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VOL. 133 | NO. 53 | Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Smith Out as Tigers Basketball Coach, No Word on Replacement

As expected, the University of Memphis and head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith parted ways on Wednesday, March 14.

FedEx Investing $1 Billion in Memphis Hub Modernization

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. will spend $1 billion on a modernization of its Memphis hub over a six-year period, company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith announced Wednesday, March 14.

Nichols Retires From Playhouse, Detroit is New Executive Producer

Jackie Nichols, the founder of Playhouse on the Square, has retired. The theater board has named Michael Detroit as the new executive producer of the 49-year-old organization that includes Circuit Playhouse and Evergreen Theatre.

Sewer Problems, Policies Test City’s ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ Resolve

When Jim Strickland ran for Memphis mayor in 2015 on a campaign that would be “brilliant at the basics,” he probably didn’t have in mind the recent attention that sewers – the most basic of city services – have gotten in recent months.

Director Chosen For New UTHSC Sickle Cell Disease Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has launched a new Center for Sickle Cell Disease in the College of Medicine and tapped a leader for it who will come on board in July.

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EVENTS

Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, will present “The Gospel of Mary Reads the Gospel of John” as part of Rhodes College’s annual Batey Lecture Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.in the Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Free and open to the public. Visit rhodes.edu/events for details.

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SNAPSHOT

Behind the Curtain

Crews prepare stage sets for the Broadway touring production of “Wicked,” which runs at The Orpheum Theatre through Sunday, March 25. “Wicked” is the story of the two Wizard of Oz witches – the blonde “good” witch, Glinda, and the green-skinned “wicked” witch, Elphaba – who meet as unwilling roommates at the University of Shiz. Fifteen years after premiering on Broadway, the musical remains a smash hit. For showtimes and ticket information, visit orpheum-memphis.com. (Daily News/Houston Cofield)

Last Word: Nichols Out at Playhouse, Sickle Cell Research and Heels 4 Healing

Tubby Smith's meeting with the University of Memphis take two is Wednesday after some waiting by reporters Tuesday. There was a false alarm later in the evening around a rumor that Smith and U of M President David Rudd were meeting that sent a few folks with cameras scrambling. But nothing there either.

At Least 3 Kid-on-Kid Sex Assault Cases at Millington Navy Base

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base.

Blackmon Takes City to Task, Says Too Much Focus on MLK Mountaintop Imagery

A United Church of Christ executive minister from the St. Louis area who is active in protests and other social justice causes told an interfaith gathering in East Memphis Monday, March 12, that there is too much focus on the mountaintop imagery that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his final speech 50 years ago.

COMMUNITY

High School Student Starts New St. Jude Fundraiser, Heels 4 Healing

Students of all ages are getting involved in service and fundraising earlier in life, and one local Memphis high school senior is no exception.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Wiuff Looks to Boost Engagement As MAAR Board President

Lauren Harkins Wiuff, a broker at Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, has begun her tenure as the 2018 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors. Wiuff, who will serve a one-year term as board president, is also a lifetime member of MAAR’s Multi Million Dollar Club. At Marx-Bensdorf, she leads a team that includes her sister, Stephanie Sheahan.

SPORTS NOTEBOOK

Milwaukee Bucks Send Grizzlies To 18th Consecutive Loss

Redbirds’ Clapp Receives Award from Cardinals

The longest losing streak in the history of the Memphis edition of the Grizzlies stretched to 18 games with a 121-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at FedExForum on Monday, March 12.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Secrets Recruiters Won’t Tell You

Applying for a job seems like a fair process. You apply online, and if you’re a good fit for the job, the company will give you a call. You’ll go in person for an interview and show your expertise. Then, the company will carefully decide who the most qualified person is.

4 Ways to Avoid a Stall-Out

In due time, every organization faces a potential stall-out in their proactive marketing efforts, whether due to uncertainty about the future or change. Often, the first inclination is to stop outward communication until the leadership team becomes more confident in the future.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

House OKs Bill to Ban TennCare Money to Abortion Providers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Republican-led House has passed legislation seeking federal approval to ban TennCare payments to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, for non-abortion services.

STATEWIDE

Mayor Says New Park Will Help Nashville 'Atone' for Slavery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Mayor David Briley says his city can begin to acknowledge, atone and seek reconciliation for slavery by replacing an unused minor league baseball stadium with a park commemorating a Civil War fort built by slaves.

Rep. Black, Husband Donate $250K to Medal of Honor Center

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black and her husband have donated $250,000 to help build a new Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

AP: Pentagon Often Fails Young Sex Assault Victims on Bases

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Q&A: Military Bases Unprepared for Childhood Sex Assault

When the children of U.S. service members sexually assault one another on a military base there often is no justice.

Trump's CIA Pick is Career Spymaster, Oversaw Secret Prison

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gina Haspel's colleagues describe her as a seasoned veteran who would lead the CIA with integrity. Human rights advocates see her as someone who supervised torture at a secret prison.

Trump Considers TV Commentator as Possible Economic Adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's strongly considering selecting CNBC senior contributor Larry Kudlow to succeed Gary Cohn as his top economic adviser, praising the veteran financial commentator and campaign supporter.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

For the Tech Industry, a Red Flag on Megadeals?

NEW YORK (AP) – The decision by President Donald Trump to scuttle a hostile takeover by Singapore's Broadcom of the U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm could signal a shift toward stronger sector oversight.

Nichols Retires From Playhouse, Detroit is New Executive Producer

Jackie Nichols, the founder of Playhouse on the Square, has retired. The theater board has named Michael Detroit as the new executive producer of the 49-year-old organization that includes Circuit Playhouse and Evergreen Theatre.

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