VOL. 131 | NO. 52 | Monday, March 14, 2016
How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first look at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s proposed diversity program to a truly Irish celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.
Muddy’s Bake Shop has launched a new division of its now 8-year-old dessert business. It’s the Muddy’s Custom Studio, staffed by a team of cake artists who’ll prepare custom, personalized versions of cupcakes and cakes that are distinct from what’s prepared each week for the business’ two retail shops.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is heading to Nashville Wednesday, March 16, to talk with legislators about what he considers City Hall’s highest priority in the 2016 session of the Tennessee Legislature – defeating a deannexation proposal.
The University of Memphis won two American Athletic Conference Tournament games but lost to Connecticut for a third time this season in Sunday’s title game. The Tigers were close enough to the Big Dance to hear the music and smell the punch, but nowhere close to getting an at-large invitation.
Ulta Beauty will be a neighbor of Nordstrom Rack in the upcoming Poplar Commons shopping center, set to open in the fall of 2017.
Let the coaching drumbeat resume after the Tigers Sunday post-season collapse one game past Tulsa.
The realty group that proposed a short-lived Hotel Overton for Overton Square in 2015 has offered the city of Memphis $1.1 million for the old Central Police Station building at 128 Adams Ave.
CHANDLER REPORTS NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT
Memphis and Shelby County home sales performed well in 2015, particularly higher-end residential sales. Home sales valued over $500,000 were up 15 percent, with 445 recorded for the year compared with 386 recorded in 2014. This level of activity in the luxury housing market hasn’t been seen since 2007, before the economic downturn demolished home values.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS
Drones finding more uses, FAA trying to balance growth with safety
The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.
The smaller the drone, the higher the sound of its electric whine. If it is high enough you might not hear it at all. Drones represent many possibilities: weapons carrier, pizza delivery system a new wave of photography with a previously unattainable perspective for amateur photographers.
LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR
Allegiant has announced new summer service from Memphis International Airport to two sun-drenched locations.
Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.
Less than two years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals finalized their purchase of their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Now, the Cardinals, pending full approval from the Pacific Coast League, have announced on Monday, March 7, that they have reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in the Redbirds to Peter B. Freund, the Principal Owner of Trinity Baseball Holdings.
Alex Castle, head distiller at Old Dominick Distillery, will be responsible for Memphis’ only brand of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon when the Downtown facility is up and running later this year.
A group of about 100 people, many carrying Save The Greensward signs, turned out in Overton Park Saturday, March 5, during the first Saturday in the park since the Memphis City Council approved giving the zoo control of the northern part of the greensward for overflow parking. There were several sporadic sit-ins but no arrests.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The federal government is giving more than $800,000 to three health centers in Tennessee to combat the state's growing and deadly opioid epidemic.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Confederate soldier statue that has stood for generations in a prominent spot on the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus will soon be accompanied by a plaque giving it historical context.
LAW & THE COURTS
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Alan Amron has invented a battery-powered squirt gun, a digital photo frame, even a laser system that may someday provide a visible first-down line for fans inside NFL stadiums. He holds 40 U.S. patents, but he's most interested in an invention for which he gets no credit: the Post-it Note, that ubiquitous sticky-back product made into a worldwide success by the 3M Company.
NEW YORK (AP) – A pivotal trial against McDonald's that began this week is providing a peek into the inner workings of the maker of the Big Mac.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is about to embark on an old-school search, swapping its Internet algorithm for a custom-built van that will cruise across the U.S. to find out how people use its online services and react to new features.
DETROIT (AP) – With hopes of speeding development of self-driving cars, General Motors has acquired a small software company that's been testing vehicles on the streets of San Francisco.
NEW YORK (AP) – Capital One has teamed with Amazon to let owners of Amazon's Echo smart speaker system pay their bills and get other account information through voice commands.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is downplaying but not ruling out a move toward local government consolidation as a response to a deannexation proposal in the Tennessee legislature.