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VOL. 132 | NO. 85 | Friday, April 28, 2017

Sprouts Opens in East Memphis July 12, Looks to Hire More Than 100

Sprouts Farmers Market is close to finishing construction on its new East Memphis location on South Perkins Road and is looking to hire more than 100 full- and part-time positions before the store’s scheduled opening July 12.

Vaughan Claims Republican Nomination in State House District 95

Collierville Schools board member Kevin Vaughan won the Republican primary election for state House District 95 Thursday, April 27, by 49 votes over former Germantown alderman Frank Uhlhorn.

Spurs Win Series with 103-96 Victory in Game 6

Grizzlies' Late Lead Slips Away

With 6:29 left in the fourth quarter San Antonio’s Danny Green fouled Mike Conley as he was attempting a 3-point shot. It was a mistake that went against the Spurs’ championship DNA. And when Conley made all three free throws, the Memphis Grizzlies owned an 88-81 lead late Thursday night within the friendly confines of FedExForum.

Memphis News Economic Overview: Key Barometers Trending Upward

Many business leaders in Memphis have acknowledged something of a paradox to their current sentiments in recent weeks – a mix of both optimism and uncertainty about the national and local economies.

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.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Southwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 57%


A Crosstown Concourse job fair will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Atrium of the Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. The fair will feature 15 tenants looking to fill more than 60 positions in a range of fields, including health care, arts, operations, retail and security. Visit crosstownconcourse.com/jobfair to register. 

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Lack of Available Labor Defines Workforce Landscape

If the American South were its own country it would have a larger economy than Germany, which is one of the reasons why coordinating regional workforce efforts in the Mid-South is paramount.

Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates Reading, Small Businesses

It probably won’t escape many local participants and supporters of Independent Bookstore Day this weekend that the day is as much about the survival of the medium as it is a celebration of it.

Last Word: End of The Season, Honoring Forrest and MATA's Coming Campaign

It’s over. No Game 7 for the Grizz and the off-season begins. Spurs advance after beating the Grizz at the Forum Thursday 103 – 96. But in the process, the Grizz created a chapter in Memphis basketball lore where it is about more than winning on the court.

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.

Tennessee Lawmakers Condemn Resolution Lauding Forrest Biographer

Memphis lawmakers blasted a Smyrna legislator Thursday morning, accusing him of violating their honor system by sliding a resolution through the House honoring an author they perceive as a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist.

Mueller Industries Eyeing Relocation to Collierville

Memphis-based Mueller Industries has filed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application with the Collierville Industrial Development Board to relocate its corporate headquarters to the Schilling Farms mixed-use development from its current location in Southeast Memphis.

MATA Prepares Case for $30M Increase To Fund Bus System Improvements

Probably by the end of the summer, a group pushing for $30 million in additional funds for the Memphis Area Transit Authority will be making the case to the public to raise that dedicated source of funding.

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.

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.

ServiceMaster Q1 Income Holds Steady; IP Profits Drop

A pair of Memphis-based corporations – ServiceMaster Global Holdings and International Paper Co. – posted first-quarter numbers Thursday, April 27, that reflect ongoing changes at both.


Questions About Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Postpone It for the Year

NASHVILLE – 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.

$250M K-12 Education Fund Hits Legislative Hurdle

NASHVILLE – 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.

Tennessee Legislature Passes Law to Ensure Charter School Quality

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that revamps state charter school law by requiring the publicly funded but privately run schools to be evaluated based on their performance.


Leading Lady: U of M’s Lindsay Crowdus Has Shot at Division I Softball Batting Crown

That she is leading the University of Memphis softball team in hitting is no surprise. Outfielder Lindsay Crowdus did that as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Her career numbers essentially predicted she again would hit over .300.

Hits and Misses in UT’s Quest for JuCo Gold

Things were supposed to be so easy for Jonathan Kongbo. He arrived at the University of Tennessee last year as the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect in the nation. He had the combination of size and speed that everybody wants in a defensive lineman. The sky was the limit.

Spring Lessons: Here’s Who Vols Will Start

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones isn’t big on naming starters and divulging depth charts. Not until he has to. So it comes as no surprise the Vols enter summer workouts and fall camp with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano still competing for the starting quarterback’s job.


With Tigers Basketball, Anything is Possible

Everything’s fine. It’s all good. Don’t worry, Tiger fans. That was Tubby Smith’s bottom line during his 36-minute press conference with local media on Wednesday, April 26. It was also the basic message from University of Memphis president M. David Rudd, who hired Smith, in a recent radio interview on Sports 56 WHBQ.


Crosby Plants a Park in the Shadow of Skyscrapers

How do you repurpose a blighted old Burger King? That’s the question Scott Crosby was facing. “Initially we thought we’d make it a bar, or maybe a restaurant,” he says. “But the building was too dilapidated. Then we thought, maybe a parking lot, but the space was too small.”


Better is Perfect

I’M HERE TO TELL YOU, YOU MATTERED. The Rev. Richard Lawson baptized our grandchildren a couple of weeks ago. When 3-year-old Gaines looked like he was going to climb the font, Richard scooped him up, turned him upside down, and into the font he went, headfirst with his hands over his eyes. He returned to the pew, baptized in wet, wide-eyed wonder.

The Optimal Retirement Age

Ray’s Take Most of us say we want to do it – retire, that is. Given that, how do we find that perfect time to do it? Retirement at the optimal age isn’t something to be left to chance; it is something that needs to be a rational decision that takes into consideration a variety of variables. Financial variables include how much income you’ll be receiving from all sources and factoring in life expectancy and health issues. Emotional variables include considering that your spouse may have taken you for better or worse, but not for lunch.


Trump Says US Won't Leave NAFTA – For Now

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."

Trump to Sign Order Creating Accountability Office at VA

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump planned to sign an executive order Thursday, April 27, that would create an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Bank of America Survey: Small-Business Optimism Surging

NEW YORK (AP) – Small-business owners' optimism about the economy has turned around dramatically since before the election, according to a survey released by Bank of America.


AP-NORC Poll: Most Teens Have Taken Social Media Break

NEW YORK (AP) – The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But nearly 60 percent of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media – the bulk of them voluntarily, a new survey found.


Physician Who Was Dragged Off Flight Settles With United

CHICAGO (AP) – A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to employees of a partner airline has reached a settlement with United for an undisclosed amount, his lawyers announced Thursday.

United to Offer Bumped Flyers Up to $10,000 After Video Flap

DALLAS (AP) – United Airlines says it will raise the limit – to $10,000 – on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.

Southwest Airlines to End Practice of Overbooking Flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights – an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.

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