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VOL. 133 | NO. 52 | Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Bill Dries

Last Word: Tubby's Meeting, Moral Monday and Strickland and Overton Square Plans

By Bill Dries

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Tigers coach Tubby Smith meets with the university administration Tuesday now that its official that the basketball team will not be going to the NCAA or NIT tournaments for a fourth consecutive season. So we could know something about the coaching situation at the U of M Tuesday and probably with some rumors in the interim because this is Tigers basketball.

The city’s north wastewater treatment plant partially reopened Sunday and city leaders expect the plant will be back in full operation around Friday, which means no more raw untreated sewage going directly into the Mississippi River. The numbers on this are all big. When things are running normally, which is when none of us think about what happens after we flush the toilet, the north plant processes 150-million gallons a day of wastewater. The south plant does 70-million gallons a day.

The dollar figures are even higher and we will look at the recent surfacing (sorry, couldn’t help it) of sewer problems and policies when next we meet.


The last of the three Moral Mondays gatherings Monday evening at Temple Israel, organized by The National Civil Rights Museum, included more criticism of the Strickland administration. Rev. Traci Blackmon also said there is too much reliance on the mountaintop imagery Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his last speech, the night before he was killed here 50 years ago.


New television ads in the Bredesen for Senate campaign that could test the local and state Democratic party’s newfound resolve and new blood in the wake of the 2016 presidential election in which the state went for President Donald Trump and Memphis for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The limbo that is DACA immigration policy discussed on “Behind The Headlines” with the local reaction to the uncertainty for those who came to the U.S illegally while they were children ranging from anxiety to considering dropping out of college to profound skepticism about the political process. Also in our story some comments from U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant on how his office views its duties in these matters. Those comments from an interview for the program that will air this coming Friday.

Overton Square has plans for new tenants and construction five years into its renovation and resurgence.

In our Construction Emphasis, changes five years into the rebirth of Overton Square, including an expansion of the square brand and the search for three new tenants.

Memphis Tile and Marble turns 50 years old and looks back on bygone days of cultured marble and the future of a five-bathroom house.

And RKA Construction’s owner talks about building custom high end homes with some elements of commercial construction in the details.

Salem Manor apartments at the corner of the Parkways not too far from the Fairgrounds are facing foreclosure.

The expansion of Triumph Bank.

The much-debated TVA “grid access fee” for utilities that buy electricity wholesale from TVA is a formal proposal.

The Grizz drop another one Monday.

Here is the Vimeo of the Peabody Rooftop Party lineup April 12-June 14 with June 21-Aug. 16 to come later.

PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560