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1. Overton Square Parking Gets Latest Solution -

Work on a pair of pedestrian crosswalks across Cooper Street at Monroe Avenue in the next two months could be the beginning of remedying traffic problems in Overton Square.

The crosswalks are the first crucial part in the plan that so far includes permits for residential parking on Monroe and some reserved parking in the Overton Square garage specifically for businesses in the area.

2. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

3. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tenn. GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

4. 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.

5. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tennessee GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

6. Flood Insurance Policies Face Hike in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For many Tennessee property owners in flood-prone areas, a move by Congress to soften steep increases to subsidized insurance policies may come as little comfort.

7. CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales -

The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.

Briar Club Apartments, a 272-unit apartment community constructed in 1985, sold for $8.7 million, or $32,093 per unit. Cinnamon Trails Apartments, a 208-unit apartment community constructed in 1989, sold for $8.6 million, or $41,461 per unit. respectively. CBRE Memphis represented the sellers, Briar Apartments LLC and Cinnamon Apartments LLC in the sale to New York based Briar Club LLC and Cinnamon Trail LLC.

8. Events -

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host a lecture by Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas titled “Mid-South Racial Present” Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. The free lecture is presented in conjunction with the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit. Visit memphismuseums.org.

9. Gov't Fails to Issue Rules on Musical Instruments -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Busted guitars, mangled cellos, broken banjos, lost lutes — musicians who rely on airlines to get them to performances have seen it all.

Two years ago, Congress stepped in to help, directing the Department of Transportation to write rules to make sure instruments don't get damaged or lost. The rules were due Friday, but the department hasn't even started writing them, citing a lack of money.

10. City Delays Fairgrounds Zone Application Vote -

The city of Memphis won’t be going to the Tennessee Building Commission in Nashville this week for approval of a Tourism Development Zone for the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. decided to delay the proposal last week as it reviewed the fairgrounds renovation financing plan with Memphis City Council members.

11. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

12. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

13. Council Keeps Southbrook Mall Renovation Alive -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start over again in plans to find a legal use for city funds in renovating the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

And the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave a qualified endorsement through what amounts to a new feasibility study on the mall due before the council in a month.

14. 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.

15. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will continue its Weave Your Own Web social media training series on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

16. Akbari Takes District 91 Democratic Primary -

As fewer than 2,000 voters participated in the latest of 11 elections in Shelby County in a three-month span, the independent candidate in the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 filed suit against state election officials in U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

17. Akbari Wins Democratic State House Primary -

Raumesh Akbari, an attorney making her first bid for elected office, won the Democratic primary State House special election Tuesday, Oct. 8 in a low turnout contest featuring seven contenders and an unofficial voter turnout of 5.4 percent.

18. Voters to Decide Nominee for DeBerry’s Seat -

For the first time in 41 years, Lois DeBerry’s name will not be on a Shelby County ballot for a state House seat.

19. Overton Square Garage Opens -

Visitors to Overton Square know that parking has been at a premium recently, with side streets around the entertainment district filling up as quickly as the restaurants and shops there.

Parking at Overton Square should get much easier with the opening of its 451-space parking garage at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Florence Street. The city-owned garage opened this weekend, and parking is free for the rest of October.

20. Early Voting Opens in State House Primary -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91.

From Wednesday through Sept. 26, early voting is limited to the Shelby County Election Commission office at 157 Poplar Ave.

21. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will host a conversation with Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and author of “Making the Impossible, Possible,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Strickland’s topic is “The Art of Leadership & The Business of Social Change.” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or call 543-3571.

22. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

23. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

24. Attorney General Reopens Nineteenth Century Club Review -

The state attorney general has reopened a review of the sale of the Nineteenth Century Club property on Union Avenue just as efforts by current and former club members to challenge the sale face a critical Monday fundraising deadline.

25. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, AutoZone Inc. and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC will hold the fifth annual pro bono legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The free clinic offers seniors legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely at 523-8822.

26. Events -

The Cooper-Young Business Association will feature Standby for Mars as part of the Red Hot Summer concert series Wednesday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Cost is free. Visit cooperyoung.biz.

27. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission, Victorian Village Inc. and the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities will host a launch party for the James Lee House renovation Monday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the house, 690 Adams Ave. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

28. Events -

Southerland Place Germantown is hosting a free VA Aid and Attendance Benefit Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at 7701 Poplar Ave. The workshop is for wartime veterans or their surviving spouses who live in assisted-living facilities. Jim Austin of Veterans Financial Inc. will present. Seating is limited; call 752-8444 to reserve a spot.

29. 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.

30. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “The Color Purple” Friday, June 21, through July 14 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

31. Next Goal for City Budget: Consensus -

For now, Memphis City Council members have more questions than consensus about which end is up on the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that is three weeks away.

Beyond the questions awaits a significant difference of opinion among council members about the general direction city finances should take with the new fiscal year and beyond.

32. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate -

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.

33. Cooper and Durbin Talk Immigration and Sales Tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Nashville with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Tuesday to drum up support for Internet sales tax collection and an immigration overhaul.

Durbin is an Illinois Democrat who is sponsoring the Marketplace Fairness Act with Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and others.

34. Wharton Pitches Budget With 28-Cent Property Tax Rate Hike -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presented a $622.5 million operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 16, that would require a property tax rate increase of 28 cents.

That would bring the city property tax rate, currently at $3.11, to $3.39.

35. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Register at in-synksellhuman.eventbrite.com.

36. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

37. 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.

38. Local Politicians Split on Fiscal Cliff Bill -

There was only one vote for the American Taxpayer Relief bill Tuesday, Jan. 1, among the nine Tennesseans who represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, said he wasn’t happy with all of the agreement but voted for it because of the tax cuts it maintained.

39. Events -

LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at grobertson@lightwavesolar.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.

40. Donelson: Tennessee Republicans See Changes in Past 60 Years -

As Memphis voters were going to the polls on Election Day last week, attorney Lewis Donelson was talking about the modern day Tennessee Republican Party he was instrumental in forming 60 years ago.

41. Terry Dedicates Career to Betterment of Community -

Memphis native Laura Terry, development officer at The MED Foundation, has dedicated her career to bettering the community by working in the Bluff City’s nonprofit sector – something she attributes to her parents’ influence.

42. Events -

The Daily News will hold a sustainable energy seminar and panel discussion as part of its 2012 seminar series Thursday, Aug. 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave. Cost is $25. Register at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

43. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 31, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. David Rutherford will present “Global Warming in the U.S. South,” a collaboration among the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

44. Events -

The Arc Mid-South will hold a self-advocacy workshop and panel discussion for individuals with disabilities Monday, July 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library meeting room A, 3030 Poplar Ave. R.S.V.P. to bcarter@thearcmidsouth.org or ljones@thearcmidsouth.org.

45. Polls Set to Open for Early Voting -

Shelby County voters start deciding Friday, July 13, general election countywide races for assessor of property, General Sessions Court clerk, district attorney general and a race for a Shelby County Commission seat. The ballot also includes seven races for district seats on the countywide school board.

46. Wharton: ‘Everything is Coming Together’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had to make a decision Monday, July 2: Get up before dawn and catch a flight to Atlanta or stick with a scheduled and extensive bus tour for newspaper editors and others of the three core city neighborhoods he has targeted in a small-business innovation effort.

47. Council Committee Mulls UDC Changes -

Memphis City Council members have worked out just about all of the questions about changes to the Unified Development Code.

The council takes up the set of proposed changes to the 18-month-old code Tuesday, July 3, at a 12:45 p.m. committee session.

48. Unified Development Code Meeting Slated for June 27 -

A public meeting to discuss amendments to the Unified Development Code is slated for Wednesday, June 27, at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

49. Overton Park Conservancy Meets Milestone With Dog Park -

The Overton Park Conservancy counted 150 dogs of all sizes for the formal opening Saturday, June 2, of the Overton Bark dog park and more humans than that, also of all shapes and sizes.

It is those holding the leashes that the conservancy hopes to hold the attention of through the first summer the park has been under the control of the nonprofit group. Since December, the conservancy has operated the park under a contract with the city of Memphis.

50. Berger Working on Food Truck Alliance -

As if owning and operating the city’s fastest growing self-serve frozen yogurt business isn’t enough, Taylor Berger is about to add two more hospitality titles to his resume.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. Lawmakers Debate Pay Cutoff for Budget Gridlock -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even the top sponsor of a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't – or won't – pass a budget blueprint admits many of his colleagues think it's just a political talking point instead of a serious idea.

55. Following Primary, Races Point to August -

Two days after all the votes were counted in the Tennessee presidential primary, state Republican Party leaders had already worked out how many of the state’s at-large delegates would go to their top three candidates.

56. Memphis Democrats Squeezed in State Redistricting Plan -

Tennessee Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis and Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown are in the same Senate district under a redistricting proposal unveiled by Republican legislative leaders Wednesday, Jan. 4, in Nashville.

57. Memphis Democrats Squeezed in State Redistricting Plan -

Tennessee Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis and Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown are in the same Senate district under a redistricting proposal unveiled by Republican legislative leaders Wednesday, Jan. 4, in Nashville.

58. Green Light -

It may have been a murky day in Memphis, but neighborhood stakeholders didn’t let the afternoon rain dampen their support of the Overton Square redevelopment project during the Memphis City Council’s final meeting of the year.

59. Council Passes $16M Overton Square Funding -

It may have been a murky day in Memphis, but neighborhood stakeholders didn’t let the afternoon rain dampen their support of the Overton Square redevelopment project during the Memphis City Council’s final meeting of the year.

60. Overton Square Votes Dominate Meeting -

The Memphis City Council votes Tuesday, Dec. 20, on the redevelopment of Overton Square. At its last meeting of the year, the council will vote on a planned development for the south side of Madison Avenue at Cooper Street to be redeveloped by Loeb Properties Inc. The development includes a parking garage.

61. Cooper, Blackburn Seek Changes to Illegal Wood Law -

U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee are introducing federal legislation seeking to quell fears among owners of musical instruments that they could be subject to prosecution under a law that has led to raids of Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp.’s Nashville and Memphis factories.

62. Events -

Visible Music College will hold the seventh annual 24-Hour Drumathon beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The entire percussion department will drum for 24 hours at the Ann and Jim Vining Concert Hall, 200 Madison Ave. The event will raise money for Visible Music College drummers to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. The Drumathon will be broadcast live online, To donate, watch streaming video or request a song, visit www.drumathon.com.

63. Events -

Vance Avenue Choice Neighborhoods’ neighborhood team, a joint community engagement effort by the University of Memphis’ graduate program in city and regional planning, the department of anthropology and The Vance Avenue Collaborative, will meet Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Emmanuel Center, 604 St. Paul Ave. The meeting will discuss how to integrate resident and community stakeholder interests, perceptions and visions into resident-led redevelopment and revitalization plans for the neighborhood.

64. Gibson Guitar Chief Says Feds Want to Talk -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Federal officials have asked to meet next week with owners of Nashville-based Gibson Guitars following a raid last month, the company's CEO says.

Henry Juszkiewicz (JUS'-kuh-wits) said the Justice Department requested the meeting for Wednesday, according to The Tennessean.

65. Station Brings Memphis Tunes to Virtual Airwaves -

At first glance, it looks like any home office anywhere: two flat screen computer monitors with towers beneath the desk, a coffee pot to one side and a black-and-white cat that desperately wants to be let out.

66. YoLo in Midst of Targeted Growth Spurt -

In February 2010, Taylor Berger’s wife introduced him to the concept of self-serve frozen yogurt.

Within half a year, he and partner Mike McCaskill had opened two YoLo Frozen Yogurt stores – one in Collierville’s Historic Town Square and one in East Memphis in the Erin Way Shopping Center. By the end of this summer, the pair plan to have nine more up and running.

67. Four New Tenn. Congressmen Take Seats -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The four new Tennessee U.S. representatives have been sworn in as Congress shifts to Republican control.

With the taking of oaths of office on Wednesday, the shift in the Tennessee delegation moved to seven Republicans and two Democrats.

68. Cohen Forecasts "Difficult" Year In Congress -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said earmarks have turned into “phonemarks” in the new Congressional reality. And that new reality will be “difficult” for the city.

69. As Calendar Turns to New Year, Recipe for Success Unchanged -

It takes a particular poverty of the imagination to quote the opening of “A Tale of Two Cities” every time one writes a story summing up a year, and yet 2010 truly does seem as if it were “the best of times and the worst of times” in the local restaurant business.

70. Soft Surge -

Self-serve frozen yogurt shops have popped up en masse across the Mid-South in recent months, with the latest batch coming online soon.

The newest addition to the market, Gracie Bleu, opened its doors last week.

71. Council Approves Midtown Overlay -

The Midtown overlay is a done deal with this week’s approval by the Memphis City Council.

And the final result is a set of development guidelines that now allows the CVS pharmacy at Union Avenue and Cooper Street that wasn’t allowed by the overlay in its previous form.

72. Cooper-Young Festival Means Big Biz for Neighborhood -

The music will be funky, the art will be eclectic, and the streets will be crowded with people in a slow-moving parade of tattoos and sunglasses, but organizers of Memphis’ largest one-day street festival, the Cooper-Young Festival, said business longevity is at the heart of it all.

73. Stories, Photos Bring Cooper-Young Book to Life -

Walk down any given street in the Cooper-Young Historic District around dinnertime and chances are neighbors will be out on their porches swapping stories of the day. Soon neighbors will be able to read about those stories as well.

74. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

75. Preservationists Strike Up Battle Hymn -

The Memphis City Council’s 10-2 vote Tuesday to approve plans for a CVS drug store on the corner of Union Avenue and Cooper Street seems to mean the demolition of Union Avenue United Methodist Church.

76. Midtown CVS Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council member approved a CVS drug store at Union Ave and Cooper St. on a 10-2 vote that followed a two hour debate.

The council also approved an amendment calling on the developers of the store to get as close as they can in their plans to requirements of the advisory Midtown overlay. The two exceptions to that are restrictions on a drive through window for the pharmacy and how far from the street the building can be.

77. Tobey Transformation -

Nicole Heverly, a Midtowner, didn’t have a reason to visit Tobey Park until a couple months ago when it became the site of the city’s first dog park.

“I heard about it, but I would walk my dog and take him to Overton (Park),” said Heverly. “The first time here I was in love with it. Jay has other dogs to play with.”

78. Feds Defend Response to Tennessee Flooding -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials on Thursday defended their response to historic flooding in Tennessee that killed 22 people earlier this year, while acknowledging they could have done a better job of warning the public of the potential devastation.

79. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “Best Compensation Practices and the Risks They Avoid” Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Baker Donelson’s office on the 20th floor, 165 Madison Ave. For more information or to register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or nthomas@bakerdonelson.com.

80. Renaissance Avenue -

When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.

81. LaVere Adds Playhouse Series to Busy Summer -

Amy LaVere is sandwiching a special gift for her Memphis fans into a jam-packed fall schedule that includes a movie role, touring and recording a new album.

Resource Entertainment Group and Playhouse on the Square have teamed up with the bass-slapping chanteuse to produce Amy LaVere & Friends, a concert series that kicks off June 30 on the Midtown theater’s main stage.

82. Tenn. Resolution Urges Probe of Floodwater Release -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee state lawmakers want their congressional counterparts to investigate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' release of water during historic flooding in Middle Tennessee earlier this month.

83. Obama Slams Wall Street Ways While Asking Support -

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama rebuked Wall Street for risky practices Thursday even as he sought its leaders' help for "updated, commonsense" banking regulations to head off any new financial crisis.

84. Local Reaction Mixed on Health Care Vote -

Doctors and business groups have divided viewpoints about the health care reform bill that passed a major hurdle Sunday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Three Democratic congressmen from Tennessee – Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper and Bart Gordon – voted with the majority. The bill passed 219-212.

The American Medical Association praised the vote, but the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) opposed the bill.

Before the vote, Dr. Richard J. DePersio, president of TMA, sent a letter to the Tennessee representatives asking them to reconsider.

“We, the physicians of Tennessee, believe this legislation is not in the ultimate best interest of Tennesseans,” DePersio wrote. “It will increase health care costs for most Tennesseans, increase bureaucracy and administrative hassles for patients and practices and be detrimental to health care access and personal choice in health care.”

However, not all doctors were in line with the stance of the state organization.

Dr. Barbara Geater, a primary care physician at Rentrop and Geater PLLC in Memphis, wrote a letter supporting the legislation.

“As a working person with insurance, I am for everyone being covered, because the more people that are covered, the cheaper my health care costs are,” Geater wrote. “Those of us with health care coverage and the ability to pay do pay for those without insurance. Our health care costs and insurance costs go up to pay for those uninsured and underinsured patients.”

Dr. J. James Rohack, president of the AMA, called the vote “an important first step toward providing coverage to all Americans.”

Tony Garr, executive director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, said he was “thrilled” by the votes of Cohen, Cooper and Gordon.

“THCC has been working toward this moment for 21 years. … Why it took so long is the real question,” Garr said.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses in Tennessee posted a statement on its Web site proclaiming Congress had voted yes for higher costs and no for small businesses.

“Those who chose to vote yes for this bill have chosen to ignore the protests of their job-creating constituents,” said Susan Eckerly, the national senior vice president of the NFIB. “We couldn’t have been clearer how damaging this bill will be to America’s small businesses and the economic recovery of this country.”

Another organization, the Small Business Majority, issued a statement with a different viewpoint.

“Small businesses have been waiting for health care reform for decades,” said John Arensmeyer, the chief executive officer of the Small Business Majority. “Their wait is over. The House of Representatives’ passage today of this long-needed legislation means they will finally be able to get some relief from a system that has stifled their growth and ability to innovate for too long.”

The TMA pointed out the bill did not provide a fix for the sustainable growth rate formula, which will cause doctors to take a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements.

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85. State’s Blue Dogs Hold Crucial Votes In Health Care Bill -

Tennessee is a pivotal state for the passage or failure of national health care reform because its Blue Dog Democrat members of Congress may hold potential swing votes.

U.S. Reps. John Tanner, Bart Gordon and Lincoln Davis all voted against the more expensive House bill for health care reform, but may support the Senate’s bill, said Kathleen Stoll, the deputy director of Families USA.

86. 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:

87. Immigration Court Overburdened, Cases Stalled -

Memphis’ immigration court has such a heavy caseload that immigrants requesting hearings now are being scheduled to appear in 2011.

The Tennessean reports the court – which handles most immigration matters in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and the northern half of Mississippi – had only two judges to handle about 3,500 cases in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

88. Hood Weighs Options on Miss.-Tenn. Water Dispute -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he wants to talk to his counterparts in Tennessee and Arkansas before deciding whether to continue a legal fight with the city of Memphis over water taken from an aquifer in DeSoto County.

89. Events -

Burke’s Book Store will host a reading and book signing with Jill McCorkle today from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Burke’s, 936 S. Cooper St. McCorkle will read from her new book, “Going Away Shoes.” For more information, call 278-7484.

90. Tenn. Congressmen Trying to Avoid Town Halls -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee congressional members returning to the state are trying to answer questions about health care legislation while avoiding raucous town hall meetings that have turned into shouting matches.

91. Events -

The Center for Southern Folklore will host a free performance by Tempeh Four today at noon at the center, 123 S. Main St. The performance is part of the center’s Brown Bag Lunch Series. For more information, call 525-3655.

92. Tenn. Democrats' Fundraising Ails Under New Leader -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal election disclosures show the Tennessee Democratic Party is struggling to raise money in the aftermath of a leadership struggle.

The Federal Election Commission report filed on Friday shows the party under new Chairman Chip Forrester only managed to raise about $31,000 in February. That compares with about $211,000 raised in the same month of his predecessor Gray Sasser's stint in charge of the party.

93. City to Recognize Broad Ave. Arts Area -

Business owners and volunteers who have worked to showcase the artists of Broad Avenue are looking forward to Tuesday’s meeting of the Memphis City Council.

City Council member Jim Strickland is sponsoring a resolution to officially recognize the Broad Avenue Arts District.

94. Obama: Catastrophe Coming if Congress Doesn't Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans tried to push back against the ballooning size of President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan Wednesday even as he said the financial crisis would turn into "a catastrophe" unless the bill passed quickly.

95. Events -

Jim’s Place East, 5560 Shelby Oaks Drive, will be open today. The restaurant will turn 88 in 2009 and will offer signature dishes during lunch and dinner. For reservations, call 388-7200, Ext. 4.

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The Desoto Athletic Club will host the first DAC New Year’s Eve 10K race Wednesday at DAC’s Collierville location, 440 W. Powell Road. Registration is available from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The race will benefit the Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center. Members and nonmembers are eligible to participate. To register, visit www.racesonline.com.

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The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will host an Internet Basics II Class Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the library, 3030 Poplar Ave. To register, call 415-2722.

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The R.S.V.P. Program is collecting old cell phones for use as 911 emergency phones for senior citizens and victims of domestic abuse. Phones and batteries may be dropped off through Wednesday at the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, 2670 Union Extended, Suite 1000. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you have 10 or more phones to drop off, you may call Joanne Lowe at 515-2084 for pickup.

99. Memphis Drum Shop Named ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ -

The students mix with the masters at Memphis Drum Shop.

One recent day saw Tony Coleman, who tours with B.B. King and Bobby Blue Bland, shake hands with some of the aspiring drummers as they trotted past cymbals, congas, djembes, timpanis and toms toward the back of the store.

100. Presidential Debate a Who’s Who of Tennessee Pols -

Its setting was the geographic center of Tennessee’s political universe.

And at Belmont University in Nashville for this week’s second of three highly anticipated presidential debates, it was probably natural the spotlight would turn to the Tennesseans on hand who normally are fixtures in state and federal halls of power.