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VOL. 131 | NO. 216 | Friday, October 28, 2016

MATA Ready to Develop Strategic Plan

The Memphis Area Transit Authority in November will begin developing a new strategic plan to rebuild Memphis’ transit system, according to MATA chief executive officer Ron Garrison.

$92 Million Graceland Hotel Expected to be a Catalyst for Whitehaven

The Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Boulevard was full Wednesday, Oct. 26 – its final night as a hotel.

Crime Commission Leaders Talk About More Focused Five-Year Plan


The new Operation: Safe Community five-year anti-crime plan should be released in November and it will likely be a more focused set of goals and objectives. That’s what we heard as The Daily News Editorial Board talked with Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons and crime commission vice president for Social Engagement Harold Collins.

Spate of Big Deals Among CRE Trends In 2016

Ask CBRE senior associate Gray Fiser to sum up the commercial real estate market in Memphis over the course of 2016, and he’s ready with a few quick bullet points by way of reply.

LITE to Use $40K Grant for Student Programs

Fresh off of receiving a $40,000 grant, Hardy Farrow is poised to take his nonprofit program to the next level.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: East at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 93%


Memphis International Auto Show will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Attendees can explore hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers; experience the latest in-car technology; and take a test drive from more than 20 vehicles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Buy discounted tickets at memphisautoshow.com.

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Last Word: MATA Plans Bigger, Tiger Football Exits and Heartbreak Hotel Closes

With a set of route and schedule changes about to hit the streets in December, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is embarking on a larger more comprehensive change in the city’s bus system. It is nothing less than a rebuilding of the city’s public transportation system that starts the planning process in November.

Clayborn Restoration Momentum Builds

For the first time in 18 years, the 19th-century chandelier in the Clayborn Temple sanctuary was in working order, shedding light Tuesday, Oct. 25, on several hundred people gathered along with leaders of eight different denominations and faiths.


For Fountain, Three Years Became a Lifetime

Three years, he told himself. Three years and Scott Fountain would move back to Florida. It was 1991, and Fountain had recently relocated to Memphis. He was the new vice chancellor of development and alumni relations at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – the youngest person ever to hold the job. His wife soon followed, and two weeks later, their daughter was born.


Fizdale Gets First Win as Grizzlies' Coach the Hard Way

The night before his first game as an NBA head coach, David Fizdale received a surprise when he went to his front door.


What’s Expected of Dedric Lawson This Season? More Versatility, Fewer Hot Wings

Dedric Lawson’s accomplishments last season are well-documented. Tied Keith Lee’s University of Memphis record for doubles-doubles by a freshman with 17. Averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Blocked 55 shots.

Mariota Still Searching for His McNair Moment

By the time many of you read this, Marcus Mariota might have already torched the Jacksonville Jaguars.

SEC Dominance Firmly Planted in the West

Based on the eye test as well as what has transpired on the field, I think it’s pretty safe to say Alabama is the best team in the SEC.

Vols Prepare for ‘Grind’ of Weaker Foes

Tennessee begins the easy part of its football schedule Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2) against South Carolina in Columbia. Just don’t tell UT coach Butch Jones this is the easy part of the schedule.


Digital Assets – You Need a Plan

Ray’s Take With all the technological changes that have happened in recent years, digital assets need to be a part of your estate plan. 

Fixin’ To Lose

RED STATES. RED HERRINGS. Earlier this year, I wrote about laws our state Legislature passed in their last session to solve problems that didn’t exist.


UT Paying $75,000 in Knoxville Chancellor Search

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee is paying $75,000 plus expenses to a search firm to help in its hunt for a new Knoxville campus chancellor.


6-Foot Guitar Statues Once Again Honor Elvis in His Hometown

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Guitar-shaped statues that honor Elvis have been reinstalled in the Mississippi town where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born.

Arkansas Court Disqualifies 2nd Medical Marijuana Proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disqualified a medical marijuana proposal from the ballot less than two weeks before the election and with thousands of votes already cast, but voters will still be able to consider a competing plan.


How Energy-Efficient Upgrades Can Increase Your Home's Value

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.


Apple Adds Keyboard Touch Functions to Mac in Major Refresh

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple unveiled long-awaited updates to its Mac computers Thursday, aiming to spark consumer interest in a product line often overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone.


Have a Kid With Migraines? Sugar Pills Work As Well As Drugs

CHICAGO (AP) – Sugar pills worked as well at preventing kids' migraines as two commonly used headache medicines, but had fewer side effects, in a study that may lead doctors to rethink how they treat a common ailment in children and teens.

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