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VOL. 132 | NO. 189 | Friday, September 22, 2017

Graceland Overhauls Venue Plans After Grizzlies Raise Concerns

Elvis Presley Enterprises has significantly altered the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.

Inside Voice

Face of ‘Fed Up’ gun violence ad uses head, prison experience

The advertisement moves fast, even for 30 seconds. It’s got hip-hop artist Marco Pave with Grammy Award-winning producer Carlos Broady. And the message is to the point as the camera comes in close on the face of a man who says emphatically, “Don’t lose your head, use your head.”

One Alderman Upset, Two Re-Elected In Arlington Elections

Two Arlington aldermen were re-elected in municipal elections Thursday, Sept. 21, that were the only scheduled elections of 2017 in Shelby County politics. And a third incumbent alderman was upset by his challenger as an outgoing interim alderman was elected to the Arlington school board.

Overton Square Hotel Awarded Tax Incentives

The developers of a $24 million Overton Square hotel and a Canadian elevator company looking to build its first U.S. facility in Memphis have been awarded tax incentives to move ahead with their projects.

Last Word: GPAC's Grove, Fairgrounds Tea Leaves and Grizz Money Matters

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has plans for an open-air performance center to be called “The Grove at GPAC” – the latest consideration in what is becoming a vibrant discussion about the capacity for concerts within Shelby County. And it is also a discussion about concert venues that can do other things like festival and movies.

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Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Shakespeare in Love” Friday, Sept. 22, through Oct. 8 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

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Morgan: Brooks Museum Deliberations Come With ‘Jolt’ and ‘Feeding Frenzy’

You could say Overton Park is within the Memphis City Council district Worth Morgan represents. You could also say it’s a big part of his district in terms of the attention it’s occupied since he took office in January 2016, starting with the greensward parking controversy into the possible move of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art out of the park.

Memphis Food & Wine Festival Returns to Celebrate Local Talent

Back in 2014, when food blogger and Memphis public relations professional Cara Greenstein was attending the Austin Food & Wine Festival, she remembers thinking how great it would be if Memphis could host its own version of such an event.


Bandele Crafts Cultural Hub for Black Artists

Early one clear September morning, Overton Square is still half-asleep, the parking lot next to Hattiloo Theatre empty save a few cars. In 12 hours, Hattiloo’s lobby will pulse with a throng of guests at the opening night of “Fetch Clay, Make Man,” the theater’s current production. But for now, Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and CEO, is leaning back in a desk chair, dreaming aloud about the year 2022.


Dugout Future for Redbirds’ Stubby Clapp is Bright

The Memphis Redbirds had just won an extra-inning playoff game at AutoZone Park. First-year manager Stubby Clapp was in his office. Next to him, changing clothes, was the guy who had managed Clapp on the team’s Pacific Coast League championship team 17 years earlier.


The Stars – Ferguson, Miller, Norvell – Lead Memphis into the Spotlight

The team has not yet cracked this season’s Top 25, but at the University of Memphis everyone gets how this works. You beat No. 25 UCLA 48-45 on national television and the Bruins fall out of the rankings.

Vandy-Bama Finds Relevance Under Mason

Who would’ve thought the center of the Southeastern Conference football universe would be Nashville in late September?

Win vs. Georgia Now Needed to Save Season

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football. UT’s Sept. 30 game against Georgia at Neyland Stadium can’t get here soon enough. Not after the Vols’ 26-20 loss to Florida last Saturday in Gainesville.

Henry Better Than Murray ... For the Moment

Some Titans fans have been eager for a running back controversy ever since the Tennessee Titans chose Derrick Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.


Raised From the Dead

GHOST AND SPIRIT. I walked through the town at mid-morning. Like any town you spend a lifetime in, you know people.

Keeping Up With The Joneses Can Be a Financial Catastrophe

Ray’s Take: There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your neighbor drive up in their beautiful new car or hearing about their fabulous planned vacation. It can make you forget about every other plan or goal you’ve made for yourself. Keeping up with the Joneses can eat away at your financial dreams.


Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Approves Premium Requests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Three companies lined up to sell insurance on the Obamacare exchange in Tennessee in 2018 have had their premium requests approved by the state's insurance commissioner.

Tennessee Lawmakers Want Agencies to Allow Photos of Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are asking three state agencies to ensure that their policies allow residents to take cell phone photos of public records.

Tennessee Approves Merger of Hospital Systems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Health has approved a proposed merger between two hospital systems.


6 Airlines Bid for Service in Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Six airlines, including current provider Contour Airlines, have submitted bids to keep air service going in Tupelo.

Trump Nominates 4 for TVA Board

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump will nominate people from four states to serve on the nine-member board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the White House said Thursday.


Mercedes-Benz to Invest $1 Billion in Alabama, Add 600 Jobs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs.

Toys R Us Revs Up for Holiday Hiring

NEW YORK (AP) – Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.


SEC Reveals 2016 Hack That Breached Its Filing System

NEW YORK (AP) – The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016.


Consumer Packaging Group to Reduce Confusing Food Labels

NEW YORK (AP) – "Sell by?" ''Display Until?" ''Best Before?" These food date labels intend to help shoppers figure out what to throw away, but they're also mixed up with deadlines for retailers as well. That causes confusion among shoppers who can't figure out what they all mean on a can of beans or a bag of pasta. As a result, shoppers discard food that is either safe or usable after the date to the tune of $29 billion a year in the U.S. alone.

Mercedes-Benz to Invest $1 Billion in Alabama, Add 600 Jobs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs.

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