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VOL. 132 | NO. 230 | Monday, November 20, 2017

Week Ahead: Nov. 20-26

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…

County Primary Filing Opens With Paperwork Flurry

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.

Ranked-Choice Voting Not Likely, Given State’s Opinion

A move to ranked-choice voting in the 2019 Memphis elections is still being explored by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Tigers Defeat SMU, Mother Nature to Clinch AAC West Championship

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.

Trustee’s Office Promotes Financial Education and Counseling

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.”

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: West at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 60%


Elmwood Cemetery will hold a Harvest History Hunt, a self-guided scavenger hunt, Monday through Saturday, Nov. 20-25, at 824 S. Dudley St. Groups of any size can pick up a $20 packet in the Elmwood office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Use the map and clues to find chosen historical sites, fill out the answer sheet and drop it off at the office. Those with correct answers will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card and other prizes. Visit elmwoodcemetery.org or call 901-774-3212 for details.

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Snapshots: Peek Inside the Tigers' $20M Basketball Practice Facility

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)

FedEx Exec Richard Smith Named Chairman of 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.

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.


Banks Behind Lakeland Residential Developments

4501 Chambers Chapel Road, , Lakeland, TN 38002 (et. al) -
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.


Editorial: Want to Rock the Vote? Recognize You Matter

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.

The Next Four Years

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.

November 17-23, 2017: This week in Memphis history

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.


Fired Coach Helped Rescue UT Program That Had Hit Bottom

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see.


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.

Landers Loss Factored Into Coliseum Not Being in Plan

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.

Pennsylvania-based Chemical Manufacturer Seeking PILOT for New Memphis Plant

Peroxychem LLC, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturer of hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid and persulfates, is looking to expand into the Memphis market.

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.

Beale Hotel Developers Change Plans

The developers of a five-story, 101-room Best Western Vib hotel on Beale Street have changed their plans for the project.


Volkswagen Woos Suppliers Owned By Minorities and Women

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is seeking more suppliers owned by minorities or women for its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

Study: International Student Enrollment in Tennessee Grew

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.

Study Examining Effectiveness of Dolly Parton Wildfire Fund

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.


Monsanto Asks Arkansas Judge to Halt State's Herbicide Ban

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.

Mississippi Choctaws' Vote Rejects Developing 4th Casino

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) – Preliminary vote numbers say members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have rejected developing a fourth casino.


Rev. Jesse Jackson Discloses Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

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.

VA Exploring Idea of Merging Health System With Pentagon

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.


Tesla Wants to Electrify Big Trucks, Adding to Its Ambitions

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.

Report Shows Takata Recall Still Moving Slowly

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.


Apple Delays Release of HomePod Speaker Until Early 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season.

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