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VOL. 132 | NO. 26 | Monday, February 6, 2017

The Week Ahead: February 7-13

There’s a lot to love this week, Memphis! The 41st annual Memphis Open tennis tournament begins Saturday at The Racquet Club of Memphis. That same morning historic Elmwood Cemetery hosts a “Love on the Rocks” walking tour featuring tragic and humorous tales of love gone wrong. And if you love the Grizzlies, they are playing the not-so-loved San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors this week. 

Brooks' and Yearwood's Memphis Stand Highlights Changes

Garth Brooks keeps score. Be it house records at places he’s played in his long career, to who has the high point on his current tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

AutoZone Joins Retail Group Fighting Border Tax

AutoZone has come out against a tax proposal from U.S. House Republicans that’s been mentioned as one mechanism for financing President Trump’s proposed wall along the country’s southern border.

Army Vet the Real Winner of National Architectural Competition

Despite gray skies and frigid February weather, dozens of camera crews and corporate executives from across the country packed a normally quiet cul-de-sac in Raleigh to watch a middle-aged man move into his house.

Last Word: AutoZone & The Border Tax, Condom Battle and Virtual Collierville High

The first overtime game in the history of the Super Bowl. Patriots over Falcons 34 – 28. And I will just point out here that on Friday, Terry McCormick, who cover the Titans for us in Nashville, predicted the general outcome with a score of 31-27. And as it turns out there is ample life after Brady-hate, Atlanta-envy and the Super Bowl here in Memphis. It includes the Memphis Open. Tennis, anyone?

Local Weather
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EVENTS

NAWBO Memphis will present “Selling for Business Owners” Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seasons 52, 6085 Poplar Ave. Shawn Karol Sandy, chief revenue officer of The Selling Agency, will share the three-point plan that builds your own selling program and positions your company in front of your ideal customers. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

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Planned Parenthood Condom Grant Issue Returns to County Commission

Shelby County Commissioners consider their options Monday, Feb. 6, on a stalled Planned Parenthood grant for a free condom distribution program.

Parkinson: Memphis School Voucher Bill ‘Unfair’

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson lashed out Thursday at fellow Shelby County delegation member Sen. Brian Kelsey, calling his pilot voucher bill for Memphis schools “insulting, both personally and professionally.”

Opponents of Gas-Tax Hike Push Alternative Plans

NASHVILLE – Amid legislative strife over Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise gas taxes and reduce business taxes, Rep. Barbara Cooper says she is inviting the governor to “sell” his plan to her Memphis constituents.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Body Count

Anatomy of a record homicide year in Memphis

A day at a time, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been writing the names of those who have been murdered in a notebook he keeps with him since he became mayor in January 2016.

Editorial: Overcoming Violence One Person at a Time

If you look at the breakdown of Memphis’ 228 homicides in 2016 and find some comfort based on your neighborhood, race or age – or, for that matter, any of the other information that defines the victims of these violent crimes – you have missed the point.

February 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1997: On the front page of The Daily News, Belz Enterprises tops out the tower of its new Peabody Place office building. Scheduled to open May 1, it is first new speculative office building in Downtown since the Morgan Keegan building of the mid-1980s, more than a decade earlier. Construction on the Peabody Place mall directly south of The Peabody hotel is to begin at the end of 1997 with an opening date of 1999.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Strickland Proposes 7 Areas for Possible De-Annexation

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

Trump Travel Ban March Draws 1,000

A group of approximately 1,000 people, including immigrants from the Middle East, Mexico and Latin America as well as across various religious faiths, marched Downtown Wednesday, Feb. 1, to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order.

Former MATA CEO Garrison Charged in Human Trafficking Sting

UPDATE: MATA released this second statement Friday afternoon:

Memphis Students Leave Their Beautiful Mark on Blighted Downtown Building

A Memphis woman is using inspiration she found on a summer trip to help transform a blighted building in Downtown Memphis, giving credence to the sentiment that one person can make a difference.

Fred’s Could Buy More Rite Aid Stores

Fred’s Inc. may end up buying more than the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s already planned to acquire as part of the merger of two drugstore chains.

STATEWIDE

General Motors Invests $47M Into Tennessee, Michigan Plants

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is investing $47 million into two plants in Tennessee and Michigan.

La-Z-Boy Investing $26M, Adding 115 Jobs at Tennessee Plant

DAYTON, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and La-Z-Boy Inc. have announced that the upholstered furniture maker is expanding operations in southeastern Tennessee.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas State University Responds to Sanctuary Petition

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas State University officials have responded to a petition that urged them to declare the school a sanctuary campus.

St. Louis Bans Smokeless Tobacco at Busch, Other Venues

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Baseball players with big wads of chewing tobacco in their cheek are now a thing from the past at Busch Stadium.

ECONOMY

Trump Inherits a Healthy Job Market, With Solid Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a healthy-looking job market from his predecessor, with the U.S. economy registering a burst of hiring in January and an influx of Americans looking for work.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Moves to Scale Back Financial Regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it's eager to help.

FCC Led By Trump Pick Starts to Reverse Obama Policies

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission often took stances that angered the phone and cable industries under the Obama administration. It's already starting to lean the other way.

HEALTH CARE

'Obamacare' Sign-Ups Show Slippage in Preliminary Report

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says about 9.2 million people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving most states.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 109 490 20,766
MORTGAGES 131 556 24,361
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 61 8,610
BUILDING PERMITS 294 1,204 42,337
BANKRUPTCIES 63 348 13,902
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 97 6,401
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 216 13,511
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 78 5,069

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