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VOL. 133 | NO. 41 | Monday, February 26, 2018

The Week Ahead: February 26-March 4

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Good morning, Memphis! There are plenty of business, government and sporting events to keep your interest this week, along with the annual farm and gin show. And Shakespeare could inspire some Shelby County students to have their works published in a literary magazine.


Chandler Reports’ annual Real Estate Review seminar will be held Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Goldsmith Room at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, and will be moderated by Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News and The Memphis News.
This year’s guest panelists include Jason Woods, Community Mortgage branch manager and 2018 president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Memphis; Gary Thompson, vice president of Boyle Investment Co.; and Dan Butler, business development, CrestCore Realty LLC. At the event, panelists will provide insights on current market trends and topics that include the impact of investors in Memphis, in addition to offering their predictions for the rest of 2018.

Elena Delavega

The schedule of events marking the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. picks up its pace this week with a faith leaders initiative releasing a report Tuesday on poverty in Memphis in 1968 and now. The study was researched and will be presented by Elena Delavega, assistant professor of social work at the University of Memphis. A panel discussion will follow – all at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. It begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Earlier Tuesday, Memphis Area Legal Services and the Community Legal Center will host an in-depth discussion on bankruptcy proceedings and the legal and social impact of bankruptcy. The event, from 1-4 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, will include attorneys Bruce Ralston and Jerome Payne as well as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jennie Latta; City Council member Patrice Robinson; Sylvia Ford Brown, a chapter 13 trustee; and Alfreda Salters, a financial coach. The event includes continuing legal education credit.

Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners get together Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Beale Street Landing for what you might call a “get acquainted” session. They do this periodically – like every few years – to look at common issues they are dealing with. There doesn’t appear to be an agenda for the session. But the topics will probably include opioid litigation, the county’s expected entry into providing a sewer system, education funding and an expansion of prekindergarten. This is, of course, a public meeting.

(The Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is Friday and Saturday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center – the 66th annual. This is a regional draw and before people start looking over the big farm machinery and looking for yard sticks at the convention center there will be some events Thursday at The Peabody including a panel discussion on the state of cotton. Among the exhibits and gatherings at the convention center is an AgLaunch startup station all day Friday for agriculture related startup companies. Some of this is a Shark Tank-like opportunity to pitch ideas. It also includes tech showcases and mentoring. Grain dominates the Saturday proceedings with an ag update that morning on the grain market outlook.

The annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards Luncheon is Wednesday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. The luncheon honors one elected and one non-elected local leader who exhibit the same admirable characteristics of a true public servant like the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant. This year the awards committee selected county chief administrative officer Harvey Kennedy and General Sessions Drug Court Judge Tim Dwyer. The keynote speaker for the luncheon, sponsored by The Daily News and the Rotary Club of Memphis East, is Carolyn Hardy, the president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments and chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

(Daily News File/Houston Cofield)

The University of Memphis basketball team will play its final regular season home games of the season this week. The Tigers will host USF at 8 p.m. Thursday at FedExForum and East Carolina at 2 p.m. Sunday. Memphis will, however, be without the services of point guard Jeremiah Martin, who led the American Athletic Conference in scoring but broke his foot against Houston Feb. 22 and will be out for the remainder of the season. Go to gotigersgo.com for tickets and other details.

The Memphis Grizzlies will take on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday at 7 p.m. at FedExForum and then on Friday at 7 will play the Denver Nuggets. For more information, go to grizzlies.com or call 901-888-HOOP.

The U of M baseball team will be home at FedExPark for a 4 p.m. game on Tuesday vs. Southeast Missouri State of the Ohio Valley Conference. Go to gotigersgo.com for tickets and other details.

The Mississippi RiverKings will be on the home ice at the Landers Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Go to riverkings.com/schedule for details on tickets and promotions.

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day, or to an event on The Daily News’ Week Ahead calendar? OK, we’re definitely not entering, but if you’re a Shelby County student, you can submit your original composition by Friday for Rhodes College’s Inaugural Sonnet Contest. It’s sponsored by the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program and the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment. Winners will get a prize book and have their poem published in Rhodes’ literary magazine, “The Southwestern Review.” Rhodes English professors will choose the top sonnet in two categories – Shakespearean, meaning 14 lines of iambic pentameter, and non-Shakespearean, where the only constant is just 14 lines. Email entries along with name, age, school or home school, grade and contact information by Friday to yearwoodL@rhodes.edu.

Startup Grind Memphis is hosting Coffee & Conversations at City & State, 2625 Broad Ave. The event is a Saturday morning networking event – from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – where founders and professionals get to know each other over a cup of coffee. There will also be some icebreakers and games lined up for participants. Tickets are limited, so RSVP here. Startup Grind connects more than 1 million entrepreneurs in more than 300 cities.

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 98 238 15,862
MORTGAGES 122 284 18,332
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 13 34 2,439
BUILDING PERMITS 137 452 32,966
BANKRUPTCIES 62 178 10,191
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 73 5,251
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 92 6,240
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 63 3,476

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