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1. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

2. Events -

The Home Show of the Mid-South takes place Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Exhibitors will showcase home decor, lighting, pools, patios, services and more. Matt Blashaw, host of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” will hold seminars/meet-and-greets Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit memphishomeshow.com for show hours, tickets and other details.

3. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

4. Reported Plan for Government Wireless Network Gets Panned -

NEW YORK (AP) – Telecommunications regulators and industry groups voiced opposition Monday to a government-built wireless network that the Trump administration is reportedly considering.

5. Postal Regulators Move to Let Stamp Prices Jump Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to bolster the ailing U.S. Postal Service, federal regulators moved on Friday to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, a move that could eventually add millions more dollars to companies' shipping rates from prescription drugs to magazine subscriptions.

6. Phone Companies Get New Tools To Block Spam Calls -

NEW YORK (AP) – Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls.

7. Women in Memphis Higher Ed Detail Common Challenges, Goals -

In less than three years, women have taken the top leadership posts at three of Memphis’ largest higher education institutions. Southwest Tennessee Community College president Tracy Hall, Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass and LeMoyne-Owen College president Andrea Miller lead a diverse mix of institutions with different missions, but they share common thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today.

8. For Memphis Libraries, ‘Start Here’ Message is Reality -

At a time when it might seem that the usefulness of public libraries is waning, they are reemerging as 21st century community hubs — democratic spaces where people from every walk of life can encounter humanity, the elusive element technology cannot conquer.

9. Is There Finally Some Relief From Annoying Robocalls? -

NEW YORK (AP) – For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too often a waste of time.

His Sports City Pizza Pub in Buffalo, New York, depends on customers calling to order wings, pizza and potato skins. But much of the time, it's an automated message pushing a scam . "It's getting to the point where it's blocking other callers from coming in," the 24-year-old bar owner said.

10. HealthChoice Promotes Henning To Director of Population Health -

Sarah Henning has been promoted to director of population health programs at HealthChoice. Henning previously served as manager of the department. In her new role, Henning is responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness initiatives and programs for the HealthChoice network.
She also collaborates with stakeholders to promote and support these programs and to ensure they meet the needs of the affected populations and adapt with the changing health care environment.

11. Women CEOs Earn Big Pay, But Few of Them Have the Top Job -

NEW YORK (AP) – Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there's still very few of them running the world's largest companies.

The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent.

12. Telecom Lobbying Muscle Kills Privacy Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – The telecom industry's lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress.

Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers' personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists.

13. Senate Votes to Undo Privacy Rules That Protect User Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

14. Verizon Sought $925 Million Penalty for Yahoo's Lax Security -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon initially thought the biggest data breaches in internet history merited a $925 million discount on its acquisition of Yahoo's online services, nearly three times more than the two companies finally agreed upon.

15. Tapping Young Donors -

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

16. Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

17. Innovation or Monopoly? Panel Looks at ATT-Time Warner Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?

18. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

19. PFM Group Promotes Lowe To Managing Director -

Lauren Lowe has been promoted to managing director of The PFM Group, a leading provider of independent financial and investment advisory services to state and local governments and not-for-profit institutions. Based in PFM’s Memphis office, Lowe serves the firm’s municipal advisory clients. Her areas of expertise include debt transactions and structuring, strategic planning, pricing and cash flow analysis as well as advising many of her local government clients on policy development.

20. Lucas Named CIO at Regional One -

Jackie Lucas has joined Regional One Health as senior vice president and chief information officer. In her new role, Lucas is responsible for information technology and telecommunications for the organization.

21. FCC to Phone Companies: You Can Stop Unwanted Robocalls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.

22. What’s Next? -

When Steven Baldwin started his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in 2012, he had a smart, carefully considered plan for his future.

23. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

24. Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

25. Businesses With Name 'Isis' Fight Bad Brand Image -

Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.

Unfortunately, that's life for a small-business owner whose shop – Isis Bridal and Formal – shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.

26. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

27. US to Ask China to Restart Cyber Working Group -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets.

28. Tech Giants Seek to Halt Overseas Snooping by US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.

29. MentorMe Startup, Founder Continue to Thrive -

Memphian Brittany Fitzpatrick’s startup MentorMe is on a roll, having secured a six-figure round of funding after graduating from Memphis’ Seed Hatchery accelerator as well as the NewMe accelerator program in San Francisco.

30. Millions Could Get Extra Time for Health Sign-Ups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

31. With Health Law, Workers Ponder the I-Quit Option -

CHICAGO (AP) – For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

32. Some Find Health Insurers Have No Record of Them -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

33. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?

Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not be worth the backlash from fliers who view overly chatty neighbors as another inconvenience to go along with smaller seats and stuffed overhead bins.

34. Obama Officials Upbeat About Health Site Fixes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There won't be a magic moment, but the Obama administration's much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday.

35. Governments Mining Google for More Personal Data -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is rebuffing governments more frequently as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining the Internet for information about people's online activities.

36. Intel Agency Lawyers Urge Retention of Secret Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's top national security lawyers on Monday rejected the idea that the government should stop collecting copies of every American's telephone records every day, telling an independent oversight board that it would lose valuable time if each time it launched a terror investigation it had to seek the private billing records from individual phone companies.

37. FAA OKs Air Passengers Using Gadgets on Planes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music – but not talk on their cellphones – under much-anticipated guidelines issued Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

38. Visionary Plan -

Southern College of Optometry is putting the finishes touches on the first of three phases of major renovations that will take place over the next decade.

“When we developed our strategic plan, we looked at what we wanted the school to look like in 10 to 15 years,” said Southern College of Optometry President Dr. Richard Phillips.

39. Southern College of Optometry Wraps Up $9.4 Million Expansion -

Construction and renovations are nearly complete at Southern College of Optometry, which is wrapping up a $9.4 million expansion.

The optometry school will hold a formal dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new academic classroom complex on Friday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will follow Southern College of Optometry’s all-school convocation at 10 a.m. That celebration honors the achievements of alumni, students, faculty and staff, while welcoming first-year students to the profession with the annual white coat ceremony.

40. Ubiquiti Faces Tech Giants in Internet Push -

Some of the biggest technology companies have begun making moves toward the same goal being pursued by Ubiquiti Networks Inc., the wireless communications company founded by Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera.

41. A Push for Harmony Among Workers, Young and Old -

CHICAGO (AP) – There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children – or grandchildren.

42. FBI Promotes McCall to Special Agent in Charge -

A. Todd McCall has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, one of the bureau’s 56 field offices nationwide. McCall, who most recently served as chief of the digital forensics and analysis section in the Operational Technology Division, is now responsible for the management and oversight of more than 200 personnel and all investigative matters under the FBI’s jurisdiction spanning from Memphis to Cookeville, Tenn.

43. FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down -

NEW YORK (AP) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, on Friday announced that he's stepping down in the "coming weeks," after a four-year tenure that's garnered mixed reviews for him and tangible progress in the industries he oversees.

44. Google Emerges From Federal Probe Relatively Unscathed -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has settled a U.S. government probe into its business practices without making any major concessions on how the company runs its Internet search engine, the world's most influential gateway to digital information and commerce.

45. Writer Andria Brown Joins Doug Carpenter -

Andria Brown has joined doug carpenter & associates llc as copywriter, responsible for creating concepts and copy for online, print, broadcast, direct mail and other forms of communication for client communication. Brown has more than 15 years’ experience as a professional writer and editor.

46. ‘Let’s Do This’ -

There was just something about FedExForum. Something about touring the more than 800,000-square-foot arena for the first time that made him think it’s “just awesome, being inside here.”

47. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

48. Pera’s Ubiquiti Reports Earnings Next Week -

The last time his company held its quarterly earnings conference call for analysts, Robert Pera was asked rather pointedly by one analyst whether he was still going to pull the trigger on his purchase of the Memphis Grizzlies.

49. NBA Approves Pera as New Grizzlies Owner -

Thanks to a unanimous vote of approval from the NBA Board of Governors, Robert Pera is a few days away from being the new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.

50. NBA Approves Pera as Grizzlies Owner -

Thanks to a unanimous vote of approval from the NBA Board of Governors, Robert Pera is a few days away from being the new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.

51. Excise Tax Looms for Local Device Companies -

A new excise tax will be levied on medical devices beginning Jan. 1, and the impact will be significant for medical device companies with a Memphis presence.

Large players like Wright Medical Technology Inc. and fledgling outfits like Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies Inc. are preparing for the 2.3 percent pinch on each device sold in the U.S., including pacemakers and stents, defibrillators, artificial joints, chemotherapy delivery systems, surgical tools and X-ray machines.

52. Criminal Probe led Gov't to Change Release of Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal criminal and civil investigators looked into possible leaks of economic data that the government provides early to news organizations, according to a report released Tuesday by the Labor Department.

53. Sanders Keeps Busy in Memphis Tech Scene -

Beth Sanders is one of those people almost anyone knows if they’ve spent a significant amount of time in Memphis’ technology community.

54. Analyst: Potential Griz Owner is a “Strong CEO” -

The prospective owner of the Memphis Grizzlies is a “very strong CEO” who’s built a next-generation communications technology company with a “pretty dramatic growth story.”

55. 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.

56. Twitter Plays Outsize Role in 2012 Campaign -

NEW YORK (AP) – @BarackObama is on Twitter. So is @MittRomney. And so are all the voters following the 2012 presidential contest, whether they know it or not.

Candidates, strategists, journalists and political junkies have flocked to Twitter, the social networking hub where information from the mundane to the momentous is shared through 140-character microbursts known as tweets.

57. Conference Stresses Power Of Social Media -

The Memphis-based Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence is gearing up for its seventh annual conference, and this year’s theme focuses on ways nonprofits can harness the power of social media and build connected communities in this fast-paced information age.

58. Data Present Big Picture For LSON Students -

To University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing student Joni Gossett, 38108 is more than just a ZIP code. It’s also a diagnostic tool.

59. Verizon to Set Up Streaming Service With Redbox -

NEW YORK (AP) – Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.

60. Wright Medical Hires New SVP -

Less than a month after Wright Medical Group Inc.’s former Senior Vice President Frank Bono filed a complaint in Shelby County Chancery Court against his former employer, the Arlington-based orthopedic medical device company has named Daniel Garen its new senior vice president and chief compliance officer.

61. High Court: Warrant Needed for GPS Tracking -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.

The decision was a defeat for the government and police agencies, and it raises the possibility of serious complications for law enforcement nationwide, which increasingly relies on high tech surveillance of suspects, including the use of various types of GPS technology.

62. Relocated Campus Spotlights NCBT’s Growing Presence -

The National College of Business and Technology is in the very early stages of the planning process for its new brick-and-mortar campus in Memphis.

The private college – which is based in Roanoke, Va., and has locations in six states – plans to relocate its Lamar campus. The existing facility is nearing capacity (approximately 400 students), so NBCT will move to a larger, soon-to-be-constructed two-story building at 2576 Thousand Oaks Cove, just off Interstate 240 in East Memphis.

63. Cable Companies to Resell Verizon Wireless Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Cable companies Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks are giving up on their dreams of creating their own wireless network, opting instead to resell Verizon Wireless service.

64. We All Play Part in Retaining Talent -

Last week we considered an upgrade to Secret Santa 2.0, blending traditional gift giving with a model of pooling resources to make a larger impact in our community. I am happy to report that our company is now operating on the 2.0 platform, so our $10 donations will be pooled together and split between two nonprofits this year.

65. Room With a View -

There were times Thursday, Oct. 20, during the dedication of the new $72.6 million air traffic control tower at Memphis International Airport that noise from the arriving and departing jets drowned out the elected and appointed leaders.

66. Wright’s Compliance Officer Resigns -

Another top executive has resigned from Wright Medical Group Inc. Vice president and chief compliance officer Lisa L. Michels resigned from the company Tuesday, Aug. 16, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing signed Friday, Aug. 19, by Wright Medical Interim CEO David Stevens.

67. Wright Medical’s Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent -

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28, reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

68. Wright Medical's Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent -

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28 reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

69. DeVivo Departure Signals Shift at Smith & Nephew -

Smith & Nephew Inc. said its Memphis-based president of Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Trauma will soon leave the company as part of an organizational restructuring that will combine the company’s Memphis and Andover, Mass., divisions.

70. State Systems Inc. Acquires Communications Tech Group -

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has acquired Communications Technology Group Inc., a firm specializing in communications systems and low-voltage services.

71. Report: Facebook Users More Trusting, Engaged -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook, it turns out, isn't just a waste of time. People who use it have more close friends, get more social support and report being more politically engaged than those who don't, according to a new national study on Americans and social networks.

72. A Monument to Fallen Officers -

Last week, we discussed the Memphis Police Foundation, which is helping to fund essential equipment and training for the Memphis Police Department, while also serving as the conduit to construct a monument to those MPD officers who have lost their lives protecting our city. This week, let us spotlight that monument: the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial.

73. Wright Medical Receives Justice Dept. Notice -

Wright Medical Group Inc. on Thursday announced that it received a letter from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey pursuant to Paragraph 50 of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement stating that the USAO believes Wright Medical Group knowingly and willfully breached material provisions of the DPA.

74. Wright Medical Reports Earnings, Resignation of 3 Execs -

As Wright Medical Group Inc. Wednesday reported its net sales had increased 3 percent to $135.4 million in the first quarter of 2011 up from $131.2 million for the same period last year, the company also announced three of its executives have resigned effective immediately.

75. AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T Inc. said Sunday it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion that would make it the largest cellphone company in the U.S.

76. Agency of Record -

Although the venerable marketing and communications agency archer>malmo may operate in a fiscally conservative manner, its forward-thinking concepts have kept the firm flourishing for almost 60 years.

77. Growing Biz in Region’s Biosciences Topic of Panel -

Scientists, academics, business professionals, politicians and others gathered Thursday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., to listen to entrepreneurial panelists voice their perspectives on the business of bioscience.

78. Growing Biz in Region’s Biosciences Topic of Panel -

Scientists, academics, business professionals, politicians and others gathered Thursday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., to listen to entrepreneurial panelists voice their perspectives on the business of bioscience.

79. AP Poll: Americans Split on Health Care Repeal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — First it was President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it's the Republican cry for repeal.

An Associated Press-GfK poll found likely voters evenly split on whether the law should be scrapped or retooled to make even bigger changes in the way Americans get their health care.

80. Survey: CEOs More Cautious About Sales, Hiring -

NEW YORK (AP) – Top corporate executives aren't quite as optimistic about sales growth now as they were in June, suggesting that some are putting plans to hire more workers on hold.

Two-thirds of the chief executives that Business Roundtable surveyed in September expected sales to grow over the next six months. That is down from 79 percent who said they expected sales growth in June.

81. Memphis on the Rocks Latest Vision for Trailblazer -

Whether your drink of choice is cotton candy vodka, a more traditional gin and tonic or a no-nonsense straight-up bourbon, you can quench your thirst Thursday night on South Main Street at Memphis on the Rocks.

The celebration of fine distilled spirits will feature more than 50 premium brands of bourbon, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey from several distributors, including Memphis’ Southwestern Beverage Distributing.

82. Officials Establish High-Speed Link For Research Data -

Russell Ingram is mapping out a way for information to zoom between research institutions.

Ingram, the president of the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking (MCAN), said this proprietary, high-speed link will enable data to travel 3,000 times faster than typical broadbands.

83. Christie to Keep VeinViewer Operations in Memphis -

Christie Digital Systems, the new owner of the VeinViewer technology, will keep jobs associated with the medical imaging device in Memphis, company officials said Wednesday.

Christie announced it had acquired “substantially all the assets” of Luminetx Corp. and will create a new medical products business called Christie Medical Holdings Inc. Luminetx shareholders approved the acquisition last month.

84. Christie to Keep VeinViewer Operations in Memphis -

Christie Digital Systems, the new owner of the VeinViewer technology, will keep jobs associated with the medical imaging device in Memphis, company officials said today.

Christie announced it had acquired “substantially all the assets” of Luminetx Corp. and will create a new medical products business called Christie Medical Holdings Inc. Luminetx shareholders approved the acquisition last month.

George Pinho, previously the company’s senior director for business product development, is now the president of Christie Medical.

Pinho is in Memphis this week but will oversee operations here from the Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario. The company also has a U.S. headquarters in Cypress, Calif.

“We’re excited by the potential of this acquisition,” Pinho said. “Christie’s goal is to diversify into emerging markets and we saw a unique opportunity to enter the medical imaging industry.”

The VeinViewer allows medical practitioners to easily see subcutaneous veins by projecting a real time image of their location onto the surface of the skin. Christie, a global visual technologies company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc. of Japan, has expertise in projectors and visual technologies used for entertainment and educational purposes.

Medical imaging will be a new product line for the company.

“Our combined teams will create exciting growth opportunities through our collective capabilities and complementary technologies,” Pinho said.

Although the headquarters for the newly created Christie Medical Holdings Inc. will not be in Memphis, that does not mean jobs will be moved from here, said Dorina Belu, senior manager of media and communications for Christie.

“There is no change to the service, support and distribution of the VeinViewer business,” Belu said. “Customers are going to get the continued service, support, distribution and all of that, which began in Memphis. There is no change to that at all.”

Luminetx employed less than 100 people in Memphis.

Herb Zeman, a now retired professor from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, invented the VeinViewer technology and founded Luminetx. The technology was heralded as one of “the Most Amazing Inventions of 2004” in Time magazine.

But the company was hurt by management turnover, boardroom conflicts, the downfall of one of its major investors, Stanford Financial Group, and legal fights with a new competitor.

Luminetx was running out of operating cash and was losing money when shareholders approved its acquisition. Christie, which had already loaned Luminetx $1.5 million, paid $15 million for the company and forgave the loan.

It did not acquire all of Luminetx’s patented technologies. Luminetx shareholders retained the company’s Snowflake Technologies Corp. subsidiary, which is developing a biometric identification product.

Luminetx last month terminated the employment of Richard Kindberg, who had been the company’s chief executive officer for nine months, when the board of directors voted in favor of the acquisition. Kindberg has filed suit against the company because of his dismissal.

Chris Schnee, who took over as interim chief executive officer, will remain on board with Christie Medical Holdings Inc. He will serve as general manager and vice president of sales and marketing.

Schnee said new opportunities arise with the new ownership.

“Christie’s extensive history and expertise in visual displays will offer exciting opportunities and applications for the VeinViewer technology platform,” Schnee said. “Christie’s global presence and world-class manufacturing and engineering know-how in visual display technology will enable us to expand our products into multiple new markets and to continue advancements in bettering patient care the world over. We look forward to finding new and better ways to improve health care delivery.”

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85. U of M’s Raines Appointed To Southern Regional Education Board -

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.

86. Health Care Legislation Could Affect Local Medical Industry -

Medical device makers will pick up a $20 billion tab to help cover the cost of insuring more Americans under legislation pending in Congress to overhaul the health care system.

That’s half of what was originally proposed in the bill put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Even so, industry executives are keeping a close watch on the legislation. It could have an impact on the Memphis economy where thousands of people work for Medtronic Inc., Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group Inc. and several smaller companies that manufacture orthopedic products and other medical devices.

87. FCC Chairman Says 'Open Internet' Rules are Vital -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission chairman said Monday in a speech that drew a cool response from the industry.

88. Pera Appointed Special Adviser For ABA Strategic Communications Committee -

Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese LLP has been appointed as a special adviser of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Strategic Communications for a one-year term.

89. U of M Law School Appoints Kritchevsky to Director of Advocacy -

Barbara Kritchevsky has been appointed to the newly created position of director of advocacy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law.

Kritchevsky has been a law professor at the university since 1983, and for the past 20 years has served as a faculty adviser to the school’s Moot Court Board and also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs.

90. Memphis Orthopedics Competitor Opens New Training Center -

Warsaw, Ind., which competes with Memphis for orthopedics manufacturing jobs, recently opened a state-of-the-art training center with new equipment and machinery.

The 20,000-square-foot Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at the Warsaw campus of Ivy Tech Community College replaces a 5,600-square-foot facility that opened two and a half years ago.

91. Orthopedic Cos. Unveil Rival Products -

It’s no coincidence that Wright Medical Group of Arlington and the Memphis division of Smith & Nephew announced new products for total knee replacements on the same day this week.

The companies planned the announcements for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas, which began Wednesday, and are unveiling the products in exhibitions at the Venetian/Sands EXPO.

92. Broadband Funding in Stimulus Plan Sparks Debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Among the economic stimulus proposals moving through Congress is one that fulfills an old dream of broadband boosters. It would offer substantial funding for high-speed Internet networks in corners of the country that still rely on dial-up connections or have only one broadband option.

93. Avoiding the Ax: Where the Jobs Are -

While the employment landscape looks sparse right now, the outlook for 2009 isn't uniformly bleak – and is downright bright in some recession-resistant industries.

Employers that provide necessary products and services – hospitals and insurers, for example – tend to always need recruits. And areas employers deem critical to their survival, like accounting and information technology, rarely get cut. What's more, some fields, such as bankruptcy law and crisis-management consulting, are thriving because of the downturn.

94. Avent Joins Smith Seckman Reid -

Justin Avent has joined Smith Seckman Reid Inc. as a civil engineer for its environmental group.

95. IBM to Help Build Broadband Network in Power Lines -

NEW YORK (AP) - IBM Corp. is throwing its considerable weight behind an idea that seemed to have faded: broadband Internet access delivered over ordinary power lines.

96. Conference to Promote Orthopedics Industry -

The Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference keeps Memphis at the forefront of the orthopedics industry by showcasing the city’s competitive advantages and connecting investors to companies, its organizers say.

97. Addington Joins Memphis Heart Clinic -

Dr. M. Brent Addington has joined Memphis Heart Clinic. Addington is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. A native of Memphis, he has been in private practice for more than 20 years in the Memphis community.

98. Crye-Leike’s Meyer Hits 20 Years With Company -

Chris Meyer has reached his 20th anniversary at Crye-Leike Realtors as a licensed sales associate. Meyer is a Life Member of both the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and the Crye-Leike Multi-Million Dollar Clubs. He is a licensed affiliate broker in Tennessee and Mississippi, specializing in residential real estate with a focus on new home construction and relocation.

99. Register's Web Site Enhances Scrutiny of Officials' Ethics -

A few months ago, each of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners' 13 members scored two season tickets to home football games at the University of Memphis. The tickets, worth $360 a pair, were a gift from the school's marketing department.

100. Networx, MLGW Balk at Turning Over Internal Records -

Memphis Networx and Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division (MLGW) officials are refusing to turn over to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) information about customers, employee salaries and how much the telecom venture owes vendors.