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VOL. 131 | NO. 193 | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

No Federal Charges in Stewart Shooting

A U.S. Justice Department review of the July 2015 fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling has concluded there is “insufficient evidence” to charge Schilling with any federal crime in the incident.

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.

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.

Projects Position UTHSC For Transformation in 2017

The campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is as much a home to a major health care education institution these days as it is ground zero for major development projects poised to come online soon.

Snapshot: Serving Up Repairs

Silversmith Claire Taylor from Manchester, Mo., files away imperfections in an antique spoon at Repair Days 2016 at the Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis. Nearly 200 metalsmiths repaired antiques Sept. 22-25.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 69%


Memphis Botanic Garden will host its “Siptember Sip & Shop” themed Vine to Wine tasting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines, beers or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Last Word: FedEx Changes, The Blue Cross Exit and Armageddon

Was that really autumn Monday or was the drop in humidity a prank to get the trees to drop their leaves?

Cohen Describes Clinton-Trump Contest as “Armageddon”

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen set stark terms for the presidential general election as local Democrats opened their Memphis headquarters for nominee Hillary Clinton.

EMPHASIS Education

Ellis Haguewood Enjoying His Final Year as MUS Headmaster

For Ellis Haguewood, headmaster at Memphis University School (MUS) for the past 22 years, the relationships he has forged with students and colleagues during his 48 years at the school are the things he holds most dear. Haguewood will retire at the end of the school year, marking the end of an era in which MUS has prospered both inside and out of the classroom.

SCS Weighs Complexities of School Closings, Food Operations Shift

Among the start-of-school-year emergencies Shelby County Schools leaders faced in August was a shift of the school system’s food services out of the 70-year-old Central Nutrition Center building.


Knowledge Tree’s Branches Grow With Larger Online Presence

It is not an exaggeration to say that the formation of Knowledge Tree in 1994 was a case of the Gattas family, well, branching out.


Tools for Addressing Generational Poverty

We recently had the opportunity to learn from three women and the approaches they use to help vulnerable children and their families. We attended two local presentations coordinated by the Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. and want to share just a little of what we learned.

When to Call An Innovation Firm

Change is difficult, and changing for the better rarely happens out of virtue. When prospects reach out we know only one fact: They want to change something in their organizational mix and grow and want help. Often the need is an unexpressed and even unconscious urge for the company or nonprofit.


Islam Might Be Removed From 7th Grade Social Studies Classes

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – School officials have dropped most of the Tennessee middle school social studies standards involving Islam as part of newly proposed standards.


Arkansas to Offer Enhanced Security Driver's Licenses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas officials say the state is set to begin offering new enhanced driver's licenses and identification cards next week in order to comply with new federal standards.


Will Boom in Loans at Retailers, Manufacturers Turn to Bust?

NEW YORK (AP) – They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers.

Drugmaker Pfizer Decides Not to Break Up Business

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Drug giant Pfizer says it won't split into two publicly traded companies, despite pressure from investors frustrated by its lagging stock price, ending years of Wall Street speculation over its strategy and future.


Sales of New Homes Tumbled 7.6 Percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new homes retreated in August, one month after surging to the highest level in nearly nine years. Activity fell in all regions of the country except the West.


Justice Department Announces $20M for Police Body Cameras

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Justice Department announced Monday it's awarding more than $20 million for law enforcement agencies around the country to establish or enhance their use of body cameras, a move that comes after several fatal shootings of black men by police that have prompted widespread protests.

Official: One-Third of Calls to VA Suicide Hotline Roll Over

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

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