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VOL. 132 | NO. 59 | Thursday, March 23, 2017

First Look at New Overton Square Restaurant Hopdoddy

Overton Square developer Loeb Properties and brg3s architects are moving forward with their plans to bring a Texas-based burger bar to Midtown.

Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

Loeb Building Retail Center Near Overton Square

Loeb Properties has announced it will build a new retail center at 2046 Union Ave., around the corner from Overton Square.

Fowlkes: Startups Create Most Net New Jobs

Start Co. president Andre Fowlkes thinks most people in Memphis and communities like Memphis either ignore or misunderstand where most net new jobs are coming from these days.

South NCAA Regional Brings Calipari, Economic Impact and Lonzo Ball

Whatever the NCAA Tournament Committee’s competence, motivation and hidden – or not-so-hidden – agendas, the NCAA South Regional this weekend at FedExForum has delivered for Memphis before the first game tips off on Friday.

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The 2017 Bartlett Business Expo will be held Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bartlett Recreation Center, 7700 Flaherty Place. A variety of local businesses will showcase their goods and services. Free and open to the public. Visit bartlettchamber.org.

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Last Word: The Overton Park Split, Democrats Help The Gas Tax Bill and LaVar Ball

The city's tallest building, the fenced-off, derelict, 38-story 100 N. Main Building, cited in the past by fire officials for code violations including fire alarms that don't work -- had a small fire Wednesday 34 floors up.

FedEx Falls Short of Q3 Profit Forecasts

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.

Greensward Compromise Text, Discussion Differ on Cost Split

At the end of a surprising day at City Hall, Memphis City Council member Worth Morgan was anticipating what might happen in the three weeks until the next council session to the compromise for zoo parking in Overton Park.

Impasse Ordinance Changes, Passes on Final Vote

No more lottery balls for the Memphis City Council in the spring.


Two Memphis Democrats Help Move Amended Fuel-Tax Bill Along

NASHVILLE – Two Memphis legislators helped move the governor’s IMPROVE Act and fuel-tax increases out of the House Transportation Committee Tuesday, March 21, saying they support a section allowing local governments to raise funds separately for mass transit.

Amended Restroom Bill Ignored by Senate Committee

NASHVILLE – Legislation restricting restroom use at public schools for transgender students got flushed on Wednesday, March 22.

Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

Tennessee Lawmakers Advance Bill Opposed By Teachers Union

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would allow school systems to deduct up to 10 percent of teachers' unions dues from payroll has passed in a House education subcommittee.


FedExFamilyHouse Breaks Ground on $12M Expansion

918 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38105 -
FedEx and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital broke ground Wednesday, March 22, on the expansion of FedExFamilyHouse, a home-away-from-home for families of Le Bonheur patients.


What Did You Learn Today?

Remember that question from your parents when you returned home from school: “What did you learn in school today?” And your parents, ever hopeful, dreaded your answer: “Nothing.” Actually, you did learn something, even if you didn’t want to engage in conversation about it.

Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.


Cardinals Pick Martinez to Pitch on Opening Night vs. Cubs

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start on opening night against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.


Arkansas Governor Expands Where Concealed Guns Allowed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.

Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Proposal is Rejected

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.

Ground Broken for Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Construction has begun on a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Tupelo.


For Some Airline Passengers, New Warnings Bring New Hurdles

NEW YORK (AP) – As far as the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between taking your shoes off at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue.


Sears, Once a Stalwart, Has ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Future

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open.


Trump's SEC Pick, an Ex-Goldman Lawyer, to Face Skepticism

WASHINGTON (AP) – Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington.


Justices Side With Leading Cheerleading Uniform Maker

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the leading maker of cheerleading uniforms in a copyright dispute with a smaller rival, ruling that uniform designs can be protected under copyright law.

High Court Bolsters Rights of Learning-Disabled Students

WASHINGTON (AP) – A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court.

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