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VOL. 110 | NO. 122 | Friday, June 21, 1996

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The Shelby County Republican Party will sponsor a barbecue dinner on Saturday from 6 p The Shelby County Republican Party will sponsor a barbecue dinner on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the home of Margo Dixon, 235 Meadowgrove Lane, to raise funds for the four Republican candidates on the Aug. 1 general election ballot. State Rep. Ed Bryant and Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout will speak at the event. The candidates Chris Turner in the General Sessions Court Clerk race, Harold Sterling in the Assessor of Propertys race, Karen Williams in the Circuit Court Division 3 race and Herbert Lane in the Criminal Court Division 4 race also will be present. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and are available from the Shelby County Republican Party headquarters at 682-3335. Consumer prices in the South rose .2 percent in May, not seasonally adjusted, according to Janet Rankin, regional commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, in Atlanta. For the 12-month period ended in May 1996, the consumer price index for all urban consumers increased 3.2 percent. Five of the seven major index groups increased in May. The transportation index posted the highest gain, advancing .8 percent. More than 90 percent of this increased was caused by higher prices for motor fuel. The entertainment index increased .4 percent, costs for medical care rose .3 percent and the housing index increased .1 percent. The apparel and upkeep index dropped . 5 percent during the month. Lower prices for fruits and vegetables were primarily responsible for the .3 percent decline in the food and beverages index. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has been awarded a Federal Highway Safety Award for its fog detection and warning system. The awards program encourages innovation in highway safety by rewarding outstanding achievements and practices. The fog detection system, located along a three-mile stretch of I-75 in southeast Tennessee, was created to warn motorists of dense fog and unsafe traveling conditions. A series of variable message signs, the system was designed in late 1992, built during 1993 and operational in December 1993. The system also consists of swing gates prohibiting entrance to the interstate and flashing warning lights.
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0