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VOL. 131 | NO. 189 | Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Council Sets Stage for Final Pot Ordinance Vote

With no debate, Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 20, the second of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police officers to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

FedEx Grows Q1 Profit to $715M, Expects Another Big Holiday Season

FedEx grew its profit to $715 million for the quarter ended Aug. 31 from $692 million during the year-ago quarter, the company reported Tuesday, Sept. 20, a week ahead of its annual meeting of shareholders in Memphis.

U of M Seeks $53M Permit To Build Student Rec Center

The University of Memphis is moving forward with its plan for a new on-campus student recreation facility at 3798 Southern Ave.

Historic Mansion Being Restored Into Exclusive French-Asian Restaurant

The Nineteenth Century Club, one of the last great mansions of Union Avenue, was slated to become a strip mall. Next door to the 107-year-old building is a Taco Bell, which stands on the site of the Nineteenth Century Club’s former ballroom.

Last Word: Pot Action In Memphis and Nashville, Izakaya and Wake Up Man

A big night in Nashville and Memphis for the issue of marijuana decriminalization. An ordinance to allow cops to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than half an ounce of pot won final approval by the Metro Nashville Council hours after the Memphis City Council approved second of three readings of a similar ordinance. The Memphis action sets the stage for a final vote at City Hall on this come October 4.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Juanita Hamilton of the city of Memphis will discuss the city’s down payment assistance programs. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

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Baptist Launches Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis has launched a new service at its flagship East Memphis campus – an adult inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit, where patients can get specialized care and treatment.

Hickory Hill Teen Center Focused On New Heroes

On the western end of Hickory Ridge Mall in the corner of a space that was once a video game arcade, there is a super hero’s outfit – a stylized W in the center of the brick-red armored top.

SPORTS

Memphis Offensive Line Still a Work in Progress

The University of Memphis football team has won the first two games under new head coach Mike Norvell and the cumulative tally in those wins over Southeast Missouri and Kansas is 78-24.

Fizdale Vows to be Cautious With Gasol, Conley in Training Camp, Preseason

No one, including Marc Gasol himself, will know that he has really recovered from his broken foot suffered last February until he’s playing games that count and then able to stack games on top of one another.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

OB-GYN Shweta Patel Joins Adams Patterson Gynecology

Dr. Shweta Patel has joined Adams Patterson Gynecology & Obstetrics as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Patel, who’s a lieutenant commander of the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, comes to Adams Patterson after serving as a naval medical officer and sexual assault response liaison at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Have An Opinion

Very often in school, we’re taught to understand both sides of an issue. If you can argue for or against a point, you’re often more likely to truly understand all dimensions of the problem at hand.

How Could Your Brand Capitalize on Live-Streaming?

Since Facebook Live launched in April of this year, live-streaming events have become very popular. While competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Lawmakers Not Required to Report Foreign Travel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Six Tennessee state lawmakers who received an expense-paid trip to Europe did not have to report it under state campaign finance laws because the donor is not a registered lobbyist.

McCormick Won't Seek 4th Term as House Majority Leader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Gerald McCormick, the fiery majority leader of the Tennessee House, says he won't seek another term as the chamber's No. 2 Republican.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Marriott Receives Final Approval Needed for Starwood Buyout

NEW YORK (AP) – Chinese antitrust regulators have approved Marriott's buyout of Starwood, marking the final approval needed for the deal to close.

Macy's to Hire About 83,000 Holiday Workers

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 83,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, about equal to the number of hires last year.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Feds Preview Rules of the Road for Self-Driving Cars

WASHINGTON (AP) – Obama administration officials are previewing long-awaited guidance that attempts to bring self-driving cars to the nation's roadways safely – without creating so many roadblocks that the technology can't make it to market quickly.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

US Home Construction Slumped in August; Big Dip in the South

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homebuilders pulled back on construction in the South, causing the pace of August housing starts nationwide to fall to their lowest level in three months.

TECHNOLOGY

Comcast Plans to Launch Wireless Service Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of the country where it's a cable provider.

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