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VOL. 133 | NO. 125 | Friday, June 22, 2018

Fire Department Suspends Trial Program After Invoice Error

The Memphis Fire Department has suspended a pilot program for non-emergency medical calls after the city paid $50,000 to a healthcare provider when the physician services involved were supposed to be provided at no cost to the city.

Memphis Tourism: Organization's Rebrand Adds Soul

Even the simplest rebranding can come with a lot of study. So the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau's rebranding to Memphis Tourism, announced Friday, June 22, may not seem like a big change.

Avison Young Brokers Sale-Leaseback of EnSafe HQ

Avison Young principals Shane Soefker and Jacob Biddle have negotiated the sale-leaseback of environmental consultancy firm EnSafe Inc.’s northeast Memphis headquarters.

Grizzlies Use No. 4 Overall Pick on Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr.

The Memphis Grizzlies used their No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to select Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and fans who came to FedExForum for a watch party reacted with a mix of cheers and boos.

Testing a New Line

Security consultant experiments with Beale Street crowds

Beale Street will be trying out new security measures this month as a task force reviewing the entertainment district continues to work on a better plan for the spring and summer weekend peak nights.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 67%


Luna Nova Music presents the 12th annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival through Saturday, June 20-23, at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave. Concerts start at 7:30 each night; Thursday and Friday also feature a 3:30 p.m. concert. Concerts are free and open to the public. Visit belvederefestival.org.

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Binghampton Apartments, Parkside TIF Get EDGE Greenlight

Several hundred new apartments, a South Memphis grocery store and a new TIF district were all given the green light by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County during a busy Wednesday, June 20, board meeting. 

Methodist Kicks Off Centennial Celebration

This weekend Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare begins its next 100 years helping people in the Mid-South with their healthcare needs. The hospital is celebrating with events like a book launch on Friday and “The Party of the Century” with special guest Magic Johnson on Saturday.

Last Word: Draft Done, New Beale Moves and New Elvis

Well, this is off to a rocky start. Jaren Jackson Jr. indicated he didn’t want to come to Memphis until minutes before the Grizz used their number 4 pick in Thursday evening’s NBA draft to select him and reverse years of bad history in draft selections. That was a lot to ask for in the pick of the youngest player in the draft at 18 years of age. But that’s what drafts in the NFL and NBA have come to be about – big moments, declaring victory and celebrating all before anything pans out.

Month-old Bike-Share Program Exceeding Expectations in Memphis

And we’re rollin’! The new bicycle-sharing system introduced a month ago is exceeding expectations and fueling hopes that Memphis is on a revolutionary pathway to improve health and community connectivity.

Good Vibrations

City eager for first Memphis basketball season under Penny Hardaway – and so are his players

The first game in the next University of Memphis college basketball season is still more than four months away. But what’s four months when you’ve been waiting four years, or maybe even longer, for Tiger basketball to feel whole again?


Jones Finds New Way to ‘Give My All’ to UT

They walked around the mall in a zombie-like trance, still trying to process what they’d just been told.

5 Questions to Ponder Before Titans’ Camp

In a little more than a month, the Titans will take the field for their first training camp under head coach Mike Vrabel.


Next Inning for Jason Motte? Teaching Players at U of M

With former St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte joining the University of Memphis baseball program as director of player development, a review is in order.


Heritage Helped Drive Acosta Up Corporate Ranks

Growing up in Memphis, Julie Acosta, Senior Web Analyst at AutoZone, wasn’t always a fan of her strong Brazilian heritage. Like most young kids, she wanted to be like everyone else. It wasn’t until high school that she came into her own, embracing her roots and eventually allowing them to help guide her career choices.


What We’re Becoming

WE’VE HIT A WALL. By the time you read this over breakfast, something may have happened about all those kids being separated from their parents at the border and warehoused like unwanted inventory.

Financial Literacy and Adults

Ray’s Take: Can you explain what risk diversification is? Can you identify the effects of inflation? Do you know how to calculate interest? If you answered yes to these three questions, you are better off than 43 percent of Americans and a whopping two-thirds of the world’s population, according to Maggie McGrath in an article written for Forbes Magazine about the results from the first-ever S&P Global FinLit Survey.


Sheriff's deputy in Tennessee charged with raping teen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in Tennessee has been charged with raping a teenage girl over a 20-month period.


NRA endorses Black in Tennessee governor's race GOP primary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

State says Tennessee student assessments weren't hacked

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education says problems with the standardized student assessment program weren't caused by a cyberattack as earlier suspected and no student data was breached.

Allegiant Air adds base of operations in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have announced Allegiant Air is basing two Airbus jets at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, adding up to 66 new jobs.


Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program's launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first licenses for businesses to grow the drug.

Arkansas bill seeks armed officers for all schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas bill would fund a school resource officer position for every public school in the state.

Historic Emmett Till marker in Mississippi to be rededicated

GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A historic marker describing the lynching of Emmett Till is being rededicated.

Governor tabs prosecutor in Mississippi congressional runoff

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is endorsing a prosecutor in a Republican congressional runoff.


Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump's reversal of a policy separating migrant families at the Mexico border sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don't go far enough, allowing children to still be held in detention even if they remain with their families.

Supporters of Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform.

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, raised kittens and once playfully tried on the glasses of the late actor Robin Williams, has died. She was 46.

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next?

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.


US stocks skid as industrial and energy companies fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as investors again worry about the potential effects of the U.S.-China trade dispute. German automaker Daimler lowered its annual profit forecast, partly because of higher import taxes on U.S. vehicles in China. Industrial companies are taking more losses. Energy companies are falling along with oil prices and online retailers are skidding after the Supreme Court ruled that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — States will be able to force more shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states.

Report highlights lessons learned in Houston from Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — An inconsistent regulatory environment and a lack of awareness by residents of the potential flooding dangers in and around Houston were among the factors that contributed to the heavy damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, according to a report released Thursday.

Memphis Tourism: Organization's Rebrand Adds Soul

Even the simplest rebranding can come with a lot of study. So the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau's rebranding to Memphis Tourism, announced Friday, June 22, may not seem like a big change.

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