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VOL. 130 | NO. 242 | Monday, December 14, 2015

Strickland Taps Memphis' First Female Fire Director

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland made another significant staff announcement to start the week.

The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

ARCpoint Labs Opening First Memphis Location in January

Maria Stevenson has been passionate about clinical laboratory science for much of her life, and now she’s preparing to bring a franchise location of full-service national laboratory company ARCpoint Labs to Memphis next month.

Salinger Lawsuit Dismissed By Publishers

The Memphis independent book publishers who sued the trust of the late author J.D. Salinger last March over three Salinger short stories published in 2014 have dismissed the federal lawsuit.

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EVENTS

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Dec. 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. University of Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier is the guest speaker. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

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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.

‘Entertainment Destination’ Planned for Downtown’s South End

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

This was all supposed to be settled legally in 2014. But the stickiest legal dispute of many involving the Beale Street entertainment district may be coming back to life.

SPORTS

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Brings Snyder, Bielema Back Together

In their last game of the regular season, the Kansas State Wildcats were sitting on five wins and down 10 points at halftime. They rallied to defeat West Virginia 24-23.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

The Right Fit

Memphis turns to 34-year-old Mike Norvell to help Tigers football take the “next step”

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Strickland Names 6 Chiefs to Report Directly To Mayor

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland rounded out his team of top advisers and division directors with six appointees who will report directly to him – a structural change to how previous mayoral administrations have worked.

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.

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.

Wharton Touts Memphis’ Emergence in Exit Interview

He didn’t win re-election, but A C Wharton says he did change the city’s politics in his six years as mayor.

Memphis in May Announces New Event

After announcing earlier this year that it would retire the annual Sunset Symphony, Memphis in May International Festival has revealed a new event to its monthlong lineup.

REGIONAL NEWS

Tupelo Foam Maker to Expand, Buying Building and Hiring 40

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Polyurethane foam maker Foamcraft says it's expanding in Tupelo, investing $1.34 million and adding 40 jobs.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Bridgestone Inks Deal to Acquire Pep Boys for $863M

Pep Boys has agreed to be acquired by Bridgestone for $863 million in cash after the tires and auto service company sweetened its offer following a bid from Carl Icahn's investment firm.

DuPont, Dow Chemical Seek Merger, Then 3-Way Split

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses.

US ECONOMY

Average Gas Price Soon Under $2, Lowest Since Recession

DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession.

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