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VOL. 131 | NO. 236 | Monday, November 28, 2016

MATA Delays December Bus Changes

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has called off a Dec. 11 start for a series of route and service changes to the city bus system because a new planning team recently replaced MATA’s professional planning staff.

The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4

Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…

Saint Francis Acquires New Specialized Cancer-Fighting Technology

Precision is the name of the game when it comes to a new image-guided radiotherapy technology Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has acquired.

Fuente Succeeding at Va. Tech, Norvell Keeping it Rolling at Memphis

With a thrilling 48-44 victory over then-No. 20 Houston the day after Thanksgiving, Mike Norvell became the only first-year University of Memphis coach to win eight games.

Nashville, Memphis Respond Differently to Pot Ordinance Opinion

A legal opinion from the Tennessee attorney general requested by two Shelby County legislators has again put Nashville city leaders in the lead as municipal marijuana ordinances enacted there and in Memphis have taken a turn toward the courts.

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EVENTS

The Memphis 3.0 planning team will host the first of 14 kickoff rallies Monday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins St. The rallies, which continue through Dec. 10 at different locations throughout Memphis, will include a short overview of the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process followed by an extended opportunity for citizens to provide input on the future of their neighborhoods. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and the full schedule of rallies.

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Seeing Needs Beyond Good Teachers, Teacher Town Memphis Changes its Approach and Name

A Memphis philanthropic collaborative is revising its public image as its leaders rethink the ways they want to help the city’s schools change.

Last Word: The Death of Black Friday, Memphis Rental Rates and Distracted Driving

Lots of reporting this Thanksgiving about the imminent demise of Black Friday as an economic force or at least the economic force it once was. As some of you are reading this it is already Cyber Monday.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Distracted To Death

Enforcing texting bans difficult and less than a solution

When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.

Editorial: Noah Ludlow and The Way to Memphis

It was at about this season in 1817 that an actor named Noah Ludlow came through what would soon be the city of Memphis. It was just before the U.S. government opened the area to settlement.

This Week in Memphis History: Nov. 25-Dec. 1

2015: Republican presidential contender John Kasich is in Memphis for a fundraiser at the home of Brad Martin. It is one of two fundraisers that evening – the other is for state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris who is considering a bid for Tennessee governor in 2018.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Wyatt Aiken, Accomplished Memphis Commercial Real Estate Broker, Dies

Widely known and highly respected Memphis commercial real estate broker Wyatt Aiken died Friday morning after an extended illness.

Graceland Announces March 2 Opening of 'Elvis Presley's Memphis' Complex

Graceland will open its $45 million 200,000 square foot Whitehaven entertainment complex March 2-5, the second opening in five months of an expansion of Graceland’s presence in Memphis.

Memphis Upstanders Mural Unveiled In South Main Historic Arts District

Nina Katz, Lucy Tibbs and Rev. Billy Kyles are among the social justice figures in Memphis history honored in a new Downtown mural unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Weiss Brothers Practicing Old-School Medicine Packaged a Different Way

Not many people intentionally add three hours of time to the experience of seeing their primary care physician. But that is exactly what Tina McMechen did.

The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

STATEWIDE

Haslam Eases Restrictions on Trucks Hauling Hay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to ease restrictions on trucks hauling hay in response to drought conditions.

ECONOMY

Mortgage Rates Keep Rising After Trump's Election Win

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to surge last week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win.

HEALTH CARE

Another Failure in Search for Treatment to Slow Alzheimer's

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An experimental treatment for Alzheimer's failed again in a widely anticipated study, disappointing many who had hoped drugmaker Eli Lilly had finally found a way to slow the progression of the mind-robbing disease.

CDC: US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades

NEW YORK (AP) – The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Trump's Illegal Immigration Stance May Boost Private Prisons

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The population of American prisons is likely to rise for the first time in nearly a decade with President-elect Donald Trump's promise to detain and deport millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally and his selection of tough-on-crime Sen. Jeff Sessions to the nation's highest law enforcement post.

TECHNOLOGY

Government Wants Phone Makers to Lock Out Most Apps for Drivers

DETROIT (AP) – The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.

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PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
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