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VOL. 130 | NO. 251 | Monday, December 28, 2015

Robilio Names Top Staff in Clerk's Office

Memphis City Court Clerk Kay Robilio has appointed her front office as she prepares to take the oath of office Friday, Jan. 1, as the first new city court clerk in 20 years.

NBA Suspends Grizzlies' Matt Barnes for Two Games

Nearly three months after Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes had a confrontation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, the NBA on Monday, Dec. 28, handed down a two-game suspension.

The Week Ahead: Dec. 28, 2015

How was your (hopefully long) weekend, Memphis? This week, more than most, is a time of change – of renewal, of turning the page, starting over. And of course, a time to ask the annual question: What are we going to do on New Year’s Eve?

Almost Gone: Kobe, Carter and an Era

There were moments. For the great ones, for the future Hall-of-Famers, there are always moments.

Federal Agency Moving to Brinkley Plaza

A federal agency is moving to the Brinkley Plaza office building Downtown in the first quarter of 2016.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: North at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 65%


Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will ring in the new year with the 2016 Hard Rock Guitar Drop on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 126 Beale St. The evening will include live entertainment, drink specials and more. General admission is $25; VIP tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Visit hardrock.com/cafes/memphis for details and tickets.

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Opera Memphis General Director Reflects on Challenges, Storytelling

Even though he’ll have reached the five-year mark as general director at Opera Memphis in January, Ned Canty says there are some days when it feels like he’s still just getting started.

Snapshot: Liberty Bowl Stadium, Field Ready for the Big Game

Leslie Mimms paints the AutoZone logo on the 25 yard line in preparation for the upcoming Liberty Bowl. The Saturday, Jan. 2, game between Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas kicks off at 2:20 p.m.

Last Word: Recovery in North Mississippi, Opera in 2016 and Uptown North of Chelsea

It’s been a holiday season of challenged hopes and muted emotions in our corner of the world.

ASD, I-Zone Competition Becoming Heated Debate

Before winter break, Vanderbilt University released a study on achievement test results for students in the state-run Achievement Schools District and locally operated Innovation Zone schools, and the study has created a tipping point in an increasingly heated education debate.

Journal Media Sets March Shareholders Vote On Gannett Deal

Journal Media Group has called a March 1 special meeting of its shareholders to vote on the $280 million deal that would sell its newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal, to Gannett Co. Inc.


Midway Point

After 15 years, Uptown prepares for another growth spurt

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

Editorial: Uptown Revival Requires An Eye Toward the Past

Memphis decays in the most spellbinding way for those of us who have watched a city resistant to change nevertheless become a different place several times over.


Plans Forming for Memphis’ First Food Hall

A norm on the East and West coasts – and an even older tradition in Europe and other international cities – indoor food markets are making their way to the Southeast in cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Little Rock and St. Louis.

To Combat Lot Shortage, Developers Take on Small Subdivisions

With landlocked urban areas and a dwindling supply of vacant lots, developers are looking to increase Memphis’ density one house at a time with single-family residential infill projects.

City Hall Shuffle Moves Into Christmas Eve With 8 Positions Cut

Memphis-Mayor elect Jim Strickland announced on Christmas Eve that he will eliminate eight positions in the current administration, one of them vacant. And a ninth positon will become a part-time position. Strickland will also follow through on his long-held desire to end the city’s involvement in and funding of the Memphis-Shelby County Music Commission.

Hedge Fund Manager Commits $20M to St. Jude

The philanthropic foundation of hedge fund manager Steven Cohen and his wife Alexandra is committing $20 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Developers Buy Land For Downtown Cambria Hotel

The two Ohio-based development firms planning to build a Cambria Hotel & Suites in Downtown Memphis have purchased the property for the proposed 166-unit hotel.


Peyton Manning Strongly Denies Report He Used HGH in 2011

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis.


Chattanooga Nonprofit's Store Filled With Items From Africa

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The delicate Nativity scene made from banana leaves folded origami style, the sparkling jewelry, clothes and art in Chattanooga's Amani ya Juu store are created by women in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.


Chinese Medicinal Herbs Provide Niche Market for US Farmers

DELMAR, N.Y. (AP) – Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.


Kiddie Tablets 'Grow Up' As Competition Grows

NEW YORK (AP) – Kiddie tablets have grown up. Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from regular tablets. The new products also have better screens, speedier chips and fashionably slim bodies. They let older children do more, yet hold their hands until they're ready for unsupervised access.

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