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VOL. 132 | NO. 156 | Tuesday, August 8, 2017

$73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

New Rock Climbing Studio Planned For East Memphis

Chattanooga-based High Point Climbing and Fitness has submitted plans with development officials to open a Memphis location adjacent to Christian Brothers High School in East Memphis.

'I Am a Man' Plaza Initial Design Unveiled

The initial design of a public plaza south of FedExForum commemorating the 1968 sanitation workers strike calls for a central sculpture with the words “I Am a Man” in 15-foot-tall stainless steel letters, along with quotes from speeches by civil rights leaders on other parts of the built environment and on the letters of the sculpture.

Strong: Democrats Must Reconnect With Voters

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the local party has lost its voters and getting them back is the path to victory in the 2018 county elections and beyond.

Tensions of Density

With More Apartments Coming, Midtown Developers and Residents Will Have to Compromise to Pave the Future

With hundreds of units already announced and all signs indicating there are more to come, the Midtown apartment market is primed to explode.

Local Weather
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Wind: from the Southwest at 16.1 gusting to 24.2 mph
Humidity: 25%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Nancy Crawford from Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will present “Latest Business Scams You Need to Know About.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Tax Breaks Broaden For Residential, Retail Deals

Some changes are coming in the rules surrounding incentives that the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County – or EDGE – can use for different kinds of development and for broader use of tax increment financing – or TIF – zones to sustain redevelopment.

Last Word: The Orange Mound Way, Midtown Apartments and 'I Am A Man' Plaza

First day of school redux on Tuesday for students in Memphis Catholic Schools and it is a half-day. The first day of classes in most of the county’s other schools Monday went smoothly. Shelby County Schools reports more than 6,000 students registered on the first day of school despite another concerted effort at numerous events to register students in advance. That’s in a school system of approximately 96,000 students.

Council Reviews New Beale Hotel, U of M Stadium Contract

Memphis City Council members take up a hotel on Beale Street and a new lease with the University of Memphis to use Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at their Tuesday, Aug. 8, session.

First Day of School Begins With Greetings, Hopes

The school year began Monday, Aug. 7, with some parents registering children on the first day, other children finding their way back into academic routines on their own and Shelby County Schools leaders awaiting the release of achievement test scores from the state that will set a new baseline for where students are academically.

Collins Exiting MLGW After 10 Years

One of the most scrutinized, criticized and well paid jobs in local government is going to be open at the end of 2017.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Inviting a New Vision for Memphis Region

Memphis has been blessed to give birth to the modern grocery store, rock ‘n’ roll, and such corporate category leaders as Holiday Inn, FedEx and AutoZone. These native inventions became the basis of our regional economy after the slow demise of the agrarian culture when cotton was king.

What the CFRE?!

In the nonprofit world money is almost always an issue. Where will it come from? When will it arrive? Is it restricted or unrestricted? These questions are accompanied by others such as, “How are we implementing our fund development strategy?” and, “Will we meet our fundraising goals?”

STATEWIDE

Lawsuits Allege Poor Medical Care at Tennessee Jail

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A jail in Tennessee is accused in three federal lawsuits of not providing adequate medical care to its inmates.

College's New Board Dismisses Gender Discrimination Claim

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Austin Peay University's new board of trustees has dismissed a complaint of gender discrimination in hiring.

Democrat Craig Fitzhugh Joins Race for Tennessee Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democrat Craig Fitzhugh is joining the race for Tennessee governor.

'New Normal': Nashville Mayor Back at Work After Son's Death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says she's facing a new normal as she resumes her duties about a week after her 22-year-old son died of an apparent drug overdose.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Farmers Optimistic Despite Floods

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – While spring floods left many rice farmers with fewer acres of rice than they originally planned, they're hopeful a rising market can offset at least some of the lost acreage.

Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Arkansas Panhandling Law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge Monday to halt a new Arkansas anti-loitering law that it says unconstitutionally targets panhandlers and that the restrictions pose the same problems as a ban on begging that was struck down last year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Google Exec Denounces Employee's Views on Female Workers

NEW YORK (AP) – Silicon Valley's efforts to promote workforce diversity haven't yielded many results – unless you count a backlash at Google, where a male engineer blamed biological differences for the paucity of female programmers.

Netflix Makes 1st Acquisition: Comic Book Maker Millarworld

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix says it made its first acquisition, comic book publisher Millarworld, with plans to turn its characters into new films and shows for the video streaming service.

Starbucks Denies Rumor of Discounts for Immigrants

DETROIT (AP) Starbucks Corp. is shooting down a rumor that its coffee shops will give discounted drinks and food to undocumented immigrants on Aug. 11.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 55 55 20,821
MORTGAGES 44 44 24,405
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 8,610
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 42,337
BANKRUPTCIES 51 51 13,953
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 22 6,423
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 13,511
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 23 5,092

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