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VOL. 7 | NO. 34 | Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 15-21: This week in Memphis history

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NORAH JONES

2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.

1984: The Center City Commission reported $450 million in construction Downtown since 1976, counting public as well as private financing. The construction boom included the Memphis Plaza Hotel, Morgan Keegan Tower and the Scimitar Building.

The top homebuilder in Shelby County as listed by the Home Builders Association was Tom Divine of Faxon Inc. with 201 permits in the year starting Dec. 1, 1982. He was followed by Jay Daneman of Fireside Homes, Don Bowden of Bowden Building Corp. and Jerry Gillis of Gillis & Co.

1973: A legal notice in The Daily News offered the old Tri-State Bank building at 386 Beale St. as for sale and restoration by the Memphis Housing Authority in what was then the “Beale Street Urban Renewal Area” for a minimum acceptable price of $18,800. The 1906 building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was the office of Robert Church Sr. and Jr. Ultimately it would be outside the boundaries of the Beale Street entertainment district. Today it has an appraised value, with the building and land, of $248,300.

1923: On the front page of The Daily News, the 10th floor of the new Tri-State Hotel at N. Main Street and Adams Avenue was added. Among the deaths recorded by the newspaper was 20-year-old Joe McLemore, who died of malaria on Presidents Island.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 62 340 3,755
MORTGAGES 104 472 5,266
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 23 129 1,200
BUILDING PERMITS 0 574 9,139
BANKRUPTCIES 69 314 3,656
BUSINESS LICENSES 34 137 1,554
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 74 1,028 4,943
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 114 1,024

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