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VOL. 133 | NO. 88 | Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lenoir and Harris Advance in County Mayor's Race

Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris will meet in the Aug. 2 county general election to decide who will be the next Shelby County Mayor. Lenoir and Harris won their respective primaries easily Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Commission Races Feature Basar Upset

The Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

County Commission Urges Haslam to Veto Immigration Bill

Shelby County commissioners approved a resolution Monday, April 30, urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a bill that would require local and state law enforcement agencies to work with federal immigration and customs enforcement agents on immigration matters.

A First View

Opera Memphis unveils 2018-19 season lineup

Whenever the leadership at Opera Memphis maps out the lineup for a new season of music, general director Ned Canty has a specific audience member in mind. He’s thinking about that concertgoer who’s attending their very first opera, who’s never been roused by Carmen or had their passion stirred by La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto and so many other classics of the genre.

Last Word: Primary Results and Analysis, Bike Launch, Gibson's Bankruptcy

The immediate headline of Tuesday’s county primary elections is Lee Harris and David Lenoir battling in the August county general to see who becomes the next county mayor. But there were lots of other stories in the results. Here's the roundup of that and the other countywide primaries.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 66%

EVENTS

“Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project” kicks off with a keynote by civil rights leader Bob Zellner on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. The monthlong “Toward Justice” project is presented by nearly a dozen local organizations and features exhibits, installations and more. All events are free and will be held at MJCC. Visit jccmemphis.org for a schedule.

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Guitar Legend Gibson Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The maker of the Gibson guitar, omnipresent for decades on the American rock 'n' roll stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt.

First Tennessee Laying Off 58 in Greeneville

First Tennessee Bank is laying off a few dozen employees in Greene County, Tennessee, a move that’s related to the bank’s merger with Capital Bank Financial Corp.

Explore Bike Share to Launch May 23

Explore Bike Share is about to hit the streets of Memphis. In conjunction with the kickoff of National Bike Month, Explore Bike Share has announced its official 60-station, 600-bike system launch date will be May 23.

TVA's New Gas Plant in Tennessee Ready to Run

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's new gas-fired power plant in Tennessee is ready to run.

Gibson Building Owners to Partner with Orgel Family

The new owners of the Gibson Guitar Factory building in Downtown Memphis have partnered with a prominent local family to bring the prime parcel of land back to life. 

SPORTS NOTEBOOK

NFL Considering Altering Kickoffs, Not Eliminating Them

While the NFL remains concerned about safety on kickoffs, the league is not planning to eliminate them, league vice president Troy Vincent said.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Bartholomew Named St. Mary’s Athletic Director

St. Mary’s Episcopal School has promoted John Bartholomew to athletic director. Bartholomew has been coaching lacrosse at St. Mary’s since 2014, and the following year, he joined the school full-time as assistant athletic director and lacrosse coordinator. He has been serving as St. Mary’s interim athletic director since last fall.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Continuous Interviewing

One of the hardest things about looking for a new job is this: Most people wait to start looking until they need a job. In other words, they’ve been fired, or they hate their work situation so much that they’re ready to quit. Does this sound familiar? The problem is, if you wait until you need a job, you’ve probably waited too long. The chances you’ll find a job on just the day you need it is low.

Repeatable Sales = Scalable Growth

For many business-to-business (B2B) companies, the ability to grow correlates directly with the ability to effectively expand the sales team.

STATEWIDE

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Jump-Starts Car for Woman

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It turns out that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is handy when there's car trouble.

Recreational Boat Builder Expanding Into Rural Tennessee

RIDGELY, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say Excel Boat Company is investing $9 million in a manufacturing facility in Tennessee.

Report: Hate Crimes Have Increased in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says reports of hate crimes increased across the state last year.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Court Halts 4th Judge's Order on Dicamba Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted a fourth judge's ruling exempting some farmers from an herbicide ban that took effect last week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Disney, Twitter to Create Live Content and Ads Across Genres

NEW YORK (AP)The Walt Disney Co. and Twitter say they will create live content and advertisements in sports, news and entertainment from the entire Disney portfolio.

Goldman Sachs to Pay $109.5 Million for Trading Violations

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs agreed Tuesday to pay a combined $109.5 million in fines to federal and New York state authorities to settle charges that the investment bank's currency traders unlawfully shared customers' order information with other banks in order to take advantage of the market.

Pfizer's Q1 Profit Up 14 Pct., Sales Just Miss Expectations

Pfizer posted slightly higher sales and a 14 percent jump in profit in the first quarter, thanks to lower restructuring costs and a much-lower tax rate, but its revenue still missed Wall Street expectations.

Zuckerberg Kicks Off Facebook Conference, Offers No Apology

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company's annual developer conference acknowledging that 2018 has been an "intense year" so far, but offered no apology for the company's big privacy scandal.

Maple, Honey Producers Decry FDA Added Sugars Label

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Maple syrup and honey producers aren't too sweet on a plan to label their natural products as containing added sugars.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

2 Top Aides Leave EPA Amid Ethics Investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top security official for embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt abruptly left office ahead of his scheduled questioning before a congressional panel, one of two top aides whose departures were announced Tuesday amid a series of federal ethics investigations of the agency.

US Delays Decision on Tariffs for EU, Prolonging Uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government will take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for businesses in those regions.

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PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
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