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VOL. 130 | NO. 150 | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Memphis Tourism Leaders Outline Convention Center Plans

The short-term plan for a $54 million upgrade and renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center through a 1.8 percent increase in the hotel bed tax could be the start of a much larger expansion of the convention center in future years.

ServiceMaster Grows Net Income, Revenue

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. reported second-quarter net income of $67 million Tuesday, Aug. 4, compared with $40 million from the same quarter in 2014.

South Junction Expansion Plans Go Public

A second phase of the South Junction apartments goes before the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Wolf River Greenway Targets Raleigh Riverbend

At the northernmost bend of the Wolf River in Shelby County, the Wolf River Conservancy has plans for a boat ramp onto the Wolf and a nature center that together promise to change the surrounding area of Raleigh where the river turns.

Improving Access

CBU makes $12.5 million commitment to immigrant students

With Hispanics expected to make up 31 percent of the nation’s population by 2060, Christian Brothers University is investing in its growing community by pledging $12.5 million to go toward scholarships for immigrant students whose legal residency status may be in question.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 77%


The Association of African American Museums’ 37th annual conference, “Milestones in History: African American Museums and the Story of African American Progress,” will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 7, with most events at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. The general public is invited to all events. Visit blackmuseums.org/2015conference for schedule and event prices.

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Wilbourn Turns Self In To Marshals

Memphis Police officer Sean Bolton apparently saw a car parked illegally Saturday night near South Perkins and Cottonwood roads and interrupted a minor drug deal in the car, leading to a fight with a passenger in the car who shot Bolton to death.

Council to Vote on One Beale, Redistricting and CLERB

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on the $160 million One Beale planned development at Beale Street and Riverside Drive.

Cadence Bank Supports Memphis Organizations with Direct, Indirect Aid

Banks are important community institutions not just for the services they provide – consumer loans, small business financing, etc. – but also for the investment they make in communities.

Wharton Opens Whitehaven Headquarters as Collins Intensifies Challenge

On the broiling parking lot of his Whitehaven campaign headquarters this weekend, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. talked about “still water” after firing up a crowd of 150 supporters in a tent next to Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Memphis Tigers’ Young Alumni Ticket Program Returns for Football, Basketball

The University of Memphis wants to keep recent alumni involved and engaged in football and men’s basketball.


West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion

4750 Pleasant Hill Road, Memphis, TN 38116, Loan Amount: $6.1 million -
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp. is expanding its Memphis distribution center.


Defining ‘Worthy’ Can Be Tricky

We noticed that people – including ourselves – talk about “worthy” causes, and in many ways the phrase is a “seal of approval.”


Panthers OT Michael Oher Not a Big Fan of 'The Blind Side'

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – When people first meet Michael Oher naturally they want to ask him about the 2009 hit movie "The Blind Side," which is based on his life as an underprivileged youth growing up in Memphis, Tennessee.


Questions Abound Amid Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When Gary Wade was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006, the self-described "mountain boy from the Smokies" planned to serve the eight-year term and retire from his distinguished judicial career.


Mississippi Health Officials: 3rd West Nile Virus Case of 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state's third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year.


US Consumer Spending Edges Up in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.

US Auto Sales Strong in July on SUV, Luxury Demand

DETROIT (AP) – American drivers want to get noticed again.


FDA Clears First 3-D Printed Prescription Drug

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

August 4 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

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