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VOL. 131 | NO. 7 | Monday, January 11, 2016

The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...

Memphis Condo Sales Up 16 Percent in 2015

Memphis and Shelby County saw a 16 percent increase in condo sales last year, with 781 units sold compared to 671 sold in 2014.

Grizzlies Notebook: Zach Randolph Still Mr. Double-Double, Even Off the Bench

Ever since Memphis coach Dave Joerger decided to have power forward Zach Randolph play off the bench, he has been Mr. Team First and Mr. Positive Attitude.

Snapshots: Cars Roll Into Downtown Memphis

More than 100 vehicles from leading manufacturers were on display at the Memphis International Auto Show, staged over the weekend at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Last Word: El Chapo and Memphis, First Filers for August and Origins in Graffiti

The Mississippi River at Memphis crested and then it rained.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
54.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 42%

EVENTS

The Orpheum Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Jan. 17 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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Shelby County Tax Property Sale Features Two Firsts

When the Shelby County Trustee’s office puts a set of tax delinquent properties up for auction Jan. 19-21, it will be a first in several ways.

Innova’s Bouten Talks Growing Health Care Hub

When Jan Bouten looks out his office window at 20 S. Dudley St., he can count no less than five medical institutions in his field of view.

University of Memphis Institutes Team Up for Biologistics Partnership

Two research institutes at the University of Memphis – the FedEx Institute of Technology and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute – have teamed up to launch a biologistics partnership.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Graffiti Green Light

Memphis' street art scene looks to come out of the shadows

Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.

Editorial: Art and the Changing Eye of the Beholder

One of the oldest public murals in Memphis, a city that can’t seem to get enough of them, is at the Pink Palace Museum.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Carlisle: One Beale Exploring Office Tower

Carlisle Corp. is exploring a third high-rise building to go with the luxury hotel and apartment towers in its $215 million One Beale project.

Amazon Planes May Not be Imminent Threat to FedEx, UPS

While it relies today on outside vendors like UPS, FedEx and the USPS to deliver customer orders, Amazon has been making moves that signal it wants to increasingly cut out those companies and become something of a package delivery giant in its own right.

Armstrong Leaving Memphis Police Dept. for St. Jude

Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong has taken a job at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises

Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

January 11 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Tourism Officials Tout 2016 Events and Attractions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is highlighting several destinations in the upcoming year.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Lawmakers Return With Eye Toward Campaign Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers return Tuesday for the second session of the 109th General Assembly with an eye toward quickly disposing of their business and heading home for election season.

REGIONAL NEWS

Tunica Casino Union Vote Delayed On Worker Pressure Charges

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A vote on unionization by dealers at the MGM Gold Strike Casino in Tunica County has been put off amid charges that MGM Resorts International broke federal law while campaigning against union representation.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Borrowing Rose $14 Billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted their borrowing in November, as higher credit card spending partially offset slower growth in auto and student loans.

US Employers Hire at Robust Pace, Defying Global Trends

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

TECHNOLOGY

From the High-Flying to the Practical: CES 2016 in Brief

LAS VEGAS (AP) – This year's CES gadget show, like ones before it, showed off a mix of the dreamy and the practical in technology. Gadget prototypes promised us fully autonomous vehicles carrying commuters on the streets and in the sky, while gizmos went on sale that aimed to solve daily problems like restocking your fridge.

Does Your Battery Life Stink? Try Some High-Tech Workarounds

LAS VEGAS (AP) – It's enough to make you want to drop everything and race for the nearest power outlet: Your workday isn't even done, and your smartphone or laptop battery is already in the red zone.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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