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VOL. 130 | NO. 182 | Friday, September 18, 2015

Ikea Construction On Hold In Property Tax Dispute

Shelby County Assessor of Property Cheyenne Johnson will appeal a Thursday, Sept. 17, decision by the Shelby County Board of Equalization that lowers the appraised value of the land in Cordova where Ikea plans to build a $64 million, 269,000-square-foot Memphis store.

Church Health Center President to Present Health Care's Big Picture

Give him a chance, and Church Health Center president Antony Sheehan will talk at length not just about why he thinks health care remains such a challenging problem to solve in the U.S. but also how easy it is to look at the industry through too narrow of a lens.

Lakeland Elects New Commissioners, Arlington Returns Incumbents

Lakeland voters elected Michelle Dial and Joshua Roman to the city’s board of commissioners Thursday, Sept. 17, in the town's second election of the year.

Memphis Mayor's Race Poised For Close Finish

A political summer dominated by the campaign for Memphis mayor begins turning toward fall Friday, Sept. 18, with the opening of the early voting period in advance of the Oct. 8 election day.

Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate

Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.

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EVENTS

ArtBash on Flicker Street will be held Friday, Sept. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Flicker Street Studio, 74 Flicker St., will display “The Work Room Exhibition,” while David Lusk Gallery-Temp, 64 Flicker, will present “200 Miles Away” and a book release and signing for Audrey Taylor Gonzalez’s “South of Everything.” Visit flickerstreetstudio.com and davidluskgallery.com.

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Carolyn Hardy: Productivity Increase Brings Higher Wages

Carolyn Hardy is familiar with the local debate about $10 an hour jobs pursued in economic development campaigns.

Developers Threaten to Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Site

Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site were again delayed as the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine tabled a vote on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes benefit for the speculative industrial site.

Tennessee Craft Week Shines Light on Handcraft Artisans

This fall the legacy of handmade craft art in Tennessee is getting some big promotion from a statewide weeklong celebration that coincides with American Craft Week in October.

Final Memphis Mayoral Debate Begins at 8 pm on WKNO

On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.

SPORTS

Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way

Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Tasteful List 2015

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fifth helping of the Tasteful List, updated for 2015 – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

Translating an Academic Resume for the Corporate World

Over time, one theme keeps coming up in the questions I receive from readers. After spending years going to school to receive a master’s or doctoral degree, many recent graduates find themselves with a long resume.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Hearings Show Most Oppose New Public Records Charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers are asking taxpayers to weigh in on a proposal to charge people to view public records, and the taxpayers' response so far is clear: No.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Citing Low Inflation, Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

US Fed Now Foresees Weaker Growth, Lower Inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly lowered their projections for growth and inflation in the next two years, an outlook that likely factored into their decision to hold off on raising interest rates.

STATEWIDE

AT&T to Extend Broadband to 81,000 Rural Tennessee Customers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — AT&T says it will expand broadband Internet connection to more than 81,000 homes and businesses in rural Tennessee within six years.

REAL ESTATE

US Homebuilding Slows in August After Hot Streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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