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1. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks -

If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.

2. Poll: Employers Watching Insurance Costs Closely -

Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years.

3. After the Campaign -

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

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

4. TVA President Could Earn More Than $1 Million Extra -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's president and CEO could earn more than $1 million extra this year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1smQm6m) reports the agency's board voted unanimously on Thursday to raise Bill Johnson's salary and performance pay after the 60-year-old attorney met all of TVA's targets for 2014.

5. Alexander vs. Ball -

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

6. Poll: Many Insured Struggle With Medical Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury.

7. Commissioner Rethinking Handling of Older Teens -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of the state Department of Children's Services is considering whether older teens should be moved from the department's custody into the adult correctional system after a third major escape attempt from one of its juvenile detention centers in less than a month.

8. Tennessee Justices Name Slatery Attorney General -

The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of a failed conservative campaign to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.

9. Tennessee Justices Name Slatery as Attorney General -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Supreme Court on Monday named Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, Herbert Slatery, as Tennessee's next attorney general.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of a failed conservative campaign to oust three Democratic justices who make up a majority on the five-member court. That effort focused heavily on incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper's refusal to take part in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's health care law.

10. Young Volunteers Face Long Odds at Oklahoma -

Two games into the 2014 season, and it’s time for the University of Tennessee to play some big-boy football.

The Vols (2-0) took care of business at Neyland Stadium in the first two games against Utah State and Arkansas State.

11. Coverage Gap Leaves Rural Tennessee Hospitals on Life Support -

Four rural hospitals have closed and dozens are at risk of shuttering: That’s the fallout, some say, from Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision not to join the Affordable Care Act in 2013 and tap into millions in promised federal funds for Tennessee’s financially-strapped health care institutions.

12. Power Play -

When the Tennessee Valley Authority board voted in August to build a new power plant in Southwest Memphis, it was a decision based on factors larger than the power needs in Memphis.

But it was also a decision that is just as important for Memphis as the decision to build the existing Allen Fossil Plant there 55 years ago.

13. Governor Gets Report on Tennessee Juvenile Jails -

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

14. Nine Losing Candidates Challenge August Vote -

Nine losing candidates from the August elections are contesting the results in a Shelby County Chancery Court lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 2 by Democratic candidates Joe Brown, Henri Brooks and Wanda Halbert; judicial candidates Mozella Ross, Kim Sims, Kenya Brooks, J. Nathan Toney and Alicia Howard; and Doris Deberry-Bradshaw, who ran in a state House Democratic primary.

15. 8 Apply to Become Next Tennessee Attorney General -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Eight candidates have applied with the Tennessee Supreme Court for the next eight-year term as state attorney general.

Tennessee is the only state where the high court appoints the attorney general.

16. Vols Among NCAA’s Youngest Headed Into Sunday Opener -

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

Jones will find out Sunday night at 7 when the Vols play host to Utah State at Neyland Stadium. The Aggies will be an underdog – probably by a touchdown or so – and a trendy pick for some as an upset special.

17. This week in Memphis history: August 29-September 4 -

1972: Wattstax at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – a concert to mark the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots in Los Angeles by Stax Records that was a high point for the Memphis-based record label and featured a day-long bill of Memphis soul and funk and gospel from the stadium stage with Isaac Hayes headlining.

18. TVA to Replace Allen Plant With Natural Gas -

The 55-year-old Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis will be replaced with a new $975 million natural gas plant to be built in the shadow of the original facility, the Tennessee Valley Authority board decided Thursday, Aug. 21, in Knoxville.

19. Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results -

Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.

That and the re-election victory of Democratic incumbent Cheyenne Johnson in the race for Shelby County Assessor of Property were the only bright spots for a divided local Democratic Party that lost every other countywide partisan elected position to Republicans in the Aug. 7 county general election, just as they lost every countywide position to Republicans four years earlier.

20. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

21. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

22. TVA to Cut More Than 2,000 Jobs -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority is making the cuts this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities.

23. Haslam Letter Baffles Immigrant Advocates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Immigrant advocates say they are baffled by a letter that Gov. Bill Haslam sent to President Barack Obama that says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.

24. House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

25. Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push -

Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

Sharon Lee, one of three justices seeking re-election in the yes-no retention races on the August ballot, campaigned Saturday, July 19, in Hickory Hill.

26. Johnson Returns to Different Schools Reality -

When Carol Johnson left as superintendent of Memphis City Schools at about this time in 2007, the system was struggling with Bush-era No Child Left Behind standards and making progress at some schools.

27. Lawsuit Financing Company to Leave Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new Tennessee law targeting the practice of financing the costs of lawsuits is leading an Illinois company to leave the state.

Oasis Legal Finance, one of the country's largest consumer legal funding services, announced it is leaving the Tennessee market as the law goes into effect Tuesday.

28. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

29. Rape Kit Controversy Continues After Report -

This week’s report by former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis on the city’s backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits is unlikely to be the last word on the controversy.

Coleman-Davis concluded that no one involved in the 30-year backlog “willfully or maliciously conspired to deny due process.”

30. TVA Off to Good Start in Meeting Emissions Goals -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it appears to have a good start in meeting goals set by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

31. 2 Lawmakers Ask for Probe Into Test Score Delay -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Two Republican Tennessee lawmakers have asked for an investigation into the delay of student test scores.

Meanwhile, three Democrats have filed an open records request seeking information about the late release of student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

32. Haslam Vows ‘Full Effort’ for Re-Election -

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam seeks re-election, he has some challengers in the statewide August Republican primary and he’ll face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

But Haslam’s path to re-election in 2014 should be an easy one. He is heavily favored as the incumbent with no Democratic contender who is backed by the state Democratic Party establishment.

33. TVA to Cut More Than 10 Percent of Jobs -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says 750 employees have retired or resigned through a voluntary incentive program, another 1,000 vacant positions are being eliminated and more cuts are on the way.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports it will be the largest staff reduction at the federal utility in more than 20 years.

34. TVA to Cut More Than 10 Percent of Jobs -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says 750 employees have retired or resigned through a voluntary incentive program, another 1,000 vacant positions are being eliminated and more cuts are on the way.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports it will be the largest staff reduction at the federal utility in more than 20 years.

35. Across the River -

The Arkansas land between the bridges across the Mississippi River at Memphis doesn’t have a name, at least not yet.

If graffiti is any indication, lots of people go there. And they cross numerous boundaries on dirt and gravel roads and paths that can end abruptly and are posted with “no trespassing” signs and other warnings as well as railroad video cameras.

36. Haslam: Prayer to Guide Execution Decisions -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will rely on prayer and advice from experts when he is faced with last-minute appeals from death row inmates facing execution.

The Republican governor stressed at a forum hosted by the Christian group Q Ideas on Wednesday that he has yet to be confronted with death penalty decisions because of court-ordered delays.

37. Haslam: Prayer to Help Guide Execution Decisions -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will rely on prayer and advice from experts when he is faced with last-minute appeals from death row inmates facing execution.

The Republican governor stressed at a forum hosted by the Christian group Q Ideas on Wednesday that he has yet to be confronted with death penalty decisions because of court-ordered delays.

38. Ongoing Rape Kit Backlog Fallout Expands -

The ongoing fallout from the backlog of untested rape kits is beginning to develop some boundaries and dividing lines as it moves into federal court and expands outside court to include a backlog of 300 rape kits by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

39. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

40. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit -

The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.

41. 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.

42. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

43. Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog -

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

It is the second federal lawsuit filed against the city of Memphis since December over the backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits police acknowledged in November after initially putting the backlog of rape kits at 2,000 in August.

44. Haslam Pushing Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam reiterated Tuesday that Common Core education standards are crucial to continuing to improve education in Tennessee and he hopes to dismiss misconceptions about them.

45. Bill to Allow School Staff to Get Insulin Training -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Missy Gaw's 10-year-old daughter has to have a dose of insulin each time she eats. If no nurse is available to administer the dosage at the girl's Nashville elementary school, then Gaw or her husband drive there to do so.

46. TVA Sees Big Demand During January Freeze -

The head of the Tennessee Valley Authority says five of the top 10 energy usage days in TVA history occurred last month as the region saw three waves of low temperatures.

TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson says January was demanding for the nation’s largest public utility, which serves about 9 million people in seven southeastern states. During a board of directors meeting Thursday in Chattanooga, Johnson thanked the public for helping reduce demands and TVA and power company employees for operating the system reliably.

47. 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.

48. Tennessee House Passes Supermarket Wine Sales Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

49. TVA Sees Big Demand During January Freeze -

The head of the Tennessee Valley Authority says five of the top 10 energy usage days in TVA history occurred last month as the region saw three waves of low temperatures.

TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson says January was demanding for the nation’s largest public utility, which serves about 9 million people in seven southeastern states. During a board of directors meeting Thursday, Johnson thanked the public for helping reduce demands and TVA and power company employees for operating the system reliably.

50. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections -

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.

51. Fields Begin to Gel for May and August Ballots -

With two weeks to the filing deadline for candidates in the May Shelby County primary elections and two months to the deadline for those in the August state and federal primaries and county nonpartisan elections, the fields have solidified enough that some political players are weighing their prospects for a late entry before the filing deadlines.

52. New Prospects in 2014 for an Immigration Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

53. Halbert Pulls Petition for Criminal Court Clerk -

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert pulled a qualifying petition Monday, Dec. 30, to run for Shelby County Criminal Court clerk in 2014.

Halbert, who is serving her second term on the council after serving on the now-defunct Memphis City Schools board, would run in the May Democratic primary for the position, which is now held by Republican Kevin Key.

54. Haslam Appoints Kirby to Tenn. Supreme Court -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Holly M. Kirby of Memphis to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Kirby will succeed Janice M. Holder, who announced her retirement from the bench on June 28, upon expiration of her term.

55. Haslam Appoints Kirby to Tennessee Supreme Court -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Holly M. Kirby of Memphis to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Kirby will succeed Janice M. Holder, who announced her retirement from the bench on June 28, upon expiration of her term.

56. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.

57. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013 -

The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.

58. Weirich Opens Re-Election Campaign -

There were lots of judges on hand as Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich opened her re-election campaign Sunday, Nov. 10.

59. Healthy Memphis Common Table Marks 10 Years of Promoting Health -

With a motto of “eat healthy, eat less and move more,” Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT) has made its mark in the local community during the past decade, encouraging the public to lead healthier lifestyles and to “get activated” with their health and health care options.

60. Food Stamps, Milk Prices on Table in Farm Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.

61. Work Begins on Project at TVA's Gallatin Plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning work this week on part of a project that will reduce emissions at its coal-burning power plant in Gallatin.

The Tennessean reports workers are set to start pouring concrete for a 370-foot chimney, which is part of a $1.1 billion project that aims to produce cleaner air by cutting certain emissions by up to 96 percent.

62. Intermodal Conference to Tackle Freight Issues -

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis will host its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus Tuesday, Sept. 24.

63. Wealthy Business Executives Eye Political Races -

CHICAGO (AP) – He has never been elected to anything, not even "student council in high school," as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being "pretty blunt" - more suited to running a large private equity firm, which Bruce Rauner did successfully for 30 years, than seeking votes for governor, which he intends to do in Illinois next year.

64. TVA Won't Ask to Raise Borrowing Cap -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority won't ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least the next 10 years.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the federal utility says it anticipates being able to reduce its net borrowing in the next two years and reduce its debt over a decade by $5 billion. That's because the demand for electricity is slowing.

65. Business Leaders Make Case for Immigration Reform -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Prominent business leaders and Republicans held a forum in Nashville on Wednesday to build support for immigration reform among the public and members of Congress.

The Senate passed a far-reaching immigration measure in June that includes border security, workplace enforcement and a path to citizenship. But the majority of House Republicans remain opposed to any path to citizenship, creating concerns that legislators will be unable to craft a compromise bill.

66. Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO -

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

67. Cool, Wet Spring is Blessing, Curse to TVA Revenue -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority didn't sell as much electricity in its third fiscal quarter as last year's equivalent period, but it produced more cheap power.

"Both sales and revenues were down in the third quarter. This was offset largely by our efforts to reduce operating costs," TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said.

68. Lipman Nominated for Federal Bench -

Sheri Lipman, University of Memphis general counsel and chief of staff to interim university president Brad Martin, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as the newest federal court judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

69. Improving Real Estate Metrics Offer Hope -

The 2013 countywide reappraisal resulted in a historic drop in property values, but improving real estate metrics are providing a glimmer of hope for the local economy.

That was the message industry professionals heard Thursday, July 25, at real estate information company Chandler Reports’ 2013 Mid-Year Master Your Market seminar at the Memphis Marriott East.

70. Haslams Move Briskly to End Truck Stop Scandal -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The nation's largest diesel retailer reached a speedy settlement with some customers cheated out of rebate money, which experts say is all the better for Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, whose family owns the truck stop chain.

71. AFSCME Union Names Tyree Interim Director -

Gail Tyree, the assistant director of local 1733 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, becomes the interim executive director of the Memphis local effective July 22.

72. Cut in Dependent Allowances for Unemployed Delayed -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennesseans facing a cut in their unemployment benefits are getting a reprieve – thanks to the federal government.

The elimination of dependent allowances of up to $50 a week was supposed to take effect July 1 with the enactment of the state law.

73. Two Plead Guilty in Probe of Truck Stop Chain -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal probe of the company's business practices.

74. TVA Reports Net Gain of $54 Million in Second Quarter -

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday reported a net income of $54 million in its second fiscal quarter.

TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said the government utility ended the quarter on plan because of more favorable weather and employee efforts to reduce costs. The results from the January-March period compare favorably with the same quarter in 2012, in which revenues showed a net loss of $94 million.

75. UWT Logistics to Expand Memphis Facilities -

UWT Logistics said it will expand the company’s facilities on East Holmes Road. The expansion represents a $4.8 million investment and will create 81 full-time jobs.

“Tennessee’s global transportation systems provide unsurpassed efficiency and proximity to customers throughout the U.S. and around the world,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, in a statement making the expansion official. “Companies like UWT Logistics understand the competitive edge that our solid infrastructure and pro-business environment offer.”

76. Reappraisal: Complex but Crucial Event -

Anyone who owns property in Shelby County – especially new, recent homebuyers – may be interested in a primer on the local reappraisal process, a major event that happens here every four years and the initial phase of which is wrapping up now.

77. MED Reduces Some Employee Hours -

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is reducing the hours of employees who work in transportation, telemetry and its call center to meet its 2013 budget goals.

Angie Herron Golding, the director of communications and marketing for The MED, said staffing levels are determined by department and the reduced hours are the result of areas “significantly over budget.” No positions will be eliminated and there has not been any reduction of hours or staff as an overall organization, she said. The MED declined to provide an estimate of how many workers will be impacted by the cuts.

78. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, March 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Bill Gracey, CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

79. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 26, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Commercial Appeal publisher George Cogswell will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

80. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 26, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Commercial Appeal publisher George Cogswell will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

81. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

82. Bradley, Burch Porter Recognized for Pro Bono Work in Community -

Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and probate attorney Beth Bradley have been honored for giving back to the community.

83. Black Keys Manager Denies Pressuring Adversary -

NASHVILLE (AP) – As Tennessee lawmakers consider a proposal to crack down on ticket scalping, a Nashville lawyer who opposes the bill alleges that a manager of The Black Keys tried to persuade him to change his position in exchange for tickets to a performance by the band.

84. Kemper B. Durand Memorial Set for March 29 -

A memorial service for Memphis attorney Kemper B. Durand will be held March 29 at 3 p.m. at the law firm where he was a partner.

Durand died Feb. 2 and wanted a memorial service to be held in lieu of a funeral service.

85. Renewed Bid Would Dilute Tennessee Open Meetings Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A renewed push is under way to get Tennessee lawmakers to allow local official to hold more closed-door meetings.

Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell, who also spearheaded a similar attempt last year, has written to local government colleagues around the state urging them to encourage state lawmakers to pass a bill to allow private meetings among officials as long as a quorum isn't present.

86. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

87. Supermarket Wine Bill Advances by 1 Vote in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.

88. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

89. APNewsBreak: Effort Building to Change US Pot Laws -

SEATTLE (AP) – An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a federal pot tax.

While passage this year could be a longshot, lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce Tuesday, Blumenauer told The Associated Press.

90. Bill Targets Hotel Pay for Capitol-Area Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill filed in the state Senate would end an automatic hotel allowance for lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Statehouse.

Under current rules, every lawmaker receives $173 each day to offset meals and lodging while they are participating in legislative proceedings, regardless of whether they spend the night at a hotel.

91. Imre Named Assistant Controller at Makowsky Ringel Greenberg -

Nancy Imre has joined Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC as assistant controller. Imre is responsible for the real estate management company’s accounting department, overseeing investor reporting and preparation of corporate financial statements.

92. Final Bell -

From the moment he became Memphis City Schools superintendent, Kriner Cash had competition.

“I’ve been fighting since I got here,” he said in the early stages of what winds up as a five-year tenure that officially comes to an end July 31.

93. Top Chairwoman Out in Senate Committee Shakeup -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while some opponents of a proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores lauded committee assignments in the lower chamber.

94. Jobless Benefit Rolls Drop 7 Percent With New Rule -

About 7 percent of Tennesseans previously receiving jobless benefits have been dropped for failing to verify that they were searching for work.

That’s according to an audit by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

95. Jobless Benefit Rolls Drop 7 Percent With New Rule -

About 7 percent of Tennesseans previously receiving jobless benefits have been dropped for failing to verify that they were searching for work.

That’s according to an audit by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

96. TVA Board Votes to Delegate Authority to CEO -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Monday to delegate certain authority to the utility's new chief executive in case five of its vacancies aren't filled before Congress adjourns this month.

97. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

98. TVA Names New Chief Executive -

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board has chosen a former energy chief from North Carolina, who was ousted from his previous company earlier this year, to succeed retiring Tom Kilgore as the chief executive of the nation’s largest public utility.

99. Bar Launches Health Care Law Section -

The Memphis Bar Association has a new section of attorneys dedicated specifically to health care law.

The bar’s newly formed Health Law Section held its organizational meeting Oct. 17 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Officers were chosen at that time, including Robyn Diaz, deputy general counsel at St. Jude, who led the effort to form the section and who was nominated as the first chair.

100. Jobs Push Made for State’s Veterans -

Hundreds of thousands of veterans will be coming home in the near future, as the U.S. downsizes its presence in the Middle East.

Many of those veterans will need jobs. And employers across Tennessee, with help from state government, are going on a major hiring push to put them to work.