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VOL. 130 | NO. 158 | Friday, August 14, 2015

Craft Brew Alliance Comes to Blues City Brewery

This year, some 100,000 barrels of Craft Brew Alliance products will be produced at the Blues City Brewery in South Memphis in the second year of a five-year agreement between CBA and Blues City’s parent company, City Brewing Co., out of Lacrosse, Wis.

Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

Canada: 2016 Memphis In May Honored Country

Canada will be the honored country at the 2016 Memphis in May International Festival. Festival officials announced the choice Thursday, Aug. 13, at the organization’s annual meeting, offering a couple of clues about what will replace the month-long festival’s annual Sunset Symphony.

Beale Authority Sets Timetable for Taking Lease To City Hall

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is looking at a narrow three-month window to get its lease agreement with City Hall signed and in effect, begin its work for the city and hire some kind of day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

Georgia-Pacific Invests $20 Million in Memphis Mill

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

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EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” Friday, Aug. 14, through Sept. 6 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

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Emergency Fix

Paramedicine program aims to prevent unnecessary 911 calls

Memphis is making non-emergency calls a top priority. The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Memphis Fire Department and area health care providers are working in conjunction with IBM consultants to streamline emergency services.

OneJet Expands, Says Memphis Route Exceeding Expectations

Six weeks into OneJet’s Indianapolis-Memphis air service, the CEO of the small- to medium-sized market air carrier says the route is performing “beyond our expectations.”

Memphis Army Vet Lands Major Publishing Deal

For Joshua Hood, everything changed after graduating from the University of Memphis in 2003.

Feathers, Peabody’s Self-Branded Spa, Flies in Next Month

On the heels of announcing in July that the Gould's Day Spa & Salon is leaving The Peabody, the Downtown hotel announced today the forthcoming arrival of a new full-service spa – Feathers Spa at The Peabody – opening next month.

Graceland Hotel Sets October 2016 Opening Date

The new $90 million, 450-room resort hotel Elvis Presley Enterprises is building in Whitehaven is scheduled to open Oct. 27, 2016.

SPORTS

Alabama Still Team to Beat, Tennessee On the Rise in 2015 Football Season

Dak Prescott, the best returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, isn’t buying the national narrative that the league is “down” because the first College Football Playoff title game featured Ohio State beating Oregon.

Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season

Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

A THANK YOU NOTE FROM A COPYWRITER TO ELVIS. Elvis was once asked what kind of music he played. “I play all kinds,” was his response.

CBU’s Dedication to Latino Students Is Creating Current, Future Success

Last week’s Latino Student Success luncheon at Christian Brothers University marked a beautiful moment in the history of our program. After listening to John King of the U.S. Department of Education speak to and motivate Memphis students and stakeholders, I reflected upon countless individual meetings at Latino Memphis, well before the Latino Student Success Program, during which parents and students expressed discouragement with regard to continuing their education because few affordable opportunities existed.

‘Job or No Job’

In the job market today, millennials are one of the groups most likely to be unemployed. Last week, ABC Family premiered a new reality TV show to shed light on this issue, “Job or No Job.”

REGIONAL

Tupelo Airport Asking SeaPort to Withdraw Service

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Tupelo Airport Authority has voted to ask SeaPort Airlines to voluntarily withdraw its service.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House, Senate Speakers at Odds Over Gas Tax Increase in 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling the state to discuss transportation funding needs facing Tennessee, top legislative Republicans are at odds over whether to consider a gas tax hike in 2016.

STATEWIDE

Kentucky, Tennessee Receiving Advanced Placement Grants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — More Kentucky and Tennessee students from low-income families will be able to take advantage of advanced placement classes and exams with new grants to help defray the tests' cost.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Health Law Sign-Ups Keep Growing; Uninsured Rate Declines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Retail Sales Rose in July, Aided by Autos and Restaurants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more cars, restaurant meals and building supplies in July, a rise in spending that points to steady economic growth anchored by an improving job market.

Monthly Average of US Jobless Claims Falls to 15-Year Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.

TECHNOLOGY

Two Jumbo Phones From Samsung Ahead of Expected New iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 48 8,352
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 85 13,080
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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