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VOL. 131 | NO. 16 | Friday, January 22, 2016

Zoo Goes To Court Over Greensward

The Memphis Zoo has gone to Chancery Court seeking undisputed legal control of the northern section of the Overton Park greensward.

‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

Strickland Walks Back Wharton’s Police Camera Promise

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland decided a week ago to scrap this month’s start date for the use of police body cameras, there were lots of questions, most of which were about the motives of his predecessor as mayor, A C Wharton, who had pledged body cameras would be recording police encounters across the city starting Sept. 1.

Last Word: Winter Pre-Game Show, The Zoo Goes To Court And Hotel Fever

You wouldn’t call this the eye of the storm, would you? We’ll go with calling this the pre-game show for the winter storm that is supposed to show up in Memphis at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Think Super Bowl pre-game.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
76.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 88%

EVENTS

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and FedEx Institute of Technology will host biologistics “lightning talks” and the launch of the University Biologistics Research Cluster on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive. Nine high-level innovative biologistics research topics will be explained in fun and informative five-minute presentations. Visit memphis.edu/ifti for details.

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Strickland Names Interim Memphis Police Director

Mayor Jim Strickland has chosen an interim Memphis Police director from inside the ranks, naming his pick two weeks to the day after current director Toney Armstrong announced he’s retiring from the role.

Growth in Health Care Means Busy Time for Recruiters

Health care has been a leading engine of U.S. job creation lately, a reality that’s particularly evident in Memphis where the health care community is humming along with growth and investment.

Black Caucus Demanding Change To Achievement School District

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Legislature’s Black Caucus, led by Memphis members, has its sights set squarely on the Achievement School District, either eliminating it or putting it on hold until major improvements are made.

SPORTS

Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Who’s In Charge?

IT MIGHT BE RIGHT, BUT IT’S FLAT WRONG. A week or so ago, 27 trees disappeared from Overton Park’s greensward – a fancy word for yours and my yard since Overton Park belongs to us.

Equity Crowdfunding: What’s It All About?

Ray’s Take A new avenue for investing is garnering some media attention. It’s called equity crowdfunding, and it’s a vehicle for small entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.

MEMPHIS AREA

Winter Storm to Hit West Tenn., Eastern Ark., North Miss.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Weather forecasters in Memphis are warning residents of West Tennessee, north Mississippi and eastern Arkansas of an approaching winter storm that could create blizzard conditions.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Senate Votes to End Emissions Tests for New Cars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to end emissions testing in Tennessee for new cars, brushing aside concerns that relaxing standards might be a bad idea in light of the Volkswagen scandal.

STATEWIDE

Sanders Won't Be at Tennessee Campaign Event Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders won't be at an event being put on by his campaign at Tennessee State University.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Southwest Airlines' 4Q Profit Soars on Cheaper Jet Fuel

DALLAS (AP) Southwest Airlines Co. earned a record fourth-quarter profit of $536 million as fuel costs fell by nearly one-third and offset lower fares and rising labor costs.

Southwestern Energy to Cut 1,100 Jobs Amid Oil Slump

NEW YORK (AP) — Southwestern Energy said it will cut 1,100 jobs, or about 44 percent of its workforce, as the price of crude wallows at levels not seen in more than a decade.

US ECONOMY

Some Funds Offer to Tame Market's Chaos, But at a Price

NEW YORK (AP) — Freaked out by the stock market's big swings?

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PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
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UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
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