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VOL. 133 | NO. 133 | Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hotel Planned For Fourth and Beale Vacant Nightspot

Plans for a five-story, 120-room hotel on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale Street go to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, July 10, seeking a 15-year tax break for the $16 million project.

Diane Black Proud of Unfavorable Ratings With ‘Far Left’

Republican contender for Tennessee governor U.S. Rep. Diane Black drew the endorsement of the American Conservative Union as she spoke at the national group’s Memphis forum Monday, July 2, on jobs and the economy.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Pitmaster Pride

Rendezvous founder being inducted into Barbecue Hall of Fame

Rendezvous founder Charlie Vergos is among three new members being inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. The American Royal Association announced the 2018 class of inductees in May. The induction ceremony will take place on Sept. 13, during the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, Missouri.

Democrats Organize for Early Voter Turnout at Germantown Site

Shelby County Democrats plan to bring out Democratic voters on the July 13 opening of the early-voting period at two polling sites – one each in Whitehaven and Germantown.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
93.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 58%

EVENTS

Germantown’s Fourth of July celebration kicks off Wednesday, July 4, with a 9 a.m. fishing rodeo at Municipal Park Lake, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Municipal Park is also the setting for live entertainment, concessions, games, rides and crafts starting at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:10 p.m. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/cityofgermantown for details.

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If They Can Make It There …

Memphis-area students from The Orpheum get taste of Broadway

Riley Young and Amelia Beckham knew they were going to New York City and Broadway. After all, they were the lead actor and actress winners from the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Collecting Online Sales Taxes No Cure-All For State

Tennessee’s political officials are lauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision enabling states to effectively collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Paradigm Promotes Hand to Creative Director & Associate

Becca Hand, Paradigm Marketing & Creative’s new creative director and associate, began working for the company five years ago, starting out as a graphic designer before being promoted to art director. Now, as she works her way toward a partnership at Paradigm, Hand is looking forward to contributing to the company vision in her new role.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Creating Career Independence

I hope you have a wonderful holiday week! I know I’m looking forward to spending time with friends, grilling out and watching fireworks to celebrate this Independence Day. This holiday is also a great time to reflect on your career.

Which E-Commerce Platform Is Right For You?

Market research hub eMarketer estimates e-commerce sales will represent 10 percent of total retail sales in the U.S. this year. That equates to a whopping $526 billion.

Hospitality Rules in St. Maarten

Eighty percent of the island’s hotels still closed. That’s all I could think about as our cruise ship pulled away from Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Ends Fiscal Year With Nearly $42M Surplus

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas finance officials say the state ended the fiscal year with a nearly $42 million surplus.

Authorities Say Drowning in Mississippi Lake Was Accidental

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a man whose badly decomposed body was found Friday in a lake in northwest Mississippi drowned by accident.

Vet Running from Alabama to Indiana

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Marine veteran is running from Alabama to his hometown in Indiana to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among veterans.

Former Ole Miss Football Coach Billy Kinard Dies at 84

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi head football coach Billy Kinard has died at the age of 84.

US NEWS

Trump has 2 or 3 More Candidates to Interview for Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices and plans to meet with a few more as his White House aggressively mobilizes to select a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Suspect Wrote he Aimed to Kill Everyone at Maryland Newsroom

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man charged with slaying five people at a Maryland newspaper sent three letters on the day of the attack, police said, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette newsroom with the aim "of killing every person present."

What's New for Amazon's Prime Day? Deals at Whole Foods

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's Prime Day deals are coming to the aisles of Whole Foods as the online retailer seeks to lure more people to its Prime membership after a recent price hike.

Trump to Rescind Obama-era Guidance on Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a person's race into account to encourage diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Stocks Finish Lower in Light Trading Ahead of US Holiday

U.S. stocks closed lower Tuesday following a swift sell-off in the final minutes of a shortened trading session ahead of the Independence Day holiday.

Mostly Black Fraternity Says Business Violated Civil Rights

A fraternity hoping to rent a restaurant pavilion for a social event says in a lawsuit that the Alabama business refused because most of its members are black.

How Should Businesses Respond to Bad Reviews?

NEW YORK (AP) — A bad review can seriously hinder a small business' reputation, but dealing with negative social media and online posts is now essential.

How Much All-seeing AI Surveillance is Too Much?

BOSTON (AP) — When a CIA-backed venture capital fund took an interest in Rana el Kaliouby's face-scanning technology for detecting emotions, the computer scientist and her colleagues did some soul-searching — and then turned down the money.

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PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 166 4,847
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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