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VOL. 131 | NO. 168 | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Memphis City Council's Pot Debate Fires Up Larger Issues

The Memphis City Council’s move to decriminalize possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana started with a mix of long-running themes about mass incarceration, the best use of police resources and the message the ordinance would send about drug use.

SCS Board To Vote on Crosstown High Charter Application

Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a special school board meeting on a proposed Crosstown High charter school in the Crosstown Concourse development.

New Voting Machines on Shelby County's Political Horizon

The end is near for the touch-screen voting machines Shelby County voters have been using for 18 years.

EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate

Downtown Office Market Picking Up, Industrial Market Could Get Hotter

Memphis’ office and industrial markets saw strong second quarters, with increased absorption and positive outlooks for the rest of the year.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Working Writers’ Cocktail Hour will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts story booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Memphis writers of all types (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, art/music writing, etc.) are invited to mingle, have a drink, and connect with other working writers. Cost is free. For details, visit crosstownarts.org.

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Last Word: Busy Council Day, Crosstown High and Local Democratic Post Mortem

There aren’t any terms yet. But it would appear that there is enough common ground between the owners of Wiseacre Brewing and the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to take what amounts to a letter of intent on the Mid-South Coliseum to the City Council Tuesday.

Boyle Investment's New CFO Brings Investment Banking Background to Post

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. has shaken up its executive staff in promoting Matt Hayden as CFO and treasurer. Hayden joined the real estate company in 2014 as part of a succession plan for Charles Claiborne, who held the position since 1983.

A1 Electrical Sparks Successful Move To Predominantly Commercial Work

A1 Electrical Contractors president Willie Frazier knows how to adapt his company’s business model to achieve success. Over the company’s history, A1 has shifted from doing only residential work in its early years to today handling 95 percent commercial work.

Snapshot: Carters, Habitat Volunteers Get to Work

Nearly 500 volunteers, including President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, have descended on Uptown as part of the Carter Work Project. With Habitat for Humanity, the Carters are building 19 affordable new homes in what will be the Bearwater Park subdivision.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Coliseum, Residency Rules Top City Council Day

Memphis City Council members talk about possible lease terms for the Mid-South Coliseum Tuesday, Aug. 23, during their executive session.

Local Democratic Party Troubles Follow Abysmal County Election Record

To those who don’t live and breathe politics, the Friday, Aug. 19, decision by Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini to decertify the Shelby County Democratic Party looks more serious than it is.

SPORTS

Former Memphis Tiger Paxton Lynch Is Already the Favorite QB in Denver

Hear that drumbeat out of Denver? It’s fans, some media, and certainly anyone with a blog, openly campaigning for Paxton Lynch to be the Broncos’ starting quarterback – at least for the next preseason game.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

August 23 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

5 Guidelines for Managing Nonprofit Funds

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Leland FaustWhat would you do if you were responsible for reviewing financial management policies for your nonprofit? What would you do if asked to vote on a change of investment firms? What questions would you ask?

Brand Essence: The Rock ‘n’ Roll of Business, Part 2

Editor’s note: Part two in a three-part series. One real power of a brand is that it serves as a tuning fork for an organization, helping them quicken strategic decisions, vetting new opportunities and making hard choices when projections are slipping away from the target.

MEMPHIS AREA

Megasite to Use 35-Mile Wastewater Line to Mississippi River

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state has given the green light to economic development officials to start buying up property rights to build a 35-mile wastewater line from the Memphis Regional Megasite to the Mississippi River.

Memphis Counseling Service Billed for $300K in Fake Services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The owner of a Memphis counseling service has pleaded guilty to defrauding TennCare of more than $300,000 by billing for services that were never performed.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Board Shifts Gas Station Cleanup Costs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Since Gov. Bill Haslam took office, a Tennessee board that enforc-es environmental rules has eased the burden of business owners to pay for cleaning up toxic spills at gas stations and truck stops.

Democrats Hit Jackpot With Tennessee Powerball Winner

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democrats have hit the jackpot with a Tennessee Powerball winner.

Thrill-Ride Accidents Spark New Demands for Regulation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW Urged to Solve Supplier Dispute as Plants Affected

BERLIN (AP) – A legal dispute between Volkswagen and two suppliers has forced the carmaker to suspend production of some models, affecting nearly 28,000 workers and drawing calls from the German government for a quick solution.

SCS Board To Vote on Crosstown High Charter Application

Shelby County Schools board members vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a special school board meeting on a proposed Crosstown High charter school in the Crosstown Concourse development.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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