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VOL. 132 | NO. 32 | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lovell Resigns Tennessee House Seat, Democrats Seek Probe

NASHVILLE – House Democrats are calling for a probe into the sudden resignation of first-term Rep. Mark Lovell, who denies being involved in sexual misconduct as he leaves the state Legislature after just one month.

Hopson Groups 19 'Critical Focus' Schools for Intervention

A group of 19 Shelby County schools are getting a second chance at improving student achievement that could include a longer school day, an intervention specialist and other measures seen at Innovation Zone schools in the SCS system.

Farm and Fries Restaurant Gets OK to Begin Construction

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has voted to approve a development agreement for MW Ventures to move forward with the construction of a restaurant called Farm and Fries.

CA Moves Printing To Jackson In April

The Commercial Appeal will no longer be printed in Memphis starting in April.

TBI Did Not Influence Garrison Resignation

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Area Transit Authority board knew MATA president Ron Garrison had been charged with patronizing a prostitute before Garrison’s resignation last month for “health reasons.”

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EVENTS

The Bartlett Area Chamber will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartlett Event Center, 5785 Stage Road. Paulo Aur of American Paper Optics will present “Don’t Be Eclipsed by the Competition,” the facts about the total eclipse coming in August and how one Bartlett company jumped ahead of the competition. Cost is $20. Register at bartlettchamber.org by Monday, Feb. 13, at noon.

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Edge District Employing Micro Concept to Stir Retail Offerings

Successful rehabilitation projects in the city’s core like Broad Avenue, Crosstown and Overton Square have demonstrated the impact innovative ideas can have on struggling neighborhoods, but fine-tuning the right approach for each neighborhood is far from a perfect science.

Luxury Apartment Complex to Undergo $17 Million Expansion

Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

Last Word: MATA and the TBI, Fieldstone Gets Bigger and Wedge Bills

Since Gannett bought The Commercial Appeal there has been a lot of speculation about what would remain of the Memphis operation in a newspaper chain known for consolidating not just in-house parts of the publishing process but the reporting side too. The biggest question in the air was the fate of the large printing presses at the CA. And Monday evening, there was an answer.

TVA Drilling Controversy May Change Well Actions

The controversy over Tennessee Valley Authority drilling water wells into the Memphis aquifer for the new TVA power plant in southwest Memphis is becoming a push for more public notice of such plans and better mapping of the water supply under the city.

New Triumph Bank Office Shows Way Forward

Sometimes, a building can be as much a place as it is a statement, a testament to values and the culture of the people who occupy it.

Experts Provide Recruiting Tips For Increasingly Active Job Market

Qualified job seekers should see more career options opening up this year, as nearly 50 percent of employers are expecting to increase staffing in 2017, according to Employer Associations of America.

Immigration Attorney Cites Anxiety Over Next Steps in Federal Immigration Rules

An experienced Memphis immigration attorney says his advice to anyone who thinks they may be affected by the Trump administration immigration travel ban is “get back in” the U.S. even though the order’s enforcement remains on hold.

SPORTS

Temple Sweeps Tigers; Ferguson and Miller Honored

Just consider all the things that can be done in about 10 minutes: You could jog a very leisurely mile. Or run two miles and be huffing and puffing. You could dance the Minute Waltz – over and over. You could watch Tom Brady run the two-minute drill – like five times. Or in the case of the University of Memphis basketball team on Sunday, Feb. 12 vs. Temple at FedExForum, you could go 10:55 of game clock without scoring one point. And when you do that, you get the result you expect: You lose, in this instance by a score of 74-62.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Dr. Bethune Was True Fundraiser

In the early 1950’s, I had the honor to hear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak in a packed, hot and humid Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis. She was a powerful orator. She mesmerized me, she mesmerized the crowd. She raised money for Bethune-Cookman College the old fashioned way: “She passed the hat.” 

MEMPHIS AREA

New University of Memphis Rec Center Delayed

Financial concerns are delaying the construction of a new recreation center at the University of Memphis.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Bills Affecting LGBT Community Filed Before Deadline

NASHVILLE – Tennessee lawmakers met last Thursday’s legislation-filing deadline with a host of social measures one Memphis representative describes as “wedge bills” because they drive people apart.

Artificial Insemination Parenting Bill Draws LGBT Criticism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gay rights advocates are raising the alarm about a Tennessee bill they say could make it impossible for same-sex couples to be recognized as the legal parents of children.

US NEWS

Israel Leader's White House Trip Clouded in Uncertainty

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister heads to Washington this week for a high-profile meeting with President Donald Trump that suddenly is clouded in uncertainty.

Judge Denies Request to Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Work

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order halting construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Trump on Yellen's Fed, in His Own Words: A Lot of Sour Notes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the early months of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has occasionally expressed bluntly critical remarks about the Federal Reserve's performance under Chair Janet Yellen.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 64 64 4,515
MORTGAGES 80 80 5,413
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 108 108 9,855
BANKRUPTCIES 56 56 3,523
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 31 1,766
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 76 3,859
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 27 1,051

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