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VOL. 131 | NO. 17 | Monday, January 25, 2016

The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

Blight Authority of Memphis Convenes to Tackle Problem Properties

“This is historic,” attorney Steve Barlow said at the inaugural meeting of the Blight Authority of Memphis, held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s office.

HUD Funds Mid-South Greenprint With $60 Million Grant

One of the largest federal grants ever awarded to Shelby County government will fund efforts to avoid some of the flooding the Memphis area saw in 2011.

Memphis Zoo CEO: Mediation, Court Action Can Coexist in Greensward Dispute

The Memphis Zoo’s move to Chancery Court next week in the Overton Park greensward controversy does not damage the mediation process between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.

Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town"

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
75.0°F
Overcast
Wind: East at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 84%

EVENTS

32nd annual International Blues Challenge is Tuesday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 30, with most events being held at clubs along Beale Street. More than 250 bands are expected for this annual international competition and showcase, which also features nightly jams, workshops and more. Visit blues.org/international-blues-challenge for details and a daily schedule.

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Le Bonheur CEO Talks Big Development Projects on Tap

It’s something of an understatement to say that Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has big plans for 2016 and beyond.

National Civil Rights Museum Debuts Digital Network

The National Civil Rights Museum has started a digital network of the speeches from its annual Freedom Awards programs.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

In the Game

Memphis measures local sports impact in dollars – and desire

Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

‘Complete Gut’ Planned for Dermon Building in Downtown Memphis

The historic Dermon Building at the northeast corner of Third Street and Court Avenue will be turned into a boutique hotel following a recent purchase.

Crosstown High School Draft Proposal Unveiled

Tentative plans for a Crosstown High School surfaced Tuesday, Jan. 19, after months of behind-the-scenes discussions.

Ursula Madden: From Broadcast News to Memphis Communications Chief

She didn’t realize it at the time, but Ursula Madden was training for her career as a local television anchor.

Zoo Goes To Court Over Greensward

The Memphis Zoo has gone to Chancery Court seeking undisputed legal control of the northern section of the Overton Park greensward.

STATEWIDE

Federal Judge Declines to Dismiss Student Disabilities Suit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has denied a request by Knox County Schools to dismiss a federal lawsuit related to students with disabilities.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Dems Want Eligibility Check on Presidential Ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee Democrats want to pass a law to require the state to enforce the U.S. Constitution's "natural born citizen" requirement on this November's presidential ballot.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Nearly 7,000 Weekend Flights Canceled, and More on the Way

Airlines canceled nearly 7,000 weekend flights and started to cut Monday service as the ripple effects of driving snow and ice that brought many East Coast airports to a standstill drifted into the next work week.

Sprint Gave Layoff Notices to 829 Overland Park Employees

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Sprint Corp. says in state filings that it has given layoff notices to 829 employees at its Overland Park campus in the past three months.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 374 7,749
MORTGAGES 89 414 9,199
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 9 52 1,358
BUILDING PERMITS 197 1,007 16,607
BANKRUPTCIES 45 279 5,406
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 154 2,948
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 139 3,250
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 128 1,688

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