VOL. 131 | NO. 60 | Thursday, March 24, 2016
A state Senate committee considering amendments to the de-annexation bill pending in the Tennessee Legislature has amended it to allow for de-annexation by referendum anywhere in the state.
It’s become a rallying cry in the movement for changes in the local criminal justice system – raising private money to pay the $450 expungement fee to wipe away the criminal records of those convicted of single, non-violent offenses who have stayed out of trouble for five years.
Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.
The two municipal judges in Bartlett learned this week that they have races to run on the August ballot, not the November ballot they were scheduled to run on.
When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.
Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. announced Wednesday, March 23, that Michael J. Hayes will step down as chairman of its board of directors on April 15. The news of Hayes’ departure came the same day Fred’s reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $3.9 million, or 11 cents per share, falling short of Wall Street forecasts.
“Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave.
An effort to put pressure on the Tennessee General Assembly to consider Insure Tennessee has made its way to billboards across the state, including three in Shelby County.
You keep thinking the story can’t get worse, and then it does. What we have here is an ongoing public relations disaster that is the University of Memphis athletic department as it pertains to all matters regarding the men’s basketball program.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
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More than $20 million in construction is headed to the Brewery District.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland makes a persuasive argument against de-annexation legislation now being considered by the state Legislature, providing a long list of figures to show it would devastate the Bluff City.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
With only eight hours’ notice, the City Council passed a resolution giving Memphis Zoological Society authority over the Greensward in Overton Park. The Council, in an 11-1 vote, ignored the wishes of about 100 community members present, 35 speakers, and hundreds of emails and telephone calls. What’s clear about this vote is that power has shifted.
It all starts with trust. But whom do you trust? That’s what Samuel Dobbs, an executive with The Coca-Cola Co. in the early 1900s wanted to know as he sat in a courtroom listening to an attorney defend a claim of false advertising.
In October 2008 I wrote a couple of columns that, taken together, set forth a quotation and then endeavored to correctly identify the source thereof. That quotation – “I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day,” attributed to one Terri Guillemets – may be found throughout cyberspace to this day.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A law allowing assault charges to be filed against new mothers for prenatal drug use will be removed after failing in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House subcommittee on Wednesday shot down a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases in Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House Transportation Committee on Tuesday voted to kill a bill seeking to raise the mandatory age for toddlers to ride in rear-facing car seats from 1 to 2.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – City officials and Contour Airlines are giving travelers a sign that commercial air service will soon resume at Tupelo Regional Airport.
DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it will introduce a prepaid card by the end of the year that lets people earn points for its rewards program.
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans pay to download music. They pay for TV episodes. Will they pay a few cents for news articles to escape ads and bypass subscription requirements?