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VOL. 132 | NO. 155 | Monday, August 7, 2017

'I Am a Man' Plaza Initial Design Unveiled

The initial design of a public plaza south of FedExForum commemorating the 1968 sanitation workers strike calls for a central sculpture with the words “I Am a Man” in 15-foot-tall stainless steel letters, along with quotes from speeches by civil rights leaders on other parts of the built environment and on the letters of the sculpture.

MLGW Moving Forward With Relocation Plans

Officials with Memphis, Light, Gas and Water Division are continuing with plans to expand operations at its North Service Center, despite the concerns of some residents who feel like the industrial facility is encroaching on their neighborhood.

Regional One Launches Data-Driven Study to Cut Costs

Regional One Health has teamed up with a New Jersey-based nonprofit for a three-year project aimed at identifying and addressing the reasons why some patients become what the organizations refer to as “high utilizers” of hospital services.

Ballet Memphis Begins Move Into Midtown Facility

The new $21 million Ballet Memphis studio in Overton Square has room for Peter Pan to fly and a two-way view of a ballet company making revolutionary turns in dance.

American Paper Optics, St. Jude Promote Safe Solar Eclipse

In anticipation of the historic solar eclipse Aug. 21, Bartlett-based American Paper Optics (APO) is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to educate the public on safe solar eclipse viewing.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Thunderstorm Rain
Wind: South at 15.0 mph
Humidity: 100%


Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) will host a Back-to-School Fundraising Night Monday, Aug. 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Panera Bread, 4350 Poplar Ave. A portion of event sales will benefit MOST, which provides need-based scholarships to Memphis-area students. At checkout, present the event flyer available at memphisscholarships.org.

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Last Word: School Days, MLGW Moves Off Beale and Room For Peter Pan To Fly

The K-12 school year begins Monday for most of Shelby County including the state’s largest public school system right here. Some schools have started earlier and some start later. So remember that in your daily travels going forward even if you don’t have school age children.

The Week Ahead: August 7-13

Hello, Memphis! While many local kids head back to school, plenty of Elvis fans are flocking to the city to celebrate The King’s life and legacy. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…


Seeing the Light

What started as a way to save a little money on utilities has become a green brigade at the Shelby County Division of Corrections

Four years ago, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell was in Knoxville for a college football game. But with several hours before kickoff, he took a side trip to view the green initiatives at the Knox County Jail.

Editorial: The Ultimate Sustainability At the Corrections Center

A life is a natural resource, more valuable than the resources being conserved at the Shelby County Corrections Center to great effect. So, with inmate levels at the corrections center currently at a relatively low level, we think there is another kind of opportunity for the aging prison.

Problems Adrift

Industry experts searching for answers to stem dicamba dilemma

David Ciarloni plants about 140 acres of soybeans on his 925-acre farm that straddles Shelby and Fayette counties. Those acres of beans are safe right now, but Ciarloni, who took over the family farm after his father recently retired, worries about a recent phenomenon that’s being called “dicamba drift.”

August 4-10, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1927: Sears Crosstown opens. The catalog order plant and retail store is 53,000 square feet of retail that can process 45,000 orders a day in its catalog center. More than 1,000 people work at the store. Memphis Mayor Rowlett Paine cuts a red ribbon at the North Watkins entrance.


Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

Terminix Priority of ServiceMaster New CEO Nik Varty

The new CEO of ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. said his first priority at the helm of the Memphis-based domestic and commercial services provider is to fix the company’s Terminix division.

Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Nashville Friends Launch Medical Device Startup in Memphis

Sinead Miller is the kind of entrepreneur that stakeholders in Memphis’ business ecosystem are hungry to see more of.


With Less Than 1 Year Before Primary, Corker Mum on Future

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With less than a year to go before Tennessee's Republican primary, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker still won't say whether he plans to seek a third term.

Tennessee Wineries, Farms Hosting Solar Eclipse Watchers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's farms and wineries are getting ready to host visitors hoping to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse in August.

Tennessee Accepting Applications for 2 Judicial Openings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee commission is accepting applications for two state judicial openings.


Jobless Rate Raises Question: How Much Better Can It Get?

WASHINGTON (AP) – A drop in the unemployment rate to a 16-year low raises a tantalizing question about the job market: How much better can it get?

US Trade Deficit Narrowed to $43.6 Billion in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June as exports hit the highest level in 2 1/2 years.


Employer-Based Health Coverage Likely to Stay Awhile

WASHINGTON (AP) – Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that.


Toyota, Mazda Plan $1.6 Billion US Plant, to Partner in EVs

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to spend $1.6 billion to jointly build auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. – a move that will create up to 4,000 jobs, both sides said Friday.

VW Executive Pleads Guilty in Emissions Scandal

DETROIT (AP) – A German Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and fraud charges in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.


Hacker Who Helped Stop Global Cyberattack Arrested in US

LAS VEGAS (AP)Marcus Hutchins, a young British researcher credited with derailing a global cyberattack in May, was arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect bank-account passwords, U.S. authorities said Thursday.

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