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VOL. 131 | NO. 54 | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dyer Farmer John Butler to Lead Agricenter

John R. Butler has been selected as the new president of Agricenter International, officially beginning his position on July 1 of this year. Butler, a fifth-generation farmer who also held various management roles at Cargill, Inc., will succeed retiring president John Charles Wilson.

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ramsey Announces He Won't Run Again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a leading figure in the Republican takeover of all three branches of Tennessee state government, announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News'

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.

Sparks Fly In Nashville Over Deannexation

The Tennessee Legislature’s debate about a proposed deannexation law isn’t a case of Memphis against the rest of the state.

I Love MEM: Airport teams up with popular local blogger

Every week, I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield picks five events to include in her blog’s regular feature spotlighting things to do in Memphis during the coming weekend.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: from the Southeast at 10.4 gusting to 18.4 mph
Humidity: 46%


Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center will host contemporary dance ensemble Hubbard Street 2 Dance Chicago on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at buckmanartscenter.com.

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RDC Hints at Beale Landing Expansion for River Cruises

It takes $2.25 million a year to cover the bond payments on what it cost to build Beale Street Landing – $43 million.

Last Word: The Bloody Shirt of Deannexation, More Boats and The Rise of ioby

“Waving the bloody shirt” – get ready to hear that phrase a lot as a deannexation bill continues to be debated in Nashville – the one that the state House approved Monday evening.

More Memphis Neighborhoods Vying for Ioby Funds

When ioby launched in Memphis in 2014, it brought with it the mantra that things occurring in our backyards in city neighborhoods are precisely what’s desirable.

MWBE Taskforce Searching for Concrete Plan

The Memphis City Council is the latest group to address the disparity of business secured by women- and minority-owned businesses in the city and county.

Memphis Leaders Taking New Offers for Old Police HQ

The city of Memphis now has three offers to buy the old Central Police Station at 128 Adams Ave. and renovate it as a hotel. It will likely have even more offers by the time the Memphis City Council decides who, if anyone, to sell the circa-1910 building to at its April 19 meeting.

Pastner Cites Chain of Command in Speculation About Future

At a season-ending press conference on Monday, March 14, Josh Pastner said he considered himself the University of Memphis men’s basketball coach going forward “unless I’m told differently by my bosses.” And following that university president M. David Rudd released a statement saying a review of the program would be conducted.


Grimes Joins Barge Waggoner As Transportation Project Manager

Keafur Grimes has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as transportation project manager, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience. In his new role, Grimes manages transportation planning and construction projects to meet federal, state and local regulations; ensures that projects meet quality compliance and assurance standards as well as customer needs; and are delivered on time and within budget.


My Lucky Break

During the week of St. Patrick’s Day, luck is on our minds. We may think, “When will I get my lucky break? When will it be my turn?” We may feel overlooked for things like promotions and raises.

Stop Settling for Ordinary

We live in a world of stiff competition with so much noise competing for consumer attention that it can be painfully difficult for brands to get noticed and stand apart from their competition.

‘Spotlight’ Defends Open Access to Public Records

There’s a great scene about public records in the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the true story of The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.


Bid to Hike Tennessee Smoking Age to 21 Snuffed Out in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An effort to raise Tennessee's smoking age from 18 to 21 has been defeated in the state House.

Proposal to End Sales Tax Exemption for Newspapers Stalls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to end a Tennessee sales tax exemption for newspapers has removed the bill from consideration for the year.

Letter Grades for Tennessee Schools Headed to Haslam's Desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to assign letter grades to public schools in Tennessee is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Haslam Supports Giving Cities Power to Hike Local Gas Taxes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he supports giving cities and counties the power to levy their own gas taxes to help pay for transportation needs.

Tennessee Lawmakers Vote to Ban Religious Indoctrination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at banning religious "indoctrination" at schools.

Roads Removed From Tennessee Public-Private Partnership Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to allow public-private partnerships for transportation projects in Tennessee is advancing in the state Legislature after sponsors said it would no longer apply to highway or bridge construction.


CDC Guidelines Aim to Curb Painkiller Prescribing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.


Robotics Expert: Self-Driving Cars Not Ready for Deployment

WASHINGTON (AP) – A robotics expert is warning against a rush toward widespread deployment of self-driving cars, saying they are "absolutely not" ready.

Google Reveals 77 Percent of its Online Traffic is Encrypted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity.

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