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VOL. 132 | NO. 82 | Tuesday, April 25, 2017

County Commissioner Justin Ford Charged With Domestic Violence

Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford was arrested by Memphis Police Sunday, April 24, on a felony charge of domestic violence assault and a false imprisonment charge.

Bill Approved to Open Officer-Involved Shooting Death Cases to the Public

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday, April 24, requiring records about officer-involved shooting deaths be open to the public.

House Concurs on Gas Tax Senate Version, Sends to Haslam For Signature

Wrapping up wide-ranging legislation that dominated the opening year of the 110th General Assembly, the House concurred Monday with the Senate’s IMPROVE Act, inserting a $7 million measure to increase property tax breaks for veterans.

Grizzlies Understand They Need to Improve to Win Game 5

The Grizzlies’ Game 4 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs produced plenty of memorable moments. From Mike Conley’s 35 points and game-tying floater at the end of the fourth quarter to rookie Andrew Harrison’s come-from-behind block of Patty Mills by the rim to Marc Gasol’s game-winning shot over LaMarcus Aldridge.

Last Word: Game Day In San Antonio, Gas Tax Compromise and Democrats Talk

Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford is out on bond after being charged Monday with domestic violence assault and false imprisonment. And the Shelby County Commission does not appear to have a precedent for taking any kind of action until the charges are resolved one way or another although commission chairman Melvin Burgess is exploring that with attorneys.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
50.0°F
Fair
Wind: from the Northwest at 13.8 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden continues its 2017 Vine to Wine wine-tasting series Tuesday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. This month’s tasting, called “Conserve Water… Drink More Wine!” celebrates Earth Day with eco-friendly and biodynamic wines. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/winetastings for details. 

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UTHSC Leads Diabetes-Focused Study

Working with a coalition of Memphis-area primary care doctors, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is gearing up for a program that tests a novel idea for helping African-American adults diagnosed with diabetes better manage their disease.

REAL ESTATE

Boyle Investment Fund Sells Germantown Village Square for $29.3M

A Boyle Investment Co. real estate investment fund has sold Germantown Village Square to PEBB Enterprises, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Florida, for $29.3 million.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Parkinson Calls for Elimination of Achievement School District

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson is renewing his call for an end to the Achievement School District amid revelations a charter school operator hired a convicted felon to run Lester Prep.

EMPHASIS Law Week

Law Week Honors Memphis' Legal Community

Law Week is a tradition that celebrates local legal professionals and continues the dialogue about law and justice issues in the Memphis community at large.

'Fragile Fortress'

Judges, attorneys discuss judicial independence

When former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey spoke at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in April on the concept of judicial independence and the reality of judicial criticism, he came with some criticism of his own of the judiciary.

Third-Party Litigation Financing Grows Into Popular, High-Stakes Trend

Two decades ago, commercial third-party litigation financing was as small and uncommon as to be “negligible,” in Charles Agee’s words. Maybe $100 million in such funding per year.

NST Looks to Cultivate Young Litigators With Memphis Law Scholarship

Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz PLC, the largest plaintiff-based law firm in Tennessee, is looking to cultivate the next generation of litigators.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Council to Consider Plans, Raises, ‘Basics’ in Strickland's Budget

In his second budget presentation as Memphis mayor Tuesday, April 24, expect Jim Strickland to continue to talk about city government being “brilliant at the basics.”

Memphis Democrats Prepare To Reorganize

Shelby County Democrats hope to have the local party up and running by the Fourth of July. The Shelby County Democratic Party was disbanded by the Tennessee Democratic Party in August after two disastrous county election cycles for the Democratic slate and increasing dysfunction by the local party’s executive committee.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

April 25 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Choosing a Donor Management System, Part One

Technology makes the world go ’round. And that includes the world of fundraising. The complaints related to fundraising technology are many and varied. Some people complain they can’t produce “simple” reports requested by management. Others are vexed by the standalone nature of a product. Integrating with accounting is a common complaint, as is the frustration that arises when trying to reconcile fundraising data with that recorded by accounting. A common question – with a complex answer – arises: “What type of donor database should we be using?” 

Using Customer Reviews as Consumer Insights

Many companies waste some of their most valuable, intimate customer data. They may hire a firm or a few internal people to deliver responsive customer service and respond to online reviews and questions. However, they tend to neglect this treasure trove of field data for insights on how to improve their business or innovate on a new set of needs. 

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Teacher Planned to Take 15-Year-Old Girl to Mexico

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Court documents say a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and driving her to California had planned to take the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run.

Republican Bill Lee Joining Tennessee Governor's Race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Franklin businessman Bill Lee says he's jumping into the Tennessee governor's race.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi State to Lead Major Drone Research Project for US Government

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi State University officials say the school will lead a ma-jor research and development project involving drones.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Nearing 100 Days, Trump Says His Presidency is 'Different'

WASHINGTON (AP) – For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.

US Treasury Secretary: Tax Cuts Won't Raise Budget Deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the administration's tax reform will generate so much economic growth that the budget deficit will be held in check.

AGRIBUSINESS

Farmers Fear Losing Immigrant Workers Under Trump Crackdown

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Court Delays Action on Rules Cutting Power Plant Pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has granted a request from the Trump administration to delay a decision on Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

At Least Global Warming May Get Americans Off the Couch More

WASHINGTON (AP) – Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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