VOL. 133 | NO. 150 | Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Last Word: Back To School, Chamber Changes and The Race For Governor
By Bill Dries
In many schools Monday, there were new faces and new places for familiar faces as well as the normal rituals of the start of another school year. And in many of those schools that was before the kids arrive next week. Why yes, teachers have back to school rituals and familiar totems they look for. The difference is they go back to school earlier and in this day and age often work through the summer in a city where there are lots of efforts to combat a summer slide – the ebb of summer eroding learning gains between school years.
The signs of the effort are now an integral part of summer in Memphis from community service projects to kids bringing along “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” during summer rounds. That last one I spotted at a campaign event where the hand to hand practice of politics held no thrill for the young reader behind a table filled with campaign literature and sign-in sheets. Sign-in sheets. How did we ever live without the ability to create lines to get into an event that’s going to draw 50 people max? Sorry, this is my end of one campaign seasson snit. I'll be over it soon and on my way to the November elections.
More changes in the top ranks at the Greater Memphis Chamber with a new economic development senior vice president. Eric Miller comes to the chamber post from South Carolina state government’s department of commerce.
Republican contender for Governor Diane Black campaigned Sunday at the Memphis Gun Show at Agricenter.
Five of the six top contenders for Governor in the city over the weekend and it was a good opportunity to look at how they view the contentious Republican primary. As you might expect no one believes they started it and all believe they bore the brunt of the criticism.
Meanwhile, Randy Boyd and Diane Black were just a few blocks apart -- geographically --Monday morning in East Memphis – Boyd at Gibson’s Donuts and Black at Blue Plate on Poplar. And off we are to Thursday’s election day. Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And once the polls close keep @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, close by to get election returns as they are released from the early vote until the last vote is in. You might want to turn it on before 7 to let it warm up.
Four yeas after production started at Royal and Thomas in North Memphis, the first batch of Blue Note Bourbon is ready for the market.
A Whitehaven beauty and barber shop would become a breakfast place and deli at 1248 Marlin Road if EDGE approves a loan for the Eggsxactly Breakfast and Deli venture.
After several years of aging, a North Memphis distillery is about to release its first bourbon brand. Blue Note Bourbon from Big River Distilling Co. at Royal and Thomas isn’t a big batch production. The owners of the distillery that we first wrote about in 2014 hope demand for whiskeys and bourbons follows the craft brew movement locally.
A Winchester Road retail center sells with no details released by the Birmingham brokers. The Farrington retail center sold 11 years ago for $2.5 million.
It’s been quite a few years since the folks at St. Jude got a winning game piece in the mail for the McDonald’s Monopoly Game. There had already been some tremors of an investigation into who some of the winners were in the past. And right after the game piece was mailed to Memphis, the investigation broke big. This long read from Daily Beast has more of an explanation of how the game piece came to be mailed to St. Jude as well as the larger scandal in which the game was rigged for a dozen years.