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1. New Local Democratic Party Council Features Lots of New Faces -

Shelby County Democrats selected 102 citizens Saturday, July 22, to the local party’s new Democratic Grass Roots Council and 26 of those 102 to the local party’s executive committee in a local party convention at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

2. UAW, Nissan Pressing High-Stakes Campaign for Worker Votes -

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

3. Tennessee Inmates Get Reduced Sentences for Birth Control -

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) — A program in a Tennessee county reduces inmates' jail time if they voluntarily undergo birth control procedures, in a move that has drawn criticism from the local district attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union.

4. Tennessee Notches Record in Federal College Aid Applications -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say Tennessee has set a record for federal college aid applications.

Gov. Bill Haslam's office said Thursday that 73.5 percent of Tennessee high school seniors submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for 2017-2018.

5. Victorian Village Gets New Signage, Design Guidelines -

The signs that have started popping up around the Victorian Village neighborhood welcome passersby to the historic community, with an announcement greeting visitors in large and prominent letters.

Three of the signs have been posted so far. One more is still on the way. All of them include a silhouette of the neighborhood – with its historic mansions and older properties – set against a sunrise.

6. UTHSC Researcher Wins Grant to Fight Strep Throat -

Dr. James Dale, the Gene H. Stollerman Professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has won a $3.9 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

7. Revival of Ranked Choice Voting Marks Phillips’ Attention to Detail -

The use of Ranked Choice Voting or instant-runoff voting in Memphis elections was a moot point even before Memphis voters approved it in 2008 in a city charter amendment.

The Shelby County Election Commission had concluded before the charter referendum that its voting systems couldn’t accommodate a method of voting that ranked candidates in a single race by a voter’s preference, instead of a voter picking one and only one candidate.

8. Harris Calls for Suspension of TVA Well Permits -

State Sen. Lee Harris wants the county’s Ground Water Control Board to suspend permits for water wells at the site of the new Tennessee Valley Authority plant in southwest Memphis and begin an investigation of high lead and arsenic levels found in area groundwater “as soon as practicable.”

9. Cohen Requests Info On TVA Plant Groundwater -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is asking state officials for more information on high levels of lead and arsenic recently found in the groundwater monitoring wells beneath the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis.

10. Equity Firm Buys Publisher Of The Collierville Herald -

A Nashville-based private equity firm with no previous media investments has acquired a regional publisher that owns 12 websites, magazines and newspapers, including The Collierville Herald.

American Hometown Publishing announced Monday, July 17, it has been bought by West End Holdings. AHP, which has assets in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and Florida, said under new ownership it “will immediately begin seeking additional local media properties to add to its portfolio,” according to a release.

11. UTHSC Nursing Makes New Appointment -

Dr. Christopher Lance Coleman has been appointed chair and professor of the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing.

12. State Setting Record Pace For Workforce Tax Credits -

The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued more than $215 million of Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to employers across the state through June.

13. Last Word: Freeze Warning, Corker on Obamacare Repeal and The Disney Example -

What do you call it when you expect a lot of trouble coming from a specific direction – with a detailed roadmap -- and a completely different controversy comes in from a different direction, hits and leaves a crater. Whatever you call it, that is what happened to Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze Thursday evening. Or did it?

14. Tests Find No Detectable Levels of Toxins in Drinking Water -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tests on drinking water revealed no detectable traces of arsenic and lead after the toxins were found in groundwater at a coal-fired power plant in Tennessee, a utility company said Thursday.

15. State Setting Record Pace For Workforce Tax Credits -

The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued more than $215 million of Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to employers across the state through June.

16. History in Our Whiskey -

GOOD WHISKEY ISN’T DRUNK. IT’S REMEMBERED. Good whiskey and good stories age well. I wrote that a while back when I was hired to write a bit about whiskey. I thought about all of that on the porch looking at the night over a bit of whiskey with the dog. I was drinking whiskey; the dog was just looking at the night. We both liked the moment.

17. Vols Roster Gets Little Respect from SEC Media -

It was no surprise last week when Tennessee’s football team was picked to finish third by the media in the East Division at 2017 SEC Media Days.

Almost every national publication is picking the Vols third in the East behind Georgia and Florida, although not necessarily in that order.

18. SEC Hot Seat Index: From Saban to Sumlin -

When it comes to Southeastern Conference football coaches, there are three kinds of seats – hot, hotter and hottest.

There is, of course, one exception. You guessed it.

Nick Saban. To quote the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, Saban’s seat is as cool as the other side of your pillow.

19. Haslam Touts IMPROVE Act At Interchange Opening -

It looked like another day at the Interstate 40-240 interchange Wednesday, July 19, from the roof of a building by the state’s tallest interchange.

Inside the building tucked away in a residential area off White Station Road, a bank of video monitors on the wall of the local offices of the Tennessee Department of Transportation showed the same – cars and trucks moving smoothly there and elsewhere on the county’s interstate system.

20. Haslam Awards TCAT Grants During West Tennessee Visit -

On the road in West Tennessee Wednesday, July 19, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam made stops at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT, campuses in Ripley and Covington to announce federal block grants for each of the schools.

21. UTHSC Nursing Makes New Appointment -

Dr. Christopher Lance Coleman has been appointed chair and professor of the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing.

22. Tennessee Education Coalition Focuses on Teacher Diversity -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new report released by a group of Tennessee educator preparation programs focuses on eliminating the barriers preventing diverse candidates from choosing teaching as a career.

23. Legislature’s End Game on Guns: No Rules at All? -

If you think the state Legislature is full of gun nuts, Rep. Micah Van Huss begs to differ.

“No, not at all,” Van Huss says when asked if the General Assembly is too pro-gun. “I don’t think they’re pro-gun enough. In fact, … I think our laws in Tennessee infringe on our constitutional rights. There are now 16 states – we’ve added two or three this year – that allow constitutional carry. So, we’re falling behind.”

24. Mock Election In ‘19 Could Test Ranked Choice Voting -

The Shelby County Election Commission could hold a public mock election of what is called Ranked Choice Voting in 2019, ahead of city of Memphis elections that year.

But the earliest the election commission could move to new machines that would provide such an option is the 2022 elections, says Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips. And that’s provided the state certifies the use of a voting system that includes the option, which it currently doesn’t.

25. Riverfront Concept Plan Intersects With Many Others About Key City Asset -

The Memphis riverfront is hardly a blank canvas. But you would never know that from the number of plans there have been over several decades to make it more of a “front door” for the city – to borrow a phrase from more than a few of those reports.

26. Last Word: No Assumptions, Riverfront Concepts and A Tale of Two Teams -

The “Midtown is Memphis” arch in Overton Square is no more. Vanished this week as the former Chiwawa is being converted to Indian Pass Raw Bar – for those of you new to Memphis, these are both restaurants – one former and the other future.

27. Judge Lifts Federal Oversight on Tennessee Children Services -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After more than 16 years, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services is free of federal oversight from a 2001 settlement over its treatment of foster care children.

28. Former Deputy Charged With Trying to Have Witness Killed -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A former sheriff's deputy in Tennessee has been charged with asking someone to kill a witness in a federal case against him.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said in a news release that former Shelby County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremy Drewery was indicted in September on charges that he tried to extort thousands of dollars from an alleged drug dealer. Additional charges were added in March, when the 42-year-old Drewery was accused of attempting to extort another alleged drug dealer.

29. Tennessee County Trustee Clerk Charged With $14K Theft -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Tennessee county trustee's office clerk is facing charges of stealing more than $14,000 from property tax payments.

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation news release Monday says former Wilson County Trustee's Office clerk Shannon Marie Hodgin also doctored government records to hide the thefts.

30. Lawsuit: New TennCare Rates Endanger Hemophilia Patients -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee lawsuit claims the state is breaking federal law and endangering people with bleeding disorders like hemophilia by reimbursing less for prescription blood-clotting drugs through its Medicaid program.

31. Nashville Equity Firm Buys Collierville Herald Publisher -

A Nashville-based private equity firm with no previous media investments has acquired a regional publisher that owns 12 websites, magazines and newspapers, including The Collierville Herald.

American Hometown Publishing announced Monday, July 17, it has been bought by West End Holdings. AHP, which has assets in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and Florida, said under new ownership it “will immediately begin seeking additional local media properties to add to its portfolio,” according to a release.

32. Wood Helps Memphis National Keep Business in the Fairway -

Brian Wood is head golf professional at Memphis National Golf Club, a role in which he oversees a variety of functions related to the club's operations. Wood, a PGA professional and member of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America, previously served as assistant golf professional at Windyke Country Club.

33. Bartlett Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $30M -

An Atlanta-based real estate investment firm has made its first purchase in the Memphis market with the acquisition of a 198,103-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Bartlett.

The Bartlett Towne Centre, located at 6005 Stage Road, was acquired by Branch Properties LLC from Houston-based real estate investment trust Weingarten Realty for $28.8 million.

34. Cohen Requests Info On TVA Plant Groundwater -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is asking state officials for more information on high levels of lead and arsenic recently found in the groundwater monitoring wells beneath the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis.

35. NexAir Inc. Acquires Moore Oxygen Supply -

Memphis-based nexAir has closed on its acquisition of Moore Oxygen Supply Inc. of Lagrange, Georgia.

36. Tennessee County's Schools Cancel Class for Eclipse -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Students in a Tennessee school district won't have to skip class to catch next month's solar eclipse.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Superintendent Bob Thomas has announced that Knox County school will have the day off for the Aug. 21 eclipse.

37. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.

38. Alabama is Media’s Overwhelming Pick To Win SEC Title -

Twice in the previous three years, SEC media correctly predicted the SEC champion. Both times, they did it by picking Alabama (2014, 2016). They went with Alabama again this year, predicting the Crimson Tide to defeat Georgia in the SEC title game.

39. Rhodes Taps First Chair In Population Health -

One of the philosophies behind Dr. Kendra Hotz’s career as a health care-related researcher and scholar is the notion that a person’s ZIP code casts a much longer shadow over their health care than their genetic code does.

40. Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody -

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

41. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

42. ‘Fifth Wave’ of Federal Judicial Appointments Comes with Political Undercurrents -

The White House called it the “fifth wave” of federal judicial nominees. Among the 11 nominees announced by President Donald Trump Thursday, July 13, were two for the Memphis federal court bench. And the wave comes with a few political undercurrents.

43. Events -

A NASA Contracting Outreach Forum will be held Tuesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building, 675 Union Ave. Representatives from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Shared Service Center will share how local and regional business owners can become NASA suppliers, subcontractors or service providers. Cost is free; registration required. Register at tsbdc.org/swtcc or call 901-333-5085 for details.

44. Early Release Halted for Germantown Man Convicted of Killing Mississippi Cop -

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The head of Mississippi's prison system has decided not to release an inmate convicted in the 2006 killing of a University of Mississippi police officer.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections notified victims, law enforcement agencies and court officials Thursday that Daniel Cummings, 31, would be released from prison July 28 after serving less than half of a 20-year sentence, The Oxford Eagle reported .

45. Tennessee Comptroller's Office Website Briefly Hacked -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The website of the Tennessee comptroller's office was hacked into and a message was put up by a group claiming to be the Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail.

According to WSMV-TV , the comptroller's office said its website was defaced at 9:30 a.m. Friday for about a half-hour. The comptroller's office has temporarily pulled its website offline and nothing was compromised.

46. Tennessee Democrat Mackler Raises $451K in US Senate Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler says he has raised $451,000 in his Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate.

Mackler's campaign says the total accounts for all fundraising since launching his 2018 campaign for Sen. Bob Corker's seat on April 17.

47. Tennessee Hospitals Group Opposes GOP Health Bill Rewrite -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's lobby group for hospitals says the rewritten Republican health care bill in Congress doesn't have the best interests of Tennesseans or hospitals at heart.

48. January Trial Set for Teacher Who Ran Away With Teen Student -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A trial has been delayed until January for a Tennessee teacher who led police on a nationwide manhunt after running away with a 15-year-old student.

A federal judge in Nashville on Thursday reset the jury trial for Tad Cummins to Jan. 2. It had been set for July 25.

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50. Toxins in Water Under Memphis Power Plant Causing Alarm -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water – drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city – is so revered that a city utility called it a "community treasure" in an online report on its cleanliness.

51. First Horizon Sees Growth in Second Quarter -

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company saw net income climb 61 percent in the second quarter and First Tennessee itself announced the largest merger in its history, but company chairman and CEO Bryan Jordan characterized the period for analysts pretty much the way he always does during earnings presentations.

52. On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis Takes Stock of Programs for Kids -

When it comes to summer learning, it’s been a better year for Memphis, where a range of new programs have helped to stem learning loss that hits hard in communities with a high number of low-income students.

53. Health Insurance Carriers Seek to Raise Tenn. Rates -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

54. Audit: Memphis AD Had Conflict in Pastner Deal -

A state audit notes that Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while renegotiating former basketball coach Josh Pastner’s contract in 2013 because they had the same agent at the time.

55. Pinnacle Achieves Status As SBA Preferred Lender -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has earned Preferred Lender Status from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a move that will benefit clients seeking an SBA-backed loan.

The firm also earned Community Bank of the Year honors from SBA for the state of Tennessee, an award Pinnacle has won every year since it began giving SBA loans in December 2013.

56. Karl Dean Holds Memphis Fundraiser -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was to be among the speakers at a Thursday, July 13, Memphis fundraiser for the Tennessee Voter Project.

The project is a political action committee formed by state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis to increase voter registration and participation among Democrats.

57. Lucian Pera Takes Reins Of Tennessee Bar -

Memphis attorney Lucian T. Pera, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, has taken office as the new president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

58. Events -

Moonlighting for the Cure 2017, a seven-band show and silent auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is Saturday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tin Roof, 315 Beale St. Each band features one or more St. Jude employees who “moonlight” as musicians, and several art pieces in the silent auction were donated by St. Jude employees. Admission by voluntary donation. Visit facebook.com/moonlightingforthecure for details.

59. Thomas and Betts Expanding, Creating 90 New Jobs -

New details are emerging surrounding the relocation Thomas & Betts’ headquarters as the manufacturing company has announced that it is expanding its operations in Memphis by consolidating its R&D Functions to a new facility in Memphis, creating 90 new jobs.

60. Thomas & Betts to Invest $20.7 Million in Expansion -

Thomas & Betts plans to add 75 employees and invest $20.7 million in its headquarters relocation in Memphis and is seeking a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to help defray those costs.

61. Three Local Developers Seeking DMC Grants to Attract New Tenants -

Three new redevelopment projects are seeking Exterior Improvement Grants from the Downtown Memphis Commission in the hopes of attracting new tenants.

The first applicant, Janice Holder, is a retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, seeking to restore the façade of her building, located 55 S. Main St., back to its Gilded Age roots.

62. Last Word: Fifth Wave, Hidden Gem in OB and the Freeze Filibuster -

There is one less contender in the crowded field of potential and declared candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was nominated for federal court judge Thursday by President Donald Trump who also nominated Memphis attorney and former federal prosecutor Tommy Parker to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee as well. Both are part of what The White House described as a “fifth wave” of judicial nominees.

63. Pinnacle Achieves Status As SBA Preferred Lender -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has earned Preferred Lender Status from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a move that will benefit clients seeking an SBA-backed loan.

The firm also earned Community Bank of the Year honors from SBA for the state of Tennessee, an award Pinnacle has won every year since it began giving SBA loans in December 2013.

64. Karl Dean Campaigns At Memphis PAC Fundraiser -

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was to be among the speakers at a Thursday, July 13, Memphis fundraiser for the Tennessee Voter Project.

The project is a political action committee formed by state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis to increase voter registration and participation among Democrats.

65. Lucian Pera Takes Reins Of Tennessee Bar Association -

Memphis attorney Lucian T. Pera, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, has taken office as the new president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

66. NAACP Asks for Removal of Confederate Statue From Courthouse -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is urging officials to remove a statue of a Confederate general from in front of a county courthouse, echoing similar efforts throughout the South.

67. UT, Vanderbilt to Help Study Haslam's Higher Education Push -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Vanderbilt University will help study results from Gov. Bill Haslam's initiatives to increase the percentage of residents with higher education degrees.

68. Senate Confirms Tenn. Businessman Picked by Trump as Japan Envoy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed Tennessee businessman William F. Hagerty as President Donald Trump's ambassador to Japan.

Senators voted 86-12 on Thursday to approve Hagerty's nomination.

69. Officials Investigating High Toxin Levels at Allen Fossil Plant -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Health and environmental officials say they are investigating how high levels of arsenic and lead were found in groundwater under a Tennessee coal power plant.

Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter said in a statement the agency is working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to monitor the probe into how toxins appeared in wells that check for pollution coming from coal ash ponds at Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis.

70. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host its “Date Night: Tour of Foods From Napa” cooking class Friday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at L’Ecole, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. Whether this is your first date or anniversary, this unique dining experience explores Napa wines and the foods that go with them. Cost is $95 per person; includes instruction, three-course meal and wine. Register at lecole.edu.

71. ‘Cheeseburger Buddies’ Make Nice for TV -

Tennessee coach Butch Jones passed his first test of the 2017 football season Monday. He made it through SEC Media Days.

There were no new catch phrases, although Jones did allude to the team’s “D.A.T.” (Details, Accountability, Toughness) motto. But nothing close to “champions of life” or “five-star hearts.”

72. Jones Has Definitely Proven He Can Recruit -

When in doubt, do what you do best – recruit. That seems to be the approach of Tennessee Vols coach Butch Jones. While many UT fans, and some in the media, are portraying this as a make-or-break season, Jones is planning for his future by stockpiling commitments for 2018 and beyond.

73. Trump Nominates Norris, Parker to Memphis Federal Court Bench -

President Donald Trump has nominated state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris and Memphis attorney Tommy Parker to be the two newest judges in Memphis federal court, according to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

74. Last Word: Overton Gateway Talks, Norris of the Governor's Race and Coach O -

Shelby County Commissioners have quite the disagreement going in several ways as they try to put another budget season in the books and let the ink dry. As we’ve reported, the commission approved a $1.2 billion county government budget Monday and there is no taking that back – at least as a budget. That now becomes an important detail because in committee sessions Wednesday in advance of next week’s meeting of the full commission, there were five votes to change the proposed county property tax rate from $4.10 to $4.13.

75. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

Malco Theatres’ Downtown movie theater continues to take shape, with the Memphis-based cinema chain seeking its second multimillion-dollar building permit for the project in recent months.


45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $5 million

76. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will host its “Date Night: Tour of Foods From Napa” cooking class Friday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at L’Ecole, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. Whether this is your first date or anniversary, this unique dining experience explores Napa wines and the foods that go with them. Cost is $95 per person; includes instruction, three-course meal and wine. Register at lecole.edu.

77. How to Avoid Digging With Spoons -

Legend has it that well-known 20th-century economist Milton Friedman once visited a canal-building site in China where thousands of people were digging with shovels to complete the project. Friedman asked the foreman why they didn’t bring in heavy equipment to get the job done better and faster. The foreman told him that would put a lot of people out of work. “In that case, why not have them dig with spoons?” Friedman said.

78. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members -

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.

79. Malco Pulls Additional Building Permit for Downtown Theater -

45 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $5 million

Project Cost: $55 million

Application Date: July 2017

Owner: Henry Turley Co. and Community Capital

80. Reality TV Dad Pleads Guilty to Child Rape in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The father of reality TV's "The Willis Family" has pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape.

News outlets report 47-year-old Toby Willis entered his plea Tuesday in Cheatham County Circuit Court and will spend a total of 40 years in jail.

81. Enough Expectations to Go Around as SEC Football Season Approaches -

HOOVER, Ala. – The countdown to the start of the next college football season is now measured in weeks, not months. But at an event such as SEC Media Days, the future is always framed by the past.

82. Loretta Lynn at Home After Stroke, Will Delay Next Album -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country legend Loretta Lynn is back at home after a stroke she suffered in May. Her new album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been canceled.

83. Last Word: Beale on Beale, The City Council and 1968 and Dr. David Stern on UTHSC -

The city’s Beale Street Task Force is going to have its next meeting on Beale Street and City Council chairman Berlin Boyd reminded council members Tuesday that if they join the task force on Beale to remember that it is Saturday night at 11 p.m. – not 11 a.m., a more normal hour for such proceedings.

84. Former Tennessee Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Battery -

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A former Democratic Tennessee state senator has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of sexual battery.

The Tennessean reports that Joe Haynes, a former Senate Democratic Caucus chairman who retired from the Legislature in 2012, entered his plea in Ashland City.

85. Audit: Memphis AD Had Conflict During Pastner Negotiation -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A state audit notes that Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while renegotiating former basketball coach Josh Pastner's contract in 2013 because they had the same agent at the time.

86. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Tim Marsh, special agent with the FBI Memphis Division, will present “Cyber Threats: Current and Emerging.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

87. Crust Named MSO Assistant, Youth Symphony Conductor -

Andrew Crust, who recently was named assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony, shares why young musicians inspire him and how orchestras can reach a younger audience in this week's Newsmakers Q&A.

88. Bielema Sees Progress on Targeting Rule; Open Door at Tennessee for Fulmer -

HOOVER, ALA. – Arkansas coach Bret Bielema understands as well as anyone that football and the risk of severe injury can’t be separated. Running back Rawleigh Williams gained more than 1,300 yards last year. But he suffered a second neck injury in this year’s spring game and decided, after consulting with doctors, to retire from the game.

89. Stern Working to Expand UTHSC’s Community Reach -

When the University of Tennessee Health Science Center launched its Center for Addiction Science in the College of Medicine last year, it represented an ambitious bid by the school to help people beat a variety of addictions and to research the causes of substance abuse.

90. Health Insurance Carriers Seek to Raise Tenn. Rates -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

91. Events -

Twilight Tuesday, Beale Street Landing’s free outdoor movie series, will feature “Captain America: Civil War” Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. on the landing, 251 Riverside Drive. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and grab a spot on the landing’s sloping rooftop, with movies projected on a 24-foot screen at the bottom. Visit downtownmemphis.com for details.

92. Lawyers for Titans Teammates Call Suit 'Blatant Money Grab' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lawyers for Tennessee Titans teammates Tajae Sharpe and Sebastian Tretola say a lawsuit filed against their clients is a "blatant money grab."

Dante Satterfield said in a lawsuit filed earlier this year that Sharpe assaulted him in an alley behind a bar the first night of the NFL draft while Tretola acted as a lookout.

93. Tennessee, West Virginia Given Battlefield Protection Funds -

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia and Tennessee are among the states receiving part of $7.2 million in grants to help identify, preserve and protect historic battlefields.

The announcement was made by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday.

94. Haslam Opens Alternative High School Equivalency Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has opened an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that gives some teens a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside a traditional school setting.

95. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 7 Percent in June -

Bo Allen speaks from experience when he describes the current residential real estate market as tilted toward sellers. Demand is so abundant at the moment that Allen, who’s also First Tennessee Bank’s West Tennessee president, saw his family’s East Memphis home get sold the same day it was put on the market.

96. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection -

A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.

97. Last Word: Rumors, The Return of Tyreke Evans and Broadband in Millington -

There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

98. The Week Ahead: July 10-16 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, a supercentenarian World War II veteran visits the Bluff City, a classic film flies into the Orpheum, and a piece of the Downtown skyline hits the auction block again. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

99. Struggling Department Store Chain Sears Closing More Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Struggling department store chain Sears says it's closing even more stores as it tries to turn around its business.

Sears Holdings Corp. CEO Eddie Lampert said in a blog post Friday that the company would close another eight Sears and 35 Kmart stores that are unprofitable by early October. No Memphis-area Sears stores were included on the list; the closest Kmart that will be closed is in Jackson, Tennessee.

100. Hiring Surged Last Month in a Sign of US Economic Vitality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings.