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VOL. 132 | NO. 28 | Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rewrite of City Impasse Ordinance Draws Fire from Unions

The unions representing city of Memphis employees gave a rough reception Tuesday, Feb. 7, to a proposal to revamp the city’s impasse proceedings for stalled contract talks between the unions and the city administration.

Curb Market Closing Cooper-Young Location to Begin Crosstown Move

Almost a year after it opened, The Curb Market is closing its Cooper-Young location Sunday, Feb. 12, as it begins its move to Crosstown Concourse.

State Democrats Propose Eliminating the Grocery Tax

NASHVILLE – Calling the governor’s fuel-tax plan a “slap in the face” of working Tennesseans, legislative Democrats are making a move to offset increased costs at the pump by phasing out the grocery tax.

Report Measures Memphis’ Maker Economy

Memphis is a veritable “maker city,” a metropolis with a bustling creative economy of artisans and similar entrepreneurs building small enterprises around everything from technology to handcrafted jewelry to packaged foods.

Freight Farms Revolutionizing Farm-To-Fork System

Usually the concept of farm-to-fork is designed to keep locally-grown produce out of shipping containers, but one company is working with local farmers to do just the opposite.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Leadership development coach Shelley Baur will present “Creating Honest Conversations to Build Better Relationships.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Last Word: Impasse Flashback, Pot Alliances in Nashville and The Age of Etsy

The late 1970s – bell bottoms, punk rock, disco, that perpetual haze floating over those lucky enough to get the most expensive concert seats for as much as $10 each on the floor of the Mid-South Coliseum… and yes, the impasse ordinance.

Planned Parenthood Vote Draws On Political Divide

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar looked out at the audience in the commission’s chambers Monday, Feb. 6, and saw something the commission only sees once or twice a year – a standing room-only crowd with every seat taken and most there for a single issue.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

DeBerry, Tate Defend School Voucher Pilot Program

NASHVILLE – Two Memphis legislators co-sponsoring a Shelby County pilot voucher bill say the measure is one more attempt to give students more options for education.

Survey of Tennessee Conservatives Finds Support for Medical Marijuana

Conservative voters are more likely to support legalizing medical marijuana than raising gas taxes, at least ahead of using a $1 billion surplus to pay for transportation projects.

Akbari Pushes to Cut Expungement Fees

NASHVILLE – With an eye toward helping convicted felons clear their records for a fresh start, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari is sponsoring legislation to cut expungement fees dramatically.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Hold Spurs to Season-Low for Points in 89-74 Victory

No Grizzlies player scored more than 15 points or made more than one 3-pointer. The team’s big free agent signing in the off-season, forward Chandler Parsons, suffered through another cold shooting night going 1 of 10 from the floor.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Moorman Named Chief Scientist at Ducks Unlimited

Tom Moorman has been named chief scientist of Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Moorman, who will take over from retiring chief scientist Scott Yaich on March 1, has worked for DU for more than 25 years, most recently serving as head of its 13-state Southern Region.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Workplace Implications of Trump’s Immigration Ban

On Jan. 30, President Trump signed a controversial executive order focusing on immigration issues. Titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals,” the order placed an immediate freeze on all entry for individuals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan for at least 90 days. 

Happiness At Work Hinges On People

If you’re looking for a new job, I bet one of your top two priorities is finding a job you truly love. Somehow, you’ve found yourself at a job you don’t care for, and you’re ready to make a change. And you hope to not wake up in another situation where you don’t like your job. 

STATEWIDE

Pure Foods Files for Bankruptcy, Seeks Buyer

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – A year after celebrating the opening of its global headquarters in East Tennessee, Pure Foods Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Haslam Says He Won't Try to Reshape Sentencing Laws This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration won't make a bid to reshape Tennessee's sentencing laws this year.

Stomach Bug, The Flu? Several Tennessee School Systems Shut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Several school systems around Tennessee have temporarily closed because a number of students and teachers have come down with the flu or a stomach bug.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Breaks From Other Red States on Sanctuary Campuses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers rejected a proposal Tuesday to block funding to colleges and universities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities, a stance that differs with other Republican states targeting campuses and cities offering sanctuary to immigrants in the country illegally.

US ECONOMY

US Job Openings Remain at Mostly Healthy Level in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of open jobs was mostly unchanged in December from the previous month, leaving openings at a healthy level.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Confirms DeVos for Education Post

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

Trump Travel Ban Faces Biggest Legal Test Yet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – President Donald Trump's travel ban faced its biggest legal test yet Tuesday as a panel of federal judges prepared to hear arguments from the administration and its opponents about two fundamentally divergent views of the executive branch and the court system.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter Broadens Its Campaign Against Hate and Abuse

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter has broadened its campaign against hate speech and abuse.

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PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 129 800 36,616
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BUSINESS LICENSES 21 117 5,677
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 215 12,248
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