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VOL. 132 | NO. 90 | Friday, May 5, 2017

Tennessee House Abandons Amendments Before Approving State Budget

Putting a day of acrimony behind it, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $37 billion budget plan on Friday, May 5, stripping away nearly $320 million in amendments placed on it the previous day.

ASD Sheds 29 Employees in ESSA Shift

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in the direct running of the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

Boyd Police Overtime Cut Approved

Of 10 Memphis City Council members present Thursday, May 4, for the ongoing review of the city budget proposal, half favored a move to cut police overtime and half did not.

'Who is a Democrat?'

Shelby County Democratic Party reorganization struggles with enforcing loyalty

Through two meetings in less than a week, the leader of a reorganization of the Shelby County Democratic Party has heard one discussion more than any other issue raised in the gatherings.

MIM Officials Urge Patrons To Get Tickets at Ticketfly.com

Memphis in May officials are warning potential guests of the possibility of fraudulent tickets being sold by street vendors.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Variable at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 55%


Carriage Crossing’s Movie Mania series kicks off with a screening of “Moana” Friday, May 5, at dusk in Central Park at the mall, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Cost is free. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com.

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Joyful House Republicans Vote to Repeal Reviled 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump.

Last Word: RiverPlay, New City Property Tax Rate and House Republican Rift

The Memphis In May International Festival arrives Friday with the Beale Street Music Festival and hopefully with warmer temperatures than the Thursday chill. Meanwhile, RiverPlay, the conversion of Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Court to a pop-up park linking up Memphis and Mississippi River Parks, makes its debut Friday afternoon.

First Horizon Buying North Carolina Bank for $2.2 Billion

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank is buying Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp., a $10 billion institution that will create the fourth-largest regional bank in the Southeast.

Commercial Appeal Changes Continue as Editor Signals Departure

For a little over a month now, it’s seemed as though almost as soon as one significant change materializes at The Commercial Appeal, another follows close behind.

Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights from Memphis to Vegas

Memphis International Airport has announced Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop flights between Memphis and Las Vegas beginning Aug. 14.

Shelby County Schools Head Discusses Stability, Next Steps

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is always going to hear from parents. The only question day in and day out is how much he will hear from them.

Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead

A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.

Boyd: Memphis Public Safety Spending Out of Balance

Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd says the city budget is lopsided when it comes to its priorities.


Republican In-fighting in Tenn. House Stirs Up Budget Mess

The House of Representatives adjourned in apparent disarray Thursday, May 4, after arguing over amendments to a $37 billion budget plan, some saying discord stemmed from votes on the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

Tennessee House Passes Gun-Lawsuit Bill

Legislation making it easier for cities to be sued over gun restrictions eased through the state House Wednesday, May 3, even though it would allow those filing lawsuits to claim triple attorney fees.

Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Optional 'In God We Trust' Tags

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House has given final approval to a bill that would allow Tennessee drivers to choose license plates with the phrase "In God We Trust" on them.

Haslam Signs Bill to Increase Penalties for Targeting Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that will force people to face stiffer penalties for committing a violent offense against a police officer.

Senate OKs 23 Hours of Alcohol Sales at 2 Nashville Bars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Nashville bars could serve alcohol for 23 hours a day in a bill passed by the Tennessee Senate.


His Team: After One Season, David Fizdale Leaves Fingerprints on Grizzlies

The pain of losing his first NBA playoff series as a rookie head coach was still fresh, still raw. The night before, David Fizdale watched as his Grizzlies fell to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 in the first round.

How Did Vols Not Win More With This Talent?

One check of the 2017 NFL Draft shows why Tennessee was the favorite to win the SEC East Division last fall.

Robinson Gives Mariota Weapons for Success

Just when we think we’ve figured out Titans G.M. Jon Robinson, he reinvents himself.

Titans Draft About More Than Physical Skills

It’s easy to look at the Tennessee Titans’ 2017 draft and conclude general manager Jon Robinson drafted for need.

Grizzlies Among 17 NBA Teams Participating in Debut Season of Gaming League

NEW YORK (AP) – How about Cleveland against Golden State again – this time for the video game championship?


NFL: OK to Hit a Woman, But You Better Stand for Anthem

Well, at least Johnny Manziel doesn’t have an NFL job. If Colin Kaepernick is seeking solace from his place on the quarterback unemployment line, perhaps he can begin there. 


Snapshot: A Fresh Look at Old Zinnie's

In her monthly illustration of Memphis life for The Daily News, artist Martha Kelly sketches Zinnie's, a Midtown institution located at Madison Avenue and Belvedere Boulevard. Many locals refer to the bar/restaurant as Old Zinnie's; the newer Zinnie's East that opened nearby closed in early 2011. Check out more of Martha's art at marthakellyart.com.


5,000 Miles Of Smoke

DANISH ISN’T JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE. The man was hauling gold up the steps from Riverside Drive as I waited at the top of the bluff. He was rising like smoke from all the cookers below, holding as he was something above the rest.

Financial Freedom

Ray’s Take We have been trying to move away from using the word “retirement” and instead focus on achieving “financial freedom.” But have you ever asked yourself what financial freedom is? 

Moving Enterprise Email Up to the Cloud

Even in today’s world of texting and social media messaging, email is still an integral part of keeping in touch with clients, customers and co-workers. As a business owner, hosting your own email can be costly and managing storage can be a challenge for your I.T. team. 


2 Memphis-Area Sites Being Considered for Historic Register

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state board plans to review proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in Tennessee.


GOP-Led House Panel Votes to Overhaul Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.

Senate Sends $1.1T Spending Bill to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has delivered to President Donald Trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September – putting off, for now, battles over Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall and his promised military buildup.

Trump Limits IRS Action Over Church Political Activity

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, though his executive order on religious freedom is disappointing some of his supporters.


In Latest Airline Video, Delta Boots Family From Flight

DALLAS (AP) – A California family says they were forced off a Delta plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their children's seats on a crowded flight.

Senators Decry State of Air Travel After Passenger Incidents

WASHINGTON (AP) – Air travel in the United States has become a combustible mix in which passengers aren't the only ones treated unfairly, senators were told Thursday. Travelers all too frequently take out their frustrations on airline employees, including flight attendants and gate agents, speakers said at a Senate hearing.


Americans Hang Up on Landlines as Cellphone Homes Dominate

NEW YORK (AP) – Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group – people with a landline phone at home.

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