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VOL. 133 | NO. 82 | Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I-Zone Chief Griffin Named Head of State-Run School District

The chief of schools for Shelby County Schools who was the founding director of Innovation Zone Schools is the new leader of the state-run Achievement School District.

Graceland Map Shows New Arena, Convention Center and Manufacturing Center

A new map of plans for the Graceland campus in Whitehaven shows two “exhibit buildings” of 80,000 square feet each on either side of a “live event center” Elvis Presley Enterprises wants to build on the western border behind its Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

UTHSC Set To Open New Training Facility

In less than three weeks, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will launch its new $39.7 million, 45,000-square-foot building packed with high-tech tools and a cutting-edge training environment.

Duran Case Moves To Federal Court In Louisiana

Memphis Police director Michael Rallings says his department isn’t working with federal immigration agencies that are becoming more aggressive in how undocumented immigrants are dealt with.

Mayor Strickland Takes Third Budget Proposal to City Council

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland takes his third budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 24, opening City Hall’s budget season with what is expected to be a budget that keeps the city property tax rate stable.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: West at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 44%


The Beethoven Club Music Series, featuring a performance by some of Memphis’ brightest young college classical musicians, continues Tuesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. Visit beethovenclubmemphis.org.

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Last Word: Graceland's New Map, Weighted Caseloads and Rallings on Duran

I’ve been thinking a lot about the term budget season and what that means in our political culture. My thought is we need to make this more season than process in the same way that we have made May more than just the last full month of spring. We should celebrate reprogramming and enterprise funds. Why hasn't someone written an ode to OPEB or at least done an OPEB mural? -- unless that was one of the ones on Willet that got painted over by mistake.


With NFL Draft Thursday, Will Tigers’ Anthony Miller Go Late in First Round?

The NFL Draft is this Thursday. And University of Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller is on the league’s radar. At nfl.com, draft analyst Mike Mayock ranks Miller as being tied for fifth-best receiver available with Oklahoma State’s James Washington.

Early Vote in Shelby County Primaries Tops 20,000 So Far

More than 20,000 voters cast ballots early through Saturday, April 21, in advance of the May 1 election, more than half in the Democratic county primaries.

Coletta Talks About Phase One of Riverfront Redevelopment After Memphis In May

Once the Memphis In May International Festival ends, workers will move into Mississippi River Park to begin the $65 million first phase of redevelopment of the riverfront.


More Scrutiny for Employers Likely This Year From Immigration Services

Local immigrant and businesswoman Alexandra Matlock knows how hard it can be navigating the U.S. customs process. Her journey coming from Colombia to eventually obtaining permanent work status in the U.S. took well over a decade.

State Weighted Caseload Study Shows Two More Judges Needed Locally

Shelby County’s court system – civil and criminal – is down about two judges, according to the Tennessee Comptroller’s annual report on weighted caseloads.

Opioid Litigation, FedExForum NonCompete Top Local Law Developments

Here are some of the legal issues making news in recent months.

Candidates Lined Up for Four Open Judicial Seats on the August Ballot

The Shelby County primary elections are in the early voting period and nearing the May 1 election day, but candidates in the August state and federal primaries are also campaigning. The August ballot includes four special elections for nonpartisan judicial positions – two Circuit Court judges, a Criminal Court judge and a General Sessions Criminal Court judge will be elected on the August ballot to fill vacancies in each of the divisions.


CA Sells Land, CBRE Inks New Office Deal

597 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103: Gannett Co. Inc., The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, has sold 5 acres adjacent to the CA’s 495 Union Ave. location to a New York-based investment company that specializes in acquiring underperforming and underutilized locations from legacy newspapers. -
 Twenty Lakes Holdings, doing business as 597 Beale Street LLC, purchased the parking lot behind the CA building for $1 million, according to a Tuesday, April 17, warranty deed.


Board Members Must Set Goals

When joining a board, whether you are a new or established board member, we suggest you take the time to define for yourself what you want to accomplish through your service.

Conscious Capitalism: Conversation With Raj Sisodia, Part One

Raj Sisodia is the professor of global business, Babson College, and co-founder and co-chairman, Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has written 10 books and more than 100 academic articles. He is the co-author (with John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market) of “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” (Harvard Business Review Publishing, 2013), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.


Police: Waffle House Suspect Was Armed When Arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mentally unstable gunman suspected of opening fire at a Waffle House restaurant in the middle of the night was arrested not far from his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day following the attack that killed four people, authorities said.

Tennessee Annual Crime Report Released Showing Increase

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual crime report, which shows an increase overall in reported instances of crime.

Corker Says He Won't Oppose Democrat Seeking His Senate Seat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is sticking by his decision not to campaign against the Democrat seeking to fill his seat.

Mummy Won't be on Display When New Tennessee Museum Opens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy that has been on display in Tennessee for more than 150 years needs conservation work and won't be on display when the new Tennessee State Museum opens in the fall.


New Lynching Memorial Evokes Terror of Victims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 souls who lost their lives in lynchings between 1877 and 1950.


Sears' Biggest Shareholder Offers to Buy Kenmore Brand

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer.

US Brands Suffer Collateral Damage in Chinese Corporate War

SHANGHAI (AP) – The rivalry is so notorious it's been called the "great cat-and-dog war." On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China's e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. On the other is JD.com Inc., a fast-growing upstart represented by its white dog logo.


Airline Passenger Fined After Keeping Free Airline Apple

DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris.


US Appeals Court Rejects Copyright Suit Over Monkey Selfies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits claiming animals have copyrights to photographs, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday in a case over selfies taken by a monkey.

Supreme Court Wrestles With Administrative Law Judge Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial adviser known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him.

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