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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. Coley Works Tirelessly To End Human Trafficking -

You may not know it, but human trafficking is a problem in Tennessee. It’s such a problem that Rep. Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, chairman of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, has dedicated his career in office to fight against the crime in his home state.

3. Counseling Group Opens for Backlog Rape Victims -

The Shelby County Rape Crisis Center is starting a weekly support group for rape victims whose rape kits were among the 12,000 left untested by Memphis Police Department over a 30-year period.

The announcement of the support group came Tuesday, the same day the Tennessee Legislature convened for the year, with several proposals connected to the scandal expected to at least be debated, if not acted on, during the short election-year session.

4. Coley Named to Human Trafficking Task Force -

State Representative Jim Coley of Bartlett has been appointed to the state’s human trafficking task force.

5. Coley Named to Human Trafficking Task Force -

State Representative Jim Coley of Bartlett has been appointed to the state’s human trafficking task force.

6. Back to Work -

The Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville returned to the capital Tuesday, Jan. 8, with three fewer members – one state senator and two state representatives – all Democrats – but with no new faces.

7. Students at Heart of Coley’s Legislative Work -

It was a year of turmoil in American history and a turning point in the life of one junior student at Messick High School in Memphis.

As current state Rep. Jim Coley, Republican from District 97, remembers it: “(1968) was the year Dr. King was assassinated, I believe on April 4; then six weeks later Robert Kennedy was assassinated in California.”

8. Election Commission Certifies Aug. 2 Ballot -

The Shelby County Election Commission has certified the ballot for the Aug. 2 election cycle, which features nonpartisan races for countywide schools board and Millington mayor and aldermen as well as state and congressional primaries.

9. Bill to Crack Down on Domestic Abuse Passes House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has passed Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to require mandatory jail time for people with repeat domestic violence convictions.

The chamber voted 98-1 to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Coley of Bartlett on Wednesday.

10. Todd Challenger Drops Out at Withdrawal Deadline -

Add Republican state Rep. Curry Todd to the list of state legislators from Shelby County who are unopposed in the August primaries and the November general elections.

At the Thursday, April 12, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the August ballot, Todd’s lone challenger, Bob Nozigla, dropped out of the Republican primary in District 97.

11. New District Lines Lead to New Races -

“This time I waited to be sure,” Ian Randolph said just before the Thursday, April 5, deadline for candidates to file in the Aug. 2 elections.

12. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

13. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

14. ‘Recorded in Memphis’ -

At the end of the guided tour at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, visitors will come to a gallery that has a little different focus than what they’ve just finished soaking up.

Having reached the end of their crash course in all things Memphis music, from the truck driver’s famous son to the hit-making machine at Stax, a new temporary exhibit will give visitors a parting taste of some low-key but important members of the local music community.

15. Tennessee Legislators Make Summer Trip to China -

NASHVILLE – The organizer of a trip by 15 state legislators to China this summer says he returned with a "verbal commitment" from Chinese officials to match up to $5 million in state money for establishing educational ties between the nation and Tennessee.

16. Guns on Campus Bill Sparks Republican Infighting -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The demise of a bill seeking to allow faculty and staff to carry guns on the campuses of public colleges has led to a flare-up between Republican lawmakers in the Tennessee House.

17. Haslam, Ramsey Line Up Against Guns on Campus -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are working against a bill to allow faculty and staff to carry guns on the campuses of Tennessee's public universities.

18. Complete Shelby Delegation Preps for Expanded Leadership -

When the Tennessee Legislature returns on Feb. 7 from its three-week recess, the 22-member Shelby County legislative delegation will be at full strength.

The newest member, District 98 Democrat Antonio Parkinson, won appointment by the Shelby County Commission to the seat he claimed in this month’s special Democratic primary election.

19. Timing An Issue in Schools Standoff -

The schools standoff that has followed the metro consolidation charter debate is proving to be more a creature of timing than that campaign ever was.

As the New Year approaches, there isn’t a plan for what a consolidated countywide public school system would look like if Memphis voters surrender the Memphis City Schools charter.

20. Talks Continue on City Schools Charter Surrender -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans to talk with Memphis City Schools (MCS) board members before they take any vote on surrendering their charter.

And Wharton this week said he’s not sure what he will tell them about a decision that has grown to consume the local political horizon in the short space of two weeks.

21. 'High Regard' -

As chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Beth Harwell targeted Memphis Democratic state Rep. Mike Kernell by recruiting candidates to run against him.

22. Abdus-Salaam Joins Methodist South’s Orthopedic Group -

Dr. Sharif A. Abdus-Salaam has joined Methodist South Hospital’s orthopedic group located in the Memphis Shoulder and Orthopedic Surgery practice.

Hometown: Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Education/Work experience:
Bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and doctorate of medicine from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Completed orthopedic surgery residency at Howard University Hospital and a fellowship of shoulder and upper extremity surgery from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Family:
Wife, Sayyida, a family medicine resident at (the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Saint Francis Family Medicine); daughters: Amirah, 2, and Sidraah, 10 months.
Last book:
“Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.”
Music:
Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Delta Blues.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Bass fishing, family time, watching college football, bike riding, mentoring.
What talent do you wish you had?
Tap dancing.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My parents and my high school JROTC instructor.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine?
My love for math and science growing up led me to study mechanical engineering in college. After college I developed an interest in orthopedics from talking with friends and having multiple orthopedic procedures. I love helping people get their lives back from injury and/or disease. Orthopedic surgery is a great blend of engineering, medicine and art.
What drew you to Methodist Hospital?
Warm and inviting people. Great practice opportunity. Organization seemed to be committed to health of everyone in the community.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy seeing a solution to a patient’s problem in my mind’s eye and then using principles of medicine, surgery, engineering and orthopedics to give them their life back. Being able to do a job you enjoy and help others is truly a blessing.

23. Tax-Free Frenzy -

Monday means homeroom and recess, new teachers and old friends to most Memphis-area schoolchildren. But their parents have other concerns, particularly school supply lists and the price tags they bear.

24. Seven Local Lawmakers Face No Opposition in Aug. -

Seven state legislators from Shelby County will begin new terms of office in January.

They had no opposition at Thursday’s filing deadline for the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.

They are District 33 Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate, District 83 Republican state Rep. Mark White, District 90 Democratic state Rep. John DeBerry, District 92 Democratic state Rep. G.A. Hardaway, District 96 Republican state Rep. Steve McManus, District 97 Republican state Rep. Jim Coley and District 98 Democratic state Rep. Ulysses Jones.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries -

The stage is set for the county’s most anticipated political showdown in the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.

Noon today is the deadline for candidates in the primaries, as well as those vying for nonpartisan seats on the Shelby County school board and the three judicial positions, to file their qualifying petitions for the ballot.

28. Coley, a Legislator and Teacher, Talks About Governor's Education Efforts -

State Rep. Jim Coley of Bartlett is among the lawmakers who will have a hand in shaping how Tennessee’s teachers are evaluated.

29. Events -

The Memphis Gavel Club Christmas Luncheon will be held today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. For more information, call 683-6802.

30. School Systems Still Struggle To Reach Compromise -

By now Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Deidre Malone had hoped to be holding public hearings on two options for changing the way the Memphis and Shelby County public school systems are funded.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. Tenn. Bill Promotes Foreign Language Fluency in Schools -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to encourage high school students to become fluent in a foreign language is moving through the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.