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VOL. 131 | NO. 238 | Wednesday, November 30, 2016

County Explores Legal Options to Fix Courts' Computer 'Ordeal'

Shelby County Commissioners talked about possible legal action Wednesday, Nov. 30, against Tyler Technologies, the company supplying a new computer system for the local criminal justice system.

School Board Gets More Specifics on Right-Sizing Proposal

Shelby County Schools board members think the holiday season may push a vote on a proposal to close seven schools and build three new ones to February instead of January.

Cargill, Calysta To Build New Facility in Memphis

Cargill’s 69-acre property on President’s Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 new jobs.

American Apparel Closing Memphis Location

After filing its second bankruptcy in roughly a year, American Apparel will be closing its location at 528 S. Main St. in Downtown Memphis at the end of December.

New Overtime Wage Rules Could Face Long Delay

Just as employers were scrambling to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) overtime wage regulations that were set to go into effect on Dec. 1, a federal court in Texas last week blocked its implementation.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Blight Authority of Memphis executive director Sheila Jordan Cunningham and Neighborhood Preservation Inc. president Steve Barlow will present “Fighting Blight in Memphis.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

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Grocery Stores in Memphis Race to Transform Shopping Experience

Grocery stores in Memphis are in a scramble to refashion the shopping experience they present to customers, via everything from digital services like pre-order and scheduled pickups to mall-like amenities inside the stores themselves.

Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

Conley Injures Back in Grizzlies’ Lopsided Loss to Charlotte

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley could miss six weeks after sustaining a back injury in Monday’s 105-84 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at FedExForum. 

On-Demand Storage Offers Seasonal Space Relief

With popular companies like Uber and Airbnb redefining their industries, it’s no surprise that other sectors are starting to tap into the country’s growing interest in on-demand services.

Memphis 3.0 Begins With Talk About Frayser Plan

The city of Memphis hasn’t had a comprehensive long-term plan since 1981. But it has been just 2 1/2 years since a coalition of neighborhood groups in Frayser put together a “Frayser 2020” plan and took it to City Hall where it didn’t have the political support to get city funding.

Shelby County Election Commission Weighs New Voting Machines for 2022

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the Nov. 8 election results Monday, Nov. 28, at a session that included a call by local Elections Administrator Linda Phillips to seek $12 million in funding to buy a new voting system for the 2022 elections.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor

Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Preparing For 2017

The holidays can be a difficult time in the life of a job seeker. Very often, things at work slow down a bit. We begin to consider what we would like to find in a new job, whether it’s more money, a new position or a better work-life balance. Unfortunately, the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is also a slower time of year for hiring. Managers may go on vacation, and hiring may be put on hold for budgetary reasons.

5 Killer Sales Call Missteps

Good old-fashioned sales calls are making a revival given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore. With digital communication now serving as the preferred form of initial outreach to new prospects, there is a sizable opportunity for sales reps skilled at making a truly impactful sales call. 

STATEWIDE

Wildfires Scorch Tourist Area in Tennessee; Thousands Flee

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.

Dolly Parton Heartbroken By Wildfires Torching Her Hometown

ATLANTA (AP) – Country music icon Dolly Parton says she's heartbroken about wildfires that tore through the Tennessee county where she grew up, but spared the Dollywood theme park that bears her name.

20 Co-Workers to Split Powerball Jackpot of Nearly $421M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Lottery officials say 20 co-workers at a metal manufacturing plant will split a Powerball jackpot of nearly $421 million.

Fatal Crash Bus Driver Appears in Court; Hearing Postponed

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The driver in a Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children last week has appeared in court, but his preliminary hearing on vehicular homicide charges has been postponed.

ECONOMY

US Economy Grew at 3.2 Percent in Third Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy in the third quarter grew at the fastest pace in two years, with a revised report showing stronger consumer spending than first estimated.

US Bank Earnings Up Nearly 13 Percent in Q3

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks' earnings in the July-September period jumped nearly 13 percent from a year earlier as continued growth in lending fueled interest income.

RETAIL

First Data: Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales Up 9 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Prices Surpass Pre-Recession Peak Amid Healthy Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 60 1,918
BUILDING PERMITS 0 784 24,948
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 144 4,825
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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