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1. Clueing THEA -

THEA crops up in crosswords occasionally. In an easy puzzle, it’ll be clued as “Ellington’s ‘Take ___ Train’.” Or “Mr. T’s ‘___ Team’.” In more challenging grids, THEA’s clues include “Actress Gill,” “German author von Harbou,” or “Mother of Eos.” Snobby solvers don’t like any of these clues; thus, they don’t like THEA. That’s about to change. Henceforth, a new clue for THEA will be available. I predict a change of attitude toward the answer.

2. First Lady to Visit St. Jude Wednesday -

First lady Michelle Obama will visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 17, according to a White House press release issued Monday.

Obama will visit with patients in the hospital’s activity room and later tour the hospital as well as visit with children receiving treatment.

3. Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival -

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

4. Hollingsworth Buys Mississippi Industrial Property -

The Hollingsworth Cos., which operates a prominent industrial development company with holdings across the South, has acquired an industrial building in Senatobia, Miss.

Clinton, Tenn.-based Hollingsworth recently acquired the 198,450-square-foot building at 795 Shands Bottom Road in Senatobia from BMW.

5. 5 Arkansas Airports Win $2.9M in Grants -

Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state, including West Memphis Municipal Airport, will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

6. 5 Arkansas Airports Win $2.9 Million in Grants -

Three members of the Arkansas congressional delegation say five airports in the state, including West Memphis Municipal Airport, will share in $2.9 million in federal grants.

Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Tim Griffin announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the grants for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

7. Poll Shows Tennessee Voters Favor Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A majority of Tennessee voters support Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, as well as higher education standards, according to the latest Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.

8. Tennessee Democrats Net $500,000 in Annual Fundraiser -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

The event headlined by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday.

9. Seat for Federal Judge Opening in Chattanooga -

A decision by a federal judge in Chattanooga to take senior status later this year means his seat will be open.

Curtis L. Collier sent a letter to President Barack Obama to say he will move into semi-retirement in October on his 65th birthday. Under senior status, judges work part-time, usually taking on about 20 percent of a normal caseload.

10. Obama Taps Tech World for Cash Amid Privacy Debate -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – They come from different worlds – the buttoned-down political culture of Washington and the entrepreneurial, socks-optional, let's-do-this-faster ethos of Silicon Valley.

11. Seat for Federal Judge Opening in Chattanooga -

A decision by a federal judge in Chattanooga to take senior status later this year means his seat will be open.

Curtis L. Collier sent a letter to President Barack Obama to say he will move into semi-retirement in October on his 65th birthday. Under senior status, judges work part-time, usually taking on about 20 percent of a normal caseload.

12. Congress is Giving States the Transportation Blues -

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

13. Museum Milestone -

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

14. Jeb Bush: Follow Through on Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

15. State of the Union: Of Pledges, Pleas and Setbacks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.

16. Congress OKs New IRS Chief, Ends Turbulent Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A cross Congress ended its business for the year Friday as the Senate approved a new boss for the troubled Internal Revenue Service but remained slowed and bitterly riven over majority Democrats' weakening of Republicans' power to filibuster.

17. Black Caucus of State Legislators to Meet in Memphis -

More than 600 state legislators from across the country gather in Memphis starting Wednesday, Dec. 11, for the four-day annual meeting of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

The national group is led by Tennessee State Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville. State Rep. Larry Miller of Memphis is president of the Tennessee caucus to the group.

18. Obama, Clinton Families Pay Tribute to JFK -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to former President John F. Kennedy's legacy, joining former President Bill Clinton to lay a wreath at Kennedy's grave and presenting a freedom medal that Kennedy conceived before his assassination 50 years ago this week.

19. As Shutdown Drags On, Time to Call in Mediator? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Maybe it's time to call in a mediator – if there's one not on furlough.

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are in stalemate over a partial government shutdown now in its second week. And a looming crisis over the federal debt limit is rapidly approaching, with economists saying that could have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy.

20. In Government Shutdown, Obamacare Just Rolls On -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans pulling on the budget thread can't neatly unravel President Barack Obama's health care law.

A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured would open as scheduled on Tuesday.

21. Boehner: House Won't Pass 'Clean' Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a tea party plan to "defund Obamacare," House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

22. Health Care Law Reuniting Obama, Bill Clinton -

NEW YORK (AP) – Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

23. One Week to Go Until Government Shutdown Deadline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned – if not rushing – to that end.

Most say they don't want the first government shutdown since 1996. But if the government happens to shut down, so be it. Republicans say it is part of their effort to dismantle Democrats' health care overhaul, while Democrats defending the law recall that similar standoffs gave them political gains.

24. Dodge Default, Defund Obamacare, GOP Leaders Say -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out Obamacare, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.

25. Obama Economic Adviser Leaving, Successor Picked -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will replace Gene Sperling, his chief economic adviser and West Wing workaholic, with Jeffrey Zients, a top aide who has filled in as acting budget director and who led a White House effort to streamline government.

26. More Than 350 Economists Back Yellen for Fed Chair -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 350 economists have a signed a letter to President Barack Obama calling on him to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to be the Fed's next chairman. The letter is designed to draw attention back to Yellen amid signs that Obama is leaning toward nominating his former economic adviser Larry Summers.

27. White House Enlists Bill Clinton on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton's help in explaining President Barack Obama's health care law as a key phase of the reform nears.

28. 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.

29. Petties Associate Draws 15-Year Prison Term -

Chris Hamlet didn’t have to spend five years in a Mexican prison.

Federal drug agents in Memphis were interested in a prisoner swap with Mexican authorities to get the childhood friend of Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties to and across the border.

30. 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.

31. Lewis Gets Life Sentence in Petties Drug Case -

Martin Lewis, convicted last year of killing a man in 2007 for the Craig Petties drug organization in a busy restaurant, was sentenced Friday, June 14, to life in prison.

32. Obama Nominates 3 to Appeals Court, Testing GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Opening a summer showdown with Congress, a combative President Barack Obama nominated three judges to a powerful appellate court Tuesday and challenged Republicans to stop the "political obstruction" holding up his nominees.

33. Between Economy and Trouble, Obama Approval Steady -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.

He's getting no significant uptick in approval from gains in housing, jobs and the stock market. Likewise, he has so far seen no downtick from the recent storms over the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and a leak investigation that has swept up the phone records of Associated Press journalists.

34. Lewis Gets Life in Petties Case -

Clinton Lewis was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, May 14, for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

35. Obama Nominates Pritzker, Froman for Economic Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

36. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

37. Judge Raises Free Speech Question About SEC Disclosure Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court judge asked Friday how a new federal rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose payments of $100,000 or more to foreign governments squares with the First Amendment's free speech protection.

38. House Passes GOP Budget Plan Promising Deep Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.

39. Future Talk -

Years off the campaign trail haven’t diminished the typical features of an Al Gore speech.

When the former vice president’s book tour swung through The Booksellers at Laurelwood Monday, Feb. 18, there were the requisite shout-outs to familiar faces in the crowd, with Gore acknowledging by name people like Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Roy Herron, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

40. Gore to Promote Book in Memphis Appearance -

Al Gore is coming to Memphis next month to promote his new book, “The Future.”

He’ll be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood Feb. 18 at noon to discuss and sign the book, which he wrote to present what he believes are the macro factors that are the major drivers of global change.

41. Jack Lew Expected to be Next Treasury Secretary -

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House chief of staff Jack Lew is President Barack Obama's expected pick to lead the Treasury Department, with an announcement possible before the end of the week, as the administration moves to fill the most critical jobs in the Cabinet.

42. A Candidate Makes Friends, Asks for Votes -

The elections of 2012 are over. Under local law, a certain person was reelected, unopposed, to a fifth four-year term.

The 16-year incumbent had occasion recently to reflect on the election of 1996, his first. He’s fond of saying, “I’ll never forget the year Bill Clinton rode my coattails to another term in the White House.”

43. Vanderbilt Poll Shows Support for State-Run Health Exchange -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A majority of Tennesseans – including nearly three-quarters of those identifying themselves as Republicans – prefer a state-run health insurance exchange over one run by the federal government, according to a poll released by Vanderbilt University on Wednesday.

44. On Economics, Foreign Policy, Corker Eager to Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker is spending a lot of time lately talking to Democrats.

The freshman lawmaker from Tennessee unveiled his own 10-year, $4.5 trillion solution for averting the end-of-year, double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts and then spoke briefly last week with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Deficit-cutting maven Erskine Bowles had forwarded Corker's proposal to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

45. White House: Tax Hike Threat Could Hurt Retailers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House economists warned Monday that the uncertainty of a potential hike in taxes next year for middle class taxpayers under the looming fiscal cliff could hurt consumer confidence during the crucial holiday shopping season.

46. Reardon Speaks Out Against City’s Approach to Housing -

The University of Memphis professor leading the resistance to a still-forming plan to demolish the city’s last large public housing project says the city’s approach to transforming public housing since the late 1990s hasn’t worked.

47. It’s Magic -

Nine-year-old Joel Brown, a fourth-grader at Moody Elementary in White Hall, Ark., and his dad, Chris, a Jefferson County deputy clerk, arrived at Sturgis Hall at 4:20 last Friday (Oct. 26). Busy with her nursing school studies, mom Stacy couldn’t come.

48. Cohen, Fincher Discuss Issues at Krone -

U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen and Stephen Fincher couldn’t be more different.

For starters, Cohen is a Democrat and Fincher is a Republican. Both are the congressmen who represent Shelby County in Washington. Cohen’s district is entirely within Shelby County. Fincher’s district is rural West Tennessee for the most part, with a part of East Memphis and East Shelby County included.

49. Huge Tax Increase Looms at Year-End 'Fiscal Cliff' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 next year if lawmakers fail to renew a lengthy roster of tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, according to a new report Monday

50. Airline Bid to Block Consumer Protections Rejected -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government can require airlines to show consumers a total ticket price that includes taxes and fees in print and online ads, the U.S. Court of Appeals said Tuesday, rejecting an industry challenge to a series of consumer protection regulations.

51. Region Should Benefit From GreenTech Opening -

When a group of American investors bought a Chinese auto company making electric vehicles and decided to move the plant to the U.S., the competition was intense for the location.

Haley Barbour, who was governor of Mississippi at the time, points out it was not as intense as the competition for the Toyota plant that the state had previously won.

52. Clinton Touts Business Cooperation in Horn Lake -

Former President Bill Clinton said political leaders could learn a thing or two about working together from business leaders during the opening of an electric car plant Friday, July 6, in Horn Lake.

53. Bill Clinton Visits Child Patients at St. Jude -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton says research being done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis is helping increase the survival rate for children who have cancer.

54. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

55. Bryant Signs Laws Affecting Students and Veterans -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Wednesday that requires kindergarteners or first-graders to be tested for dyslexia, a reading disorder that can sometimes go undiagnosed for years and leave children struggling to learn.

56. Resource Entertainment Group Expands Artist Roster -

Resource Entertainment Group has added two new acts to its roster of talent: Jason Williams and Gary Escoe & The Atomic Dance Machine.

57. Effort to Renew Miss. Immigration Enforcement Ends -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi House chairman on Thursday abandoned his effort to revive tougher immigration enforcement provisions that included requiring local police to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

58. Petties Org Trial Defense Opens Case Monday -

Defense attorneys in the Petties drug organization trial begin presenting their case Monday, March 12, in Memphis federal court.

Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis are charged with drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder for hire.

59. Job Creation Driving Highway Bills in Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The lure of roads, bridges, buses and trains isn't enough anymore to drive an expensive transportation bill through Congress. So to round up votes, congressional leaders are pitching the bills as the hottest thing around these days: job generators.

60. Obama Call for Manufacturing Revival a Tough Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it.

61. Congress Tries to Give President Line-Item Veto -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House sought Wednesday to give President Barack Obama and his successors the line-item veto, a constitutionally questionable power over the purse that has been sought by Republican and Democrats alike.

62. Clinton Auto Parts Plant to Expand, Add 188 Jobs -

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) – Eagle Bend Manufacturing, Inc., is planning a $64 million expansion of its Clinton plant over the next five years. The move is expected to create 188 new jobs.

63. Senate Rejects 2 Balanced Budget Amendments -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Wednesday voted against changing the Constitution to require a balanced budget as Congress hit yet another dead end in its search for a way out of its fiscal morass.

64. No. 2 Official Takes Over After FAA Chief Resigns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The sudden resignation of its chief leaves the Federal Aviation Administration in the hands of Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta, who's a well-regarded manager but lacks his predecessor's insider knowledge of the nation's airlines.

65. Obama, Clinton Together Again Pitching Efficiency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a potent political pairing, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton evoked a more prosperous time in America Friday as they jointly pushed a green jobs program that Obama said harkens back to the Clinton administration when "we were firing on all cylinders."

66. Republicans Aim to Quash New Union Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are maneuvering to short-circuit an effort by Democrats on the National Labor Relations Board to approve rules that would quicken the pace of union elections.

67. After Outbreak, Egg Mogul is Leaving the Industry -

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

68. Petties Drug Case Moves Toward Jan. Trial -

The three remaining defendants in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 17 before U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

The trial of Martin Lewis, Clinton Lewis and Clarence Broady is expected to take four to five weeks.

69. House Says No to Mandating Balanced Federal Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rejecting the idea Congress can't control its spending impulses, the House turned back a Republican proposal Friday to amend the Constitution to dam the rising flood of federal red ink. Democrats – and a few GOP lawmakers – said damage from the balanced-budget mandate would outweigh any benefits.

70. Congress About to Kill High-Speed Train Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is on the verge of killing funding for President Barack Obama's signature high-speed rail program, but it may have some life in it still.

Republican lawmakers are claiming credit for killing the program. But billions of dollars still in the pipeline will ensure work will continue on some projects. And it's still possible money from another transportation grant program can be steered to high-speed trains.

71. Simpson, Bowles Want Deep Cuts From Debt Panel -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two prominent deficit-cutters are telling Congress' bipartisan "supercommittee" to meet its mandate of finding at least $1.2 trillion in 10-year budget savings – and then some.

72. Donald Continues ‘Marvelous Journey’ -

Some federal judges and even state judges use the word “isolation” to describe the experience of becoming a judge, especially if they had been politically active before coming to the bench.

73. Obama Tax Proposal Worries Social Security Allies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some Social Security advocates fear that President Barack Obama's desire to cut taxes supporting the program will undermine its vaunted stature as a self-financing pension system that provides checks to retirees based on contributions they made while working.

74. Appeals Court Strikes Health Insurance Requirement -

ATLANTA (AP) – A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.

75. Travel Back In History With These 2 Novels -

If memory serves, it was about this time of year in 2008 that I found myself face to face with my favorite Latin teacher at a party.

She recommended “Imperium,” a 2006 historical novel by British author Robert Harris, for my summer reading.

76. APNewsBreak: FBI Probes Never Entangled McWherter -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ned McWherter, one of the most powerful Tennessee Democrats during his quarter century in public life, never got caught up in any of the FBI undercover investigations that pushed another governor out of office early and led to several prison sentences and suicides for others in his party.

77. Automotive Supplier Expands Plant in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE (AP) – An automotive parts supplier is expanding in East Tennessee and creating 100 jobs.

Officials of SL Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced the $14 million expansion at SL's plant in Clinton. The parts supplier to General Motors has expanded its Clinton operation four times in the last decade.

78. Obama: Deficit Push 'Can't Exempt Anyone' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the nation's effort to curb ballooning deficits "can't exempt anyone."

Obama spoke Thursday as he met with the co-chairmen of his deficit reduction commission, a day after laying out his blueprint for erasing some $4 trillion in red ink over 12 years.

79. Both Parties Helped Run Up US $14 Trillion Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two centuries after America's birth, the national debt was a bit under $1 trillion when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. Just three decades later, it has soared above $14 trillion, and accusations of blame are flying. Both Republicans and Democrats played major roles in driving the figure sky high.

80. Retired General: US Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks -

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The United States is still "hugely vulnerable" to cyber attacks, but so are most other nations, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.

81. Gore Lauds McWherter's Commitment to Transparency -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Vice President Al Gore lauded former Gov. Ned McWherter's commitment to transparency during a memorial service that was attended by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who's been criticized over disclosure issues.

82. Clinton, Gore to Attend McWherter Funeral -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore are scheduled to attend a memorial service on Saturday for former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter.

83. Cooper-Young Latest Locale for Vegan Eatery -

Comfort food meets compassionate living at Imagine Vegan Café, set to open later this month at 2156 Young Ave. in Midtown’s eclectic Cooper-Young Neighborhood.

84. No Deal Yet as Possible Government Shutdown Looms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate's second ranking Democrat said Wednesday that negotiators on the budget are making progress but that conservative GOP policy prescriptions remain obstacles as they scramble to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

85. McWherter Had Local Reach -

As Tennessee governor, Ned McWherter always did well politically in Memphis, the largest base of Democratic voters in a single county in the state when they turn out.

His death this week from cancer ends the story of one of the state’s most powerful and influential Democrats. The power and influence was forged during 20 years in the Tennessee Legislature.

86. Former Tenn. Gov. Ned McWherter, 80, Dies -

Ned McWherter, a one-time factory worker who became a millionaire businessman, speaker of the state House and then a two-term Democratic governor, has died at the age of 80.

His administrative assistant, Madelyn Pritchett, says McWherter of Dresden died Monday at a Nashville hospital where he was being treated for cancer.

87. McWherter, Former Governor, House Speaker, Dies -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ned McWherter, a one-time factory worker who became a millionaire businessman, speaker of the state House and then a two-term Democratic governor, has died at the age 80.

His administrative assistant, Madelyn Pritchett, says McWherter of Dresden died Monday at a Nashville hospital where he was being treated for cancer.

88. Cosmic Coconut to Add Juicy Fare to Memphis Dining Scene -

In a city renowned for pulled pork sandwiches and slow-cooked ribs, opening a vegan juice bar and cafe might seem like an entrepreneurial gamble.

But Ashley Dunn, owner of the Cosmic Coconut, scheduled to open in East Memphis’ Sanderlin Center in April, said she believes now is the perfect time.

89. Memories of 1995 Haunt GOP as Shutdown Talk Grows -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents.

90. Strickland to Bring Message of Hope to Memphis -

Bill Strickland is widely admired for the many hats he wears; CEO, social entrepreneur, writer, speaker and visionary.

91. Conservative Radio Launches in Memphis -

Two years before the next national election and with fervor for conservative activism, Memphis-based MPS Broadcasting Monday announced the launch of WMPS “The Point” simulcast on 87.7 FM and 1210 AM.

92. Wiseman ‘Sets the Table’ for Policy as Lawyer, GOP Chair -

Like most lawyers, some of whom will point to the first time they watched Perry Mason or read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lang Wiseman gets asked a lot about how he got into the field of law.

93. Obama Orders Review of Rules to Boost Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, in another move to smooth frayed ties with corporate America, ordered a far-reaching review of federal regulations Tuesday with the goal of weeding out rules that hurt job growth and creation. Republicans and business groups welcomed the step but suggested he do even more.

94. Obama's Economist Pick Seen as Sign of New Agenda -

HONOLULU (AP) – Among the first announcements President Barack Obama will make upon returning from his Hawaiian vacation is his choice for top economic adviser, a decision that could signal a new direction for the administration as it struggles to jumpstart the economy and wrestle down unemployment.

95. Homeownership Stays at Lowest Level in a Decade -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation’s homeownership rate remained at its lowest in more than a decade, hampered by a rise in foreclosures and weak demand.

The percentage of households that owned their homes was unchanged at 66.9 percent in the July-September quarter, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. That’s the same as the April-June quarter.

96. Bill Clinton Races to Help Democratic Candidates -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Clinton, out of the Oval Office for nearly a decade and once considered a political liability, is campaigning for Democratic candidates at a pace no one can match, drawing big crowds and going to states that President Barack Obama avoids.

97. Boehner to Campaign for Nunnelee in Southaven -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. House Republican leader John Boehner will campaign for congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee in northern Mississippi on Thursday, signaling the GOP's intense effort to win back a seat it lost in 2008.

98. Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance -

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.

99. Waddell’s Legacy Will Endure at The Daily News -

Lisa Waddell was a career employee at The Daily News, beginning her work here at the age of 19. Her life story is a model of success, embodying striving for excellence through perseverance, patience and wisdom.

100. Bill Clinton: Economy, Disasters Imperil Millions -

NEW YORK (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday warned of the growing devastation of the global economic downturn and said the dangers posed by natural disasters around the world had been increased by the effects of climate change.