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VOL. 132 | NO. 174 | Friday, September 1, 2017

Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust to Stay in Capitol

The Tennessee Capitol Commission blocked Gov. Bill Haslam’s request Friday, Sept. 1, to move the embattled Nathan Bedford Forrest bust out of the State Capitol to the Tennessee State Museum.

Harvey's Memphis Remnants Take Out Power to 40,000

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey “wreaked havoc” in Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 31, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division President Jerry Collins.

Strickland Seeks $21.5M to Begin Work on Convention Center, Gateway

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is seeking $21.5 million in immediate funding for pre-construction and early construction work on two projects on Downtown's north end: the long-awaited renovation of the Memphis Convention Center and to begin specific planning, land acquisition and construction for the Bicentennial Gateway project that includes the convention center and the Pinch District area north of it.

Tigers Deliver Victory in Wind and Rain

Tigers kick returner Tony Pollard let the ball settle into his hands. Do not take that part for granted. This was at the start of the second half Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. And not to say there was a lot of water, but at one point the Cajun Navy probably could have sailed areas of the stadium concourse.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Buys Ballet Memphis' Cordova Facility

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company has its first permanent home, announcing Thursday, Aug. 31, that it has bought the Ballet Memphis facility at 7950 Trinity Road in Cordova for $1.9 million.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 69%


The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival runs Friday, Sept. 1, through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

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Pet Project

Camp Bow Wow franchisees find success catering to canine campers

Canine companions reside in 44 percent of U.S. households, and most dog owners consider them part of their family. But many pooches spend their days home alone while their humans are at work, which can create stress and separation anxiety for these highly social pack animals.

Zach Randolph Faces Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident this month when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said Thursday.

Last Word: Football In The Rain, Shakespeare in Cordova and The Grizz Roster

There are moments in the history of sports amateur and professional that involve turn outs like the one Thursday at the Liberty Bowl for the Tigers football season opener. There were the people who ran the St. Jude marathon in the ice several years back even after the race was cancelled. Going back to the 1980s, there were those who came out in below freezing temps for Alabama Coach Bear Bryant’s last game that came at the annual Liberty Bowl.

Experts Differ on Convention Center Hotel Financing

At the end of the final hour-long panel discussion during the two-day Southern Lodging Summit Downtown, Chad Crandell, the managing director and CEO of CHM Warnick – one of the best-known hotel asset management firms and advisers to hotel owners – made his pitch.

Corker Draws Distinction Between Tax Cuts, Reform

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he wants to see tax reform that might mean a reduction in some taxes but very specific cuts aimed at a larger goal of promoting economic growth that makes up the revenue lost.

University Clinical Health Continues Growth Spurt

University Clinical Health, the clinical practice organization affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, is expanding with the acquisition of a new practice, the addition of another and some future expansion beyond Memphis coming soon.

New Union Ave. Bank Branch, Whitehaven Wastewater Facility Seek Design Variances

Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to build a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.

Arlington Alderman and School Board Early Vote Opens Friday

Early voting opens Friday, Sept. 1, in the only scheduled election of 2017 in Shelby County – Arlington municipal elections.


Will Grizzlies Have A Leg to Stand On?

David Fizdale was eloquent as he again stated the city of Memphis should remove its Confederate statues. Chris Wallace appeared to have lost weight, an executive expression that this team will be ready for training camp in a few weeks.


Grizzlies’ Grind City Media Expands Into Football Coverage

Last September, the Memphis Grizzlies launched their new in-house digital news and information platform: Grind City Media.

Vols at Their Best When Expectations Are Low

Based on preseason predictions, the SEC East is pretty much a toss-up between Georgia and Florida.

Tanney Hopes Nashville is Not His Last Stop

By the time you read this, it is possible that Alex Tanney might have already thrown his last pass as a member of the Tennessee Titans.

Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement

Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.


I Recommend a New Novel

They read us like a book. When I was growing up, The Book Shelf was about where the northwest corner of the Kroger in Poplar Plaza is now. It smelled like books – not the library smell of tomes and the weight of knowledge, but the smell of brand-new information, shiny new possibilities, a world of discovery on a personal scale.

Retirement Worries to Tackle Ahead of Time

Ray’s Take: A long, happy retirement is one of the great American dreams.


Online Voter Registration Being Offered in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee secretary of state's office says it has begun offering online voter registration.

US Park to Add $2.5M Radio System Upgrade After Wildfires

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive a $2.5 million upgrade to its radio communications systems in response to a fire in Tennessee that contributed to 14 deaths and millions of dollars of damage in November.

Tennessee School District Updates Abuse Reporting Policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee school district has made several changes to its child abuse and neglect reporting policy, including barring educators from conducting their own investigations.


Wells Fargo Says 3.5 Million Accounts Involved in Scandal

NEW YORK (AP) – The scope of Wells Fargo's fake accounts scandal grew significantly on Thursday, with the bank now saying that 3.5 million accounts were potentially opened without customers' permission between 2009 and 2016.

Macy's, Best Buy Expanding Same-Day Delivery Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's and Best Buy are expanding their same-day delivery offers as they try to be more competitive with online leader Amazon.


Tax Overhaul Faces Resistance From Fans of Some Deductions

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to overhaul the nation's complex tax code. To slash taxes, they say they'll curb a web of expensive deductions and credits to allow more revenue to flow to the government.


Apple Expected to Unveil Next iPhones at Sept. 12 Showcase

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's faithful fans and investors won't have to wait much longer to see what the iPhone maker has in store next.


Groups Seek Ban on High-Dose Opioids Citing Overdose Danger

CHICAGO (AP) – Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs.

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