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VOL. 132 | NO. 244 | Monday, December 11, 2017

The Week Ahead: Dec. 11-17

Good morning, Memphis! Dust off your robes and lightsabers, because the latest "Star Wars" movie hits theaters this week. Of course, there's plenty more to keep you busy in the coming days. Here's what you need to know about in The Week Ahead - no Jedi powers required.

Haslam: Devising Different Incentives for Border Areas Like Memphis Difficult

Changing the economic development strategy Tennessee cities use isn’t a new concept. But doing so is easier said than done when bordered by eight states – more than another other state in the union.

Grizzlies' Andrew Harrison Again Contributing

There is really no replacing starting point guard Mike Conley. That much is obvious for a Grizzlies team on a three-game losing streak and that has lost 14 of its last 15 games.

Last Word: Haslam and Cohen on Tax Reform, More than Food and Charles McNutt

For some of you this is not the week before the week before Christmas. It is Star Wars week, as the latest sequel in the sci-fi series begins its run in theaters across the country. Along those lines, there is a social media slide show of 1970s images of George Lucas telling the story of what an uphill climb the original Star Wars was – the making and the distribution. And around Planet Memphis, the premiere certainly wasn’t that big a deal. There was an advance screening at the old Memphian theater – now the Circuit Playhouse – that didn’t draw a whole lot of attention.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park hosts Walkin’ + Woofin’ Night Monday, Dec. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the park, 6903 Great View Drive N. Starry Nights will be closed to cars; Hyde Lake Wheel House will be open for bike rentals. Admission is $5 per person. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for a list of Mistletoe Village activities and other details.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Cohen: Tax Bill Really a Bad Health Care Bill

The Republican tax bill is advertised as a tax cut for the middle class, yet is anything but. In actuality, this bill is a scam to benefit the ultra-wealthy and corporate interests. Worse yet, it is a health care bill disguised as a tax bill, and a not very well thought-out one at that. If passed, this bill would repeal the individual mandate, a critical component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is outrageous.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Out-of-Town Investors Buy Gibson Guitar Factory

145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, TN 38103: Investment firms in New York and Miami have purchased the Gibson Guitar Factory property in Downtown Memphis and an additional warehouse Gibson Brands Inc. owns in Nashville.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Editorial: The Fine Print And Timing Of Letting The People Decide

As candidates start to fill in slots on the first of three elections in Shelby County next year, political decisions are being made about what else will appear on the ballot for the county general election in November.

Food Fancy

More original concepts, eateries make mark on Memphis

Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.

December 8-14, 2017: This week in Memphis history:

1978: The Democratic National Committee meets for a midterm convention in Memphis. The centerpiece of the gathering is a call by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy for health care reform that will become the major goal for the rest of his political career. The midterm convention brings President Jimmy Carter to the city. Kennedy and Carter will face each other two years later in a bitter fight for the party’s presidential nomination.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Outside Investors to Purchase Gibson Factory in Downtown Memphis

The 24,080-square-foot Nashville warehouse, which sits on a half-acre in the North Gulch district, was also acquired by Somera Road and Tricera Capital for $6.83 million, the Tennessean reported on Nov. 14. 

Ford Fired By Morgan Stanley In Harassment Investigation

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley following a company investigation into allegations he harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed a woman he met with several years ago, according to Huffington Post.

Blankenship Named President Of Coldwell Banker Collins Maury

Sean Blankenship has joined Coldwell Banker Collins Maury as president, coming to the Collierville-based full-service real estate firm after serving as chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his new role, Blankenship will focus on growing the company’s presence in the greater Memphis and northern Mississippi markets.

Memphis and Norvell Agree to New Five-Year Deal

Not only does it appear Mike Norvell will be on the sideline to coach the University of Memphis in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, it looks like he will be staying on afterward.

First Horizon-Capital Bank Merger Now Complete

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank will end 2017 as a significantly larger institution, with billions more in assets, deposits and loans, thanks to the completion Nov. 30 of its merger with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

STATEWIDE

Judge Dismisses Expelled Tennessee Lawmaker's Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a former Tennessee lawmaker's lawsuit to recoup lifetime health care and pension benefits he lost when the state House voted to expel him last year.

Tennessee State Rep. Sheila Butt to Retire From State House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Sheila Butt, who has drawn national attention for her statements about race and climate change, has announced she won't seek a fifth term in the Tennessee House next year.

Democrat Bredesen Doesn't Plan Anti-Trump Senate Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate will focus on "fixing the mess" in Washington, he doesn't plan to talk about Republican President Donald Trump all that much.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Approves Draft Regulations to Curb Opioid Abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas State Medical Board has approved draft regulations aimed at reducing opioid abuse.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

New Delta Charges for Baggage on Discount Flights to Europe

NEW YORK (AP) – Travelers looking to take a cheap Delta Air Lines will soon need to pay for even one piece of checked baggage when flying to Europe or North Africa.

Jobless Rate for Latinos Drops to Record Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The unemployment rate among Latino and Hispanic Americans fell to 4.7 percent in November, the lowest level on records since 1973.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

DOJ Reaches $11.7M Deal With IberiaBank Over False Claims

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) IberiaBank has agreed to pay $11.7 million in a settlement with federal officials over allegations the bank and its mortgage company made false claims for loan guarantees, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

Trump Says Fines for Wells Fargo Will Not be Dropped

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be "substantially increased."

Net Neutrality Fans Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.

HEALTH

US Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States

NEW YORK (AP) – This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.

Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

Grizzlies' Andrew Harrison Again Contributing

There is really no replacing starting point guard Mike Conley. That much is obvious for a Grizzlies team on a three-game losing streak and that has lost 14 of its last 15 games.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 109 199 999
MORTGAGES 112 243 1,195
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 57 152
BUILDING PERMITS 129 448 1,653
BANKRUPTCIES 59 144 635
BUSINESS LICENSES 58 132 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 55 392
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 82

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