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1. Blight Fight Takes Root Near Carnes Elementary -

Some of Mary Baker’s friends like to joke that she will eventually reclaim the whole city of Memphis, but just one lot at a time. “I say, what’s wrong with that?” Baker replied.

2. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

3. For the First Time This Season, Vols Set to Play as Underdog -

You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

There aren’t many successful Hail Mary passes, but the Vols got one last Saturday and beat Georgia 34-31 in Athens. Tennessee trailed Georgia 17-0 in the first half.

4. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

5. Events -

The Mid-South Fair will be held through Oct. 4 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The 159th annual event will feature rides and games, livestock competitions, youth talent show and more. Visit midsouthfair.com for schedule and tickets.

6. Daniel Allen Joins Red Door As Financial Adviser -

Daniel Allen has joined Red Door Wealth Management as vice president, financial adviser, marking Red Door’s first hire of a financial adviser since its inception in 2010. In his new role, Allen helps develop client relationships and financial strategies that solve complex financial issues and create value for clients.

7. Daily News Names Managing Editor -

Jane A. Donahoe has joined The Daily News Publishing Co. as managing editor. In her new role, she oversees award-winning coverage of business and government news for both The Daily News and The Memphis News.

8. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

9. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

10. 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.

11. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Mary Poppins” Friday, Aug. 15, through Sept. 7 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

12. Events -

Church Health Center Wellness and Bring It Food Hub will hold a Bring It, Cook It, Take It cooking class Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. The class will include cooking demonstrations using fresh produce, plus tastings and recipes. Cost is $5 and includes a bag of produce. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

13. Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround -

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

But a real estate agent representing the owner of the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union and McLean says both properties are under contract to be sold.

14. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

15. Real Estate Veteran Jan Phillips Rejoins Crye-Leike -

Jan O’Kelly Phillips has joined Crye-Leike Realtors’ Germantown-Poplar branch office, marking her return to real estate sales.

16. Good Medicine for the Soul -

It was one of those medication one-upmanships at a recent meeting when some attendees were discussing the number of medications they were taking to address a plethora of medical conditions.

Needed as the medications were, it seemed like a lot of information, side effects and drug interactions to manage, not to mention vitamins, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medicine. Seeing different specialists for different conditions and inconsistent communication seems to be a growing concern, a gap in patient care, particularly for those who do not have the knowledge or resources to manage their medication.

17. Events -

AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road. The chapter will review and discuss its operations. Email fmyers912@yahoo.com.

18. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

19. Events -

Beth Sholom Synagogue will present Acoustic Sunday Live!, featuring Jesse Winchester, Mary Gauthier, Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 6675 Humphreys Blvd. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Buy tickets at bsholom.org.

20. Wealthy Business Executives Eye Political Races -

CHICAGO (AP) – He has never been elected to anything, not even "student council in high school," as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being "pretty blunt" - more suited to running a large private equity firm, which Bruce Rauner did successfully for 30 years, than seeking votes for governor, which he intends to do in Illinois next year.

21. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

22. Neal Joins Madison Line Records as Chief Operating Officer -

Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.

23. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

24. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

25. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

26. American, US Airways Announce $11 Billion Merger -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.

Planes need painting. Frequent flier programs have to be combined. And the new airline will still be weak in Asia and need to win back business travelers who have been drifting away to other airlines.

27. Crowne Plaza Hotel Sells Out of Foreclosure -

300 N. Second St. Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $9.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 28, 2012

28. Crowne Plaza Hotel Sells Out of Foreclosure -

The Crowne Plaza Hotel at 300 N. Second St. Downtown sold on the Shelby County Courthouse steps Dec. 28 for $9.4 million following a foreclosure.

29. Martin Institute Picks Baker as New Executive Director -

Jamie Feild Baker will become executive director of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence with the new year.

30. Martin Institute Names Baker New Executive Director -

Jamie Feild Baker will become executive director of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence with the new year.

31. Sullivan Branding Adds Three Hires -

Memphis-based creative agency Sullivan Branding has added three new members to its team. Mary Cashiola has joined the agency as corporate communications manager, Becky Hensley as account director and Fran Moore as production manager.

32. Full Docket -

Here’s a look at what’s going on at the moment in the city’s legal community and some things that are on the horizon.

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. On Oct. 27, the school held its 50th anniversary celebration for the Downtown facility, which opened in 2010 and marked a new chapter for a building that once was the Front Street post office for nearly 40 years and a federal courthouse before that.

33. Baker Donelson Adds Five Attorneys in Memphis -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has added five attorneys to its Memphis office.

They are Luke Cantrell, Kristin Clay Dunavant, William O’Connor, Sarah Pazar and Mary Wu.

34. Bar Launches Health Care Law Section -

The Memphis Bar Association has a new section of attorneys dedicated specifically to health care law.

The bar’s newly formed Health Law Section held its organizational meeting Oct. 17 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Officers were chosen at that time, including Robyn Diaz, deputy general counsel at St. Jude, who led the effort to form the section and who was nominated as the first chair.

35. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Ave. Janet Cherry of SCORE will present “Brain Break: Good for the Body, Mind and Heart.” Cost is free. Call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

36. Hoover Joins Agape As Director of Development -

Brian Hoover has joined Agape Child & Family Services as director of development. In his new role, Hoover will be responsible for leading Agape’s development efforts, such as fundraising and special events. He will also oversee the organization’s marketing, public relations and volunteer initiatives.

37. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist -

Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.

38. Liddon Solves Problems for Relocating Companies -

When Robert Liddon began as a clerk at Heiskell Donelson after his second year in law school in 1974, there were about 25 attorneys.

Now the firm known as Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is made up of about 600.

39. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present a labor and employment breakfast briefing titled “Managing the Challenging Employee and Reducing Legal Risk” Thursday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Baker Donelson, 165 Madison Ave., suite 2000. The program and breakfast are free. Email rsvp@bakerdonelson.com to register.

40. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present the seminar “Tips to Getting the Right Flooring at the Right Price” with Gwen Christensen of Builders Floors and Interiors Wednesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

41. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development -

Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.

Hometown: Connersville, Ind.

Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

42. Smith Named Vice Prez At S. Webster Haining -

Doug Smith has been named vice president, administrative operations, at S. Webster Haining & Co.

43. Events -

Jobnewsmemphis.com will hold a career fair Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, pre-register, bring resumes and prepare to be interviewed. For more information, call 761-3025 or visit www.jobnewsmemphis.com.

44. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program Monday, Oct. 24, at 5:45 p.m. at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave.

45. Realtors Recognized for 4 Decades of Service -

Thirteen real estate professionals were honored Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the annual Realtors Emeritus Reception held by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Honorees must be members of the National Association of Realtors for 40 consecutive years and also hold membership in a local Realtors association.

46. Leadership Academy Announces Graduates -

The Leadership Academy has announced its September 2011 Fellows Program graduates.

They are Mary Elizabeth Anthony of Smith & Nephew; Gene Baker of Smith & Nephew; TaKeisha Butler of Smith & Nephew; Brenda Caldwell of Dr. B Empowerment Services; Donnell Cobbins Jr. of Universal Commercial Real Estate LLC; Jonathan Cross II of Jonathan Cross Venture & Holdings Corp.; Reggie F. Davis of Street Ministries; Shenenka Davis of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis; Jeb Fields of Commercial Advisors; Jonathan Flynt of Bryce Corp.; Lori Guy of First Horizon National Corp.; Channa Halmon of Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents; Ursala Holmes of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Shannon Izquierdo of FedEx Corp.; Jared Johnson of Pier 1 Imports; Ken Kimble III of Boy Scouts of America – Chickasaw Council; Joy Lockridge of Spherion Staffing Services; Nathan Martin of the University of Memphis; Shawn McCutcheon of Regions Bank; Katie Midgley of the Urban Child Institute; Tanner Mueller of First Tennessee Bank; Bettina Kurtz Pearson of First Tennessee Bank; Robin Poston of the University of Memphis; Kerra Saine of First Tennessee Bank; Joy Stephens of Joy Factor Consulting; Colby Stough of Youth Villages; Carrie Strehlau of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Marvin Todd of FedEx Corp.; Brittney Rogers of Duncan-Williams Inc.; Lindsey Waugh of Medtronic Inc.; Carsett Webber of Wright Medical Technology; Josh White of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities); and McLean Wilson of Kemmons Wilson Cos.

47. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a power lunch titled “Doing Business with the Memphis Latino Community” Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Baker Brenner at 748-8889.

48. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a power lunch titled “Doing Business with the Memphis Latino Community” Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Sally Baker Brenner at 748-8889.

49. Events -

The Daily News’ offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, and will remain open during normal business hours.

The Greater Memphis Chamber will present “HobNob: Politics in the Park” Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the AutoZone Park courtyard, 200 Union Ave. Attendees can mingle with elected officials and political candidates and enjoy barbecue and beer. The event is free but space is limited. Registration is due Monday, Sept. 5. To register, contact Beverly Davis at 543-3547 or bdavis@memphischamber.com.

50. Baker Donelson’s Bearman Honored for Pro Bono Work -

Pro bono work is a key component of David L. Bearman’s law practice. His first trial as a professional attorney was pro bono, and this year he clocked more than 200 hours representing clients free of charge.

51. Singer Named Director of Women’s Business Council -

Mary Singer, president of Commercial Realty Group, has been appointed regional director/Memphis for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South and will serve on the board of directors for WBEC South.

52. Baker Donelson Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA -

Eight attorneys from the Memphis offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been ranked as leading practitioners in the recently released 2011 edition of Chambers USA, a directory of America’s leading lawyers for business

53. CREW Unites Women in Real Estate Deals -

In a tough economic climate, it’s imperative for women in the commercial real estate industry to join forces and work to cross deals through the finish line.

That’s the message Carol Slone, a founding member of the Memphis chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, stresses to members and those considering joining the professional networking group.

54. Holden Nixon Wins Advocate Award -

Barbara Holden Nixon of The Urban Child Institute has received the Mary F. Todd Advocate of the Year Award from the Memphis-Shelby County Children and Youth Council.

55. Bryant Joins RedRover -

Sarah Bryant has joined RedRover Sales & Marketing as a marketing account executive. She previously worked for the Atlanta Falcons.

56. Chamber Takes Trip to NYC for Media Tour -

Representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s office visited New York City Monday through Wednesday to meet with national publications and share information about the Memphis business community.

57. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will host a roundtable discussion titled “Use of Competitor’s Trademark in Keyword Advertising: Infringement or Not?” Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Baker Donelson’s office at 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact Brittany Meeker at 577-2275 or bmeeker@bakerdonelson.com.

58. Events -

The Small Business Chamber and Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle: From the Book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

59. Baker Donelson Attys. Honored -

Eight attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will be recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA.
The attorneys are Robert J. DelPriore and Matthew S. Heiter, corporate/mergers and acquisitions; Edward R. Young, labor and employment; E. Franklin Childress Jr., litigation (bankruptcy); Leo Bearman Jr., litigation (general commercial); Buckner Wellford, litigation (medical malpractice); and Mary L. Aronov and Robert C. Liddon Jr., real estate.
In addition, Chambers USA will recognize the firm’s health law practice as a leading national practice and seven of the firm’s practice areas will be named as leading practice areas in Tennessee: banking and finance, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, environment, health care, labor and employment, litigation (general commercial) and real estate.
In total, 66 Baker Donelson attorneys will be recognized in Chambers USA, including 23 of the firm’s Tennessee attorneys.

60. Keller Williams Realty to Launch Business Platform -

Keller Williams Realty Inc. is set to launch eEdge – the real estate industry’s first complete lead-to-close business solution for every agent in the company.

61. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle: Sharing Ideas, Referrals and Resources with Other Business People in a Small Group” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

62. Events -

The International Business Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber will host a forum titled “China – The New Frontier for Export” Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Panelists will provide an understanding of the market and business language/culture in China, the demand for goods to be imported into China and how to access the markets. For reservations, contact Brenda Montgomery at 543-3541 or bmontgomery@memphischamber.com.

63. Paul Bourassa Joins Unity Home Medical as Director -

Paul N. Bourassa has joined Unity Home Medical LLC as director. Unity Home Medical is a medical supply company and sister company of Unity Hospice Care based in Germantown.

64. MAAR Presents 2010 Realtor Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has named Mary Sharp of Crye-Leike Inc. Realtors as its Realtor of the Year.

65. Baker Donelson Attorneys Named Super Lawyers -

Twenty-two attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been named to the 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers.

The attorneys are Ben C. Adams, Mary L. Aronov, Leo M. Bearman Jr., Sam B. Blair Jr., Michael B. Chance, E. Franklin Childress Jr., Angie C. Davis, Robert J. DelPriore, Gregory G. Fletcher, William H.D. Fones Jr., Grady M. Garrison, Stephen D. Goodwin, James R. “Josh” Hall Jr., Matthew S. Heiter, George T. “Buck” Lewis III, Robert C. Liddon Jr., Eugene J. Podesta Jr., Jackie G. Prester, Jill M. Steinberg, Buckner Wellford, Maurice Wexler and Edward R. Young.

66. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at International Paper, Tower 3, 6420 Poplar Ave. The program is the annual Margarette Bibb Event to benefit the IAAP Retirement Trust Foundation. Cost is $20. For reservations, call Demetria Sturgis at 448-5529.

67. Bankers’ Reactions Mixed to Fed Jumpstart Attempt -

A harbinger of rampant inflation. A sign the economy is still not on the right track. A Hail Mary pass.

That’s a sampling of the reaction from Memphis bankers and financial professionals to this week’s news the Federal Reserve Board is effectively printing money to buy $600 billion of U.S. government bonds over the next eight months.

68. Jeff Barry Joins Commercial Advisors As Senior V.P. -

Hometown: Memphis
Education: Memphis University School; Vanderbilt, B.S. in Economics; Vanderbilt, M.B.A.
Work experience: Belz Enterprises 1988-1990; Barry Properties LLC 1990-present; Commercial Advisors, present
Family: Wife, Amy; daughters, Kate and Ellie; son, Hall
Last book read: “Lonesome Dove”
Music: Bluegrass, Classical
Movies: “Braveheart,” “Sound of Music,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Sports team: Tigers Basketball
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Time with family, camping, hunting
What talent do you wish you had? Singing
Who has had the greatest influence on you? Mom, dad and Alice.
Why did you pursue a career in real estate? I think I received my dad’s “love of the land.” I also love working with people. The creative side of land development as well as the “deal” side of helping buyers and sellers on transactions is a good fit for me.
What have been your most rewarding professional accomplishments? Being able to work in a wide variety of land deals, ranging from subdivision development to buying and selling of farm and hunting land. Along with that, helping people realize their goals in those areas.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Being outside with people (i.e. NOT in the office).

69. GreenScape Promotes Colvett to President -

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

Colvett previously was executive vice president and corporate treasurer. He has been with GreenScape since 1992 and also has served the company in various capacities including project manager, estimator and vice president of marketing. His civic and community activities include serving as treasurer of the Tennessee Republican Party, and as a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and the University Club of Memphis.

70. Midtown Big-Box Site Foreclosed -

Dozens of Midtown properties slated for a major mixed-use redevelopment have been foreclosed and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

WSG Memphis LLC, the Miami-based firm whose ambitious plans might have landed a Target store at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street, defaulted on a $14 million loan through Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. dated April 30, 2007.

71. WSHS Claims Mock Trial Championship -

White Station High School has won the 2010 Tennessee State Mock Trial Competition, held March 19-20 in Nashville.

WSHS faced St. Mary’s Episcopal School twice during the competition, once during the fourth round and again in the finals. St. Mary’s took second place in the state.

72. Back to Basics -

Urban gardening efforts in Binghampton have prompted city officials to consider revising proposed land use ordinances that could stymie the greening of Memphis.

Planning officials spotted holes in the proposed laws when the Binghampton Development Corp. and Christ Community Health Services approached the city about starting a commercial gardening operation, which would create jobs and provide fresh foods in Binghampton, an area with a high poverty rate and no grocery store.

73. Square Deal Undone -

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

74. Plans Submitted for Overton Square Revamp -

Oklahoma-based Sooner Investment has submitted its plan to overhaul the southern half of Overton Square to the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.

That step makes official the developer’s intentions for the square.

75. Overton Square Developer Files Plans -

Oklahoma-based Sooner Investment has submitted its plan to overhaul the south half of Overton Square to the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.

That step makes official the developer’s intentions for the square. And it also sets in motion the regulatory approval process that includes assigning Sooner’s development application to a local planner for review and the distribution of the plans to government officials and area stakeholders.

76. Baptist Health Care’s Pounds Elected to Novation Board -

Don Pounds, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has been elected to serve on the board of Novation LLC, the health care supply contracting company for VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista LLC.
Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. 

77. Final Candidate List Peopled With Variety -

Unless you know them personally, you’ve probably never heard of most of the candidates running in the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

Most of the 25 people show no visible signs of running any kind of campaign.

78. Mayor's Race Set at 25 Candidates -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

79. 25 In Final Field For City Mayor -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

80. Troubled Frayser Apartment Complexes Land New Owner -

3081 St. Charles Drive
and 931 Frayser Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38127

Sale Amount: $2.2 Million
Sale Date: July 22, 2009
Buyer: Group 40 LLC
Seller: Whitney Frayser Manor Memphis LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 21, 2009
Maturity Date: July 1, 2012
Lender: Madison Realty Capital LP

81. Quality Inn Sells On Courthouse Steps -

The Quality Inn motel at 6068 Macon Cove near Bartlett sold July 31 for $1.4 million in a substitute trustee’s deed. Multiple bidders attempted to buy the 129-room hotel, but A&P Hotel Funding LLC, a local entity related to a Dallas-based company, made the winning offer on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.

82. Unified Development Code Updates Up for Approval -

It’s taken about five years to pull together, and the result weighs in at more than 300 pages.

Later this month, public officials will take the first formal action toward approving a top-to-bottom rewrite of the more than 20-year-old rules that control land development in Shelby County.

83. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will hold committee meetings today beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

84. Best Lawyers to Honor Ogletree Deakins’ Lewis -

Best Lawyers in America will honor Fred Lewis of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC during its 25th anniversary event in Atlanta April 23-25.

85. The Flintco Cos. Names Musson Business Development Director -

Troy Musson has been hired by The Flintco Cos. Inc. as its director of business development for Flintco’s Memphis and Springdale, Ark., offices.

86. Citizens Concerned About I-269 Impact -

When Interstate 269 is completed, it will serve as an outer loop for the entire Mid-South region, a beltway linking communities and providing easier access for vehicles traveling into or out of Memphis.

87. Agents Consider EcoBroker Status as 'Green' Movement Builds -

Molly Phillips, a 13-year real estate veteran and a broker for Re/Max on Track in Germantown, was checking out continuing education courses when she discovered EcoBroker, the real estate designation created to help Realtors become more “green.”

88. Influence 1 Foundation Names Hartsfield COO -

Felicia Hartsfield has been named chief operating officer of Influence 1 Foundation.

Hartsfield will oversee the continued stability and growth of the foundation’s fiscal, strategic, organizational and operational functions. Her duties also will include building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, as well as creating collaborations, which will enhance the foundation’s strategic model.

89. Digital Billboards Under New Rules -

Almost two years ago, Clear Channel Outdoor brought to Memphis what outdoor advertising companies regard as the future of the industry.

It installed five digital billboards, high-tech structures that passing motorists might mistake for giant plasma TV screens mounted on poles.

90. Payday Loan Vote Foreshadows Next Step - This week’s vote by the Memphis City Council regulating the location of payday lenders, check-cashing and title loan businesses in the city generated pointed questions about demographics, money, private business, the threat of litigation and the role of the council.

If that vote is any indication, Monday’s vote by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on the same joint city-county ordinance likely will do the same thing.

The third and final reading by the City Council on a measure that would put new restrictions on where those fringe-lending businesses can operate passed Tuesday night on a unanimous vote.

The County Commission’s third and final reading of the same ordinance – which limits those businesses to operating no closer than 1,000 feet from each other – will take place during Monday’s commission meeting.

Politics, politics

Bill Morrison is the council member who sponsored the ordinance on the city side and who first got the idea to try and clamp down on where those businesses can operate.

He said he began sketching out a plan for the ordinance, which would create new zoning guidelines for the businesses, with officials such as Assistant City Attorney Thomas Pacello and Mary Baker, deputy director of the city-county Office of Planning and Development.

But for a body that often has gone out of its way to keep a focus on the financial burdens of city taxpayers and residents, Morrison’s idea sparked a surprising mix of responses.

In addition to that, representatives of the businesses and of the fringe-lending industry itself mounted an intense behind-the-scenes effort against Morrison’s original proposal, the basic idea of which was to break up the existing clusters of check-cashing stores, payday loan and title loan shops around the city.

Working the angles

That lobbying effort continued throughout Tuesday night’s council meeting, when individual council members repeatedly left the dais to venture into the audience and huddle with representatives of the industry.

Steve Lockwood, executive director of the Frayser Community Development Corp. and an opponent of the fringe lenders, brandished statistics at Tuesday’s meeting showing how one debtor ended up paying after one year more than $800 on a $440 payday loan.

Several council members, including Barbara Swearengen Ware, promoted one of the same arguments put forward repeatedly by representatives of the industry in private discussions about the issue. That argument was this:

“When you talk about regulating a legal business, you’re treading on thin ice, to say the least,” she said. “And to say that where they locate – the regulation needs to be in the interest rates (they charge) ... We’re not talking about strip clubs, people.”

After some inaudible whispering among council members, Ware continued: “You say strip joints are legal? Well, let’s make them illegal ... It’s supply and demand that’s driving these businesses. Nobody’s holding a gun to these people to make them walk in and hand somebody the title to their car.”

‘Opening shot’

That argument about the businesses having a legal and proper right to operate is the same idea Chuck Welch, an attorney from the Nashville office of Farris Bobango Branan PLC, shared with The Daily News in a conversation a few days before the council vote. Welch is one of the industry representatives who has been meeting with local legislators who have for the last few weeks been mulling over the issue.

“What you’ve got is a lawful business that’s a commercial retail establishment, and it’s permitted and regulated by the state of Tennessee,” Welch said.

Council member Joe Brown questioned Morrison during the meeting about whether he was being supported in his effort to push the ordinance by any entity that stands to profit from its passage. That’s something at least one of the industry representatives told a reporter privately before the vote – that some of the bill’s supporters might be able to capitalize on legislation curbing the growth of fringe-lending operations.

Morrison, during Tuesday’s meeting, reiterated the fact that he came up with the plan on his own, with help from officials like Pacello and Baker.

“It does leave something to be desired … but (this ordinance) is a step in the right direction for our city,” Morrison said.

Lockwood called it “an opening shot across the bow.”

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