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VOL. 129 | NO. 164 | Friday, August 22, 2014

Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

Move-In Day

University of Memphis students welcome new academic year

Cale Alexander, left, and Conner Alexander are among the University of Memphis students who began moving into the dorms Thursday, Aug. 21, in anticipation of the start of class Monday.

Source: Horizon Under Contract To Be Purchased

The Horizon, an uncompleted 16-story residential tower overlooking the Mississippi River on the southern end of Downtown, could change hands soon.

TVA to Replace Allen Plant With Natural Gas

The 55-year-old Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis will be replaced with a new $975 million natural gas plant to be built in the shadow of the original facility, the Tennessee Valley Authority board decided Thursday, Aug. 21, in Knoxville.

Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
71°F
Fair
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

Pickler Cos. will host One Day, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Friday, Aug. 22, from noon to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Pickler Wealth Advisors, 1135 Halle Park Circle. The event will include refreshments, T-shirts for sale, music and a dunk tank featuring local celebrities, educators and personalities. Email hhagerman@picklercompanies.com.

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School Scores Provide Answers, Create More Questions

The last phase of the state’s delayed rollout of achievement test scores came and went this week with a blur of percentages for hundreds of schools in Shelby County and explanations of success formulas for elementary and middle school students versus high school students.

Chandler’s ‘Southern Pantry’ to Hit Shelves Soon

The next cookbook from Memphis chef, writer and restaurant consultant Jennifer Chandler hits stores in October, and she has a few signings already scheduled in Memphis to promote it.

Bartlett Mayor McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.

SPORTS

SEC’s New Quarterbacks Ready to Prove Themselves

They are the SEC quarterbacks left behind. The quarterbacking gods, with names like Manziel, McCarron, Mettenberger and Murray – what is it about M’s? – have ascended to a higher place: playing on Sundays in the NFL.

Wade: Pastner Hits Reset Button on Roster, Season

John Calipari never could have gotten away with this. Wait, let me rephrase that:

Oklahoma State Highlights Tigers’ Schedule

The University of Memphis has released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season and it includes a home game against Oklahoma State and opening the season in South Dakota on Nov. 18 against Wichita State, which spent much of last season undefeated.

AP Source: Vols Adding Memphis Transfer Woodson

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Dominic Woodson is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee, a source close to the situation said.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Skinny

THE NAKED TRUTH. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny dipping, two stand out. The first ended in an FBI interrogation and the other in front of a generation of city leaders.

Minimizing Jargon

Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.

MEMPHIS AREA

Violent Crime Up in Shelby County So Far This Year

MEMPHIS (AP) – Statistics show violent crimes in Shelby County have increased during the first seven months of this year, compared with the same time period in 2013.

STATEWIDE

UAW Says Volkswagen Signups in Tennessee Hit 670

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – A United Auto Workers leader says a new local in Chattanooga has signed up the equivalent of what would have been a winning margin for the union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Offer

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

Applications for US Unemployment Aid Fall to 298,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

REAL ESTATE

US Housing Recovery Appears to be Back on Track

WASHINGTON (AP) – A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

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