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VOL. 131 | NO. 192 | Monday, September 26, 2016

BlueCross Dropping ACA Coverage in Memphis Area

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is dropping its Affordable Care Act marketplace plan coverage in three major regions of the state, including Memphis, pointing to losses of nearly $500 million on such plans by the end of 2016.

Smith Hands Off FedEx President’s Position To Bronczek

With little fanfare, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith introduced himself Monday, Sept. 26, at the start of the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting as the board chairman and CEO of the company.

The Week Ahead: September 26-October 2

Hello, Memphis! This week kicks off with a presidential debate on the national stage. It wraps up with a hefty dose of bona fide blues, played on several stages much closer to home. And that’s just a taste of what you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

National Experts to Explore Parking, Transit Solutions for City’s Core

Billions of public and private dollars being invested in the urban core of Memphis have civic leaders thinking about long-term transportation and parking solutions that will best serve the area as it evolves.

Memphis Bar’s Law School for Journalists Reviews Stewart Case

The Memphis Bar Association’s Law School for Journalists is back Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law with a focus this year on how the media covers police shootings.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: West at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 87%


NAWBO Memphis will hold a meet and greet to kick off Women in (Small) Business Month on Monday, Sept. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Signet Inc., 1801 N. Shelby Oaks Drive. Learn more about NAWBO and meet other women who are serious about building their businesses. Cost is $10. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

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Analysts See M&A in First Horizon Future

After Bryan Jordan, the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company, had talked for about 30 minutes earlier this month at the 2016 Barclays Global Financial Services Conference, audience members were polled.

Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.


Grizzlies Launching Grind City Media

Team-Produced Content Will be Led by Former NBA Writer for ESPN

The Memphis Grizzlies are launching their own in-house media brand at grizzlies.com and have hired a long-time NBA writer from ESPN to head up the effort.

Belz Pulls $9M Permit to Prepare Peabody Place for ServiceMaster

Belz Enterprises has taken a major step in the renovation of the shuttered Peabody Place mall into ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ future headquarters.

Beale Authority Talks Terms With 21 Beale

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has sent its response to a term sheet from the principals of 21 Beale Street Inc., the only company still in the running for a contract to manage the entertainment district for the authority.


Open and Shut

Smaller, open office spaces create challenges for tenants, developers

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

Editorial: Neighborhood Schools And The Choices We Make

For Memphians of a certain age, the phrase “neighborhood schools” conjures images of yellow yard signs reading “Happiness is a neighborhood school.”

September 23-29: This week in Memphis history

1995: George Strait and Faith Hill at the Mid-South Coliseum.


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.

Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.

Several Whitehaven Subdivisions Making a Comeback

David Walker, founder of Vision to Reality LLC, has relaunched the development of several Whitehaven subdivisions, including Emerald Estates, Diamond Estates and Ruby Estates situated between Horn Lake and Weaver roads just south of West Holmes Road.

Local Teachers Receive Training in ‘Culturally Responsive’ Teaching

In the weeks before school began, every teacher and staff member at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School went through a new training.

Bank of America Memphis Exec: ‘Everything Has Changed’

Mike Frick has hit the decade mark this year in his role as Memphis market president for Bank of America.


Police: Man Who Shot 2 at Tennessee Plant Had Gun Permit

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) – A man who fatally shot two supervisors and then killed himself at an electrical components plant in eastern Tennessee had a state-issued permit to carry handguns in public, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Tennessee: $100K in Damages Awarded to Fired Muslim Trooper

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered Tennessee to pay $100,000 in damages to a Muslim state trooper fired after a military liaison falsely accused him of terrorist sympathies.


Government Severs Ties With For-Profit Colleges Accreditor

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hundreds of for-profit colleges could close, leaving up to 600,000 students scrambling to find other schools, after the Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit schools.


Facebook Apologizes to Advertisers for Counting Error

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Facebook is apologizing to advertisers for what it calls an error that overstated the average length of time users watched videos on the site.

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