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VOL. 133 | NO. 137 | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Amazon Files $10M Permit For New Facility

With its 615,000-square-foot facility at 3282 E. Holmes Road under construction, e-commerce giant Amazon has filed a $10 million building permit application that lists “tenant improvement” for a new location at 5155 Citation Drive.

The Container Store Planning Germantown Location

The Container Store, a national retail brand that specializes in storage and organizational products, is planning a Germanton location near Trader Joe’s.

Lenoir-Harris Debate at NCRM Shows Political Divide

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the county mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all.

More Detailed Fairgrounds Plan Includes Smaller Garage, Lower Priced Sports Site

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland plans to take a more specific $95 million to $100 million plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment to the City Council and Shelby County Commission in two weeks and the state building commission in Nashville in the fall.

Downtown Board Approves Tax Breaks for South Main, Beale Projects

A pair of potentially place-changing projects were approved for PILOTs by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, July 10.

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Novel hosts a special storytime featuring “The Cows Go Moo!” author Jim Pepitas Thursday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Kids and families will enjoy a morning of singing, dancing, stories and fun, followed by a book signing. Visit novelmemphis.com.

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Cycling Back

The Bikesmith shifts business focus back to mobile operations with new owner

They say everything comes full circle. Especially when it comes to bicycles. So it seems fitting that even though the Bikesmith is changing ownership, its business model is shifting back to its beginnings – its mobile operations. The Bikesmith started as part of the MEMMobile program in 2014, which was a small-business incubator designed to launch a fleet of mobile retail trucks.

Last Word: Another Twist in Court, Harris-Lenoir at NCRM and Fairgrounds Specifics

One more twist in the early voting schedule that kicks off Friday. It came in the second day of hearings Tuesday in Chancery Court as Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins was preparing to sign the court order from Monday night’s hearing. The election commission said it couldn’t meet the order’s deadline of opening all 27 sites on Monday. Jenkins made it a Tuesday opening but this nearly went off the rails.

Early Voting Schedule Changes Again as Court Order Signed

UPDATE: The court order governing early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 election day changed again Tuesday, July 10, as Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins amended his Monday order to permit all 27 early voting sites to open Tuesday -- keeping the previous plan to open five of those sites Friday when the 14-day early voting period begins this Friday.

Bank of Bartlett Eyes An Expanded Footprint to Meet Consumer Demand

Bank of Bartlett will soon consolidate its two Germantown branches into one enhanced location at Poplar and Kirby, and is eyeing Midtown and Arlington as areas for additional brick-and-mortar branches.

Former Redbird Jacob Wilson Makes Appearance in Triple-A All-Star Game

Jacob Wilson could be forgiven for doing something a bit out of the ordinary this past weekend. Like stepping to the plate encased in bubble wrap, or every piece of body armor in his dugout, or maybe a suit of medieval armor.

Pitcher Earns All-Star Start With Great First Half

Former Miss. State Bulldog Dakota Hudson leads PCL with 12 wins

As a high school senior in Dunlap, Tennessee, Dakota Hudson showed enough promise as a pitcher for the Texas Rangers to select him in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. And although the Rangers didn’t take him until the 36th round, Hudson says he was tempted to go.


Glassdoor Announces 2018 Top CEOs

It’s often said that employees don’t quit jobs. They quit bosses. Can you relate? If you’ve ever left a job, there’s a good chance you might agree with this idea.

Offline Marketing is Not Off-Target

In marketing today, it seems it’s all about digital. You’ve no doubt seen buzzwords like SEO, re-targeting, link building and content strategy in nearly every marketing blog you’ve read this year. And that’s not surprising – these are among the top tactics in the modern marketer’s toolkit.

Fixing Sports: A Remedy for Chronic Ills

Here’s a bad idea: Play a game for more than two hours and then, if it’s tied, decide who wins by playing a different game. That’s what happened in the World Cup on Sunday when Croatia and Russia’s tied match was settled by a penalty kick shootout. Croatia won its previous game the same way a week ago against Denmark, as did Russia against Spain.


Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Plans Groundbreaking

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is slated to break ground on a new laboratory and regional headquarters.

Blackburn Backs Supreme Court Pick; Bredesen Awaits Hearings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is backing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen is holding judgment until after confirmation hearings.

Tennessee Gets $4.3M Federal Grant For Student Health

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is receiving a federal grant of more than $4.3 million to help prevent student obesity, manage childhood chronic disease and prevent those sicknesses in adulthood.


Bill Clinton, George W. Bush to Join 59 Scholars in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will join dozens of scholars who've been focusing on topics ranging from immigration to veterans issues.

Lawsuit: Mississippi Legislative District Dilutes Black Vote

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state Senate district in Mississippi dilutes black voting power and should be redrawn, three African-American plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

Struggling Southern Literary Magazine Pays Off Debt

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A nonprofit literary magazine has paid off $700,000 worth of debt it owed the University of Central Arkansas after more than a decade.

Mississippi Tire Plant Fires 29 For Fake Work Certificates

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi tire factory says it has fired 29 employees for using fake worker certifications to get jobs.


Court Nominee Kavanaugh Begins Making His Case to Senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the midterm elections in the meantime.

Dozens of Immigrant Children Will be Reunited With Parents

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens of immigrant children under the age of 5 will be released from government custody and reunited with their parents Tuesday after being separated at the border under President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

Trump's Attacks on NATO Raise Questions About its Future

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump's commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has been a pillar of U.S. security policy for more than half a century.

Ranchers Whose Case Inspired 2016 Occupation Receive Pardons

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.


How Apple's App Store Changed Our World

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own.


Judge: Experts Can Testify That Roundup Linked to Cancer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evidence that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer seems "weak," but experts can still make that claim at trial, a U.S. judge ruled Tuesday.

US Stock Indexes Are Mixed; Pepsi Rallies on Solid Results

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed Tuesday afternoon as household goods companies rise but banks continue to struggle, as they have for most of this year. PepsiCo is gaining ground after reporting solid second-quarter results. Stocks started the day higher but have given up much of that gain.

North Dakota Sues Dakota Access Over Farmland Ownership

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general is suing the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over agricultural land the company owns in violation of a state law banning large corporations from owning farmland.

American Workers' Willingness to Quit Hits 17-Year High

WASHINGTON (AP) — The proportion of American workers that quit their jobs in May reached the highest level in 17 years, a sign that more people are confident they can find a new job, likely at higher pay.

Downtown Board Approves Tax Breaks for South Main, Beale Projects

A pair of potentially place-changing projects were approved for PILOTs by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, July 10.

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