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VOL. 132 | NO. 195 | Monday, October 2, 2017

Week Ahead: Oct. 2-9

Hey, Memphis! Prepare to rock out this week as the Mempho Music Festival hits Shelby Farms Park and Wilco plays The Orpheum. Plus, Beale Street memorializes one of its own, Memphis legal pros discuss the Confederate monuments issue, and much more in The Week Ahead…

Corker Says He 'Struggled' With Decision To Leave Senate

No further clues from U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee about his political plans after he leaves the Senate, during an interview Sunday, Oct. 1, on “Meet The Press.”

SCS Sees Summer Academy Success, Mixed Results on Blended Learning

With 90 days to put it all together, Shelby County Schools leaders came up with a set of summer learning academies to battle the summer slide – student retention and academic growth taking a few steps back between school years.

FedEx Holiday Hiring in Full Swing

As Black Friday and the holiday shopping season approaches, FedEx is preparing to add more than 50,000 employees throughout its network, including 2,600 people locally.

Last Word: Corker on Meet The Press, Summer School and Crosstown Cautions

The Slider Inn’s second location to come in South Main is an indication that investment and other activity just below the radar continue to come to the surface in an area known for lots of apartment construction recently. The second location is in a brick building that was a place to store and service vintage cars. Look for a public art element and a back patio as well. All of those plans recently clearing the Landmarks Commission.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: West at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 52%


Novel will host Otis Sanford for a discussion and signing of “From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics” Monday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

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Porter-Leath, Books From Birth See Merger as Win-Win

Shelby County Books from Birth has merged with Porter-Leath in a move that Porter-Leath vice president for development Rob Hughes said should be “seamless.”

Lenoir Starts Bid for County Mayor with Mix of Optimism and Challenge

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir’s campaign for Shelby County mayor will talk about the economic resurgence in Memphis and Shelby County as a challenge to address longstanding problems.

Harding to Move Lower Schools to Cherry Road in Consolidation

Harding Academy of Memphis is consolidating its senior-K through 12th grade students into one campus, moving lower-school students from campuses on Macon Road and Colonial Road to its upper-school campus at 1100 Cherry Road.

Leaders to Discuss Pinch District Progress

Nearly a year ago state and local officials joined representatives of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the hospital’s campus to announce $37 million in state and local funding into public infrastructure around the hospital.


DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility

0 Tchulahoma Rd., Memphis, TN 38118 -
International shipping giant DHL Supply Chain is planning a massive new development just north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line.


Crosstown Crossroads

With Crosstown Concourse open, it’s only a matter of time before the Cleveland corridor is rejuvenated

For the past 90 years, Crosstown has seen its share of ups and downs. In the beginning, it was a shining beacon for the city’s eastward expansion; at its height, it anchored several vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and at its lowest, Crosstown became the poster child for once-great inner-city areas of Memphis that had deteriorated.

Editorial: The 5,000-Seat Noncompete In a Changing Memphis

The mantra has been clear since Graceland dramatically changed the plans for its proposed Whitehaven concert venue: Almost nobody in officialdom wants to touch the Memphis Grizzlies’ noncompete clause for FedExForum.

Sept 29-Oct 5, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1991: Willie Herenton is elected mayor – the first African-American elected mayor in Memphis history. Herenton upsets incumbent Dick Hackett by 142 votes, the closest margin in a mayor’s race under the mayor-council form of government, but not the closest in the much-longer history of Memphis mayoral elections under various forms of municipal government.


DHL Planning New Memphis Distribution Facility

International shipping giant DHL Supply Chain is planning a massive new development just north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line.

First Tennessee, Pinnacle Financial Partners Settle Legal Dispute

A dispute between First Tennessee Bank and Pinnacle Financial Partners stemming from Pinnacle’s recruitment of a group of First Tennessee employees when it first arrived in the Memphis market back in 2015 appears to have been resolved.

Fairgrounds Proposal Coming Into Focus

Aaron Shafer saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, at the second public gathering toward a redevelopment plan for the Fairgrounds last week.

Fairgrounds Plans Concern Liberty Bowl Tenants

It wasn’t so much what Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium’s football tenants saw in the most recent tentative ideas for the Fairgrounds redevelopment, it’s what they didn’t see – 3,000 parking spaces they estimated would be eliminated in the project.

New Headmasters Take the Helm At Hutchison, Memphis University School

Kristen Ring, the new head of school at Hutchison School, dispels the notion that data on student achievement is only a function of state and federal requirements for public school systems.


3 Carriers Plan to Continue Health Coverage in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – All three carriers offering health insurance through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in Tennessee have signed agreements to provide coverage next year.

Longtime Tennessee State Rep. Steve McDaniel to Retire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Steve McDaniel, who is tied with Speaker Beth Harwell as the longest-serving members in the Tennessee House, plans to retire next year.

Peyton Manning 'Pulling Hard' for Vols Coach Butch Jones

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning says he's "pulling hard" for Volunteers coach Butch Jones, who has received perhaps the toughest criticism of his five-year tenure over the last couple of weeks.


Volkswagen Promises to Roll Out 2 New Models Every Year

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Volkswagen plans to offer two new U.S. models every year for the foreseeable future and double the length of its warranties as it tries to attract new customers and recover from a 2015 emissions-cheating scandal.


Trump Says He Will Decide on Fed Chair Within 2 or 3 Weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Friday that he has held four meetings to discuss who should lead the Federal Reserve starting early next year and expects to decide within two or three weeks.

Report Finds GOP Tax Plan Benefits Top 1 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new GOP tax plan delivers a big tax cut to the wealthiest Americans while some in lower tax brackets would end up paying more, according to an analysis Friday from prominent nonpartisan researchers.

Trump's Health Secretary Resigns in Travel Flap

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's health secretary resigned Friday, after his costly travel triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration's agenda and angered his boss. Tom Price's regrets and partial repayment couldn't save his job.


SpaceX: Rocket for Moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 Minutes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.

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