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VOL. 129 | NO. 131 | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Economic Development Growth Engine Looks to Make PILOTs More Effective

For years, the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive used to recruit or retain jobs in Memphis and Shelby County has been a lightning rod for criticism, particularly from municipal labor unions who view the incentives as corporate welfare that erodes the tax base.

Odyssey Building

Memphis volunteer program gets grant to expand its work

It’s fitting that the word “odyssey” is included in the name of Sarah Petschonek’s program she launched in March 2013 as a volunteering platform for job seekers.

Sharky's Closes Following Chapter 11

Sharky’s Gulf Grill, an upscale seafood establishment in East Memphis, has closed its doors.

Armstrong Cancels Regular Days Off as Blue Flu Spreads

As the work week after the Fourth of July holiday began, the number of Memphis Police officers taking sick leave grew from 308 Sunday evening to 522 by the end of the work day Monday, July 7 in a widening job action by cops unhappy with the city’s cut in health insurance benefits.

Grizz Renew Commitment to St. Jude

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that they have committed to raising $2.5 million over 10 years to continue helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 67%


Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Diane Knight, medical center director for the Memphis VA hospital, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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In Rare Move, Police Confirm ‘Blue Flu’

In the storied history of labor relations between City Hall and the rank and file of the Memphis Police Department, there is a standing rule about work slowdowns, sometimes referred to as “blue flu.”

Commission To Hold Brooks Hearing, Sets Standardized Property Tax Rate

Shelby County Commissioners agreed Monday, to make their own determination about the residency of commissioner Henri Brooks probably toward the end of July in a proceeding that one commissioner described as a “question and answer session.”

Joe Brown Renews Weirich Allegations

After a week in which his campaign for Shelby County district attorney general took heavy criticism from numerous political fronts, including his own party, Joe Brown said he has no regrets about alleging Republican incumbent District Attorney General Amy Weirich is gay.

Juvenile Court Judge Race Remains Hard-Fought

The candidates are counting down the days to the July 18 start of early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day.

UTHSC College of Allied Health Sciences Gets New Name

Come fall, nearly 600 students will be enrolled in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions – and that will be a first because on July 1, that became the new name for what formerly was known as the College of Allied Health Sciences.


Addison at Collierville Owner Files $17 Million Loan

400 Orchard Circle, Collierville, TN 38017, Loan Amount: $16.8 million -
The owner of the 226-unit Addison at Collierville apartments at 400 Orchard Circle W. has filed a $16.8 million loan on the property.


Grow Your Talent Pool With Older Workers

Part one of a two-part series. Are you overlooking a valuable pool of prospective employees and volunteers? Are you unknowingly operating from outdated stereotypes of “senior citizens” and leaving talent sitting on the sidelines?

Atkinson Joins Dermaflage Team

Michael Graber asked that I write this week’s column to both announce my move to join the leadership team at our Ventures company, Silicone Arts Labs, and to reflect on the last seven years at Southern Growth Studio. We announce my departure from the Studio with a great sense of pride and accomplishment, as it is one of the ways we are meeting our mission and making a positive impact in Memphis.


Grizzlies Sign First-Round Draft Pick Jordan Adams

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Jordan Adams to a multi-year contract.


Wisconsin Company Plans Paper Plant in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.


Some US-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn On Phones

WASHINGTON (AP) – Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights – a measure intended to enhance aviation security at a time when intelligence officials are concerned about hidden explosives, a counterterrorism official said.

How GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Went Wrong

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars.

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