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VOL. 132 | NO. 243 | Friday, December 8, 2017

U of M Responds to Threatening Comments, Alleged Impersonation

The University of Memphis released two statements on Thursday, Dec. 7, concerning ongoing investigations.

50 Years Later

New Redding biography offers different perspective on Stax’s role

Almost 50 years to the day after he died in a plane crash while on tour, the image and sound of soul singer Otis Redding remains vital and relevant – and heard.

Hospital Indemnity Coverage On the Rise

As a way of offsetting high out-of-pocket medical expenses following a hospital stay, including ambulance costs, more employees are adding supplemental hospital indemnity coverage to their plans through their employers. With the cost of the average hospital stay at nearly $20,000 in Tennessee and the average cost per night topping $4,800, “gap plans” are becoming more popular ways for people to bridge the gap on potential expenses.

Ford Fired By Morgan Stanley In Harassment Investigation

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley following a company investigation into allegations he harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed a woman he met with several years ago, according to Huffington Post.

Last Word: Bredesen's Return, Ford's Exit and Otis Redding 50 Years On

Former Tennessee Gov. and Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen formally entered the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate Thursday via a YouTube video. AP on Bredesen’s entry and his background. Republican partisans are already assuming Bredesen is the Democratic nominee and Democratic partisans are already assuming U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is the Republican nominee. And the expectation of such a match up automatically went on the list of midterm races that those on both sides and pundits inbetween will be watching to get a read on national trends.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church will host “Noel! Noel!” Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at MBCC’s Midtown campus, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. The Christmas celebration will feature chart-topping soul singer Avery Sunshine and other local and national artists. Cost is free. Visit theblvd.org or call 901-729-6222.

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Richard Smith Talks PILOT Reform at Chamber Luncheon

Richard Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and the incoming chairman of the board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, is calling on industry leaders to reimagine Shelby County's tax incentive programs.

Germantown Mayor Seeks Multifamily Moratorium

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

SPORTS

Grizzlies Stop Losing Streak at 11, But Victories Remain Elusive

Perhaps Tom Thibodeau saw it coming. His young Minnesota Timberwolves, though not short on talent, do not yet consistently devote themselves to defense. They were playing for a second straight night and they were on the road at FedExForum.

Tennessee Hires Alabama Assistant Jeremy Pruitt as Coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach, capping a tumultuous search that cost an athletic director his job as the Volunteers attempt to recover from one of their most disappointing seasons.

Game of Thrones? UT’s Cast Not That Smart

When he was president of the University of Tennessee in 1959-70, Andy Holt often referred to the Vols athletics program, and particularly its football program, as “the front porch of the university.”

Pay for No Play: Paying Millions to Former Coaches

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

Titans Set 2nd ‘Training Camp’ Next Week in Arizona

Road trip! The Tennessee Titans are trying something a little different for a two-game swing out West beginning with this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

THE PRESS BOX

Latest SEC Football Rankings: 1. Sexton. 2. Saban.

Fourteen schools play football in the SEC. Six of them, or 42.9 percent, now have a different man coaching their football team than they had at the start of the season.

THE TIPPING POINT

Lesley Brown Steers Local Education to True North

Try not to smile when you hear Lesley Brown use the word “kiddos.” I dare you. Try not to feel an immediate rush of care for the children she’s dedicating her career to advancing and engaging.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Reminded Again

WE NEED ADVICE, FROM OURSELVES. When I closed up my parents’ home some 30 years ago, I found myself in my old room, going through my desk drawers one more time. In the back of one, I found something I’d missed – a magnifying glass with a loose handle.

Avoid 401(k) Loans

Ray’s Take Many employers offer 401(k) plans that grant participants the option to take out a loan. And when times are tough – or maybe you really, really want to renovate your kitchen – it’s tempting to withdraw money from your 401(k) for a loan.

STATEWIDE

Bredesen Joins Race for Corker's Senate Seat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, touted his problem-fixing credentials on Thursday, Dec. 7, in announcing his bid to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Dollar General Tops Street Q3 Forecasts

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After a slow start to the year, Dollar General bounced back in the third quarter thanks to stronger sales that pushed revenue and earnings ahead of projections.

REGIONAL NEWS

John Lewis to Skip Civil Rights Museum Opening Due to Trump

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Borrowing Up $20.5 Billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers increased their borrowing by $20.5 billion in October. It was the biggest gain in 11 months and reflected strong increases in the use of credit cards and in auto and student loans.

Applications for US Jobless Benefits Drop Again to 236,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 236,000, the lowest level in five weeks and further evidence of the strength in the labor market.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Franken Announces Resignation From Senate Amid Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

FBI Director Defends His Agency Against Trump's Attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and declared, "There is no finer institution, and no finer people, than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart."

HEALTH CARE

Are 3-D Mammograms Really Better? US Puts Scans to the Test

WASHINGTON (AP) – A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray – and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.

As Health Premiums Rise, Small Businesses Seek Alternatives

NEW YORK (AP) – As small business owners learn what their 2018 health insurance costs will be, some are considering providing different types of coverage for their employees.

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