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1. Corker Draws Distinction Between Tax Cuts, Reform -

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he wants to see tax reform that might mean a reduction in some taxes but very specific cuts aimed at a larger goal of promoting economic growth that makes up the revenue lost.

2. Corker Distinguishes Between Tax Reform and Tax Cut -

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee says he wants to see tax reform that might mean a reduction in some taxes but very specific cuts aimed at a larger goal of promoting economic growth that makes up the revenue lost.

3. Last Word: Bakery Questions, Komen Name Change and the Price of A Run For Gov. -

City Hall opens a set of four public meetings on the Fairgrounds Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to start the movement again toward another master plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment. And it’s hard to tell at the outset what this will look like because there are so many possibilities. There are also so many fault lines in these discussions.

4. Grade-Changing, Misconduct Probe Continues -

Shelby County Schools board members will likely get a briefing this month from the three outside attorneys investigating allegations of misconduct by school officials that were made by a former high school principal.

5. Boyd Talks Gaps In Higher Ed During Whitehaven Stop -

Republican contender for governor Randy Boyd says there is a gap in the state’s Tennessee Promise plan and its reality.

6. Report: Heart Disease Down for Tennessee Men Over a Decade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Vanderbilt University report says heart disease death rates have dropped in Tennessee men over a decade.

The university's new Tennessee Men's Health Report Card says heart disease remained the leading cause of death for men in the state, at 1 in 4 men. But that total dropped to 91.4 heart disease deaths per 100,000 men in 2015, compared to 96.5 per 100,000 in 2005.

7. School Dance Team Treasurer Indicted for Theft of Funds -

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found that Charlene Wheeler, the former treasurer of the Arlington Middle School Dance Team Booster Club, allegedly took at least $11,059 from the booster club for personal use.

8. Target to Pay States $18.5M To Settle 2013 Data Branch -

The state of Tennessee is set to receive $311,616 as part of an $18.5 million multistate settlement with Target Corp. over the retailer’s 2013 data breach.

9. Target to Pay States $18.5M to Settle 2013 Data Branch -

The state of Tennessee is set to receive $311,616 as part of an $18.5 million multistate settlement with Target Corp. over the retailer’s 2013 data breach.

10. Macy’s Outlet Opens At Oak Court Saturday -

Macy’s is opening its outlet store concept Macy’s Backstage, the first such store in Tennessee, on Saturday, May 13.

The new outlet opens inside the Oak Court Mall Macy’s store at 9 a.m. As part of the opening, the first 100 customers will be given a $20 gift card.

11. Murder Charges Raise Questions About Bounty Hunters -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – About three weeks ago, just after midnight, a group of seven bounty hunters surrounded a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot and blocked it from leaving, according to court documents. Authorities say the bounty hunters believed an ex-convict who had skipped out on several court appearances was one of four men in the parked car.

12. Macy’s Outlet Opens At Oak Court Saturday -

Macy’s is opening its outlet store concept Macy’s Backstage, the first such store in Tennessee, this weekend.

The new outlet opens inside the Oak Court Mall on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. As part of the opening, the first 100 customers will be given a $20 gift card.

13. View From the Hill: Gas Tax Rancor Lingers as Session Coasts to Close -

Remnants of rancor over Republican leadership roiled the House, a reminder of outrage over roguish behavior as representatives reached the finish line.

Alliteration is probably better suited for poetry. But in a case of what could be considered poetic justice, at least for some, this literary device – goofiness maybe – is suitable for legislative action requiring a score card to keep up with the characters and a bit of history to put it all together.

14. The Week Ahead: May 8-14 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Festival season rolls on this week with plenty of reasons to get outside, celebrate and … well, be festive. Plus, we’ve got details on a couple of great concerts to check out and the (completely unrelated) reason you might hear drumming around Mud Island in The Week Ahead…

15. View From the Hill: Forrest Kerfuffle Might Be Sign of Bigger Problem -

Legislation that slipped through the House of Representatives honoring an unknown author who penned a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist biography was enabled by the climate within the Republican-controlled body, a Memphis legislator says.

16. Last Word: Popovich's Tip, Strickland's Budget and Haslam's Jump Start on Roads -

Game 5 goes to the Spurs in San Antonio 116-103 over the Grizz who are back here Thursday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not effusive in his comments to the media, which is fun to watch, but it does make tracking down and veryifying this next story a bit difficult. A credit card receipt showed up on Redditt that appears to show Popovich left a $5,000 tip on an $815.73 bill at McEwen’s Friday night between the two Memphis-based playoff games.

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

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

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

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

19. Tax Man Cometh -

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

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

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

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

21. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! For those so inclined, get out your John Calipari hate towels because he will be featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary this week. It’s also time for some Memphians to vote again and the Grizzlies wrap up the regular season on the way to a first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, a rival that will not be getting a key to the city.  

22. Regions Bank Unveils New Branch Design at West Tennessee Headquarters -

Physical bank branches these days are as much about technology and digital innovation as they are the garden-variety services that have always been a centerpiece of customer service, such as taking deposits and making loans.

23. Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies -

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

24. Miller’s Medical Pot Cards Bill Added to Marijuana Debates -

NASHVILLE – A measure by state Rep. Larry Miller requiring Tennessee to accept medical marijuana cards from other states met a cool response Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

25. The Week Ahead: February 20-26 -

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

26. Having It Their Way -

She was working for a major petroleum company and had just been transferred to Cody, Wyoming. She was relatively new to the industry and certainly to the boots-on-the-ground oil field where on Day One she got out of her SUV wearing a long skirt and flats.

27. Last Word: Bell at the Grammys, Old Dominick's Return and Luttrell & Strickland -

Memphis at the Grammys: William Bell was performer, presenter and winner at the Grammys Sunday evening. Gary Clark Jr. joined Bell to perform Bell’s calling card, “Born Under A Bad Sign” and the duo then presented a Grammy to Beyonce. In the non-televised Grammy awards, Bell won for Best Americana album for his Stax effort “This Is Where I Live.”

28. Survey of Tennessee Conservatives Finds Support for Medical Marijuana -

Conservative voters are more likely to support legalizing medical marijuana than raising gas taxes, at least ahead of using a $1 billion surplus to pay for transportation projects.

Fifty-two percent of Republicans surveyed recently by Tennesseans for Conservative Action say they support allowing people to manage their pain with medical cannabis, in contrast to 31 percent in opposition. Thirteen percent needed more information and 4 percent were unsure.

29. Local Soul Taking the Pain Out of Fundraising -

For Local Soul founder Cade Peeper, keeping things as “hyper local” as possible is a big focus heading into the company’s launch year into the Greater Memphis market.

30. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

31. Last Word: The TVA Well Controversy, Fred Smith Redux and Norris On The Gas Tax -

The new Trader Joe’s in Germantown won’t be alone by the plans the supermarket chain got approved Tuesday night by the Germantown Design Review Commission. The conversion of the old Kroger store on Exeter includes seven other bays as Trader Joe’s goes for a smaller footprint than the size of the original building.

32. 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.

33. Final 4 is Proof NFL Teams Must Have Elite QBs -

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Whether it is Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers – all of whom have won Super Bowls – or Matt Ryan, who was selected as an All Pro this season and could win the MVP Award, the Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Falcons have a game-changer calling the signals.

34. East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications -

Dedric McGhee got right to the point Wednesday, Jan. 18, as he explained to a group of about a dozen parents of eighth-graders what the new optional school at East High School will be about.

“How many of you hated the flyover?” the Shelby County Schools STEM manager asked as hands were raised in reaction to the question about the design of the state’s tallest flyover linking Interstate 40 with Interstate 240.

35. 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.

36. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

37. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

38. Tennessee Mayor Could Ban County Credit Card Amid Issues -

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee county mayor is threatening to cut off use of county credit cards amid widespread documentation problems.

The Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/2i2DrMj) Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis made the threat after the Tennessee Comptroller's Office found more than half the county credit card transactions last year lacked signatures, detailed receipts, or were used in town rather on travel.

39. GOP Lawmakers Introduce Bill Seeking to Legalize Medical Pot -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for a variety of medical conditions in Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2huB6cR) that the measure sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby and Steve Dickerson of Nashville would allow 50 growing operations around the state, including 15 in economically distressed areas.

40. 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.

41. TBI File Details Critical Points in Police Bratcher Shooting -

There were several points at which the encounter between Memphis Police and Jonathon Bratcher at South Parkway and Mississippi Boulevard this past January might have gone differently.

At one point, the officer following Bratcher, after he saw him driving erratically, considered breaking it off. But then Bratcher veered into a car in front of St. Andrew AME Church.

42. TBI Report Details Critical Points in Police Bratcher Shooting -

There were several points at which the encounter between Memphis Police and Jonathon Bratcher at South Parkway and Mississippi Boulevard this past January might have gone differently.

At one point, the officer following Bratcher after he saw him driving erratically considered breaking it off. But then Bratcher veered into a car in front of St. Andrew AME Church.

43. Gatlinburg Mayor Talks of Re-Opening City After Wildfires -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Buddy McLean watched from a deserted Gatlinburg street as flames surrounded his 26-acre hotel nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee.

There was nothing he could do.

44. Last Word: Ford Rumors, School Plans and Harwell Survives In State House -

If the Friday after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday” what is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving? You know, the day many of us are scurrying about with our hair on fire to get everything done so we can legitimately claim that we will absolutely not be a part of the Black Friday mob whose hair is also alight.

45. Transcript: CBU to Transform Campus, Transition to Project-Based Learning -

Christian Brothers University is not only changing the look of its campus at Central Avenue and East Parkway. Leaders of the institution are embarking on the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign that includes plans to “blow up” the university’s department of education to include Crosstown High School and the neighboring Middle College High School, extend internships to all students and to create a new library that is more than “air conditioning for books.”

46. 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.

47. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

48. 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.

49. Shelby County Vote Count Stalls For Third Presidential Contest -

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump won Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, in unofficial statewide election returns while Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County in the popular vote.

50. Last Word: Election Day Arrives, Compass Changes Course and Downtown Dining -

…Some notes and observations on Election Eve from someone who does this for a living…

Most of you – around 60 percent of the total number of people who will cast ballots in Shelby County in this election cycle – have already voted if past Presidential election cycles in Shelby County are any indication. You voted early.

51. Vols Get Midterm B Despite Back-to-Back Losses -

Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.

52. Fernandez Fights for Memphians’ Cybersecurity -

Managing information technology for a hospital system might not seem like a natural extension of a career in the U.S. Navy. But as vice president and chief technology officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Gene Fernandez finds himself at the heart of the cybersecurity battle that health care providers are fighting.

53. Last Word: After The Fire, Hard Changes at Fred's and Durham Doesn't Go Quietly -

The immediate questions have simple answers. It was a short in an air conditioner cord that caused the fire that killed 9 people – three adults and six children – before dawn Monday morning in South Memphis.

54. Library Card Month Encourages Online Sign Up -

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center is encouraging students returning to school to sign up for a library card online and then come by any library branch to pick it up.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is honorary chairman of National Library Sign-Up Month in Memphis, which also encourages adults to get a library card if they don’t already have one.

55. ‘Memphis State Day’ Set For Sept. 17 Football Game -

The University of Memphis will promote the home game on Saturday, Sept. 17 against Kansas as “Memphis State Day,” as the Tigers pay tribute to the past. The Tigers have partnered with First Tennessee Bank for this event and the first 10,000 fans will receive a free Memphis State branded hat.

56. ‘Memphis State Day’ Set For Sept. 17 Football Game -

The University of Memphis will promote the home game on Saturday, Sept. 17 against Kansas as “Memphis State Day,” as the Tigers pay tribute to the past. The Tigers have partnered with First Tennessee Bank for this event and the first 10,000 fans will receive a free Memphis State branded hat.

57. Last Word: The One Before November, Defining The Outsider and Stock Exchange -

Election Day arrives in Shelby County.

And this election cycle, in the shadow of the November Presidential general election, has turned out to be pretty interesting.

58. Demonstrations Raise Interest in Pending Bike Share Program -

A demonstration bike share station set outside of High Cotton Brewery signaled what Memphis could expect early next year when 60 bike share stations are up and running.

The three B-Cycle bikes, developed by Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle, were available for impromptu rides in the Edge District. At the event hosted by nonprofit Explore Bike Share, the public was invited to click through the station’s touch screen to sign up for a temporary membership, then swipe an identification card to release a bike from the station and take it for a spin.

59. Events -

Shelby County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will hold a juvenile justice summit Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The summit aims to bring awareness to Shelby County juvenile reform efforts and encourage citizens to participate in them. James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equality, will present the keynote. Cost is free. For details, email kimbrell.owens@shelbycountytn.gov or call 901-222-0902.

60. Events -

Rochelle Stevens, Olympic gold medalist and author of “Travel the World by Foot,” will visit two Memphis library branches this week. Adult library customers can meet Stevens on Monday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hollywood library, 1530 N. Hollywood St. Children can meet her Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the East Shelby library, 7200 E. Shelby Drive. Visit memphislibrary.org.

61. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

62. Last Word: ServiceMaster Details, Loflin Yard Changes and Bridge Lighting -

The ServiceMaster local incentives for the new Peabody Place headquarters have cleared the first hurdle.

That was the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation’s Tuesday meeting. It’s on to the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday and then EDGE.

63. Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.

64. Last Word: South of Crump, Council Day and Haslam on the Fed's Bathroom Memo -

Neon is coming back to E. H. Crump Boulevard and the momentum of development continues to move further south to the Crump border with South Memphis.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is making plans for a tap room that opens this fall as part of its existing brewery at South Main and Crump.

65. Gangster Disciples Case Alleges Attempted Murder, Threats -

When reputed members of street gangs are indicted on federal charges, the indictments are usually brief and technical.

They will allege that the accused had a firearm and was a felon and thus could not legally carry a gun. Or they will allege the defendant was dealing an amount of drugs that exceeds the threshold for federal charges.

66. Why is Tennessee’s Bankruptcy Rate So High? -

Tennessee led the nation in bankruptcy filings last year with 36,052 filings – more than twice the national average. Several factors contribute to the state’s high filing rate.

One reason is that Tennessee is creditor-friendly and makes it easy for creditors to quickly garnish wages and foreclose on properties, explains bankruptcy attorney Larry Ahern, a partner at Brown & Ahern and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School.

67. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

68. 16 Alleged Gangster Disciples Indicted in Memphis -

A federal grand jury in Memphis has charged 16 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang in a case linked to the separate indictment of 32 people in Atlanta, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, May 4.

69. TNReady Contract Cancellation Deepens Complexity -

When Measurement Inc. told state officials earlier this week that the company couldn’t get several million paper versions of its online student achievement tests shipped, the state went to Memphis-based FedEx to work around shipping limits.

70. State Terminates TNReady Vendor Contract -

The state of Tennessee has terminated its $108 million contract, effective immediately, with the Durham, North Carolina, company that missed three deadlines this month to send written student achievement tests to school districts that couldn't download online versions of the test.

71. Three Decades In, Africa in April Maintains Cultural Focus -

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.

72. August Primaries Feature Intra-Party Challenges -

Two years after a disastrous slate of races for countywide offices, there is a move among younger Democratic partisans in Memphis to shake up the Democrats who represent the city in the Tennessee Legislature.

73. Tigers' Josh Pastner Going to Ga. Tech Would Mean Fresh Start for All -

The sports business is the expectations business. Always. No exceptions.

Josh Pastner, while taking some heat a couple of seasons ago at the University of Memphis, said he was getting out of the expectations business.

74. Daughter of Duality, Gibbs is Building a Better Justice System -

Say you stole a television worth $300. How long should you be punished? A year? Five years? Whatever you answered, it probably wasn’t “for the rest of your life.” But that’s how the U.S. legal system currently treats many people who have been convicted of felonies.

75. First Tennessee Offers New Business Tech Solutions -

First Tennessee Bank is now offering a technology suite of hardware and software offerings to small businesses, aiming to help those businesses capture customer data from sales transactions rather than having to rely on intuition.

76. First Tennessee Offering New Business Tech Solutions -

First Tennessee Bank is now offering a technology suite of hardware and software offerings to small businesses, aiming to help those businesses capture customer data from sales transactions rather than having to rely on intuition.

77. Pilot Faces Suit Over Industry Practice of Credit Card Holds -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Tennessee residents are suing the nation's largest diesel retailer over holds placed on their credit cards when they swiped at the pump, but an industry representative says the banks are really to blame.

78. Protecting Seniors From Predators -

Aging in place, being able to live at home in more or less independent circumstances, is what most seniors say they long for, and what advocates for the elderly recommend when possible.

But while comfort and familiarity can improve a senior’s quality of life, issues persist for all seniors, including dealing with crime and abuse.

79. Mike Norvell Era Starts with Optimism And a Raise-the-Bar Recruiting Class -

In a few minutes, first-year coach Mike Norvell would be standing behind a lectern providing assembled media a summary of his first recruiting class at the University of Memphis.

“Not a good class,” he would say, “a great class, a home-run-hitting class.”

80. Last Word: Rallings Meets the Council, Million Dollar Auditions & A Pinch Plan Emerges -

His second day on the job, the new Memphis Police Director, Michael Rallings, met the Memphis City Council and discovered just what a huge issue police body cameras are – if he didn’t know that already.
His answers to some pointed questions about when police can turn off those cameras and why made this an uneven first encounter.
Council members told him they got an earful from constituents over the weekend in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis. And some of the reaction they got was to reports that a police dispatcher ordered police trying out the body cameras to turn them off as they arrived at the scene of the shooting.
There are three cameras being tested. And one of the officers with them showed up after the shooting, according to police.
Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland still didn’t have a timetable for the roll-out of the cameras but did offer some specifics including hiring by the MPD of 10 new personnel to deal with the handling of what the camera records.
And Strickland’s intention is to pay for it out of the existing MPD budget.

81. 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.

82. Sutherland Named HR Manager At CDS -

Renee’ Sutherland has joined Central Defense Staffing as the human resource manager. In her role, she is responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, training and development of employees, employee relations, conflict resolution and workers’ compensation. She has a team that consists of recruiters, coordinators and administrative support workers.

83. Planning the Perfect Wedding -

Weddings begin with the venue. “A venue holds everything,” says Kristin King, who is opening a new event facility, The Sloane, in Nashville’s Gulch area in 2016.

84. Whisenhunt’s Failed Tenure Now Easier to Understand -

It was only one game, one win, but it was clear in the aftermath Sunday just how much the Tennessee Titans needed the victory they got in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.

After an emotional week highlighted by the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, interim coach Mike Mularkey and the remainder of Whisenhunt’s staff was able to rally the team and find a way to end a six-game losing streak that derailed the 2015 season almost from the start.

85. Roundup: Memphis Financial Firms Stay Busy -

Here’s a look at some of what’s kept Memphis’ financial community busy in recent weeks, from deals to new products and services to personnel changes.

• Lenders in Memphis and Shelby County had a decent October, according to the latest numbers from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Purchase loan activity was up 11 percent for the month on a volume basis.

86. The Haven -

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

“It’s really the glue that holds the community together,” said 1990 graduate, and Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dorsey Hopson. “You have some of the poorest kids that we have in the state attend there. You also have some of the most high-performing kids in the state attend there. You truly have all segments of all kinds of communities both in the school zone and outside the zone who descend on ‘The Haven’ every single day.”

87. Report: Small to No Change on Tennessee National Test Scores -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two years after Tennessee proclaimed itself the fastest-improving state for education in the country, that growth has leveled off, according to a national report that concluded the state has seen little to no change in fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading scores over the last two years.

88. Tennessee Education Report Card Shows Some Gains For Shelby County Students -

The Tennessee Department of Education’s report card for Shelby County Schools showed a slight increase in the graduation rate.

The rate rose to 75 percent in the 2014-15 school year from 74.6 percent the previous year.

89. Report Card Shows 88 Percent Tennessee Graduation Rate -

A report card that provides achievement and growth of Tennessee schools shows the state’s graduation rate improved to 88 percent, the third consecutive year it’s increased.

The 2015 report card was launched online Thursday.

90. 'Report Card' Gives Mississippi River Basin a D+ -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A report card is out on the Mississippi River basin, and the grade is not good: a D+, with an aging transportation infrastructure topping the list of concerns.

The report by America's Watershed Initiative, released Wednesday in St. Louis, assesses categories such as the abundance of clean water, flood control and risk, ecosystem health, the economy and recreation on the river and its watershed, which includes the Missouri, Tennessee and Ohio rivers and other tributaries. All told, the watershed touches parts of 31 states and covers two-fifths of the continental U.S.

91. AFC South is There for the Taking -

Some team has to win the AFC South. League rules require it, even if no team truly deserves to go to the playoffs.

It was proven last year when the Carolina Panthers won the NFC South with a not-so-tidy 7-8-1 record, a mark that required four consecutive wins to reach.

92. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story in Memphis Election -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

93. Early Voting Numbers Tell Still-Moving Story -

Before the votes are counted Thursday, Oct. 8, there are some other numbers – which are already being counted – to tell the story of the 2015 Memphis elections.

Close to 15 percent of Memphis voters cast early ballots in advance of Thursday’s election day in the races for Memphis mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court clerk.

94. Third-Party Ads Attacking Wharton, Strickland Surface -

An Alexandria, Va., political action committee is behind an attack ad targeting incumbent A C Wharton in the upcoming Memphis mayor's race.

The Neighborhood Alliance PAC, which formed a month ago, isn’t endorsing any candidate in the Oct. 8 elections, but it has turned out some yard signs and other literature built around the format of a report card that gives Wharton failing grades.

95. First Tennessee Introducing Chip-Enabled Cards -

Following up on its promise in 2014 to introduce chip cards this year, First Tennessee Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 22, it plans to roll out a more secure kind of plastic for customers starting next month.

96. First Tennessee Introducing Chip-Enabled Cards Next Month -

Following up on its promise in 2014 to introduce chip cards this year, First Tennessee Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 22, it plans to roll out a more secure kind of plastic for customers starting next month.

97. Open Records Trial Underway in Sumner County, Tenn. -

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A trial is underway to decide whether the Sumner County Board of Education violated the Tennessee Public Records Act by not responding to a Joelton man's email request.

98. Acting Up -

The Knoxville area has a rich legacy of actors who have found success in show business: Patricia Neal, David Keith, Cylk Cozart, David Dwyer, John Cullum, Bruce McKinnon, Polly Bergen, Dale Dickey, Brad Renfro, Johnny Knoxville, perhaps the most famous of all, Dolly Parton, singer/songwriter turned actress.

99. Cannabis Oil Bill Could Lead to More ‘Evil Weed’ Wins -

Logan and Stacie Mathes were on "pins and needles" as they waited for Gov. Bill Haslam to sign legislation into law allowing cannabis oil to be used to treat seizures and similar medical problems in Tennessee.

100. Students Not Giving Up on Tuition Equality -

Tennessee students without citizenship say they’ll continue the battle for in-state tuition in 2016 after a measure to help them overcome the financial hurdle of out-of-state tuition barely failed on the House floor.