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VOL. 131 | NO. 15 | Thursday, January 21, 2016

Strickland Names Interim Memphis Police Director

Mayor Jim Strickland has chosen an interim Memphis Police director from inside the ranks, naming his pick two weeks to the day after current director Toney Armstrong announced he’s retiring from the role.

Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center

After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.

Ursula Madden: From Broadcast News to Memphis Communications Chief

She didn’t realize it at the time, but Ursula Madden was training for her career as a local television anchor.

Olymbec Compiling Airport-Area Office Park

Olymbec USA LLC is gaining critical mass near Memphis International Airport with the planned purchase of a 133,600-square-foot office building at 2600 Nonconnah Blvd.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
78.0°F
Fair
Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

Sierra Club-Chickasaw Group will host a public input forum on Memphis-area transportation needs Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Input on topics such as better transit, bike lanes and improved sidewalks will go directly to city leaders. Visit facebook.com/chickasawgroup for details.

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Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.

Crosstown High School Plans Emerge

As more details emerged this week of a new high school in the mammoth Crosstown Concourse redevelopment, there remained many other details to work out before the August 2017 planned opening.

City Council Approves Colonial Conversion, Vintage Trolley Purchase

One of two golf courses at Colonial Country Club would give way to houses under a planned development approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Memphis City Council.

SMALL BUSINESS

Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships

In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Value Stream Discovery & True Grit

Aaron Eden, former Innovation Catalyst at Intuit before founding Moves the Needle.

On Deadline

What do the following phrases have in common: Due date, Editor’s concern, End point, Freelancer’s problem, Time limit, and Zero hour?

The Persecution of Jeremy Durham

Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.

STATE GOVERNMENT

School Voucher Proposal Clears Key Tennessee House Panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to provide state vouchers for parents to send their children to private schools in Tennessee has cleared a House committee where the measure has failed in recent years.

Study Finds $5.6B Cost of Transportation Issues in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study finds that traffic congestion and road deficiencies in Tennessee cost motorists in the state $5.6 billion a year.

STATEWIDE

Board of Regents Meeting to Appoint Acting Chancellor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Regents is meeting by telephone on Thursday to appoint an acting chancellor for the State University and Community College System.

Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem to Play Bonnaroo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pearl Jam, Dead & Company and LCD Soundsystem will headline the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June in Manchester, Tennessee.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wal-Mart to Give Pay Raises to Most of its Workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Most of Wal-Mart's U.S. employees will get raises as part of the world's largest retailer's previously announced commitment to invest in its workforce.

FINANCIAL

Is That Credit Card With the Annual Fee Really Worth It?

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now's the time to make sure that $95 annual fee is really worth it.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 286 16,478
MORTGAGES 95 347 19,032
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 569 33,695
BANKRUPTCIES 59 183 10,920
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 77 5,275
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 97 3,964

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