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VOL. 132 | NO. 9 | Thursday, January 12, 2017

Clayborn Temple Restoration Gets $400,000 Federal Grant

The National Park Service awarded the city’s Housing and Community Development Division a $400,000 grant Thursday, Jan. 12, for the preservation of Clayborn Temple.

Rallings Finds Voice on Violent Crime

Michael Rallings is just about at the one-year mark in his tenure as Memphis Police director and he has found his voice.

Literacy Mid-South Building Network to Raise Reading Levels

As a child, Knox Shelton witnessed first-hand the struggle to break a generational cycle of marginal literacy. He grew up in Jonesville, Virginia, a small Appalachian coal mining town.

NAACP Panel Hears Differing Local Views On Charter Schools

It took awhile for an NAACP panel holding hearings on charter schools and their impact on education to wade into the complexity of charters in Memphis.

For New Plough Center Director, Job is a Calling

For Dr. Harry Kochat, the best parts of working in pharmaceutical development are the interactions with grateful patients. Like the one he remembers from early in his career, when Kochat – whose work has focused on the development of life-saving drugs for more than three decades – encountered a mother and her young son.

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EVENTS

“Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job” author Angela Copeland will hold a discussion and book signing Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at South Main Book Juggler, 548 S. Main St. Visit copelandcoaching.com.

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Last Word: Charter Schools Views, Capitol Hill Round Up & Explaining The Cold War

Double trouble Wednesday in Oklahoma. The Grizz lose to the Thunder 103-95 in OKC. They are on their way to Houston for a Friday game before returning home Sunday for the MLK game against the Chicago Bulls at the Forum. Meanwhile Tigers lose to Tulsa Wednesday, also in Oklahoma, 81-71. They are back at the Forum Saturday to play South Florida.

Tennessee Acts on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt

Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Justin Timberlake-Inspired Selfie Bill in Play in Tennessee Legislature

Pop star Justin Timberlake won’t have to worry about getting into trouble for taking selfies at the voting booth if legislation by a Memphis lawmaker passes.

View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix

Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.

GOP Lawmaker Wants Tennessee Tags to Say 'In God We Trust'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker wants all Tennessee license plates to include the phrase "In God We Trust."

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Tsunami Owner Buys Building, Extends Hours

After almost two decades in business, one Midtown chef has made his house a home. Chef Ben Smith, the owner of the popular Cooper-Young mainstay Tsunami, recently purchased the 928 S. Cooper St. building where his restaurant has been located for the past 18 years.

LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead

1048 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN 38017 -
Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International, has purchased the site of the former Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC in Collierville for $3.7 million.

GUEST OP-ED

Let’s Get Real About Charters

Charter schools and public education have been the focus of increased national attention lately and I’m proud that Tennessee is often held up as a model of how charter public schools can work for families.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Adapt To Survive

According to Charles Darwin, it’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change. In my experience, that’s a true assessment not only for human beings, but also for businesses, regardless of the focus of the business.

STATEWIDE

Regulators: Gasoline Pipe Leak Didn't Reach Tennessee River

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee environmental officials say the gasoline that leaked from a pipeline in Chattanooga has not reached the nearby Tennessee River.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Lawmakers Endorse Delay on Medical Pot Launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a plan to delay the launch of the state's medical marijuana program and a proposal removing a requirement that doctors recommending the drug say benefits outweigh its risk.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Pew Survey: Officers More Reluctant to Use Force, Make Stops

ATLANTA (AP) – The so-called "Ferguson effect" – officers backing off of policing out of fear that their actions will be questioned after the fact – has been talked about but never really quantified. A new study suggests the effect is a reality, with three-quarters of officers surveyed saying they are hesitant to use force, even when appropriate, and are less willing to stop and question suspicious people.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Leaving His Global Business – To Be Run By His Sons

NEW YORK (AP) – Breaking with presidential precedent, Donald Trump said Wednesday he will continue to profit from his global business empire after he enters the White House this month.

CONSUMER NEWS

Honda Adds 772,000 US Vehicles to Ongoing Air Bag Recall

TOKYO (AP)Honda Motor Co. is recalling 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. for defective front passenger seat air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

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