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VOL. 132 | NO. 206 | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amazon, Pfizer Seek Incentives for Projects

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

Report: Grizzlies Roster Won't Include Baldwin, Zagorac

Former Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin, who was the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round pick and the 17th overall player selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, will not make the team, league sources told ESPN. In addition to the team’s plan to waive Baldwin, they apparently will do the same with forward Rade Zagorac, a second-round choice (35th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft.

City Leaders: Pinch District Development ‘Knitting Together’ Neighborhoods

The theme that keeps emerging when stakeholders and key officials talk about redevelopment of Downtown’s Pinch neighborhood is that of connecting pieces. The pieces are areas and landmarks around it that have been the focus of investment and attention and traffic while the Pinch has somewhat stalled.

EMPHASIS Attorneys

Process vs. Protest: Opinions Differ On How to Remove Monuments

Protest and the legal process live in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they are next-door neighbors with borders that may be in dispute. At others times they are allies. But there is almost always a tension between the two.

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EVENTS

Novel will host Rick DeStefanis for a discussion and signing of “Valley of the Purple Hearts,” the fourth novel in his “Vietnam War Stories” series, Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

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Last Word: Bredesen's Note, Serious Sewer Talks and Protest Vs. Process

Another lively week in state politics as former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is giving up. This came Monday in a note to the Associated Press in which Bredesen said he will make his decision quickly about an entry into the Democratic primary.

Law Firms Implement Initiatives, Mentoring to Retain Women Attorneys

Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women.

Memphis Law School Wellness Program Defending Work-Life Balance

It’s not that Richard Vaughan wasn’t busy before, because he was. He carried a full load as an undergrad at the University of South Carolina and also was a cheerleader there.

Four Apply for Criminal Court Judge

Four local attorneys have applied for appointment by the governor to be a Shelby County Criminal Court judge.

Monuments, Elections, TDZ Expansion All Before Council

Memphis City Council members take a third and final vote Tuesday, Oct. 17, on an ordinance directing the administration to act on “immediate” removal of Confederate monuments from two city parks.

Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

Sewer Cut-Off Aligns With Developing Densely

When the city decided in August to end all new connections to the sewer system by developments outside of the Memphis city limits effective immediately, it was about much more than the sewer system.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Oct. 17 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Shelby County to Overhaul Criminal Justice Center

201 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 -

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Paradise Lost

A look beyond tragedy: how to support University of the Virgin Islands students, faculty and staff suffering from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Many of us think of the Virgin Islands as a favorite vacation paradise. In addition to the beautiful beaches and lush vegetation, the U.S. Virgin Islands are also home to a hidden gem: the only historically black university located off the mainland.

Unlocking Daily Creativity

A Day of Innovation session led by Monica Kang, founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox. How can you face your fear and use it as a strength?

STATEWIDE

Democrat Bredesen Confirms Interest in Tennessee Senate Race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Fincher Not in Senate Race Yet, But Already Drawing Contrast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Stephen Fincher hasn't yet joined the Republican field running for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, but that's not keeping him from drawing a stark contrast to a former congressional colleague who wasted little time jumping into the race to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Nordstrom Puts the Hunt for a Buyer on Hold

NEW YORK (AP) – Nordstrom is halting, at least temporarily, the hunt for a buyer.

Ruby Tuesday Chain to be Taken Private in $146 Million Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Ruby Tuesday is being acquired for about $146 million in a deal that will take the struggling chain private.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

White House: $4,000 More for Families With Business Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Supreme Court to Consider American Express Fee Dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal by 11 states that argue American Express violated antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use other credit cards that charge lower fees.

Court Agrees to Take on US-Microsoft Dispute Over Emails

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government's authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S.

TECHNOLOGY

Researchers Discover Vulnerability Affecting Wi-Fi Security

Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device.

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PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 183 35,999
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