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VOL. 131 | NO. 47 | Monday, March 7, 2016

Sports Notebook: Tigers End With Win, Suns Beat Grizzlies

A laugher. The University of Memphis basketball team hasn’t had many of those this season, but they got one to end the American Athletic Conference schedule with an 83-53 victory at East Carolina.

Kentucky-Bred Alex Castle Brewing Up Memphis Inventions

Alex Castle, head distiller at Old Dominick Distillery, will be responsible for Memphis’ only brand of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon when the Downtown facility is up and running later this year.

The Week Ahead: March 7-13

How was your weekend, Memphis? In a few short days it’ll be time to “spring forward” – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, check out our weekly roundup of area happenings, from a discussion with local changemakers to the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week…

County Commission Weighs Referendum Lifting Term Limits

At the first Shelby County Commission meeting since the March primary elections, commissioners will consider a move to eliminate all term limits for elected county officials.

Regions Brings New Format, Technology to New Branches

When Regions Bank holds the grand opening for its new Downtown branch at 88 Union Ave. on March 17, one of the things on display will be a vision of what Regions sees as the future of banking.

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EVENTS

Carriage Crossing Restaurant Week will be held through Thursday, March 6-10, in The Shops at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Diners at participating restaurants (Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Firebirds, Hickory Tavern and STIX) can enjoy $40 prix fixe menus that include an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for two. Reservations recommended. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com to preview menus.

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Last Word: Weekend on the Greensward, Huey's Graffiti Wall and Look Out Lynchburg

The first weekend since the Memphis City Council vote on the Overton Park Greensward was an eventful one on the greensward.

Strickland Backs MATA's Cost-Neutral Plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is backing the plan by the Memphis Area Transit Authority to make some short-term adjustments to its route system later this year.

Best-in-Class Retailers to Join Nordstrom Rack in East Memphis

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Green Sword

Overton Park Greensward controversy takes a new direction as spring approaches

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

Editorial: Greensward Controversy Enters New Chapter

Even if you agree with the Memphis City Council’s decision on the Overton Park Greensward, you should have reservations about how the council went about this.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Poplar Opens Up

Sears, Kroger, Eastgate tenant to close

The prized retail stretch of Poplar Avenue between Perkins Road and Interstate 240 is shaking up in a way the area hasn’t seen in several decades. Within the next two years, more than 230,000 square feet will be made available in what has historically been a tight trade area.

Nordstrom Rack to Open In East Memphis

After months of speculation, Nordstrom Rack has confirmed plans to open in Memphis.

The Haven

The success of Whitehaven High School and how to spread it

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

Mud Island Management Search Narrows to Two

A committee reviewing proposals to manage the Mud Island River Park has narrowed the field of four contenders down to two.

Council Approves Zoo Control of Overton Greensward Section

Memphis City Council members voted 11-1 Tuesday, March 1, to grant the Memphis Zoo control of the northern part of the Overton Park Greensward.

REGIONAL NEWS

Grammy Museum Opens in Mississippi Delta

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) – The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles opened Saturday in the Mississippi Delta, cradle of the blues.

CONSUMER NEWS

US Investigates 420,000 Ford F-150s for Brake Failure

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government is investigating complaints that the brakes can fail on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, one of the most popular vehicles in the nation.

ECONOMY

Strong US Job Growth in February Helps Dispel Recession Fears

WASHINGTON (AP) – A robust February jobs report showcased a resilient U.S. economy just as fears of a new recession had begun to surface.

US Trade Gap Widens to $45.7 Billion in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit rose in January as American exports fell for a fourth straight month, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Obama Cheers Economy as 'Pretty Darn Great'

WASHINGTON (AP) – Once reluctant to hype the U.S. economy's slow climb out of recession, President Barack Obama now is in cheerleader mode.

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PROPERTY SALES 82 82 19,655
MORTGAGES 75 75 22,989
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 8,304
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 40,167
BANKRUPTCIES 72 72 13,176
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 9 6,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 30 4,872

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