VOL. 133 | NO. 35 | Friday, February 16, 2018
Democratic State Rep. Johnnie Turner will not be seeking re-election to the House this election year, she announced Friday, Feb. 16.
Graceland’s legal challenge of the noncompete agreement between the city and the Memphis Grizzlies organization was dismissed Thursday, Feb. 15, by Chancellor Jim Kyle.
Two Democratic county commissioners effectively won re-election to new terms of office at the Thursday, Feb. 15, filing deadline for candidates on the May 1 county primary ballot. And a third faces independent opposition in the August county general election.
DeltaARTS among 14 nonprofits to win CFGM grants
DeltaARTS had its beginnings in 1972, in the home of founder of Bobbi Dodge. Then came years in a storefront that, as executive director Amelia Barton described it, was “right across from the bowling alley and next to the cleaners.” Now, not only is the nonprofit in its own freestanding facility in West Memphis but the building, known as the Glenn P. Schoettle Arts Education Center at 301 S. Rhodes St., will be getting technology upgrades through a capacity-building grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.
A little more than a month after the parent company of First Tennessee Bank distributed one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees, the company is rolling out another employee perk.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:
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.
At the end of his talk this week to a group of 250 at a Greater Memphis Chamber gathering, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said all he has written about the Middle East and had supported for the region didn’t happen.
Dr. Monica Jablonski, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has been moving into a new office in recent days, just down the street.
Indie Memphis is launching a two-month, Memphis-based Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting, supported by the "Remembering George Riley at MLK50 Campaign."
Fortune magazine has named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the eighth consecutive year.
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.
Medical marijuana legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Faison is hitting a hurdle with gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Diane Black opposing it and her husband trying to kill the measure.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican-led House committee has unanimously voted down legislation to let Tennessee handgun permit holders bring guns most places, including hospitals and professional sports arenas.
The start of training camp was less than 24 hours away. With seven straight playoff appearances behind them, the Grizzlies had a track record of substance. True, they would be without half of the Core Four, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen having been allowed to walk and sign elsewhere.
Tennessee football fans are hoping for a better National Signing Day in 2019. This year’s was a relative dud.
THE PRESS BOX
The other day the NCAA released attendance figures for the 2017 college football season and for the fourth straight year FBS attendance dropped. Yes, fans still pack the giant stadiums around the SEC, which despite having a decrease in average attendance by 2,433 per game, easily had the highest average attendance in the country with 75,074 fans per four quarters of life-and-death football.
DISTRACTION. Spoon hated squirrels. Every so often, I would yell, “SQUIRREL!”, and Spoon would charge the window from wherever she was in full and frantic bark mode, whatever she was doing forgotten in the urgency of the moment. Sometimes there actually was a squirrel, but most of the time I did it for the reaction.
Ray’s Take: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This was the wisdom of Winston S. Churchill, but living a life of generosity is beneficial for you, your family and your community. Some of the most successful and powerful people in the world have tapped into the power of giving.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say two people have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of an aspiring Tennessee rap artist in 2010.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump has nominated a federal laboratory official in Tennessee to serve as deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will clean a lead site in Tennessee, pending federal funding.
SEATTLE (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides.
NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Bancorp said Thursday it will pay $613 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls, which put the bank repeatedly at risk of being used as a conduit for criminals.
NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. says sales dropped during the critical fourth quarter, but the ailing retailer expects to earn a profit, helped by a windfall from U.S. tax reform.
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.
Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad's top executive said Thursday, threatening to disrupt operations across the U.S. in a push to strengthen safety after a series of deadly wrecks.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to implement energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products that were adopted during the last days of the Obama presidency.