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VOL. 131 | NO. 165 | Thursday, August 18, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: Malco in South Main, Suburban Deadline and Chiwawa

By Bill Dries

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The Malco movie theater in South Main is to begin construction in September, the latest piece of the Central Station development where construction of apartment units on the Front Street side of the property has been underway for some time.

The Center City Development Corp. approved a storefront grant Wednesday of $125,000.

The theater was supposed to start a bit earlier this summer. But that’s why projects like this rarely have a specific start date. In this case, there have been a few wrinkles because the theater incorporates the train station’s old Power House.

Thursday noon is the filing deadline for those considering a run in one of the four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 8 ballot in Shelby County.

That’s the ballot topped by the Presidential general election. And the municipal elections are in Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville and Millington – races for aldermen and school board seats for the most part but Millington Mayor Terry Jones and Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner are each seeking re-election and each has a sitting alderman challenging him in the nonpartisan elections.

Some interesting data from the sixth edition of the Tennessee Educators Survey. Complete data from four of the six suburban school systems in Shelby County is part of this survey. But not Shelby County Schools or the Achievement School District. But the statewide data shows a gap in how teachers and principals view disciplinary measures. Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says it should lead to a long-delayed discussion about the disparity in disciplinary measures like suspensions and expulsions that are used more frequently for African-American children.

The survey results in the four suburban school systems that are included also show the gap. And the story includes a link so you can look at the data in any number of ways all the way down to the school level.

More on this in the Friday edition that goes online Thursday afternoon. The Tennessee Comptroller’s audit of the Achievement School District shows a lack of financial controls in the ASD that has led the state to relocate the ASD’s financial functions in Nashville, moving them out of Memphis. The audit also finds the ASD’s process for selecting charter school operators and matching them with failing schools to be sound.

The six victims of last weekend’s plane crash in Alabama will be remembered Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi on the Ole Miss campus.

The Memphis College of Art and EPIcenter collaborate on a “creatives-in-residence” program that recently wrapped up for the summer with plans for the future

The Memphis Real Estate Recap includes more details on the sale of the Greens at Irene apartment complex and the new owners of the Rosecrest and Kimbrough apartment towers in Midtown and a $30 million building permit for a pair of Hilton hotels that is about a third of the investment in the TraVure multi-use project on Poplar.

A related note in Digest, Fogelman Management will be running Greens of Irene for the new owners as well as Preserve at Forest Creek and eight other complexes in other cities.

Further down in Digest, the Grizz coaching staff is in place. The winning can now begin.

Chiwawa’s successor in Overton Square will be Indian Pass Raw Bar, the second location of the Gulf Coast institution that many Memphians who venture into the Apalachicola area know. Hopefully, Midtown will still be Memphis in terms of the setting for the oyster bar. And for Square veterans this should be a suitable replacement for the original Silky’s on the other side of Madison. Although a green Statue of Liberty replica wouldn’t hurt.

The challenger to Tennessee House speaker Beth Harwell in Sam Stockard’s View From The Hill column.

One of Beale Street’s tenant in the late 1980s into the early 1990s was Famous Amos – the cookie phenomenon of the day.

The Beale Street store on the Hernando Street side of the southwest corner of Beale and Hernando had a large plaster chocolate chip cookie attached to it exterior during the store’s time.

Amos’s son, Shawn Amos, plays B.B. King’s on Beale next week.


Fed minutes heighten speculation about an interest rate hike.

Target’s profit forecast takes a cut.

Barnes & Noble fires its CEO after a year.

PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426