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VOL. 131 | NO. 12 | Monday, January 18, 2016

The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016

How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…

Snapshots: 200 Become American Citizens in Memphis

More than 200 individuals became new American citizens at naturalization ceremonies held in Memphis last week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

First Tennessee Invests in Tri-State Bank

As of Dec. 31, Tri-State Bank of Memphis has secured almost $5 million in new capital, an investment fueled in part by an “unprecedented transaction” between it and First Tennessee Bank.

Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds

Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind

It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 42%


National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. This year’s theme is “Speaking Truth to Power,” and activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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The Grind

Budding music ecosystem helping Memphis musicians ‘make it’

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

Editorial: Listen to What Musicians Say, as Well as What They Play

If you are looking for what has become of the troubadour – or where the troubadour lives when he or she isn’t on the road less traveled – you are in his or her capital.


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.

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.

What Are the Odds?

I am writing this article as the Powerball lottery jackpot prepares to pay out $1.3 billion to some lucky fool – I mean lucky winner.

Another Week, Another New Destination for Memphis Airport

Memphis International Airport has announced its second new destination in as many weeks, this time from low-cost airline Allegiant Air.

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.

Strickland Postpones Police Body Camera Rollout

The much-delayed implementation of body cameras for the Memphis Police Department's 2,000 officers is being pushed back again.


Postal Service Offering Reward in Search for Acid Attacker

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about an attacker who threw acid on a postal carrier in Memphis.

NBA Fines Grizzlies' Barnes $35K for Inappropriate Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes $35,000 for making "inappropriate public comments" condoning violence.


Ben Folds Leaving Nashville's RCA Studio A

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The musician who led an effort to preserve Nashville's RCA Studio A from demolition is leaving after 14 years as the studio's producer in residence.


Wal-Mart to Shutter 269 Stores, 154 of Them in the US

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.

Allegiant Chief Operating Officer to Step Down

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The chief operating officer of Allegiant Air is resigning.

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