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VOL. 131 | NO. 32 | Monday, February 15, 2016

The Week Ahead: Feb. 12, 2016

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from circus clowns to Republican senators…

Scalia's Memphis Visits Reflected Outspoken Supreme Court Justice

Prior to his death Saturday in Texas at 79, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a few times in recent years brought to Memphis the intellectual combativeness and pugnacious brand of jurisprudence for which he’s long been known and for which he will be remembered.

McQueen Watching Teaching Methods, ASD Controversy Closely

At the last of three schools that Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visited last week, Lester Prep principal Brearn Wright got right to the heart of the matter.

Snapshots: First Tennessee Celebrates Chinese New Year

First Tennessee Bank's Diversity Networking Association hosted a Chinese New Year celebration last week at the bank's Downtown Memphis headquarters.

Real Estate Vet: Kroger Looking to Spread its Wings

Jimmy Lewis isn’t surprised by word that emerged in recent days about Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, eyeing an acquisition of specialty grocer Fresh Market.

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EVENTS

Teach901 in conjunction with Teacher Town USA will hold a job fair Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. More than 30 school operators are hiring for more than 200 available positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. For details and to register, visit teach901.com.

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Memphis Still Has ‘Real Shot’ At Being a OneJet Focus City

On Feb. 11, OneJet announced Pittsburgh as its second focus city – its term for a hub or main connection point – and while Memphis didn’t make the cut this time around, it’s still in the running to be a focus city.

Frost Bake Shop Adds Collierville Location

An East Memphis bakery is preparing to add a second location in Collierville. Frost Bake Shop co-owner Bill Kloos Jr. says his sweet treat shop has picked out a spot at 1016 W. Poplar Ave. for store number two.

THE PRESS BOX

Grizzlies Sign KD in Free Agency, Trade Mike Conley? No, Don’t Think So

So there’s a national report out there saying the Memphis Grizzlies will make a strong play to sign free agent Kevin Durant after the season.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Urban Treasure

Shelby Farms Park expansion enhances natural beauty

They were at the 2007 National Recreation and Park Association conference in Indianapolis and they had been dutifully attending the seminars and taking notes. But one day this two-woman contingent from Memphis and the newly formed Shelby Farms Park Conservancy skipped out of the afternoon workshops.

Editorial: A Call for More Conservancies

When you look at the physical changes currently underway at Shelby Farms Park, it can be easy to miss the rise of conservancies as forces that are changing the landscape of our city.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Hattiloo Theatre to Expand With Development Center

Hattiloo Theatre is expanding with a $750,000 addition 18 months after the black repertory theater company opened in Overton Square.

Letter to the Editor: A Trend Emerges

“A Trend Emerges.” Just more than a year ago, a local journalist wrote those words in a report detailing the most recent Brady violations by the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office. Last month, that trend continued when the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility charged two more attorneys from that office with ethics violations.

Early Voting Opens in Tennessee Presidential Primaries

Tennesseans can begin casting their ballots in the presidential primaries on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the day after the votes were counted in New Hampshire on the political road to the summer conventions.

New Brass

The Memphis Police Department faces pivotal leadership shift

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

Letter to the Editor: Memphis Zoo Is in Favor of Parking Solution at Overton Park

In his column last week, “History Lesson,” Dan Conaway made an absurd comparison related to the Memphis Zoo’s current parking challenges and the fight to prevent I-40 from cutting through Overton Park in the 1970s.

STATEWIDE

Court Makes It Easier to Arrest, Convict Drunk Drivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In two unanimous decisions, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police have the right to stop motorists if their vehicles cross roadway markings, even if briefly, essentially making it easier to arrest and convict people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Retail Sales Rise as Consumers Shrug Off Stock Price Drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

Those Valentine's Day Flowers Might Just Be From Kenya

NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 35 274 1,984
MORTGAGES 63 383 2,511
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 293 1,102 4,507
BANKRUPTCIES 66 302 1,788
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 75 692
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 61 399 2,354
MARRIAGE LICENSES 22 95 350

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