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VOL. 133 | NO. 80 | Friday, April 20, 2018

RDC Rebrands With Leadership Change

The Riverfront Development Corp. is changing names as the organization that manages city property by the Mississippi River has a change in leadership.

Haslam Signs 7-Day Liquor Sales Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans will be able to buy liquor on Sunday after Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law allowing seven-day sales of wines and spirits.

History Upgrade

Mud Island Museum Gets Shorter Season for Possible Update

Mud Island’s Mississippi River Museum will have a shorter season than the rest of the river park.

EDGE Approves Trio of Tax Abatements

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of tax abatement packages during its Wednesday April 18 meeting.

Scenes From National Walk Out Protests

Shelby County Schools officials estimated approximately 20 Memphis schools participated in the April 19 National Walk Out protests. The protests in numerous cities were over two days to call attention to gun violence.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 88%


Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Stupid F#!&ing Bird” Friday, April 20, through May 13 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

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New Chef Takes Over at The Brass Door

A new chef is moving into the kitchen at Downtown’s The Brass Door, taking over for Patrick Reilly, who’s spent the past six months helping to breathe new life into the re-opened Irish pub.

Last Word: TNReady Blinks Again, Gov. Debate Thoughts and Mud Island's Museum

There was a point Thursday morning during the troubled TNReady testing at some Tennessee school districts when there was a “brief” slow down in the online testing, according to the Tennessee Education commissioner’s office. By noon that had been resolved and more than 250,000 completed tests had been submitted since testing began Monday. One can only imagine what some of the thoughts were in the office during the slow down and the gap between how long the slow down seemed and how long it actually was.

Republican Contenders for Mayor Say City Paying for Monuments Misstep

The three Republican contenders for Shelby County Mayor believe the city of Memphis acted improperly in removing Confederate monuments from city parks last year and is, in effect, paying the piper for challenging the Tennessee Legislature.

Lee, Boyd, Black Talk Confederate Monuments, Oppose Pre-K Expansion

Three of the four major contenders for governor in the Aug. 2 Republican primary disagree with the removal of Confederate monuments from city parks but also disagree with the state legislature’s decision to cut $250,000 of city funding in retaliation.


One-Year Turnaround? Grizzlies Vow It Can Be Done

Mike Conley had no doubt: “With health, we’re a completely different team.” This was a day after the season ended, a 22-60 record next to the Memphis Grizzlies’ name and forever the shorthand explanation of their 2017-2018 NBA journey.

Bickerstaff the Grizzlies’ Best Option for Coach

Would keeping interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff be the easiest play for the Memphis Grizzlies? Absolutely.

Pruitt Pumped Up for ‘Exciting’ Spring Game

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt loosened up a bit as the Vols went through spring practices last week, talking at length about individual players for the first time.


Richards Focused on Customers and Employees

Chris Richards knows the value of a chance encounter.


Outward And Visible Signs


When It Rains, It Pours

Ray’s Take


Tennessee Passes Bill to Impose Work Requirements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill aiming to require certain able-bodied TennCare recipients to spend 20 hours a week working, volunteering or attending schools.

Car Smoking Ban Bill Fails in Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would have barred adults in Tennessee from smoking in a vehicle with children appears dead for the year after lawmakers voiced concerns that it gave the government too much power over citizen freedoms.


Trump Backs Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee GOP US Senate Bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed Marsha Blackburn in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee.

Tennessee AD Fulmer Signs New Deal Worth at Least $900,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000.


Mississippi University Tuition to Rise 4 Percent, on Average

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall, saying lingering effects from state budget cuts two years ago require them to get more revenue from students.

Tractors Worth $50,000 Stolen From Scottie Pippen's Farm

HAMBURG, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen.


Day of Service, No Walkout at Columbine on 19th Anniversary

DENVER (AP) — A planned national high school walkout for gun control on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting Friday won't include student protests at the Colorado school that changed the way the nation viewed shootings.

Southwest Airlines Pilot Pushed Navy Boundaries for Flying

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators.

Minnesota Prosecutor Won't File Charges in Prince's Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller and probably did not know a counterfeit pill he ingested contained fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician's death.

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