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VOL. 131 | NO. 117 | Monday, June 13, 2016

Berger Holds Off Mickelson and Others to Win FESJC

Daniel Berger carried a 3-stroke lead and a lot of confidence into Sunday’s final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. He didn’t even care that the crowd behind him included 42-time PGA Tour winner Phil Mickelson.

Local LGBT Community Stands in Solidarity After Orlando Massacre

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.

CHC Eyes Crosstown Move, Won’t Rush to Fill Sheehan’s Post

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.

The Week Ahead: June 13-19

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.

Last Word: Orlando, Rain Delay At Southwind and Church Health Center's Move

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.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: from the West at 10.4 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 57%


The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank for a discussion and signing of her latest release, “All Summer Long,” on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Ticketed VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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Carver High Closing Likely Not Last

Over the last 30 years, there have been proposals to close Carver High School. The nearly 60-year-old South Memphis high school survived them all until last week when Shelby County Schools board members voted to close it effective immediately.

Snapshots: Brothers in Blue

Six days after his death, funeral services June 10 for Memphis Police Officer Verdell Smith marked the end of a turbulent week, with much civic debate about public safety and violent crime in Memphis.

Land Use Board Turns Away Downtown Surfacing Parking Lot Proposal

City leaders adhering to the mission of density in urban development made their point at a June 9 board meeting of the Land Use Control Board.


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ServiceMaster commits to Memphis with plans for tech-centered headquarters

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community

Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”

June 10-16: This week in Memphis history

2015: Andrea Miller is named the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College, making her the first woman to lead the city’s only historically black college. Miller is selected by the college’s board of trustees in a meeting on campus that lasts several hours as students, alumni and other supporters wait on the lawn outside Brownlee Hall for the announcement.


Reaction Grows to Death of Memphis Police Officer In Downtown Crime Spree

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

Literacy Mid-South Executive Director to Step Down

Kevin Dean will step down as executive director from Literacy Mid-South following a five-year tenure, the nonprofit announced Monday, June 6.

City, State Incentives Lining Up For ServiceMaster's Move Downtown

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be getting a lot of help with its headquarters move into the vacant Peabody Place mall.

Weekend Crime Rampage Frames Criminal Justice Debate

Now what? The two-word question was one of many reactions as the week began to a Downtown crime spree Saturday night in which a Memphis Police officer died and three people were shot and wounded – two in critical condition Sunday at Regional One Health center.


‘Nashville’ Television Drama Gets a New Life

NEW YORK (AP) – The television series "Nashville" is getting a second life.

Prisons Keeping Schedule Blamed for Low Morale, Turnover

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State prison officials say they are keeping a controversial shift schedule that critics have blamed for understaffing and violence.


US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) – Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama's campaign to normalize relations between Cold War foes.

Gawker Files for Bankruptcy, To Sell Itself to Ziff Davis

NEW YORK (AP) – Gawker Media is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and putting itself up for sale, strained by a jury's verdict that that it must pay $140 million to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit.

Tesla Denies Safety Problems With Model S Suspensions

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors is denying allegations that there are safety problems with its vehicle suspensions.

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