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VOL. 132 | NO. 223 | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Court Square Sleep Inn to Rebrand, Undergo $3M in Renovations

Summit Management Corporation, the owners of the Sleep Inn at Court Square, announced they will convert their 40 N. Front St. location in to a Moxy Hotel – a Marriott International Inc. “experiential” hotel brand.

Nashville Developers Planning Massive 71-Acre Project Near Shelby Farms

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans to the Office of Planning and Development for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park.

Memphis City Council Ends Beale Cover, Taps Consultant

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 7, to spend $50,000 for a crowd-control consultant for the Beale Street entertainment district and to end the cover charge for entry into the district Saturday nights after 10 p.m. during the spring and summer.

County Commission Ratifies Opioid Lawsuit Decision

Shelby County Commissioners ratified Wednesday, Nov. 8, the decision of commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire a law firm for a possible county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid addiction problem.

Making Best Better

After 20 years, LDI impact is evident in its graduates

More than a decade ago, Carolyn Hardy was a vice president with the Coors Brewing Co. in Memphis when she attended the Leadership Development Intensive (LDI), a personal leadership training ground stretched across 3 1/2 days.

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The St. George’s Independent School Art Show takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11, at its Collierville campus, 1880 Wolf River Blvd. More than 50 local and regional artists will display and sell sculptures, paintings, mixed-media pieces and more. Visit sgisartshow.org for hours and tickets.

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Last Word: Rape Kits Deposition, Pre-K Kickoff and Parkside Gets Company

A retired Memphis Police Lieutenant was deposed Wednesday in East Memphis as part of the ongoing civil lawsuit in Circuit Court over the city’s 12,000 untested rape kits. Cody Wilkerson had been a detective in the police sex crimes unit and said Wednesday in the deposition that police brass, including Col. Marcus Worthy – his supervisor in sex crimes – oversaw cases in which rape kits were routinely shelved and forgotten about.

Council Explores Pre-Kindergarten Funding, But Sidesteps Idea to Increase Hotel Tax

Memphis City Council members discussed a way to fund prekindergarten in Memphis public schools Tuesday, Nov. 7, but stayed away from specifics of a hike in the hotel-motel tax to the state cap of 5 percent.

Web Market Delivers Fresh From The Farm

An online farmers market service launched in September by an Arkansas judge and his wife has expanded with the addition of a Thanksgiving-themed meal kit product.

Momentum Nonprofit Partners Unveils Major Brand Overhaul

With a theme of “Everything Changes,” Momentum Nonprofit Partners unveiled numerous changes at a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Minglewood Hall. The first, most obvious change: the name itself.


Grab a Gun, Go See Your State Representative

When legislative leaders started to allow guns in the Legislative Plaza nearly two years ago, the Sierra Club’s Scott Banbury had his daughter take pictures of him wearing his holstered Ruger and lobbyist ID card to put on lawmakers’ desks with the question: “Is this what you want?”


Shake Off The Dirt & Try Again

Author Mary Anne Radmacher is quoted as saying, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’” That kind of courage is not always visible, but it is every bit as noble. That kind of courage honors your commitment to yourself to keep evolving into that best version.

FTC Frowns on Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims

The FTC gets unhappy when a company says its products are “Made in USA” but don’t meet the standards for making such claims. It settled charges this year with companies in a variety of industries whose unqualified claims that their products were “Made in USA” or “Built in USA” weren’t true.


3 Injured When Medical Helicopter Makes Hard Landing

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a medical helicopter has made a hard landing in Tennessee, injuring three crew members.

Nashville City Council Approves Financing for MLS Stadium

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's bid to land an expansion franchise from Major League Soccer now has $275 million in financing approved to build a new stadium, giving Music City a major boost weeks before a final decision from the league.

Tennessee to Offer Retraining 'Warranty' for Technical Grads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is introducing a warranty for its community and technical college programs by offering free retraining if an employer says a graduate's skills set comes up short.

Packaging Manufacturer Plans Expansion in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say packaging manufacturer M&M Industries plans to create 110 jobs with a $42 million expansion of its operations in southeast Tennessee.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam: Not a Witness in Federal Fraud Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he is not on the list of potential witnesses at the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales representatives at the truck stop chain owned by his family.


AT&T Exec Says 'Uncertain' When Time Warner Deal Will Close

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T now says it's "uncertain" when its $85 billion Time Warner purchase will close, making investors worry that regulators may try to block it or require significant changes to the deal for approval.

Sears Posts Decline in Q3 Revenue Due to Store Closures

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears says it has a deal with the federal pension insurance agency to release 140 properties from certain restrictions in exchange for $407 million in pension contributions, some relief for once-storied department store chain.

Together Again: Panera Bread to Buy Au Bon Pain

NEW YORK (AP) – Panera Bread says it is buying bakery chain Au Bon Pain to boost its presence in airports, hospitals and colleges.


New Looks Come to Snapchat and Twitter in Bid for More Users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.

No One is Immune From Hacks, Says Former Yahoo CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told lawmakers Wednesday that the threat from state-sponsored hackers has changed the playing field so dramatically that even the best-defended companies can fall victim.

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