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VOL. 131 | NO. 79 | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

State Lifts Memphis Health & Ed Board Bond Moratorium

The Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board is back in business.

Veto Of Bible As Official Tenn. Book Survives Challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has a state reptile, a state rock and a state song in the moonshine-themed "Rocky Top." For now, though, the Bible will not be its official state book.

Dedric Lawson May Give NBA a Look

After coach Josh Pastner left the University of Memphis for Georgia Tech and before the Tigers had hired Tubby Smith to replace him, forward Dedric Lawson announced he would not test out his NBA Draft prospects and would return to school for his sophomore season.

Strickland Defines 'Brilliant at the Basics' $667M Budget Plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland took a $667 million operating budget proposal to Memphis City Council members Tuesday, April 19, that keeps the property rate stable at $3.40.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
55.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Variable at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 29%

EVENTS

Creative Aging will host its 2016 Senior Fun Day on Thursday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. Enjoy refreshments, manicures and a variety of games. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org.

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Lisa’s Lunchbox Pursues Steady Growth

Lisa Clay is cooking up an expansion-fueled future to go along with the sandwiches, smoothies and other staples of her nearly 10-year-old Lisa’s Lunchbox restaurant concept.

Greensward Talks Getting Complex

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

Last Word: Budget Basics, A Peak At Greensward Mediation and Elvis & Nixon

Spurs 94 – Grizzlies 68 in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. The TNT post-game show just showed the highlights of the game while Shaq and Charles Barkley talked about how big the women are in San Antonio. I’m not making this up. They didn’t even try to talk about the game. This is just grim.

Parkside Development Gets Green Light

Parkside at Shelby Farms Park, a $200 million mixed-use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms featuring three six-story apartment buildings, won the approval Tuesday, April 19, of the Memphis City Council.

Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Sports Notebook: Woodson Leaving for Butler; Lynch Headed to Jets?

The arrival of Tubby Smith to coach the University of Memphis basketball team will not prevent the departure of guard Avery Woodson.

Dyer Confirmed to State Court of Criminal Appeals

Shelby County Attorney Ross Dyer became a state appellate court judge Monday, April 18, as members of both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature met in a joint session to confirm Dyer’s appointment as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Melzie Wilson Appointed To Commerce Advisory Committee

Melzie Wilson, vice president of compliance at Mallory Alexander International Logistics, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness by secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker. In her role at Mallory Alexander, Wilson is responsible for all government regulations the company must comply with, both in the U.S. and globally.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Value Of Leadership

A friend called me recently with a question I was not expecting. He said, “Why is it that all the resumes I get from recent college graduates are packed with their leadership experience? I don’t care about that. I want to know what they can really do for my company, workwise. What are their skills?”

I Wrote This Just for You

In “Blink: The Power to Think Without Thinking,” acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell addresses first impressions. His book doesn’t come from the angle of how to make great first impressions – a genuine smile, firm handshake, pressed clothing and all those tips we’ve turned into habits over the years.  

The Opportunity of a Learning Lifetime

The opportunity of a tuition-free community college education for every Tennessee high school graduate who wants it is one of our state’s boldest initiatives. That’s what the Tennessee Promise program represents.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee GOP Leader Vows Retribution for Transgender 'Blackmail'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Republican leader Gerald McCormick on Tuesday vowed retribution for companies that spoke out against a transgender bathroom bill in Tennessee.

Legislature Passes Online Voter Registration Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would allow Tennesseans to register to vote online.

State House Approves Fantasy Sports Tax Act

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Legislature is close to passing a bill that would make clear that fantasy sports betting is legal, but would also regulate it and put a tax on it.

House Passes Resolution Directing State to Sue Over Refugees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution that would order Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program passed Monday in the state House. Senate counterparts previously approved the resolution and would only have to agree to a change that would allow a private law firm to sue on behalf of the state before the measure becomes law.

Bid to Override Haslam Veto on Bible Bill Announced in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of bill seeking to designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee has formally announced his bid to override Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's veto of the measure.

STATEWIDE

University Says Colored Nooses Were Part of Art Display

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials at a Tennessee university say six nooses arranged in the colors of the rainbow were part of an art display for a class focusing on yarn and were not intended to be a political statement or hate symbol.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wayfair Teams With Porch.com to Offer Home-Improvement Help

NEW YORK (AP) – Bought a ceiling fan but just don't know how to install it?

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

FDA Campaign Takes Aim at Chewing Tobacco Use by Rural Teens

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government health officials will team up with minor league baseball as part of a new $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco.

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