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1. Memphis Tigers Golfer a Nicklaus Award Semifinalist -

University of Memphis golfer Lars van Meijel has been named one of 30 semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol.

Division I finalists for the award will be named on May 25. Five Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced June 2 with the honor presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

2. Overton Greensward Overcast Weekend Offers Temporary Interlude -

For a few hours Saturday morning, April 30, in Overton Park there was no one on the Greensward – no cars, no zoo crew, no protesters, no yoga class, no dogs or dog walkers. On an overcast day, there wasn't even a shadow to be cast.

3. Last Word: Memphis Gets Busy, Elections Future and Past and Dad Rock In C-Y -

While their folks are still getting settled over in the front office at The Commercial Appeal, Gannett announces Monday an $815 million offer to buy Tribune Publishing which would put The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune in the expanding USA Today family.

4. U of M to Award Teaching, Research -

The University of Memphis Faculty Convocation luncheon will be held Friday, April 29, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Suite. The 2016 awards and honorees are:

• Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award – Dr. Roy Van Arsdale, Department of Earth Sciences. The Eminent Faculty Award is presented by the Board of Visitors to an individual who has made exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly achievement, teaching and service, bringing honor and recognition to the university. This is the highest distinction given to a faculty member by the university.

5. Millington Solar Facility to Break Ground Friday -

Construction of the largest solar facility in Tennessee will kick off on Earth Day – Friday, April 22 – with a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by the Department of the Navy, Silicon Ranch Corp. and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

6. Last Word: Tubby Time, Haslam's Veto and Africa in April's 30th Year -

It was just four weeks ago that all of this talk about change at the top of the Tiger basketball chart was put to rest. Coach Josh Pastner’s performance was reviewed by the University of Memphis administration and he was staying at least for another season. Four weeks to the day of that announcement, Pastner is the new coach at Georgia Tech and we are in the first day of the Tubby Smith era at the U of M.

7. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith -

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?

If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.

8. Last Word: Lipscomb's Successor, MATA School Buses and Roland's Big Breakfast -

Paul Young gets a lot more attention these days than he did when he was the first director of the city-county Office of Sustainability. The attention comes with being the city director of Housing and Community Development where virtually all of the funding comes from the federal government.
That federal funding has changed the face of public housing in the city in the last 25 years. There is only one large public housing project left in the city as a result of the federal funding and its use by Young’s predecessor, Robert Lipscomb.
And what Lipscomb did with the job combined with being the executive director of the Memphis Housing Authority is why a lot of people want to get to know Paul Young these days.
Our centerpiece story by Madeline Faber in Tuesday’s edition makes clear that Young has no desire to wield that kind of power. And it is unlikely anyone in the near future will have the kind of autonomy Lipscomb did.
But beyond that there is still the flow of a lot of federal dollars and Young has some ideas based on his experience in government and finance prior to coming to HCD – everything in government is initials.
It’s a much different experience than Lipscomb’s. Lipscomb coined the phrase “ending public housing as we know it” and at times that slogan wasn’t followed with a lot of detail about what came after public housing was demolished, especially with the first of the projects to fall.
The last public housing project, Foote Homes, will be demolished on Young’s watch which makes his tenure important if more limited than Lipscomb’s tenure.

9. Last Word: The Zoo's Proposal, Health and Ed In Limbo and Annexation's Effect -

A busy weekend on several fronts not the least of which was Overton Park and the Greensward controversy.
The Greensward itself was pretty subdued on a chilly Saturday.
The action was to be found in an email the zoo sent out Saturday making some proposals and offering some thoughts on the traffic and parking study the Overton Park Conservancy released last week.
Here is our summary
of what the zoo is offering in what may be a new effort in the public discussion.
Of course, the private discussion which is the mediation effort continues. But it sounds like some of the mediation discussions may be finding their way into the public discussion.
The public discussion has been sporadically active but very muted so far. For instance there has been talk before of zoo parking on the eastern side of the park in what until recently was a city maintenance yard.
The proposal by the zoo was shot down pretty quickly because it included running a tram through the Old Forest.
But there are some scenarios that wouldn’t take such a tram through the Old Forest.
The zoo email from Saturday isn’t specific on how the folks who would park at the maintenance yard would get from there to the zoo.
Presumably that is grounds for some type of discussion.

10. Shoot for a Basketball Coaching Star? Memphis Would Have to Pay Big -

Josh Pastner is officially the new head coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Memphis is officially in the coach search business.

11. 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.

12. Rudd + Bowen + Pastner = PR Nightmare at Memphis -

You keep thinking the story can’t get worse, and then it does. What we have here is an ongoing public relations disaster that is the University of Memphis athletic department as it pertains to all matters regarding the men’s basketball program.

13. Shipmon Joins Lending Team at Paragon -

Thomas “Tee” Shipmon has joined Paragon Bank as senior vice president, specialty lending. In this role, Shipmon is responsible for developing products for Paragon that solve customers’ challenges and that are profitable to the bank. Currently, specialty lending is providing short-term commercial construction loans to companies, often franchisees, that are expanding operations.

14. Tigers’ Dedric Lawson Named AAC Rookie of the Year -

University of Memphis freshman forward Dedric Lawson has been named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Lawson was a unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award after earning a conference-record six Rookie of the Week honors. He led the AAC in rebounding, averaging 9.2 rebounds per game, including grabbing 96 offensive rebounds. His 275 rebounds this season are fourth-most by a freshman in Memphis history, and is nine away from moving past David Vaughn into third overall.

15. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

16. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind -

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.

17. 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.

18. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

19. Norvell Adds Another Assistant to Memphis Football Staff -

David Johnson, the tight ends and running backs coach at Tulane University the past four seasons, has been hired by new University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell.

20. Dickey Retained On Tigers Football Staff -

New University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell will keep assistant coach Darrell Dickey on his staff.

21. Dickey Retained On Tigers Football Staff -

New University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell will keep assistant coach Darrell Dickey on his staff.

22. Memphis Tigers Football Hitches Hopes To Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

23. Agape Child & Family Services Receives $25,000 Grant -

Memphis-based Agape Child & Family Services has been given $25,000 to assist with its Families in Transition (FIT) program.

The grant, which was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help Agape serve homeless women and their children by providing housing, food and other support services.

24. Agape Child & Family Services Receives $25,000 Grant -

Memphis-based Agape Child & Family Services has been given $25,000 to assist with its Families in Transition (FIT) program.

The grant, which was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help Agape serve homeless women and their children by providing housing, food and other support services.

25. Commission Cancels Veto Override Meeting -

Shelby County Commissioners were set to meet in special session Thursday, Nov. 12, before calling off those plans less than 24 hours later.

The session was to consider overriding Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s veto of their plan to hire their own attorney.

26. Three Tennessee Appeals Judges Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three state appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam were selected Tuesday as finalists to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments interviewed nine applicants during a public hearing before narrowing the field to three and sending the names to the Republican governor.

27. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? John Calipari! -

[UPDATE: University of Memphis president David Rudd issued a statement on Twitter late Thursday afternoon stating the university "will not be recognizing Coach Calipari." Read his statement here.]

28. Chamber Announces 2015 Young Memphians -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has selected its class of 2015 Young Memphians.

To qualify, the young professionals had to be chamber members under the age of 40. Nominations were received through the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email.

29. Chamber Announces 2015 Young Memphians -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has selected its class of 2015 Young Memphians.

To qualify, the young professionals had to be chamber members under the age of 40. Nominations were received through the chamber’s website, social media outlets and email.

30. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now -

First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.

Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.

31. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

32. Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference -

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

33. County Commission Friction Continues Beyond Budget Season -

Put Shelby County government’s budget season in the books for another year.

But the deliberations that ended Monday, July 6, with a stable county property tax rate and county government staying within its $6 million budget surplus weren’t quite as smooth as those decisions might suggest.

34. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

35. Grizzlies Spending $350,000 on Facilities Improvements -

The Memphis Grizzlies have applied for a $350,000 building permit to upgrade facilities at FedExForum, 191 Beale St.

36. Hey Grizz Fans: Check Out Those Royals, Twins! -

Is it now easier for an MLB team, regardless of market size, to seriously compete for a championship than for an NBA team from a similar type market (read: Memphis)?

Short answer: Yes.

As these NBA Finals get underway, with LeBron James and reigning MVP Steph Curry as the headliners, there is an accepted truth – be it in a flyover hamlet or a bigger city on one of the coasts – that no team can truly compete for a title without a superstar.

37. City Council Again Rejects Belle Meade Development -

Four years after the Memphis City Council rejected a two-lot residential subdivision in the Belle Meade area of East Memphis, the developer returned to the council this week seeking approval of the same project.

38. City Council Again Rejects Belle Meade Development -

Four years after the Memphis City Council rejected a two-lot residential subdivision in the Belle Meade area of East Memphis, the developer returned to the council this week seeking approval of the same project.

39. Memphis Football Players to Get Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

40. Memphis Football Players to Receive Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

41. Legislators Not Moved by Hymns, Reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

42. Housing Market Should Be Strong in 2015 -

At one point during a recent Memphis real estate summit a rather remarkable thing happened.

The guest panelists – a banker, a homebuilder and a real estate agent – all agreed on something. 2015 could be a breakout year for the housing market.

43. Chandler Reports Real Estate Seminar to be Held Thursday -

You still have time to register for an important event about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

44. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Real Estate Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

45. City Council Field at Six for Vacancy -

With a new deadline for prospective City Council members to apply for the open District 7 seat, a total of six citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, Jan. 15, deadline for consideration by the Memphis City Council.

46. City Council Gets Ahead of Self With Vacancy Deadline -

The deadline for submitting an application to fill a vacant seat on the Memphis City Council wasn’t necessarily last week, according to a legal opinion from the council’s attorney.

Allan Wade issued the opinion Monday, Jan. 12, after only two of the seven citizens who applied for the District 7 vacancy by the noon Wednesday, Jan. 7, deadline had 25 signatures of voters in the district on the petition the council requires in its rules of procedure for filling such a vacancy.

47. Memphis, Fuente Agree on Extension -

University of Memphis officials announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a contract extension with football coach Justin Fuente.

In his third year at Memphis, Fuente led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship – their first league title in more than 40 years. He was the unanimous choice for American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award.

48. 105 UTHSC Students to Graduate Dec. 12 -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Dec. 12 will graduate 105 health care professionals. The commencement ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

49. Bluff City Medical Society to Host Gala Friday -

Yvonne T. Maddox, acting director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will be the featured speaker on Friday, Nov. 14, when the Bluff City Medical Society hosts its annual lecture and gala.

50. Racquetball Tournament to Benefit Church Health Center -

The 10th annual E-Force PowerSlam Racquetball Open to benefit the Church Health Center will be held Oct. 24-25 in Memphis.

WellWorX Sporting Clubs at 6161 Shelby Oaks Drive will serve as the host site for the tournament. Multiple skill and age divisions for men and women are available for singles and doubles play. The entry fee for one event is $45; participants may play up to three events and receive a reduced rate for the second and third events.

51. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try -

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

52. UTHSC Researchers Named ‘Influential Minds’ -

Two University of Tennessee Health Science researchers have made the list of the “world’s most influential scientific minds” of the last decade as determined by the most frequently cited articles.

53. UTHSC Selects Chair of Physician Assistant Studies -

Linda Reed has been named chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. David Maness, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at UTHSC, is the new medical director for physician assistant studies.

54. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released -

The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.

55. Baseball Gives Rebels Realistic Championship Shot -

OXFORD, Miss. – With breakthrough success comes the luxury of laughter, and the breathing room that allows Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco to say that reaching the College World Series took longer than he imagined.

56. Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement -

LaTasha Jones has been named director of provider engagement at Health Choice LLC, where she will be responsible for directing and managing the implementation of a clinical integration database for Health Choice providers and practices.

57. Lady Tigers Hire Delta State’s Midlick -

Former Delta State head women’s basketball coach David Midlick has been hired by University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin as the Tigers’ new associate head coach.

58. Lots of Questions Remain Unanswered in Grizz Nation -

We’re now going on two weeks since this whole WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE GRIZZLIES? saga started.

So, what do we actually know?

We know that Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera fired team CEO Jason Levien and player personnel director Stu Lash. We know that Pera allowed coach Dave Joerger to interview for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ head coaching job.

59. Prescott Earned Place in Sports Hall of Fame -

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, a 13-year-old Allie Prescott and his father were sitting down the third-base line at Russwood Park watching an exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.

60. Miller Named Partner at Signature Advertising -

Kevin Miller, creative director at Signature Advertising, has been named a partner at the Memphis-based agency. Miller joined Signature more than 10 years ago as a senior copywriter and has won numerous awards for creative excellence.

61. NBA Fuels Fans’ Suspicion of Game Fixing -

Just so there is no misunderstanding, let me answer this question first:

Do I believe NBA Playoff games are actually fixed?

No, I do not. I don’t think that Commissioner Adam Silver now, or David Stern before him, is sitting in the rafters of NBA arenas and pulling strings that make puppets, er, officials, blow whistles when someone deigns to breathe on LeBron James or Kevin Durant.

62. Memorable Sports Week Here, Everywhere -

In the NBA, extra time is always available. Well, at least if it’s a playoff series between the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City.

But the newspaper business does not work like that. Even in 2014, we still have deadlines. And deadline for this column was several hours before Game 6 of the Thunder and Grizzlies tipped off at FedExForum Thursday night.

63. Healthy Memphis Common Table Luncheon to be Held May 22 -

Healthy Memphis Common Table will host its fourth annual meeting and recognition luncheon May 22, during which the organization will also unveil a new name and logo designed to help it expand its reach in the coming years.

64. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

65. Tigers Seniors Hope to Script Memorable Last Chapter -

The five Memphis seniors talked about their college basketball careers and they sounded older, wiser. And although nobody used this word, maybe a little scared about what might, or might not, come next.

66. Fields Begin to Gel for May and August Ballots -

With two weeks to the filing deadline for candidates in the May Shelby County primary elections and two months to the deadline for those in the August state and federal primaries and county nonpartisan elections, the fields have solidified enough that some political players are weighing their prospects for a late entry before the filing deadlines.

67. NBA Greats Honored on MLK Celebration Day -

Dikembe Mutombo, Bernard King and JoJo White will be part of the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day on Monday, Jan. 20, when the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Pelicans at 4 p.m.

68. No Need to Spin Tigers’ Nice Start -

Every special season has critical mileposts along the way. The Tigers’ first came in Stillwater, Okla., where, again, they weren’t up to the challenge of a ranked opponent in Oklahoma State. Thus, the Tigers and their coach returned to harsh criticism in Memphis and waited for the next opportunity.

69. Judicial Races Show Signs of Life -

Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter opened his re-election bid with the sound of bagpipes in the clubhouse of the Overton Park Golf Course.

70. MAAR Recognizes Long-Serving Members -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has honored more than 20 industry professionals with the Realtor Emeritus designation. The Realtor Emeritus designation recognizes individuals who have held successive membership in the National Association of Realtors and a local association for 40 years.

71. MAAR Recognizes Long-Serving Members -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has honored more than 20 industry professionals with the Realtor Emeritus designation.

The Realtor Emeritus designation recognizes individuals who have held successive membership in the National Association of Realtors and a local association for 40 years.

72. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt -

The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.

73. Nichols Ready to Back Up Hype -

Every player has his favorite spot on the floor, that go-to place where everything seems to slow down, where the player most feels like himself even amid the chaos.

But maybe more important when you are a much-hyped, homegrown University of Memphis freshman is to have that special place off the floor. A retreat, where in this case young Austin Nichols can make the world spin a little more slowly and turn down the volume on all the outside noise.

74. ‘Wading in’ on Manziel, Carpenter, Tiger Football -

Wading in and wondering why all the attention on Bo Pelini’s hissy fit? Lee Elia could have done better on his worst day … or worse on his best day. Point is, you’re way more entitled to a tirade when managing the Cubs than when coaching Nebraska football ... .

75. Palin Email Hacker Released From Supervision -

A Tennessee student convicted of hacking Republican Sarah Palin’s email in the 2008 election year has been released early from federal supervision.

David Kernell was supposed to be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office until November 2014 after being released from prison in 2011.

76. Investors Flooding Into Floating-Rate Funds -

NEW YORK (AP) — For most bond mutual funds, rising interest rates are kryptonite.

Higher rates on newly issued bonds make the lower yields on older bonds in their portfolios less attractive, and the price of those bonds declines. Many investors are worried about interest rates because the yield on the 10-year Treasury note has been rising. It hit 2.35 percent Wednesday, its highest level in 15 months.

77. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

78. Masson Talks Plan for Merger Work -

The special master in the schools merger federal court case says his first order of business is to look at the paperwork and other documents of the case and what has been done so far in the merger.

79. Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Abortion Coverage Ban -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas Senate panel approved a measure Wednesday banning insurers participating in an exchange created under the health care law from covering most abortions, while the sponsor of legislation banning abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy said he's facing resistance for it not exempting victims of rape or incest.

80. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management -

Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.

81. McLain Joins Counterpart in Copywriting Role -

Rebekah McLain has joined Counterpart Communication Design as copywriter. In her new role, McLain will write copy for print and websites, with areas of expertise including higher education, security and disability law, neuropsychology and hospitality.

82. Challenges Await New Grizzlies Owner -

The professional sports clock has its own idea of time. We were reminded of this when NBA Commissioner David Stern came to Memphis for the Grizzlies’ home opener Nov. 5, which also served as a welcoming party for new franchise chairman Robert Pera.

83. Council Delays Anti-Discrimination Vote For Legal Opinions -

The Memphis City Council amended an anti-discrimination ordinance covering city government to include banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

But the council then delayed a vote on the ordinance for a month after the city attorney and the council’s attorney raised questions about whether the addition amounts to a change in the city charter.

84. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Billy Elliot the Musical” Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Sept. 23 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for showtimes and tickets.

85. Events -

The Federalist Society Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Students’ Chapter will present a free Constitution Day program Monday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Pepperdine University professor Dr. Gordon Lloyd will speak. R.S.V.P. to Greg Grisham at gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

86. Mays Opens Hearings On Municipal Schools With Testimony -

The first of two days of testimony in the federal court case over the state laws setting up municipal school districts ended with a lot of reading material for U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

87. Committee to Disband as Board Considers Next Step -

The countywide school board’s ad hoc committee to review the schools consolidation plan is about to disband without acting on the plan sent to the board by the schools consolidation planning commission.

88. Heart Same As Head In Picking Games -

One of the beauties of the NCAA Tournament is the more you know, the less you know. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins knows more about the game than most of us could forget and he believes Kentucky will win this time.

89. Grizzlies Hope to Reward City With Parade -

If you can’t be a little naïve and overly optimistic before the season starts, then when can you?

Yes, the NBA lockout delayed the start of the season – to Dec. 26 in San Antonio for the Grizzlies – and shortened the schedule to 66 games.

90. Grizzlies Start Preparing For Shortened Season -

When an NBA lockout shortened the 1998-1999 season, the Grizzlies still made their home in Vancouver and current Griz player Rudy Gay was just a kid.

“I vaguely remember ’98,” Gay said recently. “I was 12.”

91. Players Reject NBA's Offer, Threatening Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two years at the bargaining table led nowhere, so NBA players are ready to take their chances in a courtroom.

The players' association rejected the league's latest proposal for a new labor deal Monday and began disbanding, paving the way for a lawsuit that throws the season into jeopardy.

92. Players Reject NBA's Offer, Begin to Disband Union -

NEW YORK (AP) – NBA players rejected the league's latest offer Monday and began disbanding the union, likely jeopardizing the season.

"We're prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA," union executive director Billy Hunter said. "That's the best situation where players can get their due process."

93. No Deal: NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.

There's a "gulf" that separates owners and players, and they will have to close it quickly to avoid further damage to the schedule.

94. School Board Elections Next Step in Process -

All eight of the entities involved in the schools consolidation case in Memphis federal court agree that the Shelby County Commission should draw the district lines for a new countywide school board.

95. Council One Step Closer to New District Lines -

On the hottest weekend of the summer so far, candidates looking for votes in the October city elections had some uncertainty to go with the door hangers and other parts of the hand-to-hand campaign process.

96. Council Redistrict Proposal Shakes Up Dists. 1 And 7 - Memphis City Council members have a redistricting proposal that would change council districts 1 and 7 the most.

The redistricting proposal required by the once a decade census was submitted Friday evening, July 8, by council attorney Allan Wade.

97. Wade Dedicated to Many Facets of Law -

Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC strives to educate its lawyers with a broad range of legal issues, something that weighed especially on John D. Martin Jr.’s heart when David Wade joined the firm many years ago.

98. Promise Ball to Raise Money for Diabetes Foundation -

The West Tennessee branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is hosting the 11th Annual “License to Cure” Promise Ball on April 30th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd.

99. National Organization Engineers Without Borders Boosts Memphis Presence -

Starting in June, Memphis will be able to boast a significant addition to its engineering resume, touching on design, education and philanthropy in one fell swoop.

The city is expected to land an official chapter of the Engineers Without Borders-USA – a national organization devoted to helping create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing and providing human necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation and education.

100. Lighting the Fuse -

Memphis voters have 22 words to weigh as they decide what is to become of Shelby County’s two public school systems.
“Shall the administration of the Memphis City School System, a special school district, be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education?”
The words seem inadequate to cover what a “yes” or a “no” vote means after a state law and other factors changed the terms of a vote already scheduled for March 8.
Voters for schools consolidation may be against special schools district status but for letting some of the six suburban towns and cities try to go with their own municipal school system.
Voters may be against school consolidation and against special school district status if it includes taxing authority for the county school board, albeit with tax approval required by the Tennessee Legislature.
Some voters may see it as a way of ending reforms driven by MCS superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. Others may see it as a way of ending Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler’s dominance of that school system.
School consolidation advocates are still urging citizens to vote “yes” and school consolidation opponents are still urging citizens to vote “no.”
“The lay of the land has changed, so will people consider the lay of the land or what? That statement stands. It’s on the ballot and everyone knows what it’s designed to do,” said Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery. “This occurred after the question was put on the ballot. If someone wants to make that stretch, they’re jumping over a lot of hurdles. This was not in place when this was put on the ballot.”
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., along with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, sought a transition period even as political positions began to harden. He doesn’t see what’s in the law as a transition period.
“The way it’s structured, there’s every incentive not to reach an agreement. It looks to me like it falls off the face of the earth,” Wharton said. “There was nothing in there that states where do you go if at the end of this (the planning process) there is nothing resolved.”
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, disagrees.
“The state has a compelling interest in assuring that the administration of schools is properly discharged,” Norris wrote in an op-ed piece for The Memphis News last week. “To do otherwise defies common sense and common decency.”
Pickler said if voters approve the question, he will quickly move to assemble a team to work on the transition. It’s a transition that Pickler has always emphasized will be controlled by the county school system. That is one point on which the attorneys seem to agree.
“Clearly we understand that this issue is not about educational outcomes,” he said during a WKNO forum last week. “We still do not believe that creating a mega district … doesn’t do anything to improve education.”
MCS board member Tomeka Hart, at the same forum, countered “We do here as an economic issue,” a reference to the University of Memphis study showing special schools district status could cost MCS half of the county property tax base it relies on for funding. “It’s time to rewrite all of this,” Hart concluded.
Here is the timeline – to date – of the ongoing schools showdown: