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VOL. 132 | NO. 234 | Monday, November 27, 2017

Container Apartments Planned for Medical District

Memphis businessman Fred Spikner of Spikner Enterprises LLC has submitted plans to the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment for an apartment complex made from shipping containers.

For Now, Memphis a College Football Oasis

Tony Pollard was taking another kick return from one end zone to another. Quarterback Riley Ferguson and wideout Anthony Miller were hooking up for an 89-yard touchdown on the Memphis Tigers’ first play from scrimmage. And safety Jonathan Cook was playing pick-six.

The Week Ahead: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Good morning, Memphis! Still recovering from your turkey hangover? Get out of the house this week and enjoy the official start of the season with a range of holiday events – including Starry Nights’ Tacky Holiday Sweater Night and Choose901’s holiday pop-up shop – then get out there and cheer on your St. Jude Memphis Marathon runners. And that’s just a taste of what’s going on in The Week Ahead...

Palazola Produce Making Fresh Deliveries for Decades

The Palazola name has been associated with produce in the Bluff City for more than a century.

New Task Force Focused on Mental Health Response After Disasters

The Shelby County Health Department, working with several community partners, has assembled a first-of-its-kind volunteer task force in Tennessee that will respond to behavioral and mental health challenges after mass-casualty disasters.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Northeast at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 63%


The Voices of the South Writing Cabaret will meet Monday, Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper St. (in the First Congregational Church basement). At the start of the evening, participants receive a writing prompt and write for an hour, then everyone is given the opportunity to share what they have written. Cost is free; one drink minimum. Visit voicesofthesouth.org.

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Lenox Park Buildings Sell for $5.3 Million

This week's Real Estate Recap features the sale of two Class A office buildings totaling more than 200,000 square feet; a residential development being planned near a proposed new elementary school in Germantown; and more.


Apocalypse Not

Dinosaurs exaggerating the death of retail

Much has been said about the so-called “Retail Apocalypse,” a frightening term that conjures images of a desolate landscape littered with boarded-up malls and shopping centers representing the death of American capitalism. 

Editorial: Tigers Show What’s Possible When We Come Together

In the moments after the University of Memphis captured the AAC West football title last Saturday, senior wide receiver Anthony Miller told reporters, “When we face adversity, it’s nothing to us.”

November 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2012: Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays rules the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County have to stop their movement toward suburban school districts, voiding the moves they already had made, including school board elections. The six suburbs will soon restart the efforts with the formal work toward building the school systems from the ground up starting in January 2014 toward an opening of all six of the districts eight months later.


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.

Memphis Could Say Cheers to Main Street Consumption

Memphis could open itself up to a new world of tourism and entertainment if the city council toasts an ordinance amendment.

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.

Developers Eyeing 117-Lot Subdivision Near New Elementary School in Germantown

Looking to capitalize on its proximity to Germantown’s new elementary school site, developers have submitted an application to planning officials for 117-lot subdivision near the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike.

Madison Hotel Temporarily Shutting Down Hospitality Services

The Madison Hotel, an upscale high-rise hotel in Downtown Memphis, has informed state officials that it will be temporarily shutting down its food and catering services, which will affect 33 workers.


Tennessee Judge Behind Inmate Sterilization Program Rebuked

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee judge who offered inmates less jail time if they voluntarily underwent birth control procedures has been publicly reprimanded by state judicial regulators.

8 Tennessee Sites Added to Historic Places Register

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Eight Tennessee properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Did You 'Like' Russian Propaganda? Facebook Will Clue You In

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.


Small Retailers Aim for Emotional Ties Big Chains May Lack

NEW YORK (AP) – Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers' heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

As Interest Rates Rise, Banks Are Paying More for Deposits

NEW YORK (AP) – Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again.

It's Tax Time for Fund Investors, Even Those Doing Nothing

NEW YORK (AP) – The end of the year can mean tax headaches for some mutual-fund investors, this year potentially more so than others.


Good Night, Night: Light Pollution Increasing Around Globe

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter – bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included.

Container Apartments Planned for Medical District

Local businessperson Fred Spikner with Spikner Enterprises has submitted plans for a for an apartment complex made from shipping containers to the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

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