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VOL. 132 | NO. 160 | Monday, August 14, 2017

The Week Ahead: Aug. 14-20

Hello, Memphis! School was the big opening last week, but this week it’s the majestic Crosstown Concourse, the 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Cleveland Street at North Parkway. It is hosting a six-hour extravaganza of tours, music, food and the arts. Check out the details, plus more Elvis Week events and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead...

Funding Announcements Cap Startup Demo Day

Funding announcements have already started rolling in for some participating startups in this year’s “Summer of Acceleration” following Demo Day. The demo pitch to investors caps annual programming for the consortium of accelerators.

Memphis Police Department Adds 85 New Officers

The Memphis Police Department has 85 new officers who were acknowledged at a graduation ceremony Thursday, Aug. 10, marking the first of two classes to go through the Memphis Police Academy this year.

MIM Posts Surplus in ‘Electrifying’ 2017 Festival

At the end of her year-long tenure as chairwoman of the board of the Memphis In May International Festival, Bobbi Gillis summed up the 2017 festival as “a fast moving roller coaster ride.” Rain wasn’t a problem for the month-long set of events. But lightning and straight-line winds were. MIM president and CEO Jim Holt could joke Thursday, Aug. 10, at the organization’s annual meeting that the festival was “electrifying.”

Last Word: Charlottesville Reaction, Stax & Atlantic Together Again and MEMFix

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend will be on a lot of minds in a lot of other places including Memphis as this week begins. And the discussion here in Memphis is already underway. The gathering point Saturday just hours after a suspected white supremacist drove his car into a group of counter protesters in Charlottesville really didn’t even need a lot of billing or explanation.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: from the Southwest at 17.3 gusting to 25.3 mph
Humidity: 47%


Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Representatives from the University of Tennessee Extension’s Shelby County office will present “Shelby County Extension – Focusing on Families, Fitness, Food & Finances.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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MEMFix Sets Date for Eighth Installment

Urban infill projects in core sections of the city are not only transforming surrounding areas, but also how Memphians view the city’s neglected assets.

Arrested in LA, Z-Bo Will Remain a Hero in Memphis

Change the location. Change the month and the year, too.


Getting Started

Business advice for startup founders: Play to strengths, define audience early

Every journey of a thousand miles begins with that first single step. Every song, that first note; every long-lasting relationship can trace back to that first hello.

Editorial: Back-to-School Stability Includes Unresolved Issues

Another school year is underway in Memphis, and it’s arguably the most stable for the Shelby County Schools system in the last seven years – maybe longer. Yet, there is much about education in our community that remains unresolved.

August 11-17, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1937: A privilege license for The Oasis, a restaurant serving beer and owned by Nick Demapolis at 2128 Central Ave. on the corner of Central and Cooper.


'I Am a Man' Plaza Initial Design Unveiled

The initial design of a public plaza south of FedExForum commemorating the 1968 sanitation workers strike calls for a central sculpture with the words “I Am a Man” in 15-foot-tall stainless steel letters, along with quotes from speeches by civil rights leaders on other parts of the built environment and on the letters of the sculpture.

American Paper Optics, St. Jude Promote Safe Solar Eclipse

In anticipation of the historic solar eclipse Aug. 21, Bartlett-based American Paper Optics (APO) is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to educate the public on safe solar eclipse viewing.

$73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

Tensions of Density

With More Apartments Coming, Midtown Developers and Residents Will Have to Compromise to Pave the Future

With hundreds of units already announced and all signs indicating there are more to come, the Midtown apartment market is primed to explode.

Zach Randolph Arrested After Disturbance in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say two men were arrested and several police cars were vandalized after a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project.


GOP's Bill Lee Calls for More School Choice in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is voicing support for more school choice in Tennessee, an issue that has divided lawmakers within his own party.

Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty in $43M Investment Scheme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee man has pleaded guilty in a $43 million scheme that caused investors to lose $10 million, which he used to buy vehicles and real estate and start a used car lot.

Lawsuit: Christian School Covered Up Rape of 12-Year-Old Boy

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) – A family has filed a $30 million lawsuit against a private Christian school in Tennessee, alleging failure to act after a 12-year-old student was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by teenage boys.

Repairs to Tennessee Dam to Cost $450M

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – The cost of repairing a 65-year-old dam in northeast Tennessee has risen by nearly 50 percent from what the Tennessee Valley Authority had originally estimated it would cost.


Airline Worker Tracks Down Cancer Patient's Bag, Delivers It

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A cancer patient says a Southwest Airlines employee went above and beyond to help track down her missing luggage that contained important medication. 


The TV-Streaming Paradox: Why You May Miss the Cable Bundle

NEW YORK (AP) – The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle – but that are way more difficult to use.

For Electric Cars to Take Off, They'll Need Place to Charge

DETROIT (AP) – Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner.

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