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VOL. 127 | NO. 207 | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Business Licenses Drop 10 Percent

Whether the reason is access to capital or lack of customer demand, the result is the same: fewer entrepreneurs are filing business licenses in Shelby County.

Art City

In sixth year, RiverArtsFest attendees ‘get it’

Artists Colleen Couch-Smith and Kelly Lindsey of Memphis are the creative minds behind Rock Paper Scissors (indielamps.com), offering lamps distinctive enough to double as illuminated art.

David Porter Launches Music Mentorship Program

Songwriter, producer, hit-making machine and Memphis native David Porter is moving into the Falls Building Downtown in a few weeks to launch a national music mentorship venture.

Seminar To Tackle Commercial Conditions

While many commercial real estate professionals would like to forget about 2011 altogether, celebrating increases in 2012 is necessary for morale.

County Commission Approves School Funding

Shelby County Commissioners approved $13.9 million in funding for computer software and a program to handle the human resources and financial needs of the merged school system to come.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
45°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 58%

EVENTS

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 23, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Bill Seely of Varsity Brands will discuss cheering as an NCAA sport. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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‘Behind the Headlines’ Explores Fixes for County’s Election Woes

Some early voters in Shelby County are snapping pictures of their completed ballots with their phones to verify their votes. Other voters are delaying their trip to the polls because they anticipate problems in the opening days of the voting period that ends Nov. 1.

Mallory Alexander Debuts New Space

When Mallory Alexander International Logistics moved into what had been the Freightliner warehouse in the Delp Distribution Center in early 2011, there was much to do.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Case Management Buys Airport-Area Office Building

3171 Directors Row Memphis, TN 38116

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Focused On Crosstown Arts

Last week we spotlighted the Overton Park Conservancy and shared a fun way we can support their efforts by attending an upcoming Halloween Party at the Sears Crosstown Building on Saturday, Oct. 27. This week let us expand on the other nonprofit beneficiary of that Halloween Party and talk about an organization that is working to both revitalize the Sears Crosstown Building and cultivate the arts here in Memphis: Crosstown Arts.

STATEWIDE

Audit Finds Poor Tracking of Tennessee Sex Offenders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recent audit of Tennessee's parole and probation system found officers failed to properly supervise sex offenders, sometimes allowing them access to children.

REGIONAL

Mississippians Smoke Less After 2009 Tax Increase

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Higher cigarette taxes may be helping to drive down smoking in Mississippi.

Mississippi Parties Send Members to Florida to Canvass

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republicans and Democrats are heading to Florida as the Nov. 6 presidential election approaches to knock on doors on behalf of their favored candidates.

Early Voting Begins for Arkansas Election

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Secretary of State Mark Martin is predicting 65 percent of Arkansas' voters will cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 election as voters began heading to the polls for early voting.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks Recoup Losses in Late Rally on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — A late buying spree erased early losses on Wall Street, leaving indexes with modest gains at the close of trading.

Oil Falls Below $89; Pump Prices Continue to Drop

Oil hit a three-week low as a major North American pipeline got set to reopen.

Retirement Worries Grow; 30-Somethings Most Uneasy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Younger Americans in their late 30s are now the group most likely to doubt they will be financially secure after retirement, a major shift from three years ago when baby boomers nearing retirement age expressed the greatest worry.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 65 366 17,721
MORTGAGES 70 417 23,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 91 4,519
BUILDING PERMITS 210 932 42,157
BANKRUPTCIES 62 299 16,691
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 80 5,781
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 305 25,174
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 96 5,381

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