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VOL. 133 | NO. 44 | Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lake District Announces First Tenant

It was a symbolic day for Lakeland. On the same day that the last piece of the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall was torn down, the city’s 160-plus-acre mixed-use Lake District project celebrated another milestone – its first tenant.

City Files $25 Million in Building Permits for Raleigh Town Center

The city of Memphis has filed $25 million in building permit applications to move ahead with its Raleigh Springs Town Center plans.

Report Shows Gaps Between Black, White Memphians

A detailed comparison of local poverty rates and other economic indicators in the 50 years since the sanitation workers strike shows persistent gaps between African-American and white Shelby Countians in just about every measure.

Driving the Dream

United Way initiative helping Memphians become self-sufficient

The aim of United Way of the Mid-South’s “Driving the Dream” project is still the same: Provide the means for more people to lift themselves out of poverty and, over time, achieve self-sufficiency.

Tigers Hit Home Stretch With Confidence, Inspired to Prove Doubters Wrong

This much is beyond question: Tubby Smith never would have made it as a sports talk radio host. He does not really trade in hot takes. More like tepid takes.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 96%


Memphis Heritage hosts Preservation Posse: After Hours at the Universal Life Insurance Building Thursday, March 1, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) at 480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Universal Life Insurance Building led by Jimmie Tucker of Self + Tucker Architects, and learn about the history and future of this adaptive reuse project from the experts making it happen. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit memphisheritage.org for details and tickets.

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Grizzlies’ Good Ship Ineptitude Sinks to New Low

Mainly, it was just sad. Say what you will about it being a big loss, i.e., a big win, in the name of tanking, but that’s an easier judgment when you’re not there for it.

Year of Milestones, Major News for First Horizon

Ahead of its annual meeting of shareholders next month, First Tennessee Bank announced this week customers had given it top grades in the Phoenix-Hecht 2018 Quality Index for Middle Market Banking, an index that includes businesses with revenue between $20 million and $500 million.

Kambs Tasked With Growing Commercial Arm of Terminix

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday, Feb. 27, that it will be purchasing one of the country’s largest commercial pest control operations and combining it with its Terminix brand.

Last Word: Rising River, Driving The Dream and Harwell Advances Medical Pot

The Mississippi River at Memphis should reach flood stage at any moment. As Last Word was going up online Wednesday evening the National Weather Service at Memphis put the river level here at 33.52 feet. Flood stage at Memphis is 34 feet. The river is forecast to crest some time next week at 38 feet, four feet over flood stage. Keep in mind that in April 2011, the river at Memphis crested 10 feet higher, at 48 feet on the Memphis river gauge – which turned to be the one on the support beams of the bridge over Beale Street at Riverside Drive. That was the second highest river level at Memphis ever recorded.

FedEx Responds to Criticism Over Ties to National Rifle Association

The day after FedEx Corp. released a statement saying that would continue to offer discounts to National Rifle Association members despite differing opinions on gun legislation, the Memphis-based company released a follow-up statement addressing the backlash.

Corker Stays Out of Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee will remain on the sidelines and not get into the 2018 race for the Senate seat.


GOP Averts Ugly Battle with Corker Opting Out

It’s not often Tennessee’s Republican legislative leaders have to endorse a congressional candidate against a vacillating opponent. But the General Assembly’s GOP must have been worried about losing to a Democrat as they consolidated forces behind U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in an effort to maintain a hold on the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker might be vacating.


Medical Marijuana Legislation Moves Ahead

NASHVILLE – Bolstered by House Speaker Beth Harwell’s tie-breaking vote, Rep. Jeremy Faison’s medical marijuana legislation took an important step Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the General Assembly.

Tennessee Bill Eyes Off-Duty Officers for School Security

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bipartisan bill would let Tennessee school districts hire off-duty law enforcement officers to bolster existing school security.


Coming Around to Cruises

I’m going on a cruise. That statement isn’t so odd for the 20 million annual cruisers, but I’ve never boarded a cruise ship. I’ve never wanted to. Massive crowds, set itineraries and unimaginative food never interested me.


Governor Hopefuls Largely OK With TennCare Work Requirements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's candidates for governor said Tuesday that they are largely supportive of proposed TennCare work requirements, but some of them expressed concerns about possible costs and bureaucracy.

New Provost Chosen for University of Tennessee at Martin

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee at Martin will soon have a new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.


Arkansas Names 5 Companies Picked to Grow Medical Marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas took the first step Tuesday toward launching its medical marijuana program, as state regulators named the five businesses they intend to license to grow the drug.

Mississippi Law Could Complicate Entergy Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Legislature is advancing a law that Attorney General Jim Hood says could hamper his lawsuit against the state's largest private utility.


Defying the NRA, Dick's Takes a Harder Line Against Guns

NEW YORK (AP) – Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21, the company said Wednesday, as its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws after the massacre in Florida.

Pizza Hut Replaces Papa John's as NFL's Pizza Sponsor

NEW YORK (AP) – So long Papa John's, hello Pizza Hut. The NFL announced a multiyear marketing deal with Pizza Hut on Wednesday, one day after the league and Papa John's said that they mutually agreed to cut ties.


US Economic Growth Revised Down Slightly to 2.5 Pct. in Q4

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. economic growth was revised down slightly to a still-solid 2.5 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, as business spent less on investment and restocking shelves than the government had previously estimated.


In Public Spat, Trump Taunts Sessions, AG Doesn't Keep Quiet

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as "disgraceful" his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia investigation.

White House Downgrades Kushner's Security Clearance

WASHINGTON (AP) – The security clearance of White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has been downgraded, significantly reducing his access to classified information, according to two people informed of the decision.


How Much Tax to Withhold? New Calculator to Help Figure It

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of Americans are now getting bigger paychecks as a result of the new tax law. So the government is issuing an online calculator for figuring whether enough money is being set aside.

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