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VOL. 132 | NO. 203 | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Designs for 3 Downtown Redevelopment Projects Approved

Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

Memphis Launches Public Campaign for Amazon Bid

Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.

Financial Exploitation of Elderly a Crime of Increasing Opportunity

America’s oldest citizens always have been at risk for financial exploitation and abuse. But as people live longer, the window of opportunity for such crimes widens.

Coming Back

Mason Village returns residential to Fowler Homes site

Heavy machinery has been moving dirt around for a few months now on the E.H. Crump Boulevard lot that was once the site of the Fowler Homes public housing development. Leaders with the city of Memphis and the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ (COGIC) got around to the formalities Wednesday, Oct. 11, of breaking ground for construction of Mason Village – a $12.5 million development of 77 affordable townhomes on the site.

First Music Project Funded Through Memphis Slim House Loan Program

Attendees of the Eric Hughes Band’s CD release party next week won’t see everything that goes into making a collection of tunes like the band’s latest.

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EVENTS

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will host a continuing legal education seminar titled “Celebrating 51 Years of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association” Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The CLE will examine the state of the bar by analyzing cases handled by Ben F. Jones Chapter members from 1966 to the present. Expert panel discussions include “How to Maintain Your Law License” and “How to Save Your Reputation.” Tickets are $85 in advance or $100 at the event. Register at eventbrite.com.

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Memphis Businesses Getting Smart About Internet of Things

As cloud-based technologies continue to advance, a growing number of Memphis companies are hooking into the Internet of Things to become more efficient while offering consumers greater convenience.

Last Word: 'Seismic Shift,' Mason Village and Running A Store From A Cloud

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to drive through the old town part of Cordova near its one-time train station and see the potential. Now word of a new restaurant opening later this month in what is known as Farley House. The old town is an interesting mix of new development and old development including an iconic country Baptist church that not too long ago turned 100 years old. And then there is the trail head for the Shelby Farms Greenline that runs near the train station.

CMDS Begins East Memphis Campus Garden

The start of the school day was rainy, but the clouds gave way Tuesday, Oct. 10, for students at Christ Methodist Day School to assemble outside the East Memphis school and start a new learning garden.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Trump’s Bluster Cascades Through State Politics

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How to Meet Leadership Challenges Head-On

You applied for the position, anxious to seize the opportunity to finally become an administrator, a boss, a leader in the workplace. You went through the rigorous interview process, prepared yourself with the education and experience necessary, and you got the job! Now, you can’t seem to wipe the smile off your face as you picture yourself living that next step in your career. After all, you’ve worked for bosses; you know what to do. How hard can it be?

STATEWIDE

Twitter Reverses Decision to Block Senate Candidate's Video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman's statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.

Ryan to Feuding Trump and Corker: 'Talk It Out'

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is offering his advice in the feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker: "Talk it out among yourselves."

Tennessee Open Records Advocates Push for Policy Change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Open records advocates are pushing for Tennessee agencies to allow citizens to take cellphone photographs of public records.

US NEWS

In Historic Change, Boy Scouts to Let Girls in Some Programs

NEW YORK (AP) – Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Kroger Says It May Sell Its 780 Convenience Stores

NEW YORK (AP) – Supermarket operator Kroger says it is considering selling its gas station convenience stores, such as KwikShop, Loaf 'N Jug and Turkey Hill Minit Markets.

Amazon Lets Teens Shop on Their Own – With Parents’ Permission

NEW YORK (AP) – Remember when your parents first let you shop at the mall by yourself? Amazon is trying to replicate that feeling for the digital generation.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Businesses Ask Supreme Court to Take Gay Rights Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some of America's most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to rule that a federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, a position opposite of the one taken by the Trump administration.

US ECONOMY

US Job Openings Slip in August Yet Remain Near Record High

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers are advertising near-record levels of job openings, though the total slipped in August from July.

How Trump Tax Plan Would Alter Mortgage Interest Deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) – Each year, taxpayers subsidize America's homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Fed Debated Mystery of Persistently Low Inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials at their September meeting struggled to come to terms with persistently low inflation. But in the end, they decided that they should continue to signal the possibility of a third rate hike this year.

Businesses Ask Supreme Court to Take Gay Rights Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some of America's most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to rule that a federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, a position opposite of the one taken by the Trump administration.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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