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1. Frayser Bauhaus Draws Preview Crowd of 300 -

The investor developer of a Bauhaus-style home from the late 1940s in Frayser says the area is the “next frontier” in Memphis real estate.

“I’m super passionate about Frayser. When I came out here and saw the beautiful rolling hills, I’m like, ‘This is the next frontier,’” Dana Gabrion told a group of 300 people outside the house at 3590 Thomas St. at Floyd Avenue Thursday, July 12.

2. Last Word: Another Twist in Court, Harris-Lenoir at NCRM and Fairgrounds Specifics -

One more twist in the early voting schedule that kicks off Friday. It came in the second day of hearings Tuesday in Chancery Court as Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins was preparing to sign the court order from Monday night’s hearing. The election commission said it couldn’t meet the order’s deadline of opening all 27 sites on Monday. Jenkins made it a Tuesday opening but this nearly went off the rails.

3. Bank of Bartlett Eyes An Expanded Footprint to Meet Consumer Demand -

Bank of Bartlett will soon consolidate its two Germantown branches into one enhanced location at Poplar and Kirby, and is eyeing Midtown and Arlington as areas for additional brick-and-mortar branches.

4. Bank of Bartlett Merging Germantown Branches -

Bank of Bartlett has announced it will consolidate its two neighboring Germantown operations in a singular “enhanced” location at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Parkway.

Effective Oct. 31, the Village Square shopping center branch will merge into the existing Poplar and Kirby branch less than two miles to the west.

5. Bank of Bartlett Consolidating Germantown Branches -

Bank of Bartlett has announced it will consolidate its two neighboring Germantown operations in a singular “enhanced” location at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Parkway.

Effective Oct. 31, the Village Square shopping center branch will merge into the existing Poplar and Kirby branch less than two miles to the west.

6. The Next Four Years -

A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.

“Next four years,” was how it began.

7. Chism Vows Democratic Primary Battle with Harris for County Mayor -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism kicked off his bid for county mayor last week by vowing to “beat up on” rival Democrat and state Sen. Lee Harris in the May 2018 countywide primary.

8. 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.”

9. Last Word: Pinnacle's Drive-Through, Back to Work On Beale and Tea Time -

The Grizz lose 103-94 in Dallas Wednesday to the Mavericks. The Mavericks are here Thursday. And Thursday is also the day the two minority owners of the Grizz can begin a process to possibly buy the team from Robert Pera. ESPN outlines an unusual process that if it comes into play could take a while to sort out.

10. Mickell Lowery Uses Lessons From Council Race in Commission Bid -

Two years to the month after he conceded defeat in his first political outing, Mickell Lowery is returning to the local political arena – albeit a different part of the arena.

Lowery is running in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Commission District 8, the seat held by Democrat Walter Bailey, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election in 2018.

11. West Cancer Fundraiser Set for This Weekend -

The West Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event, West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk, is set to take place at Shelby Farms Park this weekend.

12. West Cancer Fundraiser Set for This Weekend -

The West Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event, West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk, is set to take place at Shelby Farms Park this weekend.

13. Lane Touts Luttrell Endorsement in Sheriff's Race -

Republican contender for Shelby County Sheriff Dale Lane is touting the support of every suburban mayor in the county, current Shelby County Mayor and former sheriff Mark Luttrell, and former county mayor Jim Rout.

14. Game-Changer -

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

15. Last Word: Tiger Turmoil, Choosing Hotels and Grasshopper In The Committee Room -

When there is turmoil in the world of University of Memphis sports, it is almost impossible to hide and the turmoil inevitably surfaces toward a much faster end game than the city’s mercurial and lively politics. And then there is the period of mourning and regret -- unless the coach's name is John Calipari.
So consider these events all in the space of an overcast Tuesday afternoon.
University of Memphis cheerleaders in Overton Square and on Highland Avenue, near the campus, waving pompoms and signs urging Memphians on the drive home to support Tigers basketball.
Just before the rush hour, the university’s athletic department put out a statement that may have been intended to quell speculation about the future of Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner but which was so enigmatic that it probably did just the opposite.
You be the judge:
“We continue to receive inquiries concerning the future of Tiger basketball.
Tom Bowen
, UofM Athletic Director, the athletic senior leadership team and the Office of the President will conduct a post-season review of the men’s basketball program, as is customary with all UofM sports teams.
We urge Tiger Nation to support this team through the end of the basketball season with special attention given to the final three home games at FedExForum.”
And late Tuesday evening, the Memphis Rebounders sent an email appeal urging a strong turnout for the Wednesday UCF game at FedExForum which is also on ESPN.
“If business or family obligations prevent you from attending, please give the tickets to family, friends or me,” wrote Harold Byrd of the Rebounders, “as we have multiple requests from many who can’t afford season tickets.”

16. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

17. Election Day Beckons In Hard-Fought Memphis Mayor’s Race -

The most competitive Memphis mayor’s race in 24 years goes to the city’s 403,227 voters Thursday, Oct. 8, along with races for all 13 seats on the Memphis City Council and the race for City Court clerk.

18. University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades -

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

19. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

20. Wharton's Way -

City elections in Memphis begin unadorned.

Yard signs don’t bloom until mid- to late summer, when the strategic use of television ads and the much higher cycle of radio advertising kick in.

21. Tigers’ Season: Inconsistent Play, Lukewarm Support -

It has become a nightly ritual at University of Memphis home games. When a member of the stats crew walks down press row holding a sheet of paper displaying the “announced attendance,” members of the Fourth Estate roll their eyes and shake their heads.

22. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

23. Harris Goes to Nashville -

At his last Memphis City Council session, Lee Harris reflected this week on his three years on the council and the group of politicians he joined.

24. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis -

It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.

The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”

25. ‘Intertwined’ -

In 2007, the Grizzlies were no longer a novelty in Memphis. They also were no longer a playoff team. Rather, they were a punch line lost in the expansive blue and gray shadow of the University of Memphis and a fast-talking operator/coach named John Calipari.

26. Bank of Bartlett Continues Profitable Streak -

Bank of Bartlett in the first three months of 2013 enjoyed its seventh straight profitable quarter.

The bank’s pre-tax net income in the first quarter was $618,204. For the quarter ended March 31, the bank saw a 39 percent drop in interest expense to $333,690, and a 9 percent decrease in non-interest expense of $3.3 million.

27. Bank of Bartlett Continues Profitable Streak -

Bank of Bartlett in the first three months of 2013 enjoyed its seventh straight profitable quarter.

The bank’s pre-tax net income in the first quarter was $618,204. For the quarter ended March 31, the bank saw a 39 percent drop in interest expense to $333,690, and a 9 percent decrease in non-interest expense of $3.3 million.

28. Lofty Company -

For creating the overnight package-delivery business four decades ago, and for everything his company has done since, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith has been placed among an elite group of chief executives by the business magazine Barron’s.

29. Bank of Bartlett Continues Turnaround -

The Federal Reserve Board has terminated a so-called “prompt corrective action” order for Bank of Bartlett that was released last year and which at the time asserted the bank was undercapitalized.

Bank of Bartlett president Harold Byrd said at the time the family-run bank was already on the mend and that the Fed’s order was based on outdated information. Without explanation, the Fed announced within the past week its order regarding Bank of Bartlett, dated Jan. 30 has been terminated.

30. Mortgages Jump 38 Percent in January -

Mortgage banking isn’t looking as dreary right now as it has in recent years. In Shelby County, mortgage activity began the year bouncing strongly off totals from the first month of 2012.

31. Third-Quarter Earnings Vary Widely -

Third-quarter earnings season is wrapping up, and the results have been all over the map for banks and financial institutions with ties to Memphis.

One common thread: many are still making money – an increase in profits, in fact. But the low interest rate environment is eating into how much some of them are able to achieve.

32. Bank of Bartlett Reports $2M Profit for Q2 -

Bank of Bartlett reported its fourth straight profitable quarter for the three months ended June 30.

The Bartlett-based bank reported a second-quarter profit of a little more than $2 million, as well as an increase in consumer loans and new checking accounts. Bank president Harold Byrd said the quarter’s earnings are a result of the bank’s long-term strategic plan to cut expenses, control costs and continue to offer a high level of customer service.

33. Heart Same As Head In Picking Games -

One of the beauties of the NCAA Tournament is the more you know, the less you know. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins knows more about the game than most of us could forget and he believes Kentucky will win this time.

34. Local Banks See Smaller Profits -

Setting aside the performance of the largest local bank, Memphis-area banks as a whole didn’t report as much profit at the end of 2011 as they did at the end 2010.

The two dozen banks in the Memphis market reported almost $192 million in year-to-date net income at the end of 2011, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

35. Fed Sends Notice to Bank of Bartlett -

The Federal Reserve has sent Bank of Bartlett a notice of “Prompt Corrective Action” that suggests the bank is undercapitalized and requires the bank to raise capital within 90 days.

The notice is dated Monday, Jan. 30. The first sentence reads, in part, “The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System determined that, as of Oct. 27, 2011, Bank of Bartlett, Bartlett, Tennessee, a state chartered bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve system, was undercapitalized.”

36. Bank of Bartlett Reports Profitable Q3 -

Bank of Bartlett posted earnings of a little more than $1.3 million for the third quarter, the bank reported this week.

Bank president Harold Byrd attributed the positive earnings report in part to a strategic plan to cut expenses and control costs.

37. Community Banks Resist Fees For Debit Cards -

Community banks have always possessed a certain charm among American financial institutions, one embodied by personal touches, friendly service and fewer headaches and hassles than their bigger brethren.

38. Events -

Literacy Mid-South, Memphis City Schools and The United Way will present an Advanced Tutor Training Brown Bag Lunch Series Friday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memphis City Schools Teaching & Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave. Dr. Beverly Cross, Lillian Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Urban Education at the University of Memphis, will speak on the topic “Building Effective Tutor/Student Relationships.” For more information or reservations, contact Marilyn Rabinowitz at mrabinowitz@literacymidsouth.org or 327-6000, ext. 1009.

39. Bank of Bartlett Reports Loss for First Half of 2011 -

Bank of Bartlett lost a little more than $7 million from operations during the first six months of 2011.

Because of an accounting requirement to cut the bank’s deferred tax assets by $8.25 million, the loss was increased to about $15.7 million, but that does not reflect the loss from operations.

40. Sports Sponsorships Big Biz for Financial Institutions -

The banking sector’s image took a major hit during the recession, as banks took actions that included fee hikes, stepping up foreclosures, closing down some customer accounts and shutting down the lending spigot.

41. Bank of Bartlett Ends 2010 with $1M Profit -

If the executive team that runs Bank of Bartlett had to choose a song to serve as the bank’s theme these days, one candidate might be “Happy Days are Here Again.”

The small, community bank notched a pre-tax profit for 2010 of about $1.7 million and a little more than $1 million after tax. Bank president Harold Byrd said core deposits also are growing, the bank’s cost of funds remains low and the bank’s operating expenses have been trimmed to a healthy level.

42. 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.

43. Bank of Bartlett Registers $700K Profit in Q3 -

Bank of Bartlett chief financial officer Dale Stover left his job with the small, family-run bank a few weeks ago to work as a senior portfolio adviser for FTN Financial, the capital markets subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp.

44. County’s Top Cop Eyes Top Spot -

Outgoing Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell arrives this week at the pinnacle of a political rise that began eight years ago.

45. Bank of Bartlett Has 2010 Profitability in Sight -

They’ve scoured their loan portfolio, adjusted their operating plan and hired new bankers to deepen customer relationships with the small, family-run bank.

Those and other fundamental changes to Bank of Bartlett’s game plan – a strategic repositioning after a decidedly unpleasant 2009 – are starting to pay off.

46. 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.

47. DECISION '10: Mayor’s Race a Contest Between Contrasting Styles -

The race for Shelby County mayor offers a choice between two very different politicians who, while in the political spotlight for years, have often been near the edges of that light.

Joe Ford, the interim Shelby County mayor and Democratic nominee, is a former Shelby County Commissioner and City Council member. He has served as chairman of both legislative bodies. Ford also is the face of the city’s most storied political family.

48. ESPN’s Bilas Motivates Memphis Business Leaders -

Best known for his savvy basketball commentary, Jay Bilas spoke Friday morning about the parallels between a successful sports team and a successful business.

Bilas, a hoops analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports, delivered the keynote address at the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club, held at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

49. Above and Beyond -

Banks try a little of everything to get customers in the door and build goodwill in the communities they serve.

A slightly higher rate on CDs than the bank down the street is paying; tellers who remember details like where a customer’s children go to school; fundraisers; sponsorships.

50. Bank of Bartlett Expects Small Q1 Profit -

Bank of Bartlett chief financial officer Dale Stover said it looks like the family-run community bank that took some bruising blows in 2009 will have eked out a small profit in the first quarter of this year.

51. County Primary Fields Clear Up -

The newest candidate for Shelby County mayor is scheduled to talk about his decision later today.

General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson was a last-minute filer in the Democratic primary for mayor at noon Thursday. Jackson’s decision was the biggest surprise at the deadline.

52. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

53. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.

Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.

The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.

The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.

Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.

Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.

All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.

Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.

And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.

Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.


R- Republican

I- Independent

Shelby County Mayor:

Deidre Malone (D)

Joe Ford (D)

Otis Jackson (D)

Mark Luttrell (R)

Ernest Lunati (R)

Leo Awgowhat (I)

Shelby County Sheriff:

James Coleman (R)

Bobby Simmons (R)

Bill Oldham (R)

Dale Lane (R)

Larry Hill (D)

Bennie Cobb (D)

Randy Wade (D)

James Bolden (D)

Elton Hymon (D)

Reginald French (D)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1

Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2

Albert Maduska (R)

Heidi Shafer (R)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3

Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)

Joe Baire (R)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1

Walter Bailey (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2

Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)

David Vinciarelli (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3

Eric Dunn (D)

Norma Lester (D)

Tina Dickerson (D)

Melvin Burgess (D)

Reginald Milton (D)

Freddie Thomas (D)

County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1

James Harvey (D) (incumbent)

James Catchings (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2

Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)

Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3

Edith Moore  (D) (incumbent)

Justin Ford (D)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1

Chris Thomas (R)

John Pellicciotti (R)

Jim Bomprezzi (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2

Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)

John Wilkerson (R)

Ron Fittes (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3

Terry Roland (R)

George Chism (R)

Edgar Babian (R)

County Commission Dist 5

Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)

Jennings Bernard (D)

Rolando Toyos (R)

Shelby County Clerk

Charlotte Draper (D)

Corey Maclin (D)

LaKeith Miller (D)

Wayne Mashburn (R)

Steve Moore (R)

Criminal Court Clerk

Vernon Johnson (D)

Minerva Johnican (D)

Ralph White (D)

Michael Porter (R)

Kevin Key (R)

Jerry Stamson (I)

Circuit Court Clerk

Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)

Steven Webster (D)

Carmichael Johnson (D)

Ricky W. Dixon (D)

Juvenile Court Clerk

Joy Touliatos (R)

Charles Marshall (D)

Sylvester Bradley (D)

Shep Wilbun (D)

Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)

Probate Court Clerk

Paul Boyd (R)

Sondra Becton (D)

Danny Kail (D)

Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)

Peggy Dobbins (D)

Clay Perry (D)

Karen Tyler (D)

Shelby County Register

Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)

Coleman Thompson (D)

Lady J. Swift (D)

Carlton Orange (D)

Shelby County Trustee

Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)

M. LaTroy Williams (D)

John Willingham (R)

Jeff Jacobs (R)

David Lenoir (R)


54. Candidate Field Still Unclear for County Primaries -

One week from the filing deadline, the May 4 Shelby County primaries are still a work in progress.

The filing deadline for candidates is noon Feb. 18.

The top two countywide races were still taking shape Wednesday morning, and there’s ample evidence that what’s happening on one side of the partisan divide affects what could happen in the other set of primaries.

55. Ford Expected to Run for County Mayor -

After a tumultuous year of political upheaval in 2009, the 2010 campaign season has belatedly come to life.

Democrat Harold Byrd’s decision not to run for Shelby County mayor late last month and Republican Mark Luttrell’s decision this week to get in the race have shaken the political atmosphere out of its post-New Year doldrums.

56. Luttrell to Run for County Mayor -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell is running for county mayor in the May 4 Republican primaries.

“Probably the toughest part of this decision process was deciding to leave the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I have a very deep, abiding loyalty to the sheriff’s office.”

57. UPDATE: Luttrell Running For County Mayor -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell is running for county mayor in the May 4 GOP primaries.

“Probably the toughest part of this decision process was deciding the leave the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I have a very deep, abiding loyalty to the sheriff’s office.”

58. Bank of Bartlett on the Mend, Execs Say -

With the book now closed on a turbulent 2009, Bank of Bartlett finds itself in the same position as countless community banks around the country.

The family-run bank took some bruising blows during the year. But the bank now appears to be off the ropes, a storyline also unfolding in the larger financial industry.

59. County Mayor Race Clarifies With Byrd’s ‘Agonizing’ Decision -

A month before the filing deadline for the 2010 Shelby County primaries, and the race for county mayor is beginning to take shape.

And one of the candidates who weighed the race but got out – Bank of Bartlett President Harold Byrd – said something is missing from the field so far.

60. Byrd Out of County Mayor's Race -

Bank of Bartlett President Harold Byrd has told supporters he will not be a candidate in the May 4 Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. A City in Transition -

Just before sunrise on a rainy Tuesday morning, the armed officers raided the city office. They didn’t make any arrests, but they took files, interviewed employees and served search warrants. And they temporarily closed the Memphis Animal Shelter.

64. Banks Make Strengthening Moves -

A few months ago, First Horizon National Corp.’s then-chief investor relations officer was named by an industry magazine as the best IR officer among banks with a market capitalization less than $5 billion.

65. Buckling Down At Bank of Bartlett -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis wants Bank of Bartlett to take several steps relatively soon to strengthen the bank’s balance sheet and improve capital levels.

66. Bank of Bartlett Takes Strengthening Measures -

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis wants Bank of Bartlett to take several steps relatively soon to strengthen the bank’s balance sheet and improve capital levels.

67. 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.

68. Byrd Enters 2010 Race For County Mayor -

Seven years after he first ran for Shelby County mayor but reluctantly called off his bid, longtime Bartlett banker Harold Byrd is back.

69. Byrd Enters 2010 Race for County Mayor -

Seven years after he first ran for Shelby County mayor but reluctantly called off his bid, longtime Bartlett banker Harold Byrd is back.

“I’m Harold Byrd, and I want to be your Shelby County mayor,” is how he put it in a video on the campaign Web site, www.haroldbyrdformayor.com, he unveiled Tuesday.

The founder, vice chairman and president of Bank of Bartlett, Byrd made his intentions known about next year’s county mayor race the day before Shelby County Commission member Deidre Malone kicks off her bid for county mayor at the University of Memphis.

Malone’s campaign launches tomorrow night at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

A group of more than 60 Byrd supporters, calling themselves the Harold Byrd for Mayor Support Group, sent out this e-mail Tuesday: “Please join with us in our support of Harold Byrd as our next Shelby County Mayor! Harold has demonstrated talented, tireless, and effective leadership in government, business, and the community! We need a leader that can make a difference. Please show your support by visiting www.haroldbyrdformayor.com and joining the winning team!”

The group includes a broad cross section of Shelby Countians, everyone from former U of M basketball players Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry to former county Mayor Bill Morris. Also included in the group are civil rights activists Maxine and Vasco Smith, developer Jackie Welch and his daughter, Dawn, Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson, developer Terry Dan and the former general manager of the Memphis Redbirds Allie Prescott.

Byrd told The Daily News Tuesday’s development does not represent a formal campaign announcement. It’s an acknowledgement supporters are urging him to run, so he wants to see what kind of response the news generates.

Current Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr., whose term ends next year, is running in next month’s special election to succeed former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.


70. Weekend Events Draw Politicians in Droves -

Before candidates take their quests for elected office to the public, they usually give them a road test before other politicos – allies and adversaries – to see if this is really what they want to do for the next year or so.

71. Malone Builds Toward Run for County Mayor -

Shelby County Commission chairwoman Deidre Malone probably will launch her campaign for county mayor in September once she completes her term as chair of the 13-member body.

72. State Approves Bartlett Hospital Expansion -

The board for the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency voted unanimously at its last meeting to allow Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett to go forward with a $45.4 million expansion.

The permit to nearly double the amount of hospital beds comes a little more than four years after the hospital opened in Bartlett. Saint Francis has not set a construction time frame, but the state certificate of need is good for five years.

73. Bank of Bartlett Extends Its Reach to Downtown -

Bartlett and Downtown Memphis are separated by about 15 miles, what could be perceived as a political and cultural divide and different economic centers of gravity.

All of which are reasons why the millions of dollars pumped into the Downtown economy over at least the past decade by Bank of Bartlett, which was established in the small town of the same name in 1980, might be easy to overlook. But those reasons also put into context the bank’s consistent and generous investment in Downtown projects of all stripes.

74. Builders Hand OutAwards at Gala -      The Memphis Area Home Builders Association (MAHBA) closed the year - and began looking toward 2008 - late last week at its inaugural gala and awards ceremony, held in the ballroom of the association's Cordova headquarter

75. Though Wharton Bowed Out of Memphis Race, Money Wasn't an Object, Supporters Say -

Memphis mayor Willie Herenton probably slept a little easier Monday night, once word came earlier in the day he won't have to compete against an old friend and wildly popular local politician to keep his job.

76. Bowling for Soup -

Through the end of this week, the city of Memphis is evaluating proposals from consulting firms that can offer a second opinion on Mayor Willie Herenton's most recent headline-grabbing pet project.

77. U of M Spring Series Spotlights College Sports -      College sports means big business in the United States, as evidenced by the buzz surrounding the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which began Thursday. So the timing of the University of Memphis Sports and Leisure Comme

78. Foundation Tries To Help Inner-City Students Reach New Heights -

It's the winter of 2006 and Bill Sehnert, the director of a private foundation that supports East High School, is speaking to a science class at Memphis University School. MUS - regarded as one of the most academically challenging private schools in the state - has produced such notable alumni as early 20th century explorer Richard Halliburton and FedEx founder Fred Smith.

79. Bethel Named New VP Of COMEC Board -

Greg Bethel has been named vice president of the board of directors of the Commission on Missing & Exploited Children (COMEC). Bethel is the director of human resources for the Jackson-Madison County School System in Jackson, Tenn. He's been on the board of directors for two years.

80. Bank of BartlettBrings Out More ATMs -      Bank of Bartlett customers looking for quick cash now will be able to access more than 280 of the company's ATM machines across Tennessee.
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81. More Defendants NamedIn Exel Transportation Lawsuit -      In a lawsuit that was first filed in April, Memphis-based Exel Transportation Service Inc. stated company officials have evidence that former executives and employees from Texas-based Total Transportation Services LLC an

82. Private Involvement in Public Schools Offers Hope -

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.

83. Business License Filings Remain Steady -

Gasoline prices are edging upward and U.S. consumers are generally pessimistic about the national economy, according to a report released last week by Investor's Business Daily and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence. But these factors haven't slowed the amount of new business activity happening in Memphis.

84. Archived Article: Lead Special Report - By Andy Meek

New Business Activity Continues to Rise

Downtown, Hickory Hill tops for business license filings


The Daily News

The problem with how to sum up new business activity in Metro Memphis over the past year is a littl...

85. Archived Article: Lead - Big dreams, small-town feel at Bank of Bartlett

Bank of Bartlett Looks Back, Plans Ahead

Company celebrates 25 years by announcing expansion


The Daily News

Its not exactly Bailey Brothers Building and Loan, the fictional com...

86. Archived Article: Newsmakers - MEMPHIS FOOD BANK APPOINTS ASST

The Food Bank Appoints Assistant Director

Estella Mayhue-Greer was appointed assistant director of the Memphis Food Bank. Greer has been with The Food Bank for eight years. She previously served as agency relati...

87. Archived Article: Law Briefs - THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY The Federalist Society Memphis Lawyers chapter and the University of Memphis law school student chapter present a panel discussion from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the use of military tribunals in the war on terrorism. Pane...

88. Archived Article: Law Focus - Checking out those Tennessee tax windfalls Nearly 1.8 million Tennesseans to hear from Uncle Sam By MARY DANDO The Daily News The check is in the mail or will be shortly and like millions of other Americans, Tennessee taxpayers are eagerly awaiting ...

89. Archived Article: Memos - Donna W Donna W. McNatt has joined Bean & Ison, PLLC, CPAs & Consultants, as a tax associate. McNatt most recently was employed by Armstrong, Allen, Prewitt, Gentry, Johnston & Holmes, Attorneys. McNatt is a certified public accountant a...

90. Archived Article: Govt Analys - 12/22 Govt analys Predictions for the new year By JOHN TYLER, Ph.D Special to The Daily News I have always wanted to write one of these end-of-year prediction articles forecasting next years major political events. All predictions, of course, are ba...