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VOL. 126 | NO. 253 | Thursday, December 29, 2011

Excitement of NBA Returns to Memphis

The NBA lockout was in large measure about protecting, even enhancing, competitive balance in the league. So it was only right that the first home game of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season offered a reprise of their seven-game playoff series last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

New Dishes

City’s restaurant scene sees plenty of change in 2011

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

City Closes Books on Dynamic Year

If there’s one thing 2011 proved about the legal profession in Memphis, it’s how intrinsic it is to the daily ebb and flow of life in the city and how deeply enmeshed it is in the big news stories of the day, from politics to business.

Biz Community Still Seeking Stable Ground

Small business in 2011 was a mixed bag of serious market hurdles and fresh opportunities for innovation, depending on who you ask.

Permit Application Filed for $8M in Improvements at SCO

Plans are under way for additional classroom space at Southern College of Optometry.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
80°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 29%

EVENTS

Celtic Crossing will hold a New Year’s Eve Midnight Masquerade party Saturday, Dec. 31, at the restaurant, 903 S. Cooper St. DJ Tree will provide entertainment starting at 10 p.m. and the party will continue until 3 a.m. The party will benefit the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. Attendees can choose from three price levels: $45 per person, which includes table seating, champagne and three-course dinner; $40 per couple, which includes table seating, appetizers and champagne; and $5, which includes entry and standard bar service. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 274-5151.

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Local Leaders Express 'Concern' to Electrolux

The chairmen of the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council say they are concerned about the level of participation by local and minority-owned businesses in the construction of the Electrolux North America Cooking Products plant.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Smith Has Full Plate as 2012 MBA Prez

The new president of the Memphis Bar Association said a hot topic in the coming year will be how appellate judges are selected.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Guide Finances With Personal Values

Ray’s Take Your values are the things you consider important. They differ from person to person, and that’s just as true with the values you attach to money as it is with everything else. How you spend or save your money reflects your values.

Back and Forth in the Courtroom

I bet more than one of you readers out there heard an upstream relative say to you when you were a kid, “What do you say?” This, of course, was an effort to get you to remember to say the two magic words. Which were … “Thank you.”

REGIONAL

Northwest Tennessee Cited for Mixture of Corridors

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A state report says northwest Tennessee has a robust mixture of road, rail, air and water corridors.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Economists: Obama's Policies 'Fair' or 'Poor'

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the U.S. economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals in an Associated Press survey of economists.

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Gives Lift in Finale

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons split by a big lull.

In Up and Down Year for Cable News, Fox Dominates

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a good year in the ratings for cable news networks. Or a rough one. It depends on your perspective.

New York Times Selling Regional Papers for $143M

NEW YORK (AP)The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that it will sell its group of 16 small, regional newspapers to Halifax Media Holdings LLC for $143 million.

Apathy Drives Movie Crowds to 16-Yr. Low

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An “Avatar” hangover accounted for Hollywood’s dismal showing early this year, when revenues lagged far behind 2010 receipts that had been inflated by the huge success of James Cameron’s sci-fi sensation.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Abortion, Immigration Changes Among New 2012 Laws

Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.

Wacky Rules Complicate Race for GOP Delegates

WASHINGTON (AP) – Look out for some wacky results in the race for delegates in the Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. There might even be a state or two where the second-place candidate gets the most delegates, starting with Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa.

HEALTH CARE

Preventive Care: It's Free, Except When It's Not

CHICAGO (AP) – Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be free.

SPORTS

Phones Overwhelm Superdome Antennas After Brees Record

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – When Drew Brees set the NFL passing record, elation became frustration for some New Orleans Saints fans who tried to share the joy with a tweet, text, picture or call.

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PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
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