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VOL. 133 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 9, 2018


Bill Dries

Last Word: Kyle Anderson's Apartment Search, Tate vs. Robinson and Finding Capital

By Bill Dries

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Keedran Franklin, an activist who has been a visible part of the rise in local protests and other actions over the last two years or so is free on bond pending a first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested by Memphis Police on a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges Friday night.

Keedran Franklin was arrested over the weekend by Memphis police on felony drug charges and misdemeanor traffic and resisting arrest charges.

The charges include two felony counts of drug possession and misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license, improper display of registration, resisting arrest and having window tint that is too dark. He is free on a $3,000 bond. And those who worked for his release over the weekend say it’s no coincidence that he was busted as the second anniversary approaches of the July 10, 2016 bridge protest in which several thousand protestors closed the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours.

Police haven’t commented as of Sunday evening and the records of the arrest – namely the affidavit that details how the arrest happened – hadn’t been posted on the Shelby County Criminal Justice System portal as of late Sunday evening. But in the past Police Director Michael Rallings has strongly denied any connection between protest activities and arrests of some leaders of those protests on unrelated charges including warrants.

It looks like Kyle Anderson is coming to the Grizz from the Spurs. Anderson tweeted Sunday that he is looking for a place to stay in Memphis.

It hadn’t shown up on the court calendars over the weekend, but the court cases over early voting sites and hours that were filed Friday could be in Chancery Court for an expedited hearing Monday. Here are the basics of the two legal challenges there with more to come when next we meet.

Democratic contender for Tennessee Gov. Craig FItzhugh was in Memphis last week to talk about the drawbacks of pragmatism.

A small business opportunity loan fund is addressing the problem of growth in minority and women-owned local businesses without capital for that growth.

Speaking of elections, the August Democratic primary race for a state Senate seat between incumbent Reginald Tate and challenger Katrina Robinson will be one of the more closely watched contests on that ballot and Tate had a lot to say about it as he opened his campaign headquarters.

Meanwhile, one of the two major contenders in the Democratic primary for Tennessee Governor, Craig Fitzhugh, was in town last week to say pragmatism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and to take on a few of the core campaign pillars of rival Karl Dean.

Growth is not your friend in an emerging business if you don’t have access to capital – usually through loans. And that lack of access is a major part of the story of minority and women-owned business in a city in which the minority is the majority and women are half of the population. That’s the basis for our latest extensive look at the growing of minority business – the cover story by Michael Waddell in our weekly, The Memphis News. We look specifically at the $15 million Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund being run by Pathway Lending and Epicenter.

Here is The Week Ahead including two big blasts from 80s music in town and the rundown of early voting as it stands now and MemFix 4 – the replacement of four bridges across Interstate 240 is about to get serious.

The story, so far, of Bartlett’s third homicide in nine years.

I don’t know if this is new or if I’m just discovering it. Either way, the National Civil Rights Museum blog “From The Vault” is the latest evidence that our museums are institutions of learning more about a history that is always emerging – always challenging and always relevant.

In this case, the family of a Justice Department mediator traveling with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of King’s live has donated to the museum his typed memoir along with photographs of King’s final days in Memphis.

That one was a bit too late for our “Around Memphis” reading list. The list itself includes an Al Bell manifesto on black music including in its entirety in a Billboard piece about Bell’s latest endeavor.

The Wagon Trail of the Collierville Greenbelt is closed for two weeks starting Monday to repair the surface of the one-mile stretch that connects Shelton Road to W.C. Johnson Park. Scheduled reopening is July 23, depending of course on what the weather brings in the next two weeks.

The Memphis News Almanac: Poplar and Cleveland sells, Northwest cuts jobs, Cheap Trick on Mud Island with a question and a deadly gambling raid on DeSoto Street.

PROPERTY SALES 56 289 2,908
MORTGAGES 55 226 2,009
BUILDING PERMITS 108 1,002 6,703
BANKRUPTCIES 42 248 1,225