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VOL. 132 | NO. 48 | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Former US Attorney Ed Stanton Joins Butler Snow

Former U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III is joining Butler Snow LLP as part of the law firm’s commercial litigation practice group and its white-collar compliance and government investigations team. He will be based in Memphis.

Council Approves Crime Commission Grant for Police Retention Bonuses

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, March 7, a $6.1 million four-year grant from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission to Memphis police for retention bonuses.

Reappraisal Shows Shelby County Housing Market's Strength

With average homes sale prices in some areas of Shelby County reaching record highs in 2016, it’s not a surprise that the 2017 reappraisal process is gathering a lot of attention.

Iberiabank Celebrates Milestone Year With Random Acts of Kindness

From one quarter to the next, Iberiabank is typically right at the top of the list of the highest-volume mortgage producers in Shelby County. The Louisiana-based bank has eight branches in the area and has cemented its ties to the city recently with an expansion into Binghampton and the Memphis Medical Center.

Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

PRSA Memphis will meet Thursday, March 9, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central Ave. Thomas Carrier, director of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional, will be the guest speaker.  Cost is free for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at eventbrite.com by Wednesday, March 8. 

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Last Word: Reappraisal Roller Coaster, Closing the Airport Post Office and District 95

Four years ago was a very different time in the world of property reappraisals. For the first time in the memory of most, if not all, of the local elected officials looking at how much money they would have, the 2013 reappraisal of property for tax purposes didn’t grow or at least remain level. Values were down reflecting the depths of the recession and more importantly the housing crash.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Rep. Mark 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.

SPORTS

Grizzlies’ Struggles Continue in Loss to Lowly Nets

By the end, FedExForum looked like the early days at The Pyramid. The Grizzlies were losing by double-digits as the clock was winding down and fans were filing out into the night.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Veteran Attorney Bartlett Joins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee

Attorney Gray Bartlett has joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee, where his practice areas include criminal defense, asset forfeiture and federal criminal law. Prior to joining the firm, Bartlett practiced for 17 years with Ballin, Ballin & Fishman PC.

GUEST OP-ED

OP-ED: Public Records Are Your Records, So Go Search

Although governments usually give special treatment to journalists, you, as a citizen, have just as much right to access these records. If you don’t know whether a record is public or not, just ask for it. It is the responsibility of the government to respond with the exact statute if they deny you. This makes it easy for you to look up the law.

Where Are You Getting Stuck?

Whenever I meet with a new job seeker, I always ask the same question: “Where are you getting stuck in your search?” It sounds like a simple question, but it can shed quite a bit of light into what’s going on. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Winners Are Adopting Change

As I reflect over the companies large and small that I have had the privilege to partner with over the past decade, there is a theme across those who have consistently improved and grown. That common thread is a culture of receptivity to change that permeates from senior-most leadership to the front line. 

STATEWIDE

New Vols AD Currie Says His Tennessee Experience Should Help

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – New Tennessee athletic director John Currie has some shopping to do.

ECONOMY

US Trade Deficit Jumps to 5-Year High of $48.5 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit jumped in January to the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America's trade gap with China. The result underscores the challenges facing President Donald Trump in fulfilling a campaign pledge to reduce America's trade deficits.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Report Finds Exonerations in the US Rose Again in 2016

HOUSTON (AP) – The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Trump Set to Roll Back Federal Fuel-Economy Requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a key part of former President Barack Obama's strategy to combat global warming.

Uber to Hire Chief Operating Officer to Help Embattled CEO

NEW YORK (AP) – Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company will hire a chief operating officer who can partner with him to write its "next chapter."

HEALTH

Fewer Heavy Americans are Trying to Lose Weight, Study Finds

CHICAGO (AP) – Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons.

Bacon, Soda & Too Few Nuts Tied to Big Portion of US Deaths

CHICAGO (AP) – Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

TECHNOLOGY

WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Trove Alleging Wide-Scale Hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) – WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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