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VOL. 131 | NO. 173 | Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Memphis Startup Ecosystem Expands With AgLaunch

Memphis’ startup ecosystem keeps getting bigger. Four startups have been chosen to participate in the inaugural round of a new agriculture-focused accelerator called AgLaunch. And yet another accelerator is launching soon in a partnership between the Start Co. organization and the city of Memphis focused on minority-owned businesses.

Carter Says Disparities Keeping Underprivileged From Better Lives

Last week, former President Jimmy Carter and nearly 1,500 volunteers flocked to Uptown to build 19 homes that will help improve the lives of underprivileged Memphians. In between swinging hammers, Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter took time to visit the blues bars of Beale Street. Carter said Beale Street bears commonalities with the National Civil Rights Museum in that both cultural touchstones have reclaimed the city’s history and bring local heritage into a greater context.

Study Leads to Broader Call for Business Ties

Rodney Strong, CEO of the Atlanta law and public policy firm Griffin and Strong that authored city government’s latest disparity study on minority contracting, didn’t come to talk about the study last week when he spoke to a room of 40 African-American civic and business leaders.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Celtic Crossing Making Changes, But Retaining Irish Pub Identity

Celtic Crossing owner DJ Naylor was in his native Ireland this summer and, naturally, in a pub. He was offered a craft beer and told he would like it. He did.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
96.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: from the East at 4.6 gusting to 16.1 mph
Humidity: 44%

EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden will host its “My Big Backyard BBQ” themed Vine to Wine tasting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines, beers or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Surviving An IRS Audit

Summer is the time for baseball, barbecue and family vacations. But it’s also audit season. We are now between traditional tax day – April 15 – and the fall deadline for individuals who filed extensions – Oct. 15. While audits take place year-round, this time of year is when taxpayers often receive “official correspondence” notices from the Internal Revenue Service.

Four Secrets to Nonprofit Growth

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part interview with Kim MossWe recently had the opportunity to work with Memphis nonprofit consultant Kim Moss. He is a wealth of knowledge with 34 years experience in nonprofit administration. He knows about taking care of business.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Valley Authority Operations Chief Retiring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says its chief operating officer will retire at the end of the year.

UT Institute of Agriculture Begins Chancellor Search

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has begun searching for a new chancellor.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in July as Regions Split

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Casino revenue was flat in Mississippi July, as gamblers lost less at Mississippi River casinos but lost more at Gulf Coast gambling halls.

Arkansas Court Asked to Block Measure on Medical Lawsuits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A group opposed to a ballot proposal that would place limits on damages in medical lawsuits is asking Arkansas' highest court to block voting on the proposed constitutional amendment in November.

SPORTS

Broncos Name Their Starting Quarterback: Trevor Siemian

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – From afterthought to starter, Trevor Siemian is Peyton Manning's successor.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

FBI Warns of Possible State Election-System Hacks

NEW YORK (AP) – The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached related data systems in two states.

TECHNOLOGY

Fitbit Makes Exercise Even More of a Game

NEW YORK (AP) – Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of strolling around your neighborhood.

FAA Forecast: 600,000 Commercial Drones Within The Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 67 67 13,356
MORTGAGES 79 79 16,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 105 105 28,834
BANKRUPTCIES 70 70 10,017
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 19 4,376
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 120 120 16,441
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 3,510

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