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VOL. 132 | NO. 140 | Monday, July 17, 2017

‘Fifth Wave’ of Federal Judicial Appointments Comes with Political Undercurrents

The White House called it the “fifth wave” of federal judicial nominees. Among the 11 nominees announced by President Donald Trump Thursday, July 13, were two for the Memphis federal court bench. And the wave comes with a few political undercurrents.

The Week Ahead: July 17-23

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

First Horizon Sees Growth in Second Quarter

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company saw net income climb 61 percent in the second quarter and First Tennessee itself announced the largest merger in its history, but company chairman and CEO Bryan Jordan characterized the period for analysts pretty much the way he always does during earnings presentations.

Thomas & Betts to Invest $20.7 Million in Expansion

Thomas & Betts plans to add 75 employees and invest $20.7 million in its headquarters relocation in Memphis and is seeking a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to help defray those costs.

Last Word: Rachel Heck, Beale Street's Cover and The Old Peabody

The “fifth wave” of judicial appointments by President Donald Trump, as The White House termed them, are already causing some political ripples here primarily from state Senator Mark Norris’s appointment to the federal bench.

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EVENTS

A NASA Contracting Outreach Forum will be held Tuesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building, 675 Union Ave. Representatives from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Shared Service Center will share how local and regional business owners can become NASA suppliers, subcontractors or service providers. Cost is free; registration required. Register at tsbdc.org/swtcc or call 901-333-5085 for details.

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On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis Takes Stock of Programs for Kids

When it comes to summer learning, it’s been a better year for Memphis, where a range of new programs have helped to stem learning loss that hits hard in communities with a high number of low-income students.

MEMPHIS AREA

Toxins in Water Under Memphis Power Plant Causing Alarm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water – drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city – is so revered that a city utility called it a "community treasure" in an online report on its cleanliness.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Summer in the City

The controversy over Beale Street’s Saturday night cover charge

Saturday night on Beale Street is more than a catch phrase for businesses there.

Saturday Night Scenes on Beale Street

Some observations from three consecutive Saturday nights on Beale Street at and after 10 p.m.

Editorial: Drop Beale Cover Charge, But Keep the Security

Beale Street doesn’t need a cover charge, with or without rebate coupons, to solve its problems. Two summers into the policy, and after several crowd stampedes in the entertainment district before it, Beale needs a better security plan that probably includes a mix of Memphis Police and private security. But linking that to a cover charge, and the resulting checkpoints to enforce it, is sending the wrong message at the wrong time.

July 14-20, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2015: Former President Bill Clinton is in Memphis to speak at funeral services for Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The day before, Bailey lies in state at the National Civil Rights Museum, which he helped found.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Trump Nominates Norris, Parker to Memphis Federal Court Bench

President Donald Trump has nominated state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris and Memphis attorney Tommy Parker to be the two newest judges in Memphis federal court, according to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members

A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.

Confluence Park Takes Shape On Former Mud Island ‘Trash Dump’

Before her knee surgery, Sara Yarrow ran anywhere from five to 10 miles a week, often near her Mud Island home.

Owners Invest $1.6 Million to Revive Memphis National Golf Club

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.

Edge Alley Names 1st Micro-Retail Tenants

Even though the focus in the Memphis Medical District is often on incremental development, one of the neighborhood’s more unique projects is about to take a big step forward. Edge Alley, the Medical District’s mixed-use coffeehouse/micro-retail incubator concept, has formalized its inaugural lineup of tenants and expects to set a grand opening date soon.

TENNESSEE NEWS

January Trial Set for Teacher Who Ran Away With Teen Student

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A trial has been delayed until January for a Tennessee teacher who led police on a nationwide manhunt after running away with a 15-year-old student.

Tennessee Comptroller's Office Website Briefly Hacked

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The website of the Tennessee comptroller's office was hacked into and a message was put up by a group claiming to be the Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail.

Tennessee Democrat Mackler Raises $451K in US Senate Bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler says he has raised $451,000 in his Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate.

Tennessee Hospitals Group Opposes GOP Health Bill Rewrite

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's lobby group for hospitals says the rewritten Republican health care bill in Congress doesn't have the best interests of Tennesseans or hospitals at heart.

REGIONAL NEWS

Early Release Halted for Germantown Man Convicted of Killing Mississippi Cop

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The head of Mississippi's prison system has decided not to release an inmate convicted in the 2006 killing of a University of Mississippi police officer.

US ECONOMY

Cheaper Gas, Wireless Plans Keep US Inflation in Check

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lower costs for gas, airline tickets, new and used cars and wireless mobile phone plans kept U.S. consumer prices flat in June, evidence that inflation remains muted.

AIRLINES

Airline On-Time Performance Slips in Latest US Rankings

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer flights were on time and consumer complaints about airlines rose in May, according to the latest government figures.

By the Numbers: Hawaiian, Delta and Alaska Top On-Time Ratings for Airlines

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for May. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

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