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VOL. 128 | NO. 219 | Friday, November 8, 2013

Suburban Voters Decide School Board Races

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities elected their respective municipal schools boards Thursday, Nov. 7 with low voter turnouts that reflected that most of the school board positions on the ballots were one-candidate uncontested races.

Square Roots

Loeb brings mix of tenants, events to sustain retail district

Breakaway Running owner Barry Roberson was blown away by the crowds who visited his new Overton Square store, which opened Oct. 30.

Crosstown Plans Continue to Evolve

The National Park Service nixed plans for planting greenery on one side of the Crosstown parking garage but is OK with developers of the old Sears Crosstown property replacing windows in the mammoth building with new, similar-looking and configured ones.

Winchester Law Firm Inks Lease at Triad Centre

The Winchester Law Firm is moving to a new space within the Triad Centre II office building in East Memphis with a new buildout.

Goldsworthy Pitches Germantown Schools Alternatives

The Shelby County Schools board’s first look Wednesday, Nov. 6, at a specific plan by Germantown city leaders to transfer the three public schools within the city and named for it into a Germantown municipal school system indicated the school board probably wasn’t swayed.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
63°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 16 mph
Humidity: 84%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will host Curtain Up: Carnival Noir on Friday, Nov. 8, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the theater, 66 S. Cooper St. The fundraiser will include five different-themed rooms of games, live music, food and cocktails. Tickets are $75. Visit playhouseonthesquare.com.

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‘Hoarders’ Star Partners With ServiceMaster

“Hoarders” television personality and Clutter Cleaner owner Matt Paxton met this week with ServiceMaster Clean and Restore franchisees and staff at the ServiceMaster Training Academy to discuss their newly formed partnership and examine hoarding, which has been officially listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

Start Co. Gearing up for Trio of Entrepreneurial Events

Global Entrepreneurship Week is around the corner, and Memphis’ Start Co. organization – a hub of related local entrepreneurial initiatives – is gearing up to participate in its own way in the international week-long celebration and support of entrepreneurs.

Neon Welcome Sign Could Shine Once Again

The neon sign on the Lone Star Industries Inc. silos by The Pyramid arena that welcomed visitors to Memphis from the west may be making a comeback of sorts.

SPORTS

Overcoming Adversity Key to Tigers Season

The coach might have picked rebounding, defense or his favorite pet peeve – getting those “50-50 balls.” Any one of these might have been singled out by Josh Pastner as the key to the Tigers’ success.

Grizz Proving They Have a Lot to Prove

To the question, how patient are Grizzlies fans willing to be, we now have a definitive answer.

College Football Notebook: November 8, 2013

The television show “60 Minutes” profiled Alabama coach Nick Saban last week. It was a well-done piece and captured Saban’s perfectionism – his dedication to “The Process” – and his intensity.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Kelley Shares Memphis Stories as Public Defender Assistant

Lurene Kelley loves to tell a good story. These days she’s sharing some important stories that often go unheard in her role as special assistant for organizational communications in the law offices of the Shelby County Public Defender.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

See and Be Seen

IT’S ALL IN THE WAY YOU LOOK AT IT. In this town, this should play.

STATEWIDE

Army Gives ROTC Programs in Tennessee 2-Year Reprieve

NASHVILLE (AP) – The U.S. Army has agreed to put off the planned closure of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at three Tennessee universities.

New Tennessee Museum Draws Thousands in First Weekend

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – An official at the Discovery Park of America says the West Tennessee museum and education venue had strong attendance in its first weekend.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Indigo Going Ahead With Frontier Airlines Purchase

DENVER (AP) Indigo Partners LLC is going ahead with plans to buy Frontier Airlines, even though it failed to reach an agreement with the carrier's flight attendants' union.

Americans Cut Back on Credit Card Use in September

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans cut back on using their credit cards in September for the fourth straight month but boosted borrowing in the category that covers auto loans and student debt.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Report: IRS Refunded $4 Billion to Identity Thieves

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to a Treasury report released Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

FDA to Ban Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.

REAL ESTATE

Fannie, Freddie Post Strong Earnings for Third Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted strong earnings for the July-September period as the housing market continued to recover. The gains will enable the mortgage giants to finish repaying their taxpayer aid or come close to doing so five years after they were rescued by the government.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter Soars in Market Debut

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Twitter went on sale to the public for the first time Thursday, instantly leaping more than 70 percent above their offering price in a dazzling debut that exceeded even Wall Street's lofty hopes.

Suburban School Board Early Vote In

The early vote is in for the Thursday, Nov. 7, suburban school board races in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities which are forming their own municipal school districts.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
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