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VOL. 132 | NO. 123 | Wednesday, June 21, 2017

City Council Approves DROP Freeze, Delays Stormwater and Sewer Fee Votes

The city has its third voluntary freeze on retirements in two years with a Tuesday, June 20, vote by the Memphis City Council. But it came after lots of council debate about whether the freeze might have the opposite overall effect of stabilizing the Memphis Police force at the top for future growth in the ranks below or whether it will prompt the middle ranks to exit quicker if they can’t rise in the ranks.

Shelby County Commission to Probe Juvenile Court Moves

The call to end a 5-year-old U.S. Justice Department memorandum of agreement governing conditions and due process at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court goes before a group Wednesday, June 2, that has consistently had a lot of questions about the court.

Downtown Core Attracting More Corporate Tenants

Hamida Mandani, who with her husband Sunny owns City Market at the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue, is anticipating lots of potential new customers soon for her small grocery and deli enterprise.

Cooper-Young Residents Seek Historic Designation

In many ways, the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue operates as the cultural heart of Midtown. But while it certainly possesses the eclectic mix of bohemian overtones, century-old homes and vibrant entertainment centers that define Midtown, there is one element that separates the historically hip neighborhood from sister subdivisions – historical preservation status from the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

Last Word: Cooper-Young's Controversy, Harris and Norris and Fulmer Returns

Shelby County Commissioners have at least two hot topics to talk about Wednesday at committee sessions that could take up most if not all of the work day. By the agenda, these sessions go from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. But they have been known to stretch into the afternoon quite a bit.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Diane Neal of USHealth Advisors will present “Helping Small-Business Owners, Self-Employed and Families Get Affordable Health Coverage.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Harris: Norris Law On Immigration Status Sends Negative Signal

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Lee Harris is criticizing a new law sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris enabling state judges to consider a convict’s immigration status during sentencing.

Commercial Appeal Will Seek New Office In Memphis With Digital Capabilities

The Commercial Appeal announced Monday, June 19, that it will be putting its iconic 495 Union Ave. property on the market and will begin the search for a new location.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

In Midst of Changes, ArchInc Becomes Woman-Owned Biz

The Memphis-based architecture firm formerly known as Architecture Inc. is in the midst of some major changes. The 23-year-old firm has rebranded as ArchInc; promoted Valentina Puppione Cochran to president and majority shareholder; and added preservation architect and urban designer Charles “Chooch” Pickard as a partner.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

3 Tips for A Successful Interview

Interviewing is hard work. If you're currently looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job. From preparing your favorite suit to revising your resume to networking and rounds of interviews – there are times it feels like it will never end. It can be tough to keep your head above water with your existing role while you're balancing your life and your job search. To ensure you're making the most out of every interview, do these three things.

Marketing Folks Should Try Thinking Like a CEO

Many marketing professionals have found themselves at odds with their CEO, whether they are not on the same page, have competing priorities or have a different version of success. The same often holds true for marketing agencies and their clients’ leadership teams. The divide can be painful and, for some, impossible to bridge.

STATEWIDE

Trial of 8 Ex-Pilot Employees Likely Moving to Another City

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal trial will likely move to another Tennessee city in the case against eight ex-employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Phillip Fulmer Named Special Adviser to Tennessee President

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.

Tennessee Auto Parts Supplier to Lay Off 160 Workers

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) – An auto parts supplier says it will lay off 160 people in Tennessee as it moves some business operations to another plant in the Midwest.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Amazon Aiming to Be the Dressing Room in Your House

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is hoping to claim more territory once held by department stores, essentially placing a dressing room in your house.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Plans to Release Tax Overhaul in Early September

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House plans to introduce its tax overhaul during the first two weeks of September, says Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump's top economic aide.

After Warmbier's Death, US Weighs Travel Ban on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is considering banning travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as outrage grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier and President Donald Trump declared it a "total disgrace."

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Apple Seeks to Void Patent Claims, Fees in Qualcomm Dispute

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is seeking to void some of Qualcomm's patent claims and licensing agreements, intensifying its legal battle with the chip maker over the technology in iPhones and iPads.

Experts: Takata Bankruptcy Means Air Bag Victims Get Less

DETROIT (AP) – A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company.

Supreme Court Pushes Redskins' Name Fight Back to Society

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.

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