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VOL. 132 | NO. 204 | Friday, October 13, 2017

Historical Commission Grants City November Hearing on Forrest Statue

The Tennessee Historical Commission agreed Friday, Oct. 13, to send the city's request to remove a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park to an administrative law judge for a hearing next month.

Memphis Launches Public Campaign for Amazon Bid

Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.

Designs for 3 Downtown Redevelopment Projects Approved

Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

Monumental Decision

Strickland: Historical commission must decide by mid-November

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland may not even get a discussion with the Tennessee Historical Commission Friday, Oct. 13, about moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of a city park.

Core Two: Fizdale Expects and Needs Gasol and Conley to Lead

For all of the uncertainty surrounding the Grizzlies as they wind down the preseason – from a still-diminished Chandler Parsons possibly being relegated to backup power forward to ongoing roster spot battles – coach David Fizdale is sure of this much:

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The 45th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13-15, in Audubon Park, at the corner of Perkins Road Extended and Southern Avenue. The largest juried arts and crafts show in the Mid-South features shopping, demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and older, and $3 for children younger than 12. Advance discount tickets are available at the Pink Palace box office. Visit memphismuseums.org. 

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Last Word: Athens Bound, The Amazon Campaign and All Things Grizz

This may be the most covered meeting of the Tennessee Historical Commission ever – the meeting Friday in Athens, Tennessee where Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will attempt to make the case for the commission granting him permission to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park. The chairman of the commission has already told Strickland in writing that the commission will not take up the matter – not even discuss it. Strickland hopes he will at least be heard. And he says the city should have a decision by mid-November and is adamant that this cannot be put off into the new year.

THE PRESS BOX

What the NBA Needs is an Epic Upset

One thing the NBA is not is international soccer. Which is to say, Trinidad and Tobago does not make magic here.

THE TIPPING POINT

Cory Christmas Gives Access to Opportunities

Cory Christmas describes himself as risk-averse. But while he was growing up on the Gulf Coast, in Mobile, Alabama, he dreamed of being the sort of news reporter who broadcasts live during a hurricane.

SPORTS

Former Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt Refiles Lawsuit vs School

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Houston Nutt's lawsuit against Ole Miss, its athletic foundation and the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees has been refiled in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

Hartnell: ‘It’s Very Comforting’ to be Back

Scott Hartnell ran into unexpected difficulty back in 2000 on one of his very first road trips with the Nashville Predators.

Reeling Vols Are 0-5 Against Carolina’s Muschamp

Fans are fuming. Players are fighting. Butch Jones is coaching for his job.

AFC South Membership Only Thing Saving Titans

Right now, the best thing that can be said about the Tennessee Titans is they play in the AFC South, where someone’s mediocrity will be rewarded with a playoff berth come Dec. 31.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Ride From Can’t to Can

“THREE BUCKS A DAY, ALL IN.” My friend Jay Martin, founder and chairman of Juice Plus+, is impatient with systems for systems’ sake, with bureaucracies based on bureaucracies, with the tried and true default of “we’ve always done it that way.” If he sees a problem and sees no solution or a solution as problematic as the problem, he has a habit of building one himself and taking it out for a spin. And then he gets a few friends to climb on.

The Magic Numbers

Ray’s Take: Saving for retirement doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes meaningful thought, discipline, and action to create and execute a plan that will sustain you in your golden years. Yet, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 18 percent of U.S. workers say they are very confident of having enough money to live comfortably during their retirement years. There seems to be a big disconnect going on between knowledge and execution.

MEMPHIS AREA

Man Sentenced to 15 Years in 1990 Memphis Killing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors in Tennessee say a man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole in the 1990 shooting death of a Memphis liquor store owner.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Wildfire Season Starts Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee forestry officials say outdoor burning permits will be required as the state heads into wildfire season.

School Board in Tennessee Votes to Keep LGBT Protections

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee county's school board has voted to keep protections for LGBT students and employees in place.

CMT Changes Award Show Format After Vegas Shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – CMT is forgoing formal award presentations during this year's Artists of the Year show and devoting the entire live show to "a night of hope and healing through the power of music" following a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Target Joins Other Retailers in Offering Voice Shopping

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is jumping into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google, offering thousands of items found in the store except for perishables like fruit and milk.

Equifax Takes Down Customer Service Page After New Hack

NEW YORK (AP) – Equifax has taken down one of its web pages after reports that another part of its web site had been hacked as well.

Here Comes Earnings Season: Brace for a Slowdown in Growth

NEW YORK (AP) – Earnings reporting season is getting underway, and Wall Street is getting ready to be underwhelmed.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Calling It a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order

WASHINGTON (AP) – Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine "Obamacare," the program he's promised to kill.

US, Israel to Exit UN Agency Over Alleged Anti-Israel Bias

PARIS (AP) – The United States announced Thursday it is pulling out of the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform" in the agency.

DeVos Touts School Choice, STEM as Education Priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced a set of priorities for states and schools competing for federal grant money.

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