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VOL. 131 | NO. 170 | Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Bearwater Progress, Defining Certainty and A Special Session After All

By Bill Dries

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The older couple have been spotted around town a lot taking in the nightlife.

Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been to The Lookout at the top of the Pyramid this week to take in a sunset on the river. They also found their way to Beale Street one night this week.

But they are here primarily to work on a subdivision of houses in North Memphis along with 500 volunteers.

And the Bearwater Park subdivision is taking shape.

Speaking of Beale Street, the authority overseeing the district is closer to hiring a management firm by a process of elimination. Two of the three applicants for the job were ruled out this week by the board. But that doesn’t mean the one remaining firm, 21 Beale, has the job by default.

More on the city’s deal with Wiseacre for the Mid-South Coliseum that focuses on some of the initial uncertainty in the aftermath of Tuesday’s council vote. The confusion is a classic example of how the terms of a deal mean different things from one sector to another on the way to the same outcome.

There may be a special session of the Tennessee Legislature before year’s end after all. The state could lose $60 million in federal road money by Oct. 1 as things stand now. The Legislature passed a drunk driving law in its regular 2016 session that toughened penalties for drunk drivers under 21. But with the tougher penalties, the Legislature raised the blood alcohol content threshold.

It’s free hunting day across the state Saturday.

Our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard on the Achievement School District in his View From The Hill column.

What was the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club is rebranded as cityCURRENT.

Memphis Real Estate Recap includes Artspace beginning construction in South Main, the Archer Malmo expansion at the Cotton Exchange Building, Orchard Church plans in Collierville and Divine Life Church buys on Riverdale Road.

Methodist signs a $12.9 million tech contract to modernize Methodist University Hospital.

Also in Digest, a Downtown Animal Hospital in Victorian Village.

Other Reading:

The Hill on Trump in Mississippi Wednesday and the Brexit leader who was at the rally.

Popular Mechanics on Sam Phillips. Yes, that Sam Phillips.

USA Today on a March date for the new CMT series “Million Dollar Quartet” filmed here during the summer and one of the stars, Chad Michael Murray talks about what audiences can expect.

Nationally:

Corporate debt as a risk to the national economy.

Homes sales down in July with an inventory shortage.

Pfizer buys part of AstraZeneca.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 147 18,012
MORTGAGES 89 184 20,749
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 12 2,705
BUILDING PERMITS 117 258 37,094
BANKRUPTCIES 55 114 11,540
BUSINESS LICENSES 42 59 5,907
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 48 6,878
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 68 4,117