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1. BancorpSouth Shifts Corporate Structure -

BancorpSouth Inc. is pursuing a corporate entity restructuring, whereby it will be merged with and into its wholly owned bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank.

2. BancorpSouth Folds Holding Company Structure -

BancorpSouth Inc. is pursuing a corporate entity restructuring, whereby it will be merged with and into its wholly owned bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank.

3. Fully Loaded -

It’s almost like the first half of 2017 was a decade in the making, at least when it comes to commercial real estate. Throughout all four major sectors of the Memphis-area commercial real estate market – industrial, office, retail and multifamily – figures are consistently reaching or exceeding pre-recession marks.

4. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

5. Gladney’s Career Path Leads to New Role at Commercial Bank & Trust -

When she was a freshman in high school, an English teacher identified Andrea Gladney’s writing talent and encouraged it. She loved to read and write, so it only seemed logical to start her college life at Ole Miss as an English major.

6. Gladney’s Career Path Leads Her To New Role at Commercial Bank & Trust -

When she was a freshman in high school, an English teacher identified Andrea Gladney’s writing talent and encouraged it. She loved to read and write, so it only seemed logical to start her college life at Ole Miss as an English major.

7. 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.

8. Last Word: Season's End, 100 N. Main Delays and Voting With Popsicle Sticks -

The last Grizz game of the regular season is a loss to the Mavericks Wednesday evening at the Forum 100 – 93. Look for further word Thursday on Tony Allen's right leg injury. Here comes the “second season” starting with the Spurs. Inbetween is a trip down memory lane as the two-hour "30 for 30" documentary on John Calipari debuts Thursday on ESPN. There was a screening Monday in Kentucky that Calipari attended. The Lexington Herald-Leader has more.

9. “Gateway’ Puzzle Begins To Come Together -

Starting last summer, a new ownership group for the city’s largest hotel by room count was undertaking its due diligence largely out of the public eye.

There were some rumblings about the Sheraton Memphis Downtown changing hands three years after a renovation of the 600-room hotel attached to the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

10. 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.

11. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

12. Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor -

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 

13. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

14. Kirkpatrick Named CFO At Commercial Advisors -

Lori Kirkpatrick has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as chief financial officer. In this role, Kirkpatrick oversees all finance and accounting functions at the commercial real estate services firm, including lease administration services provided to clients. 
She focuses on driving projects and innovations and ensuring quality and commitment to our clients. 

15. Last Word: Graceland's Important Day, MAA's $4 Billion Buy and Hotel Napoleon -

Before the rain did its thing Monday night at Graceland, the latest Black Lives Matter movement protest was a fact at Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

Some tension and lots of noise on the line at Elvis Presley and Craft where police stopped those whom they identified as protesters. And more than a few allegations of racial profiling by police.

16. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

17. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program -

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.

18. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

19. Events -

Luna Nova will perform a Belvedere Chamber Music Festival preview concert on Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean Blvd. Visit lunanova.org.

20. Fisher & Phillips Adds David Jones -

Attorney David S. Jones has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s Memphis office. Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in immigration and employment law, most recently serving as a partner at Jackson Lewis P.C. In his new role, he represents corporate clients in complex matters relating to both immigration benefits and enforcement, as well as export control compliance under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

21. EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes -

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

At its April 20 meeting, EDGE board chairman Al Bright appointed a committee to evaluate a proposed Fast Track PILOT and hammer out its policies and procedures.

22. Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

23. Donahoe Named VP at Avison Young -

Michael Donahoe has joined commercial real estate firm Avison Young as vice president of its Memphis branch. Donahoe’s main focus will be overseeing all of the firm’s landlord leasing projects in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Toronto-based Avison Young opened the Memphis office in December, marking its third location in Tennessee and its 50th nationally. 

24. EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses -

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

25. Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm -

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

26. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

27. Earthman Promoted at Geotechnology -

Doug Earthman Jr. has been promoted to business development associate at Geotechnology Inc., a geotechnical engineering and environmental services firm. In his new role, he’ll develop and maintain relationships with clients throughout Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas in markets that include transportation, manufacturing, energy, institutional and commercial developments.

28. Ball to Lead New Division at Evolve Bank -

Thomas Ball has joined Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust as president of the newly formed Equipment Finance Division. In this role, Ball will create and grow a product line focused on equipment loans and leases to businesses across the U.S.

29. Anna Cardona Joins Ledford Engineering -

Anna Cardona has joined Ledford Engineering and Planning, an Arlington-based land planning and civil engineering firm, as designer and marketing director. Cardona will add interior design to Ledford’s service offerings, making the firm a one-stop shop for building and development needs.

30. Haslam Uses Lamar Backdrop To Make Road Funding Case -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam still thinks it’s too early to talk about how to pay for a $6.1 billion list of 181 state road projects in 62 counties across the state.

But after saying that Monday, Nov. 9, in Memphis, Haslam then made the case for a gas tax hike.

31. Haslam Uses Lamar Backdrop To Make Road Funding Case -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam still thinks it’s too early to talk about how to pay for a $6.1 billion list of 181 state road projects in 62 counties across the state.

But after saying that Monday, Nov. 9, in Memphis, Haslam then made the case for a gas tax hike.

32. The Haven -

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

“It’s really the glue that holds the community together,” said 1990 graduate, and Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dorsey Hopson. “You have some of the poorest kids that we have in the state attend there. You also have some of the most high-performing kids in the state attend there. You truly have all segments of all kinds of communities both in the school zone and outside the zone who descend on ‘The Haven’ every single day.”

33. Hotel Density Fuels Memphis Convention Center Ambitions -

The best indicator that the national recession was lifting in Memphis was the emergence this year of numerous plans for new hotels and motels.

But aside from Whitehaven’s 450-room, $90 million Guest House at Graceland, most of the planned projects are small. And the smaller hotels do little to resolve the long-standing chicken-and-egg question about which should come first – more hotel rooms or more and better convention space.

34. Proposal Prompts Closer Look at Tax Breaks -

In recent years, the tax incentives used to bring economic development and jobs to Memphis have been a lightning rod.

The debate’s volume grew as it became apparent that Memphis was emerging from the national recession at a slower pace than other major cities as well as some parts of rural west Tennessee and north Mississippi.

35. Mark Mosteller Joins Evolve Bank & Trust -

Mark E. Mosteller Sr. recently joined Evolve Bank & Trust as executive vice president, accounting and finance.
The new role includes a variety of responsibilities, including management of the accounting and finance department team, accounting internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, taxes and treasury management. Mosteller also works with senior and executive management and the board on accounting, finance and operational issues.

36. Skyline-Changing Tower Project Planned for Beale -

The resurrected One Beale project at Riverside Drive and Beale Street has returned to a two-tower plan that will include 280 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail and meeting space, 20,000 square feet of office space and a 300-room hotel.

37. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

38. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

39. Concerns Raised About Ikea Incentives -

Some city of Memphis officials are concerned that offering tax incentives to Swedish furniture retailer Ikea could set a dangerous precedent, one that could open the door for other retailers, including large mall owners, to seek the tax breaks.

40. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Cost: $3.5 million

41. McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed -

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.
McKinney works to develop field leaders and help financial advisers leverage their strengths and experiences to build successful practices. He serves as mentor to both new and seasoned financial advisers and says he’s committed to building an office that demonstrates the collective passion shared for clients and the community.

42. Empire Express Grows to Trucking Powerhouse -

After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1962, Ed Gatlin started a successful automotive chemicals business.

Gatlin sold that business, Ig-lo Products Corp., to Valvoline Oil Co. in 1985 and remained as CEO for two more years. After leaving that venture, Gatlin’s desire to succeed in business burned as strong as ever and he still had a few trucks and trailers.

43. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

44. Verizon Wireless Taps New Regional President -

Verizon Wireless has named Kristi Crum as the new president of its South Central Region, which includes West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

45. Verizon Wireless Taps New Regional President -

Verizon Wireless has named Kristi Crum as the new president of its South Central Region, which includes West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

46. Butler Snow Law Firm Expands to New York -

The Mississippi and Tennessee-based Butler Snow law firm has expanded into the New York market.

The firm has added Stanford G. Ladner in its public finance, tax incentives and credit markets group and David M. Cohen in its product liability, mass tort and environmental group. Both will be based in New York.

47. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

48. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

49. Elkington, Harris Talk of Beale Street Nonprofit -

The next manager and developer of the Beale Street entertainment district should be a nonprofit entity similar to the Downtown Memphis Commission that focuses on improving the district and planning for its expansion, according to longtime Beale Street developer John Elkington and Memphis City Council member Lee Harris.

50. Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO -

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

51. Community Oasis -

A visitor walking the winding, sun-dappled paths of Memphis Botanic Garden past stands of maple trees and beds of hydrangeas might never guess that there was a time when a black cloud hung low over the East Memphis attraction.

52. Lewis Flies Unique Path to Legal Career -

When Russell Lewis IV entered the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, he had no plans to become a practicing attorney.

53. MEMFix Goes South -

Of the neighborhoods in which the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has been working to build retail and commercial trade, none has the amount of history, turmoil, potential and perception problems found in the two blocks east and west of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

54. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.

55. Word Finds Passion With Vaco, Women’s Alliance -

In her six years as a CPA, Ginna Word has seen the industry from both sides of a spreadsheet, as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche, and as a corporate, in-house accountant for The ServiceMaster Co.

56. Mississippi Governor Calls Economic Special Session -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he was bringing lawmakers back to the Capitol late this week for a special session on an economic development project.

“I will issue a formal call (Wednesday) for the Legislature to convene on Friday to consider an economic development package that will bring needed jobs to our state,” Bryant said in a news release. “This is an exciting project and a great testament to the quality of our workforce.”

57. Bank Sets $500 Million Loan Fund for Mississippi Firms -

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) – BancorpSouth Inc. is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers.

58. Imre Named Assistant Controller at Makowsky Ringel Greenberg -

Nancy Imre has joined Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC as assistant controller. Imre is responsible for the real estate management company’s accounting department, overseeing investor reporting and preparation of corporate financial statements.

59. 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.

60. Horne Still Growing at 50 Years -

Already this year, the Horne LLP accounting and business advisory firm has hired a few tax managers for its Memphis office, and the firm also has brought its tax leadership here.

61. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

62. CK’s Moves Into Jackson as Part of Expansion -

A longtime Memphis diner chain is expanding its presence into the Jackson, Tenn., market.

CK’s Coffee Shop has signed a five-year lease for 1,390 square feet of the existing 4,900-square-foot Old Medina Market Gas Station at 2800 Old Medina Road.

63. Uphill Battle -

After retiring from her nearly 30-year career at FedEx, African-American business executive Edith Kelly-Green embarked on an entrepreneurial venture when she bought 11 Lenny’s Sub Shop locations.

Three decades of working for a Fortune 500 corporation paved the way for her new enterprise as a franchisee.

64. Holtz Joins Fulmer Cos. Marketing Department -

Wendy Holtz has joined Fulmer Cos. as its marketing communications manager.

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas

Education: B.S. in communications from the University of Texas, Austin; M.B.A. in international business from San Diego State University

65. Nation Adds 200K Jobs in December Hiring Surge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four painful years after the Great Recession struck and wiped out 8.7 million jobs, the United States may finally be in an elusive pattern known as the virtuous cycle – an escalating loop of robust job growth, healthier spending and higher demand.

66. Heart of Memphis -

The day before Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker this summer at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, he went for a jog in Nashville wearing his “Believe Memphis” Grizzlies T-shirt.

67. Nissan North America Renews Lease In SE Shelby -

Nissan North America Inc. has renewed its 413,000-square-foot lease in Southeast Shelby County.

68. Looking Out for Others Drives Smith’s Work -

Three days after Jeffrey Smith’s father had surgery to repair a broken hip, doctors told his mother he was being discharged that day – whether or not she had found a nursing home for his rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s treatment.

69. Q1 Late Payments on Auto Loans Lowest Since 1999 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Late payments on auto loans hit their lowest level since 1999 in the first quarter, providing more data that shows consumers have gotten a handle on their debt.

TransUnion said the rate of payments that are 60 days or more past due reached its lowest point since the credit reporting agency began tracking the figure, dropping to 0.49 percent.

70. Steamboats To Call Miss. River Home Once Again -

The overnight riverboat cruise business has certainly had its share of false starts in recent years. The trouble began in 2001, six years after The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. had the largest steamboat in the world built. The company went bankrupt and The American Queen went out of service.

71. Overnight River Cruises to Finance Beale Street Landing -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Tuesday outlined a plan to Memphis City Council members to bring overnight and multi-night riverboat cruises back to Memphis as headquarters for the Great American Steamboat Co. The deal would also provide the funding to complete the stalled Beale Street Landing project.

72. Polley: Local Entrepreneurs Keep Market Going -

With various national and regional retailers finally following suit and getting more active in the Memphis market, sometimes the local entrepreneurs can get overlooked.

As project leasing director of StoneCrest Investments LLC’s Memphis office, Jason Polley has been active in the city’s commercial real estate scene for 12 years, focusing almost exclusively on retail. He works closely with both national and local retailers, but credits the latter in keeping the Memphis retail market afloat.

73. CBRE’s Ridgway Honored as Top Newcomer -

It’s safe to say that real estate runs in Grant Ridgway’s blood. In the 1890s, his great grandfather moved to Jackson, Miss., bought a farm, sectioned it off in parcels and sold them one by one. Naturally, his grandfather got into the business, developing much of the West Jackson area.

74. Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Plans Spring Workshops -

As many Mid-South nonprofits continue to struggle with funding, the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, which serves nonprofits in more than 30 counties in Eastern Arkansas, Northern Mississippi and Western Tennessee, is working to strengthen them through its 2011 annual conference and a series of spring workshops.

75. 48 Hour Film Launch Aims to Inspire Movie-Makers -

Expect lights, camera and action along the streets of South Main and the banks of the Mississippi River this weekend as veteran and aspiring filmmakers alike will attempt to create five short films in just 48 hours.

76. Business Sense -

Mark Luttrell has a little more than eight weeks under his belt as Shelby County mayor, and he’s spent much of that time on things that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

77. MED Eyes Dallas Hospital as Example -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said Thursday his top priority is appointing a board for The MED that will help the publicly owned hospital build a stronger foundation.

78. Downtown Touchdown -

Many of the dominoes that fell into place in advance of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. deciding to move its Memphis corporate headquarters to the landmark Downtown tower One Commerce Square happened in the public eye.

79. Pinnacle Chooses One Commerce Square -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. has decided to shift its Memphis headquarters from Memphis International Airport to a landmark Downtown tower, capping months of study by Pinnacle and intense lobbying of the regional air carrier by state and local governments.

80. Lovell Joins nexAir as CFO, General Counsel -

Having entered the legal profession as a means to develop a long-term business career, Milton Lovell realized his goal recently when he was named the new chief financial officer and general counsel of nexAir.

81. Memphian to Screen Feature Film -

Jason Weter isn’t the first Memphian to fund creative endeavors through his day job, but with the creation of a new feature film, he hopes to start doing both at the same time.

Weter’s homegrown film production company, Cellardoor Cinema, will present its new 91-minute drama, “Blind People,” Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Theatre (formerly Circuit Playhouse).

82. Butler Snow’s Wilmesherr to Discuss Financial Reform -

Edward Wilmesherr, a partner in the law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, admits he doesn’t do a lot of texting.

83. Haslam Vows a ‘Hands On’ Role in Economic Development -

If elected governor, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam said he will be “hands on” in economic development. But Haslam said parts of such a policy like land use should remain local decisions.

“I think the governor needs to be hands-on involved with economic development,” Haslam said during a wide-ranging discussion this week in Memphis as he met with the leadership of The Daily News.

84. Browder Bets on Market Recovery -

Reading the recovery of the commercial real estate market in the last year has been like picking a horse at the races with largely unknown odds, but Mack Browder is putting his money on an old favorite to pull through in the end.

85. Bass Pro and Beyond -

"Adaptive reuse” is the term for what city leaders hope will happen at The Pyramid.

Throw in the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Beale Street Landing projects, though, and “adaptive reuse” seems inadequate to define what is happening among the three concepts.

86. Southaven Harley-Davidson Mixes Bikes, Tourism -

The new headquarters for Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson is the logical passage point for motorcyclists to exit Interstate 55 for a ride down the Blues Highway into the Mississippi Delta. With that in mind, owner Lisa Wade is teaming up with tourism officials to market the opportunity.

87. New Morgan Keegan Details Emerge -

The former president of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc.’s asset management unit was questioned under oath in October by regulators scrutinizing some of the company’s mutual funds.

88. Little Guys, Big Guys -

No one would mistake a local institution like Tri-State Bank for one of Wall Street’s mighty titans of finance, whose recent woes brought the U.S. and world economies to their knees.

89. Crimson Tide -

Twelve days into the new year, Gov. Phil Bredesen stood in the well of the state House in Nashville and talked about leading the nation in education reform.

Later this year, Bredesen will return to address legislators on a less lofty but more immediate topic – a pool of red ink in the state budget unprecedented at least since the Depression years of the 1930s. For more than a year and a half, Tennessee has failed to meet its monthly revenue projections.

90. Mega Bucks -

Ten years ago, Jim Ewing and Jim Bruce wrote a piece for Site Selection, a trade magazine for people in the business of consulting on the best locations to build industrial plants. It was called “The Approaching Industrial Land Shortfall.”

91. Housing Divided -

A couple of years ago, when Clay Thompson of Memphis decided it was time to stop renting, he set his sights on the Downtown condominium market. He was especially interested in the old warehouses in the South Main Historic Arts District that had been converted to condos.

92. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

93. Taking Off -

Aviators attain flight and control the movements of their aircraft by precisely balancing the forces of lift, thrust, drag and gravity. The people piloting the aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of Memphis’ economy focused on the airport, other transportation assets and the connectivity among them – are negotiating their own set of physics in hopes of becoming airborne.

94. MED Eyes Mississippi for Funds, Arkansas Comes Through -

Arkansas has notified The Regional Medical Center at Memphis it will send $2.3 million to offset the cost of taking care of uninsured patients from that state, and now hospital officials are hopeful Mississippi will provide funding.

95. Memphis Music Foundation Elects Bell Chairman -

Al Bell has been elected the new chairman of the Memphis Music Foundation.
Under Bell’s direction, the foundation will continue to provide education, strategic planning and promotional opportunities to the Memphis music industry.
Bell is the former chairman and owner of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records. Bell has worked with artists such as Booker T and the MG’s, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Richard Pryor.

96. Fogerty Joins Jackson Lewis In Of Counsel Role -

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

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

97. College Lite: Post-high school training programs – how do they rate? -

Jess Parrish used to say that when he started Shelby State Community College in 1970, he ran it out of the trunk of his car. His comment reflected the hard work it took to start a two-year college. Parrish also was acknowledging some of the perceptions about community colleges that exist to this day – eight years after SSCC merged with State Technical Institute to become Southwest Tennessee Community College, the largest community college in the state.

98. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is $22. For reservations, contact Dianne Cordaro at 287-6009 or diannecordaro@yahoo.com.

99. Miss. Gaming Revenue Down 8 Percent -

The conventional wisdom once held that the casino business is as recession-proof as selling bottled water in the desert.

But as with so many other truths once thought to be well established – such as the idea that housing prices always increase over the long term – that notion is being re-evaluated in the wake of the national credit crisis.

100. Warren Named Bursar At University of Memphis -

Carol Warren has accepted the position of bursar in the Division of Business & Finance at the University of Memphis. Warren is a graduate of the University of Memphis and has experience in student financial service operations working for the U of M previously as the assistant bursar. Before joining the university, Warren spent several years in the Loan Division at First Tennessee Bank.