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VOL. 131 | NO. 225 | Thursday, November 10, 2016

County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years

Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.

Financial Pros Digest, Analyze Impact of Trump Win

Money managers in Memphis were up late Tuesday night, digesting the impact of Donald Trump’s surprise election win like everybody else, and are still sorting through the impact on markets and stock sectors.

Trump Wins Tennessee by 26 Points; Carries 91 of 95 Counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump has won Tennessee's presidential election by 26 percentage points, carrying all but four of the state's 95 counties.

Downtown May Get New 12-Story Boutique Hotel

A plan to redevelop the former Tenoke Building into a hotel may be revived several years after a similar idea for the vacant Downtown office high-rise fell through.

Last Word: Underperforming At the Polls, Tenoke Plans and Poverty in Cordova

Still parsing election numbers, although 24 hours after the polls closed in Shelby County, the Election Commission was still counting absentee ballots.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 69%


Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace will take place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Special events include a Girls’ Night Out, holiday happy hour, painting classes and more. Visit merrymarketplace.com for hours, details and advance tickets.

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Strickland Goes With Private Health Exchange for Retirees

The city of Memphis is restoring a city subsidy for health care coverage of city retirees who are younger than 65 years old – primarily police and firefighters.

New Houston Levee Community Center Sees the Real-Life Needs in Cordova

When Tonya Bradley was an executive with the Mid-South Food Bank she saw time and again that hunger didn’t respect people’s stereotypes or ZIP codes, that families anywhere in the Memphis area could find themselves in a tough position.


Saluting the Slitherer

“Snakes, since the beginning of time, have accumulated a bad public image.” Thus begins Pete Ivey’s column, “Around the Old Well,” written in June 1975 for North Carolina newspapers. The title and subtitle go straight to the meat of the matter: “A Snake’s Not Evil – Snakes Need P/R Campaign to Improve Image.”

Listen to Understand

Steven Covey wrote that “most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” It is not always an easy thing to do, but is a valuable skill to learn when your goal is success, in whatever your endeavour.

Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians?

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.


Arkansas Brings Medical Pot to Bible Belt, But Fights Remain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas voters handed marijuana advocates a significant victory by making the state the first in the Bible Belt to legalize the drug for medical use, and groups on both sides of the issue are now gearing up for fights over how to set up the program in the coming months.

Arkansas Governor Proposes $50M Tax Cut in 2 Years

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed cutting Arkansas' income tax by $50 million in two years, setting up a fight with fellow Republicans who are pushing for a deeper reduction the day after the nation's voters injected uncertainty into the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Tupelo Agency Pledges $1M for Chickasaw Heritage Museum

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau is pledging $1 million toward the $6 million-plus needed for a Chickasaw Indian heritage center.

Arkansas Players Face Backlash After Kneeling During Anthem

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing the University of Arkansas and six women's basketball players who kneeled during the national anthem before an exhibition game, saying they would consider cutting the school's budget over the issue.


Forest Fires Trap Firefighters, Cause Excessive Smoke

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (AP) – Ongoing wildfires in Tennessee are causing problems, trapping firefighters and filling the region's air with smoke.


GM Laying Off Over 2,000 at 2 Car Plants as Sales Slow

DETROIT (AP) – Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.


Wendy's Profit Surges on Shift to Franchise Operations

NEW YORK (AP)Wendy's Co. reported a boost in profit as it dramatically cut costs while it continues to sell company-owned restaurants and shift to a more franchise-heavy operation.

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