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VOL. 133 | NO. 166 | Wednesday, August 22, 2018

MPD Officer Unmasked as 'Bob Smith' in Federal Hearing

  2:13pm

Memphis police Sgt. Tim Reynolds is “Bob Smith” – the fake Facebook persona the veteran officer used to befriend local protesters and monitor their activities.

Bredesen Seeks Rural Broadband Access Through TVA

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is calling for congressional action enabling the Tennessee Valley Authority to deliver broadband internet access to rural parts of the state, a plan his opponent, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, says would be “anti-competitive.”

SPORTS

David Moore Leaving Memphis Tigers Program, Brady White to Start as QB

  2:13pm

Quarterback David Moore is leaving the Memphis Tigers program, according to head coach Mike Norvell. “David Moore is no longer part of the program,” Norvell said. “He has elected to explore his options and transfer.” Norvell also announced Brady White will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers opening matchup against the Mercer Bears.

Even with Questions and Injuries, Alabama Has Rich People’s Problems

See if any of this sounds like cause for concern: The team has an ongoing quarterback controversy. It lost four defensive leaders to the NFL Draft, injuries have cut into the depth at outside linebacker, the secondary had a lousy scrimmage a couple of days ago, and the leading returning receiver only made 14 catches last season.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe meets Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Mary Jane Lessley of Signs Now will present “Top Tips for Winning Ways to Stay in Front of Your Market.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Time to Find a New Job is Now

For years, the job market has been tight. I’ve spoken to many job seekers who are suffering through work each day. They aren’t sure what their alternatives are, and they’re not prepared to be unemployed for any length of time. If you can relate, there’s good news for you.

5 Tips to Drive ROI with Influencer Marketing

Old-school word-of-mouth marketing has a new face in today’s world. It’s called influencer marketing, and it has some serious horsepower behind it. Engage the right influencers to talk about your brand through their social channels, and your message has the potential to reach brand new audiences, generally with a higher level of credibility behind the message than sheer self-promotion.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Drug Overdose Deaths Rise Again In 2017 to 1,776

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of Tennessee residents who died of drug overdoses has risen more than 8 percent, setting another record in 2017.

Report: Failing Fuel Pump Caused Deadly Helicopter Crash

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a deadly helicopter crash in Tennessee two years ago had been caused by a failing fuel pump.

Gov. Bill Haslam Announces School Testing Listening Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is launching a statewide tour to hear ideas to improve the state's problem-plagued elementary and secondary school online testing process.

REGIONAL NEWS

1959 Racial Slaying of Mississippi Teen Could Get Fresh Look

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Eberlene King remembers her 15-year-old brother as he lay dying, after white teenagers cruised through their black neighborhood in a pickup on Halloween night 1959 and shot him in the face.

Police Chief: Department Understaffed Amid Surge in Killings

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The police chief in Mississippi's most populous city says the department is understaffed and facing other issues amid a surge in slayings.

More Signatures Turned In For Arkansas Casino Proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in Arkansas have submitted thousands of additional signatures to try and get their proposal on the November ballot.

Toddlers Survive Alone For Days After Car Wreck Kills Mother

CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy and his 1-year-old brother survived alone for about two days after they were passengers in a single-car wreck that killed their mother in south Arkansas.

US NEWS

Top UNC Leaders Condemn Confederate Statue Toppling

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Leaders of North Carolina's university system spoke out Tuesday to condemn the toppling of a century-old Confederate memorial on the state's flagship campus by protesters who decried racist motives for its placement on campus dating to a dedication speech praising violence against former slaves.

EPA Moves to Dramatically Cut Regulation of Coal Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved to dismantle another major piece of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy on Tuesday, proposing to dramatically scale back restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants even as it acknowledged that could lead to more premature deaths and serious illnesses.

Sen. Collins, Potential Swing Vote, Meets With Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met Tuesday with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation, while Democrats push him to release more documents from his years in the George W. Bush White House.

Argento Denies Sexual Assault, Says Bourdain Made Payment

NEW YORK (AP) — Two days after a report detailed an accusation of sexual assault against #MeToo activist Asia Argento, the Italian actress and filmmaker said she never had a sexual relationship with the young actor whom she agreed to pay $380,000 in a settlement.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

US Deports Ex-Nazi Guard, 95, to Germany After Long Wait

BERLIN (AP) — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home on a stretcher and spirited to Germany early Tuesday, following years of efforts to remove him from the United States.

Aid Groups Urge Italy to Allow 177 Migrants to Disembark

MILAN (AP) — Humanitarian groups urged the Italian government Tuesday to allow 177 migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship docked at the Sicilian port of Catania to be permitted to disembark.

El Salvador, Taiwan Break Ties as China Isolates Island Foe

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 Touches All-Time High as Earnings Drive Stock Gains

U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday afternoon, placing the S&P 500 on track for an all-time high. The benchmark index of large U.S. companies briefly traded just above its last closing high set seven months ago. The latest gains came as investors welcomed solid results from homebuilders, retailers and other companies. Technology stocks and banks also rose.

Microsoft Uncovers More Russian Hacking Ahead of Midterms

Microsoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.

With Push From Peta, Animal Crackers Bust Out of Their Cages

After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free.

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FORECLOSURE NOTICES 12 17 2,219
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