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VOL. 131 | NO. 215 | Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fizdale Gets First Win as Grizzlies' Coach the Hard Way

The night before his first game as an NBA head coach, David Fizdale received a surprise when he went to his front door.

Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies

Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

Federal Review of MPD to Take Two Years

The U.S. Justice Department agency reviewing the Memphis Police Department will start meeting the public after Thanksgiving in the first two town hall meetings to hear from citizens.

Agape Able to Expand Mission of Helping Families With Building Donation

Rex Jones, CEO and president of Hope Christian Community Foundation, describes what they do in the simplest of terms:

Authority Sticks With DMC for Beale Street

The Beale Street entertainment district is preparing for a Christmas parade and a New Year’s Eve celebration beyond Wednesday’s opening of the lucrative Memphis Grizzlies season.

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


American Advertising Federation Memphis will meet Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at Lafayette’s Music Room, 2119 Madison Ave. Hummingbird Productions founder Bob Farnsworth will discuss “fusic,” or the fusion of film and music. Visit aafmemphis.org for details.

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Teen Ambassador Program Seeking Students to Promote the Arts

Ballet on Wheels, a traveling dance program that has taken dance training into Shelby County Schools and other community organizations, has always had a mission to serve young people of diverse backgrounds, but now the organization is expanding beyond just dance training and mentoring local students who want to become leaders for the next generation in its new Teen Ambassador Program.

Last Word: DOJ Reviews MPD, Big River Crossing Light Shows and Election Notes

By the spring, we should have the first report from the U.S. Justice Department review of the Memphis Police Department. And we got a better idea Wednesday of what this study involves.

Norvell Suspends Two Tigers Football Players Indefinitely

University of Memphis coach Mike Norvell has suspended wide receiver Jae’lon Oglesby and defensive back Kam Prewitt after an incident on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

TWF Celebrates 70 Years of Conservation Leadership

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation turns 70 this year, and its rich history over the years includes work in West Tennessee that has helped restore wildlife species, protect habitat for public use, and introduce kids to the Great Outdoors through youth hunting and fishing events.

Creative Expands Blog Into Subscription Commerce

A Memphis creative who’s grown her 4-year-old food blog into a lifestyle brand with a national readership is preparing to expand into subscription commerce.

Women’s Foundation Has 2-Generation Approach to Reduce Poverty in 38126

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has a big goal to reduce poverty by 5 percent over the next five years in the 38126 ZIP code in South Memphis.


Luttrell: Vote No on County Charter Amendment

The Shelby County Home Rule Charter serves Shelby County government the same way that the United States Constitution serves our country and our federal government. Our county charter was carefully written by a special committee of citizens 30 years ago and it has served the people of Shelby County well, putting into place checks and balances and clear lines of accountability that are essential for a fair and efficient government.

Two Ways To Boost Employee Engagement

A Gallup research study of employee engagement released in 2012 found that only 30 percent of employees in the workplace in the United States are actively engaged in the work they do. Which means that 70 percent of the employees are either not engaged (52 percent) or actively disengaged (18 percent).

Looking Back

Looking back, I’m struck by the irony: This column’s shutting down at year’s end. She’s been around, in one form or another, for 32 years. Read that: I’ve been on deadline, like, forever! And only recently am I seeing strategies that I ought to have employed, if not from the start, then from 2005, when the I Swear Crossword began to run alongside it. 

Tennessee Promise Draws Criticism Amid Rising Tuition

MTSU student Emily Webb cobbled together enough money to pay for her first year and a half of expenses. 


Haslam Campaigns for GOP Members in Tennessee House, Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is hitting the campaign trail on behalf of fellow Republicans in closely divided districts.

Arby's to Sell Venison Sandwiches in 6 Deer-Hunting States

ATLANTA (AP) – Deer hunting season is on the way, but fans of venison might not have to trek out into the woods this year to get their fix. Arby's has announced that it will be offering venison sandwiches this fall in six states where deer hunting is popular, including Tennessee.


All Fixed Up: Elvis Birthplace Expansion Complete

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – After more than four years and more than $7 million, the renovation and expansion of the Elvis Birthplace and Museum is complete.

Agreement Made on $54.4M Entergy Arkansas Rate Increase

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Entergy Arkansas and four other parties have agreed to a $54.4 million electric rate increase for 2017.


Cabela's Struggles Go On Ahead of Sale to Bass Pro Shops

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) – Cabela's profit slid 35 percent in the third quarter, a period in which the outdoor gear seller aggressively discounted goods to boost sales.

Outlook Weighs on Hilton

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) – Hilton cut its expectations for a key revenue figure, overshadowing an otherwise solid third-quarter performance.


Windows 10 to Bring 3-D to Two-Dimensional Experiences

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft wants to bring life to common computing experiences by adding a third dimension to widely used software such as Windows and Office.

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