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VOL. 132 | NO. 200 | Monday, October 9, 2017

Week Ahead: Oct. 9-15

Hey, Memphis! The real NBA and college basketball seasons creep closer with teasing events this week and the schedule of fun things to do is highlighted by the second annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday evening. Here’s toasting to a great week.

County Prepares to Begin Total Renovation of CJC

With the Memphis Police Department’s move into Civic Center Plaza from its long-time headquarters on the top floors of the Criminal Justice Center, Shelby County government is preparing to begin a total renovation of the CJC at 201 Poplar Ave.

Warriors to Win NBA Title Again, NBA GM Survey Says

Marc Gasol is the third-best center in the NBA, Mike Conley the fourth-best leader, and former Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen is still tough, but no longer the toughest guy in the league.

Confluence Park Opening Marks Transformation

The name of the westernmost point of the Wolf River Greenway is still a working title. But the 115 acres on the north end of Mud Island has emerged from decades of overgrowth, used tires other materials dumped there to become an actual park.

Last Word: The Corker Tweets, Market Stabilization and The Rise of the Landshark

In the “That Didn’t Take Long” department, whatever diplomacy there was in the relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee vanished over the weekend – vanished in the course of several tweets starting with one from Trump claiming he refused an endorsement of Corker in a re-election bid next year and that resulted in Corker’s decision not to seek re-election. He claims Corker “begged” for his endorsement. “Said he could not win without my endorsement,” Trump added. “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said, ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal.”

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The Construction Specifications Institute-Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, Oct. 12, at 11:3 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tim Michael of designshop will discuss the Grand Carousel addition at the Children's Museum of Memphis. Reservations need to be made by contacting Jeffrey Parnell at jparnell@hbg.design on or before Monday, Oct. 9.

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MATA Outlines Service Changes for December

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is considering a suspension of its Shelby Farms Park bus route until spring 2018 and an extension of its Appling Farms route to eliminate the Goodlett Ikea Way route that specifically serves the Ikea store in Cordova.

Interactive Solutions CEO Prepares to Hand Reins to Son

Jordan Myers’ business card identifies his title at Interactive Solutions Inc. as account manager for the Memphis-based audio visual and video-conference technology company.


Outdoors Retailer REI Planning First Memphis Store

5895 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 -
Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.


Connecting The Pieces

St. Jude expansion paves way for Gateway Project, Pinch District redevelopment

The Pinch District – a Downtown mini-neighborhood of only a few blocks sandwiched between the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Uptown, The Pyramid and the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – has been a neglected donut hole of development for years, as investments have poured into other areas of Downtown around it.

Editorial: Ways Forward in the Age Of the Active Shooter

When the word “numb” starts to show up a lot as the reaction to a mass shooting in which 59 people were slaughtered even as time passes – when the incident very quickly goes into the timeline of such incidents and is then filed away for the next time it happens – we have a problem.

October 6-12, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2016: On the cover of The Memphis News, the opening of the $52 million “Heart of the Park” project at Shelby Farms Park turns a lot of heads and prompts a lot of new traffic on land that was once a prison farm and had been slated in the 1970s for residential construction. “I feel like it’s a city that’s reinvented itself,” Shelby Farms Park Conservancy director Jen Andrews says in the cover story. “It didn’t change who it was, but it reinvented itself – a sprawling city that chose to reconnect itself. … Memphis has become a city that believes in making things better for the public realm.”


Amazon Planning Memphis Distribution Center, Sources Say

Memphis is poised to land a massive Amazon distribution facility just north of the state line in Southeast Shelby County, according to multiple sources familiar with the project.

Pimento’s, Salsarita’s To Anchor New Retail Center

Developer Kevin Hyneman will be seeking his first official green light from the Collierville Planning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 5, for a new commercial retail building at the southwest corner of Winchester and Houston Levee roads.

Brooks Museum Eyes Downtown Fire Station Site

Brooks Museum officials are considering relocating to a Downtown site at Front Street and Union Avenue that is currently occupied by the Memphis Fire Department headquarters.

Crosstown Crossroads

With Crosstown Concourse open, it’s only a matter of time before the Cleveland corridor is rejuvenated

For the past 90 years, Crosstown has seen its share of ups and downs. In the beginning, it was a shining beacon for the city’s eastward expansion; at its height, it anchored several vibrant and diverse neighborhoods; and at its lowest, Crosstown became the poster child for once-great inner-city areas of Memphis that had deteriorated.

Memphis Officials Lay Out Initial Pitch for Amazon HQ

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.


Former Boy Scouts Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – A former Boy Scouts treasurer has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $95,000 from a troop in Tennessee.


Auto Supplier Denso: $1B Investment in Tennessee Plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.


Chancellor: Ole Miss Will Use Landshark as On-Field Mascot

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The University of Mississippi will use the landshark as the school's new on-field mascot, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced in a letter Friday, upending the short reign of the black bear.


US Chamber of Commerce Sounds Alarm About a NAFTA Pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's biggest business group is warning the Trump administration that a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a "political and economic debacle" that would cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.


Trump's One-Two Punch Hits Birth Control, LGBT Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others.

Administration Calls for Easing Rules for Financial Markets

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration on Friday recommended ways to loosen the rules governing the U.S. stock, bond and derivatives markets, proposing a rollback of a variety of tougher requirements adopted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Treasury's IG Probing Illegal Surveillance Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Treasury Department's inspector general said Friday it is looking into allegations that a Treasury Department agency has been illegally looking at the private financial records of U.S. citizens.


FDA: Drug Shortages Possible Due to Puerto Rico Power Outage

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that U.S. drug shortages are possible because power outages in Puerto Rico have stopped or limited production at many medicine factories there.

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