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VOL. 133 | NO. 137 | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Another Twist in Court, Harris-Lenoir at NCRM and Fairgrounds Specifics

By Bill Dries

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One more twist in the early voting schedule that kicks off Friday. It came in the second day of hearings Tuesday in Chancery Court as Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins was preparing to sign the court order from Monday night’s hearing. The election commission said it couldn’t meet the order’s deadline of opening all 27 sites on Monday. Jenkins made it a Tuesday opening but this nearly went off the rails.

First things first. Here is the new schedule. And here is our updated story on how this all unfolded in fairly dramatic fashion. Election controversies are not a new feature of our recent political landscape. This ruling and its impact is a different turn in that path that promises to have a lasting and larger impact.

The latest county mayoral debate between Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris was back on Tuesday night at the National Civil Rights Museum with plenty of differences between the two contenders on display in the exchange.

The Strickland administraton has a new more specific plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment.

A more detailed Fairgrounds redevelopment plan and timeline as well as dollar figures from the Strickland administration Tuesday at City Hall.

Bank of Bartlett’s plan includes a consolidation of its Germantown branches and possible new branches in Midtown and Arlington. Bank president Harold Byrd talks about the plans and the changes in the banking industry.

Bikesmith owner Landon Blankenship is taking the four-year old repair business mobile again.

Construction on the proposed five-story hotel at Beale and Fourth where the old clubs Plush and Crave were could begin in a year, according to the developer who won approval of a PILOT Tuesday by the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

The Bikesmith business was part of the city’s bike frontier when it opened as a mobile service in 2014. It went to a storefront a year later. Now the bike repair business has new ownership and is going mobile again.

Broader reaction to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court from U.S. Senate candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn.

July dates for the World Golf Championship debut at Southwind in a year’s time.

Jacob Wilson to the Triple-A All Star Game. The former Redbird, Bartlett High and University of Memphis athlete will be representing the Syracuse Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Redbirds have the Pacific Coast League’s leading pitcher in Dakota Hudson.

Rhodes College political science professor Mike Nelson with a guest column on what the World Cup can do for American football.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 0 118 736
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0