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VOL. 132 | NO. 175 | Monday, September 4, 2017

The Week Ahead: Sept. 4-10

Hello, Memphis – and Happy Labor Day! Hopefully the promise of an exciting football season and Memphis Redbirds playoff games will help ease you back into work mode after the three-day weekend. Both are in store – along with Goat Days and much more – in The Week Ahead...

Education Expert Cites Need for Preschool Access, Higher Teacher Pay

Education research continues to show that early intervention sets the foundation for students’ future academic success. On Friday, Memphis’ Hutchison School hosted nationally acclaimed education researcher Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden for a talk titled "How Critical Is a Strong Early Childhood Education.”

Whitehaven Boom Gets Arena Catalyst

As she looked across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the parking lot of the new Tri-State Bank headquarters at Elvis Presley and Farrow Road last week, Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson took in the view of the new five-bay retail strip and looked north at another new strip soon to come online, and talked about a third in the works.

Tennessee Changes Course on DACA Opposition

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced Friday, Sept. 1, that the state of Tennessee is dropping its legal challenge of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA – program created by executive order during the Obama administration.

Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust to Stay in Capitol

The Tennessee Capitol Commission blocked Gov. Bill Haslam’s request Friday, Sept. 1, to move the embattled Nathan Bedford Forrest bust out of the State Capitol to the Tennessee State Museum.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
60.0°F
Fair
Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 62%

EVENTS

The 2017 Delta Fair & Music Festival continues through Sept. 10 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Enjoy live music, festival food, carnival rides, a petting zoo and special events like lawnmower races and the “redneck yacht pull.” Visit deltafest.com for hours and tickets.

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REAL ESTATE RECAP

Financial Services Firm Takes Floor in Clark Tower

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall. 

SPORTS

Tigers Deliver Victory in Wind and Rain

Tigers kick returner Tony Pollard let the ball settle into his hands. Do not take that part for granted. This was at the start of the second half Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. And not to say there was a lot of water, but at one point the Cajun Navy probably could have sailed areas of the stadium concourse.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Raising The Ceiling

Inside the program and out, more expected from Memphis football

Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.

Editorial: Making the Case For Memphis Disorientation

It can be a bit disorienting. Gateways – Bicentennial, Overton Park, even Binghampton. There’s that second convention center hotel. And Heartbreak Hotel in Whitehaven gives way to a $40 million, 6,000-seat arena that is most certainly not in Midtown or Downtown.

September 1-7, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2016: The formal opening of Heart of the Park improvements at Shelby Farms Park. The $70 million project includes an expansion of the 52-acre Patriot Lake to create the 80-acre Hyde Lake, the addition of 300 more trees to the park’s landscape, a new visitors center and an event center with a restaurant, and a new entrance to the park further east of Farm Road.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Downtown Lounge Owner Jazzes Up South Main Restaurant

After making a name for himself as a popular bartender in Downtown Memphis, Daniel Masters struck out on his own and opened his first bar, The Silly Goose, at the age of 28.

Sneed Insurance Takes Aim at Growth Under Third-Generation Owner

In March, Tommy Sneed Jr. bought out his father, three uncles and an aunt, and became the owner of 60-year-old Sneed Insurance.

Professionalism & Charm

After 30 years, Meredith McDonald still passionate about real estate

Entering the upscale offices of Doug Carpenter + Associates on South Main, veteran residential real estate agent Meredith McDonald radiates Southern charm and professionalism.

New Cooper-Young Apartments Receive Green Light

A contentious apartment complex slated for the heart of the Cooper-Young Historic District is moving forward after receiving the green light from the Memphis & Shelby County Board of Adjustment. But the board’s approval of the project Wednesday, Aug. 23, wasn’t a quick process.

Frazer Asks the Right Questions at AutoZone

Arrival at AutoZone’s Downtown headquarters feels a bit like entry at airport departure gates. A security guard records the name and destination of a visitor, scans her driver’s license, then notifies the person she’s here to see: Preston Frazer, vice president of loss prevention and safety.

STATEWIDE

Knoxville OKs $5M Upgrades to Expand Music, Event Space

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee city will spend a combined nearly $5 million for upgrades to its former convention center and the site of the 1982 World's Fair.

REGIONAL NEWS

Hospital in Mississippi Downsizing Amid Financial Issues

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi hospital seeking to offset reduced revenues is closing its skilled nursing unit and community health department in addition to scaling back its inpatient mental health center.

Choctaw Indians to Vote Soon on New Casino in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A new casino could be coming as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is expected to vote soon on whether to build it.

First Arkansas Medical Marijuana Applicant Goes Public

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says two businesses have applied for licenses to grow medical marijuana and five have applied for licenses to sell it.

CONSUMER NEWS

Honda Owners Could Get Up to $500 in Air Bag Settlement

DETROIT (AP) – Honda and some of the people suing the company over faulty Takata air bag inflators have agreed to a $605 million settlement.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 102 224 17,767
MORTGAGES 127 277 20,703
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 510 36,326
BANKRUPTCIES 54 146 11,828
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 80 5,640
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 147 12,181
MARRIAGE LICENSES 11 60 4,417

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