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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bull Shoals Lake


In 1994, my dad and I bought a property on the South Shore of Bull Shoals Lake in in what was then a barely populated former mining town on the Arkansas side. That area is now starting to become more developed with large vacation homes and they now have a marina, bank branch and a Subway. I forgot to pay real estate taxes on one of the parcels in Arkansas so I checked on all of them this week.

Senate: No Cuts to Crop Insurance | Agweb.com

Senate: No Cuts to Crop Insurance | Agweb.com: Fewer than 24 hours after House leadership said they would restore $3 billion in proposed cuts to the crop insurance program, Senate leadership did the same.

Did Dust Bowl's ravages end in the 1940s? New study says no


Did Dust Bowl's ravages end in the 1940s? New study says no: A recent study led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation's soil, even potentially altering history books.

Spooky real estate from around the nation - San Antonio Express-News

Spooky real estate from around the nation - San Antonio Express-News: The season of spooky has arrived, and that’s certainly proven in the nation’s real estate listings. These houses aren’t haunted, but they sure look a little bit spooky.
First, a Queen Anne Victorian in Connecticut, listed for $315,000. The write up posted to Estately proclaims the home was “at one time one of the most prestigious homes in the valley, but now it “needs work!” This theme runs through many of these listings: once grand abodes, now shambolic “fixer-uppers.”

New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints: Full New York Game Preview | Bleacher Report

New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints: Full New York Game Preview | Bleacher Report: In the wake of what has been a positive week for the New York Giants�(4-3), they'll head into a hostile environment to face an average New Orleans Saints�(3-4) team.

The recently re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul won't be on the field on Sunday, but the Giants still have a shot to win this game due to the regression of Sean Payton's Saints over the years.

A team with a window that is surely coming to a close, the Saints aren't even the home juggernaut they once were, making the crowd at the Superdome that much less of a real factor.

If Eli Manning can have a bounce-back game after a subpar performance last week, the Giants should be able to compete on the road and make this game interesting.

MGM Resorts to form REIT with 10 properties | Reuters

MGM Resorts to form REIT with 10 properties | Reuters: MGM Resorts International (MGM.N), under pressure from a shareholder, said it would form a publicly traded real estate investment trust comprising 10 of its properties.

The company's shares rose 9 percent in premarket trading on Thursday.

MGM said it would transfer seven Las Vegas resorts – The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur and The Park – to the REIT, a structure that helps a company save taxes.

The other three resorts are the MGM Grand Detroit in Michigan as well as the Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica in Mississippi.

Preview: Tulane at Memphis | Sports - Home

Preview: Tulane at Memphis | Sports - Home: The American Athletic Conference is bidding to expand the "Power 5" conferences to a "Power 6," in large part due to the success of Memphis. The 16th-ranked Tigers will try to keep alive their bid for an undefeated season when they host Tulane on Saturday.Memphis put the AAC in the national discussion with a 37-24 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 17 and followed it with a 66-42 thrashing of Tulsa in its return to conference play last week. The biggest test for the Tigers this week will be fighting the tendency to overlook the Green Wave with Navy, Houston and Temple coming up in consecutive weeks. "We need to get back in our rhythm and understanding the tremendous challenge ahead of us,"

Memphis police honor 90-year-old school crossing guard


Wearing her fluorescent yellow safety vest, Dorothy Thurman greeted each child with a smile and a "hey baby."
"I don't remember all their names, but I know him," said the devoted school crossing guard. "He is a handful," she said about one little boy who made faces at her and jumped around. "See what I mean?" she added.
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/memphis-police-honor-90-year-old-school-crossing-guard-2329b431-20e5-530c-e053-0100007f928d-338100101.html

High-Cost Operators at Risk

DTN/The Progressive Farmer: Agriculture Markets, News and Weather: High yields across the upper Midwest in 2015 may have saved many producers from falling below breakeven -- especially if they sold on price rallies. However, the doom and gloom predicted for high-cost corn and soybean farmers is likely just postponed one year, speakers at the American Bankers Association's annual ag bankers conference emphasized.

Coast Guard ends search for missing plane in Mississippi | NOLA.com

Coast Guard ends search for missing plane in Mississippi | NOLA.com: The Coast Guard has suspended its search for three people aboard a Lancair single-engine plane that crashed Monday in the Mississippi Sound.

Gerald Miletello of West Monroe, Louisiana, along with Dexter Brewer of Saucier, Mississippi, and pilot Ron Gregory have been missing since their aircraft disappeared just minutes after taking off from the Million Air terminal at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Part of the tail was found on an Ocean Springs beach Tuesday, and officials had been searching nearby waters.

Growing a brand: Young farmers navigate a hard business

Growing a brand: Young farmers navigate a hard business: As dozens of children in rain boots tromped through a field trip at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a minor crisis arose in the farm store.

"Jamie, this is the last of our cider," said a solemn-faced worker, proffering a half-empty jug of amber liquid.

Jamie Ager, a Warren Wilson College grad and fourth-generation farmer on this rolling 500-acre swath of Fairview property, handled it in stride, directing his crew to grab some apples and press some more on the fly, like a chef in a busy restaurant kitchen.

With the opening of his new on-site deli, Ager is now many things at once: restaurant owner, farmer, store manager and more.

Could Crop Insurance Escape Cuts After All? | Agweb.com

Could Crop Insurance Escape Cuts After All? | Agweb.com: According to U.S. Rep. Michael K. Conaway (R-Texas) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who lead the House Agriculture Committee, there will be no cuts to the crop insurance program in the upcoming budget after all.

“Leadership has heeded our concerns by agreeing to completely reverse this disastrous provision in the upcoming omnibus,” said said Conaway in a prepared statement. “Crop insurance is working as intended, and private industry deserves to be lauded, not thrown under the bus.”