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VOL. 131 | NO. 233 | Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: Chattanooga's Tragedy, Elvis Presley's Memphis and Chandler Parsons

By Bill Dries

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A grim Monday in Chattanooga where, as we post this, six school children were killed in a school bus crash and the driver of the bus was charged late Monday with reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

Here’s a late Monday update from The Chattanooga Times Free Press that will probably yield to updated versions through the day Tuesday. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has restarted a recurring debate about requiring seat belts on school buses by saying Monday that there should be a renewed discussion about such a state law. There was a proposal in the Legislature last year following a 2014 school bus crash in Knoxville in which two children and one adult died. It failed.

Here in Memphis, the infant mortality rate in Shelby County for 2015 is out and shows another drop in the rate, which despite that remains above the national rate.

Graceland has set another opening date – this time for the entertainment complex across the street from the mansion that they formally broke ground on just this past August. The $45 million complex also rebranded in the process to now be known as “Elvis Presley’s Memphis.” Opening date: March 2.

In some ways this was inevitable given the supermarket wars we are currently in the midst of. No, this is not a reference to trying to find a parking space at Midtown Kroger although … This is an app called Shipt that will let you come up with a shopping list and send it to a shopper who will pick up and deliver the goods or come up with another delivery option. There are delivery fees and it works off memberships. This starts Dec. 1.

The apartment management company that recently bought three Midtown high rises including the iconic Kimbrough Tower has a portfolio that includes a total of 18 properties with more than 3,700 units in Tennessee and Kansas. And the Midtown acquisitions will be marketed with an emphasis on Midtown as a place where Lennox Companies intends to make its mark in the Memphis market.

More on the Memphis 3.0 plan discussion on WKNO’s Behind The Headlines show including how such planning has shifted to a discussion about what scale goes next to what scale in the era of mixed use development.

In our Health Care Emphasis:

Long term health care insurance in an aging baby boomer population and an era of rising health insurance costs in general. Dr. Cyril Chang at the U of M Fogelman College tells us the coverage amounts to a choice between subsidies for such care or saving the money that you would pay in premiums to put toward paying directly for long-term care.

More on the Christian Brothers University Healthcare MBA program that is closing in on the one-year mark. This is a program for working adults that meets one night a week.

A lot of coverage recently out of the CBU campus which just launched the second part of a $70 million capital campaign. Our editorial board met with CBU leaders about that and the long view of where this Memphis institution is going including some comments on Crosstown High School. Here is the online transcript for the nuts and bolts and issues and answers.

And we talk to a primary care physician who is part of the MDVIP network and even makes house calls to some of his patients.

Grizz 105 – Charlotte 90 Monday evening in Charlotte

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon with a master work on how Chandler Parsons got to the Grizz and what went wrong in the Dallas Mavericks front office as Parsons’ free agency approached and a sure thing suddenly wasn’t such a sure thing. It’s also a bit of a guide to the nightspots NBA players go to, and as it turns out owners as well. The suddenly not a sure thing was a series of incidents in what is a fascinating read that suggests the saga of Parsons and the Mavericks isn’t over yet.

Meanwhile, the Tigers play McNeese State Tuesday at the Forum. And the end of the Tigers football regular season is within sight on the other side of Thanksgiving at the Liberty Bowl. The game with Houston will be on ABC.

Still Other Reading:

It’s been a while since we’ve had anything to write about on the local front about the Sinaloa drug cartel, which had a direct link to the multi-state drug organization that Craig Petties ran from the Riverside area of South Memphis. Sinaloa was the largest drug organization in the world run by Joaquin Guzman, better known as El Chapo. As Petties was captured in Mexico in 2008 following six years on the run south of the border, Sinaloa had already started to come apart in a violent splintering. In a piece for Esquire, Don Winslow looks at the impact of Sinaloa’s disintegration – a drug cartel whose reach and drugs were once a very real presence on the streets of your city and mine. Winslow argues that what happened to El Chapo and his organization is also very much a factor in the heroin problem now seen in a city where heroin was seldom seen once upon a long time ago.

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