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1. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

2. Hopson Restructures School System Management -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has eliminated the school system’s set of four regional superintendents and replaced them with three associate superintendents in what he said is a change to move the school system’s central office closer to the daily operation of schools.

3. Millington Leaders Emphasize Unique School System -

For much of the move to the demerger of public education in Shelby County, the Millington Municipal Schools district has been overshadowed by the five other suburban school systems.

All six formed starting in January and three weeks ago opened for classes, but Millington school system leaders, principals, teachers and civic leaders didn’t have their opening celebration until this past weekend, the day after the Millington Central High School Trojans beat the Germantown Red Devils in the first weekend of high school football.

4. Rising Up -

Adrienne Johnson remembers being stalked. It was actually a good thing. “I grew up in a single-parent home,” said Johnson, 35, today a financial analyst at International Paper and one of IP’s mentors in the RISE Foundation Goal Card program. “I was the first in my family to go to college. It was unrealistic (to attend college), not something I envisioned at all.”

5. 2 Lawmakers Ask for Probe Into Test Score Delay -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Two Republican Tennessee lawmakers have asked for an investigation into the delay of student test scores.

Meanwhile, three Democrats have filed an open records request seeking information about the late release of student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

6. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.

7. For-Profit Charter Schools Bill Fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

8. Stage Door Opens Arts Opportunities to All -

In recreational sports, you might hear that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. It is not so different in community theater.

“The ultimate goal lies in the process of theater,” said Brandon Kelly, artistic director for Stage Door Productions, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization housed in the Kroc Center of Memphis.

9. Biting Cold Puts a Freeze on Restaurant Business -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli – because there just aren't very many of them.

"After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don't want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.

10. Suburban Superintendents Start Work -

Each of their contracts now approved, the superintendents and directors of Shelby County six suburban school systems sat down Tuesday, Jan. 7, around the same table for the first time to talk about how to build their school districts.

11. Webb Builds on Reputation of Integrity, Efficiency -

Long before the county and city would cleave their school systems, Shelby County Schools saw unprecedented growth as more and more residents filled the neighborhoods that seemed to appear overnight like springtime daffodils.

12. New Campaign Urges Support of Students in Merger -

A new campaign launched Monday, June 24, to prepare for the opening of the consolidated school district in August is urging citizens to support students of the new school system.

“Our Children. Our Success.” is privately funded by SchoolSeed, which was formerly the Memphis City Schools Foundation. The campaign began Monday with new billboards across the county.

13. Hopson Proposes Closing 11 Schools In 2014-2015 -

Memphis-Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is proposing the countywide school board close 11 more schools, 10 in the city of Memphis and one in Millington.

The closings which include three Memphis high schools – Northside, Carver and Westwood – would take effect in the 2014-2015 school year if approved by the school board.

14. Towns Named to Southern College of Optometry Board -

Leticia “Tish” Towns, senior vice president of external relations for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has been named to the Southern College of Optometry board of trustees. Among her duties at The MED, Towns oversees the development of the hospital’s strategic plan and manages marketing and communications, community engagement, the Traumatic Brain Injury program, government relations and pastoral care.

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

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

Hometown: Memphis

16. Survey Unites Separate Forum Attendees -

Countywide school board forums on the merger plan continue through the weekend with two public meetings at the same time Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. at Mitchell and Frayser high schools.

By the end of the forum at Southwind High School Monday, Aug. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m., there will have been six of the meetings.

17. Transcript: Luttrell Discusses Schools, Other Issues Facing County -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell talked several weeks ago with The Memphis News editorial board about the coming merger of schools and the creation of municipal school districts.

The conversation took place a few days before voters in all six suburban towns and cities approved the creation of municipal school districts.

18. Reactions to Schools Legislation Changing in Nashville -

Tennessee legislators from outside Shelby County got a look at where the Shelby County schools reformation discussion was in January this week on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

And they didn’t like the idea that their counties could be living with Shelby County rules.

19. Sides Firm on Annexation but Stand Down -

A year after the Memphis City Council and Republican state legislators from Shelby County had their first race to see who could pass their school consolidation measures first, there is hesitancy on both sides to stage a second political drag race on annexation.

20. Suburbs Move Forward on School Districts -

If there are suburban school systems in Shelby County and they want to start classes in August 2013, when Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge, it will be a fast track process – just like the merger the suburbs are reacting to.

21. Suburban Schools Reports Conclude No Cost To Get Buildings - The local discussion about changes to Shelby County’s two public schools systems has shifted this week to efforts by leaders of the county’s six suburban towns and cities to form their own school system or systems.

22. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

23. Sneed Promoted At Humane Society -

Kerry Sneed has been promoted to community outreach and humane education coordinator at the Humane Society of Memphis.

24. CrescoAg Inks Lease for New Downtown HQ -

Downtown Memphis has landed another corporate headquarters. CrescoAg LLC, an independent information management company, has signed a new lease on 4,594 square feet at 88 Union Ave.

25. CCHS Opens Binghampton Dental Clinic -

Christ Community Health Services on Tuesday opened its state-of-the-art, $1.4 million, 5,000-square-foot dental facility at 2953 Broad Ave. in the heart of Memphis’ Binghampton neighborhood.

26. Attorneys Bring ‘Wealth of Experience’ to Classroom -

With a collective 126 years of working legal knowledge among them, three of the top lawyers in the city are pleased to be sharing their experiences with students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

27. Inspired by TV, Sanders Enjoys Limelight of Own Law Firm -

Growing up, Archie Sanders spent hours in front of the television attracted by legal shows featuring lawyers working their craft.

28. O’Conner Vying for ‘Feeding Dreams’ Honor -

Donald O’Conner may not be running for office, but he wants your vote. In fact, he would like your vote every day now through Halloween.

O’Conner, director of Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy, is the Memphis nominee for Feeding Dreams, a contest put on by General Mills Corp. to recognize black community leaders who work to create better neighborhoods.

29. ALBA Enhances Airport Gateway -

As Bluff City officials continue to push the aerotropolis effort, the Airways Lamar Business Association is doing its part to improve the area just north of Memphis International Airport.

Spearheading that improvement effort is Trennie Williams, who is celebrating two years as president and CEO of the association, a nonprofit alliance of business and community leaders working to strengthen, redevelop and beautify the Airways Boulevard, Lamar Avenue and Park Avenue corridors.

30. Glankler Brown Names Bradley Chief Manager -

William R. Bradley Jr. has been named chief manager of Glankler Brown PLLC.

Bradley’s primary practice areas include intellectual property, maintenance and litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, business litigation, and construction litigation.

31. Wiggins Ready To Grab YLD Baton -

Kyle M. Wiggins is ready to get behind the wheel.

Today at the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting and Elections, current YLD president Freeman Foster, an attorney for the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, will pass the gavel to Wiggins.

32. Cohen Keeps Eye On Stimulus Money -

The $825 billion Obama administration economic stimulus bill begins its journey through Congress this week and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, estimates $167 million could be earmarked for projects in Shelby County over the next two years just through the public education allocations in the draft.

33. Cash Prepares for New School Year -

In less than a month on the job, Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash has restructured the school system’s top ranks and proposed eliminating 142 management positions. He’s talked compromise with Memphis City Council members and prepared for the opening of schools later this month.

34. Fox to Help Raise Scholarship Money -

Actress Vivica A. Fox will be in town this weekend to celebrate her 44th birthday and help a local nonprofit organization raise money for it scholarship fund. The fund will present $1,000 scholarships to teenagers from four Memphis-area high schools for college admission and expenses.

35. Application Deadline Nears For Memphis Challenge -

Chris Shannon is the third child in his family to be accepted into the Memphis Challenge, a local nonprofit program that seeks talented minority high school juniors and seniors and provides them with opportunities to prepare for college and the working world.

36. School Safety Rumors Addressed at Meeting -

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin is used to knocking down rumors. It's part of the job description practically. And separating fact from fiction is a basic part of what any police officer does.

37. Wharton to Seek Law Against Uninvolved Parents -

It was an idea that Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. dropped into his state of the county speech Tuesday to the Memphis Rotary Club.

Wharton decided to go through with his call for a law that would make parental neglect of a child's education a crime after a morning visit with a group of about 40 juvenile offenders in a detention center. The group included the teenager who shot a classmate earlier this month at Mitchell High School.

38. Herenton Continues Call For Metal Detectors -

All Memphis city middle, junior and senior high schools already have metal detectors. Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's plan to put up $500,000 in city money for the immediate purchase of 65 walk-through and 210 handheld detectors is part of a plan to make daily searches of students less of an obstacle - logistically and politically.

39. Herenton Announces $500K Plan for Increased School Security -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced the city will immediately buy 65 walkthrough and 210 handheld metal detectors to be used by every middle, junior and senior high school in the Memphis City Schools system. In addition, the Memphis police department will shift 67 officers to city school campuses. Herenton announced the moves at a Wednesday afternoon City Hall press conference.

40. Herenton Announces $500K Plan for Increased School Security -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced the city will immediately buy 65 walkthrough and 210 handheld metal detectors to be used by every middle, junior and senior high school in the Memphis City Schools system. In addition, the Memphis police department will shift 67 officers to city school campuses. Herenton announced the moves this afternoon at a City Hall press conference.

41. Former Mud Island Tour Guide Directs Future of Memphis Medical Center -

As a history major at then-Memphis State University in the early 1990s, Beth Flanagan worked as a tour guide at Mud Island River Park. She loved telling visitors about the rich history of the island and of Downtown Memphis.

42. Things Go From Hot To Smoking Hot In Election Contests -

With one week to the filing deadline for the Oct. 4 Memphis city elections, 124 citizens have thought seriously enough about running for the 15 offices on the ballot to check out qualifying petitions. Nearly 40 had filed by the end of the first week.

43. Shrinking Ocularist Field Has Foothold in Memphis -

Matt Singer was keeping an eye out for the ABC television news crew scheduled to visit his eighth floor office suite in Morgan Keegan Tower Thursday.

That is to say, it was a literal eye being kept and which attracted the ABC cameras to the immaculate office and lab space of Singer Prosthetics overseen by Singer, an upbeat, fast-talking former makeup artist and special effects whiz from Hollywood. While it's not immediately obvious from his booming voice and movie-star charisma, Singer and company operate in a shrinking and little-publicized corner of the world of prosthetics - that of crafting artificial eyes.

44. Peace is a Jam Session Not to Be Missed -

I don't consider myself a religious person - at least not in recent years - but I do have a favorite prayer that serves as the last bastion of my Catholic upbringing.

It's attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Born in 1181 or 1182 in Italy, St. Francis is the founder of the Franciscan Order of priests. He would have been my patron saint if I'd ever made my confirmation, one of the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. The others include baptism, confession, communion, marriage, holy orders and last rites.

45. BRIDGES Revs Up PeaceJam Initiatives -

In mid-April, students from rival schools Mitchell High and Frayser High gathered together on the Frayser campus, writing messages and quotes about peace and harmony on small scraps of paper they placed inside inflated balloons.

46. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School -

Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.

47. With New Officers And Board Members, Young Lawyers Group Looks Ahead To Busy Year -

The Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association originally was formed to be something of a social arm of the MBA.

Over the years, however, the YLD has grown into much more.

For example, in 2006, YLD members raised money and donated their time to numerous organizations in Shelby County, such as Porter-Leath Children's Center and Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS).

48. Carmony Named Newcomer of the Year -

Brad Carmony has been named Newcomer of the Year in the 2006 MPACT Maker Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have lived in Memphis for a short time, but who have made significant contributions to the community. Carmony is the public relations manager at inferno. He also serves on the regional advisory board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Tennessee, the Exchange Club Family Center's Gala Committee and as a member of the Shelby County Humane Society's Pet Set organization.

49. Retired Memphian Channels Work Ethic Into Library Lectures -

He makes no promises of door prizes; he offers no sweet or salty snacks. And he doesn't give free sodas to guests.

Still, you can bet that on the second Thursday of every month, Curtis White manages to bring in enough people to fill every chair of the meeting room at the Poplar-White Station Branch Library.

50. After 30 Years of Service, Local Red Cross Official to Retire by Month's End -

Sherry Farmer loves working for an organization with a volunteer base. After spending almost 30 years with the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, Farmer still is impressed by the spirit of volunteerism there.

51. Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton ReceivesPublic Service Award -

Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and former assistant city attorney Dorothy Osradker have been selected for the Rotary Club of Memphis East's Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards. Wharton has served in local governments for more than 20 years, and Osradker served in city government for 61 years.

52. Local Realtors Expect Strong Sales to Continue -

It comes as no surprise to Walter Molony that after five consecutive years of record-topping home sales nationwide, a slowdown is predicted for 2006.

"You can't keep setting records every year," said Molony, a spokesman for the National Association of Realtors.

53. Events -

The board of directors of Mpact Memphis meets at 6 p.m. today at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee St. Contact Pat Mitchell Worley at 312-7760.

Memphis City Schools breaks ground on a new building for Manassas High School at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the site of the new building at Manassas and Wortham streets. Call 416-5300.

54. Armstrong Allen Names New Litigation Practice Chair -

Armstrong Allen attorney James F. Arthur III was named litigation practice group chairman for the firm. Arthur replaces Lucian Pera, who has served as litigation practice chairman for the past several years.

55. Area Attorneys Give Back to Memphis Community -

Many attorneys serve as advocates for more than their clients.

For these legal professionals, community involvement is another important facet of their work. And whether it's adopting a classroom, taking part in a Habitat for Humanity build or serving on the board of a nonprofit organization, attorneys across the Memphis area have demonstrated a desire to give back.

56. Archived Article: Law - Memphians Take Statewide Bar Control

Memphis Attorneys Take Helm of State Organizations

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

Saturday marks the start of the year of Memphis with regard to the Tennessee legal community Memphis attorneys will assume...

57. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Smith & Nephew Announces New Division and Promotions

Smith & Nephew Announces New Division, Promotions

Steve Hirsch was named president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, a new division of the company opening in Europe. The following ...

58. Archived Article: Real - Southeast Shelby Home Sales Stable

Southeast Market Sees Steady Home Sales

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

Many factors have contributed to the development of Southeast Shelby County through the years, from the construction of Hickory Ridge M...

59. Archived Article: Events - The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon Wednesday in the Venetian Room at the Peabody, 149 Union Ave

The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in the Venetian Room at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Dr. Mitchell Steiner, founder and chief exe...

60. Archived Article: Law Focus - Talks begin on new Downtown plan

Downtown Tax Plan Faces Hurdles

ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

In their first official discussion on the topic, Memphis City Council members raised concerns about a Center City Commission-led proposal for a t...

61. Archived Article: Benchmark - Oracle boosts PeopleSoft takeover bid

Oracle boosts PeopleSoft takeover bid

Oracle Corp., the No. 2 U.S.-based global software maker, Wednesday sweetened its hostile cash bid for PeopleSoft Inc. by 22 percent to about $6.3 billion, the latest ...

62. Archived Article: Law Briefs - Memphis City Council member Rickey Peete will host a Town Hall meeting at 6 p

Memphis City Council member Rickey Peete will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Mitchell Road Community Center, 602 W. Mitchell Road. The Memphis-Shelby C...

63. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events Feb. 4-Feb. 10 Feb. 4 Consumer Credit Counseling Service offers free workshops on how to develop and maintain a personal budget and how to use credit cards wisely. "Build Your Own Budget" is from 6...

64. Archived Article: Market Briefs - The annual Collierville Chamber Membership Dinner meeting is at 6 p Union Planters Corp. will make a presentation at the Salomon Smith Barney Financial Services Conference at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of Union Planters will be Jackson W....

65. Archived Article: Ford (lead) - Education pursuit team goes into action Ford calls for an education pursuit team By MARY DANDO The Daily News At the kickoff meeting of a task force set up by U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. Monday, the congressman called on the business community to brin...

66. Archived Article: Standout - By JENNIFER MURLEY

Shaping lives

By JENNIFER MURLEY

The Daily News

As the leader of one of the states largest county school districts, Shelby County Schools superintendent Dr. James Mitchell Jr. takes his job seriously, because the way h...

67. Archived Article: Lead (sc Budget) - By SUE PEASE Board weighs in on county budget By SUE PEASE The Daily News The two biggest budget challenges looming in front of the Shelby County Commission are finding funds needed for schools and jails. The budget committee reviewed the numbers fo...

68. Archived Article: Comm Focus - NCCJ names honorees of 2000 Humanitarian Awards NCCJ names honorees of 2000 Humanitarian Awards Four well-known men who have contributed to Memphis in a variety of ways over the years have been selected as the recipients of the Year 2000 Humanitaria...

69. Archived Article: Law Focus1 - PRESSRELEASE   Building the bridge of hope Memphis Area Legal Services will raise funds through Nov. 4 for its Campaign for Equal Justice By Sonja Currie Special to The Daily News Memphis Area Legal Services Inc.s 1999 Campaign for Equal Justic...

70. Archived Article: School Bott - A building permit valued at $10 Construction underway on new, improved Mitchell High School By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction is underway on the renovation and replacement of the Memphis city school districts Mitchell High School, locate...

71. Archived Article: Co Comm Lead - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Shelby County Commission resumes budget committee meetings By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Shelby County commissioners will continue their battle with the budget Wednesday when the budget and finance committee meets in one of ...

72. Archived Article: Tech Focus - There is a trend afoot to find ways to keep youngsters busy after the final school bell of the day rings   Memphis schools may get funding for distance learning centers By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News There is a trend afoot to find ways to keep...

73. Archived Article: Memos - Benny Lendermon III, director of public works for the city of Memphis, has been named this years outstanding engineering alumnus by the Engineering Alumni Chapter of the University of Memphis Benny Lendermon III, director of public works for the cit...

74. Archived Article: Charjean Renov - By LAURIE JOHNSON Work underway on Charjean Elementary By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction is underway on the renovation of Charjean Elementary School at 2140 Charjean Road in South Memphis. The $3.2 million project will include a complete...

75. Archived Article: Carnes Elem. Renov - By LAURIE JOHNSON Renovations underway on Carnes Elementary Downtown By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction is underway on the $5.7 million renovation of Carnes Elementary School at 943 J. W. Williams Lane in Downtown Memphis. The project wil...

76. Archived Article: J. E. Walker Homes Lj - lj 10/5 cates Construction begins on J. E. Walker Homes addition By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction is ready to begin on a residential development designed for families headed by minimum-wage workers in Southwest Memphis near Whitehaven. ...

77. Archived Article: Connecten - ConnecTEN Celebrating ConnecTEN Tennessee will be first state to connect all public school students to the Internet By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News Providing access to the World Wide Web for 900,000 students and 50,000 teachers is a feat no s...

78. Archived Article: Schools Chg - By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE Bids open for projects at Shelby County Schools Shelby County Schools looking to buy 34 more portable classrooms By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Shelby County Schools is advertising for bids for several projects, including t...

79. Archived Article: Schools Chg - graph info County, private schools expanding in 1996-97 By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News While this year is a quiet one for construction in the Shelby County Schools, the 1997-98 school year will see about as much construction as 1994 did. It see...

80. Archived Article: Govt Analys - 02/02 Govt analys Hypocrisy that knows no bounds By MIKE CARPENTER Special to The Daily News The blockbuster hit Tombstone is a greatly embellished account of the lives of lawman Wyatt Earp, his brothers and his best friend, gunslinger and gambler D...