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VOL. 133 | NO. 99 | Thursday, May 17, 2018

Seven Apply For Appointment to Open City Council Seat

Seven citizens have applied for an interim appointment to the Memphis City Council Super District seat Philip Spinosa resigned from earlier this month.

Frontier Airlines Adds New Nonstop Flight Destination

Frontier Airlines will be adding a new nonstop flight to between Memphis International Airport and San Antonio International Airport effective August 13.

Big Heart

In 27 years, Yolanda Dillard has been a foster parent to 70 boys

When Yolanda Dillard decided she wanted to be a foster parent 27 years ago, she figured she would be better suited to have girls in her home. “I thought I’d be able to nurture girls better than boys,” said Dillard, who was 34 when she became a foster parent and is now 61. “I was the only girl in my family.”

Three Projects Get Green Light from EDGE Board

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a trio of projects that could create as many as 255 new jobs and retain nearly 300 more during a busy Wednesday, May 16, agenda. 

Chancery Court Rules Sale and Removal of Confederate Monuments Legal

A Davidson County chancellor says a 2016 state law protecting Confederate monuments in public parks doesn’t apply to the Confederate monuments removed from two Memphis parks this past December.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Northeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 93%


The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest continues through Saturday, May 19, in Tom Lee Park Downtown. Among the highlights are the annual Ms. Piggie Idol Contest; the Kingsford Tour of Champions, which gives the public a chance to taste and judge barbecue from competing teams; the Cooker Caravan, a free guided tour of some of the best competition teams; live music; and more. Visit memphisinmay.org for tickets and a daily schedule.

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Peabody Place Gets Restriped at End of Year-Long Experiment

The two-way bike lanes and a pedestrian promenade with tables and chairs on Peabody Place between Front Street and B.B. King Boulevard are on the way out as a year-long trial run for the changed streetscape ends.

Lakeland Schools Pulls $3M Permit for Elementary Expansion

The Lakeland School System has pulled a $3 million building permit for an expansion of Lakeland Elementary School at 10050 Oak Seed Lane. The expansion has been planned for some time as the school system has grown.

Last Word: Monuments Ruling, The Open Council Seat and Not So Great Streets

It is likely just the first round. But the city of Memphis prevailed on every major point in the Wednesday ruling out of Nashville by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle upholding the removal of Confederate monuments this past December from two city parks.

American Queen Steamboat Co. Moves HQ Out of Memphis

American Queen Steamboat Co. has moved its Memphis headquarter to New Albany, Indiana, in what the riverboat cruise company describes as “an effort to synergize shoreside operations with parent company HMS Global Maritime.”

Memphis to Rebid Cook Convention Center Project

The city will be rebidding the $175 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Tuesday, May 15.

Grant Awarded For Auto Museum

A facade improvement grant for a new automotive museum near Sun Studio was approved by the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Development Corp. on Wednesday, May 16, clearing the way for Richard Vining’s $1.4 million renovation project at 645 Marshall Ave. to begin.

Faropoint Sells Two Olive Branch Retail Centers for Almost $10M

Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the Greater Memphis Area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.24 million.

Chicago Gets Tribute Before Orpheum Date

The newest star on The Orpheum Theatre’s “Walk of Fame” sidewalk is for a horn band that built its sound on Memphis soul and rhythm and blues.

Army Corps Project to Protect Wolf River From Sewage

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – Army engineers have completed a $1.4 million project designed to protect a vital storm sewer channel that runs into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee.


Two Shots Didn’t Phase Lawmakers in Jack Daniel’s Case

When Van Halen front man David Lee Roth opened a bottle of Jack Daniel’s on stage back in the ’80s, the last thing he thought about was taxes and court appeals when he took a big swig of whiskey.


How a Travel Budget Determines Destination

Budget is an ugly word. In a perfect world, budgets wouldn’t be necessary.


Defense Contractor to Invest $40M, Add 100 Tennessee Jobs

TOONE, Tenn. (AP) – A defense contractor plans to invest $40 million and add 100 jobs to expand its operations in western Tennessee.

3 Finalists Picked for Tennessee Investigative Agency Job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A panel has picked three finalists to lead the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Tennessee Candidate: Florida Students Used as Anti-Gun Props

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican candidate for Tennessee governor Bill Lee is claiming that the "liberal media," teachers unions and the "far-left lobby" have used students who survived the deadly Florida school shooting as "props to push their anti-gun agenda," saying he's sickened by it.


Phoenix Gets 5th Franchise in New Alliance Football League

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Phoenix has been awarded the fifth franchise in the new Alliance of American Football, which will begin play the week after the Super Bowl next winter.


Bill Gates Gives $44M to Influence State Education Plans

SEATTLE (AP) – Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms.

Emergency 911 Technology Struggles to Keep Up With the Times

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) – High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone.


Amazon to Give Prime Members Extra Discounts at Whole Foods

NEW YORK (AP) – It's Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at the grocery chain.

Walmart Unveils Lord & Taylor Site as it Tries to Go Upscale

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart, long known for its "everyday low prices" mantra and as a place for basics, wants shoppers to think of it as a source for style and upscale fashion as it tries to reach more affluent customers.

Macy's Sees Robust Mobile, Online Sales as Profits Soar

NEW YORK (AP) – With shoppers in a mood to spend, particularly on clothing, Macy's surpassed profit and revenue expectations for the first quarter of the year and raised its outlook.


Senate Democrats Push to Reinstate 'Net Neutrality' Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – Don't expect the House to go along with the Senate's expected passage of legislation that would revive an Obama-era rule requiring equal treatment for all web traffic by internet providers.

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