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VOL. 132 | NO. 16 | Monday, January 23, 2017

Memphis Rep. Hardaway Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

NASHVILLE – A debate could be brewing in the General Assembly this session over increasing Tennessee’s minimum wage.

Bronczek to Succeed Smith as FedEx President Feb. 1

David Bronczek will be promoted to the role of president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp. 11 months ahead of schedule, the shipping giant announced Monday, Jan. 23.

CBU Opens New School for the Arts

Rosa Deal was the first woman on the faculty of Christian Brothers University, from 1961 to her retirement in 1994. And when she died five years ago, those who thought they knew Deal, who by then was professor emerita of the CBU School of the Arts, got a surprise.

Tigers Model Their Resolve in 70-65 Victory Over UCF

The game started with the Tigers’ opponent hitting two contested 3-pointers, the Tigers taking and missing a couple of ill-advised jump shots, and UCF running out on two fastbreaks.

Partners Open The Bluff Sports Bar on Highland Strip

The first time Nickle Smith took business partner Hudson Chadwick inside the space at 535 S. Highland, they were excited about the possibility of transforming it into something new.

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The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Bodyguard: The Musical” Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

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The Week Ahead: January 24-30

Good morning, Memphis! With the big inauguration done, some political decisions are on the horizon closer to home, including the election of a state Democratic Party chairman. Plus, discussions resume on the Memphis Zoo parking reconfiguration. We won’t say size matters, but the dimensions of those spaces is still on the table. Check out details on those plus what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

Last Word: The March & Crowd Estimates and Country Records in Memphis

Twice now in the last six months, very different protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in the largest demonstrations we’ve seen since the 1970s – and more importantly, demonstrations that are an entry point for a new generation to many of these issues.

House Leader Says Haslam’s IMPROVE Act Will Need More Votes for Passage

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam made his pitch on a multi-faceted fuel-tax increase, softened by an array of tax breaks this week. Now, he has to seal the deal.

Harris Visits With Park Employees on State Outsourcing Plan

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, met with Fall Creek Falls State Park employees Friday, Jan. 20, for a town hall discussion on the governor’s proposal to outsource state assets to private companies and potentially eliminate state jobs.

Snapshot: A Little Sugar for Bunny

Seven-year-old Caroline Taylor kisses the nose of one of the giant bunnies on display at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art as part of the “Intrude” installation by artist Amanda Parer. The exhibition is on display through Sunday, Jan. 29.

Memphis Residential Market Growing, But Slower Than Most Metros, Study Finds

Memphis ranks last among the nation’s 50 largest markets in a new report assessing current and forecasted housing fundamentals.


Sports Bind City

The soundtrack of daily life in Memphis

Maybe it is your spouse’s Christmas party. Or a local business conference and no one else from your company is attending. When you give the room the once-over, it’s full of unfamiliar faces.

Editorial: Sports Remains Part Of Memphis’ Pulse

When we talk about the culture of Memphis, you probably think music first, then maybe food. Perhaps church.

Jan. 20-26, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1967: Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs headline the year’s first rock ‘n’ roll show at the Mid-South Coliseum atop a bill that includes Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Gentrys, The Yo-Yos, and Flash and the Casuals.


Restaurateur Couple Make Downtown Feel Like Home

More than streets and buildings, neighborhoods are made of the people who live and work in them. Just ask Deni and Patrick Reilly. Over the last 10 years, as co-owners of the Majestic Grille, they’ve left their mark on Downtown Memphis.

St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

Ossei-Anto Lifts Up Memphis Kids

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Theo Ossei-Anto knew he wanted to make a difference in education – but he says coming to Memphis was an unexpected adventure.

Rallings: Valero Protesters Defame King Holiday

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings defended the response of police officers and firefighters to a Monday, Jan. 16, protest that shut down access to the Valero refinery for five hours. And he said the action to protest an oil pipeline to the plant that would cross Arkansas defamed the federal holiday Monday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over August Graceland Protest

Five citizens denied entry to the annual candlelight vigil outside Graceland this past August are suing the city and Elvis Presley Enterprises for racial discrimination and civil rights violations.


Tennessee Preliminary Unemployment Rate Up in December

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate for December rose slightly to 4.9 percent compared with November.

State Giving $1 Million to 29 Communities for Tourism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say 29 Tennessee communities will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve tourism infrastructure.

Vols Promote Larry Scott, Hire Mike Canales as QB Coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has promoted Larry Scott to offensive coordinator and has hired Mike Canales as quarterbacks coach.


Timex Closing North Little Rock Distribution Center

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Timex Group plans to close its North Little Rock distribu-tion center by the end of the year, leaving a state where it's operated since 1945 and costing the center's 64 workers their jobs.


Apple Depicts Qualcomm as a Shady Monopolist in $1B Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is suing mobile chip maker Qualcomm for $1 billion in a pa-tent fight pitting the iPhone maker against one of its major suppliers.


Ford Expects $2B Net Income Drop Due to Pension Change

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford says that a change in the way it values pension obligations will cut its 2016 net income by $2 billion.

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