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VOL. 132 | NO. 145 | Monday, July 24, 2017

Michael Talks About Move to End Federal Oversight of Juvenile Court

Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael acknowledged Monday, July 24, that the court still has a problem with disproportionate minority contact. That is African-American youth who not only show up in the court more often than white youth, but get disproportionately harsher punishments and are more likely to be transferred for trial as adults than white children charged with the same offenses.

The Week Ahead: July 24-30

Hello, Memphis! Politics will be heating up this week to match the weather and you’ll be able to see and learn about the stars at the Pink Palace Museum. But there are also some indoor events to take in, including an event for creators at Crosstown Arts.

Victorian Village Gets New Signage, Design Guidelines

The signs that have started popping up around the Victorian Village neighborhood welcome passersby to the historic community, with an announcement greeting visitors in large and prominent letters.

Harris Calls for Suspension of TVA Well Permits

State Sen. Lee Harris wants the county’s Ground Water Control Board to suspend permits for water wells at the site of the new Tennessee Valley Authority plant in southwest Memphis and begin an investigation of high lead and arsenic levels found in area groundwater “as soon as practicable.”

Developers Lay Out Latest Plans for Proposed Midtown Gated Community

In a quiet room inside of his Midtown architecture firm, Lee Askew of ANF Architects presented the latest incarnation of his plans to turn the former Red Cross building at the corner of Central Avenue and Mansfield Street into a 12-unit luxury gated community.

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Church Health will host a Living Life Deliberately: Mindfulness Meditation in Daily Life class Monday, July 24, at noon in the Church Health Meditation Chapel, 1350 Concourse Ave. Rob Dove from Rhodes College Counseling will discuss how to practice meditation in ways that foster the ability to live deliberately. The class will be offered again July 31 at noon. Email slateryj@churchhealth.org with any questions.

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Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

Revival of Ranked Choice Voting Marks Phillips’ Attention to Detail

The use of Ranked Choice Voting or instant-runoff voting in Memphis elections was a moot point even before Memphis voters approved it in 2008 in a city charter amendment.

New Homes Constructed for Rental Properties

Shelby County’s new housing market has drastically declined since the housing crisis of 2008. At the end of the first quarter, there were 932 homes in new housing inventory compared to 3,327 homes at the end of the first quarter in 2007.


FreezeFalling … Ole Miss Coach Exits in Disgrace

A week before Hugh Freeze resigned his position, he stood at the podium at SEC Media Days, Ole Miss pin on his suit lapel, and delivered his last Sermon on the Mount.


Scene Change

How the arts landscape in Memphis is changing

The sprawling mixed-use complex opening next month on North Cleveland in Midtown is a high-profile example of where Memphis’ art community finds itself at the halfway mark in 2017.

Editorial: Take the Riverfront Plan From Concept to Action

The Riverfront concept plan now in the hands of the Mayor’s Riverfront Task Force is easy to be cynical about if you have even a casual acquaintance with the dozen or more riverfront studies the city and others have conducted since 1980.

July 21-27, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2003: Hurricane Elvis, a storm featuring straight line winds that damages more than 300,000 homes and cuts power to 750,000 households in Memphis. Seven people die as a direct or indirect result of the storm, and property damage is estimated at more than $500 million. Approximately 1,000 utility poles are snapped in the storm that clocks a top wind speed of 102 mph Downtown. Three-fourths of the traffic signals in Shelby County are out or malfunctioning and the Northwest Airlines hub at Memphis International Airport closes.

EMPHASIS Construction

Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Could Lift Respective Neighborhoods

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

Malco Theatres Moves Forward With Adjusted Powerhouse Cinema Plans

The Malco Powerhouse Cinema proposed for Downtown’s South Main Historic Arts District is still a go, despite delays that have already pushed it well past its expected opening day.

Sterigenics Triples Capacity At Its West Memphis Sterilization Facility

Sterigenics International LLC recently wrapped up a $16.8 million expansion to its West Memphis facility, nearly tripling the site’s gamma sterilization capacity. The company is a global provider of contract sterilization, lab services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes.


Thomas & Betts to Invest $20.7 Million in Expansion

Thomas & Betts plans to add 75 employees and invest $20.7 million in its headquarters relocation in Memphis and is seeking a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to help defray those costs.

Bartlett Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $30M

A 198,103-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Bartlett has sold for $28.8 million.

Riverfront Concept Plan Emphasizes Connections, River Access

A pedestrian bridge between the southern tip of Mud Island and Riverside Drive, more pedestrian use of Riverside Drive, a pavilion at Tom Lee Park and greater access to the edge of the Mississippi River are among the elements of a riverfront concept plan outlined Tuesday, July 18, by a Chicago architecture and urban design firm.

Wood Helps Memphis National Keep Business in the Fairway

Brian Wood is head golf professional at Memphis National Golf Club, a role in which he oversees a variety of functions related to the club's operations. Wood, a PGA professional and member of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America, previously served as assistant golf professional at Windyke Country Club.

‘Fifth Wave’ of Federal Judicial Appointments Comes with Political Undercurrents

The White House called it the “fifth wave” of federal judicial nominees. Among the 11 nominees announced by President Donald Trump Thursday, July 13, were two for the Memphis federal court bench. And the wave comes with a few political undercurrents.


Tennessee Notches Record in Federal College Aid Applications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say Tennessee has set a record for federal college aid applications.

Tennessee Inmates Get Reduced Sentences for Birth Control

SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) — A program in a Tennessee county reduces inmates' jail time if they voluntarily undergo birth control procedures, in a move that has drawn criticism from the local district attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union.


UAW, Nissan Pressing High-Stakes Campaign for Worker Votes

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

Elementary School Stage Where Elvis Presley Sang Renovated

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — One of the first stages Elvis Presley sang on has been refinished during the renovation of the auditorium at his elementary school in Mississippi.

Mississippi Woman Charged with Lying About Fall at Walmart

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A 59-year-old Mississippi woman has been indicted on criminal charges, with prosecutors saying she lied when she reported falling at a Walmart store.


Ford Says It Will Fight Latest Takata Recall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is fighting the latest expansion of the Takata air bag inflator recall.

Initial Public Offerings Scheduled to Debut This Week

NEW YORK (AP) — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.

Environmental Report on Pipeline Favorable for Developers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found.


Spicer Abruptly Resigns as Trump Press Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's White House "could benefit from a clean slate."

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