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VOL. 131 | NO. 101 | Friday, May 20, 2016

St. Jude Pulls $84.5M Permit for Expansion

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has applied for an $84.5 million permit for construction on its Downtown campus, part of a $9 billion strategic plan announced late last year.

BRIDGES Celebrates Retirement of CFO Bob Rogalski

The BRIDGES mission is as clear as it is bold: “To unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.”

Bakery, Cafe Planned For Chiwawa Space

Daniel Flanagan is moving forward with a new concept at 2059 Madison Ave., the Overton Square space where his restaurant Chiwawa closed almost a year ago and where he apparently has plans for a bakery and cafe.

EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program

The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.

Alexis Pugh to Lead Memphis Animal Shelter

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed Alexis Pugh, executive director of Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services, as the new director of Memphis Animal Services, effective in June.

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Germantown Community Theatre will present Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet” Friday, May 20, through June 5 at GCT, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Buy tickets at gctcomeplay.org.

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Private Donor Backs Harahan Bridge Lighting

The Harahan Bridge could be getting a $5 million light show. A private donor, working through the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, has backed the multimillion-dollar effort to light up the 5,000-foot-long bridge as part of the greater Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project.

Baptist Executive Vaughn Receives U of M’s Highest Alumni Award

Anita Vaughn’s notable 43-year career with Baptist Memorial Hospital started on a whim.

Last Word: The Return of Chiwawa, Mud Island's Dilemma and A Good Map

Chiwawa is back. But don’t call it a doughnut shop. And the owner says it won’t be called Chiwawa either. We presume it will still proclaim that Midtown is Memphis.

Mud Island Search Becomes Dilemma

The Riverfront Development Corp.’s time before the Memphis City Council’s budget committee this week was short.


New FESJC Director Hoping for Clear Skies, Big-Name Leaders

Sometimes, the moments that determine your future are seemingly small. Only later can you put everything together and realize that’s when you really made your choice.

In a Players’ League, a Coach Is Captive to His Roster

As the Memphis Grizzlies continue The Great Coach Search, it’s fair to ask this basic, and at some level, almost offensive, question:


Hardy Makes Art Accessible for Millennials

Whitney Hardy is a woman on the move. The day we meet, she’s supervising 200 tons of soybeans as they make their way from hopper trucks onto train cars. Then she’s off to the premier of “Genesis,” a collection of new works presented by Collage Dance Collective.


Elephants Abound

The old joke goes this way: Every morning on the commuter train to work a man watches another man read his paper, meticulously folding every page to a single column width, then unfolding and refolding as he reads each column top to bottom. Finally, unable to stand it anymore, the first approaches the second and asks, “Why do you do that?” “It keep elephants off the train,” comes the reply.

Family Planning – Beyond the Diaper Fund

Ray’s Take: So, you’re planning to start your family. Have you considered the finances involved beyond painting a room and knowing it’s going to take a lot of diapers? Three can certainly live as cheaply as two – as long as one of them doesn’t eat or wear clothes.


Pro-Nuclear GOP Senator Urges Tennessee to Reject Wind Farm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is urging his fellow Tennesseans to oppose what he calls an "unsightly" wind farm near the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Vanderbilt Poll Finds Trump With 9-Point Lead in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a 9 percentage point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday.

Haslam Questions Need for Special Session on Bathroom Rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday questioned the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to convene over a directive issued by President Barack Obama's administration about transgender bathroom policies in public schools.


Arkansas Seeks to Resume Executions as Drug Expiration Nears

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A lawyer for Arkansas' prison system is asking the state Supreme Court to allow eight executions to proceed, saying questions raised about one of Arkansas' execution drugs have been adequately addressed by judges elsewhere in the U.S.


Phil Mickelson to Forfeit Nearly $1 Million in SEC Case

NEW YORK (AP) – The professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.


Poll: Two-Thirds of US Would Struggle to Cover $1,000 Crisis

NEW YORK (AP) – Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans' financial conditions remain precarious as ever.

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