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VOL. 128 | NO. 179 | Friday, September 13, 2013

Shelby County Home Sales Trending Upward

Shelby County home sales continued to gain momentum in August, with all key indicators posting double-digit percentage increases over the same month last year.

Education Reform Leaders

Barbic touts Memphis efforts over Nashville

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic say the education reformation underway locally in Shelby County can lead and influence the national discussion about education reform.

Mary Carter Decorating Center to Grow, Relocate

A venerable Memphis cake decorating and supply store is moving to a new location on Summer Avenue.

Martin Talks of University of Memphis High School for Teachers

University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin wants to build a high school with the Shelby County Schools system.

Art for Jobs Show Raises Funds for Advance Memphis

The nonprofit group Advance Memphis, the work of which focuses on helping the poor in South Memphis move up the economic ladder, has made its mark on the inner city.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
72°F
Fair
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 84%

EVENTS

ANF Architects will host an opening reception for the Memphis Camera Club’s “Memphis Architecture: A Walk Through History” exhibit on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the firm’s office, 1500 Union Ave. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 27. Visit anfa.com.

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Cyber Crime Growing Priority for FBI

Glankler Brown PLLC attorneys on Wednesday, Sept. 11, welcomed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott E. Augenbaum as the guest speaker for a cyber crime seminar for staff and clients at its East Memphis office.

Arlington, Lakeland Early Voting Ends Saturday

Early voting comes to an end Saturday, Sept. 14, in the first two of 11 elections between now and Thanksgiving.

SPORTS

SEC Gaining Reputation as QB Factory

When No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M clash in College Station this Saturday, much of the pre-game hype will fall on the starting quarterbacks. Forget, for a moment, the off-the-field stuff with the Aggies’ Johnny Manziel. Just think about on the field, him running around and making plays, him winning the Heisman Trophy last season as a freshman.

In Due Time, Lynch Will Shine as Tigers QB

To understand the potential impact of redshirt freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch, you have to do two things up front: forget his numbers (for a while) and look at the numbers produced by other Tiger quarterbacks.

Spotlight on SEC Entering Week 3

Whether the rest of the country wants to admit it or not, the SEC has survived early and notable non-conference losses. In fact, the league is front and center for Week 3 of the college football season.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Shifflett Finds Success as Domino’s Franchisee

When he was a teenager, as happens with teens throughout the country, Jason Shifflett went looking for a job.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Stranger Fear

IN FEAR, WE’RE ALL LOST. “When is Mom coming back?” Hallie, 12 at the time, asked. “Yeah,” added Gaines, 5 at the time, “she’s been gone a long time.” Dan, jet-lagged at the time – with two children next to him, the Eiffel Tower behind him and the City of Light all around him – realized several things:

Time for ‘New ERA’ in Memphis

Statistically, we know that talented workers are vital to any city’s economy. Cities need creative, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial citizens to start businesses, buy homes, send their kids to school and do all of the things that people do to create value in neighborhoods. When talented people “opt-out” of one city in favor of another, for any reason, some cities win while others lose. It’s no secret that Memphis has been on the losing end of this equation for quite some time.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Ethics Complaint Against Gov. Haslam Dismissed

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Ethics Commission has voted to dismiss a complaint filed against Gov. Bill Haslam that said he failed to disclose how much he has paid his former chief campaign strategist for political advice in the years following the 2010 election.

School Superintends Criticize Education Department

NASHVILLE (AP) – More than 60 school superintendents have signed a petition calling on Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to reevaluate the leadership at the Tennessee Department of Education.

Turner Asks for Haslam Correspondence With Volkswagen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Democratic leader in the House says he has asked for correspondence between Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen.

Democrats Hit Speaker Ramsey Over Obama Tweet

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey over a Twitter post that said President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.

Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting Next Week

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission is meeting next week to discuss and vote on the state's 2014 commercial fishing proposals.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Computer Upgrades Cut US Jobless Claims to 292,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. But the drop was mostly because of technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications.

Judge Approves American Airlines' Bankruptcy Plan

DALLAS (AP) – A federal judge has approved American Airlines' plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection and merge with US Airways, although the airlines must still resolve a lawsuit filed by the federal government seeking to block the merger.

Hilton Worldwide Plans to Raise $1.25 Billion From IPO

NEW YORK (AP) – Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. plans to raise $1.25 billion from an initial public offering of its common stock.

REAL ESTATE

US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Steady at 4.57 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages held steady this week, hovering near two-year highs. But rates could change quickly next week when the Federal Reserve addresses its bond purchase program.

US Foreclosure Starts Drop

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lenders initiated foreclosure action in August against the fewest U.S. homes for any month in nearly eight years, a trend that should help reduce the number of homes lost to foreclosure in the months ahead.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 109 433 13,330
MORTGAGES 114 591 17,349
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 93 3,391
BUILDING PERMITS 0 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 76 352 12,695
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 108 4,597
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 77 564 19,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 151 4,060

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