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VOL. 132 | NO. 149 | Friday, July 28, 2017

Memphis Economic Overview Spotlights Q2 Trends

It’s been a refrain especially in residential real estate for several quarters now: Consumers are feeling more secure in their jobs, upbeat about the local and national economics and thus confident about spending. And Memphis-area home sales and mortgage data have reflected that confidence.

SCO Opens Clinic In Crosstown Concourse

Southern College of Optometry is opening a new eye clinic that offers paperless telemedicine services and other state-of-the-art technology inside Crosstown Concourse, in space the clinic will share with Church Health Eye Care.

Herenton's New Path

Former mayor proposes new facility for juvenile offenders

Dan Michael is not the first Juvenile Court judge former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has talked to about educating juvenile offenders in custody.

Boyd Says Luttrell Endorsement is ‘Partnership’

Republican contender for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd says his endorsement this week by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is more like a partnership.

Last Word: More Intermodals, 20 Years After the Oilers In Memphis and New Path

The "skinny" repeal of Obamacare comes up short in the U.S. Senate in an after midnight Friday vote in D.C. And it appears U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee voted for the repeal measure that came up short. Here are the basics early Friday morning from The New York Times.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 82%


Tennessee’s sales tax holiday will take place Friday, July 28, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. Visit tntaxholiday.com for details and lists of tax-exempt and taxable items.

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Board Rejects Plan To Add Shipping Containers At Shell

A plan to add metal shipping containers at the Levitt Shell has been rejected by the Shelby County Board of Adjustment.

Developer Pursues New Cooper-Young Apartment Complex

A Los Angeles-based developer has submitted plans to construct a 25-unit apartment complex in the heart of Cooper-Young.


Q & A: On Ole Miss, Memphis Football, NBA …

The floor is open for questions – on Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss, the amazing Memphis Redbirds and streaky St. Louis Cardinals, the start of University of Memphis football practice, and a few NBA matters …


Memphian Donald Gray’s Journey To Being MSU’s No. 1 Receiver

When Donald Gray was just a boy, not yet 10 years old, he played in a church basketball league. His father, Donald Gray Sr., remembers that his son had a good time playing with the other kids. It was fun, something to do.

Remember Memphis? Titans Would Rather Not

Time flies, doesn’t it? A lot can happen in 20 years. Think about it: In 1997, Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term as president. Princess Di was killed in a car crash. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 8,000 for the first time. And the Tennessee Oilers played their home games in Memphis.

A ‘Life-Changing’ Trip To Vietnam for Midstate Vols

Nashville’s Kyle Phillips never knew how good he had it as a University of Tennessee football player. Not until he went to Vietnam with The VOLeaders Academy for a 13-day study with numerous other student-athletes from UT. They left June 29 and returned two weeks later.


Kim Cherry Invests in Culture and Community

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question commonly asked of children, with a slate of common answers: doctor, teacher, astronaut.


Love in the Bones

DNA IN THE TIMBERS, SOUL IN THE PLACE. We drive by them at the edge of fields, just there in the woods, or just here abandoned at the edge of progress, beneath the tumble of vines and what remains of a roof or a wall, the dark eyes of broken windows and missing doors, the lost welcome of sagging porches, of warmth gone cold from crumbling chimneys, reminders of a life and lives, of another time – and every time I wonder who they were, what happened there.

Finding Your Best Bank – It’s Worth It

Ray’s Take: There’s a perception that all banks are the same and offer the same services and have the same fees. That may have been true at one time, but in today’s world, it pays to investigate a broad range of financial institutions to find the one that has the best products and services geared toward your individual needs.

Sunny Days

Agricenter International planted more than 78,000 sunflower seeds this year and visitors can view them from the parking lot near Walnut Bend Road or off Smythe Farm Road. The sunflowers are expected to remain in bloom for another week.


Planned Parenthood, ACLU To Join Tennessee Abortion Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union want to join a lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that requires counseling and a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.

Financial Personality Ramsey Eyes New Tennessee Headquarters

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Financial personality Dave Ramsey has broken ground on a new corporate headquarters in Tennessee.


Arkansas Technical Institute, Community College To Merge

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) – A technical institute in Arkansas plans to merge with a neighboring community college.


Goldman Sachs, Others Push to Offer More Loans to Investors

NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs is looking to lend wealthy investors up to $25 million, using their stocks and bonds as collateral.

VW and Regulators Agree on Fix for Cars in Cheating Scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators announced agreement Thursday on a plan for the German automaker to fix most of the diesel cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal.


Trump Choice for Fed Board Says He Likes Rule Change Ideas

WASHINGTON (AP)Randal Quarles, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, says he likes a predecessor's ideas for where regulators should prune banking rules.

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