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VOL. 6 | NO. 51 | Saturday, December 14, 2013

This week in Memphis history: December 13-19

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2010: In The Memphis News cover story on new leadership at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, MED president and CEO Reginald Coopwood said, “It was somewhat daunting in that, ‘Am I the closer, the guy who’s coming in to close the organization down, or is there an opportunity?’”

1984: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played two shows at the Mid-South Coliseum on the “Born in the USA” tour.

1963: Memphis City Schools leaders told the Memphis Housing Authority they wanted to build a new school in what was the Jackson Avenue Urban Renewal area, north of Alabama Avenue and West of Jones Street. The school system wanted the new school to replace three schools in the area that had closed – Pope School on North Seventh Street, Merrill School on Jones and Christine School on Market Street.

Meanwhile that same week, federal officials held a public hearing on the still-tentative plans for a new bridge across the Mississippi River that Tennessee and Arkansas officials had filed a building permit for. The Memphis end of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge that opened 10 years later bisected the neighborhood where school leaders sought to build the new school.

1883: Deputy Sheriff A.K. Hancock raided a large dice game on Presidents Island in the wing of an abandoned prison farm, one of the agricultural uses on the island before it became a site for heavy industry.

Source: “Past Times” by Perre Magness

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PROPERTY SALES 109 433 13,330
MORTGAGES 114 591 17,349
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 93 3,391
BUILDING PERMITS 0 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 76 352 12,695
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 108 4,597
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 77 564 19,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 151 4,060

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