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VOL. 133 | NO. 70 | Friday, April 6, 2018

EDGE Advances Both of EPE’s Graceland Expansion Requests

After multiple delays, lawsuits, and revamped plans, the next phase Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been approved by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

Three Incumbents Unopposed at August Primary Ballot Filing Deadline

Three incumbent Democratic state House members in the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature were effectively re-elected Thursday, April 5, at the noon deadline for candidates in the Aug. 2 state and federal primaries to file their qualifying petitions.

MLK 50

MLK50 Observances Come With Appeals, Memories

The way National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Lee Freeman described it as the MLK50 commemorations began this week, the church bells would cascade when they rang Wednesday, April 4, starting at 6:01 p.m. – the moment Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot 50 years ago.

Last Word: I Am A Man Plaza, Graceland Clears EDGE and Filing Deadline Action

Sometimes the simplest concepts say more than an elaborate explanation can – even when the history it depicts is complex. A plaza dedicated to the 1,300 city sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968 formally opened Thursday on what had been a vacant lot just across Pontotoc from the south side of Clayborn Temple. And the occasion included more of the small moments that have made this week so compelling. Watching civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson walk around the plaza and discover it includes one of his quotes from the 1968 strike.

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EVENTS

Art by Design, a designer showcase benefiting ArtsMemphis, is underway through Sunday, April 8, in the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. More than a dozen interior design team have created custom “vignettes” within a chic gallery showroom, with special presentations each day. Single-day tickets are $20. Visit artsmemphis.org for details and hours.

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Herenton Says He Wants to Be Mayor Again

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he intends to run for mayor again in the 2019 city elections.

Two Downtown Hotel Projects Moving Forward After Delay

Two Downtown Memphis hotel projects that were seemingly in stasis appear to moving forward.

Outside the Box

Memphis Symphony Orchestra unveils 2018-19 season lineup

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra wants audiences to be “challenged” and introduced to new people and ideas via its programming choices and performance series, a philosophy that informed how the symphony’s upcoming season, which kicks off in September, was put together.

SPORTS

Redbirds Redux?

After Historic 2017 Season, Redbirds May Have as Much Talent This Year

So what do the Memphis Redbirds do for an encore after an historic 2017 season? “For an encore, hopefully do it again,” said infielder Patrick Wisdom. “That’s what encore means. Get to 100 wins. That’d be nice.”

Who Starts on Defense? You’ll Have to Wait

Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t been afraid to change things around during his first spring practice as Tennessee’s head football coach.

THE PRESS BOX

Under Hardaway, Memphis Again Can Have Hometown Heroes

Headline from the future: “Alex Lomax Leads Memphis Tigers into the Sweet 16.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Bouki Fait Gombo

THE OWNED PERSPECTIVE. From 1936 to 1938, as part of the WPA and the Federal Writers’ Project, more than 2,000 interviews were conducted with former slaves resulting in “Slave Narratives: A Folk History in the United States.” Those former slaves were very old by then, but their memories of dark childhoods were clear.

To Refinance or Not to Refinance?

Ray’s Take: According to The American Mortgage in Historical Context, 30-year mortgages are a relatively new thing. In the time before the Great Depression, mortgages had short maturity times and usually required a very high down payment. Pre-Depression mortgages featured variable interest rates and were usually renegotiated on a yearly basis. Boy, have times changed!

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

A Dream Remembered

With the world honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, Memphis artist Martha Kelly depicts the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated 50 years ago. Kelly, who illustrates local life and culture each month for The Daily News, can be reached at marthakellyart.com. (Martha Kelly)

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Legislature Passes School Spanking Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Legislature has passed a bill that would require public schools in Tennessee to report to the state Department of Education on their use of corporal punishment.

Resolution Denouncing Neo-Nazis Dies Again in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution denouncing neo-Nazis and white nationalists has died in the Tennessee legislature for the second time in recent weeks.

Move to Declare That God is the Source of Liberty Advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution that would change the Tennessee Constitution to say that God is the source of liberty for the state's citizens is gaining momentum.

Senate Passes Bill That Upends Some Short-Term Rental Bans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that overturns some local short-term rental bans following a debate that lasted more than two hours with lawmakers arguing about property rights versus local control.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Opioid Addiction Costs Employers $2.6B a Year for Care

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees' children.

Airline Group Says It's Setting Safety Standards for Animals

An airline trade group says it's setting safety standards for pets shipped on planes.

Tyson Foods Expanding Safety Programs to 12 Poultry Plants

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Tyson Foods is expanding the safety programs it has been testing in its beef plants for several years to 12 poultry plants because of the results.

Smucker to Buy Company Behind Rachael Ray Dog Food

NEW YORK (AP) J.M. Smucker Co. said Wednesday that it will buy the maker of Rachael Ray-branded dog food as it looks to expand into the premium pet-food business.

MEDICAL NEWS

Opioid Crisis: Top Doctor Urges Access to Overdose Antidote

ATLANTA (AP) – The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives.

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