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VOL. 128 | NO. 4 | Monday, January 7, 2013

Banks Showcase Artwork, Local Artists

Since December, Paragon National Bank has been showcasing art pieces from Dogwood Elementary School students at its Saddle Creek bank branch at 7600 Poplar Ave.

Battling Blight

Downtown Memphis Commission turns up heat on city’s eyesores

The kickoff date to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s anti-blight initiative on April 1, 2011, is embedded in president Paul Morris’ memory.

U.S. Employers Add 155,000 Jobs in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.

Petties Hit Man Sentence Poses Dilemma

U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays had a dilemma as he sentenced a contract killer Thursday, Jan. 3, for his part in the Craig Petties drug organization.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will host student loan expert Heather Jarvis Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the school’s Wade Auditorium, 1 N. Front St. Jarvis’ seminar is part of a new comprehensive workshop to help students navigate their second and third years of law school. Visit memphis.edu/law for details.

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SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

A Fitting Place Keeps Women in Proper Form

The realm of the professional bra fitter is a delicate one.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Who Serves as Your Truth-Teller?

My wife and I were recently strolling through a small tourist spot when we happened upon one of those vintage machines that guesses your weight, your age and tells your fortune. According to the instructions, all you had to do was stand very still facing the machine and drop a specified coin in the slot.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Service Firms Grow by Most in 10 Months

WASHINGTON (AP) – A gauge of U.S. service firms' activity expanded in December by the most in nearly a year, driven by a jump in new orders and hiring.

US Factory Orders Unchanged in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies boosted their orders in November for manufactured goods that reflect investment plans even though total orders were unchanged for the month.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Food and Drug Administration Proposes New Food Safety Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.

HEALTH CARE

Poll: Fight Obesity Crisis but Keep the Junk Food

WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone could use a little help keeping those New Year's resolutions to slim down. But if it means the government limiting junk food, the response is an overwhelming, "No."

TECHNOLOGY

Google Emerges From Federal Probe Relatively Unscathed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has settled a U.S. government probe into its business practices without making any major concessions on how the company runs its Internet search engine, the world's most influential gateway to digital information and commerce.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 56 212 11,977
MORTGAGES 68 295 15,645
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 57 3,080
BUILDING PERMITS 0 606 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 81 291 11,598
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 102 4,257
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 89 428 17,611
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 81 3,645

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