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VOL. 132 | NO. 253 | Friday, December 22, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: The Day After, Frayser Bauhaus and Gasol & Fizdale

By Bill Dries

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Less than 24 hours after the Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park was taken down and away, Memphians were taking selfies with what’s left of the very considerable base in the background. And this is only going to become more prevalent when the weather improves and you will probably see folks out there who have some very different views on the removal of the statues.

You will almost certainly see people lining up the frame just right who have different views about the proper strategy on this goal. Health Sciences Park may just be the most popular non-park in the city this holiday season.

The day after was about Memphis Greenspace – the 501c3 that is the new owner of Health Sciences and Memphis Parks and led by attorney and Shelby County commissioner Van Turner. Turner said this is no ruse and the group has plans maybe for some other parks.

Two Words: Frayser Bauhaus and I bet you have driven by this place at least a couple of times. And perhaps a disclosure is in order here: My mother worked there when it was a doctor’s office. And like all of us rooms that were big when you were small seem so much smaller when you return much later as an adult.

After the tax reform bill vote: U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee via The Hill on the beating he took in the press.

As promised, more on the state of the MLGW proposed rate hikes – you know, the items before the city council got to the ordinance that set in motion the monument takedown. The rate hike proposal is still a proposal as the year comes to an end.

A follow up to Wednesday’s extradition hearing in Riverside, California for Sherra Wright, charged with the 2010 murder of her ex-husband, Lorenzen Wright. She is fighting extradition back to Memphis and is back in court Jan. 8.

The state of Arkansas takes the position that there is no longer a ban on the herbicide dicamba there.

In the Friday Sports Section:

Don Wade sets the stage for the Tigers and Iowa State at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

In “The Press Box” some thoughts about Gasol & Fizdale, what might have been and what wasn’t.

Dave Link in Knoxville on what UT’s new football coach Jeremy Pruitt is telling players and recruits in the bitter off-season – including a signee who is a Rocky Top legacy.

Terry McCormick in Titantown on the end of “exotic smashmouth.”

And how about the beginning of professional soccer there.

AutoZone looking ahead to a better 2018 after a challenging 2017 for the Memphis brand as some patterns shift in auto part sales in general.

PILOTs for Technicolor and Agilent before the holiday break from EDGE.

So much going on this week before Christmas that we’ve got two cover stories in our weekly, The Memphis News – the removal of the Confederate monuments and the 60th anniversary year for Stax and Hi by Denise Jennings.

The PDF of the new issue is up now on this very website. The hard copies, which may be too big for your Christmas stocking, hits the streets Friday morning. And the online cover stories go up here Friday afternoon.

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo on the multifamily moratorium and other topics-Germantown on “Behind The Headlines.” The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO-TV.

Last Word will return Wednesday for the short week to the new year.

PROPERTY SALES 76 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 83 131 1,047
BUILDING PERMITS 190 277 3,028