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VOL. 133 | NO. 39 | Thursday, February 22, 2018

Zoo Parking Plan Takes Additional 2.4 Acres, Keeps Lot on Zoo Side of Ridge

The new Memphis Zoo parking lot is going to be late and will take in 2.4 more acres of land primarily on the eastern border of the Overton Park Greensward. But in the process, the expanded parking will move farther away from a first draft version of the plan that put cars right up against Veterans Plaza and the Doughboy statue in the park.

City Asks EDGE to Delay Vote on New Graceland Expansion Plans

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ new expansion plans have been put on hold for at least a month after an attorney with the city of Memphis requested the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County delay its vote to give the city more time to review the plans.

BSMF Lineup Features Diverse Mix of New and Familiar

The Beale Street Music Festival's 2018 lineup is out, and it features a mix of BSMF first-timers and familiar faces for longtime attendees of the three-day music fest in Tom Lee Park.

Immigrant Impact

Financial influence on Memphis economy significant, study shows

Immigrant households in Memphis contributed more than $4.2 billion to Memphis’ gross domestic product in 2015 and the immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than the overall population in Memphis, a new study has found.

Last Word: Plans and More Plans, Badu and Byrne and Gun Bills In Nashville

Plans, plans, plans. I’ve seen so many overhead views and schematics in the last 24-hours that I had to go for a walk in the rain Wednesday to avoid vertigo. I saw a lot of green Save the Greensward t-shirts Wednesday evening at the Pink Palace that looked like they hadn’t been out of the bottom drawer in a while and even a couple of banners.

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EVENTS

Celtic Crossing will host An Evening of Irish Whiskey Tasting Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 903 S. Cooper St. The fourth edition in a series of private tasting events includes a selection of four Irish whiskeys and light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $44 and must be purchased through Eventbrite. Visit facebook.com/celticcrossingirishpub for details.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Talks Tax Reform, Trump, Guns

The day before the U.S. Senate voted in December to pass a massive federal tax overhaul, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith called up U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and urged him to “pass that bill.”

SCS Draws Battle Lines for ESSA Standards

For several weeks Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson have been talking about what happens to two failing Memphis schools – American Way Middle and Hawkins Mill Elementary.

Election Methods, Murals Dominate City Council Session

Memphis City Council members doubled down Tuesday, Feb. 20, on calling for a cover-up of six murals near Lamar Avenue. And the council’s attorney said ranked-choice, or instant-runoff voting, isn’t needed in Memphis.

SPORTS NOTEBOOK

No. 23 Houston Major Test for Tigers; Memphis WR Miller Creating a Buzz

Employing a zone defense, Tubby Smith’s Tigers have won two straight games to get the University of Memphis back to .500 (7-7) in the American Athletic Conference. But their defense will have to reach a new level if the Tigers are to stay with the No. 23 Houston Cougars at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at FedExForum.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Consensus on Gun Legislation? Not on Your Life

That burning smell emanating from the General Assembly isn’t coming from the flame of bipartisanship. More likely it’s the result of scorched-earth politics.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Early Lessons For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial dream was to have my own business. I always had jobs, but I wanted the freedom to do them in a different way. I wanted to exercise the creativity to do them my own way.

STATEWIDE

Complaints Question Harwell's PAC Help, $3.1M Self-Loan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two campaign finance complaints question House Speaker Beth Harwell's help from a political committee and a $3.1 million self-loan to her Republican gubernatorial campaign.

Tennessee Death Row Inmates Sue Over Lethal Injection Drugs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As Tennessee eyes a wave of executions, attorneys for 33 death row inmates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down the state's new three-drug combination for lethal injections.

REGIONAL NEWS

Forecasters Predict Rapid Rise Along Lower Mississippi River

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – The National Weather Service is predicting a rapid rise along the lower Mississippi River in the next two weeks.

US NEWS

Rev. Billy Graham, Known as 'America's Pastor,' Dies at 99

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) – The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Treasury Seeks Changes in the Way US Handles Troubled Banks

The Treasury has recommended retaining a divisive procedure for handling troubled financial institutions with some changes, rather than scrapping the program as many conservative lawmakers had wanted.

Fed Officials: Stronger Economy Boosts Chance for Rate Hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.

White House Says US Could Reach 3 Percent Growth Rate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted.

TECHNOLOGY

Google's Digital Assistant Branches Out to Nest Camera

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

MEDICAL NEWS

US Panel Says It's OK to Use Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Again

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again.

REAL ESTATE

Sales of US Homes Fall Year Over Year by Most in 3 1/2 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of existing homes fell in January from a year earlier by the most in more than three years. Would-be buyers were stymied by rising prices and a shortage of homes for sale.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 85 317 11,842
MORTGAGES 99 353 13,780
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 1,877
BUILDING PERMITS 0 480 24,644
BANKRUPTCIES 53 232 7,705
BUSINESS LICENSES 64 161 4,060
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 118 4,799
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 65 2,609

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