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VOL. 132 | NO. 251 | Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hattiloo Founder Proposes Black Theater Museum For Brooks Museum Building

Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele is proposing a National Black Theater Museum for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art building in Overton Park.

Council Delays MLGW Rate Hike Vote to Wednesday

Memphis City Council members meet again Wednesday, Dec. 20, to vote on Memphis Light Gas and Water Divisions proposals to raise water, gas and electricity rates starting next month.

2017: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 a Year of Expansion for Memphis Banks

The biggest banks in Memphis made aggressive pushes this year to raise their profiles and expand footprints, as competition in the sector heats up and the industry continues winning back the strength it enjoyed before the bust of 2008.

Last Word: Moving the Mountaintop, Brooks Idea and No Voucher Bill in 2018

The Mountaintop is moving – the circa 1977 sculpture that for many years was the only public memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- other than the pre-National Civil Rights Museum at what was then the Lorraine Motel. It’s had a few locations over the last 40 years and it's been in the Memphis elements constantly.

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EVENTS

The Memphis Animal Services advisory board will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The public is invited to attend to hear the latest MAS news and ask questions. Visit memphisanimalservices.com.

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To Be or Not to Be: Tennessee Shakespeare Company Expanding With New Facility

Dan McCleary is the founder of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. But that hasn’t obscured his view of reality, of the fact that many people were first introduced to Shakespeare in a high school classroom in a less than engaging way.

FedEx Forecasts Record Holiday Deliveries

It wasn’t just solid news all around for FedEx’s fiscal second quarter that ended Nov. 30, during which the package delivery company grew earnings 11 percent to $775 million, or $2.84 a share. That’s up from $700 million, or $2.59 per share during the year-ago period.

Kelsey Backs Away From Voucher Legislation

The push to allow some Tennesseans to use private-school vouchers has hit a roadblock that could stall voucher legislation for a fourth year.

County Commission Approves Sheriff Pay Raise

Shelby County commissioners voted 10-0 Monday, Dec. 18, to raise the pay of the Shelby County sheriff elected in 2018 from $116,955 a year to $135,575 annually.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Lankford to Manage Agricenter’s New Organic Center

Chris Lankford has been named farm manager for Agricenter International’s newly created Organic Resource Center, which is designed to be a resource for Mid-South growers in the basics of the organic certification process. Lankford will be responsible for the operation of the new organic farm, developing peri-urban agriculture projects, and promoting organic agricultural practices. He also will assist the director of research in additional research as well as the operation of Agricenter’s farm as a whole.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Laid Off Just In Time For The Holidays

I hate to admit this. I have seen more people let go this holiday season than in years past. It’s a sad and stressful situation. As employers approach the end of the year, they re-evaluated their priorities and made business decisions to reorganize. The shift in structure left many people without a job.

Is Your Expertise Coming Through?

Inc. magazine columnist Joseph Gulfo said it best: “Expert. This is one of the most overused words you’ll ever hear.”

STATEWIDE

AP Source: MLS Plans to Announce Nashville Team

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team, a person with direct knowledge told The Associated Press.

Prosecutor: Driver in Deadly School Bus Crash was on Phone

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students took a cell phone call at the time of the crash, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Removes 80K From Medicaid After Eligibility Review

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Officials at the Arkansas Department of Human Services say more than 80,000 people were removed from the state's Medicaid rolls in 2017 after new technology and data were used to show they were ineligible for the benefits.

University of Mississippi and Meridian Hospitals to Ally

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) – The University of Mississippi Medical Center is agreeing to work more closely with another hospital.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Jack in the Box Selling Qdoba for $305 Million

NEW YORK (AP) – Jack in the Box is selling the Qdoba restaurant chain to private-equity firm Apollo Global Management for $305 million in cash.

Tenet Looks to Sell Conifer Business, Cut More Costs

Tenet Healthcare aims to expand its cost-cutting plan, sell a business and continue shaking up its board mix as the hospital chain seeks firmer financial footing.

Insurer Humana Pushes Deeper Into Delivery of Health Care

Humana will buy part of Kindred Healthcare's home health business, the latest example of a health insurer growing more involved in the delivery of care on top of handling the bills for it.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Passes Massive Tax Package; Senate to Vote Next

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted "results are what's going to make this popular."

Banking Panel Kills Trump Nominee to Lead Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) – A GOP-controlled Senate panel rebuffed President Donald Trump on Tuesday, killing the nomination of his controversial pick to run the Export-Import Bank.

Trump Judge Pick Who Drew Ridicule After Hearing Withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Trump judicial nominee whose inability to answer basic legal questions at his confirmation hearing brought him widespread ridicule has withdrawn his nomination, a White House official said Monday.

Hattiloo Founder Proposes Black Theater Museum For Brooks Museum Building

Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele is proposing a National Black Theater Museum for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art building in Overton Park.

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