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VOL. 133 | NO. 138 | Thursday, July 12, 2018

DMC Steering Committee Recommends Consultant for Downtown Master Plan

In an effort to create a master plan for all of Downtown Memphis that will complement the administration’s Memphis 3.0 plan, the Downtown Memphis Commission staff has issued its recommended consultant for the project. 

Lenoir-Harris Debate At NAACP-Sponsored Forum Illustrates Political Divide

David Lenoir and Lee Harris brought the Shelby County mayor’s race to the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, July 10, after all. In his opening statement, Lenoir, the Republican nominee, talked about his request for a different moderator at the forum sponsored by the Memphis Branch NAACP.

Early-Voting Plan Takes Final Turn In Court

Plans changed once again Tuesday, July 11, leading up to the Friday opening of the early-voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day.

Say Cheese

Build-your-own cheese board festival taps unfilled niche in Memphis

A new food festival is coming to Memphis this summer, and it’s already a sold-out event. The inaugural Butcher Board Festival will be held at the South Main Market on Sunday, July 22, and will feature charcuterie, cheeses, brews, and more, all of which are sourced from local vendors.

Last Word: No Fifth, The Cordova Triangle and Cheese Festival in South Main

I am not going to count this as a fifth early voting plan because whether Calvary Episcopal Church would be available for the last two Saturdays of early voting was still up in the air Tuesday. And Wednesday the word was final on Calvary which seems fitting in all things church. The result is what I will optimistically call the final version of early voting sites and their hours and days is a slate of 27 sites that is far from uniform in hours. Early voting begins Friday at five of the 27 sites.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
88.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 70%

EVENTS

Memphis Heritage Inc. hosts a Preservation Posse: After Hours tour of the Frayser Bauhaus on Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. (doors and bar open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at 3590 Thomas St. Stop by for a drink and barbecue, then learn about the restoration project from the experts making it happen. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit memphisheritage.org/ppah for details.

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More Detailed Fairgrounds Plan Includes Smaller Garage, Lower Priced Sports Site

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland plans to take a more specific $95 million to $100 million plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment to the City Council and Shelby County Commission in two weeks and the state building commission in Nashville in the fall.

Downtown Board Approves Tax Breaks for South Main, Beale Projects

A pair of potentially place-changing projects were approved for PILOTs by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Tuesday, July 10.

SPORTS

Remarkable Recovery

Redbirds pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon survived line drive to head to become All-Star

The dream had come true, at least part of it. Thirteen months after being struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for the Memphis Redbirds at Iowa, Daniel Poncedeleon was in the majors wearing a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. He hadn’t just recovered from a career-threatening injury, a life-threatening moment, he was in the big leagues.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Unpopular Bill? Just Rebrand It With TRUMP

Using what could be the political acronym of the year, two Republican state lawmakers with expertise in pain treatment are playing on the popularity of President Donald Trump to pass medical pot legislation.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Memphis Ophthalmologist’s Journey To Help Others Takes Her, Husband to Africa

The positive habits we form during our lives are the foundation of self-control, will power and our life’s purpose. Having a vision of what you want to do is the easiest part. Having the perseverance and courage to bring that vision to life, and following it where it leads you, is the difficult part. Living your purpose is the reward.

MEMPHIS AREA

2 Lawyers Representing Ex-wife of Slain NBA Player Withdraw

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two lawyers who were representing the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright withdrew from the case Wednesday, citing a deteriorating relationship with their high-profile client.

STATEWIDE

Lee: GOP Governor Race Attack Ads 'Not What a Leader Does'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bill Lee has released an ad criticizing what he calls dishonest attack ads in the GOP gubernatorial primary, saying he's "not going down that road."

Hundreds Treated For Heat Exposure at Tennessee Music Fest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 200 people have been treated for heat-related illnesses at a music festival in Tennessee, with at least 20 taken to a hospital.

Bacteria Sickens More Than 500 at Gatlinburg Zipline Center

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say E. coli bacteria caused the sickness that affected more than 500 people at a zipline attraction.

REGIONAL NEWS

More Than $47M Going to States to Help Veterans Find Jobs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs.

Unmarked Police Cars to Lurk for Speeders on Natchez Trace

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — More National Park Service rangers will range on the Natchez Trace Parkway in unmarked vehicles.

Arkansas Lottery Revenue at Record $500M

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery raised nearly $92 million for college scholarships in fiscal 2018, the third-largest amount raised in its nine years of operation.

US NEWS

Government Falls Short of Deadline to Reunite Kids, Parents

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some immigrant toddlers are back in the arms of their parents, but others remained in government custody away from relatives as federal officials fell short of meeting a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their families at the border.

GOP Candidates Call for University to Remove Flag Art Piece

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday demanded that the University of Kansas take down an art display that involves an altered U.S. flag, calling it disrespectful to the military.

New Orleans Mayor: Department Was 'Cesspool' of Harassment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city's property management department had become a cesspool where sexual harassment flourished for years. She has fired department leaders, and told The New Orleans Advocate last week that she hopes new city rules and training will help prevent anything similar.

Execution Blocked After Company Objects to Use of its Drug

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death.

Border Protection Says NYC Mayor Crossed Border Illegally

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Trump Claims Germany 'Controlled' by Russia, Merkel Differs

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' "delinquent" defense spending during the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Soon to Leapfrog Saudis, Russia as Top Oil Producer

The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world's biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s.

Stocks Skid as Trade War Worsens With New Tariff Threats

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stock indexes are sinking Wednesday after the Trump administration released a list of $200 billion in goods that could be hit with tariffs and China said it would retaliate. The dollar is climbing and oil prices are plunging. Industrial and materials companies are also falling.

New EPA Acting Chief Defends Past Coal Industry Lobbying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency defended his past lobbying work with the coal industry on Wednesday as he addressed agency employees roiled by months of ethics allegations against former administrator Scott Pruitt.

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PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
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MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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