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VOL. 130 | NO. 248 | Tuesday, December 22, 2015

St. Jude Launching Graduate School

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a graduate school of biomedical sciences on its campus in the fall of 2017.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Plans Expansion

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is joining the veritable building boom among Memphis-area hospitals and health care organizations.

Norris: Gas Tax Proposal Not Happening in 2016

Don’t look for a gas tax hike in the 2016 session of the Tennessee legislature, says the state Senate majority leader.

Sheffield, College Initiative Students Get Help on Path to Higher Ed

Torisha Williams was an elementary school educator for six years. So when she began her position in August as a counselor at Sheffield High School, she brought some grade-school culture to the job of helping her students find a way to college.

Last Word: More Medical Expansions, Norris & Harris and Christmas In Hell's Kitchen

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
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EVENTS

Wolfchase Galleria will hold its Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the mall’s center court, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; judging runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, contestants must donate a new or gently used coat or toy for The Salvation Army. Visit wolfchasegalleria.com.

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Hedge Fund Manager Commits $20M to St. Jude

The philanthropic foundation of hedge fund manager Steven Cohen and his wife Alexandra is committing $20 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

EPIcenter Launches Work, Business Space In Germantown

The EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization has teamed up with the city of Germantown to open a collaborative work and business space in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a shopping center at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Road.

Strickland Taps New Deputy COO

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland has appointed Patrice Thomas as the city’s deputy chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1.

Shelby County Homebuilders Hoping for Busier 2016

For Memphis-area homebuilders, the market is far from pre-recession levels, but 2016 could bring more building activity.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Talk New Lineup, Easing Schedule and Christmas Presents

Feel like Christmas is closing in on you? Feel like you’re being double-teamed – work and all the usual daily responsibilities, plus shopping for family and friends?

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Whitehaven View Apartments Sell for $2.7 Million

1594 E. Holmes Road, Memphis, TN 38116 -
A Whitehaven apartment complex has sold for $2.7 million.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Creative Christmas Gifts For Your Favorite Nonprofit

Its Christmas time! And soon to be Kwanzaa. Then New Year’s! It’s time to celebrate and share gifts. We give to our families and friends. Many of us have already made a gift to nonprofits we hold closest to our hearts. But there’s always time for more giving.

Birmingham Offers More Than Bowl Game

University of Memphis football fans will head to Birmingham, Ala., next week to celebrate a bowl game appearance that could see the team finish with 10 wins for a second straight season.

Simplify Your Holidays With the Cloud

With the holiday season in full swing, most of us could use all the help we can get to stay organized, from keeping track of gift wish lists to monitoring spending habits. Fortunately, cloud computing – the current Internet technology that lets you access all your files and important data from any remote location – is here to help.

STATEWIDE

Survey: Tennessee Prison Officers Dislike Overtime Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amid ongoing scrutiny of how correctional officers are paid and scheduled in Tennessee, a new survey shows that the officers overwhelmingly dislike the state's recently changed overtime policies.

REGIONAL NEWS

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returns to Stores in La., Miss.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream is back in stores in Louisiana and Mississippi, eight months after listeria contamination halted sales and prompted cleanup of production plants.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Shipping Mania: Rushing to Deliver Millions of Holiday Gifts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyer belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar.

US Regulators Slap BMW With $40M Fine for Safety Violations

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have slapped German automaker BMW AG with a $40 million penalty for moving too slowly to fix Mini brand cars that failed federal crash tests.

US ECONOMY

What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent, gas, food and health.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 82 82 19,655
MORTGAGES 75 75 22,989
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 7 8,311
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 40,167
BANKRUPTCIES 72 72 13,176
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 9 6,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 30 4,872

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