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VOL. 132 | NO. 56 | Monday, March 20, 2017

Mills Looks To Spread Republican Reach in 2018 County Elections

The chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party says the local party has to become more diverse and work to get back non-voting Republicans.

The Week Ahead: March 20-26

Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…

Parkinson Rejects Owens’ Politics After He is Honored

NASHVILLE – Recognition for the Rev. Bill Owens turned into a rebuke on the House floor when a Memphis legislator discovered the activist pastor campaigned for President Donald Trump and urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.

Special Election Ballot for State Rep. District 95 Set Tuesday

The 10 candidates who qualified in the special elections for state House District 95 have until noon Monday, March 20, to withdraw if they wish. Otherwise the Shelby County Election Commission will set the ballot Tuesday for the primary and general elections.

Commission Debates Interim Appointment to State House

Shelby County commissioners have to decide Monday, March 20, whether or not to appoint someone to the vacant state House District 95 seat until special primary and general elections are decided in three months.

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EVENTS

Aspen Dental, in partnership with Alpha Omega Veterans Services, will provide free dental care for Memphis veterans via its MouthMobile mobile dental office Tuesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, 170 N. Main St. Appointments are required and can be made by contacting AOVS at 901-729-2345.

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Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo

John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.

Baptist Opening New Grief Centers

Baptist Memorial Health Care is expanding its grief services, adding new centers in Midtown and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, later this year, partly in response to demand from the community for the counseling and other benefits the organization has provided for years now.

St. Jude Dedicates Research Tower After Pioneer Dr. Donald Pinkel

In honor of his groundbreaking work to fight and cure childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held a dedication ceremony on Friday, March 17, to rename its principal research tower for Dr. Donald Pinkel, the hospital’s first director and chief executive officer.

Grizzlies Can Never Have Too Much Forceful Big Spain

The Grizzlies left behind a five-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee at home and then Chicago and Atlanta on the road in back-to-back nights. San Antonio was to play the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Saturday, March 18.

Norris Says Proposed School Voucher Legislation ‘Problematic’

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris expressed reservations Wednesday, March 15, about legislation allowing tax dollars to be used to send low-income students in struggling public schools to private schools.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Wolfchase At 20

Wolfchase still a bricks-and-mortar retail stronghold in the Memphis market

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

Editorial: The Ride From Mall To Mixed Use

Memphis has come a long way from Southland Mall – the city’s first shopping mall – which seemed so cavernous in the late 1960s and now seems so small.

March 17-23, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1968: 16.1 inches of snow fall on the city of Memphis, cancelling plans for striking city sanitation workers to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the front of their ranks from Clayborn Temple to City Hall. King would return to the city to lead the march on March 28, a march that would end before it got to City Hall because of violence. The violent end would prompt King to return to the city to lead another march April 5.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan

Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.

Signature HealthCARE to Lay Off 215 in Memphis

Signature HealthCARE at Saint Francis is laying off 215 workers and working with families of the 95 patients at the facility, 6007 Park Ave., to find them another nursing home.

Portfolio Featuring Highland Row Development Up for Sale

A 13-property portfolio that includes the Highland Row mixed-use development near the University of Memphis has been put on the market for sale or recapitalization by CBRE Group Inc. on behalf of Indianapolis-based Milhaus.

Former Senses Nightclub Facing Foreclosure Sale

The shuttered Senses nightclub on Poplar Avenue is facing foreclosure after its owners, who had planned to resurrect the once-popular nightclub, defaulted on a $1.1 million loan.

New Midtown Ping-Pong Bar Applies For Beer Permit

Railgarten, a new Midtown bar hoping to help bridge the gap between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, has applied for an on-premise beer license with the City of Memphis Alcohol Commission.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee General Fund Revenues Beat Projections by $8.4M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's general fund tax collections were $8.4 million above projections in February, bringing the state's surplus revenues to $491 million through the first seven months of the budget year.

Court Decision Could Make It Easier for Parents to Relocate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It could become easier for a divorced parent to move out of state with the kids even if the other parent objects to the children relocating, under a new opinion from The Tennessee Supreme Court.

REGIONAL NEWS

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Agency Boosting Arkansas Delta Area

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – President Donald Trump's budget plan would cut funds for a government agency that promotes economic development in eastern Arkansas and other parts of the Mississippi Delta.

Arkansas Lawmakers Vote to Remove Lee From King Holiday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

RETAIL

JC Penney Lists the 138 Stores it is Planning to Shutter

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney on Friday listed for the first time the 138 locations it will shutter in the coming months as the retailer seeks to cut costs and improve its profitability.

List of the 138 JC Penney Stores That are Closing

J.C. Penney on Friday released a list of the 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs. Most are located within malls or shopping centers. Liquidation sales will start at the closing stores on April 17, and most stores will be shut by mid-June, the company said.

Wal-Mart Buys Online Clothing Seller ModCloth

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart has bought trendy clothing seller ModCloth, part of a big push to pick up smaller online brands as it tries to make headway against Amazon.

MEDICAL NEWS

Health Groups: Next Cure May Go Undiscovered With Trump Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – What goes on the chopping block: Research into cancer or Alzheimer's? A Zika vaccine or a treatment for superbugs?

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Wells Fargo CEO: Fixing Fake Accounts Will Take More Time

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan said the company could need several more months to resolve customer damage tied to its massive sales practices scandal, such as figuring out if people had trouble getting approved for other loans because of the fake accounts bank employees opened.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 50 354 8,349
MORTGAGES 58 390 9,802
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 158 810 17,944
BANKRUPTCIES 48 243 6,003
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 135 3,130
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 191 6,447
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 144 2,101

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