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VOL. 132 | NO. 179 | Friday, September 8, 2017

Developer: Lake District Project 'Moving Forward'

Developer Yehuda Netanel said you can’t measure a development by how many bumps in the road it has, but by how many bumps in the road it overcomes, which is a fitting summary of his company's ambitious Lake District project over the last few weeks.

Memphis-UCF Game Gives Way to Hurricane Irma

The University of Memphis football game that was to be played at UCF tonight in Orlando has been cancelled in response to Hurricane Irma.

Kemmons Wilson Co. Subsidiary to Merge with International Hotel Developer

Wilson Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Kemmons Wilson Co., will merge with Valor Hospitality Partners, an international hotel developer with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and London, England. And the new company's headquarters will be in Atlanta and London with an office in Memphis.

Right Response

EMS initiative breaking down barriers to health care options

For many people in the Mid-South with barriers to getting to the appropriate health care professionals, sometimes a 911 call has seemed like their only option. That’s all changing now thanks to a new collaborative effort between the Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local health care organizations, area hospitals, nonprofits and philanthropists.

Belly Acres Co-Owners Open New Concept

Ben McLean, co-owner of the Overton Square burger restaurant Belly Acres, has been thinking about expanding his Memphis-area restaurant interests for a few years now.

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Author Preston Lauterbach will share the history of Downtown Memphis at a Memphis Heritage Trail event Friday, Sept. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Paradise Event Center, 645 E. Georgia Ave. Lauterbach, author of “Beale Street Dynasty” and “The Chitlin Circuit,” will highlights the Heritage Trail district, a 20-block area that is considered the epicenter of local black history, heritage and culture. Free and open to the public. Visit memphisheritagetrail.com.

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Medical Technology Marks Brave New World In Treatment Of Serious Illnesses

Innovative medical technologies being developed in Memphis promise to revolutionize health care in the coming years.

Last Word: The Amazon Competition, Millington Shelters and Grizz Ownership Drama

With a social media post Thursday morning, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city is ready to compete in a very public competition for the $5-billion second North American headquarters Amazon.com announced earlier Thursday. Some context here. The $5 billion investment by Amazon in what it calls HQ2 compares to the $9 billion St. Jude is investing in its expansion including about $1 billion in capital costs and the rest research, technology and other development costs included in what is more than a physical expansion.

Lane Touts Luttrell Endorsement in Sheriff's Race

Republican contender for Shelby County Sheriff Dale Lane is touting the support of every suburban mayor in the county, current Shelby County Mayor and former sheriff Mark Luttrell, and former county mayor Jim Rout.

International Paper Sells Foodservice Segment In China

Memphis-headquartered International Paper announced Thursday, Sept. 7, it has completed the sale of its foodservice business in China to Huhtamaki Group. No dollar figure was mentioned in the two-sentence announcement.

Historic Grand Carousel, New CMOM Pavilion Slated for November Debut

The highly anticipated return of the Grand Carousel – a popular attraction for years at Libertyland, the shuttered amusement park – is on schedule with a grand opening expected in about two months at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Graceland: New Arena Not Competing With Forum

Graceland plans to go to the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) in the next week seeking a bigger percentage of the city and county property tax revenue from its 120-acre campus for a $50 million arena in Whitehaven.


Redbirds Not Just Developing Players, but Winning Players

When Gary LaRocque, the St. Louis Cardinals’ director of player development, came to AutoZone Park in mid-August, the Memphis Redbirds were just days away from clinching a playoff berth.

Breather for Vols Before Traveling to Florida

Get ready for another thrill ride, Tennessee fans. Your football team is at it again, just like last year.

Intriguing Story Playing Out Off The Football Field

Anybody got an extra billion dollars lying around? If so, you can own one-third share of an NFL franchise plus a handful of other assorted business ventures.

Titans Begin Season With Questions At Wide Receiver

For most of their two decades in Tennessee, the wide receiver position has been a glaring hole for the Titans.


Names and Faces Change, Redbirds Keep Winning

Who’s on first? Or for that matter, at second base and shortstop, catching, in the outfield, and coming in from the bullpen?


Anderson Leaves ASD Bound By More Rules and With Different Role

When the state-run Achievement School District began in the summer of 2012 there weren’t a lot of rules for how it would operate.


Pamela Urquieta Paves Innovative Pathways

Pamela Urquieta has worked closely with about 100 student innovators, and led workshops for another 1,000, during her two-year tenure as program coordinator at LITE Memphis. LITE, which stands for Let’s Innovate Through Education, is a Memphis-based nonprofit that focuses on connecting students with internship and entrepreneurship opportunities.


What We’re Left With

LEGACIES OF IRONY. The guy who invented dynamite and various ways to blow people up also gave us the Nobel Peace Prize. According to Alfred Nobel’s will in 1896, the award is to go to someone who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Catching Up In the Home Stretch

Ray’s Take: There aren’t a lot of benefits to getting older, but when it comes to saving for retirement, there are a few. If you’re 50 or older and feel like you haven’t saved quite as much as you would like for your retirement plan, you could be in luck when it comes to contributions.

Delete Personal Data from Rental Car Systems

I only have occasion to rent a car once or twice a year and have never paid for navigation, Bluetooth, streaming music, or other newer technologies that may be available.


Recognize Service, Sacrifice of POWs and MIAs

Dear Editor: On Sept. 15, Americans across the nation will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day – a day to recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans who were prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.


Required Pain Clinic Referral Among State Opioid Panel Ideas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A panel of Tennessee lawmakers wants to address the opioid epidemic with referral requirements at pain clinics, more state investigators and a public awareness program.


Another Confederate Statue Sparks Debate in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Another Confederate monument is sparking debate in Mississippi between critics who see it as a symbol of racial oppression and supporters who say it pays tribute to history.


Drugmaker Lilly to Trim Workforce by Nearly 9 Percent

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Eli Lilly will slash its global workforce by nearly 9 percent as the drugmaker closes some research sites and pushes to trim fixed costs.


All NFL Games Will Air Online, But Watching Won't Be Easy

NEW YORK (AP) – Every NFL football game will be shown live online this season – but that doesn't mean you'll be able to watch them.

Disney Streaming Service Just Got a Lot Bigger

NEW YORK (AP) – Disney is adding more firepower to its upcoming streaming service. Its "Star Wars" and Marvel comic-book movies will be included in the service, making it the only way to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly subscription. (So, not on Netflix.)


DeVos Planning to Scrap Obama Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday declared that "the era of 'rule by letter' is over" as she announced plans to change the way colleges and university handle allegations of sexual violence on campus.

Facebook: Accounts From Russia Bought Ads During US Campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts, probably run from Russia, spent about $100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social network said Wednesday.

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