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VOL. 133 | NO. 138 | Thursday, July 12, 2018


Bill Dries

Last Word: No Fifth, The Cordova Triangle and Cheese Festival in South Main

By Bill Dries

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I am not going to count this as a fifth early voting plan because whether Calvary Episcopal Church would be available for the last two Saturdays of early voting was still up in the air Tuesday. And Wednesday the word was final on Calvary which seems fitting in all things church. The result is what I will optimistically call the final version of early voting sites and their hours and days is a slate of 27 sites that is far from uniform in hours. Early voting begins Friday at five of the 27 sites.

After four plans in three weeks, early voting opens Friday in the county general and state and federal primary elections.

Here is the recap of how early voting sites came to compete with the candidates on the ballot.

And Steve Ross, one of the witnesses for the plaintiffs in Monday’s Chancery Court hearing had more to say about the matter Wednesday on his blog.

Meanwhile, we have been looking at past turnout numbers for this election cycle that you will see when next we meet. I won’t give too much away here but Republican turnout historically goes up on the August ballot from the May county primaries and at times it has eclipsed Democratic turnout in this majority Democrat county due in large part to the statewide primaries for Governor and Senate that lead the August ballot.

One more time from Tuesday’s NAACP debate between the two contenders for Shelby County Mayor – the race that tops the local county general election ballot.

Memphis City Council members had a light agenda Tuesday still worth catching up on.

A change in legal representation for Sherra Wright.

And a bit of catchup from a relatively slow City Council session on Tuesday.

New position and new face at the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Word Wednesday that The Container Store – a balm for those who are organizationally-minded and inclined – plans to open a Germantown store in the same Exeter Road shopping center where Trader Joe’s allegedly plans to open a store. Not that I’m doubting that. I’m just willing to bet the way things have gone that The Container Store opens before Trader Joe’s. I’m trying to “contain” my quandary about one of the enduring mysteries in local CRE.

Cristina McCarter, founder of the Butcher Board Festival, at the setting for the July 22 festival, South Main Market.

Also in Germantown, the area known as the Cordova Triangle has been returned to residential by the city’s planning commission.

The Downtown Memphis Commission moves closer to work on a new Downtown master plan and it looks like the Canadian company Stantec will get the nod next week.

How is it that for all of our festivals – which make up a season of their own in Memphis – we have gone without a cheese festival? The one coming July 22 is actually a butcher board or cheese board festival set in South Main. You get a cheese board and tasting glass for admission and from there sample all kinds of cheeses as well as wine, beer and cider.

More on Memphis Redbirds past and present playing in the Triple A All Star Game coming up including Daniel Poncedeleon, a little more than a year after the pitcher survived a head injury from a line drive.

Our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard, in his “View From The Hill” column, looks in during this off-session period on the medical marijuana issue and finds that Republicans favoring the idea have combined that with legislators’ historical admiration of acronyms to create the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act.

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