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VOL. 132 | NO. 91 | Monday, May 8, 2017

Majestic Grille Owners to Take Over Beale Street Landing Restaurant

The owners of The Majestic Grille will take over operations of the restaurant at Beale Street Landing starting in June, the Riverfront Development Corp. announced Monday, May 8.

The Week Ahead: May 8-14

Happy Monday, Memphis! Festival season rolls on this week with plenty of reasons to get outside, celebrate and … well, be festive. Plus, we’ve got details on a couple of great concerts to check out and the (completely unrelated) reason you might hear drumming around Mud Island in The Week Ahead…

Boyd’s Move for Police Overtime Cut Has Deeper Roots

Of 10 Memphis City Council members present Thursday, May 4, for the ongoing review of the city budget proposal, half favored a move to cut police overtime and half did not.

Vining Sparks Chief Economist: Economy in Period of ‘Uncertain Optimism’

The same day the U.S. Senate sent a $1.1 trillion spending bill to President Trump – the first major legislation of his presidency which averts a Friday, May 5, government shutdown – Craig Dismuke was telling a Memphis audience how much his economic forecasts hinge on the new president.

Beyond Tax Bottom Line, County Budget Goes Deep

On a sunny and clear opening weekend for the Memphis In May International Festival, Shelby County commissioners were in a conference room with a lake view at Shelby Farms Park crunching budget numbers.

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EVENTS

IRIS Orchestra will present a screening of “Born in Chicago” Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at Malco’s Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. Live music from the Memphis Blues Society starts in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.; a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will follow the screening. Admission is $15. Call 901-751-7669 to order tickets.

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Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

Alexander: Senate Will Write Own Version of Health Care Act

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says the Senate will write its own version of the American Health Care Act that includes keeping coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Medical District Slow Rides Offer Unique Perspective of City

Despite cloudy skies and a chilly drizzle, a few dozen cyclists ranging in age from 9 to 70 huddled Wednesday, May 3, near two red shipping containers on Monroe Avenue.

ASD Loses 29 Employees in ESSA Shift

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in running the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

Tourism in Memphis Celebrated to the Tune of $3.2B Annually

Officially, National Travel & Tourism Week runs May 7 through May 13. But Kevin Kane, president and CEO of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, got a jump on things this past week.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee House Abandons Amendments Before Approving State Budget

Putting a day of acrimony behind it, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $37 billion budget plan on Friday, May 5, stripping away nearly $320 million in amendments placed on it the previous day.

Governor Signs Tennessee 'Natural and Ordinary' Meaning Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation requiring words in Tennessee law to be interpreted as having their "natural and ordinary meaning." Gay rights groups call it a sneaky way of denying same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother."

Tennessee House OKs Tightened Amusement Park Safety Rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee could soon tighten amusement park safety regulations after people were injured on rides in two incidents last year.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Business Time

Roster decisions could be a bear for Grizzlies

Had the flattering comments come from the Memphis Grizzlies’ own content producers, Grind City Media, they would have been easy enough to dismiss. After all, that would have been like what center Marc Gasol said at season’s end when stressing the importance of candid evaluation.

Editorial: Memphis Coaches Prove How We View Ourselves Matters

Sports is the all-too-easy analogy for the life of any city – let alone Memphis. Some of us immediately and reflexively respond that basketball, the city’s most popular spectator sport, is where Memphians put their differences aside and come together.

This Week in Memphis History: May 5-11

1990: Milli Vanilli at the Mid-South Coliseum. Months before the Memphis show, the duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus had won a Grammy Award as the Best New Artist, and in a Time magazine interview, Pilatus had referred to himself as “the new Elvis.”

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Developers to Put Cooper-Young Condos on Hold Amid Residential Concerns

The developers of a proposed five-unit condominium at the corner of Bruce Street and Oliver Avenue in the Cooper-Young neighborhood told residents they would ask the Office of Planning and Development to hold their application for 30 more days while they explore other options for the site.

Dream About to Become Reality at Youth Villages

Earlier this week, Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler presided over the groundbreaking of a $22 million expansion at the Bartlett campus that will result in a 148,000-square-foot center designed to enhance the treatment of the community’s most at-risk and vulnerable youth.

It’s Not Hogwash, State Approves Silencer Bill

Tennesseans who want to shoot feral hogs won’t have to worry about scaring the critters now that they have permission to put a silencer on their rifle.

Revolution Partners Quietly Growing But Holding On to Client-First Mindset

A conversation with Revolution Partners CEO Brian Fowler about the wealth management firm he and his team have been quietly growing since its launch in 2014 eventually turns philosophical, to encompass ideas like time, values, how to identify the things that matter.

Frontier Adds Nonstop Flights from Memphis to Vegas

Memphis International Airport has announced Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop flights between Memphis and Las Vegas beginning Aug. 14.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Sen. Green Withdraws Nomination for US Army Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Tennessee Tourism Officials: Visitors Up 4.4 Percent in 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee tourism officials say 110 million people visited the state last year, a 4.4 percent jump from 2015.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Yellen Says Women Still Face Challenges in Workplace

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that women have made major strides in the workplace in the past 125 years, but she expressed concern about barriers that are still holding women back today.

Punching In Past 65: Older-Worker Rate Highest Since 1962

NEW YORK (AP) – Retire by your mid-60s? How 1960s.

US ECONOMY

US Jobs Data Show Some Scars From Recession Finally Healing

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of hiring in April provided reassurance for the U.S. economy after a slow start to the year: Job growth returned to a healthy pace. Unemployment hit a decade low. And the number of part-time workers who want full-time jobs reached its lowest point in nine years.

US Consumer Borrowing Rises Solid $16.4 Billion in March

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their borrowing in March, taking out more loans for cars and school.

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PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
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