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VOL. 129 | NO. 236 | Thursday, December 4, 2014

Trader Joe’s: No Immediate Plans for Memphis

Trader Joe’s doesn’t have any immediate plans to enter the Memphis market, the company said Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Deck the Halls

Overton Square, Downtown prepare for holiday cheer

It was early Tuesday, a little more than 48 hours before Overton Square was set to throw a major holiday celebration complete with a tree-lighting ceremony, school choirs and dozens of participating tenants.

Pension ‘Concept’ Flips Council Script

For most of her seven years on the Memphis City Council, Wanda Halbert has been the most outspoken member when it comes to last-minute items added to the council’s agenda for a vote.

Tigers Moving Quickly on Fuente Contract

The slogan before the University of Memphis football season started was “Wait Til This Year.”

Downtown Grocery Expanding to Cooper-Young

City Market Groceries & Deli is preparing to expand beyond Downtown. The grocery is adding a new Cooper-Young location, at 836 S. Cooper Street. City Market just signed a lease there, confirmed owner Hamida Mandani, who said Adam Slovis represented City Market.

Local Weather
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Wind: Northwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 96%

EVENTS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, will present “The Memphis Botanic Garden Experience: From Red to Black.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

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Graceland Plan Highlights Blurred Lines in Financing

There are private funds and public funds. And when a private project has the potential to up the tax revenue taken in by local and state governments, that money enters a middle ground between the two.

Memphis Marketer Launches Gift Recommendation Service

Gift-giving might feel like a chore for some people, especially at Christmastime. The difficulty of figuring out what to buy for the aunt who has everything, for example, or the wrapping of geometric impossibilities that require reams of paper and tape tend to produce feelings other than mirth and holiday cheer.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Required Minimum Distributions

Ray's take: Once you reach age 70 1/2, you are required by law to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMD) from your tax-advantaged retirement account, or accounts, each year.

Undoing a Do That’s a Don’t

I get a laugh now and again for telling what the crossword clues are for the term “comb over.” In light of a recent story from the sports page, I can’t resist writing about the topic. For your edification, of course.

STATEWIDE

Knoxville Among 16 Cities Leading US on Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is singling out Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and 13 other cities for leading their peers in efforts to address climate change.

Head of NEA Supports Higher Tennessee Teacher Pay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of the National Education Association said Wednesday that she supports increased pay for Tennessee teachers because it's necessary to take care of their families, as well as pay off college loans they used to get into the profession.

Tennessee to Ban Big Trucks on ‘The Dragon’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is banning trucks longer than 30 feet from using a twisty stretch of U.S. Route 129 that is known as The Dragon.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Southwest Airlines Agents Approve Labor Contract

DALLAS (AP) – Customer-service agents at Southwest have approved a new labor contract, a boost for the airline, which hasn't been able to get a deal with pilots or ramp workers.

Americans Watch Less TV, Stream More, Report Shows

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Offers Candor, Insights in Q&A With Top CEOs

WASHINGTON (AP) – At times blunt, at others obliging, President Barack Obama entered a den of top corporate CEOs on Wednesday with a candid assessment of the limits of his governing agenda, the tripwires facing the economy recovery and the motivations of various foreign leaders.

Justices Weigh Bias Claim of Pregnant UPS Driver

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company's refusal to give lighter duty to a pregnant worker, a closely watched case with potentially broad impact for female workers and their employers.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 129 800 36,616
BANKRUPTCIES 51 243 11,925
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 117 5,677
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 215 12,248
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 121 4,478

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