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VOL. 132 | NO. 65 | Friday, March 31, 2017

Bartlett Weighs $60M Plan to Reconfigure, Expand Bartlett High

The Bartlett City Schools board is considering a $60 million plan to upgrade and expand the Bartlett High School campus over three to four years. The project would be partially financed with a 14-cent hike in Bartlett’s property tax rate.

Fans Fill AutoZone Park for 'Battle of the Birds'

Cards, Yadier Molina Making Progress on Contract

During batting practice Thursday afternoon at AutoZone Park, new Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp looked up at a clear blue sky.

2 Midtown Restaurants Seek to Incorporate Shipping Containers

The Broad Avenue Arts District has long been innovative when it comes to the creative reuse of formerly blighted properties, and its newest addition seeks to continue this trend.

Midsouth Food Truck Fest Returns in May

Midsouth Food Truck Fest organizer Stanley Perrin is preparing for the May 13 return of his yearly bash celebrating food truck culture in Memphis and is hoping to outdo the attendance numbers of the festival’s first two years.

Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

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EVENTS

Opera Memphis’ fifth annual Midtown Opera Festival will take place Friday, March 31, through April 9 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The Festival is anchored by three intimate operas, all by living American composers, plus “fringe events” that include other musical performances, family events, panel discussions and more. Visit operamemphis.org/mof for a schedule.

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Anchor Office Tenant Pinnacle Bank Files $2.3M Permit

A major project that ended a decade-long speculative drought in Memphis has taken another step forward.

City of Memphis, Partners Urge Small Developers to Step Up

With once seemingly impossible projects coming to fruition like the Crosstown Concourse and ServiceMaster converting the former Peabody Place mall into its new corporate headquarters, there’s a feeling in the city that no project is too big to tackle.

MATA Route Changes, Additions Start Sunday

A total of 28 changes in Memphis Area Transit Authority routes and service levels, including three new routes, take effect Sunday, April 2.

Joyner, McCloy to Receive Dunavant Awards

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and Memphis Public Libraries director Keenon McCloy are the 2017 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Johnson Comes Back to Memphis to Lead Comprehensive Pharmacy Services

Calvin “CJ” Johnson came home to Memphis in February to take over as CEO of Comprehensive Pharmacy Services after the past few decades traveling the world, first as a part of the U.S. Army and more recently as an executive in the health care industry.

Malco Moving Forward With Downtown Theater

Malco Theatre’s multimillion-dollar Downtown movie theater has taken another step toward completion.

SPORTS

The Conductor, Mike Conley, Orchestrating A Career Year

Hours before the Indiana Pacers found themselves caught in the middle of a tornadic offensive performance from Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, there was a calm at FedExForum. As the Grizzlies went through their day-of-game shoot-around, Conley was almost still, standing off to the side and playing coach. With Conley’s history of being banged up at this stage of the season, Tony Allen was understandably concerned.

Can Top Recruiting Class, Loyalty Save Warlick’s Job With Lady Vols?

It looks like Butch Jones isn’t the only University of Tennessee coach on the hot seat. The Lady Vols’ second-round exit from the NCAA Tournament increased the scrutiny and pressure on Holly Warlick. After five seasons and no trips to the Women’s Final Four, the clock is ticking.

THE PRESS BOX

Pro Sports Motto: Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

When I joined a Fantasy Football League a few year ago I chose a team name from the depths of my soul: “I Hate the Raiders.”

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers Blast Haslam Administration for Process Toward JLL Contract

The Tennessee Department of General Services is set to award a statewide contract for facility management services to Jones Lang LaSalle, a company that already handles 10 percent of state office space and estimates a 15.9 percent savings if all higher education institutes participate.

Memphis Rep. Towns Attacks Drug Lobby

Legislation designed to make oral chemotherapy medication more affordable is hitting a snag in the form a financial reporting amendment.

Anti-Gay Marriage Legislation Fades Along With Transgender Restrooms

Anti-gay marriage legislation appears to be dead in the House of Representatives for the year. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted Wednesday, March 29, to put off an amended version of the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act until 2018. Under the measure, Tennessee’s policy would require it to defend “natural marriage” between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.

Tempers Flare in Tennessee House Over Gas Tax Proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tempers are flaring in the Tennessee House over Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to boost transportation funding through the state's first fuel tax hike in decades.

THE TIPPING POINT

SCS’ Ramírez Reflects on Time in Memphis

Every day, Shelby County educators must perform a delicate balancing act. On one hand, they must raise expectations and ensure that more of their students are college-ready. On the other, they must take into account the many barriers to academic success these kids face – things like poverty, poor nutrition, unsafe neighborhoods and a lack of transportation.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Claiming Our Responsibility

4,000, 801, 70, 24 AND COUNTING. It’s well past time to be honest about our numbers and their toll. About 4,000 people were lynched in the South between the Civil War and the civil rights movement, about 800 more than previously thought due to the research of the Equal Justice Initiative. The “about” part is significant since those kinds of statistics are more carefully hidden than proudly claimed. 

After Losing a Loved One

Ray’s Take The loss of a loved one can shatter your life. As you adjust to not having that person as a part of your world any longer, the painful grieving process can feel never-ending. 

STATEWIDE

University of Tennessee Tuition Hikes at 3 Percent or Less

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro says tuition increases will be at 3 percent or less for the third year in a row due to self-imposed budget restraints.

Voters Who Didn't Like Health Plan Still Support Trump

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In Rep. Scott DesJarlais' district, some residents are cheering the demise of the revised national health care law bitterly opposed by the House Freedom Caucus, of which DesJarlais is a member.

US ECONOMY

US Economy Grew at Steady 2.1 Percent Rate in Q4

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Something Completely Different at McDonald's: Fresh Beef

NEW YORK (AP) – Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Passes Reversal of Obama Rule for Cities, Counties

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has sent to President Donald Trump legislation to scrap a regulation encouraging cities and counties to set up retirement savings plans for some private-sector workers.

White House Vows to Fight Latest Ruling Blocking Travel Ban

HONOLULU (AP) – A U.S. judge in Hawaii is keeping President Donald Trump's travel ban on hold while the state's lawsuit works its way through the courts, the latest defeat for the government after it pushed for a freeze on the nation's refugee program to go forward.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter Eases 140-Character Limit in Replies

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

MATA Route Changes, Additions Start Sunday

A total of 28 changes in Memphis Area Transit Authority routes and service levels, including three new routes, take effect Sunday, April 2.

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PROPERTY SALES 52 374 8,123
MORTGAGES 52 433 9,632
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 103 1,461
BUILDING PERMITS 218 906 17,513
BANKRUPTCIES 45 252 5,658
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 143 3,091
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 24 152 3,402
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