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VOL. 132 | NO. 245 | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Election Commission Goes to Court in RCV Controversy

Shelby County Election Commissioners are going to court to settle a conflict over ranked-choice voting.

Gibson Guitar Factory Sale Clears First Hurdle

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved a lease transfer request by the new owners of the Gibson Guitar Factory in Downtown Memphis on Tuesday Dec. 12, effectively clearing the way for the lengthy redevelopment process to begin.

Public Art Process Getting New Brush

The more abstract or open to interpretation public art is, the more varied the reactions will be. And for some political leaders, the more likely it is they will hear complaints from those who see it.

Grizzlies Not Just Losing Games, But Respect

Another horrific loss, another long counseling session at Marc Gasol’s locker with Gasol simultaneously playing the parts of frustrated team psychologist and exasperated patient.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
61.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Northeast at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 36%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will hold a citywide networking party Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. All Memphis-area networking organizations are invited. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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EMPHASIS Regional Business

Sports & Business Tag-Team Partners in DeSoto County

When Snowden Grove Park, a 17-field baseball-only facility was built in 1999 in Southaven, it cued a change in dynamics. And not just for local and regional competitive baseball teams that would now have a place to compete on miniature professional quality fields.

Battle Over Arlington ER Facility to Resume in 2018

A pitched battle in the town of Arlington between major Memphis health care institutions and state officials is set to pick back up in 2018.

Last Word: Awaiting A Sell-Out, Public Art and Controversy and Southaven's Triangle

The Grizz fall to 8-19 with a loss Monday to the Miami Heat 107-82 at the Forum. It is Tigers basketball Tuesday at the Forum with the Albany Great Danes. Meanwhile the Tigers football appearance in the Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl is moving toward a sellout. The Tigers have sold 15,000 tickets to the bowl game including an initial allotment of 8,300. And offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey announced Monday he is leaving to take the same post at Texas A&M after nine seasons in Memphis.

Piece by Piece: Construction Projects Flourishing Throughout Mid-South

With $11 billion spread out among more than 300 active projects in the Memphis area, according to data from brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, it’s safe to say business in the region is good.

Grizzlies' Andrew Harrison Again Contributing

There is really no replacing starting point guard Mike Conley. That much is obvious for a Grizzlies team on a three-game losing streak and that has lost 14 of its last 15 games.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Out-of-Town Investors Buy Gibson Guitar Factory

145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, TN 38103: Investment firms in New York and Miami have purchased the Gibson Guitar Factory property in Downtown Memphis and an additional warehouse Gibson Brands Inc. owns in Nashville.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What’s Under The Tree For Your Nonprofit?

Christmas is soon to be celebrated. We rejoice in the birth of Christ and enjoy time with family and friends. We give gifts, prepare food, travel, write cards and attend parties. We hug our loved ones, phone those who are far away and miss those who have departed.

Creating Global Champions With Innovation

A 2017 Back End of Innovation talk by Santhi Ramesh, global director, innovation, commercialization & futures, The Hershey Co.

STATEWIDE

Researcher Asking Tennessee Park Visitors to Contribute Data

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee researcher is hoping visitors to a park will help her gather data for what she calls a "citizen science project."

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Mario Batali Steps Down After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior.

Apple Orchestrates Deal for Song-Recognition App Shazam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.

Bitcoin Futures Soar Amid Frenzy Over Virtual Currency

CHICAGO (AP) – Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 16 percent.

US ECONOMY

Fed Set to Raise Rates As Yellen Gives Final News Conference

WASHINGTON (AP) – Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Pentagon to Allow Transgender People to Enlist in Military

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.

HEALTH CARE

Some Glitches Seen In Deadline Week for 'Obamacare' Sign-Ups

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.

TECHNOLOGY

Soon You Can Watch the NFL Free on Your Phone on Yahoo

NEW YORK (AP) – Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo's app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.


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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 405 5,939
MORTGAGES 141 492 7,092
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 85 1,115
BUILDING PERMITS 161 1,006 12,591
BANKRUPTCIES 43 259 4,347
BUSINESS LICENSES 49 184 2,363
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 160 2,540
MARRIAGE LICENSES 31 108 1,235

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