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VOL. 7 | NO. 23 | Saturday, May 31, 2014

This week in Memphis history: May 30-June 5

By Bill Dries

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2012: The transition planning commission plotting recommendations for the coming schools merger put together a list of $54 million in cuts that could be made to balance the budget of the new school system. But those in the 21-member advisory group emphasized the list was not a recommendation but instead “a reluctant contingency plan.” The recommendations would have gone one student above the Memphis City Schools pupil teacher ratio per classroom.

1984: Cotton Carnival MusicFest at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in two parts. The second part was from June 1-3. Gregg Allman played two nights in a lineup that also featured the first Memphis performance by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, touring in support of their debut album “Texas Flood” which had been released a year earlier. Other performers were Berlin, The Bar-Kays, Vince Gill, The Romantics and Chuck Berry.

1973: The last Overton Park Shell show before fences around the structure were scheduled to be taken down. Trapeze headlined the $4 a head show. The crowd took down the fence.

1908: The two rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor of Tennessee debated in the Auditorium before 8,000 people on the issue of a statewide prohibition law. Malcolm R. Patterson, who would win the nomination and the general election, favored local government determining whether they would remain wet or go dry. Edward W. Carmack favored statewide prohibition. (Source: “Memphis During the Progressive Era” by William Miller)

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 391 11,120
MORTGAGES 88 481 13,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 198 969 24,034
BANKRUPTCIES 54 288 8,432
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 126 3,771
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 67 536 13,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 103 3,031

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