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VOL. 132 | NO. 177 | Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Graceland Says New Arena Not Competition For Forum

The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new $40 million  to $50 million Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.

City Moves Closer to Confederate Statue Removal

The Memphis City Council has passed the first of three votes on a resolution that declares “all Confederate statues and artifacts … on City-owned property public nuisances” and also sets up a framework for the city to remove those statues even without approval from the state.

Cohen Criticizes, Kustoff Commends 6-Month DACA Wind-Down

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis termed President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday, Sept. 5, to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program over the next six months “heartless, illogical and un-American.”

Baptist Opens Specialty Pharmacy

Baptist Memorial Health Care has opened the first specialty pharmacy in the system, a place that the hospital’s leadership says is especially well-suited to care for the medication needs of patients dealing with chronic health conditions.

Making History

Fresh off a record-setting season, Redbirds roll into the playoffs

Fittingly, the Memphis Redbirds ended their history-making season with a victory. On Labor Day in Colorado Springs, the Redbirds beat the SkySox 5-4 in 10 innings. Not only did the Redbirds finish with a franchise-best 91-50 record in Stubby Clapp’s first year as manager, they were a perfect 11-0 in extra-inning games.

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The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival continues through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

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Former Lawmaker Larry Bates Sentenced to 21 Years in Ponzi Scheme

One-time Tennessee legislator Larry Bates drew a prison sentence of 21 years and 10 months for a $20 million Ponzi scheme around the family business of selling gold and silver to investors.

Agricenter’s Sunflower Trail Makes Official Debut

More than 30 years after its conception, the Agricenter Sunflower Trail finally enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the grounds of Agricenter International. Work started on both ends of the Greenprint-certified trail, which was one of the first in Shelby County, back in the mid-1980s.

Riverdale Expansion Goes Beyond Bricks and Mortar

By the time work began in 2016 on an addition to Riverdale School in Germantown, the K-8 school was using 22 portable classrooms, Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said.

Dorothy Day House Plants New Roots in Midtown

Sister Maureen Griner, the executive director of the Memphis chapter of the Dorothy Day House, says that every night in Memphis there are about 160 families who will be sleeping in a shelter or somewhere inhabitable.


Halvorson Assumes New Role At Cumberland Trust

Independent corporate trust firm Cumberland Trust has promoted Rebecca M. Halvorson to senior vice president of business development and manager of regional markets. Halvorson, who joined Cumberland in 2010, is based in the company’s Memphis office.


Pay Attention To Signs It’s Time to Go

Often as job seekers, we struggle with the idea of when to leave. We may feel that it makes no sense to leave one good job for another. This can make sense in certain situations. However, when the writing is on the wall, it’s best to pay attention.

Old Hat vs. New Tricks

It’s no secret businesses see value in leveraging technology like social media in their marketing efforts. While technology has opened new doors in customer acquisition, it has also created new headaches for sales teams who find themselves struggling to adapt in today’s changing market landscape.

Craft Effective Noncompete Agreements

In 2017 most businesses’ value exists in intellectual property: a unique process or knowledge not readily known to the general public that gives a business a competitive advantage. Many small businesses dismiss the notion that they have intellectual property to protect. If the secret formula for a certain Atlanta-made soft drink or a Kentucky colonel’s fried chicken recipe are protectable, so too are a company’s customer lists, data, business practices, designs and other information that give a company an edge over competitors.


Trump Rescinding DACA Program Protecting Young Immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority" that must be revoked.

Congress Returns, Faces Pressing Issues Including Harvey Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful hurricane, Irma, bears down on the U.S.


Drivers Whose Cars Were Flooded by Harvey Can't Find Rentals

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – His three vehicles flooded by Hurricane Harvey, Jason Bell checked at one car-rental office only to find about 2,500 people ahead of him on the waiting list. When he tried a more out-of-the-way location, the reservations still numbered about 300.

Cousin Who Saw Emmett Till Being Kidnapped Dies at Age 74

CHICAGO (AP) – Simeon Wright, who was with his cousin Emmett Till when the Chicago boy was kidnapped and killed in 1955 after whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, has died. He was 74.


Arkansas Hopes Changes to Mega Millions Will Improve Sales

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lottery officials hope changes to the Mega Millions lottery will increase ticket sales.


Lenovo to Pay $3.5M in Settlement Over Preloaded Software

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A technology company will pay $3.5 million and change how it sells laptop computers as part of a settlement reached with federal officials and 32 states.

Amazon Launches African-American Video-on-Demand Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is launching Brown Sugar, a subscription video-on-demand service that features what it calls the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all time.


For-Profit College Plans to End Enrollment at 7 Locations

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A for-profit college says it plans to stop enrolling new students at seven locations across its multistate chain, including one in Clarksville, Tennessee.

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