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VOL. 128 | NO. 42 | Friday, March 1, 2013

Norris Files Job Training Legislation

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, has filed legislation that would create a new statewide initiative aimed at shoring up workers’ job skills and addressing labor shortages among Tennessee employers.

Respecting Time

Dunavant Award honoree strives for efficient jury process

For Clyde “Kit” Carson, the road to becoming Shelby County Jury commissioner began when he was 16 years old and looking for as much time driving a car as possible.

School Board Approves Outsourcing After Long Debate

Countywide school board members approved Thursday, Feb. 28, the first of the three most controversial schools merger recommendations they are likely to face – outsourcing custodial services across the single merged school system.

FedEx Plans $25 Million Distribution Center in Northeast Indiana

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP)FedEx Corp. plans to build a $25 million distribution center in northeastern Indiana that's expected to create nearly 90 jobs.

Hollywood Feed Expands, Renews Local Leases

Hollywood Feed has renewed and expanded two of its Memphis locations.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
78°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 36%

EVENTS

Memphis City Beautiful and Memphis Botanic Garden will plant an Arizona Cypress as part of an Arbor Day ceremony Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at the garden’s horticulture center, 750 Cherry Road. Cost is free and will include a tree-seedling giveaway. Cherry tree seedlings will be available for sale. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Memphis in May Touts 68-Act Music Fest Lineup

The 37th edition of the Memphis In May International Festival’s Beale Street Music Festival features a 68-act lineup from Alice in Chains to ZZ Top.

Merger Special Master Could Have Different Terms

The Shelby County Commission, the city of Memphis and suburban Shelby County leaders all agree details of the merger of public schools in Shelby County could come down to a federal court order.

Family Values Drive Success at United Warehouse Transportation

United Warehouse Transportation, along with parent company United Warehouse & Transit Logistics, is riding an impressive wave of success over the past 18 months.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Campbell Clinic’s Mihalko Keeps Athletes in the Game

Competitive athletes face tough choices when it comes to fixing worn-out joints and no one knows that better than another competitive athlete.

SPORTS

Grizz Showing Scrappiness as Final Stretch Awaits

Ever notice how the view from the winning and losing locker rooms is never the same, even though the teams played in the same game?

Tigers Misstep Under National Spotlight

D.J. Stephens was 1-for-6 from the free-throw line when, at game’s end, he needed to miss a foul shot on purpose to give the Tigers one last desperate chance at a tip-in that would have tied the game at Xavier.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Higher Order of Sausage

GOD’S SAUSAGE. (When you see this column, it’s the 40 Days of Waffle Shop again, so strike while the iron is hot.)

Five Big Ideas: Powering Your Business

As Jim Collins explains in “Great by Choice,” all business leaders are bombarded with both great luck and bad breaks. The smartest CEOs learn not to squander sudden opportunities and figure out how to turn dismal news to their advantage – multiplying the benefits of whatever hand they’re dealt. Maximizing your “ROL” (Return on Luck) should be top of your list, every day. But your ROL is just part of the picture. Here are four more ideas that will help you achieve great results in 2013 and beyond.

Team Building Provides Secret to Fundraising Success

Part two of a two-part series. It’s all about leadership and team building. You’ve heard the refrain, but what does it mean?

STATEWIDE

Suits Dismissed Against Corps Over Nashville Flood

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for flood damage in 2010 to the Grand Ole Opry, Gibson Guitar and other Nashville-area businesses.

REGIONAL

Arkansas House Panel Rejects School Employee Gun Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas House panel on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have allowed some school employees to carry guns in schools after completing an active shooter training course.

Arkansas Senate Overrides Veto of Abortion Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to override a veto of a near-ban of abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy and backed a separate measure that would only allow the procedures before the 12th week, with few exceptions.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Economy Barely Grew in Fourth Quarter, But Rebound Likely

WASHINGTON (AP) – The weakest quarter for the U.S. economy in nearly two years may end up being a temporary lull. Economists think growth has begun to pick up on the strength of a sustained housing recovery and a better job market.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Cuts Imminent, Senate Democrats, GOP Stage Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Squabbling away the hours, the Senate swatted aside last-ditch plans to block $85 billion in broad-based federal spending reductions Thursday as Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the latest outbreak of gridlock and the Obama administration readied plans to put the cuts into effect.

FDA Commissioner: Budget Cuts Mean Less Safe Food

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer food safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the upcoming across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.

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PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
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