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VOL. 132 | NO. 235 | Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: Change at the Top, Real Estate Action on Bellevue and Produce History

By Bill Dries

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Welcome back to the work week and however much this is a grind, you are probably having a better work week than David Fizdale who suddenly got the ax from the Grizz front office Monday afternoon. This was not altogether unexpected following a vocal post-game dissent from Marc Gasol after Big Spain came out of what wound up being a Sunday loss to Brooklyn in the fourth quarter – the latest in a string of losses after a strong start to the season by the Grizz.

The Grizz confirmed the change but not much else in terms of reasoning shortly after the first report on ESPN Monday. There is a press conference Tuesday at which there may be more or this may be about just introducing the new coach and wishing the old one well. 

Don Wade says Gasol’s post-game reaction may speak to more changes to come.

Meanwhile, the coming move of the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament out of Akron and bound for Japan could cause a shuffle that results in the FedEx St. Jude Classic getting a slot in the World Golf Championships schedule, which would mean a better field of professional golfers in Memphis in the summer and possibly a move of the Memphis tournament to August, which is when the Bridgestone slot is in Akron.

Setting the stage for Saturday’s Tigers-UCF match up in Orlando.

Associated Press on Matt Luke’s introduction Monday as the new Ole Miss football coach ending Luke’s interim status since the resignation of Hugh Freeze.

Lots of sports turmoil on the first day back including burning mattresses on the UT campus in Knoxville over leaks about an effort to hire Greg Schiano as the successor to Butch Jones – Schiano was an assistant to disgraced Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. And according to a deposition by a fellow Penn State coach made public in 2016, Schiano allegedly witnessed and failed to report Sandusky’s sexual assault of a child. New York magazine on how this is even drawing the attention of elected leaders including one of the Republican contenders for Governor.

While we are on the Governor’s race, four contenders for governor on next year’s ballot are refusing to release their tax returns.

An apartment building on Poplar, just down the street from Crosstown Concourse and on the edge of the interstate bought recently by a Washington nonprofit is a kind of real estate investment campus for high school-aged students. The students in the program chose it as an investment with the proceeds from the experience hopefully enough to fund scholarships. The adults behind the concept liken it to an “AAU for business.” Quite the sports theme going.

Not too far from the apartment building, on the other side of Poplar and also on Bellevue, there are plans for some very different multi-family development on what is now an open lot. The plans call for an apartment complex made out of shipping containers. And you thought they were only good for restaurant concepts. Seriously, the conditional use permit on this goes to the Board of Adjustment which has become the regulatory arena for all things container … that would contain people that is.

Another building permit Monday for the Amazon distribution center under construction on Holmes Road just above the state line.

You see the trucks lined up in the morning hours well before the lunch rush and one of the oldest names in the city for wholesale fruits and vegetables is Palazola. And the produce business doesn’t just bring in crates for chefs and kitchen staffs to prepare. They do pre-cuts and custom salad and fruit mixes as well as custom packaging.

A pivot in Overton Square where The Attic becomes a collection of small business vendors that launches Friday.

Chad Lamar confirmed by the U.S. Senate Monday as the new U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Haslam set a Jan. 25 special primary election date and March 13 special general election date to fill the vacancy in state Senate District 14 where Republican Jim Tracy resigned following his appointment by President Donald Trump as a rural development directcor at the U.S. Agriculture Department.

No special elections around these parts for the Shelby delegation to Nashville. The Senate, U.S. that is, still has to act on the appointment of state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville to the federal bench. When that happens and Norris resigns from the Senate, the race will go on one of the three regularly scheduled election ballots in 2018. And yes there are already politicos out there taking a look at this but no qualifying petitions on that until it all becomes official.

That’s not to say there aren’t petitions to be pulled in the May county primaries. Here is the catch-up on that action since the first day to pull petitions about a week and a half ago. No real surprises just yet but there is still plenty of time.

PROPERTY SALES 57 57 1,266
MORTGAGES 48 48 964