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VOL. 133 | NO. 15 | Friday, January 19, 2018

Greenspace Nonprofit Details Offers For Confederate Monuments

The private nonprofit group that had the city’s two most visible Confederate monuments removed from city parks in December says it has had numerous offers to take the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis as well as a bust of Confederate Captain Harvey Mathes in the same park where the Davis statue stood.

Memphis Out of Running for Amazon's Second Headquarters

Memphis is out of the running for Amazon’s massive second headquarters. The Seattle-based ecommerce giant released a list of 20 finalists Thursday, Jan. 18, out of the 238 proposals submitted by cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Container Apartments, Warehouse Moving Ahead

Plans for a southeast Memphis textiles distribution facility and a Medical District apartment development made of shipping containers both took steps forward Wednesday, Jan. 17, with approvals from local boards.

Growing the Ranks

Strickland: Memphis about to meet goal of net gain in police

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland defines the state of the city halfway through his four-year term of office as “strong and getting stronger every day.”

Last Word: The Snow Split, Amazon Post-Mortem and Intermodal Comeback

A split verdict on Snow Day 4. Some school systems and colleges and universities are out again Friday, others are not and still others are opening later in the day. Shelby County Schools, which is out, says it has 13 extra days built into its schedule for just such an event or events – that is 13 days extra beyond the 180 days the state requires as the bare minimum for a school year.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
78.0°F
Thunderstorm in Vicinity
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Once” Friday, Jan. 19, through Feb. 11 at 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

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Virginia-Based Brewery Brings its Beers to Memphis

A Virginia-based brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., has kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a launch of its product in Memphis and a series of events around the city this week.

Midtown BBQ Restaurant Will Stay Open After Bankruptcy Filing

The Overton Square restaurant Stanley Bar-B-Que that was formerly known as Schweinehaus has filed for bankruptcy, though chef and co-owner David Walker says it isn’t going anywhere for now.

SPORTS

Germantown’s Mickey Callaway to Begin Managerial Career with New York Mets

Baseball is built for sweet stories of nostalgia and the innocence of youth. When Mickey Callaway was a kid he would spend lazy summer afternoons visiting Wrigley Field, courtesy of superstation WGN.

Mularkey Couldn’t See What Most Others Could

Mike Mularkey is loyal to his coaches and his coaching philosophies, though probably to a fault, as it appears that was a huge part of why he was fired as the Tennessee Titans head coach on Monday morning.

Pruitt’s SEC-Heavy Staff a Recruiting Coup

It was early December, 2012, and Butch Jones stood in front of a podium after being named Tennessee’s 24th football coach.

THE PRESS BOX

Tigers Winning, Could Use Better Recruits to Coach Up

Right after Christmas I sat down with Tubby Smith in his office for a lengthy Q & A, which you can still find here (http://bit.ly/2DLJbCk). At one point in our conversation I asked Tubby about “coaching guys up,” if that was maybe the part of the job he enjoyed most.

THE TIPPING POINT

From Intern to Executive, Meeks Builds Bold Team

For most of us, our first big financial move as young adults might have been an apartment security deposit, say, or the down payment on a used car. When Jim Meeks was 17 years old, fresh out of high school in Paducah, Kentucky, he said to himself, “I want to buy some life insurance.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Using Kids as Chips

THIS ISN’T A GAME, KIDS AREN’T CHIPS. As I write this, 9 million low-income kids in America are at risk of losing their insurance, primarily because they aren’t the kids of Congress.

Midlife Look at Insurance Needs

Ray’s Take: Life insurance is an important part of most overall financial plans. Replacing the capital value of the significant providers is critical should they not be able to provide. Owning the right insurance for the right price at the right time in your life is a crucial element to your financial well-being.

Tech Support Scams Target Everyone

A study conducted for the BBB by Steve Baker, a retired FTC regional director, found that it’s only a question of when, not if, a person will be targeted in a tech support scam.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Governor Appoints Water Availability Panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed a committee to develop a statewide plan for future water availability in Tennessee.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

New Trump Office Would Protect Conscience Rights of Doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) – Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break to Farmers Who Sell to Co-Ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.

HEALTH CARE

Hospital Groups Creating Company to Make Cheap Generic Drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.

Governors to Trump, Congress: Do More to Solve Opioid Crisis

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) – Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day.

AUTO INDUSTRY

14 Automakers List More Models in Takata Recall

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

TECHNOLOGY

Huffpost Shutting Down Contributor Section

NEW YORK (AP) – HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, which has allowed more than 100,000 people to post opinions on its site since it was introduced in 2005.

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PROPERTY SALES 87 87 7,836
MORTGAGES 108 108 9,307
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 6 1,364
BUILDING PERMITS 130 130 16,737
BANKRUPTCIES 55 55 5,461
BUSINESS LICENSES 32 32 2,980
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 47 47 3,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 1,725

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