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VOL. 133 | NO. 98 | Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lakeland Schools Pulls $3M Permit for Elementary Expansion

The Lakeland School System has pulled a $3 million building permit for an expansion of Lakeland Elementary School at 10050 Oak Seed Lane. The expansion has been planned for some time as the school system has grown.

Faropoint Sells Two Olive Branch Retail Centers for Almost $10M

Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the Greater Memphis Area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.24 million.

Convention Center Overhaul and Renovation to be Rebid

The city will be rebidding the $175 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Tuesday, May 15.

Grizzlies Get Fourth Overall Pick in NBA Draft Lottery

Despite having the second-worst record in the NBA last season at 22-60, the Memphis Grizzlies slid backward two spots in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago and will have the fourth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

American Queen Steamboat Co. Moves HQ Out of Memphis

American Queen Steamboat Co. has moved its Memphis headquarter to New Albany, Indiana, in what the riverboat cruise company describes as “an effort to synergize shoreside operations with parent company HMS Global Maritime.”

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
78.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest returns Wednesday through Saturday, May 16-19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

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Davos on the Delta Puts Memphis At Center of Agriculture World

The annual raucous Memphis in May Festival has arrived for its 41st year. And in its shadow is the much more sedate second annual Davos on the Delta conference at the nearby Peabody hotel, within earshot of the festival and olfactory stimulation of its sprawling barbecue competition.

Last Word: Being Fourth, Barbecue and Davos on the Delta and Steamboat Exit

Not. Top. Three. The Grizz got the fourth pick of the NBA draft in Tuesday’s draft lottery in Chicago. Grizz president of business operations Jason Wexler had probably the best reaction on Twitter: “So for the next 5 weeks we are in a window where everyone can be wrong and everyone can be right at the same time.” The memory of Hasheem Thabeet’s arrival in Memphis looms large in this uncertainty and draft day is the only thing that can make that memory fade. At least for now, that image just got a bit sharper. And it becomes more vivid every time between now and the draft in June that you start a sentence with “The Grizz could still…”

Chicago Gets Tribute Before Orpheum Date

The newest star on The Orpheum Theatre’s “Walk of Fame” sidewalk is for a horn band that built its sound on Memphis soul and rhythm and blues.

New Incentive Targets Sewer Woes For Developers

With certain areas of the city such as the Fletcher Creek drainage basin nearing peak-hour capacity, the city of Memphis is teaming up with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to help ensure that impending sewer issues do not hamper future development.

Snapshots: Hog Heaven Homes Going Up

The Swine & Dine barbecue team tent is set up and ready for the kickoff of the 2018 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest at Tom Lee Park. The largest barbecue event in the world opens Wednesday, May 16, and runs through Saturday.

Commission Reappoints Bolton As Adviser, Questions His Role

Shelby County commissioners reappointed former commissioner Julian Bolton as their legislative policy adviser Monday, May 14, sending his reappointment, effective to the end of September, to Mayor Mark Luttrell, who vetoed an earlier version of the appointment in April.

Redbirds Snap Four-Game Losing Streak

As the Memphis Redbirds rolled up 91 wins in the 2017 regular season and won their division by an overwhelming 22 games, they had their hot streaks. But they also never really had a cold spell.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Pegg Named Fleet Manager For Explore Bike Share

Jon Pegg recently joined Explore Bike Share as bike fleet manager as the local nonprofit prepares for the May 23 launch of its 600-bicycle, 60-station bike-share system. Pegg comes to Explore Bike Share from Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op, where he served as shop manager.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Signs It’s Time For a Midlife Career Change

If you’re like most people, you think you’re the only one. Everything was fine for the first 20 years of your career. You were focused. You were happy. You were going up the ladder. Then you hit an age. Maybe it was 30 or 40 or 50. But suddenly, everything changed.

Five Metrics for Website Success

Engaging videos, impactful testimonials and beautiful graphics can all be parts of an efficient website. Although it may look and function seamlessly, you cannot judge the success of your website simply on the aesthetics or mechanics. You’ll have to consult the hard numbers to judge the success of a website and, if necessary, determine how to alter that success.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Among 6 States Suing Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

Tennessee Election Panel Won't Pursue Harwell Complaint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee panel has voted not to pursue campaign finance complaints that question House Speaker Beth Harwell's help from a political committee and a $3.1 million self-loan to her Republican gubernatorial campaign.

US NEWS

Tom Wolfe, Pioneering 'New Journalist,' Dead At 88

NEW YORK (AP)Tom Wolfe, the white-suited wizard of "New Journalism" who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "A Man in Full," has died. He was 88.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Cadence Bank, State Bank Financial Corp. Announce Merger

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger.

Uber Shifts Policy for Alleged Sexual Misconduct on Service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber's ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump: First Lady 'Doing Really Well' After Kidney Procedure

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his wife, Melania, is "doing really well" although she remains hospitalized following a medical procedure to treat a kidney condition the White House described as benign. He said he expected the first lady back home at the White House before the end of the week.

Trump Pick for Vice Chair Pledges Support for Key Fed Goals

WASHINGTON (AP) – Richard Clarida, President Donald Trump's nominee for the No. 2 post at the Federal Reserve, is pledging support for the Fed's twin goals of stabilizing inflation and maximizing employment while also declaring the importance of the central bank's independence.

Audit: EPA Could Do More to Catch VW-Type Emissions Fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have stepped up the kind of testing that could have caught years of emissions-rigging by Volkswagen, but need to do more to keep automakers from duping them again on pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general said Tuesday.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook: We're Better at Policing Nudity Than Hate Speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday.

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PROPERTY SALES 119 482 10,051
MORTGAGES 119 497 11,811
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 29 82 1,716
BUILDING PERMITS 268 1,056 21,366
BANKRUPTCIES 50 263 6,700
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 151 3,584
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 33 172 4,155
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 111 2,290

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