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VOL. 129 | NO. 251 | Thursday, December 25, 2014

Counterpart Experiences Big 2014

2014 was a particularly consequential year for Counterpart Communication Design. The marketing communications firm with offices in Memphis and Dallas grew its staff by almost 40 percent this year, for example, in addition to reimagining its creative department and adding a Web analysis team to meet constantly evolving digital needs.

Grassroots Growth

Community Advisors brings services to underserved communities

In 2007, Greg Spillyards was part of a team at CB Richard Ellis Memphis tasked with reviving the dog-eared Bellbrook Industrial Park.

Nailor’s Persistence Leads to Commutation

In April, Larry Nailor will walk out of the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution and away from the life sentence he got in Memphis federal court in the mid-1990s for having 50 grams of crack cocaine.

Big League Movers is on the Move

Big League Movers is on the move and yes, they’ll be doing the moving themselves.

SPORTS

Losing Streak Ends Impressive Stretch by Grizzlies

After the Grizzlies lost to the Chicago Bulls, their second six-game winning streak of the season coming to an end, Mike Conley made a fair point.

Grizz in Finals? Definite Maybe

Anything’s possible. And by anything, I mean Mississippi State was No. 1 in the college football poll this year at the same time the Kansas City Royals were playing in the World Series.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

End of The Year To-Do List

Ray’s Take In an ideal world, we would always stay on top of all of the intricacies of our financial lives. The real world seems to work a little differently. If it weren’t for the April 15 deadline, I doubt we would ever get around to filing our taxes. Deadlines are good for us, actually. So as we roll quickly toward the end of the year, let’s review a few.

Christmas Coming Home

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

Addressing the Post Office

“Dear Judge Vic, I am writing about the U.S. Postal Service. My wife and me send several things each month to the same address in a major city in another state. To the home of our kids. A house we’ve stayed at. A place with a porch, where the mail guy leaves packages. A few weeks ago, we sent a box with some presents in it.

You Can’t Afford a Job Search Holiday

The holiday season is a perfect chance to spend quality time with friends and family. It’s fun to put up holiday decorations, exchange gifts, and attend holiday gatherings. If we’re lucky, we get lots of rest, and extra time doing things we enjoy.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts

NEW YORK (AP) – Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.

US Consumer Sentiment at Highest Point in 8 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices, a survey finds.

DuPont, Monsanto Agree to Settle Patent Lawsuits

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Two of the biggest U.S. agribusiness companies say they have agreed to settle their patent-infringement lawsuits against each other that had been pending in a St. Louis federal court.

Family Dollar Delays Vote on Dollar Tree Deal

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar says it has delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed acquisition by Dollar Tree until Jan. 22.

US Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.6 Percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months – both encouraging signs for economic growth.

REAL ESTATE

US New-Home Sales Fall 1.6 Percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes fell in November, evidence that recent job gains have yet to boost the housing sector.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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