KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County prosecutors say they are going to continue to use a law that enhances the sentences of gang members despite a state appellate court's striking it down as unconstitutional. And at least one Knox County judge is willing to let the district attorney's office continue to use that law.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1SQbkHd ) that prosecutors say they will continue to seek charges under the gang enhancement law.
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REGIONAL NEWS...67. The Week Ahead: April 18-24 - Monday, April 18, 2016
Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the dreaded federal income tax filing day, to the scheduled end of the Tennessee Legislature for this session, to a couple of big round-ball games at FedExForum beginning Friday.68. Tenn. Supreme Court Case Records Available for Order - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Records of Tennessee Supreme Court cases that were previously only available by visiting Nashville can now be requested online.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives said the new online ordering system allows researchers to order cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.69. Methodist, West Clinic Integrate Breast Centers - Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Methodist Breast Center and The West Clinic Comprehensive Breast Center are now the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center.
The new center consolidates Methodist Healthcare’s and The West Clinic’s breast services into an integrated program for the complete management of breast health and wellness.70. Dedric Lawson Announces He Will Return to U of M - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Forward Dedric Lawson has announced he plans to return to the University of Memphis for his sophomore season.
Lawson, who led the team with 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, released a statement to The Commercial Appeal saying he wanted another season to play on the same team with his brother, K.J. Lawson, who missed much of last season with injuries.71. ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Casting Paid Extras - Saturday, April 16, 2016
“Million Dollar Quartet” is casting paid extras in Memphis, where the CMT television series is being filmed through early July.
The project, which is being assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is seeking people of all ages and types as general extras as well as those who can portray several specific types: basketball players, cheerleaders, teachers, musician types, churchgoers, farmers, swing dancers, military personnel, families, rollerskaters, barbecue joint customers, coaches, shoeshine guys, 1950s-period types, newspaper boys and prisoner types.72. Urban Child Institute’s Acting President Retiring - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Dr. Henry G. “Hank” Herrod has announced his retirement as acting president/CEO of The Urban Child Institute. In addition, UCI’s board of directors has decided to reduce other staff positions to reflect the new direction of the organization.73. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for March 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
March 2016 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com....74. Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year - Friday, April 15, 2016
It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.75. - Saturday, April 16, 2016
MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS...76. This Week in Memphis History: April 15-21 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
2014: Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong announces he will retire in 2017 and has enrolled in the city’s deferred retirement option plan. The retirement date depends on Memphis Mayor A C Wharton winning re-election in 2015 or Wharton’s successor keeping Armstrong on until retirement. 77. - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Wharton loses his re-election bid, and in November 2015, new mayor Jim Strickland names Armstrong interim police director while searching for a replacement. Armstrong left in February to become director of security for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC...78. Southern Yankee - Saturday, April 16, 2016
To best understand another man’s baseball passion, you must first understand his baseball pain. So if you hope to truly understand Peter B. Freund, new majority owner of the Memphis Redbirds, you must travel back to his youth.79. - Friday, April 15, 2016
CONSUMER NEWS...80. A Look at the Numbers - Friday, April 15, 2016
Ray’s Take: The economy is in flux and there’s a lot of uncertainty over the direction of the capital markets and interest rates. It’s a familiar refrain by this point. Volatility has increased to a numbing level where perhaps we aren’t paying attention as closely as we should to what’s happening in the financial world around us.81. FedEx Unveils Latest Global Citizenship Report - Friday, April 15, 2016
FedEx Corp. has been busy with more than worldwide package delivery and the operation of its sprawling logistics empire over the past year.82. Tennessee Supreme Court Case Records Available to be Ordered - Friday, April 15, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records of Tennessee Supreme Court cases that were previously only available by visiting Nashville can now be requested online.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives said the new online ordering system allows researchers to order cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.83. Poll: Americans Prefer Low Prices to Items 'Made in the USA' - Friday, April 15, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled "Made in the USA," even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.84. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith - Thursday, April 14, 2016
It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.
Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?
If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.85. Last Word: Tubby Fever, School Closings and March Real Estate Numbers - Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Tigers basketball grapevine is nothing but Tubby Smith as of Wednesday when the speculation was joined by torrent of rumors about contact between the Texas Tech coach and the University of Memphis.86. Dedric Lawson Announces Return to U of M - Thursday, April 14, 2016
Smith has now acknowledged he’s talking with the U of M.
More background on Smith from The Sporting News and Mike DeCourcy, a former sports reporter at The Commercial Appeal, that came out before everything went Tubby here.
Forward Dedric Lawson has announced he plans to return to the University of Memphis for his sophomore season.
Lawson, who led the team with 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, released a statement to The Commercial Appeal saying he wanted another season to play on the same team with his brother, K.J. Lawson, who missed much of last season with injuries.87. Shelby County Home Sales Up in March, Inventory Growing Slowly - Thursday, April 14, 2016
In March, Shelby County home sales rose 4 percent year-over-year with 1,347 recorded for the month compared to 1,295 in 2015.
“It looks like the number of sales are up dramatically,” said Thomas Murphree, principal of Birch Tree Realty Resources. “For the number of sales, that’s a healthy increase.”88. Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent In March - Thursday, April 14, 2016
Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out the first quarter by posting March numbers that headed in the direction bankers and real estate professionals like to see.
Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume was a little more than $131 million, up by $3.4 million over March 2015’s total of almost $128 million, for a gain of about 3 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.89. Texas Tech's Tubby Smith Strong Possibility for Memphis Head Coach - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, whom The Daily News first reported last week as being “in play” for the vacant University of Memphis basketball head coaching position, is now being identified by national college basketball writers as a leading candidate for the job.90. Last Word: Off and Running, Lawson Sticks and Downtown Office Space - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Now that you’ve had time to behold the large field of contenders in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District – all 13 – they are on the road campaigning on the way to the Aug. 4 election day.91. - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
And it’s quite a road with a lot of different scenery.
Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is one of the seven contenders in the race from Shelby County. He hit the road Monday for three days of stops in each one of the 15 counties in the district.
MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS...92. ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Casting Paid Extras - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
“Million Dollar Quartet” is casting paid extras in Memphis, where the CMT television series is being filmed through early July..
The project, which is being assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is seeking people of all ages and types as general extras as well as those who can portray several specific types: basketball players, cheerleaders, teachers, musician types, churchgoers, farmers, swing dancers, military personnel, families, rollerskaters, barbecue joint customers, coaches, shoeshine guys, 1950s-period types, newspaper boys and prisoner types.93. Aim for the Stars: How to Reach C-Level Decision Makers - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Getting a meeting with C-level decision makers is no easy task, but it can be done. As with any true success, it all starts with doing your homework.
First, target the right organizations. Make a list of 10 to 20 companies that would make an ideal customer. Once you do, you will want to spend some time researching those businesses. Use any online resource you can, from the website to social media to business journals.94. Impact of CDC Opioid Guidelines Will Come With Time - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Former Memphian Jennifer Wansley McCarthy of Illinois says she is labeled as a drug abuser and faces ridicule and humiliation on any given day.
McCarthy suffers from surgical neuropathy due to cancer surgery and also has a connective tissue disease that causes pain.95. Hopson Reviewing School Closing Options - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson hadn’t planned on proposing any closures for the 2016-2017 academic year after several consecutive years of closing underutilized and underachieving schools.96. Last Word: Lipscomb's Successor, MATA School Buses and Roland's Big Breakfast - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Paul Young gets a lot more attention these days than he did when he was the first director of the city-county Office of Sustainability. The attention comes with being the city director of Housing and Community Development where virtually all of the funding comes from the federal government.97. Urban Child Institute's Acting President Retires, More Changes Ahead - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
That federal funding has changed the face of public housing in the city in the last 25 years. There is only one large public housing project left in the city as a result of the federal funding and its use by Young’s predecessor, Robert Lipscomb.
And what Lipscomb did with the job combined with being the executive director of the Memphis Housing Authority is why a lot of people want to get to know Paul Young these days.
Our centerpiece story by Madeline Faber in Tuesday’s edition makes clear that Young has no desire to wield that kind of power. And it is unlikely anyone in the near future will have the kind of autonomy Lipscomb did.
But beyond that there is still the flow of a lot of federal dollars and Young has some ideas based on his experience in government and finance prior to coming to HCD – everything in government is initials.
It’s a much different experience than Lipscomb’s. Lipscomb coined the phrase “ending public housing as we know it” and at times that slogan wasn’t followed with a lot of detail about what came after public housing was demolished, especially with the first of the projects to fall.
The last public housing project, Foote Homes, will be demolished on Young’s watch which makes his tenure important if more limited than Lipscomb’s tenure.
Dr. Henry G. “Hank” Herrod has announced his retirement as acting president/CEO of The Urban Child Institute. In addition, UCI’s board of directors has decided to reduce other staff positions to reflect the new direction of the organization.98. The Daily News Claims 3 First Place TAPME Awards - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Daily News took top honors in business reporting and editorials in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Awards.
The awards for reporting in 2015 were announced Saturday, April 9, during a ceremony in Nashville.99. Rapid Transit Option, Route Changes Designed To Make MATA More Relevant - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Budget season is looming, and the Memphis Area Transit Authority is angling for an additional $8 million in operating funds and $5 million in capital improvement dollars to prevent significant cuts to service.100. Greensward Controversy Shows Complex Mix of Groups - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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.