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VOL. 131 | NO. 57 | Monday, March 21, 2016

Saint Francis-Memphis CEO Prepares to Step Down

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis CEO David Archer is preparing to leave the hospital in May after 19 years, a departure that will also cap a 30-year career with Saint Francis’ owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Roadmap to Attacking Blight Awaits City and County Approval

Blighted properties, overgrown lots and abandoned buildings are not unique to Memphis. But Memphis is the only city with a blight elimination charter that affirms cross-sector commitment to uproot the causes of blight and prevent further decline.

The Week Ahead: March 21-27

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first Great River Indoor Food Truck Festival to a celebration of late Memphis wrestler Sputnik Monroe.

2016 Midtown Opera Festival Kicks Off April 1

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, a hardcore fan of the art form, has nevertheless been keen to see the Midtown Opera Festival slowly morph into something more.

Randolph gets first triple-double in a stunning win over Clippers

Mike Conley and his sore Achilles were in street clothes on the bench. Zach Randolph, after missing seven straight games with a sore knee, was back in uniform and playing. And playing so well that late in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies 113-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, March 19 at FedExForum, Conley had a secret to share.

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Livable Memphis will unveil its “Citizens Guide for Improving Your Park” during its monthly Pizza With Planners meeting on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. Copies of the guide will be available for attendees; an online version is slated for later release. Learn more and RSVP at livablememphis.org.

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Harris, Towns Hope to Delay Monday De-Annexation Vote

Memphis Democrats in the Tennessee Legislature are hoping to delay a scheduled Monday, March 21, state Senate floor vote on a deannexation bill that cleared the state House a week ago.

Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.

Beale Authority Encounters Familiar Headwinds

Somewhere near the beginning of the Thursday, March 17, meeting of the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, Caren Nichol talked about how unique the entertainment district is because of its cultural and historical importance.


Five to Watch

Memphis creative entrepreneurs share their stories, in their own words

“You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality?

Editorial: We Don’t Need Forgiveness For Past Annexations

The normal bait and switch and head fake that is par for the course in Nashville is underway again.


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.

Muddy’s Launches New Custom Studio Division

Muddy’s Bake Shop has launched a new division of its now 8-year-old dessert business. It’s the Muddy’s Custom Studio, staffed by a team of cake artists who’ll prepare custom, personalized versions of cupcakes and cakes that are distinct from what’s prepared each week for the business’ two retail shops.

Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News'

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.

The $10.6 Million Question: Fire Josh Pastner or Keep Him?

The Hall-of-Fame coach was speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” his team sitting on the outside looking in on this year’s NCAA Tournament because of his university’s own imposed ban:


Judge Dismisses Bulk of Criminal Charges Against FedEx

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge dismissed the bulk of criminal charges against FedEx Corp. in a case alleging it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs.


UT Faculty Urge Lawmakers to Support Diversity Programs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than two dozen University of Tennessee faculty members have signed a letter calling on state lawmakers not to support funding cuts or limits on diversity programs.

Education Leaders Question Why Virtual School Remains Open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Legislature's failure to shut down an academically troubled virtual school run by a for-profit corporation has left some education leaders wondering whether Tennessee lawmakers really want to fix schools or have sold out children to powerful special interests.


Uber Balks at Rules Proposed by World's Busiest Airport

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta's airport – the world's busiest – and Los Angeles officials want to force Uber drivers to get fingerprint-based background checks to pick up passengers, but the ride-hailing service is balking.


US Government Sets Record for Failures to Find Files When Asked

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration set a record for the number of times its federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new Associated Press analysis of government data.

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