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VOL. 132 | NO. 47 | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Popular Austin-Based Burger Bar Coming to Overton Square

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a nationally recognized burger and beer joint based out of Texas, will be Overton Square’s newest tenant, according to property owners Loeb Properties Inc.

Fed: Memphis Banks Continue to Improve

Having shaken off most of the losses and other problems related to the housing crisis, new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show Memphis-area banks on the whole are getting bigger and have balance sheets that keep looking stronger.

Council to Discuss Police Retention Bonus Grant As Union Objects

Memphis City Council members review a $6.1 million four-year grant for police retention bonuses Tuesday, March 7, during council committee sessions.

Real Estate is a Way of Life for Judy McLellan

For Judy McLellan, real estate is more than a job – it’s a way of life. In fact, it’s the only life Crye-Leike Realtors Inc.’s No. 1 agent for 19 out of the last 20 years has known.

Last Word: Who Needs To Be Watched, Hopdoddy and Fresh Fed Numbers

Three Memphis City Council members on Behind The Headlines had quite a bit to say about protesters and lists and police surveillance. Council chairman Berlin Boyd and council members Kemp Conrad and Worth Morgan all say the surveillance question, which is the central issue now that the City Hall list has been pared significantly, is complex because of public postings and protests in public places.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

Memphis Black Restaurant Week will be held 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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Councilmen Draw Lines On Safety, Deannexation

Attorneys for the city of Memphis have filed a motion to combine two federal court lawsuits over a City Hall surveillance list and have them brought before the same federal judge.

Pody Pushes ‘Common Sense’ Transgender Bill Some Say Isn’t Needed

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday, March 7, restricting bathroom use to a student’s sex at birth.

Nonprofit Forum Slated Tuesday, March 7 at AutoZone Park

The city’s major corporate nonprofit funding organizations – AutoZone Inc., FedEx Corp., First Tennessee Bank, International Paper Co. and ServiceMaster – are collaborating on the second annual Mid-South Nonprofit Forum Tuesday, March 7, at AutoZone Park.

More Help Needed for Poor in Mississippi

With an estimated 22 percent of Mississippi residents living below the poverty line (the highest in the nation) and a disproportionate share of their income going to basic necessities, anti-poverty advocates and government agencies are working to make sure more resources are reaching the people that need them most.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

March 7 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Slain TBI Agent De'Greaun Frazier To Have Facility Named After Him

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier was only 35 when he was shot and killed in Jackson while working an undercover drug operation.

GUEST OP-ED

GUEST OP-ED: Working to Repair, Then Remove Obamacare

There is an Obamacare emergency in our state, and Tennesseans are right to care about the damage Obamacare is doing.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Two Highlights From the Back End of Innovation

“A Systems Approach to Creating an Innovation Funding Board,” Craig Wirkus, Cisco. Cisco’s five-pillar strategy for innovation: Build, buy, partner, invent and co-develop.

Gifts for Gifts? What is Your Practice?

As a donor, what do you want in return for your gift? A letter? Public recognition? Opportunities to meet with like-minded people? Access to the organization’s leadership? A plaque? A pen? Your family’s name on a building?

STATEWIDE

Former Sen. Douglas Henry, Longest-Serving Lawmaker, Dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Sen. Douglas Henry, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, has died. He was 90.

Tennessee Leaders Weigh In on Death of Longtime Lawmaker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Sen. Douglas Henry, a lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, died at 90 years old on Sunday.

Bird Flu Found at Tyson Foods Chicken Supplier in Tennessee

NEW YORK (AP) – Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined.

Tennessee Hiring Wildfire Victims With $5.8M Federal Grant

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials are using a federal grant to provide cleanup work to people who lost their jobs after deadly wildfires.

REGIONAL NEWS

Tannehill Becomes Oxford's Mayor-Elect in Uncontested Race

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Robyn Tannehill has become Oxford's mayor-elect since no one else entered the race by last week's deadline.

Arkansas Legislator Wants to Pack Heat at State Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Despite metal detectors and armed guards at the doors to the Capitol and leading to galleries overlooking the Arkansas House, a state lawmaker says he would feel safer if he were allowed to pack his own heat.

US ECONOMY

Business Economists Disagree With Trump on Trade, Budget

NEW YORK (AP) – A majority of business economists disagree with the Trump administration on several key issues, notably immigration, trade and the budget, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

New Travel Ban Signed; Iraq Not Included This Time

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday signed a reworked version of his controversial travel ban Monday, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shutting down America's refugee program.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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