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VOL. 132 | NO. 255 | Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monuments Moment Spans Generational Lines

Van Turner Sr. celebrated his 73rd birthday Wednesday, Dec. 20, as his son, county commissioner Van Turner Jr., was somewhere near the epicenter of the most significant chapter of the city’s long-running controversy over Confederate monuments.

Citing Tax Reform Bill, First Tennessee Parent Co. Announces $1,000 Bonuses

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has joined other major U.S. employers like AT&T and Comcast in pledging bonuses for employees in the wake of the recent tax reform legislation passed by Congress.

UTHSC’s New Police HQ To Serve Entire Medical District

With multiple multimillion-dollar projects sprouting up not only on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus but throughout the Memphis Medical District as a whole, one project hopes to tie them all together – UTHSC’s $20 million security investment.

Peace of Mind

Shred Shop adds layer of security with HIPAA certification

Medical identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing form of identity theft, with about 2.3 million cases in 2014 alone, according to Consumer Reports. If an individual’s health insurance is used by someone else for doctor visits, procedures, or procuring medications and devices, the ramifications can be costly and can destroy the victim’s credit. The patient can also be denied coverage if caps are reached, for example.

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EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden’s Holiday Wonders at the Garden hosts “On My Last Nerve Night” Tuesday, Dec. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Take a break from over-staying holiday guests for a couple hours and visit Holiday Wonders’ three areas: Snowy Nights, Sculptures Bright and Trees Alight. Open nightly through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; advance tickets recommended. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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2017: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 a Year of Expansions, New Beginnings in Memphis Arts

After years of planning, design and construction, Crosstown Arts finally in mid-October moved into its new space on the second floor of Crosstown Concourse.

SPORTS

Iowa State’s Not-So-Secret Weapon: Joel Lanning

Maybe when Iowa State upset No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 in early October, you saw the score roll by on the bottom of your television screen. What you probably didn’t see, but need to know in advance of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl this Saturday, is this:

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Downtown Hotel Revival; Two Companies Look to Expand in Southwest Memphis

5050 E. Holmes Road, Memphis, TN 38118 -
Agilent Technologies has been awarded a 10-year Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to expand its facility at 5050 Holmes Road. The company said it will create 117 jobs paying an average salary of $40,670 excluding benefits.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Investing In Black-Led Organizations

Are all nonprofits created equally? Do they receive equal investment? Have equitable access to resources and expertise? Do we need to take a closer look at black-led organizations to help ensure their sustainability and effectiveness? What role do these organizations play and why are they important?

Innovation Metrics: Rock, Lava, Smoke

When organizations begin their innovation journey, they have no idea how to account for the many forms of value that gets created. They may also have dormant fears about changing modes of work to effectively innovate.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook Improves How Blind Can ‘See’ Images Using AI

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually impaired – almost nonexistent.

MEDICAL NEWS

Striking a Chord, NIH Taps the Brain to Find How Music Heals

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What to Expect for Your Personal Finances in 2018

No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. Here's a look at their forecasts:

Exes and Taxes: How the Tax Overhaul Will Alter Alimony

NEW YORK (AP) – Congress' giant tax overhaul is poised to reach virtually every corner of American life – even Splitsville.

Tax Pros are Suddenly Very Popular, If a Little Confused

WASHINGTON (AP) – Don't feel bad if you don't understand how the new tax bill will affect you. Chances are, your accountant doesn't yet either.

US ECONOMY

US Durable Goods Orders Rise 1.3 Percent in November

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose last month by 1.3 percent, boosted by orders for both commercial and defense aircraft. A category that measures business investment slipped for the first time since June.

US New Home Sales Skyrocket 17.5 Percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes at the fastest pace in more than 25 years in November, with sales skyrocketing 17.5 percent amid robust demand and a continued shortage of existing homes on the market.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 188 14,031
MORTGAGES 126 219 16,224
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 12 17 2,219
BUILDING PERMITS 170 411 29,164
BANKRUPTCIES 57 116 9,042
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 52 4,753
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 66 5,599
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 56 3,038

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