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VOL. 133 | NO. 57 | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Memphis Coach Penny Hardaway Vows Return to Glory Days

They came in large numbers and they came early. The University of Memphis opened Tuesday’s press conference to the public and the basketball program’s staunchest supporters showed up at the gleaming new Laurie-Walton practice facility for the tip-off of the Penny Hardaway Era.

Explosion Inside Texas FedEx Location Believed to be Tied to Serial Bomber

An explosion rocked a FedEx facility in the San Antonio suburb of Shertz, Texas, around 1 a.m. on March 20, injuring one worker.

Flinn Resigning from Chairman’s Circle

Greater Memphis Chamber senior vice president of the Chairman’s Circle, Shea Flinn, has announced he will be leaving his post, effective May 4.

Commission Plans to Appoint Environmental Court Judge In April

Shelby County commissioners plan to appoint a new General Sessions Environmental Court Judge April 2 with Monday being the deadline for applicants to apply for the interim position.

HBO Documentary Probes Real Life of Elvis Presley

A Memphis screening of the three-hour, two-part HBO documentary on Elvis Presley over the weekend elicited cheers and applause with some somber moments .

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: North at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 76%


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its final community engagement session to gather feedback on its Downtown relocation Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis fire headquarters (the site of Brooks’ future home), 65 S. Front St. Museum officials are seeking input as they begin the process of selecting an architect and creating a vision for the new space. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs requested via the Facebook event. See facebook.com/brooksmuseum for details.

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Pair of Archer Malmo Alums Launching New Creative Agency

Ben Colar and Dan Price have been talking about doing this for the better part of five years, and now the pair of Archer Malmo alums is moving forward with their ambition - they’re in the process, this week in fact, of launching their own creative agency.

Medical Device Maker, Distribution Company Seeking Tax Abatements

A medical device manufacturer and a third-party distribution center operator will be seeking tax abatements from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to expand their respective footprints in the area.

Last Word: Hardaway Day, 'Our Turn' and Elvis Documentary Takes on Col. Parker

By the time Penny Hardaway is formally announced as the new Tigers basketball coach Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. the reaction could make you wonder what is going to be left by the time the first Tigers team led by Hardaway takes the court next season. Among those reacting Monday to the word of a contract agreement between Hardaway and the University was none other than LeBron James tweeting about the Tigers possible choices of footwear.

Dunavant Says Gangs ‘Prime Problem’ In West Tennessee

U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant says street gangs in various forms and coalitions are “the prime problem and concern here in West Tennessee and Memphis.”

Council to Discuss City Pre-K Funding Proposal

Memphis City Council members have their first discussion Tuesday, March 20, on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland ’s proposal to provide $6 million in city funding to expand prekindergarten programs by 2020.

Snapshot: Adorning the City’s Main Arteries

Volunteers coordinated by Volunteer Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful completed their planting of trees Saturday along South Parkway between Gaither and Pillow. The “Plant the Parkways” effort seeks to plant more than 1,000 flowering trees along the city’s parkways, which are considered park land. The effort, which moves to North Parkway in May, is also sponsored by Leadership Memphis and The Kresge Foundation.

Lorenzen Wright’s Ex-Wife Won't Face Death If Convicted

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright won't face the death penalty if convicted of killing him more than seven years ago in Tennessee, a prosecutor said Monday.

Food Delivery Search Engine Launching in Memphis

Memphians are enjoying a bumper crop of on-demand ordering apps and platforms, especially in the meals-to-go space. Uber Eats and Bite Squad are among the big-name food-ordering apps that give diners here the option – with just a few taps – to order meals that get sent straight to their door.

Dean: ‘It’s Kind of Our Turn’ in Governor’s Race

Democratic contender for governor Karl Dean is pushing hard the idea that Democrats can win one of the two statewide races on the Tennessee ballot this year.

Olford Ministries Continues to Influence the World

The man who reportedly most influenced the Rev. Billy Graham’s ministry left a legacy in Memphis that still impacts people from all over the world.


Riviana, Ebrofrost Continue Work On $26M Frozen Food Facility

2360 Prospect St. -
Riviana Foods’ South Memphis rice facility is growing again. The Houston, Texas-based company has filed a $3.1 million building permit application for site work at the 2360 Prospect St. plant it shares with Ebrofrost North America, the U.S. arm of German rice and pasta manufacturer Ebrofrost Holding GmbH.


(Re)building Your Leadership One Person at a Time

A special column for emerging nonprofits and those who are “struggling.”

Extreme Collaboration

Collaboration, as a concept, can be used by those seeking control of a culture for their own purposes. If collaboration becomes a form of groupthink or censorship, watch out. I’ve seen many different professional cultures’ versions of collaboration – and have left some feeling as if I were in a governmental public input meeting where very little actual input is allowed by design. 


Judge Dismisses Tennessee Lawsuit Over Refugee Resettlement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has dismissed the state of Tennessee's lawsuit against the federal government over the refugee resettlement program.


Volkswagen to Build New SUV at Chattanooga Plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen plans to build a new five-passenger SUV in Chattanooga.

Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Indicted on 43 Counts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September faces a 43-count indictment, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation charges.


Nissan to Add Second Shift Making Vans at Mississippi Plant

CANTON, Miss. (AP) Nissan Motor Co. says it will increase van production at its Mississippi plant, adding a second shift in April.


Students: 1 Million Expected at Anti-Gun-Violence Marches

NEW YORK (AP) – Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot last month expect more than 1 million participants in upcoming marches in Washington and elsewhere calling for gun regulations, students said Monday.


Not Handy? Walmart Offers TV Installers, Furniture Builders

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart doesn't just want to sell TVs and furniture – it wants to send a professional home to set them up, too.

Claire's, The Ear-Piercing Mall Chain, Files for Bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) – Claire's, the mall chain that has pierced the ears of millions of teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Facebook Data Whistleblower: 'Fake News to the Next Level'

NEW YORK (AP) – A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that "took fake news to the next level," a former employee said.


Trump Opioid Plan Includes Death Penalty for Traffickers

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.

Fed Set to Raise Rates As Powell Gives 1st News Conference

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve's first meeting under Jerome Powell's leadership will likely end Wednesday with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate hikes.

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