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VOL. 132 | NO. 50 | Friday, March 10, 2017

Memphis Airport Launches 'I Fly MEM' Contest

Through March 17, travelers at Memphis International Airport will have chance to win two round-trip tickets to Toronto, Canada,  which is the hub of Memphis’ newest addition, Air Canada.

Party at the Plaza Kicks Off Shiny New Artwork

It’s hard to miss Cat Pena’s nearly 200-foot shiny blue testament to urban revitalization, but that didn’t stop the Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission from holding Party at the Plaza Thursday, March 9, to officially kick off the yearlong art installation.

Land Use Control Board Nixes Downtown Street Closure

A developer’s plan to close a Downtown street was shot down by the Land Use Control Board on Thursday, March 9.

Shelby County Home Sales Prices Rise in February

Warm weather in February correlated with a real estate market that is heating up as home sales prices in Memphis and Shelby County continue to climb in 2017.

Local Mortgage Market Flat in February

Shelby County’s mortgage market had something of a Goldilocks’ porridge moment in February – neither hot nor cold, but essentially on par with where things stood one year earlier.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
79.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

The Southern Women’s Show will be held Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The show will feature shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, and an appearance by Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit southernshows.com for details and advance discount tickets.

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African Art Begins Transition at Brooks Museum

For many visitors to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the museum’s African art collection has been a modest display of traditional African art symbolized by a grouping of large masks on a plain wall.

Last Word: Voucher Movement, The Battle of Pontotoc and Ch-Chandler Numbers

Republican state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown had a very good week in the state capitol this week. His school voucher bill got unanimous votes in House and Senate committee this week despite a tide of opposition from local elected officials and leaders including fellow legislators in the Shelby County delegation and all seven public school districts in Shelby County including the six suburban school systems.

Bonner, Lane Line Up Early for 2018 Sheriff’s Race

The Shelby County Democratic Party was disbanded last year, but there is already a Democratic contender for Shelby County sheriff in the 2018 elections.

Mama Gaia Announces Crosstown Concourse Opening

Mama Gaia, a fast-casual dining concept offering organic vegetarian menu options, is the first restaurant in Crosstown Concourse to open its doors and has set its grand opening for March 25.

SPORTS

Late in the Season, Grizzlies Still Seeking Consistency, Chemistry

Players and coach David Fizdale have had some, well, interesting things to say in the wake of that dreadful 122-109 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets. But this isn’t about one game, one lineup change or even one quote from Fizdale that at times has been taken out of context.

The Press Box: Expectations Belong to Every Coach – Even Tubby

He arrived as the future Hall-of-Fame coach with a national championship on his resume and a fresh Coach-of-the-Year Award from taking Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament.

New AD Bad News for Struggling Vol Coaches

The hiring of John Currie as the University of Tennessee’s athletics director conveys a number of messages. One of them: Butch Jones is officially on the clock.

What a Strange Twist of Events in Hiring of Currie

John Currie is the new athletics director at the University of Tennessee. Has it sunk in yet? Currie, previously the athletic director at Kansas State, was introduced last week by new UT chancellor Beverly Davenport during a ceremony featuring fans, boosters, coaches and, of course, former Tennessee and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Kelsey’s School Voucher Bill Faces Legislative Showdown

NASHVILLE – A showdown is looming over a pilot voucher program targeting Shelby County Schools after the legislation moved out of Senate and House panels this week with unanimous votes.

Land Use Control Board Nixes Downtown Street Closure

A developer’s plan to close a Downtown street was shot down by the Land Use Control Board on Thursday, March 9.

'Heartbeat Bill' Put Off a Year

NASHVILLE – Legislation outlawing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected is being postponed until 2018, but a House panel voted Wednesday to restrict abortions after the 20th week, a shift from the 24-week period defining “viability.”

Tennessee House Votes to OK Fundraising Before Veto Override

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House has passed a bill seeking to allow lawmakers to start raking in campaign cash while they wait for a veto override session.

Tennessee Senate Changes Bill That Was Deemed Discriminatory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee senators have watered down and passed legislation that critics still deem discriminatory.

THE TIPPING POINT

Miller Strengthens Neighborhoods in Medical District

Though you may not have noticed, one of Memphis’ districts is being thoughtfully enhanced, one project at a time.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Keep Your Finances on Track

Ray’s Take Not being careful about precisely where your money is going can leave you struggling to pay for necessities like groceries now and retirement later. Taking just a small amount of time to do some tasks now can lead to big financial wins all year long – and into the future.

How Cool is That?

COOL ON CAMERA. In an earlier column, I recalled that Meg Ryan once walked by my house when I was on the porch and waved. After all, she and Dennis Quaid lived right down the street.

STATEWIDE

Trump to Visit Nashville Next Week for Campaign Rally

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Donald Trump has scheduled another campaign rally, this time in Nashville, Tennessee.

Audit: Ex-Lawmaker Failed to Report $36K in Contributions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Registry of Campaign Finance has informed expelled state Rep. Jeremy Durham that he faces potential fines for failing to report more than $36,000 in contributions and more than $51,000 in expenditures.

MEDIA

3 Gannett Papers Moving to 3-Day-a-Week Print Editions

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP)Two Gannett Co. daily newspapers in Louisiana and one in Mississippi have announced plans to publish their print editions three days a week, beginning April 5.

RETAIL

RadioShack Files for Second Bankruptcy in 2 Years

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over two years, putting the future of the nearly 100-year-old electronics retailer in doubt.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Administration Announces Steps to Avoid Debt Default

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is letting Congress know that it will begin taking steps next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt.

IRS Strikes Back as Agents Make Big Dent in Identity Theft

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 97 140 16,020
MORTGAGES 95 145 18,537
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 323 323 32,794
BANKRUPTCIES 65 121 10,621
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 58 5,144
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 38 90 11,307
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 60 3,833

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