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1. Unemployment Rates Fall to Record Lows in 4 US States -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell to record lows in four U.S. states in March after months of steady job creation nationwide.

Unemployment rates fell in 17 states in March and were mostly unchanged in 33, the Labor Department said Friday. Employers added a significant number of jobs in just three states last month and cut them in four. Employment was mostly unchanged in the other 43 states. Hiring nationwide was weak in March but strong in the previous two months.

2. Sediver Opens $15M Manufacturing Facility in West Memphis -

Sediver USA has cut the ribbon on its $15 million facility in West Memphis, where the company will manufacture toughened glass insulators for high-voltage transmission lines.

Peter Baumgartner, chairman of Sediver USA and CEO of its Luxembourg-based parent company, the Seves Group, was joined by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Clean Line Energy Partners president Michael Skelly and Seves Group chairman Joakim Olsson at the Friday, April 21, event.

3. The Week Ahead: April 24-30 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Those potholes and rough patches of broken asphalt you dodge on your morning commute may be in line for repair pretty soon, and there’s a full list of entertaining and informative events to attend in the coming days, including the annual RegionSmart Summit. Here’s what you need to know about the Week Ahead...

4. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine wine-tasting series Tuesday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. This month’s tasting, called “Conserve Water… Drink More Wine!” celebrates Earth Day with a selection of eco-friendly and biodynamic wines. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details.

5. Events -

The 31st annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 21-23, in Robert R. Church Park (Fourth and Beale streets). The festival will showcase the Republic of Togo from an international perspective, with music, food, a diverse cultural marketplace and more. Hours are 8 a.m. until late night; admission is $5. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

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7. Young Says Hooks Led in ’60s Without Pursuing Politics -

Just before he came to Memphis in April 1968 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young remembers a meeting in Atlanta with King and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Harry Belafonte and Richard Hatcher, the newly elected African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana.

8. Unfinished Business Fuels Boyd’s Gubernatorial Bid -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

9. April 21-27, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1865: The steamboat Sultana, many times over its capacity of several hundred people on board, explodes on the Mississippi River north of Memphis after docking at the cobblestones Downtown. Most of the passengers on board are Union soldiers just released from Confederate prison camps at the end of the Civil War, many returning to homes in East Tennessee.
The boat’s journey from Vicksburg where the prisoners boarded comes amidst a flurry of events from the war’s end to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, all of which obscures what is the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history. Its death toll – 1,800 people on a boat overloaded with 2,400 passengers – is larger than the death toll in the better-known Titanic disaster 47 years later.

10. NST Looks to Cultivate Young Litigators With Memphis Law Scholarship -

Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz PLC, the largest plaintiff-based law firm in Tennessee, is looking to cultivate the next generation of litigators.

The firm recently awarded its first law scholarship to Zachary B. Johnson, a third-year law student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz Law Firm Scholarship will be awarded annually, providing assistance to help students with third-year law school tuition and the substantial costs associated with taking the bar exam.

11. Third-Party Litigation Financing Grows Into Popular, High-Stakes Trend -

Two decades ago, commercial third-party litigation financing was as small and uncommon as to be “negligible,” in Charles Agee’s words. Maybe $100 million in such funding per year.

12. 'Fragile Fortress' -

When former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey spoke at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in April on the concept of judicial independence and the reality of judicial criticism, he came with some criticism of his own of the judiciary.

13. Riding New Wave -

In 2007, about a half-dozen Memphis companies came together to found the Urban Land Institute Memphis chapter. It was a fine start. Six years later, ULI Memphis was convening a group of mayors from the tri-state area and, at least initially, trying very hard to make it informal and non-threatening.

14. Last Word: The Day After, $21.9M More for SCS and First Tennessee Overdrafts -

Take That For Data, Indeed. The Grizz crack the century mark over the Spurs 105-94 in a motivated Game 3 of the playoff series before a loud and proud Forum. Game 4 is Saturday on Beale. Meanwhile, Markel Crawford chooses. He will be leaving the Tigers basketball program for Ole Miss.

15. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

16. Often-Arrested Lee Sisters Get Civil Rights Due on Capitol Hill -

During the civil rights era, the Lee sisters wouldn’t have been welcomed at the State Capitol. Half a century later, legislators honored the Memphis family on the House floor, recognizing their efforts in the 1960s when they participated in protests across the city and Southeast as high school and college students.

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18. House Delays Vote on 23-Hour Alcohol at 2 Nashville Bars -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has put off a vote on a bill that would allow two Nashville bars to serve alcohol for 23 hours a day.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Sanderson would only require liquor service to cease between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. The Kenton Republican didn't say why he delayed a vote until next week.

19. AG: Bill Could Conflict With Gay Marriage Ruling, State Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state attorney general opinion says legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in Tennessee code could, in some cases, conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling and state law about interpreting gender-specific words as inclusive.

20. Tennessee Student Found Safe, Teacher Arrested in California -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago was found safe in California and the teacher was arrested, authorities said Thursday.

21. Titans Sold on Robinson-Mularkey Plan -

In Jon Robinson and Mike Mularkey the Tennessee Titans trust – completely.

They’ve earned that respect with moves made in free agency and the draft, as well as the culture shift they’ve helped instill in the locker room.

22. ‘Good Locker Room’ Doesn’t Happen by Accident -

The first time I heard the term “good locker room” in relation to an NFL team, I figured it had something to do with TVs, air conditioning and nearby shower accommodations.

As usual, I was wrong.

23. Who Will Grab the Spotlight in Vols' Spring Game? -

Tennessee completes its fifth spring practice under head coach Butch Jones on Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. with the DISH Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium.

It’s merely the beginning as the Vols prepare for the 2017 season.

24. Tennessee's 6-6 Freshman Has a Message: ‘I Will Not Eat You’ -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones knew he got a special player when he signed five-star offensive lineman Trey Smith of University School of Jackson.

Jones says he got a special person in Smith, too.

25. NFL Experts Can’t Agree On QBs in Upcoming Draft -

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 27, and it seems more than likely that Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will go first overall to the hapless Cleveland Browns. 

At nfl.com, three of four draft insiders have the Browns taking Garrett and the other, naturally, has the Browns returning to the quarterback well to pick North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky; Garrett then goes No. 2 to San Francisco.

26. Porter-Leath's Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival Returns Sunday -

Known to some as the unofficial start of the spring festival season in Memphis, the 25th annual Stinson’s Industrial Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival benefiting Porter-Leath takes place Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. at Wagner Place, between Union Avenue and Beale Street.

27. Corker Sees Trump Foreign Policy Evolving, Not Moderating -

U.S. foreign policy should be to “keep the volume up” on North Korea’s progress in developing a nuclear capability and intercontinental ballistic missiles, says U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, “with the acknowledgement that what you could bring in is Russia, China, South Korea and Japan into a conflict.”

28. Bartlett Opens Greenway; Ghost River Natural Area Grows -

The city of Bartlett has 29 parks, and every one of them has a walking trail. But the path that formally opens to the public Friday, April 21, at a trailhead at Santa Valley Road and U.S. 64 is Bartlett’s first venture in a full-fledged greenway.

29. Court OKs $16.8M Settlement in First Tennessee Bank Class-Action Suit -

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Mary Wagner has approved an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit against First Tennessee Bank related to overdraft fees that calls for the bank to put $16.8 million into a settlement fund.

30. Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.

31. Last Word: Data Night at the Forum, Passing Gas and Graceland's Las Vegas Exit -

It’s a $30,000 fine, about $5k more than expected by most. And Grizz players say they will chip in to pay the fine the NBA levied on coach David Fizdale for his epic rant on the officiating in Game 2 of the playoff series between the Grizz and the Spurs.

32. House, Senate Approve IMPROVE Act -

The House and Senate are nearly ready to send the IMPROVE Act to Gov. Bill Haslam, passing it with relatively wide voting margins after months of debate.

Only one adjustment is needed in a measure providing property tax relief for veterans, the disabled and elderly before the measure can be sent to Haslam.

33. Casino Still Holding Elvis Presley Items Sought By Estate -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by a Las Vegas casino, a year after the King's estate filed a lawsuit to get those valuables back from a short-lived exhibit.

34. Gilmore to Run for Harper's State Seat in Tennessee Senate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Brenda Gilmore has announced she will run for the Nashville seat currently held by longtime Sen. Thelma Harper, a fellow Democrat.

35. Former NFL Player, Tennessee Broadcaster Bill Anderson Dies -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bill Anderson, who played on two NFL championship teams with the Green Bay Packers as part of an eight-year NFL career, has died. He was 80.

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37. View From the Hill: Tearful End for Non-Citizen Tuition Relief Bill -

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari grew so emotional she couldn’t speak. On the verge of tears, the Memphis Democrat started to talk about a high school from her Shelby County district with a large number of undocumented immigrant students.

38. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

39. Memphis Business Academy Showcases Project Lead The Way STEM Progress -

The Memphis Business Academy is flexing its STEM muscles.

The K-12 charter school in Frayser hosted a showcase event this month to demonstrate how it has implemented Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum the past year and the overwhelmingly positive effect it is having on students of all ages.

40. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

41. McCloy and Joyner Accept Dunavant Honors -

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner agreed Tuesday, April 18, that Memphis Libraries director Keenon McCloy deserved an award just for working for four consecutive mayors.

He and McCloy were the recipients Tuesday of the 14th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards given by the Rotary Club of Memphis East and the family of the late Shelby County Probate Court Clerk.

42. Tennessee Speaker to GOP: Show Civility in Gas Tax Debate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Speaker Beth Harwell is calling on her Republican colleagues to show civility as the Tennessee House prepares for a contentious vote Wednesday on Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation funding proposal.

43. School Bus Safety Measures Advance in the Legislature -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bills designed to keep school bus riders safe continue to advance in the Tennessee Legislature, with one measure requiring buses to have seat belts clearing another hurdle.

44. Effort to Ban Open Alcohol Containers in Cars Dead for Year -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to ban open alcohol bottles or cans in vehicles traveling on Tennessee roads has failed for the year.

Tennessee currently bans drivers from drinking alcohol while at the wheel, but does not extend that prohibition to passengers. That conflicts with federal open container guidelines, which causes about $18 million in federal road money to be redirected toward drunken-driving enforcement.

45. Tennessee Tourism Officials Launch Vacation Planning Website -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State tourism officials have launched a new personalized website to help travelers plan their trips to Tennessee.

The state Department of Tourist Development announced the revamped tourism website, www.TNVacation.com, on Tuesday.

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47. Veterans Want Tax Relief Addressed Separately -

Members of the Legislature’s Veterans Caucus are renewing a call to increase property tax relief statewide for veterans and the elderly in a measure separate from the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

48. Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems -

The state Senate has approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

49. Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis -

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.
In his new role, Shaffer’s job is to guide the organization in its mission of supporting neighborhood revitalization through a network of organizations and individuals working in the community development space – which BLDG Memphis does primarily through organizational capacity building, community education and engagement, and public policy and advocacy – as well as to promote the new brand. 

50. Corker Says Country Still Divided by Election -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee heard from Republicans and Democrats – supporters and critics of President Donald Trump – during a Tuesday, April 18, town hall in Arlington.

In the city Tuesday to speak at the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards in East Memphis and make several other stops, Corker’s Easter recess day in the city began with the Arlington forum.

51. Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera -

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

52. Coalition Urges City Funding For Memphis Schools -

A group of 13 organization and 17 citizens including Shelby County Schools board chairman Chris Caldwell and state Representatives Raumesh Akbari and G.A. Hardaway are calling on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to include at least $10 million in funding for schools in the budget he takes to the Memphis City Council next week.

53. Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Lineup -

Madison Avenue Park, the new Downtown micro-park and art gallery across the street from The Brass Door, has announced a schedule for its Friday, April 21, grand opening.

The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. regardless of the weather and will include music, movies, art and food.

54. UTHSC College of Pharmacy Hosting Race for the Summitt -

Students from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Race for the Summitt at UT Health Sciences Park in Memphis on Sunday, April 23.

55. Fuel-Tax Bill Short of Votes in the House -

NASHVILLE – Votes aren’t adding up in the House of Representatives for passage of the governor’s gas tax/tax cut legislation.

With floor debate scheduled Wednesday morning, not only is a Republican head count showing lack of support, Democrats aren’t exactly lining up behind the measure. The minority party says it wants concessions on other items from the governor before it can vote for the IMPROVE Act, and some Democrats say they won’t go for a combination of tax cuts for wealthy investors tied to a higher gas tax.

56. Absences, Fitness, Atmosphere – New Ways to Track Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place?

States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.

57. Titans Release Cornerback Jason McCourty After 8 Seasons -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have released cornerback Jason McCourty after eight seasons with the franchise, and a few days after the veteran shared the news himself on social media.

58. Democrat Mackler Announces Bid for Tennessee US Senate Seat -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler says he is running for the Democratic nomination to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

Mackler announced Monday that he wants to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Corker in next year's general election.

59. NASA Invest $9.9M in University of Tennessee-Led Team -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A research team led by the University of Tennessee Knoxville has received a $9.9 million grant from NASA toward the development of a more aerodynamically capable aircraft.

60. Tennessee Joins States Urging Court to Reinstate Travel Ban -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is joining more than a dozen other states in urging an appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican considering a bid for governor next year, lauded Attorney General Herbert Slatery's office for filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

61. Last Word: Gasol on Gasol, Detroit's Riverfront and Governor's Race Shifts -

Gasol on Gasol in San Antonio this Easter weekend where the Spurs ran away with game one Saturday of the first round playoff matchup 111 – 82. Game 2 and vengeance is Monday in San Antonio with a Thursday evening game on Beale.

62. Gas Tax, Health Care Complicate Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law was supposed to provide a springboard for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's entry into the Tennessee governor's race.

63. Federal Judge Signs Order Halting 2 Tennessee Abortion Laws -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has signed an order halting the enforcement of two abortion restrictions in Tennessee that are similar to Texas laws struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

64. Memphis Tigers to Play in 2017 Veterans Classic -

The University of Memphis will join Alabama, Pittsburgh and host Navy in the 2017 Veterans Classic on CBS Sports Network, an annual college basketball showcase that brings together teams from across the country in celebration of Veterans Day.

65. The Week Ahead: April 17-23 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! You’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate this week: The Grizzlies are in the NBA Playoffs, the Africa in April festival is back, and the area is getting greener with both a park and a greenway opening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

66. Oden to Rehab Building Downtown for New HQ -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. has approved an eight-year PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) for Oden & Associates Inc., a locally owned marketing firm, to turn a vacant 77-year-old warehouse two blocks from the FedExForum into its headquarters.

67. Dunavant Award Recipients To Speak at Symposium -

The two recipients of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards will speak April 18 at the Christian Brothers University-Dunavant Public Service Symposium at the CBU Montesi Executive Center.

68. Daily News Wins 9 Awards In Tennessee AP Contest -

The Daily News garnered nine awards in the 2016 Tennessee Associated Press News Excellence Awards presented by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors. The awards were announced Saturday, April 8, in Nashville.

69. Butler Snow's Commercial Litigation Group Grows -

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

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71. Initiatives Geared at Boosting Owner-Occupied Housing -

Nearly a third of all homes in Shelby County are owned by investors, a fact which has state and city leaders looking for ways to stem the tide and encourage locals to buy into their communities through owner-occupied homeownership.

72. Lack of New Homes is Missing Piece to Memphis' Housing Puzzle -

There is a lot to like about the Memphis housing market right now. With home sales up 13 percent and average sale prices up 5 percent through the first quarter of 2017, things are finally looking up for one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation during last decade’s housing crisis.

73. Tax Man Cometh -

After years of lagging behind other parts of the county, Memphis’ real estate market is finally coming into its own. But with a strong market comes an increase in property values, which in turn leads to higher taxes.

74. Last Word: Derailed, The View From Pyramid Harbor and New History -

“Do Not Occupy” notices posted Thursday afternoon on most but not all of the newly-opened Railgarten complex on Central Avenue east of Cooper in Midtown. Local code officers acted after questions about whether the owners of the complex had approval for intermodal containers being used as part of the structure. The restaurant part of the structure in what was once an ice house remains open. There was already a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the music volume and late hours as well as parking for the development

75. Tool Shows Long Wait Times Persist at Tennessee VA Centers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The launch of an online portal revealed that Veterans Health Administration facilities across Tennessee still struggle with patient wait times.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2p0uYgp) reported the new Access and Quality in VA Healthcare site launched April 12. The tool lists average wait times by appointment type and satisfaction scores based on data released in February. The last time the VA released comparable data was in September 2014, after the agency's head resigned following national attention about long wait times.

76. Gun Maker SCCY Announces Move From Florida to Tennessee -

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Handgun maker SCCY Industries has announced it will move its factory and headquarters to new 68-acre campus in East Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2o7qOOL) that SCCY is relocating to Maryville from Daytona Beach, Florida, and plans to hire at least 350 people at the new facility over the next five years.

77. Tennessee Senate Backs Age Limit for School Bus Drivers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga, the Tennessee Senate has passed a bill requiring school bus drivers to be at least 25 years old without serious traffic violations in the last three years.

78. Tennessee House Passes Free Community College Bill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House on Thursday passed a bill to enable older adults without a college degree or certificate to attend community college free of charge. The bill, which still has to clear the Senate, passed 87-6.

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80. Vols Defensive Coordinator Shoop Looks to Improve Team’s Defense -

The most unexpected development during Tennessee’s 2016 football season wasn’t three straight losses in October or the disappearing act at Vanderbilt.

It was the utter collapse of the Vols’ defense.

81. Immigrant Student Tuition Bill Fails In House Education Committee -

Karla Meza dreams of enrolling in the University of Tennessee Law School after growing up in Knoxville and watching college students walk along Cumberland Avenue.

But that dream is on hold after a House Education committee refused Tuesday, April 11, to allow all students, including illegal immigrants, who graduate from Tennessee high schools to pay in-state tuition at state colleges.

82. House Committee Moves Voucher Bill Past Delay With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation -

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

But an amendment enabling private schools who accept public students to opt out of state-required testing could cause it to go back to the starting line.

83. First Horizon Reports Busy, Profitable First Quarter -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off 2017 with a busy first quarter, a period in which the company saw net income growth of 13 percent, an improvement in deposits and loans, a 29 percent boost to its dividend and the closing of a key acquisition.

84. Last Word: Season's End, 100 N. Main Delays and Voting With Popsicle Sticks -

The last Grizz game of the regular season is a loss to the Mavericks Wednesday evening at the Forum 100 – 93. Look for further word Thursday on Tony Allen's right leg injury. Here comes the “second season” starting with the Spurs. Inbetween is a trip down memory lane as the two-hour "30 for 30" documentary on John Calipari debuts Thursday on ESPN. There was a screening Monday in Kentucky that Calipari attended. The Lexington Herald-Leader has more.

85. House Committee Moves Voucher Bill With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation -

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

But an amendment enabling private schools who accept public students to opt out of state-required testing could cause it to go back to the starting line.

86. Prosecutor Asks Pharmacies to Watch for Kidnapping Suspect -

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor is asking pharmacy employees to be on the lookout for a 50-year-old Tennessee teacher who disappeared last month with a student.

District Attorney Brent Cooper tells news outlets Tad Cummins takes medicine to control his blood pressure and likely will need a refill.

87. Professional Wrestler Kane Kicks Off Bid for Knox County Mayor -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The professional wrestler known as Kane is making a bid to be-come mayor of Knox County in Tennessee.

The towering WWE villain, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, had previously filed papers to be able to raise money for a bid to succeed term-limited Mayor Tim Burchett. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2o49k73) Jacobs formally kicked off his campaign Tuesday.

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89. Mistreated GOP Legislators Only Want to Be Heard -

Word has it extra tissue will be placed on the desks of some House members in the coming weeks so they can dry their tears of pain.

It seems a faction of the Republican supermajority just hasn’t gotten a fair hearing – from their own party – on opposition to Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which contains a dreaded gas and diesel tax increase to rebuild the state’s roads and bridges. It’s the gas tax versus the surplus, which is pretty big at $1 billion in one-time money and another billion in extra recurring money.

90. Harwell Cites Need for Alternative Transportation Funding Plan -

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she believes it’s important to have a transportation funding plan counter to Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax/tax cut act after House Republican Caucus members voted to oppose the governor’s idea.

91. Baptist, American Esoteric Laboratories Partner on New Automated Microbiology Lab -

As Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. president and CEO Jason Little was arriving at American Esoteric Laboratories Wednesday, April 12, he caught sight of his cousin who works at AEL.

92. Porter-Leath Hosts Career Fair for Preschool Staff -

Porter-Leath will host a career fair on Thursday, April 13, to hire new preschool staff to join its team.

The organization is seeking to fill more than 25 positions, including teachers, administrators and non-instructional staff to provide high-quality education and support services. Certified Pre-K teacher candidates, who are of the greatest need, must have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field, plus a teacher’s license with Pre-K endorsement.

93. Immigrant Student Bill Fails in House Education Committee -

Karla Meza dreams of enrolling in the University of Tennessee Law School after growing up in Knoxville and watching college students walk along Cumberland Avenue.

But that dream is on hold after a House Education committee refused Tuesday, April 11, to allow all students, including illegal immigrants, who graduate from Tennessee high schools to pay in-state tuition at state colleges.

94. Last Word: Tubby Support, Pot Bill Withers and Changing Indigent Counsel Rules -

Just in time for spring, the near unraveling of the Overton Park-Zoo parking compromise. The Memphis City Council again put together a compromise Tuesday to keep the move to a new expanded parking lot on track and the funding in place by the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy.

95. Butler Snow Grows Its Commercial Litigation Group -

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

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Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Richard Hill of 901 Pest Control will present “Questions to Ask Your Pest Control Company.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

98. Harris: Syrian Air Strikes Should Change State’s Stance on Refugees -

State Sen. Lee Harris is calling on the Legislature to rethink its stance on refugees amid legal action taken against the federal government after President Donald Trump ordered an air strike against Syria.

99. Parkinson’s Pot Bill Falls Short by Handful of Votes -

Legislation by Rep. Antonio Parkinson designed to cut felony charges for possession of small amounts of marijuana didn’t exactly light up the House Monday evening. 

It fell 44-45-5 and was sent back to the Calendar and Rules Committee after some House members questioned the amount of marijuana the bill would allow people to carry – up to an ounce – without getting a harsher charge than a misdemeanor. The bill did not receive the 50 votes required for passage or the 50 in opposition to kill it and could be renewed with a two-thirds vote.

100. Snapshot: Learning with a Princess -

Miss Music City Elizabeth Hale led literacy activities April 8 with students at Porter-Leath’s Head Start facility on American Way. Titleholders from around the state participated in Miss Tennessee Serves Day.