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VOL. 132 | NO. 209 | Friday, October 20, 2017

Ferguson, Taylor Rally No. 25 Memphis Past Houston, 42-38

HOUSTON (AP) — Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis.

Gibson Guitar Factory Looking For New Home

Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. is putting its Downtown Memphis factory on the market as it looks for a new, smaller home.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 6 Percent in September

For the average person, the end of the year means schedules get busier as the holidays approach. That’s less true, though, for mortgage lenders – it can be more of the opposite scenario, in fact.

As Temps Drop, Shelby County Home Sales Continue to Rise

As the temperatures cool, the Memphis-area housing market typically does too, but September home sales figures in Shelby County continued to outperform those of previous years.

Amazon, Pfizer Approved for Tax Incentives

Amazon was awarded a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County at its Wednesday, Oct. 18, meeting, despite the online retailer’s proposed distribution center spurring a larger debate about the types of jobs the city should incentivize in the future.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
54.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 34%

EVENTS

The Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting Peer Power Foundation, will be held Saturday, Oct. 21. The half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, while the 5K will run a course through Downtown Memphis. Both races with start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Visit runsignup.com/Race/TN/Memphis/BigRiverCrossing for details and registration.

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Last Word: Alexander on Trump, Gibson Sells and Chandler Home Sales Numbers

If you tuned out at half-time in Houston Thursday evening, you may need to examine your committment and give me five sets of wind sprints from East Parkway to the fountain at the other end of Tiger Lane. And no drinking the blue water.

Lendermon Retires As Riverfront Plans Evolve

Benny Lendermon was familiar with the controversy that comes with plans for the city’s riverfront before the Riverfront Development Corp. started in 2000 and he became its founding president.

DMC Acquires Main Street Building, Will Issue RFP

Members of the Center City Development Corp. have approved an option contract to purchase a 29,000-square-foot building at 18 S. Main St. with the hopes issuing an RFP (request for proposal) to prospective developers interested in buying and renovating the property.

THE PRESS BOX

Grizz Pay for Parsons And Fans Pay for Right to Boo Him

What is your definition of “tasteless?” Is it Grizzlies fans booing $94 million man Chandler Parsons on opening night, frustrated when he wouldn’t shoot open jumpers and when he could only make 1-of-5 free throws? All, by the way, when they were wildly cheering and giving standing ovations to former Grizzly and still adored Grindfather Tony Allen, the guy the organization let walk and sign for the veteran’s minimum with New Orleans?

SPORTS

Dillon Brooks Injects Hope, Excitement into Grizzlies’ Season

The rookie admitted there was at least a moment of concern. Dillon Brooks would score 19 points with five rebounds, four steals, mostly look like he had been playing in the NBA for about 10 years, and his team would win on opening night.

Jones’ Blind Spot: Even 5-Stars Need Coaching

When he was hired as Tennessee’s football coach in December 2012, Butch Jones used the term “infallible” to describe the system he was bringing to Knoxville.

Succop One of Best-Ever Pickups for Titans

The art of kicking a football is often taken for granted.

Not Worried About Bama? Just Wait Until Kickoff

Tennessee’s football team will make history Saturday against No. 1-ranked Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC), no matter what happens with the game.

THE TIPPING POINT

Owokoniran Focuses on Quality for Medtronic Patients

Sometimes, talking about the weather isn’t boring at all. Sometimes what a person says about the weather helps explain his life story.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Fix This Ticket

HARD MADE HARDER, THAT’S THE TICKET. Growing up, I felt deprived because I occasionally had to ride the bus. In college, I felt deprived because I didn’t have a car. When I got married, I felt deprived because we had only one.

Bookends of Retirement Planning

Ray’s Take: Planning for your financial independence can seem overwhelming with a minefield of moving parts. Achieving the dream of a secure, comfortable retirement is much easier when you know the significant numbers involved.

STATEWIDE

Outsourcing Bid at Tennessee University Would Cost More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bid to outsource facilities management at Tennessee colleges and universities would cost the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga a quarter-million dollars more than its current expenses in-house.

REGIONAL NEWS

Little Rock Drops Amazon Bid In Ad: 'It's Not You, It's Us'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant's second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you, it's us."

Arkansas High Court: State Must Change Birth Certificate Law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Members of the Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday the state must change a law keeping same-sex couples from listing both of their names on their children's birth certificates, but disagreed on whether a judge or legislators should do it.

Mississippi Senator Back at Work, Faces Questions on Health

WASHINGTON (AP) – Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is back at work in Washington after a health setback and facing questions about whether he's up for the rigors of his job.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Google Parent Leads $1B Lyft Investment, Deepening Uber Rift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber.

Big Question For US Cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 Worth The Price?

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon's second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer:

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senators Push For More Online Transparency In Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections.

Trump's Health Subsidy Shutdown Could Lead to Free Insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) – If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.

CONSUMER NEWS

Coming Soon: A Selfie With Your Credit Card Application

NEW YORK (AP) – The selfie is everywhere – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota Tops Consumer Reports' Auto Reliability Rankings

DETROIT (AP) Toyota Motor Co. is continuing its reign at the top of Consumer Reports' reliability rankings, a reward for its conservative approach to new technology.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 82 82 19,655
MORTGAGES 75 75 22,989
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 7 8,311
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 40,167
BANKRUPTCIES 72 72 13,176
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 9 6,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 30 4,872

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