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VOL. 130 | NO. 223 | Monday, November 16, 2015

The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…

Ikea PILOT Compromise Surfaces

Ikea executives are proposing a compromise to the standoff over the tax appraisal value of the Cordova land where they plan to build a 270,000-square-foot store.

Urban Planning Practice Shows How Design Can Combat Crime

What if, instead of piling on security guards and higher fences, developers combatted crime through design?

Economist: Memphis Still Recovering From Recession, But on the Move

The Memphis economy took a year longer to come out of the recession than the general U.S. economy, but its comeback is evident even as challenges remain. That was the message from Kevin L. Kliesen, business economist and research officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Ignite Memphis Set to Return This Month

Downtown's new Halloran Centre later this month will host a gathering of creatives, emerging leaders and influential Memphians who come from different backgrounds but have at least one thing in common.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
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Partly Cloudy
Wind: from the West at 10.4 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 57%

EVENTS

Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab will present “Your Eyes After Age 60,” a free interactive info session, Monday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. at MHJR, 36 Bazeberry Road. The session will include demonstrations and resources for finding the right eye care. Call Christine Weinreich at 901-722-3311 for more information.

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MLGW Takes 22 Percent Water Rate Hike To Council

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division is proposing a 22 percent hike in water rates effective with the new year.

EPA, Memphis Partner for Lead Paint Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formed a partnership with the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments for a pilot program to address lead-based paint issues in the community.

SPORTS

Tigers Open Season With a Win, Strong Performance From Dedric Lawson

For a night, at least, there was no angst. No unsettling talk of players transferring, no controversial talk of whether former Tigers coach John Calipari should be honored in Memphis.

No. 25 Memphis Stunned in Closing Minutes by No. 16 Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — After scoring to start the fourth quarter, No. 25 Memphis was up by 20 and looked well on its way to a big win over undefeated Houston.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Hoops & Dreams

Fans wait for Tigers basketball program’s return to prominence

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

Ricky Tarrant Jr. Brings Speed, Athleticism to Memphis Backcourt

A college basketball team led by an inexperienced point guard can expect problems. So, too, a team led by a point guard who might be a step slow.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Trolleys Will Stage a South Main Comeback

Memphis trolleys are on track to return to South Main. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Thursday, Nov. 12, that the Memphis Area Transit Authority had received a $2.6 million federal grant to purchase three new electric rail trolleys.

LEDIC to Open New Headquarters in East Memphis

LEDIC, a Memphis-based manager, owner and developer of multifamily properties around the country, is building a new $10.2 million state-of-the-art headquarters facility in Memphis.

RVC's Cates Speaks Out on Mud Island Plan

Keep the Riverwalk and amphitheater. Maybe extend Greenbelt Park into Mud Island River Park with camping on the southern end of the island. Bring in food trucks instead of restaurants.

American Airlines to Launch Memphis-Phoenix Flights

American Airlines is launching a daily nonstop route between Memphis International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), airport leaders announced Thursday, Nov. 11.

LUCB Rejects Belz Application, Puts Midtown Mixed-Use Project in Jeopardy

Balancing competing businesses, city engineering code and neighborhood input came to a head at a Thursday, Nov. 12, Office of Planning and Development meeting when the Land Use Control Board decided to reject a traffic-blocking gate across the south side of Idlewild Street in Midtown Memphis.

MEMPHIS AREA

Applications open for Shelby County judicial vacancy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The application period is now open for a Shelby County circuit court vacancy created by the death of Judge D'Army Bailey.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Experts Predict Big Tenn. Revenue Growth This Year and Next

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Experts are predicting a large budget surplus in Tennessee in the current year, and more revenue growth in the next.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Short-Term Market Drop Likely Following Paris Terror

NEW YORK (AP) — The value of stocks, crude oil and the European currency will likely fall this week as investors worry about what the Paris terror attacks will do to consumer confidence and key parts of the global economy.

Q&A: Driven by Protests, US Minimum Wage Vaults Onto Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first question in Tuesday's GOP presidential debate — whether the minimum wage should go to $15 an hour — was the starkest evidence yet that U.S. workers have managed to thrust the issue of pay onto the presidential campaign agenda.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 119 482 10,051
MORTGAGES 119 497 11,811
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 29 82 1,716
BUILDING PERMITS 268 1,056 21,366
BANKRUPTCIES 50 263 6,700
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 151 3,584
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 33 172 4,155
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 111 2,290

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