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VOL. 132 | NO. 190 | Monday, September 25, 2017

The Week Ahead: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Are you ready to ride into the coming week, Memphis? There are some big two-wheel events and races to take in along with performances, fine dining, even a vintage antique market at Agricenter International. Check out more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

Arlington Election Decided, Other Political Milestones on Horizon

With the Arlington vote count in and awaiting certification from the Shelby County Election Commission, it would seem a light election year in Shelby County is over.

THE PRESS BOX

From Ownership to the Roster, Grizzlies Full of Questions

Chandler Parsons’ knees. There are two well-documented concerns.

Last Word: Pantographs & Catenaries, Grizz Uncertainty and Tuesdays Without Morrie

After three years off the rails, the first significant indications that the trolleys are about to return. It was just a two-block ride that includes the Memphis Area Transit Authority trolley barn on North Main and one very new trolley. But it is a start through what is a very technical and bureaucratic process involving lots of safety vests, clipboards and video cameras.

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EVENTS

F.A.C.E.S. of Memphis and Emotional Fitness Centers of Tennessee will host a free lunch-and-learn session Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Healing Center cafeteria, 3885 Tchulahoma Road. The topic is “All Hands on Deck: The cycle of addiction and community involvement.” Call 901-370-4673 for RSVP and information.

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Trolley Lines Return Comes With Technology, Standards Changes

New trolleys the Memphis Area Transit Authority hopes to have back on the Main Street tracks by the end of this year may sneak up on Main Street Mall pedestrians.

Children's Foundation Donates $2M to Memphis Medical Institutions

The Children’s Foundation of Memphis is donating $2 million to endow a chair of excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and establish the first cerebral palsy research center in the southeastern United States.

First Horizon CEO: Banking Industry Needs Consolidation

The CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company told attendees of a financial conference in New York City in recent days that the banking industry could benefit from more consolidation.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

GPAC Planning New Open-Air Venue

1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138 -
The Germantown Performing Arts Center has announced plans to develop a new 1.5-acre open-air performance center that will be located due north of its current location at 1801 Exeter Road.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Widening The Path

LITE Memphis growing minority entrepreneurs from the ground up

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

Editorial: Beale Street and The Line for City Leaders

When he was mayor, Willie Herenton had a saying that was his answer to speculation about whether he had crossed a legal line. Like the time when he bought an option on land fronting Union Avenue near AutoZone Park that was being considered as a possible site for a new convention center or hotel.

September 22-28, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1933: George Barnes, better known as “Machine Gun Kelly,” and three other people were arrested at a house on East Rayner Street for the kidnapping of oil millionaire Charles Urschel. Barnes was the first nationally known fugitive to be captured by the FBI. On the run from the FBI, Barnes returned to Memphis, the city where he had grown up and attended Central High School.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Graceland Changes Venue Plans After Grizzlies Raise Concerns

Elvis Presley Enterprises has announced it will significantly alter the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.

City’s Ire Raised By Stadium Droughts

For most of the ongoing discussion about a reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds, the Liberty Bowl has been a part of the background. Much of the attention has been on what to do with the Mid-South Coliseum and what new uses or buildings will do to existing parking.

New Gannett Cuts Eliminate Two More Commercial Appeal Employees

The effects of another companywide restructuring at newspaper publisher Gannett Co. Inc. – which owns USA Today as well as The Commercial Appeal – have touched the newsroom in Memphis, following an even deeper round of local cuts earlier this year.

Wunderlich Preparing Downtown Space for HQ Move

By this time next year, Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. will have a prominent new headquarters space Downtown,

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.

MEMPHIS AREA

DeSoto County Driver Leaves School Bus to Perform CPR

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) – A DeSoto County school bus driver is being credited with saving a man's life.

STATEWIDE

GM to Furlough 3rd Shift at Tennessee Plant as Demand Slows

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Not Home? Walmart Wants to Walk In and Stock Your Fridge

NEW YORK (AP) – Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience?

Amazon Signs Deal to Boost Its Restaurant Delivery Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon wants to deliver more burritos and hamburgers to your doorstep.

Facebook Nixes Plan for New Stock Class Ahead of Court Fight

NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that Facebook is withdrawing plans to create a new class of stock that would have let him keep tight reins on the social media company even as he sold down his stake to fund his philanthropy.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Federal Government Notifies 21 States of Election Hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.

Public Shaming Likely but GOP Wary of New Laws After Equifax

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans.

Obama-Era Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault Gets Scrapped

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 151 334 36,150
BANKRUPTCIES 54 92 11,774
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 59 5,619
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 49 4,406

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