VOL. 132 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 10, 2017
A heavy but moving and shifting Memphis Police presence responded Sunday, July 9, to a set of peaceful protests and gatherings on the first anniversary of the protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge across the Mississippi River.
Hello, Memphis! This week, a supercentenarian World War II veteran visits the Bluff City, a classic film flies into the Orpheum, and a piece of the Downtown skyline hits the auction block again. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...
When it comes to logistics, the primary distribution center markets like Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles have led the way in terms of warehouse development. But as more companies look to tighten their supply chain, secondary markets – including Memphis; Louisville, Kentucky; and Cleveland, Ohio – have found themselves in a better position to absorb growth.
The Memphis Grizzlies continued changing their roster for the upcoming season by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent guard Tyreke Evans.
There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.
Over nearly four decades, different city council and mayors have grappled with a legacy of the 1968 sanitation workers strike.
Terence Patterson exited the Downtown Memphis Commission last week as the Memphis City Council is about to discuss replacing or restructuring not only the DMC, but the Riverfront Development Corp.
A pair of scientists in Memphis is using almost $2 million in grant money to make improvements to an online database and open-source software system called GeneNetwork, used by researchers to study genetic differences and evaluate disease risk.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.
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Broadband growth in rural areas critical for education, economic growth
Access to high-speed broadband is a growing issue in Tennessee as technological advances in business and education become more digitally based. For the rural areas around Memphis and across the state, it is becoming a matter of disparity both on the workforce-training front and in classrooms. And the two are inextricably linked.
Tennessee should have a broadband network that can handle the pent-up demand we all have for this kind of access, whether we are rural, urban or suburban Tennesseans.
1984: Armadillo Jack’s, a restaurant, opened in the Beale Street Landing building at Beale Street and Riverside Drive. The opening features armadillo races.
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A golf club is not unlike a garden. It needs tending. Fairways, greens, bunkers – they all need attention. But so do the members, who have many choices throughout the Memphis area and want to feel like their presence matters no matter how low – or high – of a score they shoot.
Thomas & Betts Corp. has chosen a new location for its corporate headquarters. The Memphis-based electrical component manufacturer is moving from Southwind to ServiceMaster Global Holdings' current space at 860 Ridge Lake Blvd. in Ridgeway Center. ServiceMaster is vacating the East Memphis property for its new headquarters Downtown.
For a prime piece of real estate that is supposed to be in a holding pattern, there is a lot of recent activity on and about the Mid-South Fairgrounds. And even when Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium isn’t the immediate topic, it is an undeniable presence.
Two proposed developments in two of the city’s high-profile areas – a 130-room boutique hotel near Shelby Farms and a new gated community in Midtown – will headline the Land Use Control Board’s Aug. 10 agenda.
Terence Patterson is leaving as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission effective immediately.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee congressman says there was nothing improper about paying his son $300,000 for campaign work in the years after the younger man pleaded guilty to misconduct in office.
COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutor Mike Dunavant has been elected president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers are allowing a temporary ban on an herbicide that's prompted hundreds of complaints from farmers to take effect next week.
SUMRALL, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's largest solar power installation is now making electricity.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant further gradual increases in its key interest rate.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings.
NEW YORK (AP) – Struggling department store chain Sears says it's closing even more stores as it tries to turn around its business.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can't properly carry oxygen throughout the body, which can cause severe pain and organ damage.