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VOL. 132 | NO. 229 | Friday, November 17, 2017

Collins Leaving as City's Chief Financial Officer

City of Memphis chief financial officer Brian Collins is leaving the post he’s held for the last five years across two mayoral administrations to become executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Collins announced Friday, Nov. 17. He is leaving City Hall in January and starts his new job Jan. 8.

Graceland vs. Errrybody

When Memphis City Council members were told in an Aug. 22 open committee session about Graceland’s plan to build a 5,000- to 6,000-seat concert venue, it wasn’t the first time local officials heard about the idea.

Political Opening

Filing season opens for first elections of 2018

The Shelby County Election Commission is moving its Downtown office Friday, Nov. 17, the same day that candidates can begin pulling qualifying petitions there and at its Shelby Farms offices to run in the 2018 county primaries.

Philadelphia Firm Poised To Launch New Plant

Philadelphia-based chemical manufacturer Peroxychem received a seven-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to build a 108,000-square-foot facility at the M.C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Coach Fizdale Must Manage Minutes Early

A minute here. A minute there. Just 14 games into the Grizzlies’ 82-game regular season trek, coach David Fizdale is already trying to steal time, to manage minutes, and, yes, trying to make the best calculated decisions he can when weighing the chance to win a game today vs. the potential tax that might be assessed tomorrow.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 79%


New Ballet Ensemble will perform “Nut ReMix” with special guest Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19, at the Cannon Center, 255 N. Main St. The show is a new take on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” set on Beale Street, with music performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band. Visit newballet.org for times and tickets.

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Last Word: 2018 Head Start, Tax Reform Bill Votes and Tigers Basketball in Decline

Can you smell the paper? Friday is the first day that candidates in the 2018 elections can start picking up qualifying petitions for their place on the ballot – in this case the May county primary elections in Shelby County. Here is the scene setter.

Smith New Chairman of Greater Memphis Chamber

Richard W. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is the new chairman of the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Fed Official: Memphis Area Banks ‘Performed Well’ in Third Quarter

News is more positive that not these days for Memphis-based banks, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Paradigm Marketing Forms Digital-Focused Sister Company

With five years and many successful projects behind them, Paradigm Marketing & Creative owner Charles Gaushell and website developer Jeff Glenn have decided to take their successful creative partnership to the next level by forming sister company Paradigm Digital LLC.


Empathy Drives Growth of Andrews’ Senior-Care Business

“My friends and I still talk about my grandmother,” Rico Andrews shares one afternoon in his office at Always Best Care Senior Services. “We’d all go over to her house after school and hang out – 17-, 18-year-old dudes hanging out with someone’s grandma.”


Memphis Basketball: A Program in Decline

They’ve only played two games. The early signing period for the class of 2018 has just passed. And yet it feels like the University of Memphis basketball program’s ceiling for this season and the foreseeable future is dropping.


Interim Coach Can Get Vols Into Bowl Game

Brady Hoke makes his debut as Tennessee’s interim football coach Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN) against LSU in Neyland Stadium.

Lewan Pines For His Desert Dirt-Biker Days

Motocross’ loss is apparently the NFL and the Tennessee Titans’ gain.


Time for What’s Next

A NEW LOOK AT OLD VIEWS. Just as we’re getting somewhere on Brady’s Parking Lot vs. Overton Park, Brooks decides to chase something bigger, shinier and newer on the bluff and the Memphis College of Art throws down their brushes.

Playing It Safe

Ray’s Take: With the rise in major hacking instances, it’s more important than ever to be safe, savvy and vigilant when it comes to online accounts. Not only were there major hacks to some of the big-box stores like Target and Home Depot, but they also happened at sites that are perceived to be much more secure. Like Experian – and the federal government. Remember the hack into the personnel database?


Airline Proposes 24 Round Trips Between Nashville and Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Contour Airlines is proposing 24 round trips between a Mississippi city and Tennessee's capital.

Chevron: Tennessee Investigation a ‘Fishing Expedition’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chevron says Tennessee's attorney general has undertaken a "fishing expedition" in its investigation that has claimed Chevron fraudulently bilked $18 million-plus in petroleum cleanup funds.


Mississippi Governor's Budget Has Free Community College

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is recommending that the state spend $7 million in the coming year to provide free community college for an unspecified number of students.

Electric Utilities Ask Higher Rates on Mississippi Customers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's two privately owned electric utilities are asking regulators to make customers pay more next year.


Museum of the Bible, Built by Hobby Lobby Owner, Opens in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) – Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family's $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups.

AAA Expects 50 Million Americans to Travel Over Thanksgiving

If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than last year.


Walmart Sees Strong Online Sales Lift Third-Quarter Results

NEW YORK (AP) – A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart's results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores.

Report: Time Inc. in Merger Talks With Meredith

NEW YORK (AP) Time Inc. is considering a sale to fellow publisher Meredith Corp., according to media reports.


Phone Companies Get New Tools To Block Spam Calls

NEW YORK (AP) – Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls.

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