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VOL. 133 | NO. 11 | Monday, January 15, 2018

The Week Ahead: Jan. 15-21

Good morning, Memphis! We hope you’re thawing out today on the last federal holiday for a while. Check out what you need to know in The Week Ahead, from the National Civil Rights Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances to the mayor’s state of the city address and plenty of entertaining events...

Shelby County Commission to Have New Majority in September

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term in the 2018 county elections.

Playhouse Begins Sexual Harassment Investigation

The board of directors of Playhouse on the Square has hired the Burch, Porter and Johnson law firm to investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct made last month against Jackie Nichols, the founder and executive producer of the theater.


Around Memphis: Jan. 15, 2018

Here’s a look at Memphis-related news from around the web...

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The National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 15, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” Museum admission is $5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with optional $3 admission for visitors who bring a canned good donation for Mid-South Food Bank or free admission with a blood donation to Lifeblood. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

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Old Dominick Launching New Music Series This Month

Memphis’ newest music venue is opening later this month, in something of an unlikely place. Old Dominick Distillery, at 305 S. Front St., on Jan. 25 is using its upstairs event space to launch the Old Dominick Pure Memphis Music series. A twice-monthly set of concerts featuring acts, as the name of the series suggests, with a tie of some kind to the city.

Investigation Finds No Basis for Misconduct Allegation Against Ford

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. says Morgan Stanley has concluded its investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct against him made last month and determined that it was not true.

Lender Reclaims 100 North Main at Auction

More than a year after Memphis’ tallest building went into foreclosure, 100 North Main has been reclaimed by the lender.


Memphis Hilton Sale, New FedEx Hub Building Highlight Busy Week

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The Memphis Hilton, the iconic cylindrical hotel located at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. in East Memphis, has sold for $31 million.


'F' is for Fraud

Grade-changing scandal rattles Shelby County Schools

Just before the winter break, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had a lot of questions for the Shelby County Schools system. She had just read a 258-page report from an independent investigation of the school system’s grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High School.

Editorial: Grade-Changing Scandal at Trezevant Shows Culture Matters

Culture matters in education. When that culture is about the pursuit of a goal and how to get there instead of making sure no one on the payroll gets jostled too much, it can move mountains. In this case, it can move one of the city’s most intractable problems.

This week in Memphis History: Jan. 12-18

2008: The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama opens its Memphis headquarters in the Eastgate Shopping Center three weeks before the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday Tennessee presidential primary. Obama and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York are competing for the nomination. In the February primary, Clinton will carry Tennessee but Obama will take Shelby County’s base of Democratic primary voters, the largest base of Democrats in a single county in the state.


FedEx to Construct $35.4 Million Building at World Hub

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is preparing to expand operations at its World Hub at Memphis International Airport.

New East Memphis OB/GYN Practice Launching Feb. 2

A new OB/GYN practice is launching in East Memphis Feb. 2, the result of a trio of doctors leaving their current office to hang out their own shingle and offer a full range of obstetrics and gynecology services.

White Nationalist Confederate Monuments Protest Draws Larger Police Presence

A dozen white nationalists with Confederate flags were the only protest Saturday, Jan. 6, that got anywhere near Health Sciences Park and what’s left of the park’s monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Shelby County Commission To Have New Majority in September

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

Ford Claims Vindication on Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr. says Morgan Stanley has admitted that its investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct against him made last month concluded it was not true.


Developer Halts Plans After Likely Civil War Graves Found

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Developers halted plans Friday for a sprawling entertainment and residential complex in Tennessee after archaeologists discovered what they believe are graves on a site near a Civil War fort built by slaves.

Tennessee AG Lawyer Appointed to Defense Department Post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A top lawyer in the Tennessee attorney general's office has been nominated to become the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense.


'Mississippi Burning' KKK Leader Killen Dies in Prison at 92

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday.


Wells Fargo Q4 Results Rise 17 Pct; Posts Gain From Tax Bill

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo says its fourth-quarter earnings rose 17 percent from a year ago, as the consumer banking giant benefited from the recently passed GOP tax bill, but incurred additional costs related to improper sales practices and other matters.


Has Flu Season, In Full Swing, Reached Its Height?

NEW YORK (AP) – Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking.


Supreme Court to Hear Sales Tax Collection Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually.


Facebook Edits Feeds to Bring Less News, More Sharing

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful."

Q&A: What Facebook's Shift Could Mean to Users, Businesses

NEW YORK (AP) – In coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow. Instead, Facebook wants people to see more stuff from friends, family and other people they are likely to have "meaningful" conversations with – something the company laments has been lost in the sea of videos, news stories (real and fake), and viral quizzes on which "Big Bang Theory" character you are.

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