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1. Morgan Stanley Denies Ford Fired for Sexual Misconduct -

Morgan Stanley executives denied Monday, Jan. 22, that the financial giant fired former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. for sexual misconduct.

2. County Commission Gets New Majority in September -

Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

3. 14 Automakers List More Models in Takata Recall -

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include many made by Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Toyota , Ford and Honda released some of their models last week.

4. New Small Cars Unveiled at Auto Show, But Will Anyone Buy? -

DETROIT (AP) – Among the many shiny models vying for attention at Detroit's North American International Auto Show are the revamped Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte.

But cars – particularly small ones – are having a tough time getting buyers to look their way as SUVs grow in popularity.

5. Nomination Deadline For Dunavant Awards Feb. 1 -

Memphis is lucky to have an abundance of residents with a passion for public service and it is time once again to honor their commitment to improving this community.

Each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

6. Investigation Finds No Basis for Misconduct Allegation Against Ford -

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. says Morgan Stanley has concluded its investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct against him made last month and determined that it was not true.

7. Shelby County Commission to Have New Majority in September -

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term in the 2018 county elections.

8. Roland Pulls Petition For Mayor, Running As ‘Uniter’ -

Shelby County commissioner Terry Roland has been campaigning for Shelby County mayor since last year.

When he pulled his qualifying petition Thursday, Jan. 11, to formally enter the May Republican primary for mayor, Roland did so with a slogan of bringing “positive change to Shelby County.”

9. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

10. Ford Claims Vindication on Sexual Misconduct Allegation -

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. says Morgan Stanley has admitted that its investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct against him made last month concluded it was not true.

11. Shelby County Commission To Have New Majority in September -

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

12. Exit Strategy -

When Kroger’s Delta Division announced last week it would shutter its stores at 1977 S. Third St. in the Southgate shopping center and 2267 Lamar Ave. near Airways Boulevard, there was already a considerable history of what might follow the Feb. 2 closing.

13. Dunavant Awards Spotlight Public Servants -

Being a public servant often is thankless job, but each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service to the community by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

14. Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

15. Intel CEO: Fixes on the Way for Serious Chip Security Flaws -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Intel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers.

16. Younger Candidates Weighing New Political Moves -

George Monger listened to his critics and his backers late last year as he contemplated another run for office 11 years after his first try.

17. Akbari Pulls Petition To Run for State Senate -

Democratic state Rep. Raumesh Akbari has decided to run for the District 29 state Senate seat being vacated by Lee Harris in the Shelby County legislative delegation.

18. City Council to Consider Ideas to Mitigate Kroger Closures -

Memphis City Council members will talk Tuesday, Jan. 9, about the decision of Kroger’s Delta Division to close two of its Memphis stores in 3 1/2 weeks.

The sudden announcement could create food deserts in those areas of the city and make it difficult of recruit replacement stores.

19. McMullen: Legislative Session Influenced Timing in Monuments Removal -

Several nonprofits approached the city administration about buying Health Sciences and Memphis parks before the Memphis City Council approved the sale of each to Memphis Greenspace last month for $1,000 each. And some of them said no.

20. Splinter Creek Brings Eco-Living to Oxford -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Splinter Creek housing development in Taylor, Miss. is gaining regional attention.

The owners, a mother-daughter team made up of Ellen Leakes and her daughters Elizabeth Keckler and Blair Wunderlich, were recently named one of Southern Living Magazine's Top Southern Tastemakers for 2018. The development, nestled right outside of Taylor, Miss., is a 650-acre plot of land with space for up to 26 homes, where structures are designed to take their cues from nature.

21. Last Word: Saturday In The Parks, The Citizen and Kroger Backlash -

No protest or march permits applied for at City Hall as of Thursday morning in anticipation of a Saturday Confederate monuments protest, according to city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen at Thursday’s taping of “Behind The Headlines.” Our discussion included lots about the city’s move toward taking down the monuments Dec. 20 and what could happen next. Also, McMullen tells us there were some other nonprofits that talked with the city about Health Sciences and Memphis Parks before Memphis Greenspace. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO TV.

22. Ford Appointed City’s New Chief Financial Officer -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed city comptroller Shirley Ford to be the city’s new chief financial officer.

23. Ford Appointed City’s New Chief Financial Officer -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed city comptroller Shirley Ford to be the city’s new chief financial officer.

24. Ford Appointed New Chief Financial Officer -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed city comptroller Shirley Ford to be the city’s new chief financial officer.

25. Ford to Fix Coolant Leaks in Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk -

DETROIT (AP) – Ford says it will repair any coolant leaks that might be found in more than 200,000 recalled vehicles that are at risk of catching fire.

The repairs, detailed in company documents posted by U.S. safety regulators in December, come 10 months after the company said it would only install a coolant level sensor "with supporting hardware and software."

26. US Auto Sales Likely Dropped in 2017, But Remain Strong -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. auto industry's historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new vehicles – especially SUVs – remains healthy as the new year begins.

U.S. auto sales are expected to fall 2 percent to 17.1 million in 2017, according to Kelley Blue Book. That would be the first year-over-year decline since 2009, ending an unprecedented seven-year expansion.

27. Outlook Bright for Memphis' Gig Economy in ’18 -

Whether by choice or necessity, the number of people working freelance and contract jobs in Memphis and nationwide is increasing as the “gig economy” booms. Employers are saving money by not keeping as many employees on full-time or with benefits, while gig workers have added freedom and flexibility.

28. City, County Governments on Different Paths -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the city council members are half way through their four-year terms of office with the new year.

29. Events -

Memphis Grizzlies Youth Basketball holds its Grizzlies Holiday Basketball Camp Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Open to ages 7-16, the three-day camp features a rare opportunity to train inside the Grizzlies’ Built Ford Tough Practice Facility; instruction by Grizzlies Youth Basketball staff and GrizzFit certified coaches; participation in the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge; team apparel and basketball; and two tickets to a January Grizzlies game. Cost is $225. Register at eventbrite.com or call 901-205-1279.

30. Forrest Down -

It’s hard to know where the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is when there aren’t lights on it.

That was the case Wednesday, Dec. 20, as the spotlights normally illuminating the likeness of the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard were doused.

31. Council Delays MLGW Rate Hike Vote to Wednesday -

Memphis City Council members meet again Wednesday, Dec. 20, to vote on Memphis Light Gas and Water Divisions proposals to raise water, gas and electricity rates starting next month.

The council was debating the 1.05 percent water rate hike proposal at its regularly scheduled Tuesday session when chairman Berlin Boyd announced the meeting would recess until 4 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. It came as council members had a lot of questions about possible alternatives to the rate hikes across all three sectors of the publicly-owned utility.

32. Lankford to Manage Agricenter’s New Organic Center -

Chris Lankford has been named farm manager for Agricenter International’s newly created Organic Resource Center, which is designed to be a resource for Mid-South growers in the basics of the organic certification process. Lankford will be responsible for the operation of the new organic farm, developing peri-urban agriculture projects, and promoting organic agricultural practices. He also will assist the director of research in additional research as well as the operation of Agricenter’s farm as a whole.

33. Last Word: Bredesen's Return, Ford's Exit and Otis Redding 50 Years On -

Former Tennessee Gov. and Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen formally entered the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate Thursday via a YouTube video. AP on Bredesen’s entry and his background. Republican partisans are already assuming Bredesen is the Democratic nominee and Democratic partisans are already assuming U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is the Republican nominee. And the expectation of such a match up automatically went on the list of midterm races that those on both sides and pundits inbetween will be watching to get a read on national trends.

34. Morgan Stanley Fires Ford Amid Harassment Claim -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley following a company investigation into allegations he harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed a co-worker, according to Huffington Post.

35. Ford Fired By Morgan Stanley In Harassment Investigation -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley following a company investigation into allegations he harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed a woman he met with several years ago, according to Huffington Post.

36. Ford Fired By Morgan Stanley In Harassment Investigation -

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley following a company investigation into allegations he harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed a co-worker, according to Huffington Post.

37. Rivals Manning, Spurrier Enter College Hall of Fame Together -

NEW YORK (AP) – After the class picture of the latest Hall of Fame inductees was taken, Peyton Manning made his way over to Steve Spurrier for another handshake and some chit-chat before heading off in opposite directions to do media interviews.

38. Diaz Makes Second Bid for County Commission Seat -

Geoff Diaz came to Memphis in 2010 with a lot of political experience and inside knowledge of how the legislative process works.

He moved to Memphis with his wife for her job at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and arrived just after the 2010 midterm congressional primaries. With Charlotte Bergmann as the Republican nominee for the 9th Congressional District seat held by Democratic incumbent Steve Cohen, he immediately signed on as her campaign manager.

39. Last Word: Visions of Black Helicopters, 'Extreme Body Rot' and Mall Nostalgia -

A happy council day at City Hall to you and yours. I know this is probably a new and foreign tradition to most of you – the twice a month Memphis City Council meetings every other Tuesday. Or maybe you just don't think of the sessions in that way. This time of the year can be pretty mellow – a lull before what is really the biggest season at City Hall – budget season in the spring. But the council will be pretty busy Tuesday.

40. Extension of Council Term Limits Proposed -

Earlier this year some Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners began talking about changing the limits of two consecutive terms in office that each legislative body has in place.

41. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

Memphis-based affordable housing management company ALCO Management Inc. has announced two of its properties, Eastern Heights and Creekwood Apartments, will undergo an $8 million upgrade using funding from financial and governmental partnerships, since both locations are considered affordable housing properties.

42. GM to Launch Self-Driving Vehicles in Big US Cities in 2019 -

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Co. expects to carry passengers and deliver goods with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019, telling investors it's moving quickly and plans to be ahead of other automakers and tech companies.

43. Nashville, Sacramento Head MLS Expansion Finalists -

NEW YORK (AP) – Nashville, Tennessee, is among four finalists for a pair of Major League Soccer expansion teams after government financing for a new stadium was approved this month.

Sacramento, California, is considered a front-runner along with Nashville for the teams, which the league intends to award next month. Each winner will pay a $150 million expansion fee.

44. Kail, DeSaussure File In May County Primaries -

Attorney Danny Kail has filed in the May 1 Republican primary for Shelby County clerk and incumbent Republican Criminal Court Clerk Richard DeSaussure has filed for re-election.

45. ALCO to Renovate Two Affordable Housing Sites -

Memphis-based affordable housing management company ALCO Management Inc. has announced two of its properties, Eastern Heights and Creekwood Apartments, will undergo an $8 million upgrade using funding from financial and governmental partnerships, since both locations are considered affordable housing properties.

46. Touliatos Files In County Mayor’s Race -

Republican contender for Shelby County mayor Joy Touliatos is the first candidate in the race atop the May county primary ballot to file her qualifying petition. Touliatos, who is currently the Juvenile Court clerk, filed with the Shelby County Election Commission just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

47. Politics or Policy? Behind the Dispute Over AT&T-Time Warner -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation.

48. After US Pushback, AT&T Prepares to Fight for Time Warner -

NEW YORK (AP) – Seeing an attempt to block its buyout out of Time Warner as a "radical" departure by the U.S. government, AT&T is preparing for a fight to see the $85 billion deal through.

49. Three C’s to Building a Powerful Team -

Many business owners and executives want to be surrounded by empowered and motivated employees who join them in seeking new heights for their companies. But are they creating the right environment for that world to exist inside their companies?

50. Wiping Slate Clean: Now Less About Who Can Afford It -

The scales of justice in Tennessee are slowly tipping back toward the poor – and not so poor – helping them regain traction lost to often-minor transgressions.

Change is taking place in court battles and in the Republican-controlled Legislature, believe it or not.

51. Council to Take Final Vote on Confederate Monuments Alternatives -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues in city parks, and will discuss amending a city ordinance to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on Main Street Downtown.

52. County Primary Filing Opens With Paperwork Flurry -

A total of 37 prospective candidates in the May 2018 county primaries pulled qualifying petitions last week on the first day of the filing period Friday, Nov. 17.

And the first contenders through the doors at the Shelby County Election Commission in a period that extends to a February deadline confirms a few trends.

53. Ranked-Choice Voting Not Likely, Given State’s Opinion -

A move to ranked-choice voting in the 2019 Memphis elections is still being explored by the Shelby County Election Commission.

But it isn’t likely to happen, based on a September letter to local elections administrator Linda Phillips from state election coordinator Mark Goins that his office says is the final word on the matter.

54. The Next Four Years -

A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.

“Next four years,” was how it began.

55. US Denies Ford, Mazda Bids to Delay Takata Recall Decision -

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government has denied requests from Ford and Mazda for more time to test Takata air bag inflators as the companies try to avoid massive recalls.

Both automakers petitioned safety regulators to escape recalls involving more than 3 million vehicles. They contend that testing by Takata didn't show problems with Ford and Mazda inflators. They also asked regulators to delay ruling on the petitions until March 31 so Ford can do more tests.

56. State Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible -

The Tennessee elections coordinator has told Shelby County election officials that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting in an election because there are no state guidelines and procedures in place for counting second- and third-preference votes.

57. Last Word: No County Pay Raises, Landers' Red Ink and Diversity at First Tn -

Grizz lose to the Bucks in Milwaukee Monday 110-103. They return to Beale Street Wednesday to play the Pacers. Beyond that, the football Tigers are home Saturday for the next to last game of their regular season that could clinch their athletic conference.

58. Tennessee Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible -

The Tennessee elections coordinator told Shelby County’s administrator of elections in September that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting anywhere in the state because there are no state guidelines and procedures for counting the second and third preferences of voters to avoid a runoff election.

59. Oxford Mayor Planning Leadership Program for Girls -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Just a few months after taking office, the new mayor of Oxford is working on a priority that pre-dates her election: launching a leadership program for fifth-grade girls.

60. What Business Are We In? -

Frequent readers of this column know we are always asking questions. What you may not know is that our team members are busy asking us questions, challenging us to “think outside the box.”

61. Memphis City Council Ends Beale Cover, Taps Consultant -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 7, to spend $50,000 for a crowd-control consultant for the Beale Street entertainment district and to end the cover charge for entry into the district Saturday nights after 10 p.m. during the spring and summer.

62. Council Funds Beale Crowd Consultant, Abolishes $5 Cover -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 7, to approve $50,000 in funding for a crowd control consultant for the Beale Street entertainment district and to end the $5 cover charge for entry into the district on spring and summer Saturday nights after 10 p.m.

63. Folk’s Folly’s Kauker Named Tenn. Restaurant Manager of Year -

Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House general manager Diane Kauker has won the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association’s 2017 Restaurant Manager of the Year Award, which honors a manager who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service, and community and civic involvement. The judges noted Kauker’s outstanding performance beyond her normal job duties, including providing excellent service to Folk’s Folly guests and the greater community.

64. City Council Eyes Hotel-Motel Tax to Fund Pre-K -

Memphis City Council members will discuss a still-forming proposal Tuesday, Nov. 7, to fund universal prekindergarten in Memphis public schools by hiking the hotel-motel, or bed tax rate.

The 2:15 p.m. executive session discussion is around a proposal by council member Kemp Conrad that would increase the hotel-motel tax from 3.5 percent to 5 percent, which is the state’s cap on the tourism tax. The estimated $3.5 million that would generate would go toward a $7.9 million loss of funding for pre-K in 2019 when a federal pre-K grant runs out.

65. Google and Autonation Partner on Self-Driving Car Program -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Google is partnering with AutoNation, the country's largest auto dealership chain, in its push to produce self-driving cars for wide use.

AutoNation said Thursday that its dealerships will provide maintenance and repairs for Waymo's self-driving fleet of Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Waymo is Google's automated vehicle technology wing. The agreement will include additional models of vehicles when Waymo brings them on line.

66. Tennessee's Corker Doubles Down on His Criticism of Trump -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taking on a crowd of jeering union workers, standing up to a charismatic Democratic opponent on the man's home turf or lecturing upper management of one of the world's largest corporations, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has rarely backed down from a fight.

67. Last Word: Corker's Quest, Overton Park Transition and The Two Amazons -

The basic political differences between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee returned to the top of the news cycle Tuesday with an extraordinary airing by the two leaders that went beyond Twitter, at least for Corker. Here is the basic account from Associated Press of what was a story that unfolded over the course of a work day in the Beltway. It was a day that included Trump going to Capitol Hill for a meeting with Republican Senators, including Corker.

68. City Lays Out Numerous Paths to Statue Removal -

City officials laid out numerous paths forward in the Confederate monuments controversy Tuesday, Oct. 17, that include closing Health Sciences Park entirely or building a memorial to lynching victims in the park plaza where a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is now the centerpiece.

69. City Lays Out Numerous Options in Confederate Monuments Controversy -

The city administration and Memphis City Council laid out numerous paths forward in the Confederate monuments controversy Tuesday, Oct. 17, that include closing Health Sciences Park entirely or building a memorial to lynching victims in the park plaza where a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is now the centerpiece.

70. Monuments, Elections, TDZ Expansion All Before Council -

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 17, on an ordinance directing the administration to act on “immediate” removal of Confederate monuments from two city parks.

71. Editorial: End Runoffs to Avoid Ranked-Choice Voting -

Almost a decade ago, Memphis voters approved a set of city charter amendments that included ranked-choice voting – a system in which voters select more than one candidate and then rank them by preference.

72. Last Word: A Centennial, Corker Controversy Goes Wider and Ranked Choice Votes -

One of the most influential political figures in the city and state in the last half of the 20th century turned 100 years old MondayLewis Donelson, cofounder and senior counsel at Baker Donelson. A direct descendant of Andrew Jackson, the president from Tennessee who made the mold of the modern Democratic Party, Donelson started out, of course, as a Democrat. But by the 1950s was shaping the modern local and state Republican parties.

73. Ranked Choice Voting Faces Repeal Effort -

Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips uses the planets to walk people through how ranked choice voting works. Even Pluto is included in the nine-way race, although it is no longer considered a planet.

74. October 6-12, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: On the cover of The Memphis News, the opening of the $52 million “Heart of the Park” project at Shelby Farms Park turns a lot of heads and prompts a lot of new traffic on land that was once a prison farm and had been slated in the 1970s for residential construction. “I feel like it’s a city that’s reinvented itself,” Shelby Farms Park Conservancy director Jen Andrews says in the cover story. “It didn’t change who it was, but it reinvented itself – a sprawling city that chose to reconnect itself. … Memphis has become a city that believes in making things better for the public realm.”

75. Harris To Run For County Mayor, Leave State Senate -

State Sen. Lee Harris is running for Shelby County mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and will not seek re-election to the Senate.

76. Harris In Race For County Mayor, Exiting State Senate -

State Senator Lee Harris is running for Shelby County Mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

77. Harris In Race For County Mayor, Exiting State Senate -

State Senator Lee Harris is running for Shelby County Mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and he will not seek re-election to the Senate.

78. City Council Delays Final Vote on Confederate Monuments -

Memphis City Council members delayed a third and final vote on an ordinance that would direct the city administration to remove Confederate monuments in two city parks if the state historical commission doesn’t allow it later this month.

79. Automakers Bounce Back With Strong Sales in September -

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong monthly U.S. sales numbers, confirming expectations that a boost in sales from hurricane-ravaged Texas would push the industry to a September rebound.

80. GM to Offer 2 More Electric Vehicles in Next 18 Months -

DETROIT (AP) – Even though gasoline-powered SUVs are what people are buying now, General Motors is betting that electric vehicles will be all the rage in the not-to-distant future.

The Detroit automaker is promising two new EVs on Chevrolet Bolt underpinnings in the next 1 1/2 years and more than 20 electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2023. The company sees its entire model lineup running on electricity in the future, whether the source is a big battery or a tank full of hydrogen.

81. Paying Beale Street Security Costs Raises Lease Questions -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 2, on whether the city should start using some of the $378,000 in Beale Street cover charge funds the Downtown Memphis Commission has been holding in two bank accounts since June.

82. Sept 29-Oct 5, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1991: Willie Herenton is elected mayor – the first African-American elected mayor in Memphis history. Herenton upsets incumbent Dick Hackett by 142 votes, the closest margin in a mayor’s race under the mayor-council form of government, but not the closest in the much-longer history of Memphis mayoral elections under various forms of municipal government.
The election also sees the election of an African-American majority to the 13-member Memphis City Council. It is a tumultuous election night in which the vote count goes past midnight. The Shelby County Election Commission before and after this election had always released absentee votes first. In this case, the absentee vote totals are not added until the election day totals had been tabulated. The delay prompts several hundred Herenton supporters gathered at The Peabody to come to the Downtown offices of the election commission. They follow U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr., with a Hackett team of advisers arriving as well to oversee the absentee vote count. Herenton went on to become the longest-serving Memphis mayor, resigning July 30, 2009.

83. Shaky Start Exposes Raw Nerves as Dawgs Roll In -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones had more than Georgia on his mind this week. Rumors on message boards and reports on sports talk radio flamed the fires around Jones and the Vols after last Saturday’s 17-13 victory over Massachusetts at Neyland Stadium.

84. Ford Opens Commission Bid as Lenoir Prepares To Launch Mayoral Bid -

Campaign season for local, state and federal offices on the 2018 ballot has started.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. kicked off his bid for the Shelby County Commission at the offices of an East Memphis law firm. Meanwhile, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir rallied supporters in advance of formally kicking off his bid for Shelby County Mayor at a Thursday, Sept. 28, announcement.

85. Last Word: Political Tide Comes In, First Tn and Pinnacle Settle and The No Compete -

In East Memphis Thursday afternoon, Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will formally announce what has been evident for some time – he is running for Shelby County Mayor in 2018 starting with the May Republican primary. The primary field includes Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland and Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos. Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism is the only declared Democratic mayoral contender as we speak. Look for that to change.

86. Ford Opens Commission Bid as Lenoir Prepares Formal Start of Mayoral Bid -

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. kicked off his bid Wednesday, Sept. 27, for the Shelby County Commission on the 2018 ballot at the offices of an East Memphis law firm as Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir rallied supporters in advance of formally kicking off his bid for Shelby County Mayor at a Thursday announcement.

87. Win vs. Georgia Now Needed to Save Season -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football. UT’s Sept. 30 game against Georgia at Neyland Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Not after the Vols’ 26-20 loss to Florida last Saturday in Gainesville.

88. Last Word: The Brooks Question, Boyd's Answer and Tigers In the Polls -

Art as a real estate consideration. One of the more unusual of many considerations as the Brooks search for a new site – a possible new site, I should add, becomes the city’s favorite topic. So from the CRE vantage point – here are two more possible sites to think about if you haven’t already – Cossitt Library and the Fairgrounds, as well as right where it has been for the last century.

89. Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust to Stay in Capitol -

The Tennessee Capitol Commission blocked Gov. Bill Haslam’s request Friday, Sept. 1, to move the embattled Nathan Bedford Forrest bust out of the State Capitol to the Tennessee State Museum.

90. Delivery Without Drivers: Domino's, Ford Team Up for Test -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino's and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars.

91. Last Word: After The Eclipse, A Very Large Magnet and Cyber Insurance -

Back from the eclipse it would seem. Although I’m pretty sure some part of the moon is still obscuring me. Alas, I will just have to walk around with a crescent missing here or there. Just don’t look at me directly and we will both be okay. Although you might see me wearing the Seer Sucker this week seeing as how the same laws that govern looking at the sun during an eclipse apparently apply to wearing Seer Sucker after Labor Day. It's just not done. Famous last words.

92. A Different Body of Work Emerges For The Hereafter -

With the cost of traditional casket funerals rising to an average of $9,000 or more, many people are choosing less expensive options like cremation and donating their bodies to science. Numerous “green” options for cremated remains such as biodegradable urns or even using ashes for tree planting, use in rebuilding coral reefs, for stones for jewelry or for tattoos and portraits are gaining popularity.

93. Corker's Careful Balancing Act on Trump Knocked Off Kilter -

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sen. Bob Corker refuses to say whether he'll seek a third term, but he has carefully said and done all the right things to avoid provoking a spirited primary challenge next year.

94. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee -

Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.

95. For Electric Cars to Take Off, They'll Need Place to Charge -

DETROIT (AP) – Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner.

96. City Council Approves Beale Hotel, Parking -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, plans for a five-story, 101-room hotel and a five-level 103-space parking deck in the block of Beale Street between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard. Original plans called for a six-story hotel building, but that was later changed.

97. City Council Approves Beale Hotel, Parking -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, plans for a five-story, 101-room hotel and a five-level 103-space parking deck in the block of Beale Street between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard. Original plans called for a six-story hotel building, but that was later changed.

98. A Million Reasons Not to Jump Into the Tennessee Governor’s Race -

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.

99. Council Approves 5-Year Pact with University for Liberty Bowl Lease -

Just in time for an Aug. 31 football season opener, the University of Memphis has a new five year contract with the city of Memphis for the use of the Liberty Bowl and surrounding Fairgrounds area.

100. Tennessee Funeral Home Fined for Reusing Caskets -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee funeral home and its director have been fined more than $3,000 for reusing caskets without reupholstering them after they were rented.

WMC-TV reported Monday the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers found that E.H. Ford Mortuary Services violated state law by not changing the lining.