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VOL. 130 | NO. 254 | Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

iBank Tower Sells for $19.2 Million

The iBank Tower, located at 5050 Poplar Ave., has sold for $19.2 million, and for the first time, the same owner controls both the iBank Tower and the nearby Clark Tower at 5100 Poplar Ave.

Entrepreneurs Offer Ideas for 2016

New Year’s resolutions tend to run from the mundane – like exercise and eating better – to more profound life goals, professional ambitions and the like. The same is true when it comes to a city like Memphis, which stands on the precipice of what looks to be a new year of consequence on a number of fronts: political, civic, entrepreneurial and more.

Highland Row Set to Land Steakhouse

The restaurateurs behind long-standing Italian restaurant Amerigo are bringing a new concept to a high-profile project.

University of Memphis Falls to Auburn 31-10 in Birmingham Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Jeremy Johnson came off the bench to run and pass for a touchdown, lifting Auburn to a 31-10 victory over Memphis on Wednesday in the Birmingham Bowl.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
40.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, specials at Overton Square restaurants and businesses, and more leading up to a midnight surprise. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details.

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Stewart Incident Triggers Systemic Shift

For six months this year the Black Lives Matter movement in Memphis grew in an ebb and a flow governed largely by the growing list of fatal police encounters in other cities.

Last Word: Highland Row, Late Hit in Birmingham and Hi-Fi

A happy Day 363 into 364 depending on when you are reading this. Sounds festive doesn't it? But let's not have any party hats or popping corks just yet.

Strickland to Replace Memphis Animal Shelter Director

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 29, that James Rogers will not be reappointed as director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

SMALL BUSINESS

Halford Loudspeakers Specializes in Music Quality

At Halford Loudspeakers, customers aren’t getting the latest brand of headphones or earbuds. Sure, those products serve a purpose for listening to music.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Thrive in The Expectation Economy

Maxwell Luthy’s keynote begins with a warm-up. Luthy, director of Trends and Insight, showed two innovations and asked if they were good or bad. The first has a real-time countdown of your life expectancy. The second innovation is an emoji-based room service.

Ghosts of Programs Past

Once again it’s here. Time for the last column. Of the year, at least. And, though I didn’t do so last year, typically I in essence reprint a column I first wrote many, many years ago. One about winter holiday programs. Once called Christmas pageants.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee to Release Statewide Animal Abuse Registry Jan. 1

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is set to become the first state to release a registry that will consist of the names of people convicted of having intentionally abused animals.

Pedestrian, Bicycle Deaths in Tennessee Increase in 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials have recorded more pedestrian and bicycle deaths in 2015 than in any other year in the past two decades.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

New Laws in 2016 Show States are Diverging on Guns, Voting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

REAL ESTATE

US Pending Home Sales Slip in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people signed contracts to purchase homes in November, as the real estate market appears to have cooled after sales gains for much of 2015.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 82 82 19,655
MORTGAGES 75 75 22,989
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 7 8,311
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 40,167
BANKRUPTCIES 72 72 13,176
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 9 6,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 30 4,872

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