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1. Last Word: Corker & The Senate Poll, Memphis BBQ in Texas and Chandler Numbers -

The new owner of the city’s tallest building has bought two parcels next to the 100 North Main Building as the other part of the plan to bring the 37-story tall building back to life as a combo apartment-hotel building with the Loew’s hotel brand. The row of older buildings on the south side of 100 North Main all the way up to Jefferson would give way to a 34-story tall office tower.

2. Last Word: Welders & Machinists, MLGW & Trust and Blockchain -

A new report shows jobs in demand in the Memphis area at a time when we are again talking about which expansions and new businesses should be getting incentives and how to get better paying jobs. The annual report by CERT – Center for Economic Research in Tennessee – shows high employer demand for information technology, health care, engineering, business and financial operations and welding.

3. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017 -

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.

4. Land Use Board Turns Away Downtown Surfacing Parking Lot Proposal -

City leaders adhering to the mission of density in urban development made their point at a June 9 board meeting of the Land Use Control Board.

The applicant sought approval to construct a block-wide surface parking lot along Pontotoc Avenue between South Front and Wagner streets. The parking lot would be built on vacant land where a warehouse used by Machine Works once stood.

5. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

6. Heading Up DMC Is Next Chapter in Terence Patterson’s Memphis Story -

“He’s impressive, and I like him.” So summed up Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris about the general sentiment in electing Terence Patterson to take over the post when Morris steps down next month.

7. From University Labs to the Marketplace -

The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to Middle Tennessee’s economy in 2014, according to a study released by the Nashville Health Care Council, which is a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010.

8. Millennial Challenge: Do I Rent or Do I Own? -

Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.

9. OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It? -

In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.

Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.

10. Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.

Loeb purchased the long-time home of club and restaurant Newby’s at 535 and 539 Highland St. from Paragon Bank. A purchase price was not disclosed Friday, Jan. 2.

11. Beach-Bound -

“Miami here we come!!!” That was quarterback Paxton Lynch’s tweet, spiced up with sun and palm tree icons.

It summed up what has been a glorious football season for the University of Memphis: a 9-3 record, a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference and the program’s first share of a league title in 40 years. So the Tigers are headed to the first-ever Miami Beach Bowl for a Dec. 22 game with BYU.

12. Whitehaven Flood Response Complicated -

When the Memphis area got seven inches of rain on Sept. 11, a group of Whitehaven homeowners at the state line watched once the rain stopped as their neighbors on the other side of the border got a prompter response in terms of a federal disaster declaration.

13. People Power -

Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.

14. Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.

An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.

15. Council to Review $12 Million Stadium ADA Plan -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the plan to pay for improvements at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to settle the city’s negotiations with the U.S. Justice Department over making the stadium comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

16. Council Ordinance Addresses Blight -

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, Dec. 4, on an ordinance that requires property owners to keep their names and mailing addresses on record with the city.

The proposal, up for third and final reading, is designed to make it easier for the city to determine the ownership of vacant or abandoned property and notify the owners of code violations and serve them with legal notice should the city take them to court for the violations.

17. Events -

Encore Creative Arts in Soulsville will host a launch open house for adults 55 and older Monday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Memphis Black Arts Alliance FireHouse Community Arts Center, 985 S. Bellevue Blvd. Attendees can sample and register for classes, which are geared to nurturing seniors’ creativity by teaching them to dance, sing, play an instrument or learn other arts. Email mbaafirehouse@gmail.com or call 948-9522.

18. Patterson’s Fly Honored as Leader in Logistics -

Before there were traffic counts and computer models and the specific concept of supply chain management, there was a map of the continental United States and maybe some concentric circles with Memphis at the center and most of the 48 states within those circles.

19. Trustee Pitches Tax Collection to City -

Bob Patterson, the county official known for his felt hats and folksy charm, repeatedly gave it a try.

After he died in 2008, Paul Mattila picked up the attempts where Patterson left off. So did Regina Morrison Newman, who replaced Mattila when he died in 2009.

20. Hotel Company Sues Government Over Tenn. Flooding -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gaylord Entertainment Co. filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of negligence that heavily damaged its luxury hotel in Nashville and the famous Grand Ole Opry House during flooding in 2010.

21. Trustee Renews Effort to Collect City Taxes -

It’s starting to become a rite of passage for whoever gets the job of Shelby County trustee. David Lenoir is now the fourth trustee since 2004 to make an offer to the city of Memphis for the county office to perform tax collection duties now handled for the city by the Texas law firm Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP.

22. GOP Carries Countywide Offices -

The only thing Republican candidates in Shelby County were denied in the Aug. 5 elections was a majority on the Shelby County Commission. The local GOP slate swept every countywide partisan race on the ballot with Thursday’s election results.

Voter turnout – early and Election Day – was almost 30 percent of Shelby County’s 600,000 voters. All election returns will be audited and must be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Republican Bill Oldham, the former chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department under outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell, beat Democrat Randy Wade in the race for sheriff.

The unofficial returns with all precincts reporting were:

Oldham: 89,613 (52%)

Wade: 82,981 (48%)

Wade, who was the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2002, linked his 2010 campaign to the re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. Wade, a former sheriff’s deputy, is Cohen’s district director.

Oldham campaigned on continuing the policies of Luttrell. But his campaign faltered when Oldham was forced to resign his job as chief deputy – the No. 2 position in the department – following a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department that his candidacy violated the Federal Hatch Act.

The civil complaint investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel left Oldham with the choice of either quitting the job or quitting the race. To keep both could have jeopardized federal funding the department receives.

The complaint was unique because deputies and high-ranking officers running for sheriff has been a regular feature of the sheriff’s race for decades. It wasn’t until 2002 that those in the department were required to take a leave of absence if they ran.

In other general election races, challenger Ken Hoover lost to Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler in the race for the District 5 seat on the seven-member board.

Pickler has been chairman for 11 of the 12 years the school board has been an elected body. Pickler ran on his record as chairman. Hoover also ran on Pickler’s record, saying his leadership style was too autocratic and not transparent enough.

The unofficial results were:

Pickler: 5,123 (51%)

Hoover: 4,956 (49%)

In the two other contested school board races, former Bolton High School principal Snowden “Butch” Carruthers beat Millington parent Charlene White in District 1. And political newcomer David Reaves beat fellow newcomer Lara A. McIntyre, both of Bartlett, for the District 3 seat.

White and McIntyre both called for change in school board methods during their campaigns.

District 7 school board member Ernest Chism ran unopposed.

The even-numbered district school board seats are on the 2012 county ballot.

After running for Probate Court clerk three other times, Democratic nominee Sondra Becton could not claim the office on her fourth try – even with the incumbent she campaigned against the three other times out of the race. Republican contender Paul Boyd easily beat Becton in the race for the office Chris Thomas gave up to run for and win a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

Becton lost to Thomas by 604 votes four years ago and was among the four Democratic challengers who unsuccessfully challenged the results in Chancery Court. This time she lost by more than 6,500 votes.

The vote totals were:

Boyd: 82,259 (52%)

Becton: 75,702 (48%)

Republican Tom Leatherwood easily defeated Democratic challenger Coleman Thompson to remain Shelby County register. The two faced each other in 2006, with Leatherwood winning.

The results Thursday were:

Leatherwood: 96,531 (58%)

Thompson: 68,784 (42%)

As early voting began, Thompson’s Pyramid Recovery Center was evicted from its longtime South Memphis space that was also an early voting site and an election day polling place. The landlord agreed to leave the voting sites up and running. But the possibility of a change in polling places served to highlight Thompson’s financial problems.

Late publicity about financial problems took a toll on another Democratic contender.

Newcomer Corey Maclin began campaigning early for Shelby County clerk, with incumbent Republican Debbie Stamson not seeking re-election. Maclin lost to Republican nominee Wayne Mashburn, the son of late county clerk Sonny Mashburn.

The unofficial returns were:

Mashburn: 88,619 (55%)

Maclin: 72,651 (45%)

Stamson’s husband, Steve Stamson, retired as Juvenile Court clerk, setting up the race that was won by Republican nominee Joy Touliatos, the chief administrative officer of the clerk’s office. She beat Democratic nominee Shep Wilbun, who won appointment to the clerk’s office in 2000 but lost to Stamson in the 2002 election and was beaten by Stamson again in 2006.

With all precincts reporting, the numbers were:

Touliatos: 85,849 (51%)

Wilbun: 73,345 (44%)

The remaining votes went to independent candidate Julia R. Wiseman.

Also seeking a return to countywide office was Minerva Johnican. Johnican, the Democratic nominee for Criminal Court clerk, lost to Republican nominee Kevin Key, the son of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk Bill Key and an administrator with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

The results were:

Key: 79,755 (49%)

Johnican: 74,831 (46%)

Independent candidate Jerry Stamson: 8,581 (5%)

Johnican, also a former Memphis City Council member and Shelby County Commissioner lost the clerk’s job in 1994 when she was upset by the elder Key.

Incumbent Republican Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore easily defeated Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon. Although Dixon was part of the effort by Democratic party leaders to get voters to vote the entire party slate, Moore continued to show up at Democratic functions and make his case for crossover votes.

Regina Morrison Newman, the third Shelby County tustee in four years, lost her bid for a full term in the office to Republican challenger David Lenoir. It was an impressive political debut for Lenoir, who had heavy backing from the local GOP.

The results were:

Lenoir: 77,166 (49%)

Newman: 72,618 (46%)

Independent candidate Derrick Bennett: 6,353 (4%)

Newman was appointed to the office by the Shelby County Commission following the 2009 death of Trustee Paul Mattila. Mattila was appointed to the office and won a special election for the position following the 2008 death of Bob Patterson. Patterson was re-elected to a four-year term in 2006.

In the judicial races:

Attorney Bill Anderson Jr. emerged atop a field of 20 candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7 with 15 percent of the vote. Assistant County Attorney Janet Lansky Shipman was second and the only other contender to go into double digit percentages. The 20 candidates were the largest field in any race – primary or general – on the Shelby County ballot.

Prosecutor Bobby Carter, who had the backing of District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and former District Attorney General John Pierotti, was elected judge of Criminal Court Div. 3 in a close race with attorneys Glenn Wright and Latonya Sue Burrow.

Carter got 26 percent of the vote to Wright’s 25 percent and Burrow’s 24.7 percent.

The results in the three other special judicial races saw the three appointed judges rejected by voters.

  • Lee Wilson, the appointee to General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10, lost to former General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner by more than 64,000 votes. Turner’s victory was the strongest proof of the strong Republican turnout for races across the general election ballot. Turner had been the General Sessions Court clerk until 2006, when he was upset by Democratic challenger Otis Jackson. He is also a former Republican state legislator.
  • Lorrie Ridder, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 4, lost to attorney Gina Higgins by about 5,000 votes.
  • Rhynette Northcross Hurd, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 8, lost to attorney Bob Weiss by more than 12,000 votes.

Ridder and Hurd had been appointed to the Circuit Court vacancies by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who picked them each from a list of three finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Bredesen even taped a robo-call on behalf of Hurd, his first robo-call for any candidate in the state.

Wilson was appointed to the General Sessions vacancy by the Shelby County Commission and adopted a domestic violence case docket for the court.


23. County Trustee Could Move in on City Tax Collections -

A controversial Texas law firm that for years has collected delinquent property taxes for the city of Memphis may soon be out of the picture.

Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison Newman is the third consecutive trustee to negotiate with the city over tax collection duties now handled by the Texas firm Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP.

24. Clerk Races Generate Plenty of Heat -

Seven clerks' positions are on the May 4 primary ballot and incumbents are running for re-election in three of them.

None of the seven elections will be decided with the primaries because Democrats and Republicans are battling hard in the countywide races dominated just four years ago by the GOP.

25. Commissioners Seek Mattila’s Replacement -

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to fill the vacancy in the county trustee’s office by the end of this month.

Commissioners voted this week to interview candidates at committee sessions on Sept. 23. The full commission is scheduled to vote on the appointment at its Sept. 28 meeting.

26. Mattila’s Visitation, Memorial Service Today -

About five months ago, Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila stood in his backyard in Millington and told several dozen people he would be running in the 2010 county elections.

In the barn just a few yards away were signs for the coming campaign and from past ones Mattila had worked over the years.

27. Massey Keeps Tabs on Industrial Incentives -

Joann Massey started her new job just six months ago, but within that short time frame she has been a key player on a team that has made Memphis a better competitor for new jobs.

28. City to Drop Texas Firm as Tax Collector -

The city of Memphis will not renew its controversial contract with a Texas law firm to collect delinquent property taxes – a major shift for the administration.

Mayor Willie Herenton pointed to concerns among City Council members about the arrangement with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP.

29. Local Political Candidates Popping Up Like Daisies -

Candidates for the 2010 Shelby County elections continue to bloom in the political springtime of an off election year.

This weekend, County Trustee Paul Mattila opened his re-election bid with a large gathering at his home in Millington that dodged rain clouds.

30. Perry Enters Probate Clerk Race -

Add another candidate to the already forming 2010 Shelby County ballot.

Clay Perry, deputy administrator to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, is in the race for Shelby County Probate Court clerk.

31. County Commission To Fill Vacancy -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners should return to its full complement of 13 members today.

The commission is scheduled to select a replacement for David Lillard, a Republican who resigned from the commission this month following his appointment in January as state treasurer. Whoever wins the appointment will serve the year and a half remaining in Lillard’s four-year term of office.

32. Lillard, Hargett in GOP Sweep of State Constitutional Offices -

NASHVILLE – Republicans, including two familiar faces from Shelby County, have been elected as Tennessee’s secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer in a legislative vote.

A joint session of the entire state House and Senate on Thursday voted 70-61 for Tre Hargett, a former GOP House leader from Bartlett, to replace Democratic Secretary of State Riley Darnell.

33. Investor Backs Business To Benefit Artists -

When Bob Compton met the daughter of a family friend last year who wowed him with an impromptu recitation of some of her poetry, it gave the Memphis venture capitalist an idea.

Compton, a former Sofamor Danek executive who lately has stepped into the world of documentary filmmaking, decided to start a new business venture focused exclusively on finding and cultivating new artistic talent in Memphis. Denisha Fisher, the 26-year-old who impressed Compton with her poetry, provided some of the inspiration for that enterprise, which Compton has named True Memphis Invisible.

34. Trustee, Assessor Look Ahead To New Positions -

The day after last week’s Shelby County general election, Paul Mattila walked into a room in the Shelby County Administration Building where employees of the Shelby County Trustee’s office had gathered in his honor.

35. Cohen, Blackburn Lead Local Election Winners -

More than half and possibly as much as 75 percent of Shelby County’s nearly 626,000 voters are expected to turn out for the Nov. 4 election that will be highlighted by the John McCain-Barack Obama battle for the White House.

36. Cohen Crushes Tinker - Jackson Upsets Turner - Charter Changes Pass-Fail - Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen was the big winner in Thursday’s primary elections. Cohen, with 80 percent of the vote, crushed challenger Nikki Tinker in the hard fought 9th District Democratic primary.

The upset of the evening was the general election contest for General Sessions Court Clerk where Democratic challenger Otis Jackson beat Republican incumbent Chris Turner.

And only one of two sets of Shelby County charter amendments on the ballot were approved by voters.

Voter turnout was just under 16 percent in Shelby County. Voter turnout was clearly driven by the 9th District Democratic primary. More people voted in that primary which covers most but not all of Shelby County than voted countywide in the state Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Turnout in the Democratic primaries was twice that of the Republican primaries in Shelby County.

All results are unofficial pending audit and certification by the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee election officials

9th Congressional District
Democratic Primary
Steve Cohen 50,284 79%
Nikki Tinker 11,814 19%
Joe Towns Jr. 914 1%

Not even close. Cohen won the primary for the open all Shelby County seat two years ago by 4,400 votes over Tinker and 13 other candidates. This time around he was the incumbent and Tinker’s challenge was more strident with a pair of controversial attack ads in the gap between the end of early voting and election day. Both were probably factors in the vote totals along with a smaller field of five candidates.

Cohen faces independent candidate Jake Ford in the Nov. 4 general election.

7th Congressional District
Republican Primary
248 of 265 precincts reporting
Marsha Blackburn 29,158 65%
Tom Leatherwood 15,636 35%

These are the results district wide which includes not only the eastern part of Shelby County but a strip of Middle Tennessee up to the Kentucky state line. In Shelby County’s part of the 7th district, Leatherwood beat Blackburn with 62 percent of the vote. But it was 62 percent of just over 19,000 votes. Outside Shelby County it was always going to be difficult for Leatherwood.. The low voter turnout in Collierville and other eastern parts of the county made Leatherwood’s task impossible.

Blackburn faces Democrat Randy G. Morris on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #360
Yes  49,506   49.73%

No   50,043   50,27%

Closest contest of the night in Shelby County with a 537 vote margin and the highest turnout with 99,549 votes total.

This set of charter changes was to fix a legal problem noted in a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling. Another part of the package deal was increasing term limits for the county mayor and the county commission from two consecutive four year terms approved by voters in 1994 to three consecutive four year terms. The County Commission meets Monday to ponder whether it should offer another charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would fix the legal problem.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #361
Yes 65,548 68%
No 30,188 32%

This set of charter amendment includes provisions for recalling elected officials. It also establishes a new method for filling a vacancy in the office of County Mayor.

General Sessions Court Clerk
Otis Jackson 51,438 52%
Chris Turner 43,971 45%

The upset of the evening. Turner, the Republican nominee and the incumbent was seeking a fourth term. Jackson, the Democratic nominee, was making his fourth bid for county-wide office after coming close in a 2006 bid for County Clerk.

Paul Mattila 54,734 57%
Ray Butler 29,977 31%

Mattila beats Butler in a race featuring an energetic and misleading campaign by M. LaTroy Williams in which Williams billed himself as the “real Democrat.” He was, in fact, an independent candidate garnering 8 percent of the vote. Mattila fills the remaining two years left in the term of office of the late Bob Patterson, a Republican. Mattila, a Democrat, worked with Patterson. Butler, the Republican, was also a friend of Patterson’s and the race amounted to who would best continue to operate the office as Patterson did.

Criminal Court Judge Div. 6
John Fowlkes 44,581 52%
Latonya Burrow 21,874 26%
Michael G. Floyd 12,071 14%
Claiborne H. Ferguson 6,240 7%

Fowlkes serves out the remaining six years left of the eight year term of office of Fred Axley who resigned from the bench shortly after winning re-election in 2006. Burrow finished a close second to Axley two years ago and again ran an energetic campaign this time around. But Fowlkes status in the legal community and his appointment to the bench by Gov. Phil Bredesen proved to be the advantage.

Assessor of Property
Cheyenne Johnson 59,637 60%
Bill Giannini 39,057 40%

Johnson, the Democratic nominee, easily beat Giannini, who is also doubling as local GOP chairman. Local Democrats keep the county-wide position in their column as voters go for the candidate endorsed by outgoing Democratic incumbent Rita Clark.

U.S. Senate
Democratic Primary
2,192 of 2,290 precincts reporting
Bob Tuke 54,613 32%
Gary G. Davis 37,193 22%
Mike Padgett 32,190 19%
Mark Clayton 30,359 18%
Kenneth Eaton 13,718 8%
Leonard Ladner 4,431 3%

These are the statewide results. Tuke got 42 percent of the Shelby County vote with Clayton finishing second. Tuke, the former state Democratic Party chairman, faces Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander, one of the most successful politicians in the history of the state, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Judicial Retention Races

All seven state appellate court judges, including two Tennessee Supreme Court justices, won their yes/no contests on the ballot across the state. That includes Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court Judge Camille McMullen of Millington who was just appointed to the bench in June by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


37. Events -

The Mid-South Area Business Travel Association will hold a luncheon today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 6245 Poplar Ave. The luncheon topic will be “The Economy’s Impact on Business Travel.” Cost is $25 for members and $40 for guests. For more information, visit www.msabta.com.

38. City Renews Contract With Back-Tax Collection Firm -

The city of Memphis has renewed its contract with a Texas law firm that collects delinquent taxes for the city. And members of the Memphis City Council, who apparently were not informed that the contract would be renewed last month or even that negotiations were under way, are not happy.

39. Uncertainty Lingers for County Budget -

The size of Shelby County government’s budget shortfall has been revised three times since the beginning of this year. Each time, the number has grown.

The county’s deficit first stood at $10 million. The long-awaited budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, which county Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presented last week to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, is built around a $29 million shortfall.

40. Butler, Mattila Vie For Trustee Seat -

Bob Patterson may not be on the ballot in the Aug. 7 county general election.

But his presence is hard to miss in the special election for trustee that will be on the ballot.

Patterson died in January and leadership committees of both local political parties have selected their nominees in the last week to fill the remaining three years left in his term of office.

41. Filing Deadline For Elections Is Thursday -

A healthy voter turnout doesn't necessarily mean every race on the ballot gets the benefit. Politicos call it "ballot falloff." It means races such as those for president or mayor get voters to the polls. But those same voters might decide not to vote in the other races.

42. More Charter Chat On Tap Today -

Shelby County Board of Commissioners members appear on their way to an August countywide vote on charter changes that would leave five offices elected, but term-limit the elected officials and make them part of the charter as opposed to offices with duties now defined by the Tennessee Constitution.

43. Mattila Follows Late Friend's Example In County Trustee's Office -

Paul Mattila has been on the job as Shelby County trustee for a little more than a month, an assignment he was given in a Feb. 11 vote by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

But while he continues mapping out his role in shaping the future of the office, his thoughts frequently turn to the past. It would be hard for them not to.

44. Mattila Vows Not to Cause Shake-Up; Wharton Concerned Over Bass Pro Deal -

Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila doesn't plan to make any changes in faces at the office he took over this week after winning appointment by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

Mattila secured the appointment during a busy day at the County Building that saw Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. react for the first time to proposed terms of development of The Pyramid by Bass Pro Shops.

45. Mattila Wins Trustee’s Post, Wharton Has Problems With Bass Pro Terms -

Paul Mattila, a legislative assistant to the late Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson, was appointed Monday to be the new Shelby County Trustee. In balloting by Shelby County Commissioners, Mattila beat Debra R. Gates, chief administrator under Patterson and interim Trustee since Patterson’s death last month.

46. Mattila Wins Trustee’s Post, Wharton Has Problems With Bass Pro Terms -

Paul Mattila, a legislative assistant to the late Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson, was appointed today to be the new Shelby County Trustee. In balloting by Shelby County Commissioners, Mattila beat Debra R. Gates, chief administrator under Patterson and interim Trustee since Patterson’s death last month.

47. Poor Housing Market Hurts Governments' Bottom Line -

The topsy-turvy housing market and related mortgage mess are hitting state and local governments where it hurts: right on the bottom line.

The squeeze currently being put on budgets from City Hall in Downtown Memphis to the state capitol building in Nashville comes from at least one common source. In general terms, the housing market slowdown means less tax revenue is being generated for those governmental coffers, which usually means one or both of the following occurs as a result.

48. County Commission to AppointTrustee Replacement -      The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will appoint someone Feb. 11 to fill the office of Shelby County Trustee. The office has been vacant since the Jan. 19 death of Bob Patterson.

49. Wharton Bids Goodbye to Payroll Tax -

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is dropping the idea of a payroll or privilege tax. The flat rate tax applied to anyone who works in Shelby County, whether they live in the county or not, and would have required action by the Tennessee legislature. Wharton told members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners Monday, “It would be unduly naïve of me to say we would face any success.”

50. Wharton Bids Goodbye to Payroll Tax -

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is dropping the idea of a payroll or privilege tax. The flat rate tax applied to anyone who works in Shelby County, whether they live in the county or not, and would have required action by the Tennessee legislature.

51. Economic Indicators Not So Good -

Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland recently told an audience at Christian Brothers University that the city of Memphis appears headed toward what he called an "impending budget crisis."

On a similar note, Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson had made a comparable prediction shortly before he died last week. Patterson forecasted that the county's residential tax base would be completely flat after next year's countywide property reappraisal.

52. Patterson's Self-Effacing Style Only Amplified His Savvy -

Editor's Note: The following story is a first-person account of a reporter who knew Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson, who died Friday night at age 69 following a massive heart attack.

53. Preliminary Signs Could Indicate Local Tax Hike -

For Shelby County taxpayers, the question this year probably won't be if but how far they will have to dip into their wallets and bank accounts once new local property tax rates are set.

Even now, both county and city governments are charting their individual courses and preparing to set sail into choppy, uncertain economic waters. What kind of a ride taxpayers accompanying them ultimately will be in store for should become apparent later this year, once the mayors of both governments unveil their proposed budgets for the coming fiscal year.

54. Delinquent Properties to Be Sold By Month's End -

The South Memphis home of Sara Lewis, a special assistant to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, is listed among properties scheduled to be sold at the city of Memphis Tax Sale Dec. 4, according to a tax sale notice published Wednesday in The Daily News.

55. Perrin to Oversee Orpheum's Fundraising Efforts, Special Events -

The Orpheum Theatre announced Jim Perrin has been named vice president of development. Perrin previously served as the president of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. In his new position, he will oversee the Orpheum's fundraising efforts, special events and other projects.

56. New Slate of Public Officials Faces Unpopular Choice -

Late last year, Memphis mayor Willie Herenton floated the idea of a property tax increase to pay for putting 500 new police officers on the city's streets.

This year, the mayor's budget approved by the Memphis City Council included money to hire more than 100 new cops. Property owners in the city also got a breather. City finance officials said higher-than-expected revenue collections made a tax increase this year unnecessary.

57. Bob Patterson HonoredAs Nation's Top Trustee -      Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson this week became the first Tennessean to be honored as the top trustee in the nation by the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers, which is an arm

58. City Council Member's Land to Be Sold at Oct. Tax Sale -

Two parcels of vacant land owned by Memphis City Council member Jack Sammons are due to be sold at the Shelby County Trustee's Tax Sale Oct. 29, according to a public notice in today's Daily News.

The properties, both in the 38111 ZIP code near the University of Memphis, are included in a list of parcels owned by delinquent taxpayers "not to be found." The listing is part of the exhaustive effort county trustee Bob Patterson's office legally is required to make in order to adequately notify delinquent taxpayers they are behind on property taxes.

59. Despite Flat County Tax Growth, Suburbs See Increases -

At roughly 1 percent, the growth in Shelby County's tax base over the past year was so minimal it was almost flat, according to certified property assessment figures released last week.

City officials in a few of the county's outer-edge suburbs, though, might look at those same numbers and find reason to smile. Municipalities such as Arlington and Millington saw double-digit percentage increases in their property assessments over last year.

60. 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).

61. On Pressing the Flesh -

Reda Mansour, the 41-year-old Israeli diplomat who was appointed earlier this fall as consul general of Israel to the southeastern United States, is visiting Memphis this week.

His trip is part of a larger meet-and-greet that's taking him to every major Jewish community in the six states in his diplomatic territory. The Memphis visit includes a lecture Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC) about the current socio-political situation in Israel and the larger Middle East.

62. How Does Our Garden Grow? -

When the Memphis City Council moved to annex the 14-square-mile suburb of Hickory Hill in 1987, it sparked what became the longest fight against annexation in Memphis history.

The fight ended in 1998 after those annexation opponents who hadn't yet moved away decided to throw in the towel and sign an agreement officially ending the dispute. In return, they were assured the newly annexed community would get $150 million in capital improvements, including four city schools and two fire stations.

63. Senior Property Tax Relief Headlines Monday Meeting -

For most of its history, Shelby County government has by and large depended on a single, steady flow of cash to pay for itself.

The proportion has dropped a little over the years, but today, property taxes still comprise between 63 percent and 65 percent of every dollar the county spends, estimates county trustee Bob Patterson. Small wonder, it would seem, that local political leaders lately have been hinting that they're more eager than ever to consider some form of tax on the thousands of commuters who work in the county but don't live in it.

64. 'Too Close to Call' -

Like a pair of prize fighters, the two men battling to become Tennessee's next U.S. senator have landed and taken their blows mainly by deploying campaign ads that now are being talked about around the world.

65. U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Property Seizures -

Johnnie Williams' more than 76,000-square-foot drum and pallet manufacturing facility at 806 Walnut St. is among the properties listed for sale at the next Shelby County tax sale, which is set for June 1.

66. Memphis Exodus? Not Exactly. -

The casual observer could be forgiven for looking at Shelby County as the black sheep in a family of eight counties, all of which are jockeying for attention and favor.

By some accounts, Shelby is antisocial (driving residents away with high taxes), irresponsible with money (letting debt accumulate) and generally adrift, at least when it comes to solving recurring issues like the cost of school construction, suburban sprawl and consolidation.

67. Sound Files of King Assassination on Register's Web Site -

The Memphis Police Department dispatcher is calm, barking out orders even as the city outside begins to descend into chaos. It's shortly after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, and unconfirmed reports have begun trickling in over the radio that something terrible has happened at the Lorraine Motel in Downtown Memphis.

68. All Is Not Well on County Balance Sheet -

For a while now, John Willingham has been one of the loudest critics of Shelby County's finances. He's blasted how the county's money is spent, the rate at which its residents are taxed and the dent new growth is putting in the county's budget.

69. Mayor Calls Budget Problems Temporary 'Aberration' -

Lots of adjectives are being used these days to describe events that occurred during one of the most dramatic years in recent memory for City of Memphis finances.

On several occasions, city officials have admitted their revenue projections for 2005 were inflated and spending was excessive, even while operating costs soared. They've blamed the national economy for being sluggish. All of that - plus insufficient planning, they admit - contributed to a deficit that nearly wiped out the city's operating fund, its major source of spending money.

70. Budget Figures Show Huge Gap Between Governments -

Lately, some of the major news stories in Memphis have included a touch of stardust and larger-than-life elements.

There's Robert Sillerman, the billionaire media mogul who wants to transform Graceland. Then there's the possibility of a Bass Pro Shops megastore at The Pyramid, complete with restaurants and a waterfall. And, as if those weren't enough, the idea of creating a multi-million dollar public recreation complex that would transform the underused Mid-South Fairgrounds is still circulating in high places.

71. New Standards a 'Big Whack' to Bottom Line? -

This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his administration will set aside a whopping $2 billion over the next two years to build a trust fund that pays health benefits for retired city employees.

72. Consultants Complete PILOT Study -

Major marketing campaigns have been responsible for launching some of the most recognizable themes of Memphis: a booming Downtown, large-scale public arenas and high-profile music festivals.

So why not add one of the area's most significant economic development tools to that list?

73. Shelby Officials Seek to Reduce Massive Debt -

When the Shelby County Commission talked this month about possibly boosting the county mayor's salary - which currently stands at $150,000 a year - it was probably inevitable that public attention would turn to the county's lingering financial problems.

74. Events -

The Women's Council of Realtors meets at 11:30 a.m. today at the Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Call 818-2444.

Friends of Poplar-White Station Branch Library presents Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson as a part of the Second Thursday Community Lecture series at 11:30 a.m. today at the library, located at 5094 Poplar Ave. Call 682-1616.

75. Shelby Trustee Seeks to Merge City, County Service -

Memphis City Council members are still in penny-pinching mode. That was the message delivered this week when Yvonne Madlock, director of the Memphis-Shelby County Health Department, asked council members to consider approving a vector control fee, which would amount to an extra 75 cents on each month's utility bill for all Memphis Light, Gas and Water ratepayers.

76. City, County Near Conclusion of PILOT Study -

By the end of this year, property tax freezes for 40 businesses in Memphis and Shelby County are due to expire, according to figures from Bob Patterson, county trustee. The freezes are given out through the city and county's payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, program.

77. Archived Article: Events - The Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs outreach tour comes to Memphis from 8 a

The Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs, or SWIFT V, outreach tour runs ...

78. Archived Article: Events - The Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs outreach tour comes to Memphis from 8 a

The Memphis Regional Chamber presents Business After Hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Holiday Inn Select, 5795 P...

79. Archived Article: Real Focus - Passed through Senate Judiciary committee last week

State Lawmaker Seeks Tax Relief for Seniors


The Daily News

Under ordinary circumstances, pursuing an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution might seem like a long shot.


80. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Citizens Bank to Buy

Citizens Bank to Buy

Five Ky. UP Branches

Citizens Bank of Albany has signed a purchase agreement for five Union Planters Bank branches in Pulaski County, Ky. Pending regulatory approvals from the Federal Deposit Insura...

81. Archived Article: Law Focus - Law

County Seeks Major Government Conference


The Daily News

In the end, John Fowlkes Jr. believes all it will take is one visit, maybe aided by a slab or two of ribs and a filet of catfish.

Fowlkes, chief administrative of...

82. Archived Article: Daily Digest - TDOT to push

TDOT to push

speed limits higher

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is making speed limit changes on portions of interstates in the Memphis area. Changes involve increasing speed limits in certain areas of I-40, I-55 an...

83. Archived Article: Real Briefs - MAAR selected by Habitat for Humanity

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has been selected by Habitat for Humanity as a recipient of the 2003 Golden Hammer Award for Outstanding Community Partner.

The award will be presented at Habitat's...

84. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Real estate briefs 02-18-03

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors luncheon runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

The speaker is Dexter Muller Sr., vice president for infrastruct...

85. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Purchasing holiday greeting cards designed by Youth Villages' children is an annual tradition with Crye-Leike Realtors' sales

Purchasing holiday greeting cards designed by Youth Villages children is an annual tradition for Crye-Leike Realtors sal...

86. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Dr. David Arant

Dr. David Arant, professor of journalism and associate dean of the University College at the University of Memphis, will discuss The PRSA Code of Ethics: Promoting First Amendment Values at Wednesdays meeting of the Memphis Chapte...

87. Archived Article: Real Briefs - The National Park Service listed High Point Terrace Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service added High Point Terrace Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.

Located in East...

88. Archived Article: Foreclosures (lead) - Foreclosures flat now, but trouble looms, lenders say

Foreclosures flat now,

but trouble looms, lenders say


The Daily News

Homeownership has risen to record levels as interest rates have dropped and building has sur...

89. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan

Calendar of events Aug. 5-Aug. 11

Aug. 6

The Memphis Area Technology Council is planning committee alignment meetings for people interested in getting involved with MATC. Meetings are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at the M...

90. Archived Article: Habitat (lead) - MAHBA begins Habitat house in Uptown

MAHBA begins Uptown Habitat house


The Daily News

In a unique partnership twist, the Memphis Area Home Builders Association is taking on a Habitat for Humanity house in Uptown by completin...

91. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson and Councilman E Shelby County Trustee Bob Patterson and challenger City Council member E.C. Jones will speak at the Saturday Dutch Treat Luncheon. The luncheon, which is open to the public, begins 12:30 p.m. at A...

92. Archived Article: Real Focus - By JENNIFER MURLEY First tax sale of 2002 offers properties to highest bidder By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News More than 250 pieces of real property throughout the county have made the list of properties included in the Shelby County Trustees first...

93. Archived Article: Memos - Edward L Edward L. Stanton III joined Armstrong Allen PLLC as an associate member. Stanton comes to the firm from the City of Memphis, where he served as assistant city attorney. Prior to his employment with the city, Stanton worked at the Charles C...

94. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - During March, Overton Square will host a Sunday Brunch promotion to benefit the Church Health Center During March, Overton Square will host a Sunday Brunch promotion to benefit the Church Health Center. From noon to 3 p.m. each Sunday, customers can...

95. Archived Article: Law Focus - LAW AND GOVERNMENT Home Depot project goes to Land Use board By MARY DANDO The Daily News Home repair enthusiasts take note Home Depot has applied for permission to add a tool rental building to its existing store at Truse Parkway, south of Poplar A...

96. Archived Article: Tva P. 2 - TVA names members of Regional Resource Stewardship Council TVA names members of Regional Resource Stewardship Council TVA announced the 19 members of the new Regional Resource Stewardship Council, created to help TVA develop strategies and policies ...

97. Archived Article: Calendar - March 22 March 22 The League of Women Voters will meet at 7 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station Library, 5094 Poplar Ave. The speaker will be Judge Earnestine Hunt Dorse, whose topic will be juvenile justice. For more information, call 327-6892. March ...

98. Archived Article: Memos - National Commerce Bancorporation Names David Popwell to Head Mergers and Acquisitions David T. Popwell has joined National Commerce Bancorporation as executive vice president for mergers and acquisitions. He formerly was chairman for the mergers and...

99. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - The U The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Memphis Police Department a $3 million grant to hire 40 new police officers. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Statistics, serious crimes declined by 9 percent between 199...

100. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - The Friends of Shelby Farms received a grant from the Conservation Funds American Greenways Program in Arlington, Va The Friends of Shelby Farms received a grant from the Conservation Funds American Greenways Program in Arlington, Va. Because Shelby...