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VOL. 133 | NO. 38 | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BSMF Lineup Features Diverse Mix of New and Familiar

The Beale Street Music Festival's 2018 lineup is out, and it features a mix of BSMF first-timers and familiar faces for longtime attendees of the three-day music fest in Tom Lee Park.

Election Methods and Murals Dominate Light Council Day

Memphis City Council members doubled down Tuesday, Feb. 20, on calling for a cover-up of six murals near Lamar Avenue. And the council’s attorney said ranked-choice or instant-runoff voting isn’t needed in Memphis.

State and SCS DIffer On Future of American Way and Hawkins Mill Schools

For several weeks Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson have been talking about what happens to two failing Memphis schools – American Way Middle School and Hawkins Mill Elementary.

Sen. Alexander Talks Tax Reform, Trump, Gun Control in Memphis

The day before the U.S. Senate voted in December to pass a massive federal tax overhaul, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith called up U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and urged him to “pass that bill.”

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.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 88%


Fisher Phillips’ Memphis law office will host a breakfast briefing titled “The New I.C.E. Age: Surviving Immigration & Customs Enforcement Investigations” Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Germantown’s Great Hall and Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Attorney David Jones will share tools to ensure your business is doing all it can to comply with immigration laws, minimize the risk of penalties, and be prepared for when ICE comes knocking. Cost is $25. Visit fisherphillips.com or email atasman@fisherphillips.com to register.

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Last Word: Murals and IRV at City Hall, Alexander on Trump and Schools Standoff

Sometimes when you look at the Election Commission filings in an election season and no one has so much as pulled a petition let alone filed one, your thoughts tend to be along the lines of what is there to focus on beyond the day-to-day activity. And then you get a press release by email that really makes you remember the volatility of this whole business of running for elected office.

Sign of Community

Teens to lead bike ride through South Memphis

Montavious Dean, a 16-year-old from Hamilton High School, and Sequoia Campbell, an 18-year-old from Grad Academy, are among 10 South Memphis teenagers who’ve been volunteering their time for a singular mission.

Potter Vacancy Would Put Fourth Special Judicial Election on Ballot

There could be a fourth special judicial election on the August ballot with word Monday, Feb. 19, that General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter will retire effective March 1.

Sheriff’s Deputies Will Get to Keep Service Revolver Upon Retiring

Retiring Shelby County Sheriff’s Department deputies would get their service revolvers from the county instead of a watch under a resolution approved Monday, Feb. 19, by the Shelby County Commission.

Success Requires Aligning Your Life

Balance. It’s a tricky word, a word not really rooted in a stable foundation when used to describe what working women with families are trying to do.

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.


Weaver Joins Paragon Bank As Senior Loan Officer

Steve Weaver has been appointed senior vice president, senior loan officer, at Paragon Bank. He brings with him more than 27 years’ experience in the banking industry, most recently at Simmons Bank, where he served as Southwest Tennessee market president and spearheaded the institution’s entry into the Memphis market in 2013.


The Value Of College

College is expensive. Private college is even more. My undergraduate school is now charging approximately $50,000 per year, just for tuition. Assuming you’re paying out of pocket, that’s $200,000 for a four-year degree, not including room and board.

Three Customer Surveys That Matter Right Now

A routine misstep in marketing campaigns is to neglect your customers and what they need, want and value.


House Ethics Committee Confirms Review of Tennessee Lawmaker

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Ethics Committee is confirming that it's investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee, who is serving his 16th term in the House and has previously announced he won't seek re-election.

Panel Says MTSU Can't Strip Confederate Name From Hall

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee panel has voted against letting Middle Tennessee State University strip the name of a Confederate general from one of its buildings.

Furniture Company to Expand in Tennessee, Create 200 Jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials say a furniture manufacturer plans a $31 million expansion that will create about 200 jobs.


Louisville Must Vacate Basketball Title, NCAA Denies Appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case.

Mississippi State Baseball Coach Andy Cannizaro Resigns

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Andy Cannizaro has resigned as Mississippi State's baseball coach, effective immediately.


Grocer Albertsons Eyes Rite Aid Deal in Health Care Push

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.

Walmart's Bruising Battle With Amazon Saps Its Q4 Results

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.

Qualcomm Raises Bid for NXP to About $43.22B

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP's strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016.

MGM Misses Q4 Profit Forecasts

LAS VEGAS (AP) – MGM Resorts International on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.4 billion.

Investors are Winners as Companies Lay Out Tax-Saving Plans

NEW YORK (AP) – It's just what the GOP said we'd hear from a CEO after being handed a big tax break.

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