Last Word: Cyber Attacks, Second Farmers Market Downtown and The Council Way

By Bill Dries

It’s on. Shelby County commissioners coming out Wednesday in committee against the idea of ending Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court. And the discussion was, as always, an interesting one including not only critics like commissioner Van Turner but commissioner Terry Roland and County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

A coalition of groups also came out against the idea Wednesday. The question is what can the commission do? It wasn’t involved in the 2012 memorandum that got the Justice Department involved and it’s not involved in the request to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to call it a day on the memorandum.

A new SunTrust Bank business survey concludes a lot of businesses aren’t prepared for cyber attacks. It also shows only 6 percent of the IT budgets of the companies’ that responded are devoted specifically to cyber defense. But more than 90 percent of the businesses think a cyber attack or event would impact their bottom line.

Fred Smith declares fiscal 2017 a record year for FedEx Corp.

The former CEO of Saint Francis Hospital has become part of the health care MBA program at Christian Brothers University. Dave Archer also talks about how his faith has informed his career in health care and now in higher education.

One of the two returning players on the Tigers basketball team talks about taking charges including two delivered by the same 6 foot 7, 235-pound opponent. Many of you will remember Jimario Rivers as the Tiger who drew the short straw last season in the jump ball with Tacko Fall in the UCF game.

A second Memphis Farmers Market – an annex if you will – opens next Wednesday in Court Square.

Noon Thursday is the withdrawal deadline for candidates in the September Arlington municipal elections for aldermen and school board. Then the ballot is set.

About a year and a half into their relationship -- the current Memphis City Council and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland -- things are getting interesting. And the relationship has developed beyond where it was at about this time a year ago when the council approved Strickland’s first budget proposal in about seven minutes. Yet it was on this path even then. There were a few changes in that first budget made by the council that Strickland agreed to. And the budget for the fiscal year that begins shortly will include more compromises like that and a few that didn’t have seven votes.

By the way, we’ll be talking with Strickland about this Friday on Behind The Headlines on WKNO. And since we are on the subject of WKNO TV and Radio, some of you have noticed that you are hearing more from us on the radio side of WKNO. Some of our stories in The Daily News are being adapted to radio reports there with even more to come in just a bit on the audio front.

Marty party in Oxford Saturday to mark Mississippi’s bicentennial.

A lawsuit over new abortion restrictions in Arkansas.