VOL. 131 | NO. 78 | Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Last Word: When To Heal, Budget Day at City Hall and Cheese Steak Pondering
By Bill Dries
After Sunday’s thrashing of the Grizzlies by the Spurs in their 2016 NBA playoff debut, there is a school of thought among Grizz watchers that the sooner this is over the better.
But there are others who would have a more content off season if the Grizz could win just one game in the series as they go down and then proceed back to the cave for some summer healing.
Either way, Game 2 is Tuesday in San Antonio and then FedExForum Friday for Game 3.
Tuesday is the most important day yet in Jim Strickland’s short time as mayor. He takes his first budget proposal to the Memphis City Council.
It tops what is a busy agenda for the council in which they will go from the dollar figures of a budget of approximately $650 million to the latest development controversy – the Parkside at Shelby Farms Park proposal on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park.
The council was supposed to decide Tuesday who would buy the old Central Police Headquarters building at Adams and Second. But that has now been put off until May.
In our Residential Real Estate Emphasis: Inside the South Main residential boom with developers Hamilton & Holliman; the local lot shortage and its effect on home construction prices, and giving infill a good name.
Memphis-based Lenny’s Sub Shop undergoes some leadership changes on its way to a growth plan.
This stat from the story: In the company’s 18 years in business it has sold 25 million Philly cheesesteaks.
And a question to those from Philadelphia. Do you have the same discussions about cheesesteaks that we do about barbecue? Is there a wet cheesesteak and a dry cheesesteak? Are there cheesesteak joints … a cheesesteak festival?
Provincial minds want to know.
In Nashville, the bathroom bill is withdrawn for this session per The Tennessean and there will be a late attempt in the capitol to override Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill making the Bible the state’s official book.
The bills were still coming up for floor votes into Monday evening. So here are the highlights:
The House approved the bill that would lower gun permit fees for a lifetime permit. On its way to the Governor's desk is a bill directing the Tennessee Attorney General to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement. It was approved Monday by the House. The Senate approved it in February. And the House stripped all funding from the University of Tennessee's budget for the university's diversity office.