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VOL. 131 | NO. 122 | Monday, June 20, 2016

Shelby County New Housing Market Improves in May

New home sales in Memphis and Shelby County were up 53 percent in May, with 69 recorded for the month compared with 45 recorded in May 2015. It marks the first increase in new housing activity since January.

New Elections Administrator Dives Into August Election Mechanics

The new Shelby County Elections administrator wanted to get an idea about what voter turnout will be like for her first election at the helm.

Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission

Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.

Undercurrent Hosts 29th Gathering at Loflin Yard

Loflin Yard will be packed Monday night with creatives and young professionals who for almost three years now have been gathering monthly for meetings at different hotspots around the city that follow the same format.

George Lapides: One of a Kind

Almost every George Lapides story, at least for those of us working in Memphis sports media, begins with those first impressions after arriving in town.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 47%

EVENTS

HireLive will host a sales and management career fair Tuesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 12028-21-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com for details.

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Last Word: Cavaliers, The Longer County Tax Season and The New Elections Chief

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA champs, beating the Golden State Warriors 93 – 89 in the final game of the NBA’s second season. I don’t want to hear a word about how baseball takes too long.

The Week Ahead: June 20-26

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a new headstone for one of the Beale Street Sheiks to an event to celebrate (and buy from) Memphis' maker community. 

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Believe It or Not

The Grizzlies taught Memphis to ‘believe.’ Will fans still come if the team struggles?

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

This Week in Memphis History: June 17-23

2008: The first issue of The Memphis News features a cover story on the suburbs of Memphis. Developer Henry Turley: “It’s ‘This is not the city -- county taxes, county schools. Don’t look back.’ That’s the only reason they are built, so why should they be built well? They’re not.”

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Loflin Yard Serves Up Heap of Changes

Loflin Yard, the Downtown bar, restaurant and entertainment space that opened two months ago, is adding to its offerings.

Donors Providing $12 Million To Light Mississippi River Bridges

With the Big River Crossing on the north side of the Harahan Bridge moving toward a fall opening, the city of Memphis has reached an agreement with a group of anonymous donors for the lighting of the bridge by the Oct. 22 opening of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk.

Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community

Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”

Parking Was Key in ServiceMaster Deal

Parking concerns for ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ move to Downtown Memphis have been resolved.

CHC Eyes Crosstown Move, Won’t Rush to Fill Sheehan’s Post

The Church Health Center is gearing up to move into and begin seeing patients at the renovated Crosstown Concourse early next year, with no immediate plans to fill the vacant president’s position following the departure of Antony Sheehan last month.

SPORTS

Panthers Sign OT Michael Oher to 3-Year Contract Extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Panthers are making sure Cam Newton's blind side is protected.

Cardinals Recall Kolten Wong From Triple-A Memphis

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis after a brief demotion, during which he played center field to add to his versatility.

MEMPHIS AREA

WWE Suspends Lawler After Arrest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – World Wrestling Entertainment said it has suspended Jerry "The King" Lawler after he and his girlfriend were arrested Thursday night on charges of domestic violence.

TOURISM

Orlando Tourism: No Mass Cancellations Now But Future Unsure

Experts say it's too soon to gauge whether a week of horrific news out of Orlando will hurt tourism there. But travel agents are not seeing widespread cancellations, and many travelers say they're committed to visiting.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Hackers Find Security Gaps in Pentagon Websites

WASHINGTON (AP) – High-tech hackers brought in by the Pentagon to breach Defense Department websites were able to burrow in and find 138 different security gaps, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 155 19,728
MORTGAGES 95 170 23,084
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 11 8,315
BUILDING PERMITS 200 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 50 122 13,226
BUSINESS LICENSES 14 23 6,160
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 28 58 4,900

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