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VOL. 132 | NO. 1 | Monday, January 2, 2017

The Week Ahead: January 3-9

Good morning, Memphis – and happy 2017! If you’ve made a new year’s resolution, chances are there’s an event this week to help you along the way. Want to get fit? Check out the Memphis Bike Swap. Vowing to read more? Try the BookTini Book Club launch. And that’s just a taste of what’s happening in The Week Ahead…

Memphis Bioworks Surpasses Goals of Labor Department Job-Training Grant

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is serious about workforce development and job training, along with the other high-profile work for which it’s known, like investing in companies related to bioscience and sustainability.

Shelby County Election Commission Puts New Voter Registration System First

Before Shelby County voters get new voting machines, the elections administrator wants a new voter registration system to begin a badly needed upgrade of election technology.

Georgia Rallies to Beat TCU 31-23 in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Chubb ran for 142 yards and a touchdown Friday as Georgia beat TCU 31-23 in the Liberty Bowl to win a bowl game for the third straight year.

Last Word: 2016's Toll, Strickland & Herenton and Downtown Hotel Changes Hands

The city’s homicide count was at 228 as 2016 came to an end, breaking the old 1993 record.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
59.0°F
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Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park will offer ice skating lessons Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Taught by the Figure Skating Club of Memphis, the 30-minute lessons are included with the $10 ice rink admission, which also includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours, events and activities.

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THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Riding Momentum

Memphis-area economy poised to continue on growth trajectory in 2017

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

Editorial: 3 Questions Memphis Must Address in 2017

The events of 2016 are the questions of 2017. And you can’t leave the answers to the questions about what will happen in 2017 to themselves.

This Week in Memphis History: Dec. 30, 2016-Jan. 5, 2017

2013: On the front page of the Daily News, Club Crave on the northeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets has been closed as a public nuisance under a General Sessions Environmental Court order. The order followed a Christmas Eve shooting at the club that killed one person and injured two more.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Three Closing ASD Charter Schools Signal Larger Changes

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools plans to close a middle school it operates under the state-run Achievement School District at the end of the current school year.

Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit For Memphis Store

Nordstrom Rack is moving one step closer to opening an East Memphis location in 2017.

Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million

1625 Poplar Avenue -
A Midtown Memphis strip mall is changing hands for $5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds on Dec. 21. 

Beale Street ‘Stuck at Status Quo’

When the guitar drops on Beale Street to mark the start of 2017, it will also mark three years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been running day-to-day affairs of the Beale Street entertainment district.

New Flights, Lower Fares Highlight Eventful 2016 for Memphis Airport

2016 was a big year for Memphis International Airport. New flights, lower airfares and ongoing adjustments to life after the Delta Air Lines Inc. de-hubbing were the permeating themes of 2016.

US NEWS

Pay Rises for Millions as 19 States Increase Minimum Wage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – It is a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, rang in the year with an increase in the minimum wage.

Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

China to Ease Curbs on Foreign Investment After Complaints

BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government said Friday it will ease restrictions on foreign investment in sectors ranging from banking and internet services to rail equipment and motorcycles, in response to mounting complaints from foreign business groups and governments.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Run-DMC Sues Wal-Mart, Amazon for $50M

NEW YORK (AP) – The rap group Run-DMC filed a $50 million lawsuit in New York accusing Wal-Mart, Amazon, Jet and other retailers of selling products that traded on the group's name without permission.

TECHNOLOGY

Study: Fringe, Mainstream News Sites Differ in Ad Technology

NEW YORK (AP) – The contrast between mainstream and fringe news sites isn't just about content. A web analytics firm has found clear differences in their underlying advertising technology.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How to Spend More Mindfully in the New Year

Mindfulness and meditation can ease chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Now some money experts say awareness tools such as these can help you avoid impulse purchases and create a spending plan that reflects your values.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 82 82 6,187
MORTGAGES 74 74 7,376
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 177 177 13,486
BANKRUPTCIES 55 55 4,629
BUSINESS LICENSES 34 34 2,374
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 71 71 4,967
MARRIAGE LICENSES 34 34 1,494

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