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1. Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival -

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

2. Sara Kyle Claims Democratic Senate Nomination -

Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron came to Memphis Monday, Sept. 8, armed with 77 Bible verses on unity to use as Shelby County Democrats gathered to pick their nominee in a November special general election for state Senate District 30.

3. Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks -

The head of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization says there is another side to the controversy over granting property tax abatements through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes that isn’t heard in the current civic discussion about the incentives.

4. Early Voting Draws 673 in First Weekend -

Democratic political leaders and candidates put a lot of emphasis this past weekend on a strong start to the early voting period in advance of the Aug. 7 elections.

The early voting period opened Friday, July 18, with three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in town as well to campaign for retention in their nonpartisan races at the bottom of the ballot.

5. Tommy John Surgery Growing More Common -

Envision a baseball board game with dice and a spinner in which players try to go from Little League to pitching and winning Game 7 of the World Series.

Let’s call our fictional game “Bringing the Heat.” One can imagine positive squares where players learn “you just struck out 12 in a game, move ahead two spaces” or “you just had your fastball clocked at 94 MPH as a junior in high school, move ahead three spaces.”

6. Cohen Touts Labor Union Endorsements -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, rolled out endorsements Monday, June 30, from much of the leadership of local labor unions in his re-election campaign.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year -

After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.

Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.

11. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 -

2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.

12. 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.

13. Campfield Sticks to Goals of Smaller Government -

For a decade, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been unafraid of making headlines.

First as a state representative, and then in the Senate, he’s spoken his mind and put forth legislation that meets his stated goals of shrinking government.

14. 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.

15. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

16. County Primary Filing Deadline Arrives -

A couple of days before the filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries, it looked like a political season with lots of action at the deadline itself.

The deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 20, with another week for any candidates who meet that deadline to withdraw if they wish.

17. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The sale will feature house plants, custom potting, terrariums and garden gift items. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

18. Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Pitch Base -

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

James Harvey, Deidre Malone, Kenneth Whalum Jr. and Steve Mulroy each spoke to the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee two weeks from the Feb. 20 filing deadline for the May 6 primary election.

19. Four Democratic Mayoral Contenders Make First Joint Appearance -

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

James Harvey, Deidre Malone, Kenneth Whalum Jr. and Steve Mulroy each spoke to the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee two weeks from the Feb. 20 filing deadline for the May 6 primary election.

20. Debt and Liability -

There is rarely a good answer to the question “How much?” in politics.

With issues including the unfunded pension liability, overall debt, and revenue estimates and their validity, City Hall’s overall money problem begins but hardly ends with the question. It won’t be that simple.

21. Commission Delays EDGE Appointment Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners put off a vote Monday, Oct. 28, on a “resolution of intent” in which the commission would withhold approval of city government nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – until the city pays its full share of the cost of the economic development organization.

22. October 18-October 24, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Case Management, a provider of outpatient case management services for the mentally ill, bought the four-story, circa-1973 airport area office building at 3171 Directors Row for $1.3 million from Directors Memphis LLC, a company based in Tacoma, Wash.

23. Economist Outlines US Freight Network at Intermodal Conference -

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis welcomed a distinguished list of guest speakers to its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology Tuesday, Sept. 24.

24. Intermodal Conference to Tackle Freight Issues -

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis will host its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus Tuesday, Sept. 24.

25. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

26. Expanding Horizon -

The city and county mayors are aggressively pushing for support for a major expansion of Presidents Island, including a concerted effort to bring city and county legislators on board.

“It represents an opportunity, not just in the immediate years to come, but for decades to come,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told members of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission during a Wednesday, Aug. 13, briefing at City Hall.

27. Commission Weighs Tall Trees Sale -

The sale of the old Tall Trees juvenile detention facility, zoning code changes to account for trucks with four back tires and a possible revote on legal fees in the schools consolidation case top the Shelby County Commission agenda for Monday, April 15.

28. Pinnacle Awards Entries Due Friday -

The deadline for local commercial real estate brokers to enter the 12th annual Pinnacle Awards is Friday, Feb. 15.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council will honor those top producers in the industry at an April 25 ceremony at the Memphis Country Club, 600 Goodwyn St.

29. Legislation Propels Parks Controversy to New Level -

As Shelby County suburban leaders were meeting in Nashville Tuesday, Feb. 5, with Tennessee legislators about possible moves toward some version of suburban school districts, the Memphis City Council was reacting to a pending bill in the state Legislature.

30. Deadline Fast Approaching for Pinnacle Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council is well under way in planning the 12th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, a night dedicated to showcasing commercial real estate industry professionals in the area.

31. Events -

LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at grobertson@lightwavesolar.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.

32. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its 20th anniversary and honors day celebration breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance, will deliver the keynote. Email doglesby@memphiscac.org or call 888-4342.

33. City Could Reconsider Sales Tax Hike -

Just days after voters in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County voted down the idea of a half-cent countywide sales tax hike, there was renewed talk at Memphis City Hall about a citywide sales tax hike.

34. It’s Magic -

Nine-year-old Joel Brown, a fourth-grader at Moody Elementary in White Hall, Ark., and his dad, Chris, a Jefferson County deputy clerk, arrived at Sturgis Hall at 4:20 last Friday (Oct. 26). Busy with her nursing school studies, mom Stacy couldn’t come.

35. Porter Launches Music Mentorship Program -

Songwriter, producer, hit-making machine and Memphis native David Porter is moving into the Falls Building Downtown in a few weeks to launch a national music mentorship venture.

36. David Porter Launches Music Mentorship Program -

Songwriter, producer, hit-making machine and Memphis native David Porter is moving into the Falls Building Downtown in a few weeks to launch a national music mentorship venture.

The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) will be housed in the Greater Memphis Chamber offices and will seek to connect young musicians with music industry veterans.

37. Government Leaders Tout Sales Tax Hike -

Just before Shelby County Commission chairman Mike Ritz and others announced a political coalition in favor of a countywide sales tax hike on the Nov. 6 ballot, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell approached Ritz.

38. LeMoyne-Owen to Begin Work on $13.5 Million Residence Hall -

869 Saxon Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126

Permit Cost: $9 million

Permit Date: Applied September 2012

39. Election Winners Take Oaths of Office -

The Labor Day weekend served as a political marker for past and future events in Memphis politics.

The four Shelby County general election winners from the Aug. 2 vote are officially in office as the weekend ends and the workweek begins.

40. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

41. Challenge of Voter ID Law Comes Into Focus -

The way to a court challenge of Tennessee’s voter identification law from Memphis takes a few twists and turns away from the polling place.

And while Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as well as several attorneys outside City Hall say they are ready to make the challenge, it will depend on who is willing to not have their vote counted in the Aug. 2 elections after they present a Memphis library card as photo ID to election officials.

42. City’s Music Hitting Some High Notes -

THE MEMPHIS SOUND HAS A NEW GIG. Memphis has had plenty of superstars, but the beat behind them and underneath and around them, the bass they stood on, the lead they followed, the brass that announced them and made them royalty – that beat was a superstar all by itself.

43. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will host the Federal Procurement Fair Monday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. The fair will cover how businesses can participate in the federal government contracting process. R.S.V.P. at cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov. For details, call Michael Fulton at 202-225-3265.

44. Pera, Lightman, Rainer V Take Top Pinnacle Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honored the top performers in commercial real estate for 2011 at the 11th annual Pinnacle Awards gala, held Tuesday, April 24, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

45. Sauvignon Blanc True To its Grapes -

Awine of purity and intensity is one that is faithful to the grapes from which it is made and that displays the character of those grapes with marked eloquence and lack of interference. Such a one is the Hall Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Napa Valley.

46. Pinnacle Awards To Honor City’s Best in CRE -

Amid the lukewarm commercial real estate climate, a little recognition goes a long way.

That’s why the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council is well under way in planning the 11th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, a night dedicated to showcasing commercial real estate industry professionals in the Memphis area.

47. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Nov. 11, from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dr. Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, will speak. Cost is $15 for nonmembers. To reserve a seat, call Dick Wieland at 270-3778.

48. Events -

Vance Avenue Choice Neighborhoods’ neighborhood team, a joint community engagement effort by the University of Memphis’ graduate program in city and regional planning, the department of anthropology and The Vance Avenue Collaborative, will meet Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Emmanuel Center, 604 St. Paul Ave. The meeting will discuss how to integrate resident and community stakeholder interests, perceptions and visions into resident-led redevelopment and revitalization plans for the neighborhood.

49. Apple Unveils Faster, More Powerful iPhone -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple Inc. unveiled a new iPhone on Tuesday that is faster and more powerful but stops short of a more radical upgrade. It said Sprint customers will now be able to use one.

50. Priming to Improve Your Business -

Knowledge is stored in an associative manner. In plain English, that simply means pieces of information that somehow relate to each other are linked in your brain. For example, if I say the word Graceland to most longtime Memphis residents, it will probably trigger a series of linked thoughts: Elvis, Lisa Marie, airplane, stone fence, graffiti, Whitehaven, tourists, and so forth and so on.

51. Bike Lane Decision Expected by July 30 -

Four lanes or three lanes – the shared use of a lane in each direction of Madison Avenue by cars and bicycles or a separate lane for bicycles.

That is the general choice a group of architects and planners must now make for the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper streets.

52. Final Madison Bike Lane Hearing Weighs Options -

Now the decisions begin about how to redraw the markings on Madison Avenue in Midtown.

More than 100 people attended the third and final in a series of public hearings Wednesday, July 13, at Minglewood Hall.

53. Second Madison Meeting Maps Out Bike Lanes -

A group of more than 100 citizens got a chance to do more than just look at maps of Madison Avenue on Wednesday, July 6.

In the second of three public hearings on proposed bicycle lanes for the two-mile stretch of Madison between Cleveland Avenue and Cooper Street, those at the Minglewood Hall meeting got a chance to mark up the maps with what they would like to see.

54. Maps Marked Up At Second Madison Bike Lane Meeting -

A group of more than 100 citizens got a chance to do more than just look at maps of Madison Avenue Wednesday evening.

In the second of three public hearings on proposed bicycle lanes for the two mile stretch of Madison between Cleveland Ave. and Cooper St., those at the Minglewood Hall meeting got a chance to mark up the maps with what they would like to see.

55. Public Hearings Next Step for Madison Bike Lanes -

The tentative plan for bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper streets is broadening to look at larger changes or adjustments in the Midtown street environment.

And a decision on how to do that and restripe the street is due by the end of July.

56. Travel Officials Optimistic About Summer Season -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge has a new ride that park namesake Dolly Parton is "plain scared" to ride.

In Nashville, famed for records and rhinestones, the raucous downtown honkytonks are prepared to serve cold beer and hot songs.

57. Council to Consider Budget, Schools Tax -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. takes a $687.4 million city operating budget Tuesday to the Memphis City Council.

And the council will talk over a special school tax rate of 39 cents Tuesday.

The budget proposal is $22.7 million in the red.

58. 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.”

59. 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.”

60. Create a Calendar of Inspiration -

In my True Comic Genius Hall of Fame I count Steve Martin, the man who brought us a book titled “Pure Drivel” and starred in the hilarious 2009 movie “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep. Martin professes, “There is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”

61. Playhouse’s Staging of ‘August’ Sizzles -

Mattie Fay Aiken, the character played by Ann Marie Hall in Playhouse on the Square’s production of the much-celebrated “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts, at one point in the play says, “You have to be smart to be complicated.”

62. Changes On Tap For 2011 Pinnacle Awards -

After a decade of awarding excellence in the commercial real estate industry, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council Pinnacle Awards will celebrate its 10th anniversary by recognizing the industry’s top producers and offering a few surprises as well.

63. Divisions Remain As Schools Talks Continue -

Memphis City Schools board members continue a series of town hall meetings on the schools consolidation referendum with different opinions about what the ballot question means.

And city schools attorney Dorsey Hopson added a caution about expressing their political opinions at the sessions paid for with public money.

64. UTHSC Celebrates Career of First Black Student -

The first African-American to be admitted to and graduate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine will revisit his Memphis roots during Black History Month to share his story of success.

65. ATTN: Mayor Wharton -

Memphians sound off on city’s most pressing needs.

Aaron Shafer
Founder of Skatelife Memphis; scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hosp.

Develop and promote a citywide mentoring campaign. We must heavily invest in the positive development of our children. Many of our Memphis children suffer not from a material poverty, but a poverty of healthy relationships and ultimately a poverty of possibility – of reaching their full potential. Each of us has had supportive network of mentors (“the village”) in our lives, be they our parents, teachers or friends, that have come along side of us to build our self-esteem and to help us navigate a path that moves us closer to realizing our potential.

66. More Time Needed for Projects Seeking IDB Approval -

All of the items on the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board’s special meeting Friday were lacking one major detail: time.

The board granted U.S. Foodservice Inc. more time for the presentation of its seven-year, $14.3 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) request for expanding a distribution warehouse it now leases a portion of at 5900 E. Holmes Road.

67. Polly Installed as President of Downtown Kiwanis Club -

Dianne Polly, vice president of compliance and community relations for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, has been installed as president of the Downtown Memphis Kiwanis Club. Also, she has been appointed chairman of the American Dietetic Association’s Ethics Committee.

68. Retry: Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in Council Committee -

A proposed city anti-discrimination ordinance surfaces again Tuesday at an 8:30 a.m. Memphis City Council committee session.

The ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in the city government’s hiring practices.

69. CBU to Bless Newest Building -

Christian Brothers University will celebrate Friday the launch of its most recent addition.

The Living Learning Center, adjacent to Pender Hall on campus, is expected to open in fall 2011.

A blessing of the ground will take place Friday at 12:30 p.m.

70. Time to Shine Lights on Tiger Lane -

The $15 million Tiger Lane project at the Mid-South Fairgrounds will get a “blue” opening Wednesday evening.

The blue isn’t from the University of Memphis Tigers’ opening loss of the football season. It is strings of blue lights from the East Parkway entrance to the western wall of the Liberty Bowl stadium.

71. Luttrell’s Staff Filled With Familiar Faces -

Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell is taking some of his team from the sheriff’s department with him when he switches offices Sept. 1

72. Luttrell Assembles Team - As interim Shelby County mayor Joe Ford attended his last County Commission meeting, county mayor elect Mark Luttrell began naming the team he will go into office with on Sept. 1.

73. Dem Leaders Prepare for Legal Challenge -

Local Democratic Party leaders are collecting affidavits as a start toward formally challenging the Aug. 5 Shelby County election results.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Midtown this week.

74. Election Day Arrives With Plenty of Drama -

Voters in Shelby County go to the polls Thursday for the second of three election rounds this year.

The second campaign season of 2010 began with floodwaters from a storm that dampened voter turnout in the May 4 elections. It ended this week in a heat wave that drove even the most energetic political troupers inside, leaving only campaign signs to deal with the weather.

75. Cash’s Road Manager Reminisces About ‘Life With Johnny’ -

Marshall Grant and Johnny Cash were stuck at a train crossing one night in 1955 when they heard one of Cash’s early hits on the radio, prompting the Man in Black to say: “We don’t sound like other people.”

76. Memphis Artists Featured on TV’s ‘Creative License’ -

Katie Smythe appreciates any exposure her dance school, New Ballet Ensemble and School, can get, particularly when it brings her students success.

77. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold a luncheon featuring Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, visit www.smallbusinesschamber.com.

78. Obama Endorsement Shows Opposing Views in 9th Race -

Willie Herenton and Steve Cohen might run into each other Saturday.

The two Democratic congressional contenders will each be ferrying early voters to the Shelby County Election Commission office Downtown at about the same time on the second day of the early voting period.

79. Irish Soul Man Promotes Memphis Music Tourism -

Chris Maher is one of Memphis soul music’s greatest ambassadors.

The 35-year-old disc jockey hosts a radio show called The Soul Train, he’s the founding CEO of a major soul music festival and he’s the creator of a charity – inspired by the Stax Music Academy – aimed at providing music education for urban children.

80. Herenton: Voters Need to Send 'Just One' African-American to Congress -

As he gears up for the Aug. 5 Democratic congressional primary, former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton came out swinging this week, guaranteeing a victory because “no other African-American got in this race.”

81. LaVere Adds Playhouse Series to Busy Summer -

Amy LaVere is sandwiching a special gift for her Memphis fans into a jam-packed fall schedule that includes a movie role, touring and recording a new album.

Resource Entertainment Group and Playhouse on the Square have teamed up with the bass-slapping chanteuse to produce Amy LaVere & Friends, a concert series that kicks off June 30 on the Midtown theater’s main stage.

82. Tennessee Earns ‘F’ on Consumer Protections Scorecard -

A nonprofit consumer law agency gives Tennessee poor marks for laws governing interest charges on certain loan products.

In its just-released Small Dollar Loan Products Scorecard, the National Consumer Law Center gives Tennessee a grade of “F” for the consumer protections it offers debtors who take out any of four loan products.

83. Memphian LaVere Readies for Busy Summer -

Memphis music is big business. And it’s the workhorses like Amy LaVere who make it so.

LaVere, a singer about whom the Los Angeles Daily News once raved, “Something like this doesn’t come along every day,” is in the midst of a creative resurgence. Because of it, her schedule is filling up fast.

84. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “What Sales Professionals Need to Know About Facebook” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

85. Herenton Strikes Confident Pose Against Cohen -

Standing under a fiberglass swordfish at a Beale Street oyster bar Monday evening, former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton held his first fundraiser.

Herenton, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August Democratic primary, drew a crowd of about 80 to Silky O’Sullivan’s.

86. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries -

The stage is set for the county’s most anticipated political showdown in the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.

Noon today is the deadline for candidates in the primaries, as well as those vying for nonpartisan seats on the Shelby County school board and the three judicial positions, to file their qualifying petitions for the ballot.

87. Herenton Takes Aim at August Primary -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said he and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, may agree on some issues as they campaign in the August Democratic primary for the 9th District congressional seat.

88. Events -

David Moore, real estate agent at Home Realty Co. of Memphis, will host “Understanding the Structure of Hard Money Financing for Real Estate Investors and the Law Changes of Purchase Money Notes for Sellers Under the SAFE Act” today and every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Home Realty, 3412 Park Ave. For more information, call 238-8909.

89. Commission District 5 Candidates Get Campaign Start -

Two contenders in the May 4 county primaries are ready to rumble.

But District 5 Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy and challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos won’t meet until the August general election ballot.

90. Events -

Methodist Hospice will host the Hospice Foundation of America’s 17th annual “Living with Grief” teleconference today from noon to 3 p.m. at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital-Medical Auditorium, 50 N. Dunlap St. The conference will focus on cancer and end-of-life care. For more information or to register, call Lettie Blundon at 516-1744.

91. Fairgrounds Work Continues Despite Flux -

On his way home from church one Sunday last month, Kevin Kane and his family decided to go by the Mid-South Fairgrounds to see what was left of the Zippin Pippin.

92. Little Draws on Experiences To Recognize Opportunities -

George Little refers to the past two months as “eight weeks since I got out of prison.”

Little was state commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections before he took the job as chief administrative officer to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

93. Events -

Methodist Hospice will hold a grief class today at 1 p.m. at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, 480 S. Highland St. Classes discuss a broad range of issues related to grief. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Mary Elizabeth Jones at 516-1604 or jonemar@methodisthealth.org.

94. Wharton Contests Forbes’ Miserable Moniker -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written an open letter to Forbes Inc. CEO Steve Forbes in response to the Forbes magazine ranking of Memphis in the No. 3 spot on its list of America’s most miserable cities.

95. Herenton’s Campaign Tactics Familiar Ground -

After months of silence, Willie Herenton is back.

But he’s back in a local political environment that’s very different.

The former Memphis mayor opened his campaign for the 9th Congressional District Democratic primary Saturday in East Memphis before a crowd of 300 people. The speech was heavy with the verbal hooks that characterized the last years of Herenton’s 18 years as mayor.

96. 2010 -

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Accurately reading the indicators will not be easy. Some will predict the recession is about to end, just as new indicators point to continuing economic agony for thousands of Memphians.

97. Let Us Peer Into Our Crystal Ball For What’s Ahead This Year -

2009 was the first full calendar year for The Memphis News. Looking back at the covers of those 51 issues, it’s easy to see that Memphis is at an important point in its history once again.

We began the year exploring the role of megachurches in our community. Near the end of the year, we covered the industrial megasite in nearby Haywood County.

98. Events -

Jim’s Place East will open at 4 p.m. today at 5560 Shelby Oaks Drive. For reservations, call 388-7200, Ext. 4.

99. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will present a last-minute “Buy the Hour” continuing legal education seminar today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. at Calvary Church, 102 N. Second St. Six hours of credit are available. To register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

100. 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.