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VOL. 131 | NO. 255 | Friday, December 23, 2016

Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

New Video Pays Homage to Local Side of Memphis

“Do you see it?” That’s what a new video created by local filmmaker Edward Valibus asks about the new Memphis that we’re living in.

Memphis Shelter’s New Vet Comes From Front Lines

The new veterinary medical director of Memphis Animal Services has taken in a lot of abused animals, working on some of the worst cases of animal abuse in recent years.

THE TIPPING POINT

Lawsons Equip Educators with Tools for Success

Kenda and Dominic Lawson were enemies before they were friends. Today they’re married and they run a company together. “We’re not about telling people what to do,” Kenda observes. “Our job is to find opportunities for children and empower teachers to create their own content.”

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
69.0°F
Light Rain
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 90%

EVENTS

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink in Mississippi River Park Downtown will host live music by Marcella Simien of Marcella & Her Lovers Friday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, Santa’s elves will make visits each day through Saturday, Dec. 24. The ice rink is open daily except Mondays through January. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. Visit memphisriverfront.com for hours and events.

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Last Word: Pro-Memphis On Different Terms, Trump's Pledge and Phil Gagliano

Be honest. How many of you are even at work Friday? And if you are, how many of you know there are cookies or egg nog in the break room? "He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

SPORTS

As Memphis Schedule Toughens, Tigers’ Bench Shows Signs of Life

On the schedule it was merely a Wednesday night in December against an opponent, Incarnate Word, still transitioning from Division II to Division I.

Former Major League Player Phil Gagliano Dies at 74

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Phil Gagliano, who played for four different teams in a 12-year major league baseball career, has died. He was 74.

Long-Suffering Titans Fans Finally Have Their Team Back

Tennessee has its NFL team back. The Titans had slipped off the national radar about eight years ago and – to a lesser extent – out of Nashville’s consciousness a few years after that, sometime around the end of the Jeff Fisher era and throughout the following years.

The Alamo? No, Vols Rally Around Loss to Vandy

Tennessee’s football team can’t afford to get too merry when it goes into Christmas break this weekend. Not with the way it finished the 2016 regular season, and not with a chance for some redemption.

Dobbs’ Change of Heart a Great Gift to Vol Fans

In the spirit of the holiday season, Joshua Dobbs is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite all the disappointments of 2016 for Tennessee football, it would be a mistake not to appreciate Dobbs for what he is: a scholar, an athlete, a leader, a role model and a winner.

THE PRESS BOX

Our Nostalgia is a College Running Back’s Unnecessary Risk

There is never enough money and there are always too many games. We all recognize this truth, right? The NBA’s 82-game schedule remains an owner’s revenue-generating necessity while simultaneously the reason to rest star players in hopes of avoiding injuries.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Taxable or Tax-Deferred?

Ray’s Take Tax planning is an essential part of any budgeting or investment management decision. Generally there are two types of accounts to consider: taxable and tax-deferred. But which one will work best for you? The answer is usually both, but there are definite strategies to consider when choosing.

Christmas, Then and Now

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home. It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas to Allow as Many as 5 Medical Marijuana Facilities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has voted to allow as many as five cultivation facilities in the state once rules governing growing, processing and distribution are finalized.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Amid Scrutiny, Eric Trump to Stop Raising Money for Charity

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Eric Trump, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s sons and a major donor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has announced he will stop directly raising money for his namesake foundation, saying he worries the donations could be perceived as buying access to his father.

HEALTH CARE

'Obamacare' Holding Its Own: 6.4M Signed Up So Far

WASHINGTON (AP) – "Obamacare" seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year's pace.

ECONOMY

US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Pct. Annual Rate Last Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the fastest pace in two years and more than the government had previously estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last.

Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels Since 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.

US Business Investment Rose in November for 2nd Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses stepped up their spending on industrial machinery, steel, and other big-ticket items last month, a sign that one of the economy's weak spots may be improving.

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PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
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