24. Mississippi Network Set for Child Medical, Mental Needs - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children's medical, mental and behavioral needs.
The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children's Home Services was announced Tuesday.25. Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.
An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.26. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.27. Avoiding Heartache - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Grizzlies had just watched the Golden State Warriors score 14 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a 100-93 victory. Yet Memphis coach Dave Joerger rejected the notion that the Grizzlies, who also happened to miss their last seven shots in the fourth quarter, had lost the game more than the Warriors had won it.28. Senate Nears Passage of Jobless-Benefits Bill - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year.29. Lebanon’s Pody Works for Amendment Passage - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Helping people with insurance requires the ability to plan for multiple scenarios.
That’s something Rep. Mark Pody, a Republican from Lebanon, Tenn., has taken with him to the Tennessee General Assembly, and he says it helps even when everyone is in agreement on a bill’s final outcome.30. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern - Monday, April 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.31. Alexander has $3.1 Million for Senate Campaign - Monday, April 07, 2014
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.
Alexander said he received formal notification on Thursday that he has qualified for the Aug. 7 primary. His eight opponents in the GOP nomination contest include state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn.32. Luttrell Wants Suburban Schools Consideration in Funding Split - Monday, April 07, 2014
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a pretty good idea what is on the $52.6 million capital spending “ask” list Shelby County Schools is sending his way.33. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 - Saturday, April 05, 2014
2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.34. State DCS Releases Child Death Figures - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.35. Steiner Resigns as CEO of GTx - Friday, April 04, 2014
Dr. Mitchell Steiner has resigned effective Thursday from being CEO and vice chairman of GTx, the Memphis-based company he co-founded.36. Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.37. Children's Services Releases Child Death Figures - Friday, April 04, 2014
Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.38. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit - Friday, April 04, 2014
The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.39. High Court Loosens Reins on Big Campaign Donors - Thursday, April 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.40. Haslam: No Threat Implied in VW Incentive Offer - Thursday, April 03, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says making a $300 million incentive package to Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality."41. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.42. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.43. Campfield Sticks to Goals of Smaller Government - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
For a decade, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been unafraid of making headlines.
First as a state representative, and then in the Senate, he’s spoken his mind and put forth legislation that meets his stated goals of shrinking government. 44. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.
With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.45. Deadline Dash: Health Care Sign-Ups Amid Glitches - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.46. Mississippi Governor Signs Criminal-Justice Overhaul Bill - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.
Bryant said House Bill 585, which becomes law July 1, will protect public safety and could save the state $266 million in prison expenses, spread over 10 years.47. Industrial Portfolio Sells for $43 Million - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
4550 Swinnea Road, 6005 Freeport Ave., 3399 E. Raines Road48. Judge Upholds Country of Origin Label for Meat - Monday, March 31, 2014
Sale Amounts: $10.1 million; $14.8 million; $18 million
WASHINGTON (AP) – Shoppers who want to buy American beef for dinner instead of meat from Canada or Mexico will still be able to find the country of origin on the label.
A federal appeals court ruling Friday allows the government to go forward with rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry attempted to block the rules, which went into effect last year, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer.49. Brown’s Contempt Hearing Reflects Political Skirmish - Monday, March 31, 2014
Joe Brown’s bid to unseat District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the 2014 elections probably wasn’t supposed to begin this way – in a courtroom dispute with Juvenile Court that has nothing to do with Weirich.50. Ramsey: Pay Raises, Higher Ed Funding Face Cuts - Monday, March 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.51. Effort to Rewrite Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails - Saturday, March 29, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel’s will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.52. Ogle Appointed County Historian - Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian.53. Bailey Files for Circuit Court Return - Saturday, March 29, 2014
Former Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey filed his qualifying petition Wednesday, March 26, to run for Circuit Court Judge Division 3 in the August judicial elections.
Bailey filed one week before the April 3 deadline for candidates in those nonpartisan races and as well as the state and federal primaries on the ballot. He also had pulled a petition to possibly run for judge of Circuit Court Division 1.54. Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue - Saturday, March 29, 2014
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has walked a fine line since announcing a year ago that the state would not accept federal funding for an expansion of TennCare, Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, at least for now.55. US Economic Growth for 4th Quarter Revised Higher - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.56. Sebelius Visits Nashville to Push Health Exchange - Friday, March 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday to urge Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.57. Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great - Friday, March 28, 2014
So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?
Great? Not even coach Josh Pastner has settled on that word.
Respectable? It was much more than that. You may be tired of hearing Pastner say it, but it is true the Tigers stayed in the national rankings until the final Associated Press poll right before the NCAA Tournament.58. Clash of Contenders - Friday, March 28, 2014
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.
He was on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s short list of recommendations for an open federal judgeship, a White House appointment he said he knew he might not get “the first time.”59. Report: Digital Sites Bring Momentum to News - Thursday, March 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday.60. Senate Sponsor Says Compromise Near on Common Core - Thursday, March 27, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of a contentious proposal to delay further implementation of Tennessee's Common Core education standards for two years said Tuesday that a compromise is close on the legislation.61. Bailey Files for Circuit Court Return - Thursday, March 27, 2014
Former Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey filed his qualifying petition Wednesday, March 26, to run for Circuit Court Judge Division 3 in the August judicial elections.
Bailey filed one week before the April 3 deadline for candidates in those nonpartisan races and as well as the state and federal primaries on the ballot.62. Time to Ignore Financial Predictions - Thursday, March 27, 2014
Ray’s Take. Financial “experts” like to make predictions about what the markets, the economy and sundry other things financial will do in the months ahead. At the beginning of 2013, one well-known economist predicted 2013 would bring 50 percent unemployment alongside a 90 percent drop in the stock market. Thankfully, he was about as far off the mark as you can get. What’s in store for 2014?63. Effort to Rewrite Tennessee Whiskey Law Fails - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.64. Ogle Appointed Shelby County Historian - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian.65. Crunch Time - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The regular season is down to 12 games and the Grizzlies are a season-high 14 games over .500 at 42-28. They have a 10-game home winning streak.
As forward Zach Randolph said, “This is the best time to be peaking.”66. Common Core Spawns Widespread Political Fights - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.67. The Daily News Claims Four Awards - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Daily News and The Memphis News earned first place honors over the weekend for editorials in the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors awards.
The editorials were judged the best among Division 3 newspapers across the state of Tennessee, newspapers with a circulation of up to 15,000.68. Tigers Season Ends On Common Theme - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.69. School Board to Vote on $52.6 Million Capital Funding - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Shelby County Schools board members take up a $52.6 million capital funding request Tuesday, March 25, that superintendent Dorsey Hopson would take to the Shelby County Commission for funding.
And the board votes as well Tuesday on setting attendance zones for the school year that begins in August – the first school year of the demerger into six suburban school systems as well as a Shelby County Schools system that becomes the city of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.70. Panel Begins Study of State's Funding Formula - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam has begun studying the state's school funding formula.
The panel held its first meeting on Monday. It was formed amid criticism that the Basic Education Program, or BEP, is not adequately funding districts statewide. The program hasn't been fully funded since it was overhauled about seven years ago under then-Gov. Phil Bredesen.71. Tigers Season Ends on Common Theme: ‘Underachieved’ - Monday, March 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.72. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract - Monday, March 24, 2014
Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.73. Events - Saturday, March 22, 2014
T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first Spring Hike on the 2-mile Discovery Trail Saturday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. starting at the visitors center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. The hike will be followed by a birds of prey program. Cost of the hike is free. Call 543-7581 or email email@example.com to sign up.74. Backlog Backlash - Saturday, March 22, 2014
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.75. Events - Friday, March 21, 2014
The Eyewear Gallery will hold free dry-eye screenings Friday, March 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at its office, 428 Perkins Road Extended. Visit theeyeweargallery.com or call 763-2020.76. Tigers Look to Ace Next Tourney Test - Friday, March 21, 2014
Memphis made the Final Four. Seriously, you can stop worrying about the first game this Friday against George Washington University.
The Tigers joined American, Michigan and national champion Dayton in the annual Academic Performance Tournament’s Final Four, as played out by Inside Higher Ed. In this tournament, the winners are based on the Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA’s multiyear measure of a team’s classroom performance.77. Fed Clarifies Guidance on Short-Term Rates - Thursday, March 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve sought Wednesday to clarify a question that investors have been trying to determine: When it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows.78. House Rejects Senate Changes to Medicaid Bill - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has rejected Senate changes to a bill to require the governor to seek legislative approval for any prospective deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.
Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin at first sought to agree to the Senate changes that that would bar lawmakers from being reimbursed for meal and lodging expenses if a special session had to be called to consider a Medicaid deal.79. Lawmakers Mull Full Repeal of Tennessee Whiskey Law - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers are considering an outright repeal of a 2013 law that for the first time established a legal definition of Tennessee whisky.
Supporters of the move say the law enacted last year unfairly benefits Jack Daniel's, the world's most famous Tennessee whiskey.80. Haslam Pushing Common Core Standards - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam reiterated Tuesday that Common Core education standards are crucial to continuing to improve education in Tennessee and he hopes to dismiss misconceptions about them.81. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.82. County Commissioners Review Ethics Code - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners take their first look Wednesday, March 19, at possible changes to county government’s ethics code.
The changes, proposed by Commissioner Steve Mulroy, touch on issues raised earlier this year when a panel of the county ethics commission considered and ultimately dismissed a complaint filed by Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism.83. New Insurance Rights for Same-Sex Couples - Monday, March 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Addressing gay and lesbian concerns, the Obama administration Friday moved to expand health insurance access for same-sex couples and close a loophole that threatened to leave some HIV/AIDS patients without coverage.84. Broker’s Act to Reflect Commission Changes - Monday, March 17, 2014
The Broker’s Act has been enhanced by our state legislature and will be signed into law this month.
The Tennessee Association of Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee recommended an important modification to the language of the “Notice of Agreement to Pay Leasing Commission,” and the Metro Memphis CCIM chapter initiated a call to action where members sent emails to state legislators explaining the importance of passing this amendment.85. Talking Sex - Friday, March 14, 2014
ALL OF OUR COLLEGE PRESIDENTS SHOULD GET SEXY. The Tennessee General Assembly has long been afraid of sex.
When I was a UT student in the late sixties, the Tennessee legislature proposed a law making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to view nude art. On the humanities complex plaza, stood and still stands a huge statue of Europa and the Bull – both starkers and anatomically and quite dramatically correct. The morning after the news of the proposed law broke, Europa was wearing a huge bra and the bull a jock strap, fashioned from sheets – lots of them – and placed on the statue by enterprising students in the night.86. UT President Says School Can't Ban Sex Week Event - Thursday, March 13, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro is urging lawmakers not to pursue legislation that would penalize the school over its student-run Sex Week.
In a letter this week to Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Senate Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell, DiPietro argued that First Amendment protections prevent the school from ending the event that has raised the hackles of GOP leaders in the Legislature.87. Grisham Thriller Smacks of Dickens - Thursday, March 13, 2014
At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery. Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?88. Ruling Sets School Board Membership at Nine - Thursday, March 13, 2014
No local elected body in Shelby County has changed as many times in as short a period of time as the Shelby County Schools board.
The federal court order Tuesday, March 11, by U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays approving the restructure of the school board to a nine-member body effective Sept. 1 will mark the third change in the school board in three years when it takes effect following August school board elections.89. Spring Break Cleanup - Thursday, March 13, 2014
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 20.90. Mays Approves 9-Member County Schools Board - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
With two rulings in as many days, U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays this week cleared his schedule of any pending matters in the reformation of public education in Shelby County.
Mays approved the restructuring of the Shelby County Schools board Tuesday, March 11, to a nine-member body with districts that include the city of Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County but not the six suburban towns and cities. 91. Bill to Block Nashville Amp Project Worries Haslam - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.
The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project – called the Amp – is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.92. Durham Dives Into Legislature During First Year - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
When someone first mentioned to freshman state Rep. Jeremy Durham that there would be a new seat in Williamson County, he thought he was being asked to suggest someone, not run.93. Court Dismissal Leaves Matter of School Board Restructuring - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays approved Tuesday, March 11, the Shelby County Commission's plan to restructure the Shelby County Schools board to a nine-member board with the August 2014 elections.94. Mays Accepts Suburban Schools Settlements, Dismisses Related Court Claims - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Memphis Federal Court judge overseeing the three-year old court case over the reformation of public schools in Shelby County has dismissed the last major claim of the case, all remaining claims still pending.95. Mays Accepts Suburban Schools Settlement, Dismisses Related Court Claims - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Memphis Federal Court judge overseeing the three-year old court case over the reformation of public schools in Shelby County has dismissed the last major claim of the case, all remaining claims still pending. 96. Commission to Vote on Crosstown Funding - Monday, March 10, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, March 10, on $5 million in public infrastructure funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project.
The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.97. US Applications for Jobless Aid Reach 3-Month Low - Friday, March 07, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.98. Coca-Cola Exploring Expansion in Chattanooga - Thursday, March 06, 2014
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – Officials with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United are looking at expanding in Chattanooga.99. Senate Leaders Threaten UT Funding Over Sex Week - Thursday, March 06, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican leaders in the state Senate are warning that new funding for the University of Tennessee could be threatened over the use of student fees for a weeklong program about sex.100. Do You Feel Lucky? - Thursday, March 06, 2014
Ray’s Take: When thinking about your future, do you believe that you will be taken “feet first in a pine box” out of the home you worked so hard for during your younger years? Or do you sometimes get that uncomfortable feeling that you need to “knock on wood” as you look around at friends or acquaintances who have experienced a sudden change in health forcing a change in venue?