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.
50. Mississippi Governor Signs Law Allowing Armed Church Members - Monday, April 18, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A holstered gun sat on top of a Bible on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's desk Friday when he signed a law allowing guns in churches, which he said would help protect worshippers from potential attackers.51. A UT Hall of Fame without Neyland? How’s that possible? - Saturday, April 16, 2016
His name is on the football stadium, where a twice-life-size statue of him is displayed between gates 15A and 17.
The roadway that runs between the stadium and the Tennessee River bears his name.52. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand - Saturday, April 16, 2016
When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.53. Hamilton & Holliman Bringing Mixed Upscale Housing to South Main - Saturday, April 16, 2016
What was once Downtown’s industrial and rail district is now one of the most densely populated residential neighborhoods in Memphis. Over 2,000 units are under development in the South End, and the current population is expected to double over the next two to three years, according to the Downtown Memphis Commission.54. 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.55. Fayette County Chosen for Property Evaluation Program - Friday, April 15, 2016
Fayette County is getting help from state leaders to evaluate properties that could attract new business.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Fayette is one of eight counties chosen to participate in the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP) Spring Round. The other counties selected are Humphreys, Lawrence, Maury, Scott, Unicoi, Van Buren and White.56. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus - Friday, April 15, 2016
It was 30 years ago that David and Yvonne Acey answered a dilemma from an educators’ conference about levels of learning among African-American students compared to white students.57. University of Memphis Alumna’s Book Sheds Light on Jackie O - Thursday, April 14, 2016
For about three decades, Tina Santi Flaherty and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis lived in the same New York City apartment building. “I wasn’t friends with Jackie,” Flaherty said. “But I’d see her in the lobby and we had a nod-and-smile acquaintance.”58. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues - Thursday, April 14, 2016
The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.59. Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."60. Donahoe Named VP at Avison Young - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Michael Donahoe has joined commercial real estate firm Avison Young as vice president of its Memphis branch. Donahoe’s main focus will be overseeing all of the firm’s landlord leasing projects in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Toronto-based Avison Young opened the Memphis office in December, marking its third location in Tennessee and its 50th nationally. 61. Redbirds Outfielder Tilson Reminds of Cardinals Past - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
When Charlie Tilson speaks of the big-league players that have impacted him most, he does so with one eye trained on their past and one eye focused on his future.
“I grew up in Chicago and the guy I loved in 2005 with the White Sox was Scott Podsednik,” said Tilson, in his first year playing center field for the Memphis Redbirds, and a second-round draft pick (79th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2011.62. Regional One Health Pursues HIV Public Awareness Effort - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Letters have been going out over the past few weeks to church leaders, beauty shops and other South Memphis businesses, alerting them in part to the colorful new mural that artist Brandon Marshall has painted on the east wall at 960 South Bellevue Blvd.63. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations - Friday, April 08, 2016
Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.
And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.64. Last Word: Pro Day, Hardwood Patios in C-Y and Memphis' Contested Convention - Thursday, April 07, 2016
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.
It was a windy Pro Day Wednesday at the University of Memphis for Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. And if the wind wasn’t for you, you could watch Lynch work out for NFL teams and their representatives on the NFL network.65. QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain - Thursday, April 07, 2016
Don Wade was there to watch in person.
In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.
Good, satisfying in the moment, and hopeful for the future. But not necessarily an accurate predictor of what is to come.66. Stricter Rules Unveiled for Brokers Giving Retirement Advice - Thursday, April 07, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration acted Wednesday to require that brokers who recommend investments for retirement savers meet a stricter standard that now applies to registered advisers: They must act as "fiduciaries" – trustees who are obligated to put their clients' best interests above all.67. Country Icon Merle Haggard, Champion of the Underdog, Dies - Thursday, April 07, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.68. Shelby County Commission Releases Disparity Study - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
In a unanimous vote, Shelby County commissioners waived their legal privilege Wednesday, April 6, and approved the public release of a disparity study that is expected to show minority businesses get a low percentage of county government contracts.69. Cash Cow? - Thursday, April 07, 2016
The vicinity of April Fool’s Day is an apt time to reflect on a tale often told to first-year law students. In contracts class, perhaps. It is the story of a man who wrote a check on the side of a cow. The point of the story ultimately would be that a negotiable instrument is judged on the language and intent in the transaction, rather than by the physical means of evincing it. Kinda, sorta.70. Jesse Jackson Calls for Passion to Continue Dr. King's Work - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
He was 26 years old in 1968 when he was a guest at the Lorraine Motel with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the younger members of King’s inner circle.71. Last Word: Basketball Intervention, Medical Inventory and Memphis in the 1960s - Monday, April 04, 2016
Five games left for the Grizzlies to win three and then get to play more in the NBA playoffs. And what seemed to be a foregone conclusion is now not such a sure thing based on the Grizz performance in Sunday’s 119-107 loss to the Orlando Magic in Orlando.72. Amended Senate De-annexation Bill Faces More Debate - Saturday, April 02, 2016
The de-annexation bill whose defeat became City Hall’s top priority in March is off the political frontburner.
But Memphis Democrats in the Tennessee Legislature who opposed the de-annexation by referendum measure expect that this isn’t the end of the concept or the move to make it law.73. Le Bonheur, UTHSC Launch Pediatric DNA Repository - Saturday, April 02, 2016
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is a few months into a major project that puts it in the company of only a handful of children’s hospitals nationwide.
Called the Biorepository and Integrative Genomics Initiative, the project is a long-term research effort that involves the collection of patient DNA with an eye toward finding new treatments and personalizing medication regimens for future patients.74. Metropolitan Bank Putting Focus on Mergers & Acquisitions - Friday, April 01, 2016
The leadership at Metropolitan Bank is feeling confident enough about its balance sheet, its talent bench and its future prospects that it let shareholders know in recent days – we’re looking for banks to buy.75. Tied 4-4 After Scalia's Death, High Court Gives Unions A Win - Wednesday, March 30, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – In the clearest sign yet of the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia's death, U.S. labor unions scored a major victory Tuesday with a tie vote in a high-profile Supreme Court case they had once seemed all but certain to lose.76. Last Word: Back to Nashville, Dentistry & Genomes and Living The Fable - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Memphis traffic is again heavy on the Interstate to Nashville as the Senate state and local government committee meets Tuesday to pick up where it left off with the still-forming version the upper chamber is crafting of the de-annexation bill.77. Federal Officials, Advocates Push Pill-Tracking Databases - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's top health officials are stepping up calls to require doctors to log in to pill-tracking databases before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs.78. Amendments Cloud Issue of De-Annexation - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Tennessee state senators go back to work Tuesday, March 29, in Nashville on a modified de-annexation bill.
The Senate State and Local Government Committee will be reviewing a set of amendments to their version of the bill, which changed substantially from the House version in a committee session last week.79. Two City Entities Thriving in MWBE Participation - Monday, March 28, 2016
Recently released disparity studies say that minority- and women-owned businesses are only getting a sliver of contracts in the local business world.
Of all $128.6 billion in revenue flowing through Memphis in 2012, black-owned firms garnered 0.83 percent of those receipts. In Shelby County, 88.3 percent, or $168.2 million, of county contracts went to white-owned businesses between 2012 and 2014.80. Time On The Porch - Friday, March 25, 2016
ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time.81. Events - Thursday, March 24, 2016
Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Rene Bustamante, staff VP and assistant treasurer of global cash management for FedEx Corp., will present “How to Become a Strategic Treasurer Organization.” Register at midsouthafp.org.82. Transgender Bathroom Bill Dies in Subcommittee - Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth has failed.
The bill died in a House Education Administration and Planning Committee meeting Tuesday that was packed with transgender youth who opposed the measure.83. Gun Safety Bill Named After 8-Year-Old Victim Defeated - Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee House committee has defeated a gun safety bill named after an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot by an 11-year-old boy after she and her sister refused to let him see their puppies.84. Events - Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on government contracting Thursday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach small-business owners how to successfully compete for government contracts. Cost is free; registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.85. Events - Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Rhodes College will host Tanisha C. Ford of the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a lecture titled “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: A New Perspective on the Style Politics of the 1960s” Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Direct inquiries to Charles McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-843-3525.86. 1866 Massacre Author Says Riot Has Important Lessons - Tuesday, March 22, 2016
When historian Stephen V. Ash went looking for source material on that most difficult of events to piece back together – three days of mob violence in a 19th century Southern city – he expected a challenge.87. US Government Sets Record for Failures to Find Files When Asked - Monday, March 21, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration set a record for the number of times its federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new Associated Press analysis of government data.88. The Week Ahead: March 21-27 - Monday, March 21, 2016
How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival to a celebration of late Memphis wrestler Sputnik Monroe.89. Beale Authority Encounters Familiar Headwinds - Monday, March 21, 2016
Somewhere near the beginning of the Thursday, March 17, meeting of the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, Caren Nichol talked about how unique the entertainment district is because of its cultural and historical importance.90. Wolfchase Adds White Barn Inside Bath & Body Works - Saturday, March 19, 2016
Bath & Body Works is moving to a new home at Wolfchase Galleria and bringing on White Barn as a sister tenant.
This will be the first Mid-South location for White Barn, a candle company.91. Editorial: We Don’t Need Forgiveness For Past Annexations - Saturday, March 19, 2016
The normal bait and switch and head fake that is par for the course in Nashville is underway again.
That’s why we will dispense with the cautionary statements from the state Senate expressing doubts about the deannexation bill on its way to the upper chamber at press time.92. Free Speech Bill Withdrawn After Islamic State Comments - Friday, March 18, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker on Thursday defended his comments that free speech rights on Tennessee college campuses should apply to everyone – even recruiters for the Islamic State group.93. Bill Would Require Students to Use Bathroom of Birth Sex - Thursday, March 17, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth is gaining momentum in the Tennessee legislature after passing in a House subcommittee.94. Wolfchase Adds White Barn In Bath & Body Works Expansion - Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Bath & Body Works is moving to a new home at Wolfchase Galleria and bringing on White Barn as a sister tenant.
This will be the first Mid-South location for White Barn, a candle company.95. Tri-State Bank Prepares For Big Year - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The way longtime Memphis banking executive Christine Munson sees it, a small community bank has to carve out a clearly defined identity for itself - something that sets it apart from the myriad competitors of similar size, with comparable products and rates - if it wants to be successful.96. Pricey Tea a Growing Niche Crop in US, Even Canada - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful storms.97. Politics of Deannexation Proposal Grows More Complex - Monday, March 14, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is heading to Nashville Wednesday, March 16, to talk with legislators about what he considers City Hall’s highest priority in the 2016 session of the Tennessee Legislature – defeating a deannexation proposal.98. Google is Hitting the Road – Literally – for User Feedback - Monday, March 14, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is about to embark on an old-school search, swapping its Internet algorithm for a custom-built van that will cruise across the U.S. to find out how people use its online services and react to new features.99. Ole Miss Adding Plaque With Context for Confederate Statue - Monday, March 14, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Confederate soldier statue that has stood for generations in a prominent spot on the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus will soon be accompanied by a plaque giving it historical context.100. Up, Up and Away - Saturday, March 12, 2016
The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.
The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.