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VOL. 132 | NO. 78 | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NCAA Men’s South Regional Returning to Memphis in 2021

The University of Memphis will play host to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional with games set to be played at FedExForum on March 26 and March 28, 2021.

McCloy and Joyner Accept Dunavant Honors

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner agreed Tuesday, April 18, that Memphis Libraries director Keenon McCloy deserved an award just for working for four consecutive mayors.

RegionSmart Speaker to Highlight Suburban Retrofitting

Redevelopment is a ubiquitous term in Memphis right now. Major projects such as the Crosstown Concourse and ServiceMaster’s new headquarters are located well within the city limits, but according to Ellen Dunham-Jones, that is only just one piece of the puzzle.

Bikesmith Adding New Events, Expanding to Crosstown Concourse

Jim Steffen is pedaling harder this year. The proprietor of The Bikesmith – an operation that includes a truck that doubles as a mobile bike shop and a retail presence inside a converted auto garage at 509 N. Hollywood St. – is making good on his ambition to do more this year.

Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

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EVENTS

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute African-American Male Initiative Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. The symposium will feature national and local efforts to increase positive educational and social outcomes for African-American males. Free and open to the public. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

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Nucor Steel, Rice Manufacturer Seek Memphis Incentives

Two companies have filed applications with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County for tax incentives that would allow them to expand operations in the Mid-South.

3 Women to be Honored at Legends Luncheon

Three women who have made huge contributions to local women and families will be honored at the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) 2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Shelby County Commissioners Pledge to ‘Push It’ on Minority Business Contracts

Shelby County commissioners took a hard line Monday, April 17, on increasing the share of county government contracts for minority and locally owned businesses now that it has a plan for tackling a documented disparity for such contracts.

Redbirds’ Patrick Wisdom Maturing as Hitter

Every player is on his own timetable. No matter the position he plays, no matter when and where he was drafted. Memphis Redbirds third baseman Patrick Wisdom, 25, came into the St. Louis Cardinals’ system with high – fast-track – expectations. Selected in the supplemental first round (52nd overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary’s College, Wisdom was tabbed by Baseball America as the 71st best overall prospect.

Commission Draws Brighter Line on Surplus Use

Shelby County commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, by approving a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

Coalition Urges City Funding For Schools

A coalition of 13 organizations and 17 citizens, including Shelby County Schools board chairman Chris Caldwell and state Reps. Raumesh Akbari and G.A. Hardaway, are calling on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to include at least $10 million in funding for schools in the budget he takes to the Memphis City Council next week.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Memphis Gets Nod for New Hotel Tax, Nashville Having Pipeline Problems

The state Senate has approved legislation enabling the Memphis City Council to consider an ordinance to create a new hotel/motel tax of no more than an aggregate of 5 percent to go toward the city-owned Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Veterans Want Tax Relief Addressed Separately

Members of the Legislature’s Veterans Caucus are renewing a call to increase property tax relief statewide for veterans and the elderly in a measure separate from the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

Tennessee Speaker to GOP: Show Civility in Gas Tax Debate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Speaker Beth Harwell is calling on her Republican colleagues to show civility as the Tennessee House prepares for a contentious vote Wednesday on Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation funding proposal.

Effort to Ban Open Alcohol Containers in Cars Dead for Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to ban open alcohol bottles or cans in vehicles traveling on Tennessee roads has failed for the year.

School Bus Safety Measures Advance in the Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bills designed to keep school bus riders safe continue to advance in the Tennessee Legislature, with one measure requiring buses to have seat belts clearing another hurdle.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Shaffer Named Executive Director Of Rebranded BLDG Memphis

John Paul Shaffer recently was named executive director of BLDG Memphis, the rebranded entity that brings the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Mem-phis under a single organizational identity.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Hitting the Ceiling

Nearly every growing company faces a phenomenon – at multiple points in its growth trajectory – where the leadership team feels stuck, growth stalls or halts, and everything starts to feel complex. The strategies of the past that served them so well are no longer working. Revenue has plateaued and frustration is creeping into the organization.

The Limits Of Loyalty

Loyalty is an important quality. It’s what helps bind friendships and loved ones. It’s what holds teams together. But, dare I say it – there are limits to loyalty.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Tourism Officials Launch Vacation Planning Website

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State tourism officials have launched a new personalized website to help travelers plan their trips to Tennessee.

REGIONAL NEWS

Coast Guard: Tow Boat Sinks in Mississippi River

COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) – The Coast Guard says a tow boat has sunk in the Mississippi River.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Targets Visa Program for Highly Skilled Workers

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order Tuesday in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Justices Could Limit Recovery in Securities Fraud Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed willing to make it tougher for the government to recover ill-gotten gains from people convicted of securities fraud.

AIRLINES

United CEO Says No One Will Be Fired for Dragging Incident

The CEO of United Airlines says no one will be fired over the dragging of a man off a plane – including himself.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Starbucks Calls Shifting-Color Drink a ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is calling a limited-time beverage that changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw a "Unicorn Frappuccino."

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook CEO Wants to Augment Your Reality

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually.

Google Earth Invites You to 'Get Lost' Exploring the Planet

NEW YORK (AP) – Google Earth is getting a revival, as the 3-D mapping service reorients itself to become more of a tool for adventure and exploration.

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