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VOL. 131 | NO. 187 | Monday, September 19, 2016

The Week Ahead: September 19-25

Happy Monday, Memphis! September is rolling right along, and you can get rolling too with a pair of scenic bike rides (and you might learn something too). Details on those, plus Repair Days, Mid-South Pride Festival, and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

Eclectic Eye Co-Founder: A Small Business Has to Start Somewhere

Robbie Johnson Weinberg has a great appreciation for FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and other large corporations based in Memphis. But when she’s traveling, the co-founder of Eclectic Eye always likes to check out the small businesses in other cities – everything from a neighborhood pub to the “funky comic book store.”

Baptist Brings New Specialists On Board

Baptist Memorial Health Care has added a trio of new specialists to its ranks, welcoming a new pediatric intensivist, a surgeon and a pediatric gastrointestinal specialist.

Local Teachers Receive Training in ‘Culturally Responsive’ Teaching

In the weeks before school began, every teacher and staff member at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School went through a new training.

Last Word: Gas Prices, Hotels and Airbnbs and Dicamba Drift

How is your gas tank doing as the work week begins? If you are running on fumes you will probably also notice a dramatic hike in gas prices at the pump very shortly.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southwest at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 40%

EVENTS

University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will present “Opening Night at the Scheidt” on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Ave. The school is partnering with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, IRIS, Concerts International and the Chamber Music Society of Memphis to preview the upcoming classical music concert season. Admission is free; reservations required. Call 901-678-2541.

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Several Whitehaven Subdivisions Making a Comeback

David Walker, founder of Vision to Reality LLC, has relaunched the development of several Whitehaven subdivisions, including Emerald Estates, Diamond Estates and Ruby Estates situated between Horn Lake and Weaver roads just south of West Holmes Road.

Templeton Compares Notes on Dicamba Drift Problems

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton joked with a Memphis group last week during a visit to the city that pigweed gets called hogweed when it becomes a real problem for farmers.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Hospitable Market

Memphis hoteliers enjoying strong performance, healthy development pipeline

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

Editorial: Sister Constance’s Dilemma

Sometime before fall arrives by the calendar, nine people – six children and three adults – will be eulogized and buried. A seventh child was removed from life support this week and will be allowed to die.

September 16-22: This week in Memphis history

1976: Solomon Alfred, described in The Daily News “Dining Out” column as a “restaurant, club and pinball emporium” has been open since May on the northeast corner of Madison and Cooper in Overton Square. It is owned by The Grove Inc., a Little Rock-based corporation.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

$11M Theater Planned for Crosstown Concourse

A 450-seat theater on the Crosstown Concourse campus will attract national acts and boost the local arts scene.

Germantown Moves on New School Site South of Poplar

The city of Germantown is moving toward a contract on 33 acres of land south of Poplar Avenue for a new elementary school.

Memphis Drawing More Out-of-Town Retailers

Second- and third-tier retail markets are seeing a resurgence nationally, and Memphis’ own economic recovery is garnering attention from out-of-town retailers.

Sunkara Keeps Memphis Companies on the Cutting Edge

Sridhar Sunkara knows the challenges that small-business owners face. He is one.

Experts: Businesses Should Prepare A Plan For New Overtime Rules

The clock is ticking until new U.S. Department of Labor overtime wage regulations go into effect Dec. 1, and local experts say affected companies, large and small, that haven’t started preparing should begin doing so immediately.

MEMPHIS AREA

Figures Show Metro Memphis' Poverty Rates Decline

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Figures show metropolitan Memphis is no longer the nation's poorest large metro area following a drop in the local poverty rate last year.

REGIONAL NEWS

Pipeline Shutdown in Alabama Could Send Gas Prices Higher

DALLAS (AP) – Motorists in the Southeast and East could pay more for gasoline in coming days because of the shutdown of a leaking pipeline in Alabama.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Panel to Probe Wells Fargo Opening of Accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House panel is starting an investigation of Wells Fargo amid a growing scandal over its opening of millions of unauthorized accounts.

FAA Contemplating Whether Millions of Drones Will Fill Skies

WASHINGTON (AP) – So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future.

ECONOMY

Americans Take on More Mortgage Debt as Housing Recovers

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans are buying houses and taking on mortgage debt at a time when higher home prices are also boosting their ownership stakes.

US Consumer Prices Ticked Up 0.2 Percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent in August as a surge in medical care offset flat readings for food and energy.

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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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