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1. Luttrell to Join Boyd At Campaign Appearance -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell makes a campaign appearance Wednesday, July 26, with Republican candidate for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd.

2. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.

3. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members -

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.

4. Green Drops Gubernatorial Bid After Failed Trump Nomination -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green announced Friday that he will not resume his bid for Tennessee governor after withdrawing from consideration as President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary.

5. Green Puts Off Public Announcement of Gubernatorial Plans -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green has made up his mind about whether to rejoin the governor's race in Tennessee, but he doesn't want to make his decision public until later this week.

6. Last Word: Election Day, Game 6 and School Vouchers Get Rolled -

Intermission in the NBA playoffs as tipoff of Game 6 approaches Thursday evening at the Forum. Look at all of the clouds as the lights dimming and letting you know it’s time to take your seats for the show that is reigniting the local passion for basketball.

7. Gas Tax, Health Care Complicate Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law was supposed to provide a springboard for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's entry into the Tennessee governor's race.

8. March 31- April 6, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: A metal barrier goes up on the Overton Park Greensward, replacing orange cones used by the Memphis Zoo to mark its overflow parking area. Protesters opposed to the continued overflow parking quickly attach a homemade sign to the barrier reading “Iron Curtain” as Memphis Police keep watch over a busy day in the park for the zoo as well as on the greensward, where a reading flash mob and several rugby games are taking place.

9. Last Word: Lakeland Date Set, Silos in South Main and Trespassing in Apartments -

Here comes the Governor’s race with Randy Boyd doing the honors here in Memphis Wednesday at the top of the second day of his fly-around. Boyd’s opening sounds very much like he is running as the heir apparent to Gov. Bill Haslam – although there are no heirs in politics, at least not without an election. He talked a lot about hitting workforce development and job goals of the Haslam administration if he is elected Governor in 2018.

10. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

11. Boyd Officially in Race For Governor in 2018 -

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd officially launched his candidacy for Tennessee Governor Monday, March 6, with an announcement of his campaign team.

12. Last Word: Arnold's in the Alley, Haslam's Gas Tax Bill Wins A Round and Hershey -

A busy day in the City Hall list saga. The list is a lot shorter, but there is a second lawsuit over this in Memphis Federal Court. And the list itself seems to be giving way to a controversy that is all about whether police were unlawfully following and tracking protesters who broke no laws.

13. Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing -

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

14. Tennessee GOP Leaders Expecting Crowded Field in 2018 Governor’s Race -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd got two mentions last Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s breakfast forum – one from guest speaker U.S. Rep. David Kustoff and another from chamber president Phil Trenary.

15. Ex-Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to Run for Tennessee Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean said he's decided to run for governor of Tennessee in 2018.

16. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

17. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

18. Last Word: Travel Ban Protest, Other Trump React and Sierra Club Goes To Court -

Grizz over the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday 119-99. The Tigers play USF in Tampa Thursday.

Another big crowd for a Memphis march, the second in less than two weeks including the Memphis Women’s March. The Wednesday march, focused on President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order, was smaller than that, but still sizeable and diverse.

19. Boyd Leaving Haslam Administration As He Ponders Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

20. Exhibit Recalls Peter Bowman’s Inspiration -

Peter Bowman described himself as a “self-employed” artist on his application to teach at Memphis University School, the institution where he ended up serving as an art instructor from 1979 until 2008.

21. Fitzhugh Touts Rural Credentials As He Mulls Governor's Bid -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is seriously considering joining the race to succeed term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

22. Green 1st With Formal Step Toward Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green is the first potential gubernatorial candidate to take a formal step toward entering the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

23. Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters -

2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.

24. New Year, New Resolutions for Legislators -

Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into 3 1/2 months, it might be worth a try.

25. Kustoff, Cohen Win Seats in Congress And the Rest of Shelby County's Ballot -

Shelby County voters re-elected all but six incumbents seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

And the biggest upset on the local ballot gave Democrats a gain of one seat in the state House delegation from Shelby County.

26. County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years -

Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.

27. Shelby County Vote Count Stalls For Third Presidential Contest -

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump won Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, in unofficial statewide election returns while Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County in the popular vote.

28. Local Politicos Shift Focus to 2018 Given Expected Presidential Results -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism threw a masquerade party two nights before Halloween on an excursion boat.

29. Prominent Voucher Advocate Takes Harwell, Dean on Trip -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour.

30. Suburban Challengers Emerge at Filing Deadline For November Ballot -

Thirteen incumbents in the four suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 8 ballot were effectively re-elected to new terms at the Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline for the set of 30 races.

And Chris Denson claimed a seat on the Millington School Board with no opposition for the position incumbent Donald Holsinger is giving up to run for alderman in Millington.

31. Suburban Challengers Emerge at Filing Deadline For November Ballot -

Thirteen incumbents in the four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 8 ballot were effectively re-elected to new terms at the Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline for the set of 30 races.

32. Last Word: Blight Fight Second Stage, Hickory Hill Schools and Brexit React -

If you had never seen blight and wanted to see it in order to define it, there are several places in Memphis that could give you the on sight definition you were seeking. At the top of that list would probably be Frayser.

33. Last Word: Brexit, Grizz Picks in the NBA Draft and the Race for the 8th -

Brexit – British Exit – it is. The end of the European Union in the United Kingdom in Thursday’s referendum there began to make its presence known in financial markets even before the very close vote count was well established.

34. Delavega Joins Hooks Institute Leadership Team -

Dr. Elena Delavega, assistant professor in the University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work, has been named associate director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the U of M. A former policy fellow at the institute, Delavega specializes in the study of poverty and economic development.

35. Three Tennessee Appeals Judges Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three state appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam were selected Tuesday as finalists to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments interviewed nine applicants during a public hearing before narrowing the field to three and sending the names to the Republican governor.

36. Fear of Trying -

The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.

Television shows like, “Dancing with the Stars’’ and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ are wildly popular and have contributed to a renewed interest in the glamourous art (skill? sport?) of ballroom dancing, but those high-energy, competitive programs or a movie like “Dirty Dancing’’ can also intimidate people and keep them glued to the couch.

37. Immigrants Find Room to Grow in Nashville's Public Gardens -

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

38. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

39. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses -

Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.

40. Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival -

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

41. Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement -

LaTasha Jones has been named director of provider engagement at Health Choice LLC, where she will be responsible for directing and managing the implementation of a clinical integration database for Health Choice providers and practices.

42. University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews -

David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.

43. Events -

The University of Memphis will host its Black History Month opening ceremony and presentation of the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. James L. Netters Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit memphis.edu for a schedule of other Black History Month activities.

44. Events -

Network of Memphis will meet Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The women’s networking organization will host Mark Dean, executive director and CEO of Volunteer Mid-South. RSVP at networkmemphis.org by Friday, Jan. 31, at noon.

45. Malasri Promotes Importance of Young Memphis Leaders -

Jittapong “J.T.” Malasri, a civil engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, says his father probably knew his son would go into the engineering field long before he himself did. And his father, Siripong Malasri, should know – he was the dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University before returning to the classroom to teach and chair various departments.

46. Makino Named Music Director at Opera Memphis -

Ben Makino has joined Opera Memphis as the company’s music director. The conductor and pianist, who most recently worked with the Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, Calif., previously served as the music director of Opera Memphis’ inaugural 30 Days of Opera in 2012.

47. Rayne Named Vice President at Chamber -

Changes at the Greater Memphis Chamber keep coming.

Shelby County Attorney Kelly Rayne is joining the chamber to serve as vice president of public policy, where she will focus on policy issues as they relate to the Memphis business community. Rayne will begin her new role Jan. 13.

48. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

49. University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club to Honor Five -

The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club will honor five people during its annual awards luncheon Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

50. University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club to Honor Five -

The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club will honor five people during its annual awards luncheon Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

51. Advisory Board to Examine Community Health Needs -

Dr. David Stern, executive dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has launched a unique effort to address community health needs in Memphis.

“It’s my belief that a medical school has a very unique opportunity to interact with the community,” Stern said. “I consider our community to be a very important laboratory – it is an underserved, minority community that is in ill health. The biggest contribution we can make is to move the needle on overall community health and to develop new methods that we can apply to other communities like Memphis.”

52. Advisory Board Formed For UTHSC College of Medicine -

City leaders gathered earlier last week at the Hamilton Eye Institute boardroom at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine over concerns about health care and higher education in Memphis.

The 18 meeting attendees, including Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, and local CEOs and civic leaders, formed an ongoing advisory board for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. The advisory group will provide evidence and value-based approaches to delivering health care to physicians-in-training as well as finding new ways to reach out to the community.

53. Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.

54. Changing Times -

After a four-decade existence, the Morgan Keegan name has been retired.

The announcement Raymond James Financial Inc. is dropping the Morgan Keegan name was made during Raymond James’ first quarter earnings conference call last month. Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly was giving analysts listening to the call an update on the firm’s acquisition of the Memphis investment firm last year and its integration since then.

55. State Health Commissioner Talks Prevention -

The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis on Tuesday, Jan. 15, welcomed Tennessee Commissioner of Health Dr. John Dreyzehner and his health policy team to the Fishbowl Room inside the FedEx Institute of Technology for a “town hall” discussion of public health and economic issues that affect our community.

56. Guscette Named Sales Representative at P.O.P. Solutions -

Ally Guscette has been promoted to sales representative at Germantown-based brand-marketing firm P.O.P. Solutions Group LLC. In her new role, Guscette will help businesses develop brand awareness through promotional products, press kits, print materials and point-of-purchase displays. She joined the company in 2011 as part of a sales team and begins Germantown Leadership training this month.

57. Elvis Presley Boulevard Work Big Moment for Neighborhood -

As early afternoon truck traffic on Brooks Road mixed with after-school traffic Friday, Nov. 16, on Elvis Presley Boulevard, a few tourists from the Graceland area mixed with several dozen local government and business leaders at the visitors center at the intersection.

58. Finding the Way -

As David Strand was taking a group of eight students through the rigors of algebra in a computer lab at Concord Academy, there were some familiar indicators that usually can be found in any high school algebra class.

59. Chance Meeting Leads Lambert to Legal Career -

As an undergraduate student studying communications at the University of Mississippi, Mark Lambert was leaning toward a career in advertising, and the possibility of being an attorney had never even crossed his mind.

60. Weak Hiring Shows Economy Still Hurting -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A third straight month of weak hiring shows the U.S. economy is still struggling three years after the recession officially ended.

U.S. employers added just 80,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

61. UTHSC Breaks Ground On Research Building -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center broke ground Friday, June 8, on its $49 million Translational Science Research Building, which will be built on the grassy lot at the northwest corner of Union Avenue and South Manassas Street.

62. Kiser Joins Volunteer Mid-South As Community Services Director -

Amanda Kiser has joined Volunteer Mid-South as community services director. Kiser’s responsibilities include mobilizing and maximizing volunteer resources, coordinating training for partner agencies, creating and leading community projects, and marketing VMS’ benefits to agencies and the public.

63. U of M's Herff College to Honor Alumni -

The University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering will host its 2012 annual awards dinner Tuesday, April 3, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

64. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host an executive lunch with Doug McGowen Tuesday, March 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. McGowen will discuss starting new businesses, growing existing businesses and how to use commercial blight as an opportunity. Email Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com for reservations.

65. Events -

The Tennessee Solar Institute will offer a free course in the basics of solar installation and photovoltaic technology Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The 40-hour course will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the course, an entry-level certificate of knowledge exam will be given. For more information, contact Patricia Wells at patricia.wells@tennessee.edu or 615-253-6371.

66. Senate Rejects 2 Balanced Budget Amendments -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday voted against changing the Constitution to require a balanced budget as Congress hit yet another dead end in its search for a way out of its fiscal morass.

67. Event Spotlights Growing India-Memphis Relationship -

The purchasing power of India’s growing middle class has American businesses racing to expand into that nation, and on Tuesday, Nov. 1, Memphis Bioworks Business Association hosted an event offering local bioscience and related companies insight into the tools and information they need to develop a presence in a market that’s moving from exporting to importing.

68. Many Cities Imposing Broad Cuts as Revenue Shrinks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of U.S. cities have cut staff, canceled construction projects or raised fees this year, according to a report from the National League of Cities that catalogs the vast damage from shrunken property- and income-tax revenue.

69. UTHSC Unveils New Pharmacy College -

For more than a century, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy has served as center of pharmacy education, practice and research in the Mid-South.

And on the eve of UTHSC’s September Centennial Gala, the College of Pharmacy – previously housed in six buildings on the sprawling, urban campus on Madison Avenue – is finally getting a home of its own.

70. New Laws on Tenure, Terrorism Still Contentious -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A batch of new laws are taking effect in Tennessee on Friday, July 1, including a measure that toughens tenure requirements for teachers and another that is billed as fighting terrorism but that Muslim residents worry has targeted them for unfounded suspicion.

71. Emphasis on Education -

The gross domestic product of manufacturing in Tennessee has risen by 25 percent in the last eight years and the number of Tennesseans employed in manufacturing is down 33 percent, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam noted this week during a visit to Memphis.

72. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will present a panel discussion on attorney general selection in Tennessee Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Panelists will include state Sen. Mark Norris and attorneys W.J. Michael Cody and J. Ammon Smartt. U of M Law School Dean Kevin H. Smith will moderate. The event is free and open to the public and worth one continuing legal education credit. To register, contact Greg Grisham at 312-9413 or greg.grisham@leitnerfirm.com.

73. Memphis Orgs Gear up for MLK Weekend -

Perhaps more so than in any other city because of its prominent place in the history of the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis serves as a strong reminder of King’s legacy of service to others and his powerful advocacy for social change through nonviolent action.

74. ULI: Recovery to Begin in 2011 -

The real estate market is projected to turn around next year, but the industry will have to settle for baby steps in all markets and property sectors.

That was the message more than 250 bankers, investors and real estate professionals heard Wednesday at the Urban Land Institute’s fourth annual Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South where they learned about the “era of less.”

75. 100 Years of Medicine -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis is kicking off its 100th anniversary celebration with the publication of a commemorative hardcover book.

“The Legacy The Future: A Centennial Portrait of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center” will be available for sale this week at the campus bookstore, 930 Madison Ave.

76. Petty Joins Phoenix Power Group -

Doug Petty has joined Phoenix Power Group as the new vice president of sales and marketing.

Hometown: Memphis
Education:
I hold B.S. degrees in chemistry and industrial hygiene from the University of North Alabama
Work Experience:
I worked for 10 years as a specialty hospital sales representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals. For nine years I was a senior industrial hygienist for EnSafe Inc.
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
You can usually find me on a golf course, but I also spend time singing and playing guitar in the Memphis area. I enjoy watching Tigers football and basketball games and cooking out with friends.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My parents are my greatest influences. I obviously chose wisely.
What drew you to Phoenix Power Group?
I was drawn to the opportunity to become involved on the ground floor of such an innovative, revolutionary system. In addition, this was a chance to be associated with a talented and experienced group of professionals and investors. Based on my years of professional experience, I know a good thing when I see it.
What does your job as VP of sales and marketing entail?
Our company utilizes breakthrough technology to convert used oil into electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. My position utilizes my background in environmental science, regulation, and high-performance marketing and sales. My specific responsibilities include managing regulatory affairs, developing marketing materials, training and distributor support.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
It would have to be the relationships that I’ve built with co-workers, clients and customers over the years. Those are things that can’t be measured on a spreadsheets or sales reports. Winning the Regional Medical Center’s 2007 Pharmaceutical Representative of the Year Award certainly comes to mind.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
The level of excitement and energy around the PPG organization is remarkable. I’ve been looking for the opportunity to help launch a potential “Next Big Thing” for quite a long time. It is hard not to be excited when your field of work is always pushing the edge and creating new challenges and opportunities. No one has done what we are doing, so we really are a “new” idea. That comes with challenges and benefits; but there is something unique about “creating” a product, something that a cubicle just can’t offer.

77. Customer-Driven MBAs Win-Win For Students, Employers -

Mark Reed doesn’t have to worry about graduating without a job waiting for him.

Unlike thousands of highly qualified MBA students across the country who will face a lagging job market with hefty student loans in tow, Reed secured a position the day he started classes at the University of Memphis.

78. Judiciary Panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks.

79. Back on the Air -

After being silent and nearly forgotten for more than 50 years, the radio station that helped launch the careers of such music pioneers as B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Albert King – and even Elvis Presley – is back.

80. Payne-Johnson Joins Arlington’s Baptist Memorial Medical -

Dr. Ann Payne-Johnson, a family medicine physician at Baptist Memorial Medical Group, recently began practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Medical Group Arlington Family Medicine.

Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Education: Residency, University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine, Jackson, Tenn.; Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine; master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southern Mississippi
Work Experience: Family medicine physician at BMMG, clinician at Saint Francis Hospital, aerobics instructor/fitness instructor (stopped when I was 5 months pregnant with my son)
Family: Married. Five-year-old son, Donovan, in kindergarten at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School; daughter, Ashley, 2.
Last book read: “Llama Llama Mad at Mama”
Music: Disco. Favorite song: “I Will Survive.”
Favorite movie: “Scarface” (“Avatar” is a close second)
Sports team: New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!!!)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Farmville on Facebook, gadgets, spending time with the kids
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, who was a musician and scientist.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? I have always wanted to practice medicine.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Becoming board certified.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The people I work with every day are phenomenal. Baptist is growing to continue to meet the community’s needs for primary care.

81. Endowment Emphasizes Sustainability -

The Fogelman name is synonymous with Memphis business and real estate.

Not only is it affixed to some of the most successful companies in town – Fogelman Management Group and Fogelman Investment Co. – the name also adorns the University of Memphis’ business school and its executive conference center.

82. New Claims for Unemployment Insurance Inch Down -

WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the job market is improving at a slow but steady pace.

Employers, encouraged by a recovering economy, are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate.

83. Fogelman Endowment a Nod to Sustainability -

The Fogelman name is synonymous with Memphis business and real estate.

Not only is it affixed to some of the most successful companies in town – Fogelman Management Group and Fogelman Investment Co. – the name also adorns the University of Memphis’ business school and its executive conference center.

84. Institute of Classical Architecture Elects McClure to Chapter Board of Directors -

Mark McClure has been elected to the board of directors of the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. He will serve a three-year term.

85. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a breakfast forum titled “Business of Film & Music in Memphis: It’s Not Just Entertainment” today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for prospective members. To register, contact Erick Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

86. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Tax Free Growth & Income For Life” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

87. Paul Stanley's Fall From Grace -

Jim Kyle, a Memphis Democrat who serves as minority leader in the state Senate, gave the first lunchtime address of 2009 to the Memphis Rotary Club.

Rotarians got a bird’s-eye view of the state’s financial picture from Kyle, who described choices needed to close the state’s budget shortfall. Kyle this week announced his candidacy in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

88. Fogerty Joins Jackson Lewis In Of Counsel Role -

Whitney King Fogerty has joined Jackson Lewis LLP as of counsel.

Fogerty was previously a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, where she specialized in labor and employment litigation. She has practiced law for 10 years and has been named among Chambers USA’s Leading Lawyers for Business the past two years.

89. UT’s Hathaway Named To Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair -

Dr. Donna Hathaway has been named to the Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing.

90. STIMULUS WATCH: $25 Check May Cost You Food Stamps -

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama increased unemployment benefits as part of his economic stimulus, he also made some Americans ineligible for hundreds of dollars a month in food stamps.

91. Treadway Joins Thomas & Betts as Senior VP for Electrical Business -

Charles L. Treadway has joined Thomas & Betts Corporation in the newly created position of senior vice president, group president – electrical. Treadway will provide strategic and operational leadership to the company’s electrical products businesses on a global basis. The electrical segment of Thomas & Betts has approximately 60 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 11 countries and employs approximately 8,000 associates worldwide. The electrical segment reported $2.1 billion in revenues in 2008. Treadway previously served as president and chief executive officer for the Custom Sensors and Technology unit of Schneider Electric.

92. McDowell Named Radiology Director At Methodist University Hospital -

Tina McDowell has been promoted to director of radiology at Methodist University Hospital. She served as the manager of diagnostic radiology at MUH for the past six years.

93. Events -

The Desoto Athletic Club will host the first DAC New Year’s Eve 10K race Wednesday at DAC’s Collierville location, 440 W. Powell Road. Registration is available from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The race will benefit the Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center. Members and nonmembers are eligible to participate. To register, visit www.racesonline.com.

94. Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers -

Shoppers hit the stores Friday to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

95. Both Parties Expect Democratic Senate Pickups -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats counted on solidifying their thin leadership grip on the Senate as voters flocked to the polls Tuesday to fill 35 Senate seats. Embattled Republicans braced for losses but hoped they would be modest ones.

96. Ranta Elected Treasurer Of Southern Arts Federation -

Frederick W. Smith, founder of FedEx, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Memphis. Smith is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. He oversees the company’s branches, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office. Smith has served on the boards of several companies, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Mayo Foundation. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council.

97. St. Mary's to Mark Anniversary With Glimpses at Past -

Sister Constance, the headmistress of St. Mary's School for Girls, was one of the many Catholic sisters who remained in Memphis during the summer of 1878 when the yellow fever epidemic broke out, according to the book "The American Plague."

98. Srinivasan Joins UT Medical Group -

Dr. Saumini Srinivasan has joined the University of Tennessee Medical Group as a pediatric pulmonologist with a special interest in exercise stress testing.

Srinivasan is on the medical staff at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and also teaches at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and sub-board for Pediatric Pulmonology.

99. U.S. Senate Leaders Agree on Bill to Ease Housing Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Momentum built Wednesday for a bipartisan Senate bill designed to ease the slumping housing market and help millions of families threatened by foreclosure, though economists are skeptical that it will help much.

100. Poll Shows Most People Think US in Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Empty homes and for-sale signs clutter neighborhoods. You've lost your job or know someone who has. Your paycheck and nest egg are taking a hit.

Could the country be in recession?