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VOL. 130 | NO. 173 | Friday, September 4, 2015

'Graceland West' to Cover 46 Acres, Include Museums and Restaurants

With construction underway on its $90 million resort hotel north of Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has filed paperwork for its plan for the plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion itself.

Opera Memphis Brings Back ‘30 Days’ Series

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty takes an expansive view toward where his arts organization sits in a local entertainment landscape that presents abundant options for the public.

Family Force

Pugh brothers grow flower shop into four-branch business

Pugh’s Flowers came first. Landscaping as Pugh’s Earthworks and then Lickety Split Couriers followed. And now the latest venture – Rosie’s Pest Control – has become its own entity.

Single-Family Home Rentals Strong in Memphis

When New York-based Cerberus Capital Management closed Aug. 31 on its $440 million acquisition of 4,200 rental homes in five states – including 1,032 in Shelby County – it demonstrated a trend in local real estate.

Tennessee Brewery, One Beale Plans Win Approval

Billy Orgel joked this week that his Tennessee Brewery redevelopment is “kind of like a convenience store compared to One Beale.”

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church will host an opening reception for Jill Samuels’ “From Here to There” Friday, Sept. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. An artist’s talk with Samuels begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit shadygrovepres.org.

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SPORTS

Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution?

OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.

Tony Allen: Memphis Pitchman in More Ways Than One

He can turn up just about anywhere, do just about anything.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Always Coming Home

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. When I first shared these observations a few years ago, I was doing pretty much what I’m doing right now – keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. Like that activity, I think the observations are worth repeating.

The Secret to Retaining Your Best Employees

It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday dedicated to recognizing the achievements of American workers. With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.3 percent, many employers are asking the same question: “How do we retain our best employees?”

MEMPHIS AREA

US Muslims Hope New Billboards Reclaim Islam's Message

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad.

STATEWIDE

Judge Could Ruling This Week on Tennessee School Funding Lawsuit

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Davidson County judge says she plans to rule this week on whether to grant class-action certification on a lawsuit filed by several school boards alleging Tennessee's education funding shortchanges them and students.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Justices Formally Remove Chancery Judge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has issued an order to formally remove a chancery judge who already resigned.

Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday for Guns, Hunting Gear to Begin

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Businesses are preparing for Mississippi's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, during which time guns, ammunition, archery and other hunting and shooting equipment will be exempt from the state's 7 percent sales tax.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Services Firms Expand Rapidly, Lifted by Strong Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a healthy pace in August, lifted by robust consumer spending resulting from steady job gains.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 282,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.

TECHNOLOGY

Judge Approves $415M Settlement in Apple, Google Wage Case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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