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VOL. 132 | NO. 227 | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Graceland Sues Over Concert Venue Scrapped By Grizz Noncompete

Graceland is challenging the noncompete agreement the city and county governments have with the Memphis Grizzlies in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Shelby County Chancery Court.

Luttrell Says Administration Will Intervene in Commission's Opioid Litigation

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle left no doubt in his ruling Tuesday, Nov. 14, about who was correct between county mayor Mark Luttrell and the county commission over opioid abuse litigation in Circuit Court.

Bringing Down Walls

Edge Alley and High Cotton Brewing combine operations

High Cotton Brewing Co. and Edge Alley, which were already two of the Memphis Medical District’s more popular venues on their own, have taken a taken a very tangible step in combining the two concepts into a single entity.

Copeland Retires at OPD, Zeanah Nominated as Successor

After 29 years in city and county government, Rick Copeland is retiring as director of the Memphis-Shelby County Division of Planning and Development effective Jan. 2.

Magic Of Carousel Horses Returns to CMOM

The first horse on the restored Memphis Grand Carousel was a “jumper” – a horse that moves up and down, as opposed to a “stander” that doesn’t move.

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Latino Memphis will host “The Future of DACA, an Analysis and Panel Discussion About the DREAM Act” Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Jeanne Batalova, senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, will discuss different versions of the DREAM Act and the impact it could have if approved. There also will be a panel discussion and Q&A with local leaders, immigration advocates and a local DREAMer. Cost is free. RSVP at eventbrite.com.

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Last Word: The Year of Tyreke Evans, Opioid Ruling and Installing a Jumper

The Tigers basketball home opener is a come from behind win Tuesday at the Forum over Little Rock 70-62. Still not enough to determine where this new team in so many ways is bound. But that won’t stop the early speculation … or the later speculation starting with the New Orleans game at the Forum in another week. The Grizz take their turn Wednesday with the Pacers kicking off a Grizz home stand followed by the Rockets Saturday for the third time in this young season, Trail Blazers Monday and Mavericks Wednesday. But let’s not get too far ahead here.

State Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible

The Tennessee elections coordinator has told Shelby County election officials that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting in an election because there are no state guidelines and procedures in place for counting second- and third-preference votes.

EPIcenter, Little Bird Innovation Launch Business Plan Contest

The local EPIcenter organization, along with research, strategy and design firm Little Bird Innovation, are launching a business plan competition Wednesday, Nov. 15, that’s meant to enlist entrepreneurs in coming up with ways to solve persistent challenges that confront local makers and artisans.

Fired Testing Company Seeks $25.3M for Work on TNReady’s Bumpy Rollout

Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is.


The Grizzlies’ $3.3 Million Steal, Tyreke Evans, Playing Toward a Payday

The Grizzlies didn’t quite score enough points in losing 110-103 in Milwaukee to finish 2-3 on a five-game road stretch. But not because Tyreke Evans didn’t try to carry the Grizzlies to victory yet again.


Cannon Center Promotes Hirt To Event Services Coordinator

Jasmine Hirt has been promoted to marketing and event services coordinator for the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts less than a year after joining the venue’s staff as marketing and event services assistant. In her new role, Hirt is responsible for advancing, managing and coordinating marketing efforts for ticketed events at the 2,100-seat venue, which is managed by Memphis Management Group.


Don’t Overlook Company Reviews

Being happy at work is an essential part of career fulfillment. Sometimes, it seems we spend more time researching where to eat the best hamburger than where to work. Much like skipping restaurant reviews, failing to research a company can come back to burn you later. The good news is you no longer have to know someone personally to get the scoop on a company.

Capturing Consumer Attention

How much time do people spend with your marketing materials? For years we’ve been telling you to make your marketing content shorter. After all, the human attention span is eight seconds. That’s one second shorter than your average goldfish.


10 Charged With Meth, Cocaine Trafficking in West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 10 people have been charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs in western Tennessee.


Tennessee State Rep. Joanne Favors to Retire After 7 Terms

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic state Rep. JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga says she won't seek re-election to the Tennessee General Assembly next year.

Songwriter Joins GOP Race to Succeed Blackburn in Congress

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) – Songwriter Lee Thomas Miller announced Tuesday that he is joining the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.


Mississippi Choctaws Voting on Proposal to Create 4th Casino

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) – Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will vote on developing a fourth casino, which would be on tribal land at the center of the state.


Postal Service: Red Ink for 11th Year in Row as Mail Slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) – The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.

Microsoft Pledges to Curb Carbon Emissions Despite Growth

BONN, Germany (AP) – Microsoft says it aims to cut carbon emissions generated from its operations by 75 percent by 2030, from 2013 levels.


Rise in Teen Suicide, Social Media Coincide; Is There Link?

CHICAGO (AP) – An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.

US Regulators Approve First Digital Pill to Track Patients

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns.

Fired Testing Company Seeks $25.3M for Work on TNReady’s Bumpy Rollout

Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is.

Opioid Lawsuit Filed as County Dispute on Legal Action Goes to Court

UPDATE: Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Tuesday, Nov. 14, that the Shelby County Commission overstepped its role and powers within county government when the commission hired a law firm and had its own attorney file a lawsuit in Circuit Court against pharmaceutical companies over opioid abuse.

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