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VOL. 131 | NO. 110 | Thursday, June 2, 2016

Joint SCS-ASD Raleigh School Off for Now, But Debate Continues

The Shelby County Schools system has turned down a collaboration with the state-run Achievement School District on an Innovation Zone middle school in Raleigh.

Memphis Dentist Pulls Teeth – And Trucks

Tim Messer is a dentist by profession, a competitive “puller” by avocation. Confused? Don’t be. His first super modified, two-wheel drive truck was called “The Driller.” And he now has one called “Wide Open.”

Committee Recommends Pay Raises for City Employees

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, recommending 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.

DMC Wants to Connect Successful South End to South City

For the past 15 years, the Downtown Memphis Commission has concentrated its development efforts in the South Main area. The fruits of that labor, which turned an abandoned stretch of Main Street into a blossoming haven for retail and restaurants, is spilling over onto South Front Street.

Last Word: South Main and Main, More Wheel Tax Mileage and City Hall Shark Tank

When we talk about South Main these days and all that is happening in that area, we aren’t talking about Main Street Memphis further south of that, even though it’s the same road.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Light Rain
Wind: from the North at 12.7 gusting to 20.7 mph
Humidity: 82%


Seventh annual Memphis Black Expo will be held Thursday through Monday, June 2-6, with a variety of events across Shelby County. Highlights include the June 2 conscious cinema & panel discussion; June 3 “Welcome to Memphis” reception; June 4 cultural festival & black business showcase, neo-soul food festival and youth empowerment conference; June 5 “Art of Fashion” party; and June 6 closing dinner. Visit memphisblackexpo.com.

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June is Maker Month in Memphis

This month in Memphis is all about the makers. From a gathering at the Broad Avenue retailer City & State to a “Makers Faire” in front of City Hall to a new privately funded effort to better understand the local maker economy, June will see a celebration and showcase of the city’s community of makers, artisans and the like.


Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction

4572 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 -
The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.


New Grizzlies Coach Fizdale Plans to Win Now

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.

Manning, Spurrier Debut on College Hall of Fame Ballot

Peyton Manning and his old college football nemesis, Steve Spurrier, could enter the Hall of Fame at the same time.

SEC Coaches Saban, Bielema Want to Change NFL Draft Rules

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema would like to see a major change to rules regarding NFL draft entry.


San Antonio By Bike Share

One of my newest travel interests is renting a bicycle. For years, I’ve enjoyed getting out and running. It’s a great way to exercise while seeing a city. But as bike lanes and dedicated trails grow in popularity, renting a bicycle for the day or even an hour has become an intriguing option for combining the need for exercise with the opportunity to explore a city.

Beer Run

Last week I wrote a brief account of my high school football career. And that got me to thinking about other memorable high school experiences. A decade or so ago I wrote a column based on Bill Bryson’s “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” and another book that I was reading at the same time. Both books, I noted, had funny stories about teenage boys stealing alcoholic beverages.

UT’s Legislative Spanking Could Have Been Worse

In a state where many people bleed orange, the University of Tennessee found itself in an unusual position during the 2016 legislative session: fighting for its life.


Fed Survey Finds Modest Growth in Many Regions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy grew at a modest pace in much of the country from April to mid-May, despite headwinds ranging from slower consumer spending to ongoing weakness in the manufacturing and the energy sectors.


Wal-Mart Revives Smiley Face Image for Price Marketing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart is reviving its yellow smiley image to be the face of its low-price marketing.

Forbes: Former Richest Self-Made US Woman Now Worth Nothing

NEW YORK (AP) – Forbes has revised the net worth of the woman it crowned America's richest self-made woman last year from $4.5 billion to nothing.

FDA Issues New Guidelines on Salt, Pressuring Food Industry

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.


Amazon's Jeff Bezos: 'Golden Era' of Technology is Coming

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says when it comes to technology, "We're on the edge of the golden era."

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