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VOL. 128 | NO. 229 | Friday, November 22, 2013

Drexel's Shockey Named Chamber Chairwoman

The Greater Memphis Chamber has named a new chairwoman, and it soon will have a replacement for its outgoing president and CEO – with the odds likely favoring a local hire.

Connection Complete

Opening of eight-mile stretch finishes long-awaited Tenn. 385

State and local officials will cut the ribbon on the last piece of Tenn. 385 on the morning of Friday, Nov. 22, and the eight-mile stretch of road will open to motorists later in the day.

Sales Tax Hike Defeated, Akbari To Tennessee House

For the second time in a year, Memphis voters have said “no” to a sales tax hike and Democrat Raumesh Akbari claimed the Tennessee House District 91 seat.

Kennedy’s Memphis Presence Felt 50 Years Later

There once was a monument in a Memphis park that marked the spot where President John F. Kennedy had stood during a visit to the city in 1960 as he campaigned for the presidency.

Leases Push Renaissance Center Near Capacity

The Renaissance Center office building in East Memphis should be near capacity early next year, following a series of recent lease signings.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 71%

EVENTS

The 2013 Memphis International Jazz Festival will be held through Sunday, Nov. 24, in Downtown Memphis and the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit memphisinternationaljazzfestival.com for a lineup.

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Bartlett, Collierville Reach Tentative Schools Deals With County

There are now four tentative agreements between Shelby County Schools and suburban leaders for the formation of suburban school districts.

Memphis Airport Adds Free Wi-Fi

Memphis International Airport continues to add new customer-friendly amenities this year, including the introduction Thursday of free Wi-Fi service throughout Terminals A, B and C.

SPORTS

Time for Tigers to Back Up Words

Looking back at a few quotes from the once 11th-ranked Tigers at their preseason media day, in light of the embarrassment that was their recent 101-80 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma State:

Don’t Take Ballpark, Team for Granted

Way back in the 1990s, when Downtown Memphis was The Peabody hotel and a bus station and not much more, Memphis Redbirds founder Dean Jernigan went on a tour of major-league ballparks.

College Football Notebook: November 22, 2013

For the East Division-leading Missouri Tigers (9-1, 5-1), the last road test of the SEC season comes this Saturday in Oxford against No. 24 Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3), which is on a four-game winning streak. The No. 8 Tigers need to win out to ensure a trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is trying to push even the idea of pressure to the fringes.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Nov. 22 Shelby County Commission Special Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet in special session Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Our Kind of Street

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ADDRESS. The sticker on the door of Elwood’s Shack – sort of on Summer and sort of in Lowe’s parking lot – said “Summer Ave. is my Poplar.”

STATEWIDE

Kirkland Shares Soar on Strong Third Quarter, Forecast

Kirkland's Inc. shares soared Thursday after the home decor retailer reported a better-than-expected fiscal third quarter and raised its full-year forecast.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Wholesale Prices Dip for 2nd Month on Cheap Gas

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale prices fell in October for the second straight month, driven down again by cheaper gasoline costs.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Panel Advances Yellen's Bid to Lead Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

Government Expects to Finish GM Stock Sale by Year End

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old auto giant's history.

News Media Protest White House Press Access Limits

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House on Thursday against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than "government propaganda."

HEALTH CARE

Experts: HealthCare.Gov Fix Needs More Time, Money

NEW YORK (AP) – Technology experts say healing what ails the HealthCare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.

TECHNOLOGY

Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290 Million

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features.

Drexel's Shockey Named Chamber Chairwoman

The Greater Memphis Chamber has named a new chairwoman, and it soon will have a replacement for its outgoing president and CEO – with the odds likely favoring a local hire.

"No" Pre-K Votes and Akbari Take Early Voting

Opponents of a half percent hike in the city sales tax and Democratic Tennessee House candidate Raumesh Akbari took the early vote in the last election of 2013 in Shelby County.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 69 311 15,028
MORTGAGES 83 338 19,668
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 43 3,838
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 65 247 14,281
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 120 5,111
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 70 316 21,749
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 93 4,650

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