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VOL. 133 | NO. 4 | Thursday, January 4, 2018

Attorney, Former Political Activist Lewis Donelson Dies at 100

In a century of life that began in Memphis, Lewis Donelson was many things including an attorney, politician and strategist. In all of those pursuits and others, he was one of the city’s most influential citizens and a force in some of the most historic moments in the city’s history as well as the state’s history.

Florida Developers Planning $23M Retirement Facility in E. Memphis

Vero Beach, Florida-based Harbor Retirement Associates has filed a $23.2 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new senior living facility in East Memphis.

Auto Parts Company Planning 600,000SF Distribution Facility in Memphis

Salt Lake City, Utah-based aftermarket auto body parts distributer Certifit Inc. is planning a 604,800-square-foot distribution facility on the southwest corner of Appling and Reese roads.

Ford Appointed New Chief Financial Officer

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has appointed city comptroller Shirley Ford to be the city’s new chief financial officer.

Developer Planning 228-Acre Town Square in Southaven

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved developer Brian Hill’s ambitious plan for a 228-acre mixed-use development called Silo Square in the heart of DeSoto County.

Local Weather
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Light Rain
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 68%


Graceland hosts the 2018 Elvis Birthday Celebration Thursday through Monday, Jan. 4-8. Here are a few of the highlights:

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City Hall Urges Memphians To Avoid Saturday Demonstrations

The city administration is urging Memphians to avoid demonstrations planned for Saturday, Jan. 6, against the removal last month of Confederate monuments in two city parks.

Outlook Bright for Memphis' Gig Economy in ’18

Whether by choice or necessity, the number of people working freelance and contract jobs in Memphis and nationwide is increasing as the “gig economy” booms. Employers are saving money by not keeping as many employees on full-time or with benefits, while gig workers have added freedom and flexibility.

We’re No. 1!

Memphis most charitable metro in 2017, but changes may be in the air

While tax law changes have some worried about the impact on charitable giving in 2018, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis president Robert Fockler points to Memphis’s historical standing as a generous city and his foundation’s own growth as reasons he is not worried as the calendar flips to a new year.

Last Word: The Stay Away Plan, Kroger and the Lamar Gateway and Silo Square

City Hall says ignore and avoid the two parks that used to have Confederate monuments and the Tennessee Welcome Center Saturday. All could be the scene of gatherings Saturday by groups opposed to the removal of the monuments including white nationalist groups. If this sounds familiar it’s because this was the city’s strategy in 1998 when a Klan group from Indiana rallied on the courthouse steps and there was a marked departure from that in 2013 when another Klan group – also from Indiana also rallied at the courthouse – different set of steps though. More on the history behind all of this when next we meet.

Developers Seek OK For Collierville Subdivision

Developer Husni Dweik of Aspen LLC has submitted plans for an 18-lot residential subdivision to the Collierville Planning Commission.

Candidates in August State and Federal Primaries Start Pulling Petitions Friday

Contenders for the May Shelby County primaries are still coming out of the political woodwork. And starting Friday, Jan. 5, candidates in the August state and federal primaries can begin pulling qualifying petitions for the second of three elections in 2018.


Legislators Can’t Get Past Threat of Medical Weed

Heading into the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Jeremy Faison is looking to send a message about his medical marijuana bill: Tennessee won’t open the door to recreational pot without General Assembly action.


Celebrating 2018 Around the World

Best-destination travel lists often are random with no real rhyme or reason other than a particular destination doing a fantastic job marketing itself to travel writers. And yes, I’ve written a few of these lists through the years.

A New View

People tend to rely on the new year mark as a time to make resolutions and look ahead. But it also provides a chance to reflect upon and recognize how much we and our environment have changed in just a short year.


Historically Black College Planning to Re-Enroll Students

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A historically black college in Tennessee that lost accreditation and was forced to evacuate has filed paperwork to begin re-enrolling and teaching students.


Allergan Cutting 1,000 Jobs in Cost-Cutting Move

NEW YORK (AP) – Allergan will eliminate about 5.5 percent of its workforce as part of a cost-cutting move while it prepares for generic competition on several lucrative drugs.


Fed Officials Expect Economic Boost From Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed last month that the U.S. tax overhaul would likely benefit the economy, but they were split on whether the resulting growth would warrant a faster pace of rate hikes this year.

Homeland Chief: Wait and See on Citizenship for Immigrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Trump administration would consider immigration legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary said Tuesday, while emphasizing no decision on that issue has been made and a border wall remains the priority.

Trump Blasts Bannon Over Book, Says Ex-Aide 'Lost His Mind'

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump returned fire with both barrels Wednesday against criticism leveled at him in a new book that says he never expected – or wanted – to win the White House, his victory left his wife in tears and a senior adviser thought his son's contact with a Russian lawyer during the campaign was "treasonous."

GOP's Senate Majority Shrinks With Jones Sworn Into Office

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama was sworn into office Wednesday, shrinking the Senate's Republican majority and leading lawmakers of both parties to plead for more bipartisanship as Congress tackles pressing issues in advance of the 2018 midterm elections.


Manafort Sues Mueller, Justice Department Over Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is suing special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department.

Revised Suit Faults Google for Asking Hires About Prior Pay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A revised gender-pay lawsuit seeking class-action status against Google faults the search giant for asking new hires about their prior salary, a practice now banned in California.


US Auto Sales Likely Dropped in 2017, But Remain Strong

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. auto industry's historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new vehicles – especially SUVs – remains healthy as the new year begins.

Ford to Fix Coolant Leaks in Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

DETROIT (AP) – Ford says it will repair any coolant leaks that might be found in more than 200,000 recalled vehicles that are at risk of catching fire.


Roku to Chime in With Voice-Controlled Assistant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Roku plans to add a voice-controlled digital assistant to its streaming TV players in an attempt to catch up with Google, Apple and Amazon.

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