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VOL. 132 | NO. 250 | Tuesday, December 19, 2017

County Commission Approves Sheriff Pay Raise

Shelby County commissioners voted 10-0 Monday, Dec. 18, to raise the pay of the Shelby County sheriff elected in the 2018 elections from the current $116,955 a year to $135,575 annually.

City Council May Vote To Phase In MLGW Rate Hikes

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Dec. 19, on a set of water, gas and electric rate hikes recommended by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to take effect next month.

Touting a Win-Win Partnership

Joann Massey, director of business diversity & compliance and Title VI coordinator for the city of Memphis, speaks to media and supporters at the groundbreaking celebrating the partnership of PeroxyChem and the Maynard C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant. In partnership with the city, PeroxyChem’s new production plant will save the city money in sewer treatment costs, while also creating local jobs with a particular focus on hiring minority-owned subcontractors.

Third Memphis TEDx Event Set for Jan. 6

When Hardy Farrow takes the stage in the Halloran Centre at The Orpheum Theatre in a few weeks, it will be to present his argument about poverty and what to do about it.

Last Word: Extradition Delay, Last Council Day of 2017 and The Skeleton Hotel

When Sherra Wright made her first court appearance Monday in Riverside, California she was in a wheelchair. And her public defender there wants to delay an extradition hearing on the conspiracy, first degree murder and attempted first degree murder charges she faces in Memphis until a doctor can examine here. The hearing is reset for Wednesday.

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EVENTS

Remington College will hold a 3 Lives Blood Drive and a campus open house Tuesday, Dec. 19, at its Memphis campus, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. The blood drive (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is part of a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, with Remington Memphis’ donations going to Lifeblood. The open house (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) gives prospective students the opportunity to tour labs, chat with instructors and see demonstrations from hands-on training porgrams. Visit remingtoncollege.edu.

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Party Leaders: Voter Turnout Trumps Trump

The chairmen of the local Democratic and Republican parties are leading very different game plans into the 2018 elections.

Tigers Battle, But Come Up Short Against Louisville

Losing is never good enough. And losing to Louisville never leaves a team from Memphis feeling as though the mission was accomplished.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Dec. 19 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Possible Trader Joe’s Update, New $35M Airport Facility

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a new development in the saga of Germantown’s Trader Joe’s, Memphis International Airport begins work on a new $35 million facility, and Central BBQ announces a new a location...

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Arts Transforming Neighborhoods

What does an artist look like? What about a businessperson? Do they look the same? What are they doing? How do they dress? Where do they live? Here are two more questions. Which is the introvert? Which can assess the environment and create impactful solutions?

Put Managed IT Services on Your Holiday Wish List

Business owners of all sizes have to tackle technology systems and infrastructure at some level. This can be daunting, time consuming and expensive if you’re not an IT expert. In fact, a recent survey by Alinean Inc., an ROI consultancy, found that the average small business spends 6.9 percent of its annual revenue on IT compared with larger companies, which only spend 3.2 percent of revenue on the same services. 

STATEWIDE

Nashville Mayor Proposes $2.9M in Incentives for Tech Firm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mayor of Nashville has proposed about $2.9 million in economic incentives for a health technology company's planned expansion.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Student Voucher Program Increases Participation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – More than six times as many students in Arkansas are participating in a state-funded voucher system this school year than the previous year.

Mississippi Boy Dials 911 to Say Grinch Stealing Christmas

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) – A 5-year-old Mississippi boy called 911 to report that the Grinch was trying to steal Christmas.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

New High Roller at the Table, Penn Buys Pinnacle for $2.8B

NEW YORK (AP) – Pinnacle Entertainment is being snapped up by Penn National in a deal worth about $2.8 billion as the gaming industry seeks to diversify and cut costs at the same time.

Campbell Gets the Munchies, Buys Snyder's-Lance for $4.87B

NEW YORK (AP) – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder's-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.

Hershey Buying Snack Maker Amplify in $1.2 Billion Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Chocolate and candy maker The Hershey Co. is acquiring Amplify Snack Brands for $1.2 billion as it ventures into the healthy snack aisle.

TECHNOLOGY

China's Huawei to Expand in US Smartphone Market Next Year

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese smartphone brand Huawei will start sales through U.S. carriers next year, a Huawei executive said Monday, stepping up the No. 3 global handset seller's presence in the home market of rival Apple Inc.

Twitter Suspends White Nationalists Under New Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter suspended the accounts of well-known white nationalists Monday, moving swiftly after putting into place new rules on what it sees as abusive content.

MEDIA

ESPN Chief Skipper Resigns, Cites Substance Abuse Problem

NEW YORK (AP) John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

US Homebuilder Sentiment Hits Highest Mark Since 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades.

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