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VOL. 132 | NO. 199 | Friday, October 6, 2017

County Readies Complete Renovation of 201 Poplar

With Memphis Police brass moved into the Civic Center Plaza from their long-time headquarters on the top floors of the Criminal Justice Center, Shelby County government is preparing to begin a total renovation of the CJC at 201 Poplar Ave.

Amazon Planning Memphis Distribution Center, Sources Say

Memphis is poised to land a massive Amazon distribution facility just north of the state line in Southeast Shelby County, according to multiple sources familiar with the project.

Brooks Museum Eyes Downtown Fire Station Site

Brooks Museum officials are considering relocating to a Downtown site at Front Street and Union Avenue that is currently occupied by the Memphis Fire Department headquarters.


Grabbing Air

Midtown skate park gets makeover with new murals

Kirkwood Vangeli, co-founder of Fluxus Skateboard Co., skates at AlTown, a DIY skatepark in Midtown. The park’s walls and ramps recently were repainted with murals during Paint Memphis 2017, a one-day festival that drew more than 150 artists from around the world to create the largest collaborative mural in Tennessee. Paint Memphis was founded in 2015 with the goal of bringing unconventional artists to Memphis to collaborate and expose the city to graffiti as an art form.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 96%


Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host its “Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength” national conference Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. The conference, held in partnership with the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium and the Common Table Health Alliance, will convene national experts, survivors and caregivers for a weekend of information, yoga and support. Limited walk-up registrations available. Visit lbbc.org for details.

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Last Word: The Chamber on Forrest, Different Amazon News & More 2018 Dominoes

The Greater Memphis Chamber rolls out its part of the push by the city administration to get a state waiver for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. Next week is the meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland showing up to make his pitch. That is even though the chairman of the body has told him the commission will not take up a waiver at the meeting.

Outdoors Retailer REI Planning First Memphis Store

Seattle, Washington-based sporting and camping goods retailer REI has filed a $900,000 building permit application for tenant improvement in the former Sports Authority building at 5895 Poplar Ave. in the Ridgeway Trace shopping center.

2 Cooper St. Projects In Midtown Seek Incentives

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

Pinch District Redevelopment Discussion On Tap

The nine-block area between the Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital known as the Pinch District is set to be remade in transformative fashion as part of the city moving closer to its bicentennial in 2019.

CBRE Chosen To Lease Southwind Office Center

Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.

Harris To Run For County Mayor, Leave State Senate

State Sen. Lee Harris is running for Shelby County mayor starting with the May Democratic primary and will not seek re-election to the Senate.


Above the Edge

In her monthly illustration of Memphis life for The Daily News, artist Martha Kelly depicts the growing Edge District, with Cat Peña’s public art installation “There’s More to Be Proud Of” waving overhead. The canopy of metallic streamers, which is on display above Monroe and Marshall avenues through February, recalls the car dealerships that once dotted the neighborhood.


In No-Nonsense Business Of SEC, Bottom Line is Bottom Line

That red Pontiac Fiero. Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin had one back in the day.


Life of a Quarterback

Basking in glory, taking the blame

Senior Austin Allen watched his older brother Brandon live the highs and the lows of the thrill ride that is being a starting quarterback for Arkansas in the SEC.

UT QBs, Receivers, Coaches Struggling So Far

Tennessee’s football players are on fall break this weekend during the open date. You’ve got to wonder how many players fifth-year UT coach Butch Jones will get back after the break.

Hiring Larry Scott As Offensive Coordinator Big Mistake For Jones

If/when Butch Jones is fired at Tennessee, a number of reasons will be cited. Among them:

Titans Will Struggle If Mariota Misses Time

The Tennessee Titans season might have flashed right before their eyes this past Sunday.


Hey, Hope, How Are You?

“HEY, DAN.” I was attempting to visit a friend in extended care at Regional One. That’s in the Turner Tower. “The what?” the parking lot attendant replied, and then added, “Got to be one of those.”

Let It Go: Stress, Finances Don’t Mix Well

Ray’s Take: Worrying is a way that our brain prepares us for the next challenge or opportunity, and it’s healthy in low doses. But too many of us are consumed by worry, which creates stress. And stressful thinking can sabotage your finances. A 2015 study by the American Psychological Association found that money is the leading cause of stress for many Americans.


Haslam Won't Run for Corker's Senate Seat; Blackburn Joins Race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced her campaign for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's seat on Thursday in a video that slams the "totally dysfunctional" Senate and Republicans in particular for their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Eastman Chemical: No Health Impact From Plant Explosions

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – The Eastman Chemical Company says two coal gas explosions and a fire this week at its Tennessee chemical plant posed no threat to the environment or human health.


US Trade Deficit Narrows to $42.4 Billion in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months.


Study: For-Profits Blamed for Many Student Debt Defaults

WASHINGTON (AP) – Students who attended for-profit colleges were twice as likely or more to default on their loans than students who attended public educational institutions, according to a federal study published Wednesday.


Technology Crammed Into Cars Worsens Driver Distraction

WASHINGTON (AP) – The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says.


Federal Regulator Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

NEW YORK (AP) – Payday and auto title lenders will have to adhere to stricter rules that could significantly curtail their business under rules finalized Thursday by a federal regulator. But the first nationwide regulation of the industry is still likely to face resistance from Congress.

Sessions Relaunches Bush Era Crime-Fighting Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes.

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