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1. Former State Rep. Rich Starts Parole Board Career -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former state Rep. Barrett Rich is starting a new career in public service as a member of the Tennessee Board of Parole.

Haslam announced the appointment of the Somerville Republican to the board in August, but it couldn't take effect until after the Nov. 4 general election, when Rich's term in the Legislature officially ended.

2. Governor Gets Report on Tennessee Juvenile Jails -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A security audit will be performed on all three of the state's youth development centers after a recent breakout and violence at the facility in Middle Tennessee, according to a preliminary report sent to the governor.

3. Panel Makes Common Core Compromise Proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A special committee of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended that the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed for one year.

The House and Senate will now vote whether to accept the conference committee report before it heads to the desk of the governor, who has said he'd rather not delay the testing.

4. Rep. Barrett Rich to Retire from Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

The Somerville Republican has served three terms in the lower chamber of the General Assembly. He is a former state trooper who served on then-Gov. Phil Bredesen's security detail and is the current chairman of the House Health Subcommittee.

5. Bill Changes Way Charter Schools Authorized -

The state Senate has approved legislation that changes the way certain charter schools are authorized.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 20-12 on Thursday. The House version was approved 62-30 last year. It must now approve technical changes made by the Senate before heading to the governor for his consideration.

6. Bill Changes Way Charter Schools Authorized -

The state Senate has approved legislation that changes the way certain charter schools are authorized.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 20-12 on Thursday. The House version was approved 62-30 last year. It must now approve technical changes made by the Senate before heading to the governor for his consideration.

7. Talking Sex -

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.

8. Senate Leaders Threaten UT Funding Over Sex Week -

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.

9. Gresham Tackles Hot Issues on Senate Education Committee -

As chair of the Tennessee Senate Education Committee, Sen. Dolores Gresham has plenty of hot-button issues crossing her desk these days.

10. Senate School Voucher Bill Delayed -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate version of a bill to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has been delayed to allow sponsors of the measure and a competing version to try to work out differences.

11. Republicans, Governor Discuss Voucher Bill -

Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

12. Republicans, Governor Discuss Voucher Bill -

Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

13. NTSB Releases Preliminary Crash Report -

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a medical helicopter crash that killed a pilot and two hospital workers in West Tennessee.

The report released on the NTSB website shows that the helicopter was headed east when it began to climb and made a right turn to the south, away from the observed course. The helicopter was going 112 mph and was 1,560 feet above sea level at the last data point established by satellite tracking.

14. Memorial Service for 3 Killed in Helicopter Crash -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Nearly 2,000 people attended a memorial service for a pilot and two hospital workers killed in a medical helicopter crash in Tennessee.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital officials say the memorial took place Tuesday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

15. Transportation Safety Board Looks for Cause Of Crash -

Investigators returned Wednesday to the scene of a medical helicopter crash that killed three people in West Tennessee, but an official said the preliminary cause of the crash was not expected for more than a week.

16. Increasing Teacher Pay Next Goal for Haslam -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signaled last week that the next front in an increasingly vocal debate about education reform in the state will be over increasing teacher pay.

During a press conference Thursday, Oct. 3, in Nashville, Haslam set a goal of becoming “the fastest improving state in the U.S. when it comes to teacher pay.”

17. Independent Growth -

The Jones Clinic is taking steps this summer to accommodate growing patient referrals, with recent hires at key positions and an operational overhaul involving conversion to electronic medical record systems.

18. Panel to Review State's Textbook Selection Process -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate Education Committee plans a hearing in October to review Tennessee's textbook selection process for K-12 schools.

Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville is the committee's chairwoman. She announced this week that the panel will review the role and work of the state's Textbook Commission and Tennessee laws governing textbook selection to help ensure an accurate and unbiased approach.

19. Events -

The Fayette County chapter of West Tennessee Home Builders Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Somerville Bank & Trust, 16790 U.S. 64. U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will discuss proposed government-sponsored enterprises reform bill. The meeting is open to the public. Cost is $10. Email rterry@mahba.com.

20. State Panel to Explore New Common Core Standards -

The chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee says the panel will hold meetings during the summer or fall to discuss a new set of uniform benchmarks for math and reading.

The common core state standards are being adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

21. State Archivists to Appear In Somerville in June -

Archivists from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Somerville June 6 to record and archive Civil War memorabilia.

The archivists are collecting the digital records and photos for a new exhibit and are visiting other parts of the state and region as well. The group plans to visit all 95 Tennessee counties.

22. State Archives to Appear in Somerville in June -

Archivists from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Somerville June 6 to record and archive Civil War memorabilia.

The archivists are collecting the digital records and photos for a new exhibit and are visiting other parts of the state and region as well. The group plans to visit all 95 Tennessee counties.

23. Failed Education Bills on Radar for Next Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – In the last few years, Tennessee hasn't shied away from contentious education initiatives as it seeks to remain at the forefront of education reform in the nation.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has even characterized the state's efforts as "courageous leadership."

24. Senate OKs Tennessee Animal Abuse Reporting Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would require anyone recording images of animal abuse to submit unedited footage or photos to law enforcement within 48 hours has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville was approved 22-9 on Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the House floor.

25. Charter School Authorizer Bill Advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal that seeks to change the way certain charter schools are authorized said Wednesday the measure is needed to continue education reform in Tennessee.

26. Animal Abuse Reporting Bill Hits Senate Snag -

An effort to require whistleblowers to quickly submit damning evidence of animal abuse to law enforcement has hit a snag in the state Senate over questions about the true intentions of the bill.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville and fellow Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden would require anyone recording images of animal abuse submit unedited footage or photos to law enforcement within 48 hours.

27. Charter Panel Bill Slowed in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers questioned a proposal to create a special panel to authorize charter schools in several Tennessee counties during debate at the state Legislature Tuesday, while a nonprofit group criticized the governor's decision to withdraw his school voucher program.

28. Midweek Could Bring Severe Storms to Area -

National Weather Service forecasters are urging people in the western half of Tennessee to be vigilant for possible severe thunderstorms.

The Severe Storms Forecast Center says there is a possibility of severe weather Wednesday and Wednesday night across a broad area of the country’s midsection, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. A special weather statement says there is a slight risk for violent weather Wednesday in an area that includes Tennessee counties from the Mississippi River into the western counties of Middle Tennessee. Forecasters say that could include strong thunderstorms with high winds, heavy rain, large hail and an isolated chance of tornadoes.

29. Haslam School Voucher Bill Dead This Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican leader carrying Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create school vouchers in Tennessee said he's decided to let it die this session because he's tired of the "gamesmanship."

30. Humane Society Hires Former State Rep. Swafford -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former state Rep. Eric Swafford has been hired by the Humane Society of the United States as an outreach director.

31. Competing School Voucher Bill Withdrawn -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of legislation that was competing with Gov. Bill Haslam's to create a school voucher program withdrew her bill on Wednesday after proponents of a broader program decided they want to focus on the governor's plan.

32. Competing Voucher Bills Gearing up in Legislature -

The Republican sponsor of a measure competing with Gov. Bill Haslam’s to create a school voucher program in Tennessee says she’s convinced the initiative should be broader than what the governor is proposing.

33. Senator's Traffic Stop Part of Vanderbilt Police Debate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The effort to strip Vanderbilt University of its police force over a nondiscrimination policy for student groups has brought up a traffic stop involving the chairwoman of the Senate committee handling the bill, but the lawmaker says she doesn't know why the incident has become part of the debate.

34. Rail Yard Renews Higher Education Effort in Somerville -

Plans for a higher education presence in Fayette County could take a substantial leap forward early in 2013 after years of general plans for such a presence.

Leaders in Somerville, the county seat, launched the drive for a 26,000-square-foot “Fayette County Higher Education Center” in September. There has been general discussion for such a center the last two years.

35. Lawmakers to Resume Education Focus in New Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is among several education-related proposals lawmakers are likely to discuss during the 108th Tennessee General Assembly that convenes Tuesday.

36. Police Officer Latest Defendant in Sex Trafficking -

The latest sex trafficking case in Memphis federal court involves a Memphis police officer who allegedly brought three women into a Memphis nightclub last November and “announced the women were available as prostitutes to patrons of the nightclub.”

37. Senior Sector -

The 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 were said to have remodeled society as they moved through it.

It was the baby boomer generation that drove the cultural shift to consumerism with SUVs and mini-vans. That demographic just turned 65 and real estate developers have taken notice.

38. Expanding Outreach -

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN) recently expanded its outreach to the poor by launching a new mobile food pantry that will travel throughout the region, providing sustenance to families in need.

39. Cordova Presbyterian Plans to Build on Fay Road -

8707 Fay Road
Cordova, TN 38018

Permit Cost: $2 million

Permit Date: Applied March 2012

40. Memphis Medical Finances Park Tower -

Memphis Medical Redevelopment Group LLC has financed Park Tower Apartments at 57 N. Somerville St. with a $3 million, 10-year trust deed through American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co.

41. Precision Coils Relocating To Brownsville -

A regional manufacturing firm is expanding and relocating its current facility from Somerville to Brownsville, adding jobs and spurring economic development along the way.

Precision Coils is moving from 13745 Tenn. 59 in Somerville to an 80,000-square-foot facility in the Brownsville/Haywood County Industrial Park near Morgan Street and U.S. 70.

42. Staub Brings Small-Business Message Home -

Small-business coach Robert Staub couldn’t have chosen a more ideal day and setting than Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Shelby Farms Park to complete his month-long, statewide “Grow Your Business Tour,” bringing strategy, support and camaraderie to Tennessee’s small-business owners.

43. Rescue Groups Team Up to House Displaced Pets -

Wednesday morning for Mid-South animal responders began with the rescue of a domestic cat, one of roughly 40 local animals rescued from floodwaters since a coalition of rescue groups arrived in the Mid-South about two weeks ago.

44. Haslam, Ramsey Line Up Against Guns on Campus -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are working against a bill to allow faculty and staff to carry guns on the campuses of Tennessee's public universities.

45. Tenn. Lottery Scholarship Bill May be Studied -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to make it more difficult for Tennessee students to obtain lottery scholarships may end up being studied by a task force over the summer, said the measure's Senate sponsor.

46. 9 Percent of THP Spending Dedicated to Non-Traffic -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol's leadership says it wants to rename the agency the Tennessee State Patrol because its role has evolved beyond traffic enforcement in the years since it was established in 1929.

47. Bill to Change Method of Placing Teachers on Board -

A proposal that would prevent teacher organizations from voting members onto the state pension board has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, a Somerville Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, was approved 20-13 on a party-line vote Wednesday.

48. State Legislators Look for Education on Schools Standoff -

Most members of the Tennessee Legislature are just now getting a crash course in the controversy that has dominated Memphis and Shelby County politics since Thanksgiving.

As the state House and Senate prepare for fast-tracked votes Monday evening in Nashville on schools consolidation legislation, they aren’t getting a lot of help from Democrats or Republicans in the Shelby County legislative delegation.

49. Bank Reclaims Land Following Foreclosure -

The Bank of Fayette County has paid $1.2 million for 1.57 acres of vacant land in Collierville after foreclosing on the property late last year.

50. State Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Some members of the Tennessee Board of Regents acknowledged Wednesday that the process used to select the latest chancellor probably could have been carried out better to deflect criticism.

51. Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some members of the Tennessee Board of Regents acknowledged Wednesday that the process used to select the latest chancellor probably could have been carried out better to deflect criticism.

52. Southwest Bringing $6M Facility to Fayette -

Southwest Tennessee Community College plans to build a $6 million educational institution in Fayette County. The facility will be located about two miles from downtown Somerville on U.S. 64.

TLM Associates of Jackson, Tenn., prepared initial drawings for the 26,050-square-foot building, dubbed the Fayette County Higher Educational Center.

53. Regents Asked to Expand Search for Chancellor -

The chairman of the Senate Education Committee has asked the Tennessee Board of Regents for an expanded search to find a chancellor for the board.

Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, sent a letter Thursday to the 18 members of the board.

54. Realizing Dreams -

William Adair’s quad-cab, four-wheel-drive pickup truck is splattered with mud. The office where he parks it out back, a converted country home at the corner of Tenn. 196 and U.S. 72, is littered with maps.

55. Bill Would Make Jailers Determine Immigrant Status -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would require Tennessee jailers to determine whether inmates are in the country illegally and deport them if they are would offer an easy way to fight illegal immigration in the state, the sponsors of the legislation say.

56. Senate Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Immigrants -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee jailers would be required to share information about suspected illegal immigrants with immigration and customs enforcement officials under a proposal that has passed the Senate.

57. Senate Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Immigrants -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee jailers would be required to share information about suspected illegal immigrants with immigration and customs enforcement officials under a proposal that has passed the Senate.

58. Reaching New Heights -

When giving to Fayette Cares dipped during the recession, the nonprofit organization shook off its fundraising woes by offering unique advertising vehicles and throwing a party.

Fayette Cares, which serves families in crisis, raised $14,000 last month from a golf tournament and $30,000 last fall from the first-ever Night of Southern Elegance.

59. Somerville Post Office to be Named after Wilder -

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill to rename the Somerville post office after former Tennessee Lt. Gov. John Wilder has cleared its final legislative hurdle by passing the U.S. Senate.

60. Fayette Cares Collections Up 36 Percent From 2008 -

Fayette Cares Inc. has announced that community organizations collected nearly 15,000 food items this year for families supported by Fayette Cares, which is a 36 percent increase from 2008.

61. High-Dollar Deal Boosts Commercial Real Estate -

Following what has become a pattern, the local commercial real estate market in September was salvaged by one large deal that offset an otherwise dreary month.

This time it was Resource Real Estate Inc. to the rescue. The Philadelphia-based company bought the Wyndridge Apartments for $9.5 million Sept. 29 and carried the weight for Shelby County’s commercial activity during the month.

62. Le Bonheur Files Permit For FedExFamilyHouse -

918 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Permit Amount: $5.2 Million

Project Cost: $5.2 million
Permit Date: Applied September 2009
Completion: Fall 2010
Owner: Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center
Tenant: FedExFamilyHouse
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc.

63. Park Tower Sold; New Owners Plan Upgrades - Park Tower, a nine-story apartment building in the Memphis Medical Center, has new owners who plan to upgrade the units and market them to university students and health care professionals.

Memphis Medical Redevelopment Group LLC bought the structure from Park Tower LLC for nearly $1.7 million, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

The ownership group is composed of Anna Martin, a Memphis real estate professional, and investors from San Diego.

“We’re going to redevelop the whole property and we’re going to do over $1 million worth of renovations,” Martin said. “We’re going to target all the medical students and the doctors and get a whole new tenant base. We believe it is in a fantastic location because the city of Memphis will be, within the next years, putting in over $1 billion into the medical district. We are in the heart of it.”

The building is at 57 Somerville St., situated among the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Memphis VA Medical Center, the Baptist College of Health Sciences, Methodist University Hospital and the Southern College of Optometry.

The investors had a meeting scheduled Thursday afternoon with the Center City Commission to discuss participating in the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program and to learn about other redevelopment initiatives.

The new owners closed on the property Sept. 11 and began renovations the next day on 20 vacant units. The structure has a total of 128 units, and 80 of those are one-bedroom, one-bath apartments.

Martin said the units would be ideal living quarters for medical students or crash pads for doctors and other health care professionals.

Martin, who is an owner of Trinity Property Management, linked up with three investors from San Diego to buy the property.

“I buy properties that are distressed,” she said. “I rehab them and then I resell them to out-of-state investors. That’s how I came across these gentlemen because they are in the same type of business. They really liked my management group and the way we manage properties and how we turn a lot of areas around.

“We did business for over a year and a half together. We decided to form a corporation and then we found this building. They are really strong in the financial sector and starting companies, where my company is really strong in the management. They felt that I could add value in managing this property right. It’s a great property. It just wasn’t managed correctly.”

Martin said within three to six months, the lobby will be renovated. A new Web site will be launched for the property along with a marketing campaign. A new paint job and other upgrades are planned for the exterior.

“Eventually what we are going to do is get rid of all the outside air conditioning units,” Martin said. “We’re going to go HVAC, central heating and cooling, but that’s going to require quite a bit of money and that’s going to be stage two.”


64. Construction Specifications Institute Elects Davidson President of Memphis Chapter -

Pam Davidson has been elected president of the Memphis chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. Davidson will serve as the third female president in the organization’s 50-year history.

65. West Clinic Opens New Clinic, Adds Doctor -

The West Clinic will open a new satellite office Aug. 13 in Somerville that will be staffed by Dr. Johnetta Blakely and Dr. Michael Martin, who are medical oncologists.

The new clinic at 201 Lakeview Road will offer patients in Fayette County and surrounding areas cancer care in their home community. It will provide laboratory services and chemotherapy.

66. Lifted TennCare Injunction Could Leave Thousands Uninsured -

Many TennCare patients who fall in the “Daniels” category may lose their benefits as early as October because of a 21-year-old injunction being lifted against the state Medicaid-managed program.

To qualify for the Daniels class of TennCare, a person has to have received, at least once, a Supplemental Security Income check, meaning they were low-income and had a relatively serious disability.

67. Fayette Rail Yard Expected to Spark Business Activity -

Don Culbreath has about 200 acres for sale in Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park, a 2,600-acre site in Marshall County, Miss., but so far no one has shown any interest in buying the land.

68. Norfolk Southern Caps Rail Yard Plans With Few Objections -

Wick Moorman admitted that if he had traveled to Fayette County earlier this year, he might as well have shown up wearing a Darth Vader costume. That’s because Moorman, the CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., realized he and his company were viewed back then as evil overlords.

69. Rail Yard Site All But Nailed -

The land where Norfolk Southern Corp. wants to build an intermodal yard was annexed Monday night by the town of Rossville, paving the way for the railroad’s proposed multimillion-dollar, multi-acre facility.

70. Lawmakers Differ on Education Funding Proposal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties agree that K-12 education in Tennessee should be a priority, but they disagree over legislation that would fund it out of an education budget separate from the rest of the state's spending plan.

71. Small-Pharmacy Owners Urge Changes -

The third of the month is one of the busiest days for Super Drugs in Somerville, but owner Whit Middlecoff set aside time Wednesday afternoon to talk to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn about government policies that cause hardships for his small business.

72. Corker Holds Discussions Throughout State -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is spending the Senate’s Memorial Day recess hosting a series of roundtable discussions in Tennessee about the issue of health care. He will be in Memphis today.

Corker’s stops in the coming days will include health care roundtables in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Jackson, as well as Sumner, Putnam, Marion, Fayette, Hardeman and Dickson counties. Corker will be in Memphis today for a health care roundtable at 11 a.m. at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. Later in the day, he’ll attend a health care roundtable at Methodist Fayette Hospital in Somerville.

73. University Place to Hold Dedication Ceremony Wed. -

A grand opening ceremony will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. for the University Place Senior Building, part of the new University Place development on the site of the former Lamar Terrace public housing property.

74. House Thrown Into Chaos Over Abortion Amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House was thrown into chaos on Thursday over a failed Republican maneuver to try to resurrect an anti-abortion amendment.

Rep. Bill Dunn, a Knoxville Republican, attached a measure to bring the anti-abortion amendment to the floor to an unrelated resolution on legislative meeting times.

75. Abortion Amendment Sponsor to Seek Full House Vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The sponsor of a proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose greater limits on abortions has given notice that she plans to try to bring the measure up for a full House floor vote.

76. Supporters of Abortion Amendment Look for Full House Vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House sponsor of a proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose greater limits on abortions is trying to rally enough votes to bring the measure to a full floor vote.

77. Black Caucus Upset Democrat Excluded From Anti-Abortion Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Legislature's Black Caucus has lodged a complaint with House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh about a Republican member's exclusion of a Democratic lawmaker who wanted to co-sponsor an anti-abortion resolution.

78. Abortion Resolution Fails Again in House Subcommittee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A resolution that would change the state's constitution to allow more limits on abortion has failed again in a House subcommittee, but supporters say they aren't giving up hope this year.

79. Historic Fayette Bank Opens Eighth Office Near New Wal-Mart -

The past will meet the future in Fayette County this year when one of the area's oldest banks opens shop in front of the area's newest retailer.

The Bank of Fayette County, a community bank founded in 1905 and headquartered in Moscow, is poised to break ground next month on a branch in Oakland. The bank's eighth locale, it will occupy an outparcel of the new Wal-Mart Supercenter, set to open in March on heavily trafficked U.S. 64.

80. Clear Channel Sues Property Owner to Keep Billboard -

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

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

81. Conservation Group Releases Ratings of State Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Sens. Beverly Marrero and Rosalind Kurita tied for the top score in the Tennessee Conservation Voters' annual ratings of lawmakers released Monday.

Kurita, of Clarksville, and Marrero, of Memphis, each scored 11 points on the group's scale based on votes cast on selected legislation affecting the environment.

82. DA Disputes Release Of Inmates from Fayette Jail -      A judge has released 28 jail inmates from Fayette County's aging jail, which the judge has described as a "fire trap."
     District Attorney General Mike Dunavant told WMC-TV that General Se

83. Leadership Memphis Names Sessoms Board Chair -

Leadership Memphis has named Glenn Sessoms its board chair for 2007-2008. Sessoms is currently the vice president of the FedEx Memphis Hub Day Sort, where he manages 3,500 employees, four directors, 25 senior managers and 150 managers. He is a twice-decorated Five Star Award winner, the highest level of recognition at FedEx. Sessoms also is a 1997 graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Program.

84. Memphis Biofuels Files Federal Suit Against U.S. Alternative Fuels -

Memphis Biofuels LLC has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee against U.S. Alternative Fuels LLC, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

85. In Light of Va. Tech Tragedy, Some Wonder if Gun Laws Should Change -

Editor's Note: This article is part of a continuing series examining the Virginia Tech killing spree and its effects in Memphis.

Sam Wolfe's family started out in the dry-cleaning business almost 35 years ago. Today, they own dry cleaners in Collierville, Olive Branch, Memphis, Oakland and Somerville.

86. Legislator of the Year Award Honors 'Reluctant Candidate' -

Rep. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, admits that when she began campaigning for the first time in 2000, she believed most voters were indifferent when it came to politics.

Now, seven years after she was elected to represent the 94th District in the Tennessee General Assembly, she could not disagree more.

87. Roads Open Fayette County To New Development -

All roads lead somewhere. And in Fayette County, they are leading to more growth, especially if four separate highway projects come to fruition.

The most immediate - and definite - project is the extension of Tenn. Highway 385 into Piperton, which, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, should be open to traffic by June 30. Also in Piperton, U.S. Highway 72 from the Collierville city limits to the Mississippi state line is scheduled to be complete by about October.

88. Oakland Leads Overall Growth in Fayette County -

Of the nine municipalities in Fayette County, one town in particular has jumped way out in front of the rest.

For the past several years, the growth Oakland has experienced only can be described as phenomenal. The town, which lies about 20 miles east of the Shelby County line, has 17 new subdivisions under construction.

89. In Step with Biotech -

A plan proposed by Gov. Phil Bredesen in September to increase Tennessee's high school graduation rate could shine light on something that's been going on in Memphis for some time.

Bredesen's plan would offer free tuition to high school graduates who attend two-year community colleges, helping them get jobs that range in pay from $25,000 to $30,000 almost immediately after they graduate. The governor's plan would add much-needed tuition funding to a program that was implemented in 1997 at State Technical Institute at Memphis, now Southwest Tennessee Community College.

90. Fall Vesta Winners Announced -      The Fall Vesta Home Show has announced several awards, including best of show to Eads-based Polston Construction and Landscaping Inc. for its Chateau de Montclair home in the Cloisters of Hickory Withe subdivision in Fay

91. Organizers Push Vested Interest in Vesta Home Show -

The Vesta Home Show's love affair with Fayette County continues.

For the second year in a row, the Memphis Area Home Builder's Association's Fall Vesta Home Show will take place in the rural county just east of Memphis, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15 in The Cloisters of Hickory Withe subdivision off of Tenn. 196, which crosses U.S. 64.

92. 'Gentle Giant' Kelley Leaves Big Boots to Fill, Moves on to Fayette Commission and Barbecue -

Several years ago, a single woman who lived alone asked Fayette County Sheriff Bill Kelley to help her find some way to feel safer at her home at night without resorting to an alarm system.

Kelley offered a simple but effective solution.

93. Construction Firm Moves Ahead With Plans for Downtown Law School -

It's official: Bell & Associates Construction LP has been named the construction manager/general contractor for renovations that will convert the Memphis post office and former U.S. Customs House building on Front Street into a home for the University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

94. Where Population Grows, Crime Inevitably Follows -

In April 1997, an inmate at the Fayette County Jail in Somerville shot and killed a sheriff's deputy who had driven him from the jail to a dentist's appointment.

The inmate, Kennath Artez Henderson, now sits on death row, but the horror of the incident that took Deputy Tommy Bishop's life was a startling reminder of the danger lurking in Fayette County's system for transporting inmates.

95. Fayette County Airport Steps up Security Measures -      The Fayette County Airport is getting a leg up thanks to a $55,000 grant from the state. Gov. Phil Bredesen made the announcement Monday.
     The funds come in the form of an aeronautics gr

96. Methodist Healthcare Builds Its Reach With My M.D. Clinics -

Methodist Healthcare's latest innovation took place far from a laboratory or an operating room. It's called My M.D. and is in the fast-growing town of Oakland in Fayette County.

My M.D. opened last week in a shopping center off of U.S. 64, which runs right through the tiny hamlet. The response from the people who live in the town of about 2,500 was tremendous the first week the facility was open, according to those who work there.

97. Realtors Harness Satellite Technology To Pinpoint Plats, Parcels and Plots -

The eye-in-the-sky view is becoming a more common tool for land brokers and rural real estate agents - so much so that the Tennessee chapter of the Realtors Land Institute (RLI) is bringing a Global Positioning System class to the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) at 6393 Poplar Ave. The class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 13 and 14.

98. Square is so Square: Somerville Man Goes for Round House Instead -

Despite being a hot Memphis-area real estate market, Fayette County boasts another unique housing trait: the paneled round house. Based in Asheville, N.C., Deltec Homes Inc. sells circular housing kits. The company lists two round homes in West Tennessee: one in the town of Dyer and the other in Somerville.

99. Oakland is Latest Focus in Fayette Boom -

So much new commercial development is pouring into Fayette County that in the town of Oakland, it reminds Myles Leifer of Noah's ark.

Leifer is the newly installed president of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

100. Fayette Leaders Focus on Education -

The importance of education for today's youth is not in question in any community. Many schools' overall goal is to prep students for a college career that will one day lead to a white-collar job.

But in Fayette County, business leaders hope to also prepare today's youth for tomorrow's industrial jobs.