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1. The Rest of the August Ballot
- Saturday, July 09, 2016
If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.
2. Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy
- Friday, July 01, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.
3. Uber, Lyft Battle Governments Over Driver Fingerprint Checks
- Thursday, June 23, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.
Following incidents where Uber drivers were found to have criminal records, a number of state and local officials have proposed fingerprint background checks for ride-hailing drivers – often with the support of local taxi companies.
4. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 3
- Thursday, June 23, 2016
“… That cowboy by her side was only five-foot-three/So I moved in, I never thought he’d dare to stand his ground/Only to discover that he was sitting down.”
(c) Tim Bays and David Kent
5. Last Word: Back On, EDGE and Diversity and Jungle Room Sessions
- Friday, June 17, 2016
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.
6. Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.
7. Georgia Tech Hires Pastner From Memphis to Replace Gregory
- Saturday, April 09, 2016
ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Pastner isn't promising a quick fix as Georgia Tech's basketball coach.
8. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride
- Thursday, March 31, 2016
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.
9. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure
- Thursday, March 17, 2016
George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.
10. Last Word: Rain & Votes, Setting Madison's Boundaries and The Rise of Renters
- Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Here comes the rain. Not a Beatles tune but close enough with the word late Tuesday that George Martin – to my mind at least, the closest thing to a fifth Beatle – has died.
Rolling Stone’s story and many links within to their coverage of Martin over the decades.
11. City Hall Shuffle Moves Into Christmas Eve With 8 Positions Cut
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
Memphis-Mayor elect Jim Strickland announced on Christmas Eve that he will eliminate eight positions in the current administration, one of them vacant. And a ninth positon will become a part-time position. Strickland will also follow through on his long-held desire to end the city’s involvement in and funding of the Memphis-Shelby County Music Commission.
12. Curry Named President of Evaporcool
- Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Chris Curry has been named president of Evaporcool Solutions LLC, a Memphis-based company whose proprietary Evaporcool System improves the energy efficiency of air conditioning and refrigeration units. In his new role, Curry will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company as it looks to aggressively expand its business.
13. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs
- Friday, October 09, 2015
The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.
The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.
14. David Smith Named Haslam's Communications Director
- Wednesday, September 23, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named David Smith as his communications director.
15. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10
- Friday, July 24, 2015
Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.
These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.
The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.
16. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.
17. What Better Place for an NRA Convention?
- Saturday, April 04, 2015
When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.
In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
18. Cool Catt
- Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe, seated in front of a giant crossword grid. The inscription reads: “Wordsmith Extraordinaire – New York Times Crossword Puzzle Author – Arkansas Supreme Court Justice 1949-1987.”
19. May We Remember
- Friday, October 31, 2014
MAY WE NOTE LEST WE FORGET. The day after Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee died last week, I told my audience that I was going to open my remarks with a question, and I knew I was going to be depressed by the answer.
- Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Mid-South Area Job Fair, presented by the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network and DeSoto County WIN Job Center, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The fair opens to members of the military, veterans and spouses at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 9:30 a.m. Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov.
21. County Commission Starts School Bond Process
- Monday, September 22, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.
22. Commission to Have Different Look After Election
- Friday, August 08, 2014
The first post-election appointment for the winners of the 13 Shelby County Commission races on the Thursday, Aug. 7, election ballot is a Friday luncheon with commission Chairman James Harvey.
23. Ag Tourism Touted as Way to Boost Rural Economies
- Tuesday, August 05, 2014
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) – With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters – including a dancing lemon – Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland.
24. What’s in a Name?
- Friday, June 27, 2014
Let’s consider our own Memphis Grizzlies. The team kept a nickname that migrated from Vancouver because fans here have embraced it. In fact, you or someone in your family probably owns a cap or a shirt bearing the team nickname or the likeness of a grizzly bear.
- Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. George Cogswell, publisher of the Commercial Appeal, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.
26. Effort to Rewrite Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel’s will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.
27. Effort to Rewrite Tennessee Whiskey Law Fails
- Wednesday, March 26, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.
28. The Sweet Spot
- Saturday, February 15, 2014
Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.
29. Obama Picks Ex-Bank of Israel Head as No. 2 at Fed
- Monday, January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.
30. County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy
- Monday, January 13, 2014
The Shelby County Commission starts with a dozen members at the first meeting of 2014. But it should be back up to the full 13 members by the end of the Monday, Jan. 13, session.
The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.
31. Olymbec Acquires 13-Building Bellbrook
- Friday, November 15, 2013
Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.
32. Olymbec Acquires Bellbrook Industrial Park
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.
33. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.
34. Campbell Clinic Pays $3.2 Million for Surgery Center
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013
255 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $3.2 million
35. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect
- Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.
36. Campbell Clinic Holds True to Founder’s Vision
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
For more than a century, Campbell Clinic has provided the care for the bones and muscles of Memphis. The clinic’s doctors and other staff also have shared their knowledge of orthopedics and how to best provide such care to the world at large.
37. Made in Memphis
- Saturday, August 03, 2013
Memphis’ geography is limited to roughly 300 square miles, but its identity stretches beyond the city limits, resonating to the far corners of the globe.
The city’s brand has obvious cornerstones, such as its place in the nation’s cultural topography. But setting aside those no-brainers, like the rock ‘n’ roll innovator whose mansion in Whitehaven still attracts gawkers from around the world, a lot of what makes Memphis’ story is the story of what’s made in Memphis.
38. The New Beale
- Saturday, April 20, 2013
Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.
Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”
39. Olymbec USA LLC Buys Again in Memphis
- Saturday, March 02, 2013
Olymbec USA LLC has acquired 40,000 square feet of land and three small shed buildings totaling 12,000 square feet at 373 W. Brooks Road through a January auction from the Estate of George E. Smith for $50,600.
40. Olymbec USA LLC Buys Again in Memphis
- Friday, March 01, 2013
Olymbec USA LLC has acquired 40,000 square feet of land and three small shed buildings totaling 12,000 square feet at 373 W. Brooks Road through a January auction from the Estate of George E. Smith for $50,600.
41. Endocrinologist Detti Joins UT Medical Group
- Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Laura Detti has joined the Germantown office of UT Medical Group Inc., where she specializes in male and female infertility. Detti provides genetic diagnosis and counseling; management of conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages and premature menopause; and pre- and post-cancer care for fertility issues.
42. Nightmare Election Scenarios Worry Both Parties
- Friday, October 19, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Here in a county that knows a thing or two about Election Day meltdowns, both parties are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during or just after the Nov. 6 presidential election.
43. Levine Named President of Southern Growth Studio
- Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Mark Levine has joined Southern Growth Studio as president. In his role, Levine leads the firm’s Strategic Analysis team and plays a key part in the company’s culture, business development and client relationship management.
44. Black Mississippi Officials Want Districting Lawsuit Dismissed
- Tuesday, October 09, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The four black elected supervisors in Mississippi's most populated county asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of improperly using race as a consideration in redrawing voting districts.
45. Back to the Gridiron
- Monday, August 27, 2012
It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.
“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.
47. Senate Passes Cuts for All but Richest Americans
- Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has debated, sniped and voted on the politically fraught issue of tax cuts, and next week the House is likely to do it all over again. Still, Americans won't know until after the November elections how much more of their paychecks will go to the government next year.
48. Election Commission Admits Ballot Problems
- Thursday, July 26, 2012
Challenges to the conduct of the Aug. 2 election may have reached a peak Tuesday, July 24.
The Shelby County Election Commission admitted a “limited number” of voters in some precincts got early voting ballots that included the wrong district races.
49. Cohen Talks About Opponents, Schools, Race and His Political Past
- Monday, July 23, 2012
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is running for a fourth term in Congress starting with the Aug. 2 primary, in which he is being challenged by countywide school board member Tomeka Hart.
50. Council Tests Auto Inspection Rules
- Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Memphis City Council members have approved a financial hardship waiver that allows Memphis motorists who flunk the emissions part of their auto inspection to claim the repairs will cost them too much and get a one-year one-time-only waiver on the inspection.
- Friday, April 13, 2012
Memphis Botanic Garden will hold its Spring’s Best Plant Sale Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15, at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
52. Orpheum Theatre Names New Board Members
- Friday, March 16, 2012
The Orpheum Theatre and its parent organization, the Memphis Development Foundation, has announced 10 members joining the Orpheum board of directors. The new members are: Chuck Treadway, Thomas & Betts president and chief operating officer; Don Young, Smith and Nephew senior vice president, corporate sustainability; Andy Taylor, Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors Inc. partner; Gary Smith, Apperson Crump PLC attorney; Alan Mullen, Crew Training International president; Scott Hennessy, True Temper Sports Inc. president; Keri Gage, SunTrust private wealth management/senior vice president; Robert Cox, Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC attorney; Bo Allen, First Tennessee executive vice president; and Sara Adams, community volunteer.
53. House Republicans Pass Major Anti-Regulation Bill
- Monday, December 05, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – In an ambitious gesture to their business allies, House Republicans passed legislation Friday that critics say would prevent the government from protecting Americans at their workplaces, in their homes, and when they want a breath of fresh air.
54. Defense Hawks Insist on Sparing Military From Cuts
- Wednesday, November 23, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' defense hawks insist the military should be spared from automatic spending cuts after a special panel failed to reach a deal on reducing the deficit.
No way, says President Barack Obama, who vowed Monday to veto any effort to undo the roughly $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, half from domestic programs and half from defense.
55. House Says No to Mandating Balanced Federal Budget
- Monday, November 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rejecting the idea Congress can't control its spending impulses, the House turned back a Republican proposal Friday to amend the Constitution to dam the rising flood of federal red ink. Democrats – and a few GOP lawmakers – said damage from the balanced-budget mandate would outweigh any benefits.
56. AP-GfK Poll: 37 Percent of Public Back Protests
- Monday, October 24, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more – 58 percent – say they are furious about America's politics.
The number of angry people is growing as deep reservoirs of resentment grip the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.
57. A Tasteful List
- Friday, October 14, 2011
A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Seems like everybody has a list these days, so, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of The Daily News, here’s mine – 125 things that make Memphis easy to swallow – a sort of alphabetical soup to nuts of local flavor. Friends old and new, and a few long-gone, but I can taste them still.
58. Mission at Vito’s To Go: Quality Food Quickly
- Monday, October 10, 2011
The interior of Vito’s To Go resembles a submarine in its claustrophobic crowding of narrow kitchen, prep table, drive-through accommodation, bread-making area, storage and office. Six years in the planning, the restaurant, which features coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, salads and pizzas only on a drive-through, delivery or call-in/pick-up basis, is the creation of Chris Conner, whose extensive experience in construction, engineering and the local restaurant business goes back to the mid-1980s.
59. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff
- Friday, October 07, 2011
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.
And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.
60. Campbell Clinic Rolls Out New Identity
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
An established brand in Memphis health care has undergone a makeover. Campbell Clinic, a household name in orthopedic care for more than 100 years, is introducing its new brand identity to patients and the health care industry through its website, signage and billboards.
61. 4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections
- Friday, July 22, 2011
Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.
62. Orthopedic Infection Growing Concern
- Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Dealing with infection is a complex problem facing orthopedic surgeons, and a growing concern as the first of the baby boomer generation turns 65 – increasing the number of artificial hips, knees and other orthopedic devices implanted in patients.
63. Local Artist to Attend Exhibition Opening
- Friday, March 04, 2011
Award-winning painter George Hunt of Memphis will attend the opening Friday of the “Back to Arkansas” art exhibition at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.
64. Fred Smith to Receive Marshall Foundation Award
- Monday, November 01, 2010
Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx Corp., will receive the 2010 George C Marshall Foundation Award following a luncheon Nov. 16 at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington.
65. Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance
- Wednesday, October 20, 2010
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.
66. Lasting Legacies
- Monday, September 27, 2010
Consider the continent as it was when Memphis was founded in 1819. No railroads crisscrossed the land and Tennessee roads would not be paved until after World War I.
For a city to thrive and prosper, transportation would be paramount. For Memphis, the Mississippi River, an integral artery of commerce and communication in America, would be its gateway to greatness.
67. Hamilton Beach Signs Lease in Olive Branch
- Friday, July 30, 2010
ProLogis announced Thursday it has leased 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space in Olive Branch to Washington, N.C.-based Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. for a distribution center.
68. Candidates Pour Own Money Into Congressional Races
- Wednesday, July 21, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – Primary contests for each of Tennessee's three open congressional seats feature at least one candidate spending a hefty amount of their own money in efforts to secure the Republican nomination.
69. Lexington Owner Files Loan on 12 Unsold Units
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Lexington Partners LLC has filed a $3.8 million loan through Metropolitan Bank for 12 units in The Lexington Condominiums at Sanderlin and White Station in East Memphis.
70. Geithner to Confer With European Leaders
- Wednesday, May 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will meet with European finance officials this week to review a $1 trillion rescue package that is being assembled to help stem the spreading debt crisis.
71. Heavy Fundraising in Open US House Seats in Tenn.
- Monday, April 19, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Candidates for three open congressional seats in Tennessee have reported heavy fundraising activity through the first quarter.
The retirements of Republican Zach Wamp of Chattanooga and Democratic Reps. Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro and John Tanner of Union City have led to spirited campaigns to succeed them in the U.S. House.
72. Civil Rights Icon Hooks Dies at 85
- Friday, April 16, 2010
Right up to the end, the Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks was part of daily life in Memphis.
The national NAACP leader, attorney, Federal Communications Commission commissioner, preacher and judge died Thursday at his Memphis home after a long illness. He was 85.
73. Commission Appointments Not Without Rancor
- Wednesday, January 13, 2010
John Pellicciotti is pursuing his master’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He’s writing his thesis. And this week, after trying several times for several years, the small-business owner and consultant got some real-world experience in his degree area.
- Monday, January 04, 2010
Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.
Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.
75. Daly’s Former Home Has New Owner
- Monday, December 14, 2009
Professional golfer John Daly’s former home on Legends Drive in Germantown has a new owner. Scott and Niloofar Baymiller bought the two-story, 7,671-square-foot home Nov. 30 for $950,000 from an entity called Selene RMOF REO Acquisition LLC.
76. U of M’s Raines Appointed To Southern Regional Education Board
- Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Dr. Shirley C. Raines has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, will serve a four-year term.
77. Cordova AT&T Store Sells for $2.4 Million
- Friday, November 27, 2009
An investment group known as Memphat Partnership has bought the AT&T store at 1684 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova. The partnership paid $2.4 million for the 3,952-square-foot standalone building that was completed in 2008. The Class A structure sits on 0.74 acres along the east side of North Germantown Parkway.
78. Southeast Shelby County Acreage Sells for $5.1M
- Friday, October 30, 2009
Mark and Melinda George, owners of Intermodal Cartage Co. Inc., have bought 609.33 acres of vacant land in Southeast Shelby County for $5.1 million. The land was acquired in three parcels of land that is zoned farm and residential. The largest parcel – of which just a portion was bought – is on the south side of East Holmes Road. The other two are on the west side of Forest Hill-Irene Road.
79. UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean
- Wednesday, October 21, 2009
J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.
80. Pro Bono Crusade Marches on in Legal Community
- Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Tennessee Bar Association is continuing the access to justice fight by decreeing October “Celebrate Pro Bono Month.”
More than a million Tennesseans are unable to afford legal services and about 700,000 of them face legal problems each year, according to Gov. Phil Bredesen’s office. Legal aid providers such as Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. often have to turn away as many as 80 clients at any given pro bono clinic because of a lack of resources to care for them all.
81. Dishmon Joins UT Medical Group
- Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Dr. Dwight “Dan” Dishmon has joined the Department of Medicine at UT Medical Group.
Dishmon is an interventional cardiologist and cares for adults with ischemic heart disease and peripheral arterial disease.
He earned his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He later completed additional fellowship training at Michigan State University’s Borgess Medical Center.
82. Oxford Officials Reject Longer Bar Hours
- Thursday, September 03, 2009
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A proposal to extend bar hours in Oxford was defeated after two city officials said unidentified people tried to bribe them for a favorable vote.
In Columbus, meanwhile, Mayor Robert Smith cast the deciding vote Tuesday to allow Sunday liquor sales in bars and restaurants and to extend bar hours in that city.
83. Life After City Hall: The story behind Herenton’s Washington surprise
- Thursday, May 07, 2009
You would think that Mayor Willie Herenton’s “resignation” last spring as he thought about trying out for Memphis City Schools superintendent would be difficult to top.
84. Ark. Seizes 20 More Children from Alamo Group
- Thursday, November 20, 2008
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Stories of alleged beatings and sexual abuse prompted Arkansas child-welfare officials to take custody of 20 more children associated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, an official said Wednesday.
85. Consumers Cut Back Sharply on Spending
- Monday, November 17, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers, taking a beating from the worst financial crisis in seven decades, cut back sharply on their spending in October, pushing retail sales down by a record amount.
As President George W. Bush and other world leaders gathered for a weekend summit to search for ways out of the mess, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted at another interest rate cut.
86. Presidential Debate a Who’s Who of Tennessee Pols
- Friday, October 10, 2008
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.
87. MCS and City Head to Court
- Thursday, June 26, 2008
A local stalemate over school funding was the reason Memphis City Schools filed a lawsuit against the city of Memphis last week. At some point, education officials in the state capital could weigh in.
88. Overnight Freight Icon Puts Weight Behind McCain
- Friday, June 06, 2008
Every day, the company he moved to Memphis 35 years ago accomplishes a staggering feat: It delivers a package to someone more than 7.5 million times.
Keeping everything running on time and in order at the $36 billion transportation giant that is FedEx Corp. might seem like such a daunting task that it would generate a never-ending to-do list for Fred Smith, the company’s chairman, president and CEO. Yet the Memphis businessman, who turns 64 in August, is deeply involved in yet another start-up venture that has worldwide significance.
89. Smith Named President at Zycron Inc.
- Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Steven Howard Smith of Zycron Inc., Tennessee's largest minority-owned information technology services firm, has been chosen as the company's new president.
Smith joined Zycron in July as executive vice president. He has more than 21 years of management experience in the information technology consulting industry.
- Thursday, September 13, 2007
The Cordova Leadership Council and the Memphis Area Home Builders Association will host "The Future of Cordova Politics: City Candidates Forum" today at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, 776 N. Germantown Parkway. For additional information, contact Gene Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-9679.
91. Repubs and Dems Fix On Feb. 5 as State Primary Date
- Friday, August 17, 2007
The leaders of the Tennessee Republican and Democratic parties don't agree on much when it comes to who should lead the country when George W. Bush leaves the White House.
But they do agree that Feb. 5 is the right time for the Tennessee primaries even as South Carolina officials earlier this month moved up that state's primaries by 10 days to Jan. 19.
92. Top Political Connections Abound For FedEx Founder, CEO
- Friday, June 08, 2007
He founded one of the most well-known corporate brands in the world, an international package delivery service that raked in $32.3 billion in revenue last year.
So why not, at least one current presidential candidate recently has wondered aloud, give FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith a shot at helping steer the federal government's massive, often unwieldy ship of state?
93. Presidential Hopeful McCain to Speak In Memphis
- Friday, April 13, 2007
When Republican presidential candidate John McCain addresses the Economic Club of Memphis next week, he'll bring to Memphis a campaign that already boasts several connections to the city.
For one thing, McCain - the Arizona senator who's one of a handful of contenders for the GOP's 2008 nomination - has enjoyed a long friendship with FedEx founder and CEO Frederick W. Smith. McCain's presidential exploratory committee was co-chaired by none other than Smith, a Vietnam veteran like McCain.
94. Let the Sun Shine In
- Friday, March 16, 2007
From a distance, the United States of America still is known as a land of plenty whose stars and stripes are the stuff of sweeping anthems.
To many, it's still considered a place of almost limitless bounty where anyone may succeed with enough hard work and determination.
95. FBI Special Agent Harrison Named PRSA Communicator of the Year
- Wednesday, January 17, 2007
My Harrison has been named the 2006 PRSA Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in charge of the Memphis field office. Since her arrival in Memphis two years ago, she has supervised a number of high-profile federal investigations, including "Operation Tennessee Waltz," "Operation Tarnished Blue" and "Operation Main Street Sweeper."
96. Blast From the Past
- Friday, December 22, 2006
For some Memphians, there's no forgetting the likes of the manic deejay known in his day as "Daddy-O-Dewey."
As a WHBQ disc jockey in the 1950s, Dewey Phillips - no relation to Sun Studio founder Sam Phillips - was as unpredictable as a hurricane and relished catch phrases such as, "Get yourself a wheelbarrow load of mad hogs, run 'em through the front door, and tell 'em Phillips sent ya."
97. Prestidge Chosen to Head Kroger Delta Division
- Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Mark Prestidge has been promoted to president of The Kroger Co.'s Delta Division. The Delta Division is based in Memphis and includes 111 Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Prestidge succeeds Richard Tillman, who recently announced his retirement after a 42-year career with Kroger. Prestidge previously served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Southwest Division.
98. Kobernus Joins MAAR As Governmental Affairs Director
- Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Aubrie Rhodes Kobernus has joined Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) as governmental affairs director. Kobernus received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in May 2006. While pursuing her degree, she interned with NeighborWorks America and New Century Financial Corp., focusing on the mortgage and housing industry.
99. Melick Tapped to Manage Fixed Income Banking Group at Morgan Keegan & Co.
- Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Jordan Melick has joined Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. as a managing director for the firm's Fixed Income Banking Group. Melick previously was managing director of the health care finance team of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Piper Jaffray & Co. He began his career in health financing in 1991 at Detroit-based Comerica Bank.
100. MATCU Banks on Judy Conrad as VP of Lending
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Judy Conrad has been named vice president of lending at Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union (MATCU). Conrad previously served as vice president and manager of BankTennessee in Ripley. She has worked in the financial industry for almost 40 years.