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VOL. 133 | NO. 129 | Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dries

Bill Dries

Last Word: The View From Early Voting, Memfix 4 and Operation Keyboard

By Bill Dries

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Shelby County Democratic Party chairman Corey Strong takes his case on early voting sites and hours to the Shelby County Commission Wednesday.

The TDOT map of the four I-240 bridges to be replaced starting in July and the section of interstate in red that will be completely closed for two weekends next month.

Local Democrats made it formal Wednesday – taking complaints about the early voting sites and hours to the Shelby County Commission. The result is a special meeting Friday afternoon of the Shelby County Election Commission to talk about this. Meanwhile, the chairman of the local Republican party was just a few feet away from the Wednesday press conference by the Democrats at the county building. He says Democrats have it backwards, that the early voting sites favor Democrats.

For a while now you’ve probably seen all of the road work and work by the side of the road at Poplar and Interstate 240. Next month, that will accelerate considerably in the replacement of four bridges across 240 in East Memphis including east and westbound Poplar. TDOT officials have named it Memfix 4 and Wednesday evening they talked with a group of about 30 business owners about what is to come.

Details of how a Memphis real estate company got hacked with financial transactions diverted to bank accounts overseas. It is the second federal case in Memphis federal court involving “business email compromises” or BECs.

Comeback Coffee prepares to open in the Pinch… bringing coffee back to the original Downtown just in time for the city’s bicentennial.

The basics of the new tax incentive program the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will be talking about at its Friday meeting.

The Exchange Club Family Center is about to become Kindred. The family center has been a busy and necessary institution since 1982 with a good number of those who use the center sent there via court order for intervention. The name change comes with a new model as well as tried and true methods.

SAM STOCKARD

In his “View From The Hill” column, our Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard looks at the residency flap in Chattanooga that preceded the decision by Republican Gerald McCormick, a Germantown High alum, to pass on a re-election bid and a high probability of becoming the next speaker of the Tennessee state House.

Democratic U.S. Senate contender Phil Bredesen says the Tennessee Valley Authority is the answer to expanding broadband access in rural areas.

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