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1. Events -

Graceland will host an Elvis birthday proclamation and cake-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the Graceland front lawn, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. Cost is free; cake and coffee will be served at the Chrome Grille after the ceremony. Visit elvis.com for other birthday events held through Saturday, Jan. 11.

2. Loeb Buys Union Avenue IHOP for $1.4 Million -

Loeb Properties Inc. has paid $1.4 million for the IHOP restaurant at 2060 Union Ave. in Midtown near Overton Square.

3. Study: Later Retirement May Help Prevent Dementia -

BOSTON (AP) – New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

4. Butler Snow Opens London Office -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Jackson, Miss., law firm of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada is announcing Tuesday the opening of an office on London.

The announcement is being made in London by Parliament members Hugh Bayley of the Labour Party, and Tobias Ellwood of the Conservative Party and former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Butler Snow.

5. Medical Supply Program Facing Delays, Scrutiny -

Less than a week before an effort to rein in billions of dollars in Medicare spending on home medical equipment is set to kick in, members of Congress and medical supply programs are pushing to delay the plan, saying some of the process has been mishandled and that the process lacks transparency.

6. Probate Judge Gomes Chose Legal Career to Help Others -

It was no joke when, on April 1, Kathleen Gomes was appointed by the Shelby County Commission to take the seat being vacated by retiring Probate Court Judge Robert Benham.

7. Countdown to Reform -

The Obama administration recently took the next step in implementing the new health care reform by laying out more specific guidelines regarding the health insurance market reforms. The Department of Health and Human Services published the new regulations on Nov. 20.

8. Report: Health Care Improving in Tennessee -

Health care is showing improvement in Tennessee thanks to some of the strongest health care plans in the South and an increased focus on patient-centered medical practices, according to the annual State of Health Care Quality report released Tuesday, Oct. 30, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

9. Ciaramitaro Joins Grace-St. Luke’s as School Counselor -

Licensed clinical social worker Courtney Ciaramitaro has joined Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as school counselor. She will work primarily with middle school students.

Hometown: Memphis

10. Hart Discusses Congressional Bid With The Memphis News -

Countywide school board member Tomeka Hart talked with The Memphis News editorial board this month about her candidacy in the Aug. 2 Democratic Congressional primary – a challenge of incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen in the 9th District.

11. Ex-US Rep. Tanner Joining Southeast Law Firm -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Union City is one of 37 additional attorneys to join an expanding major law firm's Nashville office.

12. Cohen Concerned Over Redistricting -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, got a closer look over the weekend at the proposed set of new district lines for his congressional district.

13. Cohen Expresses Concern Over Redistricting -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, got a closer look over the weekend at the proposed set of new district lines for his congressional district.

14. 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.

15. More Than 1 in 10 Parents Skip, Delay Kids' Shots -

CHICAGO (AP) – By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.

16. Ky.-Tenn. River Port Development Eyed -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The new project coordinator for the Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance Development Corp. says he will focus on three river ports in the five-county area.

17. $3 Million in Permits Filed For Hacks Cross Buildings -

3152 Hacks Cross Road and
3168 Hacks Cross Road

Permit Amounts: $1.4 million (3152 Hacks
Cross); $1.6 million (3168 Hacks Cross)

18. Lakeshore Ventures Finances I-240/Getwell Property -

Warren, Mich.-based Lakeshore Ventures LLC has financed five tracts totaling 34.1 acres near Getwell Road and Interstate 240 through PNC Bank NA for $4.3 million.

19. HGTV Show Features The Curtain Exchange -

Tim Tanner and Kip Meyer, owners of The Curtain Exchange of Memphis and Nashville, have been selected to be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck,” starring Monica Pederson, to be filmed this Wednesday and Saturday.

20. Tarrant Brings Voice Talents to the Airwaves -

It’s no secret that Hollywood and New York City are major centers for acting. But that major-market talent also can be found in Memphis.

Voice-over actor and producer Rick Tarrant, the owner of Memphis-based Rick Tarrant Productions, said the region has plenty of its own talent to boast about. That includes his own voice, which has been heard on a range of mediums, including Christian radio stations, commercials and Sirius XM.

21. Cohen Forecasts "Difficult" Year In Congress -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said earmarks have turned into “phonemarks” in the new Congressional reality. And that new reality will be “difficult” for the city.

22. Split Vote Takes Down Metro Charter Proposal -

The metro consolidation charter won a narrow victory with Memphis voters Tuesday but was crushed by Shelby County voters outside Memphis.

The first consolidation charter to go to voters in 39 years had to win both in Memphis and outside Memphis in order to consolidate the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments.

23. Election Day Promises Big Turnout -

The final election of 2010 on Tuesday could draw nearly half of Shelby County’s 603,000 voters.

That estimate is based on a healthy early voter turnout of 109,673 voters, or 18.2 percent of the county’s voters.

24. Outgoing Rep. Tanner Touts 8th District as Bipartisan -

Outgoing U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Union City says Congress is a more partisan place than it was 22 years ago when he arrived.

25. Herron Still Scolding Fincher for no Disclosure -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron said Tuesday that his opponent in the 8th Congressional District race should disclose financial documents like his fellow Republican congressional candidate in the 6th District.

26. Election Guide 2010 -

A rundown of the key issues and races that voters will decide when they go to the ballot  for early voting through Oct. 28 or on Election Day, Nov. 2.

GOVERNOR'S RACE

Tennessee voters choose a successor to Gov. Phil Bredesen in the Nov. 2 elections. Here’s a summary of where Democratic nominee Mike McWherter and Republican nominee Bill Haslam stand on the major issues:

27. Riverport Project North of Memphis is Funded -

A Mississippi riverport project north of Memphis in Lake County, Tenn., is getting $13 million in federal funding to complete the work, which includes an industrial park.

U.S. Rep. John Tanner, who represents the northwest Tenn. area, announced the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the Cates Landing port.

28. Early Voters Face Slate of Local, Statewide Races -

Shelby County voters begin making their choices Wednesday as early voting in advance of the Nov. 2 Election Day gets under way.

Early voting sites, 21 in all, open Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. – all at the same time and with the same hours through Oct. 23, the end of the early voting period.

29. Flinn's Contributions Now $2.45M in 8th District -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis radiologist and broadcaster George Flinn has given another $450,000 to his bid for the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District on top of the $2 million he spent on his campaign through the first half of the year.

30. Candidates Pour Own Money Into Congressional Races -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Primary contests for each of Tennessee's three open congressional seats feature at least one candidate spending a hefty amount of their own money in efforts to secure the Republican nomination.

31. Dems Scale Back Bill to Woo Votes for Jobless Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are struggling to extend unemployment benefits before they go on vacation next week as they work to ease concerns among jittery lawmakers being hammered over deficit spending.

32. House Votes to Honor Tanner After 11 Terms in Congress -

The Tennessee House has passed a resolution to honor the congressional service of U.S. Rep. John Tanner.

33. McWherter Travels to DC For Campaign Fundraiser -

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter is looking to pick up some campaign cash in Washington in the aftermath of a disappointing fundraising quarter.

McWherter on Monday posted a picture on his Twitter account of a fundraising meeting with Democratic U.S. Reps. John Tanner and Bart Gordon, former U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser and former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall.

34. Heavy Fundraising in Open US House Seats in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Candidates for three open congressional seats in Tennessee have reported heavy fundraising activity through the first quarter.

The retirements of Republican Zach Wamp of Chattanooga and Democratic Reps. Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro and John Tanner of Union City have led to spirited campaigns to succeed them in the U.S. House.

35. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries -

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

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

36. UPDATE: Tanner To Vote No On Obama Health Care Bill -

U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Union City announced Sunday afternoon that he will vote against the White House health care reform bill.

37. State’s Blue Dogs Hold Crucial Votes In Health Care Bill -

Tennessee is a pivotal state for the passage or failure of national health care reform because its Blue Dog Democrat members of Congress may hold potential swing votes.

U.S. Reps. John Tanner, Bart Gordon and Lincoln Davis all voted against the more expensive House bill for health care reform, but may support the Senate’s bill, said Kathleen Stoll, the deputy director of Families USA.

38. Memphis' Kyle Drops Out of Governor's Race -

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis is out of the Democratic primary race for governor.

Kyle, the Senate Democratic leader, withdrew in an afternoon news conference in Nashville.

39. Kyle Says Bid For Governor Hit Wall -  

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis is out of the Democratic primary race for governor.

Kyle, the Senate Democratic leader, withdrew in a Friday news conference in Nashville.

“I was certainly going to have to win this campaign on message instead of money – the general election,” Kyle told The Daily News after the press conference.

But Kyle acknowledged he suffered money problems in a spirited primary field on the way to the Aug. 5 ballot.

Kyle entered the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in August at the University of Memphis. He pledged to freeze the tuition of students at Tennessee colleges and universities at the amount they pay in their freshman year. He also has been closely aligned with outgoing Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen guiding much of the administration’s legislation through a House and Senate that are majority Republican.

“Not to make excuses, but we weren’t the first guy. We were the last guy,” Kyle said. “We had ground to make up. We were making that ground up.”

The Democratic field now lines up to be Jackson businessman Mike McWherter and former state legislative leader Kim McMillan of Clarksville. Two other contenders dropped out in December. State Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden dropped out to run for the 8th Congressional District seat when John Tanner announced he would not seek re-election. Nashville businessman Ward Cammack also called it a day in December and later endorsed Kyle’s campaign.

“I was real optimistic,” Kyle said of his fundraising at the start of the year.

Kyle reported earlier in February that his campaign had raised more than $740,000 and had $580,000 in cash on hand. Kyle had loaned his own campaign $300,000.

The amount represented a “wall” Kyle said he couldn’t surmount once the legislative session began in January. Legislators are banned by state law from holding fundraisers during a legislative session.

“We got a lot of endorsements. We had as much money as our opponents – at least the Democratic opponents,” Kyle said. “We felt like we had a lot going our way. Then the session began. … It just seemed to me that every week the campaign kept running slower and slower and slower. My time being devoted to what I have to do up here, I just wasn’t getting where I need to go.”

Kyle’s exit leaves Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons in the GOP primary as the only Memphis contender for governor.

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40. Outsider Image So Hot Even Ex-Insiders Want It -

NEW YORK (AP) - Ask national Republicans to name a model 2010 congressional candidate, and they're likely to mention Stephen Fincher. A 37-year-old farmer and gospel singer from Frog Jump, Tenn., Fincher has raised more than $675,000 in his bid to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. John Tanner.

41. Changes Proposed in How Psychiatrists Diagnose -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't say "mental retardation" – the new term is "intellectual disability." No more diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome – call it a mild version of autism instead. And while "behavioral addictions" will be new to doctors' dictionaries, "Internet addiction" didn't make the cut.

42. Ford Expected to Run for County Mayor -

After a tumultuous year of political upheaval in 2009, the 2010 campaign season has belatedly come to life.

Democrat Harold Byrd’s decision not to run for Shelby County mayor late last month and Republican Mark Luttrell’s decision this week to get in the race have shaken the political atmosphere out of its post-New Year doldrums.

43. House Agrees to $1.9 Trillion More Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday voted to allow the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper in debt – or about $6,000 more for every U.S. resident.

The measure, approved 217-212, would raise the cap on federal borrowing to $14.3 trillion. That's enough to keep Congress from having to vote again before the November elections on an issue that is feeding a sense among voters that the government is spending too much and putting future generations under a mountain of debt to do it.

44. Cohen Readies for Primary With $1M on Hand -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, has more than $1 million on hand as he gears up for a primary challenge by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

45. Herron Hires Veteran Operative for US House Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Sen. Roy Herron has hired veteran political operative Carol Andrews as a senior adviser to his campaign to succeed fellow Democrat John Tanner in Congress.

46. 8th District Candidate Janes Drops Out of GOP Race -

BRIGHTON, Tenn. (AP) - A Republican candidate running to succeed Rep. John Tanner in Congress says he will now run as an independent.

47. GOP's Stephen Fincher Nets $320K for Congress Bid -

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Republican congressional candidate Stephen Fincher's campaign announced Wednesday it raised about $320,000 in the fourth quarter.

Fincher is seeking to replace Democratic Rep. John Tanner, who announced in December he won't seek a 12th term.

48. Tenn. State Sen. Herron has $675K for Congress Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Sen. Roy Herron said Monday he has accumulated more than $675,000 in his bid to succeed fellow Democrat John Tanner in Congress.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. Black Joins Race to Succeed Gordon in Congress -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin announced Thursday she is joining the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.

52. Tenn. Democrat Lincoln Davis Plans to Run in 2010 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis said he will run again, unlike two Democratic congressional colleagues who have decided against seeking re-election in Tennessee districts that Republicans are eager to take in 2010.

53. Tenn. Rep. Gordon Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Bart Gordon, a 13-term congressman from Tennessee, announced Monday he will not seek re-election next year, the latest Democrat in a string of retirements.

Gordon, 60, won re-election easily last year, garnering 74 percent of the vote, but was still on a list of Democrats targeted by Republicans in midterm elections.

54. Democrat Luther Mercer II Declares Run for Tanner Seat -

Educator Luther Mercer II has announced he will run for the Democratic nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. John Tanner in Congress.
Thirty-four-year-old Mercer is a Jackson, Tenn., native who works as coordinator of global education for St. George’s Independent School in Collierville and teaches classes at Bethel College.
Mercer told The Jackson Sun that his family history of public service and international experience from studying and working in Egypt, China and Italy have helped prepare him for the job.
Mercer is the son of political activist Shirlene Mercer, who worked as a district field director for Tanner, and Madison County Commissioner Luther Mercer.
He joins state Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden in the Democratic field. Crockett County farmer Stephen Fincher and network engineer Donn Janes of Brighton have declared for the Republican nomination.

55. Bredesen: Democrats See Tough Race in 8th District -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen said Monday that the West Tennessee congressional seat being vacated by Rep. John Tanner won't be easy for his party to hold on to next year.

56. Analysts: Herron Has Slight Edge in 8th District -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - As a political battle begins taking shape in Tennessee's 8th congressional district, Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron's name recognition gives him a slight advantage over GOP newcomer Stephen Fincher, political analysts say.

57. Democrat Ward Cammack Drops Out of Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville businessman Ward Cammack on Thursday became the second Democrat to drop out of the governor's race this week.

Cammack in a press release said he is ending his campaign because "long-standing political alliances proved impenetrable and fund raising ground to a halt."

58. Herron Drops Governor’s Race For Congress Bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron says he is dropping his gubernatorial bid to seek the northwest Tennessee congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. John Tanner.

59. Tanner Retires From Congress -

John Tanner is retiring from Congress. The 8th District Union City Democrat confirmed reports Tuesday evening that he had decided not to seek re-election in the 2010 elections and was informing Democratic leaders in the House.

He issued a written statement Tuesday evening.

Here is the full text of that statement:

"Other than wearing the military uniform of my country, I can think of no higher privilege than serving in public office with the consent of free men and women. Betty Ann and I have been honored and humbled by the support granted us through the years. The many kindnesses and friendships extended to us are something we cherish and for which we will be forever grateful.

"When we were first elected to Congress some 21 years ago, I agreed, as I do now, with our predecessor, Ed Jones, that 20 years was an appropriate amount of time to serve, with the voters' consent.

"Betty Ann and I had considered retiring in 2007 at the end of the 110th Congress, were it not for the fact that our nation had the chance to elect an American as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at this critical moment in the war in Afghanistan. However, we believed we owed it to our country to stay and fulfill this term of office as NATO PA President. This mandate expires in November 2010, and therefore, we have made the decision not to seek re-election to Congress.

"No one could have asked for a more dedicated staff to help countless thousands of our constituents. Long hours, nights and weekends are not uncommon in our offices. We look forward to continuing this service to the 8th District next year through the end of the 111th Congress.

"Our nation faces many severe and unrelenting problems. I will stay active on these matters and continue my efforts with the Blue Dogs and others of good will to help our citizens come together for the future of our children and grandchildren.

"No road in public life is travelled alone. Betty Ann and our children have sacrificed much over these years, and for them and for me, we say a simple and heartfelt 'thank you.' It has truly been our friends and supporters who have made this journey possible."

With a Republican majority in the Tennessee State House and State Senate going into the once a decade redistricting process, Tanner’s district was expected to become more Republican.

Tanner was a founder of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democratic house members. Defense and military issues in the post Cold War era were Tanner's areas of expertise.

In recent years, his positions -- first as head of the American delegation to NATO's parliamentary assembly and then as president of NATO's parliamentary assembly -- gave Tanner a key vantage point as well as a voice in the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and NATO's response to controversial Russian military moves in its former Soviet republics.

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60. UPDATE: Tanner Won't Seek Re-Election in 2010 -

John Tanner is retiring from Congress. The 8th District Union City Democrat confirmed reports earlier this evening that he had decided not to seek re-election in the 2010 elections.

61. Greenville, S.C., Publisher Elected SNPA President -

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Steve Brandt, president and publisher of The Greenville (S.C.) News, was elected president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association during the SNPA's annual convention Monday.

62. GOP Group Touts Candidate To Challenge Rep. Tanner -

The National Republican Congressional Committee is touting Crockett County farmer Stephen Fincher’s bid to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tanner in next year’s election.

63. Mattila’s Visitation, Memorial Service Today -

About five months ago, Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila stood in his backyard in Millington and told several dozen people he would be running in the 2010 county elections.

In the barn just a few yards away were signs for the coming campaign and from past ones Mattila had worked over the years.

64. Tenn. Congressmen Trying to Avoid Town Halls -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee congressional members returning to the state are trying to answer questions about health care legislation while avoiding raucous town hall meetings that have turned into shouting matches.

65. Timing Perfect For Holder’s Visit -

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s stop in Memphis this week came at a critical time for U.S. Department of Justice operations in West Tennessee.

The U.S. Attorney’s office is awaiting the appointment of a new chief prosecutor by President Barack Obama. Local U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and John Tanner, D-Union City, have been consulted by the administration, which took up residence seven months ago in the White House. Larry Laurenzi has been acting U.S. attorney since the resignation of David Kustoff took effect in May 2008.

66. Tanner Announces New Social Security Call Center -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Tanner has announced that a new call center for Social Security beneficiaries will be based in Jackson and employ about 175 workers.

Tanner, who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, was in West Tennessee on Monday with Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue for the announcement.

67. Tanner’s Office Calls for Bill Changes -

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 needs changes to better protect small, independent farmers, according to the office of U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn.

68. 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.

69. Democrats Pull Off Commission Trick -

Before this week’s meeting of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Steve Mulroy was offering magic tricks. Moving a foam cup with static electricity was the trick of the day at that point.

70. Details Emerge in Stanford Fraud Case -

Word of the $50 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a New York businessman was still a hot topic in the investment community when a note to depositors appeared on Stanford International Bank’s Web site.

71. US Rep. John Tanner Leads NATO Legislators Group -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Tanner has been elected president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, an organization made up of legislators from all 26 member nations.

72. Tennessee’s Tanner Prepares For 20th Year in Congress -

John Tanner will mark 20 years in Congress when he returns to Washington in January. The Union City, Tenn., Democratic U.S. representative is running unopposed on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

73. Events -

The International Business Council will hold its first Breakfast Series session today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Memphis Regional Chamber, 22 N. Front St. The session is titled “International Protocol: How to Approach the Relationship Side of Global Commerce.” Cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3541.

74. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East, 5795 Poplar Ave. The programs are titled “Pathways to Excellence Recognition Awards Program” by Doris Goode and “Certification Update” by Judy Carmichael. Cost is $20 to attend. For reservations, contact Dianne Cordaro at 287-6009 or cordarod@lebonheur.org.

75. Area Reps. Split on Bailout Bill -

The Memphis area’s three U.S. representatives split along party lines in Monday’s House vote killing a $700 billion financial bailout bill.

Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Memphis and John Tanner of Union City voted for the plan. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Franklin voted no.

76. Homeland Security Grant To Protect MLGW Substations -

A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is on its way to Shelby County, a grant that’s intended to be used to protect Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division electrical substations from earthquakes.

77. Corps Approves Plans for New Reelfoot Spillway -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted the state a long-sought permit to build a new spillway at Reelfoot Lake.

"I'm extremely excited," Rep. Phillip Pinion, D-Union City, said on Monday. "For six years, we've been working diligently on this."

78. Tanner Stresses Importance of NATO in Light of Georgian Events -

As a tenuous cease-fire between Russian and Georgian military forces in Georgia held over the weekend, U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tennessee, was among those focused on the next response from the U.S. and its European allies.

79. Ranta Elected Treasurer Of Southern Arts Federation -

Frederick W. Smith, founder of FedEx, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Memphis. Smith is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. He oversees the company’s branches, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office. Smith has served on the boards of several companies, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Mayo Foundation. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council.

80. State Democratic Leaders Endorse Obama -

State Democratic officials are hoping to unify the party behind presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“In the months ahead we’re going to pull together and we’re going to make a difference in the state of Tennessee,” Gov. Phil Bredesen told a crowd at Nashville’s Swett’s Restaurant on Wednesday.

81. Few Surprises At Filing Deadline -

About half of Shelby County's delegation to the Tennessee Legislature won re-election at Thursday's filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 7 ballot.

Eight of the 16 state House seats had only one candidate - the incumbent. And all three of the state Senate seats on the ballot were incumbent-only affairs.

82. Primaries Heat Up as Filing Deadline Passes - The race for the Memphis 9th Congressional District seat will have no Republican contenders.

At Thursday’s deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 7 state and Congressional primaries, no Republicans had filed for the GOP primary.

83. Primaries Heat Up as Filing Deadline Passes - The race for the Memphis 9th Congressional District seat will have no Republican contenders.

At today’s deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 7 state and Congressional primaries, no Republicans had filed for the GOP primary.

84. Events -

The University of Memphis' Center for the Study of Rhetoric and Applied Communication will hold its fourth annual conference today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 215 of the Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. This year's topic is "Health and Rhetoric." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Simone Wilson at 678-4164.

85. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber will hold its Breakfast Forum today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. To R.S.V.P., contact Ericka Milford at emilford@memphischamber.com or 543-3518.

86. Union Ave. Office BuildingSells for $2 Million -      A nearly 16,000-square-foot, two-story office building at 2076 Union Ave. leased to dialysis provider DaVita Inc. has sold for $2 million to two tenants-in-common investment entities.
     Ro

87. Government Gets Involved in Storm Recovery Effort -

Two days before a swarm of tornadoes descended on Memphis and the region, emergency responders in Memphis and Shelby County began making plans in case Tuesday's approaching storm spawned tornadoes.

88. Tanner Says He'll Run for Re-Election to Congress -

NASHVILLE (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Tanner, a Democrat from Union City, says he plans to run for re-election for an 11th term.

Tanner, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected in 1988 and is a founding member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 47 moderate to conservative House Democrats.

89. Republicans, Democrats at Odds Over Paying for Middle-Class Tax Relief -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans say it's OK not to cover the $50 billion in revenue losses from Congress' annual alternative minimum tax fix to save millions of families from higher taxes - even as the GOP president counts on revenues from that higher levy to reduce the red ink in his budget.

90. Billboard Regulations Punted to Incoming Council Members -

When a Memphis City Council committee voted recently to put off a discussion on updating the city's outdated, loophole-filled sign and billboard ordinance, it was perhaps a reminder of the following: Some things never change.

91. U.S. Presence in Iraq too Expensive, Tanner Says -

The "surge" strategy is working in Iraq, said Tennessee Rep. John Tanner.

But the Union City Democrat told a Memphis audience over the weekend that it is working at an unsustainable cost. And Tanner said the relative peace it's brought hasn't led to the reconciliation of rival factions in Iraq.

92. Clear Channel Sues Property Owner to Keep Billboard -

Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. has filed suit in Shelby County Chancery Court against a property owner stuck with a dilapidated brick industrial building near Downtown Memphis that dates back to 1901.

Much of the value of the property - and the reason for the lawsuit - can be found on the building's roof. That's where a billboard towers high above the landscape and greets drivers on nearby Interstate 240.

93. Alexander Introduces BillTo Require Troop Report -      U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was one of eight senators - four each from the Democratic and Republican parties - who last week introduced a bill that, if passed, would require a report from the Bush administration

94. Cohen Speech Kicks OffFrontline Politics Series -      The Memphis Regional Chamber kicks off its popular speakers series Frontline Politics Friday evening with U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
     The event takes place at the Hilton Memphis at 7

95.  Tanner IntroducesIraq Planning Bill in Congress -      U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn., has introduced a bill in Congress he said would give congressional leaders more of a say in planning and strategy for Iraq.
     The bill - H.R. 3087, which ha

96. Tanner: Jackson Postal Operations Not Moving to Memphis -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service has decided not to fold Jackson's mail services into the Memphis Processing Center, U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn., announced Friday.

Tanner, who opposed the idea, said he was pleased with the decision.

97. Multimillion-Dollar Changes Planned For Unique Apartments in Medical District -

1116-1118 Poplar Ave. and
200 N. Waldran Blvd.
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 21, 2007

98. Stiff Competition, High Stakes Drive Billboard Industry -

A story goes that Franklin D. Roosevelt could draw a line across a map of the United States and name each county the line crossed, as well as that state's political party chairmen. Old hands in Memphis' billboard industry have a similar ability.

99. The Plot Thickens -

Shortly after losing the Democratic primary for a seat on the Shelby County Commission this past summer, Memphis businessman Joe Cooper left town to unwind and visit family members.

It had been a grueling campaign for the seat vacated by former Republican commissioner Bruce Thompson. Cooper, a former car salesman and well-known associate of the late Memphis billboard baron William B. Tanner, nevertheless decided to combine his family trip after the campaign with a little business.

100. 82 Acres on U.S. 61Sell for $1.3 Million -      Genesis Subdivision LLC has bought two lots totaling 81.51 acres on the east side of U.S. 61 South from Mark A. Conner for $1.3 million.
     Near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Horn Lake Ro