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VOL. 131 | NO. 60 | Thursday, March 24, 2016

De-Annexation Bill Amended But Still on Path to Passage

A state Senate committee considering amendments to the de-annexation bill pending in the Tennessee Legislature has amended it to allow for de-annexation by referendum anywhere in the state.

Expungement Fees Get Legislative Scrutiny

It’s become a rallying cry in the movement for changes in the local criminal justice system – raising private money to pay the $450 expungement fee to wipe away the criminal records of those convicted of single, non-violent offenses who have stayed out of trouble for five years.

The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers

Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.

Bartlett Judicial Races Shifted To August Ballot

The two municipal judges in Bartlett learned this week that they have races to run on the August ballot, not the November ballot they were scheduled to run on.

Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel

When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Mid-South Association for Financial Professionals will meet Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. Rene Bustamante, staff VP and assistant treasurer of global cash management for FedEx Corp., will present “How to Become a Strategic Treasurer Organization.” Register at midsouthafp.org.

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Fred’s Reports Q4 Loss, Chairman to Step Down

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. announced Wednesday, March 23, that Michael J. Hayes will step down as chairman of its board of directors on April 15. The news of Hayes’ departure came the same day Fred’s reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $3.9 million, or 11 cents per share, falling short of Wall Street forecasts.

TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery

“Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave.

Proponents of Insure TN Enlist Billboards in Fight

An effort to put pressure on the Tennessee General Assembly to consider Insure Tennessee has made its way to billboards across the state, including three in Shelby County.

SPORTS

Rudd + Bowen + Pastner = PR Nightmare at Memphis

You keep thinking the story can’t get worse, and then it does. What we have here is an ongoing public relations disaster that is the University of Memphis athletic department as it pertains to all matters regarding the men’s basketball program.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Over $20M in Construction Headed to Brewery District

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103 -
More than $20 million in construction is headed to the Brewery District.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Memphis Fights Back: Senate Poised To Do Real Damage via De-Annexation

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland makes a persuasive argument against de-annexation legislation now being considered by the state Legislature, providing a long list of figures to show it would devastate the Bluff City.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Push for More Progressive Memphis Leaders Needed

With only eight hours’ notice, the City Council passed a resolution giving Memphis Zoological Society authority over the Greensward in Overton Park. The Council, in an 11-1 vote, ignored the wishes of about 100 community members present, 35 speakers, and hundreds of emails and telephone calls. What’s clear about this vote is that power has shifted.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How the BBB Fights Scams & Fosters Trust

It all starts with trust. But whom do you trust? That’s what Samuel Dobbs, an executive with The Coca-Cola Co. in the early 1900s wanted to know as he sat in a courtroom listening to an attorney defend a claim of false advertising.

Quotation Anthologist Still Going Strong

In October 2008 I wrote a couple of columns that, taken together, set forth a quotation and then endeavored to correctly identify the source thereof. That quotation – “I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day,” attributed to one Terri Guillemets – may be found throughout cyberspace to this day.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Fetal Assault Bill Fails, Law Will Be Discontinued

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A law allowing assault charges to be filed against new mothers for prenatal drug use will be removed after failing in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Bill to Require Background Checks for Buying Guns Killed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House subcommittee on Wednesday shot down a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases in Tennessee.

House Kills Bill Requiring Rear-Facing Car Seats Up to Age 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House Transportation Committee on Tuesday voted to kill a bill seeking to raise the mandatory age for toddlers to ride in rear-facing car seats from 1 to 2.

REGIONAL NEWS

Commercial Air Service Returns to Tupelo April 5

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – City officials and Contour Airlines are giving travelers a sign that commercial air service will soon resume at Tupelo Regional Airport.

CONSUMER NEWS

March Is a Good Month to Find Deals on Japanese Cars

DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.

Starbucks to Offer Prepaid Cards to Boost Rewards Program

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it will introduce a prepaid card by the end of the year that lets people earn points for its rewards program.

Will Americans Like Blendle, The iTunes for News?

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans pay to download music. They pay for TV episodes. Will they pay a few cents for news articles to escape ads and bypass subscription requirements?

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FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 23 8,633
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