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VOL. 131 | NO. 61 | Friday, March 25, 2016

Sugar Services, an Elephant in South End Room, Plans to Stay

In operation since 1969, Sugar Services is one of the last vestiges of the South End’s legacy as a heavy industrial area. While the factory has continued to process bulk sugar into liquid sugar from its site at 15 W. G.E. Patterson, at the southeast corner of Tennessee Street, developers attracted to the South Main Arts District have built condos and apartments on either side.

Crocker Repairing Urban Child Institute’s Reputation, Reviving Mission

As a vice president for Bank of America, Jill Crocker has witnessed the upheaval that can occur when one financial institution takes over another.

St. Jude, Expedia Make Virtual Reality Experience

The ad opens on a wide view of horses charging across a sweeping vista. As a camera pans over the scene, the voiceover from a child is eventually heard. “I love horses.”

De-Annexation Bill Still Alive, Now In Two Versions

At week’s end in Nashville, a bill to allow de-annexation by referendum was still on the tracks to passage. But there were significant differences in the Senate and House versions as the Tennessee Legislature heads for adjournment for the year in early April.

Last Word: A Cleansing Breath, Urban Child Three Months In and Sugar In South Main

Let’s all take a deep cleansing breath, away from the mounds of pollen that are amassing in the Memphis spring.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 85%


SRVS Kids & Families will host  the 20th annual 5K Bunny Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in Cancer Survivors Park, 701 Perkins Road Extended. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event includes a visit by the Easter bunny, egg hunt, music, food trucks and more. Visit bunnyrun.racesonline.com for registration fees and information.

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Alzheimer’s Association Exec Seeks Congressional Support

Alzheimer’s families in Tennessee have a champion in Washington, D.C.! I would like to thank Congressman Steve Cohen for co-sponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. This move shows true understanding that Alzheimer’s is an unavoidable reality for families, as well as a budget-breaker for state and federal governments.


Stephenson Leverages Capital for Community Change

Why start a bank? It’s a question that would never occur to most people. But to Susan Stephenson, the answer is obvious: “It’s infinite variety. You get to participate in other people’s dreams. In the morning, I can be a first-time homeowner. In the afternoon, I’m a small business looking to open a new location.”


Norvell: Build Relationships, But Lose the Headphones And Hats

In some respects, it’s all very corny. This whole notion of a football team as a family and relationships being the foundation of everything.

Born Ready? Grizz Players, Brass Given No Choice

This is not a Grizzlies season to remember. It is a Grizzlies season impossible to forget.


Time On The Porch

ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time.

Food as the Crossover

Last week, upon experiencing SXSW in my old stomping grounds of Austin, I listened, networked, and ate far more in one concentrated period than I ever thought possible. The sights and tastes were exhilarating, and the opportunities were empowering.

Should Parents Be In The Home Loan Business?

Ray’s Take: Owning our own home is still a big part of the American dream. Achieving that dream has changed a bit since the Great Recession when significantly tighter standards were put in place.


House Passes Haslam's Shakeup of Tennessee College Boards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to remove four-year public universities from the Board of Regents system and give them their own boards won approval Thursday in the Tennessee House.

Tennessee Senate Passes Bill to Make Lawsuit Losers Pay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate has passed a bill that would force people who sue state employees or elected officials to pay legal fees if they fail in a lawsuit.

Bill Seeking to Strip UT Diversity Office Funding Withdrawn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill seeking to strip funding from University of Tennessee's diversity office has been withdrawn in the Senate.

Randy McNally Announces Bid for Speaker of Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Longtime state Sen. Randy McNally plans to run for Senate speaker after this year's elections.

Tennessee Comptroller Investigates 2 Food Program Agencies

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Comptroller's Office is questioning the spending of one agency and the reimbursements claimed by another that participate in food programs to feed low-income children.

Bill to Allow Guns Bans in Ticketed Venues Fails in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill seeking to allow Tennessee cities to ban guns from being carried at ticketed events has failed in a House subcommittee.

Bill to Allow Clergy to Refuse Gay Marriage Fails in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill seeking to underscore the right of Tennessee clergy to refuse to perform marriages based on religious convictions has failed in the House.

Transgender Restroom Bill Advancing in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate is advancing a bill to require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth, while House members are seeking to revive the measure that was defeated earlier in the week.


FDA Outlines Standards for Anti-Abuse Generic Painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials are encouraging generic drugmakers to develop painkillers that are harder to abuse, the latest in a string of steps designed to combat abuse of highly-addictive pain drugs like codeine and oxycodone.


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