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VOL. 130 | NO. 232 | Monday, November 30, 2015

Comptroller: Action Needed on MLGW Water Rates

Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson has warned city leaders that Memphis Light, Gas and Water’s water division could come under state control if action isn’t taken to make up a $2 million deficit in water revenue.

The Week Ahead: Nov. 30, 2015

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from snow and sledding at the Levitt Shell to orientation for members of the new Memphis City Council...

Methodist Forms Partnership to Improve Health Care Quality in China

Methodist Healthcare is known as one of Memphis’ leading health care institutions, but it’s also working to spread its institutional knowledge related to things like training and health care management across the globe.

Juvenile Court Reforms Changing System Slowly, Leaders Say

Two years into reforms of the local juvenile justice system, three leaders in those reforms say there has to be more contact with teenagers before and after they go through Juvenile Court.

Snapshot: The Peabody Preps for Sweetest Season

The Peabody hotel's director of banquets, Ella Bianchi, puts finishing touches on the annual gingerbread display, which was designed and assembled by the hotel's pastry chef, Konrad Spitzbart, and his team.

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EVENTS

Lifeblood will host its third annual “Bears for Le Bonheur” holiday donation program Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 15 at any donor center or mobile blood drive. For each donor that gives blood or platelets, Lifeblood will donate a stuffed bear to a Le Bonheur patient. Visit lifeblood.org or call 800-LIFEBLOOD for details and to schedule an appointment.

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Fuente’s Departure From Memphis Bittersweet for All

Justin Fuente should have coached in different time, a simpler time. Before this postmodern era of college football in which we all live. Before TV controlled everything.

Volunteer Odyssey Launches Holiday Pledge

With the holidays on everyone’s mind, December is one of the few times of year when organizations working against hunger and homelessness get the support they need.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Defending Memphis

The city’s new boosterism and what it means

Four years ago, I Love Memphis was merely an expression on a tattered and Scotch-taped sheet of paper with a red heart where the word “love” would be. Various people held it and had their pictures made with it for the “I Love Memphis” social media accounts.

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Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Conrad: Mike Williams ‘Should Be Fired’

Incoming Memphis City Council chairman Kemp Conrad thinks the city should consider firing Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association, for helping recruiters from other police forces set up job fairs in Memphis.

Latest Tennessee Brewery Plan Doubles Residential Units

A new plan for the Tennessee Brewery effectively doubles the residential components in the Brewery District development.

My HQ Initiative Aims to Boost Downtown Memphis Office Market

For years, the Downtown Memphis office market has been the same story: Bank A, law firm B and accounting firm C left for East Memphis. The newest buildings are now half-empty as firms, big and small, make their exodus.

Saddle Creek Snags Pizza Joint

Grimaldi’s Pizza is joining the ranks of Saddle Creek’s new offerings with a plan to open in spring 2016.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

AP Interview: Coke Exec on 'Adversarial' Ties With Critics

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke says it wants to mend relations with critics of its sugary drinks.

A Look at the Hot Toys for Holiday 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

3 Trends for the Holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season is upon us. Here's what shoppers can expect if they're heading out to stores at any point during the holiday shopping season:

STATE GOVERNMENT

UT Report Lays Out Options for Boosting Road Funding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new University of Tennessee study is laying out some options for the state to boost its funding for road projects, ranging from charging drivers by the mile to tapping the state's general fund for new money.

US ECONOMY

Signs of Steady US Economy: Rising Pay and Solid Job Market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' pay is up, fewer people need unemployment aid, more are buying new homes and business spending is rebounding.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 102 224 17,767
MORTGAGES 127 277 20,703
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 510 36,326
BANKRUPTCIES 54 146 11,828
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 80 5,640
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 147 12,181
MARRIAGE LICENSES 11 60 4,417

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