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VOL. 122 | NO. 174 | Friday, September 14, 2007

New Surprises on Tap for Calvary & The Arts

Music will fill the sanctuary once again at the historic Calvary Episcopal Church Downtown, though a couple of weeks later than usual. This year's Fall 2007 season of "Calvary & the Arts" kicks off in late October.

Corker Delves Deeper Into Iraq Discussion

In the midst of a still-unfolding political clash over President George W. Bush's strategy in Iraq, Tennessee's junior U.S. senator recently assigned his office staff an unusual exercise.

Engineering, Sales Prove Perfect Combo For Liberty Building Systems' Threadgill

Matthew Threadgill describes himself as a salesman who slipped through engineering school.

People Still Choose Real Estate Careers During Housing Crunch

Amid the turbulence of the housing market, Debby Harris of Collierville decided to take the plunge and become a real estate professional.

Forest Hill Owner In Contempt Again

Forest Hill Cemeteries and Funeral Home owner Clayton Smart has the money to hire attorneys to represent him on criminal charges. But that doesn't mean he's likely to get out of jail anytime soon.

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EVENTS

The Memphis Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will host sales management consultant and author Garry Kinder at its luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. To reserve space, call 360-1478.

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Rise Again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Several years after multibillion-dollar accounting scandals tarnished reputations at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants are regaining market dominance amid an ailing housing market.

Worried Workers Can Try to Make Themselves More Valuable or Start Looking for New Jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - In the fall, many companies take stock of how they're doing on projects, sales targets and budgets; if the numbers aren't agreeable, it could mean job cuts.

Senate Panel Approves Increase in Limit on the National Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel on Wednesday approved an increase in the limit on the national debt to $9.82 trillion, the fifth increase in the government's borrowing limit since President Bush took office.

Home Builders Shrink House Plans to Battle Slump

The McMansion may be shrinking.

Report Finds Higher Rejection Rates for Home Mortgages in 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - Applicants for home mortgages were turned down for loans at a slightly higher rate in 2006 than the previous year and significant disparities continued to exist between white applicants and minority applicants, the government reported Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 166 4,847
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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