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VOL. 132 | NO. 126 | Monday, June 26, 2017

Five Apply for Circuit Court Vacancy

Five Shelby County attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy in Shelby County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers effective this Friday.

Attorneys in SCS Investigation Define Structure of Probe, Seek Information

The attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within the Shelby County Schools system have set up a hotline and email account for information on the allegations.


Snapshot: Hall for Hoops

Work is winding down on Traditions Hall, the main entrance to the University of Memphis' new men's basketball training facility. The room will have trophies and other memorabilia recognizing the history of success of the men's basketball program. The 58,000-square-foot basketball center will include new practice courts, an academic support center and enhanced weight and training facilities. It is scheduled to open in October.

Budget Amendments, Tax Rate and Juvenile Court Top County Commission Agenda

Shelby County Commissioners will have lots of amendments to the county’s proposed operating budget Monday, June 26, and at least one bid to change the proposed county property tax rate of $4.10 approved on first reading earlier this month.

Local Weather
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Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 67%


Germantown Community Library will continue its Egyptology 101 series for adults and teens 13 and older with “Egyptology 101: Gods of Ancient Egypt,” Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 1925 Exeter Road. Other sessions follow July 10 and July 24. Pre-registration required. Visit the library or call 901-757-7323.

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Last Word: Cooper-Young Complications, The Mackin Investigation and Tuition Hike

Landmarks status for Cooper-Young is on hold because part of the process for the status isn’t an official part of the application process. That would be the part that requires a certain number of signatures to get the status. And it has put on hold a similar process in Vollintine-Evergreen.

Cooper-Young’s Landmarks Status on Hold While City Sorts Out Bylaws

Despite rainy conditions, several dozen Cooper-Young residents packed into an upstairs room at First Congregational Church of Memphis Thursday, June 22, for the second public meeting held in the hopes of establishing the more than century-old neighborhood as an official Memphis Landmarks Commission district.

The Week Ahead: June 26-July 2

Hello, Memphis! The start of the fiscal year comes this week for local governments, but the county commission still has some work to do. A few other important government meetings are slated this week, as is some fun – Boston is in concert Saturday night at Live at the Garden.

Tenth Anniversary of Minority Business-Focused Forum on Tap

The 10th anniversary gathering of the Economic Development Forum will bring together top decision-makers and business executives when it convenes June 27-29 at the Guest House at Graceland.


Community Rx

Le Bonheur works as hard in the community as it does in the hospital

As one of the city’s premier medical institutions, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stays as busy as you might expect for an organization that tries to operate on the leading edge of pediatric care.


Editorial: Keep Juvenile Court Memorandum In Place

The changes are coming quickly from the U.S. Justice Department and some local elected leaders when it comes to change at Juvenile Court.


June 23-29, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2014: Formal opening of the $301 million expansion of the Frayser Nike plant. As he tours the plant expansion, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam learns the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in an appeal of Tennessee’s constitutional amendment that specifically banned gay marriages.


Commercial Appeal Plans to Move, To Sell Union Property

The Commercial Appeal building and site at 495 Union Avenue is for sale, the newspaper announced Monday, June 19, on its website.

Facilities, Football Fever Growing At the University of Memphis

Somewhere, in a long-ago Division I sports galaxy far away, an athletic director could catch his breath after his college baseball team made its last out and before his football team started practice. Not so much now.

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.

Strickland Pushes Economic Breakthrough Outside City's Current Hot Spots

The city of Memphis has to grow economically outside of the Poplar Avenue corridor of East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown if the city is to prosper, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that economic breakthrough can start in Whitehaven.

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.


Madison County Denied Injunction Over School Funding

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has denied a Tennessee county a temporary injunction in its lawsuit against a city for reallocating local option sales tax revenue away from the county school system and to the city's general fund.


Arkansas Panel Approves Temporary Ban on Herbicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first steps Friday toward temporarily banning the sale and use of an herbicide that has prompted hundreds of complaints and a federal lawsuit from farmers who say it has caused widespread damage to crops.

Analysis: Mississippi LGBT Law Faces More Court Scrutiny

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is in for a long court fight over constitutional questions about its law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage.


Sears Closes Another 20 Stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.


Study: Most of Women's College Coaches Are White and Male

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, women and people of color remain on the outside when it comes to hiring head coaches in women's college sports, according to a report Friday by sports institutes.


Qatar Weighs Demands to End Crisis Amid Threat of Long Siege

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — With just days to decide, Qatar on Friday weighed an onerous list of demands by its neighbors as a way out of a regional crisis, and a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze unless it is willing to acquiesce.

Qatar Weighs Demands to End Crisis Amid Threat of Long Siege

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — With just days to decide, Qatar on Friday weighed an onerous list of demands by its neighbors as a way out of a regional crisis, and a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze unless it is willing to acquiesce.

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