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VOL. 131 | NO. 49 | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Rain & Votes, Setting Madison's Boundaries and The Rise of Renters

By Bill Dries

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Here comes the rain. Not a Beatles tune but close enough with the word late Tuesday that George Martin – to my mind at least, the closest thing to a fifth Beatle – has died.
Rolling Stone’s story and many links within to their coverage of Martin over the decades.

Was it really election day here just a week ago? The scenery moves quickly in the presidential primaries.
So the quick update on Tuesday’s primary results is topped by a Bernie Sanders upset of Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic primaries. Donald Trump wins on the Republican side with John Kasich a surprising second.

Closer to home, Trump takes the Mississippi Republican primaries, Clinton the Democratic primary. The Clarion Ledger in Jackson summarizes.

The folks who run Memphis International Airport are looking toward the summer with two new Memphis flights by Allegiant announced Tuesday with much talk and speculation about better service between Memphis and the west.

At first glance, a “Meet Me Along Madison” event would seem to be overkill given the massive success the rebirth of Overton Square has turned out to be.
But that’s just what Midtown merchants along Madison have in mind later this month.
And they are emphasizing that it is about more than the stretch of Madison that is Overton Square proper.
The merchants along the longer stretch of Madison came together a few years ago to oppose or express their concerns about the then-new bike lanes.
In its original heyday, Overton Square’s borders were porous by that legendary arbiter of such boundaries – the St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl that came to extend as far west as Murphy’s with massive crowds across the street from Murphy’s to the parking lot of “The Pig” or the now departed Piggly Wiggly supermarket.

A post mortem on the Grizzlies unexpected victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland Monday evening.

And some more quotes from Monday’s term limits debate at the Shelby County Commission.

Jernigan Capital has its first earnings report that takes in the end of 2015.

And Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has filled the second of the two vacancies in the Shelby County judiciary by appointing Tennessee attorney Valerie Smith to Circuit Court Judge.

Nationally: The rise of renters includes the suburbs.

"Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines, it's just a state of mind." And no playing this column backwards.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 0 277 3,028
BANKRUPTCIES 25 98 716
BUSINESS LICENSES 4 26 302
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0