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Memphis officials AWOL on questions about taxpayer-financed retail project

By   /  November 1, 2013  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

PYRAMID MEMPHIS SKYLINE

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog

MEMPHIS — Where is Tennessee Watchdog supposed to get answers about a project that allows Memphis officials to spend $30 million of taxpayer money to convert the Memphis Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops store?

They are mighty hard to come by.

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Tourism taxes fund new Bass Pro in Memphis Pyramid

By   /  July 24, 2013  /  News, Tennessee  /  1 Comment

LARGESS: Bass Pro Shops received $1.3 billion in local and state assistance during a 15-year period.

Part 5 of 6 in the series Memphis Pyramid

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
MEMPHIS — The next time you stay overnight in Memphis remember the hotel taxes you paid are helping the Bass Pro Corp. renovate the city-owned Pyramid into a megastore/resort.
Memphis City Council member Harold Collins wants city residents to relax since out-of-towners will pay […]

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Go fish: Memphis official ‘not authorized’ to discuss costly Pyramid project

By   /  July 22, 2013  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

LARGESS: Bass Pro Shops received $1.3 billion in local and state assistance during a 15-year period.

The Bass Pro Shops Corp. will accept $30 million of your taxpayer money to convert the Memphis Pyramid into a megastore and resort, but it will not answer Tennessee Watchdog’s questions about the arrangement.

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Memphis tries again to turn over Pyramid

By   /  July 19, 2013  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

PYRAMID MEMPHIS SKYLINE

Part 3 of 6 in the series Memphis Pyramid

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — One could argue that investing $60 million of taxpayer money into the Memphis Pyramid in 1991 ended in failure, but a city councilman says an additional $30 million will bring that long-desired payoff.
As Tennessee Watchdog reported, the City of Memphis is […]

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Pyramid scheme? Memphis arena gives taxpayers troubled history

By   /  July 18, 2013  /  News, Tennessee  /  1 Comment

PYRAMID MEMPHIS SKYLINE

Part 2 of 6 in the series Memphis Pyramid

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Memphis officials have spent more than 20 years — not to mention almost $100 million in taxpayer money — trying to figure out the best use for the Memphis Pyramid, which has a problematic history.
As Tennessee Watchdog previously reported, their […]

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Memphis Bass Pro hooks taxpayers for $30 million

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

PYRAMID MEMPHIS SKYLINE

More than $30 million — and counting — in taxpayer money will go toward transforming the Memphis Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shop to rival Six Flags in entertainment value.

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