VOL. 131 | NO. 62 | Monday, March 28, 2016
Twenty-four years ago this month, Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. went public.Today, for a variety of reasons that include Fred’s ongoing shot at a turnaround, the company finds itself in a period of unprecedented change.
Alright, Memphis, are you sure you found all your Easter eggs? Before you make one more sweep of the yard, check out this week’s roundup of local happenings – from the sweet sounds of “Zelda” to what’s being dubbed a “Mini-MEMFix” in East Memphis…
Recently released disparity studies say that minority- and women-owned businesses are only getting a sliver of contracts in the local business world.
Shelby County Commissioners take up the second of three readings Monday, March 28, of an ordinance that would ask voters to do away with term limits for the commission, the office of Shelby County Mayor and five other countywide elected positions.
Quite the Easter weekend on the Overton Park Greensward.
If you want to see the whole thing, Jon Gruden’s QB Camp with former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will air at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, on ESPN. The NFL Draft is April 28-30 in Chicago.
The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS
City gains the tools, personnel to mount unprecedented attack on blight
Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.
It’s time for the city’s battle against blight to move beyond the byzantine path of legal barriers, grant programs and other hurdles that have defined a slow-moving process so far.
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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.
Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman sees the $275 million that Methodist Healthcare is investing into the system’s flagship hospital as a “great commitment” to Memphis.
The de-annexation bill pending in the Tennessee Legislature was sent back to a Senate committee in Nashville Monday, March 21, after those favoring the bill raised numerous questions about amendments to it.
Memphis creative entrepreneurs share their stories, in their own words
“You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality?
Stephanie Singley’s Collierville-based home interior and design accessories shop Bella Vita is celebrating its 15th year in business with a good problem to have.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mistress who supplied a Knoxville judge with drugs and helped lead him to his downfall has been arrested on prostitution charges.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Legislature has passed a bill that will require nearly every government office across Tennessee to tell citizens how they can get public records.
BOSTON (AP) – The U.S. Department of Education is offering debt forgiveness to another wave of students who attended Corinthian Colleges, the now-defunct chain of for-profit schools that had campuses across the country.
DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. will drop a lawsuit against Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and provide $75 million in credit to help Republic rebuild under bankruptcy protection.
The federal jury in a patent trial has ordered drugmaker Gilead Sciences to pay Merck $200 million in damages for infringing on patents for hepatitis C drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices and an excess of business stockpiles.