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VOL. 132 | NO. 168 | Thursday, August 24, 2017

Joy Touliatos to Run for Shelby County Mayor

Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos formally announced Thursday, Aug. 24, she is running for Shelby County mayor in the May 2018 Republican primary.

State Again Rejects Baptist's Request for Arlington Emergency Room

A state agency has again turned down Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application to build an emergency room in Arlington.

Graceland Investing $50M in New Theater to Fill Memphis Venue Gap

The next phase in Graceland’s expansion in Whitehaven is a $40 million to $50 million investment in a 6,000- to 7,000-seat theater and event center about where Heartbreak Hotel currently stands.

New Milestones

Tourism spending, revenues reach record highs

For the 11th straight year, the tourism industry in Tennessee brought in more than $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, this time topping off at $1.7 billion in 2016.

Council Mulls Legal Options To Move Park Monuments

Memphis City Council members are exploring new options for the Confederate monuments in city parks that include boarding up statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis as nuisances, to prevent them from being vandalized and maintain public order, or by citing a provision of the state’s Civil Rights Act.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
80.0°F
Fair
Wind: Southeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 62%

EVENTS

A Staff Line job fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5100 Poplar Ave., eighth-floor conference room. Positions include line leads, staging auditors, machine operators, receiving clerk, forklift operators and material handlers. Job seekers should bring two forms of identification for on-the-spot applications and job offers.

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Orbison Headlines Memphis Music Hall Of Fame 2017 Class

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame unveiled its list of 2017 inductees to a packed house Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis that included Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Council OKs $6M Loan for Wonder Bread Garage

The Memphis City Council approved a $6 million loan on Tuesday, Aug. 22, to help finance the development of a 481-space parking garage that’s a key part of the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

State Panel Sheds New Light on Racial Atrocities

State Rep. Johnnie Turner has seen what can happen when old wounds are never allowed to heal.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Providing Hope Through Service

The French philosopher and Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin once said, “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.” While I agree it’s a responsibility we all share to provide the inspiration and reasons to hope to those in succeeding generations, after decades educating generations of young people, I am ever mindful that often it is they who inspire and give us hope. My hope for the future comes from them. They are laying the foundation now.

STATEWIDE

$2M Grant Program to Bolster Tennessee Courthouse Security

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A $2 million grant program aims to improve security at courthouses across Tennessee.

Chattanooga Airport Eyes Expansion, Signs New Deal With CEO

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Record traffic at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has officials considering an expansion of the facility.

Ex-Sheriff Sentenced to About 3 Years for Sex With Inmates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee sheriff has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after he admitted that he had sex with jail inmates he oversaw.

Teen Back With Family After 11 Days Missing in National Park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The National Park Service says a teenager who went missing for 11 days is with his family after he emerged from Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park and flagged a passing boat for help.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Shipyard to Fix Destroyer Hit in June Collision

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors will be repaired at a Mississippi shipyard, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Bourbon, Pizzas and Now Spaghetti Sauce Cover Arkansas Roads

CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) – It's a smorgasbord on Arkansas highways, with the third food spill in as many weeks.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Bashes NAFTA in Midst of Talks to Revamp Trade Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Walmart Joins Forces With Google on Voice-Activated Shopping

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone.

Whole Foods Shareholders Say Yes to Amazon Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Whole Foods shareholders voted Wednesday to bless a $13.7 billion union with Amazon that the organic grocery chain's CEO had called "love at first sight."

AUTO INDUSTRY

Studies: Automated Safety Systems Are Preventing Car Crashes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to reduce crashes significantly, according to two studies released Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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