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1. Firestone Fallout -

The red letters grow fainter as the years pass in North Memphis. The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. plant’s smokestack, once a symbol of the industrial base that defined North Memphis, has become a different kind of symbol in the 35 years since the tire plant closed.

2. Around Memphis: June 18, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

3. Pruitt Pumped Up for ‘Exciting’ Spring Game -

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt loosened up a bit as the Vols went through spring practices last week, talking at length about individual players for the first time.

Big deal? Yeah, probably for media and fans starved for information about Pruitt’s first team of Vols.

4. Who Starts on Defense? You’ll Have to Wait -

Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t been afraid to change things around during his first spring practice as Tennessee’s head football coach.

5. MLK50 Events: A Roundup of Memphis Happenings -

Here's a selection of events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 3 is the 50th anniversary of King’s last speech – the “Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, while April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

6. Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Agrees to Guilty Plea in Russia Probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign is scheduled to plead guilty on Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.

7. Last Word: 50 Years Ago, Skeleton Hotel in Court and New Moves on Forrest -

It was 50 years ago Thursday that the event that sparked the 1968 sanitation workers strike happened near Colonial and Sea Isle in East Memphis. City sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole were killed when the trash compactor on back of their city truck malfunctioned and crushed them.

8. Last Word: Wiretaps in the Wright Case, Target Layoffs and SCS Looks To Move -

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis among those boycotting the State of the Union address Tuesday evening by President Donald Trump. “The president is unworthy of the podium, the position and the power.” Republican Congressman David Kustoff of Germantown among those not boycotting SOTU. “Just one year after president Trump took the oath of office, our economy is the strongest it has been in decades. … We passed historic tax reform and we bolstered our military and support our veterans. Last year, the president kept his promises and tonight, he told the American people that he is not done.”

9. Titans Willing to Let Davis Learn on the Job -

One of the most anticipated aspects of this Tennessee Titans season was how much of an impact rookie wide receiver Corey Davis could have.

10. Retired Firefighter Killed in House Fire in Jackson, Tennessee -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a retired firefighter has died in a house fire in Tennessee.

Madison County Fire Department Chief Eric Turner told the Jackson Sun that 72-year-old Joe Collins was killed in a house fire on Monday morning. Collins was a retired Jackson firefighter who had lived in the home for over 30 years.

11. Titans Begin Season With Questions At Wide Receiver -

For most of their two decades in Tennessee, the wide receiver position has been a glaring hole for the Titans.

Other than the years when Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett were among Steve McNair’s primary targets, and an occasional quality free agent signing like Nate Washington, there have been many swings and misses when it comes to the Titans and the wide receiver position.

12. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement -

Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.

Tennessee starts its fifth season of the Butch Jones coaching era on Monday night against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN).

13. Kelly, Legacy Teammates Ready for Final Season With Vols -

Todd Kelly Jr. can’t believe it’s his last hoorah. The senior safety from Webb School of Knoxville enters his final season at Tennessee with thoughts of how it all started in fall of 2014.

14. Last Word: St. Jude School, More Gannett Moves and Maida Pearson Smith -

For most, the school year starts next week. But classes are already underway at St. Jude’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, an idea 15 years in the making, according to the physician who had that idea. The school is a big step in higher education in Memphis and its road to research center status.

15. Titans Will Have Best Roster in More Than a Decade -

The folks at Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Tennessee Titans’ roster No. 3. Not third in the AFC South. Third in the entire NFL. This means one of two things: Either Pro Football Focus has gotten hold of some bad videotape or the Titans finally have some really good players.

16. Last Word: After the Last Hole, Cutting County Property Taxes and A Recycled Gown -

The story of how the Overton Park Conservancy raised $1 million in two months didn’t go according to the script. It wasn’t large donors, it was a lot of contributions of $250 or less it turns out, many from people who have never been to the park, the zoo or the greensward in particular whether it’s on foot or in a car. There were donations from Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and every state, except South Dakota.

17. Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density -

When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.

18. Trump Announces Challenge to Obama-Era Fuel Standards -

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.

19. Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers -

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

20. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present its winter mixed-repertory show, “Places Beyond,” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The show includes two new original works and a reprise of “Angels in the Architecture.” Visit balletmemphis.org for show times and tickets.

21. You Gotta Have Heart: UT’s 2017 Recruiting Class -

Butch Jones did it again. The Tennessee football coach gave opponents press conference fodder with another one-liner while putting his spin on the Vols’ 2017 signing class.

It happened a day after the Feb. 1 National Signing Day when UT’s class was rated No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.

22. Last Word: The Business of Local Sports, Garrison Leaves MATA and Broadband -

Marc Gasol makes the NBA’s Western Conference All Star team as a reserve, the first player in the history of the Grizz to make the All-Star Game three times.

Grizz business operations president Jason Wexler asked about Memphis hosting an NBA All-Star Game one of these days at The Daily News Sports Seminar Thursday at the Brooks. Wexler saying the city doesn’t have enough hotel rooms – the same barrier to drawing bigger conventions and meetings to the city.

23. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

24. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

25. What Lies Ahead for UT Athletics in 2017 -

Hey Vols fans, Happy New Year. May your 2017 year in Tennessee sports be better than your 2016 year in Tennessee sports. Perhaps, a fresh start is what we all need. Let’s face it. The Music City Bowl wasn’t where Tennessee wanted the 2016 football season to end. The Vols were picked to win the SEC East Division in preseason and floundered to an 8-4 record in the regular season, 4-4 in the SEC. Their football season was about the norm for most UT sports in 2016: average. Here are some dates to mark in hope of better things ahead in 2017...

26. Fed Keeps Key Rate Unchanged But Hints of Coming Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end.

The Fed said in a statement ending its latest policy meeting Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up. But it noted that business investment remains soft and inflation too low and that it wants to see further improvement in the job market.

27. With Economic Outlook Hazy, Fed Likely to Leave Rates Alone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Again and again in recent months, the Federal Reserve has signaled that it's edging closer to resuming the interest-rate hikes it began in December.

It just doesn't seem to be there quite yet.

28. Eclectic Eye Co-Founder: A Small Business Has to Start Somewhere -

Robbie Johnson Weinberg has a great appreciation for FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and other large corporations based in Memphis. But when she’s traveling, the co-founder of Eclectic Eye always likes to check out the small businesses in other cities – everything from a neighborhood pub to the “funky comic book store.”

29. Horse, Dog Tracks Back Effort to Block Arkansas Casinos -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Horse and dog tracks in Arkansas that offer electronic gambling said Wednesday they are opposed to an effort to legalize casinos in three counties and are supporting a group suing to disqualify the proposal from the November ballot.

30. Looks Like 10-2, SEC Title Game, Orange Bowl for UT -

Editor’s note: Nashville sports correspondent Dave Link has been accurate in predicting season outcomes for the Tennessee Vols in recent years. His 2016 season predictions, released just before press time, culminates with an SEC Championship appearance. Here’s his take on the season…

31. Municipal Districts Tout ACT for Testing -

The superintendents of at least two of Shelby County’s suburban school systems say the state should use the ACT college entrance exam to gauge the achievement levels of high school students.

“We have universities who are giving full-ride scholarships based on their ACT scores,” said Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel on the WKNO/Channel 10 program Behind The Headlines. “Let’s use that test. It has a math component. It has a science, a reading and social studies component. Let’s use that as a measure.”

32. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson -

Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.

The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.

33. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

34. Last Word: A Day In The Park, Fashion Week and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -

The skid is over. The Grizzlies beat the Bulls at home and the post-season possibility drama continues in the land of Griss and the one year and done college home of Derrick Rose.

35. Uber Balks at Rules Proposed by World's Busiest Airport -

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta's airport – the world's busiest – and Los Angeles officials want to force Uber drivers to get fingerprint-based background checks to pick up passengers, but the ride-hailing service is balking.

36. Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager -

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.

37. Last Word: Cubits Anyone, The G-Word and The TV News Crime Block -

How long is a cubit? After a day in which many of you got about four to five inches of rain and more to come Thursday, it seems an appropriate and timely question.
And yes, there is a cubit conversion chart on line for converting that and other really old units of measurement no longer in use like the mina, drachma or the synodic month.
So the average cubit, which is supposed to be the length of a forearm, is 18 inches or a foot and a half. That’s 0.4572 of a meter, which might as well be an ancient unit of measurement.
Someone had to say it.
According to biblehub.com – I’m not making up websites – the book of Genesis sets God’s instructions to Noah as an arc with the dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits tall. And it was to be made out of gopher wood and covered inside and out with pitch.
The New Living Translation and Holman Christian Standard Bibles convert that to an arc 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

38. Council Approves Zoo Control of Overton Greensward Section -

Memphis City Council members voted 11-1 Tuesday, March 1, to grant the Memphis Zoo control of the northern part of the Overton Park Greensward.

The control comes in a resolution that surfaced earlier in the day Tuesday after a weekend of rumors about such a move by some on the council.

39. CEO Tim Cook Defends Apple's Resistance in FBI iPhone Case -

CUPERTINO, California (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's opposition to the FBI's iPhone-hacking plan at its annual shareholder meeting, one day after the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous extremist in San Bernardino, California.

40. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT -

Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.

Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.

41. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT -

There’s nothing like spending the Christmas holidays in Florida, and Tennessee’s football team will savor every minute of it for the second consecutive year.

The Vols (8-4) board a flight Saturday morning to Tampa, Fla., where they will spend almost a week before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2).

42. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

43. Memphis Grizzlies Unveil Broadcast Schedule -

Local Memphis Grizzlies fans will be able to watch the team’s entire 82-game slate on television this year, including 10 contests carried by national providers.

Fox Sports Southeast – formerly SportSouth – will televise 72 games and will be noted as FSSE in channel guides.

44. Small-Business Tips: Research, Network and Have Cash -

Small business ideas – dreams, if you will – take time. To create, to develop, to implement and to sustain.

Until recently, Jennifer McCullough’s entrepreneurial dream was just starting to heat up. She had not yet become the successful seafood brand now known as Chef Jenn that spans 18 products in about 1,200 mostly Kroger and Wal-Mart stores.

45. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

46. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

47. 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.

48. Vols’ Barnett Faces Nation’s Best in Iowa’s Scherff -

KNOXVILLE – Derek Barnett is spending most of the Christmas holidays away from his Nashville home, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

49. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board -

Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.

50. Grizzlies Part of Crowded Western Conference Race -

Calling it the Wild West just doesn't do it justice anymore.

The NBA's Western Conference is brutal. It's loaded with talent. And the eight teams that make it through a gruelingly competitive regular season to reach the playoffs will only find slugging their way to the NBA Finals even more daunting.

51. Ebola Screening Measures Rest on Federal Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say.

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

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

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

53. Study: 35 Percent in US Face Debt Collectors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

54. Redmont Joins HORNE as Tax Consulting Manager -

Richard Redmont has joined HORNE LLP as a tax consulting manager. Redmont, a certified public accountant, has more than 25 years of tax and consulting experience with international firms in the accounting and insurance industries, and has served clients in the manufacturing, retail, distribution, health care and financial services industries. He also served on a national Sarbanes-Oxley team for an international firm.

55. Jackson Showcases Skills for Grizzlies -

For a day, Joe Jackson again was wearing a blue Memphis jersey – a No. 3 Grizzlies practice jersey.

56. Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive -

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

57. Hood: Google Still Not Effectively Fighting Crime -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is again asking Google to do more to prevent people from using the search engine to find illegal drugs and pirated videos, music and games.

58. Crosstown Effort Shines as Development Example -

Construction documents for the $180 million revitalization of the Crosstown building were scheduled to be finished Friday, Dec. 6, with the project moving toward closing and construction in the next months.

59. Events -

The Project Management Institute Memphis chapter will meet Wednesday, July 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DoubleTree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Bob Mahler, consultant for the U.S. Deparment of Homeland Security, will present “Common Sense Risk Management.” Registration, which includes dinner, begins at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $20 at the door. Visit pmimemphis.org.

60. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host the Eating Greek Wine & Food Tasting Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at The Booksellers Bistro, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The meal will include traditional Greek foods paired with wines. Cost is $25; space is limited. R.S.V.P. to 374-0881.

61. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Nancy Coffee, president and CEO of the New Memphis Institute, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

62. Supreme Court Halts Use of Key Part of Voting Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

63. Ricin in Obama Letter, Odd Packages Scramble Hill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator tested positive for poisonous ricin in preliminary checks Wednesday, and authorities chased reports of other suspicious mail at a U.S. Capitol already on edge.

64. J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To Memphis -

The nation’s largest used car franchise company has entered the Memphis market. Carmel, Ind.-based J.D. Byrider has inked 30,900 square feet at 2580 Mount Moriah Road, marking the company’s second Tennessee dealership.

65. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

66. Social Media Compliance at Heart of Seminar -

Glen Gilmore won the crowd over within seconds of taking the podium at The Daily News’ social media seminar Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

67. Social Media Compliance at Heart of Seminar -

Glen Gilmore won the crowd over within seconds of taking the podium at The Daily News’ social media seminar Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

68. Social Media for Regulated Industries to be Discussed -

Social media may not be the first communication platform that comes to mind for those working in highly regulated industries, but it boils down to another means of getting a message across.

For instance, there’s a misconception that the legal community, lawyers in particular, don’t like social media. But plaintiff lawyers love social media, said Eric Epperson, vice president of corporate culture and communications at Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

69. Court Docket Sees 2 Notable Drug Cases -

For now, Federal Judge Hardy Mays has decided that the last two defendants in the biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court will not be shackled when the jury begins hearing the case.

70. Glen Gilmore To Headline TDN Seminar -

Social media has become the new marketplace.

It’s become the primary form of communication for individuals and businesses alike around the world. And it’s important for users to understand some of the basic ground rules, especially when it’s used for marketing, said globally recognized social media expert Glen Gilmore.

71. Obama Nominates Fowlkes for Vacancy -

The White House nomination of Criminal Court Judge John Fowlkes to be a U.S. District Court judge would return Fowlkes to the building where he once worked as a federal prosecutor.

72. West Tenn. Solar Farm By I-40 Nears Completion -

This was supposed to be the month that the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County was completed.

But while the farm’s growing set of solar panels by Interstate 40 has been getting the attention of passing motorists in recent weeks, the panels have been the easiest part of the undertaking being spearheaded by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

73. Jackson Joins Devcon Security as GM -

Eric Jackson has joined Devcon Security as general manager of the company’s Memphis branch. Jackson’s primary focus will be hiring and training sales people and technicians, as well as building daily branch operations and acting as the brand ambassador to building partnerships in the community.

74. Social Media Replacing Traditional Advertising -

The model for advertising once was for businesses to purchase advertising space in a traditional newspaper or magazine and tout product offerings to its audience.

Nowadays, anybody can be an ambassador on the Web.

75. Corporate Blogs at Heart of Seminar -

A marketing strategy is essential to any successful business model.

Companies that ignore the rising power of social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs are sure to be ignored by potential consumers.

76. MAA Reports Healthy Q2 -

Memphis-based MAA’s second quarter was marked by positive leasing conditions, year-over-year revenue growth and strong pricing trends, the real estate investment trust reported in its Aug. 5, conference call.

77. Tennesseans Like Sales Tax Holiday Yet Use it Less -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennesseans taking advantage of the state's sixth annual sales tax holiday this weekend say it provides needed relief in a tough economy, but state figures show that shoppers aren't using it as much as they first did.

78. Harwell Stops Payment for Some Legislator Travel -

NASHVILLE – House Speaker Beth Harwell, who donates her own legislative expense payments to charity, has moved to curtail the expense money other state representatives collect for out-of-state traveling.

79. Leadership Memphis Announces Board Members -

Leadership Memphis has announced new board members and officers for its new fiscal year.

The officers and executive committee include Eric Robertson, chair; Beverly Jordan, vice chair; Bryan Ford, treasurer; Veronica Coleman Davis, secretary; Chris McLean, immediate past chair; Jeff Gaudino, alumni chair; Christine Munson, development chair; Lemoyne Robinson, program chair; and Jeane Chapman, marketing chair.

80. WKNO, TDN Host Schools Consolidation Forum -

WKNO and The Daily News will host a television forum Friday at 8 p.m. on the schools consolidation issue.

The hour-long forum will air as a special edition of “Behind the Headlines,” hosted by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News. It will feature Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler, Memphis City Schools board members Martavius Jones and Tomeka Hart, and Memphis Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader Dwight Montgomery.

81. Wolfchase Auto Dealer Site Sells for $4M -

A Wolfchase auto dealership facility is officially changing hands and names.

First Tennessee Trust Department has bought the 48,085-square-foot auto dealership formerly known as Cadillac SAAB of Memphis, 7727 U.S. 64, for $4 million.

82. Apperson Crump Continues Legacy With Growth -

These days, there’s a lot that’s new at the city’s oldest continuously operating law firm.

Developments within the past few weeks at Apperson Crump, a venerable firm founded the same year the U.S. Civil War ended, include new attorney hires, the acquisition of another law firm and the development of an affiliation for referral work with yet another firm.

83. Aces Increases Presence With Two Leases -

Aces A/C Supply North has recently signed two leases in the region – one in Memphis and one in Jackson, Tenn.

Carrollton, Texas-based Aces, a representative of American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, is a wholesaler of air conditioning and equipment and parts.

84. Gerdau Ameristeel Buys Arlington Mill -

Steel giant Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. has bought a 74,574-square-foot manufacturing mill at 11445 Gulfstream Drive in Arlington for $1.1 million from SunTrust Bank. Operating in the transaction as Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., the company acquired the facility June 15 in a special warranty deed.

85. Golden State Star Buys Wright’s Old Home -

Professional basketball player Monta Ellis, a Mississippi native who now plays for the Golden State Warriors, has bought the Eads home once owned by former University of Memphis Tigers and Memphis Grizzlies star Lorenzen Wright.

86. Gov Hopefuls to Hold Live TV Forum -

The four Republican contenders for Tennessee governor will be in Memphis Tuesday for a statewide live television forum moderated by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.

87. Driver’s License Fee Bill Stalls in State Senate -

A proposal to use increased driver’s license fees in Tennessee to help plug a budget shortfall has been jeopardized in the state Senate.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Eric Stewart of Belvidere stalled in the Senate Transportation Committee, which held its last meeting on Wednesday.

88. Colleges Agree on Courses Required -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of Mississippi's two-year and four-year higher education programs have reached an agreement to standardize course requirements for transfer students.

They began with elementary education because it is the most popular major for students transferring from community colleges to four-year schools.

89. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

90. Candidate Filing List -- The Final Version -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

91. UPDATE: Mayor's Race Grows At Filing Deadline -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell appeared on his way to the Republican nomination for Shelby County mayor at Thursday’s noon filing deadline for candidates on the May 4 primary ballot.

Luttrell faces only token opposition from perennial candidate Ernie Lunati.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary for mayor grew to three contenders as General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filed his qualifying petition just before the deadline. He joins interim County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone.

Luttrell ruled out a bid for Shelby County mayor last year (2009). But when Harold Byrd decided not to run in the Democratic primary, some local GOP leaders asked Luttrell to reconsider.

The result touched off a scramble of candidates from both parties for the open sheriff’s office. But before the noon deadline, the initial field of over a dozen possible contenders was narrowed to ten – six Democrats and four Republicans.

The other surprise at the filing deadline was the return of attorney Walter Bailey to the District 2 Position 1 seat he gave up in the 2006 elections. Bailey sought re-election then to another term despite a two term limit on commissioners. Bailey lost to J.W. Gibson who decided not to seek re-election. He also lost a court fight to overturn the term limits.

Bailey was the only candidate who had filed for the seat at the Thursday deadline.

Only one incumbent county commissioner – Republican Mike Ritz -- was effectively re-elected at the deadline because he had no opposition.

All but one of the eleven contested County Commission races will be decided with the May 4 primaries. The only general election battle for the August ballot is the district 5 contest between GOP challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos and whoever wins the May Democratic primary between incumbent Steve Mulroy and Jennings Bernard.

Former County Commissioner John Willingham also returned to the ballot among a field of Republican contenders in the primary for Shelby County Trustee.

And former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican joined the Democratic primary field for her old job. Incumbent Republican Bill Key pulled petition to seek re-election but did not file at the deadline.

Here is the list of races and contenders from The Shelby County Election Commission. All candidate have until noon Feb. 25 to withdraw from the ballot if they wish.

D-Democrat

R- Republican

I- Independent

Shelby County Mayor:

Deidre Malone (D)

Joe Ford (D)

Otis Jackson (D)

Mark Luttrell (R)

Ernest Lunati (R)

Leo Awgowhat (I)

Shelby County Sheriff:

James Coleman (R)

Bobby Simmons (R)

Bill Oldham (R)

Dale Lane (R)

Larry Hill (D)

Bennie Cobb (D)

Randy Wade (D)

James Bolden (D)

Elton Hymon (D)

Reginald French (D)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 1

Mike Ritz (R) (incumbent)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 2

Albert Maduska (R)

Heidi Shafer (R)

County Commission Dist 1 Pos 3

Mike Carpenter (R) (incumbent)

Joe Baire (R)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 1

Walter Bailey (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 2

Henri Brooks (D) (incumbent)

David Vinciarelli (D)

County Commission Dist 2 Pos 3

Eric Dunn (D)

Norma Lester (D)

Tina Dickerson (D)

Melvin Burgess (D)

Reginald Milton (D)

Freddie Thomas (D)

County Commission Dist 3 Pos 1

James Harvey (D) (incumbent)

James Catchings (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 2

Sidney Chism (D) (incumbent)

Andrew "Rome" Withers (D)

County Commission Dist. 3 Pos 3

Edith Moore  (D) (incumbent)

Justin Ford (D)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 1

Chris Thomas (R)

John Pellicciotti (R)

Jim Bomprezzi (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 2

Wyatt Bunker (R) (incumbent)

John Wilkerson (R)

Ron Fittes (R)

County Commission Dist 4 Pos 3

Terry Roland (R)

George Chism (R)

Edgar Babian (R)

County Commission Dist 5

Steve Mulroy (D) (incumbent)

Jennings Bernard (D)

Rolando Toyos (R)

Shelby County Clerk

Charlotte Draper (D)

Corey Maclin (D)

LaKeith Miller (D)

Wayne Mashburn (R)

Steve Moore (R)

Criminal Court Clerk

Vernon Johnson (D)

Minerva Johnican (D)

Ralph White (D)

Michael Porter (R)

Kevin Key (R)

Jerry Stamson (I)

Circuit Court Clerk

Jimmy Moore (R) (incumbent)

Steven Webster (D)

Carmichael Johnson (D)

Ricky W. Dixon (D)

Juvenile Court Clerk

Joy Touliatos (R)

Charles Marshall (D)

Sylvester Bradley (D)

Shep Wilbun (D)

Julia Roberson Wiseman (I)

Probate Court Clerk

Paul Boyd (R)

Sondra Becton (D)

Danny Kail (D)

Annita Sawyer Hamilton (D)

Peggy Dobbins (D)

Clay Perry (D)

Karen Tyler (D)

Shelby County Register

Tom Leatherwood (R) (incumbent)

Coleman Thompson (D)

Lady J. Swift (D)

Carlton Orange (D)

Shelby County Trustee

Regina Newman (D) (incumbent)

M. LaTroy Williams (D)

John Willingham (R)

Jeff Jacobs (R)

David Lenoir (R)

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92. EK Properties Files $2.6M Permit for Building -

EK Properties LLC has filed a $2.6 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build an office building on a vacant parcel near Bartlett. The permit lists an address of 1631 Century Center Parkway, but the Shelby County Assessor of Property lists it as 1591 Century Center Parkway.

93. Buena Vista Apartments in Frayser Foreclosed, Sold to Atlanta Company -

3431 N. Trezevant St.
Memphis, TN 38127
Sale Amount: $1.3 Million

Sale Date: Jan. 12, 2010
Buyer: Tritex Real Estate Advisors Inc.
Seller: Emily Bowman, successor trustee

94. EK Properties Files $2.8M Construction Loan -

EK Properties LLC, an entity related to Ewing/Kessler Mechanical Solutions, has filed a $2.8 million construction loan through First Tennessee Bank NA for a vacant parcel it owns at 1591 Century Center Parkway.

95. GOP's Stephen Fincher Nets $320K for Congress Bid -

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Republican congressional candidate Stephen Fincher's campaign announced Wednesday it raised about $320,000 in the fourth quarter.

Fincher is seeking to replace Democratic Rep. John Tanner, who announced in December he won't seek a 12th term.

96. Gest Sells Downtown Home For $1.6 Million -

Concert promoter and former Memphian David Gest has sold his home on Monteigne Boulevard in Downtown’s South Bluffs neighborhood for $1.6 million to Georgic Properties LLC. The sale closed Dec. 30.

97. MEC Looks for Solutions in Tough Economic Times -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - It's no secret, times are tough all over and Mississippi is no exception. Unemployment is up, tax revenue is down. Some believe the state budget process is broken and education isn't up to par.

98. J & J Ventures Files Loan On Hickory Hill Shop -

The new owner of the auto body shop at 5475 Fox Plaza Drive in Hickory Hill North has filed a $2.3 million loan on the property. J & J Venture Partners LLC, which bought the building in April, filed the loan Oct. 8 through PNC Bank NA.

99. Struggles Hamper Southern-Based Civil Rights Group -

ATLANTA (AP) - The organization that gave birth to the modern civil rights movement is in danger of missing out on a chance to capitalize on the country's conversation on race, despite President Barack Obama's historic campaign and election.

100. Black Students in South Performing Better on Tests -

ATLANTA (AP) - The South is narrowing the gap between how black and white students perform on tests – particularly in math – but the region is still lagging behind the nation in scores, a new federal study released Tuesday shows.