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VOL. 125 | NO. 1 | Monday, January 4, 2010

UPDATE: $300 Million Pipe Plant Announced For Tunica

Three months after plans for a $1 billion hybrid automotive plant were announced in Tunica County, there are plans for a new pipe manufacturing facility in the North Mississippi county.

Overton Square Developer Files Plans

Oklahoma-based Sooner Investment has submitted its plan to overhaul the south half of Overton Square to the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.

Mortgage Originator Not Consumed by Industry Woes

The road Sam Goff took to his current position as mortgage originator at Evolve Bank and Trust has been a long and winding one, to say the least.

ARTjamN Makes Painting Fun for All

Maria and Steve Parham, the owners of ARTjamN, want people to enjoy a night out on the easel.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
67.0°F
Fair
Wind: from the West at 16.1 gusting to 21.9 mph
Humidity: 44%

EVENTS

Shield Inc. will host a community job forum today at 1:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Room C. The purpose of the job forum is to discuss ideas and methods for creating jobs in Memphis. Information from the forum will be compiled into a report and submitted to the White House for President Obama to review.

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THE MEMPHIS NEWS

2010

Is it over yet? That may be the most frequently asked question in the New Year. “It” is the worst national economic recession since the Great Depression.

Let Us Peer Into Our Crystal Ball For What’s Ahead This Year

2009 was the first full calendar year for The Memphis News. Looking back at the covers of those 51 issues, it’s easy to see that Memphis is at an important point in its history once again.

Bredesen Doesn’t Pull Punches About Last Year in Office

2010 is Phil Bredesen’s eighth and final year as governor of Tennessee.

International Guitar Night to Feature ‘World-Renowned’ Performers

The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC) will become the crossroads of world music on Jan. 15 as acoustic guitarists from both American coasts, central Europe and Israel converge for one night of collaborative performance.

Restaurants Embrace New Normal

“For 2010, I’d like to see a 20 percent increase in revenue,” said Jeff Dunham, owner and chef at the popular Grove Grill in East Memphis.

Inexpensive Vintage Bursting With Flavors

The Yuletide season is almost over; Christmas and New Year’s are safely behind us. Let’s have a simple supper, say, meatloaf or a hamburger, a meaty pizza or pasta dish or perhaps pork chops, and settle back with a bottle of Bliss Family Vineyards Merlot 2007 from Mendocino County, Calif.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Pressure Mounts to Stop Antibiotics in Agriculture

FRANKENSTEIN, Mo. (AP) – The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.

String of Investment Bubbles Marked 2000-09

NEW YORK (AP) - A string of exploding investment bubbles that started with the dot-coms and ended with mortgages and oil dominated the years from 2000 to 2009. And it looks like the next decade will be no different.

Smart Spending: Federal Appliance Rebates Launch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Next year may be to appliance buyers what 2009 was to car buyers: time for government rebates.

Your Credit Score: How to Improve It Now and Later

NEW YORK (AP) - Your past is never really behind you. Or so it seems when it comes to credit reports.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 128 17,998
MORTGAGES 155 155 20,990
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 149 149 36,765
BANKRUPTCIES 60 60 11,985
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 19 5,696
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 49 12,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 40 40 4,518

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