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VOL. 132 | NO. 45 | Friday, March 3, 2017

Justice Department Says Review of MPD Back On

Five months after the Memphis Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Justice Department announced a federal collaborative review of the Memphis Police Department, the Justice Department pulled the plug on the review Friday, March 3, that was to take place over two years.

Legal Dispute Puts Bar Louie's Future in Question

A legal dispute involving Bar Louie and Loeb Properties leaves the future of the franchise in Overton Square in question, according to documents filed by both parties with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Tennessee.

New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application

Crosstown Brewing Co. has filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its new location at the Crosstown Concourse.

State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor In Noura Jackson Case

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County Assistant District Attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

Real Estate Experts to Talk Market Trends, Projections

With more than 30 years of expertise, second-generation homebuilder James Reid has seen a lot of ups and downs in West Tennessee’s real estate market.  

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 82%


Love Well 5K & Festival, hosted by Redeemers Group and benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, will be held Saturday, March 4, with the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Semmes-Murphey parking lot, 6325 Humphreys Blvd. Stick around after the race to enjoy food and shop vendors. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; visit lovewell5k.racesonline.com for online registration and details.

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Snapshots: Graceland Expands The King’s Domain

Five months after opening a 450-room, $92 million resort hotel in Whitehaven, Graceland opened a $45 million entertainment complex Thursday, March 2, just two blocks away.

Cheffie’s Café Opening 2nd Location in Collierville

A popular restaurant that encourages the customer to “be the chef” is opening a second location in Collierville.

Last Word: Changes on EP Boulevard, March Madness at Rhodes and Cheffies

I don’t think it worked out this way on purpose – but the $45 million, 200,000 square foot entertainment complex “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” opens the same day that episode two of “Sun Records” airs on CMT.

ADDYs Honor Memphis’ Creative Community

Kelly Cooper, an independent creative director based in Tampa, was “blown away,” in her words, by the work from Memphis’ creative community that was honored as part of the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s 50th annual American Advertising Awards competition for creative excellence.

City Hall List Leads to Court Fight Over Police Surveillance

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration may have put to rest the basic matter of the City Hall escort list and who is on it.

UTHSC Professor Named First African-American to Lead APA

Dr. Altha Stewart of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis says being named president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association is a tremendous and humbling honor and that she is looking forward to leading the organization.

Design Board Approves Application for Downtown BBQ Joint

After operating a popular barbecue restaurant in southeast Memphis for more than 15 years, Mike Arnold’s plans to open a second Arnold’s Bar-B-Que and Grill location in Downtown took another step forward Wednesday, March 1.


For NCAA-Bound Rhodes College, Line System Was Game-Changer

In December and early January, the Rhodes College basketball team endured a five-game losing streak. Not unusual because a lot of teams suffer five-game losing streaks.

The Press Box: Chandler Parsons a Playa, Just Not Yet a Player

These are headlines you could not have read:

Busiest Season for Sports Hits Big Orange Country

It’s the busiest time of the year for Tennessee athletics. There’s even some football to whet your gridiron appetite.

Titans Still Rebuilding After Years of Bad Draft Picks

When wide receiver Kendall Wright was a healthy scratch for the Titans’ final game of the season, it further underscored why this franchise is still struggling to gain altitude in the NFL.


Governor Haslam’s Fuel-Tax Bill Still Alive After Parliamentary Wrangling

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act and fuel-tax increase plan remains alive after parliamentary moves Wednesday, March 1, in the House Transportation Subcommittee and action that led to the death of a competing bill.

Haslam: Return Gas Tax Element To Transportation Proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is lauding lawmakers for advancing his plan to begin tackling Tennessee's more than $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects. However, the Republican said Thursday that he hopes to see his bill returned to its original form that includes boosting funding through fuel tax increases.

Constitutional Amendment to Say Liberty Come From God Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans' liberties has failed in the House.

Tennessee AG Says Abortion Bill Constitutionally Suspect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's state attorney general says bills in the General Assembly that would outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by ultrasound may not be able to stand up in court.


Filmed Against a Memphis Backdrop

Artist Martha Kelly, who illustrates Memphis life and culture every month for The Daily News and The Memphis News, was on location for the filming of “Winding Brook,” a short film written and directed by Mark Goshorn Jones. Starring Corey Parker and Kim Justis Eikner, the plot centers on a husband trying to get his wife to a treatment center when she starts to hear voices and see dead members of her family. Day two of shooting took place at the historic Annesdale Mansion in Midtown Memphis.


Time for a Divorce

IT’S OVER. LET’S MAKE IT FINAL. I said divorce might be best in a column two years ago, so let’s get on with it already. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

Midlife Insurance Audit

Ray’s Take Owning the right type of insurance policies at the right price at the right time of your life is a crucial element to your financial planning. Preparing for retirement is a particularly important time to do a full risk management evaluation, as you may no longer need some types of coverage you’ve had for years. You might be overpaying for others or might be inadvertently underinsured against some potential risks.


Arkansas Governor Signs College Grant Program Into Law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a new program providing two years of tuition and fees at an Arkansas community or technical college for students enrolling in high-demand fields of study.


Fed Board Member Powell Says March Rate Hike Possible

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve board member on Thursday added his voice to a growing group of Fed officials who are indicating that they may raise rates in March.


Senate Confirms Carson, Perry For Housing, Energy Posts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two of President Donald Trump's former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.


Facing New Competition, AmEx Polishes Up The Platinum Card

NEW YORK (AP) – Facing intense competition for its higher-spending customers, American Express is expanding the benefits it offers its high-end Platinum Card members, like a $200 credit on Uber. But those benefits will come with a higher annual fee.


Fat Finger: Typo Caused Amazon's Big Cloud-Computing Outage

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon says an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system caused the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services servers on Tuesday.

Cheffie’s Café Opening 2nd Location in Collierville

A popular restaurant that encourages the customer to “be the chef” is opening a second location in Collierville.

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