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VOL. 127 | NO. 239 | Friday, December 7, 2012

Relief Could Be Coming for Low River

Mississippi River water levels approaching historic lows in the Mid-South are expected to rise during the next few weeks due to increased precipitation to the northeast.

Renewed Focus

South Memphis Alliance increasing community impact

Reginald Milton calls it the “dirty little secret” of nonprofits whose mission is to provide social services.

Brooks Brothers Relocating to Saddle Creek

High-end clothier chain Brooks Brothers plans to open a new location at The Shops of Saddle Creek West in Germantown.

Google Enables Virtual Tour of Amro Music

Google has extended its Street View technology inside select shops and businesses around the country.

Museum Renovation Brings Sculptor Back to Memphis

Construction sounds coming from a museum can be jarring, even when you know the exhibits are protected or have been moved.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
45°F
Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

The DeSoto County Economic Development Council will hold its annual membership luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11:45 a.m. at Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will present the keynote. Cost is $25. R.S.V.P. to dmorgan@desotocounty.com by Friday, Dec. 7.

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Agency to Weigh Plan for Heritage Trails in Early 2013

The group that will determine whether there is a tax increment financing zone for the city’s Heritage Trails redevelopment plan should begin considering the specifics of the development plan itself starting in mid-January.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Lekhy Brings Fresh Perspective to Convention Center Role

When Nikki Lekhy talks about Memphis, she speaks with the pride and knowledge usually heard in the voices of older residents who have been around for years and witnessed decades of changes.

SPORTS

Johnson’s Breakout Game Sparks Resounding Victory

Any metaphorical picture of the Tigers’ Geron Johnson requires that he hold a basketball in one hand and baggage in the other.

Z-Bo Bringing Back His ‘Two Years Ago’ Self

His team had been on his back all night long. Now, with 1:50 left in overtime and the Grizzlies up by five points, Zach Randolph was about to score the last of his 38 points.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

It’s Past Time to Start Over

START. STOP. START SOMETHING NEW. There we were in our shirtsleeves, playing golf on a 70-degree Saturday in December, when my old friend, cart mate and Republican said, “I could get used to this global warming stuff.” Unable to resist the smart-ass opening I had just been provided, I replied, “Must be tough on you guys these days – not only do you have to admit to global warming, you have to throw Grover and the pledge under the elephant.”

Avoid the Year-End Crisis

Part two of a two-part series on year-end fundraising Year-end giving is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays nonprofits are busy soliciting. Email, direct mail, TV and in-person solicitations are on in full force. Competition for the philanthropic dollar is fierce as organizations seek to encourage our generosity. Our heartstrings are pulled at, and it is easy – and good! – to impulsively give. With just a “click” on a link we can make a difference in no time flat.

STATEWIDE

Health Warning on New Round of Fungal Infections

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee health officials are once again alerting patients who received tainted steroid shots after finding that some have infections at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam to Focus on Reducing Domestic Violence Rate

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says that while the crime rate is showing an overall decline in Tennessee, instances of aggravated assault, prescription drug abuse and domestic violence remain a major concern for his administration.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Seeks to Put Personal Touch on Cliff Talks

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on "fiscal cliff" negotiations, visited a northern Virginia family's basement apartment Thursday to press his hardline on tax rate increases for the wealthy.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple to Produce Line of Macs in the US Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will move production of one of its existing lines of Mac computers to the United States next year.

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PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 38 76 4,504
BUILDING PERMITS 208 722 41,947
BANKRUPTCIES 61 237 16,629
BUSINESS LICENSES 11 61 5,762
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 60 256 25,125
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 80 5,365

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