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VOL. 131 | NO. 123 | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Memphis-Shelby County Major Violent Crime Rates Rise

The major violent crime rate for Memphis rose 7.5 percent by the end of May compared to the first five months of 2015 and the rate was 9.1 percent higher than a year ago countywide, according to statistics from Operation: Safe Community released Tuesday, June 21.

Local, State Leaders to Make Lamar Avenue Announcement Tuesday

The Lamar Avenue road project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction with a federal grant.

County Commission Delays Budget Votes, Germantown School Talks Surface

Shelby County Commissioners delayed final votes on all of the budget matters before them Monday, June 20, until a special meeting next week.

UrbanArt Plans Move to Crosstown Neighborhood

The planned relocation next year of the UrbanArt Commission from Poplar and Highland to a storefront across from Crosstown Concourse is one of the bigger items on a lengthy and growing to-do list for the arts-focused nonprofit.

XQ Super Schools Reform Effort Looks at Memphis

On a dry erase board by the National Civil Rights Museum, a new education reform group in town last week asked citizens to fill in the blanks about their high school experience with a sentence that began, “I thought high school would be…”

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
70.0°F
Overcast and Breezy
Wind: from the Southwest at 23.0 gusting to 32.2 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix–Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Bradley Harris will present “‘Me Talk Real Good’: Confessions of a Toastmaster.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

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Fairgrounds Revitalization Efforts Start Slow and Anew

The Fairgrounds and the Mid-South Coliseum aren’t a priority of the new administration at City Hall.

Last Word: Budget No Go, Largest Home Sale of 2016 and Crosstown Moves

The Shelby County Commission probably has enough votes to approve the funding in the county budget the Shelby County Schools system wants, which includes $24.7 million on new funding.

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.

Kroger Pulls Building Permit for Crosstown Fuel Center

Kroger has plans for a fuel center at 1411 Poplar Ave., across from its Crosstown supermarket.

EMPHASIS Architects & Engineers

Designers Transform Old Sears Tower, Maintain Its Character

When it opens in January 2017, the Crosstown Concourse building will place users in the medical, educational and arts professions side-by-side in a 1.5-million-square-foot building.

Memphis Design Firm Tapped to Convert NASA Station Into Science Resort

Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been hired to help reimagine a former NASA satellite tracking station and Cold War outpost in western North Carolina into a full-service, $40 million science resort complete with an independent research facility and lodging.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Ledford Engineering and Planning Grows at Steady Pace

Almost 20 years ago, Kevin Ledford opened his own engineering firm in Arlington. He was taking flying lessons at the time and so he liked the idea of being near the town’s airport.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

June 21 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Important Role of Corporate Support for Nonprofits

Financial and in-kind support from businesses and corporations are so important to the life of nonprofits. Whether through event sponsorships or grants for programs and operations, businesses matter. They provide visibility, funding and talent.

Avoid Being Catfished by Phishing Scams

One of Snapple’s current commercials spoofs email scams by reimagining how such a communication would come if delivered via the telegraph in the 1860s. The telegraph operator calls out to his friends, “A prince wants to give us $20,000. All he needs is our social security number. ...We’re going to be rich!” They all cheer at their anticipated windfall as one shouts, “Horses for everyone!”

MEMPHIS AREA

Judge Orders Wrestler Jerry Lawler, Fiancee to Stay Apart

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee judge on Monday ordered famed wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and his fiancee to stay away from one another following their arrest on domestic violence charges.

HEALTH CARE

Rx Pizza: 1 Free Meal Can Sway Doctor Prescribing

CHICAGO (AP) – As little as one free meal from a drug company can influence which medicines doctors prescribe for Medicare patients, according to a study using Medicare records and recently released data from the health care law's Open Payments program.

CONSUMER NEWS

Millions Eligible for Free Tickets Through Ticketmaster

If you bought a ticket through Ticketmaster between late 1999 and early 2013, you could be eligible for free tickets to a number of events.

REAL ESTATE

10 Years After Housing Peaked, US is More of a Renter Nation

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) – It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.

For Minorities, Pain is Severe Decade After Housing Peaked

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the U.S. housing bubble peaked a decade ago, soon to burst with far-reaching consequences, the pain was particularly severe for black and Hispanic Americans.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Justices Rap Labor Department Over Change in Overtime Pay Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Labor Department must do a better job of explaining why it is changing a longstanding policy on whether certain workers deserve overtime pay.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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