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VOL. 133 | NO. 144 | Monday, July 23, 2018

The Week Ahead: July 23-29

Good morning, Memphis! Get ready to stock up on back-to-school gear during Tennessee’s sales tax holiday is this weekend. Plus, swoop in for a superhero double feature and boogie down on National Dance Day. Here’s the lowdown on all those and more hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

Every-Other-Week Yard Waste Pickup Leads City Overhaul of Sanitation

After years of changes to the city’s basic system of sanitation services and lots of discussions and pauses between those efforts, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has waded into the fray over the most basic of city services.

Memphis’ Youngest Students Show Reading Gains On 2018 State Tests – And That’s A Big Deal

Those working to improve early literacy rates in Shelby County Schools got a small morale boost Thursday as newly released scores show the district’s elementary school students improved their reading on 2018 state tests.

In Face of 6-26 SEC Record Over Four Years, Vanderbilt's Mason Believes Team on Brink of a Breakthrough

The question was natural, maybe even innocent. During Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason’s appearance at SEC Media Days in Atlanta last week, he was asked about going on the road to play Notre Dame early in the season, the challenge it would pose.

Around Memphis: July 23, 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

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EVENTS

The Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip visits Memphis Tuesday, July 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Novel bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Bring your kids ages 0 to 12 to this family event to meet authors, take photos with costumed characters, win prizes and more. Cost is free. Visit novelmemphis.com.

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Last Word: The Fuse, TnReady on SCS Literacy Efforts and Death By Amazon?

More than 32,000 of you have voted early in advance of the Aug. 2 election day through Saturday and going into the final week of early voting, which runs through July 28. That compares to 37,168 early voters through the first eight days in 2014 for this same election cycle and 41,310 in 2010 at the same point. In 2010 and 2014 there were 21 early voting sites compared to today’s 27. And the Downtown location was the only site open for the first two days of those early voting periods compared to five of the 27 sites open for the first three days of the current period. For the full 2014 early voting period, keeping in mind the differences, there were 82,403 early voters and in 2010 there were 93,700.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Trucking Firm Seeks PILOT to Relocate HQ to Vacated American Way Strip Center

The vacated Circuit City on American Way could become the corporate headquarters of a Memphis-based trucking company that serves FedEx, Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.

Arrive Hotel Breaks Ground on South Main Location

“You can feel the momentum in Memphis,” Mayor Jim Strickland said during his opening remarks at the groundbreaking of Arrive Hotel’s newest location.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Germantown Retail Center Sells for $13M, Orion Files Permit for New HQ

1245 N. Germantown Parkway,

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Editorial: The Majority We Need In This Election

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day is underway, and the results in the local, state and federal races will be the first indication of where Memphis and Shelby County are politically in the wake of Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

The Fuse

The early voting court case and ruling that set the fuse for the August elections in Shelby County

Where and when to hold early voting has been such a low-grade political tug of war in the scheme of low-turnout Memphis elections that it hasn’t caused much of a ripple in the city’s deep political waters.

July 20-26, 2018: This week in Memphis history

2012: Loeb Properties Inc. of Memphis closed on its $7 million acquisition of eight acres of the Overton Square entertainment district from Denver-based Overton Square Investors LLC.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

The Daily Memphian to Launch in Fall as Memphis' Definitive News Source

A new seven-days-a-week news outlet called The Daily Memphian will make its debut this fall, with many of the biggest names in Memphis journalism and a unique not-for-profit funding model. The ambitious effort’s goal is to become the city’s definitive news source with reporting of, by and for Memphis.

Frayser Bauhaus Draws Preview Crowd of 300

The investor developer of a Bauhaus-style home from the late 1940s in Frayser says the area is the “next frontier” in Memphis real estate.

Tate Censured by Local Democratic Party

Amid early voting, the Shelby County Democratic Party is censuring state Sen. Reginald Tate for derogatory comments he made about Democrats this summer and for calling himself a “black Republican.”

Preds Pay High Price For ‘Win-Now’ Mindset

By the time the Predators made their first selection of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft last month, 110 prospects had been chosen by rival teams. Nashville had previously traded away its picks in the draft’s first three rounds, with two of the deals adding experienced players to the Preds’ talented core last season.

Lenoir, Harris Clash at Rotary Debate

Republican contender for Shelby County mayor David Lenoir accused Democratic rival Lee Harris of being radical and for “wealth transfer.” Harris, a state senator, said Lenoir, as county trustee, has “almost no experience” with “tough issues” and accused Lenoir of resorting to name-calling.

STATEWIDE

Pence Touts Conservative Credentials of Blackburn, Black

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted Republican tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks Saturday, using a visit to Tennessee to also heap praise on the conservative credentials of two GOP congresswomen waging tough campaigns for statewide offices.

Jury Selected in Rape Trial of Ex-Tennessee Football Players

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the rape trial of former Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams, clearing the way for opening statements to take place Monday.

Harwell Backs Medical Marijuana in GOP Tennessee Governor's Race Ad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State House Speaker Beth Harwell is running a TV ad about supporting medical marijuana as she tries to separate herself from the Republican field for Tennessee governor before the Aug. 2 primary.

REGIONAL NEWS

William Faulkner Conference Focuses on Slavery as Theme

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A conference at the University of Mississippi is focusing on what slavery meant in the life, imagination and writing of William Faulkner.

Civil Rights Legend Meredith Says He's on a Mission From God

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives.

Arkansas Governor Accepts Party's Nomination for Re-election

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has formally accepted the state Republican Party's nomination for governor, seeking re-election to a second term.

Hutchinson's Son Pleads Not Guilty to DWI Charges

WEST FORK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's son has pleaded not guilty to his fourth charge of driving while intoxicated.

US NEWS

Inspector Warned duck boat Company of Design Flaws Last Year

A private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm.

Survivors Recount Deadly Missouri Duck Boat Sinking

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — "Grab the baby!"

Stocks End Slightly Lower as Traders Shrug Off Trade Talk

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched lower Friday as bond yields jumped, a shift that helped banks but hurt companies that pay big dividends. The dollar fell after President Donald Trump said China is manipulating its currency.

Trump Finds it 'Inconceivable' Lawyer Would Tape a Client

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it "inconceivable" that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with Trump.

Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided.

MGM Turns to Never-Tested Law to Sue Vegas Shooting Victims

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas using an obscure U.S. law never tested in court has been framed by the casino-operator as an effort to avoid years of costly litigation — but the legal maneuver may not play out that way.

'Wonder Woman,' 'Aquaman' and 'Shazam!" Thrill Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman ," ''Shazam! " and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production. Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Chris Pratt, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman were just a few of the starry names to grace the stage of the comic book convention's Hall H.

Stocks End Slightly Lower as Traders Shrug Off Trade Talk

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched lower Friday as bond yields jumped, a shift that helped banks but hurt companies that pay big dividends. The dollar fell after President Donald Trump said China is manipulating its currency.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 136 4,701
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 88 2,982

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