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VOL. 133 | NO. 78 | Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GoFundMe Page Seeks to Reimburse Memphis for State Money Withdrawal

NASHVILLE – A GoFundMe page has been started on Facebook to raise funds to make up a $250,000 budget cut the Tennessee Legislature levied against the city of Memphis for removing Confederate monuments from two city parks late last year.

Here Comes the Hot Chicken

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is finally opening the doors of its first Memphis location to the public Wednesday April 18 and bringing its signature Nashville hot chicken with it.

CBRE Moving Memphis Office to Triad Center

Real estate brokerage firm CBRE announced it will be moving offices as part of a company-wide Workplace360 initiative.

SCS Leaders Question Credibility of TNReady Testing

Shelby County Schools board members say they question the credibility of state student achievement testing after the third major problem with online testing in three years.

Trolley Restoration Meant Rebuilding the System

Nearly four years after two trolleys caught fire in the span of six months in late 2013, Memphis Area Transit Authority officials announced that three restored trolley cars would go into service on April 30.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 67%


The Africa in April International Entrepreneurs’ Business Luncheon is Wednesday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Tickets are $75. Visit facebook.com/africainaprilfestival for details.

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Designing the Future

Regions rolls out modern branch design across Memphis area

Legacy banking institutions like Regions Bank increasingly want their brick-and-mortar locations to look like something other than, well, a bank.

Republican Gubernatorial Debate Wednesday Will Air Statewide

The Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle announced Tuesday the organization will co-host the first statewide televised Tennessee gubernatorial debate for Republican candidates on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre of The Orpheum Theatre, 225 S. Main St.

Last Word: Failed Test, Trolley Back Story and Violent Crime Down City and County

The state’s third problem with online student achievement testing in three years is gathering political force in Nashville. And that force is aimed for the most part at testing in general and the role it plays in evaluating teachers and students.

IMC Official Discusses Transportation Challenges

Although Memphis has long been known as America’s distribution center, simply being in the right place at the right time isn’t always enough.

Luttrell Vetoes One Resolution, Refuses to Sign Another

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has vetoed a resolution for attorney and former County Commissioner Julian Bolton to continue in his role as legislative policy adviser to the commission.

Hardaway and Tigers Get Two More Signees

University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added two more players to his roster. Shooting guard Antwann Jones signed with the Tigers after being released from his national letter of intent with Texas A&M. Isaiah Maurice signed after playing one season at Kansas State and one season at South Plains junior college.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Puts $5 Million in Whitehaven Park Renovation

A Whitehaven park is getting a $5 million remake, including a $900,000 endowment fund to keep the new David Carnes Park ready for recreation.


Amanda Dunham Talks Changes At East Memphis’ Grove Grill

Twenty years after The Grove Grill opened in Laurelwood Shopping Center, the restaurant is reinventing itself with modernized decor and the recently launched Third Thursday monthly tasting series. Helping drive the changes are chef Chip Dunham – the son of Grove Grill owners Jeff and Tracey Dunham – and his wife, beverage director Amanda Dunham, who both joined the restaurant after moving to Memphis last July.


Running Away Money

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Margaret Heffernan. Margaret is incredibly impressive, with a career that includes running five companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, being a college professor, authoring five books, and giving multiple TED Talks. Originally from Texas, Margaret has lived all over, including in the U.K.

Dogs + Vodka = Winning Marketing Strategy

New York Times best-selling author, Robert Cialdini, is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase.


Hacker Blamed for Third TNReady Computer Snafu

Frustrated by a third year of TNReady foul-ups, this time with testing statewide disrupted by a suspected hacker, state lawmakers are set to step in and put an end to what they feel is a fiasco.

Effort to Expand Medicaid in Tennessee Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another effort to expand Tennessee's Medicaid program has failed after the state's Republican-dominated House refused to support an amendment on a bill on insurance coverage for certain cancer patients.

Social Media Ad Disclosure Bill Fails in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would require the disclosure of who paid for political ads on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook is likely dead for the year after failing to get enough votes in the House on Monday.

Bill Would Increase Hotel Allowance for Tennessee Lawmakers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hotel allowances for Tennessee lawmakers would rise under a bill making its way through the Legislature.


Judge Rules Law Allowing Dogs in Court is Unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has ruled that a law allowing child victims of sexual assault to testify while accompanied by a comfort dog is unconstitutional.


Trump, Abe to Meet Despite Strain Over North Korea, Tariffs

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Top Trump administration officials say that major concessions, including a possible exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs, could be on the table for Japan as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Florida to discuss trade issues and Trump's potential meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Starbucks to Close Stores for Afternoon for Bias Training

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for its nearly 175,000 workers.


One Dead After Jetliner Apparently Blows an Engine in Flight

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said.

Florida School Shooting Survivor Files 1st Victim Lawsuit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A teenager who took five bullets in the Florida school mass shooting has become the first victim of the Valentine's Day rampage to file a lawsuit.

NYC Removes Statue of Doctor Who Experimented on Slaves

NEW YORK (AP) — A bronze statue of a 19th century doctor who did experimental surgery without anesthesia on enslaved African-American women was removed from Central Park on Tuesday.

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