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VOL. 129 | NO. 233 | Monday, December 1, 2014
EMPHASIS Seniors

Walk in the Park

Shelby Farms’ Wise Trek Targets 50-Plus Group

They hike the trails, ride their bikes on the Greenline, maybe even go horseback riding or play disc golf.

Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees

Florida or bust?

Page Robbins Provides Safe ‘Middle Ground’

The youngest is 53 and the oldest is 98. Some appreciate classical music and others prefer Elvis, the Mamas & the Papas or the Beatles, and others John Denver, Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen.

Highland Row Developer Acquires 13 Acres

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has acquired several vacant parcels for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis for $4.3 million.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
55.0°F
Overcast
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 96%

EVENTS

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-REDCROSS for eligibility requirements and appointments.

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EDGE Approves Graceland Taxing District

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.

Drug Deal Murder Brings Interstate Commerce Violation

Robbing a drug dealer can be a federal crime.

Shelby County Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate in Shelby County dropped in October but remains above the state average.

SMALL BUSINESS

Patrick Ready to Cook at Relocated Rizzo’s Diner

Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Positive Influence Has Ripple Effect

There is a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” that reads, “A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.” Growing up, my parents were that object.

Even Procurement is Innovating

Derick Kurdy from J&J and Neel Tilak from Janssen discuss the potency of an innovation culture in the procurement department and how it works with key suppliers.

Crafting the ‘Ask’ for This Giving Season

It’s no secret that the holiday season offers the most opportune time for charitable organizations to capitalize on what is a perfect storm of the giving holiday spirit colliding with the year-end tax-deductible donation deadline. With so many organizations competing for donations at this time of the year, what sets any one organization’s “ask” apart from the rest? What is the key to crafting a message that hits the mark?

STATEWIDE

After-School Programs Give Youth Educational Boost

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As Tennessee strives to stay at the forefront of student academic improvement, some education advocates say the hours after the last bell rings could be crucial to maintaining that edge.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

See Spot Relax: Pet Massage Gaining Popularity

PHOENIX (AP) – Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

Pepsi Gets Super Bowl Campaign Started Early

NEW YORK (AP) – Super Bowl 49 is still more than two months away, but Pepsi is drumming up an audience for the halftime show.

Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

REAL ESTATE

US New Home Sales Up 0.7 Percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 92 345 2,680
MORTGAGES 74 340 3,234
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 78 555
BUILDING PERMITS 188 810 5,813
BANKRUPTCIES 41 234 2,013
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 116 1,012
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 33 129 1,141
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 66 409

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