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VOL. 133 | NO. 136 | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Set for July 25-28, 2019

The inaugural WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held from July 25-28, 2019, the PGA TOUR announced Tuesday. The tournament will be held at TPC Southwind and will mark the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.

Jenkins Orders Changes to Early Voting Roll Out

The day after Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins ordered a rearrangement of early voting scheduled to begin Friday, the attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission was contemplating an appeal of the ruling.

Council Discusses Doing Away With Elected City Court Clerk

Memphis City Council members discuss a proposal Tuesday, July 10, that would abolish the office of City Court clerk and divert its functions to the city treasurer’s office.

Beale Hotel, South Main Mixed-Use Top Busy Week In Development

It’s a busy week for the city of Memphis when it comes to economic development. The Downtown Memphis Commission has two of its affiliate boards, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and the Design Review Board, in action this week, while the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County is holding a meeting for its Economic Development Finance Committee.

Late Entry, Different Strategy Set Tone In Harwell’s Run for Gubernatorial Nomination

Her campaign got a later start than her rivals seeking for Republican nomination for Tennessee governor.

Local Weather
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Wind: Northeast at 9.2 mph
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EVENTS

Novel hosts a special storytime featuring “The Cows Go Moo!” author Jim Pepitas Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Kids and families will enjoy a morning of singing, dancing, stories and fun, followed by a book signing. Visit novelmemphis.com.

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Early-Voting Challenge Touches On Other Issues of Open Government

The local Democratic Party’s political and legal challenge of early-voting sites and hours is also part of a larger challenge of how decisions are made in city and county government.

Last Word: The Jenkins Ruling, No More City Court Clerk and Harwell's Quest

Making your early voting plan for Friday’s debut of the voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 election day? Well, you might want to hold off until after Tuesday morning. That’s when the latest changes could get set in stone … or not.

City Looks Broader for Shared Mobility Services

In its first 19 days of operation, the Bird system of electric scooters has averaged 1,200 rides a day for a total of 24,000 total rides an average distance of 1.9 miles and 8,600 individual riders.

Former Football Player Mario Reed Spreads Message of Never Losing Hope

It took relatively little time for Mario Reed to figure out that to survive in a life without the use of his arms and legs – taken from him in a split second during a high school football game in 1997, he would have to look inward – as deep as he could go.

EMPHASIS Green

One Phase at a Time: Epping Way Leg Of Wolf River Greenway Now Open

The Wolf River Greenway’s Epping Way leg just opened. Perhaps to those not directly involved in the project it feels like it just sort of popped up overnight. And Bob Wenner, the Wolf River Greenway coordinator and project manager, understands – sort of.

Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll

As an afternoon sun slides toward the horizon, Rajah Brown and Jon Pegg pull up in a 17-foot U-Haul truck, jump out and head for the row of 14 shiny bicycles along South Main Street.

Clean Memphis Celebrates 10 Years Of Fighting Litter, Blight in Community

Clean Memphis founder and executive director Janet Boscarino considers her nonprofit’s work to make Memphis greener, cleaner and environmentally sustainable over the past 10 years a gift because of the many neighborhood connections she’s made.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

New Beale Street Hotel, A Vehicle ‘Vending Machine,’ and New Life on Former Buccaneer Site

380 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103 -
Plans for a five-story, 120-room hotel on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale Street go to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, July 10, seeking a 15-year tax break for the $16 million project.

2018 TENNESSEE ELECTIONS: ISSUES & ANSWERS

Despite Innovative Approaches to Education, Tennessee Children Are Still Lagging Behind

During the past five months the major candidates for governor of Tennessee and U.S. Senate have shared their ideas on several crucial issues facing Tennessee. This month, in the final installment of the series, candidates address education. Early voting for the Aug. 2 primaries and county general elections begin July 13.

What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Education in Tennessee?

Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What If? Preparing For The Future

Do you know what the future will hold? How do you plan for future opportunities and challenges that may not be known and might not materialize? Is it a waste of time, or important work?

Curiosity is the Common Denominator Among Our Best, Most Systemic Thinkers

I have a question. I really do. Why have there been so few formal studies on curiosity and its immense power to create value in the for-profit and non-profit sectors? Even on most of the professional assessment, strength finders, and behavioral audits, curiosity is not codified and measured. I don’t understand. Do you?

STATEWIDE

In Tennessee, Trump's Tariffs Become a Political Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Trailer Manufacturer to Invest $3.7M, Add 148 Tennessee Jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a company that manufactures trailers for vehicles is expanding its Tennessee operations by investing $3.7 million and adding 148 jobs.

Walmart Yodel Kid of Viral Video Fame Announces Debut Album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It was only a matter of time, just a couple of months actually, before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record.

Former Bus Driver Convicted in Fatal Crash Has Bond Revoked

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge in Tennessee has ordered a former school bus driver to remain behind bars while he appeals his conviction in a crash that killed six children.

Sides Trade Blame in Tennessee Lethal Injection Drugs Trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As a lawsuit challenging Tennessee's new lethal injection procedure goes to trial, attorneys for the state and lawyers representing 33 death row inmates are trading blame.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Revises Proposal for Medicaid Work Requirement

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi is still seeking federal permission to set a work requirement for able-bodied people covered by Medicaid.

Arkansas Company to Restore Historic Jonesboro Building

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – The old building at 215 Union St. has sat vacant for decades.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Starbucks, Citing Ocean Threat, is Ditching Plastic Straws

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder.

LL Bean Gets a New Credit Card Partner

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) – Outdoors retailer L.L. Bean has a new credit card vendor.

Is it the IRS, or a Scam? Government Issues Fraud Warnings

The summer is high season for thieves claiming to be from the IRS and hoping to scam people out of their money.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Borrowing Up $24 Billion in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in a year and a half, boosted by a big increase in credit card borrowing.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Appeals Court Backs $10B Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a $10 billion settlement between Volkswagen and car owners caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal.

Jenkins Orders Changes to Early Voting Roll Out

The day after Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins ordered a rearrangement of early voting scheduled to begin Friday, the attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission was contemplating an appeal of the ruling.

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PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
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