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1. County Commission Ready for Budget Analysis -

Shelby County Commissioners begin their detailed look at the county’s consolidated budget proposal Wednesday, April 16, for the coming fiscal year.

The budget committee, chaired by commissioner Heidi Shafer, begins its hearings with a look at the budgets for the offices of Sheriff, Trustee, Register and the Juvenile Court and its Clerk’s office.

2. Early Voting Opens in County Primaries -

Shelby County voters begin deciding Wednesday, April 16, who holds 11 countywide offices, including Shelby County mayor and district attorney general, as well as 13 seats on the Shelby County Commission drawn with new single-member district lines.

3. Haslam Unveils $1.5B Transportation Plan -

Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released the state’s three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

The Haslam administration said the plan unveiled Thursday takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transit funding. It contains no money to pay for early engineering work on new projects.

4. Alexander has $3.1 Million for Senate Campaign -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.

Alexander said he received formal notification on Thursday that he has qualified for the Aug. 7 primary. His eight opponents in the GOP nomination contest include state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn.

5. Diversified Trust Makes Promotions in Memphis -

Memphis-based Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $5 billion in assets, has promoted seven professionals in its Memphis office.

Robin Smithwick, managing principal of Diversified’s Memphis office, attributed the move to the company’s next generation of leaders becoming more visible and taking on greater responsibility around the firm, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

6. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

7. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

8. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

9. School Board Approves $52.6 Million Capital Ask -

Shelby County Schools board members have approved 25 sets of attendance zone changes for the first school year of the demerger and sent a $52.6 million capital “ask” for the current fiscal year to the Shelby County Commission for consideration.

10. Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid -

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Some commissioners branded Commissioner Steve Mulroy’s effort to urge County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to rebid the contract as a political effort. Mulroy is taking criticism from former Commissioner Deidre Malone in the three-way Democratic primary race for county mayor for his vote in favor of the contract in 2011.

11. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

12. School Board to Vote on $52.6 Million Capital Funding -

Shelby County Schools board members take up a $52.6 million capital funding request Tuesday, March 25, that superintendent Dorsey Hopson would take to the Shelby County Commission for funding.

And the board votes as well Tuesday on setting attendance zones for the school year that begins in August – the first school year of the demerger into six suburban school systems as well as a Shelby County Schools system that becomes the city of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County.

13. Q&A: Can't Afford Health Plan, Will I Be Fined? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

14. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

15. County Commissioners Review Ethics Code -

Shelby County Commissioners take their first look Wednesday, March 19, at possible changes to county government’s ethics code.

The changes, proposed by Commissioner Steve Mulroy, touch on issues raised earlier this year when a panel of the county ethics commission considered and ultimately dismissed a complaint filed by Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism.

16. Commission Delays Fire Promotion Review -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, March 10, delayed for two weeks a resolution that would have urged County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to delay Shelby County Fire Department promotions in order to open talks about a better promotion system.

17. Commission Delays Fire Promotion Review -

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, March 10, delayed for two weeks a resolution that would have urged County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration to delay Shelby County Fire Department promotions in order to open talks about a better promotion system.

18. American Athletic Conference Honors Three Tigers -

Senior guard Joe Jackson and sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin made the American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team and freshman forward Austin Nichols made the All-Rookie Team.

19. County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

The 11-1 vote came after it appeared twice that commissioners, including those supporting the funding, were ready to delay the decision for two weeks.

20. Commission to Vote on Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, March 10, on $5 million in public infrastructure funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

21. Lakecrest II Sells for $4.6 Million -

The Lakecrest II office building in East Memphis has changed hands again.

Southland Primacy LLC acquired the 129,104-square-foot office building at 6055 Primacy Parkway from Jefferson-Pilot Investments Inc. Feb. 28 for $4.6 million.

22. Commission Defeats Residency Referendum -

A proposed August referendum for dropping residency requirements for county government jobs and Shelby County Schools jobs was voted down by the Shelby County Commission Monday, Feb. 24, on the first of three readings.

23. Commission Defeats Residency Referendum -

A proposed August referendum for dropping residency requirements for county government jobs and Shelby County Schools jobs was voted down by the Shelby County Commission Monday, Feb. 24, on the first of three readings.

24. Shelby Forest Parents Applaud Rezoning Proposal -

The first reviews of the tentative Shelby County Schools rezoning plan for students were positive, with the plan winning applause Monday, Feb. 24, from parents in the Shelby Forest area.

The set of public hearings moves Wednesday, Feb. 26, to nearby Woodstock Middle School.

25. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

26. Harris Questions Ford’s Guns-in-Parks Vote -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris started raising funds and gauging support for a challenge of state Sen. Ophelia Ford last week by bringing up Ford’s vote earlier in the week in favor of the bill allowing guns to be carried in parks regardless of whether a local government bans the practice.

27. New Horizons -

When The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis-based certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, held an open house in recent weeks at its new digs, the evening portion of the event lasted from 7 till later in the night, with the last person leaving around 10.

28. County Commission Delays Schools Redistricting -

With candidates in the August Shelby County Schools board elections already a month into their filing period, the Shelby County Commission delayed Wednesday, Feb. 5, any vote on changes in the number of seats on the school board as well as the district lines until its Feb. 24 meeting.

29. Ethics Complaint Against Chism Dismissed -

It was commissioner against commissioner in the highest profile use so far of Shelby County government’s current ethics policy.

And the dispute that affected the commission’s deliberations on a county property tax rate ended last week with a three-citizen panel dismissing County Commissioner Terry Roland’s complaint against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism.

30. Ethics Panel Dismisses Roland Complaint Against Chism -

The highest profile use of Shelby County government’s ethics policy since it was implemented in 2008 has ended with the three-citizen panel hearing a complaint by County Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism dismissing Roland’s claim.

31. Ethics Panel Dismisses Roland Complaint Against Chism -

The highest profile use of Shelby County government’s ethics policy since it was implemented in 2008 has ended with the three-citizen panel hearing a complaint by County Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism dismissing Roland’s claim.

32. Mae Be, Mae Be Not -

MAE BE ONTO SOMETHING. State Sen. Mae Beavers – really, that’s her name – has offered legislation that makes it against the law in Tennessee to obey the law in the United States – really, I couldn’t possibly make that up.

33. Commission Approves Ballpark Deal -

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

Shelby County Commission approval of the county’s part of the deal Monday, Jan. 27, came with a lot of reluctance and some of the same complaints Memphis City Council members had last month – primarily that they were being rushed.

34. Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal -

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

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

35. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success -

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”

36. Early Payday for Thousands of Arkansas State Workers -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Thousands of state employees in Arkansas found a surprise in their bank accounts Wednesday.

The state's biweekly payroll was mistakenly direct-deposited into the bank accounts of just under 30,000 employees two days early. The employees should have been paid on Friday but received the money on Wednesday.

37. Bailey Pulls Petition For Circuit Court Return -

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

38. KBM Group Growing at Clark Tower -

A digital marketing agency is expanding at Clark Tower in East Memphis.

KBM Group, which is part of Wunderman/WPP, one of the world’s largest marketers, is expanding at Clark Tower less than a year after moving into the East Memphis office building, 5100 Poplar Ave.

39. Bailey Pulls Petition for Circuit Court Return -

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

40. Commission Sets Pay of Four County Offices -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Jan. 13, to the ordinance that keeps the same salaries for the Shelby County property assessor, register, trustee and Shelby County clerk for the four-year term of office that begins Sept. 1.

41. Newest County Commissioner Takes Seat -

The newest Shelby County Commissioner is not a newcomer to politics.

But there will be something of a learning curve for former Germantown Alderman Mark Billingsley because of the uniqueness of each local legislative body from boards of aldermen to councils to school boards. The uniqueness isn’t in the structures of those bodies as much as it is in the personalities that come together on them.

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

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

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

43. Events -

The Whitehaven Partnership will meet Friday, Jan. 10, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Whitehaven branch library, 4120 Millbranch Road. Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir, and representatives from the Memphis Police Department and other city agencies will discuss improving Whitehaven neighborhoods. Email cburton615@hotmail.com or call 345-3695.

44. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Thursday, Jan. 9, to Jan. 26 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

45. Hats in the Ring -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

46. Commission to Have New Faces in 2014 -

When Shelby County Commissioners said farewell to one of their own this week at the commission’s last meeting of 2013, it was the latest in a series of changes that will remake the 13-member body by this time next year.

47. Commission Votes Down School Board Pay Raise -

The issue of how much to pay elected officials was settled Monday, Dec. 16, by the Shelby County Commission on one front.

But the debate will still be around in another form in the new year.

48. Roland Calls for Probe of Missing Schools Inventory -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is calling for a special meeting of the Shelby County Commission this month to talk with Shelby County Schools officials about the recent external audit of the school system that couldn’t account for $48.4 million in school system property and equipment.

49. Commission Debates Pay for County Offices -

Shelby County Commissioners appear to have another deadlock similar to the one that spilled over from 2011 into 2012 on drawing new district lines for the 13-member body.

This time the issue is what to pay those holding six countywide elected offices once all of the votes are counted next August in the county general elections.

50. Multiple Sclerosis Society Adds Trustees -

The Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has added 10 people from the Memphis area to its board of trustees.

They are Andrew Forsdick, owner of Addison Capital Advisors; Kerry Hayes, director of public relations for Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC; Terry Lawrence, project manager at AutoZone Inc.; Ginger Leeke, esthetician with Eden Spa; Alan Lindgren, owner of Speed of Sound LLC; Karen Malogroski, owner of Bikes Plus; Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, food service, International Paper Co.; Michelle Rappaport-Moore, psychotherapist with The Experiential Healing Center; Dr. N. Shah, pediatric neurologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Williamson, vice president of market, Boscos Corp./Roma Pomodori Inc.

51. Marston Group Adds Courtenay to Practice -

The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, has added Terry Courtenay as a member of the firm’s practice.

Courtenay, a certified public accountant, has experience providing tax and advisory services to predominantly family-held businesses, and he’s worked with a variety of businesses, including in the fields of real estate and agriculture.

52. State Lease Bolsters One Commerce Square -

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said there were no second acts in American lives.

But One Commerce Square, the towering Downtown office building at Union Avenue and Main Street, is preparing for its third act.

53. Multiple Sclerosis Society Adds Trustees -

The Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has added 10 people from the Memphis area to its board of trustees.

They are Andrew Forsdick, owner of Addison Capital Advisors; Kerry Hayes, director of public relations for Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC; Terry Lawrence, project manager at AutoZone Inc.; Ginger Leeke, esthetician with Eden Spa; Alan Lindgren, owner of Speed of Sound LLC; Karen Malogroski, owner of Bikes Plus; Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, food service, International Paper Co.; Michelle Rappaport-Moore, psychotherapist with The Experiential Healing Center; Dr. N. Shah, pediatric neurologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Williamson, vice president of market, Boscos Corp./Roma Pomodori Inc.

54. Marston Group Adds Courtenay to Practice -

The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, has added Terry Courtenay as a member of the firm’s practice.

Courtenay, a certified public accountant, has experience providing tax and advisory services to predominantly family-held businesses, and he’s worked with a variety of businesses, including in the fields of real estate and agriculture.

55. Commission Begins Debate on Pay for Elected Offices -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Nov. 18, to keep their annual pay at $29,100 for the term of office that begins Sept. 1, 2014, after the August county general elections.

The ordinance passed on the first of three readings.

56. Commission Considers County Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners take up proposed pay raises Monday, Nov. 18, for the offices of Shelby County mayor, Shelby County sheriff and four other countywide elected officials.

The commission votes on the first of three readings, which also includes an ordinance to keep the pay of Shelby County Commissioners at $29,100 a year.

57. Millington School Board Meets Public -

A group of 100 citizens in Millington Tuesday, Nov. 12, had a lot of questions and angst about the coming of a Millington municipal school system.

The town hall meeting was the first gathering of the seven Millington school board members elected Nov. 7. They won’t take office until next month, so a lot of the questions at the Millington Civic Center Tuesday evening from a room that was mostly teachers and other educators were about decisions the board hasn’t started making yet.

58. Fuente Keenly Aware of Job’s Ups, Downs -

It was a postmortem that sounded like a lot of other postmortems from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

“Our guys battled their tails off,” University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente said after his team lost, 34-21, to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Oct. 30. “Again, our margin for error is not very big.”

59. EDGE Board Remains on Political Hot Seat -

The next time Shelby County Commissioners gather to talk over funding for the Economic Development Growth Engine, they hope to have EDGE leaders and city leaders in their committee room.

The commission delayed action Monday, Oct. 28, on a resolution of intent that would have announced commissioners’ intention to block their confirmation of any appointees to the EDGE board by the city of Memphis.

60. Building Negotiations Likely to Stray for Schools -

The Shelby County Schools board approved a specific framework Monday, Oct. 28, for negotiations with each of the future six suburban school systems on school buildings within their boundaries.

The specifics are 40-year leases for a specific list of schools for a “negotiated sum” that would “assist in offsetting the health and life insurances costs of currently retired school system employees.”

61. Tigers Need Defense Against Cincinnati -

The best part of the Tigers’ 34-29 loss to SMU – if there can be a best part – was linebacker Ryan Coleman tying an NCAA record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns.

62. Contractors Warn of Bad Surety Bonds -

A rash of bad construction project surety bonds in three states and American Samoa landed at Memphis International Airport this summer with plans to demolish the Regency Hotel on the grounds of the airport.

63. Shelby County Schools to Apply for Head Start Funding -

A larger Head Start program run by the Shelby County Schools system would have a much smaller front office than the one through which Shelby County government administers the $23 million program.

And it would align the early childhood curriculum in Head Start centers with the curriculum used when those children start kindergarten in the Shelby County Schools system.

64. Head Start Funding Deadline Looms for County -

Shelby County Commissioners will probably talk again Monday, Oct. 14, about who should apply for $23 million in federal funding for the Head Start program.

Last month the commission approved a resolution urging Shelby County Schools to apply for the early childhood development program now administered by Shelby County government.

65. Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City -

The Shops of Saddle Creek is in store for a multimillion-dollar makeover and expansion, a project that will likely be the first of several development dominoes to fall in Germantown.

Texas-based Trademark Property Co., which has operated the retail center since 2011, will expand the portion of the 148,000-square-foot lifestyle center on the southwest side of Poplar Avenue and West Street in Germantown.

66. Commission Appoints Avant To School Board, Keeps Shafer As Budget Chair -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Shante Avant, a mother who has worked for the Women’s Foundation and other local nonprofits for 17 years, as the newest members of the countywide school board.

67. Commission Appoints Avant To School Board, Keeps Shafer As Budget Chair -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Shante Avant, a mother who has worked for the Women’s Foundation and other local nonprofits for 17 years, as the newest members of the countywide school board.

68. Faith and Football -

The four men had parked themselves in lawn chairs under a tent outside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on a Saturday with no Tigers football game. Yes, there was Fan Fest and soon enough a “mock game” would begin inside the stadium as Tiger players ran around in helmets, jerseys and shorts.

69. Tigers See Bye Week as Advantage -

Most of the college football world is in the midst of game week. The University of Memphis is not, having to wait until 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to play Duke.

“I’d rather be playing as soon as possible,” Tigers defensive end Terry Redden said.

70. Car Company's Tunica Plans Haven't Come to Fruition -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.

71. Optimism Reigns as Tigers Prep for Season -

There is no reliable way to determine if a losing football program is on the precipice of becoming a winning football program. If there was, we’d all be getting rich betting the games.

But there is something to be said about change starting at the top. Second-year University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente and several players – all members of the team’s Leadership Council – met with the media on Wednesday, Aug. 7, the official reporting date; the first of four helmet-and-shorts practices was to begin the next day, and then on Tuesday, Aug. 13, the first practice in full pads.

72. Tricky Obstacles Ahead to Averting Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite pressure from some liberal Democrats for a September showdown in hopes of ending huge automatic, government-shrinking spending cuts, Washington appears on track to avert what would be the first government shutdown in nearly two decades.

73. 2014 County Commission Candidates Mapping Strategy -

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

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

74. Commissioner Harvey Home to Stay -

As the Shelby County Commission began debating whether or not property tax rates caused homeowners and small-business owners to move out of the county, one commissioner was preparing to move to Dallas.

75. Former Theater Site Heads to Auction Block -

The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning a Midtown building with an interesting history.

On Friday, Aug. 9, at the Shelby County Courthouse, the IRS will auction the building and a vacant lot at 319 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive and 323 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive. The minimum bid the IRS is seeking is $12,356. The IRS seized the building for nonpayment of IRS taxes due from Faith Village.

76. Probe May Cause Issues for More Than DHS Official -

WASHINGTON (AP) – An internal investigation of President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department has the potential to become a political headache for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia.

77. Issues of County Budget Season Remain -

The Shelby County property tax rate of $4.38 is ready for the tax bills that are to go out starting later this month.

But with the county budget season now over, some of the major themes of the Shelby County Commission’s debate over taxes are likely to remain in play.

78. Commission Tries Again to Set County Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners try again Monday, July 22, to set a county property tax rate for the fiscal year that began July 1.

And they will start consideration of the issue with a proposed $4.38 tax rate backed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell on the second of three readings.

79. County Tax Rate Doesn’t Get Past Budget Committee -

Shelby County Commissioners could not find enough votes in committee sessions Wednesday, July 17, for a county property tax rate that had any chance of passing before the full commission next week.

80. County Tax Rate Doesn’t Get Past Budget Committee -

Shelby County Commissioners could not find enough votes in committee sessions Wednesday, July 17, for a county property tax rate that had any chance of passing before the full commission next week.

81. Commission Begins Work on New Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners have several important questions to consider Wednesday, July 17, in committee sessions, all of them having to do with that most volatile of political questions – taxes.

More than two weeks into the new fiscal year, Shelby County government has no new property tax rate. The commission last week on third and final reading voted down the $4.38 tax rate proposed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

82. Tax Rate Delay Could Affect County Cash Flow -

Shelby County property taxes aren’t due until October, but the tax bills were to go out to taxpayers later this month.

And that could cause some cash flow problems if a new county property tax rate isn’t set soon.

83. Commission to Vote on $4.38 Tax Rate -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, July 8, on a new county property tax rate of $4.38.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

84. Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress' Action -

WASHINGTON (AP) – College students taking out new loans for the fall term will see interest rates twice what they were in the spring – unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4 holiday.

85. Kroger-Anchored Center Sells for $14.6 Million -

4270 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $14.6 million

Sale Date: June 18, 2013

86. Influence1 Foundation Buys Bishop Byrne -

The Memphis-based Influence1 Foundation, best known for operating the City University charter schools, has paid $1.1 million for Bishop Byrne High School at 1475 E. Shelby Drive in Whitehaven.

87. Presidents Island Useable Space Could Double -

If the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission can win a sizeable grant from the federal government, work to build railroad capacity on Presidents Island – which would eventually allow for the future development of up to 1,500 acres there – could begin in August.

88. Project Could Double Usable Space on President's Island -

If the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission can win a sizeable grant from the federal government, work to build railroad capacity on Presidents Island – which would eventually allow for the future development of up to 1,500 acres there – could begin in August.

89. Removing Barriers -

While enjoying a meal near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Terry Lynch reminisced on the wilting but salvageable Chisca Hotel in Downtown Memphis.

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

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

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

91. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

92. Collierville Office Building Owner Files $1.8 Million Loan -

The owner of the 15,632-square-foot office building at 60 Market Center Drive in Collierville has filed a $1.8 million loan on the property.

93. ‘All Options Open’ -

It’s been almost two years since Pinnacle Airlines moved more than 600 employees into the One Commerce Square building Downtown.

Hailed as a victory in the long-running battle to revive Downtown, Pinnacle’s move to the 29-story building at Union Avenue and Main Street was hailed by city, county and business leaders as a signature event that would spur more investment and development in the city’s core.

94. Funding Conundrum -

There were times this week at the Shelby County Commission when the debate over school funding and the schools merger made the superintendent of the consolidated school system more spectator than presenter.

95. Shelby County Tax Rate Endgame Takes Shape -

To some it’s a calculation with no binding effect on what is to come. To others on the Shelby County Commission it is an indication that a county property tax increase is about to be railroaded through.

96. Commission Approves Certified Tax Rate As Prelude To Tax Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners established a certified county property tax rate of $4.32 Monday, May 20, after much debate about what the calculation means in a reappraisal year where reappraisal values went down instead of up or staying roughly even.

97. Cresthaven Medical Building Sells for $2.5 Million -

1068 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $2.5 million

Sale Date: May 2, 2013

98. Renaissance Group Files Loan on Lakeland Office -

Architecture and engineering firm Renaissance Group has filed a $1.7 million loan on its headquarters at 9700 Village Circle in Lakeland.

99. Brimhall Named Bartlett Entrepreneur of Year -

Terry Brimhall, founder and president of Brimhall Foods Co. Inc., has been named entrepreneur of the year by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

100. Core Focus -

The Great Recession silenced construction crews throughout the Memphis area, and that was especially evident Downtown, where ambitious, skyline-changing projects were put on hold, reconfigured or scrapped altogether.