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VOL. 131 | NO. 199 | Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Council Passes Pot Ordinance 7-6

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Oct. 4, to an ordinance that gives Memphis Police the discretion to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

Trezevant Football Resumes

Shelby County Schools officials took a step back Tuesday, Oct. 4, from their original decision on the Trezevant High School football program, saying the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has found no violation by the football team.

Stein Says She’s the Choice in ‘Voter Revolt’

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told a group of Memphis supporters this week that she didn’t become politically active until she was 50 years old. But she had been active long before that in “social movements” where the focus was a cause and not necessarily a candidate.

Infrastructure, Attitude Shifts Could Decrease Medical District Parking Needs

The Memphis Medical District has 16,000 employees, 8,000 students – and 250 acres of surface parking lots. National experts say the district’s parking footprint could hinder further growth.

Last Word: Pot Passes, Stein's Stop in Crosstown and The Problem With Parking

The city pot ordinance – the one that allows cops the option to write a ticket with a $50 fine for a half ounce or less of marijuana – is on the books.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
65.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Courtyard Memphis East, 6015 Park Ave. Brian De Leon of Chrome River Technologies will present “‘What Were They Thinking?’: Expense Report Fraud.” Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org. 

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Just City Expungement Fee Fund Awaits Grants

One of the city’s two funds to pay expungement fees for first-time offenders who have served their time and stayed out of trouble for five years is out of money for now in a grant-to-grant existence.

A Greener Memphis Requires More Connectivity

It sounds simple enough, the idea that, as Wolf River Conservancy executive director Keith Cole puts it, “One of the basic premises of connectivity is you never want to build a bridge to nowhere.”

Indie Memphis Festival Promises To Be ‘Eclectic and Uncompromising’

Brandon Harris, a New York City-based writer and editor, loves the “eclectic and uncompromising nature” of the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which he’s attended three times now.

Grizzlies Beat Magic in Fizdale’s Preseason Debut

DJ Stephens was dunking and Mike Conley was coaching. It was a Monday night, the first preseason game of the Grizzlies’ 2016-2017 season, but at times even a half-empty FedExForum was rocking and there was a positive vibe that had been a long time coming.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Resume Preparation

One of the hardest parts of looking for a job isn’t the looking part. It’s what happens during preparation. In particular, writing a great resume can be an incredibly stressful feat.

12 Crucial Social Media Metrics

Most businesses of any size are at least experimenting with social media marketing these days, though most remain unsure if that notable time investment is really paying off. How do you know if you should continue down the social media path, invest more time and money, or shift your investment to another marketing channel entirely?

Change for Parking

Many residents of large metropolises do not have a driver’s license because they simply do not need one. Memphis, however, is a culture built on the car mentality. With city limits encompassing 324 square miles, the need to drive and maintain access to a car feels much more important, if not mandatory.

STATEWIDE

Leaders of Tennessee Prison for Women on Leave Amid Probe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The three top wardens at the Tennessee Prison for Women have been placed on leave while state officials investigate possible protocol violations at the Nashville facility.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to Begin Using Drones

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has unveiled its new drone system that deputies will use to gather evidence for court cases, detect bombs and find missing persons.

SPORTS

Potential Jurors Asked About Rape Case Against Derrick Rose

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Potential jurors in a $21 million rape lawsuit against NBA star Derrick Rose filled out questionnaires Tuesday asking them what they have heard about the case, what their favorite basketball team is and whether they can set aside their own sexual morals and biases.

RETAIL

Holiday Sales Expected to Be Up 3.6 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend at a faster clip than last year for the critical holiday season, helped by an economy that should only continue to pick up, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

HEALTH CARE

Millions Leaving Government Insurance Money on the Table?

Millions of Americans who bought individual health insurance outside the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges may be leaving money on the table if they skip those marketplaces again in picking 2017 coverage, a new report says.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Gets Aggressive With New Phones, Other Gadgets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google launched an aggressive challenge to consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung on Tuesday, introducing a new line of smartphones called Pixel and other gadgets designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls "Google Assistant."

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 129 800 36,616
BANKRUPTCIES 51 243 11,925
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 117 5,677
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 215 12,248
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 121 4,478

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