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1. Memphis Attorney Elected President of Association -

Memphis trial attorney Thomas Greer was elected president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association at its annual convention held recently in Florida.

2. July 22-28, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

1966: The “Where the Action Is” tour at the Mid-South Coliseum is topped by The Young Rascals along with Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Knickerbockers, The Critters, B.J. Thomas, Steve Alaimo and Tina Mason. The tour is an extension of the popular afternoon show hosted by the Raiders and produced by Dick Clark.

3. Memphis Attorney Elected President of Association -

Memphis trial attorney Thomas Greer was elected president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association at its annual convention held recently in Florida.

4. 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local -

John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place.

5. Bank Building Set To Become Boutique Hotel -

158 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 13, 2016

Buyer: Wessman Holdings

6. St. Jude Files $3.8 Million Permit for Warehouse Work -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed a $3.8 million building permit to renovate an existing warehouse near its campus on Danny Thomas Boulevard. St. Jude is listed as the owner and tenant for the permit at 689 N. Parkway Blvd.

7. Editorial: Why Now? The Problem That Brought Us To The Bridge -

For 50 years, Memphis has had a different protest tradition.

Some of it is a function of Memphis being an NAACP town. Some of it is the city’s role as a staging ground and base of operations for the civil rights movement in North Mississippi.

8. St. Jude Files $3.8 Million Building Permit -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has filed a $3.8 million building permit to renovate an existing warehouse near its campus on Danny Thomas Boulevard. St. Jude is listed as the owner and tenant for the permit at 689 N. Parkway Blvd.

9. Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing -

Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.

10. Alzheimer’s Inquiries Abound Following Pat Summitt’s Death -

June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. But this year, it would be more accurate to call it Pat Summitt Month.

The legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach died at age 64 on June 28 after a five-year fight with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She was just 59 years old at the time of her diagnosis and still coaching. The disease did not spare her because she led the Lady Vols to eight NCAA championships.

11. US Income Gap Widened Last Year as Top 1 Percent Gained Most -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Financial inequality became even wider in the United States last year, with average income for the top 1 percent of households surging 7.7 percent to $1.36 million.

Income for the richest sliver rose twice as fast as it did for the remaining 99 percent of households, according to an updated analysis of tax data by Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

12. Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's First Guitarist, Dies At 84 -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

13. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy -

Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.

14. Items Owned By Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger To Be Auctioned -

BOSTON (AP) – Some things seem to capture the public perception of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's life: a sterling silver "psycho killer" skull ring, a rat-shaped pencil holder, a stack of books about the Mafia.

15. Thomas & Betts Donates $50,000 to Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

16. Second Annual TigerAlumni Game June 25 -

Former University of Memphis Tiger players Willie Kemp and Jeremy Hunt are hosting the second annual Blue vs. Gray Memphis Tigers Alumni Game, which will feature 26 former players at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

17. Second Annual Tigers Alumni Game Saturday -

Former University of Memphis Tiger players Willie Kemp and Jeremy Hunt are hosting the second annual Blue vs. Gray Memphis Tigers Alumni Game, which will feature 26 former players at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

18. Trustees: Meager Hike in Social Security Benefits Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Social Security beneficiaries can expect only a meager increase in monthly payments next year, the trustees who oversee the massive retirement and disability program said Wednesday.

19. Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns Duo Dies at 74 -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74.

20. Thomas & Betts Donates $50K to Memphis Apprenticeship Program -

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

21. Justices Rap Labor Department Over Change in Overtime Pay Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Labor Department must do a better job of explaining why it is changing a longstanding policy on whether certain workers deserve overtime pay.

22. ABB Names New Leader for Thomas & Betts -

ABB has appointed Doug Schuster global leader of Thomas & Betts, the installation products business it acquired in May 2012. He joins ABB from Eaton Corp., where he led its Critical Power Solutions division globally. He will be based in Memphis, ABB’s Electrification Products division Americas headquarters.

23. Living History Program Honors ‘Women of Stax’ -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis are bringing to life the stories of six women who played an essential role in Stax Records and Memphis music history.

24. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions -

Are your lights on yet? How is your air conditioning? First came the rain Wednesday night and then came the power outages that stretched into Thursday.

So the last Twitter update from Memphis Light Gas and Water at 8 p.m. Thursday shows 248 outages in the MLGW service area with 2,746 customers still in the dark and the worst heat of the year so far. Those numbers translate to 95 percent of the customers impacted having their power restored Thursday evening.

25. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

26. American Studio Hit-Maker Moman Dies -

He found the old South Memphis movie theater that became Stax Records. He recorded more than 100 hit records for numerous record labels in a 10-year period in a nondescript building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue.

27. ABB Names New Leader for Thomas & Betts -

ABB has appointed Doug Schuster global leader of Thomas & Betts, the installation products business it acquired in May 2012. He joins ABB from Eaton Corp., where he led its Critical Power Solutions division globally. He will be based in Memphis, ABB’s Electrification Products division Americas headquarters.

28. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

29. Living History Program Honors ‘Women of Stax’ -

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis are bringing to life the stories of six women who played an essential role in Stax Records and Memphis music history.

30. MSCAA Reorganizes, Makes Staff Promotion -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has promoted Angela Washington to director of Properties.

31. MSCAA Reorganizes, Makes Staff Promotion -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has promoted Angela Washington to director of properties.

32. May 27-June 2: This week in Memphis history -

1990: On the front page of The Daily News, the large cavitation channel being built on Presidents Island is nearing completion. Its formal name is the David Taylor Research Center. The chamber, 240 feet long by 65 feet high, is to hold 1.5 million gallons of water to test water flow effects, or cavitation characteristics, for ships and submarines.

33. Insulting In Style -

INTELLIGENT INSULTS. CLEVER COMEBACKS. As we brace for this summer’s political conventions and a general election that promises to raise the lowest levels of public discourse to new heights, I thought I’d share some of my favorite exchanges collected over the years to remind us that we can do this sort of thing with style.

34. Last Word: Graduation Day, St. Jude's New Office Tower and Another Bike Map -

The chances are pretty good that you encountered someone in a cap and gown this weekend.

It is graduation season and Shelby County Schools kicked it off Saturday with 14 high school graduations – that’s in one day.

35. Haslam Allows Tennessee Refugees Lawsuit to Move Forward -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to veto a resolution demanding a lawsuit be filed over the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee.

The governor announced Friday that despite his concerns about the measure, he was allowing it to go forward without his signature.

36. Mickelson to Forfeit Nearly $1M in SEC Case -

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

37. Memphis Grizzlies Back in Las Vegas Summer League -

The NBA announced that the Memphis Grizzlies will be one of 24 teams participating in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas. The event will run from July 8-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

38. May 20-26: This Week in Memphis History -

2006: Shelby County’s reliance on manufacturing jobs is dropping, according to state labor figures, which show that 14 manufacturing companies have closed or cut back their workforces in Shelby County since January 2003. The closings and cutbacks account for the loss of 1,240 jobs.
The losses include 98 jobs at Coors Brewing Co., 5151 East Raines Road; 112 workers at Memphis Hardwood Flooring Co., 1551 Thomas St.; and 327 employees at Great Dane LP at 1095 Harbor Ave.

39. St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

Addition and alterations will take place at 262 N. Danny Thomas Blvd., according to the application, which lists W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as the contractor.

40. New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders -

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

This is Darrell Smith’s first year as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Because he is only 33 years old, one could argue he got to this position quickly. But that’s not entirely true and does not take into account the fateful moment when he was 14 years old.

41. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

42. Phil Mickelson to Forfeit Nearly $1 Million in SEC Case -

NEW YORK (AP) – The professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

43. Ifs, Etc. -

A wordier version of this column ran in 2008. That would have been shortly after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a certain editorial. In which it asserted that to say there are “no ifs, ands or buts” is wrong. The correct phrase, it averred, is “no ifs, ans or buts.”

44. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

45. NTSB Blames Distracted Engineer for Deadly Amtrak Wreck -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The speeding Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, most likely ran off the rails because the engineer was distracted by word of a nearby commuter train getting hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.

46. 5 Simply Self Storage Facilities Sell for $15M -

Oaktree Capital Management affiliates sold off more self-storage assets in five separate May 2 warranty deeds totaling more than $15 million. Five entities related to Brookfield Property Group purchased the Simply Self Storage facilities.

47. Last Word: South of Crump, Council Day and Haslam on the Fed's Bathroom Memo -

Neon is coming back to E. H. Crump Boulevard and the momentum of development continues to move further south to the Crump border with South Memphis.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is making plans for a tap room that opens this fall as part of its existing brewery at South Main and Crump.

48. Suck-Egg Dogs Revisited -

Several years ago – and I do mean several – my good friend Fred Harrison tipped me off to a pair of cases from the Mississippi Supreme Court. They were prominently featured in “Perry’s Dead! (And the ‘Juice’ is Loose),” 1995. Because of their lasting merit, I present them again in today’s column.

49. Dave Thomas Named CEO Of Kemmons Wilson Insurance -

Dave Thomas has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as chief executive officer. In this role, he’s responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and also is tasked with growing the Memphis-based property and casualty insurance company. Thomas has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently serving as CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

50. Kemmons Wilson Insurance Hires Experienced CEO -

Dave Thomas has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as its CEO. Thomas will lead the Memphis-based property and casualty insurance group in day-to-day operations and long-term growth.

51. Baptist’s Dr. Frank Groner Named To Hall of Fame -

Dr. Frank Groner, president emeritus of Baptist Memorial Hospital, is being inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.

Leaders of the hall of fame announced Tuesday, May 3, that Groner is one of six health care pioneers to be included in its second class of inductees.

52. Kemmons Wilson Insurance Hires Experienced CEO -

Dave Thomas has joined Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group as its CEO. Thomas will lead the Memphis-based property and casualty insurance group in day-to-day operations and long-term growth.

53. Mild Weather Cuts TVA’s Bottom Line by Half -

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported net income of $281 million between Oct. 1 and March 31, the first half of its fiscal year.

TVA, which reported earnings on Tuesday, May 3, said net income was $296 million less than the same period last year, primarily due to the extremely mild winter experienced in TVA’s service territory compared to record-setting cold temperatures in 2015.

54. Baptist’s Frank Groner Named To Health Care Hall of Fame -

Dr. Frank Groner, president emeritus of Baptist Memorial Hospital, is being inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.

Leaders of the hall of fame announced Tuesday, May 3, that Groner is one of six health care pioneers to be included in its second class of inductees.

55. SCS Board Eyes Three Charter School Closings -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, April 26, to close three Memphis charter schools performing in the bottom 5 percent of all schools statewide in terms of student achievement.

And the board set in motion a series of public hearing on closing two conventional high schools – Northside and Carver – as well as the Messick Adult Center.

56. U of M to Award Teaching, Research -

The University of Memphis Faculty Convocation luncheon will be held Friday, April 29, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Suite. The 2016 awards and honorees are:

• Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award – Dr. Roy Van Arsdale, Department of Earth Sciences. The Eminent Faculty Award is presented by the Board of Visitors to an individual who has made exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly achievement, teaching and service, bringing honor and recognition to the university. This is the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the university.

57. ABB Begins Shipping From Senatobia Facility -

Less than four months after ABB Electrification Products announced plans for an 85,000-square-foot production facility in Senatobia, Miss., the company has shipped its first products from the new plant.

58. OneJet Halts Memphis Flights, But City Remains in Picture -

Business carrier OneJet has cut its flights out of Memphis.

In June 2015, OneJet landed in Memphis with a four-times weekly direct flight to Indianapolis. On April 5, those flights were terminated.

59. Tennessee Passes Resolution to Sue Feds Over Refugees -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution that would direct Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program passed Tuesday in the state Legislature.

The measure was approved in the Senate after lawmakers agreed to a change that would allow a private law firm to file a lawsuit on behalf of Tennessee if the state attorney general refuses to sue. It stipulates that the use of the private firm could not cost taxpayers.

60. ABB Begins Shipping From Senatobia Facility -

Less than four months after ABB Electrification Products announced plans for an 85,000-square-foot production facility in Senatobia, Miss., the company has shipped its first products from the new plant.

61. Events -

Creative Aging will host its 2016 Senior Fun Day on Thursday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. Enjoy refreshments, manicures and a variety of games. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org.

62. The Opportunity of a Learning Lifetime -

The opportunity of a tuition-free community college education for every Tennessee high school graduate who wants it is one of our state’s boldest initiatives. That’s what the Tennessee Promise program represents.

63. Shadyac Takes Over Soulsville Project With ‘Different Type of Model’ -

Tom Shadyac wants to pump $10 million into the heart of Soulsville. That’s the initial ask for his community center concept, One Family Memphis.

In September, the Hollywood filmmaker-turned-University of Memphis professor purchased for $1.9 million the bankrupt New Towne Center, a 77,000-square-foot community anchor that a local community development corporation tried to develop during the economic downturn.

64. Memphis Redbirds Set Roster for 2016 Season -

The Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have announced their roster as of Thursday, April 7.

Fifteen players on the 25-man spent time in Memphis last season, including Dean Kiekhefer, Thomas Lee, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt on the pitching staff, catcher Alberto Rosario, infielders Dean Anna, Alex Mejia, Matt Williams and Jacob Wilson, and outfielders Anthony Garcia and Nick Martini.

65. Shelby County Home Sales Up in March, Inventory Growing Slowly -

In March, Shelby County home sales rose 4 percent year-over-year with 1,347 recorded for the month compared to 1,295 in 2015.

“It looks like the number of sales are up dramatically,” said Thomas Murphree, principal of Birch Tree Realty Resources. “For the number of sales, that’s a healthy increase.”

66. Donahoe Named VP at Avison Young -

Michael Donahoe has joined commercial real estate firm Avison Young as vice president of its Memphis branch. Donahoe’s main focus will be overseeing all of the firm’s landlord leasing projects in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Toronto-based Avison Young opened the Memphis office in December, marking its third location in Tennessee and its 50th nationally. 

67. Memphis Redbirds Set Roster for 2016 Season -

The Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have announced their roster as of Thursday, April 7.

Fifteen players on the 25-man spent time in Memphis last season, including Dean Kiekhefer, Thomas Lee, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt on the pitching staff, catcher Alberto Rosario, infielders Dean Anna, Alex Mejia, Matt Williams and Jacob Wilson, and outfielders Anthony Garcia and Nick Martini.

68. Court Strikes Down Enhanced Sentencing Law for Gang Members -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Criminal Appeals Court says a Tennessee law that allows longer sentences for gang members is unconstitutional.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1WhkgLi) the Thursday ruling came in the case of Devonte Bonds, Thomas Bishop and Jason Sullivan. The three were convicted of attempted second-degree murder for beating Jonathan Dyer when they kicked him out of their gang.

69. Art Students Paint Greenline Mural -

Memphis College of Art’s 2016 ArtsZone Scholars spent the past weekend painting a mural on part of the Greater Memphis Greenline, located at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

70. Medical District Stakeholders: Neighborhood Full of Potential -

Some 2,500 new employees start jobs each year at employers in the Memphis Medical District, and about 1,300 new students each year start hitting the books at educational institutions there, too.

That’s according to Medical District Collaborative president Tommy Pacello, who says the 2.5-square-mile area between Midtown and Downtown that’s home to eight anchor institutions is full of untapped potential. So much so that his organization, which launched earlier this year, is leading a revitalization of the district that leans heavily on anchors like Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help in a buy local, live local and hire local push for the neighborhood.

71. Last Word: Pro Day, Hardwood Patios in C-Y and Memphis' Contested Convention -

It was a windy Pro Day Wednesday at the University of Memphis for Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. And if the wind wasn’t for you, you could watch Lynch work out for NFL teams and their representatives on the NFL network.
Don Wade was there to watch in person.

72. Stricter Rules Unveiled for Brokers Giving Retirement Advice -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration acted Wednesday to require that brokers who recommend investments for retirement savers meet a stricter standard that now applies to registered advisers: They must act as "fiduciaries" – trustees who are obligated to put their clients' best interests above all.

73. Spence Wilson To Keynote Dunavant Awards May 11 -

Spence Wilson, chairman of the board of Kemmons Wilson Companies, is the keynote speaker for the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards to be held May 11 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

74. Art Students Paint Greenline Mural -

Memphis College of Art’s 2016 ArtsZone Scholars spent the past weekend painting a mural on part of the Greater Memphis Greenline, located at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard.

75. Loflin Yard Pays Attention to Residents -

This week, a “rural oasis” opens for business in the middle of Downtown Memphis. That’s developer Taylor Berger’s vision for Loflin Yard, an acre-wide outdoor destination with pit barbecue, live music and barrel-aged cocktails.

76. Fertile Ground -

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.

77. Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Full -

I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos, and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized. Like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”

78. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable -

The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.

79. Fred’s Set for Rebound in 2016 -

Twenty-four years ago this month, Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. went public.Today, for a variety of reasons that include Fred’s ongoing shot at a turnaround, the company finds itself in a period of unprecedented change.

80. Fred’s Reports Q4 Loss, Chairman to Step Down -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. announced Wednesday, March 23, that Michael J. Hayes will step down as chairman of its board of directors on April 15.

The news came the same day Fred’s reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $3.9 million, or 11 cents per share, falling short of Wall Street forecasts.

81. Election Commission Certifies March Results -

Shelby County Election commissioners certified Monday, March 21, the results of the March 1 presidential primaries and the countywide primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk in Shelby County.

In the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump carried Shelby County with rival Ted Cruz a close second, followed by Marco Rubio. Trump carried the state by a wider margin.

82. Fred’s Reports Q4 Loss, Chairman to Step Down -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. announced Wednesday, March 23, that Michael J. Hayes will step down as chairman of its board of directors on April 15. The news of Hayes’ departure came the same day Fred’s reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $3.9 million, or 11 cents per share, falling short of Wall Street forecasts.

83. Election Commission Certifies March Election Results -

Shelby County Election commissioners certified Monday, March 21, the results of the March 1 presidential primaries and the countywide primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk in Shelby County.

In the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump carried Shelby County with rival Ted Cruz a close second, followed by Marco Rubio. Trump carried the state by a wider margin.

84. Shipmon Joins Lending Team at Paragon -

Thomas “Tee” Shipmon has joined Paragon Bank as senior vice president, specialty lending. In this role, Shipmon is responsible for developing products for Paragon that solve customers’ challenges and that are profitable to the bank. Currently, specialty lending is providing short-term commercial construction loans to companies, often franchisees, that are expanding operations.

85. Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan -

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

The Office of Customer Focused Government tells state senators, if all departments opt in, the state could save $35.8 million by the second year of a contract under study for building operations and services – without laying off state workers or cutting pay and benefits.

86. MWBE Taskforce Searching for Concrete Plan -

The Memphis City Council is the latest group to address the disparity of business secured by women- and minority-owned businesses in the city and county.

On March 14, the MWBE Taskforce held its inaugural meeting. Organized by council member Janis Fullilove, it will propose realistic and and sustainable approaches that the city could take to increase the participation of MWBEs.

87. Last Word: Deannexation, Pastner Past the Season and Chewing Gum and Walking -

The much-discussed deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature always had the votes Monday evening in the House with Memphis Democrats succeeding only in delaying the outcome in Nashville by about two hours.
The bill passed by a wide margin after a debate that was for the most part Memphis against the rest of the state starting just outside the city limits with Republicans in the Shelby County legislative delegation.
And there is some dispute between the bill’s sponsor from the Chattanooga area and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Strickland puts the potential loss of tax revenue to the city at $80 million. Rep. Mike Carter says it is more like $27 million.

88. Elections Chief Finalists Have Political Histories -

The two finalists for the job of Shelby County Elections Administrator each told the Election Commission last week that if they get the job they will have some rebuilding work to do in how local elections are conducted.

89. Allegiant Adds Two New Memphis Flights -

Allegiant has announced new summer service from Memphis International Airport to two sun-drenched locations.

The airline will begin offering twice-weekly seasonal service to both Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the coming months, with tickets already on sale at allegiant.com.

90. Subway to Ensure 'Footlongs' Measure Up After Lawsuit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway customers can finally rest assured that their "Footlong" sandwiches will be as long as promised.

A judge last week granted final approval to a settlement of a class-action suit filed against Subway after an Australian teenager in 2013 posted an image of his sandwich on Facebook that was only 11 inches. The image garnered international media attention, with The New York Post writing that it found four out of seven Footlongs it purchased in New York "measured only 11 or 11.5 inches."

91. Memphis Chamber to Host ‘State of Small Business’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber and its Small Business Council are hosting a State of Small Business event next week at the Crescent Club.

The goal of the March 1 event, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will be to share expert advice on the resources small-business owners can access to succeed, and also to hear from seasoned small-business owners about their experiences.

92. Last Word: Carson Cancels, Haslam Endorses, Bank Numbers and Kobe's Exit -

Presidential campaigns and the security concerns that come with them aren’t something that comes up a lot in terms of press coverage in this election cycle.
But it has come up leading into what will be a busy weekend locally and in the region among the presidential contenders.
Republican candidate Ben Carson was scheduled to attend both Sunday services at Highpoint Church in East Memphis.
Leaders of the church emphasized it was a non-political event in which Carson would talk about his personal story and his faith but would not make a political pitch.
This is not unprecedented.
In 2008, Republican contender Mike Huckabee attended an ordination ceremony for two ministers at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova – an event that was billed also as a nonpolitical event.
And so the reporters who came to cover the candidate who would win the Tennessee Republican primary days later watched not from the sanctuary but from the room where Bellevue’s video and audio feeds are coordinated. Huckabee talked politics with reporters after the service as he made a run for some barbecue to-go from Corky’s on his way to another city on the campaign trail.

93. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present the regional premiere of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Thursday, Feb. 24, through March 12 at 7653 Poplar Pike. The “Under the Sea Party With Ariel and Friends,” featuring a character lunch, crafts and a framed picture with Ariel, will be March 5 and 12 at noon. Visit ppp.org for details and tickets.

94. Creating A Culture Of Urgency -

President Lincoln once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” What amazing insight from someone living in an era we would consider as slow-paced compared to the frenetic pace of change in society today.

95. Memphis Chamber to Host ‘State of Small Business’ -

The Greater Memphis Chamber and its Small Business Council are hosting a State of Small Business event next week at the Crescent Club.

The goal of the March 1 event, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will be to share expert advice on the resources small-business owners can access to succeed, and also to hear from seasoned small-business owners about their experiences.

96. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will screen “Dorothea Lange” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The screening is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which runs through April. Admission is $10. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

97. US Fight Over Gunman's Locked iPhone Could Have Big Impact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. magistrate's order for Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by the gunman in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, sets up an extraordinary legal fight with implications for ordinary consumers and digital privacy.

98. UT President Says School Thriving Despite Legal Troubles -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro pushed back against recent criticisms of the school, telling UT supporters that "the long arm of the government" is reaching further and further into university matters.

99. Thomas Rejoins Bass, Berry & Sims -

Attorney Oscar L. Thomas has rejoined Bass, Berry & Sims’ Memphis office as counsel after serving as vice president of business affairs for MRI Interventions Inc., a medical device manufacturer based in Irvine, Calif.

100. Last Word: Presidents Day In An Election Year, Minority Business and Spring Training -

Presidents Day in a presidential election year.
Consider the political kaleidoscope of a foggy office-bound or home-bound Monday in Memphis with former President George W. Bush on the tube in the late afternoon defending his brother’s presidential campaign without once uttering the word Trump.
No further word of a Trump appearance promised for Memphis and some of Donald Trump’s own statements Monday suggested that by the time Memphis is on his schedule, he might be running as an independent.
Then there is the obsession in one corner of social media with Supreme Court history in rich detail.
And heads were turned Monday evening by the excerpt on the Grammys from the Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton – a founding father born in the West Indies who established the nation’s financial system and the Federalist party. He never became a president, in part, because the vice president killed him. Hamilton wasn’t the only one who had been talking bad about Aaron Burr. The top of the ticket, President Thomas Jefferson, had decided to dump Burr from the ticket in the next election and Burr was trying to transition to become governor of New York.