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VOL. 131 | NO. 50 | Thursday, March 10, 2016

German Condiment Maker Coming to West Tennessee

A leading European manufacturer of mustards, dressings and sauces has chosen West Tennessee for its first North American production facility.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 33 Percent in February

Bankers and real estate professionals were insisting as 2016 got under way that a hot mortgage market was in the cards, and the just-in numbers for February appear to add some weight to that belief.

Tigers’ Dedric Lawson selected AAC Rookie of the Year

University of Memphis freshman forward Dedric Lawson has been named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

New-Home Sales Lag in February, Inventory Remains Low

February home sales in Shelby County rose 18 percent over February 2015 while the average sales price fell 6 percent to $135,216.

Pastner Hopes ‘Right Memphis Team' Shows Up at AAC Tourney

Remember El Paso in 2011? Remember how the Tigers were down to about six minutes in their season, playing in the Conference USA championship game on UTEP’s home floor, and trailing by 12 points?

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EVENTS

A community job fair hosted by Agape Child & Family Services, New Direction Christian Church, Maximus and Right Resource Management will be held Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Direction, 5777 Winchester Road. Resume assistance will be provided from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call Jerrod Gunter at 901-333-6821 or Twana Whitlock at 901-323-3600, ext. 22.

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Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

Last Word: Cubits Anyone, The G-Word and The TV News Crime Block

How long is a cubit? After a day in which many of you got about four to five inches of rain and more to come Thursday, it seems an appropriate and timely question.

Strickland Backs No-Gang Zones in Legal Challenge

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says court-ordered zones that forbid alleged gang members from gathering or associating in public within the zone are working as a crime-fighting tactic.

August Election Ballot Filling Out Ahead of April 7 Deadline

The presidential contenders have moved on to other states and closed up their Memphis storefronts.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Airport-Area Industrial Sells for $1.2 Million

1525 Three Place, 3365-3378 One Place, Memphis, TN 38116 -
A local investor has purchased four industrial buildings near Memphis International Airport. Gregory Realty bought 1525 Three Place and 3365-3378 One Place, totaling 85,631 square feet, from One Place Associates for $1.2 million.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A ‘Blue Streak’ Of Kindness

There is a place where the struggles of Memphis in overcoming crime, blight, poverty, hunger and a myriad of societal ills meets those who are driven by a purpose in life that goes beyond oneself, a need to do the right thing, and who use their talents, skills and wisdom to change Memphis for the better.

Malaprop Revisitation

“I’m uphauled!” read the note. “Anyone with a social conscious would be ashamed. People are always ready to blame things on an escape goat, but for all intensive purposes, it’s a doggy-dog world out there. The underline meaning is clear, but don’t take a fence; this is just my too cents worth. Anyway it’s a mute point.”

Higher-Ed Shuffle Stokes Fears of UT-TSU Merger

Anthony Joshua, who moved to Nashville from Madison, Wis., to attend Tennessee State University, says he’s worried his historically black institution could be in for serious change – for the worse.

MEMPHIS AREA

Elvis Presley Estate Sues Las Vegas Casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Elvis Presley estate has filed a lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino-hotel that is holding artifacts and memorabilia involving the King as part of a leasing dispute.

Judicial Council Nominates 3 Appeals Court Finalists

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Three candidates, including two from Shelby County, have been nominated to fill an empty seat on the West Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House Panel Reverses Course on Tennessee Liquor Store Cap

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House committee that two weeks ago voted to reject a proposed cap on liquor store ownership in Tennessee reversed course on Tuesday and placed the limits back into the bill headed for a floor vote.

Bill to Eliminate Handgun Carry Permit Requirement Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A perennial proposal to get rid of Tennessee's requirement to obtain state-issued permit to carry handguns in public has failed in a Senate committee.

Haslam's On-Again, Off-Again Gas Tax Could Return This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's on-again, off-again gas tax hike could return this year. Maybe.

Opinion: Beer Law Discriminates Against Some Immigrants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Attorney General's office has issued an opinion that says a law barring some immigrants from obtaining a beer license is likely unconstitutional.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon Leases 20 Jets to Build Out Logistics Network

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is taking to the skies. The e-commerce powerhouse has finalized an agreement to lease 20 Boeing jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc. as it builds out its U.S. delivery capabilities.

CONSUMER NEWS

Banks Now Giving Customers Access to Credit Scores for Free

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – It might be the most important piece of financial information about you – and it's finally easier for you to actually get a look at it.

Snapchat, Seagate Among Companies Duped in Tax-Fraud Scam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies – among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology – into relinquishing tax documents that exposed their workers' incomes, addresses and Social Security numbers.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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