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VOL. 132 | NO. 253 | Friday, December 22, 2017

Nonprofit Leader: Removal of 2 Memphis Confederate Monuments 'Only the Beginning'

The morning after the city’s two best-known Confederate memorials came down in a pair of city parks, the attorney and Shelby County commissioner who leads the private nonprofit to whom the city sold the parks said the organization has plans to “liberate” other parks.

Technicolor, Agilent Approved for Tax Incentives

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved a pair of tax abatements Wednesday, Dec. 20, that have the potential to affect more than 1,000 jobs in the county.

Frayser Bauhaus

Memphis architectural icon shows signs of life

Memphis' best and most unique example of art deco-international style Bauhaus architecture has been hiding in plain sight in Frayser for nearly 70 years.

2017: YEAR IN REVIEW

Analysis: AutoZone May Be Set Up for Stronger 2018

Analysts who cover the stock of AutoZone Inc. are split into two sizable camps at the moment. Some 44 percent think the stock is worth rating a “buy,” while more than 50 percent think investors that already own shares should hold on to them and do nothing for now.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
42.0°F
Overcast
Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 41%

EVENTS

Drew and Ellie Holcomb's Neighborly Christmas, featuring Drew and Ellie Holcomb and their band The Neighbors, is Friday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The concert features Christmas standards, original holiday tunes and Holcomb favorites. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

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Last Word: The Day After, Frayser Bauhaus and Gasol & Fizdale

Less than 24 hours after the Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park was taken down and away, Memphians were taking selfies with what’s left of the very considerable base in the background. And this is only going to become more prevalent when the weather improves and you will probably see folks out there who have some very different views on the removal of the statues.

SPORTS

Iowa State Must Stay True to Selves to Beat Tough Memphis Offense

At this late date in the college football season, deception may come on an individual play – a quarterback’s deft sleight of hand on play-action or a linebacker feigning blitz only to drop back into coverage.

Nothing ‘Exotic’ About Titans’ Running Game

The Tennessee Titans will tell you that their success is built around the run game. Don’t buy it. “Exotic smashmouth” has become a mere shell of its former self.

Amid the Tumult, a Vol Legacy Finally Gets His Call

Jacob Warren got one of the best phone calls of his life a couple of weeks ago. The senior tight end at Farragut High School was relieved to hear what new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt told him.

THE PRESS BOX

Mismatch: Fizdale and Gasol Should Have Worked, But Didn’t

There’s no way to prove this, but I believe it: if David Fizdale and Marc Gasol never had been part of the same team, they would have respected each other from afar.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

My Christmas Story

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

Pets in Your Estate Plan

Ray’s Take: Most of us consider our pets part of the family. But sometimes we don't think about including them in plans for what happens after we're gone. Part of our responsibility to these dependent creatures is to make sure that their care and comfort will continue uninterrupted should we become incapable of caring for them ourselves.

MEMPHIS AREA

Ex-Wife of Slain NBA Player Lorenzen Wright Fights Extradition

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting authorities' attempt to extradite her from California to Tennessee, where she is charged with killing him in 2010.

STATEWIDE

Major League Soccer: Nashville Granted Latest Expansion Team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Major League Soccer is expanding its presence in the southeast, awarding Nashville the first of its newest expansion franchises as MLS' 24th team .

REGIONAL NEWS

Lawsuit Over Arkansas Dicamba Ban Moot, State Says in Filing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Attorneys for the state of Arkansas say a lawsuit challenging a ban on the herbicide dicamba is now moot because the ban is no longer in place.

Mississippi Jury Finds Man, Woman Guilty in Trafficking Case

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A federal jury in Mississippi has convicted two people for transporting a woman across state lines to engage in prostitution.

US ECONOMY

US Economy Grew at Solid 3.2 Percent Rate in Third Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.

GOP Tax Overhaul Will Be Felt by State, Local Governments

With Congress sending President Donald Trump a tax overhaul, state and local governments are preparing for some fallout.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

FCC Proposes $13.4M Fine for TV-Station Owner Sinclair

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $13.4 million fine on TV-station owner Sinclair for not identifying paid programming as advertising.

AT&T $1,000 Tax Bonus Came After Exchange With Union Head

WASHINGTON (AP) – After an exchange between AT&T's CEO and a union representing its workers, the company said it took steps to pay workers a $1,000 bonus in response to President Donald Trump's tax cuts.

Facebook Signs Deal With Music Label Universal Music

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and record label Universal Music Group have signed a multiyear deal that will let Facebook users share videos that have the label's music in them.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Congress Rushes to Avoid Shutdown, Punts Issues to January

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conflict-weary lawmakers eyed the U.S. Capitol exits Thursday as the Republican-led Congress rushed to approve a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and then sprint home for the holidays.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 109 199 999
MORTGAGES 112 243 1,195
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 57 152
BUILDING PERMITS 129 448 1,653
BANKRUPTCIES 59 144 635
BUSINESS LICENSES 58 132 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 55 392
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 82

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