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VOL. 130 | NO. 138 | Friday, July 17, 2015

Barbic To Leave Achievement School District

The founding superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District is leaving the post at the end of the calendar year, citing the pace of the reform work as well as the need to sustain the work of the schools.

Memphis Campaigns Shift to Strategy

With more than a dozen contenders in the race for Memphis mayor, incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was asked Wednesday, July 15, his strategy for such a large field of challengers.

On Edge

Officials say Edge district poised for growth

In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.

Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

Ford Switches Races at Election Filing Deadline

Darrell Wright cut it about as close as was possible at the noon Thursday, July 16, filing deadline for candidates in the Oct. 8 Memphis elections.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
86.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 65%

EVENTS

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host an opening reception for “Stax: Visions of Soul” Friday, July 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stax, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Gallery talk begins at 6:45 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31, features contemporary works of art inspired by Stax Records songs. Visit staxmuseum.com.

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Resurrection Health Expands With Whitehaven Clinic

A faith-based, evangelical health service organization that’s only halfway through its first year of existence has opened a second clinic to help support its mission of addressing health care disparities in Memphis.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Believe Big Man Backup Brandan Wright A Seamless Choice

It won’t always be as easy for Mike Conley in the NBA as it was for Scott Reall in high school. But when Reall talks about being Brandan Wright’s teammate at Brentwood Academy in the mid-2000s, you do get the idea that Wright brings some much-needed athleticism to the Grizzlies’ front court.

SEC is Better With Steve Spurrier in It

HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”

Auburn Picked to Win SEC Championship

HOOVER, Ala. – Only once in the previous six years did the media correctly pick the Southeastern Conference champion in the annual voting that is part of SEC Media Days. That was last year, when media accurately projected Alabama as conference champion.

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze Favors Changing Mississippi State Flag

HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said during his appearance at SEC Football Media Days on Thursday, July 16, he is favor of removing the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s state flag, but was less emphatic when asked about the team nickname “Rebels.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A General Invitation, Revisited

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013 and while we haven’t yet heard from the General, we’ve heard from just about everybody else. The invitation stands because – as it has been for some time – it’s past time.

Disruptive Innovation Helps Fill in the Gaps

Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough. In addition to the small number of new positions created each day, the entire hiring process takes longer – despite when you find the perfect job.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wal-Mart Sees Shopping Surge for Rival Sale to Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart says its counter-offensive against Amazon's big sale called Prime Day seemed to pay off.

Uber Tops Taxi Use for Business Travelers, New Report Shows

NEW YORK (AP) – Taxis are losing business travelers to ride-hailing services like Uber, a survey shows.

As Amazon Turns 20, A Look at Its Biggest Bets

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

REAL ESTATE

US Homebuilder Sentiment Hits Highest Level Since 2005

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the housing boom a decade ago.

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 4.09 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching highs for the year as investor anxiety over economic turbulence abroad moderated.

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PROPERTY SALES 77 77 11,602
MORTGAGES 79 79 13,506
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,858
BUILDING PERMITS 96 96 24,260
BANKRUPTCIES 53 53 7,526
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 31 3,943
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 49 4,730
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 20 2,564

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