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VOL. 132 | NO. 171 | Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Downtown Lounge Owner Jazzes Up South Main Restaurant

After making a name for himself as a popular bartender in Downtown Memphis, Daniel Masters struck out on his own and opened his first bar, The Silly Goose, at the age of 28.

County Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to Aetna in an $11 million two-year contract with two renewals of one year each.

New Tenant to Take 23rd Floor of Clark Tower

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

Top Molecular Researcher Joins St. Jude

As the field of structural biology enjoys revolutionary advances in technology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has added one of the top researchers in the world to its team with the announcement of Dr. Charalampos “Babis” Kalodimos as the new chair of its Department of Structural Biology.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 88%


The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee will host a Freedom Forum on criminal justice reform, voting rights and community activism Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director, will discuss ACLU’s work and how community members can act in support of voting rights. Cost is free. Visit aclu-tn.org/aclu-tn-freedom-forums-2017 for details.

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After Returning to a Bowl Game, Vanderbilt Looks to Go Higher in SEC East

It’s always good to know who you are. Gives you a foundation. A starting place.

Last Word: After The Eclipse, A Very Large Magnet and Cyber Insurance

Back from the eclipse it would seem. Although I’m pretty sure some part of the moon is still obscuring me. Alas, I will just have to walk around with a crescent missing here or there. Just don’t look at me directly and we will both be okay. Although you might see me wearing the Seer Sucker this week seeing as how the same laws that govern looking at the sun during an eclipse apparently apply to wearing Seer Sucker after Labor Day. It's just not done. Famous last words.

EMPHASIS Insurance

Computer Attacks Underscore Need for Cyber Insurance

The cyberattack that hit FedEx subsidiary TNT Express in June, temporarily disrupting the company’s worldwide information systems, was a reminder about the fragility of digital systems that Herb Davis didn’t need.

Sneed Insurance Takes Aim at Growth Under Third-Generation Owner

In March, Tommy Sneed Jr. bought out his father, three uncles and an aunt, and became the owner of 60-year-old Sneed Insurance.

Boyle Insurance President Gresham A Trailblazer for Women in Industry

In 1973, Cindi Gresham was a biology major at the University of Memphis – then called Memphis State University – when she was offered a part-time job, and later a full-time job, at a now-defunct Memphis insurance agency.


A Different Body of Work Emerges For The Hereafter

With the cost of traditional casket funerals rising to an average of $9,000 or more, many people are choosing less expensive options like cremation and donating their bodies to science. Numerous “green” options for cremated remains such as biodegradable urns or even using ashes for tree planting, use in rebuilding coral reefs, for stones for jewelry or for tattoos and portraits are gaining popularity.


Bravery Overcomes Internal Barriers

It never fails; the same stories and struggles pop up midway through an innovation session.

Old-School Fundraising

Online giving, viral campaigns, large grants from foundations, funding from government agencies. These are some of the popular revenue streams for nonprofits. Those with earned revenue also secure funds from tuition, fees, sales, leases, rentals, licenses and other sources. All sources provide the money needed to make the missions of nonprofits come to life. There is also another important revenue source: “old-school fundraising” or “passing the hat.”


3 Charged With Election Law Violation in Tennessee

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – An investigation into election law violations during a municipal election in Tennessee has resulted in charges for three people, including a county commissioner and a city alderman.

Tennessee Forestry Division Tackles 200-Acre Fire

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Crews in Tennessee worked throughout the weekend to battle a wildfire on English Mountain that has spread to 200 acres.


Facebook Expands Partnership With Arkansas Schools

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – Facebook is expanding a partnership with Arkansas and will donate virtual reality kits to every public high school in the state.


Trump Prepares to Travel to Texas as State Copes With Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday prepared to visit Texas to view the federal government's response to Harvey's devastating flooding as his administration vowed to help the millions of residents dealing with the catastrophic storm.

Donating to Harvey Relief Efforts: How, When, What to Give

NEW YORK (AP) – Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead.

Statue of Martin Luther King Jr. Unveiled in his Hometown

ATLANTA (AP) – The daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. stood beside her father's newly unveiled statue Monday, just a few blocks from where he grew up, handing out hugs and telling each well-wisher: "It's about time."


Trump Expected to Decide Soon on Fate of Young Immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) – After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base.

Gov't Probe: Abuse in Nursing Homes Unreported Despite Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.


Now at Whole Foods: Cheaper Milk, 'Farm Fresh' Amazon Echo

NEW YORK (AP) – A half-gallon of milk was 50 cents cheaper at a Whole Foods in New York. Ground beef was down by $2 a pound. And an organic avocado cost a buck less.

Business Owners Upbeat, Cautious About Hiring

While many small business owners are upbeat about their companies and the economy, they're maintaining their cautious approach to hiring, according to a survey released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife.

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