VOL. 132 | NO. 106 | Monday, May 29, 2017
UPDATE: As of 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, 125,000 Memphis Light Gas and Water Division customers were without power. And 32 people were staying at the Red Cross shelter at the Orange Mound Community Center. City Public Works has hired more contractors to help clear downed trees and other debris from roads.
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GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, has announced grants totaling $60,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations. This year’s grant cycle is themed “Foundations for the Future: programs that help youth meet their potential.”
Shelby County Democrats should have a framework for a reorganized local party soon.
With almost 3.5 million square feet of speculative space floating around in North Mississippi just between Crossroads Distribution Center and Gateway Global Logistics Center alone, it appears that there is no shortage of interest in the region from prospective clients.
Wesley Wright, the owner of Wright Landscapings, claimed the vacant seat on the Lakeland City Commission on Thursday, May 25, in unofficial election results.
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Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.
The saying is you can’t see the forest for the trees. And at times that is what Memphis’ seemingly eternal battle with blight feels like.
1956: Carl Perkins at the Overton Park Shell with a surprise visit by Elvis Presley. Just five months earlier, Sun Records had released Perkins’ biggest hit, “Blue Suede Shoes.” And Presley had left Sun late in 1955 for RCA.
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Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.
The chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber board said first indications are that minority business requirements in tax breaks awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – aren’t working.
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, May 23, a 1 percent across the board pay raise for all city employees setting the stage for a final vote on budget matters at the June 6 council session.
A new City & State location is coming to the Medical District next year, with the planned opening roughly coinciding with the three-year anniversary of the combination coffee and retail venture that first opened in the Broad Avenue Arts District in early 2015.
The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved Mueller Industries’ request for a 10-year tax abatement, paving the way for the company to begin the process of relocating its corporate headquarters to Collierville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Newly released figures indicate Nashville has overtaken Memphis as Tennessee's largest city.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Many Tennessee city and county buildings, parks and buses will either have to buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check people's bags, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns, under a law signed Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee House Democratic lawmaker has announced he will retire next year at the end of this Republican-led General Assembly.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy began 2017 with a whimper – though not quite as weak a whimper as the government had first estimated.
NEW YORK (AP) – Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will start a new weekly talk show on the religious Trinity Broadcasting Network this fall.