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VOL. 132 | NO. 213 | Thursday, October 26, 2017

No Mention of Trader Joe’s at Germantown Site Review

Plans for the renovation of the old Kroger building at 2130 Exeter Road were publicly reviewed by Germantown planning officials for the first time since the previous developer, Centennial American Properties, pulled out of the project in May. 

Beale Task Force Goes Back To Work

The Beale Street Task Force has gone back to work on its recommendations to the Memphis City Council. And council member Martavius Jones is considering a proposal to hire a consultant to make recommendations on security measures for the entertainment district possibly funded with some of the money the city collected from a summer of a $5 cover charge on Saturday nights after 10 p.m.

Plans for Pinnacle Bank’s Midtown Branch Delayed Again

Pinnacle Financial Partners is placing plans to build a new Midtown branch at 1615 Union Ave. on hold for a second month as the Nashville-based bank continues to work on a compromise with nearby residents.

No-Sweat Market

Fair Trade opens better paths for third-world artisans

If the whole concept of “fair trade” seems a bit too remote in time and space, then Jackie Nerren has a recommendation that might allow you to better understand: one sip at a time. “Black Gold” is a 2006 Indie film about coffee growers in Ethiopia, where coffee accounts for 67 percent of the country’s foreign exports. In the U.S. and many other fully industrialized nations, coffee is big business. But the film details the struggle faced by some 70,000 famers receiving minimal payments for producing coffee beans – along the lines of 12 to 25 cents for every kilo picked.

IP CEO Details $1.8B Deal With Graphic Packaging

The day after Memphis-based International Paper Co. announced it is buying a 20.5 percent ownership interest in Graphic Packaging of Atlanta, the CEO of IP told analysts the $1.8 billion deal came from “a range of strategic options.”

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Audio Video Artistry’s third annual Blues Bash is Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the AVA design studio, 7750 Trinity Road, suite 116. The party will feature live music, local food and beer, and the debut of AVA’s Memphis-made Master Artist Speakers. RSVP to brad@avartistry.com.

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Last Word: Pinnacle's Drive-Through, Back to Work On Beale and Tea Time

The Grizz lose 103-94 in Dallas Wednesday to the Mavericks. The Mavericks are here Thursday. And Thursday is also the day the two minority owners of the Grizz can begin a process to possibly buy the team from Robert Pera. ESPN outlines an unusual process that if it comes into play could take a while to sort out.

Memphis Tea Business Infused With Education and Fellowship

One of Memphis’ greatest natural resources is its water, and an Orange Mound cottage industry is infusing it with uniquely Bluff City flavors, while providing neighborhood jobs.

Whitmor, Neat Method Merger Could Create Industry Giant

While the home organization product industry is booming internationally, Whitmor Inc., a fourth-generation family owned company in Southaven, Mississippi, that has led in the industry for decades is getting ahead in the game again with the strategic purchase of a service provider.


Mickell Lowery Uses Lessons From Council Race in Commission Bid

Two years to the month after he conceded defeat in his first political outing, Mickell Lowery is returning to the local political arena – albeit a different part of the arena.


Democrats Hope Bredesen Run Will Reinvigorate Party

Tennessee Democrats are canvassing the state to find candidates at every political level, but their next star is a well-known veteran who has people of all political stripes holding their breath.


Help Someone Else Fly Solo

Legendary aviator Amelia Earhart once acknowledged, “Mostly, my flying has been solo, but the preparation for it wasn’t.” She was speaking about her husband, and their mutual help and encouragement, their consistent working together toward shared goals. In a real sense, he was the wind beneath her wings. Like Amelia Earhart, when you are the leader, the innovator, the entrepreneur, you often fly solo, but you didn’t get to that place alone.


Tennessee's Kelly, Ignont Cited on Pot Possession Charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont have received citations after police say they found marijuana in Kelly's car during a traffic stop.

Retired Firefighter Killed in House Fire in Jackson, Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a retired firefighter has died in a house fire in Tennessee.


Chinese Machine Parts Maker Building Plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company that makes machine parts for heavy equipment is spending $20 million to build a new manufacturing facility in northeast Arkansas that will employ 130 people.


New Screenings to Start for All US-Bound Airline Passengers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, the U.S. government said Wednesday.


Fats Domino Dies at 89; Gave Rock Music a New Orleans Flavor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.


The Latest: Silver Plan Premiums Up Average of 34 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming start of the 2018 sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act (all times local):


ACLU: Teen at Center of Immigration Case Has Abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — An immigrant teen in federal custody who was seeking an abortion over the Trump administration's objections had the procedure Wednesday after a U.S. appeals court ruled in her favor, her lawyers said.

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