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VOL. 129 | NO. 154 | Friday, August 8, 2014

Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.

Blueprint for the Future

Architecture Inc. celebrates 20 years, looks toward what’s next

It was 1992, and architect Joey Hagan was searching high and low for space for his own office.

Nineteenth Century Club Mansion Could Be Saved

The Union Avenue mansion that housed the Nineteenth Century Club might not meet the wrecking ball after all.

Luttrell: Some Changes Coming in Second Term

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says there will likely be some “tweaks” to his team and its efforts as he prepares to begin his second and final term as the county chief executive.

Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results

Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
56°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

L’Ecole Culinaire will host a community back-to-school beach party open house Friday, Aug. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1245 N. Germantown Parkway. The event will include food samples from coastal regions, hands-on activities and information about the school and culinary careers. Cost is free. Email robin.levan@vatterott.edu or call 314-264-1812.

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Tigers Land Forward Calvin Godfrey

As first reported by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, forward Calvin Godfrey is coming to the University of Memphis as a transfer from Southern University.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in July

Kathee Villar, a loan officer with Community Mortgage Corp., has worked for the lender for 23 years, and when you’re in that kind of place for that length of time, certain patterns start to repeat themselves.

Tamp & Tap to Open in East Memphis

One of the newest office buildings in East Memphis has landed a popular local coffee shop and restaurant.

Student Housing Tower Planned Near University of Memphis

A Frankfort, Ky.-based developer is planning to develop a student housing tower close to the University of Memphis.

Concert Series Comes to Harbor Town

A six-concert series is coming to Harbor Town later this month.

New Delta Cuts Reflect Changes at Memphis Airport

Delta Airlines is once again cutting service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

Commission to Have Different Look After Election

The first post-election appointment for the winners of the 13 Shelby County Commission races on the Thursday, Aug. 7, election ballot is a Friday luncheon with commission Chairman James Harvey.

SPORTS

Tigers Players, Coaches Say Time is Now for Football Success

Two years ago, the University of Memphis football season began with the unthinkable: a 20-17 home loss to UT Martin.

The Press Box: Mississippi State, Prescott Set High Expectations

Confidence does not always take the predictable path.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Paying Attention

ON MY WATCH. AND YOURS. Mrs. Parker tends her corner of the garden at Trezevant with loving dedication, looking up from her planting and fussing with a gloved wave to Nora and me as we walk by of a morning. A couple of years ago, she presented us with a bag of ginger lily roots. Hers was taking up too much room, and she didn’t want it to spread any more.

Lessons Learned From Millennials

Much of the research about employment suggests older workers are waiting longer to retire. This means many seasoned professionals are also still job searching. And, many of those are struggling to find their way.

MEMPHIS AREA

Fred's July Sales Metric Up, Cuts Second-Quarter Outlook

MEMPHIS (AP) – Fred's sales at stores open at least a year edged up 0.7 percent in July, helped by better customer traffic and stronger sales of some general merchandise.

Shelby County Offers Free Bikes to Students

MEMPHIS (AP) – Shelby County officials are once again offering free bicycles to students who have perfect attendance during this school year.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Consumer Spending Grows Slowest in Nation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Consumer spending grew more slowly in Mississippi than in any other state in 2012, reflecting the state's slow recovery from the recession.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Fed Survey: 25 Percent of Households 'Just Getting By'

WASHINGTON (AP) – A survey by the Federal Reserve shows that a quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially.

Traffic, Revenue Figure Rise at Southwest Airlines

DALLAS (AP) Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that traffic increased last month on Southwest and its AirTran subsidiary, leaving fewer empty seats and pushing a key revenue figure higher.

US Jobless Aid Applications Fall to 289,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth.

US Airlines Running Behind Schedule So Far in 2014

More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

REAL ESTATE

Fannie, Freddie Post Profits in Second Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the April-June period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. Gains in recent years have enabled them to fully repay their government aid after being rescued during the financial crisis in 2008.

Cohen, Luttrell, Weirich, Harris Take Early Vote

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has taken the early vote over challenger Ricky Wilkins in the hard fought Democratic Congressional primary on Thursday’s Shelby County election ballot.

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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
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