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VOL. 132 | NO. 133 | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Last Word: The List Lawsuit, Charlie Morris on 1939 and New Rules for Democrats

By Bill Dries

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This looks like the end of Grit ‘n’ Grind as we wait for the other shoe to drop following Zach Randolph’s exit from the Grizzlies to Sacramento. There were a lot of rumors Wednesday, the day after Randolph’s $24 million free agency deal, including some about Marc Gasol and the Celtics. And then Tony Allen dropped a Grizz reference from his Twitter account causing even more speculation.

Don Wade on Z-Bo’s departure.

One of the two federal lawsuits over alleged illegal police surveillance of protesters was settled last month and the second one remains but has been slimmed down. Federal Court Judge Jon McCalla dropping the four plaintiffs who made the City Hall list earlier this year and who have been active in the last year of increased protest around the city. But McCalla said he’s not going to put an expiration date on the 1978 consent decree that is at the heart of the lawsuit – at least not for now.

If politics has taken you to North Memphis over the last 40 years or so, you have probably encountered Charlie Morris and his late wife Alma Morris – the cofounders of the Kennedy Democratic Organization and owners of a barber shop turned political headquarters in a Quonset hut on Evergreen Street. Charlie Morris is now 96 years old and is talking about something that happened almost 80 years ago to his brother in Arlington. The account of his brother’s violent death in 1939 is exhibit A in the move toward a state commission to investigate cold cases – unsolved racially motivated murders or other incidents of violence. Morris was scheduled to talk about this in Nashville last month when the bill creating the study group that could lead to the commission was signed into law. But he couldn’t make it. He sat down last week and told the story of Jessie Lee Bond.

Speaking of Democrats. We now have the ground rules for the reformation of the Shelby County Democratic Party and the group that governs the local party’s ground game and campaign plan will be much bigger and will operate much differently than it has in the past. It starts with a July 22 county party convention.

In Collierville, the Billings family is back in charge of the Memphis National Golf Club and as a result the course has undergone $1.6 million in improvements.

Baptist and UTHSC have a year-old Epilepsy Monitoring Unit that before the last year wasn’t available for epilepsy patients unless they made a trip to Jackson or Nashville. With the monitoring, doctors can see indications before a seizure and make adjustments toward a more productive life.

I don’t know how I missed it initially, but the Bank of America branch at Cooper and Young is the site of the second Bluff City Coffee and Bakery, which is a fixture in South Main. So no more parking in the old bank drive-through.

Faropoint, a relatively new investor in Memphis properties sells a property on Ridge Lake Boulevard in the Poplar Corridor for $7 million and says it intends to use the capital to buy more Memphis.

Ice cream on Highland Strip.

SunTrust about to launch a financial wellness program in Memphis.

Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard, in his “View From The Hill” column talks about Nashville singing the blues about the Tennessee Legislature. Sound familiar?

A follow-up to our story about Tennessee and Mississippi being among the states that will not be turning over voter rolls to the Trump commission on election integrity. Arkansas will provide some limited information to the effort.

In Mississippi, the state still working on a state proposal to require online merchants to collect taxes on internet sales.

PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173