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1. Suburban Superintendents Mark Fifth School Year in Changing Times for Education -

When he began creating the Bartlett City Schools system five years ago, superintendent David Stephens had more middle schools than he had middle school students in the suburban city. And the high school-aged population was split between Bartlett and Bolton high schools.

2. 11 of 30 Suburban Races in November Decided at Filing Deadline -

Of the 30 elected positions on the Nov. 6 ballot in five suburban towns and cities in Shelby County, 11 were decided at the Thursday, Aug. 16, deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions.

3. 11 of 30 Suburban Races in November Decided at Filing Deadline -

Of the 30 elected positions on the Nov. 6 ballot in five of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County, 11 were decided at the noon, Thursday, Aug. 16, deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions.

4. Aitken: Look Beyond Price Of New Collierville High School -

The day after the ribbon cutting, the toughest critics of the new Collierville High School got to look around – the high school’s seniors begin classes Monday, Aug. 13.

And the tour got rave reviews.

5. Day One -

Five school years into the historic merger and demerger of public education in Shelby County, the start of the sixth school year classes this month shows the change is establishing very real roots.

6. New $95 Million Collierville High Gets Sunday Open House -

“It’s really not as daunting as it looks,” Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken said Saturday, Aug. 4, as he took reporters on a tour of the $95 million Collierville High School. The new school had its formal opening with a Sunday afternoon ribbon cutting and has its first school day Aug. 13 when the Collierville Schools system academic year begins.

7. New $95 Million Collierville High Gets Sunday Ribbon-Cutting -

“It’s really not as daunting as it looks,” Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken said Saturday, Aug. 4, as he took reporters on a tour of the $95 million Collierville High School that gets its formal opening with a Sunday afternoon ribbon cutting and has its first school day Aug. 13 when the Collierville Schools system academic year begins.

8. Last Word: Early Voting's Strong Finish, School Moves and City Hall Crackdown -

Most of the major contenders for Tennessee Governor – Democratic and Republican – were in Shelby County over the weekend in which early voting ended and the campaigns now adjust their last minute efforts to the gap between early voting and election day on Thursday.

9. Dobbs Gives Back to Family That Embraced Him -

No matter where life takes him, Joshua Dobbs will always find his way back to Knoxville.

The former University of Tennessee quarterback holds a special place in his heart for the city and the relationships he made as a Vol.

10. Trump Leaves Lawmakers Hanging on Gun Priorities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his quest to tackle gun violence, President Donald Trump has ricocheted between calling for tougher laws and declaring his fealty to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, leaving a trail of befuddled lawmakers and advocates in his wake.

11. Trump Urges Lawmakers to Buck NRA Every Once in a While -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared he's willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren't so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms limits in response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

12. Woodruff Settles into Dream Job With Vols -

Knoxville native Chris Woodruff was at a crossroads in life when he retired from professional tennis in 2002.

13. Last Word: Murals and IRV at City Hall, Alexander on Trump and Schools Standoff -

Sometimes when you look at the Election Commission filings in an election season and no one has so much as pulled a petition let alone filed one, your thoughts tend to be along the lines of what is there to focus on beyond the day-to-day activity. And then you get a press release by email that really makes you remember the volatility of this whole business of running for elected office.

14. Local Charter Group Signals Intent to Take Over Catholic Jubilee Schools -

A Memphis charter school group led by the president of Christian Brothers University is preparing paperwork to apply with the state and Shelby County Schools to convert nine Catholic schools to charter schools.

15. Local Charter Group Signals Intent to Take Over Catholic Jubilee Schools -

A Memphis charter school group led by the president of Christian Brothers University is preparing its paperwork to apply with the state and Shelby County Schools to convert nine Catholic schools in the city to charter schools.

16. Field Trip -

It was just before 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Landers Center. Normally, the arena would be dark. But on this day the house lights were up, professional basketball players from the G League’s Memphis Hustle were being introduced, and more than 3,000 school kids were cheering – OK, screeching – because they had been released from their classrooms for some unscripted fun.

17. Last Word: Eureka Education, Confederate Monuments in Court and Dillon Brooks -

Supermarkets are hard. That is the tag line in every discussion about getting a supermarket or grocery store for a given part of town that doesn’t have one. And once a new supermarket goes up somewhere else, there is inevitably word that a competitor or two is going to build nearby. The discussion always includes the mandatory recitation of the 3 to 4 percent profit margin stores operate on, which even knowledgeable critics of the decisions about where to locate and not to locate stores acknowledge is accurate.

18. JNJ Express Enjoys Latest Growth Spurt -

Family-owned and operated JNJ Express is a bona fide Memphis success story. Last year, the asset-based transportation and logistics provider celebrated its 25th anniversary, and the company is set to grow by as many as 100 new trucks this year while also scouting sites for a new facility.

19. Jubilee Schools Closing After 20 Years -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis is ending its operation of nine Jubilee Schools and St. Michael School at the end of the 2018-2019 school year and is working with a charter organization to form a network of charter schools to replace them.

20. Catholic Diocese Ending Jubilee Schools After 2018-2019 School Year -

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis is ending its operation of a set of nine Jubilee schools and St. Michael School at the end of the 2018-2019 school year and appears to be working with a charter organization forming a network of charter schools.

21. Germantown Mayor Seeks Multifamily Moratorium -

In the waning minutes of a Germantown Planning Commission meeting this week, Mayor Mike Palazzolo proposed a moratorium on all new standalone multifamily developments in the suburb’s Smart Code zoning districts.

22. City Council to Discuss Memphis Pre-K Funding -

Memphis City Council members discuss Tuesday, Dec. 5, a still-forming proposal to fund an expansion of prekindergarten services in Memphis.

The discussion during the 2:15 p.m. executive session comes with a resolution that councilman Kemp Conrad, one of the resolution’s sponsors, said last week makes the case for some degree of city funding for pre-K.

23. Is There Room for Common-Sense Gun Legislation? -

The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action picks its battles judiciously. Once labeled as a bunch of anti-gun extremists, the group is anything but, spokeswoman Kat McRitchie says.

“We seek common ground. We work with legislators on both sides of the aisle. We’re nonpartisan,” McRitchie explains. “We’re simply looking for common-sense gun solutions, which the majority of Americans support.”

24. Lenox Park Buildings Sell for $5.3 Million -

This week's Real Estate Recap features the sale of two Class A office buildings totaling more than 200,000 square feet; a residential development being planned near a proposed new elementary school in Germantown; and more.

25. Developers Eyeing 117-Lot Subdivision Near New Elementary School in Germantown -

Looking to capitalize on its proximity to Germantown’s new elementary school site, developers have submitted an application to planning officials for 117-lot subdivision near the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike.

26. County Primary Filing Opens With Paperwork Flurry -

A total of 37 prospective candidates in the May 2018 county primaries pulled qualifying petitions last week on the first day of the filing period Friday, Nov. 17.

And the first contenders through the doors at the Shelby County Election Commission in a period that extends to a February deadline confirms a few trends.

27. SCS Board Refuses State Order to Share Student Information With Charters -

Shelby County Schools board members put their feet down Tuesday, Oct. 31, and said they will not share student information with the state-run Achievement School District and charter schools operating as part of the ASD.

28. SCS Board Refuses State Order to Share Student Information With Charters -

Shelby County Schools board members made their intent clearer Tuesday, Oct. 31, on sharing student information with the state-run Achievement School District and charter schools operating as part of the ASD. And in the process, the school system is likely to be in court along with the Metro Nashville Schools system over the decision.

29. Events -

The 2018-Model Memphis International Auto Show takes place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Experience the latest in-car technology, research your next vehicle and test drive more than a dozen vehicles on site. Buy discount e-tickets at memphisautoshow.com.

30. Coming Back -

Heavy machinery has been moving dirt around for a few months now on the E.H. Crump Boulevard lot that was once the site of the Fowler Homes public housing development. Leaders with the city of Memphis and the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ (COGIC) got around to the formalities Wednesday, Oct. 11, of breaking ground for construction of Mason Village – a $12.5 million development of 77 affordable townhomes on the site.

31. Profound Effect -

The life of a college basketball walk-on tends to be an uneven equation. All those hours of practice, day after day after day. In return, precious minutes on game nights. Well, every few weeks.

In the case of Jonathan Wilfong, a Memphis University School grad who walked on at Southern Methodist University, he played 11 minutes his entire freshman season and 22 as a sophomore. He got a little more run the next two years, including a 16-minute stint when SMU smashed the University of Memphis 103-62 as Wilfong scored four points.

32. Skipping School -

The farm field at East Shelby Drive and Sycamore Road is “growing” steel beams, classroom walls and concrete floors. Nearby, the athletic fields of the new $90 million Collierville High School are being traced and laid out at summer’s end next to the framework of the large school.

33. The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20 -

Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...

34. Last Word: The Orange Mound Way, Midtown Apartments and 'I Am A Man' Plaza -

First day of school redux on Tuesday for students in Memphis Catholic Schools and it is a half-day. The first day of classes in most of the county’s other schools Monday went smoothly. Shelby County Schools reports more than 6,000 students registered on the first day of school despite another concerted effort at numerous events to register students in advance. That’s in a school system of approximately 96,000 students.

35. Milford Joins Chamber As Programming, Events Director -

Ericka Milford recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as director of events and programming, a job in which she’s responsible for planning and executing chamber events and programs and for increasing engagement opportunities for members and the community. Milford’s new role marks her return to the chamber, where she served as events coordinator from 2007 to 2012 before taking a job with HigherVisibility.

36. Advocates Slam Trump Plan to Reduce Aid for College Students -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education advocates say President Donald Trump's budget contradicts his campaign pledge to make college more affordable with its proposed elimination of subsidized student loans and cuts in other programs that help students pay tuition.

37. Events -

Sierra Club Chickasaw Group will host a Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan update presentation Thursday, May 18, at 5:50 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. John Zeanah, deputy director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, will discuss an overview of Memphis 3.0, the key findings so far, and a summary of community input received to date. Q&A will follow. Visit facebook.com/Chickasaw.Group for details.

38. Last Word: Deeper on Beale, End of Session and Johnny Mathis -

Beale Street keeps its cover charge on Saturday nights during its Memphis In May peak. But the district has some complex questions to resolve about its future and who controls that future. If that wasn’t evident before, it became apparent at City Hall Tuesday. It wasn’t the council action on the Beale Street Bucks program that was significant as much as it was the council’s discussion.

39. Parkinson Rejects Owens’ Politics in Legislature -

NASHVILLE – Recognition for the Rev. Bill Owens turned into a rebuke on the House floor when a Memphis legislator discovered the activist pastor campaigned for President Donald Trump and urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.

40. Parkinson Rejects Owens’ Politics After He is Honored -

NASHVILLE – Recognition for the Rev. Bill Owens turned into a rebuke on the House floor when a Memphis legislator discovered the activist pastor campaigned for President Donald Trump and urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.

41. Last Word: Milhaus Sells, Voucher Debate Gets Heated and Boyd's Fly Around -

Highland Row isn’t fully open yet and it is already up for sale as part of a real estate portfolio. The owner, Milhaus, based in Indianapolis, is a development, construction and property management company that works in mixed use development. And the portfolio being on the market could turn into a recapitalization.

42. Another Country -

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

An arrow pointing east is the way to Memphis. The western arrow reads Chucalissa.

43. Publicly Advancing -

WHEN PUBLIC GOES PRIVATE, WE HAVE IT BACKWARDS. My kids and I know more about public schools and public school innovation than our brand-new secretary of education and voucher poster girl, Betsy DeVos, and our own state senator and voucher poster boy, Brian Kelsey.

44. Last Word: The Borders of Violence, Guilty Verdict and Blue Suede Security -

Whenever there is a shooting of or near school children, one of the first things that happens once the police have investigated is detailing exactly where the incident happened – specifically whether it was actually on school property or near school property.

45. Frayser Charter Seeks to Take Over Humes Prep Academy -

Bobby White admits Humes Preparatory Academy is a “challenging situation.”

“But it’s a situation that is manageable,” he told a group of 40 people in the auditorium of the North Memphis school Wednesday, Jan. 11.

46. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

47. Crosstown High Hires Terrill As Executive Director -

Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.

The board of Crosstown High announced Monday, Jan. 2, that it has named Chris Terrill, an educator from Mooresville, North Carolina, as the school’s first executive director.

48. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016 -

By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.

Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.

49. Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill Market In Collierville, Piperton -

A father-son home builder duo of Doug and Chris Dickens has taken advantage of a strengthening housing market recently by specializing in infill development, primarily in the Collieville and Piperton areas.

50. Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round -

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Launched in 1989 as Arts in the Park in Overton Park before relocating to the Memphis Botanic Garden in 1992, the fest was revitalized in 2007 as RiverArtsFest and moved to its present location.

51. New Schools Giving Memphis Suburbs More Autonomy -

Some of the trees along East Shelby Drive on the 158 acres at Sycamore Road are in rows. It’s the unmistakable sign of a tree nursery. And before that it was considered a prime dove hunting location.

52. Last Word: The Bible Veto Override Vote, Grizz Nostalgia and Kroger Goes Online -

The Tennessee Legislature hoped to end its 2016 session Wednesday at the end of an eventful day that included a failed attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.
But into Wednesday evening, the state House was still debating the Hall tax on dividends – specifically further roll backs of it. And the Senate had gone home for the night.
So Thursday looks like a good bet for the adjournment for the year and the formal start of the election season for incumbents.

53. Crosstown High School Plans Emerge -

As more details emerged this week of a new high school in the mammoth Crosstown Concourse redevelopment, there remained many other details to work out before the August 2017 planned opening.

Crosstown High School, which would use the University of Memphis’ Campus School as a model, has been talked about behind the scenes since Gestalt Community Services pulled out of Concourse last year. SCS board members got their first look at the plan Tuesday, Jan. 19.

54. Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District -

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

55. The Week Ahead: Nov. 30, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from snow and sledding at the Levitt Shell to orientation for members of the new Memphis City Council...

56. Daniel Allen Joins Red Door As Financial Adviser -

Daniel Allen has joined Red Door Wealth Management as vice president, financial adviser, marking Red Door’s first hire of a financial adviser since its inception in 2010. In his new role, Allen helps develop client relationships and financial strategies that solve complex financial issues and create value for clients.

57. Aitken Makes Case for Collierville’s New $99 Million School -

There is the effort to sell Collierville residents on the specific plan for a $99 million comprehensive high school for 3,000 students. And then there is the effort to avoid a referendum on the $99 million bond issue that could follow approval of a property tax hike for the new school construction.

58. School’s End -

When Catholic Bishop Terry Steib put on a hardhat a week ago to break ground on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s new $4.2 million Cathedral Center, he had the attention of the school’s youngest students.

59. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

60. Push For New Collierville High School Begins -

This is not an election year in Collierville.

But at a Collierville Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken kicked off a summer campaign about schools and taxes.

61. I Choose Memphis: Rodney J. Rowan -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Rodney J. Rowan

Job title and company: Principal, Cherokee Elementary School, SCS I-Zone School

62. Moms Demand Action Seeks Common-Sense Gun Restrictions -

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.

This spring, lawmakers who want to loosen gun restrictions will get a morale boost from a three-day National Rifle Association convention. It coincides with consideration of several gun-related bills, including one that would eliminate the need for a firearms permit altogether.

63. Shelby County's School Systems Prepare to Build -

Shelby County government will have $110 million in bonds over the next two years to finance school construction projects across the seven public school systems.

And just from the early plans on the drawing board, there is no shortage of projects. Some of them are also to be funded by property tax revenue from the suburban municipalities that formed their own six separate school districts that opened for classes this past August.

64. Pitts-Murdock Leading Library’s Teen Services -

R. Janae Pitts-Murdock has been named coordinator of teen services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, a role in which she’s responsible for coordinating teen programs, partnerships and special initiatives across 18 locations.

65. Schools, Development Dominate Germantown Races -

Germantown will have a new mayor once all of the votes are counted Nov. 4 in the city’s municipal elections on the ballot.

But the race between former Germantown Community Services director George Brogdon and alderman Mike Palazzolo likely won’t completely settle the community’s discussion and debate about development and the future of the Germantown Municipal Schools district.

66. Old School, New Day -

Vasco Smith remembers working the polls at Fairview Junior High School in the 1960s as a child. His job was simple – to hand out campaign literature and not stray within the 100-foot limit by law between poll workers and the polling place in the gymnasium.

67. Will More Rentals Slow Rising Home Prices? -

Hardly a day goes by that a residential real estate broker is not asked: “When will it end?”

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., authors Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog and sends it daily to subscribers. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in his August 25 edition:

68. Class is In -

For Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken, the demerger of public schools in Shelby County didn’t become “real” until teachers reported the week before the Aug. 4 first day of classes.

69. Busby Joins Howell Marketing as Social Media Manager -

Lisa Busby has joined Howell Marketing Strategies LLC as a social media manager, handling the social media marketing for several accounts. Busby’s background includes experience in the business, media and nonprofit sectors – including past roles as a radio news reporter and writer, and as a print editor in the national headquarters for the Fraternal Order of Police.

70. Game Changer -

One educator’s reform is another educator’s wrong move.

Dorsey Hopson doesn’t use the word “reform” as often as he uses the term “game changer.”

But the superintendent of Shelby County Schools has himself become a game changer as the school board that signed him to a three-year contract last September weighs a further extension of his three-year contract that for now runs through September 2016.

71. May County Primary Results Certified -

The closest race in the May Shelby County primary elections turned into a tale of the tape Wednesday, May 21, as the Shelby County Election Commission certified the results of that and all of the other races on the ballot.

72. Suburban Schools Seek Share of $50 Million -

The leaders of Shelby County’s seven school systems are expected to make their cases before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday, May 7, for $50 million in capital funds the county set aside for the current fiscal year.

73. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

74. Germantown Schools Tuition Debate Lingers -

UPDATE: In a special meeting Friday, March 7, the Germantown Municipal Schools board voted 3-0 to rescind its tuition requirement for open enrollment of students living outside Germantown.

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75. Demerger Debate -

In five months, a new school year will begin in Shelby County. And for a second straight academic year, many parents will be able to say it is unlike any in their lifetimes.

The first and last school year of the unified Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems will be followed by what educators are calling the “demerger.”

76. Goldsworthy: Germantown, Collierville Discuss Schools Contract -

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy says Germantown and Collierville schools leaders are discussing a contract to allow Collierville students to continue attending the Germantown district’s Houston High in the new academic year.

77. State of the Union: Of Pledges, Pleas and Setbacks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.

78. Suburban Superintendents Start Work -

Each of their contracts now approved, the superintendents and directors of Shelby County six suburban school systems sat down Tuesday, Jan. 7, around the same table for the first time to talk about how to build their school districts.

79. Makino Named Music Director at Opera Memphis -

Ben Makino has joined Opera Memphis as the company’s music director. The conductor and pianist, who most recently worked with the Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, Calif., previously served as the music director of Opera Memphis’ inaugural 30 Days of Opera in 2012.

80. Aitken Officially Hired to Lead Collierville Schools -

There were only a few contract details remaining last week between former Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken and the job of superintendent of the Collierville Schools system.

Those were worked out Monday, Dec. 16, and Aitken was hired by the Collierville Schools board, becoming the first leader of one of the six suburban school systems.

81. Aitken Officially Hired to Lead Collierville Schools -

There were only a few contract details remaining last week between former Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken and the job of superintendent of the Collierville Schools system.

Those were worked out Monday, Dec. 16, and Aitken was hired by the Collierville Schools board, becoming the first leader of one of the six suburban school systems.

82. Leadership Selections Next for Suburban School Boards -

For five of the six municipal schools boards that began taking office this week, their only formal involvement in the talks that led to agreements on school buildings and ending the federal lawsuit that threatened to hold up their start dates was to approve the agreements already negotiated.

83. Mechatronics -

“Mechatronics.” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the word so fast that it got lost in the echo of the large aircraft hangar at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology near Memphis International Airport.

84. House District 91 Candidates Share Stage -

For the first time in a shortened campaign season, all seven candidates in the Oct. 8 Democratic primary for state House District 91 shared the same stage.

Early voting in the primary continues through Thursday, Oct. 3.

85. Events -

The fifth annual Mike Conley Bowl-n-Bash, benefiting the Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, 1576 S. White Station Road. Individual tickets are $125; teams of four are $500. Visit methodisthealth.org/bowlnbash to register.

86. Private Schools Credit Range of Reasons for Growth -

While much of the public’s attention remains focused on the newly consolidated public schools, many of the Mid-South’s privately funded schools are quietly heralding their own milestones and new developments.

87. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

88. 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.

89. Learning Curve -

When the first day of the first school year of the unified county school system opened Monday, Aug. 5, a group of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson stopped at Millington Middle School.

90. Hopson Heads Both School Systems -

The city and county school systems have a single school superintendent less than five months from the start of the first school year of the consolidated school system in Shelby County.

Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson was appointed interim Shelby County Schools superintendent at the first countywide school board meeting since the board approved a buyout last week of county schools superintendent John Aitken.

91. Aitken Buyout Approved -

The contract of Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken has been bought out by the countywide school board at Aitken’s request. And it takes effect immediately.

The board decision came after a closed session with the board’s attorneys for nearly an hour Tuesday, March 19.

92. School Board To Consider Reversing Course On Humes -

Countywide school board members meeting in special session Tuesday, March 19, will consider a recommendation to change or alter plans for an optional school for the musical arts at Humes Middle School and instead turn the school over to the state-led Achievement School District.

93. Gun Ban Would Protect More Than 2,200 Firearms -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.

94. School Board Asks For $145 Million Extra -

The countywide school board is asking the Shelby County Commission for $145 million in extra funding for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

The “ask” is a preliminary number that goes to a county commission budget retreat scheduled for Feb. 23. It is extra funding beyond the $361 million county government currently provides both school systems.

95. Luttrell ‘Alarmed’ Over Budget Numbers -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell meets Friday, Feb. 8, with Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken to look over the still tentative budget plan for the consolidated school system that debuts in August.

96. Schools Merger Begins Move Into Parental Reality -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel noticed lots of parents of school children from the county outside of Memphis at the annual camp-out for optional school enrollment over the long weekend.

97. Sheriffs, State Lawmakers Push Back on Gun Control -

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama's proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions – and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions.

98. New Heroes -

SCHOOL LESSONS IN HEROISM. On Friday morning, Dec. 21 – one week after semi-automatic gunfire swept through elementary school classrooms and the nation, murdering innocence – one week after a Memphis police officer stood between a bullet and you and me, giving us all she had – a single two-ton bell in the tower of Idlewild Presbyterian Church rang 29 times. Once for officer Martoiya Lang, 20 times for the children of Newtown, six times for their teachers and, unlike anywhere else I’m aware of, once for the shooter’s mother and once for him. Each is the toll of madness, of misplaced priorities and violence, of the belief that more armed violence is not only a righteous solution but a constitutional right. And of a country where it’s easier to buy an assault rifle than vote, easier to buy ammunition than Sudafed.

99. School Board Delays Vote On School Closings -

Countywide school board members put off a vote Tuesday, Nov. 20, on a recommendation to close 21 schools in northwest and southwest Memphis.

The recommendation from the schools consolidation planning commission is considered one of the most controversial items from the citizens group that made 172 recommendations in all on the move to a merger of Shelby County's two public school systems earlier this year.

100. Countywide Board to Consider Closing 21 Schools -

When countywide school board members finish their work session Tuesday, Nov. 20, the real work will begin.

That’s when the school board will get back to the work of acting on schools merger recommendations from the consolidation planning commission.