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VOL. 133 | NO. 33 | Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DCA Unveils New-Look Downtown HQ

Creative communications consulting firm DCA has submitted plans to the Downtown Memphis Commission for some upgrades and new community-oriented amenities at its South Main headquarters.

Case, Vance Bringing 'Rise of the Rest' Startup Fund to Memphis This May

The co-founder of America Online is coming to Memphis this May with his investment fund to hear pitches from local startup companies and award $100,000 in seed funding to one of them.

Denver Real Estate Company Buys Prime Land in East Memphis

Denver, Colorado-based Confluent Development has purchased a prime parcel of vacant land in the Poplar/Interstate 240 corridor.

Germantown to Get Jazzercise Center

Two local franchise owners are looking to bring West Tennessee its first official Jazzercise center.

Comptroller: City of Memphis Followed Most Rules in Sale of Parks

The state Comptroller’s Office has determined the city of Memphis’ Dec. 20, 2017, sale of Health Sciences Park and the easement to Memphis Park to Memphis Greenspace Inc. appropriately followed related laws with the exception of requiring Memphis Greenspace to submit an application so it could gauge the nonprofit’s financial stability.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Shelley Baur of Integrity Based Communications will present “Workplace Relationships: Keeping Your Company Out of the News.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Long-Time Blue Monkey Employee Opening Deli Downtown

A new mixed-use development slated for South Main will be headlined by a long-time Blue Monkey employee.

Corky’s BBQ Expanding, Headed to Houston and Dallas

Corky’s BBQ is expanding its brand of pulled pork to the Lone Star State.

MLK 50

Marchers Mark 50th Anniversary of Start of 1968 Sanitation Strike

The signs are now iconic. “I Am A Man” signs from the 1968 sanitation workers strike are museum pieces, even collectibles. So more than a few of those who marched Monday, Feb. 12, 50 years to the day that the historic strike began, kept the signs stapled to yard sticks, another nod to the past. Still others went for different versions – “I Am A Woman,” “I Am A Person.”

Last Word: Corker & The Senate Poll, Memphis BBQ in Texas and Chandler Numbers

The new owner of the city’s tallest building has bought two parcels next to the 100 North Main Building as the other part of the plan to bring the 37-story tall building back to life as a combo apartment-hotel building with the Loew’s hotel brand. The row of older buildings on the south side of 100 North Main all the way up to Jefferson would give way to a 34-story tall office tower.

Success No Easy Road For Women In Business

The inspiration was there early. It will seem strange at first, even Tannera George Gibson herself understands that. But all these years later, she can see the connection.

Tough Love

Dunavant Awards honoree Dwyer judges with hands-on approach

For the Honorable Tim Dwyer, helping people who stumble get back on their feet and have a second chance is a trademark of his distinguished career. Dwyer is recipient of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards for an elected official. He and the non-elected award winner, Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy, will be honored at the 15th annual Dunavant Awards luncheon on Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on Central Avenue.

Love at Center of Pancreatic Cancer Battle

This Valentine’s Day, Bartlett residents Kathryn and Tom Craig want to share their story of love and support as encouragement to those who are battling cancer with a loved one.

REAL ESTATE

Housing Prices Continue to Rise in 2018

After a hot 2017, the Memphis area housing market looks to carry over its success into 2018.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Mortgage Market Up 17 Percent in January

Lenders at year’s end were already predicting solid mortgage-banking activity to continue heading into 2018 – a feeling that’s been born out by the housing sector’s first monthly performance totals for the year.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Kele Adds Rob Benson As Chief Sales Officer

Rob Benson has been appointed chief sales officer at Kele Inc., a Memphis-based distributor of building automation products and controls solutions around the world. Benson, who will lead Kele’s sales efforts, brings with him three decades of experience with building automation products and systems at Johnson Controls.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Love Your Job

The month of love is upon us again. Happy Valentine’s Week! It always happens just after we create our latest New Year’s resolutions. We’re often still thinking about career goals, and future plans. All these goals bring up an important question. Do you love your job?

Marketing That Connects

Many businesses use socially and civically conscious marketing to both demonstrate their commitment to causes and connect with consumers who share similar interests.

STATE GOVERNMENT

State House OKs Bill to Offer Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Look

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee House has passed a bill that would require doctors to offer women who are getting abortions a look at an ultrasound, if one was performed beforehand.

Tennessee Bill Would Limit Licensing Denials of Ex-Offenders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill in Tennessee would limit the ability of state licensing boards to deny occupational licenses based on the criminal history of applicants.

STATEWIDE

Campaign: Only 'Sexist Pig' Would Think Blackburn Can't Win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign says anyone who thinks she can't win her U.S. Senate race's general election is a "plain sexist pig."

UT Chancellor Questioned About LGBT Center Fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville's chancellor has drawn scrutiny during a Republican-led legislative meeting for attending a fundraiser that generated $300,000-plus for the school's LGBT center.

Group Wants Probe of TVA's Jets, Luxury Helicopter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group called for an investigation Tuesday after finding that the Tennessee Valley Authority bought two corporate jets, a Mercedes-Benz luxury helicopter and another plane in recent years.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Winners and Losers Under Medicare Drug Plan in Trump Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year.

US ECONOMY

Is Inflation Rising as Investors Fear? 5 Ways to Keep Track

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly a decade of being all but invisible, inflation — or the fear of it — is back.

LAW & THE COURTS

Oregon State Lawmakers Vote to Make Health Care a Right

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Legislature took a step Tuesday toward enshrining the right to health care in the state Constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 68 321 13,763
MORTGAGES 79 340 15,906
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 24 2,163
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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