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1. Last Word: Failed Test, Trolley Back Story and Violent Crime Down City and County -

The state’s third problem with online student achievement testing in three years is gathering political force in Nashville. And that force is aimed for the most part at testing in general and the role it plays in evaluating teachers and students.

2. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1 -

Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy. Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.

3. Beer Run -

Last week I wrote a brief account of my high school football career. And that got me to thinking about other memorable high school experiences. A decade or so ago I wrote a column based on Bill Bryson’s “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” and another book that I was reading at the same time. Both books, I noted, had funny stories about teenage boys stealing alcoholic beverages.

4. Balink Chosen to Lead The Exchange Club Family Center -

Jennifer Balink has been named executive director of The Exchange Club Family Center, where she’ll begin her duties July 1. In her new role, Balink aims to secure and direct every available resource toward breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence in the Memphis community. 

5. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

6. Obama Nominates Pritzker, Froman for Economic Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

7. Commerce Secretary Resigns Following Seizure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Thursday he is resigning from the Obama administration after suffering a seizure earlier this month in the Los Angeles area.

8. Obama Selects Businessman Bryson for Commerce Post -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has tapped energy executive John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, putting a businessman at the helm of an agency tasked with boosting U.S. exports and promoting American business around the world.

9. Early Voters Face Slate of Local, Statewide Races -

Shelby County voters begin making their choices Wednesday as early voting in advance of the Nov. 2 Election Day gets under way.

Early voting sites, 21 in all, open Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. – all at the same time and with the same hours through Oct. 23, the end of the early voting period.

10. Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union Appoints Weickenand CEO -

Daniel Weickenand has been appointed chief executive officer of Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union. Weickenand’s appointment follows a year-long, nationwide executive search.

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education:
BBA in Accounting and an MBA at the University of Texas San Antonio
Work Experience:
CEO of MATCU; chief financial officer, FedEx Credit Association; chief financial officer, HEB FCU; Public Accounting
Family:
Wife, Diane; Children, Leah, 18, Michael ,16, and Cole 13
Favorite quote:
“We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal
Last book read:
“The Mother Tongue – English and How It Got That Way” by Bill Bryson
Favorite music:
Americana
Favorite movie:
“The Godfather”
Sports team:
Houston Astros
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Playing guitar, reading, live music and spending time with my family
What talent do you wish you had?
I would like to play guitar as well as Joe Restivo.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
The greatest influence comes from the members who have entrusted their financial resources with the institutions where I have worked.
What attracted you to Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union?
The appeal is the opportunity to do great things for the entire community by providing low-cost financial products and services.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Turning around troubled institutions and making them successful
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I really get pleasure from working to improve the financial lives of everyday individuals.

11. GOP Rejects Kurita's Secretary of State Bid -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says Republican leaders are not supportive of former Democratic Sen. Rosalind Kurita's bid to become Tennessee's secretary of state.

12. Cannon Center Hosts Thanksgiving Extravaganza -

Nov. 21

The Germantown Chamber of Commerce hosts a home tour meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the chamber, located at 2195 S. Germantown Road. Call 755-1200 for more information.

13. Archived Article: Scansource P. 2 - ScanSource names new leadership ScanSource names new leadership for Memphis distribution center ScanSource, a North American distributor of specialty technology products such as point-of-sale and bar coding equipment, has announced a new executive s...

14. Archived Article: Conference Schedule - lj 10/5 cates   Association for Quality and Participation Conference Schedule 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Welcome/AQP Update Educational Sessions 8:00-11:45 a.m. The Marvelous Money Machine ...