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VOL. 132 | NO. 161 | Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase

The area surrounding developer Vince Smith's project 266 Lofts, located at the corner of Front Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, has already seen its share of changes since it broke ground last year, and it’s about to change even more.

Cohen Defines Gap Between Trump and Republicans

There is a distinction to be made between the Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and President Donald Trump, says U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, one of Trump’s most vocal and virulent critics.

EMPHASIS Women & Business

Charting a Course

Women-owned businesses chart progress of diversity contracting efforts

Daphne Large, founder, CEO and president of Data Facts Inc., didn’t have her company certified as a woman-owned business for 25 years. “I don’t want to be chosen because I’m a woman, but because I’m the best,” Large said, voicing a sentiment that many women business owners agree with.

Ex-Chef Valerie Morris Finds Right Recipe for Marketing Firm

Just take one fact from her life and let your mind run to easy assumptions. Once upon a time, Valerie Morris was attending Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school in Paris, France.

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The annual Elvis Presley candlelight vigil starts Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony, fans may walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down, carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which usually stretches into the early hours of the next morning. Cost is free. Visit graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule for details and other Elvis Week events.

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Last Word: Night in the Park, Hattiloo Goes Bigger & Cohen on the Republican Soul

A gathering in Health Science Park a little before 11:30 Monday evening by a group of protesters who Facebooked that their intent was to take down the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Memphis Police showed up quickly and the police supervisor told those around the statue that the park is a private park and that no one can be in the park after 8 p.m. No arrests but the police did ask for identification from those in the park.

NAWBO Memphis: On The Offensive

Frankly, Carolyn Michael-Banks isn’t sure her business would still be around if she hadn’t made a fateful decision about a year ago.

County Commission Approves Sheriff's Office Parking Near CJC

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Aug. 14, a couple of one-year contracts totaling $226,250 for 519 parking spaces near the Criminal Justice Center for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Allegiant Gives Away Vacation Packages, Free Barbecue in Memphis

Since Allegiant Air first arrived at the Memphis International Airport in 2015, it has ferried almost a half million passengers to and from the Bluff City.

Local Startup Ecosystem In Focus At Seminar

During an interview with Bloomberg TV anchor Emily Chang earlier this month, former U.S. chief technology officer during the Obama administration Megan Smith gave a shout-out to Memphis’ startup ecosystem.


Hattiloo Plots a Bigger Stage for Its Audience

The founder of Hattiloo Theatre says the black theater company is ready to become more regional and professional in its approach and influence. “Now it’s time for Hattiloo to become a major regional theater,” said Ekundayo Bandele before an opening-night performance of “Ruined.”


Countercultural Secrets of Successful Innovators

Successful innovators may seem cavalier, but really they are vast and complex beings. As the great American poet Walt Whitman said of the prophetic role of a poet, “They contain multitudes.”

Radical Thoughts About Nonprofit Boards

“How many of your current board members are actually worth paying? If you had to pay your members what board positions would you fund?” These questions caught our eye as we read a promotional piece for a book about philanthropy.


Trump Names Hate Groups, Denouncing Charlottesville Violence

WASHINGTON (AP) – Under relentless pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned "repugnant" hate groups and declared that "racism is evil" in a far more forceful statement than he'd made earlier after deadly, race-fueled weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Shelby County Schools, Charters Clash Over Student Data

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A new Tennessee law requiring public school districts to provide student data to charter schools faces its first tests with pushback from districts.


Number of Tenn. Seniors Hospitalized Due to Opioids Triples

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Federal data shows the number of senior citizens in Tennessee who are hospitalized due to painkillers has more than tripled over the last decade.

Black Names Ramsey, Fincher Co-Chairs of Tennessee Gov's Bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has named two prominent former politicians from either end of Tennessee as co-chairman for her gubernatorial bid.


Target Buys Tech Company to Help It Offer Same-Day Delivery

NEW YORK (AP) – Target said Monday it is buying a delivery logistics company to help it offer same-day delivery service to in-store shoppers.

One-Fifth of Americans Find Workplace Hostile or Threatening

WASHINGTON (AP) – The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.


Top Fed Official: Bond Portfolio Could Shrink Soon

NEW YORK (AP) – A top Federal Reserve official suggested Monday that the Fed will likely announce next month that it will begin paring its bond portfolio – a step that could lead to slightly higher rates on mortgages and other loans.


New Life for Medicaid After GOP's Health Care Debacle

WASHINGTON (AP) – It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a "third rail" program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation.

Allegiant Gives Away Vacation Packages, Free Barbecue in Memphis

Since Allegiant Air first arrived at the Memphis International Airport in 2015, it has ferried almost a half million passengers to and from the Bluff City.

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