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VOL. 133 | NO. 84 | Thursday, April 26, 2018

Shipping Containers Planned for Downtown Park

One of the first tangible efforts to reimagine the Fourth Bluff area of Downtown Memphis is taking a step forward as the city has submitted plans to use adapted shipping containers as open air dining pavilions within Mississippi River Park.

Tenn. Legislature Breaks TNReady Gridlock, Adjourns Session

NASHVILLE – The House and Senate broke gridlock Wednesday night on problems stemming from the results of troubled TNReady testing by passing legislation saying no “adverse action” would be taken against teachers, students or schools for poor test scores.

New 4-Story Loft Building Planned for South Main

One of the last remaining privately owned parcels of land adjacent to the National Civil Rights Museum could be getting a huge overhaul.

A Work Home Found

Phillips Sees His Life’s Work as Executive Director at Su Casa

Growing up in Texas, just south of Houston, Michael Phillips always had been around people speaking Spanish. He took Spanish classes (and German, too) in high school and always liked the language.

Last Word: Last Day of Early Voting, Senate Poll and Legislature Goes to Overtime

The last day of early voting before the May 1 election day is Thursday. And the turnout count through Wednesday has eclipsed the total early voting turnout in this same set of elections in 2010 and 2014. You can find a list of early voting locations and the hours at www.shelbyvote.com, the website of the Shelby County Election Commission. The winners on election night next Tuesday advance to the August county general election.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
85.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 13.8 mph
Humidity: 72%

EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Trails and Tails Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Bring your four-legged friend (on a leash) for a walk along MBG’s trails. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

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Strickland Proposes Lower Property Tax Rate

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is proposing a change in the city property tax rate from the current $3.27 to a $3.19 rate as part of his third budget proposal.

Industrial Market Off To Good Start in 2018

The Memphis area industrial market is off to a good start in 2018 with a steady stream of tenant demand looking to fill the more than 5 million square feet of construction underway.

Griffin Moves to Helm of Changing ASD

Sharon Griffin wasn’t having any of the idea that she will be in competition with Shelby County Schools when she becomes the new leader of the state-run Achievement School District.

Calling Our Bluff

Local Film Producer Banks on Memphis Stories

Marie Pizano believes everyone has a story, and she is building her business on telling it. The founder and CEO of MVP3 Entertainment Group, Pizano is producing films based on Memphis history.

Leading Memphis Transplant Surgeon: Almost Everyone Can Donate Something

Earlier this month, a flag-raising ceremony was held in front of Methodist University Hospital to recognize National Donate Life Month in April and raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.

TNReady Causes Gridlock in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE – The day after Republican House leaders called for a review of the state’s TNReady testing vendor, the House of Representatives and Senate got stuck on the impact of botched testing this spring and the potential for incorrect student scores affecting teacher evaluations.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Schools’ Success Too Dependent on Weak Vendor

The “debacle” called TNReady, a standardized test ruling the lives of students, teachers and administrators, is the predictable result of brain drain – not by students but by Tennessee’s leaders.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Ladies of Charity: Serving Memphis for 80 Years

There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Memphis founded to address a multitude of needs that plague our city, such as under-education, poverty, homelessness, crime, and societal ills and issues of all kinds. They range from grass roots organizations with a handful of volunteers who multitask to raise the needed funds, to large single-source private foundations with multimillion-dollar distributions.

STATEWIDE

Waffle House Suspect: Erratic Behavior Years Before Shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Travis Reinking's erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle.

General Motors to Add 700 Workers at Tennessee Factory

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors is adding a shift at a Tennessee factory that makes GMC and Cadillac SUVs, putting about 700 people to work.

Tennessee Lottery Looking for Dogs for Game Tickets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee lottery has a new game coming soon and is looking for photos of dogs to put on the tickets.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers OK 5 University of Tennessee Board Nominees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State lawmakers have approved five of Gov. Bill Haslam's nominees to serve on a newly configured University of Tennessee board of trustees.

Tennessee Lawmakers OK Restriction on Short-Term Rental Bans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would restrict local bans on short-term rentals, including Airbnb properties, has passed the Republican-led Tennessee General Assembly.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Comcast Challenges Murdoch With Rival Bid for UK-Based Sky

LONDON (AP) – U.S. media giant Comcast on Wednesday offered 22 billion pounds ($30.7 billion) for Sky PLC, topping a bid from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and setting up a bidding war for Britain's biggest satellite television company.

Businesses Balance Facebook Privacy Concerns, Ad Needs

NEW YORK (AP) – Some small businesses that use Facebook ads to promote themselves and attract new customers are wrestling with whether they need to change strategy after the company's data-misuse scandal.

TECHNOLOGY

YouTube Overhauls Kids' App After Complaints About Content

YouTube is overhauling its kid-focused video app to give parents the option of letting humans, not computer algorithms, select what shows their children can watch.

MEDICAL NEWS

First Drug Approved for Most Common Inherited Kidney Disease

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease.

TNReady Causes Gridlock in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE – The day after Republican House leaders called for a review of the state’s TNReady testing vendor, the House of Representatives and Senate got stuck on the impact of botched testing this spring and the potential for incorrect student scores affecting teacher evaluations.

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