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VOL. 132 | NO. 248 | Friday, December 15, 2017

California Chemical Company to Expand in Memphis, Create 100 Jobs

Agilent Technologies, a life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemicals company, has announced it will be expanding its operations in Memphis, which will result in 100 new jobs.

Cooper-Young Historic District, Shelby Farms Mixed-Use Project Approved by LUCB

During its last meeting of 2017, The Shelby County Land Use Control Board tackled a particularity large slate of notable projects, including a massive $142 million mixed-use development on the outskirts of Shelby Farms and the fate of Cooper-Young’s Landmarks status.

Hopson ‘Angry And Frustrated’ About Grade Changes

The use of grade floors – a minimum grade a student can get – is a different matter than the grade-changing investigation that began at Trezevant High and is about to expand to seven other high schools in the Shelby County Schools system, according to SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson.


Shelby County Housing Market Remains Strong

As the year winds to a close, Shelby County home sales remained strong in November, continuing the nearly uniform rise in average sales price, volume and overall units that has been indicative of the local housing market in 2017.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Southwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 79%


Ballet Memphis will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15-17, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The production features more than 100 professional dancers, children, musicians and vocalists. Tickets start at $10. Visit balletmemphis.org.

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Last Word: Early Statewide Poll, New Chandler Numbers and Lyfe in East Memphis

Vanderbilt has a new statewide fall poll out that shows a few things – most of them very preliminary other than this is still early for voters who don’t live and breathe politics. Diane Black and Randy Boyd are tops in terms of name recognition in the Republican six-pack running for Governor. And the Marsha Blackburn-Phil Bredesen November general election matchup for the U.S. Senate is rapidly becoming a lock before Christmas 2017.

Memphis Habitat Unveils New Housing Development Plans, Fundraising Goal

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has unveiled plans for its newest housing development: a 32-lot subdivision called Cedar Heights in South Memphis’ Castalia Heights neighborhood. The Wednesday, Dec. 13, announcement was part of a larger slate of goals and events to celebrate the local chapter’s 35th anniversary.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent in November

With most of the final quarter of the year now in the books, area bankers continue to sound a pretty consistent theme: that 2017 has proven to be a busy year as far as mortgage activity goes.

20 Immigrants Charged With Working Under False Identities

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 20 people assigned by a staffing agency to work for a freight forwarding company in Tennessee have been charged with working under false identities.


Improving Tigers Will Get Tested Facing Louisville in Madison Square Garden

Already, the Memphis Tigers had survived to beat Northern Kentucky by two points, Mercer by two points (in double-overtime) and Samford by one point. All on their home floor at FedExForum.

Strong Season Sets Recruiting Table for Tigers

The Tigers’ Dec. 30 date with Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl isn’t far off. But closing in even faster is college football’s new early signing period from Dec. 20-22 for high school seniors headed to a Division I school.

‘Ugly’ Titans Offense Can No Longer Be Ignored

It had been festering for weeks, but the Tennessee Titans seemed to push the matter aside as they were squeezing out close wins against the NFL’s third-easiest schedule.

Former AD Dickey has Confidence in Fulmer, Pruitt

Doug Dickey lived and breathed some of Tennessee’s football glory days, and he would like nothing better than to see those days return.


Robertson Reignites United Way’s Iconic Brand

“All the women in my family are natural-born leaders,” Lori Spicer Robertson says as she leans forward in her desk chair. “To me, that was the norm – just what you did.”


Estate Planning For Unmarried Couples

Ray’s Take Times change. And more couples put off getting married for numerous reasons. People are marrying at a later age and sometimes not at all. Older Americans who have been widowed or previously divorced are deciding to cohabit instead of marrying.

What to Give Them for Christmas

GIVE THEM TOMORROW. See the children. See them run. 

Plan for Retirement Health Care Costs With an HSA

Planning for health care costs during retirement is a key component of your overall plan. According to Fidelity Benefits Consulting, a 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need an average of $275,000 (in today’s dollars) to cover medical expenses throughout retirement – and that does not include potential long-term care costs.


I-269 Rolling Along Ahead of Schedule

Mississippi northern district transportation commissioner Mike Tagert explains the importance of Interstate 269 as leaders open a 14-mile section east of Olive Branch Dec. 5, several months ahead of its scheduled Feb. 21 completion.


Bridgestone Celebrates Opening of New Tennessee Headquarters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bridgestone Americas is celebrating the grand opening of its new Tennessee headquarters building.

Poll: Tennessee Voters More Moderate Than Some Think

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are, and their views of Congress and President Donald Trump have soured some in the past few months, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday.

Mackler Exits Senate Race, Clearing Side for Ex-Governor Bredesen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Rep. Black Describes Enduring Sexual Misconduct as Lawmaker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved and ban such taxpayer-funded settlements going forward.

Predators, Bridgestone Extend Their Naming Rights Agreement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The home of the Nashville Predators will continue to be known as Bridgestone Arena through at least 2025.


FCC Votes Along Party Lines to End 'Net Neutrality'

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

FCC Votes to Kick Off Review of Broadcaster Ownership Limit

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission is voting on party lines to kick off a review of how many TV stations one company can own.


Disney Buying Large Part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.


Tavis Smiley, Suspended By PBS, Vows to Fight Back

NEW YORK (AP) – PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming.

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