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VOL. 131 | NO. 31 | Friday, February 12, 2016

Biden to Visit Memphis Next Week

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Memphis next week as one of several stops in three states to mark the seventh anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Clinton Rallies 700 in Whitehaven on Second Day of Early Voting

Former President Bill Clinton rallied the Democratic base in Whitehaven Thursday, Feb. 11, with a standing room only speech of nearly an hour in the gymnasium of Whitehaven High School.

Mixed-Use Development at Shelby Farms Moves Forward

The Land Use Control Board has approved initial outlines for a 57-acre planned development north of Shelby Farms Park.

OneJet Chooses Pittsburgh Over Memphis

OneJet has announced its second focus city, and Memphis didn’t make the cut.

Strickland Wants Contract, Pay Boost for Memphis' Next Police Director

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to offer the next Memphis Police Department director a multi-year contract for more than the $150,000 the city is currently paying interim police director Michael Rallings.

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EVENTS

Annesdale Park Gallery will host an opening reception for “Viewfinders: Music & Motion,” a group photography exhibit, on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1290 Peabody Ave. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit the Church Health Center. Visit theannesdaleparkgallery.com.

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Last Word: Clinton in Whitehaven, Changes to Parkside and The Replacements Book

The Presidential primary caravan has arrived.

Baptist Collierville Launches New Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville has begun seeing a stream of patients often desperately in need of a new kind of treatment, and the hospital teamed up with another company to launch that treatment in recent days.

New Numbers: Memphis Industrial Market Breaks Records

The Memphis industrial sector had a banner year in 2015. According to year-end data from Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, last year’s absorption level came in at 8.4 million square feet, 2 million square feet higher than 2006’s pre-recession levels and a record for the market.

Warren, Tulane Move-Out Leads to Larger Issues

The end of federal rent subsidies at two Memphis apartment complexes with a recent history of code violations will create some larger issues for the surrounding communities.

The Tipping Point

Gabriel Fotsing Helps Low-Income Kids Find Path to College

Going to Harvard is a big deal no matter who you are. But going to Harvard when you’re a poor kid from Cameroon? That’s a home run. That’s what Gabriel Fotsing did. He grew up in Douala, moved to Houston and taught himself how to apply to college.

SPORTS

Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For

In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.

After 40 Years of Pro Tennis, Will Memphis See Another?

You can’t tell the players – or the owners – without a scorecard.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Letter to the Editor: A Trend Emerges

“A Trend Emerges.” Just more than a year ago, a local journalist wrote those words in a report detailing the most recent Brady violations by the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office. Last month, that trend continued when the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility charged two more attorneys from that office with ethics violations.

Timeout For Fresh Quotes

THE SPORTS QUOTES YOU HAVEN’T HEARD. While the Super Bowl, Iowa and New Hampshire are behind us, the rest of the primaries, the general election, and a million tired sports analogies and metaphors are regrettably still in front of us … as in, we’re still in the early innings.

Tackling Debt Confusion

Ray’s Take If we’re honest, we should admit that debt is only incurred when we want something that we haven’t saved for. That said, there are two types of debt – good debt and bad debt. And it’s important that you know not only the difference between them, but how they affect your lifestyle and financial plans. This gives you confidence to know when it’s prudent to go ahead and borrow money.

STATE GOVERNMENT

School Voucher Bill Stalls in House Amid Flagging Support

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a school voucher program stalled in the House on Thursday despite efforts to drum up support among wary rural lawmakers by limiting the areas of Tennessee where parents could receive state money to pay for private school tuition.

Leaders Want Guns Allowed at Tennessee General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate want to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed at the legislative office complex as soon as possible.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Congress Gives Final OK to Banning Local Internet Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

US ECONOMY

Yellen: Too Early to Determine Impact of Global Developments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies.

What a Recession Does to Your Money

NEW YORK (AP) — If we are indeed in the midst of a recession — and we won't know we're in one until well after it's begun — stocks likely still have a long way to go down.

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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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