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VOL. 133 | NO. 77 | Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Major Violent Crime Drops In Latest Crime Stats

Major violent crime for the first quarter of 2018 was down 5.1 percent in Memphis compared to a year ago and down 4.9 percent countywide over the same period.

Luttrell Vetoes One Resolution, Refuses to Sign Another

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has vetoed a resolution for attorney and former county commissioner Julian Bolton to continue in his role as legislative policy advisor to the commission.

Trolleys Return to Main Street at End of April

The Main Street trolley returns to service April 30, the Memphis Area Transit Authority announced Monday, April 16.

New Plans Would Change Memphis Medical District

With 27,000 people who either work or attend classes in the Memphis Medical District, and about 375 acres of parking space, something has to give.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
45.0°F
Fair
Wind: North at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 54%

EVENTS

The National Civil Rights Museum will host a discussion with the editors of “An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee” Tuesday, April 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. In the book, 17 scholars examine the city’s role in African-American history. Editors Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney will be joined by four of the authors: Beverly Bond, Charles Hughes, Zandria Robinson and Elton Weaver. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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EMPHASIS Residential Real Estate

150-Year-Old Marx-Bensdorf Cites Culture as Key to Firm's Longevity

Memphis real estate firm Marx-Bensdorf Realtors is celebrating a storied 150 years of business this year and looking back at the core values that have contributed to their longevity in an ever-changing industry.

Last Word: The Wheels on the Bus, HelloHome and Cooper-Young's Debate

It’s been so long that when someone talks about trolleys in this town of ours, you might think of the ones with rubber tires that have been running for the last four years. You might be part of the discussion about larger changes to the city public transportation system and some wondering about where trolleys should be in the way of priorities. Or you may have been someone caught by surprise during the recent trolley tests by how quiet the new ones are.

Residents React to Cooper-Young’s Tentative Historic Overlay Status

Though the Memphis City Council on Tuesday, April 10, granted Cooper-Young the historic overlay district status it has been seeking since last year, there is still a sense of concern among many of the residents.

HelloHome Shifts Business Model To Take Firm ‘Back to Our Roots’

HelloHome. That’s the new name of a 3-year-old real estate technology platform that founder Jessica Buffington is tweaking to improve customer experience.

Supporting Musicians Focus of New Initiative

Old Dominick Distillery is hosting a bash this week to raise money for a new program that supports Memphis musicians while also turning them into ambassadors for the city.

First Weekend of Early Voting Logs More Than 7,000 Votes in County Primaries

More than 7,000 early votes were cast in the 2018 Shelby County government primaries through the first weekend of the early voting period.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Overton Square Adds Two New Restaurants in One Week

2110 Madison Ave. -
Loeb Properties has announced that Bogard, a new upscale restaurant that will serve contemporary Southern-inspired dishes, has signed a 3,790-square-foot lease in Overton Square.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Hiring Your New Leader

It happens all the time. “I quit!” or “You’re fired!” are the extremes that can mark the beginning of a crucial organizational change process.

Another Conscious Company: Which Wich

Editor’s note: Columnist Michael Graber interviewed Jeff Sinelli, founder and “chief vibe officer” at Which Wich, about the sandwich chain’s focus on conscious capitalism. 

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Judge Cuts Troubled Hospital Pensions 25 Percent

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A judge is ordering an immediate 25 percent cut to pensions paid to retirees of a Mississippi Gulf Coast hospital system.

Sheriff: 80 Rescued From Flood at Mississippi Campground

PERKINSTON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say heavy rainfall unleashed flooding in Mississippi that required emergency workers to rescue 80 festivalgoers by boat and air.

Surveyors Confirm 11 Tornadoes in Arkansas From Storms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Survey teams with the National Weather Service have confirmed 11 tornadoes so far from the severe storms that hit Arkansas on Friday and Saturday.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Chemical Weapons Team in Syria Kept From Alleged Attack Site

DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

The Latest: Lawyer for Men Hopeful on Meeting With Starbucks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local):

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Arkansas, Oklahoma Divided on Opioid Withdrawal Alternative

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Legislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines.

Idaho Counties Suing Drug Makers for Enabling Opioid Abuse

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Several Idaho counties are taking their fight against opioid overdoses to the courtroom.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Commercial and Critical Darling Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer

NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

Luttrell Vetoes One Resolution, Refuses to Sign Another

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has vetoed a resolution for attorney and former county commissioner Julian Bolton to continue in his role as legislative policy advisor to the commission.

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