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VOL. 128 | NO. 228 | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bartlett, Collierville Reach Tentative Schools Deals With County

There are now four tentative agreements between Shelby County Schools and suburban leaders for the formation of suburban school districts.

Flipping the Switch

United Housing debuts eco-friendly homes in Wolf River Bluffs

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., had become increasingly interested over the years in energy efficiency, sustainability and alternate energy sources when he saw homes in New Orleans being rebuilt with solar panels.

Lafayette's Music Room Returns to Overton Square

Some 38 years after it closed, the Lafayette’s Music Room brand is returning to a revitalized Overton Square.

Polls Open to Decide Sales Tax Increase

Memphis voters go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 21, to decide the fate of a sales tax hike for the second time in a year.

Council OKs Crosstown, Debates Schools Lawsuit

Memphis City Council members approved the Crosstown planned development Tuesday, Nov. 19, marking the latest move through local government for the $180 million project with construction scheduled to begin late this year or early next year.

Arlington, Lakeland School Pacts Go to Commission

Shelby County Commissioners meet Friday, Nov. 22, for the second time this week.

River Inn Reopens Terrace With Full Year as Goal

The River Inn, the boutique hotel on Mud Island that opened in 2007, has reopened its upper-level terrace after making some changes designed to add even more comforts for the hotel’s guests.

Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return

The president of the Mid-South Fair says the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Darker’s Diverse Background Translates Into Right Career

Legalese is the formal language of the law that comes across as gibberish to those without a juris doctorate. For attorney Tatine Darker, though, it’s just one more etymological arrow in her quiver of languages.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How to Handle Your Child’s Financial Trouble

Ray’s Take You’ve finally reached the point where your children are grown and launched, and are looking forward to a secure retirement, or at least a slower financial headwind. Suddenly, catastrophe strikes one of your kids. Should you help, even if it could jeopardize your own future?

Henry VI, Part II Revisited

One of my favorite quotes is from a Shakespearean play: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It gets me hot and bothered when people abuse and/or misuse this nugget of literature.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Small Retailers Plan to Party Till They Profit

NEW YORK (AP) – The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They're part of a strategy to get shoppers into small stores.

US Retail Sales Rise Solid 0.4 Percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers shrugged off the 16-day partial government shutdown and spent more on autos, clothing and furniture in October, boosting U.S. retail sales by the most in four months.

JPMorgan $13 Billion Deal May Not End Bank's Legal Woes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The $13 billion settlement that JPMorgan Chase agreed to Tuesday is the largest ever between the Justice Department and a corporation. Yet it isn't likely the end of the bank's legal troubles over the risky mortgage securities it sold before the financial crisis.

US Business Stockpiles Up 0.6 Percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in September by the largest amount in eight months while sales posted a modest gain.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Democrats Launch Effort to Renew Jobless Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a drive to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for people out of work for more than six months.

Obama, Clinton Families Pay Tribute to JFK

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to former President John F. Kennedy's legacy, joining former President Bill Clinton to lay a wreath at Kennedy's grave and presenting a freedom medal that Kennedy conceived before his assassination 50 years ago this week.

Few Support Delaying Changes in Flood Insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) – Efforts to delay implementation of changes in the federal flood insurance program have run into roadblocks on both sides of Capitol Hill.

Government to Require Seat Belts on Large Buses

WASHINGTON (AP) – New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.

REAL ESTATE

US Existing Home Sales Fall 3.2 Percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans bought existing homes in October, as higher mortgage rates, the 16-day partial government shutdown and a limited supply of houses on the market reduced sales.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 327 11,765
MORTGAGES 76 371 15,350
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 41 112 3,023
BUILDING PERMITS 382 972 28,226
BANKRUPTCIES 65 345 11,307
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 117 4,155
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 184 700 17,184
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 100 3,564

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