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VOL. 132 | NO. 66 | Monday, April 3, 2017

Wiseacre Tables Plans to Build Brewery in Coliseum

Wiseacre Brewing Co.'s plans to expand into the Mid-South Coliseum are off but could re-emerge somewhere down the road as the city administration renews discussions about a fuller renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

The Week Ahead: April 3-9

This week, Memphis marks the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination with events at the National Civil Rights Museum and elsewhere. The Week Ahead also holds a look into the science of Overton Park’s Old Forest, a chance to support cancer research with Relay for Life, and much more...

African-American Homeownership Rates Remain Low Despite Strong Housing Market

With average home sales prices recently hitting an all-time high, it’s easy to get excited about the future of Memphis’ housing market.

Pinnacle Ramps Up Investment in Memphis

Since its entry into Memphis, Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners has been slowly ramping up and investing in its presence here, a trend that has continued unabated in recent weeks.

Bartlett Weighs $60M Overhaul, Expansion of Bartlett High School

A four-word phrase that appeared on a Power Point presentation at Bartlett High School last week was when the audience of 500 people appeared to buy into a $60 million plan to reconfigure the high school campus over the next three to four years.

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EVENTS

The second series of Memphis 3.0 public meetings continues this week at these locations: • Monday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.: Craigmont Middle School, 3455 Covington Pike • Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.: Charles Powell Community Center, 810 Middle Park The comprehensive planning team will share research that has been conducted since the first set of rallies, which generated more than 10,000 comments, and seek input on specific topics to help shape priorities and goals. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule of upcoming meetings.

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Last Word: Mike Rose, Bartlett High Options and Memphis-Nashville Talk

Mike Rose transformed Memphis-made Holiday Inn from a single brand to multiple brands and a corporation that transformed the hospitality industry as casino gaming spread beyond Las Vegas and Atlantic City in the 1990s. During his time at the helm of Holiday Inns and Promus Companies, Rose was also one of the city's most influential corporate leaders with the money and ability to raise money and set terms that made possible the transformation of St. Jude into a research institution and pointed the University of Memphis in that direction as well. Rose died Sunday in Nashville of cancer.

2 Midtown Restaurants Seek to Incorporate Shipping Containers

The Broad Avenue Arts District has long been innovative when it comes to the creative reuse of formerly blighted properties, and its newest addition seeks to continue this trend.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Sustaining the Rally

Rebranding, Stubby Clapp giving Redbirds renewed optimism

Innings come to an end, games come to an end, and seasons come to an end. Yet the Memphis Redbirds are forever playing against their best selves – those grand and glorious days when AutoZone Park was new and the Triple-A baseball team competed in the highest-level pro sports league in town.

Editorial: Ending the Shell Game Of Memphis Buildings

Memphis’ tallest building, 100 North Main, is a dump – a fenced-off, red-tape-entangled, code-violating fire hazard of a dump. Its owners aren’t doing anything about it, and it’s not the only property in this city sitting unused and neglected.

March 31- April 6, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2016: A metal barrier goes up on the Overton Park Greensward, replacing orange cones used by the Memphis Zoo to mark its overflow parking area. Protesters opposed to the continued overflow parking quickly attach a homemade sign to the barrier reading “Iron Curtain” as Memphis Police keep watch over a busy day in the park for the zoo as well as on the greensward, where a reading flash mob and several rugby games are taking place.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Gannett Cuts 30 Percent of Commercial Appeal Newsroom

The Commercial Appeal newsroom got around 30 percent smaller Tuesday, March 28, as a result of cuts made by the newspaper’s still relatively new corporate parent, Gannett Co. Inc.

New Face of Memphis Animal Services Begins to Show

When you walk through the doors of Memphis Animal Services, you may not recognize the place. Euthanasia rates are low. Relationships with local rescue groups are strong. Community outreach is booming. And there’s a new director at the helm: Alexis Pugh, a fresh pair of hands for a shelter that has had a rocky past.

Malco Moving Forward With Downtown Theater

Malco Theatre’s multimillion-dollar Downtown movie theater has taken another step toward completion.

Broad Avenue Getting New Bike Shop

Clark Butcher, the owner of Victory Bicycle Studio, plans to open a new bike shop on Broad Avenue that will be a first of its kind in the Memphis bicycle scene.

STATEWIDE

Trade Groups Sue to Block Tennessee Online Sales Tax Rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is being sued by two trade groups seeking to block a requirement for all large retailers to collect state sales taxes for online purchases, regardless of whether the sellers have a physical presence in the state.

REGIONAL NEWS

TVA Seeks Environmental Comment on Nuclear Plant Sale

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment on the environmental impact of selling an unfinished nuclear plant to a company that will make it operational.

Court Won't Revive Suit Over Confederate-Themed State Flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal appeals court has blocked an African-American attorney's effort to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. He says he'll take the case to the Supreme Court.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Targets Trade Abuses With Executive Orders

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders Friday focused on reducing the trade deficit just days before he holds his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart.

White House to Share Financial Information About Top Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it will share financial information about some top staff members late Friday.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Trump Paying $25M After Judge Approves Trump University Deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.

TECHNOLOGY

Privacy Concern Raised Over Search Service on Verizon Phones

NEW YORK (AP) – Is Verizon planning to spy on its customers?

2 Midtown Restaurants Seek to Incorporate Shipping Containers

The Broad Avenue Arts District has long been innovative when it comes to the creative reuse of formerly blighted properties, and its newest addition seeks to continue this trend.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 166 4,847
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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