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VOL. 132 | NO. 238 | Friday, December 1, 2017

Coalition Signs on With Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

Will Pre-K Put the City of Memphis Back in the Education Business?

For the first time since the city of Memphis ceased funding schools after the historic merger of city and county districts, it’s looking to get back into education – by putting dollars into pre-K classrooms.

A New First

11 years after fire, First United Methodist moves toward completion

The steel framework for a new First United Methodist Church Downtown has stood for so long that when the new sanctuary is completed early next year some of the framework will be visible in the building’s interior.

Lake District Developer Pays Back Lender, Project 'Gathering Steam'

A little more than a month after Gilad Development Co. began demolition of the shuttered Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall to pave way for the $375 million Lake District project, the developers have cleared another major hurdle.

Local Researchers’ Data Supported New Blood Pressure Guidelines

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology published new guidelines related to high blood pressure in recent weeks that ricocheted across the media landscape, leading to stern headlines.

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Circuit Playhouse will present “The Santaland Diaries” Friday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 23 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

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Last Word: Lake District Recycling, The New First and The AAC 'Glass Ceiling'

The U.S. Senate vote on a tax reform plan is now set for 10 a.m. our time Friday morning following more debate in D.C. that began Thursday as the trigger provision to raise tax rates if economic growth from the proposed tax cuts doesn't materialize was ruled out of order by the Senate parliamentarian. This was the provision on which the support of U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee hinged. And Corker is leading a group of deficit hawks whose block of votes is considered crucial in what happens to a proposal that was being reshaped as midnight approached. Here's Politico with comments from Corker as of late Thursday

Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch

Tigers intent on not revisiting past during AAC title game

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

Tennessee Supreme Court Rules in Memphis Squatter Case

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Nov. 30, that the state’s theft statute applies to real property in a Memphis case involving a squatter who occupied a foreclosed East Memphis home in 2013 valued at more than $3 million.


River Park Beauty

Memphis artist Martha Kelly captures a beautiful view from Confluence Park at the north end of Mud Island. The park was created where the Mississippi and Wolf rivers meet and marks the westernmost point of the Shelby County Greenline. (Martha Kelly)


For AAC Football Teams And Coaches Glass Ceiling is Real

Recently, UCF coach Scott Frost was talking about what a great job he has, and why he came to Central Florida in the first place. High on the list was all the talent in the state of Florida. And Orlando, he said, is a great place to live.


Tennessee’s Hot Seat Finds a New Office

Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach.

Titans Must Find, Fix What’s Ailing Mariota

One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind regarding the Tennessee Titans is what is wrong with Marcus Mariota?


We’re Original. Act Like It

IF YOU’RE COPYING, IT’S NOT YOURS. My church has an impressive mosaic of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” over the altar – the one a friend says should be called, “Everybody get on the same side of the table so I can take this picture.” True to the original in every detail, the mosaic is even more impressive when you realize it involves more than 40,000 individual pieces. It’s beautiful.

Bridging the Gap

Ray’s Take: After years of working, planning and saving, many retirees are well-prepared financially to stop going to work in order to earn a living. But many are less prepared for how to fill the space previously filled by work.


Flap Over Botched ACT Test Leads Tennessee to Consider SAT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A disagreement over ACT scores withheld from students at a Tennessee high school could lead state officials to consider moving to a rival assessment test.

Ex-Tennessee TV News Personalities File Ageism Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Three former Tennessee on-air news personalities have sued their old station, claiming station officials discriminated against them because of their ages.

Agent Contests Tennessee Fine for Violation of State Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Florida-based sports agent is contesting a fine imposed by Tennessee of more than $25,000 for representing a pitching prospect from the state before registering as an athlete's agent with the Tennessee Secretary of State's office.


Jim Nabors, TV's Homespun Gomer Pyle and Singer, Dies at 87

HONOLULU (AP) Jim Nabors, the Alabama-born comic actor who starred as TV's dim but good-hearted Southern rube Gomer Pyle and constantly surprised audiences with his twang-free operatic singing voice, died Thursday. He was 87.


American Says It Has Found Pilots for Most Christmas Flights

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines says only a few hundred of its late December flights remain without pilots scheduled to fly the plane.

GM to Launch Self-Driving Vehicles in Big US Cities in 2019

DETROIT (AP) General Motors Co. expects to carry passengers and deliver goods with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019, telling investors it's moving quickly and plans to be ahead of other automakers and tech companies.


Trump Weighs Plan to Replace Tillerson With CIA's Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump's national security team, administration officials said Thursday.


Amazon Pushes Service That Puts Echo in Conference Rooms

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Office workers who fumble through dialing into conference call numbers could soon have Amazon's Alexa start the meetings for them.

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