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1. Employer-Based Health Coverage Likely to Stay Awhile -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that.

Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him something of an expert on health care. He's provided coverage to employees, then canceled it, steering them to the health insurance exchange. But with those premiums rising, Rowen this year is again covering his 70 or so workers under the umbrella of employer-sponsored health insurance.

2. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its official 2017 Young Memphians list, which will be featured in the summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

Nominations for the Young Memphians award were submitted via the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email. All nominees must be under 40 and a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

3. Chamber Names 2017 Young Memphian Winners -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its official 2017 Young Memphians list, which will be featured in the summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine.

Nominations for the Young Memphians award were submitted via the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email. All nominees must be under 40 and a member of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

4. Last Word: Weekend Sonic Boom, CLERB's Response and Irvin Salky -

Yes, those were the United States Navy Blue Angels buzzing Downtown Thursday afternoon in advance of their appearance at the Memphis Airshow Saturday and Sunday in Millington. That sound you heard after the flyover wasn’t a sonic boom. I don’t think they have those anymore. It was the sound of a really busy weekend following close behind.

5. Newspaper Decline Continues to Weigh on AP Earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) – Earnings at The Associated Press shrank substantially last year compared with 2015, when the news organization enjoyed a large tax benefit that skewed its results. Reve-nue also edged downward, reflecting continued contraction in the newspaper industry and a stronger U.S. dollar that reduced the value of overseas sales.

6. Judicial Independence Focus of Law Symposium -

The Cecil C. Humphreys University of Memphis Law School Symposium will examine the concept of judicial independence.

The daylong symposium Friday, April 7, is titled “The Fragile Fortress” and will feature four federal judges, four legal scholars, a former U.S. attorney general and the chief justice of the Costa Rican Supreme Court.

7. U of M Law Symposium To Explore Judicial Independence -

The Cecil C. Humphrey University of Memphis Law School Symposium will examine the concept of judicial independence.

The daylong symposium Friday, April 7, is titled “The Fragile Fortress” and will feature four federal judges, four legal scholars, a former U.S. attorney general and the chief justice of the Costa Rican Supreme Court.

8. Robinson Chosen to Lead Cancer Society’s Hope House -

Maria Robinson has been named senior manager for the American Cancer Society’s Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis. In that role, she oversees day-to-day lodge operations, including guest services, volunteer engagement and community involvement.
Robinson, who is an eight-year cancer survivor herself, joined the American Cancer Society in 2012 as community manager for Relay For Life. Prior to that, she worked in the finance, real estate and restaurant industries. 

9. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

10. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

11. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

12. Michael Keeney Reappointed To Airport Authority Board -

Michael Keeney has been reappointed to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners by the Memphis City Council.

Keeney, whose term will expire on Dec 31, 2023, was appointed by Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell in July 2105.

13. Five Citizens File Suit Against City and Graceland -

Five citizens denied entry to the annual candlelight vigil outside Graceland last August are suing the city and Elvis Presley Enterprises for racial discrimination and civil rights violations.

The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday, Jan. 18, by Aaron Lewis, Keedran Franklin, Earle Fisher, Catherine Lewis and Charline Tramel.

14. Federal Lawsuit Filed Over August Graceland Protest -

Five citizens denied entry to the annual candlelight vigil outside Graceland this past August are suing the city and Elvis Presley Enterprises for racial discrimination and civil rights violations.

15. Airport Board Elects Cooper Chairman for Five Years -

Pace Cooper has been elected chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority after serving as the body’s interim director for a year and a half.

Cooper, who is the president and CEO Cooper Hotels, was unanimously elected as chairman at the MSCAA board’s Dec. 15 meeting.

16. Airport Board Elects Cooper To 5-Year Term as Chairman -

Pace Cooper has been elected chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority after serving as the body’s interim director for a year and a half.

Cooper, who is the president and CEO Cooper Hotels, was unanimously elected as chairman at the MSCAA board’s Dec. 15 meeting.

17. Airport Authority Board Elects Cooper to 5-Year Term as Chairman -

Pace Cooper has been elected chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority after serving as the body’s interim director for a year and a half.

Cooper, who is the president and CEO Cooper Hotels, was unanimously elected as chairman at the MSCAA board’s Dec. 15 meeting.

18. Eastgate Arts District Launches in East Memphis -

Eastgate Shopping Center is looking to become Memphis’ newest arts district.

The East Memphis retail center – whose tenants include Fresh Market, Steinmart and Michael’s – launched the Eastgate Arts District Friday, Nov. 25, to coincide with the eighth annual WinterArts holiday artists market.

19. Eastgate Arts District Launches in East Memphis -

Eastgate Shopping Center is looking to become Memphis’ newest arts district.

The East Memphis retail center – whose tenants include Fresh Market, Steinmart and Michael’s – launched the Eastgate Arts District Friday, Nov. 25, to coincide with the eighth annual WinterArts holiday artists market.

20. Eclectic Eye Co-Founder: A Small Business Has to Start Somewhere -

Robbie Johnson Weinberg has a great appreciation for FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and other large corporations based in Memphis. But when she’s traveling, the co-founder of Eclectic Eye always likes to check out the small businesses in other cities – everything from a neighborhood pub to the “funky comic book store.”

21. The Eyes Have It -

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

22. Semmes Murphey Adds Four Doctors to Clinic -

Semmes Murphey Clinic has brought on four new doctors who bring an expanded array of specialties to the clinic’s practice, including endovascular, physiatry, and deformity and complex spine treatments.

23. Coalition Calls For Graceland Protest -

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is calling for a “massive, nonviolent peaceful protest of direct action” Monday, Aug. 15, at Graceland in advance of the annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

24. Strickland Meets With Protesters In Advance of Graceland Protest Call -

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is calling for a “massive, nonviolent peaceful protest of direct action” Monday, Aug. 15, at Graceland in advance of the annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

25. Democrats Continue to Struggle With Dysfunction -

As the local Democratic Party’s executive committee began assembling in a Midtown union hall Thursday, July 7, Cliff Lewis, a veteran of the group, said “the local Democratic Party is not dysfunctional” three times and clicked his heels together each time he said the words.

26. Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path -

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

City facilities like libraries and police precincts would be the anchors and encourage private retail development in them.

27. Four Judicial Races on Aug. 4 Ballot -

Two years after the big ballot of judicial positions that are up for election once every eight years, there are four judicial races on the Aug. 4, 2016 ballot.

The two races for Bartlett Municipal Court Judge and races for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge and Shelby County Chancery Court reflect a last-minute ballot switch by the Shelby County Election Commission as well as continued turnover in countywide courts.

28. Last Word: Rallings Meets the Council, Million Dollar Auditions & A Pinch Plan Emerges -

His second day on the job, the new Memphis Police Director, Michael Rallings, met the Memphis City Council and discovered just what a huge issue police body cameras are – if he didn’t know that already.
His answers to some pointed questions about when police can turn off those cameras and why made this an uneven first encounter.
Council members told him they got an earful from constituents over the weekend in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis. And some of the reaction they got was to reports that a police dispatcher ordered police trying out the body cameras to turn them off as they arrived at the scene of the shooting.
There are three cameras being tested. And one of the officers with them showed up after the shooting, according to police.
Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland still didn’t have a timetable for the roll-out of the cameras but did offer some specifics including hiring by the MPD of 10 new personnel to deal with the handling of what the camera records.
And Strickland’s intention is to pay for it out of the existing MPD budget.

29. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

30. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

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.

31. Keeney Is Newest Airport Authority Board Member -

Attorney Michael Keeney is the newest member of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board.

32. Daniel Allen Joins Red Door As Financial Adviser -

Daniel Allen has joined Red Door Wealth Management as vice president, financial adviser, marking Red Door’s first hire of a financial adviser since its inception in 2010. In his new role, Allen helps develop client relationships and financial strategies that solve complex financial issues and create value for clients.

33. Keeney Is Newest Airport Authority Board Member -

Attorney Michael Keeney is the newest member of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board.

34. Chism Opens Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise's Memphis Office -

Jeremy Chism has joined Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise as vice president to open the company’s Memphis commercial real estate loan production office. The firm provides financing solutions through a vast network of insurance companies, CMBS lenders and commercial lenders for commercial real estate.

35. Paragon Bank Reports Highlights, Decisive Turn at Annual Shareholders Meeting -

2014 proved a milestone year for Paragon Bank: The now 10-year-old institution saw a few decisive changes, the bank’s leadership reported at its annual shareholders meeting in recent days.

36. Donelson Honored With Carnival’s Highest Award -

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.

37. Carnival Memphis Set to Honor Legal Heavyweights at Salute Luncheon -

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.

38. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

39. ‘Pioneering is a Bitch’ -

Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.

That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.

40. Sweet Potato Baby Cooks Up Awards -

Aryen Moore-Alston, executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby, recently received two honors for the boutique catering and baked-goods company she opened in Memphis last year.

Sweet Potato Baby was named a winner of the American Small Business Championship by SCORE, a national organization that mentors entrepreneurs and small-business owners. It was also named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 to Watch” in 2015 list, which recognized companies and organizations that stood out in 2014 for their leadership in the community.

41. Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.

42. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

43. Brewing Opportunity -

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.

44. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff -

Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.

45. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

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.

46. Just When We Started to Feel Good About UT Football -

KNOXVILLE – All seemed so right for the University of Tennessee’s football team for 36 hours or so after last Saturday’s 50-16 victory over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

UT (5-5, 2-4 SEC) won its second straight conference game and moved within one victory of gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.

47. DeSoto County Supervisor Killed in ATV Accident -

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) – DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Wayne Lee has died an all-terrain vehicle accident south of Hernando, Mississippi.

County Coroner Jeff Pounders said the accident occurred Tuesday night on a county road. Pounders said the 54-year-old Lee was transported the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, where he died.

48. Businesses With Name 'Isis' Fight Bad Brand Image -

Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.

Unfortunately, that's life for a small-business owner whose shop – Isis Bridal and Formal – shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.

49. Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers -

NEW YORK (AP) – People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that's pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent.

Dance studio owner Andrea Bisconti has experienced the challenge firsthand. When Kellie Love, an instructor there, said she was planning to leave to start a business of her own, Bisconti decided to act. Love inspires students to keep coming back for more lessons and brings in more than a quarter of the studio's revenue, says Bisconti, owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

50. Lee Joins MOGA’s DeSoto Office -

Dr. Daniel Lee has joined the DeSoto office of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC. Lee provides comprehensive women’s health services, including office gynecology, obstetrics and surgical management, to women of all ages.

51. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

52. Amazon Launches Music Streaming for Prime Members -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings –including grocery delivery and streaming TV.

53. Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements -

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

54. Amazon Snares Classic Shows in Deal With HBO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

55. Savers Beware: Fees May be Shrinking Your 401(k) -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees – adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year – would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring.

56. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

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.

57. 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.

58. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

59. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary -

Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.

60. Car Company's Tunica Plans Haven't Come to Fruition -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.

61. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

62. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.

63. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.

64. Eclectic Eye Renovation Aims to Keep Store Fresh -

Fashion isn’t just about clothing, said the owners of Eclectic Eye, whose business caters to customers who enjoy several different looks in eyewear.

So with a nod to the fashion industry’s concept of keeping things fresh, lively and in tune with the current trends, Eclectic Eye is undergoing an extensive makeover of its popular Midtown store.

65. Briglia Joins Archer-Malmo as Web/Broadcast Artist -

Kristen Briglia has joined archer-malmo as web/broadcast turbo artist. In her new role, Briglia will produce web graphics, HTML and video-editing services for the growing digital and broadcast departments, and will also help on print projects as needed.

66. Then and Now -

Jay Bailey pictured marching bands and floats when his mother told him he was going on a march.

“We thought of it as a parade,” said Bailey, who was 6 years old in March 1968. “We thought of it as something fun.”

67. Spence Named Vice President at Riverfront Development -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president at Riverfront Development Corp. Spence, who formerly served as director of communications, will assume broader organizational responsibilities to focus on providing strategic direction in addition to marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, programming and government relations.

68. Mays Hears of Cell Phones and Drug Delivery Planned Behind Bars At Mason -

Two leaders of the Craig Petties drug organization were caught with cell phones while they were prisoners at the federal prison in Mason, Tennessee last year and a third was suspected of trying to have a kilogram of cocaine delivered to him in prison.

69. Ravens’ Cox Long Snaps Way Into Anonymity -

There’s more than one way to reach the big game.

For Briarcrest Christian School graduate Michael Oher, his journey was storybook and he’ll start on the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, when they play the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.

70. Jackson Lewis Law Firm Honored for Diversity -

Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest workplace law firms and which opened a Memphis office four years ago, has achieved a prominent national recognition for its diversity efforts.

71. Magna Bank Taps Stewart To Lead SBA Division -

Tom Stewart has been named senior vice president and manager of the small business administration division at Magna Bank. Since joining Magna in March, Stewart has led the bank in obtaining national preferred lending provider status. In his new role, Stewart will oversee all business development activities for the Mid-South along with portfolio management and loan servicing.

72. US Economy Appears Weaker as Retail Sales Slump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the U.S. economy appeared dimmer Monday after a report that Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.

The report led some economists to downgrade their estimates for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Many now think the economy grew even less than in the first quarter of the year, when it expanded at a sluggish 1.9 percent annual rate.

73. Wal-Mart's Proxy Vote Shows Dissent Against Execs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's final shareholder vote for its board of directors showed unprecedented dissent against key executives and board members, including CEO Mike Duke, in the wake of allegations of bribery in Mexico.

74. School Board Races Set -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, has effectively won election to his District 7 school board seat without opposition.

Five other incumbents appointed to the seven-district school board seats by the Shelby County Commission filed for re-election at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline.

75. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

76. Logan New Director Of AHA Heart Ball -

Sarah Logan has joined the American Heart Association as director of the Heart Ball.

Hometown: Hernando, Miss.

77. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development -

Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.

Hometown: Connersville, Ind.

Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

78. Nichols Joins Spirco As Engineering Mgr. -

Matthew Nichols has joined Spirco Manufacturing as engineering manager.

Hometown: I currently live in Olive Branch. My hometown is Thaxton, Miss.

79. AP Source: Freeze Agrees to Take Ole Miss Job -

Arkansas State's Hugh Freeze has agreed to take the Mississippi job, according to a person familiar to the coaching search.

80. Memphian Cobb Joins MIFA As Meals on Wheels Director -

Trentwood Cobb has joined Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association as director of MIFA Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to senior citizens in the greater Memphis area.

Hometown: Memphis

81. Defendant in Petties Case Pleads Guilty -

The biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court is down to three defendants who have a tentative trial date in January on racketeering and murder-for-hire charges.

Demetrious Fields pleaded guilty last week to three of the counts he faced for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties from 1995 to 2008.

82. Feds Seek Anonymous Jury in Drug Case -

Federal prosecutors want an “anonymous jury” for the trial next year of four men accused of being contract killers for the largest drug ring ever tried in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis.

83. 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.

84. Garden Hosts 11th Summer of Concerts -

For a summertime concert series in Memphis, the act playing is only half the story. The big draw oftentimes is its location.

Live at the Garden, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Memphis Botanic Garden, kicked off its 11th season among the fields, trees and blossoming flowers that make its venue more like a garden party than a concert.

85. Motions Offer New Details in Petties Drug Case -

Three of the four remaining defendants in the largest and most violent drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court want more information about the cases against them and a separate trial for two of them.

86. Offbeat Sounds -

Already there is a German-American Day, a National Trivia Day, and the ever-popular Submarine Day.

But on Saturday, organizers of Record Store Day – a day to celebrate independent music stores and indie artists – hope to show the difference one day can make in a rapidly changing industry.

87. 'On Fire' -

The day after her Feb. 16 concert in Memphis at Minglewood Hall, the frontwoman for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals let her Twitter followers know how much she enjoyed herself.

88. ‘Sun Studio Sessions’ TV Show Embarks on Second Season -

Tim Jones studied Memphis music at Indiana University.

“I had taken a lot of rock ‘n’ roll history classes at Indiana University and became obsessed with the early Sun recordings of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis,

89. Shoppers Crowd the Malls in Christmas Countdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – Packed malls? Healthy gains in holiday spending? It's beginning to look at least a little like a pre-recession Christmas.

Americans spent more on clothing, luxury goods and even furniture, delivering healthy gains across the board, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all transactions including cash. The online category continued to be a bright spot. The big exception was consumer electronics, dragged down by deep discounting of TVs amid a glut. That area was virtually unchanged from a year ago.

90. Sears Q3 Loss Widens on Poor Appliance, Clothing Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter loss nearly doubled, dragged down by weak revenue at its long-suffering Sears chain, hurt by poor sales of appliances and clothing.

91. Baker Donelson Attorneys Named Super Lawyers -

Twenty-two attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been named to the 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers.

The attorneys are Ben C. Adams, Mary L. Aronov, Leo M. Bearman Jr., Sam B. Blair Jr., Michael B. Chance, E. Franklin Childress Jr., Angie C. Davis, Robert J. DelPriore, Gregory G. Fletcher, William H.D. Fones Jr., Grady M. Garrison, Stephen D. Goodwin, James R. “Josh” Hall Jr., Matthew S. Heiter, George T. “Buck” Lewis III, Robert C. Liddon Jr., Eugene J. Podesta Jr., Jackie G. Prester, Jill M. Steinberg, Buckner Wellford, Maurice Wexler and Edward R. Young.

92. Askew to Lead FedExFamilyHouse -

Bridgette Askew has been named general manager of the FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

93. Harris Joins Transnetyx as VP of Sales -

Michael Harris has joined Transnetyx, a genetic diagnostics company, as vice president of sales for the company’s pharmacogenomics division.

94. Events -

Small Biz Memphis will host the Cordova/Bartlett and East Memphis/Midtown Business Builders Circle meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, suite 400. The Germantown/Collierville meeting will be Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at 2176 West St., suite 110. For more information, call 205-9303.

95. Events -

Harrah’s Casino Tunica will host the first Smokin’ Aces BBQ Championship Sept. 16 to 18. Entry deadline is Monday. For information and registration forms, visit www.smokinacesbbqchampionship.com.

96. Mr. Ching's Opus -

Songs of farewell are staples of operatic repertoire, but supporters of Opera Memphis soon will be singing a new lament.

Earlier this month, artistic and general director Michael Ching, whose leadership of the company spans nearly two decades, announced his resignation.

97. Ex-Klansman Convicted in '64 Slayings Sues FBI -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers has sued the FBI, claiming the government used a mafia hit man to pistol-whip and intimidate witnesses for information in the case.

98. Events -

The Shelby County Commission will hold committee meetings today beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call 545-4301 or visit agendapub.shelbycountytn.gov.

99. Commissioners to Fill Commission, Legislature Vacancies -

Shelby County Commissioners will begin the new year with some familiar chores.

Today’s meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building.

It includes the appointment of a new commissioner for District 4 Position 3. And the commission will appoint an interim state representative for District 85.

100. Baptist Health Care’s Pounds Elected to Novation Board -

Don Pounds, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has been elected to serve on the board of Novation LLC, the health care supply contracting company for VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista LLC.
Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.