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VOL. 131 | NO. 96 | Friday, May 13, 2016

Shelby County Schools Board Eyes Wheel Tax to Bridge Budget Gap

Shelby County Schools board members are looking at the county wheel tax to bridge some, but not all of the $27 million gap in their still tentative budget for the new fiscal year.

Wilson Urges Family Philanthropic Efforts at Dunavant Awards

When most people think of the Kemmons Wilson family, there is an image that comes to mind. It’s a black and white photo from the 1950s of the five children – three boys and two girls – of the Holiday Inn founder cutting the ribbon on the very first Holiday Inn at 4925 Summer Ave.

RVC Outdoors Seeks Strickland’s Commitment

Andy Cates, CEO of Memphis-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, said his redevelopment plan for Mud Island won’t require significant public dollars, but he’s looking for a commitment from the city to move forward.

Food Tour Event Launches This Weekend

When you’re a foodie like Cristina McCarter who proudly flies the flag of her favorite local restaurants, you attract certain reactions from friends.

Last Word: Mud Island Money, Elvis Mystery and Beyond Barbecue

It looks like the dry rub will be in order for Memphis in May's barbecue weekend with a shower or two keeping the dust down in Tom Lee Park Wednesday.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
89.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 61%

EVENTS

Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center closes its 19th season with acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

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Ikea Memphis to Install State's Largest Solar Array

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

SPORTS

Joerger Lands in Sacramento; Grizzlies Casting for Replacement

Future conversation in Sacramento between new coach Dave Joerger and franchise player DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins:

FedEx, er, University of Memphis to Big 12?

The slogan still resonates: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

THE TIPPING POINT

Bass Learns to Focus His ‘Creative Laser Beam’

John Bass doesn’t look like an artist. In his crisp, checked shirt and brown wingtip oxfords, he looks more like somebody’s accountant. But stick an electric guitar in his hands, and it’s a whole different story.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Retirement Spending – Easy to Underestimate

Ray’s Take: Conventional wisdom from cookie-cutter financial calculators about retirement is to aim for 70 percent of current income in retirement. But, when told about the 70 percent figure, people tend to ignore the implied message that it means a 30 percent cut in lifestyle. As a result, many people underestimate the amount they need.

High Water Marks

LORD KNOWS, THE CRICK DOES RISE. The last time I was on a cook team, the Mississippi was lapping at the top of Tom Lee Park and I’d been lapping at a number of things for a couple of days myself.

STATEWIDE

Corker: No 2nd Thoughts Over Sitting Out Presidential Race

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he doesn't have any regrets about sitting out this year's presidential campaign.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wal-Mart Sharpens Amazon Attack With 2-Day Delivery Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com.

Report: US Poultry Workers Forced to Wear Diapers on Job

BOSTON (AP) – A report from international advocacy group Oxfam says poultry workers in the United States labor in a "climate of fear," with some forced to wear diapers on the job.

ECONOMY

Middle Class Shrinks in 9 of 10 US Cities as Incomes Fall

WASHINGTON (AP) – In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Wants New Emojis to Represent Professional Women

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google wants professional women to be better represented in emoji form.

Ikea Memphis to Install State's Largest Solar Array

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 223 16,103
MORTGAGES 62 207 18,599
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 323 32,794
BANKRUPTCIES 66 187 10,687
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 86 5,172
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 75 3,848

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