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VOL. 132 | NO. 162 | Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Prayer Circle Demands Removal of Confederate Statues, Vows to Continue Protests

More than 100 citizens including local religious leaders called Tuesday, Aug. 15, for the city and state to remove statues of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis and Confederate general, slave trader and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forest from city parks.

Elvis Vigil Features Changes Including Admission Fee

Elvis Week was already going to be different this year with Graceland’s recent $137 million expansion and a new landscape across the boulevard from the Whitehaven mansion.

One Decade Later: Effects of Financial Crisis Still Linger

Ten years removed from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the banking industry has transformed itself and wealth managers say investors remain leery.

Crosstown High School Gets $2.5 Million XQ Institute Grant

A year from opening, organizers of Crosstown High School have secured a $2.5 million, five-year grant from a national education reform group focused specifically on high schools.

Last Word: 3 Vigils, A Decade Since the Recession and Fairgrounds Fast Track

There were several vigils going on around this old town Tuesday night – two Downtown and one in Whitehaven. All involving lots of police – two about Confederate icons and one the king of rock and roll.

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“ELVIS: Live in Concert” is Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. In this live concert event experience, a full symphony orchestra performs live on stage with Elvis on the big screen. The evening will feature an appearance by Priscilla Presley and surprise guests. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com. Visit graceland.com/elvisweek/schedule for details.

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Downtown Partnership Looks to Breathe New Life into an Old Underpass

There’s no denying that the railroad underpass on G.E. Patterson Avenue has seen better days. However, a proposed partnership between the Downtown Memphis Commission and the South End Improvement Alliance hopes to change that.

Interest High in Fairgrounds Fast Track

The shorter, more compressed drive to a Fairgrounds redevelopment plan feels, at the outset, more certain and much less tentative than versions that surfaced during the administrations of previous mayors Willie Herenton and A C Wharton.

County Mulls Garage For Long-Term Parking Fix

Shelby County Jury Commission officials have points they always make with citizens on jury duty in Downtown Memphis. And it includes an apology for the parking situation around the Criminal Justice Center and the Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse, where those called to be on juries will work for a week at a time.

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.


Grizzlies' Schedule Offers Good Chance to See LeBron In Memphis This Season

The Grizzlies’ 2017-2018 schedule is highlighted by the return of the MLK Game on MLK Day (imagine that) and the one and only visit from the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors before Halloween.


Ken Hause Cooks Up Strategy To Enhance L’Ecole Culinaire

L'Ecole Culinaire-Memphis has added Ken Hause its campus director. In his new role, Hause is responsible for overseeing operations of the Memphis campus, including ensuring a rich student experience that leads to employment in the culinary field, while enhancing the school’s reputation for educational excellence, compliance and operational performance.


Snapshot: Getting Juiced About Crosstown

Rebekah Tashie, co-owner of I Love Juice Bar Crosstown, welcomed customers on the store’s first day of business Monday, Aug. 14. The second I Love Juice Bar in Memphis is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the West Atrium of Crosstown Concourse.


How Long Should This Job Search Really Take?

One of the number one questions I hear from job seekers is, “How long should my job search really take?” It’s a good question. Knowing what’s “normal” can help you to know whether you’re winning or losing at this game we call the job search.

Evolving Customer Lifecycle

Editor’s Note: Part one in a two-part series. The B2C (business-to-consumer) customer lifecycle is used to describe the phases a customer progresses through when making a purchasing decision and is generally broken down into these five phases: awareness, consideration, purchase, service and advocacy.


Judge Lets TennCare Hemophilia Drug Rate Challenge Continue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge is letting a lawsuit continue that claims Tennessee is breaking federal law and endangering people with bleeding disorders like hemophilia by reimbursing less for prescription blood-clotting drugs through its Medicaid program.

World War II Soldier Returns Home 74 Years After Death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A World War II soldier who was missing for nearly 74 years is returning home to Tennessee after his remains were recently identified.

Former Attorney Arrested, Accused of Stealing From Clients

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former attorney in Tennessee has been arrested and indicted on theft charges.


Trump's Denouncement Disappoints, Angers White Nationalists

President Donald Trump's condemnation of hate groups – two days after his initially equivocal response to a deadly attack at a rally in Virginia – disappointed and even angered some of the white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis who supported and felt emboldened by his presidential campaign.

Deadly Rally Accelerates Removal of Confederate Statues

In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier's statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare.


Biz Leaders Quit Trump Panel After Charlottesville Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A fourth business leader resigned Tuesday from President Donald Trump's White House jobs panel – the latest sign that corporate America's romance with Trump is faltering after his initial half-hearted response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Amazon to Sell Debt in Order to Pay for Whole Foods Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon says it is selling debt in order to pay for its $13.7 billion deal to buy organic grocer Whole Foods.

Can't Wait for Delivery? Amazon Offering Instant Pickup

NEW YORK (AP) – Need some chips fast? Amazon has you covered.


Pressured by Government, Uber Agrees to Protect Rider Data

DETROIT (AP) – Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to protect data and audit use of rider information to settle a complaint from the federal government that it deceived customers.

Judge Orders LinkedIn to Stop Blocking Data-Scraping Firm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data.

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