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VOL. 133 | NO. 158 | Friday, August 10, 2018

2019 Memphis In May Festival to Honor City's Bicentennial

For the first time in its 42-year history, the month-long Memphis in May International Festival will depart in 2019 from its tradition of honoring a country and promoting trade ties with that country.

Restaurant Iris Reopens; Permit Pulled for Former Windjammer Space

After a nearly three-month renovation, Restaurant Iris will re-open Aug. 22 with a new menu, a new interior, and a chef/owner entering a new chapter in his life.

Harris Expands Transition Team in Preparation for Taking Office

Shelby County Mayor-Elect Lee Harris announced more additions to his transition team Friday morning.

As Expected, Study Shows Memphis Lags Behind Peer Cities in Economic Development

Greater Memphis Chamber leaders say they’re moving aggressively to improve economic development efforts after a new study confirmed what they already suspected: that Memphis and Shelby County are at a serious competitive disadvantage to a number of peer communities.

Service Flexibility

MERI launches mobile bioskills lab

More medical professionals and students across the U.S. and Canada will have the chance to learn the latest technologies, devices and surgical procedures thanks to a new mobile bioskills lab that hit the streets in recent weeks. The lab is the first owned by the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI), which has managed similar mobile labs through medical device companies like Medtronic for the past 20 years.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
80.0°F
Overcast and Breezy
Wind: from the Northwest at 20.7 gusting to 31.1 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square presents the regional premiere of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” Friday, Aug. 10, through Sept. 2 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for showtimes and tickets.

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Aitken: Look Beyond Price Of New Collierville High School

The day after the ribbon cutting, the toughest critics of the new Collierville High School got to look around – the high school’s seniors begin classes Monday, Aug. 13.

Shelby County Commission Passes Ordinance To Gain More Legal Control

Shelby County commissioners approved an ordinance Wednesday, Aug. 8, that would bar the county attorney from representing county government in civil litigation in which the county mayor or another county government entity is suing the commission.

Last Word: MIM Numbers, Feeding 700 Teenagers and Elvis Week Arrives

The honored country tradition of the Memphis In May International Festival is one of those things that gets called into question whenever there is some thought about changes to the city’s biggest party. And the keepers of the festival’s flame always defend the tradition against the notion that they should just go straight to the party and not worry about anything profound.

Montreal-based Investor Has Contract to Purchase One Commerce Square

A Montreal-based real estate investor is under contract to buy One Commerce Square. The pending sale was revealed in a letter to the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Bids Put Cost Of Airport Concourse Renovation Near $250M

Estimates for Memphis International Airport’s long-awaited concourse overhaul have climbed toward a quarter billion dollars.

SPORTS

Sound System Upgrade, Locker Room Improvements Highlight Renovations to Liberty Bowl

When Memphis football fans file into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 for the Tigers home opener against Mercer they will hear things a bit clearer, thanks to an upgraded sound system.

Precious Minutes

Craft, Dillon hope to make the most of their playing time

Old football bromide: “A team makes its biggest improvement between the first game and the second game … ” But for Memphis Tiger seniors Sam Craft and Jackson Dillon, it’s more like, “Getting from the first game to the second game would be a HUGE improvement.”

Germantown’s Ian Clark Finds His Krewe in Big Easy

In 2017, former Belmont University star Ian Clark experienced the ultimate high for an NBA player, capturing the league championship as part of a star-studded Golden State Warriors team.

THE TIPPING POINT

Inspired by Unlikely Hero, Robertson Fulfilling Needs

When thinking of “heroes” or “role models” for African-American males, the first names that come to mind might be sports phenoms or our immediate past president, Barack Obama. But wherever your mind wanders, I doubt it lands on Bayard Rustin.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

My American Story. Again

JUST CALL ME LEIF. I wrote this a year ago. Recently, the column won an award for humor, but we’ve done so much in this last year to distort the meaning of being American it’s not even funny.

Multi-generational Living on the Rise

Ray’s Take: Almost 20 percent of Americans today live in households with multiple generations. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 64 million people reside in a property with two or more adult generations.

US NEWS

Melania Trump's Parents Sworn In As U.S. Citizens

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Pence Outlines Plan for New Space Force by 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

Court: EPA Violated Law on Harmful Pesticide, Orders Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos (clor-PY-ri-fos) on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

POLITICS

Witness Recounts How Paul Manafort Lied to Get Bank Loans

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — After three days of dramatic and even salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors on Thursday returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as a witness recounted how he lied to obtain millions of dollars in bank loans.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Puerto Rico Cites Storm Death Toll of 1,427 in Damage Report

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at 64 pending a scientific review due out soon.

French Rescuers Evacuate 750 Campers Amid Flash Floods

PARIS (AP) — French rescuers with helicopters have evacuated 750 people, including many children and tourists, from campsites in southern France after torrential rain swelled rivers in the Gard region. One person was reported missing.

Estonia Halts NATO Air Drills After Jet misfires Missile

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country's airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week.

BUSINESS

$3.9B Buyout of Tribune by Sinclair Ends in Acrimony

NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.

Sound System Upgrade, Locker Room Improvements Among Renovations to Liberty Bowl

When Memphis football fans file into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 for the Tigers home opener against Mercer they will be able to hear things a bit clearer, thanks to an upgraded sound system.

2019 Memphis In May Festival to Honor City's Bicentennial

For the first time in its 42-year history, the month-long Memphis in May International Festival will depart in 2019 from its tradition of honoring a country and promoting trade ties with that country.

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