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1. Memphian One of Two Females Appointed to Key Clerk Roles in Legislature
- Wednesday, January 18, 2017
They don’t get much press, but they are making history for women working with the General Assembly.
Murfreesboro resident Tammy Letzler is the first female to serve as chief clerk of either house of the General Assembly, following the trailblazing path of House Speaker Beth Harwell. And Memphis native Kim Cox is serving this session as assistant chief clerk, making her the first African-American female to take that role.
2. Growth Accelerates Need for Tennessee Road Projects
- Thursday, January 05, 2017
Tennessee’s lieutenant governor-in-waiting predicts Gov. Bill Haslam will propose a modest fuel-tax increase in early 2017 to bolster the state’s road and bridge construction program.
Republican Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge, the Senate’s outgoing Budget Committee chairman and likely next Senate speaker, says his “reading of the tea leaves” projects Haslam asking legislators to raise gas and diesel taxes but equalize the rates, which are separated by 3 cents per gallon.
3. Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker.
Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.
4. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature
- Thursday, November 17, 2016
Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.
5. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians?
- Thursday, November 10, 2016
Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.
And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place.
6. Spivey: Harwell Shots Not About Durham
- Thursday, October 06, 2016
Fallout from Jeremy Durham’s House expulsion keeps piling up. In the latest brouhaha, outgoing Rep. Billy Spivey is calling for an investigation into a report of alleged abuse by House Chief Clerk Joe McCord involving a female staff member working in the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell.
7. Legislator: Marijuana Law Has Problems
- Thursday, September 29, 2016
State Rep. William Lamberth balks at the notion Memphis and Nashville are softening the punishment for simple pot possession.
8. The Crooked Path to Durham’s Ouster
- Thursday, September 22, 2016
State Rep. Kevin Brooks set the tone for Jeremy Durham’s ouster in prayer, of all places. Quoting from Luke, the Cleveland Republican opened the recent extraordinary session of the General Assembly saying, “Heavenly Father, you’re very clear in your word when you say that every valley will be filled, every mountain and hill brought low and the crooked places made straight and the rough places made smooth.
9. The World at your Doorstep
- Saturday, August 27, 2016
There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.
10. Matlock the ‘Truth,’ ‘Justice’ Candidate For Tennessee House Speaker
- Thursday, August 18, 2016
Republican state Rep. Jimmy Matlock insists his quest for the House Speaker’s post is not a challenge of Beth Harwell’s leadership.
But it’s clear he sees a need for change.
11. Red State, Blue Mayors
- Thursday, July 28, 2016
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.
12. The Horse Race That (Thankfully) Never Happened
- Thursday, June 16, 2016
There I was, cranking out another story, minding my own business, of course, when the phone rang.
“Newsroom, Sam Stockard,” I said. It was sometime in 1987, long before newsrooms became information centers.
13. Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs
- Saturday, April 23, 2016
MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.
14. ‘Fearless’ Stewart Embraces Battles With Supermajority
- Saturday, March 12, 2016
Democratic state Rep. Mike Stewart lives on the front lines of the Tennessee General Assembly. As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus with 26 members, Stewart could employ a bunker mentality, but instead has chosen to take the fight to the other side of the aisle.
15. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard
- Saturday, January 23, 2016
Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.
16. Refugees, Regents, Privatization On Tap for New Session
- Friday, January 01, 2016
State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.
17. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal'
- Saturday, December 05, 2015
The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.
18. Tennessee’s Landlords Find Hidden Costs of Privatization
- Thursday, November 12, 2015
Murfreesboro businessman Tom Hyde felt the sting of Tennessee’s privatization practices two years ago when a representative of Jones Lang Lasalle notified him he would have to pay the company a commission as part of his next lease agreement.
19. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts
- Saturday, October 10, 2015
The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.
20. Stones’ Nashville Connections Go Way Back
- Saturday, June 13, 2015
While Brad Paisley lives what he calls “a bucket list item” by singing while playing his guitar in typically showy fashion as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, the most important guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll history and a man idolized by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be sitting in his house on Blueberry Hill in the hills of northern Davidson County.
21. An ‘Epiphany’ for Legislators on In-State Tuition
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tina Sharma grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Martin Luther King High School in Nashville and enrolled at Belmont University. She calls the Volunteer State home.
22. What Better Place for an NRA Convention?
- Saturday, April 04, 2015
When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.
In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
23. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.
Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.
UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.
24. Batch Gets Bigger With Storefront, Fourth City
- Saturday, December 06, 2014
Batch is gonna need a bigger box.
The Nashville-based foodie subscription service, which curates amazing mini-collections of locally-made edibles and packs them up and ships them all over the U.S. and Canada, has added a fourth city – Austin – and a permanent storefront at the Nashville Farmers Market.
25. Batch Subscription Service Expands, Adds Gifts
- Thursday, November 06, 2014
The Batch subscription service that sends a surprise collection of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps expanded to Memphis at the beginning of this year after launching first in Nashville.
26. Batch Memphis Launches Gift Service
- Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The three Nashville friends who started Batch Nashville, which delivers a surprise batch of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps, are bringing the service to Memphis.
Nashville entrepreneur Sam Davidson said the group behind Batch Nashville had been looking to bring the model to another city in the state and looked for one “that had a growing sense of local pride, as well as a national brand.”
27. Shakin’ Up Beale
- Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The newest addition to Beale Street is a Memphis music legend. Jerry Lee Lewis, the last living member of the Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet,” is lending his name and personal items to a nightspot at 310 Beale St.
28. Smaller, Greener Homes New Focus for Builders
- Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The characteristics, features and sizes of new homes are evolving, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders that delves into what is anticipated for the industry by the year 2015.
29. 36 Tenn. Counties Lack Web Site, Survey Finds
- Friday, September 25, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than a third of Tennessee counties don't have their own Web site, according to a survey by a nonprofit conservative group.
The Sam Adams Alliance reviewed county Web sites in 36 states, assessing whether they offered information about budgets, upcoming meetings, elected and administrative officials, audits, zoning, contracts, lobbying, public records and taxes.
30. City Housing Begins $9M Westwood Property
- Wednesday, August 27, 2008
General contractor City Housing LLC has begun site work on the $9 million Austin Park Place, a 71-unit, low-income rental community in Westwood along the west side of Horn Lake Road between Raines Road and Shelby Drive.
31. Despite Housing Downturn, Plans Unveiled for 600-lot Development in Arlington
- Tuesday, August 21, 2007
At a time when builders are scaling back nationally because of sagging home sales and the slowing economy, an ambitious subdivision in Arlington is about to take shape.
The $24 million, 326-acre Villages at White Oak is an expansive residential, retail and office development just north of Interstate 40 near the Shelby-Fayette county line.
32. Sam Davidson NamedPresident of FaxonGillis
- Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Jerry Gillis, president and CEO of FaxonGillis Homes, announced Tuesday that Sam Davidson has moved into the roles of president and chief operating officer at FaxonGillis. Davidson has been in the homebuilding industry f
33. CBU Business School to Honor Buckman
- Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Christian Brothers University's School of Business honors Memphis businessman/entrepreneur Robert Buckman at the school's annual Founders Dinner Saturday. Buckman is president and chairman of the board of The Applied Knowledge Group Inc. He also serves as chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors of Bulab Holdings Inc., parent company of Buckman Laboratories.
34. Archived Article: Real Focus
- Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Habitat, home builders construct valuable relationships
Habitat, home builders construct valuable relationships
By STACEY WIEDOWER
The Daily News
Theyre accustomed to wielding hammers, hoisting roof joists and coordinating subcontractor ...