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1. Last Word: Rallings Meets the Council, Million Dollar Auditions & A Pinch Plan Emerges
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016
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.
2. Huge Memphis Industrial Lease Caps Busy Q3
- Friday, October 23, 2015
The largest lease of the year has gone to a Fortune 500 Company.
TJX Cos., the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Homegoods and Marshalls, signed on with 800,000 square feet at Memphis Oaks III in Southeast Memphis.
3. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs
- Friday, October 09, 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.
4. 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.
5. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board
- Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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.
6. Latest Federal Internet Gambling Bill Proposes Tax
- Tuesday, November 19, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) – If Congress makes no progress on a national framework for online gambling this session, it won't be for a lack of legislation.
Two lawmakers introduced bills over the summer that would legalize some form of Internet gambling nationwide. Last week, Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington, introduced a bill that would tax federally-sanctioned online wagering.
7. New House GOP Plan as Debt-Limit Deadline Nears
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.
8. TJX Leases Up Chickasaw Building D
- Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The TJX Cos. Inc. has inked a substantial deal in Southeast Memphis, representing the largest industrial lease so far in 2013.
9. Obama, Top Lawmakers to Meet as Cuts Kick In
- Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.
10. Hill Leaders May Punt Spending Bills to Next Year
- Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – With the agenda for a postelection lame duck session of Congress already stacked high, congressional leaders are considering lightening the load by punting much of the remaining budget work of Congress to next year.
11. Republicans Plan House OK of Payroll Tax Cut Bill
- Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complaining that spending cuts that pay for the measure would whack the middle class and require no sacrifice from the rich.
12. Memphian Cobb Joins MIFA As Meals on Wheels Director
- Wednesday, November 02, 2011
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.
13. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff
- Friday, October 07, 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.
14. 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.
15. Debt-Limit Votes: Senate Momentum, House Concerns
- Tuesday, August 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House began debate Monday on the hard-bargained plan to avert a national financial default, even as the White House and congressional leaders struggled to round up enough votes to approve it. Supporters said momentum for the deficit-reduction compromise was on their side, but resistance from both liberals and conservatives made the outcome unclear.
16. 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.
17. Last-Minute Filers Make Election Deadline
- Thursday, July 21, 2011
A flurry of last-minute filings came at the noon Thursday, July 21, deadline for candidates in the Oct. 6 Memphis elections to turn in their qualifying petitions.
Shelby County Election Commission staffers were still checking the signatures on the petitions filed Thursday to make sure those signing were voters and lived in the districts they signed for or the city in the case of the citywide races.
18. Senators Concerned by Photo ID Requirement to Vote
- Thursday, June 30, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Sixteen Democratic senators want the Justice Department to look into whether voting rights are being jeopardized in states that require photo identification in order for people to vote.
19. Pieces of the Puzzle
- Monday, June 27, 2011
Memphis City Council members left the city property tax rate at $3.19 Tuesday, June 21, as they ended their budget season.
But they added 18 cents to the tax rate on a one time basis with a separate resolution.
20. Municipal Unions Rally Against Conrad Proposal
- Friday, June 03, 2011
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, June 2, he is not “seeking privatization of any of the positions” held by members of the union that represents the city’s sanitation workers.
Wharton’s written statement came the day after Memphis City Council member Kemp Conrad presented a plan for balancing the city’s operating budget in the new fiscal year and beyond with several measures including privatizing or outsourcing the city’s garbage collection.
21. Travel Industry Rep Wants US to Speed Up Visas
- Wednesday, May 18, 2011
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A top commercial travel industry representative said Tuesday the U.S. is losing visitors to other countries by making it unnecessarily slow and difficult for prospective international travelers to get visas.
22. Finances Look Worse for Medicare, Social Security
- Monday, May 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The bad economy has shortened the life of the trust funds that support Social Security and Medicare, the nation's two biggest benefit programs, the government reported Friday.
23. Lynch to Lead Playhouse’s PR, Marketing
- Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Lisa Lynch has joined Playhouse on the Square as director of public relations and marketing.
Education: B.A., theater performance, University of Missouri-Columbia; M.A. journalism (in progress), University of Memphis
Work Experience: A broadcast news internship, educational theater in Minnesota and New Jersey, and some random jobs before deciding on graduate school.
Favorite movie: “500 Days of Summer,” especially for the party scene.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Eating at local restaurants, live music.
What talent do you wish you had? Drums!
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My sister, Lesley. She’s brilliant and logical. She’s known what she wanted to do with her life since a career day in middle school and she simply did it. She challenged me to figure out what I want and to move forward with my life when I was feeling sorry for myself.
Why did you pursue a career in marketing and public relations? I like to talk, write, listen and be nice to people. I figured if I could do that for an organization that I admire and respect, then I would never dread going to work and I would never have to lie.
What drew you to Playhouse on the Square? I am excited about the growth I have seen at Playhouse on the Square. Our arts community has such amazing talent that we could rival other cities that are a draw in terms of arts and culture. That is possible here and I want to be part of the movement that makes that happen.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? So far, getting this job. The first job in your field is always the hardest to get. This one combines all of my interests. I really lucked out. I couldn’t ask for a better fit.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Theaters are wonderful places to work and theater people are some of the most welcoming, passionate and genuine people you’ll ever meet. It is exciting to be surrounded by that creative energy, and I get to meet new people every day.
24. Senate Approves Jobs Bill to Stop Teacher Layoffs
- Friday, August 06, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Legislation long sought by Democrats to save the jobs of up to 300,000 teachers, police and other public workers passed the Senate on Thursday.
The 61-39 vote – to be followed by a rush vote next week in the House – should come in time for many school districts to revisit decisions to lay off teachers before the new school year.
25. Obama Slams Wall Street Ways While Asking Support
- Friday, April 23, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama rebuked Wall Street for risky practices Thursday even as he sought its leaders' help for "updated, commonsense" banking regulations to head off any new financial crisis.
26. Yun Brings Economic Forecast to MAAR Summit
- Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, will be in Memphis next week to discuss all things housing.
Yun is coming to town courtesy of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, which is hosting its first Residential Real Estate Summit Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.
27. Steele Says GOP Has 'No Need to Play Boogeyman'
- Tuesday, March 09, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday that he has been the target of the same "kind of stupidity" featured in a recent fundraising pitch to top GOP fundraisers in Florida.
28. Biz Consultants Skeptical of Job Tax Credits
- Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Tax credits for hiring new workers in the $15 billion jobs bill passed by the U.S. Senate aren’t enough to spur Memphis small firms to add to their payrolls, according to local business coaches.
But the owner of a company that helps businesses take advantage of tax credits advises employers to keep track of hiring data anyway. They could still qualify for existing incentives with the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
29. Gut-Check for Obama and Dems on Health Care
- Thursday, January 21, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - Abandoning the health care overhaul is not an option, a senior White House official said Wednesday, after President Barack Obama's top domestic initiative took a devastating hit with the Democratic loss of the Massachusetts Senate seat.
30. Past CNN Head, Bush Aide Named to Broadcast Board
- Monday, November 23, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated a former press secretary to President George W. Bush and a past chairman of CNN to the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The independent agency oversees nonmilitary international broadcasts sponsored by the federal government, including Voice of America.
31. Mass. Senate Delays Debate on Kennedy Interim Bill
- Monday, September 21, 2009
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Republicans temporarily blocked Senate debate Friday on a bill allowing Gov. Deval Patrick to name an interim appointment to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward Kennedy.
32. Obama Challenges GOP Critics on Health Care
- Tuesday, July 21, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama pushed back hard against Republican critics of his health care overhaul plan Monday, vowing to fight "the politics of the moment" but gave ground on his tight timetable for passage of legislation.
33. McDowell Named Radiology Director At Methodist University Hospital
- Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tina McDowell has been promoted to director of radiology at Methodist University Hospital. She served as the manager of diagnostic radiology at MUH for the past six years.
34. Detroit Automakers' Rescue Stalls in Senate
- Friday, November 21, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - A plan to give troubled U.S. automakers billions of dollars in government-backed loans is on life support, leaving the fate of hundreds of thousands of workers and Detroit's once-venerable car companies hanging in the balance.
35. Bodies Politick Shift Pyramid Finance Issue To Third Parties
- Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Two accounting and public finance companies have been hired to look over the finances of the two companies vying for use of The Pyramid.
Taking on the two firms became a necessary next step in the political process of figuring out a new use for The Pyramid after a lopsided recommendation by the Herenton administration in favor of Bass Pro Shops over the Ericson Group.
36. Hooks Jr., Other Corruption Cases In Court This Week
- Friday, April 11, 2008
Before there was a Tennessee Waltz corruption sting, there was the matter of finding a job for Michael Hooks Jr.
His father, former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Michael Hooks Sr., had supported Shep Wilbun's successful bid to win appointment as Juvenile Court clerk in 2000. In return for that support, he wanted a job for his son.
37. Hooks, Chuchwell Face Federal Court Appearances
- Thursday, April 10, 2008
Former Memphis City School board member Michael Hooks Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to a month in prison for a consulting contract he had with the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office.As Hooks was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Breen, a player in another political corruption case was pleading guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Donald.
38. Ericson Piggybacks Ideas On Other Proposed Projects
- Thursday, January 24, 2008
Pyramid Harbor developer Greg Ericson calls it "the spaghetti bowl area" - the tangle of exit and entrance ramps from the Memphis side of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. One of the entrance ramps is precisely where Ericson wants to build one of the hotels in the $250 million proposal that takes in The Pyramid, Mud Island River Park and other land on the mainland side of the Memphis harbor.
39. Hooks Jr. Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge
- Friday, January 11, 2008
The last of the Tennessee Waltz-related corruption cases was resolved Thursday in federal court in Memphis.
Former Memphis city school board member Michael Hooks Jr. pleaded guilty to a charge of theft - converting to his own use the property of another. The guilty plea came at a hearing that was scheduled to be a report date in advance of a trial on that charge as well as charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal agents.
40. Hooks Jr. Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption Charge
- Thursday, January 10, 2008
Former Memphis City Schools board member Michael Hooks Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a federal corruption charge.
The guilty plea came at what was supposed to be a report date in advance of Hooks’ trial on conspiracy, obstruction of justice, false statements and theft charges.
41. BBAC Slated to Buy Back Yard Burgers Chain For Almost $40M
- Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Back Yard Burgers Inc. will be acquired this year by the Atlanta-based private equity firm BBAC LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary BBAC Merger Sub Inc. for $38 million, the companies announced Monday.
42. Prestidge Chosen to Head Kroger Delta Division
- Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Mark Prestidge has been promoted to president of The Kroger Co.'s Delta Division. The Delta Division is based in Memphis and includes 111 Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Prestidge succeeds Richard Tillman, who recently announced his retirement after a 42-year career with Kroger. Prestidge previously served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Southwest Division.
43. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Rhodes Professor Honored as Professor of the Year
LRK Hires New Project Manager
Joseph Bruce joined Looney Ricks Kiss as project manager/project architect in the Multifamily Residential Studio. Bruce previously worked for RTKL Associates in Da...
44. Archived Article: Real Estate Recap
- Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Porter Farms Brings New Homes, Condos to Collierville
Porter Farms Brings New Homes to Collierville
22.6 acres near
Cost: $3 million
Borrower: Porter Farms Area 1 LLC
Lender: BancorpSouth Bank
Trustee: David J. Ha...
45. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Maurice Wexler, a shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwells Memphis office, was elected to the board of governors o
Maurice Wexler, a shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwells Memphis office, was elected to the board o...
46. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Flynn Named Vice President of Ruth Ann Marshall has been appointed North American Region president for MasterCard International. Marshall formerly was executive vice president at Concord EFS Inc. Stephen J. Flynn has been named vice president of res...
47. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, June 24, 1998
Sheila Collins has been promoted to vice president at Arnoult & Associates Sheila Collins has been promoted to vice president at Arnoult & Associates. She formerly was project director and operations manager. Collins has an undergraduate deg...
48. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, October 29, 1997
Jeff Kelly has been appointed president of Fogelman Properties Inc Jeff Kelly has been appointed president of Fogelman Properties Inc.s property management subsidiaries, Fogelman Management Co. and Fogelman Management Services LLC. Kelly most recent...
49. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, May 21, 1997
Bill Wilson Jr Bill Wilson Jr. and Linda B. Ward have joined the mortgage lending department of Victory Bank. Wilson has been named senior loan officer of mortgage lending. He previously was a loan officer at Community Mortgage Corp. Ward has joined...