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1. 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.

2. Gov. Haslam Vows to Stay on Sidelines of Race to Succeed Him -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam won't endorse any of the Republicans seeking the nomination to succeed him, but said he has spoken to several potential candidates about the emotionally taxing nature of a running a statewide campaign in Tennessee.

3. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

4. Lee Campaigns in Collierville After Nashville Fundraiser -

The night after he raised $1.3 million in Nashville at the first major fundraiser in his bid for Tennessee governor, Bill Lee was in Collierville for a local Republican Party gathering, along with a few hopefuls in countywide races on the ballot earlier in 2018.

5. Green Drops Gubernatorial Bid After Failed Trump Nomination -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green announced Friday that he will not resume his bid for Tennessee governor after withdrawing from consideration as President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary.

6. View From the Hill: GOP Points True North on State’s Moral Compass -

It was billed as the start of the 2018 governor’s race, but the GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner in Murfreesboro last week often sounded more like a tent revival.

Vote for one of these candidates and you’re guaranteed a place in heaven, ran the subtext of the evening, because, after all, everyone knows only Republicans know the road to salvation.

7. Green Puts Off Public Announcement of Gubernatorial Plans -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green has made up his mind about whether to rejoin the governor's race in Tennessee, but he doesn't want to make his decision public until later this week.

8. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

9. Gas Tax, Health Care Complicate Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law was supposed to provide a springboard for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's entry into the Tennessee governor's race.

10. State Sen. Mae Beavers Exploring Bid for Tennessee Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Mae Beavers, the sponsor of a bill seeking to require students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex on their birth certificates, says she is exploring a bid for Tennessee governor.

11. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

12. Boyd Officially in Race For Governor in 2018 -

Former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd officially launched his candidacy for Tennessee Governor Monday, March 6, with an announcement of his campaign team.

13. Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing -

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

14. Tennessee GOP Leaders Expecting Crowded Field in 2018 Governor’s Race -

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd got two mentions last Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s breakfast forum – one from guest speaker U.S. Rep. David Kustoff and another from chamber president Phil Trenary.

15. Ex-Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to Run for Tennessee Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Nashville mayor Karl Dean said he's decided to run for governor of Tennessee in 2018.

16. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

17. Democratic and Republican Partisans Prepare for Next Election -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

18. Local Democrats and Republicans Prepare for 2018 Governor's Race -

At least five potential Republican candidates for Tennessee governor in 2018 were among the crowd of 400 people at the Saturday, Feb. 25, Lincoln Day Gala of the Shelby County Republican Party.

Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry told a group of 150 Democrats at an “Obama Day” event Saturday that they and other Democrats across the state can elect one of their own as governor in 2018.

19. Joe Carr Won't Rule Out Bid for Tennessee Governor -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who lost Republican primary challenges for congressional seats in the last two election cycles, is mulling a bid for governor next year.

20. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

21. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

22. Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List -

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

23. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

24. New Study: Trump to Inherit $559B Deficit, Stable Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy but a government that faces a worsening debt and deficit picture, congressional analysts said Tuesday.

The estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the economy will hold relatively steady, with economic growth rising slightly to 2.3 percent this year and unemployment averaging less than 5 percent for the duration of Trump's term. It expects the budget deficit for the current year to register $559 billion, roughly the same as last year's.

25. Boyd Leaving Haslam Administration As He Ponders Gov's Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

26. Fitzhugh Touts Rural Credentials As He Mulls Governor's Bid -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is seriously considering joining the race to succeed term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

27. Green 1st With Formal Step Toward Tennessee Governor's Race -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green is the first potential gubernatorial candidate to take a formal step toward entering the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

28. Last Word: Laurelwood Lament, Fairgrounds Redux and Deeper on Crime -

Booksellers at Laurelwood made it through the Christmas shopping season but will close its doors in Laurelwood probably in February with the liquidation sale beginning Friday – as in this Friday.

29. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling -

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

30. Kustoff Claims 8th GOP Primary, Todd Upset by Lovell, Jenkins Over Newsom -

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

31. Dark Money Ads Surface in 8th District Primary -

As Republicans were either at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland or watching it on TV last week, “dark money” entered the crowded Republican primary for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district.

32. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation -

A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.

But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.

33. The Rest of the August Ballot -

If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.

34. Congressional Candidate Linked With Growing Marijuana -

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An eastern Tennessee Democrat Congressional candidate has been linked with a marijuana growing operation.

Authorities said in a statement that police officers and state investigators executed a search warrant Friday and found firearms, cash, processed marijuana, and more than 180 marijuana plants on a Crossville property owned by Florence "Flo" Matheson and Stephen Harrington. Both are facing criminal indictment.

35. GOP Fractures Ruin Reagan Day Fundraiser in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Reagan Day fundraisers have been a staple of GOP politics ever since the Great Communicator made a point of promoting the 11th Commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican. But in the conservative suburbs east of Nashville, the event has become too poisonous to be held this year.

36. 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.

37. 8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican -

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

38. Can GOP Keep Grasp On Success Ramsey Built? -

As much as Tennessee Republicans want to put a happy face on the departure of Senate Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, holding it together in the wake of his departure will be an awesome task.

39. Harwell: Durham Scandal Won't Affect Gubernatorial Decision -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that the scandal surrounding a Republican lawmaker who has gone on hiatus amid sexual harassment allegations shouldn't damage her prospects as a serious gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee.

40. Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts -

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. Come Friday, folks in Coal Hill, Arkansas, will need to drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries.

41. Record Cyber Monday Spending Tops $3 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers spent more than $3 billion online this "Cyber Monday," making it the biggest online shopping day ever.

Research firm comScore said shopping by phone, laptop or tablet jumped 21 percent to $3.11 billion Monday.

42. Cyber Monday Sales Still on Top, But Losing Some Luster -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.

43. Tennessee Bill Seeks to Curtail Teaching of 'Religious Doctrine' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would ban teaching Tennessee public school students "religious doctrine" until they're in high school.

44. Big Brother Big Sisters to Seek New CEO After Adrienne Bailey’s Retirement -

The recent retirement of Adrienne Bailey as president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sister of the Mid-South Inc. ended a 20-year run of sustained leadership as Bailey had accepted the position of executive director in 1995.

45. Jeb Bush to Headline Tennessee GOP Fundraiser in May -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is headlining the Tennessee Republican Party's annual fundraiser in May.

Chairman Chris Devaney said Thursday that the Statesmen's Dinner speech by the likely presidential candidate reflects that Tennessee will play a key role in the 2016 nomination process.

46. Under Armour Facility to Create 1,500 Jobs -

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – Athletic apparel maker Under Armour says it will build a new distribution center in suburban Nashville.

The $100 million facility is projected to create 1,500 jobs in the next five years.

47. Stuttering Foundation's Fraser Honored for Service -

Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation of America, has received an honorary fellowship from the London-based Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. Fraser, whose father started the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947, has served as its president since 1981.

48. Army Gives ROTC Programs in Tennessee 2-Year Reprieve -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The U.S. Army has agreed to put off the planned closure of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at three Tennessee universities.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker said Wednesday the delay will provide time to show the programs can meet the Army's needs.

49. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

50. Medical Supply Program Facing Delays, Scrutiny -

Less than a week before an effort to rein in billions of dollars in Medicare spending on home medical equipment is set to kick in, members of Congress and medical supply programs are pushing to delay the plan, saying some of the process has been mishandled and that the process lacks transparency.

51. Memphis in May Seeks Local Swedes for Festival -

The 37th annual Memphis in May International Festival is a salute to Sweden, a country whose climate differs greatly from the host town but perhaps has some parallels in its rich history.

“The joke about Sweden is that nobody’s really from Sweden except for the Vikings and they’re long gone,” said Diane Hampton, executive vice president of Memphis in May. “But they all came there from other places. It’s kind of a melting pot of cultures as well – and a cold melting pot.”

52. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host “Getting Heart Smart … What You Need to Know,” presented by Dr. Basil Paulus, Thursday, Feb. 28, at noon at the hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Visit saintfrancishosp.com.

53. Events -

Black Business Association of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. at the association’s office, 555 Beale St. Jozelle Booker of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will discuss what MLGW’s recent disparity study means for minority businesses. Visit bbamemphis.com.

54. Events -

Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in the board’s office in The Crump Building, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

55. Events -

The Black Business Association of Memphis will hold a small-business loan workshop Monday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Cost is free, and pre-registration is not required. Visit bbamemphis.com or call 526-9300.

56. Events -

Memphis Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Glen Vanderford, regional Rotary Foundation director, will speak. Contact Mark Edwards at medwards@bankofbartlett.com.

57. Three Generations of Judge’s Family Practice Law -

Three generations of a family in one profession is not the most common of sights. Rarer still is when those three generations find themselves working in the same field at the same time.

Such is the reality in the family of Diane Vescovo, a U.S. magistrate judge in Memphis for the Western District of Tennessee.

58. Bernanke Defends Fed Policies Against GOP Critics -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Bernanke defended the Federal Reserve's decision to hold interest rates at record-low levels for the next three years, during a contentious hearing before federal lawmakers.

59. State Sen. Jim Tracy Decides Against US House Bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Sen. Jim Tracy says he's decided against a congressional bid in a redrawn 4th House District.

60. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present “Legal Ethics in the Movies” with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC and special guest U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

61. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present “Legal Ethics in the Movies” with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC and special guest U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo Dec. 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

62. Events -

Chez Philippe will host a Christmas Eve dinner Saturday, Dec. 24, at the restaurant in The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $80 per person and includes a four-course meal. For reservations, call 529-4188. Christmas Day Brunch will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, on The Peabody’s mezzanine from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $20 for children. For reservations, call 529-3668. The Capriccio Grill will have a Christmas Day dinner Sunday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children. For reservations, call 529-4199.

63. Events -

Chez Philippe will host a Christmas Eve dinner Saturday, Dec. 24, at the restaurant in The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $80 per person and includes a four-course meal. For reservations, call 529-4188. Christmas Day Brunch will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, on The Peabody’s mezzanine from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $20 for children. For reservations, call 529-3668. The Capriccio Grill will have a Christmas Day dinner Sunday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children. For reservations, call 529-4199.

64. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will present a continuing legal education seminar titled “Insurance Errors & Omissions” Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave., Tower III, ponderosa pine room. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.

65. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will continue its breakfast series with its Holiday Open House & Networking Party Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The party will include breakfast and informal networking. For reservations, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

66. Events -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will continue its breakfast series with its Holiday Open House & Networking Party Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The party will include breakfast and informal networking. For reservations, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

67. Roberts Replaces Black in Tenn. Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Kerry Roberts has been sworn in to replace Diane Black in the Tennessee Senate.

68. Voters to Decide Black Successor in Tenn. Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Voters in Robertson and Sumner counties go to the polls Tuesday to select Republican Diane Black's permanent successor in the state Senate.

69. Four New Tenn. Congressmen Take Seats -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The four new Tennessee U.S. representatives have been sworn in as Congress shifts to Republican control.

With the taking of oaths of office on Wednesday, the shift in the Tennessee delegation moved to seven Republicans and two Democrats.

70. Herron Still Scolding Fincher for no Disclosure -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron said Tuesday that his opponent in the 8th Congressional District race should disclose financial documents like his fellow Republican congressional candidate in the 6th District.

71. Candidates Pour Own Money Into Congressional Races -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Primary contests for each of Tennessee's three open congressional seats feature at least one candidate spending a hefty amount of their own money in efforts to secure the Republican nomination.

72. At Spill Hearing, BP CEO Says He's 'Deeply Sorry' -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chastened by heavy criticism from lawmakers, a grim-faced BP chief executive Tony Hayward said Thursday he was "deeply sorry" for his company's catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

73. Anti-Incumbency Takes Down Another Congressman -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The political shooting-star otherwise known as anti-incumbency fell on Alabama, taking down a first-term congressman who switched from Democrat to Republican just last December.

74. State Senate Approves Hospital Fee To Avoid TennCare Cut -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Senate on Thursday approved a bill to allow state hospitals to pay a fee to avoid $659 million in TennCare cuts.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville passed on a 25-5 vote. Four of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, including one who is running for governor and two running for Congress.

75. Senate Approves Hospital Fee to Avoid TennCare Cut -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate on Thursday approved a bill to allow state hospitals to pay a fee to avoid $659 million in TennCare cuts.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville passed on a 25-5 vote on Thursday. Four of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, including one who is running for governor and two running for Congress.

76. Bill to Prohibit Tax Dollars for Abortion Services -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would prohibit Tennessee tax dollars from being used for abortion services is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The bill sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairwoman Diane Black of Gallatin was approved 27-3 by the Senate Monday evening. It passed the House 70-23 earlier this month.

77. Heavy Fundraising in Open US House Seats in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Candidates for three open congressional seats in Tennessee have reported heavy fundraising activity through the first quarter.

The retirements of Republican Zach Wamp of Chattanooga and Democratic Reps. Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro and John Tanner of Union City have led to spirited campaigns to succeed them in the U.S. House.

78. Bill to Prohibit Tax Dollars for Abortion Services -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that would prohibit Tennessee tax dollars from being used for abortion services is advancing in the Senate.

The bill sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairwoman Diane Black of Gallatin was approved 9-0 by the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

79. Second Democrat Files to Run for Gordon Seat -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Iraq war veteran Brett Carter is the second Democrat to file a petition to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon.

80. Tenn. Rep. Donna Rowland Not Seeking Re-Election -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The list of Tennessee House members not seeking re-election grew longer on Thursday with Republican Rep. Donna Rowland's announcement she plans to retire after a decade of service.

81. Marine Captain Files as Democrat for Gordon Seat -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marine Capt. Ben Leming of Murfreesboro has filed a petition to run as a Democrat for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon.

Adviser Jeff Clark told The Associated Press on Monday that Leming, 34, got permission from the secretary of the Navy to file his candidacy, but can't actively campaign until his active duty ends May 1.

82. Cohen Readies for Primary With $1M on Hand -

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, has more than $1 million on hand as he gears up for a primary challenge by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

83. Democrat Erdel Joins Race for Gordon Seat in House -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Retired Federal Aviation Administration inspector George Erdel of Murfreesboro is mounting what he calls an "outsider" campaign for the nomination to succeed Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon in Congress.

84. Tenn. Rep. Fincher Won't Make Dem Bid for Congress -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Democrats remain without a high profile candidate to replace Bart Gordon in Congress following state Rep. Henry Fincher's announcement Wednesday that he won't run for the seat.

85. Black Joins Race to Succeed Gordon in Congress -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin announced Thursday she is joining the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.

86. Tenn. Legislative Staffers Laud Diversity Training -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee legislative staffers who attended mandatory diversity training say it was worthwhile and they plan to adhere to what they learned.

State Rep. John Deberry, a Memphis Democrat, held two diversity training sessions this month following the revelation in June that a Tennessee legislative staffer sent a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama from her state computer.

87. MBA Seeks More Applicants For Leadership Forum -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum, which began in 2004, offers attorneys in their third to eighth year of practice opportunities to network, meet nationally known legal icons and create projects to serve the community.

88. Black Caucus Seeks Culture Change on Tenn. Capitol Hill -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus says a culture change is needed on Capitol Hill to prevent the dissemination of racist e-mails like the one sent from a state computer about President Barack Obama.

89. Big Names, Big Plans For TBA Convention -

Attorneys and judges from throughout the state will convene this weekend at The Peabody hotel for the 2009 annual Tennessee Bar Association convention, where big-name speakers such as former Democratic U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will speak – and where current TBA president, George “Buck” Lewis, will pass the gavel to the new TBA president for 2010-2011.

90. Senate Speaker Says Reprimand Appropriate for Aide -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says a "strong letter of reprimand" was the proper action to take against an employee of a Republican lawmaker who used a state computer to send a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama.

91. Domestic Violence Gun Legislation Advances -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A person subject to an order of protection for domestic violence would have to relinquish his or her weapon under a proposal that the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced.

92. Senate Panel Kills Measure to Add Statewide Votes -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to popularly elect the lieutenant governor and secretary of state has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The panel voted 2-2 with three abstentions Tuesday on the measure sponsored by Chattanooga Democratic Sen. Andy Berke. Proposals need to gain the support of at least five of the committee's nine members to advance.

93. Senate to Hear Tenn. Abortion Amendment -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose greater limits on abortions will be heard by the Senate.

The resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin was scheduled for a full Senate vote Monday evening.

94. Merck to Buy Schering-Plough -

The company that Abe Plough founded in Memphis no longer will bear his name under terms of a $41.1 billion merger announced Monday between Merck & Co. Inc. and Schering-Plough Corp.

95. Bill Seeks to Make Anti-Bullying Law Consistent -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Sen. Diane Black is sponsoring legislation she hopes will help school districts develop more consistent anti-bullying policies.

96. Men Accused in Obama Plot Plead Not Guilty -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Two white supremacists charged with plotting to kill President-elect Barack Obama and dozens of other black people pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new criminal charges added to an earlier federal indictment.

97. Political Talk Inevitable at Freedom Awards -

A week away from election day, the coming presidential election served as a backdrop for this year’s Freedom Awards presented by the National Civil Rights Museum.

But award winners Diane Nash and former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore tried to keep the emphasis off the political at the annual award forum at Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ.

98. Senate Panel Votes to Make it Harder to Divert Gas Taxes -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would make it more difficult for the state to use gas tax money for any purpose other than road projects.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, passed 7-2 to move onto a full floor vote, despite concerns raised by state Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz that it would restrict the governor's flexibility in dealing with the state's worsening revenue forecasts.

99. State Senate Delays Vote on Removing Time Limits for DUI Tests -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Questions over the legal implications of removing a time limit on drunken driving tests have led the Senate to delay a vote on the matter until later this week.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican, would get rid of the current requirement that blood alcohol tests be taken within two hours of a driver's stop.

100. Some Lawmakers Skeptical of $10M for Conservation Grants -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some lawmakers are expressing concern about approving another cash infusion for the state's Heritage Conservation Trust Fund amid tight budget conditions.

The trust fund created by Gov. Phil Bredesen is designed to conserve natural areas in the state. Bredesen, a Democrat, has asked lawmakers to approve $10 million in grant money for the program in the upcoming budget year.