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VOL. 6 | NO. 35 | Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 23-August 29, 2013: This week in Memphis history

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2012: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell vetoed a referendum on a half-cent countywide sales tax hike and the Shelby County Commission overrode the veto putting the item to voters in the city of Memphis and the unincorporated county on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters defeated the sales tax hike.

1993: With Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris already running in the 1994 race for Tennessee governor, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced he was considering a bid to run for county mayor in the 1994 elections as a move to consolidate the two local governments. If elected, Herenton’s tentative plan was to then surrender the city’s charter. “The county mayor’s race provides a vehicle for me to take a leadership role in causing the public debate and if we can work out all of the legalities and the timing, then I would seriously consider running for the chief executive officer of a newly created form of government,” he said. The idea ran afoul of charter provisions on holding more than one office.

1963: The Memphis State football team opened practice for the coming season under coach Billy “Spook” Murphy. The season opener was Sept. 14 against Mississippi Southern at Jackson, Miss. It was the start of an undefeated season for the Tigers, whose home field was Crump Stadium in Midtown.

Among the new merchants licenses listed in The Daily News, East Memphis Rubber Stamp Co. at 3727 Southern Ave.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 4,594

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