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1. City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase -

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

The council approved a development that would turn the north course at Colonial into either a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and cottages or a mix of housing for senior citizens.

2. Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property -

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

3. Firestone Center Sells for $2 Million -

A large operator of auto care and tire stores has acquired a Firestone Complete Auto Care location for $2 million.

Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which counts four retail brands and 2,200 stores across the U.S. in its portfolio, acquired the Firestone location at 1921 Whitten Road from SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc., according to a Dec. 1 warranty deed.

4. Firestone Center Sells for $2 Million -

A large operator of auto care and tire stores has acquired a Firestone Complete Auto Care location for $2 million.

Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which counts four retail brands and 2,200 stores across the U.S. in its portfolio, acquired the Firestone location at 1921 Whitten Road from SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc., according to a Dec. 1 warranty deed.

5. US House Committee Investigating GM Recall -

DETROIT (AP) – A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn't recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.

6. Tennessee Finance Chief to Retire From Haslam Cabinet -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State finance chief Mark Emkes is retiring after presiding over three annual spending plans, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Monday.

Emkes, a former CEO of Nashville-based tiremaker Bridgestone Americas, was one of Haslam's highest-profile Cabinet choices following the 2010 election.

7. A Swing in The Right Direction -

Last week highlighted Porter-Leath, which is an organization empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal, and independent lifestyle. This week let us discuss a nonprofit that is impacting the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf: The First Tee of Memphis.

8. Gaining Traction -

It’s not uncommon for cooperatives of independent booksellers and music stores to launch campaigns in hopes of attracting consumers.

But when Del-Nat Tire Corp. started in 1989, the similar idea of forming a cooperative of independent tire dealers and distributors wasn’t given much of a chance by some in the tire business.

9. City’s Revitalization Plans Proceed -

The city of Memphis has signed a $1.1 million capital improvement agreement with the Memphis Housing Authority for the demolition and cleanup of property at Firestone Avenue and Morehead Street.

The agreement is part of an effort to revitalize what once was a hub of the now-forlorn New Chicago neighborhood around the site of the old Firestone tire and rubber manufacturing plant. With a combination of government-funded investment and private sector involvement, the rough outlines of that plan are taking shape and foreshadow what the community could one day look like.

10. Bridgestone Firestone to Lay Off Over 150 in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire will layoff at least 158 employees at its plant in LaVergne due to a decrease in demand for passenger and light truck tires.

11. First Horizon Board Experiences Several Changes -

A flurry of executive changes continues to be seen at Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp.

On the heels of the company’s announcement that it has tapped William Losch, a former senior vice president and chief financial officer for General Bank at Wachovia Corp., to be the new CFO, FHN’s board recently has seen two members step down and one new person join.

12. Progress on Firestone Course Proceeds at Snail's Pace -

When the old Firestone tire plant in the New Chicago neighborhood of North Memphis closed in 1982, the facility that once employed thousands of area residents was left vacant and eventually became an eyesore. Economic development in the inner-city community around it screeched to a halt.

13. Archived Article: Benchmark - U

U.S. lawsuit alleges defect

in Bridgestone/Firestone tires

A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., alleging its Steeltex tires are defective and prone to tread separations.

The suit was filed in Ri...

14. Archived Article: Brownfields (lead) - Kim Olson,

Amendment quickens brownfield reuse

By SUE PEASE

The Daily News

Last week, Gov. Don Sundquist visited a vacant 15-acre site on Florida Street in Memphis, pronouncing it the first property to be identified as a brownfield reuse...

15. Archived Article: Benchmark - Firestone settles portion Firestone settles portion of class-action lawsuits Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has settled about 40 percent of the personal injury lawsuits filed over its Wilderness AT and ATX tires, which were recalled amid reports they we...

16. Archived Article: Firestone (lead) - By SUE PEASE Golf course drives Firestone plant reuse By SUE PEASE The Daily News The New Chicago neighborhood in North Memphis received good news Wednesday. The community, which was home to the Firestone Tire and Rubber plant for years, will soon b...

17. Archived Article: Benchmark - Tiremaker seeks Tiremaker seeks to limit lawsuits Lawyers handling hundreds of lawsuits against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. traded motions in federal court Tuesday, with the companies seeking to limit the number of lawsuits filed a...

18. Archived Article: Benchmark - Settlement ends suit Settlement ends suit with Ford Motor Co. The family of a Tennessee woman killed in a sport utility vehicle accident has reached an out-of-court settlement of its $60 million lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firesto...

19. Archived Article: Marketplace (plastics) - By JANE DUBOSE Rubber, plastics industries major players in states economy By JANE DUBOSE Special to The Daily News One might say the rubber and plastics industries in Tennessee are the "Rodney Dangerfield" sectors of the states economy. T...

20. Archived Article: Real Focus - Bicentennial Neighborhood Initiative A productive partnership The Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the city of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development are making inroads revitalizing some neglected neighborhoods By LAURIE JOHNS...

21. Archived Article: West Tn (bott) - By LAURIE JOHNSON West Tennessee sets capital investment record in 1998 By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Companies spent more than $857 million to build new plants or expand existing ones in West Tennessee during 1998 a record high for capital inves...

22. Archived Article: Hud (lead) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Grant will revitalize old Firestone plant By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Memphis will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with $4 million in federal guaranteed loans, to...

23. Archived Article: Quality Chg - Hope House first day care Hope House first day care to receive quality award By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Twelve Memphis businesses received Tennessee Quality Awards on Thursday night in the fourth year of a statewide program designed to impr...

24. Archived Article: Northwest - 12/27 jts Northwest Northwest, Bridgestone-Firestone pinch pensions By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News Northwest Airlines, the dominant passenger air carrier in Memphis, has entrenched itself on a list of 50 companies with the largest underfunded pensio...