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VOL. 131 | NO. 142 | Monday, July 18, 2016

The Week Ahead: July 18-24

It’s supposed to get hotter in Memphis this week, which is pretty normal for mid-July, and the coming week brings what could be a hot debate at the Memphis City Council meeting Tuesday on a plan to solve parking on the Overton Park Greensward. That and some other events planned this week include...

Black Lives Matter Movement Defines Itself Beyond Single Leader

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figurehead” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

Frayser Landfill Owner Pulls Expansion Application, But Plans to Return

Amid public opposition, Memphis Wrecking Co. has withdrawn its application to expand its landfill near Whitney Elementary School in Frayser. This is the second consecutive time the company withdrawn its application with the Land Use Control Board before the board could consider the request.

Zoo Steps Up Campaign For Old Forest Trams

The Memphis Zoo is pushing for “eco-friendly new trams” to run through Overton Park’s Old Forest in an email appeal to zoo members sent Thursday, July 14.

Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting

It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.

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Memphis Botanic Garden will host a Garden Lit meeting to discuss David George Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen” on Monday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Meet fellow readers and discuss nature-based books at this series led by a certified Tennessee naturalist. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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First Horizon Sees 12 Percent Gain in Net Income

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company in the just-ended second quarter pulled a repeat of its performance in the first three months of 2016, with profit, earnings per share, loans and deposits all up over where they stood at this time last year.

Strickland Reviews 6 Finalists for Police Director Position

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is one of six finalists Mayor Jim Strickland is considering for appointment to the job on a permanent basis.

Crosstown Neighborhood Sees Major Improvement

The Madison Heights subdivision surrounding the new Crosstown Concourse development in Midtown has seen home values increase 61 percent since 2013.

Freeze: If Ole Miss Did Wrong the Football Program Should be Accountable

HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss was getting top-tier recruits. Opponents and their fans were raising eyebrows or flat out making accusations against coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels for cheating.


Black Lives Matter Protest Draws Thousands In Memphis Protest Milestone

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

Humane Society Seeks New Leader After Terminating Director’s Contract

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has terminated executive director Andrew Jacuzzi’s contract and retained Amy Howell as consulting interim director.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Arrested Outside Graceland

Six Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested Tuesday, July 12, as they blocked Elvis Presley Boulevard at the gates of Graceland.

Gordon: ‘You’re Not Alone on Your Journey’

If you know anything about Kat Gordon at all, it’s likely the Technicolor version that’s clearest in press photos: There she is, gingham apron tied on, smile dazzling, holding a tempting plate of cupcakes or pie from her wildly popular bakery, Muddy’s Bake Shop, which now comprises two retail locations and a commercial kitchen and custom studio.

Holiday Deli & Ham Expands Leadership, Plots Growth

Memphis-based Holiday Deli & Ham Co. has brought on new investors and added new members to its board of directors, as the fast-casual restaurant known for its deli sandwiches positions itself for a rebrand and new growth.


Pat Summitt Remembered for Achievements On, Off Court

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt was remembered as a loving mother, a loyal friend and a tireless fighter as well as a champion coach Thursday in a public ceremony honoring the person who built the Tennessee women's basketball dynasty.

Gap Inc. Adding 100 Jobs in Sumner County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say clothing retailer Gap Inc. plans to add 100 jobs at its Sumner County distribution center as part of a $3.1 million investment into the facility over the next five years.


Secret Chapter of 9/11 Inquiry Released After 13-Year Wait

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified pages from a congressional report into 9/11 released Friday have reignited speculation that some of the hijackers had links to Saudis, including government officials — allegations that were never substantiated by later U.S. investigations into the terrorist attacks.

White House: Budget Deficit to Rise to $600 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday predicted that the government's budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's tally and a reversal of a steady trend of large but improving deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair Says Brexit Vote 'Humbling'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that he was humbled and discomforted by last month's Brexit vote, saying Britain's decision to leave the European Union left him questioning his understanding of politics despite his decades of experience.

US Consumer Prices, Retail Sales Rose in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in June as the costs of gasoline and rent kept climbing, while sales at American retailers registered a healthy gain.


Turkish Military in Attempted Coup, Prime Minister Says

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul.

Father, Son From Texas Among France Truck Attack Victims

HOUSTON (AP) — A man and his 11-year-old son from the Austin area were among the dozens of people killed during the truck attack in Nice, France, relatives said Friday.

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