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VOL. 129 | NO. 232 | Thursday, November 27, 2014

Telecom Controversy Emerges at City Hall

During the recent repaving of Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown, city public works crews discovered a leak in sewer lines, and the political timing lined up with a controversy at City Hall that’s been out of the public eye for the most part since the spring.

Hearts and Minds

Colliers, Prologis help students at Treadwell Middle School

Last fall, officials at Treadwell Middle School launched a school-wide beautification campaign, reaching out to anyone or any group that could help.

FedEx Supply Chain Expansion Wins Tax Freeze

FedEx Supply Chain Services appears poised to move ahead with an expansion in Memphis.

Shelby County Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate in Shelby County dropped in October but remains above the state average.

Program Launched to Grow State’s Small Businesses

Because many small businesses might still find access to credit tight, and because putting new capital to work in small businesses can give the economy a jolt through the creation of jobs, a pair of organizations has launched a new lending program with those factors in mind.

Shelby County November Vote Certified

With a few adjustments and a legal question still to be decided in Nashville, the Shelby County Election Commission certified the last election of 2014 in Shelby County Monday, Nov. 24.

SPORTS

Tigers Football Finds Turnaround with Transforming Coach at Helm

A lot goes into transforming a football program from an utter laughingstock into one that by winning its next game can earn at least a share of a conference championship.

Gasol, Grizzlies Finding New Heights

It’s the unachievable goal, but still a worthy pursuit.

Q&A: Bill Courtney

Former volunteer football coach at Manassas High School who was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Hackers and the Holidays

Ray’s Take: Cybersecurity is a big topic of conversation in the financial world these days. Securing personal data in addition to bank accounts is a growing concern. As we approach the holiday buying season, debit and credit card information hacking is on a lot of people’s minds.

Strange Encounters of the Literary Kind

The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!

Ginkgos and Band-Aids – and Thanks

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. This year, just last week, it happened again.

Show Appreciation This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is here: a time of showing appreciation, eating too much turkey and watching football with loved ones. It’s also a great time to reflect on what you’re thankful for at work.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Thanksgiving Trumps Black Friday for Deals

NEW YORK (AP) – Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

Black Friday Gun Buys Test Background Check System

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) – Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.

Bank Earnings Up 7.3 Percent in Third Quarter

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and continued to lend out more money, which help drive up revenue.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

IRS Workers to Receive Bonuses of 1 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rank-and-file IRS workers are again getting a bonus.

New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

WASHINGTON (AP) – Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

HEALTH CARE

Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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MORTGAGES 0 313 21,745
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
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