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VOL. 131 | NO. 109 | Wednesday, June 1, 2016

County Commission Explores Wheel Tax Shift For SCS

Shelby County Commissioners set the stage in Wednesday, June 1, committee sessions to take the first of three votes Monday on a stable $4.37 county property tax rate.

SCS To Move Ahead With Raleigh-Egypt 6-12 School

Shelby County Schools leaders will go ahead with plans for expanding Raleigh Egypt High School to a grades 6-12 school starting in August.

New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale: 'I'm Here to Win'

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

Council Committee Recommends Pay Raises Beyond Fire and Police

It took six hours. But the Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, with a recommendation of a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

Local Families Provide Loving, Temporary Homes for Children in Crisis

“There’s no way I can do that. I’m not that kind of hero.” David Jordan often hears that response when he talks to people about the possibility of becoming a foster parent.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Northwest at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 79%


Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, District 1 will present The Days of Summer, A Standard Flower Show, on Wednesday, June 1, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will feature 60 floral designs, hundreds of horticultural entries, educational exhibits and artistic crafts. Admission is free to the public. Contact Joan Doty at 662-895-3228 for more information.

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Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

Greensward Protests See First Arrests

Two protesters blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

Pizza Chain Cooks Up Growth in Memphis

Papa Murphy’s has cooked up some ambitious growth plans in Memphis to accompany the pizza pies the Vancouver, Wash.-based chain is known for.

MAA Still Entertaining Headquarters Options

Memphis-based MAA is a year into its search for a new headquarters, and the company is moving closer to plans for a newly constructed building.

August Ballot Known for What’s Not at the Top

Just before the Memorial Day weekend, candidates in the most hotly contested races on the Aug. 4 ballot got the packages they’ve been waiting on – yard signs.


Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.


Characteristics of Sales Winners

Do you struggle to pinpoint exactly what makes your top sales performers excel? While common, this challenge can make it impossible to consistently recruit high performers. It also makes it difficult to translate those qualities into training for other salespeople on your team that would allow your organization to more quickly scale.

How to Start Off on The Right Foot

In the most difficult of cases, a job search can take a year or more. The process is grueling and emotionally exhausting. We spend many days and lots of money perfecting our look, networking with new people and trying to find just the right fit.

Protect Your Skin as Summer Heats Up

As we all take a collective breath from the wonderful time that is Memphis in May, and on the heels of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, this is a good time for everyone to take stock in skin protection as we look forward to a hot and fun summer!


Official With Permit for $600K Home Seeks Public Defender

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A Rutherford County sheriff's office administrator who faces federal charges has asked for a public defender to represent him, weeks after obtaining a permit to build a $598,684 home.

Great Smoky Mountains Proposes Fee Increases for Campgrounds

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Camping fees at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park may increase by 25 percent.


Wal-Mart Steps Up Online Efforts in China as a Key to Future

SHANGHAI (AP) – Wal-Mart's tiny warehouse in eastern Shanghai doesn't look like much. But it's a key part of the company's strategy to win over grocery customers in China who are fast heading online.

Scandal-Hit Volkswagen Makes Profit Despite Scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year – but showed it can still make money even as it grapples with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.


US Home Prices Rise in March as Spring Buying Season Begins

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven't thwarted sales.


US Consumer Spending Scores Biggest Jump in 6 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending surged in April by the largest amount in more than six years, led by a big jump in purchases of autos and other durable goods.

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