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VOL. 131 | NO. 166 | Friday, August 19, 2016

ASD Financial Control Shifts to Nashville

A performance audit report on the Achievement School District by Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released this week is critical of the financial controls in place at the state-run school system for the lowest-performing schools in the state.

City, Wiseacre Set to Discuss Brewery’s Proposal for Coliseum

The first order of business is to figure out what the city and the owners of Wiseacre Brewing Co. are negotiating about when it comes to Wiseacre’s proposal to convert the Mid-South Coliseum into a brewery.

Owens Corning Faces PILOT Reduction for Lack of Diversity Spending

EDGE is showing its teeth. For the first time in the history of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine and its predecessor, the Industrial Development Board, the entity is considering punitive measures for a company that failed to meet requirements about diversity contracting.

UTHSC Professor Awarded $100K for Breast Cancer Research

A $100,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to a University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor to study a certain type of breast cancer is the latest example of a groundswell of efforts in Memphis to fight the disease.

Last Word: Clawback, Coliseum Talks Begin and Galilee Cemetery Mess

The new plant manager at the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt plant didn’t know the plant had a nine-year $1.5 million payment in lieu of taxes agreement much less that the company hasn’t spent any money with locally owned small or minority business firms in 2013, 2014 or 2015 – that according to EDGE officials.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host the “Motown Black & White” exhibit Friday, Aug. 19, through Nov. 8 at 926 E. McLemore Ave. The temporary exhibit is composed of rare photos, promotional items and memorabilia from the personal collection of former Motown PR director Al Abrams. Visit staxmuseum.com.

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Suburban Challengers Emerge at Filing Deadline For November Ballot

Thirteen incumbents in the four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 8 ballot were effectively re-elected to new terms at the Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline for the set of 30 races.

Judge Spares Aretha Franklin House From Demolition – For Now

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has seen enough progress on the dilapidated home where singer Aretha Franklin was born to keep it from being demolished.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

What Would Elvis Think of Black Lives Matter?

The Black Lives Matter movement gathered at Graceland during Elvis Week to have their voices heard. One question I wonder about is, what would Elvis had thought of this? It may seem like a trivial question, but there are relevant lessons.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Murphy: Allow Yourself to Be Guided

When you open the website of Playback Memphis, the 8-year-old nonprofit founded by Virginia Murphy, the first thing you see is a banner memorializing Verdell Smith, the Memphis Police officer who was killed on June 4 by a criminal in a speeding car fleeing a Downtown shooting. In the picture, Smith is in uniform, smiling broadly, holding a sign that says, “I matter.”

THE TIPPING POINT

Woods Trains Memphians for 21st-Century Jobs

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this series, we introduce innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Cool Shades

SHADES OF THE FUTURE. We were talking about sunglasses and how you see things through them.

Money Lessons They Don’t Teach in School

Ray’s Take Less than half of states in the U.S. require the students at public high schools to take a personal finance class before they graduate. So, many young people learn through the “school of hard knocks” once they get out in the real world.

SPORTS

Arkansas All-American Walk-On Burlsworth Now the Subject of Film

Black horn-rimmed glasses. Those were offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth’s trademark, and they were prominent even behind the facemask of his Arkansas Razorbacks helmet.

Aggies DE Garrett: Talented And ‘Low Maintenance’

He’s a first-team All-American, possibly could be the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and his head coach has called him “low maintenance.”

Can Alan Zucker Do for Titans’ Marcus Mariota What He’s Done for Mannings & Taylor Swift?

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

Credit Mariota’s Maturity for Murray Touchdown Run

One of the most electrifying plays of the Tennessee Titans preseason opening win should make fans feeling much better about the team for the coming season.

Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart to Retire in June 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will retire next summer after a tumultuous tenure that included consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments, improvements in fundraising and facilities and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit.

MEMPHIS AREA

Shelby County Inmate Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to Cell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say a Shelby County penal farm inmate has pleaded guilty to arson for using toilet paper and disciplinary reports to set a fire in his cell.

Cemetery Mess, Unidentified Bodies Stump Tennessee Officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than two years after the state closed a troubled Tennessee cemetery whose owner was accused of losing bodies and burying multiple people in single plots, it appears that efforts to determine exactly who is buried where have failed.

REGIONAL NEWS

Whole Foods to Carry Corinth-Made Soap

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) – Whole Foods Market will soon carry soaps and other products made by a Corinth business.

Arkansas State University Looks for Interim Chancellor

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas State University system's president says the school will look for a long-term interim chancellor to replace former chancellor Tim Hudson, who resigned after internal audits criticized the school's study abroad program run by his wife.

RETAIL

Wal-Mart Raises Annual Profit Outlook, Reports Strong Sales

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's vast fleet of stores and its online business are starting to click together.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Self-Driving Car Race Sees Flurry of Partnerships

Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here's a rundown of who's working with whom:

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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