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VOL. 133 | NO. 31 | Monday, February 12, 2018

The Week Ahead: Feb. 12-18, 2018

Good morning, Memphis! The 50th anniversary of the historic sanitation workers’ strike is remembered this week, a Pulitzer Prize winning author visits to speak about innovation and we get to hear the first declaration of “Play Ball” this year by an umpire at FedExPark. Oh, and don’t forget the waffles.

AROUND MEMPHIS

Around Memphis: Feb. 12, 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

Beale Crowd Control Consultant Has Early Ideas

The head of the crowd-control consulting firm hired to study and make recommendations on crowds in the Beale Street Entertainment District already has tentative ideas.

Last Word: The Mural Takedown, Corker's Calculation and Beale Crowd Control

Cue the organ music from the old-fashioned television soap operas: As the weekend began, city public works crews had painted over – either completely or partially – a lot of the Paint Memphis program murals on the west side of Willett near Lamar. That would be the ones city council members complained about and others that no one complained about.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Orpheum Theatre presents “The Color Purple” Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-18, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival brings new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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Pa.-based Drug Company Subpoenaed Over Memphis Plant

Pennsylvania-based drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp. has acknowledged receiving a grand jury subpoena from prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee related to its drug production facility in Memphis.

Paint Memphis Painted Over

City public works crews painted over more murals on Lamar Avenue than they were supposed to this week as the controversy over the Paint Memphis murals surfaced again.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Hotel Indigo, Trader Joe’s Move Ahead

22 N B.B. King Blvd., Memphis, TN 38103: Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue.

TECHNOLOGY

FedEx Institute of Technology Makes New Strides in Innovation

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has been laying the groundwork for a few years now via hires and launching specific industry focuses to become the center of technology and innovation in the city.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

The Metrics Mayor

Jim Strickland measures first two years as Memphis mayor

At times in the last two years, political supporters of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have been worried. They agree with what got him elected, his “brilliant at the basics” philosophy that makes basic services and fundamental play-it-safe financial strategies the priority at City Hall.

Editorial: Leadership Should Come With More Dialogue

When two groups agree on a general goal but not the way to accomplish that goal, the differences can be overcome. When the two groups question the motives of each other, it becomes much more difficult.

This Week In Memphis History: February 9-15, 2018

2016: Open casting call for the television series “Sun Records” – then called “Million Dollar Quartet” – at Humes Prep Middle School.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Trader Joe’s Seeking First Official Approval from Germantown

The saga of Trader Joe’s in Germantown has had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the last several years, but those all appear to be in the rear view mirror, as the first tangible plans listing the highly-sought after grocer have surfaced.

Tobacco Corner Closing Last Location

The Tobacco Corner Ltd., which has been a mainstay at the corner of South Mendenhall Road and Poplar Avenue for more than 40 years, appears on track to close its doors in April.

FedEx to Invest $3.2B in Wages, Pension Fund, Hub Investments

FedEx Corp. has announced it will invest $3.2 billion to enact three new programs in the wake of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first being to increase employee compensation by more than $200 million, about two-thirds of which will go to hourly employees.

Target Launching Same-Day Delivery in Memphis

Shoppers in Memphis will be able to get same-day delivery on orders they make from Target starting Friday, Feb. 8, thanks to Target’s $550 million purchase last year of the Internet-based delivery service Shipt.

Bite Squad Pool Of Memphis Restaurants Tops 150

Competition in the on-demand meal delivery space is heating up in Memphis with the online and mobile food ordering and delivery service Bite Squad adding more than 30 new restaurants to its stable in Memphis, bringing its total to more than 150 here.

SPORTS

After Leaving Memphis, Tennis Tournament Making New York Debut

NEW YORK (AP) – New York no longer has to wait for the U.S. Open for top-level tennis. The New York Open debuts next week at Nassau Coliseum, the new home for a tournament that has attracted many of the best American men's players and hopes it can someday get the best in the world.

STATEWIDE

Black in Tennessee for Budget Vote; Would've Voted 'No'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black's office says she wasn't in Washington to vote on the recent $400 billion budget deal because her "no" vote wouldn't have prevented passage and her time was better spent meeting with business leaders in Tennessee.

REGIONAL NEWS
NATIONAL BUSINESS

Shipping Shakeup? Amazon May Deliver Its Own Packages

Amazon has already shown that it can rattle the retail, grocery and health insurance industries, and now it is doing the same in the delivery business.

Uber to Pay $245 Million to Settle Waymo's Theft Allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber is paying $245 million to Google's self-driving car spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies.

Study: Mississippi River Shutdown Would Cost Millions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A recent study by Wisconsin researchers suggests that the failure of any of the 25 aging locks on the upper Mississippi River could lead to an increase of nearly half a million truckloads of freight on highways between Minnesota and Missouri.

Even 'Safe' Bond Investments Falter as Markets Tumble

NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market isn't the only thing dropping. Bonds, which are supposed to be the safe part of every investor's portfolio, have faltered, too.

First Hotel in New Trump Chain Seeks Mississippi Tax Breaks

NEW YORK (AP) – A Trump hotel under development in Mississippi has applied for millions of dollars of state tax breaks.

CONSUMER NEWS

Equifax Hack Put More Info at Risk Than Consumers Knew

The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers.

TECHNOLOGY

Unlimited Movie-Theater Deal Could be Too Good to Survive

NEW YORK (AP) – MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month.

CONSUMER NEWS

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PROPERTY SALES 94 494 11,526
MORTGAGES 99 552 13,427
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 45 1,858
BUILDING PERMITS 135 926 24,165
BANKRUPTCIES 63 276 7,473
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 106 3,912
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 39 181 4,681
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