VOL. 132 | NO. 75 | Friday, April 14, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
“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
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
Questions – and to the extent possible – answers about the reeling University of Memphis basketball program.
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.
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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation stripping Nashville and Memphis of ordinances to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession.
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Handgun maker SCCY Industries has announced it will move its factory and headquarters to new 68-acre campus in East Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The launch of an online portal revealed that Veterans Health Administration facilities across Tennessee still struggle with patient wait times.
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.
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.
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.