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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Justices to Announce New Attorney General on Monday -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Supreme Court justices plan to announce their choice for the next state attorney general on Monday.

According to a news release issued Thursday, the announcement will take place at 11 a.m. in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville.

4. 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.

5. ‘Swamp Rat’ Remembers Last Tennessee-Oklahoma Game -

University of Tennessee quarterback Dewey “Swamp Rat” Warren stood on the field during a timeout with a few seconds left in the Jan. 1, 1968 Orange Bowl.

Warren was the holder for UT place-kicker Karl Kremser, who lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt against Oklahoma. The Sooners led, 26-24.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

9. Tenn. Attorney General: Parents Can't Give Kids New Last Names -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general says married parents can't invent new last names for their children.

Attorney General Bob Cooper writes in a legal opinion that state law limits the options to the last name of either the father or the mother, or both.

10. 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.

11. Target's Chairman and CEO Out in Wake of Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target's massive data breach has now cost the company's CEO his job.

Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and hammered its business.

12. 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.

13. Tigers Seniors Hope to Script Memorable Last Chapter -

The five Memphis seniors talked about their college basketball careers and they sounded older, wiser. And although nobody used this word, maybe a little scared about what might, or might not, come next.

14. Yellen Stands by Fed's Low Rate Policies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen made clear Thursday that she's prepared to stand by the Federal Reserve's extraordinary efforts to pump up the economy when she's chairman, if that's what it needs.

15. Army Gives ROTC Programs in Tennessee 2-Year Reprieve -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The U.S. Army has agreed to put off the planned closure of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at three Tennessee universities.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker said Wednesday the delay will provide time to show the programs can meet the Army's needs.

16. 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.

17. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

18. FDA Rejects Wright’s Augment Bone Graft -

Wright Medical Group Inc. said Thursday, Aug. 8, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected its Augment Bone Graft product for use as an alternative in foot and ankle fusion procedures.

19. Paul ‘Supportive’ of Alexander, But Not Endorsing -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Kentucky's Rand Paul said Monday that he's "very supportive" of fellow U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander but stopped short of endorsing the Tennessee Republican, who is up for re-election next year.

20. Williams to Lead Marketing at Junior Achievement -

Priscilla Williams has joined Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South as director of marketing and special events. In her new role, Williams will work to increase the organization’s visibility, funding and branding.

21. Supreme Court Halts Use of Key Part of Voting Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

22. Medical Supply Program Facing Delays, Scrutiny -

Less than a week before an effort to rein in billions of dollars in Medicare spending on home medical equipment is set to kick in, members of Congress and medical supply programs are pushing to delay the plan, saying some of the process has been mishandled and that the process lacks transparency.

23. Hugs All Around After Tigers Season -

Only Josh Pastner could utter the word “Lamborghini” on the occasion of his contract extension and a pay raise that likely pushed his annual salary north of $2 million and come across as grateful, gleeful and humble.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. Fink Joins Diamond Cos. as Senior Vice President -

Justin Fink has joined Diamond Cos., an International truck dealership holding company, as senior vice president, truck sales. In the new role, Fink oversees new and used truck sales, and helps develop programs and processes to grow customer relationships, sales and profits.

27. Williams Continuing Family’s Tennis Legacy -

The other shoppers in the Knoxville grocery store probably don’t know who she is and certainly have no idea what she is doing.

Michelle DePalmer-Williams is, from all appearances, just another mom loading the cart with milk and bread and orange juice, checking her iPhone for text messages and emails.

28. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

29. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy Award -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

30. 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.

31. Obama's Health Care Overhaul Turns Into a Sprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.

32. 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.

33. Events -

Memphis Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Glen Vanderford, regional Rotary Foundation director, will speak. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@bankofbartlett.com.

34. County Sees 21.6 Pct. Voter Turnout -

Slightly less than 127,000 Shelby County residents – or 21.6 percent of 584,443 registered voters – cast ballots in the Aug. 2 elections.

The turnout in early voting and election day combined was a higher percentage than the 15 percent turnout four years ago in the same election cycle, but it was well below the 44-year high of 39.4 percent set in the August 1992 elections.

35. NY Fed Told of Interest Rate Manipulation in '07 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released documents Friday that show it learned five years ago of big banks understating their borrowing costs to manipulate a key interest rate.

36. Honors Continue For Architect Of Memphis Sound -

Memphis music icon Willie Mitchell was honored on what would have been his 84th birthday last week with a Tennessee state historical marker at his Royal Studios.

37. Irving Leads Research Co. Animal Cell Therapies -

Adam M. Irving is chief executive officer of San Diego-based Animal Cell Therapies Inc., a company that develops stem cell treatments to treat a variety of ailments for animals. Irving is based in Memphis.

38. AP Source: Big East Moving Toward Adding Memphis -

A person familiar with the talks says the Big East is in discussions with Memphis about the Tigers joining the conference in all sports.

The Tigers likely would join in 2013 when Houston, Central Florida and SMU from Conference USA already are set to join the Big East.

39. Most American Airlines Fliers to See Little Impact -

NEW YORK (AP) – For most of the 240,000 passengers who fly American Airlines each day, the airline's bankruptcy filing should have little noticeable impact.

American continues to operate flights, honor tickets and take reservations. It says its frequent-flier program will be unaffected.

40. General Motors Workers Ratify New Labor Contract -

DETROIT (AP) – Factory workers at General Motors have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract with the company that has profit-sharing instead of pay raises for most workers and promises thousands of new jobs.

41. No More Mail? What Would Ben Franklin Think? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Imagine a nation without the Postal Service.

No more birthday cards and bills or magazines and catalogs filling the mailbox. It's a worst-case scenario being painted for an organization that lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and seems headed deeper into the red this year.

42. Haslam Wants Quicker National Online Tax Rules -

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says there are varying views among Tennessee's congressional delegation about the urgency for national rules governing the collection of online sales tax collections by retailers like Amazon.com.

43. Whitehead Promoted At Obsidian -

Thomas Whitehead has been promoted to account manager at Obsidian Public Relations.

Hometown: Brandon, Miss.

44. Int’l Folk Alliance Conference Announces Keynote Speaker -

The Folk Alliance International has announced that Bob Lefsetz will be the featured keynote speaker at the 24th annual International Folk Alliance Conference at the Downtown Marriott, 250 N. Main St., Feb. 22-26.

45. Davidson Hired as Manager of Habitat ReStore -

Joseph Yates Davidson has been hired as the manager of the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 7130 Winchester Road.

46. Senate Bill Aims to Combat Pharmaceutical Theft -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Law enforcement officials would have more leeway to pursue and punish criminals who steal prescription pharmaceuticals under a proposal introduced Tuesday by Senate lawmakers.

47. Takeuchi Joins Memphis Veterinary Specialists -

Dr. Ai Takeuchi has joined Memphis Veterinary Specialists and PetMed Emergency Center as the facility’s first hospitalist.

Hometown: Kugenuma, Japan, but I grew up in Trinidad, U.S., Indonesia and Singapore as well.
Education: University of Pennsylvania, VMD; Mount Holyoke College, BA
Family: I am in Memphis with my husband, Chris, and my son, Aiden, who is almost 4 months old. We have a dog named Bovie and three cats: Rex, Mika and Lailee.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Eating good food; I’m a foodie and love trying new restaurants. I also love to cook, horseback ride, read books and go on hikes or long walks with the family and our dog, Bovie.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mom had the most influence over me. She was a “Tiger Mom” and raising me in different countries while upholding cultural traditions must have been a challenge. She always pushed me to excel and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her support.
Why did you pursue a career as a veterinarian? At the age of 4, I went from wanting to be a bus driver to a veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals, and taking care of them is my dream job. They have no voice of their own and need someone to champion for them and take their interests at heart. They are all innocent little souls that need someone to watch over them.
What drew you to Memphis Veterinary Specialists? I wanted to work with boarded specialists who offered the highest level of medicine available. I enjoy emergency work as well as the challenges of complicated cases. It is imperative that I can give my clients a variety of medical options, including seeing a premier specialist.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Whenever I can say I helped a family cope with their pet’s illness and was able to ease both their pain and help their pet. That is a great accomplishment for me.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Making a difference in an animal’s life and their family’s life. Being able to bring comfort to both the pet and the family makes my job fabulous. Even if the diagnosis is not a good one, at least I can answer their questions and help them make the right decision for their family.

48. Procter & Gamble Moves From Soap Operas to Tweets -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Goodbye, "Guiding Light." Hello, YouTube.

Procter & Gamble Co., whose sponsorship and production of daytime TV dramas helped coin the term "soap operas," has pulled the plug after 77 years. Instead, the maker of Tide detergent, Ivory soap and Olay skincare is following its customers online with a big push on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

49. Higgins Takes Long Road to the Bench -

Gina Higgins thought 2006 was the year she would run for judge in the once-every-eight-year races known by politicians as the “big ballot.”

50. Events -

The Small Business Chamber Breakfast Club will meet Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Office Suites Plus, 6000 Poplar Ave., suite 250. For more information, visit www.smallbusinesschamber.com.

51. Ole Miss Marketer Discusses Higher Ed Challenges -

Jim Ebel, executive director of marketing communications for the University of Mississippi, outlined his vision for the Ole Miss brand on Thursday.

Speaking to the Memphis Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, Ebel addressed the marketing challenges faced by institutions of higher learning and those particular to Ole Miss.

52. State to Inspect Unregulated Dams This Year -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The state will inspect unregulated dams this year, starting with about 70 that could result in deaths if they break, but state conservation officials want legislation giving them authority to inspect and regulate all of the state's 1,200 nonfederal dams.

53. Ark. Lottery Commission Chairman to Resign -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Lottery Commission chairman Ray Thornton says his job in getting the lottery started is complete and he will resign.

54. Clerk Races Generate Plenty of Heat -

Seven clerks' positions are on the May 4 primary ballot and incumbents are running for re-election in three of them.

None of the seven elections will be decided with the primaries because Democrats and Republicans are battling hard in the countywide races dominated just four years ago by the GOP.

55. Races Open For Two County School Board Seats -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

56. UPDATE: Two Open County School Board Seats At Filing Deadline -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

57. Angry Students Protest Cuts to Schools, Colleges -

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Anger over rising tuition and school budget cuts boiled over as students across the country staged rowdy demonstrations that led to clashes with police and the rush-hour shutdown of a major freeway in California.

58. Analysis: Local Projects Dominate Arkansas Session -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Legislative leaders wanted to keep Arkansas' first fiscal session short, sweet and focused on the state's budget. But, even in an abbreviated session, they're learning that there's always room for pork.

59. Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.

60. Adversarial -

Both sides in the federal lawsuit Memphis and Shelby County have filed against Wells Fargo are beginning to strap on their armor.

The San Francisco-based financial services giant – one of the largest U.S. banks by assets – has hired Memphis attorney Jef Feibelman of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC.

61. Howard-Flynn Ready To Lead AWA Group -

The Association for Women Attorneys reaches a milestone today as it inducts its 30th president, Michele Howard-Flynn of the Howard-Flynn Law Group.

Howard-Flynn will take the gavel at the association’s annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis. A new slate of 2010 officers also will be announced.

62. Three Attorneys Break Away From Apperson Crump -

A managing partner of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC has left the law firm to start his own firm.

Robert L. Dinkelspiel opened Dinkelspiel, Rasmussen & Mink Monday at 1669 Kirby Parkway. His partners are Robin H. Rasmussen and M. Wayne Mink Jr., both of whom worked at Apperson Crump.

63. Analysis: Budget Cuts Suggest Bleak Fiscal Session -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawmakers knew they would face a tight budget when they return to the Capitol for their first fiscal session next month. Now they know it could be downright ugly.

The state fiscal officer's declaration that Arkansas – facing a nearly $55 million shortfall – will likely face budget cuts this year was a reminder of the state's economic picture as lawmakers prepare for the first-ever fiscal session.

64. Ark. Financial Adviser Announces Senate Bid -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A financial adviser from northwest Arkansas said Tuesday he's seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, joining an increasingly crowded field of GOP hopefuls.

65. GM Idling Tenn. Plant; It Could Get New Small Car -

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) - As one of 2,500 workers at the General Motors plant that will be idled at least temporarily in November, Michelle Burley has a suggestion for young car buyers: "Buy American and protect American jobs."

66. Ramsey’s Entry Marks New Phase In Governor’s Race -

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s entry Monday into the Tennessee governor’s race marks a new phase of an arduous – and expensive – Republican primary campaign.

67. Treadway Joins Thomas & Betts as Senior VP for Electrical Business -

Charles L. Treadway has joined Thomas & Betts Corporation in the newly created position of senior vice president, group president – electrical. Treadway will provide strategic and operational leadership to the company’s electrical products businesses on a global basis. The electrical segment of Thomas & Betts has approximately 60 manufacturing and distribution facilities in 11 countries and employs approximately 8,000 associates worldwide. The electrical segment reported $2.1 billion in revenues in 2008. Treadway previously served as president and chief executive officer for the Custom Sensors and Technology unit of Schneider Electric.

68. Saint Francis Weight Loss Center Appoints Weaver Medical Director -

Virginia Weaver has been appointed medical director of the Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss.

69. GM, Chrysler Seek Billions More, To Cut More Jobs -

DETROIT (AP) - Billions of dollars in government loans to prop up General Motors and Chrysler won't be enough. The companies, which have received $17.4 billion so far, filed plans with the government more than doubling that request to a staggering total of $39 billion.

70. Tobacco Tax Increase Heads to Ark. Senate Panel -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - One of the two lawmakers whose vote could decide whether $87.8 million in proposed tobacco tax increases passes a Senate panel says his support may hinge on whether he can amend the measure.

71. Lillard, Hargett in GOP Sweep of State Constitutional Offices -

NASHVILLE – Republicans, including two familiar faces from Shelby County, have been elected as Tennessee’s secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer in a legislative vote.

A joint session of the entire state House and Senate on Thursday voted 70-61 for Tre Hargett, a former GOP House leader from Bartlett, to replace Democratic Secretary of State Riley Darnell.

72. Corker Visits TVA Ash Spill Site -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., took an aerial tour this week of the East Tennessee site of a coal ash spill near the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

A few weeks ago, more than 1 billion gallons of coal ash spilled there after a retention wall failed at the plant.

73. UTHSC Professors Receive Patents -

Sixteen professors at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center who turned laboratory experiments into practical applications have received patents for innovations in medicine.

Besides the potential for better ways to diagnose the sick and injured, these innovations could provide a revenue stream for UTHSC.

74. White House Readies New Rescue for Auto Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Congress gridlocked and the economy flailing, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in and prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous economic impact of the hundreds of thousands of job losses sure to follow.

75. Automakers Pitch Congress Anew on Rescue -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Humbled U.S. automakers pleaded with Congress on Thursday for an expanded $34 billion rescue package, but heard fresh skepticism in a bumpy encore appearance.

"We're here today because we made mistakes," General Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner told the Senate Banking Committee in prepared testimony.

76. Chrysler Exec: Failure Could Spark Depression -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Chrysler executive warned Wednesday that a carmaker collapse could send the economy spiraling into a depression, while the United Auto Workers agreed to new concessions for their companies.

77. Trustee, Assessor Look Ahead To New Positions -

The day after last week’s Shelby County general election, Paul Mattila walked into a room in the Shelby County Administration Building where employees of the Shelby County Trustee’s office had gathered in his honor.

78. Cohen, Blackburn Lead Local Election Winners -

More than half and possibly as much as 75 percent of Shelby County’s nearly 626,000 voters are expected to turn out for the Nov. 4 election that will be highlighted by the John McCain-Barack Obama battle for the White House.

79. Cohen Crushes Tinker - Jackson Upsets Turner - Charter Changes Pass-Fail - Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen was the big winner in Thursday’s primary elections. Cohen, with 80 percent of the vote, crushed challenger Nikki Tinker in the hard fought 9th District Democratic primary.

The upset of the evening was the general election contest for General Sessions Court Clerk where Democratic challenger Otis Jackson beat Republican incumbent Chris Turner.

And only one of two sets of Shelby County charter amendments on the ballot were approved by voters.

Voter turnout was just under 16 percent in Shelby County. Voter turnout was clearly driven by the 9th District Democratic primary. More people voted in that primary which covers most but not all of Shelby County than voted countywide in the state Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Turnout in the Democratic primaries was twice that of the Republican primaries in Shelby County.

All results are unofficial pending audit and certification by the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee election officials

9th Congressional District
Democratic Primary
Steve Cohen 50,284 79%
Nikki Tinker 11,814 19%
Joe Towns Jr. 914 1%

Not even close. Cohen won the primary for the open all Shelby County seat two years ago by 4,400 votes over Tinker and 13 other candidates. This time around he was the incumbent and Tinker’s challenge was more strident with a pair of controversial attack ads in the gap between the end of early voting and election day. Both were probably factors in the vote totals along with a smaller field of five candidates.

Cohen faces independent candidate Jake Ford in the Nov. 4 general election.

7th Congressional District
Republican Primary
248 of 265 precincts reporting
Marsha Blackburn 29,158 65%
Tom Leatherwood 15,636 35%

These are the results district wide which includes not only the eastern part of Shelby County but a strip of Middle Tennessee up to the Kentucky state line. In Shelby County’s part of the 7th district, Leatherwood beat Blackburn with 62 percent of the vote. But it was 62 percent of just over 19,000 votes. Outside Shelby County it was always going to be difficult for Leatherwood.. The low voter turnout in Collierville and other eastern parts of the county made Leatherwood’s task impossible.

Blackburn faces Democrat Randy G. Morris on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #360
Yes  49,506   49.73%

No   50,043   50,27%

Closest contest of the night in Shelby County with a 537 vote margin and the highest turnout with 99,549 votes total.

This set of charter changes was to fix a legal problem noted in a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling. Another part of the package deal was increasing term limits for the county mayor and the county commission from two consecutive four year terms approved by voters in 1994 to three consecutive four year terms. The County Commission meets Monday to ponder whether it should offer another charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would fix the legal problem.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #361
Yes 65,548 68%
No 30,188 32%

This set of charter amendment includes provisions for recalling elected officials. It also establishes a new method for filling a vacancy in the office of County Mayor.

General Sessions Court Clerk
Otis Jackson 51,438 52%
Chris Turner 43,971 45%

The upset of the evening. Turner, the Republican nominee and the incumbent was seeking a fourth term. Jackson, the Democratic nominee, was making his fourth bid for county-wide office after coming close in a 2006 bid for County Clerk.

Trustee
Paul Mattila 54,734 57%
Ray Butler 29,977 31%

Mattila beats Butler in a race featuring an energetic and misleading campaign by M. LaTroy Williams in which Williams billed himself as the “real Democrat.” He was, in fact, an independent candidate garnering 8 percent of the vote. Mattila fills the remaining two years left in the term of office of the late Bob Patterson, a Republican. Mattila, a Democrat, worked with Patterson. Butler, the Republican, was also a friend of Patterson’s and the race amounted to who would best continue to operate the office as Patterson did.

Criminal Court Judge Div. 6
John Fowlkes 44,581 52%
Latonya Burrow 21,874 26%
Michael G. Floyd 12,071 14%
Claiborne H. Ferguson 6,240 7%

Fowlkes serves out the remaining six years left of the eight year term of office of Fred Axley who resigned from the bench shortly after winning re-election in 2006. Burrow finished a close second to Axley two years ago and again ran an energetic campaign this time around. But Fowlkes status in the legal community and his appointment to the bench by Gov. Phil Bredesen proved to be the advantage.

Assessor of Property
Cheyenne Johnson 59,637 60%
Bill Giannini 39,057 40%

Johnson, the Democratic nominee, easily beat Giannini, who is also doubling as local GOP chairman. Local Democrats keep the county-wide position in their column as voters go for the candidate endorsed by outgoing Democratic incumbent Rita Clark.

U.S. Senate
Democratic Primary
2,192 of 2,290 precincts reporting
Bob Tuke 54,613 32%
Gary G. Davis 37,193 22%
Mike Padgett 32,190 19%
Mark Clayton 30,359 18%
Kenneth Eaton 13,718 8%
Leonard Ladner 4,431 3%

These are the statewide results. Tuke got 42 percent of the Shelby County vote with Clayton finishing second. Tuke, the former state Democratic Party chairman, faces Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander, one of the most successful politicians in the history of the state, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Judicial Retention Races

All seven state appellate court judges, including two Tennessee Supreme Court justices, won their yes/no contests on the ballot across the state. That includes Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court Judge Camille McMullen of Millington who was just appointed to the bench in June by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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80. Events -

The Mid-South Area Business Travel Association will hold a luncheon today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 6245 Poplar Ave. The luncheon topic will be “The Economy’s Impact on Business Travel.” Cost is $25 for members and $40 for guests. For more information, visit www.msabta.com.

81. Wilson Named CBU Dean Of Graduate, Professional Studies -

Dr. Patrick Wilson has been named dean of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Christian Brothers University.

Wilson will lead the marketing, recruitment and retention for evening undergraduate programs and graduate programs as well as have responsibility for the financial planning and administrative operations.

82. Jones Ascends to High-Level Position At Army Corps of Engineers -

Carol Winfield Jones has been selected as chief, project development branch and assistant to the deputy district engineer for project management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

83. Few Surprises At Filing Deadline -

About half of Shelby County's delegation to the Tennessee Legislature won re-election at Thursday's filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 7 ballot.

Eight of the 16 state House seats had only one candidate - the incumbent. And all three of the state Senate seats on the ballot were incumbent-only affairs.

84. Filing Deadline For Elections Is Thursday -

A healthy voter turnout doesn't necessarily mean every race on the ballot gets the benefit. Politicos call it "ballot falloff." It means races such as those for president or mayor get voters to the polls. But those same voters might decide not to vote in the other races.

85. Regulators Say Banking Industry Strong Despite Current Problems -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banking and savings and loan institution regulators insisted Tuesday that the system remains strong despite precipitous declines in earnings sparked by the mortgage crisis.

86. Wharton Bids Goodbye to Payroll Tax -

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is dropping the idea of a payroll or privilege tax. The flat rate tax applied to anyone who works in Shelby County, whether they live in the county or not, and would have required action by the Tennessee legislature. Wharton told members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners Monday, “It would be unduly naïve of me to say we would face any success.”

87. Wharton Bids Goodbye to Payroll Tax -

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is dropping the idea of a payroll or privilege tax. The flat rate tax applied to anyone who works in Shelby County, whether they live in the county or not, and would have required action by the Tennessee legislature.

88. Airport Employee Martin Retires After Three Decades -      Bob Martin is retiring after 30 years of service at Memphis International Airport. Martin worked for the past 18 years as vice president of operations for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA).
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89. Bar Association Prepares for New Leadership -

The Memphis Bar Association will bring 2007 to a close with a ceremonial transferring of the gavel Dec. 6 during its annual meeting at The Peabody Hotel's Continental Ballroom, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

90. Barrett Opens Design and Marketing Firm -

Stefanie Barrett has opened Barrett Creative, a full-service graphic design and marketing firm. Barrett has more than 15 years of experience. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and Women on the Move, and serves as the marketing sponsor for the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) and the Small Business Chamber.

91. Panel Weighs Most Desired Courses for TennCare -

A TennCare advisory committee meets today to look over the fine print of a new three-year agreement between federal health officials and the state of Tennessee to fund TennCare.

Cato Johnson, the chairman of the committee, is expected to pronounce the deal the best the state could get to continue federal funding of its 14-year-old program that is a substitute for Medicaid. But there won't be a lot of celebration.

92. Colleges Look to Libraries to be the 'Campus Living Room' -
MEMPHIS (AP) - Like schools around the country, Rhodes College has made a refreshing discovery about libraries: They can do a lot more for a campus than just store books.

Rhodes' old library was a dark, dank building that many students never visited and "smelled like the 1950s," according to Carter Lawnin, who graduated last spring. After class, students returned to the isolation of their dormitories to work - hardly a good thing at a liberal arts college that prides itself on community.

93. Middle Tennessee DA In Thick of Memphis Mayoral Controversy -

His law office is part of the picturesque town square of Franklin, Tenn. A lifelong resident there, he's a member of the vestry at the local St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and his family has lived in the town for more than 175 years.

94. Development, Compliance Issues Become Hot Topics in Environmental Law -

When attorney Allen Malone first began practicing law in 1969 in Memphis, no agency existed governing air pollution or the disposal of hazardous waste.

But the timing to begin his practice was just right, because the United States was about to enter a decade in which significant environmental legislation would be passed.

95. Events -

MusiCares offers a free health fair for registrants of the 2007 International Folk Alliance Conference through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Cook Convention Center, 255 S. Main St. Free services such as massage therapy, foot exams, spinal exams, cholesterol tests and other procedures will be offered along with workshops. Contact Morgan Bracy at 615-327-0050 or morganb@grammy.com for information.

96. Events -

The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce holds its general membership luncheon today at 11:15 a.m. at the Germantown Country Club, 1780 Kimbrough Road. Dr. Jeff L. Myers will speak.

The Institute of Management Accountants-Memphis Chapter (IMA) holds its monthly Technical Session today at 11:45 a.m. in the Medallion Restaurant at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dr. Ernest Nichols, director of the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management at the FedEx Institute of Technology, is the guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public and costs $20. To make reservations, visit the IMA Web site at www.imamemphis.org.

97. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber holds its member orientation meeting today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 22 N. Front St., Suite 200. Call 543-3502 or visit www.memphischamber.com for more information.

98. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber holds its member orientation meeting Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 22 N. Front St., Suite 200. Call 543-3502 or visit www.memphischamber.com for more information.

99. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber holds its member orientation meeting Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber, 22 N. Front St., Suite 200. Call 543-3502 or visit www.memphischamber.com for more information.

100. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School -

Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.