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VOL. 133 | NO. 6 | Monday, January 8, 2018

Week Ahead: January 8-14

Happy Monday, Memphis! This week brings the first meetings of 2018 for the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission, events celebrating Elvis’ birthday, a luncheon honoring the local PRSA chapter's Communicator of the Year, the Sozo Children’s Choir, business owner seminars, a full slate of sporting events to attend and more.

Companies Boost Wages and More Post-Tax Reform

Dozens of companies, many with ties to Memphis, have pledged a series of actions that include one-time employee bonuses, charitable spending and 401(k) contribution increases, among other steps, in response to savings they expect to see from recently enacted Republican tax cuts.

County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules

Shelby County commissioners meet Monday, Jan. 8, for the first time in 2018 and have a fairly simple agenda along with some longer-range issues to discuss.

Weekend Monuments Protests, Response Suggest Shift

Memphis Branch NAACP president Deidre Malone may have had the most concise description of what has changed since the city’s two most visible Confederate monuments came down Dec. 20.

Last Word: Tax Reform Pay Raises, Minority Business Kinks and Elvis at 83

A busy but ultimately slow weekend on the Confederate monuments front as a total of fewer than 100 opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible monuments actively protested Saturday either on the interstate loop or in the “protest area” by Health Sciences Park.

Local Weather
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Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Northwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 58%

EVENTS

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Road Extended, hosts the exhibition “beginnings: New works by The Artists Group of Memphis” through Feb. 26. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

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OU Guard Young an Intriguing Lottery Prospect; Tigers Win; Conley Vows Return

Do you have Trae Young fever? Does just considering the possibility of the freshman Oklahoma Sooners point guard in a Grizzlies uniform inspire a rapid heartbeat, cause you to break out in a sweat, and dream of a massive turnaround as soon as next season?

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Two New Distribution Facilities, Southaven ‘Town Square’ In the Works

2481 Appling Road, Memphis, TN 38133: Salt Lake City, Utah-based aftermarket auto body parts distributer Certifit Inc. is planning to construct a 604,800-square-foot distribution facility at the southwest corner of Appling and Reese roads.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

EDITORIAL: Take Current Council Members Out of Three-Term-Limit Question

For all of the names currently circulating for this or that office on one of the three election days we’ll have in Shelby County this year, it might help somewhere near the outset to remember who and what this is about.

Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

This week in Memphis history: Jan. 5-11

2008: First Memphis City Council meeting of the four-year term for the council members elected the previous October. During the oath of office ceremony New Year’s Day at the Cannon Center, council chairman Scott McCormick promises a new era at City Hall. While Mayor Willie Herenton is starting his fifth term in office, the council elections the previous year saw a turnover in nine of the 13 council members – the largest turnover in the history of the mayor-council form of government.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Recording Studio Owner Leaves Nashville for Memphis

A little more than a year ago, Scott McEwen had an epiphany that would end up bringing the Nashville recording studio owner to Memphis.

Brand That Fits

Entrepreneurs look to expand staffing concept across Southeast

In 2017, two local entrepreneurs teamed up to bring a new staffing concept to the Bluff City and with the new year now here, they have their eyes set on expanding throughout the Southeast.

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.

Could Liberty Bowl Become Regular Destination for Memphis Tigers?

The record books will forever note that on Dec. 30, 2017, in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Iowa State defeated the University of Memphis 21-20 in the Tigers’ first appearance in the game.

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.

STATEWIDE

Emma's Reign Ends; Ava Top Baby Name for Tennessee Girls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — So long, Emma. The name Ava is now the most popular for girls born in Tennessee.

US NEWS

Prosecutors in Pot-Friendly States Will Decide on Crackdown

DENVER (AP) — Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers.

FBI Investigating Clinton Foundation Corruption Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether the Clinton Foundation accepted donations in exchange for political favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Employers Add Modest 148,000 Jobs; Unemployment 4.1 Pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.

AP Source: Former Uber CEO Kalanick Selling Part of Stake

DETROIT (AP) — Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick will sell 29 percent of his stake in the ride-hailing service, a person briefed on the deal says.

A Sad Holiday Tale From Barnes & Noble

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Barnes & Noble are tumbling after airing some ugly holiday sales numbers.

REGIONAL NEWS

Splinter Creek Brings Eco-Living to Oxford

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Splinter Creek housing development in Taylor, Miss. is gaining regional attention.

Mississippi Flag With Rebel Symbol Flies at Police Building

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi state flag with the Confederate battle emblem began flying this week outside a police building in a predominantly black neighborhood.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 130 1,129
MORTGAGES 95 178 1,373
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 12 45 197
BUILDING PERMITS 345 345 1,998
BANKRUPTCIES 61 132 767
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 53 88 480
MARRIAGE LICENSES 44 44 126

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