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1. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

2. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

3. Barbic Counters Achievement School District Opposition -

Tennessee Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic on Wednesday responded for the first time to vocal opposition to the state-run district.

In an interview on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines,” Barbic said opposition to the ASD is about the same as it has been over the last two years. The program airs Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and his hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News.

4. Achievement Schools Opposition Finds Frustration -

Charter school operators who are being considered for the next round of schools entering the state-run Achievement School District are facing the most organized opposition effort in the three-year history of the district in Memphis.

5. City's Response to Poplar Plaza Attack Charts New Path -

The next front in City Hall’s discussion of youth violence won’t be another crime summit.

The last one happened just days before and within a mile of the Poplar Plaza shopping center where a mob of teenagers attacked, beat and injured three people Saturday, Sept 6.

6. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

7. Legal Opinion Sets Rules for Filling State Senate Vacancy -

The local Democratic and Republican parties have until Sept. 8 to select a nominee for the state Senate District 30 seat that becomes vacant Friday, Aug. 29, according to a legal opinion Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Tennessee attorney general’s office.

8. Signs, Space Occupy Final Weeks of Elections -

In the closing weeks of the summer campaign to the Aug. 7 election day, the political struggle has come to the place all hard-fought campaigns ultimately come at this point – signs and space.

9. Parkinson, White Compare Notes Across Aisle -

Two state representatives from Memphis say the 19-member Shelby County delegation in the Tennessee General Assembly isn’t as united as it should be.

“I have to be brutally honest. I have yet to see us come together and move as a block for Shelby County,” Democratic state Rep. Antonio Parkinson said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “There appears to be an alignment with some members of our delegation that align with other parts of Tennessee before they align with Shelby County. I’m optimistic that will shift.”

10. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

11. Candidates Observe April Fools’ Day -

A busy week on the local political calendar that includes April Fools’ Day proved to be too much for a few local politicians.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy announced he was withdrawing from the Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor in May to become corporate public relations director for the Kellogg’s Corp.

12. Counseling Group Opens for Backlog Rape Victims -

The Shelby County Rape Crisis Center is starting a weekly support group for rape victims whose rape kits were among the 12,000 left untested by Memphis Police Department over a 30-year period.

The announcement of the support group came Tuesday, the same day the Tennessee Legislature convened for the year, with several proposals connected to the scandal expected to at least be debated, if not acted on, during the short election-year session.

13. Memphis Considers Options for Raleigh Springs Mall -

The city of Memphis is considering acquiring the Raleigh Springs Mall site as part of a civic-driven effort to revive the former retail hub.

“We’re going to explore every option we have, but yes, that is certainly an option,” said City Council member Bill Morrison, whose district includes the area.

14. Municipal Schools Bill Sails Through House, Senate -

After much speculation about resistance from other parts of the state to lifting the statewide ban on special school districts statewide, the bill to do that sailed through the Tennessee House and Senate Monday, April 15.

15. Senators Press to Allow Student IDs for Voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of a bill to allow people to display student IDs to vote said Monday he plans to press ahead with the matter even through the version approved by the House would not allow the practice.

16. Back to Work -

The Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville returned to the capital Tuesday, Jan. 8, with three fewer members – one state senator and two state representatives – all Democrats – but with no new faces.

17. Governor Signs Parent Grading Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a proposal that allows parents to grade themselves on how involved they are in their children's schooling.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Antonio Parkinson of Memphis and Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 94-2 in the House and unanimously passed the Senate 27-0.

18. Muni School District Bill Goes To Conference -

An amended bill that would permit suburban citizens to vote this year on forming municipal school districts is on its way to a Tennessee Legislature conference committee in the closing week of the legislative session.

19. New District Lines Lead to New Races -

“This time I waited to be sure,” Ian Randolph said just before the Thursday, April 5, deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 2 elections.

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

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

21. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

22. Following Primary, Races Point to August -

Two days after all the votes were counted in the Tennessee presidential primary, state Republican Party leaders had already worked out how many of the state’s at-large delegates would go to their top three candidates.

23. Lawmaker Tries to Ink Tough Tenn. Tattoo Law -

The sponsor of legislation that seeks to strengthen a Tennessee law prohibiting the tattooing of minors says the measure would also help fight gang activity, even though critics lament the proposal could be burdensome.

24. Memphis Democrats Squeezed in State Redistricting Plan -

Tennessee Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis and Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown are in the same Senate district under a redistricting proposal unveiled by Republican legislative leaders Wednesday, Jan. 4, in Nashville.

25. Memphis Democrats Squeezed in State Redistricting Plan -

Tennessee Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis and Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown are in the same Senate district under a redistricting proposal unveiled by Republican legislative leaders Wednesday, Jan. 4, in Nashville.

26. Immigration Bills Advance in Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Opponents of a proposal that would allow law enforcement agents in Tennessee to question suspects about their immigration status are concerned it will hurt the state's image.

27. Turner Stays on To Lead Local Democrats -

Van Turner Jr. remains the Shelby County Democratic Party chairman after a weekend local party convention.

And Turner, who ran unopposed for the chairmanship, is hoping for a reversal of party fortunes in the next two years.

28. Election Commission Certifies Election -

The Shelby County Election Commission Tuesday certified the results of the March 8 special election.

The results confirm that the schools consolidation question on the ballot passed by a two-to-one margin.

29. Schools Election Day Arrives as Questions Remain -

An election on Fat Tuesday wasn’t planned in the regular election cycles of Memphis politics.

The last time Mardi Gras coincided with the election cycle was the 2008 Tennessee Democratic presidential primary.

30. Early Voting Begins in Schools Consolidation -

The lawsuits just got started last week and the rhetoric surrounding the schools consolidation issue is sure to continue.

Now add voting to the mix of the city’s dominant political controversy.

31. Democrat Parkinson Sworn in to Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democratic Rep. Antonio "2 Shay" Parkinson of Memphis has been sworn in to the state House.

Parkinson was appointed by the Shelby County Commission to replace longtime Rep. Ulysses Jones Jr., who died in November.

32. Complete Shelby Delegation Preps for Expanded Leadership -

When the Tennessee Legislature returns on Feb. 7 from its three-week recess, the 22-member Shelby County legislative delegation will be at full strength.

The newest member, District 98 Democrat Antonio Parkinson, won appointment by the Shelby County Commission to the seat he claimed in this month’s special Democratic primary election.

33. County Commission Questions Then Approves Electrolux Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners approved the agreement and $22 million in bond financing Monday to bring the Electrolux plant to the Pidgeon Industrial Park.

But the votes for the plan came after a lot of debate about the larger subject of government subsidies used to compete for and lure corporations to locate in the city.

34. Parkinson Wins District 98 Primary -

The Raleigh-North Memphis state house seat held by firefighter Ulysses Jones Jr. passed to another firefighter in last week’s special Democratic primary election.

Antonio Parkinson claimed the party’s nomination for the District 98 seat vacated last Nov. when Jones died.

35. Parkinson Wins St. Rep. Dist. 98 Primary -

Antonio Parkinson is the newest member of the Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville.

Parkinson won Thursday’s Democratic primary in State House district 98, beating three other contenders for the seat vacated by the Nov. death of veteran Democratic legislator Ulysses Jones Jr.

36. District 98 Primary to be Decided Thursday -

The race to fill the seat in the Tennessee legislature representing Raleigh and North Memphis will be decided Thursday.

Four candidates are on Thursday’s ballot in state House District 98’s Democratic primary.

37. Early Voting Kicks Off for Vacant District 98 Seat -

Here comes the new election year. Early voting opens Tuesday in the special election primaries for state House District 98. Election Day is Jan. 20.

The seat representing North Memphis, Frayser and Raleigh became vacant with the November death of Democratic state Rep. Ulysses Jones Jr.

38. Commission to Choose Jones’ Successor -

Shelby County commissioners pick a new state representative at Monday’s session to round out the 22-member Shelby County delegation to Nashville.

The commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

39. Treadway Joins Thomas & Betts as Senior VP for Electrical Business -

Charles L. Treadway has joined Thomas & Betts Corporation in the newly created position of senior vice president, group president – electrical. Treadway will provide strategic and operational leadership to the company’s electrical products businesses on a global basis. The electrical segment of Thomas & Betts has approximately 60 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 11 countries and employs approximately 8,000 associates worldwide. The electrical segment reported $2.1 billion in revenues in 2008. Treadway previously served as president and chief executive officer for the Custom Sensors and Technology unit of Schneider Electric.

40. Council Ballot Whittled to Four -

When union leader Paul Shaffer and Midtown neighborhood activist Mary Wilder had lunch last week, the two had something in common to discuss.

They both are among the 11 candidates who had filed to run in the Nov. 4 special election for a seat on the Memphis City Council.

41. Memphis School Board Race In Limbo -

It looked like Memphis school board member Stephanie Gatewood was on her way to re-election without opposition on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That was until Wednesday (Aug. 27) – the day before the Shelby County Election Commission certified the local portion of the ballot.

42. Memphis School Board Race In Limbo -

It looked like Memphis school board member Stephanie Gatewood was on her way to re-election without opposition on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That was until Wednesday (Aug. 27) – the day before the Shelby County Election Commission certified the local portion of the ballot.

43. Eleven File For Council Seat -

A field of 11 candidates had filed by Thursday’s noon deadline for an open seat on the Memphis City Council on the Nov. 4 ballot. Four of the contenders ran for the council just a year ago. Also at the deadline, three Memphis school board members were effectively re-elected when they failed to draw any opposition.

44. Eleven File For Council Seat -

A field of 11 candidates had filed by today's noon deadline for an open seat on the Memphis City Council on the Nov. 4 ballot. Four of the contenders ran for the council just a year ago. Also at the deadline, three Memphis school board members were effectively re-elected when they failed to draw any opposition.

45. Tutor Receives Transplant Nursing Excellence Award -

Dr. Ruth Tutor has received the 2007 Transplant Nursing Excellence Award from the International Transplant Nurses Society. Tutor is a Critical Care/Transplant Advance Practice Nurse at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. She has worked with transplant patients since 1985. She joined the nursing staff at the Transplant Institute in 2004.

46. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing -

It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.

With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

47. Things Go From Hot To Smoking Hot In Election Contests -

With one week to the filing deadline for the Oct. 4 Memphis city elections, 124 citizens have thought seriously enough about running for the 15 offices on the ballot to check out qualifying petitions. Nearly 40 had filed by the end of the first week.

48. Community Encouraged to SupportFamilies Affected by Apt. Blaze -      ABetterMemphis.com, a community-based Web site, is leading an effort to help families that were affected by the fire at the Avery Park Apartments.
     Last Tuesday, a fire at the Raleigh ap

49. Music Foundation BeginsSearch for President -      The Memphis Music Foundation's board of directors has formed a search committee that is now accepting applications for the position of president.
     Former president Rey Flemings resigned