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1. Memphis Football Players Suspended for BYU Brawl -

When last we saw the University of Memphis football team in action, they were winning the Miami Beach Bowl and then fighting on the field afterward with Brigham Young University players.

It was an ugly scene, with plenty of blame to go around, though BYU apparently isn’t going to hand out any real punishment until after playing at Nebraska in the first game of the season.

2. College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers -

Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

3. Early Voting Begins In Lakeland, Arlington -

Early voting began Friday, Aug. 28, in the Arlington and Lakeland municipal elections – Shelby County’s second and third elections of 2015.

But most of the early voter turnout in the two suburban towns won’t come until the last day of the early-voting period, Sept. 12. That day, the Shelby County Election Commission will open voting sites in both suburbs. Until then, Arlington and Lakeland residents can cast votes in Downtown Memphis, at 157 Poplar Ave.

4. Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub With Naming Contest -

The Memphis Zoo has added a cute new face to Cat Country – a red panda baby – and it’s asking for help naming the cub.

The baby boy was born at the zoo June 3 to parents “Justin” and “Lucille” and is currently being mother-reared in the red panda night house.

5. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved -

John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.

UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.

6. UTHSC Pursuing Hotel-Conference Center in Medical District -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is looking for a developer to build a hotel and conference center at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and South Pauline Street.

7. Fuente’s ‘Chalk Talk’ Open To 901 Club Members -

After the University of Memphis football team holds a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m., members of the 901 Club can attend an exclusive “chalk talk” with Memphis head coach Justin Fuente.

8. College Football Notebook: Expert Predicts Top Teams, Fuente’s Future in Memphis -

With college football season about to kick off, The Daily News threw a few questions at USA Today’s George Schroeder, national college football writer and a past president of the Football Writers Association of America.

9. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.

The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”

10. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now -

First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.

Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.

11. Mayoral Debate Clash Focuses on City Finances -

Memphis city government’s financial problems and how those problems happened was the flashpoint for the latest meeting of the top mayoral contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot.

The Wednesday, Aug. 19, forum sponsored by The Commercial Appeal at the University of Memphis saw incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. clash with challengers and city council members Jim Strickland and Harold Collins. The fourth debate contender, Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams, argued for different city priorities and a slower move toward economic development goals.

12. University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades -

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

13. Tigers Football Holds First Under-the-Lights Practice -

After interacting with fans earlier in the day as part of FanFest on Tiger Lane, the University of Memphis football team returned to the Mid-South Fairgrounds Sunday night, Aug. 16, for its first practice under the lights at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

14. College Football Notebook: Preseason Spotlight on Memphis Tigers Defense -

The University of Memphis lost eight starters from a defense that played a huge role in last year’s 10-win season.

But they also lost coordinator Barry Odom, who returned to alma mater Missouri as defensive coordinator.

15. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

16. Collierville Referendum Effort On $95M School Falls Short -

There won’t be a special election later this year in Collierville.

An effort to force a referendum on the $95 million bond issue for the new Collierville High School fell short of the 3,281 signatures it needed to take it to the ballot.

17. Stepping Up -

Last season, Tennessee went into November with a 3-5 record and without a win in the Southeastern Conference. The Butch Jones rebuilding program was still taking baby steps.

But when an injury to senior Justin Worley opened the door for Joshua Dobbs to become the starting quarterback, baby steps became long strides for positive yards and more wins than losses.

18. County Commission Chairmanship Given, Taken Back -

For a while Monday, Aug. 10, it looked like the Shelby County Commission had shaken off several years of political conflict in the annual selection of its chairman.

As was the case the three previous years, a commission chairman had been elected with most of his or her votes coming from commissioners of the other party. The body currently is made up of seven Democrats and six Republicans.

19. County Commission Takes Back Election of Basar As New Chairman -

For about an hour Monday, Aug. 10, Steve Basar was the incoming-chairman of the Shelby County Commission, scheduled to take the position in September.

It was the first item on Monday’s agenda. But when the commission completed the rest of the 24-item agenda one of the seven commissioners who voted for Basar flipped.

20. College Football Notebook: Nick Saban Needs a Quarterback -

Another season at Alabama and another battle for quarterback.

Last year’s runner-up, Florida State transfer Jacob Coker, returns for a second shot at the job after losing out to Blake Sims in 2014. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell showed enough last spring to become a contender, and the race may be wide enough open to go beyond these two if neither can assert himself as the leader of the offense.

21. 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.

22. Justin Fuente Selects Leadership Council -

As the University of Memphis football team opens training camp, head coach Justin Fuente has announced his Leadership Council for the upcoming season.

The 2015 council consists of 23 players including 12 seniors. The balance of the group is made up of seven juniors and four sophomores. Among the players: junior quarterback Paxton Lynch, senior tight end Alan Cross, junior defensive end Latarius Brady, junior kicker Jake Elliott and senior wide receiver Mose Frazier.

23. Faith Rewarded: Tigers QB Lynch Delivers for Fuente -

He stands 6-foot-7, has muscled up to 245 pounds, and is coming off an MVP performance in the Tigers’ Miami Beach Bowl victory when he accounted for seven touchdowns.

It’s easy to believe in Paxton Lynch now.

24. Redbirds-Turned-Cardinals Enjoy The Big Leagues While They Can -

June 26, 2015. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo. Rookie Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia is pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the eighth inning of a game the team trails, 2-1, against the Chicago Cubs.

25. Missouri Still Overlooked Among SEC Teams -

You can take the football team out of the Big 12, but you can’t take the Big 12 out of the football team.

Or at least that’s how it looks when one considers that the University of Missouri is still being overlooked in the Southeastern Conference despite having won consecutive SEC East Division championships.

26. Memphis Touchdown Club Scores With 2015 Speaker Lineup -

Often, the lineup of speakers for the Touchdown Club of Memphis includes one or more coaches on the hot seat. But this season, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente, Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen all are coming off strong seasons.

27. Commission Rejects Cordova Pay Day Loan Business, Spars Over Tax Collections -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, July 27, renaming the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Ave. in honor of the late Circuit Court Judge and civil rights activist D’Army Bailey.

28. Commission Considers Statue Move, Bailey Honor -

Shelby County Commissioners consider Monday, July 27, whether to get involved in the city’s plan to move a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of the city park once named for the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. Titans Wide Receiver Hunter Granted Bond by Virginia Judge -

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was granted bond by a Virginia judge on Tuesday, July 21, a day after turning himself in to authorities in his hometown on a charge of malicious wounding.

32. City Ballot List Comes in Below 100 -

The tally of political hopefuls for the Oct. 8 Memphis ballot who filed a qualifying petition with the Shelby County Election Commission didn’t quite reach 100.

A total of 98 citizens gathered signatures on their petitions, paid $100 and filed their paperwork by the July 16 deadline for one of the 15 offices – Mayor, City Court Clerk and 13 seats of the Memphis City Council.

33. Filing Deadline Shapes Field in Memphis Elections -

Now that they’ve made the filing deadline for the Oct. 8 Memphis elections, candidates have until Thursday, July 23, to withdraw if they wish before the ballot is set later that day in the 15 city races.

34. Editorial: Creatives Prove Memphis’ Cool Factor is Heating Up -

“If you have the vision, and the gumption, you can create something original in Memphis.”

The Memphis News cover story this week features four distinct entrepreneurs who are living, working and creating in Memphis. The aforementioned quote comes from Ben Fant, principal at local marketing firm Farmhouse. He is just one member of the city’s creative class, one guy trying to make something lasting for himself, his employees and his city.

35. Ford Switches Races at Election Filing Deadline -

Darrell Wright cut it about as close as was possible at the noon Thursday, July 16, filing deadline for candidates in the Oct. 8 Memphis elections.

36. State Audit Uncovers Millions in Questionable Spending -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An audit of the Tennessee Department of Human Services found a lack of oversight led to at least $1.8 million in questionable spending last year from contractors operating programs to feed the needy. In 2013, the questioned costs were $4.3 million. And that is just in the small sample of agencies auditors reviewed.

37. Methodist Healthcare Buys Office Building From Belz -

5865 Shelby Oaks Circle
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $4 million

Sale Date: June 30, 2015
Buyer: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Seller: Belz Investco GP and Bico Associates GP
Details: Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.

38. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

39. Social Security Office Building Sells for $1.5 Million -

The office building occupied by the Social Security Administration at 3461 U.S. 61 S. in Westwood sold for $1.5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed July 6.

Rainier GSAP I-Memphis, LLC, a Dallas-based limited liability company, purchased the 11,000-square-foot building from Justin Barton.

40. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

41. Timberlake Buys Property in Williamson County -

A newspaper reports that pop music star and actor Justin Timberlake has purchased about 126 acres of land in Williamson County.

According to The Tennessean, Timberlake paid $4 million for the land on Old Highway 96 in the Leiper's Fork community through an entity with his Los Angeles-based certified public accountant as the trustee.

42. Timberlake Buys Property in Williamson County -

A newspaper reports that pop music star and actor Justin Timberlake has purchased about 126 acres of land in Williamson County.

According to The Tennessean, Timberlake paid $4 million for the land on Old Highway 96 in the Leiper's Fork community through an entity with his Los Angeles-based certified public accountant as the trustee.

43. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

44. Gay Marriage Marks First Day in Memphis -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Memphis taking a tour of the Nike plant expansion in Frayser when the highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was released Friday, June 26, in Washington, D.C.

45. County Commission Takes Long Way to Budget Approval -

In the space of five hours Monday, June 22, Shelby County Commissioners voted down an operating budget, a capital budget and an attempt at a continuation budget to keep spending at the same levels past July 1 and into the new fiscal year.

46. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese -

For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.

At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.

47. Memphis City Council’s Distrust of Wharton Boils to Surface -

If it wasn’t obvious in five previous budget seasons, Memphis City Council members made the point clearer Tuesday, June 16, just before they delayed final city budget votes for another week.

They don’t trust the numbers and explanations they are getting from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as they try to rearrange his $656.5 million budget that was proposed in April.

48. Tennessee Comptroller's Audit Division Wins National Award -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state comptroller's audit division has won the 2015 excellence in accountability award from the National State Auditors Association.

The award from the national group recognizes the Division of State Audit's efforts to improve communication between auditors and state agencies. The division's "Guide to State Audits," which is distributed to agencies at the start of every audit, was recognized as the group's special project of the year.

49. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

50. Different Strokes -

Five years ago, Jim Napolitano left Hillwood Country Club in Nashville to become general manager at Chickasaw Country Club. The economy was still wheezing and Chickasaw, which received its charter in 1922 – or two years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – was trapped in a time warp.

51. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 16 Percent in May -

Lending has ticked up at Memphis-area banks, mortgage rates are still low and the supply of new homes remains limited.

Those are some of the reasons lenders cite when explaining why mortgage lending in Memphis continues to hum along above last year’s totals. Last month continued that trend, new figures show, with mortgage volume countywide getting a 16 percent boost in May compared to May 2014, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

52. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

53. Price of Cigarettes Going Up in Tennessee Under New Markup Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The price of cigarettes is going up in Tennessee, but the proceeds won't be landing in state tax coffers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the minimum markup on cigarettes – which retailers say covers the "cost of doing business" – will rise from 41 cents on each pack of cigarettes to 76 cents per pack over the next two years.

54. Tesla CEO Plugs Into New Market With Home Battery System -

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) – Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market.

The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from power plants – and he can profit. On Thursday night, before an adoring crowd and a party-like atmosphere, Musk unveiled how he intends to do it.

55. No Stanley Cup Delusions for Knoxville’s Ice Bears -

As the NHL playoffs heat up, the Southern Professional Hockey League is done for another season.

All is quiet inside Civic Coliseum, home of the Knoxville Ice Bears. They ended their 2014-15 season by claiming Knoxville’s fourth President’s Cup as champions of the SPHL.

56. Mayoral Contenders Define Campaign Differences -

The first campaign forum in the city election season for the still-forming field of mayoral contenders showed a theme that looks set in stone at this early stage: very different views of Memphis’ present and how that influences its future.

57. Five Mayoral Contenders Draw Contrasts in First Forum of Season -

Five contenders in the mayor’s race offered contrasting views of the city’s direction Monday, April 27, in a forum at the Tennessee Brewery sponsored by The Commercial Appeal.

Incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr., city council members Harold Collins and Jim Strickland, Shelby County Commission chairman Justin Ford and Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams drew a crowd of about 150 with supporters of each candidate making up a good portion of the crowd.

58. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown -

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. Memphis Football Players to Receive Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

63. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players -

Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.

64. Tigers Spring Football Game Is Friday at Liberty Bowl -

For the second consecutive year the University of Memphis will host its annual football spring game under the lights of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The game will be Friday, April 10.

The Tigers’ “Friday Night Stripes” festivities will kickoff at 5 p.m. with a block party on Tiger Lane, followed by Tiger Walk at 6 p.m. and the spring game scrimmage at 7 p.m. All activities, including parking and admission to the game, are free and open to the public.

65. Musicians for Le Bonheur Assembling 2015 CD -

Raising money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital pretty much runs in Justin Jaggers’ family.

His father, WREG News Channel 3 meteorologist Jim Jaggers, has the annual Go Jim Go cycling campaign to raise money for the hospital. And the younger Jaggers has for five years now spearheaded Musicians for Le Bonheur, an effort that has so far raised $10,000 partly from a CD sales effort.

66. Reps for West Coast Dockworkers Urge Union to OK Contract -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year took a big step closer Friday to becoming official, as representatives of the dockworkers' union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve the deal.

67. Calade Partners Adjusting to Small-Business Style -

Before these three FedEx Express marketing executives retired, they knew that they wanted to walk a different path.

Debbie Newport, Laurie Tucker and Karen Rodgers are now securing their footing as Calade Partners, a small consulting firm that provides the knowledge and experience gained at a global company.

68. Live Nation Beale Alliance Touted As Concert Comeback -

On the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street are two brass music notes, side by side. One honors the late Mid-South Concerts promoter Bob Kelley and the other honors Mike Glenn, the New Daisy’s long-time operator.

69. Aramark Corrections Center Food Contract Approved -

Aramark Correctional Services Inc. will take over food service at the Shelby County Corrections Center, four years after the private company did the same at the Shelby County Jail and Jail East.

70. Wagner is New GOP Chairwoman -

Mary Wagner, an attorney and leader of the local Republican party’s Young Republicans group, is the new chairwoman of the Shelby County Republican Party.

71. Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair -

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

Spears was selected by the new 29-member party executive committee elected at the convention.

72. Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair -

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

Spears was selected by the new 29-member party executive committee elected at the convention.

73. Commercial Real Estate Bounces Back -

After slowing to a crawl in the years following the Great Recession, commercial real estate activity in Metropolitan Knoxville is showing signs of sustained growth.

Last year marked a solid increase in sales and leasing in the Knoxville region, and 2015 is off to a good start, according to several area real estate executives.

74. 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.

75. Tigers Scrimmage to Prepare for Spring Football Game -

The University of Memphis football team closed out a busy week of spring camp with a 100-play scrimmage March 22 in the team’s sixth practice of the 2014 spring camp.

“I think they continue to get better and continue to acknowledge that we’ve got work to do, which is kind of the first step: acknowledge that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” head coach Justin Fuente said.

76. City Debt Restructure Isn’t the End of Finance Debate -

The table was rectangular, not round. There was no green felt and nobody had a deck of cards. But when 10 Memphis City Council members, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson gathered in the council’s committee room Tuesday, March 17, there were lots of comparisons to a poker game. And lots of money was at stake.

77. City Council Approves Debt Restructuring -

Memphis City Council members voted 8-4 Tuesday, March 17, to approve a proposed restructuring of city debt payments.

Council members approved Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal after a day of questions for financial consulting firm PFM and Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.

78. Tennessee Secretary of State Hires Reporter as Spokesman -

Secretary of State Tre Hargett has named television reporter Adam Ghassemi as his new spokesman.

Ghassemi, who most recently worked for WTVF in Nashville, succeeds Blake Fontenay, who was originally hired to be a spokesman for Hargett, Comptroller Justin Wilson and Treasurer David Lillard.

79. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” Thursday, March 12, through March 28 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

80. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 11, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

81. Open Meetings Laws Don't Apply to Tennessee Transparency Panel -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A panel of experts assembled to offer advice on transparency issues is not subject to the state's open meetings law. At least that's the opinion of Ann Butterworth, who heads the Comptroller's Office of Open Records Counsel.

82. Tigers Take the Field for Spring Practice -

Coming off a 10-win season, an American Athletic Conference title and a victory in the Miami Beach Bowl, the University of Memphis football team got back to work at spring practice this week. Coach Justin Fuente was rewarded with a long-term contract extension and Paxton Lynch returns at quarterback.

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83. Tigers Add Troy Reffett as Cornerbacks Coach -

Veteran coach Troy Reffett has been hired as the University of Memphis Tigers’ cornerbacks coach.

Reffett spent the past six seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

84. Financial Debate Looms at City Hall -

With Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to present his budget proposal to the City Council in May, some on the council started to set the table this week for an election year challenge of Wharton’s methods for righting the city’s financial condition.

85. Council Delays Financial Votes, Approves Beale Street Authority -

Memphis City Council members approved a $4.5 million advance Tuesday, March 3, for the Memphis Area Transit Authority to get past a cash flow problem.

But the council delayed for two weeks a vote on a larger mid-fiscal year budget adjustment for city government in general.

86. City Council to Get Update Halfway Into Fiscal Year -

Memphis City Council members return to the matter of city finances Tuesday, March 3, with a financial review in a 9:30 a.m. committee session that marks the halfway point in the city’s fiscal year.

87. Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South -

Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

88. Tenn. Political Leaders Put Off Gas Tax Talk Despite Needs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While political leaders in Tennessee agree on the growing need to bolster funding for road building and maintenance, there is little consensus about how go about doing it.

89. Carson Departs, Problems Remain For Local Democrats -

With about a month left in his term as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, after a confrontation behind closed doors with the party’s executive committee over his handling of the party’s bank accounts.

90. Local Democrats Hold Leadership Conventions -

Shelby County Democrats meet twice in convention sessions next month to elect a local party executive committee that will in turn elect a new chairman.

The March 14 convention at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue is a set of caucuses by ward and precinct to select delegates to the March 28 convention, also at the church.

91. Editorial: City Hall and the Bubble -

About five years ago at City Hall, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had a “plain vanilla” plan for the city’s finances that would get the city past a tough period.

His description was in keeping with the ho-hum aura of past debt-restructuring actions the Memphis City Council has seen over the years.

92. Martinez Pitching for Himself, and for Taveras -

Carlos Martinez’s English isn’t very good. But you don’t need a translator to communicate the raw facts.

93. US Labor Chief Urges Quick Deal in West Coast Port Dispute -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The nation's top labor official is bringing a clear message to dockworkers and their employers amid a contract dispute that has crippled international trade through West Coast seaports: Reach a deal – and fast.

94. Local Democrats Hold Leadership Conventions -

Shelby County Democrats meet twice in convention sessions next month to elect a local party executive committee that will in turn elect a new chairman.

The March 14 convention at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue is a set of caucuses by ward and precinct to select delegates to the March 28 convention, also at the church.

95. To Combat Fraud, Visa Wants to Track Your Smartphone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

96. Tigers Promote Three Asst. Football Coaches -

University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente has promoted assistant coaches Galen Scott, Darrell Dickey and Brad Cornelsen.

97. Running Pony, Sullivan Win Regional Emmys -

Memphis creative groups Running Pony and Sullivan Branding have won second straight regional Emmy awards for work they produced for the University of Memphis Tigers football team.

The two companies' "Watercooler Guys" ads for Memphis Football from the 2013 season garnered the entities Emmy awards for a second year for the campaign.

98. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

99. Running Pony, Sullivan Branding Win Regional Emmy Awards for Tigers Football -

Memphis creative groups Running Pony and Sullivan Branding have won second straight regional Emmy awards for work they produced for the University of Memphis Tigers football team.

The two companies’ “Watercooler Guys” ads for Memphis Football from the 2013 season garnered the entities Emmy awards for a second year for the campaign.

100. 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.