VOL. 132 | NO. 173 | Thursday, August 31, 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.
Latino Memphis marks political turn in Trump era
Mauricio Calvo has heard the saying “all politics is local” in the course of making and maintaining connections through the Latino Memphis organization he leads. But prior to this year, political connections for the organization were more about getting needed services and building long-term relationships over time.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee says he wants to see tax reform that might mean a reduction in some taxes but very specific cuts aimed at a larger goal of promoting economic growth that makes up the revenue lost.
At the end of an hour-long panel discussion at the very end of the two-day Southern Lodging Summit Downtown, Chad Crandell – the managing director and CEO of CHM Warnick, one of the best known hotel asset management firms and advisors to hotel owners in the business -- made his pitch.
The game is on rain or shine at the Liberty Bowl Thursday. And the start of the Tigers football season could be a very soggy start with remnants of Hurricane Harvey arriving. So while tailgating on Tiger Lane may involve umbrellas, none are allowed in the Liberty Bowl itself. Ponchos it is for your face time on CBS Thursday evening.
One of the reasons that Deni and Patrick Reilly’s popular Downtown restaurant The Majestic Grille has endured for 11 years is because of the way they’ve learned to adapt to the limitations of the food business.
Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to construct a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.
A Michigan-based environmental services company is seeking a variance with the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to bring a wastewater reclamation and recycling facility to Whitehaven.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses. The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014.
Even with a renewed interest in the city’s core and two new office buildings under construction, Class A space in the East Submarket is about as hot as it gets right now, so it’s not a surprise that the soon-to-be-vacated space currently occupied by a Memphis-based MassMutual firm in Triad Centre III has already drawn serious interest.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Outsourcing is starting to become a four-letter word in state government.
Visit any bookstore’s travel section and take a quick look at the cover of the Italy guidebooks. Chances are the photo is of the postcard-perfect view of one of the cliff-side Cinque Terre villages along the Italian Riviera.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee city will revisit flood protection plans following flooding in Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey, which came ashore last week as a hurricane.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's mayor is denouncing a statement against same-sex marriage that evangelical leaders named after the city.
NEW YORK (AP) – Small-business hiring was little changed in August, with companies adding 48,000 jobs. That's according to ADP, the payroll service that tracks the number of workers at its small-business customers.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his push to overhaul the nation's tax system would "bring back Main Street by reducing the crushing tax burden," offering a populist appeal to a still-forming tax plan that would heavily benefit corporate America.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president's border wall.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – More than $1 million in weapons parts and sensitive military equipment was stolen out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and sold in a vast black market, some of it to foreign buyers through eBay, according to testimony at a federal trial this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.
BOSTON (AP) – Alexa, meet Cortana. Microsoft and Amazon are pairing their voice assistants together in a collaboration announced Wednesday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – For the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, NASA says it may soon have the capability to send astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.