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VOL. 133 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 9, 2018

MATA Gets $20M Grant For Electric Southeast Memphis Route

The Memphis Area Transit Authority will be buying 10 electric buses and adding electric charging stations for a new bus route serving Memphis International Airport and employers in the southeast Memphis area.

Strickland Moves to De-Annex Southwind/Windyke, Rocky Point

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says his administration is set to begin the process of de-annexing the Southwind/Windyke area and the Rocky Point area, both in eastern Memphis.

Grizzlies Sign Kyle Anderson to Four-Year, $37.2M Offer Sheet

On Friday news broke that San Antonio Spurs restricted free agent Kyle Anderson had signed a four-year $37.2 million offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies. By rule, the Spurs had 48 hours to match the offer.

Democratic State Sen. Reginald Tate Faces First Challenge in August Primary

Democratic state Sen. Reginald Tate opened his campaign headquarters in the Mendenhall Square shopping center in a storm.

Fitzhugh Challenges Dean’s 'Pragmatism'

Democratic contender for Tennessee governor Craig Fitzhugh is challenging the idea of rival Democrat Karl Dean’s “pragmatic” view of coexisting as governor with Republican supermajorities in the state House and Senate.

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Community LIFT holds an Empowerment Fund grant information session Monday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. The microgrants are available to fund community-support projects in under-resourced Memphis neighborhoods. Grant applications are due July 27; those interested in applying should attend the information session. Visit communitylift.org for details.

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Around Memphis: July 9, 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

The Week Ahead: July 9-15

Good morning, Memphis! This week delivers a blast with some entertainment straight out of the '80s, plus your chance to tour a midcentury property in the midst of a restoration. Plus, we share what you need to know about early voting, I-240 closures, and plenty of other local happenings in The Week Ahead...

Last Word: Kyle Anderson's Apartment Search, Tate vs. Robinson and Finding Capital

Keedran Franklin, an activist who has been a visible part of the rise in local protests and other actions over the last two years or so is free on bond pending a first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested by Memphis Police on a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges Friday night.

Bartlett Victim Shot Multiple Times as He Lay on the Ground in Slaying During Fireworks Show

A 17-year-old fatally wounded on a restaurant parking lot during Bartlett’s fireworks display fell to the ground after the first shot, then the assailant “stood directly over him and unloaded multiple shots,” a witness told Bartlett police.


New Beale Street Hotel, A Vehicle ‘Vending Machine,’ and New Life on Former Buccaneer Site

380 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103 -
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.


Pathways to Growth

Small-business loan program targets women and minorities

A group of nonprofits and banks have created a program to increase lending to Memphis-area minority- and women-owned businesses. Last month, entrepreneurial hub Epicenter and Pathway Lending launched the $15 million Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund, which is aimed at helping small businesses improve their access to capital.

Editorial: Early Voting Review Should Be Bipartisan

From the outset of early voting in Shelby County 24 years ago, there was never an expectation that going to the polls for two weeks before Election Day would increase the overall turnout.

July 6-12, 2018: This week in Memphis history

2008: WSG Memphis LLC takes a revised application for a mixed-use development to the Land Use Control Board for approval. The company has assembled more than 90 lots and parcels covering 26 acres on Poplar Avenue east of Cleveland where apartment buildings and some homes once stood. The plan is for a mix of retail shops, larger retail stores, medical offices and restaurants, along with apartments and condos.


I-240 Project Will Replace Four Bridges

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin replacing a set of four 50-year-old bridges over Interstate 240 in East Memphis next month. The $54.1 million project will mean up to 12 weekends when the interstate is completely shut down from the I-40/I-240 split to the I-40/Tenn. 385 split.

Taking Flight

With a newly extended bounty, EDGE’s Residential PILOT hopes to help make Memphis the next ‘it city’

In the past 20 years, there has been little to no new multifamily housing growth in Memphis outside of Downtown and Midtown. 

Grizz Rookie Jevon Carter Promises to be Everything Wade Baldwin Was Not

Two years ago, the Memphis Grizzlies used the 17th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin. It was considered a bold move. An offensive talent, yes, but also known to be less than coachable and team-oriented. But Baldwin showed offensive flashes in the preseason. There was a period of time when everyone from point guard Mike Conley to power forward Zach Randolph was openly saying Baldwin had some Russell Westbrook-like tendencies. They meant it only in a good way.

‘Moved to Teach’

TFA corps members embark on careers in education

They come from New York City and from places smaller than some high schools. They come from college, and from careers. Their stories diverge, but they all are devoted to one cause. Teach For America recruits more than 100 people to Memphis each year. For six intensive weeks, they learn the TFA way to teach and to change the educational system.

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.


Unsealed Lawsuit: Opioid Firm Placed Profits Over People

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A newly unsealed lawsuit by Tennessee's attorney general says the maker of the world's top-selling painkiller directed its salesforce to target the highest prescribers, many with limited or no pain management background or training.

Feds Award $637K to Protect Tennessee Civil War Battlefield

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service is awarding $637,500 to help buy and preserve part of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee that has been threatened by development.


Blues Markers Feeling Effects of Weather, Wear

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — The Furry Lewis plaque on Carrollton Avenue's got the blues.

Mississippi Governor Names Shad White as New State Auditor

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday named an attorney who leads a conservative legal group to be the new state auditor.

Thailand Cave Rescue Rekindles Memory of Arkansas Incident

FIFTY-SIX, Ark. (AP) — A current attempt to rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand is rekindling memories of a similar event that occurred in Arkansas more than 50 years ago.

Arkansas Appeals Ruling Blocking Abortion Pills Restriction

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is appealing a federal judge's decision that prevents the state from enforcing a law that critics say would effectively ban abortion pills in the state.


US Adds a Solid 213,000 Jobs; Unemployment up to 4 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs, a sign of confidence in the economy despite the start of a potentially punishing trade war with China.

What Trade War? Markets Shrug Off US-China Dueling Tariffs

Trade war? What trade war?

Pruitt Leaves His Mark on Businesses But Will it Last?

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt tried to roll back rules affecting many industries, but whether he made lasting changes in the government's regulation of business or failed to leave a legacy could be decided in the courts.

Mazda Recalls 270,000 Vehicles Over Takata Airbags

NEW YORK (AP) — Mazda is recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles with Takata airbags that have the potential to explode.


Indiana Lawmaker Writes That Attorney General Groped Her

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker at the center of groping allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill came forward Friday to accuse him publicly of groping her twice during a party earlier this year, increasing pressure on the embattled Republican to resign.

Trump Administration Seeks More Time to Reunite Families

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration asked a judge Friday for more time to reunite families who were separated at the border under its "zero-tolerance" policy to prosecute every person who enters the country illegally.

In Supreme Court fight, Dems target 2 GOP Senate moderates

WASHINGTON (AP) — By themselves, Democrats can't stop the Republican-run Senate from confirming President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. But they're determined to make it agonizing for a pair of pivotal GOP senators to back the nominee.

US Army Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

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