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VOL. 130 | NO. 232 | Monday, November 30, 2015

The Week Ahead: Nov. 30, 2015

Daily News staff

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How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from snow and sledding at the Levitt Shell to orientation for members of the new Memphis City Council...

Last week, the Shelby County Trustee’s office announced that tax sales were moving to an online platform, the first offering of its kind in Tennessee. To promote the new service, the Shelby County Real Estate Road Show will take place Tuesday at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors headquarters, 6393 Poplar Ave.
At the free seminar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., county property reclamation specialist Donnell Cobbins will detail the Shelby County tax sale process and anti-blight initiative; representatives from Civic Source will demo the new website; and county land bank administrator Dawn Kinard will discuss purchasing properties and will walk attendees through its GIS-based marketing tool. An attorney will also be on-hand to address legal questions. The road show is co-sponsored by Chandler Reports.

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

On the far end of the weekly calendar, the Levitt Shell announces its plans for the future. The Overton Park’s outdoor concert venue on Sunday will host what it’s calling an “unveiling party” to disclose “exciting plans.” Any guesses as to what it entails?
The festivities include some artificial snow and an invitation to do what Memphians do at the Shell’s bowl when it snows – sled and slide, of course. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. and includes a Memphis Grizzlies watch party (the home team plays the Phoenix Suns at 2:30 p.m.), music, bonfires and fireworks.

Memphis has a vibrant community of creatives and young professionals, which is why on Wednesday the Memphis College of Art will host “Creatives in the City,” a conversation presented by High Ground News and EPIcenter. The event will be moderated by Josh Horton of Hieroglyph and Creative Works and feature a panel of creative professionals that includes Joann Self Selvidge of True Story Pictures, Joel Halpern of Loaded For Bear, Nicole Heckman of Little Bird Innovation and Edward Bogard of SoGiv.

The Germantown Economic Development Commission will conduct a design charrette to develop a vision and site plan for the Forest Hill Heights area. Located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester roads, the Forest Hills Heights strategic area covers more than 300 acres out of 1,450 acres annexed from Shelby County into Germantown in 2000.
Similar to the process that designed the Smart Growth Plan for Germantown’s Central Business District, community members and consultants will come together to draft a major plan over just a couple days. The charrette will be introduced Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the office of Fisher Arnold Inc., 9180 Crestwyn Hills Drive, and a design review meeting will take place Thursday at 6 p.m.
Architects Looney Ricks Kiss, engineers Fisher Arnold and Bethesda, Maryland-based real estate advisers RCLCO will work on the project.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

There are less than a month’s worth of shopping days until Christmas, which means holiday-themed events around Memphis are now upon us. The festivities start ramping up toward the end of the week, with things like Overton Square’s “Light up the Square” event Thursday.
Visitors to the square can look forward to holiday open houses and the official flipping of the switch that night, along with entertainment that includes performances by the Rozelle Elementary Choir; “Key of She”, the White Station High School a capella choir; the St. Mary’s High School Chamber Ensemble Choir; and the Central High School Warriors Marching Band. The Amurica Photo Booth will also be on hand, along with “Santa’s representative.”

On Friday and Saturday, Choose901 is holding a holiday popup shop at its South Main office, 409 South Main St. The 2015 Memphis holiday parade is up next, on Saturday, at 4 p.m. on Beale Street. And on the same day that marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats and more will turn Beale into holiday central, runners will line up to take part in the St. Jude Marathon, which starts at Second Street and Monroe Avenue. Entries are still available for the St. Jude Memphis 5K, Kids Marathon and Family Fun Run. Visitstjudemarathon.org for start times and registration information.

The six new members-elect of the Memphis City Council aren’t on the clock until January. But they will be on the fifth floor of City Hall Tuesday for an orientation session intended to fill them in on the basics, from the difference between an ordinance and a resolution to where the bathrooms are. And then there is the combination to the side door to the council offices that includes a fingerprint scanner that can be a bit temperamental.
They will be back Dec. 9 for a daylong session with both outgoing Mayor A C Wharton and incoming mayor-elect Jim Strickland.
(More City Hall tips: the mayor and those working for the mayor are often referred to as the 7th floor. And the basic difference is a resolution takes one vote of the council to pass and an ordinance takes three votes or readings to be approved.)
The current council members get an early start on Tuesday’s council day with a 3 p.m. committee session Monday. The topic is the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division’s proposed 22 percent water rate hike that is on Tuesday’s council agenda for a vote. The council turned down a 2.3 percent water rate hike proposal a year ago. The 22 percent rate hike proposal debate likely will include questions about the utility using reserve funds to absorb the cost.

Other tidbits:

• The Memphis Grizzlies play the Pelicans in the Big Easy Tuesday; are home against the dreaded Spurs Thursday, in a game carried nationally by TNT; and home again Sunday versus the Phoenix Suns. (If you don't already have tickets for that one, see above for watch party plans at the Levitt Shell.)

Global Ministries Foundation is before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday for a committee discussion on conditions at three low-income apartment complexes it owns in Memphis. GMF founder Richard Hamlet also will brief commissioners on his recapitalization plan for more extensive renovations at those complexes.

• A tribute to Billie Holiday will fill the halls of the Mollie Fontaine Lounge on Saturday. Local songstresses Tonya Dyson and Lee Taylor will sing Lady Day staples with John Shaw on piano. The concert runs from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• In Nashville Tuesday, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announces the list of presidential primary candidates – both Democratic and Republican – who are “generally advocated or recognized presidential candidates.” The list is submitted to the Tennessee Election Commission for its approval. Noon Tuesday also is the deadline for those presidential contenders not on the Secretary of State’s list to file their qualifying petitions for a place on the March 1 Tennessee presidential primary ballot.

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email managing editor Jane Donahoe, at jdonahoe@memphisdailynews.com, if you have items for consideration.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 56 2,461
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 125 5,303
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 17 125 6,273
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 98 3,511