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1. The Week Ahead: April 24-30
- Monday, April 24, 2017
Happy Monday, Memphis! Those potholes and rough patches of broken asphalt you dodge on your morning commute may be in line for repair pretty soon, and there’s a full list of entertaining and informative events to attend in the coming days, including the annual RegionSmart Summit. Here’s what you need to know about the Week Ahead...
2. View From the Hill: A Disjointed Stash of Marijuana Bills
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
This year’s marijuana bills are a mixed bag.
Rep. Jeremy Faison is sending his medical marijuana legislation to a task force, as opposed to “summer study,” typically considered the trash heap for unwanted bills.
3. Reflecting on 2017 Class, Looking Ahead to 2018
- Friday, March 24, 2017
Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program, and the cycle never ends.
As UT’s recruiting grind continues and spring practices opened this week, I caught up with Ryan Callahan of 247Sports to talk about the 2017 class. Callahan covers UT recruiting, and here’s what he has to say about the 2017 class, which consists of 22 three-star recruits, four four-stars and one five-star (offensive lineman Trey Smith of University School of Jackson), according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
4. The Week Ahead: March 20-26
- Monday, March 20, 2017
Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…
5. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone
- Friday, March 17, 2017
Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.
Jones is coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons capped by bowl wins, but has fallen short of the SEC East Division title both years. He was the preseason favorite to win the East in 2016, and the previous year had a team with potential to win the division.
6. What a Strange Twist of Events in Hiring of Currie
- Friday, March 10, 2017
John Currie is the new athletics director at the University of Tennessee. Has it sunk in yet? Currie, previously the athletic director at Kansas State, was introduced last week by new UT chancellor Beverly Davenport during a ceremony featuring fans, boosters, coaches and, of course, former Tennessee and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
7. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales.
8. Trump Inherits a Healthy Job Market, With Solid Hiring
- Monday, February 06, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a healthy-looking job market from his predecessor, with the U.S. economy registering a burst of hiring in January and an influx of Americans looking for work.
9. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016
- Monday, January 02, 2017
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.
10. Strunk has Provided Long-Missing Ownership Stability
- Friday, December 30, 2016
Since becoming controlling owner of the Titans in March 2015, it has become customary for Amy Adams Strunk to spend a half-hour or so on the sideline visiting with coaches and players prior to games.
11. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017
- Friday, December 30, 2016
Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...
12. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef
- Friday, December 09, 2016
Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.
13. Tennessee’s Hand Yanked From The Sugar Bowl
- Friday, December 02, 2016
It’s going to be a long bowl season for Tennessee’s football team and its fans. The Vols find out their bowl destination soon after Saturday’s SEC championship game (4 EST, CBS) between Florida and Alabama in Atlanta.
14. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway
- Saturday, September 10, 2016
Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.
15. Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co.
- Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012.
16. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season
- Friday, August 19, 2016
Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.
The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.
17. Will Mariota’s Second Season Resemble Luck or RG3?
- Friday, July 22, 2016
The Tennessee Titans’ offensive playbook has been rewritten. The verbiage for calling plays has been edited. The line has been revamped with three new starters.
Why? The team’s ownership and coaches desperately want to get the most out of quarterback prodigy Marcus Mariota.
18. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ
- Tuesday, July 19, 2016
There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.
I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.
19. Jury Finds Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal Riff for 'Stairway'
- Friday, June 24, 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.
20. ‘Critical Mass’
- Saturday, June 04, 2016
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.
21. SCS Budget Plan Goes To School Board For Vote Monday
- Monday, May 16, 2016
Shelby County Schools board members meet Monday, May 16, to vote on a budget proposal that goes to the Shelby County Commission for funding.
The budget proposal up for a vote Monday has $27 million in red ink – the gap between revenues and expenses.
22. Congress Putting Daily Fantasy Sports Games Under Scrutiny
- Thursday, May 12, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress on Wednesday launched a fact-finding mission into the loosely regulated world of fantasy sports games – a multibillion-dollar business that seemingly advertised everywhere during the pro football season.
23. Gangster Disciples Case Alleges Attempted Murder, Threats
- Wednesday, May 11, 2016
When reputed members of street gangs are indicted on federal charges, the indictments are usually brief and technical.
They will allege that the accused had a firearm and was a felon and thus could not legally carry a gun. Or they will allege the defendant was dealing an amount of drugs that exceeds the threshold for federal charges.
24. Fisher & Phillips Adds David Jones
- Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Attorney David S. Jones has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s Memphis office. Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in immigration and employment law, most recently serving as a partner at Jackson Lewis P.C. In his new role, he represents corporate clients in complex matters relating to both immigration benefits and enforcement, as well as export control compliance under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
25. Memphis Tigers Golfer a Nicklaus Award Semifinalist
- Monday, May 02, 2016
University of Memphis golfer Lars van Meijel has been named one of 30 semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol.
Division I finalists for the award will be named on May 25. Five Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced June 2 with the honor presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
26. This Week in Memphis History: April 29-May 5
- Saturday, April 30, 2016
2015: Formal opening of Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid, an adaptation of a former 20,000-seat arena that took a decade to pull off. City leaders approached Bass Pro Shops about opening a store with other attractions in the arena after a look at other adaptive reuses of arenas across the country.
27. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town"
- Monday, January 25, 2016
Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.
28. City Hall Shuffle Moves Into Christmas Eve With 8 Positions Cut
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
Memphis-Mayor elect Jim Strickland announced on Christmas Eve that he will eliminate eight positions in the current administration, one of them vacant. And a ninth positon will become a part-time position. Strickland will also follow through on his long-held desire to end the city’s involvement in and funding of the Memphis-Shelby County Music Commission.
29. College Football Notebook: Vols Get Bowl Upgrade, All-SEC Teams Named
- Thursday, December 10, 2015
Last season, coach Butch Jones got Tennessee back to a bowl game. This season, they’ve moved up from the TaxSlayer Bowl to the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.
It’s a tangible step for a program that finished 8-4, 5-3 in the SEC. And looking back over the schedule at what might have been, the Vols easily could have played for the SEC title or at least already have 10 wins.
30. Shelby County Election Commission Changes Preparations Following Tabulation Issues
- Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The 2015 Memphis elections are in the books as the Shelby County Election Commission certified the results Friday, Oct. 28.
But the commission has resolved to test tabulation computer programming earlier, starting with the Nov. 19 city council runoff elections.
31. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head
- Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.
32. 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.
33. US Economy Rebounding With Solid, If Unspectacular, Job Gains
- Monday, May 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.
34. Vols’ Dobbs Embraces the Role of ‘CEO Quarterback’
- Saturday, April 04, 2015
Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.
35. Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.
36. Jordan, 2 Other NBA Owners Join Forbes' Billionaire List
- Tuesday, March 03, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires.
37. Raleigh Springs Mall Tests Town Center Concept
- Thursday, February 19, 2015
The idea that a declining shopping mall can be redeveloped and reinvigorated as a “town center” with local government offices as a catalyst for private developers appears to be on its way to a meeting with reality.
38. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers
- Saturday, January 24, 2015
KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.
39. Vol Players See TaxSlayer Win as a Big Step for Program
- Saturday, December 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.
The Vols return to campus for practice Saturday and, after a Sunday practice, fly to Jacksonville for the Jan. 2 game against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl.
40. Poll: Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones
- Monday, December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.
41. Graceland Plan Clears Main Local Hurdles
- Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Elvis Presley Enterprises attempted to secure private financing of its plan for a 450-room resort hotel and a remake of its plaza area, but those attempts failed, said Graceland’s bond counsel, because it is difficult for borrowers to get conventional financing for a hotel project.
42. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp?
- Saturday, October 04, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.
43. Vols Resurrect Fond Memories of ‘Wide Receiver U’
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
None of the receivers on the University of Tennessee football team were born when the program was dubbed “Wide Receiver U” in the 1980s.
Guys like Tim McGee, Anthony Miller, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens paved the way for UT to become the premier destination for wide receivers seeking stardom into the 1990s.
44. August 15-21: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.
1984: The Center City Commission reported $450 million in construction Downtown since 1976, counting public as well as private financing. The construction boom included the Memphis Plaza Hotel, Morgan Keegan Tower and the Scimitar Building.
45. City Mulls Plan to Buy Former State Building
- Tuesday, August 05, 2014
It would be cheaper and more efficient for the city of Memphis to lease and then buy the vacant Donnelley J. Hill state office building across Main Street from Memphis City Hall than to continue leasing multiple properties spread across town, consultants and city officials told City Council members Tuesday.
46. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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.
47. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis
- Friday, May 02, 2014
It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.
The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”
48. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 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.
49. Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm
- Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.
50. New in Rural Tennessee: Discovery Park of America
- Friday, November 01, 2013
UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it's not a villain's lair or superhero's headquarters.
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. William Rodney of Medicos will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.
52. Attorney General Reopens Nineteenth Century Club Review
- Friday, August 09, 2013
The state attorney general has reopened a review of the sale of the Nineteenth Century Club property on Union Avenue just as efforts by current and former club members to challenge the sale face a critical Monday fundraising deadline.
53. State Architect Named to Head General Services
- Friday, August 09, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Robert E. Oglesby to become the new commissioner of the state Department of General Services.
Oglesby, who currently serves as state architect, will replace Steve Cates, who is leaving the Cabinet on Aug. 20 to return to private business.
54. Nineteenth Century Club Owners Obtain Demolition Permit
- Thursday, August 01, 2013
Some preparatory demolition work began this week on the Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue while local preservationists started a legal fund to help preserve the historic structure.
The property’s current owner, Union Group LLC, acquired a demolition permit Tuesday, July 30, and felled a large tree on the back side of the property.
55. Judge: Nineteenth Century Club Owners Can Raze Building
- Thursday, July 25, 2013
A judge ruled Wednesday, July 24, that the owners of the historic Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue can move forward with plans to demolish the property.
General Sessions Div. 14 Court Judge Larry Potter said that because no Chancery Court suit alleging an improper sale of the property was filed by Wednesday that he had little choice but to allow the Union Group LLC to move forward with plans to raze the building at 1433 Union Ave.
56. Judicial Election Process Muddied
- Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Judicial Nominating Commission had a busy last few days before it went into limbo last week.
The commission sent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam two slates for each of the three appeals court vacancies to come a year and two months from now when three appellate court judges opt not to run for re-election and end their terms.
57. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development
- Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.
58. Kramer Given Crystal Award by Carwash Association
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bruce Kramer, an attorney with Apperson Crump PLC, has been given the Crystal Award by the International Carwash Association for his 20 years of service as the association’s general counsel. The association, which was started in Memphis in 1955, is comprised of 15,000 professional car wash operators, retailers and suppliers in 25 nations.
59. Public Defender Role Lets Bell Help Others
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
For assistant federal defender David Bell, the urge to be a lawyer was precipitated by the urge to help people.
60. Jack Jones Shootout Returns to Memphis
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Four of the five players in the 2013 recruiting class of the University of Memphis basketball team will be featured in the annual Jack Jones Basketball Shootout that begins Thursday, March 21, and continues through Saturday, March 23.
61. US Stopping Use of Term 'Negro' for Census Surveys
- Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.
Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American".
62. Banks Showcase Artwork, Local Artists
- Monday, January 07, 2013
Since December, Paragon National Bank has been showcasing art pieces from Dogwood Elementary School students at its Saddle Creek bank branch at 7600 Poplar Ave.
63. Consumers Give US Economy a Lift Before Election
- Friday, November 02, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election.
64. Soul Map
- Monday, October 22, 2012
The Soulsville arrows beneath the Bellevue Boulevard railroad overpasses near Walker Avenue point north and south. It is the first indication that you are in an area where several possibilities can coexist.
65. New York Stock Exchange Paying $5 Million Fine
- Monday, September 17, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The New York Stock Exchange is paying $5 million to settle federal civil charges that it gave some customers an unfair head start by providing them with trading data ahead of the wider public.
66. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set
- Friday, August 17, 2012
Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.
The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.
67. US Economic Recovery is Weakest Since World War II
- Thursday, August 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.
68. Hinte Expands Role At Second to Nunn
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Lowell Hinte has been promoted to account manager and designer at website- and branding-design company Second to Nunn Design. Hinte has served as a designer at S2N since 2009. In his expanded role, Hinte will ensure clients’ expectations are met on key projects regarding strategy, vision, quality and schedule.
69. ASD Makes Debut at Three Frayser Schools
- Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Summer school for teachers is under way this week at three Frayser schools that are critical to the state’s Achievement School District
Teachers selected by the state to teach at Corning and Frayser elementary schools as well as Westside Middle School report Wednesday, July 11, for the coming school year and the new methods they will be using under state control.
70. JPMorgan CEO Says Execs May Have Pay Taken Back
- Thursday, June 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told Congress on Wednesday that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company.
71. Scott Joins Methodist South as Chief Medical Officer
- Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Dr. Howard Scott has been named chief medical officer at Methodist South Hospital. Before joining Methodist South, which is part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, Scott served as chief medical officer for West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami. He has also maintained an active private practice for 29 years.
72. Bell Ringer
- Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Bricks are not normally seen as a sign of age. But walk past Downtown’s Calvary Episcopal Church and the weathered bricks on the church’s north side begin to tell the story of the oldest public building in Memphis still in continuous use.
73. Jones Has Memphis Homecoming At GPAC
- Thursday, April 26, 2012
Rising star Caroline Jones’ performance Saturday, April 28, at Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s 2012 Gala will be a homecoming of sorts for the New York-based singer-songwriter.
74. Bernanke Calls US Job Market Weak Despite Big Hiring Gains
- Tuesday, March 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the U.S. job market remains weak despite three months of strong hiring, but that the Fed’s existing policies will help boost economic growth.
75. US Factories Help Job Recovery Endure in March
- Friday, March 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – A resurgent U.S. job market that has lifted the economy appears to be enduring.
Factories in the Northeast kept hiring in early March. And the number of people applying for unemployment aid fell back to a four-year low. The economy is adding jobs at a time when inflation remains relatively mild outside of higher gas prices.
76. Memphis Cruises Past Robert Morris 64-47
- Friday, December 30, 2011
MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis brought its defensive pressure and kept Robert Morris at bay for an easy win.
77. 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.
78. Saint Francis Appoints New Associate Administrator
- Friday, October 07, 2011
Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has appointed Robert B. Shappley as its new associate administrator, following his completion of an administrative residency at the 519-bed hospital at 5959 Park Ave.
79. U of M Event Honors City’s Legal Pillars
- Thursday, July 28, 2011
They’ve argued landmark cases in Memphis courtrooms in addition to representing everyday clients. They’ve grown into lions of the local legal profession. And they’ve helped tilt the course of history in the city.
80. Tenn.’s Duncan Among Congressmen Suing Obama Over Libya Strikes
- Thursday, June 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers is suing President Barack Obama for taking military action against Libya without war authorization from Congress.
Among the lawmakers is U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, R-Tenn., who represents Tennessee’s Second District: Knox, Blount, Loudon, Monroe and McMinn counties, as well as a potion of Sevier County.
81. Callan Joins Methodist as Perioperative Director
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Thomas E. Callan has joined Methodist University Hospital as administrative director of perioperative services.
Hometown: New York City
Education: I earned a master of arts in health care administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I also received my bachelor of science degree with majors in nursing, biology and psychology from The George Washington University.
Work Experience: More than 39 years of progressive responsible experience in hospital, health system management and managed care from both a provider and a third-party reimbursement perspective. For the past 31 years, I have served as a program director, senior consultant, senior health system administrator and patient care administrator.
Favorite quote: “One is not defined by their abilities, but rather by their choices.”
Last book read: “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein
Favorite music: Blues and jazz
Favorite movie: “The Lion in Winter”
Sports team: New York Yankees
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy traveling and playing amateur softball.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? The person who has had the greatest influence on me is a former supervisor who taught me that it is all about taking risks in order to succeed.
Why did you pursue a career in health care administration? I chose a career in health care administration because I felt it was the most logical step to provide the maximum effect in health care.
What drew you to Methodist University Hospital? What attracted me to Methodist is the organization’s approach to patient- and family-centered care.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I consider some of my greatest accomplishments to include managing major managed care contracts that exceeded revenues of $250 million; designing and implementing a specialty care transplant contract inclusive of pre-operative, operative and post-operative care; and performing as the corporate clinical resource for contract negotiations for other specialty care areas including HIV and thoracic surgery.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy having the opportunity to mentor other people.
82. MIFA Names New Executive Director
- Friday, February 11, 2011
After a three-month search, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has named Sally Jones Heinz as the organization’s new top executive.
83. MIFA Names New Executive Director
- Thursday, February 10, 2011
After a three-month search, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has named Sally Jones Heinz as the organization’s new top executive.
84. Wealthy Treated Themselves During the Holidays
- Wednesday, January 12, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – The rich treated themselves like royalty this holiday season. That spun the holidays into gold for Tiffany & Co. and other high-end retailers.
85. Beloved Children’s Tale Comes to Life
- Monday, December 13, 2010
Germantown Community Theatre debuts a new Christmastime musical this year featuring the story of a beloved toy and the meaning of being “real.”
“The Velveteen Rabbit,” a musical adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Margery Williams with lyrics and music by Barnes Boffey, Paul Pilcher and Bob Love, runs through Dec. 19. The heartwarming story of a toy rabbit who longs to be truly loved by the boy who owns it was a nostalgic choice for director Julie Reinbold.
86. Drake, masterIT Recognized for Innovation
- Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Michael Drake is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of masterIT. masterIT has been named one of North America’s Most Innovative MSPs by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine. The list recognizes the IT industry’s top 40 managed service providers for their ingenuity, leadership and success.
87. Argo Joins Crews & Associates as Vice President
- Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Hayden C. Argo Jr. has joined Crews & Associates Inc. as vice president for the investment-banking firm in the Memphis market. Argo will conduct fixed income securities sales.
88. Spike in Layoffs Feeds Fear of Faltering Recovery
- Monday, August 23, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Layoffs are back, and that’s bad news for the fragile economic recovery.
New applications for unemployment benefits hit a nine-month high last week – a spike that suggests private employers may shed jobs this month for the first time this year.
89. Jobless Claims Rise to Highest Level in 9 Months
- Friday, August 20, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers appear to be laying off workers again as the economic recovery weakens. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November.
90. Anti-Incumbency Takes Down Another Congressman
- Thursday, June 03, 2010
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The political shooting-star otherwise known as anti-incumbency fell on Alabama, taking down a first-term congressman who switched from Democrat to Republican just last December.
91. Ark. Jury Acquits Ex-Judge of Theft Charges
- Friday, May 28, 2010
A Jefferson County jury has acquitted a former county judge of four counts of theft of property.
After deliberating for about 90 minutes Wednesday, the jury found former Judge Jack Jones not guilty, saying he did not knowingly or willingly conceal the offenses of which he had been accused, which means he could not be convicted.
92. Falling Home Prices Raise Fears of New Bottom
- Wednesday, May 26, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - The housing slump isn't over.
Tax credits and historically low mortgage rates have failed to lift home prices so far this year. Prices fell 0.5 percent in March from February, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city index released Tuesday .
93. West Memphis Mojo Rises
- Monday, May 24, 2010
On the night of the worst civic tragedy in West Memphis’ history, blues stood up and did its thing.
The “Blues Trail to Chicago” concert was briefly canceled before officials decided to go with the show in honor of the two second-generation law enforcement officers who were shot and killed earlier Thursday.
94. Market Gains Set Up CEO Pay Bonanza
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — America's top CEOs are set for a once-in-a-lifetime pay bonanza.
Most of them got their annual stock compensation early last year when the stock market was at a 12-year low. And companies doled out more stock and options than usual because grants from the previous year had fallen so much in value that many people thought they'd never be worth anything.
95. Fairgrounds Jump Start on Council's Agenda
- Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Memphis City Council members will be called on today to jump start the stalled renovation of The Fairgrounds.
The push by the Liberty Bowl's three tenants is to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.
An ad hoc committee including council members and representatives of the three tenants met Monday evening to talk about current demolition underway at the Fairgrounds.
The demolition of the old Libertyland amusement park caused some concern when it went into a parking area outside the park.
Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones immediately began expressing concerns that the new activity as well as the digging of a temporary siltation pond would cut the number of parking spaces available for his annual Jackson State-Tennessee State football matchup.
The work was stopped several weeks ago as the council tried to sort out where the demolition ended and the creation of a “great lawn” during the brief tenure of Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery began.
“There’s a whole lot of work still being done,” Jones told the committee Monday evening of what he had seen earlier that day.
City Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said it was only a “clean up” of the area.
At Monday’s meeting, the three tenants of the football stadium said they back going ahead with the great lawn project as long as the lawn, in some form, and a plan to demolish the seven buildings, most of which are livestock barns, can all be done by the time football resumes at the Liberty Bowl with the Sept. 11 Southern Heritage Classic.
Some of the demolition contracts run out next week.
Jones said he supports the concept of a great lawn from East Parkway to the stadium. But he questioned whether the plans would increase the number of parking spaces from the current 5,372 within the Fairgrounds property to 7,568.
“We need to know exactly what we have. I don’t mean conceptually,” Jones said. “You’re not creating new spaces.”
Architect Tom Marshall, the city’s consultant on the project, insisted new and more parking will be created with the demolition of the buildings and Libertyland.
Marshall offered to come up with a detailed map showing individual parking spaces for today’s council discussion expected to begin during executive session at 1pm.
“I’ll even put in big cars,” he told Jones at one point.
Jones was the only no vote in the seven member committee vote to ask the city council for immediate approval of the project.
“I’m not really satisfied with what I’ve seen,” he said after he and others said the work by some divisions of the city including the Park Services division didn’t mesh with what other parts of city government were saying. “It’s just too convenient that the park services people weren’t here. Every time we say there is additional parking, I have not seen it.”
Council member Reid Hedgepeth moderated the session, trying to keep all of those involved from discussing past mis-steps.
“From now on people are going to know what’s happening,” he said. “If we’re going to do it, let’s do it. If not … let’s send them home,” he said referring to demolition crews.
Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said pre bowl game events should have some kind of building on the grounds to host them. Lipscomb said a tent will serve the purpose even though Ehrhart would prefer one of the surviving Fairgrounds buildings.
“A tent would be better than those buildings,” Lipscomb said.
Marshall estimated what is known as phase one of The Fairgrounds overhaul could cost $6-million to $9-million. There are no plans for a second phase or anything else beyond the great lawn and the building demolition.
The phase one cost could vary depending on bids and design work still to be done. Construction would start in June. But the council could vote on a specific design in April or May.
“We’re supportive of it,” University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said near the end of the two hour session. “I’m more and more concerned about the land. But we want to move on it.”
The construction of the Salvation Army Kroc Center on a Fairgrounds lot along East Parkway next to Fairview Junior High School is independent of the city’s on again-off again plans for the rest of the Fairgrounds property including phase one....
96. UPDATE: Council To Be Asked To Jump Start Fairgrounds Project
- Monday, March 08, 2010
Memphis City Council members will be on the deciding end Tuesday of a push to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.
97. Back to Basics
- Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Urban gardening efforts in Binghampton have prompted city officials to consider revising proposed land use ordinances that could stymie the greening of Memphis.
Planning officials spotted holes in the proposed laws when the Binghampton Development Corp. and Christ Community Health Services approached the city about starting a commercial gardening operation, which would create jobs and provide fresh foods in Binghampton, an area with a high poverty rate and no grocery store.
98. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
- Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.
99. Stocks Climb on Manufacturing Reports, Rising Oil
- Tuesday, January 05, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market has extended its 2009 rally into the new year.
Major stock indexes surged more than 1.5 percent Monday after improving news on manufacturing from China to the U.S. pointed to a strengthening global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 156 points.
100. Stephens Named Executive Director Of Exceptional Foundation of West Tenn.
- Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Jeni Stephens has been named the executive director of the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee.
Stephens was appointed following a national search conducted by the EFWT.
She joins the EFWT with a 14-year background in nonprofit administration. She most recently served as deputy director of development for the Pink Palace Family of Museums. She also has served as director of marketing and development for the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Memphis Academy of Science in Engineering.