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1. Commission Chair Sued by Seven Members -

Seven Shelby County Commissioners are suing commission chairman Justin Ford for stopping them from adding items to the body’s agenda.

2. Commission Moves Past First Partisan Divide -

As quickly as it surfaced, the Shelby County Commission’s first partisan divide of their term of office appeared to subside Monday, Oct. 13.

With little discussion, commissioners approved chairman Justin Ford’s slate of committee assignments for the next year.

3. 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.

4. Democrats Bemoan Lack of Medicaid Expansion -

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democratic leaders said Tuesday that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision not to expand Medicaid in Tennessee eclipses his signature plan to cover tuition at two-year colleges.

5. Tennessee House Votes to Express Regret for Slavery -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has voted to express "profound regret" for slavery and segregation in Tennessee, but stopped short of an outright apology.

The chamber voted 97-0 in favor of the resolution sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Turner of Nashville.

6. AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End -

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

But the playing surface is also celebrating its 15th season and hasn’t been a beauty for a while now.

7. Rep. Barrett Rich to Retire from Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

The Somerville Republican has served three terms in the lower chamber of the General Assembly. He is a former state trooper who served on then-Gov. Phil Bredesen's security detail and is the current chairman of the House Health Subcommittee.

8. Brown’s Contempt Hearing Reflects Political Skirmish -

Joe Brown’s bid to unseat District Attorney General Amy Weirich in the 2014 elections probably wasn’t supposed to begin this way – in a courtroom dispute with Juvenile Court that has nothing to do with Weirich.

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

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

10. Tenn. Rep. Mike Turner Won’t Seek Re-Election -

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says he will not seek re-election.

Turner told members of the House of Representatives on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the year after serving 14 years in District 51, which covers the areas of Old Hickory, Madison, east Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.

11. Tennessee Rep. Mike Turner Won’t Seek Re-Election -

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says he will not seek re-election.

Turner told members of the House of Representatives on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the year after serving 14 years in District 51, which covers the areas of Old Hickory, Madison, east Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.

12. Haslam to Decide on School Vouchers This Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until state lawmakers return into session this week.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

13. County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy -

The Shelby County Commission starts with a dozen members at the first meeting of 2014. But it should be back up to the full 13 members by the end of the Monday, Jan. 13, session.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

14. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

The committee session interviews come before the full commission is to vote Monday, Jan. 13, on a replacement for Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

15. Turner to Remain Democratic Caucus Chairman -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Mike Turner has decided to remain House Democratic Caucus chairman.

16. Haslam: Talks Continue on TennCare Expansion -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says his letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the terms of a possible Medicaid expansion in Tennessee means ongoing talks between his administration and Sebelius’ office will continue.

17. Turner to Step Down as Democratic Caucus Chairman -

State Rep. Mike Turner says he will step down in January as the House Democratic Caucus chairman.

18. Turner Asks for Haslam Correspondence With Volkswagen -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Democratic leader in the House says he has asked for correspondence between Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he's "concerned" about Haslam "possibly interfering with (Volkswagen's) internal decisions."

19. Republican Group Seeks to Put More Women in Office -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The nation's largest caucus of Republican state leaders plans to spend $6 million to recruit 300 women to run for office in the next election cycle, women GOP leaders said Tuesday.

20. Finance Complaints Against Haslam, Campfield Seen -

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance will determine whether to fine Gov. Bill Haslam and state Sen. Stacy Campfield.

The registry earlier voted to impose modest fines on three Democratic legislators who failed to report political contributions. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville was assessed $250. State Reps. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville, and G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, were fined $50 each.

21. Welfare Penalty for Parents Dead This Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to dock the welfare payments of parents whose children fail school refused to listen to a little girl opposing the measure Thursday, saying she was being used as a prop.

22. House Panel Advances Welfare Penalty for Parents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee House committee on Tuesday recommended passing a bill that would dock the welfare payments of parents of children who fail at a school despite Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's opposition to the measure.

23. Turner’s Political Role Honors His Lineage -

State Rep. Mike Turner, D-Nashville, has a political lineage of which he is proud.

As a 4-year-old, he recalls sitting on his father’s shoulders and campaigning for former U.S. Sen. Albert Gore Sr.

24. Tennessee Lawmakers Want to Decide US Senate Nominees -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican and Democratic caucuses of the General Assembly would decide Tennessee's nominees to the U.S. Senate under a bill headed for a vote in the state Senate.

25. Local GOP Convention Continues Tea Party Effort -

When Shelby County Republicans got together for the biannual party convention Sunday, March 24, in Bartlett, local party chairman Justin Joy counseled patience.

“There will probably be some moments when this will not appear to be a well-rehearsed wedding,” Joy said.

26. Commissioner Discusses Department of Children’s Services Improvements -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The man who took over Tennessee's embattled child welfare agency said Tuesday he's addressing problems that have plagued it for years, including having staffers personally call him when a child death is reported.

27. Charter School Authorizer Bill Advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that seeks to create a special panel that would authorize charter school applications advanced out of a key House committee Tuesday despite concerns that it strips control from local school districts and could dig into taxpayers' pockets.

28. Turner Calls for Investigation of Department of Children’s Services -

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner is calling for a special meeting to investigate the Department of Children's Services' refusal to release records related to the abuse and death of children under its care.

29. State Democrats Want to See Pre-Kindergarten Expansion -

Tennessee Democratic leaders say they plan to talk with Gov. Bill Haslam about expanding pre-kindergarten classes after the state’s education commissioner said he doesn’t plan to request funding for an expansion.

30. Political Outsourcing -

It has been 12 years since Shelby County voters have encountered a Democratic or Republican presidential nominee on the general election ballot who had some kind of political presence in the region, if not the city, before they made their bid for president.

31. MALS History Stretches Far Back -

Context for a capital drive launched by Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. to pull the organization back from the financial brink can be found in MALS’ history, including its formation in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

32. Democrats Hoping to Win Some Seats in Primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Democrats are looking at Thursday's primary as a critical step in the rebuilding urged by an internal analysis last year.

Since 2006, Democrats have lost 19 seats in the House and three seats in the Senate, placing them firmly in the minority of the two chambers. Another nine Democratic incumbents announced earlier this year they weren't running again.

33. Election Commission Admits Ballot Problems -

Challenges to the conduct of the Aug. 2 election may have reached a peak Tuesday, July 24.

The Shelby County Election Commission admitted a “limited number” of voters in some precincts got early voting ballots that included the wrong district races.

34. ‘Pipe Kitty’ Shows Power of Viral Marketing -

If the phrase “pipe kitty” means anything to you, you’ve likely witnessed the tremendous power of viral marketing. Though certainly not a concerted marketing effort, Greenway Home Services, a local HVAC, plumbing and appliance repair company, began a viral marketing sensation this past weekend.

35. Haslam to Veto College Discrimination Policy Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday he would veto a measure that tried to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy. It would be his first veto since taking office in 2010.

36. House, Senate OK Bill Targeting Vanderbilt Policy -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill seeking to rescind Vanderbilt University's "all-comers" policy, which requires school groups to allow any interested students to join and run for office.

37. Tradition of Secret Budget Meetings Alive in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers' long tradition of meeting secretly to hash out budget plans is alive and well.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick confirmed to The Associated Press that key legislators met for several hours at a Nashville restaurant on Sunday to work through budget amendments.

38. Disclosure Requirement Finds Resistance in Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill seeking to require local and regional planning commissioners to file interest disclosures with the Tennessee Ethics Commission was met with last-minute resistance in the House on Thursday.

39. Haslam Measure on Selecting Judges Awaiting Action -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When the top three Republicans in the Statehouse coalesced behind a plan to cement Tennessee's current selection process for Supreme Court justices into the state constitution, there seemed to be a smooth path ahead for getting the measure before voters in 2014.

40. Haslam, Ramsey Wary of Guns in Parking Lots Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are among the prominent Republicans trying to put the brakes on a bill seeking to guarantee employees the right to store their firearms in vehicles parked at work.

41. House OKs New Restrictions on Abortion Doctors -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill that puts new restrictions on doctors who perform abortions is intended to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure in Tennessee, opponents of the legislation said Thursday.

42. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

43. Commission’s Redistrict Debate Moves to Chancery -

It is now up to a court to decide on a new set of district lines for the Shelby County Commission.

And Chancellor Arnold Goldin is not being asked to approve a simple tweaking of district boundaries that will essentially keep the commission as it is.

44. Lawmakers Lament Governor's Civil Service Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers are lamenting Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to change Tennessee's civil service law, saying it would eliminate preference given to military veterans.

Currently, preference is given to veterans and spouses of veterans who are applying for such jobs.

45. Support Builds for Special Session on Health Care -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican lawmakers are building support for a plan to wait until the end of the year to take action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

46. State GOP Cries Foul Over Dems' Proposals -

If Democrats have their way, the Tennessee General Assembly would meet only every second year, lawmakers’ daily expenses would be capped and bill sponsors would have to divulge if their legislation originated with national groups.

47. Haslam, Speakers Want to Keep Judge Appointments -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state's top Republicans want to place a ballot measure before Tennessee voters to eliminate any constitutional questions about the current system for appointing judges.

48. Tenn. Lawmakers Want More Time on Redistricting Plans -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers opposed to legislative redistricting plans are questioning the desire of Republican leaders to pass them so quickly.

GOP leaders hope their redistricting plans can come up for a vote early as Thursday, Jan. 12, after the judiciary committees in both chambers passed the plans on to the House and Senate floors.

49. Tenn. Lawmakers Want More Time on Redistricting Plans -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers opposed to legislative redistricting plans are questioning the desire of Republican leaders to pass them so quickly.

GOP leaders hope their redistricting plans can come up for a vote early as Thursday after the judiciary committees in both chambers passed the plans on to the House and Senate floors.

50. Haslam Wants to Put Off Estate Tax Cut Over Cost -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Raising Tennessee's estate tax exemption by $500,000 would cost the state about $23 million in lost revenues, according to projections by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.

51. Chism Vying With Jackson for Court Clerk -

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

52. Chism Vying With Jackson for GS Court Clerk -

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

53. Carpenter Reflects on Five-Year Run -

As Memphis voters prepare to bring to an end another city campaign season, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter just ended a five-year run on the Shelby County Commission.

54. Long Wait at Tenn. License Centers Grows Longer -

NASHVILLE (AP) – As thousands of older Tennessee residents prepare to visit driver service centers to get the photo IDs required by a new state voting law, they should be ready to stand in line a long time.

55. Commission Readies to Replace Carpenter -

After the Shelby County Commission fills seven positions on the new countywide school board next week, it will then consider a vacancy in its own ranks.

The departure of commissioner Mike Carpenter at the end of this month dovetails with the seating of the countywide school board that will replace the separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools boards on Oct. 1.

56. AP Exclusive: Evaluations Worry Teachers -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee education officials say they're taking steps to address teachers' concerns about a new evaluation system that for the first time will use students' standardized test scores as part of the process.

57. Tiger Gift Shop Moves To Larger Space -

Tiger Gift Shop is relocating a few doors down from its current location on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

The university retailer, now at 549 S. Highland St., has signed a new 5,000-square-foot lease at 531 S. Highland, in the space formerly occupied by From One Greek to Another.

58. Debt-Limit Votes: Senate Momentum, House Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House began debate Monday on the hard-bargained plan to avert a national financial default, even as the White House and congressional leaders struggled to round up enough votes to approve it. Supporters said momentum for the deficit-reduction compromise was on their side, but resistance from both liberals and conservatives made the outcome unclear.

59. U of M Event Honors City’s Legal Pillars -

They’ve argued landmark cases in Memphis courtrooms in addition to representing everyday clients. They’ve grown into lions of the local legal profession. And they’ve helped tilt the course of history in the city.

60. Tenn. Opens Door to Corporate Political Donations -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new Tennessee law opens the door to businesses making campaign donations directly to candidates.

Gov. Bill Haslam, who signed the bill into law on Wednesday, told reporters earlier that he did not take a position on the bill sponsored by fellow Republican lawmakers that gave businesses the same contribution abilities as political action committees.

61. House Republicans Hoping to End Session Next Week -

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Republicans are hoping to wrap up this year's legislative session as early as next week.

House Clerk Joe McCord tells members of the lower chamber that the "most optimistic" timetable could see the state's annual spending plan come up for a vote on Thursday. He also asked lawmakers to bring extra clothes in case they need to work through the weekend.

62. Haslam Marks 100 Days as Gov. -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam marked his first 100 days in office on Monday, and the Republican says he is looking forward to the end of the legislative session as his administration’s next major benchmark.

63. Immigration Bills Advance in Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Opponents of a proposal that would allow law enforcement agents in Tennessee to question suspects about their immigration status are concerned it will hurt the state's image.

64. Pinnacle Awards Honor City’s Best Brokers -

As emcee Dan Conaway noted in his opening address Thursday night at the 10th annual Pinnacle Awards, “OK is the new great.”

65. Pinnacle Awards Honor City's Best Brokers -

As emcee Dan Conaway noted in his opening address Thursday night at the 10th annual Pinnacle Awards, “OK is the new great.”

66. Voter Photo ID Bill Advances in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House State and Local Government Committee has passed a bill requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville told the panel on Tuesday the bill is needed to prevent voter fraud.

67. Senate Panel to Hear Tenn. English License Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A measure that would require Tennessee's driver's license test to be given only in English is more likely to pass this session despite concerns from some opponents that it will hurt the state's economic development.

68. School Vouchers not Among Haslam Education Plans -

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam calls school vouchers "an interesting concept" but says they will not be a part of his education agenda.

The Republican told reporters after a visit to Fairview High School on Thursday that he wants lawmakers to consider changes to teacher tenure and to loosen restrictions on who can attend charter schools.

69. Issues Dominate 2010 Political Headlines -

The top two vote getters in the 2010 election year weren’t candidates. They were causes.

Leading the way among all races within Shelby County was the 178,358 votes cast in November for an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that specifically stated hunting and fishing are “personal rights.”

70. Fitzhugh Elected to Lead House Democrats -

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democrats have made a change in leadership after losing 14 seats in November's elections.

The caucus on Wednesday elected House Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley as minority leader. He defeated Rep. Gary Odom of Nashville, who had served as Democratic leader the previous two legislative sessions.

71. County Atty: Jackson Put Strong-Arm On Clerk Employees -

The same day last month that General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson called his employees to a “mandatory” meeting about his political ambitions, one of those employees reported him to the Shelby County attorney’s office.

72. Controversy Highlights End to Commission’s Term -

Six Shelby County Commissioners attend the last scheduled meeting of their tenure Monday.

The commissioners elected and re-elected in the Aug. 5 elections, as well as Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell, begin their four-year terms Sept. 1.

73. New Risk Pool Available to Mississippians -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An uninsured Mississippian diagnosed with cancer can now obtain health care coverage and start filing claims for treatment almost immediately.

That is how a new program offered by the health care reform bill will work, says Lanny Craft, executive director of the separate and already existing Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association.

74. Tenn. Lawmakers Say $500 Bonus Main Budget Holdup -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to give state workers a one-time $500 bonus is a major sticking point in negotiations over a budget plan.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville told The Associated Press after a Republican gubernatorial debate in Memphis on Tuesday night that such a bonus is “illogical.”

75. Tenn. Lawmakers Work to Reach Budget Consensus -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers are hoping to reach a consensus this week on a budget plan that will keep the state’s cash reserves strong and also provide assistance to Tennessee flood victims.

76. House Democrats Stress Flood Victim Help in Budget -

House Democratic leaders say they’re working to give more support to Tennessee flood victims.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said Thursday that their budget plan is similar to Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposal and makes flood victims a top priority.

77. Tenn. Resolution Urges Probe of Floodwater Release -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee state lawmakers want their congressional counterparts to investigate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' release of water during historic flooding in Middle Tennessee earlier this month.

78. Tenn. House Fails to Revive English Licenses Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Republicans failed Monday to revive legislation that would require Tennessee’s driver’s license test to be given only in English.

Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville tried to attach an amendment to an existing bill on the House floor. The proposal would have required individuals legally and temporarily in the United States to take the driver’s license test in one of four languages offered in Tennessee. Others would have to take the test in English.

79. Tenn. Sales Taxes Grow for First Time in Two Years -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers working to settle on a spending plan finally have some good news: The state's monthly sales tax collections have grown for the first time in nearly two years.

80. Democratic Leaders Raise Concerns About GOP Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic leaders said Monday they're concerned about a Senate Republican proposal to eliminate $113 million in one-time bonuses for state employees and teachers as part of a plan to close Tennessee's budget gap.

81. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

82. Tenn. House GOP Leader to Retire -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower, who lost last year’s election for speaker in a shocking upset, announced Thursday he won’t seek re-election.

The 36-year-old Republican was first elected to the seat representing part of Sullivan County and all of Johnson County in 1996.

83. Bill to Make it Unlawful to Sell Fake Urine -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House has unanimously passed a proposal that makes it illegal to sell fake urine for the purpose of falsifying a drug test.

The measure sponsored by House Democratic Caucus Leader Mike Turner of Nashville was approved 95-0 Monday evening.

84. Bredesen 'Not Wringing Hands' on Health Care Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen said Monday that while he opposed President Barack Obama's health care plan over the projected $1.1 billion cost to Tennessee, he stands ready to prepare the state for the Medicaid expansion that the measure envisions.

85. State Trying to Tax Hotels For ‘Free’ Breakfasts -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The so-called complimentary breakfasts at many hotels in Tennessee have stirred the appetite of state revenue officials.

The state wants to tax the lodging businesses for the food they offer as free breakfasts as part of their room rates.

86. Election Season Influences Legislative Pace -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Election season is a driving factor behind a push by lawmakers for an early conclusion of the legislative session. It might also be to blame for keeping the session from immediately kicking into high gear.

87. Congress: Connections With Toyota -

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing Wednesday on the Toyota recalls, have Toyota factories and offices in their states or even their districts. A look at some of the automaker's ties:

88. Bill OKs Handgun Carry While Bowhunting -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Handgun permit holders in Tennessee would be able to carry their weapons while bowhunting deer under legislation headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure passed the Senate 30-1 on Wednesday after being approved in the House 85-3 earlier this week.

89. Democratic State Rep. Ben West Says He's Retiring -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Rep. Ben West Jr. announced Friday that he won't run for re-election this year because he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other goals.

The Nashville Democrat said his retirement is "effective with the election in November 2010."

90. Turner: GOP Taking Undue Credit for Road Repair -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Democratic leaders say a Republican lawmaker at the center of a controversial race during the 2008 general election is wrongfully taking credit for repairs to a Kingsport highway.

91. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award -

Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.

92. Tenn. Smokers to Keep State Health Insurance -

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner is abandoning a proposal to refuse health insurance to new state employees who smoke.

93. Gov. Bredesen Prevails Despite Lame Duck Status -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A governor's last year in office is often a time to ride out the string, not to offer ambitious education proposals like the ones overwhelmingly approved by Tennessee lawmakers in a two-week special legislative session.

94. Bredesen 'Mule Team' Finishing Education Money Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Administration officials and consultants worked Friday to complete Tennessee's application for $485 million in federal "Race to the Top" money while lawmakers sought to reconcile differences on a bill seen as key to the state's bid.

95. Bredesen: Teacher Testing Deal Needed by Weds. Evening -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen said a final agreement on how to use student test scores in teacher evaluations was needed by late Wednesday to keep the state's application for nearly half a billion dollars in federal "Race to the Top" money on track.

96. Commission Appointments Not Without Rancor -

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

97. Ramsey: Lifting Fundraising No Longer Top Priority -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate speaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey said lifting an in-session fundraising ban is no longer among his top priorities.

98. Mega Bucks -

Ten years ago, Jim Ewing and Jim Bruce wrote a piece for Site Selection, a trade magazine for people in the business of consulting on the best locations to build industrial plants. It was called “The Approaching Industrial Land Shortfall.”

99. Memphis Bar Association Names New Board Members -

The Memphis Bar Association has appointed new officers and new members to the board of directors for 2010.

Ricky E. Wilkins of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins will serve as president. John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC will serve as vice president and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump Maxwell PLC will serve as treasurer. Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. will serve as secretary.

100. Memphis Bar Assn. Elects New Officers, Board Members -

At the Memphis Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Thursday at The Peabody hotel, the MBA announced its 2010 officers and new members of its board of directors.

Immediate past president Art Quinn passed the gavel to incoming president Ricky E. Wilkins of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins. John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC automatically move to the positions of vice president/president-elect and treasurer, respectively. Linda Warren Seely, director of pro bono projects at Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., was chosen as secretary.