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VOL. 132 | NO. 15 | Friday, January 20, 2017

House Leader Says Haslam’s IMPROVE Act Will Need More Votes to Pass

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam made his pitch on a multi-faceted fuel-tax increase, softened by an array of tax breaks this week. Now, he has to seal the deal.

Metropolitan CEO Explains Renasant Merger

Not many people were racing to start up banks in 2008, with the underpinnings of the financial system teetering. One of the few who did was Curt Gabardi, a former Regions Bank executive who envisioned a bank that would focus primarily on commercial and private banking clients.

East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications

Dedric McGhee got right to the point Wednesday, Jan. 18, as he explained to a group of about a dozen parents of eighth-graders what the new optional school at East High School will be about.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over August Graceland Protest

Five citizens denied entry to the annual candlelight vigil outside Graceland this past August are suing the city and Elvis Presley Enterprises for racial discrimination and civil rights violations.

Airport Authority OKs Update to Design Plan

Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
88.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 52%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Rock of Ages” Friday, Jan. 20, through Feb. 12 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

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Last Word: The Return of First United Methodist, T-STEM at East and Road List

For more than a decade, the skeleton of First United Methodist Church’s return on the northeast corner of Second Street and Poplar Avenue has been standing. It went up shortly after the last of the original church’s façade crumbled, dashing hopes that some of the blue-gray stones of the original church might survive following a disastrous 2006 fire. And now there are signs the church is about to return.

Major Violent Crime Up in 2016, Driven by Growth in Murder Rate

Major violent crime in Memphis for 2016 was up 3.2 percent from 2015 fueled by a 23.9 percent increase in the murder rate and a 4.3 percent rise in aggravated assaults from a year ago.

SPORTS

Markel Crawford Finally Arrives In His Redshirt Junior Year

It’s a distinguished list of alumni that have gone from Melrose High School to play basketball at the University of Memphis: William Bedford, Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson and Adonis Thomas. And yes, Markel Crawford planned to uphold that legacy.

Saban Dominance Bad for SEC? Not Buying It

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant.

Final 4 is Proof NFL Teams Must Have Elite QBs

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Freshman Bone Gives Vols Hope for Quicker Rebuild

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t ready to proclaim Jordan Bone a rising star in SEC basketball, but he sure saw promising signs from his freshman point guard last Saturday night in Nashville.

Raiders File Papers to Move From Oakland to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas.

THE PRESS BOX

Grizzlies Hesitate to Use 3-Point Shooting Bargain

On Jan. 16, Grizzlies guard Troy Daniels quoted Martin Luther King Jr., posting this on Twitter: “Your self-sacrificing devotion to your purpose in life and your unwavering faith will carry you through times of difficulty.”#MLKDay.

THE TIPPING POINT

Restaurateur Couple Make Downtown Feel Like Home

More than streets and buildings, neighborhoods are made of the people who live and work in them. Just ask Deni and Patrick Reilly. Over the last 10 years, as co-owners of the Majestic Grille, they’ve left their mark on Downtown Memphis.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Remind and Remember

REMEMBERING MOMENTS. I recently called my oldest older brother. I told him that there was snow on the ground outside my window, it was 19 degrees, my gardenia looked like a lime Popsicle, and I didn’t appreciate it. This time of year there’s generally a couple of feet of snow outside his Adirondacks window, 19 is downright balmy, and he’s often threatened to send some of that my way.

Retirement Budget Busters

Ray’s Take When you’re working, emergencies seem to happen fairly regularly. Whether it’s a new roof or a special vacation, they come up. If there’s not enough money in the emergency fund, you can always adjust the plan – earn a little extra, delay retirement, etc. But after you retire, there’s not as much margin for error. 

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Drops Fee of Lifetime Handgun Carry Permit by $300

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The cost of upgrading to a lifetime handgun carry permit in Tennessee is dropping by $300.

Federal Grant to Help Workers Dislocated by Tennessee Wildfires

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has received a $5.8 million federal grant to help workers affected by the eastern Tennessee wildfires in November.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Expects 'Big Results' From His Choice to Lead USDA

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

Energy Pick Vows to Boost Agency He Had Pledged to Eliminate

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Trump Pays $25 Million to Settle Trump University Cases

SAN DIEGO (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge's approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for March 30.

Costco Agrees to Pay $12M Over Lax Pharmacy Practices

SEATTLE (AP)Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period.

HEALTH CARE

GOP Governors Who Turned Down Medicaid Money Have Hands Out

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

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PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
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BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
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