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1. Discriminate at the Ballot Box -

DISCRIMINATING TASTE. By all means, discriminate. Refuse to accept some prepackaged deal as the best you can do, some label to be the quality test. In the known, look for proven performance from each individual offering, standing alone, not just part of some group menu. In the unknown, demand fresh and bold, the promise of new and interesting interpretations from old and predictable ingredients.

2. Council Moves to Bridge Gaps in Health Coverage Changes -

The ad hoc committee that gathered municipal union leaders, city retirees and Memphis City Council members at the same table to talk about city health insurance meets Thursday, July 17, for the first time since the council approved health insurance plan changes that have drawn vocal protests from city employees and retirees.

3. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone -

From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.

4. Luttrell Opens Campaign With Warning -

The way Mark Luttrell sees it, his campaign for mayor in 2014 is different than his campaign four years ago because then he was challenging an incumbent and now he is the incumbent.

5. Luttrell, Malone Clash on Pre-K Expansion -

The top two contenders for Shelby County mayor had the closest thing yet to a debate Monday, June 2, on budget priorities.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and his Democratic challenger, former County Commissioner Deidre Malone, didn’t address each other directly.

6. Both Parties Launch General Election Efforts -

On a Saturday afternoon with a crowded calendar of political events, state Rep. G.A. Hardaway invited the winners and losers from the May Democratic county primaries and local Democrats who are on the August ballot to stand together at an airport-area meeting room of about 100 people.

7. County Primaries Reflect Different Political Fortunes -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

8. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

9. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

10. Primary Choices -

Shelby County voters will begin the process Tuesday, May 6, of electing a majority of new members to a Shelby County Commission that will also change to a set of 13 single-member districts when the winners take office on Sept. 1.

11. Early Voting Goes Countywide Friday -

Early voting in advance of the May 6 county primary election day opens Friday, April 25, at 20 satellite locations across Shelby County.

A list of the locations can be found at www.shelbyvote.com. Polls are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the early voting period Thursday, May 1.

12. Luttrell: Voters ‘Dropping Out’ of Process -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says “a lack of civility in public discourse” is one of several reasons many Shelby County voters seem uninterested or unaware of this year’s elections in Shelby County.

13. Early Voting Opens in County Primaries -

Shelby County voters begin deciding Wednesday, April 16, who holds 11 countywide offices, including Shelby County mayor and district attorney general, as well as 13 seats on the Shelby County Commission drawn with new single-member district lines.

14. Mayoral Contenders Differ on Economic Development -

Economic development incentives including property tax breaks look to be the real dividing line among the three contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May county primaries.

That’s where Deidre Malone, Steve Mulroy and Kenneth Whalum showed the most friction in a Thursday, April 10, forum and debate in the airport area sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

15. Clash of Contenders -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”

16. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

17. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

18. May Primary Ballot Almost Complete -

The ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections isn’t quite set, although the Shelby County Election Commission has certified 81 candidates.

Still awaiting a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, are three would-be candidates whose residency is being formally challenged.

19. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

20. 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.”

21. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

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.

22. Luttrell Begins Re-Election Bid for Mayor -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made it official Tuesday, Feb. 11, filing his qualifying petition with the Shelby County Election Commission to run for a second term of office.

23. Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Pitch Base -

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

James Harvey, Deidre Malone, Kenneth Whalum Jr. and Steve Mulroy each spoke to the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee two weeks from the Feb. 20 filing deadline for the May 6 primary election.

24. Four Democratic Mayoral Contenders Make First Joint Appearance -

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

James Harvey, Deidre Malone, Kenneth Whalum Jr. and Steve Mulroy each spoke to the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee two weeks from the Feb. 20 filing deadline for the May 6 primary election.

25. Mulroy Gets in County Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy considered a bid for Shelby County mayor for the second time in a year and Monday, Feb. 3, pulled a qualifying petition to enter the Democratic primary just more than two weeks before the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries.

26. Whalum, Harvey Pull Petitions for Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. have pulled qualifying petitions to run in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

27. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

28. Whalum, Harvey Pull Petitions for Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. have pulled qualifying petitions to run in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

29. Luttrell Pulls Petition for Re-Election -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled a qualifying petition to run for a second term in 2014.

30. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

31. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

32. Mississippi Children Learn With Blues Curriculum -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

33. Oldham Opens Sheriff Re-Election Bid -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham opened his re-election campaign Saturday, Nov. 2, with something he didn’t have four years ago: a record.

34. Shelby County to Play Key Role in 2014 State Election -

As prospective candidates weigh special election races in the next three months for a state House seat and suburban school boards, there are also signs of life in Shelby County in the statewide races on the 2014 election ballot.

35. Malone Begins Campaign for County Mayor -

Four years after she left elected office, Deidre Malone says she has learned a lot.

And as a result, her second campaign to become Shelby County mayor will be different than the first one four years ago.

36. 2013 Political Season Begins -

There was a brief time last year when it looked like 2013 would be that rare political creature in Memphis politics – an off-election year.

A citywide sales tax increase referendum in the late summer or fall is probably going to continue the unbroken string of more than 10 consecutive years with at least a special election on a ballot locally. Outside Memphis there are municipal elections in Lakeland and Arlington.

37. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

38. PR Alliance Offers Statewide Reach -

A new statewide alliance has been formed by communications experts from Memphis to Knoxville to provide blanket geographic coverage for products and issues in Tennessee.

Coordinated by Nashville-based McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, the state’s largest PR firm, charter members of the Tennessee Public Relations Alliance are the Carter Malone Group of Memphis and Moxley Carmichael Public Relations of Knoxville.

39. Liberty Drops Barnes & Noble Bid, Plans to Invest $204M -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble Inc. said Thursday that Liberty Media, the conglomerate controlled by John Malone, has dropped its $1 billion bid to buy the bookseller and instead will invest $204 million in the company.

40. EDGE Board Holds Inaugural Meeting -

The new Economic Development Growth Engine approved its existence Wednesday, Aug. 17, while also addressing some confusing technicalities.

“The president is selected by both mayors – this seems cumbersome,” former Shelby County Commissioner and EDGE director Deidre Malone said at the organization’s inaugural meeting at City Hall. “Having worked in the private sector and for an organization with a similar structure, I think it’s very interesting.”

41. New Economic Development Board Gets Started -

The new Economic Development Growth Engine approved its existence Wednesday, Aug. 17, while also addressing some confusing technicalities.

“The president is selected by both mayors – this seems cumbersome,” former Shelby County Commissioner and EDGE director Deidre Malone said at the organization’s inaugural meeting at City Hall. “Having worked in the private sector and for an organization with a similar structure, I think it’s very interesting.”

42. Nominees Selected for EDGE Board -

Several nominees have emerged for Economic Development Growth Engine, the new economic development board created to guide the city and county’s efforts.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. will seek approval to appoint the following:

43. Family Dollar Signs 2 Leases for Stores -

Family Dollar has signed a 12,000-square-foot lease at 2754 Lamar Ave. Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC, represented the tenant. Harold Blockman with Keller Williams Realty Inc. represented the landlord, Chong K and Dul S. Pae.

44. Schools Dispute About To Move Into Court -

The move to court has begun in the ongoing standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems.

Attorneys for the group “Citizens for Better Education” were preparing a filing Friday afternoon to be filed in Chancery Court by the end of the business day.

45. Business Owners, Politicos Meet at NAWBO Dinner -

At the end of a busy political year, the annual dinner of the local chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners included several kinds of survivors.

On one side of the room at the Crescent Club in East Memphis was Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland. On the other side was fellow council members Edmund Ford Jr. and Myron Lowery. It was an off election year for all three. Next year won’t be and Lowery will become council chairman.

46. MED Eyes Dallas Hospital as Example -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said Thursday his top priority is appointing a board for The MED that will help the publicly owned hospital build a stronger foundation.

47. DECISION '10: Mayor’s Race a Contest Between Contrasting Styles -

The race for Shelby County mayor offers a choice between two very different politicians who, while in the political spotlight for years, have often been near the edges of that light.

Joe Ford, the interim Shelby County mayor and Democratic nominee, is a former Shelby County Commissioner and City Council member. He has served as chairman of both legislative bodies. Ford also is the face of the city’s most storied political family.

48. MED Leadership Team Takes Shape -

Dr. Reginald Coopwood is close to having his top leadership team in place three months after taking the helm at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis as chief executive officer.

49. MED Task Force Wraps up Meetings -

The MED Task Force, a special committee led by interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford, wrapped up its work Thursday with the issuance of a final report.

50. Ford Name Plays Into Election Victory -

It didn’t work for Myron Lowery in last year’s special election for Memphis mayor.

But Joe Ford won the Democratic nomination for Shelby County mayor this week by running from the office.

51. Ford Wins Democratic Mayoral Primary -  

Interim County Mayor Joe Ford became the Democratic nominee for mayor in the August county general elections Tuesday night.

And the August sheriff’s race will be a contest between Democrat Randy Wade and Republican Randy Wade.

All three were among the winners in Tuesday’s low turnout county primaries.

Approximately ten percent of Shelby County’s nearly 600,000 voters cast ballots in early voting and election day polling.

Ford, who was appointed interim mayor in December, beat County Commissioner Deidre Malone and General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson in the Democratic primary. He will face Republican Mark Luttrell who had only token opposition in the Republican primary from perennial contender Ernie Lunati.

Luttrell has raised more money than all three of the Democratic primary contenders combined and began running television ads in the last week runup to election day.

The final unofficial totals in the Democratic mayoral primary are:

Ford 20,360 57%

Malone 12,916 37%

Jackson 2,168 6%

The pair of primaries for Sheriff featured eight candidates, seven of whom either currently work for the sheriff’s department or are past employees. Only Reginald French, in the Democratic primary was not a former or current department official.

Wade was the 2002 Democratic nominee, losing to Luttrell who is leaving as Sheriff after serving two terms. French was the Democratic nominee in the 2006 elections.

Oldham is Luttrell’s chief deputy, the number two position in the department. He is also a former director of the Memphis Police Department.

The final unofficials totals in the Republican primary are:

Bill Oldham 13,821 48%

Dale Lane 7,981 28%

Bobby Simmons 5,886 21%

James Coleman 943 3%

In the Democratic primary:

Randy Wade 22,643 67%

Reginald French 6,777 20%

Larry Hill 2,738 8%

Bennie Cobb 1,814 5%

Voters in the primary elections decided to return six Shelby County commissioners to new four year terms with Tuesday’s results. They also elected six new commissioners. The winner of the thirteenth commission seat will be decided on the August general election ballot in a contest between district 5 Democratic incumbent Steve Mulroy and Republican challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos. The winner of the match up will determine whether the commission remains majority Democrat or goes majority Republican.

Mulroy easily defeated Jennings Bernard in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Republican incumbent Mike Ritz ran unopposed as did new Democratic commissioner Walter Bailey.

In the remaining ten contests, the primaries decided who gets the seats since no one ran in the opposing party’s primary.

The most hotly contested contest among the commission races was for District 4 Position 1. Outgoing Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas beat John Pellicciotti, appointed to a commission seat last year but running for a different position in the same district. Jim Bomprezzi, the former mayor of Lakeland, was the third contender in the contest.

The final unofficial totals in the Republican primary:

Thomas 7,631 52%

Pellicciotti 4,871 33%

Bomprezzi 2,298 15%

In position 2 of the same district incumbent Republican Wyatt Bunker easily overcame two challengers with former Lakeland alderman John Wilkerson finishing second and Ron Fittes finishing third.

Millington businessman Terry Roland claimed the third position in the district that takes in all six of Shelby County’s suburban towns and cities.

Roland beat George Chism to take the seat Pellicciotti was appointed to but opted not to run for in deference to Roland.

Heidi Shafer, an aide to outgoing County Commissioner George Flinn, claimed Flinn’s District 1 Position 2 seat over Albert Maduska.in the GOP primary.

District 1 incumbent Republican Mike Carpenter easily beat businessman Joe Baier.

In the Democratic commission primaries, Melvin Burgess claimed Malone’s District 2 Position 3 seat in a field of six contenders. His closest contender was Reginald Milton. Burgess, a city school system audit manager, had run for the seat before. He brought in 54 percent of the vote.

The other hard fought Democratic commission primary saw Justin Ford, son of the interim mayor, claim his father’s District 3 Position 3 seat.

Ford beat Edith Moore, a retired IBM executive, whom the commission appointed to the seat after the elder Ford became mayor.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Ford 7,342 66%

Moore 3,822 34%

Democratic incumbent commissioners Henri Brooks, Sidney Chism and James Harvey were all re-elected over primary challengers.

The county-wide primaries for seven clerk’s positions saw the return of former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican 16 years after Republican challenger Bill Key took her job. Johnican decisively beat Ralph White and Vernon Johnson in her first bid for office since the 1994 defeat. She will face Republican Kevin Key, the son of Bill Key in the August general election.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Johnican 16,381 51%

White 10,170 31%

Johnson 5,954 18%

Former Juvenile Court Clerk Shep Wilbun easily won the Democratic primary with 76 percent of the vote to face Republican Joy Touliatos in August for the office being vacated by Republican Steve Stamson. Touliatos was unopposed in the primary.

Democrat Coleman Thompson is back for another go at incumbent Republican Register Tom Leatherwood.

Aside from Leatherwood, Jimmy Moore is the only other of the seven clerks seeking re-election. Moore ran unopposed in the GOP primary. He will face Democrat Ricky Dixon in August.

Trustee Regina Newman was appointed to her office following the death last year of Paul Mattila. Newman easily overcame M LaTroy Williams in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. She will face David Lenoir, who beat former Shelby County Commissioner John Willingham in the Republican contest.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Lenoir 15,922 58%

Willingham 11,569 42%

The other six candidate field on the ballot was in the Democratic primary for Probate Court Clerk. Sondra Becton posted impressive vote totals over her rivals, bringing in 35 percent of the vote with Peggy Dobbins her closest rival. Becton, who is making her fourth bid for the office, will face Republican Paul Boyd, who ran unopposed in his primary.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Becton 10,929 36%

Dobbins 5,366 18%

Annita Hamilton 4,848 16%

Clay Perry 3,549 12%

Danny Kail 3,120 11%

Karen Tyler 2,782 9%

The closest contest of the evening was in the Democratic primary for County Clerk. Wrestling promoter and television personality Corey Maclin won his political debut by less than 1,400 votes over Charlotte Draper and LaKeith Miller. He will face Republican Wayne Mashburn who beat Steve Moore in the companion primary.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 5 election day begins July 16. The August ballot will also feature state and federal primary elections including the statewide primaries for governor and the primaries for all nine of the state’s Congressional districts.

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52. Primary Campaigns Come to Close -

The 2010 Shelby County primary campaigns ended in a soggy, flooded and windswept mess.

As home and business owners patched roofs and pushed floodwaters out, the campaigns assessed the damage the weekend storms might do to what was already expected to be a low voter turnout.

53. Early Voting Draws to Close -

Early voting ends Thursday evening at 21 locations across Shelby County.

Candidates in the Shelby County primaries begin their drive to the May 4 Election Day when the early voting polls close Thursday at 7 p.m.

54. More Locations Help Jumpstart Early Voting -

Early voting got a jolt on the first two days of balloting at 20 satellite sites and so did participation in the Republican county primaries.

The early voting period in advance of the May 4 election runs through April 29.

55. 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.

56. Candidates Battle it Out in Democratic Primary -

Before voters get to the slimmer, trimmer Aug. 5 race for Shelby County mayor, some of them must decide the three-candidate Democratic primary on the May 4 ballot.

As political races go, this one has enough drama to make it interesting.

57. Democratic Mayoral Contenders Make Pitches -

Two of the three Democratic contenders for Shelby County mayor still don’t agree on whether The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has been saved.

Joe Ford and Deidre Malone also disagree on whether local schools are already funded by a single source.

58. Mayoral Candidates Liven Race Up at First Debate -

At one point during Monday’s first debate among the contenders for Shelby County mayor, Joe Ford said only two people he spoke to didn’t want him to run for the post he now holds on an interim basis.

59. First Mayoral Debate Finds Differing Views of MED -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford declared the Regional Medical Center has been “saved.”

Ford made the declaration at a Monday night forum held at the Central Library by the League of Women Voters.

60. UPDATE: First Mayoral Debate Draws Crowd and Friction -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford declared the Regional Medical Center has been “saved.”

Ford made the declaration at a Monday night forum held at the Central Library by the League of Women Voters.

61. What’s Coming Up This Election Season -

After a year of turbulence, the Memphis political scene continues to remake itself.

The May 4 and Aug. 5 elections don’t have the focused drama of last October’s special election for Memphis mayor, but they represent new chapters in a story that could end with a new generation of political leaders and at least a passing of the political baton.

62. Jackson Brings ‘Balanced Leadership’ to Mayor’s Race -

The surprise candidate in the race for Shelby County mayor said Monday he had been considering a bid for the job for the past 10 years.

General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson checked out his qualifying petition for the May 4 Democratic primary Thursday morning and filed before the noon deadline.

63. 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.

64. County Primary Fields Clear Up -

The newest candidate for Shelby County mayor is scheduled to talk about his decision later today.

General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson was a last-minute filer in the Democratic primary for mayor at noon Thursday. Jackson’s decision was the biggest surprise at the deadline.

65. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

66. MED’s Future Becomes Muddier -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis’ future grew more tenuous this week as Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Memphis political community staked out differing political stances.

However, Bredesen and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. began discussing the future of the county-owned and -funded hospital – even as Bredesen appeared to dismiss efforts by interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford to get emergency state funding.

67. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.

Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.

The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.

The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.

Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.

Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.

All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.

Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.

And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.

Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.

D-Democrat

R- Republican

I- Independent

Shelby County Mayor:

Deidre Malone (D)

Joe Ford (D)

Otis Jackson (D)

Mark Luttrell (R)

Ernest Lunati (R)

Leo Awgowhat (I)

Shelby County Sheriff:

James Coleman (R)

Bobby Simmons (R)

Bill Oldham (R)

Dale Lane (R)

Larry Hill (D)

Bennie Cobb (D)

Randy Wade (D)

James Bolden (D)

Elton Hymon (D)

Reginald French (D)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1

Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2

Albert Maduska (R)

Heidi Shafer (R)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3

Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)

Joe Baire (R)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1

Walter Bailey (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2

Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)

David Vinciarelli (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3

Eric Dunn (D)

Norma Lester (D)

Tina Dickerson (D)

Melvin Burgess (D)

Reginald Milton (D)

Freddie Thomas (D)

County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1

James Harvey (D) (incumbent)

James Catchings (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2

Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)

Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3

Edith Moore  (D) (incumbent)

Justin Ford (D)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1

Chris Thomas (R)

John Pellicciotti (R)

Jim Bomprezzi (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2

Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)

John Wilkerson (R)

Ron Fittes (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3

Terry Roland (R)

George Chism (R)

Edgar Babian (R)

County Commission Dist 5

Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)

Jennings Bernard (D)

Rolando Toyos (R)

Shelby County Clerk

Charlotte Draper (D)

Corey Maclin (D)

LaKeith Miller (D)

Wayne Mashburn (R)

Steve Moore (R)

Criminal Court Clerk

Vernon Johnson (D)

Minerva Johnican (D)

Ralph White (D)

Michael Porter (R)

Kevin Key (R)

Jerry Stamson (I)

Circuit Court Clerk

Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)

Steven Webster (D)

Carmichael Johnson (D)

Ricky W. Dixon (D)

Juvenile Court Clerk

Joy Touliatos (R)

Charles Marshall (D)

Sylvester Bradley (D)

Shep Wilbun (D)

Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)

Probate Court Clerk

Paul Boyd (R)

Sondra Becton (D)

Danny Kail (D)

Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)

Peggy Dobbins (D)

Clay Perry (D)

Karen Tyler (D)

Shelby County Register

Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)

Coleman Thompson (D)

Lady J. Swift (D)

Carlton Orange (D)

Shelby County Trustee

Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)

M. LaTroy Williams (D)

John Willingham (R)

Jeff Jacobs (R)

David Lenoir (R)

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68. Surprises Possible as Primary Filing Deadline Nears -

Although today marks the filing deadline for the May 4 Shelby County primaries and independent candidates on the Aug. 5 county general election ballot, plenty of political drama remains.

In fact, the filing deadline is often just as important – and surprising – as election day.

69. Ford Remains Coy as Candidate Field Forms -

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford continued to weigh his political options over the weekend as other contenders on the May and August ballots prepared to take their campaigns to the streets.

70. Candidate Field Still Unclear for County Primaries -

One week from the filing deadline, the May 4 Shelby County primaries are still a work in progress.

The filing deadline for candidates is noon Feb. 18.

The top two countywide races were still taking shape Wednesday morning, and there’s ample evidence that what’s happening on one side of the partisan divide affects what could happen in the other set of primaries.

71. Luttrell to Run for County Mayor -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell is running for county mayor in the May 4 Republican primaries.

“Probably the toughest part of this decision process was deciding to leave the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I have a very deep, abiding loyalty to the sheriff’s office.”

72. UPDATE: Luttrell Running For County Mayor -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell is running for county mayor in the May 4 GOP primaries.

“Probably the toughest part of this decision process was deciding the leave the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I have a very deep, abiding loyalty to the sheriff’s office.”

73. County Mayor Race Clarifies With Byrd’s ‘Agonizing’ Decision -

A month before the filing deadline for the 2010 Shelby County primaries, and the race for county mayor is beginning to take shape.

And one of the candidates who weighed the race but got out – Bank of Bartlett President Harold Byrd – said something is missing from the field so far.

74. District 83 Early Voting Comes To Quiet End Today -

Early voter turnout in the special election for state House District 83 may not make it much higher than 1 percent if the bitterly cold weather becomes a political factor.

Today is the last day of the early voting period that began before Christmas, pausing for that holiday as well as the New Year’s holiday.

75. 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.

76. 2009 Year In Review -

2009 was a year without a script – and plenty of improvising on the political stage.

It was supposed to be an off-election year except in Arlington and Lakeland.

2008 ended with voters in the city and county approving a series of changes to the charters of Memphis and Shelby County governments. Those changes were supposed to set a new direction for both entities, kicking into high gear in 2010 and ultimately culminating two years later.

77. Once-Embattled Wilbun to Run for Juvenile Court Clerk -

The invitations urged political supporters to “Return Shep Wilbun” to the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk’s office.

At a club on South Main Street this month as FedExForum began to fill up a few blocks away, Wilbun hosted an evening fundraiser at $100 a head. It drew State Reps. Ulysses Jones, Larry Miller and Joe Towns as well as Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

78. Out of Bounds -

The August report from the NCAA calls him “student-athlete 1.” Everyone but the NCAA and the University of Memphis calls him Derrick Rose.

79. Louisiana Investor Buys Arlington Retail Center -

6050 Air Line Road
Arlington, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $1.8 Million

Sale Date: Sept. 2, 2009
Buyer: Southeast Investments LLC
Seller: Pleasant Place LLC, Waymon H. Welch, Danya Welch, Dawn Welch, Jon E. McCreery, Phillip Chamberlain

80. Memphis Native Brings Own Music Style to Small Stage -

The story is not uncommon: girl discovers a guitar; girl goes after her dream; girl comes home when times get tight. But far from getting chewed out by big-city life, singer/songwriter Molly Okeon, or better known on stage as Molly Ray, said she found her forte connecting musically with the small stage.

81. Baldwin Joins Visible School As Department Chair, Professor -

George Baldwin has been hired by Visible School as department chair and assistant professor of music business ministry and audio production.

82. Stanley Leaving Senate Aug. 10 -

After privately talking things over with his wife Tuesday, State Sen. Paul Stanley decided to resign from the legislature Aug. 10.

Stanley told The Daily News he "went back and forth" with his wife Kristi, director of government affairs for the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, over what to do about his future. Stanley called his decision the best one he could make for his family.

83. Events -

The Shelby County Commission Ad Hoc Committee on Reappraisals will meet today at 9 a.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. The “Reinventing Government Tour” meeting, hosted by commission Chairwoman Deidre Malone, will meet at 10 a.m. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

84. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education seminar today from noon to 1 p.m. at the MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. Arthur Chapman of Cornerstone Settlements will speak about comprehensive settlement planning. To register, visit www.memphisbar.org/cle.

85. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education seminar Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. Arthur Chapman of Cornerstone Settlements will speak about comprehensive settlement planning. To register, visit www.memphisbar.org/cle.

86. AP Source: DirecTV CEO in Talks to Join News Corp. -

The chief executive of DirecTV Group Inc. is in talks to return to News Corp. to be Rupert Murdoch's second in command.

87. County Layoff Total Set as Tax Rate Debated -

Shelby County Commission members this week debated lowering the number of layoffs to come in county government in the next month.

They also debated whether keeping the county’s property tax rate at $4.04 is a tax hike – even though a stable tax rate would produce more revenue for the county in the new fiscal year than the current fiscal year.

88. Wharton Applauds CSX Trail Decision -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners has accepted a $4.7 million grant from Shelby Farms Park Conservancy to turn part of the old CSX railroad corridor into a walking trail.

89. Events -

Memphis Heritage Inc. will host a Young Heritage meeting today at 6 p.m. at Howard Hall, 2282 Madison Ave. The meeting will include a discussion of future events, speakers and parties. For more information, call 272-2727.

90. Malone Emphasizes School Funding As Top Issue -

Deidre Malone began her one-year term as chair of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners this week with an emphasis on a familiar issue – education funding.

Malone’s call for an education summit next month is more than another call for a dialogue. It’s a vow to change the current school funding formula.

91. Commission Delays Courtroom Security Resolution -

Budget shortfalls are a main reason Shelby County judges could begin seeking alternative courtroom security arrangements.

A resolution that would encourage judges to consider outside security methods such as incorporating the use of part-time retired Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies has been proposed by Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Wyatt Bunker.

92. More Charter Chat On Tap Today -

Shelby County Board of Commissioners members appear on their way to an August countywide vote on charter changes that would leave five offices elected, but term-limit the elected officials and make them part of the charter as opposed to offices with duties now defined by the Tennessee Constitution.

93. Desperate Officials Hope County Roundtable Will Help -

Shelby County government is almost out of options. That's the message of grim-faced county officials who are in penny-pinching mode and who say they've trimmed the county's operating budget as much as they can.

94. Register's Web Site Enhances Scrutiny of Officials' Ethics -

A few months ago, each of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners' 13 members scored two season tickets to home football games at the University of Memphis. The tickets, worth $360 a pair, were a gift from the school's marketing department.

95. Memphis Contributors Put Dollars Behind Thompson -

Memphians cracked open their checkbooks and whipped out their wallets, shelling out more than $320,000 on presidential candidates in the third quarter, according to reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

96. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Names Byrd Executive Director -

Caron Byrd has been hired as executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Previously, Byrd served as deputy manager of the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was employed for more than 11 years.

97. If Plans Pass Final Muster, Big Changes on Tap at Tennessee Brewery -

What a difference a PR team, higher elevation, more condos, a bigger price tag, a new dog walk, fresh landscaping, restaurant and retail space make.

When it comes to the current set of plans for redeveloping the ornate, castle-like Tennessee Brewery in Downtown Memphis, the latest team of developers and investors has picked up where their forerunners either couldn't or wouldn't go. And those extra touches may have finally assured the success of the project, which has been tried several times over the years.

98. Archie Manning to Speak about 'Faith, Family and Football' Thursday -

April 17

The University of Memphis hosts a lecture and panel discussion on death and dying issues at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre and Lecture Hall on the U of M campus. Guest speaker Dr. Larry Churchill presents "It's Your Right to Live or Die - Or Is It?" Visit www.memphis.edu for more information.

99. Fair Installed as President of State Realtor Group -

Rosemarie Fair was installed as president of the Tennessee Association of Realtors for 2006. Fair, CEO of Memphis-based One Source Commercial Inc., was named TAR Realtor of the Year in 2004. The Memphis Area Association of Realtors named her Realtor of the Year in 1991.

100. Shelby Studies Options for Senior Tax Relief -

For more than 80 years, Sue Williams has lived in the same picturesque, two-story brick home on Stonewall Street, in the same Midtown neighborhood where the federal government once wanted to run an expressway through Overton Park and near many of the area residents who successfully prevented it from doing so.