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VOL. 133 | NO. 60 | Friday, March 23, 2018

Shelby County Expects $18M-$25M Revenue Surplus

Shelby County government expects to have a revenue surplus of $18 million to $25 million at the end of the current fiscal year, county chief administrative officer Harvey Kennedy told county commissioners Friday, March 23.

Soulsville Climbing Wall Drops MLK 50 Tie-In After Criticism

The Memphis Rox climbing wall gym in Soulsville has changed its plans for an April 3 MLK50-inspired opening to an immediate soft opening after criticism of the tie-in with the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers strikes and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

New Maciel’s Concept Coming to Broad Avenue District

A new Maciel’s location is in the works, coming to the site behind Rec Room on Broad Avenue that previously housed French Truck Coffee.

Plan to Expand Pre-K Would Leverage Private Funds

After voters defeated two ballot questions in two years for sales tax increases – city and county – to fund an expansion of prekindergarten classrooms primarily in Memphis, the effort is back with a momentum that seemed unlikely five years ago.

EPE Expansion Plans Placed on Hold Again

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out what, if any, implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Light Rain
Wind: West at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 87%


David Lusk Gallery-Memphis will hold an opening reception for Libby Johnson’s “Tempest” and Rob Matthews’ “Peace Like a Fever” Friday, March 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DLG, 97 Tillman St. Johnson and Matthews will also give an artist talk Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. Visit davidluskgallery.com.

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Snapshot: Slicing Up the Wonder Bread Factory

Demolition crews are making progress on razing portions of the old Wonder Bread factory on Monroe Avenue. The building is one element of a planned $73 million mixed-use project that will span multiple parcels in the Edge District.

Last Word: Pre-K's Longer Reach, Penny's Contract and Thad Cochran's Farewell

The Arkansas gate of Big River Crossing will reopen Friday morning at 6 a.m. The gate to the West Memphis side of the crossing leading to the Big River Trail on the flood plain below has been closed since the Mississippi River at Memphis reached flood stage several weeks ago. The river level has been falling for about a week. The Big River Trail floodway portions remain closed for now as some of the debris from the river is removed in those areas. While the trails are closed this is a good time to get a look from the crossing at the flood plain’s transition when the river rises and then starts to go down.


Parkinson to Introduce Bill Phasing Out State’s Achievement School District

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson is set to make a push to remove Memphis schools from the state’s Achievement School District and dissolve the state district because of its failure to pull them out of Tennessee’s bottom 5 percent for performance.


Right Call: Hiring Penny Hardaway Already Paying Dividends for U of M

Penny Hardaway appeared and fans cheered, hooted and hollered. Their deliverer, formerly a Memphis State star and All-American wearing No. 25, had come home in a gray suit and blue tie to rescue their beloved Tigers.

Mixed Emotions as Vols, Lady Vols Exit Postseason

Wait till next year. Again. Hope for better. It’s going to be a long offseason for Tennessee basketball.


CSE’s Martin Helping Students Find Their Voice

Katie Martin’s required coursework in her dual degree master’s program at the University of Texas in Austin had the Texas native walking the length of a specific dichotomy every day.


How Much House?

Ray’s Take: One of my greatest joys is helping someone plan and reach his or her goal of buying a new home. Whether it’s a first home, a vacation home, a fixer-upper, new construction or an empty nesting home, buying a new home is exciting.

For Real

REAL NEED. REAL EFFORT. “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”


State, Local Prosecutors Clash Over Opioids Lawsuits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general says lawsuits by local prosecutors over the opioid epidemic are complicating his efforts to reach a multistate settlement with drug companies. In response, the prosecutors, who represent about half of Tennessee's counties, say local communities lose out when lawsuits like theirs are rolled into one settlement.

University of Tennessee Releases Sexual Misconduct Report

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Reports of sexual misconduct nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017 at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

25 Tennessee Communities Get Economic Development Grants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Twenty-five communities in Tennessee are receiving more than $9.6 million in grants to help them attract economic development projects.

Nashville Airport Unveils Upgraded International Building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Nashville International Airport has unveiled its upgraded and expanded international arrivals building.


No Guns in Stadiums? No Guns for Mississippi's Teachers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers won't pass a plan this year explicitly allowing schools and colleges to let teachers or staff members carry guns after having firearms training.

Departing Sen. Cochran 'Optimistic About the Future' of US

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has given a farewell speech in the U.S. Senate, where he's the longest-serving current member of Congress.


Citigroup Puts Restrictions on Gun Sales

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup is putting new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.

Can Zuckerberg's Media Blitz Take the Pressure Off Facebook?

NEW YORK (AP) – In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.


Trump to 'Pause' Looming Metal Tariffs for Some Countries

WASHINGTON (AP) – The European Union, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea are among the nations that will get an initial exemption from looming steel and aluminum tariffs from the Trump administration, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday.

House Committee Calls for Facebook's Zuckerberg to Testify

WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of a key House committee declared Thursday that Facebook officials failed to answers questions about a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining company, and they want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel.

Mueller Examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump Campaign Ties

WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.

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