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4 Builders at Groundbreaking

June 17, 2020 – The West TN HBA celebrated the 2020 Vesta Home Show at Spring Creek Ranch with socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony. A crowd of local dignitaries, board members, and HBA members spaced out and looked on as builders Dave Moore, Blake Grissom, Griffin Elkington, and Zack Mobley put shovels to the ground.

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Touchless Themometor

As businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties prepare to implement guidelines for safe reopen and operation, Governor Lee’s Unified-Command has partnered with Economic Recovery Group to secure special pricing on Touchless Thermometers for the state’s close contact businesses. Tennessee-based business owners will have the ability to order this critical piece of equipment through Friday at 4 p.m. CT (or until supplies last).

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Today, Gov. Bill Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s rollout of guidance and best practices for Tennessee businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries.

Lee underscored the Tennessee Pledge plan for safe economic recovery is supported by data showing Tennessee’s curve of novel coronavirus infections hitting a plateau. Lee also pointed to the unsettling economic reality COVID-19 has created in our state.

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Inspection Graphic

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Construction Code Enforcement will begin offering Remote Video Inspections (RVI). Previously, in-the-home inspections were suspended in response to the concerns regarding COVID-19. Beginning today, inspections for occupied single family residences will resume, but will now be conducted remotely by video only.

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Bounding back graphic

According to columnist, Logan Mohtashami, of housingwire.com, there are five signs that will indicate that the housing marketing is on the rebound:

1. Flattened Curve

2. End of Stay-at-Home Orders

3. 10-Year Yield Goes Above 1%

4. Decline in Credit Stress and Jobless Claims

5. Data from the hardest-hit sectors starts to trend upward

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Two Flintco Construction Workers

Superintendents are ensuring job sites could be abandoned indefinitely at the end each day; infrared thermometers are checking some workers’ temperatures before they enter sites; and some tasks are being moved to nighttime.The global pandemic has required local contractors to take numerous precautions. The Memphis Business Journal asked executives at four local construction firms about sourcing materials, staying safe, and other concerns of the past couple weeks. Here’s what they said.

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Photo of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Lee is mobilizing the National Guard to help with testing. 250 personnel, including 150 medical personnel, are getting ready to help 35 remote testing facilities in rural parts of the state.

Lee also extended the statewide school closure to April 24, 2020. The Department of Education is now partnering with PBS to offer instructional content on television while students are out of the classroom.

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