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VOL. 131 | NO. 259 | Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit For Memphis Store

Nordstrom Rack is moving one step closer to opening an East Memphis location in 2017.

Arlington Schools Pulls $3M Permit for New Central Office

Arlington Community Schools is seeking a $3 million building permit to construct a two-story administration building on Arlington Trail.

2016: YEAR IN REVIEW

Many New Restaurants, Food Businesses Served Up in 2016

In a few weeks, the East Memphis space that once housed Cosmic Coconut will host a grand opening for its new incarnation.

Last Word: Change at the Top, Legislature New Year's Resolution and Election Selfies

It’s the Grizz and the Thunder Thursday at the Forum followed by the Tigers and South Carolina at the Forum Friday. And yes there are still people in town watching football. They are here for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl earlier in the day Friday between Georgia and TCU. You should join them.

Local Weather
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Wind: from the Northwest at 13.8 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

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New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

Arrests, Metal Barriers, Lawsuits All Played Role in Greensward Parking Compromise

Spring at City Hall is budget season and it can be stormy for a new mayor, not to mention a city council with six new members. But that wasn’t the case in 2016.

COMMUNITY

Awards Recognize Highest Ideals of Public Service

Public service is a worthy legacy, and one that the Rotary Club of Memphis East wants to recognize and encourage in the next generation.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million

1625 Poplar Avenue -
A Midtown Memphis strip mall is changing hands for $5 million, according to a special warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds on Dec. 21. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Consider These Disappearing Destinations

See places before they disappear. One of the top travel trends for 2017 focuses on experiences that are likely to change in the near future. That includes Cuba, which also was at the top of travel trends for 2016. But destinations experiencing change also includes those brought on by climate change.

New Technology Gives Everyone a Personal Assistant

If you’re a small-business owner or running a startup, you might dream of having a personal assistant to help you manage your calendar or do inventory of the office supply closet. Luckily, Amazon and Google have developed technology that offers many of the benefits of an assistant for a fraction of the cost.

Parting Words, Growing Orbits

As I read of “Right Stuff” astronaut John Glenn’s Dec. 8 death in Columbus, Ohio, a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke runs through my head. The first stanza goes:

New Year, New Resolutions for Legislators

Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into 3 1/2 months, it might be worth a try.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee AG: Ban on Ballot Box Selfies is Constitutional

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general says a ban on snapping selfies at the ballot box is constitutional.

'Nashville' Returns With Transgender Actress, New Plot Lines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The new season of "Nashville" starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.

Entering New Job, Tennessee Head of Colleges Draws Praise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The new Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor has officially gotten the job, drawing praise from Gov. Bill Haslam and higher education officials.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump's election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Liz Weston: 6 Money Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Let's face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year's resolutions next year, too.

Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff Online and Earn Extra Cash

NEW YORK (AP) – If you're cleaning out your closets for the new year, or need some spare cash after the holidays, your old stuff can help fill up your wallet.

Growing Number of Americans are Retiring Outside the US

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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