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VOL. 132 | NO. 84 | Thursday, April 27, 2017

MRG Reshapes Overton Gateway Plan, Residents Still Not Happy

A revised multifamily development planned by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC that reduces the number of apartment units and adds amenities that would better connect the project with the neighborhood still didn’t get positive reviews from residents.

RegionSmart Speakers Tout Importance of 'Lovable' Cities

Do you love your city? That was author Peter Kageyama’s opening question Thursday, April 27, to his audience at the second annual RegionSmart Summit, hosted by the Mid-South Mayors’ Council.

Railgarten’s Case Delayed; Will Go Before City Council

After a more than four-hour meeting, the Shelby County Board of Adjustment voted Wednesday, April 26, to delay Railgarten’s request to reopen portions of its multiparcel Midtown outdoor entertainment venue, leaving only 2158 Central Ave. and the bottom floor of 2166 Central Ave. open for business.

UTHSC, Methodist Executive Leaving Memphis

A well-known cardiologist who holds leadership roles at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is headed west for a new job.

Cargill, Calysta Break Ground on Presidents Island Facility

NouriTech, a joint venture between Cargill and Calysta, broke ground on its new 37-acre Presidents Island gas fermentation facility, which will be the world’s largest upon completion.

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Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis and featuring Memphis’ top interior designers, will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, at Propcellar, 2585 Summer Ave. Events include a VIP reception Thursday at 6 p.m.; the Cambria Kick-Off Party on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and General Admission Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with demonstrations and presentations scheduled throughout the day. Visit artsmemphis.org/artbydesign for details and tickets.

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Live At The Garden Slate Mixes Current Sounds With Nostalgia

The 2017 Live at the Garden concert series at the Memphis Botanic Garden is mixing in some current sounds with nostalgia in the summer lineup of five concerts announced Wednesday, April 26.

Last Word: Election Day, Game 6 and School Vouchers Get Rolled

Intermission in the NBA playoffs as tipoff of Game 6 approaches Thursday evening at the Forum. Look at all of the clouds as the lights dimming and letting you know it’s time to take your seats for the show that is reigniting the local passion for basketball.

City of Memphis Budget Could Face Bumpy Road

Memphis City Council budget hearings begin Tuesday, May 2, at City Hall starting with Mayor Jim Strickland’s $77.8 million capital budget proposal for one-time spending on construction projects and similar expenses that are normally financed with bonds.

Memphis United in Support of Grizzlies on National Playoffs Stage

Yes, the Grizzlies’ 116-103 loss in Game 5 at San Antonio was disappointing. So step back a moment and remember the atmosphere at FedExForum – and across the city – during the two wins that briefly evened this first-round West Conference Playoff Series at 2-2.

Proposed $250M K-12 Education Fund Hits Legislative Hurdle

Legislation by Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh seeking to create a $250 million education fund may have to fit through the eye of a needle to get into Gov. Bill Haslam’s $37 billion budget plan.

Activist Investor Gets 2 Fred’s Board Seats

The yellow sign near the corner of Summer Avenue and White Station reads: Fred’s Pharmacy. It’s a physical representation of the Memphis-based discount retailer repositioning itself away from its retail legacy and doubling down on its health care-related and pharmacy offerings.


Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Postponed for the Year

Questions about student testing within a proposed pilot voucher bill affecting Shelby County Schools forced the bill’s sponsor to postpone it until next year.

View From the Hill: IMPROVE Act an Insight Into Testy Election Ahead

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Governor’s Supplemental Budget Includes More Transportation Funding

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris calls the governor’s $125 million supplemental budget a “strong foundation” for completing work on the IMPROVE Act.

Tennessee Passes Sign Language Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Legislature has passed a measure that allows students to take American Sign Language and get credit for their foreign language requirements.

Tennessee School Bus Seat Belt Bill Placed in Budget Limbo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee bill to require seat belts in new school buses bought after July 2019 is in budget limbo while lawmakers examine the cost and whether the state will cover it.


Veterinary Ophthalmologists Providing Free Eye Exams for Service Animals

Each May, the offices of Memphis Veterinary Services begin to fill up with a very special group of clients: service animals. The eye exams are offered at no charge through the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology/Stokes Pharmacy National Service Animal Eye Exam event, and are available to a variety of different registered service animals.


Germantown Village Square Sells for $27.3 Million

7694 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN 38138 -
A Boyle Investment Co. real estate investment fund has sold Germantown Village Square to PEBB Enterprises, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Florida, for $27.3 million.


Think Twice Before You Change Jobs

It was a recognition that is fading out of existence. At a professional meeting where I spoke recently, I wanted to recognize those in the group who had dedicated service and longevity with a gift certificate. To my surprise, there were four with more than 50 years of continuous service, and several more not far behind. It was inspirational to see that kind of commitment and growth, both personally and professionally.


Lawyers: Proposed Rule Could Block Public From Court Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lawyers for several media organizations are raising concerns that that a proposed new court rule could bar both citizens and the press from getting court records.

TVA to Eliminate Handguns From Nuclear Power Plant Security

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority security officers at nuclear power plants will soon be prohibited from carrying handguns.

Court Documents: Mother Had Abused Teen in Kidnapping Case

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) – A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.

Freed-Hardeman Chooses New University President

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) – The board of trustees at Freed-Hardeman University has chosen David Shannon as the school's new president.


Mississippi Governor Sets Special Session to Start June 5

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5.


Trump Plan Would Cut Taxes for Companies – And People, Too

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon federal deficits.

FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on 'Net Neutrality' Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.


Justices Hear Dispute Over Lower-Cost Biotech Drugs Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a drug company's fight to keep a generic version of its biotech drug off the market for an additional six months that would mean billions more in sales and higher costs to the public.

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