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VOL. 133 | NO. 45 | Friday, March 2, 2018

Tigers Suffer Worst Loss Ever at FedExForum

One night after the Memphis Grizzlies had their losing streak extended to 11 games in a defeat to a Phoenix Suns team that broke its own 10-game losing skid with the victory, the University of Memphis took losing at home to even lower level.

Council and Commission Talk Pre-K and Workforce By The River

When 20 of the 26 Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners got together Thursday, March 1, at Beale Street Landing, the idea of some kind of county government funding for expanding access to pre-kindergarten ran into some resistance on the county side.

Soulsville Foundation Adds Board Members, Eyes Future Growth

The foundation that launched 20 years ago and operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Stax Music Academy and the Soulsville Charter School has added a dozen names to its board of directors. An expansion that’s meant to help lift the organization to new heights.

‘Selfless Leadership’

Dunavant Awards honor work of humble public servants

Hard-working, compassionate, dedicated, deeply caring, honest. These were the words used to describe Shelby County chief administrative officer Harvey Kennedy and General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Tim Dwyer, the honorees at the 15th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards luncheon.

May Primaries Feature More Candidates, Women

The May 1 Shelby County primary ballot is set, with 33 Republicans and 50 Democrats seeking 23 county offices – specifically the right to advance as the nominees of their respective parties to the August county general election.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
89.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Northwest at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Friday, March 2, through March 25 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

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Last Word: The Ballot, By the River and The 'Good Ship Ineptitude'

What blooms before spring and after the rains? It is the quest. The quest that must be declared over and over again – in the confidence of homes and the parlors of supporters – across kitchen tables and behind the soundproof doors of conference rooms -- the patios where supporters have gathered and the rented spaces where campaigns are located. Usually with food. Perhaps a corner table or possibly a catered buffet. Maybe just coffee.

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.

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.

New Construction North Of State Line Highlights Busy Q4

A flurry of large-scale build-to-suit projects north of the Tennessee-Mississippi state line – the first of their kind in a decade – capped off a busy 2017 for the Memphis industrial market, which closed the fourth quarter with 665,896 square feet of net absorption, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ latest Marketbeat report.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Perfect Landing

Memphis artist Martha Kelly sketches the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics broadcast during a recent dinner at Next Door American Eatery in Crosstown Concourse.

SPORTS

‘Gym Rat’ Building Another Winning Program

Tennessee’s basketball team is rolling into March Madness.

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.

THE PRESS BOX

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.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers Consider Armed Off-Duty Officers for Schools

Saying “this is Tennessee, not Florida” and school officers here will face trouble head-on, state Rep. Antonio Parkinson is co-sponsoring legislation to arm off-duty police to patrol public schools.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Lent Is Complicated

REPENTANCE. FORGIVENESS. AND WAFFLES. Lent is complicated.

Trust Funds 101

Ray’s Take: Most people have heard the expression, “He/she is a trust fund baby.” But what does that mean exactly?

STATEWIDE

Automotive Supplier Expansion to Add 320 Jobs in Tennessee

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) – An automotive supplier will invest $190 million to expand operations at a Tennessee plant, a move that will allow the company to add 320 jobs.

Aid Available for Las Vegas Shooting Victims From Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials are reaching out to tell Tennesseans who attended the deadly Las Vegas concert shooting that they may qualify for financial aid.

Tennessee School Bus Drivers Accused of DUI, Falling Asleep

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee school district has suspended two bus drivers accused of placing students in danger.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Walmart Sets Age of 21 to Buy Firearms, Ammunition

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

Kroger Joins Other Big Retailers, Tightens Gun Restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) – Kroger will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 at the stores it owns, becoming the third major retailer this week to put restrictions in place that are stronger than federal laws.

Kohl's Teaming Up With German Grocer Aldi

NEW YORK (AP) – Kohl's shoppers will be able to pick up some groceries while shopping for clothing at select stores.

Harley-Davison Invests in Electric Vehicle Company

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Harley-Davidson says it will collaborate with Alta Motors on the motorcycle maker's plans for an electric bike.

Uber Starts Offering Rides to the Doctor

Uber is driving deeper into health care by offering to take patients in every U.S. market where it operates to their next medical appointment.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump to Impose Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum

WASHINGTON (AP) – Determined to protect vital American industries, President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, dramatically raising the possibility of a trade showdown with China and other key trading partners.

CONSUMER NEWS

Equifax Finds Additional 2.4 Million Impacted By 2017 Breach

NEW YORK (AP) – Equifax said Thursday that an additional 2.4 million Americans were impacted by last year's data breach, however these newly disclosed consumers had significantly less personal information stolen.

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