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VOL. 133 | NO. 140 | Monday, July 16, 2018


Bill Dries

Last Word: Storm and Early Voting Numbers, Frayser Revival and FCC at Baptist

By Bill Dries

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That was loud and wet. After the storms moved through the city Sunday evening, about 20,000 MLGW customers were without power. That was down to 5,000 by midnight. With that let’s begin with early voting turnout, shall we. Monday being the last day of early-early voting with five of the 27 sites across the county. The others open Tuesday with early voting running through July 28 and election day Aug. 2. Here is the list of early voting sites and their hours from the Shelby County Election Commission.

Now about the turnout. Opening day Friday saw 1,537 early voters at the five sites. Add another 302 absentee voters for a total of 1,868. By the five sites, New Bethel in Germantown was the most popular site and by primary it appears Democrats made good on the pledge by party chairman Corey Strong last week to show that no early voting site is “safe from Democrats.” At New Bethel, 240 voted in the Democratic primary and 295 in the Republican primary in what is predominantly Republican territory. On the other hand, Dave Wells Community Center, in Democratic North Memphis, logged 75 voters who cast ballots in the Republican primary and 90 in the Democratic primary. The Republican showing did not go unnoticed among Democrats over the weekend.

That was opening day. Another 902 voted early Saturday for a total including absentee voters of 2,766. This compares to 1,431 in the first two days of early voting in the 2010 elections for most of these same offices – in other words the same election cycle. The 2010 numbers were with just one location through those two days – the election commission offices Downtown. And that number includes absentee. In the 2014 elections, there had been 1,150 through the first day days of the voting period including absentee again with the same single location. No breakdown yet on the primary breakdown through the first two days. But stay tuned.

Here is the rest of The Week Ahead including skates, roundhouses, debates, robots and of course, master plans.

How interesting is the weather in Memphis? Our “Around Memphis” reading list includes satellite imagery of a recent storm here that went viral and Chalkbeat’s rundown of new school openings and schools that won’t be around when the school year begins in a few weeks.

Dana Gabrion, the owner of the Frayser Bauhaus, greeted a group of 300 people who got a look around the still developing renovation of the 1948 Frayser landmark at Highway 51 and Floyd.

In Frayser, 300 people showed up for a Memphis Heritage-sponsored event at the Frayser Bauhaus and heard from the owner of the house at Thomas and Floyd about the larger revival of Frayser before getting a look at the work done so far on the 1948 icon by the highway.

The renovation of the Hickman Builidng into The Commonwealth has been the story of the city's commercial real estate boom but experts say you could start seeing new construction particularly when it comes to Downtown office space.

Here is the rundown of the awards we claimed at this weekend’s Tennessee Press Association awards for our work in the year 2017. The short version is we won 17 awards including five first place awards for a lot of hard work in an eventful year around town.

The cover story by Patrick Lantrip in our weekly, The Memphis News, looks at where the action is in the hot commercial real estate market locally. So far, the CRE boom has been symbolized by a distinct lack of construction cranes and more rehab and redevelopment work on existing landmarks. But consider this quote from Avison Young principal Shane Soefker about office space: “Outside of the repurposing of the former Peabody Place Mall and the potential of the Gibson Guitar Factory, we believe the next large tenant in the Downtown market will have to consider new construction and we see the rental rate gap compressing into late 2018 and 2019,”

Former Redbirds manager Mike Schildt became interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend and his team got the win just before the All-Star break.

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr in Memphis last week and he made a stop at Baptist Memorial. Carr is in good health. He came there to tour Baptist’s eICU among other parts of the hospital.

The new board chairman of Youth Villages, Jimmy Lackie, comes from Dogwood Villages, the entity that merged with Memphis Boys Town to create Youth Villages.

Rev. James Netters, who along with Fred Davis is one of the two surviving charter members of the Memphis City Council as well as pastor emeritus of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Westwood, is the recipient of St. Jude ALSAC’s Spirit award.

The Memphis News Almanac: St. Agnes at the U.S. Open, First Horizon feels the recession and changes leadership, Elvis goes to Sun and rate war on the riverfront between the Lee and Adams steamboat lines.

PROPERTY SALES 50 226 2,557
MORTGAGES 44 145 1,731
BUILDING PERMITS 204 569 5,701