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VOL. 131 | NO. 24 | Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Packed Overton Park Traffic Town Hall Seeks View Beyond Greensward

Architect and urban planner Steve Auterman stood before a standing-room-only crowd at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 2, and made the case for a broader vision of Overton Park.

Tentative Pinch Development Plan About to Emerge

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops have agreed on a tentative and general plan for future development of the Pinch District, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

Strickland: Police Body Camera Rollout Requires More Personnel

The rollout of police body cameras will mean hiring more people at the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

Last Word: Rallings Meets the Council, Million Dollar Auditions & A Pinch Plan Emerges

His second day on the job, the new Memphis Police Director, Michael Rallings, met the Memphis City Council and discovered just what a huge issue police body cameras are – if he didn’t know that already.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
89.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 61%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Mike Fleming, president of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum, will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

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Pet Rehab, Fitness Practice Launches in East Memphis

The young, injured patients often in need of rehabilitation and physical therapy who are brought to Dr. Roxana Caraballo’s new East Memphis center can’t speak for themselves or necessarily demonstrate where and why they hurt.

New Mental Health Court Aims for Intervention

At any given time, around 525 of the people jailed at 201 Poplar have a persistent mental illness. That’s means 25 percent of the jail’s capacity, and exponential care and liability, are directed to people who commit crimes as a byproduct of illness.

Contenders Emerge for Fincher’s Seat

The line for the 8th Congressional District seat began forming within half an hour of incumbent Stephen Fincher’s announcement Monday, Feb. 1, that he would not seek re-election in the August primaries.

Haslam Outlines Conservative Approach to Surplus

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

Grizzlies Rolling Toward The All-Star Break

After the Grizzlies had gone into New Orleans and handed the Pelicans a 110-95 defeat, Anthony Davis neatly summed up the transformation that occurs – has been occurring – when the Grizzlies shoot from the perimeter like a real live contemporary NBA team.

Casting Set to Begin for Memphis-based "Million Dollar Quartet" TV Series

Viacom’s CMT network will announce Wednesday that it's begun casting for an eight-episode, Memphis-themed scripted drama it’s bringing to the small screen later this year.

NEWSMAKERS

Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What’s In A Review?

Reviews have become a standard way in which we communicate our satisfaction or displeasure with one another. Chances are good that the last time you had a negative experience at a restaurant, you logged on to a site like Yelp to share your experience with the online community.

Data Breaches: ‘The Third Certainty in Life’

I recently received an email from a former colleague that appeared to be a DropBox link with “important documents.” Since it had been awhile since our last correspondence, I emailed back to make sure that the note was real, only to receive a bogus response that confirmed my suspicions. Cue me reporting it to her company’s help desk, blocking the user from my email, and deleting the note.

Super Bowl Advertising Huge Gamble

History has already been made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – thanks to a record price tag of $5 million for a 30-second spot. It’s a hefty spike from the $4.5 million advertisers ponied up last year, but it didn’t slow CBS from nearly selling all of its big-game ad time by last November.

MEMPHIS AREA

First Tennessee Reaches $1.9M Settlement With HUD

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) First Tennessee Bank has reached a $1.9 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, resolving allegations that the bank discriminated against African-Americans and Hispanics.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Voucher Bill Scheduled for Monday Vote in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a limited school voucher program has been scheduled for a Monday floor vote in the state House.

House GOP Elects Timothy Hill to Replace Durham as Whip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House Republican Caucus has elected Rep. Timothy Hill to succeed Jeremy Durham as majority whip.

STATEWIDE

Nashville Mayor Revokes Election Commission's Credit Card

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has revoked the credit card privileges of the Davidson County Election Commission and ordered an audit of all charges paid with tax dollars.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Plan to Spin Off Air Traffic Control Generates Turbulence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world — and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Exxon's 4Q and Annual Profit Plunge With Oil Prices

DALLAS (AP) — The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil.

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PROPERTY SALES 83 223 16,103
MORTGAGES 62 207 18,599
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 323 32,794
BANKRUPTCIES 66 187 10,687
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 86 5,172
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 75 3,848

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