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VOL. 132 | NO. 61 | Monday, March 27, 2017

The Week Ahead: March 27-April 1

Happy Monday, Memphis! The Bluff City plays host to several big names this week, from acclaimed country musician Margo Price and influential feminist Dolores Huerta to the always-popular St. Louis Cardinals. Plus, Midtown celebrates its mojo and Germantown goes to the dogs, all in The Week Ahead… 

Fed’s Bullard: Slow-Growth Economy Will Continue

The economy has been in low-growth mode for years, and it’s probably unwise to assume things will change this year.

NCAA South Regional Ends in Victory for N.C. as Calipari Plays the Poor Sport

John Calipari and Kentucky did not cut down the nets at FedExForum. But Calipari did open his postgame press conference with a cut, one directed at the officials following the Wildcats’ 75-73 loss to North Carolina here Sunday in the NCAA South Regional Elite Eight.

RDC President Gives Riverfront Update

Pop-up parks, cruise lines and plans to enhance existing attractions were all topics Riverfront Development Corp. president Benny Lendermon touched on during a state of the riverfront he delivered Friday, March 24, to the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk

There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The city of Memphis Division of Engineering will hold an open house-style public input meeting on 10 Memphis street repaving/bike lane projects Monday, March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Attendees can learn about the 10 repaving projects, many of which contain bike lanes in the proposed design, and offer written comments and questions. For more information, email nicholas.oyler@memphistn.gov.

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Despite Stigma, Real Estate Auctions are ‘Purest’ Marketplace

Sometimes there is a stigma attached to selling real estate at an auction, but Jeff Morris says it’s actually the purest form of capitalism.

NCI Director Lowy Lauds Work of St. Jude

Dr. Douglas Lowy returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, March 24, and praised the facility as being a worthy beneficiary of research funding that comes through his National Cancer Institute.

Local, Federal Authorities Target Southwest Memphis Gang Activity

When two men were shot to death in January in front of a house at 477 Delta St. in a drive-by shooting, it was part of spike in homicides to start the new year.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

State House Votes to Block Memphis, Nashville Pot Ordinances

Setting up a Senate debate on state pre-emption of Nashville and Memphis marijuana laws, the state House has approved legislation striking down local ordinances giving police discretion to hand out citations for small amounts of pot.

Bill That Helps Nonviolent Offenders Passes in Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that helps nonviolent offenders find employment has passed in the Legislature with bipartisan support.

Plan to Dig Up President Polk's Body – Again – Stirs Trouble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.

Lawmaker Takes Heat Over Bill That Would Hide His Tickets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee lawmaker is taking heat after being accused of sponsoring a bill that would hide his own unpaid speeding tickets from the public.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Genetic Code

Contrary to pop-culture perception, farmers have been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years

While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.

Editorial: Ag Innovation Breaks Stereotypes, Boundaries

You’ve heard the saying “this isn’t your parents’ fill-in-the-blank.” A better version for agricultural innovation might be “this is not your son’s idea of innovation” – which has a couple of stereotypes.

March 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2012: Guilty verdicts in the federal court trials of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, the only two members of the Craig Petties drug organization to go to trial in the largest drug and racketeering case ever brought in Memphis federal court. Each is convicted of multiple drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire charges and sentenced to life in prison.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Loeb Building Retail Center Near Overton Square

Loeb Properties has announced it will build a new retail center at 2046 Union Ave., around the corner from Overton Square.

Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

First Look at New Overton Square Restaurant Hopdoddy

Overton Square developer Loeb Properties and brg3s architects are moving forward with their plans to bring a Texas-based burger bar to Midtown.

Austin Nichols Story Didn’t Have to End This Way

Right before the 2014-2015 University of Memphis basketball season, forward Austin Nichols said this: “Our chemistry is better this year and I say that all positive. Nothing against the guards last year, we’re just jelling better together this year.”

Weirich Accepts Private Reprimand 3 Days Before Professional Conduct Hearing

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Monday, March 20, she is accepting a private reprimand admitting an error, thus ending a review of her conduct in the murder trial of Noura Jackson by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

COMMUNITY

Black Lives Matter Groups Joining Forces With Wage Activists

A cluster of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality.

STATEWIDE

Wrestling Ring to Political Ring: WWE Star Runs for Mayor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Glenn Jacobs, better known as the towering WWE villain Kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in Tennessee.

REGIONAL NEWS

Northern Mississippi Lawmaker Discloses Dementia Diagnosis

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Judge Rules Against UPS in Untaxed Cigarette Case

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge ruled Friday that UPS ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations, but stopped short of imposing a $873 million penalty that regulators sought in the civil case.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple: Software Flaws in Latest WikiLeaks Docs Are All Fixed

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 66 418 4,451
MORTGAGES 73 475 5,333
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 158 814 9,747
BANKRUPTCIES 44 285 3,467
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 163 1,735
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 271 3,783
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 99 1,024

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