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1. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

2. Renovations Add to Charm of Smokies Park -

SEVIERVILLE – You don’t have to be an avid baseball fan to have a great time at Smokies Park.

Of course, the most ravenous baseball fan also will find the Tennessee Smokies’ home stadium has all you could want in a minor-league ballpark. There also is Southern League baseball, a Double-A league from which players often make the jump straight to the major leagues.

3. Jackson Plea Preserves Controversy -

There will be no retrial of Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

But Jackson’s Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter with a 15-year prison sentence, is hardly the last chapter in a story that began with the 2005 murder in East Memphis and the 2009 trial that included 40 witnesses and nearly 400 trial exhibits.

4. Noura Jackson Takes Plea Deal in Murder Retrial -

After serving nine years in prison, Noura Jackson entered an Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

5. Tennessee Appeals Court Reverses Another Shelby County Conviction -

As two high profile Memphis murder cases moved toward retrial this week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed another murder conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court earlier this month.

6. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

7. Taking Care of Business -

The postseason is – take your pick – a new season, the second season, the only season that matters.

But before delving into the Grizzlies’ path in the NBA Playoffs, which starts with the Grizzlies as the 5 seed in a first-round Western Conference matchup up with 4-seed Portland Sunday night at FedExForum, a rewind is in order.

8. Prosecution Team Named For Jackson Retrial -

Preliminary hearings in the case of a Memphis woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother continue in Shelby County Criminal Court.

Mike Dunavant, the special prosecutor in the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson, announced in a Monday, March 17, hearing before Judge Chris Craft that he has assigned assistant district attorneys Walt Freeland of Tipton County and Mark Davidson of Fayette County to the case.

9. Dunavant Names Prosecution Team for Jackson Retrial -

Preliminary hearings in the case of a Memphis woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother continue in Shelby County Criminal Court.

Mike Dunavant, the special prosecutor in the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson, announced in a Monday, March 17, hearing before Judge Chris Craft that he has assigned assistant district attorneys Walt Freeland of Tipton County and Mark Davidson of Fayette County to the case.

10. Chock-Full -

STORIES 90 YEARS IN THE MAKING. The other day, Willy Bearden and I visited with Norman Blackley in his kitchen. Willy and I are suckers for stories and that kitchen was chock-full.

Matter of fact, Norman built the kitchen. “Everything in here cost about 200 bucks,” he told us, “put it in myself. This was the garage. Needed a kitchen more than a garage.” He has other garages behind the house. Like the one that holds the 1978 Lincoln Town Car he restored. Or the 1965 Chrysler New Yorker. Or the 1920-something Jordan he’s working on now. His 1955 Chevy’s not back there. It’s in a museum. However, in another garage there’s a tank he built to float his 1927 Chris-Craft 14-footer. He was with his mother when she bought it in 1930 and he’s had it ever since. “Gotta keep it wet,” he explained, “the mahogany shouldn’t dry out.”

11. State Appeals Court Reverses Attempted-Murder Conviction -

The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals has reversed a Shelby County Criminal Court conviction of attempted second-degree murder.

The Tuesday, March 10, ruling hinged on a disclosure the court said could have biased the jury: The defendant previously had been arrested for murdering the brother of the man he was on trial for assaulting. The appeals court sent the case of Donnell Tunstall back to Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft for retrial.

12. Building Boom -

With the greater Memphis area slower to recover from the recession and economic downturn than other parts of the country, frustrated local general contractors watched in 2012 and 2013 as firms across the country participated in what appeared to be a robust national economic rebound.

13. Deadline Nears for Dunavant Awards Nominations -

With less than a week for nominations, the Rotary Club of Memphis East is preparing to select the recipients of the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

And the process is more than just recognizable names submitted to the committee of Rotarians and members of the family of the late Probate Court Clerk.

14. Ford Jr. to Headline Dunavant Award Event -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the March 25 Dunavant Public Servants Awards luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

The awards, now in their 12th year, honor one elected official and one non-elected public official within Shelby County who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of longtime Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

15. Dunavant Award Nominations Open -

With Memphis elections on the horizon in another election year, Rotarians are about to begin the process of selecting new winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

The 12th annual awards that go to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official are a way of not only honoring the late Shelby County Probate Court clerk but also fostering a broader discussion about the nature of public service and specifically local public service.

16. Tennessee Supreme Court Orders New Trial for Noura Jackson -

The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Noura Jackson Friday, Aug. 22, who was convicted in 2009 of second degree murder in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

17. Tennessee's Corker Won't Rule Out Presidential Bid -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.

18. Communicate Effectively With Your Audience -

The digital world has altered the way businesses communicate with audiences. Regardless of size, they have the opportunity to connect with customers on a more personal basis than at any other point in history.

19. Bell Holds Hearing Over Chief Justice Complaint -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Republican panel has spent four hours questioning top judicial officials in an inquiry over the handling of a complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

20. Bell Blasts Judicial Conduct Board for Dropping Complaint -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A powerful state senator has written a letter excoriating the board that disciplines judges for dismissing an ethics complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

21. Alexander Touts Importance of Political Role Models -

Among the crowd of 500 who gathered Monday, April 21, for the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards were fourth- and fifth-graders from White Station Elementary School.

Although they were by a wall on the far side of the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, they drew the attention of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the keynote speaker for the Rotary Club of Memphis East event sponsored by The Daily News and the University of Memphis.

22. Dunavant Awards Honor Craft, Lewellen -

It’s a long way from Collierville Town Hall to 201 Poplar Avenue. So the two recipients of the annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards will meet Monday, April 21, near the University of Memphis to be honored.

23. Lewellen Endures in Collierville Hot Seat -

James Lewellen has been town administrator for Collierville for 18 years, which is about 16 years more than he expected for a non-elected full-time position known for short stays that end abruptly after elections that produce new mayors.

24. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench -

The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.

25. 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.

26. Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards -

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

27. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

28. Haslam Unsure of Reason for Few Court Applicants -

NASHVILLE (AP) – They sit at the pinnacle of Tennessee's justice system, enjoying power, privileges, prestige – and even a job nearly for life, once in office.

With all the enviable perks that justices on the state Supreme Court earn, it's no wonder Gov. Bill Haslam is at a loss to explain why only five people applied for the seat being vacated by retiring Justice Janice Holder.

29. 3 Memphians Among State Supreme Court Applicants -

Two Memphis judges and a Shelby County Commissioner are among the five applicants for a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft, Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Holly M. Kirby and Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy have submitted applications to the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments, the newly formed body that will send a list of three finalists to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

30. County Commission’s Partisan, Personal Divide Resurfaces -

As Shelby County Commissioners were asking some pretty pointed questions Monday, Sept. 9, of those vying for an appointment to the countywide school board, Commissioner Heidi Shafer told Shante Avant, one of the contenders, “We’re not as scary as we seem.”

31. School Board Recognizes Labor, Gets Security Update -

Interim countywide schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson told the school board Tuesday, Aug. 27, that “jurisdiction issues” between the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were the primary cause of security problems at schools this month.

32. School Board Recognizes Labor Groups, Moves Toward Smaller Size -

The last meeting of the 23-member countywide school board ended Tuesday, Aug. 27, with gift bags for the 16 school board members whose positions are abolished Friday, as the month ends.

The board becomes a seven-member body starting Sept. 1, dropping the nine legacy Memphis City Schools board positions and the seven legacy Shelby County Schools board positions that were part of the board starting in October 2011.

33. Health Insurers Fear Young People Will Opt Out -

MIAMI (AP) – Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn't been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money.

34. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 13, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Meri Armour, president and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

35. Events -

The Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis will hold the fourth annual Beauty in the Eye of the Beer Holder fundraiser for the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society Thursday, March 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Attendees can sample unique homebrews created for the event, craft beers and microbrews. Tickets are $30. Visit msbrewmovement.org.

36. New Judicial Conduct Board Commences -

The new Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct will begin its work on the weekend. The board that replaced the old Tennessee Court of the Judiciary effective July 1 holds an organizational meeting Saturday, July 7, in Nashville.

37. Bill to Strip Courts' Power to Block Laws Dropped -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to strip state courts of the power to block laws enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly quietly withdrew the bill on Monday after receiving heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

38. Beavers Builds Case Around Conduct of Tennessee Judges -

Editor’s Note: This is an occasional series that profiles Tennessee’s state legislators. It took a budget shortfall in the Wilson County school system and her husband knocking on doors to get Mae Beavers elected the first time.

39. Judiciary Court Could Change -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to move forward with proposed changes to the commission that disciplines judges.

Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet led two hearings this week concerning the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.

40. A Flighty Management Model That Works -

Are you looking for ways to improve your business model or management style? If so, pay close attention to everything that happens the next time you travel by air.

I’m not saying the major airlines do everything right; they don’t. But when it comes to successfully completing individual flights, they have processes in place to make sure all the important things are done correctly thousands of times a day.

41. Ex-Rivals Catch On to Gibbons’ Anti-Crime Ideas -

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons didn’t have the money as a candidate for governor to get his campaign platform to a wide enough audience.

42. Annexation Reserves Raise Concerns for Metro Charter -  

The Metro Charter Commission now has a lot of work for its drafting committee, as the group’s task forces continue to report at the body’s weekly meetings.

Still to come are the recommendations about how the services will be divided into urban and general services districts, each with their own tax rates. Those recommendations will be critical to the proposed consolidation charter.

“We’re not there yet,” commission chairwoman Julie Ellis told Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner last week as Joyner looked for some indication. “These are all of great concern to all of us.”

An urban services district would be funded by a property tax rate for people who live in Memphis.

A general services district would be funded by a property tax rate for the entire county, including Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington.

Joyner is among those most concerned about where the money will come from to pay for those services.

“Two-percent of our population uses any service that is offered by the health department – 2 percent,” Joyner said as charter commissioners brought up county services used by Collierville residents. “(Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division) – but we pay handsomely for that.”

Afterward, Joyner questioned how to prevent a metro council from taxing Collierville residents beyond what they actually use.

“They can do it now, though,” argued Charter commissioner Chris Patterson, who said Collierville residents now pay for more than the services they use from county government. “It’s the same animal.”

Joyner and other suburban leaders argue they should be taxed depending on how much their residents use facilities like The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

Consolidation proponents, however, argue The MED and the health department are countywide services that should be funded by all county taxpayers because the services are available to all county residents.

Meanwhile, the commission has tentatively approved seven recommendations from a task force on central support services.

The recommendations would establish departments within a metro government for building security, fleet management, printing and local government property maintenance.

All recommendations go to a drafting committee that will craft charter language and then take the written provisions back to the charter commission for votes on the language as well as the general idea.

Charter Commissioner Damon Griffin, who headed the support services task force, said the departments would not be full-fledged city divisions with directors appointed by the metro mayor and a tier of deputy directors. Each might have two or three employees and then outsource some work.

The task force recommendations approved by the Charter Commission also call for:

  • A chief information officer, appointed by the metro mayor, to oversee all IT operations.
  • A metro public information office to be part of the executive powers of the metro mayor. The office would serve as the spokesman for all parts of a consolidated local government and not just individual offices or departments.
  • Consolidated purchasing services as part of the department of finance and administration.

The charter proposal is due to be completed by mid-August with a vote on the November ballot.


43. Tenn. Judges to Hear Mock Trial Competition -

Ten Memphis-area judges, including Chief Justice Janice M. Holder of the Tennessee Supreme Court, will volunteer at the 2010 American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament this weekend in Memphis.

44. Little Guys, Big Guys -

No one would mistake a local institution like Tri-State Bank for one of Wall Street’s mighty titans of finance, whose recent woes brought the U.S. and world economies to their knees.

45. Ethics Reforms Didn't Take Away Lobbyists' Power, Bredesen Says -
NASHVILLE (AP) - More than a year after lawmakers passed stricter ethics and disclosure laws, lobbyists still hold tremendous power over the legislative process, Gov. Phil Bredesen said.

The new ethics laws - approved in early 2006 after an FBI corruption investigation - took much of the money out of the relationship between lobbyist and lawmaker, but lobbyists still do plenty to craft and influence legislation.

46. These Days, When in Doubt, Sequester, Say Legal Insiders -

With crime in Memphis rising and the annual number of murders at an all-time high - 160 in 2007 - it's no wonder the number of sequestered juries is rising, too.

Since July 2006, 36 juries have been sequestered in Shelby County, said Clyde Carson, chair of the Shelby County Jury Commission.

47. Ward Named Judge of the Year by Bar Association -

The Criminal Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association recently presented Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward its judge of the year award. Ward presides over Division 9 of Shelby County's 30th Judicial District. Ward was appointed to the bench in 2004. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant public defender and in private practice. Ward's bachelor's degree in law enforcement and his law degree are both from the University of Memphis.

48. Archived Article: Law Briefs - Memphis City Council member

Memphis City Council member Barbara Swearengen Holt hosts a summit at 6:30 p.m. today at Central Station to discuss Downtown development opportunities for African-Americans.

African-Americans and the Development Gam...

49. Archived Article: Memos - Memphis memos 03-12-03

Chris Camp joined auction-marketing firm John Roebuck & Associates as vice president of business development. Camp has more than 15 years experience in real estate, development, design and building. He joined Roebuck fr...

50. Archived Article: Feds P.2 - Federal regulators want answers in TV deal Federal regulators want answers in TV deal News Corp. officials said they would hand over more information to U.S. regulators who have raised concerns about who will own the broadcast licenses acquired as p...

51. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education opened the nominating perio The Memphis Bar Association presents "Criminal Law for the General Practitioner" from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Fri...

52. Archived Article: Law Focus - ONE CRIME NOT GOING AWAY Not all crime statistics dropping in Memphis By Chris Craft Special to The Daily News Although much has been said in the media this past year about the recent decrease in crime in Shelby County, there is one offense that is ...

53. Archived Article: Law Focus - By STACEY PETSCHAUER An eye in the court State Supreme Court seeks input on how media trial coverage is working in Tennessee By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News The way citizens once stayed informed about the judicial system was to watch the trials ...

54. Archived Article: Law Focus - Why is our jail so crowded Why is our jail so crowded? By JUDGE CHRIS CRAFT Special to The Daily News In 1981, the brand new Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar Ave. was opened for business. Christened the "Glamour Slammer" at the time, it wa...

55. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis Bar Association announced the results of the associations Judicial Preference Election concerning all contested judicial and clerk races on Aug The Memphis Bar Association announced the results of the associations Judicial Preference Ele...

56. Archived Article: Law Focus - By SUZANNE THOMPSON A blood print A new law will require drawing blood samples from all Tennesseans convicted of a felony after June 30 to build the states DNA data base By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Legislation has passed through both the stat...

57. Archived Article: Dui Laws - Law enforcement leaders to seek stricter DUI laws Law enforcement leaders to seek stricter DUI laws By DIANNA DEAREN The Daily News Local law enforcement leaders want stricter laws for drunk driving offenders and will push for legislation at the upc...

58. Archived Article: Law Focus - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Justice relies on jurors New one week/one trial system lessens opposition to jury duty By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Any given day you can find them at 157 Poplar Ave. in an auditorium. One man reclines in a teal blue seat, ...

59. Archived Article: Law Focus - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Eagle eyes Attorneys use private investigators in a variety of litigation to help them prove their cases By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News If you have filed a workers compensation claim, someone may be watching you, and that som...

60. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association will present "How to Get Your Friend Out of Jail" today at noon at the Criminal Court building, Division VIII, 201 Poplar Ave The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association will pr...

61. Archived Article: Law Focus - In the 1976 landmark case, Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court declared the death penalty to be constitutional. Bucking the system Federal judge overturns death penalty convictions but doesnt deter local prosecutors By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily Ne...

62. Archived Article: Law Focus - The newly declared permanance of Rule 30 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules has brought mixed reaction from people in the legal community. Televising trials Local attorneys and judge express mixed reaction to making Rule 30 permanent By SUZANNE TH...

63. Archived Article: Gibbons Oath - Notes Gibbons swearing in New DA sworn in, already lobbying for funds for office By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News It was a solemn event and a roast District Attorney General Bill Gibbons swearing in ceremony at the criminal justice center Frid...

64. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The Memphis Bar Association will sponsor a seminar on jury selection and voir dire on Friday from 1:30 p The Memphis Bar Association will sponsor a seminar on jury selection and voir dire on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at One Commerce Square....

65. Archived Article: Govt Analys - 03-15 Govt analys Faith restored By MIKE CARPENTER Special to The Daily News Not so long ago, I sat in church on Sunday morning holding back yawns, praying that the "little angel" sitting behind me would stop kicking the back of my seat, w...

66. Archived Article: Other Cand - jts candidate profiles Sterling runs unopposed in primary; two Dems vie for slate spot Incumbent Harold Sterling will run unopposed in the Republican primary elections Tuesday but will face a Democrat and two Independent challengers during county-wi...

67. Archived Article: Law Briefs - 02-15 Law briefs The Committee to Elect Judge Chris Craft will host a fund-raiser today from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the law offices of Burch, Porter & Johnson, 130 N. Court Ave. Tickets are available at the door and cost $50. Proceeds will benef...

68. Archived Article: Candidates - 1/29 jts candidates Election Commission announces county primary candidates The Daily News The Shelby County Election Commission issued a preliminary list of Democratic and Republican candidates who have filed for the March 12 county primary electio...