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VOL. 132 | NO. 134 | Friday, July 7, 2017

Health Insurance Carriers Seek Higher Rates in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

Shelby Farms Boutique Hotel; Midtown Gated Community on Latest LUCB Agenda

Two proposed developments in two of the city’s high-profile areas – a 130-room boutique hotel near Shelby Farms and a new gated community in Midtown – will headline the Land Use Control Board’s Aug. 10 agenda.

Patterson Out as Downtown Memphis Commission Head

Terence Patterson is leaving as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission effective immediately.

Memphis Announces Grants for Remaining 1968 Sanitation Workers

A group of 14 city sanitation workers from 1968 – four still working for the city and 10 who are retired – will be getting $50,000 grants from the city, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Thursday, July 6.

Fairgrounds Movement Triggers Liberty Bowl Questions

For a prime piece of real estate that is supposed to be in a holding pattern, there is a lot of recent activity on and about the Mid-South Fairgrounds. And even when Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium isn’t the immediate topic, it is an undeniable presence.

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POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Victory Blues,” a winner of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 7, through July 30 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

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Last Word: Vince Carter Leaves, Fairgrounds and Pulling the Plug on Green Tech

Vince Carter joins Zach Randolph with the Sacramento Kings next NBA season with an $8 million one-year pact for Carter. Still no word on Tony Allen’s free agency status as we put this up. The Grizz plan to retire Randolph’s jersey.

Vince Carter Signs One-Year Contract with Sacramento

After three years with the Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter has signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Jernigan Capital Hits Investment Milestones

Jernigan Capital – a publicly traded, Memphis-based provider of capital to self-storage entrepreneurs – is on a tear at the moment.

Bruster’s Highlights Highland Strip Growth

When a small record shop called Pop-I’s opened in late 1960s, it helped spark the transformation of a mundane neighborhood shopping center near the University of Memphis into a popular entertainment destination for students.

McCalla Keeps Police Surveillance Lawsuit

A Memphis federal judge has dropped four citizens as plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the city violated a 1978 federal consent decree barring police from conducting surveillance of protesters, saying the citizens don’t have standing.


Memphis Coaches Employ Advanced Metrics to Help Tomorrow’s Cardinals

Almost an hour after a Sunday afternoon game at AutoZone Park, Memphis Redbirds hitting coach Mark Budaska and pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd are sitting at a small table doing their homework. There are pieces of paper on the table and some visible charts.

The Press Box: Grizzlies Inevitable Victims of Identity Theft

It was late last November and Zach Randolph was going to be away from the team for several days because of his mother’s passing. So before the Grizzlies played the Miami Heat at FedExForum, the head coach was asked how he would cover Randolph’s minutes.

Titans Will Have Best Roster in More Than a Decade

The folks at Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Tennessee Titans’ roster No. 3. Not third in the AFC South. Third in the entire NFL. This means one of two things: Either Pro Football Focus has gotten hold of some bad videotape or the Titans finally have some really good players.


A Flavorful Fourth

Memphis artist Martha Kelly recalls the fresh flavors of a Fourth of July cookout in her latest monthly illustration for The Memphis News.


Not Ours, Not Theirs

Not the apple of the apple's eye. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about 8 feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was done.

Boomerang – When Adult Children Come Home

Ray’s Take: A changing economy, a sluggish job market and student loan debt have created a perfect storm for delaying the empty nest parents have expected, and had, in the past. According to a recent Census Bureau report, 30 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 live with their parents. That’s a big number, and the trend is driven in part by unemployment or underemployment of millennials.

Progress Demands Cooperation

The Penrose Staircase is an illusory structure resembling a staircase that seems to ascend forever around the perimeter of a square. An artificial construct of the human mind, it provides insights into the nature of the cognitive economy.


Democrat Karl Dean Raises $1.2M for Tennessee Gov's Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean raised $1.2 million through the first half of the year for his bid for Tennessee governor, the Democrat's campaign announced Thursday.

Ransomware Hits Murfreesboro’s Emergency Services

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Two branches of a Tennessee city's emergency services have been hit by ransomware as part of a worldwide malware attack that began in May.


Ole Miss to Recognize Slave Labor on Pre-Civil War Buildings

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The University of Mississippi will post signs acknowledging that slaves built some structures on the main campus founded before the Civil War.

Mississippi Demands $6.4M Back From Electric Car Maker, CEO

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's state auditor on Wednesday demanded that a troubled electric car maker or its leader repay $4.9 million in state and local aid the company received, plus $1.5 million of interest.

Legal Fight Continues Over Mississippi Gay-Marriage Law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Wrangling continues over a Mississippi law that lets merchants and government officials cite their religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

Studio Gives $25K Toward Replacing Arkansas Ten Commandments Display

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A Christian-themed movie studio has donated $25,000 toward replacing a Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas Capitol that was destroyed last month.


Hobby Lobby Fined $3M for Smuggling Iraq Religious Artifacts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled for import, federal prosecutors said.

QVC Parent Buying HSN as Shopping Shifts Online

NEW YORK (AP) – QVC's parent company is taking control of the Home Shopping Network for about $2.6 billion in stock to create what they say will be the third-largest e-commerce company in the United States.

Microsoft Laying Off Thousands of Workers in Sales Shakeup

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft is laying off thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any internet-connected device.

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