Memphis officials AWOL on questions about taxpayer-financed retail project

By TNWatchdog Staff on October 31, 2013

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.
Bass Pro officials have previously said nothing about the project, although that might [...]

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

By TNWatchdog Staff on July 22, 2013

Part 4 of 4 in the series Memphis Pyramid
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
MEMPHIS — 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.
Instead, as Tennessee Watchdog previously reported, company spokeswoman Katie Mitchell directed any and all questions to Robert [...]

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Memphis council calls Bass Pro Shops $30M subsidy a good investment

By TNWatchdog Staff on July 19, 2013

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 giving Bass Pro Shops $30 million to turn the abandoned Pyramid, which the city owns, [...]

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Pyramid scheme? Memphis arena gives taxpayers troubled history

By TNWatchdog Staff on July 18, 2013

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
Part 2 of 2 in the series Memphis Pyramid
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 latest idea for the Pyramid involves [...]

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