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VOL. 130 | NO. 241 | Friday, December 11, 2015

Four Memphis Schools Join ASD in 2016-2017

Four Memphis schools will be added to the state-run Achievement School District in the 2016-2017 academic year. All four will be paired with charter operators.

Bar, Event Space, Bocce Court Planned for South Main Block

A local developer has plans to transform a city block in Downtown Memphis’ south end into an “entertainment destination” modeled after a popular New Orleans establishment.

Beale Board Approves Lease With City

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has approved a 25-year lease agreement with the city with five renewal options of 15 years each beyond that. But there are signs of discord between the city and an old Beale Street entity that was supposed to stand down in the transition.

Strickland Names Council Member to Inner Circle

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland is taking an outgoing city council member and the council’s longtime administrator with him when he becomes mayor next month.

Scotts LawnService to Merge With TruGreen

Memphis-based TruGreen Holdings Inc. is merging in a joint venture with the Scotts LawnService division of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. of Marysville, Ohio.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: North at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 51%

EVENTS

Emmanuel United Methodist Church will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 2404 Kirby Road. Enjoy a pancake bar, ornament station, photo booth and more. Cost is $5 per child/$10 family cap for activities; and $5 each for pancake and sausage bar. Visit eumckids.com.

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Cashman to Retire From Urban Child Institute

Urban Child Institute president and CEO Eugene Cashman has announced he will retire effective Jan. 1.

Stewart File To Go Public No Later Than Next Week

District Attorney General Amy Weirich is preparing to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart no later than Tuesday, Dec. 15. And the file will include videos.

Memphis Opens DNA Storage Facility for Rape Kits

The Memphis Police Department’s new $1 million property- and evidence-storage facility marks a milestone, according to top city and law enforcement leaders. To them it is an important point in the city’s three-year quest to clear a backlog of more than 12,000 unprocessed sexual assault kits that date back to the late 1970s.

Snapshot: Dirt Finally Moving at Ikea's Memphis Store Site

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea officially broke ground Thursday, Dec. 11, on its Memphis store, the company's first in Tennessee.

Main Event’s ‘Eat. Bowl. Play’ Opens

Main Event Entertainment looks at dozens of metrics when deciding where to bring its sprawling family entertainment centers next – everything from an area’s growth trajectory to the mix of households with children as well as young singles.

Dixon Museum Renovations, Upgrades Enhance Possibilities

Upgrades to HVAC systems aren’t always sexy, but those types of improvements can make the difference in a museum getting an exhibit or being passed over for institutions with more up-to-date facilities.

One Step Initiative Taking Education Beyond Memphis

For some high school seniors, college is the first time they leave home. For others, college isn’t in the cards. A local nonprofit, One Step Initiative, is looking to make college a nearer possibility by sending high school seniors abroad and providing them with ongoing professional support.

Interfaith Group Calls For Truth in Memphis Historical Markers

An interfaith prayer service on the site of a slave market owned by Nathan Bedford Forrest Thursday, Dec. 10, drew a group of 150 people during the Downtown lunch hour.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Know Survive and Advance Isn’t Just a Motto for Postseason

When the Memphis Grizzlies saw their 2015-16 schedule, they knew from season’s start to mid-December would be especially challenging.

So Far, Grizzlies Fail the Eye Test

In this day and time we hear a lot about statistics and analytics vs. the eye test.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Great Zoo. A Great Embarrassment.

IF YOU CAN PARK A HIPPO, YOU CAN PARK AN SUV. “Finally,” the young TV reporter said, “somebody who’s happy with the zoo.”

It’s a Balancing Act

Ray’s Take Work-life balance is something we’ve talked a lot about in recent years. It feels as if we all have to work harder and longer to get what we want in life. It’s hard to say if whether we’re earning less or wanting more. So how do you balance the work part with the life part?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Tennessee House GOP Whip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors sought an indictment of a top Republican in the Tennessee state House on charges of prescription fraud, but a grand jury in his home county declined to allow the case to move forward.

Tennessee Lawmakers Discuss Syrian Refugee Vetting Process

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers said Wednesday that they continue to get calls from constituents expressing concern about the vetting process for allowing Syrian refugees into the state and sought assurance from security officials that the program is safe.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee College Savings Program Giving Away Scholarships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say nearly 700 families have entered Tennessee's college savings $10,000 scholarship giveway.

TECHNOLOGY

Yahoo CEO Gives Birth to Twin Girls After Big Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has followed a major business announcement with some big personal news.

Wal-Mart to Launch Own Mobile Pay System

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up.

US ECONOMY

US Household Wealth in Q3 Fell for First Time in 4 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market's sharp decline in August and September took its toll on Americans' finances in the third quarter. Household net worth fell for the first time in four years.

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