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VOL. 132 | NO. 40 | Friday, February 24, 2017

Sedgwick Approved for $10.4 Million PILOT

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

MATA on Track to Begin Trolley Test Runs

You should start to see trolleys on the tracks in a few months, the CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Thursday, Feb. 23. But getting on one of the trolleys that have been out of service for more than two years will probably have to wait until the end of the year.

Memphis Airport to Allow Alcoholic Beverages in Concourse

Passengers at the Memphis International Airport who are looking to get a little lifted before they take off will now be able to enjoy an adult beverage at their gate while they wait to board their plane.

TVA’s Nearly $1B Natural Gas Plant 70 Percent Complete

The view is breathtaking. The Memphis skyline glints and gleams in the midday sun. The Pyramid casts its own unique light across the distance, and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge superstructure is an elegant silver set of curves to the west, filtered through bare trees. It’s a view you need a hard hat to see from the top of the massive heat recovery steam generator at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Allen Steam Plant, under construction in southwest Memphis.

Escort List Lawsuit Revives Old Court Order

Nearly 40 years after U.S. District Judge Robert McRae signed a federal consent decree barring the Memphis Police Department from ever gathering and keeping information from “political intelligence” surveillance of Memphis citizens, the court order has come back to life.

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Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 58%


Stax Music Academy will perform a Black History Month tribute to the 1967 Stax/Volt European Tour Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. The concert will feature the music of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, and Arthur Conley. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; call 901-946-2513, ext. 250, to buy advance tickets.

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Last Word: 'Sun Records,' Ole Miss's Lack of Control and Haslam in 2018

I am not going to be one of those people who at this late date in the history of television dramas based on real people points out every departure from reality. The first episode of the CMT television series “Sun Records” Thursday was a scene-setter and introduction of sorts to an ensemble cast with plenty of opportunities to name that place in Memphis. That usually means a pretty complex story line to come and there are more than enough memorable characters in the story of Sun.

Resurrection Residency Program Awarded 10-Year Accreditation

Resurrection Health is a faith-based health service organization working to address health disparities in Memphis partly through a residency program that trains residents in multiple disciplines along the family medicine and primary care spectrum. And in recent days, that residency program got a big stamp of approval.

Binghampton Gateway Comes to 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.

Southern-Style Event Center Planned for Memphis

A $2.1 million building permit application has been filed for a new event center near Tchulahoma and East Holmes roads.


As Rookie NBA Head Coach, Grizzlies’ David Fizdale Earns Acclaim

He has been forthright – with his players and when speaking with the media. First-year Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale doesn’t go in for verbal gymnastics or political double-talk.

UT Freshman Arnold Scorching Batters With 0.00 ERA This Season

Caylan Arnold never met a challenge she didn’t like, and she’s taking on a new one almost every day this spring. The 2016 Maryville High School graduate has emerged as one of the top pitchers for Tennessee’s softball team, ranked No. 15 in both major preseason polls.

Dobbs Makes His Stand to Join NFL Roster

Josh Dobbs has spent the last four years preparing for a future in aerospace engineering. For now, though, that career is still on the runway. First, he’s hoping to take flight in the NFL. After establishing himself as one of the most productive quarterbacks in University of Tennessee history, Dobbs isn’t ready to give up on football. It remains to be seen if football is ready to give up on him.


The Press Box: Against NCAA, Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze Overmatched

Hugh Freeze lifted the Ole Miss football program into the Top 10, New Year’s Day bowl games and defeated mighty Alabama two years in a row. He did it with a 2013 recruiting class that included three future first-round NFL draft picks and a high-flying offense that showed opponents no mercy.


Harwell: Lovell Investigation Handled Correctly

NASHVILLE – An investigation into now-former Rep. Mark Lovell started a day after he allegedly had inappropriate contact with a woman and lasted two to three days, House Speaker Beth Harwell says.

House Subcommittee Adjourns to Assess Road Bills

NASHVILLE – An effort to take money from the sales tax to fund transportation projects statewide – in contrast to the governor’s plan – ran off the rails Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Senate Advances Bill to Require Vertical Licenses for Minors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Drivers under the age of 21 would be issued driver's licenses printed in a vertical format under a bill advancing in the Tennessee Senate.

Some in GOP Chafe at New Building Named After Cordell Hull

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are nearing a move into freshly overhauled offices at the state Capitol complex, but some Republicans are chafing at the building being named after Democrat Cordell Hull.


Overestimate Health Care Costs for a Healthier Retirement Budget

Ray’s Take It’s not news that health care costs are increasing. Whether you’re just in the planning stages or you’ve already left the workforce, estimating your health care needs is a major cost to consider during retirement.

The Right Thing to Wear

INTO CONDOMS. About 25 years ago, we went to the Cooper-Young Festival with another couple. Our sons were about 9 or 10 at the time. As we lingered at this or that booth, the boys got antsy, so a later meeting place was agreed upon and they took off.


Memphis Cemetery Disciplined for Sunken Graves, Other Issues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – State officials have fined a Memphis cemetery $2,800 for violations including sunken graves and failing to maintain the grounds.

Former Southaven Mayor's Retrial Moved Out of DeSoto County

A judge has decided that former Southaven, Mississippi, Mayor Greg Davis will be retried four counties away on felony fraud and embezzlement charges.


Tennessee Gov. Haslam Won't Rule Out US Senate Run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam isn't ruling out a future run for U.S. Senate.


Mississippi Governor Wants Renewed Push for Lottery

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue.

Arkansas Bid to Collect Online Sales Taxes Fails 2nd Try

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An effort to force online retailers to start collecting state sales taxes has failed for a second time before an Arkansas House panel.


Mnuchin Says Goal is to Pass Tax Reform by August

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

MATA on Track to Begin Trolley Test Runs

You should start to see trolleys on the tracks in a few months, the CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Thursday, Feb. 23. But getting on one of the trolleys that have been out of service for more than two years will probably have to wait until the end of the year.

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