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VOL. 132 | NO. 228 | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Downtown Memphis Commission Names Oswalt Permanent CEO

Interim Downtown Memphis Commission President and CEO Jennifer Oswalt has officially been retained on a permanent basis after a unanimous vote by the DMC’s board of directors at its Thursday, Nov. 16 meeting.

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.

Expanding Its Reach

Youth Villages continues to make a difference in real lives

His was a story as tragic as it is familiar. E. Young had immediate family members in a gang. More than one gang tried to recruit him. His parents were in no way equipped to raise him.

Banks Behind 2 Large Lakeland Residential Developments

Plans for more than 200 acres of residential development in Lakeland will go before the city’s joint Municipal Planning and Design Review Commission on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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.

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Humidity: 63%


Rhythmic Circus presents a new holiday experience, “Red and Green,” Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. “Red and Green” is packed with memorable, genre-hopping holiday melodies to set the festive mood of the season. Tickets are $15, or $20 for VIP. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

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Last Word: Graceland vs Errrrybody, Hard Choices for Buses and Lakeland Residential

Pacers over the Grizz at the Forum Wednesday evening 116-113 at the foggy end of a news day that was mostly about the Grizz and Graceland. You might call it a battle of the front offices. Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle has the hot hand in the courthouse this week. A day after deciding – for the most part – the dispute between Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and county commissioners over opioid litigation and the county charter, Kyle drew the lawsuit Graceland filed in Chancery Court Wednesday challenging the FedExForum non-compete clause.

Bus Planning Process Goes Deeper Into ‘Hard Choices’

On the road to recommending changes by May, a consultant is exploring options for a city bus system with a $45 million increase in funding. The options include “hard choices” that could either increase coverage and drop the frequency of bus trips, or increase the frequency of bus trips for quicker journeys but eliminate coverage in some sparsely populated areas of Memphis.

Saint Francis-Memphis Hires New Chief Nursing Officer

As the newly hired chief nursing officer at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, Jennifer Chiusano doesn’t really have a typical day, which can involve working with the nursing leadership team, managing the quality and service of the nurse staff and helping manage the quality of patient outcomes.

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.


Despite Massive Turnover, GOP Owns Legislature

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.


Keeping Children Safe On Travels

I’m not an alarmist but I’m also a realist. Traveling with children isn’t always easy, and focusing on keeping them safe is a big priority. It’s really not hard, especially if you follow some of these ways to keep children safe while traveling.

Five Steps to Retire From Your Business With Confidence

As a business owner, you’ve poured your time and energy into making your company successful. But how much thought have you given to what will happen when you relinquish this role? Sooner or later, you will step down and hand the reins to someone else.


Former Pilot Exec: Jimmy Haslam 'Loved' Trucking Rip-Off Scheme

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A former truck stop company executive boasted in a secretly recorded conversation that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam "loved it" when the sales team ripped off customers.

Activist Ogles Drops Bid to Succeed Corker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Wednesday that he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Man Files Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee Counseling Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A gay rights activist has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that allows therapists to refuse clients based on personal beliefs.


Judge Allows Arkansas Grocery Stores to Expand Wine Options

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A federal judge has given approval to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to start issuing wine permits for grocery stores.


Despite 6 Women's Statements, Bush Unlikely to Be Prosecuted

HOUSTON (AP) – Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted.


US Denies Ford, Mazda Bids to Delay Takata Recall Decision

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government has denied requests from Ford and Mazda for more time to test Takata air bag inflators as the companies try to avoid massive recalls.

Papa John's Apologizes for Criticizing NFL Anthem Protests

Papa John's Pizza apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.


'Obamacare' Sign-Ups 45 Percent Ahead of Last Year's Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday.

Repeal of Health Insurance Mandate Would Remake Market for Consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others in a sharp break with the idea that everyone should contribute toward health care.


FDA Clears Nerve Stimulator to Aid Recovery From Opioids

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health authorities have cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids.

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