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VOL. 131 | NO. 242 | Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Commission Votes Down Pot Ordinance

Shelby County Commissioners voted down Monday, Dec. 5, an ordinance that would have matched the city of Memphis ordinance allowing police the option of writing a civil summons or ticket with a $50 fine for possession of half an ounce or less or marijuana.

Local Company Buys Former American Snuff Properties

Local partnership group Keel Street LLC recently purchased two adjacent Downtown properties located at 46 Keel Ave. and 700 N. Front St. from American Snuff Co. for $250,000.

Film Made In Memphis Premieres On Friday

When the made-in-Memphis feature film “Free in Deed” holds its theatrical debut in Memphis this Friday at Malco’s Studio on the Square, it will introduce audiences to the story of a lonely faith-healing minister set against the backdrop of the black church experience in the city.

Trader Joe’s Developer Seeks $2.5M Permit

CAP Germantown LLC, the company developing a future Trader Joe’s store in Germantown, has pulled a $2.5 million building permit for modifications to the site, located near the northeast corner of Exeter Road and Poplar Avenue.

Last Word: Football Comes Back, Snuff on Front Street and Pot Is Short of Seven

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I have a question that some of you may not care for? Is football making a comeback in this basketball town for a more prominent place in the conflicted and diverse hothouse that is Memphis culture?

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EVENTS

Memphis 3.0 kickoff rallies continue through Saturday, Dec. 10, at locations around Memphis. The kickoff rallies will include a short overview of Memphis 3.0 followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Upcoming rallies include (start time is 5:30 unless otherwise noted): Tuesday, Dec. 6, at East High School; Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds; Thursday, Dec. 8, at McFarland Community Center; Friday, Dec. 9, at Bert Ferguson Community Center; and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Cossitt Library and 2 p.m. at the McWherter Senior Center. Visit memphis3point0.com for details.

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Palazzolo Says Germantown Maximizing Commercial Development Where it Can

Just a few years ago, Germantown leaders were worried. Sales tax revenues were down in the recession and the city had annexed the last of its reserve area.

Grizzlies Sign Guard Toney Douglas Under NBA's Hardship Rule

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Toney Douglas under the NBA's hardship rule. The Grizzlies announced the move Monday, a week after Mike Conley broke several bones on the vertebrae of his lower back. Conley will not have surgery but is expected to miss at least six weeks.

Silver Bells Ringing Again at Meritan

Meritan is once again inviting Memphians to help make a homebound senior’s holiday wishes come true through its Silver Bells program.

Fatal Police Shooting Report Will Go Public

One of two Memphis Police officers involved in the Jan. 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Construction Underway On Mid-South’s First Freddy’s

Construction is underway for the Mid-South’s newest fast-casual and frozen treat food chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

Lawmakers Working to Boost Local Logistics, Transportation Sectors

Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.

FedEx Expanded Its Network For Busiest Holiday Season on Record

FedEx and retail businesses across the Mid-South are gearing up for a merry holiday season, with FedEx projecting a 10 percent increase in shipping volume over last year during the peak season from Black Friday to Christmas.

Dunavant Expands Into China While Bolstering the Company Stateside

With a strong presence on the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast, the acquisition of a private customs brokerage company in Mobile, Alabama, made sense for Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group LLC.

MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL

Two Hotel Projects Top Council Agenda

Two Downtown hotels top a planning and development-heavy agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 2, session of the Memphis City Council.

December 6 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet today at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Innovation Trajectory Leads To Collaboration

Talk by Tamara St. Claire, CIO, Xerox Healthcare. We use three key methods at innovation in my group, started St. Claire:

Diversity and Inclusion

Nonprofits are ahead of the game when it comes to diversity. Is that true? We may tell ourselves that, but diversity – and most importantly inclusion – requires we take an honest look at our organizations. 

Memphis is Startup USA

Umer Adnan, founder and CEO of Cowlar, came to Memphis from Pakistan to continue to grow his startup, which is a wearable device in the form of a collar for dairy cows. This aids farmers by providing health and wellness data and recommendations to improve the overall health of cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

STATEWIDE

Ex-Lawmaker Hopes Community Support Will Help Probation Bid

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Church, community and political leaders are expected to appear in federal court next month to show their support for former State Rep. Joe Armstrong as he hopes to avoid prison time for filing a false tax return.

REGIONAL NEWS

Tyson Announces Plans for $150 Million Venture Fund

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans Monday to create a venture fund aimed at developing innovations in food production.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Cereal Maker General Mills to Cut as Many as 600 Jobs

NEW YORK (AP) – General Mills, which has been struggling with weaker sales for its cereal and yogurt, plans to cut between 400 and 600 jobs around the world as it restructures its business.

ECONOMY

Get Used to It: Economists See ‘New Normal’ of Slow Growth

Americans should get used to a "new normal" of slow economic growth, business economists say.

US Services Firms Grow at Fastest Pace Since October 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services companies expanded last month at their fastest pace in more than a year, an encouraging sign for the economy.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Taps Former Campaign Rival Carson as Housing Secretary

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trump Not Saying What He'll Do About Dakota Access Pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Protesters who celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline vowed to remain camped on federal land as they wait to find out whether President-elect Donald Trump might seek to overturn a decision that delayed the $3.8 billion project.

Commission Votes Down Pot Ordinance

Shelby County Commissioners voted down Monday, Dec. 5, an ordinance that would have matched the city of Memphis ordinance allowing police the option of writing a civil summons or ticket with a $50 fine for possession of half an ounce or less or marijuana.

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