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1. Tigers WR Miller Adds Another All-America Award -

University of Memphis senior wide receiver Anthony Miller added to his list of accolades with a first-team All-America nod from the American Football Coaches Association.

2. AT&T $1,000 Tax Bonus Came After Exchange With Union Head -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After an exchange between AT&T's CEO and a union representing its workers, the company said it took steps to pay workers a $1,000 bonus in response to President Donald Trump's tax cuts.

3. Tigers WR Miller Adds Another All-America Award -

University of Memphis senior wide receiver Anthony Miller added to his list of accolades with a first-team All-America nod from the American Football Coaches Association. Miller was also named the winner of the Paul Warfield Award, awarded by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to college football’s top receiver. The award, named for Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Previous winners of the award include Amari Cooper, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss.

4. Upset at Missouri Vital to Bowl Hopes for Tennessee Vols -

Tennessee’s football program remains in limbo as the Vols pursue bowl eligibility under fifth-year coach Butch Jones.

Jones is hanging onto his job as the Vols (4-5, 0-5 SEC) play their final three games of the season, starting with Saturday night’s 7:30 ET game (SEC Network) against Missouri (4-5, 1-4 SEC) in Columbia.

5. ‘Divisive Symbols’: Mississippi Case Offers Hope for Forrest Bust Removal -

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.

6. Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust to Stay in Capitol -

The Tennessee Capitol Commission blocked Gov. Bill Haslam’s request Friday, Sept. 1, to move the embattled Nathan Bedford Forrest bust out of the State Capitol to the Tennessee State Museum.

7. Wolf, Offense Look To Prove Predictions Wrong -

It’s championship or bust for Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf.

Bowl victories are nice. So are nine-win seasons. But Wolf wants a lot more in his final season with the Vols.

“Our goal here at Tennessee every single year is to win a championship, and that’s going to remain the goal,” Wolf says. “Yeah, there may have been a little bit of excitement the first year, maybe the second year winning the bowl game. It’s always exciting, but that’s the bare minimum right now.”

8. Last Word: Alexander and Corker Differ, Instant Runoff React and Kroger On Hold -

Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators split their votes Tuesday in Washington on the vote that followed the vote to open debate on a repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted yes on the debate motion. But then Corker was one of the nine Republican Senate votes that killed the Obamacare replacement plan known as BCRA, while Alexander voted for it.

9. Wide Receiver U? That’s So 20 Years Ago -

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.

10. Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone -

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.

11. 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.

12. Wyatt Aiken, Accomplished Memphis Commercial Real Estate Broker, Dies -

Widely known and highly respected Memphis commercial real estate broker Wyatt Aiken died Friday morning after an extended illness.

Aiken was executive vice president/CEO of Cushman Wakefield-Commercial Advisors. Among his many professional achievements, Aiken served as president of the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Memphis Chapter in 2007-2008.

13. Government Survey Shows Health Insurance Gains Slowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration.

14. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

15. Crime Stats Chronicle Recent Spike in Violent Crime -

Myneishia Johnson’s funeral was the day before she was supposed to graduate from high school.

The teenager’s death at the corner of Second Street and Peabody Place on May 22 came on one of the first busy Downtown weekends of the spring not connected to a Memphis in May International Festival event.

16. Baptist Executive Vaughn Receives U of M’s Highest Alumni Award -

Anita Vaughn’s notable 43-year career with Baptist Memorial Hospital started on a whim.

“I went to University of Memphis for a year thinking I was going to be a commercial artist,” Vaughn said. “Then a friend just happened to say, ‘You know what? I’m going down to Baptist School of Nursing,’ and I said, ‘Well, OK. Me too!’

17. This Week in Memphis History: March 25-31 -

2015: NBA legend Magic Johnson visits Memphis to announce his foundation will award $30,000 in college scholarships to students at Booker T. Washington High School.

2015: Developers Archie Willis and Henry Turley unveil their concept plan for the redevelopment of Central Station, including a boutique hotel by Kemmons Wilson Enterprises in the station building, a Malco movie theater and possibly a grocery store – totaling a $52 million private investment.

18. World Series of Drag Racing Moves to Memphis -

IRG Sports & Entertainment and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced that the World Series of Drag Racing will make its debut at the Memphis International Raceway on Aug. 26-27.

19. World Series of Drag Racing Moves to Memphis -

IRG Sports & Entertainment and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced that the World Series of Drag Racing will make its debut at the Memphis International Raceway on Aug. 26-27.

20. The Week Ahead: Feb. 22, 2016 -

Good morning Memphis. The Monday holidays are gone for a while, we’re afraid, but you’ve got a whole week to finish that work instead of just four days. Here are a few items to look forward to this week, led by the annual announcement of performers who will descend on Memphis this May for the Beale Street Music Festival.

21. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.

22. Exec Who Jacked Up Price of a Lifesaving Drug Is Arrested -

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges unrelated to the furor.

23. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

24. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

25. Three Tennessee Appeals Judges Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three state appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam were selected Tuesday as finalists to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments interviewed nine applicants during a public hearing before narrowing the field to three and sending the names to the Republican governor.

26. 9 Apply to Fill Vacancy on Tennessee Supreme Court -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Three appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam are among the nine applicants to fill a vacancy on the bench of Tennessee's highest court.

The opening created by the retirement of Justice Gary Wade in September provided Haslam the opportunity to give the five-member court a Republican majority after decades of Democratic control.

27. Developers Threaten to Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Site -

Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site were again delayed as the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine tabled a vote on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes benefit for the speculative industrial site.

28. Collector Asks Judge to Declare Him Owner of Elvis' Guitar -

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A collector claiming to be the rightful owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley and later donated by a blues guitarist to a South Dakota museum has asked a federal judge to rule in his favor.

29. Fundraising and Basketball, Part 1 -

Part one of a two-part series. Recent columns have focused on questions for employers to ask prospective fundraising employees and questions for interviewees to ask their interviewers. Our goal: to help all parties understand the critical role of fundraising professionals and what it takes for them to be successful.

30. Report: 4 Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans -

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

31. Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang -

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

They became the FAM Mob street gang.

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

32. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

33. ‘Swamp Rat’ Remembers Last Tennessee-Oklahoma Game -

University of Tennessee quarterback Dewey “Swamp Rat” Warren stood on the field during a timeout with a few seconds left in the Jan. 1, 1968 Orange Bowl.

Warren was the holder for UT place-kicker Karl Kremser, who lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt against Oklahoma. The Sooners led, 26-24.

34. Former Tigers Head Man Finds Simpler Life at MTSU -

In nine years as the head coach, Tommy West provided the University of Memphis with much of its football lore: five bowls – there have only been seven – and 49 wins (third-most all time).

35. Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

36. 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.

37. Rape Kit Controversy Continues After Report -

This week’s report by former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis on the city’s backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits is unlikely to be the last word on the controversy.

Coleman-Davis concluded that no one involved in the 30-year backlog “willfully or maliciously conspired to deny due process.”

38. Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

39. Ongoing Rape Kit Backlog Fallout Expands -

The ongoing fallout from the backlog of untested rape kits is beginning to develop some boundaries and dividing lines as it moves into federal court and expands outside court to include a backlog of 300 rape kits by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

40. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

41. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit -

The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.

42. 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.

43. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

44. Second Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog -

Three women allegedly raped by Anthony Alliano during a string of rapes in the Cordova area covering a decade have filed suit in Memphis Federal Court over the delay in testing their rape kits.

It is the second federal lawsuit filed against the city of Memphis since December over the backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits police acknowledged in November after initially putting the backlog of rape kits at 2,000 in August.

45. Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades -

First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?

46. Tigers Revel in Season Sweep of Louisville -

Any in-the-moment analytical evaluation of the Tigers’ chances after Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell slammed home a dunk for an eight-point lead with 4:46 left in the game would have been dire.

47. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

48. Rich to Headline Benefit for St. Jude Hospital -

John Rich will perform alongside Wynonna Judd, Larry the Cable Guy and his Big & Rich partner, Big Kenny at a June 4 concert that will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

49. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

50. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Ave. Anthony Bradley of The Bradley Law Firm PLLC will present “The Truth About the VA Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit.” Cost is free. Contact Jo Garner at 482-0354.

51. Nicest AD In the World Steps Down -

Sixteen years ago R.C. Johnson became the University of Memphis athletic director and he started the tradition of an annual media appreciation luncheon. John Calipari, among others, would have choked on the idea.

52. AP Source: Big East Moving Toward Adding Memphis -

A person familiar with the talks says the Big East is in discussions with Memphis about the Tigers joining the conference in all sports.

The Tigers likely would join in 2013 when Houston, Central Florida and SMU from Conference USA already are set to join the Big East.

53. Audit: MPD Organized Crime Unit Didn’t Follow Spending Guidelines -

An audit of the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit says the unit, which includes undercover drug investigations and other covert operations, “needs significant improvement” in obeying guidelines for the use of money in the OCU drug fund.

54. Audit: MPD Organized Crime Unit Didn’t Follow Spending Guidelines -

An audit of the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit says the unit, which includes undercover drug investigations and other covert operations, “needs significant improvement” in obeying guidelines for the use of money in the OCU drug fund.

55. University of Memphis Statement on Bartow’s Death -

Gene Bartow, the legendary college basketball coach and a native of Browning, Missouri, who led the 1973 Tiger basketball team to the NCAA National Championship Game against UCLA, has lost his long battle against cancer. Bartow, age 81, died on January 3rd at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

56. Binkley Promoted to VP at Boyle -

Les Binkley has been promoted to vice president at Boyle Investment Co.

Hometown: Memphis

57. Vandy Proves That Winning Is Possible -

Hope has come to town in the form of the Vanderbilt football team and its first-year head coach James Franklin.

Vanderbilt, where the academic requirements are a bit steeper than at the University of Memphis. Vanderbilt, where competition in the SEC is a tad tougher than in Conference USA. Vanderbilt, often called the hardest college football coaching job in America.

58. ’Kings Rely on Diehards And New Fans for Success -

Late in the third period of what would be a Mississippi RiverKings victory, right winger Mike Tuomi had control of the puck, and a lot of open ice between him and the net.

Tuomi already had scored two goals in the game and a third would give him a hat trick.

59. Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around -

The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8. That’s when 35-year-old Justin Fuente, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Christian University, told media and fans gathered at an on-campus press conference, “This is going to be Memphis’ team. … I don’t care what school you went to, you live in the city, I want this to be your team.”

60. Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around -

The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8.

That’s when 35-year-old Justin Fuente, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Christian University, told media and fans gathered at an on-campus press conference, “This is going to be Memphis’ team. … I don’t care what school you went to, you live in the city, I want this to be your team.”

61. Memphis to Introduce TCU’s Fuente as Football Coach -

The University of Memphis has confirmed it has named TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Justin Fuente the Tigers’ head football coach.

It is the first head coaching job for the 35-year-old Tulsa, Okla., native, who has spent the past five years on TCU’s staff under Horned Frogs’ head coach Gary Patterson. Before being named co-offensive coordinator in 2009, Fuente was the team’s running backs coach.

62. Deadline Looms For Candidates In March Primaries -

There is the paperwork and there are the deadlines in politics. And then there are the campaigns that begin long before the paperwork or deadlines.

One group of candidates in the 2012 election cycle is approaching its first deadline Thursday, Dec. 8, at noon – the filing deadline for the March 6 county primaries.

63. Holiday Cheer Has New Meaning in Town -

Christmas came early for Memphis sports fans. It arrived the weekend after Thanksgiving.

First, the NBA announced it had resolved its labor dispute and would resume Christmas Day. The next day, the University of Memphis fired football coach Larry Porter, whose two-year tenure included just three victories.

64. US Auto Sales Look Strong in November -

DETROIT (AP) – People are finally replacing the cars and trucks they held on to during the economic slump, giving a boost to U.S. auto sales in November.

Chrysler, Ford and Nissan were among the companies reporting double-digit gains from last November, which is normally a lackluster month because of colder weather and holiday distractions. This November, buyers were lured by good deals, improving confidence in the economy and the need to trade in older cars.

65. Chism Vying With Jackson for Court Clerk -

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

66. Chism Vying With Jackson for GS Court Clerk -

With one week to the filing deadline, the race for General Sessions Court Clerk is the busiest of the four races to be decided next year in the March 6 county primaries and the Aug. 2 general elections.

67. Memphis Hires Search Firm to Help Find New Coach -

The University of Memphis has hired Eastman and Beaudine Management Consultants to help the search committee find a new football coach.

The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, that U of M President Shirley Raines and the search committee picked the sports firm to help identify candidates for the job that opened up when Memphis fired Larry Porter on Sunday, Nov. 27, after going 3-21 in his two seasons.

68. U of M Hires Search Firm to Help Find New Coach -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis has hired Eastman and Beaudine Management Consultants to help the search committee find a new football coach.

The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, that President Shirley Raines and the Search Committee picked the sports firm to help identify candidates for the job that opened up when Memphis fired Larry Porter on Sunday after going 3-21 in his two seasons.

69. U of M Seeks Football Coach, AD -

The University of Memphis finds itself searching for not only a new football coach but a new athletic director as well now that the Tigers football season is over.

University president Dr. Shirley Raines said the school’s goal is to hire a replacement for fired Tigers football coach Larry Porter “as soon as possible” and begin the process of picking a replacement for retiring athletic director R.C. Johnson by the spring semester.

70. Tigers To Talk Football Future Monday -

University of Memphis officials hold a noon press conference Monday, Nov. 28, to talk about “the future of the Memphis athletic program and a plan for having a new football coach named as quickly as possible.”

71. Tigers’ Dreadful Season Finally Coming to End -

The Memphis fan walked up the tunnel and into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, looked at the scoreboard, saw 13:43 remaining in the first quarter and a “7” under “Herd,” and he cussed.

“They scored already?” the man complained to a bystander, then added with a sigh, “That’s Tiger football.”

72. Tigers Ace First Test, Take Talents to Maui -

Every season has a first game. But this was not a perfunctory tip to an ordinary season. This one felt different, felt like the first act of a play that could have the ultimate, dramatic, ending.

Months from now, no one will remember all the particulars from the University of Memphis’ 97-81 victory over Belmont on Tuesday, Nov. 15. People will forget that Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon and Joe Jackson all went for at least 20 points, that the game started at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday (to accommodate ESPN) and that outside FedExForum it was a gray, rainy day.

73. Schools Planning Commission Begins Work -

The 21-member schools consolidation planning commission goes to work Thursday, Sept. 29, in a conference room at the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement in Shelby Farms.

74. EDGE Board Holds Inaugural Meeting -

The new Economic Development Growth Engine approved its existence Wednesday, Aug. 17, while also addressing some confusing technicalities.

“The president is selected by both mayors – this seems cumbersome,” former Shelby County Commissioner and EDGE director Deidre Malone said at the organization’s inaugural meeting at City Hall. “Having worked in the private sector and for an organization with a similar structure, I think it’s very interesting.”

75. New Economic Development Board Gets Started -

The new Economic Development Growth Engine approved its existence Wednesday, Aug. 17, while also addressing some confusing technicalities.

“The president is selected by both mayors – this seems cumbersome,” former Shelby County Commissioner and EDGE director Deidre Malone said at the organization’s inaugural meeting at City Hall. “Having worked in the private sector and for an organization with a similar structure, I think it’s very interesting.”

76. Villas at Cordova Complex Sells for $14.2M in Foreclosure -

8546 Prestine Loop
Cordova, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $14.2 million

Sale Date: May 11, 2011

77. CVS Affiliate Buys Properties at Park and South Highland -

CVS 4990 TN LLC has bought four parcels in the Park Avenue and South Highland Street area in two transactions totaling $1.7 million. In the first transaction, Terrie Lynn Johnson Bonds and Larry Gene Johnson, heirs at law of Lou Alice Brattan Johnson, deceased, sold 3500 Park Ave., 3516 Park Ave. and 850 S. Highland St. for $1.1 million. In the second transaction, Marilyn L. Benfield sold 840 S. Highland St. for $635,000.

78. Old Cop, New Cop -

Until 2006, about the only things that cops in Memphis considered “high-tech” were the radio receivers they attached to their shirts.

Older cops considered the latest gadgets in crime fighting as a departure from proven police methods. They still relied on written reports – a bureaucratic requirement in case there were repercussions later – even though there was no guarantee the paper could be found. The closest thing to digital was the reel-to-reel recordings of radio dispatches.

79. After Serving Country, Maj. Gen. Harvey Now Serves Law -

Albert Harvey’s career longevity as an attorney is rivaled only by his 39-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves.

80. Criminal Court Candidates Lined Up for August Ballot -

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of any election, primary or general, on the Aug. 5 ballot.

81. 21 In Field for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Race -

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s noon deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of contenders of any election, primary or general on the Aug. 5 ballot.

82. Ford Name Plays Into Election Victory -

It didn’t work for Myron Lowery in last year’s special election for Memphis mayor.

But Joe Ford won the Democratic nomination for Shelby County mayor this week by running from the office.

83. Ford Wins Democratic Mayoral Primary -  

Interim County Mayor Joe Ford became the Democratic nominee for mayor in the August county general elections Tuesday night.

And the August sheriff’s race will be a contest between Democrat Randy Wade and Republican Randy Wade.

All three were among the winners in Tuesday’s low turnout county primaries.

Approximately ten percent of Shelby County’s nearly 600,000 voters cast ballots in early voting and election day polling.

Ford, who was appointed interim mayor in December, beat County Commissioner Deidre Malone and General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson in the Democratic primary. He will face Republican Mark Luttrell who had only token opposition in the Republican primary from perennial contender Ernie Lunati.

Luttrell has raised more money than all three of the Democratic primary contenders combined and began running television ads in the last week runup to election day.

The final unofficial totals in the Democratic mayoral primary are:

Ford 20,360 57%

Malone 12,916 37%

Jackson 2,168 6%

The pair of primaries for Sheriff featured eight candidates, seven of whom either currently work for the sheriff’s department or are past employees. Only Reginald French, in the Democratic primary was not a former or current department official.

Wade was the 2002 Democratic nominee, losing to Luttrell who is leaving as Sheriff after serving two terms. French was the Democratic nominee in the 2006 elections.

Oldham is Luttrell’s chief deputy, the number two position in the department. He is also a former director of the Memphis Police Department.

The final unofficials totals in the Republican primary are:

Bill Oldham 13,821 48%

Dale Lane 7,981 28%

Bobby Simmons 5,886 21%

James Coleman 943 3%

In the Democratic primary:

Randy Wade 22,643 67%

Reginald French 6,777 20%

Larry Hill 2,738 8%

Bennie Cobb 1,814 5%

Voters in the primary elections decided to return six Shelby County commissioners to new four year terms with Tuesday’s results. They also elected six new commissioners. The winner of the thirteenth commission seat will be decided on the August general election ballot in a contest between district 5 Democratic incumbent Steve Mulroy and Republican challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos. The winner of the match up will determine whether the commission remains majority Democrat or goes majority Republican.

Mulroy easily defeated Jennings Bernard in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Republican incumbent Mike Ritz ran unopposed as did new Democratic commissioner Walter Bailey.

In the remaining ten contests, the primaries decided who gets the seats since no one ran in the opposing party’s primary.

The most hotly contested contest among the commission races was for District 4 Position 1. Outgoing Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas beat John Pellicciotti, appointed to a commission seat last year but running for a different position in the same district. Jim Bomprezzi, the former mayor of Lakeland, was the third contender in the contest.

The final unofficial totals in the Republican primary:

Thomas 7,631 52%

Pellicciotti 4,871 33%

Bomprezzi 2,298 15%

In position 2 of the same district incumbent Republican Wyatt Bunker easily overcame two challengers with former Lakeland alderman John Wilkerson finishing second and Ron Fittes finishing third.

Millington businessman Terry Roland claimed the third position in the district that takes in all six of Shelby County’s suburban towns and cities.

Roland beat George Chism to take the seat Pellicciotti was appointed to but opted not to run for in deference to Roland.

Heidi Shafer, an aide to outgoing County Commissioner George Flinn, claimed Flinn’s District 1 Position 2 seat over Albert Maduska.in the GOP primary.

District 1 incumbent Republican Mike Carpenter easily beat businessman Joe Baier.

In the Democratic commission primaries, Melvin Burgess claimed Malone’s District 2 Position 3 seat in a field of six contenders. His closest contender was Reginald Milton. Burgess, a city school system audit manager, had run for the seat before. He brought in 54 percent of the vote.

The other hard fought Democratic commission primary saw Justin Ford, son of the interim mayor, claim his father’s District 3 Position 3 seat.

Ford beat Edith Moore, a retired IBM executive, whom the commission appointed to the seat after the elder Ford became mayor.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Ford 7,342 66%

Moore 3,822 34%

Democratic incumbent commissioners Henri Brooks, Sidney Chism and James Harvey were all re-elected over primary challengers.

The county-wide primaries for seven clerk’s positions saw the return of former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican 16 years after Republican challenger Bill Key took her job. Johnican decisively beat Ralph White and Vernon Johnson in her first bid for office since the 1994 defeat. She will face Republican Kevin Key, the son of Bill Key in the August general election.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Johnican 16,381 51%

White 10,170 31%

Johnson 5,954 18%

Former Juvenile Court Clerk Shep Wilbun easily won the Democratic primary with 76 percent of the vote to face Republican Joy Touliatos in August for the office being vacated by Republican Steve Stamson. Touliatos was unopposed in the primary.

Democrat Coleman Thompson is back for another go at incumbent Republican Register Tom Leatherwood.

Aside from Leatherwood, Jimmy Moore is the only other of the seven clerks seeking re-election. Moore ran unopposed in the GOP primary. He will face Democrat Ricky Dixon in August.

Trustee Regina Newman was appointed to her office following the death last year of Paul Mattila. Newman easily overcame M LaTroy Williams in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. She will face David Lenoir, who beat former Shelby County Commissioner John Willingham in the Republican contest.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Lenoir 15,922 58%

Willingham 11,569 42%

The other six candidate field on the ballot was in the Democratic primary for Probate Court Clerk. Sondra Becton posted impressive vote totals over her rivals, bringing in 35 percent of the vote with Peggy Dobbins her closest rival. Becton, who is making her fourth bid for the office, will face Republican Paul Boyd, who ran unopposed in his primary.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Becton 10,929 36%

Dobbins 5,366 18%

Annita Hamilton 4,848 16%

Clay Perry 3,549 12%

Danny Kail 3,120 11%

Karen Tyler 2,782 9%

The closest contest of the evening was in the Democratic primary for County Clerk. Wrestling promoter and television personality Corey Maclin won his political debut by less than 1,400 votes over Charlotte Draper and LaKeith Miller. He will face Republican Wayne Mashburn who beat Steve Moore in the companion primary.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 5 election day begins July 16. The August ballot will also feature state and federal primary elections including the statewide primaries for governor and the primaries for all nine of the state’s Congressional districts.

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84. Unsung Heroes -

It’s often said that Memphis takes its musical talent for granted.

That certainly wasn’t true Thursday night at Studio on the Square, where an overflow crowd celebrated the Bar-Kays, the Stax back-up band and funkmasters who’ve survived tragedy and setbacks during their 40-year career.

85. 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.

86. 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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87. Cohen Applauded by Pro-Pot Activists -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen acknowledged feeling a little lonely as he addressed a crowd of self-described pot smokers just off Capitol Hill.

88. 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.

89. Gun Laws are Getting Looser Across Much of US -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It's been the year of the gun in Tennessee. In a flurry of legislative action, handgun owners won the right to take their weapons onto sports fields and playgrounds and, at least briefly, into bars.

90. Out of Bounds -

The August report from the NCAA calls him “student-athlete 1.” Everyone but the NCAA and the University of Memphis calls him Derrick Rose.

91. Struggle Over Ethics Role Led to Director’s Firing -

NASHVILLE (AP) – When Bruce Androphy was hired to run the Tennessee Ethics Commission in 2006, he took to heart pronouncements that the state wanted the panel to be independent and assertive.

92. Luttrell Upset Over Possible Sheriff Cuts -

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell rarely gets rattled.

That’s what made his opposition to a plan this week to lay off 100 county government employees, including 31 people in his department, so unusual.

93. Roulhac Mansion Makes Visitors Feel at Home -

Every room at the Roulhac Mansion was booked over the weekend with marathon runners who wanted to experience the real Memphis instead of stay in a hotel room.

Even when there’s not an event such as the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend going on, the bed-and-breakfast has guests, said manager Margie Watkins.

94. Events -

The Mid-South Area Business Travel Association will hold a luncheon today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 6245 Poplar Ave. The luncheon topic will be “The Economy’s Impact on Business Travel.” Cost is $25 for members and $40 for guests. For more information, visit www.msabta.com.

95. UTHSC’s Baselski Receives Professional Recognition Award -

Vickie S. Baselski, professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been presented the 2008 American Society for Microbiology TREK Diagnostic ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award.

96. Events -

JobLINC will host a Career and Education Fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Thirty-nine companies will attend. For more information, call 415-2700.

97. Few Surprises At Filing Deadline -

About half of Shelby County's delegation to the Tennessee Legislature won re-election at Thursday's filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 7 ballot.

Eight of the 16 state House seats had only one candidate - the incumbent. And all three of the state Senate seats on the ballot were incumbent-only affairs.

98. Brooks Named VP of Junior Achievement -

Mary Brooks has been named vice president of programs for Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. Previously, Brooks served as the director of programs for Junior Achievement. In her new position, she will oversee the operation of Exchange City, Junior Achievement's model city, which is operated for a day by area fifth-graders.

99. National Poverty RateOn Decline -      The nation's poverty rate dropped last year, the first significant decline since President Bush took office.
          The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that 36.5 mi

100. Networx Becomes Target Of Investigation Request -

Seven Memphis legislators formally have requested that the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) investigate the fiber optics company Memphis Networx and its connection to Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division (MLGW).