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VOL. 132 | NO. 246 | Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Central BBQ to Open Fourth Store on Poplar

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

Developers of Old Kroger Site Buy Property for $8M

The developers planning the renovations of the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Election Commission Goes to Court in RCV Controversy

Shelby County Election Commissioners are going to court to settle a conflict over ranked-choice voting.

Mayor’s Critics Have Their Own Plans for Strike Anniversary

When the 1968 sanitation workers strike ended in April 1968, Cleophus Smith didn’t feel like the formal city recognition and a minimal pay raise he and other sanitation workers had gained was something to be celebrated.

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Former NBA Player Wright

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A man charged with killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright more than seven years ago in Tennessee has pleaded not guilty.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: North at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 67%


NAWBO Memphis will hold its annual holiday gathering Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Celebrate the organization’s 2017 accomplishments and look ahead to 2018. Tickets are $25 for members and a guest, and $35 for nonmembers and a guest. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

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Last Word: Grizz Troubles Deepen, Germantown Kroger Enigma and The Strikers

Tigers over Great Danes Tuesday at the Forum 67 – 58. The Grizz are in Washington Wednesday to play the Wizards and some of the attention around the Grizz is shifting away from what happens on the court. What would you call the place that the Grizz are at this mile marker past Grit & Grind? It is more than a losing streak, says Don Wade in his Press Box column.


Leaps and Bounds

Health care grows immensely in 2017 with no end in sight

Memphis’ health care industry was packed with activity in 2017, everything from a slew of new hires and personnel changes to new facility openings, major research announcements and expansions.

May Primary Ballot Continues to Fill Up

Floyd Bonner, chief sheriff’s deputy for Shelby County, is among the latest candidates to file for a place on the May 2018 primary elections ballot. Bonner filed Friday, Dec. 8, in the Democratic primary for sheriff. He is expected to run against sheriff’s office supervisor and 2014 Democratic nominee for sheriff Bennie Cobb in the primary.

Gibson Guitar Factory Sale Clears First Hurdle

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved a lease transfer request by the new owners of the Gibson Guitar Factory in Downtown Memphis on Tuesday Dec. 12, effectively clearing the way for the lengthy redevelopment process to begin.


Grizzlies Not Just Losing Games, But Respect

Another horrific loss, another long counseling session at Marc Gasol’s locker with Gasol simultaneously playing the parts of frustrated team psychologist and exasperated patient.


New Memphis Promotes Dakin to Pilot ‘Launch’ Initiative

Frankie Dakin has been promoted to director of strategic initiatives at New Memphis, a role in which he’ll pilot the organization’s new Launch: Campus to Career program. The initiative, which builds on New Memphis’ Summer Experience, connects college students with professional opportunities and networks to inspire them to launch careers in Memphis. Dakin will lead the program, encouraging area students to find and prepare for internships with local employers.


Best Places To Work in 2018

For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.

5 Deadly Sales Call Pitfalls

Good, old-fashioned sales calls are making a comeback, given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore. With digital communication now serving as the preferred form of initial outreach to new prospects, there is a sizable opportunity for sales reps skilled at making a truly skillful sales call. 


Tennessee Senate Speaker Wants Comptroller Probe Into ACT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate's leader wants an investigation into the ACT, which hasn't released scores from wrongly administered tests.

Officials Break Ground on New Tennessee State Library

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials have broken ground on a new state Library and Archives building slated to be complete in fall 2019.

Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn Closing in April for Rebuild

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say they'll close Fall Creek Falls State Park's inn, restaurant and conference center in April for a $25 million rebuilding.


Arkansas Panel Clears Way for New Ten Commandments Marker

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas commission cleared the way Tuesday for the installation of another Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol, after a prior marker was shattered when a man crashed his car into the monolith than 24 hours after it was put in place.


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2017: 'Feminism'

NEW YORK (AP) – This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."


Trump Signs $700 Billion Military Budget Into Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat.

House and Senate Tax Bills Treat Disaster Victims Unequally

If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida who've yet to account for all their losses could deduct them on their 2018 taxes. Not so for victims of the California wildfires.

US Budget Deficit Totals $138.5 Billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government collected a record amount of tax income for the month of November and also had a record level of spending for the month, producing a budget deficit of $138.5 billion, up slightly from a year ago.

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