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1. Memphis Mayoral Debate Participants Announced -

The field is set for an upcoming televised Memphis mayoral debate scheduled for the eve of early voting.

The four mayoral contenders who will participate in the Sept. 17 debate, sponsored by The Daily News and Urban Land Institute Memphis, are incumbent Mayor A C Wharton, city council members Harold Collins and Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams.

2. Effectiveness Of ‘No More’ Campaign Debated -

Surveys and focus groups that are a key part of the “No More” campaign to build awareness and change attitudes on rape, sexual assault and domestic violence are and will be a baseline to gauge how well the campaign does its job.

3. Lenoir: ‘Is It Time for a Tax Decrease?’ -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says the $22 million extra in property tax revenue his office collected during the past fiscal year appears to be a trend of improving health in the local economy.

4. Wolf River Greenway Targets Raleigh Riverbend -

At the northernmost bend of the Wolf River in Shelby County, the Wolf River Conservancy has plans for a boat ramp onto the Wolf and a nature center that together promise to change the surrounding area of Raleigh where the river turns.

5. Germantown Eyes Area South of Poplar for Elementary School -

Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.

“South of Poplar we want to have a community school, an elementary school,” Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said on the WKNO TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

6. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

7. Televised Memphis Mayoral Forum Set for September -

There could be a lot of candidates for Memphis Mayor in the Oct. 8 city elections. And much of the attention in the run up to active campaigning has focused on the field’s size.

But as campaigning begins the focus will shift to issues at play in the mayor’s race, from the city’s path to economic growth and the efficiency and fiscal health of city government to the perennial issues of crime and blight.

8. Editorial: Striking a Balance in Overton Park -

The Memphis Zoo has come a long way since a bear named Natch was chained to a tree in Overton Park a few years into the 20th century.

But that move by Robert Galloway, architect of the city’s park system, established the undeniable link between the park and the zoo.

9. Wild Side -

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

No chance of being caught between the powerful jaws of a Nile crocodile and dragged underwater, drowned and devoured like a wildebeest in a National Geographic video.

10. Memphis' Cost for Non-Pension Benefits Still Controversial -

The amounts are roughly the same at about $1 billion, but there’s a difference between City Hall’s liability for pension and non-pension benefits, including health insurance, for city of Memphis employees.

11. Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path -

Mayors come and go at City Hall and what was a priority for one administration can change with the next. But one constant is finance.

It defines a city’s overall health, no matter who is in office, and thus its ability to borrow money to fund those priorities and then pay off that debt.

12. Airport Leaders Talk Post-Delta Era -

Two years ago this month, Delta Air Lines executives told officials at Memphis International Airport that Memphis would no longer be a Delta hub, an announcement that came after a series of cuts in the number of daily flights.

13. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

14. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year -

Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.

15. Hopson, Barbic Look Ahead to New School Year -

Dorsey Hopson and Chris Barbic are comparing notes on the new school year that begins in August, the first in three years in which the structure of public education in Shelby County essentially will remain the same.

16. Harris Pushes For Insure Tennessee Comeback -

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis will be on the campaign trail this summer.

Harris and other Democratic leaders in the majority Republican Tennessee legislature will campaign across the state this summer for the comeback of the Insure Tennessee proposal in the 2016 legislative session.

17. THE PRESENT: Overton Square Development Going Strong -

As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.

Bob Loeb, president of square developer Loeb Properties, says “another performing arts existing provider in town” wants to relocate to the square, something addressed as part of a local Urban Land Institute technical advisory panel convened earlier this month to look at that prospect, among other issues.

18. Economic Microscope -

Back in 2012, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy was telling the firm’s clients that the U.S. stock market was behaving like a coiled spring.

19. Norris Says TennCare Review ‘Essential’ -

The majority leader of the Tennessee State Senate says the legislature is not done with a proposed expansion of Medicaid.

But Republican Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville is quick to add that the expansion proposed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam should be part of a larger re-examination of the existing TennCare program.

20. Wharton on State ‘Blueprint’ Funding, Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council and others.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after taping the WKNO-TV program "Behind The Headlines" earlier that day.

21. City Blight Efforts Evolve Beyond Demolition -

The Frayser Community Development Corp. knew the house it wanted on University Street. There were plenty to choose from with multiple abandoned houses on the block. But it wanted the worst one, at 3200 University St.

22. Density Key to Central Station Timing -

The redevelopment plan for Downtown’s Central Station is the expansion of the South Bluffs development of the 1990s. Or it is a bridge connecting the transformation of the old Cleaborn Homes public housing development to the east and maybe Foote Homes to come.

23. MATA Buses to Run on Main Street Mall -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will run shuttle buses on the Main Street Mall starting Sunday.

MATA president Ron Garrison announced the temporary measure in lieu of restoring trolley service Wednesday, April 8, during a taping of the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

24. MATA Buses to Run On Main Street Mall -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will run shuttle buses on the Main Street Mall starting Sunday.

MATA president Ron Garrison announced the temporary measure in lieu of restoring trolley service Wednesday, April 8, during a taping of the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

25. MATA to Run Buses on Main Street Mall -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will run shuttle buses on the Main Street Mall starting Sunday.

MATA president Ron Garrison announced the temporary measure in lieu of restoring trolley service Wednesday, April 8, during a taping of the WKNO-TV program "Behind The Headlines."

26. School Competition Shows Promise, Threat -

The competition among Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District and charter schools has been a positive for public schools, say two Shelby County Schools board members.

But board chairwoman Teresa Jones and board member Chris Caldwell say the competition of the last three school years also has split the funding and could threaten classroom success.

27. North Mississippi Boom Means More Changes -

North Mississippi’s ongoing economic development boom is one side of the still-changing face of regionalism according to the mayors of Hernando and Southaven as well as the CEO of the power company that serves north Mississippi.

28. Chandler Reports Real Estate Seminar to be Held Thursday -

You still have time to register for an important event about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

29. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Real Estate Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

30. Overton Park Protests Challenge Parking Pact -

On the first Saturday of spring, a group of eight protesters blocked overflow Memphis Zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward for several hours.

The group of University of Memphis students stood at the gravel path onto the greensward as well as at another greensward car entrance in the first challenge to an agreement announced earlier this year between the city of Memphis, the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

31. Morris Talks of ‘Opportunity Cost’ -

The president of the Downtown Memphis Commission says it is a mistake for Memphis leaders to try to match Nashville’s new convention center and massive convention centers being built in other cities.

32. Coliseum Group Weighs Previtalization -

The group that wants to see the city renovate and reopen the Mid-South Coliseum is exploring something similar to the “previtalization” events of last year at the Tennessee Brewery.

“We’re not the only ones who want to do a previtalizing event in the Coliseum,” said Marvin Stockwell, of the Coliseum Coalition, on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines. “If an investor comes forward, great. If it doesn’t, we’ve given it a proper send off. You want to at least give citizens a chance to be in that space.”

33. Path to Crosstown Difficult, Unexpected -

When Staley Cates bought the Sears Crosstown building in 2007 and the development team behind what is now Crosstown Concourse was taking shape to redevelop the property, another developer dropped by Cates’ office.

34. EDGE Leader Faults 'Vague' Concerns About Incentives -

The president of the Economic Development Growth Engine wants Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners to approve proposed changes to payment-in-lieu-of taxes incentives the EDGE board grants.

35. Luttrell Scolds State Legislators -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the political forces that defeated the Insure Tennessee proposal of Gov. Bill Haslam this month in Nashville weren’t in a fight with Washington and President Barack Obama

36. Work Begins on Insure Tennessee Plan -

The first House session of the Tennessee legislature’s special session begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, after committee work on the only piece of business before the General Assembly – the Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

37. Fairgrounds Plan Draws Different Opinions -

The first renderings of a recast Mid-South Fairgrounds offered years ago are just one misstep early on that continues to plague the project still in search of specific private partners.

The conceptual drawings were heavy on baseball diamonds when the idea of two mayoral administrations at City Hall was and remains more soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports facility along with baseball diamonds.

38. Rudd Defends Relay Partnership For Teachers -

The University of Memphis’ College of Education produced 19 teachers last year who are teaching in the 59 lowest performing schools in the Shelby County Schools system.

University of Memphis president David Rudd wants the number to be around 600 a year and he wants the school’s College of Education to partner with the nonprofit Relay Graduate School of Education to meet that goal.

39. Local Charities' Needs Visible During Holidays -

Local charities get a lot of attention during the holiday season. But those running the nonprofits are quick to point out that their work goes on year-round. And the holiday season can be a time of great stress for those who rely on their programs, despite the extra attention.

40. Wharton Defends Local Tax Incentives, Searches for New Methods to Compete -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is pursuing a new economic development strategy that would allow those parts of Tennessee bordering other states to mirror or match the incentives on the other side of the state line.

41. Wharton Whirlwind -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will ask the Memphis City Council to approve the approximately $30 million in city funding at the core of the settlement of the six-year-old schools funding controversy and lawsuit.

42. Collins, Harris Discuss Tax Incentive Concerns -

Memphis City Council members Harold Collins and Lee Harris agree for the most part on the value of the Graceland expansion plan the council approved two weeks ago.

43. Veterans Care Battles Bureaucracy, Hesitancy -

The new generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face a homeland that knows about post-traumatic stress disorder.

But those veterans still face a massive federal bureaucracy that requires them to sort it out as they also try to deal with issues on their own.

44. Germantown Mayor-Elect Discusses Revenue, Schools -

The incoming mayor of Germantown wants to grow the city’s sales tax base to make its government a bit less reliant on property tax revenue.

Property taxes fund about 60 percent of Germantown city services, said mayor-elect Mike Palazzolo, who takes office Dec. 16. Sales tax revenue funds another 16 percent, with the rest coming from fees and state and federal funding.

45. School Phase-Ins Show Complicated Evolution -

In 2 1/2 academic years, the state-run Achievement School District has had greater success in terms of student achievement with charter organizations that take over a grade or two at a time instead of all at once.

46. Barbic Counters Achievement School District Opposition -

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

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

47. New Lawmakers Trace Likely Abortion Legislation -

The two newest state legislators from Shelby County say they hope to find ways to work across party lines and even with the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council.

“We may not be in the majority, but there is a lot we can do,” said incoming state Sen. Sara Kyle, who will be one of five Democrats in the 33-member Senate when next year’s legislative session in Nashville begins.

48. Local Ebola Response Rolls With Changes -

The medical and public health response to Ebola has changed since the disease came to America because the science around the disease has changed in that time, says the infectious disease consultant to Baptist Memorial Health Care.

49. Turner, Chism Survey New County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners Van Turner and George Chism belong to different political parties. Turner is a Democrat and Chism is a Republican.

50. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi -

Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.

51. Brockman: Memphis Airport in ‘Good Position’ -

Memphis International Airport is building its new identity at a steady pace one year to the month after Delta Air Lines enacted the cuts that came with its dehubbing of the airport.

And the president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority says the state of the airport is sound and good.

52. Legal Issues Await Mob Attack Investigation -

Memphis police could make more arrests in the Poplar Plaza mob attack, but investigators believe they have the teenagers who started the riot on the parking lot of the Kroger supermarket Saturday, Sept. 6, that injured three people.

53. Legacy Building -

2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for Legacy Wealth Management, an independent financial planning and portfolio management firm that’s moved into a prominent new space, continued staffing up over the last several months and is preparing to launch a seminar series.

54. Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values -

The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter.

55. Push for Broader Minority Business Participation Grows -

A larger share of business for minority- and women-owned local businesses should begin with an inventory that matches existing businesses with existing opportunities.

And three leaders of the recently revived effort to build that share of business say from there the local Memphis economy overall can grow.

56. PILOT Critics Push for Fuller Accounting -

One of the most vocal critics of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes economic development incentives – or PILOTs – says he intends to make them an issue in the 2015 Memphis elections.

Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr. said his problem with the property tax abatements is the lack of disclosure about their details and how companies getting them have met the goals of creating jobs for Memphians.

57. Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks -

The head of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization says there is another side to the controversy over granting property tax abatements through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes that isn’t heard in the current civic discussion about the incentives.

58. Home Market Still Facing Obstacles -

After suffering through a brutal slump in the wake of the worst economic downturn in decades, the local real estate industry has slowly merged onto the road to recovery, though a few speed bumps that could slow progress remain.

59. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

60. Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is filling in a calendar of events at the newly opened Beale Street Landing that stretches into the fall and demonstrates the role of programming in holding the larger public’s interest beyond those coming to the landing now out of curiosity.

61. Wharton Courts Alternatives in Benefits Dispute -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says any alternatives are welcome to the coming health insurance changes for city employees and retirees.

But delaying the roll out of those changes in January is not an option. And neither is reopening the city budget or the city property tax rate.

62. Wharton: Focus is to Get Officers Back to Work -

Talks in recent days among city leaders and the heads of the police and fire unions have focused on ending the sick-out among police and firefighters since the Fourth of July holiday week that appears to have leveled off.

63. Timing Key Element of County Tax Rate Debate -

More funding from Shelby County government for prekindergarten classrooms is a matter of timing, say those on both sides of the property tax rate question on which the $2.8 million in additional funding hinges.

64. Fire, Police Union Brass Say Lawsuit is Coming -

The leaders of the Memphis police and fire unions say they will sue the city over changes in employee health insurance approved this month and are prepared to add pension changes to the litigation if the council approves those changes next month.

65. Parking Wars -

It’s been a hot, humid and restless spring at Overton Park.

The park has been crowded, but not as crowded as expected given the political tempest over parking on Overton’s greensward.

66. Council to Vote on Insurance Changes, Budget -

Most of council day at City Hall Tuesday, June 17, will be devoted to closing out most, but not all, of the city’s budget season.

The Memphis City Council should make final decisions Tuesday on a stable city property tax rate and approve operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

67. MATA President Calls for Expanded Service -

The interim leader of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants the city’s bus line to get more involved in “transportation management associations.”

MATA’s interim president and general manager, Tom Fox, describes the associations as “groups of employers banding together to provide some kind of services to supplement what MATA can provide.”

68. Arlington, Lakeland Superintendents Discuss Smaller Systems -

The superintendents of the Lakeland Schools and Arlington Community Schools systems admit they haven’t been in the spotlight much in the coming schools demerger.

But Tammy Mason of Arlington and Ted Horrell and Lakeland lead schools systems that have a relationship just as vital as the one between Germantown and Collierville, their larger counterparts in the set of six suburban school systems.

69. Jones, Reaves Look to Commission Terms -

For David Reaves and Eddie Jones, the 2014 election year is over.

70. Parkinson, White Compare Notes Across Aisle -

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

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

71. Untapped Potential -

Since April 24, a crowd estimated at a few thousand people has flocked to the castle-like structure at 495 Tennessee St. for the chance to hang out at the Tennessee Brewery and enjoy a bar, food trucks, music and good company.

72. Rape Kit Backlog Report Tracks Complex Path -

The former federal prosecutor investigating the city’s untested rape kit backlog says clearing the backlog will mean more than an investment in testing the rape kits for DNA.

“Stop and think. These kits are going to be tested,” said former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.”

73. Aitken Talks Next Steps for Collierville Schools -

Budgets for the six municipal school systems and Shelby County Schools are starting to come together.

Shelby County Schools board members could vote in a special meeting Tuesday, April 22, on their budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission.

74. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

75. Museum Reopening Raises Issues About Present -

There was a moment in the April 5 two-hour reopening ceremony for the renovated National Civil Rights Museum that demonstrated the tension that still exists when it comes to the important issue of who is telling the story of history.

76. Experts Highlight Health Care Game-Changers -

Both before the Affordable Care Act became law and after, consumers viewed health care costs differently than they do other costs.

So said Dr. Scott Morris during a panel discussion at The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.’s Health Care Reform seminar Thursday, April 3, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

77. Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’ -

It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.

78. School Board to Vote on $52.6 Million Capital Funding -

Shelby County Schools board members take up a $52.6 million capital funding request Tuesday, March 25, that superintendent Dorsey Hopson would take to the Shelby County Commission for funding.

And the board votes as well Tuesday on setting attendance zones for the school year that begins in August – the first school year of the demerger into six suburban school systems as well as a Shelby County Schools system that becomes the city of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.

79. Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries -

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

80. Wharton: City Must Target ‘Black Boy Crime’ -

As President Barack Obama talked from the East Room of the White House last week about violence and young African-American men and boys, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was among a group of mayors meeting in New Orleans who say they are ready to back a new approach to the problem.

81. Strickland: Shorten Pension Ramp-Up -

The Memphis City Council chairman thinks the city shouldn’t take five or six years to ramp up to an annual pension fund contribution of $100 million but instead do it in two fiscal years.

“I think everyone is in uniform support of fully funding our annual contribution,” council chairman Jim Strickland said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “In fact, I don’t think we ought to take six years. I think we ought to take two years. Get it fully funded, whether its $60 million or $100 million.”

82. University of Memphis' Martin Challenges Dropout Premise -

University of Memphis interim President Brad Martin says the premise that students coming out of high school are academically unprepared for higher education may not be as prevalent as it’s believed to be. And he adds that the university’s experience indicates students leave without graduating because of other factors.

83. Haslam: Medicaid Expansion ‘A Clunker’ -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands critics of his decision so far not to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee. But Haslam said the terms of the increased funding wouldn’t provide better outcomes for users or providers.

84. Luttrell Says Timing Key to Schools Funding -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell refers to the start two years ago of the reformation of local public education as “chaos and confusion.”

85. Detractors Call Ballpark Deal Part of Larger ‘Quagmire’ -

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert calls it a “serious quagmire.”

And City Hall probably isn’t out of it with last week’s council approval of the AutoZone Park deal.

“Over the last two years, the mayor has come to the council … and said we are financially strapped,” Halbert said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “We’ve got to reduce service, raise taxes. The people are saying how are we consistently finding money to do some of these other projects. But we can’t pave streets like we need to.”

86. Airport Authority CEO Sees Growth in New Reality -

Memphis International Airport is making the transition from an airport with a majority of connecting flights, 90 nonstop destinations, higher fares and less competition to one with more origin and destination traffic, 30 to 35 nonstop destinations and lower fares.

87. Norris Expects Maintenance of Effort for Pensions -

Tennessee Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville says whatever fix Memphis leaders come up with for the city’s unfunded pension liability, the Tennessee General Assembly will probably still pass legislation dealing with the problem on a scale broader than Memphis.

88. Crosstown Effort Shines as Development Example -

Construction documents for the $180 million revitalization of the Crosstown building were scheduled to be finished Friday, Dec. 6, with the project moving toward closing and construction in the next months.

89. Ballpark Deal Back on Council’s Agenda -

After getting a rough reception last week, the deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds baseball team returns to the Memphis City Council Monday, Dec. 9, for a vote.

90. Needs of Homeless Change During Holidays -

The needs of the homeless and the hungry rise in prominence during the holidays.

But those who work with those problems year round are always quick to say the problems are still there after the attention wanders once the holidays are over.

91. Suburban Leaders Turn to Schools Details -

Shelby County Schools board members have schools agreements with suburban leaders in Bartlett, Collierville and Millington on their agenda Tuesday, Nov. 26, a week after approving the same type of agreements with different dollar amounts with Arlington and Lakeland.

92. Elkington, Harris Talk of Beale Street Nonprofit -

The next manager and developer of the Beale Street entertainment district should be a nonprofit entity similar to the Downtown Memphis Commission that focuses on improving the district and planning for its expansion, according to longtime Beale Street developer John Elkington and Memphis City Council member Lee Harris.

93. Overton Square Momentum Connects With History -

If you think Midtown’s recent momentum, particularly in and around Overton Square, is real growth, you are right.

But it is growth in development that Overton Square developer Bob Loeb believes will bring along a denser population in the area.

94. Suburban Mayors, Schools Leader Discuss Negotiations -

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is still “hopeful” that Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools can remain part of the coming Germantown municipal school district under some kind of negotiated agreement between the Germantown school board and the Shelby County Schools board.

95. Hopson Offers Clues on Suburban Schools Transition -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson says it is looking less likely that the school system will provide support services to the new suburban school districts.

“There was some discussion early on,” Hopson said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “But I think as we move forward and some of the talks have happened between the County Commission and the municipal schools … I’m not so certain that there is going to be a wide menu of services that the municipal schools are going to even want. I don’t think we can build a budget around the possibility of sharing services.”

96. Local Health Care Changes Limited So Far, Doctors Say -

The Oct. 1 start of enrollment in health care exchanges may be the most visible part of the Affordable Care Act so far.

But changes to insurance and health care nationally already are about something other than lowering health care costs or widening access to health care and health insurance coverage.

97. Flinn, Whalum Differ on Sales Tax Hike Ballot Question -

To Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn, the only uncertainty about the proposed citywide half-cent sales tax hike on the Nov. 21 ballot is the outcome of the vote.

To former Shelby County Schools board member Rev. Kenneth Whalum, nothing in the ballot question comes close to assuring the money will cover prekindergarten expansion costs the tax is supposed to guarantee.

98. Shelby Farms Road Reflects New Realities -

Eight years ago, environmental groups reached a consensus that a single north-south road through Shelby Farms Park was unavoidable and should be pushed as far west in the park as possible.

99. City Leaders Outline Pension Crisis Talks -

There still isn’t an agreement on the numbers. But the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. met late last week with leaders of the unions representing city employees about the conclusion in a consultant’s report that the city’s pension fund liability is unsustainable to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

100. Coopwood Lays Out Future of Health Care -

Health care was the hot topic Thursday, Sept. 19, as nearly 150 people gathered in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium to discuss the current landscape and impending changes in that field.

Health Care: The State of the Industry – one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series – attracted a variety of professionals, most of them from outside the medical realm. They included lawyers, architects, administrative professionals, Realtors, assisted-living specialists and bankers, among others, and most of them were eager to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it would affect them. Others came to be inspired.