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VOL. 131 | NO. 152 | Monday, August 1, 2016

The Week Ahead: August 1-7

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first week of August and last week before the kids return to school, so try to enjoy it. Here are just a smattering of recreational outings planned this week at venues like the Metal Museum, Levitt Shell and on Broad Avenue, in addition to more official events on the agenda. And don’t forget to vote on Thursday; it’s your civic duty. 

Early Voter Turnout Tops 43,000 In Shelby

Early voter turnout in advance of Thursday’s election day in Shelby County was lower than it was for the same election cycle in 2012 but higher than it was in 2008.

Left Turns at Union and McLean Debut

Traffic signals aren’t normally an event. But then again, Union Avenue traffic can be its own event on a daily basis.

Locally Produced Drink Concept Memfizz Expanding Around City

The owners of Otherlands Coffee Bar didn’t realize at first they had a hit on their hands, one with wider commercial potential.

Last Word: Early Vote Turnout Numbers, The Starbucks Factor and New Blue Collar

Monday is the day. So is Thursday. Thursday is election day and Monday is the first day you can turn left on Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard.

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EVENTS

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Coloring Between the Wines on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Unwind and color adult coloring books from Thunder Bay Press while enjoying wine and snacks. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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After Receiving Prestigious Award, Juice Plus+ Founder Jay Martin Speaks on Volunteerism

Recently, Juice Plus+ founder and president Jay Martin received the 2016 Ballington and Maud Booth Award from Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and oldest human service charities.

Center’s Youth-Police Workshops Hit the Core of Juvenile Justice

At the Mitchell Community Center, a group of children get handcuffed. The rest of the summer camp students in the room giggle.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Blue-Collar High School

An emerging strategy for growing Memphis' middle class would change the role and length of high school

For all of the changes in public education Memphis has seen in the past six years, there is at least one more big one still on the way.

Editorial: Six-Year High School Model is Promising

The real test of an economic development strategy is how well it holds up when the economy takes a downturn and more people begin losing their jobs.

July 29-Aug. 4, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton is shot and killed in the 4800 block of Summerlane Avenue in Parkway Village after fighting with a passenger in a car parked illegally on the block. Bolton is shot several times and dies later of his wounds at Regional Health One. A neighbor finds Bolton and using Bolton’s radio calls for help. Bolton is believed to have interrupted a drug deal in the car and police name Tremaine Wilbourn, a just released bank robber, as the suspect.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area

The official planning phase has begun for the much anticipated $33 million University of Memphis land bridge, which will safely connect two sides of the university that are currently split by the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Southern Avenue.

Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut?

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

Gannett Plans Restructure of Commercial Appeal Newsroom

The union that covers newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal has begun the process of formally challenging a new series of cost-cutting and efficiency measures in the works at the paper, comparing the moves to “The Hunger Games.”

Left Turns Coming to Union-McLean Intersection

The 30,000 drivers a day on the Midtown stretch of Union Avenue will be able to make left turns from Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard starting Aug. 1.

‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’

New angel investment network launches to let women consider and fund business ideas

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Drops $150K Into PAC for Tennessee Legislative Races

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has opened his wallet for state legislative campaigns throughout the state.

REGIONAL NEWS

Dollar General Moving Into Former Wal-Mart Express Stores

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Dollar General has bought 41 former Wal-mart Express stores in 11 states for an undisclosed sum.

Childhood Home of Former President Bill Clinton to Reopen

HOPE, Ark. (AP) — The home in Hope where former President Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life is set to reopen following a Christmas Day fire.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US GDP Grows a Weak 1.2 Percent in Second Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.

US Regulators: Still Heavy Risk in Big Bank Loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say risk remains heavy in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, though lending standards have improved.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 405 5,939
MORTGAGES 141 492 7,092
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 85 1,115
BUILDING PERMITS 161 1,006 12,591
BANKRUPTCIES 43 259 4,347
BUSINESS LICENSES 49 184 2,363
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 160 2,540
MARRIAGE LICENSES 31 108 1,235

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