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VOL. 132 | NO. 129 | Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Ransomware, Memphis Charitable Giving and The Race for Governor

By Bill Dries

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The ransomware problem got so serious Wednesday that trading in FedEx stock was stopped briefly during the afternoon. The virus was specifically aimed at TNT Express operations. Here’s a more detailed story via Bloomberg on what happened.

More on the latest letter from Memphis to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Juvenile Court. It comes from a coalition of groups opposed to ending Justice Department oversight of the court and they make a case that is just as detailed as the one made by Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael, County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Sheriff Bill Oldham in the other direction.

Mark Russell, the interim editor of The Commercial Appeal, got the job on a permanent basis it was announced Wednesday at 495 Union.

“Individuals are still king.” That’s the bottom line to the most recent survey of the city’s philanthropic landscape. The new report, unveiled this week in a gathering at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in East Memphis, shows that 83 percent of the city’s households gave to charities in 2016. That compares to 59 percent of the population nationally.

Politico on Washington turbulence that could determine whether U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin makes the 2018 race for Tennessee Governor.

Black is among the players in the discussion of what amounts to sanctuary city status for Nashville that is part of “View From The Hill” – the column by our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard. Meanwhile, city leaders in Nashville have called off a vote on the status for next week.

The state of Tennessee has to turn over internal records on the bid by the Haslam administration to outsource the management of Fall Creek Falls State Park – the canary in the coal mine for the administration’s effort to privatize the management of the state parks system that the administration called off.

In Arkansas, Texarkana moves to set some ground rules for the pot business there.

And Arkansas’s 10 Commandments monument in Little Rock didn’t last very long.

Tupelo has a fatal police shooting that a police advisory board there is investigating a year after the fact.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 91 158 16,219
MORTGAGES 98 179 18,735
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 13 36 2,497
BUILDING PERMITS 136 349 33,738
BANKRUPTCIES 63 115 10,429
BUSINESS LICENSES 30 47 5,350
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 24 53 6,326
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 52 3,563