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VOL. 129 | NO. 190 | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Kroger Files Permit to Renovate Southgate Store

Kroger has applied for a building permit to renovate its Southgate Shopping Center store at 1977 S. Third St. in South Memphis.

The company applied for a $100,000 building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to make “interior alterations” to the store.

Kroger has invested a little over $50 million in the Memphis area over the last three years and will invest north of an additional $50 million over the next three years. Earlier in September, the company pulled an $11 million building permit for its new Union Avenue store in Midtown.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Amos Maki

Southwest Tennessee Community College Awarded Federal Job Training Grant

Southwest Tennessee Community College is among the recipients of $450 million in federal job training grants announced Monday, Sept. 29, by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington.

The $2.3 million grant is the latest step in the college’s role in training Memphis workers and placing them in manufacturing and other jobs in the Memphis economy.

New manufacturing plants in the city in recent years started up with a critical shortage of local workers to fill the jobs. The shortage prompted an effort to better screen and locate workers for those plants and, from there, became an expanded workforce training effort.

The community college also trains workers for new jobs and roles in the companies where they already work.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is one of 270 community colleges across the country who received grants through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

– Bill Dries

FedEx Shareholders Reject Proposal Over Redskins

FedEx shareholders rejected a proposal that the shipping giant end or distance itself from its ties to the Washington Redskins.

The proposal from the Oneida Indian tribe was made Monday, Sept. 29, during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Memphis. The Redskins and companies associated with the National Football League team have come under fire from Native American groups and others who say the team's name is an offensive racial slur. FedEx sponsors the Redskins home field, FedExField, in Washington, D.C.'s Maryland suburbs.

Susan White, director of the Oneida Trust of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, said the name Redskins harkens to a time when rewards were paid for the skins of Native Americans.

“We are the only race of people dehumanized by an NFL team,” White said during the meeting.

The shareholders meeting was the second time in less than a week that the company’s sponsorship deal with the Redskins was in the spotlight. On Sept. 25, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma said it would boycott FedEx and urged its members to use other delivery companies until FedEx ends its relationship with the team.

FedEx shareholders also rejected a proposal that would have allowed shareholders to make nominations to the company's board of directors.

– Amos Maki

Boutique Interiors Store Coming to Laurelwood

Blu D’or Interiors, a boutique furniture and accessories design studio, is opening in Laurelwood Shopping Center this week.

The store, situated between Joseph and Chico’s, will open Wednesday, Oct. 1. To celebrate, a soft opening preview party will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at which cocktails and small bites will be served.

A grand opening celebration is planned for Oct. 28.

– Andy Meek

Indie Memphis Holding Preview Party Oct. 2

Memphis director Craig Brewer will unveil the headline features and local films coming to this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival during a preview party this week.

The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be hosted by High Cotton Brewing Co. at their taproom at 598 Monroe Ave. Memphis writer, producer and actress Savannah Bearden is producing the party, which will have a circus theme with local performers – like a snake charmer and fire performer – as well as trailers from some of the festival features.

This year’s festival will be held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 at a few different venues in the Overton Square area. The lineup includes more than 45 narrative features and documentaries, and the festival is being presented by Duncan-Williams Inc.

Admission to the preview party is free for Indie Memphis members.

– Andy Meek

Slatery to Be Sworn In as Tennessee Attorney General

Herbert H. Slatery III takes the oath of office Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Nashville as Tennessee’s 27th attorney general.

Slatery was chosen earlier this month by the Tennessee Supreme Court and succeeds Robert Cooper in the position. Cooper had sought another term as attorney general.

Slatery comes to the office from being legal counsel to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

– Bill Dries

Shelby County Schools Board Meets Tuesday

The new nine-member Shelby County Schools board holds its first voting meeting Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The board members elected to four-year terms in August took office Sept. 1 and attended a work session of the full board Sept. 23.

Tuesday’s session is the first voting meeting of the board, which was expanded from seven to nine members by the Shelby County Commission earlier this year. The commission also redrew district lines for the school board to represent the city of Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County.

Those are the areas covered by the school system after the demerger in which the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County formed their own school districts with separate boards.

The seven-member board had represented all of Shelby County, including Memphis and the suburban districts, in the only year of the schools merger.

– Bill Dries

Nearly 23,000 Students Register for Free Tuition

Nearly 23,000 students have registered to participate in Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

Members of the Tennessee Board of Regents got an update on the so-called Tennessee Promise initiative at their quarterly meeting Friday in Knoxville.

Mike Krause was appointed by Haslam to oversee the program. He told board members that 22,800 students have registered.

The free tuition offer is part of Haslam's "Drive to 55" plan to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025 in order to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to Tennessee.

Under the program, students who choose to attend a four-year school after graduation will be able to do so as juniors.

– The Associated Press

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 223 1,152
MORTGAGES 55 189 861
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 25 45 144
BUILDING PERMITS 149 541 2,593
BANKRUPTCIES 24 120 581
BUSINESS LICENSES 14 65 264
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0