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VOL. 133 | NO. 123 | Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: 'Same Night Batteries,' Corker and Alexander React and ASD Results

By Bill Dries

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Things you notice in City Council chambers on a long council day: The clock on the wall in back of the chamber is placed over another clock – a clock built into the wall when City Hall opened in 1966 and since deprived of its hands. This came up because the clock in front stopped working Tuesday, the same day that the council got new microphones for a sound system that is consistently buggy.

Council member Edmund Ford brought up the clock after council chairman Berlin Boyd touted the new microphones. And when two City Hall workers arrived with a ladder to replace the battery in the clock, Ford eagerly exclaimed, “Mr. Chairman, same-night batteries.” That’s a very inside reference to same night minutes – the somewhat controversial practice of the council approving an item and that same night then approving the minutes of that item to have it take effect immediately.

There were a lot of same night minutes items Tuesday mostly because it was the last council meeting of the fiscal year that ends June 30. Here is our rundown of all things council.

LAMAR ALEXANDER

Meanwhile in Washington, Tuesday was the day the dam broke at least on reaction from local and state representative in D.C. on the separation of children from their parents by immigration officials. Tennessee’s two Republican Senators were among those who signed a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the separation policy to end and leaving no doubt that they blame Trump and his administration for causing this. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander making it even clearer in a hallway interview with NBC. Here is the reaction from both Senators and others.

Some tariff talk from FedEx founder Fred Smith Tuesday in the company’s quarterly earnings call with analysts. Reuters has that. Here’s our story on the earnings numbers.

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms go to EDGE Wednesday for a TIF district to finance public improvements around the site to the tune of $72 million.

Varsity Brands has been sold in a $2.5 billion deal for the Memphis-based sports and cheerleading brand.

Season ticket sales for Tigers basketball are gong and going well.

A busy EDGE agenda Wednesday including a vote on a TIF district for the Parkside at Shelby Farms project. The property tax revenue in the TIF would fund $72 million in public infrastructure improvements around the mixed use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park.

Chalkbeat on the first five years of the Achievement School District.

Season ticket sales for Tigers basketball and the new general manager of Southwind on the move to World Golf Championship status.

Atop our Memphis Newsmakers segment, the new CFO at Monogram Foods, Cheryl Duffy-Geiger, talks about the different business climates here and in Australia as she hopes for more hours in the day.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 76 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 83 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 190 277 3,028
BANKRUPTCIES 39 73 691
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 22 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0