VOL. 132 | NO. 178 | Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wilson Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Kemmons Wilson Co., will merge with Valor Hospitality Partners, an international hotel developer with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and London, England. And the new company's headquarters will be in Atlanta and London with an office in Memphis.
Hours after Amazon.com announced its plans to open a second North American headquarters, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Memphis will be putting its name in the hat.
Heath Freeman, president of New York-based investment firm Alden Global Capital, once blasted what he saw as “abysmal business decision-making” and a “country club environment in the executive suite and boardroom” at Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc.
Who’s on first? Or for that matter, at second base and shortstop, catching, in the outfield, and coming in from the bullpen?
The highly anticipated return of the Grand Carousel – a popular attraction for years at Libertyland, the shuttered amusement park – is on schedule with a grand opening expected in about two months at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.
The managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC says the plan for a new $40 million to $50 million Whitehaven arena with 5,000 to 6,000 seats isn’t to compete with any venue in Memphis and Shelby County.
The Memphis City Council has passed the first of three votes on a resolution that declares Confederate statues on city-owned property public nuisances and sets up a framework for the city to remove those statues even without approval from the state.
Back from a very short-lived jury duty on a short week for the courts – criminal and civil. Even a slow week at the Criminal Justice Center is a learning experience about not only our criminal justice system but also the Constitutional framework that puts those notices in the U.S. mail and results in several hundred citizens at a time showing up in a jury assembly room after the adventure of trying to find parking Downtown.
Malika Anderson is stepping down as superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District effective at the end of September after being with the turnaround school district for the state’s lowest-performing schools since its inception in 2012 and as superintendent since January 2016.
Editor's note: The University of Memphis football game that was to be played Friday, Sept. 8, at UCF in Orlando has been canceled in response to Hurricane Irma. Details here.
More than 30 years after its conception, the Agricenter Sunflower Trail finally enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the grounds of Agricenter International. Work started on both ends of the Greenprint-certified trail, which was one of the first in Shelby County, back in the mid-1980s.
Following a lull in historic firsts in public education in Shelby County – the launch of the state-run Achievement School District, school consolidation and then the demerger into seven school districts – another historic event took place last month in Hickory Hill that flew well under the radar.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.
Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooling temperatures, changing colors and football season all combine to make for a fun time of year.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Two teams of people from the Memphis district of the Army Corps of Engineers have been deployed to help with hurricane recovery and planning.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal utility says it would take 24 years to excavate and move a Tennessee power plant's coal ash under court orders that it still might appeal.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Butch Jones says that injured wide receiver Jauan Jennings is out "indefinitely."
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more powerful new hurricane bore down on Florida.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to permit deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several years.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer will resign next month for personal reasons, leaving a fourth vacancy on the seven-member Fed governing board.
NEW YORK (AP) – Kohl's said Wednesday that it will open up Amazon shops in 10 of its stores, making it the latest department store operator to make a deal with the e-commerce giant.
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's said Wednesday that it will sell bottled McCafe drinks at supermarkets and other stores early next year, following in the footsteps of coffee rivals Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.