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VOL. 132 | NO. 63 | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gannett Cuts 30 Percent of Commercial Appeal Newsroom

The Commercial Appeal newsroom got around 30 percent smaller Tuesday, March 28, as a result of cuts made by the newspaper’s still relatively new corporate parent, Gannett Co. Inc.

Penn National Gaming to Buy 2 Tunica Casinos for $44M

A Pennsylvania-based gaming company is planning to add to its Tunica-area holdings by buying the gaming operations of Bally’s Casino Tunica and Resorts Casino Tunica.

RegionSmart Gets City Lover Peter Kageyama

Renowned author and lover of cities Peter Kageyama will be speak at this year’s RegionSmart Summit, which is the second annual gathering of Mid-South mayors and civic leaders to discuss future workforce development, transportation and land use in the area.

Hopson Admits System Neglect in ‘Critical Focus’ Pitch

The best budget situation he has had in four school years as leader of Shelby County Schools has prompted Dorsey Hopson to do something he was unable to do before he became superintendent.

Last Word: The CA Marks A Year, Bike Lanes and Nicole Miller for Fashion Week

The city of Memphis is in a two-front legal fight in federal court over alleged surveillance of protesters that landed several dozen of them on the City Hall list – according to each of the two lawsuits filed this past month.

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EVENTS

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. will host the 2017 Mojo of Midtown Awards Bash Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St. The awards honor six individuals and organizations for their “mojo” in making significant contributions to Midtown.  Ticket are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Visit facebook.com/MidtownMemphis.MMDC for details.

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Police Surveillance Lawsuits to Remain Separate

Two Memphis federal court lawsuits accusing the Memphis Police Department of conducting illegal surveillance of protesters will remain separate.

National Designer Nicole Miller Amps Up Memphis Fashion Week in April

Memphis Fashion Week has evolved from its beginning into a showcase for all the elements of the developing fashion industry in Memphis.

Riverside and Cooper Bike Lanes Draw Complaints

Out of 10 repaving projects the city is considering for bike lanes by this fall, the two that got the most attention at an open house Monday, March 27, were the Riverside Drive and Cooper Street bike-lane proposals.

Grizzlies Reeling as They Begin Two-Game Homestand

When the Grizzlies play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, March 29, at FedExForum it will be the first of their last eight games in the regular season. When they tip off just after 7 p.m., they will do so carrying a four-game losing streak and having lost nine of their last 13 games.

Victory Bicycle Studio Opening Companion Bike Shop on Broad

Victory Bicycle Studio owner Clark Butcher is preparing to bring a new bike shop, under a different brand identity, to Broad Avenue.

Knoxville Hotel Group Buys Land Across From AutoZone Park

Vision Hospitality Group, a Knoxville-based hotel company, just purchased a vacant parcel of land across from AutoZone Park – possibly paving the way for a new Downtown hotel just blocks from Beale Street.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Norris’ Broadband Bill Clears State Senate Hurdle

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris’ broadband internet access bill is rolling through the General Assembly.

IMPROVE Act Moves Closer to Passage

With hardly a peep of discontent from lawmakers, the governor’s IMPROVE Act containing fuel-tax increases and a host of tax cuts moved out of the House Local Government Committee today.

Bill to Ban Outsourcing Sails Through Committee

A Senate panel approved legislation Monday prohibiting the outsourcing of jobs at state parks less than a week after the State Building Commission renewed plans for rebuilding and privatizing the inn at Fall Creek Falls.

Senate Douses Memphis and Nashville Pot Ordinances

State senators are intent on striking down Memphis and Nashville marijuana laws giving police discretion to hand out citations for possessing small amounts of pot.

Limits on Tennessee Campaign Investments Headed to Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to prevent campaign funds from being invested in private companies is headed for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Tennessee Senate Passes Resolution to Move Polk's Body

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution Monday that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Is College Worth The Investment?

I’ve met a number of people lately who have said something that’s surprised me. They’ve told me that they aren’t sure if college is really worth it. They believe it would be a waste of money to pay for something they might never use, especially if they change their mind on their career path later.

PR is Your Fire Department

Public relations departments are like fire departments. PR folks would much rather prevent your organizational fire than put it out. So, why is it that PR is almost always brought in after a crisis occurs? It’s simple. Many executives only see PR playing a role in generating earned media or planning events. While it involves that, it’s so much more.

MEMPHIS AREA

Spice Maker to Open Marshall County Warehouse, Hiring 48

BYHALIA, Miss. (AP)McCormick & Co. will open a distribution center in north Mississippi, investing $6 million in equipment and hiring 48 workers.

STATEWIDE

Authorities: Teen-Teacher Relationship Not a 'Romance'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee authorities say it is inaccurate to use the word "romance" to describe the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and a 50-year-old teacher who disappeared together two weeks ago.

US ECONOMY

Yellen: Banks Play Vital Economic Role in Poor Communities

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

White House Calls for Domestic Cuts to Finance Border Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

Trump Tosses Obama's 'Clean' Energy Plan, Embraces Coal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

TECHNOLOGY

Samsung's Fire-Prone Note 7 Phone May Return After Recalls

NEW YORK (AP) – Samsung's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 phone might come back as refurbished or rental phones.

Got Camera? Facebook Adds More Snapchat-Like Features

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is adding more Snapchat-like features to its app. The company says it wants to let your camera "do the talking" as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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