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VOL. 131 | NO. 218 | Tuesday, November 1, 2016

County Commission Split on MLGW PILOT Referendum

Shelby County Commissioners couldn’t come up with seven votes, much less a unanimous vote, Monday. Oct. 31, on a resolution opposing the November ballot question that would change the balance of in lieu of tax payments by Memphis Light Gas and Water Division in favor of the city of Memphis.

Baker Donelson Merging With Ober/Kaler of Baltimore

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

Local Politicos Shift Focus to 2018 Given Expected Presidential Results

Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism threw a masquerade party two nights before Halloween on an excursion boat.

SPECIAL EDITION Commercial Real Estate

Industrial Real Estate Competition Heats Up Between DeSoto, Marshall

A North Mississippi industrial park more than 10 years in the making is reaching the finish line. By next May, Hillwood Investment Co. will wrap construction on a 947,000-square-foot warehouse on the final parcel in the DeSoto Trade Center.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
85.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 57%

EVENTS

The fourth annual Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival kicks off with author Jonathan Safran Foer on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Memphis Jewish Community Center’s Shainberg Art Gallery, 6560 Poplar Ave. Visit jccmemphis.org/LitFest for a details, tickets and a festival schedule.

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Last Word: Election Impact, Fun with Election Cross Tabs and DeSoto vs. Marshall

Now, about the idea being discussed starting late last week that when the Feds are looking at someone running for office or holding office they have to take into consideration how close the next election is for that person.

Local Multifamily Market Continues To Log Higher Sales, Strong Demand

Multifamily real estate sales have been strong in Memphis for a couple of years, and the 41 transactions posted in the third quarter mark the most recorded in a quarter in two years.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

McNeill Commercial Real Estate Thrives By Focusing on Flexibility

McNeill Commercial Real Estate doesn’t focus on one discipline, location or product type.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

General Sessions Judge Anderson Reprimanded by Conduct Board

Shelby County General Sessions Court Judge Bill Anderson has been publicly reprimanded by the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct for intervening in the case of an acquaintance arrested and jailed in Bartlett last year.

Pursuing Corruption Cases Near Elections

Presidential elections aren’t the only political contests federal prosecutors weigh in making decisions about investigations and possible criminal charges against candidates or elected officials.

SPORTS

Norvell, Tigers Look to Flip the Script at SMU Saturday

Redshirt junior receiver Anthony Miller had a record-setting day with 12 catches for 250 receiving yards. But with the University of Memphis suffering a second straight defeat last Saturday, 59-30 to Tulsa at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, he hasn’t spent much time replaying the good moments.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Who Gets Credit for the Gift?

November and December are times of increased giving. So many of us are relationship- and philanthropy-focused. We open our homes to friends and family, and we open our wallets to nonprofits. 

Give Us Your Lions!

Command-and-control, top-down organizations have the most trouble innovating. In particular, the fearful mindsets that review, align and sign off on “decks” to be presented to vice president-level colleagues often edit out the insights and recommendations that have the power to grow the business in new ways. 

STATEWIDE

Report: Tennessee Agency Dealings With Sex Harassment Differ

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A newspaper's analysis of state government data shows an inconsistent process among Tennessee agencies of investigating sexual harassment complaints and handing out punishments.

REGIONAL NEWS

Poverty Rates Increase in 6 of 8 Craighead County Districts

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – Six of eight school districts in Craighead County saw an increase in the percentage of students who fall below the federal poverty line since 2012.

Mississippi Asks Court to Uphold Law Affecting LGBT Rights

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

ECONOMY

Consumer Spending Rebounded in September

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers boosted their spending in September at the fastest pace in three months, while their incomes grew by a modest amount.

ENERGY

GE, Baker Hughes Create Powerful New Player in Energy Sector

NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric is taking advantage of a prolonged energy slump to become a bigger player in the oil and gas drilling business, a bet that could pay off big when prices recover.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota to Test Car-Sharing System That Doesn't Use Keys

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota will test a new car-sharing system next year that lets users unlock doors and start cars with their smartphones.

AGRIBUSINESS

US Approves 2 Types of Genetically Engineered Potatoes

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of two types of potatoes that are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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