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VOL. 128 | NO. 72 | Friday, April 12, 2013

Number of Women-Owned Businesses Booming in Tennessee

The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee has grown faster than the national average over a 16-year period, according to a recent report commissioned by American Express OPEN.

Garden Party

Tony Bennett kicks off Live at the Garden concert season

Tony Bennett, Robert Plant and Foreigner are among the top-drawing acts performing at Memphis Botanic Garden during the Live at the Garden 2013 concert season, which kicks off June 1.

Differences Welcome County Budget Talks

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell isn’t happy that the countywide school board hasn’t sent a budget proposal to the county yet.

Cavner Pleads to Federal Stalking Charge

Nadia Cavner, head of a Springfield, Mo.-based financial consulting firm, pleaded guilty Friday, April 12, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee to a charge she used her company to intimidate the former boyfriend of her daughter as well as his new girlfriend here in Memphis.

Carson Takes Charge of Shelby Democrats

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party says the 2014 big ballot of county elections will require more than a conclusion that there are more Democrats than Republicans in Shelby County.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 54%

EVENTS

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance, with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

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Mo’ Money Fraud Sparks Fed Shutdown Effort

Less than a week before the April 15 federal tax-filing deadline, U.S. Justice Department attorneys from Washington went to Memphis federal court seeking to shut down a Memphis-based company that operates five tax preparation companies.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Elmwood’s McCollum Honored to be Part of City’s History

Kim McCollum is at home in the company of Confederate generals, musicians, politicians, murderers and civil rights leaders.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Clearly Eager for Playoffs to Begin

As the Grizzlies check off the last few days of the NBA’s regular-season calendar, the records continue to pile up.

Tigers Prepare for Life After Black, Thomas

Wading in with some thoughts on several topics, starting with Adonis Thomas and Tarik Black leaving the University of Memphis basketball program:

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

I’m Lucky to Know Bea

REMARKABLE CONNECTIONS. After last week’s column, Bea dropped me a thoughtful email note as she often does about whatever I’m writing about. My story about Linda Courtney and her son Bill struck a common chord, and Bea wanted to share.

Your Mobile Device: Friend or Foe?

Who is more important: you or a group of your fellow nonprofit volunteers or professionals? What signal are you sending when you direct your attention to your mobile device instead of the group’s discussion? If you believe the work of the organization or institution is unimportant, say so and work with your peers to restructure meetings. If not, give your attention to the business at hand. Each of you has carved out time from your busy schedules to attend the meeting: make the most of it.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House Approves Changes to Injured Workers' Claims

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to change the way the state considers injured workers' claims after defeating several attempts by Democrats to dial back the proposal.

Welfare Penalty for Parents Dead This Session

NASHVILLE (AP) – The sponsor of a proposal to dock the welfare payments of parents whose children fail school refused to listen to a little girl opposing the measure Thursday, saying she was being used as a prop.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Airlines Lagging in On-Time Performance

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Critics Revive Past Promises to Knock Obama Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) – Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.

US Unemployment Aid Applications Plummet to 346,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, signaling that the job market might be stronger than March's weak month of hiring suggested.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

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