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VOL. 128 | NO. 250 | Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rape Kit Backlog Lawsuit Shifts Questions

Since August, Memphis City Council members have been reviewing the numbers. Asking questions about them. Verifying them. Categorizing them.

Marketing Makeover

Two nonprofits win services from Obsidian PR

Two Memphis-area nonprofits are six months away from a 180-degree turnaround in their respective public relations efforts.

Norris Expects Maintenance of Effort for Pensions

Tennessee Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville says whatever fix Memphis leaders come up with for the city’s unfunded pension liability, the Tennessee General Assembly will probably still pass legislation dealing with the problem on a scale broader than Memphis.

FBI Questions Surprise Local Politicos

As harsh as the criticism has been of the way the Shelby County Election Commission conducted elections in 2012, no one, including those who filed two Chancery Court lawsuits over the results, have said or presented proof it was intentional.

Southeastern Freight Lines Gives Back

Despite a busy year greatly expanding its facilities in Memphis, Southeastern Freight Lines has found time to give back to the local community through its Southeastern Serves program, donating 39 hours locally and 1,323 total hours nationally to a variety of worthy causes.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
67°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 13 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host its Christmas Eve candlelight service Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. at the church, 8161 Germantown Road in Olive Branch. Visit firstcpchurch.org.

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REAL ESTATE RECAP

Cordova Creek Apartments Sell for $12.5 Million

1175 N. Germantown Parkway, Memphis, TN 38016, Sale Amount: $12.5 million -

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Harkavy Happy Mixing Business With Law

Lee Harkavy, partner with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, had a dream to work in the world of business and finance, so the native Memphian pursued and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in financing and accounting at the University of Michigan.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Fundraising Anticipation for 2014

Part two of a two-part series In our last column we asked you to reflect on your fundraising for the past year and to record your answers to three questions: What have you done well, which activities or strategies didn’t meet expectations and were your goals realistic. In anticipation of the coming year, we suggest you use the wisdom gained from your reflections to lay the groundwork for 2014.

Christmas Miracle Goes Viral

Canadian airline WestJet created a viral marketing sensation this holiday season. It was the second installment in what the brand has proclaimed an annual tradition.

Does Your College Student Know Debt?

Ray’s Take Too many of us are sending our kids to college with no understanding of how to handle – or better yet avoid – debt. A recent survey revealed that while 70 percent of undergrads had credit cards, fewer than 10 percent paid them off in full each month. Even worse, a mere 14 percent knew what their interest rate was!

Ghosts of Holiday Programs Past

It’s that time of year again. Time for holiday programs.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis Honoring Grizzlies’ Randolph on Friday

MEMPHIS (AP) – Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is getting his own day Friday, Dec. 27, in the city of Memphis in honor of all his charity work in the community.

STATEWIDE

TDOT to Halt Highway Construction for Holidays

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Transportation Department is halting highway construction for the busy holiday travel period.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Consumer Spending Rose 0.5 Percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.

Jos. A. Bank Turns Down Men's Wearhouse Offer

NEW YORK (AP) Jos. A. Bank rejected a takeover offer from competitor Men's Wearhouse, saying the $1.54 billion bid is too low.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple Strikes Deal to Bring iPhone to China Mobile

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple has struck a long-anticipated agreement to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone company.

Headphones, Speakers Top Gift Lists

ATLANTA (AP) – Listen up, Santa: Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 81 217 5,290
MORTGAGES 94 276 6,985
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 72 1,628
BUILDING PERMITS 384 712 12,691
BANKRUPTCIES 66 241 5,541
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 85 2,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 234 7,292
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 53 1,511

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