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VOL. 132 | NO. 144 | Friday, July 21, 2017

Violent Crime Up Locally Almost 10 Percent

Major violent crime in Memphis and countywide was up almost 10 percent for the first six months of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016, the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission reported Friday, July 21.

Haslam Touts IMPROVE Act At Interchange Opening

It looked like another day at the Interstate 40-240 interchange Wednesday, July 19, from the roof of a building by the state’s tallest interchange.

FreezeFalling … Ole Miss Coach Exits in Disgrace

A week before Hugh Freeze resigned his position, he stood at the podium at SEC Media Days, Ole Miss pin on his suit lapel, and delivered his last Sermon on the Mount.

MRG, Thomas & Betts Receive Tax Incentives

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg and Thomas & Betts were both awarded tax incentives to advance their respective projects by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, July 19.

Commission Locks In $4.11 Tax Rate With 10-0 Vote

Shelby County Commissioners closed the books Wednesday, July 19, on another budget season with approval on third and final reading of a county property tax rate of $4.11.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
77.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 85%

EVENTS

Morris Auction Group will facilitate an auction of surplus Shelby County Schools assets Friday, July 21, at 9 a.m. at 1384 Farmville Road. More than 1,100 item are for sale, including custodial and janitorial equipment; food services equipment; lawnmowers and weed trimmers; two Ford vans; and more. Open to the public; no cost to bid or register. Visit morrisauctiongroup.com for details.

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New Dixon Gallery Cafe Owners See Job as Storytelling

From the time in college when Kevin and Kristi Bush first started dating, the now husband-and-wife team of chefs who run their own local catering business were in love with the idea of food as an experience to savor – not a commodity to be consumed before simply moving on to the next thing.

Last Word: Freeze Warning, Corker on Obamacare Repeal and The Disney Example

What do you call it when you expect a lot of trouble coming from a specific direction – with a detailed roadmap -- and a completely different controversy comes in from a different direction, hits and leaves a crater. Whatever you call it, that is what happened to Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze Thursday evening. Or did it?

County Pulls Permit for New Rape Crisis-Crime Victims Center

Shelby County government is about to begin a renovation of the former Shelby County Forensic Center building at 1060 Madison Avenue to convert it into the new offices of the Rape Crisis Center and the Crime Victims Center.

Graceland Prepares for August Test of Expansion

The Guest House at Graceland has been sold out for Elvis Week in August for quite a while, with bookings even before the Whitehaven hotel-resort opened last October.

SPORTS

Jeremiah Martin: No Rest for The Memphis Tigers’ Weary Point Guard

Forget the ugly recent past. Forget the final 19-13 record and surely forget those last two games of the season – the 103-62 humiliation at SMU and the 84-54 beat down from UCF at the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Grizzlies Paradox: Get Younger, Get Older, Stay Relevant

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to walk dual trails. It is what they must do, even if such hedging threatens to constrain both their immediate and long-range future.

Freeze Resigns as Ole Miss Coach After Phone Probe

AP – Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, July 20, after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service.

SEC Hot Seat Index: From Saban to Sumlin

When it comes to Southeastern Conference football coaches, there are three kinds of seats – hot, hotter and hottest.

Vols Roster Gets Little Respect from SEC Media

It was no surprise last week when Tennessee’s football team was picked to finish third by the media in the East Division at 2017 SEC Media Days.

THE TIPPING POINT

Bobby Meeks Innovates With a Sense of Purpose

“When you’re looking for a new outcome, you’ve got to change some things up,” says Bobby Meeks as he walks a loop of the GroundFloor @ ServiceMaster, an innovation hub opened last month in the former Peabody Place mall.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

History in Our Whiskey

GOOD WHISKEY ISN’T DRUNK. IT’S REMEMBERED. Good whiskey and good stories age well. I wrote that a while back when I was hired to write a bit about whiskey. I thought about all of that on the porch looking at the night over a bit of whiskey with the dog. I was drinking whiskey; the dog was just looking at the night. We both liked the moment.

Be Boring

Ray’s Take: Sometimes, it’s tempting to try to beat the market through the excitement of stock picking or by choosing riskier investments with the promise of a higher return. It seems like everyone has a friend of a friend with a great investment story.

MEMPHIS AREA

Tests Find No Detectable Levels of Toxins in Drinking Water

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tests on drinking water revealed no detectable traces of arsenic and lead after the toxins were found in groundwater at a coal-fired power plant in Tennessee, a utility company said Thursday.

Actor Red West, Longtime Elvis Confidant, Dies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Actor and songwriter Robert Gene "Red" West, a longtime confidant of Elvis Presley, has died in Memphis.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Weekly Requests for Jobless Aid Fall to 233,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits stayed near historic lows, pointing to a robust job market.

Alexa, Turn Up My Kenmore AC; Sears Cuts a Deal with Amazon

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

The Latest: Exxon Sues to Stop $2M Fine for Sanctions Breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States punishing Exxon Mobil for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia with a $2 million fine (all times local):

Musk Says Government Likes Plan for High-Speed Tunnels

DETROIT (AP) — In a tantalizing Tweet, Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Publicly Skewered by His Boss, Sessions Says He's Staying On

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping aside from the Russia-Trump investigations, declared Thursday he still loves his job and plans to stay on. Yet Donald Trump's airing of his long-simmering frustrations with Sessions raised significant new questions about the future of the nation's top prosecutor.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Venezuela Strike Erupts Into Sporadic Violence

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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