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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Petties Appeals Prison Sentence -

After being moved from the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution to a high-security prison in Allenwood, Pa., this week, Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has appealed his nine life prison sentences.

5. Petties Moved to Pennsylvania Prison -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has begun serving his nine life sentences at a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

6. Petties Sentenced to Nine Life Terms -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties will be in prison for the rest of his life for heading a violent drug organization with direct ties to a Mexican drug cartel that sold millions of dollars worth of drugs in a multi-state area centered in Memphis from 1995 to 2008.

7. Petties Case Reveals Dark Details -

One of the last loose ends in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court was rounded up last week, with a 15-year prison sentence for a childhood friend of drug kingpin Craig Petties.

8. Petties Associate Draws 15-Year Prison Term -

Chris Hamlet didn’t have to spend five years in a Mexican prison.

Federal drug agents in Memphis were interested in a prisoner swap with Mexican authorities to get the childhood friend of Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties to and across the border.

9. Sentencing Set for Drug Gang Leader -

A sealed sentencing hearing Thursday, July 25, for Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties was postponed to Aug. 22.

10. Drug Kingpin Petties Returns to Memphis -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has returned to the city after a brief stay in a federal prison transfer center in Oklahoma City.

11. Petties Returns To Memphis -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has returned to the city after a brief stay in a federal prison transfer center in Oklahoma City earlier this week.

12. Petties Again Switches Federal Prisons -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties is on the move again in the federal prison system as more sealed documents involving Petties have been filed in the largest drug case ever brought in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

13. Lewis Gets Life Sentence in Petties Drug Case -

Martin Lewis, convicted last year of killing a man in 2007 for the Craig Petties drug organization in a busy restaurant, was sentenced Friday, June 14, to life in prison.

14. Lewis Gets Life in Petties Case -

Clinton Lewis was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, May 14, for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

15. Hamlet Pleads in Petties Drug Case -

After five years in a Mexican prison, Chris Hamlet pleaded guilty in Memphis federal court Tuesday, May 7, to U.S. drug conspiracy charges that could earn him an even longer stint in a U.S. prison.

16. Hamlet to Plead in Petties Drug Case -

The last defendant in the Craig Petties federal drug case is scheduled to plead guilty in May to drug conspiracy charges.

17. Defendant Gets 12 Years in Petties Drug Case -

A contract killer for the Craig Petties drug organization who never carried out his job got a 12-year, five-month prison sentence Thursday, March 21, from U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays.

18. Prosecutors Weigh Cooperation Against Murder -

For a second time, prosecutors in the largest drug case ever brought into Memphis federal court have decided not to recommend a reduction in the sentence of a high-ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization who cooperated to some extent.

19. Petties Case: Vaughn Gets 36.5 Year Prison Sentence -

Vacha Vaughn, a high ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization, was sentenced Friday, Feb. 8, to 36 years and six months in prison on a federal drug conspiracy conviction.

20. Fields Gets 37-Year Sentence in Petties Case -

Demetrius Fields, a high-ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization, drew the longest jail term yet as those convicted in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court continue to be sentenced.

21. Fields Gets 37-Year Sentence In Petties Case -

Demetrius Fields, a high ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization, drew the longest jail term yet as those convicted in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court continue to be sentenced.

22. Mays Hears of Cell Phones and Drug Delivery Planned Behind Bars At Mason -

Two leaders of the Craig Petties drug organization were caught with cell phones while they were prisoners at the federal prison in Mason, Tennessee last year and a third was suspected of trying to have a kilogram of cocaine delivered to him in prison.

23. Hamlet Pleads Not Guilty in Petties Organization Case -

A high-ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Jan. 8, to federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges.

24. Hamlet Pleads Not Guilty in Petties Organization Case -

A high-ranking member of the Craig Petties drug organization pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Jan. 8, to federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges.

25. Petties Hit Man Sentence Poses Dilemma -

U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays had a dilemma as he sentenced a contract killer Thursday, Jan. 3, for his part in the Craig Petties drug organization.

26. Broady Gets 31 Year Sentence In Petties Case -

Clarence Broady, who at one time robbed drug dealers, was sentenced to 31 years in prison Thursday, Jan. 3, for being a hit man for the Craig Petties drug organization.

27. More Sentences Expected for Petties Drug Case in 2013 -

Five years after Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties was captured in Mexico, the federal court drug case that bears his name is still moving through the courts of the Western District of Tennessee.

28. Petties Drug Case Suspect Returns to U.S. -

Chris Hamlet, a high-ranking member of the Memphis-based drug organization headed by Craig Petties, is back in the U.S. and on his way to a Memphis courtroom.

29. Petties Drug Runner Draws Eight-Year Sentence -

Bobby Cole was a professional drag racer and race promoter known as a kind of arbiter of differences among drivers and someone who helped those in financial straits with loans of cash or one of his trailers.

30. Petties Drug Runner Draws Eight-Year Sentence -

A professional drag racer and mechanic who used his racing trailers to run money and cocaine for the Craig Petties drug organization was sentenced Monday, Oct. 29, to eight years and one month in prison.

31. Drug Kingpin Petties Moved to New York -

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has been moved from the federal prison in Atlanta to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.

32. Petties Sentencing Delayed to June -

The sentencing hearing for Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has been delayed again – this time to June 13.

33. Drug Trial Moves Into Sentencing Phase -

The verdicts are in, and the jurors have been polled and dismissed after more than a month of trial.

The long-awaited and just-completed Craig Petties drug organization trial now gives way to sentencing hearings to come for Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis and some of those who once belonged to the organization and testified against them.

34. Petties Jury Convicts on All but One Count -

The jury in the Petties drug organization trial has convicted the two defendants on all but one of the drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire counts they faced.

Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis were found guilty of 10 of the 11 federal charges they faced. The verdict came after less than a day of deliberation and five weeks of testimony.

35. Fed. Drug Trial Moves to Conclusion -

It may have been one of the more unusual PowerPoint presentations. Closing arguments in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court began Tuesday, March 20, with the presentations most associated with corporate workshops and seminars adapted to summarize what has been a complex set of events covering seven years.

36. Deliberations to Begin in Petties Org Case -

Seven weeks ago jury selection began in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court.

More than 350 exhibits, 70 witnesses and 130 sidebars or bench conferences later, the jury is about to begin deliberations in the trial of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, two members of the drug organization headed and built by Craig Petties.

37. Testimony Ends in Fed Drug Trial -

After five weeks of testimony, the last witness testified Wednesday, March 14, in the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court.

He was Vacha Vaughn, a high-level member of the organization who was shot in a 2004 robbery by men dressed as police officers. Three years later, he was a target of the organization itself because he was believed to be cooperating with authorities.

38. Drug Jury Must Choose ‘Whose Truth’ -

Someone has been lying during the trial of two alleged hit men in the Craig Petties drug organization – a trial now ending its sixth week in Memphis federal court.

39. Mistrial Motion Denied In Petties Drug Org Trial -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays has denied a motion by defense attorneys for a mistrial in the Petties drug organization trial.

The decision by Mays in a 15-page written ruling, clears the way for the defense in the drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder for hire case to begin telling its side of the story Wednesday, March 14.

40. Petties Case Court Documents Suggest Post Conviction Plans -

Toward the end of the prosecution’s case last week in the Craig Petties drug organization trial, jurors heard a corrections officers say that Clinton Lewis, one of the two defendants, told Carlos Whitelow, another member of the organization, to keep quiet and not tell prosecutors anything about the organization.

41. Prosecution Rests in Fed Drug Trial -

The prosecution in the Craig Petties drug organization trial rested in case in chief Thursday, March 8, after four weeks of testimony.

42. Petties Jury Hears of 2007 Arrests of Defendants and Plea Talks -

When they were arrested separately within months of each in 2007, neither Clinton Lewis nor Martin Lewis went quietly.

43. Violent Acts Take Stage in Fed Drug Trial -

When Mario McNeil allegedly threatened the mother of drug kingpin Craig Petties in 2007, the Memphis drug organization Petties ran from exile in Mexico took it seriously.

44. Fed Drug Case Zeroes in on Defendants -

For three weeks, federal prosecutors in the Craig Petties drug organization trial have told a jury the wide-ranging story of the organization and dozens of the leaders and other players in it.

45. Petties Drug Trial Testimony Focuses on Defendants -

After three weeks of detailing a broad conspiracy to sell drugs in the Memphis region and silence those who cooperated with authorities, prosecutors in the Petties drug organization trial began the trial’s fifth week with more specific testimony about the two defendants.

46. Petties Trial Focuses on Turner Killing -

The point at which the prosecution ends and the defense begins in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis Federal Court should be when the 2006 murder of Marcus Turner becomes the center of attention again.

47. Petties Trial Focuses on 2006 Murder -

The second witness to testify in the Petties organization drug trial that begins its fifth week Monday, March 5, was Lucy Turner, a police dispatcher from West Memphis, Ark. and the mother of Marcus Turner.

48. Fed Drug Trial Testimony Ends Fourth Week -

Martin Lewis jumped Marcus Brandon as soon as Brandon came on the line in May 2007 during a jailhouse phone call three-wayed by Lewis’ girlfriend using another prisoner’s ID number.

49. Witness Recalls Drug Money Accounting Duties -

Dana Bradley remembers the day he went to work for the Craig Petties drug organization.

50. Petties Org Drug Trial Hits Fourth Week -

The Craig Petties drug organization trial has settled into some predictable rhythms as it begins its fourth week Monday, Feb. 27, in Memphis Federal Court.

51. Petties Org Drug Trial Ends Third Week -

The Craig Petties drug organization trial has settled into some predictable rhythms as it begins its fourth week Monday, Feb. 27, in Memphis Federal Court.

52. Questions Raised About Plea Deals -

Shortly after Clarence Broady shot Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin to death in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

53. Defense Critical of Plea Deal for Fields in Petties Case -

Shortly after Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin were shot to death by Clarence Broady in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

54. Georgia Drug Dealer Turns Up in Fed Case -

When Torrance Hill testified in Memphis Federal Court this week about his role as a major drug dealer from Columbus, Ga., and the Atlanta area, it was new to the jury in the Petties drug organization trial.

55. Miss. Drug Kingpin Talks of Life on Run in Mexico With Petties -

When Dave Warner learned police and federal agents were searching his house in Mississippi in 2004, he ran. And while he was on the run, he got a phone call from Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties who said Warner could come live in Mexico where Petties had fled two years earlier.

56. Court Hears Details Of Drug Org -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays has been balancing other cases on his schedule with the Craig Petties drug organization trial that began Feb. 6 with jury selection.

57. UPDATE: Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Big drug dealers don’t count the money as soon as they make a drug deal. They wait until they leave the exchange to count it.

That was among the details offered Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the full-day of testimony by Orlando Pride, a long time member of the violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

58. Petties Associate Testifies On Drug Ring's Origins and Growth -

The violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties began with a group of eight and nine-year-old boys in the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis selling rocks of crack cocaine to those in cars who would drive down their street, West Dison Avenue, in the neighborhood.

59. Testimony to Begin in Fed Drug Case -

The first witnesses could testify Monday, Feb. 13, in the federal drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire trial of Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis.

60. Jury Selection Progresses in Major Drug Case -

Jury selection in the Memphis federal court trial of two alleged hit men for the biggest drug organization ever prosecuted in the court took longer than expected.

The selection process, which began Monday, Feb. 6, and stretched into Wednesday, also provided a window into the dividing line between the privacy of prospective jurors and the need of attorneys and the judge to explore the jury pool’s lives in some depth to pick a fair and impartial group.

61. Petties Trial Jury Selection Underway -

Jury selection in the trial of two men accused of being hit men for a powerful Memphis-based drug organization began Monday, Feb. 6, with a long line of jurors seeking to be disqualified from jury duty for emergency reasons.

62. Major Federal Drug Trial Gets Under Way Monday -

One of the cameras in the courtroom of Federal Judge Hardy Mays was moved just a bit last month.

It was adjusted so the camera’s view could not take in the jury box and those to be seated in it.

63. Court Docket Sees 2 Notable Drug Cases -

For now, Federal Judge Hardy Mays has decided that the last two defendants in the biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court will not be shackled when the jury begins hearing the case.

64. Recordings Could be Played in Major Drug Trial -

Tobias Pride told Mario Stewart that leaders of the drug organization Pride worked for wanted Stewart dead because they believed he was cooperating with police.

65. Petties Trial Date Delayed -

The upcoming trial of the last two defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court has been delayed until Feb. 6.

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays postponed the scheduled Jan. 17 start of the trial of Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis an additional three weeks to Friday, Feb. 6.

66. AP Interview: US Atty. Stanton Targets Gangs -

MEMPHIS (AP) – In his 17 months as U.S. attorney for West Tennessee, lifelong Memphian Edward Stanton has taken a tough stance against sex traffickers and drug rings, while also showing a willingness to get personally involved in the region’s most serious cases.

67. Fed Drug Case Defendant Wants New Atty. -

Just two and a half weeks before he goes on trial for racketeering, drug conspiracy and murder-for-hire charges, Clinton Lewis wants a new attorney.

68. Rules for Federal Drug Case Still Being Formed -

The words “inordinate” and “extraordinary” keep coming up in the court documents for the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court, even though the case is now down to two defendants who are scheduled to go to trial next month.

69. Broady Pleads In Petties Drug Case -

One of the three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court has pleaded guilty to multiple conspiracy charges including racketeering, murder for hire and drug distribution.

70. Broady Pleads In Petties Drug Case -

One of the three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court has pleaded guilty to multiple conspiracy charges including racketeering, murder for hire and drug distribution.

71. Petties Drug Case Moves Toward Jan. Trial -

The three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 17 before U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

The trial of Martin Lewis, Clinton Lewis and Clarence Broady is expected to take four to five weeks.

72. Drug Cartel Case Moves Closer To January Trial -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays will talk Wednesday, Nov. 16, with attorneys for the three defendants left in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court.

Federal prosecutors and attorneys for defendants Clarence Broady, Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis come to court for an attorney conference on their way to a scheduled January trial date on drug conspiracy and racketeering charges that also include murder for hire.

73. Defendant in Petties Case Pleads Guilty -

The biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court is down to three defendants who have a tentative trial date in January on racketeering and murder-for-hire charges.

Demetrious Fields pleaded guilty last week to three of the counts he faced for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties from 1995 to 2008.

74. Fields Pleads In Drug Case -

One of the four remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 20, to drug conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering charges.

Demetrious Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday, Oct. 19, before Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays with his sentencing scheduled for March 2.

75. Feds Seek Anonymous Jury in Drug Case -

Federal prosecutors want an “anonymous jury” for the trial next year of four men accused of being contract killers for the largest drug ring ever tried in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis.

76. Motions Offer New Details in Petties Drug Case -

Three of the four remaining defendants in the largest and most violent drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court want more information about the cases against them and a separate trial for two of them.

77. High-Profile District Court Judge Lets Lighter Side Show -

Complicated, high-profile cases that frequently carry far-reaching significance have a knack for winding up in the lap of U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

The most recent hot potato to be launched his way is the messy legal fracas stemming from the Memphis City Schools’ surrender of its charter in December. A court hearing before Mays appears set for Monday on the future of an appointed countywide school board.

78. Petties Sentencing Moved From Friday Until Summer -

A sentencing hearing for alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties scheduled for Friday has been delayed until June.

79. Four Petties Codefendants May be Tried in January -

Four codefendants in the largest and most violent drug-trafficking case ever brought in Memphis federal court may go to trial in January 2012.

Report dates for Demetrius Fields, Clarence Broady and Clinton Lewis in the last week have focused on what happens next in the case. That follows the revelation last month that the alleged leader of the drug organization, Craig Petties, pleaded guilty to 19 counts including murder-for-hire in December 2009. The guilty plea was unsealed and made public just last month.

80. Drug Case Gets Stranger With Plea Revelation -

It is not unusual in Memphis federal court for a grand jury indictment to be sealed by a judge. And there are times when a guilty plea may be sealed.

But the revelation this week that alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties pleaded guilty over a year ago to 19 counts including murder for hire charges in Memphis federal court is unusual.

81. Petties Guilty Plea From 2009 Unsealed -

Alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties has pleaded guilty to 19 counts of racketeering, drug and murder for hire conspiracy, drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

82. Mays: Petties Codefendants to Keep Capital Counsel -

Extra legal counsel appointed for four defendants in the largest and most violent drug case ever tried in Memphis federal court will remain on the job, but they will take a pay cut.

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays issued the ruling this week after federal prosecutors sought to have the extra attorneys dismissed because the government will not seek the federal death penalty against Demetrious Fields, Clinton Lewis, Martin Lewis and Clarence Broady.

83. Stanton Creates Appellate Chief Positions -

In a reorganization of the federal prosecutors’ office for Western Tennessee, U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton has created two appellate chief positions.

The chiefs will oversee civil and criminal cases on appeal.

84. Petties Makes Rare Comments in Court -

Whatever jail time Craig Petties faces for having a shank hidden in the mattress in his prison cell may not be much more than the time he has already served in federal prison.

85. Petties Pleads Guilty to Contraband Charge -

The weapon alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties had in his cell at the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution last year was a shank – or homemade knife – fashioned from a plastic shard from a tray.

86. Petties to Plead Guilty to Contraband Charges -

Craig Petties is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he had contraband while in prison awaiting trial on other charges

87. Drug Kingpin Petties Back in Federal Court -

Craig Petties, the alleged head of the largest and most violent drug organization ever tried in Memphis federal court, returns to court this week for the first status conference since the U.S. Justice Department decided not to seek the death penalty against four of his co-defendants. Attorneys for those four codefendants will also be in court to map out where the case goes from here.

88. Petties "Change Of Plea" Delay Motion Amended -

The attorney for Craig Petties, the alleged head of a violent multi-state drug organization based in Memphis, says it was a mistake.

89. Petties To Plead to Prison Contraband Charges -

Craig Petties, the alleged head of the city’s largest drug organization ever tried in Memphis federal court, is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he had some kind of weapon while in the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution.

90. Petties Drug Case Begins Moving to Next Phase -

After several years of report dates that take less than five minutes, the largest drug case ever prosecuted in Memphis federal court is beginning to move into questions about what comes next.

Sometime this month, U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays will meet with defense and prosecution attorneys for a status conference. It will be the first conference of its kind since the U.S. Justice Department decided not to seek the death penalty against four of the defendants: Demetrius Fields, Clinton Lewis, Martin Lewis and Clarence Broady.

91. Feds Appear Likely to Seek Death Penalty Against Petties -

The federal government will apparently seek the federal death penalty against alleged drug kingpin Craig Petties.

92. Petties Appears in Court on Weapons Charges -

Craig Petties, made his first court appearance this week on charges he had a weapon twice this past October while in the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution. (FCI)

93. Petties Indicted on Prison Weapons Charges -

The alleged leader of the largest and most violent drug organization ever tried in Memphis federal court is accused of getting a weapon twice while in the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) last fall.

94. Petties Faces New Charges In Prison -

Craig Petties, the alleged leader of the largest and most violent drug organization ever tried in Memphis federal court, faces new federal charges.

95. 2010 -

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.

96. Mexican Drug Violence Linked to Memphis Case -

As a team of commandoes closed in on a Mexican drug lord last week, attorneys were meeting in Memphis to begin determining the fate of five men allegedly tied closely to the cartel.

The issue at the Memphis meetings is whether the government should seek the death penalty in each case.

97. Petties Drug Case Reaches Pivotal Juncture -

The largest drug case ever presented in Memphis federal court reaches a critical phase today when U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi begins a series of meetings with attorneys for five of the nine defendants.

98. Drug Case Plea Hearing Delayed in Memphis Court -

A change of plea hearing in Memphis federal court was delayed Monday after the defendant denied having any knowledge of the money laundering charge she was pleading guilty to.

Latanya Ingram is one of nine people charged in a drug, racketeering, money laundering and murder for hire conspiracy that is the largest drug case ever tried in Memphis federal court. The drug organization was allegedly headed by Craig Petties, who ran it for six years while he was in Mexico, according to the indictment.

99. The Daily News Picks Up Six Statewide Awards -

The Daily News has won six awards from the University of Tennessee-Tennessee Press Association. The awards ceremony was held Friday in Chattanooga.

The honors include two first place awards among Group 2 newspapers in Tennessee, or papers with combined weekly circulations of 5,001-15,000 readers.

100. The Daily News, The Memphis News Win Regional Journalism Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News were among the winners in the 59th annual Green Eyeshade Awards, placing in seven categories including a first place award for law and courts reporting.

The awards, judged by regional directors of the Society of Professional Journalists, drew more than 500 entries from media outlets in 11 Southern states.