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VOL. 132 | NO. 21 | Monday, January 30, 2017

The Week Ahead: January 31- February 6

Good morning, Memphis! It will get up to 49 degrees Saturday, but the Mississippi River water temp will still be frigid when the annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics splashes off at Mud Island River Park. A busy week starts with Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address today.     

Local and State Reaction To Trump Immigration Executive Order

Here is reaction from state and local leaders to federal court orders in four states over the weekend blocking an executive order signed by President Donald Trump Friday, Jan. 27, that restricts immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The original order applied to those with green cards and has since been changed to allow those with green cards.

Garrison Exit From MATA Coincides With Push for More Public Funding

When he first got to Memphis in the summer of 2014, Ron Garrison got asked the same question a lot – did he know how difficult the job leading the Memphis Area Transit Authority would be.

City Graduates First Companies Through New Business Accelerator

The city of Memphis’ inaugural minority business accelerator has graduated its first participants – seven companies whose businesses touch everything from event planning to construction – but in some respects the work is only now just beginning.

Last Word: Immigration Order React, State of State Preview and The Haven

Lots of reaction from state and local leaders Sunday to President Trump’s Friday executive order on immigration that will likely dominate the action this week on Capitol Hill in Washington after a weekend of action and reaction.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
30.0°F
Fair
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 72%

EVENTS

The Blues Foundation’s 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.

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Whitehaven High School Football Coach Nominated for Don Shula Award

For the second time in his career, Whitehaven High School football coach Rodney Saulsberry has not only won a state championship but been selected by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans as High School Coach of the Year.

Snapshot: Open for Business

Signage goes up at Crosstown Concourse as construction winds down and commercial tenants begin to move in. Tech901 and Church Health will be among the fi rst to occupy space in the renovated Sears Tower.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Road for Haslam’s Fuel-Tax Plan Has Many Twists and Turns

Three major West Tennessee road projects, including Lamar Avenue in Memphis, are part of a wish list Gov. Bill Haslam sent to the Trump administration as it weighs the start of an aggressive infrastructure program.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Turning the Page

Independent bookstores face changing landscape as e-commerce grows and reading habits shift

When a bookstore decides to close its doors for good, the moment isn't always so immediate or possessive of the clean finality that comes with shutting a book at the end of the story.

Editorial: The Page Turns On Our Book Places

The decline of locally owned bookstores in Memphis and beyond hasn’t happened in a vacuum. So while we lament their precarious existence, it’s important to keep a few other points in mind.

Jan 27-Feb 2, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1985: The Memphis Showboats of the United States Football league play the New Jersey Generals in Charlotte, N.C., in the preseason opener for the USFL’s second and final season. The Showboats cut Ole Miss star John Fourcade before the exhibition, but Mossy Cade and Leonard Coleman, from the University of Texas and Vanderbilt respectively, have joined the defense. Returning are Reggie White and Walter Lewis.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Former MATA CEO Garrison Charged in Human Trafficking Sting

UPDATE: MATA released this second statement Friday afternoon:

Garrison Resigns As Head of MATA

Memphis Area Transit Authority president and general manager Ron Garrison has resigned the leadership of the city’s public transportation system, citing health reasons.

Memphis Women's March Draws Thousands Downtown

Several thousand people marched Saturday, Jan. 21, from the D'Army Bailey Shelby County Courthouse to the National Civil Rights Museum in one of several dozen “Women’s Marches” across the nation including the largest gathering in Washington D.C. the day after President Donald Trump began his term of office.

Bronczek to Succeed Smith as FedEx President Feb. 1

David Bronczek will be promoted to the role of president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp. 11 months ahead of schedule, the shipping giant announced Monday, Jan. 23.

Deannexation Group Gets Dollar Figures on Leaving Memphis

If South Cordova, Windyke and Southwind leave Memphis, the city should get to keep sales tax and property tax revenue generated by commercial properties in those three recently annexed areas.

STATEWIDE

Haslam Adviser Hafner Leaving to Work for House Speaker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Leslie Hafner is leaving her position as a top adviser to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to take on a new role with House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Williams Sausage to Build New Facility in Obion County

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say Williams Sausage Co. plans to build a second plant in Union City, creating 226 new jobs over the next five years.

SPORTS

Recruiting Reforms Could Bring End to Signing Day Circus

The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome.

ECONOMY

US Economic Growth Slowed in Q4, But There's Hope Ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy lost momentum in the final three months of 2016 as a downturn in exports temporarily depressed activity. But there were hopeful signs in housing and business investment that the economy will rebound in the coming months.

US Business Spending Rises for 3rd Month, Boosting Factories

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses ramped up their investment in industrial machinery, semiconductors and other big-ticket items last month, boosting demand for factory goods.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Orders Strict New Refugee Screening, Citing Terrorists

WASHINGTON (AP) – Setting a hard-line tone on national security, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered strict new screening for refugees to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States and alternated tough talk with kind words in his diplomatic standoff with Mexico.

HEALTH CARE

AP-NORC Poll: Broad Worries About Potential Health Care Loss

WASHINGTON (AP) – Though "Obamacare" still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation's long-running political standoff over health care.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 183 20,949
MORTGAGES 130 174 24,535
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 163 359 42,696
BANKRUPTCIES 61 116 14,018
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 46 6,447
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 85 13,596
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 47 5,116

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