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VOL. 132 | NO. 108 | Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kellogg Closing Northeast Memphis Facility, Laying Off 172 Workers

Kellogg Co. is closing its northeast Memphis distribution facility and laying off 172 workers, part of a larger cost-cutting plan that will result in more than 1,000 layoffs nationwide.

City Council Discusses $7.3 Million Cut in Police Budget

Memphis City Council members will likely be discussing possible amendments to the city budget right up to the final June 6 votes on the budget and tax rate resolutions and ordinances.

Strickland Taps City Reserves For $6 Million In Storm Debris Removal

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is asking the Memphis City Council for up to $6 million from the city’s reserve fund for cleanup from the May 27 storm.

Hanover Students Follow King’s Pilgrimage

Even before it was the National Civil Rights Museum, the Lorraine Motel had pilgrims – visitors coming to the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated to stand where he fell, even stay a night on the same floor of his room when the Lorraine was still a working hotel.

Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis

Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon.

Local Weather
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79.0°F
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Wind: Southeast at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 77%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. The topic is The MasterMind Principle, based on the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Last Word: Your Neighbor Has Power, City Budget Wrap Take One and BBQ

We are at the point in our storm recovery where the novelty and sense of adventure have reached the end of their very short lives in areas where the power is still out. And the restoration of that service is at a point where you now have people on one side of a street with power and those on the other side may still be in the dark and the heat.

Demand for Smaller Industrial Facilities Growing

Even though massive deals like Niagara Bottling’s 554,000-square-foot facility and McCormick & Co.’s 615,000-square-foot operation next door in Gateway Global Logistics Center often steal the spotlight, they only paint part of the picture of North Mississippi’s industrial market.

Couple’s Business About More Than Just Weight Loss

Dr. Allison White and Dr. John White Jr., owners of The Transformation Doctor in Collierville, are on a mission to help people lose weight and keep it off. They just celebrated the one-year anniversary of their Collierville location and are looking at expanding to several more Memphis-area locations over the next few years.

DeJong Makes Presence Felt With Cardinals on Day 1

Paul DeJong was putting up impressive numbers for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds: .294 batting average, 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. But those stats quickly became a mere footnote when DeJong homered in his first big-league at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals last Sunday at Colorado.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Rhea Joins SWTCC As First Mental Health Counselor

Julia Rhea has joined Southwest Tennessee Community College as the institution’s first mental health counselor. The newly created position is part of Southwest’s new Social and Emotional Support Process, one of numerous changes developed over the past six months under the guidance of the Maryland-based education reform group Achieving the Dream, all geared toward redesigning and improving the student experience.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

It’s OK To Say No

OK, this is going to sound strange, but bear with me. After coaching hundreds of folks on their job searches, I’ve noticed a pattern. And it’s not one I would have expected.

Winning at Google

The coveted first-place ranking in Google’s search-engine results is every business owner’s dream.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Signs Bill Reducing Costs of Wiping Criminal Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a law that will make it easier for people convicted of mostly low-level offenses to get their criminal records wiped clean.

STATEWIDE

Teacher Who Ran Away With Teen Student to Plead Not Guilty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee teacher who led police on a nationwide manhunt after running away with a 15-year-old student says he will plead not guilty to federal charges.

Poll: 2 in 3 Tennessee Voters Favor Immigrant Tuition Break

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – About two out of three registered voters in the state think Tennessee students whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally should be eligible for in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, according to a poll released by Vanderbilt University on Tuesday.

Green Puts Off Public Announcement of Gubernatorial Plans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green has made up his mind about whether to rejoin the governor's race in Tennessee, but he doesn't want to make his decision public until later this week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

It's Primetime at Amazon.com ... Shares Hit $1,000

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon, the internet goliath that revolutionized the way much of the world buys books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone Tuesday. Its stock surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time.

Conagra Brands Sells Wesson Brand for $285M to Smucker

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Conagra is selling Wesson oil for $285 million to the J.M. Smucker Company as it hones its focus on its strongest brands.

Wal-Mart Works to Close Gap Between Itself and Amazon

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

White House Communications Director Resigns Amid Tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul amid intensifying inquiries into his campaign's dealings with Russia.

Trump Actively Looking for New FBI Director

President Donald Trump is still on the hunt for a new FBI director after firing James Comey, and is conducting more meetings to address the vacancy.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 7,836
MORTGAGES 108 108 9,307
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 8 1,366
BUILDING PERMITS 130 130 16,737
BANKRUPTCIES 55 55 5,461
BUSINESS LICENSES 32 32 2,980
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 47 47 3,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 1,725

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