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1. One Phase at a Time: Epping Way Leg Of Wolf River Greenway Now Open -

The Wolf River Greenway’s Epping Way leg just opened. Perhaps to those not directly involved in the project it feels like it just sort of popped up overnight. And Bob Wenner, the Wolf River Greenway coordinator and project manager, understands – sort of.

2. Heir on the Side of Caution -

The closest and best parcel of land for a second convention center hotel in Downtown Memphis is the Mud Island parking garage. It’s a block away from the Memphis Cook Convention Center and is the first site that came up when a Denver developer approached the city last year about possibly building such a hotel.

3. Glassman to Tax Pros: Take a Lesson From the Tortoise, Not the Hare -

Richard Glassman’s spacious office in Downtown Memphis is cluttered like a closet, but holds the history of a museum. Everything from a cap signed by actor Tom Cruise back when “The Firm” was being filmed in Memphis, to a framed and autographed No. 45 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey, to a stuffed cobra positioned under his desk, looking ready to pounce.

4. University of Memphis Moves Ahead With Campus Changes -

After completing the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center practice facility on its Park Avenue campus, the University of Memphis recently pulled a $33.5 million permit to start construction on the parking garage and land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad tracks – the most-immediate indication of changes on the main campus in the next three to five years.

5. Mississippi at 61 West Nile Virus Cases So Far in 2017 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus.

That brings the total so far this year to 61 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died earlier. The new case is in Hinds County.

6. Events -

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will host a continuing legal education seminar titled “Celebrating 51 Years of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association” Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The CLE will examine the state of the bar by analyzing cases handled by Ben F. Jones Chapter members from 1966 to the present. Expert panel discussions include “How to Maintain Your Law License” and “How to Save Your Reputation.” Tickets are $85 in advance or $100 at the event. Register at eventbrite.com.

7. Events -

Fourth Bluff kicks off its fall programming with the first of the weekly Friday Night Dance Parties on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The themed, outdoor dance parties continue through November and will feature an illuminated dance floor set up just west of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Food vendors will be on site, and beer and wine are available with valid ID. Admission is free and open to all ages. Visit thefourthbluff.com for a schedule.

8. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

9. Ken Hause Cooks Up Strategy To Enhance L’Ecole Culinaire -

L'Ecole Culinaire-Memphis has added Ken Hause its campus director. In his new role, Hause is responsible for overseeing operations of the Memphis campus, including ensuring a rich student experience that leads to employment in the culinary field, while enhancing the school’s reputation for educational excellence, compliance and operational performance.

10. Z-Muffins Raise Lilee’s Gourmet Business -

Just in time for National Zucchini Bread Day on April 25, locally owned Lilee’s Gourmet Bakery is expanding into more Memphis-area retail locations. The fresh food bakery’s staple – zucchini bread muffins, or “Z-muffins” – are now sold in 18 area Kroger stores as well as Miss Cordelia’s Grocery, the Curb Market, Cash Savers, Superlo, Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

11. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

12. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

13. Tennessee Insurance Website Scores Low in National Helpfulness Study -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance website ranked second to last in a new study by NerdWallet that looked at consumer helpfulness in searching for auto, health, homeowners and life insurance information.

14. Baptist Brings New Specialists On Board -

Baptist Memorial Health Care has added a trio of new specialists to its ranks, welcoming a new pediatric intensivist, a surgeon and a pediatric gastrointestinal specialist.

Their work at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital is quickly turning it into even more of “a strong and viable option for pediatric care,” said Kevin Hammeran, administrator and CEO at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

15. Fisher & Phillips Adds David Jones -

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.

16. Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg -

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.
Salomon focuses his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trust implementation and probate administration. He also addresses issues regarding disability planning, elder law, nonprofits and small-business succession.

17. 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.

18. Commission Likely to Question Extras in Schools Budget -

Shelby County Commissioners have the $14 million list of extras the Shelby County Schools system wants in its budget request for the coming fiscal year.

And once the county’s budget committee gets to the request, there should be plenty of questions about each of the 15 line items that include extra teacher, guidance counselor and social worker positions.

19. Council Approves Schools Deal, Appoints Boyd -

Two weeks after they ignored a proposed $43.1 million settlement of the six-year old schools funding legal standoff, Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, approved a $41.8 million settlement with Shelby County Schools.

20. Plans for UT/West Institute for Cancer Research Unveiled -

With an initial $2.5 million donation from the Plough Foundation, the West Cancer Center formally announced Thursday, Jan. 15, the creation of the nonprofit University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research at the center’s Germantown location on Wolf River Boulevard.

21. Pitts-Murdock Leading Library’s Teen Services -

R. Janae Pitts-Murdock has been named coordinator of teen services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, a role in which she’s responsible for coordinating teen programs, partnerships and special initiatives across 18 locations.

22. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Perre Coleman Magness, author of “Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook” for a discussion and book signing Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

23. Confusion Rampant on Judicial Selection Issue -

The only real controversy locally about the proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution on judicial selection is confusion about how the race for Tennessee governor on the same Nov. 4 ballot is connected to the votes on that and three other amendments.

24. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

6870 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 2, 2014
Buyer: Aren Investments LLC
Seller: Kirsch Associates LP
Loan Amount: $850,000
Loan Date: June 2, 2014
Maturity Date: Nov. 15, 2015
Lender: BancorpSouth Bank
Details: Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

25. Box’s Law Career Spurred by Helping Community -

Brad Box, a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named the 2013-2014 president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. The association is the state arm of the national Defense Research Institute, an organization committed to the exchange of ideas, technique and information.

26. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance -

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.

27. Holding Court -

As has been reported in national newspapers and business magazines for months, the fall’s law school enrollment nationally is down from this time last year and beyond.

The American Bar Association’s ABA Journal reported in August that “Law school applications for the fall of 2013 have dropped 17.9 percent and applicants are down 12.3 percent.”

28. Love of Public Service Drives Caldwell to Law School Role -

In 2008, the Tennessee Supreme Court laid out a strategic plan to get attorneys more involved in pro bono work.

Though it isn’t required of the state’s professionals, there is an inspirational goal of 50 hours per year of public service that is heavily encouraged by the justices.

29. U of M President Raines Announces Retirement -

Shirley C. Raines is retiring at the end of June after 12 years as president of the University of Memphis.

Raines announced her retirement Monday, April 15. John Morgan, the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, will name an interim president for the university possibly as early as this week for the transition.

30. Probate Judge Gomes Chose Legal Career to Help Others -

It was no joke when, on April 1, Kathleen Gomes was appointed by the Shelby County Commission to take the seat being vacated by retiring Probate Court Judge Robert Benham.

31. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

32. Alternative Spring Break on Docket for Law Students -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and its Public Action Law Society are sponsoring the fourth annual alternative spring break next week.

It’s a series of events that will involve 48 law students from seven law schools, some of whom will come here from out of state to participate alongside Memphis law students.

33. Lovette Heads Career Services at Remington College -

Demetrius “Dee” Lovette has been named director of career services at Remington College’s Memphis campus. In the role, Lovette provides job placement services to students and graduates, and works with local employers to assess their workforce needs and provide qualified applicants.

34. Events -

Black Business Association of Memphis will meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Ricky Tucker of Rix International will speak, and a light breakfast will be served. Visit bbamemphis.com.

35. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Pamela D. Pitts, financial adviser with Waddell & Reed Inc., will discuss financial planning and investments. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

36. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse and Hattiloo Theatre will present “The Mountaintop” Friday, Jan. 18, through Feb. 10 at Circuit, 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

37. Events -

Rhodes College and Christian Brothers University will commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Spain Auditorium at CBU, 650 East Parkway S. Civil rights activist Ann Sullivan will speak, and the Memphis Police Department Peacemakers will sing. Visit rhodes.edu or cbu.edu.

38. Gammon Joins Methodist in Business Development -

Myra Gammon has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as a business development account manager for Community Care Associates. In her new role, Gammon is responsible for the development and management of the Occupational Health and Wellness Services program.

39. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will hold an online auction featuring memorabilia from President and CEO Pat Halloran’s 32 years with the organization Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct. 19, at orpheum-memphis.com. Proceeds benefit the capital campaign for the Orpheum’s Performing Arts Education & Leadership Centre. Visit the website for a list of available items.

40. Logistics Background Helps Stewart Thrive as Attorney -

Paul W. Stewart not only represents third-party logistics companies in his law practice, but he has even served as chief legal officer to three national logistics companies and CEO of a fourth logistics company.

41. Path Takes Buffington From Biomedical to Law -

Beth Buffington has been an associate at Evans Petree PC law firm for about four months.

Her goal in a legal career that begin in 2004 is to see and learn more about other practice areas while her focus on family law, civil and commercial litigation and railroad law continues.

42. Events -

Families of Incarcerated Individuals Inc. will hold its small-business startup fair for ex-offenders Friday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Visit familiesofincarcerated.org.

43. Family Law Firm Home for Moskovitz -

Mitch Moskovitz, founding partner at Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC, who has been practicing family law in Memphis for 20 years, said he “always knew he was going to go to law school.”

44. Three Generations of Judge’s Family Practice Law -

Three generations of a family in one profession is not the most common of sights. Rarer still is when those three generations find themselves working in the same field at the same time.

Such is the reality in the family of Diane Vescovo, a U.S. magistrate judge in Memphis for the Western District of Tennessee.

45. Glankler Brown’s Humphreys Carrying on Family Name -

R. Hunter Humphreys Jr. considers himself a rare breed of law student – one that didn’t want to pursue a legal career in litigation.

Now an associate at Glankler Brown PLLC, Humphreys specializes in secured lending, commercial and residential real estate and general business transactions. He occasionally makes an appearance in Probate Court, but his practice does not typically require much courtroom activity.

46. G&I Sells 2 Multifamily Sites For Combined $55.8 Million -

160 Madison Farms Drive
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $32 million

Sale Date: June 20, 2012

47. Hoover Joins Agape As Director of Development -

Brian Hoover has joined Agape Child & Family Services as director of development. In his new role, Hoover will be responsible for leading Agape’s development efforts, such as fundraising and special events. He will also oversee the organization’s marketing, public relations and volunteer initiatives.

48. A Century of Health Care -

Memphians packed the new Dr. H. Edward Garrett Auditorium at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis last month to listen to music icon Patti LaBelle discuss her struggle with diabetes and the grief she experienced after losing three sisters to cancer.

49. County Commission Still Weighing New Districts -

Shelby County commissioners appeared on their way to setting a new group of district lines by Christmas that would create two more districts but keep the body at 13 members. That changed at the commission’s Monday, Dec. 5, meeting.

50. Land South of Shelby Forest Sells for $2.3 Million -

Vacant Land
Near Shelby Forest Park
Sale Amount: $2.3 million

Sale Date: Nov. 17, 2011
Buyer: Warren Nickolas Nunn
Seller: Estate of William S. Howard Sr.
Loan Amount: $2.5 million
Loan Date: Nov. 18, 2011
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Patriot Bank
Details: Warren Nickolas Nunn has bought several large parcels of vacant land from the estate of William S. Howard Sr. for $2.3 million, financing it with a $2.5 million loan through Patriot Bank.

51. Commitment, Teamwork Help Whitaker Realty Thrive -

Though the last four years of the recession-afflicted economy have been a dark cloud of pessimism in the real estate world, Whitaker Realty LLC owner Mark Whitaker has weathered the storm and found success by carefully choosing his clients and providing careful oversight on expenditures.

52. Foundation Gets Dogs Off Streets, Into Homes -

On a rainy Memphis afternoon, a small pit bull-mix named Snow White wagged her tail cheerfully as a volunteer led her on a leash through the lobby of a vet’s office, following a procedure that left her with a bandaged foot and a cone around her neck.

53. TDN Seminar to Examine State of Health Care -

The health care industry is an economic driver in Memphis, where hospitals, health care providers and biotechnology companies employ one out of every seven workers.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, a panel of local experts will discuss the health care sector’s current state and future forecast at The Daily News Business of Health Care Seminar, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

54. Villages at Harrison Creek Apts. Sell out of Foreclosure -

3855 Jackson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $3.9 Million

Sale Date: Aug. 26, 2011

55. DaVita Dialysis Center Coming to Baptist Campus -

DaVita Inc. has filed a $1 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a dialysis center at 6029 Walnut Grove Road on the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

56. Baker Donelson’s Bearman Honored for Pro Bono Work -

Pro bono work is a key component of David L. Bearman’s law practice. His first trial as a professional attorney was pro bono, and this year he clocked more than 200 hours representing clients free of charge.

57. More Than 180 Apply For Countywide School Board -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy day Wednesday as they interview 182 candidates for appointment to a 25 member countywide school board.

The deadline for the applications to the school board being contested in Memphis federal court was the end of the business day Tuesday. And there was a deadline rush with 32 applications on Tuesday alone.

58. Election Commission to Purge Voting Rolls -

Determining the true level of voter participation in Shelby County is like trying to come up with a single reason for low voter turnout: It’s complicated.

Voter turnout in the March 8 schools consolidation referendum citywide was 17 percent of the 420,000 registered city voters.

59. Conservative Radio Launches in Memphis -

Two years before the next national election and with fervor for conservative activism, Memphis-based MPS Broadcasting Monday announced the launch of WMPS “The Point” simulcast on 87.7 FM and 1210 AM.

60. From Policeman to Prosecutor, Presley Maintains Perspective -

In Danny Presley’s position, it never hurts to have perspective and a healthy sense of self. In fact, those traits are necessary for survival, so Presley lives by two rules: Never take yourself too seriously, and lighten up.

61. The High Life -

Downtown luxury hotels with AAA’s Four Diamond rating are turning the corner following a sluggish 2009, and most expect to see even more improvement in 2011.

The outlook for next year is buoyed by the arrival of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and recent news that Pinnacle Airlines Corp. will relocate its headquarters to One Commerce Square.

62. Attorneys Bring ‘Wealth of Experience’ to Classroom -

With a collective 126 years of working legal knowledge among them, three of the top lawyers in the city are pleased to be sharing their experiences with students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

63. Waddell Prepares to Take Over Family Businesses -

Seth Waddell was glad to join his father’s law firm, but working for the family business eventually comes with an inevitable next step.

“The transition we’re going through right now is with me taking over the running of the business and (my parents) stepping back a little bit and making some life changes,” said Waddell.

64. Tanglewood Foreclosed, to be Sold at Courthouse -

The 199-unit Tanglewood apartment complex at 2171 Sycamore View Road has been foreclosed and will be sold on the Shelby County Courthouse steps, according to a notice in today’s print edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

65. Ishii Celebrates 10 Years of SPR -

The waiter at Sekisui Pacific Rim brings to the table a large bowl brimming with a rich broth filled with sauteed soba noodles, shrimp, scallops and crawfish, and explains that it’s the lunchtime-sized serving.

66. Condo Market Shows Signs of Rejuvenation -

As the housing market begins a slow but steady comeback, the condominium sector is contributing its part after a particularly dreadful slump.

Shelby County saw 67 condo sales in April, a 5 percent improvement from 64 condo sales in April 2009 and a 24 percent improvement from 54 condo sales in March, according to the latest figures from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

67. Morrell Named Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers -

Gary Morrell’s parents stressed several important values as he grew up – education, hard work, preparation and professionalism.

During his 29-year career as a lawyer, those traits have served him well. And now he has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers – the 40th Fellow from Memphis.

68. Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.

69. Law School Ready For Downtown Move -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will reach a huge milestone Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. when it opens for classes at its new location Downtown inside the former U.S. Customs House and Post Office at 1 N. Front St.

70. Wiggins Ready To Grab YLD Baton -

Kyle M. Wiggins is ready to get behind the wheel.

Today at the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting and Elections, current YLD president Freeman Foster, an attorney for the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, will pass the gavel to Wiggins.

71. Pro Bono Crusade Marches on in Legal Community -

The Tennessee Bar Association is continuing the access to justice fight by decreeing October “Celebrate Pro Bono Month.”

More than a million Tennesseans are unable to afford legal services and about 700,000 of them face legal problems each year, according to Gov. Phil Bredesen’s office. Legal aid providers such as Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. often have to turn away as many as 80 clients at any given pro bono clinic because of a lack of resources to care for them all.

72. State Amends Client Funds Program To Boost Charitable Grants -

The Tennessee Supreme Court in July amended court Rule 43 and Rule 8 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to require attorneys holding eligible client funds to participate in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program.

73. Commercial Real Estate Takes a Beating -

Commercial real estate suffered a sharp decline in May, with sales falling dramatically from the same month a year ago and the previous month.

Shelby County saw just 35 commercial sales in May, marking a 49 percent dropoff from 69 sales in May 2008 and a 35 percent dropoff from 54 sales in April, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

74. MBA Intern Program Honored Nationally -

The Memphis Bar Association’s High School Summer Law Intern Program has received a 2009 American Bar Association Partnership Award. The ABA award honors bar associations that increase the involvement and progression of minority lawyers by involving minority high school students in the law profession.

75. Neuvo Salon Files Permit For New East Memphis Location -

5158 Wheelis Drive
Memphis, TN 38117
Permit Amount: $712,367

Project Cost: $712,367
Permit Date: Applied May 2009
Completion: March 2010
Owner: Neuvo Salon
Tenant: Neuvo Salon
Contractor: Construction Solutions LLC
Architect: Thoda and Associates PLLC

76. Humphreys Blvd. BP Sells for $1.6 Million -

A BP gas station and convenience store at 15 Humphreys Blvd. in the River Oaks area of East Memphis has sold for $1.6 million to an entity called MAC-HTA Holdings LLC. The sale closed Tuesday and the seller was Kelley-Rasch Enterprises LLC.

77. Smith Chosen as Dean For U of M Law School -

Dr. Kevin Smith has been appointed dean at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, according to an e-mail Monday from University of Memphis Provost Dr. Ralph Faudree.

78. Sisson Remembered For Spunk, Humor -

Thomas E. “Pete” Sisson’s political career in Memphis and Shelby County spanned more than 50 years in which he witnessed more change than most politicians.

Sisson, who died last week at age 81, was remembered this week at a funeral service in Cordova.

79. Caraway Named ‘Rising Star’ By Midsouth Superlawyers -

Kirk Caraway of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC has been selected as a “Rising Star” in the field of Labor and Employment Litigation by Law & Politics Midsouth Superlawyers publication for 2008.

80. Hottel Appointed Dean At UT College of Dentistry -

Dr. Timothy L. Hottel has been appointed dean for the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

Hottel currently serves as executive associate dean and chief financial officer, associate dean for academic and financial affairs, division chief for primary care, professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, and interim chair of the Department of Cariology and Restorative Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Ford Lauderdale, Fla.

81. Glankler Brown Attorneys Named to AIC -

Three attorneys with Glankler Brown PLLC have been named members of the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court.

Amy Dudek, Andre Mathis and Michael Tauer all recently were named members to the local branch of the national American Inns of Court organization. In all, the Memphis chapter inducted 25 attorneys. Glankler Brown’s three were the most by any area firm.

82. Bass Pro Project Picture Becomes Clearer - For six hours Monday, the political and legal forces backing a Bass Pro Shops development of The Pyramid made their case to Memphis City Council members and the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

They began that morning at City Hall and ended that afternoon at the County Building as Bass Pro CEO Jim Hagale ran to catch a 3 p.m. flight out of Memphis.

After it was done, the effort had made some progress with the skeptical local elected officials who are most concerned with the financial assumptions behind the project. And critics on both bodies succeeded in stripping away a bit of the gift wrapping on the package.

Part of the sales pitch included how rent from Bass Pro would help pay the remaining city and county government debt on The Pyramid. The combined debt comes to about $10 million with county government owing just more than $5 million of that.

Commissioner Mike Ritz calculated that all but about a million of the county’s debt would be paid by the time a Bass Pro Shop opens.

Memphis Regional Chamber President and CEO John Moore came with a printed handout after the meeting to refute the point. Ritz had his own and neither made much progress in convincing the other. But Ritz is the one with a vote on the future of the project.

“Some of them are drinking the Kool-Aid,” Ritz said after a couple of rounds with Moore on the point. A lobbying session between Ritz and former County Commission member Charles Perkins, hired by the city of Memphis, appeared more amicable.

Pursuing finality

Incoming commission chairwoman Deidre Malone said the four-member city-county Pyramid Reuse Committee of which she’s a member will be the next to take up the proposal and make a recommendation to the full council and commission.

A commission vote could come by the end of September, she estimated.

Council member Jim Strickland chaired the council’s session but said no vote had been scheduled by the full council.

Negotiators for the city, who have taken the lead in the talks at the agreement of both mayors, had set a Sept. 15 deadline to have approval by both bodies.

But Hagale didn’t seem to be worried about trying to enforce an exact date.

“All these deadlines are floating around. I’m not sure what they are,” he told The Daily News. “I’m going to be honest. I’ve signed three agreements here. The ball is in the city and county’s court. Hopefully, they’ve had enough time to vet all of the other options and they’ll come to a conclusion. This process, I think, for everybody’s benefit needs to be finalized.”

As Commissioner Steve Mulroy questioned Hagale about Bass Pro’s Memphis business plan, Hagale put a finer point on the efforts from his end of the negotiations that began three years ago this week.

“I’ve signed three agreements since this all started that have not been counter-signed,” he said. “Frankly, I think Bass Pro has been given credit for delays in this project that are not rightfully ours.”

The central question for commissioners and council members is $30 million in state and federal government funding to build a parking garage and take on infrastructure projects around The Pyramid.

Funding sources

City Housing & Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb was adamant that no city or county general fund revenue would be used in the project. He and the city negotiating team said $87 million in potential funding through the use of tax incentives and other financing instruments has been identified to draw the $30 million from. That includes drawing from excess tax revenue returned to projects already in zones identified as a tourism development zone (TDZ) and a tax increment financing (TIF) area.

Strickland questioned attorney Charles Carpenter, part of Lipscomb's team, closely on whether the city and county governments would be on the hook if there aren’t excess revenues.

“That’s never been anticipated,” Carpenter replied.

“There’s no way possible?” Strickland asked.

“I’m not that omnipotent,” Carpenter responded.

Strickland was uncertain at the end of the session.

“I still am not crystal clear in my mind that general fund tax dollars will not be used for the project. It was said that they are not intended to be used,” he said. “I don’t know the answer to that.”

Attorney Hunter Humphreys said Bass Pro’s $1-million-a-month rental fee to local government starting in the second year of a 20-year contract once the new attraction is open could be offset with ad valorem tax revenue or payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements. But Humphreys said that wouldn’t include an offset for sales tax revenue.

Ritz, who had feared tax offsets would mean Bass Pro wouldn’t pay any rent, argued the language on that point could be more specific in the agreement.

Humphreys said a lease agreement to come after the development agreement would have more detail.

“I think it’s clear on this issue. … I’d love to argue it if it were ever disputed on this issue,” he told Ritz.

The 20-year contract would follow a two-year construction period that would in turn follow the one-year period covered by the development agreement unveiled this week.

The commission and council would have to approve those agreements as well.

Meanwhile, Hagale said structural issues that had been a concern of Bass Pro this summer have been resolved.

“I don’t think that at this point, we have any concerns about the structural feasibility of that building,” he said.

Concerns about new seismic standards in place since The Pyramid was opened in 1991 and how to build a seven-story hotel inside the structure were a major issue earlier this year as project negotiations reached a decisive point. Hagale told The Daily News on Monday that he was unaware of the end of July deadline at the time.

He also addressed doubts about his commitment to the project.

“Early on we said that we wanted this to be really evaluated on the merits, and not become a part of the theatrics,” Hagale said at the first session of the day.

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83. Home Sales Slip in Southern Cities in July -

Sales of existing homes in the South tumbled 18 percent in July from a year ago, while the median price fell 3.5 percent to $179,300, the National Association of Realtors said Monday.

Compared to the rest of the country, sales in the South were weaker, although prices held up better. Nationwide, July sales fell 13 percent from a year ago, while the median price slid 7.1 percent to $212,000.

84. Events -

Les Passees will host its second Family Night event today from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Golf & Games Family Park, 5484 Summer Ave. A portion of the wristband sales will go to Les Passees, which provides advocacy and support to children and families in Memphis. Les Passees wristbands are available for the pre-sale price of $15 and can be bought at Les Passees headquarters, 5489 Murray Road or at Cheer Station, 7740 Trinity Road, No. B, Suite 126. The rain date will be Aug. 15.

85. Penn Specialty Chemicals Sells Assets to PennAkem -

3324 Chelsea Ave.
Memphis, TN 38108
Sale Amount: $1.5 Million

Sale Date: July 2, 2008
Buyer: Penn A Kem LLC
Seller: Penn Specialty Chemicals Inc.
Details: Memphis-based Penn Specialty Chemicals has been acquired by PennAkem, a wholly owned subsidiary of the French company Minakem Group.

86. Bar Internship Introduces Law To Students -

The courtroom where the Tennessee Supreme Court convenes when it is in Memphis was packed earlier this month. And to some on that warm late spring morning, the crowd seemed a bit young.

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. even mistook a few practicing attorneys as part of the group of 100 teenagers who are part of the Memphis Bar Association’s 2008 Summer Law Intern Program. The MBA’s Diversity Committee started the initiative a year ago to interest minority students in exploring careers in the law.

87. New Safety Center Seeks Space, Further Funding -

Tennessee businesses lose about $10 million a year in paid work leave as victims of domestic violence take off because of their injuries. The state also spends about $15 million a year housing convicts who have killed their partners or spouses, according to a 2006 Tennessee Economic Council on Women report that explores the economic impact of domestic violence statewide.

88. Developers Bring Apartments to Condo-Rich Downtown -

With recent announcements of plans to rehab two historic properties, two development teams have signed on to give Downtown something it's been thirsting for - apartments.

Development groups called 91 Cotton Row LLC and Downtown Developers LLC have joined a growing list of groups bringing multifamily product to a submarket that many believe is oversaturated with condominiums and underserved by apartments.

89. U of M Honors Memphis' Legal Giants -

Many of them served in World War II, came home war heroes and then faced obstacles in the courtroom, such as practicing law during a time when most women and minorities did not have law licenses.

They were lawyers when there was no such thing as rules of discovery in Tennessee.

90. INSOUTH Positions Itself for Further Growth With New Poplar Location -

Richard Marsh admits that INSOUTH Bank never quite found its identity at the intersection of Walnut Grove Road and Humphreys Boulevard, the spot it called home for 15 years.

During that time, the bank was surrounded by a fast-food restaurant, a fire station and a hotel - it became lost in a Bermuda Triangle of sorts.

91. DRA Advisors BuysMid-Memphis Tower -
     New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, owners of the Koger Center in East Memphis, have bought a 416,000-square-foot Mid-Memphis Tower office building at 1407 Union Ave.
     G&I V Mid Memphis

92. Owings Jumps Directly From Law School to Trotz Firm -

Laura Owings has been with the law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz PLC at 488 South Mendenhall Road for only about a month, and she already knows she is in the right place.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Owings graduated sixth in her class of 123 students. She chose to go to a plaintiff's firm and concentrate in the area of nursing home abuse and neglect.

93. Community Development Council, MATCU Offer Home Ownership Seminar -

Nov. 13

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law holds an open house and admissions workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 248 at 3715 Central Ave. Prospective students will learn about the law school admissions process, financing a legal education and careers in law. For more information, call 678-5403.

94. MBA Sponsors Judicial Candidate Forum Today -

JULY 10

The Criminal Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association will hold a candidate forum from noon to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center, 201 Poplar Ave. Candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court judge in Divisions 7 through 13 will speak for four minutes each. For more information, call Tony Brayton, Garland Erguden or William Robilio at 545-5800.

95. Old Union Planters Building Gets Major Facelift -

With the Center City Commission (CCC) listing 1,065 condominiums in the Downtown market and with more on the way, a Dallas-based residential development company has decided to go in a different direction.

96. Church to Defend Veracity of Jesus' Existence Saturday -

April 11

Mpact Memphis hosts a luncheon with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn,R-Tenn., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BRIDGES Inc., 477 N. Fifth St. Blackburn will discuss the situation in Iraq and the state of homeland security. Cost to attend is $10 and includes a brown bag lunch. For more information, call 312-7760.

97. Students Showcase Their Creations at Annual Exhibition -

Feb. 13

The University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts presents the 23rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the art museum in the Communication and Fine Arts Building. The exhibit runs through Feb. 22. Admission is free. Call 678-2224 for more information.

98. Moot Court Team Gives Good Showing at Competition -

The moot court team at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law has made university history, advancing further than any in the school's past.

The group, which finished second in the national moot court finals held recently at the New York City Bar Association headquarters, consisted of law students Todd Richardson, Shannon McKenna and Mark Thompson. Law professor and associate dean for academic affairs Barbara Kritchevsky coached the team.

99. Younger Attorneys to Get Helping Hand From Mentors -

The Leo M. Bearman Inns of Court, the Senior Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys are joining forces to expand a mentoring program that will help young lawyers learn the ropes.

100. New machines to help avoid voting irregularities -

The Shelby County Election Commission voted 3-1 this week to recommend technology giant Diebold Inc. for the contract to purchase between 1,300 and 1,500 new voting machines in time for the August 2006 primary election.