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VOL. 132 | NO. 24 | Thursday, February 2, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: Travel Ban Protest, Other Trump React and Sierra Club Goes To Court

By Bill Dries

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Grizz over the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday 119-99. The Tigers play USF in Tampa Thursday.

Another big crowd for a Memphis march, the second in less than two weeks including the Memphis Women’s March. The Wednesday march, focused on President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order, was smaller than that, but still sizeable and diverse.

A different reaction to the Trump presidency from one of the leaders of Goldman Sachs’ investment management division who was in Memphis this week to speak at the Economic Club.

“What we’re living through right now is volatility,” Timothy O’Neill advised. “Have a frame on things, and stay with the frame.”

U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton announces his resignation at the end of February, which was expected in the change of administrations.

The Sierra Club is taking the TVA to court, Chancery Court to be precise, over the water wells being drilled for the new TVA natural gas-fired plant in southwest Memphis.

Planned Parenthood could take Shelby County government to federal court over a $115,000 grant for free condom distribution that the state approved and that Shelby County government’s community services division approved last year. The commission has not approved the grant Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood rallied supporters who filled the commission’s committee room Wednesday with plans to put the grant on the agenda at Monday’s commission meeting.

In the Tennessee Legislature:

Memphis Democrat Antonio Parkinson introduces a pot bill in the House that would up the threshold for felony possession charges from the current half-ounce to an ounce.

Another bill from the Republican side of the aisle would require new state identification for anyone without permanent residency status. The bill requires the words “alien” and “non U.S.citizen” on the I-D.

Details of the school voucher bill submitted by state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown that is Kelsey’s latest attempt at something favored by Gov. Bill Haslam but on different terms.

Our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard in his "View From The Hill" column on some criticism of Haslam’s broadband expansion effort as not being big enough and a balancing act advocates of the effort see as necessary to guarantee “better access not bigger government” to quote state Senate majority leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

Tarik Black kicks off Black History Month at The Undefeated.

The same week that Garth Brooks does five shows in four days here in Memphis, Steve Johnston is on tour around the city playng rehab and retirement centers for Creative Aging Mid-South.

In the world of nonprofits, Kevin Dean, formerly of Literacy Mid-South becomes the interim CEO of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as Nancy McGee retires after 25 years.

Plans for a $12 million Friendship Park in Cordova on land where the Memphis Islamic Center meets Heartsong Church.

The Memphis Real Estate Roundup includes details of a new day care center at Forest Hill-Irene and Bazemore roads in Cordova as well as plans for BioLife Plasma Services, also in Cordova.

As expected, the Fed leaves the key interest rate where it is, with a nod to the age of Trump.

PROPERTY SALES 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314