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VOL. 133 | NO. 49 | Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tubby Time

Smith never knew how fast his clock was ticking

At various points in his life, Guffrie Smith was a soldier, a barber, a farmer, and a school bus driver. These are not jobs that reward impatience. If you’re inpatient in those occupations, you or someone else gets hurt.

EDGE Chairman Responds to Chamber Criticism

A March 1 meeting of City Council and County Commission members who questioned the respective roles of the Greater Memphis Chamber and EDGE in recruiting new jobs to Memphis has prompted another response.

Smith Pens Email to Local Leaders to Clarify Position on EDGE

Greater Memphis Chamber chairman Richard Smith penned a lengthy email to Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission members Tuesday evening to clarify “misconceptions amongst the bodies when it comes to economic development in our community.”

TVA Says Arsenic Found In Upper Aquifer But Not Memphis Aquifer

The Tennessee Valley Authority has confirmed arsenic and other substances found last spring in elevated levels in monitoring wells in southwest Memphis are also in an upper water aquifer above the deeper Memphis aquifer.

One Last Play?

Tigers to play in AAC tournament Thursday amid speculation Smith is out and Hardaway is in

American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco was talking about the league being on an upswing, having three certain NCAA Tournament teams in regular season champion Cincinnati, and Wichita State and Houston. With the conference tournament then just a few days away – it starts on Thursday, March 8, in Orlando, Florida, – Aresco noted that the league could be even better if traditionally strong programs such as Memphis, Connecticut and Temple also took steps forward.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 51%


The Southern Women’s Show returns Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The show will feature shopping; fashion shows; cooking demonstrations; and guest appearances by TV stars Naja Rickette from WeTV’s “LA Hair,” Vern Yip from TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” and Garrett Miller from MTV’s “Siesta Key.” Visit southernwomensshow.com for daily schedule and advance tickets.

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Allegiant Adds New Nonstop Flight to California

Allegiant will be adding a new nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Oakland International Airport beginning May 30.

Last Word: On The EDGE, Tubby Smith and Timing and TVA Keeps Its Wells Off

Remember when the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission got together a week ago at Beale Street Landing? Here’s a refresher. Among those watching the discussion was Richard Smith, the chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, who responded to the criticism of the local approach to economic development this week with an email to members of both bodies that could prompt some changes to the approach and specifically to EDGE.

University Clinical Health Launching Telemedicine Network

Going to the doctor is going high-tech at two rural West Tennessee clinics in a few weeks, thanks to a project University Clinical Health plans to launch within the next 30 days.

Survey: CRE Experts Concerned About Interest Rates

Rising interest rates in 2018 are the primary concern for the commercial real estate industry, according to a recent report by Chicago-based international law firm Seyfarth Shaw.

Olympus Opens Expanded Bartlett Campus

Medical device manufacturer Olympus celebrated the grand opening of its $12 million expanded Bartlett campus at 2937 Appling Road on Tuesday, March 6. The state-of-the-art facility expands Olympus’ existing R&D and surgical manufacturing building on Appling Road, which has operated in Bartlett since 1984.

Council Still Battling With Public Art Issue

Memphis City Council members were told Tuesday, March 6, that removing a mural from a private business front on Lamar Avenue will be difficult despite a council call to do so.

City Now Considering New Sewer Connections on Case-by-Case Basis

It’s the kind of wording about a basic local government service that gets that attention of those who make sure the water runs when taxpayers turn on the faucet and the toilet flushes when taxpayers want it to.

Mamie Smith, ‘Pops’ Staples Named to Blues Hall of Fame

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Singer Mamie Smith, songwriter and musician Roebuck "Pops" Staples, piano man Georgia Tom Dorsey, drummer Sam Lay and Chicago band The Aces are among this year's inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame.


Monuments Bill Would Establish Felony Charge for Some Votes

NASHVILLE – A state legislator is set to seek the attorney general’s advice on legislation enabling the state to charge local elected officials with a felony for “knowingly” casting votes in conflict with state law.

Attorney General: Tennessee Whiskey Barrels Not Tax Exempt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's attorney general says the state constitution doesn't exempt whiskey barrels from property taxes.


What’s Best for State, Education or Punishment?

Carlos Reyes, a graduate of Murfreesboro Oakland High School’s Class of 2017, would be in his second semester at MTSU majoring in business administration – if he could afford it.


Finding God In the Midst Of Cancer

Anthony Maranise walked into my office to take over my job that day. He was 8 years old and had been battling cancer for the past three years of his young life. He carried an attaché case almost half his size and had a smile as wide as his face.


Judge Recuses Himself From Tennessee School Rape Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has recused himself from two rape lawsuits against a Tennessee high school, citing a law that deals with impartiality.


For Many Factory Towns, White Collar Job Loss Hurts the Most

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it's easy to pin the blame for this industrial city's plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico.

On Medicaid? Amazon Offers Recipients a Prime Discount

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has taken another step to woo low-income shoppers to its site and away from rival Walmart.

Survey: US Businesses Hire 235,000 New Workers in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added a healthy 235,000 jobs last month, led by solid gains in construction, hotels and restaurants, and education and health care, according to a private survey.

Icahn Denies Prior Knowledge of Trump's Steel Tariffs

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn denied having prior knowledge of President Donald Trump's plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum before he sold about $31 million of stock in steel-dependent Manitowoc Co.

US Consumer Borrowing Growth Slows to $13.9 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers increased their borrowing at a slower pace in January, as the category that covers credit cards recorded the smallest increase in three years.

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