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VOL. 130 | NO. 238 | Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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.

AutoZone Profit, Sales Up in Latest Quarter

Ahead of its annual meeting in Memphis next week, AutoZone’s fiscal first-quarter results for the period ended Nov. 21 showed the car parts retailer working to deliver on its 2016 operating mantra: “Yes, we’ve got it.”

Holden Calls It Quits As Shelby County Election Administrator

Shelby County Election Commission administrator Richard Holden is resigning his post at the end of December.

December Welcomes Batch of Memphis Holiday Markets

By the time everyone has put up the tinsel, taken down the trees and is counting down the days until 2016 arrives, the month of December will have seen at least half a dozen holiday markets, stores and pop-up shops unfold around Memphis.

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.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: North at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 61%


The Orpheum Theatre will present Disney’s “Newsies” Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Dec. 13 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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Strickland Taps Ursula Madden as Communications Chief

Ursula Madden is leaving the anchor's desk at WMC Action News 5 and heading to City Hall.

Rhodes Prepares to Begin Briggs Hall Renovation

Rhodes College’s renovation of Briggs Hall into a computer science center is about to get underway in the latest phase of the college’s expansion.

County Commission Attorney Dispute Deepens

Shelby County Commission chairman Terry Roland says the commission’s dispute with county Mayor Mark Luttrell over hiring its own attorney could wind up in Chancery Court after the holidays.

Levitt Shell Adds $4M In Renovations

It was a perfect day for sledding in the bowl of the Levitt Shell once the crushed ice was tossed down the slope by a droning spreader.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

Memphis, North Mississippi Competition Raises Questions

When leaders of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine didn’t grant developers a $24 million tax abatement to build an industrial park on the site of the former Mall of Memphis, some saw it as more kindling for competition between the industrial markets of North Mississippi and Southeast Shelby County.

From Meteorologists to Handlers, FedEx Employees Prep for Busiest Holiday Season

The busy season is underway at FedEx Corp., where a record-breaking 317 million shipments are predicted to pass through the shipping giant’s claws between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

Memphis to Host Back-to-Back Transportation Conferences

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and its future in inner-city transportation will be debated.


Memphis Tigers Football Hitches Hopes To Young Mike Norvell

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.


Bass Berry & Sims Plans $2.1 Million Renovation

100 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN 38103 -
The Downtown Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is about to undergo a $2.1 million interior renovation.


Five Ways To Improve Donor Relations

We trust your year-end fundraising is going well. Perhaps you gained new donors during Giving Tuesday. Maybe your fundraising appeal letter is generating increased gifts from current donors. Perhaps your long-term donors are thinking of you as they complete their charitable giving for the year. In all cases there are people to thank and a “donor relations” program to launch or improve. There is much a small- to mid-sized nonprofit can do to engage and retain its donors. Here are five suggestions.

Christmas in Kentucky

A brisk late afternoon in early December is made more enjoyable under warm blankets while sipping bourbon ciders on a hayride through the Kentucky hills. The sun sets on a blue sky afternoon in Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and the white lights hanging from the trees begin to flicker.


St. Jude Memphis Marathon raises $8.2 Million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The St. Jude Memphis Marathon has raised a record $8.2 million to battle cancer and other life-threatening diseases that affect children.


GPS Collars to be Used to Track Wild Hogs in National Parks

GAITLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — With wild hogs plaguing two national parks in Tennessee and neighboring states, officials are using GPS technology to keep an eye on where they roam.

Legislator Introduces Proposal to Save Lady Vols Nickname

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state representative says he plans to introduce legislation that would require Tennessee to refer to all of its women's sports teams as the Lady Volunteers.


Regulators Move to Stop Staples' Deal With Office Depot

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it is seeking to block the proposed combination of Staples and Office Depot because the deal would reduce competition in the office supplies market. The companies said they plan to fight to preserve the deal.

US Consumer Credit Rises $16 Billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers borrowed more heavily for auto and student loans in October, taking out debt that helps them find jobs and commute to work.

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