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VOL. 127 | NO. 254 | Monday, December 31, 2012

Financial Industry Plans for Fiscal Cliff Fallout

The media and political leaders may be in full-on freakout, the world-is-ending mode over the apparent inevitability of the country to avoid careening over the fiscal cliff.

Spirit of Giving

Local organizations offer assistance to the area’s homeless during holidays

For several thousand homeless Memphians, the winter months can be especially rough being exposed to the harsh elements without money, food or warm clothing.

First National Expanding Into Memphis-Area Walmart Stores

The New Year marks a major milestone for First National Realty Inc., as the Memphis-based residential real estate brokerage firm has plans to expand branch offices into 13 Walmart Supercenters in the Memphis metro area.

Changes on Horizon for Achievement School District

As the Achievement School District added six low performing Memphis schools in December for the new school year that begins in August, the leader of the state-led district was in Memphis to deal with backlash in the community around one of the six existing Memphis Schools that have been part of the district since last August.

Inc. Magazine Honors Duncan-Williams Growth

Memphis-based investment firm Duncan-Williams Inc. was featured in the inaugural ranking of Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards, recognizing private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years.

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EVENTS

The Daily News will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 a.m.

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SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Handbag Enthusiasts Flock to Katie Kalsi’s Creations

The fan comments on Memphis handbag designer Katie Kalsi’s company Facebook page are effusive, enthusiastic and frequently punctuated with energetic exclamation points.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Southwind Homewood Suites Sells for $6.5 Million

3583 Hacks Cross Road Memphis, TN 38125

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Getting More Organized

It’s that time of year. People are thinking about getting more organized. As a consultant who occasionally helps people follow up on such thoughts, I’ve found that your beliefs make all the difference in the world if you want to get organized. Here are five false beliefs and five true beliefs that you must consider if you are serious about getting organized.

Overcoming Addictions

Last week we highlighted Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF), which is working with youth from in and around the juvenile justice system to equip them with the skills and support necessary to break the destructive cycle of criminal behavior. Drawing from another side of crime prevention, related to helping adolescents and adults fight drug and alcohol addiction, this week let us explore Memphis Recovery Centers.

STATEWIDE

State Parks Sponsor Hikes to Begin New Year

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee State Parks system is sponsoring hikes at the start of the new year to commemorate its 75th anniversary.

TECHNOLOGY

Nonprofit Tech Innovators Inspire New Philanthropy

WASHINGTON (AP) Scott Harrison knows his charity has funded nearly 7,000 clean water projects in some of the poorest areas of the world in the past six years. How many of those wells are still flowing with drinking water months or years later, though? That's a tough question to answer.

Survey Finds Increase in E-Reading, Drop in Paper

NEW YORK (AP) – The tastes of the reading public are turning digital.

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PROPERTY SALES 78 215 4,981
MORTGAGES 96 322 6,548
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 13 38 1,517
BUILDING PERMITS 223 541 11,800
BANKRUPTCIES 84 203 5,162
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 65 2,001
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 124 351 6,815
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 65 1,406

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