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VOL. 130 | NO. 90 | Friday, May 8, 2015

Channeling Pierre

A few times a week, people recognize me from Behind the Headlines, the show I’ve hosted on WKNO for the past four and a half years. It’s an odd and wildly self-conscious experience, but one that I’ve almost grown used to over the years, only because people seem to appreciate the show very much.

90 Years On

Tom Lee’s heroism still stands in river lore

Somewhere in the University of Memphis Libraries’ Special Collections section is a cassette – a relic itself – that holds the voice of Harry Wiersema recalling his time living by the Mississippi River in Memphis.

Conduit Job Cuts Follow Bass Pro Gain

The news that Conduit Global would lay off nearly 600 of its 700 Memphis call center employees happened so quickly that Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was caught by surprise when the word came Wednesday, May 6.

Brewery Redevelopers Seek 20-Year Tax Freeze

The team behind the effort to redevelop the historic but long-vacant Tennessee Brewery could receive a 20-year tax freeze to help make the project a reality.

Real Estate Market Shows Signs of Strengthening

Memphis and Shelby County home sales in April were slightly off last year’s pace, though pricing improved and foreclosure sales continued to plummet, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
61.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 15.0 mph
Humidity: 35%

EVENTS

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will host the 57th annual Greek Festival Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 573 N. Highland St. The event will feature Greek food (on site and drive-thru), marketplace, sanctuary tours and live entertainment. Tickets are $3; get $1 off admission for each canned good brought for Mid-South Food Bank. Visit memphisgreekfestival.com.

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Mortgage Market Up 9 Percent in April

Triumph Bank found itself at the end of April with a second straight record-breaking month for its mortgage division, with Triumph Mortgage having funded more units and loan volume in the month than during any other in the bank’s history.

Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million

A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.

SPORTS

Grizz Aim to Make Memorable Win the Start of Long, Grinding Series

They have made a memory. No matter what happens going forward, the Memphis Grizzlies have earned a measure of respect that cannot be stripped away like Tony Allen taking the ball from Klay Thompson.

The Joy of Tony Allen; Inflategate Worse Than Deflategate

Wading in with a few quick takes …

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Can We Still Be Friends?

DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

What to Do After a Big Raise

As today’s professionals are learning, the fastest way to get a big raise is to switch jobs. Often, staying at the same job will put an additional 2 to 3 percent in your pocket each year. That’s not enough to keep up with the rising costs of rent, food or much of anything.

STATEWIDE

Comcast Announces Super-Fast Internet in Nashville, Mum on Cost

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Comcast says it is bringing its super-fast Internet service to Nashville, but won't say how much it will cost to install or subscribe.

Scripps Networks Tops First-Quarter Profit Forecasts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (SNI) on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $123.8 million.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Governor Signs Tennessee 'Neighborhood Protection Act'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that helps homeowner associations or neighborhood watch groups keep repeat offenders out of their communities.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

A Hazy View of US Economy Emerges Ahead of April Jobs Report

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the government reports Friday on job growth during April, it could help clarify an increasingly nagging question:

US Jobless Aid Applications Rise Slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) – Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But even with the modest increase, the total number of people collecting jobless aid – pulled down steadily for months – fell to near 15-year lows.

REAL ESTATE

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.8 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up this week to the highest level since mid-March.

Seaport Airlines Seeks to Cancel Memphis-Greenville Service

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – SeaPort Airlines is seeking federal approval to end service between Greenville and Memphis within three months.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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