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VOL. 131 | NO. 27 | Monday, February 8, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: Leaving Warren and Tulane, New Police Brass and Losing Housing

By Bill Dries

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Post Super Bowl edition of Last Word: Broncos 24 – Panthers 10 – Lady Gaga’s National Anthem kudos – Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyonce ambitious halftime extravaganza got lost in spots by bad sound.

But Beyonce announced her new tour at the end. Panthers lose 10 seconds of the 11 seconds they had on a late hit penalty but it wouldn’t have made any difference at that point. And Peyton Manning makes no announcements about his future, despite being asked about it 20-bazillion times in the last two weeks.

This is the week residents at the Warren and Tulane apartments begin looking for new homes.
That follows word late Friday that HUD is cancelling its contract with Global Ministries Foundation, the Memphis owner of the two apartment complexes that rely exclusively on federal rent subsidies for its tenants.
HUD cancelled the contract after Warren and Tulane failed a second federal inspection.
GMF also announced Friday that it is looking to sell the two complexes.

You heard a lot in the 2015 race for mayor about the city’s declining population. Now consider that the city’s aging housing stock is fading and as those houses disappear, new home construction is not matching what the city is losing in that regard. It's also not meeting demand.
This is the development that will be analyzed and discussed Wednesday at the Chandler Reports Master Your Market seminar.
Chandler Reports is the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Publishing Co.
Master Your Market includes the year end numbers for commercial and residential real estate.

Meanwhile,the Chandler Reports Neighborhood Report is on the Mount Arlington subdivision in Cooper-Young.

Michael Rallings began his tenure as interim Memphis Police Director last week with some mixed reviewed Tuesday in his first session with the Memphis City Council that we reviewed last week. He also talked in several interviews of the community supporting the police department with a “Ride or Die” type of support.

Rallings may be selected as the permanent police director. It’s certain that several police officers who have risen through the ranks will want to be part of the national search now underway that will take an estimated four to eight months.
But this national search is very different from the ones that Mayor Willie Herenton promised on several occasions during a 17-year reign as mayor that featured five police directors – all from the ranks.
Herenton always settled on the interim police director as the ultimate choice for the permanent police director.
But this time, we are hearing much different expectations around the national search that Mayor Jim Strickland is promising.
And that is the direction we have gone in with the cover story of our weekly, The Memphis News – the distinct possibility that the MPD could have the first director from outside its ranks in more than 30 years.
We also offer a good-sized serving of the coming discussion about the size of the police department.

The Shelby County Commission meets Monday. Last week the commission had its first discussion of the Shelby County Schools $1.1 billion OPEB liability problem and although no one from City Hall got anywhere near the discussion, the city was mentioned as was an early and very tentative solution.

From The Press Box, Don Wade on the Tigers victory over Cincinnati and dodging a dubious milestone.

The new migraine clinic at Baptist Memorial Hospital is a bit different because of the patients it sees. It’s also a research center that works on a definition of chronic migraines as more than 15 of the headaches a month over a three-month period.

The Memphis News Almanac: Rod Stewart in the Round, a Beale Street party off Beale Street for Soviet gymnasts, buying season tickets for the Grizzlies season that never was, Ali meets Fargo and building a school at the Fairgrounds.

In the What Others Are Saying About Us Department: The Los Angeles Times visits the National Civil Rights Museum and points beyond in our city with a focus on the recent expansion of the museum which by this article is achieving its mission of connecting the movement to the times were now live in.

For some of you, our two crossword puzzles and Sudoku are what you wait for each week in The Memphis News. Some thought from the New York Times on words in its 74-year old crossword tradition.

This week’s edition of The Memphis News includes a new feature that you will see once a month in the weekly. Martha Kelly’s watercolors, prints and illustrations of her hometown are the latest addition to a publication that continues to grow as we prepare to mark our eighth year in June.

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