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VOL. 133 | NO. 58 | Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hopson Proposes $15 An Hour Minimum Wage for All SCS Employees

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson will have a formal proposal in about a month to raise the pay of all Shelby County Schools employees to at least $15 an hour.

City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Pre-K Funding

Memphis City Council members took first votes Tuesday, March 20, approving the city’s move toward funding $6 million of a $16-million expansion of prekindergarten locally.

New Memphis Coach Penny Hardaway Vows Return to Glory Days

They came in large numbers and they came early. The University of Memphis opened Tuesday’s press conference to the public and the basketball program’s staunchest supporters showed up at the gleaming new Laurie-Walton practice facility for the tip-off of the Penny Hardaway Era.

FedEx Talks Texas Explosion, Walmart, and Increased Profits during Earnings Call

It was a busy day for FedEx Corp. as the Memphis-based company discussed the San Antonio facility explosion, $2.5 billion in hub modernizations, and a new deal with Walmart all while posting higher than expected returns during its March 20 third quarter earnings call.

Last Word: SCS Plans For $15, IRIS Matinees and The Hard Hit Fund

“From a financial standpoint, we need our fans back and we need them back now.” University of Memphis president David Rudd breaking the university’s silence on the basketball coaching change that was made formal Tuesday with the announcement that Penny Hardaway is indeed the new coach. And Hardaway had a lot to say that Tigers fans and Memphians wanted to hear.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Author and life coach Jasmin Nuhic will present “Create your development plan; no one else should.” Reel 2 Reel Photography will be on hand offering optional professional headshots for $20, so arrive early and dress professionally. Register at pmimemphis.org.

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Onyx, Barrett Distribution Seek Tax Breaks

A medical device manufacturer and a third-party distribution center operator will be seeking tax abatements from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to expand their respective footprints in the area.

THDA Down-Payment Assistance Fund Sees Plenty of Demand in Memphis

The $60 million in federal down-payment assistance funding for Tennessee meant to last through 2020 will probably only make it to Labor Day based on demand in Memphis and elsewhere.

The Right Note

IRIS Orchestra partners with Brooks Museum for new season

The IRIS Orchestra is trying something new for its just-announced 2018-19 concert season. As the resident orchestra of the Germantown Performing Arts Center, the IRIS Orchestra’s normal Saturday evening concerts will continue to be held at GPAC, with a new start time of 7:30 p.m.

Commission Plans To Appoint Environmental Court Judge in April

Shelby County commissioners plan to appoint a new General Sessions Environmental Court judge April 2 with Monday being the deadline for applicants to apply for the interim position.

Archer Malmo Alums Start New Creative Agency

Dan Price and Ben Colar have been talking about doing this for nearly five years, and now the pair of Archer Malmo alums is moving forward with their ambition to launch their own creative agency.

MERI Rebrands With Genesis Legacy Donor Program

Following years of significant growth for its whole-body donor program, the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) and Genesis Legacy of Life are rolling out a comprehensive rebrand of their services and spaces.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Walker Named President Of Black Swan Digital Forensics

Jim Walker has been named president of Memphis-based Black Swan Digital Forensics, the only forensics lab in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on data recovery from digital devices such as cellphones, vehicle systems, computers and social media accounts. Walker comes to Black Swan after more than 30 years of military and public service at the federal, state and local level, including eight years as Alabama’s director of homeland security and more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he was an Airborne Ranger and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Starting a Digital Marketing Career

Digital marketing is a hot field. It has been hot for more than 10 years. I rarely share much about how to move into the field of digital marketing. However, I get many questions about it because a large part of my career was spent as a digital marketer.

2018 E-commerce Trends

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that e-commerce is much more than transactions made from a desktop computer or mobile device. Whether you’re in a B2B or B2C market, e-commerce remains a critical sales tool with a wide influential reach – estimated to impact over 50 percent of in-store purchases, while online sales are thought to see an annual increase of 15 percent for each of the next four years.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Senate OKs Social Media Political Disclosure Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would spell out requirements to disclose who paid for sponsored political content on social media platforms.

Resolution to Move President Polk's Body Fails in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A resolution supportive of moving President James K. Polk's body for the third time since his death about 170 years ago has failed in the Tennessee House.

Tennessee House OKs TennCare Work Requirements Push

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Republican-led Tennessee House has passed legislation aiming to require certain able-bodied TennCare recipients to spend 20 hours a week working, volunteering or attending school.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Governor Proposes $30M to Improve School Safety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed $30.2 million to improve school safety.

Biden to Speak at Vanderbilt University April 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak at Vanderbilt University next month.

REGIONAL NEWS

Officials: Woman to Fill Senate Vacancy in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The state's governor will appoint Mississippi's first female member of Congress to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when veteran Sen. Thad Cochran retires, three state Republicans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi's 15-Week Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation – the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Orbitz Says Legacy Travel Site Likely Hacked, Affecting 880K

CHICAGO (AP) – Orbitz says one of its older websites may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of people who made purchases online between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017.

On the Menu for McDonald's: Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NEW YORK (AP) – The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener.

Scandal-Hit Weinstein Co. Files for Bankruptcy Protection

NEW YORK (AP)The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday with a buyout offer in hand from a private equity firm, the latest twist in its efforts to survive the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down co-founder Harvey Weinstein, shook Hollywood and triggered a movement that spread out to convulse other industries.

United Suspends New Reservations for Pets in Cargo Hold

United Airlines is pausing its pet-shipping business after mishaps that included a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas.

Federal Official Calls Air Bag Replacement Rates 'Uneven'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials say they're exploring new ways to reach out to car owners to get more people to participate in the Takata air bag recall.

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