VOL. 132 | NO. 172 | Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Of the 41 high schools in the Shelby County Schools system, 20 increased the percentage of students considered by state achievement test standards to be “on track” or to have “mastered” math. And 17 of the 41 high schools increased the percentage of students on track or who have mastered English skills – both as measured in the second year of the state’s new TNReady standards.
Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.
Germantown aldermen approved a resolution Monday, Aug. 28, to “combat hate, extremism and bigotry” with two of the five aldermen, John Barzizza and Dean Massey, abstaining.
Ahead of the state’s Wednesday, Aug. 30, release of high school student achievement test results for school districts across Tennessee, Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has described the overall results for SCS students as “sober but not surprising.”
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner Jr. kicked off his campaign for Sheriff Tuesday, Aug. 29, with a group of 150 supporters at the Racquet Club in East Memphis and the full endorsement of current Sheriff Bill Oldham.
Proposed construction landfill extension draws community ire
A plan to expand a construction landfill near Whitney Elementary School is drawing a lot of resistance from many Frayser stakeholders in advance of its Sept. 7 meeting with the Land Use Control Board.
On Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven, executives and board members of Tri-State Bank did the honors on the bank’s new headquarters Tuesday which follows a move earlier of its operations infrastructure to Union Avenue near Cleveland after leaving its long time headquarters and operations center Downtown at Beale and Main.
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.
More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses.
Tri-State Bank CEO Thomas Felder estimates that the more than 70-year-old institution – which has shifted its retail bank headquarters from Downtown to Whitehaven – will have a $2.5 million economic impact on the neighborhood surrounding it.
Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.
Houston-area players keeping tabs on family and flooding
For a month, the University of Memphis football team has been practicing in anticipation of the season-opener Thursday, Aug. 31, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
Rhodes College has appointed Russell Wigginton vice president of student life and dean of students. In his newly created role, he will provide leadership for student success and help shape the campus culture for a diverse and inclusive student body.
If you have a job seeker in your life, there’s a decent chance you’re concerned about them. This is especially true if they are currently unemployed. They’re upset. You feel upset. You may secretly wonder what they’re doing wrong, and what you can do to help.
You have likely invested, to some degree, in search engine optimization – or SEO – to improve how prospective customers find you via an internet search. Unfortunately, few companies continue to invest in this vital strategy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislative leaders are setting up a special committee to examine whether medical marijuana should be legalized in Tennessee.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday he doesn't believe he has lost support in Tennessee over his criticism of President Donald Trump's response to a deadly white nationalist protest.
WASHINGTON (AP) – NAACP interim President Derrick Johnson says his organization will carefully monitor government assistance in Houston and other areas to ensure minority neighborhoods get adequate resources following Harvey's destruction in the Gulf Coast.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to reassert an American military threat against North Korea, saying that "all options are on the table" in response to its launch of a missile over close U.S. ally Japan.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino's and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars.
NEW YORK (AP) – Best Buy is rolling out a free service next month where salespeople will sit with customers at their own homes to help make recommendations on TVs, streaming services and more.
WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers give today's economy the highest grade in more than 16 years.