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VOL. 130 | NO. 58 | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

YES Prep Says No to Memphis School

The charter school organization that was to take over Airways Middle School in August as part of the state-run Achievement School District announced suddenly Wednesday, March 25, that it won’t be opening a Memphis school.

Fashion Forward

Memphis Fashion Week celebrates local artists, designers and retailers

Memphis Fashion Week is celebrating its emergence as a full-fledged event.

Harahan Bridge Could Get Brighter

Memphis civic and business leaders are in the early stages of talking with an anonymous donor about lighting the Harahan Bridge while a Memphis-based movie theater titan is exploring building a new theater Downtown.

City Files Blight Suit Over Downtown Property

A building on a block that was meant to serve as an example of Downtown’s rebirth is in such bad condition that it is endangering adjacent properties, the city of Memphis claims in a new lawsuit.

Hopson Discussing Return of Northaven Students to Millington Central

Shelby County Schools and Millington Municipal Schools leaders met this week to talk over the possibility of teenagers in Northaven attending Millington Central High School next school year.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Startup Grind, a series designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, will host a discussion with James Ruffer on Wednesday, March 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St. Ruffer is a security expert, ethical hacker and co-founder of mobile payments startup PAAY. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Visit startupgrind.com/memphis for details.

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Orgel, Shular Honored With Dunavant Awards

Shelby County Schools board member Billy Orgel and Shelby County government public affairs officer Steve Shular receive the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards Wednesday, March 25, from the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

Grizzlies Carry Three-Win Streak Into Home Game With Cavs

When the Memphis Grizzlies won by 21 points at New York Monday night, they won their 50th game of the season, clinched a fifth straight playoff berth and second-year head coach Dave Joerger earned his 100th victory.

Magic Johnson to Announce Booker T. Washington High Endowment

Former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be in Memphis Friday, March 27, to announce the endowment of a $30,000 scholarship fund for seniors at Booker T. Washington High School.

Paragon Bank Celebrates 10-Year Milestone in 2015

Paragon Bank is blowing out a milestone candle on its birthday cake this year.

Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

Undercover Jail Sting Exposes Problem

With the indictment last week of four Shelby County deputy jailers on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, federal and local law enforcement leaders went public with an undercover sting that began in July.

NEWSMAKERS

Sweet Potato Baby Cooks Up Awards

Aryen Moore-Alston, executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby, recently received two honors for the boutique catering and baked-goods company she opened in Memphis last year.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Twitter Marketing Strategies

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.

MEMPHIS AREA

Mississippi River Harbors to Be Dredged in 4 States

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says 10 harbors on the Mississippi River in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee are scheduled for dredging this year.

STATEWIDE

7 Tennessee School Systems Sue the State Over Funding

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state saying local schools are not being funded as required by law.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Anti-Abortion Bills Advancing in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Proposals that seek to re-enact abortion laws that were struck down by a state Supreme Court decision are advancing in the House.

Tennessee School Voucher Bill Continuing to Advance in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is continuing to advance in the House.

Haslam Encouraged By Insure Tenn. Revival; Ramsey Skeptical

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's pleased to see his Insure Tennessee proposal revived in the Legislature, but the top Republican in the Senate called it unlikely that the measure will reach an up-or-down vote by the full chamber.

Tennessee Attorney General Wants Court to Set Aside Municipal Broadband Ruling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general wants a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to allow cities like Chattanooga to offer municipal broadband beyond their normal service area.

AAA Fights to Keep Helmet Law in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – AAA motor club wants to put the brakes on proposed legislation that would allow many motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Guns-In-Parking-Lots Update

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Legislature on Monday passed a bill allowing workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots.

Bill Would Allow Guns in Off-Campus Areas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal that would allow guns in off-campus areas used by schools has passed the Senate.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

USDA Proposes Definition of Farming, Limiting Some Subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do any of the work would receive less government cash.

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