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VOL. 132 | NO. 180 | Monday, September 11, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: Southern Heritage Recap, Funky Week Ahead and the Amazon Contest

By Bill Dries

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The 28th annual Southern Heritage Classic is in the books with a close game at the Liberty Bowl Saturday and the kind of attendance that if sustained through our civic football season – Southern Heritage, Tigers home schedule and AutoZone Liberty Bowl – promises continued growth and changes in our development. Whether there is that growth or not, 47,407 came, tailgated and saw Tennessee State beat Jackson State 17-15.

This is the sixth consecutive victory for TSU in the match-up of two historically black colleges who each have significant ties to Memphians who graduated from these schools or have family who graduated from them. When this series began almost 30 years ago, Jackson State was the favorite between the two. A field goal’s difference or a two-point conversion to tie it and send it into overtime is the closest this match-up has been in that streak.

UCLA comes to town this coming weekend to play the Tigers for what should be another big crowd after the unintentional bye the Tigers got this past weekend when the UCF game in Orlando was cancelled. The Tigers were practicing here Saturday at what would have been game time in Orlando. This will also be Cooper-Young Festival Saturday as we are not only in football season locally, we are also in festival season. The Germantown Festival was also this past weekend with the running of the weenie dogs.

Our local baseball season is still alive as the Redbirds triumphed over Colorado Springs in the best of five opening round of the Pacific Coast League playoffs taking the Sunday game out west 13-10 – no pitcher’s duel in Game 5 and the Redbirds had a seven-run lead going into the ninth. So the Redbirds come back here to play El Paso for the PCL championship Tuesday and Wednesday. Last chance for live baseball before it’s time to rake leaves and watch the World Series from afar, mourning its inevitable move from October into November and blasphemy not to mention heresy.

Here is the week ahead for your planning purposes … your funky planning purposes.

This will also be storm week around these parts. A little bit of rain for us. But many of us will be watching the immersive and continuous coverage of Florida and Georgia that began Sunday. You may have already noticed a lot more Texas license plates around the city this past weekend maybe even a few Florida and Georgia plates. So go easy on our informal rules of the road on your journeys around town this week. These folks have a lot on their minds and at times they will be here physically but their thoughts may be about eight to 12 hours south of here. And for those of you who have family and friends settling in with you, don’t let them get lost in the images of home. Try to break it up with a look around if only for a little while to see a friendly sky that is more than the eye of a storm.

Staying with our water theme. This is a critical week for the Lake District mixed-use project in Lakeland that city leaders there had thrown in the towel on before the developer Yehuda Netanel redeemed himself at a scheduled foreclosure auction Friday. But this is still tenuous. It’s so tenuous that Netanel’s lender, the folks who moved this to a foreclosure notice, waited to see if the check would clear and are still vetting the paperwork. The set of milestones Lakeland’s Industrial Development Board put in place gets a lot of the credit for giving this project one last chance.

In Germantown, the build-out at TraVure for the new MAA headquarters is about to begin we see in our permits listings. And the Germantown office building that is home to Wolf River Surgery Center sells for $16 million to the same REIT that bought five of Gastro One’s property holdings in G-town and Bartlett about two years ago.

Setting the table for The Daily News Seminar Thursday at the Brooks that is about small business from the need for capital to low profit margins as a fact of life.

The cover story by Andy Meek in The Memphis News is an even deeper dive into the food and beverage end of this including this advice: “Take how much money you think you need to start your business and just go ahead and double it.”

Bloomberg on Amazon accepting applications from cities for HQ2 and what other cities responded immediately.

The Memphis News Almanac: A television premiere, First Tennessee reacts to the recession, Poplar Tunes in the permits listings and Bessie Smith’s last call on Beale.

PROPERTY SALES 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314