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VOL. 133 | NO. 89 | Thursday, May 3, 2018

Luttrell Proposes Adjusting Down County Property Tax Rate

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is proposing a rollback of the $4.11 county property tax rate to $4.05 in his last budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission.

2018 ELECTIONS

Harris, Lenoir to Battle for County Mayor

Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris will meet in the Aug. 2 county general election to decide who will be the next Shelby County mayor. Lenoir and Harris won their respective primaries easily Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.

Last Word: About The Election Turnout, Luttrell's Last Budget and Gold Records

It turns out election turnout in Tuesday’s county primary elections was up from the same election cycle four years ago – almost 19,000 more voters – a 14.9 percent turnout if you only go by the number of “active” voters – 13.4 percent if you go with combined active and “inactive”. Yes, when last we met, I said it was a decrease from 2014. It’s not. And here is how that happened.

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EVENTS

Porter-Leath will host its Books From Birth spring luncheon, “Growing New Readers by Leaps and Bounds,” Thursday, May 3, at noon in the FedEx Events Center at Shelby Farms Park, 415 Great View Drive E. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion with Memphis literacy advocates about the necessity of early literacy. Tickets are $75; tables of 10 are $750. Visit porterleath.org.

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SNAPSHOT

Swish! Bickerstaff Nets Job as Grizzlies Head Coach

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace (right) introduced J.B. Bickerstaff as the new head coach of the team on Wednesday, May 2. Bickerstaff had served as interim coach since late November following the firing of David Fizdale.

MLK-Inspired

Community Foundation launches Next Step Forward grant program

What today is known as the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis was born out of the city’s fallout from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.

Christ Community Health Services Nears Completion of Major Projects

Christ Community Health Services is about two months away from wrapping up a pair of major projects, one of which is the completion of a renovation and expansion of its clinic at 2861 Broad Ave.

Ties That Bond

Local investor trying to rebuild North Memphis neighborhood one house at a time

Typically investors who go into downtrodden neighborhoods with the intention of making a profit from the area’s affordable housing stock don’t have a good reputation, but then again, Larry Odom Bonds Jr. isn’t like most investors.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

East Meets West as 2 Legislators Run Out of Time

It wasn’t quite a constitutional crisis, but when Reps. Micah Van Huss and Joe Towns start teaming up, something is amiss.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

FTC Frowns on Bogus Product Claims

Parents want to see their kids do better in school. Seniors want to avoid or delay the cognitive decline that often accompanies aging. People who are overweight or suffering from a serious disease hope to find a miracle treatment.

STATEWIDE

University of Tennessee Chancellor Being Forced Out of Post

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport is being forced out of her post after less than 15 months at the helm, a tenure that included a tumultuous search for a head football coach and other controversies.

New York Financial Firm Heading to Tennessee With 1,050 Jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Financial firm AllianceBernstein Holding LP is moving its global headquarters from New York to Tennessee, bringing 1,050 jobs and investing more than $70 million in the booming southern city of Nashville.

Nashville Voters Reject $5.4 Billion Mass Transit Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a plan to pay for a $5.4 billion mass transit system that called for a new light rail system, expanded bus routes and the building of a downtown underground tunnel.

Firm Looking Into Attack on Election Website in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A cybersecurity firm is investigating an attack that disabled a Tennessee county's election website.

Tennessee Sheriff's Office Raided Amid Federal Investigation

NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities raided a Tennessee sheriff's office as part of a yet undisclosed federal investigation.

It Ain't Tea, Babe: Bob Dylan Embraces Tennessee Whiskey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Music icon Bob Dylan is partnering with a distillery to make whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven's Door.

US NEWS

Black Men Arrested at Starbucks Settle With the Company

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the coffee-shop chain Wednesday for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Data Firm at Center of Facebook Privacy Scandal Will Close

NEW YORK (AP) – Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-affiliated data firm at the center of Facebook's worst privacy scandal in history, is declaring bankruptcy and shutting down.

More Businesses are Mellowing Out Over Hiring Pot Smokers

WASHINGTON (AP) – FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.

ADP: Small Business Hiring Picked Up Moderately in April

NEW YORK (AP) – Small business hiring picked up moderately last month as owners held to their strategy of cautiously adding to their payrolls.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Keeps Key Rate Steady But Notes Rising Inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday but noted that inflation is nearing the Fed's 2 percent target rate after years of remaining undesirably low.

WH Hires Lawyer Who Represented Clinton in Impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing critical decisions in the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump has hired Emmet Flood, a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 7,836
MORTGAGES 108 108 9,307
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 6 1,364
BUILDING PERMITS 130 130 16,737
BANKRUPTCIES 55 55 5,461
BUSINESS LICENSES 32 32 2,980
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 47 47 3,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 1,725

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