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VOL. 132 | NO. 138 | Thursday, July 13, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: Overton Gateway Talks, Norris of the Governor's Race and Coach O

By Bill Dries

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Shelby County Commissioners have quite the disagreement going in several ways as they try to put another budget season in the books and let the ink dry. As we’ve reported, the commission approved a $1.2 billion county government budget Monday and there is no taking that back – at least as a budget. That now becomes an important detail because in committee sessions Wednesday in advance of next week’s meeting of the full commission, there were five votes to change the proposed county property tax rate from $4.10 to $4.13.

This was a committee recommendation which isn’t binding on the full commission and it takes seven votes to do anything. But the act of amending the tax rate ordinance in committee that is up for third and final reading Monday means that won’t be the final vote on the tax rate no matter what the decision is. More on the larger issues involved coming in the Friday edition.

Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford didn’t make the top of the morning budget committee session at the county building Wednesday and Ford is likely to be a swing vote on the tax rate. Ford showed up a bit later the day after his Alford plea to a domestic assault charge from April.

More changes in the Overton Gateway development proposed for Sam Cooper and East Parkway across from the eastern side of Overton Park. This would reduce the number of units in the apartment complexes, limit them to three stories and provide more parking. This is in city council member Worth Morgan’s district and he has been involved in the talks between MRG and the neighbors. This is still tentative with a council vote on this scheduled for July 25.

Sam Stockard, our Nashville correspondent, reports there is a shake-up on the way in the leadership of the Tennessee Legislature. And he’s talked with state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris about the state of his bid for governor in 2018. Norris says it is not on hold because of word just a few weeks ago that he is under consideration for a federal judgeship. “It’s really more in the forefront of my mind than ever,” Norris says of possibly running for governor.

More details on a couple of points from Tuesday’s City Council session including just how many sanitation workers there are from 1968 who are still alive and the business of boots … on cars, that is.

At City Hall Wednesday, the city got word that it will continue its relationship with the Bloomberg Philanthropies that began during the administration of Mayor A C Wharton.

A guest column from FedEx founder Fred Smith on innovation and filling jobs in a changing world.

At SEC Media Days in Alabama, Thursday is the day of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze’s highly anticipated appearance at the gathering. Don Wade has more on former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron’s remarks Wednesday on LSU’s prospects.

Meanwhile, Houston Nutt has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Ole Miss.

Play Ball, Millenials. The New Memphis Institute talks about “Leading in Memphis” at an event Thursday evening at AutoZone Park.

Another delay in the foreclosure auction of the 100 North Main Building Wednesday. The sale is now delayed to Aug. 16.

Lights out at GLO Airlines less than two years after it started service into and out of MEM. Operations are suspended nationwide by the organization.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Capitol Hill Wednesday and new Fed numbers show solid growth nationally.

AT&T backs Wednesday’s day of protest in favor of net neutrality, saying it supports the principle but does not agree that enforcement should be through FCC rules.

And Visa offers pay system upgrades to small businesses if they agree to go cashless.

PROPERTY SALES 51 223 1,152
MORTGAGES 55 189 861
BUILDING PERMITS 149 541 2,593