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VOL. 131 | NO. 8 | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ServiceMaster CEO Talks Vision, New Corporate Identity

One of the priorities that ServiceMaster CEO Robert Gillette sees as coming with his job is the need to make sure employees know they’re “part of something special.”

Another Week, Another New Destination for Memphis Airport

Memphis International Airport has announced its second new destination in as many weeks, this time from low-cost airline Allegiant Air.

County Commission Approves Hacks Cross Contract, New Health Director

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 11, a $223,600 contract for engineering and environmental work on the Hacks Cross Road widening.

Tennessee Legislature Opens 2016 Session on Capitol Hill

The Tennessee General Assembly's 2016 session will be a short one, likely done by early April. The gavels fall in the House and Senate chambers in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, opening the election year session.

New UCI Board Chair Pledges More Grants, Transparency

Jill Crocker, new board chairman of The Urban Child Institute, says the organization is essentially starting with a clean slate.

Last Word: Legislature's Return, Uber Pilot, Minivan Comeback and Bowie's Exit

The gavel falls in Nashville.

Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

Memphis to Pilot Uber Transit App

Memphis is one of two cities to roll out Uber’s latest technology: an app that incorporates the for-hire cars with public transit.

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.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million

601 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, TN 38017 -
Culpepper Place of Collierville, an assisted living facility at 601 Wolf River Blvd., has a new owner and a new name following its $17 million sale.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Are You Really Committed?

This is the third in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.

Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

The Art of Productivity in the Workplace

It’s no secret that a happy employee is a productive employee. What makes a happy employee? There are many factors, such as compensation, respect, open communication, ownership in work, etc., that an employer must cultivate over time to see results. However, one of the simplest ways to boost productivity in the workplace is by creating an enjoyable work environment.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Lawmaker Facing Ouster Benefited From '2nd Chance'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Republican members of the Tennessee House gather Tuesday to decide whether to oust embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham from his leadership post, it won't be the first time that two-term lawmaker has had to answer for questionable behavior.

REGIONAL NEWS

Spillway of Swollen Mississippi River Open Near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a major spillway Sunday near New Orleans for the first time in nearly five years, seeking to decrease the vast flow of the swollen Mississippi River as a safeguard to the low-lying city.

Former Governor, Senator Bumpers Remembered at Service

Former U.S. Senator and Arkansas governor Dale Bumpers was remembered Sunday by former President Bill Clinton and others for his public service, his wit and his role in ending the segregation of the school in his small western Arkansas hometown.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Set to Strengthen Government Records Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved forward on legislation that would make it easier to obtain government records, as a new congressional report concluded that the freedom of information process under the Obama administration is broken and in need of serious change.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Stocks Veer Lower Following Another Drop in Price of Oil

A slump in crude oil prices and other commodities weighed on stocks in afternoon trading Monday. Energy companies were among the biggest decliners as the price of crude oil sank to the lowest level in more than a decade. Investors also weighed the implications of another drop in China's stock market.

With SUV Look, Tech Touches, Chrysler Aims to Revive Minivan

DETROIT (AP) — Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it — with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again.

County Commission Approves Hacks Cross Contract, New Health Director

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 11, a $223,600 contract for engineering and environmental work on the Hacks Cross Road widening.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 151 334 36,150
BANKRUPTCIES 54 92 11,774
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 59 5,619
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 49 4,406

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