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VOL. 130 | NO. 179 | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lipscomb’s Exit Prompts Delay in EDGE Merger

A move to merge two Memphis economic development agencies has intersected with the exit of Robert Lipscomb as the city’s Housing and Community Development director.

Roland Claims County Commission Chairmanship

Three weeks after Steve Basar was elected – and an hour later un-elected – as chairman, the Shelby County Commission settled the discussion of who would be its leader next year by electing commissioner Terry Roland.

Economic Impact Study Shows Southern College of Optometry's Reach

The Southern College of Optometry is preparing to unveil its recently acquired and rebranded mobile eye exam unit called MobilEYES.

Orpheum's Halloran Centre Gives Home to Arts Education

When the Orpheum Theatre reopened in 1984 it signaled a new life for the city’s performing arts community.

College Football Notebook: SEC Fumbles in Week 2 Action

The chant “S-E-C, S-E-C!” still lives. In, you know, a mocking way.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
66.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 45%

EVENTS

Artspace Consulting Services will host public meetings on the future of Memphis College of Art’s Downtown property Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 477 S. Main St. The public is invited to share their ideas about possible uses for the building. RSVP is recommended, but not required. Visit bit.ly/1PqezEW for details.

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Council Voting on Retirement Freeze to Stem Memphis Police Exodus

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, Sept. 15, on a freeze of the city’s deferred retirement plan that is designed to keep the police force from dipping below 2,000 officers.

Roundhouse Revival 2 Takes Shape Outside Coliseum

Four months after they drew thousands of people outside the Mid-South Coliseum, the group that organized the Roundhouse Revival, as it was called, is prepping for an even more ambitious show.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

September 15 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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

You Can’t Raise Money From Behind A Desk

Editor’s note: Part two of the two-part “Fundraising in an Imperfect World” series. What if your nonprofit isn’t comprised of people with power, wealth and influence? What if your board chair can’t pick up the phone and raise $1 million? How do you compete when you feel other organizations are supported by power-brokers and you can’t get your message heard?

US Travel on the Rise for Fall

If you’re considering traveling this fall you won’t be the only one flying the friendly skies or getting in the car for a road trip, according to U.S. travel consumer research firm D.K. Shifflet & Associates.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis Officer Charged With Sexual Battery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Memphis police officer has been indicted on an aggravated sexual battery charge.

STATEWIDE

Hearings Scheduled on Proposed Changes to Tennessee Records Laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Office of Open Records Counsel is holding a series of hearings this week about a proposal to make taxpayers pay to inspect public records in Tennessee.

Community College Enrollment Jumps Under Tennessee Promise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Administrators are heralding the Tennessee Promise scholarship program for seeming to have led to an increase in full-time enrollment at many of the state's 13 community colleges.

Tenn. GOP Senator Looks To Block Nashville's Local Hire Rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Williamson County senator who endorsed the losing candidate in the Nashville mayor's race last week has filed a bill seeking to nullify a local hiring requirement approved by the city's voters.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple: Sales for Latest iPhones May Surpass Other Models

NEW YORK (AP) — Preorders for its latest iPhone have been so strong that Apple expects to surpass last year's record, when it sold 10 million phones during the first weekend.

HEALTH CARE

Medtronic Gets Approval for MRI-Safe Heart Implant

NEW YORK (AP) – Medtronic said Monday that it was cleared to market a heart defibrillator implant that can be safely used in an MRI scanner.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 151 334 36,150
BANKRUPTCIES 54 92 11,774
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 59 5,619
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 49 4,406

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