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VOL. 132 | NO. 105 | Friday, May 26, 2017

Wright Claims Lakeland Commission Seat

Wesley Wright, the owner of Wright Landscapings, claimed the vacant seat on the Lakeland city commission Thursday, May 25, in unofficial election results.

Bank On Memphis Effort in National Spotlight

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir was in the nation’s capital this week, speaking by invitation on a panel at the 2017 Bank On national conference in Washington, D.C.

Crime & Punishment

Attorney general targets gangs, drugs and prosecutorial discretion

Federal prosecutors have the discretion to pass on charging a defendant with every possible criminal charge that can be made.

MERI Hosts Emergency Training for First Responders

More than two dozen Shelby County first responders had a chance to learn advanced techniques this week, thanks to a partnership between the Medical Education and Research Institute and the Shelby County Fire Department.

Last Word: Sessions Notes, Lakeland Elects and Golf Classic Turns 60

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t stick with the script he has when he makes a speech, like the one he gave Thursday at the federal building to a room full of federal prosecutors and local and state law enforcement. Some of that comes from his background as a former U.S. Attorney and Alabama’s Attorney General, not to mention his tenure as a U.S. senator.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, May 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3939 Poplar Ave. Items include hardbacks and paperbacks, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and more, all priced at $2 or less. Call 901-415-2840 for details or email memphislibrary.org.

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Senses Allowed to Remain Open While Reapplying for Permit

Senses, the Poplar Avenue nightclub that found itself in the midst of zoning dispute, will be allowed to remain open for business while the owners and the county sort out the zoning issues.

Railgarten Application Cleared by Board of Adjustment

Railgarten has the green light from Shelby County’s zoning board to reopen its outdoor features, the second approval the Midtown venue has received this week as it gets its zoning issues straightened out.

SPORTS

As FESJC Turns 60, There's No Taking PGA Tour Event for Granted

This year marks the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s 60th year in Memphis. For decades the annual PGA Tour stop has signaled the start of summer and the arrival of stars ranging from Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus to Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson.

Tiger Football Team’s Offense Already Getting Rave Reviews

Could the University of Memphis really have the second most potent offense in college football next season? David Kenyon, a writer for bleacherreport.com, believes it’s possible. He just put out his predictions for the Top 25 offenses in 2017 and only the Oklahoma Sooners finished ahead of the Tigers.

Wide Receiver U? That’s So 20 Years Ago

At the 2015 SEC Media Days, Tennessee coach Butch Jones referred to his school as “the original Wide Receiver U.”

Big Names With UT Ties Eyed for Vol Baseball Job

Tennessee baseball is starting a new era. Dave Serrano coached his final games for the Vols (27-25, 7-21 SEC) last weekend when the Vols were swept by Missouri (35-21, 14-16) in a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

THE TIPPING POINT

MFD's McNeil Puts Out Fires – Literally

Major McNeil can’t tell you much about his first week as a firefighter – and not just because it was more than 24 years ago. The fact is, he was pretty nervous.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

New Rules for Emergency Funds

Ray’s Take The old rule of thumb for an emergency savings account was three to six months of living expenses. It was created at a time when the workforce experience was more monolithic and predictable. This was when there more likely was a single breadwinner who worked at the same company their entire life and retired with a gold watch and a big send-off party. 

Of Camels and Spoon

SPOON. 2002-2017. We took a left off of I-55 somewhere around Coldwater and drove about 10 miles through farms to our destination. There was a wooden sign with hand-painted numbers by the gravel drive. There was a Shetland pony in the yard. And emus.

STATEWIDE

US Senate Votes to Name Courthouse After Actor Fred Thompson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has voted to name Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in at least 20 movies and in the TV series "Law & Order."

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Sears Revenue Continues Decline Amid Tough Landscape

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed to make additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business.

Retailers Cheer GOP Retreat on Ending Debit Card Fees Limit

WASHINGTON (AP) – Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Ryan: Lawmakers Will Meet New Debt Deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing authority and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations.

Trump Seeks to End Program for Older Jobless Americans

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)Nathan Singletary is beyond the traditional retirement age, but he's only just beginning a new career – helping other low-income, unemployed Americans over age 55 find jobs.

Appeals Court Deals Blow to Trump Administration Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries.

HEALTH CARE

Insurers Continue to Hike Prices, Abandon ACA Markets

People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions could face higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018.

Older Americans Want Medicare to Pay for Long-Term Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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