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VOL. 131 | NO. 46 | Friday, March 4, 2016

Best-in-Class Retailers to Join Nordstrom Rack in East Memphis

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

Strickland Backs MATA's Cost-Neutral Plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is backing the plan by the Memphis Area Transit Authority to make some short-term adjustments to its route system later this year.

Agricenter President Looks Back on 15-Year Tenure

Try putting yourself in John Charles Wilson’s dusty work boots for a moment. You’ve served as president of Agricenter International for more than 15 years. In less than six months, you will retire.

Liquor Giants a Threat to Dominate Memphis Sales

In less than four months, Memphians will be able to purchase wine in grocery stores.

Local Weather
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Wind: East at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

Memphis Public Libraries in partnership with Levitt Shell will kick off the 5 Fridays of Jazz series with “Memphis Standard Time” (family night) on Friday, March 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Enjoy local music, dancing, food and drinks under the stars. Admission is free; food may be ordered in advance. For details, call 901-415-2846 or visit twitter.com/memphislibrary.

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Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.

American Airlines Begins Memphis-Phoenix Flights

Nearly four months after announcing a new route between Memphis and Phoenix, American Airlines is beginning the daily nonstop flights.

Graceland West Up Next as Guest House Tops Out

As construction crews working on the 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort hotel marked the topping out of that Whitehaven project this week, work is about to begin on the other side of Elvis Presley Boulevard on the Graceland West project.

Changes to Memphis Airport Passenger Experience On the Way

Some big changes are in the works at Memphis International Airport to modernize and improve the passenger experience, with a slew of new amenities planned.

Hollahan Named Daily News Managing Editor

Terry Hollahan, a veteran journalist with nearly 30 years in the newspaper industry, has joined The Daily News and The Memphis News as managing editor.

Heart and (Mighty) Soul

Every month, The Memphis Daily News is giving our readers an illustration from local artist Martha Kelly of places, events, sights and sounds that make Memphis ‘Memphis.’ Here, the Mighty Souls Brass Band plays at Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

Old Motel Moratorium Could Go

For more than two decades it’s been a ritual of the Memphis City Council. A developer proposes a new motel or there is an ownership change at an existing motel. Either way the proposal makes its way to the council because the city requires a special use permit.

SPORTS

Still Tough to Play, Grizzlies Blending Old And New Ways to Keep Winning

Coach George Karl’s Denver teams used to battle against this incarnation of the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, his Sacramento Kings come into FedExForum and engage in elbow-to-elbow and push-and-pull hardwood combat with the edited version of this era’s Grizzlies.

Memphis Powers That Be Could Still Vote to Keep Pastner

Delegates are like points. States are like games. Conference titles are like party nominations.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Shameful Performance

SHAME ON US. This week, the Memphis City Council ran over a whole room of citizens and a whole city and parked right on top of something they care about.

Don’t Panic Over The Market Drop

Ray’s take: The stock market has had one of the worst starts of the year ever, and the roller coaster shows no sign of letting up. Market naysayers have stolen the spotlight and are further inciting panic with their rhetoric.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Moves Toward Giving Letter Grades to Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are moving toward assigning letter grades to public schools.

UT Students Rally Diversity Supporters

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee students are rallying supporters of diversity on campus after a state Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to defund the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Gov. Haslam Takes Issue With Trump on Immigration, Abortion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that Donald Trump would need to make major policy changes before he could consider supporting the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

More Tennessee Taxpayers Filing Electronic Returns This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The number of electronic federal tax returns filed so far from Tennessee has increased from last year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Millennials Hire Computers to Invest Their Money

PHOENIX (AP) – Computers help us decide what route to take to the grocery store, who to date, and what music to listen to. Why shouldn't they also decide how we invest?

Herbalife Overstated Member Growth, Cites Database Errors

NEW YORK (AP) – Herbalife, the seller of supplements and weight-loss products currently under federal investigation as a potential pyramid scheme, overstated its worldwide membership growth in 2015.

Nordstrom Will Lure More Class A Retailers to Memphis

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly-built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

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PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
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