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1. Kelsey Calls for Tennessee to Join Obamacare Suit -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown called Tuesday, July 22, for Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper to join a lawsuit over federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks for those who buy health insurance on an exchange established in the Affordable Care Act.

2. Kelsey Calls for Tennessee to Join Affordable Care Act Lawsuit -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown called Tuesday, July 22, for Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper to join a lawsuit over federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks for those who buy health insurance on an exchange established in the Affordable Care Act.

3. Events -

Theatre Memphis will present “The Music Man” Friday, June 6, through June 29 at the theater, 630 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at theatrememphis.org.

4. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, arts/crafts and music showcasing the honored country of Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

5. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, crafts and music showcasing Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

6. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

7. Tennessee Governor Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Order -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's governor is asking a federal judge to put her ruling requiring the state to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold while a higher court weighs in on the case.

8. City Delays Fairgrounds Zone Application Vote -

The city of Memphis won’t be going to the Tennessee Building Commission in Nashville this week for approval of a Tourism Development Zone for the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. decided to delay the proposal last week as it reviewed the fairgrounds renovation financing plan with Memphis City Council members.

9. Events -

Christian Brothers University will host a panel discussion titled “Let’s Talk About Race” Thursday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. in Spain Auditorium at CBU, 650 East Parkway S. A diverse panel of CBU students will discuss their lives and dispel myths. Cost is free. Visit cbu.edu.

10. 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.

11. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Friday, Jan. 24, through Feb. 16 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

12. City, County Differ on Fairgrounds Zone -

The city of Memphis and Shelby County governments have a difference of opinion about tax revenue and education funding.

It is over where the sales tax revenue would go within a tourism development zone the city wants to use to finance the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

13. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a Four Seasons Cocktail Series happy hour Saturday, Dec. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. The event will include guided tours of the theater, including areas off limits to the public. Cost is free; donations benefit Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

14. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will hold its Holiday Open House Friday, Dec. 20, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Doors open at 10 a.m., and highlights include a concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at noon, a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” at 2 p.m. and a presentation by “Memphis Movie Theatres” author Vincent Astor at 4:30 p.m. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for a complete schedule.

15. U of M Faces Challenging End of Year -

It is proving to be a restless fall at the University of Memphis as interim President Brad Martin pulls into focus several short-term goals that will have a long-term impact on the future of the city’s largest institution of higher learning.

16. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

17. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will host an electronics recycling drive for Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Central Station pavilion, at the corner of South Front Street and G.E. Patterson Avenue. Many items will be recycled for free. For a list of items, including those with fees, visit 5rprocessors.com.

18. Medical Office Facility Sells for $5.9 Million -

7865 Educators Lane
Memphis, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: Sept. 26, 2013
Buyer: GA HC REIT II Bartlett TN MOB LLC
Seller: APD Investments LLC, Robert S. Biscan, The Colony Group LP and Amir H. Mehrabi
Details: An affiliate of Newport Beach, Calif.-based Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc. has paid $5.9 million for the medical office building at 7865 Educators Lane in Northeast Memphis.

19. Basar Looks to 2014 County Commission Election -

It may be the first time that a Shelby County Commissioner has given public notice of a barbecue.

Commissioner Steve Basar has held four at his house in the year that he’s been on the elected body. And he told political supporters at a fundraiser last week that he has “sunshined” all of them, a shorthand term to describe the public notice required by Tennessee’s open meetings law – or Sunshine Law – for any deliberative gathering of two or more commissioners.

20. County Leaders Blast Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone Financing Plan -

Shelby County government leaders say a city plan to use incremental sales tax revenue within a tourism development zone to revitalize the Fairgrounds will take the share of that revenue that goes to Shelby County Schools.

21. Attorney General: Haslam Can Appoint Judges Without Finalists -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam can fill vacancies in state trial and appellate court positions without getting a list of finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission, which went out of existence at the end of June.

22. Lipscomb: Fairgrounds Retail to be ‘Market Driven’ -

Robert Lipscomb, director of the city of Memphis’ Division of Housing & Community Development, says the retail to be part of the city’s Fairgrounds overhaul will not be in competition with businesses in the nearby Cooper-Young Historic District or Overton Square.

23. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “I’m a Memphian” author Dan Conaway for a discussion and book signing Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. “I’m a Memphian” is a collection of Conaway’s “Memphasis” columns from The Daily News. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

24. Tax Zone Would Fund Fairgrounds Remake -

A 3-square-mile Tourism Development Zone would finance a $233 million renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds sought by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

The city sent its 88-page application Sept. 13 to Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry B. Martin. The application seeks state permission to use incremental sales tax revenue estimated at close to $12 million a year starting in 2016 to pay off the bonds to finance a project whose price tag is just below the $250 million FedExForum.

25. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. William Rodney of Medicos will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

26. Attorney General: Tennessee Charter School Law Constitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has rendered a legal opinion that the state's charter school funding law is constitutional.

27. Cooper: ‘False Promises’ Prompted Airline Merger Challenge -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the state joined the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in opposing the proposed $11 billion merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines, because of the state’s experience with past airline mergers.

28. Attorney General Reopens Nineteenth Century Club Review -

The state attorney general has reopened a review of the sale of the Nineteenth Century Club property on Union Avenue just as efforts by current and former club members to challenge the sale face a critical Monday fundraising deadline.

29. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

30. Nineteenth Century Club Owners Obtain Demolition Permit -

Some preparatory demolition work began this week on the Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue while local preservationists started a legal fund to help preserve the historic structure.

The property’s current owner, Union Group LLC, acquired a demolition permit Tuesday, July 30, and felled a large tree on the back side of the property.

31. Judge: Nineteenth Century Club Owners Can Raze Building -

A judge ruled Wednesday, July 24, that the owners of the historic Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue can move forward with plans to demolish the property.

General Sessions Div. 14 Court Judge Larry Potter said that because no Chancery Court suit alleging an improper sale of the property was filed by Wednesday that he had little choice but to allow the Union Group LLC to move forward with plans to raze the building at 1433 Union Ave.

32. Ady Joins Ballet Memphis as Ballet Master -

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as ballet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances.

33. Lieutenant Governor Says Gun Law May Need Change -

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who backed a new law allowing handgun carry permit holders to keep weapons in their vehicles at work, says the law needs clarifying.

34. Events -

The Daily News and In-Synk will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about the book “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High” Friday, July 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

35. Wharton Pitches Options But No Recommendations On Budget Reset -

Memphis City Council members were looking Thursday, May 30, for a new budget plan to get City Hall on new financial footing after a state comptroller’s office report critical of city financial practices.

36. Attorney General: Gun Measure Doesn't Affect Employment Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee employer could fire a worker who violates company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers' property despite a new state law, according to a state attorney general's opinion.

37. Whole Foods Files Permit for Expansion -

5014 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Cost: $3.1 million

Project Cost: TBA

Permit Date: Applied April 2013

38. Tennessee AG to Defend State Law in Meningitis Lawsuit -

The Tennessee attorney general is defending a state law that caps damages in civil cases in a lawsuit filed by the husband of a Brentwood woman who died after getting fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections.

39. Tax Zone Would Benefit Fairgrounds -

The Tourism Development Zone that Memphis officials will seek in Nashville over the next three months would generate tax revenue from Cooper-Young, the Midtown Union Avenue corridor and Overton Square for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

40. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

41. Brothers to Open Brewery on Broad -

A new craft brewery is coming to one of Memphis’ up-and-coming areas – the Broad Avenue Historic District.

Wiseacre Brewing Co., a concept from brothers Kellan Bartosch and Davin Bartosch, has leased 13,000 square feet at 2783 Broad Ave. and is planning to open by late 2013. They chose the old warehouse for its “big open space” and the Binghampton neighborhood for its community appeal.

42. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Sunset Boulevard” Friday, Jan. 25, through Feb. 17 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

43. Opponents of School Closings Raise Concerns -

The first of three of the most politically challenging decisions the countywide school board has to make about the consolidation of public schools probably won’t happen this week.

Instead of taking a first preliminary vote Thursday, Nov. 29, to close 21 schools by the August merger date, Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash is asking the board to start a set of “impact studies” and schedule public hearings for closing five elementary schools.

44. Voices of the Past -

A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.

Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.

45. City Sends Cease and Desist Letter in Voter ID Case -

As national political pundits talked Tuesday, Oct. 30, about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Nov. 6 elections, a different kind of tempest raged between Memphis and Nashville over the state’s photo voter ID law.

46. City Sends State "Cease & Desist" Letter -

The city of Memphis has sent a “cease and desist” letter to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper demanding that his office instruct state election officials to tell local election commissioners they must accept photo library cards as valid identification to vote early.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. Photo Library Card Suit Back In Court Tuesday -

All sides in the federal court case over the city of Memphis’s photo library cards will be back in Nashville federal court ahead of schedule.

The hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger that was scheduled for election day -- Thursday, Aug. 2. -- was reset for Tuesday afternoon in Nashville by Trauger when the city renewed its motion rejected by another federal judge in Nashville.

50. Loeb Closes On $7M Purchase Of Overton Square -

Loeb Properties Inc. has closed its $7 million acquisition of Overton Square, after many months of negotiations with former owner, Denver Colo.-based Overton Square Investors LLC.

51. Loeb Closes on $7M Purchase of Overton Square -

Loeb Properties Inc. has closed its $7 million acquisition of Overton Square, after many months of negotiations with former owner, Denver Colo.-based Overton Square Investors LLC.

52. Crowder Joins MCCA To Manage New Product Line -

Mack Crowder has joined Memphis Consumer Credit Association as director of business continuity and risk. In his new role, Crowder will manage the start-up and growth of a new product line of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for MCCA.

53. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will hold a labor and employment breakfast briefing Thursday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn, 280 Marathon Way in Southaven. Brent E. Siler and Robert Williams will present “Top Ten Employer Mistakes in Employee Leave Issues.” Registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is free. Email rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

54. Events -

On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest will be held Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for locations, show times and ticket prices.

55. Tenn. AG: No Referenda on Muni School Systems -

The Tennessee Attorney General says the move to municipal school districts cannot move forward with May or August ballot questions because they would violate the schools consolidation law.

The legal opinion from Attorney General Robert Cooper, issued Tuesday, March 20, in response to questions from Memphis State Senator Beverly Marrero reads “Tennessee law currently prohibits a municipality in Shelby County from taking any action to establish a new school system.”

56. Benz Repair Shop to Open On Cooper St. -

A high-end automobile maintenance and repair shop soon will be added to Cooper-Young’s booming portfolio of local businesses.

Shane Herbers, founder of Midtown Motor Werks, has leased 5,000 square feet at 795 S. Cooper St. from Richard Sullivan.

57. Norris To Withdraw Annexation Bills -

Tennessee State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville said Thursday, Feb. 9, he plans to withdraw two bills affecting annexation in Shelby County.

58. Pinnacle Making Strides In Comeback Effort -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. reached another important milestone this week in its comeback effort with another interim contract agreement, this time with one of the global air carriers the Memphis-based regional carrier works with.

59. Tried and True -

For 100 years, Palmer Brothers Inc. has operated in a conservative manner with repeat business from clients that share the same philosophy.

60. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

61. Victory Bicycle Spins its Wheels In Roomier Space on Broad -

Victory Bicycle Studio recently opened the doors to its new store at 2549 Broad Ave., just more than a year after its original location caught fire.

62. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Aug. 12, from 11:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dee Floyd, community development manager, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, will speak about its hospice. Cost is $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

63. Midtown Changer -

By the end of 2011, Bardog Tavern owner Aldo DeMartino will have two new Memphis restaurant concepts up and running.

First, The Slider Inn, 2117 Peabody Ave., will fill the 1,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bluff City Bayou. The owners, Les Carloss and Jeff Corrigan, moved from the Edge District to the Midtown spot in 2009 and closed it shortly after to pursue catering endeavors.

64. Events -

The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the Germantown Business Expo and Power Breakfast Tuesday. The breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. at The Great Hall & Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. The business expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. For more information or registration, call 755-1200.

65. Events -

Health Memphis Common Table will present a Community Partners Forum Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Dr. Calvin Johnson, president of Altre Strategies Solutions Group LLC, will speak on the topic “Eliminating Health Disparities by Focusing on Quality.” For more information, contact Patti Tosti at 273-2665 or patti.tosti@healthmemphis.org.

66. Events -

Tracy Morgan will perform June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. For tickets, call 800-982-2787 or visit the theater box office or www.orpheum-memphis.com.

67. Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ -

If art is about risk-taking, the joint production of Michael Ching’s opera a capella “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and Delta Capella/RIVA risks about as much as one show possible can.

68. Wharton Administration Rolls Out New Fairgrounds Plan -

Four months after Tiger Lane made its debut, the Wharton administration has rolled out a much more expensive and complex proposal for the continued remaking of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

All of the tentative pieces of the fairgrounds renovation would cost $185 million to develop. The plan is to finance all or some of them using sales tax revenue returned to the city for the financing of the project through use of a tourism development zone.

69. Polly Installed as President of Downtown Kiwanis Club -

Dianne Polly, vice president of compliance and community relations for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, has been installed as president of the Downtown Memphis Kiwanis Club. Also, she has been appointed chairman of the American Dietetic Association’s Ethics Committee.

70. Tsunami Ushers in Holiday Artists Market -

In the past two years eating local food has been promoted heavily in Memphis.

Now with the holiday-shopping season approaching, local artists are hoping that buying local gifts will take on the same kind of fervor.

71. Events -

The Center City Commission Board of Directors will meet Thursday at noon at 114 N. Main St. For more information, call 575-0540.

72. Eroica Ensemble a Harmonious Family Affair -

When the Gilbert family gathers together it could be one of two things: a family reunion or a concert of the Eroica Ensemble.

On Nov. 6 and 7, Memphis’ first family of classical music will once again draw audiences into the passion of three generations of musicians.

73. Bartlett Applebee’s Sells to Arizona Investment Company -

2890 Bartlett Blvd.
Bartlett, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.9 Million

Sale Date: Oct. 8, 2010
Buyer: Cole AP Bartlett TN LLC
Seller: DBAPPLEF LLC

74. 'Right Direction' -

Paul Rubin has a little more company these days when he rides his bicycle with the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club. He’s been a member for more than 20 years, but right now about half of the club is just getting started.

75. Oldham Resignation Leaves Behind Questions for Future Elections -

The U.S. Justice Department’s interest in the race for Shelby County sheriff has added an election eve surprise to the contest that could have longer lasting implications.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Oldham, the Republican nominee for sheriff, has resigned from the department’s No. 2 position.

76. Sheriff's Candidate Oldham Resigns From Dept. Post -

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Oldham has resigned from the department’s number two position following a complaint alleging his candidacy violates the Hatch Act.

77. Sheriff's Candidate Oldham Resigns From Dept. Post -

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Oldham has resigned from the department’s number two position following a complaint alleging his candidacy violates the Hatch Act.

78. Renaissance Avenue -

When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.

79. Farmers Markets Planned for Under-Served Areas -

Two nonprofit organizations will be seeking government approval Thursday to open farmers markets in Binghampton and South Memphis as part of an effort to make city residents healthier.

St. Andrew AME Church and the Binghampton Development Corp. are on the agenda for the 10 a.m. meeting of the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board.

80. Fountainhead Transforms Binghamton Home by Home -

When Carrie and Braxton Brady decided to build their dream home, they realized the dream was more about the neighborhood than the house.

In 2004, the Bradys built a modest, three-bedroom, shotgun-style home in Binghamton, a neighborhood at the western end of Sam Cooper Boulevard between Poplar and Summer avenues, which has seen its share of hard times, including well-publicized crime and derelict properties.

81. Palladio Group Participates In Brooks’ Showhouse -

The Palladio Group will participate in The Brooks Museum League’s Decorator Showhouse XVI.

This year’s Showhouse will be held at the historic Robert M. Carrier home, known as Carrier Hall, 642 S. Willet St. in the Central Gardens District.

82. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award -

Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.

83. Beyond Halloween -

The signs are already up in some stores around the city – especially those open 24 hours a day. They remind Halloween minded patrons not to wear any kind of masks or face coverings into the stores or risk being mistaken for robbers. What we fear is the basis for Halloween as we know it. What we believe others fear is part of the evolving tradition. Combine the two and you are past Halloween and into a civic discussion that has a season of its own.

84. Different Twain Perspective Featured In Germantown Community Theatre’s ‘Is He Dead?’ -

Many great artists had one or more works that never saw the light of day until after the artist’s own death. Germantown Community Theatre (GCT) hopes to use one such unsung masterpiece to show a very different side of a legendary American author.

85. Attention Shifts From Health Care To Consumer Protection -

Tennessee’s Robert Cooper Jr., along with 24 other state attorneys general, signed a letter a few days ago to U.S. congressional leaders supporting the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

86. Attorney General Wades Into MCS Funding Dispute -

“The outcome of this case could potentially affect every public school in the state of Tennessee.”

The office of Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper used those words in a recent Tennessee Court of Appeals filing to lay out the stakes involved in the funding flap between the city of Memphis and Memphis City Schools. In that filing, Cooper’s office also asks the appeals court for permission to formally weigh in on the long-running legal dispute.

87. Legal Battle Over Tennessee Plan Continues -

A statewide debate continues after the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Tennessee Plan, the state system for appointing judges to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court.

88. Speculation Rampant About Jobs’ Transplant -

The state of Tennessee has sold the $1.3 million Midtown home once used to house the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The state transferred ownership of the two-story, nearly 6,000-square-foot home near Overton Park to a limited liability company at the end of March for $850,000. That price is about 65 percent of the home’s appraisal.

89. Big Names, Big Plans For TBA Convention -

Attorneys and judges from throughout the state will convene this weekend at The Peabody hotel for the 2009 annual Tennessee Bar Association convention, where big-name speakers such as former Democratic U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will speak – and where current TBA president, George “Buck” Lewis, will pass the gavel to the new TBA president for 2010-2011.

90. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Writing for Government Grants” Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Cathy Marcinko will lead the workshop. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. Reservations are due today. For reservations, call 684-6605 or e-mail adeberry@npexcellence.org.

91. State Real Estate Commission Cracks Down on Agents -

The Tennessee Real Estate Commission has fined numerous real estate agents in the state for failing to maintain errors and omissions in insurance.

More than 70 real estate agents were assessed fines for failing to maintain the insurance, including Leena C. Bolton of Germantown, Bertha Ann Boyland of Memphis, Yarmilla G. Bryant of Memphis, Melissa A. Clark of Cordova, Robert Cooper Jr. of Bartlett, Belinda Johnson of Memphis, Jeffery M. Wilson of West Memphis and Maria M. Wilson of West Memphis.

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92. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous -

For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.

93. Tenn. Democrats' Fundraising Ails Under New Leader -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal election disclosures show the Tennessee Democratic Party is struggling to raise money in the aftermath of a leadership struggle.

The Federal Election Commission report filed on Friday shows the party under new Chairman Chip Forrester only managed to raise about $31,000 in February. That compares with about $211,000 raised in the same month of his predecessor Gray Sasser's stint in charge of the party.

94. City to Recognize Broad Ave. Arts Area -

Business owners and volunteers who have worked to showcase the artists of Broad Avenue are looking forward to Tuesday’s meeting of the Memphis City Council.

City Council member Jim Strickland is sponsoring a resolution to officially recognize the Broad Avenue Arts District.

95. BofA's CEO Lewis Subpoenaed by Cuomo -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Ken Lewis has received a subpoena from the New York state attorney general's office in connection with Merrill Lynch's payment of employee bonuses before the companies combined on Jan. 1.

96. Commission to Discuss Lender Suit -

Tennessee attorney general Bob Cooper came to Memphis last month, and in an afternoon meeting Nov. 19 with Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. the topic of discussion was a major piece of litigation the county is close to filing.

97. Lipscomb Calls for Streamlining In Project Approvals -

The remake of The Pyramid and the makeover of the Mid-South Fairgrounds are two very different undertakings.

But they appear to be traveling the same political road – approval of a development agreement by the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

98. MALS, Attorney General Sue Local Foreclosure Aid Org -

Memphis Area Legal Services and Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. recently filed eight lawsuits in Shelby County Chancery Court against the Tennessee Housing Protection Agency, claiming the foreclosure counseling and housing services organization “exploited” seven of its clients.

99. Foreclosure Help Agency Faces Lawsuit -

A Memphis-based company that offers protection against foreclosure is being sued by the state attorney general’s office and a Memphis legal group.

The suits filed Tuesday against Tennessee Home Protection Agency Inc. allege the company used unfair and deceptive acts in offering and charging for foreclosure rescue plans to consumers.

100. Insurance Giant AIG's Role in Market Crisis Probed -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Executives at American International Group Inc. hid the full range of its risky financial products from auditors as losses mounted, according to documents released Tuesday by a congressional panel examining the chain of events that forced the government to bail out the conglomerate.