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VOL. 133 | NO. 85 | Friday, April 27, 2018

Strickland Responds to Graceland Push for Arena Approval

UPDATE: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland responded Friday, April 27, to comments made by Graceland Holdings managing partner Joel Weinshanker Thursday evening at a town hall meeting about Graceland's expansion plans. Here is the statement in full.

RegionSmart Summit Brings Out Best of the Mid-South

Though the Mid-South is made up of a many different neighborhoods, cities and even states, many of the ties that bind the region together were on display at the third annual RegionSmart Summit.

A Dozen Mural Artists Take City To Court Over 'Beige Patrol' Action

A group of a dozen artists whose murals were painted over in February or have been targeted for painting over by city public works crews are suing the city of Memphis in federal court.

Q1 Economic Overview Underscores Optimism

Buoyed by everything from a big cut in tax rates to the performance of the stock market of late, Mike McManus, co-founder of wealth management firm McManus Reilly Financial, says his clients have been acknowledging a resurgence in optimism these days. About everything from the economy to the state of their own financial affairs – a sentiment that the latest data and local economic indicators helps underscore.

Last Word: Graceland Offensive, Mural Lawsuit, and a TNReady Encore

It’s on in The Haven. Graceland’s managing partner, Joel Weinshanker, is looking to turn out Whitehaven residents in support of Graceland’s plans for a 5,000 to 6,000 seat arena and in the process a showdown over just what the city and county noncompete for FedExForum means. During a townhall meeting at Guest House Thursday evening, Weinshanker made his case to about 150 Whitehaven residents and around eight or nine candidates in this election year. And he said the chief problem is Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland won’t talk to him about projects he says will open up Whitehaven for future economic development and prosperity.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

New Ballet Ensemble performs “Springloaded/Petrushka Remix” Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. The annual “Springloaded” performance features new works in a variety of dance styles, while “Petruska Remix” is the newest addition to New Ballet’s collection of reimagined story ballets. Visit newballet.org for showtimes and tickets.

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Baptist Expanding Telehealth Services

Patients at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. hospitals are increasingly being treated by health care professionals who aren’t on-site at the hospital.

Downtown Designs

Developers propose new apartments, riverfront park changes

A pair of proposed developments could change the look of two well-known Downtown areas: Mississippi River Park on Riverside Drive and the neighborhood around the National Civil Rights Museum.

SCS Puts Cost of TNReady Preparations at $46M

Shelby County Schools spent $46 million in the preparation for new TNReady testing this school year, according to a preliminary estimate by the school system.

Mona Esthetics Invests Nearly Half a Million in New Lasers

Mona Sappenfield recently invested nearly $500,000 in all new state-of-the-art lasers to help maintain Mona Esthetics’ pioneer status in an ever-evolving industry.

THE PRESS BOX

Our College Athletes Are Americans, Too, So Let’s Treat Them That Way

If you spilled an entire carton of milk on your kitchen table, you could count on the 12-member Commission on College Basketball to rush in and … not actually clean it up, just dab around the edges and leave a large and smelly stain in the center of your table cloth.

SPORTS

Players’ Experience

On Recruiting Trail, Reputations of New Memphis Coaches Precede Them

In his piece on John Calipari at theringer.com, writer Jordan Ritter Conn makes the case that the former University of Memphis coach is the best recruiter in college basketball history. His evidence includes this statistic: Since coming to Kentucky in 2009, Calipari has landed 30 McDonald’s All-Americans and sent 33 players to the NBA.

Advance And Learn: Predators Prove Their Ability to Evolve

Every round of the NHL playoffs presents teams an opportunity to grow as they move forward.

THE TIPPING POINT

Schwartz Advocates Holistic Health Through Community

When you think about the person who has the most impact on your overall health, is it your doctor who you occasionally see for a fixed period of time – or is it a close friend, parent or spouse?

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

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.

Memphis Lawmakers React to House Pulling $250,000 Bicentennial Funding

NASHVILLE – The state House of Representatives declined to reconsider its decision to pull $250,000 from Memphis to fund a bicentennial celebration as it stiffened penalties this week for potential violations of the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Q Standard

SOMETHING MESSY, NOT TO BE MESSED WITH. In past columns I’ve chastised my fellow boomers who not only wish for times gone by; they live there. Gathered around lunch tables, they complain about things like technology – passing around pictures of their grandkids on smartphones and getting up and down from that table on knees and hips supplied by that technology.

The Business of Airbnb

Ray’s Take: The story of one of the world’s hottest tech companies starts with two roommates, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, offering air mattresses and homemade breakfast in their apartment to out-of-town guests who couldn’t afford a hotel room in San Francisco. What started as a way to make a few bucks to pay their rent is now the company Airbnb.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Court Halts 2 Rulings Against State's Dicamba Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' highest court has halted orders by two judges exempting some farmers from the state's ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

US NEWS

Bill Cosby Convicted of Drugging and Molesting a Woman

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP)Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grows to 84 Cases

PHOENIX (AP) – The E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

American Airlines CEO Warns Higher Fares are Coming

DALLAS (AP) – Rising fuel costs are eating into airline profits, dampening expectations for the rest of 2018, and setting the stage for higher fares.

Bookings for Southwest Fall After Fatal Accident

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines says bookings are down since the fatal accident on one of its planes last week.

TECHNOLOGY

UK Lawmakers Call on Zuckerberg to Appear Before Them

LONDON (AP) – The U.K. parliament's media committee demanded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before the panel after lawmakers said the senior executive who testified Thursday failed to fully answer their questions about the data protection scandal that has engulfed the company.

Alexa, Make My Kid Polite: Echo to Get Child-Friendly Update

NEW YORK (AP) – Alexa's new missions: encourage kids to ask questions more politely, and get them to bed on time.

HEALTH

Opioid Treatment Gap in Medicare: Methadone Clinics

One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone.

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PROPERTY SALES 90 140 15,764
MORTGAGES 100 162 18,210
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 13 2,418
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