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VOL. 133 | NO. 146 | Wednesday, July 25, 2018

De-Annexation Plan Encounters Council Resistance

The Strickland administration’s proposal to de-annex two more parts of the city – Southwind-Windyke and Rocky Point – got bad reviews Tuesday, July 24, in city council committee sessions on their way to the first of three council votes in August.

Moves to Abolish IRV and City Runoff Provision Remain on November Ballot

After intense lobbying by advocates of instant runoff voting, Memphis city council members doubled down Tuesday, July 24, on their decision to put a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot that would do away with the current city charter provision calling for instant-runoff voting.

Shelby County Commission, Mayor Still Waging Legal Battle

Shelby County commissioners set the stage Monday, July 23, for a final showdown with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell over who represents what part of county government in legal matters.

Carlisle to Partner with Highwoods, Hyatt on One Beale

Construction to Begin in January

For more than a decade the Carlisle family’s dream of their One Beale development becoming a reality always seemed just out of reach. 

Last Word: T.O. Jones, One Beale's Launch and De-Annexation in Trouble

You might call it the final act of the MLK 50 observances around our city this year. With very little fanfare at the start of Tuesday’s city council session, the council honored T.O. Jones, the leader of the union representing city sanitation workers and the leader of the 1968 strike by those workers. Jones was a pivotal figure in the strike who soon after lost his position with the local union in the internal politics of AFSCME as the local became a powerful political symbol.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Light Rain
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 68%


Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Taste of the Garden July 26 at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Join MBG’s Blair Combest for a tasting of treats that use ingredients from the garden. Bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the demonstration. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

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Early Voting Turnout Slants to Decisively Democratic Or Republican Precincts

As the second full week of early voting got underway Monday, 6,660 citizens cast early ballots at the 27 sites across Shelby County bringing the early voting total to 39,135.


Memphis Tigers the Choice of Media to Win AAC West

For the second straight preseason, the University of Memphis football team has been picked to win the West Division of the American Athletic Conference in a vote of media. Memphis made good on last season’s prediction and played in the AAC title game.

Missouri Coach Odom’s Rant Giving Team an Edge

After a 51-14 loss to Auburn in the fourth week of the season, Missouri was 1-3 and had lost three home games. The lone victory? A blowout – and meaningless – win over an FCS team.

U of M Begins First Phase of $10.6M Athletic Facility Upgrades

Turner Construction Co. is beginning the first phase of a $10.6 million expansion and renovation of the University of Memphis’ athletic training facility on its Park Avenue campus. The project is the first segment of the Indoor Football Practice Facility, which will expand the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex by 25,000 square feet and includes the renovation of adjacent areas within the complex.


Hill Bellan Rejoins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee

Attorney Hillary Hill Bellan, who originally joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee in 2012, says she always enjoyed working at the law firm and missed it when she moved to Florida in 2014. Now she is back in Memphis and has rejoined the firm, focusing her practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce, custody disputes, child support modifications, parental relocation and termination of parental rights.


It’s Summer! How will You Vacation?

A good vacation can be one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. Whether you prefer the beach, camping, or grilling out in your backyard, down time is something we all need. Unfortunately, we’re not all getting this much needed time to relax. Can you relate?

Geofencing is for Everyone

Last week, I left my home to drive 30 minutes to my favorite retailer. Later, when I was almost home, I remembered I needed tennis shoes, and I should have gone to the shoe store before leaving the shopping center.

Choose Health Care Power of Attorney Carefully

In June’s article, “Putting the ‘Power’ in Power of Attorney,” I discussed several benefits of having a general durable power of attorney. In this month’s article, I highlight the importance of what arguably is the most important estate planning tool – the durable health care power of attorney. 


Memphis Woman Guilty of Stealing Kids' Summer Meal Money

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee woman has been convicted of stealing $162,000 from a government program that provides funding for summer meals for poor children.

A Year After Southaven Shooting, No Decision on Charging Officers

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – A year after police shot and killed a man under questionable circumstances in northwest Mississippi, authorities have yet to decide whether they will pursue criminal charges against officers involved.


Trial Challenging Tennessee Lethal Injection Method Wraps Up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Attorneys for 33 death row inmates and the state have finished a nearly two-week trial challenging Tennessee's new lethal injection procedure. A decision is expected by the week's end.

Senate Hopeful Bredesen Calls Pence Tweet 'Name-Calling'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has said Vice President Mike Pence was "name-calling" in a tweet against him, and wondered if Pence can't think of something better to say than calling him liberal.


4 Types of Goldfish Crackers Recalled, Salmonella Fears

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) – Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish Crackers because of fears they could potentially have salmonella.

For Latest in Orderliness, Prisons Look to Computer Tablets

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Allowing inmates to stare at computer tablet screens for hours each day may be just the ticket for creating calm, orderly cellblocks, prison officials say.


Drugmaker Lilly Plans IPO for Part of Animal Health Business

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Eli Lilly is planning an initial public offering for part of an animal health business that brought in about 13 percent of all company revenue last year.

Facebook Sets Up Subsidiary in China, Where It's Blocked

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is blocked in China but it's still setting up a subsidiary in the world's most populous country.

US Announces Billions to Help Farmers Hurt by Trump Tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China and other trading partners.

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