The Charlotte Hornets have acquired veteran swingman Courtney Lee from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that will help bolster the team's perimeter shooting and defense after losing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a shoulder injury.
29. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 - Monday, January 18, 2016
How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…30. Dangerous Time to Play Emotionally Charged Missouri - Saturday, November 21, 2015
Tennessee’s football team may be headed into a perfect storm Saturday night at Missouri.
It’s been an emotional whirlwind the last two weeks for the Tigers (5-5, 1-5 SEC), and they will have plenty of motivation against the Vols (6-4, 3-3).31. New Owner to Revive Long-Vacant Downtown Block - Tuesday, November 3, 2015
A group of private investors – led by Memphis businessman Michael Cook – is looking to turn a blighted Downtown block into a mixed-use development with covered parking.
Walk-Off Properties LLC bought the nine-story Hickman Building and its accompanying two-story parking garage on Sept. 30 for $1 million. The building, at 240 Madison Ave., sits across from the Fogelman Downtown YMCA.32. Events - Thursday, October 15, 2015
AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova branch library, 8457 Trinity Road. Walgreens representatives will speak about immunizations, Medicare, other pharmacy-related topics and services for seniors. Guests are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.33. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs - Friday, October 9, 2015
The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.
The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.34. Former Highwoods COO Retires, Then Promptly Starts New Career in Memphis - Friday, October 2, 2015
Mike Harris’ idea of retirement doesn’t involve the golf course, free time or carefree travel.35. Commercial Real Estate Veteran Joins Butler Snow as Principal - Wednesday, September 30, 2015
A former Highwoods Properties Inc. executive has joined the Memphis office of Butler Snow Advisory Services.36. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 - Saturday, August 8, 2015
Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.
The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.37. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.
These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.
The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.38. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule - Monday, June 8, 2015
A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.
And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.39. Donelson Honored With Carnival’s Highest Award - Thursday, May 7, 2015
Nearly 500 law industry leaders filled the Hilton Memphis ballroom for Carnival Memphis’ annual Business & Industry Salute luncheon as part of its 84th anniversary celebration.
King of Carnival John Bobango, chief manager of Farris Bobango PLC, gave honors to four individuals, five locally headquartered law firms, the largest corporate law department in Tennessee and two nonprofit organizations that are vital to the legal industry.40. Carnival Memphis Set to Honor Legal Heavyweights at Salute Luncheon - Friday, May 1, 2015
Carnival Memphis will bring together leaders in the Mid-South legal industry for its Business and Industry Salute on May 5.
The event, which is part of the celebration of the nonprofit’s 84th anniversary, will honor eight organizations vital to the law industry in the Mid-South and four individuals for their contributions to the community.41. What Better Place for an NRA Convention? - Saturday, April 4, 2015
When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.
In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.42. Brewing Opportunity - Saturday, December 13, 2014
When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.43. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.
Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.44. After the Campaign - Saturday, November 22, 2014
The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.
At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.45. Late Cuts, Pickups Reveal Titans’ Talent Shortfall - Saturday, September 6, 2014
What exactly does it say about the Tennessee Titans that, after they made their own cut to 53 players, they were still sifting through the scrap heap of other teams’ cuts and making five more moves?46. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate - Friday, August 8, 2014
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.47. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote - Friday, August 8, 2014
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.48. Multiple Choice - Saturday, August 2, 2014
It could have been an election about the local criminal justice system. The set of once-every-eight-years judicial races was the perfect frame for competitive races for district attorney general and juvenile court judge as the main events.49. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline - Thursday, April 3, 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 1975.50. Filing Frenzy - Thursday, April 3, 2014
Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.51. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears - Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.
With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.52. Tigers Season Ends On Common Theme - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.53. Tigers Season Ends on Common Theme: ‘Underachieved’ - Monday, March 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.54. Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears - Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy brought the Democratic primary race for county mayor to four as he filed his qualifying petition Monday afternoon.55. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.56. Clients, Service Take Precedence at Harris Law Firm - Thursday, July 4, 2013
Michael Harris of The Harris Law Firm PLLC has high praise for the Drake University Law School, where he earned his juris doctorate.57. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.
The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.58. Scharff Elected to Legal Roles at Buckman, Bulab Holdings - Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Jonathan Scharff has been elected vice president, legal and general counsel for Buckman and corporate secretary for Bulab Holdings Inc., Buckman’s parent company. Scharff has more than 22 years’ experience in the legal industry, including positions at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC in St. Louis and Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC in Memphis. In his new position, he will oversee legal needs in U.S. and global operating companies and work with associates in preventing and managing legal risks.59. Ciaramitaro Joins Grace-St. Luke’s as School Counselor - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Licensed clinical social worker Courtney Ciaramitaro has joined Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as school counselor. She will work primarily with middle school students.
Hometown: Memphis60. Events - Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Thursday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Oct 7, at Poplar Pike Playhouse, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit tnshakespeare.org.61. First Co-Working Space Launched in Memphis - Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Innovative Solutions Group, a community based organization that provides educational and workforce development training opportunities, has partnered with Cricket Communications Inc., a value-driven wireless services provider, to launch the first co-working facility in Memphis.62. Seven Apply to be Criminal Court Judge - Friday, August 3, 2012
Seven Memphis attorneys — four prosecutors from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, two federal prosecutors and a corporate general counsel – have applied to be the new judge of Shelby County Criminal Court Division 6.63. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.64. Harris Named Payroll Specialist At New Patrick Payroll Div. - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tammy Harris has been named the payroll specialist at Patrick Payroll, a newly branded division of the certified public accounting firm Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC. Patrick Payroll is housed in Patrick Accounting’s office in Germantown.65. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.66. Burton Promoted to PR Manager at inferno - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Ashley Burton has been promoted to public relations manager at inferno. Burton joined the agency in 2005 and most recently served as a public relations account executive.67. Elliot Perry to Discuss Art Collection - Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Former University of Memphis point guard Elliot Perry will participate in a discussion of African-American art as part of a celebration of Black History Month at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.68. YMCA Announces Board Members - Monday, February 6, 2012
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South has installed its 2012 metropolitan board of directors.
Sandra Bailey of Methodist Extended Care Hospital will serve as board chair; Ted Ferris of the Greater Memphis Chamber will serve as secretary; and Perry Green of Waddell and Associates Inc. will serve as treasurer.69. Parham Focuses Practice On Estate Law Complexities - Thursday, February 2, 2012
Estate law has become so complex that what an attorney calls his or her practice in the field has to have a certain precision.
Attorney Michael R. Parham knew what he meant when he called his practice Parham Estate Planning. He opened the firm in 2009 after several years at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC.70. Ark. Organ Donor to be Honored at Rose Parade - Thursday, December 15, 2011
Verna Harris is able to work 40 hours a week. She goes to church on Sundays and enjoys taking in a movie now and then. 71. Jeter Joins Accounting Firm Cannon Wright Blount - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Andrew Jeter has joined Cannon Wright Blount as director of assurance and accounting services.72. Burch Porter Attorneys Named Super Lawyers - Monday, November 28, 2011
Fourteen Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC attorneys have been included in the 2011 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.73. Council Candidate Harris Announces Endorsements - Monday, October 24, 2011
District 7 City Council candidate Lee Harris opened the early voting period in advance of the Nov. 10 runoff by announcing the endorsements of six rivals from the Oct. 6 council race.74. Events - Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Memphis Minority Business Council will hold a seminar titled “Demystifying the RFP Process” Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at the MMBC Continuum, 158 Madison Ave. Cost is free. For more information or to register, contact Yolanda Dillard at 525-6512 or email@example.com. Brucker Joins McManus Reilly As Investment, Insurance Adviser - Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Edward Brucker III has joined McManus Reilly Financial Foresight as investment and insurance adviser.
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Education: Master of business administration from University of Phoenix76. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff - Friday, October 7, 2011
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.
And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.
77. Vote for Me - Monday, September 12, 2011
Four years after the biggest turnover on the Memphis City Council, the Oct. 6 city elections could see the biggest return of incumbents ever on the council. Early voting begins Friday, Sept. 16.
Twelve of the 13 incumbents are seeking re-election. It would have been 13 had Barbara Swearengen Ware not taken a plea deal on an official misconduct charge.78. FDA Says Memphis-Made Sleepy Brownies are Unsafe - Wednesday, August 3, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has warned the manufacturer of melatonin-laced brownies called "Lazy Larry" that the government considers them unsafe and could seize them from store shelves.79. 4 Council Members - All 3 City Court Judges To Run Unopposed In Oct. Elections - Friday, July 22, 2011
Four incumbent Memphis City Council members and all three incumbent City Court Judges were effectively re-elected at the Thursday, July 21, noon deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Oct. 6 Memphis ballot.80. Council to Appoint 13th Member - Friday, July 22, 2011
Memphis City Council members should be back up to full strength by the end of the day Friday, July 22.
The council meets for the second time in a week Friday at 8 a.m. with one item on the agenda – appointing a citizen to the vacant District 7 council seat.81. 14 Apply For Council Appointment - Friday, July 15, 2011
Fourteen citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, July 14, deadline for the District 7 vacancy on the Memphis City Council.
The council will fill the vacancy created by the June resignation of council member Barbara Swearengen Ware at a special July 22 council meeting.82. 14 Apply For Council Appointment - Thursday, July 14, 2011
Fourteen citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, July 14, deadline for the District 7 vacancy on the Memphis City Council.
The council will fill the vacancy created by the June resignation of council member Barbara Swearengen Ware at a special July 22 council meeting.83. Redrawn Lines Affect Council Contenders - Thursday, July 14, 2011
Mud Island has become a kind of safe harbor for candidates hoping to make it onto the Memphis City Council in the Oct. 6 city elections.
With Mud Island apparently still safely within council District 7, University of Memphis law school professor Lee A. Harris pulled his qualifying petition this week for the only council seat with no incumbent seeking re-election. He’s one of three citizens weighing the district race with Mud Island addresses.84. Uneasy Economy Dashes Retirement Confidence - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Stocks have bounced back but Americans continue to have serious doubts about their retirement security.
The percentage of workers who said they're "not at all" confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement grew to 27 percent from 22 percent in 2010, according to an annual survey of workers and retirees released Tuesday.85. Mt. Zion Upgrades to Larger Church in Frayser - Friday, February 18, 2011
Two Memphis area churches have closed on a deal that’s been in the pipeline for about a year and a half.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1280 Stonewall St., bought the 36,000-square-foot church at 1621 Dellwood Ave. in Frayser from Schoolfield United Methodist Church Inc. for $500,000.86. Burch Porter & Johnson Attorneys Recognized - Monday, November 15, 2010
Fifteen Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC attorneys have been included in the 2010 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.87. Stimulus Spending Looms Large in Midterm Contests - Thursday, October 21, 2010
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.88. Indie Memphis Gets Boost with ‘Savage County’ Premiere - Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Indie filmmaker David Harris of Los Angeles is new to the world of feature-length films, but he fell in love with Memphis while shooting his first long piece on a shoestring budget here. 89. Burch Porter Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers - Friday, August 20, 2010
Seventeen attorneys from Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been named to the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. 90. Harris Joins Transnetyx as VP of Sales - Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Michael Harris has joined Transnetyx, a genetic diagnostics company, as vice president of sales for the company’s pharmacogenomics division. 91. Burch Porter Attys Honored By Mid-South Super Lawyers - Monday, November 30, 2009
Fourteen attorneys at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been included in the 2009 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers. 92. Wright Medical Buys Arlington Bldg. For Distribution Needs - Tuesday, November 10, 2009
11481 Gulf Stream Ave.
Arlington, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $1.6 Million
Sale Date: Oct. 29, 200993. Mozart Mixes With 'Carol Burnett Moments' In Opera Memphis Show - Monday, November 2, 2009
Buyer: Wright Medical Technology Inc.
Seller: Covington Furniture Manufacturing Co.
Details: Wright Medical Group Inc. has bought a 56,340-square-foot building at 11481 Gulf Stream Ave. near its Arlington campus to increase distribution capacity. Operating in the transaction as Wright Medical Technology Inc., the company paid $1.6 million for the building, which was completed in 1973 and sits on 4.29 acres near the intersection of Tenn. 385 and U.S. 70.
Opera is one of the grander forms of high art, but on occasion, it’s just what some might call silly. The director of Opera Memphis’ season opener said to expect pure comedy from the company’s production of a Mozart classic.94. Events - Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Fifth Annual Professionalism Seminar will be held today from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. The seminar’s theme is “Lincoln on Professionalism” and will discuss President Abraham Lincoln’s qualities of legal and personal professionalism. To register, contact Lesia Beach at 527-3573 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 95. U of M Names Murrell Assistant Dean of Distance Education - Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Dr. Vicki Murrell has been named assistant dean of distance education for the University of Memphis.96. Enclave Partnership Files Loan For 19 Lots of Enclave at Sparkle Creek - Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Enclave at Sparkle Creek Planned Development
Unincorporated Shelby County
Loan Amount: $1.5 Million
Loan Date: Aug. 13, 200997. Medical Office Owner Files $800K Loan - Thursday, August 20, 2009
Maturity Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Borrower: The Enclave Partnership
Lender: Merchants & Planters Bank
The new owner of the Applingwood Professional Office Building at 1540 Appling Care Lane in unincorporated Shelby County has filed an $800,000 loan on the property.98. Events - Friday, June 26, 2009
A TennCare Continuing Legal Education Clinic will be held today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
The Memphis Music Resource Center will celebrate its first birthday during the South Main Art Trolley Tour today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 431 S. Main St. The free celebration will include live music, food and drinks. 99. Receiver Tapped To Oversee Beale Street Saga - Friday, April 24, 2009
The new receiver for the Beale Street Entertainment District will oversee an entity with shifting alliances, more than two sides to every story and thousands of pages of records involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.100. Ryder Is Beale Street Receiver - Thursday, April 23, 2009
Attorney John Ryder has been appointed receiver for the Beale Street entertainment district.
Special Chancellor Don Harris appointed Ryder at the end of a day long hearing Wednesday on multiple motions in a lawsuit in which the city of Memphis is seeking access to records from Performa Entertainment, the manager of the district. The city is performing a forensic audit. In two other Beale Street lawsuits, Performa and the Beale Street Merchants Association claim the audit is a front to wrest control of the district from Performa.
The appointment of the receiver was moved by John Candy, attorney for the Beale Street Development Corporation, another party in the lawsuit and the middleman between the city of Memphis, which owns the district, and Performa, which manages the district.
Performa will continue to manage the street, but Ryder will pay the company its monthly 10.5 percent management fee as well as other percentages that are part of its contract. He will also make payroll for Performa employees working in the district. Harris specified that Performa employees in other cities or on other properties could not be paid with the rent collected from tenants.Performa will not be reimbursed for any prior expenses until they are reviewed by the court through the receiver. Any expenses effective with the court order appointing Ryder will be paid by Ryder. There will be no additional fees which is one of numerous issues in dispute in the lawsuit.
“Several months ago, I said I was dedicated to full discovery,” Harris, of Franklin, Tennessee said just before setting the terms for the receivership. Months later, not all of the documents had been turned over according to attorney for the city and the BSDC – a point Performa disputes.
“This is one of the things that concerns me most,” Harris said. “I have an obligation to protect not only the parties in the case, but the taxpayers of Memphis.”
Revenue beyond fees and expenses is supposed to go to the city through the BSDC.
Earlier in the hearing, Harris also granted a motion to bar Performa from paying its attorneys in the case with money earned through the contract it has with the BSDC to manage the district. The motion specifically bars Performa from expensing the legal fees against the gross rental income it gets from the district’s tenant.
“We do not intend to hobble the defense,” said Michael Fletcher, an attorney for the city. “We just do not believe we should finance the defense.”
Performa CEO John Elkington conferred with his attorney, Richard Carter, after Harris set out the terms for the receivership. Elkington attempted to address the court, but was denied by Harris.
“He’s had an opportunity,” Harris said. “He’s drug it out.”
Later, Elkington told The Daily News he welcomed the appointment of Ryder.
“We’re happy,” he said. “It will add some sanity to this situation. All we’ve done is made (Beale Street) a very successful place.”
Read more in Friday’s edition of The Daily News.