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1. Pyramid’s Past Life Almost Vanished -

On the north side of The Pyramid, you can still see signs of what once was, in a way that makes 20 years seem like centuries ago.

The logo for the city’s old Wonders series of exhibitions is the most noticeable indicator of the past life of a structure long ago stripped of the seating bowl that made it an arena.

2. Hook, Line & Sinker -

In May, when the first guests at Big Cypress Lodge inside The Pyramid open the French doors in their rooms, they’ll be able to walk onto a patio overlooking the sprawling interior of the Bass Pro Shops store and attraction, including a re-creation of Delta cypress swamp and 600,000 gallons of water features.

3. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association -

Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.

4. Shouldering the Load -

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.

5. MATA President Calls for Expanded Service -

The interim leader of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants the city’s bus line to get more involved in “transportation management associations.”

MATA’s interim president and general manager, Tom Fox, describes the associations as “groups of employers banding together to provide some kind of services to supplement what MATA can provide.”

6. Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

7. City Liberty Bowl Moves Raise Questions About Coliseum -

Memphis City Council members approved $12 million in funding for the coming design and renovation of Liberty Bowl stadium to make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the architect working on that project as well as the overall Fairgrounds renovation for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told council members Tuesday, Jan. 8, plans for the Mid-South Coliseum are still to come.

8. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber will host A Conversation With … Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The topic is “Is College Sports Broken?” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com or 543-3571.

9. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber will host A Conversation With … Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The topic is “Is College Sports Broken?” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com or 543-3571.

10. New Ideas for Fairgrounds Emerge As Bass Pro Project Moves Ahead -

A C Wharton Jr. noted last week that as Shelby County mayor he signed the paperwork selling Shelby County government’s partial ownership interest in The Pyramid to the city of Memphis. And as Memphis mayor, he signed the paperwork making the city’s exclusive ownership of The Pyramid official.

11. ‘Unique Setting’ -

Bass Pro Shops executives and city leaders marked the beginning of Bass Pro Shops construction inside The Pyramid Thursday, June 21, with a fish fry in the iconic Downtown landmark before the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World begins to take shape.

12. Local to Open Second Locale in Overton Square -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and North Cooper Street. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

13. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

14. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

15. Roar of the Tiger: Memphis Captures C-USA Championship -

Before halftime it was clear that the University of Memphis would be cutting down the nets at FedExForum as champions of the Conference USA Tournament. Again, their defense and athleticism – one and the same for the Tigers – was too much for an overwhelmed opponent as they defeated Marshall, 83-57, on Saturday for their seventh straight win and third consecutive blowout in the tournament.

16. Hedgepeth’s Work Intersects With Council Role -

A Memphian born and raised, Reid Hedgepeth takes great pride in his city’s institutions, whether they be the tangible of medicine and education, or the more intangible of sports and politics.

17. Tigers’ Dreadful Season Finally Coming to End -

The Memphis fan walked up the tunnel and into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, looked at the scoreboard, saw 13:43 remaining in the first quarter and a “7” under “Herd,” and he cussed.

“They scored already?” the man complained to a bystander, then added with a sigh, “That’s Tiger football.”

18. Whitehead Promoted At Obsidian -

Thomas Whitehead has been promoted to account manager at Obsidian Public Relations.

Hometown: Brandon, Miss.

19. 15 Counties Designated as Agriculture Disaster -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated 15 counties a natural disaster for agriculture as a result of storms and flooding in April and May.

20. Bass Pro’s Pyramid Plans Shaken by Seismic Concerns -

It’s always been about the chance of an earthquake.

The biggest hurdle three Memphis mayoral administrations in five years have had to clear was a seismic retrofitting of The Pyramid for its redevelopment by Bass Pro Shops.

21. Fred Smith to Receive Marshall Foundation Award -

Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx Corp., will receive the 2010 George C Marshall Foundation Award following a luncheon Nov. 16 at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington.

22. Bardos Named Dean at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School -

Denny Bardos has joined St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School as dean of enrollment management and financial aid.

Hometown: Germantown
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Christian Brothers University
Work Experience: Prior to joining SAA-SDS, I spent 16 years in college admissions.
Family: My wife, Amanda, and I have three children:Daniel, 14; Breana, 11; and Brandon, 2.
Favorite quote: “Many a truth is said in jest.” William Shakespeare
Last book read: “The Little Big Things” by Tom Peters
Favorite music: I like anything from Beethoven to Blink 182, but alternative is my favorite.
Favorite movie: The original “Batman” with Jack Nicholson
Sports team: Chicago Cubs
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and biking.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother. She was an incredibly generous, loving, spiritual, and caring woman.
What drew you to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School? I wanted to be able to utilize my background in admissions and financial aid at an excellent independent school.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Seeing students whom I recruited go on to become very successful in their lives.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with families to show them all the outstanding benefits of a SAA-SDS education!

23. Fan Friendly -

The Mid-South Fairgrounds may be the most unlikely landscape for a civic project that has succeeded in catching the eye of skeptical Memphians.

But it isn’t the architectural renderings of water-colored citizens strolling in the glow of a possible future that has our attention. It’s what Memphians don’t see when they drive by the fairgrounds that has their attention.

24. New HIV Campaign Launched in Shelby County -

The Shelby County Ryan White Program has launched the “Know Now, Live Longer” campaign to encourage more people to get tested for HIV.

The program provides free primary medical and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the county. The initiative is in response to the fact that 78.7 percent of the 6,673 people Shelby County residents living with the virus are African-American.

25. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will hold an educational seminar on the residential green building program EcoBUILD Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges USA, 477 N. Fifth St. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Peter Warren at 278-6868 or peter@anfa.com.

26. Events -

The Mid South Area Business Travelers Association will meet Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East Memphis, 5795 Poplar Ave. Scott Brockman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. To register, visit www.msabta.org.

27. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Impact Your Bottom Line by Energizing Your Front Line Employees” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

28. Pyramid to Become ‘Cypress Swamp’ -

Memphis City Council members seem ready to put Bass Pro Shops in The Pyramid, as the council will vote on a lease between the company and the city next month.

The council this week got its first detailed look at the lease as well as some new drawings for what The Pyramid would look like with the outdoor retailer calling it home.

29. Bass Pro Shops At Pyramid To Go Swamp -

Bass Pro Shops has plans for a swamp-like base at The Pyramid according to new and still tentative plans for The Pyramid.

The business or mercantile part of The Pyramid would be on a mezzanine level overlooking the “cypress swamp” said architect Tom Marshall who showed the new renderings Tuesday to City Council members.

30. Bass Pro and Beyond -

"Adaptive reuse” is the term for what city leaders hope will happen at The Pyramid.

Throw in the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Beale Street Landing projects, though, and “adaptive reuse” seems inadequate to define what is happening among the three concepts.

31. Proposed ‘Tiger Lane’ Features Surprises -

Architects and planners laying out a seven-acre green space at the Mid-South Fairgrounds again went beyond what they initially planned.

But this week, they gave Memphis City Council members plenty of notice of the new ideas. ”This essentially fixes the site in its entirety,” architect Tom Marshall told the council as he reviewed plans that included more than the “Tiger Lane” green space running from East Parkway to the west side of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

32. Fairgrounds Plan Has New Details -

Memphis City Council members took up a trio of high profile CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) Tuesday as they prepared for the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

The Fairgrounds

Council members got their first look at detailed plans for “Tiger Lane”, the greenspace to be created at The Fairgrounds from East Parkway to the west side of The Liberty Bowl stadium by mid September.

33. Elena Kagan Chosen by Obama for Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.

34. Obama Names Alternate Delta Regional Appointment -

President Barack Obama has nominated Michael Marshall for alternate federal co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority.

35. Clerk Races Generate Plenty of Heat -

Seven clerks' positions are on the May 4 primary ballot and incumbents are running for re-election in three of them.

None of the seven elections will be decided with the primaries because Democrats and Republicans are battling hard in the countywide races dominated just four years ago by the GOP.

36. Fairgrounds Work Continues Despite Parking Questions -

The demolition and cleanup of the old Libertyland theme park is just about finished, and a 10-0 vote by the Memphis City Council this week means that and other work to create a “great lawn” at the Mid-South Fairgrounds will continue for now.

37. Fairgrounds Jump Start on Council's Agenda -  

Memphis City Council members will be called on today to jump start the stalled renovation of The Fairgrounds.

The push by the Liberty Bowl's three tenants is to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.

An ad hoc committee including council members and representatives of the three tenants met Monday evening to talk about current demolition underway at the Fairgrounds.

The demolition of the old Libertyland amusement park caused some concern when it went into a parking area outside the park.

Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones immediately began expressing concerns that the new activity as well as the digging of a temporary siltation pond would cut the number of parking spaces available for his annual Jackson State-Tennessee State football matchup.

The work was stopped several weeks ago as the council tried to sort out where the demolition ended and the creation of a “great lawn” during the brief tenure of Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery began.

“There’s a whole lot of work still being done,” Jones told the committee Monday evening of what he had seen earlier that day.

City Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said it was only a “clean up” of the area.

At Monday’s meeting, the three tenants of the football stadium said they back going ahead with the great lawn project as long as the lawn, in some form, and a plan to demolish the seven buildings, most of which are livestock barns, can all be done by the time football resumes at the Liberty Bowl with the Sept. 11 Southern Heritage Classic.

Some of the demolition contracts run out next week.

Jones said he supports the concept of a great lawn from East Parkway to the stadium. But he questioned whether the plans would increase the number of parking spaces from the current 5,372 within the Fairgrounds property to 7,568.

“We need to know exactly what we have. I don’t mean conceptually,” Jones said. “You’re not creating new spaces.”

Architect Tom Marshall, the city’s consultant on the project, insisted new and more parking will be created with the demolition of the buildings and Libertyland.

Marshall offered to come up with a detailed map showing individual parking spaces for today’s council discussion expected to begin during executive session at 1pm.

“I’ll even put in big cars,” he told Jones at one point.

Jones was the only no vote in the seven member committee vote to ask the city council for immediate approval of the project.

“I’m not really satisfied with what I’ve seen,” he said after he and others said the work by some divisions of the city including the Park Services division didn’t mesh with what other parts of city government were saying. “It’s just too convenient that the park services people weren’t here. Every time we say there is additional parking, I have not seen it.”

Council member Reid Hedgepeth moderated the session, trying to keep all of those involved from discussing past mis-steps.

“From now on people are going to know what’s happening,” he said. “If we’re going to do it, let’s do it. If not … let’s send them home,” he said referring to demolition crews.

Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said pre bowl game events should have some kind of building on the grounds to host them. Lipscomb said a tent will serve the purpose even though Ehrhart would prefer one of the surviving Fairgrounds buildings.

“A tent would be better than those buildings,” Lipscomb said.

Marshall estimated what is known as phase one of The Fairgrounds overhaul could cost $6-million to $9-million. There are no plans for a second phase or anything else beyond the great lawn and the building demolition.

The phase one cost could vary depending on bids and design work still to be done. Construction would start in June. But the council could vote on a specific design in April or May.

“We’re supportive of it,” University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said near the end of the two hour session. “I’m more and more concerned about the land. But we want to move on it.”

The construction of the Salvation Army Kroc Center on a Fairgrounds lot along East Parkway next to Fairview Junior High School is independent of the city’s on again-off again plans for the rest of the Fairgrounds property including phase one.

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38. UPDATE: Council To Be Asked To Jump Start Fairgrounds Project -

Memphis City Council members will be on the deciding end Tuesday of a push to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.

39. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

40. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.

Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.

The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.

The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.

Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.

Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.

All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.

Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.

And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.

Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.

D-Democrat

R- Republican

I- Independent

Shelby County Mayor:

Deidre Malone (D)

Joe Ford (D)

Otis Jackson (D)

Mark Luttrell (R)

Ernest Lunati (R)

Leo Awgowhat (I)

Shelby County Sheriff:

James Coleman (R)

Bobby Simmons (R)

Bill Oldham (R)

Dale Lane (R)

Larry Hill (D)

Bennie Cobb (D)

Randy Wade (D)

James Bolden (D)

Elton Hymon (D)

Reginald French (D)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1

Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2

Albert Maduska (R)

Heidi Shafer (R)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3

Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)

Joe Baire (R)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1

Walter Bailey (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2

Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)

David Vinciarelli (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3

Eric Dunn (D)

Norma Lester (D)

Tina Dickerson (D)

Melvin Burgess (D)

Reginald Milton (D)

Freddie Thomas (D)

County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1

James Harvey (D) (incumbent)

James Catchings (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2

Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)

Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3

Edith Moore  (D) (incumbent)

Justin Ford (D)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1

Chris Thomas (R)

John Pellicciotti (R)

Jim Bomprezzi (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2

Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)

John Wilkerson (R)

Ron Fittes (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3

Terry Roland (R)

George Chism (R)

Edgar Babian (R)

County Commission Dist 5

Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)

Jennings Bernard (D)

Rolando Toyos (R)

Shelby County Clerk

Charlotte Draper (D)

Corey Maclin (D)

LaKeith Miller (D)

Wayne Mashburn (R)

Steve Moore (R)

Criminal Court Clerk

Vernon Johnson (D)

Minerva Johnican (D)

Ralph White (D)

Michael Porter (R)

Kevin Key (R)

Jerry Stamson (I)

Circuit Court Clerk

Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)

Steven Webster (D)

Carmichael Johnson (D)

Ricky W. Dixon (D)

Juvenile Court Clerk

Joy Touliatos (R)

Charles Marshall (D)

Sylvester Bradley (D)

Shep Wilbun (D)

Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)

Probate Court Clerk

Paul Boyd (R)

Sondra Becton (D)

Danny Kail (D)

Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)

Peggy Dobbins (D)

Clay Perry (D)

Karen Tyler (D)

Shelby County Register

Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)

Coleman Thompson (D)

Lady J. Swift (D)

Carlton Orange (D)

Shelby County Trustee

Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)

M. LaTroy Williams (D)

John Willingham (R)

Jeff Jacobs (R)

David Lenoir (R)

...

41. MED Task Force Members Appointed -

Shelby County Interim Mayor Joyce Avery and County Commissioner Joe Ford, who will become county mayor Dec. 10, have appointed a task force to brainstorm short- and long-term solutions to the revenue crisis at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

42. Different Twain Perspective Featured In Germantown Community Theatre’s ‘Is He Dead?’ -

Many great artists had one or more works that never saw the light of day until after the artist’s own death. Germantown Community Theatre (GCT) hopes to use one such unsung masterpiece to show a very different side of a legendary American author.

43. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous -

For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.

When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.

44. Citizens Concerned About I-269 Impact -

When Interstate 269 is completed, it will serve as an outer loop for the entire Mid-South region, a beltway linking communities and providing easier access for vehicles traveling into or out of Memphis.

45. St. Francis-Bartlett to Add Professional Building -

With hopes of tapping into the growth at St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, a local development firm in 2009 will build an $8 million, 60,000-square-foot medical office building on the hospital’s campus.

46. Charter Commission Wrangles With Contract Issues -

Members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners today will move into the final stages of their work on proposed County Charter changes. Today's commission agenda includes a vote on the second of three readings of charter changes that will go to voters in an Aug. 7 referendum.

47. Charter Commission Explores Old Ideas -

Members of the Memphis Charter Commission are about to begin debating some of the most basic questions about how city government functions.

The group is drafting charter amendments to go to Memphis voters on the November ballot.

48. County Commission Hears Details of Bass Pro Proposal -

Pyramid developer Greg Ericson got to sit at the same table as city leaders negotiating the Bass Pro Shops development deal Wednesday before Shelby County Commissioners. But the city’s project manager, Robert Lipscomb, consultant Tom Marshall and three commissioners left the room.

49. All's Fair in Love and Pyramid Negotiations -

The early reviews are in. And nothing appears certain in plans to let Bass Pro Shops develop The Pyramid.

Even the stability of The Pyramid was in doubt as Memphis City Council members and members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners got their first look this week at a tentative development agreement between Bass Pro and the local governments.

50. Seismic Concerns Leave Pyramid-Bass Pro Terms Still Shaky -

The city of Memphis approached Bass Pro Shops in 2005 about developing a store and other attractions in The Pyramid. That was one of the disclosures made Tuesday by Robert Lipscomb, the Herenton administration’s point man on the Pyramid development plan.

51. County Commission Hears Details of Bass Pro Proposal -

Pyramid developer Greg Ericson got to sit at the same table as city leaders negotiating the Bass Pro Shops development deal today before Shelby County Commissioners. But the city’s project manager, Robert Lipscomb, consultant Tom Marshall and three commissioners left the room.

52. Seismic Concerns Leave Pyramid-Bass Pro Terms Still Shaky -

The city of Memphis approached Bass Pro Shops in 2005 about developing a store and other attractions in The Pyramid. That was one of the disclosures made today by Robert Lipscomb, the Herenton administration’s point man on the Pyramid development plan.

53. Herenton To Take Oath Tuesday -

Mayor Willie Herenton will kick off his fifth term in office Tuesday.

Herenton and all 13 Memphis City Council members elected this year will begin new four-year terms by taking their respective oaths of office at noon at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will be the featured speaker.

54. Court Rules in Favor Of Railroads In Valuation Challenges -

Railroads and government can be a volatile mix. Each guards their interests closely and those interests intersect frequently.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month clears up a controversy that's been awaiting a court decision since it became a footnote 20 years ago in a related ruling by the high court.

55. Council Hands Recall MeasureOver to Voters -      A new measure approved by the Memphis City Council would give voters a way to recall sitting council members.
     The ordinance approved Tuesday follows federal indictments of two members.
56. Moving Day Approaches For Nine Council Members -

Nine Memphis City Council members will begin a transition starting next week. Their pictures will go from one side of the City Council chambers at City Hall to the other side.

The nine are leaving the council in what is the largest turnover of seats in the 40-year history of the 13-member body. Current council members have their pictures on the wall on one side of the chamber. The portraits of former council members line the wall on the other side.

57. Whitehaven Redevelopment Inches Closer -

A major item has been checked off billionaire entertainment mogul Robert Sillerman's to-do list as he presses forward with a massive redevelopment of Graceland and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Memphis City Council last week passed a resolution putting current council members on record as supporting the multi-million- dollar project, which ultimately will bring a renovated Graceland and improved public spaces to the Whitehaven neighborhood. Sillerman is chief executive of Graceland's parent company, CKX Inc.

58. Fairgrounds Redevelopment Now In Three Flavors -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton this week unveiled to the City Council three options for redeveloping the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Herenton told council members the fate of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will depend on a pending decision from the U.S. Department of Justice about what improvements the city must make to the stadium to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

59. Billboard Regulations Punted to Incoming Council Members -

When a Memphis City Council committee voted recently to put off a discussion on updating the city's outdated, loophole-filled sign and billboard ordinance, it was perhaps a reminder of the following: Some things never change.

60. Time Matters In Desire for Change To Sunshine Law -

Too many items on the agenda and not enough meeting time. That's the bottom line rationale for a call by most on the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to change the Tennessee Open Meetings Law, also known informally as the Sunshine Law.

61. 'Stall' Tactics in Play During Efforts To Regulate Strip Clubs -

The Herenton administration's proposal for regulating strip clubs by permitting them to keep serving beer got off to a rocky start last week before the City Council.

It passed on the first of three readings after council members nearly refused to add it to the agenda. Such a refusal would have left the proposal to the new council that takes office in January, since there are only two more council meetings left in 2007.

62. Graceland Zoning Issue Among Deferred Council Items -

Memphis City Council members will attend three more meetings together before most of them leave office at the end of the year. As their terms draw to a close, an agenda set by council chairman Tom Marshall back in September is shaping much of the last-minute business the council is pursuing.

63. Thompson's One-Time Promises Implode With Indictments -

He ran for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners five years ago on the slogan "It's time for government to mean business." And Bruce Thompson's campaign literature pledged, "I believe public officials should use their position to save money for the taxpayers, not make money for themselves."

64. Thompson Indicted for Extortion and Mail Fraud -

A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

The public corruption charges that name no other defendants came with just as many questions as answers – questions about possible involvement by others. U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said the grand jury probe is continuing but he wouldn’t be more specific.

65. Thompson Indicted for Extortion and Mail Fraud -

A federal grand jury today indicted former Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson on one count of extortion and three counts of mail fraud.

The public corruption charges that name no other defendants came with just as many questions as answers – questions about possible involvement by others. U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said the grand jury probe is continuing but he wouldn’t be more specific.

66. City, County OffersCompeting Sex Biz Laws -      Shelby County officials spent months developing tougher regulations for sexually oriented businesses, but the city of Memphis is trying to fast-track its own less restrictive regulations that would supersede the county's

67. Beale Street Funding, Other Issues Raised At Council Meeting -

Memphis City Council members this week marked the 24th anniversary of the opening of the renovated Beale Street entertainment district with an old question: When does the city get money from the district it owns?

68. Wharton Chimes In On School System's Woes With Takeover Idea -

A federal grand jury is investigating several of Memphis City Schools' construction contracts.

Three former board members and one outgoing member just elected to the City Council were called to testify in recent days.

69. Council Hustles On Tying Loose Ends -

Memphis City Council members, most of them leaving office with the New Year, took several steps this week toward shaping the four-year term of their successors as well as the fifth term of Mayor Willie Herenton.

70. Mayor's Pay, Several Other Items Up for Grabs at Coming Meeting -      Tuesday's Memphis City Council committee meeting agenda is a long one, and not by accident.
     The council has signaled an interest in making a full-court press as the clock winds down on

71. Marshall Pushes 90-Day To-Do List For Council -

When Tom Marshall first joined the Memphis City Council in 1986, the young architect was in his late 20s and still had much to learn about city government.

It took him, for example, about six months into that first term before he knew most of the details of what's commonly referred to as the city's "POP" charter, Marshall recalled in a council session this week. That charter is the set of operating guidelines Memphis voters adopted by referendum in 1966.

72. Marshall Plows Ahead Despite Impending Retirement From Council -

Only six more public meetings stand between now and the end of this year, when the Memphis City Council faces its biggest member turnover in 40 years.

Voters go to the polls Oct. 4 in the city's municipal election and will choose replacements for a majority of the council body. One of the incumbents who won't be coming back to City Hall next year is Tom Marshall, who's stepping aside after 20 years in office.

73. New Stadium Issue Delayed by Council -

The City Council's Parks Committee Tuesday delayed discussion of a consultant's report on a new or renovated Mid-South Fairgrounds stadium until December. The committee action came with little discussion as the Herenton administration made public the draft report.

74. Council, Commission Usher in New Voting Technology -

The two big plywood boxes with lights in City Council chambers that have shown council votes for nearly 20 years are gone. The "tote boards" have been replaced by flat screens that show and announce the council votes as they are recorded automatically in council records.

75. Council Passes Buck On 'Disgusting' Warehouse Proposal -

A familiar and decidedly unwelcome name confronted City Council members on Tuesday's agenda. And the council reacted by sending the project for a warehouse near Memphis International Airport back to the Land Use Control Board (LUCB).

76. Toothsome Ethics Ordinances to Sharpen by Year-End -

Shelby County government hasn't printed the forms that are a basic part of its new ethics ordinance. Memphis City Council members are still debating what could be the final piece of the city's ethics array.

77. Homeowner Nightmares: Mortgage Crunch Impact Spreading Far and Wide -
The walls are bare, the closets are empty, and Connie and Timothy Pent and their two teenage children are living out of boxes as they wait for a dreaded knock at the door of their three-bedroom house in Ocala, Fla.

78. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing -

It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.

With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

79. Marshall Explains Abrupt Turnaround In His Political Aspirations -

The flurry of public statements and actions made by Memphis City Council chairman Tom Marshall this week can be summed up by recalling the title of an old song: "What a difference a day made."

Marshall, the longest-serving of the 13 current members of the City Council, didn't start the week by giving the impression he was preparing to say goodbye to public office.

80. Though Wharton Bowed Out of Memphis Race, Money Wasn't an Object, Supporters Say -

Memphis mayor Willie Herenton probably slept a little easier Monday night, once word came earlier in the day he won't have to compete against an old friend and wildly popular local politician to keep his job.

81. Tangled Web Snags Ford and Lee, Both Indicted for Bribery and Other Offenses -

The newest corruption charges against Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford include not only a new codefendant, former Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) President Joseph Lee. They also include a case that appears to be built in large part on Ford's public record as an elected official.

82. 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.

83. Events -

Memphis University School (MUS) is hosting "Windows of Life," a play by Tom Horton, through Sunday at MUS Hyde Chapel. Show times are 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and seating is limited. Call 260-1300 for tickets.

84. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber hosts its Breakfast Forum today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Andy Dolich, president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, will speak on "What the Grizzlies Mean to Memphis and the NBA Draft." Cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. RSVP to Tunga Lee at 543-3571.

85. Hooper Takes Peete's Council Seat - At Least for Now -

The newest member of the Memphis City Council has had plenty of experience handling politicians. Henry Hooper is a retired Secret Service agent assigned to protect four U.S. presidents during his tenure.

86. City Council Looks Ahead To Biggest New-Blood Transfusion In Almost 40 Years -

A year after voters shuffled the County Commission, it appears the City Council is about to be dealt the same hand.

With a month until the filing deadline for the October ballot, the city election year already promises more change than the council has seen in 36 years.

87. List to Replace Peete on Council is Long -

Memphis City Council members are expecting more than two dozen contenders to consider for the vacant District 8 Position 2 Super District seat on the council.

They include the owner of a neighborhood grocery store, an insurance executive, seasoned political partisans, a courthouse security guard, perennial candidates, a math teacher and neighborhood activists.

88. City Attempts To Adapt to New Sign Technology -

Eight seconds. That's about how long advertising industry statistics say billboards tempt the gazes of drivers. It's why billboard developers want to build signs as tall and big as they can, for a better shot at catching your attention in that brief window.

89. City Ethics Ordinance Comes Into Play -

The Memphis City Council has an ethics ordinance ahead of the July 1 deadline set by state law for city and county governments across Tennessee.

But the council's prolonged debate over when and how to regulate the ethics of city officials promises to continue.

90. Possible Appointees Line Up to Fill Peete's Former Council Seat -

Some are well known in the community. Others are just getting started. And more are certain to take a chance.

In the weekend since City Council member Rickey Peete resigned his council seat, seven citizens from the half of the city he represented have let the remaining 12 council members know they want the appointment.

91. City Council, County Commission Move Ahead With Tighter Ethics Codes -

Memphis City Council chairman Tom Marshall will make a renewed bid for a more specific city code of ethics Tuesday when the council takes a final vote on the ordinance.

The County Commission also is scheduled to take a final vote this month on a separate code of ethics that would govern elected and appointed officials. Both bodies are required by state law to have those rules approved by the end of June.

92. Events -

The Memphis Leadership Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary through Saturday. The Leaders for All Gala Banquet Dinner will be held today at 7 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. For tickets, call 729-2931.

93. Faulty Voting Equipment At Council to Be Replaced -

The last meeting of the Memphis City Council began with a small technical glitch, one that probably went unnoticed with everything that happened later. It was during that meeting, before an array of news cameras, that council members attempted to haul MLGW president and chief executive officer Joseph Lee out to the woodshed over issues related to his job performance.

94. Events -

The Memphis Leadership Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary through Saturday. The Leaders for All Gala Banquet Dinner will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel. For tickets, call 729-2931.

95. MLGW-Ford Drama Far From Over -

Dressed in a pinstripe suit, Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford did little more than chew gum and listen silently while a pair of attorneys told a council committee how they plan to investigate certain questionable practices at Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division (MLGW). Before they spoke, the meeting had been altogether so uneventful that an elderly female visitor in the audience, head drooped, could be heard snoring.

96. The Saga Continues: More 'Main Street Sweeper' Info Comes to Light -

A federal grand jury this week formally indicted two Memphis City Council members who previously had been implicated in criminal complaints alleging they sold their votes in exchange for supporting a real estate project, among other dealings.

97. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber presents a breakfast forum today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Call 543-3571.

98. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East holds a luncheon meeting today from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. FedEx chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $35 per person and $300 per table. Call Lee Hughes at 754-1615.

99. Archived Article: Gov - By Andy Meek

Sign Dispute Heats Up Among Business, City Leaders

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Two rival advertising companies are looking for signs of change to a city ordinance regulating billboard construction.

A special committee of mos...

100. Archived Article: Newsmakers - NovaCopy Exec Chosen for Whos Who

Memphis Architect Honored for Service to France

Memphis architect Metcalf Crump was named a Knight in the National Order of Merit by French President Jacques Chirac. The award was created in 1963 by President ...