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VOL. 132 | NO. 122 | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

County Seeks End to DOJ Memorandum

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said the move by him and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham and Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael to end a 5-year-old memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Justice Department over conditions at Juvenile Court indicated “significant progress,” but not that all of the problems at Juvenile Court are resolved.

Former MAA veteran wants to use expertise to build a better city

After wrapping up a successful career spanning three decades with an empty nest on the horizon, most people are ready to ride off into the sunset and enjoy a relaxing retirement, but James Maclin was never like most people.

Commercial Appeal to Sell Union Ave. Location, Search for New Office

The Commercial Appeal, announced Monday, June 19, that it will be putting its iconic 495 Union Ave. property on the market and will begin the search for a new location.

Lawmakers: Talk, Action On Crime Don’t Match

State Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis says some of the rhetoric about criminal justice reform – not locking up as many nonviolent offenders for longer sentences – doesn’t match the push for legislation in Nashville.

Last Word: Wahlburgers, CA For Sale and Council Day

We really go for hot food brands around here – whether its restaurants or supermarkets. And it makes us suckers to some degree. I don’t mean that in a bad way. Memphis without being open to all possibilities and what others see as impossible is just not Memphis. But when it comes to the business of brands sometimes you start to wonder. We may be guilty of putting too much weight on a brand to solve problems that no brand anywhere can solve.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The city of Germantown’s Groovin’ and Grillin’ Concert Series wraps up Tuesday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion at Municipal Park on Exeter Road. Bluff City Soul Collective will perform at 7 p.m. Concert is free; hot dogs and hamburgers available for purchase. Visit germantown-tn.gov.

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Council to Shore Up Budget Loose Ends, Talk Beale Street, DROP and UrbanArt

Memphis City Council members have done most of the heavy lifting and taken votes on the major items that end the budget season at City Hall.

Wahlburgers Moving Into Sweetie Pie’s Space

Wahlburgers – a burger chain that takes its name from executive chef Paul Wahlberg and celebrity brothers and actors Mark and Donnie – is opening this fall at 349 Beale Street on the southwest corner of Fourth and Beale – the corner where Sweetie Pie’s had planned to open years ago.

Boyd Talks Gaps In Higher Ed During Whitehaven Stop

Republican contender for governor Randy Boyd says there is a gap in the state’s Tennessee Promise plan and its reality.

Made By Project Generates New Ideas And Goals to Support Memphis Makers

A new business plan competition and a nine-week cohort program are the first two recommendations to come out of a plan in support of Shelby County’s Made By Project, an effort to understand the needs and goals of “makers,” artisans and micro-manufacturers in Memphis and Shelby County.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Distillers Unveil 25-Stop Statewide Whiskey Trail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Distillers are launching a 25-stop whiskey tour across Tennessee.

REGIONAL NEWS

Public Report Analyzes Mississippi Mental Health Spending

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A report commissioned by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health confirms federal findings that the state has spent more on institutional care than community-based services for people with mental disabilities.

Burned Former Home of President Clinton a Total Loss

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas house once occupied by former President Bill Clinton that was damaged by fire has been deemed a total loss.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Expand Father’s Day With Nonprofit Giving

We need more than a day to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s just gone too soon. It’s one Sunday and then we are back to the every day. Let’s expand Father’s Day by increasing its impact. We can do this by choosing to give to organizations that support boys, young men and fathers. Your gift would touch lives and expand a father’s loving care across Memphis and the country.

Creating That Headspace

Some notes from Panos Panay, Berklee College of Music, that your organization can absorb in seeking to innovate.

TECHNOLOGY

Technology CEOs Urged to Join Trump Initiative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology CEOs are being urged by White House officials to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government.

LAW & THE COURTS

Justices Say Law on Offensive Trademarks is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Social Media Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Tensions Rise in Syria as Russia, Iran Send US Warnings

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia on Monday threatened aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline intended to avoid collisions in retaliation for the U.S. military shooting down a Syrian warplane.

UK Moves to Ease Tensions After Van Attack on London Muslims

LONDON (AP) — British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

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PROPERTY SALES 78 342 10,184
MORTGAGES 73 374 11,888
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 412 1,028 21,997
BANKRUPTCIES 59 235 7,045
BUSINESS LICENSES 33 112 3,581
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