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1. 'It's About Time': Trump Pardons Late Boxer Jack Johnson -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction.

2. City Announces 10-Member Zoo Parking Advisory Team -

A 10-member city advisory panel will be part of the process for settling on a specific design for expansion and reconfiguration of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park.

The city administration announced Thursday, Oct. 5, the names of 10 people to the panel, which will first offer feedback on the preliminary work of designers and then select a concept plan.

3. City Announces 10-Member Zoo Parking Advisory Team -

A 10-member city advisory panel will be part of the process for settling on a specific design for expansion and reconfiguration of parking for the Memphis Zoo in Overton Park.

The city administration announced Thursday, Oct. 5, the names of 10 people to the panel, which will first offer feedback on the preliminary work of designers and then select a concept plan.

4. Former Sen. Douglas Henry, Longest-Serving Lawmaker, Dies -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Sen. Douglas Henry, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, has died. He was 90.

5. McNally Voted Tennessee Senate Speaker -

Promising to maintain Tennessee’s strong fiscal standing, veteran legislator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge took the gavel Tuesday as Senate speaker, replacing Ron Ramsey, who over the last decade led a Republican majority to power in the Tennessee General Assembly.

6. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

7. New Year, New Resolutions for Legislators -

Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into 3 1/2 months, it might be worth a try.

8. 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.

9. Norris Recounts Path to Majority Status, Dunavant Award -

Good government isn’t a bowl of cherries. There will be controversy even with the best of intentions and with everything done by the numbers. And that applies to those who win awards like state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

10. Last Word: The Curtain Falls in Nashville, Political Cuneiform and Ramsey Talks -

And in less than a half hour Wednesday, the de-annexation drama that should qualify as the political equivalent of a Netflix binge-watchable television series made just for Memphis was done.

11. 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.

12. Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey Announces He Won't Run Again -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a leading figure in the Republican takeover of all three branches of Tennessee state government, announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

13. Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs -

The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

The races for four of those six open seats and the seat now held by an appointee to the council are going to a Nov. 19 runoff election – one week before Thanksgiving.

14. Memphis Mayoral Field Set at 10 -

Shelby County Election Commissioners have certified the Memphis election ballot for Oct. 8.

These are the names to appear on that ballot for the 15 elected offices.

The commission met hours after the noon Thursday, July 23, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the ballot if they wished.

15. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

16. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

17. Ramsey: No Medicaid Expansion Until 2017 -

The Tennessee legislative session ended in late April, giving itself a little more than two and a-half months to handle the state’s business. That’s plenty of time, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

18. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape -

Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

19. Deloitte Promotes Vince DeGutis -

Vince DeGutis, a partner in Deloitte Tax LLP, has been named Deloitte’s Memphis managing partner.
In his new role, DeGutis is responsible for overseeing the Memphis office, enhancing Deloitte’s brand and reputation in the business and civic community, and facilitating revenue growth by advancing targeting and growth activities. He is also responsible for the development and implementation strategies to attract and retain the next generation of leaders within Deloitte.

20. Overtimes, Trade Dominate Grizz Weekend -

The Memphis Grizzlies have played a lot of big games and made a lot of moments in recent years at FedExForum. Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, which required two overtimes and included Tony Allen, aka The Grindfather, hugging an inflatable birthday cake as fans serenaded him, was one of the wilder and stranger ones.

21. Minyard Joins Barge Waggoner -

Tom Minyard, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as the civil works program manager. In his new role, Minyard’s responsibilities include the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction as it relates to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. His areas of technical interest include flood risk reduction, navigation, ecosystem restoration and emergency response.

22. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN -

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

23. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 -

2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.

24. Kyle Awarded Wilder Law School Scholarship -

Glen Alan Kyle is the 2013 recipient of the first BankTennessee John S. Wilder Law School Scholarship.

25. Kyle Awarded First Wilder Law School Scholarship -

Glen Alan Kyle is the 2013 recipient of the first BankTennessee John S. Wilder Law School Scholarship.

26. Ramsey Steered to the Right by Harvey, Reagan -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has one issue that has drawn little attention that he wants to pass through this session of the legislature: redrawing the state’s judicial districts.

27. Kyle Wants GOP Senate Caucus Meetings Open -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The top Democrat in the state Senate is calling on Republicans to make the upper chamber of the General Assembly subject to open government laws, saying he wants to see more transparency in government.

28. Wings Ride Team to Cycle for Cancer Funds, Awareness -

The Wings Ride Team will depart Sept. 28 at noon on a 500-mile charity cycling event to promote cancer awareness, encourage healthy lifestyles, and raise funds for Wings Cancer Foundation’s Wellness Program.

29. Cohen Talks About Opponents, Schools, Race and His Political Past -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is running for a fourth term in Congress starting with the Aug. 2 primary, in which he is being challenged by countywide school board member Tomeka Hart.

30. AIA Honors Industry’s Local Activity -

Despite hard times, there has been a whirlwind of activity in Memphis’ design community over the past year.

That’s the message Josh Flowers, general counsel at Hnedak Bobo Group Inc. and president of the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, gave Saturday, March 31, at the annual Celebration of Architecture Gala and 2012 Design Awards at Circuit Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St.

31. APNewsBreak: FBI Probes Never Entangled McWherter -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ned McWherter, one of the most powerful Tennessee Democrats during his quarter century in public life, never got caught up in any of the FBI undercover investigations that pushed another governor out of office early and led to several prison sentences and suicides for others in his party.

32. Bradley Named Mid-South Super Lawyer -

J. Anthony Bradley has been named for the third consecutive year to the Mid-South Super Lawyers for estate planning and probate practice areas.

33. McWherter Criticizes Ramsey's Leadership in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter is criticizing Republican Ron Ramsey's performance in charge of the state Senate.

34. U of M School of Music Appoints Rushing Director -

Dr. Randal Rushing, professor of voice and soloist of the concert and opera stage, has been appointed director for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Rushing has been a faculty member at the school for 20 years.

35. Wilder in ICU After Stroke -

Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder was in “pretty serious” condition Tuesday in the intensive care unit of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, a Democratic Party official said.

36. Somerville Post Office to be Named after Wilder -

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill to rename the Somerville post office after former Tennessee Lt. Gov. John Wilder has cleared its final legislative hurdle by passing the U.S. Senate.

37. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Tim Bolding, founding executive director of United Housing Inc., will speak. Cost is $90 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $80 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

38. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Karen Kitchens, program officer at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., will speak. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

39. Stanley’s Rise – and Fall -

Paul Stanley is a political result of the conservative backlash that with the 1994 mid-term elections gave the GOP majorities in the U.S. House and Senate for the first time since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

40. Williams Election Completes NE Tenn. Power Shift -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Republican takeover of the General Assembly has been accompanied by a geographical power shift that may finally put to rest the old saying that Tennessee ends in Knoxville.

41. GOP Rejects Kurita's Secretary of State Bid -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says Republican leaders are not supportive of former Democratic Sen. Rosalind Kurita's bid to become Tennessee's secretary of state.

42. Analysis: GOP Set to Shake Up Tenn. Capitol -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Republicans can flex newfound muscle and shake the Tennessee Capitol to its foundation when they take control of the General Assembly in January.

The seismic change the election is bringing to the political power structure comes as the state faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

43. 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.

44. Alexander, Tuke Campaign With Velvet Gloves -

The only statewide election on the Nov. 4 ballot hasn’t featured any of the television attack ads that have saturated the local airwaves since last year’s congressional primary campaigns in North Mississippi. The wave crossed the state line and continued in the race to the August GOP congressional primary in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

45. Council Ballot Whittled to Four -

When union leader Paul Shaffer and Midtown neighborhood activist Mary Wilder had lunch last week, the two had something in common to discuss.

They both are among the 11 candidates who had filed to run in the Nov. 4 special election for a seat on the Memphis City Council.

46. Eleven File For Council Seat -

A field of 11 candidates had filed by Thursday’s noon deadline for an open seat on the Memphis City Council on the Nov. 4 ballot. Four of the contenders ran for the council just a year ago. Also at the deadline, three Memphis school board members were effectively re-elected when they failed to draw any opposition.

47. Eleven File For Council Seat -

A field of 11 candidates had filed by today's noon deadline for an open seat on the Memphis City Council on the Nov. 4 ballot. Four of the contenders ran for the council just a year ago. Also at the deadline, three Memphis school board members were effectively re-elected when they failed to draw any opposition.

48. Bredesen Reaffirms Commitment To Tennessee Plan -

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen wants the Tennessee Plan for selecting appeals court judges to remain in place.

Bredesen commented last week during a trip to Memphis that included the ceremonial swearing in of new Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court Judge Camille McMullen of Memphis.

49. Wilder’s Farewell Letter Written in Usual Style -

After 44 years in the Tennessee Senate, John Wilder has penned a farewell letter that is a mix of the political and the existential.

For years, Wilder has blended the two in speeches parsed by other political leaders in the state wary of Wilder’s power but often puzzled by his frequent references to “the cosmos.”

50. Wilder Mulls Reviving Judicial Selection Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder says he doesn't want to see Tennessee's Judicial Selection Commission expire next year, but he's unsure whether he will try to revive a proposal that would keep it going.

51. Bill on Judicial Selection Passes House, Stalls in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House members voted Tuesday in favor of changing the way state appellate court candidates are selected, but the same measure stalled in a Senate committee.

The bill passed in a 64-34 vote along party lines, despite a plea from Democratic House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh not to make it a partisan matter.

52. DUI Lawyer Advertising Ban Could Hurt Sponsor's Opponent -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state senator's proposal to ban defense attorneys from advertising their expertise with drunken driving cases could affect the opponent in her district's Democratic primary this summer.

53. 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.

54. John Wilder Announces he Won't Seek Re-Election to State Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - In a seven-minute speech Thursday, former Senate Speaker John Wilder announced the conclusion more than four decades of service in the state Senate.

Wilder, 86, was the longest-serving presiding officer of a legislative chamber in modern U.S. history until he lost his bid for another stint as speaker last year.

55. 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.

56. Wilder Returns to Capitol After Hospitalization -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. John Wilder is back at the Capitol.

The 86-year-old Mason Democrat was hospitalized over the weekend with pneumonia, and missed Monday's Senate floor session.

57. Former Lt. Gov. Wilder Hospitalized With Pneumonia -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder has been hospitalized since last week with pneumonia but his family says he's doing better and should be home soon.

The 86-year-old Mason Democrat was admitted to a local hospital last Wednesday, Senate Democratic Caucus spokesman Mark Brown said Monday.

58. Wilder Lends $500K to his Re-Election Campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) - If state Sen. John Wilder doesn't win re-election this year, it won't be for lack of money.

Wilder's most recent campaign finance report shows the 86-year-old Mason Democrat lent his own campaign $500,000 earlier this month. Wilder has served in the state Senate continuously since 1967.

59. U of M Honors John WilderWith Sculpture -      A bronze bust of state lawmaker John Wilder, a state senator from Fayette County and Tennessee's former lieutenant governor, will be put on permanent display in the main entrance of the John S. Wilder Tower at the Univer

60. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing -

It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.

With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.

61. Panel Suggests Including Others in Governor's Line of Succession -

NASHVILLE - A panel will recommend that the speakers of the state Senate and House and the state's constitutional officers be included in the line of succession when a governor temporarily surrenders his executive powers.

62. Senate Democratic Leader Basks in Role of 'Head Cowboy' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis was in a celebratory mood as the legislative session drew to a close last week.

Democrats had lost control of the Senate earlier in the year with the election of Republican Speaker Ron Ramsey, but still managed to shepherd most of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's agenda toward passage.

63. Richardson, Wicker Advance in District 89 Primaries -

Jeanne Richardson and Dave Wicker Jr. advanced Thursday to a July 17 general election showdown for the State House District 89 seat.

Richardson won the Democratic primary and Wicker captured the Republican primary in the low turnout special elections. Only 1,178 of the district's 33,000 registered voters cast ballots either on election day or during early voting.

64. Media-Buying Company Focuses On Small-Market Radio Stations -      In last year's state Senate race, a radio spot for Democrat John Wilder talked about how he'd juggled his legislative duties while caring for his dying wife, Marcelle.
     The couple had be

65. Fayette County Airport Steps up Security Measures -      The Fayette County Airport is getting a leg up thanks to a $55,000 grant from the state. Gov. Phil Bredesen made the announcement Monday.
     The funds come in the form of an aeronautics gr

66. U of M to Build $1.2 Million Softball Stadium -

A new softball stadium is the latest step in the University of Memphis' growth.

The $1.2 million, 250-seat stadium is planned for the university's south campus, near the intersection of Park Avenue and Getwell Road. Bidding has started on the construction contract.

67. State Senator Plans to Run for Juvenile Court Position -

After nearly 40 years in office, State Sen. Curtis S. Person Jr., R-Memphis, is making plans to retire from the Tennessee Senate in November.

But while other 71-year-olds might opt for leisure time at this point in life, Person would prefer a gavel to a fishing pole. The senator is making a bid for Shelby County Juvenile Court judge, the position from which his friend Judge Kenneth Turner will retire this year.

68. Archived Article: Newsmakers - HEADLINE

AdFed Names Pyramid Award Winners

The Memphis Advertising Federation named Robert Vornbrock and Glenna Rogers-Ward ad man and ad woman of the year at its 2005 Pyramid Awards ceremony. Vornbrock, president of diversified communications...

69. Archived Article: Events - Nobel Peace Laureate and Guatemalan civil rights leader Rigoberta Mench Tum speaks at 7 p

The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave., presents a lunch and fashion show from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today to kick off the 2004 Kroger St. Jude ...

70. Archived Article: Events - The Mid South Association of Health Underwriters holds a meeting at 9 a

The Mid South Association of Health Underwriters meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the conference room of Agency Services, 2550 Ridgeway Road. A breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Ho...

71. Archived Article: Daily Digest - OCharleys opens

OCharleys opens

in Olive Branch, Miss.

Today marks the opening of the 197th restaurant for the OCharleys chain, with the grand opening of the Olive Branch, Miss., store at 7880 Craft-Goodman Frontage Road.

The 6,823-squar...

72. Archived Article: Law Briefs - Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. hosts small business operators and leaders at a 1 p.m. Friday meeting in the mayor's office, 160 N. Main, Suite 850. About 35 small business leaders are expected to attend. Th...

73. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Two business people, a lieutenant governor and a Super Bowl hero are the recipients of the University of Memphis Alumni Associ Two business people, a lieutenant governor and a Super Bowl hero are the recipients of the University of Memphis Alumni As...

74. Archived Article: Standout St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Pharmacy for life During his 42-year career in pharmacy, Leonard Compton has experienced the industrys evolution By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Local pharmacist Leonard Compton recently received the Bowl of Hygeia Award, the ...

75. Archived Article: Focus Sidebar St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Rising prison population spurs consideration of privatizing prisons By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Shelby County is not the only county in Tennessee wrestling with the problem of a rising inmate population and a lack of space...

76. Archived Article: Calendar - June 8 June 8 Laurelwood Business and Professional Women will meet at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Road Ext. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Jane McGoldrick at 685-0495. June 9 The Direct...

77. Archived Article: Calendar - June 2 June 2 The Shelby County Domestic Violence Council will meet at 8 a.m. at Le Bonheur Hospital. The speaker will be Robert Bryden, president of the Memphis/Shelby County Crime Commission. For more information, call Mike Hughes at 576-5150. Jun...

78. Archived Article: Calendar - May 19 May 19 Memphis World Trade Club will meet at noon at the Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. The speaker will be Robert Milner of Wilkinson and Snowden who will provide an update on the Memphis Joint Intermodal Terminal. The cost is $16 per per...

79. Archived Article: New Towns - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Petitions would create three suburban towns By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Tennessee maps could include three new towns New Forest Hills, New Berryhill and Independence if petitions filed Monday at the Shelby County Election ...

80. Archived Article: Back - Sundquist makes bipartisan Sundquist makes bipartisan effort to address LLC issue Gov. Don Sundquist on Friday joined Lt. Gov. John Wilder and House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh in announcing the decision to appoint a task force to study the issue of limite...

81. Archived Article: Election Chg - Builders say balanced election good for industry Builders say balanced election good for industry By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News The continued balance between the Republican Congress and the Democratic White House following Tuesdayís ele...

82. Archived Article: Cyclists-sundquist - Notes 10/7 Cyclists/Sundquist Bike route could spur tourism, development By GABRIELLE C.L. SONGE The Daily News Tennessees First Lady, Martha Sundquist, and Virginias First Lady, Susan Allen, took a trip last spring biking along the Virginia Creeper...

83. Archived Article: Econ Brd Lj - lj 10/5 cates Economic board holds inaugural meeting By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News A new board that is responsible for developing strategies for improving economic development into the next century is now in place. The newly-formed Tennessee Boar...