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VOL. 131 | NO. 53 | Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tennessee House Approves Deannexation Bill

The Tennessee House approved a deannexation bill Monday, March 14, in a 68-25 vote after an emotional debate and a tide of amendments that were all voted down on the floor.

Pastner Cites Chain of Command in Speculation About Future

At a season-ending press conference on Monday, March 14, Josh Pastner said he considered himself the University of Memphis men’s basketball coach going forward “unless I’m told differently by my bosses.” And following that university president M. David Rudd released a statement saying a review of the program would be conducted.

Tri-Star Chronicles Captures Tennessee’s Lesser-Known Stories

J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III is not Memphis’ most famous name across the state of Tennessee. But he is an important name, has a deep and rich story worth telling, and that is exactly the point.

Finances Will Be in Focus at City Council

The list of financial surprises that Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented to Memphis City Council members two weeks ago tops council discussions Tuesday, March 15.

Last Word: Deannexation, Pastner Past the Season and Chewing Gum and Walking

The much-discussed deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature always had the votes Monday evening in the House with Memphis Democrats succeeding only in delaying the outcome in Nashville by about two hours.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 97%


The Orpheum Theatre will present Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” Tuesday, March 15, through March 20 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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Tri-State Bank Prepares For Big Year

The way longtime Memphis banking executive Christine Munson sees it, a small community bank has to carve out a clearly defined identity for itself - something that sets it apart from the myriad competitors of similar size, with comparable products and rates - if it wants to be successful.

Elections Chief Finalists Have Political Histories

The two finalists for the job of Shelby County Elections Administrator each told the Election Commission last week that if they get the job they will have some rebuilding work to do in how local elections are conducted.

Blight Fight Touts New Pathway, Partnerships

The local effort to fight blight has been in recent years a machete-like action to cut through bureaucratic red tape and get possession of the most blighted properties.


Automation Plus Computer Services Takes Pride in South Memphis Roots

When it comes to computers, Luster Williams is an old pro. He started in computers 42 years ago while in the U.S. Air Force. He spent six years as a trouble shooter for NATO and another three years tracking satellites for NASA.


Sports Notebook: Memphis, UT Vols Shut out of NCAA Tourney; Grizz Keep Grinding; Waino Bullish on Cards

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.

With Peralta Out, Gyorko, Diaz to Vie for Shortstop Job

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – With shortstop Jhonny Peralta sidelined with a thumb injury, the St. Louis Cardinals are left with a hole in their starting lineup.


Toward a Better Definition Of ‘Innovation Process’

Innovation is one of those words that means something different to each person that hears it. When you describe the whole framework as an innovation process, the confusion compounds exponentially. The word process is more misleading than the word innovation

Nonprofit Communication Checklist

Sometimes it is necessary for you as a nonprofit leader to personally check how easy or difficult it is to communicate with your organization. When you verify these for yourself you can best assess your nonprofit’s responsiveness.

Keeping Customer Service up to PAR: Plan, Act, Review

Delivering quality service is vital to ensuring repeat business from loyal customers. Customer service is fluid, changing not only from industry to industry but also from business to business within each industry. However, whether you’re a restaurant manager or hardware store operator, or you work in the industrial sector, some things never change when it comes to quality service. 


Kellogg: Investigation Under Way After Graphic Video

NEW YORK (AP) – A criminal investigation is under way after a video surfaced online showing a man urinating on a Kellogg factory assembly line, the company said.


Children's Food Program Under Scrutiny Over Lax Oversight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Department of Human Services program that provides meals to children at risk for hunger is under scrutiny over a lack of oversight.


Fresh Market to Be Bought by Apollo for More Than $1.3B

NEW YORK (AP) – The Fresh Market, a grocery store chain, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo for more than $1.3 billion.

Pricey Tea a Growing Niche Crop in US, Even Canada

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful storms.


With No Rate Hike Seen, Fed's Outlook on Economy is Awaited

WASHINGTON (AP) – The financial world is awaiting the Federal Reserve's response to a critical question: How stable are the world's economies and financial markets?

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