Editorial Results (free)
1. Last Word: Day Two in Federal Court, Cohen on Manafort and Saturation Concerns
- Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings on the witness stand Tuesday in Memphis Federal Court for day two of the trial on police surveillance of protesters.
And Rallings testified that he had only a “vague” knowledge of the 1978 federal consent decree banning such surveillance prior to the lawsuit filed in 2017 by protesters put on the City Hall security list. As a supervisor at the police training academy, Rallings also testified that the rules set by the decree to prevent political surveillance of protesters were not taught to police officers to his knowledge.
2. Police Documents Show Protest Spreadsheet and Fear of 'Radicals'
- Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Memphis Police brass kept a spread sheet over the past two years on whether a protest received a city permit – was “lawful” or “unlawful” – while continuing to collect information on some of the protesters from public social media.
3. Big Tobacco's Anti-Smoking Ads Begin After Decade of Delay
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend – but not by choice.
Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes.
4. October 20-26, 2017: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, October 21, 2017
2016: Early voting opens in advance of the November presidential elections in Tennessee.
Big River Crossing, the nearly two mile pedestrian-bicycle boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge formally opens to the public with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine. The $17.5 million project opens two weeks ahead of schedule and $1.5 million under budget. For the opening, delegations of elected officials from Memphis and West Memphis meet in the middle of the boardwalk over the Mississippi River.
5. Uncertainty Reigns Ahead of New Health Care Sign-Up Period
- Thursday, October 19, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him.
6. Still No Charity Money From Leftover Trump Inaugural Funds
- Monday, September 18, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be "workmanlike," and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president's residence in Washington.
7. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners
- Friday, June 23, 2017
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.
8. Last Word: Council Day, Strickland on Immigration and Super Bowl Ad Review
- Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Just when the Shelby County Commission seems to settle into a rhythm of short, concise meetings, along comes a relatively smallish grant for a free condom distribution program locally. And the commission chambers are packed.
9. With a Mind for Math, Crow Finds Fit As CPA at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck
- Saturday, February 4, 2017
As a child, Kelly Crow thought she might be want to be a nurse. A neighbor was a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and she always seemed to have a case that was inspiring.
10. Ernest Strickland Takes On Workforce Role at Chamber
- Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Ernest Strickland to senior vice president of workforce development, a newly created role. Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously served as vice president of international and business partnerships.
In his new position, he is responsible for creating and implementing the chamber’s workforce development strategy. His department serves as a liaison, working directly with existing and prospective businesses to ensure they are able to attract and retain a qualified workforce today and in the future.
11. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016
- Monday, January 2, 2017
Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.
12. Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit
- Thursday, December 8, 2016
2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 • Permit Amount: $2.5 million
Future Tenant: Trader Joe’s
Developer: CAP Germantown LLC
13. Strickland Used Polls to Hone Campaign Strategy
- Thursday, September 8, 2016
Political strategist Steven Reid calls Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s campaign “the perfect example” of using polling to win an election.
14. Duke Takes Reins at Friends for Life
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Longtime nonprofit administrator Diane Duke recently took the helm of Friends for Life as its new executive director. In her new role, the Los Angeles native leads and oversees an organization that’s helping those affected by HIV/AIDS through the provision of education, housing, food, transportation and healthy life skills training.
15. Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight
- Thursday, January 14, 2016
Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.
It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press. The longtime state official said he would rather step down than support a plan he feels will be detrimental to colleges and universities.
16. Baptist CEO Reynolds Announces Retirement
- Thursday, December 12, 2013
Stephen Reynolds announced Wed., Dec. 11, that he will retire as president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., effective in May.
17. Taxing Decision
- Saturday, March 30, 2013
Local medical device manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic Inc. and Wright Medical Group Inc. are crossing their fingers that Congress will follow through on a repeal of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax enacted in January.
18. They Really Did Write That!
- Thursday, October 4, 2012
Re: The column in which I quoted lawyers’ courtroom and deposition questions and statements. Ron Curlin of Memphis writes, “Without question, this is the most hilarious column you’ve ever done. It has brightened my day tremendously! As far as I’m concerned, you have set a precedent with this one, and I fully expect to see more ‘Did They Really Say That?’ columns chosen from the attorney’s side of the proceedings. Thank you for making my day. Keep up the excellent work.”
19. McBroom Joins Indie Memphis as Director of Operations
- Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mandy McBroom has been named director of operations for Indie Memphis, the first full-time staff member to hold the position. In her new role, she will oversee festival operations, shorts programming, volunteer opportunities and membership growth.
20. Miss. House OKs Redistricting Plan Favoring GOP
- Monday, April 30, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan Thursday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body.
House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it.
21. Governor Awaits Outcome of Nurse Licenses' Probe
- Thursday, July 21, 2011
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he's awaiting the outcome of an investigation into whether lawmakers improperly intervened with a state board to help three nurse practitioners whose licenses were suspended, but acknowledged he doesn't like it "when people use their leverage to accomplish a personal agenda."
22. Haslam Says $10M Research Funding an ‘Investment’
- Monday, March 21, 2011
University of Memphis president Dr. Shirley Raines couldn’t have picked a more ironic time to lose her voice last week.
23. Providers Elevate Need for Improved IT
- Monday, December 20, 2010
The pressure continues for health care providers to complete the transition from paper charts to electronic health records technology.
The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), otherwise known as the stimulus bill, allocated just under $25 billion for health information technology investment and incentives.
24. Haslam Appoints Ex-Publisher Griscom to Transition Team
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has named former Chattanooga Times Free Press publisher Tom Griscom to his transition team.
Haslam said in a release Monday that Griscom will become the fourth member of his transition team on a part-time basis, with a focus on developing a communications plan for the new administration.
25. Luttrell Appoints CAO, Transition Team
- Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell has begun preparing to take office in just a few weeks.
Luttrell, who won last week’s election for Shelby County mayor, takes office Sept. 1.
26. Cohen Joins Fight Against Mega-Banks
- Monday, May 10, 2010
Create a new super-regulator. Use a sale of bank assets to pay for cleaning up the next mammoth meltdown.
As lawmakers consider those and other ideas in putting the final touches on financial overhaul legislation, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, wants another proposal placed on the table: putting a ceiling on how large banks can grow.
27. Both Sides Take Tobacco Fight to Supreme Court
- Monday, February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to allow the government to seek nearly $300 billion from the tobacco industry for a half-century of deception that "has cost the lives and damaged the health of untold millions of Americans."
28. City Mayoral Transition Yields Crowded To-Do List
- Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Memphis Mayor-elect A C Wharton Jr. will be appointing a new city attorney once he takes office next week.
Elbert Jefferson, the city attorney Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery tried to fire just minutes after taking the oath of office on July 31, Friday sent a second resignation letter to Lowery. The two met for an hour Sunday evening at City Hall and Lowery accepted Jefferson’s resignation.
Jefferson’s attorney, Ted Hansom, and city Chief Administrative Officer Jack Sammons were also present. Jefferson turned in his key card, the keys to his city car and his laptop.
“The drama is over,” Lowery said Monday. “For my part, I wish it had never happened.”
In a resignation letter last week to Wharton, Jefferson had expressed hope that he would be hired for some position in the new administration. Over the weekend, he used the same text in the new letter but addressed it to Lowery instead. He requested the city pay his legal fees as well.
The resignation letter to Lowery made moot an ouster suit filed by Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons. Criminal Court Judge James Lammey, who was to hear the case, reset a final report to Oct. 27, citing Jefferson’s departure.
“A hearing on the issue of suspension would be an inefficient use of judicial resources, of the state of Tennessee and of the resources of the city of Memphis, and considering (Jefferson’s) current health status, would be an unnecessary tax on (Jefferson’s) well-being and a possible threat to his health,” Lammey wrote in the court order.
Jefferson was scheduled to return to City Hall from sick leave Monday. He apparently believed the new mayor would be in office by the time he returned.
An audit of city financial affairs is standard procedure in a change of administrations. Wharton is naming team members to review the offices of the city attorney, human resources and finance and administration. He was also to name members of his transition team Monday.
Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter and Methodist Healthcare executive Cato Johnson will head the team.
The other members are:
- Herman Morris, attorney and 2007 candidate for Memphis Mayor.
- Tomeka Hart, Memphis Urban League CEO and Memphis school board member.
- Jim Strickland, attorney and Memphis City Council member.
- Rev. Dwight Montgomery, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Memphis chapter President.
- Jose Velasquez, Latino Memphis former executive director.
- Nisha Powers, Powers Hill Design Inc. President.
- Paul Morris, attorney and former chairman Center City Commission.
- Douglas Scarboro, The Leadership Academy vice president.
- Steve Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. CEO.
- Diane Rudner, Plough Foundation chairman.
- Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial CEO.
Johnson has more experience serving on such task forces and ad hoc committees than any other leader in the city’s corporate community. Most recently, Johnson was one of two business leaders on the ad hoc committee exploring single-source local funding for education. He also served as a leader of the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation committee and has been involved in similar capacities with every major construction project for a civic use in the past 15 years.
Carpenter’s appointment is certain to fuel speculation that he might be tapped for some role in the new administration. However, Carpenter has already been holding fundraisers in anticipation of a bid for re-election to his commission seat in the 2010 county elections.
Wharton is tentatively scheduled to take the oath of office Oct. 26.
The Shelby County Commission also meets that same day and could receive Wharton’s resignation and declare a vacancy in the county mayor’s office with a vote to appoint Wharton’s successor-to-come in November. Until that vote, County Commission Chairwoman Joyce Avery will serve as interim mayor.
“It will be a day in which I come to work at one place and leave work from another place,” Wharton told The Daily News.
But the Shelby County Election Commission will meet earlier than expected -- Thursday afternoon -- to certify the Oct. 15 election results. Once the results are certified, Wharton is free to resign as Shelby County mayor and take the oath as Memphis mayor.
Meanwhile, Wharton has asked City Council Chairman Harold Collins to consider delaying a council vote today on the five appointees the city mayor is to make to a metro charter commission. The council set today’s vote with the intention of having whomever won the Oct. 15 special election appoint members of the panel.
“I won’t be there on the 20th. … I’m seeing if they are in a position to put it off until I’m actually over there,” Wharton told The Daily News, as he has had attorneys researching if a council vote in November would meet timelines for such an effort set out in state law.
“I believe that they may be able to meet on Nov. 3,” Wharton said.
Wharton has already named the 10 appointees to be made by the Shelby County mayor to the panel. The County Commission approved all 10 earlier this month.
While it appears he will make the other five, Wharton said he will ask the council, through Collins, to effectively pick the five nominees, whom Wharton would then send to the council as his appointees.
“I chose all 10 over here, which I had to do by law. If I could find some way around it that passed legal muster, then I would do that,” he said. “But we’ve researched it and I know of no way in which the city mayor can say … ‘I’m not going to do that.’ You can’t transfer it.”
Wharton and Lowery were to discuss the matter at a meeting Monday afternoon. Lowery told The Daily News he had received no suggested appointees from council members, but would be willing to submit names the council wants on the charter commission....
29. Environmentalists Seek to Bar TVA Nuclear Reactor
- Friday, July 17, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Five environmental groups petitioned federal regulators Wednesday to block the only commercial nuclear reactor now under construction in the United States – an unfinished 1970s-era reactor the Tennessee Valley Authority is working to complete after three decades in mothballs.
30. Influence 1 Foundation Names Hartsfield COO
- Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Felicia Hartsfield has been named chief operating officer of Influence 1 Foundation.
Hartsfield will oversee the continued stability and growth of the foundation’s fiscal, strategic, organizational and operational functions. Her duties also will include building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, as well as creating collaborations, which will enhance the foundation’s strategic model.
31. Ranking of Hospital ExecsIncludes Memphians
- Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Business Tennessee magazine's September issue features hospital executives from across the state who were named "The Top 35 Hospital Leaders in Tennessee."
The chosen Memphis executives
32. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School
- Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.
33. Mayor Herenton's Executive Assistant Moves to MLGW
- Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Gale Jones Carson has been named director of corporate communications for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. In her new executive-level position, she will report directly to MLGW president and CEO Joseph Lee III. She previously was executive assistant to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.
34. Startup Triumph Bank Works To Fill Desired Market Niches
- Friday, December 1, 2006
If Memphis is a pond, and mega-banks such as SunTrust Banks, Wachovia Corp. and Regions Financial Corp. are whales, then local startup Triumph Bank is a goldfish.
Sometimes, a little fish can make its gargantuan counterparts look like fish out of water.
35. Private Involvement in Public Schools Offers Hope
- Monday, February 6, 2006
In a speech to the nation's governors at an education summit last year, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates called the nation's high schools obsolete - and his ideas about how to fix that problem are having a profound effect on the way Memphis schools operate.
36. Mathews Named to New Post at FedEx Institute
- Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Eric Mathews was named associate director of corporate research and development at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Mathews previously served FIT in temporary roles directing research and business development and was part of the institute's founding executive management. He earned a bachelor's degree from Rhodes College and a master's degree from the University of Memphis.
37. DeBerry Named 2005 Legislator of the Year
- Wednesday, August 17, 2005
The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police presented U.S. Rep. John DeBerry the Legislator of the Year award. DeBerry, who represents District 90 in Memphis, is chairman of the House Children and Family Affairs committee.
38. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, August 11, 2003
Calendar of Events Aug. 11-17 Aug. 12
The Bartlett Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn-Sycamore View, 6101 Shelby Oaks Drive. A presentation will be given by Lifeblood of Memphis. Cos...
39. Archived Article: Tech Briefs
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001
Kevin Rushing, senior technology consultant for Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC No change in your pocket? You can still get a Pepsi from a vending machine as long as you have a credit card. Last week, Pepsi-Cola North America implemented a wirele...
40. Archived Article: Marketplace (profit)
- Monday, June 29, 1998
By STACEY PETSCHAUER Finding the obvious Profit Enhancement Process teaches companies how to improve profit and overall performance By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News When workers for a trash hauling company go to a landfill, they drive onto the sc...
41. Archived Article: Baptist
- Tuesday, November 18, 1997
By SUZANNE THOMPSON Baptist to file certificates of need for expansions By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. plans to file certificates of need for a new health care campus in the Medical Center and an expansion of B...
42. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, March 10, 1997
March 10 March 10 Professional Secretaries International will meet at 6 p.m. at the Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The speaker will be Shirley Jones, past president of the state division of PSI. The cost is $13. For more information, call Nathal...
43. Archived Article: Lj
- Friday, January 3, 1997
lj 10/5 cates Housing assistance agency raises price limits By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Prompted by rising housing costs, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency has broadened its purchase price limits for new and existing homes in most areas ...
44. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, September 18, 1996
Dr. Magdi Wassef has joined the Methodist Primary Care Center in Southaven. Wassef practiced family medicine for two years at the Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston, Miss. He received his medical degree from the University of Alexandria in ...
45. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, September 9, 1996
Sept Sept. 9 Professional Secretaries International will meet at 6 p.m. at the Marriott hotel, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The guest speaker will be Julie Terry, a certified public accountant and financial advisor with American Express. The cost is $12...