Editorial Results (free)
1. Hiring Larry Scott As Offensive Coordinator Big Mistake For Jones
- Friday, October 6, 2017
If/when Butch Jones is fired at Tennessee, a number of reasons will be cited. Among them:
• A 41-0 no-show at home against Georgia
• A combined 3-11 record against rivals Alabama, Florida and Georgia
2. UT QBs, Receivers, Coaches Struggling So Far
- Friday, October 6, 2017
Tennessee’s football players are on fall break this weekend during the open date. You’ve got to wonder how many players fifth-year UT coach Butch Jones will get back after the break.
Fallout from last Saturday’s 41-0 loss to No. 5 Georgia is massive. Fans were leaving Neyland Stadium by halftime with the Vols trailing 24-0. Jones took a beating from fans on social media and sports talk radio all week.
3. Win vs. Georgia Now Needed to Save Season
- Friday, September 22, 2017
It’s been a long week for Tennessee football. UT’s Sept. 30 game against Georgia at Neyland Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Not after the Vols’ 26-20 loss to Florida last Saturday in Gainesville.
4. Guarantano Must Prove His Worth on the Field
- Friday, September 15, 2017
Two games into the season, Quinten Dormady has established himself as Tennessee’s quarterback.
As we have learned in four previous seasons with Butch Jones as coach, everything is subject to change. Both at UT and in previous coaching stops at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, Jones has not been afraid to change quarterbacks when the mood strikes.
5. Breather for Vols Before Traveling to Florida
- Friday, September 8, 2017
Get ready for another thrill ride, Tennessee fans. Your football team is at it again, just like last year.
Tennessee needed a comeback and overtime to beat Appalachian State in its 2016 season opener. The Vols needed comebacks to beat Virginia Tech and Florida and got a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time ran out to beat Georgia.
6. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal
- Thursday, September 7, 2017
State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.
7. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement
- Friday, September 1, 2017
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).
8. Kelly, Legacy Teammates Ready for Final Season With Vols
- Friday, August 11, 2017
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.
9. Political Differences Endure After $4.11 Shelby County Tax Rate Compromise
- Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Shelby County commissioners were still calculating Monday, July 17, after they passed a compromised, $4.11 county property tax rate that appears will stay put long enough for the commission to take a final vote Wednesday at a special meeting.
10. Wide Receiver U? That’s So 20 Years Ago
- Friday, May 26, 2017
At the 2015 SEC Media Days, Tennessee coach Butch Jones referred to his school as “the original Wide Receiver U.”
The reference goes back to the days when the Vols were loaded with fast, talented pass receivers on the perimeter. In a heady stretch from 1982-91, UT had six wide receivers selected in the first round of the NFL draft – Anthony Hancock, Willie Gault, Clyde Duncan, Tim McGee, Anthony Miller and Alvin Harper.
11. How Did Vols Not Win More With This Talent?
- Friday, May 5, 2017
One check of the 2017 NFL Draft shows why Tennessee was the favorite to win the SEC East Division last fall.
UT had six players drafted in the first four rounds, the most for the program since 2002, breaking a two-year drought with no players. The six Vols drafted tied for the most since 2010 and 2007. Eight Vols were drafted in 2003 and 10 drafted in 2002.
12. Spring Lessons: Here’s Who Vols Will Start
- Friday, April 28, 2017
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones isn’t big on naming starters and divulging depth charts. Not until he has to. So it comes as no surprise the Vols enter summer workouts and fall camp with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano still competing for the starting quarterback’s job.
13. Who Will Grab the Spotlight in Vols' Spring Game?
- Friday, April 21, 2017
Tennessee completes its fifth spring practice under head coach Butch Jones on Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. with the DISH Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium.
It’s merely the beginning as the Vols prepare for the 2017 season.
14. Tennessee Titans Have Rarely Found Success With Drafted SEC Players
- Friday, April 7, 2017
The NFL Draft is fast approaching, which raises an interesting question: Is this the year the Titans finally shop locally and target Southeastern Conference talent?
If history is any indicator, the answer: No.
15. Lawmakers Blast Haslam Administration for Process Toward JLL Contract
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Tennessee Department of General Services is set to award a statewide contract for facility management services to Jones Lang LaSalle, a company that already handles 10 percent of state office space and estimates a 15.9 percent savings if all higher education institutes participate.
16. Another Quarterback Battle Brewing at Tennessee
- Friday, March 24, 2017
The time has come to write a new chapter of Tennessee Vols football. Which quarterback is going to write it? With spring practice unfolding, it looks like a two-man race between junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano – not necessarily in that order.
17. County Commission Won’t Appoint Lovell Replacement
- Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Shelby County commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.
The commission voted down by a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications.
18. County Commission Passes on State House Appointment
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Shelby County Commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.
The commission voted down on a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications on a 5-6 vote.
19. County Commission Passes on State House Appointment
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Shelby County Commissioners will not to appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.
The commission voted down on a 5-6 vote Monday, March 20, a move to start the appointment process by taking applications on a 5-6 vote.
20. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone
- Friday, March 17, 2017
Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.
Jones is coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons capped by bowl wins, but has fallen short of the SEC East Division title both years. He was the preseason favorite to win the East in 2016, and the previous year had a team with potential to win the division.
21. Titans Still Rebuilding After Years of Bad Draft Picks
- Friday, March 3, 2017
When wide receiver Kendall Wright was a healthy scratch for the Titans’ final game of the season, it further underscored why this franchise is still struggling to gain altitude in the NFL.
22. Busiest Season for Sports Hits Big Orange Country
- Friday, March 3, 2017
It’s the busiest time of the year for Tennessee athletics. There’s even some football to whet your gridiron appetite.
The Vols begin spring football practices March 21, and the DISH Orange & White Game is April 22 at Neyland Stadium. By then, much will have happened in Big Orange Nation.
23. State Democrats Introduce Bill of Rights, Looking For Every Win They Can Get
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017
NASHVILLE – House Democrats introduced a People’s Bill of Rights in the State Capitol Monday, Feb. 27, a comprehensive legislative package to ensure rights of Tennesseans affecting everything from jobs to criminal justice to education.
24. Beavers Shuts Down Office As Protesters Gather Outside
- Wednesday, February 22, 2017
NASHVILLE – The sponsor of two bills aimed at the LGBT community left the Legislative Plaza in a huff Tuesday, Feb. 21, as protesters gathered around her office to object to her “retaliation” in the wake of a short-circuited press conference.
25. Last Word: Bell at the Grammys, Old Dominick's Return and Luttrell & Strickland
- Monday, February 13, 2017
Memphis at the Grammys: William Bell was performer, presenter and winner at the Grammys Sunday evening. Gary Clark Jr. joined Bell to perform Bell’s calling card, “Born Under A Bad Sign” and the duo then presented a Grammy to Beyonce. In the non-televised Grammy awards, Bell won for Best Americana album for his Stax effort “This Is Where I Live.”
26. Dobbs Had a Great Run, But Manning is Still No. 1
- Friday, January 6, 2017
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.
27. Titaned Up: Success Found In Big Moves, Smallest Details
- Friday, December 30, 2016
Most critics of last year’s Tennessee Titans saw unsettled ownership, a revolving door of coaches and a lack of talent at key positions.
Jon Robinson saw weeds.
28. Memphis Football Bigger Than One Coach Or QB
- Friday, December 16, 2016
As we count down to the University of Memphis playing in the Tuesday, Dec. 20, Boca Raton Bowl, I find myself recalling what athletics director Tom Bowen said when pressed about why Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell was the Tigers’ choice for head coach.
29. Mayor’s Young Professionals Council Grows
- Friday, December 9, 2016
The Young Professional Council that advises Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has added 10 new members for 2017, a new crop that will join 15 current members in meeting regularly and working to connect, represent and support the interests of young professionals in the area.
30. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics
- Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.
31. Florida Didn’t Kill UT’s Season; Vanderbilt Could
- Thursday, November 24, 2016
Tennessee’s primary goal for the 2016 football season was to win the SEC East Division, and the Vols failed.
Does that mean the season was a failure?
Not until the No. 24-ranked Vols play Vanderbilt on Saturday night (7:30, SEC Network) in Nashville and find out their bowl destination.
32. Six-Point Plan to Help Vols Coach Stick Around Longer
- Friday, November 11, 2016
On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything.
He said: “The plan is infallible if the players buy in.”
33. Last Word: About Last Night, The Long Vote Count and New Homeowner Numbers
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
If you followed John Podesta’s lead and called it a day sometime around midnight expecting this whole Presidential thing would get wrapped up later in the day Wednesday, you have some catching up to do.
34. Last Word: An Early Voting Challenge, Raleigh Settlement and Rocky Top Tumult
- Friday, November 4, 2016
Early voting in Shelby County ended with some lines Thursday at several of the 21 sites. We should have the final turnout numbers Friday morning and you can get the totals first @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.
35. Vols Get Midterm B Despite Back-to-Back Losses
- Friday, October 21, 2016
Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.
36. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant
- Saturday, October 8, 2016
They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.
In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.
37. For the First Time This Season, Vols Set to Play as Underdog
- Friday, October 7, 2016
You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.
There aren’t many successful Hail Mary passes, but the Vols got one last Saturday and beat Georgia 34-31 in Athens. Tennessee trailed Georgia 17-0 in the first half.
38. Vols Can’t Afford Another Iffy Effort at the Speedway
- Friday, September 9, 2016
Imagine if Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd hadn’t recovered the fumble by UT quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the end zone for a touchdown in overtime last Thursday night.
39. Looks Like 10-2, SEC Title Game, Orange Bowl for UT
- Monday, September 5, 2016
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…
40. Dobbs’ Health is Priority No. 1 on Road to Being No. 1
- Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tennessee’s football team had nine players earn All-SEC preseason honors and got the nod as favorite to win the East Division as SEC Media Days concluded last week in Hoover, Alabama.
All signs point to the Vols making a return to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta for the first time since 2007, with their two biggest games are at Neyland Stadium this year against Florida on Sept. 24 and Alabama on Oct. 15.
41. The Rest of the August Ballot
- Saturday, July 9, 2016
If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.
42. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges
- Monday, April 11, 2016
Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.
43. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican
- Friday, April 8, 2016
The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.
44. QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain
- Thursday, April 7, 2016
In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.
Good, satisfying in the moment, and hopeful for the future. But not necessarily an accurate predictor of what is to come.
45. Up-Tempo Offense Will Need ‘Nasty’ O-Line
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016
If all goes well, the attention probably will be on the quarterback – an open competition at the moment – and the receivers and the running backs. That’s just how football works.
But ultimately the success of the University of Memphis offense next season will be about much more than the fast guys and the guy who gets the ball to them. First-year head coach Mike Norvell was offensive coordinator at Arizona State and he has brought with him Chip Long, who will serve as Norvell’s offensive coordinator, and who worked with Norvell from 2012 through 2015.
46. August Election Ballot Filling Out Ahead of April 7 Deadline
- Thursday, March 10, 2016
The presidential contenders have moved on to other states and closed up their Memphis storefronts.
And the excitement of the national campaigns that burst into town all in one weekend just before the March 1 Tennessee primaries has shifted to the same frenetic political activity in other states.
47. Northwestern Defense Tough, But Give Edge to UT
- Saturday, December 26, 2015
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).
48. Walking On in Memphis Is A Big Part of Tigers Turnaround
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
They come from near and far, from Christian Brothers, Millington and Whitehaven high schools. From Atco, N.J., League City, Texas, and Newnan, Ga.
49. College Football Notebook: Vols Get Bowl Upgrade, All-SEC Teams Named
- Thursday, December 10, 2015
Last season, coach Butch Jones got Tennessee back to a bowl game. This season, they’ve moved up from the TaxSlayer Bowl to the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.
It’s a tangible step for a program that finished 8-4, 5-3 in the SEC. And looking back over the schedule at what might have been, the Vols easily could have played for the SEC title or at least already have 10 wins.
50. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal'
- Saturday, December 5, 2015
The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.
51. College Football’s Coaching Carousel Is Still Spinning
- Friday, December 4, 2015
In an ideal world, a kid climbs aboard a carousel and it’s all fun and good times. But the reality is, sometimes the experience is dizzying – even nauseating.
And so it goes with the current college football coaching carousel.
52. No. 25 Memphis Stunned in Closing Minutes by No. 16 Houston
- Monday, November 16, 2015
HOUSTON (AP) — After scoring to start the fourth quarter, No. 25 Memphis was up by 20 and looked well on its way to a big win over undefeated Houston.
The Tigers were left stunned less than 15 minutes later.
53. Won’t be the same without the head ball coach
- Saturday, November 7, 2015
I miss Steve Spurrier.
It won’t be the same without Spurrier coaching South Carolina when Tennessee (4-4, 2-3 SEC) plays host to the Gamecocks (3-5, 1-5) on Saturday.
It wasn’t the same this week without Spurrier throwing a jab or two at UT leading up to the game.
54. Memphis Still ‘Taking Care of Business’
- Thursday, October 29, 2015
Justin Fuente was well aware of the history. Big victories had been followed by big letdowns. It happened to the University of Memphis in 1996. After the epic upset of No. 6 Tennessee, the Tigers ended the season with a 20-10 loss to East Carolina.
55. EDGE Still Explaining Itself To Memphis, Shelby County Elected Leaders
- Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Four years into its existence, Reid Dulberger is still explaining the basics of a group created by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to streamline local economic development efforts.
56. Just Another Predictable SEC Football Season? Not Quite
- Friday, October 16, 2015
The Ol’ Ball Coach resigned at South Carolina. No more Steve Spurrier fun and frivolity at SEC Media Days, no more jabs at opposing coaches, no more quips that make sports writers tingle.
And yes, Justin Fuente is one of the names being floated for the South Carolina job.
57. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs
- Friday, October 9, 2015
The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.
The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.
58. College Football Notebook: Memphis Tigers Crack Top 25
- Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Yes, it would have been great fun to have both Ole Miss and the University of Memphis undefeated for their Oct. 17 game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, especially since the 11 a.m. game will be carried on ABC.
59. Three Games In, How Much Better are Titans?
- Saturday, October 3, 2015
At some point, the Tennessee Titans have to grow up.
After blowing an opportunity to take the early lead in the AFC South by letting it slip away against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the Titans now head into their bye week on a downturn with two consecutive losses.
60. Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business
- Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.
But Justin Taylor and friend Chris Taylor weren’t thinking long term when they started what is today known as the Mid-South Maze at Agricenter International. It was 2001, and the pair had a friend who owned land in Arkansas, a few miles outside of Downtown Memphis. That April, at the last moment possible to plant and be ready for a corn maze that fall, the two took the plunge just to see what would happen.
61. Despite Rhetoric, Florida Game Critical for Tennessee's Butch Jones
- Saturday, September 26, 2015
Tennessee’s Butch Jones will coach the biggest game of his three-year tenure with the Vols – and probably the biggest of his entire coaching career – at Florida on Saturday.
Like it or not, Jones is carrying the weight of UT’s 10-game losing streak to Florida on his shoulders.
62. Public Outcry Kills Tennessee Bill to Charge for Public Records
- Thursday, September 24, 2015
People of every political stripe across Tennessee are rising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.
Fisk University student Justin Jones said such a financial imposition would place an “undue burden” on his fellow collegians seeking information from public records as part of research papers and other assignments.
63. Memphis Tigers Face Formidable Foe in Bowling Green
- Wednesday, September 16, 2015
When the University of Memphis plays at Bowling Green Saturday, Sept. 18, the game will feature something that any number of SEC games could not: two well-established quarterbacks.
Not since the Tigers had running back DeAngelo Williams lining up in their backfield have they had an offensive player that demands as much as attention as redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch.
64. Roland Claims Shelby County Commission Chairmanship
- Wednesday, September 16, 2015
After Terry Roland took the chairman’s seat at the Monday, Sept. 14, Shelby County Commission meeting, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell congratulated him and pledged to work with him.
65. Roland Claims County Commission Chairmanship
- Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Three weeks after Steve Basar was elected – and an hour later un-elected – as chairman, the Shelby County Commission settled the discussion of who would be its leader next year by electing commissioner Terry Roland.
66. Luttrell Pushes Budget Summit for New Commission Chair
- Monday, September 14, 2015
When Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday, Sept. 14, the group will have a new chairman – but not a permanent one – and will try to set a date for a budget summit.
Chairman pro tempore Van Turner will be the acting head as the 13-member body tries to do what it couldn’t at its Aug. 10 meeting: elect a leader for the next year. Outgoing chairman Justin Ford’s one-year term ended Sept. 1.
67. Big Nashville Homecoming for Middle Tennessee Vols
- Saturday, September 5, 2015
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett won’t be in a strange place Saturday when he walks into Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green.
68. College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers
- Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
69. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved
- Saturday, August 29, 2015
John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.
UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.
70. College Football Notebook: Expert Predicts Top Teams, Fuente’s Future in Memphis
- Tuesday, August 25, 2015
With college football season about to kick off, The Daily News threw a few questions at USA Today’s George Schroeder, national college football writer and a past president of the Football Writers Association of America.
71. County Commission Votes on Hiring Attorney in Schools Funding Lawsuit
- Monday, August 24, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Aug. 24, on hiring an attorney to be the body’s special counsel in a statewide education funding lawsuit.
The commission specifically votes on hiring the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP to represent and advise it “on adequate and equitable school funding from the state of Tennessee.”
72. Stepping Up
- Thursday, August 13, 2015
Last season, Tennessee went into November with a 3-5 record and without a win in the Southeastern Conference. The Butch Jones rebuilding program was still taking baby steps.
But when an injury to senior Justin Worley opened the door for Joshua Dobbs to become the starting quarterback, baby steps became long strides for positive yards and more wins than losses.
73. County Commission Chairmanship Given, Taken Back
- Wednesday, August 12, 2015
For a while Monday, Aug. 10, it looked like the Shelby County Commission had shaken off several years of political conflict in the annual selection of its chairman.
As was the case the three previous years, a commission chairman had been elected with most of his or her votes coming from commissioners of the other party. The body currently is made up of seven Democrats and six Republicans.
74. County Commission Takes Back Election of Basar As New Chairman
- Tuesday, August 11, 2015
For about an hour Monday, Aug. 10, Steve Basar was the incoming-chairman of the Shelby County Commission, scheduled to take the position in September.
It was the first item on Monday’s agenda. But when the commission completed the rest of the 24-item agenda one of the seven commissioners who voted for Basar flipped.
75. College Football Notebook: Nick Saban Needs a Quarterback
- Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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.
76. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4
- Saturday, August 8, 2015
Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.
The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.
77. Memphis Touchdown Club Scores With 2015 Speaker Lineup
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Often, the lineup of speakers for the Touchdown Club of Memphis includes one or more coaches on the hot seat. But this season, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente, Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen all are coming off strong seasons.
78. Commission Considers Statue Move, Bailey Honor
- Monday, July 27, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners consider Monday, July 27, whether to get involved in the city’s plan to move a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of the city park once named for the Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard.
79. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10
- Friday, July 24, 2015
Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.
These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.
The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.
80. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store
- Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million
Application Date: July 2015
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.
81. County Commission Takes Long Way to Budget Approval
- Tuesday, June 23, 2015
In the space of five hours Monday, June 22, Shelby County Commissioners voted down an operating budget, a capital budget and an attempt at a continuation budget to keep spending at the same levels past July 1 and into the new fiscal year.
82. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese
- Saturday, June 20, 2015
For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.
At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.
83. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown
- Saturday, April 25, 2015
Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.
84. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players
- Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.
85. Aramark Corrections Center Food Contract Approved
- Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Aramark Correctional Services Inc. will take over food service at the Shelby County Corrections Center, four years after the private company did the same at the Shelby County Jail and Jail East.
86. Tigers Scrimmage to Prepare for Spring Football Game
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The University of Memphis football team closed out a busy week of spring camp with a 100-play scrimmage March 22 in the team’s sixth practice of the 2014 spring camp.
“I think they continue to get better and continue to acknowledge that we’ve got work to do, which is kind of the first step: acknowledge that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” head coach Justin Fuente said.
- Thursday, March 12, 2015
Playhouse on the Square will present Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” Thursday, March 12, through March 28 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.
- Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 11, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP to Lee Hughes at email@example.com.
89. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.
Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.
UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.
90. Vols’ Jones Continues to Impress With Recruiting Skills
- Saturday, February 7, 2015
KNOXVILLE – National signing day is in the books, and Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his staff can relax and savor another top-tier recruiting class.
Oops. Wait a minute. No time off for Jones and his assistants when it comes to recruiting. They’re already busy putting together the 2016 class, and looking at recruits for future classes.
91. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason
- Saturday, January 10, 2015
KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.
92. Vol Players See TaxSlayer Win as a Big Step for Program
- Saturday, December 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.
The Vols return to campus for practice Saturday and, after a Sunday practice, fly to Jacksonville for the Jan. 2 game against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl.
- Wednesday, December 10, 2014
“Miami here we come!!!” That was quarterback Paxton Lynch’s tweet, spiced up with sun and palm tree icons.
It summed up what has been a glorious football season for the University of Memphis: a 9-3 record, a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference and the program’s first share of a league title in 40 years. So the Tigers are headed to the first-ever Miami Beach Bowl for a Dec. 22 game with BYU.
94. With Dobbs at QB, Vols Look Set for Bowl Season
- Saturday, November 8, 2014
As the jubilation settled this week, the University of Tennessee’s football team and its fans still savored last Saturday’s 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina.
This week’s open date is so much sweeter for UT (4-5, 1-4 SEC) because of the stunning comeback victory.
95. City, County Take Different Paths on Insurance
- Monday, November 3, 2014
City of Memphis human resources director Quintin Robinson came from City Hall on the other side of the Main Street Mall last week to watch how Shelby County government handled changes to its health insurance plan for employees.
96. Dobbs Makes Strong Case for Vols Starting QB Job
- Saturday, November 1, 2014
KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.
Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?
97. County Commission Approves Health Insurance Changes
- Friday, October 31, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners approved changes to county government employee health insurance coverage Thursday, Oct. 30, that raises employee premiums by 5 percent and drops working spouses who are offered equivalent coverage of the county’s bronze plan by their employers effective Jan. 1.
98. Commission Chair Sued by Seven Members
- Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Seven Shelby County Commissioners are suing commission chairman Justin Ford for stopping them from adding items to the body’s agenda.
99. Winless SMU on Tap for 3-3 Tigers
- Thursday, October 23, 2014
They aren’t No. 18 East Carolina and they aren’t winless SMU. Halfway through the 2014 season, the Tigers are in the middle. The University of Memphis is 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference and in a large pack of teams whose seasons could yet reach lofty heights … or tumble down to the lowly place everyone knows too well.
100. UT Who? Vols-Ole Miss Game a Mirror Image of ’69
- Saturday, October 18, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.
Not on this day, though. It was Nov. 15, 1969.