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VOL. 132 | NO. 3 | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Germantown Planning Board OKs Trader Joe’s Change

Plans for Trader Joe’s Germantown location are changing again, and it could expedite the store’s opening.

Owner: Booksellers at Laurelwood Closing

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has reached its final chapter after 32 years in business.

First Horizon CEO: 2017 Brings ‘Good Growth Opportunities’

A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.

Rallings, City Council Discuss 'Layered' Approach to Crime

Memphis City Councilman Philip Spinosa says shopping malls should consider providing some additional security measures instead of relying solely on Memphis Police to quell disturbances at the malls.

Memphis' Newest Doggie Daycare Offers Downtown Pets a Place to Play

There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.

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EVENTS

The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge Wednesday, 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, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.

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Last Word: Laurelwood Lament, Fairgrounds Redux and Deeper on Crime

Booksellers at Laurelwood made it through the Christmas shopping season but will close its doors in Laurelwood probably in February with the liquidation sale beginning Friday – as in this Friday.

Crosstown High Hires Terrill As Executive Director

Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.

Dedric Lawson a Double-Double Machine; Josh Pastner Beats North Carolina

Not only is sophomore Dedric Lawson atop many of the University of Memphis basketball team’s statistical categories, he’s among the leaders nationally in several categories.

Snapshots: Dining Experience in Nineteenth Century Club

Izakaya Restaurant, housed in the historic 16,000-square-foot 19th Century Club mansion at 1433 Union Ave., held a grand opening Jan. 1. The Japanese-French fusion restaurant offers everything from Japanese Kobe beef steaks to fusion dishes and traditional American fare. Shon and Dana Lin invested $3.5 million in the project, which features stained-glass windows and a fireplace in every room. Archer Construction Co. was general contractor and Looney Ricks Kiss was the project’s architect.

Herenton's First New Year's Remarks In A Decade Stir Pot

It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Huston to Lead Downtown Marketing Initiatives

Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Listen to Yourself

You may wonder, “What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen during my job search?” Is it making a fool of yourself in an interview? Is it saying the wrong thing? Is it wearing the wrong outfit?

Marketers Warm Up to Instagram

In a hot-off-the-presses study by eMarketer, marketing professionals have spoken with gusto about their intended 2017 investments in Instagram.

A Fresh Perspective

One thing everyone can agree on is that new year’s resolutions are anything but new. In fact, it’s widely accepted that this practice dates back some 4,000 years. With such a longstanding tradition, I find it odd that less than 10 percent of those who make a new year’s resolution actually keep it.

REGIONAL NEWS

Trump's Picks for TVA Board Could Reshape Federal Agency

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility.

Arkansas Governor Starts Raising Money for Re-Election Bid

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson hasn't formally announced his plans to seek a second term, but is already raising money for his re-election bid.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Backtracking After Trump Tweet, GOP Won't Gut Ethics Office

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans abruptly reversed themselves Tuesday under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump and dropped plans to gut an independent congressional ethics board.

FDA Probes Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is probing the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, following dozens of reports of devices that have combusted, overheated or caught fire and sometimes injured users.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford Cancels Plan to Build New Mexican Plant, Adds US Jobs

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) – The auto industry's relationship with President-elect Donald Trump took a dramatic turn Tuesday as Ford Motor Co. decided to shift investment dollars targeted for Mexico to the U.S., while Trump threatened General Motors with a tax on some imported small cars.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

US Construction Spending Hits Highest Level in 10 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders boosted spending on construction projects for a second straight month in November, pushing activity to the highest level in more than a decade.

TECHNOLOGY

Here Come 'Smart Stores' With Robots, Interactive Shelves

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tomorrow's retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology – everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors.

Owner: Booksellers at Laurelwood Closing

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has reached its final chapter after 32 years in business.

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PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
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