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1. Reaction Grows to Stewart Shooting -

The NAACP’s Memphis branch called Wednesday, July 22, for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to go public with the results of its investigation into the shooting death of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police office Connor Schilling.

2. With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

3. Memphis Finalist for Choice Neighborhoods Grant -

Memphis is among the finalists for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would fund the demolition and redevelopment of Foote Homes, the city’s last large public housing development.

The city got word Tuesday, July 14, from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen that it is one of nine cities competing for the Choice Neighborhoods grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

4. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

5. Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to End Nathan Bedford Forrest Day -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state lawmaker says he is seeking to have the legislature do away with a day honoring Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

6. Memphis Finalist for Federal Choice Neighborhoods Grant -

The city of Memphis is among the finalists for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would fund the demolition and redevelopment of Foote Homes, the city’s last large public housing development.

7. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

8. Insure Tennessee Path Still Facing Many Turns -

There’s a move in Nashville for a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly, but it would have nothing to do with the February special session on Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal.

9. St. Jude Receives $4.3M in Federal Grants -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been awarded two federal grants totaling $4.3 million.

Of the $4.3 million from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health, $3.1 million will go to creating a new Center for Precision Medicine in Leukemia.

10. Memphis Election Fundraising Deadline Prompts Flurry of Appeals -

For the last week, candidates in the October Memphis elections have had fundraising fever.

The campaign finance reports for the period that ended Tuesday, June 30, are due at the Shelby County Election Commission by July 10. That’s followed by the noon July 16 filing deadline for candidates in the races for Memphis Mayor, City Council and City Court Clerk.

11. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

12. St. Jude Receives $4.3 Million in Federal Grants -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been awarded two federal grants totaling $4.3 million.

Of the $4.3 million from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health, $3.1 million will go to creating a new Center for Precision Medicine in Leukemia.

13. Gay Marriage Marks First Day in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Memphis taking a tour of the Nike plant expansion in Frayser when the highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was released Friday, June 26, in Washington, D.C.

14. React: Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling -

A divided U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Here is a roundup of local reaction to the landmark ruling.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:

15. Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies -

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

16. Cohen Bill To Bar Airlines from Shrinking Carry-Ons -

Legislation introduced Monday, June 16, by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis would bar airlines from reducing the size of carry-on baggage.

Cohen’s legislation, which he calls the Carry On Freedom Act, is in response to a proposal by the International Air Transport Association to reduce the size of carry-ons by 21 percent. The current maximum size is 22 inches tall by 14 inches wide by 9 inches deep; the proposal would take a half inch off the maximum height and width and drop the maximum depth to 7.5 inches.

17. Cohen Bill Would Bar Airlines From Shrinking Carry-On Size -

Legislation introduced Monday, June 16, by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis would bar airlines from reducing the size of carry-on baggage.

18. Reptile, Exotic Animal Expo Coming to Memphis Area -

A nationwide promoter of reptile and exotic animal expos will bring its blend of vendors, breeders and educators back to the Memphis area for two events.

Repticon Memphis showcases thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals. The event will be held at the The Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on July 11 and 12 and again on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

19. This week in Memphis history: June 12-18 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Rep. U.A. Moore of Millington is optimistic about plans for riverboat tours between the Mud Island park – which had opened in the summer of 1982 – and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, even though his bill to fund a Memphis State University study of the idea is vetoed by Gov. Lamar Alexander. Alexander instead directs the state Conservation Department to study the idea.

20. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

21. 1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Runoff for Mississippi US House Seat -

NESBIT, Miss. (AP) – On a muggy evening in northern Mississippi, just a few miles from the Tennessee line, Republican congressional candidate Trent Kelly talked about his job as a district attorney for seven counties and his experience as a military veteran, with three deployments during 29 years in the National Guard – two of them in combat.

22. Stanton Nominated to Memphis Federal Court -

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

23. Ed Stanton Nominated to Federal Court Bench -

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

The nomination of Stanton, who has been the chief federal prosecutor for West Tennessee for five years, was announced Thursday, May 21, by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis, who recommended Stanton to the White House after convening a screening committee of local attorneys.

24. Notes From Near and Far on Death of Blues Legend B.B. King -

Blues legend B.B. King died late Thursday at his Las Vegas home. Here are some comments from people who knew and admired him:

"The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper's son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn't do – but will always be glad you did." – President Barack Obama

25. This Week in Memphis History: May 15-21 -

2013: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. goes to the City Council with a state comptroller’s report critical of the city’s financial practices, including two bond restructurings in four years that pushed the city’s debt into future years. The report also faults the city for undocumented interfund loans among City Hall divisions and departments.

26. Former Lawmakers Covered By State Insurance Plan -

Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers.

The Knoxville News Sentinel cited records from the state office of benefits administration in reporting that 148 former lawmakers are enrolled compared to 116 current lawmakers.

27. Harold Ford Sr. Returns to Memphis Funeral Business With New Concept -

In his years as a political force in Memphis, Harold Ford Sr. was known for his attention to detail.

The former Congressman would brush past campaign workers and climb a ladder to level a campaign banner or change the layout of “the Ford ballot,” sought by everyone from presidential candidates to court clerks.

28. Polish Ambassador Says Broader Europe Concept Challenged -

When Poland’s ambassador to the United States spoke to a Memphis in May International Festival luncheon last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen came with an item from his collection of political pins.

29. Changes Coming for State Judicial Appointments -

The state body that recommends finalists for judicial vacancies to the governor is taking applications for the Shelby County Chancery Court vacancy created by the death of Chancellor Oscar “Bo” Carr.

30. Students Not Giving Up on Tuition Equality -

Tennessee students without citizenship say they’ll continue the battle for in-state tuition in 2016 after a measure to help them overcome the financial hurdle of out-of-state tuition barely failed on the House floor.

31. Will Tennessee Republicans Ever Be Truly Happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier?

With the GOP so dominate in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

32. Baker Book Traces Conciliatory Political Philosophy -

Long before his death last June, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

33. Goodwill Games -

When a group of elected leaders gathered a week ago at Goodwill Village apartments in North Memphis, they came to convey some sense of urgency about deteriorating conditions at the 47-year-old federally subsidized apartment complex.

34. Tennessee Tuition Equality Bill Likely Dead This Session -

A proposal that would allow students lawfully in the United States to be eligible for in-state tuition is likely dead this session after failing in the House.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark White of Memphis failed 49-47 on Wednesday when it didn’t get the 50 votes needed for passage. The Senate approved the measure 21-12 last week.

35. Biblical Lessons Lost in Lack of Health Care Debate -

Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.

In fact, the Bible bill took two days of debate in the House, where it passed, and thorough discussion in the Senate, before it died – at least until next year.

36. Cohen Says Pot Legalization Odds Still Long In Tennessee -

On the second observance of “4/20” – the unofficial underground day of open marijuana usage – since several states legalized the drug, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group at the University of Memphis that Tennessee probably will be the last state to follow suit or even legalize medical usage.

37. FedEx Shows Hydrogen-Powered Support Vehicles -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and U.S. Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar got a look at FedEx Corp.’s fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell powered support vehicles last week during a tour of the FedEx Express World Hub at Memphis International Airport.

38. Heavy Lifting -

When it comes to industrial work, it doesn’t get much heavier than Atlantic Track and Turnout Co. deep in southwest Memphis.

39. An ‘Epiphany’ for Legislators on In-State Tuition -

Tina Sharma grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Martin Luther King High School in Nashville and enrolled at Belmont University. She calls the Volunteer State home.

40. Tennessee House Bogs Down Over Making Bible Official Book -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A small-town Republican's proposal to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee ran into opposition from top members of his own party as the House delayed a scheduled vote on the measure Tuesday.

41. Shafer Seeking County Property Tax Rate Reduction -

The chairwoman of the Shelby County Commission’s budget committee is hoping to reduce the county’s property tax rate by the time the commission approves a budget for its new fiscal year that begins July 1.

42. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

43. FedEx Shows Hydrogen-Powered Support Vehicles -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and U.S. Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar got a look at FedEx Corp.’s fleet of 15 hydrogen fuel cell powered support vehicles last week during a tour of the FedEx Express World Hub at Memphis International Airport.

44. Legislators Not Moved by Hymns, Reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

45. Scroggs Helping MAAR Track Realty Legislation -

Every so often, members of the Tennessee General Assembly attempt to amend the Professional Privilege Tax, a tax levied for having a license to operate a myriad of occupations.

Accountants, engineers, architects, real estate agents and others are subject to the tax. Recently, lawmakers wanted to extend the $400 tax to all real estate agents, no matter if they’re a broker or an associate broker.

46. What Better Place for an NRA Convention? -

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

47. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

48. Ford Talks Then And Now Of Politics -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. still talks about his early political schedule as a first-time candidate in 1996 speaking to Memphis kindergarten students.

Now he is 45 and has been out of elected office for nearly nine years. Ford is at a point where he can talk about “kids” in the public policy class he teaches at the University of Michigan.

49. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

50. Is ‘Getting Rid of Public Schools’ Legislature’s Goal? -

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

A group from Shelby County recently packed a House committee meeting room at the Legislative Plaza in an effort to turn back bills they consider damaging to their profession and the future of public education.

51. YES Prep Says No to Memphis School -

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

52. Bill Would Allow Guns in Off-Campus Areas -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal that would allow guns in off-campus areas used by schools has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville was approved 26-5 on Monday.

53. Orgel, Shular Honored With Dunavant Awards -

Shelby County Schools board member Billy Orgel and Shelby County government public affairs officer Steve Shular receive the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards Wednesday, March 25, from the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

54. Report: Memphis Touted As Top City for Millennials -

A new national real estate report gives Memphis high marks for offering “the right live/work/play environment” for millennials.

The just-released annual report from Cushman & Wakefield said the top markets for that category include Memphis, Brooklyn, Portland, Ore., and Nashville.

55. Orgel Traces Path to School Board -

The first chairman of the consolidated Shelby County Schools board judges how well the school board is performing its duties by how mundane its monthly voting meeting is.

“It’s almost boring to come to a school board meeting,” said Billy Orgel, who was appointed to the 23-member board in 2011 and has been re-elected twice. “There’s not theatrics by anybody and we genuinely all like each other. There’s not a backstory. And there are not factions. I think it’s a good model for other bodies.”

56. Secret 'Pre-Meetings' Become Commonplace in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation. The public isn't informed or invited.

57. Report: Memphis Touted as Top City for Millennials -

A new national real estate report gives Memphis high marks for offering “the right live/work/play environment” for millennials.

The just-released annual report from Cushman & Wakefield said the top markets for that category include Memphis, Brooklyn, Portland, Ore., and Nashville.

58. Battle of the Band(width) -

Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.

59. Shular, Orgel to Receive Dunavant Awards -

The public affairs officer for Shelby County government with a reach beyond the media and a Shelby County Schools board member whose elected service began at a time of historic change in local public education are the recipients of the 2015 Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

60. Tagert Joins 8 Others in North Mississippi US House Race -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville on Monday joined the expanding field for a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi.

61. Sparks Joins List of North Mississippi US House Candidates -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Oxford attorney Daniel Sparks says he's running for a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi.

62. Desperate Families Plead for Cannabis Oil -

Josie Mae Mathes had her first birthday recently, but because she suffers from childhood epilepsy and infantile spasms, she’s so medicated she can barely move.

63. Wharton Eyes City Hall Shake-Up -

Facing specific criticism from political challengers that his administration is disorganized and hasn’t focused on priorities much past initial press conferences, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. acted this week to shake up his office starting at the top.

64. Kelsey’s New Private School Voucher Plan Looks More Like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

65. Deadline Nears for Dunavant Awards Nominations -

With less than a week for nominations, the Rotary Club of Memphis East is preparing to select the recipients of the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

And the process is more than just recognizable names submitted to the committee of Rotarians and members of the family of the late Probate Court Clerk.

66. Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.

67. Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.

68. Traffic Camera Revenue Could Fund Scholarships -

Democratic state Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis has filed legislation that would use revenue from municipal red light cameras to send students to college.

69. Bill Would Use Traffic Camera Revenue to Fund Scholarships -

Democratic state Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis has filed legislation that would use revenue from municipal red light cameras to send students to college.

70. Haslam's Insure Tennessee Health Plan Fails in Legislature -

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans has failed during a special legislative session.

The Senate Health Committee defeated the Republican governor's Insure Tennessee plan Wednesday on a 7-4 vote.

71. Living Well -

Depression doesn’t make reservations in advance. It just descends. There is also no formula for a human being’s breaking point. Especially when there could be neurologic or psychiatric forces in play, perhaps without the affected person even being aware of them.

72. Work Begins on Insure Tennessee Plan -

The first House session of the Tennessee legislature’s special session begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, after committee work on the only piece of business before the General Assembly – the Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

73. Cohen Pushes for Student Loan Bankruptcy Protection -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen sponsored legislation in the Tennessee Senate that led to creation of the HOPE Scholarship, which provides four-year college students with $4,000 a year for their studies.

74. Drowning in Student Loan Debt -

Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

75. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

76. Haslam on Statewide Tour to Tout Insure Tennessee -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he isn’t counting votes in the Tennessee legislature just yet for his Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion proposal.

At least he’s not counting hard votes for the upcoming Feb. 2 special legislative session as he holds a series of nine public forums across the state.

77. Ford Jr. to Headline Dunavant Award Event -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the March 25 Dunavant Public Servants Awards luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honor one elected official and one non-elected public official within Shelby County who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of longtime Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

78. Haslam Hits the Road to Promote Insure Tennessee Proposal -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday kicked off a statewide tour to make the hard sell for his proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

79. Walter Awarded AAF Silver Medal -

Ronald A. Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, has been chosen to receive AAF Memphis’ 2015 Silver Medal, the highest form of individual recognition given by local chapters of the American Advertising Federation. The annual award, which honors an exceptional leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and contribution in the industry, will be presented at AAF Memphis’ luncheon Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

80. Cohen Calls Tennessee Promise ‘A Fraud’ -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis calls the Tennessee Promise last dollar scholarship program for community college and state technical centers “a fraud.”

81. A Better Sports Village Than We Knew -

When the historic 2014 University of Memphis football season was just getting started, hope and doubt were still equally matched opponents.

The athletic department, as we all know now, had gone with a risky slogan: “Wait Til This Year.”

82. The Other Fellow -

Long before his death last year, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

83. Memphis Law School, Le Bonheur Team Up -

The University of Memphis Institute for Health Law & Policy and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will launch a Healthy Homes Partnership this week, with a kick-off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the law school.

84. Four Transformational Sales Resolutions -

Change is hard for most people, but only through change can we grow. The New Year is the perfect time to take a hard look at what worked in your sales approach and what didn’t deliver for you in 2014, to break ineffective sales habits, and to resolve to adjust your approach. 

85. Nailor’s Persistence Leads to Commutation -

In April, Larry Nailor will walk out of the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution and away from the life sentence he got in Memphis federal court in the mid-1990s for having 50 grams of crack cocaine.

86. Akbari Introduces Bill to End ASD Phase-Ins -

Democratic state Rep. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis has introduced a bill that would bar the state-run Achievement School District from phased-in takeovers of schools a grade or two per school year.

The bill, filed for the upcoming session of the Tennessee Legislature, which begins Jan. 13, would reinforce what has been the practice of Shelby County Schools for the current school year. The Shelby County Schools board voted earlier this year to close schools the ASD was to take over a grade at a time.

87. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement Schools District superintendent Chris Barbic will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to talk about the coming transition of five schools out of the county district and into the state-run ASD.

88. Kelsey, DeBerry Sponsor Profiling Legislation -

The same week that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Memphis pushing a ban on profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, two Tennessee legislators from Shelby County have filed legislation that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to put a similar policy in writing.

89. Tamp & Tap Preparing East Memphis Location -

Tamp & Tap, the popular Downtown restaurant and coffee shop, has applied for a building permit for its East Memphis location.

Tamp & Tap applied for a $244,494 building permit through the Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its location at 6070 Poplar Ave. inside Highwoods Properties Inc.’s Triad Centre III office building in East Memphis.

90. Akbari Introduces Bill to End ASD Phase-Ins -

Democratic state Rep. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis has introduced a bill that would bar the state-run Achievement School District from phased-in takeovers of schools a grade or two per school year.

The bill, filed for the upcoming session of the Tennessee Legislature, which begins Jan. 13, would reinforce what has been the practice of Shelby County Schools for the current school year. The Shelby County Schools board voted earlier this year to close schools the ASD was to take over a grade at a time.

91. Kelsey, DeBerry Sponsor Profiling Legislation -

The same week that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Memphis pushing a ban on profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, two Tennessee legislators from Shelby County have filed legislation that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to put a similar policy in writing.

92. Tamp & Tap Preparing East Memphis Location -

Tamp & Tap, the popular Downtown restaurant and coffee shop, has applied for a building permit for its East Memphis location.

Tamp & Tap applied for a $244,494 building permit through the Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its location at 6070 Poplar Ave. inside Highwoods Properties Inc.’s Triad Centre III office building in East Memphis.

93. Building a Framework -

Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.

94. Lauten Resigns as Fincher Aide -

The communications director for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher resigned Monday, Dec. 1, following controversy over a Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama’s daughters.

Elizabeth Lauten, who worked in Fincher’s Washington office, criticized Sasha and Malia Obama for their appearance at the president’s annual turkey pardoning, urging them to “show more class.”

95. Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List -

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

Leaders of the Achievement School District made the announcement Thursday, Nov. 20, citing a decision by Green Dot Public Schools, the charter operator that was to operate the high school in the school year that begins this coming August.

96. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

97. Wharton Defends Record, ‘Tough’ Decisions -

When he ran for Memphis mayor in the 2009 special election, A C Wharton Jr. said he was running to win, but also to change the nature of the city’s politics.

“This is what hurts us in politics today,” Wharton said five years later during the first fundraiser Monday, Nov. 17, in his campaign for re-election to a second full four-year term as mayor. “Everybody wants to stand up and say how is this going to go over. And if it doesn’t look like it’s going to go over well, they back down.”

98. Former State Rep. Emmitt Ford Dies -

Former state Rep. Emmitt Ford has died in Memphis at age 70, a relative said Tuesday.

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. said his uncle passed away Monday night at Methodist Hospital after battling an illness.

99. Memphis Health Facility Gets More Than $1.5M -

A health care facility in Memphis is getting more than $1.5 million in federal funds to help train more primary care doctors and increase access to health care services.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced the award to Christ Community Health Services last week.

100. Wharton: Re-Election Campaign is Definite -

In an email to potential supporters this week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says his re-election plans are definite and he is "running to win."

The email comes after Wharton's campaign sent out invitations late last month to a Nov. 17 fundraiser at the Memphis Botanic Garden.