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VOL. 129 | NO. 239 | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Shelby County Home Sales Slow in November

After an unusually strong October for home sales, activity in Shelby County cooled in November.

Label Launch

Memphis music fans launch new singles label

John Miller and Chaney Nichols are a pair of Memphis music aficionados who tend to dismiss with a laugh that old saw about how music is fine and well for fun but involves misspent, wasted energy when pursued as a career.

AutoZone Net Income Up 9.3 Percent

AutoZone kicked off its new fiscal year with another quarter of growth, posting increases in same-store sales and earnings per share that are typical of earning announcements from the Memphis-based auto parts retailer.

Commission Approves Graceland Plan, Delays Fairgrounds TDZ

Shelby County Commissioners approved the Graceland economic impact plan Monday, Dec. 8, the last local hurdle for a plan that includes the construction of a 450-room hotel and a later phase transforming the Graceland Plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the Graceland mansion.

Plough Foundation Grants $12 Million to Help Local Seniors

The Plough Foundation has made an unprecedented series of grants totaling nearly $12 million to serve Memphis-area seniors.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
79.0°F
Light Rain
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA Nuber Center, 5885 Quince Road. CPA Garrett Surles will present “It’s Not Too Late – Year-End Tax Tips.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

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Basar Says Commission Past 'Storming' Phase

Shelby County Commissioners haven’t resolved all of their differences from the start of their term of office in September, but county commissioner Steve Basar says they are on their way.

Local Die-In Protesters Look Ahead to Saturday

Organizers of three days of local protests over a series of deaths at the hands of police officers in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere will likely hold a similar protest Saturday, Dec. 13, the same day a national protest is being planned for Washington D.C.

Pickard Joins Explorations on Tentative 2015 Ballot

The contingency plans and other political maneuvering for the city of Memphis elections are well underway.

December’s a 'Fun Month' for MIFA

December is a good month at the Metropolitan Inner-Faith Association (MIFA), a “fun month, a popular month,” as executive director Sally Jones Heinz says.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St., Memphis, TN 38111, Sale Amount: $4.3 million -
Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has acquired several vacant parcels for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis for $4.3 million.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Year-End Reflections – Part Two

Last week we shared a little of the history of this column. We hope we conveyed why we are committed to these weekly writings, and most importantly our belief in you, our readers. While we have met only a few of you in person, we hold you up before us in our minds as we write.

US Decoupling

The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses, and low demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. keeps posting surprisingly strong economic numbers.

SPORTS

Tennessee Coach Butch Jones Gets Raise, Extension

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Butch Jones appears to have Tennessee's football heading in the right direction, and the university rewarded him with a raise and two-year contract extension Monday.

West Virginia to Face Texas A&M in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – West Virginia will make its first Liberty Bowl appearance in half a century when it meets Texas A&M on Dec. 29.

Memphis Meets BYU in Inaugural Miami Beach Bowl

MIAMI (AP) – BYU and Memphis will meet for the first time in the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park on Dec. 22.

STATEWIDE

Nashville Reaps Benefits of Welcoming Policies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When the White House announced that Nashville would be the backdrop for a speech by President Obama on immigration, a spokesman praised the city's efforts to welcome and integrate its fast-growing immigrant population.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Big Mac Hurting as Customers Get Pickier

NEW YORK (AP) – Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.

TECHNOLOGY

White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.

E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 52 374 8,123
MORTGAGES 52 433 9,632
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 103 1,461
BUILDING PERMITS 218 906 17,513
BANKRUPTCIES 45 252 5,658
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 143 3,091
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 24 152 3,402
MARRIAGE LICENSES 38 158 1,846

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