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VOL. 132 | NO. 73 | Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mystery of City’s Tallest Building Continues

On a warm Wednesday at high noon, attorney Billy Moss stood on the steps of the Judge D'Army Bailey Courthouse and announced the sale of Memphis' tallest building would be postponed for the sixth, but supposedly last time.

Council Brokers New Zoo Parking Compromise, Abolishes Beale Authority

The Memphis City Council went back into the terms for an expanded Memphis Zoo parking lot Tuesday, April 11, just nine months after brokering and approving a compromise on the project between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

Shelby County Housing Market Caps Off Strong First Quarter

The final month of the quarter capped off a strong start to 2017 as the number of homes sold in Shelby County were up 20 percent in March and 13 percent for the first quarter.

Mortgage Market Grows 24 Percent in March

Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out a busy first quarter with a 24 percent bump in purchase mortgage volume for the final month of the quarter, new figures show.

Z-Muffins Raise Lilee’s Gourmet Business

Just in time for National Zucchini Bread Day on April 25, locally owned Lilee’s Gourmet Bakery is expanding into more Memphis-area retail locations. The fresh food bakery’s staple – zucchini bread muffins, or “Z-muffins” – are now sold in 18 area Kroger stores as well as Miss Cordelia’s Grocery, the Curb Market, Cash Savers, Superlo, Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

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Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 69%


Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Richard Hill of 901 Pest Control will present “Questions to Ask Your Pest Control Company.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Last Word: Tubby Support, Pot Bill Withers and Changing Indigent Counsel Rules

Just in time for spring, the near unraveling of the Overton Park-Zoo parking compromise. The Memphis City Council again put together a compromise Tuesday to keep the move to a new expanded parking lot on track and the funding in place by the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy.

CCRFC OKs Sheraton Deal, Incentive for Oden HQ

The sale of the 600-room Sheraton Memphis Downtown took a step forward Tuesday, April 11.

Binghampton’s Diverse Culture On Display at Kaleidoscope Festival

With nearly 20 nationalities calling Binghampton home, the neighborhood possibly is the most culturally diverse in Memphis.

Big River Crossing Wins American Architecture Award

The Big River Crossing on the Harahan Bridge has been honored with an American Architecture Award, the nation’s highest public award for new architecture.

Report: Centralize System for Indigent Counsel

There should be one central statewide data and reporting system for how the poor are represented in civil and criminal matters in Tennessee, according to a state task force that reported its findings Monday, April 10, to the Tennessee Supreme Court.


Ex-Cub Dexter Fowler a Full-On Cardinal Now

Center fielder Dexter Fowler’s 2016 season could not have ended any better: winning Game 7 of the World Series, being part of a Cubs team that will forever be legends for breaking that 108-year-old curse.

Lawsons Going to Kansas; Tigers Lose More Players

Dedric and K.J. Lawson are transferring to the University of Kansas to play for coach Bill Self, The Kansas City Star reported. The brothers, who announced last week they would be leaving the University of Memphis basketball program, will have to sit out next season before being eligible.

Memphis AD Bowen Issues Statement Supporting Smith's Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen says he and coach Tubby Smith are "extremely optimistic about the future of our program" even though the Tigers' top three scorers this season are all transferring.


Snapshot: Learning with a Princess

Miss Music City Elizabeth Hale led literacy activities April 8 with students at Porter-Leath’s Head Start facility on American Way. Titleholders from around the state participated in Miss Tennessee Serves Day.


Royston Joins Planned Parenthood To Lead Volunteer Training Efforts

Nikeisha Royston recently joined Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region as community manager, a role in which she identifies individuals interested in supporting women’s rights, then trains them to advocate for themselves and others and to be involved in the legislative process.


Immigrant Student Bill Fails in House Education Committee

Karla Meza dreams of enrolling in the University of Tennessee Law School after growing up in Knoxville and watching college students walk along Cumberland Avenue.

Civil Rights Activist Owens Calls Out Memphis Lawmaker

Memphis civil rights activist Bill Owens, who campaigned for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, is criticizing a state legislator who refused to back his political efforts in a statement on the House floor.

Parkinson’s Pot Bill Falls Short by Handful of Votes

Legislation by Rep. Antonio Parkinson designed to cut felony charges for possession of small amounts of marijuana didn’t exactly light up the House Monday evening. 

Harris: Syrian Air Strikes Should Change State’s Stance on Refugees

State Sen. Lee Harris is calling on the Legislature to rethink its stance on refugees amid legal action taken against the federal government after President Donald Trump ordered an air strike against Syria.


Career Interference

The job market often offers twists and turns you’d never expect. My first twist happened during college.

Avoid the ‘Me, Me, Me’ Trap

It’s official – you are on the social media bandwagon. Your company has a presence on major social-media platforms because you want to drive traffic to your website, engage customers in conversation and learn their insights, build brand loyalty, deliver better customer service and manage your reputation. But just being on Facebook and Twitter won’t make those things happen. You have to work for it. Positioning your company as an information source can help you achieve those goals.


Court Rebukes Memphis Police in Animal Hoarder's Death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal appeals court has rebuked Memphis police for sending a tactical team to serve a misdemeanor warrant on a 67-year-old animal hoarder who was later killed by an officer, but the court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against the city.


Nissan Faces More Labor Law Charges at Mississippi Plant

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Federal labor regulators have added to charges to a complaint that Nissan Motor Co. and a contract worker agency at Nissan's Mississippi plant have violated workers' rights.


Google Refutes Charges, Says There is No Gender Pay Gap

NEW YORK (AP) – Google said it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly.

Toshiba's Survival in Doubt Amid Westinghouse Troubles

TOKYO (AP) Toshiba Corp., whose U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, raised doubts Tuesday about its ability to survive as a company.


Prostate Cancer Tests Are Now OK With US Panel, With Caveats

CHICAGO (AP) – An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor.

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