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VOL. 131 | NO. 226 | Friday, November 11, 2016

Shelby Vote Count Delay Caused by 'Technical and Human Errors'

The presidential general election vote count in Shelby County was delayed by “a combination of technical and human errors,” according to Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips.

Memphis-Area Entrepreneurs Earn Top Franchise Honor

Local entrepreneurs Fain and Sandra Dalton, owners of The Grounds Guys of Germantown, recently took home the award for Franchisees of the Year for The Grounds Guys landscaping services company, which encompasses more than 240 franchisees across the country.

Renovated Crowne Plaza Reopens Downtown

The grand reopening this week of Downtown’s Crowne Plaza Hotel took several million dollars’ worth of renovations to complete and marked the culmination of the out-of-town investors who bought it last year looking to unlock its potential.

Developer Wins Approval For Downtown Aloft Hotel

Mississippi-based Vibrant Hotels Inc. is one step closer to developing a new full-scale hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis after its special use permit was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 10.

Last Word: The Long Count, Bigger Than Boutiques and God's View of the NBA

It's Veterans Day with the annual Downtown parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday and a wreath-laying ceremony an hour later at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
87.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Southeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

Youth Ballet Memphis will present its fall mixed repertory show, “Escapades,” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13, at the Ballet Memphis studios, 7950 Trinity Road. The performance will feature six new works created by Ballet Memphis company members, Youth Ballet Memphis director Janet Parke, and members of the youth ballet company. Tickets are $10 and $15 at balletmemphis.org, by phone at 901-737-7322 and at the door (if available).

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Memphis Continuing to Rebuild Police and Fire Benefits

The private health insurance exchange for city retirees announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland this week is just part of an emerging package of benefits designed to bolster efforts to hire more Memphis police officers and firefighters.

Audit: TNInvestco Program Not Producing Much ROI

A performance audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found the state of Tennessee has only recovered $5.3 million of its initial $200 million investment in the TNInvestco program.

THE TIPPING POINT

Plybeah Helps Memphians Get the Health Care They Need

If Erica Plybeah has enjoyed success, she says it’s because of her mother. Growing up in rural Mississippi, it would have been easy to go through the motions with regard to her education. But her mother demanded more. She taught Plybeah the importance of persistence, a theme that has followed her throughout her life.

SPORTS

Rykhoek’s College Basketball Life Reborn at Memphis After Multiple Surgeries

In November, before the first game of the season, a 23-year-old college basketball player should be talking about what he wants to accomplish in his last year. He should be talking about the best moments of his career to date, what he has learned in the 100 or so games that have come before, and how he wants to make a few more memories.

Grizzlies, Fizdale Learning More Than One Way to Win

Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay and teammate Gary Harris had trapped the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley as he received an inbounds pass with less than 11 seconds left in the game. Harris stripped the ball from Conley – perhaps fouling him, though there was no foul call – and passed the ball ahead.

Vols Hit Home Stretch With Chance for East Title

Be happy, Tennessee football fans. November is here, and the Vols (6-3, 2-3 SEC) still have a chance to win the East Division. It was hard to flush the 24-21 upset loss at South Carolina on Oct. 29, hard to explain star running back Jalen Hurd quitting UT’s team two days later and hard to get excited about last Saturday’s game against Tennessee Tech, which left Neyland Stadium with a 55-0 loss and a good paycheck.

Six-Point Plan to Help Vols Coach Stick Around Longer

On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything.

Mariota, MVP Candidate Carr on Parallel Paths

So exactly what do the Tennessee Titans have in Marcus Mariota?

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Splitting Your Savings – Retirement or College?

Ray’s Take After purchasing a home, the two biggest expenses most couples encounter are saving for retirement and saving for kids’ college expenses. In a perfect world, parents would estimate how much each goal would require, make a conservative estimate about returns, and then invest enough money each month to reach those goals on target.

No Pain, No Gain

HMMM, WE GOT ISSUES. Javier repeated, “I said, bend over as far as you can.” I replied, “I already have – this is it.”

STATEWIDE

Haslam Announces Departure of Revenue Commissioner Roberts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts is leaving Gov. Bill Haslam's Cabinet.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Kohl's Tops Earnings Forecasts on Lower Costs

NEW YORK (AP) Kohl's Corp. reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as lower costs offset a decline in sales.

Mylan is Target of 2 Probes, Has 3Q Loss Due to EpiPen Fine

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The maker of EpiPen emergency allergy injectors, under a microscope for repeatedly jacking up the price of the life-saving device, revealed Wednesday that it's a target of two price-related probes by federal agencies and has had its premises searched.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

'Excellent' First Meeting for Obama, Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday. Obama called the 90-minute meeting "excellent," and his successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president's "counsel."

ECONOMY

US Budget Deficit Totals $44 Billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government began its fiscal year with a deficit of $44.2 billion in October, a decrease from a year ago because the month started on a weekend.

CONSUMER NEWS

Veterans: 5 Ways to Maximize Your GI Bill Benefits

If you're a veteran, the GI Bill can be your ticket to a debt-free college education. That's huge, given that nearly 70 percent of 2015 graduates who left school with a bachelor's degree also carried student loan debt, with an average of $30,100 per borrower, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

Shelby Vote Count Delay Caused by 'Technical and Human Errors'

The presidential general election vote count in Shelby County was delayed by “a combination of technical and human errors,” according to Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 90 140 15,764
MORTGAGES 100 162 18,210
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 21 2,426
BUILDING PERMITS 194 315 32,829
BANKRUPTCIES 57 116 10,129
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 50 5,228
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 35 64 6,213
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 50 3,463

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