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VOL. 130 | NO. 240 | Thursday, December 10, 2015

Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Rise in November

Memphis is closing out 2015 on a high note, with 1,099 total home sales recorded for November.

Snapshot: Ballet Memphis ‘In the Mix’ at Chamber Luncheon

Ballet Memphis’ Rafael Ferreras and Crystal Brothers performed Wednesday, Dec. 9, for more than 1,000 business and community leaders at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon – an event at which Carolyn Hardy officially took the reins as chamber chairman.

College Football Notebook: Vols Get Bowl Upgrade, All-SEC Teams Named

Last season, coach Butch Jones got Tennessee back to a bowl game. This season, they’ve moved up from the TaxSlayer Bowl to the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Vanderbilt Study Compares ASD, I-Zone Achievement

Add a new study from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College to the local debate about the two school sets aimed specifically at turning around Tennessee’s failing educational institutions.

Wharton Touts Memphis’ Emergence in Exit Interview

He didn’t win re-election, but A C Wharton says he did change the city’s politics in his six years as mayor.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
38.0°F
Fair
Wind: North at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

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Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 18 Pct. in November

When Sam Goff gets phone calls these days from prospective homebuyers wanting to start the mortgage loan process, the conversations tend to start the same way.

Court Orders Release of Darrius Stewart TBI File

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal Memphis police shooting of Darrius Stewart will be opened to the public under a court order issued Tuesday, Dec. 8, by Shelby County Chancellor James Newsom.

SMALL BUSINESS

S.Y. Wilson and Co. Enters New Era in Arlington

Kim Winstead found retirement boring.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Autonomy Comes With Risk for State’s Universities

Tennessee officials are lauding Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education in an effort to meet his goals for the Drive to 55.

Pound of Poetry, Part 4

Ezra Pound’s 1940-1943 broadcasts over Roma Radio, for the Fascist-controlled Italian government, “were written in a vigorous erudite subtly-cadenced prose style [similar to] his Cantos .... It was a style that guaranteed he would have no success with a radio audience” (R. Wernick).

Beware Thyself

Over the last 13 months, or 262 trading days, the S&P 500 has produced a 0% return while the Barclays total bond market index has produced an enviable 1%. Over the last several weeks I have received several calls and emails from clients, fatigued by sideways markets that want to “do something” about it.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Expert Says Changes to University Governance Take Years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A higher education expert told lawmakers on Tuesday that big changes such as those Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing for six state universities take years to implement effectively.

State Agency Helps Register Seniors for Tennessee Promise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Human Services has partnered with Families First parents to register more than 700 high school seniors for Gov. Bill Haslam's free-tuition program.

STATEWIDE

Volkswagen Offers Virtual Look at Chattanooga Plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen has given a virtual look inside its Chattanooga assembly plant while physical tours are halted amid vehicle development at the German automaker's lone U.S. factory.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Problem Far Smaller Than Suspected

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen said Wednesday that a problem with carbon dioxide emissions is far smaller than initially suspected, with further checks finding "slight discrepancies" in only a few models and no evidence of illegal changes to fuel consumption and emissions figures.

Shares of DuPont, Dow Soar on Reports of Merger Talks

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Shares of Dow Chemical and DuPont were trading sharply higher Wednesday amid reports that the two chemical giants are in advanced merger discussions.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 155 19,728
MORTGAGES 95 170 23,084
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 41 48 8,352
BUILDING PERMITS 200 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 50 122 13,226
BUSINESS LICENSES 14 23 6,160
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 33 85 13,080
MARRIAGE LICENSES 28 58 4,900

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