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VOL. 132 | NO. 247 | Thursday, December 14, 2017

Central BBQ to Open Fourth Store on Poplar

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

Hopson Says Grade-Changing Investigation Expands to Other Schools

Outside auditors will review grade changing practices at seven high schools as Shelby County Schools broadens its investigation of transcript grade changes at Trezevant High School that showed “systematic academic improprieties” at the Frayser high school.

Memphis Habitat Unveils New Housing Development, Fundraising Goal

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has unveiled plans for its newest housing development: a 32-lot subdivision called Cedar Heights in South Memphis’ Castalia Heights neighborhood. The Wednesday, Dec. 13, announcement was part of a larger slate of goals and events to celebrate the local chapter’s 35th anniversary.

First Horizon Foresees Bigger Savings from Capital Bank Deal

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank thinks it will save even more money than originally thought after its acquisition of North Carolina-based Capital Bank Financial Corp.

Reconnecting Memphis

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That’s the focus of new GiVE 365 grant cycle

Last August, GiVE 365 members toured the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. The Germantown-based nonprofit had received a $4,100 grant toward its mission of helping children from birth through age 6.

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EVENTS

The Memphis chapter of the National Black MBA Association will host its annual holiday soiree and toy drive Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fox and Hound, 5101 Sanderlin Ave. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers, and attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org for details.

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Last Word: Grizz Speculation, SCS Grade Floors and Cedar Heights

Grizz lose to the Wizards 93-87 in Washington. And ESPN columnist Zach Lowe says the team has lost its identity as well as a lot of games. CBSSports reports Marc Gasol is open to a trade but will not request one. And if you are looking to go far afield with the theories, here’s one from a Dallas Mavericks fansight, mavsmoneyball, that includes a really good graphic on the salaries of Grizz players.

Grade Floors Revealed With Grade Tampering

As Shelby County Schools officials were just beginning to investigate allegations of grade tampering at Trezevant High School in September 2016, they were also looking into reports that Trezevant teachers were told in writing by the vice principal that the school had a “grade floor” – no nine-week grades lower than a 60.

Election Commission Goes To Court In RCV Controversy

The Shelby County Election Commission is going to court to settle a conflict over ranked-choice voting. The five-member commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 12, to file suit against the state election coordinator and the city of Memphis in Davidson County Chancery Court.

NouriTech Ready to Construct Fish Feed Facility

It’s been a little more than a year since Cargill and California-based Calysta announced the two companies would partner to bring an old corn mill on Presidents Island back to life with a brand new $120 million, state-of-the-art facility.

Trader Joe’s Still Mystery As Developers Buy Old Kroger

Developers planning to renovate the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road in Germantown have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Coast Guard Plans to Salvage Sunken Mississippi River Tug

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Coast Guard says it is coordinating operations to salvage a tugboat that sank on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Something In The Water

The Society of Entrepreneurs in Memphis held a book signing and panel discussion at Novel bookstore last week for the society’s book, “There’s Something in the Water.” The book commemorates the 25th anniversary of the society and profiles the entrepreneurial accomplishments of each member.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators Not Shy in Pushing ‘Model’ Bills

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

STATEWIDE

Vice President Pence Gives $4K to Black's Gubernatorial Bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black can count Vice President Mike Pence among her supporters.

Tennessee Prisons Chief Vows More Private Prison Accountability

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's corrections chief says his department didn't fine the nation's largest private prison operator for staffing shortages later identified in an audit because the company seemed to be trying hard to fill vacancies.

4 Tennessee Cities Rank Among Top for Job Growth in 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A new study says four Tennessee metro areas are among the top 10 metro areas for job growth in the southeast so far this year.

REGIONAL NEWS

Arkansas Lawmakers Ask Panel to Reconsider Dicamba Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday recommended a regulatory panel look at revising its proposed ban of an herbicide farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, nearly a month after a maker of the weed killer asked a judge to halt the prohibition.

National Fraternity Closes Longstanding Ole Miss Chapter

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A fraternity's national office has closed its longstanding University of Mississippi chapter, citing health and safety concerns and violations of national standards.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Increases Rate for 3rd Time This Year; Foresees 3 More in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8 1/2 years after the end of the Great Recession.

AP Sources: House, Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Tax Package

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump.

US National Parks to Slash Number of Free Days for Visitors

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Target Aims to Boost Same-Day Delivery by Acquiring Shipt

NEW YORK (AP) – Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

Cellphone Company T-Mobile to Launch TV Service Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video.

Hyundai, Kia Recall Compact Cars to Fix Brake Light Problem

DETROIT (AP) – Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. because the brake lights may not go out when the pedal is released.

Hyundai, Kia Recall Compact Cars to Fix Brake Light Problem

DETROIT (AP) – Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. because the brake lights may not go out when the pedal is released.

Memphis Habitat Unveils New Housing Development, Fundraising Goal

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has unveiled plans for its newest housing development: a 32-lot subdivision called Cedar Heights in South Memphis’ Castalia Heights neighborhood. The Wednesday, Dec. 13, announcement was part of a larger slate of goals and events to celebrate the local chapter’s 35th anniversary.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 307 21,073
MORTGAGES 82 330 24,691
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 28 55 8,665
BUILDING PERMITS 0 837 43,174
BANKRUPTCIES 63 240 14,142
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 75 6,476
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 114 13,625
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 77 5,146

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