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1. Class is In -

For Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken, the demerger of public schools in Shelby County didn’t become “real” until teachers reported the week before the Aug. 4 first day of classes.

2. Start of School Features Historic Change -

A child ready for his first day of school Monday, Aug. 4, in the new Bartlett City Schools system mistakenly got on a bus bound for Shelby County Schools that ran close to the route he was supposed to take.

3. Globetrotting Stephens Eyes Eventual Return to NBA -

North Texas told D.J. Stephens no, said they no longer had a basketball scholarship for him. Remember that?

The only reason Stephens wound up at the University of Memphis was that a new young coach named Josh Pastner needed bodies to fill out the roster after John Calipari left for Kentucky and took everything but the nets off the rims at the Finch Center.

4. Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team -

Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.

5. Jackson Showcases Skills for Grizzlies -

For a day, Joe Jackson again was wearing a blue Memphis jersey – a No. 3 Grizzlies practice jersey.

6. What Shopping Will Look Like in the Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.

When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. Still, there's more on the horizon for shopping than just point-and-clicking.

7. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

8. Memphis Repertory Orchestra Plans More Growth -

Coming off a year in which it found a home at the Buckman Performing Arts Center and released a CD of its music, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra – a small, all-volunteer chamber group – is looking to do even bigger things in 2014.

9. Caissa Public Strategy Opens DC Office -

Fueled by a demand for the specialized services it provides, Memphis-based consulting firm Caissa Public Strategy has expanded with the opening of a new office in the nation’s capital.

Caissa founder Brian Stephens said the reason for the expansion there isn’t necessarily obvious. Caissa didn’t hang out its shingle in Washington to focus on landing new work there – instead, the new office is intended to help Caissa have better relationships with its clients there who need work done in the South.

10. Events -

The University of Memphis will host its Black History Month opening ceremony and presentation of the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. James L. Netters Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit memphis.edu for a schedule of other Black History Month activities.

11. Events -

Network of Memphis will meet Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The women’s networking organization will host Mark Dean, executive director and CEO of Volunteer Mid-South. RSVP at networkmemphis.org by Friday, Jan. 31, at noon.

12. 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.

13. Leaders of Suburban Schools Get to Work -

Minutes after his contract as superintendent of Germantown Schools was approved, Jason Manuel was already well along with the process of contemplating the detail work that followed the milestone closely.

14. On the Border -

The first attendance zone maps and details about where school children in Cordova might go to school this coming August was the dominant topic of discussion when the Cordova Leadership Council held a town hall meeting late last year.

15. Suburban Superintendents Start Work -

Each of their contracts now approved, the superintendents and directors of Shelby County six suburban school systems sat down Tuesday, Jan. 7, around the same table for the first time to talk about how to build their school districts.

16. Four Suburban Schools Superintendents Chosen -

As the Christmas holiday began, four of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities have superintendents for their municipal school districts.

Bartlett Schools board members selected David Stephens as the superintendent of their school system Friday, Dec. 20, in a unanimous vote.

17. Four Suburban Schools Superintendents Chosen -

As the Christmas holiday began, four of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities have superintendents for their municipal school districts.

Bartlett Schools board members selected David Stephens as the superintendent of their school system Friday, Dec. 20, in a unanimous vote.

18. Aitken Officially Hired to Lead Collierville Schools -

There were only a few contract details remaining last week between former Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken and the job of superintendent of the Collierville Schools system.

Those were worked out Monday, Dec. 16, and Aitken was hired by the Collierville Schools board, becoming the first leader of one of the six suburban school systems.

19. Aitken Officially Hired to Lead Collierville Schools -

There were only a few contract details remaining last week between former Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken and the job of superintendent of the Collierville Schools system.

Those were worked out Monday, Dec. 16, and Aitken was hired by the Collierville Schools board, becoming the first leader of one of the six suburban school systems.

20. Stephens Among Finalists for Bartlett Schools Post -

Shelby County Schools deputy superintendent David Stephens is among the three finalists to lead the Bartlett Schools system.

21. Stephens Among Finalists for Bartlett Schools Post -

Shelby County Schools deputy superintendent David Stephens is among the three finalists to lead the Bartlett Schools system.

22. Stephenson Honored by Appraisal Institute -

The Memphis Chapter of The Appraisal Institute presented veteran real estate appraiser Robert Stephenson with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, Dec. 5.

23. Literacy Focus -

For Shelby County Schools officials, there hasn’t been much time to wonder about the second part of the historic reformation of public education in Shelby County.

As members of the six suburban school boards were sworn in this month and agreements for school buildings and funding and settling the federal lawsuit were approved, Shelby County Schools board members were hearing the first details of what a new emphasis on literacy could look like in the 2014-2015 school year for the post-merger school system.

24. Suburban Voters Decide School Board Races -

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities elected their respective municipal schools boards Thursday, Nov. 7 with low voter turnouts that reflected that most of the school board positions on the ballots were one-candidate uncontested races.

25. Suburban School Board Early Vote In -

The early vote is in for the Thursday, Nov. 7, suburban school board races in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities which are forming their own municipal school districts.

Only six of the school board races are contested with Lakeland voters choosing from a single list of seven contenders for five positions on the Lakeland school board.

26. Election Day Arrives for Municipal School Boards -

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 7, for the second time in a year to elect school boards for their respective municipal school districts.

27. Early Voting Opens in Three Suburbs for Boards -

Early voting in three of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities opens Monday, Oct. 28, at locations in Germantown, Bartlett and Millington for newly created suburban school boards.

The early voting period for those cities and Lakeland in advance of the Nov. 7 election day began Oct. 18 at Shelby County Election Commission officers Downtown at 157 Poplar Avenue.

28. Seven Suburban School Board Races Contested -

The suburban school board races next month come down to seven contested elections in four of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities.

With the decisions in those races and 21 uncontested school board races, voters will have taken the final votes to put in place their own municipal school districts separate from the countywide school system that opened for its first school year Aug. 5.

29. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary -

Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.

30. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

31. 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.

32. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

33. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will screen the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary “Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador” Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

34. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, 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. Shelby County Schools Bus Fixes Underway -

The director of transportation for Shelby County Schools resigned on the same day that the first fixes in school bus routes, times and stops took effect.

And leaders of the school system say Debbie Rike was not forced out.

36. Student Achievement Takes Focus as School Starts -

When Shelby County public schools open Monday, Aug. 5, the leaders of the unified school district hope it will shift the civic discussion about public education in a different direction than it has taken in the last two and a half years.

37. History Lesson -

Among the parents registering their children this week for the first year of the consolidated school district were the two men at the top of the organization chart – interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson and deputy superintendent David Stephens.

38. Rockin’ Summer -

Just shy of 40 years after the band Big Star last played at the Overton Park Shell, the short-lived Memphis band is about to have a bigger summer locally than it could have envisioned in 1974.

A long-awaited documentary about what has become the city’s most famous unknown band opens Friday, July 12, in a movie theater at the epicenter of the 1970s Memphis environment the band lived its short life in.

39. Merger Pace Quickens at School Level -

Deputy schools superintendent David Stephens has said it numerous times. “All hands on deck,” was his way of describing the approach to the consolidated school system’s preparations for the Aug. 5 start of classes.

40. Coaching Hire Presents Risk/Reward for Grizz -

So the Grizzlies finally made it official and promoted lead assistant Dave Joerger to head coach. This qualified as breaking news about as much as reporting that barbecue has been discovered in Memphis.

41. Hopson: 300 Employees to Lose Jobs -

By Friday, June 28, as many as 300 central office employees of the consolidated school system will be without a job as the schools merger is about to become official with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

42. Birthrights -

As Deidra Stephens Clark’s due date approached, she made a straightforward birth plan that included a vaginal birth, an epidural for pain relief and her desire to breastfeed immediately after birth.

43. Hopson Takes Over Public Schools Leadership -

Since Dorsey Hopson became general counsel for Memphis City Schools in 2008, he has experienced a whirlwind of change.

The Memphis City Council cut funding to the school system triggering a landmark court case, city and county school systems have been on a fast and rocky path to a merger, and the countywide board ballooned to 23 members. And then Hopson found himself in January serving as the interim superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

44. Hopson Heads Both School Systems -

The city and county school systems have a single school superintendent less than five months from the start of the first school year of the consolidated school system in Shelby County.

Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson was appointed interim Shelby County Schools superintendent at the first countywide school board meeting since the board approved a buyout last week of county schools superintendent John Aitken.

45. Likeability Loses Shine if Tigers Can’t Deliver -

Tigers coach Josh Pastner likes to talk about how there are three parts to the college basketball season. The University of Memphis aced their final run through the Conference USA regular season (going 16-0 in Part 1).

46. Time for Tigers to Make Case for Higher Seed -

On Saturday, March 9, the Tigers finish out the regular season at FedExForum against UAB. We know if they win this game, they will have a perfect 16-0 record in the last season in Conference USA. We also know it will be the last time Tigers fans get to see senior D.J. Stephens play – dunk – in a home Tigers game.

47. Rick Masson Joins Caissa Public Strategy -

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy LLC as senior director, serving as a lead strategist on local and regional projects.

48. Tigers Misstep Under National Spotlight -

D.J. Stephens was 1-for-6 from the free-throw line when, at game’s end, he needed to miss a foul shot on purpose to give the Tigers one last desperate chance at a tip-in that would have tied the game at Xavier.

49. Masson Joins Caissa Public Strategy -

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy LLC as senior director, serving as a lead strategist on local and regional projects.

50. Comments, Victories Becoming Broken Record -

So Josh Pastner’s latest post-game conference is just about to start, this one after a 93-71 victory over Central Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 13, a game the Tigers led by as many as 34 points.

51. Stephenson to Keynote Women & Business Seminar -

Susan Stephenson, CEO and co-founder of Independent Bank, has enjoyed a long and successful career in banking.

52. Tony and DJ: The City’s Basketball Game-Changers -

The supreme talents – the All-Americans, the All-Stars – can take possessions off and still score their 25 or 30 points a night. They can pick their spots to play defense, which in reality means going for a steal here and there, and then mostly defer on the hard work. You know, staying with their man step-for-step, cleaning the glass – sorry, I don’t do windows – or risking humiliation by contesting potential dunks – sorry, I’m not ending up on somebody’s poster.

53. Tigers Must Stay on Right Path to Reach Potential -

Depending on your perspective, it was lavish praise that spoke to the Tigers’ potential still there for the realizing and great NCAA Tournament victories still there for the taking.

Or, depending on your perspective, it was an unintentional indictment of a college basketball team that so far has majored in underachievement and of a basketball equation where the sum is always less than its individual parts.

54. Middleby has Bought Viking Range for $380M -

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – Food service equipment maker Middleby Corp. has bought Mississippi-based oven and kitchen appliance maker Viking Range Corp. for $380 million.

55. Easy to See Why Fans are Doubting Thomas -

His Twitter handle is @AllDayThomas. Yet after the first nine games of this Tigers basketball season, Adonis Thomas is the first to admit his play has not lived up to that reputation.

He has been Half-Day Adonis, neither scoring nor rebounding like a 6-7, 240-pound projected NBA lottery pick should.

56. Louisville Game Opportunity to Widen Margin for Error -

There are several ways to measure the magnitude of a college basketball game. First, will the outcome echo through the rest of the season and resonate with the NCAA Tournament Committee come March?

57. Family Dollar Teams Up With Mid-South Food Bank -

Family Dollar is teaming up with the Mid-South Food Bank for a four-week holiday fundraising initiative that will be held at Memphis-area Family Dollar stores through Dec. 19.

58. LeMoyne-Owen to Begin Work on $13.5 Million Residence Hall -

869 Saxon Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Cost: $9 million

Permit Date: Applied September 2012

59. Private Investor Buys Prescott Place Apartments -

Private investor Dr. Harvard Stephens has bought a 272-unit low-income housing complex near Memphis International Airport for $1.3 million, or $4,780 per unit.

Built in 1972, the Class D Prescott Place Apartments, 3461 Steve Road, has been owned by Alabama-based entity Prescott Place Apartments LP for seven years – when the company bought it for $5.3 million.

60. Midtown Gears Up for Largest Rock for Love Benefit -

From Overton Square to the Hi-Tone Cafe to the Levitt Shell, Midtown Memphis is gearing up to “Rock for Love.”

Now in its sixth year, the annual music-based fundraiser for Memphis’ Church Health Center – the nation’s largest faith-based health care ministry for working, uninsured people and their families – will take place over a four-day period from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9.

61. Aug. 2 Election Results Certified -

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

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

62. AT&T Smartphone Sales Fall in Q2, Boosting Net -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T Inc. on Tuesday posted the best profitability ever in its wireless arm, paradoxically because it sold fewer smartphones.

63. Events -

Operation Feed, the annual workplace food drive to benefit Mid-South Food Bank, continues through June 29. Register at midsouthfoodbank.org or contact David Stephens at dstephens@midsouthfoodbank.org or 497-1153.

64. Kiser Joins Volunteer Mid-South As Community Services Director -

Amanda Kiser has joined Volunteer Mid-South as community services director. Kiser’s responsibilities include mobilizing and maximizing volunteer resources, coordinating training for partner agencies, creating and leading community projects, and marketing VMS’ benefits to agencies and the public.

65. Jackson Leads Way for Tigers’ March Attack -

Ten weeks ago, when University of Memphis point guard Joe Jackson was so distraught over his playing time that he considered transferring, who would have predicted this?

66. Tigers Right Their Wrongs Heading Into Postseason -

They assumed greatness. Assumed it as opposed to earning it and proving it.

That’s the quicksand in which this Tigers basketball season started. The college basketball world told them they were a Top 10 team and the Tigers decided they would need, oh, a few days on the beach in Hawaii to prove they were really Top Five and better than Michigan, Georgetown, even Duke.

67. New York Times Selling Regional Papers for $143M -

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that it will sell its group of 16 small, regional newspapers to Halifax Media Holdings LLC for $143 million.

68. Grizzlies Nominated for Regional Emmys -

The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the Memphis Grizzlies have been nominated in two categories in the 26th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards.

69. Improving Playhouse -

This holiday season, Playhouse on the Square administrators are keeping their eyes on the calendar as they rise to a challenge worth a quarter of a million dollars.

The company has until Dec. 31 to raise $250,000 toward its Act II Enhancement Fund Campaign. If this mission is accomplished, the Memphis-based Jeniam Foundation will award Playhouse a grant matching those funds.

70. Tiger Only Game In Town — For Now -

No one expects the University of Memphis men’s basketball team to right the local economy, end the NBA lockout, make winners out of the moribund Memphis football team or ease tensions between the city and county.

71. Taylor Voted to Vacant Seat on County Commission -

Former Memphis City Council member Brent Taylor is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Taylor got seven votes from the remaining 12 commissioners on the third round of voting Monday, Oct. 17.

72. Taylor Appointed To Commission - CCHS Claims Family Planning Contract -

Former Memphis City Council member Brent Taylor is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Taylor, a Republican, won the District 1 Postion 3 seat vacated by Republican commissioner Mike Carpenter this month.

73. Events -

Visible Music College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at its new Downtown campus, 200 Madison Ave. The celebration will include guest speakers, refreshments, tours of the new building and live music by students. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Jeni Stephens at 553-1797 or jeni@jlstephens.net.

74. Events -

Visible Music College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at its new Downtown campus, 200 Madison Ave. The celebration will include guest speakers, refreshments, tours of the new building and live music by students. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Jeni Stephens at 553-1797 or jeni@jlstephens.net.

75. Leadership Academy Announces Graduates -

The Leadership Academy has announced its September 2011 Fellows Program graduates.

They are Mary Elizabeth Anthony of Smith & Nephew; Gene Baker of Smith & Nephew; TaKeisha Butler of Smith & Nephew; Brenda Caldwell of Dr. B Empowerment Services; Donnell Cobbins Jr. of Universal Commercial Real Estate LLC; Jonathan Cross II of Jonathan Cross Venture & Holdings Corp.; Reggie F. Davis of Street Ministries; Shenenka Davis of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis; Jeb Fields of Commercial Advisors; Jonathan Flynt of Bryce Corp.; Lori Guy of First Horizon National Corp.; Channa Halmon of Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents; Ursala Holmes of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Shannon Izquierdo of FedEx Corp.; Jared Johnson of Pier 1 Imports; Ken Kimble III of Boy Scouts of America – Chickasaw Council; Joy Lockridge of Spherion Staffing Services; Nathan Martin of the University of Memphis; Shawn McCutcheon of Regions Bank; Katie Midgley of the Urban Child Institute; Tanner Mueller of First Tennessee Bank; Bettina Kurtz Pearson of First Tennessee Bank; Robin Poston of the University of Memphis; Kerra Saine of First Tennessee Bank; Joy Stephens of Joy Factor Consulting; Colby Stough of Youth Villages; Carrie Strehlau of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Marvin Todd of FedEx Corp.; Brittney Rogers of Duncan-Williams Inc.; Lindsey Waugh of Medtronic Inc.; Carsett Webber of Wright Medical Technology; Josh White of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities); and McLean Wilson of Kemmons Wilson Cos.

76. Carpenter Reflects on Five-Year Run -

As Memphis voters prepare to bring to an end another city campaign season, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter just ended a five-year run on the Shelby County Commission.

77. Grizzlies Games Move to ESPN Radio -

The Memphis Grizzlies have reached a multi-year radio broadcasting agreement with Entercom Communications Corp. to simulcast all Grizzlies games on 92.9 FM ESPN/680 AM ESPN beginning with the 2011-2012 season.

78. Smith & Nephew Launches Mentoring Program -

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics is bolstering school-based corporate mentoring to new heights with its new Scholars Program, a long-term initiative dedicated to cultivating and nurturing the talent of Memphis’ middle and high school students focused on careers in medical technology and business.

79. Next Move - To say the now-closed restaurant at 7955 Fischer Steel Road has had an unusual history is probably an understatement.

80. Leadership Memphis Announces Board Members -

Leadership Memphis has announced new board members and officers for its new fiscal year.

The officers and executive committee include Eric Robertson, chair; Beverly Jordan, vice chair; Bryan Ford, treasurer; Veronica Coleman Davis, secretary; Chris McLean, immediate past chair; Jeff Gaudino, alumni chair; Christine Munson, development chair; Lemoyne Robinson, program chair; and Jeane Chapman, marketing chair.

81. Ardent Studios Adds New Film Department -

Ardent Studios will celebrate the opening of its new film department with a reception Thursday night, June 9, at the legendary recording studio.

The new venture represents a tie to Ardent’s past. L.A. film veteran Jonathan Pekar will head the department. His father, Ron Pekar, was the graphic designer for Ardent in the early days, designing the original studio logo ad the iconic neon logo for Big Star’s “#1 Record.”

82. Keller Williams Agent Receives Lifetime Honor -

Karen Stephens of Keller Williams Memphis Central has recently been named a cultural ambassador by Keller Williams Realty.

83. Cooper Files Lawsuit Related to Cordova Restaurant -

The strip club owner who opened – then abruptly closed – a restaurant in Cordova, which he’s insisted he’s not turning into a strip club, has filed a lawsuit related to his application for a compensated dance permit for the business.

84. Cooper Files Lawsuit Related to Cordova Restaurant -

The strip club owner who opened – then abruptly closed – a restaurant in Cordova, which he’s insisted he’s not turning into a strip club, has filed a lawsuit related to his application for a compensated dance permit for the business.

85. Memphis Orgs Gear up for MLK Weekend -

Perhaps more so than in any other city because of its prominent place in the history of the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis serves as a strong reminder of King’s legacy of service to others and his powerful advocacy for social change through nonviolent action.

86. Steamboat Could Return to Mississippi River -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A longtime Minnesota congressman's loss in the general election could lead to the return of the Delta Queen steamboat's travels along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

87. Stamson and Johnson Resign from Election Commission -

Shelby County Election Commissioners Steve Stamson and James Johnson have resigned following a legal opinion from the Shelby County attorney saying because they are county government retirees they can’t collect their pensions while serving on the five-member body.

88. Stamson and Johnson Resign from Election Commission -

Two Shelby County Election Commissioners – Steve Stamson and James Johnson – have resigned following a legal opinion from the Shelby County attorney, who said because they are county government retirees they can’t collect their pensions while serving on the five-member body.

89. Poll Shows Beebe With Huge Lead Over Keet in Ark. -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Poll results released Friday show Gov. Mike Beebe has a 26-point lead over Republican Jim Keet, who is trying to derail the Democrat's run for a second term.

Stephens Media commissioned the poll that shows Beebe leading Keet 59 percent to 33 percent. Green Party candidate Jim Lendall has 1 percent support, with 7 percent undecided.

90. Events -

The Memphis Central Rotary Club will meet Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Shelby County Election Commissioner Brian Stephens will speak about Rebuild Government. Cost is $25 for guests. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

91. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Tal Frankfurt will speak on the topic “How to Budget for IT and Develop an RFP for Services.” Cost is for $15 members, $30 for nonmembers and $10 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

92. Metro Charter Backers Begin Campaign -

The campaign for a consolidation charter kicked off this week in a stifling heat on the Main Street Mall between City Hall and the County Administration Building.

Leaders of Rebuild Government announced the group has changed from one that provided information on the drafting of the charter to a group that will now campaign for the charter.

93. Brian Stephens to Speak To Small Business Chamber -

Brian Stephens of Rebuild Government will speak Tuesday at the Small Business Chamber luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive.

94. Hotel Manager Treats External, Internal Customers With Care -

Unlike so many entering college freshmen, when Donovan Stephens made it to college he didn’t have to bounce from major to major figuring out what he wanted to do with his life.

“When I was young I went with my father to a convention in Miami, and I thought it was the neatest thing in the world – this hotel that had its own restaurant and bar and gift shops. I thought, ‘I want to run one of those one day,’” said the Missouri native. “I’m one of those few rare people who has always known what I wanted to do.”

95. ‘Operation Feed’ Food Drive Scheduled Next Week -

Operation Feed, the annual work place food drive to benefit Mid-South Food Bank, is scheduled for May 24-June 30.

96. Metro Charter Commission Adopts Ethics Rules -

The Metro Charter Commission has approved a set of ethics rules for a new consolidated government that include an independent ethics commission with the power to impose civil penalties.

The recommendations approved Thursday go to a writing committee and then back to the 15 member commission for approval of the language and another vote on the general idea behind the language.

97. Levitt Shell Preps for Spring Season, Big Star Tribute -

The Levitt Shell in Overton Park took Memphis by storm in its inaugural season by offering free music on themed-genre nights. This season, the schedule is being thrown out the window.

From May 20 to June 20, the Levitt Shell will offer five free weekly concerts featuring local and out-of-town artists in Latin, soul and R&B, Americana, children’s music, and Memphis.

98. Stephenson Finds Success In Memphis -

Susan Stephenson grew up in East Tennessee and followed her heart to Memphis when a young man she knew decided to attend graduate school here.

99. Wolf River Ducks Unlimited Plans Annual Celebration -

The Wolf River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has announced plans for its 17th Annual Sponsor Dinner at the organization’s international headquarters.

The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers followed by a four-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12.

100. School Consolidation Nixed in Charter Talks -

Consolidating the Memphis and Shelby County public school systems is off the table as far as the Metro Charter Commission is concerned.

In its first vote on a charter issue since forming in October, the body voted unanimously last week to exclude the school systems from the charter or any charter discussions. The exclusion does not apply to the charter commission’s coming talks about how both school systems would be funded by one local government.