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VOL. 133 | NO. 102 | Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sheriff's Office Seeks Legal Review of New State Law on Immigration

Outgoing Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will rely on the county attorney’s office for any changes in how sheriff’s deputies and jailers deal with immigrants when a new state law takes effect in 2019.

Leaders of Local Pre-K Expansion Say Opposition More About State Funding

Since three of the four major Republican contenders for Tennessee governor said at a Memphis forum in April that they oppose universal prekindergarten, the forces behind such a plan for Shelby County have been talking with them about their position.

Local Links Chapter Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Friendship and service to the community and each other were celebrated Saturday, May 19, as the River City (TN) Chapter of The Links Inc. marked its 25th anniversary with a special event at the National Civil Rights Museum.

City Council to Deal With Employee Contract Impasses

Memphis City Council members move closer to setting a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 with a set of impasse recommendations involving 13 groups of city employees.

Copenhagen Provides Good Example Of Bike Safety

While there may be something rotten in Denmark, as Shakespeare wrote in “Hamlet,” it sure isn’t in the bicycling realm. And as Memphis embarks on its new Explore Bike Share initiative, a look at the Scandinavian country of 5.7 million people certainly offers a positive tale of cycling safety.

Local Weather
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Wind: West at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

The Shelby County Office of Resilience will unveil draft recommendations for the Mid-South Regional Resilience Plan and gather feedback at three workshops:

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As Mainstay in Denmark, Bicyclists Get Creds

I lived a good portion of my childhood in Odense, Denmark, where I learned to ride a bicycle – that story is quite harrowing, one to be told another time – and also marveled at the incredible number of cyclists around the city. A trip downtown usually meant streets filled with hundreds of folks on bicycles.

SPORTS

Memphis Giving Area Players, Fans Taste of Professional Soccer

In the hotel-casino universe they’d call this a “soft opening” – hold the bells and whistles, but concentrate on the building blocks that will make up the ultimate experience. So it was on a recent Saturday night as USL Memphis sporting director Andrew Bell excitedly paced around Christian Brothers High School’s stadium waiting to watch some soccer rather than just talk about it.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

May 22 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Faropoint, Belz Sell of Part of Retail Portfolio

7501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654 and 7685 Hacks Cross RoadOlive Branch, MS 38654:  Faropoint Ventures continues to remain active in the Greater Memphis Area with the sale of two Olive Branch retail centers for a combined $9.24 million.

EMPHASIS Health Care

UT/West Institute’s Hayes Plays Critical Role in The Cancer Genome Atlas

The Cancer Genome Atlas, a comprehensive map of the key genomic changes in 33 types of cancer, wrapped up a decade-long, $300 million national science project in April, with Dr. D. Neil Hayes, scientific director of the University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research, playing one of only a handful of leadership roles. 

Westberg Institute’s Faith Community Nursing a Natural Fit With Church Health

Recently, more than 200 hundred international parish nurses came to Memphis for the Westberg Symposium and three days of workshops, collaboration and training. Also here was Rev. Dr. Helen Wadsworth, international faith community nurse specialist based in the United Kingdom and overseeing Church Health’s faith community nursing outreach program.

UTHSC, LeMoyne-Owen Partner To Help Students Earn Nursing Degrees

With an expected nursing shortage of more than 1 million registered nurses by 2022, local colleges like the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and LeMoyne-Owen College are partnering to help students along the career pathway.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

When is The Right Time For A Fundraising Campaign?

It is always the right time for a campaign if your organization has done its planning, built its capacity, has volunteer leadership in place, and understands the philanthropic landscape. That is a lot of work. No organization can do it all at once and simultaneously continue operations.

Conscious Capitalism: Gravity Payments CEO

Dan Price, founder and CEO, Gravity Payments, in conversation with Dev Patnaik, CEO, Jump Associates

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Governor: Sanctuary Bill to Become Law Sans Signature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he will allow legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

Cellphone Pics Expose New Front in Public-Records Debate

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Pics or it didn't happen? Good luck with that on the public records trail.

Audit: Many Entities Require ID to Access Public Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Not all government public records policies are helping to make records more accessible to residents – especially for those who can't easily prove state residency – a new audit from the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government has found.

Former Liverpool CEO Ayre Hired by MLS' Nashville Expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has been hired for the same role with Major League Soccer's expansion franchise in Nashville.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Coast Casinos Break April Revenue Record, River Casinos Drop

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Casinos on Mississippi's Gulf Coast are setting revenue records before tourists arrive for the summer.

Delta State Hands Ex-Campus to Community College

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi university is transferring a former satellite campus to a community college.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

General Electric Continues Transformation; $11B Rail Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric will tie its train engine division to the railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate.

Netflix Says It Has Signed Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW YORK (AP) – Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump to DOJ: Investigate Whether FBI Infiltrated Campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

Divided Supreme Court Sides With Businesses Over Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees.

Last Word: A New Council Member, Law Without Signature and Corker Down Under

The Memphis City Council should be back up to full strength by the time Tuesday becomes Wednesday. Filling the Super District 9 seat left vacant by the resignation earlier this month of Philip Spinosa to join the leadership of the Greater Memphis Chamber is on the council’s agenda Tuesday afternoon – the last item on the agenda. But the council usually skips around.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 170 7,919
MORTGAGES 93 201 9,400
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 8 1,366
BUILDING PERMITS 0 130 16,737
BANKRUPTCIES 46 101 5,507
BUSINESS LICENSES 37 69 3,017
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 47 3,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 33 70 1,758

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