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VOL. 131 | NO. 91 | Friday, May 6, 2016

$5.5 Billion Company Stakes Headquarters in Memphis

Three packaging companies are combining to create a $5.5 billion conglomerate that will locate its headquarters in Memphis.

Raleigh Mall Demolition Begins Saturday

The city begins demolition of the Sears Auto Center Saturday, May 7, at the Raleigh Springs Mall even though the city is still in court with the owners of the main mall building itself in eminent domain proceedings.

Overton Traffic Plans On Display Saturday

All roads in Overton Park except the one in front of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will be one-way streets Saturday, May 7, as the Overton Park Conservancy tries out some traffic and parking remedies on a busy day in the park.

Geater Claims Dunavant Honor for Job Without a Description

Lisa Geater likens the job of the Memphis City Council’s staff to being wallpaper. After 27 years working in the council office at City Hall, including 20 as the administrator running the office, Geater said her advice for new staff members was simple.

French Fort Motel Compromise Hard-Fought

The developer of the old Marine Hospital south of E.H. Crump Avenue at the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge across the Mississippi River and the leader of the French Fort neighborhood association never actually talked to each other Wednesday, May 4.

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Memphis College of Art will present an artists reception for “Cote d’Azur, France,” an exhibition of work from students and faculty who recently traveled to France’s Mediterranean coast, on Friday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the MCA Gallery in Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The exhibition will be on display through June 5. Visit mca.edu.

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Last Word: Mall Demo, Defining 'Fringe Element' and Herenton's New Path

Once upon a time there were three “town centers” planned by the city of Memphis.

Herenton Pitches Two New Schools For Juvenile Offenders

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton began Wednesday, May 4, with an appeal that got the attention of Shelby County Commissioners. “We don’t want your money,” he told 11 of the 13 commissioners in committee sessions as he pitched two new residential campuses for children in juvenile detention.

Wright Medical Group Reports Quarterly Loss, Strong Outlook

Wright Medical Group N.V. turned in a net loss of $39.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, though the company said the quarter was a strong one overall in each of its three business areas.


Dixon Springs Into Bloom

Memphis artist Martha Kelly provides Memphis News readers with an illustration of life in the city every month. Here, she captures one of the beautiful viewing areas at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens featuring fresh, spring tulips.

Google Hosts Local Seminar To Get Businesses Online

Online search giant Google brought the “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program to Memphis this week, with a Thursday, May 5, event at Southwest Tennessee Community College designed to get small businesses without a website online and others taking fuller use of tools to help their business succeed.


Crazy About Triathlons Or Just Crazy?

Nikki Balderson is a 38-year-old wife and mother of three young children – ages 2, 5 and 7. So if you want to make her fit into a tidy little demographic profile, you can do that. From afar.

Big 12 a Nice Dream but a Remote Reality

Wading in on Big 12 expansion, steroids in baseball and a few basketball questions ….

Ole Miss Coach Was 'Shocked' By Tunsil Comments at NFL Draft

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was surprised by former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil's statement at the NFL draft that he accepted money from a coach while at the school.


Akbari Proving to be Worthy Successor to Iconic DeBerry

Those who wondered how Raumesh Akbari would do in following legendary Memphis legislator Lois DeBerry now have a much clearer picture.


Memphis Barbecue Primer

IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR BARBECUE HERE, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GET IT. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is next week. One of my first columns was about defining barbecue when no definition should be necessary. Sadly, we’ve slipped further and further down a saucy slope and basic definitions are required again.

Planning Your Second Act

Ray’s Take When surveyed, many baby boomers say they plan to do some kind of work in retirement. The reality is that we are living longer, healthier lives than our parents and grandparents. When we reach the traditional retirement age, we probably have a lot of years of living (and spending) left. What to do with those years is changing with the retirement of the boomer generation.


5 Tennessee Health Centers Getting $4 Million in Federal Funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Federal officials say five health centers in Tennessee are receiving more than $4.2 million to help them serve more patients.

Volkswagen Builds First Metal Test Body of New SUV

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen has built the first metal test body for the new midsize SUV that is scheduled to begin production at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee later this year.


Wal-Mart Brings Back Greeters at the Store Door

NEW YORK (AP) – Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.


FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.


Want to Sue Your Bank? Regulators Push to Make It Easier

NEW YORK (AP) – If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank.


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