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VOL. 132 | NO. 111 | Monday, June 5, 2017

The Week Ahead: June 5-11

Hello, Memphis! This week, we’re getting into the swing of things with the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic, jumping into the ring at the Germantown Charity Horse Show and catching a free flick at an outdoor movie screening. Check out the rest of our top picks in The Week Ahead…

Target of Murphy's Attack Questions Whether It Was Mental Illness

The night before he set himself on fire outside Murphy’s, Jared McLemore had talked Memphis Police out of arresting him, according to Alyssa Moore, McLemore’s ex-girlfriend, who was the target of the May 12 attack at the Midtown bar where she was working as a sound engineer.

Methodist Stays Busy With Wave of Construction Projects

This year is proving to be another busy one for executives at Methodist Healthcare like Richard Kelley.

Frayser Recovery Efforts Before Storm Continue Afterward

Recovery efforts in Frayser aren’t just about the weather and they didn’t just start after the Memorial Day weekend storm that did plenty of damage in neighborhoods with old, large trees.

Last Word: Don McMinn, Frayser's Recovery and The Clean Line

Back in the late 1970s when Beale Street was still rotting and behind chain link fences and Downtown Memphis was in recovery in every sense of the word, there was a poster of Don McMinn standing in front of the statue of W.C. Handy on Beale with his back to the camera spreading open the raincoat he was wearing in Handy’s direction. The caption was something about exposing the world to the blues. That’s not the only image that comes to mind of those times with word Sunday that McMinn has died.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: Southwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 38%

EVENTS

The FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament will be held Monday through Sunday, June 5-11, at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. The PGA Tour stop will feature tournament play, celebrity pro-am and more. Visit stjudeclassic.com for a schedule.

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After Surgery, Redbirds Lefthander Gonzales Savoring Every Pitch

The rise was quick. So was the fall. The St. Louis Cardinals used the 19th overall pick of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Gonzaga University lefthander Marco Gonzales. It was the first time since 1994, when the Cardinals drafted Wake Forest southpaw Bret Wagner, they had spent a first-round selection on a left-handed pitcher.

Trezevant High Principal Resigns, Renews Allegations of Illegal Activities

When Ronnie Mackin, the principal of Trezevant High School, reported a discrepancy last September in the transcript grades of some football players, Shelby County Schools officials were quick to say the system had “the utmost confidence” in Mackin.

Two Local Families Looking to Develop ‘Jewel' of East Memphis

Building a boutique corporate headquarters on a heavily wooded tract of land near Dixon Gallery and Gardens would stand in stark contrast to the more urban feel of a project on Poplar Avenue like TraVure, but that’s what makes this East Memphis location so special.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Winds of Change

How massive energy project would fit into the local power structure

Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind since the first Egyptians began to use sails to move their boats along the Nile. More than 7,000 years later, wind power capacity in the U.S. alone has surpassed 82 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 20 million homes, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country.

Editorial: Memphis Storm Shows Power Encompasses More Than Lights

For about half of us the lights never went out and the air conditioning kept us constantly cool during the Memorial Day weekend. The food in the refrigerator didn’t go bad. We may not have even known there was more than a really strong thunderstorm until we saw the downed trees the next day.

June 2-8, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2016: Memphis Police officer Verdell Smith is killed in the line of duty when the suspect in three Downtown shootings runs over him at Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard. The incident begins when Justin Welch allegedly shoots two people sitting at a picnic table outside Westy’s near The Pyramid, then walks across the street and shoots a Bass Pro Shops employee in the Pyramid parking lot.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Full Restoration After Smaller 'Hurricane Elvis' To Take More Than a Week

The storm that raked Memphis with 80 mile-an-hour winds Saturday evening was similar to the 2003 storm nicknamed “Hurricane Elvis” but not quite as widespread.

FedEx Supply Chain Ramps Up New Medical Distribution Warehouse

FedEx Supply Chain, formerly known as Genco, is ramping up activity at its 1.1 million-square-foot multitenant distribution warehouse on East Holmes Road. Memphis-based FedEx Corp. acquired Genco, a third-party logistics provider, for $1.4 billion in early 2015 and announced a network expansion last October.

Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis

Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon.

Tiresome Behavior

ENOUGH ALREADY. Even after months of mediation, after an agreed-upon compromise, after the appointment of a committee and the committee’s selection of a master planner, after the Overton Park Conservancy put up $250,000 toward the plan, after the council voted to take the Conservancy’s money … even after all of that … the Memphis Zoo stiffed the conservancy, the city, and you and me. 

ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

STATEWIDE

Rights' Groups Ask to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Refugee Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Several Tennessee-based refugee rights' organizations have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit the state Legislature filed over the refugee resettlement program.

Green Drops Gubernatorial Bid After Failed Trump Nomination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Mark Green announced Friday that he will not resume his bid for Tennessee governor after withdrawing from consideration as President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi River Mayors: Paris Pullout Hurts US Ag Exports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Mayors along the Mississippi River say President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a worldwide climate agreement could severely damage U.S. agricultural exports.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Supreme Strength: Justice Ginsburg's Workout Becomes a Book

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons and Ruth Bader Ginsburg? The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice is about to join the ranks of workout superstars with a book about her exercise routine. "The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong ... and You Can Too!" is scheduled to be released Oct. 3, which happens to be the first week the court is in session after its summer break.

US ECONOMY

US Employers Add Modest 138K Jobs; Rate Dips to 4.3 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.

Jobs Data Could Signal Shortage of Qualified Workers to Hire

WASHINGTON (AP) – Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire?

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Walmart Touts Investment in People, Technology as Advantages

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Walmart CEO Doug McMillon touted the company's investments in people and technology, but also said the company may have reached an employment peak and urged employees not to be afraid of automation.

TECHNOLOGY

Google's Chrome Browser to Block Some Ads Starting Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) – Websites that run annoying ads such as pop-ups may find all ads blocked by Google's Chrome browser starting next year.

Google's Chrome Browser to Block Some Ads Starting Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) – Websites that run annoying ads such as pop-ups may find all ads blocked by Google's Chrome browser starting next year.

Target of Murphy's Attack Questions Whether It Was Mental Illness

The night before he set himself on fire outside Murphy’s, Jared McLemore had talked Memphis Police out of arresting him, according to Alyssa Moore, McLemore’s ex-girlfriend, who was the target of the May 12 attack at the Midtown bar where she was working as a sound engineer.

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PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
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