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1. Attorney General Names Blumstein Solicitor General -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has selected Andree Sophia Blumstein to be his solicitor general.

Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts, review written opinions, as well as advise the attorney general.

2. Tennessee Magazine Names 'Best' State Parks -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several Tennessee State Parks have been named "Best" in Tennessee by readers of The Tennessee Magazine.

The publication announced the winners of its annual Best of Tennessee Readers' Choice Awards earlier this month.

3. Maine Independent King Endorses Sen. Alexander -

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he is endorsing Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander in Tennessee’s Senate race, but is still awaiting the results of elections nationwide before deciding which party to caucus with.

4. Events -

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a presentation and public hearing on the 2015-2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan Monday, Oct. 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library meeting room A, 3030 Poplar Ave. Visit tn.gov/environment/solid-waste to review the draft plan.

5. Succession Plan Charts Future For Linkous Construction -

As children, Jamie and Rusty Linkous used to hop in the family vehicle with their parents, R.E. and Clare Linkous, and visit work sites, watching firsthand the hard work their parents put into altering the built landscape of the city.

6. UTHSC Names Snyder Associate Dean -

Dr. Clint W. Snyder has been appointed as the senior associate dean and chair for the new Department of Medical Education in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine.

7. $2.4M Spent on Ads for Ballot Measures -

Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead of next month's election.

8. Clerk’s Office Employee Indicted on Federal Charges -

Tammy Brooks Carpenter, an employee of the Memphis City Court Clerk’s office, faces a federal charge of embezzlement for partially voiding payments of 188 traffic tickets written by Memphis Police and keeping some of the money those drivers paid.

9. Davidson Named Engineer for Corps of Engineers -

Donny D. Davidson Jr. is the new chief of engineering and construction division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District.

Davidson comes to the position from being chief of the Memphis District’s construction branch.

10. First Tennessee Customers Can Use Apple Pay -

First Tennessee Bank customers soon will be able to use their First Tennessee debit or credit card from within Apple Pay, the new digital payment service from Apple.

11. MIFA Appoints Two to Organization’s Staff -

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) has appointed Andrea Hill manager of MIFA’s COOL (College Offers Opportunity for Life) program and Genevieve Hill-Thomas has joined the nonprofit organization’s staff as corporate giving development officer.

12. Athletic/Ortho Facility Opens in Collierville -

D1 Sports Holdings LLC and Ortho One Sports Medicine have teamed up to open a sports training and therapy facility in Memphis. In addition, the business is co-owned by Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Michael Oher.

13. Wharton, Norris Speak at Rape Kit Summit -

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. spoke at a summit in Cleveland, Ohio, to discuss the handling of rape kit backlogs.

14. This week in Memphis history: October 24-30 -

2009: Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said he had received a “target” letter from federal prosecutors indicating he was the target of a federal investigation into an option he had on the land where the Greyhound bus terminal then stood. Ultimately the investigation went nowhere.

15. Editorial: Senate Race Shows Landscape is Changing -

What the race on the November ballot for the U.S. Senate says about our current political environment goes beyond whatever the results will be.

To us, it says our politics is changing. The deck is being shuffled and there are new players at the table. There are also new potential players watching the game.

16. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

17. Tennessee Health Officials Preparing for Ebola Cases -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health care officials say they have implemented appropriate practices to handle any Ebola cases.

The Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Tennessee Nurses Association issued a joint statement this week saying they're on heightened awareness for anyone showing up in their emergency rooms and physicians' offices who exhibit symptoms similar to the Ebola virus.

18. $2.4 Million Spent on TV Ads For Ballot Measures -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

19. Group to Promote Afterschool Programs in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group is being formed to promote afterschool programs in Tennessee.

United Ways of Tennessee, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and others held a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol in Nashville to launch the Tennessee Afterschool Network.

20. Haslam: Common Core Review Doesn't Signal Retreat -

PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday insisted that his decision this week to hold a public review of Common Core doesn't signal a retreat from the education standards in view of heavy criticism from teachers and tea party groups.

21. First Horizon Acquires Company -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The parent company of First Tennessee bank has acquired a Raleigh, North Carolina financial company.

First Horizon National Corp. purchased TrustAtlantic Financial Corp. for $80 million on Wednesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1scdaEt ) the deal is subject to approval by regulators and TrustAtlantic's shareholders.

22. UTHSC Announces Medical Education Appointment -

Clint W. Snyder, PhD, MBA, has been appointed as the senior associate dean and chair for the new Department of Medical Education in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine.

23. Marine Hospital, I-55 Roundabout Draw Interest -

The public’s first opportunity to get a look at the old U.S. Marine Hospital by Chickasaw Heritage Park earlier this year included a chance to walk around the old set of buildings and the grounds overlooking the Mississippi River.

24. First Tennessee Grows Beyond Home State -

This year may mark its 150th anniversary, but 2014 has proven to be a significant period for First Tennessee Bank for reasons beyond the celebration of a milestone birthday.

25. Process Outlined to Review State Academic Standards -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday laid out a process for a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math amid continuing discussion about Common Core.

26. Gordon Ball Launches Bus Tour in Tennessee Senate Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Wednesday kicked off a bus tour around Tennessee that he hopes will draw attention to incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander's refusal to engage in a series of statewide debates.

27. Clerk’s Office Employee Indicted on Federal Charges -

Tammy Brooks Carpenter, an employee of the Memphis City Court Clerk’s office, faces a federal charge of embezzlement for partially voiding payments of 188 traffic tickets written by Memphis Police and keeping some of the money those drivers paid.

28. Pension Reform Decision Back At Square One -

It happened in the shadow of a change in the pension reform proposal Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had backed all through the summer and two of three council votes.

As the Memphis City Council got its first formal presentation Tuesday, Oct. 21, of Wharton’s new hybrid pension plan, it settled City Hall’s tumultuous discussion about changes to health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

29. Hybrid Pension Plan Resets Council Debate on Benefits -

If it wasn’t apparent before, it became apparent Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the city’s effort to change the pension system of city employees is back at square one.

The council was already scheduled Tuesday to hear from Segal Consulting, the actuary firm the council hired at the outset of its discussion about pension changes proposed by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

30. Advocates Continue Call for Medicaid Expansion -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other health care advocates held a mock funeral across from the state Capitol on Tuesday to characterize lives they say will be lost if Medicaid is not expanded in Tennessee.

31. Mississippi Renews Water-Rights Battle With Memphis -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to file a new lawsuit alleging Memphis is stealing water from the state.

32. Davidson Named Engineer For Army Corps of Engineers -

Donny D. Davidson Jr. is the new chief of engineering and construction division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District.

Davidson comes to the position from being chief of the Memphis District’s construction branch.

33. New Tech Group Formed to Expand Community -

This year’s TechCamp Memphis event, which happens Nov. 1, will represent more than just a one-day conference for design, development and marketing professionals in the Memphis area.

The event, now in its third year, also marks the first official event from the Memphis Technology Foundation, a new nonprofit put together by leaders in the city’s technology community to help that community grow. The group plans to do so by helping the city’s designers, developers, makers and technology aficionados find new ways to band together, learn from each other and network.

34. County Charts Quieter Course On Insurance -

With less than two weeks to the open enrollment period for county employees, Shelby County Commissioners take a look at changes to county employee health care benefits Wednesday, Oct. 22, in committee sessions.

35. Wine Sales Debate Enters Stretch Run -

Josh Hammond, the president of Buster’s Liquor and Wines, sums up the position he has to overcome in a word – convenience.

That is how backers of the referendums on the Nov. 4 ballot to allow wine sales in food stores are selling the proposition to voters via television ads as early voters are making their choices on the questions in Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Arlington, Millington and Germantown.

36. Commission Won't Rehear Domestic Violence Deposit Waiver -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won't reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days.

The commission voted 3-0 Monday to deny a request from rural water associations and electrical cooperatives to rehear the issue.

37. Online App for Tennessee Lawmakers Wins Award -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An online application for Tennessee lawmakers has won an award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The group awarded the state Legislature the Legislative Staff Achievement Award for the new "Dashboard" for state senators and representatives.

38. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee -

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

39. Alexander's Spending on Re-Election Bid Tops $8 Million -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander's campaign spending in his bid to represent Tennessee in U.S. Senate for a third term now tops $8 million. By comparison, the former governor and two-time presidential candidate spent $4.5 million on his entire Senate bid in 2008.

40. Haslam Says no Secret on Positions in Second Term -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Haslam says there should be little mystery about where he stands on major issues like Medicaid expansion and Common Core educations standards as he runs for a second term as Tennessee governor against nominal Democratic opposition.

41. MIFA Appoints Two To Organization’s Staff -

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) has appointed Andrea Hill manager of MIFA’s COOL (College Offers Opportunity for Life) program and Genevieve Hill-Thomas has joined the nonprofit organization’s staff as corporate giving development officer.

42. Council Considers Car Lot By New Graceland Hotel -

The Memphis City Council takes up a special use permit Tuesday, Oct. 21, to allow a used car lot at 3510 Elvis Presley Blvd., south of Winchester Road, by Babak Makki.

43. First Tennessee Customers Can Use Apple Pay -

First Tennessee Bank customers soon will be able to use their First Tennessee debit or credit card from within Apple Pay, the new digital payment service from Apple.

44. SEC Finds Dominance at Top of Associated Press Poll -

Another week, another first in the Associated Press college football poll. For the first time, one conference – yes, the SEC – has placed four teams in the top five. Mississippi State remained No. 1 after its bye week. Florida State of the ACC stayed No. 2 after defeating Notre Dame. Ole Miss held at No. 3 after beating Tennessee, Alabama moved up three spots to No. 4 after blasting Texas A&M 59-0, and Auburn moved up a spot to fifth after its bye week.

45. Political Leaders Weigh In on Ebola Prep -

There is the medical response to the potential of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. And then there is the political response to the possibility of such an outbreak.

And health care professionals tend to stick to the medical response and leave the political response to those who are elected.

46. Local Ebola Response Relies On Experience -

Five years ago this month, there was a triage tent on the grounds of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Memphis was a hot spot for the H1N1 flu pandemic.

Doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists from the hospital’s emergency room and intensive care units were the first in the nation to get vaccinations against H1N1. So were pediatricians and Shelby County Health Department employees on the front line of the city’s battle with the pandemic.

47. Wharton, Norris to Speak at Rape Kit Summit -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. have been invited to speak at a summit in Cleveland, Ohio, next week to discuss the handling of rape kit backlogs.

48. Athletic/Ortho Facility Opens in Collierville -

D1 Sports Holdings LLC and Ortho One Sports Medicine have teamed up to open a sports training and therapy facility in Memphis. In addition, the business is co-owned by Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Michael Oher.

49. Wharton, Norris Speak At Rape Kit Summit -

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. have been invited to speak at a summit in Cleveland, Ohio, to discuss the handling of rape kit backlogs.

50. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association presents the 2014 VESTA Home Show daily except Mondays through Oct. 26 at Shaw’s Creek Reserve, on Raleigh Lagrange Road east of Tenn. 196 in Piperton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youths 7 to 14. Visit vestashow.com.

51. Carr Appointed to Chancery Court Vacancy -

Attorney Oscar C. Carr III is the newest Shelby County Chancery Court judge. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday, Oct. 16, his appointment of Carr to the vacancy on the court created when Chancellor Kenny Armstrong was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals earlier this year.

52. Business Licenses Up 13.2 Percent Year to Date -

Year to date, business licenses are ahead of 2013’s pace but there were fewer licenses issued through the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the third quarter of 2014 than from the same period in 2013.

53. First Horizon Reports Positive Third Quarter -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank moved back to profitable territory for the third quarter from a loss during the same period in 2013, reporting net income of $45 million, or 19 cents a share, for the period ending Sept. 30.

54. How Bad is Knoxville Crime? -

From murders to burglaries, most of Knoxville’s crime can be attributed to illegal drugs, police say.

But even as crime figures have remained static for years, where you live likely determines how you feel about crime and safety.

55. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World -

The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.

56. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

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58. UT Who? Vols-Ole Miss Game a Mirror Image of ’69 -

KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.

Not on this day, though. It was Nov. 15, 1969.

59. Locker’s Opportunities to Succeed Slipping Away -

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says Jake Locker is still his starting quarterback.

That, of course, is predicated on when Locker will be able to recover from his bruised right thumb and is well enough to grip and throw a football.

60. UTHSC Selects Dean of Extramural Affairs -

Dr. John Douglas Seeberg has been named the inaugural associate dean of extramural affairs in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, effective immediately. Seeberg previously worked as the assistant dean of clinical affairs in the College of Dentistry.

61. First Tennessee to Offer More Secure Cards -

First Tennessee Bank is preparing to introduce chip-based cards that provide greater security than cards that store customer information on a strip on the back.

62. Memphis Baseball Schedule Includes SEC Opponents -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open the season on Feb. 13 at Oral Roberts, the first time the Tigers have started on the road since 2007.

"Obviously, when you formulate a schedule you are doing it two years in advance and aren't real sure of the makeup of the roster," coach Daron Schoenrock said. "We are purposely going on the road early this year because we thought we might have a veteran experience on the pitching staff, which we will have. We will lean on those guys this season to get us through the early road test."

63. Cataract Surgeon to Speak in Memphis -

On Thursday, Oct. 23, the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host its 13th annual Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Medicine and Ophthalmology. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the Freeman Auditorium at Hamilton Eye, 930 Madison Ave., at 7 p.m.

64. Tennesseeans Urged to Fight 'Voter Suppression' -

Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper and community leaders are urging people to vote this election cycle following a recent report that shows states that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not.

65. Regions Bank Grows Local Deposit Share -

Regions Bank has grown its share of customer bank deposits in both Shelby County and in Tennessee as a whole, according to a new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

66. Old Dominion Opening Memphis Center Monday -

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says it is opening a new facility in Memphis.

The freight shipping company says it is opening a new 267-door service center on Monday, Oct. 20.

67. Regions Insurance Expands in Memphis -

The recent expansion of the employee benefits practice of Regions Insurance in Memphis involved the addition of Stuart Zalowitz and Jonathan Frisch, owners of Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group, along with a team of associates.

68. Editorial: Questions and Candidates for November -

The last election of 2014 is underway with early voting across the state and in Shelby County.

And the questions for voters continue to be not only whom but what to vote for.

The ballot includes a dozen referendums, from a city charter amendment to wine in grocery stores to liquor by the drink to the four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution.

69. First Horizon Swings Back to Quarterly Profit -

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank moved back to profitable territory for the third quarter from a loss during the same period in 2013, reporting net income of $45 million, or 19 cents a share, for the period ending Sept. 30.

70. Carr Appointed to Chancery Court Vacancy -

Attorney Oscar C. Carr III is the newest Shelby County Chancery Court judge.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday, Oct. 16, his appointment of Carr to the vacancy on the court created when Chancellor Kenny Armstrong was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals earlier this year.

71. Governor's Free Tuition Plan in Need of Mentors -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's free tuition program is in need of mentors.

They are a key part of the so-called Tennessee Promise initiative to cover full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

72. Alexander, Ball Spar in Lone Tennessee Senate Forum -

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball in their first and only joint appearance of Tennessee's U.S. Senate race on Thursday attacked each other as unsuited to hold the office.

73. Memphis Baseball Sched Includes SEC Opponents -

The University of Memphis baseball team will open the season on Feb. 13 at Oral Roberts, the first time the Tigers have started on the road since 2007.

“Obviously, when you formulate a schedule you are doing it two years in advance and aren’t real sure of the makeup of the roster,” coach Daron Schoenrock said. “We are purposely going on the road early this year because we thought we might have a veteran experience on the pitching staff, which we will have. We will lean on those guys this season to get us through the early road test.”

74. Regions Bank Grows Local Deposit Share -

Regions Bank has grown its share of customer bank deposits in both Shelby County and in Tennessee as a whole, according to a new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

75. Schools Leaders Move Toward Cooperation -

As the Achievement School District weighs a short list of a dozen low-performing Memphis schools for the state-run school district in the next school year, Shelby County Schools officials are involved in the selection process far more than they have been in past years.

76. Freight Shipping Company Opening Memphis Center -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says it is opening a new facility in Memphis.

77. Bankruptcies Top 3,000 After Second-Quarter Dip -

After a second quarter in which bankruptcy filings dipped below 3,000 for the first time since 2011, the total number of filings for the Memphis area rose slightly above 3,000.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, there were 3,135 filings by individuals or businesses with a Shelby County address in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

78. ASD Considers 12 Additional Memphis Schools -

The Achievement School District is considering adding up to 12 Memphis schools to the state-run school district that is now in its third school year.

Leaders of the school district released Wednesday, Oct. 15, the list of schools being considered for the 2015-2016 school year. The schools are taken from the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement test results.

79. Tennesseeans Urged to Fight 'Voter Suppression' -

Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper and community leaders are urging people to vote this election cycle following a recent report that shows states that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not.

80. UTHSC Selects Dean of Extramural Affairs -

Dr. John Douglas Seeberg has been named the inaugural associate dean of extramural affairs in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, effective immediately. Seeberg previously worked as the assistant dean of clinical affairs in the College of Dentistry.

81. State Rolls Out New Election App -

Just in time for early voting, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is out with a Smartphone app that can answer common questions from voters in every election about where they can vote early, the polling place for their election day precinct and directions to it and some of the districts they live in.

82. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

83. Secretary of State Defends Name on Voting Stickers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says "I Voted" stickers featuring his name is a matter of accountability and not intended to be political.

Hargett spoke to reporters on Tuesday following a demonstration of a free app designed to give voters easier access to information on Election Day.

84. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. will meet Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

85. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

86. Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

87. Outdoors Celebration -

A new Memphis outdoors event kicking off this weekend at Shelby Farms will celebrate the lifestyle of the outdoors and sporting enthusiasts, alongside a set of friendly and competitive off-road races.

88. Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent -

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

89. Tennessee Voters to Decide on Income Tax Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a few weeks, Tennesseans will vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.

But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it's unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it's become such a toxic political issue.

90. Tennessee Constitutional Officers Get Own Spokespeople -

Tennessee's secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer are abandoning an effort to use one communications officer to speak on all three constitutional officers' behalf.

Treasurer David Lillard announced Friday he has hired Shelli King, a former marketing consultant at WTVF-TV in Nashville, to be his chief spokeswoman. Comptroller Justin Wilson previously hired former WZTV-TV reporter John Dunn to be his spokesman.

91. Abortion Rights Proponents Give Big to Campaign -

Abortion rights supporters contributed big sums last quarter to a campaign to defeat Amendment 1. The proposed constitutional amendment would give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee.

92. First Tennessee to Offer More Secure Cards -

First Tennessee Bank is preparing to introduce chip-based cards that provide greater security than cards that store customer information on a strip on the back.

93. Prominent Cataract Surgeon to Speak in Memphis -

On Thursday, Oct. 23, the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host its 13th annual Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Medicine and Ophthalmology. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the Freeman Auditorium at Hamilton Eye, 930 Madison Ave., at 7 p.m.

94. Tourette Help -

In sports talk radio, questions are a good thing. They don’t have to bring solutions, after all, just open the gates to discussion and debate.

Craig Carton, who is co-host of WFAN’s morning show, “Boomer & Carton,” in New York, is comfortable with that format in that setting.

95. 'I Voted' Stickers Feature GOP Name in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – No matter how Tennessee voters cast their ballots, they'll be offered "I Voted" stickers featuring the name of a key Republican who's not running for office – yet.

96. Events -

West Tennessee Home Builders Association presents the 2014 VESTA Home Show daily except Mondays through Oct. 26 at Shaw’s Creek Reserve, on Raleigh Lagrange Road east of Tenn. 196 in Piperton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youths 7 to 14. Visit vestashow.com.

97. Confusion Rampant on Judicial Selection Issue -

The only real controversy locally about the proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution on judicial selection is confusion about how the race for Tennessee governor on the same Nov. 4 ballot is connected to the votes on that and three other amendments.

98. Commission’s First Partisan Challenge Lingers -

Shelby County Commissioners appeared last week to be on the way to putting behind them their first political controversy of their term of office.

Six of the seven Democratic commissioners along with Republican commissioner Steve Basar voted last month to delay the slate of committee assignments made by new chairman Justin Ford.

99. VIA Productions Expands in Memphis -

A month after announcing one acquisition, Memphis-based video production company VIA Productions is still pursuing an “aggressive growth strategy,” including staff additions and more acquisitions.

100. Tennessee Agency Sends Inaccurate Medicaid Letters -

Officials with a state agency that's been sending inaccurate letters to Tennesseans informing them they don't qualify for Medicaid say they're addressing the issue.

The Tennessean reports the letter sent this year were automatically generated by an outdated computer system when someone applies to the Department of Human Services for food stamps.