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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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Hello, Memphis! It’s a new year and a new decade, and the future looks brighter than ever for our beloved Bluff City. As I look back at the most unforgettable moments of 2019, I’m also thinking about what we can look forward to in 2020. Let’s dig in.

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“Let the Chips Fall Where They May” is an old saying that we sometimes use when we want to give up any power we may have over something. The philosophy is whatever is going to happen is going to happen. When we totally relinquish any control, we’ve lost any power we otherwise could have to m…

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CDR Luke R. Johnson will become the new commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 at a change of command ceremony Friday, December 6 at Naval Air Station Oceana. Johnson will relieve CDR Eric C. Thompson whose next assignment is to the Navy’s Nuclear Power School.

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MIFA will receive a $5 million grant from the Jeff Bezos Day 1 Families Fund, Sally Jones Heinz president & CEO has announced.

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Will the six new people who join the 13-member Memphis City Council on Jan. 1 be like all the other new council members in recent decades and fall under the false belief that it is commonplace for public bodies to reconsider items up to the point that the minutes of a meeting are approved?

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What a great time to be the printing business here in the Mid-South! Since Kroger no longer allows free publications to be placed in their stores, we have been redoing our distribution network.

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The nine-county Memphis area ranks sixth among the country’s large metro areas in loss of residents to movement elsewhere in the country, according to an analysis of census estimates by a financial news and opinion firm.

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When the executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center sought someone to lead a new initiative to further extend the work of the College of Medicine into the community, one name rose to the top -- Altha Stewart, M.D.

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James E. “Jim” Moffatt, a decorated combat veteran, long-time Memphis newspaper advertising representative and former Shelby County constable, died Nov. 16. He was 79.

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OAK HARBOR, Wash. – Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Pugh, a native of Drummonds, Tennessee, wanted to give back to his country.

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Natural disasters, like the tornadoes and storms that swept through the Mid-South yesterday, often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors taking advantage of those who have already been…

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On Oct. 25 the annual convention of the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) will be held at the Guest House at Graceland Hotel here in Memphis.

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As the University of Tennessee Health Science Center celebrated its annual Employee Appreciation Day on Sept. 20, two employees were commended for a recent act of heroism.

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Delta Fair: Now through Sept. 8. Senior American Day Sept. 4 (free admission and parking 9 a.m.-noon for those age 60+). Agricenter wing A.

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Even though it feels like the opposite of autumn outside, it’s time for Memphis fall festivals. If you want to party, we have festivals and shindigs aplenty. If you’re looking for family-friendly or free fun, Memphis in the fall has loads of that, too. There’s lots to eat and drink and ways …

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NORFOLK, VA – A Millington, Tennessee, native and 2013 Milington Central High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Arleigh Burke, a guided-missile destroyer, equipped with tomahawk missiles, torpedoes, guns and phalanx close-in weapons systems. The ship can operate independ…

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Several months ago, my article on the increased availability of marijuana said some of our City Council members planned to encourage approval of the sale of the drug in Tennessee.

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Throughout much of its history, Memphis has led the way in providing services to adults and children burdened with intellectual disabilities. Collaborating with voluntary organizations as well as federal and state authorities, the Bluff City has provided assistance, dignity, education and wo…

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An $80-million, 220-unit senior living development is planned for the Oaksedge Office Campus located on Cherry Road south of Park in East Memphis.

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Beverly Robertson has had a successful career in corporate Memphis, an amazing tenure as the National Civil Rights Museum director, a turn as an entrepreneur, and she’s recently been named the president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Memphis, Tennessee, native and 2016 Booker T. Washington High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

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Rotunda Project: now through Aug. 11. See how Colombian-born, Miamibased artist Federico Uribe brings Overton Park inside the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue, with his 24-foot tall tree made of khaki pants and green socks as part of the museum’s Rotunda Project. For more inf…

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Recently I had the pleasure of having lunch at the Woman’s Exchange with one of our many enthusiastic supporters.

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Everything’s blooming, the sun is shining more often and just in time, the grandkids are winding down their school year. They’ll have endless summer days that you’ll want to fill up with fun things to do, so put down the cell phones and game controllers and get out into the city with the who…

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Mother’s Day, advocated by one of its early organizers in the United States more than a century ago as a special day to honor the sacrifices that mothers make for their children, will be May 12 this year.

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Atlantic Ocean- Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Nathaniel Torres of Memphis participates in game night in the mess decks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike is underway conducting flight deck certification during the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. 

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April is National Volunteer Month, when the work that volunteers do year round is recognized. During National Volunteer Week -- April 7-13 -- organizations across the country will recognize their volunteers.

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I’m working from memory here, 65 years later, so please forgive any misspellings or incorrect names. I think I began collecting stamps because a friend did, and he made it sound fascinating. It proved to be.

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PEARL HARBOR – A West Memphis native and 2014 West Memphis High graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser, USS Port Royal.

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The owner of Southland Gaming & Racing will spend $250 million to expand its West Memphis gaming and entertainment facility with a high-rise hotel and a new casino complex.

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The 27th annual Works of Heart valentine auction to help abused children will be Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Memphis College of Art from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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In last month’s column, I mentioned a few highlights from 2018, including announcements for our new pro sports teams, the River Garden at Mississippi River Park, new hotels, and breaking ground on the Cook Convention Center’s extensive renovations. We also did a little bragging on our Fromme…

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The large yellow-and-black banner high on the façade of the Sears in Southland Mall announced: “Store Closing.” The closure would mark the end of Sears’ long presence in Memphis.

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jason Foundation, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention, shared the announcement today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics have released 2018 Fatal Injury Data. This data contains statistics regarding the leading causes of death within the US.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacob Bryant is coming in hot for 2020! TELL ME is his incendiary new release available 02/21. Jacob is supporting Tell Me with a multitude of tour dates, VIP experiences and a fresh sponsorship with Kavana Rum. TELL ME is the first single since his 2019 album, PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilary Dorr Lang, Ph.D., has joined the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. A registered patent attorney with a doctorate in organic chemistry, Lang focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of chemical, biologic and pharmaceutical patents and the management of large patent portfolios in those areas.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Stan Cottrell launches The Amazing Friendship Run (TAFR) at this year's NRB 2020 media convention, February 26-28, 2020 in Nashville, TN., along with his new book, Thoughts On The Run, to raise funds for the Run and the children's charities it supports. TAFR will also highlight how fitness and wearable technology can save lives.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- AccuReg, a healthcare technology solutions company offering a full suite of front-end revenue cycle SaaS solutions for hospitals, announces John Thompson has joined the company as vice president of performance management.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tivity Health(®) (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of fitness, nutrition and social engagement solutions, today announced that Donato J. Tramuto will depart as Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and resign from the Board, effective immediately. The Board has appointed current Director Robert ("Bob") J. Greczyn, Jr. Interim CEO while it conducts a comprehensive CEO search with the assistance of a leading executive search firm. Greczyn has been a member of the Board since 2015 and has over 30 years of experience in leadership roles in managed care and healthcare at some of the nation's leading organizations.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran book publicity firm JKS Communications has been moving books forward for 20 years, and the company is proud to celebrate this anniversary with the launch of two new companies under its brand. Books Forward will continue the signature creative, customized book marketing and author publicity campaigns, and a new indie publishing division, Books Fluent, will provide professional editorial, design and publishing services.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Premise Health, the nation's leading direct health care company, has launched its 24/7, on-demand virtual primary care product across all 50 states. Known as Premise Virtual, the solution connects members and dependents to high-quality care from a team of dedicated Premise physicians.

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MARENGO, Ill., Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the tremendous success of their first summit, UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) announced today its plans to host the second Forklift Industry Summit from May 11-14, 2020, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The 2020 event will be jam-packed with an opening general session, a product workshop, an exclusive exhibition floor, breakout sessions and more.

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UK company Bio-bean turns spent coffee grounds into a range of sustainable, bio-based products - including Coffee Logs for domestic use and biomass pellets used in industrial applications.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper (NYSE: IP), a leading producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, has named its first-ever chief sustainability officer as it prepares to advance its contributions to the circular economy. Sophie Beckham will lead the company's recently announced Vision 2030, which demonstrates its commitment to building a better future for people, the planet and the company.