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VOL. 132 | NO. 37 | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

City Hall List Controversy Deepens With Questions About Police Surveillance

The controversy deepened Monday, Feb. 20, over a list of 81 people – many who have participated in recent protests for different causes in the last year – who require a police escort while anywhere in City Hall.

Sedgwick Announces $34M Expansion, Will Create 150 New Jobs

  12:29am

Sedgwick Claims Management has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Memphis, which will result in the creation of 150 local jobs.

County Commission Backs Medical Marijuana, Opposes School Vouchers

Shelby County Commissioners endorsed state legislation Monday, Feb. 20, that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, came out against a school voucher bill by state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown and turned away a social media use policy for county employees.

$13M Building Permit Pulled for Thornwood

Germantown’s roughly $150 million Thornwood development continues to grow with the filing of a $13 million building permit application to break ground on the newest building there.

Last Word: How Do You Get On The List, Sedgwick & Thornwood and Musicals

  12:28am

Monday was Presidents Day and thus a holiday at City Hall. But for the occupant on City Hall’s top floor it was anything but a holiday. The list Memphis Police made for who has to have a uniformed police officer next to them to go anywhere in City Hall is turning into a controversy over possible surveillance of citizens participating in the last year or so of protests around the city.

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EVENTS

The city of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance Outreach will host “Diversity Programs 201: Certification Round Up: First Steps to Certify with the City of Memphis” Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Discover the importance of certification, learn about the city’s diversity programs, meet certifying agency representatives and start the application process on site. Cost is free. Register at eventbrite.com.

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Hamilton Looms as Orpheum, Playhouse on the Square Announce Seasons

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton will be coming to the Orpheum theater, but not until the 2018-2019 Broadway season, those running the Downtown landmark announced Monday, Feb. 20.

SPECIAL EDITION Women & Business

Packard's Playbook Helps Women Thrive in Corporate 'Jungle Gym'

Susan Packard’s premise is straightforward: Business is a team sport. Winning doesn’t just happen, but requires everything any team sport would – preparation, strategy, spirit, competitiveness, composure, focus, creativity and, yes, gamesmanship.

Networking Helping Propel Women-Owned Businesses To New Heights

When Memphis middle schoolers and sisters Madison Star and Mallory Iyana went on “Shark Tank” and secured $60,000 and partnerships with both Mark Cuban and Daymond John, they took their place among the ranks of female entrepreneurs who, in large numbers these days, are showing the business world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Evans Brings Precision, Experience To Chairmanship of TVA Board

Lynn Evans is precise, a trait that comes with being a certified public accountant and the owner of her own accounting and consulting firm. It also works well with her path to becoming the new chairwoman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

UTHSC Names Director for Health Equity Research Center

Dr. Michelle Martin will be the focus of a reception at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center this week that also will highlight the new Center for Innovation in Health Equity Research that she’s been brought in to lead.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

City Council to Take First Vote on Impasse Changes

Memphis City Council members take their first vote Tuesday, Feb. 21, on changes to the city’s impasse ordinance.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Harris: House Leaders Took Right Action With Lovell Probe

NASHVILLE – A Memphis legislator critical of the initial reaction to former Rep. Mark Lovell’s resignation is “somewhat satisfied” with the conclusion of a House investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What are Capacity and Infrastructure?

Knowing your mission, vision and proposed impact is critical to your success as an organization. Equally important is the process of building your capacity and infrastructure. But what exactly are these things?

STATEWIDE

Tennessee's Film Industry Experiencing Significant Growth

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – In a state famous for its banjos and bluegrass, television and movie production certainly isn't the most acclaimed of the Volunteer State's entertainment industries.

Tennessee Capitol Protests Lead to Call for Tighter Security

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After recent protests around the state Capitol in Nashville, some Republicans want a crackdown on demonstrators and tougher security requirements for entering the legislative office complex.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Kraft Heinz Withdraws $143B Bid to Buy Unilever

NEW YORK (AP) – Ketchup maker and packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has withdrawn a $143 billion offer to buy Unilever, backing away after the mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker rejected the bid as too low.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

AP, Other Media Ask Judge to Order Release of iPhone Records

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

Duck Boats Face Increasing Calls for Improvements, Bans

BOSTON (AP) – With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

HEALTH CARE

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Draft DHS Guidelines Sharpen Focus on Those Here Illegally

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.

TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX Launches Rocket From NASA's Historic Moon Pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago.

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