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VOL. 131 | NO. 130 | Thursday, June 30, 2016

County Budget Done – Mostly

Shelby County commissioners put most of their budget season to rest Wednesday, June 29, with $5 million from the county’s reserve fund after they added $13 million in amendments to the $1.1 billion county operating budget during a seven-hour session.

Memphis International Raceway Readies for World Series of Drag Racing

No one is suggesting that Memphis International Raceway will duplicate the economic impact numbers generated by the Bristol Motor Speedway. For those numbers – more than $417 million in direct economic impact from 2012 to 2014 – are otherworldly.

Frontier Cuts Memphis-Atlanta Route, Increases Flights to Denver

Frontier Airlines will cut its three-day-per-week flight between Memphis International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Low-cost carrier Frontier announced the flight in January with service beginning in April. The flight will cease on Sept. 4.

Bellhops Looks to Add Memphis Workers

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.

Last Word: The Untouchable Compromise, Go West and World Series in August

Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer actually brought a suitcase with her to Wednesday’s commission budget session and special meeting.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 79%


Shelby County Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will hold a juvenile justice summit Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The summit aims to bring awareness to Shelby County juvenile reform efforts and encourage citizens to participate in them. James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equality, will present the keynote. Cost is free. For details, email kimbrell.owens@shelbycountytn.gov or call 901-222-0902.

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Memphis Lawsuit Over Police Applicants Could Hinge on Nashville Legal Opinion

The city of Memphis isn’t entitled to a list of everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police director and will only get a list of five to six finalists from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Libertas Roof Repairs Raise Questions for SCS

As expected, the Shelby County Schools board approved two new charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday, June 28, and turned down eight other charter applications for now.

Loeb Properties to Reposition YoLo, Kwik Shop Grill

YoLo Frozen Yogurt in Overton Square and the Kwik Shop Grill at Central Avenue and East Parkway are both on their way out.


South End Gets a $15 Million Apartment Complex

250 E. G.E. Patterson Ave., Memphis, TN 38126 -
A multifamily development in Downtown’s South End is moving forward. 


Record July Fourth Travel Forecasted

Have plans to travel this July Fourth weekend? You’re not alone.

Brush With Death Recalled, Part 4

In the past three columns, I’ve told how, in February 2002, I had a major reminiscence of my role in saving the life of a heart attack victim-in-denial 20 years earlier. In March I received annoying emails about how to survive a heart attack while alone. In early April I dreamed of my heartland being under attack.

Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down

More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.


Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's First Guitarist, Dies At 84

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.


Media Use in America Up a Full Hour Over Just Last Year

NEW YORK (AP) – The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase.


Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Wal-Mart Tries to Move In

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is trying to get a jump on Amazon's second annual sales bonanza.


FDA Has a Few Questions for Makers of Hand Sanitizer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim – and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.


Microsoft Readies Windows 10 Update, Answers Critics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords.

After Fire Flop, Amazon Unveils Phones With Its Apps, Ads

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is back in the phone business – sort of.

Facebook's Latest News Feed Tweak: This Time, It's Personal

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed – and this time, it's personal.

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