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Memphis area awaits outcome of Amazon headquarters ‘sweepstakes’

By JACK WEATHERLY Memphis is part of the stampede of U.S. cities bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters with 50,000 potentially jobs and $5 billion in corporate investment. Some counties across the Mississippi line stand to benefit from the promised gargantuan development. Those counties help the city meet one requirement of the giant online retailer, that of having a population of ...

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Graduate Hotel developer turns attention to Memphis project

By JACK WEATHERLY Luke Chamblee’s company built the Graduate Hotel in Oxford, which was designed to reflect the unique culture of the town. Now LRC2 Properties has partnered with Loeb Properties to build a 100-room hotel to serve a burgeoning theater district in Memphis. Loeb has rejuvenated Overton Square, which had fallen on hard times since it sprang up following ...

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KEEPING IT TOGETHER — Large mergers take work, communication and similar cultures

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi has seen two big mergers of late that affect tens of thousands of employees, customers and patients. Baptist Medical Center of Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis merged May 1 creating one of the largest healthcare providers in the mid-South — Baptist Memorial Health Care. And Metropolitan Bank merged with one of the biggest ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The man who created a new music

It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about a man who continues to change the world as it had been known. No, this is not about Donald Trump. We are talking about another world-shaker. Sam Phillips. Or as acclaimed biographer Peter Guralnick calls him in the subtitle of his book: “The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll.” Read this 660-page ...

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Baptist hospitals merger explored

Leaders of two Baptist hospital systems say they’re exploring a merger. Officials with Jackson-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis  made the announcement Thursday. They say a merger could create one of the largest Baptist health systems nationwide, and extend an electronic health record system from the Memphis system to four Mississippi hospitals. ...

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Mississippi on track for fall 2018 completion of I-269

Dirt and bridge work for the entire Mississippi portion of Interstate 269 is finished, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation said the project remains on track for a fall 2018 completion. Jason Scott, MDOT public information officer, tells The Commercial Appeal the next phase of work involves two paving projects, the largest of which has begun. Scott says I-269, the ...

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Southern Airways to offer Jackson-Nashville service

By JACK WEATHERLY Southern Airways will connect Jackson and Nashville starting Sept. 26, the carrier announced Monday at Jackson-Evers International Airport. The Southaven-based airline is moving its Jackson-area connection from Madison’s Bruce Campbell Field, where it has been based since May 2014,  and will continue to offer flights in nine-seat Cessna turboprops. The airline will use the Atlantic Aviation executive ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Mr. Bingle and flights of fancy in old Memphis

Downtown Memphis was magic to children and, on a subtler level, adults when I was a kid six decades ago. One went downtown to shop for personal things such as nice clothing and jewelry and to  visit tea rooms and take in the color, such as a mechanical version of the monocled and top-hatted Mr. Peanut tapping with his cane ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Riding with B.B.

My big sister would tune the brown tabletop radio to WDIA, the pioneering black-music format station in Memphis. She listened when my father wasn’t around. If he caught her listening to that station, he’d say: “Turn off that music!” Except he would add an adjective or two that I won’t use here. One of the disc jockeys on that first-of-its-kind ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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