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1. Anti-Meth Law Among Those Taking Effect July 1 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect Tuesday, as are statutes that require more disclosure from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and allow use of the electric chair to execute death row inmates.

2. Report: Children’s Services Rebounding Under New Leadership -

NASHVILLE (AP) – An expert panel tasked with monitoring the Tennessee Department of Children's Services says the agency has flourished under new leadership.

According to The Tennessean, the report by the federal monitors credits new top leaders for getting the state's foster care system "back on track."

3. DCS Wants to Use Survey to Improve Workplace -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Leaders at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services plan to use the results of a survey of front-line employees to improve the workplace.

Vanderbilt University professor Michael Cull, who developed the survey, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1iwHzfc) that it found caseworkers across the state consistently work overtime and don't usually recognize how fatigue and stress affect their decisions.

4. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

5. Agape Celebrates Young ‘Pictures of Hope’ Artists -

Agape Child & Family Services celebrated 14 young photographers Tuesday, Dec. 3, unveiling the Pictures of Hope holiday cards based on the children’s missive to capture their dreams on camera. The celebration and unveiling were part of Agape’s second-annual Meet the Young Artist holiday party, held at Chuck Hutton Chevrolet in East Memphis.

6. ‘Tremendous Success’ -

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

In between studying for her classes, she works at the university bookstore. She has a support system for help with important decisions and any obstacles she encounters. And in conversation, she’s upbeat and enthusiastic about her future.

7. We Have to Talk -

THE CYNICAL TRUTH IS, WE JUST CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT. Cynicism about politicians isn’t new.

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office,” Aesop, 2,500 years ago.

8. A Deal: Voting to Avoid Default, Open Government -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

9. LRK Turns 30 With Eye Toward Growth -

LRK Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firm is involved with a diverse range of high-profile projects, both locally and nationally, with the intent of creating special places for clients and users.

10. Office Team Helps Colliers Expand Local Footprint -

As a part of the Colliers International office in Memphis’ growth strategy, the brokerage office has been expanding its presence in the office sector over the past year by adding a new office team consisting of Frazier Baker and Will Barden.

11. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary -

Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.

12. Commercial Advisors Adds Jensen to Capital Markets Group -

Luke Jensen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ Capital Markets Group. In his new role with the commercial real estate firm, Jensen focuses on investment sales, debt and equity, development, and principal deal sourcing and structuring.

13. Henry to Become Permanent Children’s Services Commissioner -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named interim Children's Services Commissioner Jim Henry to fill the post permanently.

14. Department of Children’s Services Files Outline Abuse -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Records released by the state Department of Children's Services showing 42 cases where children died or nearly died after the agency had some type of involvement with them shows that half of the kids were under 1 year old. Some of the records didn't even include the child's age.

15. Children’s Services to Appeal Ruling on Records, Wants More Money -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Department of Children's Services will appeal a Nashville judge's ruling ordering the agency to release records at 50 cents per page.

A group of media organizations led by The Tennessean and including The Associated Press is suing the agency for the records of children DCS was supposed to be helping who later died or nearly died between 2009 and mid-2012.

16. Ricin in Obama Letter, Odd Packages Scramble Hill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator tested positive for poisonous ricin in preliminary checks Wednesday, and authorities chased reports of other suspicious mail at a U.S. Capitol already on edge.

17. Haslam Continues Talks on Medicaid Expansion -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been talking with President Barack Obama’s administration since his decision last month not to accept federal funding for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid funding at least for now.

18. Department of Children’s Services to Improve Training -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Department of Children's Services is reorganizing following problems that led to the recent resignation of Commissioner Kate O'Day.

One of the biggest changes includes teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to better train child abuse investigators.

19. Charter Panel Bill Slowed in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers questioned a proposal to create a special panel to authorize charter schools in several Tennessee counties during debate at the state Legislature Tuesday, while a nonprofit group criticized the governor's decision to withdraw his school voucher program.

20. Commissioner Discusses Department of Children’s Services Improvements -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The man who took over Tennessee's embattled child welfare agency said Tuesday he's addressing problems that have plagued it for years, including having staffers personally call him when a child death is reported.

21. Department of Children's Services Officials Promise Fixes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The officials now heading up the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services say they’re seeking swift, but deliberate solutions to problems that have plagued the agency.

22. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber and Duncan-Williams Inc. will host Job Fuel: 2013 Conference on Job Creation Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Dr. Gene Huang, chief economist and vice president at FedEx, will discuss what leaders need to know about the future of job creation. Cost is $50 per person or $450 per table of 10. Visit memphischamber.com.

23. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

24. Interim Children’s Services Chief Focuses on Safety, Fatalities -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The interim head of Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has appointed three top aides to examine child safety issues.

The Tennessean reports those appointments include Scott Modell, who is deputy commissioner at the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Modell will conduct a full assessment of the overall child safety system at DCS.

25. Tennessee Child Agency Head Quits as Deaths Questioned -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services resigned Tuesday amid scrutiny of how her agency was handling cases of children who died after investigations of abuse and neglect.

26. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

27. Labor Heads Say Obama Backs Them on 'Fiscal Cliff' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor leaders said Tuesday that President Barack Obama remains committed to preserving tax cuts for middle class families and ensuring the wealthy pay more in taxes, outlining plans for a public campaign to pressure Republican lawmakers.

28. More From the Record -

See last week’s column and the one before it for other illustrations of quotable matter, straight from “the record.” That is, stuff filed and/or said in courts around the world.

In a certain case in a certain court, after receiving a motion for summary judgment, the plaintiff amended his complaint to add a party defendant. Defense counsel then filed a pleading that included this: “Apparently, plaintiff did finally decide to make allegations against the only party possibly at fault, however reluctantly.”

29. New State Department Eyes Accreditation -

Officials in the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities say gaining accreditation will make it an international model for providing service.

The three-year accreditation process begins in August. Jim Henry, department commissioner, said the goal is to lead the nation in offering services. A series of meetings will be scheduled across the state in August to initiate accreditation. The gatherings are targeted at providers, families, advocates and others.

30. Public Servants -

The two winners of the 2012 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards thanked their coworkers Wednesday, Feb. 22, as they were honored by the family of the late Probate Court clerk and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

31. Balmy Winter Brings Plenty of Economic Surprises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren't turning up the thermostat. Airlines don't have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards. And shoppers are finding great deals on coats and boots.

32. Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Revisited -

CHRISTMAS TIME It was my first time to England, first time overseas and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion.

It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz. instead of our 16, and that all of that explains why your knees don’t work after three of them.

33. Berke Earning Respect on Both Sides of Aisle -

State Sen. Andy Berke said he had no expectations of what public office would be like when he was elected in 2007.

In fact, he said somewhat sheepishly, he “literally had not been to the legislature since my fourth-grade field trip. … By the way, that’s a mistake. I now realize I should have been paying more attention all along.”

34. 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.

35. Debt Dispute Boils: Capitol's Hot, Inside and Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock stubbornly held the high ground in the steamy capital Friday despite the threat of a government default in 11 days' time. Talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seemed stuck in limbo, and the Democratic-controlled Senate scuttled legislation drawn to conservatives' specifications.

36. Pieces of the Puzzle -

Memphis City Council members left the city property tax rate at $3.19 Tuesday, June 21, as they ended their budget season.

But they added 18 cents to the tax rate on a one time basis with a separate resolution.

37. Airlines Collected $3.4B in Bag Fees in 2010 -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in bag fees last year. The 24 percent increase from 2009 shows how the airlines are increasingly reliant on charging for once-free services to make money.

38. Tenn. Senate Requires Insurance Cover Hearing Aids -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would require Tennessee insurance companies to include hearing aids for individuals up to 18 years of age in their policies despite opponents who say the mandate could drive up health care costs.

39. Across Country, GOP Pushes Photo ID at the Polls -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Empowered by last year's elections, Republican leaders in about half the states are pushing to require voters to show photo ID at the polls despite little evidence of fraud and already-substantial punishments for those who vote illegally.

40. Popular Burger Chain Moves Into Memphis -

After years of Five Guys Burgers and Fries having a presence in the Nashville and Knoxville areas, the chain is setting up shop in one of Memphis’ most densely populated areas.

Jubilee Restaurant Group LLC, owner of the franchise, signed a 2,882-square-foot lease in Primacy Place, 1615 Ridgeway Road.

41. Gov. Haslam Says He Will Rise Above 'Name Calling' -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he will rise above "name calling" after speakers at a tea party rally over the weekend called him weak on efforts to do away with teachers' collective bargaining rights.

42. Former U.S. Attorney Greenlee Discusses Big Cases -

The former U.S. Attorney for North Mississippi during the prosecution of North Mississippi attorney Dickie Scruggs for bribing a judge says there were some fears the powerful attorney or his friends might destroy the government’s case by talking some key witnesses out of cooperating.

43. Henry Appointed to State Cabinet Position -

Jim Henry is a familiar face in Tennessee politics. Now he is returning to Nashville next year with a new job in a new cabinet position under a new governor.

44. Henry to Head New State Mental Health Agency -

Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has named former gubernatorial candidate Jim Henry of Kingston as commissioner of the new state Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

45. Ghost of Christmas Past -

Christmas time. It was my first time to England, first time overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion.

It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz. instead of our 16, and that all of that explains why your knees don’t work after three of them.

46. Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance -

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.

47. Rout Brings Experience, Leadership To BankTennessee -

Jim Rout was an elected official in Shelby County for nearly 30 years and served two terms as the county’s mayor, beginning in 1994.

It’s safe to say he’s a very experienced public speaker, but back in 1961, as a freshman at then-Memphis State University, the prospect of speaking in front of a few of his college classmates was so daunting that he walked out of the class and never came back.

48. Wharton Hagale Sign Bass Pro Shops Lease For Pyramid -

There is a lease agreement to reopen The Pyramid as a Bass Pro Shops superstore with other attractions in the structure and around it.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Bass Pro Shops CEO and President Jim Hagale signed the 20 year lease with seven renewal options of five years each Wednesday at the end of a City Hall press conference to announce the deal five years in the making.

49. New Oil Numbers May Mean More Environmental Damage -

HOUSTON (AP) — New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home, scientists said Friday.

50. Fairgrounds Work Continues Despite Flux -

On his way home from church one Sunday last month, Kevin Kane and his family decided to go by the Mid-South Fairgrounds to see what was left of the Zippin Pippin.

51. Life or Death for The MED -

A hand as tiny as a budding leaf punched at the air inside a baby incubator.

Kelley Smith, the head nurse of the neonatal intensive care unit at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, checked on the little fighter.

52. 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:

53. Geithner Draws Fire Defending Fed on AIG Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans alike pummeled U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday over his role in the $180 billion bailout of insurance giant AIG Inc., venting public anger over Wall Street's return to prosperity while unemployment stands at 10 percent.

54. Tenn. Rep. Fincher Won't Make Dem Bid for Congress -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Democrats remain without a high profile candidate to replace Bart Gordon in Congress following state Rep. Henry Fincher's announcement Wednesday that he won't run for the seat.

55. Tenn. Rep. Gordon Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Bart Gordon, a 13-term congressman from Tennessee, announced Monday he will not seek re-election next year, the latest Democrat in a string of retirements.

Gordon, 60, won re-election easily last year, garnering 74 percent of the vote, but was still on a list of Democrats targeted by Republicans in midterm elections.

56. Ark. Judge Criticizes Beebe for Court Appointments -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former state appeals court judge said Thursday that Gov. Mike Beebe should fill at least one of two recent vacancies on the state Supreme Court with a black candidate, and that the all-white court makes it appear Arkansas is racially segregated.

57. A Mayor’s Race to Remember: Candidates pump up the drama as election nears -

The field is set at 25 candidates and Memphians start voting Sept. 25 in a mayor’s race that has been neither a surprise nor the expected.

But there’s no guarantee the election will settle what the post-Willie Herenton era will look like. Too many other events still have to be decided.

58. Dress Newest Pathologist At Pathology Group of the MidSouth -

Dr. Matthew A. Dress has joined Pathology Group of the MidSouth PC as its newest pathologist.

Before joining Pathology Group of the MidSouth, Dress served as the chief resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He then completed a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center-Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. 

59. Mayor’s Race Gets ‘Crazy’ As Election Day Approaches -

“It’s crazy now,” Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery told members of the Downtown Neighborhood Association last week.

Lowery was contemplating the possibility of more than 30 candidates in the Oct. 15 special election for mayor. He described it as “the circus that’s getting ready to happen in this city.”

60. Reid: No Health Care Vote in Senate Until Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress' August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's ambitious timetable to revamp the nation's $2.4 trillion system of medical care.

61. Lawmakers Say Paulson Bent to Demands of Bank CEO -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers accused former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Thursday of bending to the demands of a major bank and keeping negotiations of a hefty bailout secret in his rush to stabilize financial markets last year.

62. Head of Tenn. Gun Advocacy Group Not Registered to Lobby -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Firearms Association head John Harris, a driving force behind a slew of gun bills in the Legislature this year, is not registered as a lobbyist.

63. Senate Drops Plan to Elect Supreme Court Justices -

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has agreed to drop a plan to allow candidates to contest Tennessee Supreme Court elections from a larger proposal to change the way Tennessee fills appeals court vacancies.

64. Moffett Resigning as Freddie Mac CEO -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top executive of Freddie Mac is quitting after less than six months on the job as the company continues to hemorrhage from mortgage losses and plans to ask the government for up to $35 billion in additional aid.

65. Obama Urges Spending Curbs, Hands Out $15 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Urging future restraint even as current spending soars, President Barack Obama pledged on Monday to dramatically slash the skyrocketing annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he signed last week.

66. State’s Greenest Home Set for Debut -

Ten days remain before TERRA house, the sustainable-design demonstration home in Uptown, is unveiled at a ribbon cutting, so Eric Criswell is making sure all the final touches are in place before the public gets a glimpse of what will be the “greenest” residence in Tennessee.

67. Council Again Rejects Lee Legal Fees -

The Memphis City Council this evening affirmed its vote in Oct. to reject paying the legal fees of former Memphis Light Gas & Water Division president Joseph Lee.

The bill for Lee’s legal defense in a grand jury probe that led to his indictment as well as a hearing before the council came to $426,422. The corruption charges were later dropped by federal prosecutors.

The 7-6 vote came at the end of a day in which MLGW president Jerry Collins told council members talks between the utility and Lee’s attorney, Robert Spence, failed to reach any terms for a lesser amount.

Council members voting against the proposed settlement were: Bill Boyd, Kemp Conrad, Shea Flinn, Reid Hedgepeth, Myron Lowery, Bill Morrison and Jim Strickland. Those voting for it were: Joe Brown, Harold Collins, Edmund Ford Jr., Janis Fullilove, Wanda Halbert and Barbara Swearengen Ware.

Spence told The Daily News an announcement on a decision by Lee about pursuing the legal fees in a lawsuit against the city could be made as early as Tuesday.

The council has also given final approval this evening to an ordinance regulating the location of financial services, payday loan and title loan businesses.

The council vote was unanimous on third and final reading. Third and final vote before the Shelby County Commission is scheduled for Dec. 8.

The council passed an amended version that emerged as a compromise during today’s council session.

The ordinance bans the businesses from being with 1,000 feet of each other. The compromise worked out by council member Bill Morrison, with agreement from the payday loan industry, deals with a 90 day grace period for existing businesses to apply for a waiver.

Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware argued the location of the businesses isn’t the problem. It’s the high interest rates the companies charge – up to 264 percent annually.

“We need to deal with the root of the problem,” she said. “And if we could regulate how much (of an) interest rate is charged or how much the fees are, then we would be doing a service to the community,” Ware said. “I know we mean well here, but it’s supply and demand that is driving these businesses.”

But usery rates are regulated by the state and not the city council.

Morrison said the businesses cluster in his district which covers Frayser and Raleigh. Frayser is among the areas of the city hardest hit by home foreclosures.

Council member Harold Collins, whose district includes Hickory Hill – also hit hard by home foreclosures – said there is a connection. He counted at least 20 pay day lenders along one stretch of Winchester.

“Maybe they’re not contributing to the fact that many of the people in my district are losing their homes. But they are sure out there,” he said. “There needs to be some kind of line drawn that will keep the people in Hickory Hill from losing their homes.”

Steve Lockwood, head of the Frayser Community Development Corporation, said the close proximity of the lenders allows people in desperate financial straits to get around a limit of two loans totaling $500 from a particular lender by simply going to the payday lender next door.

He termed the location limits “an opening shot across the bow.” He said his organization’s financial counselors see a connection between the lenders and foreclosures.

“I think that the neighborhoods that are really going to benefit from this are in Cordova,” Lockwood said. “If you want Cordova to look like Winchester or Frayser, don’t pass this.”

In other action, a Fairgrounds development agreement is tentatively set to have the first of three Memphis City Council votes in two weeks.

The city picked Fair Ground LLC to develop a master plan for the property that includes the Mid-South Coliseum, The Liberty Bowl and The Children’s Museum of Memphis. What is still being worked out is a contract with the terms for drawing up that master plan.

There are still several formidable obstacles to putting a development agreement in writing.

Shelby County government owns some of the Fairgrounds land including some of the land under The Liberty Bowl.

City Housing & Community Development director Robert Lipscomb told City Council members he will again pursue an agreement in which the county would sell its share in The Fairgrounds as well as The Pyramid.

The Shelby County Commission rejected such a sell-off by the county during consideration of a development agreement for The Pyramid involving Bass Pro Shops.

The commission eventually approved the development agreement after the agreement won approval from the city council.

Without a sell-off, the Fairgrounds development agreement appears on its way to the same dual track debate and voting process.

Lipscomb also told The Daily News there are conflicting legal opinions on the amount of public infrastructure financing the city would have to put up to leverage private investment.

He said the amounts vary from $75 million to $200 million. The city is seeking legal opinions on the public amount required under terms of Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) financing. If the amount is $200 million or close to it, Lipscomb said it makes the Fairgrounds renovation much harder to accomplish.

Henry Turley, one of several developer partners in Fair Ground LLC, said he considers the city’s contribution to be $75 million. Turley was instrumental in drafting the state legislation that allowed for the Tourism Development Zones.

The TDZs allow for financing of bonds through sales tax revenue generated in the designated area or zone.

Turley wants to include a big box retail store on the site and possibly a hotel according to tentative plans that are fluid on the location of those and other parts of an overall plan. The sales tax revenue from the store would go to pay off the TDZ bonds. No local government general fund revenue would be used.

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68. Exec Pay Limits Gain Support as Bailout Questioned -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Executives whose companies get a piece of the $700 billion government bailout will have their pay packages strictly limited under proposals that are broadly supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

69. McCain Says Fed Should Stop Government Bailouts -

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Republican John McCain said Friday the Federal Reserve needs to stop bailing out failed financial institutions.

The Republican presidential hopeful said the Fed should get back to "its core business of responsibly managing our money supply and inflation" and he laid out several recommendations for stabilizing markets in the financial crisis that has rocked Wall Street and commanded the dialogue in the presidential campaign.

70. Congress Weighs New Regulations Amid Crisis -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Congress criticized for being asleep at the switch while financial problems festered is eyeing tough new regulations for investment banks and a new government role in the mortgage market as Wall Street reels from another round of collapses.

71. Bass Pro Moves Closer to Memphis Reality -

Bass Pro Shops officials say they are ready to sign on the dotted line to start the planning process for the return of The Pyramid to public use.

But Shelby County government is looking again at getting out of The Pyramid as the city government’s partner.

72. House OKs Rescue for Homeowners, Freddie, Fannie -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rescue legislation sailed through the House on Wednesday aimed at helping 400,000 strapped homeowners avoid foreclosure and preventing the collapse of troubled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

73. Reality Trumps Ideology In Fannie-Freddie Rescue -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Odd alliances are at work as President Bush and congressional Democrats band together to save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The push to reassure markets that the mortgage giants are financially healthy has thrust Republicans – who have never liked the idea of government-sponsored mortgage companies – into the arms of Democrats, who long have championed Fannie’s and Freddie’s mission of helping low- and middle-income Americans buy homes.

74. Fannie, Freddie Spent Millions On Lobbying -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tenaciously worked to nurture, and then protect, their financial empires by invoking the political sacred cow of homeownership and fielding an army of lobbyists, power brokers and political contributors.

75. Mortgage Assistance Seen As Backup Plan, Paulson Says -

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday the Bush administration has no immediate plans to extend emergency loans to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or to purchase the stock of the two companies.

76. Bill on Mixed Martial Arts Passes House, Stalls in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill to legalize and regulate "mixed martial arts" competitions in Tennessee passed the House but stalled in a Senate committee on Tuesday.

The House passed the measure sponsored by Rep. Curry Todd, a Memphis Republican, on a 95-2 vote. The bill would create a new commission to regulate amateur and professional contests beyond the boxing and kickboxing currently permitted in Tennessee.

77. Open Records Proposition Passes Senate Committee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to expand Tennessee's public records law is advancing in the Senate after the failure of an amendment that would have required open government advocacy groups to
disclose more details about their memberships.

78. Vote on Open Records Proposal Delayed in State Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to add requirements for open government advocacy groups to disclose more details about their memberships has caused a Senate committee to delay a vote on a bill to expand Tennessee's public records law.

79. Campbell Clinic's Hernandez Named Fellow of Health Care Org -

George Hernandez, chief financial officer at Campbell Clinic, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Hernandez joined Campbell Clinic in 1995 as CFO. He is also a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a certified health care financial professional with a specialization in financial management of physician practices.

80. Pyramid Future Remains Unknown Despite Bass Pro Exec Visit -

The head of Bass Pro Shops picked an interesting day to visit Memphis.

Bass Pro President and CEO Jim Hagale held a series of private meetings Downtown Thursday with city and county government leaders. The meetings came within an hour of a private luncheon a few blocks away in which Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced he is resigning effective at the end of July.

81. John Wilder Announces he Won't Seek Re-Election to State Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - In a seven-minute speech Thursday, former Senate Speaker John Wilder announced the conclusion more than four decades of service in the state Senate.

Wilder, 86, was the longest-serving presiding officer of a legislative chamber in modern U.S. history until he lost his bid for another stint as speaker last year.

82. Peeples Promoted to Administrator At Methodist Alliance Health Services -

Trip Peeples has been promoted to administrator for Methodist Alliance Health Services' Home Medical Equipment and Infusion division.

Peeples has been with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for seven years, most recently serving as corporate director of finance and reimbursement and interim chief financial officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital.

83. Administration Reports Benefit Shortfall Totals $45 Trillion Over Next 75 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is promising $45 trillion more than it can deliver on Social Security, Medicare and other benefit programs.

That is the gap between the promises the government has made in benefits and the projected revenue stream for these programs over the next 75 years, the Bush administration estimated Monday.

84. Treasury Sec. Stresses Need for Tax Fix -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned lawmakers Tuesday that delays in enacting a temporary fix to the alternative minimum tax could cause millions of taxpayers to experience delays in receiving their refunds.

85. Archived Article -

1068 Cresthaven Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $3.3 million

Sale Date: Aug. 21, 2007

Buyer: FPA Cresthaven Associates LLC

86. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing -

It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.

With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

87. After Three Years In the Making, Uptown Development Nears Completion -

Three years after the first construction crews arrived in Uptown to move dirt and lay the foundations for a few hundred homes, the end is finally in sight for the revitalization of this once-blighted neighborhood.

88. Things Go From Hot To Smoking Hot In Election Contests -

With one week to the filing deadline for the Oct. 4 Memphis city elections, 124 citizens have thought seriously enough about running for the 15 offices on the ballot to check out qualifying petitions. Nearly 40 had filed by the end of the first week.

89. 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.

90. Nearly Transformed -

The transformation has taken several years, been kept on track with the cooperation of the public and private sectors and will have required an investment of more than $200 million once it's all said and done.

91. Luxury Garden Apartment Market Blooms in Cordova -

When Davis Development Inc. gets finished sculpting its planned 226-unit apartment development out of a bare patch of land in Cordova, the product will be more than your average multifamily complex.

92. Down to the Wire -

Imagine a homeowner who goes to court to keep from paying his property taxes because he believes the city keeps charging him - and only him - too much money. The court agrees, and for about a year, this particular homeowner doesn't have to worry about any tax bills showing up in his mailbox.

93. Carmony Named Newcomer of the Year -

Brad Carmony has been named Newcomer of the Year in the 2006 MPACT Maker Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have lived in Memphis for a short time, but who have made significant contributions to the community. Carmony is the public relations manager at inferno. He also serves on the regional advisory board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Tennessee, the Exchange Club Family Center's Gala Committee and as a member of the Shelby County Humane Society's Pet Set organization.

94. Bowled Over -

Imperial Lanes at 4700 Summer Ave. soon will meet the same fate as a set of pins after a perfectly rolled strike.

A real estate deal is in the works to sell the property on which the bowling alley sits, a place that's become a Memphis landmark since it opened in December 1958. The details haven't been finalized, but the project apparently would involve knocking down the 48-lane bowlers' hotspot and putting up a retail strip center, according to sources close to the deal.

95. MATCU Banks on Judy Conrad as VP of Lending -

Judy Conrad has been named vice president of lending at Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union (MATCU). Conrad previously served as vice president and manager of BankTennessee in Ripley. She has worked in the financial industry for almost 40 years.

96. Rising Interest Rates Could Force More Homebuyers to Use Government Assistance -

It says something about the usefulness of a housing assistance program offered by the Shelby County Department of Housing when one of its most recent beneficiaries is an employee of another housing department - the City of Memphis'.

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

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

98. Memphis Theological Seminary Installs New Dean -

The board of trustees of Memphis Theological Seminary installed Dr. Barbara A. Holmes as vice president of academic affairs/dean of the seminary. Holmes joined MTS as a faculty member in the ethics and African-American religious studies programs in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree from Southern Connecticut University.

99. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Senior Armstrong Allen attorney named managing partner

Armstrong Allen Names New Managing Partner

James McLaren Jr., a senior member of Armstrong Allen PLLC, has been elected managing partner of the firm. Members of the firms 2005 management c...

100. Archived Article: Standout - Chamber President Helps Lead Fayette County

Chamber President Helps Fayette Move Forward

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

When Nan Green took the helm of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce this year, the group was already looking toward a ...