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VOL. 133 | NO. 51 | Monday, March 12, 2018

North Wastewater Treatment Plant Resumes Partial Operations

The city’s north wastewater treatment plant began partial operations Sunday, March 11 with the plant expected to resume full operations by Friday, city public works director Robert Knecht said Monday.

The Week Ahead: March 12-18

Good morning, Memphis! Go green and capture the luck of the Irish as both Cooper-Young and Beale Street celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style this week. Maybe you’d prefer to explore the universe with a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist? We’ve got details on those, plus more local happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

Dixon Loses Appeal Seeking to Restore Right to Vote

The Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court calls it a “harsh” result, but ruled last week that former Democratic state Sen. Roscoe Dixon of Memphis cannot have his right to vote restored almost 12 years after he was convicted of corruption charges in the state’s most recent political corruption probe.

Tigers Bounced from AAC Tourney; Was the Game Tubby's Last at Memphis?

The No. 5 seed Memphis Tigers opened the American Athletic Conference Tournament doing what they were supposed to do by beating No. 12 seed South Florida. Then they upset No. 4 Tulsa on buzzer beater.

Good Shepherd Pharmacy Continues Growth with new Chief Medical Officer

Whenever Dr. Amara Elochukwu discharges a patient and sends them away with medications, she always worries after they leave if they’ll actually be able to afford the drugs.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 66%

EVENTS

The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartlett Event Center, 5785 Stage Road. Roy Smith, executive director of the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council, and Roland Rayner, president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, will update attendees on the $20 million TCAT coming to Bartlett and discuss the medical device industry’s economic impact. Tickets are $20. Register at bartlettchamber.org.

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Last Word: River Crests, Tigers Post-Season and Library Shift

The slow fall of the Mississippi River begins. The river at Memphis crested at 39.2 feet over the weekend. By Friday it should be below flood stage, which at Memphis is 34 feet. The high river season here was marked mostly by a lot of watching by Memphis public works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the river and its tributaries moved into the bottom land it usually occupies at this time of the year.

Around Memphis: March 12 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants

5100 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38137 -
Accurate Communications Corp. has signed a lease for 1,830 square feet at Clark Tower, suite 2100, after considering several other office locations.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Novel Approach

Memphis Public Libraries’ next chapter merges technology, access

The smallest of the city’s 17 public libraries is also one of its most used. The Frayser Branch library is a brick-and-glass rectangle on a half-acre at 3712 Argonne St. With some modest columns and shrubs, a few planters and cinderblock lattice work, it is shoe-horned into the side of a hill in a residential neighborhood a block from the commercial corridor of North Watkins Road still dominated by churches.

Editorial: Memphis Library System Comes Off the Shelf

After decades of trying to build a city that will appeal to tourists, we finally seem to get it: The city’s future is about those of us who are here now – together.

This Week In Memphis History: March 9-15, 2018

1981: Grand opening of The Antenna Club, 1588 Madison Ave., in what had been a nightclub called The Well. The Panther Burns are the featured entertainment at the Antenna opening, with The Crime playing the following night and Barking Dog the night after that.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Lake District Announces First Tenant

It was a symbolic day for Lakeland. On the same day that the last piece of the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall was torn down, the city’s 160-plus-acre mixed-use Lake District project celebrated another milestone – its first tenant.

Smith Pens Email to Local Leaders to Clarify Position on EDGE

Greater Memphis Chamber chairman Richard Smith penned a lengthy email to Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission members Tuesday evening to clarify “misconceptions amongst the bodies when it comes to economic development in our community.”

Heir on the Side of Caution

How a 200-year-old covenant has shaped some of Memphis’ most iconic real estate

The closest and best parcel of land for a second convention center hotel in Downtown Memphis is the Mud Island parking garage. It’s a block away from the Memphis Cook Convention Center and is the first site that came up when a Denver developer approached the city last year about possibly building such a hotel.

Halfway There

ServiceMaster welcomes latest wave of employees Downtown

Downtown’s office population grew by 300 people this week as ServiceMaster Global Holdings welcomed the largest influx of employees to its new corporate headquarters in the old Peabody Place Mall.

City Weighs New Sewer Connections in Cordova, Bartlett

The city of Memphis’ policy of no new connections to the city’s sewer system for unincorporated Shelby County got the attention of local developers last week.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee to Begin Producing License Plate Honoring Summitt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee will begin producing license plates honoring former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt now that the specialty plate has received 1,000 pre-orders.

Blackburn, Bredesen Have Concerns About Trump's Tariffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and ex-Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen are concerned about President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Tennessee Fines Chemical Plant $25,000 in Hydrogen Explosion

CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee regulators have fined a chemical plant $25,000 for an explosion that shut down an interstate and put several schools on lockdown.

New Nashville Mayor to Run to Keep the Job in August

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Nashville Mayor David Briley, who was sworn in after ex-Mayor Megan Barry resigned in the fallout of her extramarital affair, says he plans to run to keep the job in an August election.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lawmaker Halts Tennessee Bill to Keep Autopsy Reports Secret

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state senator has halted efforts on his bill to make autopsy reports no longer public records in Tennessee.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Hiring Surge Last Month Pulls in Flood of New Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, amid rising business confidence lifted by the Trump administration's tax cuts and a resilient global economy.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US May Tie NATO Contributions to Tariff Exemptions

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. allies seeking to avoid the steel and aluminum tariffs approved by President Donald Trump might be asked to step up their financial commitments to NATO.

HEALTH CARE

Insurers Get Into Care, But is it Good for Your Health?

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.

SPORTS

Facebook to Stream 25 MLB Games in Exclusive Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal.

Twitter to Stream 1 Major League Soccer Match Each Weekend

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter will stream a Major League Soccer match each weekend as part of a three-year contract announced Friday.

Tigers Bounced from AAC Tourney; Was the Game Tubby's Last at Memphis?

The No. 5 seed Memphis Tigers opened the American Athletic Conference Tournament doing what they were supposed to do by beating No. 12 seed South Florida. Then they upset No. 4 Tulsa on buzzer beater.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 77 11,602
MORTGAGES 79 79 13,506
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,858
BUILDING PERMITS 96 96 24,260
BANKRUPTCIES 53 53 7,526
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 31 3,943
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 4,681
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 20 2,564

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