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VOL. 132 | NO. 126 | Monday, June 26, 2017

The Week Ahead: June 26-July 2

Daily News staff

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Hello, Memphis! The start of the fiscal year comes this week for local governments, but the county commission still has some work to do. A few other important government meetings are slated this week, as is some fun – Boston is in concert Saturday night at Live at the Garden.

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday at 3 p.m. to take a next to last vote on a reduced county property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1. This is the second of three readings on the tax rate ordinance. It’s also where a raft of budget amendments affecting the tax rate will be made so that all is in order at the first commission meeting in July when the final vote on the tax rate is taken. The tax rate proposed is $4.10, which is 3 cents below the new certified rate of $4.13. The $4.13 rate produces the same amount of revenue for county government that the current $4.37 rate does, but accounts for higher property values produced in the 2017 countywide reappraisal. There might also be some more discussion about the county administration’s request to end Justice Department oversight of Juvenile Court.


We should know Monday afternoon who is in the running for appointment as Circuit Court judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Childers. Noon Monday is the deadline for attorneys to apply to a judicial selection committee. The committee will recommend three finalists to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who will then make the appointment. Keep an eye on @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols for a list of those who apply by the deadline.

(Daily News file/Andrew J. Breig)

The Memphis Area Transit Authority board votes Tuesday on more route changes to the city bus system that would take effect in August. And among the changes is a partial restoration of the 31 Crosstown route so that it goes into and out of the New Chicago area of North Memphis.

School may be out, but the Shelby County Schools board is still meeting and that is the case Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. The board votes on a list of charter school applications, most of which have drawn a negative recommendation from SCS staff.


They say the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portlandia. For one brief shining moment – actually three shining moments – it will return in Memphis to grace trivia players who miss the days of grunge and slacker-dom.
Cerrito Trivia, with Memphis trivia impresario Kevin Cerrito, is bringing “90s Name that Tune” to Rec Room on Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; The Casual Pint on Highland Row on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Pimentos Kitchen + Market on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A limited number of spots are available to play. For more details, head over to www.facebook.com/cerritotrivia, the Cerrito Trivia Facebook page.

Hey, speaking of Rec Room, the 3000 Broad Ave. space is hosting Nerd Nite 6 on Wednesday. What is such an event, as if the name didn't give it away? From the event’s Facebook page – “it's like the Discovery Channel with beer.” Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 90 cities around the world during which participants give 18- to 21-minute “fun yet informative” presentations, while the audience drinks along. Details about speakers will be released shortly before the event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night.

One thing Memphis is known for – barbecue, yes, but there are others – is volunteerism. And the individuals and organizations who did it best in 2017 will be honored by Volunteer Memphis Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets for the 2017 Volunteer Memphis Awards are available for $15 at eventbrite.com. Go to volunteermemphis.org for more details.

Small business owners can network and learn more about workers Thursday at the Collierville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Lunch & Learn. Courtney Orians, coordinator of external activities at the University of Memphis, will discuss personality types in the workplace. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Collierville Center, 215 W. Poplar Ave. It is free for chamber members, $15 for non-members. Visit colliervillechamber.com for registration details.

(Facebook/Jon Viscott)

And you can end the week outdoors listening to the sounds of Boston. The band performs Saturday night at Live at the Garden, the summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden. Gates open at 6 p.m. and Boston takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are available at ticketmaster.com. Visit liveatthegarden.com or call 901-636-4107 for more.

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

PROPERTY SALES 76 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 83 131 1,047
BUILDING PERMITS 190 277 3,028