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VOL. 131 | NO. 167 | Monday, August 22, 2016

The Week Ahead: August 22-28

This week, Habitat for Humanity gets a hand from some famous friends, the City Council talks marijuana, and TEDxMemphis returns with more "ideas worth sharing." And that's just a taste of what's in store in the week ahead...

Suburban Challengers Emerge at Filing Deadline For November Ballot

Thirteen incumbents in the four suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 8 ballot were effectively re-elected to new terms at the Thursday, Aug. 18, filing deadline for the set of 30 races.

Local Task Force Prepares For Return of Deannexation Issue

You might call it round two of the deannexation battle.

ServiceMaster Holds 3rd Annual 'We Serve Day'

More than 1,000 employees participate in volunteer effort

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. held its third annual We Serve Day on Friday, Aug. 19, as more than 1,000 employees fanned out to participate in more than 65 volunteer efforts across the country.

Last Word: Bearwater's Week, Deannexation's Return and City Hall's Transparency

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife and first lady Rosalynn Carter arrived in the city Sunday for a week of work in North Memphis on the Habitat for Humanity subdivision Bearwater Park.

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EVENTS

Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden will present “Conservation of the Monarch Butterfly” on Monday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Cora Lund Preston of the Monarch Joint Venture will provide the latest updates on monarch butterflies and discuss what citizens can do to help. Admission is free for WRC and MBG members, and $4 for nonmembers. Visit wolfriver.org or call 901-219-7323 for details.

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Radio Station Plan Emerges for Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home

Aretha’s Franklin’s childhood home received another reprieve in Environmental Court.

After Successful First Year, Good Shepherd Pharmacy Focused on Growth

Not long after Good Shepherd Health opened its Memphis-based membership and charity-based pharmacy about a year ago, pharmacist and founder Dr. Philip Baker explained the motivation driving his operation. It was things like a disdain for the big markups at major commercial pharmacies, and a desire to get prescriptions into the hands of people who most need them.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Defining Transparency

Strickland’s administration streamlines communication, with restrictions

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was finally ready to tell the public who he was appointing as Memphis’ next police director – the culmination of one of the most consequential decisions he’s faced so far during his more than seven months in office – the first word of that choice didn't come via a news outlet. Nor did the mayor call a press conference, at least not immediately.

Editorial: The Vigil, the Protest and MPD’s Show of Force

Another show of force by Memphis Police at another protest.

August 19-25, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2013: First varsity football game for Lausanne Collegiate School. Lausanne beat Fayette Ware High School 47-28.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Elvis Vigil Draws Protest, Heavy Police Presence

Several hundred Black Lives Matter movement protesters massed south of Graceland Monday, Aug. 15, on the 39th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death as several thousand people gathered on the other side of a thick police presence for Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

M&A Speculation Directed at International Paper

It took just two words to send shares of Memphis-based International Paper as high as they’ve been all year.

Hotel Napoleon Joins Growing List of Unique Downtown Lodging

A Downtown property’s ample windows, turn-of-the century architecture and an interesting backstory attracted hotel developer Suna Investments to the historic Winchester Building at 179 Madison Ave.

Weinshanker: Graceland, Whitehaven Inextricable

The single largest private business investment in Whitehaven, including a $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex across from Graceland mansion, is an effort to establish Memphis as “the home of rock ’n’ roll” and to do it specifically where Elvis Presley made his home.

Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

STATEWIDE

Bivins Elected as New Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeff Bivins will take over as chief justice next month.

Bethel University Files Lawsuit Against State Departments

MCKENZIE, Tenn. (AP) – Bethel University has filed a lawsuit and obtained a restraining order against state education departments.

REGIONAL NEWS

More Signatures Submitted on Arkansas Medical Marijuana Plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Supporters of a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas turned in additional signatures Friday in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Morgan Stanley Accused of Mismanaging its 401(k) Plan

NEW YORK (AP) – Even Wall Street workers are unhappy with how their retirement plans are run.

CONSUMER NEWS

Costly Financial Fees You May Not Know You're Paying

At the supermarket, shoppers receive detailed receipts of their scanned and bagged items. After restaurant meals, wait staff hand diners itemized bills. But call out "Check, please!" to a financial services provider and the result might be a rundown of cryptic line items – 12b-1? Expense ratio? Or a passing reference to Part 2 of Form ADV.

HEALTH CARE

Zika Researchers Seeking Volunteers Willing to Be Infected

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wanted: Volunteers willing to be infected with the Zika virus for science.

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PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
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UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
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