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1. 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.

2. Events -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host An Evening With Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the organization’s Technical Training Center, 903 Walker Ave. Davis is a business leader who also served on the first Memphis City Council under the mayor-council form of government in 1967. Tickets are $100. Visit bgcm.org.

3. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The sale will feature house plants, custom potting, terrariums and garden gift items. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

4. Davis Headlines Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs -

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis presents an evening with former Memphis City Council member and business leader Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the organization’s technical training center at 903 Walker Ave.

5. Events -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host An Evening With Fred Davis Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the organization’s Technical Training Center, 903 Walker Ave. Davis served as the first black chairman of the Memphis City Council and opened one of the South’s first African-American-owned insurance agencies. Tickets are $100. Visit bgcm.org.

6. Leadership Memphis Boosting School Success -

It is often said that good leaders inspire others to have confidence in their leadership. Great leaders inspire others to have confidence in themselves. This is exactly what the great leaders who have been a part of Leadership Memphis for the past thirty-five years have done; encourage the greatness in the emerging leadership in Memphis.

7. Advertising Veteran Malmo Still Vibrant at 80 -

John Malmo once stepped into the office of Russ Williams, the CEO of Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, after the firm had made a pitch for a client’s business and lost.

Williams, still disappointed, had the pitch material sitting on his desk. When he heard what happened, Malmo – an icon of the Memphis advertising scene since the 1950s who mixes a hard-bitten, take-charge demeanor with a personable side that endears him to his peers and colleagues – asked to see it.

8. ‘A Different View’ -

When the Memphis City Council got involved in the 1968 sanitation workers strike it forever changed the relationship between the council and the mayor.

Lewis Donelson, a member of that council and founder and shareholder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, writes in his new autobiography, “Lewie,” that the council’s actions have affected every council and mayor since then.

9. Fuente Looks to Build Program the ‘Right Way’ -

The coaching clock ticks ever faster, often with little or no regard for extenuating circumstances. Used to be, college football coaches could just about count on five years to build a program up, to prove what they could do with a team full of players that they had recruited and taught.

10. MMBC Honors Minority Business Achievements -

The new chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber told attendees at the annual Mid-South Minority Business Council awards luncheon that minority business is about more than “the spend.”

The term came up frequently at last week’s luncheon where the organization presented the 25th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards.

11. MMBC Honors Minority Biz Achievements -

The new chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber told those at the annual Mid-South Minority Business Council awards luncheon that minority business is about more than “the spend.”

The term came up frequently at Friday’s luncheon where the organization presented the 25th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards.

12. Action! We Belong in the Movies -

Gene Hackman has a big head.

I’m not talking ego, the man really does have a head the size of a medicine ball. I know because I stood next to him one morning in Court Square chatting about the Hebe Fountain. Okay, he wasn’t actually talking to me, he was talking to the little guy on the other side of him – Tom Cruise. Maybe 5-7, depending on his shoes. They were here shooting “The Firm.”

13. GOP Governor Contenders Line Up Campaign Teams -

Three of the four Republican contenders for Tennessee governor in 2010 have announced key members of their campaign teams in the past week.

The campaign positions aren’t high-profile, but those who fill the jobs are important because their influence and knowledge of how to run a statewide campaign will play a large role in how the candidates are able to get their respective messages to voters.

14. Sun-Times Media Group Announces Management Changes -

CHICAGO (AP) - John Barron, who last month was named publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, is taking on the same role for a group of weekly publications and North Shore magazine, the publications' parent company announced Wednesday.

15. Commission to Vote On New Judge -

The candidates will outnumber commissioners today when the Shelby County Board of Commissioners votes on a new General Sessions Criminal Court judge.

There are 15 candidates for the Division 10 judgeship that became vacant with the Jan. 2 death of veteran jurist Anthony Johnson. There are 13 county commissioners.

16. 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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17. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will present Dr. Howard Brody from the University of Texas, who will present "Using Race to Sell Drugs: Pharmaceutical Marketing and Challenges to Medical Professionals" today at 8 a.m. in the North Auditorium of the Coleman Building, 956 Court Ave.

18. Smith Elected Chair Of State Republican Party -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Robin Smith has been elected chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Smith, a Hixson resident who has served as the party's vice chairwoman since 2005, was elected by the GOP's executive committee on Saturday and will lead the party through the 2008 elections.

19. From Iraq to Memphis, Corker Settles Into Senate Life -

He's already made the trip once.

Six weeks into his new job as a U.S. senator, fresh from a bruising, bare-knuckled campaign, Bob Corker stepped aboard a C-130 military transport plane for a flight to Baghdad.

20. Tenn. Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis Leaving Post -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Republican Chairman Bob Davis said Tuesday he plans to resign next month to pursue other opportunities.

Davis did not address news reports that he plans to take a position with Fred Thompson's pending presidential campaign, instead saying he plans to step down Aug. 4 to do something else.

21. Coffee Klatch No More -

The owners of the one-room coffee bar and café across the street from Memphis City Hall have heard that mayor Willie Herenton is a fan of their fresh-baked muffins.

They assume the mayor sends someone to fetch him a batch, because they haven't seen much of him. Yet he's one example of the loyal customer base The Daily Grind bistro has cultivated during its six-year run, which comes to an end Friday.

22. List to Replace Peete on Council is Long -

Memphis City Council members are expecting more than two dozen contenders to consider for the vacant District 8 Position 2 Super District seat on the council.

They include the owner of a neighborhood grocery store, an insurance executive, seasoned political partisans, a courthouse security guard, perennial candidates, a math teacher and neighborhood activists.

23. Shrinking Ocularist Field Has Foothold in Memphis -

Matt Singer was keeping an eye out for the ABC television news crew scheduled to visit his eighth floor office suite in Morgan Keegan Tower Thursday.

That is to say, it was a literal eye being kept and which attracted the ABC cameras to the immaculate office and lab space of Singer Prosthetics overseen by Singer, an upbeat, fast-talking former makeup artist and special effects whiz from Hollywood. While it's not immediately obvious from his booming voice and movie-star charisma, Singer and company operate in a shrinking and little-publicized corner of the world of prosthetics - that of crafting artificial eyes.

24. Memphians Honored Tonight At Legacy of Leadership Gala -      Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is among the honorees who will be recognized at 100 Black Men of Memphis Inc.'s awards dinner tonight at 7 p.m. at Woodland Hills, 10000 Woodland Hills Drive.
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25. Heisley Selling Out On Grizzlies Franchise -      The potential new owners of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team plan to invest more than $500 million to $1 billion in Memphis if the deal to buy the team from Chicago-based billionaire Michael Heisley goes through. 26. After Election, City's New Charter Commissioners Ponder the Task at Hand -

In her free time, Sylvia Cox volunteers at The Orpheum Theatre and also works with a local group that hosts a science fiction convention, MidSouthCon, in Memphis each year.

She says she enjoys sashaying across a ballroom dance floor, a hobby she's pursued for about 10 years. But with her election Aug. 3 to the Memphis Charter Commission - admittedly a victory that surprised even her - the latest pursuit Cox has added to her day comes with considerable influence.

27. Memphis Charter Commission: Don't Expect the Usual Stumping and Posturing From These Candidates -

Backers of the Memphis Charter Commission have a few people they'd like you to meet.

Earlier this month, they unveiled the slate of candidates they're promoting for this fall, the idea behind which is to help voters winnow down the field of more than 30 charter commission candidates to seven. That's the number of charter commissioners who will be elected Aug. 3, when voters also go to the polls to choose members of Congress, to judges and state legislators.

28. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Kelley nabs honors

Kelley nabs honors

on international stage

Kelley & Associates Advertising received top honors in the International Communicator Awards print media contest, a competition organized by industry professionals to recogniz...

29. Archived Article: Memos - Anita Huggins joined the art Museum at the University of Memphis staff as administrative secretary Anita Huggins joined the Art Museum at the University of Memphis staff as administrative secretary. She earned a bachelors degree from Mississippi Sta...

30. Archived Article: Riverfront (lead) - By LAURIE JOHNSON Riverfront committee plans focus groups, town meetings By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News In 1924, a detailed drawing depicting an ambitious development plan for the Downtown stretch of Memphis Mississippi riverfront graced the front...

31. Archived Article: Prevailing Wage 3 - By STACEY PETSCHAUER Ordinances affect on small firms is a concern EDITORS NOTE: This is the last of a multi-part series on the prevailing wage issue currently under discussion by the Memphis City Council. By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News A propo...

32. Archived Article: Gov St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Community centers offer extended hours, services By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The Memphis Park Commissions 26 community centers have extended their operating hours by 50 percent and plan to offer new programs to serve a wid...

33. Archived Article: Calendar - Sept Sept. 8 The Laurelwood Business and Professional Women will meet at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Road Extended from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 685-0495. The Shelby County Republican Womens Club will meet at 11 a.m. at...

34. Archived Article: Law Focus - Plaintiffs or Product Designers Plaintiffs or product designers American Law Institutes restatement shifts burden of proof from defendants to plaintiffs By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The American Law Institute (ALI), in its recent "Restate...

35. Archived Article: Prod.liab - Plaintiffs or Product Designers Plaintiffs or Product Designers American Law Institutes restatement shifts burden of proof from defendants to plaintiffs By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The American Law Institute (ALI), in its recent Restatement o...