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VOL. 132 | NO. 173 | Thursday, August 31, 2017

High School Tests Show Modest Gains in Shelby County Schools

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 & Local

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.

Corker Distinguishes Between Tax Reform and Tax Cut

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.

Hotel Summit Panel Differs On Ways to Finance Convention Center Hotel

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.

Last Word: Game Day, Corker at Southwind on Taxes and Trump and Hotel Stats

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.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 88%


The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival runs Friday, Sept. 1, through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

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Sharing Their Lessons As Business Owners

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 Seeks Variances for New Midtown Branch

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.

Environmental Services Company Seeks Approval for Whitehaven Facility

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.

Memphis Receives First Check From Airbnb

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.

Floyd 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.

Silly Goose Owner Opening New Lounge in South Main

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.

ICCC 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. 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.

Highwoods in Talks to Backfill MassMutual Space at Triad III

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.


Outsourcing by Any Other Name Still Not So Sweet

Outsourcing is starting to become a four-letter word in state government.


Italy’s Enchanted Five Lands

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 Revisits $100M Flood Protection After Harvey

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 Mayor Decries Anti-Gay Statement Named After City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's mayor is denouncing a statement against same-sex marriage that evangelical leaders named after the city.


ADP Report: Small-Business Hiring Marks Time in August

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.


Trump Says Tax Overhaul Will 'Bring Back Main Street'

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.

House GOP Eyeing $1B Disaster Funds Cut to Finance Wall

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.


'Easy Money' Made Selling Army Weapons Stolen by US Soldiers

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.


US Clears First 'Living Drug' for Tough Childhood Leukemia

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.


Alexa, Cortana Talk to Each Other in Amazon-Microsoft Deal

BOSTON (AP) – Alexa, meet Cortana. Microsoft and Amazon are pairing their voice assistants together in a collaboration announced Wednesday.

Private Companies Drive 'New Space Race' at NASA Center

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.

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