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1. Four Judicial Races on Aug. 4 Ballot -

Two years after the big ballot of judicial positions that are up for election once every eight years, there are four judicial races on the Aug. 4, 2016 ballot.

The two races for Bartlett Municipal Court Judge and races for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge and Shelby County Chancery Court reflect a last-minute ballot switch by the Shelby County Election Commission as well as continued turnover in countywide courts.

2. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

3. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

4. ALSAC Buys Warehouse For $6 Million -

483 Manassas St.
Memphis, TN 38105

Sale Amount: $6 million

Sale Date: March 17, 2016

Buyer: ALSAC

Seller: Michael Nussbaum and Joyce Nussbaum

5. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

6. Southaven Chamber Buys New Headquarters -

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce is moving to a new property at 500 Stateline Road.

The Chamber has co-located with the city of Southaven for nearly 20 years and now will own and operate its own building less than a mile away.

7. Southaven Chamber Buys New Headquarters -

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce is moving to a new property at 500 Stateline Road.

The Chamber has co-located with the city of Southaven for nearly 20 years and now will own and operate its own building less than a mile away.

8. St. Louis Cardinals Sell Majority Stake in Memphis Redbirds -

Less than two years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals finalized their purchase of their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Now, the Cardinals, pending full approval from the Pacific Coast League, have announced on Monday, March 7, that they have reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in the Redbirds to Peter B. Freund, the Principal Owner of Trinity Baseball Holdings.

9. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

10. City Hall Shuffle Moves Into Christmas Eve With 8 Positions Cut -

Memphis-Mayor elect Jim Strickland announced on Christmas Eve that he will eliminate eight positions in the current administration, one of them vacant. And a ninth positon will become a part-time position. Strickland will also follow through on his long-held desire to end the city’s involvement in and funding of the Memphis-Shelby County Music Commission.

11. Strickland Taps Memphis' First Female Fire Director -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland made another significant staff announcement to start the week.

12. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

13. Appeals Court Vacates Kyle Ruling on Bail Bond Rules -

Shelby County Chancery Court has no jurisdiction over the rules that Criminal Court judges make for bail bond companies.

That’s what the Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled in a case that reversed a March decision by Chancellor Jim Kyle, which barred Criminal Court judges from enforcing a drug-testing requirement in its recently updated rules for bail bond companies.

14. Hillary Clinton to Visit Memphis -

Hillary Clinton is headed to Tennessee next month, with plans to make appearances in both Memphis and Nashville.

Campaign staff for the Democratic presidential frontrunner sent word Wednesday morning that she’ll make her first campaign stop in the state Nov. 20.

15. Clinton Campaign Names Tennessee Supporters -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are among the Memphis Democrats who have formally joined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

16. Clinton Campaign Names Tennessee Supporters -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are among the Memphis Democrats who have formally joined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

17. Joe Cooper Case Raises Questions About County Election Commission Discretion -

The definitive ballot for the Oct. 8 Memphis election was a bit late because of a challenge by city council contender Joe Cooper.

18. Joe Cooper Denied Spot on Memphis Election Ballot -

Memphis City Council contender Joe Cooper will not be on the October Memphis election ballot.

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Thursday, Aug. 6, that Cooper’s request to be allowed on the ballot was not valid because Cooper didn’t gather the required 25 voter signatures by the July 16 deadline.

19. Joe Cooper Denied Spot On Memphis Election Ballot -

Memphis City Council contender Joe Cooper will not be on the October Memphis election ballot.

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Thursday, Aug. 6, that Cooper’s request to be allowed on the ballot was not valid because Cooper didn’t gather the required 25 voter signatures by the July 16 deadline.

20. Kyle Puts Memphis Election Ballot On Hold -

The ballot for the Oct. 8 Memphis election is not final.

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle issued a court order Thursday, July 30, holding up any printing of ballots or public notice of the election ballot pending an Aug. 6 hearing on a petition by city council candidate Joe Cooper.

21. Memphis' Tallest Building Faces June 24 Utility Cutoff -

The owner of the skyscraper at 100 N. Main St., the city’s tallest office building, has two weeks to pay the delinquent balance on the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill before utilities will be disconnected, a move that would catch a popular Downtown restaurant in the crossfire, according to a an executive at the publicly owned utility.

22. 100 N. Main Owner Still Owes MLGW -

The owner of the city’s tallest office building still has not paid the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill on the property, and an official with the publicly owned utility said the two sides remain engaged in talks.

23. 100 N. Main Could Lose Utilities -

The owner of the city’s tallest office building has until the end of the month to pay at least the past-due portion of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill on the property before potentially facing cutoff.

24. Southwind Annexation Moves Past Two New Judges -

Chancellor Oscar Carr has been on the bench in Chancery Court four months and he’s already had the kind of case his judicial colleagues warned him about at his formal swearing-in ceremony last week.

25. County Sees New Faces, New Directions -

There was a lot of moving around in Shelby County government in 2014, much of it the literal kind as the Vasco Smith County Administration Building was remodeled.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell got new offices in the renovation and the Shelby County Commission chambers got an upgrade as well with the commission offices and committee room moving from the fourth floor to the sixth floor.

26. Harris Chosen to Lead Tennessee Senate Democrats -

Newly elected state Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis is the new leader of Tennessee Senate Democrats.

Harris was chosen Tuesday, Nov. 25, by the group of five Democratic senators. Three of the five Democrats in the 33-member state Senate are from Memphis: Harris and Sens. Sara Kyle and Reginald Tate.

27. After the Campaign -

The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.

At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.

28. 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.

29. County Commission to Consider Fairgrounds Deal -

The idea of reconfiguring the Mid-South Fairgrounds as a public recreation area financed by the city of Memphis with sales tax revenue from retail development has come back to life under new terms.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

33. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

34. Shelby Early Vote Shows "No" Carry On Abortion Amendment -

Shelby County’s early vote totals show a defeat for the amendment to the Tennessee Constitution involving abortion and passage of the other three amendments.

The vote count for Shelby County only during the early voting period in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election day show:

35. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

36. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

37. Carr Appointed to Chancery Court Vacancy -

Attorney Oscar C. Carr III is the newest Shelby County Chancery Court judge. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday, Oct. 16, his appointment of Carr to the vacancy on the court created when Chancellor Kenny Armstrong was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals earlier this year.

38. Carr Appointed to Chancery Court Vacancy -

Attorney Oscar C. Carr III is the newest Shelby County Chancery Court judge.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday, Oct. 16, his appointment of Carr to the vacancy on the court created when Chancellor Kenny Armstrong was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals earlier this year.

39. Wellness Clinic Part of City’s Insurance Changes -

A new “wellness clinic” for city of Memphis employees and retirees opens Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Midtown and takes its place in City Hall’s summer to fall political tempest over changes in health insurance coverage approved by the Memphis City Council in June.

40. Chancery Court Vacancy Down to 3 Finalists -

Three Memphis attorneys, including two who ran for other divisions of Shelby County Chancery Court in the August general elections, have been recommended for the Chancery Court judge vacancy.

Oscar Carr, Jim Newsom and Mike Richards are the finalists recommended Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam by the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments. They were among the 15 attorneys who applied for the vacancy and were interviewed by the state commission.

41. Chancery Court Vacancy Down to 3 Finalists -

Three Memphis attorneys, including two who ran for other divisions of Shelby County Chancery Court in the August general elections, have been recommended for the Chancery Court judge vacancy.

Oscar Carr, Jim Newsom and Mike Richards are the finalists recommended Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam by the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments. They were among the 15 attorneys who applied for the vacancy and were interviewed by the state commission.

42. Carr, Newsom and Richards Finalists for Chancery Court Judge -

Three Memphis attorneys including two who ran for other divisions of Chancery Court on the August county general election ballot have been recommended for the Chancery Court Judge vacancy.

Oscar Carr, Jim Newsom and Mike Richards are the finalists recommended Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam by the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments. There were among the 15 attorneys who applied for the vacancy and were interviewed by the state commission.

43. Sara Kyle Claims Democratic Senate Nomination -

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

44. Kyle Gets Democratic State Senate Nod -

Shelby County Democratic Party leaders chose former Public Service Commissioner and Tennessee Regulatory Authority Commission Sara Kyle Monday, Sept. 8, as the Democratic nominee for State Senate District 30.

45. Democrats Choose State Senate Nominee -

When Shelby County Democratic Party leaders gather Monday, Sept. 8, to pick their party’s nominee in the November special general election for state Senate District 30, it will also be an indication of how deep the wounds run from the party’s disastrous August election outing.

46. Flinn Gets Republican State Senate Nomination -

Fresh from running in the August U.S. Senate Republican primary, George Flinn is back on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Republican nominee in the special general election for state Senate District 30.

47. Nine Losing Candidates Challenge August Vote -

Nine losing candidates from the August elections are contesting the results in a Shelby County Chancery Court lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 2 by Democratic candidates Joe Brown, Henri Brooks and Wanda Halbert; judicial candidates Mozella Ross, Kim Sims, Kenya Brooks, J. Nathan Toney and Alicia Howard; and Doris Deberry-Bradshaw, who ran in a state House Democratic primary.

48. Legal Opinion Sets Rules for Filling State Senate Vacancy -

The local Democratic and Republican parties have until Sept. 8 to select a nominee for the state Senate District 30 seat that becomes vacant Friday, Aug. 29, according to a legal opinion Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Tennessee attorney general’s office.

49. Election Commission Certifies August Vote -

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the August election results Monday, Aug. 25, at the beginning of a week that includes an early oath of office for those elected to county offices on the ballot.

50. Field of 15 Apply for Chancery Court Judge -

A field of 15 Memphis attorneys applied to become the newest Chancery Court Judge as Chancellor Kenny Armstrong moves to a seat on the state appeals court in a week.

51. Kyle Seeks Attorney General’s Opinion on Succession -

State Sen. Jim Kyle is asking the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on how the process will work for putting his Senate seat on the November ballot and how the Democratic and Republican nominees should be chosen.

52. Kyle Senate Replacement Process Slows -

Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson has slowed down the process of picking a Democratic nominee for the state Senate seat Jim Kyle is giving up effective Sept. 1 to become a Chancery Court judge.

53. Wine Referendum Makes Suburban Ballot -

Voters in the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County will vote in November on whether they want grocery stores to sell wine.

The referendum question is on the Nov. 4 ballot in Arlington, Lakeland, Collierville, Germantown, Millington and Bartlett, as of Friday, Aug. 22.

54. Kyle Senate Seat Vacancy Process Begins -

Local Democratic leaders began taking applications Monday, Aug. 18, for the state Senate District 30 seat in the Tennessee Legislature that becomes vacant Sept. 1.

And Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson scheduled a caucus of local party executive committee members from District 30 on Aug. 28 to discuss the vacancy.

55. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

56. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

57. Grizzlies License Plate Added to Specialty List -

Move over Growl Towels. The Grizzlies now have an official license plate.

The new Grizzlies License Plate will be added to the specialty license plates available for Tennessee motorists with the purchase of 1,000 plates through Grizzlies.com this upcoming season. The Tennessee Legislature added the Memphis Grizzlies License Plate to its stock of sports specialty plates with the help of approved legislation from Sen. Jim Kyle and Rep. Larry Miller and the Shelby County Delegation.

58. Grizzlies License Plate Added to Specialty List -

Move over Growl Towels. The Grizzlies now have an official license plate.

The new Grizzlies License Plate will be added to the specialty license plates available for Tennessee motorists with the purchase of 1,000 plates through Grizzlies.com this upcoming season. The Tennessee Legislature added the Memphis Grizzlies License Plate to its stock of sports specialty plates with the help of approved legislation from Sen. Jim Kyle and Rep. Larry Miller and the Shelby County Delegation.

59. Memphis Bar Reveals Judicial Candidate Poll -

All but three of the 24 local judicial incumbents on the Aug. 7 ballot came out on top in the Memphis Bar Association poll of judicial candidates released Monday, June 30.

Attorneys were asked by the bar to select candidates based on who they felt was best qualified to hold the office.

60. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

61. Bell Holds Hearing Over Chief Justice Complaint -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Republican panel has spent four hours questioning top judicial officials in an inquiry over the handling of a complaint against the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

62. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone -

From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.

63. Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements -

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

64. Democratic Leader Urges Meth Bill Veto -

The Democratic leader of the state Senate is urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto his own legislation to limit the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine.

65. Bourland Heflin to Expand, Renovate Poplar Home -

A Memphis law firm is expanding its East Memphis office and improving public areas for clients and visitors.

Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews PLC renewed and expanded its lease in the 5400 Poplar Ave. office building.

66. Democratic Leader Urges Meth Bill Veto -

The Democratic leader of the state Senate is urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto his own legislation to limit the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine.

67. Senate to Vote on Tennessee's $32.4 Billion Spending Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is poised to vote on a $32.4 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning in July.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-2 on Wednesday to advance the budget plan to a full Senate vote. The plan removes previously planned salary increases for teachers and state employees to make up for flagging state revenue collections.

68. Startup Conference Prepares to Return to Memphis -

Final preparations are underway for the startup-focused Everywhere Else conference, which is returning to Memphis at the end of the month after its launch here last year and will bring entrepreneurs, investors and creatives from around the country to the Bluff City.

69. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

70. Filing Frenzy -

Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.

71. Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has walked a fine line since announcing a year ago that the state would not accept federal funding for an expansion of TennCare, Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, at least for now.

72. Attorney General Election Measure Fails in Senate -

A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general has failed again in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was defeated 16-15 on Thursday after failing to get a majority of 17 votes. It failed to pass 15-14 last month.

73. Attorney General Election Measure Fails in Senate -

A proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general has failed again in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was defeated 16-15 on Thursday after failing to get a majority of 17 votes. It failed to pass 15-14 last month.

74. Senators Consider Supporting AG Election -

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state’s attorney general.

75. Senators Consider Supporting AG Election -

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he may swing his support behind a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the popular election of the state's attorney general.

76. Senate Passes Medicaid Legislative Approval Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that requires Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee has passed the Senate even though the Republican governor has already said he would consult with lawmakers.

77. Election Commission Hears Ballot Challenges -

Shelby County Election Commissioners could complete the ballot for the May Shelby County primary elections Wednesday, March 5, by deciding on challenges to the residency of three candidates in the Democratic primaries.

78. Cohen Against Haslam’s College Plan -

The legislator who pushed and finally won passage of the Tennessee Lottery a decade ago doesn’t like the plan by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to use most of the lottery reserve for an endowment to offer two years of community college free to every Tennessee high school graduate.

79. Haslam: Remove Higher Education Barriers -

When Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam outlined an endowment from Tennessee lottery reserve funds to offer two years of community college free to all Tennesseans graduating high school – a plan he presented during his State of the State address Monday, Feb. 3 – it was a concept that had been years in the making.

80. Panel Rejects Campus Voter ID Legislation -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would let students at public colleges and universities use their campus identification card to vote is dead this session.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis was defeated 7-2 this week in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

81. State Sen. Kyle to Run For Chancery Court -

Tennessee Sen. Jim Kyle announced Thursday, Jan. 16, he will be running for Chancery Court Part II judge in the Aug. 7 Shelby County judicial elections.

82. State Sen. Kyle to Run for Chancery Court -

Tennessee Sen. Jim Kyle announced Thursday, Jan. 16, he will be running for Chancery Court Part II judge in the Aug. 7 Shelby County judicial elections.

83. Haslam Cites Manufacturing Boom in Grants -

Armed with a $16.5 million fund approved by the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has lots of West Tennessee stops this week as he awards grants that will provide workforce training equipment to state schools certifying workers or training them for associate degrees.

84. Kyle: Lottery Reserve Should Go to College Completion -

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to use some of the surplus funds from the Tennessee lottery to pay for more Tennesseans to resume and complete college.

85. Attorney General Reopens Nineteenth Century Club Review -

The state attorney general has reopened a review of the sale of the Nineteenth Century Club property on Union Avenue just as efforts by current and former club members to challenge the sale face a critical Monday fundraising deadline.

86. Kyle Files Bill to Create Grizzlies License Plates -

Tennessee state Sen. Jim Kyle has filed a bill that would create a Memphis Grizzlies specialty license plate.

87. Kyle Files Bill to Create Grizzlies License Plates -

Tennessee state Sen. Jim Kyle has filed a bill that would create a Memphis Grizzlies specialty license plate.

88. Kyle, Kelsey Debate Health Care, Government’s Role -

State Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis says Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly are becoming like “Dixiecrats” – the Southern segregationist Democrats in the U.S. Congress in the late 1940s who formed their own party for a time.

89. Charter School Authorizer Bill Advances -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal that seeks to change the way certain charter schools are authorized said Wednesday the measure is needed to continue education reform in Tennessee.

90. Municipal Schools Bill Sails Through House, Senate -

After much speculation about resistance from other parts of the state to lifting the statewide ban on special school districts statewide, the bill to do that sailed through the Tennessee House and Senate Monday, April 15.

91. Charter Panel Bill Slowed in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers questioned a proposal to create a special panel to authorize charter schools in several Tennessee counties during debate at the state Legislature Tuesday, while a nonprofit group criticized the governor's decision to withdraw his school voucher program.

92. Kathleen Gomes Named Probate Court Judge -

Attorney Kathleen Gomes was appointed Monday, April 1, by the Shelby County Commission as the new Probate Court judge. She will fill the vacancy created by the pending retirement of Judge Robert Benham.

93. Gomes Named Probate Court Judge -

Attorney Kathleen Gomes was appointed Monday, April 1, by the Shelby County Commission as the new Probate Court judge. She will fill the vacancy created by the pending retirement of Judge Robert Benham.

94. Commission Votes Down Residency Referendum, Names Gomes New Judge -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, April 1, to an exemption to the county government residency requirement for Memphis City Schools teachers and other school system employees.

The commission also voted down an August ballot question that would have put to voters doing away with the residency requirement in the county charter.

95. Commission to Consider Residency Ballot Item -

Shelby County Commissioners take a final vote Monday, April 1, on a referendum ordinance that would do away with county government’s residency requirement for employment.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

96. Sara Kyle Resigns From Tennessee Regulatory Authority -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Sara Kyle has resigned from the board of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, citing the panel's diminished role under a restructuring of the agency by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

97. Kyle Gives Democrats Voice in GOP-Dominated Senate -

State Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, the Democratic leader of the Senate, sees things at the legislature these days he does not like.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. Kyle Wants GOP Senate Caucus Meetings Open -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The top Democrat in the state Senate is calling on Republicans to make the upper chamber of the General Assembly subject to open government laws, saying he wants to see more transparency in government.