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VOL. 127 | NO. 203 | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names 25 Initial Inductees

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton joined with representatives from the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum Tuesday, Oct. 16, in announcing the launch of a Memphis Music Hall of Fame tribute to the city’s musical legends.

Race to the Finish

Early voting kicks off dash to Election Day

Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey walked into the storefront at the Carrefour shopping center earlier this month and liked what he saw of the local effort for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

Council Approves Non Discrimination Ordinance, Adds Resolution

Memphis City Council members approved on third and final reading an ordinance Tuesday, Oct. 16, that forbids the city from discriminating in hiring, firing or promotion based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Building Permits Show Little Change

Local homebuilders didn’t change much the amount of new home permits they filed during the third quarter compared with the same period last year.

Building Permits Remain Steady in September

Shelby County homebuilders in September filed 78 permits averaging 3,374 square feet and $263,645, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
75°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 94%

EVENTS

America’s Wetland Foundation will hold The Big River Thrives Leadership Forum Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ducks Unlimited, 1 Waterfront Way. The forum brings together leaders and experts from diverse Mississippi River interests to identify critical habitat and ecosystem issues. Visit americaswetland.com.

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VA Memphis Builds for Future

Construction is progressing rapidly at the Memphis VA Medical Center on a new dedicated area for women veterans and another for returning soldiers from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Anti-Blight Efforts Kick Into High Gear

As mid-day traffic made an s-curve in South Parkway, a block of Bullington Avenue behind the trees in the curve was getting a makeover from work crews from several city departments.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Senior Care Management Solutions Promotes Williams

Darla Williams has been promoted to health care administrator at Senior Care Management Solutions. In her new role, Williams will play a critical role in overseeing and customizing clients’ daily care plans to fit their specific needs.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The More You Tell, The Less You Sell

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” This principle from author Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” has the power to solve an industry-wide sales challenge – under-developed listening skills.

Growing Together: Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning,” the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.”

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Lottery has Record 1st Quarter With $81 Million

NASHVILLE (AP) The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has raised a record $81 million in the first quarter.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

More Expensive Gas Pushes US Consumer Prices Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – Higher gas costs drove up U.S. consumer prices in September for the second straight month. Outside energy, there was little sign of inflation.

Tame US Prices, More Confident Builders Aid Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Tuesday after reports that consumer prices stayed tame and homebuilder confidence rose to the highest level in six years.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Social Security Benefits to Go Up by 1.7 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

REAL ESTATE

Homebuilder Confidence High

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remains at its highest level in six years, reflecting improved optimism over the strengthening housing market this year and a pickup in visits by prospective buyers to builders’ communities.

TECHNOLOGY

FCC Lets Cable Companies Encrypt Signals to Foil Theft

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators are letting cable companies scramble all their TV signals, closing a loophole that lets many households watch basic cable channels for free.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 43 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 78 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 11,671
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 190 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 43 43 3,711

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