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1. Commission’s Last Meeting of 2018 Features Pay Raise for Sheriff -

At the last Shelby County Commission meeting of 2017, commissioners have an agenda heavy with grants and a return to the issue of how much to pay the next sheriff.

The commission meets Monday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building, 160 N. Main. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, for live coverage.

2. Explore Bike Share Seeks Input for Station Locations -

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit that is implementing a 600-bicycle bike-share system in Memphis next spring, has launched an interactive, crowdsourced bike-share station siting map.

The site gives Memphians the opportunity to digitally pin and share spots where they would like to see one or more of the 60 initial bike-share stations that will be installed in early spring.

3. Chancellor Ends County Opioid Suit Injunction -

With a ruling dissolving a temporary injunction, Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle has ended the part of a dispute between the Shelby County Commission and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell over opioid litigation that had been in Chancery Court.

4. Comcast Awards Nonprofits Grants Totaling $130,000 -

Five local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $130,000 Wednesday, Dec. 13, from the Comcast Foundation at an event hosted by the local office of the telecom giant.

Latino Memphis, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, the Urban League of Memphis and the United Way of the Mid-South will use the grants to support technology initiatives designed to expand digital literacy and address the digital divide for Memphis-area youths.

5. 20 Immigrants Charged With Working Under False Identities -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 20 people assigned by a staffing agency to work for a freight forwarding company in Tennessee have been charged with working under false identities.

6. Comcast Awards 5 Nonprofits Grants Totaling $130,000 -

Five local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $130,000 Wednesday, Dec. 13, from the Comcast Foundation at an event hosted by the local office of the telecom giant.

Latino Memphis, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, the Urban League of Memphis and the United Way of the Mid-South will use the grants to support technology initiatives designed to expand digital literacy and address the digital divide for Memphis-area youths.

7. Memphis Habitat Unveils New Housing Development Plans, Fundraising Goal -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has unveiled plans for its newest housing development: a 32-lot subdivision called Cedar Heights in South Memphis’ Castalia Heights neighborhood. The Wednesday, Dec. 13, announcement was part of a larger slate of goals and events to celebrate the local chapter’s 35th anniversary.

8. Memphis Habitat Unveils New Housing Development, Fundraising Goal -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has unveiled plans for its newest housing development: a 32-lot subdivision called Cedar Heights in South Memphis’ Castalia Heights neighborhood. The Wednesday, Dec. 13, announcement was part of a larger slate of goals and events to celebrate the local chapter’s 35th anniversary.

9. Legislators Not Shy in Pushing ‘Model’ Bills -

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

At the behest of the American Civil Rights Union, legislators across the nation who belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council could be sponsoring bills in the next couple of years requiring local election commissions to take a closer look at people who miss jury duty.

10. Reconnecting Memphis -

Last August, GiVE 365 members toured the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. The Germantown-based nonprofit had received a $4,100 grant toward its mission of helping children from birth through age 6.

11. Explore Bike Share Accepting Input for Station Locations -

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit that is implementing a 600-bicycle bike-share system in Memphis next spring, has launched an interactive, crowdsourced bike-share station siting map.

The site gives Memphians the opportunity to digitally pin and share spots where they would like to see one or more of the 60 initial bike-share stations that will be installed in early spring.

12. Chancellor Ends County Opioid Suit Injunction -

With a ruling dissolving a temporary injunction, Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle has ended the part of a dispute between the Shelby County Commission and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell over opioid litigation that had been in Chancery Court.

13. Piece by Piece: Construction Projects Flourishing Throughout Mid-South -

With $11 billion spread out among more than 300 active projects in the Memphis area, according to data from brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, it’s safe to say business in the region is good.

14. Pay for No Play: Paying Millions to Former Coaches -

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.

15. Avoid 401(k) Loans -

Ray’s Take Many employers offer 401(k) plans that grant participants the option to take out a loan. And when times are tough – or maybe you really, really want to renovate your kitchen – it’s tempting to withdraw money from your 401(k) for a loan.

16. Lesley Brown Steers Local Education to True North -

Try not to smile when you hear Lesley Brown use the word “kiddos.” I dare you. Try not to feel an immediate rush of care for the children she’s dedicating her career to advancing and engaging.

17. City Council to Discuss Memphis Pre-K Funding -

Memphis City Council members discuss Tuesday, Dec. 5, a still-forming proposal to fund an expansion of prekindergarten services in Memphis.

The discussion during the 2:15 p.m. executive session comes with a resolution that councilman Kemp Conrad, one of the resolution’s sponsors, said last week makes the case for some degree of city funding for pre-K.

18. Coalition Taps Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

19. Elections, Term Limits, Assemblies Face Council -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, on a move to repeal ranked-choice voting before it ever gets used. The body also talks about a proposed charter change that would raise council term limits from two consecutive terms to three and takes the first of three readings on changes to the ordinance that sets ground rules for parades, marathons and protests on city streets.

20. Will Pre-K Put the City of Memphis Back in the Education Business? -

For the first time since the city of Memphis ceased funding schools after the historic merger of city and county districts, it’s looking to get back into education – by putting dollars into pre-K classrooms.

21. Coalition Signs on With Green & Healthy Homes Initiative -

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

22. Speedway Terrace Seeks Historic District Status -

Located along a shady stretch of North Parkway, Speedway Terrace has all the look and feel of a classic Midtown Memphis neighborhood – historical homes, ties to the early days of the city, and an abundance of bungalows.

23. Study: International Student Enrollment in Tennessee Grew -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A study says international student enrollment in Tennessee grew by nearly 10 percent in 2016, but several colleges have reported a decline in the number of new international students.

24. Trustee’s Office Promotes Financial Education and Counseling -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will tell you that the myriad financial education programs and initiatives his office is involved with – covering everything from helping improve consumer credit to financial counseling – are what he sees as part of his job as the “banker for the county.”

25. UTHSC Researchers Studying Why People Grow Old -

A group of researchers led by a University of Tennessee Health Science Center assistant professor is in the midst of a study focused on aging: the science behind it, why it happens, and the scientific framework behind why everyone starts slowing down, going gray and needing more medical care as they get older.

26. Last Word: The Year of Tyreke Evans, Opioid Ruling and Installing a Jumper -

The Tigers basketball home opener is a come from behind win Tuesday at the Forum over Little Rock 70-62. Still not enough to determine where this new team in so many ways is bound. But that won’t stop the early speculation … or the later speculation starting with the New Orleans game at the Forum in another week. The Grizz take their turn Wednesday with the Pacers kicking off a Grizz home stand followed by the Rockets Saturday for the third time in this young season, Trail Blazers Monday and Mavericks Wednesday. But let’s not get too far ahead here.

27. Audit: Tenn. Nonprofit Falsified Time Reports -

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found a series of falsified time reports and poor documentation practices within the Nashville-based Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

28. Shelby Farms Draws $142 Million, 71-Acre Development -

Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park. Dwell at Shelby Farms is a new $142 million development to be located on the north side of Raleigh-LaGrange Road near the intersections of Trinity and Fischer Steel roads.

29. Court Square Sleep Inn To Rebrand With Renovation -

Summit Management Corp., the owners of the Sleep Inn at Court Square, announced they will convert their 40 N. Front St. location into a Moxy Hotel – a Marriott International Inc. “experiential” hotel brand.

30. Sleep Inn at Court Square Rebranding With Renovations -

Summit Management Corp., the owners of the Sleep Inn at Court Square, announced they will convert their 40 N. Front St. location into a Moxy Hotel – a Marriott International Inc. “experiential” hotel brand.

31. Court Square Sleep Inn to Rebrand, Undergo $3M in Renovations -

Summit Management Corporation, the owners of the Sleep Inn at Court Square, announced they will convert their 40 N. Front St. location in to a Moxy Hotel – a Marriott International Inc. “experiential” hotel brand.

32. Council Explores Pre-Kindergarten Funding, But Sidesteps Idea to Increase Hotel Tax -

Memphis City Council members discussed a way to fund prekindergarten in Memphis public schools Tuesday, Nov. 7, but stayed away from specifics of a hike in the hotel-motel tax to the state cap of 5 percent.

33. City Council Eyes Hotel-Motel Tax to Fund Pre-K -

Memphis City Council members will discuss a still-forming proposal Tuesday, Nov. 7, to fund universal prekindergarten in Memphis public schools by hiking the hotel-motel, or bed tax rate.

The 2:15 p.m. executive session discussion is around a proposal by council member Kemp Conrad that would increase the hotel-motel tax from 3.5 percent to 5 percent, which is the state’s cap on the tourism tax. The estimated $3.5 million that would generate would go toward a $7.9 million loss of funding for pre-K in 2019 when a federal pre-K grant runs out.

34. Biopsy Breakthrough -

Patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital no longer have to experience painful needle liver biopsies thanks to a new procedure developed by the hospital’s researchers with the help of a former University of Memphis student.

35. Goodin Joins Hagwood Adelman As Memphis Managing Attorney -

Michael T. Goodin has joined Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC as managing attorney of the Memphis office. In that role, he provides legal services to HAT’s clients in matters such as medical malpractice and senior housing litigation for health care providers along the continuum of care, including skilled nursing, assisted living, behavioral health, home health and hospice litigation. In addition, he assists in supervising the attorney and paraprofessional teams.

36. U of M Hooks Institute Given $10,000 Grant -

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis has received a $10,000 grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to support the Hooks African-American Male Initiative. The Hooks Institute launched HAAMI in 2015 to increase the retention and graduation rates of African-American male students at the U of M.

37. Education Dept. Could Scale Back Help on Loans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to department officials, abandoning the Obama administration's policy of erasing that debt.

38. Education Grant To Boost Child Care at Southwest -

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a grant of nearly $800,000 to Southwest Tennessee Community College to fund care for 45 children, ages 2 ½ to 5 years old, of Pell-eligible students pursuing an associate degree.

39. High Court Asked to Find Miss. Divorce Law Unconstitutional -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is asking the state's high court to agree with a Coast judge that Mississippi's lack of a true "no-fault" divorce grounds is unconstitutional.

40. Making the List -

With black-and-white images from Memphis in conflict circa 1968 projected larger than life on a video screen behind him, Kirk Whalum stood in the sanctuary of Clayborn Temple earlier this week talking about growing up in Memphis in that era.

41. Chinese Machine Parts Maker Building Plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company that makes machine parts for heavy equipment is spending $20 million to build a new manufacturing facility in northeast Arkansas that will employ 130 people.

42. Mickell Lowery Uses Lessons From Council Race in Commission Bid -

Two years to the month after he conceded defeat in his first political outing, Mickell Lowery is returning to the local political arena – albeit a different part of the arena.

Lowery is running in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County Commission District 8, the seat held by Democrat Walter Bailey, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election in 2018.

43. U.S. Dept. of Education Grant Aids Child Care at Southwest -

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a grant of nearly $800,000 to Southwest Tennessee Community College to fund care for 45 children, ages 2 ½ to 5 years old, of Pell-eligible students pursuing an associate degree.

44. Renovations Begin on ShowPlace Arena -

Agricenter International has begun a $6 million renovation of the ShowPlace Arena’s warm-up barn and interior main arena.

The two parts of the project are separately funded and contracted. The warm-up area is being funded by a grant from the state of Tennessee.

45. Rodney Baber Park To Be Expanded -

The city of Memphis is preparing to expand and raise part of flood-prone Rodney Baber Park in Frayser.

The city hasn’t done any maintenance on the park, which has eight softball fields, since it was heavily damaged in 2011 flooding when the Mississippi River at Memphis reached its highest level since 1937. The park is north of the Wolf River, one of the local tributaries that also flooded that spring, and the park has seen high water periodically since then.

46. Council OKs Homes On Emmanuel Methodist Land -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 17, a 21-lot single family residential planned development by Kircher-Uhlhorn Development LLC at 6610 Messick Road on part of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church property.

47. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

570 Houston St. 

Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Amount: $33.5 million

Owner: University of Memphis

Details: The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

48. Council Approves Homes On Emmanuel Methodist Land -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 17, a 21-lot single family residential planned development by Kircher-Uhlhorn Development LLC at 6610 Messick Road on part of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church property.

49. Christ Community Health Services Gets Perfect Score on Comprehensive Audit -

Christ Community Health Services CEO Shantelle Leatherwood has checked off one of the major items on her immediate to-do list that confronted her upon taking the top job earlier this year.

The organization – which has a collection of health centers and provides care for the uninsured, among other services – earned a perfect score on a major audit in recent weeks that it’s required to undergo every three years. That perfect score puts CCHS in the top 1 percent of similar organizations – federally qualified health centers, of which there are about 1,500.

50. City Lays Out Numerous Options in Confederate Monuments Controversy -

The city administration and Memphis City Council laid out numerous paths forward in the Confederate monuments controversy Tuesday, Oct. 17, that include closing Health Sciences Park entirely or building a memorial to lynching victims in the park plaza where a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is now the centerpiece.

51. Rodney Baber Park To Be Expanded -

The city of Memphis is preparing to expand and raise part of flood-prone Rodney Baber Park in Frayser.

The city hasn’t done any maintenance on the park, which has eight softball fields, since it was heavily damaged in 2011 flooding when the Mississippi River at Memphis reached its highest level since 1937. The park is north of the Wolf River, one of the local tributaries that also flooded that spring, and the park has seen high water periodically since then.

52. Pettit Joins Food Bank As Chief Development Officer -

Attorney Peter Pettit has joined Mid-South Food Bank as chief development officer following his recent retirement as a partner in the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. In his new role, Pettit works closely with food bank leaders to develop strategies and relationships with major gift donors, and specifically is working to complete the $12.5 million “Hunger to Hope” capital campaign.

53. Monuments, Elections, TDZ Expansion All Before Council -

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 17, on an ordinance directing the administration to act on “immediate” removal of Confederate monuments from two city parks.

54. Renovations Begin on ShowPlace Arena -

Agricenter International has begun a $6 million renovation of the ShowPlace Arena’s warm-up barn and interior main arena.

The two parts of the project are separately funded and contracted. The warm-up area is being funded by a grant from the state of Tennessee.

55. Historical Commission Grants City November Hearing on Forrest Statue -

The Tennessee Historical Commission agreed Friday, Oct. 13, to send the city's request to remove a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park to an administrative law judge for a hearing next month.

56. Monumental Decision -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland may not even get a discussion with the Tennessee Historical Commission Friday, Oct. 13, about moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of a city park.

57. DeVos Touts School Choice, STEM as Education Priorities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced a set of priorities for states and schools competing for federal grant money.

The areas of focus, outlined in a statement on Wednesday, range from school choice to science and technology to special education to school safety.

58. Designs for 3 Downtown Redevelopment Projects Approved -

Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

Developer 495 TN Partners, which includes partners William Orgel, Jay Lindy and Adam Slovis, will be able to begin construction on Phase II of the Tennessee Brewery development at the southeast corner of Tennessee Street and Butler Avenue in the South Main Historic Arts District.

59. AP-NORC Poll: Most Don't Want Young Immigrants Deported -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress.

60. Steele Joins Southern Growth Studio’s Anthropology Team -

April Steele has joined Southern Growth Studio as a business anthropologist, responsible for collecting and analyzing data to evaluate existing and potential products and services. Steele’s hire comes as the Memphis-based innovation consulting firm grows its applied anthropology practice. Using qualitative social research methods like ethnography, the anthropology team steers the innovation process, conducting primary research to distill and communicate key insights to clients.

61. Memphis to Receive $1.1M To Process Rape Kit Backlog -

The city of Memphis is set to receive nearly $1.1 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to help process untested rape kits.

The funding, announced by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen on Friday, Sept. 29, comes from the Justice Department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which provides grants to address unsubmitted sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody.

62. ShowPlace Arena Receives $85,000 Government Grant -

The Shelby County Commission has voted to award an $85,000 Community Enhancement Grant to Agricenter International for a capital improvement project to install steps at ShowPlace Arena and finish paving the parking lot.

63. Binghampton Group Wins $200K FreshLo Grant -

The Binghampton Development Corp. has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to prepare minority entrepreneurs to establish successful food businesses through food entrepreneurship training, access to commercial kitchen facilities, and small-business assistance along with their partners, EPIcenter Memphis, Caritas Village, Refugee Empowerment Program, World Relief Memphis, Wiseacre Brewing Co., Broad Avenue Arts District and Community LIFT.

64. Last Word: Haslam Talks, Harding Consolidates and Lenoir Launches -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had a bit more to say Thursday about a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is leaving than the “I love my job” quote we chronicled earlier in the week that Corker quickened the pace of with his decision on re-election. Haslam says he is giving a run for the Senate serious consideration. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is not.

65. Chandler Parsons, Grizzlies Hit Reset Button -

A much younger Chandler Parsons would not have liked last year’s $94 million chronically hurt, and painfully ineffective, Chandler Parsons. Not one bit.

Parsons grew up in Orlando and rooted for the Magic. He loved like a fan. He hated like a fan.

66. Fourth Bluff Effort Moves Toward More Permanent Plans -

You can still see the words on the surface of Riverside Drive from the RiverPlay area that took over the street between the Mississippi River and Memphis Parks during the summer.

“In Memphis We Ball” reads the chipped white lettering on the asphalt, with the word “ball” almost unrecognizable.

67. Binghampton Group Awarded $200K FreshLo Grant -

The Binghampton Development Corp. has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to prepare minority entrepreneurs to establish successful food businesses through food entrepreneurship training, access to commercial kitchen facilities, and small-business assistance along with their partners, EPIcenter Memphis, Caritas Village, Refugee Empowerment Program, World Relief Memphis, Wiseacre Brewing Co., Broad Avenue Arts District and Community LIFT.

68. Last Word: Corker's Decision, Buses & Bikes and Tenoke Comeback -

And with a brief, carefully-worded written statement Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator Bob Corker has blown up the forming-2018 race for the Senate seat he will give up at the end of 2018 and that probably applies to the 2018 race for Tennessee Governor. That’s even if Corker doesn’t follow Tuesday’s announcement by getting into the race for Governor at some point. Corker said nothing about what is next beyond his remaining time in office.

69. ShowPlace Arena Receives $85,000 Government Grant -

The Shelby County Commission has voted to award an $85,000 Community Enhancement Grant to Agricenter International for a capital improvement project to install steps at ShowPlace Arena and finish paving the parking lot.

70. Foundation Supports St. Jude Scientist Research -

Dr. Mark Hatley, a pediatric oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is on the front lines of trying to change the fact that almost 2,000 children die of cancer each year in the U.S.

71. Mississippi State, Delta Health Alliance to Help Students -

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Up to 400 low-income Mississippi State students will get money for school and financial education through a partnership with Delta Health Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes healthier lifestyles.

72. Facebook Nixes Plan for New Stock Class Ahead of Court Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that Facebook is withdrawing plans to create a new class of stock that would have let him keep tight reins on the social media company even as he sold down his stake to fund his philanthropy.

73. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

74. Epidemic at Work? Businesses Forced to Deal With Drug Abuse -

NEW YORK (AP) – After a troubled youth himself, Phillip Cohen made it a practice to hire people at his woodworking business who have also struggled with addiction and mental health issues. But when an employee died from a drug overdose, he adopted a zero-tolerance policy.

75. Southwest Community College Gets $140K State Grant -

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has awarded $140,000 in Tennessee Promise Forward grants to Southwest Tennessee Community College.

It is part of nearly $800,000 in such grants awarded to five community colleges in Tennessee to develop and expand innovative student success and retention programs. The grants aim to boost the number of Tennessee Promise students earning a postsecondary credential through enhanced academic advising and community engagement and programming.

76. Commission Delays Votes On Finance Ordinances -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed votes Monday, Sept. 11, on a set of three resolutions dealing with county finances, citing the need for further discussion and questions.

The first of the three is a supplement to the interlocal agreement on financing the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to pay the debt on FedExForum. The agreement allows revenue from a 2015 increase in the hotel-motel tax to be used to finance renovations of the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the debt on the arena.

77. House Adds $4M in Funds For Rape Kit Backlog -

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Tuesday, Sept. 12, offered by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat representing Memphis, and U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, to include an additional $4 million in the fiscal 2018 House appropriations package for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).

78. House Backs $1.2T Spending Bill With More Money for Military -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.

79. Ryan: Deporting Young Immigrants Not in Nation's Interest -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that deporting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally is "not in our nation's interest," as he and President Donald Trump prepared to huddle with top Democrats to try to hash out a legislative fix.

80. Nearly $4M Federal Grant to Fund Veterans Cemetery Expansion -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee will receive a nearly $4 million grant to expand a veterans cemetery.

WBIR-TV reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration announced the grant for the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday.

81. US House Adds $4M in Funds For Rape Kit Backlog -

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Tuesday, Sept. 12, offered by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat representing Memphis, and U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, to include an additional $4 million in the fiscal 2018 House appropriations package for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).

82. Opioid Committee on Right Track, Obstacles Remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.

83. Irma Evacuees in Tenn. Can Seek Unemployment Benefits -

Hundreds of residents from states impacted by Hurricane Irma escaped the storm by seeking refuge in cities across Tennessee. Many are staying with family or at local hotels and campgrounds and are not able to work.

84. Commission Delays Votes On Finance Ordinances -

Shelby County Commissioners delayed votes Monday, Sept. 11, on a set of three resolutions dealing with county finances, citing the need for further discussion and questions.

The first of the three is a supplement to the interlocal agreement on financing the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority to pay the debt on FedExForum. The agreement allows revenue from a 2015 increase in the hotel-motel tax to be used to finance renovations of the Memphis Cook Convention Center as well as the debt on the arena.

85. County Commission Joins City Call to Remove Confederate Monuments -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 11, backing the city’s efforts to remove Confederate monuments with a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The resolution by commissioner Walter Bailey also backs the Memphis City Council’s move to an ordinance that could take down the monuments after the Oct. 13 decision if the historical commission does not grant the waiver.

86. City Proposes 12 More Grants to Surviving ’68 Sanitation Workers -

The city administration has identified a dozen more recipients for grants of $70,000 each to surviving city sanitation workers from 1968. That brings the total receiving the one-time payments to 26, with council action on the new grants scheduled for its Sept. 19 session.

87. Tennessee Program to Award $10M in Broadband Grants -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials are now accepting applications for $10 million worth of broadband grants.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said in a news release Thursday it will accept applications for the Broadband Accessibility Grant until Nov. 17.

88. Delete Personal Data from Rental Car Systems -

I only have occasion to rent a car once or twice a year and have never paid for navigation, Bluetooth, streaming music, or other newer technologies that may be available.

But people who do should heed an FTC alert titled “What is your phone telling your rental car?”

89. Right Response -

For many people in the Mid-South with barriers to getting to the appropriate health care professionals, sometimes a 911 call has seemed like their only option. That’s all changing now thanks to a new collaborative effort between the Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local health care organizations, area hospitals, nonprofits and philanthropists.

90. Top US Fall Destinations -

Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooling temperatures, changing colors and football season all combine to make for a fun time of year.

It’s also a great time to travel. Fall means shoulder season in many top destinations, making travel a bit more affordable. But there also are some destinations that just seem to make more sense from Labor Day to the start of the holiday season at Thanksgiving. Here are my top U.S. fall destinations on my radar for travel this year.

91. Agricenter’s Sunflower Trail Makes Official Debut -

More than 30 years after its conception, the Agricenter Sunflower Trail finally enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the grounds of Agricenter International. Work started on both ends of the Greenprint-certified trail, which was one of the first in Shelby County, back in the mid-1980s.

92. Trump Rescinding DACA Program Protecting Young Immigrants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority" that must be revoked.

93. First Arkansas Medical Marijuana Applicant Goes Public -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says two businesses have applied for licenses to grow medical marijuana and five have applied for licenses to sell it.

94. Confederate Emblems Attacked Statewide -

Germantown aldermen approved a resolution Monday, Aug. 28, to “combat hate, extremism and bigotry” with two of the five aldermen, John Barzizza and Dean Massey, abstaining.

95. Trump Expected to Decide Soon on Fate of Young Immigrants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base.

96. Trump Prepares to Travel to Texas as State Copes With Harvey -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday prepared to visit Texas to view the federal government's response to Harvey's devastating flooding as his administration vowed to help the millions of residents dealing with the catastrophic storm.

97. What Memphis Parents Should Know About How Schools Share Student Information -

The sharing of student information is at the center of the latest squabble between Shelby County Schools and state-authorized charter schools — making it more important than ever for Memphis parents to know what’s at stake.

98. August 25-31, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: Former President Jimmy Carter is in Memphis to lead a group of 1,500 Habitat for Humanity volunteers in building 19 new homes in the Bearwater Park subdivision in North Memphis. The subdivision is on the site of what had been the Cedar Court apartment complex.
Carter was in Memphis for a similar homebuilding project the previous November, shortly after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. In an interview with The Daily News, Carter talked about the enduring problems of racism, poverty and inequality.
“We have the ability, proven over history, to correct our mistakes. We gave women the right to vote and then ended slavery and saw the civil rights movement, so we’ve been able to correct our mistakes,” he said. “But we are still seeing some mistakes now, with the disparity of opportunity between rich people and middle- and lower-class people and also between the races.”

99. $2M Grant Program to Bolster Tennessee Courthouse Security -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A $2 million grant program aims to improve security at courthouses across Tennessee.

The Administrative Office of the Courts has started the initiative with one-time money set aside by state lawmakers and Gov. Bill Haslam.

100. Council Mulls Legal Options To Move Park Monuments -

Memphis City Council members are exploring new options for the Confederate monuments in city parks that include boarding up statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis as nuisances, to prevent them from being vandalized and maintain public order, or by citing a provision of the state’s Civil Rights Act.