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VOL. 133 | NO. 10 | Friday, January 12, 2018

Shelby County Commission To Have New Majority in September

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

Dunavant Awards Spotlight Public Servants

Being a public servant often is thankless job, but each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service to the community by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

New East Memphis OB/GYN Practice Launching Feb. 2

A new OB/GYN practice is launching in East Memphis Feb. 2, the result of a trio of doctors leaving their current office to hang out their own shingle and offer a full range of obstetrics and gynecology services.

Weather Cancels Cardinals Caravan Again

The annual Cardinals Caravan scheduled for tonight at AutoZone Park has been cancelled because of inclement weather.

Exit Strategy

Kroger store closures prompt resentment, action

When Kroger’s Delta Division announced last week it would shutter its stores at 1977 S. Third St. in the Southgate shopping center and 2267 Lamar Ave. near Airways Boulevard, there was already a considerable history of what might follow the Feb. 2 closing.

Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

Ford Claims Vindication on Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. says Morgan Stanley has admitted that its investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct against him made last month concluded it was not true.

Playhouse Hires Law Firm to Investigate Sexual Misconduct Allegation

The board of directors of Playhouse on the Square has hired the Burch, Porter and Johnson law firm to investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct made last month against Jackie Nichols, the founder and executive producer of the theater.

Legislature Moving on Civil Rights Cold Cases

Charlie Morris may be nearing 100 years of age, but he’s never given up on his quest for Tennessee to delve into decades-old civil rights crimes.

ULI Brings ‘Neighborhood Playbook’ Team To Memphis

A trio of community developers and planners hope to bring their “playbook” on grassroots urban design and revitalization to Memphis in the next installment of Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative.

Jeanes To Serve as MLGW Chief Utility Officer

The vice president and chief financial officer of Memphis Light Gas and Water Division will serve as the interim leader of the utility when MLGW president Jerry Collins retires at the end of January.

Car Product Manufacturer Signs 400,000 SF Lease

Car care product manufacturer Meguiar's Inc. has executed a new lease for 403,000 square feet in the Raines Distribution Center at 5555 E. Raines Road.

Priam Purchases Primacy Parkway Property for $14M

Nashville-based- Priam Capital has secured another East Memphis office property in a multimillion dollar deal.

Memphis Sanitation Workers From 1968 to be Honored by NAACP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A group of sanitation workers whose strike 50 years ago brought civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee, is being honored.

Nichols Appointed, Parker Confirmed in Judicial Decisions

Deputy District Attorney General Jennifer Nichols is the newest Shelby County Criminal Court judge.


Snapshot: Crowning Moment for Downtown Church

Rain and windy weather didn't bother the construction crew that installed a new steeple on First United Methodist Church Thursday, Jan. 11, at Second Street and Poplar Avenue. It is the second steeple ever installed on the church erected in 1890. The congregation is rebuilding the historic church after an October 2006 fire destroyed it.


MLK50 Weekend, Martin’s Mindset, NFL Mock Draft

The MLK50 events around Monday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts touring the National Civil Rights Museum and joining players Mike Conley and Brooks Lopez and retired WNBA star Swin Cash in a discussion: “MLK50: Where do we go from here?”


Winning Still Feels Good, Even If ‘Tanking’ is More Productive

The big man sat at his locker with a somber look on his face. He spoke just above a whisper.

After Disaster of 2017, New Year Looking Good for Vols

Vol Nation should celebrate. It’s a new year. It’s got to be better than 2017. Tennessee athletics had a bad year, one of the worst ever. It was rough for fans, alumni and boosters.

Mariota Finds His Swagger, Giving Titans Fans Hope for 2nd-Round Playoff Win

About a month ago, following a Dec. 10 loss at Arizona, Marcus Mariota showed a seldom-seen side of his personality.

Fisher is Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Pro Athlete of Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has been named the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 professional athlete of the year.


Vendeville Leads New Leaders at Teach For America

When Cara Vendeville was little, her brother was littler. One day, in the family’s home in Cleveland, Ohio, Vendeville and her brother decided to play a game of school. Most kids might have lost interest and wandered off to some more exciting activity, with better toys. Vendeville, determined, set to work writing lesson plans.


Soul is Required

TIME TO SEE SOMETHING NEW. Years ago, friend Billy bought the Edge office supplies business on Union just west of other things that aren’t there anymore, like Happy Day Laundry and Wiles-Smith Drug Store. I was in there one day when he asked if I wanted to see something cool. He lowered a pull-down ladder to an attic and sent me up. As soon as my head cleared the opening, he flicked on the light.

Stash More Cash

Ray’s Take: On the surface it seems simple. Most of us know we need to save more cash – especially to bolster an emergency fund. And yet savings are at historic lows and many are a couple of paychecks away from serious financial problems.


Tenn. Lawmakers Joke, Cite Female Attire in Harassment Training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When Tennessee House members and staffers gathered Wednesday for their first-ever in-person training on sexual harassment, one female lawmaker said women should mind how they dress and a male lawmaker jokingly said a male colleague was harassing him.

Tennessee House Speaker Proposes Medicaid Work Requirements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has filed legislation to pursue TennCare work requirements for able-bodied adults without young children.


Recording of Racial Epithet Played at Pilot Flying J Trial

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The fraud trial for four former executives and sales staff at the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J took a detour Wednesday when prosecutors played a portion of secret recordings that included one of the defendants saying the n-word and disparaging his boss' NFL team.

Governor Hopeful's Summit Nixed Over Anti-Muslim Concerns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee university has canceled a Republican candidate for governor's summit amid criticisms that its speakers were anti-Muslim.


Walmart Boosts Starting Pay, Closing Dozens of Sam's Clubs

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores across the country – a move that seems sure to cost jobs – on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.

Delta's Profit Dips 8 Percent But Tops Street's Expectations

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines reported Thursday that fourth-quarter profit slipped 8 percent, but the results still beat expectations as average prices for passengers continued to creep higher.

Amazon Looks to Build on 1st Season of NFL Streaming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games.


House Passes Spy Program After Confusing Trump Tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

December US Budget Deficit Shrinks to $23.2 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $23.2 billion in December, smaller than a year ago. But for the first three months of this budget year, the deficit is 7.2 percent larger than the same period last year.

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