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VOL. 132 | NO. 237 | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Human-Trafficking Group Gets First Leader

Not long after starting her new job Oct. 1 as the first executive director of Thistle & Bee, a social enterprise focused on helping women who’ve survived sex trafficking and prostitution, Jordan Boss was allowed to ride along one night with a Memphis Police Department detective.

‘Wonder Bread Years’

Pat Hazell’s one-man show coming to Halloran Centre

As a baby boomer, Halloran Centre vice president of operations Ron Jewell can relate to comedian Pat Hazell’s world view as presented in his one-man act, “The Wonder Bread Years.”

Sawyer, Goff Kick Off Commission Campaigns

Tami Sawyer and Sam Goff may be seeing each other on the August county general election ballot. But between now and May, they have separate primary races for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Commission.

Health Department Seeking Variance for New Building

The Shelby County Health Department is seeking a variance from the Board of Adjustment for a new facility at its current 814 Jefferson Ave. location.

Last Word: Veto Override, Vince Carter on Fizdale and Corker on Tax Reform

Signs of life at the old Kroger store on Exeter in Germantown. The new developers for a project that was supposed to be a Trader Joe’s have pulled a $90,000 building permit to remove the façade of the building. But no word on who the new tenant may be and some interesting remarks about recruiting tenants in general who won’t have as many trucks making deliveries in a retail center that borders a residential area.

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EVENTS

Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours Networking Mixer Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bahama Breeze, 2830 N. Germantown Parkway. Enjoy an evening of food, beverages and networking. Visit bartlettchamber.org.

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Producing Wins Was Lacking Under Fizdale, Grizz GM Says

The day after the Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale just 19 games into his second season, general manager Chris Wallace rejected the notion that center Marc Gasol was a “coach-killer” and said more went into the decision to change coaches than one fractured relationship.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Is There Room for Common-Sense Gun Legislation?

The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action picks its battles judiciously. Once labeled as a bunch of anti-gun extremists, the group is anything but, spokeswoman Kat McRitchie says.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Finding Gratitude In Travel

As November closes and we move fully into the holiday season, I still remain a touch thankful looking back over the past year. Yes, I have much to be thankful for on the personal side of life, but during this season of thanks there are some travel-related items worth mentioning.

Help Your Employees Avoid Student Loan Scams

I read a lot of press releases from the Federal Trade Commission about enforcement actions against companies it alleges have deceived consumers, including many that are out-and-out scams. A recent one included a plea to companies to help protect their employees from student loan debt relief scams.

STATEWIDE

Nashville, Sacramento Head MLS Expansion Finalists

NEW YORK (AP) – Nashville, Tennessee, is among four finalists for a pair of Major League Soccer expansion teams after government financing for a new stadium was approved this month.

Testimony: Feds Targeted Jimmy Haslam in Phone Call

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Federal agents used a Pilot Flying J employee to try to get Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to make incriminating comments on the telephone, but court testimony suggests Haslam was aware he was making the call at their behest.

Memorial Announced for Victims of Tennessee Wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost.

REGIONAL NEWS

Mississippi State Names Penn State's Joe Moorhead Next Coach

Mississippi State has hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its football coach, bringing in another up-and-comer who is largely in the mold of previous coach Dan Mullen.

US NEWS

Garrison Keillor Fired, Says He Put Hand on Woman's Back

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," said Wednesday he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of what the network called improper behavior.

NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC News fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer for what it said Wednesday was "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague, making him perhaps the most familiar figure in America brought down so far by the misconduct accusations that have swept through Hollywood and the media over the past two months.

US ECONOMY

Yellen Suggests a Continuation of Gradual Rate Hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed expects to continue raising interest rates gradually. And she sought to assure lawmakers that the Fed would take care not to choke off any extra growth generated by tax cuts as long as inflation stayed tame.

US Economy Expanded at Brisk 3.3 Pct. Pace in Third Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

White House: 'We are Not Anticipating a Shutdown'

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it does not anticipate the government will be forced to shut down at midnight on Dec. 8.

Judge Sides With Trump's Pick to Take Over Consumer Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president's choice to temporarily run the nation's top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for leadership of the agency.

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PROPERTY SALES 83 363 9,932
MORTGAGES 91 378 11,692
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 14 53 1,687
BUILDING PERMITS 213 788 21,098
BANKRUPTCIES 50 213 6,650
BUSINESS LICENSES 40 125 3,564
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 139 4,122
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 91 2,270

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