VOL. 132 | NO. 230 | Monday, November 20, 2017
Good morning, Memphis, and congrats to the University of Memphis Tigers on clinching the AAC West Division championship! The holiday season “officially” arrives with Thanksgiving this week, and there’s no shortage of reasons to get out of the house. From tree lightings to post-holiday hikes and much more, we’ve got you covered in The Week Ahead…
A total of 37 prospective candidates in the May 2018 county primaries pulled qualifying petitions last week on the first day of the filing period Friday, Nov. 17.
A move to ranked-choice voting in the 2019 Memphis elections is still being explored by the Shelby County Election Commission.
The football gods decreed that the University of Memphis would have to wait a little longer. Of course they did. Hurricanes and tropical storms altered game schedules and caused harsh playing conditions early in the season. On Saturday, there was a lightning delay just as a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game was within reach.
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will tell you that the myriad financial education programs and initiatives his office is involved with – covering everything from helping improve consumer credit to financial counseling – are what he sees as part of his job as the “banker for the county.”
The new home of the University of Memphis men's basketball program, the $20 million Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center, officially opened Friday, Nov. 17, on the Park Avenue campus. The facility features state-of-the-art amenities, a practice court that is significantly larger than normal, and a public Hall of Traditions with keepsakes chronicling the history of Memphis basketball. (Photos: Daily News/Houston Cofield)
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.
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.
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Plans for more than 225 acres of residential development in Lakeland were presented to the city’s joint Municipal Planning and Design Review Commission on Thursday, Nov. 16.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS
On the other side of New Year’s Day you will be reading, seeing and hearing a lot more about the 2018 elections on the local, state and federal levels, but make no mistake, the campaigns are already underway.
Republicans, Democrats map out 2018 campaigns amid the ‘Trump effect’
A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.
1929: The Chicago Bears come to town to play the Memphis “Sole Owner Tigers” professional football team at Hodges Field – the city’s largest venue at 10,000 seats. The game is arranged by Clarence Saunders, owner of the Memphis team, and George Halas, the Chicago Bears owner and until recently a player.
After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see.
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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.
The probability of a repurposed Mid-South Coliseum running an operating deficit as part of a youth sports tournament complex at the Fairgrounds was what prompted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration to put a renovation of the arena on hold for now.
Peroxychem LLC, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturer of hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid and persulfates, is looking to expand into the Memphis market.
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.
The developers of a five-story, 101-room Best Western Vib hotel on Beale Street have changed their plans for the project.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is seeking more suppliers owned by minorities or women for its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A study says international student enrollment in Tennessee grew by nearly 10 percent in 2016, but several colleges have reported a decline in the number of new international students.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A study is examining the effectiveness of a fund established by famed country music artist Dolly Parton for victims impacted by deadly Tennessee wildfires last year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state's plan to ban an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage.
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) – Preliminary vote numbers say members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have rejected developing a fourth casino.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.
WASHINGTON (AP) – As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.
DETROIT (AP) – After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs – and, more recently, solar panels – Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.
DETROIT (AP) – A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season.