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1. Collins Leaving as City's Chief Financial Officer -

City of Memphis chief financial officer Brian Collins is leaving the post he’s held for the last five years across two mayoral administrations to become executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Collins announced Friday, Nov. 17. He is leaving City Hall in January and starts his new job Jan. 8.

2. Fed Official: Memphis Area Banks ‘Performed Well’ in Third Quarter -

News is more positive that not these days for Memphis-based banks, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

3. First Tennessee’s Walker Leading Push To Infuse Diversity Throughout Bank -

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank is already the biggest bank in the state and award-winning for its work atmosphere. But the company isn’t resting on its laurels, instead forging ahead with unique strategies to better reflect the communities it is serving through a top-down, baked-in approach to ensuring diversity at every level of the organization.

4. FHN Board Approves $5.5M Bonus for CEO -

The board of directors of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has approved a $5.5 million bonus for CEO Bryan Jordan.

5. FHN Board Awards CEO Bryan Jordan $5.5M Bonus -

The board of directors of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has approved a $5.5 million bonus for CEO Bryan Jordan.

6. Last Word: Beyond Amazon, Marking The RiverLine and Whimsy Grows -

Grizz and Hornets Monday at the Forum. And Tigers football is on the road for a Friday game at Tulsa. On Tuesday, though there will be much attention to the first of six weekly rankings of college football teams by the new College Football Playoff committee. And the Tigers expect to make the rankings. The players are saying that. That will be followed closely, of course, by another series of interviews about how the team is focused only on the next game as they keep hitting refresh on the playoff committee rankings site. The rankings also promise to be interesting for the SEC teams that are part of the local and regional sports mix here.

7. CEO of First Tennessee Parent Co. Gets $5.5M Bonus -

The board of directors of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has approved a $5.5 million bonus for CEO Bryan Jordan.

8. Pinnacle Sees Major Growth in 2017 -

There’s not usually much in the way of big change reflected in the bank deposit market share report that comes out once a year from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. This year for the Memphis metropolitan statistical area, though, there was.

9. First Tennessee Parent Company Reports Positive “Stress Test” Results -

First Horizon National Corp. has submitted the results of its annual Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test to regulators, which show that the company’s management and board believes it “would maintain capital well in excess of regulatory adequate levels under severely adverse economic and financial conditions.”

10. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 6 Percent in September -

For the average person, the end of the year means schedules get busier as the holidays approach. That’s less true, though, for mortgage lenders – it can be more of the opposite scenario, in fact.

11. Last Word: Tigers Make Top 25, Pfizer's Next Tax Break and Shepherds Creek -

The Tigers make the top 25 ESPN Power Rankings for college football with the Liberty Bowl victory Saturday over Navy 30 – 27. And Tigers coach Mike Norvell responds to the pre-game arrest of a player on a rape charge.

12. First Tennessee Bank Parent Wraps Solid Third Quarter -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank is starting to wind down 2017 optimistic about its business and the direction of the economy, which helped the company grow its net income 7 percent during the quarter.

13. First Horizon CEO: Banking Industry Needs Consolidation -

The CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company told attendees of a financial conference in New York City in recent days that the banking industry could benefit from more consolidation.

14. Bandele Crafts Cultural Hub for Black Artists -

Early one clear September morning, Overton Square is still half-asleep, the parking lot next to Hattiloo Theatre empty save a few cars. In 12 hours, Hattiloo’s lobby will pulse with a throng of guests at the opening night of “Fetch Clay, Make Man,” the theater’s current production. But for now, Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and CEO, is leaning back in a desk chair, dreaming aloud about the year 2022.

15. September 8-14, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2010: Behind The Headlines premieres on WKNO TV.

2007: First Horizon cuts its mortgage sales force in half – 1,500 mortgage positions and 500 supporting positions – reflecting national economic tremors that will grow to include a collapse of the housing market. “I think we have certain regulatory and other just practical issues but as quickly as possible,” First Horizon employee services head John Daniel says of the timing of the cuts. “Our original view was that we would try to not have significant reductions and perhaps benefit from the fact that so many companies were going out of business. … The volumes are going to drop so significantly we just couldn’t take the risk of having all that expense without the business being there.”

16. Artist Cat Peña Named Director Of CBU’s Ross Gallery -

Cat Peña, a Memphis-based artist, arts administrator and independent public art consultant, has been named director of the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. As an artist, Peña’s work in recent years has centered on public art installations, including “There’s More To Be Proud Of,” a canopy of metallic streamers on display in the Edge District through next February. In addition, she is the founder of Collabortory, a creative platform that expands public art practices through collaborative and social practices.

17. One Decade Later: Effects of Financial Crisis Still Linger -

Ten years removed from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the banking industry has transformed itself and wealth managers say investors remain leery.

Among other things, First Tennessee Bank jettisoned its national mortgage operation in the wake of the crisis. It refocused its attention and efforts around being a strong regional bank, as opposed to one with aggressive national ambitions. It trimmed headcount, boosted investment in technology and began to specialize, creating new industry-specific teams in verticals like health care and music-industry banking.

18. First Alliance Bank Inks 10-Year Lease to Move to Clark Tower -

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.


5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

19. First Horizon Pulls Permit for Ongoing HQ Renovations -

First Horizon National Corp. continues its floor-by-floor renovation of the First Tennessee Bank headquarters at 165 Madison Ave.

20. Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody -

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

21. First Horizon Sees Growth in Second Quarter -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company saw net income climb 61 percent in the second quarter and First Tennessee itself announced the largest merger in its history, but company chairman and CEO Bryan Jordan characterized the period for analysts pretty much the way he always does during earnings presentations.

22. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its official 2017 Young Memphians list, which will be featured in the summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

Nominations for the Young Memphians award were submitted via the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email. All nominees must be under 40 and a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

23. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its official 2017 Young Memphians list, which will be featured in the summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

Nominations for the Young Memphians award were submitted via the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email. All nominees must be under 40 and a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

24. Hernando Ice Cream Parlor Preparing Crosstown Location -

1350 Concourse Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $80,000

Application Date: June 2017

25. First Horizon CFO Talks Capital Bank Merger -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is a $30 billion financial institution that’s put its cash to work the last few years by buying back almost 10 percent of its shares and pursuing smaller mergers and acquisitions.

26. First Horizon Files Nearly $5M in Permits -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank is moving ahead with a couple of construction projects, including multimillion-dollar updates to its Downtown headquarters.

27. First Horizon Files Nearly $5M in Permits -

The Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank is moving ahead with a couple of construction projects, including multimillion-dollar updates to its Downtown headquarters.

28. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis -

Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.

29. First Horizon Wins Honor for Diversity -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company First Horizon National Corp. has been named one of the 25 Best Companies for Multicultural Women for 2017 by Working Mother magazine.

30. First Tennessee Gets High Marks in Customer Satisfaction Survey -

Employees of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company got a company-wide email Thursday, May 4, that began: “This morning we are announcing the largest merger in our history.”

31. Last Word: RiverPlay, New City Property Tax Rate and House Republican Rift -

The Memphis In May International Festival arrives Friday with the Beale Street Music Festival and hopefully with warmer temperatures than the Thursday chill. Meanwhile, RiverPlay, the conversion of Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Court to a pop-up park linking up Memphis and Mississippi River Parks, makes its debut Friday afternoon.

32. First Horizon Buying North Carolina Bank for $2.2 Billion -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank is buying Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp., a $10 billion institution that will create the fourth-largest regional bank in the Southeast.

33. First Horizon CEO: Bank on Right Course -

During a pause in remarks from its CEO, a familiar voice broke the silence in the auditorium of First Tennessee Bank’s Downtown headquarters Tuesday, April 25, during the annual meeting for shareholders of the bank’s parent company.

34. Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less-Addictive Drugs -

Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.

35. Last Word: Derailed, The View From Pyramid Harbor and New History -

“Do Not Occupy” notices posted Thursday afternoon on most but not all of the newly-opened Railgarten complex on Central Avenue east of Cooper in Midtown. Local code officers acted after questions about whether the owners of the complex had approval for intermodal containers being used as part of the structure. The restaurant part of the structure in what was once an ice house remains open. There was already a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the music volume and late hours as well as parking for the development

36. First Horizon Reports Busy, Profitable First Quarter -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off 2017 with a busy first quarter, a period in which the company saw net income growth of 13 percent, an improvement in deposits and loans, a 29 percent boost to its dividend and the closing of a key acquisition.

37. Last Word: Mike Rose, Bartlett High Options and Memphis-Nashville Talk -

Mike Rose transformed Memphis-made Holiday Inn from a single brand to multiple brands and a corporation that transformed the hospitality industry as casino gaming spread beyond Las Vegas and Atlantic City in the 1990s. During his time at the helm of Holiday Inns and Promus Companies, Rose was also one of the city's most influential corporate leaders with the money and ability to raise money and set terms that made possible the transformation of St. Jude into a research institution and pointed the University of Memphis in that direction as well. Rose died Sunday in Nashville of cancer.

38. First Tenn. Essay Contest Targets Literacy, Finance -

To help raise awareness of financial literacy month in April, First Tennessee Bank is sponsoring its annual essay contest to encourage young people to make wise choices and improve money management skills.

39. First Tennessee Essay Contest Encourages Literacy, Finance -

To help raise awareness of financial literacy month in April, First Tennessee Bank is sponsoring its annual essay contest to encourage young people to make wise choices and improve money management skills.

40. U of M Alumni Association To Present Awards April 1 -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its 37th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards April 1 at the Shelby Farms FedEx Event Center.

41. U of M Alumni Association To Present Awards April 1 -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its 37th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards April 1 at the Shelby Farms FedEx Event Center.

42. Cities, Developers Reaping Rewards of Mixed-Use Shift -

Commercial real estate is shifting to mixed-use developments designed to create a sense of place for homeowners longing for the community of days gone by, and the trend is profiting many parties as commercial developers see stronger returns and cities undergo revitalization in their core.

43. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

44. Women in Business Took Different Paths to Leadership -

Once Lori Spicer Robertson had determined she wasn’t going into medical school, she shifted to a graduate business program at the University of Florida. She got an internship with a trade association for nurses in Washington, and then worked in public affairs and as a web master.

45. First Horizon Raises Dividend 29 Percent -

First Horizon National Corp. has decided to hike its quarterly cash dividend on common stock by 29 percent.

46. First Horizon Raises Dividend 29 Percent -

First Horizon National Corp. has decided to hike its quarterly cash dividend on common stock by 29 percent.

47. Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis -

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

48. First Tennessee Parent Closes Book on Solid 2016 -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has closed the book on 2016 with a set of quarterly and full-year results attributable to its top executive’s mantra about sticking to the basics.

49. First Horizon Exec Among American Banker’s Top 10 -

American Banker has included the chairman and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company on a list of 10 banking executives who “had a good year,” according to the publication.

50. First Horizon Exec Among American Banker’s Top 10 -

American Banker has included the chairman and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company on a list of 10 banking executives who “had a good year,” according to the publication.

51. First Horizon CEO: 2017 Brings ‘Good Growth Opportunities’ -

A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.

52. 2016: Not Too Many Banking Industry Surprises -

When shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based parent company convened in April at the bank’s Downtown Memphis headquarters for their annual meeting, the whole thing wrapped up in about 10 minutes.

53. Financial Pros Digest, Analyze Impact of Trump Win -

Money managers in Memphis were up late Tuesday night, digesting the impact of Donald Trump’s surprise election win like everybody else, and are still sorting through the impact on markets and stock sectors.

54. Morris Marketing, Archer Malmo, DCA Take Top PRSA Memphis Honors -

Morris Marketing Group, Archer Malmo and DCA took top honors at the 23rd annual Vox Awards hosted recently by the PRSA Memphis chapter at Visible Music College.

Morris Marketing Agency won Best in Show for Campaigns Brand Management/Reputation (more than $7,500) and for Special Events One Day (more than $7,500). Archer Malmo and DCA tied for Best in Show for Tactics, with Archer winning the Media Tactics: Press Conference category and DCA winning Print Tactics: Visual Elements.

55. First Tennessee Capital Markets Unit Acquires Houston Firm -

First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based capital markets business, FTN Financial, is acquiring a Houston company that specializes in Small Business Administration loans.

56. First TN Bank Focuses On Growth With New Hires -

“Growing the business” is a mantra executives of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company have repeated often in recent weeks.

57. Last Word: Big 12 Meets, Calling an Ambulance and Home Sales in Central Gardens -

In Texas Monday, 10 university presidents whose institutions make up the Big 12 athletic conference will meet and most likely put an end to any thought that the University of Memphis will join their group. And there is a lot of speculation that Big 12 expansion is most likely not going to happen for anyone.

58. First Horizon Grows Third Quarter Net Income -

The parent company of the largest bank based in Memphis is marching toward year’s end increasingly confident about its financials and outlook.

Results from the third quarter for First Horizon National Corp. released Friday, Oct. 14, show why that’s the case.

59. How to Make Your New Business Fail -

Congratulations, you are an entrepreneur! You have a great idea and are ready to launch your new business. You’re not alone. This year, according to the Small Business Administration, you are among the other 399,999 folks with a great idea poised to open their doors for business. But don’t worry, there is room for success.

60. Haslam Appoints 8 to New University of Memphis Board -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed eight business leaders, including a former University of Memphis interim president and the CEO of J.C. Penney Co., to the newly formed governing board of the University of Memphis.

61. FDIC Report Presents Latest Local Deposit Snapshot -

For Metropolitan Bank Memphis market CEO Philip May, it’s not a difficult question to answer.

His bank has moved up one place in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s just-released annual report that ranks every bank in the market by their share of customer deposits.

62. Last Word: Trezevant Football and The Past, Change by Trial and Instagram -

Almost a year ago Trezevant High School was the state football champion in their division – the Frayser school’s first ever football championship. And for those with long memories of the city’s colorful history of high school athletics, there was some vindication in that.

63. First Tennessee Steps Up Financial Literacy Efforts -

Along with making loans, offering mortgages and the other banking basics that First Tennessee Bank stays busy with from one day to the next, the Memphis-based institution is in the process of stepping up its financial literacy offerings in a major way.

64. Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon -

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.

65. Analysts See M&A in First Horizon Future -

After Bryan Jordan, the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company, had talked for about 30 minutes earlier this month at the 2016 Barclays Global Financial Services Conference, audience members were polled.

66. First Horizon Exec Tapped As Chair of Bankers Council -

The American Bankers Association has appointed Bryan Jordan – the chairman, president and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company First Horizon National Corp. – as chairman of its American Bankers Council for the 2016-2017 membership year.

67. First Horizon Exec Tapped As Chair of Bankers Council -

The American Bankers Association has appointed Bryan Jordan – the chairman, president and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company First Horizon National Corp. – as chairman of its American Bankers Council for the 2016-2017 membership year.

68. Last Word: Redbirds Box Office, Graceland's Ambition and Alley Parties -

Last home game of the season for the Memphis Redbirds Sunday. The Redbirds lost to the Nashville Sounds 14-4.

By early Sunday evening, the Redbirds front office announced attendance at AutoZone Park was up this season by 17 percent compared to the season before.

69. Giving Ideas Of Memphis ‘Rock Stars’ Bigger Stage -

Eighteen people working in Memphis will bring their innovations to a global audience at the upcoming TEDxMemphis conference.

TEDx is an independent spin-off of the popular TEDTalks series, where thought leaders in the technology, entertainment and design sectors share their work and vision with a live audience.

70. Fed Numbers Show Memphis-Based Banks Getting Bigger, More Profitable -

A lingering story among banks based in Memphis is that the biggest banks keep getting bigger. And new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show that trend continued uninterrupted in the second quarter.

71. Frost Bake Shop Opens Second Location -

1016 W. Poplar Ave

Collierville, TN 38017

Address: 1016 W. Poplar Ave

Square feet: 3,400

72. First Tennessee Renovating Memphis HQ Building -

First Horizon National Corp. is renovating its First Tennessee Bank headquarters at 165 Madison Ave.

73. FHN Adds to Board, Approves Dividend -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has elected a FedEx executive to its board of directors.

74. Pinnacle Keeps Ramping Up in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has been steadily ramping up its presence in Memphis since entering the market last year via its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank.

75. First Horizon Adds to Board, Approves Dividend -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has elected a FedEx executive to its board of directors.

76. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting -

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

77. First Horizon Sees 12 Percent Gain in Net Income -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company in the just-ended second quarter pulled a repeat of its performance in the first three months of 2016, with profit, earnings per share, loans and deposits all up over where they stood at this time last year.

78. After The Bridge -

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

79. Last Word: The Path To The Bridge, Setting The Election Stage and Democrats -

The Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge Sunday was an unexpected milestone.

It was also part of a story that is still moving. As it moves, our views on what happened and what it means on the basic issue of police and their relationship with African-Americans will also shift.

80. 3-Story Hotel Set to Rise In Southeast Shelby County -

7967 Lowrance Road
Shelby County, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $2.6 million

Issued Date: July 2016

81. First Horizon to Renovate First Ops Office Building -

First Horizon National Corp. is planning renovations to its First Ops facility at 3451 Prescott Road.

82. First Horizon CFO Touts Growth Opportunities, Conservative Approach -

The chief financial officer of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company took a message of expansion, of stronger loan portfolios and being smarter than the competition about which deals to pursue in a meeting with analysts in New York City earlier this month.

83. Memphis Financial Pros Brace for More Brexit Fallout -

Markets are a little like patients going in for a medical checkup. Neither one likes big surprises.

Nevertheless, that’s what everyone got at week’s end after the United Kingdom voted to pull out of the European Union. And the first phone call that First Tennessee Bank chief investment officer Jerry Laurain got on the morning after the unexpected vote result was the kind investment professionals always brace for after market-moving shocks.

84. Last Word: ServiceMaster's Choice, Democrats Regroup, Oprah Goes To Church -

The ServiceMaster headquarters search is over and the pick is a real surprise as office spaces goes – Peabody Place – not the office building but the shuttered mall south of the Peabody hotel.

85. First Tennessee Eyes More Regional Business With Executive Promotions -

First Tennessee Bank has made a few changes to its Memphis-area leadership team that give new and expanded responsibilities to a pair of longtime bank executives.

86. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

87. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

88. First Tennessee Tweaks West Tennessee Leadership -

First Tennessee Bank has announced some Memphis-area executive changes.

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30.

89. First Horizon Honored for Technology -

First Horizon National Corp. has been ranked on the InformationWeek Elite 100 list, which celebrates the country’s most innovative users of business technology.

90. First Horizon Reverses Loss in First Quarter -

With its first quarter results, First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is off to the kind of start to the year any large banking organization would love to report – a reversal of losses, abundant capital to deploy and metrics like loans and deposits trending in the right direction.

91. Tri-State Bank Prepares For Big Year -

The way longtime Memphis banking executive Christine Munson sees it, a small community bank has to carve out a clearly defined identity for itself - something that sets it apart from the myriad competitors of similar size, with comparable products and rates - if it wants to be successful.

92. Tri-State Bank Gets Former First Tennessee Exec as CEO -

On the heels of the capital investment it recently secured from First Tennessee Bank, Tri-State Bank of Memphis now has a former First Tennessee executive as its new CEO.

93. Tri-State Bank Gets Former First Tennessee Exec as CEO -

On the heels of the capital investment it recently secured from First Tennessee Bank, Tri-State Bank of Memphis now has a former First Tennessee executive as its new CEO.

94. United Housing Gets Grant from First Tennessee -

First Tennessee Bank has made a $5,000 grant to United Housing Inc. to support the nonprofit organization’s financial counseling programs.

95. United Housing Gets Grant from First Tennessee -

First Tennessee Bank has made a $5,000 grant to United Housing Inc. to support the nonprofit organization’s financial counseling programs.

96. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

97. Events -

Staxtacular 2016, the Soulsville Foundation’s largest fundraiser, will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Hosted by Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies, “The Baller’s Ball” brings together the world of sports, music and philanthropy to benefit the Soulsville Foundation’s youth programs. Tickets are $175. Visit staxtacular.com.

98. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports -

Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.

99. First Horizon CEO: 2015 Was a ‘Very Good Year’ -

The top brass at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off their first quarterly earnings presentation to analysts in 2016 with frequent allusion to some favorite themes.

100. First Horizon Chairman Joins Operation HOPE Board -

First Horizon National Corp. chairman, president and CEO Bryan Jordan has joined the board of Operation HOPE, which promotes financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities.