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VOL. 133 | NO. 119 | Thursday, June 14, 2018

City Turns 22 Major Streets Back Over to TDOT

A decades-long contract under which the city of Memphis maintains 22 state routes or highways on behalf of the state of Tennessee is coming to an end.

Harris and Lenoir Clash in First General Election Mayoral Debate

The two contenders for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot differed Wednesday, June 13, on leadership experience and whether county government has been breaking ground on important issues or has taken too long to act on those issues.

Haslam Says Immigration Issues Have Little to Do With Being Governor

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been watching the television ads in the Republican primary race for governor – especially the ads about immigration and pledges to help President Donald Trump build a wall at the border with Mexico.

Standing in the Gap

Purdue Center offers lighted path for homeless women and children

There are statistics that tell a story. Always, there are statistics that tell a story. The city of Memphis’ story cannot be told without mentioning a poverty rate of 26.9 percent (Tennessee’s is 15.8 percent). The child poverty rate in Memphis is even more staggering, at 44.7 percent.

Last Word: Kiwanis Debate, Haslam on the Gov. Race and Street Work

For the last couple of days there has been this brewing story that Kim Kardashian West was on her way to the city to meet with Alice Marie Johnson, the convicted drug dealer sentenced to life in prison who was pardoned by President Donald Trump last week after serving 21 years in federal prison. And that is just what happened Wednesday – almost. The meeting was in Southaven. And, according to People, it included lessons in how to use Snapchat. The meeting included an interview with the Today show that will air Thursday morning.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
76.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: East at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 94%

EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Cocktails and Canvases June 14, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The plein air (outdoor) painting class takes place the second Thursday of each month during 30 Thursdays and uses one of MBG’s 31 gardens as a background. Bring your own beverage and painting supplies. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

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Changes Coming Quickly to Riverfront

Changes are coming fast, if tentatively, to the most identifiable part of the Memphis riverfront – the part between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and the southern end of Tom Lee Park.

Corky’s BBQ Eyes Southeast Expansion Under New Partnership

More and more people across the Southeast will be getting the chance to enjoy Memphis-style barbecue thanks to a new partnership announced Friday between Corky’s BBQ and Dobbs Equity Partners LLC. The deal will help Corky’s to expand its corporate-owned brick-and-mortar footprint, with plans to open 15 additional stores over the next three years, as well as invest and expand the Corky’s food manufacturing and distribution operations.

Hilton Canopy Hotel, Museum Lofts Receive Tax Incentives

Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group, doing business as MHF Memphis VI LLC, has been granted a 15-year tax incentive to build a $43 million four-star hotel on the site of the former Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

Mempho Festival Headliners Announced for October Event

Beck, Phoenix, Post Malone and Nas are the headliners for the second annual Mempho Music Festival Oct. 6 and 7 in Shelby Farms Park.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Midstate Transit Future is Paved With Tired Ideas

If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Keep Your Integrity Intact

The most important ingredient we bring to any job, in any profession, is not talent. It is our integrity. Integrity is being truthful to yourself and having the courage to do the right thing in spite of the personal or professional consequences. A person’s integrity speaks loudly through the behavior they engage in at work.

Keeping B2B Communication Fresh

When handling public relations efforts for a business-to-business client, you have to get a little more creative than usual and think outside the box.

STATEWIDE

5 Executives Sentenced in 'Made in USA' Boots Scheme

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Several former executives of a one-time leading manufacturer of boots for the U.S. military have been sentenced in a "Made in USA" scheme.

REGIONAL NEWS

Automotive Supplier Expands Manufacturing in Mississippi

IUKA, Miss. (AP) – A German company that makes automotive parts is expanding in northern Mississippi.

SPORTS

North American Trio Beats Morocco to Host 2026 World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) – North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

Unions Seek Player Safeguards as Sports Gambling Expands

Unions representing professional athletes are starting to lobby states that are considering legal sports gambling, seeking protection for athletes from threats and harassment and from those who might seek to manipulate their performance on the field for monetary gain.

US ECONOMY

Fed Raises Key Rate, Sees Possible Acceleration in Hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid economic growth and rising inflation.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

After AT&T-Time Warner Win, Is Comcast-Fox a Done Deal?

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast will likely bid for Fox's entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

Food Truck Evolution: Owners Strategize as Novelty Wears Off

NEW YORK (AP) – Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 59 232 11,757
MORTGAGES 80 254 13,681
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 1,877
BUILDING PERMITS 93 480 24,644
BANKRUPTCIES 61 179 7,652
BUSINESS LICENSES 41 100 4,007
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 34 118 4,799
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 48 2,592

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