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VOL. 131 | NO. 87 | Monday, May 2, 2016

RegionSmart Details How to Prevent Erosion of Talent, Population

During his three terms as mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy had to assume a great deal of risk in transforming the city’s economy from an industrial to an entrepreneurial base.

The Week Ahead: May 2-8

So, you think this is the “off-week” of the Memphis In May International Festival – the gap between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. But, while Tom Lee Park gets a breather, there are plenty of cultural experiences to soak up across Memphis. Here's our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about...

Overton Greensward Overcast Weekend Offers Temporary Interlude

For a few hours Saturday morning, April 30, in Overton Park there was no one on the Greensward – no cars, no zoo crew, no protesters, no yoga class, no dogs or dog walkers. On an overcast day, there wasn't even a shadow to be cast.

Elway Has Faith in Lynch, and That’s Good Enough

Todd McShay, NFL Draft expert and college football analyst, was a backup quarterback for the mighty University of Richmond Spiders.

Last Word: BSMF Looks Up, Overton Park Respite and Slow Economic Growth

The Beale Street Music Festival box office numbers won’t be in for a bit yet. But it looks like the three-day event that ended Sunday evening with Beck and Paul Simon weathered the weather very well, maybe better than usual.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
38.0°F
Fair
Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 65%

EVENTS

Memphis Branch NAACP, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and the National Park Service will hold a public forum Monday, May 2, from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The forum and panel discussion is part of the commemoration of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details and a schedule of related events.

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New City Council Learns Ways of Budget Season Quickly

There are 3,000 miles of street curbs in Memphis. Figures like this are the basic elements of budget season at City Hall.

China Gives Final Nod to FedEx Acquisition of TNT

FedEx Corp. and TNT Express announced Friday, April 29, that the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China has given unconditional approval for their merger.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Grinding Recovery

Slow economic improvement makes it tough to value assets

Michael Drury is watching the current U.S. presidential season with a combination of professional detachment and an air of resignation.

Editorial: Our Violence and Our Prosperity

What did you talk about this week on a beautiful spring day following a beautiful spring weekend?

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Reader Insists Parking Solution Already Exists for Zoo

I just read a very well thought out and thorough letter (from Richard Smith, mediator in the Overton Park parking controversy) about the zoo parking issue. I have another way of looking at it.

Overton Greensward Overcast Weekend Offers Temporary Interlude

For a few hours Saturday morning, April 30, in Overton Park there was no one on the Greensward – no cars, no zoo crew, no protesters, no yoga class, no dogs or dog walkers. On an overcast day, there wasn't even a shadow to be cast.

OneJet Halts Memphis Flights, But City Remains in Picture

Business carrier OneJet has cut its flights out of Memphis.

Federal Regulators Close Memphis-Based Bank

Trust Co. Bank of Memphis has failed, with state and federal regulators announcing Friday, April 29, they had closed all four branches of the West Tennessee financial institution and arranged a purchase agreement to protect depositors.

Council Members Express Impatience with Minority Contracting Complexity

Some Memphis City Council members want to challenge City Hall’s existing minority business system as its minority business effort is being streamlined.

REGIONAL NEWS

Jimmy Haslam Loses Round in Deposition Fight

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is a step closer to having to answer questions about fraud at the Tennessee-based truck stop chain where he is president and CEO.

Ole Miss to Investigate Tunsil's Comments on Receiving Cash

Laremy Tunsil said enough about Mississippi at the NFL draft for the university to launch an investigation into his time at the school. Now, the former Rebel offensive lineman only wants to talk about his new team, the Miami Dolphins.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Whole Foods Exec: No Tattoo Shops Planned for New Chain Yet

NEW YORK (AP) – Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

EDUCATION

Professor Puts CV of His Failures Online to Give Perspective

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged.

HEALTH CARE

FDA Reconsiders Training Requirements for Painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

Elway Has Faith in Lynch, and That’s Good Enough

Todd McShay, NFL Draft expert and college football analyst, was a backup quarterback for the mighty University of Richmond Spiders.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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