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VOL. 131 | NO. 240 | Friday, December 2, 2016

Downtown Newcomers Seek Sign Exceptions

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will meet next week to discuss some potential changes to the Downtown Memphis skyline.

Justice Department Begins Yearlong Investigation of MPD

In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.

MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

American Home Shield Buys Salt Lake City Company

The American Home Shield division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster announced Thursday, Dec. 1, a deal to buy Landmark Home Warranty of Salt Lake City, the second acquisition by the home warranty company this year.

Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
61.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 29%

EVENTS

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 (along with Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-23) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Bring the family to play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa or spiced tea, create a winter craft, and enjoy music, lights and more throughout My Big Backyard. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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IP Closes on Weyerhaeuser Pulp Acquisition

International Paper, headquartered in Memphis, closed Thursday, Dec. 1, on its $2.2 billion purchase of Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business.

Figura Brings Expertise To New Forensic Center Role

Dr. Benjamin Figura’s career is the stuff TV crime dramas are made of.

Search Continues for Any Survivors of Tennessee Wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Crews made "significant progress" in their search for any survivors in the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, and the death toll remains at seven, officials said Thursday.

SPORTS

SEC Grades: ‘A’ for Alabama; UT, Ole Miss Should Be Grounded

Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.

The Press Box: Grizzlies Without Conley a Cut Below

The numbers tell a dispiriting story. When the Grizzlies play basketball without the services of starting point guard Mike Conley, they lose more often than they win.

Something Missing in Jones’ ‘Infallible’ System

By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt. They don’t like it, mind you, but they’ve accepted it. As for Butch Jones, what now?

Tennessee’s Hand Yanked From The Sugar Bowl

It’s going to be a long bowl season for Tennessee’s football team and its fans. The Vols find out their bowl destination soon after Saturday’s SEC championship game (4 EST, CBS) between Florida and Alabama in Atlanta.

Cox Release Sends Message: Get Better or Goodbye

As the Tennessee Titans headed out the door for some long-overdue bye week days off, one veteran got more than he expected – the rest of the season off.

Coaching Group 'Concerned' Over Lack of Minority Hires

A group representing and advocating for minority coaches in college sports said Wednesday it was concerned that the football hiring season will pass without a single minority candidate filling an open position.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Christmas Goes Victorian at Woodruff-Fontaine

In her monthly illustration of life in Memphis, artist Martha Kelly depicts Victorian Village’s Woodruff-Fontaine House decked out in its holiday splendor. The 1871 mansion-turned-museum is hosting its Yuletide First Friday, a free open house, on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also in the works is the Dec. 17 Rose Ball, honoring what would have been Millie Woodruff’s 145th wedding anniversary.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Retirement Drawdown – Which First?

Ray’s Take It’s not what you earn, but what you keep. That old saying is true when saving for retirement, and it’s just as important – if not more so – when it comes to withdrawing money from your various retirement accounts.

Not Again. Or Not.

I WON’T DO THAT AGAIN. Words3 is a writers group that meets monthly at the Church of the Holy Communion to read and reflect. And eat doughnuts.

Be Social Media Vigilant During Holidays

As you plan to spend the holidays with your loved ones and document these memories for social media, it’s important to be aware of the potential cybersecurity risks you might face. 

STATEWIDE

Dollar General Key Sales Figure Falls As Store Traffic Drops

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General put up weak earnings numbers for the third quarter in an environment that has largely favored bargain stores, with so many people still looking to cut costs where they can.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Agency Begins Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Medical marijuana products sold in Arkansas would have to include detailed labels with information about their laboratory analysis, dosage, source and warnings under a draft of rules being prepared for the launch of the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Magic Pipe: Carnival's Princess Pays $40M Fine for Sea Waste

MIAMI (AP) – Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters, authorities said Thursday.

MEDIA

Women's Health Mag Self to End Print Edition, Live Online

NEW YORK (AP) – Women's health magazine Self is ending its print edition after nearly four decades to focus on its website and video that's shared on social-media sites.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Olympic Hero Michael Phelps Looks to Dip His Toes in Tech

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

Black Friday Deals Helped Lift US Auto Sales in November

DETROIT (AP) – Black Friday deals and postelection confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump – and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.

HEALTH CARE

Poll: Only About 1 in 4 Wants Trump to Repeal Health Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll.

MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 360 18,823
MORTGAGES 96 570 24,194
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 142 808 40,603
BANKRUPTCIES 68 229 14,122
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 78 5,820
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 281 21,803
MARRIAGE LICENSES 11 31 5,062

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