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VOL. 131 | NO. 245 | Friday, December 9, 2016

Fred’s Inc. Considering HQ Relocation as It Works to Revamp Business

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that Fred’s CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

St. Jude Area Focus of $37M Investment from Memphis, State

State government and the city of Memphis have announced multimillion-dollar contributions to improve the public infrastructure around the Downtown campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sneak Peek: Ikea Memphis Ready For Dec. 14 Grand Opening

Ikea is preparing to open its Memphis store Wednesday, Dec. 14 – almost two years to the day after confirming it had chosen the Bluff City for its first Tennessee store. The Swedish furniture retailer offered a sneak peek inside during a press preview tour Dec. 7.

TBI Report Details Critical Points in Police Bratcher Shooting

There were several points at which the encounter between Memphis Police and Jonathon Bratcher at South Parkway and Mississippi Boulevard this past January might have gone differently.

Four-Story 'Treble Clef' To Be Permanent Part Of Riverfront

A four-story paddlewheel riverboat that used to be a casino pulled into the Wolf River Harbor before dawn Thursday, Dec. 8, as Memphis Riverboats Inc. prepares to renovate what is now the “Treble Clef” as a permanent part of the city’s riverfront.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 97%


Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual holiday production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

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Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

Third-Quarter Loss Points to Lingering Challenge for Fred's

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc.’s release of its third quarter earnings results Thursday, Dec. 8, came with a few unusual features. First, the company had delayed that presentation to analysts by almost a week – then the company took the even more unusual step of declining to take questions from analysts.

Mayor’s Young Professionals Council Grows

The Young Professional Council that advises Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has added 10 new members for 2017, a new crop that will join 15 current members in meeting regularly and working to connect, represent and support the interests of young professionals in the area.

Design Board OKs Signs For ServiceMaster, Old Dominick

After the votes were cast, Downtown Memphis Commission president Terence Patterson said he could not contain his excitement over ServiceMaster’s newly approved sign package.

City’s Momentum Charts Different Course, Method

Nike community relations director Willie Gregory came to The Peabody hotel Wednesday, Dec. 7, to roll out the new MemphisWorks app for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, which he chairs.


Bibbs Empowers Teachers for Student Success

Miska Clay Bibbs never planned to pursue a career in education. But no matter where life takes her, she always ends up coming back to it.


Redbirds Redux: Stubby Clapp To Wear No. 10 Once Again

He didn’t see this coming. This backflip, if you will, that has Stubby Clapp returning to Memphis and AutoZone Park as manager of the Redbirds next season.


Grizzlies Great at Winning Close Ones, But Upcoming Schedule Unkind

The Grizzlies had just survived to beat the Orlando Magic 95-94 at FedExForum. This was on the first day of December and it kicked off what would become, at minimum, a four-game winning streak.

Music City Bowl Not Most Pressing Issue for Jones

Butch Jones has a lot more than Nebraska on his mind this bowl season.

Homegrown Titan Players Find First Taste of Success

Those looking at the Tennessee Titans’ season thus far as half-empty see a 6-6 team with enough flaws to offset many of the positive steps that have been taken this year.

I Was Wrong. Mularkey is the Right Coach for Titans

In light of the Tennessee Titans’ 6-6 record and continuing relevance in the NFL playoff picture, I offer those three little words that are so hard to say:


Keeping Diversity, Inclusion in America

Since I moved to Memphis in 1993, there are several things I’ve learned about this great city. Known for its topnotch barbecue, the 901 is full of kindness, opportunity and, most important to me, diversity.


Financial Recovery Regrets

Ray’s Take When the market went into meltdown in 2008 a lot of investments and property values went south. People are recovering from losses to the value of their homes and losses in portfolios, but some still need to dig their way out. Getting out of a hole always takes a lot longer than falling in.

Giving is a Gift

ORDINARILY EXTRAORDINARY. If you ask one, what makes Memphians special is nothing special.


Poll: Tennessee Optimism Grows for Future of State, Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a state that heavily favored President-elect Donald Trump, a Vanderbilt University poll says optimism in Tennessee has grown about the future of the state and country since the spring.


Mississippi Lawmakers Propose Spending Cuts for Coming Year

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Top lawmakers are proposing a Mississippi budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year.

Arkansas Court Upholds Gay Marriage Birth Certificate Law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' highest court on Thursday threw out a judge's ruling that could have allowed all married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order, saying it doesn't violate equal protection "to acknowledge basic biological truths."


Claims for US Unemployment Aid Slide Again

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy.

US 30-Year Average Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.13 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the sixth straight week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, marking new highs for the year.


Surgeon General Sounding Alarm on Teens' Use of E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.

US Life Expectancy Falls, As Many Kinds of Death Increase

NEW YORK (AP) – A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

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