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VOL. 131 | NO. 71 | Friday, April 8, 2016

Shelby County Election Commission Hires New Coordinator

The Shelby County Election Commission voted Friday, April 8, to hire Linda Phillips, a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Ind., to be the next Shelby County elections coordinator.

Medical District Stakeholders: Neighborhood Full of Potential

Some 2,500 new employees start jobs each year at employers in the Memphis Medical District, and about 1,300 new students each year start hitting the books at educational institutions there, too.

Tigers' Josh Pastner Going to Ga. Tech Would Mean Fresh Start for All

The sports business is the expectations business. Always. No exceptions.

8th Congressional District Primaries Draw 22 Contenders, 13 Republican

The Republican primary race to fill the 8th District Congressional seat Republican incumbent Stephen Fincher is giving up drew a field of 13 contenders – seven from Shelby County and four from Jackson, Tennessee – at the Thursday, April 7, noon filing deadline for the Aug. 4 ballot.

Zika Virus Confirmed in Shelby County

The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in Shelby County.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
91.0°F
Overcast
Wind: Southwest at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 64%

EVENTS

Urban Earth Garden Center will host an educational seminar on container gardening Saturday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. at 1 p.m. at Urban Earth, 80 Flicker St. The hour-long class on growing flowering plants in containers is geared toward both beginning and veteran gardeners. Cost is free. Call 901-323-0031.

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Lake District Would Put Lakeland on the Map

Before Lakeland became a city, it was the Lakeland Amusement Park. A California-based developer is bringing back that original flair with his proposal for The Lake District, a 165-acre mixed-use development.

New South Main Development Planned

More residences are planned for the South End. Home builders Hamilton & Holliman, on behalf of property owners David and Stacy Petringa, recently submitted plans for a 10-lot subdivision at 27 West Carolina.

Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

Cypress-McKellar Wastewater Leak Stopped, Cleanup Continues

A bypass around a raw sewage leak into Nonconnah Creek and McKellar Lake was up and running Thursday, April 7, according to the city of Memphis.

Pop-Up Retail Concept Housed in Shipping Containers

A local entrepreneur is looking to bring an innovative marketplace made out of shipping containers to Memphis.

Beyond The Greensward

Parking, traffic solutions reach all corners of Overton Park

If a crowd shows up some place other than the Greensward, is it a busy spring in Overton Park?

United Housing Gets $1.1M Boost From Banks

United Housing Inc. has gotten a boost from area financial institutions in recent days to the tune of $1.1 million.

SPORTS

QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain

In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.

Remember the Warriors? Yes, as Long as They Win It All

The Golden State Warriors may not break, or even tie, the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record from the 1995-96 season. By the time you read this, if it is after the San Antonio Spurs play at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, April 7, the mathematics for shattering the record may have turned on them.

THE TIPPING POINT

Daughter of Duality, Gibbs is Building a Better Justice System

Say you stole a television worth $300. How long should you be punished? A year? Five years? Whatever you answered, it probably wasn’t “for the rest of your life.” But that’s how the U.S. legal system currently treats many people who have been convicted of felonies.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Great Big Little Golf Course

OVERTON EAGLES SOAR. When the city last talked about closing the Overton Park golf course, I told my story in a column.

Student Loans: The Next Subprime Disaster?

Ray’s Take: If you Google the words “student loan crisis,” millions of hits should convince you that this is a very hot topic.

MEMPHIS AREA

Woman Accused of Embezzling $130K From Adoption Agency

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis woman has been accused of embezzling more than $130,000 from the Christian adoption agency she worked for.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House Speaker Exiles Durham Over 'Pattern of Conduct'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell is taking steps to move the offices and limit the access of state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who is under investigation for sexual harassment.

Gov. Haslam Names Wendy Long as New TennCare Director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Wendy Long as the state's new TennCare director.

REGIONAL NEWS

Contour Airlines Offers Flights Out of Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Commercial air service has returned to Tupelo after a hiatus.

ECONOMY

US Consumer Borrowing Rises at Weak Pace Again

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers borrowed at a modest pace in February for the second month in a row, evidence of ongoing caution that has kept a lid on spending this year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Refuses to Stop Airlines From Shrinking Seat Sizes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate refused Thursday to come to the aid of airline passengers squeezed by the ever-shrinking size of their seats.

FBI Continues to Debate Sharing iPhone Hack With Apple

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI has not decided whether to share with Apple Inc. details about how the bureau hacked into an iPhone linked to a California terrorism investigation, the bureau's director says.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 92 374 12,495
MORTGAGES 109 432 14,525
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 160 680 26,098
BANKRUPTCIES 53 218 8,378
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 99 4,212
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 230 9,191
MARRIAGE LICENSES 11 49 3,055

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