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VOL. 131 | NO. 164 | Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: One Beale Delay, Memphis Banks and The Other Anniversary

By Bill Dries

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Changing the city’s skyline comes with some challenges. That’s a reflection of ever-changing economic conditions and the terrain by the Mississippi River on which the city’s skyline is built.

Developers of the One Beale project talked about the hurdles Tuesday in an update for the Center City Revenue Finance Corp., which extended Carlisle Corp.’s tax freeze by one year.

The problems range from where to put the parking garage and difficulty in getting a hotel brand because of the proliferation of smaller hotels in the Downtown area.

New numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on Memphis banks for the second quarter. The 22 banks in the Memphis area posted a collective profit of $323.9 million. A year ago it was $55.4 million in net income.

More on Monday evening at Graceland. State legislators from Memphis led by state Senator Lee Harris and state Representative G.A. Hardaway said Tuesday they want to know why it was necessary for police to determine who was there for the candlelight vigil and who was there for the Black Lives Matter protest.

Huey’s Downtown open again after a week’s remodeling. I can see myself in the shiny bar. Across Second, Capriccio Grill at the Peabody is getting the same makeover with the added benefit of Capriccio diners being set up in Chez Phillipe in the interim.

You’ve probably already seen on of our newest murals along Union Avenue touting a new pet bakery. It’s the Hollywood Feed Pet Bakery and there are three common elements in all of the recipes.

Further down in Digest, Melvin Burgess is the new County Commission chairman starting next month. Heidi Shafer is vice chair.

Memphis does not have a training program for interpreters for the deaf. The new executive director of DeafConnect wants to change that.

De Linda Brite is heading the local nonprofit dedicated to services for the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing.

Don Wade’s Sports Notebook leads with Tiger football recruiting with Monday’s news of Obinna Eze’s commitment to Tiger blue.


More on Aetna’s decision to cut its health insurance exchange participation in all but four states. We are not one of the four states and this is a trend.

Elvis Week this year has given us much to think about as Memphians. Here’s one more to think about. Wednesday is not only the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. It is the anniversary of Robert Johnsons death in 1938.

Presley died on the edge of tabloid and celebrity culture. Johnson died far from the edge. We don’t really know exactly how he died at the age of 27, although there are many versions. His obscurity is his mystery. His life as an entertainer is a far cry from arenas, sound systems you can hear miles away and digital downloads. Yet the many stories of Robert Johnson are part of the ongoing foundation on which the lore of the blues and rock and roll are built.

Other Reading:

Another anniversary of the musical persuasion Friday, 50 years to the day that The Beatles did two shows at the Mid-South Coliseum on their last tour ever. Half a century later it can be hard to explain Beatlemania much less the inadequate sound systems, the informality of setting up a show and lack of laminates to get back stage.

If you remember some of that or if you weren’t even alive – read this Washington Post story about a group of kids who decided to Meet The Beatles at one of the stops before Memphis.

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