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1. Lewellen Endures in Collierville Hot Seat
- Monday, April 14, 2014
James Lewellen has been town administrator for Collierville for 18 years, which is about 16 years more than he expected for a non-elected full-time position known for short stays that end abruptly after elections that produce new mayors.
2. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench
- Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.
3. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 2014
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.
4. Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards
- Friday, March 28, 2014
Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.
5. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August
- Friday, February 21, 2014
One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.
6. Hats in the Ring
- Friday, January 03, 2014
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.
7. Health Care Tactics Split Republican Senate Rivals
- Friday, December 27, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) – Republicans who want to regain control of the Senate will first have to do battle among themselves in 2014 primary elections, due largely to differences over how to proceed against the law they deride as "Obamacare."
8. Group Wants to Oust Tennessee GOP Head
- Tuesday, October 01, 2013
A group seeking to deny incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander another term in office is pushing to oust the head of Tennessee's Republican Party.
The tea party group Beat Lamar demanded last week that Chairman Chris Devaney resign. Beat Lamar says Devaney violated party bylaws by signing a fundraising letter that appeared to assume Alexander would be the GOP nominee in the 2014 general election
9. Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson
- Friday, September 20, 2013
The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.
The Rock’n Dough Pizza Co., owned by Jeremy and Amanda Denno, is slated to open a new restaurant and microbrewery at the Jackson Walk development in Jackson in October. The Dennos will team up with veteran local brewer Ben Pugh to create signature suds at the 4,100-square-foot restaurant.
10. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents
- Monday, September 02, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.
The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.
11. Alternative to Gordian-Knot Thinking
- Monday, July 22, 2013
I always liked the so-called Alexandrian solution. In summary, there was a length of rope tied into an unbelievably complex knot in a kingless kingdom located in an area that is considered modern day Turkey. It was called the Gordian knot; named after an ox-cart driving peasant farmer named Gordias.
12. Unpaid Internships in Jeopardy After Court Ruling
- Friday, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad.
13. Haslam Rejects Medicaid Expansion
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tennessee will not accept an expansion of Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday, March 27, to a joint session of the state’s General Assembly.
But Haslam also told legislators he is pursuing a “third option” between acceptance and rejection of the funding that would use the federal funding to allow uninsured Tennesseans eligible for TennCare, the state’s version of Medicaid, to buy private health insurance.
14. ‘Teacher Town’
- Saturday, March 23, 2013
There was a time not too long ago when teacher residency programs in Memphis were exercises in isolation. The new teaching recruits in and out of those programs often talked of being overwhelmed in their new school and career environments. But in the larger maelstrom of changes to the face of local public education, the residency programs are growing across all the different types of public schools emerging in advance of the August merger of city and county schools.
15. US Economy Could Handle Short Fall Over 'Cliff'
- Thursday, December 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The economic threat that's kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality – unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year's Day.
16. Local Firms Part of Asian Trade Mission
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
Three Memphis area companies are among 11 businesses chosen by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) to participate next week in a medical trade mission focused on expanding their businesses into China and South Korea.
17. Tennessee Granted NCLB Waiver
- Friday, February 10, 2012
Tennessee made another cut in the changing federal education reform scene: The state is one of 10 granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind standards.
President Obama said the waivers are a “green light to continue making the reforms that are best for them.”
18. Tennessee Granted NCLB Waiver
- Thursday, February 09, 2012
Tennessee made another cut in the changing federal education reform scene: The state is one of 10 granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind standards.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been anticipating the news from Washington for weeks.
19. Online-Gambling Fight Now About When, Who – Not If
- Wednesday, January 04, 2012
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The fight to fully legalize online gambling in the U.S. is now less about whether Americans will be able to play and more about who will bring the action to them – and when.
- Thursday, March 03, 2011
The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will learn about the importance of honesty and its impact on organizations and people. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, visit www.npexcellence.org.
- Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Metamorphoses Inc. will hold a community event to draw attention to new programs designed to help troubled youth Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Ridgeway Assembly of God Church Family Life Center, 3150 Ridgeway Road. The event will highlight a three-month pilot program conducted in cooperation with Memphis City Schools set to launch March 23. For more information, call 552-3260.
- Monday, January 04, 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.
- Wednesday, March 04, 2009
LunaWeb will host Social Media Expedition Breakfast today from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The breakfast is for anyone interested in social media. For more information, call 888-5862.
24. Shanker Named Partner At Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
- Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Jill Uiberall Shanker has become a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP. Shanker is a member of Wyatt’s Corporate and Securities Team.
25. Cohen Crushes Tinker - Jackson Upsets Turner - Charter Changes Pass-Fail
- Friday, August 08, 2008
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
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
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.
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.
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....
26. Addington Joins Memphis Heart Clinic
- Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Dr. M. Brent Addington has joined Memphis Heart Clinic. Addington is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. A native of Memphis, he has been in private practice for more than 20 years in the Memphis community.
27. Alexander Officially Launches Re-Election Campaign
- Thursday, March 20, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is officially launching his re-election bid.
Alexander, who was first elected to the Senate in 2002, submitted his official paperwork in Nashville on Wednesday.
28. Memphis, Shelby Co. Mayors Endorse Alexander in Senate Race
- Friday, January 18, 2008
MEMPHIS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander lists the mayors of Memphis and Shelby County among prominent Democrats and independents endorsing his re-election.
Alexander, a Republican, was elected to the Senate in 2002. He was governor of Tennessee for two terms and is a former U.S. education secretary and president of the University of Tennessee.
29. Frey Named Alpha Eta Society National President
- Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Dr. William R. Frey recently was selected as the national president of the Alpha Eta Society, the largest scholastic honor for allied health professionals. The organization has more than 60 chapters throughout the U.S.
30. Suit Filed Against Mexican Trucking in U.S.
- Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Five groups filed a federal lawsuit last week to prevent Mexican trucks from entering the United States via the controversial cross-border trucking program created earlier this year under the auspices of 1994's North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
31. Archived Article
- Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Gallina Centro Retail Center
On Houston Levee Road
Sale Amount: $17.8 million
Sale Date: March 26, 2007
32. Allowing Mexican Truckers All the Way to Memphis Signals Big Payload, Experts Say
- Wednesday, March 07, 2007
In his bestselling book "The World is Flat," columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman describes how smoothly and efficiently the supply chain crosses the globe thanks to the collapse of logistical hurdles everywhere.
33. Braverman Joins The West Clinic
- Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Dr. Aliza Braverman has joined The West Clinic as a rheumatology specialist. She is the first rheumatologist to join the team.
Mike Jackson has been named president and CEO of Memphis-based Verso Paper Holdings LLC. He succeeds LH Puckett, who is retiring but will remain a member of the board of directors. Jackson previously served as a senior vice president at Weyerhaeuser Co. in Federal Way, Wash. He was with the company for 29 years.
34. Carmony Named Newcomer of the Year
- Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Brad Carmony has been named Newcomer of the Year in the 2006 MPACT Maker Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have lived in Memphis for a short time, but who have made significant contributions to the community. Carmony is the public relations manager at inferno. He also serves on the regional advisory board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Tennessee, the Exchange Club Family Center's Gala Committee and as a member of the Shelby County Humane Society's Pet Set organization.
35. Archived Article: Real Recap
- Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Lauth Plans Business Park Near Holmes and Getwell
50.09 acres near
Cost: $26.7 million
Borrower: DeltaPoint Park Partners LLC
Lender: Mellon Bank NA
Trustee: Joseph B. Pitt Jr.
Property: 50.09 acres near Holme...
36. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, April 21, 2004
(e-photo) Virginia M
Memphis Area Legal Services Hires Staff Attorney
Virginia M. Alexander was hired as a staff attorney with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. to work on MALS family/domestic violence project. Alexander previously was a sole p...
37. Archived Article: Law Briefs
- Thursday, March 27, 2003
Memphis City Council member
Memphis City Council member Barbara Swearengen Holt hosts a summit at 6:30 p.m. today at Central Station to discuss Downtown development opportunities for African-Americans.
African-Americans and the Development Gam...
38. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Memphis memos 03-12-03
Chris Camp joined auction-marketing firm John Roebuck & Associates as vice president of business development. Camp has more than 15 years experience in real estate, development, design and building. He joined Roebuck fr...
39. Archived Article: Standout
- Friday, May 15, 1998
By SUZANNE THOMPSON Aimed for advocacy The near-death injury of Virginia Alexanders son motivated her to rally for legislative change By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Virginia Alexander owned a successful hair salon in 1990 and had no plans to cha...
40. Archived Article: Other Cand
- Monday, March 11, 1996
jts candidate profiles Sterling runs unopposed in primary; two Dems vie for slate spot Incumbent Harold Sterling will run unopposed in the Republican primary elections Tuesday but will face a Democrat and two Independent challengers during county-wi...