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VOL. 129 | NO. 169 | Friday, August 29, 2014

Graceland Hotel Designed by Memphis Talent

When designing a hotel that effectively expands the footprint of the most famous home in Memphis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the design team for the project is stacked with local talent.

Mortarville to Memphis

Iraq veteran back home to change lives at Hickory Ridge Middle School

On the walls of his office at Hickory Ridge Middle School, principal Cedric Smith has a poster of an Iraqi flag. It’s from the time his Army reserve unit was called up in 2009 and stationed on a base that soldiers nicknamed “Mortarville” for how often it was hit by enemy shells.

Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

County Leaders Make Transition to Governing

For government officials, the oath of office marks the boundary between the ability to get elected and the ability to govern.

Fred's to Close 60 Stores

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred's has decided to close 60 of its stores that don't have a pharmacy and that don't meet performance targets, as the chain continues to place more emphasis on its pharmacy offerings.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 85%


The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

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8 Apply to Become Next Tennessee Attorney General

NASHVILLE (AP) – Eight candidates have applied with the Tennessee Supreme Court for the next eight-year term as state attorney general.

Obama Nominates WREG President to TVA Board

President Barack Obama has nominated Ron Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, to the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

Legal Opinion Sets Rules for Filling State Senate Vacancy

The local Democratic and Republican parties have until Sept. 8 to select a nominee for the state Senate District 30 seat that becomes vacant Friday, Aug. 29, according to a legal opinion Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Tennessee attorney general’s office.

Medtronic Launches Pediatric Scoliosis Treatment

Medtronic Inc. on Thursday, Aug. 28, announced the 510(k) clearance and launch of a product designed for treatment of skeletally immature pediatric patients younger than 10 years of age diagnosed with severe, progressive, life-threatening, early-onset spinal deformities.

Kirby, Wiseman Campaign for Judicial Selection

Attorney Lang Wiseman says there will be no return to the days when Tennessee legislators had no direct role in who the governor appointed to be appellate court judges if an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution is defeated in November.


Attendance Woes to Bring Changes at AutoZone Park

As the Memphis Redbirds closed out their regular-season home schedule at AutoZone Park this past week, pitcher Tim Cooney set a franchise record with his 14th win and the Redbirds widened their lead over second-place Nashville in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

Wade: College Football Returns With Passion

First off, I don’t believe everything that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper says.


It Begins

KICKING IT OFF. Here we go again. Some years ago, I found myself at a tailgate party in downtown Tuscaloosa. Even though the game wasn’t until that afternoon and it was only mid-morning, there were plenty of people well into their cups.

Standing Out in The Crowd

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”


Few Clues to Tennessee Attorney General Applicants

NASHVILLE (AP) – The deadline to apply to become Tennessee's next attorney general is Friday, but anyone still on the fence about whether to join the fray won't have the benefit of sizing up the competition first.

Advocates Urge Governor to Expand Medicaid

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state chapter of the NAACP and other advocates for health care are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.


US Economy Grew at 4.2 Percent Rate in Second Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.

Dollar General Still Wants to Buy Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week.

Survey: Americans' Pessimism on Economy Has Grown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

JPMorgan Investigating Possible Cyberattack

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase, the nation's biggest bank by assets, is working with law enforcement officials to investigate a possible cyberattack, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity, though the bank isn't currently seeing any unusual fraud activity at the time.


Apple to Unveil Next Products at Sept. 9 Event

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple will show off its newest products Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple's latest twists on technology.

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