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VOL. 132 | NO. 36 | Monday, February 20, 2017

The Week Ahead: February 20-26

Enjoying that spring-like weather, Memphis? It’s another week of politics and music in the Bluff City, highlighted by the anticipated announcement Wednesday of acts that will be playing the Beale Street Music Festival in May. Here are some other highlights:

Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

Grant Begins New North Memphis Rebuilding Effort

North Memphis was once a place where heavy manufacturing was across the street from residential development and mom-and-pop retail was just down the street.

New Housing Market in Recovery

Memphis and Shelby County saw a much stronger new housing market in 2016 than it’s seen in the last several years.

Last Word: The List and Who Is On It, Lovell's Impact and Fountain Brook Recovers

A list of 81 people who can’t come to City Hall without a police escort includes a lot of names from the last year of protests and marches in the city. And as the week begins, the list is under review by Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings at the request of Mayor Jim Strickland.

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EVENTS

The city of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance Outreach will host “Diversity Programs 201: Certification Round Up: First Steps to Certify with the City of Memphis” Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Discover the importance of certification, learn about the city's diversity programs, meet certifying agency representatives and start the application process on site. Cost is free. Register at eventbrite.com.

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Commission Debates Support for Medical Marijuana Bill

The Shelby County Commission takes up medical marijuana Monday, Feb. 20, in what will be the second pot debate it has had in two months.

Sector-by-Sector Highlights of the Commercial Property Forecast Summit

Many of the area’s best and brightest commercial real estate minds were on hand for the Memphis Area Association of Realtor’s Annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit at the Halloran Centre for Performance Thursday afternoon. 

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Sexual Harassment Takes Stage in State Capitol Again

NASHVILLE – Saying she was a victim of sexual harassment when she entered the Legislature, state Rep. Barbara Cooper is calling on tougher rules to stop inappropriate behavior toward women.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Having It Their Way

Women blazing their own corporate trails

She was working for a major petroleum company and had just been transferred to Cody, Wyoming. She was relatively new to the industry and certainly to the boots-on-the-ground oil field where on Day One she got out of her SUV wearing a long skirt and flats.

Editorial: The Water Beneath Our Feet

Maybe we haven’t taken our water supply for granted. Let’s start with that optimistic premise. But we certainly haven’t taken the steps necessary given technological advances in recent decades to find out more about it, including where it is vulnerable to contaminated groundwater.

February 17-23, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2015: Eric Trump, son of future President Donald Trump, is in Memphis for the opening of the new Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and ICU Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Lovell Resigns Tennessee House Seat, Democrats Seek Probe

NASHVILLE – House Democrats are calling for a probe into the sudden resignation of first-term Rep. Mark Lovell, who denies being involved in sexual misconduct as he leaves the state Legislature after just one month.

Grassfed Burger Joint Coming to Memphis

An Atlanta-based restaurant that specializes in grassfed burgers is planning a new location in Memphis.

Downtown Developer Charged in Public Corruption Case

John Wessman, the real estate developer who plans to turn two Downtown Memphis buildings into boutique hotels, has been charged with bribery in a Palm Springs, California, corruption case.

State Of The Suburbs

When it comes to CRE, Shelby County’s municipalities can’t be overlooked

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

Farm and Fries Restaurant Gets OK to Begin Construction

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has voted to approve a development agreement for MW Ventures to move forward with the construction of a restaurant called Farm and Fries.

STATEWIDE

Haslam Names Rolfe as Commissioner of Economic Development

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Nashville businessman Bob Rolfe as the new commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

State Updates Graduation Requirements Report After Backlash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Education has clarified its findings in a recent report that found one in three high school students graduated without meeting the state's requirements.

REGIONAL NEWS

Tennessee Valley Authority Board Elects Howorth As Chairman

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – The nation's largest public utility has elected Richard Howorth as new board chairman.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Customers Avoid New Wells Fargo Accounts After Sales Scandal

NEW YORK (AP) – Customers are still turning their backs on Wells Fargo after a scandal over sales practices, with the bank saying Friday the number of new checking accounts people opened was down 31 percent in January from a year earlier.

Kraft Still Hungry For Unilever After Rejected Offer

NEW YORK (AP) – Kraft Heinz is attempting to buy Unilever in a $143 billion deal that would join the U.S. maker of cheeses and lunch meats with the European producer of mayo, teas and seasonings in a global powerhouse.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 276 2,450
MORTGAGES 93 384 3,098
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 108 792 5,463
BANKRUPTCIES 54 296 1,946
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 147 917
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 51 293 2,040
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 92 464

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