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VOL. 132 | NO. 151 | Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kustoff Says Russian Influence Not An Issue With Constituents

Republican U.S. Rep. David Kustoff of Germantown says there is a “media bias” against President Donald Trump and that he doesn’t hear a lot from constituents about possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election or beyond the election.

First Alliance Bank Moving to Clark Tower

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into a new facility inside the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.

County Commission Calls For Halt to Gateway Charter Plans in Bartlett

Shelby County Commissioners called on a charter school that planned to open in Memphis but instead is setting up shop in Bartlett to stick by its original plan or put off the opening of the Gateway University Charter School next week.

Terminix Priority of ServiceMaster New CEO Nik Varty

The new CEO of ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. said his first priority at the helm of the Memphis-based domestic and commercial services provider is to fix the company’s Terminix division.

Once Upon A Child Franchisee Expands Footprint

East Memphis residents now have a new option for getting rid of unneeded kids’ clothing, toys and other equipment as retailer Once Upon A Child recently opened its doors at 6100 Primacy Parkway near St. Francis Hospital-Memphis.

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Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Dell Self of Speak Through Me Communications will present “Clearing the Clutter From Your Message.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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EdR Sees Net Income Drop in Q2

Memphis-based collegiate housing management and development specialists EdR posted second-quarter net income of $6.1 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, the company announced Monday, July 31.

Last Word: Gentrification, ServiceMaster's New CEO Speaks and Gateway Resolution

Gentrification in Binghampton? The g-word is a term that can start a real debate in Memphis these days. But those leading the hard fought redevelopment in Binghampton say a tax increment financing district there would mean an immediate capital infusion of $332,000 that would help to ward off the possibility of gentrification.

Nashville Friends Launch Medical Device Startup in Memphis

Sinead Miller is the kind of entrepreneur that stakeholders in Memphis’ business ecosystem are hungry to see more of.

Lakeland Middle Opens As Leaders Eye Next One

Lakeland’s new middle school already has some trophies in its trophy case from summer cheerleading competitions.

Landmarks Commission Clears Path For Cooper-Young, VECA Historic Designations

The path to preservation status for two Midtown neighborhoods has been cleared by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

Binghampton, Uptown Redevelopment Efforts Move Forward While Waiting for the CRA

If Binghampton can get a proposal for tax increment financing (TIF) approved by the end of the year, it would mean an immediate $332,000 in capital and an estimated $26 million over the 30-year life of the TIF zone to sustain and further grow commercial and residential development in the area.


Former U of M Assistant Barry Odom To Try To ‘Fix’ Problems He Inherited at Missouri

Barry Odom’s first season as coach at Missouri did not go like he envisioned. A former defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis (2012-2014), Odom’s first Missouri team led the SEC in total offense last season (500.5 yards per game) while finishing last in total defense (479.7 ypg).


Sense of Purpose Drives Entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: This column is the third in a three-part series. If you are struggling to decide if being an entrepreneur versus a person who prefers a corporation or organization, ask yourself this question: Why do you work?

Money is Not Enough

Nonprofits play a critical role across the Mid-South. They represent, serve and advocate for a great diversity of individuals, families and causes. They improve the quality of life, generate innovations, and give voice to the challenges unseen and needs still unmet. They are joined in this work by foundations and corporations who provide money, resources, connections and technical assistance.


Son of Nashville Mayor Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose

The only son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry – whom her office described as "a kind soul full of life" – has died of an apparent drug overdose, and she asked for privacy as she and her husband face life "without his laughter and love."

Tennessee Experts Spar Over Prison Terms for Juveniles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – There is wide disagreement in Tennessee on whether the state is violating recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for offenders under 18. That's because judges and juries have a choice in sentencing, but that choice is between life in prison or life with the possibility of parole after serving 51 years – which one leading advocate calls cruel.


As Mississippi Vote Nears, Labor Board Says Nissan Broke Law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – With a union election scheduled this week, the National Labor Relations Board is again charging that Nissan Motor Co. violated workers' rights at its Mississippi plant.

Arkansas Sees Decrease in Graduates Going to State Colleges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas education officials say the number of high school graduates enrolling in state colleges in 2016 decreased slightly compared to the year before.


Discovery, Scripps Seek to Tie Up in $12 Billion TV Deal

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) – Discovery Communications will buy Scripps Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network.

Uber Plans to Issue Its Own Credit Card With Barclays

NEW YORK (AP) – Riding-sharing company Uber plans to launch its own credit card, partnering with the British bank Barclays.

Cable Company Charter Says No Interest in Buying Sprint

NEW YORK (AP) – Charter, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S., says it's not interested in buying wireless carrier Sprint.

HBO Programming Stolen In Cyberattack

NEW YORK (AP) – HBO has had some of its programming stolen in what is being described as a cyber incident.


Scaramucci Out of White House Job as John Kelly Takes Charge

WASHINGTON (AP) – Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job – and just hours after President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office.


Memphis Belle Taking Shape in Restoration With Tail Gunner

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – The tail gun turret of a fabled World War II bomber undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio has been re-attached.

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