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VOL. 132 | NO. 77 | Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Izakaya to Close Saturday

Izakaya, the once-promising Asian fusion restaurant located in the recently renovated Nineteenth Century Club building, announced it will be closing for good just four months after their grand opening.

Corker Says Country Still Divided by Election

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee heard from Republicans and Democrats – supporters and critics of President Donald Trump – during a Tuesday, April 18, town hall in Arlington.

Coalition Urges City Funding For Memphis Schools

A group of 13 organization and 17 citizens including Shelby County Schools board chairman Chris Caldwell and state Representatives Raumesh Akbari and G.A. Hardaway are calling on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to include at least $10 million in funding for schools in the budget he takes to the Memphis City Council next week.

Loflin Yard Planning More After Initial Success

Not long after the opening of the Downtown bar, restaurant and entertainment space Loflin Yard, Janet Boscarino just knew.

First Budget Moves, Minority Business Measures Top Commission Session

Shelby County Commissioners set the tone for the upcoming county government budget season Monday, April 17, with approval of a refinancing of county debt with up to $120 million in bonds over time.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Sound of Music” Tuesday, April 18, through April 23 at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for show times and tickets.

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Nucor Steel, Rice Manufacturer Seek Memphis Incentives

Two companies have filed applications with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County for tax incentives that would allow them to expand operations in the Mid-South.

Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density

When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.

GMACW May Become Part of EDGE

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce would become part of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization in a proposal the EDGE board is to vote on Wednesday, April 19.

Memphis Basketball Adding More Junior College Players; Bill Self Mum on K.J. Lawson

With only two returning scholarship players from last season’s team, University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith continues to mine the junior college ranks for players he hopes can contribute immediately.

Fuel-Tax Bill Short of Votes in the House

NASHVILLE – Votes aren’t adding up in the House of Representatives for passage of the governor’s gas tax/tax cut legislation.

EMPHASIS Residential Real Estate

Lack of New Homes is Missing Piece to Memphis' Housing Puzzle

There is a lot to like about the Memphis housing market right now. With home sales up 13 percent and average sale prices up 5 percent through the first quarter of 2017, things are finally looking up for one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation during last decade’s housing crisis.

Condominium Inventory Runs Dry As Popularity Soars, Sales Improve

2016 was a big year for Memphis’ condominium market. Sales were up 18 percent from 2015, driven primarily by brisk sales at the Artesian Metropolitan Residences, the luxury high-rise on Riverside Drive. Excited reports were made of a renaissance in Memphis condo sales. It seemed as if everyone wanted a condo, and wanted one fast.

Initiatives Geared at Boosting Owner-Occupied Housing

Nearly a third of all homes in Shelby County are owned by investors, a fact which has state and city leaders looking for ways to stem the tide and encourage locals to buy into their communities through owner-occupied homeownership.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Five Ways to De-Energize Your Board

There is an ideal board in the consciousness of many nonprofit leaders. It often involves members who are engaged in governance and fundraising; who advocate for the organization; and serve as community ambassadors building relationships and partnerships. 

Wisdom in the Workplace

Maybe you’ve been in this meeting or one like it. Competing agendas fly like bullets. The pace of conversation speeds up. Interruptions pounce out the façade of civility. People anxiously wait to talk, heads burning with desire, rather than listen.

Defining the Basics: Bike Lane Expansion

Our current administration’s platform desires to be brilliant at the basics, but what is the definition of basic?

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Joins States Urging Court to Reinstate Travel Ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is joining more than a dozen other states in urging an appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

NASA Invest $9.9M in University of Tennessee-Led Team

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A research team led by the University of Tennessee Knoxville has received a $9.9 million grant from NASA toward the development of a more aerodynamically capable aircraft.

Democrat Mackler Announces Bid for Tennessee US Senate Seat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler says he is running for the Democratic nomination to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

SPORTS

Titans Release Cornerback Jason McCourty After 8 Seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have released cornerback Jason McCourty after eight seasons with the franchise, and a few days after the veteran shared the news himself on social media.

EDUCATION

Absences, Fitness, Atmosphere – New Ways to Track Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) – How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place?

HEALTH CARE

Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less-Addictive Drugs

Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.

TECHNOLOGY

Telecom Lobbying Muscle Kills Privacy Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – The telecom industry's lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress.

Russia, Google Reach $7.8 Million Settlement on Android Case

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian officials and Google have reached an agreement to settle a two-year-old case against Google for requiring the pre-installation of some of its apps on mobile devices using the Android system.

Nucor Steel, Rice Manufacturer Seek Memphis Incentives

Two companies have filed applications with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County for tax incentives that would allow them to expand operations in the Mid-South.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 223 16,103
MORTGAGES 62 207 18,599
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 323 32,794
BANKRUPTCIES 66 187 10,687
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 86 5,172
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 75 3,848

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