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1. Frayser Battleground for Achievement Schools -

After two years of being confronted with bad student achievement data, teachers at schools on the Achievement School District’s list for a takeover are confronting the ASD and charter organizations with data from the first two years of the state-run district.

2. Charter School Resistance Flares -

When leaders of the Yes Prep charter group walked into a hostile meeting at American Way Middle School Monday, Oct. 27, set up by the Achievement School District, they also walked into a “Save Our School” rally organized by opponents of the school’s takeover by the state-run district.

3. ASD Considers 12 Additional Memphis Schools -

The Achievement School District is considering adding up to 12 Memphis schools to the state-run school district that is now in its third school year.

Leaders of the school district released Wednesday, Oct. 15, the list of schools being considered for the 2015-2016 school year. The schools are taken from the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement test results.

4. Education Secretary Calls for System-Wide Reforms -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saw much that he liked in Memphis Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the end of his three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in three states.

The last stop was Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

5. Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools -

Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.

That according to school-by-school test data from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data, released by state education officials Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Nashville.

6. Events -

Stage Door Productions will present a locally inspired production of “Godspell” Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and July 25-27 at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Buy tickets at stagedoormemphis.org.

7. May County Primary Results Certified -

The closest race in the May Shelby County primary elections turned into a tale of the tape Wednesday, May 21, as the Shelby County Election Commission certified the results of that and all of the other races on the ballot.

8. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

9. FBI Questions Surprise Local Politicos -

As harsh as the criticism has been of the way the Shelby County Election Commission conducted elections in 2012, no one, including those who filed two Chancery Court lawsuits over the results, have said or presented proof it was intentional.

10. FBI Investigating Shelby County Election Commission -

FBI agents have interviewed a Shelby County Election Commission member in what appears to be a probe of the agency that conducts local elections.

Election Commissioner Norma Lester confirmed in a mass e-mail Friday, Dec. 20, that she has been contacted by the FBI “but advised not to disclose any information.”

11. GiVE 365 Grants $88,000 to 12 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis made it easier for a dozen Memphis nonprofits to continue the good they do in the community when it announced the recipients of this year’s GiVE 365 grantees last week.

12. White Ready to Take on Frayser High -

Bobby White is so close that he sometimes has to remember that the decision about who will run Frayser High School won’t be made until December.

13. Gang Tackle -

Cecil Dotson was a gang member until the day he died violently five years ago this month.

He also worked every day for 16 years as the maintenance man at the apartment complex where he lived until he moved, just before his death, into a rental house on Lester Street in Binghampton.

14. Changes on Horizon for Achievement School District -

As the Achievement School District added six low performing Memphis schools in December for the new school year that begins in August, the leader of the state-led district was in Memphis to deal with backlash in the community around one of the six existing Memphis Schools that have been part of the district since last August.

15. Project GRAD Could be High School Answer -

The Achievement School District’s first venture into high school education in Memphis with the 2012-2013 school year would be a new school as an option for those in 15 Memphis high schools.

Project GRAD would not be a conventional charter school operating within any existing high school in Memphis.

16. Commercial Advisors Hires Ewen as Controller -

Erika Ewen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC as controller. Ewen will direct the accounting department in all accounting functions and financial reporting of Commercial Advisors Asset Services as well as all property management clients.

17. Achievement School District Weighs 10 Additions -

The state-run Achievement School District will add 10 more Memphis schools in the 2013-2014 school year, the first year of the schools merger in Shelby County.

The 10 schools to be run under state control or with charter school operators selected by the state will be announced Dec. 17. That’s also when leaders of the district will announce which schools they will run directly and which ones will be operated by charters.

18. ‘Behind the Headlines’ Explores Fixes for County’s Election Woes -

Some early voters in Shelby County are snapping pictures of their completed ballots with their phones to verify their votes. Other voters are delaying their trip to the polls because they anticipate problems in the opening days of the voting period that ends Nov. 1.

19. Planning Continues for Broad, Binghampton -

As after-school traffic made its way north and south on Tillman Street last week, a crossing guard whistled children across one of the narrow streets by Lester Community Center.

The traffic was mostly cars, but the occasional bicycle from the nearby western terminus of the Shelby Farms Greenline whizzed by as well.

20. Aug. 2 Election Results Certified -

The clock is running on any Chancery Court lawsuits now that the Shelby County Election Commission has certified the results of the Aug. 2 elections.

The audited results changed no outcomes in the county general elections and set of state and federal primary races.

21. Election Commission Certifies Vote - Votes Down Ouster of Holden -

Shelby County Election Commissioners certified the results Monday, Aug. 20, of the Aug. 2 elections in Shelby County.

But the unanimous voice vote hardly quelled the controversy over the conduct of the election being investigated by state officials.

22. Opening Bell -

By bricks and mortar, the last school year of separate Memphis City and Shelby County schools that began Monday, Aug. 6, looked about like most school years.

But before the two school systems merge there will be plenty of evidence of larger changes that would be happening even with no merger a year from now.

23. ASD Makes Debut at Three Frayser Schools -

Summer school for teachers is under way this week at three Frayser schools that are critical to the state’s Achievement School District

Teachers selected by the state to teach at Corning and Frayser elementary schools as well as Westside Middle School report Wednesday, July 11, for the coming school year and the new methods they will be using under state control.

24. State ASD Charter Schools Unveiled -

Memphis City Schools officials formally turned over the school buildings Tuesday, June 5, that will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting with the new school year in August.

25. Five Charter Schools Cos. to Open in Memphis -

Five charter school companies have been selected to open schools in Memphis as part of the state-run Achievement School District in the 2013-2014 school year.

Aspire Public Schools, Capstone Education Group, Gestalt Community Schools, KIPP Memphis and Rocketship Education were picked after a review process by ASD officials who begin the special school district that includes the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student performance.

26. ASD Spells Out School Changes -

Now that the state’s Achievement School District has named the three Memphis City Schools in which it will run charter schools and three others that will be run by the state as neighborhood schools, the move to a swift transition by August begins.

27. State Targets Six Schools to Operate -

A group of six Memphis city elementary and middle schools are about to change substantially in the next year as the state has announced it will step in to run them.

The changes announced this week as part of the state-run Achievement School District underscore larger changes to education across the country along the lines of charter school reforms.

28. Lester and Gordon Elementary Get State-Run Charter Schools -

Lester Elementary School and Gordon Elementary School will be converted to state-run charter schools under the state’s achievement school district.

29. Programs Work To Keep Talent In Memphis -

Students interested in obtaining a degree in chemical, civil, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering have several local options thanks to programs offered at Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College and the University of Memphis.

30. Picnic Kicks Off Political ‘Offseason’ -

There is no campaign literature in Pleasantville. The family spread in Arlington of former state Rep. Bubba Pleasant drew several hundred people – most politicians or the politically minded – over the weekend for the annual “Pleasantville” picnic hosted by Pleasant and state Rep. Ron Lollar.

31. Events -

The Public Relations Society of America will hold a luncheon Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the University of Memphis campus. Linn Sitler, commissioner of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, will speak about why Tennessee and Memphis are suffering for lack of competitive state filming incentives. Call 754-9035 or visit www.prsamemphis.org.

32. Armstrong Rises Fast Through Changed Police Ranks -

Toney Armstrong is the youngest director of the Memphis Police Department to come out of the ranks. At 44 years old, Armstrong has been tapped to lead a department whose emphasis on technology and statistics is credited with dropping the city’s crime rate dramatically since 2006.

33. XX Factor -

While the real estate market has yet to see an uptick in recent times, one demographic is steadily moving its way up the sales ladder.

More and more single females are making the decision to purchase a home.

34. Bloodworth Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award -

Russell Bloodworth, executive vice president of Boyle Investment Co., has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Memphis Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, the land economics society.

35. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

36. Ledbetter Joins UT Medical Group’s Dept. of Urology -

Dr. Christopher K. Ledbetter has joined the Department of Urology at UT Medical Group Inc.

Ledbetter will care for patients at UTMG’s urology clinic at Methodist South Hospital and at Methodist University Hospital, where he focuses on minimally invasive robotic urological surgery.

37. Little Kids Rock Expands To Memphis Schools -

Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit music program, has expanded into 12 schools in the Memphis area.

Thursday and Friday at the Teaching and Learning Academy, LKR will instruct participating teachers in its curriculum and donate 300 new Fender guitars, software and materials.

38. Local Political Candidates Popping Up Like Daisies -

Candidates for the 2010 Shelby County elections continue to bloom in the political springtime of an off election year.

This weekend, County Trustee Paul Mattila opened his re-election bid with a large gathering at his home in Millington that dodged rain clouds.

39. 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.

40. Memphis School Board Race In Limbo -

It looked like Memphis school board member Stephanie Gatewood was on her way to re-election without opposition on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That was until Wednesday (Aug. 27) – the day before the Shelby County Election Commission certified the local portion of the ballot.

41. Memphis School Board Race In Limbo -

It looked like Memphis school board member Stephanie Gatewood was on her way to re-election without opposition on the Nov. 4 ballot.

That was until Wednesday (Aug. 27) – the day before the Shelby County Election Commission certified the local portion of the ballot.

42. Eleven File For Council Seat -

A field of 11 candidates had filed by Thursday’s noon deadline for an open seat on the Memphis City Council on the Nov. 4 ballot. Four of the contenders ran for the council just a year ago. Also at the deadline, three Memphis school board members were effectively re-elected when they failed to draw any opposition.

43. Eleven File For Council Seat -

A field of 11 candidates had filed by today's noon deadline for an open seat on the Memphis City Council on the Nov. 4 ballot. Four of the contenders ran for the council just a year ago. Also at the deadline, three Memphis school board members were effectively re-elected when they failed to draw any opposition.

44. Special Election Filing Deadline Approaches -

The Nov. 4 ballot will move a step closer to completion this week with Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates in the special Memphis City Council election and the races for five of the nine Memphis school board positions.

45. Cash Wants to Enlist Paid Tutors From Student Ranks -

As part of the sweeping overhaul he envisions bringing to Memphis City Schools, new district superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash wants to enlist students to work for the school system as tutors.

“What if instead of working for Back Yard Burger … for $6 an hour, work for me. Work for city schools,” Cash said last week to about 250 members of the Memphis Rotary Club.

46. Herenton Continues Call For Metal Detectors -

All Memphis city middle, junior and senior high schools already have metal detectors. Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's plan to put up $500,000 in city money for the immediate purchase of 65 walk-through and 210 handheld detectors is part of a plan to make daily searches of students less of an obstacle - logistically and politically.

47. Herenton Announces $500K Plan for Increased School Security -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced the city will immediately buy 65 walkthrough and 210 handheld metal detectors to be used by every middle, junior and senior high school in the Memphis City Schools system. In addition, the Memphis police department will shift 67 officers to city school campuses. Herenton announced the moves at a Wednesday afternoon City Hall press conference.

48. Herenton Announces $500K Plan for Increased School Security -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced the city will immediately buy 65 walkthrough and 210 handheld metal detectors to be used by every middle, junior and senior high school in the Memphis City Schools system. In addition, the Memphis police department will shift 67 officers to city school campuses. Herenton announced the moves this afternoon at a City Hall press conference.

49. BankTennessee Promotes Wilson To Senior VP of Marketing -

Julia Wilson has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing at BankTennessee. Wilson has been with the company since 1995. She has received several awards, including a Golden Pyramid from the Promotional Products Association International and an ADDY Award from the Memphis Advertising Federation.

50. Archived Article: Events - The Performance and Review Committee of the Industrial Development Board meets at 2 p

The Performance and Review Committee of the Industrial Development Board meets at 2 p.m. today at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Cal...

51. Archived Article: This Week - Rhodes College Hosts Election Lecture

Rhodes Hosts Leading Scholar in Electoral Politics

Oct. 25

Rhodes College hosts Dr. Gary Jacobson, a leading scholar in elections and electoral politics, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bryan Campus Life Center bal...

52. Archived Article: Real Focus - By Keri Holt

Summer Was Hot for Area Home Sales

KERI HOLT

The Daily News

With children on summer vacation and mortgage interest rates at their lowest levels in about three decades, Memphians scrambled to buy new homes as fast as real est...

53. Archived Article: Memos - <ephoto> Rear Adm

Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler was named commander of Navy recruiting following the retirement of Rear Adm. George E. Voelker. Fowler completed a military fellowship in 2002-2003 and is a life member at the Council of Foreign...

54. Archived Article: Daily Digest - FedEx Freight wins

FedEx Freight wins

top safety award
FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Freight East received a first place award in the American Trucking Associations National Fleet Safety Contest in the line haul carrier category for over 1...

55. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Memphis Council approves

Memphis Council approves

Walgreens, Chick-fil-A plans

The Memphis City Council voted 9-3 Tuesday to approve a planned development that might bring a new Walgreens and a Chick-fil-A eatery to Poplar Avenue in East Me...

56. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events: June 10-June 16 June 10 The Memphis Bar Association presents "Designated Topics in Bankruptcy," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 200 Jefferson Ave., sixth floor. Bankruptcy court Chief Judge David...

57. Archived Article: Idb (lead) - Three companies seek tax freezes on $22 million in new investment Three seek tax freezes on $22 million in investment By SUE PEASE The Daily News Three tax freeze applications representing $22 million in capital investment and about 280 new jobs wil...

58. Archived Article: Gov St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Community centers offer extended hours, services By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The Memphis Park Commissions 26 community centers have extended their operating hours by 50 percent and plan to offer new programs to serve a wid...

59. Archived Article: Redbrds (back) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Corporate sponsors and Redbirds bring baseball to inner city By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Officials at seven local corporations have provided $50,000 in financial backing to the Memphis Redbirds to expand a program bringing...

60. Archived Article: Standout - By SUZANNE THOMPSON A point of light MLGWs new president believes in the importance of family, community and service By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Herman Morris, the newly appointed president of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, said he ha...

61. Archived Article: Memos - memos 11/1 Palmer Wilson Jr., M.D., has joined the staff of Health First Medical Group's Internal Medicine Department. Wilson attended medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis and completed his internship and residency at the Methodist ...