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TVA: Savings projections don’t match reality about MLGW finding a new power partner

Jeff Lyash, president/CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), says the costs for Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) Division to switch to a new electric supplier is underestimated by $261 million in extra annual costs. Electric bills could rise more than 20 percent under this...

Flight co-owner ousted amid claims of racism, sexism

Russ Graham, co-owner of Flight Restaurant & Wine Barat at 39 S. Main St. and Monroe, has been forced out of the business in response to allegations of racism and sexism at Flight and some of its sister restaurants. Flight came under fire in recent...

SCS plans new software to mark black business spend

Businesses owned by minorities and women have contracting and purchasing opportunities with corporate and governmental agencies throughout the Mid-South, including Shelby County Schools (SCS). Recently, the school district has come under scrutiny about a lack of data distinguishing African-American business spend from other minority business...

MLGW reviews options for lower energy costs

Now that a draft report has outlined potential savings if Memphis Light Gas and Water Division (MLGW) ends its 80-plus-year partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the city-owned utility company still has serious discussions ahead before making a final decision. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last Friday (May 29),...

Phase II: Black businesses reopen in ‘new normal’ reality

Memphis and Shelby County allowed more non-essential businesses to reopen on Monday (May 18) after weeks of closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Phase 2 Back-to-Business directives classify business types permitted to reopen. The plan also allows social gatherings of up to 50 people, up from...

COVID-19 fears prompt MWBEs to adjust

“Bills will continue to roll and this has definitely taken a toll on my business,” says Keith Turks, owner, Hair Kingdom Beauty & Barber Salon at 1492 Madison Ave. Turks’ remarks reflect dwindling clients, not only at his salon, but throughout the beauty industry and...

Memphis businesses get help staying on top of COVID-19

The fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) is prompting large and small employers to enforce guidelines that prevent the spread of the disease. Businesses are ramping-up efforts to keep work stations sanitized and are continuously reminding employees to practice disease prevention guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control...

Memphis in May plans for ‘the show to go on’

Memphis in May International Festival officials have said ‘the show will go on’ for 2020, despite nationwide coronavirus concerns. MIM events, including the famous Beale Street Music Festival, May 1-3 in Tom Lee Park, are planned as scheduled. Meanwhile, MIM officials will monitor changes in...

THE VIEW FROM 38126: A job, new skills and a car – ways one group fights poverty in Memphis’ poorest ZIP code

Without a job, you can’t pay bills or keep your dignity. Without skills, you can’t get a job. Without transportation, you can’t get to work. Advance Memphis, a nonprofit fighting local poverty, identifies barriers to employment and works to overcome obstacles – one person at a time...

ANALYSIS: Can Memphis’ Downtown development boom put a dent in record poverty?

A development boom projected to draw more business, tourists and residents is unfolding in Downtown Memphis. At the same time, Memphis and it’s 60 percent African American population still carries America’s second highest poverty rate at 27.8 percent. As an expected $5 billion is spent...