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1. Tigers Win Game, Larger Story Remains the Same -

After a much-needed victory, the embattled Tigers head coach opened the door and walked into the media room for his post-game press conference. Seated in the first row and sporting a blue University of Memphis cap was U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who offered up a grin and polite applause.

2. Resurrection Health Opens Frayser Center -

Resurrection Health is cutting the ribbon next week in Frayser on its fourth health center.

The location is 2574 Frayser Blvd. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., with keynote remarks from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and Dr. Jimmy Young, senior pastor at Grace Evangelical Church.

3. Resurrection Health Opens Frayser Center -

Resurrection Health is cutting the ribbon next week in Frayser on its fourth health center.

The location is 2574 Frayser Blvd. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., with keynote remarks from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and Dr. Jimmy Young, senior pastor at Grace Evangelical Church.

4. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

5. Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority -

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

6. Contenders Emerge for Fincher’s Seat -

The line for the 8th Congressional District seat began forming within half an hour of incumbent Stephen Fincher’s announcement Monday, Feb. 1, that he would not seek re-election in the August primaries.

7. Council Probes Police Body Camera Delay -

Memphis City Council members talk Tuesday, Feb. 2, about when police body cameras might be ready for action.

And there will probably be questions at the 11 a.m. executive session about whether a limited test use of the cameras recorded any of last week’s fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis.

8. Stephen Fincher Won't Seek Re-Election -

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher announced Monday, Feb. 1, that he will not run for re-election in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District.

The seventh-generation agribusiness leader from Frog Jump, Tenn., said in an email that he “never intended to become a career politician.”

9. New Superintendent Says ASD Not Monolithic -

The superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District says critics of the district for the state’s lowest-performing schools don’t understand that the organization doesn’t operation conventionally.

10. Last Word: Groundhog Day's Long Shadow, Minority Percentage & The Value of Sports -

After the January into February weekend we had with its outbreak of spring fever, you might wonder if groundhogs are allowed to change their minds or if shadows that are the result of television lights count as a prediction on the winter’s length.
Or maybe it would be appropriate to have a weather map that includes the Groundhog Day immunity zones – areas where the long shadow of the groundhog does not venture.
Note to television meteorologists: This would in no way interfere with your right to declare large parts of your viewing areas as places of "potentially severe weather" far into the future. But you will need a different color for the Groundhog Immunity Zones.

11. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

12. Last Word: New Minority Business Numbers, The House Affair and The Heights -

The recently revived discussion on minority business in Memphis is about to go back on the front burner again. Fueling the intensity are new U.S. Census numbers. They show the percentage of business receipts in Memphis produced by black-owned businesses has dropped since the 2007 census numbers showed a 1.08 percent share of those receipts by black-owned businesses. That in a city whose population is 63 percent African-American.
The drop to below one percent is even though the overall receipts in 2012 were higher than they were in 2007.
Madeline Faber is the first to report the new numbers as part of a cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, that will be on the streets and in the racks Saturday, on-line Friday afternoon.
The numbers are such a telling story and such an important indicator that we broke it out as its own story in advance of the cover story.

13. Harris Passes On Challenging Cohen For House Seat -

A surprise January dalliance by Tennessee Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis with a challenge of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August primaries didn’t make it quite to the end of the month.

14. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone -

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:

15. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

16. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town" -

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.

17. HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant -

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced Thursday, Jan. 21, the $60 million grant to fund the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.

18. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard -

Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.

19. Black Caucus Demanding Change To Achievement School District -

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Legislature’s Black Caucus, led by Memphis members, has its sights set squarely on the Achievement School District, either eliminating it or putting it on hold until major improvements are made.

20. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

21. Cohen, Ford Pull Petitions For August Primaries -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has pulled a qualifying petition to run for another term in Congress starting with the Aug. 4 Democratic primary.

22. Luttrell, Strickland Attend Obama’s State of the Union -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland both attended the Tuesday, Jan. 12, State of the Union address, the final State of the Union address by President Barack Obama

23. Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

It led to the early retirement of Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who blasted the proposal in a letter to the governor, before legislation even hit the printing press. The longtime state official said he would rather step down than support a plan he feels will be detrimental to colleges and universities.

24. Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire -

Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.

The efforts are a new front in the recent city movement to tackle Memphis’ blight problem. And it’s a front that invites skepticism.

25. Last Word: SOTU React, OPEB Comeback and NFL Nostalgia -

The day after the last State of the Union address by President Barack Obama here's a breakdown of the reaction from our delegation to Washington.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen emphasized Obama's references to criminal justice reform.
"I know he is also committed to criminal justice reform and I hope my colleagues will work together to put meaningful reform on his desk," Cohen said.
Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher tweeted, "We need a plan to keep America safe and make America strong. I did not hear that from the President tonight."
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: "If Pres. Obama focuses on what he agrees on with Congress instead of what we disagree on, there's quite a bit we could get done in 2016."
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker urged the "swift release" of U.S sailors being held overnight by Iran in a border dispute just before the speech.

26. Last Word: Legislature's Return, Uber Pilot, Minivan Comeback and Bowie's Exit -

The gavel falls in Nashville.
The Tennessee legislature is back in session Tuesday. This is an election year session for the legislature. So it will be short – likely an early April adjournment. But that doesn’t mean the session is without expectations from outside Nashville.

27. Tennessee Lawmaker Facing Ouster Benefited From '2nd Chance' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Republican members of the Tennessee House gather Tuesday to decide whether to oust embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham from his leadership post, it won't be the first time that two-term lawmaker has had to answer for questionable behavior.

28. Luttrell, Strickland To Attend Obama’s State of the Union -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will both be attending the Tuesday, Jan. 12, State of the Union address, the final State of the Union address by President Barack Obama

29. Candidates Already Gearing Up For August Elections -

The ballot for the March 1 Tennessee presidential primaries and county primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk was set while many voters were focused on the holidays and preparations for the new city leaders taking office in January.

30. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

31. Harris Weighs Cohen Challenge -

Tennessee state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris is considering a challenge of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August Democratic Congressional primary.

32. Lowery’s Prayer Breakfast Marks 22nd Year -

Myron Lowery is leaving the Memphis City Council as of New Year’s Day.

But the outgoing council chairman will still be hosting a New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast Friday, Jan. 1, at 9 a.m. on his first day out of office in 24 years.

33. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

34. Lowery’s Prayer Breakfast Marks 25th Year -

Though Myron Lowery’s 24-year tenure on the Memphis City Council ended Dec. 31, he planned to start 2016 with a familiar tradition: his New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast.

35. Strickland to Replace Memphis Animal Shelter Director -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 29, that James Rogers will not be reappointed as director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

36. After a Year of Triumphs and Defeats, Haslam Looks Ahead -

Eight days into 2015, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam formally set a special session of the Tennessee legislature for February on his Insure Tennessee plan, a Medicaid expansion Haslam negotiated with the Obama administration.

37. ASD, I-Zone Competition Becoming Heated Debate -

Before winter break, Vanderbilt University released a study on achievement test results for students in the state-run Achievement Schools District and locally operated Innovation Zone schools, and the study has created a tipping point in an increasingly heated education debate.

38. School Choice Bills to Highlight Next Legislative Session -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters of school choice say they plan to push for proposals that they argue allow parents to play a stronger role in how their children are educated in the legislative session that begins in January.

39. Norris: Gas Tax Proposal Not Happening in 2016 -

Don’t look for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature, says the state Senate majority leader.

“We’re not going to do a gas tax in 2016,” Rep. Mark Norris of Collierville said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind The Headlines.” “We are going to have to address it soon enough and these conversations are very important.”

40. Council's New Crop -

They ran in the considerable shadow of the most competitive Memphis mayoral race in a generation. The new Memphis City Council that takes office with Mayor-elect Jim Strickland in January isn’t necessarily a generational shift. It doesn’t signify a wholesale ousting by the electorate, either.

41. Corker Says Visa Waivers a Bigger Risk Than Refugees -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he believes the nation needs to stop admitting Syrian refugees until security problems are solved, but the nation’s “bigger risk” in letting terrorists slip into the country lies with the nation’s Visa Waiver Program.

42. US Attorney Confirms ‘Comprehensive Review’ of Darrius Stewart Case -

U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton says his office, the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division are conducting a “comprehensive review” of the July fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

43. Kasich Makes Fundraising Stops in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday that his visit to Tennessee is aimed at avoiding having to scramble for support in the state's March 1 primary if he emerges as a strong contender from the earliest contests.

44. 8 Tennessee Lawmakers Sign on as Marco Rubio Delegates -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's list of Tennessee delegates includes former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick and state Sens. Brian Kelsey and Jack Johnson.

45. Clinton Declaration Signals Attempt to Upset Tennessee’s Presidential Rhythm -

By the time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton walked on a stage at LeMoyne-Owen College a week ago, her campaign was already emphasizing what it viewed as the central message of the stop.

46. If Fear Is Goal, Terrorists Have Won in Tennessee -

The terrorists who struck Paris three weeks ago succeeded in more than killing and wounding hundreds of people. Their attack is pitting Americans against each other in how to respond, and Tennessee politicians are no exception.

47. Trolleys Will Stage a South Main Comeback -

Memphis trolleys are on track to return to South Main. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Thursday, Nov. 12, that the Memphis Area Transit Authority had received a $2.6 million federal grant to purchase three new electric rail trolleys.

48. Tanger Outlets Opens Southaven Mall -

Tanger Outlets, Southaven’s new outdoor mall, will cut the ribbon at its grand opening Friday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m.

Several local leaders will speak at the event, including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly and Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite. Steven Tanger, CEO and president of Tanger Outlets, and Josh Poag, CEO and president of Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers, also will be on hand.

49. Trolleys Will Stage a South Main Comeback -

Memphis trolleys are on track to return to South Main. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Thursday, Nov. 12, that the Memphis Area Transit Authority had received a $2.6 million federal grant to purchase three new electric rail trolleys.

50. Time for Tuition Equality in Tennessee -

Tennessee has a unique opportunity to help the state economy and support education. Passage of the “Tuition Equality” bill in the upcoming state legislative session will provide a critical chance to educate thousands of Tennessee youth and narrow the skills gap that exists for Tennessee employers.

51. NCRM President Says New Movement Comes With Sacrifice, Hardship -

The president of the National Civil Rights Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 11, told a group of LeMoyne-Owen College students and faculty that there is a new civil rights movement.

And like the movement chronicled in the museum, it comes with tension, sacrifices, hardships and a human toll.

52. Lawyers for Stewart's Family Want Special Prosecutor -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The top prosecutor in Memphis took more than two months to review an 800-page investigative report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer. Then she recommended that a grand jury charge the policeman with voluntary manslaughter.

53. Questions Remain About Effectiveness of CLERB Ordinance -

Before the Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Nov. 3, to a reconstituted Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, councilman Alan Crone had a question that wouldn’t go away.

54. Memphis Cop Won't Be Charged in Darrius Stewart Shooting -

A Shelby County grand jury has decided there will be no charges in this summer's fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling.

The grand jury decision came despite a recommendation from District Attorney General Amy Weirich for a charge of voluntary manslaughter. The grand jury returned a “not true bill” indicating it found no probable cause for the charge.

55. Cohen: Senate Judiciary Committee Gives Approval to Stanton -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says the Senate Judiciary Committee has given its approval of Edward Stanton III for District Court judge.

56. Cohen Wants Hoover Name Removed from FBI Building -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has introduced a bill that would strip the name of J. Edgar Hoover, the first and founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from the FBI building in Washington, D.C.

57. Bipartisan Brakes for Governor Haslam’s Privatization Push -

Plans to put Tennessee’s real estate and government operations in the hands of private business are much further along than Gov. Bill Haslam would like people to think.

A master of downplaying big issues, Haslam says he’s simply looking for ways to make government run more efficiently and save money.

58. Hillary Clinton to Visit Memphis -

Hillary Clinton is headed to Tennessee next month, with plans to make appearances in both Memphis and Nashville.

Campaign staff for the Democratic presidential frontrunner sent word Wednesday morning that she’ll make her first campaign stop in the state Nov. 20.

59. Cohen Wants Hoover Name Removed from FBI Building -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has introduced a bill that would strip the name of J. Edgar Hoover, the first and founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from the FBI building in Washington, D.C.

60. Caissa Public Strategy Works Behind The Scenes for Clients -

The word public, by its definition, seems to say out in the open.

For Caissa Public Strategy, that’s not how it works. In fact, the Memphis-based firm likes to work in the shadows, so to speak, where the agency helps its clients grow and protect reputations.

61. Nashville and Knoxville Police Oppose TBI Investigations -

The police chiefs of Nashville and Knoxville have come out against a proposed state law that would automatically send fatal police-encounter investigations to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

62. DOJ To Monitor Darrius Stewart Investigation -

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Monday, Oct. 19.

63. Students Find Options via Tennessee Promise -

Siegel High School graduate Davione Williamson wasn’t quite sure he was college material when he entered Motlow State Community College in Smyrna this August on a Tennessee Promise scholarship.

64. Justice Department To Monitor Stewart Investigation -

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Monday, Oct. 19.

65. TBI Probe Of Fatal Police Shootings Becomes Policy -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has become the go-to agency for the Memphis Police Department in the last year when it comes to investigations of police conduct. And that’s a policy.

MPD director Toney Armstrong, Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham and District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced Thursday, Oct. 14, they have signed an agreement with the TBI to automatically turn all such investigations over to the TBI.

66. Clinton Campaign Names Tennessee Supporters -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are among the Memphis Democrats who have formally joined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

67. Clinton Campaign Names Tennessee Supporters -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are among the Memphis Democrats who have formally joined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

68. US Attorney Stanton Appears Before Senate Committee -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The office of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Edward Stanton III has appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee as it reviews his qualifications for District Court judge.

69. Last-Minute Negotiations Secure $30 Million Foote Homes Grant -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

70. Memphis Nabs $30 Million South City Grant After Last-Minute Negotiations -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

71. Memphis Airport Lands $1.4M for Improvements -

Memphis International Airport will receive $1.4 million in federal funding to go toward installing newer, more efficient air conditioning units in three jet bridges.

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission program, which is designed to reduce emissions and improve the air quality in and around the airport..

72. This week in Memphis history: September 18-24 -

2014: Darius Rucker at the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Live at the Garden concert series, with actor Woody Harrelson joining Rucker on stage for a song or two.

1985: Republic Airlines announces it is adding five more gates at its Memphis International Airport hub, for a total of 44 gates. The next year, Northwest Airlines purchases Republic in an $884 merger that turns Memphis one of Northwest’s major domestic hubs.

73. Memphis Airport Lands $1.4 Million for Improvements -

Memphis International Airport will receive $1.4 million in federal funding to go toward installing newer, more efficient air conditioning units in three jet bridges.

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission program, which is designed to reduce emissions and improve the air quality in and around the airport..

74. Memphis Gets $1.9 Million for Rape Kit Testing -

The city of Memphis was awarded $1.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday, Sept. 10, for rape kit testing.

The city applied for the funding; U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen led the move in Congress to create the pool of funding and increase it by $5 million last year.

75. Memphis Job Corps CenterGets $42.2 Million Contract -

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a five-year, $42.2 million contract to the Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center.

The money will support 232 students who live at the Memphis center as well as 55 non-resident students.

76. Magna Bank Prepares for New Memphis Identity -

Magna Bank in Memphis isn't set to open for business with a new name above the door for a couple more months, now that its acquisition by Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners has officially closed.

77. Memphis Gets $1.9 Million for Rape Kit Testing -

The city of Memphis was awarded $1.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday, Sept. 10, for rape kit testing.

The city applied for the funding; U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen led the move in Congress to create the pool of funding and increase it by $5 million last year.

78. Buster’s Prepares to Open Major East Memphis Expansion -

Buster’s Liquors & Wines’ longtime East Memphis presence is about to get even bigger.

The third-generation family business, which began in 1954, has been in the University Center near the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street since moving into its original 800-square-foot space in 1970.

79. Memphis Job Corps Center Gets $42.2 Million Federal Contract -

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a five-year, $42.2 million contract to the Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center.

The money will support 232 students who live at the Memphis center as well as 55 non-resident students.

80. State Job Fair to Be Held Friday in Orange Mound -

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce will hold its annual job fair Friday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave.

81. Memphis Job Corps Center Gets $42.2 Million Federal Contract -

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a five-year, $42.2 million contract to the Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center.

The money will support 232 students who live at the Memphis center as well as 55 non-resident students.

82. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host a Food Truck Garden Party Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will feature live music, cash bar and food trucks, plus the new Memphis Parent Play Zone, featuring activities for families and kids. Tickets include one drink and are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

83. Tennessee Legal Opinion is Latest Entry in Police Shooting Controversy -

The Memphis City Council cannot subpoena the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s records into the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart in July, according to a legal opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

84. Missing Comma Means Certain Records Are Off-Limits -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the end, the Tennessee Attorney General says the argument all comes down to the lack of a comma.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued an Aug. 25 opinion that says a city council cannot request the results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report because of a law that says such records should be released "only in compliance with a subpoena or an order of a court of record," The Tennessean reports.

85. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.

86. Cohen to Meet With Cancer Survivors -

In his Memphis office on Thursday, Sept. 3, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, plans to meet with Lorene Kuhuski, a cancer survivor from Cordova, and other representatives from the American Cancer Society to discuss federal research initiatives.

87. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit? -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.

88. Tennessee Dems Introduce Bill to Allow Gun Ban at Sports, Music Venues -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Democrats are introducing legislation to allow all firearms to be banned at major sports and music venues.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville say their bill would create an exemption to the new state law that bans local governments from prohibiting people with handgun carry permits to be armed in parks.

89. Haslam Talks of Larger Shift in Tennessee Higher Education -

Before the picket line against outsourcing the management of state office buildings went up Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam saw some different signs: several students holding up posters thanking Haslam for the Tennessee Promise program.

90. Council Candidates Offer Advice, With Verbal Jabs, at NAACP Forum -

There have been fewer forums this year for Memphis City Council contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot as the 2015 campaign season has focused on mayoral events.

So when the Memphis branch NAACP held its regular forum for council candidates Sunday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue, 27 candidates in 11 of the 13 council races turned out – about a quarter of the crowd of 100 in the church sanctuary.

91. Tennessee Lawmakers Spent $30K on Grizzlies, Titans Tickets -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recent analysis of state campaign finance records show at least seven Tennessee lawmakers collectively spent more than $30,000 in campaign money on tickets to professional sporting events since 2003.

92. Porter-Leath, Memphis Health Center Get Grants -

Porter-Leath and the Memphis Health Center are getting federal funding boosts.

Porter-Leath was awarded $1.1 million for its Early Head Start programs, which provide early, comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families.

93. Cohen Announces Grants For Porter-Leath, Memphis Health -

Porter-Leath and the Memphis Health Center are getting federal funding boosts.

Porter-Leath was awarded $1.1 million for its Early Head Start programs, which provide early, comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. The program offers home- and center-based services.

94. Cohen, Corker Take Stands on Iran Deal -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker couldn’t have more different positions on the White House’s deal with Iran that comes to Congress in September for debate and a vote.

95. Cohen Visits Havana as Cuban Embassy Reopens -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis was among the Congressional delegation in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Aug. 14, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reopened the U.S. Embassy there and the American flag was raised.

96. Real Deal -

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

In the not-too-distant past, the two Highland Hundred members and longtime season-ticket holders might have been able to add their guesses together and still come up short of the six victories needed for their favorite team to be bowl-eligible.

97. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

98. Memphis Rep. Akbari Selected for Lois Deberry Scholarship -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis has been awarded a new annual scholarship named after the late Lois DeBerry, her predecessor in the Tennessee General Assembly.

99. Bates Family Indicted on $18 Million Fraud -

After years of controversy and civil litigation, Memphis federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a grand jury has indicted former Tennessee state Rep. Larry Bates and his two sons on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and fraud conspiracy.

100. Bates Family Indicted On $18 Million Fraud -

After years of controversy and civil litigation, Memphis federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a grand jury has indicted former Tennessee state Rep. Larry Bates and his two sons on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and fraud conspiracy.