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VOL. 131 | NO. 217 | Monday, October 31, 2016

Tulsa Running Game Too Much for Memphis

A week after Navy and its triple-option ran all over the Memphis Tigers, Tulsa running back James Flanders left his footprints on the defense with a career-high 249 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 59-30 victory Saturday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

First Tennessee Capital Markets Unit Acquires Houston Firm

First Tennessee Bank’s Memphis-based capital markets business, FTN Financial, is acquiring a Houston company that specializes in Small Business Administration loans.

The Week Ahead: Oct. 31–Nov. 6

Good morning, Memphis – and happy Halloween! From the Indie Memphis Film Fest to the long-awaited opening of the Midtown Kroger, there’s plenty of exciting happenings to keep you busy in the coming days. Peruse what’s going on in The Week Ahead while you munch on the candy you’re supposed to be saving for the trick-or-treaters. (We won’t tell.)

Wolf River Greenway Prepares to Move as River Causes Changes To Plan

Before Thanksgiving, the Wolf River Conservancy should have a contract awarded to begin work on the trail and trail head at Kennedy Park and start work on the privately funded part of the 21-mile Wolf River Greenway.

Last Word: Early Vote Numbers, Crime Q&A and School Suspensions in Memphis

The last weekend of early voting is done and now we get the early vote surge through Thursday, which is the last day for early voting at the 21 polling places across Shelby County.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
32.0°F
Fair
Wind: Northeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About With Timing & Grace” authors Susan Schadt, Lisa Buser and Kelly English for a discussion and signing Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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More Black Students, and Memphis Students, Suspended in Tennessee Schools

Half of suspensions across Tennessee in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Real Estate Awakening

Even the lagging Memphis office market is becoming more active

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

Editorial: Memphis Prospering, But Not Yet for All

TraVure in Germantown, Big River Crossing, Guest House at Graceland, Crosstown Concourse. That’s not to mention Graceland West, the larger plans for Germantown’s Western Gateway, and references to the Big River Park in West Memphis as “Shelby Farms West.”

Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2016: This Week in Memphis History

2015: Republican presidential contender Ben Carson campaigns in West Memphis with a stop at West Memphis High School. At the time, Carson is leading in the polls in Iowa, the first stop for the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders in 2016.

Spate of Big Deals Among CRE Trends In 2016

Ask CBRE senior associate Gray Fiser to sum up the commercial real estate market in Memphis over the course of 2016, and he’s ready with a few quick bullet points by way of reply.

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Tennessee Promise Draws Criticism Amid Rising Tuition

MTSU student Emily Webb cobbled together enough money to pay for her first year and a half of expenses. 

Germantown PILOT for MAA Headquarters Move to TraVure Approved

Memphis-based Mid-America Apartments LP has won approval from Germantown leaders of financial incentives for a new headquarters in the TraVure development in Germantown.

Big Crowds Follow Formal Opening of Big River Crossing

The Big River Crossing across the Mississippi River opened Saturday, Oct. 22, with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine and delegations from each side of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk -- Memphis and West Memphis – meeting in the middle.

$92M Graceland Hotel Expected to Be a Catalyst for Whitehaven

The Heartbreak Hotel on Elvis Presley Boulevard was full Wednesday, Oct. 26 – its final night as a hotel.

Residents Embracing Big River Crossing

On the first Saturday morning in which it was consistently autumn by the weather conditions as well as the calendar, political leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River walked from Memphis and West Memphis to meet in the middle of the Big River Crossing.

STATEWIDE

US Trade Chief Touts TPP Benefits for Tennessee Whiskey Exports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman is citing Ten-nessee whiskey as an example of why Congress should approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

At Least 7 Lawmakers Had Financial Ties to GOP Donor Miller

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – At least seven current and former Republican lawmakers in Tennessee had financial ties to a prominent GOP donor who recently settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

Eric Clapton Sued by Musician's Estate Over Iconic Song

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.

REGIONAL NEWS

Deep South Drought Kills Crops, Threatens Herds, Dries Lakes

ATLANTA (AP) – Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Amazon Courts Food Shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon wants you to order your turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce online this Thanksgiving – its latest effort to make its Prime subscription service a central part of food shopping, much the way it's done for other consumer goods.

Companies Set Monthly Record for Mergers, Acquisitions

U.S. companies are cutting merger deals at a record pace even though antitrust regulators have moved to oppose several recent high-profile combinations.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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