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VOL. 131 | NO. 9 | Wednesday, January 13, 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.

Shelby County Housing Market 'Back to Normal' in 2015

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market moved closer to prerecession levels in 2015 as the year closed with the highest home sales revenue recorded since 2007.

Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Last Word: SOTU React, OPEB Comeback and NFL Nostalgia

The day after the last State of the Union address by President Barack Obama here's a breakdown of the reaction from our delegation to Washington.

Local Weather
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Wind: Northeast at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “The Guest Room” author Chris Bohjalian for a discussion and signing Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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Reaves: Memphis Should Pay Share of Schools Liability

The Shelby County commissioner who sought a legal opinion over who pays $1.1 billion of Shelby County Schools’ benefits liability says he has more questions.

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.

NEWSMAKERS

Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

8 Career Trends For 2016

With the New Year here in full force, employees are setting their sights on new goals, new jobs and new careers. One question I keep hearing is “What’s new in 2016?” Here’s the rundown.

Mobile Is Everything

Editor’s Note: This column is the ninth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

What Are the Odds?

I am writing this article as the Powerball lottery jackpot prepares to pay out $1.3 billion to some lucky fool – I mean lucky winner.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Medicaid Expansion Advocates Greet Returning Tenn. Lawmakers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Protesters advocating for the passage of Gov. Bill Haslam's Medicaid expansion proposal packed the state Capitol on Tuesday, singing, chanting and waving signs as lawmakers who defeated the measure last year returned for the first day of the legislative session.

STATEWIDE

Bernie Sanders Plans Rally at Tennessee State University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to bring his "Feel the Bern" tour of historically black colleges to Tennessee State University in Nashville.

REGIONAL NEWS

Book Looks at Sam Phillips' Career, Early Days in Alabama

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The legacy of Sam Phillips is inextricably tied to Memphis, Tennessee, and his Sun Records and studio. But Phillips' Alabama hometown holds the key to understanding the man who gave the world rock 'n' roll.

US ECONOMY

US Job Openings Rose in November; Hiring, Quits Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in November as overall hiring edged up and more Americans quit their jobs in signs of a healthier environment for workers.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

As Oil Plunges, Energy Companies Cut Jobs, Postpone Projects

LONDON (AP) — The world's biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows — and there may be more pain to come.

Blue Bell Says Ice Cream Safe Despite Potential Concern

HOUSTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries sought to reassure customers Monday that its ice cream in safe, even as the Texas company tries to determine whether listeria has again been found at one of its plants.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 405 5,939
MORTGAGES 141 492 7,092
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 85 1,115
BUILDING PERMITS 0 845 12,430
BANKRUPTCIES 39 255 4,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 49 184 2,363
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 138 2,518
MARRIAGE LICENSES 31 108 1,235

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