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1. Lawmakers Reconvene For 108th General Assembly -

State lawmakers on Tuesday reconvened the 108th Tennessee General Assembly in a legislative session that is expected to feature debates over creating a school voucher program and whether to allow supermarkets to sell wine.

2. The Year That Was -

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Much of it was covered in these pages, including in recent days a U.S. Supreme Court justice eliciting chuckles from and sharing his constitutional philosophy with an audience of Memphis lawyers.

3. Sales Tax Hike Defeated, Akbari To Tennessee House -

For the second time in a year, Memphis voters have said “no” to a sales tax hike and Democrat Raumesh Akbari claimed the Tennessee House District 91 seat.

The outcomes at the polls Thursday, Nov. 21, were the bottom line of the last two elections of 2013 in Shelby County and the last in a series of 11 elections in the county over the last three months.

4. "No" Pre-K Votes and Akbari Take Early Voting -

Opponents of a half percent hike in the city sales tax and Democratic Tennessee House candidate Raumesh Akbari took the early vote in the last election of 2013 in Shelby County.

Early voting results released by the Shelby County Election Commission Tuesday, Nov. 21, after the election day polling sites closed at 7 p.m. show Akbari beat Libertarian rival Jim Tomasik in the early balloting for the District 91 seat.

5. "No" Pre-K Votes and Akbari Take Early Voting -

Opponents of a half percent hike in the city sales tax and Democratic Tennessee House candidate Raumesh Akbari took the early vote in the last election of 2013 in Shelby County.

Early voting results released by the Shelby County Election Commission Tuesday, Nov. 21, after the election day polling sites closed at 7 p.m. show Akbari beat Libertarian rival Jim Tomasik in the early balloting for the District 91 seat.

6. Sales Tax Hike Early Voting Expands -

Early voting in the last elections of 2013 expands Tuesday, Nov. 12, to 15 satellite voting sites across Memphis.

The early voting period, underway since Nov. 1 and ending Nov. 16, is for the only citywide election of an unusually busy political year that has featured 11 elections in three months.

7. Akbari Takes District 91 Democratic Primary -

As fewer than 2,000 voters participated in the latest of 11 elections in Shelby County in a three-month span, the independent candidate in the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 filed suit against state election officials in U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

8. Akbari Wins Democratic State House Primary -

Raumesh Akbari, an attorney making her first bid for elected office, won the Democratic primary State House special election Tuesday, Oct. 8 in a low turnout contest featuring seven contenders and an unofficial voter turnout of 5.4 percent.

9. Voters to Decide Nominee for DeBerry’s Seat -

For the first time in 41 years, Lois DeBerry’s name will not be on a Shelby County ballot for a state House seat.

10. House District 91 Candidates Share Stage -

For the first time in a shortened campaign season, all seven candidates in the Oct. 8 Democratic primary for state House District 91 shared the same stage.

Early voting in the primary continues through Thursday, Oct. 3.

11. Early Voting Opens in State House Primary -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91.

From Wednesday through Sept. 26, early voting is limited to the Shelby County Election Commission office at 157 Poplar Ave.

12. Dwight DeBerry Dropped From Ballot -

Dwight DeBerry is off the Democratic primary ballot for State Representative District 91.

The Shelby County Election Commission removed DeBerry’s name last week from the list of candidates it certified earlier this month for the Oct. 8 special election primary.

13. Arlington, Lakeland Early Voting Ends Saturday -

Early voting comes to an end Saturday, Sept. 14, in the first two of 11 elections between now and Thanksgiving.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the last chance for voters in Arlington and Lakeland to vote in municipal elections at the Shelby County Election Commission offices at 157 Poplar Ave. Lakeland voters can also vote Saturday only at theRefuge church, 9817 Huff ‘n’ Puff Road.

14. 11 File for State House District 91 Special Election -

The race for the state House seat held by the late Lois DeBerry since 1973 includes 10 Democrats, one Libertarian and no Republicans or independents, as of the Thursday, Aug. 29, noon filing deadline for candidates.

15. Political Season Heats Up With District 91 Deadline -

The political tide of late-in-the-year elections begins rolling Thursday, Aug. 29, with the candidate-filing deadline for state House District 91.

The filing deadline is noon Thursday, the day before early voting opens in the regularly scheduled municipal elections in Arlington and Lakeland.

16. Three-Month Period Sees Spate of County Elections -

Some of the early voting periods and election days will overlap in the set of 11 elections – special and regularly scheduled – in Shelby County this year.

Those elections would take place in less than a three-month period.

17. Ruling Could Add to Busy Special Election Calendar -

If the Shelby County Election Commission sets a new election date for the District 4 countywide school board seat sometime this year, it will be the 10th special election in Shelby County in what was supposed to be an off-election year for much of the county.

18. DeBerry’s House Seat Goes to Special Election -

The District 91 State House seat, formerly held by the late Memphis Democrat Lois DeBerry, will be filled with a special primary election Oct. 8 and a special general election Nov. 21.

19. DeBerry’s House Seat Goes to Special Election -

The District 91 State House seat, formerly held by the late Memphis Democrat Lois DeBerry, will be filled with a special primary election Oct. 8 and a special general election Nov. 21.

20. DeBerry’s Political Path Sign of Times -

Flags over the state capitol in Nashville and all state office buildings remained at half staff Tuesday, July 30, in honor and memory of state Rep. Lois DeBerry of Memphis.

21. Rep. Lois DeBerry Funeral Services Pending -

Funeral services were pending Monday, July 29, for Lois DeBerry, the longest-serving member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

DeBerry, who represented District 91, died Sunday, July 28, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

22. Memphis Higher Education Included in Budget Proposal -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has included funding in his budget proposal for a $62 million renovation at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a $45 million center for the University of Memphis’s nursing and audiology programs.

23. Haslam Says Downtown State Workers to Stay Downtown -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has included funding in his budget proposal for a $62 million renovation at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis and a $45 million center for the University of Memphis’s nursing and audiology programs.

24. Haslam to Introduce Own School Voucher Proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Monday that he will introduce his own proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee, though he declined to elaborate about which parents he wants to make eligible to use public money to send their children to private schools.

25. Back to Work -

The Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville returned to the capital Tuesday, Jan. 8, with three fewer members – one state senator and two state representatives – all Democrats – but with no new faces.

26. November Named Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month -

Gov. Bill Haslam has declared November pancreatic cancer awareness month in Tennessee.

The Republican governor made the announcement at a ceremony in Nashville on Monday, Nov. 19. Among those joining the governor was Democratic Rep. Lois DeBerry of Memphis, a pancreatic cancer survivor and the first female speaker pro tempore in the House.

27. County Sees 21.6 Pct. Voter Turnout -

Slightly less than 127,000 Shelby County residents – or 21.6 percent of 584,443 registered voters – cast ballots in the Aug. 2 elections.

The turnout in early voting and election day combined was a higher percentage than the 15 percent turnout four years ago in the same election cycle, but it was well below the 44-year high of 39.4 percent set in the August 1992 elections.

28. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

29. Election Eve Prep And A Surprise -

When the polls open across Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 2, election officials will be watching closely in several areas for continuing election problems.

The problems began during the early voting period that ended Saturday with more than 1,000 getting ballots that had the wrong district races for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House.

30. Municipal Schools Referendum Bill Clears House -

The Tennessee State Senate will vote Monday, April 30, on the bill that would permit suburban towns and cities in Shelby County to hold referendums this year on forming their own municipal school districts.

31. Election Commission Certifies Aug. 2 Ballot -

The Shelby County Election Commission has certified the ballot for the Aug. 2 election cycle, which features nonpartisan races for countywide schools board and Millington mayor and aldermen as well as state and congressional primaries.

32. Todd Challenger Drops Out at Withdrawal Deadline -

Add Republican state Rep. Curry Todd to the list of state legislators from Shelby County who are unopposed in the August primaries and the November general elections.

At the Thursday, April 12, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the August ballot, Todd’s lone challenger, Bob Nozigla, dropped out of the Republican primary in District 97.

33. Tenn. Gov's Civil Service Bill Headed to His Desk -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to overhaul state civil service rules headed to him Thursday to become law despite opposition from some lawmakers whose constituents are uncomfortable with parts of the legislation.

34. New District Lines Lead to New Races -

“This time I waited to be sure,” Ian Randolph said just before the Thursday, April 5, deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 2 elections.

35. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

36. Bill Lifting Muni School Ban Advances -

A bill in the Tennessee Legislature to lift the statewide ban on creating municipal school districts is moving as the legislative session nears an end.

The House Education subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday, March 28, on a voice vote with the House Education Committee to consider the bill next week.

37. Municipal School District Bill Moves In Nashville -

A bill in the Tennessee legislature to lift the statewide ban on creating municipal school districts is moving as the legislative session nears an end.

The House education subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday, March 28, on a voice vote with the House education committee to consider the bill next week.

38. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

39. Naifeh to Retire After 38 Years in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Rep. Jimmy Naifeh announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election after 38 years in the House of Representatives, saying it's time to "pass the torch to the next generation of leaders."

40. Rep. DeBerry Says She’s Free of Cancer -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Lois DeBerry of Memphis has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season – mainly being alive.

41. Harwell Stops Payment for Some Legislator Travel -

NASHVILLE – House Speaker Beth Harwell, who donates her own legislative expense payments to charity, has moved to curtail the expense money other state representatives collect for out-of-state traveling.

42. Complete Shelby Delegation Preps for Expanded Leadership -

When the Tennessee Legislature returns on Feb. 7 from its three-week recess, the 22-member Shelby County legislative delegation will be at full strength.

The newest member, District 98 Democrat Antonio Parkinson, won appointment by the Shelby County Commission to the seat he claimed in this month’s special Democratic primary election.

43. Women's Foundation Seeks Legends Nominations -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is seeking nominations for the 2011 Legends Award to celebrate women and their contributions to the Memphis community.

Nominations are encouraged for trend-setting women whose visionary and innovative work is paramount in their areas of outreach.

44. 'High Regard' -

As chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Beth Harwell targeted Memphis Democratic state Rep. Mike Kernell by recruiting candidates to run against him.

45. Shelby Legislators Prepare Return to Nashville -

Shelby County’s legislative delegation to Nashville remained intact following the Nov. 2 election.

But the group of 22 will return to the capital in Nashville changed by the death this week of veteran Democratic state representative Ulysses Jones Jr. The Shelby County Commission will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

46. Tenn. Sales Taxes Grow for First Time in Two Years -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers working to settle on a spending plan finally have some good news: The state's monthly sales tax collections have grown for the first time in nearly two years.

47. Seven Local Lawmakers Face No Opposition in Aug. -

Seven state legislators from Shelby County will begin new terms of office in January.

They had no opposition at Thursday’s filing deadline for the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.

They are District 33 Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate, District 83 Republican state Rep. Mark White, District 90 Democratic state Rep. John DeBerry, District 92 Democratic state Rep. G.A. Hardaway, District 96 Republican state Rep. Steve McManus, District 97 Republican state Rep. Jim Coley and District 98 Democratic state Rep. Ulysses Jones.

48. Races Open For Two County School Board Seats -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

49. UPDATE: Two Open County School Board Seats At Filing Deadline -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

50. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries -

The stage is set for the county’s most anticipated political showdown in the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.

Noon today is the deadline for candidates in the primaries, as well as those vying for nonpartisan seats on the Shelby County school board and the three judicial positions, to file their qualifying petitions for the ballot.

51. Bedside Matter -

A year ago, Kent Williams came to The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He wasn’t a patient, but some doubted how long his political life would last.

52. Crimson Tide -

Twelve days into the new year, Gov. Phil Bredesen stood in the well of the state House in Nashville and talked about leading the nation in education reform.

Later this year, Bredesen will return to address legislators on a less lofty but more immediate topic – a pool of red ink in the state budget unprecedented at least since the Depression years of the 1930s. For more than a year and a half, Tennessee has failed to meet its monthly revenue projections.

53. Tenn. House Speaker Returns After Father's Death -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - House Speaker Kent Williams returned to the Legislature Tuesday following the death last week of his 92-year-old father, Roby.

54. House Speaker Kent Williams Returns to Legislature -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State House Speaker Kent Williams has returned to the Legislature after missing part of last week to attend to his hospitalized mother.

55. Illnesses Force Temp. Speaker In Tennessee House -

The absence of the top two leaders in the Tennessee House Wednesday forced the chamber, which has been in turmoil since it convened, to consider the election of a temporary speaker.

House Speaker Kent Williams has returned home to Elizabethton to be with his ailing mother, while Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry of Memphis has been away since being hospitalized earlier this month with an unspecified illness.

56. Temporary Speaker Elected in Tenn. House -

NASHVILE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee House has unanimously elected Republican Rep. Steve McDaniel to serve as temporary speaker while the chamber's top two leaders are away due to illnesses.

57. DeBerry, Tenn. House Speaker Pro Tem, in Hospital -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The husband of House Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry says the Memphis Democrat is in stable condition at a Nashville hospital where she is undergoing some tests.

Charles Traughber wouldn't specify the reason for DeBerry's hospitalization, but he told The Associated Press on Tuesday that "she is doing well."

58. House Picks Repub Speaker But Not One GOP Wanted -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee House has its first Republican speaker in 40 years, but the lawmaker who won did it without the support of the GOP.

Rep. Kent Williams of Elizabethton upset Rep. Jason Mumpower of Bristol on Tuesday on a vote of 50-49 after Democrats banded together to nominate and support him.

59. Election Totals: Better Late Than Never -

Two days after the Nov. 4 elections, the final unofficial totals were finally posted by the Shelby County Election Commission. The long vote count involved absentee ballots whose count was delayed because of problems with an optical scanning machine.

60. Bill That Seeks to Keep Students Out of Debt Passes House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that would restrict credit card solicitations to students on college campuses was approved in the state House.

The bill is sponsored by Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry, a Memphis Democrat who has struggled for almost 10 years to pass the legislation.

61. Proposal That Seeks to Keep Students Out of Debt Advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate Education Committee reconsidered action on legislation that would restrict credit card solicitations to students on college campuses and unanimously passed the measure.

62. Bill Seeks to Help Individuals With Medical Conditions -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that would require retailers to make their employee toilet facility available to customers with certain medical conditions is headed to the governor for his consideration.

63. Credit Card BillStalls in Senate Committee -      A proposal to restrict credit card solicitations to college students has stalled in the state Senate Education Committee.
     The proposal sponsored by Memphis Democrat Reginald Tate failed

64. State Paid $1.1M to Lawmakers For Travel, Expenses in Q1 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee spent $1.13 million on lawmakers' expenses in the first quarter of 2008.

The expenses posted on the General Assembly's Web site cover travel costs, hotel accommodations at conferences and daily stipends called per diems. They do not include lawmakers' salaries.

65. Credit Card Restrictions BillMoves in State House -      A proposal that would restrict credit card solicitations to college students while they are on campus is moving in the Tennessee House.
     The bill sponsored by Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeB

66. House Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry Tops 2007 Per Diem List -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry received $31,967 in "per diem" payments last year, more than any other state lawmaker, according to a review of 2007 legislative expense payments.

67. State Rep. Rowe Dies of Cancer Wed. -

State Rep. Gary Rowe, the chairman of the Shelby County legislative delegation, died Wednesday of cancer at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis.

State House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh announced Rowe's sudden death after a "short battle with cancer" as the legislature was in session Wednesday.

68. State Rep. Rowe Dies of Cancer -

State Rep. Gary Rowe, the chairman of the Shelby County legislative delegation, died early today of cancer at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis.

State House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh announced Rowe’s sudden death after a “short battle with cancer” as the legislature was in session.

69. Obama, Huckabee Dominate Shelby in Tenn. Primaries -

The presidential primary season came to a rain-soaked and stormy end Tuesday evening in Memphis even as some voters were still showing up at the polls.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee carried Shelby County in Tuesday's Tennessee presidential primaries in which 24 percent of Shelby County's 611,000 registered voters cast ballots.

70. Obama, Huckabee Carry Shelby In Tn Primary -

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee carried Shelby County in Tuesday’s Tennessee presidential primaries.

Huckabee went on to win statewide in the GOP contest while New York Sen. Hillary Clinton took the statewide Democratic primary.

71. Democrats Heat up Primary Race -

There was a telling moment Sunday at Monumental Baptist Church. It came as Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton swayed in her chair to the melody of the church choir.

Laquita Jackson strode purposefully down the center aisle of the South Memphis church, a bundle of Barack Obama signs under one arm and holding another bundle of Obama fans. It caused a brief uproar in the crowd of 300 as she took her seat in the fourth row behind two women with larger home-made Clinton signs. A sign truce was quickly negotiated as the choir continued and something that happens occasionally among competing presidential campaigns blew over quickly.

72. 'Rosa Parks Act' signed into law in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE - Tennesseans charged with crimes while protesting segregation-era laws will be able to have their records cleared beginning next month.

Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed what is known as the Rosa Parks Act into law, according to information released by his office Thursday.

73. Archived Article: Events - The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development holds a seminar to inform employers about important points of the Ch

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development hosts a seminar to inform employers about important poi...

74. Archived Article: Events - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department host an opening ceremony for Roadcheck 2004 at 11 a

The international kickoff for Roadcheck 2004, an annual event that focuses on the year-round commercial vehicle and driver roadside inspe...

75. Archived Article: Memos - Maurice Wexler, a shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwells Memphis office, was elected to the board of governors o

Maurice Wexler, a shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwells Memphis office, was elected to the board o...

76. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan

Calendar of events June 24-June 30

June 24

Mississippi Museum of Art, 201 E. Pascagoula St. in Jackson, Miss., presents Passionate Observer: Eudora Welty among Artists of the Thirties, featuring photographs by Mississ...

77. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events: June 17-June 23 June 17 Memphis Investors Group will hold its monthly meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, Adams Lecture Hall, 2490 Mount Moriah Road. MIG is a private, non-profit, educa...

78. 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...

79. Archived Article: Law Briefs - Estate Planning for Distributions from Qualified Plans and IRAs, presented by the American Law Institute-American Bar Associ "Estate Planning for Distributions from Qualified Plans and IRAs," presented by the American Law Institute-America...

80. Archived Article: Memos - Thompson & Co Thompson & Co. has added three employees: Suzanne Gibson has joined the company as a senior account executive. She formerly was a marketing consultant. Gibson is a graduate of Robert Morris College. Janice Chu Kelly has joined ...

81. Archived Article: Memos - Kevin Mitchell has been promoted from art director to associate creative director at Walker & Associates Inc Kevin Mitchell has been promoted from art director to associate creative director at Walker & Associates Inc. He is a graduate of th...

82. Archived Article: Memos - State Technical Institutes corporate center has added three assistant directors to its staff: State Technical Institutes corporate center has added three assistant directors to its staff: Jane Sipes is the new assistant director of distance learning...

83. Archived Article: Calendar - Oct Oct. 27 The League of Women Voters will meet at 7 p.m. at the Poplar/White Station Public Library, 5094 Poplar Ave. The speakers will be Dr. Fleetis Hannah, a supervising psychologist for Memphis City Schools Mental Health Center, and Dr. James ...

84. Archived Article: Calendar - Oct Oct. 21 The Appraisal Institute will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway. The speaker will be Dan Wilkinson of Wilkinson and Snowden, whose topic will be an overview of the current industrial real estate market. ...

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86. Archived Article: Govt Analys - 04-19 Govt analys Ford: the long good-bye By BERJE YACOUBIAN Special to The Daily News The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution adopted in 1791 clearly states "Congress shall make no laws...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.....