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VOL. 129 | NO. 201 | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Building Permits Jump 35 Percent in September

Shelby County homebuilding activity experienced significant gains in September when compared to the same month last year.

Outdoors Celebration

New festival brings Memphians to Shelby Farms

A new Memphis outdoors event kicking off this weekend at Shelby Farms will celebrate the lifestyle of the outdoors and sporting enthusiasts, alongside a set of friendly and competitive off-road races.

Plans for Lakeland Prep Start to Move

Some of the six suburban school systems were already looking ahead to building new schools before they opened for their inaugural year this past August.

Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

Mississippi State Finds Itself in Historic Times

In the 78-year history of the Associated Press college football poll, it had never happened. A team that was unranked at season’s start had never ascended to the top spot.

Commission Moves Past First Partisan Divide

As quickly as it surfaced, the Shelby County Commission’s first partisan divide of their term of office appeared to subside Monday, Oct. 13.

New Daily Deals Service Expands Into Memphis

A new daily deals service that has longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak as its spokesman is preparing to expand into Memphis.

NEWSMAKERS

McManus Joins Patrick Accounting

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Psychology Behind Persuasive Headlines

If you are writing lackluster headlines, you are wasting your time developing marketing content that will never be read.

STATEWIDE

Secretary of State Defends Name on Voting Stickers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says "I Voted" stickers featuring his name is a matter of accountability and not intended to be political.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Attorney General: Keep Minimum-Wage Issue on Ballot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a measure to gradually increase Arkansas' minimum wage to $8.50 should stay on the ballot.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

JPMorgan CEO Says More to be Done on Cyberattacks

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon says that more coordination between businesses and government is needed to combat the rising threat of cyberattacks.

Zuckerberg, Wife Donate $25 Million to CDC for Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 151 334 36,150
BANKRUPTCIES 54 92 11,774
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 59 5,619
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 49 4,406

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