VOL. 132 | NO. 199 | Friday, October 6, 2017
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.
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 officials are considering relocating to a Downtown site at Front Street and Union Avenue that is currently occupied by the Memphis Fire Department headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS
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.
THE PRESS BOX
That red Pontiac Fiero. Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin had one back in the day.
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.
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.
If/when Butch Jones is fired at Tennessee, a number of reasons will be cited. Among them:
The Tennessee Titans season might have flashed right before their eyes this past Sunday.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.