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1. 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.

2. Study: Banking Industry Culture Fosters Cheating -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.

A team of Swiss economists tested the honesty of bank employees in a lab game that would pay off in cash if they cheated. When workers at an unnamed bank were asked about their home life, they were about as honest as the general public. But employees who had just been asked about work at the bank cheated 16 percent more.

3. Archer-Malmo Makes Another Round of Hires -

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has made another batch of hires.

The firm has added Mike Annear and Jason Jones to its account service team; Josh Harper, Blaine Lloyd and Drew Fleming to its creative team; and Sarah Brown, Carmen Butts, Carlee Hill, Michael DeVry, Ben Hooper and Addie McGowan to its digital team.

4. Archer-Malmo Makes Another Round of Hires -

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has made another batch of hires.

The firm has added Mike Annear and Jason Jones to its account service team; Josh Harper, Blaine Lloyd and Drew Fleming to its creative team; and Sarah Brown, Carmen Butts, Carlee Hill, Michael DeVry, Ben Hooper and Addie McGowan to its digital team.

5. A Tasteful List 2014 -

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Multiple Choice -

It could have been an election about the local criminal justice system. The set of once-every-eight-years judicial races was the perfect frame for competitive races for district attorney general and juvenile court judge as the main events.

9. LeBron’s Contract: Best Bargain in Sports -

The money can drive you crazy, if you let it. Each day in Memphis we’re reading about “blue flu” and the city’s ongoing financial crisis.

With that as our local backdrop, it’s easy to become disgusted with the LeBron James sweepstakes that sort of looks like a steel cage (no, make that bank vault) death match between glitzy Miami/slick Pat Riley and hardscrabble Cleveland/thin-skinned Dan Gilbert.

10. Juvenile Court Judge Race Remains Hard-Fought -

The candidates are counting down the days to the July 18 start of early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day.

With one more weekend of campaigning until early voting dictates a shift in tactics, the sizeable cast of the longest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle is searching at events for crowds comprised of mostly voters rather than other candidates and their campaign workers.

11. Memphis Bar Reveals Judicial Candidate Poll -

All but three of the 24 local judicial incumbents on the Aug. 7 ballot came out on top in the Memphis Bar Association poll of judicial candidates released Monday, June 30.

Attorneys were asked by the bar to select candidates based on who they felt was best qualified to hold the office.

12. 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.

13. Brooks: Assault Charge Being Used by ‘Detractors’ -

The same day that she announced she was quitting her job at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ mug shot on an assault charge wound up on the top row of the front page of “Just Busted.”

14. Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements -

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

15. Michael Meets Resistance in Juvenile Court Campaign -

Dan Michael has worked for the last two Juvenile Court judges and hopes to succeed the latest, Curtis Person Jr., with the August election results.

16. Real Estate ‘Titans’ Share Industry Advice -

In the 1980s Dan Wilkinson and Robert Snowden were deeply involved in developing Memphis International Airport Center.

17. Brown’s Complex Contempt Case Moves Forward -

Former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown’s actions in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court in March will live on in court past the May county primaries and into the campaign season as Brown prepares to challenge incumbent District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the August general election.

18. Wilson Joins Inferno as PR Manager -

After several years working in Memphis for companies like Varsity Brands and Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Beth Wilson’s mind began to turn to the possibility of agency work for the next phase of her public relations career.

19. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee -

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.

“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”

20. 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.

21. Filing Frenzy -

Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.

22. Brown’s Contempt Hearing Reflects Political Skirmish -

Joe Brown’s bid to unseat District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the 2014 elections probably wasn’t supposed to begin this way – in a courtroom dispute with Juvenile Court that has nothing to do with Weirich.

23. Sugarmon Opens Campaign for Juvenile Court Judge -

City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon told supporters Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is “administratively top-heavy” and too expensive to operate as it currently is.

“We are going to make a change to a 50-year continuum of Juvenile Court,” Sugarmon told supporters at the Shelby County Election Commission last week as he filed his qualifying petition to run in the August election for Juvenile Court judge. “We’re going to reverse this trend. We are going to change this court.”

24. Economic Club Names Tucker Executive Director -

Just because she took a voluntary buyout from FedEx in December doesn’t mean Laurie Tucker is ready to slow down.

25. Criminal Justice Issues Likely to Dominate Races -

Expect to hear a lot between now and August about how the local criminal justice system does or does not work.

With Thursday’s filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries, two races for offices that are part of the system advanced to the August ballot.

26. Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears -

The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy brought the Democratic primary race for county mayor to four as he filed his qualifying petition Monday afternoon.

27. Mulroy Gets in County Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy considered a bid for Shelby County mayor for the second time in a year and Monday, Feb. 3, pulled a qualifying petition to enter the Democratic primary just more than two weeks before the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries.

28. Judicial Campaign Season Emerges With Different Rules -

Fundraisers and other campaign events for judicial candidates are difficult.

Sometimes there are more candidates for other offices at them than citizens with no direct political interest who are undecided on who to vote for. And more so than in any other field of candidates, judges are limited by ethics in what they can say when trying to persuade someone to vote for them.

29. Michael Opens Campaign for Juvenile Court -

Chief Juvenile Court Magistrate Dan Michael says he is prepared if his opposition in the race for Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court judge tries to make an issue of reforms underway at the court.

30. Dueling Election Databases Make Tracking Difficult -

If ever the political axiom of needing a scorecard to keep up with the players applied to an election cycle, it would be the set of three elections in 2014 across Shelby County.

The middle election of the three – the August ballot of county general elections and state and federal primary elections – is expected to be one of the longest in the county’s political history, if not the longest.

31. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

32. Idea Factories -

Never mind how fully formed or exciting the concept sounds, Michael Overton, partner and creative director at inferno, is probably going to want to see it on the wall.

33. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

34. Judicial Candidates Move to August Ballot -

In the first week to pick up petitions for the August judicial elections in Shelby County, judicial candidates have accounted for most of the activity at the Shelby County Election Commission.

Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael has pulled a petition to run for Juvenile Court judge in the nonpartisan race. Michael has been campaigning for several months in his bid to succeed outgoing Judge Curtis Person Jr.

35. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

36. 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.

37. Oldham Opens Sheriff Re-Election Bid -

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham opened his re-election campaign Saturday, Nov. 2, with something he didn’t have four years ago: a record.

38. Air Traffic Control Modernization Hits Turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.

39. Events -

The University of Memphis and Lambda Chi Alpha will host a Lifeblood blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit lifeblood.org.

40. Current Elections Merge With Future Campaigns -

The campaigns for elections in 2013 are beginning to overlap with campaigns on the ballot in 2014.

The set of 11 elections in three months ends with the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 and a citywide referendum on a half percent sales tax hike.

41. Weddle-West Voted GRE Board Chair-Elect -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis, has been voted chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. The national board establishes all policies for the GRE program, the most widely used graduate-school admissions test, and oversees GRE assessments, services and research.

42. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Life is good for America's super wealthy.

Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.

43. A Tasteful List Updated for 2013 -

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Hello, my name is Dan and I’ll be your server.

Presenting the third edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2013 – second and third helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

44. Retailers Report Strong Gains for June -

NEW YORK (AP) – June sales heated up for stores, in a sign that Americans likely will continue to spend during the important back-to-school shopping season.

U.S. retailers reported their strongest sales gains since January, as shoppers, enticed by warm weather and an improving economy, took advantage of summer discounts.

45. Two Bo’s, One Town -

THANK YOU, Z’BO AND C’BO. AND THANK YOU, MICHAEL. Last week, my son reminded me to write a column about the Grizzlies. So I did. This week, a good friend commenting on that column reminded me of why I write them in the first place, and then wrote one for me.

46. Understanding the Importance of a Getaway -

THE TIME TO GET AWAY IS CLOSE. One morning last week. Anderson’s dogs were running, impossibly fast, circling a field of new wheat, impossibly green, and then through the woods and past the ponds, Snuffy bounding just ahead of us and Bow Wow off to our right in the trees. Their eyes were bright and their joy obvious, impossibly happy.

47. Madewell Coming to Saddle Creek -

The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown will soon gain another national retailer with no other presence in Tennessee.

Madewell, a subsidiary of J. Crew Group Inc., has signed a 3,061-square-foot lease in The Shops of Saddle Creek North, 7509 Poplar Ave., in part of the space that was previously The Gap in between James Avery Jewelry and Brighton Collectables.

48. Endocrinologist Detti Joins UT Medical Group -

Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Laura Detti has joined the Germantown office of UT Medical Group Inc., where she specializes in male and female infertility. Detti provides genetic diagnosis and counseling; management of conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages and premature menopause; and pre- and post-cancer care for fertility issues.

49. Senior Care Management Solutions Promotes Williams -

Darla Williams has been promoted to health care administrator at Senior Care Management Solutions. In her new role, Williams will play a critical role in overseeing and customizing clients’ daily care plans to fit their specific needs.

50. LSI Buys Flex Space to Expand -

A northeast industrial flex warehouse in Appling Center Industrial Park has been snatched up by an expanding Bartlett-based engineering firm.

Larry W. Bailey, trustee of the Bailey Children’s Trust, bought the 30,397-square-foot facility and its 2.55 acres at 2756 Appling Center Cove for $1.5 million.

51. Juvenile Court Open to Charter School Proposal -

Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court officials say a charter school proposed by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton for juvenile offenders including those accused of the most serious crimes would provide those children with a critical continuity they need.

52. Weather Alerts Coming Soon to Smartphone Near You -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Attorney Bob Burns already gets a lot of information from his smartphone, but he welcomes the prospect of getting a little more – free warnings about life-threatening weather from a sophisticated new government system.

53. Evans Joins MERI As Finance Director -

Devonya Evans has joined the Medical Education & Research Institute as director of finance. Evans, a licensed certified public accountant, will be responsible for heading MERI’s finance and information technology departments.

54. It Wasn’t Like This -

AROUND HERE, 24 HOURS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. A day in Memphis wasn’t like this.

When Andy Jackson stood on the Chickasaw Bluffs and said to Winchester and Overton, “Boys, we can sell some lots here,” it wasn’t like this.

55. Analysts Expect Big Quarter for AutoZone -

Wall Street is looking for Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, to report an 18 percent jump in earnings per share when the company releases details of its fiscal-year third-quarter performance next week.

56. Revealing Character -

Not long after the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Undefeated” during the 84th annual Academy Awards, the film’s big-name executive producer excitedly sent out a flurry of tweets.

57. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

58. Chamberlain Joins MBI -

Jessica Chamberlain has joined MBI as a workspace consultant.

Hometown: Arlington, Tenn.

59. Former Mazda Warehouse Sells for $13.5M -

The former Mazda North America Inc. distribution center in DeSoto County has been acquired by Hillwood Investment Properties for $13.5 million.

60. Twitter Changes Business of Celebrity Endorsements -

NEW YORK (AP) – Rapper Snoop Dogg gave props on Twitter to an ad for the Toyota Sienna minivan. Actress Tori Spelling linked to a website for rental cars. And reality TV star Khloe Kardashian soliloquized about the brand of jeans that accentuates the famous Kardashian derriere.

61. TSC Brings ‘Something Wicked’ to Park -

The Tennessee Shakespeare Co.’s season opens with an exploration of the human psyche amid war and supernatural intervention.

62. Last Borders Shoppers Wistful, Looking for Deals -

NEW YORK (AP) – The scene this weekend at the last of the remaining Borders bookstores to close was more like a memorial service than a funeral. Shoppers reminisced fondly about their beloved bookseller rather than grieve its loss.

63. Exchange Club Announces New Board Members -

The Exchange Club Family Center has announced new board members as well as officers for 2011-2012.

Officers are Dan O’Brien, president; George Goldhoff, vice president; Grant Adams, treasurer; Adrienne Dailey-Evans, secretary; and Lucia Heros, immediate past president.

64. DuBois Pioneer In Biz Media -

When Barney DuBois helped spearhead the launch of the Memphis Business Journal in 1979, he had no way of knowing that his efforts would forever change the media landscape in the Mid-South.

65. Tenn.’s Duncan Among Congressmen Suing Obama Over Libya Strikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers is suing President Barack Obama for taking military action against Libya without war authorization from Congress.

Among the lawmakers is U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, R-Tenn., who represents Tennessee’s Second District: Knox, Blount, Loudon, Monroe and McMinn counties, as well as a potion of Sevier County.

66. Aflac Duck's New Voice From Minn. Sales Manager -

NEW YORK (AP) – Aflac is betting a sales manager from Minnesota has the voice to drive the name "Aflac" into the recesses of your brain and keep it there.

Daniel McKeague, 36, a father of three from Hugo, Minn., beat out 12,500 other contestants to replace actor Gilbert Gottfried and become the new voice of the reinsurance company's duck mascot.

67. McDonald's Hiring Day Draws Crowds, High Hopes -

McDonald's Corp. for years has fought back against critics who complain it's making people fat. On Tuesday, it went on the offense against those who assail it as a lousy place to work.

68. IRIS, TSC Put New Twist on Old ‘Dream’ -

Arts organizations will collaborate to produce a joint production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a format never before seen in the Mid-South.

No, not the world premiere of Michael Ching’s opera venture with Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and the a capella orchestra made up of Delta Capella and RIVA members.

69. Wolf River Blvd. Land Sells in Lieu of Foreclosure -

Two parcels on Wolf River Boulevard
Sale Amount: $1.7 million

Sale Date: Dec. 28, 2010
Buyer: SunTrust Bank
Seller: Wolfby GP

70. U of M’s Ranta Named AdFed’s Silver Medal Winner -

Each year, members of the advertising profession select one of their own for the highest recognition the American Advertising Federation Memphis can give.

Richard F. Ranta, founding dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, has been named the 2011 Silver Medal winner – awarded to those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering industry standards.

71. U of M's Ranta Named AdFed's Silver Medal Winner -

Each year, members of the advertising profession select one of their own for the highest recognition the American Advertising Federation Memphis can give.

Richard F. Ranta, founding dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, has been named the 2011 Silver Medal winner – awarded to those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering industry standards.

72. U of M's Ranta Named AdFed's Silver Medal Winner -

Each year, members of the advertising profession select one of their own for the highest recognition the American Advertising Federation Memphis can give.

Richard F. Ranta, founding dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis, has been named the 2011 Silver Medal winner – awarded to those men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering industry standards.

73. Shoppers Crowd the Malls in Christmas Countdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – Packed malls? Healthy gains in holiday spending? It's beginning to look at least a little like a pre-recession Christmas.

Americans spent more on clothing, luxury goods and even furniture, delivering healthy gains across the board, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all transactions including cash. The online category continued to be a bright spot. The big exception was consumer electronics, dragged down by deep discounting of TVs amid a glut. That area was virtually unchanged from a year ago.

74. EMHC Moving to Appling Farms, Doubling in Size -

Emergency Mobile Health Care is more than doubling the size of its Memphis corporate headquarters.

EMHC has signed a 14,200-square-foot lease at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. EMHC currently occupies 6,900 square feet at 5071 Wilfong Road, and also has an office in Jackson, Tenn.

75. Petty Joins Phoenix Power Group -

Doug Petty has joined Phoenix Power Group as the new vice president of sales and marketing.

Hometown: Memphis
Education:
I hold B.S. degrees in chemistry and industrial hygiene from the University of North Alabama
Work Experience:
I worked for 10 years as a specialty hospital sales representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals. For nine years I was a senior industrial hygienist for EnSafe Inc.
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
You can usually find me on a golf course, but I also spend time singing and playing guitar in the Memphis area. I enjoy watching Tigers football and basketball games and cooking out with friends.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My parents are my greatest influences. I obviously chose wisely.
What drew you to Phoenix Power Group?
I was drawn to the opportunity to become involved on the ground floor of such an innovative, revolutionary system. In addition, this was a chance to be associated with a talented and experienced group of professionals and investors. Based on my years of professional experience, I know a good thing when I see it.
What does your job as VP of sales and marketing entail?
Our company utilizes breakthrough technology to convert used oil into electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. My position utilizes my background in environmental science, regulation, and high-performance marketing and sales. My specific responsibilities include managing regulatory affairs, developing marketing materials, training and distributor support.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
It would have to be the relationships that I’ve built with co-workers, clients and customers over the years. Those are things that can’t be measured on a spreadsheets or sales reports. Winning the Regional Medical Center’s 2007 Pharmaceutical Representative of the Year Award certainly comes to mind.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
The level of excitement and energy around the PPG organization is remarkable. I’ve been looking for the opportunity to help launch a potential “Next Big Thing” for quite a long time. It is hard not to be excited when your field of work is always pushing the edge and creating new challenges and opportunities. No one has done what we are doing, so we really are a “new” idea. That comes with challenges and benefits; but there is something unique about “creating” a product, something that a cubicle just can’t offer.

76. Collierville Considers Land Swap for Schools -

The town of Collierville has met with Shelby County Schools to discuss the potential relocation of Collierville Middle School with hopes of not only relocating the city’s lone university campus to downtown but also revitalizing the local economy.

77. Biz Book Club Aims to Inform -

It’s been a while since “leisure time for reading” made the top of Beth Okeon’s to-do list, but a new group aimed at breaking business books down into bite-size pieces is helping her maximize what reading time she has.

78. Congress: Connections With Toyota -

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing Wednesday on the Toyota recalls, have Toyota factories and offices in their states or even their districts. A look at some of the automaker's ties:

79. Mixed-Use Development Slated For Southeast Shelby County -

50 acres at Forest Hill-Irene Road and Tenn. 385
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $4 Million

Sale Date: June 26, 2009
Buyer: Edward Rose Development Co. LLC
Seller: Turley LP

80. Stores Sell Out of Jackson Recordings -

Fans rushed to Memphis music stores and snatched Michael Jackson recordings from the shelves as soon as news broke of his death Thursday, buying out the inventories of Poplar Tunes and Spin Street within a couple of hours.

81. Influence 1 Foundation Names Hartsfield COO -

Felicia Hartsfield has been named chief operating officer of Influence 1 Foundation.

Hartsfield will oversee the continued stability and growth of the foundation’s fiscal, strategic, organizational and operational functions. Her duties also will include building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, as well as creating collaborations, which will enhance the foundation’s strategic model.

82. Bus Company Sues School Board for $4.5M -

A local bus company that for many years provided specialized transportation services for Memphis City Schools has filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against the board of education after the school district ended its contract with the company earlier this year.

83. Banks Wage Rate War for Deposits -

Banks across the U.S. are engaged in a heated competition for deposits as the battered industry tries to shore up its funding sources.

From giant Citigroup Inc. to tiny S&T Bancorp Inc. – which is based in Indiana, Pa. and has just 55 branches – banks are responding to uncertain times by sharply increasing the interest rates paid on deposits.

84. Urban Farms Grow as Cities Seek Safe, Cheap Food -

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Dan Schuster breezes down the road in his green and yellow John Deere tractor, passing fast-food restaurants and strip malls on his way to work.

You might say Schuster is an urban farmer.

85. Jurors Get Closer Look At Ford Recordings -

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. got their first look Wednesday at recordings of Ford taking money from the government’s informant in the case.

86. Cooper Testifying In Ford Trial -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper will continue his testimony Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.

Cooper, who took the witness stand late Tuesday afternoon, is the key government witness in the trial which is expected to last all of this week. When he met with Ford between August and November 2006, Cooper was cooperating with the FBI, recording the conversations and passing money provided by the FBI to Ford.

87. 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.

88. Primaries Heat Up as Filing Deadline Passes - The race for the Memphis 9th Congressional District seat will have no Republican contenders.

At Thursday’s deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 7 state and Congressional primaries, no Republicans had filed for the GOP primary.

89. Primaries Heat Up as Filing Deadline Passes - The race for the Memphis 9th Congressional District seat will have no Republican contenders.

At today’s deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 7 state and Congressional primaries, no Republicans had filed for the GOP primary.

90. Family Court Plan Spotlights Pilot Debate -

A family court task force set up by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners completed its work this week with a set of recommendations that call for more of a connection between the courts that deal with families in crisis and social services agencies. The report goes to the commission for further consideration.

91. Credit Requirements Changing Daily -

NEW YORK (AP) - The loan you qualify for on Monday might be out of reach on Tuesday.

Bankers and lenders are rapidly changing their requirements as home sales and prices plummet and delinquencies and defaults rise. Problems in the mortgage market are spilling into other lending markets as customers struggle to keep up with payments on other loans, such as auto and credit card payments.

92. Group Studies Family Court Creation -

As the question of government consolidation is debated in a bright and often hot media spotlight, a panel of judges, attorneys and social service providers has been quietly debating the idea of legal consolidation.

93. Wharton Chimes In On School System's Woes With Takeover Idea -

A federal grand jury is investigating several of Memphis City Schools' construction contracts.

Three former board members and one outgoing member just elected to the City Council were called to testify in recent days.

94. FedEx Institute of Technology Names Mandle Executive Director -

Shaye R. Mandle has been named executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. Previously, he worked for the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where he led the business activities of SAIC's Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. Mandle has worked as a district director for the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, and as a legislative liaison to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

95. Feeling the Pinch -

Editor's Note: This is the second in The Daily News' three-part series "Housing Hurdles," an examination of the slumping real estate market and what it means for Realtors, builders and homeowners.

96. U of M Spring Series Spotlights College Sports -      College sports means big business in the United States, as evidenced by the buzz surrounding the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which began Thursday. So the timing of the University of Memphis Sports and Leisure Comme

97. FBI Special Agent Harrison Named PRSA Communicator of the Year -

My Harrison has been named the 2006 PRSA Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in charge of the Memphis field office. Since her arrival in Memphis two years ago, she has supervised a number of high-profile federal investigations, including "Operation Tennessee Waltz," "Operation Tarnished Blue" and "Operation Main Street Sweeper."

98. Women's Foundation Director Shines as Woman of Character -

Ruby Bright has been recognized as a 2006 Woman of Character by the Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South. Bright, who is the executive director of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, was recognized for her courage, confidence and leadership.

99. Parental Rights Slippery Slope for Minors -

While many teenagers' biggest problems revolve around what plans they have on a Friday or what they're going to wear, some teens are dealing with much weightier issues.

Most of the problems facing teenage mothers deal directly with the limitations that come with being minors.

100. Big Names, High Stakes: Political wheels spin faster in Ford/Corker race -

It was 2002, and the now-infamous political ad that ran during the midterm elections that year targeted incumbent senator Max Cleland.

A voiceover rebuked Cleland, D-Georgia, and his image was shown along with photos of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. The photos generated cries of protest because Cleland is a decorated military veteran who lost three limbs in Vietnam.