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1. Memphis Awards $55K In Crime-Fighting Grants -

Most of the 23 neighborhood groups getting city grants totaling $55,000 want them for some form of surveillance cameras in their neighborhoods.

The grants announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings Monday, Jan. 9, are administered by Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and funded by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund. The fund was created from revenues generated by the city’s red light cameras.

2. Memphis Awards $55K In Crime-Fighting Grants -

Most of the 23 neighborhood groups getting city grants totaling $55,000 want them for some form of surveillance cameras in their neighborhoods.

The grants announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings Monday, Jan. 9, are administered by Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and funded by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Fund. The fund was created from revenues generated by the city’s red light cameras.

3. Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands -

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

In a few years maybe there will be a better idea of the larger trend that made 2016 a more violent year. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has said gangs were a factor in more homicides but not necessarily most of them – or if they did, it still remained an act between two people who knew each other and being in a gang wasn’t necessarily what set off the violent reaction.

4. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

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.

5. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth -

Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.

6. Literacy Mid-South Names Shelton Executive Director -

Literacy Mid-South has announced the nonprofit’s new executive director, Knox Shelton. Shelton, who has been with Literacy Mid-South since July 2015 in various roles, will be in the position effective Jan. 1, 2017. Shelton has been serving as interim executive director since July 2016. Prior to that, he was the organization’s community relations manager.

7. DMC Outlines 2017 Plans, Recaps 2016 Successes -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is looking ahead with strategies to improve the pedestrian experience, support large-scale hotel developments, attract corporate headquarters both large and small, and enhance the Main Street Mall.

8. New, More Compact 5-Year Anti-Crime Plan to Be Unveiled -

When local law enforcement and criminal justice system leaders unveil a new five-year plan Tuesday, Nov. 10, for reducing crime and making Shelby County safer, it will be more focused than their previous effort.

9. Council Rejects 2 Car Lots, Amends DROP Freeze for C-Suite -

Starting a used car lot used to be a lot simpler. In fact it was considered a right – “development by right” until a change in recent years in the local Unified Development Code.

Now the car lots require a special use permit from the Memphis City Council. And it’s a hard sell.

10. Memphis City Council to Take Second Vote on Pot Ordinance -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Sept. 20, on the second of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police to write a citation or ticket for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

11. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

12. Brand Essence: The Rock ‘n’ Roll of Business, Part 3 -

Editor’s note: Part three in a three-part series. Your marketers either need to create a fire or be fired. If you have uninspired and uninspiring marketing professionals on your team, be warned. Give him or her one chance to kick into high gear. Then act decisively. Fire them if they cannot change tempo.

13. FAA Forecast: 600,000 Commercial Drones Within The Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate.

14. Kustoff Claims 8th GOP Primary, Todd Upset by Lovell, Jenkins Over Newsom -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

15. BBB Names Crowder Director Of Business Development -

Carol Crowder has joined the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South as director of business development, responsible for increasing the number of BBB-accredited businesses and growing revenue throughout the 28 counties that BBB of the Mid-South serves. She also will work with accredited areas to help them take advantage of BBB services to help them promote and grow their businesses. Crowder has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and operations. She previously served as an associate director for ALSAC/St. Jude. 

16. Last Word: Democrats Settle, Scotty Moore and the Top Cop Search -

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Mary Mancini ordered the Shelby County Democratic Party to settle its differences with former local party chairman Bryan Carson Tuesday and accept his offer to repay the party $6,000 at $100 a month..

17. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.

18. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

19. Partners Bring Outdoor Classroom Design Challenge to Memphis Catholic -

Video game industry revenue is up. The time children spend outdoors is down. Young people’s recognition of corporate logos is up. Their ability to identify native species is down.

If that sounds like the groundwork for a nonprofit called Come Alive Outside, that’s because it is.

20. Time for Tuition Equality in Tennessee -

Tennessee has a unique opportunity to help the state economy and support education. Passage of the “Tuition Equality” bill in the upcoming state legislative session will provide a critical chance to educate thousands of Tennessee youth and narrow the skills gap that exists for Tennessee employers.

21. Redshirting: Waiting an Extra Year to Start Kindergarten Has Its Risks -

Mary-Michael and Joe Horowitz know their son Armour, 5, can handle the academics of kindergarten. But instead of pushing him through to meet state age cutoff standards, they decided to delay his start until next year when he is older and emotionally ready.

22. Sen. Alexander: Cut Red Tape for College Entry -

MCMINVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander met with administrators from colleges around the state Thursday, Aug. 27, at a roundtable discussion at Motlow State Community College to discuss ways to simplify financial aid.

23. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

24. Local Restaurants ‘Certified’ for Healthful Approach -

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

25. Local Restaurants 'Certified' for Healthful Approach -

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

26. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

27. Nashville Emerging ‘As a Regional Tech Leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

28. IBM Team on Non-Emergency 911 Calls Sounds Familiar Theme in Memphis -

A team of outside experts will come to Memphis for a short period of time to analyze a specific problem and make recommendations to City Hall.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sought the same solution in February to his administration’s stalled plan for a Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

29. Genetic Testing Moves Into World of Employee Health -

Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug.

Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop. It's a step beyond the typical corporate wellness programs that many companies are using to make workers more aware of their risk factors and improve their health.

30. Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed is will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low.

31. Memphis Resolutions -

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

No matter who you are, the road to 2015 starts at the same place – through the experience of 2014. With that in mind, we surveyed many of the people we’ve covered in these pages in the last year to talk about the possibilities ahead.

32. Patrick Ready to Cook at Relocated Rizzo’s Diner -

Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.

33. Volkswagen to Build New SUV in Tennessee, Add 2,000 Jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.

34. Future Uncertain But Innovation Team’s Work to Continue -

Though the future of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis is uncertain at this point, the work it’s involved in – incubating businesses and activating neighborhoods, for example – appears set to continue.

35. Starbucks Clears College Degree Path for Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers.

The coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an undergraduate degree available at a steep discount to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week.

36. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

37. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

38. Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group -

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

39. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

40. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

41. Rainey Kizer’s Dexter Named Board Chair for Girls Inc. -

Latosha Dexter, an attorney with Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named board chair of Girls Inc. of Memphis, as well as the organization’s Mentor of the Year.

42. Gonitzke Named CEO of National Foundation for Transplants -

Connie Gonitzke has been appointed president and CEO of the National Foundation for Transplants. Gonitzke joined the Memphis-based organization in 2002 as a patient advocate. In 2006, she was named director of resource development, and in 2008, she became the senior vice president of development.

43. Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager -

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

44. Healthy Memphis Common Table Marks 10 Years of Promoting Health -

With a motto of “eat healthy, eat less and move more,” Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT) has made its mark in the local community during the past decade, encouraging the public to lead healthier lifestyles and to “get activated” with their health and health care options.

45. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

46. Brokers Capitalize on Health Marketplace Problems -

Group Benefits LLC is growing its business by helping local businesses evaluate group health options on and off the new health insurance exchange and comply with the Affordable Care Act.

47. Community Foundation Awards 15 Nonprofit Grants -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has awarded grants totaling $188,500 to 15 area organizations. The Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are meant to help fund the cost of improving operations and increasing efficiency.

48. Affordable Care Act -

On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.

Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.

49. Groups Race to Hire, Train 'Obamacare' Guides -

CHICAGO (AP) – With the program known as "Obamacare" only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who've never had it.

50. Neighborhood Vitality -

The history at the Four-Way Restaurant is as rich and soulful as the food.

The walls of the South Memphis institution are decorated with photographs of politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders and civil rights icons – including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who made the famous restaurant at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue a “home away from home.”

51. Williams to Lead Marketing at Junior Achievement -

Priscilla Williams has joined Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South as director of marketing and special events. In her new role, Williams will work to increase the organization’s visibility, funding and branding.

52. Hollins Move Latest In New Grizz Plan -

Lionel Hollins repeatedly said more than he should have. So it is only fitting that the end of Hollins’ tenure as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies was marked by deafening silence from franchise CEO Jason Levien and then, finally, a press release saying the franchise was going to “move in a different direction.”

53. Hollins Move Latest in New Grizz Plan -

Lionel Hollins repeatedly said more than he should have. So it is only fitting that the end of Hollins’ tenure as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies was marked by deafening silence from franchise CEO Jason Levien and then, finally, a press release saying the franchise was going to “move in a different direction.”

54. Grant Turns Broad Avenue Dock Into Dance Stage -

The concrete surface of the loading dock at Power & Tel on Broad Avenue isn’t good for ballet dancing.

So the dancers with Collage Dance Collective went with modern dance instead Wednesday, May 22, as the Broad Avenue Arts District formally announced a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America that will turn part of the loading dock into a dance performance stage.

55. Taste of Jubilee to Benefit Underprivileged Students -

Founded in 1947, St. John Catholic School at 2717 Lamar Ave. was once the largest Catholic school in Memphis.

56. Commercial Practitioners Have Voice With Council -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council has grown and evolved over the past nine years since its inception, with membership increasing from 150 members in 2004 to more than 350 members this year.

57. Events -

LaunchMemphis will host Risk City: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 programs and networking events Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16, at multiple Memphis locations. The global event connects entrepreneurs with potential resources and collaborators. Visit launchmemphis.com for a schedule.

58. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 23, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Bill Seely of Varsity Brands will discuss cheering as an NCAA sport. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

59. Momentum Builds as Money to Fight Northaven Blight Arrives -

When Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced in Northaven a week ago a $600,000 effort to fight blight in three parts of unincorporated Shelby, he got a lot of questions about the exact terms for home improvements – half of the funding.

60. Commission Approves Pera Group on Forum Lease -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Sept. 24, a change in the lease for FedExForum to the new Grizzlies ownership group headed by Robert J. Pera.

But the 9-4 vote came after commissioners criticized Pera’s representatives for not providing basic financial statements about Pera or his ownership group.

61. Commission To Put Pera On FedExForum Lease, Appoint Election Reform Panel -

Shelby County Commissioners take up a new name on the lease for FedExForum at their Monday, Sept. 24, meeting.

On the agenda is a resolution replacing Hoops LP, the Memphis Grizzlies ownership group headed by Michael Heisley, with RJP Group LLC, the ownership group headed by Robert Pera.

62. Daves Quickly Climbing Commercial Real Estate Ranks -

In Bryce Daves’ three years in the commercial real estate business, he’s quickly climbed the ranks to lease some 2 million square feet of property.

The CB Richard Ellis Memphis associate was promoted in March to leasing agent for Bellbrook Industrial Park – a 13-building campus in the southwest Memphis industrial submarket totaling more than 1.6 million square feet spread over 100 acres.

63. Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team Actually Innovates -

Innovation techniques influence how companies launch new products and new lines of business; however, innovation can also have a transformative, positive impact when applied to the social sector.

We have asked Memphis’ Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team a series of questions about their innovation efforts. (See related story on Page 1.)

64. Garrett to Head Adult Programs At Literacy Mid-South -

Alfred Garrett has been promoted to director of adult programs at Literacy Mid-South. Previously the adult programs manager, Garrett’s new role will include establishing and maintaining program delivery policies, evaluating effectiveness and measuring outcomes for the nonprofit organization’s adult programs.

65. Cargill Files $1.4M Permit App For Pres. Island Storage Bldg. -

2615 Channel Ave.
Memphis, TN 38113

Permit Cost: $1.4 million

Permit Date: Applied March 2012

66. City Council To Mark MLK Anniversary -

The Memphis City Council will mark the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the first city street named in honor of the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis 44 years ago this week.

67. Hotel Upgrade -

Jay Michael and his business partners in Chicago were interested in a portfolio of apartment buildings in Chicago going up for auction in 2010 when they came across a hotel in Memphis in the grouping.

68. Irish Stories -

Throughout the nation’s history, millions of Irish men and women – in an effort to escape poverty, famine, joblessness and English oppression at home – made the journey across the Atlantic seeking fresh starts in the “land of opportunity.”

69. Teens Awaken in Broadway Musical -

Love and flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in spring, at least according to an award-winning Broadway musical premiering at Circuit Playhouse in March.

In “Spring Awakening,” teenagers’ natural urges and unanswered questions combine in a rush of rock music to spell out the drama of becoming an adult.

70. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

71. Supreme Court Wrestles With Medical Leave Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with how a federal law that grants workers time off for family and medical reasons applies to state government workers in a case that could affect millions of them.

72. Inconclusive Prognosis -

It was a mixed year of highs and lows for the Memphis area health care industry – which employs one out of seven workers locally – as the nation’s uncertain economy and changing health care system prompted hospital networks and biotech companies to realign, restructure and rethink the way they operate.

73. More on Main -

Downtown residents and visitors will soon be able to shop for the latest fashions and enjoy everything from a cup of joe to a fine-dining experience at any of four new businesses opening on South Main Street.

74. Glankler’s Hutton Adds Coat of Arms to Resume -

Robert Hutton has argued some remarkable cases as an attorney at Glankler Brown PLLC, including one before the U.S. Supreme Court.

75. cs2 Finalizes Acquisition Of Thompson -

Two Memphis advertising agencies are combining forces to become one of the largest full-service firms in the Mid-South.

Cs2 advertising has acquired Thompson & Co. and its subsidiaries – Thompson Advertising, Thompson | Berry Public Relations, BottleRocket | Sponsorship Consulting and Due North Group | Barter Marketing in Memphis, and White | Thompson in Nashville in partnership with Evette White.

76. Architecture Inc.’s Schuermann Receives Chairman Appointment -

David M. Schuermann, AIA, NCARB, principal at Architecture Inc., has been named chairman of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.

77. Exchange Club Announces New Board Members -

The Exchange Club Family Center has announced new board members as well as officers for 2011-2012.

Officers are Dan O’Brien, president; George Goldhoff, vice president; Grant Adams, treasurer; Adrienne Dailey-Evans, secretary; and Lucia Heros, immediate past president.

78. Bloomberg Philanthropies Grants Memphis $4.8M -

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls it the “Mayors Project.” The $4.8 million, three-year grant his foundation announced Thursday, July 14, it is giving the city of Memphis is part of $24 million the Bloomberg Philanthropies will give to five cities including Memphis.

79. Details Emerge About Bloomberg's $4.8M Memphis Grants -

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls it the “Mayors Project.”

The $4.8 million, three-year grant his foundation announced Thursday, July 14, it is giving the city of Memphis is part of $24 million the Bloomberg Philanthropies will give to five cities including Memphis.

80. Tennessee Launches Business Startup Program -

State officials have announced a new job creation effort aiming to build Tennessee businesses from the ground up.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Startup Tennessee will put the infrastructure in place to help entrepreneurs find support, mentoring and capital to create new businesses. He announced on Tuesday, June 28 that Michael Burcham, CEO of The Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, will lead the program.

81. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will become familiar with the basic principles of grant-writing and the tools needed for successful proposals. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

82. Taste of Jubilee Slated for Friday -

Taste of Jubilee this Friday will feature a sampling from 22 of Memphis’ best restaurants, including Restaurant Iris, Erling Jensen, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Bari Ristorante, Felicia Suzanne’s, River Oaks Restaurant, 3 Angels Diner, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous and many more.

83. U of M Faculty Work on Display Next Week -

The University Libraries and the Friends of University Libraries will celebrate University of Memphis faculty scholarship and creativity Monday through Friday.

Professors’ work will be on display in the rotunda of the McWherter Library Monday through Thursday and in the lobby of the Michael D. Rose Theatre on Friday.

84. Mays To Hold Schools Consolidation Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County Schools board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

85. County School Board Seeks Injunction From Thursday Schools Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County school board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

86. County School Board Members Seek Court Halt to Countywide School Board -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a Thursday status conference on the schools consolidation lawsuit and legal motions pending in his court.

And five of the seven Shelby County school board members want him to stop the Shelby County Commission from appointing a new countywide school board on March 28.

87. Ripples From Stanford Scheme Still Felt in Memphis -

The court-appointed receiver who’s unwinding the now-defunct operations of Stanford Financial Group – once fueled by money from a giant Ponzi scheme – is preparing to sell off Stanford property in Collierville.

88. Petty Joins Phoenix Power Group -

Doug Petty has joined Phoenix Power Group as the new vice president of sales and marketing.

Hometown: Memphis
Education:
I hold B.S. degrees in chemistry and industrial hygiene from the University of North Alabama
Work Experience:
I worked for 10 years as a specialty hospital sales representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals. For nine years I was a senior industrial hygienist for EnSafe Inc.
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
You can usually find me on a golf course, but I also spend time singing and playing guitar in the Memphis area. I enjoy watching Tigers football and basketball games and cooking out with friends.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My parents are my greatest influences. I obviously chose wisely.
What drew you to Phoenix Power Group?
I was drawn to the opportunity to become involved on the ground floor of such an innovative, revolutionary system. In addition, this was a chance to be associated with a talented and experienced group of professionals and investors. Based on my years of professional experience, I know a good thing when I see it.
What does your job as VP of sales and marketing entail?
Our company utilizes breakthrough technology to convert used oil into electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. My position utilizes my background in environmental science, regulation, and high-performance marketing and sales. My specific responsibilities include managing regulatory affairs, developing marketing materials, training and distributor support.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
It would have to be the relationships that I’ve built with co-workers, clients and customers over the years. Those are things that can’t be measured on a spreadsheets or sales reports. Winning the Regional Medical Center’s 2007 Pharmaceutical Representative of the Year Award certainly comes to mind.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
The level of excitement and energy around the PPG organization is remarkable. I’ve been looking for the opportunity to help launch a potential “Next Big Thing” for quite a long time. It is hard not to be excited when your field of work is always pushing the edge and creating new challenges and opportunities. No one has done what we are doing, so we really are a “new” idea. That comes with challenges and benefits; but there is something unique about “creating” a product, something that a cubicle just can’t offer.

89. Stimulus Spending Looms Large in Midterm Contests -

DENVER (AP) — A photo of President Barack Obama hangs on the wall in CoraFaye's Cafe, a short walk from the Denver museum where Obama signed into law the most sweeping U.S. economic package in decades in an attempt to put people back to work and end the worst downturn since the Great Depression.

90. Owner of Cordova Company Admits Medicare Fraud -

Michael E. Cohen, the owner of a Cordova orthotics company, has pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and is scheduled for sentencing in December.

He waived his right to indictment and entered into a plea agreement last month. U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi filed a charge against Cohen on July 23, following a more than year-long investigation.

91. Bardos Named Dean at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School -

Denny Bardos has joined St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School as dean of enrollment management and financial aid.

Hometown: Germantown
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Christian Brothers University
Work Experience: Prior to joining SAA-SDS, I spent 16 years in college admissions.
Family: My wife, Amanda, and I have three children:Daniel, 14; Breana, 11; and Brandon, 2.
Favorite quote: “Many a truth is said in jest.” William Shakespeare
Last book read: “The Little Big Things” by Tom Peters
Favorite music: I like anything from Beethoven to Blink 182, but alternative is my favorite.
Favorite movie: The original “Batman” with Jack Nicholson
Sports team: Chicago Cubs
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and biking.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother. She was an incredibly generous, loving, spiritual, and caring woman.
What drew you to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School? I wanted to be able to utilize my background in admissions and financial aid at an excellent independent school.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Seeing students whom I recruited go on to become very successful in their lives.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with families to show them all the outstanding benefits of a SAA-SDS education!

92. County Commission Off To Partisan, Lively Start -

Shelby County Commissioners found plenty to debate during their first meeting as a body since six new commissioners took office Sept. 1.

Monday’s session saw the election of Democrat Sidney Chism as the chairman of the 13 member body for the next year.

93. Taking Care of Business -

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.

94. Franchising Hope -

Some of the biggest business success stories of recent years involve red-hot franchises like McDonald’s and Subway.

The model behind those popular brands can also be found in the public sector. Memphis city government, for example, is laying the groundwork to bring an innovative series of social programs here that was started in New York City and is being replicated franchise-style around the country.

95. In Search of an Oasis -

Part of the path to inner-city recovery appears to run through a garden, or at least through the produce section of a supermarket. Nine farmers markets operate in various parts of Shelby County this summer, from Downtown to Collierville and places such as Germantown, Agricenter International and Cooper-Young in between.

96. California Judge Rejects Morgan Keegan Appeal of $1.5M Award -

A federal judge in California has thrown out an attempt by Morgan Keegan & Co. to vacate a nearly $1.5 million arbitration award won against the firm by retired NBA star Horace Grant.

97. Center City to Consider Heap of Incentives -

At Wednesday’s Center City Development Corp. meeting, the Downtown agency will consider awarding almost $160,000 in incentives to bring four real estate projects to fruition.

98. Corner Rebirth -

Thompson & Co. is about five months away from moving into new digs at the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue.

99. Thompson & Co. to Fill Vacant Smooth Moves Space -

A Center City Commission-affiliated board on Wednesday approved almost $270,000 in financial incentives to support developing new businesses, jobs and service providers Downtown.

That money will finance a wide range of activity, from South Main Street to the Downtown core. The new business activity includes the renovation of a long-vacant storefront at the intersection of Main Street and Union Avenue as well as the move of a new tenant into that space.

100. Thompson & Co. Plans to Fill Vacant Smooth Moves Space -

A Center City Commission-affiliated board on Wednesday approved almost $270,000 in financial incentives to support developing new businesses, jobs and service providers Downtown.

That money will finance a wide range of activity, from South Main Street to the Downtown core. The new business activity includes the renovation of a long-vacant storefront at the intersection of Main Street and Union Avenue as well as the move of a new tenant into that space.