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1. Chief Administrative Clerk Sandra Truitt Retires -

Chief Administrative Clerk Sandra Truitt retired April 29 after keeping track of hundreds of thousands of case files and serving under four different district attorneys for 39 years.

2. Arlington Woman Indicted On Embezzlement Charges -

An Arlington woman has been indicted on felony charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the two businesses for whom she worked.

Amy Speight, 44, was indicted on charges of theft of property over $60,000 and forgery over $1,000, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office. Speight is free on $50,000 bond.

3. Commission Debates Full Bill for Police Body Cameras -

Most Shelby County commissioners expressing an opinion say they favor body cameras for Memphis Police.

But the opinions begin to differ significantly when comes to who pays for the back-office system to handle the recordings and how much the whole bill will be.

4. County Commission Delays Vote on Police Body Camera Positions -

Shelby County Commissioners put off a vote Monday, April 25, on funding related to police in-car and body cameras for the District Attorney General’s office.

Commissioners voted 10-1 to send the item back to committee for a discussion that will center on what the larger plan is for more than equipping Memphis Police officers with the cameras.

5. Arlington Woman Indicted On Embezzlement Charges -

An Arlington woman has been indicted on felony charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the two businesses for whom she worked.

Amy Speight, 44, was indicted on charges of theft of property over $60,000 and forgery over $1,000, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office. Speight is free on $50,000 bond.

6. Major Violent Crime Rate Up 18.3 Percent From 2015 -

The major violent crime rate was up 18.3 percent countywide for the first three months of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to crime statistics released Thursday, April 21, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

7. Major Violent Crime Countywide Up 18.3 Percent From 2015 -

The major violent crime rate was up 18.3 percent countywide for the first three months of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015, according to crime statistics released Thursday, April 21, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

8. Editorial: Memphis Police Director Search Needs Better Sense of Urgency -

Sixty-one homicides in 90 days, including a March death that was classified as a homicide by police on the other side of April.

This will likely get worse before it gets better because there is no quick fix.

9. Doctors Applaud End of Tennessee's Fetal Assault Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brittany Hudson was pregnant, addicted to painkillers and afraid of a Tennessee law that calls for the arrest of mothers of drug-dependent babies. She eventually gave birth without medical help, on the side of a road in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

10. MPD Officer Schilling Gets Disability Retirement -

The city of Memphis pension board granted a line-of-duty disability retirement Thursday, March 31, to Memphis police officer Connor Schilling.

Schilling is the officer who shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart in July during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill.

11. Last Word: Greensward Truce, Connor Schilling Retires and MEMFix Goes East -

You’ve heard of the mediation process surrounding the long-term use of the Overton Park Greensward by the Memphis Zoo for its overflow parking.
It appears there is now a less formal mediation process underway when it comes to the use of the greensward during the park’s spring peak season which is now underway.

12. Officer Involved in Darrius Stewart Shooting is Retiring -

The city of Memphis pension board granted a line-of-duty disability retirement Thursday, March 31, to Memphis police officer Connor Schilling.

Schilling is the officer who shot and fatally wounded Darrius Stewart in July during a traffic stop in Hickory Hill.

13. Junior League Hosting First Memphis Women’s Summit -

The Junior League of Memphis is kicking off its first Memphis Women’s Summit, a one-day conference to celebrate and encourage local women leaders.

The summit will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St.

14. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News' -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.

15. Commission Approves Millington TIF Amendments -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, March 7, a resolution that increases the amount of tax increment financing for the Shoppes of Millington Farms project on U.S. 51.

The total property tax increment going to the project increases from $3.3 million to $3.8 million. The funding is used for public infrastructure including water and sewer lines and public parking.

16. County Commission Approves Millington TIF Amendments -

The Shelby County Commission approved Monday, March 7, a resolution that increases the amount of tax increment financing for the Shoppes of Millington Farms project on U.S. 51.

The total property tax increment going to the project increases from $3.3 million to $3.8 million. The funding is used for public infrastructure including water and sewer lines and public parking.

17. Commission Votes Down Term Limits Referendum On First Reading -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a referendum ordinance Monday, March 7, to eliminate term limits in county government.

But the ordinance moves on to second and third readings despite the vote on first reading under the commission’s rules of procedure.

18. Collins to Help Develop Plan For Crime Commission -

Former Memphis City Council member Harold Collins will lead the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission in developing a new long-range plan for Operation Safe Community.

19. MATA Guard Pleads Guilty In Passenger’s Death -

A Memphis Area Transit Authority security guard has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving an unruly passenger who died of complications three months later, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, March 2.

20. MATA Guard Pleads Guilty in Passenger’s Death -

A Memphis Area Transit Authority security guard has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving an unruly passenger who died of complications three months later, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday, March 2.

21. MATA Guard Pleads Guilty in Passenger’s Death -

A Memphis Area Transit Authority security guard has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving an unruly passenger who died of complications three months later.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced the plea Wednesday, March 2.

22. Collins Joins Crime Commission -

Former Memphis City Council member Harold Collins will lead the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission in developing a new long-range plan for Operation Safe Community.

23. Last Word: Clinton in Whitehaven, Changes to Parkside and The Replacements Book -

The Presidential primary caravan has arrived.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Whitehaven Thursday evening to campaign for his wife, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.
And it was a reminder of his political potency as well as his popularity in a city that went for Barack Obama over his wife in the 2008 Tennessee Presidential primary but which was solidly behind him in both of his successful bids for the White House in the 1990s.
Clinton spoke in a packed Whitehaven High gymnasium to more than 700 people for almost an hour and then worked the crowd that gathered near the podium for another 25 minutes before sprinting out a door to a waiting car.
We’ll be busy this weekend with the opening of the local Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters and we’re still waiting on that promised Donald Trump Memphis appearance.
And we expect to encounter lots of Republican presidential partisans at the local GOP's annual Lincoln Day Gala on the 20th.

24. Letter to the Editor: A Trend Emerges -

“A Trend Emerges.” Just more than a year ago, a local journalist wrote those words in a report detailing the most recent Brady violations by the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office. Last month, that trend continued when the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility charged two more attorneys from that office with ethics violations.

25. The Week Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016 -

Guys, there’s an important holiday coming up that forgetting about would mean immense trouble for you. Luckily, City & State is coming to the rescue. Head over to the Broad Avenue retailer on Friday, two days before Valentine’s Day, for “BYOB” (Bring your own Bailey’s).
Bring something like Bailey’s, Irish cream, whisky, whatever, and City & State will add it to any item you order over on the coffee side of the shop. Meanwhile, the shop has also invited the makers behind Paper & Clay and Question the Answer to be on hand with their wares to take some of the pressure off trying to decide what to buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

26. Bratcher Shooting First Test of Local Pact With TBI -

The first fatal police shooting since local law enforcement and prosecutors adopted a policy of sending such cases to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is being watched closely.

And a quick initial account by the TBI is a change from the agency’s normal posture of not making any comments and abiding strictly by a state law that seals all of its records from the public unless by court order or subpoena.

27. Two Binghampton Gangs Targeted In Latest Zones -

Memphis’ latest no-gang zones take in a swath of real estate one may not normally associate with crime and violence: a country club, the Shelby Farms Greenline and an elementary school, to name a few.

28. Strickland Walks Back Wharton’s Police Camera Promise -

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland decided a week ago to scrap this month’s start date for the use of police body cameras, there were lots of questions, most of which were about the motives of his predecessor as mayor, A C Wharton, who had pledged body cameras would be recording police encounters across the city starting Sept. 1.

29. Strickland Postpones Police Body Camera Rollout -

The much-delayed implementation of body cameras for the Memphis Police Department's 2,000 officers is being pushed back again.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has indefinitely postponed the roll out of police body cameras citing a rush starting last year to get the cameras up and running without considering the back end of the process including record-keeping.

30. PRSA Honors Armstrong As Top Communicator -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong as its 2015 Communicator of the Year.

Armstrong will receive the annual award, given since 1976, at a Jan. 14 luncheon at the University Club. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton will join him.

31. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council -

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.

32. Police Body Cameras to Be Phased In -

Body cameras for Memphis police officers will roll out in nine phases, one precinct at a time.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis police director Toney Armstrong announced the decision Tuesday, Jan. 5. They say the phase-in will give them time to evaluate and make improvements in the complex system and the estimated 3,500 hours of footage the cameras could generate in just one day.

33. PRSA Honors Armstrong As Top Communicator -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong as its 2015 Communicator of the Year.

Armstrong will receive the annual award, given since 1976, at a Jan. 14 luncheon at the University Club. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton will join him.

34. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

35. Stewart Incident Triggers Systemic Shift -

For six months this year the Black Lives Matter movement in Memphis grew in an ebb and a flow governed largely by the growing list of fatal police encounters in other cities.

There was also an equally volatile and varied set of reactions by civic leaders in those cities as well as protestors.

36. Stewart File Could Start New Information Flow -

When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began its investigation this summer into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, it met resistance from Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling, who talked to police internal investigators but not the TBI.

37. TBI Darrius Stewart File Shows Questions About Second Fatal Shot -

It was the second shot that killed Darrius Stewart, that most of the witnesses said they saw. And that was the shot several of them questioned.

Stewart and Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling were just getting to their feet after a July 17 struggle, which took place on a Winchester Road church lawn in Hickory Hill.

38. US Attorney Confirms ‘Comprehensive Review’ of Darrius Stewart Case -

U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton says his office, the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division are conducting a “comprehensive review” of the July fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

39. Weirich: Police Cameras Come With Complexities -

If a picture is worth a thousand words, local law enforcement and criminal justice officials are finding cameras on police officers are worth many more questions about what happens to the video they produce.

40. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

41. Stewart File To Go Public No Later Than Next Week -

District Attorney General Amy Weirich is preparing to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart no later than Tuesday, Dec. 15. And the file will include videos.

42. Court Orders Release of Darrius Stewart TBI File -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal Memphis police shooting of Darrius Stewart will be opened to the public under a court order issued Tuesday, Dec. 8, by Shelby County Chancellor James Newsom.

43. TBI’s Report on Stewart Case Still Moving -

A Shelby County District Attorney General lawsuit seeking to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s file on the police shooting of Darrius Stewart will continue with the police officer who fatally shot Stewart in July allowed to intervene in the case.

44. Carolyn Blackett Takes Leave of Absence -

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett is taking a leave of absence.

Blackett was off the bench Monday, Nov. 16. Her attorney cited medical reasons for the leave.

Her absence comes as Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has requested that Blackett be recused from hearing any cases prosecuted by her office. That request would encompass almost every case on Blackett’s docket, except for ones that might be handled by a special prosecutor.

45. TBI File Case Involves Complex Issues -

The ongoing move in Shelby County Chancery Court to open Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files is not without legal precedent.

A Knoxville case that argues a different reason for opening TBI files has prompted two state appeals court rulings this year – civil and criminal – and could portend complex legal issues in the local case.

46. Carolyn Blackett Takes Leave of Absence -

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett is taking a leave of absence.

Blackett was off the bench Monday, Nov. 16. Her attorney cited medical reasons for the leave.

Her absence comes as Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has requested that Blackett be recused from hearing any cases prosecuted by her office. That request would encompass almost every case on Blackett’s docket, except for ones that might be handled by a special prosecutor.

47. Stewart TBI Report Case Hinges on Motion to Intervene -

The parents of Darrius Stewart have dropped their legal bid to intervene in the Chancery Court lawsuit over the release of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report into his death this past July in a police shooting.

48. NCRM President Says New Movement Comes With Sacrifice, Hardship -

The president of the National Civil Rights Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 11, told a group of LeMoyne-Owen College students and faculty that there is a new civil rights movement.

And like the movement chronicled in the museum, it comes with tension, sacrifices, hardships and a human toll.

49. Crowd Rallies to Protest Darrius Stewart Shooting -

Around 100 people rallied outside the Criminal Justice Center Tuesday afternoon to protest the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart and the decision by a Shelby County grand jury not to indict officer Connor Schilling on any charges in the incident.

50. Lawyers for Stewart's Family Want Special Prosecutor -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The top prosecutor in Memphis took more than two months to review an 800-page investigative report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer. Then she recommended that a grand jury charge the policeman with voluntary manslaughter.

51. Blackett Disqualification Motion Details Ethics Complaints -

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct is investigating two complaints charging that Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett acted improperly in ordering a new trial for attempted murder suspect Michael Halliburton.

52. Questions Remain About Effectiveness of CLERB Ordinance -

Before the Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Nov. 3, to a reconstituted Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, councilman Alan Crone had a question that wouldn’t go away.

53. Memphis Cop Won't Be Charged in Darrius Stewart Shooting -

A Shelby County grand jury has decided there will be no charges in this summer's fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling.

The grand jury decision came despite a recommendation from District Attorney General Amy Weirich for a charge of voluntary manslaughter. The grand jury returned a “not true bill” indicating it found no probable cause for the charge.

54. Armstrong Ponders Mayoral Transition -

When outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said last week that Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong plans to retire at year’s end, what followed was the best representation of the off-kilter relationship between the mayor’s office and police brass.

55. Nashville and Knoxville Police Oppose TBI Investigations -

The police chiefs of Nashville and Knoxville have come out against a proposed state law that would automatically send fatal police-encounter investigations to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

56. DOJ To Monitor Darrius Stewart Investigation -

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Monday, Oct. 19.

57. Justice Department To Monitor Stewart Investigation -

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Monday, Oct. 19.

58. TBI Probe Of Fatal Police Shootings Becomes Policy -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has become the go-to agency for the Memphis Police Department in the last year when it comes to investigations of police conduct. And that’s a policy.

MPD director Toney Armstrong, Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham and District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced Thursday, Oct. 14, they have signed an agreement with the TBI to automatically turn all such investigations over to the TBI.

59. ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Campaign Spreading Across the Country -

The person was not a politician, wasn’t famous and wasn’t in law enforcement. He – or she – just wanted to thank local enforcement people for the service they provide every day.

60. Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Theft From Employer ... Again -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A West Tennessee bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her employer, five years after admitting to similar charges involving a different employer.

61. Tennessee Legal Opinion is Latest Entry in Police Shooting Controversy -

The Memphis City Council cannot subpoena the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s records into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart in July, according to a legal opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

62. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

63. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

64. Weirich Gets TBI Report on Darrius Stewart Shooting -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation delivered a 600-page report Thursday, Aug. 20, to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich on the July 17 fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by a Memphis police officer.

65. Weirich Gets TBI Report On Darrius Stewart Shooting -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation delivered a 600-page report Thursday, Aug. 20, to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich on the July 17 fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by a Memphis police officer.

66. Wilbourn Turns Self In To Marshals -

Memphis Police officer Sean Bolton apparently saw a car parked illegally Saturday night near South Perkins and Cottonwood roads and interrupted a minor drug deal in the car, leading to a fight with a passenger in the car who shot Bolton to death.

67. Memphis Police Oversight Ordinance Back on Track After Wharton Backtracks -

Two days after an aide in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration said the mayor was against any changes to the 1994 city ordinance governing a Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, Wharton himself said he is for the proposed changes.

68. Wharton Maps Continuing Changes on Memphis Police Internal Investigations -

A decisive change in the way Memphis police investigate themselves highlights a week of sudden changes on the broader issue from City Hall.

The Memphis Police Department plans on turning over the investigations of all fatal shootings by Memphis police officers to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

69. Memphis Police Plan to Turn Over All Fatal Police Shooting Cases to TBI -

The Memphis Police Department plans to turn over all investigations of fatal shootings by Memphis police officers to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. confirmed Tuesday, July 28, that police director Toney Armstrong sent a memo to officers earlier in the day stating that would be MPD policy going forward.

70. Police Review Board With Teeth Hits Familiar Wall -

When Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton created the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board in 1994, it was under pressure from critics who said police couldn’t objectively discipline their own.

But Herenton, who had his own doubts about police objectivity, also believed the board was a hollow gesture. Its powers to investigate allegations of police misconduct would always be limited by civil service procedures, due process safeguards and the legal process in general.

71. One Week Later, Darrius Stewart Shooting Frames Larger Debate -

The best indication the public has of how Darrius Stewart died is a YouTube video of his encounter Friday, July 17, with Memphis Police on Winchester Road.

It’s dark, it’s hard to make out key details and there is a lot happening in and out of the frame.

72. Reaction Grows to Stewart Shooting -

The NAACP’s Memphis branch called Wednesday, July 22, for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to go public with the results of its investigation into the shooting death of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police office Connor Schilling.

73. Wharton Backs Moves To TBI In Stewart Shooting Probe -

Over the weekend, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong talked by phone about the death of Darrius Stewart.

Stewart was shot and killed Friday, July 17, by Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling after Schilling pulled over a car Stewart was in on a routine traffic violation. Stewart was put in the back of a patrol car but not handcuffed as police checked to see if he was wanted on any warrants.

74. Stewart, Goode Deaths Test Memphis, Southaven Police -

Darrius Stewart and Troy Goode died a day apart on different sides of the state line while both were in police custody.

75. Drug Trafficking Indictment Targets Gang Members -

One of the leaders of a street gang banned last year from the Legends Park area has violated the “no-gang zone” court order and is now charged with drug trafficking.

Steve Nelson, an alleged leader of the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, directed the gang’s drug dealing activities from the Shelby County Jail. When he wasn’t in jail, he was arrested twice in the Legends Park area for violating the court order that bans gang activity as well as gang members from congregating in the area.

76. Weirich Named Chair of Operation Safe Community -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is the new chairwoman of Operation Safe Community, the county’s overall crime-fighting strategy.

77. Weirich Named Chair of Operation Safe Community -

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is the new chairwoman of Operation Safe Community, the county’s overall crime-fighting strategy.

78. Jackson Plea Preserves Controversy -

There will be no retrial of Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

But Jackson’s Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter with a 15-year prison sentence, is hardly the last chapter in a story that began with the 2005 murder in East Memphis and the 2009 trial that included 40 witnesses and nearly 400 trial exhibits.

79. Noura Jackson Takes Plea Deal in Murder Retrial -

After serving nine years in prison, Noura Jackson entered an Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

80. Noura Jackson Takes Plea Deal in Murder Retrial -

After serving nine years in prison, Noura Jackson entered an Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

81. Tennessee Appeals Court Reverses Another Shelby County Conviction -

As two high profile Memphis murder cases moved toward retrial this week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed another murder conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court earlier this month.

82. Small Change -

When ioby, a crowd-funding platform for stimulating community change, partnered with Livable Memphis to launch its “discover ioby” initiative in February, it expected to provide $50,000 in matching funds to about 20 solid projects.

83. Six Criminal Court Convictions Reversed Since August -

Since August, Tennessee appeals courts have overturned the convictions of six Shelby County Criminal Court defendants on charges that ranged from murder to bad checks.

The latest reversal and new trial involved jurors in the 2012 first-degree murder trial of Eric Williams being passed a shotgun to examine after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent testified about how double-barrel shotguns operate.

84. Bill Passes That Allows Jurors to See In-Life Photographs -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that would allow jurors to see photographs of murder victims when they were still alive.

Prosecutors and victims' rights advocates hailed the passage of the legislation as a return to portraying the dead as more than just a corpse. It comes during National Crimes Victims' Rights Week.

85. New Trial Ordered for Fifth Memphis Case -

For the fifth time since August a state appellate court has reversed a conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court and ordered a new trial for the defendant.

The latest reversal came Thursday, March 26, from the Tennessee Supreme Court in the case of Frederick Herron, who was convicted by a jury in 2012 of raping a child. Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

86. Prosecution Team Named For Jackson Retrial -

Preliminary hearings in the case of a Memphis woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother continue in Shelby County Criminal Court.

Mike Dunavant, the special prosecutor in the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson, announced in a Monday, March 17, hearing before Judge Chris Craft that he has assigned assistant district attorneys Walt Freeland of Tipton County and Mark Davidson of Fayette County to the case.

87. Dunavant Names Prosecution Team for Jackson Retrial -

Preliminary hearings in the case of a Memphis woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother continue in Shelby County Criminal Court.

Mike Dunavant, the special prosecutor in the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson, announced in a Monday, March 17, hearing before Judge Chris Craft that he has assigned assistant district attorneys Walt Freeland of Tipton County and Mark Davidson of Fayette County to the case.

88. Special Prosecutor Appointed in Case of Memphis Woman -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A special prosecutor has been sworn in to handle the case against a woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother.

D. Michael Dunavant was appointed to prosecute the second-degree murder case against Noura Jackson of Memphis.

89. Appeals Court Reverses Conviction in Second Memphis Case -

For the second time in as many days, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a conviction in a Memphis case.

This time, prosecutorial misconduct in a bad check case prompted the overturn. Specifically the court focused on an assistant district attorney’s closing statement to the jury in the 2012 trial in which he repeatedly included his personal opinions on the credibility of the evidence and testimony.

90. Giannini Arraigned On Multiple Rape Charges -

A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday.

91. Giannini Arraigned on Multiple Rape Charges -

A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday.

92. Memphis Businessman Indicted on Rape Charges -

A Shelby County businessman has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated rape stemming from alleged assaults on three different women, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Wednesday.

93. Dunavant Award Nominations Open -

With Memphis elections on the horizon in another election year, Rotarians are about to begin the process of selecting new winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

The 12th annual awards that go to one local elected official and one local non-elected public official are a way of not only honoring the late Shelby County Probate Court clerk but also fostering a broader discussion about the nature of public service and specifically local public service.

94. Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang -

Fourteen years ago, a group of eight teenagers who lived on Burnham Street in Frayser tried to join the Vice Lords street gang and were rejected.

They became the FAM Mob street gang.

And according to a petition filed in Shelby County Environmental Court this week by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit to secure the city’s two latest no-gang zones, the rejection fueled violence that gang unit officers say have been a large part of the gang since its founding.

95. Latest No-Gang Zones Target FAM Mob -

Two Frayser apartment complexes are the latest no-gang safety zones in Memphis under court orders the district attorney general’s office sought from Shelby County Environmental Court.

The Ridgecrest Apartments on Rangeline Road and the Greenbriar Apartments on Dellwood Avenue are areas where members of the FAM Mob gang named in the court order signed by Judge Larry Potter are specifically prohibited from gathering together in public for any reason.

96. 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.

97. This week in Memphis history: October 17-23 -

2013: Standing at the corner of Farrington Street and Hollowell Avenue in Riverside, District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced the city’s first no gang zone aimed at the Riverside Rolling 90s Crips gang.

98. No Gang Zone Targets Legends Park Area -

In June a group of 100 gang members lined both sides of Mosby Avenue between Dunlap and Ayers Streets, shutting down the area, as they celebrated the birthday of a fellow gang member, according to the local Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

99. Collins Forms Mayoral Exploratory Committee -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins has formed an exploratory committee as he considers a run for Memphis mayor in 2015.

100. State Supreme Court Reverses Bartlett Murder Conviction -

The man convicted and sentenced to death for the brutal 2003 double murder of a husband and wife in Bartlett will get a new trial, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled last week.

The court decision Thursday, Sept. 25, in the case of Henry Lee Jones is the latest reversal of a conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court by the highest court in the state.