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VOL. 131 | NO. 115 | Thursday, June 9, 2016

Strickland’s Leadership Style Emerging

Five months into his four-year term as Memphis mayor, Jim Strickland has his first budget and all but one of his major appointments made – Memphis Police director. The budget cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday, June 7, with a few minor amendments from council members, next to no debate and no dissenting council votes.

May Home Sales Rise, Low Inventory Hiking Prices

After a strong April, home sales in Shelby County continued to perform well in May.

Mortgage Market Up 26 Percent In May

Shelby County’s mortgage market continued heating up in May, and when combined with April’s numbers makes it likely the second quarter will end up well above where things stood at this time last year.

Executive Women’s Day Panelists Offer Career Advice

The discussion is different than it was once, and yet it is ever the same. The PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day program is in its fourth year now and the panel discussion held Tuesday, June 7, at TPC Southwind, site of this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, played to a full audience.

Last Word: Verdell Smith and Lifeline, Strickland's First 5 Months and Tennessine

Lots of blue lights in Cordova Thursday evening as the Memphis Police Department remembers Officer Verdell Smith, who died in Saturday’s Downtown rampage in the line of duty. His funeral is Friday.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
44.0°F
Overcast
Wind: from the South at 11.5 gusting to 20.7 mph
Humidity: 38%

EVENTS

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

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Loaded Gun Found at Memphis International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at the Memphis International Airport checkpoint Wednesday, June 8.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Collierville Sees Year’s Largest Multifamily Sale

160 Madison Farms Drive , Collierville, TN 38017 -
Collierville’s 324-unit Madison at Schilling Farms apartment community has changed hands in the largest multifamily sale in Shelby County over the past year.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Leaving Footsteps For Others

There is a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” that reads, “A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.” For me, that “object” was my parents. What I saw in them, I have become. The older I get, the more it surprises me how of much of me is them.

Brush With Death Recalled, Part 1

I was 50 when I died. April 21, 2002. I can’t forget the date.

Health Care Hindrances: Money and Politics

Adam Nickas, the new executive director of Tennesseans for a Responsible Future, is looking for a sweeping plan to catch some 280,000 people who fall into a health care coverage gap across the state.

HEALTH CARE

Physical Therapy Group Campaigns to Combat Opioid Epidemic

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – The American Physical Therapy Association is launching a public education campaign in response to the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. is currently in the grip of a prescription drug epidemic and resurgence in the use of heroin stemming from painkiller abuse.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Job Openings Rise, Yet Employers Cut Back on Filling Them

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in nine months in April but pulled back on filling them, a sign of caution that may reflect concerns about tepid economic growth.

CONSUMER NEWS

Peanut Flour Prompts Rold Gold Pretzel, Hostess Cake Recall

WASHINGTON (AP) – Peanut residue detected in flour has prompted Frito-Lay and Hostess to recall some of their snack products.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Your Phone May Soon Sense Everything Around You

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info?

Periodic Table Elements Named for Moscow, Japan, Tennessee

NEW YORK (AP) – You'll soon see four new names on the periodic table of the elements, including three that honor Moscow, Japan and Tennessee.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 109 199 999
MORTGAGES 112 243 1,195
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 57 152
BUILDING PERMITS 129 448 1,653
BANKRUPTCIES 59 144 635
BUSINESS LICENSES 58 132 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 55 392
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 82

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