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VOL. 128 | NO. 251 | Friday, December 27, 2013

Industrial Uptick Seen in Outer Counties

The Memphis industrial market saw the return of speculative development in 2013 and an uptick in tenants seeking blocks of 500,000 square feet or more.

New Questions

Parents wait for word on school changes

The winter break for students is usually when parents look for word of what changes are ahead in the next school year.

Orangetheory Fitness Signs New Lease In Stonecreek

Orangetheory Fitness has signed a lease at Stonecreek Centre at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown.

Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

Democrats Face 2014 Primary Challenge

Shelby County Democrats hold their annual Kennedy Day Dinner fundraiser Jan. 18 as they prepare for the election year of the “big ballot” – the largest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle, and the one that includes the August elections for judicial offices, which happens every eight years.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 57%

EVENTS

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

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MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Childhood Inspiration Leads Jambor to Fulfilling Career

Like many children of the 1970s, Erik Jambor’s interest in film began with scrolling words on the big screen: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … .”

SPORTS

Examining the Tigers Entering January

The 17th-ranked Tigers came through the first 10 games of the season – the first chapter, if you will – with an 8-2 record overall and a 1-2 record against ranked opponents. They suffered a lopsided loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., beat the Cowboys on a neutral court, and had what NCAA bracket analysts would term a “good loss” by two points to Florida at Madison Square Garden.

Wheel Could Bring Fortune to NBA Draft

This June’s NBA Draft is projected to be deep, with perhaps as many as a half-dozen players capable of changing a franchise’s fortunes. It’s a great incentive for “tanking” and trying to get into the top tier of the NBA Lottery.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

New Years and Old Ones

NEW YEAR REMINDER OF OLD FRIENDS. The cutest girl on Tennessee’s campus sent me a message, and that sent me back to Houston for her wedding a lifetime ago, and just about the wildest weekend I’ve ever spent. Extant.

Keeping Up Job Searches During the Holidays

Now’s the time to get started on your resolution to find a new job in the new year. The holidays are the perfect time to begin your search. Yes, many HR departments are on vacation and hiring appears to halt. But, it’s a great time for you to lay the foundation to stand out in 2014.

What Does the Fed Say?

Ben Bernanke announced a tapering of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase program from $85 billion to $75 billion at his final FOMC meeting last week, and contrary to pundit fears, the Dow Jones Industrial Average threw him a going away celebration by rallying to new highs. What he said:

STATE GOVERNMENT

Failed Education Bills to Return in New Session

NASHVILLE (AP) – Proponents of revamping education laws in Tennessee cite a recent report that ranked the state's students tops in the nation in academic improvement as proof that recent reforms are working and more should be considered.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Children Learn With Blues Curriculum

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Delta to Honor Extremely Cheap Mistake Fares

NEW YORK (AP) – Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.

McDonald's Closes Employee Website Amid Criticism

McDonald's Corp. has shut down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the fast-food company.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

Health Care Tactics Split Republican Senate Rivals

ATLANTA (AP) – Republicans who want to regain control of the Senate will first have to do battle among themselves in 2014 primary elections, due largely to differences over how to proceed against the law they deride as "Obamacare."

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 152 594 7,058
MARRIAGE LICENSES 36 117 1,458

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