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VOL. 132 | NO. 185 | Monday, September 18, 2017

The Week Ahead: Sept. 18-24

Hello, Memphis! Autumn officially arrives this Friday, and it’s bringing along a spate of happenings this week – from the Metal Museum’s Repair Days to the Memphis Japan Festival and the Mid-South Fair. Check out our top event picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

SCS Graduation Rate Inches Up, Arlington Tops 96 Percent

Shelby County Schools posted a graduation rate of 79.6 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year, up almost a full percentage point from the previous school year. And Arlington Community Schools was one of 43 public school districts in the state with a graduation rate at or above 95 percent.

SPORTS

Beat LA? With 48 points, Memphis finds a way

Tigers take down No. 25 UCLA 48-45

First, let’s make sure that history doesn’t get what happened Saturday at the Liberty Bowl twisted.

Last Word: HOT, Post Secondary Meets High School and Downtown Home Prices

Even a power outage Downtown didn’t stop the Bruno Mars show at FedExForum Sunday that capped an eventful and HOT weekend around the city. The forum was not affected by the outage.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
46.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Northeast at 13.8 mph
Humidity: 50%

EVENTS

Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op will hold a Fix a Flat Class Monday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Revolutions, 1000 S. Cooper St. (at First Congregational Church). The class covers everything you need to know about tires and tubes. Learn why you get flats and the best ways to prevent them in the future. Cost is free for Revolutions members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit revolutionsmemphis.com for details and tickets.

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Panel: Memphis a Food Town in Which Restaurants Build Community

High Cotton Brewing Co. co-founder Brice Timmons has a quote he jokingly uses to describe the life of a beer brewer in Memphis.

Loeb Properties Planning $24M Overton Square Hotel

Loeb Properties wants to build on the revival of Overton Square by adding a $24 million, 100-room hotel in the district.

Canadian Elevator Company Seeks PILOT For Hickory Hill Plant

A Canadian elevator company has a contract with a “Tennessee area” machine manufacturer for $500,000 and as a result wants to build a manufacturing plant in Hickory Hill as it expands its U.S. customer base.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Germantown Medical Office Sells for $16M

1325 Wolf Park Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 -
A New York-based investment trust has paid $15.9 million for the Germantown medical office building that houses Wolf River Surgery Center.

CHANDLER REPORTS NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT

Downtown Home Sales Prices Improving

Average home sales prices in downtown Memphis have seen significant improvements the past several years as we slowly crawled our way out of the worst housing crisis in recent history.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Editorial: Brooks’ Current Home As Important As Its Future

It’s hard to imagine Overton Park without the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The park itself was just shy of 15 years old when the Brooks opened in a beaux-arts-style marble box in 1916, awaiting art objects to fill its space.

Skipping School

The leap to college and career in K-12 education

The farm field at East Shelby Drive and Sycamore Road is “growing” steel beams, classroom walls and concrete floors. Nearby, the athletic fields of the new $90 million Collierville High School are being traced and laid out at summer’s end next to the framework of the large school.

September 15-21, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1998: Closing of the Wonders series exhibit “Ancestors of the Incas” at The Pyramid.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

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.

Developer: Lake District Project 'Moving Forward'

Developer Yehuda Netanel said you can’t measure a development by how many bumps in the road it has, but by how many bumps in the road it overcomes, which is a fitting summary of his company's ambitious Lake District project over the last few weeks.

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.

Deciding When to Expand is Tricky For Food Industry Entrepreneurs

Memphis historically has been a great place to birth a food business concept. From Perkins to Corky’s to Back Yard Burgers and everything in between, Memphis has seen many successful restaurant concepts expand beyond the city limits.

MMDC Hires Mitchell to Lead Community Development

Memphis native Vonesha Mitchell has joined the Memphis Medical District Collaborative as program manager, community development. Mitchell’s new position rolls together several functions, including recruiting retail for vacant and underutilized storefronts, working with U3 Advisors to launch and administer the Hire Local program, developing assistance package and incentive programs, and engaging current and potential businesses in the district to understand opportunities and concerns.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Sen. Corker Meets With Trump Following Spat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Bob Corker, who has yet to say whether he will seek a third term representing Tennessee in the U.S. Senate next year, met with President Donald Trump on Friday for the first time since their public spat.

Nonprofit Celebrates Launch of Tennessee State Parks Beer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A nonprofit group is celebrating the release of State Parks Blonde Ale, a new beer from Tennessee Brew Works.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Macy's Trims Holiday Hires By Nearly 4 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's is increasing the number of temporary workers it's hiring for distribution and warehouses for the holiday season as it chases fast growing e-commerce sales. But overall holiday hiring will fall nearly 4 percent.

Key Equifax Executives Departing After Huge Data Breach

NEW YORK (AP) – Equifax announced late Friday that its chief information officer and chief security officer would leave the company immediately, following the enormous breach of 143 million Americans' personal information. It also presented a litany of security efforts it made after noticing suspicious network traffic in July.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Still No Charity Money From Leftover Trump Inaugural Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be "workmanlike," and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president's residence in Washington.

Transgender Troops Can Re-Enlist In Military – For Now

WASHINGTON (AP) – New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President Donald Trump.

EDUCATION

Colleges Offering Legal Tips, Hotlines Amid DACA Uncertainty

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Mixed signals from Washington over a possible agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants are increasing anxiety and confusion on college campuses, where the stakes are high.

Senate Confirms Dunavant As U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tipton County prosecutor Mike Dunavant as the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, based in Memphis with offices in Jackson, Tennessee.

Germantown Medical Office Sells for $16M

1325 Wolf Park Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 -
A New York-based investment trust has paid $15.9 million for the Germantown medical office building that houses Wolf River Surgery Center.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 307 21,073
MORTGAGES 82 330 24,691
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 0 837 43,174
BANKRUPTCIES 63 240 14,142
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 75 6,476
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 114 13,625
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 77 5,146

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