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VOL. 132 | NO. 183 | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Frayser Landfill Expansion Voted Down

The proposed expansion of a construction landfill in Frayser was unanimously shot down by the Shelby County Land Use Board Thursday, Sept. 14, to the cheers of dozens of concerned residents and students from the nearby Memphis Business Academy who showed up to voice their opposition.

Redbirds Still Perfect in Extra-Innings, Up 2-0 in PCL Title Series

As Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League Series moved from inning to inning without a run being scored, first-year Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp wasn’t worried.

Memphis Brooks Museum Eyes Relocation Out of Overton Park

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art might be leaving Midtown. The museum’s board has voted to allow the museum’s staff and the board’s long-range planning committee to evaluate locations in Memphis outside of Overton Park as possible homes for the Brooks’ permanent collection and future museum facilities.

More Than 150 Clergy Call for Removal of Forrest Statue

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has posted a letter from 153 local clergy members in the Memphis area backing the city’s call for a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission next month to allow the city to remove Confederate monuments from city parks.

Redbirds Owner/Fan Freund Sweats Every Pitch

The Memphis Redbirds’ first fan, majority owner Peter B. Freund, was sitting outside his suite at AutoZone Park. Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series on Wednesday night was about to begin.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: Northwest at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

The Daily News’ 2017 Small Business Seminar will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Brooks Museum, 1930 Poplar Ave. A panel of key players in the local food and beverage industry will discuss opportunities and challenges they’ve faced and offer tips and advice for all small-business owners. Wine-and-cheese reception will follow. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com for details and registration.

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Power of Art

Study shows arts make dollars and sense

From the nationwide study “Arts and Economic Prosperity V” came overwhelming evidence that the arts make a financial impact. But of all the data accumulated in a yearlong collection effort launched by Americans for the Arts, one number leaped out at Elizabeth Rouse, who is president and CEO of ArtsMemphis: in 2015 in Shelby County, the arts supported 6,138 jobs (full-time equivalent).

Soulsville Gateway Has 2nd Site

The South Memphis Alliance is about to close on a 52,923-square-foot warehouse on South Bellevue at Walker Street, the second part of a hard-fought gateway to the Soulsville area that has been in the works for the past five years.

Last Word: The Monument Letter, Soulsville Gateway and Gas Tax Hike Regrets

The Redbirds take Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series Wednesday evening with a 6-4 win over El Paso at AutoZone Park. Game 2 is noon Thursday at B.B. King and Union.

Touliatos Set To Make Run For Shelby County Mayor

Since her office is not term limited, Juvenile Court Clerk Joy Touliatos could stay for a while in the clerk’s position she has held for nearly two terms.

REIT Set to Make Fifth Downtown Memphis Investment

Alpha Residential Trust, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust, has entered into an agreement to purchase the 266 Lofts development at the corner of Front Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Plymouth REIT Expands Memphis Portfolio

Boston-based real estate investment firm Plymouth Industrial REIT has expanded its local portfolio with the acquisition of a 132,000-square-foot industrial center in southeast Memphis.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Opioid Committee on Right Track, Obstacles Remain

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

GUEST COLUMN

Finding Your Giving Hour

What is an hour of your time worth? It’s not difficult to calculate the monetary equivalent of 60 minutes of doing your job. To use your skills, talent, training and wisdom has a price that brings value to your work. And what would that hour with you be worth if you gave it away? For someone in need, that hour with you could be priceless.

STATEWIDE

Haywood County Sheriff in Tennessee Dies While in Office

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee sheriff has died while holding office.

GOP Candidates for Tennessee Governor Uneasy About Gas Tax

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The ink may be dry on a new state law that boosts funding for road projects through Tennessee's first gas tax hike in 28 years, but that doesn't mean all Republicans running for governor are happy with it.

Nearly $4M Federal Grant to Fund Veterans Cemetery Expansion

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee will receive a nearly $4 million grant to expand a veterans cemetery.

US NEWS

FEMA Insurance Chief: Harvey Losses Could Top $11 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the National Flood Insurance Program said Wednesday early estimates show Hurricane Harvey will result in about $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners, mostly in southeast Texas.

US ECONOMY

US Budget Deficit Up Slightly to $107.7 Billion in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government recorded a slightly larger deficit in August than a year ago, while the deficit through the first 11 months of this budget year is well above the same period last year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Republicans Unveil Long-Shot Effort on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

Trump Nominee for FEMA Post Withdraws Over Travel Audit

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the No. 2 official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency withdrew from consideration Wednesday following questions about a 2011 federal investigation.

Ryan: Deporting Young Immigrants Not in Nation's Interest

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that deporting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally is "not in our nation's interest," as he and President Donald Trump prepared to huddle with top Democrats to try to hash out a legislative fix.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Lawsuit Targets Searches of Electronic Devices at US Border

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the U.S. government's growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information. The government has vociferously defended its searches as critical to protecting the homeland.

Action on Student Loan Forgiveness Delayed as Rules Revised

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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