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VOL. 133 | NO. 59 | Thursday, March 22, 2018

New Maciel’s Concept Coming to Broad Avenue District

A new Maciel’s location is in the works, coming to the site behind Rec Room on Broad Avenue that previously housed French Truck Coffee.

EPE Expansion Plans Placed on Hold Again

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ expansion plans have been put on hold for the second straight month as the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County board continues to sort out what, if any, implications will stem from approving bond financing for the Whitehaven project.

Shelby County Schools Plans Wage Increase

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.

Children’s Central

New CMOM executive director wants community in the space

The first career choice a child has in mind isn’t always the right one. Stephanie Butler, who today is the new executive director of the Children’s Museum of Memphis, thought she wanted to be a doctor.

Sexual Misconduct Allegation at Playhouse Could Trigger Report to Authorities

Playhouse on the Square will not be making public the details of its investigation or a report it commissioned on an allegation of “sexual misconduct” by theater founder Jackie Nichols. But the theater’s board could be required to report the allegation to authorities if it hasn’t already, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich confirmed Tuesday, March 20.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Employment Seeker will host a veterans job fair and entrepreneur expo Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Veterans and civilians can meet with employers or learn more about entrepreneurship and how to start a business. Admission is free; register at employmentseeker.net.

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Last Word: EDGE In The Middle, More Voices in Nichols Matter and Opioid Tension

The battle between Graceland and the Grizz over Graceland expansion plans involving some kind of venue in Whitehaven isn’t over. In fact, it seems to have intensified with the latest plan by Elvis Presley Enterprises that went before the EDGE board Wednesday. The EDGE board delayed it again with one EDGE board member saying each side in the dispute has threatened to sue depending on the decision EDGE makes.

Council Makes First Moves On Prekindergarten 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 local prekindergarten programs.

Community Sounds Off on Brooks Museum Relocation

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art representatives don’t have to guess how members of the public feel about the beloved 102-year-old art museum planning to leave its longtime Overton Park home to relocate to the city fire station at Union Avenue and Front Street.

FedEx Talks Texas Bombs, Walmart In Q3 Earnings

It was a busy Tuesday 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.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Transformative Feedback

Why didn’t “someone” say something? That seems to be the standard response when the job performance does not meet expectations. Whether it is a new employee or one who has been underperforming for years, somewhere between “you’re hired” and “you’re fired,” “someone” should have had that difficult conversation. What if that “someone” is you?

Businesses Must Protect Children’s Information

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires a company to safeguard information collected online from children under 13. That includes clearly disclosing to parents what information it collects and how it will be used, and seeking verifiable parental consent. The company must take reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality and security of the information.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Dems Need Viable Candidates to Catch Blue Wave

Republicans called it the “kickoff” to what they hope will be a great election season.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee AG, Prosecutors Clash Over Local Opioids Lawsuits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general says lawsuits by local prosecutors over the opioid epidemic are complicating his efforts to reach a multistate settlement with drug companies. In response, prosecutors say local communities lose out when lawsuits like theirs are rolled into one settlement.

Teague Named Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Planned Parenthood official has joined the Tennessee Democratic Party as its executive director.

In Tennessee, Music is Being Made Deep Below Earth's Surface

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – By the time Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows took the stage on a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 500 music fans had found their way 333 feet (100 meters) below the ground, some taller guests ducking their heads just a bit.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Agriculture Official Appointed to US Senate Seat

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – The governor of Mississippi appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate.

US ECONOMY

Fed Raises Key Rate, Foresees 2 More Hikes This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy's durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Facebook Crisis-Management Lesson: What Not to Do

NEW YORK (AP) – The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, assume responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say Facebook is 0-for-4.

TV Future at Stake: Opening Arguments Thursday in AT&T Case

NEW YORK (AP) – Opening arguments are set for Thursday in the federal government's efforts to block AT&T's efforts to gobble up Time Warner in a case that could shape how you get – and how much you pay for – streaming TV and movies.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Which Countries Will Dodge Tariff Ax? Answer by End of April

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration will decide by the end of April which countries will be spared from steep taxes on steel and aluminum imports.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Tax Crime Statute

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.

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