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VOL. 131 | NO. 4 | Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: Council Round-Up, One Beale's Third Tower and the Battle Over the ASD

By Bill Dries

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On a clear day, the song goes, you can see forever.
In Memphis though, it seems that no two politicians will see exactly the same thing or have precisely the same opinion.
On a somewhat sunny but not necessarily clear Tuesday in our fair city there was a lot to see.

You know a transition at City Hall is underway when there are missing pictures of city council members on the west wall of the council chamber and new pictures on the east wall.
The west wall is for pictures of current council members and the east wall is for pictures of former members.
The first council session for the year and of the four-year city term of office took a bit less than five hours Tuesday.
Here’s our rundown of how the council day went including council committee sessions that began at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

From their individual offices on the fifth floor at City Hall, council members have a view of the rising river. So does Mayor Jim Strickland.
It’s not the riveting site it was four years ago. But nevertheless it bears watching.

Chase Carlisle of Carlisle Corp., the developers of the One Beale project, offered the Memphis Rotary Club a view of what could be a third high rise building or tower for the ambitious project Tuesday with a primer on the competitive office space market that is a study in contrasts depending on where you are in the city.

Our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard has the capital city’s view of the bid by some Memphis legislators to stop the Achievement School District in its tracks. In this comprehensive piece Stockard also talks with ASD superintendent Malika Anderson and Shelby County Schools board member Stephanie Love for the full range of views.

Meanwhile, some Republicans in the state Senate don’t like the looks of their calendar for the session that starts next week if it includes an extra day. The Associated Press story on this includes a memo by state Senate Majority leader Mark Norris of Collierville that figures prominently in the grumbling.

And here’s more on a legislative proposal getting a cool reception – in general -- from the governor on a new honorary title.

From Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital you can see St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and vice versa. The two medical insitutions as well as Methodist University Hospital may be moving closer to each other with a trio of expansions in 2016 that will spill over into 2017.

Later this month, The Daily News hosts an unparalleled gathering of the leaders of our local sports franchises, professional and college to talk about the economic impact of sports. Here’s a scene setter including Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones on the origins of the Memphis institution a quarter of a century ago.

Some national numbers to complete your sight-seeing tour. Dividends slowing down in the current global economic melee and U.S. auto sales poised for an all-time high as we continue to close the books on 2015.

The witching hour arrives here at 193 Jefferson Avenue. Just enough time for a look to see if any stars have made it through the clouds before a bit of a rest and then take a look around on a new day.

PROPERTY SALES 140 207 19,653
MORTGAGES 128 196 22,629
BUILDING PERMITS 166 367 40,371
BANKRUPTCIES 40 102 12,588