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VOL. 132 | NO. 27 | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Grizzlies Hold Spurs to Season-Low for Points in 89-74 Victory

No Grizzlies player scored more than 15 points or made more than one 3-pointer. The team’s big free agent signing in the off-season, forward Chandler Parsons, suffered through another cold shooting night going 1 of 10 from the floor.

County Commission Approves Planned Parenthood Grant

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $115,000 grant Monday, Feb. 6, to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region on a 7-5 party line vote.

Developers Request to Amend Downtown Hotel Project

Memphis City Council members will consider an amendment Tuesday, Feb. 7, to plans for a 150-room hotel on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and B.B. King Boulevard.

Analysis: Some Super Bowl Ads Score, Others Fumble

There is no greater scrutiny that a brand faces for its marketing prowess than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad would win hearts and minds among consumers, but alas, only 40 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals.

Memphis Airport Sees Continued Growth in O&D Traffic

Origin-and-destination traffic at Memphis International Airport continues to exceed O&D figures from when Memphis was a Delta Air Lines hub, according to latest data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform in Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7-8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. The performance explores traditional Chinese culture and legends through a blend of classical dance and orchestral music. Tickets start at $70. Visit shenyun.com or call 888-974-3698.

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Last Word: Council Day, Strickland on Immigration and Super Bowl Ad Review

Just when the Shelby County Commission seems to settle into a rhythm of short, concise meetings, along comes a relatively smallish grant for a free condom distribution program locally. And the commission chambers are packed.

Strickland Studies Options in Face of Immigration Travel Ban Order

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been getting a crash course in immigration policies – federal and local – in the last week.

Akbari Pushes to Cut Expungement Fees

NASHVILLE – With an eye toward helping convicted felons clear their records for a fresh start, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari is sponsoring legislation to cut expungement fees dramatically.

EMPHASIS Financial Services

With a Mind for Math, Crow Finds Fit As CPA at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck

As a child, Kelly Crow thought she might be want to be a nurse. A neighbor was a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and she always seemed to have a case that was inspiring.

College Accounting Programs Add Specialties as Profession Evolves

Accounting majors at local colleges have more options than in years past, as course offerings have shifted to meet a job market in which the demand for talented accountants is fueled by more cases of large-scale corporate fraud, new auditing techniques and widespread adoption of technology.

Dixon Hughes Goodman Expects More Growth in Memphis in 2017

During periods of uncertainty and unexpected rule changes, business owners turn to the interpreters of those rules, practical advice givers who can help an enterprise find a clear path forward.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

February 7 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

People More Crucial Than Plans

Creating fundraising plans for our clients is one of our core services. We invest time learning each organization, its culture, assets, position in the marketplace, challenges and successes. And we get to know the people. We combine our learnings and experience to create a fundraising plan. While we wish a plan could magically bring resources to a nonprofit, the truth is that it won’t. A plan is only as valuable as the people who implement it. 

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Sued For Move to Charge Tax for Online Sales

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee has been sued for moving to require all major online vendors to collect sales taxes on purchases made in the state.

Bill Excludes Churches From Campaign Spending Disclosures

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state senator wants to change Tennessee election finance law to exempt churches from having to report campaign spending on "public or private morality."

Haslam Questions Call to Label Non-Permanent Residents' IDs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is raising concerns about a bill seeking to label IDs issued to people without permanent residency status with the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen."

STATEWIDE

GE to Repay $6M in Chattanooga for Closed Plant's Tax Breaks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A General Electric company will repay Chattanooga and Hamilton County $6 million after closing a manufacturing plant purchased from a French company that received millions in tax breaks.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump: Allow Those Into US Who 'Want to Love Our Country'

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to allow into the United States people who "want to love our country," defending his immigration and refugee restrictions as he made his first visit to the headquarters Monday for U.S. Central Command.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Airbnb Follows Super Bowl Ad With Call to House 100K in Need

Airbnb is following up its Super Bowl ad calling for acceptance with a campaign to provide short-term housing over the next five years for 100,000 people in need.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 128 17,998
MORTGAGES 155 155 20,990
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 149 149 36,765
BANKRUPTCIES 60 60 11,985
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 19 5,696
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 49 12,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 40 40 4,518

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