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VOL. 132 | NO. 18 | Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Plans for Trader Joe’s Germantown Location Approved by City’s Design Commission

The much-anticipated Trader Joe’s in Germantown took another step forward Tuesday night.

Strickland To Announce Riverfront Task Force

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will announce a mayoral task force Wednesday, Jan. 24, to “examine and develop a vision for the future of the Memphis riverfront,” according to Tuesday City Hall media advisory.

State DAs Fighting for Funds Threatened by IMPROVE Act

Tennessee’s district attorney generals are negotiating with the governor’s office to keep $5.6 million for DUI enforcement and prosecution, federal funds they could lose in an unintended consequence of his proposed IMPROVE Act.

TVA Chair OK With Memphis Aquifer Decision

The chairwoman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board says a plan to tap the Memphis aquifer for water to cool the inner workings of the natural gas plant being built in southwest Memphis will not harm the aquifer.

Brewers Applaud Tennessee Law Change on High-Gravity Beer

In the wake of a Tennessee law that went into effect Jan. 1 that opens up several new styles of beer for local breweries to take advantage of, Memphis Made Brewing Co. put together a slumber party.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: from the Southeast at 15.0 gusting to 28.8 mph
Humidity: 69%


Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Last Word: The TVA Well Controversy, Fred Smith Redux and Norris On The Gas Tax

The new Trader Joe’s in Germantown won’t be alone by the plans the supermarket chain got approved Tuesday night by the Germantown Design Review Commission. The conversion of the old Kroger store on Exeter includes seven other bays as Trader Joe’s goes for a smaller footprint than the size of the original building.

Grizzlies Discuss Advantages of D-League Team, Name to Come This Spring

The team name and logo won’t be announced until this spring, but the impact of the Memphis Grizzlies getting an NBA Development League expansion franchise will be felt in many areas of the organization for years to come.

Sports Draws Community Closer in Live Experiences

When the Grizzlies start a new season each fall, SEC football teams are in the heart of their season. Walk into FedExForum for an October or November game between the Grizzlies and, say, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it might look like SEC Saturday broke out.

FedEx's Fred Smith Talk Trade after Trump’s TPP Decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact has struck a note of discord with FedEx chairman, president and CEO Fred Smith.

Expanded Uptown TIF May Offer Needed Relief for Blighted Areas

The announcement of last week’s blockbuster proposal to expand the Uptown Tax Increment Financing area and extend the applications of Downtown’s Tourism Development Zone may have been headlined by the reimagined convention center and multibillion-dollar improvements to the area’s medical facilities, but some of the most significant changes may end up occurring at the neighborhood level.

Norris Stops Short of Supporting Fuel-Tax Hike

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is set to tag-team sponsorship of a comprehensive tax plan designed to bolster Tennessee’s transportation fund.

Luttrell Says Amendments Coming To Gov. Haslam’s Gas Tax Proposal

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says he supports Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed gas-tax hike coupled with a roll back of other taxes.


Ernest Strickland Takes On Workforce Role at Chamber

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Ernest Strickland to senior vice president of workforce development, a newly created role. Strickland, who has worked at the chamber since 2006, previously served as vice president of international and business partnerships.


Super Bowl Ad Sales Going Slow

Super Bowl advertising sales have been slow-going this season, with only 90 percent sold by December of last year. While that may sound like solid performance given the big game isn’t until February, consider that Super Bowl ads usually sell out in September or October given how long it takes advertisers to produce their big-game spots.

Overcoming Legal Issues In Your Past

Questions around past legal trouble has come up multiple times recently, so it’s worth addressing. A reader writes, “I’m a job seeker with a felony record and a college degree. I can’t expunge the record, and I’m not sure what to do. Where should I begin?”


7 Face Federal Charges of Selling Drugs in West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say seven people from Jackson have been charged with shipping large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and Xanax across West Tennessee.

Murder Trial Opens in 2012 Shooting Death of Memphis Officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a man charged with killing a Memphis police officer during a chaotic raid on his home in 2012 has told a trial jury that his client didn't know he was shooting at police.


Push to Save Pacific Rim Trade Deal After US Exits TPP Pact

SYDNEY (AP) – Several countries expressed hope Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be salvaged, after President Donald Trump's decision on a U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact left its future in serious jeopardy.


Trump Acts to Advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump signed executive actions Tuesday to advance construction of the huge Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, moving aggressively to overhaul America's energy policy and dealing a swift blow to Barack Obama's legacy on climate change.

White House Doubles Down on Trump's Voter Fraud Claim

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.


Dying From Cancer: Could Your Location Determine Your Fate?

CHICAGO (AP) – Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.


New Study: Trump to Inherit $559B Deficit, Stable Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy but a government that faces a worsening debt and deficit picture, congressional analysts said Tuesday.

Hiring Picked Up in Just 3 States Last Month, Fell in 5

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers significantly increased hiring in just three U.S. states last month, while five states reported large cuts.

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