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VOL. 133 | NO. 73 | Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sunday Wine, Liquor Sales Passes in Tenn. Senate

NASHVILLE – Buoyed by Bible verses and compromise giving liquor stores a head start on Sunday sales, legislation allowing grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays passed the Senate Wednesday on a 17-11 vote.

City Council Grants Historic Overlay Status to Cooper-Young

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, April 10, to a historical overlay district for Cooper-Young – the first historic district status granted by the city in 20 years.

Bus System Overhaul Would Shift Balance of Service to More Frequency

Consultants mapping a reconstruction of the city’s bus system are suggesting $30 million more a year in annual city funding for the system and a shift of bus service so that 70 percent of the routes have a higher frequency, reducing wait times during peak hours on major north-south and east-west corridors.

Seller’s Market

Memphis housing market sees record-breaking first quarter

With one quarter in the books, the Memphis-area housing market appears to be on pace for yet another record-breaking year. The average home sales price for the first three months of 2018 rose to $159,274, which is the highest first-quarter amount on record, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

Mortgage Market Up 2 Percent in March

When Financial Federal executive vice president John Loebel looks at the local mortgage market, he has a straightforward assessment: If you want to buy a home, buy it now.

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Wind: West at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 69%


The 2018 Bartlett Business Expo is Thursday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bartlett Recreation Center, 7700 Flaherty Place. A variety of local businesses will showcase their goods and services. Admission is free. Visit bartlettchamber.org.

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Last Word: Play Ball, Porch & Parlor and A New Bus System

If you go to enough political gatherings you start to see parallels. Sometimes you see things that aren’t there but that’s another story. Many political gatherings begin with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer as well. Sometimes the pledge isn’t enough and there is someone there to sing the National Anthem.

Early Voting Opens for May County Primaries

Early voting in the first of three 2018 elections in Shelby County opens Wednesday at 21 sites across the county and runs through April 26.

International Nurses Gather for Training, Networking in Memphis

A few hundred nurses from around the world are in Memphis this week, convened here for the Westberg Symposium.

Annual WFGM Awards Celebrate Contributions of Local Women

Three Memphis women who have dedicated their lives to improving life in the city they call home will be honored for their contributions this week.

Bar Louie Space to Become Porch & Parlor

The team behind Flight restaurant Downtown and Southern Social in Germantown – Tom Powers and Russ Graham – are the new tenants for the cornerstone space in Overton Square occupied until recently by Bar Louie.

First Tennessee Bank Launching $4 Billion Community Investment Effort

Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank, along with its newly acquired Capital Bank, are launching a five-year, nearly $4 billion effort to expand the availability of financial resources in low- to moderate-income communities across an 8-state footprint.

Agency Hopes New Homes In Orange Mound Bring Stability

On a barely two-lane road in Orange Mound, neighbors were taking a look Monday, April 9, at a new duplex on Ethel Street.


Memphis Expected to Land World Golf Championship Event

Beginning in 2019, the annual PGA Tour stop in Memphis will be a World Golf Championship event – unless there is a huge surprise at the Thursday, April 12, press conference the PGA has scheduled at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms.

Pera Maintaining Controlling Interest in Grizzlies

Robert Pera will keep controlling interest in the Memphis Grizzlies. Pera informed Grizzlies MVP season ticket holders of his decision in an email Monday night and the team subsequently distributed a short press release announcing Pera’s decision but offering no details, except to say that Pera also had notified the NBA.


Jones Named Managing Partner of Fisher Phillips’ Memphis Office

Fisher Phillips has appointed David S. Jones regional managing partner of its Memphis office. Jones, who has 18 years’ law experience, represents clients exclusively in immigration-related employment and compliance matters, and that will continue to be his primary focus as regional managing partner. In addition, he will oversee development of the office, attorneys and staff, and will play a greater role in the management of Fisher Phillips as a whole as a member of the operations group. Jones takes the reins from Jeff Weintraub, who served in the role for six years, as part of a routine leadership rotation.


SXSW 2018: My First-Year Experience

I recently had the opportunity to attend South by Southwest (sxsw.com) in Austin, Texas, for the first time. If you’ve never been, SXSW is a giant festival in downtown Austin that draws in thousands of people. Founded in 1987, SXSW has boasted an economic impact to Austin of over $300 million in past years.

A/B Test Your Way to Email Success

In years past, plenty of brands adopted a “set it and forget it” email-automation mentality. Once a marketing email was released, it became a distant memory.

Overtime Exemption Rules Not So Simple

In today’s world, the 40-hour workweek may seem old-fashioned. Employees work remotely, answer emails on mobile devices anytime, and fewer workers clock in at nine and clock out at five. While the business climate evolves, the overtime requirement set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) remains consistent: non-exempt employees must receive overtime pay – “time-and-a-half” – for any time worked beyond 40 hours in a workweek. This raises the important and complicated question, “Which employees are exempt?”


Sunday Liquor Sales Passes in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would allow liquor sales on Sunday in Tennessee has passed the House after an impassioned debate from lawmakers, several of them citing scripture.

Lawmakers Can't Agree on Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has refused to agree to changes the Senate made last week in a bill that would overturn some local short-term rental bans.

Effort to Move Former President Polk's Body is Resurrected

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The body of former president James K. Polk has been moved three times since he died of cholera in 1849, and now an effort to move it again has taken on a life of its own in the Tennessee Legislature.


Sen. Bob Corker Donates to Republican Running to Succeed Him

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he is donating money to another Tennessee Republican's campaign to succeed him.

Tenn. Supreme Court: Nashville Mayoral Election to Be Held in May

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a special election must be held in May to decide who will fill the remaining term of disgraced former Mayor Megan Barry. The expedited decision puts an end to at least some of the confusion about when voters should go to the polls.

Haslam Appoints New UT Board Members

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed 10 people to a new University of Tennessee Board of Trustees following passage of legislation he backed to overhaul the board.


Kroger's Hiring Spree Goes On, Another 11K Jobs This Year

CINCINNATI (AP) – Kroger is hiring 11,000 workers, up about 1,000 from last year.

Wyndham-Owned Hotel Chains Getting Brand Names Tweaked

Some familiar hotel chains are getting their names tweaked. Wyndham Hotel Group announced Tuesday that it's adding the words "by Wyndham" to 12 hotel brand names.

Volkswagen Says It's Looking at Changing CEO in Reshuffle

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen said Tuesday it was considering replacing CEO Matthias Mueller as part of a management shake-up, and German news media reported Mueller's job would go to core Volkswagen brand head Herbert Diess.


‘I'm Sorry’: Zuckerberg Opens Senate Hearing With an Apology

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began a two-day congressional inquisition Tuesday with a public apology for a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant he founded more than a decade ago.


Drug Distributor to Donate 80,000 Doses of Overdose Antidote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio-based drug distributor facing lawsuits linked to the opioid crisis is donating more than 80,000 doses of an overdose antidote for use by emergency responders in several states, including Tennessee.

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