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1. Cates Wants Detail on Downtown Agreements
- Friday, February 05, 2016
From Mud Island River Park across the Memphis harbor to The Pyramid and further east to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there are a lot of connections as the areas head toward a new incarnation.
2. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone
- Thursday, January 28, 2016
I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:
3. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx
- Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.
The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.
4. Insider Q&A: Allianz Strategist Hooper on Market Turmoil
- Tuesday, January 19, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year was the stock market's first down year since 2008, and this year has opened with a thud. The market is down 8 percent in the first two weeks of trading, the worst start to a year ever.
5. Sea Isle Signs
- Saturday, January 16, 2016
By the numbers, Sea Isle Elementary has 36 students out of 517 who are hearing-impaired or deaf. Some are as young as 3 years old. Some are fifth-graders who in August will leave the East Memphis campus and their status as “Islanders” for the new frontier of middle school.
6. Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action
- Friday, January 15, 2016
A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.
Jim Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told the Economic Club of Memphis that rates today are “crazy low compared to the historical experience in the U.S.” and will “remain accommodative well into the future.”
7. As Oil Plunges, Energy Companies Cut Jobs, Postpone Projects
- Wednesday, January 13, 2016
LONDON (AP) — The world's biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows — and there may be more pain to come.
Companies like BP, which said Tuesday it is cutting 4,000 jobs, are slimming down to cope with the slump in oil, whose price has plummeted to its lowest level in 12 years and is not expected to recover significantly for months, possibly years. California-based Chevron said last fall that it would eliminate 7,000 jobs, while rival Shell announced 6,500 layoffs.
8. Graffiti Green Light
- Saturday, January 09, 2016
Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.
9. Memphis Banking Officials Brace for Changes In New Year
- Tuesday, December 29, 2015
As he chatted about the Memphis banking market with a few guests in a conference room at his bank’s headquarters on Quail Hollow Road back in 2010, Magna Bank chairman, president and CEO Kirk Bailey looked into the future and imagined how local mergers must surely be on the way.
10. US Consumer Confidence Rose in December to 5-Month High
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to its highest level since July, lifted in part by low inflation, which has boosted Americans' purchasing power.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, released Wednesday, rose to 92.6 from 91.3 in November. That's just below this year's average of 92.9, the highest annual average in 11 years.
11. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development
- Saturday, December 12, 2015
Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.
And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.
But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.
12. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal'
- Saturday, December 05, 2015
The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.
13. Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored
- Thursday, October 08, 2015
Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar project to return the church to religious, educational and community uses.
14. Three Games In, How Much Better are Titans?
- Saturday, October 03, 2015
At some point, the Tennessee Titans have to grow up.
After blowing an opportunity to take the early lead in the AFC South by letting it slip away against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the Titans now head into their bye week on a downturn with two consecutive losses.
15. Knoxville Police, Fire Hire Employees Despite Red Flags
- Friday, September 25, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Records show the Knoxville police and fire departments hired multiple employees over the past decade despite red flags in their applications.
Some of the warning signs included drug use and poor driving records, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
16. Study Shows Employers Shifting More Medical Costs to Workers
- Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing.
Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in the past decade, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust.
17. Memphis Mayor's Race Poised For Close Finish
- Friday, September 18, 2015
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.
All 16 early voting sites are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 3.
18. Is Now Time For a Fed Rate Hike? Here Are 2 Clashing Views
- Thursday, September 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — For seven years — through political fights, Europe debt crises and market panic — investors could count on one thing: Short-term U.S. interest rates would stay locked near zero.
19. Work Stress is Bad for Your Health
- Friday, September 11, 2015
If you’re feeling stressed at work, it turns out it may actually be bad for your long-term health. Researchers from Harvard and Stanford found that work stress can be as bad for you as secondhand smoke.
20. Kosten Foundation Lifts Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
- Friday, September 11, 2015
When the Herb Kosten Foundation began in 2003, it was out of a desire to honor the man’s legacy.
Kosten passed away in June 2003, about a year after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. A gifted athlete in his youth – the University of Alabama named him to its All-Century Team for his play on the baseball diamond – Kosten would be 79 today.
21. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear
- Monday, September 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.
22. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals
- Monday, September 07, 2015
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.
23. Haslam Talks of Larger Shift in Tennessee Higher Education
- Thursday, August 27, 2015
Before the picket line against outsourcing the management of state office buildings went up Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam saw some different signs: several students holding up posters thanking Haslam for the Tennessee Promise program.
24. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season
- Friday, August 14, 2015
Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.
“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.
But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
25. Nashville Hospitality Stats Continue to Amaze
- Saturday, August 08, 2015
With room rates higher than ever, an increased number of impressive venues competing for private party business and award-winning chefs earning awards and catching the attention of national publications, Nashville’s cache is hotter than its native hot chicken. Well, almost as hot.
26. Legal Heat
- Saturday, August 08, 2015
A utility vehicle loaded with gear, ladders and lift buckets just isn’t complete without a large water cooler strapped to the rear, especially in the hot Memphis summer.
But the coolers, and other every day sights like wet towels draped under a worker’s hardhat or a crew taking a mandatory break in the shade, are the best evidence of workplace planning that meets a legal standard.
27. Media Stocks Slammed as Pay TV Bundle Starts Unravelling
- Friday, August 07, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Signs that pay TV's pricy bundles of channels are starting to unravel are starting to take a toll on major media companies.
Media stocks were hammered for a second day Thursday as Viacom's underwhelming earnings gave investors another reason to sell, after industry bellwether Disney earlier in the week trimmed a profit outlook due to more people cutting the cord on pay-TV packages.
28. Suspect in Memphis Officer's Death Says He's No Coward
- Wednesday, August 05, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The man accused of killing a Memphis police officer had a few words for the department's director when he turned himself in, ending a manhunt that dragged on for two days.
29. Fed Holds Steady on Rates, Seeks Further Economic Gains
- Thursday, July 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.
30. Lot Shortage Looms Over Shelby County
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A shortage of developed lots in Shelby County is dragging down the new housing market, according to homebuilding officials.
Homebuilding activity in Memphis and Shelby County slowed in the second quarter, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes than in the same three-month period last year.
31. As Fed Meets, It Edges Toward First Rate Hike Since 2006
- Tuesday, July 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open.
32. On Edge
- Friday, July 17, 2015
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.
33. Fed Officials Still Cautious in June About Rate Hikes
- Thursday, July 09, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.
34. Collierville Schools Proposal Goes To Aldermen
- Saturday, June 06, 2015
A proposed comprehensive new high school for the Collierville School system moves to the Collierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, June 8, three days after the Collierville Schools board recommended a $99 million project to build the school on land south of Shelby Drive and east of Sycamore Road.
35. Memphis Banks Report Modest First Quarter
- Saturday, June 06, 2015
Absent a few individual challenges, Memphis-area banks as a collective gave off encouraging signs about their health and outlook in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve figures.
Some of the most important metrics, like profitability, always come with a reminder by regulators that any change in performance at First Tennessee Bank, Memphis’ largest bank, can overshadow results at the rest of its smaller peer institutions. That was certainly true in the first quarter, when First Tennessee’s parent company took a loss, driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement, which resulted in the bank showing almost $65 million worth of red ink for the quarter.
36. Fed Sees Moderate Economic Growth Around Country This Spring
- Thursday, June 04, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in most regions of the country in April and May, as consumers ramped up spending at retailers and auto dealers, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
37. US Jobless Aid Applications Rose Last Week; Total Still Low
- Friday, May 29, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.
Weekly applications increased 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 5,000 to 271,500. The average had fallen to a 15-year low two weeks ago.
38. Next Step: Returning Grizzlies Have to Be Better
- Friday, May 29, 2015
The possible return or exit of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol won’t be known for a while. So for our purposes today, let’s assume Gasol takes the mostly likely free agent path and signs a two-year deal with the Grizzlies that allows him to opt out after next season.
39. Hopson, Barbic Look Ahead to New School Year
- Friday, May 29, 2015
Dorsey Hopson and Chris Barbic are comparing notes on the new school year that begins in August, the first in three years in which the structure of public education in Shelby County essentially will remain the same.
40. Budding Business
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
When you enter the freshly opened Sprouts Farmers Market store in Lakeland, look up.
What you won’t see in the airy, openly designed grocery store are the aisle signs with numbers and product listings found in most grocery stores and retail outlets.
41. Conquering Fear of Heights on Mt. LeConte
- Saturday, May 16, 2015
I was standing on the edge of a cliff during a hike to Mt. LeConte about two weeks ago.
Holding onto a thin metal handrail cable, I was walking a path maybe two feet wide on jagged rock with some water running through it, on the side of the mountain, about 4,000 feet above sea level.
42. Creative Class Boosting Downtown Memphis Office Market
- Thursday, May 14, 2015
With the clock on its Downtown office sublease running, officials at Sullivan Branding began looking for a new home.
The Memphis-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm needed a dynamic environment, one that would appeal not just to clients but to existing and prospective employees.
43. US Economy Rebounding With Solid, If Unspectacular, Job Gains
- Monday, May 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.
44. Collins Plots Different Course for Memphis Mayoral Bid
- Friday, April 10, 2015
Backers of Memphis mayoral contender Harold Collins are referring to his campaign as a crusade in which incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Collins’ City Council colleague Jim Strickland may have claimed most of the contributions and support of business leaders.
45. Live Nation Beale Alliance Touted As Concert Comeback
- Thursday, April 02, 2015
On the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street are two brass music notes, side by side. One honors the late Mid-South Concerts promoter Bob Kelley and the other honors Mike Glenn, the New Daisy’s long-time operator.
46. Housing Market Should Be Strong in 2015
- Monday, March 30, 2015
At one point during a recent Memphis real estate summit a rather remarkable thing happened.
The guest panelists – a banker, a homebuilder and a real estate agent – all agreed on something. 2015 could be a breakout year for the housing market.
47. Manning Lecture Moving
- Thursday, March 19, 2015
In the summer of 1966 I met Archie Manning in his hometown of Drew, Miss. In a game of touch football, I caught a pass or two from the future All-Pro quarterback. A few months later he spent a Friday night at my house in Greenville, after a dance to which he took a Greenville girl he was dating.
48. Billboard Challenge Reaches Critical Juncture
- Thursday, March 12, 2015
The latest legal dispute over billboards is in General Sessions Environmental Court Thursday, March 12.
But the hearing before Judge Larry Potter won’t decide the dispute over three billboards in residential areas. It is a hearing on a move to dismiss the case by Robert Spence, the attorney for Clear Channel Outdoors, which owns two of the three contested billboards.
49. Lady Vols Softball Squad Itching to Halt Rare 3-Game Losing Skid
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
Snow and ice covered the field at Tennessee’s Lee Softball Stadium, gripping it in the silence of winter.
Inside the clubhouse, UT’s players were coming and going after indoor workouts and meetings with coaches.
50. A Robust US Job Market is Expected to Keep Delivering
- Friday, March 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Even after the most vigorous three-month hiring spree in 17 years, U.S. employers are showing few signs of letting up.
Job growth for February, to be reported Friday, might not match the furious pace of November through January, when 1 million positions were added. Harsh winter weather likely discouraged some hiring.
51. Transcripts Reveal Fed Confronting Chaotic Banking System
- Thursday, March 05, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn.
52. Editorial: Crosstown Redevelopment Signals More Change to Come
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
Few Memphians can remember the view north on Cleveland when the Sears Crosstown building did not define the horizon.
And there is a whole generation of Memphians who have always known the colossal structure as a boarded-up relic of the era when big stores were really big stores. In this case, the big store could sell you all of the materials to build a house as well as everything you would need for the interior of the house.
53. Crosstown Crossroads
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.
54. US to Destroy Its Largest Remaining Chemical Weapons Cache
- Thursday, February 05, 2015
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.
55. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Monday, February 02, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
56. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
57. Drowning in Student Loan Debt
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.
58. Cohen Calls Tennessee Promise ‘A Fraud’
- Wednesday, January 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis calls the Tennessee Promise last dollar scholarship program for community college and state technical centers “a fraud.”
59. Help Wanted: US Job Openings at 14-Year High
- Wednesday, January 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.
U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.
60. 2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent
- Monday, January 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.
61. US Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.6 Percent in November
- Thursday, December 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months – both encouraging signs for economic growth.
62. Jake Locker: Nice Guy Who Deserved Better
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
Jake Locker’s time with the Tennessee Titans has quietly come to an end. Sure, he’s officially a Titan until March, but Sunday’s shoulder injury vs. the Jets – and his upcoming surgery – ends a star-crossed four-year run.
63. Former FedEx Headquarters Up for Auction
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
This week you can acquire a sizeable piece of Memphis business history at a deep discount.
The Commerce Center complex on Lamar Avenue – former home to Memphis-based corporate titans Holiday Inn and FedEx – is on the auction block.
64. Survey: US Businesses Add 230,000 Jobs in October
- Thursday, November 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, a private survey said, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.
65. Real Estate Rally
- Saturday, November 01, 2014
Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.
66. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism
- Monday, October 27, 2014
The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.
67. Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.
68. Is Showing a House to a Stranger Worth the Risk?
- Saturday, October 11, 2014
The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.
69. Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City
- Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.
If that’s what you think, think again. In fact, if you’re looking for a year-round destination that features all of these activities and more, you can find it in and around Traverse City, Mich.
70. Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion
- Thursday, September 25, 2014
Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.
71. Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace for the Inevitable
- Friday, September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.
Enjoy the easy money while it lasts.
By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock market and shrunk mortgage rates. A Fed rate increase could potentially reverse those trends.
72. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU
- Friday, September 19, 2014
It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
73. ‘Love Mob’ Responds to Poplar Plaza Attack
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The amount of traffic that comes through the intersection of Highland Street and Poplar Avenue has made it a favorite of causes through the years – from war protestors and advocates to those on both sides of the death penalty, and, more recently, city employees upset over benefit changes.
74. Fed Survey Finds Moderate Growth Across the US
- Thursday, September 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released Wednesday.
75. Yellen: Job Market Makes Fed Hesitant on Rate Hike
- Monday, August 25, 2014
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.
76. Titans Offense Looks Like NFL Product
- Saturday, August 23, 2014
Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.
But based on the early preseason, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is fielding a Titans team that might actually be worth watching.
77. Applications for US Unemployment Aid Fall to 298,000
- Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid fell 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The prior week's figures were revised up slightly to 311,000.
78. Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools
- Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.
That according to school-by-school test data from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data, released by state education officials Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Nashville.
79. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley
80. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.
81. US Job Growth Eases but Tops 200,000 for a Sixth Month
- Monday, August 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.
82. As US Job Market Strengthens, Many Don't Feel It
- Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again.
Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months.
83. Uphill Climb
- Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.
Builders filed 245 permits in Shelby County in the second quarter, compared with 294 permits in the second quarter of 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Builders filed 191 permits in the first quarter.
84. US Companies Post Most Jobs in 7 Years in May
- Wednesday, July 09, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.
More Americans also quit their jobs, a good sign because it usually occurs when workers find new and higher-paying jobs. It also opens up more positions for those out of work.
85. Why a Grim US Economic Picture is Brightening
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – When the government updates its estimate Wednesday of how the U.S. economy fared last quarter, the number is pretty sure to be ugly. Horrible even.
The economy likely shrank at an annual rate of nearly 2 percent in the January-March quarter, economists estimate. That would be its bleakest performance since early 2009 in the depths of the Great Recession.
86. Calm Amidst the ‘Storm’
- Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The S&P 500 continues to inch ever so closer to the 2,000 mark, while volatility measures remain historically low. Furthermore, there have been 43 consecutive days where the S&P 500 has registered a daily return mark within the -1 percent to +1 percent band.
87. Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.17 Percent
- Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year loan declined to 4.17 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage dipped to 3.30 percent from 3.31 percent.
88. Yellen: US Economy Still Needs Help From Fed
- Thursday, June 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy still isn't healthy enough to grow at a consistently strong pace without the Federal Reserve's help.
That was the message Fed Chair Janet Yellen sent Wednesday at a news conference after the central bank ended a two-day policy meeting.
89. Wilkins Targets Cohen as ‘Career Politician’
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Ricky Wilkins told a packed campaign headquarters in Poplar Plaza on a busy campaign weekend that U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is waging a dirty campaign while complaining that Wilkins is doing the same.
90. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – They're the $10 million men and women.
Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.
91. Protesters Oppose New Tennessee Electric Chair Law
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Protesters at the state Capitol voiced opposition Tuesday to a new law signed by Gov. Bill Haslam allowing the use of the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable to execute condemned prisoners.
92. Across the River
- Saturday, May 03, 2014
The Arkansas land between the bridges across the Mississippi River at Memphis doesn’t have a name, at least not yet.
If graffiti is any indication, lots of people go there. And they cross numerous boundaries on dirt and gravel roads and paths that can end abruptly and are posted with “no trespassing” signs and other warnings as well as railroad video cameras.
93. Area Industrial Market Poised for Solid Year
- Saturday, May 03, 2014
All signs are pointing toward a strong year for the Memphis-area industrial market.
The Memphis market closed the first quarter with 897,829 square feet of absorption and the total vacancy rate for the Memphis market – 10.8 percent - is the lowest the market has experienced in 14 years, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.
94. Tactical Urbanism: Citizen Projects Go Mainstream
- Friday, May 02, 2014
MEMPHIS (AP) – The city painted a crosswalk and installed tennis-ball green signs, but the cars just kept on zooming through. But rather than wave a white flag, Sarah Newstok grabbed an orange one instead.
95. Obama Backs Cohen, Brooks Charges ‘Voter Suppression’
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is touting the endorsement of President Barack Obama in his current re-election bid.
96. First-Quarter Bankruptcies Remain Flat
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Bankruptcies in Shelby County were almost the same in number for the first three months of 2014 as they were for the first quarter of 2013.
There were 3,036 bankruptcies filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee in the first quarter, a slight increase from the 3,031 filed during the first quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.
97. Winter Drags Down Q1 Building Permits
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Shelby County’s homebuilding industry, plagued by poor weather early in 2014, got off to a slow start in the first quarter, with builders filing 14.2 percent fewer permits than in the same three-month period a year ago.
98. New Media Explosion
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
One of the defining features of a traditional newspaper is the content bundle, a broad selection of topics and stories meant to appeal to the widest group of readers possible.
Increasingly, though, upstart digital media outlets are launching in Memphis that take the opposite approach. They’re focusing their brands on content that doesn’t seek to be all things to all people, going after specific niches that the founders of these outlets feel get short shrift from legacy media.
99. Past, Present, Future
- Saturday, April 05, 2014
The weekend before the formal reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard in the museum plaza.
100. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers
- Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.