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VOL. 131 | NO. 10 | Thursday, January 14, 2016

RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward

When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.

Tarrant, Tigers Tough Out Win Over Temple

Shaq Goodwin and Dedric Lawson had posted double-doubles. Ricky Tarrant Jr. had the game-winning free throws with a mouth swimming in blood and teeth that were, as Tigers coach Josh Pastner phrased it, “all over the place.”

Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire

Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.

New Memphis COO Doug McGowen Knows Importance of Carrying Out Orders

From age 13 until he finished college, Doug McGowen was filling in his summers and college breaks with work. Real work. Sweat-on-the-brow work.

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EVENTS

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

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Tourism Goes Beyond Graceland, Beale Street

This week, hundreds of investors, community builders and federal leaders gathered at the third annual Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, which ended with a discussion of spurring economic development through tourism.

Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed

It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.

Lakeland Commission to Vote On Term Extension Ordinance

Lakeland commissioners take a final vote Thursday, Jan. 14, on an ordinance that would give them, Lakeland school board members and Lakeland mayor Wyatt Bunker an extra 14 months in office.

Southaven Police Sued Over Concert Death

The widow of a man who died in police custody in July after being hogtied by Southaven police has filed a lawsuit against the Southaven Police Department, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto and attending medical personnel.

SMALL BUSINESS

Laminack Takes Winding Journey To Creating Pyramid Stone

Chuck Laminack was exhausted. He faced a long flight from China back to the U.S. and all he could think about was sleep.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Practices For Today’s Consumer Reality

Sandra Kang, Director, Brand Insights, Digital Insights & Consumer Affairs, Clorox

Key Club

A few years ago, I’m shooting buckets in the driveway one afternoon. And up walk a couple of the neighborhood kids. We begin to chat. It’s one of those conversations that I know is somehow going to educate someone about something before it’s over.

Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

SPORTS

St. Louis Cardinals Adding Big Video Board at Stadium

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals could not help but notice the size and the clarity of the video boards at refurbished Wrigley Field during the NL Division Series last fall.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Chancellor Pulls Community Colleges From Privatization Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirteen community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology have been removed from Gov. Bill Haslam's plan for the massive privatization of the management and operation of nearly all state-owned buildings, including college campuses.

Bill Seeks September Session for Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville is seeking support for a proposal to have Tennessee lawmakers add a September session every other year.

STATEWIDE

TNReady Scores' Effects on Teacher Evaluations Questioned

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's school board has joined Knox County Schools in calling for test scores to not be used for teacher evaluations this school year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks Sink in Late Trading; Consumer Stocks Take a Beating

Stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trading Wednesday as a dismal start to the new year got even worse. The selling was concentrated on some of the biggest winners from last year such as Netflix and Amazon, both of which doubled in value in 2015.

Cable News Network Al Jazeera America to Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Cable news network Al Jazeera America says it is shutting down just 2 1/2 years after its launch.

Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward

When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.

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