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VOL. 133 | NO. 19 | Thursday, January 25, 2018

Trader Joe’s Coming to Germantown

It looks like the Memphis area is finally getting a Trader Joe's. A $750,000 building permit application that lists Trader Joe’s as a tenant has been filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

Memphis Greenspace Announces Spring Activation of Parks

Memphis Greenspace Inc. has plans for Health Sciences and Memphis Park with a “spring activation strategy” announced Thursday, Jan. 25, for the two parks that until last month included the city’s two most iconic Confederate monuments.

Jubilee Schools Closing After 20 Years

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis is ending its operation of nine Jubilee Schools and St. Michael School at the end of the 2018-2019 school year and is working with a charter organization to form a network of charter schools to replace them.

Memphis, By Design

Local fashion designer looks to grow brand

For local fashion designer Xavier Winston, getting out of Binghampton was always his motivation growing up, but today he proudly represents the community as a successful entrepreneur and evidence of what you can accomplish with dedication and hard work.

Council Reopens MLGW Rate Hike Consideration, Approves Term Limit Referendum

Memphis City Council members decided Tuesday, Jan. 23, to take a second look at the gas and electric rate-hike proposals they rejected two weeks ago, but put off any new votes on the matter until February.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: from the Southwest at 15.0 gusting to 20.7 mph
Humidity: 70%


The American Job Center – Tennessee in Memphis is holding a College Graduate Career Day Thursday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its Hickory Hill location, 4240 Hickory Hill Road. College and technical school students interested in getting a head start on their job search before graduation can learn about state’s job website, jobs4tn.gov; attend various workshops; and obtain personalized labor market information. Registration is not required; laptops and tablets are encouraged but not required. Call 901-365-3205 for details.

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ASD Proposes Shifting Memphis Middle School to Charter Group

After years of dwindling enrollment, the only middle school in Memphis that’s run directly by Tennessee’s turnaround district could be switching hands.

Last Word: Risks by Race, ASD Changes in Frayser and Binghampton Style

African-American children are more likely to die after surgery than white children, according to a new study by researchers at UTHSC and Le Bonheur. The researchers found that in every category that goes into determining the chance of dying, the risk for white children was overestimated and underestimated for black children. And the dynamics of the risk work differently by race. The conclusion is race-specific models on the issue work better than non race specific models.

Tigers’ Parks and Brewton Works in Progress

At Eastern Florida State, guard Kareem Brewton Jr. had a lot of freedom last season. He used it to average 19.9 points per game and hand out 159 assists on his way to being named a First-Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Study Finds Black Children More Likely To Die Post-Surgery Than White Children

A research team from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has published a study that found black children are more than twice as likely to die after surgery than white children.


Finding That Potential Within

Author William Purkey wrote that, “Human potential, though not always apparent, is there waiting to be discovered and invited forth.”

Newspapers Make Public Notice Work for Tennessee

Each year a few elected officials will sponsor a law or an ordinance to change the way the voters who elected them are notified about actions government wishes to take. 2018 will be no exception.


State Voters Have More to Fear Than Russian Meddling

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.


Tennessee Lawmaker Drops 'VISA' Driver's License Label Push

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee lawmaker has dropped a push to require prominent labeling of driver's licenses held by people without permanent residency status.


Immigrant Tuition Splits Tennessee Governor's Field in Forum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Candidates for governor in Tennessee largely agreed on broad issues facing education during the race's first televised forum Tuesday, except for a partisan split on in-state tuition for immigrants whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally.

Comptroller: Univ. of Tennessee Officials Accepted Trips From Vendor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee athletics department officials accepted trips and entertainment from a vendor and prospective vendor, according to the state comptroller's office.

Nashville City Council Votes to Phase Out Some Short-Term Rentals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The city council of Tennessee's capital has voted to phase out non-owner-occupied short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods.


Starbucks Gives Workers Raises, Stock Grants Due to Tax Law

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is giving its U.S. workers pay raises and stock grants this year, citing recent changes to the tax law.

Comcast Hopes for a TV Windfall From Super Bowl, Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast's NBC is airing both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, a double-whammy sports extravaganza that the company expects to yield $1.4 billion in ad sales, helping it justify the hefty price it's paying for both events.

SEC Looking Into $15 Billion Hit Taken by General Electric

BOSTON (AP) – General Electric is being investigated by federal regulators for a $15 billion hit it took to cover miscalculations made by an insurance unit.

Changing Plans: Tax Law Makes Small Businesses Rethink Ideas

NEW YORK (AP) – As Congress debated a new tax law at the end of last year, Jerell and Elissa Klaver began revising their company's plans for 2018.


Apple Will Give Users Control Over Slowdown of Older iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's next major update of its mobile software will include an option that will enable owners of older iPhones to turn off a feature that slows the device to prevent aging batteries from shutting down.


Powell Taking Over as Fed Chairman at Time of Economic Calm

WASHINGTON (AP) – It would seem like a pretty good time to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Changes in FBI Leadership Follow Criticism From Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team, as President Donald Trump has continued to attack the bureau for perceived biases against him and has been calling for a shakeup at the top.

ASD Proposes Shifting Memphis Middle School to Charter Group

After years of dwindling enrollment, the only middle school in Memphis that’s run directly by Tennessee’s turnaround district could be switching hands.

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