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VOL. 132 | NO. 38 | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Revealed

The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival lineup has arrived.

Mid-South Mayors’ Council Announces Lineup for RegionSmart Summit

The Mid-South Mayors’ Council, an initiative of Urban Land Institute Memphis, has release the lineup for its second annual RegionSmart summit, which will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Thursday, April 27.

City, UrbanArt Commission to Build I Am A Man Plaza

The UrbanArt Commission, in partnership with the city of Memphis, has announced a call for artists to design and fabricate an art installation in conjunction with the development of an I Am A Man Plaza.

EDGE, U of M Partner to Create Regional Economic Database

The University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County announced they will be working together to develop a data warehouse, web portal and associated editorial content.

Sedgwick to Occupy Thomas & Betts HQ, TNB Shopping Memphis for New Home

New details are continuing to emerge after Sedgwick Claims Management Services' blockbuster announcement Monday to consolidate and expand its corporate headquarters.

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Rhodes College will host a talk titled “Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare’s World,” presented by Renaissance scholars Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in Palmer Hall’s Hardie Auditorium on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Visit rhodes.edu.

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Women Executives to Discuss Career Highlights, Experiences

It never hurts to speak a language the other guy understands. Especially if you’re a woman going where no woman has gone before.

Council Waits on Answers About City Hall List

Memphis City Council members had protesters outside City Hall and in council chambers Tuesday, Feb. 21, on different causes.

Turner’s Midtown Expansion Continues With $4.9M Permit

Turner Holdings LLC’s multimillion-dollar plans to upgrade its Midtown location took another step toward completion as the company filed for a $4.94 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

Last Word: This is Memphis, Sedgwick Deal Expands and Violent Crime Drops

There used to be a time when a 10-second shot of the Memphis streetscape in a commercial was enough to start an avalanche of speculation about the economic impact of the placement. And when people didn’t mob the city the next day, we were always hopeful that the next little peek of our brand would surely be the one that brought that about.

Son’s Diagnosis Fuels Multifaceted Approach to Treating Diabetes

Dr. Kashif Latif dedicated his life to the research and treatment of diabetes after his son, who is now 20 years old, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was just 11 months old.

Sedgwick Announces $34M Expansion, Will Create 150 New Jobs

Sedgwick Claims Management has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Memphis, which will result in the creation of 150 local jobs.

County Commission Backs Medical Marijuana, Opposes School Vouchers

Shelby County Commissioners endorsed state legislation Monday, Feb. 20, that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, came out against a school voucher bill by state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown and turned away a social media use policy for county employees.

Akbari Expungement Bill Passes in Subcommittee With Bipartisan Support

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Raumesh Akbari’s effort to cut felony conviction expungement fees in half received a strong endorsement today in the form of bipartisan support.

‘Hamilton’ a Year Away as The Orpheum, Playhouse Announce 2017-18 Seasons

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton” will be coming to The Orpheum Theatre, but not until the 2018-2019 Broadway season.

City Hall List Controversy Deepens With Questions About Police Surveillance

The controversy deepened Monday, Feb. 20, over a list of 81 people – many who participated in protests in the last year – who require a police escort while anywhere in City Hall.


Beavers Shuts Down Office As Protesters Gather Outside

NASHVILLE – The sponsor of two bills aimed at the LGBT community left the Legislative Plaza in a huff Tuesday, Feb. 21, as protesters gathered around her office to object to her “retaliation” in the wake of a short-circuited press conference.


Tigers Struggling on Court, Baseball Sets Records

Tubby Smith and his Tigers are clinging to fifth-place in the American Athletic Conference, but if their recent play is a forecast of their future performance they will be slipping lower in the standings.


Attorney Harkavy Named To Wyatt’s Executive Committee

Lee A. Harkavy is one of two attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP to be named to the regional law firm’s executive committee. Harkavy is a commercial transactional attorney focused primarily on representing businesses in their external growth endeavors or exit strategies. In that capacity, he advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and capital-raising transactions.


Unreasonable Interview Expectations

Sometimes, interviews can be the worst. I mean, truly. Doesn’t the hiring manager realize that you have a job, life, spouse, children and existing commitments? 

Why ‘No Comment’ is No Good

How can two words speak volumes? Think of the words “I do.” Say those two words, and you enter a lifelong contract. Say “no comment” during a media interview, and you catapult your company into crisis mode.

Keurig’s Journey into Connected Appliances

A talk by Rachael Schwartz, general manager and senior director innovation, Keurig Green Mountain, given at the Back End of Innovation conference. 


Education Realty Trust Reports Q4 Results

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)Education Realty Trust Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations.


Scripps Networks Misses Q4 Profit Forecasts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $52.1 million.


Proposal Would Expand Arkansas Campus Carry to Some Students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A proposal mandating Arkansas colleges and universities allow concealed handguns on campus would be expanded to include some students and visitors, if they undergo training, under a compromise struck Monday by lawmakers and the governor.

Arkansas Senate Panel Endorses Bid to Reinstate Voter ID Law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A Senate panel has advanced a reworked proposal to reinstate an Arkansas voter ID law that was struck down more than two years ago as unconstitutional.


Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

Wal-Mart Keeps Working to Make Inroads Against Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller.

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