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1. Students Write Bill to Open Civil Rights Files -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Doug Jones introduced a bill this month that would clear the way to open records from civil rights cold cases – a bill written by high school students.

2. Methodist Kicks Off Centennial Celebration -

This weekend Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare begins its next 100 years helping people in the Mid-South with their healthcare needs. The hospital is celebrating with events like a book launch on Friday and “The Party of the Century” with special guest Magic Johnson on Saturday.

3. This week in Memphis history: Jan. 5-11 -

2008: First Memphis City Council meeting of the four-year term for the council members elected the previous October. During the oath of office ceremony New Year’s Day at the Cannon Center, council chairman Scott McCormick promises a new era at City Hall. While Mayor Willie Herenton is starting his fifth term in office, the council elections the previous year saw a turnover in nine of the 13 council members – the largest turnover in the history of the mayor-council form of government.

4. Fall Creek Falls: Sound Plan or Political Payback -

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now go find a job. That’s the message the state of Tennessee is sending nearly 60 employees at Fall Creek Falls State Park this joyous holiday season.

5. Tigers’ Ferguson Finalist For Johnny Unitas Award -

University of Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm.

Ferguson is one of two quarterbacks from the American Athletic Conference as a finalist, joining USF’s Quinton Flowers.

6. Tigers’ Ferguson Finalist For Johnny Unitas Award -

University of Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm.

Ferguson is one of two quarterbacks from the American Athletic Conference as a finalist, joining USF’s Quinton Flowers.

7. Former Vol Gault Sprints Into State Sports Hall of Fame -

It was way back in 1980 that John Ward, the University of Tennessee’s legendary former play-by-play man, delivered one of his more memorable lines.

8. View From the Hill: Outsourcing Win More About Turf Than Trends -

As Fall Creek Falls folks celebrate a state decision to postpone park privatization, the question is whether public opposition or failure to follow long-standing state protocol led to the plug-pulling.

9. Nintendo Switch's Big Challenge: Luring Casual Gamers -

NEW YORK (AP) – With three kids and constant travel for work, John Hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" anywhere, anytime.

10. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

11. Bonding Companies Banned by Criminal Court Judges -

Seven of the 10 Shelby County Criminal Court judges have banned two Memphis bonding companies from writing bonds in their courts.

The action by the judges follows the April 15 indictments of executives with Memphis Bonding Co. and 24 Hour Bonding Company on theft and sales tax fraud charges.

12. Judges Ban Two Bonding Companies -

Seven of the 10 Shelby County Criminal Court judges have banned two Memphis bonding companies from writing bonds in their courts.

The action by the judges follows the April 15 indictments of executives with Memphis Bonding Co. and 24 Hour Bonding Company on theft and sales tax fraud charges.

13. A UT Hall of Fame without Neyland? How’s that possible? -

His name is on the football stadium, where a twice-life-size statue of him is displayed between gates 15A and 17.

The roadway that runs between the stadium and the Tennessee River bears his name.

14. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

15. Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

16. Last Word: The Moving Election Comes to Town and Missing Early Voters Are Found -

We probably haven’t had this much action with so many presidential candidates in the Memphis area since the 1984 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Four of the contenders – three Republicans and one Democrat – in Memphis over the weekend looking for votes in advance of Tuesday’s Tennessee primary elections.

17. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols -

Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.

And why wouldn’t he?

Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.

18. Paxton Lynch Finalist For Johnny Unitas Award -

Paxton Lynch’s dream season continues.

The University of Memphis junior quarterback has been named one of the five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The winner will be presented the award in a Dec. 11 ceremony in Baltimore; Unitas starred in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts.

19. College Football Notebook: Nick Saban Needs a Quarterback -

Another season at Alabama and another battle for quarterback.

Last year’s runner-up, Florida State transfer Jacob Coker, returns for a second shot at the job after losing out to Blake Sims in 2014. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell showed enough last spring to become a contender, and the race may be wide enough open to go beyond these two if neither can assert himself as the leader of the offense.

20. 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.

21. Elton John Fdtn. Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

22. Elton John Foundation Awards Grant to Friends for Life -

Friends For Life has received a $75,000 grant from The Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Foundation tackles the most difficult issues related to HIV and has raised more than $300 million since its inception in 1992.

23. New Record Label Launches in Memphis -

The team behind a new record label that’s launched in Memphis has big ambitions for what it describes as the “musical venture capital” the label wants to share with musicians.

Blue Barrel Records had a quiet launch of sorts in 2014, but it’s making moves this year to establish itself and plant its flag on the scene. Funding for the label comes from founder John Buford, who’s leading its A&R efforts alongside Memphis musician John Kilzer as well as Archer Records collaborators Ward Archer and Brian Dixon.

24. New Record Label Gears Up for Busy 2015 -

A new record label quietly launched in Memphis in 2014 and is gearing up for a busy 2015.

Blue Barrel Records was formed in 2014 but in recent days put out a new release, “Lift Up!” by the Mighty Souls Brass Band. A second, from Caleb Sweazy, is set for the spring.

25. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

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

26. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

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

27. This week in Memphis history: January 3-9 -

2013: On the front page of the Daily News, Club Crave, at Fourth and Beale streets, had been closed as a public nuisance under a General Sessions Environmental Court order. The order followed a Christmas Eve shooting at the club that killed one person and injured two more. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. vowed the city would seek to demolish the building. The club still stands but has not reopened since.

28. Advertising Veteran Malmo Still Vibrant at 80 -

John Malmo once stepped into the office of Russ Williams, the CEO of Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, after the firm had made a pitch for a client’s business and lost.

Williams, still disappointed, had the pitch material sitting on his desk. When he heard what happened, Malmo – an icon of the Memphis advertising scene since the 1950s who mixes a hard-bitten, take-charge demeanor with a personable side that endears him to his peers and colleagues – asked to see it.

29. Local GOP Convention Continues Tea Party Effort -

When Shelby County Republicans got together for the biannual party convention Sunday, March 24, in Bartlett, local party chairman Justin Joy counseled patience.

“There will probably be some moments when this will not appear to be a well-rehearsed wedding,” Joy said.

30. Johnson Honored by U of M With Authur Holmon Award -

If Cato Johnson ever decided to leave his position as senior vice president of corporate affairs at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, he could quite possibly become an epic spokesperson for an energy drink. A healthy one, that is.

31. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

32. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

33. Armstrong Unveils Precinct Realignment -

There still will be nine Memphis police precincts with the new year. But they will each have six wards, new boundaries and handle something closer to the same amount of calls.

And Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said police officers will do something they haven’t had enough time to do in recent years in many parts of the city – patrol the areas they are assigned to instead of moving from one call to another.

34. School Board Looks for Consensus -

After effectively ruling out Kriner Cash last week as the leader of the consolidated Shelby County school system, school board members now turn to a decision about how to select that superintendent.

35. Calvary Series Welcomes Boychoir’s Angelic Voices -

After returning from a tour of the nation’s capital that included performances at the National Cathedral, Basilica of the Immaculate Shrine, and the Canadian and Singapore embassies, the Memphis Boychoir celebrates the holy season of Advent with a hometown performance at Calvary Episcopal Church.

36. Boychoir’s Angelic Sound Graces Series -

They may not be cherubs exactly, but the young singers of the Memphis Boychoir have voices bordering on the divine according to their director.

And the group, whose members range in age from 7 to 12, hopes to add a touch of angelic harmony to this winter’s Christmas music offerings.

37. Debt Panel Members Rake in Health Money -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The powerful new congressional panel assigned to tame the deficit will have to squeeze Medicare and Medicaid for any chance of success. But health care industries that depend on those programs have invested millions over the years to woo its members.

38. Conference Pits MEM At Center of Aviation World -

For five years Memphis International Airport executives and other civic leaders have worked on developing the city’s aerotropolis – the concept of an airport serving as a region’s economic engine.

The idea will be as public as ever – at least here – Tuesday, the second day of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition at The Peabody hotel. That’s when FedEx Corp. founder Frederick W. Smith and Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson share the stage with University of North Carolina professor John Kasarda, the originator of the aerotropolis concept.

39. AP Analysis: More Factory Jobs Ease Economic Pain -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing job gains in the Midwest helped lower the nation's economic stress in April to its lowest point in five months, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions around the country.

40. DiScenza Retires; To Investigate Judicial Conduct -

The federal prosecutor whose job was to investigate corruption among elected officials is going to be investigating the conduct of judges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim DiScenza announced this week that he is retiring after 33 years as a federal prosecutor at the end of June.

41. Obama Seeks Court Nominee Who Backs Women's Rights -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, treading carefully on the explosive issue of abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court, said Wednesday he will choose a nominee who pays heed to women's rights and privacy when interpreting the Constitution.

42. Source: Judge Sidney Thomas on Supreme Court List -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's candidates for the Supreme Court include a new name, federal appeals court judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, and at least six others who were considered contenders when Obama chose his first high court nominee last year, The Associated Press has learned.

43. Memphis' Kyle Drops Out of Governor's Race -

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis is out of the Democratic primary race for governor.

Kyle, the Senate Democratic leader, withdrew in an afternoon news conference in Nashville.

44. Kyle Says Bid For Governor Hit Wall -  

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis is out of the Democratic primary race for governor.

Kyle, the Senate Democratic leader, withdrew in a Friday news conference in Nashville.

“I was certainly going to have to win this campaign on message instead of money – the general election,” Kyle told The Daily News after the press conference.

But Kyle acknowledged he suffered money problems in a spirited primary field on the way to the Aug. 5 ballot.

Kyle entered the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in August at the University of Memphis. He pledged to freeze the tuition of students at Tennessee colleges and universities at the amount they pay in their freshman year. He also has been closely aligned with outgoing Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen guiding much of the administration’s legislation through a House and Senate that are majority Republican.

“Not to make excuses, but we weren’t the first guy. We were the last guy,” Kyle said. “We had ground to make up. We were making that ground up.”

The Democratic field now lines up to be Jackson businessman Mike McWherter and former state legislative leader Kim McMillan of Clarksville. Two other contenders dropped out in December. State Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden dropped out to run for the 8th Congressional District seat when John Tanner announced he would not seek re-election. Nashville businessman Ward Cammack also called it a day in December and later endorsed Kyle’s campaign.

“I was real optimistic,” Kyle said of his fundraising at the start of the year.

Kyle reported earlier in February that his campaign had raised more than $740,000 and had $580,000 in cash on hand. Kyle had loaned his own campaign $300,000.

The amount represented a “wall” Kyle said he couldn’t surmount once the legislative session began in January. Legislators are banned by state law from holding fundraisers during a legislative session.

“We got a lot of endorsements. We had as much money as our opponents – at least the Democratic opponents,” Kyle said. “We felt like we had a lot going our way. Then the session began. … It just seemed to me that every week the campaign kept running slower and slower and slower. My time being devoted to what I have to do up here, I just wasn’t getting where I need to go.”

Kyle’s exit leaves Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons in the GOP primary as the only Memphis contender for governor.

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45. Ford Expected to Run for County Mayor -

After a tumultuous year of political upheaval in 2009, the 2010 campaign season has belatedly come to life.

Democrat Harold Byrd’s decision not to run for Shelby County mayor late last month and Republican Mark Luttrell’s decision this week to get in the race have shaken the political atmosphere out of its post-New Year doldrums.

46. 2009 Year In Review -

2009 was a year without a script – and plenty of improvising on the political stage.

It was supposed to be an off-election year except in Arlington and Lakeland.

2008 ended with voters in the city and county approving a series of changes to the charters of Memphis and Shelby County governments. Those changes were supposed to set a new direction for both entities, kicking into high gear in 2010 and ultimately culminating two years later.

47. Democrat Ward Cammack Drops Out of Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville businessman Ward Cammack on Thursday became the second Democrat to drop out of the governor's race this week.

Cammack in a press release said he is ending his campaign because "long-standing political alliances proved impenetrable and fund raising ground to a halt."

48. Calvary Noon-Hour Concerts in Full Swing -

Driving Downtown for the Calvary & the Arts concert every Wednesday has become an autumn ritual for Skip Daniel.

Last week, he listened to the Celtic music of Planet Reel in the sanctuary of Calvary Episcopal Church at 102 N. Second St. Wednesday, he plans to hear the Memphis Jazz Orchestra play a Veterans Day tribute.

49. Senate Democrats Advance US Climate Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats sidestepped a Republican boycott Thursday, pushing a U.S. climate bill out of committee in an early step on a long and contentious road to passage.

At least five other committees still must weigh-in on the measure, but the partisan antics early on threatened to cast a pall over the bill – one of President Barack Obama's top priorities. While the measure makes its way to the Senate floor, nations are preparing to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark next month to hammer out a new international treaty to slow climate change.

50. 16 Glankler Brown Attorneys Chosen for Best Lawyers -

Sixteen attorneys from the Memphis law firm Glankler Brown PLLC recently were selected by their colleagues for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

The attorneys selected were Louis F. Allen, Saul C. Belz, John David Blaylock, William L. Bomar, R. Grattan Brown Jr., Oscar C. Carr III, Lee J. Chase III, B. Douglas Earthman, Charles W. Hill, R. Hunter Humphreys, Robert L. Hutton, William T. Mays Jr., George T. Nassar Jr., J. William Pierce Jr., Douglas P. Quay and C. Barry Ward. All of these lawyers were selected within their specific areas of practice.

51. MERI Names Roberts Human Resources Coordinator -

Nancy Roberts has joined the Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) as human resources coordinator.

Roberts joins MERI after working as vice president of organization development for a large apartment real estate investment trust. In addition, Roberts has more than 15 years of HR experience, including serving in the human resources capacity for a large retail operation and a large marketing firm.

52. Souter Retiring From High Court; Obama Mum -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The news that Justice David Souter is planning to retire set off spirited speculation about a successor Friday, but the man who will appoint the new justice was staying out of it. “No Supreme Court questions,” President Barack Obama told reporters by press time late last week.

53. GM Employees May Get Shutdown Details This Week -

DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of GM workers could learn as early as Thursday that they will be idle for up to nine weeks this summer as the automaker's plants stop making all but its most popular cars and trucks.

54. Ford on Governor’s Race: ‘Not the Right Time’ -

As he passed on the 2010 governor’s race this week, former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. took a swipe at the already massed and mostly active Republican field for governor.

55. BofA Shareholder Looks to Oust CEO From Board -

NEW YORK (AP) - A group that owns Bank of America stock is waging a battle to get shareholders to vote against re-electing CEO Ken Lewis and two others to the bank's board of directors.

56. SCS Superintendent Search Differs From MCS Approach -

If one wanted proof of just how different Memphis City Schools are from Shelby County Schools, it could start with the way each school system goes about selecting superintendents.

Each of the school systems has a superintendent appointed by its respective elected school board.

57. Wiretapping Central to Drug Bust -

A local undercover drug operation has used court-ordered wiretaps successfully for the first time to bring state drug charges.

The wiretaps on cell phones used in Operation Blue Star were sought by District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and approved by Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward.

58. Head Selected as Director Of SWTCC Library -

Carolyn Head has been selected to serve as executive director of Library Services for Southwest Tennessee Community College.

59. Auto Industry Girds for Another Weak Sales Month -

NEW YORK (AP) - The auto industry is preparing to report yet another month of rapidly slowing sales – possibly the worst in decades – as the same toxic combination of the credit crunch and the careening economy continue to keep consumers away from dealerships.

60. York Elected President Of Memphis Tri-State Fence Association -

Bill York, vice president of sales and marketing for Dillard Door and Entrance Central, has been elected president of the Memphis Tri-State Fence Association, a chapter of the American Fence Association (AFA).

61. Chandler, Sullivan JoinBeale Street Caravan Board -      Paul Chandler, founding partner of Resource Entertainment Group, and Brian Sullivan, principal of Carpenter/Sullivan/Sossaman, have joined the Beale Street Caravan Inc. board of directors.
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62. Shuttered Irish Landmark Could Reopen -

How Irish is the Magevney House? The Downtown landmark is so Irish that Eugene Magevney's bride-to-be brought soil from Ireland with her when she arrived in Memphis in 1840 to marry him.

The garden using that soil Mary Magevney planted and tended remains one of the home's distinctive features.

63. Banks, Trust Cos. Top Shelby Home Sellers -

Of all the residential real estate storylines from the past year, perhaps the most intriguing was how trust companies and banks - not builders - wound up being the top home sellers in Shelby County.

64. Bowers to Be Sentenced Today -

Former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers is due in Memphis federal court this afternoon to be sentenced for taking bribes in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.

The hearing comes after Bowers pleaded guilty in July to one count of bribery. By then Bowers had given up the Senate seat she held for only 15 days before she was charged with extortion and bribery in 2005. The guilty plea and resignation from the legislature as well as her post of chairman of the local Democratic Party ended a public life that spanned more than 30 years, starting with service on the Shelby County Election Commission and including five full terms in the state House.

65. Memphis Corruption On Par With Other Cities -

Memphis isn't more corrupt politically than other major American cities, according to the U.S. attorney and FBI agent over the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting and the other resulting corruption probes.

66. Latest Waltz Defendant Receives Probation -

It has finally happened in a Tennessee Waltz case. When former state Sen. Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga was sentenced last week, his attorney and his friends tried to minimize what he did wrong. They did it in a way that none of the other five former lawmakers who have been sentenced have tried.

67. Crutchfield Avoids Jail Time, Gets 2 Years Probation -

Former state Sen. Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga avoided jail time Thursday and was instead sentenced to two years probation for taking a bribe in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.

In Memphis federal court, U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen cited the poor health of the 79-year-old veteran legislator and former attorney in sentencing him to probation.

68. 2007's Top RealtorsHonored by MAAR -      The Memphis Area Association of Realtors recently handed out awards at its annual gala, including one to John Linthicum of Crye-Leike Inc., who was named 2007 Realtor of the Year. Randy Jefferson of The Hobson Co. Realto

69. Catron Sentenced to 18 Months' Probation, Eight Months of Electronic Monitoring -

Darrell Catron, a former employee of the Juvenile Court Clerk's office, was sentenced to 18 months' probation Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla.

Catron pleaded guilty in 2003 to a "criminal information" accusing him of defrauding the clerk's office. A criminal information is a legal procedure in which a defendant is charged and pleads guilty simultaneously.

70. Catron Sentenced to 18 Months Probation, Eight Months of Electronic Monitoring - Darrell Catron, a former employee of the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office, was sentenced to 18 months probation today by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla.

Catron pleaded guilty in 2003 to a “criminal information” accusing him of defrauding the clerk’s office. A criminal information is a legal procedure in which a defendant is charged and pleads guilty simultaneously.

71. County's Judicial System Receives Grades -

New evaluations of 84 local judges, referees and judicial commissioners by the attorneys who practice before them show more interest in ranking Circuit Court judges than in ranking divorce referees.

72. Legal 'Giant' Glankler Leaves Behind Legendary Legacy -

Attorney Frank J. Glankler Jr. was laid to rest Monday following a funeral service at Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Glankler, a founding partner of Glankler Brown PLLC and a major figure in the city's legal community, died last Wednesday after a long illness. He was 81.

73. Pitts Receives Compliance Expert Certification -

Dallas Pitts, compliance officer at FAA Federal Credit Union, has received Cuna's Credit Union Compliance Expert certification.

The certification covers all federal regulations for credit unions, as well as giving an overview of state regulations.
Pitts has worked for FAA FCU for more than 11 years, holding positions as a teller, member services representative and compliance officer.

74. Decision Could Allow More Officials To Meet in Secret -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A panel tasked with improving the state's open meetings laws has recommended that more government business be allowed to be discussed behind closed doors.

The subcommittee voted 7-2 on Tuesday to call for a change in what the law defines as a meeting. Currently, any policy discussion between two or more members of a local government panel falls under open meeting rules and the public should be notified.

75. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Names Byrd Executive Director -

Caron Byrd has been hired as executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Previously, Byrd served as deputy manager of the Mid-South chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was employed for more than 11 years.

76. MAAR ElectsBoard of Directors -      Members of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) elected five directors to the organization's board at last week's annual meeting.
     The new directors are Bill Maury of Hobson Co

77. Health Benefits Continue for 4 Waltz-Convicted Legislators -
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - State health insurance benefits will continue at no additional cost for four of the five former legislators convicted in the Tennessee Waltz bribery sting, records show.

78. 'Turn to West Memphis,' City Urges Logistics World -

Ward Wimbish has a message for companies thinking about moving part or all of their logistics and distribution operations to the area: West Memphis is open for business.

Bolstered by a slick new Web site (www.westmemphis.com), robust infrastructure and competitive incentives, the city has launched a full-scale campaign to lure the type of commerce that helped its much larger neighbor across the river earn the tagline "America's Distribution Center."

79. Ethics Reforms Didn't Take Away Lobbyists' Power, Bredesen Says -
NASHVILLE (AP) - More than a year after lawmakers passed stricter ethics and disclosure laws, lobbyists still hold tremendous power over the legislative process, Gov. Phil Bredesen said.

The new ethics laws - approved in early 2006 after an FBI corruption investigation - took much of the money out of the relationship between lobbyist and lawmaker, but lobbyists still do plenty to craft and influence legislation.

80. Magic Johnson Leads ListOf Freedom Award Recipients -      Former NBA star Magic Johnson, historian John Hope Franklin and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf were named as recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum's annual Freedom Awards.
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81. Magic Johnson Leads List of 2007 Freedom Award Recipients - MEMPHIS (AP) - Former NBA star Magic Johnson, historian John Hope Franklin and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf were named Tuesday as recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum's annual Freedom Awards.

82. Tenn. Waltz Changed Culture For Many at State Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A comprehensive ethics law passed in the wake of a federal investigation into corruption in state government that netted five sitting or former lawmakers has done much to change the atmosphere at the state Capitol.

83. Tenn. Waltz Changed Culture for Many at State Capitol -
NASHVILLE (AP) - A comprehensive ethics law passed in the wake of a federal investigation into corruption in state government that netted five sitting or former lawmakers has done much to change the atmosphere at the state Capitol.

84. Tennessee Waltz Keeps DancingWith Latest Guilty Pleas -      Federal prosecutors are closing in on a clean sweep in convictions of state lawmakers charged in the Tennessee Waltz corruption scandal.
     State Sen. Ward Crutchfield pleaded guilty to bri

85. Crutchfield ExpectedTo Change Plea in Tenn. Waltz -      State Sen. Ward Crutchfield was expected to change his plea Thursday in his federal corruption case just days before he was scheduled to go to trial.
     It was not clear what Crutchfield's

86. Faith — Oops! — Ford No More -

One of my biggest stumbling blocks since childhood has been placing people on pedestals on which they clearly don't belong - "clearly" to everyone but me, that is.

I can't count the times I've built someone up to be a hero only to find that he or she is seriously flawed. Or realized that person has more vices than Swiss cheese has holes. Or stubbornly concentrated on an individual's good qualities while studiously ignoring (or excusing) the bad.

87. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School -

Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.

88. Judge Larry Potter Receives KAB Award -

Larry E. Potter, presiding judge of the Memphis/Shelby County Environmental Court, has received Keep America Beautiful's (KAB) Iron Eyes Cody Award. The award was named in honor of KAB's landmark public awareness campaign of the 1970s, "People Start Pollution. People Can Stop It," which featured the iconic face and tear of Iron Eyes Cody and is credited with awakening the environmental consciousness of an entire generation. Potter became the first Environmental Court judge in Memphis and Tennessee in 1983. During that year, he helped create the court.

89. Self Named Elder Law Specialist by TCCLES -

William King Self Jr. has been designated an elder law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization (TCCLES). He also holds the designation of specialist and certified elder law attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation.

90. Judicial Selection CommitteeSays Reconsider Rejected Candidates -      Two rejected Tennessee Supreme Court candidates will have another go at the positions. The decision comes as the result of an 8-7 vote Tuesday by the Tennessee Judicial Selection Committee.
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91. Blount Rises to Vice President at Wachovia -

Michelle Blount has been named vice president and senior community banker for Wachovia Bank in Memphis. She has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry and most recently served as vice president in commercial banking for First Tennessee Bank.

92. Ward Named Judge of the Year by Bar Association -

The Criminal Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association recently presented Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward its judge of the year award. Ward presides over Division 9 of Shelby County's 30th Judicial District. Ward was appointed to the bench in 2004. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant public defender and in private practice. Ward's bachelor's degree in law enforcement and his law degree are both from the University of Memphis.

93. Plans Proposed to Revitalize Eastview -

For a blighted neighborhood in East Memphis, the time is right for a transformation.

That's not yet obvious from the sight of the trash-strewn lots, overgrown lawns, "for rent" signs and row upon row of dilapidated housing scattered throughout Eastview. But it's long been a refrain among city leaders that the neighborhood's turning point is just around the corner.

94. Askew Named National Director of Engineering Group -

Mark W. Askew, president of Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc., was appointed to a two-year term as national director of the American Council of Engineering Cos. of Tennessee. Askew is a civil engineer with 30 years of structural engineering experience.

95. ABWA Chapter Names Woman of the Year -

Cheryl D. Fleming of Crye-Leike, Realtors, was named 2005 Woman of the Year by the local chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Fleming currently serves as president of the association.

96. Archived Article: Newsmakers - HEADLINE

AdFed Names Pyramid Award Winners

The Memphis Advertising Federation named Robert Vornbrock and Glenna Rogers-Ward ad man and ad woman of the year at its 2005 Pyramid Awards ceremony. Vornbrock, president of diversified communications...

97. Archived Article: Digest - Memphis Lawmakers Among

Memphis Lawmakers Among

Seven Arrested in Bribery Sting

Three Memphians were among seven indicted Thursday after a two-year federal investigation. State Sens. Kathryn Bowers and John Ford and former state Sen. Roscoe...

98. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Baptist Physician Named Distinguished Visiting Professor

Ward Named to Chair Judicial Selection Commission

C. Barry Ward was elected chair of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission. Ward, an attorney with Glankler Brown PLLC, has been inc...

99. Archived Article: Newsmakers - GLANKLER BROWN ATTORNEYS SOME OF THE BEST IN AMERICA

VA Researcher Awarded for Scientific Achievement

Dr. Andrew H. Kang was presented the William S. Middleton Award, the Department of Veterans Affairs most prestigious award for scientific ach...

100. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Judy Caldwell, executive director of The Childrens Museum of Memphis, was named a new board member for VSA arts Project of Te

Judy Caldwell Named to Tenn. Arts Board

Judy Caldwell, executive director of the Childrens Museum of Memphis, was nam...