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VOL. 130 | NO. 189 | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Memphis Nabs Nonstop Flight to New Orleans

Traveling to the Big Easy just got easier with announcement of a new carrier to Memphis International Airport.

Last-Minute Negotiations Secure $30 Million Foote Homes Grant

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

New Life

After 10 years of planning, Universal Life building redevelopment begins

A development 10 years in the making, the abandoned 33,000-square-foot Universal Life Insurance Co. building is within sight of its new lease on life through the support of public and private partnerships.

Breast Center Part of West Cancer Center's East Campus Plans

The West Cancer Center has a bit of wind at its back as it heads toward the November opening of its new east campus on Wolf River Boulevard.

College Football Notebook: Vols Fans Thirsty For a Victory, Memphis Remains Unranked

Arkansas and Tennessee meet at Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3, in what could be dubbed the Unmet Expectations Bowl.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
78.0°F
Overcast
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden will continue the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “Aussie Wines” Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines or cocktails in and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Alleged Gang Members Face Federal Racketeering Charges

Six alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang have been charged with attempted murder to aid racketeering, federal prosecutors announced Monday, Sept. 28, as they unsealed the indictments returned Sept. 24 in Memphis federal court.

Police Body Cameras Contract Controversial on Several Levels

The Memphis Police Department’s $4.5 million contract with Taser International for body cameras, dashboard cameras and other related equipment is drawing fire on several fronts, including an $880,000 community engagement/public relations contract that is part of the overall price tag.

Conference Brings Creative Best to Memphis

Josh Horton loves Memphis, but in 2004 he thought he needed to leave the city to advance his career.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

ROCO Real Estate Buys Third Memphis Apartment Community

2778 Pickering Drive, Memphis, TN 38115 -
Michigan-based ROCO Real Estate bought an apartment complex off of Mount Moriah Road, making its third purchase in the Memphis area in six months.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Interview With Fundraising Guru Lisa Hoffman

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series. If you are lucky, you are fortunate to know people who are “the real deal.” That is Lisa Hoffman. She is an experienced and talented fundraiser and coach. A woman who is both gentle and firm in her guidance, her goal is to help you reach your fundraising goals.

Five Fall Trips to Consider

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and a great season for travel.

MEMPHIS AREA

Little Rock, West Memphis Added to Crime-Reduction Program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas cities are joining a federal program aimed at reducing violent crime rates.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Study Examines Effectiveness of Tennessee's Pre-K Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he's still supportive of Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program despite a study that shows academic gains made by some of the children enrolled fade in early elementary grades.

Haslam Opens Door to Gas Tax Delay but Warns of Backlog

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is opening the door to putting off a gas tax increase in an election year, but warns that officials need to stop "kidding ourselves" about Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects.

STATEWIDE

State: 1,263 Tennesseans Died from Opioid Overdoses in 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health revealed that 1,263 Tennesseans died in 2014 from opioid overdoses despite measures designed to stop the addiction.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at a healthy rate in August, while income growth slowed after a big jump in July.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 136 4,701
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 88 2,982

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