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VOL. 132 | NO. 12 | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Council Discusses Abolishing Beale Street Authority

Several Memphis City Council members talked Tuesday, Jan. 17, about undoing the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority and acting directly to hire a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

Rallings: Valero Protesters Defame King Holiday

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings defended the response of police officers and firefighters to a Monday, Jan. 16, protest that shut down access to the Valero refinery for five hours. And he said the action to protest an oil pipeline to the plant that would cross Arkansas defamed the federal holiday Monday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Student Petitions to Save Booksellers

Support continues to pour in for Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis’ largest independent bookstore that announced recently it is set to close next month.

EMPHASIS Education

Lausanne Leading Academic Efforts at New School in China

When Lausanne Collegiate School’s Memphis students return to the West Massey Road campus this fall, the school also will be welcoming students on the other side of the world.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 59%

EVENTS

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association will unveil its new brand to members, sponsors and guests Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ghost River Brewing’s Downtown tap room, 827 S. Main St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers; all attendees must register in advance at amamemphis.org.

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Rhodes College’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

Charter School Path More Complex With Local, Federal Changes

A year into a compact between Shelby County Schools and charter school operators, the task of coming up with more-specific rules around the relationship is still ahead.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Council Could Delay Turner Dairy Vote Again

Memphis City Council members are likely to delay a vote Tuesday, Jan. 17, on a parking lot for Turner Dairy Holdings LLC in Overton Square that is part of the dairy’s expansion.

Burgess Suggests Fewer Deputies In Courtroom

Shelby County Commission chairman Melvin Burgess wants to see a broader use of Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies within the city working with Memphis Police.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

January 17 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

State Targets Refugee Program; Lollar to Lead Delegation

The state Legislature is likely to file a complaint before the end of January challenging the legality of the Refugee Resettlement Program in Tennessee, according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

10 Ways to Refine Your Fundraising Readiness

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. Are you ready for a successful fundraising year? Are you already involved? Before you go full force in the marketplace – whether with cultivation or solicitation – stop and review your fundraising readiness status.

REGIONAL NEWS

Hood Wants Doctors to Check for Painkiller Prescriptions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers.

How High is Too High for a Pile of Chicken Droppings?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure?

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Report: FAA Not Prepared for Major Air Traffic Outages

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration still isn't prepared to handle major air traffic control outages despite promises to update plans, a government watchdog said Friday.

Personalized IRS Letters Nudge Uninsured to Get Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Surge in Traffic Deaths Outpaces Increase in Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) – Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday.

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PROPERTY SALES 98 238 15,862
MORTGAGES 122 284 18,332
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 21 2,426
BUILDING PERMITS 137 452 32,966
BANKRUPTCIES 62 178 10,191
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 73 5,251
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