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VOL. 132 | NO. 6 | Monday, January 9, 2017

Grizzlies Back up Dramatic Win over Warriors by Beating Utah

Two nights earlier the Grizzlies had pulled off a historic comeback at Golden State. When they erased the Warriors’ 19-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter and rallied to win it, 128-119 in overtime, they broke a 662-game streak (regular season) of NBA of teams losing when trailing by 19 or more points after three quarters.

The Week Ahead: January 10-16

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

New Cordova-Area Brewery Coming Soon

The fact that Ben Pugh and Richie EsQuivel decided to name the brewery they’re developing in Cordova “Meddlesome Brewing Co.” gives at least some indication of the nature of their personalities.

More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

Grizzlies’ MLK Game Changed, but Mission Remains the Same

While the NBA moved the Grizzlies’ 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Game to Sunday night, Jan. 15, the game against the Chicago Bulls will be televised on ESPN and the team will use Monday to offer service to the community.

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EVENTS

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

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Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue in Greensward Compromise

Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to talk about changing one of the key ground rules for reconfiguring and expanding the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Trump’s Turn

What will the Trump presidency look like?

If the election of Donald Trump was a mystery, there are even more questions about what will he do once he takes office Jan. 20. The clues may or may not be in the conduct of his campaign.

Editorial: Trump, Your Vote And The Next Four Years

So it begins – Donald Trump’s four-year term of office. It’s an office that comes with a lot of power and responsibility. It also comes with checks and balances at just about every turn. And around the first turn is Congress.

January 6-12, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1978: The Sex Pistols play Taliesyn Ballroom in Midtown – the second of seven stops on the original band’s one and only U.S. tour – with Memphis punk trip Quo Jr. opening. The British band’s reputation prompts Memphis authorities to look over the setting for the show as well as go see the performance for themselves.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Owner: Booksellers at Laurelwood Closing

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has reached its final chapter after 32 years in business.

Crosstown High Hires Terrill As Executive Director

Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.

Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

Convention Center Hotel Proposal Surfaces

A Denver financier whose work in the last 15 years is in developing and financing convention center hotels has very general plans for a 600-room Memphis Convention Center hotel at Front and Poplar where the Mud Island parking garage is currently.

Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals: All Grown Up, Flexing Creative Muscle

The beginning of Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals goes all the back to 1924, when three brothers – Owen, Gene and Earl Mahaffey – got their start making awnings, canvas tarpaulins and cotton pick sacks.

STATEWIDE

Nashville's Music City Center Set for $20M Upgrade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville's $623 million convention center is expecting a $20 million upgrade 3 1/2 years after it opened.

Lawsuit: Tennessee Driver's License Law Punishes Poor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Justice reform groups are challenging a Tennessee law they say unfairly punishes the poor by revoking driver's licenses due to unpaid court fines.

Titans Promote Jon Robinson to Executive Vice President/GM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have promoted Jon Robinson to executive vice president/general manager.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Letzler Becomes First Female Chief Clerk of Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell has named Tammy Letzler as the first female chief clerk in Tennessee history.

Fitzhugh Touts Rural Credentials As He Mulls Governor's Bid

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is seriously considering joining the race to succeed term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

ECONOMY

Obama's Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' paychecks rose in December at the fastest pace in more than seven years as steady hiring and low unemployment led some businesses to pay more to attract and keep workers.

US Trade Deficit Climbs to $45.2 Billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit in November rose to the highest level in nine months as imports of oil and other foreign goods increased, while American exports fell for a second month.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US Approves Fix for Some Volkswagen Diesels

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen will soon be able to repair some of its diesel cars so they meet U.S. emissions standards.

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PROPERTY SALES 76 76 8,071
MORTGAGES 69 69 9,482
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 169 169 17,303
BANKRUPTCIES 53 53 5,813
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 27 3,022
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 69 6,325
MARRIAGE LICENSES 40 40 1,997

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