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VOL. 132 | NO. 252 | Thursday, December 21, 2017

Nonprofit Leader: Removal of 2 Memphis Confederate Monuments 'Only the Beginning'

The morning after the city’s two best-known Confederate memorials came down in a pair of city parks, the attorney and Shelby County commissioner who leads the private nonprofit to whom the city sold the parks said the organization has plans to “liberate” other parks.

Seeking Independence

Wamp calls for ‘bloodless political revolution’ in Congress

Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga came to Memphis this week for the first time in seven years to call for a new generation of independent candidates for office he says can stop 20 years of elected leaders in Washington putting “party before country.”

FedEx Forecasts Record Holiday Deliveries

It wasn’t just solid news 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.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Black Theater Museum Plan Gets Good Reviews at City Hall

For about five months, Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele had been working on the idea he proposed Tuesday, Dec. 19, to establish the National Black Theater Museum inside the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art building in Overton Park.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
92.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Variable at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 60%

EVENTS

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly through Tuesday, Dec. 29 (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for hours and tickets. 

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Last Word: The Take Down, Wamp Stumps For Revolution and The Mock NBA Draft

“It was a dark and stormy night…” I actually considered using that line in what was a busy Wednesday evening around this town. The city council has an exceedingly rare extended council session from a Tuesday recessed session and at the last minute drops in a substitute ordinance on Confederate monuments. I’m listening to all of this at my desk over the city’s completely inadequate website system or whatever you call it that doesn’t involve profanity.

Council Preparing Plan to Provide Pre-K Funding

The Memphis City Council has been out of the school funding business for just under a decade.

SPORTS NOTEBOOK

Z-Bo Flashback as Kings Stun 76ers; NBA Mock Drafts Relevant to Grizzlies Fans

If you happened to check in on Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia between the 76ers and Sacramento Kings, it had to make you a little nostalgic. Former Grizzly Zach Randolph led the Kings back from a 16-point deficit to a 101-95 victory at Wells Fargo Center.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Top Stories Of 2017 in Travel

It’s been a big year for travel news, and that doesn’t even include the recent shutdown of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or American Airlines’ disaster averted with a potential pilot shortage over the holidays.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Fall Creek Falls: Sound Plan or Political Payback

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now go find a job. That’s the message the state of Tennessee is sending nearly 60 employees at Fall Creek Falls State Park this joyous holiday season.

Forrest and Davis Statues Removed As City Sells Parks

With a quick vote without debate on a last-minute substitute ordinance, the Memphis City Council set in motion Wednesday, Dec. 20, the removal of Confederate monuments in two city parks.

MEMPHIS AREA

Tennessee Governor Exonerates Man in 1978 Rape Conviction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he has exonerated a man whose convictions for rape and robbery in a 1977 Memphis case were set aside by a court in 2009 and who was released after more than three decades in prison.

STATEWIDE

Engineering Firm to Invest $6M, Hire About 240 in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say an engineering and manufacturing company will invest $6 million and hire about 240 people for a new facility in Tennessee.

Veggie Might: Titans' D Gets Boost After Going Vegan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Wesley Woodyard misses putting milk in his cereal, and try as he might, the Tennessee Titans linebacker still reaches for a strip of bacon here and there.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Celebrates After Congress Wraps Up Massive Tax Package

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump cheered a massive overhaul of U.S. tax laws Wednesday, saying "we broke every record."

Congress Deals 2 Blows to 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress dealt a pair of blows to the Obama health care law Wednesday, including a retreat by two senators who were fighting for a provision this year that would help contain premium costs.

EPA Says Superfund Task Force Left Behind Little Paper Trail

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says an internal task force appointed to revamp how the nation's most polluted sites are cleaned up generated no record of its deliberations.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Delta Wants Someone to Pay for Its Losses in Airport Outage

ATLANTA (AP) – The CEO of Delta Air Lines says the company will seek compensation for its losses after a power outage knocked out the Atlanta airport's power supply and also its backup electricity for about 11 hours Sunday.

US Home Sales Climb 5.6 Percent in November to 11-Year High

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6 percent in November.

EDUCATION

Students Defrauded by For-Profits May Not Get Full Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) – Students who were defrauded by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may not get their loans forgiven entirely, the Education Department announced Wednesday, in a reversal of the Obama administration policy of wiping out the debt.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 77 11,602
MORTGAGES 79 79 13,506
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,858
BUILDING PERMITS 96 96 24,260
BANKRUPTCIES 53 53 7,526
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 31 3,943
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 49 4,730
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 20 2,564

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