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VOL. 127 | NO. 253 | Friday, December 28, 2012

‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

Degrees of Difficulty

Local education leaders discuss changing face of higher learning

Leaders of the city’s five higher education institutions say they are all grappling with the issue of relevance in a changing world and economy as they compete for students with missions that make them different from one another.

CashSaver Trades Hands for $3.2 Million

The CashSaver in Midtown has traded hands. 

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Ford Jr. Ready for Ascent to City Council Chairman

If you didn’t know that Edmund Ford Jr. teaches mathematics, there would be clues.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Proving Life After Mayo Just Fine

It seemed only fitting that on the night O.J. Mayo returned to Memphis with the Dallas Mavericks – averaging 20 points a game and leading the NBA in 3-point shooting – that Mike Conley would break the Grizzlies’ franchise record for career assists.

Despite Stats, Some Aren’t Worthy of Cooperstown

The rules state that you have to be a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) for 10 years before you are granted the privilege of voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Horseback Rides With Weddings

BRIDAL PATHS When I was little, I was pretty sure you went to cool weddings by horseback. After all, Roy and Dale were married, and they sang “Happy Trails To Us” from the back of a horse every week. Mom and Dad were married, and they spent the first year of their marriage in Arizona riding horses and doing cool-sounding things like punching cattle, shooting rattlesnakes and smoking Old Golds.

Year-End Fundraising Reflections

As you reflect on 2012 here are some things to consider in the area of fundraising. Take a quiet moment to contemplate the following as you prepare for the coming year.

REGIONAL

Mississippi River Drops, Threatening Barge Traffic

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Federal Charges Filed in Temple-Inland Paper Mill Spill

The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against a Bogalusa, La., paper mill, saying it violated federal environmental laws.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

No Deal in Sight as Deadline for Fiscal Deal Nears

WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.

EPA Administrator Jackson Announces Resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) – EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, is stepping down after nearly four years marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 154 13,810
MORTGAGES 135 193 18,019
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 39 3,544
BUILDING PERMITS 430 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 52 130 13,133
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 45 4,750
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 83 204 20,104
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 33 4,230

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