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1. This week in Memphis history: Jan. 19-25 -

2008: Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee exits the Republican primary for president after a string of poor finishes in primary and caucus states, ending with the South Carolina primary, where he finishes third. Thompson had left his recurring role on “Law and Order” the previous spring to explore a possible run, then officially announced his candidacy on “The Tonight Show” in June.
The presidential bid marks Thompson’s return to politics following his 1990s prime, in which he had walked away from what looked to be a slam-dunk bid for governor. But his fundraising never hits the level it’s supposed to and he has early turnover on his staff. He is out of the race before the Tennessee primary, in which former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carries Shelby County.
The same week Thompson leaves the race, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign opens its local office in East Memphis, not far from fellow Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign headquarters.

2. Trump Signs Measure Naming Federal Courthouse for Thompson -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed legislation naming Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in the TV series "Law & Order" and at least 20 movies.

3. US Senate Votes to Name Courthouse After Actor Fred Thompson -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has voted to name Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in at least 20 movies and in the TV series "Law & Order."

4. Legal Challenge Over Fred Thompson's Estate Concludes -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A legal fight over the estate of actor-politician Fred Thompson has ended.

5. US House Votes to Name Courthouse After Fred Thompson -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. House has voted to name the new federal courthouse in Nashville after the late actor-politician Fred Thompson.

6. Adult Sons Sue Over Changes to Fred Thompson's Estate -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The widow of Fred Thompson is denying any changes were made to the actor-politician's will that would affect his adult sons from a previous marriage.

7. Pat Summitt Latest Exception to Tennessee Flag-Lowering Rule -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's order for flags to be flown at half-staff following the death of former University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is the latest exception to state protocols that normally reserve the honor for members of the military.

8. Deadly Shooting in Chattanooga Voted Top Story of 2015 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2015.

Muhammad Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire on a recruiting center and a reserve facility on July 16. The FBI recently described the attack as an act "inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda."

9. Kasich Makes Fundraising Stops in Tennessee -

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

10. Actor-Politician Fred Thompson Remembered for Wit, Sincerity -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former senator and actor Fred Thompson was remembered for his booming voice, sense of humor and sincerity at a public memorial Friday.

11. Former Senator Fred Thompson Dies -

Former U.S. Sen. and one-time presidential contender Fred Thompson was in many ways a reluctant politician. But he was also a lobbyist with an envious arsenal of political skills honed both by his calling as an attorney and by his service as a lawyer during unprecedented political crises.

12. Former US Sen. Fred Thompson Buys $1.5 Million Home in Nashville -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson is moving back to Tennessee.

13. 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.

14. Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

In Sen. Lamar Alexander's case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out "The Memphis Blues."

15. US Regulators Warn: Ads for Reverse Mortgages Can Mislead -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We've seen the TV ad pitches from celebrities like "The Fonz" Henry Winkler and actor and ex-senator Fred Thompson, touting the benefits of reverse mortgages for older homeowners.

16. Alexander vs. Ball -

Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball were on the same campaign trail but different races at about this time 36 years ago.

17. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – After losing his first bid for Tennessee governor 40 years ago, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander shed his blue suit and buttoned-up appearance for a plaid shirt, hiking boots and a 1,000-mile walk around the state.

18. Ex-Senator Baker Remembered for Crossing the Aisle -

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.

19. Haslam, Bredesen Kick Off Constitutional Campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, are kicking off a campaign in support of a constitutional amendment on the way Tennessee Supreme Court justices and appeals judges are appointed and retained.

20. 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.

21. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host an executive lunch with Doug McGowen Tuesday, March 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. McGowen will discuss starting new businesses, growing existing businesses and how to use commercial blight as an opportunity. Email Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com for reservations.

22. Events -

The Tennessee Solar Institute will offer a free course in the basics of solar installation and photovoltaic technology Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The 40-hour course will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the course, an entry-level certificate of knowledge exam will be given. For more information, contact Patricia Wells at patricia.wells@tennessee.edu or 615-253-6371.

23. Santorum Campaigns In Cordova Pre-Super Tuesday -

GOP Presidential contender and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania blitzed the Memphis area Sunday, March 4, attending services at Bellevue Baptist Church and Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both in Cordova.

24. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

25. Vornbrock Receives Ad Fed’s Silver Medal -

Bob Vornbrock thought he was attending the Thursday, Jan. 26, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting to hear a presentation from Fred’s Discount Stores about the marketing approach of brick-and-mortar retail.

26. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. A networking session will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Local businessman Jon Thompson will speak on “Passion, Persistence and Patience.” Registration cost is $28. To register, visit nawbomemphis0809.eventbrite.com.

27. Events -

Methodist South Hospital Stroke Support Group will meet Monday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the hospital, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, call Patricia Morgan at 516-3726 or visit www.methodisthealth.org.

28. Ewing Named Partner at Tactical Magic -

Susan Akil Ewing has been named partner at Tactical Magic. Ewing joined the firm as a marketing strategist in 2010 after 18 years in the field, where she held executive positions at local advertising agencies, including Thompson & Co. and inferno.

29. Tenn. Bill Seeks to Limit Lawsuit Monetary Damages -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam to limit monetary damages from lawsuits in Tennessee is unnecessary and a jury should decide how much is awarded and not government, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson told a House panel Wednesday.

30. Wiseman ‘Sets the Table’ for Policy as Lawyer, GOP Chair -

Like most lawyers, some of whom will point to the first time they watched Perry Mason or read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lang Wiseman gets asked a lot about how he got into the field of law.

31. Houston Gordon Kicks Off MBA’s Lawyers Conversations Series -

At a lunchtime gathering the Memphis Bar Association is planning to host, trial attorney Houston Gordon will be the center of attention for the first in a series of informal seminars titled “Conversations with Local Lawyers of Distinction.”

32. Lintner Promoted at Obsidian Public Relations -

Crissy Lintner has been promoted to director of client services at Obsidian Public Relations.

Hometown: Laurel, Miss.
Married to John Lintner, two step-children, Jack, 6, and Sarah, 3
Favorite quote:
My show choir director in high school had a saying, “Cope and adjust.” It’s kind of become a mantra over the years. If something goes awry, you just deal with it and move on.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My grandmother (Mammaw) was a huge influence on my love of music. She introduced me to the piano and encouraged my talents. She also was a genuinely sweet and loving person, and I think she helped shape who I am today.
Why did you pursue a career in public relations?
It was the degree that required the least amount of math courses! In all seriousness, I knew I loved writing, meeting and talking to new people, and it seemed like a perfect career for my personality.
What drew you to Obsidian?
I had been working in the not-for-profit realm for nearly five years – mostly focused on fundraising – when an e-mail came through my inbox about an open position as an account executive at Obsidian. The opportunity to go back to my PR roots and work for a growing firm sounded like an appealing challenge and is a decision I am happy to have made.
What will your new role at Obsidian entail?
I’ll be managing our account team of nine people by providing strategic council on client initiatives, editing writing projects, overseeing day-to-day operations, finding new talent and planning professional development activities.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
I’m lucky to work in a field where I get to see the fruits of my labor on a daily basis through successful publicity initiatives for our clients. I think I would consider my time so far at Obsidian to be one filled with accomplishment that is tangible and fulfilling.

33. Thompson to Publish Memoir -

Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has penned his memoir and given it a title that reflects his early days in small-town Tennessee.

The 67-year-old former politician, actor and avuncular radio host who graduated from the University of Memphis titled his book “Notes from a Country Lawyer.” It’s scheduled for release in May.

34. Events -

The Small Business Chamber will hold its quarterly luncheon today from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 5795 Poplar Ave. Steve Dunavant of Thompson Dunavant will speak on the topic “Using Your Key Metrics to Make Strategic Decisions for 2010.” For more information or to register, call 818-3130.

35. Imperial Toy Facility Sells for $2.3 Million -

The Imperial Toy warehouse at 2900 Lakeview Road in Whitehaven has sold for $2.3 million to an entity called 2900 Lakeview Drive LLC. The 187,758-square-foot facility was built in 1988 and is occupied solely by North Hills, Calif.-based Imperial Toy as a toy distribution center.

36. GOP Governor Contenders Line Up Campaign Teams -

Three of the four Republican contenders for Tennessee governor in 2010 have announced key members of their campaign teams in the past week.

The campaign positions aren’t high-profile, but those who fill the jobs are important because their influence and knowledge of how to run a statewide campaign will play a large role in how the candidates are able to get their respective messages to voters.

37. Jolley Resigns As U.S. Marshal Effective April -

David G. Jolley, the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee, is resigning effective April 25.

Jolley announced his resignation today to become assistant director of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) police.

38. Alexander’s Victory Attributable To Dems Too -

In a race void of the attack ads that dominated the Mississippi Senate race and even one in Tennessee, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander had little trouble winning a second six-year term statewide or in Shelby County.

39. Tennessee Voters Must Be in Line By Closing Time -

Polls in Tennessee opened Tuesday to bright, sunny skies and long lines of voters waiting to cast ballots in what election officials expect to be a record turnout.

The advice to voters was this: Get in line before the polls close or you won't get in the door.

40. Rock Star vs. Maverick -

Newsweek magazine senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter came to Memphis in November 2006 to plug his new book on the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.”

41. Thompson Launches New PAC To Promote Conservatives -

Former Republican presidential candidate and University of Memphis graduate Fred Thompson has founded a new political action committee to support conservative candidates.

The 66-year-old former Tennessee senator and actor has dubbed his new committee Fred PAC. Thompson said it is not a vehicle for promoting his own political future.

42. Tennessee Primaries Provide Hints but no Solid Direction for Fall -

KNOXVILLE (AP) - A week after the Super Tuesday primaries in Tennessee, political experts have combed through the numbers but are no more certain about how Volunteer State voters will swing in the presidential election in November.

43. Tennessee RepublicansCandidate Search Continues -      Tennessee Republicans who backed former Sen. Fred Thompson's presidential bid have had a hard time of it this election season.
          Thompson had enlisted just ab

44. 'A Piece of the Action' -

The Tennessee presidential primary has come earlier this election year than it ever has in its 36-year history and it's never been more relevant to the battles for the presidency within both parties.

45. Early Voting Exceeds 30,000 in Shelby County -

Early voting in advance of Tuesday’s Tennessee presidential primaries has topped 30,000 in Shelby County. The turnout compares to 11,313 early voters in advance of the 2004 presidential primaries in Shelby County and suggests a higher level of voter interest that could boost overall turnout higher than the 10 percent turnout locally in the 2000 and 2004 presidential primaries.

46. With Clinton Back on Trail, McCain Visit Up Next -

When New York Sen. Hillary Clinton told her husband a day or so ago that she'd be making a campaign stop in Memphis this week, the former president and Arkansas governor said he was jealous about being unable to come along.

47. Early Votes Set Stage for 'Super Tuesday' -

Through the first five days of early voting, 1,152 Shelby County voters have cast ballots in advance of the Feb. 5 "Super Tuesday" election. Early voting opened Jan. 16 at Shelby County Election Commission headquarters, 157 Poplar Ave. The balloting expands to 18 satellite locations starting today.

48. Early Voting in 2008 Presidential Race Playing an Important Role -

WASHINGTON (AP) - For many people, the question this year isn't just which presidential candidate to vote for, it's when.

States like Tennessee have done backflips to make it easier for people to vote in advance of election day. Presidential candidates are turning cartwheels to lock in early votes.

49. Thompson is Only Latest Tennessean to Exit Presidential Race -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Fred Thompson became the latest Tennessee Republican who couldn't translate statewide support into national success when he withdrew from the presidential race on Tuesday.

Supporters blamed the former Tennessee senator's late start and a crowded field for failed bid. Others said Republican primary voters misinterpreted his laid-back demeanor for lack of conviction.

50. Republican Fred Thompson Quits Presidential Race -

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who attracted more attention as a potential presidential candidate than as a real one, quit the race for the White House on Tuesday after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.

51. Obama Starts TV Ads in 4 Tennessee Markets -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Barack Obama is running television advertisements in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville, in what supporters say is the first such market buy for Tennessee's Feb. 5 Democratic presidential primary.

52. Thompson Not Ready to Support Economic Stimulus Package -

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican White House hopeful Fred Thompson made light of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's call for a quick economic stimulus Thursday and said it might be best to leave the economy alone for now.

53. Primary Voting Begins Today -

Early voting in the Feb. 5 Tennessee presidential primaries and the primaries for Shelby County property assessor and General Sessions Court clerk opens today.

Shelby County voters begin making their choices in the presidential races as the contenders are focused on the coming South Carolina primaries.

54. Thompson Blames Media For Denting His Campaign -

Following Saturday night's debate in New Hampshire, Fred Thompson left his fellow Republican presidential candidates behind and headed south.

Tonight, all eyes will be on the first-in-the-nation presidential primary contest held in the Granite State. But Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and University of Memphis graduate, will be watching the contest unfold from several hundred miles away, in South Carolina.

55. Former Tenn. Senator: 'No Woman Should Be President' -      Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., on Wednesday teased Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying "there is no woman on the horizon that ought to be president next year."

56. Obama EstablishesTennessee Presence -      Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, whom a recent poll showed leading fellow Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in the early voting state of Iowa, established a campaign presence in Tennessee this wee

57. Politicians Pitching InFor Thompson Campaign -      Several prominent Tennesseans are joining former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., as he makes his final 2008 presidential campaign push through Iowa in advance of that state's caucuses in January.

58. Election Time Again -

Don't look now but here come the first local elections of 2008.

Thursday at noon is the filing deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Feb. 5 Democratic and Republican primaries for Shelby County's General Sessions Court clerk and property assessor.

59. Mid-South Notables Make MarkIn Presidential Campaign -      The 2008 presidential campaign trail has been replete with references to the Mid-South and Memphis-area players.
     The most obvious example is the candidacy of former Tennessee senator and

60. Dunn's Book Details GOP Comeback in Tenn. -

Book signings can be similar to political events, with a lot of handshaking, posing for pictures, signing autographs, usually a brief talk - and money is involved.

It's an atmosphere former Tennessee Gov. Winfield Dunn excels at as he promotes his new book about his historic 1970 bid to become governor and his four-year term of office.

61. Thompson to Make Memphis Stop -

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is tentatively slated to be in Memphis for a Dec. 14 fundraiser, his second since he got into the race for the White House earlier this year.

Details, including the tab for rubbing elbows with the former Tennessee senator, were still being worked out this week, said attorney Buck Wellford. Wellford is helping coordinate the private event to be held at the home of Dr. Dwight Clark in East Memphis.

62. Thompson CampaignUses New Phone Strategy -      The 2008 presidential campaign of former Tennessee senator and University of Memphis graduate Fred Thompson recently announced it is pursuing an uncommon strategy in voter outreach.

63. Frist Backs Thompson, Says Giuliani Won't Get GOP Nomination -

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he's throwing his support behind former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson and says Rudy Giuliani won't get the GOP nomination.

64. Thompson Hits Opponents on Immigration -

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Fred Thompson accused Republican campaign rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney of being soft on illegal immigration Thursday, dismissing them as latecomers to the issue as they strive for the presidency.

65. Memphis Contributors Put Dollars Behind Thompson -

Memphians cracked open their checkbooks and whipped out their wallets, shelling out more than $320,000 on presidential candidates in the third quarter, according to reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

66. Sunken SCHIP? -

For the past two weeks, battle lines have taken shape in Congress over what might at first seem like an unlikely topic: a piece of legislation dealing with a federally funded children's health insurance program.

67. After First Debate, Thompson Drops Off Trail, Cancels N.H. Event -

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney was in Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada and then went back to Michigan. Rudy Giuliani visited Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Alabama, Washington and New Hampshire. John McCain went from Michigan to Iowa to New Hampshire.

68. Focus on ThompsonDuring His First Debate -      Fred Thompson, a veteran actor but a newcomer to presidential politics, steps onto a debate stage today for the first time in a decade.
     He's been practicing for weeks.

69. Thompson to MakeMemphis Fundraising Stop -      Former U.S. senator and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is returning to Memphis Friday for a private fundraiser at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
     Thompson, a graduate of

70. With Help From His Friends -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - Shortly after stepping onstage in Lawrenceburg's town square, Fred Thompson recounted a story about the way running for president has affected the Thompson family dynamic.

71. Thompson Makes Run OfficialWith Webcast Today -      Fred Thompson is not leaving much to chance. So before
     his presidential announcement, there is the pre-announcement

72. Thompson to AnnounceCandidacy Thursday -      Republican Fred Thompson will officially launch his presidential bid Thursday in a Webcast on his campaign site, followed by a five-day tour of early primary states.
     "I believe that ther

73. Communications AideLeaves Thompson Campaign -      Another aide has left Fred Thompson's presidential campaign-in-waiting.
     Linda Rozett, a longtime U.S. Chamber of Commerce official, is gone from the former Tennessee senator's committee

74. Thompson Senate Campaign Manager Takes Over Likely Prez Effort -
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fred Thompson on Wednesday tapped the man he credits with saving his 1994 Senate campaign to take over his likely presidential bid.

Bill Lacy, a former strategist for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Republican National Committee, will run day-to-day operations of Thompson's committee to "test the waters" for a presidential run.

75. Google Description of Thompson Candidacy Jumps Gun, Staff Says -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Google description of Fred Thompson's redesigned Web site is jumping the gun on the status of the actor-politician's presidential considerations, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

76. Smith Elected Chair Of State Republican Party -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Robin Smith has been elected chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Smith, a Hixson resident who has served as the party's vice chairwoman since 2005, was elected by the GOP's executive committee on Saturday and will lead the party through the 2008 elections.

77. Thompson's 'Candidacy' Draws Variety of Supporters -

Once Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson filed the first financial report due from the committee managing his possible 2008 bid last week, media coverage immediately focused on his total haul.

78. Thompson Consultant Leaves Campaign Camp -      A top fundraising consultant for Fred Thompson in Tennessee has left the Republican's likely presidential campaign.
     Kim Kaegi, whose company was paid $35,000 in June, said Wednesday that

79. News Analysis: Thompson's Road to Official Candidacy Less Than Smooth - WASHINGTON (AP) - Not yet a declared White House candidate, Republican Fred Thompson may as well be for all his recent stumbles, from a staff shake-up to subpar fundraising to inconsistent answers about his resume.

80. Fred Thompson Reports RaisingMore Than $3.4 Million -      Undeclared Republican candidate Fred Thompson on Tuesday reported raising nearly $3.5 million in one month for his expected presidential bid, lagging behind his backers' goal of $5 million.

81. Fred Thompson Expected to Report $3 Million Haul in One Month -
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presumptive presidential candidate Fred Thompson today will report raising roughly $3 million in one month for his all-but-certain White House bid, Republican officials said.

82. Research Director Leaves Thompson's Unofficial Campaign -
WASHINGTON (AP) - Another aide to GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is leaving the still-unofficial campaign.

J.T. Mastranadi, hired earlier this month to be Thompson's research director, resigned Wednesday from the campaign.

83. Fred Thompson Shakes up His Campaign Staff -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is shaking up his still-unofficial campaign, replacing his top aide with a former Michigan senator and a veteran Florida strategist.

84. Tennesseans Give $1MTo Presidential Hopefuls -      Tennesseans have given more than $1 million to announced presidential candidates, according to disclosure reports filed through July 15.
     The documents were reviewed by the Center for Res

85. Gingrich: Thompson Presidential Bid Could Keep Him Out of Race -
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that a White House bid by fellow Southerner Fred Thompson would make him less likely to join the race.

"If Fred Thompson runs and he does well, then I think that makes it easier for me to not run," Gingrich said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "On the other hand, just given what you've seen with (John) McCain the last few months, how can you predict?"

86. Thompson's Old Papers Get New Interest With Possible Candidacy -
KNOXVILLE (AP) - If one man's trash is another man's treasure, then one politician's old papers are potentially another politician's - or journalist's - gold mine.

Which explains why Republican Fred Thompson's previously little-noticed personal papers at the University of Tennessee from his eight years in the Senate are suddenly in demand as he nears a decision on a 2008 presidential run.

87. From Iraq to Memphis, Corker Settles Into Senate Life -

He's already made the trip once.

Six weeks into his new job as a U.S. senator, fresh from a bruising, bare-knuckled campaign, Bob Corker stepped aboard a C-130 military transport plane for a flight to Baghdad.

88. Thompson Not RequiredTo Disclose Campaign Funds -      Come this weekend, presidential candidates will be opening their second quarter finances and placing their spending and their donors up for a new round of scrutiny. Fred Thompson will not.

89. With Substance Lacking - For Now - Thompson's Strength is His Style -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fred Thompson's easygoing, no-nonsense style is clearly his strength and undoubtedly has helped him soar in presidential polls. But it may only get him so far.

Sooner or later, the all-but-declared candidate will have to answer the question: What else do you offer?

90. Tenn. Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis Leaving Post -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Republican Chairman Bob Davis said Tuesday he plans to resign next month to pursue other opportunities.

Davis did not address news reports that he plans to take a position with Fred Thompson's pending presidential campaign, instead saying he plans to step down Aug. 4 to do something else.

91. The Man Who Would Be President: -

In nearly 45 years of political involvement, Fred Thompson has seen the fortunes of his chosen political party rise and fall several times over.

Those times have changed the nature of the Tennessee Republican party but not a brand of conservatism to which Thompson is expected to give national form as a contender for the White House.

92. Huckabee Says Expectations Difficult To Live Up To For Thompson -

CHICAGO (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said late last week it will be very difficult for potential rival Fred Thompson to live up to the expectations surrounding his all-but-announced entry into the crowded GOP field.

93. Thompson Touts Conservative Values at S.C. Fundraiser -

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Fred Thompson focused on conservative themes as he courted Republican loyalists Wednesday, a Southerner making his initial visit to the first-in-the-South primary state since becoming a prospective presidential candidate.

94. Résumé Shows Fred Thompson Has Washington Insider's Connections -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Fred Thompson, who likes to cast himself in the role of Washington outsider, has a long history as a political insider who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government.

95. Fred Thompson Set For'Tonight Show' Appearance -      University of Memphis graduate and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson - who continues solidifying his identify as a serious Republican presidential contender in 2008 - is scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show with

96. Thompson Teeters on Presidential Edge -

In a generally favorable profile of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson that ran in the May 20 edition of The Washington Post, Liz Garrigan wrote that she once compared the lawmaker's appearance to that of the "Star Trek" character Worf.

97. Thompson Announces DepartureFrom 'Law & Order' -      Fred Thompson, edging toward a presidential run, is giving up his day job playing a prosecutor on the NBC TV series "Law & Order."
     Thompson asked Wednesday to be released from the show a

98. Thompson YouTube SpotCould be Sign of Candidacy -      Supporters are kicking the Thompson watch up a notch.
     Former Tennessee Republican senator and University of Memphis graduate Fred Thompson has famously stayed mum on whether he intends t

99. In Life or TV, Probate Matters -

Shelby County Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas has been compared to former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, but it isn't because of his work in politics.

If Thomas shares anything with the "Law & Order" actor, University of Memphis graduate and possible Republican presidential candidate, it definitely is the television part.

100. Romney Leads the Pack With Local Campaign Contributions -

Memphis-area supporters of Mitt Romney, the deep-pocketed Republican businessman from Massachusetts sometimes described as that state's "CEO Governor," write the biggest checks.

Local campaign contributors attracted to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are more numerous. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a small coterie of Memphis campaign donors who nonetheless dig deep into their wallets for him.