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1. Expanding Its Reach -

His was a story as tragic as it is familiar. E. Young had immediate family members in a gang. More than one gang tried to recruit him. His parents were in no way equipped to raise him.

When he moved in with an aunt, Phyllis Brown, he was by his own words “angry, depressed.”

2. Harris Cites Effects of ‘Trump Approach’ on County Races -

Three weeks into his run for Shelby County mayor on the 2018 ballot, state Sen. Lee Harris told a group of 30 supporters in Victorian Village Wednesday, Nov. 1, that he is running as a response to the “Trump approach.”

3. Last Word: Crosstown & Forrest, Eclipse Day and The Problem With Day Care -

As an organizer of Saturday’s “Take Them Down” rally at Health Sciences Park walked toward Union Avenue where Memphis Police had taken one of the protesters arrested there, he looked at another organizer and said, “It’s time to make the call.” The call was bail money for the five, soon to be six people arrested. These were the first arrests of the last week of new momentum for an issue that has risen and subsided for decades now in our city.

4. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.

5. Last Word: Harold Ford Jr. on Change, Tourism Turns a Corner and Sim at UTHSC -

Very different outlooks along party lines still in our delegation to Washington over the Senate’s version of Trumpcare.

On the day the Congressional Budget Office estimated the proposal would end health insurance coverage for 22 million Americans, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reaction:

6. RedRover Adds Will Cook As Design Architect -

RedRover Sales & Marketing has added three new employees in recent months, including design architect Will Cook, who has more than 10 years of graphic design experience and comes to RedRover from The Commercial Appeal and Savant Learning Systems. In his new role, Cook primarily designs print and web collateral for RedRover’s clients while also assisting the sales and marketing teams in other ways, including participating in sales meetings and calls.

7. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

8. From Art to Zumba, Memphis Seniors Taking Steps to Keep Mind & Body Fit -

For people like Bill Wilson, 74, keeping active mentally as well as physically is the key to a healthier life.

9. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, March 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Keith G. Anderson, a cardiologist at Sutherland Cardiology Clinic and president of the Tennessee Medical Association, will discuss numerous health care topics, including how federal health care reform could impact Tennessee. Cost is $20 at the door. Email taylor@memphisrotary.org to register.

10. The Week Ahead: March 20-26 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

11. Events -

Aspen Dental, in partnership with Alpha Omega Veterans Services, will provide free dental care for Memphis veterans via its MouthMobile mobile dental office Tuesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, 170 N. Main St. Appointments are required and can be made by contacting AOVS at 901-729-2345.

12. State Targets Refugee Program; Lollar to Lead Delegation -

The state Legislature is likely to file a complaint before the end of January challenging the legality of the Refugee Resettlement Program in Tennessee, according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

13. Last Word: Election Impact, Fun with Election Cross Tabs and DeSoto vs. Marshall -

Now, about the idea being discussed starting late last week that when the Feds are looking at someone running for office or holding office they have to take into consideration how close the next election is for that person.

14. Accredo Health Expanding Facility in Century Center -

Accredo Health Group is renovating its offices in Bartlett. Corna Kokosing Construction Co. recently filed a $15 million building permit for the site at 1640 Century Center Parkway. The company was acquired by St. Louis-based Express Scripts in 2012 and added 50 employees to its Century Center campus in 2015.

15. Accredo Health Expanding Facility in Century Center -

Accredo Health Group is renovating its offices in Bartlett. Corna Kokosing Construction Co. recently filed a $15 million building permit for the site at 1640 Century Center Parkway. The company was acquired by St. Louis-based Express Scripts in 2012 and added 50 employees to its Century Center campus in 2015.

16. Last Word: Pot Action In Memphis and Nashville, Izakaya and Wake Up Man -

A big night in Nashville and Memphis for the issue of marijuana decriminalization. An ordinance to allow cops to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than half an ounce of pot won final approval by the Metro Nashville Council hours after the Memphis City Council approved second of three readings of a similar ordinance. The Memphis action sets the stage for a final vote at City Hall on this come October 4.

17. Three Industrial Properties Sell for $9.6 Million -

Malone Distribution Park 

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $9.6 million

Sale Date: Sept. 8

18. Cemetery Mess, Unidentified Bodies Stump Tennessee Officials -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than two years after the state closed a troubled Tennessee cemetery whose owner was accused of losing bodies and burying multiple people in single plots, it appears that efforts to determine exactly who is buried where have failed.

19. The Week Ahead: Aug. 15-21 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further. Here’s our weekly roundup of local events and other happenings you need to know about, from the Elvis Week candlelight vigil to a fun evening of craft beer and DIY art…

20. Last Word: SEC and GMF, Wiseacre's Growth and Apartment Action -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been investigating Global Ministries Foundation since mid-July. The revelation turned up Wednesday in a Memphis Federal Court filing by the receiver appointed to oversee and sell the Tulane and Warren apartments.

21. Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause -

There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

In less than a week you will be able to make a left turn onto McLean Boulevard from Union Avenue eastbound and westbound. And the traffic signal that lets you do that will flash a yellow arrow that indicates you can turn left if there are no pedestrians and no cars coming the other way.

22. Saint Francis Affiliate Opens on Summer Avenue -

Saint Francis Medical Partners – the affiliated physician network of Saint Francis Healthcare, which includes Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett – has opened a new 10 exam-room practice on Summer Avenue.

23. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.

24. PNA Conference Covers Gamut of Issues to Improve Seniors' Lives -

Most of the topics you would expect. The 2016 overview on Medicare, coordinating services for seniors, and dealing with grief in the workplace.

They are all anticipated – and needed topics – for the Feb. 23 Professional Network on Aging (PNA) Conference at Bartlett Municipal Center.

25. Clinton Declaration Signals Attempt to Upset Tennessee’s Presidential Rhythm -

By the time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton walked on a stage at LeMoyne-Owen College a week ago, her campaign was already emphasizing what it viewed as the central message of the stop.

26. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

27. Welcome Back -

When Shelby County’s public schools open for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, it will mark the first time in three years that there will be no historic, structural changes to the systems themselves.

28. Study Finds Merit In Youth Villages' Transitional Program -

Youth Villages’ 17-year-old transition program for children aging out of the foster care system at age 18 improved participants’ outcomes in housing stability, economic well-being, and employment and earnings, according to a new clinical study by nonprofit research organization MDRC.

29. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

30. Sweet Potato Baby Cooks Up Awards -

Aryen Moore-Alston, executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby, recently received two honors for the boutique catering and baked-goods company she opened in Memphis last year.

Sweet Potato Baby was named a winner of the American Small Business Championship by SCORE, a national organization that mentors entrepreneurs and small-business owners. It was also named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 to Watch” in 2015 list, which recognized companies and organizations that stood out in 2014 for their leadership in the community.

31. MRG Enjoys Flurry of Leasing Activity -

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is reporting leasing activity at its retail, office and industrial properties.

32. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

33. Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.

34. Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy Prepares for Debut -

A group of 213 children in Bartlett who are coming out of middle school and into a new academic year and system got an introduction last week to the Bartlett school that is a bridge between their middle schools and Bartlett High.

35. Redmont Joins HORNE as Tax Consulting Manager -

Richard Redmont has joined HORNE LLP as a tax consulting manager. Redmont, a certified public accountant, has more than 25 years of tax and consulting experience with international firms in the accounting and insurance industries, and has served clients in the manufacturing, retail, distribution, health care and financial services industries. He also served on a national Sarbanes-Oxley team for an international firm.

36. Ridge Lake Building Sold After Foreclosure -

756 Ridge Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38120
Sale Amount: $2.9 million

Sale Date: May 8, 2014
Buyer: Life Insurance Co. of the Southwest
Seller: Brooks R. Smith, successor trustee
Details: The 38,472-square-foot Ridge Lake Office Building at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. in East Memphis has sold back to the lender for $2.9 million following a foreclosure.

37. Construction Loan Filed for Kirby Whitten Land -

The owner of a 4.5-acre vacant parcel on Kirby Whitten Road has filed an $8 million construction loan for the Bartlett site.

Vancouver, Wash.-based Bartlett Care Group LLC filed the construction deed of trust with absolute assignment of rents and leases, security agreement and fixture filing financing statement May 7 through Wells Fargo Bank NA.

38. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

39. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

40. Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening -

The owners of Club 152 on Beale Street and prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have been talking since the club was shut down a week ago as a public nuisance.

Both sides are due back before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter Thursday, May 21.

41. Healthy Church Challenge Tackles Obesity Epidemic -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s second annual Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition for churches in West Tennessee is set to get under way on Saturday, Feb. 2.

This year’s challenge is anticipated to include more than 50 local churches that will get the chance to compete for cash prizes to benefit their churches and health ministries.

42. Health Care Alignment Trend Accelerates -

The trend for alignment between hospital systems and private physicians hit the Mid-South in mid-2010 and has gained momentum since.

The area’s three major hospital systems – Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Saint Francis Healthcare – are padding their physician rosters with primary care doctors and specialists by acquiring practices in strategic locations throughout the Memphis market.

43. Sekisui, Circa to Relocate Spaces -

Two East Memphis restaurants soon will have new addresses. 

Sekisui is moving from its original location in the Shops of Humphreys Center, 50 Humphreys Blvd., into Circa by John Bragg’s space in Regalia Shopping Center at 6150 Poplar Ave., suite 122. Circa plans to relocate west to Chickasaw Crossing, 2855 Poplar, in the space where Ronnie Grisanti’s restaurant operated for years.

44. Bartlett Zoning Case Tops Commission Agenda -

Shelby County Commissioners take up a proposed assisted living facility at their meeting Monday, Nov. 5, that doesn’t yet require approval from the city of Bartlett but which is in an area Bartlett is seeking to annex.

45. Business of Health Care Topic of Seminar -

In terms of national policy discussion, the current changes in the model and delivery of health care remains among the most heated and complicated of topics.

And on Thursday, Sept. 20, a panel of local experts assembled by The Daily News will participate in an in-depth discussion about the health care industry, including challenges, opportunities and the outlook through 2013.

46. Senior Sector -

The 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 were said to have remodeled society as they moved through it.

It was the baby boomer generation that drove the cultural shift to consumerism with SUVs and mini-vans. That demographic just turned 65 and real estate developers have taken notice.

47. Questions Stack up for Unincorporated County -

Countywide school board member David Reaves said he didn’t know on Tuesday, Aug. 14, enough times that a standing-room-only crowd at Bolton High School began to anticipate the answer to their questions about where there children would attend school in the first year of the schools merger.

48. Medical Realignment -

Private practice is fast becoming a thing of the past, as physicians groups across the country scramble to align with large health care systems in a move largely driven by national health care reform.

49. Cost Analysis Sparks Little Reaction -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz noted that before he finished his presentation Wednesday, May 16, on how much municipal school systems in the suburbs could cost, other commissioners had already emailed the proposal to suburban mayors backing the move to municipal school districts.

50. Suburbs Consider Legal Challenges In Schools Fight -

After a race to call special referendum elections in May, suburban leaders this week may be in a race to get to Chancery Court in a legal challenge of the Tennessee attorney general’s opinion that last week stopped the referenda move.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. Cos., Churches Deliver Christmas Cheer to Perea -

Perched on a stool and wearing a blue-and-gray Memphis Tigers Santa hat, one-man-band Jeff Hulett led a group of preschoolers in singing “Feliz Navidad” Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Perea Preschool, located inside Klondike Elementary School in North Memphis.

54. Methodist To Invest $1M at North Hospital -

As part of a multiyear plan to upgrade its facility, Methodist North Hospital is planning a $1.1 million interior renovation of one of its medical units to improve the care and comfort of its mostly elderly patients.

55. Costs, Alignments Dominate Health Care Conversation -

The local and national trend of health care systems aligning with physicians groups emerged as the primary topic of discussion Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Business of Health Care Seminar, presented by The Daily News at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

56. TDN Seminar to Examine State of Health Care -

The health care industry is an economic driver in Memphis, where hospitals, health care providers and biotechnology companies employ one out of every seven workers.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, a panel of local experts will discuss the health care sector’s current state and future forecast at The Daily News Business of Health Care Seminar, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

57. Capitoline Moves To SE Memphis Center -

A Rome, Ga.-based surface components manufacturer is relocating its distribution facility to the Southeast Memphis industrial submarket.

Capitoline Products has signed a 23,500-square-foot lease at 5805 Advantage Cove, confirmed the firm’s co-owner, L.G. Smith. The company is currently located off Lamar Avenue.

58. Baptist Affiliate Acquires Boston Baskin -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is working to develop the Mid-South’s first adult multidisciplinary, comprehensive academic cancer center.

59. Baptist Affiliate Acquires Boston Baskin -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is working to develop the Mid-South's first adult multidisciplinary, comprehensive academic cancer center.

60. Plotting a Course -

State and federal officials are developing new programs and legislation to bolster small businesses.Many companies are facing a variety of hurdles in a lackluster economy in which millions remain jobless and the outlook for consumer confidence and companies’ confidence in hiring and investing remain bleak. But what shape those hurdles have taken depends on who you ask.

61. Haykal Recognized For Work in Psychiatry -

Dr. Radwan Faysal Haykal, director of the Bipolar Spectrum Program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

62. Plans Move Ahead For Cordova Staples -

1.7 acres in
Galleria of Memphis
Sale Amount: $850,000

Sale Date: July 26, 2011

Buyer: TN Cordova Germantown LLC

63. Germantown Collection Sells for $7.3M in Foreclosure -

7810 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $7.3 million

Sale Date: June 23, 2011
Buyer: GA Poplar Avenue Germantown LLC (c/o Principal Real Estate Investors)
Seller: Jason A. Strain, substitute trustee
Original Borrower: CH Realty III/Germantown LLC
Original Lender: Principal Life Insurance Co.
Orig. Loan Amount: $8.7 million
Orig. Loan Date: Oct. 12, 2004

64. Ga.-Based Coastal Logistics Signs Lease -

A budding Savannah, Ga.-based third-party logistics firm is expanding into the Southeast Memphis industrial market. Coastal Logistics Group Inc. has signed a new 50,000-square-foot lease at 5715 Distribution Drive.

65. MBIN Signs New Lease At Bellbrook Park -

A Memphis-based wholesaler of collectable items has signed a new industrial lease in the Southwest submarket.

MBIN Global Inc. has signed a new lease for 26,250 square feet at Bellbrook Industrial Park, 1004 Brooks Road.

66. Martino’s Faith at Center Of Successful Design Career -

Angelo Martino, head of the interior design department at Lakeland-based Renaissance Group, has been in the business almost 50 years. But what others may call the result of many years of practice, Martino calls a “gift from God.”

67. Stephen Hegdale Named General Manager at BarDett -

Stephen Hegdale has been named general manger of BarDett, dba A.S. Barboro, a Memphis-based distributor of Miller and Coors beer with ties to Nashville’s Det Distributing Co.

68. OrthoStat Fills Orthopedic Niche -

The staff at OrthoStat has seen a steady stream of hand, foot, hip, spine and other orthopedic injuries since opening its doors in the fall.

The acute care clinic at 6286 Briarcrest Ave. is inside the large OrthoMemphis facility that also houses The Hand Center, The Spine Center, an MRI center and rehabilitation services.

69. ATTN: Mayor Wharton -

Memphians sound off on city’s most pressing needs.

Aaron Shafer
Founder of Skatelife Memphis; scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hosp.

Develop and promote a citywide mentoring campaign. We must heavily invest in the positive development of our children. Many of our Memphis children suffer not from a material poverty, but a poverty of healthy relationships and ultimately a poverty of possibility – of reaching their full potential. Each of us has had supportive network of mentors (“the village”) in our lives, be they our parents, teachers or friends, that have come along side of us to build our self-esteem and to help us navigate a path that moves us closer to realizing our potential.

70. EMHC Moving to Appling Farms, Doubling in Size -

Emergency Mobile Health Care is more than doubling the size of its Memphis corporate headquarters.

EMHC has signed a 14,200-square-foot lease at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. EMHC currently occupies 6,900 square feet at 5071 Wilfong Road, and also has an office in Jackson, Tenn.

71. Menlo Bolsters Local Presence With New Lease -

Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC is expanding its Memphis-area operations with a new 181,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto in Olive Branch.

72. Healthy Industry -

Throughout a prolonged recession and anemic recovery, hospitals and health care companies have given Memphis a powerful antidote to an ailing economy.

They have invested more than a billion dollars in new construction and equipment, expanded operations and kept tens of thousands of people working.

73. Clean Slate -

A Memphis corporation is helping set standards for best practices in the health care industry on an international level.

This week ServiceMaster Clean’s Bartlett-area training facility led business managers from Japan through the gray areas of cleaning in medical facilities.

74. Greenbrier Gets Loan for Downtown Project -

436 S. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $2.1 million

Loan Date: Sept. 30, 2010
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Greenbrier Partners LLC
Lender: Southern Bancorp Bank

75. Commission: Read the Charter and Vote -

Both sides in the consolidation debate are urging citizens to read the proposed metro charter and vote.

And as the campaign nears the Nov. 2 Election Day vote on the charter, each side is accusing the other of reading things in the charter that aren’t there.

76. Infection Offensive -

Tennessee has lifted a curtain of secrecy, exposing the successes and failures of Memphis hospitals in preventing bloodstream infections.

The likelihood of getting a central line-associated bloodstream infection at some area hospitals is double what it should be. Data compiled by the Tennessee Department of Health in a recent report show some hospitals have a standardized infection ratio (SIR) of 2.0 or more when the national guideline is 1.0.

77. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Buys Sutherland Cardiology Clinic -

7460 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $13.3 Million

Sale Date: July 1, 2010
Buyer: Methodist Healthcare-Memphis Hospitals
Seller: The Sutherland Cardiology Clinic Rental Co. LLC

78. Brighter Future -

The financial services industry in Memphis is apparently back to thinking about tomorrow, rather than simply making it through today.

Firms are hiring again, deepening their bench strength in key areas, recommitting to a focus on customer relationships – and, in some cases, once more turning a tidy profit.

79. Flintco Cos. Names Clawson Marketing Coordinator -

Beth Clawson has been named marketing coordinator for the Memphis office of The Flintco Cos. Inc. Clawson joined Flintco after serving as director of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Memphis.

80. Hospitals Challenged on Infections -

The rate of central-line associated bloodstream infection in hospitals is decreasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but data on how Memphis hospitals are doing won’t be released until this summer.

81. Payne-Johnson Joins Arlington’s Baptist Memorial Medical -

Dr. Ann Payne-Johnson, a family medicine physician at Baptist Memorial Medical Group, recently began practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Medical Group Arlington Family Medicine.

Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Education: Residency, University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine, Jackson, Tenn.; Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine; master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southern Mississippi
Work Experience: Family medicine physician at BMMG, clinician at Saint Francis Hospital, aerobics instructor/fitness instructor (stopped when I was 5 months pregnant with my son)
Family: Married. Five-year-old son, Donovan, in kindergarten at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School; daughter, Ashley, 2.
Last book read: “Llama Llama Mad at Mama”
Music: Disco. Favorite song: “I Will Survive.”
Favorite movie: “Scarface” (“Avatar” is a close second)
Sports team: New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!!!)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Farmville on Facebook, gadgets, spending time with the kids
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, who was a musician and scientist.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? I have always wanted to practice medicine.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Becoming board certified.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The people I work with every day are phenomenal. Baptist is growing to continue to meet the community’s needs for primary care.

82. How to Build a Government in 71 days -

The idea of consolidation is a political perennial in Memphis, but the details of merging Memphis and Shelby County governments are much more elusive.

The Metro Charter Commission’s formation last year represented the most meaningful move toward consolidation in almost 40 years.

83. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

84. Sheriff's Race Attracts Hard-Boiled Veterans -

Most of the Democratic and Republican candidates for Shelby County sheriff gathered last month in the office of outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell.

85. Wamp: Memphis To ‘Turn a Corner’ -

Republican candidate for governor Zach Wamp came into Memphis just ahead of the Easter weekend with kind words for the last Memphian to leave the governor’s race and a warning about the area’s politics.

86. Consolidation Charter Slow To Move -

Not a single word of a proposed consolidation charter has been drafted.

A Metro Charter Commission is still working toward an August deadline to complete a charter that would consolidate Memphis and Shelby County governments.

87. Life or Death for The MED -

A hand as tiny as a budding leaf punched at the air inside a baby incubator.

Kelley Smith, the head nurse of the neonatal intensive care unit at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, checked on the little fighter.

88. Ledbetter Joins UT Medical Group’s Dept. of Urology -

Dr. Christopher K. Ledbetter has joined the Department of Urology at UT Medical Group Inc.

Ledbetter will care for patients at UTMG’s urology clinic at Methodist South Hospital and at Methodist University Hospital, where he focuses on minimally invasive robotic urological surgery.

89. West Tennessee Neurology Adds Autonomic Clinic -

West Tennessee Neurology has set up a clinic with technology that helps pinpoint the causes for a variety of ailments and symptoms that are often difficult to diagnose.

The patients who go there include people with healthy hearts who sometimes experience racing beats, people with normal bladders who suffer periodic incontinence problems and people who suddenly faint for no apparent reason.

90. Ford Considers County Mayoral Run -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford is moving closer to a run for the office in the 2010 elections. Ford told The Daily News citizens have urged him to run since he took the job on an interim basis in December.

91. Tenet Inks Deal With UnitedHealthcare -

Tenet Health Care Corp., which owns and operates the Saint Francis Hospitals in Memphis and Bartlett, has signed a multiyear agreement with the insurer, UnitedHealthcare Group.

92. 2010 -

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.

93. Conwood Acquisition Helps Salvage November Commercial Sales -

A single, high-dollar transaction helped salvage November’s commercial sales total, accounting for half of the dollar volume last month. Beyond that, the most noteworthy trend to arise from the most recent data was a dearth of activity as Shelby County nears the end of 2009 – the slowest year for commercial transactions in at least two decades.

94. Beyond Halloween -

The signs are already up in some stores around the city – especially those open 24 hours a day. They remind Halloween minded patrons not to wear any kind of masks or face coverings into the stores or risk being mistaken for robbers. What we fear is the basis for Halloween as we know it. What we believe others fear is part of the evolving tradition. Combine the two and you are past Halloween and into a civic discussion that has a season of its own.

95. Golf Performance Center Slated For Timberlake’s Mirimichi -

6129 Woodstock Cuba Road
Millington, TN 38053
Permit Amount: $1.3 Million

Project Cost: $1.3 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2009
Completion: 2010
Owner: Big Creek Golf LLC
Tenant: Callaway Performance Center
Contractor: Eagle Contractors Inc.
Architect: N/A

96. Malone Gears Up for County Mayor Run -

Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone stood under a carport in Orange Mound earlier this week and kicked off her campaign for Shelby County mayor in 2010.

The timing of the campaign kickoff at her grandparents’ house with her mother, other family members and her friends in attendance had been planned months ago to follow the end of Malone’s year-long tenure as County Commission chairwoman. Malone turned over the chair Monday to fellow Commissioner Joyce Avery.

97. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis -

The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.

98. Compromise 101: Who’s going to fund the schools? -

In the year he’s been head of the Memphis school system, Superintendent Kriner Cash has been virtually unflappable.

Since the Memphis school board hired him in July 2008, Cash has doggedly pitched a detailed plan for the school system’s renewal with dozens of specific goals in a well-traveled PowerPoint presentation.

99. The Politics of Rape: What went wrong at MSARC -

There’s no such thing as a textbook rape victim. There are, however, some very thick and detailed textbooks on how medical and legal authorities should come to a victim’s aid.

Those two realities collided violently in March inside an examination room at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center.

100. Sexual Misconduct Costs Bartlett Doc’s License -

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners has suspended the license of Dr. John R. Wickman for six months because of “unwanted and inappropriate sexual conduct” with two female patients.

The suspension of his license last month follows a disciplinary action against Wickman in 1995. Wickman owns and operates Wickman Family Medical Care in Bartlett.