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VOL. 132 | NO. 191 | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Commission Again Delays Convention Center Hotel-Motel Tax Flow To City

Shelby County Commissioners again delayed passage Monday, Sept. 25, of a resolution that allows the city of Memphis to use surplus hotel-motel tax revenue to go toward Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations.

Grizzlies Begin Life Without Z-Bo and TA, But Cling to Grit & Grind

Another Memphis Grizzlies Media Day is done, the first one in this seven-year playoff run after the departure of Tony Allen and Zach Randolph.

Doubts About Congress Cloud DACA Debate

With Washington’s attention on the vote count of the Republican Cassidy-Graham health care coverage bill, those on all sides of the immigration reform issue are watching the outcome of Cassidy-Graham closely.

Fairgrounds Proposal Coming Into Focus

Aaron Shafer saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, at the second public gathering toward a redevelopment plan for the Fairgrounds last week.

Last Word: Grit & Grind As A Mindset, Sewer Retaliation and MUS & Hutchison

More than a few bread crumbs on the direction the Fairgrounds redevelopment proposal is … well, developing after the second of three very important public forums last week by City Hall. The signs indicate a water park or surf park is highly unlikely, the gym at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy would go to open up Central Avenue frontage and a new gym built behind Kroc Center, a hotel by the Children’s Museum and the high school football field and track oval move from Central to where Libertyland used to be. And the city says none of this is set in stone even if it does show up on a tentative site plan among the exhibits last week.

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F.A.C.E.S. of Memphis and Emotional Fitness Centers of Tennessee will host a free lunch-and-learn session Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Healing Center cafeteria, 3885 Tchulahoma Road. The topic is “All Hands on Deck: The cycle of addiction and community involvement.” Call 901-370-4673 for RSVP and information.

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EMPHASIS Education

Independent Schools’ Success Based On Rigorous Academics, Innovation

Independent schools in the Memphis area are recording strong enrollment numbers as parents seek rigorous academics, small class sizes and educational approaches that prepare their children for the highly competitive college entrance process.

New Headmasters Take the Helm At Hutchison, Memphis University School

Kristen Ring, the new head of school at Hutchison School, dispels the notion that data on student achievement is only a function of state and federal requirements for public school systems.

Enhanced Athletic Facilities Significant Part of Independent School Draw

Over the last decade or so, Memphis-area independent schools have made major improvements in their athletic facilities – to the point it sometimes looks like an athletics arms race mimicking what is happening across college campuses.

Memphis Independent Schools Offer Varied Approaches to Early Childhood Learning

Research has shown show early childhood education sets the foundation for academic success in elementary school, and Memphis’ independent schools boast a number of high-quality preschool programs with expert educators, innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technology.


UTHSC, Nonprofit Partners In Funding Research Projects

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has formed a partnership with a Birmingham, Alabama-based nonprofit that has almost 500 scientists and engineers working under its banner, a union meant to help advance research that could lead to new drug discovery and commercialization.


Does Your Special Event Make Money?

“That was a great awareness event.” “We really reached a lot of people.” “We broke even on expenses.” Are these the outcomes of your most recent special event? What about, “We exceeded our fundraising goal!”

Data Breaches Hurt Consumers and Businesses

I recently served on a panel with an assistant U.S. attorney and a postal inspector talking about identity theft and offering advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other organizations also offer tips.


Tennessee's Jones Criticizes Media Coverage of His Program

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Butch Jones has some complaints with the media coverage of his program and made sure to express them during his Monday press conference.


Mississippi Gets More Time in Lawsuit Over Confederate-Themed Flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court is giving Mississippi more time to respond to a lawsuit that challenges the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.

Mississippi State, Delta Health Alliance to Help Students

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Up to 400 low-income Mississippi State students will get money for school and financial education through a partnership with Delta Health Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes healthier lifestyles.


Target is Raising Minimum Hourly Wage to $15 by End of 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020, a move it says will help it hire and keep the best employees and make shopping a better experience for customers.

Raycom Media, Community Newspaper Holdings Announce Merger

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Two media organizations that own dozens of newspapers and television stations around the nation, including a Memphis TV station, are announcing a merger.


Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Sexting Case

NEW YORK (AP) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.


Microsoft AI in Use at Macy's, Handling Service Requests

Microsoft has created a virtual assistant that can be used by companies to respond to customer service requests.


Studying 1 Million People to End Cookie-Cutter Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact – and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.

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