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VOL. 132 | NO. 207 | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Fincher in Autumn, Brooks and Mud Island and 115 Years of Chocolate

By Bill Dries

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This is a very autumnal part of the political season. Leaves falling and moving toward the end of the calendar year. But before you get too into the year-end holidays, candidates are making their declarations about what they will be running for in the new year. It’s a light touch when it’s done right – just a way of letting you know they will be around once the holiday trappings are put back in the closet on the other side of New Year’s.

With that in mind, don’t be surprised if former Cong. Stephen Fincher gets in the Senate race. He was here overnight at the end of a week long “listening tour” and told us afterwards that he is “very close” to getting in the race.

Tami Sawyer, the leaders of the Take Them Down 901 movement, announced Tuesday on social media that she is running in the Democratic primary for County Commission District 7. This is the seat currently held by Democrat Melvin Burgess, who is term-limited and running for Property Assessor in the coming county elections.

Sawyer ran a strong if unsuccessful race last year, challenging incumbent state Rep. John DeBerry in the Democratic primaries. Sam Goff, a mortgage loan officer, involved in Midtown development issues, is also running for the same District 7 commission seat in the Republican primary.

As we reported earlier this month, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is looking at a riverside view in its plans to move from Overton Park. A letter from the museum’s leadership Tuesday confirmed this and outlined why staying and expanding in the park wasn’t in the cards. Meanwhile, at City Hall Tuesday, the idea surfaced as a key catalyst in the administration’s much more specific riverfront plans. We have included a PDF to the full city plan presented. And much more to come here when next we meet.

Here is the council session rundown, leading with the city putting all of its cards on the table when it comes to its pursuit of removing the Forrest statue. Council attorney Alan Wade has described the legal process for this as “Confederate hell.”

And a recap of the County Commission session Monday including the proposed pay raises for 19 county elected positions.

The Grizz season begins Wednesday and here is everything you need to know – even some of the grim stuff – about where the team's head and hopes are.

Dinstuhl’s marks 115 sweet years in business with plans for an expansion into Collierville.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander among those involved in the deal in DC that would resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump had blocked. Here is Associated Press on the developments.

Rev. William Barber, the leader of the Moral Mondays movement, comes to Memphis to talk about resurrection and a new Poor People’s Campaign.

In the office space kingdom of East Memphis, a third quarter in which law firms played a significant role in the leasing volume that leads the rest of the city.

Peter Pettit, the new chief development officer at the Mid-South Food Bank, tops our Memphis Newsmakers segment with Impressionist aspirations and memories of the Deep Water Cay Club.

A recap of the mistrial in Batesville, Mississipi this week in the murder of Jessica Chambers. Prosecutors say they intend to retry Quinton Tellis.

Elsewhere in North Mississippi, Houston Nutt and Ole Miss have reached a settlement in his refiled lawsuit.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0