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1. Slatery Stays Out of GOP Attorney General Letter on Obama -

New Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery isn't joining a group of Republican colleagues from other states in issuing a statement vowing "appropriate action" on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

2. Slatery Stays Out of GOP Attorney General Letter on Obama -

New Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery isn't joining a group of Republican colleagues from other states in issuing a statement vowing "appropriate action" on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

3. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

4. Events -

Memphis Area BPW (Business & Professional Women) will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. Sarah Stramel of Stramel PR & Social Media will present “Why You Need Social Media.” Cost is free. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481 or vicepresident1@bpwtn.org.

5. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will host a family-friendly event Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the giant Grizzlies jersey in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Attendees can register for a Fitness Trail Passport, and those who complete all six stations will be in the running for prizes, including tickets to Grizzlies opening night and autographed items. Visit getriverfit.com.

6. Dobbs Makes Strong Case for Vols Starting QB Job -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?

7. Events -

Church Health Center Wellness and Bring It Food Hub will hold a Bring It, Cook It, Take It cooking class Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. The class will include cooking demonstrations using fresh produce, plus tastings and recipes. Cost is $5 and includes a bag of produce. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

8. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water board will meet Thursday, Aug. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW administration building 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

9. Events -

Stage Door Productions will present a locally inspired production of “Godspell” Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and July 25-27 at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Buy tickets at stagedoormemphis.org.

10. Salon Owner Loves Neighborhood Feel of Cooper-Young -

If what they say is true about doing what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, then native New Yorker Felicia Scarpati-Lomax hasn’t worked in decades.

She owns a nail salon in Cooper-Young that she opened here after relocating to Memphis from the Big Apple and falling in love with both the city and with Cooper-Young. She’s been doing nails since she was a kid – she’s always loved the creative expression associated with it – and she’s done it off and on in some formal capacity for about 10 years.

11. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water board will meet Thursday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW administration building 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

12. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, June 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Rusty Linkous, president of Linkous Construction Co., will present “Staying True to Yourself During Tough Times.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

13. Cooper-Young ‘Pup Crawl’ to Help Humane Society -

Ten Cooper-Young Historic District restaurants are teaming up for a pub crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, presented by Memphis Animal Clinic, will be held June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

14. Cooper-Young 'Pup Crawl' to Benefit Humane Society -

Ten Cooper-Young Historic District restaurants are teaming up for a pub crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, presented by Memphis Animal Clinic, will be held June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

15. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, arts/crafts and music showcasing the honored country of Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

16. Events -

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will be held Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in Robert R. Church Park, at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets. The festival includes festivities, food, crafts and music showcasing Burkina Faso. Visit africainapril.org for a schedule.

17. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

18. Events -

The Daily News will hold a free breakfast seminar on monitoring, protecting and growing your business with The Daily News Online March 19, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Germantown Conf. Center, 1900 S. Germantown Pkwy. Attendees receive a free five-day trial of Daily News Online services. RSVP at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

19. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” Friday, March 14, through March 30 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

20. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church will hold its 2014 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop weekdays through April 11 at the church, 102 N. Second St. Speakers from various faiths will speak from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.; the Waffle Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org for a list of speakers.

21. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, March 10, in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. The topic is “Advanced care directives: Making your health care wishes known.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

22. Events -

The Daily News and In-Synk will host a Leadership Lunch and Learn discussing Marcus Buckingham’s book “The One Thing You Need to Know” Friday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Triumph Bank boardroom, 5699 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit lnltheonething.eventbrite.com.

23. U of M Faces Challenging End of Year -

It is proving to be a restless fall at the University of Memphis as interim President Brad Martin pulls into focus several short-term goals that will have a long-term impact on the future of the city’s largest institution of higher learning.

24. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

25. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “River Project 2,” the world premiere of three works inspired by the Mississippi River, from Saturday, Oct. 19, to Oct. 27 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

26. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ chapter of the Federalist Society will meet Friday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. will moderate a debate about the constitutional amendment to change Tennessee’s judicial selection method. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. RSVP to gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

27. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Barbara Prescott, executive director of PeopleFirst, will speak. Cost is $20 for nonmembers. RSVP to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

28. Memphis Made Brewing to Debut This Weekend -

Memphis Made Brewing Co., the latest brewery in a growing Memphis-based beer scene, will make its official debut this weekend.

29. Voters to Decide Nominee for DeBerry’s Seat -

For the first time in 41 years, Lois DeBerry’s name will not be on a Shelby County ballot for a state House seat.

30. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

31. Events -

The 2013 Memphis Airshow, presented by FedEx Express, will be held Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Millington Regional Jetport, 8182 Hornet Ave. Proceeds benefit 19 local nonprofits. Buy tickets at memphisairshow.org.

32. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. William Rodney of Medicos will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

33. Events -

WEVL 89.9 FM will host the 25th annual Blues on the Bluff concert and silent auction Saturday, July 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the grounds of the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Performers include The Eric Deaton Trio, The Bo-Keys and Elmo & The Shades. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children 11 and younger. Visit wevl.org.

34. Events -

United Way of the Mid-South, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign and Meritan will host “It Takes a Community: Understanding the Affordable Care Act” Friday, July 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meritan, 4700 Poplar ave. Attendees will learn how to assist people during open enrollment, which begins Oct. 1. R.S.V.P. to ashley.washington@uwmidsouth.org or 433-4331.

35. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a free lunch and learn on stroke warning signs Wednesday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B, basement floor level, 1300 Wesley Drive. R.S.V.P. at 888-777-5959.

36. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm’s office, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com or call 685-7500.

37. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, June 19, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

38. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

39. Events -

The Rebel on Beale summer country music concert series will kick off with Emerson Drive Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in W.C. Handy Park at Beale and South Third streets. Cost is free. Visit rebel953.com.

40. Events -

The Black Business Association of Memphis will meet Thursday, May 23, at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will discuss what new developments at the airport mean for small businesses. R.S.V.P. to myron@whatshappeningmyron.com.

41. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Wizard of Oz” Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Visit balletmemphis.org for tickets.

42. Events -

The Circuit Playhouse will present “Time Stands Still” Friday, April 19, through May 12 at Circuit, 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

43. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Students’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will host a panel titled “Current Proposals to Change the Electoral College System” Thursday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Cost is free. Email gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or call 462-2616.

44. Senate Votes to Block Access to Gun Carry Records -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Before last year's elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.

45. Shakin’ Up Beale -

The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.

46. Events -

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. The topic is “The Little Known Secrets of Lenders: How to Access Capital to Grow Your Business.” Cost is $35 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

47. Events -

Rhodes College will host Mia Farrow and son Ronan Farrow, presenting “Cinema, Politics and Mobilizing Change in Our Community” Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Email locap@rhodes.edu.

48. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika” Friday, March 15, through March 31 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

49. Events -

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division Supplier Diversity Department will hold a vendor fair for minority- and women-owned small businesses Thursday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the MLGW administration building lobby, 220 S. Main St. Call Renise Holliday at 528-4635 for details.

50. Tax Zone Would Benefit Fairgrounds -

The Tourism Development Zone that Memphis officials will seek in Nashville over the next three months would generate tax revenue from Cooper-Young, the Midtown Union Avenue corridor and Overton Square for the redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

51. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.

The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.

52. Back to Work -

The Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville returned to the capital Tuesday, Jan. 8, with three fewer members – one state senator and two state representatives – all Democrats – but with no new faces.

53. Events -

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will host Vaccination Station, a low-cost pet vaccination event, Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of Linden Avenue and Lauderdale Street. Visit memphishumane.org for a list of vaccinations and costs.

54. 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.

55. United Housing to Relocate to Oakhaven/Parkway Village -

United Housing Inc. is preparing to move from its Midtown offices at 51 N. Cooper St. to 2750 Colony Park Drive, near the old Mall of Memphis site in the Oakhaven/Parkway Village area.

56. Events -

The 25th Rhodes Institute on the Profession of Law, Volume III will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on the Rhodes campus. The title is “Legal Lynx: The Evolution of the Practice of Law.” Contact Tracy Vezina Patterson at pattersont@rhodes.edu or 843-3856 for registration details.

57. Literacy Mid-South Hosts Super Gala Fundraiser -

Literacy Mid-South is hosting its second annual Super Gala fundraiser Oct. 19.

The event, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 902 S. Cooper St. and sponsored by Celtic Crossing, serves a dual purpose. By encouraging guests to create their best rendition of childhood superheroes from their favorite comic books, the event allows supporters to revisit childhood memories while helping support Literacy Mid-South’s mission.

58. Grassroots Effort -

Approaching the second anniversary of “New Face for an Old Broad” and the Historic Broad Avenue Business Association’s painting of its own bike lanes, the Binghampton district has seen activity increase exponentially on several fronts.

59. ‘More the Merrier’ -

Following a shaky last few years for Overton Square, the area has finally seen tangible evidence of change in recent weeks and the area’s long-term tenants appear to be waiting in anticipation of its new neighbors.

60. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Legally Blonde: The Musical” Friday, Aug. 17, through Sept. 9 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

61. No Regrets as Kernell Exits 38 Years in Nashville -

When Mike Kernell first took his seat in the House chamber in Nashville he had just turned and he was a political newcomer inspired to run for office in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. just six years earlier.

62. Events -

Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance Inc. will hold a continuing legal education meeting Wednesday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Circuit Court clerk Van Sturdivant will introduce Circuit and Chancery Courts’ e-filing system. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to gmpa.reservations@gmail.com by Monday, June 18, at noon.

63. Events -

The 19th annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival will be held Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, in Douglass Park, 1616 Ash St. Cost is free. Visit juneteenthmemphis.org for a schedule.

64. MEPPI Files $155M Permit App For Rivergate Plant, Office -

2865 Riverport Road
Memphis, TN 38109

Permit Cost: $155 million

Permit Date: Applied June 2012

65. Biz Licenses Drop 2 Pct. in Q1 -

The number of business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office decreased by about 1.8 percent to 1,528 in the first quarter compared with 1,556 in first quarter of 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

66. Events -

On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest will be held Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for locations, show times and ticket prices.

67. United Housing to Hold Evening at the Theater -

United Housing will host its “An Evening at the Theater” on Thursday, April 19, consisting of a dinner and a special viewing of “Present Laughter” – a comedy based in the 1940s that the New York Times calls, “sharp, withering and funny.”

68. United Housing Opens Smart Classroom -

United Housing Inc. has revolutionized its Homebuyer Education classroom at its office, 51 N. Cooper St., to a smart one with funds from a City of Memphis Strategic Community Investment Fund grant.

69. Events -

The University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University will present Biomaterials Day Friday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the U of M’s FedEx Institution of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. The conference will feature panel discussions on the innovation of clinical needs of biomaterials, a networking luncheon and presentation by students and professionals. Visit tiny.cc/UMbiomaterialsday2012 for more information.

70. Events -

Rhodes College will debut its new lecture series, Communities in Conversation, with a discussion with linguist, political activist and writer Noam Chomsky Friday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. in McCallum Ballroom, Bryan Campus Life Center at Rhodes College. Chomsky will discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, contact Dr. Jonathan Judaken at 843-3292 or judakenj@rhodes.edu.

71. Events -

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Mid-South Roundtable will meet for its annual networking event Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 2100 N. Germantown Parkway, Parish Life Center, room 108. Ted Townsend, Greater Memphis regional director of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, will speak about Gov. Bill Haslam’s jobs initiative. Cost is free. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited. To register, visit www.cscmp.org or email midsouthcscmp@gmail.com.

72. Lakers Beat Grizzlies for 6th Straight Home Win -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kobe Bryant says the Los Angeles Lakers' early-season schedule has been every bit as brutal as they expected, forcing them to learn coach Mike Brown's system on the job rather than in practice.

73. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold a public-sector focus group meeting as part of the Downtown Memphis Design Guidelines and Sign Code update Thursday, Aug.18, at noon in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. For more information, call 575-0540.

74. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

75. Events -

LeMoyne-Owen College and the United Negro College Fund will host the Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports Weekend and the 41st UNCF Black Tie Gala Reception Monday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 20. A celebrity golf tournament will be held Monday at 7 a.m. at Spring Creek Ranch, 149 Chinquapin Drive. The News Channel 3 Sunset 5K Run/Walk will be held Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. A celebrity sports breakfast hosted by Elliot Perry will be held Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. on campus, 807 Walker Ave. The gala will be held Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Visit www.loc.edu.

76. Rock for Love: A Benefit With Edge -

Five years ago, Marvin Stockwell and Jeff Hulett, the Church Health Center’s guitar-swinging public relations duo, decided to throw a benefit concert featuring local and regional bands.

77. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Aug. 12, from 11:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dee Floyd, community development manager, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, will speak about its hospice. Cost is $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

78. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. R.C. Johnson, University of Memphis athletic director, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required. For reservations, email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

79. Events -

Visible Music College, in partnership with the Cooper Young Business Association, will continue its music series Visible Live Monday, July 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. The Sunday Traffic Brass Quintet will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

80. Spay & Neuter Services Gets Helping Hand -

A contest pitting 55 Memphis-area salons against one another for the title of “Most Pet-Friendly Hair Salon” came to a finish this week, with a total of $7,300 raised for Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services, a nonprofit clinic dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation through affordable spay and neuter services.

81. Events -

The Center City Commission Diversity Committee will meet Friday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

82. Events -

The Baccalaureate Service for the 162nd Session of Rhodes College will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd.

83. Broad Possibilities -

Back when Broad Avenue was the terminus of the Interstate-40/Sam Cooper Boulevard corridor, car traffic was a big problem.

84. Lighting the Fuse -

Memphis voters have 22 words to weigh as they decide what is to become of Shelby County’s two public school systems.
“Shall the administration of the Memphis City School System, a special school district, be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education?”
The words seem inadequate to cover what a “yes” or a “no” vote means after a state law and other factors changed the terms of a vote already scheduled for March 8.
Voters for schools consolidation may be against special schools district status but for letting some of the six suburban towns and cities try to go with their own municipal school system.
Voters may be against school consolidation and against special school district status if it includes taxing authority for the county school board, albeit with tax approval required by the Tennessee Legislature.
Some voters may see it as a way of ending reforms driven by MCS superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. Others may see it as a way of ending Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler’s dominance of that school system.
School consolidation advocates are still urging citizens to vote “yes” and school consolidation opponents are still urging citizens to vote “no.”
“The lay of the land has changed, so will people consider the lay of the land or what? That statement stands. It’s on the ballot and everyone knows what it’s designed to do,” said Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery. “This occurred after the question was put on the ballot. If someone wants to make that stretch, they’re jumping over a lot of hurdles. This was not in place when this was put on the ballot.”
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., along with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, sought a transition period even as political positions began to harden. He doesn’t see what’s in the law as a transition period.
“The way it’s structured, there’s every incentive not to reach an agreement. It looks to me like it falls off the face of the earth,” Wharton said. “There was nothing in there that states where do you go if at the end of this (the planning process) there is nothing resolved.”
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, disagrees.
“The state has a compelling interest in assuring that the administration of schools is properly discharged,” Norris wrote in an op-ed piece for The Memphis News last week. “To do otherwise defies common sense and common decency.”
Pickler said if voters approve the question, he will quickly move to assemble a team to work on the transition. It’s a transition that Pickler has always emphasized will be controlled by the county school system. That is one point on which the attorneys seem to agree.
“Clearly we understand that this issue is not about educational outcomes,” he said during a WKNO forum last week. “We still do not believe that creating a mega district … doesn’t do anything to improve education.”
MCS board member Tomeka Hart, at the same forum, countered “We do here as an economic issue,” a reference to the University of Memphis study showing special schools district status could cost MCS half of the county property tax base it relies on for funding. “It’s time to rewrite all of this,” Hart concluded.
Here is the timeline – to date – of the ongoing schools showdown:

85. Taking Care of Business -

A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.

86. Tenn. House to Vote on 'Health Freedom Act' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to opt out of a new federal health care law is headed for a full House vote.

The House Commerce Committee voted 19-11 to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Bell of Riceville.

87. Adversarial -

Both sides in the federal lawsuit Memphis and Shelby County have filed against Wells Fargo are beginning to strap on their armor.

The San Francisco-based financial services giant – one of the largest U.S. banks by assets – has hired Memphis attorney Jef Feibelman of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC.

88. Music of Duke Ellington To Kick Start BPACC Showcase Season -

The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC) kicks off its Showcase season with a tribute concert of the utmost sophistication. Jazz and blues singer Joyce Cobb and pianist Donald Brown will host a “Symphonic All-Duke Ellington Night” Saturday at 8 p.m.

89. Rival Bills Advancing on Tenn. Judicial Selection -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Supreme Court justices could be challenged in re-election campaigns under a proposal advanced by a Senate panel on Wednesday. But House leaders are voicing support for a rival measure with a more limited scope.

90. Events -

MemphisInvest will hold a property-buying conference today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its in-house training center, 130 Timber Creek Drive. The conference is free and seating is limited. To register, call 751-7191 or e-mail cjwhenderson@yahoo.com.

91. Harrison Wholesale Provides Wealth of Roofing Experience -

Whether a building is flat, sloped or steep, be it shingled or rubberized, Harrison Wholesale has the materials to roof it.

This Binghampton business at 2680 Broad Ave. specializes in shingles and anything else needed for a roof, including some guidance for the do-it-yourselfers.

92. Commission to Discuss Lender Suit -

Tennessee attorney general Bob Cooper came to Memphis last month, and in an afternoon meeting Nov. 19 with Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. the topic of discussion was a major piece of litigation the county is close to filing.

93. InMotion Interns Serve More Than Coffee -

A central mission at InMotion Musculoskeletal Institute is to recruit the scientists who will run Memphis’ medical research labs in the future. But a growing internship program is proving that InMotion can grow its own future scientists by offering meaningful jobs to students and instilling them with a passion for the work.

94. GMAC Dismissed From Hyneman-Bud Davis Cadillac Suit -

GMAC Financial Services Corp., the auto loan company sued late last year along with Bud Davis Cadillac Inc. by wealthy Memphis real estate developer Rusty Hyneman, has been dismissed as a defendant in the case.

95. 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.

96. Protest March Planned AgainstPossible Cordova Topless Club -      Speculation over whether local topless club magnate Steve Cooper is building more than a restaurant in Cordova has expanded into more than mere neighborhood concern.
     After more than 400

97. Bobby Dunavant Public ServantAwards Honor Man, Legacy -      To those who knew or worked with him, the late Bobby Dunavant was the ideal public servant.
     Retired Probate Judge Donn Southern worked with Dunavant for many years as both a lawyer and

98. Stiff Competition, High Stakes Drive Billboard Industry -

A story goes that Franklin D. Roosevelt could draw a line across a map of the United States and name each county the line crossed, as well as that state's political party chairmen. Old hands in Memphis' billboard industry have a similar ability.

99. Community Development Council, MATCU Offer Home Ownership Seminar -

Nov. 13

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law holds an open house and admissions workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 248 at 3715 Central Ave. Prospective students will learn about the law school admissions process, financing a legal education and careers in law. For more information, call 678-5403.

100. Cooper Installed asState Attorney General -      Robert E. Cooper Jr. has been installed as Tennessee attorney general. He succeeds Paul Summers, who did not seek reappointment.
     Cooper, the 26th Tennessee attorney general, served almos