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VOL. 132 | NO. 233 | Thursday, November 23, 2017

Council Moves Toward Alcohol on Main Street

Memphis City Council members delayed a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis in city parks, but moved forward on a proposal to allow open alcohol containers and consumption on Main Street.

Tigers' New Basketball Facility a Palatial Recruiting Tool

When you donate $10 million toward the construction of new basketball practice facility that bears your name, you are entitled to make a joke. So former Tiger Bill Laurie, who played on the 1972-73 Memphis State team that was NCAA runner-up, went for the laugh at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the University of Memphis’ $21 million Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on south campus named after Laurie and his wife, Nancy Walton Laurie.

Drug Testing Company Wants to Expand in Memphis

A drug testing franchise has set its sights on Memphis as the company’s next expansion target, with a plan to open seven new locations in the market.

MLK Symposium Scheduled in Memphis on Death Anniversary

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The National Civil Rights Museum and the University of Memphis are planning a two-day symposium about civil rights and economic equality on the 50th anniversary of the killing of Martin Luther King Jr., with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder scheduled as a keynote speaker.

Speedway Terrace Seeks Historic District Status

Located along a shady stretch of North Parkway, Speedway Terrace has all the look and feel of a classic Midtown Memphis neighborhood – historical homes, ties to the early days of the city, and an abundance of bungalows.

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Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly Friday, Nov. 24, through Tuesday, Dec. 29 (closed Nov. 27). Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, enjoy live holiday music, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

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Pro Soccer in Memphis Is a Kick Worth Taking

Just over a week ago, more than 14,000 fans spilled out of the stands at Louisville Slugger Field. Not to celebrate a baseball championship, nor to rush the stage at a rock concert.


Thaddeus Young Charting Own Course on the NBA Court and Off

When Thaddeus Young returns to Memphis, he needs to make extra time. When he walks out of the tunnel to get in his pre-game shooting about an hour before tip-off, everyone from FedExForum ushers to fans to Grizzlies personnel want a moment to say hi and shake hands.

Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season

The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.

Titans Willing to Let Davis Learn on the Job

One of the most anticipated aspects of this Tennessee Titans season was how much of an impact rookie wide receiver Corey Davis could have.

Hillsboro’s Phillips Playing for Bragging Rights

Tennessee’s football team and interim head coach Brady Hoke will try to avoid a historically bad season Saturday.


Tell Council to Keep Election Method Voters Approved

Sometimes you respect the will of the people, even if they don’t have it quite right. But with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), you have the best of both worlds: the people have spoken, and they got it right. If only the city council would listen.


Good Morning

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS OF A MORNING. As I write this, I’m out of town and just finished reading an email from friend Gene. He was sharing a few deep thoughts and life questions people have shared with him. Since I found several of them funny enough to spill my coffee on my hosts’ floor and read out loud to people who just woke up, I think I’ll just turn this week’s column over to Gene and get some more coffee.

Promote a Culture Of Everyday Gratitude

Gratitude is our tradition. Giving thanks and recognition for the good in our lives, for the freedoms in our country and to all those among us who, by their words and actions, lift us all is part of our national culture, our country’s tradition. It was even declared a national holiday in 1941.

Retirement Community Revamp

Ray’s Take Deciding where you want to live in retirement is one of the most important questions you should ask yourself when creating your plan. Do you want to stay in the home where you are currently? Or downsize with a downstairs bedroom and no yard? Maybe a retirement community would suit you. 


Snapshot: Play It Forward

Andrew McNeill browses Ardent Studios’ free music library in front of its Madison Avenue studio. The box, decorated by Memphis artist Lamar Sorrento, invites users to borrow or leave CDs to expose others to new music.


Lane Furniture Brand Switching Parent Companies

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Lane furniture brand is being sold from one company to another.


Poll: Many Want to Avoid Political Talk This Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pass the turkey – but maybe hold the politics. The already-fraught topic now includes allegations of sexual misconduct against politicians of various political stripes.

Teen Idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' Star, Dies at 67

NEW YORK (AP)David Cassidy, the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family" and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer, died Tuesday at age 67.


Uber Reveals Cover-Up of Hack Affecting 57M Riders, Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers.

A Look at What Some Stores Have Planned for Black Friday

NEW YORK (AP) – With Black Friday having stretched into a November full of deals, stores will be stepping it up as holiday shopping begins in earnest.


Airline Defendants to Pay $95 Million in 9/11 Settlement

NEW YORK (AP) – Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.


New Allegations Against Rose Emerge From Women at CBS News

NEW YORK (AP) – The morning show where Charlie Rose worked until being fired Tuesday is reporting that two women at CBS News claim that Rose grabbed them inappropriately, with one saying he also whispered a sexual innuendo.


Fed Minutes Show General Support for 3rd Rate Hike This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials generally believe that it'll soon be time for another increase in the Fed's key interest rate. However, a few felt any further rate hikes should be delayed until they see inflation moving higher.

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