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VOL. 132 | NO. 146 | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kellogg Laying Off 117 Fayette County Workers

Kellogg, the world’s largest cereal company, has informed state officials that the company will be permanently laying off 177 workers at its Fayette County plant located at 585 Morrison Road in Rossville, Tennessee.

Michael Calls Out Juvenile Court Critics

Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael acknowledged Monday, July 24, that the court still has a problem with disproportionate minority contact. That is African-American youth who not only show up in the court more often than white youth, but get disproportionately harsher punishments and are more likely to be transferred for trial as adults than white children charged with the same offenses.

Edge Alley Sets Opening Date

Edge Alley, the Medical District’s new coffee house/micro-retail incubator, has officially set an opening date – Wednesday, July 26, at 7 a.m.

EMPHASIS Construction

Malco Moves Forward With Adjusted South Main Theater Plans

The Malco Powerhouse Cinema proposed for Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District is still a go, despite delays that have already pushed it well past its expected opening day.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 77%


Church Health Nutrition will kick off a pair of free community cooking class series Tuesday, July 25 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Thursday, July 27 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave. In each six-week class series, participants learn how to make delicious and nutritious meals, and get to eat the meals made in class. Pre-registration is required; visit churchhealth.org/events for details and enrollment.

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Last Word: The Old Auto Inspection Station, Beale Field Trip and Re-Democrating

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has a different version of his 2016 plan to build two youth development centers for juvenile offenders to go to instead of detention at the Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville. About a year ago, Herenton had tentative plans for two of the New Path centers in Shelby County that would be centers where the offenders could live.

Sterigenics Triples Plant Capacity in West Memphis

Sterigenics International LLC recently wrapped up a $16.8 million expansion to its West Memphis facility, nearly tripling the site’s gamma sterilization capacity. The company is a global provider of contract sterilization, lab services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.

Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Look To Lift Communities

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

New Shelby County Democratic Party Still Faces Challenges

The Shelby County Democratic Party is almost back as a reconstituted organization and it has a lot of new blood as well as new rules.

Task Force Experiences Beale Crowd Late Saturday

Among the thousands of people on Beale Street Saturday night after 11 p.m. were three Memphis City Council members and six Beale Street Task Force members.

GTx to Release New Data from Company’s Work

GTx Inc. executive chairman Dr. Robert Wills thinks the Memphis-based biopharmaceutical company is “severely undervalued.”

City Master Plan Development Aims To Reverse Random Development

Not too far past a new generation of civic plans is the filter of reality – what is possible by a business bottom line.

Council Vote Puts Overton Gateway Compromise To Test

Memphis City Council members will put a tentative compromise on the proposed Overton Gateway development to the test Tuesday, July 25.


July 25 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.


Summer Refreshers for Boards

Calling all board members: Get ready for the flurry of fall activities that are a part of life within the nonprofit sector. Consider the following “board refreshers” as you enjoy – or hide from – the hot summer sun. Grab your board binder, put on your nonprofit sun visor, and let’s talk board engagement.


No Charges for Deputies Who Shot Knife-Wielding Man

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two deputies who fatally shot a man last year.


Haslam Appoints District Attorney in West Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Jody S. Pickens as district attorney for a West Tennessee judicial district.

Tennessee Judge Rules Gay Couples Have Equal Parental Rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled.

Tennessee School Bus Drivers Charged Under New Law

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Four former Tennessee school bus drivers charged with using electronic devices while behind the wheel could face 30-day jail terms if convicted under a new law.


Headstone Being Added to Blues Singer's Grave in Mississippi

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi gravesite of blues artist Lucille Spann is getting a headstone, 23 years after she was buried in an unmarked plot.


Fed Will Likely Focus on Low Inflation But Leave Rates Alone

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has already achieved one of its two mandates: With the unemployment rate at just 4.4 percent, the Fed has essentially maximized employment.


US Home Sales Fell in June; Would-Be Buyers Can't Find Homes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homebuyers faced surging prices and a shrinking number of properties for sale in June – causing the pace of sales to fall.


House Moves to Fill VA's Budget Gap Despite Vets' Objections

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care. But the plan was meeting resistance from many Democrats following stiff protests from veterans' groups.

Promising 'A Better Deal,' Democrats Try to Rebrand Party

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) – Promising "A Better Deal" for American workers, Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday as they sought to bounce back from their losses in November and look ahead to the 2018 midterms.

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