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VOL. 133 | NO. 41 | Monday, February 26, 2018

The Week Ahead: February 26-March 4

Good morning, Memphis! There are plenty of business, government and sporting events to keep your interest this week, along with the annual farm and gin show. And Shakespeare could inspire some Shelby County students to have their works published in a literary magazine.

Corker Mum On Possible Senate Return Run

When Shelby County Republican party leaders gathered Saturday, Feb. 26, for their annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest fundraiser, much of the attention was on the elected official who delivered the shortest speech of the night.

Dunavant Awards to Honor Dwyer, Kennedy at Feb. 28 Event

Time is running out to reserve a spot at the 15th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Central Avenue. The event, which is co-sponsored by The Daily News and the Rotary Club of Memphis East, recognizes the importance of the work public servants do year-round for the community.

Realization of ‘Strength in Numbers’ Can Help Women Continue Advancing

The accomplished female panelists at the Women & Business Seminar held by The Daily News Publishing Co. on Thursday, Feb. 22, were living evidence of how much progress there has been for women, even if there are still too many difficult moments.

Last Word: Corker at Lincoln Day, Pre K Trouble and Rye at the Orpheum

The National Weather Service was out Sunday surveying damage from storm damage Saturday evening in eight areas of northwest Tennessee and northeast Arkansas as those communities began recovering from the damage of what appears to be at least one tornado. The areas hit are: Trenton, Tennessee; Weakley County northeast of Martin; Madison County, 5 miles northeast of Jackson; Dresden to northeast of Paris; the Union City and South Fulton areas; and Clay County, Arkansas into the Missouri bootheel.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Northeast at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 75%


The Voices of the South Writing Cabaret will meet Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TheatreSouth, 1000 S. Cooper St. (in the First Congregational Church basement). At the start of the evening, participants receive a writing prompt and write for an hour, then everyone is given the opportunity to share what they have written. Cost is free; one drink minimum. Visit voicesofthesouth.org.

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Around Memphis: Feb. 26, 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

Martin to Miss Remainder of Season With Broken Foot

University of Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin, who was injured in the first half of the Tigers’ win Thursday night over Houston, has a broken foot and will miss the rest of the season.


Next Undercurrent Event Set for Crosstown Brewing

A new addition to the craft brewery scene in Memphis will host a gathering of young professionals and creatives who gather monthly at different hotspots around the city to meet each other and network.


Pre-K Expansion Faces Resistance in Push for Sunday Wine Sales

NASHVILLE – Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.


Three Downtown Projects Get Green Light, EPE Plan Put on Hold

3677 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116 -
 Elvis Presley Enterprises’ new expansion plans have been put on hold for at least a month after an attorney with the city of Memphis requested the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County delay its vote to give the city more time to review the plans. The new plans submitted to the EDGE board call for 80,000 square feet of exhibit and convention space with restaurant and entertainment venues.


The Church Health Way

Residency program preparing holistic doctors

One of the easiest ways to tell that Scott Morris is not your typical prescription-writing family doctor – and that the health care organization he founded, Church Health, is no ordinary medical practice – is when he starts talking about softer concepts like joy and happiness and spirituality.

Editorial: How to Bridge Memphis’ Medical Need and Promise

When Dr. Scott Morris, the founder of Church Health, says, “Health is about more than the absence of disease,” he cuts through much of the jargon that can obscure what is really important in Memphis.

This Week In Memphis History: Feb. 23-March 1

2008: Shelby County Commissioners and Memphis City Council members hold a rare joint meeting to talk about several plans for a new use of The Pyramid. At the time of the meeting, three years after the arena closed, the structure is jointly owned by the city and county governments. The two primary ideas are a Bass Pro Shops plan Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s administration is pursuing and a theme park and set of attractions developer Greg Ericson is proposing. Bass Pro Shops executives aren’t at the meeting.


Stanley Bar-B-Que in Overton Square Closes Doors

About a month after saying he hoped to keep his Overton Square barbecue restaurant open even though the business had filed for bankruptcy, Stanley Bar-B-Que co-owner David Walker said the eatery has shut its doors for good.

BSMF Lineup Features Diverse Mix of New and Familiar

The Beale Street Music Festival's 2018 lineup is out, and it features a mix of BSMF first-timers and familiar faces for longtime attendees of the three-day music fest in Tom Lee Park.

Potter Retires As Environmental Court Judge

General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he will retire from the court he founded effective March 1.

Zoo Parking Plan Takes Additional 2.4 Acres, Keeps Lot on Zoo Side of Ridge

The new Memphis Zoo parking lot is going to be late and will take in 2.4 more acres of land primarily on the eastern border of the Overton Park Greensward. But in the process, the expanded parking will move farther away from a first draft version of the plan that put cars right up against Veterans Plaza and the Doughboy statue in the park.

Diane Black, Husband Lobbying Against Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Faison is hitting a hurdle with gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Diane Black opposing it and her husband trying to kill the measure.


Tennessee Officials Investigating Dead Fish in Creek

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are investigating what caused tens of thousands of dead and dying fish in a small creek near the Tennessee River.

Ethics Committee Confirms Review of Tennessee Lawmaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work.


US Asks Judge to Approve Seizure of 'Pharma Bro' Assets

NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli appeared in court Friday for the first time since a judge locked him up for his online antics, hearing the government argue that he's on the hook for more than $7 million for his securities fraud conviction.


Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Agrees to Guilty Plea in Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign is scheduled to plead guilty on Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.

Ivanka Trump to Push for 'Maximum Pressure' on North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ivanka Trump told South Korea's president on Friday that she will use her visit to the Winter Olympics to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

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