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VOL. 132 | NO. 195 | Monday, October 2, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: Corker on Meet The Press, Summer School and Crosstown Cautions

By Bill Dries

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The Slider Inn’s second location to come in South Main is an indication that investment and other activity just below the radar continue to come to the surface in an area known for lots of apartment construction recently. The second location is in a brick building that was a place to store and service vintage cars. Look for a public art element and a back patio as well. All of those plans recently clearing the Landmarks Commission.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.” No further word on the possibility he will get into the race for Governor. Here are the basics. And here is the interview in full from NBC.

When Shelby County Schools leaders knew they wanted to do a new type of summer school that was more than remedial work and more than just a summer camp themed weekday, a number of goals the school system has been pursuing were quickly folded into the planning—quickly as in three months to get a plan and put it into action this past June for a five-week period. It is being judged a success on many if not all of those fronts from letting assistant principals get their feet wet leading a school to literacy and math learning growth to letting parents with children in other schools – charters and private schools – get a look at what SCS had to offer. Meanwhile, the district is still working on blended learning at the end of a three-year trial. Many school leaders in this experiment just didn’t want to give the laptops and tablets to students to take home. And it is a stark contrast to what’s happening around these devices in some of the suburban school systems.

The cover story by Patrick Lantrip in our weekly, The Memphis News, looks at what happens around Crosstown Concourse now that the adaptive reuse of 1.5 million square feet is up and running. And this is a cautionary tale with mentions of FedExForum and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center: “What the lesson is to me, is that you can put $200 million in one location and for 10 years, nothing may change around it.” Who said that? Check out the story, which includes some discussion about property owners around the concourse who are willing to sell at an increased price that may be unrealistic. Although realism depends on which side of the transaction you are on.

FedEx gears up for the holiday rush, hiring about 2,600 people locally, part of 50,000 employees the Memphis corporate giant plans to bring on across its network nationally.

Mistletoe makes an early appearance in The Week Ahead, as in the annual Mistletoe Merchants gathering. Otherwise, bugs and plants -- attorneys and music.

Also more politics this week as those running in the county elections next year surface from building the underpinnings of their campaigns to let you know they are running just before the holidays kick in. And they will come out campaigning on the other side of the holidays in advance of the May primaries. This week, Robert Hill announces his candidacy in the Republican primary for Juvenile Court Clerk. You will remember that incumbent clerk Joy Touliatos is running in the Republican primary for county mayor. And Geoff Diaz is running for Shelby County Commission four years after his first bid for the commission. Meanwhile, Republican contender for Governor Mae Beavers in Germantown Saturday for a forum by the Shelby County Republican Women's Club and U.S. Rep. Diane Black in Friday for a separate event in East Memphis. At this early stage both are get acquainted efforts in a part of the state with a crucial Republican base to any statewide campaign but no one in the race, at least at this point, from West Tennessee.

Setting the stage for our Oct. 12 Daily News Seminar on the St. Jude expansion and Memphis Cook Convention Center renovations with a recap of how we got to this point in the Gateway project.

The Memphis News Almanac: Herenton Wins, Sherman Finds Porous Lines in Memphis.

MORTGAGES 80 320 1,066
BUILDING PERMITS 120 590 2,248