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VOL. 133 | NO. 52 | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blackmon Critical of City Grants and Mountaintop Imagery at MLK50 Gathering

A Church of Christ executive minister from the St. Louis area and active in protest and other social justice causes in the area, told an inter-faith gathering in East Memphis Monday, March 12, that there is too much focus on the mountaintop imagery that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his final speech 50 years ago next month.

DACA Limbo Creates Anxiety, Skepticism

As the deadline passed last week for a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA – executive order of the Obama administration, uncertainty and skepticism about the political process were two of the local reactions locally from those on the front lines of immigration.

Milwaukee Bucks Send Grizzlies to 18th Consecutive Loss

The longest losing streak in the history of the Memphis edition of the Grizzlies stretched to 18 games with a 121-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at FedExForum on Monday, March 12.

Coming Full Square

One of the most iconic intersections in Memphis still has room to grow

For the first time in a while, Overton Square isn’t 100 percent leased. And while no one really expects that to be the case for very long, these rare vacancies provide a good chance to stop and examine what the popular entertainment destination has going on.

Last Word: Tubby's Meeting, Moral Monday and Strickland and Overton Square Plans

Tigers coach Tubby Smith meets with the university administration Tuesday now that its official that the basketball team will not be going to the NCAA or NIT tournaments for a fourth consecutive season. So we could know something about the coaching situation at the U of M Tuesday and probably with some rumors in the interim because this is Tigers basketball.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 85%

EVENTS

APICS Memphis Chapter, the premier association for supply chain management, will host its professional development meeting, Top Management Night & Yearly Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Duncan McLeod, founder and president of DBM Systems, will present “Understanding the executive S&OP story for your business: Managing the future.” Cost is $20 for members and nonmembers, and $10 for students. Invite your manager to attend for free. Register at apicsmemphis.org.

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EMPHASIS Construction

Memphis Tile and Marble A Family Affair for 50 Years

Back in the 1960s, Hugo Kumitz had a tile and marble company in Memphis. His top employee was a man named Thomas Cox.

RKA Construction Preps for New Home

For the past eight years, RKA Construction has made a name for itself in the high-end custom home arena, handling everything from small renovations and additions to large, new homes. To accommodate a need for more operational space, RKA recently purchased a 4,000-square-foot building at 81 Tillman St. to serve as its new office, and renovations are underway.

Triumph Adds Bankers, Expands Into Nashville

As its annual meeting approaches, Triumph Bank finds itself in a protracted growth spurt, with activity encompassing everything from a pickup in mortgage activity to the addition of new bankers and an expansion into Nashville.

TVA Proposal Would Calculate ‘Grid Access’ Fee in Utility Rate

The Tennessee Valley Authority is formally considering a change in the structure for what it charges local utilities, including its largest customer Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, for wholesale electricity. And it includes a percentage of the rate for underlying fixed costs, or what the federal agency calls a “grid access charge.”

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants

5100 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38137 -
Accurate Communications Corp. has signed a lease for 1,830 square feet at Clark Tower, suite 2100, after considering several other office locations.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Does Class Bias Blind Our Decision Making?

Last week we had the opportunity to participate in a workshop called “A Framework for Understanding Socio-Economic Differences,” facilitated by Ruby K. Payne. The event was hosted by The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. and it was an eye-opening session. Here’s just a little of what we learned.

Managing Your Email in 4 Easy Steps

Email changed the way we do business by making the world smaller and moving at a faster pace. This form of communication was somewhat manageable until smart phones gave us the opportunity to read and send emails at any time of the day, from anywhere in the world.

STATEWIDE

Bredesen TV Ad Says He's 'Not Running Against Donald Trump'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen says in his U.S. Senate campaign's second TV ad that he's "not running against Donald Trump."

REGIONAL NEWS

More Than 4,000 Mississippi Soldiers Leaving Home for a Year

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – More than 4,000 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are leaving their homes this month as part of a year-long deployment.

Arkansas Works to Overhaul Juvenile Justice System

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Judges and youth advocates say Arkansas' patchwork juvenile probation system needs an overhaul to treat children in the system more fairly.

SPORTS

Shhh! How to Stream March Madness When the Boss Isn't Around

NEW YORK (AP) – March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn't looking.

Industry: $10B Will be Bet on March Madness, Most Illegally

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – America's gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament – nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Can't Pay the IRS? Businesses Do Have Options

NEW YORK (AP) – With a little more than five weeks until this year's tax filing deadline of April 17, many small-business owners are tussling with the question, "How am I going to pay my taxes?"

Apple Adds More 'Texture' to its Services With Magazine Deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple has bought digital magazine distributor Texture to extend its subscription services beyond music and online storage.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Budget Deficit Jumped to $215.2 Billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $215.2 billion in February, up significantly from a year ago as the impact of the GOP tax cuts passed in December begin to surface.

US Sets New Record for Censoring, Withholding Gov't Files

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

MLK's Daughter, Bernice, Has Private Audience With Pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s surviving daughter had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday.

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