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VOL. 129 | NO. 242 | Friday, December 12, 2014

Delta Cutting Routes to Three More Cities

Delta Airlines is slashing more routes at Memphis International Airport, including its nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

A Tale of Two Projects

Fairgrounds, Graceland plans see different political trajectories

At 7.7 miles, it takes about 12 minutes to make the drive between the Mid-South Fairgrounds and Graceland.

Target Bringing 400-Job Project to Memphis

Memphis is poised to land hundreds of new jobs and retain several hundred more. Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an online fulfillment center that will create over 400 new jobs.

Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale

A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.

Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $57 Million Building Permit for Hotel

Elvis Presley Enterprises has applied for a $57 million building permit for its planned 450-room hotel near Graceland.

Local Weather
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Wind: Variable at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Perre Coleman Magness, author of “Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook” for a discussion and book signing Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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Chamber Wants to Clean Up Memphis

If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.

Shelby County Commercial Sales Dip in October

Shelby County recorded 90 commercial sales in October, down 4 percent from 94 commercial sales recorded in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

Undercurrent Brings 2014 to Close

Undercurrent, the monthly networking event launched in 2013 by a handful of creatives, is preparing to close the book on its first full year of events, with its final get-together set for Monday. Dec. 15, at Bounty.

Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang

Fourteen years ago, a group of eight teenagers who lived on Burnham Street in Frayser tried to join the Vice Lords street gang and were rejected.

SPORTS

Prince, Leuer Lead Grizzlies Bench Above the Rim and Under the Radar

Let’s start with the dunks. Dunks by bench players – Jon Leuer and Tayshaun Prince – who don’t even know from night to night if they will get to play, never mind have an opportunity to catch a sliver of the spotlight.

Gasol, Grizzlies Refuse Satisfaction

Odds are, Marc Gasol will not win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award this season.

Q&A: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard

Fast Facts: Now in eighth NBA season, he set a career high in 2013-14 by averaging 17.2 points; was fourth overall pick of 2007 NBA Draft after leading Ohio State to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game as a freshman; father, Mike Conley Sr., won the gold medal in the triple jump in the 1992 Olympics.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Back to Normal

NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014.

Networking to the New Year

December is my favorite time of year for networking. It sounds a little crazy, right? The holidays are for family and loved ones. It’s a time of gift giving, cookie baking, and sing-alongs. It’s a time to visit those you haven’t seen in over a year, and if you’re lucky, to build snowmen with your children.

According to Foyle

My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.

STATEWIDE

Higher Ed Officials Discuss Funding Outlook

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Faced with flat revenue projections, higher education officials will have to find ways to cover costs at their institutions because the state won’t be able to help them anytime soon, a top economist said Wednesday.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increase

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Holiday Shopping Boosts US Retail Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season.

Teen Retailers Get the Cold Shoulder for Holidays

NEW YORK (AP) – Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.

Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Camry Simon didn't know anything about manufacturing when she signed up for a free 10-week program learning to make metal parts. To her surprise, she loved it.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Labor Board OKs Personal Use of Company Email

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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