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VOL. 132 | NO. 46 | Monday, March 6, 2017

The Week Ahead: March 7-13

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get your taste buds ready: Both Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the inaugural Vintage901 festival are taking place in the coming days. We’ve got details on those, plus plenty of other fun activities and entertainment to check out in The Week Ahead… 

State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor in Noura Jackson Case

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County assistant district attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

Heartbeat Bill Hits Hurdle

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Micah Van Huss’ “heartbeat bill” ran into an unlikely opponent this week: Tennessee Right to Life. The legislation would prohibit abortions once a heartbeat is detected by ultrasound in a fetus, usually at six to eight weeks, a measure Van Huss is sponsoring to severely restrict abortions, except in cases when the mother’s life is in jeopardy.

Ag Shark Tank Joins Memphis Farm & Gin Show

The Memphis Farm & Gin Show opened its annual two-day stay at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Friday, March 3, with something new – a business “shark tank” of sorts amidst the towering farm machinery and other agriculture technology.

Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag

The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.

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EVENTS

Memphis Black Restaurant Week will be held Monday through Sunday, March 6-12. More than a dozen minority-owned eateries will be offering $15 two-course lunches and $25 three-course dinners or other specials. The week will wrap up with Soulful Food Truck Sunday on March 12 at Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St. Visit facebook.com/MemphisBlackRW for details.

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SEC Ready to Tee Up Media Days; UT’s AD Raises the Bar

It’s almost time to kick off the 2017 college football season. And by that we mean that SEC Media Days should again be flagged for encroachment on summer.

Legal Dispute Puts Bar Louie's Future in Question

A legal dispute involving Bar Louie and Loeb Properties leaves the future of the franchise in Overton Square in question, according to documents filed by both parties with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Tennessee.

Justice Department Says Review of MPD Back On

Five months after the Memphis Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Justice Department announced a federal collaborative review of the Memphis Police Department, the Justice Department pulled the plug on the review Friday, March 3, that was to take place over two years.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Another Country

The wild west of Memphis getting some attention

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

Editorial: Memphis’ Future Needs Chucalissa’s Past

It won’t be long before we mark 200 years as the city of Memphis. Plans are already underway for the city’s bicentennial. At times like this, you might wonder about who and what came before.

March 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1892: Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart were taken from their jail cell and killed by a white mob in a lynching that prompted Ida B. Wells, a Memphis schoolteacher and friend of one of the men, to condemn it in the Free Speech newspaper under the pen name Iola. An angry mob ransacked the newspaper offices while Wells was out of the city. It was the beginning of Wells' international crusade to call attention to lynchings. She never returned to Memphis.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

SouthernSun Converting Historic Downtown Building to New HQ

SouthernSun Asset Management is preparing to convert part of a historic but long-vacant Downtown building into its new headquarters.

CRE Brokers Speculate on Future of Commercial Appeal Headquarters

When USA Today Network executive and president of The Tennessean newspaper Laura Hollingsworth came into town the day after The Commercial Appeal announced printing operations will be moving to Jackson, Tennessee, she told the staff that while no immediate plans were in place, selling the daily paper’s iconic building was certainly a possibility down the road.

Hattie B’s ‘Excited’ About Midtown Location

For Nick Bishop Sr. and Nick Bishop Jr., owner-operators of Nashville-based Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, opening a Memphis outpost had been something they’d wanted to do for a while. Now it’s becoming a reality.

TVA’s Nearly $1B Natural Gas Plant 70 Percent Complete

The view is breathtaking. The Memphis skyline glints and gleams in the midday sun. The Pyramid casts its own unique light across the distance, and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge superstructure is an elegant silver set of curves to the west, filtered through bare trees. It’s a view you need a hard hat to see from the top of the massive heat recovery steam generator at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Allen Steam Plant, under construction in southwest Memphis.

Editorial: Look Beyond the List

The Memphis Police Department has been making a list. And it doesn’t want to talk about how your name might get on there, because that is the bigger issue.

STATEWIDE

New Tennessee Athletic Director Currie Gets Five-Year Deal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee athletic director John Currie has a five-year contract worth at least $900,000 annually with opportunities for raises and additional bonuses.

Nashville Zoo Welcomes Rare Baby Clouded Leopard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A rare clouded leopard's birth at the Nashville Zoo marks a milestone that could help rebuild the mysterious Asian cat's population, officials said Thursday.

US ECONOMY

Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

US Services Firms Expand at Fastest Pace Since October 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services companies expanded in February at the fastest pace since October 2015.

TECHNOLOGY

Nintendo Switch's Big Challenge: Luring Casual Gamers

NEW YORK (AP) – With three kids and constant travel for work, John Hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" anywhere, anytime.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

GOP Health Bill: Less Government; But What About Coverage?

WASHINGTON (AP) – Health insurance tax credits, mandates, taxation of employer coverage, essential benefits. Mind-numbing health care jargon is flying around again as Republicans move to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. It's time to start paying attention.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 0 231 13,335
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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