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1. Lenoir: ‘Is It Time for a Tax Decrease?’ -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says the $22 million extra in property tax revenue his office collected during the past fiscal year appears to be a trend of improving health in the local economy.

2. County Commission Chairmanship Given, Taken Back -

For a while Monday, Aug. 10, it looked like the Shelby County Commission had shaken off several years of political conflict in the annual selection of its chairman.

As was the case the three previous years, a commission chairman had been elected with most of his or her votes coming from commissioners of the other party. The body currently is made up of seven Democrats and six Republicans.

3. County Commission Takes Back Election of Basar As New Chairman -

For about an hour Monday, Aug. 10, Steve Basar was the incoming-chairman of the Shelby County Commission, scheduled to take the position in September.

It was the first item on Monday’s agenda. But when the commission completed the rest of the 24-item agenda one of the seven commissioners who voted for Basar flipped.

4. County Commission Delays Forrest Resolution Vote -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed a vote Monday, July 27, on a resolution supporting the plan by the city of Memphis to move the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of Health Sciences Park.

The resolution by Commissioner Van Turner will be discussed in Aug. 5 committee sessions.

5. County Commission Friction Continues Beyond Budget Season -

Put Shelby County government’s budget season in the books for another year.

But the deliberations that ended Monday, July 6, with a stable county property tax rate and county government staying within its $6 million budget surplus weren’t quite as smooth as those decisions might suggest.

6. Commission Approves Tax Rate, But Longer-Range Budget Issues Linger -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a stable $4.37 county property tax rate Monday, July 6, on third and final reading and wrapped up other loose ends from its budget season. That included passage of $1.3 million in grant spending to be divided equally among the 13 commissioners at $100,000 each.

7. County Commission Takes Long Way to Budget Approval -

In the space of five hours Monday, June 22, Shelby County Commissioners voted down an operating budget, a capital budget and an attempt at a continuation budget to keep spending at the same levels past July 1 and into the new fiscal year.

8. County Budget Committee Wrestles with Deadline, Schools Funding -

The Shelby County Commission’s budget committee chairwoman hopes to present a completed set of budget and tax-rate recommendations to the full commission Wednesday, May 20.

But after a three-hour committee session Monday, other commissioners had doubts about that and a commission decision on schools funding before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

9. Shelby County Gets Two Summer Jobs Programs -

Shelby County Commissioners have created their own two-month summer jobs program for 65 teenagers and college-aged adults and voted Monday, April 27, to fund it over two summers with $169,127 from the commission’s contingency fund.

10. Shafer Seeking County Property Tax Rate Reduction -

The chairwoman of the Shelby County Commission’s budget committee is hoping to reduce the county’s property tax rate by the time the commission approves a budget for its new fiscal year that begins July 1.

11. Commission Approves Millington Farms TIF -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $3.3 million tax increment financing zone Monday, April 13 for the $20-million Shops of Millington Farms development on the east side of Highway 51 between Veterans Parkway and Glencoe Road.

12. Carson Departs, Problems Remain For Local Democrats -

With about a month left in his term as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, after a confrontation behind closed doors with the party’s executive committee over his handling of the party’s bank accounts.

13. Wharton Administration No Show At Fairgrounds Forum -

No one from the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. showed up Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a public forum on Wharton’s still-developing plan for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

14. County Commission Endorses Haslam Plan -

At the first Shelby County Commission meeting of 2015, all but one of the 13 commissioners voted for a resolution backing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan, “Insure Tennessee.”

That included some vocal Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in general.

15. Shelby County Commissioners Agree to Drop Lawsuit -

Voices were raised and gavels were used to rule people and motions out of order. Motives were questioned and potential conflicts of interest were cited.

But Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday, Nov. 18.

16. Commission Compromise Promises to End Rules Lawsuit -

Shelby County commissioners appeared Monday, Nov. 17, to have a compromise in place that will lead to the lawsuit filed by seven commissioners against chairman Justin Ford being dropped as early as Tuesday.

17. Kyle Offers First Take on County Commission Dispute -

Less than two months after he left the Tennessee Legislature to become a Chancery Court judge, Jim Kyle found himself in familiar territory.

18. Kyle: Nothing to Rule On in Commission Lawsuit -

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that the current Shelby County Commission has no permanent rules of order and so he has nothing to rule on in the pending lawsuit pitting seven of the 13 commissioners against chairman Justin Ford.

19. Commission Chair Sued by Seven Members -

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

20. County Commission Differences Remain -

Shelby County Commissioners still have a problem with each other. And the problem at the center of all of the complexities of what are normally routine items remains a Democratic county commissioner elected chairman in September with the votes of all six Republican commissioners and himself.

21. Turner, Chism Survey New County Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners Van Turner and George Chism belong to different political parties. Turner is a Democrat and Chism is a Republican.

22. Commission Moves Past First Partisan Divide -

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

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

23. Commission Approves Committee Slate -

With very little discussion, Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Oct. 13, chairman Justin Ford’s slate of committee assignments for the next year.

24. County Commission Starts School Bond Process -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.

25. Democrats Struggle With Generation Gap -

Memphis Democrats don’t agree on a whole lot these days, especially since the Aug. 7 county general elections in which Democratic nominees lost to Republicans in all but one race – Shelby County assessor, won by the lone countywide Democratic incumbent, Cheyenne Johnson.

26. Democratic Chairman Apologizes as Party Parses Defeats -

Democrats don’t consider it a successful campaign season unless there is some kind of intra-party dust up, the political axiom goes.

That conventional political wisdom loses its validity the more Republicans win, and it suggests that when the differences within the party aren’t mended by a Democratic victory, a bigger skirmish is likely on the horizon.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. Obama Backs Cohen, Brooks Charges ‘Voter Suppression’ -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is touting the endorsement of President Barack Obama in his current re-election bid.

30. Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries -

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

31. 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.

32. Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections -

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

The commission switches to a set of 13 single-member districts with the 2014 elections instead of the current structure of one single-member district and four districts each represented by three commissioners.

33. County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy -

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

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

34. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

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

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

35. Brown Launches County Commission Campaign -

In a Midtown apartment last week, Jake Brown gathered his friends and friends of those friends to launch his campaign for a seat on the Shelby County Commission in the 2014 county elections.

36. 6 Candidates Pull Qualifying Petitions on Opening Day -

Three Republican incumbents and three Shelby County Commission hopefuls were the first six candidates to pull petitions on the opening day of the candidate filing season for the 2014 county elections.

37. Commission Races Generate Early Interest -

The first two days of the period for candidates in the 2014 county elections to pull qualifying petitions has been dominated by incumbents and contenders for the newly configured district seats on the Shelby County Commission.

38. County Commission Races Generate Early Interest -

The first two days of the period for candidates in the 2014 county elections to pull qualifying petitions has been dominated by incumbents and contenders for the newly configured district seats on the Shelby County Commission.

39. 6 Candidates Pull Qualifying Petitions on Opening Day -

Three Republican incumbents and three Shelby County Commission hopefuls were the first six candidates to pull petitions on the opening day of the candidate filing season for the 2014 county elections.

40. Crossing Local Party Lines Becoming Hazardous -

Call it fallout from the local Democratic executive committee’s censure last month of Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey.

41. Lenoir Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign -

The day the fields in the suburban school races were just about set for November elections, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir opened his re-election campaign with a fundraiser in East Memphis.

42. Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson -

The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.

The Rock’n Dough Pizza Co., owned by Jeremy and Amanda Denno, is slated to open a new restaurant and microbrewery at the Jackson Walk development in Jackson in October. The Dennos will team up with veteran local brewer Ben Pugh to create signature suds at the 4,100-square-foot restaurant.

43. 2014 County Commission Candidates Mapping Strategy -

A map may be one of the most valuable tools of the coming campaign season for the Shelby County Commission.

Two contenders in the 2014 commission races and elections kicked off a joint fundraiser in East Memphis last week with campaign handouts that included a map of the districts they are each running in.

44. Chism Pushing for Younger Democratic Contenders -

Candidates in the 2014 elections for Shelby County Commission emerged at Commissioner Sidney Chism’s political picnic over the weekend.

45. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development -

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

46. Carson Takes Charge of Shelby Democrats -

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the 2014 big ballot of county elections will require more than a conclusion that there are more Democrats than Republicans in Shelby County.

47. Commercial Practitioners Have Voice With Council -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council has grown and evolved over the past nine years since its inception, with membership increasing from 150 members in 2004 to more than 350 members this year.

48. Local GOP Convention Continues Tea Party Effort -

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

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

49. Shelby County Democrats Start Convention Process -

The Shelby County Democratic Party begins the process of holding the group’s local biennial convention Saturday, March 16, with caucuses to select delegates to the April 6 convention.

Both gatherings are at Airways Middle School, 2601 Ketchum Road.

50. Three-Way Race for Local Democratic Leadership -

Local Democrats gather Saturday, March 16, for what is already a high-profile race for the chairmanship of the Shelby County Democratic Party.

A straw poll earlier this month at an Overton Square bar featured several dozen teenagers bused in by one of the three contenders that has triggered an investigation by Memphis City Schools officials of the “field trip.”

51. Shelby County Democrats Start Convention Process -

The Shelby County Democratic Party begins the process of holding the group’s local biennial convention Saturday, March 16, with caucuses to select delegates to the April 6 convention.

Both gatherings are at Airways Middle School, 2601 Ketchum Road.

52. Local GOP Chairman Seeks New Term -

The chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party will seek another term at the March 24 party convention.

Justin Joy was first elected chairman at the 2011 party convention where he ran unopposed.

53. 2013 Political Season Begins -

There was a brief time last year when it looked like 2013 would be that rare political creature in Memphis politics – an off-election year.

A citywide sales tax increase referendum in the late summer or fall is probably going to continue the unbroken string of more than 10 consecutive years with at least a special election on a ballot locally. Outside Memphis there are municipal elections in Lakeland and Arlington.

54. Epic Marketing Failures of 2012 -

Despite their considerable marketing budgets and extensive teams, some of the world’s most well-known brands made significant marketing missteps in 2012. Learn from these epic fails to protect your brand.

55. Political Outsourcing -

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

56. Six Groups Back Countywide Sales Tax Hike -

A coalition of six political and nonprofit groups has come out in support of the countywide sales tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The groups who announced their support are the Shelby County Democratic Party, Stand for Children, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Latino Memphis, Our Kids Our Future, and Fight Crime, Invest in Kids.

57. Flinn’s Challenge -

Dr. George Flinn has been running for office for 10 years now and running in a style that continues to evolve.

58. Commercial Council Elects deWitt, Reilly as Top Leaders -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council announced its 2013 officers and directors Thursday, Aug. 9, at its annual Member Appreciation and Election Party.

Greg deWitt of Grubb & Ellis Memphis will serve as 2013 president. Patrick Reilly of CB Richard Ellis Memphis will serve as vice president.

59. Tales of Comeback -

Jay Myers is gritting his teeth so much it feels like some of them are starting to buckle.

It’s April 2003, and Myers, the founder and CEO of Memphis-based videoconference technology company Interactive Solutions Inc., is sitting in his office with the door closed. His hands are shaking.

60. New Complaint Arises As End of Early Voting Nears -

With one week left in the early voting period, voter turnout before the Aug. 2 election day seems likely to surpass 50,000, or about 10 percent of Shelby County’s voters.

The estimate is based on a conservative projection of 4,000 early voters a day for the last six days in the voting period, which runs through Saturday, July 28.

61. Audits, Plans Prevent Financial Problems -

Part three of a three-part series Taxation, financial management and gift acceptance are three topics we discussed with Memphis attorney Van Turner, a partner in the law firm Brittenum Bruce PLLC.

62. Boards Should Establish Legal Policies -

Part two of a three-part series Legal issues abound in all areas of life, including nonprofits. We asked local Memphis attorney Van Turner, a partner in the law firm of Brittenum Bruce PLLC and an experienced board member, for general guidance regarding the law and nonprofits.

63. What Are Your Legal Responsibilities? -

Part one of a three-part series What legal issues should you be aware of regarding your involvement with nonprofit organizations?

Wanting to provide executive directors, board members, employees and volunteers with information, we talked with Memphis’ own Van Turner, a partner in the law firm of Brittenum Bruce PLLC. Turner’s law practice is concentrated in the areas of business and commercial litigation, business transactions, government relations, municipal law and estate planning. He is also an experienced board member.

64. Commission’s Redistrict Debate Moves to Chancery -

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

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

65. Petties Trial Focuses on 2006 Murder -

The second witness to testify in the Petties organization drug trial that begins its fifth week Monday, March 5, was Lucy Turner, a police dispatcher from West Memphis, Ark. and the mother of Marcus Turner.

66. Fed Drug Trial Testimony Ends Fourth Week -

Martin Lewis jumped Marcus Brandon as soon as Brandon came on the line in May 2007 during a jailhouse phone call three-wayed by Lewis’ girlfriend using another prisoner’s ID number.

67. Questions Raised About Plea Deals -

Shortly after Clarence Broady shot Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin to death in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

68. Defense Critical of Plea Deal for Fields in Petties Case -

Shortly after Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin were shot to death by Clarence Broady in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

69. New District Plan Fizzles, Causes Strife -

The dust hasn’t completely settled on the differences Shelby County Commissioners are having with each other across party lines and on a number of other fronts.

“We’ve outed a civility gap on this commission,” commissioner Steve Mulroy said. “It’s existed for a while.”

70. Vote for Me -

Four years after the biggest turnover on the Memphis City Council, the Oct. 6 city elections could see the biggest return of incumbents ever on the council. Early voting begins Friday, Sept. 16.

Twelve of the 13 incumbents are seeking re-election. It would have been 13 had Barbara Swearengen Ware not taken a plea deal on an official misconduct charge.

71. Local Democrats Take City Election Straw Poll -

It was more fundraiser than legitimate poll.

The Shelby County Democratic Party raised more than $2,000 with a straw poll in which party regulars paid $25 a ballot to show their preferences in races in the Oct. 6 city of Memphis elections with a separate ballot for the mayor’s race.

72. Turner Stays on To Lead Local Democrats -

Van Turner Jr. remains the Shelby County Democratic Party chairman after a weekend local party convention.

And Turner, who ran unopposed for the chairmanship, is hoping for a reversal of party fortunes in the next two years.

73. Turner ReElected Local Democratic Party Chairman -

Shelby County Democratic Party chairman Van Turner Jr. was re-elected to a new term Saturday without opposition.

The day before the local Democratic convention at American Way Middle School, potential opposition surfaced in the form of attorney Curtis D. Johnson Jr., who sent out a letter to party leaders and activists.

74. Local Democratic Party Faces Battle for Chair -

Shelby County Democratic Party chairman Van Turner probably faces a challenge in his bid for another two years in the position and the challenger is probably Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford.

75. Butler Snow Attorneys Receive Honors -

Eight attorneys from the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC have been selected for Mid-South Super Lawyers 2010, and seven attorneys from the firm’s Memphis office were named as Mid-South Rising Stars 2010.

76. Glankler’s Mathis Hits Stride As Attorney, Moot Court Coach -

Attorney Andre B. Mathis of Glankler Brown PLLC said that people have gotten a certain image of attorneys from TV law dramas, but not all lawyers have the same skill sets.

77. Controversy Highlights End to Commission’s Term -

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

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

78. Post-Election, Political Leaders Talk Turnout -

Sometime this week, the Shelby County Election Commission will meet to certify the results of the Aug. 5 elections.

There may or may not be a challenge of those election results in Chancery Court by the Shelby County Democratic Party and several losing candidates. But discussion about why Democrats fared so poorly and Republicans did so well in the county general elections will probably endure beyond questions about voting irregularities.

79. 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.

80. Candidates Wait on Certified Results Before Legal Challenge -

Before there can be a challenge of the Aug. 5 election results, there has to be a set of certified election results.

That’s the bottom line of a possible legal challenge of the recent county general election results that materialized this week.

81. Up to 3,000 Voters Affected by Poll Problem -

As many as 3,000 voters may have been affected by a problem Thursday morning at some polling places in Shelby County, according to Shelby County Election Commission chairman Bill Giannini.

82. Up to 3K Voters Affected by Poll Problem -

As many as 3,000 voters may have been affected by a problem Thursday morning at some polling places in Shelby County, according to Shelby County Election Commission chairman Bill Giannini.

83. MPACT Memphis Raises $37K at Annual Gala -

MPACT Memphis raised approximately $37,000 at its annual fundraiser, The Soul of the City Gala, held March 12 at Central Station.

The money raised will be used to support MPACT Memphis’ action plan based on The Voice of MPACT, a three-phase nonpartisan project developed by the organization to understand where young professionals stand on a variety of topics that matter to Memphis. The funds raised went toward general operating expenses.

84. Congress: Connections With Toyota -

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

85. Candidate Field Still Unclear for County Primaries -

One week from the filing deadline, the May 4 Shelby County primaries are still a work in progress.

The filing deadline for candidates is noon Feb. 18.

The top two countywide races were still taking shape Wednesday morning, and there’s ample evidence that what’s happening on one side of the partisan divide affects what could happen in the other set of primaries.

86. Events -

The Downtown Parking Authority will meet today at 12:30 p.m. at 114 N. Main St.

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program today at 6 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station Branch Library, 5094 Poplar Ave.

87. Events -

The Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club will meet today at 7:30 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Andy Andrews, author of “The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success,” will speak. For more information, call 321-1020.

88. Rove Speculates About Ford Jr. at Stop in Memphis -

“I’m a fireplug in a world full of dogs. How are you?”

So came the greeting from Karl Rove, one of the most well-known and controversial national political operatives, a few hours before he was scheduled to speak Wednesday night to students in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College.

89. Butler Snow Attys. Honored As Super Lawyers -

Thirty-one attorneys from Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers, with nine of those attorneys in the firm’s Memphis office.

90. 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.

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

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

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

92. Kelsey Cruises To Easy Victory In State Senate Run -

Republican state legislator Brian Kelsey of Germantown will be returning to Nashville next month but going to the Senate chamber instead of the House.

93. Election Day Arrives for State, House District Seats -

Today is Election Day for voters in parts of East Memphis, Bartlett, Cordova and Germantown. Polls in those areas are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On the ballot are the last two elections of 2009 and the latest in a series of changes to the Shelby County Legislative Delegation and to the Tennessee Legislature.

94. Cardiologists, Attorney To Debate Health Care -

A panel of two Memphis cardiologists and an attorney will debate whether Americans have a constitutional right to health care Thursday at 7 p.m. at 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220.

95. Local Party Heads Look to New Gov’t Beginnings -

In a debate at East High School Tuesday night, Lang Wiseman and Van Turner engaged in their own version of the political showdown over health care reform playing out among national lawmakers.

96. MBA Seeks More Applicants For Leadership Forum -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum, which began in 2004, offers attorneys in their third to eighth year of practice opportunities to network, meet nationally known legal icons and create projects to serve the community.

97. Kelsey Frontrunner After Rivals Quit Race For Stanley’s Seat -

State Rep. Brian Kelsey appears to be the last man standing among the candidates who have lined up to replace former State Sen. Paul Stanley, who resigned this month in the wake of an intern sex scandal.

98. Update: Kelsey Frontrunner After Rivals Quit Race for Stanley’s Seat -  

State Rep. Brian Kelsey appears to be the last man standing among the candidates who have lined up to replace former State Sen. Paul Stanley, who resigned this month in the wake of an intern sex scandal.

Meanwhile, Shelby County Commissioners decided Monday that they will not fill the vacancy prior to the upcoming special State Senate election.

State Rep. Steve McManus – whose House District 96 covers parts of Cordova and Germantown – has decided against running in a special election for Stanley’s seat. He made that decision over the weekend.

Kelsey, whose campaign went door-knocking in District 31 over the weekend and has signs for his candidacy displayed prominently in the area, has been pressing McManus to answer the same question others have wanted to know.

“I talked to Kelsey not too long ago, and he’s like, ‘Are you running, McManus?’” McManus told The Daily News. “I told him, ‘Kelsey, I’ll be honest with you, I’m really happy in the House.”

That decision follows Shelby County School Board chairman David Pickler’s announcement in the past few days that he, too, is happy with his current job and won’t be running.

McManus’ decision appears to clear the way for Kelsey, who will run in the special election that likely will be held in December for Stanley’s seat. Democratic and Republican primaries for the seat will be held in October, and Shelby County Democratic Party chairman Van Turner has said the party will field a nominee for that primary.

McManus told The Daily News he’d like to run for U.S. Congress down the road if the 7th Congressional District is redrawn after the 2010 Census in such a way that it's tilted more towards Shelby County. That seat currently is held by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and the district stretches from the outskirts of Shelby County to the fringe of Nashville.

“The next run I would love to be a part of is a congressional run,” McManus said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next year when they redraw these lines, but if the Republicans win it next year, our congressional District 7 could be much more of a Shelby County District. In that case, I would certainly run for U.S. Congress then.”

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99. State Amends Client Funds Program To Boost Charitable Grants -

The Tennessee Supreme Court in July amended court Rule 43 and Rule 8 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to require attorneys holding eligible client funds to participate in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program.

100. Politicians Out in Full Force -

With back-to-school supplies to hand out and a new crop of brightly colored campaign signs, the October special election race for Memphis mayor and several other races on the 2010 ballot came alive this past weekend.