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1. It’s Lee’s to Win Unless He Makes a Rookie Mistake -

When Bill Lee drove a tractor through tiny Eagleville last October, hardly anyone noticed. Only a handful of supporters milled around in the parking lot of the Farmers Co-op in southwest Rutherford County that morning where Lee spent a few minutes talking to people inside the store before emerging to ride to another town as part of a statewide tour, a precursor to an RV ride he would take later in the Republican primary race.

2. Letter to the Editor: Beyond PILOTs – Thinking Big and National Leadership -

Responsible tax incentives for economic development are without a doubt part of the equation in primarily closing the deal in recruiting new industry to Memphis.

But are tax incentives enough and are they a differentiator in providing a value proposition for new economic development? Probably not, because most communities if not all offer tax incentives.

3. Despite Massive Turnover, GOP Owns Legislature -

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.

Not only is the Legislature moving to the Cordell Hull Building, vacating the Legislative Plaza after 45 years or so, a number of legislative faces are changing, too, even before next year’s election.

4. A Million Reasons Not to Jump Into the Tennessee Governor’s Race -

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.

5. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members -

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.

6. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

7. In Rare Move, Police Confirm ‘Blue Flu’ -

In the storied history of labor relations between City Hall and the rank and file of the Memphis Police Department, there is a standing rule about work slowdowns, sometimes referred to as “blue flu.”

8. 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.

9. House Passes Haslam Free Tuition Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

10. 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.

11. Former House Speaker Pays $100 To Replace Microphone -

Former House Speaker Kent Williams said Tuesday he paid $100 to replace a microphone that he tossed aside when his comments were cut off last week.

12. J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To Memphis -

The nation’s largest used car franchise company has entered the Memphis market. Carmel, Ind.-based J.D. Byrider has inked 30,900 square feet at 2580 Mount Moriah Road, marking the company’s second Tennessee dealership.

13. Lawmakers Debate Pay Cutoff for Budget Gridlock -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even the top sponsor of a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't – or won't – pass a budget blueprint admits many of his colleagues think it's just a political talking point instead of a serious idea.

14. Democrats, Republicans Far Apart on Deficit Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Democrat on a special deficit-cutting "supercommittee" Wednesday questioned whether Republicans are still interested in negotiating after the panel's top GOP member said Republicans have "gone as far as we feel we can go" on tax hikes.

15. CBO: Debt Crisis Looms Absent Major Policy Changes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new report says that the national debt is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade, levels that could provoke a European-style debt crisis unless policymakers in Washington can slam the brakes on spiraling deficits.

16. Obama Focusing on Debt in Meeting With Democrats -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is wading into the swirl of deficit-trimming budget plans, looking to cast himself as a broker in the struggle to tame the federal debt.

The White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans are working to sort out what debt-fighting measures they can embrace now and which ones will be left for later, probably after the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

17. Harwell Names Fellow Lawmaker McCord as Clerk -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican state Rep. Beth Harwell, the GOP nominee for state House speaker, has named a fellow lawmaker who didn't seek re-election this year as chief parliamentarian of the lower chamber.

18. Parties, Strategists Focus Efforts for Nov. 2 Election -

All politics is local goes the saying when political strategists talk about congressional races or those for state legislatures.

But both state parties in Tennessee are lending their efforts and their best strategists to a small group of legislative races with a statewide political impact on the Nov. 2 ballot.

19. Tenn. House Speaker Collapses at Session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams said his collapse during the session on Thursday was a result of low blood sugar.

20. 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.

21. McCord Announces He Will Retire from Tenn. House -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Joe McCord of Maryville announced Wednesday he won't seek election to a ninth term representing his East Tennessee House seat.

22. Election Season Influences Legislative Pace -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Election season is a driving factor behind a push by lawmakers for an early conclusion of the legislative session. It might also be to blame for keeping the session from immediately kicking into high gear.

23. Bedside Matter -

A year ago, Kent Williams came to The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He wasn’t a patient, but some doubted how long his political life would last.

24. Former State Rep. Dies of Lung Disease -

Legislators who were close to the Republican said former state Rep. Joe Kent died early Wednesday after a battle with lung disease. He was 72.

25. CBO: Federal Deficit Projected at $1.35T -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year, despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.

26. Stanford Returned to Jail After Fight With Inmate -

Texas financier R. Allen Stanford was returned to lockup Sunday afternoon after being hospitalized for treatment of a concussion following a jail fight.

27. House Budget Proposal Sent to Full Floor Vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee’s Republican House speaker is describing a state spending plan headed for a full floor vote as a “compassionate budget” because it doesn’t include some of the deeper cuts proposed in the Senate Republican version.

28. Tenn. House Keeps Referendum Option for Distilleries -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House has voted to keep a county referendum option in place for whether voters want to allow distilleries to be located in their communities.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas passed on a 67-27 vote on Wednesday. It originally sought to automatically allow distilleries in any county that had previously approved liquor sales.

29. Rival Bills Advancing on Tenn. Judicial Selection -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Supreme Court justices could be challenged in re-election campaigns under a proposal advanced by a Senate panel on Wednesday. But House leaders are voicing support for a rival measure with a more limited scope.

30. House Panel Advances Judicial Selection Proposals -

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced three proposals on changes to the way Tennessee appellate judges are appointed. The panel’s chairman said the final shape of the measures will largely depend on Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey.

31. Republicans Form Rural Caucus in Tenn. Legislature -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new group of Republican lawmakers is being formed to advocate for rural issues in Tennessee.

Rep. Joe McCord, of Maryville, says the Rural Republican Caucus will be open to lawmakers whose home counties have populations of fewer than 125,000 people.

32. Lillard Prepares for Treasurer Post, Would-Be Replacements Line Up -

David Lillard attended his last Shelby County Board of Commissioners meeting this week.

The competition to win the appointment to his seat has been under way since earlier this month when Lillard won the balloting in the Tennessee Legislature for state treasurer.

33. State Paid $1.1M to Lawmakers For Travel, Expenses in Q1 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee spent $1.13 million on lawmakers' expenses in the first quarter of 2008.

The expenses posted on the General Assembly's Web site cover travel costs, hotel accommodations at conferences and daily stipends called per diems. They do not include lawmakers' salaries.

34. Archived Article -

18 buildings near
Memphis International Airport
Sale Amount: $42 million

Sale Date: April 9, 2007
Buyer: Inland American TN Distribution LLC
Sellers: ProLogis-North Carolina LP (14 properties); Dorothy Vea Polk, Lewie R. Polk III, Patricia Polk Boyd, Peggy Polk Kent and Janice Polk Thompson (four properties)

35. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center celebrates Elvis Week with art and entertainment Aug

Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center celebrates Elvis Week with art and entertainment Saturday through Aug. 17.

A gallery inside Peabod...

36. Archived Article: Memos - Susan C. Te Paske

Susan C. Te Paske was appointed director of student disability services for the University of Memphis. She has served as the departments assistant director since 1993. She received the 2002 Dona Sparger Professional Service Awar...

37. Archived Article: Law Focus - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Defer and relieve Two new laws will make more income available to senior citizens living on fixed incomes By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Proposed changes in Tennessee tax law could provide financial help for senior citizens l...

38. Archived Article: Back-state - State appoints commission State appoints commission on juvenile justice reform A 17-member panel has been named to rewrite state laws for juvenile offenders, Gov. Don Sundquist announced last week. The commission will focus on the current problems t...

39. Archived Article: Crime - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Crime package targets juvenile offenders By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News A new violent crime legislation package would result in harsher punishments for juvenile offenders and give more power to police, prosecutors and judges ...

40. Archived Article: Law Focus.st - The cooperation of two General Sessions civil judges with court officials had led to pending legislation that, when passed, will create a new domestic violence court in Shelby County. Consolidating courts Legislation would streamline domestic violen...

41. Archived Article: Calendar - Oct Oct. 14 The Sales Forum of Memphis will meet at noon at Andertons restaurant, 1901 Madison Ave. For reservations, call Lucy Formby at 323-4304. Professional Secretaries International will meet at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oak...

42. Archived Article: Govt Briefs - The League of Women Voters of Memphis/Shelby County and the Memphis section of the National Council of Jewish Women will sponsor two state legislative candidates forum on Tuesday at 7 p The League of Women Voters of Memphis/Shelby County and the Mem...

43. Archived Article: Back Tml - Two Shelby county cities honored by TML Two Shelby county cities honored by TML Germantown and Collierville are two of six Tennessee cities that will receive statewide achievement awards from the Tennessee Municipal League when city and town officia...