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VOL. 133 | NO. 153 | Friday, August 3, 2018

Harris Elected County Mayor, Bonner as Sheriff

State Sen. Lee Harris easily beat County Trustee David Lenoir to become the next Shelby County mayor in the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general election, leading a Democratic resurgence in county politics.

FedEx Becomes Jersey Sponsor for Grizzlies

FedEx Corp. is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-ever jersey sponsor and the local delivery company's logo will be integrated into the team’s three newly designed Nike uniforms. Additionally, the Grizzlies in a special event Thursday night at FedExForum, introduced a refreshed logo, icon and word-mark as a part of a reimagined “brand identity” and announced a new design for the court at FedExForum.

Bluff Park

Disarmed Cannons’ Exit Signals Six Years of Change in Controversy

Four replicas of Civil War-era cannons placed in then-Confederate Park six years ago were removed from the riverfront site this week, part of the revamping of the property by Memphis Greenspace.

College of Art Closing on a Dozen Properties it is Selling Near Overton Park Site

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story indicated the Womack House at 152 N. Tucker was sold. The transaction was for an easement, not the entire property.

Norvell Announces Two Roster Additions during Media Day

Memphis football coach Mike Norvell announced the addition of Corteze Love and Nigel Brannon to the team’s roster during the Tigers annual Media Day Thursday, Aug. 2.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 74%


Community Legal Center hosts Cocktails for a Cause Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1509 Peabody Ave. No speeches, no agenda – just a good time with all proceeds benefiting CLC. Visit clcmemphis.org for details.

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Last Word: Lee's Win, Harris' Way and Turnout Questions

What to choose from now that the Aug. 2 election is tentatively in the books? First this is going to be an all-election Last Word because the sugar buzz from a bag that was full of jelly beans is starting to wane and I don’t want to be here when the sun rises in just a bit. Kind of a vampire thing, isn’t it?

McKinney Assumes New Role Joining Greater Memphis Chamber

David McKinney later this month starts his new job as senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Scan Interiors Going Out of Business, Ending Three Decades of Operation

Scan Interiors, a source in Memphis for modern, contemporary and international furniture for three decades, will close Sept. 25. The business at 1826 Sycamore View mailed “thank you’’ cards this week to customers who have purchased its home and office furniture over the years.

Two Whitehaven Small Businesses Approved for EDGE Loans

Two small businesses in the Whitehaven area were awarded forgivable loans Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 1, by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to help mitigate renovation and expansions costs.

Artists vs. Madison Hotel Developers Settlement Hangs on Text Message

The ongoing eviction case between two local artists and a Chicago-based hotel group took a turn for the plaintiff Wednesday in Circuit Court.


David Todd moves from The Green Beetle to Become Chef at Interim

There are big changes in store for Interim, the East Memphis restaurant where the constant has been change in its 12 years. Part-owner and acting executive chef Nick Scott is out and ownership remains with his former partners Tony Westmoreland, along with Brittany and Ed Cabigao, the couple who own SOB and Zaka Bowl.


Like the Weather, Redbirds’ Roster Will Change If You Wait a Minute

As the Memphis Redbirds started a seven-game home-stand on Wednesday, Aug. 1, they had some big numbers next to their name. The cumulative roster was 59 and counting. The season’s win total was 68 and counting.

Orakpo, Other Defenders Buy Into New Titans Scheme

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Dick LeBeau era with the Titans was linebacker Brian Orakpo, who piled up 24.5 sacks in LeBeau’s system over the past three seasons.


Notice Served: Penny Taking Recruiting Fight Straight to Calipari

How’s this for a headline, not to mention rock-solid truth: “John Calipari vs. Penny Hardaway is college basketball’s best new recruiting rivalry.”


Memphis to the Bone

We're not blowin' smoke, we're makin' it. There was a downtown bar my brother, Frank, and his crowd used to visit during college in the middle 50’s. The place was in a basement, dark and funky, but the beer was cold and cheap, and the food was simple and satisfying.

New Job Can Present Opportunity For More Benefits Than Just Salary

Ray’s Take: Google employees have access to free food, a bowling alley, bocce courts and a fleet of electric cars to drive during work hours. Campbell Soup Company has onsite childcare and kindergarten. Cisco Systems gives employees free acupuncture. L’Oreal employees get access to nap pods.


Tennessee Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Laws on Life Sentences

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to clarify whether a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 can ever gain parole.


Man Who Swiped Shark Says He's 'Activist, Not a Criminal'

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The man accused of swiping a shark from a Texas aquarium says he did so because he was concerned about the sea creature's well-being.


White House: Trump Receives New Letter from Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and responded quickly with a letter of his own. The correspondence, following up on their Singapore summit, came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization.

Trump Team Wants to Roll Back Obama-Era Mileage Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel efficient and less polluting, a major rollback already being challenged in the courts by California and other states.

UN Expert Criticizes Trump Over His Attacks on Media

BERLIN (AP) — Experts appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are condemning what they describe as "strategic" attacks on the press by U.S. President Donald Trump.


U.S. Officials Raise Alarm About 2018, 2020 Election Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016, the White House said Thursday.

Bookkeeper: Paul Manafort 'Approved Every Penny' of Bills

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's bookkeeper testified Thursday that the former Trump campaign chairman kept her in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy millions in luxury items and personal expenses.


Papa John's Founder: I Should Be Back as Chain's Public Face

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of Papa John's says the pizza chain does well with him as its public face, and that it was a mistake for the company to scrub him from its marketing materials after he acknowledged using a racial slur last month.

Financial Fruit: Apple Becomes 1st Trillion-Dollar Company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has become the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.

U.S. Goes Ahead with Tax on Canadian Newsprint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department is going ahead with a tax on Canadian newsprint, a threat to the already-struggling American newspaper industry.

Brookstone Files for Ch.11 Bankruptcy Protection Again

Brookstone, the ubiquitous seller of cool but largely unneeded things, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again and will close the 101 of its stores that are located in malls.


Pope Seeks to Abolish Death Penalty, Changes Church Teaching

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his view that all life is sacred and there is no justification for state-sponsored executions.

Watchdog Says Gaps in Syria's Chemical Weapons Declaration

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog says there are still gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies in Syria's declaration of its chemical weapons, and the number of issues needing a response has increased.

Measles Infects More Than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 Reported Deaths

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.


Ohio State's Meyer Put on Leave; Investigation Opened

Urban Meyer's job appears to be in jeopardy.

Johnathan Cyprien Has Torn ACL; Titans May Look at Eric Reid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee safety Johnathan Cyprien will miss the season with a torn left ACL, and coach Mike Vrabel says veteran Eric Reid is among the safeties the Titans want to look at as a potential replacement.

FedEx to be Jersey Sponsor for Grizzlies; Conley working toward season opening return

FedEx is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-ever jersey sponsor, and the the local company's logo will be integrated into the team’s three newly designed Nike uniforms.

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