Back when he was in his mid-teens, John Fry would make frequent trips to the music store in front of Stax, the Satellite Record Shop, where Stax co-founder Estelle Axton would sell the future Ardent Studios founder 45s from behind the counter.
54. Festive Drinks and Fun Venues - Saturday, December 06, 2014
A number of new places opened in Nashville this year, bringing a bevy of new bourbons, crafted brews and incredible places to sit, relax and sip. If you are looking for more than a meal and want that genuine, trendy Nashville experience, here are a few hot spots.55. Justices to Announce New Attorney General on Monday - Monday, September 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Supreme Court justices plan to announce their choice for the next state attorney general on Monday.
According to a news release issued Thursday, the announcement will take place at 11 a.m. in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville.56. People Power - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.57. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season - Saturday, August 23, 2014
Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.
Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.
So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.58. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released - Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.59. Park Progress - Saturday, June 28, 2014
Shelby Farms Park has always seemed, in a way, like Memphis’ 4,500-acre backyard.
Venture to the park on any given day, and what’s liable to greet you is a cross section of Memphis that presents itself amid the park’s rolling hills, pastures, trails and lakes.60. Ugwueke Named Methodist Le Bonheur President - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Michael O. Ugwueke has been named president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals. In his new role, Ugwueke will be responsible for strategic management of the operations of six hospitals within the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, as well as other key corporate functions.61. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.62. Mean Streets - Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.
His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.63. 19th Century Club, Lee House Facing Different Futures - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday, July 1, the Midtown mansion that has been home to the 19th Century Club on Union Avenue for most of the 20th century and some of the 21st will probably be demolished.64. Five Years in the Life - Saturday, June 22, 2013
Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.65. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy - Saturday, February 09, 2013
Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.
The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.66. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy Award - Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.
The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.67. Filling the Voids - Saturday, February 02, 2013
Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.
Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.68. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.69. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.
Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.70. Midtown Dance Club Sells for $1.1 Million - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The former Backstreet Night Club at 2018 Court Ave. in Midtown has sold for $1.1 million to an entity called Turner Holdings LLC.71. Porter Launches Music Mentorship Program - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Songwriter, producer, hit-making machine and Memphis native David Porter is moving into the Falls Building Downtown in a few weeks to launch a national music mentorship venture.72. David Porter Launches Music Mentorship Program - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Songwriter, producer, hit-making machine and Memphis native David Porter is moving into the Falls Building Downtown in a few weeks to launch a national music mentorship venture.
The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) will be housed in the Greater Memphis Chamber offices and will seek to connect young musicians with music industry veterans.73. Millington Acreage Facing Foreclosure - Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Close to 47 acres of land on Raleigh-Millington Road in Millington is facing foreclosure after its owner, Turner & Edwards LLC, defaulted on a $299,039 loan through InSouth Bank dated Jan. 16, 2009.74. New Elvis ‘Icon’ Exhibit Opens at Graceland - Thursday, March 01, 2012
MEMPHIS (AP) – A new exhibit chronicling Elvis Presley's influence on pop music performers has opened at Graceland in Memphis.
The exhibit, called "Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley," opened Thursday at the Graceland tourist attraction. It includes 75 items on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, plus other memorabilia from artists who have been influenced by Elvis.75. Irving Leads Research Co. Animal Cell Therapies - Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Adam M. Irving is chief executive officer of San Diego-based Animal Cell Therapies Inc., a company that develops stem cell treatments to treat a variety of ailments for animals. Irving is based in Memphis.76. Encouraging Signs - Monday, February 27, 2012
In the weeks since it was announced last month that Raymond James Financial Inc. is paying $930 million to acquire Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., more than 550 Morgan Keegan employees have trekked down to St. Petersburg, Fla.77. Public Servants - Thursday, February 23, 2012
The two winners of the 2012 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards thanked their coworkers Wednesday, Feb. 22, as they were honored by the family of the late Probate Court clerk and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.78. Key Storylines Emerge in 2011 Banking - Monday, December 26, 2011
Much of the news that came out of the local banking and financial services sectors in 2011 fell into one of three buckets.
No new fees, please.
Smaller names are doing bigger business.
And, two heads are better than one.79. City Made Impact On Jobs While On Memphis Visit - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Many details about Steve Jobs’ brief time in Memphis in 2009 are still not known. That’s partly because of the late Apple Inc. CEO’s penchant for secrecy and the sensitive nature of his trip to the city, which came about because of his need for a critical liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital.80. Apple Founder Visited Sun While Recuperating in Memphis - Monday, October 24, 2011
Many details about Steve Jobs’ brief time in Memphis in 2009 are still not known. That’s partly because of the late Apple CEO’s penchant for secrecy and the sensitive nature of his trip to the city, which came about because of his need for a critical liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital.81. Challenger: 'Tea Party Fervor' to Oust Sen. Corker - Thursday, September 15, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Hendersonville technology consultant Zach Poskevich says he will capitalize on "tea party fervor" in challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in the next year's Republican primary.82. No More Mail? What Would Ben Franklin Think? - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Imagine a nation without the Postal Service.
No more birthday cards and bills or magazines and catalogs filling the mailbox. It's a worst-case scenario being painted for an organization that lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and seems headed deeper into the red this year.83. AP Source: Apple Considering Hulu Bid - Monday, July 25, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple Inc. is in talks to potentially bid for video-streaming service Hulu, a person close to the situation said Friday.84. Takeuchi Joins Memphis Veterinary Specialists - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Dr. Ai Takeuchi has joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists and PetMed Emergency Center as the facility’s first hospitalist.
Hometown: Kugenuma, Japan, but I grew up in Trinidad, U.S., Indonesia and Singapore as well.85. US Airlines Make Money Again by Flying Less - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Education: University of Pennsylvania, VMD; Mount Holyoke College, BA
Family: I am in Memphis with my husband, Chris, and my son, Aiden, who is almost 4 months old. We have a dog named Bovie and three cats: Rex, Mika and Lailee.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Eating good food; I’m a foodie and love trying new restaurants. I also love to cook, horseback ride, read books and go on hikes or long walks with the family and our dog, Bovie.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mom had the most influence over me. She was a “Tiger Mom” and raising me in different countries while upholding cultural traditions must have been a challenge. She always pushed me to excel and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support.
Why did you pursue a career as a veterinarian? At the age of 4, I went from wanting to be a bus driver to a veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals, and taking care of them is my dream job. They have no voice of their own and need someone to champion for them and take their interests at heart. They are all innocent little souls that need someone to watch over them.
What drew you to Memphis Veterinary Specialists? I wanted to work with boarded specialists who offered the highest level of medicine available. I enjoy emergency work as well as the challenges of complicated cases. It is imperative that I can give my clients a variety of medical options, including seeing a premier specialist.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Whenever I can say I helped a family cope with their pet’s illness and was able to ease both their pain and help their pet. That is a great accomplishment for me.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Making a difference in an animal’s life and their family’s life. Being able to bring comfort to both the pet and the family makes my job fabulous. Even if the diagnosis is not a good one, at least I can answer their questions and help them make the right decision for their family.
DALLAS (AP) – After a decade of multibillion-dollar losses, U.S. airlines appear to be on course to prosper for years to come for a simple reason: They are flying less.
By grounding planes and eliminating flights, airlines have cut costs and pushed fares higher. As the global economy rebounds, travel demand is rising and planes are as full as they've been in years.86. State Systems Promotes Safety with First Aid Division - Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Dave Tamburrino, director of warehouse operations at Kele Inc., a HVAC control products distributor in Bartlett, realized that having first aid kits on the walls was common sense.87. Taking Care of Business - Monday, August 30, 2010
A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.88. Luttrell’s Staff Filled With Familiar Faces - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell is taking some of his team from the sheriff’s department with him when he switches offices Sept. 189. Luttrell Assembles Team - Tuesday, August 24, 2010
As interim Shelby County mayor Joe Ford attended his last County Commission meeting, county mayor elect Mark Luttrell began naming the team he will go into office with on Sept. 1.
90. Incoming BP CEO: Time for 'Scaleback' in Cleanup - Monday, August 02, 2010
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – BP's incoming CEO said Friday that it's time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but he added that the commitment to make things right is the same as ever.91. Ole Miss Marketer Discusses Higher Ed Challenges - Monday, June 28, 2010
Jim Ebel, executive director of marketing communications for the University of Mississippi, outlined his vision for the Ole Miss brand on Thursday.
Speaking to the Memphis Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, Ebel addressed the marketing challenges faced by institutions of higher learning and those particular to Ole Miss.92. Congress Fails To Prevent Cuts To Medicare, Tricare - Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Doctors and their staffs took a big pay cut from the federal government beginning Monday because Congress failed stop a 21 percent decrease in Medicare and Tricare reimbursements.
Now, thousands of clinics across the nation may no longer accept the government-run insurance programs for the elderly, the disabled, armed service members, their families and retired military officers.93. Discount Rate Hike A Good Sign For Economy - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The era of billion-dollar bailouts and an economy stuffed to the gills with money virtually created out of thin air is drawing to a close.
The unprecedented actions by the federal government to stave off economic collapse had to end sometime. And a variety of local bank analysts, financial advisers, chief financial officers and others regard Friday’s announced hike in the Federal Reserve’s discount rate as a step – albeit an early one – in that direction. 94. Byrnes to Take MAHBA Reins - Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tommy Byrnes of Byrnes Ostner Investments Inc. will serve as 2010 president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, the group’s executive director, Don Glays, said this week.95. University Recognizes Innovations at Health Science Center - Thursday, October 22, 2009
The University of Tennessee Research Foundation has recognized the work of professors at UT Health Science Center who are inventing new drugs, vaccinations, medical devices and research tools.
The “Innovation Awards” luncheon ceremony earlier this week was a celebration of scientific achievements at the Memphis campus and also a call to action. Increasingly, university officials are identifying the licensing of scientific discoveries as way to offset state funding cuts.96. Attorney General Sues Employment Agency Owner - Friday, October 09, 2009
The Tennessee attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against a West Tennessee woman who operated employment agencies in Memphis.
Attorney General Bob Cooper filed suit on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs against Linda McCluskey.97. Events - Thursday, June 04, 2009
Graham’s Lighting will host two seminars for design professionals on light control and sustainable residential design today at its Midtown location, 550 S. Cooper St. The first seminar will be at 9 a.m. and the second at noon. James Copple of Lutron Lighting Controls will conduct both one-hour sessions. Registration is required. To register, call 274-6780 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 98. Events - Wednesday, June 03, 2009
The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop titled “Human Resources 101” today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. The facilitator will be Tiffany Chisnall, who will discuss how to manage human resources for a nonprofit organization. For more information or reservations, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org. 99. Events - Tuesday, June 02, 2009
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host Talks on the Terrace with Mike Berkley today from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Berkley is the co-owner of GroWild Inc. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations and pre-payment are required. For more information, call 761-5250. 100. Events - Monday, June 01, 2009
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host Talks on the Terrace with Mike Berkley Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Berkley is the co-owner of GroWild Inc. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations and pre-payment are required. For more information, call 761-5250.