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VOL. 133 | NO. 37 | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Memphis Blight Contractor Indicted on Littering Charges

The owner of a business that has contracts with city and county governments to clean up blighted properties has been indicted on aggravated littering charges.

Stanley Bar-B-Que in Overton Square Closes Doors

About a month after saying he hoped to keep his Overton Square barbecue restaurant open even though the business had filed for bankruptcy, Stanley Bar-B-Que co-owner David Walker said the eatery has shut its doors for good.

Potter Retires As Environmental Court Judge

General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he will retire from the court he founded effective March 1.

Bredesen: U.S. Senate Win Possible For Democrats

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

Harris Proposes Bill to Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales

State tax revenue from the Sunday sale of wine in stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low-income families.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 66%


Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. David Althizer of SOS Systems Inc. will present “Keeping Your Computer Safe in 2018.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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St. Jude to Build $412M Research Center

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is breaking ground this spring on a $412 million, 625,000-square-foot advanced research center, a major piece of the hospital’s ongoing $1 billion capital expansion at its Downtown campus.

Last Word: Patio Test, St. Jude's Edge and Bredesen Runs For the Center

All across the city Monday afternoon into the evening, the city was tested just about a month away from spring by the calendar. And I am happy to report that the dry run for the patio season proved Memphis is vigilant and prepared. The test, in extreme temperatures that reached 77 degrees – breaking the record of 76 degrees set in 1986, prompted some of you to break out the running gear and give it a spin just before the early sunset. Others among you were spotted on patios pondering what ever became of Mr. Mister and Glass Tiger.

Council to Discuss Mural Mix-Up, Body in Van On Police Impound Lot

Memphis City Council members take up the Paint Memphis murals controversy in their Tuesday, Feb. 20, executive session and earlier will talk with police brass about security procedures at the police impound lot.

Archer Malmo, Y&R Memphis, Red Deluxe Big Winners at ADDYs

Results in the 2018 AAF Memphis American Advertising Awards competition show Memphis companies collected plenty of hardware, but the big winners were Red Deluxe Brand Development, Archer Malmo and Y&R Memphis, which all won “Best of” category honors and a total of 67 awards combined.

SPECIAL EDITION Women & Business

More Companies Providing Some Parental Leave Pay

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that employees with over a year of employment get 12 weeks unpaid time off from their jobs, and the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act allows certain female employees four months of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, care of a newborn and adoption.

Companies Updating Their Sexual Harassment Policies

Workplace sexual harassment has been making headlines nationwide, with high-profile individuals in entertainment, media and other industries losing their jobs over accusations of misconduct. In recent months, companies have been taking a closer look at their harassment policies and updating them where necessary.

Couch-Smith Drives Tsunami Nuances Behind the Scenes

Tsunami continues to reinvent itself as it approaches 20 years in business this year and is beginning 2018 with its strongest holiday season on the books.


Redbirds, Stubby Clapp to Begin Prep for 2018 Baseball Season

On Sunday, Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp was scheduled to leave for Jupiter, Florida, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training complex.


100 N. Main Owners Buy Additional Property

80, 86, 88 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103: Less than a month after the 100 North Main Building was effectively reclaimed by the lender at a foreclosure auction, New York-based real estate firm Townhouse Management Co. affiliate THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC has purchased adjacent parcels.


The Reality Of Change

Growth. Transformation. Change. Innovation. Continuous improvements. Accountability. Transparency. Leadership. We know the words. We try to live them. We may think we are living them. But are we? What does it really take to live into individual and organizational aspirations? And what is the timeframe?

Extending the Transformation

Innovation can be the spark that galvanizes an organization and resets the whole of it for higher and faster growth.


Report: 6 UT Employees Violated Sexual Misconduct Policies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the last two years, six cases of sexual misconduct by faculty or staff at the University of Tennessee Knoxville led to those employees resigning or disciplinary action being taken.


2 Mississippi Students Arrested After Social Media Threats

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Two north Mississippi high school students have been arrested on charges that they threatened violence on social media.


The Latest: Florida Shooting Suspect in Brief Court Hearing

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local):

Trump Backs Efforts to Bolster FBI Gun Checks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump offered support Monday for an effort to strengthen the federal gun background check system as he hunkered down at his private Florida golf course just 40 miles from last week's deadly school shooting.

Republican State Senator Charged With Extorting Page for Sex

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Republican state senator of extorting sex from a page in the Senate's page program.

Sexual Misconduct Scandal Envelops California Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sexual misconduct in the California Legislature has dominated the conversation since lawmakers returned in January, with the burgeoning scandal taking one surprising twist after another.


Trump Revives Push for Limits on Immigrants Bringing Family

NEW YORK (AP) — When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children could not come with him because they were now adults.

Potter Retires As Environmental Court Judge

General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he will retire from the court he founded effective March 1.

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