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VOL. 132 | NO. 86 | Monday, May 1, 2017

7 Takeaways as Grizzlies Transition to Off-Season

The Grizzlies’ Game 6 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round playoff series ended their 2016-2017 season. Less than 24 hours later at FedExForum, first-year coach David Fizdale and players met with the media to recap the season that was and to look ahead.

The Week Ahead: May 1-7

Happy Monday, Memphis! May has arrived, which means it’s time to kick off the Memphis in May International Festival with the always-popular Beale Street Music Festival – and that’s just one of the events music lovers will enjoy this week. Plus, check out where to celebrate Star Wars fans’ favorite holiday and other happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead... 

Mayors and Planners Challenge Assumptions at RegionSmart

At the end of last week’s day-long RegionSmart Summit Downtown, Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman remarked on how roomy and comfortable the chairs at the Halloran Centre had been for the mayors, planners, developers and others who gathered for the Urban Land Institute event.

Q&A: Triumph Bank CEO Recaps 2016

At Triumph Bank’s annual meeting of shareholders in recent days, bank executives offered a recap of what turned out to be another strong year.

Developers to Put Cooper-Young Condos on Hold Amid Residential Concerns

The developers of a proposed five-unit condominium at the corner of Bruce Street and Oliver Avenue in the Cooper-Young neighborhood told residents they would ask the Office of Planning and Development to hold their application for 30 more days while they explore other options for the site.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 77%


The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.The Professional Network on Aging 2017 Senior Expo will be held Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Attracting more than 2,500 seniors and caregivers, the annual expo highlights services, programs and goods that cater to the senior market. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

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Last Word: Rain, Rain... Cooper-Young Holding Pattern and Haslam on IMPROVE

Trees down, power out, Redbirds' Saturday game called early with no fireworks, flooding in some parts of the Mid-South region. So this means Beale Street Music Festival weekend will be clear as a bell, right? Ponchos and boots ready just in case, as well as light sabres.

Vaughan Meets Byrd-Ashworth in District 95 General Election

Shelby County Republicans are warning against complacency in the coming State House District 95 special general election in June.

Tenn. Lawmakers Look to Void Resolution Honoring Forrest Biographer

NASHVILLE – 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.


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.

Council Wants Railgarten Permit Delay as OPD Recommends Rejection

The Memphis City Council wants the Board of Adjustment to delay any decision Wednesday, April 26, on a special permit for Railgarten for a month while the council sorts out what the controversial resident had permission to open and what it didn’t have permission to open.

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.

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.

County Commissioner Justin Ford Charged With Domestic Violence

Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford was arrested by Memphis Police Sunday, April 24, on a felony charge of domestic violence assault and a false imprisonment charge.


Criminal Records Bill Passes In Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Legislature has passed a bill that will make it easier for people convicted of lower-level offenses to get their criminal records wiped clean.

Tennessee Lawmakers Seek To Ban Sexting By Minors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers want to make it against the law for minors to send or keep sexually explicit messages on smartphones.

Medicaid Failure Behind Him, Governor Gets Road Funding Win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Not long after seeing fellow Republicans in the Legislature reject his effort to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Haslam toured Tennessee to pitch another politically difficult proposal: a transportation plan that would end up including the state's first gas tax hike in nearly 30 years.


US Economy Likely Slowed Last Quarter, But Rebound Expected

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy likely slowed significantly in the first three months of the year, though economists foresee a sharp rebound in the current April-June quarter on the strength of solid job growth, higher consumer confidence and stock-market records.


Facebook Gearing Up To Fight Political Propaganda

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.

Apple Ceases iPhone Payments to Qualcomm, Escalating Feud

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is refusing to pay any royalties owed to mobile chip maker Qualcomm for some of the features in the iPhone, escalating a patent feud that has turned the former business partners into bitter adversaries.

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