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1. For Some Defrauded Students, Only Partial Loan Forgiveness -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Education has begun notifying some former Corinthian Colleges students that it will forgive only one-half or less of their federal student loans, even though the students were defrauded by the now-defunct schools, The Associated Press has learned.

2. Small Cell Legislation Advancing, But Rural Options More Limited -

NASHVILLE – Unable to get cell-phone service at a football game in Nashville or Knoxville? Can’t send a text from a Broadway honky tonk or Beale Street blues bar? Wondering how autonomous cars will ever work?

3. Making Art Work -

After he’d finished his part in a Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance a few weeks ago that included Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin, guest violinist Charles Yang came out on stage and did something unexpected.

4. FDA Begins Push to Cut Addictive Nicotine in Cigarettes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked.

5. Tourism Backlash Creates Dilemma For Travelers -

In early February, CNN.com published “12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018,” a list of destinations dealing with tourism backlash because of overcrowding and other issues. In my March 1 column, “Coming Around to Cruises,” I mentioned the mode of tourism as a reason many European destinations are overcrowded.

6. Florida’s Epiphany On Guns Means Little in Tennessee -

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

“It’s my mission to fight these guns whatever way I can,” says Moore, who founded the organization Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives in an effort to steer youth away from violence.

7. Stephen Hawking: 'His Laboratory Was the Universe' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers.

Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday at age 76, became the public face of science genius. He appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Big Bang Theory," voiced himself in "The Simpsons" cartoon series and wrote the best-seller "A Brief History of Time." He sold 9 million copies of that book, though many readers didn't finish it. It's been called "the least-read best-seller ever." Hollywood celebrated his life in the 2014 Oscar-winning biopic "The Theory of Everything."

8. Trump's CIA Pick is Career Spymaster, Oversaw Secret Prison -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gina Haspel's colleagues describe her as a seasoned veteran who would lead the CIA with integrity. Human rights advocates see her as someone who supervised torture at a secret prison.

9. AP: Pentagon Often Fails Young Sex Assault Victims on Bases -

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an Associated Press investigation has found.

10. Blackmon Takes City to Task, Says Too Much Focus on MLK Mountaintop Imagery -

A United Church of Christ executive minister from the St. Louis area who is active in protests and other social justice causes told an interfaith gathering in East Memphis Monday, March 12, that there is too much focus on the mountaintop imagery that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his final speech 50 years ago.

11. Blackmon Critical of City Grants and Mountaintop Imagery at MLK50 Gathering -

A Church of Christ executive minister from the St. Louis area and active in protest and other social justice causes in the area, told an inter-faith gathering in East Memphis Monday, March 12, that there is too much focus on the mountaintop imagery that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his final speech 50 years ago next month.

12. US Sets New Record for Censoring, Withholding Gov't Files -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

13. Last Word: River Crests, Tigers Post-Season and Library Shift -

The slow fall of the Mississippi River begins. The river at Memphis crested at 39.2 feet over the weekend. By Friday it should be below flood stage, which at Memphis is 34 feet. The high river season here was marked mostly by a lot of watching by Memphis public works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the river and its tributaries moved into the bottom land it usually occupies at this time of the year.

14. Bill Removing Sterilization From Sentencing Advances -

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate on Thursday, March 1.

15. Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants -

5100 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38137

Lease Amount: 1,830 square feet

Tenant: Accurate Communications Corp.

16. Dixon Loses Appeal Seeking to Restore Right to Vote -

The Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court calls it a “harsh” result, but ruled last week that former Democratic state Sen. Roscoe Dixon of Memphis cannot have his right to vote restored almost 12 years after he was convicted of corruption charges in the state’s most recent political corruption probe.

17. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

18. Novel Approach -

The smallest of the city’s 17 public libraries is also one of its most used. The Frayser Branch library is a brick-and-glass rectangle on a half-acre at 3712 Argonne St. With some modest columns and shrubs, a few planters and cinderblock lattice work, it is shoe-horned into the side of a hill in a residential neighborhood a block from the commercial corridor of North Watkins Road still dominated by churches.

19. Tennessee Panel Won't Let Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Speak -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee legislative panel refused to let two Las Vegas concert shooting survivors testify Wednesday after Republicans delayed action on a Democratic bill to ban the device used by that gunman in October.

20. No Luck Investing -

Ray’s Take: A rabbit’s foot on a string. A silver dollar. A four-leaf clover. A lucky penny. These are all lyrics from a 1961 song by our very own Memphis legend, Elvis Presley, titled “Good Luck Charm.”

21. Russell Happy She Came Back, Even If . . . -

Mercedes Russell had a tough decision to make last March when the Tennessee Lady Vols ended a disappointing season in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.

Should the 6-foot-6 center enter the 2017 WNBA Draft or return as a fifth-year senior at Tennessee?

22. At ComCap Partners, Alex Willis Focuses on Improving Community -

Ever spot your name on a street sign? It’s a total coincidence – you know this to be true – and yet you may be tempted to stop and grab a selfie with the caption built right in. If you’re a Memphian descended from renowned civil rights leader A.W. Willis, Jr., though, the Willis in white letters on a green sign was your grandfather. And chances are, you share his first and middle initials, too.

23. Republican Mayoral Candidates Find Ways to Differentiate -

The three contenders in the May Republican primary for Shelby County mayor didn’t disagree on much when they met this week at the Southwind clubhouse. But David Lenoir, Joy Touliatos and Terry Roland did try to distinguish themselves from the other two in a relatively spark-free first encounter as a trio.

24. Wells at New TVA Plant to Stay Idle for Now -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has no plans to use the wells it drilled into the Memphis Aquifer earlier in the construction of the Allen Combined Cycle Plant, the $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant it is building in southwest Memphis.

25. Monuments Bill Would Establish Felony Charge for Some Votes -

NASHVILLE – A state legislator is set to seek the attorney general’s advice on legislation enabling the state to charge local elected officials with a felony for “knowingly” casting votes in conflict with state law.

26. What’s Best for State, Education or Punishment? -

Carlos Reyes, a graduate of Murfreesboro Oakland High School’s Class of 2017, would be in his second semester at MTSU majoring in business administration – if he could afford it.

27. Payday Lenders, Watchdog Agency Exhibit Cozier Relationship -

NEW YORK (AP) – The former CEO of a payday lending company that had been under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asked to be considered for the top job at the watchdog agency, The Associated Press has learned.

28. Halfway There -

Downtown’s office population grew by 300 people this week as ServiceMaster Global Holdings welcomed the largest influx of employees to its new corporate headquarters in the old Peabody Place Mall.

29. Last Word: Forrest and Slavery, The Tariff Blitz and Angus McEachran -

The report on poverty in Memphis over the last 50 years is on its way to a Greater Memphis Chamber breakfast meeting Thursday. And Terri Lee Freeman, the president of the National Civil Rights Museum and Elena Delavega, the University of Memphis lead researcher of the report, say their message is that as goes Memphis in this regard so goes the nation. And if employers start with lower pay at hiring with percentage raises across the board they feed the racial income gap and bonuses do as well.

30. Food Boxes, Not Stamps? Idea in Trump Budget Worries Grocers -

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) – Finding fresh food in this tiny riverside community that was hit hard by the steel industry's decline has always been a challenge. Then, seven years ago, Carl's Cafe opened.

31. Waddell: Investment Gains Don’t Last Forever -

David Waddell was upbeat during the 2017 version of the yearly “State of the Union” presentation he gives to clients of Waddell & Associates, but this year, not so much.

32. Last Word: Tiger Roller Coaster, The Promenade and "In The Streets of Memphis" -

No one realistically would say the days of basketball being the city’s dominant sports are over and done with. Not with the Tigers and the Grizz together. But basketball in Memphis is certainly on a roller coaster ride for both franchises and most of it decidedly downhill in the current seasons. But it’s hard to tell what comes at the end of such journeys. Maybe the ups and downs of both teams are more noticeable because of the upward trajectory of Tigers football.

33. Bill Removing Sterilization From Any Sentencing Advances -

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate by a vote of 22-4 on Thursday, March 1.

34. Tigers Suffer Worst Loss Ever at FedExForum -

One night after the Memphis Grizzlies had their losing streak extended to 11 games in a defeat to a Phoenix Suns team that broke its own 10-game losing skid with the victory, the University of Memphis took losing at home to even lower level.

35. Heir on the Side of Caution -

The closest and best parcel of land for a second convention center hotel in Downtown Memphis is the Mud Island parking garage. It’s a block away from the Memphis Cook Convention Center and is the first site that came up when a Denver developer approached the city last year about possibly building such a hotel.

36. Lawmakers Consider Armed Off-Duty Officers for Schools -

Saying “this is Tennessee, not Florida” and school officers here will face trouble head-on, state Rep. Antonio Parkinson is co-sponsoring legislation to arm off-duty police to patrol public schools.

37. ‘Gym Rat’ Building Another Winning Program -

Tennessee’s basketball team is rolling into March Madness.


The 16th-ranked Vols (22-7, 12-5 SEC) entered this week second in the SEC standings and having clinched a double-bye in the March 7-11 SEC tournament with one regular-season games remaining, Saturday against Georgia at Thompson-Boling Arena (6 p.m. ET, SEC Network).

38. Last Word: Rising River, Driving The Dream and Harwell Advances Medical Pot -

The Mississippi River at Memphis should reach flood stage at any moment. As Last Word was going up online Wednesday evening the National Weather Service at Memphis put the river level here at 33.52 feet. Flood stage at Memphis is 34 feet. The river is forecast to crest some time next week at 38 feet, four feet over flood stage. Keep in mind that in April 2011, the river at Memphis crested 10 feet higher, at 48 feet on the Memphis river gauge – which turned to be the one on the support beams of the bridge over Beale Street at Riverside Drive. That was the second highest river level at Memphis ever recorded.

39. Governor Hopefuls Largely OK With TennCare Work Requirements -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's candidates for governor said Tuesday that they are largely supportive of proposed TennCare work requirements, but some of them expressed concerns about possible costs and bureaucracy.

40. Medical Marijuana Legislation Moves Ahead -

NASHVILLE – Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the General Assembly.

41. Justices Look at How Older Law Applies to Internet Cloud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday explored what happens when a decades-old law meets 21st century technology.

The justices heard arguments in a dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft Corp. over a warrant for emails stored in the internet cloud outside the United States.

42. Trump Urges Lawmakers to Buck NRA Every Once in a While -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared he's willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren't so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms limits in response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

43. Treating Employees With Dignity -

Part of my job is to work with professionals who have recently become unemployed. It’s incredible how many people are impacted by layoffs each day. Often, the person was let go due to something outside of their control. Their company reorganized and laid off an entire department. The employee had a great track record of loyal service.

44. Orpheum Announces All-Musical Broadway Season -

Patrons of The Orpheum Theatre’s Broadway series have known for more than a year the phenomenal Broadway musical “Hamilton” was coming to town in the summer of 2019.

The Orpheum Theatre Group announced the rest of the 2018-2019 Broadway season Monday, Feb. 26, with an all-musical lineup of six productions and two other musical options for subscribers.

45. Transport Safety Rules Rolled Back Under Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – On a clear, dry June evening in 2015, cars and trucks rolled slowly in a herky-jerky backup ahead of an Interstate 75 construction zone in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Barreling toward them: an 18-ton tractor-trailer going about 80 mph.

46. Corker Mum On Possible Senate Return Run -

When Shelby County Republican party leaders gathered Saturday, Feb. 26, for their annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest fundraiser, much of the attention was on the elected official who delivered the shortest speech of the night.

47. Ethics Committee Confirms Review of Tennessee Lawmaker -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work.

48. Three Downtown Projects Get Green Light, EPE Plan Put on Hold -

3677 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Project Cost: $22 million

49. Tennessee Senate Passes Constitutional Tax Measure -

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall Income Tax passed the Senate by a vote of 26-3 on Thursday, Feb. 22.

50. Tennessee Senate Passes Constitutional Tax Measure -

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall Income Tax passed the Senate by a vote of 26-3 on Thursday, Feb. 22.

51. Godspeed, Helen. We Were There -

A HAPPY DAY AT A FUNERAL. Her name was Helen Larkin. She was a couple of years younger than me when she started at the University of Tennessee and pledged the same sorority my wife did a few years earlier. Two of her three older brothers were in my fraternity there and one of her two sisters was in my high school class. Spring quarter of her freshman year, Helen would become a Little Sister of that fraternity.

52. The Invisible Problem -

If we are serious about addressing violence in our community, then we must be courageous enough to acknowledge a pervasive reality that most of us would prefer not to see: Violence often starts inside the home.

53. Woodruff Settles into Dream Job With Vols -

Knoxville native Chris Woodruff was at a crossroads in life when he retired from professional tennis in 2002.

54. Experts to Discuss Record Highs, Lows at Chandler Reports Seminar -

Topics ranging from record high average home sale prices to historic low foreclosure numbers will be explored at Chandler Reports’ annual Real Estate Review.

The 2017 year-in-review seminar will be held Thursday, March 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Goldsmith Room at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, and will be moderated by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News and The Memphis News.

55. EDGE Delays Vote on New Graceland Venue Plan -

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ new expansion plans have been put on hold for at least a month after an attorney with the city of Memphis requested the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County delay its vote to give the city more time to review the plans.

56. Last Word: Plans and More Plans, Badu and Byrne and Gun Bills In Nashville -

Plans, plans, plans. I’ve seen so many overhead views and schematics in the last 24-hours that I had to go for a walk in the rain Wednesday to avoid vertigo. I saw a lot of green Save the Greensward t-shirts Wednesday evening at the Pink Palace that looked like they hadn’t been out of the bottom drawer in a while and even a couple of banners.

57. City Asks EDGE to Delay Vote on New Graceland Expansion Plans -

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ new expansion plans have been put on hold for at least a month after an attorney with the city of Memphis requested the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County delay its vote to give the city more time to review the plans.

58. Rev. Billy Graham, Known as 'America's Pastor,' Dies at 99 -

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) – The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

59. Immigrant Impact -

Immigrant households in Memphis contributed more than $4.2 billion to Memphis’ gross domestic product in 2015 and the immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than the overall population in Memphis, a new study has found.

60. Weaver Joins Paragon Bank As Senior Loan Officer -

Steve Weaver has been appointed senior vice president, senior loan officer, at Paragon Bank. He brings with him more than 27 years’ experience in the banking industry, most recently at Simmons Bank, where he served as Southwest Tennessee market president and spearheaded the institution’s entry into the Memphis market in 2013.

61. Potter Vacancy Would Put Fourth Special Judicial Election on Ballot -

There could be a fourth special judicial election on the August ballot with word Monday, Feb. 19, that General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter will retire effective March 1.

62. Last Word: Patio Test, St. Jude's Edge and Bredesen Runs For the Center -

All across the city Monday afternoon into the evening, the city was tested just about a month away from spring by the calendar. And I am happy to report that the dry run for the patio season proved Memphis is vigilant and prepared. The test, in extreme temperatures that reached 77 degrees – breaking the record of 76 degrees set in 1986, prompted some of you to break out the running gear and give it a spin just before the early sunset. Others among you were spotted on patios pondering what ever became of Mr. Mister and Glass Tiger.

63. Potter Retires As Environmental Court Judge -

General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he will retire from the court he founded effective March 1.

64. Bill Banning Sterilization In Sentencing Moves On -

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Rep. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

65. Getting to the Top -

An attorney, a physician and a college president. Three success stories. Three women who made it. They had different challenges, yes, but they also shared obstacles that are ever the same.

Dr. Marjorie Hass, Rhodes College president, recently spoke at a breakfast on campus for female students and alumni. Her message to the young women about to set out on their careers was wrapped in truth. She was encouraging, yes, but she also was not going to make promises that life can’t keep.

66. Bill Prohibiting Sterilization In Sentencing Moves Ahead -

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Rep. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

67. Signing Class Disappointing, But Groundwork Laid -

Tennessee football fans are hoping for a better National Signing Day in 2019. This year’s was a relative dud.

New coach Jeremy Pruitt, hired on Dec. 7, signed six players on Feb. 7 but whiffed on several high-profile recruits he and his staff were pursuing. He had signed 14 players during the first-ever early signing period Dec. 20-22.

68. Two Residential Infill Projects Get Green Light -

Two residential infill projects in South Main and Midtown that will add density to the city’s core were approved for financial incentives Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13.

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

69. Long-Time Blue Monkey Employee Opening Deli Downtown -

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

Michael Johnson of Blue Monkey Enterprises told the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, that 18-year employee Brandon Moss will be running a deli on the bottom floor of a new three-story, 7,500-square-foot building that will be located at 529 S. Front St.

70. Kele Adds Rob Benson As Chief Sales Officer -

Rob Benson has been appointed chief sales officer at Kele Inc., a Memphis-based distributor of building automation products and controls solutions around the world. Benson, who will lead Kele’s sales efforts, brings with him three decades of experience with building automation products and systems at Johnson Controls.

71. Housing Prices Continue to Rise in 2018 -

After a hot 2017, the Memphis area housing market looks to carry over its success into 2018.

The average home sales price in January came in at $163,024, a 14 percent increase from January a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

72. Success No Easy Road For Women In Business -

The inspiration was there early. It will seem strange at first, even Tannera George Gibson herself understands that. But all these years later, she can see the connection.

73. Tough Love -

For the Honorable Tim Dwyer, helping people who stumble get back on their feet and have a second chance is a trademark of his distinguished career. Dwyer is recipient of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards for an elected official. He and the non-elected award winner, Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy, will be honored at the 15th annual Dunavant Awards luncheon on Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on Central Avenue.

74. Trump's $4.4 Trillion Budget Moves Deficit Sharply Higher -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and – unlike the plan he released last year – never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.

75. Last Word: The Mural Takedown, Corker's Calculation and Beale Crowd Control -

Cue the organ music from the old-fashioned television soap operas: As the weekend began, city public works crews had painted over – either completely or partially – a lot of the Paint Memphis program murals on the west side of Willett near Lamar. That would be the ones city council members complained about and others that no one complained about.

76. Uber to Pay $245 Million to Settle Waymo's Theft Allegations -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber is paying $245 million to Google's self-driving car spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies.

77. Shipping Shakeup? Amazon May Deliver Its Own Packages -

Amazon has already shown that it can rattle the retail, grocery and health insurance industries, and now it is doing the same in the delivery business.

The online retailer is reportedly planning a new service to pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to consumers.

78. State Senate Committee OKs Repeal of Hall Tax -

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee Tuesday, Feb. 6, by a vote of 9-2.

79. Twitter Makes Money for First Time Ever, But Problems Remain -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter made money for the first time in its nearly 12-year history, a milestone that satisfied investors in the short term but might not resolve the company's broader problems any time soon.

80. Through Community Service, Gorman Makes Memphis Home -

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when Teddy Gorman, director of sales and marketing for Gorham/Schaffler Inc., became a born-again Memphian.

81. Martin Meets Latest Challenge With ‘Umph’ -

It has been said that the difference between try and triumph is that little “umph.” If there was ever anyone that shows just what a difference that makes, it is Jay Martin, president of Juice Plus. He puts that “umph” in everything he does.

82. Customer-Focused Government Not Always a Pleaser -

Gov. Bill Haslam is fond of saying government should run more like a business, and during his eighth and final State of the State address he invoked the term “customer-focused” at least twice in a victory lap.

83. Council Debate on MLGW Rates Reveals Trust Issues -

It began after the Tom Lee storm last Memorial Day weekend – a burst of sudden, intense winds that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses as well as toppling the circa-1950s obelisk memorial to Tom Lee Downtown.

84. State Senate Committee OKs Repeal of Hall Tax -

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall income tax passed the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee Tuesday, Feb. 6, by a vote of 9-2.

85. Closing Arguments Begin in Pilot Flying J Trial -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Emails, recordings and testimony prove that four former employees of the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J conspired to defraud customers in a fuel rebate scam that has already resulted in more than a dozen guilty pleas, a prosecutor said Monday.

86. Harwell Plans to Back Faison’s Medical Marijuana Legislation -

House Speaker Beth Harwell is supporting medical marijuana legislation, saying she believes Tennesseans “deserve” an option to dangerous opioids.

87. New Report Details Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify.

88. House Republicans Working to Plan to Avert Another Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback – and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. In the meantime, House GOP leaders are grappling with the need to pass legislation to avert another government shutdown at midnight on Thursday.

89. Last Word: Closing the Loophole, Skeleton Hotel Update and Jubilee Conversion -

The state legislator who sponsored the most recent version of the law making it much more difficult to remove Confederate monuments acknowledges that the city of Memphis found a legitimate loophole in the 2016 law he crafted. Republican Steve McDaniel, of Parkers Crossroads, tells our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard that he has a bill in the House to close the loophole. But it won't undo what happened here. Although there is still a court fight over that taking shape.

90. Speed & Patience -

He wasn’t the biggest and he wasn’t the strongest. He didn’t hit the ball the farthest. But, oh, did little Carlos Williams run the fastest. “Tee-ball,” said his mother, Takisha Kemp. “Blink of an eye.”

91. Three(i) Creative Evolving With A Focus on Political Communications -

Kenneth Worles Jr. has been passionate about politics since the 2008 election when he got involved in projects for former city Mayor A C Wharton and the congressional campaign of Ricky Wilkins. His friends describe him as an “urban politico.”

92. Federal Judge Wants Opioid Lawsuits To End In Settlement -

The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction.

How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland.

93. Ford Outlines Budget Process As Memphis’ New CFO -

Shirley Ford has been named chief financial officer for the city of Memphis. Ford, who was selected to be CFO by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and confirmed by the City Council, has served as the city’s comptroller since 2014. She has more than 30 years of financial, accounting and managerial experience. In addition, she is a certified public accountant and a certified municipal finance officer as designated by the state comptroller.

94. People Hire People -

If you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance you’re applying online. And chances are good that applying online is your go-to option. It makes sense.

The last time you reached out to a HR person at a job fair or on LinkedIn (or anywhere else), they said, “Apply online. If you’re a good fit, we’ll call you!” They may even have said, “Don’t reach out to us. We review every application carefully.”

95. Campbell Clinic Wins PILOT for $30 Million Germantown Expansion -

Campbell Clinic has been awarded an eight-year retention PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) from the Germantown Industrial Development Board to help pave the way for its campus expansion plans, which include a $30 million, 120,000-square-foot new facility.

96. Nashville Court Orders Second Attempt at Mediation on Monuments -

The Nashville chancellor who Monday ordered a hold on selling or transferring ownership of Confederate monuments removed from two Memphis parks followed up the next day with an order that all sides in the dispute enter mediation.

97. Building Memphis From the Core -

When I delivered this year’s State of the City speech to the Kiwanis Club of Memphis at its meeting at the University Club, long planted at the corner of Lamar and Central, it would’ve been easy to think that the ground on which we stood had been part of Memphis from its very start.

98. Sports Executives Enjoying ‘Glory Years’ of Memphis Sports -

With sports clicking on all cylinders in Memphis and a new professional team on the horizon, these days could really be seen as the glory years of Memphis sports.

That was the observation of Jason Wexler, president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, who was one of four panelist Thursday, Jan. 25, at Newmakers: Memphis Sports, part of The Daily News’ Seminar Series.

99. TVA CEO Talks Water, Economic Development, Solar and Fixed Costs -

During his visit to Memphis last week, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson left the door open to a change in TVA’s plans to use its own water wells when the new TVA natural gas-fired plant in southwest Memphis goes online later this year.

100. Trucking Taxation on Rise, But Driver Shortage Remains Largest Challenge -

Trucking companies pay one of the highest tax rates of any business sector. According to a study published by New York University, only the 27.28 percent average tax rate in the homebuilding sector was higher, with trucking second at 26.74 percent.