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VOL. 133 | NO. 103 | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rolling by the River

Explore Bike Share Officially Debuts in Memphis

After nearly two years of planning, preparation and hard work, Explore Bike Share in Memphis has finally rolled out. Despite the early morning heat and humidity, several hundred onlookers and volunteers assembled Downtown in Court Square Wednesday, May 23, to celebrate the official launch of the 600-bike fleet.

Canale is Newest City Council Member

The newest Memphis City Council member is Joseph Ford Canale. The Christian Brothers High School golf coach and funeral director got the seven votes required to fill the vacant Super District 9 seat on the first and only ballot by the 12 council members.

State Approves Downtown TDZ Expansion

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) on Tuesday, May 22.

Hopson's Schools Budget Features $12.9 Million Gap For County To Consider

The school year that ends Thursday, May 24, marks five school years since the historic change in public education kicked off in August 2013 with the one-year merger of city and county schools followed by the demerger into seven public school systems within the county.

Louie’s Wakes Up

After decade-long hiatus, Sleep Out Louie’s reopens next to ServiceMaster’s new Downtown home

After more than a decade, Sleep Out Louie, Memphis’ favorite fictional vagabond, is returning to the Bluff City. For nearly 20 years, the popular neighborhood bar at 88 Union Ave. was a mainstay for Downtowners and tourists alike who enjoyed the casual atmosphere and vast collection of donated ties, until it closed in 2007 to make room for the Mesquite Chop House.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: from the West at 10.4 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 57%


The Shelby County Office of Resilience will unveil draft recommendations for the Mid-South Regional Resilience Plan and gather feedback at workshops Wednesday, May 23, at the Baker Community Center, 7942 Church St. in Millington, and Thursday, May 24, at the University of Memphis Police Services Building, 460 S. Highland St. Both meetings run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The plan is being developed to address unmet recovery needs for weather-related events in Shelby and DeSoto counties, along with parts of Fayette and Marshall counties. Learn more at resilientshelby.com.

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Last Word: Bike Second Line Protest, Loeb's Portrait and SCS Budget Notes

“Get on your bikes and ride.” The local bike share program begins Wednesday at 60 different Explore Bike Share stations at different points around town. The bike rental program is considered a milestone in the city’s bicycle culture. And like all milestones there has to be a ceremony. This effort to make it easier to mix bikes into your daily journeys will kick off Wednesday morning in Court Square at 9:30 a.m.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Legal Review of New State Law on Immigration

Outgoing Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham said Monday, May 21, he will rely on the county attorney’s office for any changes in how sheriff’s deputies and jailers deal with immigrants when a new state law takes effect in 2019.

Office Vacancy, Asking Rents Both Rise

Despite an uptick in the vacancy rate, direct asking prices continued to rise in the Memphis office market during the first quarter of 2018, according to research complied by commercial real estate firm Avison Young.


Cavs Need Road Win for LeBron To Make 8th Straight NBA Finals

And so now it’s LeBron James vs. the Boston Celtics and their home-court advantage in what is now a best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals.


Memphis Surgeon Kelly Honored By Pediatric Orthopaedic Society

Dr. Derek M. Kelly, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Special Effort and Excellence Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.


Be Kind To Each Other

We all have bad days. Whether you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or someone cut you off on the way to work, it can make getting through the day difficult. What can make it even more difficult is when we look at each moment as a competition to the top.

Geofencing vs. Geotargeting

As technology has continued to evolve in the last decade, marketers have been closely watching and anticipating the progression of geomarketing, or the application of location intelligence to effectively market products and services to consumers.


Court Upholds Cutting $150M in Opry Mills Mall Flood Coverage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a blow to the owner of Opry Mills Mall, the Tennessee Supreme Court has let stand a lower court's ruling that stripped $150 million of insurance coverage for the 2010 flood.


University of Arkansas Proposes Higher Fees, Flat Tuition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A University of Arkansas System proposal is calling for flat tuition and increased mandatory fees for in-state students at four-year schools.


For the First Time in 226 Years, Woman to Lead the NYSE

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Stock Exchange for the first time in its 226-year history will be led by a woman.

Low US Unemployment Rate Masks Financial Struggles for Many

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows that despite an ultra-low 3.9 percent unemployment rate, about one-third of U.S. adults faced financial insecurity last year and often struggled to pay unexpected expenses.

Sweet for Necco: 3 New Bidders Emerge in Wafer Maker's Sale

REVERE, Mass. (AP) – Three new bidders have stepped in with offers to buy the bankrupt manufacturer of Necco Wafers, Sweethearts and other iconic candies.

Congress Nears Dismantling of Post-Crisis Bank Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.


Federal Board Recommends Seatbelts on All New School Buses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal transportation panel is recommending to states that all new large school buses be equipped with seatbelts.

Trump Suggests Summit With NKorea's Kim Could Be Delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, "There's a very substantial chance that it won't work out" for June 12.


US Clings to Health Coverage Gains Despite Political Drama

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans kept up their health insurance last year despite President Donald Trump's all-out push to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion. That's the counter-intuitive conclusion from a major government survey Tuesday.

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