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1. Signs of Steady US Economy: Rising Pay and Solid Job Market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding.

A flurry of data released Wednesday signaled that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain solid, if unspectacular, three weeks before the Federal Reserve will likely begin raising interest rates.

2. … and most memorable moments -

I was in a bar just outside Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta when the bomb went off at the 1996 Summer Games.

I immediately jumped up, went out the door and into utter chaos, where I interviewed anybody who would stop to talk.

3. Toys Have Best Year in a Decade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.

The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

4. I Choose Memphis: Amy Grow -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Amy Grow

Job title and company: International Paper, Communications Department, Meetings & Events

5. The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

6. Andy Cates: Memphis in ‘Pivotal’ Time -

When more than 100 of the city’s most prominent developers and real estate professionals got together Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Crescent Club in East Memphis, much of the focus was on a list of more than two dozen real estate projects.

7. Armstrong Ponders Mayoral Transition -

When outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said last week that Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong plans to retire at year’s end, what followed was the best representation of the off-kilter relationship between the mayor’s office and police brass.

8. College Football Notebook: As Usual, LSU And Alabama Control SEC West -

So here we are back at a familiar place: LSU vs. Alabama in a game that goes a long way toward determining the SEC West champion. And by extension, in all probability, the SEC champion. (Sorry Florida, but in this corner, we’re not true believers yet.)

9. Jimmy Carter Swings Habitat for Humanity Hammers in Memphis -

Former President Jimmy Carter had planned on being in Nepal Monday, Nov. 2, to build homes for the poor.

10. Musistic Brings Musicians Together -

Imagine being an artist who wants to collaborate with another musician who lives five states away or even on another continent.

The logistics of recording together is a nightmare at best, and impossible to get together at worst. Jimbo Lattimore and the other founders of Musistic saw the problem firsthand and realized a solution was possible.

11. Strickland: Expect Smaller Memphis City Hall Administration -

Several city division directors under outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton have told Mayor-elect Jim Strickland they do not intend to seek reappointment in the new administration.

12. US Home Sales Rebound in September After August Slump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans snapped up more homes in September, suggesting that the U.S. housing sector remains insulated from global economic turmoil.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes jumped 4.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million. Buying activity rebounded after slipping in August, indicating that demand for housing continues despite a series of recent economic hits: stock market declines, falling factory orders, a slowdown in China, struggles in emerging nations such as Brazil and Turkey, and stagnation in Europe.

13. Videographer to Release Stanford Documentary -

One night several years ago, while he was watching Alex Gibney’s film, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” Houston-based videographer Dave Henry got an idea.

14. New Mayor in Town -

Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.

At the top of the list: make sure the toilets are flushing, the lights are coming on at night and the stoplights are flashing red, yellow and green.

15. Beale Authority Ready To Issue Manager RFP In November -

The timeline is tight. But with the city of Memphis elections done, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is ready to move on several fronts before the end of the year to take control of the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day property manager.

16. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

17. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs -

The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.

18. Strickland Upsets Wharton In Memphis Mayor's Race -

Not even close. Mayoral challenger Jim Strickland rolled up a wide margin over incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in the early-vote totals in advance of the Oct. 8 election day count.

And based on that and other election indicators, Wharton conceded the election shortly after 10 p.m. to Strickland after the vote count was long delayed by computer glitches.

19. Haslam: Long-term Plan Needed for Road Project Backlog -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects, and that one-time money won't fix the problem.

20. Candidates Play Out Early Voting-Election Day Gap -

The early vote is in but still to be counted. There is still some television time booked for last-minute appeals to election day voters.

The debates and questionnaires speak for themselves, and no longer have a place on schedules that in the run-up to Thursday’s Memphis election day have become about opportunities to meet and be seen by the most people possible.

21. Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven -

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.

Below it, a ride on the parking lot of the arena made a perpetual turn in the other direction under the same overcast skies.

22. Wharton’s Accomplishments Weighted With Controversy -

It’s a set of events just about any incumbent would envy during a re-election bid.

Overnight riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River picked up just as Beale Street Landing opened in mid-2014. In late April, the long-dormant Pyramid reopened as a Bass Pro Shops megastore with a hotel and other attractions.

23. Despite Rhetoric, Florida Game Critical for Tennessee's Butch Jones -

Tennessee’s Butch Jones will coach the biggest game of his three-year tenure with the Vols – and probably the biggest of his entire coaching career – at Florida on Saturday.

Like it or not, Jones is carrying the weight of UT’s 10-game losing streak to Florida on his shoulders.

24. Caterpillar Says It Could Cut 10,000 Jobs to Reduce Costs -

Caterpillar is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets.

That could amount to more than 8 percent of the 126,800 employees it had globally as of June.

25. Wharton Reintroduces Detroit Specter as Early Voting Begins -

When the city of Memphis got an unmistakable warning in May 2013 from Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson to get its financial house in order, Memphis mayor A C Wharton was among those quick to caution against likening the city’s problems to those of Detroit.

26. Editorial: Memphis’ Direction and Your Choices for Mayor -

Fhe Oct. 8 Memphis mayor’s race is about where the city is and where it is going.

A C Wharton’s six-year mayoral tenure has been a mixed bag. There's been a genuine effort to change the nature of local government but also a wandering focus in which slogans are a kind of political fodder.

27. The Field -

The most competitive race for Memphis mayor in 24 years is in the hands of Memphis voters who will determine whether it will be as close as recent polls suggest it could be.

Early voting in advance of the Oct. 8 election day opened Friday, Sept. 18, with all 13 Memphis City Council seats on the ballot as well as the race for the City Court Clerk’s office.

28. Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate -

Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.

29. Memphis Mayor's Race Poised For Close Finish -

A political summer dominated by the campaign for Memphis mayor begins turning toward fall Friday, Sept. 18, with the opening of the early voting period in advance of the Oct. 8 election day.

All 16 early voting sites are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 3.

30. ULI Panel Tackles Soulsville’s Dilemma as Shadyac Reveals Concept -

Local shareholders and national development leaders got deep in the heart of Soulsville USA this week with an all-day deliberation on how to bring placemaking to one of Memphis’ struggling historical areas.

31. Task Force: Eliminate Tests for Younger Tennessee Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Annual standardized exams should be eliminated for Tennessee kindergarteners and first-graders amid teacher concerns that students are being tested too much, according to a state task force.

32. Wharton, Strickland Roll Out Anti-Crime Platforms -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and challenger Jim Strickland rolled out anti-crime platforms Wednesday, Sept. 9, that signal a shift in the Memphis mayoral race after months of bickering over whether the city’s crime rate is up or down.

33. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.

34. Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution? -

OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.

35. Memphis Mayoral Debate Participants Announced -

The field is set for an upcoming televised Memphis mayoral debate scheduled for the eve of early voting.

The four mayoral contenders who will participate in the Sept. 17 debate, sponsored by The Daily News and Urban Land Institute Memphis, are incumbent Mayor A C Wharton, city council members Harold Collins and Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams.

36. Tennessee Teacher Survey Shows Concerns With Test Prep -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With new tests on the way in math and English for students in grades three through 11, a survey released Wednesday shows Tennessee teachers worried that they're spending too much time on testing and test preparation.

37. Canada: 2016 Memphis In May Honored Country -

Canada will be the honored country at the 2016 Memphis in May International Festival. Festival officials announced the choice Thursday, Aug. 13, at the organization’s annual meeting, offering a couple of clues about what will replace the month-long festival’s annual Sunset Symphony.

38. Joe Cooper Case Raises Questions About County Election Commission Discretion -

The definitive ballot for the Oct. 8 Memphis election was a bit late because of a challenge by city council contender Joe Cooper.

39. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

40. Bikesmith Ready to Roll Into First Brick-and-Mortar Store -

Memphis’ traveling bike repairman has finally found a home. A year and a half after enrolling in the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team initiative MEMMobile, Jim Steffen, known as The Bikesmith to cyclists needing an adjustment or a hail-Mary overhaul, has signed a lease on a brick-and-mortar extension of his mobile repair truck.

41. Carriage Ride -

Carriage Crossing is experiencing strong leasing activity and rising sales numbers as it prepares for multinational clothing retailer H&M to open its first Memphis-area location this month.

In recent months, the Collierville lifestyle center landed the H&M store, which the Swedish retailer says it plans to open Aug. 13, an Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse and a Hickory Tavern restaurant.

42. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

43. Strickland's Memphis Mayoral Bid Heats Up -

Just hours after he dropped out of the race for Memphis Mayor, James Harvey endorsed mayoral contender Jim Strickland at the opening of Strickland’s Poplar Plaza campaign headquarters.

44. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 -

Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.

These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.

The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.

45. Council to Vote on East Memphis Storage Facility -

The Memphis City Council is poised to take key votes Tuesday, July 21, on multiple real estate development projects, including an indoor storage facility planned in a prime East Memphis neighborhood.

46. SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It -

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

He started his record-setting 23rd appearance as a coach at the 2015 SEC Media Days by zinging the Vols for their 7-6 season, saying they were “celebrating big” while casting South Carolina’s 7-6 season as a disaster averted.

47. Memphis Filing Deadline Features Last-Minute Shifts, Intrigue -

The decision Tuesday, July 14, by a sixth Memphis City Council member to pass up a place on the Oct. 8 ballot has added some intrigue on the way to the noon Thursday, July 16, filing deadline for the Memphis elections.

48. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

49. Mayoral Contenders and a Campaign Cash Update -

The four most visible candidates for Memphis mayor spent nearly $130,000 from April through June laying the groundwork for the heart of summer campaigns, where they take their message to voters across the city.

50. Memphis in May Faces Decisions in Offseason -

The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.

51. Strickland Files for Mayor One Week From Deadline -

A week before the filing deadline for candidates on Memphis’ October ballot, city councilman Jim Strickland filed his qualifying petition for mayor and said he has a campaign war chest of approximately $400,000.

52. Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said, "Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history."

53. Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets -

NEW YORK (AP) – If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed.

The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

54. Boosting Overtime: Obama Calls for Broader Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

55. Keeping the Beat -

Jody Stephens may best be known as a rock 'n' roll timekeeper, the guy whose drum kit kept the beat and provided the rhythmic foundation for the pioneering power pop group Big Star.

56. Garibaldi's Temptations Club Celebrates its 1980s Run -

Mike Garibaldi is known for his Memphis restaurant chain, Garibaldi's Pizza.

At the original Garibaldi’s, near the University of Memphis, is a picture on the wall of a smiling waitress in her 50s.

57. Chism Political Picnic Offers Pre-Campaign Snapshot -

Memphis mayoral contender Jim Strickland saw a face he didn’t recognize Saturday, June 13, in the southwest Memphis crowd at former County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic.

58. More Older Americans are Being Buried by Housing Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They're lining up gigs for their family jazz band.

59. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

60. Foxx Hears Lamar Corridor as Priority in White House's Infrastructure Bill -

A group of 23 local leaders told U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Tuesday, May 12, that improving the Lamar Avenue freight corridor is their first priority for federal infrastructure funding.

61. Incumbent’s Advantage Faces Test in Mayor’s Race -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. rolls out a new plan for emergency medical services Tuesday, May 10, that is expected to involve some private, nongovernment involvement.

No further details of the announcement were forthcoming from his administration, but it returns the still-forming 2015 race for mayor to an issue that is basic to virtually every mayoral election: public safety.

62. Economic Microscope -

Back in 2012, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy was telling the firm’s clients that the U.S. stock market was behaving like a coiled spring.

63. Wanda Halbert to Run For City Court Clerk -

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert will not seek re-election in this year’s city elections and will instead run for City Court Clerk.

Halbert pulled a petition for the challenge of incumbent clerk Thomas Long.

64. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

65. Wanda Halbert to Run for City Court Clerk -

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert will not seek re-election in this year’s city elections and will instead run for City Court Clerk.

Halbert planned to pull a petition Monday, April 20, for the challenge of incumbent clerk Thomas Long.

66. Wharton Traces City’s Path in Financial Crisis -

City Hall’s budget season in this Memphis election year will be about more than the dollar figures and line items in Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

It will be about different versions of how the city got into its ongoing financial crisis.

67. Halbert Passes on Council Re-election Bid To Go For City Court Clerk -

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert will not seek re-election in this year's city elections and will instead run for City Court Clerk.

Halbert plans to pull a petition Monday, April 20, for the challenge of incumbent clerk Thomas Long.

68. Festival Spotlights Student Artists, Artwork -

Regardless of whether East Tennessee secondary students decide to pursue art as a career, the Dogwood Arts Festival gives them the opportunity to feel the excitement of having their work professionally framed and publicly displayed as part of Synergy, the annual art exhibit.

69. What’s Better for Commuters? More I-24 Lanes or Monorail? -

With growing population comes increasingly congested commuter traffic, and the Rutherford County corridor between Nashville and Murfreesboro along I-24 is considered the most congested in Middle Tennessee.

70. 1 Million New Residents: Where Will They Live? -

At least 1 million people are expected to move to the Nashville region over the next 20 years. Already, the early arrivals have begun to dramatically change the landscape of the suburban counties surrounding the city.

71. Wharton, Strickland Top $250,000 in Campaign Accounts -

As they prepare to pull qualifying petitions for the October ballot, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and challenger Jim Strickland each have more than $250,000 in their campaign accounts.

72. Wharton's Way -

City elections in Memphis begin unadorned.

Yard signs don’t bloom until mid- to late summer, when the strategic use of television ads and the much higher cycle of radio advertising kick in.

73. What Better Place for an NRA Convention? -

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

74. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

75. Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser -

At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.

76. Flinn Rumor Could Impact Multiple City Council Races -

Even before Shea Flinn gave a “no comment” last week to a persistent rumor that he would resign from the Memphis City Council, there were potential candidates eyeing his super district seat.

77. Flinn Rumor Could Impact Multiple City Council Races -

Even before Shea Flinn gave a “no comment” last week to a persistent rumor that he would resign from the Memphis City Council, there were potential candidates eyeing his super district seat.

With no qualifying petitions issued for the October ballot until next month, there is stealthy speculation about who is running for council and which seats may be sought.

78. Bid to End Tennessee Carry Permit Requirement Fails in House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to eliminate Tennessee's requirement to obtain a state-issued permit to openly carry handguns was defeated in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss Jonesborough said he introduced the measure because he believes that "current laws here in Tennessee infringe on the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution."

79. Solid US Jobs Report: 295,000 Positions Added -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month.

80. Kelsey’s New Private School Voucher Plan Looks More Like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

81. Memphis in May Unveils Music Festival Lineup -

Memphis in May International Festival has unveiled the lineup for the Beale Street Music Festival that will unfold over three days in May at Tom Lee Park. The event is expected to bring a crowd of more than 100,000.

82. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

83. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike -

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.

84. Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring -

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton wasn’t present in council committee sessions Tuesday as council member Jim Strickland played audio of Wharton in 2010 telling council members that the restructuring of city debt then was a “plain vanilla” transaction.

85. Democrats Seek Relief From Health Law Penalties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

86. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

87. Americans Striving to Find Their Place in a Global Sport -

He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.

88. Haslam Budget Seeks to Improve Teacher Salaries -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he's committed to making Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the nation in terms of teacher pay and that his budget will reflect that commitment.

89. Justin Ford: ‘We’re On The Cusp Of Change’ -

Shelby County commission chairman Justin Ford is running for Memphis Mayor in 2015.

Ford announced his intention to challenge Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. Monday, Feb. 9, joining former county commissioner James Harvey, city council member Jim Strickland, and former University of Memphis basketball player Detric Golden in the growing field.

90. New Federal Courthouse in Nashville Included in Obama Budget -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Barack Obama's budget proposal includes $181.5 million for a new federal courthouse in Nashville.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Nashville Democrat who has long advocated for the new courthouse, lauded Monday's announcement a "critical next step" in getting the facility built.

91. Mayor’s Race Parses Political Records -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will probably continue to include the comeback of Overton Square in an election year roll call of economic development accomplishments even after being called out for his opposition to the city-funded Overton Square parking garage.

92. Wharton Defends, Touts Record at State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. defended and touted Thursday, Jan. 29, his administration’s pursuit of the economic development projects that his challengers in the October city elections will likely use to make their case.

93. Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds -

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

94. Southwind Annexation Moves Past Two New Judges -

Chancellor Oscar Carr has been on the bench in Chancery Court four months and he’s already had the kind of case his judicial colleagues warned him about at his formal swearing-in ceremony last week.

95. Council Signals Return to Schools Funding Mediation -

It’s back to mediation Thursday, Jan. 8, in the six-year long schools funding deadlock between the city of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

That was the next step several Memphis City Council members pointed to after more than an hour behind closed doors at City Hall Tuesday with their attorney as well as city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

96. Piano Stores Closing as Fewer Children Taking Up Instrument -

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) – When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.

97. Political Back Pages -

Even in the best of times, the relationship between any Memphis mayor and any group of 13 on the Memphis City Council is adversarial. That has been the intent of the structure of city government since the mayor-council form of government took effect in 1968.

98. Wesley Housing Names New CEO -

The Wesley Housing Corp. of Memphis Inc. board of directors has announced that Jim Nasso, current president and chief operating officer, will become chief executive officer following CEO Larry Kaler’s retirement Dec. 31.

99. Wesley Housing Corp. Names New CEO -

The Wesley Housing Corp. of Memphis Inc. board of directors has announced that Jim Nasso, current president and chief operating officer, will become chief executive officer following CEO Larry Kaler’s retirement Dec. 31.

100. Sponsors Pay Big Bucks to Join College Bowl Games -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games features a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.