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VOL. 130 | NO. 136 | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LRK Launches Expansion in Downtown Memphis

Looney Ricks Kiss is embarking on an expansion of its Downtown Memphis headquarters.

Clark Tower to Get $6 Million in Capital Improvements

The venerable Clark Tower is getting an infusion of cash for capital improvements.

One Beale Nabs 20-Year Tax Freeze

The developers behind One Beale have earned key pieces of the public-private partnership they say is necessary to pursue the twin tower project overlooking the Mississippi River.

Whalum Chooses Council Super District Race

New Olivet Baptist Church pastor and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. will run for Memphis City Council in the October 8 city elections.

Snakes, Spiders and Reptiles Descend on Southaven

Thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals crept and crawled into The Landers Center in Southaven over the weekend for the Repticon Memphis expo.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 94%


Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $35. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

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Gilliom Leaving Memphis Public Works

Memphis public works director Dwan Gilliom is leaving City Hall to become director of public works for the city of Shreveport, La.

Boyd Becomes Sixth Memphis City Council Member to Pass on Re-Election Bid

Memphis City Council member Bill Boyd announced Tuesday, July 14, that he will not seek reelection on the Oct. 8 Memphis ballot.

Mayoral Contenders and a Campaign Cash Update

The four most visible candidates for Memphis mayor spent nearly $130,000 from April through June laying the groundwork for the heart of summer campaigns, where they take their message to voters across the city.

Memphis Finalist for Federal Choice Neighborhoods Grant

The city of Memphis is among the finalists for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would fund the demolition and redevelopment of Foote Homes, the city’s last large public housing development.

Steve Spurrier Pokes Fun at Tennessee, Arkansas

HOOVER, ALA. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wasted no time taking his first jabs at other SEC schools. As he made his opening remarks at SEC Media Days Tuesday, July 14, at The Wynfrey Hotel, he spoke of the joy he and his team felt by rallying at season’s end to get to a bowl game, then win the Independence Bowl against Miami and finish 7-6.

Carpenter: Police Internal Affairs Records Should Be Open

When advocates of a beefed-up Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board for Memphis called for police internal affairs to open its records of misconduct investigations to the review board, it wasn’t a new idea.

Credit Unions See Fertile Ground in Memphis

In one sense, the newly opened credit union branch across the street from East High School reflects a company adjusting its Memphis footprint.


Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.


Six Best Practices to Boost Sales Efficiency

Thomas Watson, president of IBM in the 1950’s, insightfully declared, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” A company’s sales effort is the ultimate driver of organizational growth. It is the most critical function within any company and requires advanced training and intestinal fortitude for success.

How the Tennessee Business Court Affects the Business Community

When business disputes cannot be resolved by negotiation or arbitration, the parties involved often turn to litigation. However, these business disputes frequently involve complex, time-consuming and costly proceedings that would be more appropriate in a specialized forum.

Coroner: No Evidence B.B. King Was Poisoned Before Death

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday.


Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to End Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state lawmaker says he is seeking to have the legislature do away with a day honoring Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.


Plans for New Tennessee State Museum Taking Shape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will be leading the planned private fundraising campaign intended to bolster $120 million in taxpayer support for the new Tennessee State Museum.


US Retail Sales Fall in June as Consumers Stay Cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants last month, a sign that they remain cautious despite robust job growth in the past year.

US Business Stockpiles Rise in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles in May, while sales rose for a third straight month.

JPMorgan 2Q Profit Up As Bank Trims Expenses

NEW YORK (AP)JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s second-quarter profit rose 4 percent as the bank made up for lower revenue by cutting expenses.

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