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VOL. 132 | NO. 75 | Friday, April 14, 2017

First Horizon Reports Busy, Profitable First Quarter

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off 2017 with a busy first quarter, a period in which the company saw net income growth of 13 percent, an improvement in deposits and loans, a 29 percent boost to its dividend and the closing of a key acquisition.

Railgarten Addresses ‘Confusion’ About Use of Shipping Containers

If Railgarten’s intention was to be a transformative force in the section of Midtown between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, then its first week of business has been a resounding success.

Memphis’ Political History Reflects Changes With New Entries

There was a moment during the March unveiling of former Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s portrait in the Hall of Mayors when the task of framing history gave way to the present.

Pinch District Plan May Spell End to Moratorium

The Pinch District Concept Study, the city’s strategic plan to guide the growth of the downtrodden Downtown neighborhood, was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, April 13 – a move that could signal an end for a longstanding moratorium that has kept the nine-block district frozen in time.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
45.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Northwest at 13.8 mph
Humidity: 61%

EVENTS

SRVS Kids & Families will host the 21st annual 5K Bunny Run and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 15, at 9 a.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove Road. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event includes a visit by the Easter bunny, egg hunt, music, food trucks and more. Visit bunnyrun.racesonline.com for registration fees and information.

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SPORTS

If It’s the NBA Playoffs, It Must Be Grizzlies vs. Spurs

For the fifth time in the 10 playoff seasons in franchise history, the Memphis Grizzlies will play the San Antonio Spurs. They have been swept them by them in the first round twice (2004 and 2016), swept in the Western Conference Finals (2013) and shocked the NBA by upsetting the Spurs as the No. 8 seed in the first round (2011).

Last Word: Derailed, The View From Pyramid Harbor and New History

“Do Not Occupy” notices posted Thursday afternoon on most but not all of the newly-opened Railgarten complex on Central Avenue east of Cooper in Midtown. Local code officers acted after questions about whether the owners of the complex had approval for intermodal containers being used as part of the structure. The restaurant part of the structure in what was once an ice house remains open. There was already a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the music volume and late hours as well as parking for the development

Vols Defensive Coordinator Shoop Looks to Improve Team’s Defense

The most unexpected development during Tennessee’s 2016 football season wasn’t three straight losses in October or the disappearing act at Vanderbilt.

THE PRESS BOX

The Press Box: For Tigers Basketball, No Easy Way Forward

Questions – and to the extent possible – answers about the reeling University of Memphis basketball program.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

House Committee Moves Voucher Bill Past Delay With ‘Neutral’ Recommendation

Legislation setting up a pilot voucher program for low-income students in Shelby County emerged Wednesday, April 12, from the House Government Operations Committee after two weeks of delay.

Immigrant Student Tuition 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.

Memphis, Nashville Blocked in Push to Ease Marijuana Penalties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation stripping Nashville and Memphis of ordinances to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession.

Tennessee Senate Backs Age Limit for School Bus Drivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga, the Tennessee Senate has passed a bill requiring school bus drivers to be at least 25 years old without serious traffic violations in the last three years.

Tennessee House Passes Free Community College Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House on Thursday passed a bill to enable older adults without a college degree or certificate to attend community college free of charge. The bill, which still has to clear the Senate, passed 87-6.

THE TIPPING POINT

Conley Puts Delicious, Local Food on Memphis Tables

Josh Conley is happy to debate the merits of local kale. His only question: How much time do you have? “I have more discussions about kale than I really care to admit,” he says. “We’ve got Siberian kale and Red Russian kale and green curly kale. We’ve got baby kale and Toscano kale, which some people refer to as dinosaur kale.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Saving the Day

YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE CITY THEY SEE. AND YOU DO. Last week, I took a 3-year-old to see “Power Rangers,” teenagers turned superheroes to save a threatened world while assuring the future of digital effects. I didn’t want to go, but I cheered as loud as he did, spilling popcorn everywhere. As the credits rolled, he looked up at me and said – I swear – “Granddan, the Power Rangers saved the day.”

Retirement Planning Illusions

Ray’s Take By its nature, retirement planning requires making plans without being able to know the future. When it comes to retirement planning, there’s no shortage of conventional wisdom.

STATEWIDE

Gun Maker SCCY Announces Move From Florida to Tennessee

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Handgun maker SCCY Industries has announced it will move its factory and headquarters to new 68-acre campus in East Tennessee.

Tool Shows Long Wait Times Persist at Tennessee VA Centers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The launch of an online portal revealed that Veterans Health Administration facilities across Tennessee still struggle with patient wait times.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Buffett Foundation Unveils $90M Plan to Help Girls of Color

NEW YORK (AP) – In the 15-year existence of her girls' empowerment organization, Joanne Smith has dealt with funders and donors but never quite like this: a foundation putting $90 million toward helping girls of color by letting them determine their needs instead of being told what the funds have to be used for.

AIRLINES

Lawyer: Dragged Passenger Lost 2 Teeth and Broke His Nose

CHICAGO (AP) – The passenger dragged from a United flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion, his lawyer said Thursday, accusing the airline industry of having "bullied" its customers for far too long.

TECHNOLOGY

$19.8 Billion Airwaves Auction May Mean Better Cell Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumers could see more competition and better mobile service after the end of a big U.S. government auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 55 55 20,821
MORTGAGES 44 44 24,405
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 23 23 8,633
BUILDING PERMITS 196 196 42,533
BANKRUPTCIES 55 55 13,957
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 22 6,423
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 56 56 13,567
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 23 5,092

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