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VOL. 131 | NO. 112 | Monday, June 6, 2016

Reaction Grows to Death of Memphis Police Officer In Downtown Crime Spree

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

UTHSC Preparing to Open $36.7M Educational Facility

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has lined up an executive director who will be the first to lead academic programs in a new $36.7 million facility on campus that’s set to open next year.

New Parks Director is Second Of Three Major Hires for Strickland Administration

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed a former director of cultural affairs for the city of Dallas and at Miami-Dade College in Florida to be the city’s new director of Parks and Neighborhoods.

Last Word: Delayed Reaction, UTHSC Simulates and Ali Takes On The Fords

If you like to unplug on the weekends, you probably got plugged back in sooner than expected Sunday to the violent rampage Downtown Saturday evening. It ended with a Memphis Police officer dead – run over at Beale and B.B. King – allegedly by a suspect in the shootings of three people on Downtown’s northern end – two of them in critical condition – less than a half hour earlier.

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Memphis Botanic Garden will hold an opening reception for “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” by Amy Hartelust and Chloe Yorl on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The exhibition is on display through June 30. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4100.

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The Week Ahead: June 6-12

Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...

Local Democrats’ Differences Remain

Local Democratic Party leaders who backed pursuing a criminal complaint against former party chairman Bryan Carson said last week they hope to put the controversy over party finances behind them.


‘Critical Mass’

Shelby County Schools leaders rolling out Whitehaven ‘empowerment zone’ while rebuilding enrollment

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.

Editorial: Empowerment, Competition and Urgency

The empowerment zone taking shape in six Whitehaven-area schools starting over the summer break may not work for every set of schools trying to improve.

June 3-9: This week in Memphis history

2011: Bike lanes are planned for two miles of Madison Avenue from just east of Cleveland Street to North Cooper Street. But some business owners on the stretch of Madison are opposed to them and have organized, prompting Mayor A C Wharton to put off a final decision on the bike lanes. “It’s not that we are against bicycles or bicycle lanes,” business owner Mike Cooper says in The Memphis News cover story. “We need the traffic. We don’t need any impediments.”


Greensward Protests See First Arrests

Two protestors blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

ServiceMaster Picks Peabody Place For New HQ

It's Peabody Place for the new ServiceMaster headquarters. According to multiple sources, Memphis-based ServiceMaster will consolidate its operations and move into Peabody Place Downtown.

Laser Quest Closing In Poplar Plaza

Laser Quest, a longtime tenant in the Poplar Plaza shopping center, is set to close on Sunday, May 29.

Available Class-A Office Space Scarce in Memphis

ServiceMaster is looking to relocate its headquarters into a Class A office building, and Memphis just doesn’t have room.

Baker Family Keeps Owen Brennan’s Going

If you show up on a Sunday for Owen Brennan’s famous brunch, owner Jim Baker will be there to greet you, to say your name and smile at the thought of another round of mimosas being ordered.


SEC Expands 'Serious Misconduct' Rule for Transfer Students

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – The Southeastern Conference has expanded its "serious misconduct" rule for transfer students to include "dating violence, stalking or conduct of a nature that creates serious concern about the safety of others."


Wal-Mart's CEO Urges Employees to Reimagine Company's Future

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart's CEO urged employees on Friday to reimagine its future in a fast-shifting retail landscape.

Wal-Mart Testing Uber, Lyft for Online Grocery Delivery

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP)Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix.


Fed Member Brainard Urges Caution on Raising Rates

WASHINGTON (AP) – An ally of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen who has been a longtime skeptic of raising interest rates signaled Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after a bleak U.S. jobs report was released earlier in the day.

US Gains Just 38K Jobs, Fewest in 5 Years; Rate at 4.7 Pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than five years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.

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