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VOL. 133 | NO. 3 | Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mayor Says Memphis 'Will Be Prepared' for Statue Protests

If opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments follow through on plans for a Memphis protest Jan. 6, Mayor Jim Strickland said city government will be ready.

Off to a Great Start

Memphis' startup community hit new strides in 2017

When Megan Smith, the former U.S. chief technology officer under the Obama administration, praised Memphis’ startup community during an interview last summer on Bloomberg TV, it was a high-profile example of the ongoing coming-of-age of the ecosystem here.

Industrial Market Closes 2017 With Strong Q4

The Memphis industrial market finished the year strong by adding almost 1 million square feet of net absorption in the fourth quarter, bringing the 2017 total to more than 4.3 million square feet.

SPORTS NOTEBOOK

Could Liberty Bowl Become Regular Destination for Memphis Tigers?

The record books will forever note that on Dec. 30, 2017, in the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Iowa State defeated the University of Memphis 21-20 in the Tigers’ first appearance in the game.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Thursday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

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Last Word: Liberty Bowl Post Mortem, Confederate Protest Plans and Absorption

As soon as it was confirmed the Tigers would play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, there was some concern locally about the impact that would have on tourism at the holidays with only one of the bowl teams – Iowa State – being from out of town. The exact dollar figures aren’t in just yet. But the game was enough of a success out of the box that the executive director of the game is talking about a more constant presence in the bowl game for the Tigers now that they’ve made their first appearance in the 59-year history of the game which began in Philadelphia. And there is some precedent in college football for what Steve Ehrhart is talking about.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Moore Named Executive Director of Explore Bike Share

Trey Moore has been named executive director of Explore Bike Share, the Memphis nonprofit that is preparing to launch a local bike-share system with 600 bicycles and 60 stations. Moore, who is returning to Memphis from Atlanta, Georgia, will lead Explore Bike Share’s staff in operations, fund development and community engagement activities in partnership with the organization’s board of directors.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Creating A New You In 2018

If 2017 left you feeling disappointed at work, today is the perfect day to start turning things around in 2018.

Trim the Fat from Communications

While we all try to start the year healthier by substituting celery for cookies, it’s also time to make your internal communications a little leaner with a New Year’s reboot.

SPORTS

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama vs. Georgia for National Championship

S-E-C! S-E-C! Alabama and Georgia won their College Football Playoff semifinals on Monday and will meet in the national championship next week in Atlanta, the home of the Southeastern Conference title game.

STATEWIDE

Wood Manufacturer to Build $3.3M, 100-Job West Tennessee Facility

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a wood manufacturing company will invest $3.3 million in a new Tennessee facility that will create 100 jobs.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi Seeks Parity, But Academic Achievement Gaps Grow

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi has an ambitious plan to close academic achievement gaps among student groups by 2025, but last year's results won't help – most gaps grew wider.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Tax on Medical Devices to Resume After 2-Year Suspension

BOSTON (AP) – While much of corporate America will enjoy a tax cut in the new year, one industry is getting a tax increase it has fought hard but so far unsuccessfully to avoid.

McDonald's Tests Fresh Beef in Another Burger

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is testing the use of fresh beef in another burger, the latest move by the fast food chain to swap out frozen beef as it seeks to improve its image.

IRS Warns That Tax Season Brings Security Risks

While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS.

MEDIA

NBC Names Hoda Kotb as Lauer Replacement on 'Today'

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the "Today" show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.

Vice Suspends 2 Top Execs After Sexual Misconduct Report

NEW YORK (AP) – Vice has suspended two top executives after a New York Times report on sexual misconduct at the digital media company.

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PROPERTY SALES 63 233 7,982
MORTGAGES 87 288 9,487
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 1,398
BUILDING PERMITS 209 452 17,059
BANKRUPTCIES 50 155 5,561
BUSINESS LICENSES 39 108 3,056
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 100 3,350
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 93 1,781

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