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VOL. 132 | NO. 39 | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lawsuit Seeks End To City Hall List and Police Surveillance

Four of the 81 citizens on the City Hall escort list filed suit against the city of Memphis Wednesday, Feb. 22, in federal court alleging the city has violated a 1978 consent decree “preventing domestic surveillance of lawful and peaceful protests and exercise of First Amendment rights.”

Binghampton Gateway Center Spells End for Inner City Food Desert

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

City Council Wades Deeper Into Beale Street Controversy

The lead partners of the Chicago-Memphis group that wants to manage Beale Street acknowledge they made mistakes earlier in their careers.

Living Well is Best Prescription for Dying Well, Morris Says

Dr. Scott Morris never shies away from tough topics. His keynote address at the Professional Network on Aging Conference, with its theme, “Aging: The Rhythm of Life,” was no exception.

Last Word: Binghampton Gateway, Beale's Baggage and SoundStage Memphis

You’ve seen stories here about how difficult it can be to assemble land and financing for a hotel project. Supermarkets have proven much more difficult to pull off at least in Memphis where food deserts are a problem in several parts of town.

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The University of Memphis will host 2016 National Book Award winner Ibram Kendi for a discussion of his book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theatre, 499 University St. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost is free. Visit memphis.edu.

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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.

Rallings: Escort List Has Mistakes But Name Selection Isn’t Political

Mistakes were made in putting together the list of 81 citizens who require a police escort at City Hall, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said this week.

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.


Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.


Akbari Expungement Bill Passes in Subcommittee

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.

Daniel’s ‘Milo Bill’ Evolves In Freedom of Speech Debate

NASHVILLE – A Knoxville lawmaker pushing free speech on college campuses stopped calling his legislation the “Milo bill” after a video resurfaced of now-former Breitbart News columnist Milo Yiannopoulos approving of pedophilia.

View From the Hill: ‘Moral Mondays’ Draw Crowds, But Are Lawmakers Listening?

Johnny and Julie Erwin don’t look like typical protesters, but the senior couple joined the “moral Mondays” ruckus recently at the State Capitol, Johnny wearing his Air Force cap and Julie holding a list of social legislation they oppose.


Idea To Action: How Long Should It Take?

Idea generation is one of my favorite elements of the PR profession. I am always energized by the challenge of developing creative ideas that clients can use to either solve a problem or capitalize on an opportunity.


Indictment: Tennessee Deputy Guarded an Undercover Drug Deal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in West Tennessee say a former sheriff's deputy is facing charges that he provided security during a cocaine deal.

Bryant Taps Treadway to Fill Vacancy for DeSoto County Judge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed a new DeSoto County judge to fill a vacancy created by another of his recent appointments.


Joe Carr Won't Rule Out Bid for Tennessee Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who lost Republican primary challenges for congressional seats in the last two election cycles, is mulling a bid for governor next year.

Poll: Trump Approval Rating at 51 Percent in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new poll shows that President Donald Trump's approval rating in Tennessee is around 50 percent three months after he won the state by a wide margin in the general election.


Fed Officials Discussed Possible Rate Hike 'Fairly Soon'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month discussed the need to raise a key interest rate again "fairly soon," especially if the economy remains strong.


Trump Expected to Submit Budget Blueprint on March 13

WASHINGTON (AP) – Capitol Hill Republicans said Wednesday that the White House is planning to submit President Donald Trump's budget plan to Congress in mid-March.


High Court Ruling Limits International Reach of Patent Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws.

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