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VOL. 131 | NO. 209 | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Council Takes 'Red Tape' Out of Airbnb Regulations

Memphis City Council members decided Tuesday, Oct. 18, there was too much red tape in a city ordinance to regulate Airbnbs and took out the city permitting process before approving it on third and final reading.

Owners Seek Uses for Historic Clayborn Temple

Owners of the historic Clayborn Temple church at Hernando and Pontotoc are just about ready for visitors to the Presbyterian turned AME church that has been boarded up and fenced off for the last 18 years.

Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.

AAC West Division Could be at Stake as 5-1 Tigers go on the Road to Face No. 24 Navy

Top-ranked Alabama has scored more defensive touchdowns than any team in the country, but even the Crimson Tide cannot match the University of Memphis for volume of takeaways. Through six games, the Tigers’ 18 takeaways lead the nation.

Last Word: Early Voting Arrives, Airbnbs and Red Tape and Clayborn Reborn

Here comes early voting. It starts here at 21 locations across Shelby County at 10 a.m. Wednesday. For the last 16 years or so, Presidential general elections have really been low key affairs in a city where our politics is spicy. That’s not to say emotions haven’t been running high between and among our Clinton and Trump partisans.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Glen Fenter of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce will present “Our Newest Workforce Development Tool – Memphis Works.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

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Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Talks Of Second TCAT Center for Memphis

The leader of the statewide system of Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology wants another one of the centers in Shelby County.

Shelby County Commission Approves Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1

In a two-month period, Shelby County government has decided to add ambulances to the services provided by the Shelby County Fire Department after years of regular debates about the wisdom of contracting with private companies for the service.

Launch Party At Brooks To Celebrate Big Star Book

So much has changed since the images were taken, when the camera captured the long-haired Memphis power pop band Big Star in its short-lived prime and the road ahead seemed long and full of musical promise.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Hawes Takes on New Role At ACE Awareness Foundation

Kiersten Hawes has been promoted to task force liaison and education coordinator at the Memphis-based ACE Awareness Foundation, which works to inform the community about the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Hawes will also continue to serve as a therapist at Universal Parenting Place’s Knowledge Quest location.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Don’t Be Afraid To Bend Rules

Inevitably when I meet a job seeker, I ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable. Most of the time, the question is along the lines of, “Why don’t you send that hiring manager an email on LinkedIn?”

Brand Identity: The Importance of Color

No matter the industry, few things form company value faster and more dependably than a successful brand, and the first step to achieving this is by making an initial connection with customers.

Why Sales Training Doesn’t Work

Imagine you’re a football player and your coach shows you a new play by drawing it out on the white board. He asks you to execute the play in the next big game without ever practicing it. What is your likelihood for success? It’s likely very low, even if you’re an elite athlete, because elite athletes earn that moniker through hour upon hour of practice.

REGIONAL NEWS

Little Rock Police Moving Closer to Body Camera Use

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock Police Department is nearly ready to accept bids for body camera equipment.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford Cutting Production as US Demand Slows

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is cutting production as U.S. demand for new vehicles slows, but so far, its rivals aren't doing the same.

'Played the Fool': Car Owners Slam Volkswagen Emissions Deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several angry Volkswagen owners told a federal judge on Tuesday that a $10 billion settlement does not adequately compensate them for the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

US ECONOMY

$4 a Month? Social Security Recipients to Get Tiny Increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get a 0.3 percent increase in monthly benefits next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans will have to settle for historically low raises. The adjustment adds up to a monthly increase of less than $4 a month for an average recipient.

Survey: More First-Timers Than Expected Are Now Buying Homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — First-time buyers may be entering the U.S. home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed.

US Consumer Prices Rose in September on Higher Oil Costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs fueled U.S. consumer prices in September, but overall inflation remained in check as it has for the past several years.

US Consumer Prices Rose in September on Higher Oil Costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs fueled U.S. consumer prices in September, but overall inflation remained in check as it has for the past several years.

Council Takes 'Red Tape' Out of Airbnb Regulations

Memphis City Council members decided Tuesday, Oct. 18, there was too much red tape in a city ordinance to regulate Airbnbs and took out the city permitting process before approving it on third and final reading.

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PROPERTY SALES 109 490 20,766
MORTGAGES 131 556 24,361
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 61 8,610
BUILDING PERMITS 294 1,204 42,337
BANKRUPTCIES 63 348 13,902
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 97 6,401
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