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1. Riverboat Enthusiasts Try to Save Delta Queen -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A group of riverboat enthusiasts is trying to get the 1920s era paddlewheeler Delta Queen back on the Mississippi River.

Former Delta Queen Steamboat Co. executive Cornel Martin was in St. Louis this week seeking support and investment for his company, DQSC LLC, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

2. County Leaders Make Transition to Governing -

For government officials, the oath of office marks the boundary between the ability to get elected and the ability to govern.

But it’s not always apparent to those taking the oath what they have gotten themselves into.

3. Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

4. Lewis Funeral Home Honored With Marker -

The R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home at 374 Vance Ave. has a historical marker to note the 100th anniversary of one of the city’s longest-running African-American owned businesses.

5. Heritage Trail Project Receives Arts Grant -

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $150,000 grant to the city’s Heritage Trail project for planning, design and public art.

Heritage Trail is the city’s ambitious project to redevelop a large area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis. It includes the proposed demolition of Foote Homes, the last of the city’s large public housing developments.

6. Volkswagen to Build New SUV in Tennessee, Add 2,000 Jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.

7. 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.

8. Events -

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and National Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education program titled “Remaking America: 50 Years of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act” Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Call 544-0122 for more information.

9. Moman on Bill for Elvis Week -

Legendary music producer Chips Moman will be in Memphis for Elvis Week events at Graceland in August, marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 1977.

Elvis Presley Enterprises announced this week that Moman, who produced Presley’s Memphis sessions at Moman’s American Sound studios in North Memphis, will be part of the Elvis Insiders panel discussion Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at Graceland’s main stage in Graceland Plaza.

10. Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President -

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

11. American Bar Association President Visits Memphis -

American Bar Association President James Silkenat is in Memphis Tuesday, April 15, for a speech at the Memphis Rotary Club and to visit Memphis Area Legal Services.

Silkenat is a partner in the New York law office of the national law firm of Sullivan & Worcester.

12. Appellate Judge Appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

13. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 -

2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.

14. Museum Milestone -

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

15. 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.

16. PDS Names Hancock New Headmaster -

Steven E. Hancock will take the reins in August as the new headmaster of Presbyterian Day School.

Hancock’s selection by the PDS board was announced Wednesday, March 26, to succeed Lee Burns, who is leaving the East Memphis private school for boys to become head of school at The McCallie School in Chattanooga.

17. 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.

18. Haslam Pushing Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam reiterated Tuesday that Common Core education standards are crucial to continuing to improve education in Tennessee and he hopes to dismiss misconceptions about them.

19. Staples to Close 225 Stores as Sales Move Online -

Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits.

20. Tennessee Official: UAW no Deal Breaker for Memphis Site -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

21. After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs? -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

22. Welcoming Home -

Brad Martin recently came across some old photos of University of Memphis students that struck him as a different kind of collegian.

23. Davis Headlines Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs -

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis presents an evening with former Memphis City Council member and business leader Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the organization’s technical training center at 903 Walker Ave.

24. Cohen Against Haslam’s College Plan -

The legislator who pushed and finally won passage of the Tennessee Lottery a decade ago doesn’t like the plan by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to use most of the lottery reserve for an endowment to offer two years of community college free to every Tennessee high school graduate.

25. University of Memphis' Kemmons Wilson School Becomes Independent -

The University of Memphis is making the 10-year-old Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management an independent school within the university.

26. Civil Rights Museum Closes Balcony -

Many visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum consider it hallowed ground.

And while the museum has been undergoing a $27 million renovation, visitors have been allowed access to the second-story balcony where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and fatally wounded April 4, 1968.

27. 1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite -

Forty-one years after the 1973 then-Memphis State men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

28. Sanitation Workers Marker to be Unveiled Saturday -

A historical marker in the East Memphis neighborhood where two sanitation workers died in the back of a garbage truck will be unveiled Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m.

The ceremony by the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Memphis Pink Palace Museum comes 46 years to the day after a short circuit in the truck’s compactor crushed Echol Cole and Robert Walker to death at Colonial and Sea Isle roads as their crew made its rounds on a rainy day.

29. 1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite -

Forty-one years after the 1973 University of Memphis men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

30. Campbell, Weiss Open Judicial Campaigns -

John Campbell and Robert Weiss are judges on different sides of the civil-criminal divide in Shelby County jurisprudence.

31. NCRM Renovations to Debut in April -

The first major renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum since its opening in 1991 will debut on April 4 and 5, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

32. Senate Judiciary Approves Lipman Nomination -

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Jan. 16, approved the nomination of Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman to be the new U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

33. Rare King Recording Features in NCRM Exhibit -

A rare recorded interview of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1960 will be among the attractions at the National Civil Rights Museum on the Monday, Jan. 20, national holiday honoring King.

34. Holiday Shopping Season: A Disappointment So Far -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

This is shaping up to be the most discount-driven holiday season since the country was in a deep recession. It's also one of the most disappointing for stores.

35. Marine Deployments to Iraq Lead Baker to Law Career -

At the end of his first semester of college, Josh Baker of Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC traded in the bright orange of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for the desert khaki of the United States Marine Corps.

36. University of Memphis Begins Presidential Search -

A search committee seeking the next president of the University of Memphis plans to have a set of finalists for the position by March.

A town hall meeting on the campus of the University of Memphis Wednesday, Dec. 4, formally began the search for a permanent successor to Dr. Shirley Raines, who retired in July.

37. Lauries’ Gift Critical to University Campaign -

The new Loewenberg School of Nursing on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue campus is already taking shape as 2013 comes to an end.

And more changes for a campus that has remained largely the same for a long time are certain to gain momentum with this week’s announcement of a $10 million gift by Bill and Nancy Laurie to University of Memphis athletics.

38. Lauries Donate $10 Million to Tiger Athletics -

A guard on the 1973 University of Memphis basketball team that played in the NCAA finals that year and his wife have made the largest gift ever to the school’s athletic department and the second largest gift ever to the school.

39. U of M Faces Challenging End of Year -

It is proving to be a restless fall at the University of Memphis as interim President Brad Martin pulls into focus several short-term goals that will have a long-term impact on the future of the city’s largest institution of higher learning.

40. University of Memphis Not Backing Tuition Hike -

The University of Memphis is not backing the idea of a tuition increase the Tennessee Board of Regents is considering for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Interim university president Brad Martin took the unusual step of putting out a press release this week saying, “Tuition at the University of Memphis will not increase for the 2014-15 year.”

41. University of Memphis Not Backing Tuition Hike -

The University of Memphis is not backing the idea of a tuition increase the Tennessee Board of Regents is considering for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Interim university president Brad Martin took the unusual step of putting out a press release this week saying, “Tuition at the University of Memphis will not increase for the 2014-15 year.”

42. University of Memphis Names Presidential Search Panel -

A panel of Memphians to come up with three to five finalists for the University of Memphis presidency meets for the first time Dec. 4.

The panel of 22, appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is being led by attorney Greg Duckett, senior vice president and corporate counsel of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and a member of the Board of Regents.

43. Lipman Meets with Judiciary Committee -

Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman appeared Wednesday, Nov. 13, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

44. Martin Institute Screens Education Documentary -

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence will present a free screening Saturday, Nov. 9, of the film “The Hobart Shakespeareans.”

The documentary, to be shown at the Malco Paradiso theater at 10 a.m., chronicles how teacher Rafe Esquith introduced Shakespeare to students at a Los Angeles school in a low-income neighborhood where English is a second language for many students, and the impact it had on their achievement.

45. Martin Institute Begins New Teacher Network Sessions -

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence on Tuesday, Oct. 15, opens its set of six after-school conferences for educators in their first three years of teaching.

The New Teacher Network series begins with a session on classroom management, to be held on the campus of Presbyterian Day School, where the institute’s offices are located.

46. Martin Institute Launches New Teacher Network -

The proposal that kick-started education reform in Memphis began with the statistic that 40 percent of teachers in the former Memphis City Schools system left by their third year as an educator.

It was the basis for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, which won $90 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as funding from local nonprofits – all in a seven-year period.

47. Obama Says Talks OK – After Default Threat Averted -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law.

48. Ruling Issued in Case Over Health Adviser Rules -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge has blocked the state of Tennessee from enforcing emergency rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The Tennessean reports U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell issued a temporary restraining order Monday. In his ruling, Campbell said the rules defining who can help are too broad.

49. TigerLIFE Leads to Better Lives -

It is a well-worn adage that what gets you to the top is the people with whom you surround yourself. This is true for individuals as well as for organizations, institutions, and cities. Memphis is no different in its collective vision of being at the top of those “Best of” lists. Based on current announcements, Memphis is faring well, and getting better.

50. Labor Department: No Plans to Issue Jobs Data During Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Labor Department has no plans to release the closely watched U.S. monthly jobs report on Friday in case of a partial government shutdown that lasts through the week.

51. White to Oversee Frayser High School -

Former Westside Middle School principal Bobby White will lead Frayser High School into the Achievement School District.

52. Intermodal Conference to Tackle Freight Issues -

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis will host its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus Tuesday, Sept. 24.

53. Slower Holiday Sales Growth Predicted for 2013 -

Coming off of a weak back-to-school shopping period, a research firm expects holiday sales growth will be slower this year during the crucial holiday season. Shoppers are also expected to visit fewer stores as they research purchases online.

54. Education Reform Leaders -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic say the education reformation underway locally in Shelby County can lead and influence the national discussion about education reform.

55. UAW Confirms Talks with Volkswagen About Tennessee Plant -

DETROIT (AP) – The United Auto Workers union confirmed Friday that it's in talks with Volkswagen about representing workers a factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The union said its representatives met with VW officials last week in Wolfsburg, Germany, to discuss a German-style "works council" at the plant as well as full UAW representation. A works council would give workers a say in plant operations.

56. Gathering Targets Region’s Workforce Development -

When state officials gather at The University of Memphis University Center Wednesday, Sept. 4, to talk about workforce training, it won’t be with a check in hand to lead the effort.

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who organized the 8:30 a.m. to noon session, wants state labor commissioner Burns Phillips and others from Nashville to listen to details of the training programs local business and higher education leaders have cobbled together over the last three years.

57. Conference to Bridge Gap Between Employers, Training Programs -

Out of the near-crisis in hiring workers after the city’s set of economic development plums in the last three years came a workforce training formula that has worked.

But many of the city’s companies aren’t aware of that formula or the existing programs that grew out of what amounted to an emergency response by local leaders. That’s according to a recent survey of manufacturing company leaders by the Greater Memphis Chamber.

58. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will host a conversation with Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and author of “Making the Impossible, Possible,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Strickland’s topic is “The Art of Leadership & The Business of Social Change.” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or call 543-3571.

59. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

60. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

61. Haslam Names Martin Finance Commissioner -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Larry Martin the new commissioner of the state Department of Finance and Administration. He has been the interim commissioner since June 1. The 65-year-old succeeded Mark Emkes, who retired in May.

62. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. A pre-performance reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through MCAC, 888-4342.

63. Haslam Names Larry Martin Finance Commissioner -

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Larry Martin the new commissioner of the state Department of Finance and Administration. He has been the interim commissioner since June 1. The 65-year-old succeeded Mark Emkes, who retired in May.

64. 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.

65. Lipman Nominated for Federal Bench -

Sheri Lipman, University of Memphis general counsel and chief of staff to interim university president Brad Martin, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as the newest federal court judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

66. Gov. Haslam Struggles to Meet Pilot Recusal Pledge -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has struggled almost from the start of his administration to fulfill a campaign pledge to avoid handling matters relating to Pilot Flying J, the family-owned truck stop chain run by his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

67. Burns Leaving Presbyterian Day School -

Lee Burns, the headmaster of Presbyterian Day School for 14 years, will leave the Memphis institution after the upcoming school year to become headmaster of McCallie School of Chattanooga.

68. This week in Memphis history: June 21-27 -

2008: On the cover of The Memphis News, a story on the pasts of and connections between City Council member Rickey Peete and former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper that ended with Peete pleading guilty to federal corruption charges and Cooper wearing a wire and recording conversations in which he paid Peete for his council vote on a billboard project. The story quoted from prosecution documents outlining the crime. “During this conversation, Peete said, ‘I’m going to do what’s right for the community. ... It looks OK to me,’ and then Peete showed Cooper a note written on a piece of paper. The note instructed Cooper to place the ‘paperwork’ (money) in the bathroom.”

69. The Ghost Of Claude Rains -

SHOCKED, SHOCKED. You know who Claude Rains was, don’t you? Played Captain Renault in the 1942 classic “Casablanca”?

Sure you do.

You remember what the corrupt Captain said when he closed the casino – where he gambled every night – in Rick’s Café Américain, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

70. 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.

71. Martin Named Interim Finance and Administration Chief -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Larry Martin interim commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration.

72. 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.

73. Sculpture Reinstallation Begins at Civil Rights Museum -

Five months after it was moved out of the National Civil Rights Museum, the 7,000-pound bronze sculpture that was once in the museum’s lobby is back in the museum as it is undergoing a major renovation.

74. Gov. Haslam's Former Boss to Oversee Pilot Flying J Probe -

Brad Martin, the newly appointed interim president of the University of Memphis who once hired Gov. Bill Haslam as an executive at Saks Inc., has been named by Pilot Flying J to oversee an internal investigation into FBI allegations of fraudulent business practices involving rebates to trucking customers.

75. Martin Named Interim U of M President -

Brad Martin, the retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc. and current chairman of the private investment firm RBM Venture Co., will be the interim president of the University of Memphis.

76. Rhodes Video Spotlights Memories of King’s Death -

Rhodes College has uploaded its short docudrama “Exactly Where We Were” to YouTube. The 11-minute video spotlights selected memories from what was going on at Rhodes – then known as Southwestern College – the night the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

77. Restored Video Shows James Earl Ray in Memphis -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Newly-restored videotapes showing James Earl Ray's return to Memphis to face trial for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have been released on the 45th anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

78. Lessons Learned -

What happened 15 years ago outside the Shelby County Courthouse between the seated figures of justice and wisdom informed much of what happened Saturday, March 30, when a different Ku Klux Klan group, the American Knights, came to Memphis and rallied at the other southern entrance to the courthouse – between the seated figures of authority and liberty.

79. Klan Rally, Heavy Police Presence Mix With Rain -

A group of 60 robed Ku Klux Klan members and swastika flag bearing members of the National Socialist Movement rallied Saturday, March 30, outside the Shelby County Courthouse.

The protest and a counter protest came with chilly temperatures and a rain that alternated between a mist and a downpour over several hours.

80. Bradley, Burch Porter Recognized for Pro Bono Work in Community -

Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and probate attorney Beth Bradley have been honored for giving back to the community.

81. Bill Offered to Create Higher Ed Inspector -

Republican state lawmakers are proposing legislation to create an inspector who would examine operations within Tennessee’s higher education systems.

The legislation scheduled in the House State Government Subcommittee on Wednesday would create the Office of Higher Education Ombudsman within the office of the state Comptroller of the Treasury. It also would establish the position of Higher Education Inspector General within the ombudsman’s office, which is estimated to cost $504,300, according to a legislative summary of the bill.

82. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

83. Turley: ‘You Can Be Somebody in Memphis’ -

Years after Henry Turley experienced the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, took advantage of the Community Reinvestment Act and persuaded banks to reinvest in the Downtown core, not to mention spearheaded revitalization in the Harbor Town and Uptown areas, he’s making a “micro bet” on building nice neighborhoods around excellent schools.

84. Department of Children's Services Officials Promise Fixes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The officials now heading up the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services say they’re seeking swift, but deliberate solutions to problems that have plagued the agency.

85. Dunavant Awards Honor, Discuss Good Government -

An award for elected and non-elected public officials marking its 10th anniversary this year began as a way to honor the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and to counter the damage done 10 years ago by the Tennessee Waltz federal public corruption investigation.

86. Jack Lew Expected to be Next Treasury Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House chief of staff Jack Lew is President Barack Obama's expected pick to lead the Treasury Department, with an announcement possible before the end of the week, as the administration moves to fill the most critical jobs in the Cabinet.

87. Martin Institute Names Baker New Executive Director -

Jamie Feild Baker will become executive director of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence with the new year.

88. Haslam Mulls School Vouchers for State -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may or may not push directly for some kind of move to school vouchers next year on Capital Hill.

But there will almost certainly be legislation to that effect, possibly with State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown leading an effort he has made in several previous legislative sessions.

89. Civil Rights Museum Begins Renovation -

The National Civil Rights Museum begins limiting access Monday, Nov. 15, to parts of the museum in phase one of its renovation.

And the 21-year-old institution will allow visitors access to the Lorraine Motel balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and fatally wounded in 1968.

90. Mueller Industries CFO Steps Down From Position -

Kent A. McKee, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Memphis-based Mueller Industries Inc., has resigned effective Friday, Oct. 26, to pursue other opportunities, according to the company.

91. Nashville Company Buys Wolf River Medical Building for $11 Million -

8040 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $11 million

Sale Date: Oct. 9, 2012
Buyer: HRT of Tennessee Inc.
Seller: Bayrock Investment Co. LLC
Details: HRT of Tennessee Inc., an affiliate of Nashville-based Healthcare Realty Trust Inc., has paid slightly less than $11 million for the medical office building at 8040 Wolf River Blvd. in Germantown.

92. Civil Rights Museum Files $7.5 Million Permit -

The National Civil Rights Museum has filed a $7.5 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for facility renovations.

General contractor Flintco LLC filed the permit for 450 Mulberry St. in the South Main Historic Arts District on behalf of the museum and its owner, the state of Tennessee.

93. Lease Takes Appling Farms to Capacity -

A distributorship of Pella Corp. has inked 11,300 square feet in Appling Farms Corporate Park, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway.

94. Forecast Points to Solid Holiday Growth -

After wrapping up a decent back-to-school shopping season, merchants are expected to see healthy sales gains for the critical winter holidays, though the pace should be slightly below last year, according to one of the first forecasts issued for the holiday sales season.

95. Cherry Back to Roots at Dunavant Enterprises -

Russel Cherry, longtime general counsel at Dunavant Enterprises Inc., grew up in a family that raised sporting dogs and had originally planned to be a veterinarian.

96. Memorial Tuesday for Roane Waring Jr. -

A memorial service for Roane Waring Jr., founder of the Waring Cox Law Firm PLC, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at St. Edward Chapel of Trezevant Terrace, 177 N. Highland St. Waring died Tuesday.

97. Civil Rights Museum Marks Assassination Anniversary -

The National Civil Rights Museum will screen a documentary on the final years of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday, April 4, 44 years to the day of his assassination.

98. City Council To Mark MLK Anniversary -

The Memphis City Council will mark the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the first city street named in honor of the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis 44 years ago this week.

99. 6 Months Later, What has Occupy Protest Achieved? -

NEW YORK (AP) – As spring approaches, Occupy Wall Street protesters who mostly hibernated all winter are beginning to stir with plans for renewed demonstrations six months after the movement was born.

100. Petties Org Trial Defense Opens Case Monday -

Defense attorneys in the Petties drug organization trial begin presenting their case Monday, March 12, in Memphis federal court.

Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis are charged with drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder for hire.