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1. Election Year Marks Passing of Generations -

There were more than a few indications of the passing of political generations in Memphis this past year.

Political leaders left the scene to return to life out of office, got elected to other offices and, in some cases, passed away.

2. Target Bringing 400-Job Project to Memphis -

Memphis is poised to land hundreds of new jobs and retain several hundred more. Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an online fulfillment center that will create over 400 new jobs.

3. McGuire Joins Insight Risk Management -

Myles McGuire has joined Insight Risk Management LLC as a corporate consultant. In his new role, he will consult with commercial clients and place them with the appropriate coverages to protect their business from risk and liability issues.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Battle Rages On Between Regional Foes -

In October, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened the door, or 267 doors to be more precise, on its new $30 million service center in Memphis.

7. 'I Voted' Stickers Feature GOP Name in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – No matter how Tennessee voters cast their ballots, they'll be offered "I Voted" stickers featuring the name of a key Republican who's not running for office – yet.

8. Fuchs Joins Vaco Logistics as Recruiter -

Eddie Fuchs has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, where he’ll consult with distribution, transportation and manufacturing companies to help identify candidates for leadership and specialized skill positions. Fuchs, who previously worked in the business development department of Intermodal Cartage Co., was recently named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 Young Memphians list.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Council Moves to Bridge Gaps in Health Coverage Changes -

The ad hoc committee that gathered municipal union leaders, city retirees and Memphis City Council members at the same table to talk about city health insurance meets Thursday, July 17, for the first time since the council approved health insurance plan changes that have drawn vocal protests from city employees and retirees.

12. Archer-Malmo Hits Record-High Headcount -

In terms of its headcount, Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo is at a high-water mark.

The agency’s growth – in everything from its creative talent to its physical footprint and client roster – hasn’t slowed down this year. In the second quarter alone, for example, archer-malmo added seven new hires, bringing its employee roster to a record high of 160.

13. 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.

14. New Nonprofit Charts Role in Blight Fight -

The bulldozer went straight for the leasing office of the former Spanish Oaks apartments on Cazassa Road near Memphis International Airport.

Meanwhile another bulldozer across the two-lane road was deep into demolishing a set of buildings in the old Winchester Park apartments.

15. 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.

16. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

17. AP Survey: China's Lending Bubble a Global Threat -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it.

18. Archer-Malmo Adds Staff, Expands Downtown -

For Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, the story has been consistent, with a trajectory that seems to only go in one direction.

The firm, says CEO Russ Williams, is “on another big growth surge here.”

19. 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.

20. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity -

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.

21. 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.

22. Arkansas House Committee Approves Lieutenant Governor Bill -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas House committee has approved a Senate bill aimed at keeping the lieutenant governor's office open until November after the last officeholder resigned over ethics violations.

23. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

24. School Board Restructuring Plan on Way to Mays -

Two months after all sides in the federal court case over the reformation of public education in Shelby County settled their remaining differences over the formation of suburban school districts, the judge in the case is about to review a new part of the three-year-old lawsuit.

25. Strickland: Shorten Pension Ramp-Up -

The Memphis City Council chairman thinks the city shouldn’t take five or six years to ramp up to an annual pension fund contribution of $100 million but instead do it in two fiscal years.

“I think everyone is in uniform support of fully funding our annual contribution,” council chairman Jim Strickland said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “In fact, I don’t think we ought to take six years. I think we ought to take two years. Get it fully funded, whether its $60 million or $100 million.”

26. 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.

27. Bill to Keep Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Office Vacant Advances -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas senators have cleared a path for a vote on a bill aimed at keeping the lieutenant governor's office vacant until the November general election.

A Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would enable Gov. Mike Beebe to not call a special election for the lieutenant governor's office. The position has been vacant since Mark Darr resigned on Feb. 1.

28. Commission Sets Up in Temporary Space -

Shelby County Commissioners will serve out the remaining seven months of their current four-year term of office by staying upstairs at the county administration building in their committee room.

The Monday, Feb. 10, commission meeting was the first in the expanded committee room as the ground floor chambers where the commission normally holds its twice-monthly voting meetings is renovated.

29. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

30. Music Veterans Record Song to Benefit St. Jude -

The efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been the focus of an outpouring of financial and charitable support in recent weeks, the latest example of which is a song by music industry veterans to raise money for the hospital.

31. Suburban Voters Decide School Board Races -

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities elected their respective municipal schools boards Thursday, Nov. 7 with low voter turnouts that reflected that most of the school board positions on the ballots were one-candidate uncontested races.

32. Healthy Memphis Common Table Marks 10 Years of Promoting Health -

With a motto of “eat healthy, eat less and move more,” Healthy Memphis Common Table (HMCT) has made its mark in the local community during the past decade, encouraging the public to lead healthier lifestyles and to “get activated” with their health and health care options.

33. Medical Office Facility Sells for $5.9 Million -

7865 Educators Lane
Memphis, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: Sept. 26, 2013
Buyer: GA HC REIT II Bartlett TN MOB LLC
Seller: APD Investments LLC, Robert S. Biscan, The Colony Group LP and Amir H. Mehrabi
Details: An affiliate of Newport Beach, Calif.-based Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc. has paid $5.9 million for the medical office building at 7865 Educators Lane in Northeast Memphis.

34. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance -

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.

35. Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital -

Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

36. University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club to Honor Five -

The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club will honor five people during its annual awards luncheon Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

37. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary -

Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.

38. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races -

It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.

39. University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club to Honor Five -

The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club will honor five people during its annual awards luncheon Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

40. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.

41. Commission to Complete Schools Budget -

Shelby County Commissioners should wrap up their action Monday, June 17, on the first budget for the consolidated school system with a final vote on the school system budget.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

42. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

43. Soul Fish to Open in Wolf Camera Spot on Poplar -

Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.

The catfish and Southern-inspired restaurant has signed a lease for the old Wolf Camera space in the Poplar Avenue/Perkins Road corridor. The 3,100-square-foot freestanding building at 4720 Poplar Ave. will mark Soul Fish’s third location in Memphis, behind its original spot in Midtown’s Cooper-Young district and its Germantown location near Forest Hill-Irene Road.

44. Soul Fish to Open in Old Wolf Camera at Poplar and Perkins -

Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.

The catfish and Southern-inspired restaurant has signed a lease for the old Wolf Camera space in the Poplar Avenue/Perkins Road corridor. The 3,100-square-foot freestanding building at 4720 Poplar Ave. will mark Soul Fish’s third location in Memphis, behind its original spot in Midtown’s Cooper-Young district and its Germantown store near Forest Hill-Irene Road.

45. Public Relations Society Honors Duncan Williams -

After Duncan Williams got handed his “communicator of the year” award at this month’s Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America luncheon, he did something in keeping with the nature of the honor.

46. Public Relations Society Honors Duncan Williams -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Duncan F. Williams, president of Duncan-Williams Inc., as its 2013 Communicator of The Year.

47. Public Relations Society Names Duncan Williams 'Communicator of the Year' -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Duncan F. Williams, president of Duncan-Williams Inc., as its 2013 Communicator of The Year.

48. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated -

President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.

49. J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To Memphis -

The nation’s largest used car franchise company has entered the Memphis market. Carmel, Ind.-based J.D. Byrider has inked 30,900 square feet at 2580 Mount Moriah Road, marking the company’s second Tennessee dealership.

50. Nightmare Election Scenarios Worry Both Parties -

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Here in a county that knows a thing or two about Election Day meltdowns, both parties are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during or just after the Nov. 6 presidential election.

51. Growth Streak -

Andrew Holliday and Daniel Brown, the founding partners of Memphis-based branding and marketing firm Harvest Creative, used to joke about one day making the Inc. 500|5000, the list published each year by Inc. Magazine that honors the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

52. Events -

Memphis Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Steve Ehrhart, AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director, will speak. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@bankofbartlett.com.

53. Back to the Gridiron -

It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.

“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.

54. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cynthia Thompson of HR Professionals of Greater Memphis will speak. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

55. Events -

Better Business Bureau will continue its 2012 breakfast series with “How to Remember Almost Anything – Even if You’re 100” Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at BBB, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $15 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@bbbmidsouth.org or 757-8603.

56. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host Conversations With: Wattstax 40th anniversary panel discussion Monday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit staxmuseum.com.

57. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set -

Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.

The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.

58. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

59. Board Approves Formation of Transition Group -

There are recommendations to come, decisions by two school superintendents instead of one about who works on the coming schools merger and more public meetings after 75 already by the schools consolidation planning commission.

60. Debate Continues on Merger Plan -

When countywide school board members meet Tuesday, July 31, they will have a final plan for the merger of the two public school systems in Shelby County that looks a lot like the tentative plan they got last month.

61. Cohen, Hart in Final Preparations for Primary -

Steve Cohen and Tomeka Hart agree that serving in Congress is about relationships, something they each said in separate interviews with The Daily News editorial board.

62. National Capital Management Expands -

National Capital Management LLC has expanded by 3,900 square feet on the third floor at Southwind Office Center A, bringing the company’s total lease to 12,253 square feet.

63. As US Economy Steadies, Bank Closings Become Rarer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer U.S. banks are failing than at any time since the financial crisis erupted in 2008. The healthier banking industry is helping sustain an economy slowed by lackluster hiring, weak manufacturing and Europe's debt crisis.

64. Memphis Connections -

After graduating recently from Middle Tennessee State University, Memphis native Danielle Nathaniel came back home to start the next chapter of her life – the post-college job hunt.

65. Country Songwriters Event Benefits St. Jude, Le Bonheur -

The Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Event featuring country music songwriters Darryl Worley, Mark D. Sanders, Rob Crosby and Jim “Moose” Brown will take place Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at Bumpus Harley-Davidson, 325 S. Byhalia Road in Collierville.

66. Video Debut -

If someone turns on the camera inside a typical investment firm and uploads the recorded product to YouTube, viewers are likely to see such humdrum happenings as trades being processed, calls being answered and clients asking questions. In other words, definitely not the stuff viral videos are made of.

67. Citizens Express Budget Concerns -

Memphis City Council members heard from and saw a lot of opponents of plans to close five Memphis public libraries Tuesday, May 22, during an hour and a half of comments from the public.

“I was going to suggest instead of cutting libraries that you improve them,” said Kaye Veazey.

68. Todd Challenger Drops Out at Withdrawal Deadline -

Add Republican state Rep. Curry Todd to the list of state legislators from Shelby County who are unopposed in the August primaries and the November general elections.

At the Thursday, April 12, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the August ballot, Todd’s lone challenger, Bob Nozigla, dropped out of the Republican primary in District 97.

69. Child Advocacy Center Remembers Lost Children -

Reinyah Ballard, 2, died Sunday, April 1, from abuse. Her father has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, after leaving her, along with her young siblings, unattended inside his vehicle with the engine running.

70. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

71. Child Advocacy Center Holds Annual Memorial -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will host a ceremony at the plaza in front of Memphis City Hall on Thursday, April 5, at noon, in memory of local children who died in the past year as a result of child abuse.

72. Nucor, FedEx Among Incentive Recipients -

Millions of dollars in new investment, a few major corporate expansions and the retention of hundreds of local jobs – not to mention the creation of new demand for local construction workers and contractors – all were guaranteed by tax breaks awarded this week by the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine board.

73. New Fed Voters Likelier to Back Help for Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – If Chairman Ben Bernanke decides the economy needs more help from the Federal Reserve this year, he probably won't face as much resistance as he did last year.

Call it the changing of the guard.

74. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development -

Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.

Hometown: Connersville, Ind.

Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

75. Uninsured Turn to Daily Deal Sites for Health Care -

NEW YORK (AP) – The last time Mark Stella went to the dentist he didn't need an insurance card. Instead, he pulled out a Groupon.

Stella, a small business owner, canceled his health insurance plan more than three years ago when his premium rose to more than $400 a month. He considered himself healthy and decided that he was wasting money on something that he rarely used.

76. Social Media, Milestones Top News -

Many of the headlines that came out of 2011 for local advertising and public relations firms mirrored the ever-changing scope of marketing and social media.

Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were at the world’s fingertips to capture political unrest in Egypt, the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement nationwide practice their First Amendment rights – – and everything in between.

77. Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull -

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.

Hometown: Nashville

78. Ark. House Leaders: No New Tax Cuts in '12 -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas House leaders said they want next year's abbreviated legislative session to focus only on passing a budget and that they plan to discourage fellow lawmakers from introducing other measures, including new tax cuts.

79. No Deal: NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.

There's a "gulf" that separates owners and players, and they will have to close it quickly to avoid further damage to the schedule.

80. Obama Tax Cut Would Boost Typical Pay by $1,500 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Typical workers would get an extra $1,500 in their paychecks next year under a plan by President Barack Obama to expand a payroll tax cut that is scheduled expire at the end of the year. Higher paid workers would get more, and businesses would get tax breaks, too.

81. Tennessee Legislators Make Summer Trip to China -

NASHVILLE – The organizer of a trip by 15 state legislators to China this summer says he returned with a "verbal commitment" from Chinese officials to match up to $5 million in state money for establishing educational ties between the nation and Tennessee.

82. Film Fest Brings Fab Moments -

The column about my knee evoked a record amount of viewer mail. Evidently, many folk have joint pain issues.

My PRP injection was one month ago, and my knee feels better than it has in years. On a couple days there’s been some semblance of the old pain, as after three days of golf and yard work Memorial Day weekend.

83. Bank On Memphis Aims to Aid Unbanked, Underbanked -

The everyday financial transactions of 45,000 Memphis households are done in cash, car title loans, money orders, third-party check cashing and payday loans.

And those “unbanked” transactions mean lost savings opportunities estimated by Federal Reserve Bank officials at $45 million locally.

84. Next Moves -

The two tracks to schools consolidation are about to cross now that Memphis voters have settled the consolidation referendum that is the mainline for the journey to one public school system in Shelby County.

85. Coming into Focus -

In the realm of urban attractions, museums present somewhat of a paradox.

Often, they’re privately funded. But in a broader sense – a civic sense – they’re public spaces. They’re open to the public, shaped to address a public issue or meet a public need.

86. Haslam In Memphis After Signing Schools Consolidation Bill -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is in Memphis Monday for the announcement that Mitsubishi will be building a plant at Rivergate Industrial Port.

But before he leaves town, Haslam will be asked multiple times, privately and publicly, about his decision to sign the schools consolidation bill as the weekend began.

87. Family Dollar Signs 2 Leases for Stores -

Family Dollar has signed a 12,000-square-foot lease at 2754 Lamar Ave. Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC, represented the tenant. Harold Blockman with Keller Williams Realty Inc. represented the landlord, Chong K and Dul S. Pae.

88. Central Library Site of Latest Schools Forum -

A third of the Memphis City Schools board will be on the panel Friday for the latest in the growing list of public forums on school consolidation.

The forum by the child advocacy group “Voices for Memphis’ Children” at 10 a.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., features MCS board members Tomeka Hart, Martavius Jones and Kenneth Whalum Jr. It will also include Memphis Education Association president Keith Williams and Julie Coffey, deputy administrator of the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood & Youth.

89. State of the Business -

For several Memphis business leaders, the tone and message of Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech reflected a president extending an olive branch to corporate America and hitting the reset button on a relationship that’s been noticeably strained for two years.

90. MCS Board Votes Down Schools Standoff Compromise -

The Memphis City Schools (MCS) board voted down a compromise proposal Tuesday from Shelby County School officials.

The 2-7 vote against the compromise sets the stage for the Shelby County Election Commission to meet Wed. and set a date for a March referendum on the MCS charter surrender approved by the board in December.

91. Pushing Up and Ahead -

Fresh off a year capped by major office deals and new leadership atop the development agency that oversees it, it’s already clear the story of Downtown Memphis in 2011 will be dominated by forward momentum.

92. Nevels Takes Reins of BMHC Foundation -

Jenny Nevels has been promoted to executive director of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation.

93. MCS Board Votes To Surrender Charter -

The Memphis City Schools (MCS) board has approved surrendering the school system’s charter subject to a referendum by Memphis voters early in the new year.

The resolution was approved on a 5-4 vote by the MCS board after hours of often emotional debate in which even Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash took a stand.

94. MCS to Consider Charter Surrender Resolution -

Memphis City Schools board members may make the most important decision of their tenures Monday night with a resolution to surrender the school system’s charter.

If the resolution passes and is then sent to the Shelby County Election Commission, the charter would go to Memphis voters for a referendum sometime in March.

95. Commission to Choose Jones’ Successor -

Shelby County commissioners pick a new state representative at Monday’s session to round out the 22-member Shelby County delegation to Nashville.

The commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

96. Schools Showdown May Have Nashville Detour -

The compromise to the standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems is a state legislative study committee that could be introduced on the first day of the legislative session next month in Nashville.

97. Business Sense -

Mark Luttrell has a little more than eight weeks under his belt as Shelby County mayor, and he’s spent much of that time on things that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

98. A New Era -

As the Grizzlies mark their 10th season in Memphis, whispers of “contender” and “dark horse” can be heard in the halls of FedExForum.

The positive outlook is an encouraging sign for a team that sat at the bottom of the league just two seasons ago and has endured a bumpy ride during its decade-long tenure in Memphis.

99. Consolidation Sides Gather Steam for Battle -

Organizers on both sides of the consolidation issue are stepping up their efforts on the way to the Nov. 2 ballot.

A proposed consolidation charter goes to voters on the ballot and must pass in the city of Memphis and the county outside Memphis in separate vote counts.

100. Grubb & Ellis’ deWitt Appointed To MAAR Commercial Council -

Greg deWitt of Grubb & Ellis Co. has been appointed to the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council. He will take over one of the council’s director seats next year before becoming the council’s vice president in 2012.