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VOL. 132 | NO. 23 | Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Environmental Groups Filing Lawsuit Over TVA's Plan to Drill Memphis Aquifer

The Sierra Club and a group called Protect Our Aquifer were expected to file a lawsuit Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Chancery Court, challenging new water wells the Tennessee Valley Authority is planning to dig at its new Allen Combined Cycle Plant in southwest Memphis.

State Says County Must Fund Planned Parenthood Condom Contract

The Tennessee Department of Health says Shelby County government is required to fund a grant to Planned Parenthood for the distribution of free condoms as part of larger effort to combat the spread of the HIV virus.

Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope'

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Fenter Leaving GMACW for Marion Schools Post

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

City Grants Exemption For Wednesday Travel Ban Protest March

The city of Memphis has granted an exemption for a Wednesday, Feb. 1, protest march, after intially saying a permit for the march would require 14-days notice from the group Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Janne Zaccagnino of Ralph Jones Home Plans will present “Landlords vs. Animals: What you need to know about current laws and renting to a service dog family.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Ioby Helps Raise $600,000 for Community Restoration Projects

When you walk into the Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis, it’s obvious that the 126-year-old church has seen better days, but also laying under the imposing ruins of its enormous pipe organ is a sense of hope.

Last Word: The Borders of Violence, Guilty Verdict and Blue Suede Security

Whenever there is a shooting of or near school children, one of the first things that happens once the police have investigated is detailing exactly where the incident happened – specifically whether it was actually on school property or near school property.

Memphis Students Leave Their Beautiful Mark on Blighted Downtown Building

A Memphis woman is using inspiration she found on a summer trip to help transform a blighted building in Downtown Memphis, giving credence to the sentiment that one person can make a difference.

Snapshot: MCA Designs a First-Class Program

Memphis College of Art students work on typography projects in Kevin Mitchell’s Design 1 class. The college recently was ranked as having one of the 10 best degree programs in the South for graphic design.

Blue Suede Brigade to Get All Shook Up With Structural Change

The Downtown Memphis Commission recently announced changes to the Blue Suede Brigade, its longtime on-street hospitality program.

SPORTS

Tubby Smith and Tigers Not Fretting the Style Points

In a challenging season with too few legitimate Division 1 players for the rotation and nobody tall enough to truly count as a rim protector, coach Tubby Smith would not call the Tigers’ 57-50 victory over East Carolina last weekend “ugly.” No matter that it was the perfect word – at least under other circumstances.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Governor Defends Big Proposals for Statewide Infrastructure

NASHVILLE – Protesters overshadowed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address Monday night, chanting in the Capitol in opposition to a spate of executive orders from President Donald Trump.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Lobbying Against ‘Extreme’ Abortion Bill

NASHVILLE – Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis is calling The Heartbeat Bill an “extreme” piece of legislation designed to outlaw abortion and potentially distract state lawmakers from other attempts to restrict the procedure.

Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Haslam's $37B Tennessee Spending Plan at a Glance

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday unveiled his $37 billion Tennessee spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, a 4.8 percent increase over the current year. Haslam's proposed new spending includes:

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Stanifer Takes On Creative Role at Hollywood Feed

Hollywood Feed has promoted Katherine Stanifer to graphic art manager, a role that includes serving as the lead graphic designer for brand assets for the retailer’s 50 locations across the Southeast. Stanifer works closely with Hollywood Feed’s director of advertising & creative, Billie Claire Darby, on a variety of projects ranging from internal training videos to monthly sales catalogs.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

JT Returns and Mr. Clean Channels Magic Mike

Buzz is building around this year’s Super Bowl ads, which will feature Justin Timberlake, political controversy, Mr. Clean as Magic Mike, and the first-ever live ad.

Finances Can Impact Your Career Path

As you grow in your career, finding a new job can become harder and harder. One of the big reasons for this has to do with salary. If you think about it, when you first started working, you were open to just about any job and would happily take a tiny paycheck. But as you’ve progressed in your career, your requirements have evolved.

STATEWIDE

Transportation Department Holds Contest for Message Signs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee motorists can try their hand at coming up with a winning safety message for the overhead message signs on the state interstate highways.

US NEWS

Boy Scouts Allows Transgender Kids Into Boys-Only Programs

DALLAS (AP) – A New Jersey woman whose son was asked to leave his Boy Scouts troop after leaders found out he is transgender said she has mixed emotions about the organization's decision to allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs.

EDUCATION

Travel Ban Throws Research, Academic Exchange Into Turmoil

BOSTON (AP) – Universities across the nation say President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries is disrupting vital research projects and academic exchanges in such fields as medicine, public health and engineering, with untold numbers of scholars blocked from entering the U.S.

ECONOMY

At a Moment of Uncertainty, Fed Likely to Leave Rates Alone

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is all but sure to leave interest rates alone when it ends a policy meeting Wednesday at a time of steady gains for the U.S. economy but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Immigration Order Playing Well to Trump's Fans Around Nation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House.

Trump to Sign Order Strengthening Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order aimed at improving the government's ability to protect its computer networks and fend off hackers.

AP: Trump's Voter Fraud Expert Registered in 3 States

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned.

RETAIL

Wal-Mart Dumps Its Version of Amazon Prime for New Path

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing a program that offered free shipping but had an annual fee with one that has a lower free shipping threshold and faster delivery as it hopes to answer Amazon's powerful Prime membership success.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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