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VOL. 133 | NO. 34 | Thursday, February 15, 2018

St. Jude, 3 Other Memphis Companies Make Prestigious Fortune List

Fortune magazine has named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the eighth consecutive year.

Memphis International Airport Adding New Pick Up Areas for Ride Sharing Services

New pickup locations for passengers using Uber and Lyft at Memphis International Airport will be located outside each of the A, B and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive effective Mar. 1.

Two Residential Infill Projects Get Green Light

Two residential infill projects in South Main and Midtown that will add density to the city’s core were approved for financial incentives Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13.

Case, Vance Bringing 'Rise of the Rest' Startup Fund to Memphis This May

The co-founder of America Online is coming to Memphis this May with his investment fund to hear pitches from local startup companies and award $100,000 in seed funding to one of them.

Earning Public Trust

Dunavant Awards honoree Kennedy brings integrity, truth to public service role

During long careers with both the U.S. Navy and Shelby County government, Harvey Kennedy is most proud of being able to maintain integrity, honesty and objectiveness, with a focus in the latter half of his career on getting the best return for the taxpayers of Shelby County.

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EVENTS

PizzaRev will hold a “Pizzas for a Purpose” fundraiser for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Thursday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at PizzaRev’s new Cordova location, 765 N. Germantown Parkway. Guests are invited to pay what they want for their first custom-built, personal-sized pizza, with all proceeds going to Le Bonheur. Visit pizzarev.com.

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Tigers Stop Three-Game Skid at SMU

Playing without the American Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, Jeremiah Martin, the University of Memphis defeated a shorthanded SMU team at Moody Coliseum, 70-67, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, as five Tigers scored in double figures.

Last Word: Filing Deadline, Case & Vance In May and Paul Manafort at the Rivermont

By our count, when the noon Thursday deadline for candidates in the May county primaries has come and gone, there could be -- could be -- four incumbent county commissioners who are effectively re-elected to their seats for another four-year term. And we already know the commission will have at least seven new faces in September. More interesting is that there are only four sets of primaries – all for countywide offices – that have multiple contenders in each primary. That’s out of 23 offices on the primary ballot.

Denver Real Estate Company Buys Prime Land in East Memphis

Denver, Colorado-based Confluent Development has purchased a prime parcel of vacant land in the Poplar/Interstate 240 corridor.

Four County Commissioners Unopposed As May Ballot Filing Deadline Approaches

With a noon deadline Thursday, Feb. 15, to make the May 1 Shelby County primary ballot, four incumbent county commissioners had no opposition filed in their re-election bids.

DCA Unveils New-Look Downtown HQ

Creative communications consulting firm DCA has submitted plans to the Downtown Memphis Commission for some upgrades and new community-oriented amenities at its South Main headquarters.

Corky’s BBQ Expanding, Headed To Texas

Corky’s BBQ is expanding its brand of pulled pork to the Lone Star State.

State Democrats Targeting Domestic Abuse With Bills

Tennessee House Democrats are sponsoring legislation designed to bolster support for domestic violence victims amid a dismissive attitude toward abuse by President Donald Trump.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Details Slow Plan to Shrink UT’s Board of Trustees

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure the University of Tennessee board of trustees appears to be a work in progress.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Revisiting Winter Olympics Destinations

I’ve been an Olympics fan since 1984, when I recall cheering on Mary Lou Retton and Carl Lewis to win gold in Los Angeles. I’ve only been to one Olympics, the Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996.

STATEWIDE

23 Tennessee Stores Shut, Accused of Selling Marijuana Candy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Local, state and federal authorities in Tennessee have padlocked 23 stores and indicted 21 people they accuse of selling candy and other products containing a form of marijuana.

REGIONAL NEWS

Judge Upholds Mississippi's Charter School Law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge upheld Mississippi's charter school law Tuesday, rejecting a constitutional challenge that sought to cut off state and local money to the schools.

Arkansas Flu Deaths Up by 15 Since Last Week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has received 15 more reports of flu fatalities in the past week, raising the death toll to 140 in what's already become the state's deadliest flu season in at least 17 years.

Mississippi City Votes to Ease Penalties on Pot Possession

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city is planning to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Porn Star Who Alleged Trump Affair: I Can Now Tell My Story

NEW YORK (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

AP Sources: Mitt Romney to Launch Senate Campaign Thursday

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he's running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, three people with direct knowledge of the plan confirmed Wednesday.

Fannie Mae Loses $6.5 Billion in 4Q on Tax Change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping changes to U.S. tax law led to a $6.53 billion loss at Fannie Mae last quarter, putting the government-controlled mortgage company in the position of seeking cash assistance from taxpayers for the first time since it emerged from the housing crisis six years ago.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 63 233 7,982
MORTGAGES 87 288 9,487
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 1,398
BUILDING PERMITS 209 452 17,059
BANKRUPTCIES 50 155 5,561
BUSINESS LICENSES 39 108 3,056
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 100 3,350
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 93 1,781

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