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VOL. 132 | NO. 31 | Monday, February 13, 2017

The Week Ahead: February 13-19

Music is a common theme this week, which is nice to know, isn’t it, Memphis? And the sounds of other balls – not the dribbling kind – will take the stage again as the Memphis Open gets into swing and the University of Memphis throws its first real pitch of the 2017 season. Check out this week's list of need-to-know happenings...

Methodist North Taps New CEO

In hindsight, it’s no surprise Florence Jones decided to pursue a career in health care more than four decades ago. A lot about the profession, of course, was different back then. But Jones – tapped in recent days as the new CEO at Methodist North Hospital after serving as chief nursing officer and interim CEO there – had the same motivation then as she does today.

Warriors Get Revenge against Grizzlies 122-107

Maybe it was as simple as the law of probabilities.

Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

Last Word: Bell at the Grammys, Old Dominick's Return and Luttrell & Strickland

Memphis at the Grammys: William Bell was performer, presenter and winner at the Grammys Sunday evening. Gary Clark Jr. joined Bell to perform Bell’s calling card, “Born Under A Bad Sign” and the duo then presented a Grammy to Beyonce. In the non-televised Grammy awards, Bell won for Best Americana album for his Stax effort “This Is Where I Live.”

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EVENTS

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Tyson’s talk, “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” reviews the science that popular movies – from “Star Wars” to “Frozen” to “The Martian” – got wrong, as well as some of the things they got right. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

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Jones To Retire From Memphis College of Art

Ron Jones, the president of the Memphis College of Art since May 2011, is retiring effective the end of February, the MCA board announced Friday, Feb. 10.

Norris Filing Catch-All Bill for Variations of Proposed IMPROVE Act

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is filing legislation for the Haslam administration to catch all transportation tax and revenue-related bills in an effort to “start anew” and minimize confusion.

Old Dominick Barreling Whiskey for First Time Since Prohibition

Something is happening in Memphis for the first time in 100 years – Old Dominick has begun aging barrels of locally made whiskey at their highly anticipated Downtown distillery.

County Seeks Public Input of Possible Hacks Cross Project

Shelby County officials and representatives from civil engineering firm Powers Hill Design presented plans to widen parts of Hacks Cross Road at a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 9.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

State Of The Suburbs

When it comes to CRE, Shelby County’s municipalities can’t be overlooked

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

Editorial: Redistricting Reform Deserves Better

Before he left Congress at the end of 2010, U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Union City, Tennessee, talked a lot about how the way district lines were being redrawn, usually by state legislatures, was affecting our politics.

February 10-16, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1924: Jack Dempsey, the world heavyweight boxing champion who had defeated challenger Luis Firpo six months earlier in New York, was in Memphis fighting Dutch Seifert. The Memphis match was the first in a series of exhibition nontitle fights on the Pantages vaudeville circuit. Dempsey easily beat Seifert, knocking him out in the first round.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Midtown Market Developers Scale Back Plans

The proposed Midtown Market mixed-use development at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard has changed as its developers continue to seek financing and adjust more than a year after they unveiled the ambitious but tentative plan.

Brooks' and Yearwood's Memphis Stand Highlights Changes

Garth Brooks keeps score. Be it house records at places he’s played in his long career, to who has the high point on his current tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

Developers Request to Amend Downtown Hotel Project

Memphis City Council members will consider an amendment Tuesday, Feb. 7, to plans for a 150-room hotel on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

Time Running Out to Save Laurelwood Bookstore

After about four weeks of gathering signatures for a petition to try and keep The Booksellers at Laurelwood from closing its doors, White Station High School senior Emmett Miskell is now moving his effort into an 11th-hour action phase.

State Democrats Propose Eliminating the Grocery Tax

NASHVILLE – Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Gets First Female State Architect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee State Building Commission has voted to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect, making her the first woman to get the job since the position was created in 1955.

Private Prison Firm Sees Trump Immigration Push Opportunity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The United States' largest private prison operator said it can provide the additional detention facilities that will likely be needed under President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.

New Vols Offensive Line Coach Wells Was Arrested Last Year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee offensive line coach Walt Wells had a DUI arrest and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving last year while he was an offensive quality control assistant on the Volunteers' staff.

REGIONAL NEWS

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Taxes in Arkansas in March

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Amazon said Friday that it will begin collecting sales taxes next month in Arkansas, which lawmakers say could generate as much as $100 million to help lift the state's lagging revenue and potentially fund future income tax cuts.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Trump's Comments Likely to Cause Heartburn for US Lawyers

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump lobs verbal bombshells on Twitter and fiercely criticizes federal judges overseeing his court cases. He openly discusses pending legal matters on which lawyers usually advise their clients to stay mum.

RETAIL

Sears May Sell Land, Cut Jobs to Save $1B

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block as part of its latest plan to revive the faltering retail chain.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Board Member Tarullo Announces Resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve board member Daniel Tarullo, a key official guiding bank regulation efforts, will resign this spring, the Fed said Friday.

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