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VOL. 131 | NO. 211 | Friday, October 21, 2016

Vols Get Midterm B Despite Back-to-Back Losses

Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.

Medical District Begins Buy Local Program

Nine hospitals and universities within the Memphis Medical District are inviting Memphis-based innovators, entrepreneurs and existing companies to help solve operational challenges within their supply chain.

Big River Crossing, St. Jude Ride and RiverArtsFest to Draw Crowds

The Oct. 22 opening of the much anticipated Big River Crossing is joining the St. Jude Ride and the 10th annual RiverArtsFest for a big weekend of festivities on the banks of the Mississippi in Downtown Memphis.

Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin


The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.

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Wind: North at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 56%


Zoo Boo 2016 will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 27-31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, a not-so-haunted tour of Primate Canyon, Dracula’s Disco and more at this all-ages event. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers; day-of-event tickets are $2 more. Visit memphiszoo.org for details and tickets.

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New Bishop of Local Catholic Diocese Begins Tenure With Call for ‘True Love’

The new leader of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis comes to the city from 12 years in Washington, D.C., as auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Washington.


As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

Titans Turnaround? Only If They Can Beat Colts

A single two-point victory at home over the worst team the NFL has to offer this season might not sound like much of an accomplishment.

Kiffin’s Coaching Rehab Drives Vols Fans to Drink

Based on the events last weekend at Neyland Stadium, I think it’s safe to say the rehabilitation process is almost complete for Lane Kiffin.

Cleveland Indians, ‘Major League’ Come to World Series

The Chicago Cubs have the charm and the brand. Lovable losers. The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.


Grier Helps Memphis Youth Find the Right Career

As director of career development at the Juice Plus+ Technical Training Center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Tiffanie Grier has an important job. She helps students between the ages of 16 and 24 find career paths that align with their personalities, talents and passions.


Financial Accounts and College Fees

Ray’s Take We are now seeing total undergraduate degree costs well in excess of the cost of a new home. We could talk about whether it’s worth it, but that’s another column. Today we want to discuss ways to save for it. First thing–start immediately. You should get going the moment you have a social security number for your child. Second–run the numbers honestly. It’s not realistic to assume scholarships before potty training. A multi-faceted plan will probably work best.

I’ll Never Be President

BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS IN AN ELECTION YEAR. Let’s face it; I’ll never be president.


Trustees: Jackson State Must Act Now to Stanch Cash Drain

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — College Board officials are intervening in Jackson State University's finances, saying the 10,000-student university's cash reserves have been spent down to a dangerously low point.

Automotive Components Maker E & E Expanding in Tennessee

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — Automotive components maker E & E Manufacturing of Tennessee has announced an expansion to its facility in Athens that will create 123 new jobs.

Panel Approves Expansion for Arkansas Charter Schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state panel has approved expansion plans for two charter schools in northwest Arkansas and gave the OK to Arkansas' first adult-education charter school.

Calipari Looking for 'Alpha Dogs' on His Team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest from SEC men's basketball media day:

Employee Shot, Injured at Tupelo Tire Plant

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what led to a shooting at a tire plant in Tupelo.


US Home Sales Rebounded in September Despite Tight Supply

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans bought homes in September, many for the first time, despite a persistent shortage of properties for sale.

Average US 30-year Mortgage Rises to 3.52 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week, reaching their highest levels since June.

Survey: Number of Americans Without Bank Accounts Declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer Americans are without access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

US Claims for Unemployment Benefits Rise by 13,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in five weeks but still remained close to the recent 43-year lows.

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