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VOL. 131 | NO. 28 | Tuesday, February 9, 2016

McQueen Defends TNReady Tests Following Delays

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When school systems across the state began logging onto the state of Tennessee’s site for the first wave of TNReady math and language arts achievement tests Monday, Feb. 8, the network that connected all of those local servers was “saturated” doing other things, according to state education officials.

Grizz Lose Second Straight OT Game and Gasol to Foot Injury

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As images go, it doesn’t get much worse than seeing center Marc Gasol being helped off the court, forward Jeff Green inadvertently tapping in a shot for the other team at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, and former Grizzly Ed Davis doing the kind of work that inspired praise from Portland coach Terry Stotts.

Roland Passes on 8th Congressional District Run, Sticks With Mayor in 2018

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland will not be running in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District in August.

Hattiloo Theatre to Expand With Development Center

Hattiloo Theatre is expanding with a $750,000 addition 18 months after the black repertory theater company opened in Overton Square.

Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

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EVENTS

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill positions for all shifts at various accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants must bring two forms of ID and be able to pass drug screening and background checks. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385, ext. 400.

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Winners and Losers From Super Bowl 50’s Advertising Game

The Super Bowl is the biggest advertising competition of the year. Brands that win big can reap the viral benefits for months to come. And those that fail do so publicly, oftentimes with mounting consumer criticism that can take just as long to overcome.

Last Word: TN(not)Ready, Hatiloo Expands and Tax Season Advice

So what do you do when the test-makers fail the test?

Louisiana Film Prize Launches Offshoot Competition in Memphis

Established film festival Louisiana Film Prize is launching its first offshoot in Memphis. Filmmakers who shoot a five- to 15-minute movie within Shelby County can be entered to win $10,000 locally and go on to win $50,000 at the larger competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Computer Glitches Halt First Day of Student Tests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's brand new online school assessment test, known as TNReady, has crashed due to computer-networking glitches, forcing officials across the state to halt testing on the first day of its rollout.

SPORTS

University of Memphis Notebook: Burrell Rebounds From Suspension, Hearn Sets Record

No one much enjoyed the Tigers’ 20-point loss to Connecticut last Thursday, Feb. 4, at FedExForum. Senior Trahson Burrell perhaps suffered even more.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Glazed With Tradition, Gibson’s Keeps Customers Coming Back

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Innovation: A Journey Of Discovery

Innovation gets defined so many ways that it can be confusing. While there is a repeatable framework for creating new value, the iterative nature of front end discovery work can perplex those who believe that work should be linear.

Philanthropy is Alive and Well In The African-American Community

Here’s a stereotype to bust: Philanthropy is about large gifts from the rich and the powerful who give to organizations and institutions that serve those in need. Here’s an expanded definition: Philanthropy includes everyday African-Americans who give freely of their treasure.

EMPHASIS Financial Services

Cannon Wright Blount Senior Tax Manager Answers Questions

The busy time of the year is fast approaching for Dan Walker, senior tax manager with Cannon Wright Blount.

Helping Hand

Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Cindy MacAuley brings new practice area to Memphis

Cindy MacAulay started collecting a flurry of news articles last year about restaurants opening in Memphis, new businesses setting up shop here and on ways the city is improving and growing.

Growing Freelance Economy Creates Financial, Tax Implications

Gone are the days of the traditional 9-to-5 office setting dominating the white-collar landscape.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Drug Testing for Benefits Yields Few Positive Results

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say less than 0.2 percent of people who have applied for welfare since July 2014 have failed a drug test mandated for some.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

FAA: More Registered Drone Operators Than Licensed Pilots

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots.

Feds Find Fiat Chrysler Gear Shifters Can Confuse Drivers

DETROIT (AP) — Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined.

STATEWIDE

City of Rocky Top Settles Suit With Song Copyright Holders

ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Rocky Top has settled a lawsuit with the copyright holders of the bluegrass song their town is named after.

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