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1. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

2. Once and Again -

I REMEMBER THIS SONG. Last week, I wrote about passing institutions – a couple of examples of places and people that won’t come our way again. I said the past can inform the future, but we can’t go back to some other time.

3. County Leaders Make Transition to Governing -

For government officials, the oath of office marks the boundary between the ability to get elected and the ability to govern.

But it’s not always apparent to those taking the oath what they have gotten themselves into.

4. August 15-21: This week in Memphis history -

2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.

1984: The Center City Commission reported $450 million in construction Downtown since 1976, counting public as well as private financing. The construction boom included the Memphis Plaza Hotel, Morgan Keegan Tower and the Scimitar Building.

5. Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results -

Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.

That and the re-election victory of Democratic incumbent Cheyenne Johnson in the race for Shelby County Assessor of Property were the only bright spots for a divided local Democratic Party that lost every other countywide partisan elected position to Republicans in the Aug. 7 county general election, just as they lost every countywide position to Republicans four years earlier.

6. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

7. Jackson, Stokes on Grizzlies Summer Roster -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster will include former University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson and forward Jarnell Stokes, a second-round pick out of Tennessee and Memphis native for whom the Grizzlies traded on draft night.

8. Jackson, Stokes on Grizzlies' Summer Roster -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster will include former University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson and forward Jarnell Stokes, a second-round pick out of Tennessee and Memphis native for whom the Grizzlies traded on draft night.

9. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

10. Politics Continues After County Primaries -

A lot of the candidates from the Shelby County primary ballot were in the same room the day after the Tuesday, May 6, election.

The occasion was County Commission committee sessions.

It was mostly winners.

11. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

12. 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.

13. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire -

State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.

14. Tigers Look to Reverse AAC Result -

The Memphis Tigers were bound to pay a price for getting run off their home court in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference by UConn. And on Selection Sunday, they found out the price was landing in another 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament.

15. May Primary Ballot Almost Complete -

The ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections isn’t quite set, although the Shelby County Election Commission has certified 81 candidates.

Still awaiting a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, are three would-be candidates whose residency is being formally challenged.

16. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

17. News Media Protest White House Press Access Limits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House on Thursday against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than "government propaganda."

18. US Businesses Boost Hiring Despite the Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many had assumed.

Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.

19. This week in Memphis history: September 20-26 -

1993: Elvis Presley Enterprises joined the ownership group for the proposed Memphis NFL franchise that city leaders were seeking. William B. Dunavant Jr., the leader of the effort, announced Graceland’s role in the ownership group during a reception at Graceland. Others in the ownership group included Fred Smith, Mike Starnes, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and Paul Tudor Jones.

20. In Due Time, Lynch Will Shine as Tigers QB -

To understand the potential impact of redshirt freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch, you have to do two things up front: forget his numbers (for a while) and look at the numbers produced by other Tiger quarterbacks.

21. 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.

22. Old Boundaries Fade as Schools Merger Nears -

There is still some power left in the line that separates Memphis City Schools from Shelby County Schools with about two weeks left until the two public school systems formally become one.

That was evident Tuesday, June 11, as the countywide school board approved a slate of 35 policy decisions for the merged school system whose fiscal year begins July 1.

23. Rhodes Honors Gray for Outstanding Research -

Dr. Patrick Gray, an associate professor in Rhodes College’s department of religious studies, has received the college’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research. Gray’s research centers on biblical studies, specifically the history and literature of early Christianity and the Greco-Roman context.

24. Comments, Victories Becoming Broken Record -

So Josh Pastner’s latest post-game conference is just about to start, this one after a 93-71 victory over Central Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 13, a game the Tigers led by as many as 34 points.

25. Ravens’ Cox Long Snaps Way Into Anonymity -

There’s more than one way to reach the big game.

For Briarcrest Christian School graduate Michael Oher, his journey was storybook and he’ll start on the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, when they play the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.

26. Hopson Calls for Unity in Schools -

Once countywide school board members finished Tuesday, Jan. 29, posing for a picture with outgoing Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash, the board quickly got back to the emerging details of the coming schools merger.

27. Hopson Is Interim MCS Supt. As School Board Sets Merger Calendar -

Countywide school board members appointed Memphis City Schools attorney Dorsey Hopson as the interim superintendent of the Memphis City Schools system at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting.

The meeting was the last for Kriner Cash who becomes an advisor to the school system through the end of July under terms of his resignation after four and a half years heading the school system.

28. Schools Merger Begins Move Into Parental Reality -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel noticed lots of parents of school children from the county outside of Memphis at the annual camp-out for optional school enrollment over the long weekend.

29. Herff Jones Inc. Chooses Chief Operating Officer -

Jeff Webb, founder and CEO of Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc., will be the new president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1 at Herff Jones Inc., a manufacturer of graduation-related items like yearbooks, rings, caps and gowns.

30. Herff Jones Inc. Gets New Chief Operating Officer -

Jeff Webb, founder and CEO of Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc., will be the new president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1 at Herff Jones Inc., a manufacturer of graduation-related items like yearbooks, rings, caps and gowns.

31. Ciaramitaro Joins Grace-St. Luke’s as School Counselor -

Licensed clinical social worker Courtney Ciaramitaro has joined Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as school counselor. She will work primarily with middle school students.

Hometown: Memphis

32. Board of Bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines Gets Update on Headquarters Costs -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp.'s board opened a two-day meeting Wednesday, but isn't expected to decide yet whether to keep company headquarters in Memphis.

33. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

34. Georgia 3PL Growing Its Area Footprint -

A Savannah, Ga.-based third-party logistics firm is seeing rapid expansion in the Southeast Memphis industrial market after its local entrance less than a year ago.

Coastal Logistics Group Inc. has signed a 50,000-square-foot lease extension at 5715 Distribution Drive, bringing its Memphis footprint to 100,000 square feet. The company inked its initial 50,000-square-foot warehouse lease in June.

35. Tenn. Swaps 'Stage' for 'Song' as Tourism Slogan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The stage may be set for travelers in Tennessee, but state tourism officials have abandoned it for a song.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has dropped the slogan "The Stage Is Set for You," which had been used for eight years.

36. Hot-Shooting Memphis Beats Central Florida 84-55 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Tigers wanted to make sure Central Florida did not have a chance to beat them on a last-second play this time.

Will Barton had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Memphis shot better than 60 percent most of the second half and the Tigers won their third straight with a 84-55 victory over the Knights on Tuesday night.

37. Clanton Lifts Central Florida Over Memphis 68-67 -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Keith Clanton's three-point play with 4 seconds to go lifted Central Florida over Memphis 68-67 Wednesday night and gave the Knights their first victory over the Tigers in 11 meetings.

38. Grand Masters Arrive at Dixon -

For the New Year, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens chose an exhibition so grand it wouldn’t all fit through the doors.

No problem, said Dixon director Kevin Sharp. Museum officials just expanded the doors.

39. Economy Ends Tough 2011 on a Surprising Upswing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is ending 2011 on a roll.

The job market is healthier. Americans are spending lustily on holiday gifts. A long-awaited turnaround for the depressed housing industry may be under way. Gas is cheaper. Factories are busier. Stocks are higher.

40. Burch Porter Attorneys Named Super Lawyers -

Fourteen Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC attorneys have been included in the 2011 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.

41. School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward -

The two public school systems in Shelby County used the same team to evaluate charter school applications this week in the first joint proposal the Memphis City and Shelby County School systems have brought to the board for approval.

42. Brucker Joins McManus Reilly As Investment, Insurance Adviser -

Edward Brucker III has joined McManus Reilly Financial Foresight as investment and insurance adviser.

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Education: Master of business administration from University of Phoenix

43. Wharton, Fullilove & Conrad Re-Elected -- Harris-Ford to Runoff - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. won a full four-year term of office as mayor Thursday, Oct. 6, two years after he claimed the mayor’s office in a special election.

And all 12 of the Memphis City Council members seeking re-election won new four year terms in the city election cycle, marking the largest return of incumbents to the 13-member council in the 43-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

44. Chart-Based Trading Behind Big Market Swings -

NEW YORK (AP) – Support levels. Moving averages. Breakouts.

That strange language is being spoken more forcefully on Wall Street these days. It is the language of technical trading, which is helping to drive recent wild gyrations in stock prices.

45. Council to Approve Schools Budget -

Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Aug. 2, to approve a budget for Memphis City Schools that is expected to include a monthly payment plan to cover $68.4 million in city funding.

Passage of the item on the regular council agenda would end a funding standoff between City Hall and Memphis City Schools that threatened to delay the Aug. 8 start of classes for the 2011-2012 school year.

46. 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.

47. Houston Joins Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply -

Ursula Y. Houston has joined Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply Co. as account executive.

48. ‘Radical Painter’ on Display at Dixon -

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens continues its foray into the major schools of American art with a look at the loaded compositions of a worker artist with a simple name.

Joe Jones: Radical Painter of the American Scene” opened at the Dixon last month and runs through April 17. It is the latest in a string of American exhibits to fill the galleries of Memphis’ hub for French Impressionism.

49. Memphis Firm Acquires Two Atlanta Properties -

Memphis-based Cypress Realty Holdings Co. has acquired two outparcels in the North Atlanta market.

50. Complete Shelby Delegation Preps for Expanded Leadership -

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

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

51. Dear Santa -

Dear Santa, Please consider my gift list for our local elected officials. After all, they’ve been giving it to us all year.

To all: Common Sense – a simple grid for MATA routes, consolidated city and county services, cutting the grass, sidewalk maintenance, paying attention to review board and appointed commission recommendations.

52. Burch Porter & Johnson Attorneys Recognized -

Fifteen Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC attorneys have been included in the 2010 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.

53. MSARC Shift Approved, Transition Begins -

The Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center will begin its move to a different part of the organizational chart of Shelby County government.

The Shelby County Commission this week approved moving MSARC from the health department to the community services division. There was no opposition to the transfer, which comes more than a year after county government assumed control of the agency from the city.

54. Luttrell Assembles Team - As interim Shelby County mayor Joe Ford attended his last County Commission meeting, county mayor elect Mark Luttrell began naming the team he will go into office with on Sept. 1.

55. Burch Porter Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers -

Seventeen attorneys from Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been named to the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

56. 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.

57. Ford Jr. Takes Readers Behind the Scenes With New Book -

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. made it clear last week that he’s a former Memphian.

But his new book, “More Davids Than Goliaths,” to be released next month, has plenty of Memphis – Memphis politics, at least – on its pages.

58. Jobless Claims Keep Fluctuating as Recovery Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for unemployment aid have been fluctuating from week to week, offering an uncertain view of layoffs and the job market.

First-time requests for jobless aid dropped last week to their lowest level since early May, the government said Thursday, erasing increases made in the last two months.

59. Community Gift -

The floats told the story of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Tuesday as it celebrated its 58th birthday with the opening celebration for a new $340 million pediatric medical center.

A giant heart with stitches symbolized the giving spirit of the Le Bonheur Club, the ladies sewing club that led the effort to build the old hospital. Another float featured huge hard hats in tribute to the construction workers who built the new one.

60. Fox’s Self-Titled Release Brings Acoustic Soul Home -

Like many vocal artists, Memphis singer and songwriter Autumn Fox believes that all people are connected by faith, humanity, truth – and a little bit of craziness too.

In her first studio CD release, Fox sings about some of the uplifting moments after the craziness of life subsides.

61. Anti-Incumbency Takes Down Another Congressman -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The political shooting-star otherwise known as anti-incumbency fell on Alabama, taking down a first-term congressman who switched from Democrat to Republican just last December.

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

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

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

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

63. Races Open For Two County School Board Seats -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

64. UPDATE: Two Open County School Board Seats At Filing Deadline -

The Aug. 5 elections will feature two races for open seats on the Shelby County school board.

At the noon Thursday filing deadline for the four odd-numbered district seats as well as the state and federal primaries, board member Anne Edmiston did not file for another four-year term. Board member Teresa Price had announced earlier that she would not be running either.

65. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries -

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

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

66. Malone Files Petition For County Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone filed her qualifying petition for Shelby County mayor Monday at the Shelby County Election Commission, making her the first candidate to file in the race.

Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford has said he is now considering a bid for mayor in the May primary after initially saying he would not seek the office.

67. Commission Appointments Not Without Rancor -

John Pellicciotti is pursuing his master’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He’s writing his thesis. And this week, after trying several times for several years, the small-business owner and consultant got some real-world experience in his degree area.

68. Pellicciotti Wins Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners took several rounds to do it, but got through the last two appointments left from the busy 2009 political year.

At the group’s first meeting of 2010, Republican John Pellicciotti was appointed to the District 4 Position 3 seat vacated in December by Democrat Matt Kuhn. Kuhn resigned to become a policy adviser to interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford.

69. UPDATE: Turner To State House -- Pellicciotti To County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners took several rounds to do it, but got through the last two appointments left from the busy 2009 political year.

At the group’s first meeting of 2010, Republican John Pellicciotti was appointed to the District 4 Position 3 seat vacated in December by Democrat Matt Kuhn. Kuhn resigned to become a policy adviser to interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford.

70. Commissioners to Fill Commission, Legislature Vacancies -

Shelby County Commissioners will begin the new year with some familiar chores.

Today’s meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building.

It includes the appointment of a new commissioner for District 4 Position 3. And the commission will appoint an interim state representative for District 85.

71. Stocks Climb on Manufacturing Reports, Rising Oil -

NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market has extended its 2009 rally into the new year.

Major stock indexes surged more than 1.5 percent Monday after improving news on manufacturing from China to the U.S. pointed to a strengthening global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 156 points.

72. Once-Embattled Wilbun to Run for Juvenile Court Clerk -

The invitations urged political supporters to “Return Shep Wilbun” to the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk’s office.

At a club on South Main Street this month as FedExForum began to fill up a few blocks away, Wilbun hosted an evening fundraiser at $100 a head. It drew State Reps. Ulysses Jones, Larry Miller and Joe Towns as well as Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

73. First MED Task Force Meeting Focuses On State Funding -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz identified Tennessee as the primary deadbeat for failing to pay its share to The Regional Medical Center at Memphis during the first meeting today of a special task force looking for ways to help the financially struggling hospital.

74. Burch Porter Attys Honored By Mid-South Super Lawyers -

Fourteen attorneys at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been included in the 2009 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.

75. U of M Names Murrell Assistant Dean of Distance Education -

Dr. Vicki Murrell has been named assistant dean of distance education for the University of Memphis.

76. Mayor's Race Set at 25 Candidates -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

77. 25 In Final Field For City Mayor -

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved a field of 25 candidates for the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

The vote came hours after the Thursday deadline for any candidates to withdraw.

78. Field of 28 For Mayor Meets Filing Deadline With Enough Signatures -  

A field of 28 candidates had filed petitions with enough valid signatures to run in the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor by today’s noon deadline.

Shelby County Election Commission administrator Richard Holden told The Daily News several contenders had their petitions rejected once election commission staff checked the signatures.

Each person signing must be a registered voter in the city of Memphis and list the address that is on their voter registration record.

A total of 33 petitions were filed by the noon deadline. But several candidates were disqualified for not having enough signatures. And then three were returned to the list of candidates after a second check of their petitions. Those who returned to candidate status included Memphis school board member Sharon Webb.

Those who made today's cut have until noon Sept. 10 to withdraw from the race. The field will then become final.

The candidates include: 

  • Leo Awghowhat
  • Kenneth Baroff
  • Joe Brown, Memphis City Council member
  • Randy L. Cagle
  • Charles Carpenter, attorney
  • Carol Chumney, former City Council member
  • Dewey Clark, former aide to and witness against jailed Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell
  • James M. Clingan
  • Menelik Fombi, a candidate for Memphis City Schools Board in past elections
  • Wanda Halbert, chairwoman, City Council budget committee
  • Johnny Hatcher
  • Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges  
  • Constance Houston
  • Dewayne Jones
  • E.C. Jones, former City Council member
  • Jerry Lawler, entertainer and former professional wrestler
  • Myron Lowery, Memphis mayor pro tem
  • Ernie Lunati
  • Harrel C. Moore  
  • Mary T. Shelby-Wright, perennial candidate for numerous offices
  • Detric W. Stigall
  • Silky Sullivan, restaurant owner and entrepreneur
  • David Vinciarelli
  • Vuong Vaughn Vo
  • Sharon Webb, Memphis school board member
  • Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church and Memphis school board member
  • A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County mayor
  • John Willingham, former Shelby County commissioner

Sullivan showed up at the Election Commission in a white Rolls Royce wearing a white suit.

“When you see this white suit, you know I’m coming at you,” he told reporters as he outlined a plan to turn The Pyramid over to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital instead of the proposed lease to Bass Pro Shops.

“It’s going to be a dogfight,” Sullivan said of the mayor’s race.

When someone asked if he would still be in the race after next week’s withdrawal deadline, Sullivan said he was in “to the violent end.”

“You know you can’t win,” political blogger and radio talk show host Thaddeus Matthews said to Sullivan.

“Why not?” Sullivan replied.

Anthony Willoughby, the last candidate to file before noon, told reporters he was a Realtor-broker who played a role in the development of Banneker Estates in southwest Memphis, the subdivision developed by former Mayor Willie Herenton.

“I’m not a politician,” Willoughby said. “I’m going to run on that statement.”

Willoughby didn't have enough qualified signatures, though. So he won't be running.

Daniko Flowers, a construction worker still wearing his safety vest, showed up at five minutes before noon and checked out a petition. He returned at three minutes past noon and was not allowed to file. Flowers only had 18 signatures on the petition anyway.

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79. White House, Hospitals Reach Deal on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's hospitals will give up $155 billion in future Medicare and Medicaid payments to help defray the cost of President Barack Obama's health care plan, a concession the White House hopes will boost an overhaul effort that's hit a roadblock in Congress.

80. House Panel Defers Tenn. Charter Schools Proposal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would make more students eligible for charter schools was deferred Wednesday by a House panel after two failed amendments to further expand eligibility.

81. Wal-Mart Revamps Own Label Amid Store-Brand Boom -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wal-Mart is stepping up the competition to draw cost-conscious shoppers, promising that store-brand products from cereal to cookies will be tastier, smell better and look more attractive.

82. Events -

The U.S. Community Health Partnership will hold a workshop today from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Bridges, 477 N. Fifth St. The event will feature a health-focused media workshop covering challenges of linking patients to community health resources, important local health statistics and detailed information about the most prevalent diseases in the Memphis community. For reservations, call 516-377-6146 or e-mail penpower@eniinternet.com.

83. Leonard Joins Madison Hotel As Director of Sales -

Liese Leonard recently joined the Madison Hotel as director of sales.

Leonard is responsible for overseeing all internal and external sales efforts for the hotel including developing new accounts, maintaining existing accounts and supervising all sales and catering associates.

84. Renasant Names Wiegert VP, Mortgage Production Manager -

Michael Wiegert has been named vice president and mortgage production manager for Renasant Bank in Memphis.

85. Congress Leaders Optimistic On Revived Bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional leaders talked optimistically of chances the Senate would pass the $700 billion financial industry bailout Wednesday night, but the message wasn’t resonating much with a still-skidding stock market by press time.

86. Shocking Defeat for Econ Bailout; Record Stock Dip -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a stunning vote that shocked the capital and worldwide markets, the House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive without it. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 800 points, the most ever for a single day.

87. Settlement Funds To Honor Cauley -

It was the kind of gathering you normally wouldn’t associate with the settlement of a class action case involving urethane.

Several hours in advance of the hearing before Circuit Court Judge Jerry Stokes last week, some of those who would benefit from the settlement gathered at the Glassman, Edwards, Wade & Wyatt PC law firm across from Court Square in Downtown.

88. Stocks Tumble After Government Bailout of AIG -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street plunged again in a crisis of confidence Wednesday as anxieties about the financial system still ran high after the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 340 points, and investors seeking the safety of hard assets and government debt sent gold, oil and short-term Treasurys soaring.

89. US Spells Out Fannie-Freddie Backstop Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Scrambling to bolster eroding investor confidence, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department have announced steps to brace slumping mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

90. School Board Pleads for Funding – Again -

Since Friday, members of the Memphis City Schools Board of Education and the Memphis City Council have continued haggling over the council’s decision earlier this month to withhold more than $70 million from the school district’s budget.

91. Jones Ascends to High-Level Position At Army Corps of Engineers -

Carol Winfield Jones has been selected as chief, project development branch and assistant to the deputy district engineer for project management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

92. State Paid $1.1M to Lawmakers For Travel, Expenses in Q1 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee spent $1.13 million on lawmakers' expenses in the first quarter of 2008.

The expenses posted on the General Assembly's Web site cover travel costs, hotel accommodations at conferences and daily stipends called per diems. They do not include lawmakers' salaries.

93. Concern About Credit Crisis Leads Fed to Make Rare Move -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is urgently moving to contain a deepening credit crisis and restore confidence in panicked financial markets by becoming a lender of last resort for Wall Street investment houses, which were able to secure short-term emergency loans beginning Monday.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. Fairgrounds Redevelopment Now In Three Flavors -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton this week unveiled to the City Council three options for redeveloping the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Herenton told council members the fate of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will depend on a pending decision from the U.S. Department of Justice about what improvements the city must make to the stadium to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

97. Peete Sentenced To 51 Months in Prison -

Former Memphis City Council member Rickey Peete was sentenced to four years and three months in prison Wednesday for taking bribes to vote for a zoning matter.

The sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays was the maximum possible under sentencing guidelines that took into account Peete's 1989 conviction for doing the same thing during his first tenure on the council.

98. Peete Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Prison -

Former Memphis City Council member Rickey Peete was sentenced to four years and three months in prison this morning for taking bribes to vote for a zoning matter.

The sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays was the maximum possible under sentencing guidelines that took into account Peete’s 1989 conviction for doing the same thing during his first tenure on the council.

99. Council Hustles On Tying Loose Ends -

Memphis City Council members, most of them leaving office with the New Year, took several steps this week toward shaping the four-year term of their successors as well as the fifth term of Mayor Willie Herenton.

100. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Names Byrd Executive Director -

Caron Byrd has been hired as executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Previously, Byrd served as deputy manager of the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was employed for more than 11 years.