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VOL. 132 | NO. 222 | Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nashville Developers Planning Massive 71-Acre Project Near Shelby Farms

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans to the Office of Planning and Development for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park.

County Commission Ratifies Opioid Lawsuit Decision

Shelby County Commissioners ratified Wednesday, Nov. 8, the decision of commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire a law firm for a possible county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid addiction problem.

G’town Planning Commission Approves Plans for Old Kroger Site, New Multifamily

At its Tuesday, Nov. 7 meeting, The Germantown Planning Commission advanced a trio of developments that included a revised final site plan for the Germantown Collection Shopping Center, a 310-unit multifamily development, and Germantown’s new elementary school.

Council Funds Beale Crowd Consultant, Abolishes $5 Cover

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 7, to approve $50,000 in funding for a crowd control consultant for the Beale Street entertainment district and to end the $5 cover charge for entry into the district on spring and summer Saturday nights after 10 p.m.

Momentum Nonprofit Partners Announces Big Changes

Former Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence Moving to Midtown

With a theme of “Everything Changes,” Momentum Nonprofit Partners unveiled numerous changes at its Announcement Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Minglewood Hall. The first, most obvious change: the name itself.

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EVENTS

The St. George’s Independent School Art Show takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11, at its Collierville campus, 1880 Wolf River Blvd. More than 50 local and regional artists will display and sell sculptures, paintings, mixed-media pieces and more. Visit sgisartshow.org for hours and tickets.

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Sports Complex Remains Driver of Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan

Parts of the city’s tentative plan for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds may still come and go and the cost estimates could vary. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration made it clear at a Monday, Nov. 6, public meeting to unveil the most specific plan yet that a youth sports tournament complex is the anchor and driver of the financing for a redevelopment covering 175 acres.

Helping Hand

Majestic Grille owners tackle new restaurant consulting project

Downtown’s Irish pub The Brass Door is quietly reintroducing itself this month after closing earlier this year, though the patrons who showed up this week for lunch likely didn’t notice much of a change in the concept.

Last Word: Lawyering Up, No More Beale Street Cover and Pastner Probe

Committee day for the Shelby County Commission on Wednesday has now come to include a special meeting to vote on something. And that something amounts to doubling down on the move by commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to lawyer up on the issue of opioid abuse and the role big pharma has played in the problem. The special meeting comes two days after Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell sued Shafer in Chancery Court claiming she violated the county charter by unilaterally making that decision last week.

Commission Convenes To Address ‘Messy’ Issue

Shelby County commissioners meet in special session Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. to vote on ratifying a decision made last week by commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer to hire outside legal counsel to pursue a lawsuit against companies that make and distribute opioid drugs.

Boyd Completes Statewide Trek at Beale Street Landing

The finish line was uphill Tuesday, Nov. 7, as Republican contender for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd completed a 537.3-mile run across the state that began in August at the Tennessee-Virginia state line in Bristol.

Surgical Distribution Company Finds New Home in the Memphis Medical District

Whether it’s in large chucks, like the Wonder Bread bakery redevelopment, or in smaller increments, like the Edge Alley and Shab Chic Marketplace, more and more once forgotten pockets of the Memphis Medical District are finding new life.

SPORTS NOTEBOOK

Josh Pastner Under NCAA Microscope

Former University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner has been accused of being complicit in extra benefits provided to at least two Georgia Tech players and to former Tiger player Markel Crawford.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Folk’s Folly’s Kauker Named Tenn. Restaurant Manager of Year

Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House general manager Diane Kauker has won the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association’s 2017 Restaurant Manager of the Year Award, which honors a manager who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service, and community and civic involvement. The judges noted Kauker’s outstanding performance beyond her normal job duties, including providing excellent service to Folk’s Folly guests and the greater community.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Increasing Your Executive Presence

I recently had the honor of speaking on the topic of executive presence, not just once – but twice. I participated in panels where we discussed the importance of executive presence to your career and how to increase yours.

The Power Of Saying No

When your business is young, you naturally welcome every new customer with open arms in an effort to generate cash flow and get on your feet. Too many business owners have trouble breaking that pattern, however, even after their business is more established, with the “say yes to everything” mentality trickling down to the front-line sales team. This can ultimately be a death sentence to a business.

Emphasizing the ‘I’ in CIO

There are a lot of titles out there for your role in the company: chief information officer (CIO), chief digital information officer (CDIO) or information technology (I.T.) director, but they all have one word in common: information.

STATEWIDE

Ex Pilot Execs' Attorneys Argue Against Guilt by Association

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for two former executives at the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain told jurors on Tuesday that their clients shouldn't be found guilty by association with other members of the company's sales team who pleaded guilty to the scheme to defraud customers through diesel fuel rebates.

Rural Hospital in North Mississippi Sold to Tennessee Owner

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A rural hospital in the Mississippi Delta has been sold by one Tennessee company to another.

Heavy Rain, Flooding Lead Some Tennessee Schools to Close

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Heavy rain and flooding have led some school districts in Middle Tennessee to close or delay classes.

REGIONAL NEWS

Poll Shows Strong Support for Death Penalty in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansans overwhelmingly support the death penalty, in contrast to national sentiment, months after the state executed four inmates before a lethal injection drug expired, according to a poll released Tuesday by the University of Arkansas.

The Latest: 2nd Dogfighting Operation Found in Mississippi

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on dogfighting operations in Mississippi (all times local):

Regulators nix Mississippi Power push to exclude testimony

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Regulators have again denied a request by Mississippi Power Co. to narrow proceedings over how much customers should pay for a power plant.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

How Wealthy Would Gain at Expense of Others in GOP Tax Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republicans' tax-cut plan springs from a core argument: What's good for big business and the moneyed elite is inevitably good for the economy and everyone else.

US NEWS

Texas Massacre is Seized on by Both Sides in Gun Debate

Gun-rights supporters have seized on the Texas church massacre as proof of the well-worn saying that the best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Gun-control advocates, meanwhile, say the tragedy shows once more that it is too easy to get a weapon in the U.S.

Disney Ends LA Times Ban After Widespread Backlash

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies.

Anti-Gay-Marriage Clerk to Seek Re-Election

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples will run for re-election in 2018, facing voters for the first time since her protest against gay marriage launched a national uproar from rural Appalachia.

Council Funds Beale Crowd Consultant, Abolishes $5 Cover

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 7, to approve $50,000 in funding for a crowd control consultant for the Beale Street entertainment district and to end the $5 cover charge for entry into the district on spring and summer Saturday nights after 10 p.m.

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PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
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