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1. Changing Landscape -

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

2. Budget Changes Include Cooper-Young Garage -

A Cooper-Young parking garage and a pool of capital funding divided equally among the seven Memphis City Council districts are the two biggest ticket items in the way of still-tentative budget amendments proposed by council members.

3. Council Begins Decisions on City Financial Changes -

Memphis City Council members took the first steps Tuesday, June 3, toward major changes in pension benefits for city employees and began delving into the details of even broader changes in health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

4. U.S. Senate Primaries Feature Different Realities -

The statewide primary races for U.S. Senate on the August ballot feature the longest and best-known political back story in Tennessee politics and competing realities about what it takes for Democrats to end their shutout in statewide offices.

5. August’s ‘Big Ballot’ Awaits County’s Voters -

With the unofficial results in the Shelby County primary elections in, get ready for the “big ballot.”

The candidates who won the Democratic and Republican primaries in Tuesday’s elections advance to the August ballot where they will join a much larger group of candidates and races that once every eight years produce the largest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

6. 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.

7. Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans -

In a city with lots of markers and monuments showing where historic events happened, there is an increasing amount of attention to a different kind of Memphis historic event.

And it involves something that did not happen – the interstate that was supposed to go through Overton Park 50 years ago but was first delayed and then stopped for good in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 43 years ago this coming Sunday.

8. 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.

9. Indie Memphis Unveils New Festival Lineup -

The lineup for this year’s 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is set.

During a preview party at the new Hi-Tone Café Thursday night, director Craig Brewer lifted the curtain on the slate of films being shown at this year’s festival, which kicks off on Halloween. The four-day event runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 and includes more than 45 feature films that will be shown on five screens in the Overton Square district.

10. 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.

11. Raleigh Sam’s Club Sells for $11.4 Million -

2150 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $11.4 million

Sale Date: June 25, 2013
Buyer: Realty Income Properties 25 LLC
Seller: Dune SC Sub II LLC
Details: The Sam’s Club at 2150 Covington Pike in Raleigh has sold for $11.4 million to a California investor.

12. This week in Memphis history: June 21-27 -

2008: On the cover of The Memphis News, a story on the pasts of and connections between City Council member Rickey Peete and former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper that ended with Peete pleading guilty to federal corruption charges and Cooper wearing a wire and recording conversations in which he paid Peete for his council vote on a billboard project. The story quoted from prosecution documents outlining the crime. “During this conversation, Peete said, ‘I’m going to do what’s right for the community. ... It looks OK to me,’ and then Peete showed Cooper a note written on a piece of paper. The note instructed Cooper to place the ‘paperwork’ (money) in the bathroom.”

13. 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.

14. Events -

The Daily News will host its Money and Markets: State of the Economy seminar and panel discussion Thursday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. Craig Dismuke, senior vice president and chief economic strategist at Vining Sparks IBG, will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

15. Events -

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Wunderlich Auditorium at Memphis University School, 6191 Park Ave. Joe V. Lowry will present “Memphis: Going Through Changes, 1890-1929.” Visit wths-tn.org.

16. Shakin’ Up Beale -

The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.

17. Coffee, Beer Bar Coming Downtown -

Downtown residents and visitors will soon be able to grab a cup of joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one convenient spot.

Taylor Berger, partner in YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, and partners Mitch Buckner (of Bella Café in Pink Palace) and Daniel Flanagan (of Chiwawa, the newly opened Southern-inspired eatery near Overton Square) have signed a lease for 2,755 square feet of retail space in the ground floor of Van Vleet Flats, 122 Gayoso Ave.

18. Coffee, Beer Bar Slated for Downtown -

Downtown residents soon will be able to grab a cup of Joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one fell swoop.

Taylor Berger, partner in YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, along with partners Mitch Buckner (of Bella Café in Pink Palace) and Daniel Flanagan (of Chiwawa, the newly opened Southern-inspired eatery near Overton Square), have signed a lease for 2,755 square feet of retail space in the ground floor of Van Vleet Flats, 122 Gayoso Ave.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. Midtown Momentum -

The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.

“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”

22. Milestone Celebration -

In a few weeks, a quirky Midtown coffeehouse that brims over with culture, from the poetry readings to the bric-a-brac inside to the owner who loves a good poem and the J.J. Abrams TV series “Lost,” will celebrate a milestone.

23. Events -

The Memphis Association of Law and Business will host a lecture by Christine Richards, executive vice president of general counsel at FedEx, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon in the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Wade Auditorium, 1 N. Front St. Visit memphis.edu/law for details.

24. Midtown Utopia -

Of Memphis’ tales of humble beginnings, of which there are many, the fluctuating renaissance of the Cooper-Young neighborhood is certainly compelling throughout.

The area has cycled from its 19th century roots to 1970s crime and neglect to its present-day status as one of the largest historic districts in the Southeast, a magnet of all ages and walks of life. All thanks to individuals and organizations that wouldn’t settle for sub-par quality in their tiny town within the bustling Bluff City.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Changes in Dining Scene Highlight Dynamic Year -

On Thanksgiving Eve, we drove to the airport to pick up my stepson, one of whose flights had been delayed, so it was after 10 by the time he emerged from baggage claim. All being hungry, I drove to Cooper-Young, thinking we could easily get in at the recently opened Alchemy at 10:30.

29. Pedicabs Debut Downtown, Rides Free for Now -

For now, the newest addition to Main Street mall traffic and Downtown traffic in general will run free of charge.

But the founders of Memphis Pedicab Co. are urging those who use the adapted three-wheel bicycles to get around Downtown to tip the drivers. Still to come is an ordinance that formally regulates pedicabs.

30. Indie Memphis to Screen Third ‘Paradise Lost’ Film -

Indie Memphis has announced it will close its 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival with the regional premiere of “Paradise Lost: Purgatory” Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.

31. Council Holds First Post-Election Meeting -

At their first set of meetings since the Oct. 6 city elections, Memphis City Council members take up some of the issues that surfaced in the campaigns while others have been delayed.

The Tuesday, Oct. 14, council session begins at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

32. Harwell Stops Payment for Some Legislator Travel -

NASHVILLE – House Speaker Beth Harwell, who donates her own legislative expense payments to charity, has moved to curtail the expense money other state representatives collect for out-of-state traveling.

33. Beer Pairing Events Brewing in Memphis -

Local chefs and restaurateurs are hoping to show more people that beer pairs up just as well, and in many cases better, with fine food as wine has traditionally been known for in the past.

Steve Barzizza, sales manager at Southwestern Distributing Co., has helped to arrange many of the beer pairing nights at various restaurants around town.

34. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Tracy Chism will speak about the Gift of Life program, which provides heart surgeries to children in 3rd world countries. $20 non-members. RSVP to Karen Shea, 683-9099.

35. Sponsor Delays Immigration Bill to Address Cost -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House sponsor of legislation that would allow law enforcement agents in Tennessee to question suspects about their immigration status says he's trying to make the proposal financially feasible.

36. Council to Consider Budget, Schools Tax -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a $687.4 million city operating budget Tuesday to the Memphis City Council.

And the council will talk over a special school tax rate of 39 cents Tuesday.

The budget proposal is $22.7 million in the red.

37. Ware’s Political Future in Balance -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. opened the city’s newest auto inspection station Monday.

As he did, the political career of one of the Memphis City Council’s most influential members hangs in the balance because of allegations she used her office to avoid the required annual car inspection ritual for city residents.

38. Playback Memphis Taps Into City’s Narrative -

As a well-traveled Memphian, Virginia Murphy believes her hometown has a story to tell.

“I grew up in Memphis, and I know the deep well of pain we all live on top of, trying to just deal with it,” said the former New Yorker via San Francisco. “Communication-wise, it feels very broken.”

39. Swearengen Ware Faces Council Suspension -

For the fifth time in the Memphis City Council’s 42-year history, one of its sitting members has been charged with felony misconduct.

And the charge against council member Barbara Swearengen Ware raises the same questions the other cases did about whether an indicted council member should remain in elected office.

40. 'Right Direction' -

Paul Rubin has a little more company these days when he rides his bicycle with the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club. He’s been a member for more than 20 years, but right now about half of the club is just getting started.

41. Lawler, Cooper ‘Divorce’ Over Deli Plans -

The King has given up the corner of Adams and Main Street.

Plans for a new wrestling-themed deli on the ground floor of The Claridge House at Main and Adams using the name of wrestler and announcer Jerry “The King” Lawler have been called off. Lawler was going to lend his name to the venture to be owned by Joe Cooper.

42. In Search of an Oasis -

Part of the path to inner-city recovery appears to run through a garden, or at least through the produce section of a supermarket. Nine farmers markets operate in various parts of Shelby County this summer, from Downtown to Collierville and places such as Germantown, Agricenter International and Cooper-Young in between.

43. Elkington Looks to Life After Beale Street -

The outgoing developer of the Beale Street entertainment district has some ideas about bringing back Overton Square.

Performa Real Estate Entertainment Inc. founder John Elkington told The Daily News he will be in Colorado this month to talk with the owners of the Midtown entertainment district still in search of a new plan. Fisher Capital, based in Colorado, co-owns the property along with Arizona-based Univest.

44. Events -

Friends of the Library will hold a two-day book sale Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. More than 15,000 books and materials will be on sale. For more information, call 415-2700.

45. Events -

The Madison Hotel will host Sunset Atop the Madison Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the hotel’s rooftop, 79 Madison Ave. The event will include a live performance by Joyce Cobb, a cash bar and a rooftop terrace menu. Admission is $7. For more information, call 333-1200.

46. 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.

47. Waiters: Will Hustle for Tips, Not Minimum Wage -

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series about tipping in local restaurants.

Chefs may be celebrities, restaurant owners may be renowned, but waiters are the most visible component of the restaurant dining experience.

48. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Dione Alexander, vice president of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Midwest Region, will speak. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

49. US Ups Ante On Haitian Assistance; Memphians Chip In -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that “one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history” is moving toward Haiti as he continued to mobilize the U.S. response to the island’s devastating earthquake.

50. Local Support for Haiti Relief Effort Picks Up -

Memphis-area organizations and businesses are participating in big and small ways in relief efforts for Haiti, the Caribbean nation that was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake Tuesday.

Tennessee Task Force One has not yet been deployed to Haiti. But Dr. Joe Holley, medical director for TNTF1, told The Daily News in an e-mail today that deployment could be coming.

51. Overton Square Developers Ready for Next Step -

It’s crunch time for the future of Overton Square, the 10-acre Midtown landmark where a new retail development anchored by a big-box grocery store has been proposed.

The square’s owners have agreed to delay for 60 days their official request to begin knocking down several old buildings along Madison Avenue. That demolition would pave the way for a roughly 53,000-square-foot grocery store and several smaller retail buildings.

52. Conwood Buys Hickory Hill Facility For Planned $133 Million Expansion -

5106 Tradeport Drive
Memphis, TN 38141
Sale Amount: $19.3 Million

Sale Date: Nov. 5, 2009
Buyer: Conwood Co. LLC
Seller: Chickasaw and Goodman Realty Holding Co.
Details: Conwood Co. LLC on Nov. 5 formally acquired the 787,500-square-foot facility at 5106 Tradeport Drive in Hickory Hill South for $19.3 million. Conwood earlier this year announced plans to buy the building, where it will expand its manufacturing operation of the smokeless tobacco products Kodiak and Grizzly.

53. Cypress Buys T-Mobile’s Union Avenue Store -

Memphis-based Cypress Realty Holdings Co., a private real estate investment trust managed by Joe Jarratt and Price Ford, has bought the retail/billboard site at 1860 Union Ave. in Midtown for $950,000. Operating in the transaction as Cypress Realty Holdings Co. II LLC, the company acquired the property Nov. 10 from Louisville, Ky.-based Elvi Partners LLC.

54. Though New Place Not There Yet, Wally Joe Still Working It -

If the truism in the restaurant industry is it takes twice as long to open a restaurant as you plan, try this: Wally Joe left his eponymous establishment on Sanderlin Avenue, which opened in May 2002, in December 2006.

55. The Memphis News Celebrates First Anniversary -

Happy birthday to us.

It was one year ago that the first edition of The Memphis News rolled off the presses and into a new set of racks across Shelby County.

The first cover story was a look at the suburbs of Memphis and their relationship to the city. The national economic recession was just beginning to be felt. A presidential campaign in which Memphis was largely overlooked by the contenders was nevertheless a campaign thousands of Memphians joined via the Internet.

56. The Daily News, The Memphis News Win Regional Journalism Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News were among the winners in the 59th annual Green Eyeshade Awards, placing in seven categories including a first place award for law and courts reporting.

The awards, judged by regional directors of the Society of Professional Journalists, drew more than 500 entries from media outlets in 11 Southern states.

57. Tenn. Saggy Pants Proposal Likely Dead -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that would fine Tennesseans for sagging their pants has likely failed this session.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday that the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Joe Towns of Memphis be sent to a summer committee for further study.

58. Rival Bills Advancing on Tenn. Judicial Selection -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Supreme Court justices could be challenged in re-election campaigns under a proposal advanced by a Senate panel on Wednesday. But House leaders are voicing support for a rival measure with a more limited scope.

59. Events -

Memphis College of Art will host its annual spring career fair today from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Gallery of Rust Hall at the Overton Park Campus, 1930 Poplar Ave. For more information, call 272-5160 or e-mail careers@mca.edu.

60. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop titled “Leadership, Mentorship and Supervision for New Managers” today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. The facilitator will be Tiffany Chisnall of the Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union. Cost for each seminar is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information or reservations, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

61. Cooper’s Report Date Delayed to April -

He was supposed to report to the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colo., Tuesday. But one week after former local political consultant Joe Cooper filed a sealed motion in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen signed an order allowing Cooper more time before he begins serving his sentence.

62. Events -

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.

63. Events -

The R.S.V.P. Program will collect 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 Dec. 31 at the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, 2670 Union Ave. Extended, Suite 1000. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those with 10 or more phones to donate may call Joanne Lowe at 515-2084 for pickup.

64. Events -

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 Dec. 31 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 through Friday. If you have 10 or more phones to drop off, you may call Joanne Lowe at 515-2084 for pickup.

65. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners Ad Hoc Committee on Homeland Security, Disaster Preparedness and 911 Communications Center will meet today at 12:30 p.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. The full Board of Commissioners will meet in the lobby chambers at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

66. Cooper Offers Reward to Prove Jury Tampering -

Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Joe Cooper is offering a $10,000 cash reward to anyone who comes forward with knowledge that can prove jury tampering in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.

67. Cooper Offers $10,000 to Prove Jury Tampering in Ford Case - Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Joe Cooper is offering a $10,000 cash reward to anyone who comes forward with knowledge that can prove jury tampering in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.

Ten individual businesspeople are each putting up $1,000 on the condition of anonymity, Cooper said.

“(The U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI) probably couldn’t prove it, so it’s going to take someone with guts to come forward,” he said.

Ford was acquitted in May of three counts of bribery and three counts of extortion in a case in which prosecutors claimed Ford took thousands of dollars in cash from Cooper to influence the council’s vote on a billboard zoning matter.

Cooper, a former car salesman and perennial political candidate, recorded his conversations with Ford for the FBI and paid Ford with money provided by the FBI. Cooper also was the government’s key witness against Ford.

Cooper himself was sentenced in June to six months in prison and six months of house arrest for helping drug dealers launder money. His sentence could have been closer to three years under federal sentencing guidelines, but prosecutors pushed for a lower sentence because Cooper testified against Ford. Cooper’s prison sentence starts in December.

Prosecutors in late June dropped charges against Ford and former Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division head Joseph Lee after a separate federal corruption probe that alleged they were part of a favor-swapping scheme.

Daily News reporter Bill Dries and research analyst Kate Simone contributed to this report.

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68. Events -

A Survivor Art Show will open today from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with an open house at the new office of Carol Risher at Primacy Oaks Office Park, 5158 Stage Road, Suite 130. The art is created as part of the psychological healing and recovery of counseling clients. Risher is a licensed professional counselor specializing in trauma resolution. The exhibit will run through Aug. 31. For more information, call 377-5646.

69. The Memphis News Brings More Readers In-Depth News -

While other publications reduce staffing and shrink coverage, The Daily News Publishing Co. continues to grow.

Three weeks ago, the 122-year-old company released its newest offering, The Memphis News, a free weekly newspaper aimed at introducing more readers to the paper’s longtime tradition of insightful reporting and in-depth analysis of the business, legal and political landscape.

70. Questions Remain Unanswered in Ford-Lee Case -

With a federal corruption case pending against him, Joseph Lee walked into the office of Kendall Investigations in Knoxville and met with former FBI special agent Kendall Shull. It was Oct. 16, 2007, and Lee – the former president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division – was there in an effort to clear his name. He had traveled to Knoxville to take a polygraph test at Shull’s office. Lee’s attorney, Robert Spence, said this week he had planned to somehow publicize the results of the polygraph – which Lee passed – to defend his client against federal bribery charges.

71. Cooper Sentenced: Six Months in Jail, Six of House Arrest -

Former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Joe Cooper was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and six months of house arrest for helping drug dealers launder their drug money.

Cooper’s sentence could have been closer to three years under federal sentencing guidelines. But prosecutors recommended a lower sentence because of Cooper’s role as the government’s key witness in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. and the guilty plea of former Memphis City Council member Rickey Peete on bribery charges.

72. Songbird Cooper Anticipates Own Day in Court -

With the jury verdict last week acquitting former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. on six counts of bribery and extortion, the book has been closed on that federal corruption case against him.

73. ‘Not Guilty’ Eclipses Week of Ford Trial Highlights -

Outside the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays Wednesday afternoon, reporters waiting for word of a verdict in the Edmund Ford federal corruption trial reflected on memorable phrases uttered during the court proceedings.

74. While Acquitted Wednesday, Ford Still Awaits Separate Pay-for-Favors Trial -

Former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford wiped his eyes after a jury of seven women and five men acquitted him Wednesday afternoon on three counts of bribery and three counts of extortion.

The tears soon were replaced with vocal outbursts of joy. When reporters approached him for comment outside the courtroom after the verdict had been read, the former councilman threw his arms forward and boomed: “It’s over.” Speaking to reporters in the plaza area outside the federal building, the ex-councilman raised his arms in thanks.

75. Jury Deliberates In Ford Case -

The jury in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. deliberated Tuesday for about two hours before breaking for the night.

The panel of 12 got the case Tuesday afternoon, a week and a day after the trial opened in Memphis federal court before U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays. They return to work this morning.

76. Trial’s Outcome Likely to Follow Its Stars -

Neither of the two principal players in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. will walk away from the trial unscathed.

The credibility of the government’s key witness, Joe Cooper, took a beating in the first week of the trial from defense attorney Michael Scholl. And Ford, who testified this week, couldn’t explain away to Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi the money he took from Cooper in recordings that are the heart of the government’s case.

77. Ford Takes Stand at Corruption Trial -

Former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. took the witness stand late this morning at his federal corruption trial.

Ford, who was a volatile political presence at times during his two terms on the council, was calm throughout the hour-long direct examination by attorney Michael Scholl.

78. Ford Takes Stand at Corruption Trial -

Former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. took the witness stand late Monday morning at his federal corruption trial.

Ford, who was a volatile political presence at times during his two terms on the council, was calm throughout the hour-long direct examination by attorney Michael Scholl.

79. Ford Trial’s Nuances Appear Made for TV -

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi told a federal court jury last week that the trial of former City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. would, in part, be about “a corrupt environment” at Memphis City Hall.

80. Cooper’s Foibles on Display During Ford Trial -

Once the jury in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. finished watching the recordings that are the centerpiece of the case this week, they got to know a lot more about the government informant behind the camera.

81. Jurors Get Closer Look At Ford Recordings -

Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. got their first look Wednesday at recordings of Ford taking money from the government’s informant in the case.

82. Cooper Testifying In Ford Trial -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper will continue his testimony Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.

Cooper, who took the witness stand late Tuesday afternoon, is the key government witness in the trial which is expected to last all of this week. When he met with Ford between August and November 2006, Cooper was cooperating with the FBI, recording the conversations and passing money provided by the FBI to Ford.

83. Opening Statements Get Ford Trial Under Way -

The defense and prosecution in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. have given the jury in the federal case very different explanations for the money Ford is accused of having taken.

84. Council Rejects Billboard Developer With Ford Trial Ties -

One of the potential witnesses in this week’s federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford remains a lightning rod for criticism among current council members.

The council last week rejected plans for a 48-acre industrial warehouse development near Memphis International Airport from landowner and billboard developer William H. Thomas Jr. They did so because there is a prevailing mood among council members that he does not play by the rules in his dealings with the city.

85. Jury Selection Begins in Ford Bribery Trial -

Jury selection began Monday morning in the bribery trial of former City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. Ford is accused of taking bribes from former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Joe Cooper to vote for a billboard zoning project in 2006.

86. Both Sides Prep For Next Week's Ford Trial -

Almost a year and a half after he was arrested and accused of taking money under the table to support a billboard zoning matter, former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford's federal corruption trial will begin next week.

87. Jury Pool Expanded, Questions Thorough For Coming Ford Trial -

The corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. will begin next month with a jury pool of 105 people. There will be lots of questions for the jury about their backgrounds and political views, but the questions won't be as direct as whether they are Republicans or Democrats or whom they have supported in what races.

88. Hooks Jr., Other Corruption Cases In Court This Week -

Before there was a Tennessee Waltz corruption sting, there was the matter of finding a job for Michael Hooks Jr.

His father, former Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Michael Hooks Sr., had supported Shep Wilbun's successful bid to win appointment as Juvenile Court clerk in 2000. In return for that support, he wanted a job for his son.

89. Tenn. AG: Pay Ban for Illegal Immigrants Unconstitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general has issued a legal opinion that a legislative proposal to make it a crime for illegal immigrants to accept pay for work done in Tennessee is unconstitutional.

90. Churchwell Scheduled to Plead Guilty to Perjury Charges Today -

Dennis Churchwell, the former landlord of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr., is scheduled to plead guilty today to perjury charges in Memphis federal court.

Churchwell had been scheduled to go to trial Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Donald. But a new federal court schedule posted Tuesday afternoon indicated there would be a change of plea hearing today instead.

91. GMAC Dismissed From Hyneman-Bud Davis Cadillac Suit -

GMAC Financial Services Corp., the auto loan company sued late last year along with Bud Davis Cadillac Inc. by wealthy Memphis real estate developer Rusty Hyneman, has been dismissed as a defendant in the case.

92. Churchwell Trial Set for Mid-April -

Dennis Churchwell, the one-time landlord of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford, is scheduled to go to trial April 14 on federal perjury charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Donald set the trial date last week and Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi estimated it will take about a week.

93. Attorney General To Defend Strip Club Ordinance -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper will help defend the Shelby County ordinance governing Memphis strip clubs in U.S. District Court.

Cooper's office filed a motion Monday to intervene on the side of the city and county in the case filed by seven strip club owners. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the ordinance as well as the state law on which the ordinance is based.

94. Churchwell Trial DateSet for April 14 -      An April 14 trial date has been set for Dennis Churchwell, charged with perjury in connection with the federal bribery case against former City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.
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95. Scholl Says Number of Trials 'Onerous' -

The federal corruption cases involving former City Council member Edmund Ford have taken an unusual path through three grand jury reviews in a year's time.

In that time, Ford picked up a second set of corruption charges and a codefendant, former Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division president Joseph Lee.

96. New Insights Surface In Cooper Testimony -

Joe Cooper gave an insider's account of the private deals, expensive favors and back room meetings now apparently commonplace in Memphis politics.

What the former Shelby County commissioner, car salesman, political consultant and now twice-convicted felon also alleged in a sworn statement Dec. 20 is that real estate developer Rusty Hyneman lied about being involved in one of those favors in a recent lawsuit.

97. Under Oath, Cooper Alleges More Backroom Deals at City Hall -

The informant in an FBI undercover probe that led to federal indictments against two Memphis City Council members now has talked about his role in that case – and a related civil matter – under oath.

98. Under Oath, Cooper Alleges More Backroom Deals at City Hall -

The informant in an FBI undercover probe that led to federal indictments against two Memphis City Council members now has talked about his role in that case – and a related civil matter – under oath.

99. Ethics Code Still Needs Help, Wilkins Says -

At year's end, the Memphis City Council had left the proposition of disciplining city office holders accused but not convicted of wrongdoing in the hands of city voters.

The council approved a November 2008 referendum that proposes a charter amendment to permit the recall of council members.But the attorney for the Memphis Charter Commission, Ricky Wilkins, is researching the idea of some kind of legal sanction that is more than a censure but doesn't go as far as a removal from office.

100. Cooper Sentencing Delayed Until May -

Prosecutors have filed a motion in federal court asking that the sentencing of former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper, previously set for Thursday, be delayed about four months.

Federal prosecutors asked for a 120-day continuance so Cooper can help them continue to build a bribery and corruption case against Memphis City Councilman Edmund Ford. Cooper, once a fixture at City Hall where he lobbied the council on behalf of clients he represented, is expected to take the witness stand at Ford's coming trial.