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VOL. 10 | NO. 27 | Saturday, July 1, 2017

June 30-July 6, 2017: This week in Memphis history

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(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

2016: On the first day of the NBA’s free agency period, the Memphis Grizzlies offer point guard Mike Conley $153 million over five years to stay with the team – an NBA record contract. The same day in a related move, the Grizzlies come to terms with power forward Chandler Parsons on a four-year $94 million contract.

1984: The name change of Southwestern at Memphis to Rhodes College became official with the college renamed for Dr. Peyton Nalle Rhodes, the college president from 1949 to 1965. Rhodes leaders were also preparing for construction of a new residence hall to be completed in 1985.

1937: An ad from The Daily News highlights nightly dog races on the west end of the Harahan Bridge. (Daily News archives)

1937: On the front page of The Daily News, the City Commission wants the state Highway Department to reroute Union Avenue through the Collier property from East Parkway to Poplar Avenue, continuing state Highway 57. The commission also names Union Planters National Bank and Trust as the city depository. The bank is to pay the city a fourth of 1 percent per annum interest on daily balances.

1909: Tennessee’s prohibition law goes into effect and is ignored for the most part across the state, especially in Memphis, for the next five years. The coming of prohibition figures prominently in that year’s race for mayor between city commissioner E.H. Crump and former Mayor J.J. Williams, with Crump campaigning as the reformer calling for the city to close down bars and “dives.” Once he takes office as mayor, Crump doesn’t enforce prohibition and is ousted from office in 1915 as a result.

Source: “Memphis During The Progressive Era” by William Miller

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0