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VOL. 133 | NO. 157 | Thursday, August 9, 2018

Making a Splash

New amenities turn urban park into more popular destination

Jen Andrews’ office is in the northwest corner of the visitor center at Shelby Farms Park. The office’s huge windows give her an expansive view of the park. But it’s also two-way glass. On the outside of that glass, at a certain height, are smudges where children have pressed their foreheads and dogs have jumped up with their paws.

Lack of Young Employees Hurting Construction

The epidemic diminishing of the construction workforce in a post-recession world is primarily fueled by a sharp decline in the number of young construction workers, according to research conducted by BuildZoom’s chief economist Issi Romem.

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.

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.

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.

Local Weather
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Overcast and Breezy
Wind: from the Northwest at 20.7 gusting to 31.1 mph
Humidity: 76%


Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Cocktails and Canvases Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The Plein Air (outdoor) painting class takes place the second Thursday of each month during 30 Thursdays and uses one of MBG’s 31 gardens as a background. Bring your own beverage and painting supplies. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

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Bids Put Cost of Airport Concourse Renovation near $250 Million

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

Last Word: Transition Time, Two Years of Heart and Eads De-Annexation Growth

Here comes the transition in the county mayor’s office. Shelby County Mayor-elect Lee Harris announced Wednesday that the transition team will be co-chaired by former Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris and former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins. Harris’s campaign manager Danielle Inez will be executive director of the transition team. They are soliciting applications to be on the transition team and the resumes have to be in soon. Harris takes office as outgoing mayor Mark Luttrell leaves at the end of this month.

Redbirds Roster Changing Again As Cardinals Revamp Outfield

Another week, another makeover for the Memphis Redbirds’ roster. Nothing new. After the St. Louis Cardinals used the trade deadline to restock and reconfigure the farm system creating opportunities for prospects, the Redbirds’ outfield got a fast remodel.

Colonial Country Club Submits Request for Redevelopment of a Larger Tract

The planned redevelopment of Colonial Country Club in Cordova has taken a major turn, including a new, deep-pocketed development partnership planning to add acreage, a mix of retail, restaurants, offices and full-service hotel.

Gainwell Learning Multiple Roles on Offense As He Embarks On Tiger Career

Memphis Tiger freshman Kenny Gainwell lined up as a running back in the middle of Sunday’s Liberty Bowl practice and took a handoff through the offensive line for a short gain.

Co-working and Retail Space for Digital Creatives Launches on Main Street

What began in 2017 as a Slack messaging channel for digital creatives turned into a limited liability company with the goal of improving Memphis’ digital design industry through education, community and solidarity. Now, the group has a physical co-working and retail space in Downtown Memphis.

Loeb Presents Renderings of New Hotel Proposed for Overton Square

New renderings were released Tuesday of an Overton Square hotel tall enough – at seven stories – for rooftop bar patrons to see much of Midtown, including Overton Park six blocks to the north.


1940 Civil Rights Worker Slaying Case Reopened

MEMPHIS — More than 78 years after civil rights worker Elbert Williams' body was found in a Tennessee river, a district attorney announced Wednesday that he is reopening the investigation into the slaying.

Tennessee Set to Kill 1st Inmate in Nearly a Decade

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.


GOP Congressman from New York Charged with Insider Trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology company to his son, helping family and friends dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when bad news came out.

Gates, Star Witness Against Manafort, Concludes Testimony

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.

Kansas Democrats Pick Gay, Native American Nominee for Congress

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state's first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.

Michigan Attorney to Become 1st Muslim Woman in Congress

DETROIT (AP) — An attorney and former Michigan lawmaker is looking ahead to becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.


Concern in Arkansas Town Highlights Trade Fears Across U.S.

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy.


Ebola Vaccinations Begin in Congo's Latest Deadly Outbreak

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday in Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.


Red-Hot Voyage to Sun will Bring Us Closer to Our Star

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before.

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