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VOL. 131 | NO. 2 | Monday, January 4, 2016

Ellen Degeneres Steering Donation to St. Jude

Ellen Degeneres is behind another big donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Harris Weighs Cohen Challenge

Tennessee state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris is considering a challenge of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August Democratic Congressional primary.

CBRE Acquires Memphis Affiliate

CBRE Memphis has gone from being an affiliate of CBRE Group Inc. to becoming part of the Fortune 500 real estate service and investment firm.

Strickland Pushes Change Theme Beyond Campaign Borders

Change as a political force is usually defined by the length of a campaign season.

Mississippi River At Memphis Above Flood Stage, Projected Crest Lowered

The Mississippi River at Memphis was a foot and a half above flood stage Sunday, Jan. 3, with the muddy waters of the Mississippi just a few feet away from Tom Lee Park and Greenbelt Park on Mud Island.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 69%


The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Monday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to the garden. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details.

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The Week Ahead: Jan. 4, 2016

How was your weekend, Memphis? 2016 has kicked off with a full calendar – from an Elvis birthday celebration to a haunted pub crawl. So whether you’re still making your New Year’s resolutions or already have broken a few, here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about...

Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils

Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?

Amazon Planes May Not be Imminent Threat to FedEx, UPS

While it relies today on outside vendors like UPS, FedEx and the USPS to deliver customer orders, Amazon has been making moves that signal it wants to increasingly cut out those companies and become something of a package delivery giant in its own right.

Sports Legacy Award Winners to Be Honored at MLK Game

Jalen Rose, Spencer Haywood and Tamika Catchings are the recipients of the 11th annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award and will be honored on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 18 – when the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Pelicans at FedExForum.


Under Pressure

Facing criticism, Urban Child Institute poised for change

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.


Highland Row Set to Land Steakhouse

The restaurateurs behind long-standing Italian restaurant Amerigo are bringing a new concept to a high-profile project.

Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Robilio Names Top Staff in Clerk's Office

Memphis City Court Clerk Kay Robilio has appointed her front office as she prepares to take the oath of office Friday, Jan. 1, as the first new city court clerk in 20 years.

Midway Point

After 15 years, Uptown prepares for another growth spurt

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

Corefire App Could Bring Real Change to Memphis

The numbers are startling: Only 43 percent of African-American males in Memphis graduate from high school, and the city’s poverty rate for families with children younger than 18 is 44.3 percent, double the national average.


Tennessee Looks for Returns From Investment Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After six years, an investment program in Tennessee has become a sparkplug for startups and spurred job creation. It has put private investors on track to make millions and yielded millions in tax savings for insurance companies.

19 Tornadoes Touch Down in Tennessee in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Weather officials say 19 tornadoes touched down in Tennessee last year, marking the state's lowest total since 2007.


Arkansas Motors Past Kansas State 45-23 in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Just in case this ends up being his last college game, Arkansas' Alex Collins made it one to remember.


What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent, gas, food and health.


Google Helps Analyze If Rooftop Solar Panels Are Good Deal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The company that lets you compare air fares and translate foreign languages online wants to make it easier to weigh the costs and benefits of installing solar panels on household rooftops.

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