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VOL. 133 | NO. 128 | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: Almost Fixed, Early Voting Flap and New Chandler Numbers

By Bill Dries

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Less than 500 MLGW customers still without power Tuesday evening going into Wednesday when the utility’s goal is to have all power outages from the weekend storms fixed. Right after the storm and when this recovery effort began, 35,000 customers were without power.

The Shelby County Election Commission’s list of 26 early voting sites in advance of the Aug. 2 election day drew some immediate criticism from several Democratic contenders in the county general elections and state primary elections. Early voting runs July 13-28 and for the first four days of the 14-day period Agricenter International is the only early voting site. The five new early voting locations are in Arlington, Cordova, Germantown, East Memphis and Hickory Hill.

Early voting opens July 13 at Agricenter International and opens at all 26 sites July 18, a schedule some Democratic candidates are vocally opposed to.

Early voting at all 26 early voting sites begins July 18. There were 21 early voting locations in the same set of elections in 2014. The Shelby County Office Building at 157 Poplar Avenue was the only location open for the first two days of the 14-day early voting period. Of the 20 early voting locations in the same election cycle in 2010, the same office building was the only one of the locations open for the first two days of the 14-day early voting period. Some of the Democrats intend to make their case before the County Commission Wednesday morning during committee sessions.

More on mayoral security including some pushback to the mayor’s position from one of those on the City Hall list.

Chandler Reports housing numbers for Shelby County in May show inventory is a bit better and the market is still as hot as ever.

The city’s minority business effort on full display Wednesday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center with the third annual “We Mean Business” symposium. And the symposium includes a contracting version of speed dating.

New housing numbers from Chandler Reports, the real estate information company that is part of The Daily News Co. Inc., show a 14 percent increase from a year ago in the average home sale price for May, which stands at $192,883. Some indications the inventory shortage is getting a bit better and the number of units sold is up a bit too. The median sales price for the county is up 12 percent from a year ago with the Eads ZIP of 38028 having the highest average price at $368,688.

Wunderlich becomes B. Riley, a rebranding that comes a year after the wealth management company acquired the Memphis financial services company.

Democratic U.S. Senate contender Phil Bredesen was in town this week to talk tariffs and the Trump tax cut.

Gould’s leases up at The Lake District.

STEVE COHEN

Raycom Media, the company that owns WMC TV is merging with Gray Television Inc. that, if approved by regulators, would create a set of 142 television stations in 92 markets – the third largest broadcast portfolio of its kind in the nation. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen  talks tariffs and tax cuts during a Memphis stop this week.

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Trump administration’s travel ban on majority-Muslim countries:

DAVID KUSTOFF

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis: “Whether this President is tearing children from their parents at the Mexican border or banning Muslims from traveling to our country out of bigotry and ignorance, he is making the United States a pariah among nations and ruining our reputation abroad. Today’s high court ruling will enable Trump’s bigoted attempts to ban people based on the sectarian character of their nation of origin, showing an open distain for America’s historic role in welcoming ‘teeming masses yearning to breathe free.’ As a country, we are better than this.”

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff of Germantown: “Today's #SCOTUS ruling is a victory for the Constitution & the security of the U.S. I applaud @realDonaldTrump for upholding his foremost duty to the American people by prioritizing our safety & properly vetting those seeking to enter our country. #MAGA”

JEVON CARTER

More on Jevon Carter – specifically the comparisons to the promise of Wade Baldwin two years ago in another NBA draft.

Former WDIA announcer, host and reporter Ford Nelson back on the air Tuesday to mark his 93rd birthday. He is a true radio pioneer and B.B. King’s first piano player. And during a time when there were at least five radio news departments out there on the streets doing original reporting, Ford Nelson was always part of the pack. He still has the voice so many of us wish we had. A really good interview with Bev Johnson on her show Tuesday

The Dixon Art Camp at the University of Memphis is working on a mural on campus.

The Dixon Art Camp is hard at work on a mural taking shape on the University of Memphis Arts and Communications Building. Always loved that building from a high school speech tournament there in the early 1970s.

Let’s say you are making a television movie called “Christmas at Graceland” for the Hallmark Channel. When would you start the cameras rolling? The correct answer is July 9-27. The producers are taking headshots and resumes now for speaking parts.

Atop our Memphis Newsmakers segment Chris Triplett, the new director of design engineering at EnSafe on 30 years in engineering and an impressive list of projects coming up for the company that will change the face of the city.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 48 2,693
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 139 5,848
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 26 116 6,830
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 133 4,049