VOL. 133 | NO. 11 | Monday, January 15, 2018
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...
District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term in the 2018 county elections.
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.
Here’s a look at Memphis-related news from around the web...
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.
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.
More than a year after Memphis’ tallest building went into foreclosure, 100 North Main has been reclaimed by the lender.
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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.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is preparing to expand operations at its World Hub at Memphis International Airport.
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.
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.
District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) – Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking.
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.
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."
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.