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VOL. 131 | NO. 172 | Monday, August 29, 2016

The Week Ahead: August 29-September 4

Are you ready for some football, Memphis? The Tiger Blue faithful will welcome new coach Mike Norvell and new starting quarterback Riley Ferguson Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. Several other late-summer events precede the big gridiron season opener, including a concert fundraiser that starts Friday and a big 5K race on Labor Day. OK, that’s next Monday – so it’s a long week – better get those seersucker suits ready.      

MATA Route Proposals Straighter, Include Airport, Shelby Farms Shuttles

A set of 49 proposed route and service changes to the city’s bus system are focused primarily on bus schedules in southwest Memphis and the Memphis International Airport area.

Semmes Murphey Adds Four Doctors to Clinic

Semmes Murphey Clinic has brought on four new doctors who bring an expanded array of specialties to the clinic’s practice, including endovascular, physiatry, and deformity and complex spine treatments.

Eating to Win, Be It at the Olympics or in Daily Life, Takes Planning

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games were historically successful for Team USA, as Americans topped the medal chart in every category: 121 total medals, 46 golds, 37 silvers, and 38 bronzes.

Last Word: Redbirds Box Office, Graceland's Ambition and Alley Parties

Last home game of the season for the Memphis Redbirds Sunday. The Redbirds lost to the Nashville Sounds 14-4.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 65%


Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Indie Memphis will kick off the Motown film series with a screening of “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” (2002) on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is pay what you can at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com.

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DMC Continues to Adorn Downtown with Events, Art

A two-block alley will be the latest site for a Downtown art gallery. The Downtown Memphis Commission plans to install up to 10 different art projects along Barboro Alley, which stretches from Second Street to Front Street.


Bursting the Bubble

What Graceland’s expansion means for a broader Whitehaven renaissance

Graceland is in Memphis. But the two have tended to coexist, rather than being part of each other, since Elvis Presley’s home opened as a commercial enterprise in 1982.

Editorial: The Natives’ Guide To Memphis Tourism

Mixing tourism with the everyday life of our city is always going to be a bit risky. And the mix is relatively new to a Memphis that has really only had a recognized tourism industry for about 35 years.

Aug. 26-Sept. 1: This week in Memphis history

1986: It’s Memphis Slim Day in Shelby County. The blues icon himself returns to the city from Paris for the honors, including a birthday party on the Plantation Roof of The Peabody, which has been reopened for five years. Slim, whose real name is Peter Chatman, also is being honored with a brass note on the new Beale Street.


Shelby County Democratic Party Decertified

The Shelby County Democratic Party no longer exists.

City Council Approves Wiseacre's Coliseum Plan

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Aug. 23, with an 11-0 vote a resolution setting forth a plan for Wiseacre Brewing Co. to lease the Mid-South Coliseum.

Toast to the Achievement School District

Somebody forgot to tell the Achievement School District it had to follow a few simple rules when the Legislature formed it a few years ago to save failing schools: Primarily, don’t party with the money.

Pera’s Ubiquiti Networks at Pivotal Moment

Big tech companies like Google and Facebook have been generating news headlines and public interest for a while now over their plans to bring internet connectivity to the large swaths of the world that still don’t have it, or that need a better offering of some kind.

Memphians Invited to Tour Victorian Village Homes This Weekend

Scott Blake lives in the kind of Memphis neighborhood where he can go three, sometimes four days without ever starting his car. Everything he needs, everywhere he has to go, is that close by.


Tennessee Valley Authority Approves $10.37 Billion Budget

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a $10.37 billion budget for fiscal year 2017.

Tennessee AG Slatery Names Ney as New Chief Deputy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Paul Ney, a former legal counsel to the Tennessee Republican Party, has been named chief deputy to state Attorney General Hebert Slatery.


US Wants to Force Lower Speeds on Truck and Bus Drivers

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways.


Brewer AB Inbev to Cut Thousands of Jobs in Takeover Deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's largest brewer, AB Inbev, expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce — equivalent to thousands of jobs — once it completes its huge takeover of its closest rival, SABMiller.

Court Sides with Trader Joe's in Suit Over Alleged Knockoff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe's against a man who purchases the company's products and resells them in Canada at a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe's.


US Economy Grew at Tepid 1.1 Percent Pace in Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.

Yellen Suggests Rate Hike is Coming, Offers No Timetable

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.

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