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1. Multiple Choice -

It could have been an election about the local criminal justice system. The set of once-every-eight-years judicial races was the perfect frame for competitive races for district attorney general and juvenile court judge as the main events.

2. Discriminate at the Ballot Box -

DISCRIMINATING TASTE. By all means, discriminate. Refuse to accept some prepackaged deal as the best you can do, some label to be the quality test. In the known, look for proven performance from each individual offering, standing alone, not just part of some group menu. In the unknown, demand fresh and bold, the promise of new and interesting interpretations from old and predictable ingredients.

3. Democratic Sample Ballot Omits Some Names -

Not every candidate who claimed the Democratic nomination in the May county primaries is on the Shelby County Democratic Party’s endorsement ballot that hits the streets this week.

With early voting underway in advance of the Aug. 7 election day, the sample ballot does not include Juvenile Court clerk candidate Henri Brooks, Circuit Court clerk nominee Rhonda Banks, Probate Court clerk candidate William Chism and County Clerk nominee Charlotte Draper.

4. Events -

Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, July 9, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

5. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Diane Knight, medical center director for the Memphis VA hospital, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

6. Joe Brown Renews Weirich Allegations -

After a week in which his campaign for Shelby County district attorney general took heavy criticism from numerous political fronts, including his own party, Joe Brown said he has no regrets about alleging Republican incumbent District Attorney General Amy Weirich is gay.

7. Weirich: Brown ‘Out of Touch With Reality’ -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says a video posted Tuesday on the campaign website of Democratic challenger Joe Brown questioning her sexual orientation represents a “sad day” in local politics.

8. Events -

Mud Island will host a Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display Friday, July 4, at the park, 125 N. Front St. The park will be open at 10 a.m., and fireworks begin at nightfall. Visit mudisland.com.

9. Weirich Says Brown ‘Out of Touch With Reality’ -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says a video posted Tuesday on the campaign website of Democratic challenger Joe Brown questioning her sexual orientation represents a “sad day” in local politics.

10. Memphis Bar Reveals Judicial Candidate Poll -

All but three of the 24 local judicial incumbents on the Aug. 7 ballot came out on top in the Memphis Bar Association poll of judicial candidates released Monday, June 30.

Attorneys were asked by the bar to select candidates based on who they felt was best qualified to hold the office.

11. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

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

12. Carson: Joe Brown Not ‘Average Candidate’ -

The chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party said Wednesday, June 25, that he is concerned by questions from Democrats about the campaign of Joe Brown as the Democratic nominee for district attorney general in the August county elections.

13. Carson: Joe Brown Not ‘Average Candidate’ -

The chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party said Wednesday, June 25, that he is concerned by questions from Democrats about the campaign of Joe Brown as the Democratic nominee for district attorney general in the August county elections.

14. Events -

The Daily News offices will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the “All Things Southern” Vine to Wine wine tasting Tuesday, May 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will feature eight wines or cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

15. Both Parties Launch General Election Efforts -

On a Saturday afternoon with a crowded calendar of political events, state Rep. G.A. Hardaway invited the winners and losers from the May Democratic county primaries and local Democrats who are on the August ballot to stand together at an airport-area meeting room of about 100 people.

16. County Primaries Reflect Different Political Fortunes -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

17. Events -

Regional One Health will hold the 2014 Sports Related Brain Injury and Concussion Management Symposium Wednesday, May 7, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital’s Longnotti Auditorium, 5959 Park Ave. Topics include “Mild TBI/Concussion,” “Neuropsychology and Sports Concussion” and “Return to Play After Concussion.” Email cchambers@regionalonehealth.org or call 545-8487 to register.

18. Norris Defends Rape Kit Backlog Approach -

State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville says the Tennessee Legislature wants to know the size of the statewide problem of untested rape kits, an explanation of why it happened and a credible plan for eliminating it before coming up with funding to deal with the problem.

19. August’s ‘Big Ballot’ Awaits County’s Voters -

With the unofficial results in the Shelby County primary elections in, get ready for the “big ballot.”

The candidates who won the Democratic and Republican primaries in Tuesday’s elections advance to the August ballot where they will join a much larger group of candidates and races that once every eight years produce the largest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

20. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold a public meeting about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 6, at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. Drop by for 10 minutes during the open house, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or attend the presentation and Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

21. Brown’s Complex Contempt Case Moves Forward -

Former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown’s actions in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court in March will live on in court past the May county primaries and into the campaign season as Brown prepares to challenge incumbent District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the August general election.

22. Primary Choices -

Shelby County voters will begin the process Tuesday, May 6, of electing a majority of new members to a Shelby County Commission that will also change to a set of 13 single-member districts when the winners take office on Sept. 1.

23. Weirich, Brown Avoid Clash in Talk to High School Students -

The two contenders on their way to an August election showdown for the office of district attorney general met Wednesday, April 23, at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

But District Attorney General Amy Weirich and former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown were not in the same room at the same time as they each spoke to a group of 60 high school students at the college’s first criminal-justice career day on the Macon Cove campus.

24. Luttrell: Voters ‘Dropping Out’ of Process -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says “a lack of civility in public discourse” is one of several reasons many Shelby County voters seem uninterested or unaware of this year’s elections in Shelby County.

25. Ongoing Rape Kit Backlog Fallout Expands -

The ongoing fallout from the backlog of untested rape kits is beginning to develop some boundaries and dividing lines as it moves into federal court and expands outside court to include a backlog of 300 rape kits by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

26. Early Voting Opens in County Primaries -

Shelby County voters begin deciding Wednesday, April 16, who holds 11 countywide offices, including Shelby County mayor and district attorney general, as well as 13 seats on the Shelby County Commission drawn with new single-member district lines.

27. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit -

The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.

28. Brown’s Contempt Hearing Reflects Political Skirmish -

Joe Brown’s bid to unseat District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the 2014 elections probably wasn’t supposed to begin this way – in a courtroom dispute with Juvenile Court that has nothing to do with Weirich.

29. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

30. Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog -

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

It is the second federal lawsuit filed against the city of Memphis since December over the backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits police acknowledged in November after initially putting the backlog of rape kits at 2,000 in August.

31. Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge -

The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.

32. DA Candidate Brown Jailed For Contempt in Juvenile Court -

Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown, who is the Democratic nominee for District Attorney General in the August county general elections, was arrested and jailed Monday, March 24, for being in contempt of court.

33. Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries -

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

34. Criminal Justice Issues Likely to Dominate Races -

Expect to hear a lot between now and August about how the local criminal justice system does or does not work.

With Thursday’s filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries, two races for offices that are part of the system advanced to the August ballot.

35. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

36. County Primary Filing Deadline Arrives -

A couple of days before the filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries, it looked like a political season with lots of action at the deadline itself.

The deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 20, with another week for any candidates who meet that deadline to withdraw if they wish.

37. Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears -

The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy brought the Democratic primary race for county mayor to four as he filed his qualifying petition Monday afternoon.

38. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

39. Democrats Still Pondering Unity After 2010 Defeats -

After hearing from the four contenders in the Democratic primary for county mayor outline the boundaries of what could be a lively campaign for the right to challenge Mark Luttrell in the August general election, Democrats last week got another look at an intraparty discussion that still hasn’t been settled.

40. Brown Petition Circulating For District Attorney General -

Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown has a qualifying petition out to run in the May Democratic primary for District Attorney General.

41. Nichols Named New Deputy District Attorney -

Jennifer Nichols is the new deputy district attorney general in the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

42. Fields Begin to Gel for May and August Ballots -

With two weeks to the filing deadline for candidates in the May Shelby County primary elections and two months to the deadline for those in the August state and federal primaries and county nonpartisan elections, the fields have solidified enough that some political players are weighing their prospects for a late entry before the filing deadlines.

43. Nichols Named New Deputy District Attorney -

Jennifer Nichols is the new deputy district attorney general in the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

44. Tennessee Democrats Struggle With New, Old Factions -

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron realizes the party faithful in Memphis see some challenges in keeping the faith these days.

45. Rimmer Murder Case Takes New Path -

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office will not prosecute the second murder trial of Michael Rimmer, opting for a special prosecutor from outside the county.

46. Henderson Censure Latest Chapter in Death Penalty Case -

A veteran Shelby County prosecutor has been censured by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility for his conduct in a high-profile death penalty case from the 1990s that is scheduled to be retried later this year in Shelby County Criminal Court.

47. Riverside Drug Arrests Linked to Nashville Case -

For two years, Memphis police mounted an investigation in the Riverside section of South Memphis against a long-running drug organization allegedly headed by Kenneth and Keith Bohanon.

48. Nominations Open for Dunavant Public Service Awards -

The 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards in 2014 will be awarded against a backdrop of the largest election ballot in Shelby County history.

The once-every-eight-year August ballot features not only county races held every four years but judicial offices for terms of eight years, U.S. Senate primaries and primaries in the governor’s race.

49. Judicial Races Show Signs of Life -

Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter opened his re-election bid with the sound of bagpipes in the clubhouse of the Overton Park Golf Course.

50. Shelby County Prosecutors Take Madison Sheriff Case -

When Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork was indicted on sexual assault and domestic violence assault Monday, Dec. 2, by a grand jury in Jackson, Tenn., it was the formal start of a criminal case that will be prosecuted by the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

51. Roland Calls for Probe of Missing Schools Inventory -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is calling for a special meeting of the Shelby County Commission this month to talk with Shelby County Schools officials about the recent external audit of the school system that couldn’t account for $48.4 million in school system property and equipment.

52. Shelby County Prosecutors Take Madison Sheriff Case -

When Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork was indicted on sexual assault and domestic violence assault Monday, Dec. 2, by a grand jury in Jackson, Tenn., it was the formal start of a criminal case that will be prosecuted by the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

53. Weirich Opens Re-Election Campaign -

There were lots of judges on hand as Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich opened her re-election campaign Sunday, Nov. 10.

54. Ex-US Attorney General on Judge Selection Panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is one of five new members on a panel that nominates candidates for Tennessee's appeals courts and its Supreme Court.

Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam along with Jesse Cannon, Jimmie Carpenter Miller, Cheryl Rice and Amy Weirich.

55. Crossing Local Party Lines Becoming Hazardous -

Call it fallout from the local Democratic executive committee’s censure last month of Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey.

56. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that brings together Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich will present “Pursuing the Guilty and Protecting the Innocent.” Visit phelpssecurity.com or email bigformemphis@phelpssecurity.com.

57. Events -

Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council will host the Shine the Light: Stand Up to Domestic Violence community rally Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, 1930 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park. The event will include music, speakers, a showcase of local organizations and more. Cost is free. Visit shinethelighttn.wordpress.com.

58. Events -

Rhodes College will host a Communities in Conversation lecture titled “How Judaism Became a Religion,” presented by Leora Batnitzky, Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

59. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

60. Crime Prevention -

There are lots of teddy bears and other stuffed animals in the Riverside neighborhood declared the city’s first no-gang zone this week by a General Sessions Environmental Court order.

A large cluster of the toys are attached and strapped to a large tree that shades the gang graffiti-scarred abandoned house at the corner of Farrington Street and Hollowell Avenue.

61. First No-Gang Zone Sets Up in Riverside -

The city and Memphis police began serving alleged gang members Monday with the city’s first try at establishing a no-gang safety zone in the Riverside area of southwest Memphis.

The first area with the designation in Memphis is bordered by South Parkway East to the north, West Mallory Street on the south, U.S. 55 on the west and Florida Street on the east.

62. Questions Raised About Criminal Justice System -

Shelby County’s public defender and the head of the Shelby County Corrections division say courts and prisons are changing and evolving as views about crime and punishment begin to change.

But Public Defender Stephen Bush and County Corrections Division director James Coleman said the intervention needs to start before citizens come into contact with the criminal justice system.

63. Prosecutors: Federal Shift Underway in County -

The historic shift in criminal justice philosophy by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama’s administration reflects the direction in which state and federal prosecutors in Shelby County already have been heading for several years.

64. District Attorney Offers Bikes for School Attendance -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is offering a bike to each student with perfect attendance in 12 elementary and middle schools in the Shelby County Schools system and Achievement School District.

65. District Attorney Offers Bikes for School Attendance -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is offering a bike to each student with perfect attendance in 12 elementary and middle schools in the Shelby County Schools system and Achievement School District.

66. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

67. Events -

Duncan-Williams Inc. Investment Bankers will hold a small-business succession planning luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Duncan-Williams, 6750 Poplar Ave., suite 300. Topics include federal estate tax laws, choosing a successor, calculating the fair market value of your business, and more. Cost is free; space is limited. RSVP to roland.cole@duncanwilliams.com or 435-4277.

68. Eviction Notice -

Managers of apartment complexes and other rental properties in Shelby County used to have a good grapevine or network when it came to trouble tenants, especially drug dealers, who had been evicted.

69. Beefed-Up Gang Law Gets Start in Memphis -

A 16-year-old Tennessee law aimed at the crimes of street gangs comes back to life effective July 1 after being largely unused since its passage.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed an overhaul of the statute in Memphis Wednesday, July 26, that keeps enhanced penalties and upgraded felony charges for violent crimes involving gang members.

70. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. District Attorney General Amy Weirich will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

71. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold a patriotic-themed networking party Wednesday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

72. Events -

Southerland Place Germantown is hosting a free VA Aid and Attendance Benefit Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at 7701 Poplar Ave. The workshop is for wartime veterans or their surviving spouses who live in assisted-living facilities. Jim Austin of Veterans Financial Inc. will present. Seating is limited; call 752-8444 to reserve a spot.

73. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold a patriotic-themed networking party Wednesday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

74. Beale Club Reopening About Timing -

The negotiations to reopen one of Beale Street’s busiest and most profitable nightspots were about not missing one of the busiest Downtown weekends of the year and how to handle the allegation that some employees of Club 152 either sold drugs or were complicit in drug sales in the club.

75. Club 152 Makes Appearance in Environmental Court -

The owners of Club 152 in the Beale Street entertainment district are due in Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court Monday, May 20, for the first hearing on the injunction that closed the popular nightspot Thursday afternoon as a public nuisance.

76. Assisi Foundation Donates $200,000 to Attorney General -

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. is giving the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office $200,000 to replace file servers and other computer hardware that is outdated as well as desktop and laptop computers. The grant will allow a much-needed update in the computer system of the prosecutor’s office.

77. Club 152 on Beale Closed as Nuisance -

Club 152 in the Beale Street entertainment district was closed Thursday, May 16, as a public nuisance.

Memphis Police and officials with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office emptied the three-level club of customers and employees and then had a locksmith padlock the doors to the club.

78. Assisi Foundation Donates $200,000 to Attorney General -

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. is giving the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office $200,000 to replace file servers and other computer hardware that is outdated as well as desktop and laptop computers.

79. Carson Takes Charge of Shelby Democrats -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the 2014 big ballot of county elections will require more than a conclusion that there are more Democrats than Republicans in Shelby County.

80. Troubled Beale Nightspot Changes Hands -

It’s been almost four months since Club Crave, the Beale Street nightspot with a history of violence under several names, was closed as a public nuisance under state law.

As the legal question of whether the building at 380 Beale St. is off limits for any future nightclub leases works its way through Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court, the ownership of the club has changed in the last four months.

81. Local GOP Convention Continues Tea Party Effort -

When Shelby County Republicans got together for the biannual party convention Sunday, March 24, in Bartlett, local party chairman Justin Joy counseled patience.

“There will probably be some moments when this will not appear to be a well-rehearsed wedding,” Joy said.

82. Mudbugs in March Returns to Court Square on March 16 -

Mudbugs in March will return for the third year to Court Square in Downtown Memphis on Saturday, March 16, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The day-long festival features an authentic Louisiana crawfish boil, drink specials, twisted mac from Hard Rock Café, a gumbo contest, barbecue from 2011 Memphis in May champion Fat Side Up, and live music from The Mason Jar Fireflies and FreeWorld.

83. Gang Tackle -

Cecil Dotson was a gang member until the day he died violently five years ago this month.

He also worked every day for 16 years as the maintenance man at the apartment complex where he lived until he moved, just before his death, into a rental house on Lester Street in Binghampton.

84. District Attorneys Outline Wish List -

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference’s legislative agenda for the new session of the Tennessee General Assembly includes a focus on children, sentencing guidelines and the fight against drugs.

85. Club Crave Nuisance Case Moves Slowly -

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office and attorneys for the owners of Club Crave have been talking privately since prosecutors got the court order that closed the Beale Street nightspot during the Christmas holidays as a public nuisance.

86. Weirich Taps Myers, McFarland for Top Posts -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has appointed Carter Myers as Deputy District Attorney to fill the position recently held by John Campbell.

87. Weirich Taps Myers, McFarland for Top Posts -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has appointed Carter Myers as Deputy District Attorney to fill the position recently held by John Campbell.

88. District, US Attorneys Pooling Efforts -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton are working together on cases that cross the state-federal boundary for prosecution.

89. Election Winners Take Oaths of Office -

The Labor Day weekend served as a political marker for past and future events in Memphis politics.

The four Shelby County general election winners from the Aug. 2 vote are officially in office as the weekend ends and the workweek begins.

90. County Sees 21.6 Pct. Voter Turnout -

Slightly less than 127,000 Shelby County residents – or 21.6 percent of 584,443 registered voters – cast ballots in the Aug. 2 elections.

The turnout in early voting and election day combined was a higher percentage than the 15 percent turnout four years ago in the same election cycle, but it was well below the 44-year high of 39.4 percent set in the August 1992 elections.

91. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

92. Muni Schools, Cohen, Weirich, Johnson, Stanton, Kyle Take Early Vote -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County were overwhelmingly approving the establishment of municipal school districts and a half cent sales tax hike to fund them in the first vote totals released Thursday, Aug. 2 by the Shelby County Election Commission.

93. New Gang Unit Takes All-Out Approach -

There are few pieces of gang graffiti that are a more certain indicator of gang activity than the word Hoover.

Pitchforks and multi-pointed stars and certain numbers could be the work on bona fide gang members or those who aspire to gang membership – called “wannabes” by police.

94. Law Enforcement Agencies Launch New Gang Unit -

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials formally launched Monday, July 23, a new “Multi-Agency Gang Unit.”

But the unit will operate differently than the past gang unit that was a consolidation of efforts by the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

95. Voters Turn Out Early at Polls in Suburbs -

The first day of early voting in the suburbs in advance of the Aug. 2 election day saw a noticeable jump in voter turnout and some problems at polling places in Bartlett.

Voting opened Monday, July 16, at 20 satellite voting sites across Shelby County.

96. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a life-coaching workshop with Cynthia Schulz Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Schulz’s presentation is titled “Failure is Never Final.” Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

97. Events -

The second annual Midsouth Autism Conference will be held Monday, July 16, to Wednesday, July 18, at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. Sponsored by Transformations Autism Treatment Center, the conference is geared toward educating professionals, parents and people affected by the disorder. Visit transformingautism.com for a schedule and registration information.

98. District Attorney Contenders Discuss Court Review -

The two contenders for Shelby County District Attorney General on the Aug. 2 ballot offered different takes on Juvenile Court reforms Monday, June 18, at a League of Women Voters forum.

Republican incumbent Amy Weirich and Democratic challenger Carol Chumney were asked about the recent review of Memphis Shelby County Juvenile Court by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.

99. Mentoring Group Announces Men and Women of the Year -

The 110 Institute, a Memphis-based youth development and research firm, has announced its 2012 “Men of the Year,” and for the first time two “Women of the Year”.

This year’s recipients are: Fred Tillman, CEO of Century Management; Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich; Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong; and News Channel 3 Morning Anchor Markova Reed.

100. Events -

The Better Business Bureau breakfast series will continue with a seminar on fraud risks facing small businesses Tuesday, May 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Cost is free for BBB members and $10 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@bbbmidsouth.org or 757-8603.