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1. Malone Takes Reins, Plans Changes At Memphis Branch NAACP -

The Memphis branch of the NAACP has one full-time employee and is looking for a new executive director in what amounts to a major overhaul of the chapter as it marks its centennial year.

The new president of the Memphis branch of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization told a group of 50 members Sunday, Jan. 22, that she is moving to rebuild and rebrand the chapter.

2. Memphis Rep. Hardaway Proposes $15 Minimum Wage -

NASHVILLE – A debate could be brewing in the General Assembly this session over increasing Tennessee’s minimum wage.

Democratic Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis is pushing legislation to more than double the federal rate of $7.25 per hour, calling low wages more than an economic matter.

3. Towns: Junk Food Bill Would Bully the Poor -

State Rep. Joe Towns Jr., a Memphis Democrat, isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.

“She should because she’s lost her damn mind,” Towns said Tuesday, Jan. 17. “How are you going to put out a bill to tell people what they can and can’t eat?”

4. Harris Visits With Park Employees on State Outsourcing Plan -

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, met with Fall Creek Falls State Park employees Friday, Jan. 20, for a town hall discussion on the governor’s proposal to outsource state assets to private companies and potentially eliminate state jobs.

5. Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects -

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

6. Memphis Lawmaker: Junk Food Bill Would Bully the Poor -

State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. of Memphis isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.

“She should because she’s lost her damn mind,” Towns, a Memphis Democrat, said Tuesday. “How are you going to put out a bill to tell people what they can and can’t eat?”

7. Memphian One of Two Females Appointed to Key Clerk Roles in Legislature -

They don’t get much press, but they are making history for women working with the General Assembly.

Murfreesboro resident Tammy Letzler is the first female to serve as chief clerk of either house of the General Assembly, following the trailblazing path of House Speaker Beth Harwell. And Memphis native Kim Cox is serving this session as assistant chief clerk, making her the first African-American female to take that role.

8. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

9. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

10. Alexander Proposes Expansion of Shiloh -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has proposed an expansion of Shiloh National Military Park to include three other Civil War battlefields in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Alexander’s bill would also designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. That Civil War site between Nashville and Memphis, in Henderson County, is a state-owned park.

11. State Targets Refugee Program; Lollar to Lead Delegation -

The state Legislature is likely to file a complaint before the end of January challenging the legality of the Refugee Resettlement Program in Tennessee, according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

12. Cohen Announces $400,000 Grant for Clayborn Temple -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movement and the African-American experience.

13. Alexander Proposes Expansion of Shiloh -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has proposed an expansion of Shiloh National Military Park to include three other Civil War battlefields in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Alexander’s bill would also designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. That Civil War site between Nashville and Memphis, in Henderson County, is a state-owned park.

14. Cohen Announces $400,000 Grant for Clayborn Temple -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movement and the African-American experience.

15. Clayborn Temple Restoration Gets $400,000 Federal Grant -

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said the grant that the city applied for and he endorsed is one of 39 similar projects to receive the federal funding. The grant comes from the African-American Civil Rights Grant Program of the park service. The grants are to highlight sites from the civil rights movements and the African-American experience.

16. Justin Timberlake-Inspired Selfie Bill in Play in Tennessee Legislature -

Pop star Justin Timberlake won’t have to worry about getting into trouble for taking selfies at the voting booth if legislation by a Memphis lawmaker passes.

Democratic state Rep. G.A. Hardaway, a 10-year veteran of the Legislature, was set to file a bill Tuesday, Jan. 10, removing the prohibition on photos at Tennessee voting precincts.

17. Cohen Holding First Issues Session of 2017 Monday -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis is holding his first issues meeting of the year with constituents Monday, Jan. 9.

18. Cohen Acts to Eliminate Electoral College -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis introduced Thursday, Jan. 5, in Washington a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Electoral College and make possible the direct election of the president and vice president by popular vote.

19. Trump’s Turn -

If the election of Donald Trump was a mystery, there are even more questions about what will he do once he takes office Jan. 20. The clues may or may not be in the conduct of his campaign.

“Donald Trump campaigned without being tied to the traditional parameters of conservative-liberal dialogue that we’ve come to know over the past 20 or 30 years,” said Memphis attorney John Ryder, who is legal counsel to the Republican National Committee. “The hopeful part about that is that allows him to move past those divisions and enter new territory.”

20. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

21. Cohen Acts to Eliminate Electoral College -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis introduced Thursday, Jan. 5, in Washington a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Electoral College and make possible the direct election of the president and vice president by popular vote.

22. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

23. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

24. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

25. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

26. Herenton, Cohen Keynote Dec. 31 Prayer Breakfasts -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will be the keynote speakers at two New Year’s Eve Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday, Dec. 31.

27. Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters -

2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.

28. Logistics Sector Preps for Logging Devices -

While Memphis’ distribution and logistics sectors continued to prosper in 2016, legislative changes and proposed improvements to the infrastructure of Lamar Avenue were among the year’s top local headlines for the industry.

29. Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies -

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

30. Tennessee AG: Ban on Ballot Box Selfies is Constitutional -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general says a ban on snapping selfies at the ballot box is constitutional.

According to the Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2ibEbML), Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III issued an opinion that the ban doesn't violate voters' free speech rights.

31. Last Word: Pro-Memphis On Different Terms, Trump's Pledge and Phil Gagliano -

Be honest. How many of you are even at work Friday? And if you are, how many of you know there are cookies or egg nog in the break room? "He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

32. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

33. Memphis Democrat Karen Camper Learns To Work With Majority -

Editor’s note: This is part one of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part two in the Friday, Dec. 23, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

34. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil.

35. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

36. Shelby County Awarded $11.5M for Head Start -

The Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Head Start projects.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who announced the grant Wednesday, Dec. 14, called the funding “an investment in our children, our families and our future.”

37. New State Education Plan Limits ASD -

The state of Tennessee is about to change the rules for how the Achievement School District takes over a failing school.

Schools that are in the bottom five percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement and growth would no longer automatically be eligible for takeover by the state-run school district that began in the 2012-2013 school year.

38. Faison’s Folly? Pushing Pot as a Conservative -

By just about any measure, state Rep. Jeremy Faison is a hardcore conservative. But when it comes to the cannabis plant, the East Tennessee legislator is ready to fire up the General Assembly with a move to liberalize the state’s pot law.

39. Elvis Presley Among 5 Chosen for Mississippi Hall Of Fame -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The King of Rock 'n' Roll and four others are being named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.

The board of the state Department of Archives and History met this month and selected the inductees: Evelyn Gandy, the first woman elected lieutenant governor of the state; Dr. James Hardy, who was a transplant surgeon; former state Rep. Aaron Henry, who was a civil-rights activist; rocker Elvis Presley; and Ida B. Wells, a journalist and women's rights advocate.

40. Corker, Alexander React To Latest Trump Picks -

Two of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet nominees will be going before Senate committees that include Tennessee’s two Republican senators.

Sen. Bob Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing in January for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil.

41. Memphis Lawmakers Elected To Black Caucus -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

42. Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America -

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.

43. Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America -

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.

44. Bibbs Empowers Teachers for Student Success -

Miska Clay Bibbs never planned to pursue a career in education. But no matter where life takes her, she always ends up coming back to it.

45. Tenn. Lawmakers Elected To National Black Caucus Roles -

Several Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, have been elected to leadership roles within the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Rep. Raumesh Akbari was elected treasurer of the national organization at its 40th annual legislative conference in New Orleans last week. Fellow Memphis Rep. Larry Miller was named regional vice chair.

46. Outsourcing: Savings, But No Specifics -

The Haslam administration is forging ahead with plans to nab a statewide facilities services contractor after an outside analysis backed up a study showing estimated cost savings of more than $35 million a year at Tennessee universities.

47. Last Word: Football Comes Back, Snuff on Front Street and Pot Is Short of Seven -

I have a question that some of you may not care for? Is football making a comeback in this basketball town for a more prominent place in the conflicted and diverse hothouse that is Memphis culture?

48. The Week Ahead: December 5-11 -

Good morning, Memphis! December has arrived, which mean holiday happenings are officially underway – from tours of decked-out historic Collierville homes to shopping all things local at the Holiday Farmer’s Market. Oh, and did we mention Jerry Springer’s in town? Here’s the 411 on this week’s need-to-know events…

49. Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors -

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

50. Refugee Lawsuit Proceeds in Spite of Obstacles -

Tennessee is going “full speed ahead” in a challenge of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program despite threats by President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle it or, at the least, stop the flow of refugees from terrorist-linked countries.

51. State Rep. Mark White Joins Public Strategy Firm -

Tennessee State Rep. Mark White has joined the executive team at Caissa Public Strategy as a senior director.

White has more than 30 years of experience working in education, political and business circles in Memphis, and his focus at Caissa will be on complex project management and strategic planning.

52. Nashville, Memphis Respond Differently to Pot Ordinance Opinion -

A legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general requested by two Shelby County legislators has again put Nashville city leaders in the lead as municipal marijuana ordinances enacted there and in Memphis have taken a turn toward the courts.

53. State Rep. Mark White Joins Public Strategy Firm -

Tennessee State Rep. Mark White has joined the executive team at Caissa Public Strategy as a senior director.

54. DMC Outlines 2017 Plans, Recaps 2016 Successes -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is looking ahead with strategies to improve the pedestrian experience, support large-scale hotel developments, attract corporate headquarters both large and small, and enhance the Main Street Mall.

55. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

56. Norris, Others Take Next Step After Election -

State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville ran for re-election this year the way just about any incumbent prefers to run – unopposed.

57. Kustoff, Cohen Win Seats in Congress And the Rest of Shelby County's Ballot -

Shelby County voters re-elected all but six incumbents seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

And the biggest upset on the local ballot gave Democrats a gain of one seat in the state House delegation from Shelby County.

58. County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years -

Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.

59. Last Word: About Last Night, The Long Vote Count and New Homeowner Numbers -

If you followed John Podesta’s lead and called it a day sometime around midnight expecting this whole Presidential thing would get wrapped up later in the day Wednesday, you have some catching up to do.

60. Election Day Ends Contentious Presidential Contest -

In a contentious national campaign for president that has tested the boundaries of what is considered proper political discourse and what should be public, local Democratic and Republican partisans have mostly been spectators as the 2016 presidential campaign comes to an end Tuesday, Nov. 8.

61. Memphis Legislators Challenge Tennessee Law Banning Polling Place Selfies -

On the last day of early voting in Shelby County Thursday, Nov. 3, Democratic state Rep. G. A. Hardaway walked into the early voting site at Glenview Community Center in South Memphis.

Once he was at a voting machine, Hardaway took a selfie of himself with his smartphone, admittedly in violation of the state law prohibiting “the use of mobile electronic or communication devices at polling places.”

62. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will hold his annual Federal Procurement Fair for Small-Business Owners in Memphis on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Business owners will learn about contracting with the federal government and can meet one-on-one with procurement officials from state and federal agencies. RSVP to cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov by Friday, Nov. 4.

63. Memphis Legislators Call For Repeal of Polling Place Selfie Ban -

On the last day of early voting in Shelby County Thursday, Nov. 3, Democratic state Representative G. A. Hardaway walked into the early voting site at Glenview Community Center in South Memphis.

Once he was at a voting machine, Hardaway took a selfie of himself with his smartphone, admittedly in violation of the state law against “the use of mobile electronic or communication devices at polling places.”

64. Events -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen will hold his annual Federal Procurement Fair for Small-Business Owners in Memphis on Monday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Business owners will learn about contracting with the federal government and can meet one-on-one with procurement officials. RSVP at cohen.procurement@mail.house.gov by Friday, Nov. 4.

65. Midtown Kroger Opens With Pedestrian Focus on Busy Union Avenue -

The carillon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church played the University of Memphis fight song Wednesday, Nov. 2, as the parking lot of the Midtown Kroger filled with cars. A block away a fire truck’s siren mixed with the church bells as the truck left the Union Avenue fire station to a call.

66. Cohen Calls for Comey To Resign as FBI Director -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, called Monday, Oct. 31, for FBI Director James Comey to resign “for the good of the FBI.”

67. Pursuing Corruption Cases Near Elections -

Presidential elections aren’t the only political contests federal prosecutors weigh in making decisions about investigations and possible criminal charges against candidates or elected officials.

68. Tennessee Promise Draws Criticism Amid Rising Tuition -

MTSU student Emily Webb cobbled together enough money to pay for her first year and a half of expenses. 

But in the last year she had to borrow $5,000 to keep alive her dream of earning a degree from Middle Tennessee State University as tuition and living costs have increased each year.

69. Alzheimer’s Association Official: Support Hospice Education Bill -

Nearly half of all people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are in hospice care at the time of their death. Less than half of surveyed nursing homes have some sort of palliative care program. For people with advanced dementia, such care which focuses on managing and easing symptoms, reducing pain and stress, and increasing comfort improves quality of life, controls costs, and enhances patient and family satisfaction.

70. Residents Embracing Big River Crossing -

On the first Saturday morning in which it was consistently autumn by the weather conditions as well as the calendar, political leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River walked from Memphis and West Memphis to meet in the middle of the Big River Crossing.

71. Big Crowds Follow Formal Opening of Big River Crossing -

The Big River Crossing across the Mississippi River opened Saturday, Oct. 22, with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine and delegations from each side of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk -- Memphis and West Memphis – meeting in the middle.

72. Clayborn Reborn Effort Charts Different Pre-vitalization Path -

The hope has been that the redevelopment of Central Station in the South Main area would cause a ripple in development to the east and link up with the sprawling South City development that encompasses the Foote Homes public housing development, the area south of FedExForum, and go south of Crump Boulevard.

73. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.

Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

74. Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.

75. LeMoyne-Owen Hosts Talk With Local Women Leaders -

The Brian Clay Chronicles is set to present “The Golden Renaissance of Women in Memphis Leadership” at LeMoyne-Owen College on Wednesday, Oct. 19, beginning at noon. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Brownville Hall on campus, 807 Walker Ave.

76. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

77. Last Word: Mud Island Round 3, Newsmakers Notes and North Midtown -

Cue the organ. You know, the one from those old soap operas or radio dramas. And prepare for the latest episode of Island of Mud. When last we looked in on Mud Island River Park, the city had two finalists to redevelop all or a part of the southern half of the island that is really a peninsula.

78. LeMoyne-Owen Hosting Talk With Local Women Leaders -

The Brian Clay Chronicles is set to present “The Golden Renaissance of Women in Memphis Leadership” at LeMoyne-Owen College on Wednesday, Oct. 19, beginning at noon. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Brownville Hall on campus, 807 Walker Ave.

79. State Rep. Feels Heat From Staffer’s Firing -

Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our Legislature’s lives.

When General Assembly candidates run for office, they talk of high ideals such as reforming education, creating jobs, saving tax dollars and stifling sexual offenders, even restricting abortion, adopting a state rifle or making the Holy Bible Tennessee’s state book.

80. Tennessee Black Caucus: Don't Cut Civil Rights Milestones -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators on Friday called for a public response to help keep civil rights milestones in Tennessee history from being removed from the social studies standards for public schools.

81. Just City Expungement Fee Fund Awaits Grants -

One of the city’s two funds to pay expungement fees for first-time offenders who have served their time and stayed out of trouble for five years is out of money for now in a grant-to-grant existence.

82. Editorial: Pot Ordinance Isn’t Perfect, But It Still Has Benefits -

The Memphis City Council is scheduled to vote this week on a much-discussed proposal that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. What’s at stake is about more than weed.

It’s really about beginning to level the playing field in the criminal justice system where too often, nonviolent crimes like possession of pot put a disproportionate number of young black males in a system that can taint opportunities for years, or even entire lives.

83. Logistical Nightmare -

Lamar Avenue is a $300 million problem. Rush hour on Lamar turns into several hours, and for the hundreds of distribution centers located near the corridor, just-in-time delivery is nearly impossible in the face of miles of congested traffic.

84. Last Word: The Law & Darrius Stewart, MEMShop's Return and The Pot Debate -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Law School for Journalists is where reporters and attorneys and a few judges meet annually to talk over the issues they have with each other. And it is usually about a specific topic. This year that topic was the July 2015 police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

85. Legislator: Marijuana Law Has Problems -

State Rep. William Lamberth balks at the notion Memphis and Nashville are softening the punishment for simple pot possession.

86. Details Given in Stewart’s Civil Rights Case -

Sometimes when there is a Justice Department review of a fatal police shooting, the review ends with a sparse announcement that investigators have ended their work and concluded there is no case to be made.

87. No Federal Charges in Stewart Shooting -

A U.S. Justice Department review of the July 2015 fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling has concluded there is “insufficient evidence” to charge Schilling with any federal crime in the incident.

88. Last Word: FedEx Changes, The Blue Cross Exit and Armageddon -

Was that really autumn Monday or was the drop in humidity a prank to get the trees to drop their leaves?

The FedEx shareholder’s meeting Monday included some changes in the management chart at FedEx Corp. – more like some changes in the seating with one retirement by Mike Glenn, whose office is next to company founder Fred Smith.

89. Cohen Describes Clinton-Trump Contest as “Armageddon” -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen set stark terms for the presidential general election as local Democrats opened their Memphis headquarters for nominee Hillary Clinton.

90. BlueCross Dropping ACA Coverage in Memphis Area -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is dropping its Affordable Care Act marketplace plan coverage in three major regions of the state, including Memphis, pointing to losses of nearly $500 million on such plans by the end of 2016.

91. Pot Decriminalization Nears Final Vote -

One of the state’s two largest cities has decriminalized possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. And the other city set the stage for a final vote on a similar measure next month.

The final vote Tuesday, Sept. 20, by the Metro Nashville Council could be one of several factors influencing the final vote Oct. 4 by the Memphis City Council.

92. OB-GYN Shweta Patel Joins Adams Patterson Gynecology -

Dr. Shweta Patel has joined Adams Patterson Gynecology & Obstetrics as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Patel, who’s a lieutenant commander of the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, comes to Adams Patterson after serving as a naval medical officer and sexual assault response liaison at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

93. Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center -

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.

On Christmas Day they discovered their parents had hidden the most cherished present in plain sight.

94. Memphis Airport Receives $2.4M Emissions Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program to support initiatives to reduce airport emissions.

95. Memphis Airport Receives $2.4M Emissions Grant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program to support initiatives to reduce airport emissions.

96. The Eyes Have It -

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

97. Strickland Used Polls to Hone Campaign Strategy -

Political strategist Steven Reid calls Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s campaign “the perfect example” of using polling to win an election.

98. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

99. Council to Vote on Pot Ordinance, Hear Coliseum Proposals -

It may be one of numerous items on the Memphis City Council’s consent agenda Tuesday, Sept. 6, voted on all at one time.

Or the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police to write a citation with a fine for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana could be met with an attempt to vote it down.

100. Local Republicans Open Campaign HQ With Emphasis on Trump, Kustoff -

Republican Congressional contender David Kustoff couldn’t resist as several dozen people gathered for the opening of the local Republican Party’s campaign headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 31, in East Memphis.