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VOL. 133 | NO. 118 | Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Haslam Says Immigration Issues Have Little to Do With Being Governor

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been watching the television ads in the Republican primary race for governor – especially the ads about immigration and pledges to help President Donald Trump build a wall at the border with Mexico.

Hilton Canopy Hotel, Museum Lofts Receive Tax Incentives

Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group, doing business as MHF Memphis VI LLC, has been granted a 15-year tax incentive to build a $43 million four-star hotel on the site of the former Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

Tentative Tom Lee Park Plan Adds Trees and Festival Infrastructure

There is a plan to add more trees to Tom Lee Park and other amenities and still keep the park as the home of the Memphis In May International Festival with some of the festival infrastructure becoming permanent.

Mempho Festival Headliners Announced for October Event

Beck, Phoenix, Post Malone and Nas are the headliners for the second annual Mempho Music Festival Oct. 6 and 7 in Shelby Farms Park.

Integrated Model

iQor hiring 100 for Memphis contact center

With a newly designed call center inside its 570,000-square-foot South Memphis facility, iQor is planning to make 100 new hires by the end of the summer. The global managed services provider is looking to extend the scope of its aftermarket product services in Memphis.

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Allegiant Airlines is hosting a customer celebration Wednesday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central BBQ, 147 E. Butler Ave. The event includes $100 travel vouchers for the first 50 people, free lunch for everyone, chances to win 10 pairs of round-trip tickets, and a presentation of a $5,000 gift to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cost is free.

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Last Word: Riverfront Change, Skeleton to Canopy and Summer Camp

The two contenders for Shelby County Mayor in the Aug. 2 county general election – Democratic nominee Lee Harris and Republican nominee David Lenoir – meet for the first time in the general election campaign Wednesday at the Memphis Kiwanis Club weekly luncheon. It is the first of several debates between the two. And judging from what Harris and Lenoir have said separately and what we’ve reported from those appearances, this is a highly anticipated debate/discussion about the future of Shelby County on several fronts.

Summer Camp Fun Comes With Lots of Literacy Planning

The lunchroom tables at Bartlett Elementary School are stacked in the hallway, and from the outside it looks like the school is awaiting students’ return in August.

August Council Race, November Suburban Races Remain In Flux

With just about a week to the filing deadline, four candidates have filed for the Memphis City Council Super District seat on the Aug. 2 ballot.


Schowen Named Manager Of Baptist Ambulance

Greg Schowen has been named general manager of Baptist Ambulance, a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies that currently serves 10 Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities with interfacility transport, as well as six communities with 911 response. Schowen brings 25 years of experience overseeing operations for emergency medical service providers in high-performance 911 service areas, including Los Angeles County, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.


Ole Miss’ Thornberry Eyes U.S. Open As Contender

Last June, Braden Thornberry made his PGA Tour debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and acquitted himself so well that he placed fourth – the highest finish by an amateur in the event since 1965. Thornberry received an exemption to enter this year’s tournament and finished in a tie for 26th.


The Secret To Networking

The story I’m about to share is very common. A job seeker recently came to me with a problem. They’d been looking everywhere for the right job. Finally, they found it. It was just what they were looking for, and their skills were a perfect match. Even better, a close friend should be able to be their advocate. It seemed to be a slam dunk opportunity, but then, something went wrong. The close friend didn’t follow through. They really let the job seeker down. It was terribly confusing and disheartening.

Are You Reaching Generation Z?

There is a large group of prospective customers your marketing efforts are probably missing. They are age 22 and younger and have never known a world without the internet or smartphones. They are Generation Z, and if you are not speaking their language, it’s time to start. This unique cohort is expected to make up about 40-percent of all consumers by the year 2020.

Endorsers Must Disclose Material Connections

How much weight would you give to a glowing review about a luxury vacation resort if you knew the reviewer had been paid to say great things or given free accommodations? That’s an example the FTC uses in discussing its Endorsement Guides, which are designed to help companies ensure their ads aren’t misleading.


31 Face Drug Charges in Western Tennessee; Arrests Made

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say 23 people are in custody after they were hit with drug-related charges in rural western Tennessee.

Letter: Tennessee Farmers Urge House Reps to Oppose Tariffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dozens of Tennessee farmers are urging the state's U.S. House delegation to oppose President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

Ex-Airport Worker Pleads Guilty in $134K Cellphone Scheme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Tennessee airport worker has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for fraudulently buying and re-selling $134,600 in cellphones.


Medgar Evers' Legacy Honored, 55 Years After Assassination

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and other places in the state are honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 55 years after he was assassinated.


Worker Killed in Demolition Collapse at IP-Owned Paper Mill

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Fire officials say a worker is dead after he was pinned beneath falling debris while doing demolition work at a Georgia paper mill.

Tesla Cuts 9 Pct. of Workforce in Bid to Post a Profit

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs in an effort to deliver on CEO Elon Musk's promise to turn a profit in the second half of the year.

US Imposes New Security Measures on Incoming Cargo Shipments

U.S. authorities are requiring airlines to give them more notice about certain types of cargo that officials believe may pose a security risk.


3 Things to Watch for From the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) – No one will likely be surprised by the announcement the Fed is set to make when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: That it's raising its key short-term interest rate for the second time this year.

Senate Panel Approves Nominations for 2 Fed Board Seats

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Columbia University professor Richard Clarida to be the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. The panel also approved the nomination of Kansas bank commissioner Michelle Bowman to fill another vacancy on the Fed's seven-member board.

High Court Voter Roll Decision May Have Limited Impact

ATLANTA (AP) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?

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