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1. Memphis Women's March Draws Thousands Downtown -

Several thousand people marched Saturday, Jan. 21, from the D'Army Bailey Shelby County Courthouse to the National Civil Rights Museum in one of several dozen “Women’s Marches” across the nation including the largest gathering in Washington D.C. the day after President Donald Trump began his term of office.

2. Last Word: Haslam's Call, Redbirds Change Branding and Economists on Trump -

Wizards over Grizz in pre inaugural D.C. Wednesday evening 104-101. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Cong. Steve Cohen in a number of Facebook and Twitter posts at the game. The Grizz return home Friday to play the Kings. Meanwhile, the Tigers in Houston Thursday to play the Cougars.

3. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

4. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

5. Cohen Announces $400,000 Grant for Clayborn Temple -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movement and the African-American experience.

6. Cohen Announces $400,000 Grant for Clayborn Temple -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movement and the African-American experience.

7. Clayborn Temple Restoration Gets $400,000 Federal Grant -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movements and the African-American experience.

8. Cohen Holding First Issues Session of 2017 Monday -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis is holding his first issues meeting of the year with constituents Monday, Jan. 9.

9. Cohen Acts to Eliminate Electoral College -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis introduced Thursday, Jan. 5, in Washington a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Electoral College and make possible the direct election of the president and vice president by popular vote.

10. Trump’s Turn -

If the election of Donald Trump was a mystery, there are even more questions about what will he do once he takes office Jan. 20. The clues may or may not be in the conduct of his campaign.

“Donald Trump campaigned without being tied to the traditional parameters of conservative-liberal dialogue that we’ve come to know over the past 20 or 30 years,” said Memphis attorney John Ryder, who is legal counsel to the Republican National Committee. “The hopeful part about that is that allows him to move past those divisions and enter new territory.”

11. Cohen Acts to Eliminate Electoral College -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis introduced Thursday, Jan. 5, in Washington a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Electoral College and make possible the direct election of the president and vice president by popular vote.

12. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

13. 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.

14. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

15. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

16. Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters -

2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.

17. Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices -

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

18. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil.

19. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

20. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

21. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil.

22. Cohen Proposes Grants For School Bus Seatbelts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has introduced a bill that would provide federal grants for hip and shoulder seatbelts and retrofit existing school buses with the same.

23. Cohen Proposes Grants For School Bus Seatbelts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has introduced a bill that would provide federal grants for hip and shoulder seatbelts and retrofit existing school buses with the same.

24. Last Word: Football Comes Back, Snuff on Front Street and Pot Is Short of Seven -

I have a question that some of you may not care for? Is football making a comeback in this basketball town for a more prominent place in the conflicted and diverse hothouse that is Memphis culture?

25. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

26. Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors -

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

27. DMC Outlines 2017 Plans, Recaps 2016 Successes -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is looking ahead with strategies to improve the pedestrian experience, support large-scale hotel developments, attract corporate headquarters both large and small, and enhance the Main Street Mall.

28. Norris, Others Take Next Step After Election -

State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville ran for re-election this year the way just about any incumbent prefers to run – unopposed.

29. Kustoff, Cohen Win Seats in Congress And the Rest of Shelby County's Ballot -

Shelby County voters re-elected all but six incumbents seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

And the biggest upset on the local ballot gave Democrats a gain of one seat in the state House delegation from Shelby County.

30. Last Word: Underperforming At the Polls, Tenoke Plans and Poverty in Cordova -

Still parsing election numbers, although 24 hours after the polls closed in Shelby County, the Election Commission was still counting absentee ballots.

Here is a statewide perspective from Associated Press.

31. County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years -

Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.

32. Last Word: About Last Night, The Long Vote Count and New Homeowner Numbers -

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.

33. Shelby County Vote Count Stalls For Third Presidential Contest -

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump won Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, in unofficial statewide election returns while Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County in the popular vote.

34. Election Day Ends Contentious Presidential Contest -

In a contentious national campaign for president that has tested the boundaries of what is considered proper political discourse and what should be public, local Democratic and Republican partisans have mostly been spectators as the 2016 presidential campaign comes to an end Tuesday, Nov. 8.

35. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will hold his annual Federal Procurement Fair for Small-Business Owners in Memphis on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Business owners will learn about contracting with the federal government and can meet one-on-one with procurement officials from state and federal agencies. RSVP to cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov by Friday, Nov. 4.

36. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will hold his annual Federal Procurement Fair for Small-Business Owners in Memphis on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Business owners will learn about contracting with the federal government and can meet one-on-one with procurement officials. RSVP at cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov by Friday, Nov. 4.

37. Midtown Kroger Opens With Pedestrian Focus on Busy Union Avenue -

The carillon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church played the University of Memphis fight song Wednesday, Nov. 2, as the parking lot of the Midtown Kroger filled with cars. A block away a fire truck’s siren mixed with the church bells as the truck left the Union Avenue fire station to a call.

38. Last Word: Election Impact, Fun with Election Cross Tabs and DeSoto vs. Marshall -

Now, about the idea being discussed starting late last week that when the Feds are looking at someone running for office or holding office they have to take into consideration how close the next election is for that person.

39. Cohen Calls for Comey To Resign as FBI Director -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, called Monday, Oct. 31, for FBI Director James Comey to resign “for the good of the FBI.”

40. Tennessee Promise Draws Criticism Amid Rising Tuition -

MTSU student Emily Webb cobbled together enough money to pay for her first year and a half of expenses. 

But in the last year she had to borrow $5,000 to keep alive her dream of earning a degree from Middle Tennessee State University as tuition and living costs have increased each year.

41. Alzheimer’s Association Official: Support Hospice Education Bill -

Nearly half of all people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are in hospice care at the time of their death. Less than half of surveyed nursing homes have some sort of palliative care program. For people with advanced dementia, such care which focuses on managing and easing symptoms, reducing pain and stress, and increasing comfort improves quality of life, controls costs, and enhances patient and family satisfaction.

42. Residents Embracing Big River Crossing -

On the first Saturday morning in which it was consistently autumn by the weather conditions as well as the calendar, political leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River walked from Memphis and West Memphis to meet in the middle of the Big River Crossing.

43. Big Crowds Follow Formal Opening of Big River Crossing -

The Big River Crossing across the Mississippi River opened Saturday, Oct. 22, with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine and delegations from each side of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk -- Memphis and West Memphis – meeting in the middle.

44. Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.

45. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

46. Logistical Nightmare -

Lamar Avenue is a $300 million problem. Rush hour on Lamar turns into several hours, and for the hundreds of distribution centers located near the corridor, just-in-time delivery is nearly impossible in the face of miles of congested traffic.

47. Last Word: Trezevant Football and The Past, Change by Trial and Instagram -

Almost a year ago Trezevant High School was the state football champion in their division – the Frayser school’s first ever football championship. And for those with long memories of the city’s colorful history of high school athletics, there was some vindication in that.

48. Details Given in Stewart’s Civil Rights Case -

Sometimes when there is a Justice Department review of a fatal police shooting, the review ends with a sparse announcement that investigators have ended their work and concluded there is no case to be made.

49. No Federal Charges in Stewart Shooting -

A U.S. Justice Department review of the July 2015 fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling has concluded there is “insufficient evidence” to charge Schilling with any federal crime in the incident.

50. Last Word: FedEx Changes, The Blue Cross Exit and Armageddon -

Was that really autumn Monday or was the drop in humidity a prank to get the trees to drop their leaves?

The FedEx shareholder’s meeting Monday included some changes in the management chart at FedEx Corp. – more like some changes in the seating with one retirement by Mike Glenn, whose office is next to company founder Fred Smith.

51. Cohen Describes Clinton-Trump Contest as “Armageddon” -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen set stark terms for the presidential general election as local Democrats opened their Memphis headquarters for nominee Hillary Clinton.

52. BlueCross Dropping ACA Coverage in Memphis Area -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is dropping its Affordable Care Act marketplace plan coverage in three major regions of the state, including Memphis, pointing to losses of nearly $500 million on such plans by the end of 2016.

53. Memphis Airport Receives $2.4M Emissions Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program to support initiatives to reduce airport emissions.

54. Memphis Airport Receives $2.4M Emissions Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program to support initiatives to reduce airport emissions.

55. Council to Vote on Pot Ordinance, Hear Coliseum Proposals -

It may be one of numerous items on the Memphis City Council’s consent agenda Tuesday, Sept. 6, voted on all at one time.

Or the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police to write a citation with a fine for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana could be met with an attempt to vote it down.

56. Study Leads to Broader Call for Business Ties -

Rodney Strong, CEO of the Atlanta law and public policy firm Griffin and Strong that authored city government’s latest disparity study on minority contracting, didn’t come to talk about the study last week when he spoke to a room of 40 African-American civic and business leaders.

57. Haslam Says Special Session Likely Without Federal Compromise -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said $60 million in federal roads funding is too much for the state to lose because of a law the Tennessee Legislature passed that federal officials have a problem with.

During a Thursday, Aug. 25, visit to Memphis, Haslam said his administration is talking with federal transportation officials to work out a compromise in which the legislature would change the drunken driving statute when it returns to session in January. If there is no compromise, Haslam indicated he will likely call a special session of the Legislature by the end of current year to change the statute.

58. Last Word: The Wiseacre Deal, City Hall Goes To Pot and TEDx Memphis -

That was quick. Less than a week to come up with lease terms between the city and Wiseacre Brewing for the Mid-South Coliseum including a due diligence period that is the first order of business.

59. Kustoff Victory Caps TV, Outsider Heavy Congressional Campaign -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

60. Kustoff Claims 8th GOP Primary, Todd Upset by Lovell, Jenkins Over Newsom -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

61. New St. Jude Research Shows Lifelong Effects of Pediatric Cancer Fight -

With cure rates for pediatric cancer at historic highs, researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been directing their efforts toward what comes next.

Specifically: what is the price of that cure later in the patient’s life?

62. Last Word: The One Before November, Defining The Outsider and Stock Exchange -

Election Day arrives in Shelby County.

And this election cycle, in the shadow of the November Presidential general election, has turned out to be pretty interesting.

63. Crowded Race in 8th District GOP Primary Tops Thursday's Ballot -

Two days before the Thursday, Aug. 4, election day, state Rep. Curry Todd was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies for removing a rival’s campaign signs in Collierville.

The arrest Tuesday on a warrant sworn out against Todd for theft is an indication of just how hard fought some of the races are in what is considered a minor election cycle in the shadow of the November presidential general election.

64. Shelby County Seeing Low Early Voting Turnout -

At the end of the first full week of early voting in advance of the Aug. 4 election day, Shelby County Election Commission data shows Democratic and Republican primary turnout closely matched.

And overall, early voting turnout is much lower than it was for the same election cycle four years ago, but ahead of where it was eight years ago.

65. Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant -

Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road.

66. Memphis Airport Receives $12.4 Million Federal Grant -

Congressman Steve Cohen has announced a $12.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to go toward the modernization of the Memphis International’s Airport’s Concourse B as well as improvement of security and the access road.

67. Chism Readying 2018 Bid for County Mayor -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism wants to be the Democratic nominee for Shelby County mayor in 2018, and he plans to begin his campaign after the November presidential election.

68. Funds Rolling In for 8th Congressional District Race -

Five of the six major contenders in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District raised a total of $1.8 million from Jan. 1 to June 30 going into the critical last month of the campaign.

69. Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis -

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.

This time the datelines are Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

70. The Rest of the August Ballot -

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.

71. Scramble in the 8th District -

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

72. Last Word: Brexit, Grizz Picks in the NBA Draft and the Race for the 8th -

Brexit – British Exit – it is. The end of the European Union in the United Kingdom in Thursday’s referendum there began to make its presence known in financial markets even before the very close vote count was well established.

73. Local LGBT Community Stands in Solidarity After Orlando Massacre -

Flags across the state of Tennessee were at half staff Sunday, June 12, following the Sunday morning mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

And a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting was scheduled Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center in Cooper-Young.

74. Memphis Misses Promise Zone List -

Memphis wasn’t on the list announced Monday, June 6, of nine communities – including Nashville – that will receive federal Promise Zone assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

75. Last Word: The Hot Seat, The Cohen-Rubio Letter and a New Historical Marker -

The hottest seat in a room of hot seats in city government can be being director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

You wouldn’t think that from the job description, which seems pretty basic. Round up stray animals and put them up for adoption. But that’s being overly simplistic because it begs a lot of questions about how many animals and what happens if you run out of space.

76. Brooks Renovation Shines on Overton's Busy Weekend -

The temporary metal barriers on the Overton Park Greensward are where those parking on the Greensward to attend the Memphis Zoo meet those protesting the parking on the Greensward.

But Saturday, May 7, the literal line in the park’s running two-year controversy was one of the quietest places in a park that was bursting at the seams with activity just about everywhere else except the Old Forest.

77. Overton Park's Busy Saturday Appears To Go Smoothly -

With several thousand people in Overton Park Saturday, May 7, the calmest places in the park were the Old Forest and a small section of the Greensward between the Latino Memphis Festival and the temporary metal barrier where overflow parking for the Memphis Zoo begins.

78. Reaction to the Death of Civil Rights Leader Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles -

Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles died Tuesday in Memphis after a long illness. Here's a roundup of reaction from local leaders, Kyles' associates and the National Civil Rights Museum...

79. Most Political Hopefuls Follow Through in August Elections -

Shelby County election commissioners meet Tuesday, April 19, to set the ballot for the Aug. 4 state and federal primaries and county general elections.

Of 99 qualifying petitions for the ballot pulled in Shelby County, some by the same citizen pondering multiple races, 65 were filed by the April 7 qualifying deadline and four of those 65 petitions had been withdrawn by the April 14 withdrawal deadline.

80. Luttrell Wants to Bridge Urban-Rural Divide -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen knows the signs of someone making the transition to running for Congress.

So when he and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke at the March 31 opening of Moore Tech’s new welding school, Cohen watched closely as Luttrell began talking about the lack of workforce training and questioned the old Shelby County Schools slogan of “every child college bound.”

81. Greensward Controversy Shows Complex Mix of Groups -

No one from the Memphis Zoo or City Hall showed up for the Greensward box luncheon Saturday, April 9, despite the invitations sent out by Citizens to Preserve Overton Park.

CPOP leaders nevertheless gathered on the other side of the metal parking barrier in place on the Greensward for the second weekend. They dutifully stacked the box lunches and set a vase of flowers on another table near plastic cups and a glass pitcher of water.

82. Zoo Offers Parking Plan, Devotes Parking Fees to Long-Range Parking Solution -

The Memphis Zoo is suggesting the city general services maintenance yard on the east side of the park be used as a parking area and a second greensward with “eco-friendly options” that “are not disruptive to the park” to get zoo patrons from there to the zoo.

83. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

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.

84. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

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.

85. The Week Ahead: April 4-10 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

86. Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks -

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

87. Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.

88. Alzheimer’s Association Exec Seeks Congressional Support -

Alzheimer’s families in Tennessee have a champion in Washington, D.C.! I would like to thank Congressman Steve Cohen for co-sponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. This move shows true understanding that Alzheimer’s is an unavoidable reality for families, as well as a budget-breaker for state and federal governments.

89. Last Word: Confirming The Spike, Methodist Changes and The Honorary Miamian -

Lots of Memphians spending the week in Nashville in the name of bringing down the de-annexation proposal that’s already cleared the state House and is residing for now in a state Senate committee.

90. The Week Ahead: March 21-27 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival to a celebration of late Memphis wrestler Sputnik Monroe.

91. August Election Ballot Filling Out Ahead of April 7 Deadline -

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.

92. Director of Memphis VA Center Replaced, Relocated -

Diane Knight, director of the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center, was replaced Thursday, Feb. 25, and relocated to the Nashville VA.

93. Head of Memphis VA Center Replaced -

Diane Knight, director of the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center, was replaced Thursday, Feb. 25, and relocated to the Nashville VA.

94. The Moving Election -

The Trump balloons were a late arrival to the Shelby County Republican party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest annual fundraiser.

They were an unsubtle accent in a room of 500 people where unabashed hand-to-hand campaigning kept the buzz of conversation at a steady level for most of the evening.

95. Luttrell Could Impact 2 Races -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made a few stops between his first thought this month that he might want to run for Congress and going public with those thoughts Tuesday, Feb. 23.

96. Last Word: Drum Circles and Voting, Lincoln Day and Carolyn Hardy's Clients -

I think I may have stumbled upon a way to increase voter turnout in Memphis.
I would say nationally, but we all know what works in Memphis does not always work elsewhere and what works elsewhere does not always work in Memphis.
It came to me as I was at Overton Park ever so briefly Saturday. It’s part of my weekend run whenever the weather is spring-like or actually spring to see what will happen in the nearly three-year Greensward controversy.
Lots of people having fun and a few kite-flyers coexisting on the greensward with zoo overflow parking but no protest with brass band.
As I filed that away I wondered what happened to that park institution -- the drum circle.
Audubon Park had one too along with the Society for Creative Ananchronism – the folks who dress up like Game of Thrones only they were doing it before the television show.
Anyway, I started hearing the drums in my head as I imagined drum circles outside the early voting places because that's how my mind works in a career spent covering politicians since before I was old enough to vote.
Of course the drums would be outside the 100-foot limits for physical campaigning that state law requires.
But imagine you are in the area of let’s say Agricenter, maybe in Shelby Farms Park, and in the distance you hear drums. Wouldn’t you be curious? If you had the time would you try to find the source? And if you discovered it was outside an early voting place and you were of voting age and registered and if you had not already voted (for you may vote early but not often) would you not vote, once your curiosity had been satisfied?
I thought your answer to all of the above would be a resounding yes.

97. Zika Virus Roundtable Planned for Monday -

Government and health care officials will gather in Memphis on Monday, Feb. 22, to discuss the Zika virus and other threats to infant health.

The roundtable discussion, which is part of U.S. Rep Steve Cohen’s “Building a Healthier Memphis” series, will feature representatives from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Regional One Health, the Shelby County Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health discussing strategies to protect expectant mothers from the Zika virus.

98. Cohen Urges Memphis Clinton Supporters To Speak No Ill of Sanders -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group of 70 supporters of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton that they should avoid attacking Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic nomination.

99. Last Word: The Trade, Hardaway-Todd Grudge Match and Tomato Aspic -

Jeff Green leaves the Grizzlies for the Clippers and Lance Stephenson leaves the Clippers for the Grizzlies.
That was the trade at the NBA’s Thursday afternoon deadline that caused much of Thursday’s deadline buzz as well as lots of social media reaction.
Some of the reaction was tempered by the other part, a protected lottery pick for the Grizz as well.

100. Cohen Urges Clinton Supporters To Speak No Ill Of Sanders -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group of 70 supporters of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton that they should avoid attacking Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic nomination.