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VOL. 131 | NO. 221 | Friday, November 4, 2016


Bill Dries

Last Word: An Early Voting Challenge, Raleigh Settlement and Rocky Top Tumult

By Bill Dries

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Early voting in Shelby County ended with some lines Thursday at several of the 21 sites. We should have the final turnout numbers Friday morning and you can get the totals first @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

Something else happened during early voting Thursday, state Representative G.A. Hardaway took a selfie when he went to vote in Glenview in open defiance of the state law that bans such selfies. It’s the start of bid by him and several other Democratic state legislators from Memphis to repeal the state law. The group will kick off its efforts formally Friday.

WIRED on ballot selfies and the First Amendment. Tennessee isn’t the only state with a law against them – although we have an exception for the state’s voter app. There are 17 states in all that have some form of law that prohibits sharing pictures of your ballot. And six other states allow you to photograph your mail-in or absentee ballot but not photograph in polling centers.

Curiously, the WIRED piece doesn’t list Tennessee at the bottom, but does mention Justin Timberlake’s controversial early voting selfie here that called attention to these laws and this question.

Jernigan Capital reports $5 million in net income in its third quarter earnings call.

GTx posted a $6.9 million loss for the same quarter.

In Raleigh Thursday evening, Memphis City Council member Bill Morrison and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland told the Raleigh Community Council that the city has reached a settlement with the owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall to buy the parcels of the mall property that the city does not already own. The owners had been holding out. The settlement isn’t a done deal just yet. It’s set to go to Circuit Court on Nov. 18 for a judge to sign off on the deal.

With that, the city can then begin to work on its plan to replace the mall with a new Raleigh branch library, the new police traffic precinct and a new police precinct for the area to replace the Old Allen station, currently the city’s oldest police precinct building, dating back to the 1970s. There are also plans for a walking trail and a lake on the property. The Sears auto center was demolished in May.

In our Friday sports section:

Don Wade on five games into the Grizzlies new system and strategy to “play deep into the playoffs.”

And some thoughts about the Cubs break-through.

Dave Link in Knoxville on the exit of prized recruit Jalen Hurd from the Big Orange and discontent at Rocky Top with the fate of the Vols football program.

David Climer in Nashville on why the Titans are still relevant in the NFL’s AFC South race.

Mississippi state leaders having a discussion about minority business growth south of the state line as they break ground for a new tire plant. Jeff Amy of the AP reports Ms. Cong. Bennie Thompson is complaining about construction contracts on the $1.45 billion tire plan that are going to out of state companies after state and local government put up $650 million in incentives.

On our side of the state-line, a closer look at the Ikea store in Cordova and some comparison and contrast with the city’s other destination retail site.

Meanwhile, a detail about the new Midtown Kroger that I think some of us may have assumed since the store was open 24-hours a day before its new incarnation. That is not the case. It closes at 1 a.m. as your correspondent discovered through personal experience. When we say “Last Word,” we mean last word – no canned writing here. So it would seem the bartenders and bar bands and Last Word columnist are still adrift

The Halloran Centre, the companion to the Orpheum, has been open a year and it is one of the hosts for the Memphis Indie Film Festival which got underway this week and continues into the weekend.

Emily Neff of the Brooks and Dorothy Gunther Pugh of Ballet Memphis are our guests on Behind The Headlines. We talk about both of these dynamic institutions and their recent changes – Ballet Memphis building a new facility at Cooper and Madison in Overton Square to join the theater district there and Brooks marking its centennial with a recent renovation and a new recognition of local arts. Behind The Headlines airs Friday at 7 p.m. on WKNO TV.

The cover story in our weekly, The Memphis News, by Andy Meek, features the CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital talking about the hospital’s ambitious plan to export the changes it is making in the treatment of cancer and the challenges of scaling those kind of approaches up in very different places.

The new issue’s PDF is already up on this website. The hard copies go in the racks all over town Friday morning and the cover story goes online here Friday afternoon.

Wells Fargo confirms what many expected. The company is under investigation by the SEC along with lots of other local, state and federal agencies for those bogus accounts they sent customers' money to and collected fees on without telling the customers.

And AP on what effect, if any, Tuesday’s election could have on your 401k.

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