLC, has been named the new board president for the Wolf River Conservancy as of Jan. 1.

62. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Don and Holly Swogger of Homevestors will present “Build Wealth Buying Real Estate.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

63. Bishop Byrne Will Close, Merge With Memphis Catholic -

Memphis Catholic Bishop J. Terry Steib likens the coming changes in two well-known Catholic schools with long histories to a nova.

“Later this spring we will reshape Memphis Catholic High School and Bishop Byrne High School into one entity,” Steib said in a recorded announcement Thursday, Jan. 24, as the closing of Bishop Byrne at the end of the current school year was announced. “Like the stars of the universe – a nova that implodes creates more stars – Memphis Catholic and Bishop Byrne have reached their peaks and will now help to build a model diocesan school. The best of Bishop Byrne and Memphis Catholic will be used to create the new star.”

64. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Unified Shelby County School Board Chairman Billy Orgel will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

65. Flu Season 'Bad One for the Elderly,' CDC Says -

The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.

66. ‘Bad Joe’ Gone as Poise Brings Winning Formula -

The Conference USA Tournament came early this season. That, or Tigers guard Joe Jackson has his dates confused. After two roller coaster seasons that included winning the Most Valuable Player award in two straight league tournaments – a C-USA first – Jackson apparently has decided to flip the calendar forward.

67. Leadership Memphis Wants Public Input on City Plan -

Leadership Memphis, along with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Memphis Grizzlies Team Up Mentoring Initiative, will seek public input for the city of Memphis’ five-year Strategic Plan and recruit adults willing to mentor area youth at an event later this week.

68. Become Great by Choice -

There are those who continually improve their knowledge and skills and have accumulated 30 years experience. And then there are those who simply repeat their initial year of experience 30 times, learning very little along the way.

69. Endocrinologist Detti Joins UT Medical Group -

Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Laura Detti has joined the Germantown office of UT Medical Group Inc., where she specializes in male and female infertility. Detti provides genetic diagnosis and counseling; management of conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages and premature menopause; and pre- and post-cancer care for fertility issues.

70. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

71. Nichols to be Honored by Briggs Foundation -

Jackie Nichols, founder and executive producer of Playhouse on the Square, will receive the Thomas W. Briggs Community Service Award Monday, Nov. 5, in a private ceremony at Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

72. Hotel Chisca Gets New Owners, Art Facelift -

The chain-link fence surrounding the dilapidated Hotel Chisca in Downtown Memphis is a little bit easier on the eyes as of Saturday, Oct. 27.

That’s because it now boasts 30 colorful banners created by students of St. Louis Catholic School, under the leadership of art teacher Robin Durden. The art exhibit, “Memphis Music Icons,” pays tribute to the Hotel Chisca’s legacy of being the location where Elvis Presley was first played on Dewey Phillips’ “Red, Hot and Blue” radio show from the WHBQ studios in 1954.

73. Hotel Chisca Gets New Owners, Art Facelift -

The chain link fence surrounding the dilapidated Hotel Chisca in Downtown Memphis is a little bit easier on the eyes as of Saturday, Oct. 27.

That’s because it now boasts 30 colorful banners created by students of St. Louis Catholic School, under the leadership of art teacher Robin Durden. The art exhibit, “Memphis Music Icons,” pays tribute to the Hotel Chisca’s legacy of being the location where Elvis Presley was first played on Dewey Phillips’ “Red, Hot and Blue” radio show from the WHBQ studios in 1954.

74. A Season for More -

Last season, the Grizzlies made the playoffs and even earned home-court advantage for their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Last season, the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season and tournament Conference USA championships.

75. Cohen, Flinn Sparring Heats Up as Election Nears -

It’s been an election year in Shelby County dominated by something other than candidates in a local political arena where personality and name recognition usually go far.

There have been significant problems with the accuracy of the vote count, presidential campaigns only momentarily interested in the local Republican and Democratic bases and the politics of tax increases and municipal school districts.

76. First Of Many Funding Requests Approved For Merged System -

The first Shelby County government financing of the soon to be merged public school system approved Monday, Oct. 22, was about $1 million less than expected. And it drew the support of Shelby County Commissioners opposed to the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

77. New Vibe Connects to Soulsville’s Classic Sound -

When the music that helped define Memphis was being made at 926 East McLemore Ave., there wasn’t much thought about giving the music the grand sweeping depth of a symphony orchestra.

78. Freedom Awards Winners Talk Important Decisions -

An audience of several thousand children from several local schools got a glimpse Tuesday, Oct. 16, of just how tentative the decisions that make history and change can be.

Each of the four winners of the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards talked of different courses they might have taken during the annual forum at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ.

79. Merchandiser Five Below Signs Lease in Olive Branch -

A growing Philadelphia-based value retailer has inked a substantial industrial lease deal in Olive Branch.

Five Below Inc. has leased 605,427 square feet in Hacks Cross Logistics Center Building 1, 9105 Hacks Cross Road.

80. Ciaramitaro Joins Grace-St. Luke’s as School Counselor -

Licensed clinical social worker Courtney Ciaramitaro has joined Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as school counselor. She will work primarily with middle school students.

Hometown: Memphis

81. ‘Back in Time’ -

When local model railroaders first got together with the idea two years ago, there was little more than a dream and a dark tunnel.

Today, the light at the end of that tunnel is the 2,500-square-foot Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum at 545 S. Main St. in Downtown.

82. LeMoyne-Owen to Begin Work on $13.5 Million Residence Hall -

869 Saxon Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Cost: $9 million

Permit Date: Applied September 2012

83. Weinreich Switches Gears at College of Optometry -

An attorney by profession, Christine Weinreich recently switched gears, taking on the role of director of corporate and foundation relations for the Southern College of Optometry, an independent, nonprofit academic institution at 1245 Madison Ave.

84. Election Winners Take Oaths of Office -

The Labor Day weekend served as a political marker for past and future events in Memphis politics.

The four Shelby County general election winners from the Aug. 2 vote are officially in office as the weekend ends and the workweek begins.

85. Ruling Alters Fayette County Education Landscape -

A court case, school closings, attendance zone changes as well as school system and county government differences.

The familiar sounding elements of a school system in transition, in this case, apply not to Shelby County Schools but to Fayette County Schools.

86. Funding Cut Underscores Gov. Divide -

Consider this the latest dust-up on the city-county government divide. Some Memphis City Council members who voted this week to end city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of June 2013 see the decision as one in a series of challenges to the long-held definition of what city government does and what county government does.

87. McKee Embodied ‘Danny’s Dream’ -

David L. McKee, longtime chief operating officer at ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, died in a car accident in the Memphis area Friday, Aug. 17. He was 66.

In a long and storied ALSAC career that spanned 35 years, McKee served in a variety of leadership roles, including CEO, chief operating officer and senior executive vice president.

88. County Approves Sales Tax Hike -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has told Shelby County Commissioners that he will probably veto a proposed half-cent countywide local sales tax increase bound for the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County.

89. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will address the Collierville board of aldermen Monday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at Collierville Town Hall, 500 Poplar View Parkway. The open forum will include an update on property tax revenue and future economic trends affecting the community. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

90. Business Focus -

Memphis’ small-business community got a shot in the arm earlier this month.

Tennessee’s three-day sales tax holiday ran from Aug. 3 through Aug. 5, and it drew shoppers to retailers that carry certain clothing items, school supplies and computers.

91. Ritz Seeks Countywide Sales Tax Hike -

Incoming Shelby County Commission chairman Mike Ritz wants to add a countywide sales tax hike for education to the Nov. 6 ballot.

The move, if approved by voters, would not only trump the half-cent sales tax hikes approved this month for five of the six suburban municipal school districts – it would also lessen the revenue the city of Memphis would get from a half-percent citywide sales tax hike already on the November ballot.

92. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

93. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

94. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Ave. Caroline Blatti of Hutchison will present “How Business Can Impact Youth.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

95. Events -

Attorneys from AutoZone Inc., Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and Memphis Area Legal Services will hold the fourth annual free legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The pro bono clinic offers seniors essential legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely of MALS at 523-8822.

96. Schools Consolidation Foes Meet in Court -

When Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays convenes a status conference Monday, July 9, in the schools consolidation case, attorneys for at least three of the suburban towns and cities trying to form municipal school districts will be there.

97. Greer Elected Vice Pres. Of West Tennessee TAJ -

Thomas Greer, partner in Bailey & Greer PLLC, has been elected vice president of the West Tennessee grand division of the Tennessee Association for Justice.

98. Luttrell Weighs in On Commission’s Motion -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell termed the basis for a legal motion by the Shelby County Commission seeking to stop the Aug. 2 suburban referendums on municipal school districts inflammatory.

99. Literacy Mid-South’s Dean Appointed to State Coalition -

Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South, has been appointed to the Tennessee Literacy Coalition’s board of directors. The board unanimously approved Dean’s nomination, and he will serve as a representative from West Tennessee for three years.

100. Ackermann Joins FirstBank as Financial Manager and VP -

Thomas “Lynn” Ackermann has been hired as financial manager and vice president of the Memphis Poplar branch of FirstBank.