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VOL. 131 | NO. 5 | Thursday, January 7, 2016

Armstrong Leaving Memphis Police Dept. for St. Jude

Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong has taken a job at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Memphis Lands Another Nonstop to Atlanta

Frontier Airlines is expanding its presence at Memphis International Airport by adding a nonstop flight to Atlanta.

Tenn. AG Opinion Raises Questions About $1B Schools Liability Shift

A legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office says the Shelby County Commission has to specifically vote to assume the indebtedness from employees benefits of the old Memphis City Schools system.

Homewood Suites Proposed For Vance Area of South Main

A six-story Homewood Suites hotel is the latest new development proposed in the South Main Historic District.

After First Meeting, Personality of New Council Emerges

The judgments began early for the new Memphis City Council, which met for the first time Tuesday, Jan. 5, at City Hall.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
48.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: North at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 37%

EVENTS

Safer Shelby Summit, a roundtable discussion of criminal justice reforms the Tennessee Legislature will consider this year, will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. State Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Brian Kelsey has invited local leaders to participate.

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Police Body Cameras to Be Phased In

Body cameras for Memphis police officers will roll out in nine phases, one precinct at a time.

Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council

Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there

Carlisle: One Beale Exploring Office Tower

Carlisle Corp. is exploring a third high-rise building to go with the luxury hotel and apartment towers in its $215 million One Beale project.

Gourmade Food Truck a Labor of Love for Creator

Jared Richmond admits he’s one of “those” kinds of restaurant patrons, a lover of food and of the food experience who sweats the details at places he visits and constantly has an eye for things that could be improved and that he’d have done differently.

SMALL BUSINESS

Miss Cordelia’s Adapts To Customers’ Needs

Amidst a constantly changing grocery scene in the Memphis area, Miss Cordelia’s keeps plugging along in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

SPORTS

‘Undefeated’ Courtney to Speak at Tigers Baseball Banquet

The University of Memphis baseball program has never been shy about swinging for the fences when booking speakers for its annual Meet the Tigers Banquet. Past speakers include Hall-of-Famer George Brett, best-selling author John Grisham, and pitcher Jim Morris, who inspired the movie “The Rookie.”

Tigers Cruise to Win Over Nicholls State, Next Up is UConn

Nicholls State offered little to no resistance as the University of Memphis breezed to an 82-46 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at FedExForum.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How To Innovate Like A Startup

Ann Thompson, The Garage Group; Kristi Zuhlke, Knowledge Hound; Tarrae Schroeder, Kellogg; Kristine Greiwe, LYFT; Luana Nichifor, Proctor & Gamble

75-Year Wordfest

I’m a word fanatic. Always have been. And the first of the year is never a bad time to reflect on what’s going on in the world of dictionarization. To set the stage, let’s first look at a progression of new dictionary entries – decade by decade – over the past 75 years. 

MEMPHIS AREA

Impacts Minor as River Rises in Mississippi's Delta Region

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi River still has more than a foot to rise before its predicted crest Saturday at Tunica, but residents and casino officials say the rare winter flood will be a manageable nuisance.

STATE GOVERNMENT

GOP Challenge Planned to Embattled Tennessee Representative

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Franklin man is planning a Republican primary challenge to embattled state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

STATEWIDE

Assessment of Broadband Access and Usage in Tennessee Begins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state official is announcing the launch of an assessment of broadband access and usage in Tennessee.

Tennessee Prison to Be Split Into Male, Female Facilities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee's most troubled prisons is due to be split into a male facility and female facility.

US ECONOMY

Fed Minutes: Some Saw December Rate Hike as 'Close Call'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the Federal Reserve's unanimous vote to raise a key interest rate last month, some policymakers viewed their decision as a "close call" because of stubbornly low inflation.

Survey: US Businesses Add 257,000 Jobs, Most in a Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by solid gains in construction and retail, a private survey found.

TECHNOLOGY

Netflix Expands Into 130 More Countries in Surprise Move

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix has already crossed off the biggest item on its New Year's list of resolutions. The Internet video service debuted in 130 countries Wednesday in a surprise move likely to reel in millions of new subscribers.

The Latest in Gadgets: Even Footballs Are Getting Smarter

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times PST):

Tenn. AG Opinion Raises Questions About $1B Schools Liability Shift

A legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office says the Shelby County Commission has to specifically vote to assume the indebtedness from employees benefits of the old Memphis City Schools system.

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