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1. First-Quarter Bankruptcies Remain Flat -

Bankruptcies in Shelby County were almost the same in number for the first three months of 2014 as they were for the first quarter of 2013.

There were 3,036 bankruptcies filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee in the first quarter, a slight increase from the 3,031 filed during the first quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

2. Wharton Takes Budget to City Council -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 15, that is supposed to be a departure for an administration that, since 2010, has come to the council with options instead of a total budget plan.

3. Milestone Year -

The day after First Tennessee Bank celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago by shooting fireworks over its Downtown Memphis headquarters, with executives and bank stakeholders mingling on a nearby hotel rooftop, the bank’s chairman, president and CEO looked back with pride at his bank’s long history.

4. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

5. Conference to Present Power of Networks -

The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.

But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.

6. UTHSC Vice Chancellor Wins Health Care Award -

Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Nashville-based Council on Workforce Innovation.

7. UTHSC Vice Chancellor Wins Health Care Award -

Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Nashville-based Council on Workforce Innovation.

8. Council Unhappy With Budget Plans So Far -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got a rough reception at the Tuesday, April 1, Memphis City Council session as it set the stage for Wharton’s budget proposal to come in two weeks.

9. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity -

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.

10. Berger Withdraws From Commission Race -

In a somewhat abrupt turnaround, Memphis businessman Taylor Berger has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Shelby County Commission about a month after announcing his intent to run for the District 5 seat.

11. Backlog Backlash -

The first thing Veronica Coleman-Davis wanted to do was take a look at where thousands of untested rape kits had been stored over the last 30 years.

The former U.S. attorney is investigating how the backlog came to be. It’s an effort that, until her appointment in February by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., had been pointed at clearing the backlog with no answers from any of the players in the criminal justice system about how the backlog happened in the first place.

12. ‘Bigger and Better’ -

At a benefit concert earlier this month at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra, one audience member was noticeably moved during a performance of “Capriccio Espagnol,” a piece based on Spanish folk melodies from the late 1800s by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov.

13. Spring Break Cleanup -

In perfect spring break weather, college students from around the country gathered on McKellar Lake as Daft Punk and Pharrell tunes pumped out of a boat-mounted sound system.

And since March 1, that spring break crowd has been filling a trash barge with what is expected to be 150,000 pounds of concrete, plastic bottles, discarded dolls, other toys and tires by the time the effort concludes on March 20.

14. First Tennessee Celebrates 150th Anniversary -

First Tennessee Bank is using Abraham Lincoln’s famed top hat as a symbol of the milestone the venerable financial institution is celebrating this year.

15. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

16. Businessman Berger Tosses Hat Into Political Ring -

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger was thinking about it pretty much until the last minute Tuesday, Feb. 18, when he pressed send on an email that announced his intention to run for a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

17. City Council Reviews Raleigh Springs Mall Plan -

Memphis City Council members get their first public detailed look Tuesday, Feb. 4, of an “urban renewal” plan for the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

18. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

The item was added onto the commission’s agenda by chairman James Harvey who said he could because it was “time sensitive.”

19. Shelby County Bankruptcy Filings Flat in 2013 -

Bankruptcies in Shelby County stayed below 13,000 in 2013 with a slight increase over 2012 and 2011, as tracked by The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

20. ‘Tax Dead’ Program Clears First Hurdle -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy scrambled Monday, Jan. 13, to overcome some of the nagging questions about an anti-blight initiative aimed at “tax dead” properties and overcame most of them for now.

21. Billingsley Is Newest County Commissioner As "Tax Dead" Program Advances -

Former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

On the second ballot Monday, Jan. 13, commissioners appointed Billingsley to fill the vacancy created by the resignation this month of Wyatt Bunker, who became mayor of Lakeland last year.

22. United Housing Raises Funds for United Way -

United Housing Inc., the nonprofit affordable housing agency that serves families in Memphis, Shelby County and West Tennessee, raised more than $4,300 for the United Way of the Mid-South during a recent internal campaign.

23. Oakhaven Warehouse Sells for $1.2 Million -

4300 Air Trans Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Buyer: Chob Realty LLC
Seller: Tenn Trans LLC
Loan Amount: $950,000
Loan Date: Dec. 19, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: BankPlus
Details: The 109,626-square-foot warehouse at 4300 Air Trans Road in Oakhaven has traded hands for $1.2 million.

24. United Housing Receives $10,000 Education Grant -

United Housing Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

25. Mid-South Food Bank Files $1.6 Million Loan -

Mid-South Food Bank has filed a $1.6 million on its newly acquired property at 3834 Knight Road in Oakhaven.

26. United Housing Receives $10,000 Education Grant -

United Housing Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

27. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

28. Brown Launches County Commission Campaign -

In a Midtown apartment last week, Jake Brown gathered his friends and friends of those friends to launch his campaign for a seat on the Shelby County Commission in the 2014 county elections.

29. 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.

30. ‘Tremendous Success’ -

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

In between studying for her classes, she works at the university bookstore. She has a support system for help with important decisions and any obstacles she encounters. And in conversation, she’s upbeat and enthusiastic about her future.

31. Council Weighs Crosstown, AutoZone Park Deals -

Memphis City Council members could complete financing Tuesday, Dec. 3, of the Crosstown project. And there will be a move by some on the council to delay any decision on the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park.

32. Choosing Memphis Right Path for Carroll -

Although John Carroll didn’t grow up a part of Memphis, the city has become a part of him.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native moved here in 2004, and has become a force for good with his City Leadership consulting group and Choose901 initiative.

33. Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence -

Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.

34. 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.

35. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

36. Flipping the Switch -

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., had become increasingly interested over the years in energy efficiency, sustainability and alternate energy sources when he saw homes in New Orleans being rebuilt with solar panels.

37. Transplants Foundation Names New CEO -

The National Foundation for Transplants has a new leader.

The foundation has appointed Connie Gonitzke to serve as president and CEO of the Memphis-based national nonprofit.

Gonitzke rose through the foundation’s ranks, joining the organization in 2002 as a patient advocate before being appointed director of resource development in 2006 and senior vice president of development in 2008.

38. TN eShare Direct Project Passes Milestone -

A growing number of local physicians are adopting Direct technology for the secure transferal of electronic medical records, and many more are expected to hop the wave in the next few months. Just in the first half of this month, the number of early adopters of the Direct system has surged from less than 1,000 to more than 1,400 in Tennessee.

39. AutoZone Park Deal Resurfaces at Crucial Time -

The Christmas tree in the plaza of AutoZone Park is more than a reminder of the holiday season.

The tree serves as a reminder for the tight timeframe that awaits a proposal for a city government purchase of the baseball park as the St. Louis Cardinals baseball franchise buys the Memphis Redbirds ball club, the Cardinals AAA minor league affiliate.

40. National Foundation for Transplants Names New CEO -

The National Foundation for Transplants has a new leader.

The foundation has appointed Connie Gonitzke to serve as president and CEO of the Memphis-based national nonprofit.

Gonitzke rose through the foundation’s ranks, joining the organization in 2002 as a patient advocate before being appointed director of resource development in 2006 and senior vice president of development in 2008.

41. MLGW Conference Focuses on Future -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will be hosting a training and networking event for faith and nonprofit leaders Friday, Nov. 8.

The MLGW Business of Service Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MLGW Training Center, 4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

42. Grant Helps HopeWorks Expand GED Program -

Last month, Andy Burgess of Memphis received his GED diploma. With his sights set on a career in the transportation industry, Burgess knew the high school equivalency certificate would make him a more viable job candidate.

43. UT Medical Group Names New Chief Medical Officer -

UT Medical Group Inc. has named Brad Canada as chief medical officer.

44. UT Medical Group Names New Chief Medical Officer -

UT Medical Group Inc. has named Brad Canada as chief medical officer.

45. Cleveland Brings Legal Skills to PeopleCap -

Howard Cleveland has brought a unique set of skills and perspective to his role as principal of PeopleCap, the boutique human resources firm he co-founded in 2012.

46. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Creating Jobs -

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust generated 203 jobs from Jan. 1, 2012, through June 30 of this year, a feat that was honored in Inc. Magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards.

47. Healthy Memphis Common Table Marks 10 Years of Promoting Health -

With a motto of “eat healthy, eat less and move more,” Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT) has made its mark in the local community during the past decade, encouraging the public to lead healthier lifestyles and to “get activated” with their health and health care options.

48. Fright Nights -

Although his official title is owner and operator of Hauntedweb of Horrors in Cordova, Patrick French’s friends and colleagues call him The Haunt Master.

49. Organizations Honored For Homebuyer Education -

United Housing Inc. and the Binghampton Development Corp. have been recognized by the state for their role in creating homebuyer education programs.

50. Council Approves Beale Deal, Delays Highland McDonald's -

Memphis City Council members sent a plan Tuesday, Oct. 15, to settle the last barrier to direct day to day city control of the Beale Street entertainment district to a federal bankruptcy judge.

The council approved a resolution that would use $400,000 from a dormant city fund related to the abandoned Midtown interstate corridor and $100,000 in revenues it has collected from the Beale Street district to pay off a loan Beale Street developer John Elkington took out for improvements he made to Handy Park.

51. Organizations Honored for Homebuyer Education -

United Housing Inc. and the Binghampton Development Corp. have been recognized by the state for their role in creating homebuyer education programs.

52. Room Service -

Hilton Worldwide celebrates its second Global Week of Service this week, and more than 700 Hilton employees are working locally on community involvement projects, such as this year’s signature event at the Pilgrim’s Rest housing facility, 747 Court Ave.

53. Helping the Homeless -

Genesis House, a shelter for homeless men and women run by Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, is doubling its capacity for veterans suffering from mental illness and addiction. The home is expanding from five to 10 the number of beds reserved for veterans – good news for the organization following the closure of two of its other programs for the homeless earlier this year because of a lack of new funding.

54. Council Delays Sanitation Changes -

Memphis City Council members put off a final vote Tuesday, Oct. 1, on raising the city’s monthly solid waste fee until December citing an upcoming fix to the city’s pension fund liability crisis.

55. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

56. Affordable Care Act -

On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.

Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.

57. Start Co. Retools Website in Push to Evolve -

Start Co., a nonprofit working as a hub of public-private efforts to kick-start new entrepreneurial ventures in Memphis, has launched a new website as the group continues to shift from serving as a local startup resource to becoming a more robust venture development entity.

58. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Values -

The Kindness Revolution, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of values like kindness in leadership, customer service, schools and communities, has honored Evolve Bank & Trust as the “Kind Company of the Month.”

59. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Values -

The Kindness Revolution, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of values like kindness in leadership, customer service, schools and communities, has honored Evolve Bank & Trust as the “Kind Company of the Month.”

60. Nonprofit Alliance Retools Logo, Website, Message -

About this time last year, CEO Nancy McGee of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence decided to evaluate the organization’s internal and external messaging.

61. Open Enrollment Approaching for Insurance Exchange -

With open enrollment for purchasing health insurance from the federally run Tennessee health insurance exchange set to begin on Oct. 1, local health care organizations are preparing with operational changes and plans for educating patients.

62. Kyle: Lottery Reserve Should Go to College Completion -

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to use some of the surplus funds from the Tennessee lottery to pay for more Tennesseans to resume and complete college.

63. Nonprofit Alliance Expanding, Moving -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence is expanding and plans to move from 5100 Poplar Ave. to 1919 Lynnfield Road, Suite 200, in September.

64. Conference Promotes Women Business Ownership -

Marketing firm owner Amy Howell could write a book on her experience as a female business owner. As a matter of fact, she has.

65. Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Expanding, Moving -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence is expanding and plans to move from 5100 Poplar Ave. to 1919 Lynnfield Road, Suite 200, in September.

66. Four Memphis Startups Win Spots in ‘The TENN’ -

Memphis’ startup community continues collecting recognition beyond the city limits to go along with the steady attraction of new platforms, investments, mentors and programs for startups here.

67. United Housing Places 3,000th Homeowner -

Lisa Brice was living in a Memphis-area townhouse with her two teenage daughters when the water was turned off in the community back in January.

68. Martin’s Program Keeps Girls Engaged in STEM Fields -

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit providing girls ages 6-18 with after-school and summer programs, field trips and college tours.

69. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will host a conversation with Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and author of “Making the Impossible, Possible,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Strickland’s topic is “The Art of Leadership & The Business of Social Change.” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or call 543-3571.

70. Christ Community Health Services Names Hollabaugh Development Director -

Bonnie Hollabaugh has joined nonprofit Christ Community Health Services, the largest primary care provider in Memphis, as director of development. Hollabaugh’s nonprofit development experience includes extensive work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Girls Inc. of Memphis and Hutchison School.

71. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

72. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

73. Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career -

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.

74. Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career -

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.

75. 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.

76. Judge Stops Nineteenth Century Club Work -

A Shelby County Chancery Court Judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the owners of the historic Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue from doing any work on the property for 10 days.

77. 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.

78. Urban Child Institute Devoted to Helping Memphis Kids -

There is a persistent and ever widening divide in our country between those who have plenty and those who suffer poverty.

Nowhere are the effects of that divide more harmful, and often irreversible, than in the lives of the children born into poverty. It is in the experiences of those early years, from conception through age three, when the brain develops to 80 percent of its capacity, that a course for long-term well-being is set.

79. Community Forums Help Parents Navigate School Changes -

As students and their parents gear up for going back to the school, a local campaign is holding a series of forums throughout the city to educate families on what to expect for the inaugural school year of the consolidated countywide school system.

80. 2014 County Commission Candidates Mapping Strategy -

A map may be one of the most valuable tools of the coming campaign season for the Shelby County Commission.

Two contenders in the 2014 commission races and elections kicked off a joint fundraiser in East Memphis last week with campaign handouts that included a map of the districts they are each running in.

81. 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.

82. Failure to File Reports Endangers Human Services’ Federal Funding -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Human Services has terminated its former budget coordinator after an audit found he failed to file reports to the federal government.

According to The Tennessean, the audit stated Adeniyi Bakare had problems filing documents online for millions of dollars' worth of federally funded programs. Auditors said Bakare didn't contact federal agencies to see why the errors occurred.

83. Advisory Board to Examine Community Health Needs -

Dr. David Stern, executive dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has launched a unique effort to address community health needs in Memphis.

“It’s my belief that a medical school has a very unique opportunity to interact with the community,” Stern said. “I consider our community to be a very important laboratory – it is an underserved, minority community that is in ill health. The biggest contribution we can make is to move the needle on overall community health and to develop new methods that we can apply to other communities like Memphis.”

84. Online Degree Program Launches in Tennessee -

An adult online degree program promoted by Gov. Bill Haslam opens Tuesday in Tennessee.

WPLN-FM reports legislators were hesitant to spend $5 million to open an office of Western Governors University, which targets people who have some college credit but never finished a degree.

85. Senate Panel OKs Bill Banning Anti-Gay Job Bias -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gay rights advocates notched another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

86. Online Degree Program Launches in Tennessee -

An adult online degree program promoted by Gov. Bill Haslam opens Tuesday in Tennessee.

WPLN-FM reports legislators were hesitant to spend $5 million to open an office of Western Governors University, which targets people who have some college credit but never finished a degree.

87. Food Desert Oasis -

Most urban neighborhoods in Memphis don’t have access to a traditional grocery store that offers fresh and affordable food.

While these urban areas lack grocery stories, fast food restaurants and convenience stores are often plentiful.

88. Report: Delays Possible for Tennessee’s Uninsured -

A government watchdog report released last week pointed to delays in setting up consumer assistance programs in states that have opted for federally run health insurance marketplaces, like Tennessee.

89. Survey: Poverty Rising for State’s Kids -

More Tennessee families are trying to raise children in the face of poverty and homelessness, according to an annual survey released Monday, June 24, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The number of Tennessee children living in poverty increased to 26 percent in 2011, compared with 21 percent in 2005, before the recession. About 34 percent of the state’s children lack secure employment, while an estimated 35 percent live in a household with a high housing cost burden, the survey found. Overall, Tennessee ranks No. 39 for the overall economic well-being of children.

90. New Labor Chief Says Job Searches Should Be Easier -

The state labor chief says cutting services at state jobless service centers shouldn’t make it harder for out-of-work Tennesseans to find jobs.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/13NyR50), Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips told the legislative Fiscal Review Committee last week that coming changes should make it easier to search for jobs.

91. Commission Approves Budget and 1st Reading of Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners approved an operating budget for Shelby County government Monday and approved on the first of three reading a $4.38 property tax rate to fund that budget.

The votes that signal the end of the county’s budget season came after a prolonged commission debate about the basic role of county government.

92. Scenic Tennessee Launches Anti-Litter Campaign -

The nonprofit group Scenic Tennessee is promoting an anti-litter campaign that combines music, scenic photography and community cleanups with online videos and social networking.

The effort begins Saturday, June 1, with a month-long Pickin’ Up Tennessee tour designed to drive home the campaign’s message: Love the land. Lose the litter.

93. Bolding Advocates For Underserved Market -

Some people get up early to look at the sports pages or comics in the local newspaper, but Tim Bolding wakes up early to look at foreclosure notices.

94. School Board Keeps Uniform Status Quo, Rejects Union Representation -

Countywide school board members agreed Tuesday, May 28, that for the new school year to come, students will follow whatever uniform or dress code they had last school year in their respective schools.

95. Scenic Tennessee Launches Anti-Litter Campaign -

The nonprofit group Scenic Tennessee is promoting an anti-litter campaign that combines music, scenic photography and community cleanups with online videos and social networking.

The effort begins Saturday, June 1, with a month-long Pickin’ Up Tennessee tour designed to drive home the campaign’s message: Love the land. Lose the litter.

96. Love of Public Service Drives Caldwell to Law School Role -

In 2008, the Tennessee Supreme Court laid out a strategic plan to get attorneys more involved in pro bono work.

Though it isn’t required of the state’s professionals, there is an inspirational goal of 50 hours per year of public service that is heavily encouraged by the justices.

97. Commitment to Memphis Shows in Wolowicz’s Work -

Melissa Wolowicz is up with the chickens every morning, working to make Memphis a better place.

The new vice president of development for BRIDGES has been raising chickens in her backyard since she, husband Shawn and son Grayson moved into Midtown and a house shaded by a canopy of trees.

98. Registration Begins for Dragon Boat Races -

Registration for the Third Annual Duncan-Williams Dragon Boat Races is open.

The event will be held Oct. 5 at Mud Island River Park. Its title sponsor is Memphis-based Duncan-Williams Inc., and the Tennessee Clean Water Network is a beneficiary of the event.

99. Push Education Bills in Final Days of Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – As the 108th Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close, state lawmakers are hoping to push through education proposals that include creating a state panel to authorize charter schools for five counties and a measure that would clear the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems.

100. Elmwood’s McCollum Honored to be Part of City’s History -

Kim McCollum is at home in the company of Confederate generals, musicians, politicians, murderers and civil rights leaders.