MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department has charged their mother, Shanynthia Gardner, with first degree murder as well as other charges.
47. BancorpSouth to Settle Lending Complaint - Saturday, July 02, 2016
Two federal agencies – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice – have brought an action against BancorpSouth requiring it to pay $10.6 million to address discriminatory mortgage lending practices.48. The Week Ahead: July 4-10 - Monday, July 04, 2016
Happy Fourth of July, Memphis! We hope you’re enjoying a long weekend – and if you do have to work today, we hope you’re able to sneak out early enough to watch some of the local fireworks displays tonight. Here are details on a few of them, plus other local happenings you need to know about this week…49. CDC Awards Tennessee Funds to Fight Zika Virus - Monday, July 04, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Tennessee $377,376 to support efforts to protect citizens from Zika virus infection and associated adverse health outcomes, including microcephaly and the other serious birth defects.50. Audrey Gregory Returns to Memphis to Lead Saint Francis Hospitals - Tuesday, July 05, 2016
For Dr. Audrey Gregory, new market CEO for Saint Francis hospitals, leading and being called to serve has always been in her blood.51. Last Word: Highlander, Aretha's House and When The Old Daisy Was New - Friday, July 01, 2016
There is Highland Row and Highland Strip and they do not meet, although they are just a short walk from one another near the University of Memphis.
That is going to be a handy point of reference because the area in general – called the University District – is coming along so well that you are going to be reading more about it.52. BancorpSouth to Pay $10.6M To Settle Lending Complaint - Friday, July 01, 2016
Two federal agencies – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice – have brought an action against BancorpSouth requiring it to pay $10.6 million to address discriminatory mortgage lending practices.53. Hattiloo’s Bandele: ‘It’s a Supply and Demand Thing’ - Friday, July 01, 2016
When you see Ekundayo Bandele in his sleek, contemporary Midtown office, dressed sharp in a tie and freshly shined shoes, phone dinging constantly, you might think he was born to be a theater impresario. 54. Bellhops Looks to Add Memphis Workers - Thursday, June 30, 2016
One of the tech-driven trends reshaping much of modern life is the Uber-ization of the mundane and the commonplace – bringing the mobile payment features and quick-tap instant gratification of hailing an Uber to almost anything an entrepreneur can think of.55. Chamber Names Simmons Director of Public Policy - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Haley Simmons has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as the director of public policy, a new position in the chamber’s community development department. In this role, Simmons will be focused on enhancing the chamber’s advocacy efforts to inform and engage its members on important policy issues, and he’ll also be responsible for growing the chamber’s role in education initiatives.56. Kevin Dean Leaves Legacy at Literacy Mid-South for ‘New Adventure’ - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
After five years of leading the charge for building a stronger community of skilled readers, Thursday, June 30, is Kevin Dean’s last day as executive director of Literacy Mid-South. He leaves behind a legacy of milestones he orchestrated for the nonprofit organization, which aims to provide literary resources to all backgrounds and ages.57. Frayser Targeted as Pilot Area for Citywide Fight Against Blight - Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Last week, a wrecking team demolished a single-family home in the Washington Heights neighborhood in South Memphis. The effort, organized by United Housing Inc. and backed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the first of its kind to take place.58. Liberty Bowl Gives Award to Archie Manning - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Archie Manning has received the Liberty Bowl's Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition.
Manning received the award Sunday, June 19, while serving as guest of honor at the kickoff event of the Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.59. Major Violent Crime Rate Up in Memphis, Shelby Co. - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Memphis’ major violent crime rate rose 7.5 percent during the first five months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, and the countywide rate was 9.1 percent higher than a year ago, according to Operation: Safe Community statistics released Tuesday, June 21.60. First State-Backed Blight Demolition Completed - Saturday, June 25, 2016
The first demolition sponsored by the state’s Blight Elimination Program took place June 22.
Memphis-based United Housing Inc. sent a wrecking crew to 1370 Mississippi Blvd. to demolish an abandoned home and make way for a green space.61. Editorial: The Bitter Taste of Tennessee Liquor Laws - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Something about spirits consistently causes Tennessee legislators to create arcane, byzantine laws.
Maybe it’s something in the wine. Or perhaps lawmakers have just been nursing legislative hangovers in recent years from debating health insurance rules or deciding who can use the bathroom where.62. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition - Monday, June 27, 2016
A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.
The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.63. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice - Friday, June 24, 2016
Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.64. Last Word: Lights, Camera, Demolition, Our Cautious Prosperity and City Hall Redux - Thursday, June 23, 2016
In south Memphis Wednesday, an old house on Mississippi Boulevard was demolished as part of a press conference to tout anti-blight measures in a city that has a lot of blight.
At times it seems like we have a different blight program for just about every blighted property.65. New For-Profit Medical Schools Springing Up Across US - Thursday, June 23, 2016
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – For-profit medical schools are starting to pop up around the country, promising to create new family doctors for underserved rural regions.
Rural states like Idaho need more general practitioners, with the baby boom generation aging and expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act making health care more accessible. But critics of the new schools question whether companies can properly train the nation's next crop of doctors.66. Humane Society Launches Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic - Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is ramping up efforts to control the pet population by launching a mobile spay and neuter clinic.
And there’s good reason, said executive director Andrew Jacuzzi: Just one pair of unspayed, unneutered dogs and their offspring, based on the reproductive pace and the size of the litters, can produce 67,000 dogs in six years, according to the Humane Society of the United States.67. First Fed-Backed Blight Demolition Takes Place in South Memphis - Thursday, June 23, 2016
The first demolition sponsored by the state’s Blight Elimination Program took place Wednesday, June 22. Memphis-based United Housing Inc. sent a wrecking crew to 1370 Mississippi Blvd. to demolish an abandoned home and make way for a green space.68. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.
The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.69. Memphis-Shelby County Major Violent Crime Rates Rise - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The major violent crime rate for Memphis rose 7.5 percent by the end of May compared to the first five months of 2015 and the rate was 9.1 percent higher than a year ago countywide, according to statistics from Operation: Safe Community released Tuesday, June 21.70. 10 Years After Housing Peaked, US is More of a Renter Nation - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) – It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.71. Liberty Bowl Gives Award to Archie Manning - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Archie Manning has received the Liberty Bowl's Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition.72. Events - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Bradley Harris will present “‘Me Talk Real Good’: Confessions of a Toastmaster.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.73. UrbanArt Plans Move to Crosstown Neighborhood - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The planned relocation next year of the UrbanArt Commission from Poplar and Highland to a storefront across from Crosstown Concourse is one of the bigger items on a lengthy and growing to-do list for the arts-focused nonprofit.74. Last Word: Cavaliers, The Longer County Tax Season and The New Elections Chief - Monday, June 20, 2016
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA champs, beating the Golden State Warriors 93 – 89 in the final game of the NBA’s second season. I don’t want to hear a word about how baseball takes too long.75. Events - Monday, June 20, 2016
HireLive will host a sales and management career fair Tuesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to email@example.com and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com for details.76. The Week Ahead: June 20-26 - Monday, June 20, 2016
Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 77. Events - Saturday, June 18, 2016
Soulsville Record Swap will take place Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Shop rare 45s, 78s and LPs, Memphis music and more. Dealers from throughout the South are planning to attend. The Stax Museum will be selling deeply discounted CDs, books, apparel, and souvenirs. Regular admission is $5 or free with museum ticket; early bird admission (10 a.m.) is $10. Visit staxmuseum.com.78. Believe It or Not - Saturday, June 18, 2016
Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.79. Mississippi Community College Fees Rise 7 Percent on Average - Friday, June 17, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Tuition will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.
A student will pay $2,748 for two semesters of full-time classes, on average, up from $2,577 in the 2015-2016 year, according to figures from the state Community College Board.80. First Tennessee Bank Hosting Public Blood Drive - Friday, June 17, 2016
First Tennessee Bank will host a public blood drive on Monday, June 20, honoring victims of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that killed 49 and injured 53.81. Young Brings Data Focus to City Planning - Friday, June 17, 2016
Want to gaze into the future? Hop into Paul Young’s Infiniti and ride around Downtown for an hour. “These three blocks will be something of a spine for the neighborhood,” he says, as a light rain falls on the windshield. “We envision five- or six-story buildings with restaurants and retail at street level, commercial and residential up top.”82. Last Word: The Fragile Compromise, Late by Train and NY Times on Chips Moman - Thursday, June 16, 2016
It looks like there is a deal to fully fund the Shelby County Schools system’s budget. But don’t look at the deal too long because it is very fragile.
It unraveled a bit within an hour after this got thrashed out in marathon Wednesday committee sessions by the Shelby County Commission.83. Banc3 Touts Niche, Inks Its First Acquisition - Thursday, June 16, 2016
The way longtime Memphis banking executive Frank Cianciola thinks a community bank ought to organize itself and how it should be run in today’s bank climate is right there in his new company’s name.84. New Big Brothers Big Sisters Leader Has Big Goals for Little Memphians - Thursday, June 16, 2016
Early in her life, Rychetta Watkins learned there is more than one way to help people. Next week, she will start work as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South Inc.85. SRVS' Saulsberry Honored for Her Work - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Wendy Saulsberry is one of two recipients of the 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Tennessee by the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Saulsberry is a direct support professional for SRVS, a United Way agency that supports more than 1,200 children and adults with disabilities.86. Dignity, Honor, Respect: A Fundraising Success Story - Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Saulsberry says that as a DSP, she is deeply committed to the well-being of SRVS clients, assists them with their daily activities and advocates on behalf of their interests.
Do not underestimate the vision, power and tenacity of grassroots community organizations. We have seen firsthand how a well-defined vision can transform a community and the lives of its residents.87. Lack of Major State Races Tempers Political Picnic - Tuesday, June 14, 2016
'Hot' can be a political term. It can describe a close race or a very competitive race for elected office. When former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism held his 16th annual political picnic Saturday, June 11, it was hot. And few of those at the Westwood gathering, other than perhaps the candidates, would describe this election season that way.88. Crosstown High Organizers Prepare Charter Application as One Option - Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The organizers of a Crosstown High School expect to take their application for a charter school to the Shelby County Schools board at the end of June.
Christian Brothers University president John Smarrelli said the still evolving purpose and structure of the school is as a “contract school” in the Shelby County Schools system.89. Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move - Monday, June 13, 2016
Many of us were watching the streets of our own city closely this weekend – the places where people gather for good times when the weather is warm and the sky is clear. Lately some of those places have been the settings for vivid and sudden reminders that all is not well in our city.90. Local LGBT Community Stands in Solidarity After Orlando Massacre - Monday, June 13, 2016
Flags across the state of Tennessee were at half staff Sunday, June 12, following the Sunday morning mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
And a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting was scheduled Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center in Cooper-Young.91. Memphis-Based Banc3 Makes First Acquisition - Saturday, June 11, 2016
Memphis-based community bank holding company Banc3 Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of The Farmers Bank of Woodland Mills, Tenn.92. The Week Ahead: June 13-19 - Monday, June 13, 2016
Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from decisions about ServiceMaster incentives to the ultimate dodgeball tournament.93. CHC Eyes Crosstown Move, Won’t Rush to Fill Sheehan’s Post - Monday, June 13, 2016
The Church Health Center is gearing up to move into and begin seeing patients at the renovated Crosstown Concourse early next year, with no immediate plans to fill the vacant president’s position following the departure of Antony Sheehan last month.94. Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community - Saturday, June 11, 2016
Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”95. Oyler Brings German Efficiency to Memphis Transportation - Friday, June 10, 2016
Urban planners are born, not made. At least, that’s how it was with Nicholas Oyler. From the time he was in middle school, he couldn’t stop thinking about how cities work.
“I was always doodling skyscrapers,” Oyler recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t Memphis have more of them? And what can we do to get more?’”96. Memphis-Based Banc3 Makes First Acquisition - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Memphis-based community bank holding company Banc3 Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of The Farmers Bank of Woodland Mills, Tenn.97. UTHSC Preparing to Open $36.7M Educational Facility - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has lined up an executive director who will be the first to lead academic programs in a new $36.7 million facility on campus that’s set to open next year.98. Literacy Mid-South Executive Director to Step Down - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Kevin Dean will step down as executive director from Literacy Mid-South following a five-year tenure, the nonprofit announced Monday, June 6.99. Executive Director of Literacy Mid-South Stepping Down - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Kevin Dean will step down as executive director from Literacy Mid-South following a five-year-tenure, the nonprofit announced today. 100. Events - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Church Health Center’s Farmers Market kicks off its 2016 season Tuesday, June 7, at 1115 Ave. A healthy cooking class begins at 9 a.m.; the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 25. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/farmersmarket for details.