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VOL. 130 | NO. 155 | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Memphis Public Transportation Grants Top $5 Million

The city of Memphis’ efforts at improving public transportation options for its citizens received two chunks of funding recently that collectively total more than $5 million.

Memphis Medical Research Org Acquired By Global Entity

A Memphis-based medical organization that specializes in procuring human tissue specimens for research purposes has been acquired by a global entity pursuing similar work.

First Mayoral TV Debate Features Aggressive Contenders

The first televised debate of the 2015 race of Memphis Mayor Monday, Aug. 10, saw incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and city council member Jim Strickland clash repeatedly while fellow council member and mayoral challenger Harold Collins said Strickland and Wharton were “acting like Tom and Jerry.”

County Commission Takes Back Election of Basar As New Chairman

For about an hour Monday, Aug. 10, Steve Basar was the incoming-chairman of the Shelby County Commission, scheduled to take the position in September.

'YOUnified' Celebrates Memphis Teens' Leadership, Unity

More than 1,600 Memphis students "YOUnified" at Tiger Lane over the weekend for a Bridge Builders celebration of leadership and unity.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Southwest at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 77%


Memphis Botanic Garden will host a Food Truck Garden Party Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will feature live music, cash bar, food trucks and Memphis Parent Play Zone for kids. Tickets include one drink and are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Indie Memphis Doubles Length, Adds Downtown Presence

The Indie Memphis Film Festival will extend its presence back Downtown this year – for the first time since 2006 – with a series of events scheduled on top of its Midtown offerings.

Iberiabank Building New Memphis Branch

Iberiabank is expanding its Memphis footprint with another full-service branch in the works along Poplar Avenue east of Overton Park.

TNReady Promises Big Testing Changes

With a new year underway, Shelby County Schools leaders are focused on a change beyond the challenge of wayward buses, late registration and uncooperative air conditioners.

Joe Cooper Case Raises Questions About County Election Commission Discretion

The definitive ballot for the Oct. 8 Memphis election was a bit late because of a challenge by city council contender Joe Cooper.

College Football Notebook: Nick Saban Needs a Quarterback

Another season at Alabama and another battle for quarterback.


$9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel

310 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 -
GCG Hospitality Inc. has pulled a $9.5 million building permit for the one-acre site at 310 Union Ave. it purchased in January.


When Should You Resolicit?

When is the right time to solicit a gift from a current donor? Do you send a letter once a year and hope for a gift? That’s one strategy.

Baseball’s Missed Chances

It is said that success in sports sometimes comes down to a matter of inches.


Woman Who Was Elvis' Private Nurse to Release Book

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A West Tennessee woman who was Elvis Presley's private nurse is releasing a book about her life around the music legend and his family.


Despite Data, Tennessee Not Declaring Prison Emergency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite recent data that shows the Tennessee prison system is at a capacity level that could allow for an overcrowding emergency to be declared, Gov. Bill Haslam and state's Department of Correction say no overcrowding emergency exists.

All 95 Tennessee Counties Now in Victim Notification System

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — All 95 Tennessee counties are now part of the statewide victim notification service, with Van Buren County's recent addition.

Delayed Sen. Lamar Alexander Exhibit Could Be Canceled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum's plans for a statewide traveling exhibit on U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's service as governor, initially scheduled to coincide with his Senate re-election campaign last year and then rescheduled, may now be canceled entirely.


Secret Air Controller Study Shows Chronic Fatigue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government has kept secret for nearly four years.


After Netflix, Adobe Extends Parental Leave Policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe is the latest tech company to extend its paid parental leave policy after Netflix said it would offer corporate employees up to a year of paid leave to care for new babies.

Buffett's Biggest Bet: Berkshire Hathaway Buying Precision Castparts for About $32B

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett is making the biggest bet of his long investment career, a $32.36 billion buyout of Precision Castparts in a deal that will continue to reshape his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

US Postal Service Reports $586M Net Loss for Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Monday reported a net loss of $586 million this spring, a big improvement for the cash-strapped agency compared to a nearly $2 billion loss during the same period last year.

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