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VOL. 132 | NO. 20 | Friday, January 27, 2017

Former MATA CEO Garrison Charged in Human Trafficking Sting

UPDATE: MATA released this second statement Friday afternoon:

Garrison Resigns As Head of MATA

Memphis Area Transit Authority president and general manager Ron Garrison has resigned the leadership of the city’s public transportation system, citing health reasons.

Economic Growth Across Sectors Spurs Optimism in Memphis

Memphis-area business leaders are feeling a bit of measured optimism about the economy and the state of their own enterprises. That’s according to the results of the latest edition of The Memphis News Economic Overview, a package of data and anecdotal insights that captures a snapshot across the Memphis economy.

Report: Memphis Trails Peer Cities in Transit Funding

When it comes to public transit funding, Memphis is seriously lagging behind its peer cities, according to a recent report conducted by Innovate Memphis, Livable Memphis and the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Governor Proposes Rural Broadband Expansion for Tennessee

NASHVILLE – State government will provide private companies with millions of dollars in grants and tax credits to extend broadband internet access while allowing electric co-ops to enter the retail broadband business under legislation Sen. Mark Norris is set to sponsor.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 63%


Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Auction and Party on Friday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment as you bid in the silent auction, or buy your favorite painting outright for $250 during Buy-It-Now time from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/incognito or call 901-636-4131.

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Last Word: The Business of Local Sports, Garrison Leaves MATA and Broadband

Marc Gasol makes the NBA’s Western Conference All Star team as a reserve, the first player in the history of the Grizz to make the All-Star Game three times.

Lifeblood Puts Out Call for Blood Donations

Lifeblood calls it a perfect storm of obstacles. Blood donations are down at the moment, according to the organization, and it’s the result of a combination of catalysts – everything from this being flu season, leaving potential donors sick, to the rush to recover from the holidays that leads some people to overlook giving blood.

A Better Fit: Demand Takes Dry Cleaner Down Another Aisle

In the age of recycling, a local dry cleaner and seamstress is restoring the lost art of dress designing for a generation of women who want to bring new life to vintage wedding gowns and formal wear.

RDC’s Role Changes With New Riverfront Task Force

The role of the Riverfront Development Corp., a nonprofit group raising private money and receiving a static amount of city funding that was a precursor to the county park conservancies of the last decade, changed this week.


Through Banking and More, Williams Invests in Memphis

Duncan Williams runs his investment bank the way others might run a family. “We do things differently around here,” he concedes. “When I walk out on the floor, nobody calls me ‘Mr. Williams.’ Mostly it’s, ‘What’s up, D.?’”


The Press Box: For Redbirds and Grizzlies, It’s Not Just Wins and Losses

Hang onto the past, the good parts – whatever stirs happy echoes for your fan base – but simultaneously press onward into the future. That’s what professional sports teams always need to do.


Imperfect Grizzlies? Yes, And They Have Much Company

T he Grizzlies have two wins over both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. That’s, you know, not supposed to happen. And this week, LeBron James sounded off on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ desperate need for a backup point guard. So the world champions have issues.

What are the Odds? Blackburn is Still the Favorite

Tennessee has its search firm and its search committee is in place to find the replacement for Dave Hart as the university’s athletic director.

Slow Pace of AD Hire Typical of How UT Works

About the University of Tennessee’s athletics director search: What’s your hurry? It only took a little over five months after Dave Hart’s retirement announcement to start the process of hiring a search firm and finalizing a committee that will oversee the selection process. The last thing you want to do is rush things, right?

Fans Finally Get to Enjoy Watching Titans’ Players in Pro Bowl Again

For those needing a Titans fix this week, there are a couple of things to occupy your mind and perhaps pique your curiosity.


New Year, New Game

INSPIRING WORDS FOR OUR NEW TEAM. “Sometimes they write what I say, not what I mean.” – former Cardinal, Dodger and major league MVP Pedro Guerrero, who obviously could have been president.

Incorporate Life Planning in Your Financial Plan

Ray’s Take You may already devote considerable attention to the financial side of retirement planning: how much to save, how to invest, different ways of turning your nest egg into a reliable retirement income, etc. But have you given thought to retirement lifestyle planning?


2 Mississippi Deputies Wounded in Shootout; Suspect Dead

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi sheriff says two deputies are expected to recover after they were wounded and a robbery suspect was killed during a shootout.


Nashville Mayor Backs Push to Bring MLS Soccer to City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is backing a push to attract a professional soccer team by building a new soccer stadium.

Tennessee Republicans Moving Headquarters After 11 Years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Republican Party is moving its headquarters for the first time in 11 years.

Nashville Federal Judge to Resign, Return to Private Firm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge in Nashville says he will resign and return to private practice, giving President Donald Trump a second federal judgeship to fill in the city.


Mississippi Mulls Regulations for Fantasy Sports Betting

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Fantasy sports betting operators could soon face an 8 percent tax on their Mississippi revenue.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban of Common Abortion Procedure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas is poised to become the third state to ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure under restrictions lawmakers approved Thursday that are expected to face a legal challenge.


Official: Trump Wants to Slash EPA Workforce, Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) – The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.


Ford CEO Hopeful That Trump Will Ease Gas Mileage Standards

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Ford Motor Co.'s top executive is hopeful that President Donald Trump could ease government fuel economy requirements and reduce corporate taxes to help the auto industry grow and create jobs.

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