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VOL. 131 | NO. 20 | Thursday, January 28, 2016

Medical Startup Trades Texas for Germantown

David Leon’s medical device startup is the latest addition to a rapidly expanding health care, biotech and life sciences landscape in the Memphis area.

Memphis CFO Brian Collins 'Constantly at 50,000 Feet'

If you think about the city’s chief financial officer at all, you might imagine a robotic figure forever tethered to numbers and a desk, taking a microscopic view of life in search of where to squeeze out a few more dollars here, a few more dollars there.

Facing History Mural To Visualize Broader Goals

Last year, when Facing History and Ourselves moved into its new South Main office at 115 Huling Ave., the nonprofit knew it wanted to bring its brand of socially conscious education to the broader community.

Two Binghampton Gangs Targeted In Latest Zones

Memphis’ latest no-gang zones take in a swath of real estate one may not normally associate with crime and violence: a country club, the Shelby Farms Greenline and an elementary school, to name a few.

Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.

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EVENTS

National Civil Rights Museum will host a meet-the-artist reception with “Cultural Heroes” sculptor Alan LeQuire on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tennessee Gallery at NCRM, 450 Mulberry St. LeQuire’s exhibition will be on display through Feb. 25. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High

Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.

SMALL BUSINESS

Husband-and-Wife Team Manage Brides and Business at Maggie Louise

Molly Farrell doesn’t recall a childhood spent dreaming about wedding gowns and the perfect ceremony.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Gift Of Writing A Book

Running any business day-in and day-out can bring active contemplation to halt. The pace of work stays at such a staggering speed, leaving you inspired, exhausted and bewildered.

Let’s Hear It for Christine and Patrick!

This column should be running in late January. Ten years ago, Susan and I flew out to Park City, Utah, for our first (and probably only) Sundance Film Festival. Where “Wordplay,” the award-winning documentary about the crossword puzzle industry, had its world premiere on Jan. 21, 2006.

Complex Path to Higher-Ed Reform

Only half a year after taking on the presidency of Motlow State Community College, Anthony Kinkel is trying to keep his eye on the pea.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Durham Removes Self From House GOP Caucus Amid Investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Rep. Jeremy Durham on Wednesday withdrew from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus amid an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

School Voucher Bill Headed for Floor Vote in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has cleared its last major committee before a full House vote.

STATEWIDE

10 West Tennessee Projects Get Disaster Recovery Funding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ten western Tennessee projects are receiving $44 million in federal money to support disaster recovery and resiliency in response to flooding in 2011.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. Come Friday, folks in Coal Hill, Arkansas, will need to drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries.

US ECONOMY

Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

REAL ESTATE

Few US Neighborhoods Affordable, Walkable With Good Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. — a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 68 321 13,763
MORTGAGES 79 340 15,906
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 20 44 2,183
BUILDING PERMITS 265 765 28,522
BANKRUPTCIES 49 227 8,877
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 113 4,678
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 118 5,511
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 73 2,967

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