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VOL. 133 | NO. 113 | Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Trump Commutes Sentence for Drug Offender in Memphis Case

Alice Marie Johnson received backing from Kim Kardashian West

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump commuted the sentence Wednesday of a woman serving a life sentence in a Memphis drug case whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West in a recent visit to the White House.

$71.2M Federal Grant Awarded for Long-Sought Lamar Avenue Upgrade

A $71.2 million federal transportation grant announced Tuesday, June 5, in Washington, D.C., will fund long-planned and awaited infrastructure updates to the city’s major freight corridor.

City Council Approves $685M City Budget, Takes City Tax Rate to $3.19

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, June 5, to a $685 million city operating budget, an $87 million capital budget and a $3.19 city property tax rate.

New Benchmark Owners Seeking Incentives for 4-Star Hotel

A Rhode Island-based company has acquired the site of the former Benchmark Hotel and is seeking a 15-year tax incentive from the Downtown Memphis Commission to demolish the structure’s remaining concrete skeleton and replace it with a new four-star hotel.

Highly Visible

FirstBank to boost profile with move to TraVure

Sometimes in business timing is everything. And when it comes to the relationship between FirstBank and Gill Properties that’s certainly the case. When Jeff Hudson was hired three years ago, one of his goals was to relocate FirstBank’s commercial offices and regional headquarters into a highly trafficked area with good visibility and easy access for their clientele.

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Humidity: 76%


The next Teach901 Educator Job Fair is Wednesday, June 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the central atrium of Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. New and experienced teachers are invited to connect with recruiters from local public, charter and parochial schools. Recent college graduates are also invited to network. Visit teach901.com to register.

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Last Word: Our Un-Signature, City Hall Beat Down and Lamar Avenue

The first thing most people notice when they realize there is lots of development going on in Memphis but that its quite different than Nashville’s brand of development is that you don’t see nearly as many construction cranes here as you do there. It’s become an un-signature of sorts for what is an ongoing remake of Memphis. We adapt and use for new purposes. We also move institutions around, it turns out.

Metal Museum Pondering Possibility of Polishing Up Rust Hall

When Memphis College of Art announced in October it would be closing its doors for good by May 2020 – an announcement that came just months after the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, another longtime mainstay, said it, too, was leaving Overton Park – there was an understandable level of concern for many patrons of the park.

County General Election Campaigns Meet Summer Heat

With their minds still in the numbers from the May county primary election, candidates on the Aug. 2 Shelby County ballot are on the summer campaign trail with early voting about six weeks away.

Boyd Says He Favors State Funding for Shelby County Pre-K Push

Republican contender for Tennessee Governor Randy Boyd says he supports the move to expand prekindergarten in Shelby County including the possibility of state funding.

Rare Treedom Art Adorns St. Jude Land

An international award-winning art installation has a new home in Downtown Memphis. Treedom Memphis – a “functional” piece of art designed by the Parisian architectural firm Atelier YokYok, officially opened Saturday, June 2, on A.W. Willis between Second and Third streets.


Dustin Johnson Heads FESJC Field

The last FedEx St. Jude Classic will not be without star power. In the tournament’s final year under the current format before converting to the World Golf Championships - FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2019, the field will feature World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 9 Brooks Koepka and No. 15 Henrik Stenson (rankings through June 3).


Hollywood Feed Promotes Ross To Director of Marketing

Anne Ross has been promoted to director of marketing at Hollywood Feed. Having been with the Memphis-based natural pet food chain for more than five years, she now oversees all of the company’s marketing and communication efforts throughout the region in its 70 stores.


Indeed Unveils New Products For 2018

I recently had the opportunity to attend Indeed Interactive in Austin, Texas. Indeed.com is the world’s largest job website. It’s like the Google of job searches. Indeed Interactive is the annual conference where thousands of human resources professionals come together to learn about the latest updates to the website and to job seeking this year.

Wield PPC for Search Engine Success

When it comes to search engine optimization, one can easily feel lost at sea. Results are anything but immediate, and Google’s search-filtering algorithms continue to adapt. The reality is that it may take months before you realize whether your targeted keywords, titles or descriptions for your website pages are driving real results.


Rockwell Automation Moving Memphis Operations to Indiana

WHITESTOWN, Ind. (AP) – A company that specializes in industrial automation and information plans to establish operations in central Indiana to consolidate the work of existing distribution centers in Illinois and Tennessee.


New Leader Takes Control of Tennessee Highway Patrol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The new leader of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has assumed his new role with the agency, succeeding Col. Tracy Trott, who retired after 40 years in the post.


Gilded Age Sporting Goods Co. Rawlings is Sold

NEW YORK (AP) – The 131-year-old Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. is being sold to a private equity fund for about $395 million.

Tyson Foods Buying Maker of Smart Chicken Poultry Brand

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) – Tyson Foods is buying the Nebraska company that makes the Smart Chicken brand of air-cooled chicken.

US Job Openings Tick Up to New Record High

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses posted the most job openings on record in April for the second straight month, underscoring the economy's strong demand for workers.

Conservative Icon David Koch Leaving Business, Politics

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities.

Starbucks CEO Schultz Stepping Down, Mulling 'Philanthropy to Public Service'

NEW YORK (AP)Starbucks Corp.'s Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman of the coffee company he helped transform into a global brand, and says public service may be in his future.


Trump Appealing Ruling That Bars Blocking of Twitter Critics

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter.

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