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1. Few Clues to Tennessee Attorney General Applicants -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The deadline to apply to become Tennessee's next attorney general is Friday, but anyone still on the fence about whether to join the fray won't have the benefit of sizing up the competition first.

2. Wade: College Football Returns With Passion -

First off, I don’t believe everything that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper says.

“Coach Lane Kiffin is a great coach and a great person to be around,” Cooper said of the Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator. “Coach is a likable guy.”

3. Fresh Market Debuts Midtown Store -

For a while now Central Gardens resident Tom Clifton has been driving to East Memphis to get his groceries.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Events -

The Center for Southern Folklore will present the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Cost is free. Visit southernfolklore.org for a list of performers.

7. 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.

8. Events -

The Daily News will host its HR Rules and Ramifications Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will include an overview of changing employment laws and advice on dealing with real-life workplace issues. Paul Pattenof Jackson Lewis LLP will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

9. This week in Memphis history: June 21-27 -

2008: On the cover of The Memphis News, a story on the pasts of and connections between City Council member Rickey Peete and former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper that ended with Peete pleading guilty to federal corruption charges and Cooper wearing a wire and recording conversations in which he paid Peete for his council vote on a billboard project. The story quoted from prosecution documents outlining the crime. “During this conversation, Peete said, ‘I’m going to do what’s right for the community. ... It looks OK to me,’ and then Peete showed Cooper a note written on a piece of paper. The note instructed Cooper to place the ‘paperwork’ (money) in the bathroom.”

10. Events -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host free tours of the St. Jude Dream Home Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 45 Dalton Cove in Eads. The house will be raffled June 23; tickets are $100. Visit dreamhome.org.

11. Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening -

The owners of Club 152 on Beale Street and prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have been talking since the club was shut down a week ago as a public nuisance.

Both sides are due back before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter Thursday, May 21.

12. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Nate Silver’s book “The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t” Friday, May 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at lnlsignalnoise-rss.eventbrite.com.

13. Couple Moves to Memphis to Launch Startup -

Pam and Tom Cooper are the co-founders of Boosterville, a Memphis-based startup with an app that helps school fundraisers raise money by connecting them with local businesses.

14. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, May 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ballet Memphis, 7950 Trinity Road. Dorothy Gunther Pugh, founding artistic director and executive director of Ballet Memphis, will discuss relationship building and leadership. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

15. Making an Impression -

The firm redeveloping Overton Square considers its task at hand to be playing to its Midtown audience – not only in building construction, but also in incorporating art.

Loeb Properties Inc. is investing more than $20 million to revive the once-booming arts and entertainment district of the 1970s and 1980s. That includes adding new tenants to expand Overton Square’s footprint, redesigning existing structures and building new ones, and implementing a dozen or so multimedia art projects throughout.

16. New Seed Hatchery Season Launches -

This weekend marks the start of the third season of Seed Hatchery, Memphis’ startup accelerator that aims to turn six teams of founders into well-prepared, more polished entrepreneurs.

And from several vantage points, it’s one of the most diverse collections of startup talent in the 90-day bootcamp’s three-year history.

17. 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.

18. Six New Seed Hatchery Teams Chosen -

Six new teams have been lined up for the 2013 Seed Hatchery cohort.

Seed Hatchery is Memphis’ high-growth tech startup accelerator and puts entrepreneurs through a 90-day boot camp, with a crash course in customer discovery, business development, go-to-market strategies and investor pitches. And this year’s cohort marks the third collection of founders to go through the program.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber will host A Conversation With … Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The topic is “Is College Sports Broken?” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com or 543-3571.

22. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber will host A Conversation With … Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The topic is “Is College Sports Broken?” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com or 543-3571.

23. Bar Louie Signs Deal at Overton Square -

Bar Louie, an Addison, Texas-based neighborhood restaurant and bar franchise, is the latest retail tenant that has signed on for Overton Square.

Bar Louie will occupy 5,650 square feet of the curved building at 2125 Madison Ave., on the southwest corner of Madison and Cooper Street. The store will be Bar Louie’s 11th franchised location and will be operated by Tony De Salvo and partners.

24. Loeb Inks Overton Square Deal With Bar Louie -

Bar Louie, an Addison, Texas-based neighborhood restaurant and bar franchise, is the latest retail tenant that has signed on for Overton Square.

Bar Louie will occupy 5,650 square feet of the curved building at 2125 Madison Ave., on the southwest corner of Madison and Cooper Street. The store will be Bar Louie’s 11th franchised location and will be operated by Tony De Salvo and partners.

25. Local to Open Second Locale in Overton Square -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and North Cooper Street. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

26. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

27. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

28. AIA Honors Industry’s Local Activity -

Despite hard times, there has been a whirlwind of activity in Memphis’ design community over the past year.

That’s the message Josh Flowers, general counsel at Hnedak Bobo Group Inc. and president of the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, gave Saturday, March 31, at the annual Celebration of Architecture Gala and 2012 Design Awards at Circuit Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St.

29. Events -

CSI Memphis Chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Agricenter International Banquet Hall, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The social will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m. Greg Maxted, executive director of the Harahan Bridge Project, will speak. Cost is $25. For reservations, contact Charlotte Cooper at charlotte.c@comcast.net or 377-8063.

30. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

31. Org Asks What Memphis is Reading -

Literacy Mid-South has kicked off a Twitter campaign to get Memphians talking about their favorite books.

“What are you reading, Memphis?” encourages people to tweet about books they’re reading, using the hashtag #ReadMemphis.

32. New Dishes -

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

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

33. MATA Takes Proposed Bus Route Changes to Public -

Memphis Area Transit Authority officials formally opened the new Airways Transit Center Tuesday, Nov. 8, the same week consultants are hearing from the public about several options to change the MATA route system as well as the week a fare increase goes into effect.

34. Living on the Edge -

In 2008, something was brewing in the area near Cleveland and Watkins streets south of Poplar Avenue in Midtown.

A developer, Tom Marsh, working with Florida-based WSG Development, had unveiled plans for a mixed-use development to include small and large retail, including a Target store, condominiums, apartments and medical offices, along with all-around improvements to the neighborhood known as Crosstown.

35. Festival Relocation to Impact Local Businesses -

When historic flooding forced a venue change for Memphis in May’s 34th annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Downtown and Midtown businesses began bracing to make the best of the sudden switch.

36. Events -

Health Memphis Common Table will present a Community Partners Forum Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Dr. Calvin Johnson, president of Altre Strategies Solutions Group LLC, will speak on the topic “Eliminating Health Disparities by Focusing on Quality.” For more information, contact Patti Tosti at 273-2665 or patti.tosti@healthmemphis.org.

37. A Bridge to Cross -

Martyrs Park sits atop the Chickasaw Bluff and overlooks the Mississippi River, its lone modern sculpture a memorial to victims of the 19th century Yellow Fever epidemics that devastated Memphis from the 1850s through the 1870s.

38. Agency of Record -

Although the venerable marketing and communications agency archer>malmo may operate in a fiscally conservative manner, its forward-thinking concepts have kept the firm flourishing for almost 60 years.

39. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Philip Johnson and Tom Merriam, partners at Argyle Benefits Consultants, will speak. Cost is $25 for guests. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

40. 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.

41. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Tal Frankfurt, founder of Cloud for Good, will speak on the topic “Managing Your Constituents in the Cloud.” Cost is $45 for members, $75 for nonmembers and $40 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

42. 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.

43. Third Thursdays Gives New Life To Main, Peabody -

Tom Shelton was having a tough time engaging younger customers in his two South Main Street clothing stores before the neighborhood turned shopping into one big party.

44. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will hold an educational seminar on the residential green building program EcoBUILD Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges USA, 477 N. Fifth St. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Peter Warren at 278-6868 or peter@anfa.com.

45. Events -

The Mid South Area Business Travelers Association will meet Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East Memphis, 5795 Poplar Ave. Scott Brockman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. To register, visit www.msabta.org.

46. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Impact Your Bottom Line by Energizing Your Front Line Employees” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

47. Spa Studio By Alis Opens in Cooper-Young -

Spa Studio By Alis is a new business that opened Monday in Cooper-Young.

Alisa Smith, the owner, is a licensed esthetician. The business specializes in facials, body wraps and other day spa services.

48. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the CCC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

49. Renaissance Avenue -

When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.

50. Memphians Celebrate City’s Good News Website -

Memphians who launched a website extolling the joys of living here because they were tired of their city being bad-mouthed will celebrate on Tuesday the one-year anniversary of MemphisConnect.com.

In that time, the website has attracted visits from people in more than 2,500 cities. It has become a recruiting tool for some of the city’s top employers. And potential tourists are using it as a vacation guide.

The website is an initiative of The Leadership Academy.

The nonprofit organization is hosting a party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Playhouse on the Square, 51 S. Cooper St.

The only admission charge is a willingness to speak up for Memphis, said Elizabeth Lemmonds, director of communications and marketing for The Leadership Academy.

“Really the idea for the event is to be as uniquely Memphis as the site is, to recognize what’s wonderful about Memphis, the creativity and the Memphis talent,” she said.

The event includes food, Ghost River beer, entertainment and a special announcement.

“We were tapped by Broadway’s ‘Memphis,’ the musical, for a very exciting promotion that will be unveiled at the May 11 anniversary celebration,” Lemmonds said.

The keynote speaker is Tom Schmitt, SVP of FedEx Solutions. CB Richard Ellis and Waddell & Associates Inc. are presenting Tuesday’s event for MemphisConnect.com.

MemphisConnect.com began with a focus group organized by The Leadership Academy.

“We heard over and over again about hidden treasures,” Lemmonds said. “Why do they need to be hidden?”

The group included graduates of The Leadership Academy who had diverse interests.

“People wanted to talk about their favorite locally owned restaurant, but they also wanted to talk about why they love raising a family in the Memphis area and the places they take their kids on the weekend, the way they get involved in nonprofits, their favorite hole in the wall,” Lemmonds said.

The organizers decided that a website would be the best way to showcase the diverse interests of Memphians who love their city.

“In the first year we had over 550 different posts, over 75 voices of diverse Memphians who either had a regular profile or who did guest posts for us here and there,” Lemmonds said.

People from 2,500 cities, including locations outside the United States, went to the site to learn where Memphians liked to hang out.

“We worked with a number of human resources teams and are actually being used as a recruiting tool by companies like International Paper, St. Jude, Smith & Nephew and Pinnacle,” Lemmonds said. “Methodist Le Bonheur even includes us on the recruiting piece of their website.”

To register for the free event, go to www.leadershipacademy.org/event_item-13724/.

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51. GPAC Seeks Artists For Project ArtFront -

The Germantown Performing Arts Centre is seeking artists to participate in a pilot program called Project ArtFront.

The project is part of a city of Germantown initiative to reinvigorate shopping centers by placing original artwork in the storefront windows of vacant commercial spaces.

52. The Reef Opens In Cooper-Young -

The Reef Bar Restaurant will open Friday in the Cooper-Young district in the space formerly occupied by The Blue Fish.

Tim Foley, the former executive chef of Blue Fish, is running the new restaurant, which will offer some of the items from the Blue Fish menu. However, the new restaurant will have a seafood menu with lower prices.

53. 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.

54. Cooper Young to Lose Major Tenant -

THING OF THE PAST: Dish, a nightspot in the Cooper-Young district, will close Jan. 31. David Nestler, the general manager, said the business had been operating on a month-to-month lease for about a year, and the economy was a factor in the decision to close. The company that owns Dish also operates the Bluefin Restaurant, which Nestler also manages, and the Sekisui restaurants.

55. Square Deal Undone -

A facelift has been in the works for about a year for a Midtown landmark that long ago succumbed to the real estate equivalent of jowls and wrinkled skin. But after months of planning, it now appears the proposed nips and tucks for Overton Square, a roughly 10-acre hodgepodge of shops, restaurants and a movie theater, won't be happening after all.

56. Square Owner: No Remake For Now -

The proposed overhaul of Overton Square that was to have included building a 53,000-square-foot grocery store appears dead in the water.

Tom Lowe, the president of one of the two out-of-town firms that own the roughly 10-acre Midtown landmark, said the developer’s contract to buy the south half of the square to pursue an overhaul will not be extended at the end of this month. That means a new Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. store – which was to have been the key tenant of the square redevelopment – is likely not coming to the square anytime soon.

57. Square Owner: No Remake For Now -

The proposed overhaul of Overton Square that was to have included building a 53,000-square-foot grocery store appears dead in the water.

Tom Lowe, the president of one of the two out-of-town firms that own the roughly 10-acre Midtown landmark, said the developer’s contract to buy the south half of the square to pursue an overhaul will not be extended at the end of this month. That means a new Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. store – which was to have been the key tenant of the square redevelopment – is likely not coming to the square anytime soon.

58. Visible School Buys Downtown Landmark -

Visible School, a music and worship arts college, closed last week on its contract to purchase the former C&I Bank building at 200 Madison Ave.

59. Overton Square Developers Ready for Next Step -

It’s crunch time for the future of Overton Square, the 10-acre Midtown landmark where a new retail development anchored by a big-box grocery store has been proposed.

The square’s owners have agreed to delay for 60 days their official request to begin knocking down several old buildings along Madison Avenue. That demolition would pave the way for a roughly 53,000-square-foot grocery store and several smaller retail buildings.

60. Broad Avenue District To Host Art Walk -

The Broad Avenue Arts District will host its first holiday-themed art walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Works by more than 20 artists will be featured.

George Hunt will have an exhibit of new paintings inspired by Broad Avenue titled “Blues on Broad.” Lisa Williamson will have an informational exhibit about plans for the proposed “Junkyard Museum.” Metal Works will celebrate the opening of its retail gallery space.

61. Tsunami Chef Makes Top 40 Under 40 List -

Marisa Baggett, 32, a sushi chef at Tsunami Restaurant, is one of the “40 chefs under 40” recognized by the new environmental Web site Mother Nature Network, www.mnn.com.

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

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

63. Broad Avenue Works to Become Biz Hot Spot -

While vacancy signs pop up like weeds in many commercial areas, they are gradually coming down in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

This area of old storefronts and warehouse space just to the east of Overton Park is experiencing renewal despite a prolonged recession. Businesses are relocating to the neighborhood, artists have been setting up studios there and people are coming out at night.

64. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous -

For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.

65. BofA's CEO Lewis Subpoenaed by Cuomo -

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

66. Presidential Debate a Who’s Who of Tennessee Pols -

Its setting was the geographic center of Tennessee’s political universe.

And at Belmont University in Nashville for this week’s second of three highly anticipated presidential debates, it was probably natural the spotlight would turn to the Tennesseans on hand who normally are fixtures in state and federal halls of power.

67. Warren Named Bursar At University of Memphis -

Carol Warren has accepted the position of bursar in the Division of Business & Finance at the University of Memphis. Warren is a graduate of the University of Memphis and has experience in student financial service operations working for the U of M previously as the assistant bursar. Before joining the university, Warren spent several years in the Loan Division at First Tennessee Bank.

68. Playhouse on the Square To Build New Theater -

60 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Cost: $8.3 million

Project Cost: $12 million
Project Date: Aug. 12, 2008
Completion: Fall 2009
Owner: Playhouse on the Square
Tenant: Playhouse on the Square
Architect: Morris Architects Planners Inc.
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC

69. Questions Remain Unanswered in Ford-Lee Case -

With a federal corruption case pending against him, Joseph Lee walked into the office of Kendall Investigations in Knoxville and met with former FBI special agent Kendall Shull. It was Oct. 16, 2007, and Lee – the former president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division – was there in an effort to clear his name. He had traveled to Knoxville to take a polygraph test at Shull’s office. Lee’s attorney, Robert Spence, said this week he had planned to somehow publicize the results of the polygraph – which Lee passed – to defend his client against federal bribery charges.

70. Cooper Sentenced: Six Months in Jail, Six of House Arrest -

Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Joe Cooper was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and six months of house arrest for helping drug dealers launder their drug money.

Cooper’s sentence could have been closer to three years under federal sentencing guidelines. But prosecutors recommended a lower sentence because of Cooper’s role as the government’s key witness in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. and the guilty plea of former Memphis City Council member Rickey Peete on bribery charges.

71. Jury Deliberates In Ford Case -

The jury in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. deliberated Tuesday for about two hours before breaking for the night.

The panel of 12 got the case Tuesday afternoon, a week and a day after the trial opened in Memphis federal court before U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays. They return to work this morning.

72. Ford Trial’s Nuances Appear Made for TV -

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi told a federal court jury last week that the trial of former City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. would, in part, be about “a corrupt environment” at Memphis City Hall.

73. Cooper’s Foibles on Display During Ford Trial -

Once the jury in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. finished watching the recordings that are the centerpiece of the case this week, they got to know a lot more about the government informant behind the camera.

74. Jurors Get Closer Look At Ford Recordings -

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. got their first look Wednesday at recordings of Ford taking money from the government’s informant in the case.

75. Cooper Testifying In Ford Trial -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper will continue his testimony Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.

Cooper, who took the witness stand late Tuesday afternoon, is the key government witness in the trial which is expected to last all of this week. When he met with Ford between August and November 2006, Cooper was cooperating with the FBI, recording the conversations and passing money provided by the FBI to Ford.

76. Jury Pool Expanded, Questions Thorough For Coming Ford Trial -

The corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. will begin next month with a jury pool of 105 people. There will be lots of questions for the jury about their backgrounds and political views, but the questions won't be as direct as whether they are Republicans or Democrats or whom they have supported in what races.

77. AG Says Measure to Ban Plea Bargains for DUIs is Unconstitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general says a proposal to ban prosecutors from offering plea bargains in drunken driving cases would violate the state constitution.

Attorney General Bob Cooper says the Tennessee Constitution prohibits the General Assembly from interfering with the discretion of district attorneys.

78. Fairgrounds Redevelopment Now In Three Flavors -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton this week unveiled to the City Council three options for redeveloping the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Herenton told council members the fate of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will depend on a pending decision from the U.S. Department of Justice about what improvements the city must make to the stadium to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

79. Thompson's One-Time Promises Implode With Indictments -

He ran for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners five years ago on the slogan "It's time for government to mean business." And Bruce Thompson's campaign literature pledged, "I believe public officials should use their position to save money for the taxpayers, not make money for themselves."

80. Thompson Indicted for Extortion and Mail Fraud -

A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

The public corruption charges that name no other defendants came with just as many questions as answers – questions about possible involvement by others. U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said the grand jury probe is continuing but he wouldn’t be more specific.

81. Thompson Indicted for Extortion and Mail Fraud -

A federal grand jury today indicted former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

The public corruption charges that name no other defendants came with just as many questions as answers – questions about possible involvement by others. U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said the grand jury probe is continuing but he wouldn’t be more specific.

82. Council Hustles On Tying Loose Ends -

Memphis City Council members, most of them leaving office with the New Year, took several steps this week toward shaping the four-year term of their successors as well as the fifth term of Mayor Willie Herenton.

83. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) will hold its "21st Annual MBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar" today beginning with registration at 8 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. For more information on cost and registration, call the MBA at 527-3573.

84. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in Ballroom B of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The featured speaker is Bob Cooper, attorney general of Tennessee. The event is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.org.

85. Events -

Women on the Move, a local women's networking group, will hold its Trade Show today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., Suite 909. Tickets are $15 and part of the proceeds benefit The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Lisa Cline at 684-1010.

86. Council Passes Buck On 'Disgusting' Warehouse Proposal -

A familiar and decidedly unwelcome name confronted City Council members on Tuesday's agenda. And the council reacted by sending the project for a warehouse near Memphis International Airport back to the Land Use Control Board (LUCB).

87. Downtown Concert Series Lent a New Cadence -

Last November, Cadence Bank established a Downtown presence when it opened a branch in the five-story, circa-1870s building at 119 S. Court Ave. on Court Square.

Now Cadence is further entrenching itself in the neighborhood by sponsoring this year's Court Square Concert Series.

88. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing -

It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.

With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

89. Tangled Web Snags Ford and Lee, Both Indicted for Bribery and Other Offenses -

The newest corruption charges against Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford include not only a new codefendant, former Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) President Joseph Lee. They also include a case that appears to be built in large part on Ford's public record as an elected official.

90. Things Go From Hot To Smoking Hot In Election Contests -

With one week to the filing deadline for the Oct. 4 Memphis city elections, 124 citizens have thought seriously enough about running for the 15 offices on the ballot to check out qualifying petitions. Nearly 40 had filed by the end of the first week.

91. Hooper Takes Peete's Council Seat - At Least for Now -

The newest member of the Memphis City Council has had plenty of experience handling politicians. Henry Hooper is a retired Secret Service agent assigned to protect four U.S. presidents during his tenure.

92. New Cooper-Young 'Biz Director Puts Neighborhood's Character to Use -

It's a new job, but also a homecoming of sorts.

When Lyn Patrick Myers signed on as the director of the Cooper-Young Business Association (CYBA) at the end of March, the job brought her back to the eclectic Memphis neighborhood close to where she grew up.

93. Burke's Sketches New BiographyWith Move to Cooper-Young Area -      Thursday, a new chapter began in the life of one of Memphis' oldest and best-loved fixtures, Burke's Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave.
     Co-owners Cheryl and Corey Mesler, along with a host

94. Events -

The Animal Protection Association is holding its annual Feral February event. This program offers services such as spaying, neutering and rabies shots for feral (alley) cats. The cost is $25. For more information, or to donate, call Barbara Standing at 210-1328 or visit www.spaymemphis.com.

95. Events -

The David Lusk Gallery presents "John Torina: Path Into the Wilderness" through Feb. 24 at 4540 Poplar Ave. For more information, call the gallery at 767-3800.

The Eclectic Eye in Midtown presents "Life As I See It," an exhibit by Tom Clifton, through March 1 at 242 South Cooper St. For more information, call 276-EYES (3937).

96. The Saga Continues: More 'Main Street Sweeper' Info Comes to Light -

A federal grand jury this week formally indicted two Memphis City Council members who previously had been implicated in criminal complaints alleging they sold their votes in exchange for supporting a real estate project, among other dealings.

97. Memphis Bar Association Members Act Out at Buckman -

Oct. 10

The Memphis Bar Association presents "Entertaining Motions" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Buckman Performing Arts Center, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The production is a parody of legal life featuring music and skits by and for the Memphis legal community. Call 527-3573 for more information.

98. Memphis Bar Association Members Act Out at Buckman -

Oct. 10

The Memphis Bar Association presents "Entertaining Motions" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Buckman Performing Arts Center, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The production is a parody of legal life featuring music and skits by and for the Memphis legal community. Call 527-3573 for more information.

99. Banned Books Take Center Stage at U of M -

Today

In observance of the National Library Association's Banned Books Week, the University of Memphis' Ned R. McWherter Library hosts readings through Sept. 29 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the library's rotunda. The readings will be from books that were considered controversial at some time in American history. Selections will include "The Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine, "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. A virtual panel discussion to introduce Banned Books Week will be held today from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Room 226 of the library. All related events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Tom Mendina at 678-4310.

100. Architecture Month Continues With Chalk Art Fest for Kids -

Sponsors of Architecture Month in Memphis are gearing up for an event at the end of this week that, on first glance, might seem more appropriate for Main Street in a leafy suburb.

Instead, the Chalk Art Festival that will be held Saturday will bring a scampering swarm of children and their families - each armed with chalk, ready to draw - to a fast-growing part of Downtown Memphis.