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VOL. 131 | NO. 55 | Thursday, March 17, 2016

FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’

FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.

Dyer Farmer John Butler to Lead Agricenter

John R. Butler has been selected as the new president of Agricenter International, officially beginning his position on July 1 of this year. Butler, a fifth-generation farmer who also held various management roles at Cargill, Inc., will succeed retiring president John Charles Wilson.

Pacific Hires Damon Stoudamire as Basketball Coach

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) – University of Memphis assistant coach Damon Stoudamire was hired Wednesday, March 16, as the new coach at the University of the Pacific. Stoudamire, who also played for the Memphis Grizzlies for three seasons (2005-2008) and later served as a Grizzlies assistant coach, was introduced on the Stockton, Calif., campus Wednesday by Pacific's athletic director, Ted Leland.

One-Day Food Truck Fest Returns To Tiger Lane

Midsouth Food Truck Fest organizer Stanley Perrin’s inaugural one-day event last year brought almost two dozen food trucks and some 10,000 foodies to Tiger Lane.

Area Colleges Ramp Up Security in a World of Growing Violence

Five years ago, a police officer with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center shot and killed a man. The man, who had just pulled out a gun at Regional One Health, was making his way down Dunlap Street to the UTHSC campus.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
80.0°F
Overcast
Wind: South at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

Memphis Irish Society will host a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cooper-Young on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The route starts at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., and travels north to Memphis Made Brewing, 768 S. Cooper St. Visit memphisirish.com.

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Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure

George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.

Conference Aims to Empower Women Professionally and Personally

Later this month Young Women Philanthropists, an auxiliary of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM), will put on its fourth Modern Day Woman’s Conference to empower, engage and educate women ages 25-45 on how to take the next step in their professional, civic, community and personal journeys.

Potential Revenue Loss Stirs Deannexation Options

As a potentially damaging deannexation bill moves to the state Senate for a possible vote soon, city officials are considering options to combat the expected loss of revenue should the bill pass.

‘I’m the Steak’ Norris Carries Haslam’s Agenda, Except...

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris refers to himself as a “meat and potatoes” legislator. The four-term Republican senator from Collierville, a self-described policy wonk, is considering a run for governor in 2018. But if the race boils down to charisma, he says the media will have to determine if he has enough to win the top office.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Bipartisan Skeptics Doubt Haslam’s Outsourcing Plan

Poor timing and questionable numbers: That’s how legislators are viewing a business justification plan for outsourcing facilities management across Tennessee.

Malaprop Revisitation: Part 2

A correspondent wrote that strategerie has been a favorite word in her family ever since some world leader uttered it a few years back. She listed some other items that were attributed to the same guy:

Road Trip Across Northern England

American families considering travel to Europe often think of London, Paris and Rome.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Cordova Apartments Sell for $31.1 Million

555 Wood Arbor Parkway, Memphis, TN 38018, Sale Amount: $31.1 million -
The Grove at Trinity Point apartments have sold for $31.1 million.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey Announces He Won't Run Again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a leading figure in the Republican takeover of all three branches of Tennessee state government, announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

Bill Calling for Referendum on Insure Tennessee Defeated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to place Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal before the voters in November has been defeated in a House subcommittee.

Resolution Ordering Refugee Lawsuit Advances In House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would order the state of Tennessee to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program is advancing over concerns by both the governor and refugee rights groups.

Tuition Freeze Bill Dies In Subcommittee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would have frozen tuition rates at Tennessee's public colleges and universities appears to be dead after failing to make it through a House subcommittee.

Bill Would Require Students to Use Bathroom of Birth Sex

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth is gaining momentum in the Tennessee legislature after passing in a House subcommittee.

REGIONAL NEWS

Pine Bluff Prison Takes Step Closer To West Memphis Move

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – A prison in Pine Bluff is a step closer to moving into a vacant hospital in West Memphis.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Keeps Key Rates Unchanged; Foresees Fewer Hikes In 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.

Airlines Dodge Legislation Aimed at Curbing Excessive Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines gouge consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes.

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