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1. Evolving Identity -

Some of the most telling views of Memphis are the ones many of us see for only seconds at a time as we drive on viaducts that take us and our cars just above the treetops and rooftops of older neighborhoods interrupted by the roadways.

2. LeMoyne-Owen Students March -

A group of 80 LeMoyne-Owen College students marched Tuesday, Dec. 9, from their South Memphis campus to Union Avenue and Bellevue Boulevard.

The protest is the latest in the city in the wake of a chain of fatal police encounters in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and several other cities.

3. Keeping Promises -

With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.

4. A Tasteful List 2014 -

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

5. AIA Tennessee Honors ANF’s Pounders -

Memphis architect Louis R. Pounders of ANF Architects has been awarded the William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Institute of Architects Tennessee. ANF is formerly Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects.

6. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

7. Memphis Economic Indicator Presents Latest Snapshot -

On the qualitative side of the latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, respondents tended to put Memphis at a kind of inflection point at the moment.

8. Evolve Bank Adds to SBA Division -

Hetal Engineer has joined the Small Business Administration division of Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust.

9. Evolve Bank Adds to SBA Division -

Hetal Engineer has joined the Small Business Administration division of Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust.

10. AIA Memphis Celebrates Architecture Month -

September is Architecture Month in Memphis, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is spearheading a series of tours, lectures, exhibits and special events that explore historic and contemporary architecture and design in Memphis.

11. A Tasteful List Updated for 2013 -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Hello, my name is Dan and I’ll be your server.

Presenting the third edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2013 – second and third helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

12. Overton Park Playground Comes With Risk -

The new playground near Rainbow Lake in Overton Park features something not seen on modern playgrounds in awhile – a metal merry-go-round or roundabout.

The playground, parts of which are still being built, got a good test Saturday, June 8, during what the Overton Park Conservancy billed as a “day of merrymaking.” It was a test of the playground, the renovation around Rainbow Lake and the one-year anniversary of the opening of the nearby Overton Bark dog park.

13. A Tasteful List 2012 -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. So many of you seemed to salivate over last year’s Tasteful List, I’ve updated it for 2012. While reduced some, make no mistake, there’s nothing dietary about it.

14. Council Sends Sales Tax Hike To November Ballot -

Memphis City Council members added a half percent local option sales tax hike proposal to the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis at their Tuesday, July 17, meeting.

The council approved the referendum ordinance on third and final reading.

15. Strickland and Conrad Pitch South Cordova DeAnnexation -

Memphis City Council members Jim Strickland and Kemp Conrad want the city to consider the deannexation of the South Cordova area taken in by the city of Memphis earlier this month.

16. Lawsuit Filed Over Millington Annexation -

The city of Millington’s June annexation of the Lucy community has prompted a Shelby County Chancery Court lawsuit by attorney Claiborne H. Ferguson.

Ferguson, who lives in the area to be annexed, is suing Millington, claiming the city “was rushing into an annexation decision for the sole purpose of having a sufficient population of school children” to form a municipal school district.

17. Taylor Dedicated to Enriching Lives Of St. George’s Independent Students -

When the people who know and work with Bill Taylor speak of him, they describe the president of St. George’s Independent School in a variety of ways.

18. Overton Bark Dog Park to Open In June -

A dog park in Overton Park will be sponsored by the Hollywood Feed pet food company, the Overton Park Conservancy announced Thursday, April 12.

The “Overton Bark” dog park is to open in June on Old Forest Lane near the Rainbow Lake playground.

19. Encouraging Signs -

In the weeks since it was announced last month that Raymond James Financial Inc. is paying $930 million to acquire Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., more than 550 Morgan Keegan employees have trekked down to St. Petersburg, Fla.

20. More than 550 Morgan Keegan Employees Visit Raymond James HQ -

Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. executives and financial advisers have wrapped up their trips down to Florida to the headquarters of Morgan Keegan’s soon-to-be new parent company, Raymond James Financial Inc.

21. Morgan Keegan Advisers Head to Fla. -

More than 75 top advisers and executives from Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. are heading to the Florida headquarters of their company’s soon-to-be-official new owner, Raymond James Financial Inc.

22. Raymond James Welcomes Morgan Keegan to Fla. HQ -

The integration of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. and Raymond James Financial Inc. isn’t officially under way yet, since the $930 million deal in which Raymond James is buying Morgan Keegan won’t close for several more weeks.

23. Events -

Leadership Memphis will host an information session about its fellows program Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Junior League, 3475 Central Ave. For more information or to register, email Rod Moses at rmoses@leadershipacademy.org.

24. ICAA Tennessee Chapter to Hold Annual Meeting -

The Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4.

The two-day event will kick off Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture and book-signing by architect Russell Versaci at the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. Versaci is author of “Creating a New Old House.” A social will follow.

25. Events -

WKNO-FM will premiere a series by news director Candice Ludlow that will address the issue of gangs in Memphis Wednesday, Nov. 2. The series will air in the morning during “Morning Edition” over the next several weeks. The series examines the Street Crimes Unit program through the eyes of Shelby County Sheriff Sergeant Charles Eldridge, who leads the unit. The program is working to eliminate the presence of gangs and drugs on Memphis’ streets. Morning Edition airs from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekday mornings.

26. A Tasteful List -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Seems like everybody has a list these days, so, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of The Daily News, here’s mine – 125 things that make Memphis easy to swallow – a sort of alphabetical soup to nuts of local flavor. Friends old and new, and a few long-gone, but I can taste them still.

27. Haslam Expects to Approve Higher Ed Tuition Hikes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam doesn't plan to stand in the way of proposed tuition hikes at Tennessee's two higher education systems.

The Republican governor is scheduled to attend the University of Tennessee's board of trustees meeting in Knoxville on Thursday, where tuition hikes are on the agenda.

28. High-Style Dining -

Southern country club meets Manhattan chic. Not exactly an everyday mix, but when designer Amy Howard set to work on the interior of John Bragg’s newly relocated restaurant, Circa, she wasn’t aiming for ordinary.

29. Wharton to Host Virtual Town Hall Wed. -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will host a three-way virtual town hall meeting Wednesday that links City Hall to citizens in Cordova and Hickory Hill.

The 6 p.m. session will focus on the city’s budget and school funding. Wharton and his administration are working on a list of options for the Memphis City Council to consider to come up with $57 million in funding two courts have ordered the city to pay the Memphis City Schools system.

30. Dem Leaders Prepare for Legal Challenge -

Local Democratic Party leaders are collecting affidavits as a start toward formally challenging the Aug. 5 Shelby County election results.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Midtown this week.

31. Criminal Court Candidates Lined Up for August Ballot -

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of any election, primary or general, on the Aug. 5 ballot.

32. 21 In Field for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Race -

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s noon deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of contenders of any election, primary or general on the Aug. 5 ballot.

33. Events -

David Moore, real estate agent at Home Realty Co. of Memphis, will host “Understanding the Structure of Hard Money Financing for Real Estate Investors and the Law Changes of Purchase Money Notes for Sellers Under the SAFE Act” today and every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Home Realty, 3412 Park Ave. For more information, call 238-8909.

34. Duncan Named Senior VP For Homewood Suites by Hilton -

Bill Duncan has been appointed senior vice president of brand management for Homewood Suites by Hilton and the newly launched Home2 Suites by Hilton.

35. Official: Police at 'Dead End' in Ark. Car Bombing -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Detectives are "at a dead end" in their investigation of a bombing that injured the chairman of the state's medical board, a police chief said Friday.

No witnesses have come forward with information about who entered Dr. Trent Pierce's driveway to plant the homemade bomb, West Memphis Police Chief Robert Paudert told The Associated Press.

36. Shell’s Concert Season Begins Thursday -

It was built for less than $12,000 in the 1930s by the city of Memphis and the Works Progress Administration.

But to relaunch the Levitt Shell at Overton Park – which the city closed a few years ago after years of inactivity and disrepair – it took a $1.3 million renovation plus the addition of new equipment, volunteers, staff, an office space and much more. That effort was years in the making, and it culminates Thursday night with the kickoff of the new shell’s inaugural concert season.

37. Alzheimer’s Advocates Push ‘Silver Alerts’ for Seniors -

Advocates say Tennessee should join other states in establishing alert systems for elderly people suffering from dementia who wander unknowingly into harmful situations.

The Alzheimer’s Association, a national advocacy group, is pushing state lawmakers to invoke Silver Alerts for older Americans with the disease, similar to Amber Alerts used for missing and endangered children.

38. Cohen, Blackburn Lead Local Election Winners -

More than half and possibly as much as 75 percent of Shelby County’s nearly 626,000 voters are expected to turn out for the Nov. 4 election that will be highlighted by the John McCain-Barack Obama battle for the White House.

39. Cohen Crushes Tinker - Jackson Upsets Turner - Charter Changes Pass-Fail - Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen was the big winner in Thursday’s primary elections. Cohen, with 80 percent of the vote, crushed challenger Nikki Tinker in the hard fought 9th District Democratic primary.

The upset of the evening was the general election contest for General Sessions Court Clerk where Democratic challenger Otis Jackson beat Republican incumbent Chris Turner.

And only one of two sets of Shelby County charter amendments on the ballot were approved by voters.

Voter turnout was just under 16 percent in Shelby County. Voter turnout was clearly driven by the 9th District Democratic primary. More people voted in that primary which covers most but not all of Shelby County than voted countywide in the state Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Turnout in the Democratic primaries was twice that of the Republican primaries in Shelby County.

All results are unofficial pending audit and certification by the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee election officials

9th Congressional District
Democratic Primary
Steve Cohen 50,284 79%
Nikki Tinker 11,814 19%
Joe Towns Jr. 914 1%

Not even close. Cohen won the primary for the open all Shelby County seat two years ago by 4,400 votes over Tinker and 13 other candidates. This time around he was the incumbent and Tinker’s challenge was more strident with a pair of controversial attack ads in the gap between the end of early voting and election day. Both were probably factors in the vote totals along with a smaller field of five candidates.

Cohen faces independent candidate Jake Ford in the Nov. 4 general election.

7th Congressional District
Republican Primary
248 of 265 precincts reporting
Marsha Blackburn 29,158 65%
Tom Leatherwood 15,636 35%

These are the results district wide which includes not only the eastern part of Shelby County but a strip of Middle Tennessee up to the Kentucky state line. In Shelby County’s part of the 7th district, Leatherwood beat Blackburn with 62 percent of the vote. But it was 62 percent of just over 19,000 votes. Outside Shelby County it was always going to be difficult for Leatherwood.. The low voter turnout in Collierville and other eastern parts of the county made Leatherwood’s task impossible.

Blackburn faces Democrat Randy G. Morris on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #360
Yes  49,506   49.73%

No   50,043   50,27%

Closest contest of the night in Shelby County with a 537 vote margin and the highest turnout with 99,549 votes total.

This set of charter changes was to fix a legal problem noted in a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling. Another part of the package deal was increasing term limits for the county mayor and the county commission from two consecutive four year terms approved by voters in 1994 to three consecutive four year terms. The County Commission meets Monday to ponder whether it should offer another charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would fix the legal problem.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #361
Yes 65,548 68%
No 30,188 32%

This set of charter amendment includes provisions for recalling elected officials. It also establishes a new method for filling a vacancy in the office of County Mayor.

General Sessions Court Clerk
Otis Jackson 51,438 52%
Chris Turner 43,971 45%

The upset of the evening. Turner, the Republican nominee and the incumbent was seeking a fourth term. Jackson, the Democratic nominee, was making his fourth bid for county-wide office after coming close in a 2006 bid for County Clerk.

Trustee
Paul Mattila 54,734 57%
Ray Butler 29,977 31%

Mattila beats Butler in a race featuring an energetic and misleading campaign by M. LaTroy Williams in which Williams billed himself as the “real Democrat.” He was, in fact, an independent candidate garnering 8 percent of the vote. Mattila fills the remaining two years left in the term of office of the late Bob Patterson, a Republican. Mattila, a Democrat, worked with Patterson. Butler, the Republican, was also a friend of Patterson’s and the race amounted to who would best continue to operate the office as Patterson did.

Criminal Court Judge Div. 6
John Fowlkes 44,581 52%
Latonya Burrow 21,874 26%
Michael G. Floyd 12,071 14%
Claiborne H. Ferguson 6,240 7%

Fowlkes serves out the remaining six years left of the eight year term of office of Fred Axley who resigned from the bench shortly after winning re-election in 2006. Burrow finished a close second to Axley two years ago and again ran an energetic campaign this time around. But Fowlkes status in the legal community and his appointment to the bench by Gov. Phil Bredesen proved to be the advantage.

Assessor of Property
Cheyenne Johnson 59,637 60%
Bill Giannini 39,057 40%

Johnson, the Democratic nominee, easily beat Giannini, who is also doubling as local GOP chairman. Local Democrats keep the county-wide position in their column as voters go for the candidate endorsed by outgoing Democratic incumbent Rita Clark.

U.S. Senate
Democratic Primary
2,192 of 2,290 precincts reporting
Bob Tuke 54,613 32%
Gary G. Davis 37,193 22%
Mike Padgett 32,190 19%
Mark Clayton 30,359 18%
Kenneth Eaton 13,718 8%
Leonard Ladner 4,431 3%

These are the statewide results. Tuke got 42 percent of the Shelby County vote with Clayton finishing second. Tuke, the former state Democratic Party chairman, faces Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander, one of the most successful politicians in the history of the state, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Judicial Retention Races

All seven state appellate court judges, including two Tennessee Supreme Court justices, won their yes/no contests on the ballot across the state. That includes Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court Judge Camille McMullen of Millington who was just appointed to the bench in June by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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40. Rhodes College’s Stuart Receives Distinguished Service Award -

Forrest Stuart, director of financial aid at Rhodes College, recently received the Distinguished Service Award at the spring conference of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA).

41. House Unanimously Approves Community-Based Care -

A proposal that will allow the state to offer more home- and community-based care has passed the state House.

The House voted 97-0 to pass the bill championed by Gov. Phil Bredesen and sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ferguson, a Democrat from Harriman. The Senate must approve some small differences between its version and the House’s.

42. State Bill Seeks to Create More Home Care Services -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that seeks to improve TennCare's long-term care services is advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ferguson, a Midtown Democrat, unanimously passed the House Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday.

43. Few Surprises At Filing Deadline -

About half of Shelby County's delegation to the Tennessee Legislature won re-election at Thursday's filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 7 ballot.

Eight of the 16 state House seats had only one candidate - the incumbent. And all three of the state Senate seats on the ballot were incumbent-only affairs.

44. Judge Larry Potter Receives KAB Award -

Larry E. Potter, presiding judge of the Memphis/Shelby County Environmental Court, has received Keep America Beautiful's (KAB) Iron Eyes Cody Award. The award was named in honor of KAB's landmark public awareness campaign of the 1970s, "People Start Pollution. People Can Stop It," which featured the iconic face and tear of Iron Eyes Cody and is credited with awakening the environmental consciousness of an entire generation. Potter became the first Environmental Court judge in Memphis and Tennessee in 1983. During that year, he helped create the court.

45. Startup Triumph Bank Works To Fill Desired Market Niches -

If Memphis is a pond, and mega-banks such as SunTrust Banks, Wachovia Corp. and Regions Financial Corp. are whales, then local startup Triumph Bank is a goldfish.

Sometimes, a little fish can make its gargantuan counterparts look like fish out of water.

46. Mathews Named to New Post at FedEx Institute -

Eric Mathews was named associate director of corporate research and development at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Mathews previously served FIT in temporary roles directing research and business development and was part of the institute's founding executive management. He earned a bachelor's degree from Rhodes College and a master's degree from the University of Memphis.

47. Archived Article: Memos - Amy E Amy E. Ferguson and Bill M. Wade have joined Waring Cox as associates. Ferguson is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee. Wade graduated from Vanderbil...

48. Archived Article: Calendar - Aug Aug. 31 The Memphis/Shelby County Job Service Employer Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. at State Technical Institute. The speaker will be attorney Tim Bland of Ford and Harrison LLP. His topic will be the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ...

49. Archived Article: Backpg - By SUZANNE THOMPSON St. Georges Day School adds pre-kindergarten classroom By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Construction began June 8 on a classroom addition project at St. Georges Day School in Germantown. The classroom will be used for pre-kinde...

50. Archived Article: Law Focus - The State of Tennessee, on behalf of the thousands it employs, contracts for health insurance benefits to provide coverage for some 200,000 plus employees. Insurance for state employees: fairness or favoritism Legal battle ensues over process state ...

51. Archived Article: Memos - Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has announced the election of 16 new managing directors: Joseph K. Ayres, investment banker, Cumberland Securities Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Morgan Keegan; Thomas P. Brown, director, Fixed Income Research; Paul Stephens...

52. Archived Article: Real Briefs - City Grocery, a full-service specialty grocery store, has signed a lease with Belz Enterprises to occupy about 11,800 square feet in Peabody Place City Grocery, a full-service specialty grocery store, has signed a lease with Belz Enterprises to occu...

53. Archived Article: Tenncare Children - 1-16-97 TennCare children.gs Children Extending TennCare TennCare opens enrollment to uninsured children as legislators design consumer health care legislation By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News All uninsured children who live in Tennessee will ...

54. Archived Article: Hardware Sales Lj - lj 10/5 cates Internet-related computer hardware sales up By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Although new computer sales have been strong over the past year, many area suppliers are finding that Internet-related computer hardware is now making up the ...

55. Archived Article: Community Cntr Lj - lj 10/5 cates City sees 27th community center as 'money well-spent' By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The Raleigh-Frayser area will be the site for the citys next community center, which will offer activities to citizens of all ages and supply kids w...