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VOL. 132 | NO. 241 | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Germantown Mayor Calls for Multifamily Moratorium

In the waning minutes of the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 5, meeting, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo proposed a moratorium on all new standalone multifamily developments in the suburb’s Smart Code zoning districts.

Stanton Report Concludes "Systemic Pattern" Of Grade Changing at Trezevant High

An independent investigation of grade-changing allegations at Trezevant High School made public Tuesday, Dec. 5, concludes there was a “systemic pattern” of changing student grades at the Frayser high school from 2012 to 2016.

City Council Gives Final Approval to RCV Repeal Referendum in November

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Dec. 5, to a November 2018 referendum that would repeal the use of ranked-choice voting in some city council races starting with the 2019 city elections.

Outside Investors to Purchase Gibson Factory in Downtown Memphis

The 24,080-square-foot Nashville warehouse, which sits on a half-acre in the North Gulch district, was also acquired by Somera Road and Tricera Capital for $6.83 million, the Tennessean reported on Nov. 14. 

Memphis and Norvell Agree to New Five-Year Deal

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

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The 16th annual Toy Truck toy drive for Porter-Leath will be open Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 6-8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave., and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave. The drive collects new, unwrapped toys that promote early childhood learning (dolls, puzzles, balls, blocks, etc.) and cash, check and credit card donations to benefit children 6 weeks to 5 years old served by Porter-Leath’s preschool program. Visit porterleath.org.

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Last Word: Norvell's New Contract, Grade-Changing Culture and Buying Gibson

So the Grizz snap the losing streak Monday with a win over the Timberwolves. They try to start a winning streak Wednesday against the Knicks. Elsewhere, so much for a holiday lull. It was cold outside but many a keyboard around this place was warm enough Tuesday afternoon with both the anticipated and the unanticipated. And then there were those items that fall somewhere inbetween. Could happen but will it be today? In many of those cases, the answer was yes.

Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Lorenzen Wright Murder

Seven years after being shot to death, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, they have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of former University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies basketball start Lorenzen Wright.

AutoZone Posts Positive Q1 2018 Results

A few weeks ahead of its annual meeting here set for Dec. 20, Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. has kicked off its fiscal 2018 with better-than-expected earnings for the first three months of the year.

County Commission Renews Opioid Legal Skirmish with County Administration

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Dec. 4, to hire another attorney to represent it in an ongoing legal battle with county mayor Mark Luttrell over opioid litigation. And the commission approved a resolution declaring opioid abuse a “public nuisance” as an opening to legal depositions of opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Growth Spurt

Pinnacle Financial Partners executive talks strategy in Memphis

Executives with Pinnacle Financial Partners in Memphis are “so granular” in maintaining a pipeline of candidates they’d like to recruit to work at the bank that they meet every week to discuss the pool of potential hires.

Diaz Makes Second Bid for County Commission Seat

Geoff Diaz came to Memphis in 2010 with a lot of political experience and inside knowledge of how the legislative process works.


Grizz Break Streak; Norvell’s Status Uncertain

How do you celebrate the end of an 11-game losing streak? If you’re Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, you speak from the heart. And the gut.


Blankenship Named President Of Coldwell Banker Collins Maury

Sean Blankenship has joined Coldwell Banker Collins Maury as president, coming to the Collierville-based full-service real estate firm after serving as chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his new role, Blankenship will focus on growing the company’s presence in the greater Memphis and northern Mississippi markets.


Making The Most Of Holiday Parties

We’ve all been there. There’s a company holiday party you’d rather not attend – or maybe your next-door neighbors are throwing an event you just can’t avoid. Whatever the occasion, these parties can be draining during the holidays. This is especially true for those of us who are introverts or have other commitments such as children or a demanding job. It can feel like there’s just no room for another to-do on the list.

Do Good to Make Your Company Great

During the holiday season, we often give a little more back to our communities by supporting toy drives, food banks or even devoting a day to volunteering with our co-workers.


Famed Site of Nashville Sit-Ins Honors Past With New Eatery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Civil rights leaders have helped kick off the reopening of a famed site of civil rights sit-ins in 1960, the Woolworth building in downtown Nashville, as a restaurant.

Manning: Role at Tennessee is Now 'Donor, Supporter, Fan'

NEW YORK (AP) – Peyton Manning says he takes his role as an ambassador for the University of Tennessee seriously and looks forward to supporting the Volunteers' next football coach.


New Arkansas Ten Commandments Display Wins Initial OK

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A plan to reinstall a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol months after it was destroyed has won initial approval from a state panel.

Natural Gas Rates to Rise for Atmos Customers in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Natural gas rates are going up for customers of Mississippi's largest gas utility.


Massage Envy 'Shaken' By Reported Sexual Misconduct at Spas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Massage Envy says reports of sexual misconduct at its franchise spas are "heartbreaking" and that it is strengthening screening and reporting procedures.

Dish CEO Charlie Ergen Steps Aside to Focus on Wireless

NEW YORK (AP) – Charlie Ergen, the founder of satellite TV company Dish, is stepping aside as CEO to focus on the company's wireless business.


GOP Leaders Delay Budget Vote As Internal Disputes Linger

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Republicans delayed a planned House vote on a short-term budget bill Tuesday to give themselves time to quell party divisions and avert a partial government shutdown by the weekend.

Conyers Resigns From Congress Amid Harassment Allegations

DETROIT (AP) – Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the civil rights leader's nearly 53-year career on Capitol Hill.


Kennedy Wrestles With Wedding Cake Case at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – His vote likely to decide the outcome, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy voiced competing concerns Tuesday about respecting the religious beliefs of a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and the gay couple's dignity.

Not a Final Ruling, But Justices OK Travel Ban Enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's not a final ruling, but the Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

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