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VOL. 131 | NO. 144 | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Greg Davis Gets A New Trial, Overton Park Compromise Done and Tesla

By Bill Dries

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The one-time mayor of Southaven is getting a new trial on embezzlement charges.

A Mississippi Appeals court agreed Tuesday with attorneys for Greg Davis, who argued he could not get a fair trial in DeSoto County on the felony charges because of pre-trial publicity.

The question now is who hosts the new trial? My money is on Jackson.

The Overton Park compromise is a done deal with Tuesday night’s unanimous City Council vote. But the barrier on the Greensward isn’t going anywhere for now. There are drainage studies and detailed drawings to come all with an eye on January 2019 as the date by which  the zoo is to get its 415 net new parking spaces and the Greensward gets the berms that will block any view of the zoo parking.

All involved have agreed to this and it held as council members took a good look at the fine print in their committee room Tuesday at City Hall before the council session.

At the end of the questioning from the council, council member Bill Morrison, who brokered the latest round of negotiations between the Overton Park Conservancy and the Memphis Zoo, looked at OPC director Tina Sullivan and Zoo President Chuck Brady and asked if they still agreed to the terms. They did.

Greensward supporters wearing green t-shirts and Zoo supporters wearing yellow t-shirts still sat apart from one another in council chambers. The green crew cheering Sullivan and the yellow crew cheering Brady as each addressed the council on the compromise – and neither cheering the other.

The dollar figures are in for the contenders in the 8th Congressional district’s Republican primary – the Aug. 4 race with 13 contenders – six of them the major contenders and five of the six from Shelby County.

The first retail center of its kind in the Poplar corridor in nearly a decade is coming to life.

This is at 6450 Poplar Ave. where the Cozymel’s restauirant once was. Those leasing include the second Babalu location and the Pimento’s rebrand of Holiday Deli & Ham.

We’ve heard a lot from residential and commercial developers about how hard it is to find enough land for both in Memphis. And the new Crown Centre development comes with the use of a term you hear a lot about Downtown redevelopment as a goal – density.

Metropolitan Bank is offering business advice to its clients in what is a throwback move in a really active and competitive banking environment locally.

The Tesla Electric Road Trip stops in Memphis Friday. Elsewhere in Digest, Collierville gets a beer festival and what comes before the first day of school – the tax holiday, of course.

There is a famous line in the movie “Sunset Boulevard” where Norma Desmond tell Joe Gillis, “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”

That’s the story of album cover art which had a canvas, if you will, of 12 inches by 12 inches in the age of vinyl and then went to 4.724 square inches with the rise of the compact disc.

That’s why some of us hold on to our vinyl even after we lose the turntable.

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum has a new exhibit of dozens of pieces of original album artwork that goes beyond 12 X 12 and includes prototypes and rough sketches including The Rolling Stones iconic tongue and lips circa 1970.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 28 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 25 98 716
BUSINESS LICENSES 4 26 302
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0