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1. No Child Left Behind Gets Renewed Focus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next year.

2. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

3. Master Plan -

Progress is usually expensive and seldom convenient. But the alternative?

Regression, at an ultimately higher cost, and eventually the realization that an opportunity slipped by.

Such was the mindset as University of Tennessee Health Science Center leaders launched a campus master plan designed to enhance UTHSC’s position as an urban academic medical center at the core of a larger revitalization of the Memphis Medical Center District.

4. Carr to Challenge Devaney for Tennessee GOP Chair -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who mounted a tea party-styled primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, says he is running for chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

5. Carr Mulling Bid for Chairman of Tennessee GOP -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who in August won 41 percent of the vote in his primary challenge of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, says he is mulling a bid for chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

6. Contrasting Ballot -

The midterm election saw contrasting issues and candidates, particularly in Tennessee where an incumbent governor and U.S. senator were both re-elected while four amendments to the state Constitution were passed.

7. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

8. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

9. Shelby Early Vote Shows "No" Carry On Abortion Amendment -

Shelby County’s early vote totals show a defeat for the amendment to the Tennessee Constitution involving abortion and passage of the other three amendments.

The vote count for Shelby County only during the early voting period in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election day show:

10. Local Ebola Response Rolls With Changes -

The medical and public health response to Ebola has changed since the disease came to America because the science around the disease has changed in that time, says the infectious disease consultant to Baptist Memorial Health Care.

11. MTSU Poll Shows Haslam, Alexander With Big Leads -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new poll by Middle Tennessee State University indicates Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hold wide leads over their Democratic challengers, but support for the incumbents hovered at or below 50 percent.

12. For-Profit Programs Face 'Gainful Employment' Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

13. Alexander Returns to Positive Message for Final Ad -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is returning to familiar themes touting his long political career in Tennessee in what his campaign is calling the "closing TV ad" of his race against Democratic challenger Gordon Ball.

14. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

15. Maine Independent King Endorses Sen. Alexander -

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he is endorsing Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander in Tennessee’s Senate race, but is still awaiting the results of elections nationwide before deciding which party to caucus with.

16. Editorial: Senate Race Shows Landscape is Changing -

What the race on the November ballot for the U.S. Senate says about our current political environment goes beyond whatever the results will be.

To us, it says our politics is changing. The deck is being shuffled and there are new players at the table. There are also new potential players watching the game.

17. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

18. Gordon Ball Launches Bus Tour in Tennessee Senate Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Wednesday kicked off a bus tour around Tennessee that he hopes will draw attention to incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander's refusal to engage in a series of statewide debates.

19. Alexander's Spending on Re-Election Bid Tops $8 Million -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander's campaign spending in his bid to represent Tennessee in U.S. Senate for a third term now tops $8 million. By comparison, the former governor and two-time presidential candidate spent $4.5 million on his entire Senate bid in 2008.

20. Political Leaders Weigh In on Ebola Prep -

There is the medical response to the potential of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. And then there is the political response to the possibility of such an outbreak.

And health care professionals tend to stick to the medical response and leave the political response to those who are elected.

21. Local Ebola Response Relies On Experience -

Five years ago this month, there was a triage tent on the grounds of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Memphis was a hot spot for the H1N1 flu pandemic.

Doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists from the hospital’s emergency room and intensive care units were the first in the nation to get vaccinations against H1N1. So were pediatricians and Shelby County Health Department employees on the front line of the city’s battle with the pandemic.

22. Alexander, Ball Spar in Lone Tennessee Senate Forum -

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball in their first and only joint appearance of Tennessee's U.S. Senate race on Thursday attacked each other as unsuited to hold the office.

23. Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

24. Sen. Alexander Sheds Feel-Good Image in Tennessee Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Forget the syrupy, feel-good message so common to Lamar Alexander's past political campaigns. This time, the Tennessee Republican is going into attack mode.

With early voting in the U.S. Senate race set to kick off next week, the two-term incumbent has unleashed two television ads hammering his previously little-known Democratic opponent, Gordon Ball, as a proxy for President Barack Obama and as a "slick-talking personal injury lawyer."

25. Hankook Breaks Ground on New Plant -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Hankook Tire has broken ground on an $800 million plant in Clarksville that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined local and company officials Tuesday for the event.

26. Haslam Touts State Constitutional Amendments -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam intends to vote for all four of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot, he said during a stop in Memphis Monday, Oct. 6.

Haslam was in Memphis to campaign specifically for the amendment that would require approval from the Tennessee Legislature of appellate court judges nominated by the governor. Amendment 2 would also leave in place judicial retention elections.

27. Haslam Favors Abortion Amendment -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday, Oct. 6, he intends to vote for all four of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Haslam commented during a stop in Memphis to campaign for the amendment that would require approval from the Tennessee Legislature of appellate court judges nominated by the governor. It would leave in place judicial retention elections.

28. Alexander, Ball Launch TV Ads in Senate Race -

Democrat Gordon Ball and Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander are launching television ads criticizing each other in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee.

29. Ball Pours $1 Million of Own Money Into Senate Campaign -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball is pouring $1 million of his own money into his campaign against Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander.

30. Haslam Working to Stop Shredding of Books -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's continuing to negotiate with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent it from shredding Imagination Library books delivered to incorrect addresses.

31. Ball Challenges Alexander to US Senate Debates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball is criticizing incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander for refusing to participate in debates that would highlight differences on issues including abortion, education and guns.

32. Alexander, Corker Honored by Business Association -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are being honored by the nation's leading small business association.

The National Federation of Independent Business has named the Tennessee Republicans a Guardian of Small Business for their voting record on behalf of America's small-business owners.

33. Alexander, Ball to Debate at Candidate Forum -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and his Democratic challenger Gordon Ball will share the same stage Oct. 16 at the Tennessee Farm Bureau candidate forum in Cookeville, Tenn.

34. Alexander, Ball to Debate at Candidate Forum -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and his Democratic challenger Gordon Ball will share the same stage Oct. 16 at the Tennessee Farm Bureau candidate forum in Cookeville, Tenn.

35. Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters -

Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.

36. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

37. September 5-11: This Week in Memphis History -

2004: Open house for the new FedExForum, the new $250 million arena south of the Beale Street entertainment district.

1981: Ozzy Osbourne at the Orpheum with Def Leppard opening the show. Osbourne was touring with a band that featured guitarist Randy Rhoades who would die less than a year later in a plane crash. The Memphis show finished abruptly when Osbourne had to stop performing because of a broken rib he sustained earlier on the tour after falling off stage.

38. Flinn Gets Republican State Senate Nomination -

Fresh from running in the August U.S. Senate Republican primary, George Flinn is back on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Republican nominee in the special general election for state Senate District 30.

39. Tennessee Lawmaker Calls Haslam ‘Traitor’ to GOP -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday called Gov. Bill Haslam a "traitor to the party" over what he called efforts by a political action committee run by supporters to defeat opponents of Common Core education standards.

40. Tennessee's Corker Won't Rule Out Presidential Bid -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.

41. 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.

42. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

43. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – After losing his first bid for Tennessee governor 40 years ago, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander shed his blue suit and buttoned-up appearance for a plaid shirt, hiking boots and a 1,000-mile walk around the state.

44. Haslam, Alexander Look to Boost Republican Turnout -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher remembers the first time that he talked with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Fincher had been elected to Congress long enough to have made several votes after a 2008 campaign in which he touted his conservative values and stances. And in the process, Fincher admitted to Alexander that he had been critical of Alexander’s voting record during the campaign.

45. Republicans Rally In Bartlett -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told a group of several hundred Republicans in Bartlett Monday, Aug. 4, that he would like to see a statewide turnout in the August Republican primaries of 750,000.

Haslam and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have been on a statewide bus tour since last week to pump up overall Republican turnout even as they face opposition in the GOP primaries for governor and the U.S. Senate. The goal is to also boost the turnout for Republican candidates in local general election races on the ballot.

46. Cohen Complains of Fake Obama Endorsement -

The latest battle over an endorsement in the Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District isn’t a confrontation between Democratic incumbent Steve Cohen and his challenger, Ricky Wilkins.

47. Ball Seeks Correction Of Name on Ballots -

Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball wants the Shelby County Election Commission to correct a misspelling of his name on Shelby County absentee ballots that include the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in which he is a candidate.

48. Ball Seeks Correction of Name on Ballots -

Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball wants the Shelby County Election Commission to correct a misspelling of his name on Shelby County absentee ballots that include the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in which he is a candidate.

49. ‘Big Ballot’ Moves to Early Voting Friday -

Voters begin making their decisions Friday, July 18, on the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day begins Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

50. Memphis Immigration Reform Discussion Quiet But Complex -

As much of the national attention in the immigration reform debate was focused last week on Washington and protests in Southern California and Texas, a group of local leaders made the case for immigration reform in Memphis with much less attention.

51. Alexander Raises More Than $900,000, Launches New Ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has raised more than $900,000 in the second quarter and has more than $3.4 million on hand in the final weeks before the primary.

Alexander's campaign is also launching a new television ad stressing the senator's opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law.

52. Ex-Senator Baker Remembered for Crossing the Aisle -

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.

53. Lamar Alexander Shows Little Interest in Debates -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lamar Alexander showed little interest Monday in taking up challenger Joe Carr's call for a debate in advance of the Republican Senate primary in August.

54. Veterans Town Hall Mirrors Washington Frustration -

Depending on how you look at it, a group of 300 frustrated local veterans last week either got a look at the “corrosive” culture of the Department of Veterans Affairs or a look at change in progress.

55. Baker’s Career Mirrored State’s Political Story -

As the week begins, political leaders of both parties and across several generations will gather in East Tennessee for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker.

56. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone -

From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.

57. GOP Lawmakers Demand Education Chief's Resignation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

58. Senate Candidate Ball to Spend $400,000 on Ads -

U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball says he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.

59. Senate Candidate Ball to Spend $400,000 on Ads -

U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball says he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.

60. Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Flagged in Audit -

The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center is one of four federal VA hospitals in Tennessee that the Veterans Health Administration – in a national audit announced Monday, June 9 – flagged for further review and investigation.

61. Knoxville Democrats Stump for Memphis Votes -

Four years ago at about this time, Shelby County voters were seeing a lot of the four contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor.

This election year, Shelby County voters are seeing a lot of the top two contenders for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

62. 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.

63. Shinseki Resignation Not Enough, Says Alexander -

Word of the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday, May 30, came as U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee campaigned with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Germantown.

64. Shinseki Resignation Not Enough, Says Alexander -

Word of the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday, May 30, came as U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee campaigned with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Germantown.

65. Christie Slated to Visit Germantown Friday -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Shelby County Friday, May 30, to raise money for Republican governors in the 2014 midterm elections and attend the opening of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s local campaign office.

66. Christie Stumps In Germantown For Republican Cause -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Shelby County Friday, May 30 to raise money for Republican Governors in the 2014 midterm elections and attend the Germantown opening of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s local campaign office.

67. Alexander Addresses Device Tax Frustrations -

When U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander came to Bartlett in March to talk with leaders of several local biotech companies, he had a specific issue in mind – the medical device tax that is part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

68. 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.

69. Alexander Touts Importance of Political Role Models -

Among the crowd of 500 who gathered Monday, April 21, for the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards were fourth- and fifth-graders from White Station Elementary School.

Although they were by a wall on the far side of the ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, they drew the attention of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the keynote speaker for the Rotary Club of Memphis East event sponsored by The Daily News and the University of Memphis.

70. Dunavant Awards Honor Craft, Lewellen -

It’s a long way from Collierville Town Hall to 201 Poplar Avenue. So the two recipients of the annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards will meet Monday, April 21, near the University of Memphis to be honored.

71. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, arts/crafts and music showcasing the honored country of Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

72. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, crafts and music showcasing Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

73. Lewellen Endures in Collierville Hot Seat -

James Lewellen has been town administrator for Collierville for 18 years, which is about 16 years more than he expected for a non-elected full-time position known for short stays that end abruptly after elections that produce new mayors.

74. Haslam Unveils $1.5B Transportation Plan -

Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released the state’s three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

The Haslam administration said the plan unveiled Thursday takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transit funding. It contains no money to pay for early engineering work on new projects.

75. Tate Uncontested in Tenn. Senate Race -

The day after the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate became an uncontested incumbent, winning another four-year term representing District 33.

76. New Perspective -

When the U.S. Postal Service closed its branch office at 826 Mississippi Blvd. near E.H. Crump Boulevard in 2012, workers carted off an oil painting that hung there for several decades with little thought about the man portrayed in the painting.

77. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench -

The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.

78. Alexander has $3.1 Million for Senate Campaign -

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.

Alexander said he received formal notification on Thursday that he has qualified for the Aug. 7 primary. His eight opponents in the GOP nomination contest include state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn.

79. Tate Uncontested in Tennessee Senate Race -

The day after the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate became an uncontested incumbent, winning another four-year term representing District 33.

80. 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.

81. Federal Waiver Gives Tennessee Hospitals $80 Million -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's U.S. senators say they will continue to seek a permanent fix for the state's financially struggling hospitals after they were granted a federal waiver that gives them $80 million.

82. Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has walked a fine line since announcing a year ago that the state would not accept federal funding for an expansion of TennCare, Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, at least for now.

83. Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards -

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

84. Common Core Spawns Widespread Political Fights -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

85. Dunavant Awards Coming in April -

The nominations are in and the committee selecting the recipients of the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards is weighing its choices.

The awards, to be given at an April 21 luncheon of the Rotary Club of Memphis East at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, honor one elected official and one non-elected official each year who meet the standards of public service identified with the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

86. Jeb Bush: Follow Through on Common Core Standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

87. Dunavant Awards Coming in April -

The nominations are in and the committee selecting the recipients of the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards is weighing its choices.

The awards, to be given at an April 21 luncheon of the Rotary Club of Memphis East at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, honor one elected official and one non-elected official each year who meet the standards of public service identified with the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

88. GOP Leaders Meet in Tennessee -

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans were scheduled to meet at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country – including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street.

89. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings!” Thursday, March 20, to April 6 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

90. Dunavant Awards Nomination Deadline Nears -

While candidates are watching the election calendar, the committee that will award the Dunavant Public Servant Awards is also watching the calendar.

There are two weeks left for citizens to nominate an elected official and/or an appointed public official for the awards named in honor of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant.

91. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

92. Alexander Reports $3.2 Million on Hand for Senate Race -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign says it raised nearly $770,000 in the fourth quarter and that it ended the year with $3.2 million on hand.

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor, is running for a third term in the Senate. He raised a total of about $4.7 million in 2013, and his minute-long television ads have been in heavy rotation around the state.

93. Sen. Alexander to Keynote Dunavant Awards -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be the keynote speaker in April for the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards.

Alexander, also a former Tennessee governor, U.S. Secretary of Education and president of the University of Tennessee, will speak at the April 21 luncheon at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

94. Tennessee Senate Race Draws Interest -

The two statewide races on the 2014 Tennessee ballot drew immediate interest as the filing period for prospective candidates opened late last week.

Democrat Gary Gene Davis of Nashville picked up a qualifying petition for the U.S. Senate race, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. So did Republican Joe Wilmoth of Baxter and independent candidate Joshua James of Murfreesboro.

95. Hats in the Ring -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

96. Health Care Tactics Split Republican Senate Rivals -

ATLANTA (AP) – Republicans who want to regain control of the Senate will first have to do battle among themselves in 2014 primary elections, due largely to differences over how to proceed against the law they deride as "Obamacare."

97. Alexander, Corker Vote Against Budget Deal -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee voted against the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that passed the Senate Wednesday, Dec. 18, and was on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

98. State Supreme Court Justice Koch to Retire in July -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch plans to retire from the bench next year to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.

99. Alexander, Corker Vote Against Budget Deal -

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee voted against the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that passed the Senate Wednesday, Dec. 18, and was on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

100. Corker Spokeswoman Leaving to Work for Haslam -

Laura Herzog is leaving her position as spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in Washington to become deputy director of communications for Gov. Bill Haslam in Nashville.

Herzog worked for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for four years before joining Corker’s successful campaign for the Senate in 2006.