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1. Ole Miss Rebels Prove Their Worth, Rewarded With Rankings Boost -

Underdogs sometimes receive great pre-game speeches. But in the Ole Miss locker room Saturday, Sept. 18, at Bryant-Denny Stadium, there was no sense that the Rebels were about to try and make a miracle, or that it would take one to beat then-No. 2-ranked Alabama.

2. Jobless Rates Fall in 29 States in August Amid Job Gains -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 29 states in August and held steady in 11 as hiring remained solid nationwide. Falling oil and coal prices continued to take a toll on energy-producing states.

3. Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way -

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

4. College Football Notebook: SEC Fumbles in Week 2 Action -

The chant “S-E-C, S-E-C!” still lives. In, you know, a mocking way.

Last weekend No. 18 Arkansas was upset 16-12 by Toledo, No. 6 Auburn needed overtime to dispense with FCS program Jacksonville State, and No. 23 Tennessee blew a 17-0 lead over then-No. 19 Oklahoma and fell 31-24 in double overtime.

5. Vols Nearly Set on Offense as Season Approaches -

With Tennessee’s football team three weeks into fall camp, the offensive depth charts are set at some positions, while others remain open.

UT coach Butch Jones enters the 2015 season with no questions at quarterback or running back. His has plenty of receivers and all should get their share of playing time.

6. Drug Execs Behind Female Libido Pill Have Run Afoul of FDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire.

7. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

8. Sports Shorts -

Five Memphis Tigers Claim Scholar-Athlete Awards: Five University of Memphis student-athletes claimed Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards for their efforts on the field and in the classroom during the 2014-15 season, the American Athletic Conference has announced.

9. Better Catch Schwarber While He’s Still a Smokie -

SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber didn’t waste any time catching the attention of the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon during spring training.

It was March 5, Schwarber’s 22nd birthday, and the Cubs were playing San Francisco. Schwarber came to bat for the first time in spring training with the bases loaded against Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.

10. Top 10 Recruiting Class Might Be Serrano’s Salvation -

Senior right-handed pitcher Will Neely, who opened the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament this week with a no-hitter and a 2-0 win against Bartlett, was the driving force behind Hardin Valley Academy’s run to its first-ever state tournament appearance.

11. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

12. Tigers Baseball Team Enjoys 10-Game Win Streak -

The University of Memphis baseball team is riding a 10-game winning streak, but the most amazing part of that streak is that the Tigers have played eight games consecutive games without postponement.

13. First Horizon to Host Shareholders -

Shareholders of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company will have an opportunity next month to share their input on the direction of the company when they gather for its annual meeting in Memphis.

14. Lady Vols Seem to Be Slipping Off National Stage -

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt’s arms are crossed and she has a smile on her face. Thousands of Lady Vols fans have walked past the Summitt statue since it was unveiled Nov. 22, 2013.

15. Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball -

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.

16. All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol -

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Marc, the beloved Grizzlies center, finished with six point and 10 rebounds. Pau, a former Grizzly and now a Chicago Bull, scored 10 points with 12 rebounds.

17. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class -

KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.

Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.

UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.

18. Even Rob Lowe Knows Seahawks Made Wrong Call -

Before Super Bowl 49, all the talk was about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and what they did or didn’t know in regards to “Deflategate.”

19. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers -

KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

20. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason -

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.

21. New Laws OK Wine Shipments, Ban Tiger Selfies -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – New state laws taking effect Thursday give livestock in California more living room, approve direct-to-consumer wine shipments in Massachusetts and levy the ultimate punishment on wannabe teen drivers in Nevada by denying them licenses if they skip too much school.

22. How Wealth Gap Complicates Sibling Relationships -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Jayson Seaver thinks about why he makes so much money while some Americans can't catch a break, he thinks of the sacrifices he's made, the jobs he worked to pay for college, the 12-hour days he spends at the office now.

23. Memphis Ties Abound in Jack Jones Classic -

This time a year ago, a Southeast Missouri State basketball team with a strong Memphis flavor came into FedExForum and played a competitive game with a University of Memphis squad that would later win a game in the NCAA Tournament.

24. Curry Reunion -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Friday night after Thanksgiving. Stephen Curry’s at the charity stripe. Swish! Golden State 18, Charlotte 10.

25. Shildt to Manage Memphis Redbirds in 2015 -

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Mike Shildt (pronounced like quilt) as the Memphis Redbirds’ new manager for the 2015 season.

The 46-year-old Shildt becomes the sixth manager in the Redbirds’ 18-year history and takes over for Ron “Pop” Warner, who was named a minor league roving infield coordinator with the Cardinals organization. Warner guided the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2014 as the Triple-A club posted a 79-64 record. Warner managed the Redbirds from 2012-2014.

26. British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds of US Jobs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.

27. Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets – even as a bigger political battle brews over the program's future.

28. With Dobbs at QB, Vols Look Set for Bowl Season -

As the jubilation settled this week, the University of Tennessee’s football team and its fans still savored last Saturday’s 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina.

This week’s open date is so much sweeter for UT (4-5, 1-4 SEC) because of the stunning comeback victory.

29. 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?

30. Winless SMU on Tap for 3-3 Tigers -

They aren’t No. 18 East Carolina and they aren’t winless SMU. Halfway through the 2014 season, the Tigers are in the middle. The University of Memphis is 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference and in a large pack of teams whose seasons could yet reach lofty heights … or tumble down to the lowly place everyone knows too well.

31. UT Who? Vols-Ole Miss Game a Mirror Image of ’69 -

KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.

Not on this day, though. It was Nov. 15, 1969.

32. After Florida, How Do Vols Get Excited About UTC? -

Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.

No more human orange-and-white checkerboard in the stands. Some empty seats, for sure. The most diehard of UT football fans will turn out to cheer for their beloved Vols against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

33. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? -

KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.

34. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents -

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.

The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.

35. Ban Sought on Children Working on Tobacco Farms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects.

The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

36. Prep Coaches, Players Sold on Jones the Recruiter -

Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.

Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.

37. Athletes Behaving Badly -

Make us laugh. That’s all we ask. Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston gets cited for stealing $32 worth of crab legs from a Publix: That’s funny.

Winston gets suspended for the first half of the upcoming Clemson game after shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus while reportedly mimicking an Internet video: Not funny, and really stupid.

38. College Football Notebook: September 9 -

University of Memphis sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch apparently likes the big stage. Lynch passed for a career-high 305 yards as he completed 27-of-41 passes (one touchdown, no interceptions) in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss at then-No. 11 UCLA.

39. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

40. Al Green Among Kennedy Center Honorees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.

Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts, the center announced Thursday.

41. Vols: Looks Like 6-6 Season -

Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.

Fall camp is done, and it’s time to get in game-week mode with the season opener against Utah State fast approaching.

So go to the little box next to each of UT’s opponents on the 2014 schedule and pick the winner.

42. US Home Price Gains Slow for Sixth Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous month and the smallest annual gain since February 2013.

43. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 17 -

HOOVER, Ala. – As usual, there was a large contingent of Alabama fans gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham that cheered upon first sight of coach Nick Saban.

But once Saban reached the podium at SEC Media Days, he wasn’t talking about battling complacency after winning that last national championship – or the last two national championships.

44. US Students in Middle of Pack on Financial Knowhow -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key – but complex – financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips.

45. Golf Tourney Welcoming Deep Field -

A year ago, former University Georgia standout Harris English tamed TPC Southwind for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, holding off Phil Mickelson and three others in the final round.

“I have a lot of good thoughts for this place,” English said Wednesday, on the eve of the 57th FedEx St. Jude Classic that tees off the morning of Thursday, June 5.

46. Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe -

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

47. Tigers Don't Feel Like 'Cinderella' vs. 1 Seed Virginia -

RALEIGH, N.C. – The pressure valve that at times seems to control life for the Memphis Tigers had opened in the form of a 71-66 victory over George Washington in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.

48. University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews -

David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.

49. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

50. January Insurance Sign-Ups Meet Monthly Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – While states are having varying success getting people to sign up, January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met.

51. Ludlow’s Boot Camp Takes Fitness to Higher Level -

While there are those people who jump headlong into exercise, pulled in by the rush of endorphins and an eagerness to look and feel better, others need a push.

That’s where Tony Ludlow comes in. The former staff sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corps leads participants five days a week in push-ups, crunches, weight training and jumping jacks through his USMC Fitness Boot Camp in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church in East Memphis.

52. Tigers Need Defense Against Cincinnati -

The best part of the Tigers’ 34-29 loss to SMU – if there can be a best part – was linebacker Ryan Coleman tying an NCAA record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns.

53. First Contract for Main to Main Connector Vetted -

The first contract in the $35 million Main to Main Connector project was approved Wednesday, Sept. 18, by a project coordinating committee.

The $1.9 million contract with Ferrell Paving Inc. of Memphis is the connection of South Main Street to the Harahan Bridge and a pedestrian and bicycle walkway on the bridge that is another phase of the project. The work will better light and improve and install sidewalks as well as add street markings to Carolina Avenue.

54. Spotlight on SEC Entering Week 3 -

Whether the rest of the country wants to admit it or not, the SEC has survived early and notable non-conference losses. In fact, the league is front and center for Week 3 of the college football season.

55. Influence1 Files $2.6 Million Loan for Former Bishop Byrne -

1475 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $2.6 million

Loan Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Maturity Date: Aug. 23, 2024
Borrower: The Influence1 Foundation
Lender: Regions Bank
Details: The Influence1 Foundation, the Memphis-based organization that bought the former Bishop Byrne High School in June, has filed a $2.6 million loan on the property, at 1475 E. Shelby Drive in Whitehaven.

56. South Junction Files $14.8 Million Loan -

Just a few days after its permits were filed, the development group building the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown has taken out a $14.8 million construction loan for the project.

South Junction Partners – through a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program via the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. – filed the deed of trust Aug. 27 with SunTrust Bank.

57. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

727 E. Mann Circle; 726. E. Mann Circle; 725 W. Mann Circle; 35 W. Georgia Ave.; 649 Florida St.; 18 W. Carolina Ave.; 9 E. Carolina Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Costs: $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.4 million

58. Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction -

A development group led by Henry Turley Co. has filed a series of building permits totaling $10.4 million for the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown.

59. Obesity Very High in 13 States; Many in the South -

ATLANTA (AP) – Adult obesity still isn't budging, the latest government survey shows.

The national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity last year. Overall, the proportion of U.S. adults deemed obese has been about the same for years now.

60. Volunteers Keep Goal Simple: Respectability -

College football coaches aren’t ever going to admit to looking down the schedule and circling the games that will define a season.

So first-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones isn’t going to tell you that home games against Austin Peay, Western Kentucky and South Alabama are in the bag, but they better be.

61. Gasoline Prices Begin Summer Slide -

NEW YORK (AP) – Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.

The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.

62. House Investigators: Disability Judges are Too Lax -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Social Security is approving disability benefits at strikingly high rates for people whose claims were rejected by field offices or state agencies, according to House investigators. Compounding the situation, the agency often fails to do required follow-up reviews months or years later to make sure people are still disabled.

63. Watchdog: IRS Enjoy Luxury Rooms at Conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Already under siege, the Internal Revenue Service was cited by a government watchdog for a $4.1 million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks, even as conservative figures told Congress Tuesday they had been abused for years while seeking tax-exempt status.

64. Unemployment Falls in 40 US States, Rises in 3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show the job market is improving throughout most of the country.

65. US Sales of New Homes Dip 0.3 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of new homes fell slightly in October and September sales were slower than initially thought. The October sales pace was dragged lower by steep declines on the East Coast, partly related to Superstorm Sandy.

66. Sandy, Budget Worries Hold Back US Factory Output -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory production of machinery and equipment fell sharply last month, held back by temporary disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy and companies' fears that a federal budget crisis could trigger a recession next year.

67. Unemployment Rates Fall in 7 US Swing States -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell or held steady last month in nine key swing states at the center of this year's presidential election.

Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia.

68. Clothing for a Cause -

Joe Williams believes that consumers want to help others, even if it means giving the shirts off their backs.

69. Study: Less Religious States Give Less to Charity -

BOSTON (AP) – A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity.

The study released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity.

70. St. Jude Honors Young Philanthropists -

Fifteen of the nation’s top junior philanthropists visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Thursday, July 19, to learn first-hand what makes the hospital one of the nation’s most well-known and trusted charities.

71. US Gas Prices Cheapest Since January -

The price of gasoline has dropped to the lowest level in five months, giving drivers some relief ahead of the July 4 holiday.

The national average fell to around $3.40 per gallon on Tuesday. Gas is now below $3 in South Carolina and under $4 in every other state in the continental U.S.

72. Buffett's Berkshire to Buy Media General Papers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett's company is making another foray into newspapers, agreeing to buy 63 newspapers from Media General Inc. for $142 million.

73. Former Mall Acreage to be Industrial Development -

Acreage on Former
Mall of Memphis Site

Sale Amount: $2.7 million

Sale Date: April 18, 2012

Buyer: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC

74. Events -

eighty3 will host an evening of free tastings for Memphis food- and beverage-industry service staff Sunday, March 4, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the restaurant, 83 Madison Ave. Only 30 reservations will be accepted each Sunday. Email full name and place of employment to info@eighty3memphis.com by noon Friday, March 2. Events in the four-week tasting series are limited to one per person.

75. Barton Leads Memphis Over East Carolina 70-47 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – After a demoralizing home loss to Texas-El Paso last Saturday, the Memphis Tigers wanted to show they had not lost their edge.

It took until the second half Wednesday night against East Carolina for the Tigers to display they were back in control.

76. AAPI Leaders Meet White House Officials -

Memphis community and business leaders of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani heritage gathered with White House officials Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss economic, educational, health and civil rights issues.

77. Tennessee Cruises to 77-58 Win Against Arkansas -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Volunteers have had the hang of coach Cuonzo Martin's tough defensive style for a while. Now they're starting to get into the swing of his motion offense, too.

78. Abortion, Immigration Changes Among New 2012 Laws -

Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.

79. Expectations High as Tigers Look to Build on Success -

After the University of Memphis Tigers’ first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Arizona, guard Joe Jackson might have fired up the grill and tossed his team warm-up onto the flames.

80. Congress Sputters on Deficit Cuts, Spending Bills -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.

81. Document Shows How Phone Cos. Treat Private Data -

NEW YORK (AP) – A document obtained by the ACLU shows for the first time how the four largest cellphone companies in the U.S. treat data about their subscribers' calls, text messages, Web surfing and approximate locations.

82. Fisk Alumni Conference Runs Friday to Sunday -

The Memphis Fisk Alumni Club, in conjunction with the General Alumni Association of Fisk University Inc., will host the General Alumni Association’s Southern Regional Conference Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave.

83. Morgan Keegan Mentioned in National Ranking -

Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. was the eighth leading underwriter of negotiated municipal bond issues in the country in the first six months of 2011, according to Thomson Reuters.

84. TVA Says Power Grid Not Fragile, Despite Storms -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – As the Tennessee Valley Authority continues to repair storm damage that temporarily knocked out some electricity distribution, the utility insists its transmission system is not fragile.

85. Naturopathy Gains Popularity in Fighting Illnesses -

After being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003 and undergoing surgery to remove a golf ball-sized tumor and part of his large intestine, Memphian Chris Wark shocked and disappointed his friends and family members when he defied doctors’ advice to undergo chemotherapy.

86. Front and Center -

Hundreds of aviation leaders from around the globe will descend on Memphis this week for the annual Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition.

The three-day event gives Memphis a platform to tout its aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of the city’s economy centered on the airport, other transportation assets and their connectivity.

87. Leaders Embrace Aerotropolis as Conference Nears -

A group of 30 people gathered Wednesday evening in what used to be a church just across Airways Boulevard from a runway at Memphis International Airport.

The town hall meeting by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was for airport employees, some still wearing uniforms from their jobs less than a mile away.

88. Aerotropolis Initiative to Develop Master Plan -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Dexter Muller has often said the word “aerotropolis” sounds like the place where Superman was born.

89. Slice of the Market -

The most successful locally owned Mid-South pizzerias set themselves apart from large national chains like Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s by offering high-quality ingredients, friendly service and unique dining experiences.

90. FedEx to Relocate Fueling, Recycling Centers -

2691 Democrat Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amounts: $2 million (fueling center); $1.5 million (recycling center)

91. Bank of America Posts $7.7B Loss on Special Charge -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday it lost $7.65 billion during the third quarter due to a charge related to credit and debit card reform legislation passed over the summer.

92. Towns’ MED Job Proves You Can Go Home Again -

Tish Towns has just finished her first year at one of the most challenging jobs in the city – spearheading the effort to secure funding for The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

It is a mission that brought her back home after 28 years.

93. Hospitals Challenged on Infections -

The rate of central-line associated bloodstream infection in hospitals is decreasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but data on how Memphis hospitals are doing won’t be released until this summer.

94. Image-Conscious Youth Rein in Social Networking -

CHICAGO (AP) – What’s that? A young college grad lecturing her elders about online privacy?

It might go against conventional wisdom, but a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project is adding fuel to the argument that young people are fast becoming the gurus of online reputation management, especially when it comes to social networking sites.

95. Gear Signs On at Pickler Advisors -

Hometown: Memphis. I am a native of California, but have lived here so long I consider myself a Memphian.
Family: Michael - 18
Favorite quote: “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” Demosthenes
Activities you enjoy outside of work: My favorite hobby is needlepoint. Also, I come from a large family and we are very close and spend a lot of time together.
What drew you to Pickler Wealth Advisors? David Pickler and I have worked in the same line of business for many years and when I heard about the opportunity to join his team, I jumped at the chance. David always puts the clients first and strongly believes in a commitment to the community.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I have the chance to change lives for the better each and every day – especially during the times of market turbulence over the last few years. The chance to work with a team that provides advice and counsel for so many confusing areas in so many peoples’ lives is deeply rewarding.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I truly enjoy getting to know our clients. Pickler Wealth Advisors offers an environment that lets clients feel at ease.

96. Jobless Claims Figures Raise Hopes for Recovery -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to the lowest total in a month, a sign the job market may be improving.

97. Is 9th District Really Black? Maybe, Expert Says -  

One of the most hotly contested issues of the Democratic congressional primary race between Willie Herenton and Steve Cohen may be why the district lines are drawn the way they are.

The 9th Congressional District has been predominantly in Memphis for decades. In recent years it has grown to take in small parts of the suburbs. The lines could change again after the 2010 Census, when the Tennessee Legislature begins its usual reapportioning process.

Herenton and his supporters have repeatedly said the district’s borders were drawn to enhance the possibility of black representation in a congressional delegation that’s all white.

“I want you ... to help us to retrieve for our children what we lost in representation,” Herenton told a predominantly black crowd of 300 people Saturday at an East Memphis campaign rally.

To make the point even plainer, Herenton quoted radio talk show host and political blogger Thaddeus Matthews.

“Think about that. White folks, y’all got all 11. We just want one,” Herenton said to cheers from the crowd.

The legal concept and practice of drawing districts that reflect a majority black population, however, is not that simple. It’s rooted in the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Section II of the act requires that, in certain circumstances, districts be drawn to “give effect to the political preferences of the minority population.”

“This is actually a fairly technical area and it’s been the subject of a lot of litigation over the years, trying to interpret how Section II applies,” said attorney John Ryder.

Ryder is a Republican National Committeeman and chairman of the RNC’s redistricting committee. He is also the most experienced attorney locally of either party in the law and political effect of drawing district boundaries.

The clearest guideline for the creation of such a district is the 1986 Gingles case from North Carolina, which established three criteria or preconditions to create such a district:

  • The minority population must be compact and contiguous.
  • The minority population usually votes as a bloc.
  • The white population usually votes as a bloc in such a way as to defeat the minority population’s candidate of choice.

Tennessee meets the first condition, Ryder said.

“The problem with the second two … conditions is that it’s hard to argue that the white majority votes in such a way as to defeat the preferred candidate of the minority population’s choice when we’ve elected Barack Obama as president,” he said, adding the 2006 U.S. Senate race in Tennessee in which Harold Ford Jr. got 49 percent of the vote in a statewide race won by Bob Corker.

“You just don’t see the kind of racial bloc voting that existed in 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was originally passed,” Ryder said.

The first black political leader to claim what is now the 9th District seat did so in the 1974 midterm congressional elections, in a district drawn with no overt racial considerations.

Harold Ford Sr. was a Democratic state representative at the time, seeking to unseat Dan Kuykendall, the white Republican congressman from Memphis in what was then the 8th Congressional District.

After the 1970 census, the majority Democrat Tennessee Legislature redrew congressional district lines to cede to Republicans seats in the majority GOP eastern end of the state, Ryder said. They also moved to create more Democratic districts in West Tennessee by splitting the Republicans outside Memphis between the 8th and 7th districts.

“As a result in 1972, those seats elected Republicans,” Ryder said. “They got a little too clever and overreached. What was then the 8th district was drawn to be a Democrat district, not necessarily a black district.”

Ford upset Kuykendall in the year of Watergate, when Republican incumbents were imperiled by the scandal and the tarnished presidency of Richard Nixon. Kuykendall also underestimated Ford, who held the seat for 22 years. His son, Harold Ford Jr., continued for another 10 years.

By then, black voters were considered the majority of registered voters in Memphis. The official numbers from the Shelby County Election Commission by themselves are less conclusive.

Voter registration statistics as of Jan. 31 show there are 412,433 voters in the city of Memphis. Of that number, 183,443 are black and 96,686 are white. Another 132,304 are listed as “other,” meaning they are of another racial group or did not indicate their race on voter registration forms.

The 2000 U.S Census puts the city’s population at 670,902 with 61.4 percent black and 34.4 percent white. Of the total population counted, 27.9 percent were younger than 18.

Ryder said the central question that was already present when Cohen was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 is who is the preferred candidate of the black population.

“Steve Cohen has obviously been successful in obtaining votes from the black population. I think he can make a legitimate claim to be the preferred candidate of choice,” Ryder added. “What it means is the Voting Rights Act certainly led to the creation of a majority black district, and that means that the black population in the 9th District has the opportunity to elect its preferred candidate of choice. In our political system, all players are free to compete to become that preferred candidate.”

Herenton and those putting together his campaign strategy point out that Cohen won the Democratic primary the first time in a large field with numerous black contenders. In 2008, Nikki Tinker returned from that pack for a second try in a smaller field of four challengers. Cohen won easily and Tinker later expressed regret over a controversial campaign strategy that stressed race.

The message to black voters from Herenton’s camp is a tacit admission that Cohen was elected with black votes.

“It’s the only place in Tennessee that you can elect somebody that looks like you,” Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism said at Saturday’s rally. “We’ve got to clean up what we messed up. … You should want the same, and if you don’t, something’s wrong.”


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