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VOL. 132 | NO. 113 | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

First Tennessee Bank Complaint vs. Pinnacle Financial to Go to Trial

A legal fight brought in the wake of Pinnacle Financial Partners’ arrival into the Memphis market appears set for a jury trial.

SCS Board Members Huddle With Attorneys On Grade Tampering Allegations

Shelby County Schools board members meet in special session Thursday to talk about allegations of grade tampering renewed June 1 when Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin resigned from the school system.

City Council Completes Budget Season, Says Larger Issues of Priorities Remain

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, June 6, a $680 million city operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, an $81.3 million capital budget and a $3.27 city property tax rate.

Fred’s Reports Q1 Loss, Says Changes are Working

During many of its recent quarterly earnings presentations, Memphis-based discount retailer and drugstore company Fred’s Inc. essentially had to ask analysts and investors to be patient – to stick with the company through a turnaround in which the only good news to report seemed to be the kind that was coming but not here yet.

MLGW ‘Hardening’ Utilities, But Rules Out Underground

As several hundred Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division customers entered their 10th day without power Tuesday morning, MLGW officials already are working on “hardening” the utility system and using newer technology to reset and check for outages.

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Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a workshop titled “Introduction to Importing” Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Topics cover various aspects of selling imported goods, including market research tools, costs unique to importing, and the role of a customs broker. Registration required. Visit tsbdc.org/training for details.

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Last Word: Grade Tampering, The Tom Lee Storm and Fred's Strategy

There are indications that allegations of grade-tampering at Shelby County Schools are not going to recede as rapidly as they did late last year when the allegations first came up. The first indication was word late last week that the state department of education will audit the grade transcripts of all SCS high schools. But there are still some fuzzy points in that about whether that is a new move or whether it is something that has been underway since last year.

Appealing to the Senses

The owner of Senses nightclub, 2866 Poplar Ave., has upgraded the inside with new decor, lighting, sound systems and finishes. Owner Francisco Dasilva, doing business as C & R Events Enterprises LLC, purchased the club for $1.2 million and reopened it this spring only to learn its operation must get approval for a special use permit. A hearing on that permit application is expected in 60 to 90 days, but a judge has ruled Senses can remain open until then under certain conditions.

2 Businesses Seek Inner City Loans From EDGE to Grow

Two local businesses that are looking to grow their footprint in traditionally underserved areas of Memphis are seeking forgivable loans for building improvements from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

Workers Joining 8-Week County Summer Jobs Blight Effort Learn Rules of the Road

There was a point on Monday, June 5, when county public works officials trying to prepare a group of 100 young adults for an eight-week summer jobs program thought they might have done their job too well.


Tubby Smith, Barrett Jones, Former MLB All-Stars Joined FESJC Pro-Am June 5

The 60th FedEx St. Jude Classic teed off on Monday, June 5, with the Danny Thomas Pro-Am at TPC Southwind.


Seay Leading Raleigh UPP In Parental Coaching Efforts

The ACE Awareness Foundation’s fourth Universal Parenting Place recently opened at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh, with Tara Seay serving as site director/parenting coach. Seay is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider.


Get Inside The Head of The Job Seeker

Typically, this column is targeted toward the job seeker. Today, I’m going to take a slightly different approach. I’ve received the same question from multiple different employers in the past week: “How can I hire better candidates?” 

Stop Playing & Get Serious About LinkedIn

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series. Would it shock you to learn that one out of every three professionals on the planet and two-thirds of working-age Memphians are on LinkedIn? Perhaps even more surprising is that only one-third of LinkedIn users report fully leveraging it. That’s an enormous amount of unproductive effort and missed opportunity. 


Memphis Violinist: United Wouldn't Let Her Board With Instrument

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A classical musician from Memphis has accused a United Airlines supervisor of barring her from boarding a plane with her centuries-old violin, sparking a scuffle that caused her to miss her flight and left her worried her hands – and by extension, her livelihood – may have been harmed.


MTSU President: Fall Enrollment Grows Despite Challenges

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – The president of Middle Tennessee State University says the institution anticipates enrollment growth this fall.

Memory Foam Maker Sinomax Celebrates Opening of First US Plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Memory foam maker Sinomax Group is opening its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Tennessee.


Survey: Top CEOs Still Back Some of Trump Policy Priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) – Leading U.S. CEOs remain supportive of some of President Donald Trump's policy initiatives despite his still-hazy plan for cutting taxes and recent actions by Trump that have intensified attention on federal investigations of his campaign.

Amazon Offers Prime Discount to Those on Government Benefits

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers. The online leader is offering a discount on its pay-by-month Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.


Study Finds Pregnancy Seems Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors

CHICAGO (AP) – A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. Those who later became pregnant were no more likely to have their cancer come back than those who did not have a baby.


Report: International Tourism to US Stronger Than Expected

NEW YORK (AP) – More international visitors came to the U.S. than expected in April 2017, according to a new report released Tuesday in Washington.

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