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VOL. 132 | NO. 172 | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

TNReady High School Results Show 20 SCS Schools Posting Academic Gains

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.

Memphis Lodging Industry Continues Riding High

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.

Confederate Emblems Attacked Statewide

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.

Hopson On SCS TnReady Results: 'Sober But Not Surprising'

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.”

Bonner Opens Campaign For Sheriff

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.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
57.0°F
Fair
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 74%

EVENTS

Indie Memphis will screen “Obit,” a documentary chronicling the daily rituals of the New York Times obituary writers, as part of the Indie Wednesday film series Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill, 5853 Ridgeway Center Parkway. General admission is $10; Indie Memphis members get in free. Visit indiememphis.com to buy tickets and view an Indie Wednesday series schedule.

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Frayser Battle Renewed

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.

Last Word: Tri-State's New HQ, TnReady Scores and Return of the Frayser Dump Plan

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.

Financial Services Firm Inks Deal At 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.

Inner City Capital Connections Program Attracts Local Business Owners

More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses.

Tri-State Hosts Grand Opening of Banking HQ

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.

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 an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.

SPORTS

Tigers Turn Toward Season-Opener Thursday

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.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Rhodes’ Wigginton Shaping Campus Culture in New Role

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.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Helping a Hopeless Job Seeker

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.

Ignite Your Website’s SEO

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.

STATEWIDE

Special Panel to Weigh Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislative leaders are setting up a special committee to examine whether medical marijuana should be legalized in Tennessee.

Sen. Corker Touts Tennessee Support Despite Trump Tweet

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.

US NEWS

NAACP Monitoring Harvey to Ensure 'Equitable' Recovery

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.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump: 'All Options are on Table' After North Korea Launch

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.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Delivery Without Drivers: Domino's, Ford Team Up for Test

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.

Best Buy Rolls Out Consulting Service at People's Homes

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.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Confidence Improves Again in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers give today's economy the highest grade in more than 16 years.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 102 224 17,767
MORTGAGES 127 277 20,703
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 510 36,326
BANKRUPTCIES 54 146 11,828
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 80 5,640
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 11 60 4,417

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